Christine Foster – Award winning Rottingdean playwright

Rottingdean Local Spotlight

Chris FestivalAward winning Rottingdean playwright, Christine Foster, is presenting the world premiere of her new production ‘The Fever Trees’ at this year’s Kipling Festival.

Following her successful involvement in obtaining funding and support for the first Festival last year, Christine has also been working hard as fundraiser, organiser and secretary for this year’s celebration: ‘Kipling in India’.

Having lived and worked for most of her life in Canada and Mexico, she has enjoyed a long and acclaimed career as a professional director, producer, script editor, screenwriter and playwright.

Born in England, Christine emigrated with her parents from Kent to Ontario when she was 12 years old. After training at Canada’s Stratford Festival she became a member of Equity and worked as a professional actor for 8 years, until she started to achieve international success as a radio and TV scriptwriter. Her long list of TV credits include ‘The Littlest Hobo’ for which she was executive story editor. She has written numerous plays and musicals for the theatre, and co-founded ‘The Cliffhanger Company’, a registered charity in Canada, which specialised in the dramatisation of myths, legends and folktales for family and community audiences.

Two years ago, with her mother in a care home in Devon and her daughter, Gwen, at drama school in Exeter, Christine and her husband decided to return to England and settled in Rottingdean.

Passionate about bringing Kipling to the attention of as many people as possible, she and co-producer Nicky Lloyd Owen have co-ordinated a variety of exciting events to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth in Mumbai.

The international Kipling Society has been very supportive of the Kipling Festival’s achievements and has especially expressed an interest in seeing more theatrical productions on his life and work.

‘The Fever Trees’ provides a unique opportunity to find out about the early eventful life of Rudyard and his sister Trix. The show explores how their shared traumatic childhood affected them both, and how the mystery of India influenced Rudyard’s remarkable writing – ultimately contributing to his phenomenal success as a prolific ‘genius’ and his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

‘The Cliffhanger Company’, acclaimed for its ‘vibrant and innovative’ productions, will be performing ‘The Fever Trees’ at Rottingdean Village Hall where Kipling himself set up a Boys’ Club and taught rifle shooting when he lived in Rottingdean.

Christine is enthusiastic about producing plays and events which, as well as being entertaining, also promote interest and understanding of different cultures and communities. She actively encourages involvement and interaction, and is offering a question and answer session with herself and the cast (Gwenneth Holmes and Cameron Bell) immediately after the Festival performances of ‘The Fever Trees’ to get feedback and opinions from the audience.

‘The Fever Trees’ performances:

July 1st, 4th, 5th at 7pm Village Hall, Rottingdean. Tickets: £5 each
July 8th at 6.30pm Batemans, Burwash: Dinner & play, tickets £40 each

The ‘Kipling in India’ Festival runs from June 25th to July 7th. It includes a variety of other events involving local volunteers and professionals coming together to organise, present and take part in a celebration of Rudyard Kipling’s life.

Further details of these events and booking arrangements can be found at:

Article written by Denise Whittington

Free Creative and Sporting Opportunities at Little Smugglers

Little Smugglers is on Saturday 27th June from 11am-5pm and is a FREE family fun day set on the Rottingdean Terraces and includes music, performance, stalls and a Finale Parade for all the family.

This year PARC and Arthropod Arts are collaborating to launch the Summer Season on Connor’s Court – the new Multi-Use-Games- Area on Rottingdean Seafront.

Smugglers v Pirates 5-a-side football tournament 12noon-2pm

The football tournament is run in collaboration with local football coaches and will be held on Connor’s Court during the Little Smugglers event. Children aged 5-11 years can enter, either as part of a team of 5 players or they can register as individuals and join a team of players on the day. There will be a maximum of 10 teams. Teams are age related; 5-7 years, 8-9 years and 10-11 years approximately. The tournament will run from 12-2pm on Connor’s Court on Saturday 27th June 2015 and each team will play one match.

Up to 10 teams (50 individuals) can participate in this fun event
Every child wins a prize
Please register in advance to participate via
Details required; age, name, school
Registration Closes on Friday 26th June at 9am

All Flags Flying and Hats Off Parade

During the week commencing Monday 22nd June your child/children will be participating in Flag making workshops at St Margarets and Our Lady of Lourdes Schools. This is provided by local arts organisation, Arthropod Arts sponsored by local childrens charity, PARC.
Years 5 & 6 pupils will also participate in the Flag Performance workshop. They will perform their flag routine for the Finale at Connor’s court and Rottingdean Terraces. Every child can collect their flag from Arthropod Arts on Saturday 27th June and then participate in the Parade.
After their workshop children will also bring home a Pirate or Smugglers hat template. Please encourage your child to decorate this and wear it to the Parade. There is a prize for the best decorated hats!

The Parade runs from 3-4pm on Saturday 27th June
2pm-2.30pm Collect Flags from Arthropod Arts
2.30pm Line up outside Arthropod Arts 20-22 Lower High Street Rottingdean
3pm Parade sets off
3.20pm Flag routine at Connor’s Court
4pm Flag Finale on Rottingdean Terraces and Prizegiving for best hat!






Turner and Beethoven: the dawn of a new age

July 04 poster2The Whiteway Centre is offering an opportunity to focus on two giants of the 18th century arts scene on Saturday, 4th July. Open to all, this informal study day is intended for those who enjoy looking at stunning paintings and hearing stirring music, with lots of audio-visual input and our two friendly guest speakers talking about how to look and how to listen. What better way to escape for a few restful hours?

A Study Day with Jackie Parry, Art Historian, and Julian Broughton, Composer and Pianist

on Saturday, 4th July, 1030-1630

Fee: £25 (includes a light lunch)

To reserve a place, please email
or ring 01273 304180

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre, Whiteway Lane
Rottingdean BN2 7HB

Rottingdean Garden Designer Joins BBC Chelsea & Gardeners World Teams

After great reception to Juliet’s debut piece last Friday on BBC2 Gardeners World, Juliet has now joined Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift et al in covering the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

JS with Darren Hawkes Chelsea 2015
Image by Shenagh Hume

On Gardeners World Juliet covered:
The use of gardening therapy in treatment of people with mental illness at the Bethlem Royal Hospital in South London. Interviewing and gardening with two young men, who have found gardening tremendously helpful in their recovery.

At Chelsea Juliet has covered :
1. Chris Beardshaw’s garden designed to help create a healthier community in Poplar, London
2. Ruth Wilmott’s Garden for Breakthrough Breast cancer
3. Recycling of the show gardens after Chelsea (Matthew Wilson and Darren Hawkes’s gardens)
4. R. Wilkinsons vegetable stand in the Great Pavilion

This year at Chelsea there is an emerging theme of health and gardens, which is a long-standing interest of Juliet’s. Having first worked as a medical doctor, she has long campaigned for greater recognition of the importance of gardening and good landscape to our health and well-being. In the design of her own gardens, she places great emphasis on the way that the garden will make you feel, as well as the way that it looks.

Juliet was delighted by the RHS press release yesterday that the government has agreed to work more closely with the horticultural industry to support and develop it and to investigate the use of gardening as therapy in the NHS.

Juliet Sargeant
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Office: 01273 300 587
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2015 Rottingdean Village Fair

Spring is here, summer beckons and before we know it will be August 1st and the 2015 Rottingdean Village Fair.

The procession this year will not take place, but rather we will go straight into the opening with a fantastic range of stalls, activities and entertainment.

This year the theme is ‘Hats’ – any hat will do but the more eccentric the better. Our aim is for as many of us as possible to come adorned so put your thinking caps on and get ahead of the game!

If you would like to run a stall of any kind please do get in touch for a booking form. Additionally if you are frustrated that you haven’t made it to Britain’s Got Talent or the X Factor then let me know and we can arrange a slot for you in the display area (sound system provided).

If you are able to help on the day in any way with setting up or a short stint on the gates then I would be really grateful if you could get in touch (text 078345880977 or email Our next open planning meeting will be held on June 17th, 7pm in the Whiteway Centre.

Kipling In India

Welcome to the 2nd annual Kipling Festival: KIPLING IN INDIA, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth in Bombay in 1865.

Rudyard Kipling lived at The Elms in Rottingdean from 1897 to 1902. Hi history can be viewed in a room dedicated to him at the Grange Museum.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online at –
Walks and Tours tickets at The Grange Art Gallery
Theatre and Literary Tickets at MadWax Candles on the High St. Rottingdean

A full brochure of events can be downloaded here – Kipling Festival 2015 Full Brochure

Events only

The Cambria Choir At The Queen Vic

The Queen Vic has something a bit special on this Saturday! The Cambria Choir are travelling down from London to do a special session just for the Vic! They are one of South London’s best community choirs, and being 40-strong are absolutely guaranteed to rock the pub!

They are on between 4 and 5 Saturday afternoon. It’s going to be a really special gig so make sure you arrive early.

Here they are recently supporting Hazel O’Connor

200 Club Monthly Prize Draw – April 2015

The winners of the 200 Club last month were:

1. Alan Roberts – Peacehaven resident £50 (no 79)
2. Christine Storrie -Rottingdean resident £25 (no156)
3. June Salisbury- Rottingdean resident £15 (no 3)
4. Helen Clark – Rottingdean resident £10 (no 51)

July is the renewal date to become or renew membership for the 200 Club at £12 a year. Forms are available at the post office or via Harold Williams on 01273 302431 or email 40% of the income from the draw will go to village events and local worthy causes. On reaching optimum 200 numbers the four monthly prizes will range from £10-£50 with bumper £240 at Christmas.

Photo Found In An Attic Inspires New WW2 Play By Rottingdean Writer

Brochure image - Monte Cassino Morning - TheatreA wartime photograph, discovered in a family attic, has inspired a new play by Rottingdean writer, Jill Hucklesby.

The photo depicts Jill’s uncle, a captain in the Royal Artillery, marrying a nurse near enemy lines in Cassino, Italy, 1944.

“The image was so poignant, it made we want to know more,” Jill explains. “My research journey took me to the Allied cemetery at Cassino, where I found my uncle’s grave. He died aged just 23, two days after his wedding. It was here that the heart of an old soldier’s story began to beat, and “Monte Cassino Morning” was born. The play is an exploration of my uncle’s romance during the Italian Campaign, set just before the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino. It features a veteran soldier, finally confronting the past and finding the only road home leads back to the battlefield.”

Nicola Haydn, Artistic Director of Otherplace Productions, was quick to invite the show to premiere at The Pit at The Basement, one of the company’s venues in Brighton. “It’s a gripping and poignant story with a fresh take on wartime subject matter,” she said.

The show stars former RSC actor, David Fielder, and West End performer Nicky Croydon-Bond and is directed by Chris Bond (writer/director of ‘Sweeney Todd’ and 100 other shows). Design is by Ellen Cairns. It opens in Brighton Fringe on May 1st and runs until May 5th (6.30 pm and 7.30 pm on the last night). Tickets are £10/£8.50 concessions. More information online at Otherplace Productions, Brighton Fringe, or in person at the Fringe ticket office, One Stop Travel, North Street, Brighton) and on

Spring Is Here With Madwax Candles

2005a-simering-granules-essential-oilsSpring is finally here and we are all looking forward to BBQ’s and long summer evenings outdoors, however most of us would rather not enjoy this space with insects. There are lots of natural ways to help keep bugs at bay for example Citronella is known all around the world as an “all natural” mosquito and tick repellent.

There are lots of ways you can use Citronella, from granules which you can either leave in an open bowl to emit its fragrance (ideal in garden rooms) or you can light a teaspoonful of them in an oil burner.

You can place Citronella tea lights in containers in your garden or you can use Citronella scented jars and pots placed on suitable surfaces to deter bees and other insects. The Bees will naturally flee from smoke, and become dazed and less aggressive if they inhale too much of it. So even an unscented candle can be a natural way to keep your table free from pesky insects.

3320-candle-scented-citronella-jar-bolsius-jarCitronella as a repellent is safe and non-toxic to humans and animals (including insects). Although it is always best to burn Citronella products outside or with good ventilation as some people can have mild allergic reactions. Citronella does not kill insects but merely helps to repel them by masking the scents they are attracted too.

Citronella can be everything you need to make your evening go with more of a swing and less of a bite!

Pop in and see our wide range of Citronella and other garden products at 57 High Street Rottingdean or visit us online at

10% off all citronella products if you say “BEES ARE GREAT” (in store only for limited period).