Living Colour Exhibition at The Grange

Magenta WiseA Celebration of Colour, Form and Texture

The Magenta Wise Exhibition is at The Grange, Rottingdean BN2 7HA from 19th July to 14th August 2012 (open Mon-Sat 10-4pm, Sun 2-4pm, closed Wed).

The Grange is an attractive Georgian building situated in the High Street of Rottingdean at the heart of the village, and is of great historical interest. Now an Art Gallery & Museum, it was once the home of Sir William Nicholson RA, and the study of Rudyard Kipling has been recreated here.

The Tea Garden at The Grange has a menu that includes teas, coffees, cakes, light lunches, sandwiches & delicious soups (well-behaved dogs on leads may come with their owners).

Sussex Talented Childrens Music Festival – sposored by PARC

Sussex Talented ChildrenWe had great fun at the weekend with a 2 day music festival. Saturday 7th July saw many young performers on the Terraces Stage until the rain defeated us at about 3.30! On Sunday we were lucky to be allowed to hold the festival indoors at the Queen Victoria Pub which is under new management. Thanks so much to Phil and Ian for letting us in at such short notice.

The standard of talent was very high and one customer handed me a donation and said it was the best afternoon’s entertainment he’d had.
Three of the winning acts will have a chance to record a track on the forthcoming CD being produced for PARC by Hollywood actor, Patrick Bergin, and local musician and sound recorder Gary Redding. Patrick made a guest appearance to thank the young performers. The CD will be in memory of Connor Saunders and will help to raise money for a new sports court on Rottingdean Seafront dedicated to Connor.

Another guest appearance was made by west end actress, Barbara Whatley, who drove down specially from Oxford where she is filming for the BBC’s new production of the Life of Marie Curie.

Enid Bagnold – A Writers Life


Rottingdean Village Hall, Saturday 21st July 2012 at 3.30pm

Writer, royal biographer and broadcaster Hugo Vickers will be giving a special talk on Rottingdean author and playwright Enid Bagnold, best known for her 1935 novel National Velvet which was filmed in 1944, and launched the spectacular career of its young star Elizabeth Taylor who was to remain Enid’s life-long friend.

Hugo Vickers who got to know Enid Bagnold through their mutual friend Lady Diana Cooper kept a diary of his visits to Enid’s home in Rottingdean, and these diaries, which provide a fascinating insight into Enid’s life at North End House, will form the basis of what promises to be a compelling portrait of one of Rottingdean’s most successful writers.

Hugo Vickers has written biographies of many twentieth century figures, including the Queen Mother, Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough, Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh, a study of Greta Garbo, Alice, Princess Andrew of Greece, and his book, The Private World of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor was illustrated with pictures from their own collection. Mr Vickers’s book, The Kiss – The Story of an Obsession won the 1996 Stern Silver Pen Award for Non-Fiction.

Hugo Vickers has lectured all over the world, including Australia, America, Russia, Germany, Italy, France and Dublin. He has also lectured in St George’s Chapel and the Vicar’s Hall, both in Windsor Castle, at St James’s Palace and City Hall, Westminster.

In January 2001 he gave a lecture in London on the life of Princess Marina, which was attended by HM King Constantine of Greece, HRH The Duke of Kent, HRH Princess Alexandra and the late Rt Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy.

In October 2001 he took part in a symposium on Empress Frederick at Kronberg, under the patronage of HRH The Princess Royal.

In February 2003, he gave a lecture on Cecil Beaton for the Sargent Cancer Care for Children in the state apartments of St James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent.

Most of the lectures are copiously illustrated with slides or PowerPoint.

For more information on Hugo Vickers visit

Rottingdean Village Hall, Park Road
Saturday July 21st at 3.30pm
Admission £4.00

Tickets go on sale Thursday 24th May and will be available from the box office situated at The Grange Art Gallery, Museum and Tea Garden,Rottingdean. Book early to avoid disappointment. Unfortunately we are unable to process payment by Credit or Debit cards.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the funding of future exhibitions at Rottingdean Museum

The Grange Art Gallery and 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. For enquiries please contact the curator Marcus Bagshaw on Tel. 07826 236827 or Email.

Live Music At The Black Horse

You asked for live music so here it is

The Black Horse has a whole range of live music planned for the whole of July and into August with the likes of “Cabaret Dinner With Elvis” and the Eurovision Song Entrant – Josh Dubovie.

Not only that but The Dean Factor is coming to Rottingdean hosted by the outrageous Miss Patti O’Dors. There will be 6 heats where 2 contestants from each will go through to the semi final. From there 4 contestants will be eliminated. 8 contestants will go through to the final. This is your chance to win £500 in cash

Click on the posters for more information.

Frock Swap Party!

frock swap poster 13th JulyHave you got unwanted clothes lurking in your wardrobe, unloved, never to be worn again?


“FAB, girly evening out! Wine & Nibbles”

“Update your wardrobe & improve your image with special guest speaker Tina Sloan”

Tickets £8 Available at FSDS, 52 High Street Rottingdean & Elif Kose, Windmill lodge, Vicarage Lane Rottingdean.

Extra info you should know:

  • It is recommended that swappers bring good quality, higher end, high street brands to maximise swapping potential.
  • Items checked on arrival for their suitability, organisers reserve the right to reject.
  • No item may be claimed before the swap opens.
  • Tickets include a glass of Barefoot Wine or soft drink with nibbles & chocolate.

Rottingdean Through Time by Douglas d’Enno – Chapter 2 Published

Rottingdean Through TimeAs announced earlier in the spring, The Rottingdean Village Website are proud to be serialising Douglas d’Enno’s illustrated book “Rottingdean Through Time” on this website.

We would like to thank both Douglas d’Enno, the author, and Amberley Publishing for making it available to us. Copies can be purchased from The Grange and other retailers locally in Rottingdean.

Chapter 2 has now been published along side the introduction and chapter 1.

Look out for the next chapter next month.

New-look prospectus for the Whiteway Centre

A new-look prospectus for the Whiteway Centre’s autumn programme of courses will be appearing in local shops and libraries during the next few days, or you can find the information on our website. Enrolment is already open – a wise move if you want to secure your place on a popular course, as numbers may be capped. Or you can enrol in person at our Enrolment Day on Saturday, 8th September, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Rottingdean Library in The Grange, when we shall be glad to answer any questions (if we can) about the courses.

There is an American theme to the Arts this year. We shall be looking at American Music, the history of American Art, and two centuries of American Fiction. But there will also be the history of British Art and, for would-be linguists, we again offer Latin, Italian, French and Spanish at different levels. Historians will be able to revisit Prehistoric Britain, Ancient Egypt, Medieval Castles, Victorian Britain, or, closer to home, work out their own Family History, or indeed investigate the formation of the Sussex Coast – or maybe argue about Burning Issues of the day. And just because some of us may not be as fit as we should be, there will be a Workout for Softies!

Drawing and Painting are back in various guises with our favourite trio of local artists, as well as a new course in Calligraphy, and one on Painting on Silk. And if you are nifty with a needle, why not try Patchwork, or Dressmaking, or Fashion and Style? Would-be authors can join a Writers Workshop; you can learn to play Bridge, or indeed acquire new demon skills in the game; become more computer-proficient, either in a mix-and-match course, or at our drop-in Computer Club. Our aim is to offer something for all – we can’t promise you hard work and discipline, because we’re not so keen on them ourselves, but we like to think that you’ll find interest, hopefully inspiration, make new friends, and indeed have fun when you try out one or more of our courses.

Sussex Talented Children’s Music Festival

Saturday, 7 & 8 July FREE ADMISSION 2-4pm
PARC presents
on Rottingdean Terraces Stage

Festival Winners Performances. What could be better! Live Music – Make sure you don’t miss The Sussex Talented Children’s Music. Sun, Sea and Ice Cream. Set in a wonderful location. Live Music from some of Sussex finest young performers.

For more info contact: 07799776773

Pick up your FREE copy of the ROTTINGDEAN TERRACES SUMMER PROGRAMME from local shops or download one from this website by clicking on the programme image in the right hand menu.

RTBPA Open Evening Tuesday 26th June at the Queen Victoria Rottingdean

RTPBA logoWe were delighted to see so many local business people turn up last Tuesday and to circulate and meet new colleagues. Comments collected on the night will be fed into our Deveopment Group meetings for future reference, while anyone wanting to make comments/suggestions now can do so on the contact page of this website.

Please make sure you’ve got this date in your diary for our 2012 Annual General Meeting at 6.15pm Tuesday 11th September upstairs at the Plough Inn.

Thanks go to Ian and Phil at the Queen Vic for the splendid spread of savouries and wine and to Veronica for organising the bash!

Jazz at the Queen Vic

The Queen VictoriaThe Queen Vic is continuing their monthly jazz nights with the Paul Briggs Four on Friday 6th July from 8pm.

Entry is free, with a full menu of home-cooked local food available, real ales, and local cider.

The Queen Vic hosts live jazz on the first Friday of every month, with special guests as well as regular local performers.