PARC – Connor’s Court Update

Connor Saunders FoundationWe had hoped that the court would have been in place by now. The current timescale is for the laying out work to begin the week beginning 28th July and completion in early September.

Costs have risen due to changing manufacturer to get a better warranty on the product so the overall costs are expected to be £85,000 which is considerably more than early estimates.

Donations Needed
If you would like to help PARC continue to raise funds for fantastic facilities for our children and young people we could do with your donations of clothes & toys. Please bring your donations to the shop during core opening hours which are 10-3 Monday to Saturday and 11-3 Sundays

Jazz On A Summer Evening

Jazz Poster 2014First the Spring Music Festival, then the Kipling Festival, and soon the Village Fair… hopefully appetites for pleasurable activity are not yet totally satiated, because still to come is an evening of easy listening, with dancing and a buffet supper, at the Whiteway Centre on August 16th 7:15pm – 10pm.

Featuring the Piers Clark Trio

£25 including a buffet supper & a glass of wine.

For tickets call 01273 304180 or email

The Wonder Tales

foxEver wondered how the Starling got her stars, where the Pheasant got his honk, or how the Fox got his brush?
Then welcome to THE WONDER TALES, Nikki Bradford’s new book inspired by Kipling’s Just So stories!

But instead of animals like lions or rhinos which we’ll probably never see outside a zoo, The Wonder Tales are all about the beloved British wildlife living right on our own doorsteps – oh, plus space travel, how red squirrels do punk Mohican ear tufts, and the odd poo joke…

So come join in the storytelling !
The Grange Art Gallery on Rottingdean Green, BN2 7HA

Part of the Inspired by Kipling Festival
3pm, Sunday July 20th

Big fat cream teas downstairs; relax on rugs & cushions for stories upstairs.
Tales suitable for children 6-11yrs

A new guide to The Kipling Gardens

KipGardLeafGraphicRottingdean Preservation Society have published a colourful new guide to the Kipling Gardens.

This useful reference pamphlet, written by Evan Murphie the head gardener, and Valerie Whittle of RPS is full of interesting information about the Gardens. The leaflet, illustrated with photographs also by Valerie Whittle, describes the garden’s history, layout and planting in a handy pocket sized format.

The Gardens have held the prestigious Green Flag awarded for the best parks and green spaces in England and Wales since 2006. A 2010 Report states that, “The standard of horticultural excellence within this garden provides a unique visitor experience.” South and South-East in Bloom have also awarded the gardens “Best Small Park” in 2012; Gold award since 2012.

The Kipling Gardens are open to the public seven days a week and close at dusk throughout the year. Entry is free and there is a ramped path for wheelchairs.

Copies of the leaflet, priced at 50p will be available from The Grange in Rottingdean.

For more information about the Kipling Gardens and the work of Rottingdean Preservation Society visit

City Council Award Lease To Beacon Hub Project

BeaconHubGroupThe lease for the disused golf kiosk adjacent to Rottingdean windmill has been awarded to the community led Beacon Hub Project. Trustees of the project, Jay Butler – Project Manager, Jo Spickett – Conservation advisor and Libby Darling – CEO, accompanied by Rottingdean Parish Council Chair, Bob Webzell learned of their successful bid at a meeting of Brighton & Hove City council’s Transport, Environment and Sustainability committee on July 1st. The lease ensures the project’s credibility to now seek major funding to sensitively re-develop the building.

Pete West, chair of the City council committee, spoke enthusiastically about how the project (which has the backing of BBC wildlife broadcaster Chris Packham) will promote all that connects the local and wider community with nature and how the initiative links into the UNESCO Biosphere status recently awarded to the Brighton & Lewes downs.

The Beacon Hub team has expertise in environmental conservation, education and the arts. The plan is to convert the disused cabin and manage a 35 capacity classroom and land, for the benefit of children, walkers and numerous community groups, whilst providing a ‘gateway’ to the South Downs National Park. The ‘kiosk’ is situated next to the 40-acre Beacon Hill LNR (local nature reserve) within the South Downs National Park and neighbours the Beachy Head West MCZ (marine conservation zone).

Rottingdean residents and companies are invited to get involved with the project by volunteering expertise, time and resources – further details at or contact Jay Butler, Project Manger by Email:

Guided Tours of Rottingdean Village and the Historic Kipling Gardens

KipFestToursGRAPHICAs part of the Kipling Festival – Rottingdean, there will be two guided tours in the village, each on both on Saturday 12th AND Sunday 13th

1pm Kipling Gardens with Valerie Whittle

2pm Tour of Rottingdean Village with Rob Upward

Group size is limited to 15. Cost for each tour is £3 per person.

The Garden Tour will be rare opportunity to learn more about our beautiful, award-winning park in the heart of Rottingdean. South and South-East in Bloom awarded the gardens “Best Small Park” in 2012; Gold award since 2012 and also holders of the prestigious “Green Flag” since 2006.

The Village tour will be a unique chance see and hear about the fascinating history of our beautiful village, guided by Rob Upward.

Meeting place for the start of BOTH tours will be on the north side of the Green, near the entrance to Kipling Gardens (please note that this is a change to the printed programme).

For more information about The Kipling Festival visit
For more information about the work of Rottingdean Preservation Society visit

Nasty Neighbours

nasty-neighboursA terrific, thrilling black comedy by Debbie Isitt

This punchy play by Debbie Isitt examines the stresses and strains of modern life.

It bursts into life following the emigration to Australia of the Hodges, former neighbours of Mr and Mrs Peach.

The grieving Peaches anxiously twitch behind the net curtains at their semi-detached home wondering who will move in next door. But Mr and Mrs Chapman prove to be far from the ideal couple the Peaches had dreamed of. The Chapmans are rude, loud and aggressive. With growing frustration, Mr Peach embarks on a massive feud with his new neighbours.

The problems escalate out of all proportion, even including the harassment of old neighbours on the other side of the world. It isn’t long before all three couples are tearing each other apart and, in a terrifying climax, Mr Peach sets out to show the Chapmans just how nasty a neighbour can be.

This play contains adult themes so may not be suitable for children.

7.45pm Wed-Sat and 2pm on Sat

2pm on 19 JULY, 2014
7.45pm on 16-19 JULY, 2014

Park Road, Rottingdean BN2 7HL

Tickets are priced £8 for adults with a £1 discount for adults on the first night

Box office at
or by telephone: 0797 7523253

Robotics & Computer Programming – Holiday Workshops With The Curiosity Hub

curiosity-hubThe Curiosity Hub are running two creative workshops for kids aged 6-9 and 7-12 on Wednesday 30th July at Arthropod Arts, 20-22 High St, Rottingdean.

Adventure Stories with Lego® WeDo Robotics (Ages 6-9)
9am-12pm – Arthropod Arts (20-22 High St), Rottingdean

We’re off on a robotic adventure! In this workshop, we’ll be building and learning to program robots using Lego® WeDo kits! Students will work in pairs to assemble robots using Lego® Education WeDo robotics kits and use the visual drag-and-drop software to instruct the robots to move, respond to sensors and play sounds. We’ll also learn about the mechanics of motors, axles and gears in this exciting workshop.

No previous experience required.

Create your own Computer Game with Scratch (Ages 7-12)
1pm-4pm – Arthropod Arts (20-22 High St), Rottingdean

Go behind the scenes and create your own video game! Students will use Scratch (child-friendly visual programming software developed by MIT Media Lab) to create their own on-screen game, featuring keyboard control, levels and their very own characters! After the workshop, the students’ games can be emailed home.

No previous experience required.

All workshops can be booked online at the Curiosity Hub website

Inspired by Kipling Exhibition

KipPoster5An exhibition of local artists work inspired by Rudyard Kipling to coincide with the Kipling FestivalRottingdean 10 – 22 July 2014.

At the Grange Art Gallery, The Green, Rottingdean, East Sussex, BN2 7HA
Open daily 10:30am – 4:30pm (closed Wednesday) Sunday 1:30 – 4:30pm

On Saturday 12 July there will also be “Pop up Poetry” – readings of Kipling’s verse in the Kipling Gardens and the new Kipling Room in The Grange Museum will be open

For more information visit

Flushed with success – Rottingdean’s Undercliff Loos Award

P1040692-2As many will be recall, after a long wait and despite some initial opposition, the plans for new loos on Rottingdean seafront were given the go-ahead. The restoration and upgrading of the loos was finally completed last September and the loos have been in use ever since.

Beach and undercliff users, particularly those with young families, the elderly or disabled, need proper, modern and hygienic facilities. In the past, seafront users had to cross the busy coast road just to use the loo. For a number of years the toilet facilities in the village, particularly on the seafront had been woefully inadequate, but replacing them was a complex and expensive undertaking. Now, particularly as the weather improves, the beaches get busier, more people are walking or cycling along the undercliff – the new loos have proved to be a great success.

They have met with widespread approval, not only by the public who use them, but notably by the organisation that gives the annual Loo of the Year Awards. The loos were given the overall Platinum Award, the top level in the world of public conveniences!

The judges said: “This just goes to show what a bold, new build can achieve, reflecting a modern, inclusive society in 2013. Congratulations to all concerned. An excellent all-inclusive spec. and one of our top entries seen this year.”

Since its introduction in 1987, the annual Loo of the Year Awards competition has helped focus the spotlight on ‘away from home’ toilets throughout the UK. The Awards are run independently and promoted by the British Toilet Association and have a simple objective, namely, to encourage the highest possible standards in all types of ‘away from home’ or public toilets.

It proves what can be achieved with determination and public support. I think we should all feel “flushed with success”!