Owen’s Shelter

Friends of Owen Bergin, a local teenager who lost his life recently to cancer, came together recently to raise money for a tribute to their friend who loved skate boarding. The equipment planned is a teenage seating shelter which will be installed facing the skate park in Saltdean where friends can meet and watch the skating.

Pictured are Denise Street, Lisa Ashing and Carol Alexander with a cheque to PARC for £900 raised amazingly at a coffee morning which included Owen’s friends washing cars as well as tea and cakes!

PARC is aiming to raise £9,000 for this project and anyone wishing to contribute can contact Cathy Taylor on catherine.taylor6@btinternet.com

Are you sitting comfortably?

New ChairsThe Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has once again acknowledged the Whiteway Centre’s value to the community by generously granting funds for the purchase of 95 top-of-the-range chairs. Since the 1970s, when the Centre was founded, visitors have been obliged to perch on hard moulded plastic seats – but no longer! From this week, students, group members and visitors are able to luxuriate in padded comfort, thanks to BIG!

This is the second grant made to the Centre. In 2011 BIG funded the purchase of laptops and other IT equipment to enable the creation of a now flourishing Computer Club. Wholly self-funding, Rottingdean Whiteway Centre relies on voluntary helpers to manage the variety of learning and leisure activities which are on offer there, not only to Rottingdean but to the wider community.

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund aims to enable others to make real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.


It’s fun finding out

Prospectus for RWCThe Whiteway Centre’s Spring/Summer prospectus is now out, full of opportunities to broaden your knowledge base, try out new skills and meet people with shared interests. Want to try out oil painting? Discover the art of Ancient Egypt? Sample modern American music? Or you can aim for fluency in Italian/French/Spanish, or even Latin.

These are just some of the courses on offer, at fees well below the regional average. Copies of the prospectus are available at the Whiteway Centre, central and local libraries and other outlets, or you can download details from www.rwc.org.uk.

Special Offer – East Town Pirates Rock Band

Don’t miss out on the warm up to Rottingdean Smuggler’s night with LIVE MUSIC. Live Lounge presents East Town Pirates Rock Band with Sea Shanty Attitude gig on Friday 30th November 8pm The White Horse Hotel.

Tickets are on sale now at £10 from Handy Hardware or call Gary on 07901 976152.

Mention that you heard about it via the Rottingdean Village website and get your tickets HALF PRICE

“5 Alive” – Connor’s charity concert




Please join us for the launch of a brand new and exclusive music CD which has been produced in memory of Connor Saunders and is being sold in aid of “Connor’s Court” Multi Use Games Area for Rottingdean Seafront

Rottingdean Smugglers Night 2012 – Saturday 1st December

Rottingdean Smugglers Night 2012A History

After the roaring success of last year’s Smugglers Night, we are celebrating again with a pirates’ torch lit procession and fireworks on the beach.
For two hundred years from the mid-seventeenth century, the Rottingdean gang of smugglers ran contraband cargo from landing sites nearby. The goods included brandy, “hotlands” gin, tea, coffee, spices and a range of other highly prized goods. They used caves dug into the cliffs which led to tunnels connecting the cellars of houses and Inns under the High Street and up to the Green. The famous vicar, Dr Thomas Hooker, whose bust can been seen in St. Margaret’s Parish Church, was a skilled horseman and acted as a lookout for the gang. A customs House was established in the High Street to attempt to curtail their activity. In a celebration of Rottingdean’s dark and sinister history of smuggling and piracy we will this year especially be remembering the Battle of Rottingdean 1377.

3.00pm to 9.00pm High Street Closed
Refreshments will be served throughout the village :
Hot Chestnuts – Nevill Road & White Horse, WI refreshments – Village Hall, Hog Roast – The Queen Victoria, BBQ – Barclays Bank, Queen Victoria, Nevill Road and High Tides
Mulled wine and Festive treats Rottingdean boutiques and shops

12-2pm at Our Lady of Lourdes and 4pm – 6pm St Aubyns School : Same Sky artists will be running FREE torch shaped lantern workshops
4pm Village Hall : Willo-the -Wisp family event, pirate face painting, dressing up and mini pirate boat. Phillip Sugg and his amazing Smugglers puppet theatre. Sponsored by Rottingdean Lions.


4.00pm Christmas Grotto (Nevill Road), Face Painting, Craft Stalls (Village Hall), One Man Band, Tombola (Nevill Road), Salvation Army Band (Village Hall), Vintage Fairground Organ (West Street), East Sussex Fire Crew (Lower High Street) , Captain Dunk’s Treasure Hunt and Smugglers Grotto (Village Hall)
4.15pm Punch & Judy, Balloon Modelling, Mix & Mingle (St Aubyns)
5.00pm Newhaven Youth Marching Band, Brillo The Clown
5.15pm Magic Show (St Aubyns)
6.15pm Punch & Judy (St Aubyns)
7.30pm Carol Service (Nevill Road)
8.30pm Lions Club Auction (White Horse)


5.00pm Skull Drummery & Section 5, drummers andt Ghost Pirates (Lower High St and The Green)
7.00pm Buccaneer March (from the Lower High Street)
7.20pm Drum Salute (War Memorial)
8.00pm French Raiders March (from The Plough Inn to the beach)
8.30pm Fireworks Display (Lower High Street)
8.45pm Drum Off
9.00pm Ceasefire

Friday 30th November East Town Pirates Rock Band
Don’t miss out the warm up to it all Friday 30th November 8pm The White Horse Hotel
LIVE MUSIC Live Lounge presents East Town Pirates Rock Band with Sea Shanty Attitude gig
Tickets £10 on sale a Handy Hardware or call Gary on 07901 976152

Election results

Rottingdean Parish Council LogoThe four successful candidates in the Rottingdean Parish Council elections were:-

Roy Wales (341 votes)
Sue John (231)
Amanda Connolly (221)
Heather Mae Butler (203).

NOT elected: Helen Mercer (188), Jean Spray (170), Hugo Paton-Cox (162), Allan Jones (158) and John Higgins (103)

The conservative candidate, Katy Bourne, was voted in as the new Police Commissioner.

Here comes “The Very Vintage Fair” once again

The Very VintageA wonderful Vintage day is taking place on Saturday the 24th November 10am-5pm celebrating all that is Very Vintage.

Let us take you back in time to an eclectic mix of vintage delights including: clothing, shoes, hair, make-up, accessories and heart-warming treats with steaming pots of tea.

The hall will be filled with laughter and chatter as you get a unique experience, look out for some affordable gifts ideal for early Christmas shoppers as well as vintage lovers.

Elif Kose Feest the curator of the fair said “I keep bringing the fair to Rottingdean due to popular demand and especially excited with what’s in store. We have again a fantastic pop up teashop, a photo booth by Lynda Kelly and some fantastic live entertainment by The Victory Dolls.”

For more info see the Facebook page.

Rottingdean Village Hall, Park Road. Saturday 24th November, 10-5pm, £2 entry

New Neighbourhood Watch Information

A new page has been added to the Rottingdean Village website giving information on our Neighbourhood Watch scheme. It gives information on how the Neighbourhood Watch works, what the aims are and how to contact them.

We represent our three villages here on the coast to the East of Brighton, which includes East Saltdean (part of Lewes DistrictCouncil). Our local aim is to have NHW representation in 100% of the roads in this area, so if you are interested in joining us please take a look below and get in touch with us today?

Visit our Rottingdean Neighbourhood Watch page for more information.

Rottingdean Through Time by Douglas d’Enno – Chapter 5 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 5 has now been published along side the introduction and the other chapters. Look out for the next chapter coming soon