Parish pump Newhaven - September 28, 2012

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THE COSMOFIL Film Club is starting the new season tonight, Friday, with one of the most popular French films, Jules et Jim, directed by Francois Truffaut. Tonight at 7pm for a 7.30pm start at the War Memorial Hall tickets are £7; £5 for Cosmofil students and free for under 20 year olds. Wine will be available at £1 a glass. Bookings are preferred but not necessary. The next dates for films are October 26 when Indochine, directed by Marcel Wargniez and starring Catherine Deneuve will be shown and on November 30, Marius, directed by Marcel Pagnol. To book or to find out more about Cosmofil via email contact Babette Kundrat at or telephone 01323 871492.

APPLE AND ORCHARD DAY at the Clergy House will run from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, and is free after admission to the house and garden. Visitors can find out about the many varieties of apple, see wood craft and corn dolly demonstrations and, in the afternoon, listen to hand bell music in the setting of the medieval hall.

WI NEWS from Christine Jackson: Before the September meeting members gathered on the Tye for the opening of the WI rose garden which was planted by members to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee. At the following meeting the subject under discussion was Collections. Jean Melling brought her collection of Leap Year Postcards, many of them over a hundred years old. The messages were often poignant though some hilarious. The tradition of sending Leap Year Cards has now died out. Following Mrs Melling’s talk members displayed their own collections and explained how they got started. The collections included ceramics, dolls, jewellery, miniatures, glassware and ornaments. It was a most informative and enjoyable afternoon ending with tea and a short business meeting.

PRUE LEITH will be visiting Alfriston for a special event hosted by Much Ado Books on October 11. The talk will help raise funds for St. Wilfred’s Hospice. Prue will be appearing at Deans Place Hotel with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets costing £17.50 include a glass of wine and light nibbles as well as a copy of her book, Relish, which Prue will sign on the night. Tickets will only be available in advance from Much Ado Books; at the shop, by telephone 01323 871222 or consult the website


COFFEE MORNING: Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning is from 10.30am to noon today, Friday, in the Parish Hall. There will be bring-and-buy produce and a preserve stall. Everyone is welcome.

A WINE TASTING event is at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm.

TIDE MILLS: On Sunday 16 September 13 Friends of Tide Mills collected 12 sacks of assorted rubbish from Tide Mills. They also undertook the annual detailed beach litter survey on behalf of the Marine Conservation Society’s Adopt a Beach initiative, which sees many of the UK’s beaches surveyed for litter over this one weekend. In general, the amount of litter collected was not too bad; however, over 150 items were logged in just a 100 x 10 metre stretch of the beach. All in all, for this time of year, Tide Mills is largely litter free. The Friends of Tide Mills do a wonderful job cleaning and monitoring this stretch of our coastline. Please support them. The next monthly meeting is on Sunday October 21.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton.

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNINGS today, (Friday) 10am to 11am Enterprise Centre,Denton Island. Go along and support Clare and Katherine and support the World’s Largest Coffee Morning. There is also one at the Hampden Arms, South Heighton at 10.30am. All proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

MADS: You still have a chance to catch Meeching Amateur Dramatics latest production Mad Music Hall of Fun 2 at Meeching Hall tonight, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, 7.45pm. Tickets £8 from Meeching estate agents, High Street or on the door.

CARBON WAR an ongoing art exhibition at Newhaven Fort showing wildlife that are threatened with extinction because of the planet’s carbon cycle and how we can learn to use the world’s resources more sustainably and lower our carbon footprint. Newhaven Fort opening times and admission charges apply.

HARVEST FESTIVAL followed by Harvest Lunch and Talent Auction Sunday at St Michael’s Church. Think of some talent you can offer for the auction, making a cake to order, doing a couple of hours gardening or housework, doing some sewing, reading aloud to someone, car cleaning and more.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY meet on Tuesday at the Hillcrest Centre. John Henty, one of the original presenters on BBC Radio Brighton is giving a talk on the life and times of Max Miller, the Cheeky Chappie. The famous Brighton-born comedian topped the variety bills in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Non members welcome for an admission fee of £2.

WORDS AND MUSIC celebrating Older People’s Day on Friday October 5, 2pm to 4pm at the Hillcrest Centre. Listening to words, singing to music, an afternoon of fun for all, tea and cake provided. This is an event organised by Meridian Mature Citizens Forum to support International Older People’s Day.

RNLI: Newhaven Lifeboat is holding its popular Book Sale at the Hillcrest Centre on Saturday October 6 from 10am to noon. Lots of bargains to be had.

MENCAP is holding a fundraising evening on Saturday October 6 in their headquarters Riverside Hall, West Quay at 7pm. Bar, music by Chris Foster, entrance £5.

HARVEST SUPPER, St Leonard’s Denton church hall, Saturday October 6 6pm. Tickets are £3 each, to book telephone 01273 514482.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers welcome Mike O’Leary on Tuesday October 9 with his tales from Sussex and Hampshire. He will tell stories of the Blood Red King of Canterton Glen, the Plague Hearse of Gallop’s Chase, Broadway, flip-flat footsteps of the dead frogman who walks Spice Island and the buried football shirt that tells a tale of two cities. Mike uses bagpipes, flutes and a variety of wonderful instruments to help the story along. Tickets are £6 in advance from the Hillcrest Café or £7 on the door. Cafe opens at 7pm, stories begin at 7.30pm.

GET ACTIVE, Get Moving. These popular adult exercise sessions are back by popular demand. A five-week course starts on Wednesday October 10 and runs until Wednesday November 7, 50p a session. To book a place telephone NCDA on 01273 612539.


GIVE BLOOD: The local NHS team will be in the Meridian Centre, Community House on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and again during the evening from 5.30pm until 8pm. It is important that as many donors as possible attend. The number of surgical operations being carried out is increasing but some are dependant upon donated blood being available. You can attend the session at any time but if it is more convenient for you an appointment can be booked by calling 0300 123 23 23.If you have never given blood and want to do something special this week please go along on Wednesday. It is friendly and easy not to mention they will offer you a free drink and biscuits afterwards too.

VERIFICATION: The information office would like to remind people that the Verification of documents service offered by them for Lewes District Council is available Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm only. It is not possible to handle this work outside of these times. A reminder that the Housing Officer is available every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 9am to 12.30pm in the Community House.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow is in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon. It has been arranged by the Meridian Athletic Football Club. Next week the Friends of the Meridian School are holding the market. To book a table call them on 07773 227 531.

COFFEE MORNINGS: There are coffee mornings and other events being held across the nation today, Friday, in aid of the McMillan Nurses. There will be a coffee morning in the Meridian Centre, Community House foyer today where teas, coffees and cakes will be served to raise funds for this group of dedicated nurses. Next week on Tuesday the Royal British Legion will be behind the counter and on Friday October 5 the U3A will be serving the refreshments.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting on Tuesday of the planning and highways committee starting at 6.30pm in the Anzac Room. Residents are welcome to attend and have an opportunity to ask questions if they wish at the beginning of the meeting.

BOOT SALE: The final boot sale of the year at The Dell, South Coast Road will be on Sunday October 7.

U3A: Our monthly talk on Thursday commences at the slightly earlier time of 10.15am, Baptist Hall, Newhaven. Joanna Wilkins will jog our memories with Bygones From The Attic. Doors open at 10am and please try to remember to bring your membership cards. We will, of course, still welcome guests and members from other U3As. Tea, coffee, biscuits available and 50p entrance as usual. A reminder to those who have not renewed their membership that the subscriptions of £12 pa are now due. This can be done by seeing Roma or Sharon on Thursday. It would be a pity to miss out on our November newsletter and, of course, we value all our members. Looking forward to seeing you.

Rodmell & Southease

CHILLI DAY: Sunday will be hot as it’s Chilli Day at Southease. No doubt growers are hoping their plants are going to be bursting with fruit so they can make their jams, relishes and other products. There will be some exceptional fruits from the aptly named Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, what a name? Others are Naga Viper and Habanero 7 Pot with several other less formidable varieties. I wonder how many people will be encouraged to try these really hot ones, at their peril. I know for sure it won’t be me. I like hot and spicy foods but not too hot. Let’s hope the weather will be kind this weekend as I know this is a very special day which is becoming more and more famous every year with chilli lovers.

THE JUMBLE SALE in the village hall on Saturday had some good bargains I noticed, when I took my paltry bag of throw outs down on Saturday morning. I’m sure it must have had its usual success. As I’m trying to clear-out and not gather in these days, I keep away from jumble and antique sales. Fortunately I don’t have a garage to clutter up and both lofts of the cottages are totally clear, plus the few cupboards we have are fairly clear of rubbish, but there always seems to be the odd drawer to clear out. Winter is clear-out and clear-up time.

QUIZ: Tomorrow, Saturday, there is the very popular Quiz and Fish and Chips Night, 7pm for 7.30pm in the village hall. Rev Geoff is the quiz master. Teams of eight. Tickets £10 from Lindy Smart (478151) or Jenny Brown (473939). in aid of church funds.

HARVEST SUPPER: October 5 the annual Harvest Supper, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Another very popular village event. Tickets £8 from Joan Polglass (475756), which will include an excellent cold buffet supper, apple pie, glass of wine and a speaker.

APPLES: I don’t somehow think there will be many apples to crush this year. I have a few more than I first thought, but nowhere near as many as there usually are, when the orchard is in full crop.

BIRDS: When walking along Friars Walk one day last week I could hear a racket of bird noise. When I looked up I saw a nest with six little heads poking out from under the eaves of a house and realised it was either swallows or martins and the parents were frantically flying too and fro to feed their hungry brood. As my eyes aren’t as good as they were I could not be sure. I would have thought it was a little late for a brood to be in the nest in September.

STAGE: I do hope St Mary’s Social Centre does not get taken over for housing. I have been to some excellent pantos there and you can tell that it is very much loved by the community. I am looking forward to seeing my god-daughter’s daughter in Bugsy Malone, Lewes Operatic Society’s latest production. She is playing the part of Tallula and it’s her first big part. Her aunt and uncle and her cousins have been with the society for many years and her grandmother used to help with teas until she died, plus grandfather lends various items of farming equipment for musicals such as Oklahoma, so it’s a real family affair.

HEDGEHOG: I am so pleased that a hedgehog has now taken up residence again, and is giving pleasure to our visitors when they return form their evening meals. He or she trundles along just outside the back door and is not a bit afraid of us. I love these little creatures and don’t know how people can be cruel to them. Some Australian visitors were absolutely delighted to see a hedgehog, it was a bonus in their stay so they said. There seem to be a lot of Australian visitors around at the moment.


FOLK CLUB: The guest at the Seaford Folk Club tonight is Richard Grainger, a prolific songwriter and diverse musician. The club meet at the Royal British Legion Club in Claremont Road from 8pm.

COFFEE MORNING: Once again Macmillan Cancer Support is holding the worlds largest coffee morning and all over the UK coffee mornings will be held to raise funds. One Seaford event is being held at St Thomas More Church Hall from 10am to noon today, Friday. There will be homemade cakes, a raffle and of course coffee. For further information Call Ann Hamill on 01323 890270. Meanwhile another Macmillan Coffee morning will be held at Seaford Little Theatre in Steyne Road, from 10am to 1pm. You could even visit both.

MACMILLAN Cancer Support Coffee Morning is being held at the Seaford Constitutional Club tomorrow, Saturday, and is being officially opened by the Mayor, Councillor Linda Wallraven, at 10.4am. We are anxious to raise as much money as possible as we are funding a walk-in clinic in Brighton for anyone anxious about problems.

OPEN GARDEN: The Exchange Garden at the Crouch will be open tomorrow, Saturday, morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. If you have not yet visited this wonderful space please pop in to see them. There is no charge and there is always someone there to help with horticultural advice.

FOOTBALL: Seaford Town are playing Lancing United in the second round of the VW Cup tomorrow, Saturday, at the Crouch. Kick off is at 3pm, so why not go along and support your local team. On Sunday the youth team are also in action against Little Common. This match starts at 11am.

BARN DANCE: There is a Barn Dance at St Luke,s Church Hall, Walmer Road tomorrow, Saturday, night at 7pm. There will be a four-piece band playing unusual instruments (the mind boggles). Tickets are £11 which includes supper and ice-cream as well as a whole evenings entertainment. Call 01323 894216 for further information.

THE FARMERS MARKET will be open from 9am to 1pm on Thursday at the Clinton Hall. This is super new venture where you will be able to buy fresh produce, including bread, cheese, eggs, cake, meats and lots more local Sussex delights. Why not pop along and take a look, I am sure you will leave with something delicious in your bag.

BONFIRE: The bonfire society are preparing for for their event at the Martello Fields on the night of October 20. If you would like to be part of the action and take part in the parade it is not too late to join. Go to the headquarters of the society at the White Lion Pub on Thursday night at 7pm where you will be able to join and attend their committee meeting. Remember the 2012 Bonfire programme is available from the Tourist Information Office.


SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a meeting of the local Breast Cancer Support Group on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the Civic Centre. The meetings are friendly and relaxed with tea, coffee and delicious cakes. They have a qualified therapist providing reflexology or hand massage. If you prefer to have a one-to-one chat, or for more information, please ring Pat Dunkley on 01273 582952 or 07760 300467.

AGM: Telscombe Residents Association is holding its AGM in room 1 at the Civic Centre on Thursday at 7.30 pm. Please note that they have changed their meetings to the first Thursday of each month. Come along and join them for an informal chat over refreshments about local issues, and you will have the opportunity to put forward your views and proposals for Telscombe. All Telscombe residents are welcome. They look forward to seeing you there.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Telscombe Cliffs Community Church are holding a Harvest Festival on Sunday October 7 at 10.30am followed by coffee and refreshments. They would welcome donations of food in tins and packets that will be shared between the City Mission and the Peacehaven House Project food banks. They also have a new website

PIG ROAST: The town council is holding a pig roast and dance at the Civic Centre on the evening of Saturday October 27 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Civic Centre reception and cost £7.50 per person to include food and there will be a pay bar.