Rottingdean Whiteway Centre Celebrating ’40 Years On’

The Whiteway Centre reaches it 40th Anniversary next weekend, and is putting on an Open Day event to celebrate reaching the milestone, on Saturday 19 April from 10 – 4.

There are various displays from a number of User Groups, some of whom have been meeting at the Centre since it opened.

Included will be artwork, photographic prints, projected images, a Village Fair AV, display of quilts etc. Folk music comes from the Round Room Ramblers; the Deans Orchestra will also be performing.

There are vintage photos and documents about how it all began, and details of what takes place now.

Refreshments will be available all day, and everyone is welcome to drop in to see what goes on in a valuable and thriving local community resource.


  • The provision of Adult Education and Leisure Courses,
  • the hiring out of the Centre for functions and events,
  • providing homes for the Pre-School and all the User Groups,
  • and any necessary Fundraising

has been managed by volunteer trustees of the Charity since the day it opened. It receives no external financial help.

Image credit: El Bingle – 40

Rottingdean In Bloom Issue 44

Following the winter storms, I suppose that everyone feels a little bit bruised and battered, which equally applies to the garden beds and containers up and down the High Street, some of which need completely replanting. This will require a lot of time and effort and if there is anyone else willing to lend a hand, then I shall be delighted to hear from you on telephone 302431.

This year we are again entering Kipling Gardens and Beacon Hill Nature Reserve in the South & South East in Bloom competitions, both of which won gold awards in their respective categories for the second year running. As most of you know we have again withdrawn from the Small Town category, whereby we can concentrate our minds on the schools and St. Margaret’s Church grounds where their own projects are concerned, as we have done in the past.

Some of these will also be entered for the “In bloom” competitions and in order to further adorn the High Street and Marine Drive, certain of the shops and pubs will be encouraged to enter the Brighton in Bloom contests in order that we may maximise upon the overall visual impact of the village.

Funding is naturally a fundamental requirement, if we are to cover the cost of additional and replacement containers, perennials, bedding plants and spring bulbs, hanging baskets and the school’s ecological projects etc, and if therefore any of the residents would like to support the cause, then they are again invited to send their donation, however large or small, to our treasurer Dr. Roger Levy at 46 Dean Court Road, Rottingdean. BN2 7DJ with cheques made payable to Rottingdean in Bloom.

Harold Williams

200 Club Monthly Prize Draw – February – March 2014

We are pleased to announce the last two months results as follows

200 Club Results Feb - Mar 2014

200 Club Results Feb – Mar 2014

After publishing the results of the 200 Club Draw in the Village News for the past seven years, the “whys and wherefores” become awfully repetitive, as I am sure that the majority of our readers will, by now, understand how the system functions. Apart from the prize monies, the one important element is the 40% that is retained for local worthy and charitable causes and, with this in mind we now approach the July anniversary date.

In this respect, application forms will be distributed to all households in and around the village during late May and to illustrate the confidence that our members have in its authenticity, roughly one third pay on bankers standing order. Perhaps in the meantime, those of you who enjoy a flutter and are supportive of the village might consider joining the “club”.

In conclusion, when I attempted to put my last March lucky number back in the draw, the bank cashiers and customers wouldn’t hear of it – perhaps I might have been accused of “bucking the system”!!

Harold Williams

PARC Charity Shop

PARC raises money for play facilities for children and teenagers in the local area. Our Charity Shops have recently been undergoing extensive repairs and refurbishments due to the very poor quality of the buildings we rent from the council.

These works are already showing great new looks but are not yet completed. Over the next few weeks the outside of the shops will be brought up to scratch and we are doing this with limited funds. Please bear with us while these works continue.

Please continue to support us with your donations of clothes, toys, books and bric-a-brac. The little toys we put in the 20p bin are a great attraction so please keep sending them to us. We are open 7 days a week.

If you would like to volunteer in the shop for a couple of hours a week please contact me Cathy Taylor Shop Manager on


Changez d’ Art (Breath of fresh Art)

A group of French artists from Normandy have come together to show their artwork in this year’s Brighton Festival. There is a good range of mixed mediums giving you the opportunity to have a little taste of France. The artists are enthusiastic about being part of the Brighton Festival. It is also the first time for some of them to exhibit their artwork in the quaint village of Rottingdean. With the support of DFDS ferries.

And this year the artists have come together making a calendar to raise money to buy art equipment for South Africa School, All money raised in selling the calendar is going to the charity.

“Bienvenue à tous! Venez nombreux nous rendre visite!”

23 Scout-Hut- Rottingdean; BN2 7HB
end of Chailey rd or up Whiteway Lane and Bridle-path
Opening Dates, Times
Weekends 3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25 & 5,26 Bankholidays of May 2014
Saturday/Sunday 13.00 -17.00 & Bankholidays 13.00- 18.00

Info: E-mail , Ian Seymour, 01273 623578,

Meeting with Beacon Hub Brighton “BHB” Project Team

You are invited to join a brief meeting with Beacon Hub Brighton “BHB” project team members this Wednesday April 02 at 7.30 pm at the Rottingdean Club, High Street, opposite the Plough pub. RSVP!

The aim of the meeting is to obtain your opinion on the response of BHCC to the proposal by several local volunteer groups to convert the Beacon Hill golf cabin and surrounding grassland into an education classroom and wild life interpretation centre for schools, local community groups and tourists.

Since last October BHB have created an open public community consultation website which highlighted the community benefits and successfully informed a wide range of stakeholders on the sustainability of the proposed improvements.

BHB submitted a very detailed proposal to BHCC in January with the written support of almost all local schools, community and volunteer groups, and churches. This document, attached, was put onto the Ovingdean and Rottingdean Village websites where it received further public support. It included a generous offer of a £25000 donation to refurbish the golf cabin into a 35 seat classroom from a local person.

BHB requested a lease for 20-25 years with a break clause after 7 years to fit with the existing Rottingdean Preservation Society lease on the Windmill. A minimum 7 years lease is needed to allow BHB to bid for additional funding from the Lottery and English Heritage, to build a user base for the classroom and create a sustainable offer for our schools, community groups, and tourists.

Last Friday March 28 BHCC emailed BHB advising our request for a 7 year lease was not an acceptable “risk” and offered a max 3 years provided they had guarantees of future usage and payments by schools and community groups BHCC gave a deadline of April 02 to reply

BHB have replied that this is untenable as potential classroom users cannot make specific payment commitments within a few days
BHB would also lose the private donation of £25000 and future public grant funding which is often matched to private funding

We are sorry for the short notice. If you are unable to attend we would appreciate any comments, opinions or ideas by email by April 02
Please also share this email with other interested parties.

Beacon Hill is a valuable community asset, which you can protect from private leisure companies IF YOU VOICE YOUR OPINION…
BHB local volunteers groups are experienced conservationists supporting children’s education and tourism.

Please let us know your views


Libby Darling, Atlanta Cook, Jay Butler, Jo Spickett & Clive Bonny.

Growth Vouchers For Rottingdean Businesses

Growth vouchers could be available for businesses within Rottingdean through our own management consultant Clive Bonny. The vouchers can be used for advice in market research, targeting existing and potential customers, using social media to extend your reach into new markets, developing pricing strategies and closing sales.

Advice in this area aims to help businesses develop effective marketing strategies, and to ensure that they provide the right product/service at the right price, in the right place, at the right time.

What activities will Growth Vouchers fund?

  • Analysis of your market, including your competitors, opportunities and threats
  • Customer analysis: Who are they? What do they need? How can you reach them?
  • Advice on how to satisfy customer needs profitably
  • Help to divide your customers into groups and target them effectively
  • Advice on how to develop a brand and improve your competitive edge
  • Help to innovate around new products and ensure these are marketed to the appropriate audiences
  • Help to make your communications planning more effective and integrated across your business
  • Analysis of your sales strategy

You can read more about this in the following PDF – Marketing_attracting_and_keeping_customers.pdf

For more information and for free advice re eligibility contact Clive Bonny at or 07973 799 153

Rottingdean Smugglers Open Meeting

firepond mirrorThe Rottingdean Smugglers team are holding an open meeting at the White Horse Hotel on the 12th March at 7:30pm. If you would like to know who they are and what they do or would be interested in joining the team, please come along. Smugglers night has grown year on year and is now one of the biggest events we have in Rottingdean. The Smugglers team are always looking for help from people keen to be a part of Rottingdean’s smuggling history.

Even if you are not sure how you can be of help, come along to the meeting and have a chat.

Open Meeting: Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 7.30pm
Location: The Function Room at The White Horse Hotel

Image credit with kind permission of Roz South

Attention All Rottingdean Cat Owners

BBC Science ProductionBBC Science is looking for Brighton cat-owners for a 3-part series focusing on our feline friends. In particular we’re interested in cat owners in or near Rottingdean, or anyone with 3 or more cats living in the wider Brighton area.

If this is you we’d be grateful if you could email with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your address (so we know where the cats live)
  • Your telephone number
  • How many cats you have along with their names, ages and a sentence or two on their type and personality

By getting in touch, you are not agreeing to take part in the show. We’re simply trying to get a sense of the local cat population. However we may follow up with a phone call or email to discuss your moggie further!

Thanks for your help,

Josh Green
BBC Science

Ice Age Sussex and the lost landscape of the English Channel

Ice Age posterOn March 29, Dr Matthew Pope, well known for his work at Boxgrove, will take us back 500,000 years to Sussex in the Ice Age at the Whiteway Centre. This day school covers the archaeology from Ice Age Sussex, 500,000 years ago until just 10,000 years ago. It will cover the archaeology of Boxgrove and other key sites as well as an introduction to the geology of the period within the county.

Fee: £25, includes a light lunch
To reserve a place, email or phone 01273 304180

The chill continues on May 09, when Steve Flitton will reveal ‘Antarctica’s Geological Secrets’ and there’s more to follow – a full list of the year’s events can be seen in our new display box at the end of Whiteway Lane.

Image Credit – M A Felton