Connor’s Court Open

IMG_0158PARC is delighted to announce that Connor’s Court – a multi-use-games-area situated on the Rottingdean seafront old swimming pool site is now open for use. Pictured is local girl Ruby scoring a goal in one of the basketball nets on Sunday.

The court has a full 5-a-side football pitch and basketball court plus 2 mini-football pitches and cricket stumps. All you need to bring is a ball!

The court is now owned and managed by Brighton and Hove City Council’s Seafront Office and is open to the public every day of the year, no need to book, just come long and play.

PARC will be holding a full inaugural opening celebration and football tournament next Spring when the weather is more reliable so look out for details of this.

The court is dedicated to Connor Saunders, a popular 19 year old who died in 2012 in Rottingdean and is a tribute to his life and love of football. For the full story of the court there is now a booklet which can be downloaded here or available in print form from the PARC Charity Shop 42-44 High Street Rottingdean BN2 7HR. The booklet also tells the story of Owen’s Shelter in Saltdean which is dedicated to another local teenager, Owen Bergin, who died tragically young from cancer.

As a seaside court, it is obviously subject to the effects of the weather and high tides. The court fencing itself has been produced by the same method used for oil rigs and carries a 15 year warranty. The City Council is responsible for the maintenance of the court and the Chief Seafront Engineer will be taking steps to reduce the amount of shingle and detritus being washed up in bad weather. A large broom will, however, be available at Molly’s Café for to the public to use in between cleaning if necessary.

Kipling Festival Rottingdean Now Planning Next Year’s Celebrations

After a wonderful first summer, Kipling Festival Rottingdean is now planning next year’s celebrations to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Kipling’s birth.

The theme is Kipling in India and the events will run from June 25 and July 5, 2015.

There will be readings and plays for adults and children, poetry and literary talks and workshops and another great exhibit at the Grange inspired by Kipling’s life and writing in India.

And we have a request for help – a warm invitation to anyone who might like to help the Committee organize the next Festival. We would love a few more like-minded souls to join the team. We also have an urgent need for someone with publicity and promotional experience, and hope to be able to pay an honorarium for that role.

Please be in touch if you would like more information or might like to help in any capacity.

Christine Foster

Work Starts On Connor’s Court

Work Starts On Connor's CourtWork has started on laying the surfacing but this takes time as each layer has to dry before the next can be laid. After two layers the lines are painted on and once they have dried a final sealant is applied. Only then can the court be open for play and its not going to be on time for the planned opening on Friday 12th September. Opening temporarilly postponed but watch this space!

Could You Provide Life Saving Support To The Residents Of Rottingdean?

Brighton-Hove-Community-First RespondersBrighton & Hove Community First Responders are a team of local volunteers who work alongside the Ambulance Service to provide a ‘first response’ to life threatening 999 calls, in our local communities.

By responding to ‘Category A’ emergency calls in the locality of our own homes, we can often arrive on scene earlier than the professional ambulance crews, enabling us to start emergency patient care as soon as possible.

In the case of a cardiac arrest, where every minute’s delay dramatically reduces a patient’s chance of survival, our early response can literally be the difference between life and death.

Volunteers need no previous medical training as full training and all equipment is provided. You need to be aged 18+, have access to a car and have a full, clean driving licence.

We are currently seeking one or two volunteers based in Rottingdean, to provide cover for your community. We ask volunteers to make themselves available to respond for an average of 5 hours a week, but you respond from home and won’t always be called out. Additionally you’ll need to attend an initial 5 day training course (held over four weekends) and a monthly team meeting in Brighton.

To apply, email the team leader at

For more information visit or like our Facebook Page at

Rottingdean’s Traders Going Global

We are really pleased to see that more and more Rottingdean Traders are building e-commerce websites that allow people to shop with them online. Elif now has her own “ready to wear” collection available to buy online as well as in store. There are images of her bridal gown samples for prospective customers and haute couture section. Madwax Candles are the other independent retailer in Rottingdean to have an online shop where you can buy bespoke items, scented candles, room fragrances and more.

Make sure you check out their websites and any online only special offers:

If you are a trader in Rottingdean with an online store not mentioned in this post then add a comment on this post and we can collect all the online stores in Rottingdean in one place

PARC – Connor’s Court Update

Connor Saunders FoundationWe had hoped that the court would have been in place by now. The current timescale is for the laying out work to begin the week beginning 28th July and completion in early September.

Costs have risen due to changing manufacturer to get a better warranty on the product so the overall costs are expected to be £85,000 which is considerably more than early estimates.

Donations Needed
If you would like to help PARC continue to raise funds for fantastic facilities for our children and young people we could do with your donations of clothes & toys. Please bring your donations to the shop during core opening hours which are 10-3 Monday to Saturday and 11-3 Sundays

A new guide to The Kipling Gardens

KipGardLeafGraphicRottingdean Preservation Society have published a colourful new guide to the Kipling Gardens.

This useful reference pamphlet, written by Evan Murphie the head gardener, and Valerie Whittle of RPS is full of interesting information about the Gardens. The leaflet, illustrated with photographs also by Valerie Whittle, describes the garden’s history, layout and planting in a handy pocket sized format.

The Gardens have held the prestigious Green Flag awarded for the best parks and green spaces in England and Wales since 2006. A 2010 Report states that, “The standard of horticultural excellence within this garden provides a unique visitor experience.” South and South-East in Bloom have also awarded the gardens “Best Small Park” in 2012; Gold award since 2012.

The Kipling Gardens are open to the public seven days a week and close at dusk throughout the year. Entry is free and there is a ramped path for wheelchairs.

Copies of the leaflet, priced at 50p will be available from The Grange in Rottingdean.

For more information about the Kipling Gardens and the work of Rottingdean Preservation Society visit

City Council Award Lease To Beacon Hub Project

BeaconHubGroupThe lease for the disused golf kiosk adjacent to Rottingdean windmill has been awarded to the community led Beacon Hub Project. Trustees of the project, Jay Butler – Project Manager, Jo Spickett – Conservation advisor and Libby Darling – CEO, accompanied by Rottingdean Parish Council Chair, Bob Webzell learned of their successful bid at a meeting of Brighton & Hove City council’s Transport, Environment and Sustainability committee on July 1st. The lease ensures the project’s credibility to now seek major funding to sensitively re-develop the building.

Pete West, chair of the City council committee, spoke enthusiastically about how the project (which has the backing of BBC wildlife broadcaster Chris Packham) will promote all that connects the local and wider community with nature and how the initiative links into the UNESCO Biosphere status recently awarded to the Brighton & Lewes downs.

The Beacon Hub team has expertise in environmental conservation, education and the arts. The plan is to convert the disused cabin and manage a 35 capacity classroom and land, for the benefit of children, walkers and numerous community groups, whilst providing a ‘gateway’ to the South Downs National Park. The ‘kiosk’ is situated next to the 40-acre Beacon Hill LNR (local nature reserve) within the South Downs National Park and neighbours the Beachy Head West MCZ (marine conservation zone).

Rottingdean residents and companies are invited to get involved with the project by volunteering expertise, time and resources – further details at or contact Jay Butler, Project Manger by Email: