Sam’s Fight for Life and Living Appeal

samMany of you may have heard by now of the efforts by our community to raise £100,000 for possible life saving treatment for local young woman and mother of two, Sam Beaven. So far enough money has been raised to get Sam out to Mexico to start an 8 week course of treatment not available in the UK on the NHS. Sam has had 10 days treatment so far consisting of many immune boosting IVs and a vaccine made from her own blood. Relatives estimate that another £35-45,000 is needed to complete the 8 weeks of hospital treatment and the follow up treatment at home.

The PARC Charity Shop recently donated £1,000 to the appeal and cash donations can be made in the charity shop.

You can donate via the crowd funding site –

Brighton Half Marathon comes to Rottingdean – well almost!

On 22 February the 25th VITALITY Brighton Half Marathon 2015 will be coming along the coast road towards Rottingdean. You can see the route they’ll run on race day in a Go Pro course video on the race website.

The actual race begins at 9:00am but road closures will start from 8:15am.

It’s a major charity event that promises to be an exciting one, with many thousands of spectators lining the route to cheer competitors on.

Support for is always appreciated, particularly as two of our local charities are listed: The Martlets as “Deck Chair Charity Partners”, and the Blind Veterans UK as “Beach Ball Charity Partners”.

For more detailed information about the event, timings, road closures and travel arrangements, visit their website:

Happy Christmas 2014 From All Of The Rottingdean Village Website Team

The team at the Rottingdean Village website would like to wish you all a very merry Xmas and a happy new year. A big thank you to all the people who read our site, those that take the time to comment, those who interact with us on social media and those people who take the time to send us news and events to include on the site. We are looking forward to a great 2015 in Rottingdean.

Happy Christmas 2014

NHS Health Check For Rottingdean Residents

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 15.18.41Are you between 40 and 74? If so you could be entitled to a free NHS Health Check. It’s more than just a check-up; it’s a simple appointment that could save your life.

Why do I need an NHS Health Check?

Even if you feel fine, there might be things happening under the surface you can’t see. The NHS Health Check is just a few simple tests that help identify your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. If you’re at risk, we will help you prevent it.
What will happen at my NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health Check lasts around 30 minutes.

  • A health professional will measure your cholesterol, blood pressure, height and weight.
  • You will be asked some simple questions about your lifestyle and family history.
  • You will get advice about how you could improve your health and stay well for longer.
  • You may be referred to free or low-cost activities, training or exercise programmes available in Brighton and Hove.

Where is it?
We provide free NHS Health Checks in a number of venues across the city.
For more information, please call 01273 294589, email or visit

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!