Rottingdean Whiteway Centre Celebrating ’40 Years On’

The Whiteway Centre reaches it 40th Anniversary next weekend, and is putting on an Open Day event to celebrate reaching the milestone, on Saturday 19 April from 10 – 4.

There are various displays from a number of User Groups, some of whom have been meeting at the Centre since it opened.

Included will be artwork, photographic prints, projected images, a Village Fair AV, display of quilts etc. Folk music comes from the Round Room Ramblers; the Deans Orchestra will also be performing.

There are vintage photos and documents about how it all began, and details of what takes place now.

Refreshments will be available all day, and everyone is welcome to drop in to see what goes on in a valuable and thriving local community resource.


  • The provision of Adult Education and Leisure Courses,
  • the hiring out of the Centre for functions and events,
  • providing homes for the Pre-School and all the User Groups,
  • and any necessary Fundraising

has been managed by volunteer trustees of the Charity since the day it opened. It receives no external financial help.

Image credit: El Bingle – 40

Rottingdean In Bloom Issue 44

Following the winter storms, I suppose that everyone feels a little bit bruised and battered, which equally applies to the garden beds and containers up and down the High Street, some of which need completely replanting. This will require a lot of time and effort and if there is anyone else willing to lend a hand, then I shall be delighted to hear from you on telephone 302431.

This year we are again entering Kipling Gardens and Beacon Hill Nature Reserve in the South & South East in Bloom competitions, both of which won gold awards in their respective categories for the second year running. As most of you know we have again withdrawn from the Small Town category, whereby we can concentrate our minds on the schools and St. Margaret’s Church grounds where their own projects are concerned, as we have done in the past.

Some of these will also be entered for the “In bloom” competitions and in order to further adorn the High Street and Marine Drive, certain of the shops and pubs will be encouraged to enter the Brighton in Bloom contests in order that we may maximise upon the overall visual impact of the village.

Funding is naturally a fundamental requirement, if we are to cover the cost of additional and replacement containers, perennials, bedding plants and spring bulbs, hanging baskets and the school’s ecological projects etc, and if therefore any of the residents would like to support the cause, then they are again invited to send their donation, however large or small, to our treasurer Dr. Roger Levy at 46 Dean Court Road, Rottingdean. BN2 7DJ with cheques made payable to Rottingdean in Bloom.

Harold Williams

Changez d’ Art (Breath of fresh Art)

A group of French artists from Normandy have come together to show their artwork in this year’s Brighton Festival. There is a good range of mixed mediums giving you the opportunity to have a little taste of France. The artists are enthusiastic about being part of the Brighton Festival. It is also the first time for some of them to exhibit their artwork in the quaint village of Rottingdean. With the support of DFDS ferries.

And this year the artists have come together making a calendar to raise money to buy art equipment for South Africa School, All money raised in selling the calendar is going to the charity.

“Bienvenue à tous! Venez nombreux nous rendre visite!”

23 Scout-Hut- Rottingdean; BN2 7HB
end of Chailey rd or up Whiteway Lane and Bridle-path
Opening Dates, Times
Weekends 3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25 & 5,26 Bankholidays of May 2014
Saturday/Sunday 13.00 -17.00 & Bankholidays 13.00- 18.00

Info: E-mail , Ian Seymour, 01273 623578,

Rottingdean Smugglers Open Meeting

firepond mirrorThe Rottingdean Smugglers team are holding an open meeting at the White Horse Hotel on the 12th March at 7:30pm. If you would like to know who they are and what they do or would be interested in joining the team, please come along. Smugglers night has grown year on year and is now one of the biggest events we have in Rottingdean. The Smugglers team are always looking for help from people keen to be a part of Rottingdean’s smuggling history.

Even if you are not sure how you can be of help, come along to the meeting and have a chat.

Open Meeting: Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 7.30pm
Location: The Function Room at The White Horse Hotel

Image credit with kind permission of Roz South

Ice Age Sussex and the lost landscape of the English Channel

Ice Age posterOn March 29, Dr Matthew Pope, well known for his work at Boxgrove, will take us back 500,000 years to Sussex in the Ice Age at the Whiteway Centre. This day school covers the archaeology from Ice Age Sussex, 500,000 years ago until just 10,000 years ago. It will cover the archaeology of Boxgrove and other key sites as well as an introduction to the geology of the period within the county.

Fee: £25, includes a light lunch
To reserve a place, email or phone 01273 304180

The chill continues on May 09, when Steve Flitton will reveal ‘Antarctica’s Geological Secrets’ and there’s more to follow – a full list of the year’s events can be seen in our new display box at the end of Whiteway Lane.

Image Credit – M A Felton

Rottingdean Means Business

Rottingdean Parish Council

Rottingdean Parish Council invites You To

Rottingdean Means Business

Thursday 13 February
6pm – 8pm
Venue: The White Horse, Coast Road, Rottingdean
Speaker: Tony Mernagh – Chair, Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (Tony is a former chair of the North Laine Traders, a very successful local business partnership)

Aim: To consult the business community and other key stakeholders to inform economic development policy for the village via the Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan

Speaker – Local economic perspective
Q & A
2 workshop sessions

  • Issues raised by local community which may impact on trade
  • Other economic development issues, i.e. facilities, housing growth, infrastructure, profitability, attracting new business

Informal networking + glass of wine

01273 309476

Retro Bingo!

retro-bingoWhy Retro? We’ve gone back to basics to improve the experience. There will be no software, no digital projector or screen. Just the way it used to be.

We start next week – Thursday 16 January at 2.30pm at the Whiteway Centre. We believe there are local people who’d like to help banish the winter blues by having a entertaining afternoon. The cost is very reasonable – 8 games for £4, with refreshments included.

December Beach Clean

Rottingdean Beach Clean 8th Dec 2013The Deans Beach & Environment Volunteers will be down on Rottingdean Beach from 11am on Sunday 8th December helping us clean up the beach after Smugglers Night 2013 on the 7th

Don your tinsel and come on down for a festive clean up of our beaches.

Protective gloves, bin-bags and litter pickers all provided…

Wear a warm hat as its probably going to be a little fresh!