- Recent Additions to the Oval playground provided
by Sort and installed free of charge by the council
Huge thanks to John Byrd for very kindly taking pictures
and sending them to the website......
- CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR SALTDEAN ADDRESSES
For many years there has been a local delivery service
for the distribution of Christmas cards to Saltdean addresses
and it's happening again this year. From the beginning of
December cards may be deposited in boxes to be found in
three centres; HAPPY SHOPPER in Lustrells Vale, LAMPONS
ESTATE AGENTS in Longridge Avenue and SNK CONVENIENT STORES
in Saltdean Vale. The cost will be 15p. Per card (to be
paid in the shop) and the money will go to CHRISTIAN AID.
The last collection will be on 17 DECEMBER.
Need players for their Under 14's squad. If you are interested
please call Gary on 01273 276041 for more details.
- Follow the Dove - calling all Sussex and UK residents
We need everyone to get to Lewes anyway they can on Tuesday
21 October 2003 to register their protests on the Health
Day at the Public Inquiry into the Local waste Plan at the
White Hart Hotel Lewes 10am to 4pm
Sign your name recommending to the Inspector that ESCC
abandon plans to build 2 incinerators in east Sussex and
instead foster the strategy of zero waste.
Volunteers are needed for the upcoming poppy appeal. If
you can help call Peter Shannon on 01273 301188.
- Pigeon heroine of Saltdean
here's a funny story from my friend - Andrea Lightwood
of Rye Close. There she was in New Look in George Street
with Emily, 6 and Sam, 3 and in flys a pigeon. Staff came
up from the staff room downstairs and people stopped outside
to look while the pigeon - getting in a terrible flap, was
banging itself against the glass window trying to get out.
My friend Andrea thought - in a minute it is going to kill
itself, so up she went, making strange pigeon cooing noises
which calmed it down, and what should she have in her hand
- some bread she had just bought. Coaxing it carefully,
and still making the noises, she went up to it, grabbed
it quickly and then ran to the door and let it our where
t flew away. For this she got a great round of applause,
in the shop and outside - where a crowd had gathered. So
there you go. The strange story of Andrea Lightwood, pigeon
fancier supreme and now great hero to her kids. Well done
- Beautiful Nina is a winner like her sister
There radiant smiles and sparkling eyes have won sisters
Ella and Nina Nathan a string of beautiful! baby awards.
Proud parents Ruth and Peter say their success could be
the result of childcare techniques copied from the Amazons.
Eleven-month-old Nina has just followed in the footsteps
of Ella, six, by winning a major competition. The tot was
named winner of Asda's Babies First contest 12 months after
her sister scooped the title Lloyds Pharmacy Baby of the
Year for the second year running. Ruth and Peter, from Saltdean,
say the secret to their children's success is inner well-being,
which they attribute to their unusual child-caring techniques.
The couple never use a pram and Ella and Nina do not sleep
in cots. Instead, they are carried around strapped to their
parents' backs and sleep with them in their double bed.
The technique is called the continuum concept, which preaches
the importance of constant contact between parents and children
to achieve the best physical, mental and emotional development.Ruth,
38, said: "My husband carries Nina on his back constantly
and I did the same when Ella was younger . "We have
put a bed guard on our bed and Nina sleeps with us there
as Ella did ' before Nina was born. "I read a book
about the continuum concept when I was pregnant with Ella
and was intrigued. In the grand scheme of things prams and
cots are relatively new inventions and parents coped fine
without them hundreds of years ago. Even today, some tribal
communities in places like the Amazons do not need them,
so why should we?' One of the reasons Nina won the Asda
award is she is always smiling. She is obviously a happy,
secure child and I think the continuum concept may be responsible."
Nina will feature in a 2004 Pampers Babies First calendar,
produced by Asda.
- South Downs Planning Enquiry
THE Secretary of State, DEFRA has announced that there
will be a public inquiry and representations to hear objections
to the South Downs National Park Designation Order.
The pre-inquiry meeting was held in July and was chaired
by the appointed inspector, Mr R.N, Parry.Evidence may be
submitted formally or informally th parish council chose
the latter. It will be submitted by myself. For those who
wish to attend, the inquiry opens at 2pm on Monday, November
10 at the Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbot Road, Worthing, and
thereafter at the Chatsworth Hotel, Steyne, Worthing. Normally,
it sits Tuesday to Thursday, with Friday available for overruns,
10-5pm with an hour's break at Ipm.THE inquiry divides into
three phases: The first covering objections in principle
and to specific parts of the proposed boundary; The second
dealing with park administration; and the third the revocation
of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Specific boundary
considerations will start in what's called
Section P , which includes Rottingdean; thus we are likely
to give our evidence soon after December 9. The more of
us who attend the more likely we are of getting Rotting
dean included within the National Park boundary. If you
are submitting evidence your written statement should be
with the Planning Inspectorate by September 29. There is
a complicated system for referencing documents should you
need help please contact me on 303000.
See more online at www.planning-inspectorate.gov.uk/southdowns
- Bench Unveiling in Longridge Avenue
The Mayor of Telscombe,Chairperson of the Saltdean Residents
Association, Evelyn George, Councillor Duncan Ward, President
of the SRA Don Burrell and other members of the SRA unveiled
the bench on Tuesday 26th August in memory of Joe Stokes
- member, chair and president of the SRA for a total of
over 40 years. This was kindly attended by Joe Stokes' daughter
who expressed her gratitude and thanks. Mrs George, the
Mayor and Don Burrell all said a few words in memory of
Mr Stokes. Here are some pictures below.
- Ex-mayor faces punch-up quiz
by our news team © Evening Argus 26th August
A former mayor arrested after a fight which left another
man needing seven stitches will be quizzed by his party
leader. The Argus revealed yesterday how East Sussex county
councillor David Neighbour was questioned by police following
the punch-up on Saltdean beach on Saturday. In a statement
to police, Nigel Heasman accused Coun Neighbour of grabbing
his wife Tanya in a headlock before lashing out at him,
a claim the councillor denies. Coun Neighbour admitted to
The Argus he had "thumped" Mr Heasman and another
man, Ken Tancred, but insisted he was acting in self-defence.
Councillor David Rogers, leader of the Liberal Democrat
group on the county council, said he was unaware of the
incident until approached by The Argus. He said: "I
would certainly wish to discuss it with Coun Neighbour."
Police took a statement from Mr Heasman after he received
treatment to his wounded left ear at the Royal Sussex County
Hospital, Brighton. They are due to visit him again tomorrow
to take a statement from Mrs Heasman. Mrs Heasman said she
had politely asked Coun Neighbour to move bicycles he had
propped against a neighbouring beach hut, fearing they could
fall and hurt her children. She said he refused and when
she tried to move one of the bikes, he grabbed her by the
hair and held her in a headlock. Mr Heasman intervened,
but said he only hit Coun Neighbour to fend him off after
coming under a barrage of unprovoked blows. Fellow beach
hut owner Mr Tancred admitted punching Coun Neighbour in
the face after his six-year-old daughter had become upset
by the fight and Coun Neighbour tried to hit him back. Coun
Neighbour, who was later released without charge, told The
Argus: "I defended myself. I was thumped by the two
men so I thumped them back." Mr Heasman has said he
will let the matter drop if he receives an apology from
the councillor, who has served as mayor of Telscombe for
- Councillor arrested in beach hut fracas
by Aidan Radnedge © Evening Argus August 25th
A former mayor and current serving councillor has been
arrested after a beach hut fracas. East Sussex county councillor
David Neighbour was quizzed by police following the incident
on Saltdean beach on Saturday. Liberal Democrat councillor
Mr Neighbour, of Central Avenue, Telscombe Cliffs, admitted
to The Argus he had "thumped" two men, but insisted
he was acting in self-defence. During the row, which started
over bicycles leaned against a beach hut, one of the men,
Nigel Heasman, of Saltdean, said he received a cut which
required seven stitches. One onlooker, who did not want
to be named, said: "There were lots of children watching
who started screaming and crying." Ken Tancred, owner
of a neighbouring hut, said he intervened after his six-year-old
daughter Katie became distressed. Mr Tancred, of Rottingdean,
said: "She was so upset, I went into his hut to have
it out with him. I punched him in the face and he tried
to hit me back." A witness called the police, who took
Mr Neighbour in for questioning before later releasing him
without charge.Mr Neighbour, who returned to the beach yesterday
afternoon, said: "I was assaulted and I defended myself.
I was thumped by the two men so I thumped them back. "I
don't know anything about one of them having to have stitches.
The police asked me about what happened and let me go."
Mr Heasman, who said he had had to have five stitches in
his ear and two just behind the ear, said: "He attacked
me. It wasn't the other way round. I only hit him to fend
him off." He has given a statement to police and wants
Mr Neighbour to apologise. Sussex Police confirmed they
had been called to the fight and had arrested a man. As
well as serving on the county council, Mr Neighbour, a former
teacher and social worker, represents Telscombe Cliffs on
Lewes District Council. He has served as Telscombe's mayor
for three terms of office and is also a member of the East
Sussex Fire Authority and vice-chairman of Brighton and
Lewes Community Health Council.
I have written an article for anyone who got hit by the
recent "Blaster Worm" and can not install the
Microsoft security patch... and there seems to be many...
Perhaps saltdean residents would benefit?
Regards Marc Liron
- NEWS RELEASE Embargoed: 00.01 hours Thursday 14 August
2003 Gardeners feel the pain of starving badgers
Badgers are digging up the lawns of hundreds of gardeners
in a desperate search for food, conservationists said today.
In response to an unprecedented number of complaints about
badgers in gardens, the National Federation of Badger Groups
(NFBG) has published an advice booklet, explaining why the
problem has arisen.
"The cause of the problem is not a rise in badger
numbers. On the contrary, the dry weather has deprived badgers
of earthworms - their staple diet - and they are being forced
to dig for their dinner wherever they can find it. They
are upsetting gardeners in the process," said Chief
Executive of the National Federation of Badger Groups (NFBG).
"The extremely dry conditions in 2002 and 2003 have
meant that almost no badger cubs have been raised for the
last two years. The most convincing evidence comes from
50 setts in Wytham Woods, in Oxfordshire. Badgers there
only produced 12 cubs in 2003 - the lowest number for 28
years. In 2002, the badgers only managed to produce 15 cubs."
The NFBG has also gathered a large amount of anecdotal
evidence from around the country which appears to support
the scientific data that badgers have suffered a substantial
decline. Most badger groups have reported few or no cubs
at regularly monitored setts. They have also reported large
numbers of badgers suffering from dehydration and starvation
(See Appendix I).
"Gardeners can help badgers through this difficult
period by changing their gardening strategy," says
Dr King. "For example, we are encouraging gardeners
who water their lawns to do so last thing at night. As well
as conserving water, this also encourages worms to the surface
at exactly the time that badgers want to eat them. This
simple strategy should discourage badgers from digging up
lawns and gardeners will have the added bonus of
watching badgers forage on their doorstep."
The NFBG has produced a special booklet for gardeners explaining
why badgers are causing so many problems this year and how
to help prevent badgers from starving in the prolonged drought.
Web site: www.badger.org.uk
- Fears mount over cliff-top car park
by our news team © Evening Argus August 14 2003
With vehicles left just feet from the cliff edge, residents
who live near this impromptu car park fear it is an accident
waiting to happen. The hot spell has resulted in thousands
of people flocking to Saltdean, leaving the town's car parks
overflowing. With nowhere to park, some motorists have been
driving along a service road to the seafront cafe, ignoring
access only signs, driving up a grassy bank and parking
close to a thin wire fence on the cliff top. At one point
last weekend, 30 cars were parked on the cliff edge between
Saltdean and Rottingdean. But people who live nearby fear
it could end in tragedy if a car were to plunge 100ft over
the cliff edge on to the crowded beach below. Former Brighton
mayor John Blackman, who lives in Saltdean Drive, said:
"You can already see fissures in the chalk and all
it needs is for the weight of cars to make it worse. "There
could be a cliff fall endangering the lives of people on
top and below." Anthony Evans, 66, of Bannings Vale,
said: "If something is not done the whole of the cliff
top will become one huge car park. "It is just a matter
of time before one car rolls off or slips over the cliff
top with disastrous results." Rottingdean councillor
Lynda Hyde said: "I shall be asking council officers
to look at ways of sorting out this problem."
- Big Brother for badgers
by Lilly Peel ® Evening Argus
Badgers saved from slaughter will become the stars of their
own video show when they are moved into a luxury new home.
The Saltdean badgers, spared a death sentence following
months of protests by animal rights campaigners, are getting
new artificial setts built for them on Monday. Their new
homes are surrounded by beautiful gardens, complete with
three ponds and a waterfall, and the animals will have video
cameras trained on them to watch their every movement. Like
the contestants of Channel 4's Big Brother show, the badgers
will be filmed and monitored to see how they cope in their
artificial environment. The Department of the Environment,
Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced yesterday work
would begin on creating the setts. They are to be rehoused
just a few metres away from their original setts in Saxon
Close, Saltdean, ending almost a year of uncertainty for
the animals sentenced to death after some neighbours complained
their burrowing was undermining drives, gardens and homes.
Defra, which issued a controversial licence for the animals'
slaughter last October, is to build the new setts in the
gardens of two couples who offered to take the badgers on
their property, helping to solve the dispute over the animals'
fate. Defra's initial decision to cull the badgers sparked
fury among animal rights activists. After protests, the
licence was suspended and talks began to find another solution.
For months, the opposing groups appeared to be at a stalemate.
Then animal welfare minister Elliot Morley announced in
May Defra would pay for the new setts - saving the badgers
from slaughter. The setts are due to be finished on Wednesday
but need time to settle before the animals can move in by
the end of November. Once the setts have been built, peanuts
will be used to entice the creatures to their new homes.
When they have moved, the tunnels of the original sett will
be filled in and the gardens surrounded by badger-proof
fences. The badgers will be clipped so they can be identified.
One of the couples welcoming the badgers, wanted to be known
only by their first names, Richard and Barbara. Richard,
a retired architect in his late 50s, said: "We were
disturbed over the initial culling. "We joined the
protests at the time and offered our garden as an alternative."
Defra will use the videos for monitoring the badgers to
see how successful the new setts are.
- Saltdean's First Children in Need Event
Will take place at the home of Inga and Norman Wright,
25 Wivelsfield Road on Friday evening August 8th from 6
to 8 ish. Tickets £5. This is the third annual buffet
and the last year one raised £250.55 for the cause.
Those who attended these events verified that there was
plenty of home made food and choice of wines, making it
an enjoyable evening in raising money for the charity which
receives all of the proceeds. If you can come along please
ring 303741 by August 3rd. If unable cheques and donations
to Children in need are gratefully received.
- Unofficial report of the SRA Meeting 27/07/03
Evelyn George, the chairperson, opened the meeting
by welcoming Councillor David Smith and Councillor Mary
Mears for her first meeting. She mentioned that the SRA
had begun monthly surgeries at the community centre with
opportunities to renew membership and for committee members
to answer questions etc. Complaints will be dealt in the
She underlined that membership fees go on to produce The
Resident and pay for stationary and postage fees.
The Secretary's report stated that it had been a busy few
months since the AGM. He wanted to thank all who had supported
him in the local elections and he had been elected to Telscombe
Grass cutting in East Saltdean had been dealt with and
there would be a commemorative seat in Longridge Avenue
to Joseph Stokes - details of the unveiling ceremony will
be on the community centre noticeboard in the next couple
of weeks. Other issues mentioned at the surgery were lack
of facilities for teenagers, dog mess and the planning of
151 marine Drive (see newscuttings) and the appeal for eight
houses had been rejected. Other issues were the coast road
traffic and the proposed eight story block in Rottingdean.
Although the council are not willing to install a mini roundabout
at the junction of Arundel Road West Duncan will repaint
the road markings. Duncan has also been onto the councils
with regard to a crossing in Longridge Avenue. East Sussex
County Council have passed this onto Brighton and Hove Council
but Duncan is pursuing this. He has a got a good deal of
support from traders in Longridge Avenue. Regarding the
Community centre, Mrs George stated that there would be
a meeting in three weeks of the joint working party and
the two sets of solicitors were working together. They hope
to have an agreement by the end of August.
There was a lengthy discussion on vandalism on the west
side of the Oval. There were problems with youths causing
a nuisance on Friday and Saturday evenings and residents
have been reporting these to the police. After some consultation,
residents propose an action group to deal with this after
limited help from the police. Councillor David Smith will
chair this group. There is a general consensus that the
youths who are responsible are known and the police have
photos. They will be looking at the case studies of other
groups to see how they have addressed the problems and try
and accommodate the greater number of younger people in
There was some discussion about the overlapping of the
group with the activities of the neighbourhood watch with
Dr Dando of the neighbourhood watch said that maybe they
could come together in discussions. The group would very
much like a representative from the SRA and this will be
discussed at the next committee meeting.
Social News included the August 16th car Boot sale for
£7 per car. Sellers 8 o'clock and buyers at 9 o'clock.
There was a question regarding the two groups of the Saltdean
Community Association and Saltdean Residents Association.
Mrs George reminded everyone that the Residents Association
was confined to residents of Saltdean whereas the Community
Association as not and also that the constitutions of the
two groups would have to be reconciled. The easiest way
to do this would be to wind up both groups and create a
new one. This would be discussed later on.
- Grand Ocean Hotel Fined for Kitchen Hygiene
© Evening Argus 29/07/03
Owners of a hotel accused of having "contempt"
for their customers' health have been fined £3,100
for their filthy kitchens. A surprise inspection uncovered
several breaches of hygiene regulations at the Grand Ocean
Hotel, Longridge Avenue, Saltdean, Brighton. The fine comes
a year after the hotel was ordered to pay more than £6,000
for other kitchen hygiene offences. Brighton magistrates
heard yesterday that inspector Catherine Mann made an unannounced
visit in April. She found mould, dirt, grease, fans that
did not work and insufficient handwashing facilities in
a kitchen which feeds up to 2,000 people. Len Batten, prosecuting
on behalf of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: "When
Mrs Mann went into the kitchen her first impression was
that the floor was dirty and grubby. 'Fridges were covered
with food debris and dirt which stuck to her finger and
when she got on to her hands and knees she found dirt and
dried food." There were similar findings underneath
the salad area and the raw meat chiller needed "a thorough
cleaning". Ceiling tiles were dirty, stained and warped
and flakes of paint were coming off the walls. A handwashing
sink did not have soap. Mr Batten said: "Carbonised
food was found in the hot food cabinets and none of the
fans worked. There was severe black mould on the walls."
Sara-Lise Howe, defending, said: "The picture painted
doesn't sound very good but on the day of the visit four
fans had been installed and were waiting to be connected.
"In all the best kitchens you could find cracked and
chipped tiles." She explained that some cabinets were
too heavy to lift for one person to clean under them and
that carbonised food found was scheduled to be cleaned that
day. General manager David Regan said floor tiles were gradually
being replaced. Magistrate Ken Hopkins said: "There
has clearly been an effort to clean the place up."
The hotel was also ordered to pay £2,125 towards court
costs. Mr Regan said afterwards: "We take these things
very seriously. "The magistrates were clearly impressed
with our improvements in the kitchens since the last prosecutions."
A council spokesperson said: "We are extremely disappointed
to have had to prosecute the hotel twice in two years. "The
conditions our environmental health officers found showed
contempt for the health and safety of their customers. "We
very much hope they learn their lesson this time and improve
their hygiene procedures on a permanent basis."
- Threshers attackers jailed
B&H robbers get 22 years
© Evening Argus 29/07/03
Two brothers nicknamed the Benson & Hedges gang have
been jailed for a total of 22 years for terrorising shopkeepers
during a campaign of crime. David and Simon Whittle threatened
shop staff with knives, a screwdriver and a wheel brace
during a series of robberies which struck fear into their
victims across Brighton and Hove. Police nicknamed them
the Benson & Hedges gang because of their penchant for
grabbing cigarettes as well as cash during the hold-ups.
They carried out a catalogue of crimes after moving into
the area to prey on vulnerable staff in shops and off-licences.
One of their victims was head-butted so hard he fell unconscious
to the floor of the off-licence where he worked. Others
suffered such trauma that they are still coming to terms
with their ordeals. Their victims included a teenager who
feared he would be stabbed during one of the raids. The
pair lived a transient life during their three-week crime
spree, moving from address to address throughout the city.
Jailing the brothers at Lewes Crown Court, Judge Richard
Brown told them: "You set off on a joint campaign of
robbery. "You chose vulnerable shop premises and frightened
the life out of some shop assistants by threatening them.
"Both of you are a great danger to shopkeepers and
only a substantial custodial sentence can be justified."
The robberies netted the brothers almost £6,000 between
April 21 and May 9 this year. When Simon was caught after
a police chase, David went on to commit more offences in
Norfolk with teenager Darren Davis, 16, of Susans Road,
Eastbourne. David Whittle, 28, of no fixed address, admitted
eight robberies, one attempted robbery and one charge of
aggravated vehicle taking. He asked for seven other offences
to be taken into consideration. Whittle, who has 97 previous
convictions, was jailed for 12 years and given a three-year
driving ban. Simon Whittle, 30, also of no fixed address,
admitted seven robberies and asked for nine offences to
be taken into consideration. He has 117 previous convictions
and was sentenced to ten years. He was also ordered to serve
a further two years in jail, which was the remainder of
an eight-year prison term for robbery. He was sentenced
in 1988 and released early. Davis, who admitted robbery,
attempted robbery and aggravated vehicle taking, was given
a deferred sentence until January 13 next year.
Marcus Fletcher, prosecuting, told the court of the catalogue
of crimes: April 22 - Texaco Garage, Telscombe Cliffs, £1,707
cash taken plus telephone cards and cigarettes
April 24 - Co-op, High Street, Rottingdean, £1,330
April 30 - Threshers, Holland Road, Hove, about £380
plus cigarettes stolen
May 3 - Asda, Brighton Marina, £1,300 cash stolen
May 6 - Threshers, Western Road, Hove. The pair left with
May 8 - Threshers, Longridge Avenue, Saltdean, £200
May 9 - Total petrol station, Dover, Kent. £125 cash
grabbed. Simon was caught after a police chase.
Mr Fletcher said David went to Norfolk where he and Davis
targeted two filling stations in Great Yarmouth. £186
was taken from one. They fled in a stolen car but were captured
after a police chase. The court heard both brothers are
carriers of the fatal hereditary disease Huntington's Chorea
and Simon is already showing symptoms. John Marsden-Lynch,
defending, said: "There is a very bleak future ahead
for Simon Whittle." Pierce Power, defending David Whittle,
said: "The orgy of offences seemed to have come about
because of the media coverage of the first offence. He thought
he had nothing to lose by carrying out more. "He will
die young as a consequence of the disease." Ms K Beswick,
defending Davis, said: "He played no part in the threats
of violence. He is very sorry for his involvement."
- Martlets Hospice - could you help?
Martlet House in Bannings Vale is a sheltered housing scheme
retired people. BT has donated a computer system for the
use of residents
of the scheme and also retired people living in the area.
We now need volunteers
to help everyone learn to use the computer and 'surf the
net' If you are
able and willing to help please contact the manager, Lesley,
on 01273 309179
or email firstname.lastname@example.orgFirst published
on Tuesday 15 July 2003:©Evening Argus
'Extinct' wildlife makes a comeback
by Deborah Tucknott
Wild flowers and animals which have not been seen in Sussex
for years are making a welcome comeback thanks to changes
in farming methods. There was a time when the fields of
Sussex were blooming with wild flowers and filled with butterflies
and birds. But all that changed as pesticides and herbicides
became more efficient and were more widely used. This summer,
however, a vibrant red field of poppies just visible off
the A27, near Hollingbury, has greeted drivers - evidence
the flower-filled meadows could once again become a common
sight. It is a sign farmers are changing their approach
to working the fields and are becoming more sympathetic
to the environment. Farmers and landowners are now paid
to farm their land in environmentally-friendly ways through
schemes from the Department for the Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs (Defra), including the Environmentally-Sensitive
Areas Scheme and the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. Dr
Tony Whitbread, head of conservation at the Sussex Wildlife
Trust, said times were changing. The EU is discussing a
new measure called decoupling, in which farmers would get
paid to manage the land rather than for how much they produce.
Dr Whitbread said: "A lot of farmers are becoming more
sympathetic. They only want the right measures in place
to do it. If they can do it, they will. "There is a
lot of negotiation going on in Europe. It looks like we
could be about to see a major change in farming." Dr
Whitbread said there have been more sightings of species,
including birds such as buzzards and hobbys and butterflies
such as meadow brown, peacock and red admiral in Sussex.
He said: "When species come back, it tends to be those
which can recolonise. Poppies, by their very nature, are
a fast colonising species." Dr Jill Sutcliffe, botanical
manager at English Nature, confirmed there was evidence
wild flowers, animals and insects were coming back to Sussex.
One way this was being achieved was when farmers left grass
margins around the edges of their fields, which had not
been ploughed, or where the soil had been left along the
edge of the field. Dr Sutcliffe said "For some farmers
it has always been a war against weeds. For us a healthy
countryside is not green. A healthy countryside has lots
of colours." Plans have been approved to put fencing
around the perimeter of Telscombe Tye, a 210-acre stretch
of common land between Telscombe Cliffs and Saltdean. Farmer
David Carr is not allowed to use fertiliser on the land
or cut the grass for silage before July 1 each year. Cutting
it before this time results in the destruction of skylark
nests. The fence will also prevent motorcycles and cars
from driving on the Tye and stop travellers from camping
on the land, while walkers and horse riders will still be
able to enjoy the coastal beauty spot. Although Mr Carr,
who rents the land from Telscombe Town Council, can cut
it for hay later in the year, he will use a wheat field
for silage. Mr Carr, of DW Carr Partnership, which owns
Coombe Farm Dairies, said: "We are happy to go along
with it because the Tye will be fenced and we do graze our
young cattle on it during the winter months. "At present,
we have to have someone with a vehicle up there to monitor
them. "We all want to see some wildlife. It is a balance
between that and producing food." Senior ranger Simon
Culpin of Sussex Downs Conservation Board said the scheme
could mean people might see butterflies such as clouded
yellow and marbled white and flowers such as scabius and
the blue round-headed rapium also known as The Pride of
Sussex, on the Tye. Mr Culpin said: "People want to
walk along ground which is not highly fertilised. It is
better to be able to enjoy wild flowers and wildlife. "There
is a piece of land on the Tye which has already been in
the scheme for ten years and it is already very different.
There are a lot more wild flowers." Farmer David Hobden
and his wife June won an award in 2000 for the stewardship
of the flower-rich meadows and pastures of their farm. The
High Weald farm used to belong to Mr Hobden's father who
ran it since the Thirties until he died in 1987. Mr Hobden
farms his land using traditional methods, with no fertilisers,
and grazes Sussex beef cattle. He makes hay from the land,
which is fed to cattle in the winter months. Flowers which
can be seen include species such as ox-eye daisies and four
types of buttercups and those with unusual names such as
sneeze-wort, agrimony, fairy flax, yellow rattle and devil's-bit
scabious. Birds include yellow hammers, skylarks, goldfinches
and chaffinches and butterflies include meadow browns and
skippers. Seeds from the flowers are harvested so they can
be planted in intensively-farmed land to bring it back to
life and re-establish meadows. Mr Hobden said: "I do
it because I thoroughly enjoy it. I get tremendous pleasure
out of getting out there in the morning when it is sunny
and the skylarks are singing and everything it beautiful.
"To me it is a really great feeling."
Seean update to this article here
Watching Graham Norton in early July (eviction night for
Big Brother) me and my friend Ruth sat aghast (couple of
glasses of wine we'd had!) when they had a guy on who was
talking to Graham Norton about Morecombe and a photo came
up that we'd had to do a double take on. After the joke
that he made a while back about hadn't asylum seekers suffered
enough before being threatened with Saltdean Butlins we
wondered if this could be Saltdean again.
But no - it was a hotel in Morecombe that has a campaign
to save it. Take a look at this website and you will find
it has a campaign of Friends to save it and on their homepage
they claim to be the only deco hotel in the UK 'Built in
1933, the Midland was the first Art Deco hotel in Britain.
It is also the only one to survive. Sadly, however, the
Hotel has earned an unenviable place on the Twentieth Century
Society's Buildings at Risk register'.
What do we say here in Saltdean! We say NO! You are not
the only art deco hotel in th UK - we are sort of proud
of our Grand Ocean Hotel (I think - I am open to comments!)
Find the website here; http://www.midlandhotel.org/
- 3 Tons lost in Saltdean!
Tuesday 1st July marked the first anniversary of the
Saltdean Slimming World class.
It was a wonderful; celebration of the fantastic efforts
of the members. The very proud consultant Michelle totted
up all the weight lost over the year which added up to 3097
pounds or 221 stone and 3 pounds - a staggering amount.
This brilliant weight loss id the equivalent of 2 4x4's,
2 transit vans, 20 people or an \American stretch limo.
All the members, new and old, have worked so hard to lose
weight sticking to the plan, staying motivated and achieving
their own goal. Food optimising is a great way to eat lots
of healthy food, never be hungry and lose weight.
The Slimming World class is held at Saltdean Community
centre at 5.30pm and 7pm on Tuesdays and has grown steadily
and very successfully over the past year. People came to
the class very cautiously hoping that this is the answer
to their weight problem, then they start losing weight and
eating healthily, gaining confidence and self-esteem and
are well on their way to their target weight.
Michelle is confident the class will continue to grow and
looks forward to helping many more people.
For more information call Michelle on 586317.Bigger Brother
from Robot Wars at Saltdean Primary Summer Fayre
We are all very excited at the school as we have managed,
by kind agreement of the Bigger brother team, to not only
have a Robot Wars robot at our summer fayre but also a Dalek.
We hope that the weather will be good and we all have a
fun fair which of course raising lots of money for the school.
- Alldays is dead - Long Live the Co-op!
Pictures here - what do you think - email me for views
and I'll stick them on Your Say! Personally I think it's
great and the prices are cheaper - but will we end up with
the co-op queues?Saltdean Open to Artists
Our village was very much part of Brighton Festival with
a number of artists having Open House exhibitions: i.e.
they opened their own homes to visitors (at certain times
during weekends in May) in order to display their paintings,
sculptures, photographs and other works of art. Besides
being a wonderful chance to show off our significant local
talent, it's a good opportunity for those involved or interested
in art to get together. As newcomers to Saltdean we found
it a great way to meet fellow artists and we'd like to thank
Debbi Lobert, Janet Hale and Maggie Edwards for both their
friendly welcome and excellent displays of work.
Next year we're considering a 'Saltdean Trail' of Open
Houses as part of the Festival: i.e. Saltdean based artists
coordinating their efforts to offer a grouping of Open House
exhibitions in the village and producing a joint trail map/guide.
If you're a Saltdean based artist (any media) or have a
house you'd like to offer as a venue, please contact Liz
Allen or Keith Beasley on 241650 or email@example.com.
The Organisers are looking for helpers, especially to help
erect the gazebo early on the day. If you can volunteer
please contact John Ray at the church. Also required are
bottles, books and bric a brac for the stalls.
- First published on Tuesday 13 May 2003:©Evening
Man faces six charges of robbery
by Sam Thomson
A man has appeared in court charged with a series of armed
robberies. Simon Whittle, 30, from Manchester, faced six
counts of armed robbery and one of stealing a car when he
appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court yesterday. It is
alleged he stole cash, cigarettes and mobile phone cards
during a spate of crimes over a two-week period. Janet Turner,
prosecuting, told magistrates Whittle targeted a Texaco
petrol station in Peacehaven on April 21, a Co-op store
in Rottingdean on April 24 and two Threshers off-licences
in Hove on April 30 and May 6. He was also said to have
stolen from another Threshers off-licence in Saltdean on
May 8 and a supermarket in Dover on May 9. It is further
alleged he stole a car in Dover on May 9. Whittle did not
enter a plea. He was remanded in custody to appear before
Lewes Crown Court on May 22. Police were last night continuing
to question Whittle's brother David, 27. He was arrested
at the weekend in connection with Operation Benson.
We have had articles about crop circles outside Falmer,
future of the Rottingdean Tesco's, Saltdean mum does charity
trek and the Grand Ocean swimming pool up for tender.
- A vicious attack on two thirteen year old girls by
I only wish all news about Saltdean could be good news
but here is an incident which I would like to bring to the
attention of Saltdean residents. I cannot give my address
without causing fear and alarm to my daughter who was subject
to a vicious attack by youths who were unknown to her. If
however, those at the saltdean.info website feel they need
to contact me about any aspect of this story, I am able
to be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saltdean residents will already be too familiar with the
senseless damage caused by mindless vandals within our community.
To add to this we now have the vicious attack on two thirteen
year old girls as they made their way home in broad daylight.
The girls, returning from Longridge Avenue, took a short
cut through the park from Arundel Drive East toward Saltdean
Park Road on Friday 9th May 2003 at 7.15 p.m. As they approached
the boundary of Saltdean Park Road (close to the tennis
courts and the Saltdean Tavern) they were knocked to the
ground in an unprovoked attack by several young males, and
one of the girls repeatedly kicked as she lay on the ground.
Although pursued, the girls managed to escape from further
attack and arrived home uncontrollably distraught. Both
were taken by ambulance for examination of their injuries
to RSC Hospital.
As far as can be ascertained, nothing was stolen from the
girls during this attack, and the attack would appear to
have been quite motiveless - the two girls had never met
their assailants before.
The youths who perpetrated this attack would have been
quite conspicuous due to the amount of alcoholic drink that
they were carrying. Their ages were probably between 15
and 17. There may have been as many as 7 or 8 in the group
at one time, one of them a girl, although not all were involved
in the attack.
If anyone witnessed the attack, or possibly knows the assailants,
or has any other information concerning this attack, please
contact the Sussex Police:
Tel no 0845 60 70 999, or email email@example.com .
Hopefully this was an isolated incident but nevertheless
one that deserves mention in the hope of preventing such
incidents becoming as commonplace as the vandalism.
A concerned parent and Saltdean resident.(Name and address
The 200 year old windmill will have it's sails installed
this summer as the final part of it's restoration programme.
The windmill was on the verge of falling down before Rottingdean
Preservation society funded it's expensive reconstruction.
It is open every third Sunday of the month from May to
September between 2 and 4.30 pm.
- Saltdean's Greatest Loser by Michelle from Slimming
She may be Saltdean's greatest loser but Slimmer Lesley
Driscoll just can't stop smiling.
Not only is she well on her way to her lifes dream becoming
a reality, nut Lesley is bursting with self-confidence and
self-esteem, all because she's a 'foodie' who's beaten the
odds and lost weight - loads of it!
Like all members of the successful Slimming World class
she attends every Tuesday Night at 5.30 pm or 7 pm at Saltdean
Community Centre (Saltdean Lido), Lesley loves food and
hates going hungry. Unfortunately, she also hated being
overweight. So last October, when Lesley joined the class,
little did she know that she had just made a decision that
would change her life.
'I'm so thrilled - it's fantastic, I've lost an amazing
2 stone 10 pounds already and I have shrink many dress sizes'
says a delighted Lesley. 'I have tried countless times to
lose weight, I was beginning to think I'd never do it. I
have found there are two main things a slimmer needs to
really make it happen - plenty of food and plenty of support
- and that's what I have with Slimming World'. Lesley admits
she feels pretty good and gets lots of compliments from
friends, family and workmates.
Sounds like making the right decision can mean that lifes
just a little bit less of the lottery that you may think.
So if you would like to find out how to win and lose without
the gamble, call the saltdean class consultant, Michelle
on 586317, for more information.
- Election results 2003 2 May 2003
For more details & info click here on the Election
2003 page here .
In brief - three Lib Dem candidates elected for East Saltdean,
three Conservatives for Rottingdean Coastal
- Table tennis table in the Oval
A table tennis table is due to be delivered to the Oval
in the next few days via SORT and it's fundraisers There
will be free lessons on the two Thursday afternoons from
2.00 pm over the Easter break going to St Nicholas Church
Hall in bad weather or later on in the afternoon.
- Deacon Moira sadly leaves St Nicholas Church (Photos
kind courtesy of Dougls d'Enno)
The tapestry is a cross-stitch compilation, with each motif
individually named. The children who made it were from the
Climbers/Explorers and Choir Club. The gift came as a complete
surprise. Work on it had been supervised by Ellen Herman.
Moira is going to Comart School, East Brighton and will
be ministering to both pupils and staff in something of
a pioneering role for the church. A house will be bought
for her nearer the school.
- A notice from my lovely neighbour - Peter Stanger
I would like to give free driving lessons for 3/4 weeks
from 13th April to any TWO novice or near-beginner would-be
drivers, about 5 lessons each. Do you know of anyone who
would suit and be interested? It would probably best suit
a late teenager. Please pass the word. The learner would
need to provide a legally safe car with L-plates, or their
parents' car, be insured to drive it, and have a provisional
license (& hence be aged 17 or older).
I will have done all the official course training, but
won't have taken the final Part Three test to be an officially-approved
driving instructor (hence no payment). Nevertheless, in
Part One (theory) I achieved 98%, and passed the advanced
driving Part Two at first attempt. The instruction would
mainly take place on quiet, non-busy roads. I am offering
this in order to obtain more teaching experience before
taking the qualifying test.
Boy, 2, grabbed in park ©Evening Argus 17/03/03 by
A pregnant mother screamed and ran after a man who snatched
her two-year-old son in a playground. She followed the man,
pushing a buggy carrying her other child, and shouted for
him to let the boy go. The pursuit lasted several minutes
before the man put the boy down and fled. The terrified
child ran to his mother. Police searched the area but there
was no trace of the offender. Officers were carrying out
house-to-house inquiries today. It happened at 10.50am on
Friday in a playground in Saltdean Park, Saltdean. The boy
had wandered a short distance from his mother when she saw
the man pick him up. She told police: "I shouted loudly
but he started walking away quickly. I screamed at the top
of my voice." Detective Inspector Chris Standard, of
Brighton and Hove CID, said: "We are treating this
incident very seriously and we have a team of officers working
on the case. "We are not sure whether this man has
mental health problems or whether this was something more
sinister." Police are anxious to trace witnesses in
the park, especially a woman of about 70 who spoke with
the mother before the abduction. She had greying brown hair
and wore a long coat. Officers also want to talk to an elderly
couple seen nearby with what appeared to be their grandchildren.
The offender was white, 35 to 40, 5ft 10in tall and had
black hair. He wore a dark blue knitted sweater and dark
blue cotton trousers.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant
Emma Dymond of Brighton and Hove police on 0845 6070999
Friends who saw this said that there was two vans of police
swarming over the Oval, knocking on doors and asking any
resident near the park. Any more updates please email me
- Slimming World support Comic relief Courtesy of Michelle
Birch, Slimming World Consultant
Chris Simpson decided that this year he would do something
for Comic Relief and that he was going to dye his hair BRIGHT
RED. He started collecting sponsors and getting lots of
support, then took his sponsorship form to his local slimming
Chris joined the Slimming World class at Saltdean Lido
in January. He attends every Tuesday night at 7pm with his
wife Suzanne. Since joining he has grown in confidence (hence
the hair), even though he was reluctant to join as he thought
it would be full of women, but he was pleasantly surprised
to find at least six other men attending the same class.
He enjoys going and is losing weight with absolutely no
problem at all. To date he has lost 1 stone 1 pound in only
He is a lively member of the class with plenty to contribute.
Naturally the class wanted to support his comic relief
efforts and Chris has raised over £50 so far in the
class alone. He is hoping to raise over £300 in total.
'My friends thought it quite funny that I was going to
a Slimming club but I enjoy it and it fits in with my lifestyle
and I'm never hungry now, and over 1 stone lighter with
RED HAIR!' Chris says.
Chris is pictured with his Slimming World Consultant Michelle
Birch in class.
For details of the class call Michelle on 586317.
In the last issue of Saltdean Residents Association's The
Resident newsletter they wrote about the Councils
response about no fund funding available for the long awaited
roundabout at the junction of the A259 South Coast Road
and Arundel Drive West, which they advise would cost £70,000.
The SRA continue to pursue this issue.
However the Council states that there have only been FOUR
MINOR accidents at this junction in the last THREE YEARS
with NO INJURY accidents reported. The SRA believe this
to be incorrect!
To prove this the SRA will require your assistance in providing
details of dates and details of accidents at this junction.
Please email the website with any details which will be
passed to the Secretary of the SRA so that evidence can
be given to the Council.
- First House at Looes barn Courtesy of Douglas d'Enno
Obituary for Reginald Leopold of Saltdean
Former Saltdean resident, the violinist and conductor Reginald
Leopold, died on February 26th at the age of 95. Known to
generations of radio listeners for long-running programmes
such as "Grand Hotel" and "In a Sentimental
Mood", he was brought up in Tufnell Park in north London,
and studied violin at Trinity College of Music. From his
earliest days in the musical profession he specialised in
light music, playing with, among others, Mantovani and George
Melachrino. In 1942 he became the leader of the BBC ensemble,
the London Studio Players, known always within the BBC as
"the Unit". The Unit was one of the best paid
jobs in broadcasting, attracting the finest musicians of
the day: Reginald Leopold was to be associated with it,
both as violinist and conductor, until it was finally shut
down in 1988.
In 1965 Reginald Leopold took over the legendary programme
"Grand Hotel" from Max Jaffa, and stayed with
it until it finished in 1980. But his career was by no means
confined to the BBC: throughout the fifties, sixties and
seventies he played on countless popular recordings, including
those by George Formby, Gracie Fields, Ronnie Ronalde, Matt
Monro, Petula Clark and Cilla Black. It is said that at
one point he was so busy that he was forced to turn down
a request from Frank Sinatra to lead an orchestra.
Although he worked with groups like the Beatles, he was
not impressed with the pop groups of the sixties. After
Mick Jagger was quoted as saying: "Who wants to listen
to Palm Court music on a Sunday night?" Reginald Leopold
was asked by the BBC for his reaction, which was along the
lines of "You've got your fans, Mick, I've got mine".
He never stopped listening to popular music, however, and
at the age of 91 proclaimed that Madonna was a better singer
Reginald Leopold "retired" to Saltdean at the
beginning of the 80s. He was devoted to his wife, Jeanne
(who died in 1990) and enjoyed coastal walks with his dog.
But although he stopped playing the violin around this time,
he never really retired, and undertook regular conducting
engagements for several more years. He made a very important
contribution to British light music and to broadcasting,
and will be long remembered by his fellow musicians.
- Witch to stand for council © Evening Argus 27/02/03
by Barbara Davidson
Practising witch Marina Pepper is planning a spell as a
local councillor. Unfortunately for the headline writers,
she'll be no Blair Witch. She will be nailing her colours
firmly to the Liberal Democrat mast as she plunges into
Saltdean politics - where the fate of asylum seekers and
badgers has been causing much bubble, bubble, toil and trouble
of late. In May, Marina will contest the East Saltdean and
Telscombe ward for a seat on Lewes District Council. While
the 35-year-old cannot promise to make the area's problems
vanish in a puff of smoke, she hopes she can sweep away
any disharmony. Brought up a pagan, Marina is the author
of several books on spells. She grows herbs, practices aromatherapy
and describes her specialism as "helping people".
Political unpopularity should not be a problem for the former
journalist who is still a writer and studying for a Masters
degree at Sussex University. Marina, of Oaklands Avenue,
Saltdean, says she hopes the fact she is a witch will not
put people off voting for her. She said: "I'm not a
white witch, I prefer to call myself a good witch."
And she promises to play fair with political opponents.
She believes Saltdean is cosmopolitan enough to be represented
by a witch. She said: "Like anyone with faith, it gives
me strength. Witchcraft is part of the whole pagan thing,
which is about respect for the natural world, and some of
my approach to the environment comes from that." Marina
has been involved in community life since moving to Saltdean
five years ago, campaigning for kerbside recycling and setting
up the walking bus, which escorts children walking to school.
She said: "I've always been exasperated by people who
say they can't be bothered to vote because it doesn't make
any difference. I want to get things done and I thought
it would be quicker if I was a councillor myself."
Marina is bidding to take the seat of long-serving independent
councillor Victor Clayton, who represents the East Saltdean
Residents' Association. She said: "If I was ever going
to do a spell on Vic it would definitely be something to
keep him happy and healthy." Mr Clayton declined to
say whether he was relieved to hear that, adding: "Under
our democracy anyone can stand." A Liberal Democrat
party spokesperson said: "It is for local parties to
assess the suitability of candidates. If they believe Marina
is a suitable candidate, we stand by that."
- Coastal defense works Marina to Ovingdean - ©
Brighton and Hove Council website
The final phase of the coastal defense work between Brighton
Marina and Saltdean is beginning in January 2003. This phase
- between the Marina and Ovingdean is expected to take approximately
In order to ensure public safety during the construction
period, the Undercliff Walk will be closed between the access
ramp above the Marina boatyard and Ovingdean from 20 January
2003. The section between Ovingdean and Rottingdean will
also be closed at various times during the construction
period to allow vehicles to access the site.
Plans showing the detail of the scheme can be viewed at
Ovingdean Village Hall between 12 noon and 2pm on Sundays,
and between 8pm and 10.30pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Further information on the work is available in the Sea
Defense leaflet (pdf format).
Please note - the work being carried out in the field opposite
St Dunstan's is linked to this scheme and not to Southern
Water's proposal for the new sewage plant.
Notice to surfers
Access to the surfing beaches next to the Marina will be
restricted during the scheme for safety reasons. Following
discussions with the contractor and the British Surfing
Association, arrangements have been made for surfers to
access the site at weekends, but this will depend on the
contractor's activities. Surfers should contact the council's
Seafront Office on (01273) 292717 or 292716 before travelling
to the site
- GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATIONS GREETINGS FROM AUSTRALIA
FOR SALTDEAN COUPLE
Congratulations are sent to Terri & Gerald Pratten
of Saltdean from as far away as sunny Perth, Western Australia
as they celebrate their milestone Golden Wedding anniversary
on Friday 10 January 2003. Tina Eardley (nee Gilyead) contacted
us via the Internet and wrote "I will always be grateful
to Terri for being a great influence in changing the course
of my life over twenty years ago, Terri and I worked together
at ?the CEGB in the Computer Dept at Harrogate in North
Yorkshire" Apparently, Terri insisted that to travel
the world was apart from the challenge of adventure, it
also offered a great learning curve in life. After following
up on her suggestion to live and work in Germany for a German
lady she knew, Tina lived there for 3 years worked in Canada
for a few months and in 1984 she emigrated to Western Australia.
During these past 20 years Tina has kept in touch with Terri
& Gerald, and says "they are an exceptional couple
and I treasure them dearly" She would like them to
know she is thinking of them on their special day and wishes
them health & happiness for many years to come and is
forever grateful for Terri's guidance all those years ago.
- Saltdean Under 9's News - posted by Robert Cox 23/12/02
I'm writing to tell you about the great work of JOHN BERGIN,
a local resident who has started up a SALTDEAN under 9 football
Although kids football is well established in the area,
John has taken 18 young ball chasers, and with help from
a few parents, has began moulding them into co-ordinated
team. On top of this he has secured a new kit, and sponsorship
from Carruthers & Luck[ thanks very much ], with maybe
another sponsor in the near future.
The team has just won their first league game much to the
relief of everybody, the output of air must have been audible
Thanks - a grateful Parent
- Peacehaven and Telscombe Volunteer Bureau
The Peacehaven and Telscombe Volunteer Bureau covers an
area from East Saltdean to Newhaven. It provides a wide
range of help, from befriending, help from hospital, a grass
cutting scheme and the charity shop in Longridge Avenue,
Saltdean. Volunteers help with shopping, transport and a
whole range of other services. If you wish to join the organisation
which is a registered charity please come along to meetings
on the third Friday of every month at the clinic. It is
dependent on outside sources and will soon be open to non-volunteering
members at a cost of £5 for individuals and £10
If you can help please telephone Linda Beckman on 586685.
The AGM is on Friday 22 November at the Anzac Room at the
12 noon for a 12.30 am start.
- Lewes District Council Kerbside Recycling
According to the Evening Argus 19/12/2002 the kerbside
recycling scheme currently in place in Newhaven, Lewes and
Seaford will be extended to Peacehaven, East Saltdean and
Tescombe Cliffs. The Box-it scheme has been awarded a £500,000
government grant so people can recycle their paper, plastic
bottle, cans and clean foil and have the material collected
from outside their homes. Any Bryce - the councils recycling
service officer said that residents in a recent survey said
that recycling was one of their top priorities and that
staff were very dedicated and that has helped them roll
out this new service.