Ayten Gasson Lingerie in Rottingdean

Lingerie designer Ayten Gasson have teamed up to host the ultimate Christmas shopping event this December with Elif Köse. The two Brighton based designers have organised an eight-day pop up within Elif Kose’s stunning boutique based in picturesque Rottingdean. The event will provide everything you need to make this Christmas very special indeed. A wonderful selection of Ayten Gasson gifts including silk nightwear, bra and knicker sets and luxurious accessories such as her handmade silk eye masks will sit alongside Elif Kose’s own label pieces, key items from this season’s homewear collections and gorgeous jewellery.


Is That The Distant Sound Of Drums…….

smugglers_2014_leafletRottingdean Smugglers Night is here again for 2014. With this year being the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, we your Smugglers will do our bit in recognising this key date. You will see several references to the Remembrance aspect of this sombre event throughout the evening, including a military band, coupled with a bugler who will play the Last Post.

The march from the White Horse will be our Buccaneer March followed by the “Lest we forget” service at the War Memorial.This tarts at 19:00.There will be some fireworks at the Green, including the giant Poppies. Closing this part of our evening will be a poignant reminder of events during the Great War.
Make sure you grab a spot to spectate on the green in the public areas designated.

If you visit the green during the morning or afternoon you might like to drop by the Grange and Art Gallery where Puppet shows and Children’s Craft takes place.

Some new features on the day will include a “Frozen” Grotto at Parc 14:00-18:00 and The” Pirates Cave” at Arthropod 14:00-17:00. Another new feature is the Christmas Market located at the Lloyds Bank Car Park.

A variety of stalls should be available to tempt you. Many Traders will be open for the duration and they look forward to seeing you all there AND SO DO WE!

PARC Frozen Grotto 2pm-6pm Pirates Cave @ Arthropod Arts 2pm-5pm.
4pm Fairground Organ 4pm- 5.30pm Woodies One Man Band.
Food And Craft Market 2pm-9pm.
4pm-6pm Captains Beard Sea Shanties 4pm onwards St Margaret’s BBQ.
20 Minute performances of the Touched Theatre (puppets) playing in the Grange Gallery at: 11am, 12noon, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm Will-o-Wisp Childrens Crafts 3-6pm in the Grange Museum Room.
Christmas Tree Festival 10am-9pm

6:00 Fire Spinning Troupe (Village Green) Drumming from Section 5, Skulldrummery and Maracatu Cruzeiro.
7:00 Buccaneer March (from Lower High Street).
7:30 Lest We Forget (War Memorial).
8:00 French Raiders March (from The Plough Inn to the beach). 8:30 Grand Ariel Display.
8:45 Drum Off and Cease Fire.



Be sure to download a full itinerary to bring with you so you don’t miss out on anything: Rottingdean Smugglers 2014 Itinerary

NHS Health Check For Rottingdean Residents

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 15.18.41Are you between 40 and 74? If so you could be entitled to a free NHS Health Check. It’s more than just a check-up; it’s a simple appointment that could save your life.

Why do I need an NHS Health Check?

Even if you feel fine, there might be things happening under the surface you can’t see. The NHS Health Check is just a few simple tests that help identify your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. If you’re at risk, we will help you prevent it.
What will happen at my NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health Check lasts around 30 minutes.

  • A health professional will measure your cholesterol, blood pressure, height and weight.
  • You will be asked some simple questions about your lifestyle and family history.
  • You will get advice about how you could improve your health and stay well for longer.
  • You may be referred to free or low-cost activities, training or exercise programmes available in Brighton and Hove.

Where is it?
We provide free NHS Health Checks in a number of venues across the city.
For more information, please call 01273 294589, email healthchecks@brighton-hove.gov.uk or visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/healthchecks

Rottingdean Arts Presents – THE TIVOLI CAFÉ BAND

7.30pm, Saturday, November 22nd

Admission: £15*

Rottingdean Village Hall

Alessandra Tessai – soprano
Sharon Lindo – violin
Rob Levy – double bass
Jon Banks – accordion
Robin Jeffrey – guitar/mandolin/banjo/juras

The Tivoli Café Band evokes all the cosmopolitan elegance of European café society in its golden age between 1850-1950. This virtuoso ensemble has a repertoire spanning Napoletanas, Viennese Operetta, French Café Chanson, Greek songs of Constantinople, Italian Canzoni and some items in English from both sides of the Atlantic.

Tickets available from the Box Office:

Best of Brighton & Sussex Cottages, 4 Laureens Walk (off Nevill Road), Rottingdean BN2 7HG.

Tel: 01273 308779

Monday to Friday 11.00am – 4.30pm Saturday 11.30am – 3.30pm

Event sponsored by Nick Tobin

The Village Hall will be arranged cabaret style with seating at tables and there will be the opportunity for dancing.

Christmas Tree Festival

St. Margaret’s Church are holding a Christmas Tree Festival to raise funds for the Martlets Hospice. Refreshments available.

Visit the St Margaret’s website for more information.

5th December – 11am to 8pm
6th December – 10am to 9pm
7th December – 12 noon to 5:30pm

Admission: Adults £3, accompanied children free.

The Parish Church of St Margaret, The Green, Rottingdean, Brighton BN2 7HA

Connor’s Court Open

IMG_0158PARC is delighted to announce that Connor’s Court – a multi-use-games-area situated on the Rottingdean seafront old swimming pool site is now open for use. Pictured is local girl Ruby scoring a goal in one of the basketball nets on Sunday.

The court has a full 5-a-side football pitch and basketball court plus 2 mini-football pitches and cricket stumps. All you need to bring is a ball!

The court is now owned and managed by Brighton and Hove City Council’s Seafront Office and is open to the public every day of the year, no need to book, just come long and play.

PARC will be holding a full inaugural opening celebration and football tournament next Spring when the weather is more reliable so look out for details of this.

The court is dedicated to Connor Saunders, a popular 19 year old who died in 2012 in Rottingdean and is a tribute to his life and love of football. For the full story of the court there is now a booklet which can be downloaded here or available in print form from the PARC Charity Shop 42-44 High Street Rottingdean BN2 7HR. The booklet also tells the story of Owen’s Shelter in Saltdean which is dedicated to another local teenager, Owen Bergin, who died tragically young from cancer.

As a seaside court, it is obviously subject to the effects of the weather and high tides. The court fencing itself has been produced by the same method used for oil rigs and carries a 15 year warranty. The City Council is responsible for the maintenance of the court and the Chief Seafront Engineer will be taking steps to reduce the amount of shingle and detritus being washed up in bad weather. A large broom will, however, be available at Molly’s Café for to the public to use in between cleaning if necessary.

Kipling Festival Rottingdean Now Planning Next Year’s Celebrations

After a wonderful first summer, Kipling Festival Rottingdean is now planning next year’s celebrations to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Kipling’s birth.

The theme is Kipling in India and the events will run from June 25 and July 5, 2015.

There will be readings and plays for adults and children, poetry and literary talks and workshops and another great exhibit at the Grange inspired by Kipling’s life and writing in India.

And we have a request for help – a warm invitation to anyone who might like to help the Committee organize the next Festival. We would love a few more like-minded souls to join the team. We also have an urgent need for someone with publicity and promotional experience, and hope to be able to pay an honorarium for that role.

Please be in touch if you would like more information or might like to help in any capacity.


Christine Foster

Rottingdean Smugglers – 6th December 2014 – We Need Your Help

membership poster 2014Bigger, better, wilder, more raucous, the 2014 smugglers night main event is fast approaching and promises to attract even more revellers than last year. Procession places are now strictly limited. To march with a burning torch you must be a pre-paid member and wear suitable attire. This year the dress code will be 18th-19thC pirate, buccaneer, smuggler or WW1. The more elaborate and authentic your costume, so much the better.

This year it is going to cost £20,000 to put on the main smugglers event and the Smugglers organisers are looking for help to raise that. There are a number of ways you can help fund Smugglers Night and pledging money to fund: Fireworks, Lantern Making Workshops, Large Lanterns and you can join in the procession.

How you can help Rottingdean Smugglers:

  1. To donate to Smugglers crowdfunding campaign go to: https://buzzbnk.org/smugglers
  2. Become a pre-paid member and walk in the procession.
  3. You can also donate directly to Rottingdean Smugglers via Paypal here: – http://www.rottingdeansmugglers.co.uk/support-smugglers-night/

Any members who’d like to help with the massive organisation involved, please contact Rottingdean Smugglers now.

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SAS – Autumn Beach Clean

cleanWe are calling for volunteers to take part in Autumn Beach Clean Series hosted by SAS on 19th October to help tackle the marine litter crisis across the UK.

Rottingdean Beach needs your helping hands on Sunday 19th October.

Join volunteers from your local community for a beach clean from 11am to 1pm as part of SAS’s annual Autumn Beach Clean Series.

Find us at the bottom of the ramp on the pebbles by Molly’s Cafe. Postcode BN2 7AZ

You can find out more on their Facebook Event Page