Seaford Scene February 2022

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SEAFORD Scene February 2022 Issue 178

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to the February issue of Seaford Scene, your community magazine. Now that the festive dust has settled and the tinsel has been packed away, we can look forward to a more positive year ahead – with longer days and the appearance of new green shoots, spring is on its way! The most notable date this month is of course Valentine’s Day on the 14th, and Seaford Museum offers us an insight into the origins of this romantic day on page 12. This month’s front cover is by Seaford artist Julia Clark, who is holding a solo exhibition, Energy Solace, at South Downs YHA, see page 18, whilst Gallery Uno is unveiling its new exhibition of arts and crafts on page 20 – valentine’s gifts to purchase perhaps? We have news from Seaford Natural History Society; including the restoration project of Seaford Head Dewpond on page 83, and find out how drones are being used to manage the coastal erosion, also at Seaford Head, see page 70. Seaford & Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch is back with useful information and advice on keeping our neighbourhood safe (page 24), and find out what’s been happening recently with the Royal Society of St George on page 97. Don’t miss the stunning photographs by members of Seaford Photographic Society on page 8, and if you’re a business owner in Seaford, why not put your business forward for the 17th Annual Seahaven Business Awards? (See page 26). All this and much more in your February issue! Enjoy! Fran Tegg. Editor

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4 Seaford Splash! 6 On the Verge – Out of the Dark 8 Seaford Photographic Society 12 Seaford Museum – Happy Valentines Day 14 The Mayor of Seaford’s Christmas Carol Service 18 Energy Solace 20 Uno22: A New Month, A New Exhibition; A Tonic for Late Winter 22 Seaford Rotary 23 Seaford Sings Community Choir 24 Neighbourhood Watch Roundup 26 Seahaven’s 17th Annual Business Awards 28 A Good Read 32 Corelli Ensemble February Concert 37 Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Twinning Association 39 The Youth Counselling Project 44 A View from the Potting Shed 48 Seaford Community Garden 54 Seaford Business Supports Local Charity in 2022 57 Inner Wheel Club of Seaford 62 Seaford Little Theatre Review 66 Sussex Wildlife Trust 70 Using Drones to Capture Coastal Heritage Before it’s Lost 76 Lewes District Citizens Advice 80 Seaford Striders 80 Funds Raised for Seahaven Community Food Project 83 Seaford Natural History Society – Seaford Head Dewpond Restoration Project 87 Lewes District Citizens Advice – Trustees 87 A New Group For Practicing Meditators in Seaford 89 Seaford u3a News 90 Newberry Tully Estate Agent 95 Martello Rotary News 97 The Royal Society of St George 100 Seaford Afternoon Flower Club 104 Old Town Hall Community Tea Room 105 Clifden House 106 Seaford Stamp & Postcard Club 109 What’s On in February? 114 Index of Businesses Front Cover: Carnival Swirls by Julia Clark, see page 18

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of Dust - La Belle Sauvage (12A), set 12 years before Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy and beamed to cinema audiences.

Welcome to Andrea Hargreaves’ rundown of arts and cultural events coming up in Seaford this month. Be aware that events could be affected by Covid rule changes announced after the time of writing but otherwise please show your support for the events below, all of which have taken a lot of preparation and rehearsals by ever-optimistic organisers and participants.

Musical theatre

Lights Action Musicals should take you back to a time when ‘movies were movies’ in the illustrious world of MGM. From 3rd until 6th February, Seaford Musical Theatre (photo above) is providing a programme packed with song and dance numbers from classic to contemporary. Enjoy the glamour at the Society’s Barn Theatre home. Tickets from Seaford Tourist Information Centre in Church Street or from Ticketsource. Showtime is 7.30pm all evenings and 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.


Staying in the Barn Theatre, Seaford Community Cinema is screening Supernova (15) (photo left) at 7.30pm on Friday 11th February as a precursor to Valentine’s Day. Directed by Harry Macqueen, this romcom stars Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci as partners for 20 years and amateur astronomers. Tusker has early-onset dementia so is not getting on too well writing his latest book, while Sam is preparing for his final concert. Prepare to have your heart strings tugged amid glorious lakeland scenery. On Thursday 17th February at 7pm you’ll be transported to the National Theatre to see The Book


The cinema’s first matinée of the season takes place at 2.30pm on Sunday 20th February with the fabulous High Society (U). This Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie was shot in 1956 in VistaVision and Technicolor with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and stars Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra in a frothy remake of The Philadelphia Story. Timothy Spall as a newly-widowed man stars in The Last Bus (12A), at 7.30pm on Friday 25th February. He is attempting to travel from John O’Groats to Lands End using only his bus pass, all the while carrying the ashes of his late wife (Phyllis Logan). By journey’s end he is quite the celebrity. All tickets from Seaford Tourist Information Centre, or on the door.

Classical music

Go to Seaford Baptist Church on Sunday 13th February at 4pm for a Corelli Ensemble concert featuring Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, music by Paul Lewis and Handel, and Sarasate’s exciting Zigeunerweissen.

Folk music

Saturday 26th February at 7.30pm sees Seaford Sessions introduce the five-piece Rosie Brown Band (photo right)to Seaford Little Theatre. The Rosie Brown Band plays a heady mix of jazz, folk and country influences enhanced by harmony-drenched tones from Rosie’s co-writer and producer Bernd Rest (guitars and harmony vocals), with Simon C Russell (bass, viola and harmony vocals), drums from the inimitable Paul May and trumpet and flugelhorn from the sweet-lipped Robin Hopcraft. Tickets purchased for Thunder and Rain, postponed from last year due to Covid safeguarding measures, are valid provided confirmation of attendance was made by 21st January via Please email news of upcoming events to at least seven days before Seaford Scene’s issue deadline.

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On the Verge – Out of the dark Back in December we were disappointed when the SEA Hub had to temporarily close, and our Christmas social was going to be cancelled. Our group is a mostly hardy bunch who love being outdoors in our green spaces, so we decided to meet outside instead. On a mild December evening we took torches and lanterns to light up the pitch-black evening at the Shoal, which turned out to be a perfect meeting point for some mulled wine and baked goodies, and quite invigorating hearing the sound of the waves in the background. It was great to have a chat about some of the plans and ideas for renaturing Seaford in 2022. We have started to firm up our plans to recruit green ambassadors. This could be on an informal ad hoc basis, perhaps letting us know about interesting green areas, and plant and wildlife sightings in various green spaces. For example one On the Verge member Melene has done just that during 2021, giving us a wealth of information about the plant and wildlife species spotted at many local green spaces around the town throughout the year. Some of those spaces are really quite tiny and easily missed – like the area very near to Splash Point behind the fishing boats. This is somewhere you might not expect to see many plants, however Melene reported ‘a beautiful carpet of Mayweed, White Clover, Bird’s-foot-trefoil, Thrift, Buckshorn Plantain and a tiny-leaved Sandwort’. All these spaces can be important individually (due to their unique aspect and soil type) and also collectively as part of our green space corridors, that allow pollinators such as bees and butterflies, to move through the town between larger green spaces. Can you guess where the following report was from in August? ‘More joined up and almost pretty, with Sea Lavender hugging about a third of the posts along the front edge.


Fine grasses with Clovers and Bird’sfoot-trefoil (with a Common Carder bee) make a neat patch of lawn in places though the Ivy and Silver Ragwort from the bank may smother them. A stoat appeared but it was very breezy, so a Red Admiral did not appear on the Hemp Agrimony until another day. There was nearly a “hedge” of Tree Mallow and Silver Ragwort plus Sea Beet, Knotgrass and naturalised Beach Aster from California’. Other plants spotted here included Ground-ivy, Medick, Buckshorn Plantain, Self-heal, Wild Carrot, Mouseear Hawkweed, Bramble and Wild Privet. (Answer is below). For larger green spaces managed by the council, we are planning to encourage small teams of volunteers to regularly check on a green space, and report back on any local issues (such as litter and vandalism). We also want to encourage observations of how biodiversity is improving. Formal surveys later in the year will then have the results fed into an exciting new mapping project. We are hoping to get funds from the Cares lottery fund, towards surveying equipment and training, so that more people can get involved with this interesting work. If you are interested in joining in, do get in touch! Email: Images from top: Boat Park Garden; Rottingdean Sea Lavender (often found along the seafront pavements); The Shoal. Answer to our green space teaser (written backwards) is krapraC elkcuB. Please recycle this magazine when you have finished with it.

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Seaford Photographic Society Seaford Photographic Society has some excellent wildlife photographers, so we were all looking forward to seeing what they came up with for the annual Nature competition. Our judge for the evening was Chris Shore, who is an FRPS, MPAGB, EFIAP and BPE5*, as well as being and ex-president of the KCPA. Colin Mitchell’s stunning kingfisher photo (photo left) deservedly took the first prize and Moorhen and Eggs by Eve Crowley (photo below) was second. Chris Dawson’s Small Red Dragonfly, which had already scored 20/20 in an earlier league competition, took third place. The judge commented several times that the images on display were of ‘an exceptionally high standard’ and he encouraged members to enter some of their work in the KCPA Annual Exhibition in 2022. For a small club like ours to get such praise from such a highly qualified photographer is something we should be very proud of! The final meeting of 2021 before our Christmas break featured two more set-subject competitions, Macro and Transport. Congratulations to Stephen Day for his first ever competition win. His photo of a reversing helicopter at Splash Point (photo left) was awarded first prize in the Transport competition, with Charlie Verrall’s monochrome image, taken on Seaford beach, in second place. Martin Brewer took third place.


The top three images in the Macro competition were all wildlife photos taken in members’ gardens. First place went to Chris Dawson for his image of a Crab Spider and prey. (photo right). Colin Mitchell’s very unusual image of a Barred Straw Moth looking straight at the camera (photo left) was second. Anna-Marie Armstrong’s Painted Lady butterfly, which had already scored 20/20 in one of the league competitions, took third place. These were all good examples of how you don’t need to travel to exotic locations to take award-winning photos. As I write this, the club is in the process of putting together entries for the first two external competitions of the year. The first of these is the PAGB GB Cup, which takes place in January. This is a national competition, open to the 1,000 or so photographic clubs in the UK. We don’t expect to be up there with the country’s larger clubs, but it is always interesting to see how we compare. By the time you read this the results should have been published, so keep an eye out on our website if you want to see how we did. The second is the KCPA Diamond Jubilee Competition, which is held in February, and is just for the clubs who are affiliated to the Kent County Photographic Association (KCPA), around 50, in Kent, South London and part of East Sussex. Last time we entered this, in 2020, we came 28th out of the 33 clubs that entered, which we are hoping to improve on this time. You can see all you need to know about the club on our website, including programme of events, successful images, competition results, and how you can join us. It is updated every week.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Dr Sally White considers the development of the tradition Ah, Valentine’s Day Cards. All red roses and anonymous declarations of love. But it wasn’t always so simple. Back in 1537, King Henry VIII declared by Royal Charter that Valentine’s Day would be a public holiday and chose 14th February as the official day of celebration. Cromwell abolished Valentine’s Day along with many other enjoyable festivals but it was reinstated after the Restoration in 1666. In 1756 one writer described the great lengths some people undertook to discover the name of their Valentine. This young lady used several techniques, just to be sure. ‘Last Friday was Valentine’s Day, and the night before, I got five bay leaves and pinned four of them to the four corners of my pillow and fifth to the middle; and then, if I dreamt of my sweetheart, Betty said we should be married before the year was out. But to make it more sure, I boiled an egg hard, and took out the yolk, and filled it with salt; and when I went to bed, ate it, shell and all without speaking or drinking after it. We also wrote out lovers’ names upon bits of paper, and rolled them up in clay, and put them into water; and the first that rose up was to be our Valentine. Would you think it, Mr Blossom was my man. I lay abed and shut my eyes all the morning, ‘till he came to our house; for I would not have seen another man before him for all the world’.’ When using the bay leaf method many people repeated ‘Dear Guardian Angel, let me have what I so earnestly do crave, a Valentine imbued with love, who will both true and constant prove.’ In the sixteenth – seventeenth centuries, gloves, decorated stay busks, lace bobbins and knitting sheaths were all considered appropriate presents for a lad to give to his Valentine. In some parts of the country a girl expected her Valentine to give her a pair of new gloves to wear on Easter Sunday. Samuel Pepys refers to Valentine’s Day a number of times in his diaries and mentions the buying of gloves and garters as presents. Parsimonious man that he was,


he moaned about the expense of having to buy his wife a present each year since he had told her she would always be his Valentine. He refers to the Duke of York giving Lady Arabella Stuart a ring worth £800. By the early 19th century, a large number of rude and crude Valentine cards were being sent, and as the recipient had to pay 1d to receive post rather than the sender, it was costing the recipients dear – fathers were getting fed up. In 1829 Post Offices were warned that all undelivered (i.e unpaid for) Valentines must be sent to the Dead Letter Office. Mind you Valentine’s Day was the busiest time of the year for the Post Office so the revenue was important. In the 1830’s postmen were so busy in the days leading up to 14th February that they were given a refreshment allowance. Valentine Cards were often hand-painted on a quarto sheet of paper which was then folded and sealed as sending an envelope was charged additional postage. There is also a question concerning the language of flowers, showing how careful men needed to be in choosing the bouquet for their Valentine. Heartsease stand for friendship not love, carnations for jealousy, tulips for honour, snowdrops for hope and lily of the valley for amiability. Red roses declared true love but white roses meant ‘I love you not!’ Colour was not just important with roses. Generally yellow showed jealousy and pink, innocent love. One rose shows love, 12, gratitude, 25 congratulations and 50 unconditional love. It was all a bit more complicated than sending a saucy card to someone – unsigned, of course. But today, about 50 million roses are given each year worldwide at Valentines. It’s not yet known what affect ‘virtual’ bouquets or cards have had on the market. And around 15% of American women have admitted to buying themselves Valentine’s cards and presents. Happy Valentine’s Day! Dr Sally White, Seaford Museum & Heritage Society.

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The Mayor of Seaford’s Christmas Carol Service 2021 The Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Rodney Reed hosted a Christmas Carol Service at Seaford Baptist Church on Wednesday 8th December. Many distinguished local dignitaries, representatives from local charities and members of the public were able to attend and support the Mayor. The service was led by the Mayor’s Chaplain and Minister of Seaford Baptist Church, the Revd. Andy Machin. Cllr Reed thanked the congregation who were present in the Church for attending and greeted those who joined the livestream from home. In his Address Cllr Reed continued with his theme from the Civic

Service; the importance of Faith and Community in these changing and challenging times. ‘I am grateful to the many people whose adaptability made the Carol Service possible. The four Primary Schools who tried valiantly to send their choirs to perform, including the two schools who sent their choir videos which were greatly appreciated in the Church and on the livestream. I express my gratitude to the Mayor’s Chaplain the Minister of Seaford Baptist Church, Rev. Andy Machin for leading the Service and for his Message, to all those who took part in the Service and last but not least my thanks to the church volunteers for their organising and hard work.’ With thanks to the generosity of the congregation, a retiring collection of £171 was collected for Waves, a local family support charity. The event was livestreamed from the Baptist Church and is available on the Seaford Town Council’s YouTube channel (the service starts at 3 mins 47 secs).


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Energy Solace Award-winning local artist Julia Clark has an exciting solo exhibition from 1st February at the South Downs YHA called Energy Solace. Julia explains ‘We wanted a title encapsulating the painting’s visual movement and energy, but also the place I mentally moved into whilst painting. Working on them has been a real solace.’ Invited to exhibit by YHA Artist in Residence Ashley Hyland, Julia said ‘This is a brand new collection of abstract paintings I’m very excited about!’ Julia will be hosting Meet the Artist days when prints and other items will be available for sale, including the opportunity to chat to Julia about her work and inspiration. Julia will also be running workshops in the Spring and be involved in events at the YHA during the summer. Years of creative work and training have led Julia to a passion for mixed media art. Julia tries to create pieces that take the viewer somewhere that evoke memories of good experiences. ‘When possible I use recycled materials and don’t waste a scrap. Living by the coast and countryside, I’m so inspired by my surroundings. I’ve had amazing feedback from people receiving or just viewing my work. It’s a great mental lift to give and get this from my art. These paintings are a new direction that I have longed to take, encouraged by Ashley. ‘2019 was a great year artistically, with positive feedback, and lovely commissions. I was so excited for 2020. Unfortunately of course, my plans were scuppered by Covid and my mental health took a real dive. My husband encouraged me to claw back some creative time, it really made such a difference to me and how much I could support the family in return. It can’t be underestimated how much a positive impact creativity can have on wellbeing, whatever you do, sketching, doodling, painting.’


Throughout 2021 Julia worked to get her positive focus back, getting involved in the local artist community, joining the Seaford Art Club and connecting with other local artist groups who regularly exhibit. ‘I felt a bit like the fog had lifted, it was great to get inspiration and make new friends too.’ Alice Jackman, curator says: ‘Julia’s work is full of vibrancy and teeming with life. In an image one can feel the buzz of energy and the calmness of nature at play on the same canvas. Her use of colours is thoughtful and considered, in a way that makes for a beautiful piece of art.’ Julia’s artwork can be seen throughout February at the South Downs YHA on the A26. There is plenty of free parking, delicious refreshments and some beautiful countryside to explore at the same time.More details on the event and Julia’s online artwork can be viewed through Images from top: A Joy for Life Too; A Light fantasy; A Joy Parade

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UNO22 TWO: A new month, a new exhibition; a tonic for late winter Gallery Uno, 14 High Street, Seaford BN25 1PG Open Daily: Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm, Wednesdays 10am – 1pm from Thursday 3rd February until Tuesday 1st March. At Gallery Uno it’s a new month and so a new exhibition of exquisite art, design and craft from artists and creators gathered from around Sussex. Joining a number of regular exhibitors at 14A High Street UNO welcomes a further six more Sussex Arts Collective members who have yet to show at the group’s new dedicated venue including new members, painter Janet Roland and wood turner Dave Gillett. As visitors to their three previous displays of work will testify, this show will be a real tonic for the senses during these dark cold days of late winter months. Pop in and get your dose of creative reinvigoration. Amongst the returning exhibitors will be the ever popular jeweller/metal worker and Seaford’s very own Amanda Zoe. Amanda is a longstanding and stalwart member of the Sussex Arts Collective. So deservedly she is featured here as this month’s member under the spotlight.

Amanda Zoe BA Hons Amanda Zoe has lived and worked in Seaford for eighteen years. After finishing her degree in metal and ceramics at Brighton University, Sussex seemed a great place to stay. She moved to Seaford when her three children were small and the family needed a bigger house and garden. Amanda’s work is in metal, silver, gold, copper and brass, from jewellery in enamel, gold, silver and precious and semi-precious stones, to patinated copper and brass mirrors and clocks. Her designs are inspired by the local downland and seascapes. The colourful enamel jewellery uses


landscape detail and pattern. The enamelling has engraved detail which shows through the transparent enamel in a technique called champlevé. She has recently produced gemstone and silver work which uses the technique of engraving to enhance the surface around the gems. Engraving and enamelling are very controlled techniques – the rules must be learnt and followed. The landscape-patinated clocks and mirrors however, allow for much more spontaneity and freedom in their creation. Drawing is central to Amanda’s designs and techniques. To keep up her drawing skills she does a life drawing class weekly at the Paddock studios in Lewes. Amanda normally spends part of the week teaching small groups here in her Seaford studio and one evening at the Workshop in Lewes, and the rest making her own work. She is never completely alone in her studio as her dogs Bugsy and Patsy keep her company. Bugsy is a recue Pug cross, Patsy is a Chug rehomed only a few weeks ago. The Sussex Arts Collective is an accomplished group of Sussex makers which Amanda has enjoyed showing with since it began some years ago. She also sells work in the Sussex Guild shop Southover Grange Lewes, Julian Stephens’ Gallery Brighton and in her own Seaford Artists Open House, which she opens biannually and on her website. Amanda is a member of the Sussex Arts Collective, the Sussex Guild of designer makers, the Guild of Jewellery Designers, and the Guild of enamellers. Website

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Seaford welcomes back Santa on his Christmas Sleigh

Following the cancellation of his visit last year, Santa and his elves visited Seaford before Christmas. During seventeen December evenings, he travelled around the streets of Seaford and stopped off in Broad Street on three Saturday mornings and on Christmas Eve. It was lovely to see the smiles and looks of wonder on children’s faces, and the joy of their parents as they talked to, and received their ‘magic’ sweets, from Santa. Seaford Rotary would like to give a sincere thank you to the people of Seaford for their support and contributions to the Rotary Christmas collections. The total collection raised a massive sum in excess of £13,300, which is 20% more than the monies collected when Santa last visited Seaford in 2019, and which itself was a record sum. The 2021 sum included a phenomenal collection on a single evening of more than £930 on one route. Seaford Rotary would not have been able to collect such a generous sum of money however, if it was not for the help provided by 46 non-Rotarian volunteers who between them filled 97 (59.1%) of the 164 collecting slots. Our grateful thanks go to all those who braved the elements to help us throughout evenings and Saturday mornings in December. Seaford Rotary would also like to say thank you for all the wonderful comments on social media sites, appreciating what Seaford Rotary does in this town. These comments are much appreciated. Compared to previous years the weather was relatively kind. Only one collection was abandoned, that planned for Tuesday 7th December due to storm Barra, a hurricane-force cyclone with damaging gusts and heavy rainfall. The collection was subsequently carried out on a dry Saturday evening. Otherwise, evenings were generally dry and mild, although the fingers and toes of Santa’s elves were reliant on strong dry shoes and warm clothing. The sleigh incorporated a tracking facility for the first time, and social media was used to provide information as to Santa’s route each evening and how this could be


followed. The tracker was introduced to enable parents to have advance warning of the approach of the sleigh, thereby avoiding delays waiting for children to be ready to meet Santa. The tracker was in some cases too successful, as parents who missed the sleigh one evening or the sleigh did not go past their house, bundled their offspring into the family car and found Santa’s sleigh using the tracker. This December due to covid social distancing restrictions it was not possible for children to climb up on the sleigh. Accordingly, any photographs had to be taken with children standing in front of Santa’s sleigh. Once again, Seaford Rotary would like to express our sincere thanks to all who have given so generously this December, whether it be their time to help with the collections or their donations. Seaford Rotary welcomes new members and new Friends of Seaford Rotary. For more information contact us on

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SINGING FOR FUN For adults of all ages and abilities Seaford musician Martin Neill set up this exciting Community Choir in September 2019. The aim of the choir is to raise money for Cancer Research UK, as well as the opportunity to meet up, make friends, and enjoy singing together. Despite being in lockdown for much of the choir’s existence, when rehearsals were held over Zoom, an amazing £5,000 has been raised for Cancer Research UK so far. This has been achieved through several concerts, and members kindly donating £5 each week, if they are able to. We are very excited to announce that we have acquired the services of an excellent accompanist for 2022. This is a paid position, and in order that members’ donations continue to go straight to CRUK, we are looking for local businesses to sponsor us. We have already had an amazing donation of £500 from Seaford Masonic Lodge, which means we can benefit from an accompanist for several months. If any local businesses would like to sponsor us, please contact Martin Neill at

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In return, we will acknowledge your sponsorship, using your logo, in Social Media and concert programmes. We are now looking for new members to come along and try the Seaford Sings experience. We sing a huge range of music, from Martin’s own songs (he’s a published songwriter) to musicals, sea shanties, folk, classical and pop. No audition necessary. The important thing is that we have fun, we have nice chats in the interval, and we raise lots of money for Cancer Research UK! What’s not to like? Rehearsals are on Thursdays 7.30pm – 9pm, at Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road. Please email Martin at: or phone 07925 548217 for more information. Please recycle this magazine when you have finished with it. To advertise in Seaford Scene please call 01273 710793 or email


Neighbourhood Watch Roundup A very hearty hello from all of us at NHW to the Great Neighbours of Seaford in what is hopefully a rekindling year. Having endured endless hokey-pokey of lockdowns, isolation, masking up, social distancing and the like, we are very much hoping that the light we see at the end of the tunnel is a lasting one. We have been quiet here at NHW, but very busy behind the scenes doing what we do. Crime is still at an all-time low for Seaford & Bishopstone and to see how we compare to other towns in Sussex, you can see all the statistics here area/your-area/sussex/lewes/ It is proven that where there is a visible NHW that crime is reduced by between 16% and 26%. Visible means a roundel on your door, and an NHW sign on your street. An active NHW where neighbours keep an eye out for each other, can reduce crime to almost nil. We are lucky here in Seaford that we do have a great community and looking out for each other comes naturally to us. That’s the core of our ethos – by being Great Neighbours, we keep our town a happy and safe place to live, to visit and to work.


We celebrated our Association’s 35th Birthday in 2021 and this year, Neighbourhood Watch UK is 40 years old. To celebrate this, there is a brand spanking new logo that schemes across the country will use for this anniversary year. We take tremendous pride in Seaford that we were one of the first schemes in the UK and certainly the longest running association. We are also one of the very few independently funded schemes in the country and through our autonomy, we do an awful lot to support our community and our community endeavours. This includes support by way of donations to our food banks, women’s refuge and women and childrens support organisations, as well as assistance to our veteran associations. Our subs have not changed in more than five years, and Association membership subs are still a steal at £3 a year per household, reduced to £2 a year for pensioner households. These subs keep us ticking along and enable us to distribute roundels and No Cold Calling decals for your doors, keep our website up and running, renew and replace street signage, and produce newsletters and mail drops. That said, it is renewal season. You can find the renewal form below if you like doing things the old way, or do it as quick as a flash online at

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For Help & Advice

Maria Caulfield MP for Lewes

As your Member of Parliament I try to be as accessible as possible to residents. I hold regular advice surgeries across the constituency. If you would like an appointment to discuss an issue or concern please do not hesitate to contact me

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Scams are still rife and have become ever more sophisticated and insidious. For invaluable information and guidance on how to stay safe and savvy, please visit these three websites; www.friendsagainstscams., and fa/fraud/. One of our core focus points for 2022 is the safety of women and girls. This is a precariously delicate area of focus and vital if we want to eradicate gender-based violence in our communities. To learn more about what GBV is, and the quite astonishing statistics surrounding GBV, please see this article from The World Bank from 2019 brief/violence-against-women-and-girls. Sussex Police recently ran a survey regarding violence against women and girls, and while that survey is now closed, the page has invaluable advice for anyone who wants to know more, and to understand how to be involved in eradicating it. The page can be found here: www.sussex.

One way to become involved is to join www. or The safety of all of us starts with each one of us and being informed is a great place to start. On being informed, a great resource for information and safety advice is from our very own Sussex Police – their website is crammed full of advice from those who know best. Visit: for details. Having had a few queries about neighbourly issues, we discovered this resource on the Lewes Council webpages nuisance. If you are finding it hard to deal with neighbourly issues, this is an invaluable resource. That brings us to the end of this Roundup. Keep an eye peeled for more regular email newsletters, and if you haven’t already subscribed to the mailing list, you can do so at, where you can also order replacement roundels and decals if you need to. From all of us, our very best regards. Be safe and keep being the Great Neighbours that you are.

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Celebrate Business Success and enter Seahaven’s 17th Annual Business Awards

If you run a business in Seaford, Newhaven or Peacehaven, the annual SBA’s, as they are known, are an excellent opportunity to gain recognition for your business in East Sussex. This year the Awards will be hosted by John Young, well known for presenting and reporting BBC News for over 30 years. John now uses those insights to help businesses do what news journalists do... communicate fast, meet eye-watering deadlines, and get more done on the day. The Seahaven Business Awards celebrate professionalism, creativity, innovation and business excellence, and have become an important feature in the local business calendar. Winners include businesses from every sector and provide business owners, small and large, with the chance to tell people about their company’s success story. There are seven categories, and three businesses are shortlisted in each category, with finalists invited to the Awards Ceremony and Dinner on 13th May 2022.

Mike Shorer, President of Newhaven Chamber of Commerce, said, ‘It has been two years since we held the awards. We have some brilliant businesses in the area. We hope they will come forward as we would like to celebrate their success. The three Chamber Presidents look forward to discovering new leaders and innovative businesses to celebrate in 2022. Newhaven and its sister towns of Seaford and Peacehaven are great places to run a business, and numerous companies deserve recognition for their achievements.’ Businesses have until 1st April to apply, but Mike suggests making an early start to your entry by thinking about evidence of your success, customers reviews and what makes you stand out from the competition. Categories include Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Best Environmental Business, Best Eatery, Best Customer Service, Best New Business and the President’s Award, Young Business Person of the Year. The SBA independent judges include two local Sussex MPs, Maria Caulfield and Lloyd Russell-Moyle. These local companies and organisations proudly support the awards which could not be held without their support: Veolia, Newhaven Enterprise Zone, CleanKill, Meeching Estate Agents, Fine Marketing, Co-op Funeralcare, HM Bookkeeping and Payroll, Newhaven Enterprise Centre, Arlette’s Florists, The Sussex Sign Company, Swindell’s Chartered Accountants, V R Flowers & Son, Experience It Now Travel and SeahavenFM. Photo: Winners at 2019 Seahaven Business Awards.


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Marie-Laure is blind. She lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris forcing father and daughter to flee to the home of Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle, carrying what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. Werner Pfennig is an orphan, growing up in a mining town with his younger sister, learning about the world through a crude radio they find. Werner’s expertise in fixing radios makes him a valuable asset to the Nazis as they track down the resistance.

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established by Pope Gelasius 1 in AD 496, in honour of Saint Valentine of Rome, who was martyred on February 14th in AD 269. Many legends/folk traditions became associated with St Valentine over the centuries, leading to the present day’s worldwide, commercialised celebration of romance. Red roses, symbolic of love, are a popular choice for Valentine’s Day. The majority of roses sold in the UK are grown in Kenya and Ethiopia, however the best come from Ecuador, which along with Colombia is one of the biggest producers and exporters of roses worldwide. What about UK grown? If your beloved is not enamoured by all those air miles, there are online companies that specialise in UK grown flowers, but it’s unlikely to be roses in February. How about a potted rose? It will be flowerless on Valentine’s Day, but Precious Love, My Valentine or ‘Thinking of you,’ are named roses that can’t fail to impress your gardening sweetheart!


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Seaford Little Theatre Review Fran allocated me 500 words for this review of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol, and the title alone takes up 14 of them. The clue though, is here: David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr’s festive comedy is a play within a play, and from the start, with Tricia Pape armed with mic as Phoebe Reece, the indefatigable chair of the society, bludgeoning members of the audience to take part with a mixture of syrup and offhand sarcasm to the finale when the ‘cast’ ineptly juggle large letters announcing THE END, Garry Fowler’s production was a rollicking triumph. Now confession time: I did not expect to enjoy this sort of comedy, but having sat determinedly stony faced for the first two minutes, I became aware of a consistent noise. OMG, it was me laughing uncontrollably along with the rest of the audience! The cast of five, with occasional appearances by Alan Lade as prop handler and stand-in Belle, did an amazing job delivering the production asides, not too sotto voce from backstage, as the Townswomen’s Guild ladies missed their entrances, impatiently told each other their lines and swapped from part to part, not always remembering which one they were playing. That the Seaford drama group not only accommodated to all this confusion but never missed a trick of great timing and vocal inflection was a feat that was a joy to watch and hear. There for instance was the always wonderful Jenny Humphries playing Scrooge and trying to climb into an upright bed fitted end-of-the-pier style with a hole for her head – well, you had to have been there – and


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Seaford u3a News I wonder if the sap is stirring yet, If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate, If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun And crocus fires are kindling one by one: Sing, robin, sing; I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring. (The First Spring Day by Christina Rossetti) It will come! The days are lengthening rapidly and whatever the weather we can look forward to Spring and Summer bringing with it, we hope, some respite from the worries we have had over the winter. We had some mild weather over Christmas which enabled Seaford residents to get out into the fresh air and the seafront was frequently thronged with people enjoying a stroll, sometimes in family groups or sometimes walking dogs. It brought into focus that Seaford is a pleasant place to live with plenty of open spaces and on the whole a considerate population. That might be the only compensation for the majority of Seaford u3a members for a while yet. Like many other organisations up and down the country Seaford u3a has found it difficult in the last few weeks to declare ’business as usual’. The Omicron variant of COVID burst our bubble of complacency and made us worry once more about being in crowded situations and in poorly-ventilated rooms. Roll on some sunny,

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From the start of Autumn, 700 of the new, improved calendars have been on sale. Over 1,000 images from local photographers (amateur and professional) were submitted, from which 24 were selected, to create the two-format 2022 calendars, printed by Tansleys, and sold for £6 (small) and £8 (large) each (envelope 50p extra).

What made these calendars special was that each came with a one-year guarantee, and after that could be used to create lovely pictures of local scenes suitable for framing and displaying in the home! My two favourite images were July 2022 small format – the Newhaven Ferry head on, by Sam Cadman, and September 2022 large format a night-time electrical storm over the mouth of Cuckmere Haven by Ben Russell. After deducting costs, we have been able to send £1,425 to the local branch of Newhaven RNLI and the same amount to the Seaford Youth Counselling Project.

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The Royal Society of St George, Seahaven Branch 2021 closed for the Seahaven Branch of The Royal Society of St George with a busy December. A good way to end not the best of years. We started the month with an invite for a couple of us to join in a reception at the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity at their base between Cuckfield and Staplefield. This was an excellent event to thank those (including our branch) for the support given. National Chairman RSSG Joanna Cadman also attended as a member of our Charitable Trust as did our Committee Member Nick and Jan Dutt. The entertainment was by the D-Day Darlings and Sergeant Major Colin Thackery, a Chelsea Pensioner who was winner of Britain’s Got Talent in 2019. Next saw President Laurie Holland, Chairman Bob Peedle and Treasurer Jan White visit Florence House, Seaford to meet Mairin Colleary and Susie Silvester, both Trustees of the Youth Counselling Project, which now has a team for each of the five Seaford Schools. Our contribution was to provide finance for various items of admin and aids for all five schools. This is proving to be a very successful local charity that we have helped before. The sad news on that day, the 20th December, was that many of us were unable to get over to Beckenham, South London for the funeral of a dear friend and member, Colonel Keith Barker TD. He was an early member of the branch. He was a veteran of D Day where he received his fourth injury of the war and was awarded a mention in despatches for bravery. He had since received the French Legion d’Honour. He left the RNVR after the war as a Sub Lieutenant and moved over to the TA and became an officer with the RMP. He is sorely missed.

Our last event was on 21st December with a Christmas Lunch at the Inn on the Park, Deanlands. Although Covid affected the number present it was a glorious affair and after various lockdowns since we were there last, it was a delight to be back. Prizes were awarded for the best ‘Christmas’ style of dressing up. The judge was National Chairman Joanna Cadman. First Prize went to Bill Harrop and runner up Bob Newton for his festive socks! All the best to everyone for 2022, Bob Peedle MBE, Fellow of The Royal Society of St George and Chairman of the Seahaven Branch.

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Next month on 17th March we will have an imposed workshop entitled An Easter Basket and the competition will be A Foliage Arrangement – yet another challenge for our members.

We start our club meetings this year on Thursday 17th February when we will be welcoming Gaenor Circus to our club to demonstrate ‘Whirling Mad’. Gaenor is an experienced and proficient demonstrator and we are looking forward to seeing her ideas.

We meet at the Baptist Church Hall in Belgrave Road, Seaford, BN25 2EE on the third Thursday of each month (except January) at 1.30pm. Our fees for the year are £30 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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On behalf of all our volunteers, may I take this opportunity to wish all our regular and occasional customers a very happy and healthy New Year. We will continue to offer everybody a friendly welcome and hopefully a pleasant stay for a tea, coffee or hot chocolate. I’m sure the conversations will be as diverse as they were in 2021, it is amazing how much our visitors know about so many subjects, however if someone just wants to come in, have a drink and read a book for half an hour or so, that’s equally fine.

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Remembering ‘Who I Am’ with dementia, in a care setting and in the community The National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) stated in 2018 that 1 million people were due to have dementia by 2021. Currently 69% of the roughly 500,000 care home residents in the UK are living with dementia. This simple fact means that a larger proportion of people with dementia in the UK are living in the community than in care. This often makes me think of how some of the practices we use at Clifden House to support our residents could assist us in how we live with those among us dealing with dementia in the community. At Clifden House we are embarking on a new adventure and upgrading our care monitoring software to better enable us to support our residents. Modelled on the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘This is Me’ tool and other one-page profiles that are widely used in social care to improve the quality of information, our care software enables important information about the individuals in the home to be accessible to our carers whenever they need it. In this way, every interaction with a resident enables them to communicate to us ‘Who I Am’ instantly, and whatever their condition, temperament and communication is like that day. We can access: Things that are important to me Routines l Likes to talk about l What makes me feel better if I am upset or anxious l My life story l How to best support me l Wishes for the future l l

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Seaford Stamp & PostCard Club The Victorian Age ushered in the great era of international exhibitions, leading from the huge success of the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park, the building later moved to create Crystal Palace in South London. Other countries rushed to hold exhibitions, particularly from 1890 onwards there was hardly a year without one somewhere in the world. Paris held one in 1900, Brussels in 1910. At the same time postcards had become popular as souvenirs and a succession of exhibitions at Earls Court and Olympia can be portrayed on cards, the photo above is a view of the Latin-British Exhibition of 1911. The Franco-

British of 1908 had a complete replica Irish village called Ballymaclinton with a number of fair colleens to inhabit it in traditional clothing! After the Great War (as it was called) spirits needed to be lifted so the British Empire Exhibition of 1924/5 was held around Wembley, this was marked by the first commemorative postage stamps issued by the GPO. Special postmarks were available as well. Other exbitions were later held in Scotland and other locations in the UK. After World War Two the 1951 Festival of Britain soght to commemorate the centenary of the Great Exhibition. Held on the South Bank and other sites, it strove to promote a more modern Britain (photo above). Since then exhibitions have often become more limited in scope; I helped to construct (and demolish!) stands for a 4-yearly Telecom exhibition in Geneva in 1983, at the dawn of the internet era. Stands were not always destroyed however, for many years Seaford had a souvenir of the Paris Exhibition of 1900, in the shape of a Swiss chalet constructed by their government to promote the country (photo above). It was then carefully dismantled and brought to Seaford by Mr Emerson Bainbridge, and set up near the Crouch to be used for “the temporary reception of poor girls from the large towns”. Later run by the YWCA, it was finally demolished in 1966 and Bainbridge Close now stands on the site. Bob Brown, Chairman Seaford and District Stamp and Postcard Club


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What’s On in February? Weds 5th Jan – Tues 1st Feb

Uno22 One

Gallery Uno, 14 High Street

10am - 4pm (Mon - Sat except Weds), 10am - 1pm (Weds), closed Sun A New Year selection of art, design and craft. Email: Instagram: @unoseaford

Tuesday 1st

Seaford Head Probus Club Seaford (Blatchington)Golf Club, Firle Road 12.15pm for 1pm start

Monthly meeting for lunch and guest speaker. For further information, please contact club secretary, Brian Carter. Tel: 01323 898628

Seaford Natural History Society

St Luke’s Church Hall, Walmer Rd 2.15pm

Glenn Norris takes a look at the Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserves. Meetings open to all (non-members £3). Masks must be worn. You can join the society by emailing richardmongar@ www.

Tues1st - Mon 28th

Julia Clark: Energy Solace

Song and dance numbers from classic to contemporary. Tickets £12 adult/£8 student/£35 family (2 adults, 2 children). Available from Seaford Tourist Information Centre, 37 Church Street, or online. thebarntheatre

Thurs 3rd Feb – Tues 1st March

Uno22 Two

Gallery Uno, 14 High Street

10am - 4pm (Mon - Sat except Weds), 10am - 1pm (Weds), closed Sun

Exquisite art, design and craft from artists and creators gathered from around Seaford. Email: info@galleryunoseaford. Instagram: @unoseaford

Tuesday 8th

Splash Point Jazz

The View, Seaford Head Golf Club, BN25 4JS 7pm

The Neal Richardson Trio with Tommaso Starace (alto sax). Tickets £15, on the door or at splashpointjazz. Facebook @splashpointjazz The View tel: 01323 890139.

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Friday 11th

12 noon for 12.45pm

Seaford Little Theatre, 4 Steyne Road

Seaford Golf Club, Firle Road

Seaford Museum & Heritage Society

St James’ Trust, 11 Blatchington Road

GuestHouse Storytellers 7.30pm

Seaford Community Cinema


AGM followed by a flower arranging demonstration by Seaford Afternoon Flower Club. Visitors welcome. Transport available if required. Tel: Pauline 01323 895216 Email:


Seaford Baptist Church Church, Belgrave Road 2.30pm

Saturday 5th

Seaford Musical World Day of Prayer Theatre: Lights Action Coffee Morning Musicals Clinton Centre, Clinton Place 7.30pm (daily), 2.30pm (Sat/Sun only)


London Mozart Players and Howard Shelley (piano). Followed by optional cream tea. Tickets £20 (nonmembers)/£15 (members)/ free for under 26-year-olds, cream tea £10. Available in advance only by post and cheque from Seaford Music Society (see website).

‘Lionel, the little-known warrior – the Red Baron’s first victim’, talk by Jill Bush. Tickets on the door, £5 non-members/£2 members.

Seahaven Hard of Hearing Club

Thurs 3rd - Sun 6th

The Barn Theatre, Steyne Rd

Grand Hotel, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne

Speaker Charles Kay on ‘A London Potpourri’. All stamp and postcard collectors welcome. Tel 01323 492433 .

Friday 4th

New collection of vibrant abstract paintings from awardwinning local artist. Includes Meet the Artist days with works for sale. Free parking, refreshments available.


Seaford Music Society Grand Concert

7pm for 7.30pm

Members meet for a chat, a two-course meal and a speaker. For further details, please contact the Secretary, Gavin. Tel: 01323 893760.

A group for bereaved people, and anyone who finds themselves alone and would enjoy some social interaction. Includes a programme of speakers, entertainment and other activities. Refreshments included. For further information please contact John and Jill Hughes, tel: 01323 898678.

YHA South Downs, Itford Farm, Beddingham, Lewes

Sunday 6th

10am - 12 noon

Coffee and a chat with homemade cakes.

Hillcrest Community Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven ‘Raising the Light’ (rescheduled from January). An open floor evening, featuring stories of prophecy and two-facedness, past and future, hope and challenge, dark and light. Tickets £5 on the door. To book a 10-minute storytelling slot, email Anne-Marie: amh; www.

Wednesday 9th

Alfriston & Cuckmere Valley Twinning Association Seafront Stroll

The Esplanade, opposite the Buckle Car Park 10am

Join us as we head west from the car park. For queries, tel: Wendy 01323 895657

Seaford Stamp & Postcard Club

Seaford Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane


Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford 7.30pm

Supernova (15). Tickets online or from Seaford Tourist Information Centre.

Sunday 13th

Splash Point Jazz

The View, Seaford Head Golf Club, BN25 4JS 12.30pm

Valentine’s Lunch Piano with Neal Richardson. Bookings tel: 01323 890139

Corelli Ensemble

Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road 4pm

With violinist Richart Van Zyl. Music by Bach, Paul Lewis, Handel, and Sarasate. Tickets £15 adult/£5 child, from www. or Seaford Tourist Information continued...


Due to COVID-19, please contact the event organiser for up-to-date information can join the society by of specialist volunteers. Tea, 11 Blatchington Road emailing richardmongar@ coffee and cake while you wait BN25 2AB

Centre. Seats limited for social distancing. Audience members will be asked to wear a mask.

Tuesday 15th

Seaford Natural History Society

St Luke’s Church Hall, Walmer Rd 2.15pm

Marion Trew delves into the lives of Skipper butterflies. Meetings open to all (nonmembers £3). Masks must be worn. You can join the society by emailing richardmongar@ www.

10am - 12 noon

Come and meet your local friendly team from East Sussex Hearing. Bring your brown NHS record book. 01323 722505

Saturday 19th

Lunchtime Concert

St Leonard’s Church, Church St 1pm

Sam Lewis, trumpet. Free entry with a retiring collection.

Sunday 20th

Seaford Community National Trust Seaford Cinema Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Association Seaford Wednesday 16th

Seaford Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane 2.30pm

Talk by Kevin Gordon on photographer Ellis Kelsey. New members (including non-NT members) are most welcome.

Thursday 17th

Seaford Afternoon Flower Club Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Gaenor Circus demonstrates ‘Whirling Mad’. Club competition ‘Look! No Oasis’. Membership £30 per year, visitors £5 on the door. Tel: Mary 01323 893899 or Sue 01323 894848.

Seaford Community Cinema Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford 7pm

NT Live: The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage (12A). Tickets online or from Seaford Tourist Information Centre.

Friday 18th


High Society (U). Tickets online or from Seaford Tourist Information Centre.


Seaford Sessions: The Rosie Brown Band

Seaford Little Theatre, Steyne Road 7.30pm

Five-piece band playing a heady mix of jazz, folk and country influences.

Coming Up... Tuesday 1st March

Seaford Natural History Society

St Luke’s Church Hall, Walmer Road 2.15pm www.

Tues 1st – Sat 12th March

Mamma Mia!

Congress Theatre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne 7.30pm (daily), 2.30pm (Thurs & Sat)

Feel-good musical based on the songs of ABBA. Tel: 01323 412000.

Fri 4th - Sat 12th March

Private Lives

Seaford Little Theatre, Steyne Rd

Eves 7.45pm, Matinee Sat 5th March only 2.30pm

Tickets £9 tiered/£8 level. Available from Seaford Tourist Information Centre, 37 Church Street, or online from www.

Tuesday 22nd

Local research highlights at our AGM. Meetings open to all (non-members £3). Masks must be worn. You

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What’s On Weekly?

Seaford Horticultural Society 7pm

Social evening with speaker Paul Cox, award-winning metal sculptor. Competition ‘5 Hellebore Flower Heads Floating in Water’.

Friday 25th

Seaford Community Cinema Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford 7.30pm

The Last Bus (12A). Tickets online or from Seaford Tourist Information Centre.

Saturday 26th

Open Church Cafe

St Leonard’s Church, Church St 10am - 12.30pm

Free refreshments, craft for kids. All welcome.

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Arts and Crafts Drawing Workshops Paradise Park, Avis Rd, Newhaven BN9 0DH

Last Monday of the month 10am - 12 noon

£14 per session. Contact Lesley Harvey: 07722 236741

East Sussex Moviemakers

St Luke’s Church, Rattle Road, Stone Cross 1st and 3rd Weds of the month, 7pm - 9pm

A friendly club with members prepared to assist those new to film making. Anyone with an interest in watching quality amateur films or helping with the tasks involved in film making is welcome to join. For details, tel Val MacManus: 07590 904778. www.eastsussexmoviemakers. org

Knit and Craft

Chyngton Methodist Church, Millberg Rd Seaford Thursdays 2pm - 4pm

For more details please phone Viola on 01323 890271.

Linocut Printmaking

Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven

Fridays 2pm - 4pm (from 8th October)

All equipment provided. Beginners welcome. £10 per session. To book a place, tel: Sally Jennings 07876 666784. Email:

Meridian Lacemaking Group Anzac Room, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven

3rd Saturday of the month Friendly group of ladies who meet to make lace in various guises, including bobbin lace, needle lace and crochet. Beginners welcome. Tel: 01323 730552.

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Seaford Afternoon Flower Club

Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road

3rd Thursday of the month (except Jan)1.30pm - 3.30pm

Membership £30 per year, visitors £5. Tel: Mary 01323 893899 or Sue 01323 894848.

Seaford Evening Flower Club St Luke’s Church, Walmer Road

First Thursday of the month (except Jan & Aug) 7pm for 7.30pm

New members very welcome. Tel: 01323 896567.

Seaford Photographic Society

Seaford Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane, Seaford BN25 1PU Fridays 7pm for 7.45pm

Friendly club for all age groups and abilities. Chat about photography, lectures, talks and competitions. Visit and get in touch via the ‘contact’ button.

Children Streetfunk

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Bereaved by Suicide Support: East Sussex

Assistance for those bereaved by suicide. Support is faceto-face, via the telephone or Zoom. Also support groups meeting others who have been through similar experiences. Contact 07542 305419 or email Kellie.leyton@

Blue Van Veterans’ Breakfast Club

Seaford Town Football Club, The Crouch, Bramber Ln BN25 1TL Second Sunday of the month 9am - 11am

Cooked breakfast, tea, coffee and soft drinks. £6 per head. WWII veterans free. Tel: 07754 147778 or 01323 890211. email:

Greenhavens Network For more information email: or Facebook: Greenhavens Network.

Just Friends

Elim Church, Newhaven

1st & 3rd Monday of the month 10am - 12 noon, 2nd Mon walking group, 4th Mon lunch group

Weekly and monthly social meetings including coffee mornings, walking groups, steam train excursions, heritage sites, tea parties, wine tasting and lunches. Tel: 01323 725882

Seaford Bridge Club

St Thomas More Church Hall, 54 Sutton Road Mon: 1.15 for 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Downs 60+ Club, Sutton Corner

Weds: 6.15 for 6.30pm - 9.30pm


Fri: 6.30 for 7pm - 9pm

If you would like to know more, or arrange a visit, please contact Christine Creamer tel: 01323 896071, email: or Leslie Fowle tel: 01323 893022 or email: thefowles4447@

Seaford Museum and Heritage Society The Esplanade, Seaford

Sat and Sun 11am - 4pm, Weds 2 - 4pm

We welcome visitors to our Tardis-like Museum displaying history from the Stone Age to the present day. Tel: 01323 898222. Facebook: Seaford Museum.

Martello Rotary Seaford Seaford Rotary For more information email: or visit

National Trust Seaford Association (NTSA)

Seaford Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane Third Wednesday of the month 2.30pm

Talks from Oct to March (no meeting in December). Outings from spring to autumn, plus other social and fundraising events. New members (including nonNT members) welcome. For further information, tel: 07989 077079, email:

Newhaven, Peacehaven & Seaford Lions Club For more information visit or email: Tel: 0345 8335981. Facebook: @NPSLions

New members welcome. For more information contact via: contact.php

Seaford u3a

For more information about Seaford u3a visit: www. For membership email: including your postal address for a welcome pack.

Seaford u3a Coffee Morning

Seaford Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane. BN25 1PU Third Wednesday of the month 10am - 12pm

Open to members and non-members. Coffee and nibbles £2. Just come along. Email: For membership visit: www.

Seahaven Afternoon Trefoil Guild

St Thomas More Church Hall, Sutton Park Road

First Tuesday of the month, 1.45 - 3.45pm Part of Girlguiding UK. New members welcome. Tel: 01323 894454.

Seahaven Hard of Hearing Club

St James’ Trust, 11 Blatchington Road BN25 2AB

First Friday of the month, 2 - 4pm Guest speakers and other activities, tea, biscuits, raffle. New members always welcome.Tel: 01323 895216 or email:

Trees for Seaford

For more information visit: www.treesforseaford. treesforseaford or email:


Cross Way Church

Clinton Place, Seaford BN25 1NP Sundays, 10.30am

Everyone welcome to join in worship on Sundays. Tel: 01323 894687 Email: cross

Friends of Tide Mills

Tide Mills near Seaford and Bishopstone

Third Sunday of the month 9am - 11am Meet at beach end of old village road. Help us care for this special place. Email:

Seaford Allotments Sutton Drove, Seaford

For more information, contact The waiting list for allotments is closed at present.

Seaford Baptist Church Belgrave Rd BN25 2EE Sundays 10.30am

Please join us for our service, continued...

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Due to COVID-19, please contact the event organiser for up-to-date information also available on YouTube. Tel 01323 896009 for updates on children’s Sunday morning activities.

Seaford Beach Clean Martello Tower and The Buckle end of beach

First Sunday of the month Gloves, bags and litter pickers provided, BYO bucket. Accompanied children and dogs welcome. Email:

Seaford Community Garden

Crouch Gardens next to the Peace Garden

Weds 9.30am - 12.30pm Sat 10am - 12 noon (July to September only)

Garden open, plants and produce for sale. All welcome.

Seaford Community Tea Room

Seaford Old Town Hall, Church Street Mon - Fri 10am - 1pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm

New customers welcome to enjoy tea, coffee and cake. We are now open until 1pm on Saturday.

Seaford Environmental Alliance Climate Hub, 4 Clinton Place

Climate Hub: 9am - 12 noon (Thurs, Fri), 10am 1pm (Sat) Repair Café: Fourth Friday of the month SEA is working to tackle the climate and ecological emergency. The SEA Community Fridge operates from the Hub to pass on surplus food and reduce food waste. Email: the-sea-climate-hub

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. Details


at or email us at: nwrmemberseaford@

Seaford Choral Society

Seaford Town Market

Mondays 7.15pm

Church Street

Second & fourth Saturday of the month 10am - 3pm

Local foods, producers, makers, crafts, artisan and much more. Email: mirandamarket73@

St Leonard’s & St Luke’s

St Leonard’s, Church St; St Luke’s, Walmer Rd

For details of all our services and events, please visit our website.


St Michael’s Church Hall, Church Hill, Newhaven (disabled access Second Avenue)

Third Wednesday of the month, 2pm - 4pm

A group set up by two former long-term carers, for those living alone and who feel socially isolated, for carers and their partners etc. Pop in for a chat and a cuppa. Arts and crafts, table-top games, speakers, outings etc. For further details, tel Gloria: 07926 967359.


Concentus Choir

Willingdon Community School, Broad Road, Eastbourne BN20 9QX Mondays 7.15pm

No need to read music to join this friendly choir – regularly sings in Seaford. Tel: 07920 430162 or 07789 343514.

Lifesong Creative Arts Club Seaford Little Theatre, Steyne Road Various days/times

Childrens music workshops, dance, drumming, art and song workshops for all ages. For more details visit: www.

Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road

For more details visit: www.

Seaford Musicians

Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road Fridays 10am - 12 noon

Orchestra open to all instruments and all abilities, with enjoyment the keynote. £12. For further details, email: or tel: 01323 897360.

Seaford Silver Band

Seaford Head School, Steyne Road Wednesdays 8pm - 10pm New members welcome, all levels of music.

Seaford Sings

Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road Thurs 7.30pm - 9pm

Come and sing a huge range of music, no audition necessary. Have fun and raise money for Cancer Research UK. For information, contact Martin: Tel: 07925 548217 Email:

Singing for Fun

Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road

Weds 11am - 12 noon Thurs 7pm - 8pm

own home. A blend of flowing and still postures to build strength and flexibility of the body and mind. All abilities welcome. Tel: 07828 829965. Email: contactkellyburns@gmail. com. beautifulyogawithkellyburns

Cycle Seahaven Various locations

Rides for MTB and road riders of all levels of fitness and experience. For more information visit

Exercise Classes

Mercread Youth Centre, Mercread Rd, Seaford Tues & Thurs 10am

High energy dance-style class with music from Bollywood to ballroom. Tel: 07786 425758.


Claremont Hall, Brooklyn Road

Mon 6.30pm - 7.45pm Weds 10am - 11.30am, 7.30pm - 8.45pm

Bishopstone Village Hall Thurs 7pm - 8pm

Gentle hatha yoga. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Tel: 07515 961327 Email: Theresesaunders7@ Facebook/Freeflowyoga

For adults of all ages and abilities. No need to read music. £6 on the door. Tel: 01323 365495 or 07799 818590. Email: sallyann@

Gold Exercise Classes

Sport/Dance/ Health

Weds 2pm

Beautiful Yoga with Kelly Burns

Clinton Centre, Clinton Place Weds 6.30 - 9.30pm

St James’ Trust Community Centre, 11 Blatchington Road Fridays 9.30 - 10.30am

Full library of recorded classes also available to do in your

Mercread Youth Centre, Mercread Rd Tues & Thurs 2pm

Evangelical Church Hall, Mayfield Ave, Peacehaven Fun, friendly, less energetic dance-style class for all ages, music from ’60s and ’70s. Tel: 07786 425758.

Guided Meditations for Wellbeing Seaford

Mon 10.30am - 12noon Tues 7.30pm - 9pm

Relaxing and restoring your body and mind. Also available:

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Due to COVID-19, please contact the event organiser for up-to-date information 1 to 1 meditation, Reiki, Indian Thursdays 6.15 - 7.15pm Seaford Constitutional Club, Tai Chi & Kung Fu head massage. Pilates for Every Body Crouch Lane. BN25 1PU Mercread Youth Centre Tel Ann: 07989 294445. Tel: 07944 785520. Email: Saturdays 10am Mercread Rd, Seaford

In Balance Yoga

Weds 5.45 - 7pm


Claremont Hall, Brooklyn Rd Online

Thurs 10 - 11.15am

Mercread Centre, Mercread Road Fri 11am - 12.15pm

Join our fun, affordable, sweaty classes today. Facebook: Pumped Bootcamps, Instagram: pumpedbootcamp

Qigong 1 to 1 Sessions

All abilities/ages welcome. Hatha yoga classes connecting the breath with movement for a mindful practice. Private 1 to 1 yoga and massage. Tel: 07444 549859. Email:


Newhaven Gig Rowing Club

Chichester Road BN25 2DT

Newhaven Marina, Yacht Harbour BN9 9BY

NGRC is a charity rowing club inclusive to all from the ages of 11 to 75+. If you are interested in learning to row please visit for more info. NGRC ask that a health questionnaire is filled in and sent back in advance for safety reasons. Your maiden voyage session is approx. 90 mins. All this for only £5. Each row after this is then only £3. For more information email:

Nordic Walking Taster Sessions 1 to 1 Seaford

30-45 minutes. Try out the technique to improve fitness, posture, and stamina. Poles provided. Tel: 01323 891492. Email: kathrynmcdonald2@

Pilates & Yoga with Karen Hall Seaford

In-person classes & tuition.

Mon am & Tues pm

Personal Pilates & Yoga tuition at Seaford Osteopathic Clinic

Mon 7.15 - 8.30pm

Yoga Inspired at Cross Way Church Weds 9.30am Pilates for Every Body 11am Chair-based exercise

30-60 minutes. Improve breathing, strength, stamina, flexibility and be mindful in the moment. Free – have fun! Tel: 01323 891492. Email: kathryn

Seaford Bowling Club New members welcome to our friendly and inclusive club. We are open all year with bowling from April to September and short mat and social activities in the winter. Tel 01323 899845. Email: www.

Seaford Tennis Club Belgrave Rd BN25 2HE

Play from 8am - 10pm New member offer, 3 months for only £50! Get fit and play tennis at Seaford Tennis Club. We welcome players of any ability and age. Sign up at

Seaford Traditional Folk Dance Group St Peter’s Church Hall, Belgrave Road

Wednesdays 10.15am - 12.15pm

Gentle exercise for body, mind and chuckle muscles. Visitors/ new members welcome. £4 per week. Contact Nid Barnes: 01323 897315.

Seahaven Yoga

The Chapel Rooms, St Peter’s Church, Belgrave Rd BN25 2HE Tuesdays 10.30am Thursdays 7pm

Tel/text: 01323 892638 or 07983 622840. Email:

St James’ Trust, Blatchington Road

Tues 5.50 - 7pm Family Kung Fu £6 adults, £4 Children Tues 7 - 8pm Tai Chi £7 per class or £10 both classes Thurs 12 - 1pm Tai Chi £8 drop in, £7 if paying monthly. Instructor Audra Marshall. Tel: 07971 296698 Email:

Bishopstone Village

Yin Yoga with Jacqui

Sevalight Hatha Yoga & Relaxation Class Tuesdays 10am

Tuesdays 6.30pm

Small group yoga classes for all abilities. Deeply relaxing and healing. Tel: Susannah 07862 263869. Email: susannah@

Sound Journeys

Common Room, Broad Street, Seaford Deep relaxation with and through the singing bowls of high therapeutic quality.

Mondays 7 - 8pm

Refill your energy for the week, feel yourself and be happy.

Fridays 9.30 - 10.30am

Are you a school-running mum? Take a break and prepare for the weekend with the kids. To register, email:

Church Hall, Bramber Avenue, Peacehaven Good Intermediate 12.15 - 1.30pm Good beginners Wednesday 10am - 12 noon Improver/ Intermediate 12.15 - 1.30pm Absolute beginners

Telscombe Hall, Tyedean Road, Telscombe Cliffs

Tuesday 7.15 - 8.45pm Improver Plus Tel Joy: 01273 587714.

Thurs 9.30am - 10.45am

In person and online. Small in person class, booking essential. Email: jacqui.johnston@hotmail. Tel: 07816 154644.

Yoga and Sound Baths Private Studio, Newhaven

Sound Baths: Sunday afternoon Therapeutically healing and

relaxation plus re-energizing experiential sessions.

70+ Yoga: Tuesday: 10 - 11.30am

Joint freeing mobility sessions, breathing techniques plus relaxation with Senior British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Trainer/ ex Army Nurse.

Mixed Ability Yoga Wednesday: 10 - 11.30am

Southern Stomp Line Dance Club

Monday 10am - 12 noon

St James’ Trust, Blatchington Rd, Seaford and online

Small group and individual support with Senior Yoga Teacher. Empower yourself, improve your health, calm your mind.

Progressing in Yoga Wednesday: 7.30 - 9pm

Small group with guidance by advanced dual qualified senior tutor in ‘Know Yoga, Know Peace, No Yoga, No Peace’. Tel: 01273 512306 or email:

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