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

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

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

Basic Vehicle Maintenance – Course For Females at St. Margarets Motors!

Basic vehicle maintance course at St. Margarets MotorsLadies – get your hands dirty and join our Basic Vehicle Maintenance – course for females at St. Margarets Motors!

Would you would like to know more about your vehicle and feel more confident and save on the roads?

The course will teach all female participants the basics they need to know about maintaining their car and how to perform simple checks to their vehicle. We will hold the course on Sunday 5th October and repeat it on Sunday 26th October. Both will run from 10am-1pm.

In each course we’ll teach you how to check your oil, cooling water and screen-wash levels; how to check the condition of your tyres and put air in them; show you how a wheel is changed; how to change windscreen wipers; how to jump start your car and how to make your car safe for the winter months. There will be opportunities to answer your questions.

Each class costs £30 and includes refreshments.

Attendance will be limited to six people per class – so book now by giving us a ring on 01273 308255, or by contacting us on our website www.stmargaretmotors.co.uk, or just by popping by!

Julia & Klaus

PS: Of course the men might also wish to enhance their skills. If that is the case just let us know and if there is enough interest we will run mixed or male only courses too!

Christmas Wreath Workshops

IMG_0645Be the envy of your neighbours this Christmas and sign up to one of Kate Scholefield’s wreath making workshops!

Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd December 2014 at The Plough, Rottingdean.

Gather your friends and join her for an evening of festive cheer and the chance to make your own luxury traditional Christmas wreath.

£35 per person including a complimentary glass of mulled wine and as much tea and coffee as you can drink.

Bookings already being taken so give her a call soon to avoid disappointment! 01273 300977.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

Image 2 for posterRottingdean Drama Society’s next production will be Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). It is an award-winning comedy by Ann-Marie MacDonald. In it Constance, a young professor of English Literature, goes on a subconscious journey of self-discovery.

Constance is a hopeless academic who believes that the plays Othello and Romeo & Juliet were originally comedies and Shakespeare wrote out the wise fool to turn them into tragedies. The play magically whisks her first to Othello and then to Romeo & Juliet. There we find that our tragic heroines are actually pretty gutsy gals and that Romeo and Othello are not all they have been portrayed.

With laughs, opportunities for bawdiness and a splendidly surreal ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feel, this is an excellent piece of entertainment.

This production is supported by the Royal Shakespeare Company through the Open Stages project. It is also our entry in Brighton & Hove Arts Council’s Drama Awards.

The play will be shown in the Public Hall, in Park Road Rottingdean, Brighton BN2 7HL. Performances will be at 2pm on Saturday 18 October and 7.45pm on Wednesday-Saturday 15-18 October

Tickets can be bought from www.ticketsource.co.uk/RDS
or by telephone on: 0797 7523253
Tickets cost £8 per adult (with a £1 discount for adults on the first night), £4 per child