Summer Smugglers & Great Pirate Picnic Ship Building Workshop


As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations Rottingdean Trade, Business and Professional Association and PARC (Play Area in Rottingdean Committee) are holding this event as part of the fundraising effort for Smugglers Night 2012.

Come dressed as a Pirate, bring your own picnic or enjoy food and drink from the local traders. Samesky will help design and build a series of Pirate boat costumes with children who will get a chance to parade around the seafront accompanied by Skulldrummery before taking their costumes home to keep.

Samesky workshops of 30 places each will run from 11am to 12.30pm, 1pm to 2.30pm (under 7’s to be accompanied by adults). Skulldrummery will be bringing along a few extra drums to teach the young ones a few Pirate tunes!

Event sponsored by PARC

You can pick up a programme for all the events this summer on Rottingdean Terraces Stage from Saturday 2 June to Monday 27 August at shops in the village OR download a PDF from the right hand side of this page.

Summer Specials Pop Up Shop

Labels for Less ran a Pop Up shop in Pebbles, Rottingdean last month. All the lovely designer clothes were pre-loved and beautiful and all were affordable.

So on popular request Labels are running another Pop up on Thursday 31st May in the divine Pebbles between 5pm to 8pm. This time the clothes are all summer specials, all pre-loved and all affordable again. Lots of wedding hats, suits, party dress and all designer. Come along and bag a bargain for that summer occasion or just to pep up your summer wardrobe. Oska, Max Mara, Nicole Farhi, Jaeger and many more designer labels on sale.The prices are really reasonable and the stock is colourful, fun and all about the summer.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Exhibition of the works of author and playwright Enid Bagnold

Exhibition of the works of author and playwright

Enid Bagnold

(author of National Velvet)

drawn from the private collection of writer Hugo Vickers

Saturday 5th May – Saturday 4th August 2012

Rottingdean Museum, The Green, Rottingdean, East Sussex

NATIONAL VELVET PHOTOEnid Bagnold, CBE (27 October 1889 – 31 March 1981), was a British author and playwright, best known for the 1935 story National Velvet which was filmed in 1944 with Elizabeth Taylor.

She was a nurse during World War I, writing critically of the hospital administration and being dismissed as a result. She was a driver in France for the remainder of the war years. She wrote of her hospital experiences in Diary Without Dates and her driving experiences in The Happy Foreigner.

In 1920, she married Sir Roderick Jones (Chairman of Reuters) but continued to use her maiden name for her writing. They lived at North End House in Rottingdean, near Brighton, East Sussex, (previously the home of Sir Edward Burne-Jones), the garden of which inspired her celebrated play The Chalk Garden. They had four children. Their great-granddaughter is Samantha Cameron, wife of the current Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron. Lady Jones died in 1981 and is buried at St Margaret’s Church.

Rottingdean Museum is mounting an exhibition of her life and work which will open on Saturday 5th May 2012. The Museum Curator, Marcus Bagshaw comments “This first major exhibition of Enid Bagnold’s work will focus on the extraordinary success of National Velvet, the Rottingdean set novel that has never been out of print since its publication in 1935. In 1944 it was made into a hugely successful film starring a 12-year old Elizabeth Taylor and tells the story of a young girl, Velvet Brown, who rides an unprepossessing piebald horse she’d won in a raffle, The Pie, to victory in the Grand National. The exhibition will also feature material on other Rottingdean based works including the 1955 Broadway and West End play The Chalk Garden, filmed in East Sussex in 1964 by Universal Internationl as a starring vehicle for a 14-year old Hayley Mills. A collection of Enid Bagnold first editions, original film exploitation material, sketches, letters and candid photographs drawn from the private collection of writer and friend of Enid Bagnold Hugo Vickers , as well as a collection of never before seen photographs of Bagnold and her family “at home in Rottingdean” taken by legendary photographer Cecil Beaton during the 1940’s and 1950’s, will all serve to reaffirm Bagnold’s reputation as one of Rottingdean’s most celebrated and successful writers”.

Rottingdean Museum, The Grange, The Green, Rottingdean, East Sussex, BN2 7HA Opening Times: Weekdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (except Wednesdays), Sundays 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Tel. 01273 301004

Admission is free.

The Social Network FSDS Style !

Rottingdean Local Spotlight

FSDS - Fiona Stewart Local SpotlightWhen I first decided to open Fiona Stewart Designer Silver I was fully aware that marketing and traditional advertising were my only real means of getting my message out to the village shopping public. I duly gathered all the local magazines and newspapers and contacted each, asking key questions such as “what is your current circulation” and “what audience currently reads you”. Making sure that people know you exist is absolutely key to making a business successful.

My doors opened on Burns night January 2008, which was rather apt as my family roots hail from Scotland and my husband Andy even owns the Stewart tartan kilt. The kilt was worn on the opening day which made my father proud to include the family history, the advertising was booked, the flyers were printed, the shop was fully stocked, (although I have to say less stocked than it is now), and we were off and trading.

In 2009 we saw the emergence of a social networking phenomenon called Twitter – I am sure many of you reading this will regularly see celebrities quoted in national newspapers directly from their Twitter feed. I was introduced to this networking opportunity by a friend who was in PR, Jo Brooks, and immediately immersed myself into this new outlet with gusto. The aim of Twitter is to follow and be followed by as many likeminded people as possible, with an important twist – you had to direct line to previously unobtainable people. Such people as Stephen Fry, Jason Bradbury, top journalists, Magazines and even our local author Peter James. As an early adopter I managed to gain a following quite quickly – much to the annoyance of my PR friend as she checked my followers list and was completely gobsmacked as I had overtaken her threefold in less than three months! Despite opening during one of the worst global recessions we have seen in recent years, the shop’s footfall was steady and the return client list showed an increase to the point where December 2011 has been FSDS’s best month of trading to date.

Twitter now seems like normal life to me – I can market my business and communicate with local organisations who keep me versed with all the issues I need to know as a community based business. I can also get up to date news on things like traffic accidents as they happen, news stories immediately, social events and network opportunities and if I am lucky I even get retweeted (a retweet is when somebody re-posts your tweet) an added bonus if by a customer, a respected business person or a celebrity! The most important thing about Twitter – is that is absolutely free of charge – something that doesn’t occur in business very often. Now many events are organised via Twitter. Last weekend, FSDS was at the Vintage Fair an event organised by Rottingdean’s own Elif Kose which I heard about and spread the word through Twitter, and this weekend FSDS will be at the Belles Vintage Wedding Fair at the Hove Centre again heavily marketed and organised via Twitter. I’m also thrilled to see the new business and partnerships coming into the village are using Twitter and of course Rottingdean itself has it’s very own Twitter feed.

“I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.” Bill Gates.

As well as getting the word about my business out there, I also use twitter to keep current with many of my designers as it definitely helps build relationships and allows cross pollination of ideas, especially when many of the designers I stock are in different parts of the UK.

Twitter in my eyes has totally changed the way people share information – and while it doesn’t replace any other media which continue to be valuable, for FSDS in particular I find it helps me stay connected with my clients, my designers and my fellow business owners and keeps a very 2012 type of buzz around our historic village of Rottingdean.

FSDS is currently stocking 12 talented Silversmiths including Tina Lilienthal, Lucy Q, Rachel Galley, Molly Brown, Sheila Fleet, Collette Waudby, Gina Stewart Cox, Atelier Gilmar plus designer Scarves, Leather goods, scented Scottish candles – (Fork Handles), Fashion Jewellery, Vintage Jewellery by Rosie Fox, and glassware handmade in Cornwall. The FSDS website is a work in progress and is currently being updated with 300 new photos by photographer Steve Robinson.

See you on Twitter !

Fiona Stewart

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The Very Vintage Fair – Saturday 28th April

The Very Vintage FairAnother roaring success as Rottingdean celebrates the delights of the vintage era.

Even April showers didn’t stop villagers and visitors from as far as London coming out to in force to support and enjoy another “The Very Vintage Fair”, produced by local dress maker Elif Kose. Hundreds were entertained by Mark Vis on the piano, singing tea ladies, whilst tucking into beautiful cakes by Cupfins and tea in vintage china cups. The stalls provide an eclectic mix of vintage fashion, jewellery, accessories and lots more.

Elif said “Despite the inclement weather I’m so please people made the effort to enjoy all the fabulous stalls, teas, cake and excellent entertainment. I feel the fair really provided people with an all-round experience of the vintage era and the fair had such a great atmosphere”.

The next fair is planned for 24th November 2012.