Lots of local craft traders will be there with stalls. We have book, hand made Christmas decorations, sweetie gifts, handmade truffles, paper art, candles, glitter glass, wreaths, woven baskets and much much more. Refreshments are also available throughout the evening, if you fancy a tea, coffee, hot chocolate or even a mulled wine and a mince pie!
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If you visit The Grange, opposite the village green and pond, and go to the Art Gallery and Museum on the first floor, you’ll find one or two helpers there looking after things on behalf of the Rottingdean Preservation Society.
For the past two years, Rob has been the Committee member responsible for training and co-ordinating not only these stewards but also the gardeners and key holders; a team of 80 volunteers who are essential for the smooth running of The Grange.
Born in Newport on the Isle of Wight, Rob settled in Saltdean with his wife and three young children in 1975 after moving from Southampton to take up the post of headteacher at Uplands School in Brighton, a new secondary school for children with learning and behavioural difficulties. He retired after 20 years, having established this new school as a model for children not able to cope with mainstream education.
As an enthusiastic advocate of Rottingdean and a keen raconteur Rob has become increasingly involved in sharing his enthusiasm for the village, in his friendly and easy going way, with as many people as possible. He was recently interviewed by BBC Sussex on his favourite subject for their early morning breakfast show, and on numerous occasions he has been asked to provide historical tours for visitors.Two of his walks: one around the village itself, and one to Beacon Hill and the surrounding countryside have been included in the ‘KIpling Festival’ and have now been taken up by the South Downs National Park to be published as part of their series of leaflets on walks and cycle rides.
Since retiring, Rob has continued, and developed, his interest in painting and writing. He considers himself very fortunate to have a local art gallery at The Grange where he can exhibit his own work. Since 2005 he has held 6 exhibitions there: mainly of landscape paintings; in acrylics, watercolours and oils, capturing the colours and hues of the many places which he has travelled to, as well as those closer to home.
Much of Rob’ s writing, like many of his paintings, is based on his travels. His interest started when he researched and traced his family back to the 1880s; discovered that he had relations living in America; and travelled there with his wife to meet them. His novel ‘Ocean of Grass’ is based on the intriguing story of his ancestor William Bridge, a miller, who seized the opportunity to move from the Isle of Wight to the prairies in the mid-west of America at a time when wheat was starting to be produced there in vast quantities. Seeing a better future for his wife and three young children William led them on a long and tortuous journey by covered wagon across the States to the desolate and isolated plains of South Dakota. The novel, a blend of fact and fiction, is especially a tribute to the stoic heroism and courage of the wives of the pioneers.
Rob has also travelled to Australia, Canada and Europe. Having recently returned from Alaska, he is busy writing about that trip, whilst preparing to go on a camping holiday to Wales with his children and grandchildren. Since ‘Ocean of Grass’ he has written a large number of short stories and several non-fiction books. He is a member of the Saltdean Scribblers, a dynamic creative writing group; and of a book reading group, The 2006 Group. He also finds time to fulfil his role as Elder and Church Secretary at St Martins United Reformed Church in Saltdean.
Rob is keen to hear from anybody who would like to join his team of volunteers.
If you would like to find out more about being a volunteer helper contact the Rottingdean Preservation Society
Or visit the Art Gallery upstairs at the Grange and leave a note in the tray on the steward’s desk.
Rob’s book ‘Ocean of Grass’ has been published on Kindle and is available as a download from Amazon: Ocean of Grass
Further information can be found at: www.oceanofgrass.com
For information on Saltdean Scribblers contact Rob at: email@example.com
You can find out more about the leaflets on walks and cycle rides published by the South Downs National Park at: www.southdowns.gov.uk
Article written by Denise Whittington
The Argus has published its article on the Camra Good Beer Guide 2016 and came to interview our very own Queen Vic who have made it into the guide for the third year running.
You can read the full article here – More than 100 Sussex pubs in Good Beer Guide
Landlords Philip Rees and Ian Wilson took over the lease on the Queen Victoria in Rottingdean in 2012 and have since featured in the guide for three consecutive years.
The pub, in High Street, offers a range of ales, three regionally sourced changing beers, and a well stocked back bar, including more than 30 gins. Food is cooked on the premises using local meat, fish and vegetables wherever possible.
Mr Reese said: “It was a rather sad and unloved pub with minimal ale sales when we took it. In the last three years with a great team of staff and suppliers, we have managed to completely turn the pub around and it is now a lively but traditional pub.
“We want to say an enormous ‘thank you’ to all those of you that brew our ales – without you all making such good ale, we wouldn’t be able to get a great pint in front of our customers and find ourselves yet again in the Good Beer Guide.
“A particular ‘thank you’ to the teams at brewers of our house ales – Harveys Sussex Best Bitter and Long Man Long Blonde as well as all the others we buy and ciders. Those two form the foundation of our success with ales.”
He also thanked customers who were “brave enough” to keep coming back for more and the Brighton and South Downs branch of CAMRA for the support.
He added: “This all compensates for the fact that we are no longer named after the longest reigning monarch now that our present Queen has beaten Queen Victoria.”
On the Queen Victoria, the guide said: “An atmospheric and welcoming pub which greets punters with jazz music and 1930s décor. Chandeliers, big tables, a real fire, a piano and a portrait of Queen Victoria add to the air of grandeur. It serves traditional homemade food and on Saturday afternoons hosts a regular live jazz and brunch event.”
Source – The Argus
An Open House event programme is inviting the public into the home of an award winning eco-architect. Brighton’s annual Eco Open House event offers 3 tours per day on October 17-18 to explore a unique zero carbon home in real life daily use. Each tour shows a combination of working features including a biomass boiler, rainwater harvesting, photovoltaic panels, underfloor heating, natural materials and a solid timber frame construction.
The tours are being given free of charge by Mark Pellant founder of Koru Architects in Hove. AECB members Koru Architects in Hove have been awarded the RIBA Downland Prize 2011 for sustainability for their house/studio in Hove. The Downland Prize for Architects is awarded annually to a Chartered Architect based in south east England. It celebrates the added value that an architect brings to a project costing under £1.5 million, and the importance of ‘chemistry’ between architects, clients, contractors for completing successful buildings.
The house/studio project cleverly makes use of a constricted, sloping site through split-level design and creates a series of interesting, unique spaces. A top lit vertical circulation volume floods the house with daylight and acts as the ‘lungs’ by ventilating and cooling the spaces on warm days. Glazing to the south-facing rooms maximises passive solar gain, a roof-integrated solar pv provides electricity, thermal array provides the family’s hot water, the mains grid and a biomass boiler covers the shortfalls in winter.
Mark has also won the support of the national GrowthAccelerator programme to support sharing his unique designs more widely. His independent advisor Clive Bonny specialises in Responsible Business Standards. Clive says “Mark is passionate about sharing practical ways to resolve environmental problems. His own home is a testament to holistically merging the best technologies to create high quality sustainable living standards whilst saving significant costs in running a home.”
To book online
CliveBonny Strategic Management Partners firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, the date of this workshop has been changed from the 18th to the 25th.
STARTING SUNDAY, OCT 25TH
VILLAGE HALL, ROTTINGDEAN 10 am
The Kipling Festival Rottingdean has received a Big Lottery Awards for All Grant to run a WEEKLY pilot drama project – and is inviting local Deans children to participate. The programme will encourage confidence and help kids devise strategies for dealing with anti-social situations whether they find themselves as recipients or bystanders, as well as exploring the dynamics of bullying and learning to identify and stand up for personal values.
The Kipling Festival has worked with the local schools for over two years, delivering workshops and performances to hundreds of youngsters.
If interested in this free, fun programme please contact Christine Foster, Kipling Festival Rottingdean email@example.com
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to Beacon Hub Brighton’s first AGM to be held from 8pm – 9:30pm on Tuesday 20th October 2015 in Rottingdean Whiteway Centre’s main hall. Please join us for a short presentation on the project plus updates on our progress thus far and our next steps. Tea & Coffee will be served after a Q&A session to give everyone a chance to meet the whole team.
If you are able to join us please be so kind as to respond to firstname.lastname@example.org so we have an idea of numbers to cater for.
Would like to learn more about the internet and email?
Whether you’re 18 or over 80 our free help sessions offer one-to-one tuition with a volunteer and usually last 45 minutes. You can have up to 8 sessions with us to help you start:
- Surf the Internet
- Setting up an email account so you can keep up with friends and relatives overseas
- Researching and sourcing information for your interests and hobbies
- Finding out about Council services online
- Getting help with ipads/tablets or mobile phones
The sessions are tailored to each individual customer and are intended for those new to computers or who need extra help. The volunteer will help you determine whether you need further sessions.
To book a session, our volunteers will be available to help at the drop in sessions in Rottingdean Library on Thursdays 10am-1pm
Alternatively, contact Jubilee Library 01273 296961
If you would like to find out more about one to one computer training across the UK please visit the ukonline website.
Get online, Get connected… at your local library
The Longhill Saturday Science Club is a FREE club for Year 5 & 6 students. If you are interested in science and would like to carry out some experiments in our science labs then this is the club for you.
The sessions will be run by experienced science teachers at Longhill High School and the Year 6 children will have the support of friendly Year 10 and 11 students.
Each week has a different theme and different experiments. The sessions run from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm but places are limited so sign up NOW!
3rd October – The Chemistry of Gas – Make and test 3 gases using some impressive chemistry. Investigate the chemical reactions between Mentoes and coke. Finish the day with some explosive chemical demonstrations
10th October – Sound and Light – A sonic adventure where you will investigate Lasers, Sound waves, build your own Vortex Cannon and more.
Friends of Beacon Hill are a friendly gathering of like minded volunteers helping to maintain the reserve. They are meeting at the Longhill Road entrance to the reserve for their Grand Scrub Clearance Event. Come and join in and help keep the reserve looking amazing. Please bring gloves and wear stout footwear, all other tools will be provided.
Friday 25th September: 10:00 – 12:00 & 13:30 – 15:30
Saturday 26th September: 10:00 – 12:00 & 13:30 – 15:30
Further volunteer days:
Tuesday 6th October: 10:00 – 12:00
Thursday 15th October: 10:00 – 12:00
If you would like to join their email list or would like further information please contact Bernadette on 01273 309118 or email on email@example.com
Rottingdean Drama Society presents
By Diane Samuels
Directed by Elaine Eardley
Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th October 2015
This poignant play follows the life of Eva Schlesinger – a young Jewish girl sent to England on the Kindertransport just before the outbreak of World War Two.
After nights of violence against Jews across Germany and Austria, in November 1938, the British government introduced a program called the Kindertransport (children’s transport), which gave Jewish children – and only children – safe passage to the UK.
The story traces the effects that this early separation of Eva from her mother had throughout her life and particularly on her relationship with her own daughter.
Though fictitious, Kindertransport is based upon many real kinder stories.
Please visit www.rottingdeandramasociety.co.uk for more information.
Performances are at 7:45pm on 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th October with an additional matinee performance at 2pm on 17th October.