Come Spring into Summer with The Kipling Festival’s May Fundraiser

Spring Fling with logoIt’s a Ceilidh Barn Dance with local band ‘Lonewood Corner’ and caller Tony Dunn – no experience required – learn a few simple steps and enjoy the music and merrymaking. (Children over 10 also welcome)

Where: Village Public Hall, Park Rd. Rottingdean
When: Sunday, May 3rd from 2 to 5pm.

Tickets £10: or visit

Tickets are also now on sale at MadWax Candles on the High St.

2015 is the 150th anniversary of Kipling’s birth and the theme of this year’s Festival is “Kipling in India”. Be sure to pick up a brochure to get a preview of our exciting new program, which runs from June 25 to July 5.

Events include:

  • The Fever Trees, a new play about young Kipling and his sister Trix,
  • Artwork “Inspired by Kipling in India” in The Grange Gallery,
  • Workshops and readings by poets Annie Freud and Daljit Nagra,
  • Talks on colonial life in India,
  • Appearances by Geoff Hutchinson as Kipling himself,
  • Guided walks in the Gardens, Village and Downs,
  • Readings by The Rottingdean Writers Group,
  • and a brand new child-centered production of Rikki Tikki Tavi created and presented by local youngsters.

SAS Big Spring Beach Clean Rottingdean

Following on from last year’s successful BSBC which saw over 3250 volunteers remove over 35 tonnes from 135 beaches SAS are once again calling for volunteers to take part in SAS Big Spring Beach Cleans 2015 on the 27th, 28th and 29th March.

Rottingdean Beach needs your helping hands on the Sunday 29th March, join SAS and your local community for a beach clean from 11am – 1pm as part of the biggest Big Spring Beach Clean ever.

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre Table-Top Sale

TABLE-TOP SALE 28 Feb 2015A new venture for the Whiteway Centre, and a hint of Spring!

On Saturday 28 February 10.00am – 4.00pm we’re holding a Table-Top Sale, where you can sell goods for yourself or your favourite charity. Refreshments will also be available.

Tables cost just £10 each, with access to the Centre from 8.00am.

Call Sally Prince on 01273 302 387 to book, or for further information.

Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions Club Charity Race Night

horses-380406_1280Race Night. Saturday 7th March 2015, at the Village Hall, Rottingdean.

Tickets are only £5 each , with accompanying children FREE.

Why not name your own horse? Details of the name and owner will be printed on the race card.

All winning owners will receive a bottle of champagne! (So you don’t have to be there on the night to win!) Owning a horse costs £5.

Each race can be sponsored and named after businesses or individuals. Just £25 per race.

To sponsor a race, name a horse or purchase tickets please contact Geoff on 07767 665 895

Doors open 7.00pm ** Licenced Bar ** First race 7.30pm

The Deans GRAB Volunteers 2015 beach clean dates

GRAB's grabber bin on the pebbles Saltdean 4 Jan 2015Our beaches need you. The Deans GRAB Volunteers beach cleans are on the 1st Sunday of every month. All events start at 11am and run for 1 hour. Check their Facebook page for all event info, up to date weather reports & cancellations. Come and join in on the feel good factor:

  • 1st Feb – Rottingdean
  • 1st Mar – Ovingdean
  • 29th Mar – Rottingdean (SAS Spring Beach Clean)
  • 5th April – Saltdean
  • 26th April – Ovingdean (MCS Beachwatch Big Beach Clean Up)
  • 3rd May – Rottingdean
  • 7th June – Ovingdean
  • 27th June – Rottingdean (Summer Smugglers Tidy Up)
  • 5th July – Saltdean
  • 6th Sept – Rottingdean
  • 20th Sept – Ovingdean (MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend)
  • 4th Oct – Ovingdean
  • 18th Oct – Rottingdean (SAS Autumn Beach Clean Series)
  • 1st Nov – Saltdean
  • 6th Dec – Rottingdean (Smugglers Night Tidy Up)

…see you on the beach!

Redevelopment Proposals For St Aubyns – A Public Consultation

Brighton and Hove City Council has plans to deliver at least 13,200 new homes by 2030. St Aubyns has been identified for future development and a Planing Brief is being prepared by the Local Planning Authority.

Linden Homes and the site owners, the Cothill Education Trust (CET) are committed to engaging with the local community and are pleased to invite residents and local businesses to a public exhibition of its early proposals for the redevelopment of the former St Aubyns School, Rottingdean.

Hopefully as many people as possible will be able to go:

Venue – Main Hall, Rottingdean Whiteway Centre, Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean, BN2 7HB
On – Thursday 22nd Jan 2015
Between – 3pm – 8pm

For more details see the full invite here – Linden Homes exhibition invite

Beauty and the Beast – The Pantomime By Simon Nunan

Herb 1 Jan15A modern take on this classic story.

The Prince, who cares only for himself, is turned into a beast and trapped in his castle by a wicked witch. When a kind and caring woman from the village comes to the castle she sees the good in him. Will true love develop in time to save the Prince?

Will the wicked witch rule the kingdom?
Will the Dame get her man? Will the rabbit find a carrot?

Friday 16 January 2015 at 7.45pm
Saturday 17 January 2015 at 2pm
Saturday 17 January 2015 at 7.45pm
Sunday 18 January 2015 at 2pm
Thursday 22 January 2015 at 7.45m
Friday 23 January 2015 at 7.45pm
Saturday 24 January 2015 at 2pm
Saturday, 24 January 2015 at 7.45pm

Tickets £4 per child and from £7 per adult
Rottingdean Public Hall, Park Road, Rottingdean, BRIGHTON BN2 7HL

Box office open from 2 January

Telephone: 0797 7523253

Catch Contagious Laughter!

ly-posterLaughter Yoga therapy is rapidly spreading across the World as one of the most popular health and fitness methods for stress reduction, raising low mood, and increasing wellbeing; and it is all about laughter for NO REASON! That’s right, no reason at all other than the fun of laughing. We don’t use jokes, or clowning or comedy although classes might appear to look very silly.

The funny thing is,the body does not know the difference between “fake” and genuine laughter, it still produces the same positive results.

Laughter really is a “best medicine.”
Recent scientific research studies reveal that the long series of exhalations that accompany extensive laughter cause physical exhaustion of the abdominal muscles and, in turn, trigger endorphin release, the body’s natural “feel-good” pain reduction hormone.
Although based on the Laughter Yoga method of Indian doctor Madan Kataria, the founder of laughter Yoga, my classes incorporate mindful awareness, and gentle limbering exercises combined with some easy yogic breathing.

Classes begin with easy stretching to release stress and tension from the body followed by clapping , mindful breaths, and “laughter sounds” which gradually turn into genuine laughter……simple miming, and games we used to play as children add to a seriously light hearted approach to stress relief and exercise!

The health benefits of Laughter include:

  • Increased feelings of well being due to the release of endorphines in the body.(the body’s natural pain relief and feel good chemical)
  • Regulation of blood pressure and the immune system.
  • Lifting of Low mood states
  • Reduction in pain
  • Internal organs receive a “massage” through extended belly laughing.
  • Oxygenation of the blood and improved circulation through yoga breaths and movement.
  • Reduction in shyness and increase in feelings of self confidence
  • Greater connection with others through open hearted playfulness
  • A re-connection to the “inner child” aspect within which so often becomes repressed in adulthood.
  • Increase in creative expression and feelings of vitality.
  • Greater flow and ease with the rhythm of Life



£5 per session
contact: Venetia Campbell 07838412849

For more information:

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