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

200 Club Monthly Prize Draw – February – March 2014

We are pleased to announce the last two months results as follows

200 Club Results Feb - Mar 2014

200 Club Results Feb – Mar 2014

After publishing the results of the 200 Club Draw in the Village News for the past seven years, the “whys and wherefores” become awfully repetitive, as I am sure that the majority of our readers will, by now, understand how the system functions. Apart from the prize monies, the one important element is the 40% that is retained for local worthy and charitable causes and, with this in mind we now approach the July anniversary date.

In this respect, application forms will be distributed to all households in and around the village during late May and to illustrate the confidence that our members have in its authenticity, roughly one third pay on bankers standing order. Perhaps in the meantime, those of you who enjoy a flutter and are supportive of the village might consider joining the “club”.

In conclusion, when I attempted to put my last March lucky number back in the draw, the bank cashiers and customers wouldn’t hear of it – perhaps I might have been accused of “bucking the system”!!

Harold Williams

PARC Charity Shop

PARC raises money for play facilities for children and teenagers in the local area. Our Charity Shops have recently been undergoing extensive repairs and refurbishments due to the very poor quality of the buildings we rent from the council.

These works are already showing great new looks but are not yet completed. Over the next few weeks the outside of the shops will be brought up to scratch and we are doing this with limited funds. Please bear with us while these works continue.

Please continue to support us with your donations of clothes, toys, books and bric-a-brac. The little toys we put in the 20p bin are a great attraction so please keep sending them to us. We are open 7 days a week.

If you would like to volunteer in the shop for a couple of hours a week please contact me Cathy Taylor Shop Manager on


Meeting with Beacon Hub Brighton “BHB” Project Team

You are invited to join a brief meeting with Beacon Hub Brighton “BHB” project team members this Wednesday April 02 at 7.30 pm at the Rottingdean Club, High Street, opposite the Plough pub. RSVP!

The aim of the meeting is to obtain your opinion on the response of BHCC to the proposal by several local volunteer groups to convert the Beacon Hill golf cabin and surrounding grassland into an education classroom and wild life interpretation centre for schools, local community groups and tourists.

Since last October BHB have created an open public community consultation website which highlighted the community benefits and successfully informed a wide range of stakeholders on the sustainability of the proposed improvements.

BHB submitted a very detailed proposal to BHCC in January with the written support of almost all local schools, community and volunteer groups, and churches. This document, attached, was put onto the Ovingdean and Rottingdean Village websites where it received further public support. It included a generous offer of a £25000 donation to refurbish the golf cabin into a 35 seat classroom from a local person.

BHB requested a lease for 20-25 years with a break clause after 7 years to fit with the existing Rottingdean Preservation Society lease on the Windmill. A minimum 7 years lease is needed to allow BHB to bid for additional funding from the Lottery and English Heritage, to build a user base for the classroom and create a sustainable offer for our schools, community groups, and tourists.

Last Friday March 28 BHCC emailed BHB advising our request for a 7 year lease was not an acceptable “risk” and offered a max 3 years provided they had guarantees of future usage and payments by schools and community groups BHCC gave a deadline of April 02 to reply

BHB have replied that this is untenable as potential classroom users cannot make specific payment commitments within a few days
BHB would also lose the private donation of £25000 and future public grant funding which is often matched to private funding

We are sorry for the short notice. If you are unable to attend we would appreciate any comments, opinions or ideas by email by April 02
Please also share this email with other interested parties.

Beacon Hill is a valuable community asset, which you can protect from private leisure companies IF YOU VOICE YOUR OPINION…
BHB local volunteers groups are experienced conservationists supporting children’s education and tourism.

Please let us know your views


Libby Darling, Atlanta Cook, Jay Butler, Jo Spickett & Clive Bonny.

Growth Vouchers For Rottingdean Businesses

Growth vouchers could be available for businesses within Rottingdean through our own management consultant Clive Bonny. The vouchers can be used for advice in market research, targeting existing and potential customers, using social media to extend your reach into new markets, developing pricing strategies and closing sales.

Advice in this area aims to help businesses develop effective marketing strategies, and to ensure that they provide the right product/service at the right price, in the right place, at the right time.

What activities will Growth Vouchers fund?

  • Analysis of your market, including your competitors, opportunities and threats
  • Customer analysis: Who are they? What do they need? How can you reach them?
  • Advice on how to satisfy customer needs profitably
  • Help to divide your customers into groups and target them effectively
  • Advice on how to develop a brand and improve your competitive edge
  • Help to innovate around new products and ensure these are marketed to the appropriate audiences
  • Help to make your communications planning more effective and integrated across your business
  • Analysis of your sales strategy

You can read more about this in the following PDF – Marketing_attracting_and_keeping_customers.pdf

For more information and for free advice re eligibility contact Clive Bonny at or 07973 799 153

Attention All Rottingdean Cat Owners

BBC Science ProductionBBC Science is looking for Brighton cat-owners for a 3-part series focusing on our feline friends. In particular we’re interested in cat owners in or near Rottingdean, or anyone with 3 or more cats living in the wider Brighton area.

If this is you we’d be grateful if you could email with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your address (so we know where the cats live)
  • Your telephone number
  • How many cats you have along with their names, ages and a sentence or two on their type and personality

By getting in touch, you are not agreeing to take part in the show. We’re simply trying to get a sense of the local cat population. However we may follow up with a phone call or email to discuss your moggie further!

Thanks for your help,

Josh Green
BBC Science

The Beacon Hub Project Submit Their Proposal

Beacon Hub ProjectBeacon Hill local nature reserve is situated between the villages of Rottingdean & Ovingdean and within the administrative boundary of the South Downs National Park.

On the southern edge of the nature reserve is an 18 hole pitch and putt golf course which has fallen into disuse. The land is owned by Brighton & Hove City Council and in the south east corner of the golf course is a building (kiosk) which was previously utilised as a café, toilets and to store golf clubs.

The Beacon Hub Project proposal to the council is that:

  • Beacon Hub CIC (Community Interest Company) be allowed to take up the lease.
  • The land should become a contiguous part of the nature reserve.
  • Beacon Hub CIC be granted permission to re-develop the existing building as a ‘hub’ for community and educational use.

Here is an artist’s impression of before and after redevelopment of the golf kiosk:

The Beacon Hub Kiosk

You can download their full proposal here – Beacon Hub Proposal (PDF)

Take a look and see what you think. Post your views and comments below.

Row over making Terraces accessible

RVW Terraces 3Report regarding Rottingdean Terraces from The Argus  3rd Feb 2014 :

Campaigners are calling on council chiefs to meet their “moral and a statutory obligations” to find £4,000 to make a seafront arts area accessible to all. After a two-year campaign to raise £20,000, the first performances on the Rottingdean seafront stage took place in 2011. But despite its first three years being received with much aplomb, those with limited mobility and with pushchairs are unable to access the area known as The Terraces. Led by councillors, locals are now calling on Brighton and Hove City Council to provide £4,000 to create disabled access to the stage.


Rottingdean launches updated village leaflet

Rottingdean Village LeafletThe official Rottingdean Village leaflet launched 2 years ago has now been updated. Production is co-ordinated by the RTBPA but it is joint funded by Rottingdean Parish Council, Rottingdean Preservation Society, One Digital printers as well as the RTBPA.

Building on the success of the first edition, the leaflet aims to promote everything Rottingdean has to offer for the benefit of those who do not live in the village. Included are some of its famous past residents, historic buildings, locations and importantly, how to find us.

This edition also lists over 30 events in the village for 2014, including; Rottingdean Arts Spring Music Festival 6-16th March; the launch of a NEW Kipling Festival 10th-20th July; productions by Rottingdean Drama Society in April and July; the Annual Rottingdean Village Fair on 2nd August; various exhibitions and events at the Grange Art Gallery throughout the year and the popular Smugglers Night on 6th December - to name but a few.

Web links are provided throughout the leaflet to help the reader with more information via the Rottingdean website. By using these links, everyone with access to the internet can contact shops, businesses and organisation in the village (also printed in the current Village Directory). Forms on the website give local businesses or organisations the facility to add, update or amended their listing. Also, for residents there is a facility to send news items and pictures of interest.

Rottingdean Trade, Business & Professional Association hope that the new leaflet will help more people discover Rottingdean, and wish to learn about our village by visiting, spending time here, use and enjoy its many facilities.

The leaflet will be distributed from February by Take One to 636 venues across the East and West Sussex and also be available locally in shops and other venues.

You can download the leaflet directly from this website here

Local businesses wanting a supply of the leaflet should contact RTB&PA using form on the website