On Your Bike

bike-675503_1280Come and Have a Go mountain bike day with Rottingdean’s Dieter Hachenberg.

Dieter is running a mountain bike ride for people who want to get out on their bikes but don’t know quite where to go or have not ridden for a while and want to get back on the bike. Or maybe you have a bike and just not got around to riding it yet? Well come and have a go!

10th October 10am – 1pm in Stanmer – join him for some fun riding – Dieter is a qualified Mountain Bike Ride Leader (British Cycling) and would love to introduce you to some of the great riding around Stanmer and the South Downs.

You can sign up on his Eventbrite Page.

Savour Samples

Wine and CheeseA gentle and warm August evening offers the perfect backdrop to ‘Savour Samples’ a tasting session devoted to Wine and English Cheeses. The venue is the Whiteway Centre, Saturday 15 August, the time 7.30pm, the cost £10.

The Wine expert is Victoria South from Seaford, and English Cheeses will be presented by Eleanor Robbins from ‘Say Cheese of Sussex’. It all augers well for an entertaining and illuminating evening.

Tickets need to be booked in advance: email or phone Brian Knight.

BrianKnight@rwc.org.uk or 01273 302 605

Deans to be Seen

The Deans Magazine is a free full-colour monthly magazine combining editorial content with advertising for the local area.

As a service to the local community, The Deans publish articles on local groups and reports on local events for FREE. These groups must be genuinely community groups and this service is not available for businesses. They also have a What’s On page where they will add your regular and one off events for FREE. Please contact them to talk about the possibility of publishing an article by e-mailing info@deansmagazine.co.uk or calling Anne or Keith on 01273 586527.

A print version of the magazine is delivered free to 6,350 homes in the Saltdean, Rottingdean, Ovingdean and Roedean area and to selected shops in Woodingdean. However, also readable online, the latest issue of the Deans magazine can be found here at http://www.rottingdeanvillage.org.uk/deans-magazine and a link is now on the home page. Back issues are on the The Deans Magazine own website.

Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

Rottingdeanvillage has linked with Streetlife, a new social networking website recently launched across Rottingdean with the aim of helping people make the most of where they live by connecting with their neighbours.

Streetlife is a local social network, providing a free and easy way for communities to share news, views, recommendations and resources. It has been described as “the online equivalent of chatting over the garden fence”. Together with Rottingdeanvillage we hope Streetlife will enable people with busy routines or reduced mobility to keep in touch with what’s happening locally and become more involved in their communities.

To date more than a million people in over 4,000 communities across the country have adopted Streetlife and now Rottingdean locals are joining in too.

Conversations started on Streetlife have helped to find lost pets, save local pubs, expose doorstep scammers and set up community garden projects. The site also encourages real-world friendships, with neighbours sharing DIY equipment, IT advice and dentist recommendations, and organising walking groups and coffee mornings.

Streetlife’s Founder and CEO, Matt Boyes, is delighted to see the people of Rottingdean making new connections: “Within every neighbourhood there’s a wealth of knowledge and support. Streetlife makes it easy for local people to share that and together build stronger, safer, better connected communities.”

And now Rottingdeanvillage are inviting you to get involved!

Click on the link on our home page to find out more about Streetlife, the local social network, on a mission to strengthen community spirit.

Society of Sussex Painters, Sculptors and Engravers

sussexpaintersForthcoming exhibition of work by artists from the SSPSE at the Grange Art Gallery Rottingdean September 10th – 22nd

The Society consists of mainly professionally trained artists who are selling their work. We wish to encourage relevant work, which reflects the world we live in, and is innovative and original. We use our exhibitions as a show case for the exchange of ideas and we aim to facilitate the development of new work which can be traditional or contemporary. We welcome new members to apply for selection. All work must be of a high professional standard and integrity. To that end, since the start of the Society in 1924, it has always believed that drawing with competence and understanding should be evident in at least two pieces of finished work out of the six pieces which are brought to the selection meeting by prospective members.

Former members of the Society have included such distinguished artists as Glynn Philpott, George Hooper, Charles Morris, Charles Knights, Dorothy Coke, Luther Roberts, Joseph di Guiseppe and Sam Fenton. Membership of the Society now stands at about thirty and we hold one or two exhibitions in different parts of Sussex each year. Our 90th anniversary exhibition at Worthing was a great success, appreciated by the many visitors, and especially by the Mayor of Worthing, Councillor Vic Walker.

Visit our website www.artweb.com society of sussex painters

Anthony  Morgan -Jones - watercolours + oils

Anthony Morgan -Jones – watercolours + oils. : Downs, Coastal, Historic marine scenes Exhibited summer exhibition RA, Royal institute of painters in oils; Mall gallery.

Smugglers Ball

smugglers_ballDear Ladies, Gentlemen, Pirates & Smugglers…..

As many of you know Smugglers has now LEGENDARY status for Rottingdean Village, attracting over 5,000 visit each year to the village. With Stalls, live bands, food stalls, BBQ’s, shop traders and the culmination with The Torch Lit Parade, Bonfire & Fireworks…

This year for the remarkable event to continue we need YOUR HELP!!!! much more than in previous years…

Our much needed funding which we received annually from Brighton Council has been withdrawn, therefore an action group has been formed to raise more funding.

Therefore we are producing our 1st Annual Smugglers Ball. An evening of Live entertainment auctions and raffles.

This will be held on Saturday 5th September 2015 at The Hilton Metropole in Brighton. For a small fee of £65pp

  • A Sumptuous 4 Course Dinner
  • A plethora of live acts
  • Disco till the early hours
  • Discount room rates
  • Auction & Raffle

Your attendance is greatly needed at this auspicious occasion, tickets are selling fast!!!

To ensure your table (preferably 10 per table although smaller parties will be sat together)

Please call 01273 300491 this is Ye Olde Black Horse who along with the Smugglers Committee are producing the event.

Purchasing the tickets can be done by visiting Ye Olde Black Horse, 65 High Street, Rottingdean BN2 7HE

Alternatively call the box office number where payment and emailed receipt can be taken over the phone.

For those whom have already requested tables and no payment has been made please contact the box office to secure your table.

Please use the form below to printed out and fill in.

May we also take this opportunity to ask businesses and he general public if you would like to contribute further to the ball we are looking for Auction & Raffle prizes in return we will be eternally grateful.

May we all stand together and be as resourceful and proud for our amazing village and the events we put together. May we thank you in advance for helping raising money for this event AND MacMillan Nurses.

The Smugglers Committee


Put Your Thinking Cap On For Rottingdean Village Fair

hats-829509_1280The theme for this year’s Rottingdean Village Fair on Saturday August 1st is ‘HATS’, so why not ‘put your thinking cap on’, ‘get ahead of the rest’ and come along to a quintessentially English day out on the Village Green and in Kipling Gardens.

The entry programme is 50p, with Primary-aged children free, and this includes entertainment throughout the day ranging from Maypole Dancing and the Salvation Army Band through to rock / pop, Ukuleles and Punch and Judy.

There will be over 50 stalls and activities with a mix of commercial groups and local charities and organisations, including food, crafts, games, vintage goods and traditional fair rides.

All profits made on the day are shared between a range of local charities and village organisations, so why not come along, amble around and then sit by the pond with a drink and a burger.

The fair starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm.

Graham Sheppard, Fair Organiser

Guided Plant Walks In Rottingdean

PlantWalkRottingdeanFinalJoin Ed Jones for a guided plant walk, where we will discover some of the edible and other uses of wild plants in Rottingdean. The plant walk will last around 2 hours. Meet outside the Whiteway Centre, on Whiteway Lane. £5 for adults. Free for kids!

The plant walk will take place on three dates in Rottingdean: At 3pm on the Sundays 2nd and 16th August. There will also be an evening walk at 6:30pm on Wednesday 12th August.

Please get in touch if you have any questions!

Rottingdean Windmill Beacon Hill Open Days 2015

018Sunday 19th July, Sunday 16th August, Sunday 20th September
No booking required
Wheelchair access: to the ground floor
Parking: available in the village

How to get to Rottingdean.

For a full map of Rottingdean with all our attractions on it see our map of Rottingdean

Rottingdean Windmill has stood high up on Beacon Hill for over 200 years overlooking the village and the sea. It can be seen from at least two miles away, a symbol of Rottingdean itself. Rescued from demolition and restored, it is now open to the public on the 3rd Sunday of each month from May to September.

These open days are a wonderful opportunity to see inside one of Rottingdean’s iconic landmarks. The windmill is organised and maintained by The Rottingdean Preservation Society and the Open Days manned by volunteers. Although admission is free, donations are always welcome to help with the Society’s invaluable work.

The windmill on Beacon Hill is a familiar landmark between Roedean and Rottingdean. It is a Grade 2 listed smock-mill dating from 1802 and was built for Thomas Beard, a member of an old Rottingdean family.

Smock-mills were traditionally weather-boarded with six or eight sloping sides and a revolving cap which allowed the sails to take advantage of the wind. They were given this name because of their resemblance to a farmer’s smock.

Rottingdean mill was used to grind local corn into flour for village bakers. In 1877 the miller was George Nicholls. His young son Harry went around the village each day delivering hot rolls before going to school.

Sir Edward Burne-Jones’ wife Georgiana records seeing the mill working in 1880. However, by the end of that century, its only use was as a changing room for the cricketers-who played on Beacon Hill until the First World War.

The mill’s disrepair resulted in many efforts by landowners and villagers to preserve it. The machinery was removed and an internal steel framework fitted to hold the structure together. In 2001 a £40,000 Heritage Lottery Grant enabled the sails, or “sweeps” as they are known, to be restored. The current Trustees of the mill are The Rottingdean Preservation Society.

Rottingdean mill has been known internationally since the artist Sir William Nicholson produced a woodcut of it. His design was used as the trademark for Heinemann publishers and has appeared on their books since 1897.


Rottingdean Drama Society is proud to present, Sylvia,

IMG_0084_fullRottingdean Drama Society is proud to present, 
Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney and directed by Jo Newman.  

Rottingdean Village Hall

Performances from 15th – 18th July 2015 starting at 7:45pm with an additional matinee performance at 2pm on the 18th.

Kate and Greg’s children have left home and they have moved from the suburbs to the city. Kate’s career is going from strength to strength and Greg’s is sinking. One day Greg comes back from the park with Sylvia, a stray dog he found there. For Kate, Sylvia is a threat, for Greg she’s a best friend. Tom uses her as an excuse to show off everything he knows. For Phyllis, Sylvia is enough to drive her back to drink and she sends Lesley running for his/her analyst. All Sylvia wants to do is eat, go out and sleep on the sofa. Sylvia is played by a woman. A play about the nature of love and commitment.

Rottingdean Drama Society was founded in 1948 and performs three plays and a pantomime each year. The Society has been going strong for over half a century, performing plays to entertain not only the people of Rottingdean but ever-widening audiences in Brighton and surrounding areas. The Society’s aim is to present a balanced programme each year, including great classics, costume dramas, contemporary plays, comedies and pantomimes.

Box Office

Rottingdean Drama Society Box Office is online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/rds

Tickets are £8, or £4 for children. There is a £1 discount for the first night of each production.

Booking in person

Please visit Open Art Café in Rottingdean during Box Office opening hours: 11am to 1pm Friday and Saturday, for two weeks before each performance starts.