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

Rottingdean Smugglers – 6th December 2014 – We Need Your Help

membership poster 2014Bigger, better, wilder, more raucous, the 2014 smugglers night main event is fast approaching and promises to attract even more revellers than last year. Procession places are now strictly limited. To march with a burning torch you must be a pre-paid member and wear suitable attire. This year the dress code will be 18th-19thC pirate, buccaneer, smuggler or WW1. The more elaborate and authentic your costume, so much the better.

This year it is going to cost £20,000 to put on the main smugglers event and the Smugglers organisers are looking for help to raise that. There are a number of ways you can help fund Smugglers Night and pledging money to fund: Fireworks, Lantern Making Workshops, Large Lanterns and you can join in the procession.

How you can help Rottingdean Smugglers:

  1. To donate to Smugglers crowdfunding campaign go to:
  2. Become a pre-paid member and walk in the procession.
  3. You can also donate directly to Rottingdean Smugglers via Paypal here: –

Any members who’d like to help with the massive organisation involved, please contact Rottingdean Smugglers now.

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SAS – Autumn Beach Clean

cleanWe are calling for volunteers to take part in Autumn Beach Clean Series hosted by SAS on 19th October to help tackle the marine litter crisis across the UK.

Rottingdean Beach needs your helping hands on Sunday 19th October.

Join volunteers from your local community for a beach clean from 11am to 1pm as part of SAS’s annual Autumn Beach Clean Series.

Find us at the bottom of the ramp on the pebbles by Molly’s Cafe. Postcode BN2 7AZ

You can find out more on their Facebook Event Page

Basic Vehicle Maintenance – Course For Females at St. Margarets Motors!

Basic vehicle maintance course at St. Margarets MotorsLadies – get your hands dirty and join our Basic Vehicle Maintenance – course for females at St. Margarets Motors!

Would you would like to know more about your vehicle and feel more confident and save on the roads?

The course will teach all female participants the basics they need to know about maintaining their car and how to perform simple checks to their vehicle. We will hold the course on Sunday 5th October and repeat it on Sunday 26th October. Both will run from 10am-1pm.

In each course we’ll teach you how to check your oil, cooling water and screen-wash levels; how to check the condition of your tyres and put air in them; show you how a wheel is changed; how to change windscreen wipers; how to jump start your car and how to make your car safe for the winter months. There will be opportunities to answer your questions.

Each class costs £30 and includes refreshments.

Attendance will be limited to six people per class – so book now by giving us a ring on 01273 308255, or by contacting us on our website, or just by popping by!

Julia & Klaus

PS: Of course the men might also wish to enhance their skills. If that is the case just let us know and if there is enough interest we will run mixed or male only courses too!

Christmas Wreath Workshops

IMG_0645Be the envy of your neighbours this Christmas and sign up to one of Kate Scholefield’s wreath making workshops!

Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd December 2014 at The Plough, Rottingdean.

Gather your friends and join her for an evening of festive cheer and the chance to make your own luxury traditional Christmas wreath.

£35 per person including a complimentary glass of mulled wine and as much tea and coffee as you can drink.

Bookings already being taken so give her a call soon to avoid disappointment! 01273 300977.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

Image 2 for posterRottingdean Drama Society’s next production will be Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). It is an award-winning comedy by Ann-Marie MacDonald. In it Constance, a young professor of English Literature, goes on a subconscious journey of self-discovery.

Constance is a hopeless academic who believes that the plays Othello and Romeo & Juliet were originally comedies and Shakespeare wrote out the wise fool to turn them into tragedies. The play magically whisks her first to Othello and then to Romeo & Juliet. There we find that our tragic heroines are actually pretty gutsy gals and that Romeo and Othello are not all they have been portrayed.

With laughs, opportunities for bawdiness and a splendidly surreal ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feel, this is an excellent piece of entertainment.

This production is supported by the Royal Shakespeare Company through the Open Stages project. It is also our entry in Brighton & Hove Arts Council’s Drama Awards.

The play will be shown in the Public Hall, in Park Road Rottingdean, Brighton BN2 7HL. Performances will be at 2pm on Saturday 18 October and 7.45pm on Wednesday-Saturday 15-18 October

Tickets can be bought from
or by telephone on: 0797 7523253
Tickets cost £8 per adult (with a £1 discount for adults on the first night), £4 per child