Rottingdean’s first ever jazz festival deemed huge success

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After much fanfare Rottingdean Jazz Festival went off with a bang as hundreds enjoyed music at venues across the town.

The celebration of all things jazz was the brainchild of Dr Roy Wales, who runs Rottingdean Arts.

Latest TV’s Mhairi Beveridge headed down to speak to Dr Wales over a backdrop of some very smooth tunes.

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

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

Rottingdean Village Fair 2014

This year’s fair will be held on the Village Green and in Kipling Gardens on Saturday August 2nd between 10.30 and 4.00pm.

The theme for the parade is ‘Rottingdean Through the Ages’ so why not come along and join in dressed as a Saxon, Viking, Smuggler, Farmer, Shepherd, Victorian, Edwardian, Vintage, 60s/70s/80s … in fact anything goes so please do join us outside the White Horse Hotel at 10am for a 10.30 start involving a gentle stroll up the High Street and on to the Village Green.
The fair will be opened this year by local resident and actor Tony Adams who played the role of Adam Chance in the ground-breaking ITV programme ‘Crossroads’.

Programmes at 50p will be on sale in the High Street, during the week before the fair, which includes details of the days events, articles about the history of Rottingdean, a prize quiz, lucky programme draw (first prize £100 with other prizes including tea at The Grand). Programmes give entry to the fair and can also be bought on the day , entry is free to under 16s.
There is entertainment throughout the day on the Green including Morris Men, the Salvation Army Band, a jazz group, Zumba dancing, children’s dance groups, a Choir and, of course, Punch and Judy plus many other additional performances.

Stalls and side shows include: the amazing Lion’s BBQ and bar (a pint and a burger next to the pond – perfect bliss), bric-a-brac, traditional fair rides with Swing boats, sheep from Beacon Hill, the Sussex Bee Association, a range of local artists and crafts, books, candy floss, the incredible Whiteway Sandwich, cake and tea stall, flowers, Vintage magazines, records and cds, ‘Win a Mini’, local information stalls, the classy Peticoat Lane clothing stall, ice-creams, Coconut Shy, Roll-a-10p, etc, etc.

Additionally there is an opportunity to see a Shetland Pony and a Ford Model T.

All profits from the day are given to a range of charities including Combat Stress, the Sussex Cancer Fund, the RNLI and specialist animal charities.

Do come along and amble around as it is always a really wonderful day for all ages and tastes. The location is close to major bus routes, plus there is a large car park on the left just after the fair driving north.

Graham Sheppard

Twitter: @rottingdeanfair

The Hanover Band at St Margaret’s Church, Rottingdean

The HANOVER BAND is world renowned for its glittering performances of masterpieces from the Baroque and classical repertoire.

For this series of concerts in Rottingdean, experienced members of the orchestra will be joined by some of Britain’s most talented young musicians to perform two further programmes exploring, in turn, the immense impact of Handel and his contemporaries and the great blossoming of the classical genre led by the incomparable W A Mozart.

In the August concert, three young performers of glowing talent and growing stature will present a recital from the romantic period of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Chopin featuring music for soprano, piano and flute.

Saturday 5 July, 7.30pm
Glories of the Handel Era
Jollity, pathos, yearning, turmoil and triumph from the majestic trio of Handel, J S Bach and Pachelbel.

Saturday 23 August, 7.30pm
Romantic Interludes
Celebrated songs for soprano and enticing music for flute and piano from the romantic era of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Chopin.

Saturday 27 September, 7.30pm
Mozart – Airs and Graces
A sparkling all-Mozart programme of operatic jewels and a selection of his most elegant chamber compositions.

Tickets for all three concerts are now on sale, with a special subscription price saving 33% if you book for all three events.


By phone
01243 813595

In person
From the Church Office

Individual concerts:
A Section: £15
B Section: £12