Unique to the Brighton area, spoken Latin can be overheard at Rottingdean Whiteway Centre on Tuesday mornings, albeit Latin with a difference. Aimed primarily at those whose knowledge of the language has rusted over the years but who wish to revive it, this course involves stories of Roman Britain and cryptic puzzles, as well as a considerable amount of laughter. A wide variety of learning opportunities are on offer at the Centre: new courses in the Summer Term, which begins on April 16, include an Introduction to Calligraphy and Listening to Jazz, short courses ideal as tasters for the longer Spring and Autumn terms. Full details can be found at www.rwc.org.uk, or in prospectuses available now at the Centre, as well as in libraries and local outlets.
Rottingdean Trade, Business & Professional Association are delighted to announce that a recent bid to Southern Water/4D for compensation has been successful. A grant has been approved and will be awarded to the Association for improvements and additional facilities at the Rottingdean Terraces. RTBPA President Harold Williams, persuaded Southern Water and 4D to consider this claim and also persuaded every trader to sign a disclaimer. A printed presentation produced by Parish Councillor Anthony Delow and myself, put forward a case to say that the village has suffered from lengthy disruption, loss of parking opportunities and a reduction in footfall and trade. It was agreed that the development of the Terraces Stage is the project most likely to bring more visitors and trade back into the village.
More money will enable us to purchase: –
- 3 more matching permanent benches
- 300 folding chairs
- 20 tables
- 3 large notice boards and other signage
Should there be any funds left over they will go towards the cost of planting and landscaping and we now look forward to the 2012 season of events on the Terraces Stage with a Rottingdean Arts Programme and a PARC Youth Programme.
Rottingdean in Bloom plans to provide planters for the site and to help with the task of relocating sea-heath into raised beds dug out for this purpose.
Cathy Taylor – PARC
Later this spring, the Rottingdean website is proud to be serialising Douglas d’Enno’s illustrated book “Rottingdean Through Time”. The inclusion of this fascinating book into the website is expected to be of considerable interest to local residents and visitors to the village
New book announced
Local author Douglas has also just announced the forthcoming publication of his new book “Sussex Coast Through Time” which is in the same format, but deals with the entire Sussex coast.
The people of West Street have at last seen a new pavement installed after many months of campaigning by local residents. Thanks to the efforts of John Bustard and Anthony Delow of Rottingdean Parish Council, Brighton & Hove City Council engineers completed the work within a week.
The new pavement connects the ‘nib’ at the western end of the street, which was constructed last year, with the section of pavement outside the store itself. This now provides a safe route in and out of the village along West Street from the South Coast Road and is a benefit to both residents and people visiting the village from further afield.
The local residents are delighted
Rottingdean Local Action Team Annual General Meeting
at 7-9pm Tuesday 28th February
in the Whiteway Centre (see our Rottingdean Map for location details).
There will be a council speaker there consulting us on the council’s proposals for parking charges and this is an opportunity to object to charges being raised in Rottingdean. The meeting will also take views on crime, anti-social behaviour and what you think the Policing priorities should be in Rottingdean for the next year.
After all the build up and preparation for the event there was a strong possibility that the weather was going to be just plain awful. With strong winds and rain forecast Rottingdeans first torch lit smugglers procession looked like it was going to be for the hardy few. But the bonfire gods chatted to the weather gods and Rottingdean was blessed with a mild dry evening.
Once the High Street had been closed to traffic slowly the village began to change. A solitary one man band was joined by the Newhaven Youth Marching Band and further still the melodies of the Salvation Army built up the subtle layers of music to create a High Street full of festive cheer. Clowns and punch and Judy. Hot chestnuts and mulled wine. Brightly lit village shops and the High Street were slowly filled with an ever-increasing crowd curious as to what events the night would entail.
Samesky had been busy all day at St Aubyns building lanterns with the children ready for the evening’s procession. Then in their ones and two’s the pirates and smugglers started to make their appearance. Something was afoot. But what exactly.
Rottingdean Trades and Business Association have produced a new, attractive and up to date leaflet promoting everything our wonderful village has to offer. The leaflet has been published to coincide with the launch of the new website this month.
Village history and famous residents are briefly described together with a location map showing the location of 13 different places of interest in Rottingdean, including; the windmill, Beacon Hill Nature Reserve, The Elms and Kipling Gardens, The Green and village pond, North End House, St Margaret’s church, Our Lady of Lourdes church, The Grange gallery, museum and library, The Whiteway Centre, the Old Customs House, Rottingdean Terraces, The Gap, cliffs and undercliff, the beach and sea.
For the benefit of those who do not live in the village, the leaflet highlights eating & drinking establishments, shopping, professional services, the arts, local charities, Rottingdean Parish Council, annual events in Rottingdean, locations and most importantly, how to find us.
Web links are provided throughout to help the reader with more information via the new Rottingdean website. Using these links, everyone with access to the internet can contact any shop, business or organisation in the village (information contained in this is based on the contact details printed in the current Village Directory). Forms on the website give local businesses or organisations the facility to add, update or amended their listing, and for residents to send news items and pictures of interest.
Rottingdean Trades and Business Association hope that the leaflet will help people discover Rottingdean, and wish to learn more about our village by visiting, spend time here and use its many facilities and hopefully return time and again.
The leaflet will be distributed across the region to Tourist Information Centres and hotels. Look out for the new leaflet locally in village shops and the lobby at The Grange
Local businesses can collect a supply of the new village leaflet from Best of Brighton Cottages office in Laureens Walk.