Parish Pump Newhaven - September 7, 2012

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TRANSITION FILM: Change of date for the film Seeds of Freedom which will now be shown on September 16 at 4pm at the Litlington Village Hall.

DICKENSIAN EVENING: For 25 years the start to the Christmas season in Alfriston has been held on the first Saturday of December. This year Drusillas, who have in the past so generously given their car park to the village, need it themselves. There is nowhere else near the village that can house so many cars in winter making it necessary to hold the Alfriston Dickensian Evening on November 24. The full programme is in shops now.

FUN RUN RESULTS: Junior Race 1.5km: 1, Ben Martin 5.30 (first boy); 2, Rex Lane 6.09; 3, Tommy Birtles 6.33; 4, Lucy Lott 6.34 (first girl); 5, James Lott 6.47; 6, Jamie Horrobin 6.53; 7, Amelia Fletcher 7.14; 8, Lorna Sholl 7.39; 9, Sophie Wallis 7.44; 10, Sophia Chitty 8.40; 11, Robyn Winter 11.45.

Senior Race 5.3km: 1, David Leach, Lewes AC, 23.06 (winner and first Vet man); 2, Phil Robinson, Seaford Striders, 23.22; 3, Harry Strong, Seaford Striders, 23.53 (first junior boy); 4, Phil Chitty, 24.03; 5, Terry Avey, Phoenix AC, 24.22; 6, Mark Martin, Seaford Striders, 24.53 (first senior man); 7, Claire Bulger, Seaford Striders, 25.15 (first senior lady); 8, Julie Howey, 28.45 (first Vet lady); 9, Kate Chitty, 29.07; 10, Roger Ockenden, Arena 80, 29.13; 11, Andy Strong, Seaford Striders, 30.13; 12, Paul Lott, 30.15; 13, Zoe King, Seaford Striders, 30.37; 14, Kim Cuthbert, Seaford Striders, 34.03; 15, Richard Kimber, Seaford Striders, 34.06; 16, Alessia Manco, Seaford Striders, 34.07; 17, Fiona Horrobin, 34.53; 18, Bill Sholl, Seaford Striders, 35.51; 19, Alistair Jackson, Henfield Joggers, 36.36.


AN EXHIBITION of photographs, paintings and artwork, 10am to 5pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Clubhouse, Marine Parade, Seaford.

COFFEE MORNING:A fundraising Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning from 10.30am to noon on Friday September 28 in the parish hall. There will be a raffle and a bring-and-buy stall. Everyone is welcome.

WHIST DRIVE 2.30pm on Sunday, in and raising money for the parish hall. Entrance fee is £2.50 to include refreshments. All welcome for a light-hearted and fun afternoon’s entertainment.

KENNETH JONES has asked about the origin of place names in Bishopstone. In late Saxon times, the village was called biscopes-tun or the bishop’s estate (and not stone). The Bishop of Chichester still owned land in the village in modern times. Earlier, the village was part of Denton which is now in Newhaven. In between lies Norton (the North-tun), a Medieval farm, and beyond is Sutton, the South-tun, all now in Seaford.

Mobile Library

THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Today, Friday: East Dean village hall 11.40am to 12.40pm; Merrifield Court, Edinburgh Road, Seaford 1.50pm to 2.20pm; Mitchell House, Lexden Drive, Seaford 2.35pm to 3.00pm; Old Ben, Chyngton, Seaford 3.10pm to 3.40pm.

Newhaven, Denton & South Heighton

RAFT RACE: It is all hands on deck at The Ark pub as they are entering a raft in the Lewes to Newhaven raft race on Sunday September 16, the first time since Bobi Whitfield took over the pub. They will be building the raft in the pub car park and they are raising money for Help for Heroes. There will be a sponsorship form behind the bar so do support the brave rafters.

SAILING COURSES plus Windsurfing Courses run by Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club for adults and children start tomorrow (Saturday) for 12 weeks from 9.30am to 1pm. The courses take place on Piddinghoe Pond. To check availability and get further information telephone Andrew Barns on 07881 901948 or click on to the website

CAR BOOT SALE in aid of Newhaven and District Lifeboat Society at Paradise Park tomorrow (Saturday) 9am to 1pm. Sellers set up from 8.15am. Pitches £7 on the day, no food stalls permitted, all profits to RNLI. If you wish to book call 01273 515964/01323 896306.

MENCAP QUIZ in Riverside Hall,West Quay tomorrow from 7.30pm to 10.30pm, maximum six per team £3 a head.

BATTLE OF BRITAIN DAY, Sunday at Newhaven Fort. Enjoy a day of celebration and commemoration featuring the Swingtime Sweethearts, Seaford Silver Band, Brighton Boogie dancers, living history displays and more. Normal admission prices apply.

SOUTH HEIGHTON WI: Ploughman’s lunch with Silent Auction in South Heighton village hall 10.30am to 1pm on Monday. To book a place telephone 01273 515404.

GUEST HOUSE Storytellers are starting their new season on Tuesday with a themed open floor evening entitled Home and Away at the Hillcrest Centre. Go along and tell a story from your life or the lives of others traditional or biographical. Tales of journeys and home-comings. Cafe opens at 7pm, stories from 7.30pm. Tickets £4, concessions £3 on the door.

MADS: Tickets are now on sale at Meeching estate agents, for Meeching Amateur Dramatics’ latest production Mad Music Hall of Fun II which plays in Meeching Hall from Wednesday September 26 to Saturday September 29 at 7.45pm. Tickets are £8 from 01273 515566.

ARTWAVE open houses continues this weekend, which is the last weekend they are open so if you have not visited them this is your last opportunity. Victor’s House 35 Meeching Road is open 2pm to 6pm. 46 Fort Road is open 11am to 5pm, Thyristane, Ringmer Road is open 10am to 5pm and Kai Crik’s exhibition of photographs in Newhaven Ferry Port, Railway Approach is open today, Friday, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday 10am to 4pm. I have visited all the exhibitions and they are all worth seeing and admission is free.

MASKED BALL karaoke. This unusual event takes place at the Ark, West Quay on Friday September 14 from 8pm and admission is free. There is a dress code of smart for the gentlemen and drop dead gorgeous dresses for the ladies plus killer heels. Don’t forget an elegant mask is essential to hide who you are.

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT: I am running the Run to the Beat half marathon round London Docklands on Sunday October 28 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. This is the event where they have bands every mile, hence the title. Sponsorship, however small, much appreciated. You can donate securely on line


FRIENDS of Telscombe Tye are providing a whole day of activities on the Tye tomorrow, Saturday. It starts from 10.30am. During the evening from 8.30pm there is an organised firework display when folk from both towns are welcome. However there are no suitable parking place for cars and you are strongly recommended to walk, cycle or use public transport.

BINGO NIGHT: Tonight, Friday, in the Community House, Meridian Centre at 7pm. It is £4 for eight games plus a snowball and a flyer with free refreshments during the evening.

METAL THEFTS: There has been a spate of thefts from gardens in Peacehaven recently. Men with a white van are entering gardens and stealing metal objects. At the moment nobody has noted the number plate of the van although one neighbour has unwittingly seen them break into a garage. The police are aware of these events and would welcome reports of any suspicious activities. Simply ring them on 101 with the details.

FLOWER ARRANGING: The next meeting of the Rottingdean Flower Club is at 2.30pm at the Whiteways Centre on Wednesday. Whether you are a beginner, more advanced or simply would like to watch you will find the demonstrator Ann Meadows inspirational as she works to a theme of Pick and Mix. Visitors are very welcome (£4).

LADIES ONLY: The Ladies Fashion Show returns to the Community Hall, Meridian Centre this year on Friday October 5. There are High Street labels for sale at greatly reduced prices. Tickets are on sale now at £6 which includes refreshments, a door prize and a Grand Charity raffle. In previous years this admission by ticket only event has been sold out. Ticket availability is limited so ring Joy early on 01273 587714 to reserve.

MORNING MARKET: The Saturday market tomorrow is in the Main Hall, Community House, from 8.30am until noon and has been arranged by the Butterfly Nursery. Next week the U3A (University of the Third Age) is holding the market. To book a table call them on 01273 586774.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Guide Dogs for the Blind are holding a coffee morning in the Community House foyer today, Friday, and will be serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next week there is a coffee morning on each market day. On Tuesday Peacehaven Bowls Club will be behind the counter, and then on Thursday the Peacehaven Players followed on Friday September 14 by the Meridian Evening WI. All are local organisations raising funds for their members. They would all appreciate your support.

COUNCIL MEETING: There is a meeting of the planning and highways committee on Tuesday in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre commencing at 6.30pm. Members of the public are invited to attend and may ask question during the first 15 minutes.

BOOT SALE: The Telscombe Nursery is holding the next and penultimate boot sale at The Dell, South Coast Road on Sunday September 23. The gates will open at 8am for sellers and one hour later for buyers.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: Drop in surgery in the Anzac Room, Meridian Centre tomorrow, Saturday from 10am until 11am. An appointment is not necessary, just walk in.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Remember the local churches are jointly holding a Harvest Picnic in the South East corner of Telscombe Tye on Sunday starting at 3pm. There will be some fun activities followed by an act of thanksgiving and worship and then the picnic. All are welcome and should bring something to sit on, a drink and some food. If possible bring a little extra food to put on the table for others to share.

Rodmell & Southease

SCHOOLS start again this week. Let’s hope those attending school for the first time enjoy the experience and those that are starting new schools and universities will settle in quickly. It’s always an expensive time for parents with all the buying of new school uniforms and accessories etc. Just be thankful for the supermarkets that do very reasonable items to make up uniforms. In my school days you had to go to special shops and pay an absolute fortune. As far as I can remember we did not always like our school uniforms (especially the hats) but at least we were all put on the same level and did not have the problem of who had the most expensive labels in their clothes or the right sort of trainers, a nightmare situation for poor struggling parents whose children feel hard done by if they can’t keep up with their friends. Perhaps people who are snobbish about labels could remember the sweat-shops some of them originate from.

THINKING GROUP: I notice from our church parish magazine that the Thinking Group starts again Sept 10 to 16. Perhaps a Thinking Group could be stared not only on faith but how we think about the world in general and it’s people. The words faith and religion quite often put people off attending talks.

CHILLI DAY: On September 29 Southease has its Chilli Day, which is great fun. I am never adventurous enough to try the really hot chilli’s but I know many are.

SADLY I noticed that some non-caring person has dumped a load of which looks like builder’s rubbish at the start of the footpath to the river off the C7 between Southease and Piddinghoe. Let’s hope the council sleuths can find clues in it, and fine them.

JUMBLE SALE on Saturday September 22, 2pm in Rodmell Village Hall in aid of much needed church funds. .

QUIZ: On Saturday September 22 we have our very popular quiz and fish and chips night, 7pm for 7.30pm start in the village hall. More on this nearer the time.

IT WAS INTERESTING to see Berkeley Castle on the BBC1 programme Britain’s Hidden Heritage on Sunday night as it has family connections. I learnt quite a few things from the programme that I did not know. The connections go way back to Roger de Berkeley (d. 1093) and Alice de Berkeley who married Maurise Fitzharding, son of Robert Fitzharding, first Baron. Looking back through the family history we have Joan de Ferreurs daughter of the Earl of Derby, Margaret Mortimer daughter of Earl of March, Elizabeth daughter of Lord le Despenser, Elizabeth daughter of Sir John Bluet, Isabel Mowbry daughter of Duke of Norfolk, all ladies who married into the Berkeley family. I would be interested to hear from anyone doing family history who is connected, as would my cousins, one of whom has recently written a book about the family. She is Deborah Berkeley and lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is still delving into our history and has found out many interesting facts. Rowland Berkeley who married Catherine Heywood bought Spetchley Park, Worc, and the family still own it, but unfortunately, Cotheridge Court also in Worcester, was sold off, and is now private dwellings for wealthy people, as the family could not afford the upkeep as is happening in many cases. Hylands in Chelmsford, built for my great great great grandmothers uncle Sir John Comyns is now owned by Chelsmford Borough Council and is available for the public to use for various functions. So many of the old stately homes have seen a sad end so it is nice to have programmes like Britain’s Hidden Heritage. I have some very old photograph albums showing Berkeley Castle and the interiors of other houses owned by the family. They must be well over 100 years old and are in remarkable condition.


HERITAGE WEEKEND: Last year a number of old photographs were displayed at shops and businesses around Seaford. We will be repeating the exercise again but expanding the scheme out to Dane Road and Clinton Place. This weekend you can see dozens of photographs showing what Seaford looked like in the past.

MARTELLO TOWER: Just to remind you that Seaford Museum in the Martello will be open for free this weekend.

OPEN HOUSE: 54, Stafford Road will be open this weekend from 11am to 5pm. There will be lots of fantastic arts and crafts to buy or just admire as well as refreshments at Wendy’s Café (try one of her exotic cakes). There will be a silent auction and rock-n-roll music as well as crafting workshops. Lots to see and do for the whole family.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Lucy Williams is a Mezzo Soprano singer who will be in concert at St Leonard’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, accompanied by Gregg Lasaacson on the guitar. They will be in concert at the church at 1pm tomorrow. The concert is free although there is usually a retiring collection.

RNLI FETE: The Sunnyside Caravan Park off Marine Parade will be open this weekend for a Fair where there will be fun for the whole family. There will be a raffle with some grand prizes including a visit to the London Eye and a river cruise and refreshments. All proceeds will go to the RNLI. For further information call 01323 892825.

ROAD WORKS: Blatchington Road (where the Trek Night Club is) will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for repairs. Also the repairs of sections of the A259 between Newhaven and Seaford will continue this week with two-way traffic lights in place from 9.30am to 4pm from Wednesday for a further six days.

BOOK LOVERS are welcome to attend the Crypt Gallery on Monday evening at 7.30pm. There will be a discussion about A Sense of Ending by Julian Barnes and an opportunity to talk about books you have read in the past year. There will also be a book exchange. The event is free but due to limited space booking is essential so call Kate on 897055 or Wendy on 891871 to reserve your space.

THE STAMP CLUB are meeting on Wednesday evening at he Cross Way Centre. The talk will be about Shoreham, the speaker being Yvonne Green. The club meet at 7.15pm for 7.30pm and for further information call 01323 890699.

POETS CORNER: Ralph Taylor will be at the Crypt on Wednesday reading some of the poetry of his late wife Pam Hughes. The event starts at 7.30pm and is part of Seaford Live 2012.

SEASIDE SHOW: A Little Seaside Show is the name of an evening of entertainment due at the Little Theatre next week. Tickets (£6) are available now from Sussex EyeCare in Broad Street.

GET ON BOARD: Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club is a training centre recognised by the Royal Yacht Association and is running courses based on the National Training Scheme. They are offering taster sessions lasting an hour and a half for just £30 which will be deducted if you decide to pay for further training. For further information pop into the sailing club on Marine Parade or call Andrew Barns on 07881 901948. Further information can also be found at their website

HIGH FLYER: This week sees the 150th Anniversary of the flight in a balloon by Seaford resident Henry Coxwell. Members of Seaford Museum have cleaned up his grave in the Alfriston Road Cemetery so do pop along to see it. As you go in through the cemetery gates it is on the corner of the second block of graves next to the road.

FRENCH MARKET: In Seaford next Friday, September 14.


COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a meeting of the policy and resources committee on Monday at 7.30pm in room 1 at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can ask questions during a 15 minute period at the beginning of the meeting.

WI: Telscombe Cliffs WI will be holding their monthly meeting at the Civic Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday. More details from Pat Grey on 01273 583778.

LADIES ONLY fashion show at the Meridian Hall, Peacehaven on Friday October 5. Tickets are on sale now for only £6. Phone now to buy your ticket on 01273 587714 as they are limited.