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SEAFORD Scene December 2019 Issue 152

Your Community Magazine, Business Directory and What’s On Guide

Seaford Mayor ’s Update Seaford Head Nature Reserve

Christmas Magic Extravaganza! Santa’s Seaford Sleigh Routes

Merry Christmas!

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to the December issue of Seaford Scene. In this bumper Christmas issue there’s plenty to enjoy, starting with Seaford Rotary Christmas Sleigh from Monday 2nd – see page 26 for Santa’s routes. Seaford Christmas Magic is on Saturday 7th, whilst Christmas at Dovecote is on the 7th and 8th. If you’re looking for an unusual Christmas present, why not check out some of the arts and crafts shows in the town at Studio+Gallery, Art@Field Cottage and Sussex Arts Collective’s Merrily! – see the What’s On pages 136 to 145 for more details. There’s also Seaford Photographic Society’s Annual Exhibition, see page 12. It’s time to get your thinking caps on too as there are lots of Christmas quizzes to enjoy! Music-wise, the Corelli Ensemble Christmas Concert is on the 8th (see page 18), SBC Singers & Friends are on the 14th and Concentus Sings is on the 21st (see page 108), plus Splash Point Jazz Club is on the 4th and the Alan Bradbury Trio is on the 20th! Not sure which wine to drink with what this Christmas? Turn to our ‘Wine Wisdom’ article on page 32, and how about making our delicious festive mini panettone on page 135? Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to Seaford Scene over the last year – without your support, this local magazine would not exist, so thank you! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! Fran Tegg. Editor

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4 Christmas Magic Extravaganza! 6 Seaford Splash! 8 Martello Rotary 12 Seaford Photographic Society 16 Churches Together in Seaford 18 Seaford Musical Theatre – Dick Whittington 18 Country Music Comes to Seaford 19 Corelli Ensemble Christmas Concert 20 Sussex Arts Collective – Merrily! 22 A Christmas Present from the Downs Leisure Centre: Jazz Trio Concert 23 Seaford Mayor’s Update 24 Seaford U3A News 26 Santa’s Sleigh Routes 29 The Christmas Cracker Conundrum 32 Wine Wisdom 37 Fifty Years of Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve 1969 – 2019 38 St Peter’s Church Events 43 Seaford Afternoon Flower Club 46 Seaford Striders 50 Seaford Little Theatre – On Golden Pond 55 A View From The Potting Shed 56 Seaford Community Garden 64 The Royal Society of St George 68 Clifden House 73 Seaford Handbell Ringers Celebrate 20 Years 76 Refill Seaford and Newhaven 81 Sussex Wildlife Trust 84 Newberry Tully 86 Who’s Who in Seaford? 93 Inner Wheel Club 99 Seaford Kurlers 103 Debut Author Inspired by Local Festivities 104 December at Seaford Museum 106 Town Crier Gets Stitched Up! 108 Concentus Sings Christmas 112 Newhaven Church Celebrates 900 Years of History 114 A Family of Birds at Seaford Head 116 Fundraising Opportunity for Local Charities 118 Neighbourhood Watch Roundup 120 Seaford Rotary 122 Lewes District Citizens Advice 127 Christmas Traditions 128 Scam Awareness 131 Newhaven, Peacehaven & Seaford Lions Club 133 Seaford Chamber of Commerce Supports Seaford Head School PTA 135 Mini Panettone Little Festive Treats 136 What’s On in Seaford in December? 146 Index of Businesses

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Christmas Magic Extravaganza! This year’s extravaganza is being held on Saturday 7th December from 10am – 5-30pm in Seaford town centre. It will combine the evocative sounds and smells of Christmas, with entertainment and attractions for all residents of Seaford and beyond to enjoy. Live music will be ringing out from the main stage at the top of Broad Street throughout the day. Entertainers such as Seaford Community Drum Circle, Rebecca Clay with Colin Hughes, Seaford Choral Society, Pop Up Singers, Megan Rose Mulpeter, Jamie Morgan with Virginia Thorn Music, SPRuNG, Consensus Chorale, Up The Tempo Dance School, Vocal Repertoire, Mike Lynch, Julie Terry with Boogie Sound Machine, Archway Choirs and more, will be keeping the joyful Christmas spirt upbeat with a whole range of singing styles. Shannon Smith will host an exciting and eclectic mix of vocalists, musicians and other contemporary performances on the performance stage, just off Broad Street. Christmas Magic unplugged is being hosted within St Leonard’s Church with an assortment of seasonal readings every hour combined with acoustic music and song. The dramatic Stix Drummers will be very hard to miss as they perform around the town centre. Why not enjoy some street food and mulled wine from stalls and business premises alike, to warm you up whilst enjoying the fantastic live entertainment? Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to grab some Christmas presents from the market stalls with festive goodies! Be proud to support your local community and peruse the goods in the local shops too! For families with young children, Santa’s Grotto will be found at Seaford Barn Theatre. Follow the trail through the craft market stalls as the helpful elves from Seaford Youth Forum direct visitors to a magical Christmas grotto experience. Visiting the ‘Elf on the Shelf ’ in his Christmas snow globe on your way, climb into his snowy Christmas globe scene and have your photo taken with him, at the bottom of Broad Street/ High Street.


Colour your Christmas with lantern making workshops at St Leonard Church Hall with SCIP (Seaford Contemporary, Illustrators & Printers). Coloured tissue papers, and custom designed and cut stamps will be available in abundant supply, from 10am – 3.30pm. Even if it is not possible to join the lantern parade at the end of the day, do pop along and make a lantern for free. The Lantern Parade is a highlight of the day, for both the children taking part and the onlookers. It begins the build-up to the switching on of Seaford’s Christmas lights by Father Christmas. The Christmas Lights will be switched on at 5.10pm. To top off an exciting day, sit back and relax at the Barn Theatre, where Seaford Community Cinema will be showing Mary Poppins Returns, a U-rated film for all the family to enjoy (booking advised). Tickets available online and in the Tourist Information Centre at 37 Church Street, Seaford More information about the day can be found at www. or Facebook seafordchristmasmagic/. Also, on the day, Seahaven FM will be open to all. Do pop along and find out more about your local radio station or try your hand at being a radio presenter! Please note that there will be FREE parking in West Street, Richmond Road, East Street and Saxon Lane Carparks on 7th December. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsor Bellway Homes Limited, our fabulous partners Seaford Musical Theatre, SCIP, Seaford Bonfire Society, Seaford Rotary and Seaford Youth Forum for all their help and support with building and hosting the event, and of course, our volunteers, without whom the event would not be able to take place.

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Arts and cultural events in the Seaford area

Welcome to the latest update on what’s going on in our vibrant town, compiled by Andrea Hargreaves.

Arts & crafts

Merrily!, Sussex Arts Collective’s Christmas show at the Crypt Gallery starts on 30th November and runs until Sunday December 22nd. The Collective is showcasing high-quality work from established and emerging talent, so there’s lots of opportunity to buy unique gifts and treats from local artists and makers. Saturday and Sunday 30th November and 1st December and the following weekend sees Art @ Field Cottage, 59 Belgrave Road featuring Karen Holbrook (ceramics and jewellery), Lisa Bagot (paintings), Sarah Rickard (decoration), Anna V (rugs) and Chris Hesketh (ceramics). The Stanley Spencer and Family exhibition will be continuing at Studio+Gallery until Sunday 15th, which includes a drawing by Spencer’s brother, Gilbert and his daughter, Unity and paintings by his first wife.


Seaford Choral Society sings its Autumn Concert at Seaford Baptist Church on Saturday 30th November at 7.30pm. The first half is devoted to John Rutter’s Magnificat and the second to choral pieces by Fauré, Cesar Frank, Mozart, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Lassus and Seaford composer Chris Whitelaw. Tickets are £10, free for children, from Newberry Tully Estate Agents, Church Street or on the door, or reserved via Splashpoint Jazz plays its Christmas Special at The View, Seaford Head Golf Club, on Wednesday 4th December, doors open 7pm, with vocalist and trumpeter Sue Richardson playing tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. A variety of music genres can be heard in Broad Street on Saturday 7th December on the main stage during Christmas Magic. For more on the event in general go to page 4, but for a musical rundown the day starts with a literal bang with The Seaford Community Drum Circle, and continues with performances from classicallytrained singer Rebecca Clay and violinist and pianist


Colin Hughes, Seaford Choral Society, the Pop Up Singers, singer song-writer Megan Rose, folk-soul performer Virginia Thorn with recording artist Jamie Morgan, acoustic folk band Sprung, Concentus choir, Up the Tempo dance school, youth choir Vocal Repertoire, pub and club musician Mike Lynch, Julie Terry with Boogie South Machine, and Archway Choirs. Tansley’s Invitation Stage is hosting groups including Stix Drummers. If you’d like to take part email Shannon Smith at shannonvsmith24@hotmail. com or text or call 07927 136267.


Wild reindeer wouldn’t hold back those of us whose evenings are made by an episode of Fleabag (15) so we’ll want to be at the Barn Theatre on Thursday 5th December, 7pm when Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be doing her stuff as screened from the Soho Theatre. Directed by Vicky Jones, Waller-Bridge takes a riproaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of self-obsessed life. After all that raunchiness Seaford Community Cinema gets into festive and family-oriented spirit with Mary Poppins Returns (U), at 6pm for all those out on Christmas Magic evening, 7th December. This Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated film stars Emily Blunt in the Julie Andrews role, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Whishaw. The cinema season closes on Friday 13th December with Wild Rose (PG), starring Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson, Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo, about an ex-con musician from Glasgow who dreams of becoming a Nashville star. Tickets from Seaford Tourist Information Centre, Church Street, or at or on the door.

Story-telling & readings

St Leonards Church is open from 10am until 5pm on Christmas Magic Day, with craft for children and free refreshments along with an eclectic mix of seasonal readings every hour interspersed with music and song from Virginia Thorn and Jamie Morgan, the Downs 60+ Choir and Phil Lane. Seaford Library is putting on 15-minute family story-telling sessions during Christmas Magic at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Are you putting on an arts event in the town? For a possible mention in this diary contact Andrea at at least a week before issue deadline. Photo: Mary Poppins

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MARTELLO ROTARY Seaford Bonfire Society

As usual Seaford Bonfire Society gave us a fantastic display from the procession, through to the fireworks and (very large) bonfire. In the past the Bonfire Society has helped at Rotary organised events such as the Half Marathon and in turn Martello Rotary volunteers carried collection buckets for the society on the night. It was much more fun to be involved with the event than just standing on the side-lines and watching! Remember next year when you see the collection buckets come around, please be as generous as possible as this will enable our Bonfire Society to keep providing such fantastic events.

Rotary Scholar

As part of Rotary philosophy to ‘connect the world’, Martello Rotary are mentoring Shih (Stacey)Tang, our Rotary Global Scholar. To provide background to the club, Stacey presented to us, explaining her journey, her work ethics and her passion in being part of supporting Taiwan’s independence. On returning to Taiwan she hopes to continue her work with the local Taiwanese indigenous communities as a Social Worker. Whilst studying in the UK Stacey will be visiting a number of Rotary clubs and events hosted by our members. For more information on Rotary Sponsored Scholarships go to

Seaford Proms Night

Another excellent Proms night was held at Seaford Head School, with music to suit all tastes. There were performances from the Seaford Silver Band, Seaford Musical Theatre, and Seaford Sunshine Strummers, with stirring pipe music from Vanessa Bristow-Rose, and the essential soloist, Kate Valentine – all of whom get our heartfelt thanks for putting on such a wonderful show. Alongside our packed audience we also had special guests, Seaford MP Maria Caulfield and Mayor Cllr. Nazish Adil.



Don’t forget to buy your Seaford Community Calendars for 2020. Easily purchased online and delivered (eBay, or Facebook, search Seaford Community Calendars) or through local outlets: Seaford: Badger Inks, JXP Financial Services, Barwell’s, Fixed in a Flash, Grumpy Chef, Moon of India; Newhaven: RNLI Shop, Simpson Marine; Rodmell: Abergavenny Arms; Alfriston: Emmett & White Antiques & Interiors. All proceeds go towards the Lifeboats and Lifeguards. Beautiful pictures taken by local people and for a very good cause.

Christmas Tree Recycling

We are again offering the residents of Seaford and Bishopstone the chance to recycle their Christmas trees and to help us raise some cash for charity. We will be collecting trees on Saturday 4th January and Sunday 5th January 2020 from 10am. If you would like a tree collected please contact us by sending your name, address and post code to: or call 07984 581784. Please leave your tree outside your front door or end of path before 10am on the day of collection. We will knock and ask for a minimum charity donation of £5. Thank you. Martello Rotary meets on Monday evenings. If you would like more information email us at: or text us 07984 581784. Photos (from top): Seaford Musical Theatre; Vanessa Bristow-Rose; l-r: Marion Trew, Stacey Tang and Rodney Reed.


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Seaford Photographic Society The club’s Annual Exhibition will be getting underway just as this issue of Seaford Scene is published so you might just be in time to catch it. It is on for just 2 days this year, Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December at Seaford Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane. This is a great opportunity to see around 100 prints from some of the best local amateur photographers. The Ross Cup was held in November near Maidstone. This was the first regional competition of the season, open to all the 50 or so clubs affiliated to the KCPA.You can see the results, and how Seaford did, on our website October started with a fun informal competition where members organised themselves into teams of five, each person submitting two images. These were commented on and scored by our own Jack Taylor EFIAP DPAGB. Next up was the second round of the Print League, judged by Andy Smith LRPS CPAGB. Congratulations to Simon Rigby who scored 20/20 for both his entries, featuring a Marsh Tit and a Black Headed Gull. In the Advanced group Colin Mitchell and Steve Hewitt both scored 20s, again with wildlife photos. Nature and wildlife images are proving very popular at the moment, particularly with some of the newer members. The Nature Print competition this month should be interesting! There were 24 entries in the Small Print competition, for prints with a maximum size of 7” by 5”, with the winner being chosen by members. The clear winner this year


was Colin Mitchell’s cute photo of 3 field mice. This close-up of such small creatures was well suited to the small print format. The final meeting of the month featured two print competitions, for the first trophies of the year, with the set subjects ‘Architecture’ and ‘Black and White’. They were judged by June Sharpe ARPS, who had travelled all the way down from Canterbury for the evening. June is one of the best judges on the circuit and she provided lots of constructive comments on each photo, with particular emphasis on artistic merit. She also mentioned the names of several of her favourite photographers, for those of us who wanted to do some further research. Chris Dawson took the Architecture prize with ‘Corfu Town World Heritage Site’. Jennie Edwards was in second place with ‘Beneath the Cantilever Staircase’ and Adrian Bishop took the third prize. There were 21 entries in the popular Black and White competition and the winning print was another nature image. ‘By the Light of the Silvery Moon’ by Colin Mitchell featured a European Scops Owl. Steve Wares took second place with an atmospheric shot of a steam train and driver, and third place went to George Chadwick. Our regular club meetings are held every Friday between September and the end of May at Seaford Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane, Seaford, BN25 1PU. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.45pm start. If you are thinking of joining, just come along one evening to see what you think. Photos from top: Driver by Steve Wares; Black Headed Gull by Simon Rigby; Corfu Town World Heritage Site by Chris Dawson; By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Colin Mitchell; Sharing the Knapweed by Steve Hewitt.

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Churches Together In Seaford December Services St Leonard’s, Church Street Sun 1 Dec: 9.30am Christingle @ Messy Church in the Hall – Families Sun 22 Dec: 6pm Festival of Lessons & Carols Tues 24 Dec: 3pm Crib Service for Toddlers and Parents Tues 24 Dec: 6pm Nativity drama and Carols for all whole family Tues 24 Dec: 11.30pm Midnight Communion Wed 25 Dec: 9.30am Family Worship with Holy Communion St Luke’s Church, Walmer Road Sun 8 Dec: 7pm Christmas Songs of Praise Tues 24 Dec: 4pm Nativity Service for younger children Weds 25 Dec: 9.30am Family Worship with Holy Communion Chyngton Methodist Millberg Road Sun 15 Dec: 10.30am Christingle Service Sun 22 Dec: 6pm Carols by Candlelight Wed 25 Dec: 10.30am Celebration Service St Thomas More Catholic Church Sun 22 Dec: 3pm Christingle Service Tues 24 Dec: 5pm First Mass of Christmas (Family Celebration) Tues 24 Dec: 11pm Christmas Night Mass Wed 25 Dec: 10am Christmas Day Mass St Andrew’s, Bishopstone Sun 15 Dec: 3.30pm Carol Service & Tea in Hall Tues 24 Dec: 11.30pm Midnight Mass Wed 25 Dec: 8am Eucharist Wed 25 Dec: 9.30am Sung Eucharist

Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Rd Sat 14 Dec: 7pm SBC Singers Christmas Concert Sun 15 Dec: 4pm Who Let the Kids Out? Sun 22 Dec: 6pm Carol Service Tues 24 Dec: 4pm Informal Family Service Wed 25 Dec: 10am All Age Celebration Service Religious Society of Friends Little Theatre, Steyne Road Sun 22 Dec: 10.30am Meeting for Worship Sun 29 Dec: 10.30am Meeting for Worship St Peter’s, East Blatchington Sun 1 Dec: 6pm Evensong and Benediction Advent Carols Sun 8 Dec: 2 to 5pm Messy Church Sun 15 Dec: 6pm Carol Service Tues 24 Dec: 4pm Crib Service Tues 24 Dec: 11.30pm Midnight Mass Wed 25 Dec: 8am Holy Communion Wed 25 Dec: 9.30am Sung Eucharist Cross Way Church, Clinton Place Sun 15 Dec: 10.30am Carol Service Wed 25 Dec: 11.00am Christmas Day Service Kings Church, Steyne Road Sun 22 Dec: 10am Family Christmas Celebration Sun 22 Dec: 7pm Contemporary Carol Service Tues 24 Dec: 2pm ‘Pop up Cinema: ‘Follow the Star’ for the family Seaford Community Church 115-117 Vale Road Seaford

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Seaford Musical Theatre

Seaford beware! – the rats are coming to the Barn Theatre in January 2020 A traditional family pantomime suitable for audiences of all ages.

Come and join Dick and Tom, his very ‘cool’ cat, on their madcap adventures, as he seeks his fame and fortune in a London bedevilled by the sinister Queen Rat and her rabble of Revolting Rodents. This riproaring adventure sees the cast transported from the streets of London across the seas to Morocco, with plenty of fun along the way.

One of the UK’s top country bands is to play Seaford Little Theatre next month on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th January. The Diablos who hail from Brighton are promoting their new album ‘Leaving Santa Rosa’ with a series of gigs in 2020 but have their cowboy boots planted on the pebbles of Seaford for the very first of those!

Filled with hilarious gags, well-known songs and dances and loads of audience participation, this show is the ‘purrfect’ after-Christmas treat! Please see the advert for full details of how to book your seats for this show, which will delight both adults and children alike.

Country music can be a broad church these days, so what brand of country are The Diablos? The band often likes to quote a music journalist who once described them as ‘the Eagles having a few beers with the Mavericks whilst listening to Johnny Cash on the jukebox’, and that musical combination has served them well so far. They have won a number of UK country music awards and have already notched up six Number 1s on the British and Irish Country charts. Last year, their self-penned song East Coast Run appeared on the soundtrack of the BAFTA Award winning film Beast. The band even had a cameo role in the movie playing the song in a bar scene! So why Seaford Little Theatre for the first album launch gigs? Lead vocalist Chris Nieto explains: ‘I actually moved to Seaford recently and one of the first things I did was go to the Little Theatre to see an all American female blue grass band. They were amazing and the venue was lovely so I thought it was a good choice… and besides, it’s a short walk home for me which makes a nice change!’ Tickets are £8 each and available from Seaford Little Theatre on 07984 280067. Alternatively email the band for tickets and info:


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Corelli Ensemble Christmas Concert

Sunday 8th December, 4pm. Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road

Come and enjoy the spirit of Christmas with the Corelli Ensemble, in a programme that really has something for everyone. The concert opens with Albinoni’s famous Oboe Concerto in D minor, with its hauntingly beautiful slow movement, performed by world class oboist, Owen Dennis (photo below), followed by ‘Winter’ from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, performed by Maeve Jenkinson (photo left). Then it’s off to Russia for Tchaikovsky’s sparkling Serenade for Strings, infused with music straight from the world of ballet, and home again to the cosy Sussex Downs with Howard Blake’s magical ‘Snowman Suite’.

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Sussex Arts Collective


2019 CHRISTMAS EXHIBTION The Cuckmere & Flint Rooms, Crypt Gallery, 23 Church Street. Saturday 30th November to Sunday 22nd December 2019. Open 10am – 4pm Mon –Sat, 12 noon – 3pm Sunday. In an age of mass produced imported goods it’s good to know that you still have the choice to buy handcrafted and individually designed gifts and treats for the festive season, made and sold within a few miles from where you live. Such makers and creators will be gathered together by the Sussex Arts Collective throughout December in Seaford’s unique and atmospheric Crypt Gallery. ‘Merrily!’ will be the Sussex Arts Collective’s fourteenth Christmas show and promises to be a veritable bonanza of superb art and craft from over forty, yes over forty, outstanding virtuosos working in a diverse and eclectic mix of media and materials. The exhibition will be open daily from 30th November to 22nd December, 10am to 4pm and Sundays midday to 3pm. ‘Merrily!’ will be open during Seaford’s spectacular festive shopping event, Seaford Christmas Magic, on Saturday 7th December. Since March the group has been holding smaller month-long exhibitions, entitled Collections, in the Cuckmere Room. This run has now come to an end and was an unequivocal success. ‘Merrily!’ will expand on the small exhibitions, making use


of both the Cuckmere and Flint Rooms as well as the undercroft where they will be showing a myriad of ceramic and sculptural works for the home and garden. Each Collections exhibition lasted one month and made it possible for the Crypt Gallery Trustees to maintain an ‘open door’ policy to the building for just about all of the year. This subsequently has provided many more opportunities for new and past visitors from far and wide to see the enigmatic undercroft and enjoy an ever increasing programme of exciting events in both gallery rooms. This is what visitors have been saying: ‘Never been here before; really, really interesting and amazing work’ – Bennett of Haywards Heath. ‘What a gorgeous, glorious mix of work! All stunning – awesome building too’ – Latham of Hove. ‘A good place to come to be cheered up on a miserable day!’ – Peak of Seaford. ‘Great exhibition in a wonderful venue’ – The Sykes sisters, Bristol, Wimborne and Utrecht. The Sussex Arts Collective would like to take this opportunity to thank the many, many visitors and customers who have passed through the galleries this year and wish you all a very peaceful Christmas. See you at ‘Merrily!’ and look forward to obliging you with all your art and craftwork from our brilliant local artists in the New Year during the Collections 2020 series. Happy Christmas!

Phil Duncan and the Sussex Arts Collective Photos (top to bottom): Hare Before Burrow Hill, Barbie Harrison; Partridge in a Pear Tree, Fiona Christian; Blue Embroidered Bag, Alison McDonagh; Yew Candlesticks, Caroline Dorling; N50.9020 W0.1224, Mark MunroePreston; Blue Panel, Rachel Hoathe.

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In St. Leonard’s Church Hall at 7:00pm With Fish & Chips supper (bring your own alcohol, if desired) Teams of up to 6 – Prize for winning team Members £8 - Non-members £10 Tickets available at Newberry Tully and at the Museum ------------------

Wishing Fran Tegg, her team and all readers of Seaford Scene A Very Happy Christmas Winter Opening Times Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays: 11am to 4pm (Not Christmas Day)

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Seaford Mayor’s Update The Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Nazish Adil has been busy fundraising for her two chosen charities, The Youth Counselling Project, and the Down Syndrome Development Trust. The Mayor hosted a Charity Quiz Night, at The View at Seaford Head on Friday 1st November, raising £530 on the night from entry fees and raffle tickets! She would like to thank everyone who attended, all the businesses who kindly donated raffle prizes and the Seaford Hard of Hearing Club who donated £50 to the Mayor for her charities for giving a talk to members. The Mayor is also hosting a Carol Service on Tuesday 10th December at St Leonard’s Church at 7pm. The Archway Choir and local school choirs will be performing on the evening and a retiring collection will also go towards the Mayor’s charities. The Mayor invited the local primary schools to participate in designing the Mayor’s Christmas Card for 2019, with the theme ‘Seaford at Christmas’. The card will be sent to local dignitaries and contacts in the community and beyond. Nearly 200 entries were received and as you can image it was a very hard task to choose a winner! The winner was Florence Vaks from Seaford Primary School. It was a fabulous drawing, showing Santa and his reindeer enjoying the new Seaford Skatepark. Runners up were Amelie Golsdon, Seaford Primary, and Ethan Howson from Annecy School. The winners will receive art materials. All the entries will be on display at the Mayor’s Carol Service. The Mayor’s response to receiving the entries was, ‘I feel each and every child has a unique and special mind when it comes to arts and creativity. I congratulate every single participant for exhibiting their talent and spreading happy emotions and spirits of Christmas in Seaford highlighting beautiful scenes, famous attractions,

leisure sites, local shops and Churches. I admire their sense of colour choices, contrasts and sharpness in line and lengths. Thank you to the management of Seaford Primary School, Annecy Catholic Primary School and Cradle Hill Primary School for their support and to all parents who encouraged and helped their children to send their entries. A huge thanks to the children. For me, everyone is the winner.’ These events are all following the Mayor’s Open Garden Trail thanks to Geoff Stonebanks, and two Summer Receptions. To date, £2,800 has been raised for the Mayor’s Charities. Fundraising will continue until the end of the municipal year when the final total will be divided and presented to both charities at the Town Forum on Tuesday 4th May. Following a successful Pub Quiz that the Wellington Pub held for the Mayor’s Charities in October which raised £105, the Seven Sisters pub is hosting a quiz night on 14th December at 7pm. Talking about the Quiz Night the Mayor said, ‘It was an amazing evening. I feel so humbled by the love and support of the people. The event was well attended and successful. I’d had the opportunity to meet and socialise with new people with intelligent minds and masters in general knowledge. The evening was fun throughout. My big thanks go to all the well wishers and supporters who came along and made it such a lit up event. We raised a significant total of £530 for my chosen charities for the year.’ Please book your teams for the quiz night on 14th December and have quiz fun together. For all Mayoral updates please see the Mayor’s Facebook page @mayorofseaford Seaford Town Council in Partnership with local organisations and businesses has been very busy organising Seaford Christmas Magic on Saturday 7th December. The evening before, Friday 6th December, the Mayor’s Chaplain Rev Arwen Folks of St Peter’s Church will be Blessing the Christmas Tree – Tree of Lights at the War Memorial. The Mayor and Young Mayors will then be joined by the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Claire Davis to judge the Best Dressed Shop Window Display. There are no formal entry requirements; any business window in the town centre that has been decorated will be judged. The winner will be announced after the Lantern Parade, before the lights are officially switched on Saturday 7th. Look out for more information and updates on Facebook/Seaford Christmas Magic.

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seaford U3A News My goodness me! Where has this year gone? The days are short and we are heading downhill to the winter solstice on 22nd December. After that we will have more light in the afternoons but will have to wait until the middle of January for lighter mornings. Just be thankful we don’t live in the Arctic Circle! However there is plenty to be cheerful about at U3A. The range of group learning extends month by month. So far it covers art, craft, current affairs, drama, film, history, languages, literature and music, with games of canasta, bridge, mah jong and more planned. Those wanting to get or stay fit can try table tennis or walking. It is hoped to start courses of online learning on climate change, science and technology in the new year, as well as new conventional courses on Scrabble, Spanish for beginners and members’ interests. The ukulele group is hugely popular and if there are any ukulele experts out there who would like to share their expertise they would be very welcome. A new supper club is also starting. The coffee morning which is on Wednesday 18th December is open to members and non-members. It will be at the Constitutional Club between 10am. and 12 noon, and the cost is £2 for coffee and light refreshments. There will be ‘meeters and greeters’ to talk to any new and prospective members so if any readers are not members yet this is your chance to find out more about U3A and talk to the members. No need to book.

The AGM in October saw a new committee take office with a new Chairman. Everyone has different ideas about new developments and it is interesting to have a change of office holders. The photo shows the AGM in action. After the formal business there was a humorous talk on an actor’s perspective on the West End theatres. Tea parties for members started in October with a presentation of old photos of Seaford, which saw the room packed out with members; in November we heard about ‘Henry II and the Kingdom of the Devil’ and in December there is the fascinating subject of ‘What your DNA tells about you’. In the U3A variety is the spice of life! The members’ trips out have also got started again. In October members visited the charity Emmaus at the local branch in Portslade. This charity was started in 1947 in France by a French priest who was shocked by the conditions in Paris after the war. It provides support and housing for many who would otherwise be living on the streets. The trip in December is to the Royal Courts of Justice in London. For more information about Seaford U3A and also about its linked organisations, Sussex U3A Network (SUN) and SE U3A Region see the website www. To find out about membership check this website or ring 01323 899572 or come along to a coffee morning and have a chat. Photo: Seaford U3A AGM. Notice: This issue of Seaford Scene has been distributed by an independent delivery company. Please note that Seaford Scene is not responsible for any other publicity material that is delivered at the same time as the magazine. If you have any issues regarding the delivery of Seaford Scene, please contact MA Distribution


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Santa’s Sleigh Routes Father Christmas and his helpers will be visiting different areas of Seaford during the evenings in December starting from 2nd December. They look forward to seeing you on their journeys around the streets of Seaford. The Christmas Sleigh 2019 will be on the following routes between 5.30pm and 8.30pm: Monday 2nd Sherwood Road, Vale Road, Vale Close,

Kammond Avenue, Seafield Close, Old Nursery Close, Landsdown Road, Alfriston Park. Tuesday 3rd Lower Drive, Belgrave Crescent, The Ridings, Lucinda Way, North Way, The Holt, St Peters Rd. Wednesday 4th Manor Road North, Chesterton Drive, Farm Close, Chyngton Gardens, Stirling Avenue, Ash Drive, Badger’s Copse, Tudor Manor Gardens. Thursday 5th Upper Sherwood Road, Lexden Road, Quarry Lane, Valley Drive, Normansal Park. Friday 6th Hazeldene, Manor Road South, Micklefield Way, Kingston Estate, Fairways Estate, Cuckmere Road (East). Monday 9th Rother Road, Links Road, Arundel Road (South), Cuckmere Road (West), Lullington Close, Chyngton Way, South Way. Tuesday 10th Wilkinson Way, Kedale Road, Grosvenor Road, Salisbury Road, Chichester Road, Stafford Road, Grove Road. Wednesday 11th Hawth Park Road, Tide Mills Way, Buckle Drive, Claremont Road, Kimberley Road, Albany Road, Connaught Road, Edinburgh Road. Thursday 12th Harison Road, Sandore Road, Bromley Road, Richington Way, Alfriston Road, Etherton Way, Haven Brow, Hindover Road, The Byeways, Sutton Drove. (Please note this route has been reversed.) Friday 13th Steyne Road, St. John’s Road, The Causeway, Bramber Road, Cricketfield Road, The Covers, Corsica Road, Fitzgerald Avenue, Sunningdale Close. Saturday 14th Highlands Road, Southdown Road (North), Hartfield Road, Aquila Park, Arundel Road


(North), Sutton Avenue (West), Headland Avenue, Downsview Road, Heathfield Road. Monday 16th Surrey Road, Hawth Way, Kingsway, Westdown Road Carlton Road, Kings Ride, Beacon Drive, Victor Close, Tudor Close, Beacon Road. Tuesday 17th Hill Rise, Princess Drive, Dukes Close, Churchill Road, Katherine Way, Grand Avenue, Royal Drive, Duchess Drive, Crown Hill, Clementine Avenue. Wednesday 18th Kingsmead, Bowden Rise, Firle Close, Homefield Road, Upper Belgrave Road. Thursday 19th Bishopstone: Bishopstone Road, Rookery Way, Marine Drive, Hurdis Road, St Andrews Drive. Friday 20th Lexden Drive, Barn Rise, Queensway, Maple Fields, Barn Close, Coxwell Close, Raymond Cl. Monday 23rd Walmer Road, Hythe Crescent, Hillside Avenue, Hastings Avenue, Milberg Road, Saltwood Road, Chyngton Avenue. The collections are subject to weather conditions although it is hoped that the present incessant wet weather will hold off as in previous years. The list of routes for each night is correct, but the sequence may differ. More detailed information on the routes may be found on the Club website On Saturday 7th December as part of ‘Christmas Magic’, Father Christmas will be switching on the Seaford Christmas Lights at 5pm. On Saturday 14th, Saturday 21st December and Christmas Eve Tuesday 24th December, Father Christmas and his helpers will also be in Broad Street between 10am and 1pm.

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The Christmas Cracker Conundrum The environment is a hot topic right now and let’s face it Christmas crackers have never been eco-friendly. Refuse increases by 30% over the festive season. Can you even remember the plastic tat that fell out of last year’s crackers? Thought not. But if you feel like your Christmas table is not complete without a cracker and a snap there are alternatives to the supermarket classic, Try ‘12 days of Christmas crackers’ which include an eco-friendlier wooden toy. Recyclable Christmas crackers come with a snap, hat, a joke – but no gift. Re-usable crackers are also available and can be filled with a gift of choice. Some have refillable ’snaps’ which mean they can be used again and again.

You can also make DIY Christmas crackers by saving cardboard toilet roll and rolling them in a pretty fabric or brown paper or newspaper. Fill them with a handwritten joke and gift and tie with string at each end. These look festive but are untied – rather than pulled apart. You can always shout BANG! as you pass them out! Cracker jokes for DIY crackers: What does Santa do with unfit elves? He sends them to an Elf Farm! What did Santa do when he went speed dating? He pulled a cracker! What’s a dog’s favourite carol? Bark, the herald angels sing! Sarah Davey





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Wine Wisdom

Which wine should you choose? I was always a bit hazy about which wine to serve with which food. They didn’t teach that sort of thing at our local comprehensive. Then one day a chef friend explained that far from being an elitist concept it was simply about marrying flavours that blend well or complement each other, much like cooking. I managed to get her to distil her wisdom into this handy guide.

Fish – A delicate fish dish calls for a delicate wine, such as Pinot Grigio. If the fish is more robust and served with a rich sauce, it will require a more full-bodied flavoursome white like Chardonnay. Salty seafood marries surprisingly well with champagne.

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Vegetarian food – There is a misconception that vegetarian food should only be served with white wine. But medium reds, like Merlot work well with lots of vegetarian dishes, particularly tomato-based recipes. Cheese board – Some cheeses go better with red,

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The accessible information contained within the covers is broken down into individual themes, each complete in its own right, but together making up the bigger story. Topics such as how the land came to be a nature reserve, how the land has been managed for the mutual benefit of the wildlife and the public, the species surveys to find out what the area is hosting, as well as the more quirky things which have happened in the last fifty years are all documented in flowing prose. Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs and diagrams throughout, including a montage of pictures of the anniversary event held at South Hill Barn in July, (featured in the November issue of Seaford Scene), this would make a fantastic gift for all those interested in local history and Seaford Head.

Have you ever wondered how Seaford Head Seaford Head is a familiar, became a Local Nature Copies canReserve? alsoWhat beis the purchased by contacting Alison importance of it as a Nature Reserve? What much loved and much qualifies it as such? Who owns and manages Baker: the land? If you have then this is the book for used part of our town and you! Seaford Head is a familiar, much loved and our coastline, and 2019 is much used part of our town and our coastline and 2019 is the fiftieth anniversary of the the fiftieth anniversary of creation of the Local Nature Reserve there. Such an important event could not go unmarked the creation of the Local so the Management Committee commissioned Alison Baker to produce a history. Nature Reserve there. After 3 years of painstaking research from a Such an important event wide variety of sources the results have now been published and will be available for the first time at the Seaford Christmas Magic event on could not go unmarked, the 7 December at an introductory price of £12.00 per copy. All profits from the sale of this so the Management book will be used for projects and work within the Nature Reserve Committee commissioned The accessible information contained within the covers is broken down into individual themes, each Alison Baker to produce a history. complete in its own right, but together making up the bigger story. Topics such as how the land th

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St Peter’s Church Events All aboard for carols

December is a very busy and a jolly time all over Seaford, with traditional carol concerts a particular attraction at various venues. But there is one planned this year for St Peter’s Church which should have a special appeal because it involves the Newhaven RNLI community of crew, supporters and families. It is a traditional carol service, lasting for an hour, which will be on Sunday 15th December at St Peter’s in Belgrave Road, Seaford, starting at 3pm. And at 6pm the same day the church will hold a traditional service of readings and carols for Christmas. It is a community service for the whole parish and beyond to which everyone is most welcome to come along and sing.

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A timely talk about ‘Christmas Characters’ old and new will be given by Kay Blackburn at St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Road, Seaford, on Tuesday 3rd December at 2.30pm. She will deal with familiar Christmas people through the centuries – some good, some not so good, some fictional, some real, at an event that is open to all, and is at St Peter’s Church Chapel Rooms. Tickets are £7, and that includes refreshments. It will be in aid of the charity Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

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seaford afternoon flower club Our meeting this month will be held on Thursday 19th December when various club members will demonstrate their ideas for Christmas floral decorations, whether they be for the table, door or just to make the house look festive. We will round off the afternoon with a Christmas Tea. Our competition is entitled ‘A Christmas Cracker’ and we look forward to seeing the artistic interpretations of the title by our members. In October we were treated to a wonderful afternoon when Lucinda Knapman demonstrated ‘Even More Fabulous Flowers’. Those who were there for the afternoon would have no hesitation in telling you that her arrangements certainly were fabulous. Our members put on a great display too in the competition which was for a Dried Arrangement. We do not meet in January, but we look forward to starting our exciting 2020 season off on 20th February when Maggie Hayes will be demonstrating ‘Moving On’, and our members will be having a go at making a Tied Bunch for the competition. We meet at the Baptist Church Hall in Belgrave Road, Seaford, BN25 2EE, on the third Thursday of each month (except January) at 2pm. Our fees for the year are £29 and visitors are always very welcome at £5 on the door which includes refreshments. Contact Mary Morris on 01323 893899 or Sue Ward on 01323 894848 for further details.

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Seaford Striders


Sunday 20th October was a much-needed dry day, which provided a welcome if brief respite amongst seemingly endless wet ones. In celebration, 13 ‘lucky’ Seaford Striders turned out to run the Hove Prom10k, organised by Arena 80, at Hove Lagoon. This race is the penultimate Sussex Grand Prix event, always guaranteed to make it popular for those runners anxious to maximize their points for the year. As always on a flat course there is a temptation to go in search of the Personal Bests (PBs) but some of those who went out quickly and attempted to maintain that pace struggled to do so, although a number of Striders were successful in their efforts to achieve their fastest time over the 10K distance. The fast and flat course saw Matt Bradford from Lewes AC win in a time of 32:38, with home runner Caroline Hoyte (Arena 80) setting a female course record in an impressive time of 36:15. For the Seaford Striders, first man home was Ray Smith in a speedy 43:28. Other club headline grabbers were Adam Haverly in 45:22 and first female Striders Amanda Feast in a superb PB time of 46:01, swiftly followed by Anneka Redley in 46:24. There was depth in the midfield with Louisa Scola settling for a very respectable 47:47. Close on her heels was the ever-reliable Graham Jones, 48:27 and Chris Wilmot, 48:38. Also putting in very solid performances were Michael Pickering, 58:23; Chloe Wilmot, 58:43; Lauren Morgan, 59:20 (PB), Victoria Maleski, 01:07:44; Amanda Mcgowan, 01:09:00, and finishing with her usual sprint finish, Becky Souissi, 01:14:30. Photo: First female Strider to cross the line, Amanda Feast.

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Over 3,000 runners and walkers took to the South Downs on Saturday 26th October to participate in what is one of the biggest off-road marathons and 10K runs in the country. The courses provide challenging yet scenic routes, which were shown off at their best in the


sunny conditions which prevailed until well into the afternoon. This challenging marathon course is not for the faint hearted, or for those in search of marathon PBs. For many participants this is not so much a race but more an experience; with 4,900 feet to ascend along the way and commencing, as it does, with a ridiculous hill right at the start by Bede’s School, where crampons would appear more appropriate than trainers. The route then follows a continuous 20-minute climb before heading inland and after negotiating a treacherous flint and chalk descent, drops into Jevington where a welcome drinks/food station awaits. After climbing out of Jevington it’s into the lovely Friston Forest, past the Long Man of Wilmington and on to Alfriston village. Then comes a long drag up to Bo Peep, which can really sap the energy, but at least if they had time to pause they could enjoy the spectacular views along this exposed section. Here the route turns reassuringly towards the sea and perhaps for the firsttime thoughts of the finish but it’s only half way and there follows a deceptively long stretch to High & Over, where there is extra cheer for home runners in the form of a water station manned by the Seaford Striders. Then it’s on to the exhilarating plunge into Littlington and another lifesaving drinks/food station, before returning to Friston Forest and two sets of wickedly steep wooden steps – sufficient to set quadriceps screaming in protest. Suddenly Cuckmere Haven appears in all its glory but caution must be exercised on a steep descent before crossing the A259 once again. The Seven Sisters are reached after 20 miles. It’s said that you can train for 20, but the last 6.2 are in your head. There is no marathon in the country with a tougher final 6.2 miles. Seven Sisters? The consensus is at least nine.You run out of superlatives describing this final stretch of coastline exemplified by the iconic Belle Tout lighthouse and Beachy Head, all at about the same time that energy levels begin to plummet and leg muscles suddenly start doing strange things. Whilst you may be forgiven for thinking this is mass torture, the sense of achievement on finishing the event is overwhelming and we are privileged to have such a stunning route on our doorstep.

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In such a large field, Seaford Strider Timothy Dymott put in an excellent performance finishing in 29th position in 3:38:36. Those next to finish did so in fairly close order, Simon Coppard, 4:26:25; Joe Plant, 4:29:01; Alan Browne, 4:32:49; Amanda Feast, 4:32:41 and Jeff Young, 4:33:46. In a field of 20 Striders there were still very creditable performances yet to be had, with many of the Striders attempting this race for the very first time. Adam Haverly crossed the line in 4:38:16; Louisa Scola, 4:44:13; Tom Knight, 4:52:24 and Emilie Tearle, 4:54:10. Out there for the long haul were Jazz Shiret, 5:21:26; Wendy Reed, 5:26:35; Sarah Simcock, 5:29:57; Lindsay Tearle, 5:36:14; Tracy Pragnell, 6:26:05; Holly Miller, 6:26:05; Graham Little, 7:04:02; Simon Nixon, 7:38:10; Helen Cox, 7:38:10 and Lisa John, 7:38:11. Together with the marathon is the Beachy Head 10K, which is again a challenging course, and up for the challenge were another eight Striders, who combined a run with finishing and then going to cheer in their fellow club members who were competing in the marathon. These included Lorraine Quigley, 1:06:40; Cathy Tutton, 1:09:05; Hazel Tarrant, 1:10;08; Debbie Priest, 1:10:24; Sarah Anderson, 1:14:09; Sandra Standen, 1:24:07; Lauren Morgan, 1:24:16 and Victoria Maleski, 1:24:14.

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Seaford Little Theatre

On Golden Pond

What’s funny about two parents’ historically difficult relationship with their daughter and Dad’s worsening memory? I don’t remember the 1981 film On Golden Pond, with Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, being remotely amusing; rather, it was sad and full of pathos. So I settled into my seat expecting a gloomy if well-acted evening at the Little Theatre. I was wrong! Director Trish Richings took all the humour in Ernest Thompson’s lines and made us laugh with the elderly Ethel and the even older Norman as they returned to their summer cabin by the lake, to be confronted by Norman’s senility as they removed the dust sheets and contemplated months of their own predictable company. As the long-married couple, John Hamilton and Ann Mabey were completely believable. He was irascible, frightened and made impatient by his failing mind and body. She was compassionate, loving and frustrated as she hid her own emotion to keep life as normal as possible for her husband. With two reliable performances from Little Theatre stalwarts like these, two new introductions to the company stage were also welcome. Retired singer and former director of Seaford Musical Theatre juniors, Paula Woolven, brought professional realism to her part as the daughter, portraying Chelsea with great credibility and naturalness in a way that made you understand her estrangement from her mom and the man she couldn’t bring herself to call Dad. As her boyfriend’s son, school student Logan Brewer played young teenager Billy with a light touch, bringing his considerable experience on


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One of the loveliest plants still blooming in our garden at the Crouch at the beginning of last month was Salvia ‘Amistad’ whose name sums up what we aim to do: Salvia – one of the sage family – meaning ‘to feel well and healthy’ and the varietal name meaning ‘friendship’. It is believed that it was first found at a Mexican market. Whatever the truth of that, it has since taken the gardening world by storm. Its hardiness means it can be left in the ground under the wall dividing us from the Peace Garden. Perfect for attracting pollinators, it’s a bushy, upright perennial, growing to 1.2m with aromatic, slightly downy, corrugated bright green, slender leaves with pointed ends and bearing profuse, large deep purple tubular flowers with black calyces, from early summer to first frost. After all, no one wants extra work lifting a plant into the greenhouse and potting it up when there’s so much else to be done preparing a garden for winter into spring. At the end of October Brian, for example, was drilling holes into the brick wall and screwing in vine wires which will support new climbers. Nearby another team was removing rotting sleepers from borders in order to replace them with new ones, cuttings were being taken and the first new season leeks were being pulled and sold. Allison said: ‘Everyone’s being very proactive, weeding, taking cuttings and trying to make space to put in fresh shrubs. We’re trying to showcase existing plants to better effect. For instance, osteospermums and geraniums spread everywhere so we are taking rooted cuttings of them and potting them up for next year and


for sale.’ She explained that the idea was to keep the garden looking pretty but to be aware of leaving seed heads that would be enjoyed by wildlife. ‘It’s as easy to let the seeds drop and then to dig up the seedlings,’ she said. Rose hips were being left on and day lilies being tidied up. Meanwhile, the garden still had much in bloom including the orchid Lady’s Tresses (Spiranthes cernua var. odorata), with abutilon still nodding peachily among the step-over apple trees. Phil spotted a darter dragonfly hovering over the dry garden pond which, he observed, was hunting on this sunny day for somewhere to lay its eggs within the shelter of the wall. It was good to receive a thank you letter from St James’ Trust for our donation of tomatoes, and thanks to all those who supported volunteers Steph and Ron on their sponsored walk for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, helping them raise more than £1,000. Lastly, local environmental group Greenhavens needs volunteers to plant 420 trees along the Ouse. If you can help go to Our own volunteers are at the Community Garden every Wednesday morning from 9.30am until 12.30pm so please drop in. And have a lovely Christmas! The Garden Team Photos from top: This Lady’s Tresses orchid is at home in the dry garden; Hardy Salvia ‘Amistad’ glows purple against the grey flint wall; Abutilon blooms give great autumn colour; Brian screws fixings for wvine wires to support climbers; Rosehips put us in Christmas mood. Please recycle this magazine when you have finished with it.

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THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ST GEORGE – SEAHAVEN BRANCH 56 members and guests graced Deans Place Hotel at Alfriston on 21st October to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar. It turned out to be a very good night with the response to the Chairman’s welcome being given on behalf of the guests by Victoria Hancock, East Sussex High Sheriff. The Immortal Memory of Nelson was delivered superbly by our branch member, Harry Summerton, a former RN Officer. Harry served his time mainly in Submarines but ended his career as a Regulating Officer. Another successful raffle boosted our funds, and Chairman Bob Peedle MBE was able to announce that two gifts are being presented: commemorative wrist

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Supporting someone with dementia at Christmas As the festive season approaches, Nial Joyce of Clifden House Dementia Care Centre, Seaford offers his advice on keeping the celebrations dementia friendly. 1. Plan ahead: It is easy to get caught up in the

excitement of Christmas and make plans to attend lots of different festive events. Although you might want to ‘treat’ your loved one to special days out and trips, often crowds and lots of lights may lead to sensory overload and distress. Studies show that many people with dementia experience increased confusion later in the day, so plan outings for the morning, when there may be fewer crowds and it will be easier for you to enjoy your time together.

2. Revisit the past: Christmas is the ideal time to be nostalgic and enjoy sharing memories. Perhaps some of your decorations hold sentimental value or there are Christmas family traditions you can enjoy together. Many dementia patients find it easier to access long past memories rather than recent ones, so use this opportunity to take a trip down memory lane.

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If your loved one is visiting your home for Christmas it may be helpful to them if you create some very simple and clear signs to put on the doors to all the key rooms, such as the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, and so on. Illustrations as well as words are really handy. Then as soon as they arrive, walk them around your house and show them where everything is.

4. Streamline the dinner:

As much as we might be looking forward to a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, a heaving plate can be daunting for someone who has difficulties eating. The person with dementia may also feel self-conscious at a large dinner table, so avoid making them the centre of attention. If you know that they prefer a smaller serving (or that they have always hated sprouts!) adapt their plate accordingly. Being together at Christmas is what counts after all.


5. Give them a break:

In calmer moments – such as when the family’s slumped in front of the TV mid-afternoon – have some quieter activities to hand. Look through old photo albums together, put on one of their favourite Christmas films, or simply involve the person with dementia in your own activities. Designate a quiet room, away from the noise of television and music, and allow time for a nap. At Clifden House we offer a vibrant and active environment, as well as a home for family, friends and carers to spend quality time with their loved one. Our care team is on hand to offer help and advice on communicating with a loved one with dementia, whatever the stage of their illness. This year Clifden House Dementia Care Centre, Seaford, celebrates 50 years of delivering exceptional care in Sussex. As a leader in specialist dementia care it aims to facilitate each person to continue to live a fulfilling and active life with privacy, dignity and security. Tel: 01323 896460

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Have you or your family worked in the news trade, newspaper and magazine distribution, wholesale, retail and publishing, and thinking of your retirement now or for the future? Situated in a coastal town in East Sussex, Seaford sits on the south coast of England. Lying east of Newhaven and Brighton and west of Eastbourne, there are 34 one-bedroom bungalows, 6 two-bedroom bungalows and 1 two-bedroom house, all maintained to a good standard, offering sheltered accommodation with a sense of community, within a secure setting. Main Facts: Retirement Living to maintain independence with Security and Peace of Mind. Scheme Manager and Maintenance Manager, onsite 9am - 5pm Mon-Fri, 24hr Community Alarm Service. Access to well-maintained communal grounds with a fish pond and communal greenhouse. Local half hourly bus service giving access to Eastbourne, Seaford, Brighton and surrounding areas. Major rail links can be picked up from Seaford train station Frequent social activities in the communal lounge, which Include; Bingo, Coffee mornings, Fish Chip suppers and other regular events. Communal lounge is also available to hire for small family functions. Social Housing/Affordable Rents. Excellent GP Surgeries.

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Seaford Handbell Ringers celebrate 20 years On Wednesday 6th November, Seaford Handbell Ringers celebrated 20 years having formed as a group back in 1999. The invited guests joining the celebrations included the Mayor of Seaford, Cllr. Nazish Adil, the past president of Seaford U3A, Robert Stephens, and founder members and relatives. With members of both the morning and afternoon groups, white gloved and on standby to perform, Chairman Alison Aikens welcomed the guests and introduced members both past and present. Margaret Wilkie, founder member and first Chairman, gave a brief history of the group and how it had begun back in 1998 at a U3A course for beginners handbell ringing. The group enjoyed the course so much, they decided to start a group in Seaford. A committee was formed and, with a grant from Help the Aged and various fund raising events, they were able to buy a set of handbells. They borrowed music stands from the U3A and put large music scores drawn on big sheets of wallpaper on the wall for members to read – wallpaper music. Members became leaders and the rest, as they say, is history. As part of the celebration, the Morning Group performed three pieces, led by Margaret Hopkins – Handel’s Minuet from Music for the Royal Fireworks, followed by My Grandfather’s Clock, played with muted bells, and lastly Dream of Vienna by Johann Strauss. The pieces were beautifully played and rounded off with an enthusiastic applause.

Additional handbells were played, providing an even wider range of notes. Despite the groups only having rehearsed once together and pre-performance shouts of ‘Who’s got G sharp?’, the group managed to pull it off with their renditions of Around the World in 80 Days and Alexander’s Ragtime Band – we were with you all the way ladies – smiles and relief all around and what fun! It was a wonderful celebration and we wish Seaford Handbell Ringers another 20 years of continued success! The groups perform throughout the year at various functions and are always looking for new members to join, so if you are interested in having a go, please contact Jo Tigg on 01323 893878 for more details. Fran Tegg Photos from top: Seaford Handbell Ringers with the Mayor of Seaford, morning and afternoon groups; l-r Founder member Margaret Wilkie, Mayor of Seaford, Chairman of Seaford Handbell Ringers, Alison Aikens.

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Blackcap – Home for Christmas Seaford is no place for a warbler in winter. As daylight, temperature and their insect food dwindles blackcaps, whitethroats, chiffchaffs, reed, sedge and willow warblers all evacuate England. Each September their fragile, feathered bodies fly to Spain and sub-Saharan Africa on the promise of warmth, food and, ultimately, life. So finding a blackcap swinging on your birdfeeder in December will be as unlikely as seeing Santa at a midsummer barbeque. But at Christmas miracles can happen. Blackcaps return to England in April. Cuckoos and chiffchaffs, also early migrants, broadcast their arrival with their monotonous two-note tune but the blackcap lets loose a rich, full-throated, joyous warble; a defiant announcement that he’s cheated death for another winter.

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The laws of nature clearly state that all European blackcaps must migrate south for the winter. But in the sixties a small gang of nonconformist blackcaps in Germany started a revolution. They headed southwest instead of south, ending up in England. Mother Nature is not kind to those who disobey her rules and this suicide squad was surely sentenced to a frozen death in our frosty winter. But instead they found a new England. A land of mild winters, ornamental berry bushes and kind people who hung balls of fat in their gardens. They didn’t freeze and starve. They survived. Not only that; the following spring’s short flight home to Germany meant they arrived ahead of their lawabiding neighbours who were still struggling back from their long-haul holiday. The returning rebels were able to claim the best territories and produce larger families. They raised more revolutionaries who returned to England each winter. Now a small population of blackcaps make our gardens their winter home; exotic apparitions of summer amongst the robins and frost. They’ll be gone again by the time ‘our’ British blackcaps return, exhausted and oblivious, in April. Photo: Blackcap by Roger Wilmshurst

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A Review of 2019 As we enter the final furlong of 2019, we look back on what’s been making the Newberry Tully pages of Seaford Scene.

January: We kicked off the year with an article

around what’s the most important question you should ask an estate when selling your home. (Email us if you want to know what it was.)

February: We shared six simple environmental tips to help people go green in 2019. March: We supported Seaford’s new parkrun with

a donation that went towards buying walkie-talkies for the volunteer stewards.

April: Keeping the running theme going we

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October: We met pupils from Seaford Head

School who were part of their Greenpower electric car race team and donated £250 to support them.

November: We looked at ways to keep your

pets calm during fireworks season.

announced our sponsorship of the Martello Rotary Club’s Half Marathon trophies.

December: We made an office pledge to not talk

May: Lucky for some – we talked about the 13

things you get when you instruct us to sell or let your property.

We’d like to wish all our clients and readers of Seaford Scene a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

June: We reported on all the community groups we

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support locally and why we do it.

July: We talked about the 30 Second Test and whether your home passed it. Most buyers make their minds up about a property in less than a minute.

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August: We reported on the winners and overall success of the Martello Rotary Club’s Half Marathon.

September: We caught up, nearly, with the

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Who’s Who In Seaford?

Phil Duncan, Founder, Curator and Director of the Sussex Arts Collective Phil has lived in Seaford for five and a half years, having lived in Lewes, Brighton and Hove before then. As well as being the Director of Sussex Arts Collective, which he started in 2006, he is also a ceramic artist/maker. Phil was educated in St Albans and completed a foundation course in Art at Barnfield College, Luton. He gained a BA Honours Degree in 3D Design from Brighton Polytechnic and taught art, design and photography in a secondary school for 21 years until he curated his first large scale exhibition at the HOP Gallery in Lewes. He also completed a postgraduate course in Information Technology in Art & Design. He has been a member of Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society in Lewes, the National Trust and the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Phil has been married to Aileen for 36 years and together they have re-homed dogs from the Dogs Trust. They currently have an Australian Kelpie named Chloe. What does your role involve? Promoting and developing the Sussex Arts Collective; finding new members; organising our events; sourcing venues; organising the exhibitors; creating promotional material and ensuring the smooth running of the events – just about everything! What do you like best about Seaford? The people. What is your favourite piece of music? One Nation Under a Groove by Funkadelic: An epic piece of dance music; never fails to bring a smile. However, there are a million and one tunes I could choose. What is your favourite film? Blade Runner. What book are you reading at the moment? I have just finished Will Self ’s Umbrella and just started Grayson Perry’s Portrait of an Artist as a Young Girl. Where is your favourite place to go in and around Seaford? Friston Forest – I always feel refreshed after a walk in the woods. Friston was one the first places we


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Welcome to Seaford Kurlers’ last article for 2019.

I hope that you all enjoyed the Seaford Bonfire 2019 display. They put on a wonderful show every year and deserve a big round of applause. A huge thank you to everyone involved. On the whole 2019 has not been a bad year, the weather has been very mixed, but never too extreme. I hope that the winter does not bring a freeze as I do not cope well when ice is on the ground – I tend to end up slipping over, which is not very nice! Seaford Kurlers have had a mixed year and on the whole a good one. As with most small clubs we welcome new members. We are a friendly group of people and play the gentle sport of New Age Kurling every week. The sport is suitable for any level of mobility and can be played very competitively or just for fun. Why not give it a go? You’ll also get to know

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Debut Author Inspired by Local Festivities Back in 2013 aspiring writer, Emma Jackson, went along to see the Christmas lights being turned on in Alfriston village with her partner and one-year-old daughter. It was a bitter night, but the buoyant atmosphere and chocolate-box setting set her mind racing with possibilities for a Christmas novel. From that spark of an idea, A Mistletoe Miracle, a festive romantic comedy, grew. Slowly. Emma squeezed in writing in the evenings and during her children’s naptimes, over the next six years. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association on their New Writers’ Scheme at the beginning of the year, determined to focus her efforts. She was overwhelmed by the encouragement given by the published authors and fellow NWS members and highly recommends joining to any romance writers looking for support and friendly guidance (there are some bursaries available). When the RNA’s readers critique report came back glowing, she was finally ready to submit her manuscript. Orion Dash made her dreams of becoming a published author come true when they offered her a contract with their new digital first imprint and her debut novel was published on 24th November.

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Well, our busy summer ended and we finally took down our very sad bunting, all but destroyed by the winds of the great bay of Seaford after many years of faithful service! We have been incredibly fortunate that a team of ladies were both willing and able to sew new flags for us and these will be adorning the museum next year once the winter storms have gone and spring has sprung! Very many thanks to Lynn and everyone else involved in this gargantuan task. This has been greatly appreciated especially as they are now ready for our Golden Anniversary next year – 50 years of Seaford Museum. The winter months will give us an opportunity to do maintenance work whilst the museum is closed during the week. We have recently opened a much needed conservation room for our volunteer team which has

been made possible by the skills and hard work of our fantastic ‘heavy gang’. Regretfully the roof has had to be closed for a couple of weeks whilst the roof door is being restored by a specialist team. Hopefully it will be back in use allowing us to fly flags once more by the time this is published. We will continue to be open to the public on both Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 4pm throughout the winter. Have you ever wondered about the history of your house? In our archives we have a housing register in which we have details of many of the houses in town together with much else. We recently had a visitor whose great grandfather, William Tyler-Smith, was one of the most important men in the development of 19th-century Seaford. There was a very fruitful exchange of material – we are always learning from our visitors and are most anxious to glean memories of local residents particularly of those who lived through WWII in Seaford. Our archives are open each first Sunday of the month between 1.30pm – 4 pm. If you let us know what you are interested in beforehand we can make sure we have delved into our records ahead of your visit. A visit would also give you the opportunity to browse in the gift shop and possibly buy one of our new museum logo mugs and coasters – ideal for Christmas. We are ending the year with our traditional Christmas Quiz on Friday 13th December at 7pm in St Leonard’s Church Hall. Come and enjoy fish and chips and mulled wine all for £10 (non-members) and £8 (members). It is always a good night. Tickets from the museum or Newberry Tully Estate Agents. Everyone at the museum would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas. We hope to see you soon! Photo: Visitors enjoying Seaford Museum.


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town crier gets stitched up! Town Crying is not a personality cult, but it is nice to be immortalised in embroidery. The Bayeaux 11th century Embroidery – strictly it’s not a tapestry – shows two Bellmen, in Westminster Abbey in 1065 with the coffin of Edward the Confessor. Perhaps they were the first ‘Dead Ringers’! Seaford’s Town Crier was delighted recently to rediscover he had been embroidered back in 1994 by Seaford U3A’s Quilt Makers. In 2018 – note the change to an historically correct uniform – he was painted in watercolours and coloured pencils by talented local artist Daryl Cogavin from a photo by Tony Willer. ‘stitched-up’ again in the Seaford W I Centenary Banner, lovingly made by a local milliner Gill Steele. Coincidentally she is a former History Student whom he taught in the 1970s!

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Concentus has an exuberant Christmas concert in store for you! The choir has been rehearsing since September (and twice a week from November!) and has had its extra full-day rehearsal to make sure that their performance is tip-top for you. Adrian White, Musical Director, has once again used his very considerable skills to enable Concentus to use volume, pace, expression and feeling to subtly convey the nuances hidden in the notes and words of all the pieces, ensuring that the scores are more than marks on paper but also encompass the fine shades of meaning which transform performances and are the keynote of the choir which Adrian has created. There are lots of carols in the concert – some well known, some less familiar – famous classical pieces, humour, three group pieces, solos, carols for the audience to sing and at least one song with no connection to Christmas at all! Groups and soloists are all drawn from within this large and talented choir. G.F. Handel composed two of the classical pieces: you will thrill to the passion and energy of the first, And the Glory – the world famous opening chorus from The Messiah; and the second, Zadok the Priest, lifts praise and rejoicing to new heights – composed as it was for the coronation of George II and sung prior to the anointing of the Sovereign at the coronation of every British monarch since then. Not all the works are ‘thunder and lightning’. Amongst the others are: Shepherd’s Pipe Carol (John Rutter), which tells the Christmas story in vivacious musical question and answer form between a shepherd boy and a traveller; the Angels’ Carol, also by Rutter, is a movingly joyful celebration of all that the holy baby will bring ‘to the waiting nations’; A Christmas Blessing (P. Stopford) echos the same sentiments in the most beautiful gentle way with voices soaring in well-wishing; while Seal Lullaby (E. Whittaker) evocatively creates the sound and feeling of the undulating surface of a quiet sea.


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NEWHAVEN CHURCH CELEBRATES 900 YEARS OF HISTORY A celebration of Newhaven’s oldest building – St Michael’s Church – will take place during 2020 which marks the 900th anniversary of the Norman church. It is hoped that a programme of events planned for the whole year will provide something for everyone in the town. The project has already attracted Arts Council funding, allowing local composer and musician Mike Flood to write a suite of music, narration and song, telling many stories of the history of Newhaven over the past nine centuries. Rt Rev Dr Bill Musk, Chairman of the committee planning the events, said: ‘We would love the celebration to be a town affair for everyone to get involved in

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A Family of Birds at Seaford Head Seaford Head Nature Reserve is in the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding National Beauty and the Sussex Heritage Coast, and spans from Seaford Head over to Cuckmere Valley and inland with the Cuckmere River. The reserve is jointly owned by Seaford Town Council, the National Trust and East Sussex County Council. Part of the reserve is managed by Sussex Wildlife Trust manage with the help of many valuable volunteers and park rangers, and funded by Seaford Town Council. The remainder is managed and maintained by Seaford Town Council. This area is home to many nationally rare and significant species of plant, birds and insects, and is a popular area for visitors from all over with beautiful views of the Seven Sisters Cliffs and the Coastguard Cottages. Recently it was visited by a family from Ringmer, who had a wonderful day of bird watching there. The family got in touch with Seaford Town Council and shared their experience with this beautiful piece of writing by 10-year-old Jay:

A Family Bird Watching Trip to Seaford Head, 6th October 2019 I got out of the car and got my binoculars ready. We had all chosen our three birds we thought we would each see today. The first person to see all three of their birds was the winner. I chose a chiffchaff, herring gull and a robin. Mum chose a wren, jackdaw and a starling. My brother, Robin, chose a woodpigeon, carrion crow and a black-headed gull. Lastly, Dad chose a raven, stonechat and a meadow pipit. We set off with the telescope and other equipment. Robin didn’t take his bins because he didn’t want to carry them, and we had the telescope anyway. Well, I took mine and I’m glad I did because there were some good birds, which will be mentioned later.


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stood on the rocks as two oyster catchers flew by. Dad saw a whimbrel, but when I went to look through the ’scope, it had gone. A rock pipit flew in noisily, as if announcing itself, and landed on a rock. I got a chance to look at it through my bins just before it flew away. Eventually we went back up the steps and strode down the hill towards Cuckmere Haven and the river valley. Near the bottom, we stopped to look at grey herons through the ’scope. We then took a path than ran parallel with the Cuckmere river. Through a gap in the hedge, five young grey herons were lined up next to each other! Wigeons and Canada geese gathered behind them. We moved a little further down the path where there was another opening. A chiffchaff, blue tit and a chaffinch were hopping about in the bushes next to us. But the most amazing sight was the eighteen curlews and fourteen little egrets mooching about on the grass by the river! I looked through my bins, but they were a little too far away to see much detail with an 8x32 lens. So instead, I looked through the ’scope. I could see the curlews were well camouflaged for this habitat – with the naked eye they looked like tussocks of grass. Suddenly a kingfisher flew up the river, a blue-ish dot darting over the water. After a while, we set off up another hill that would take us back to our starting point. A buzzard was being harassed by three crows. When we got to the top of the hill, a green woodpecker flew in front of us and landed in a nearby tree. As well as that, we heard a great spotted woodpecker calling from the same clump of trees. We then walked on for a while until we got to the Old Barn by the car park. Several pied wagtails fluttered about on the roof of the barn, and I got them I the

’scope and we all had a look. Every now and again, a wren would pop up onto a window frame of the barn. Linnets sat on branches in the dense scrub. I looked at them through my bins, their pinky-red foreheads and bellies showing nicely. After that small burst of birds, we headed back to the car. As I was getting in, a rook flew over, squawking loudly. It had been a good day as we had seen 38 different species of birds. I remembered that I was the first person to spot all of my own 3 birds that I’d chosen for our bird spotting game. Mum came second and Robin third, but Dad never saw a raven, so he came last. Jay Diserens, age 10 Photos from top: Robin and the telescope with Seven Sisters in the distance (top right); Coastguard Cottages (top left); a meadow pipit, the result of Grandad playing with his camera.

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fundraising opportunity for Local charities Seaford Town Council has been looking at opening Martello Field (west) as an additional car parking space during the busy summertime weekends during 2020. This is following residents’ feedback regarding the extremely busy promenade and lack of car parking during the summer months of 2019. The Martello Field (west) will be available to local charity/community groups to hire from May through to September, where this space can be marshalled for extra car parking. The local charity/community groups will be able to take donations in return for offering the extra car parking space for the day and to help raise money towards their cause. Temporary signs will be available to promote the location of the car park along the promenade. If your charity or community group would be interested in this opportunity please do contact for further details.

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Neighbourhood Watch Roundup

By reporting every incident, online preferably, the Prevention division of policing can quickly and efficiently focus resources to where they are needed most. The police are reliant on us, the neighbours, to tell them what’s going on and what’s needed where. This is particularly true for petty crimes, anti-social behaviour, anti-social driving and acts of vandalism. By reporting online, hot spots are quickly identified, and the right resources can be despatched to attend to those issues. The Reactionary arm of modern policing can therefore be used more efficiently.

A wise man over the pond once wrote that the more things change, the more things stay the same. 21st Century Policing is no different. While we don’t see Bobbies on the beat anymore, this doesn’t mean that the Police can’t see you, or that we don’t have effective policing. Modern policing is both proactive and reactive, utilising resources to best serve you. Proactive policing is about prevention, and it’s this aspect of modern policing that relies on us, good neighbours, the eyes and ears, to support Police efforts and do our bit to keep our town a safe one.You can read more about modern policing and how it is changing here: police-forces/sussex-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/ the-pcso-model-is-changing/

The Police Call Centre and Online Reporting Tools are state of the art and are relied upon by decision makers for Police funding and resource allocation. When incidents are not reported, this translates into low crime statistics and as a result, funding and resources are allocated elsewhere. In Seaford we are lucky to have, by comparison, very low crime figures but unless we get behind our Police, and embrace our role in crime prevention, this will not always be the case. Unless we change and embrace modern policing, our town will change too.

It is an absolute truth that nobody knows your neighbourhood better than you.You know what looks and feels right, and what doesn’t. When things are not right, none of us is the type of person who would ignore a threat to ourselves, our neighbours or our friends. It’s this on-the-ground knowledge that our Police rely upon to keep Seaford and Bishopstone a safe and relatively crime free town. They rely on us to be their eyes and ears, and none are more qualified than us to be those eyes and ears.


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by email to Typically, the Police do not follow social media and do not rely on our various Facebook noticeboards for accurate crime statistics, nor are those Facebook reports admissible in court as evidence. If we want solutions, we have to stop being part of the problem. Emergencies, crime in progress, suspicious behaviour in progress, anti-social behaviour in progress or anything else that needs immediate police action must be phoned through to 999. Non-emergency incidents can be phoned through to 101 but preferably reported online or by email. By joining the Neighbourhood Watch (a steal at £3 a year) you are also doing your part, quite visibly, to deter criminals just by displaying the logo on your door. Report all non-emergency incidents online or by email, and you are doing your bit to focus police resources where they are needed the most. We criticise the Police for ‘doing nothing’ when we have to ask ourselves what we are actively doing to support policing efforts. Most of us would answer ‘very little’. It’s time to be the change. You can join the Neighbourhood Watch by visiting our website or by dropping an email to or by using the form attached and dropping it into our post-box at the police station. Join us on Facebook sandbnhw for regular updates and alerts.

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In closing, our thanks to our neighbours for your loyal support, your kindness and your care.You are the Great Neighbours that make Seaford & Bishopstone a special place to live. We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Joyous New Year however you choose to celebrate. In this season of giving, be generous with your smiles, your care for yourselves and each other, and above all, be safe.

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Youth Opportunities Seaford Rotary is again organising various competitions for our young people over the next few months with prizes for all age groups.

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The Young Photographer competition with a 24th January 2020 closing date for entries is for young persons in three age groups as at 31st August 2019: 7 – 10 years; 11 – 13 years and 14 – 17 years. The entry should be on the subject ‘Through My Eyes’. More information and entry forms may be obtained from Fotobox, 22 Broad Street, Seaford, school receptions, downloaded from Seaford Rotary Club website or by emailing:


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The Young Musician competition with a 15th February 2020 closing date for entries is for young persons aged 11 – 17 as at 31st August 2019. The competition is open to solo instrumentalists, singers and ensembles and will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020. Entry forms and competition rules may be obtained from the Music Department at Seaford Head School, downloaded from Seaford Rotary Club website or by emailing Also, there is the inspiring (and possibly life-changing) experience...

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

These will be held from Sunday 5th to Friday 10th April 2020 at High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, Headley Lane, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6DQ.

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Christmas Traditions Since moving to Seaford four years ago and having a young family, we’ve become more inclined to make our own family traditions – things that we do annually, places we visit when the festive season arrives and all those little extras that make Christmas with a young family so exciting. Christmas in the Hanby-Penn house starts on 1st December, when a cheeky elf arrives in our house. He comes to stay for the month to help the children prepare for Christmas and also to report back to the big man himself if necessary. Some families go mad with crazy elf antics and I must admit we have had toilet roll wrapped around the Christmas tree and the elf

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Scam Awareness Don’t be a victim of a scam

Seaford Rotary and their Business Partners are pleased to reproduce monthly extracts from the Little Book of Big Scams, originally compiled by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and made available by the Metropolitan and Sussex Police. These extracts should be seen as a general guide to many scams currently operating in the UK, and have been included in Seaford Scene to increase your awareness of these scams and show you some easy steps that you can take to protect yourselves and others. Scams target people of all ages, backgrounds and income levels. One of the best ways to fight the scammers is to take steps to prevent yourself from being caught out in the first place. Do not be embarrassed to report a scam. Because the scammers are cunning and clever there is no shame in being deceived. By reporting you will make it more difficult for the scammers to deceive others. If you want to stay on top of scams and up to date about crime prevention advice, visit the Sussex Police website, where you can learn of current information on different types of scam new scam stories, alerts and advice.

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newhaven, peacehaven & Seaford Lions Club 50th Anniversary Charter Lunch

Our 50th Anniversary Charter Lunch in October was a great success. We were joined by many past members, friends of Lions, members of Lions Clubs in our district, and their families. We were particularly pleased to be able to welcome our District Governor, Lion David Butler OBE and Seaford’s Mayor, Councillor Nazish Adil, who joined our President David Hemming and his wife Mary at the top table. A memorable occasion was enjoyed by everyone.

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During November our focus was on preparing the Santa Sleigh for its annual outing round Peacehaven. Our current sleigh, built originally for us by Malcolm Webb of Claremont Kitchens, is being given its yearly clean and maintenance check after being in storage all year. Santa’s elves are polishing all the lights, recording some new carols and stocking up with fresh carrots


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We know of many people in our area who will struggle to keep warm this winter. Please pass on your winter fuel payment to us and we will make sure it goes directly to where it is needed. By working with the CAB and local food banks in our area, we can target those who really need your help.

Help Lions to help your local community Donate now at, or send a cheque payable to NPS Lions Wenceslas Project to: Lion Treasurer, 32 St Mellion Close, Hailsham, BN27 3UY. For a receipt please include your email address or a SAE (Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford Lions Club Charity Trust Fund is a registered charity number 281285).

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We would like to thank everyone who has assisted with our fundraising efforts over the last year and wish each and every one of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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SEAFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTS SEAFORD HEAD SCHOOL PTA On Thursday 7th November 2019 the Chamber presented a cheque for £7,200 to Headteacher Bob Ellis and Rob Handy from Seaford Head School. Each year, a Golf Day is organised by the Chamber with sponsorship from local business, including a dinner and luxury auction; a fabulous amount was raised from this year’s event. The total raised was then match-funded by Barclays bank, resulting in this donation. The school promotes Mental Health and Wellbeing for all pupils and their Student Council has suggested that equipment for an outdoor gym would not only benefit their physical health, but spending time outside in the fresh air would have a massive positive impact over the


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What’s On In December? Thur 21st Nov - Sun 15th Dec Drawings by Sir Stanley Spencer & Family Studio+ Gallery, 21 Church Street 11am - 5pm (Thurs-Sun only). Includes work by Spencer’s brother, daughter and first wife. Donations in support of WAVES Seaford. Tel: 07511 817366 Sat 30th Nov - Sun 1st Dec 7th - 8th December Art @ Field Cottage 59 Belgrave Road Exhibition featuring Karen Holbrook (ceramics and jewellery), Lisa Bagot (paintings), Sarah Rickard (decoration), Anna V (rugs) and Chris Hesketh (ceramics). Seaford Photographic Society Annual Exhibition Martello Room, Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane 11am - 11pm. Exhibition with bar and food available. Sat 30th Nov - Sun 22nd Dec Sussex Arts Collective: Merrily! Crypt Gallery, 23 Church St 10am - 4pm (Mon-Sat), 12 noon - 3pm (Sun). High quality work from established and emerging talent, with plenty of unique gifts and treats to buy. Sunday 1st December Beach Clean The Buckle 10am. Gloves, bags and litter pickers provided, or bring your own bucket. Supervised children welcome. Rubbish sorted for recycling. Facebook: Plastic Free Seaford Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club Piddinghoe Pond 10.30am. Freeman Iceberg 9 & 10. The Wellington 33 Steyne Rd 6pm. Cheese and wine night. Free cheeseboard on the bar with complementary wine pairings. Monday 2nd - Monday 23rd Seaford Rotary Christmas Sleigh Various routes, Seaford 5.30pm - 8.30pm. Father


Christmas and his helpers visit the streets of Seaford. They will also be in Broad Street 10am - 1pm Sat 14th, Sat 21st and Mon 24th. See online for details of routes. Tuesday 3rd Seaford Head Probus Club Seaford Golf Club, Firle Road Monthly meeting and lunch for members and guests. Tel: Dennis Cockram 01323 491332, email: dcockram1@ Christmas Characters St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Rd 2.30pm. Seasonal lecture by Kay Blackburn, exploring a selection of familiar Christmas people through the centuries. In aid of Chestnut Tree House. Tickets £7, incl. refreshments and cakes.

Wednesday 4th Lewes WASPI Group (Women Against State Pension Injustice) St James’ Trust, 11 Blatchington Road 6.30pm. Monthly meeting. Just come along. Facebook ‘Lewes WASPI Group’. Email Local Co-ordinator Janet Blackman: Greenhavens Network Meeting Upper Meeching Hall, Fort Road, Newhaven 7pm. Speakers on Green Space Mapping, Refill Seaford and Newhaven, and Havens Community Hub. Everyone welcome. St Wilfrid’s Hospice – Lights of Love St Leonard’s Church, Church Street 7pm. Service to celebrate and remember those we have lost. Tel: 01323 434241 lightsoflove Splash Point Jazz Club The View, Seaford Head Golf Club, Southdown Road 7pm. Christmas Special: Sue Richardson’s Tribute to Ella & Louis (trumpet and vocals). Tickets £10 on the door or online. splashpointjazz.

Wednesday Group Carol Evening for St Wilfrid’s Hospice Cross Way Church, Clinton Place 7pm. Various stalls, carol singing, handbell ringers, coffee and mince pies. Entry £3, in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. All welcome. Tel: Joy 01323 370642 Thursday 5th Newhaven Hillcrest Country Market Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven 9.45am - 2pm. Christmas and Winter themed market. Buy unique gifts and place orders for seasonal fare. Plus the usual wide range of stalls selling locally baked and grown produce and local crafts. Family Roots, Eastbourne & District Family History Society Ocklynge School, Victoria Drive, Eastbourne 7pm for 7.30pm. ‘A Victorian Christmas’, talk by Lizzie and Tony Gilks. New members welcome. Members £1, visitors £1.50 incl. refreshments. Tel: Helen Warren 01323 731792 Seaford Community Cinema The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane 7pm. NT Live screening: ‘Fleabag’ (15).Tickets £13.50/£12.50/£8, available from Seaford Tourist Information Centre, 37 Church Street, or online. Seaford Evening Flower Club St Luke’s Church,Walmer Road 7pm for 7.30pm. Monthly meeting with visits from demonstrators, club workshops, competition nights and talks. Tel: Mary Blair 01273 515468. Seaford Bonfire Society Open Committee Meeting The White Lion Hotel, Claremont Road 7.30pm. A chance to join and meet the committee. Email: www.seafordbonfiresociety. Seaford Folk Songs and Tunes Circle The Office Bar, Saxon Lane 8pm. Singers, musicians and audience welcome to perform or listen. Host: Derek Seed.

Friday 6th Christmas Coffee Morning Bishopstone Parish Hall 10.30am - 12.30pm. In aid of Seahaven Responders. Raffle and produce. Seahaven Hard of Hearing Club St James’ Trust, Blatchington Road 2.15pm - 4pm. Guest speakers, activities, tea and biscuits. Transport available. New members always welcome. Tel: Pauline 01323 895216 Email: Saturday 7th Morning of Yoga, Meditation and Festive Fayre The Archway, Blatchington Rd 9.30am.Yoga with Rosie Waters, Senior Vajrasati Teacher. Tel: 01323 892638/07983 622840 Email: seahavenyoga@btinternet. com Open Church Cross Way Church, Clinton Place 10am - 4pm. Cross Way Church open for coffee/tea and mince pies, plus display of Nativity scenes and a craft table for children. Seaford Christmas Magic Various venues 10am - 6pm. A full range of entertainment and attractions, including live music and street market. Lantern parade from 4.30pm, Christmas lights switched on 5.10pm. Foundation of Spiritual Healing and Guidance St James’ Trust, 11 Blatchington Road 2pm - 4pm. Free healing, Qualified approved healers in attendance. No appointment. Tea and cakes. Donations welcome. Tel: 01323 896192 Seaford Community Cinema The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane 6pm. ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (U). A Seaford Christmas Magic event. Tickets £6/£5/£3.50, available from Seaford Tourist Information Centre, 37 Church Street, or online. The Royal British Legion Club Claremont Road 8.30pm. Disco. Tel: 01323 890154 www.

The Old Boot Inn 13 High Street 9pm. The Magpies. Tel: 01323 895454 theoldbootinnseaford Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th Christmas at Dovecote Garden Old Coach House, The Lane, West Dean 10am - 4pm. Family weekend with indoor Christmas market, live music, lanternlit woodman’s shed and homemade tea, coffee cakes and bacon buns. Christmas trees for sale. Free entry and parking. Sunday 8th Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club Piddinghoe Pond 10.30am. Freeman Iceberg 11 & 12. Messy Church St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Rd 2pm - 5pm. Relaxed and social time, helping children connect with the meaning of Advent and Christmas. Session begins with fun Christmas crafts, followed by singing, prayer and the Christmas story in the church. Ends with bangers and mash for all. Parents must stay with children. Free, everyone welcome. Sunday Tea Dances Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road,N’haven 2pm - 4.30pm. Ballroom, Latin, popular sequence and occasional line dances. £6, including tea and biscuits (first visit £1.50). Tel: Fred Weston on 01323 898813 Corelli Ensemble Christmas Concert Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road 4pm. Programme includes Albinoni, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Howard Blake’s ‘Snowman Suite’. With oboist Owen Dennis and violinist Maeve Jenkinson. Followed by tea and seasonal refreshments.Tickets £14 on the door/£12 in advance from Seaford Tourist Information Centre, 37 Church Street, or online. Children free.

Tuesday 10th Probus Club of Seaford Seaford Golf Club, Firle Road 12 noon for 12.45pm lunch. Monthly meeting with 2-course meal and speaker. Tel: 01323 899300 or 01323 896024 Seaford Natural History Society St Luke’s Church Centre, Walmer Road 2.15pm. Christmas social. Members only. Tel: 01323 893526 www. GuestHouse Storytellers Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven 7.30pm. ‘Winter Tales to Warm the Heart’. Heartwarming and inspiring tales to carry you through the dark days of winter, served with complimentary mulled wine, gingerbread biscuits and mince pies. £5/£47 concessions on the door. To tell a story lasting up to 10 minutes, email: www.guesthousestorytellers. com The Old Boot Inn 13 High Street 7.30pm. Christmas Quiz. Tel: 01323 895454 theoldbootinnseaford Wednesday 11th Seaford Women’s Institute Claremont Hall, Brooklyn Rd 2pm. Waiting list for new members. To hire the hall for events, email Sue Parish at Seaford Stamp & Postcard Club Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane 6.30pm for 7pm. Christmas dinner for members and guests. Tel: 01323 492433 Thursday 12th Bizzybirds The View, Seaford Head Golf Club, Southdown Road 10am - 12 noon. Monthly meeting for women looking to build their business and network with like-minded women.

Seahaven RAFA Lunch 12 noon for 12.30pm. Twocourse lunch at either the Royal British Legion or the White Lion. Book one week in advance. Tel: 01323 898907 Seaford Horticultural Society Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Members outing to Kew’s Christmas extravaganza. Friday 13th Hearing Aid Maintenance, NHS Batteries and Hearing Loss Advice The Downs 60+ Club, Sutton Corner 10am - 12 noon (drop-in). Meet your local, friendly team from the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre. Please bring your NHS brown book. Tel: 01323 722505 Email: Seaford Museum & Heritage Society St Leonard’s Church Hall, Church Lane 7pm. Christmas Quiz with fish and chips supper. BYO alcohol if desired. Teams of up to 6, prize for winning team. £8 members/£10 non-members. Tickets available at Newberry Tully Estate Agents, 53 Church Street, or at the Museum, Martello Tower. Seaford Community Cinema The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane 7.30pm. ‘Wild Rose’ (PG). Tickets £6/£5/£3.50, available from Seaford Tourist Information Centre, 37 Church Street, or online. Saturday 14th Cotton’s Coffee Bar Charity Christmas Craft Day South Hill Barn BN25 4JQ 10am - 4pm. Children’s art and craft activities, festive stalls and music. Come and enjoy a mince pie and support local charities. cottonscoffeebar@btinternet. com @cottonscoffeebar Concentus Sings Christmas St Saviour’s, South Street, Eastbourne 4pm. Modern and traditional seasonal favourites. Also in Seaford on Saturday 21st.

Tickets £12/£6 under 16s, available from Semantics, 33 Grove Road, Eastbourne; Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, Cornfield Road; on the door; tel: 07789 343514 or 07920 430162; or online: www.concentus.ticketsource. SBC Singers & Friends Celebrate Christmas Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road 7pm - 9.30pm. Concert in aid of WAVES. Refreshments and retiring collection. The Royal British Legion Club Claremont Road 8.30pm. Race Night. Tel: 01323 890154 The Old Boot Inn 13 High Street 9pm. The Parlophones. Tel: 01323 895454 www.facebook. com/theoldbootinnseaford Sunday 15th Friends of Tide Mills meeting Tide Mills 10am - 12 noon. Meet at beach end of old village road. Help us care for this special place. Email: Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club Piddinghoe Pond 10.30am. Freeman Iceberg 13 & 14. The Joyce Campbell Lunch Club St Peter’s Church Hall, Belgrave Road 1pm. Sunday roast and gettogether for senior citizens in Seaford. Transport can be arranged. £6. To book call June 01323 890175. RNLI Carol Service St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Rd 3pm. Traditional carol service involving RNLI Newhaven’s community of crew, supporters and families. Monday 16th Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club Seaford Clubhouse 7pm. NSSC Board Meeting (members only). Tuesday 17th Plastic Free Seaford The Seven Sisters, Alfriston Rd 7pm. Community meeting.


Share ideas and learn how to live without plastic. Email: Wednesday 18th U3A Coffee Morning Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane 10am - 12 noon. £2 for coffee and nibbles. Open to members and non-members. No need to book, just come along and meet the members. The Wellington 33 Steyne Road 8pm. Christmas-themed quiz night. Tel: 01323 899517 Thursday 19th Seaford Afternoon Flower Club Seaford Baptist Church Hall, Belgrave Road 2pm. Various members demonstrate their ideas for Christmas floral decorations, followed by Christmas tea. Competition ‘A Christmas Cracker’. Annual fee £29, visitors £5 on the door, including refreshments. Tel: Mary Morris 01323 893899 or Sue Ward 01323 894848. Friday 20th Hearing Aid Maintenance, NHS Batteries and Hearing Loss Advice St James’ Trust, 11 Blatchington Road 10am - 12 noon (drop-in). Meet your local, friendly team from the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre. Please bring your NHS brown book. Tel: 01323 722505 Email: The Alan Bradley Trio Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road 7.30pm. Local musicians play a selection of smooth jazz, featuring music from the Great American Songbook. Bar available. Free entry. Saturday 21st Concentus Sings Christmas Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road 4pm. Modern and traditional seasonal favourites. Also in Eastbourne on Saturday 14th. Tickets £12/£6 under 16s, available from Newberry Tully


Estate Agents, 53 Church Street; on the door; tel: 07789 343514 or 07920 430162; or online: www.concentus.

The Old Boot Inn 13 High Street 9pm. Kangaroo Juice. Tel: 01323 895454 theoldbootinnseaford

The Wellington 33 Steyne Road 7pm. Christmas raffle. Win a Christmas hamper along with other festive prizes.

Tuesday 31st The Royal British Legion Club Claremont Road 8.30pm. Loose Change. Tel: 01323 890154

The Royal British Legion Club Claremont Road 8.30pm. Jennie Castell. Tel: 01323 890154 The Old Boot Inn 13 High Street 9pm. No Mustang. Tel: 01323 895454 theoldbootinnseaford Sunday 22nd Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club Piddinghoe Pond 10.30am. Freeman Iceberg 15 & 16. Tuesday 24th Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club Seaford Clubhouse 12 noon. Mulled wine and mince pies. The Old Boot Inn 13 High Street Christmas Eve party (food served 12 noon - 5pm). Tel: 01323 895454 theoldbootinnseaford The Royal British Legion Club Claremont Road 8.30pm. Dynamite Disco. Tel: 01323 890154 Wednesday 25th Christmas Day

Thursday 26th Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club Piddinghoe Pond 10.30am. Freeman Iceberg 17. Prize giving, mulled wine and mince pies. Saturday 28th The Royal British Legion Club Claremont Road 8.30pm. Dynamite Disco. Tel: 01323 890154

The Old Boot Inn 13 High Street New Year’s Eve disco with DJ Kurt Power. Tel: 01323 895454 theoldbootinnseaford

Coming up Wednesday 1st Jan 2020 Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club Piddinghoe Pond 2pm. New Year’s Day Race. Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th Christmas Tree Recycling Seaford and Bishopstone From 10am. Martello Rotary will be collecting trees and raising money for charity, minimum donation asked for £5. To arrange collection, send your name, address and postcode to rotarytrees@ or tel: 07984 581784

What’s On Weekly?

ARTS & CRAFTS Art Workshop Be Creative, 13 Sutton Park Road Thurs: 10am - 12 noon. With Lesley Harvey. All media used. Refreshments provided. £15. Tel: Terri on 01323 490912

Art Workshop Paradise Park Café, Avis Road, Newhaven Last Sat of the month: 9.30am - 11.30am. With Lesley Harvey. All materials provided. £12. Tel: 07722 236741 to reserve a place. Email: lesleyharvey17 Chinese Painting Group Hellingly Village Hall off A22 Weds: 1 - 4pm. Professional Chinese tutor. Materials available. Beginners and new members welcome. For more details contact: 01273 515452 East Sussex Moviemakers St Luke’s Parish Rooms, Stone Cross, Pevensey 1st & 3rd Weds: 7.30 9.30pm. Members show videos, advice available, speakers on video-related topics. Contact Valerie McManus: 07950 904778, www.eastsussexmoviemakers. com Jewellery Classes Seaford Mon: 6 - 9pm, Wed: 10am - 2pm, Fri: 10am - 2pm. Tel 07952 195341, email: info@, www.leprevost.

Knit & Craft Chyngton Methodist Church Hall, Millberg Road, Seaford Thurs: 2pm - 4pm. All welcome, come and learn new skills making articles for charities. Tel: Viola on 01323 890271 Knit & Natter Seaford Little Theatre, Steyne Road Weds: 10am - 12 noon. Knit, natter and crochet. All made welcome. Tel: Eileen on 01273 510491 or Lyn 01323 893412 Newhaven Art Club Peacehaven Evangelical Church Mon: 2pm. Members meet to paint and draw together with discussions, demonstrations, life drawing and sketching outdoors. Annual subs. £25. Why not come along and see how you get on? Newhaven Knit ’n’ Natter Group Hillcrest Centre Bay Vue Road, Newhaven Mon: 2pm-4pm. Room 4. Friendly support for knitting and needlework enthusiasts. All ages and abilities welcome. No fees or subscription. Bring along your knitting and enjoy refreshments in the café. Free parking and access for the disabled. Further details, tel: 07540 199616 or 01323 890205

Seaford Scene makes every effort to ensure the What’s On? listings are as up to date as possible, however, if details have changed, or a club/event is no longer running, please contact Seaford Scene by email to: or by phone to 01273 710793. Thank you.

Ouse Valley Artists Denton & Mount Pleasant Social Centre Weds: 9am 12.30pm. Friendly group of enthusiastic artists, all abilities welcome. For more info call Diane on 01323 670025 or email diane.yvonne.king@ or call Pat on 01273 516183. Seaford Art Club Downs Leisure Centre Fri: 2-4pm. A friendly, active group of enthusiastic, competent artists. Weekly practical sessions, and some demonstrations. Gallery visits and other trips during the year. A selection of paintings are displayed at The View, Seaford Golf Club. Tel Shirley 01323 899433 Email: seafordartclub.@ Seaford Machine Knitting Club Baptist Church, Belgrave Rd 2nd Fri of month: 2 - 4pm. Tel: Helen Doran on 01323 872218 or email: hdoran@ Seaford Photographic Society The Martello Room, Seaford Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane Fri: 7.45pm (doors 7pm). September to May.


Age Concern Seaford 6 Church Street Mon - Fri: 10am - 2pm. Office. Mon - Sat: 10am - 2pm. Shop. We offer the following services for older people: information and support, medical transport, visiting and befriending, contact time. Volunteers required. Tel: 01323 899434 www. Bank/HSBC Retirees Group Lansdowne Hotel, Eastbourne Last Thurs of month: 10.30am - 12 noon. Calling all retired members. Coffee, tea and biscuits with friendly people.Tel Mrs Doreen Woodward-Davies 01323 898907. Canasta Afternoon Seaford & Blatchington Lawn Tennis Club, 47 Belgrave Road 1st & 3rd Weds of month: 2pm. £2.50 per session incl. tea/coffee and biscuits. For info, tel: June 01323 896456.

Civil Service Pensioners Alliance The View, Seaford Head Golf Club, Southdown Rd 1st Tues of month: 10am. Friendly chat inc. group business and info on pensions/ benefits/ socials & days out. Refreshments. Cuckmere Valley Transition Group George Inn, Alfriston 1st Thurs of month: 7pm Energy Group meeting. Tel: 01323 870409 email: www. cuckmerevalleytransition. Diabetes Support Group The Archway, 1 Blatchington Rd 1st Sat of month: 2pm3pm. Informal meeting to share experiences. Contact 01273 519149 or email healthylifestyles@ Dog Training The Scout Hut, The Salts Recreation Ground Mon & Tues evenings: Seaford & District Dog Training Club. Dog training classes in accordance with the Kennel Club Good Citizens Scheme. Class levels are puppy, bronze, silver and graduate. Tel: 07516 934927 Downs 60+ Club Sutton Corner, Seaford (Old Flint Building, grounds of Downs Leisure Centre) 10am-12 noon and 2-4pm. Mon am: Art, snooker. pm: Snooker, table tennis, board games. Tues am: Snooker, art, keep fit (10.30-11.30) pm: Board games, table tennis. Weds am: Art, snooker, choir (10.30-11.45), lunch club 12.30pm pm: Snooker, craft & chat. Thurs am: Art, board games, snooker, exercise & line dancing pm: Art, snooker. Fri am: Art, snooker pm: Table tennis Sat am: Table tennis, snooker. Occasional discussion group, card games and minibus trips. Visit twice then pay £55 for the year; no more to pay for unlimited visits (excl. lunch). Come along or call 01323 896422 on Weds 10am 12 noon. East Dean & Friston Gardening Club East Dean Village Hall, Gilberts Drive 2nd Fri of month: 2.15pm 4pm. Variety of guest speakers. Membership £7 per year, visitors welcome. Tel: Fran 01323 423529

East Sussex Family & Carers’ Team Various locations incl. Newhaven & Eastbourne Cranstoun’s East Sussex FACT supports people who are being affected by someone else’s substance misuse and mental health issues (dual diagnosis). Emotional and practical help, support groups, activities and social events. Tel: 07920 786352 or 07795 953951 Email: Free Cooking Skills (SCDA) Denton Island Community Centre, Newhaven Tues (monthly): 10.30am 1pm. Learn basic cooking skills by making delicious meals in our Community Kitchen. Tel: 01273 519149 French in the Cuckmere Valley Near Litlington French conversation groups led by French teacher. One-toone’s, preparation for exams, Skype lessons, proofreading, translation, French film and literary groups. For more information tel: 01323 871204/ 07903 610880 or email Friendship The Base (next to the Salts Café), Marine Parade Thurs: 10.30am - 12 noon. We chat, enjoy music, play games and buy a drink in the café next door. £2 each week (carers free). Tel: Sam 01323 897320 The Havens Day Clubs for Over 65s Kempton House, Peacehaven: Tues: 10am-3pm, or half day. Newhaven Age Concern Club: Weds: 10am3pm, or half days. Care, support, friendship and respite care. Run by Age UK East Sussex. Tel Nicola on 07850 987131, Lewes office 01273 476704 Heartsease Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road 1st Fri of month (except August): 2.30pm. Monthly group welcoming anyone who finds themselves alone and would enjoy some social interaction. Speakers, activities, companionship and tea. Tel: John and Jill Hughes 01323 898678 HIVE Youth Club Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road Fri: 7.15 - 8.45pm. (School year 7 – sixth form). Games,

activities, workshops, pool, table football, table tennis, Xbox, instruments, social events, trips out, advice, encouragement & guidance. Annual membership £5 (excl. social events and trips). Term time only. Tel: 01323 896009 www. Joyce Campbell Sunday Lunch Club St Peter’s Church Hall, Belgrave Road 3rd Sunday of the month (unless otherwise stated): 1pm. A get together for lunch for senior citizens in Seaford. £6. No August lunch club, resumes 15th September. To book call June on 01323 890175. Kids Aloud Kingswell, 115-117 Vale Road (Community Church Hall) Fri: 3.45pm - 5.30pm. Free after-school activities for children aged 4-12. All welcome for games, art and stories. Tel: Tina 01323 492833. aloud.htm Know Dementia Memory Moments Café Meridian Centre, Meridian Way, P’haven Fri: 9.30am - 12.30pm. Informal café for people with dementia and their family supporter/carer. Includes tea, coffee and cake, and a little fun and laughter with games, talk, music, dance etc. Tel: 01273 494300 Email: info@ Lipreading Classes St James’ Trust, Blatchington Rd Tues:10am - 11.45am. Newcomers welcome, first session free. Great confidence builder. Six week terms. Fee includes membership of Seahaven Hard of Hearing Club. Tel: Wendy 01323 490833 L: IVE Youth Club Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road Fri: 6 - 7pm. (School year 3 - 6). Games and activities inc. pool, table football, table tennis, games consoles, craft zones, and a tuck shop. Admission £1 inc 50p worth of tuck. First week free. Term time only. Tel: 01323 896009 www. Martello Rotary Seaford Golf Club, Firle Road Mon: 7.15pm for 7.45pm. Tel: 07984 581784 or email: contactseafordmartellorotary@


Mercread Youth Centre Mercread Road, Seaford Mon: 6pm - 7pm. Seaford Youth Forum. Tues: 3.30pm - 5.30pm. Juniors Youth Club (Year 8 & 9), £1. Weds: 3.30 - 6pm. After School Club (Year 6 & 7), £1. Thurs: 3.30pm - 5.30pm. Mercread Youth Centre Mercread Road, Seaford T.O.A.S.T. Girls Only Group, £1. 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Seniors Youth Club (Year 9+), £1. For more details contact Roger Daw on 01323 892531 National Trust Seaford Association (NTSA) The Kings Church, Steyne Road 3rd Weds of month: 2.30pm. Illustrated talks on subjects from Oct to March. Outings from spring to autumn plus other social and fundraising events. New members welcome. Visitors £2.50. Newhaven & Seaford Sea Cadets The Old Church, Chapel Street, Newhaven Mon & Fri: 7pm - 9pm (seniors) Fri: 7pm - 9pm (juniors) Newhaven, Peacehaven & Seaford Lions Club White Lion Hotel, Claremont Rd 4th Thurs of month: 8pm meeting. Newhaven Youth Club Lewes Road Hut, Robinson Road, Newhaven Weds: 6.30-8.30pm. For young people aged 11+. Info 01273 517250 or youth@ Probus Club of Seaford Seaford Golf Club, Firle Rd 2nd Tues of month: 12 noon for 12.45pm lunch. Monthly meeting with 2-course meal and speaker. Tel: 01323 899300 or 01323 896024. Royal Antidiluvian Order of Buffaloes RAF Club, Wish Road, Eastbourne Sun: 4pm. Weekly meetings. Tel: 07766 404133 or 07709 290934 or email: dkg53@ The Royal Society of St George Monthly events. England’s leading patriotic society. Contact Chairman 01323 899985 or email: 514928@


Seaford Afternoon Flower Club Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road 3rd Thurs of month:1.30pm for a 2pm start. No meeting in January. Talks, demos, outings, etc. Past and new members welcome. Membership £29 per year. Visitors £5 including refreshments per meeting. Tel: Mary Morris 01323 893899 or Sue Ward 01323 894848. Seaford Bonfire Society White Lion Hotel, Claremont Rd First Thurs of month: 7.30pm. Membership and open committee meeting. Email: www.seafordbonfiresociety. Seaford Bridge Club Downs Leisure Centre Tues:1.30 - 5pm. Duplicate bridge in a friendly atmosphere for intermediates and above. Fri: 6.30 - 10pm. Duplicate bridge for intermediate and above. For further information please refer to our website Seaford Constitutional Club Crouch Lane Mon: Cribbage & Line Dancing. Tues: 9.30am Slimming World. 3rd Weds: Klondyke Whist. Thurs: Tea Dance/Dance Classes. Fri & Sun: 8.15pm Bingo. Tel: 01323 890087 Seaford Evening Flower Club St Luke’s Church, Walmer Rd 1st Thurs of month: 7pm for 7.30pm demo. Affil. to NAFAS. New members welcome. Visitors £4.50 including refreshments. Tel Marian on 01273 515544 Seaford Head Probus Club Seaford Golf Club, Firle Road 1st Tues of month: Monthly lunch for members and guests. Tel: 01323 896373 Seaford Museum & Heritage Society Martello Tower Wednesday: 2pm-4pm Saturday, Sunday & bank hols: 11am-4pm. Groups by appointment. Archives open every 1st Sun of each month. Tel: 01323 898222 Seaford Quakers Seaford Little Theatre, Steyne Rd Sun: 10.30 - 11.30am. Meeting for worship followed by refreshments. All welcome. Tel Margaret Brandram on 01323 381282

Seaford Rotary Seaford Golf Club, Firle Rd Weds: 12.45 for 1pm. Weekly meeting. Seaford Social Club for Blind & Partially Sighted People St Peter’s Hall, Belgrave Road 1st Thurs of month: 2-4pm. Entertainment and tea. Tel: ESAB 01323 832252 Seafordspirit: Seaford Independent Spiritualist Church 3 Warwick Road Tues: 7.30pm - 8.30pm Healing. Thurs: 7.30pm Divine Service. Friday: 10.30pm 12 noon Healing. Alternate Saturdays: Clairvoyant Evenings 7.30pm. Demos/ workshops see website. All welcome. Tel 01323 737407 Email: enquiries@seafordspirit. Seaford Stamp & Postcard Club Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane 2nd Weds of month: 7.15pm. Monthly speaker. All stamp and postcard collectors welcome. Tel: 01323 492433 Seaford Stroke & Caring Club St James’ Trust, Blatchington Rd Mon: 2 - 4pm. Slides, music, quizzes, bingo, tea and homemade cakes. Some transport available. Tel: Joyce Woodgate: 01323 894547 Seaford Tea Club Clinton Centre, Clinton Place Mon: 2pm - 3.45pm. Social club for all. The aim is to combat loneliness and isolation. Tea, cakes, games, raffle and companionship. Good access. All welcome. Enquiries to: seafordteaclub@ Seahaven (Afternoon) Trefoil Guild Afternoon Meeting St Leonard’s Church Hall, Church Lane, off Church St. 1st Tues of month: 2.30 4.30pm. Tel: 01323 897959 Seahaven (Evening) Trefoil Guild Evening Meeting Downs Leisure Centre Over 60s Club 3rd Thurs of month: 7.30pm. Tel: 01323 893250 Seahaven Hard of Hearing Club St James’ Trust, Blatchington Rd 1st Friday of month: 2.15 - 4pm. Guest speakers and other activities, tea and biscuits, raffle. Local transport may

be available at a small cost. Contact Pauline 01323 895216 Southdown Bridge Club 60+ Club, Downs Leisure Ctr Weds: 6.15pm for 6.30pm start. Friendly Duplicate Bridge club for improvers up. Tel: 01323 896071 Email: southdown The Submariners Association (Sussex Branch) Royal British Legion Club, Claremont Road 1st Fri of month: 7.45pm. For all ex and serving submariners. Tel: Harry Summerton 01323 734132 Survivors of Suicide The Matthew 25 Mission, Brodie Hall, Christ Church, Seaside, Eastbourne 2nd Mon: 7pm-8.30pm. Group for people affected by suicide. Sussex Army Cadet Force No. 2 Platoon (Seaford) Mercread Youth Centre, Mercread Road Mon & Weds: 7.30 - 9.30pm. For ages 12 (school year 8) to 18 yrs. For further information email or tel: 01273 552222 Sussex Wildlife Trust Various locations in and around Seaford 1st Thurs of month:10am 3pm, Sept to May. For details tel: 07824 151935. Email: Sussex Wildlife Trust Youth Rangers Various locations in and around Seaford Tues:Term time only. Volunteer group for 16-25 year olds. Carry out practical conservation tasks and learn about wildlife whilst gaining valuable work experience. Email: nikkihills@sussexwt. The Union Club, Seaford 1 Stafford Road A non-political social club for residents. Lounge bar, dart board, snooker table, TV screens, and events. Applications for membership all welcome. Tel 01323 890015 email: membership@

Wellbeing Group for Young People Denton Island Community Centre, Newhaven, BN9 9BA Tues: 4.30pm - 5.30pm starting 27th August. A 6-week group workshop focussing on self esteem, confidence, resilience, goal setting, and mental health. For young people between 12-16 years. Tel: 01273 517250. Email: youth@ Who Let the Dads Out? Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road 2nd Sat of month: 9.30am 11.30am. For children 0 to 11 yrs with their dads, granddads and male carers. Tel: 01323 896009


Clinton Centre Café Cross Way Church, Clinton Pl. Tues: 10am - 11.30am. Coffee/ tea and biscuit or toast and butter, £1. Tel: 01323 873262 Coffee Morning & Bring & Buy St Luke’s Church Hall, Walmer Rd Weds: 10am - 12 noon Coffee Pot Chyngton Methodist Church Hall Thurs: 10 - 11.30am. Assorted items on sale. Disabled access. Friendly atmosphere. Tel: 01323 891534 East Dean Farmers’ Market East Dean Village Hall,Village Green Lane off Gilberts Drive Weds: 10am - 12.30pm. 01323 423481 Family Learning and Youth Activities For information tel: 01273 517250, email: familylearning@ International Coffee Morning St Leonard’s Church Hall, Church Lane 2nd & 4th Weds of month: 10.30am - 12.30pm. FebruaryDecember, term time only. Local Indoor Market Cross Way Church (formerly known as the Clinton Centre) Clinton Place Fri: 10.30am - 2.30pm. Local community market. Affordable cafe open from 11am. Run by Sussex Markets. Info and stalls call Wendy on 07883 611677. Facebook: SussexMarkets

Love Heart Community Café Clinton Centre, Clinton Place Thurs: 10.30am - 12.30pm. Supporting people with learning difficulties through work experience. All welcome. Fundraisers: raise funds and enhance your profile for free, any Thursday with booked slot. Tel: 01273 812976 Mitchell House Monday Tea Club 43 Lexden Drive Mon: 3 - 4.30pm. Tea, chat and a game or two. 50p and extra charge to play games (for prize funding). Tel: 01323 891804 Monday Coffee Mornings Seaford Little Theatre 4 Steyne Road Mon: 10am - 11.30am. All welcome to come and enjoy a coffee/tea with biscuits. Newhaven Country Market Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven, BN9 9LH Thursdays: 9.45am - 1pm (2pm Easter and Christmas markets). Homemade produce, free-range eggs, fresh fish, plants, crafts, café. Free parking, access for the disabled. Contact Jackie Gordon on 01323 872263. Newhaven Street Markets Newhaven High Street Thurs & Sat: 9am - 2pm. Fresh produce, bread, pastries, fish & seafood, street food, clothes, arts & crafts, household goods, fishing tackle, handmade jewellery. For stall hire tel 01273 517544 or email:new One You East Sussex Various locations Free healthy lifestyle service. Supporting East Sussex residents to eat well, move more, drink less, be smoke free and lose weight through internal programmes and 1-2-1 support. Plus free NHS health checks. To self-refer or refer a friend go online or tel: 01323 404600 Plastic Free Seaford The Seven Sisters (function room) Alfriston Road 3rd Tues: 7pm. Monthly Community Meeting for the Plastic Free Seaford campaign. All welcome. Facebook: Plastic Free Seaford

Seaford Community Garden Crouch Gardens next to the Peace Garden Weds: 9.30am - 12.30pm. Sat: 10am - 12 noon. Garden open, plants and produce for sale. All welcome. Seaford Old Town Hall Community Tea Room Church Street, Seaford Mon - Fri: 10am - 1pm. Sat: 10am - 12 noon. Come and enjoy a comfortable rest, hot drink, friendly chat. Seaford Police Neighbourhood Policing Team Meet & Greet Downs Leisure Centre Thurs: 3.30pm. Meet your local Police Community Support Officers. Seaford Street Markets Sutton Road 2nd & 4th Friday of the month: 9am - 1pm. www. Street-Markets.aspx Seaford Tree Wardens Various locations 1st Saturday & 3rd Tuesday: Mornings: two-hour sessions caring for Seaford’s newly planted trees. Tools provided. For details visit the Facebook page or seafordtreewardens. Seahaven Storehouse Seaford Community Church, 115-117 Vale Road Thurs: 10am - 1pm. Providing basic food items to those in need. Tel/text: 07921 844930 Email: seahavenstorehouse@ uk/storehouse.php Tutoring Tutor’s home in Seaford Tutoring services for primary/ secondary ages – help with building confidence, English, Maths, skills for learning, English/History to GCSE, 11+/ SATS preparation. Contact Liz Hunter (DBS checked) on 07918 127763 or 01323 893933. Email: lizthetutor@

Ladies’ clubs

Bizzybirds The View, Seaford Head Golf Club, Southdown Road Monthly meetings An opportunity for business women to meet over coffee to share hints, tips and advice

with occasional guest speakers and training sessions. For upcoming dates and more info visit Blatchington Hill Townswomen’s Guild The Chapel Room, St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Road, Seaford 2nd Tues of month: 7.30pm. Members only. Membership enquiries: the.kavanaghs@ Inner Wheel Club of Seaford Seaford Golf Club, Firle Road 2nd Tues of month: 7.30pm. Members only. Seaford Ladies Probus Club Seaford Golf Club, Firle Road 4th Tues of month: 12 noon for 12.30pm (not December). Monthly lunch club for retired or semi-retired professional businesswomen. Silver service meal and local speakers. Tel: Liz Merritt 01323 895553 Seaford Martello WI St Leonard’s Church Hall, Church Lane, off Church St 2nd Thurs of month: 7.30pm. New members welcome. Tel: 01273 583484, email: Seaford NWR (National Women’s Register) Members’ homes and out and about Various days: For women who are interested in everything and talk about anything. More details visit or contact us directly by email: Seaford Sweethearts WI Claremont Hall, Brooklyn Rd 4th Tues of month: 8pm - 10pm (not December). For further info about attending, please email: hello@ Seaford Women’s Circle The Yurt at Florence House Last Weds of month: 7pm (December date TBC). Each month a different woman from the community will hold the circle or offer a talk/mini workshop. It’s a space to share and learn. All ages welcome. seafordwomenscircle Seaford Women’s Institute Claremont Hall, Brooklyn Rd 2nd Weds of month: 2pm. Monthly meeting. Other activities include: Mon: Art (weekly); Play Reading (fortnightly). Weds: Gentle

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yoga (not on 2nd Weds); Craft & Chat (1st & 3rd Weds only). Plus seasonal walking group.

play readings are held in the coffee lounge. Tel: Mary 01323 351882 or email gmaryyoung@

music & drama

SBC Singers Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road Weds: 7pm. New members always welcome. Tel: Peter 01273 586687

Archway Gospelish Choir Blatchington Rd Mon: 8pm - 9.30pm. Gospel & soul-inspired music. £8.50 a session.

Archway Contemporary Choir Chyngton School, Millberg Rd Weds: 12.30pm - 2pm at Archway, 8pm - 9.30pm Everything from Ellington to Supertramp. £8.50 per session. Tel 01323 897590 Chyngton Youth Academy of Arts and Drama St James’ Trust, Blatchington Road Thurs: 4pm. Ages 5-12 Fri: 5.30pm. Ages 12-18. For drama classes contact Ellen on 07791 081935 Concentus Choir JPK Centre, 39-41 Church Street, Eastbourne Mon: 7.30pm - 9.45pm. No need to read music to join this friendly choir, which regularly sings in Seaford. Tel: Claire 07920 430162 or Sue 07789 343514. www. The Downs Singers Downs 60+ Club, Sutton Crn. Weds: 10.30am - 11.30am. Friendly. No need to read music. Tel: 01323 896422 on Tues 10am -12 noon or come on the day. Haven Harmonies Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven BN9 9LH Mon: 7 - 9pm. Contemporary repertoire accompanied on guitar. No need to read music. £6 per session. Tel 01273 611068 or email: for more information. Michael Piraner’s Recorder Workshops The Chapel Room, St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Road 2nd Sat every month: 2pm - 4.30pm. For adults over 18 years of age. For more information, email: val. Play Readings at the Seaford Little Theatre 4 Steyne Road 1st Tues every month (except November): 7.30pm. Everyone welcome to join in or just listen;


Seaford Choral Society Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road Mon: 7.15 - 9.15pm New singers always welcome, no experience necessary, no audition. Tel: 01323 301683, email: Seaford Drum Group The Archway, 1 Blatchington Rd Tues: 7pm - 9pm. Group drumming. No experience necessary, everyone welcome. Tel: Jamie 07863 159742 Seaford Folk Songs and Tunes Circle The Office Bar, Saxon Lane 1st Thurs of month: 8pm All welcome. Come along, sing, play or listen. Free entry. Seaford Handbell Ringers St James’ Trust, Blatchington Rd Weds: 10am - 12.30pm. For more information, tel: Margaret Hopkins 01323 325305. 1pm 3pm, tel: Jo Tigg 01323 893878. New members very welcome. Seaford Little Theatre Steyne Road Mon: 10am - 11.30am. Coffee morning for members and new members. Tel: Mary 01323 351882. Last Mon of month: £1 Tea and toast Charity Breakfast. Tel: Debbie 07596 709044. Weds: 7.30 - 10pm (except during productions). Workshop and Social Evening. Set building, prop, wardrobe and chat over a coffee.Tel: Ray 07984 280067 Seaford Musical Theatre The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane Tues & Thurs: 7.30pm. Rehearsals - new members welcome. Tel: 01323 492240 Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane Weds: 6 - 8pm. Performance based learning for young people. Tel: 07468 916302 or email:

Seaford Silver Band Seaford Head School, Steyne Road Weds: 8 - 10pm. Rehearsals. New members welcome. Tel: 01323 892424 or 07740 646386 visit www. Seaford Sings Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road Thurs: 7.30 - 9pm. Community choir raising funds for Cancer Research UK. No experience necessary, no booking required. Suggested £5 donation per session. Tel: Martin Neill 07925 548217. Email: Martinneill139@ Seaford Youth Drama Group Kings Church, Steyne Rd Mon: groups from 5pm. Very reasonable prices. New members welcome. Contact Chris on 01323 892023 Singing for Fun Seaford Baptist Church Weds: 11am - 12 noon. Thurs: 7 - 8pm. For adults of all ages and abilities – join us for an hour of musical fun. No need to read music. £5. Phone 01323 365495, 07799 818590 email: sallyann@ Sound Baths The Yurt, Florence House, Southdown Road 1st and 3rd Tues of the month: Bathe in these lovely soothing sounds. Tel 07515 961327 South Downs Society of Recorder Players St James’ Trust, Blatchington Road 4th Sat of the month: 2 - 5pm. Contact the secretary, email: U3A Orchestra Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road Fri: 10am - 12 noon (SeptMay). All instruments and abilities welcome. Friendly people playing a variety of fun music. Tel: Pat 07949 557117 U3A Recorder Group St James’ Trust, Blatchington Rd Weds: 2 - 4pm. Tel: Val Underhill on 01323 895230 Email: val.underhill@googlemail. com Vocal Repertoire St James’ Trust, Blatchington Road Fri: 5pm for 8 - 12 year olds, 7pm for 13 to 20 year olds. Join our wonderful, talented and friendly bunch for group and solo singing sessions For more details visit:

Baby & Pre-School

Ante- & Postnatal Excercise Class Downs Leisure Centre, Tues: 10.45 - 11.30am. Specialist exercise class for mums to be and new mums. Crèche on site or baby welcome in class. Tel: 07901 683577 or 01323 490011 or email c.s.cornish@ Artsmart Pre-school Messy Play Clinton Centre, Clinton Place Mon: 11am - 12 noon. Drop in £4.50, siblings £3. Artsmart holiday workshops contact Ann on 07834 629133 or via Facebook. Baby and Toddler Experience Seaford, Lewes and Newhaven Classes for babies & toddlers to develop, learn, and have fun. Tel: 07834 231971 www.the babyandtoddlerexperience. Big Park Buggy Walk Gateway Café, Big Park, Piddinghoe Ave, Peacehaven Weds: 10am. No need to book - just turn up. Jitterbugs Under 5s Denton Island Community Centre, Newhaven Fri: 9.30am - 10.30am. Term time only. Tel: 01273 517250 Email: familylearning@ Piglets Toddler Group St Thomas More Church Wednesdays: 9.30 - 11.30am. Facebook: Piglets Seaford Scallywags Play Group Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road Fridays (term-time): 9.30 11am. Toys, songs, refreshments, for adults with pre-school children.£1 per adult. Tel: 01323 896009 (mornings) Email: office@seafordbaptistchurch. Who Let the Dads Out? Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road 2nd Sat of month: 9.30am 11.30am. Parents and toddlers group for fathers, grandfathers or male carers and their preschool children.Tel: 01323 896009

sport & dance

Alfriston Badminton Club Pleasant Rise, Alfriston Weds: 8 - 10pm. Small friendly group looking to expand its membership. All standards welcome. Tel: 01323 645210

Ballet, Tap and Modern Bond School of Dance, St Peter’s Church Hall, Belgrave Rd Weds, Fri & Sat: from 3 years. Free trial class. Tel: 01323 492795 or 07703 485348 Ballet,Tap, Modern & Jazz Seahaven Dance, Seaford and Newhaven Mon - Sat Contact Mechele on 07738 831616, email: Ballroom Dance Classes with Studio Tempo Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane. Thurs: 5.45pm. Beginners Sequence. 7.30pm. Beginners Ballroom. 8.30pm. Followon class. Classes also held in Newhaven. Tel: 01273 476565 Barefoot Boogaloo Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven 4th Tues of the month: 7.30 - 9.30pm. £7/£5 concs. Visit Facebook page for info. Basketball with Seahaven Force Seahaven Academy, Southdown Road, Newhaven Thurs: 7pm - 9.30pm. Adults open scrimmage (mixed). Sat: 10am - 12 noon. Open squad session 11-17 years. Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road, Seaford Sun: 11am - 1pm. Mini Ballers 6-11 years.Tel: 07900 817868 Body Vibes Windover Fitness, nr Alfriston Tues: 10am. Thurs: 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Tel: 01323 871554/07930 738034 Body Works Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road Fri: 2pm: All age circuits, 2.45 - 4pm: Older adult stretch & tone. £5 pp. Tel: 01323 871554/07930 738034 Boxercise® Wave Leisure, Shakespeare Hall, Newhaven Mon: 7pm. Circuits and Bootcamp. Tues: 7.30pm. Cardio Padwork and Aerobox. Classes suitable for beginners. Tel: 01273 510784 or book at: Boxercise® Constitutional Club, Seaford Sun: 10am. Mercread Youth Club, Seaford Weds: 10am Thurs: 7.30pm Thurs: 6.30pm. Indoor Boot Camp. Tel: 07904 818746 Facebook: Fitness & Personal Training

Breakfast Bootcamp The Salts Recreation Ground, Seaford Thurs: 6.30 - 7.15am. An all over body workout this class is aimed at getting you stronger, leaner and will help you burn more calories! Tel: 07989 714542 Email: steve@ Facebook: Whittfit Training, Brighton – Steve Whittemore Couch to 5K (SCDA) Denton Island Community Centre, Denton Island, Newhaven A gentle 9-week couch to 5k programme to help you start running, finishing with local parkrun. Tel: 01273 519149 or healthylifestyles@ Crouch Bowling Club Crouch Gardens, East Street April-Sept: Outdoor bowling club. All age groups welcome. Free coaching by qualified coaches. Oct-April: We have an indoor season of short mat and skittles, plus an active social calendar throughout the year. Tel: 01323 654788 www. Cycle Seahaven Various locations Organised rides for MTB and road riders of all levels of fitness and experience. £7 per year. All rides are listed on Denton Indoor Bowls Club Denton Island, Newhaven Mon - Sun: 9am - 7pm. New members welcome. Tel 01273 514664 Extend Activities to music, suitable for older people. Have fun while you improve your balance and mobility, with seated options. For classes and times in the area tel Sandria: 01273 514152 Flexercise Seaford Head Lower School Dance Studio, Steyne Road Tues: 6.15pm - 7.15pm. Part exercise, part dance, all fun. Tel: Margaret 07592 026814 Football Mercread Youth Centre, Mercread Road Tues: Lunchtime. Indoor kickabout for Seaford Head Year 7 & 8 students only. Steyne Site sports hall. 5pm - 6pm. Free kickabout for Year 7+, Downs Leisure Centre. Fri: 9 - 10pm. Football Street League session

with Brighton & Hove Albion in the Community. Downs Leisure Centre, £1. Tel: 01323 892531

Line Dancing Daytime classes for mixed abilities. Tel Val on 01323 325993

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Line Dancing Mercread Youth Centre, Mercread Road Tues: 5.30 - 6.30pm Beginners, 6.30 - 7.30pm Improvers, 7.30 - 9pm Intermediates Fri: 5.30 - 6.30pm Beginners, 6.30 - 7.30pm Improvers, 7.30 - 9pm Intermediates. Tel: Gina on 01273 470456 or 07443 425621 Line Dancing with Southern Stomp Church Hall, Bramber Avenue, Peacehaven Mon: 10am - 12 noon. Morning Medley. A mix of dances for everyone. 12.30pm - 2pm. Good Beginner. Weds: 10am - 12.30pm. Improver/Easy Intermediate. Telscombe Hall, Tyedean Road, Telscombe Cliffs Tues: 7.15pm - 8.45pm. Improver. St Nicholas Church Hall, Saltdean Vale, Saltdean Thurs: 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Good Intermediate. Tel: 01273 587714 Email: southernstomp@ Line Dancing with Studio In Line Seaford Constitutional Club Crouch Lane Mon 7.30pm - 10pm. All levels Downs Leisure Centre Thurs 9.30 - 10.30am. Absolute beginners, 10.30am - 12 noon. All levels. Tel: 07931 930770

Golf Seaford Golf Club, 111 Firle Road Learn how to play at our new academy. £50 adult/£25 under-16s for six months’ use of practice facilities, two free lessons with our PGA pro and a discount card in the clubhouse. Tel: 01323 892442 GOSH in the Havens – Walks Various Every Weds morning: Green and open spaces for health walking groups. All walks 90 minutes. Fresh air, friendly people, gentle exercise, nature and a cuppa. Contact our Health Champion Volunteer Leader Dawn Paul on 07966 842232 or email dawn. Health Walks Martello Tower/The Salts Café 10am - 11am. Health walks, Tuesdays First, third and fifth Tuesday of the month from Salts Café and second and fourth from Martello Tower. All ages and abilities welcome. Free. Tel: Lorna Neville on 01424 444675 or 07740 899559, email lorna.neville@ Holistic Core Restore St Peter’s Church Hall, Belgrave Road Unique six-week pelvic floor and core restore exercise programme for every woman at every life stage. For info and booking, tel: Denise 07725 358811. Email: denise@ www.eastbourne Kettlercise and CoreAbility Wave Leisure, Shakespeare Hall, Newhaven Mon: 6pm. Kettlercise. All over body toning and fat burning. Tues: 6.30pm. Core-focused kettlebell and bodyweight workout. All classes suitable for beginners. Tel: 01273 510784 or book online: www.

Meditation & Relaxation St James’ Trust, Blatchington Rd Sat: 10 - 11am. The Archway, Blatchington Rd Tues: 11am -12 noon. Fri: 6 - 7pm. Tel: 01323 365802 or 07557 539507. Email: Meditation Group Seaford Osteopathic Clinic, Paignton House, Warwick Rd Tues: 7.30pm-8.30pm. £6. Please contact Jacqueline for details. Tel: 07963 014560 Meditation Groups Seaford Tues: 10am-12 noon & 7pm9pm. Meetings held in Ann’s home. 1 to 1 sessions, massage and life coaching also available. For further details, tel: Ann 07989 294445. continued...

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Mums’ Fitness Mercread Centre, Mercread Road Mon: 9.30am. Burn & Tone Weds: 9.30am. Burn & Tone Fri: 9.30am. Total Toning Seaford: Tues: 9.30am. Tots and Tums Thurs: 9.30am. Tots & Tums Children welcome. £25 for 5. New members first 3 classes £10. www.facebook. com/MumsFitnessUK Tel Alex 07540 551054 Newhaven Bowling Club Fort Road, Newhaven Sat: 10am - 11.30am. Junior Bowls Club. 11.45am - lunch. #Letsplaybowls adult try-it-out sessions. Qualified coach and members to help all learn and improve. Tel: 07401663519 www.newhavenbowling Nordic Walking Various locations Sat: Morning walks in Sussex. Afternoon taster/introductory sessions on the seafront. Weds: 7pm. Evening taster/ introductory sessions at Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Rd. Tel: Kathryn 01323 891492, email: kathrynmcdonald2@ Obstacle Course Training The Salts Recreation Ground 8.45am - 9.30am. Running, jumping, crawling, pulling, pushing, carrying and other movements to help you get stronger and fitter for your first obstacle course race. Tel: 07989 714542 Email: Facebook: Whittfit Training, Brighton – Steve Whittemore Outdoor Yoga Yin in the Havens 10.30am. Feel grounded and relaxed in a natural setting whilst working on your wellbeing. Free sessions. Donations welcome. Contact or 07816 154644 to book. Outdoor Walks & Activities Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Eastbourne Free, informal, friendly group walks and gardening outdoor activities. Tel: 01273 519149, email: healthylifestyles@


Pilates – Alfriston Pilates Lower Ground Floor Studio, 1-3 Dane Road Daily except Sunday. Pilates, Yoga, Kettlebells and Tai Chi. Tel: Shona 07903 671962 Email: alfristonpilates@ Pilates – Fitness Pilates Claremont Hall, Claremont Rd Tues: 12.30 - 1.30pm. £7.50 pay as you go or £49 for 8 sessions. Have fun! Suitable for all. Contact Karen on 01273 305827 email: karen.funandfit@ Pilates – to raise money for the Youth Counselling Project Seaford Osteopathic Clinic Fri: 6-7pm. Run by Yoga Teacher Karen Hall. Contact 07944 785520. karenmoves@ Pilates Mat & Barre Dance Studio. Seaford Head School, Steyne Road Thurs: 6.15pm - 7.15pm. With Karen Hall. Tel: 07944 785520 Email: Pilates – Movement for Life Pilates Studio, Seaford Osteopathic Clinic,Warwick Rd Mon-Sat: daily and evening classes. Back care, Gentle and Dynamic Pilates, Reformer and Wunda Chair, Pelvic Floor Restore, Men’s Group, Yoga, Meditation, Seniors Chairbased Exercise – something for every and any body! Tel: 07944 785520 Email: Premier United Girls The Salts Recreation Ground Sat: 11.30am. Fun, free football training for girls in years 3, 4 and 5, and years 6, 7 and 8. Rural Rambles Seaford Third Thurs of the month: Free guided walks starting and finishing in Seaford. 2-3 hours. Walks also running in Newhaven and Peacehaven. Full schedule online: www. Scottish Country Dancing Alfriston War Memorial Hall, 4 The Tye, Alfriston Tues: 3.30pm - 5pm. Fun and laughter guaranteed. All ages and abilities welcome. No previous experience needed. Bring water and comfortable shoes. £3 per person. Email:

Seaford & Blatchington Tennis Club Belgrave Road, Seaford The club is open 7 days a week, providing a wide variety of tennis activities. Contact membership secretary Dee Kellaway on 01323 891372. Seaford & District Folk Dance Group Sutton Hall, Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road Mon: 7.45pm. New members welcome, first visit free. Tel: Judy 01323 890759 or Pam 01273 982218 Seaford Bowling Club Chichester Road, BN25 2DT October until April: Winter Season. Outdoor bowls now finished until April. Short mat bowls in the clubhouse. Weekly whist session. Many themed events. Please enquire about our friendly club. New members welcome. Tel: 01323 892831. Email: honsec@ Seaford Cricket Club Salts Recreation Ground, Park Rd All Stars 8-week cricket programme for boys and girls, 5-8 years. Junior outdoor training. Fri: 6pm-7pm. Under 10s to under 13s. 7pm-8pm. Under 14s to under 16s. Email: Senior outdoor training Tues & Thurs: 6.30pm-8pm. Senior home matches in the Sussex League. Also Sunday and mid-week friendlies. Email: New players and beginners welcome. Seaford Kurlers Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road, Seaford Tues: 2 - 4pm. All welcome. First visit free. Contact June Wood on 01323 895376 or Seaford Netball Club Seaford Head Sports Hall Mon: 5pm-5.30pm: Starlets, age 7-9 (£2.50). 5.30pm-6.30pm: Shadows, age 10-12 (£3). 6.30pm-7.30pm: Shadows, age 13-15, (£3).7.30pm-9pm: Seniors (£5). New members welcome. Tel: Clare Flack: 07724 956649 Seaford Rambling Club Various locations A varied programme of walks for active people. For details tel 01323 894370 or www.

Seaford Rugby Football Club Salts Recreation Ground, Marine Parade Tues & Thurs: 7 - 9pm. Recruiting new players for two teams in the Sussex leagues. Come along or contact Paul Burns on 07732 202208 Seaford Rugby Football Club Junior Training Salts Recreation, Marine Parade Sun: 10.30am -12 noon. Ages ranging from 6 to 16, a friendly but ambitious squad. Come along or tel 07818 438378 Seaford Striders Running Club From Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road Mon & Weds (main night): 7pm. All ages and abilities welcome. Seaford Traditional Folk Dance Group St Peter’s Church Hall, Belgrave Road Wed: 10.15am-12.15pm. Our repertoire spans over 400 years of pleasurable dancing, with a focus on the 17th century. We welcome anyone interested in joining/visiting us. £4 pw. Tel: 01323 897315 SUP & Fitness Seven Sisters car park, BN25 4AD Sat: 10am. Fitness (on land), £5.11am. SUP Training, £5. 12 noon. SUP social, free. Join for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions. Tel: Sasha 07568 107963 Tai Chi Alfriston Pilates, Lower Grd Floor Studio, 1-3 Dane Rd Thurs: 12 noon - 1pm. £8 per class. Soft, slow and gentle movement suitable for all. Tel: 07971 296698 Email: Walking Netball Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road, Seaford Mon: 1.45pm - 3pm. Netball but at a walking pace. Anyone can play regardless of age, ability or fitness levels. Join us for a wiggle and a giggle. Trainers recommended. Call Fran for more info on 07593 019649. Facebook: Seaford Walking Netball. Check out an introduction video on Youtube at: qzQfnv7sFPg. Walk Your Way to Health (SCDA) Various locations on the South Downs Tues: 1pm (no dogs), 2pm (dog walkers). We invite you to join our weekly (up to)

one hour friendly walks. Walk simply for the pleasure, company and fresh air, or use this as as stepping stone to build up your strength and fitness. Tel: 01273 519149 or healthylifestyles@

Yoga – Himalayan Hatha Yoga Dance Studio, Seaford Head School, Steyne Road Mon: 7pm - 8.30pm. With Karen Hall. Dynamic yoga to invigorate and restore. Tel: 07944 785520 Email:

Yoga – Satyam Yoga Claremont Hall, Brooklyn Rd Thurs: 10am -11.30am. All levels of ability, beginners welcome. £40 for 5 class pass, valid for 8 weeks or £10 per class drop-in. Tel: 07774 862499.

Walking Rugby Seaford RFC, The Salts Recreation Ground, Richmond Road Sun: 10am. Fun team game accessible to people of all genders, ages and abilities. Spectators welcome. Tel: Andrew Cambridge 07724 240279 Email: seafordwalkingrugby@outlook. com

Yoga – In Balance Hatha Yoga WI Hall, Claremont Road Tues: 10am - 11.15am and 6pm - 7.15pm. Weds: 7pm8.15pm. Fri: 9-10.15am. Small group Hatha Yoga sessions for all abilities.1-2-1 yoga sessions can be arranged. Relaxing body and therapeutic sports massages also available. Tel: Sophie 07444 549859, email: inbalancesussex@gmail. com

Yoga – Seahaven Yoga The Archway, 1 Blatchington Rd Sat: 9.30am. Weds: 7pm. The Anahata Health Clinic 119/120 Edward St, Brighton Weds: 10.45am. The Rendezvous, 168 South Coast Road, Peacehaven Fri: 1.30pm. Gentle traditional yoga suitable for all. Tel: 07983 622840/01323 892638 Email:

Wave Leisure Health Walks From Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road Thurs: 10am. Tel: 01323 490011 Wutan Kung Fu & Tai Chi Chyngton Primary School, Millberg Road, Seaford Tues: 6-7pm - Family Kung Fu, adults £6, children £4. 7-8pm - Tai Chi, £7 per class or £10 both classes. Tel: 07971 296698 Email: audramarshall@ Yoga Newhaven Tues: 10am. 60+ yoga 7pm. Pranayama and meditation. Weds: 10am. Pregnancy yoga 2pm. Gentle yoga for those living with cancer, ME and heart ailments. 7pm. Classical therapeutic yoga. Thurs: 10am. Mixed abilities. New yoga studio with all equipment provided. 5-week courses for small groups with highly qualified teacher. Tel: 01273 512306 Yoga – Chair Based Yoga Seaford Osteopathic Clinic, Paignton House, Warwick Rd Tues: 1.30pm - 2.30pm. Block of 6 classes £48. Drop in £10, space permitting. Max class size 7. For those who find floor work less suitable. Gentle class for posture, increased flexibility and relaxation. Tel: Christine 07764 188615. Email: Yoga Classes for the Less Able St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Rd Thurs: 11am - 12 noon. Seaford Group of Eastbourne & South Wealden Multiple Sclerosis Society. Exercises on floor and chair with trained yoga teacher. £5 a lesson.Tel. 01323 500932

Yoga Meditation Pilates Studio, Seaford Osteopathic Clinic, Warwick Road Fri: 6pm - 7pm. Unwind and look after your body and mind. Donation. Tel: 07944 785520 Email: Yoga – Purrfect Yoga St James’ Clubhouse Blatchington Rd, Seaford Mon: 9.30am mixed ability yoga, 11am parent and baby yoga Tues: 6.30pm pregnancy yoga, 7.30pm mixed ability yoga The Yurt at Florence House, Southdown Road Weds: 12.50pm baby massage. 1.50pm mixed ability yoga. Thurs: 8.15am mixed ability yoga, Cradle Hill School, Lexden Rd Weds: 3.15pm children’s yoga, 4.15pm family yoga. St Thomas More Church Hall, Sutton Road Thurs: 6.20pm mixed ability yoga.Tel: Catherine 07901 683577. www.facebook. com/purrfectyoga or email Yoga – Samtosha Yoga Samtosha Studio, 80 Court Farm Road, Newhaven Weds: 7.30pm, Progressing in Yoga (school-term only) Thurs: 10am - 11.30am. Yoga for mixed abilities. Small group class with British Wheel of Yoga Senior Teacher Trainer Janet Bond. All equipment provided. Monthly sound bath therapy sessions on Weds at 7.30pm & Sun at 2.30pm (max 10 people), £12 per person or £30 for 3 dates. Book in advance. Tel: 01273 512306 Email: samtosha4u@btinternet. com

Yoga – Transformation Hatha Yoga The Yurt, Florence House, Southdown Road Tues: 10am -11.30am. Bishopstone Village Hall Tues: 6.30pm -8pm. A gentle form of yoga suitable for all ages, from beginners to experienced practitioners. Tel: Susannah 07862 263869 Yoga with Therese The Yurt, Florence House, Southdown Road Mon: 9.30am - 11am Thurs: 6pm - 7.30pm & 7.30pm - 9pm Claremont Hall, Brooklyn Rd Mon: 6.30pm - 8pm Weds: 10am - 11.30am Bishopstone Village Hall Thurs: 10.30am - 12 noon Also regular sound baths and workshops. Tel Therese on 07515 961327 or email: Yoga – Yin Yoga with Jacqui St James’ Trust, 11 Blatchington Rd Thurs & Sat: 9.30am 10.45am. A slow and quiet floor-based practice, increasing strength and flexibility while reducing stiffness. Connecting mind and body, helping reduce stress and anxiety. Suitable for all levels. To book or find out more, tel: Jacqui 07816 154644 Email: jacqui.johnston@hotmail.

Zumba with Louise Zumba Fitness: Mercread Youth Club, Seaford Tues & Thurs: 10am-11am. Shimmy your way to fitness. Zumba Gold: Mercread Youth Club, Seaford Tues & Thurs: 2pm-3pm. Peacehaven RC Church Hall, Horsham Ave Weds: 10am-11am & 11am-12 noon. Two classes – pick which time you prefer. For those who prefer a slower-paced class. All classes £5 or £20 for 5. Contact Louise 07786 425758,

Weight loss & Beauty

Overeaters Anonymous A self-help group for people who wish to change their behaviour around food and eating. Slimming World Seaford Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane Tues: 9.30am, 11.30am. 5.30pm & 7.30pm. With Tina Simpson, tel: 07534 901591 Chyngton Methodist Church, Millberg Road Thurs: 5.30pm & 7.30pm. Emma, tel: 07790 214806 The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan Daytime and evenings: to suit you. Scientifically proven, healthy, nutritious plan with my support and lifetime of experience. For a free consultation, call Linda Walker (Dip Hyp Dist) on 07773 000282. Weight Loss Challenge & Wellness Club WellnessWorks, Seaford Fri: 11am. £35 for 12 weeks. Free private consultation by appointment. Tel 01323 897671 Weight Watchers 60+ Club, Downs Leisure Ctr Sutton Road Mon: 9.45am. Join us and relax with a cup of coffee or tea. Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven Tues: 6.15pm. Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road Weds: 5.45pm. Come along and learn about Smart Points. Contact 07758 653851, email: sallyevans@

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Accountants & Bookkeeping Shoreline Accountants 90 Swindells Chartered Accountants 5 Tasker Osman & Co 92 Arborist/Tree Surgeon Hollywood Tree Surgery Ltd 62 O. White Garden Landscapes 60 R W Green Ltd 61 Tree Wizard 63 Treefella 62 Architectural Consultants Challinor Hall Ltd 109 Artists & Exhibitions Sussex Arts Collective 21 Bathroom/Bedroom/ Supplies/Fitting A S Home Refurbishments 96 Bathe in Safety 14 Claremont Interiors 97 HPS Newhaven 95 Jai Scudder Ltd 119 Maiden Maintenance 135 Beauty, Massage & Tanning Absolute Beauty 36 Boho Beyouty 37 Oscar’s Hair & Beauty 15 Blinds Blind Design 7 Mockford’s the Blindmakers 102 Seahaven Blinds & Shutters 98 Sunrise Blinds 101 Building Services/Supplies A S Home Refurbishments 96 Builders Club 147 Inside Out 133 M Kneller Roofing 110 NF Construction & Driveways 110 Prestige Construction & 10/11 Renovation RAM Construction 111 S R Davis & Sons 131 Stewart Brickwork 109 Still Diggin’ 109 Your Construction Shop 74/75 Care Homes & Sheltered Housing Abbeyfield South Downs 69 Clifden House 68 Nova House 70 Old Ben Homes 70 Rivendale Lodge 70 Seaford Care Ltd 71 Westerleigh Nursing Home 69 Carpentry/Joinery A S Home Refurbishments 96 PWS Carpentry Services 106 Car Dealerships Seaford MG 89 Car Repairs/Services Cradle Hill Motors & MOT Centre 88 Solo ABC 88 Charities & Events Chestnut Tree House 29 Christmas at Dovecote Garden 21 Christmas Coffee Morning 25 Survivors of Bereavement by 42 Suicide Childcare Hopscotch Children’s Nurseries 27 Children/Youth Activities Bond School of Dance 47 Harbourside Gymnastics Academy 48 Open for Parents 28 Chimney Sweep A Clean Sweep 78 Andy Sweeps 78 Cleaning Services Arkwell Services 129 Chores & More 76 Dolly Char Domestic Cleaning 77 Excel Carpet Care 77 Fifth Element Window Cleaning 9 Osprey 20 77 Oven Gleamers 77 Seahaven Services 134 Cinemas Seaford Community Cinema 14 Clock Restoration R Edwards Clock Restoration 25 Clothes Shops/Fashion The Secret Wardrobe 32


Clubs & Organisations Neighbourhood Watch 118/119 The Royal British Legion Club 52 Seaford Rotary 128/129 Singing for Fun 19 Cobblers and Keys Sam’s Cobblers! 31 Computer Supplies/Services Mark Duncan 93 Oscar Computers 92 SBG Computers 93 Conservatories Sussex Trade Windows 100 Courses and Tuition Lesley Harvey Art Workshops 38 Curtains & Soft Furnishings Curtains by Katie 103 Discos Playing with Fire 9 Door Supplies and Storage Burnage Garage Doors 105 Claremont Interiors 97 G&N Garage Doors 104 South East Garage Doors 105 Electricians & Suppliers Allcott-Wells Electrical Ltd 124 Brian Chessell Electrical & 125 Property Services Ltd Geering Electrical 127 The Handy Team 134 J K Pope & Sons Ltd 126 J Kirby Electrical Ltd 125 M Hughes Electrical 124 PES Power Electric Services 126 Westview Electrical 127 Estate/Letting Agents Ginger & Sanders 85 Newberry Tully 84 Rowland Gorringe 148 Fencing Fullers Fencing 66 K P Landscapes 54 O. White Garden Landscapes 60 R W Green Ltd 61 Suttons Groundcare 58 Wynnes & Seaford Fencing 67 Fireplaces/Fires/Stoves Craftstone of Sussex 112 Fishmongers Yorwarth’s Fishmongers & 2 Smokehouse Flooring/Fitting A S Home Refurbishments 96 Ideal Flooring Sussex 107 James Lawrence Flooring 107 V R Flowers & Son 13 Furniture Seaford Second Hand Furnishings 98 V R Flowers & Son 13 Gardening/Landscaping Aviemore Landscapes 58/64 Briar Rose Garden Services 58 Hollywood Tree Surgery Ltd 62 Horizon Landscapes 59/64 Inside Out 133 K P Landscapes 54 Lime Landscapes Ltd 57 NF Construction & Driveways 110 O. White Garden Landscapes 60 R W Green Ltd 61 Seahaven Services 134 Suttons Groundcare 58 Treefella 62 Tree Wizard 63 Gas/Heating/Plumbing A J R Plumbing 115 Aaron Merryweather 135 Amethyst Plumbing & Heating 117 Chris Dowling Heating/Plumbing 115 George Ward Plumbing/Heating 116 The Handy Team 134 Jai Scudder Ltd 119 Kingsway Heating & Plumbing 116 Morgan Plumbing & Heating 119 N M Plumbing & Heating Ltd 119 Perameter Plumbing 116 PES Power Electric Services 126 Willis Heating Ltd 117 Gifts & Gift Shops Inner Sanctuary Publishing 45 Theatre Tokens 19

Glazing/Windows Cloudy2Clear Windows 17 Just Like New 101 SRC Double Glazing & Repairs 99 Sussex Trade Windows 100 Hairdressers High on Hair 37 Oscar’s Hair & Beauty 15 Short Cuts 36 Handyman Services 1st Rate Handyman Services 123 Aaron Merryweather 135 Handy Manda 134 The Handy Team 134 Inside Out 133 Maiden Maintenance 135 The Maintenance Man 132 Peter Vulovic Handy Man 133 S B Property Maintenance 132 Seaford Property Maintenance 132 Seahaven Services 134 Hardware Shops Wynnes & Seaford Fencing 67 Health & Wellbeing Acorn Chiropody & Podiatry 41 Acupuncture Naturally 41 Alexander Technique 45 Chiropodist/Podiatrist - Rita 43 Chiropody & Podiatry - Judith 43 John Earl Counselling 42 Open for Parents 28 Ouse Valley Footcare 41 Seaford Counselling Practice 42 Seaford Osteopathic Clinic 44 Seaford Podiatry & Chiropody 40 Sound Feelings 39 Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide 42 Sussex Eyecare 45 Sussex Podiatrists 40 Home Help/Care Home Instead Senior Care 73 Lorraine McDonald 43 The People’s Choice Sussex 72 Sussex Elderly Care 72 House Clearance Elite Clearance Services 79 Seaford Second Hand Furnishings 98 Ironing Service Chores & More 76 Dolly Char Domestic Cleaning 77 The People’s Choice Sussex 72 Jewellers Marks 34/35 Job/Business Vacancies Boho Beyouty 37 Kitchen Design/Supply/ Installation A S Home Refurbishments 96 Claremont Interiors 97 Locksmiths & Supplies Andy Anderson & Son 25 Lee’s Locks 88 Sam’s Cobblers! 31 Mobile Phones Fonetastic 30 Museums/Galleries Seaford Museum 21 Music/Theatres/Productions Carol Evening 25 Dick Whittington 18 SBC Singers 19 Theatre Tokens 19 Newspaper Delivery Opticians Sussex Eyecare 45 Painters/Decorating Aaron Merryweather 135 Adam Burgess 130 Arkwell Services 129 AWK Decorating Services 129 Brush Strokes Ltd. 130 The Cottage Decorators 129 Handy Manda 134 The Handy Team 134 Maiden Maintenance 135 Neil Bradford 131 Paint Perfect 130 Peter Vulovic Handy Man 133 S R Davis & Sons 131 Paving/Pointing/Stone Work Horizon Landscapes 59/64 K P Landscapes 54

NF Construction & Driveways 110 O. White Garden Landscapes 60 Stewart Brickwork 109 Pest Control R S Aerials of Seaford 121/123 Pets, Supplies & Services 1 to 1 Dog Walking 81 Benwick Kennels & Cattery 80 Bourne Bones 82 Cats Protection 82 Nathalie’s Dog Walking/Grooming 81 New Priory Vets 83 Pet Au Pair 80 Trails for Tails 80 Photographic Processing & Printing Fotobox 31 Piano Tuning Clive Benson 47 Plastering Jai Scudder Ltd 119 Plumbing Services see Gas Probate Services Mayo Wynne Baxter 94 Property Maintenance Aaron Merryweather 135 Brian Chessell Electrical & 125 Property Services Ltd Inside Out 133 Maiden Maintenance 135 The Maintenance Man 132 S B Property Maintenance 132 Seaford Property Maintenance 132 Property Management Sanders Property Management 85 Records/Vinyl Records Wanted 24 Recycling/Waste Removal Aviemore Landscapes 58/64 Elite Clearance Services 79 Greenacre Recycling 65 Horizon Landscapes 59/64 Suttons Groundcare 58 Removals & Storage Britannia Beckwith 87 R Ranger Removals & Storage 87 S J Hampton 87 Restaurants/Café/Public Houses†/Take-Aways* Cotton’s Coffee Bar 53 Fonetastic Tea Rooms 30 The Old Boot Inn† 52 Ollivers Restaurant 53 The Royal British Legion Club 52 The View 51 The Wellington 53 Roofing Services M Kneller Roofing 110 Technique Roofing 113 Solicitors Barwells 91 Mayo Wynne Baxter 94 Sport, Dance & Exercise Bond School of Dance 47 Denton Island Indoor Bowls Club 49 Gingerfit 49 Harbourside Gymnastics Academy 48 Moxie Unleashed 47 Pilates Studio 44 Seahaven Yoga Rosie Walters 47 Tattoo Removal Agents Absolute Beauty 36 Taxis/Chauffeur Services Just Travel Sussex 22 Kingfisher Luxury Travel 22 Martello Taxis 22 Tiles & Tiling Services Aaron Merryweather 135 Inside Out 133 Jai Scudder Ltd 119 Maiden Maintenance 135 Peter Vulovic Handy Man 133 Travel Agents Experience It Now Travel 33 TV/Satellite Services 1st Rate Aerials & Satellites 123 Local TV Aerials (LTV) 122 R S Aerials of Seaford 121/123 Seaford Television 121 Teleview 120 Will Writing Services Eco Wills 69

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Seaford Scene December 2019  

Community Magazine, Business Directory and What's On Guide

Seaford Scene December 2019  

Community Magazine, Business Directory and What's On Guide