Brighton Marina Walk Comes Through Rottingdean

Brighton Marina Walk, Sunday 14th October 2012

Get together with friends and family at our brand new Brighton Marina Walk and support people living with cancer. We’ve got something for everyone with a 3 and 8 mile walk so join us for a fun, family day out.

Registration for the walk will be open from 10:15am to 11am and everyone will start the walk together at 11am from The Master Mariner. Registration is £10 per adult walker and under 16s go free. Visit for more information and to register or call 0300 1000 200 to speak to a member of our team.

Thanks for your support!

Albion Kick Off Responsible Use Of Social Media

Gully and Clive Bonny

Gully and Clive Bonny

Brighton and Hove Albion – who were recently awarded ‘best new sports stadium in the world’ – have been running extra training sessions to boost their reputation online.

The club commissioned two social media experts to train players and managers on the responsible use of social media.

The football club’s Head of Communications Paul Camillin commented; “The interactive training provided by Clive and his team helped us highlight the many challenges and opportunities around social media for those in the limelight. As a club we aim to provide fast, effective and friendly communications with fans, and by constantly evaluating and taking advantage of new technology, helps enhance the club’s reputation with our supporters, sponsors and other stakeholders. Using social media in a positive and productive way is just one core element of that overall communications strategy.”

Social Media trainers Wendy Kier, Brighton’s Queen of Twitter, and Rottingdean’s own Clive Bonny of Strategic Management Partners, delivered a specially designed interactive training session called RESPEC-T-WITTER. This demonstrated many Dos and Don’ts, reducing risks of inappropriate comments, and showing the online impact of comments by footballers and fans.

Clive Bonny says: “The 2012 Olympics has shown that sports clubs and their personalities can really enhance fan loyalty and reputations by using new media skills. Team GB achieved 4.4 million Facebook and Twitter comments, and Tom Daley gained an extra 800,000 followers in just one month. Sports clubs like the Albion who offer structured online training can nurture a massive new community of fans and make it easier to recruit top players and staff. The Albion is leading the way in this area.”

Albion in the Community’s Want to Work scheme recognises the growing influence of social media in business, but also the role it can play for job seekers to engage directly with potential employers. Social media is for everyone and if used correctly can be a great tool to network, research, liaise and add to your reputation when finding employment.

The next open public session is Sep 27 at 3pm at the stadium. For further info and future dates contact Clive Bonny 01273 308865

Your Money, Your Services, Your Say

Brighton & Hove City Council is beginning to outline its spending plans for the next financial year. Before making their decisions, councillors would like to hear residents’ views on spending and how they believe the council could make the best use of resources.

The council is inviting anyone who lives in the city to come to a free event:

Wednesday 26 September 2012
Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Brighton
6.15pm – 8.30pm

Attendees will be able to have their say about how the council should plan for the future. Booking a place is essential. Reasonable childcare and local transport expenses will be reimbursed on proof of purchase.

Registration is free and only takes a few minutes. Please see

South and South East In Bloom 2012, Furnham Hall, Fareham

SSE In Bloom Peter Whitcomb, Chris Collins and Bob Webzell

Peter Whitcomb, Chris Collins, (Celebrity Gardener ) and Bob Webzell with Beacon Hill LNR Gold Award

Where do I begin?

Through the generosity of Harold Williams, and Rottingdean in Bloom, four seats were booked for the above ceremony today: sadly with Valerie Whittle, Irene Skinner and Rea Wheeler all invited but unable to attend for various reasons it was left to Peter Whitcomb, our plant and butterfly expert from Beacon Hill, and myself to represent all of Rottingdean in three classes: St Aubyns Mead in the Neighborhood Class, Beacon Hill LNR in Conservation Area Class, and Kipling Gardens in the Small Parks Class. Among an audience of approaching 400 I have never seen so many Mayors.

First up was St Aubyns Mead who were awarded a level 4 ‘Thriving’ award in the Community Class which was entered by more than 50 communities with collective gardens, they were beaten by only a handful of other communities who received the top ‘Outstanding’ level 5 award.

Three years ago Beacon Hill Local Nature Reserve last entered this competition and was awarded silver, an award received by the late great Alan Holden. In 2012 we have stepped up two rungs of the ladder to receive one of the few gold awards in the Conservation Area class.

Finally, I thought, it was the turn of Kipling Gardens in the Small Parks Class, entered by about 22 parks across the southern counties. Not only did Kipling Gardens equal the LNR’s Gold award, it exceeded it by also being named Best Small Garden for 2012!

A final award for exceptional achievement within the In Bloom movement was made to a man still helping and achieving from his hospital bed, our own Harold Williams.

I returned home laden in awards, trophies and best wishes, none of which I deserve, and with the pleasant headache of finding and congratulating their true recipients.

I believe September 13th 2012 was quite a day for Rottingdean!

Bob Webzell (Cllr, Rottingdean Parish Council)

Rottingdean Through Time by Douglas d’Enno – Chapter 4 Published

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

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 4 has now been published along side the introduction and the other chapters. Look out for the next chapter coming soon

Silent Art Auction

A fantastic opportunity to bid for professionally mounted and framed prints or stretched canvases, reproductions of modern or classical paintings by both famous and lesser known artists—subjects include landscapes, animals, abstracts, portraits, florals and much, much more.

All proceeds go to the support of the Whiteway Centre.

Wonderful art for knock-down prices!

At Rottingdean Whiteway Centre Whiteway Lane, BN2 7HB

on Saturday and Sunday, 15th and 16th September 2012, 1000-1600 daily

Support Rottingdean Smugglers Night 2012

Rottingdean Smugglers Night 2012Rottingdean Smugglers Night will be on Saturday December 1st this year. Last years Smugglers night proved to be a great success. A small group of self confessed pyromaniac’s worked hard to organize an evening that exceeded many expectations.

This year we hope to put on a ‘Smugglers’ night even bigger and better which combines Rottingdeans traditional Christmas shopping evening with a torch lit procession of pirates and smugglers and a firework display on the beach.
We need local residents to join Rottingdean Smugglers using forms available in any Rottingdean pub or downloaded through this website, to march in our December procession. Membership only costs £4.00. This is a nominal sum to help cover the cost of “Smugglers Night”. This will allow you to carry a torch in this years Rottingdeans Smugglers procession and access to the members viewing area at the beach for the firework display. It is well worth it Download the form today and sign up:

Rottingdean Smugglers Night membership form 2012

PARC’s final event of the season

Herbie Flowers and guestsPARC’s final event of the season on the Terraces Stage saw the launch of “Connor’s Court” project. A capacity crowd was entertained firstly by a young local singer/songwriter called Ellie Ingram who has great promise – look out for her in the future.

Then we were treated to 90 minutes of the most fabulous mix of jazz and other popular music by Herbie Flowers and guests including Charlotte Glasson and Chris Spedding.

Here are some of the comments left in the visitors book;

“What more could you ask for. Brilliant musicians – wow! Wonderful setting and the sea lapping in the background. Do come back please.”

“Brilliant unexpected treat in Rottingdean – lovely jazz – thanks for such great musicians – high quality”

“A wondeful experience to listen to Herbie Flowers at this fabulous little venue. Our son was inspired by Herbie and now plays, sings and writes for a Brighton band “The Mojo Fins”. Hopefully more young people will be inspired too”

Over £1,000 was raised on the day to kick off the “Connor’s Court” appeal which is for a multi purpose sports court on the seafront in Rottingdean. PARC hopes to raise another £10,000 over the coming months towards the cost and if you would like to help in any way please do get in touch. Many, many thanks to everyone who came and donated so generously, to Mick Bensley for donating an original water colour and print and to Chris Davidson for his delicious donation of home produced honey.