March asking prices rise 1.3%

The average asking price for homes rose by the same amount in March 2017 – 1.3% - as it did the same month last year.
Given the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, this is remarkable given the market this time last year was powered by frantic purchasing of buy-to-let properties ahead of the rise in stamp duty on 1st April.

According to Rightmove, the price rise of past month has only been exceeded once since 2007 during this time of the year.
Rightmove director, Miles Shipside said: “Since the start of the decade, the average March price rise has been 0.9 per cent so this month’s 1.3 per cent uplift is an indicator of a shortage of suitable property for sale in many parts of the country, with strong demand for the right property at the right price.”

However this news was offset by news that the annual price rise was 2.3%, which is a third of the level the same time last year.
In regional terms, asking price rises in the Midlands are currently beating all other areas in terms of price increases.
“The pace is no longer being set by the more affluent commuter-belt south, including London with its international appeal. Neither is it set by the cheaper north driven by a mass of investors swooping on high buy-to-let yields.

“As markets in other areas of the country become more mature and run out of price-rise steam and froth, the fundamentals of the Midlands have come to the fore,” concluded Shipside.

 

Nationwide launches ‘family deposit mortgage’

Nationwide is launching a new mortgage that allows families to raise funds from their existing property to help another family member buy a home.

The flexible Family Deposit Mortgage is aimed at relatives looking to support one another, such as homeowners helping their children to take their first steps onto the property ladder. It is also available to help those moving to a new home as well as relatives looking to assist older parents.

Both existing Nationwide mortgage members and those remortgaging to the Nationwide from another lender can apply for the Family Deposit Mortgage to raise extra capital for a family member.

The buyer receiving the funds must take out their own mortgage with Nationwide, selected from any product in the standard mortgage range.

According to Nationwide analysis, a significant proportion of new mortgage lending involves a deposit that is wholly or partially gifted.

The average first time buyer deposit in the UK is £28,200, rising to £65,600 in London, while 35 per cent of first time buyers currently opt for a mortgage term of more than 30 years to spread the cost.

All of the additional monies raised must be provided as a fully gifted deposit. 

Those with no current mortgage on their homes, and those in receipt of retirement income, can also make use of the Family Deposit Mortgage to raise deposit funds.

Those gifting the deposit to the buyer can access up to a total mortgage borrowing of 80 per cent loan to value (LTV).
Meanwhile the large proportion of people borrowing from ‘the bank of mum & dad’ was backed up the Social Mobility Commission this week, citing that 12% of existing property owners are benefiting from a gift or loan from a family member, rising to 34% for first-time-buyers.

The SMC goes on to say that this passing of wealth is a barrier to social mobility - those without family members with property-equity to pass on failing to get on the property ladder at all.

It says that among people 25-29, home-ownership has fallen from 63% in 1990 to just 31% today.

BTL “still an attractive long term investment”

Buy-to-let investment in the long-term still has strong potential to beat savings rates by a significant margin over the coming years, despite tax increases.

This is according to Allsop’s latest issue of The Rent Check, a barometer for the rental market in England and Wales published with BDRC Continental.

In brief:

  • 36% increase in landlords expect rents to rise over the next six months compared to the same period last year
  • 44% of landlords rate the prospects for their own letting portfolio as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ for the next three months
  • Landlords more optimistic about rent increases compared to same period last year
  • Assuming Office for Budget Responsibility national forecasts, London is the worst performing region – 5.75% pa for basic rate tax payer over five years compared to 11.25% for East Midlands and Yorkshire.

The survey reveals that 37% of landlords anticipate growing rents over the next six months, a year-on-year increase of 36%, and 44% of landlords had ‘good’ or ‘very good’ expectations for their own letting portfolio over the next three months.

However, the percentage of landlords intending to purchase one or more property in the next 12 months fell to 16%, the lowest level in just over four years, since the Rent Check begun in the autumn of 2012. Around four fifths (83%) of landlords reported that obtaining buy-to-let finance had become more difficult in the last six months.

For each region, The Rent Check has calculated the estimated annual return for three, five and ten year periods after tax for basic rate 20% tax payers and 40% tax payers, and has analysed rental yields, house price growth and running, finance and legal costs. For this analysis, variables applied included borrowing based on a 145% rent cover at an assumption of 5.25% interest rate, a five-year fixed term mortgage at an interest rate of 3.25% and 4.5% for the remainder of the term and running costs of 25% of income.

Using Office for Budget Responsibility national forecasts for wage growth and house prices, the top performing regions for indicative returns are the East Midlands and Yorkshire, with returns of 11.25% per annum over a five-year period for a 20% tax payer, and a still significant, 9% per annum for a 40% tax payer. Using the same national analysis, London was the worst performing region at a still respectable 5.75% per annum for 20% tax payer and 4.75% per annum for a 40% tax payer over the same period. Of the landlords polled, 45% were higher rate income tax payers.

Paul Winstanley, partner at Allsop, said: “For those with equity to invest, buy-to-let returns still have the potential to outstrip savings accounts over the long term. Whilst tax changes and toughening lending criteria is challenging landlords, most are in it for the long term and we still only expect a small minority to exit as the tax changes feed through.

“With no quick solutions to the housing crisis, long-term private landlords providing decent accommodation will continue to play an important role in housing our population. As long as there are no new tax rises targeting landlords, buy-to-let will remain a stable and attractive sector for long-term investors.”

10 home improvements to add value

As National Home Improvement Month starts, NAEA Propertymark (formerly the National Association of Estate Agents) offers advice on how property owners can add value to their homes by making improvements.

1. Mirrors

If you cannot add a skylight or build a conservatory to brighten up your home, there are simple yet effective ways of creating light through the use of a few mirrors. Hanging mirrors opposite windows tricks the eye into thinking there is another window there and maximises the impact of natural lighting. Another illusion when capturing light is to reflect it into any darker corners, to make your property look bigger and brighter.

2. A pristine and private garden

First impressions count so giving your garden a makeover can go a long way. Start by tidying away any litter, mowing the lawn, removing weeds and cutting back overgrown trees and shrubs.

An open, clutter-free space is appealing but privacy is also essential, so try to create a feeling of solitude.  Consider growing trees or adding boundary fences and walls, which can go up to two metres without needing planning permission. 

Another option would be to assemble a structure in the space such as a pergola. As well as creating privacy, this is a great way to separate areas of your garden for socialising and to extend the use of your garden into the colder months.

3. Opening up space

Opening up living space is becoming more and more popular, particularly for the kitchen and dining room. Combining the two into one large room creates a sociable space, great for the whole family to enjoy. Knocking through walls to create this open-plan living space is an effective way to add value to a property because a larger space is not only trendy but more useful. However, it is important to remember the practicalities with this, as many consumers still like the front room philosophy that can be used for special occasions or to be used for privacy by the adults. 

4. Makeover the kitchen

An attractive, hygienic and fresh looking kitchen is essential. Start by painting the cabinets to give a fresh look and replace doors and handles if needed. Improve kitchen storage where you can; a larder for example is hugely attractive among house-hunters. Make sure there is adequate lighting as well, it’s very easy and cost effective to install under unit lighting. Finally, ensure that any floor tiles are well fitted and a colour that is easy to maintain and keep clean.

5. Get rid of busy wallpaper

With each potential house buyer having varied tastes in patterns and texture, certain wallpaper designs can be seen as overwhelming. Wallpaper can also be difficult to remove which could lead to people being put off by if they are looking for a home to move straight into. We recommend using paint and keeping colours neutral, making it a simpler job for the next homeowner and the property overall becomes more appealing. 

6. Replace doors

The front door of your home can say a lot about the rest of the house to viewers seeing it for the first time. If you cannot afford to replace the door, make sure it looks attractive by giving it a power wash or a fresh lick of paint.

7. Convert the loft

A loft conversion is a more expensive improvement yet probably gives back the best value for money. Most lofts can be easily converted and expanding the house upwards offers homeowners an extra bedroom for growing families or a space for extra storage. Adding an extra bedroom can give huge value to your home, particularly if it includes an en-suite bathroom.

Remember to seek planning permission before undertaking this work though. 

8. Be energy efficient

Fitting your home with energy efficient appliances can add value to your home by promising to knock the cost of bills. With a huge variety of new products on the market for this, it’s increasingly becoming a key feature for new homes.

9. Double glaze the windows

Noisy roads can impact the value of a property. It will keep the home warm and keep the noise out, even if it’s near a main road.

10. Install a fireplace

A fireplace can bring a lot of character to a room and creates a focal point. It’s also practical; the warmth from the fire allows you to reduce the use of your central heating which will lead to savings on your energy bills.

Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark, says: “Faced with a difficult housing market, updating and maintaining a property is more important now than ever for homeowners. Whether you need more space but can’t afford to move, or want to put your house on the market, you should be making the most of what you’ve got. You can be on a budget or willing to spend, there are always innovative improvements that can be undertaken which will successfully increase your home’s value”. 

Thanks to Wendron Stoves for the image.

Estate agency in trouble for ‘sexist’ advert

The Advertising Standards agency is investigating a billboard advertisement found on the London Tube after it sparked a sexism row.

Following an uproar of anger from local commuters that the billboard - which depicted a woman draped over an older man in an expensive suit as a modest, modern extension - was sexist, estate agents Marsh & Parsons have agreed to remove the advert. 
This however has not stopped a wave of aggrieved twitter users from posting their disgust at the advert with one user saying that the advert was attempting to make women look like “decorative addendums”.

Another user said the advert made her feel as if; “the Married Women Property Act 1882 had never happened. P.S. Women buy houses too”. 

Another added: “Oh wow. Some people with actual degrees & proper suits sat round a table & all agreed on that. We're doomed.”
Meanwhile David Brown, Marsh & Parsons CEO apologised for any offence caused saying: “It was not our intention to cause offence. It would appear that this particular advert - taken apart from the rest of the campaign - has done so and we will be taking steps to remove it as a result."

Of course we at Phillip Mann would never be so crass as to make an ad like this!

 

Over 65s’ property wealth increases by £7 billion

More than £7.66 billion has been added to the property wealth of retired over 65s in the UK since November 2016.

to research firm Key Retirement, total property wealth grew to £1.072 trillion in February as the UK housing market continued to expand across the country. 

London and Scotland are the only areas which saw property wealth drop, according to the firm’s analysis of the last quarter’s housing market performance. 

However retired London homeowners still own a whopping £177 billion of property wealth in the UK. The current strength of the housing market gives a glimpse of how property wealth can make a major contribution to higher retirement standards of living, as the equity market expands.

With the average equity release customer gaining on average £78000 of property wealth outside of London and £143000 in London, things look bright for those retired over 65s who own property.

Related story
Nationwide launches ‘family deposit mortgage’

 

What's on locally in April

Thanks to SeahavenFM for these listings


Charity Car Washing
Date: Saturday 01 April 2017 
Time: 9:00am 
Where: Paradise Park, Avis Road, BN9 0DH 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: 1218@aircadets.org 
Phone: 01273 513 218 

Newhaven Air Cadets are at Paradise Park cleaning customers' cars for donations to their squadron. 

Girls and boys aged 13 to 18 are recruited. The Squadron meets every Monday and Thursday evening from 7.00-9.30pm. Activities include flying, gliding, target shooting, sport, Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, camps, fieldcraft, adventure training BTEC's in Public Services and Aviation studies etc. Some activities have age limits

Website: www.air-cadets-squadron-finder.org/air-cadets-squadron-details.php?sqn=1218--newhaven-air-training-corps-atc


The National Trust (Seaford) Association Spring Fair
Date: Saturday 01 April 2017 
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Where: St. Leonard's Church Hall, Church St., BN25 1HH 
Town: Seaford 

Stalls include cakes, books, puzzles, gifts, bric-a-brac and raffle. 

Entry 50p, including tea/coffee and biscuits.

Website: www.seaford-sussex.co.uk/nt

Rockpool Adventure at Birling Gap
Date: Saturday 01 April 2017 
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 Noon
Where: Birling Gap (meet at the top of the steps down to the beach) BN20 OAB 
Town: East Dean 
Phone: 01323 423 197 

Join the Rangers in discovering the fascinating life in the rock pools at Birling Gap - you could discover a whole new world of fantastic creatures and wonderful wildlife out there .. Booking essential; no admission charge but £3 per child to participate. There is a set of 44 steps down to the beach.

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birling-gap-and-the-seven-sisters/whats-on


Songs, Tunes & Dance Display
Date: Saturday 01 April 2017 
Time: 11:00am - 1:30pm
Where: The Ship Inn (Upstairs), 6 High Street BN9 9PE 
Town: Newhaven 
Phone: 01273 515 964 

Opening event of the RNLI Newhaven 4th Annual Sovereign Seas Folk Festival. 

Session with Marlings Clog, MC Brad Chick. 

Free event.

Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk

Maritime and Morris Concert
Date: Saturday 01 April 2017 
Time: 2:00pm - 4:45pm
Where: Lifeboat House, West Quay BN9 9BT 
Town: Newhaven 
Phone: 01273 515 964 

The second event in this year's RNLI Newhaven Sovereign Seas Folk Festival, with Malcolm Ward, Ramekins, Impressed and Marlings Clogs, MC Roger Resch. 

Tickets £5. A ticket giving entry to all the Festival events covering the whole weekend is available for £18, or £10 for this Saturday. Phone Derek Seed 01323 484 244, leaving name and phone number.

Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk

Peacehaven & Telscombe FC v Chichester City FC
Date: Saturday 01 April 2017 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: Unibet Arena, The Sports Park, Piddinghoe Avenue BN10 8RH 
Town: Peacehaven 
Phone: 01273 582 471
Southern Combination League, Premier Division match.

 

Dance Display with Marlings Clog
Date: Saturday 01 April 2017 
Time: 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Where: outside at The Ark, Riverside BN9 9BP 
Town: Newhaven 
Phone: 01273 515 964 

Free event as part of the RNLI Newhaven Sovereign Seas Folk Festival.

Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk


Songs & Tunes Session
Date: Saturday 01 April 2017 
Time: 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Where: The Ark, rear bar area, Riverside BN9 9BP 
Town: Newhaven 
Phone: 01273 515 964 

Free event as part of the 4th RNLI Newhaven Sovereign Seas Folk Festival.

Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk

The Mikado
Date: Saturday 01 April 2017 
Time: 6:00pm 
Where: Lewes Little Theatre, Lancaster Street, BN7 2PX 
Town: Lewes 
Email: mike@operaanywhere.com 
Phone: 01273 474 826 

Opera Anywhere present The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan. Set in Japan, The Mikado presents a tangled web of love. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, flees in search of his true love, YumYum, to avoid marrying a much older suitor. Yum-Yum, however, is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, against her will. Things, as you can see, are complicated. But can everything be righted before someone loses their head? Expect high jinx, lots of energy and clever wordplay as all is revealed. 

£20/£12.

Seaford Souvenir Concert
Date: Saturday 01 April 2017 
Time: 7:30pm - 10:45pm
Where: Lifeboat House, Riverside, West Quay BN9 9BX 
Town: Newhaven 
Phone: 01273 515 964 

The fifth event in this year's RNLI Newhaven Sovereign Seas Folk Festival - a concert with John Morgan, Steve & Diane Nevill, Jon Heslop and Derrick Hughes; MC John Cave. Tickets £7 but you can also purchase a ticket for all the day's events for £10 or the whole weekend for £18; contact Derek Seed on 01323 484 244, leaving your name and phone number.

Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk

Wrestling Spectacular
Date: Saturday 01 April 2017 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: Main Hall, Meridian Centre, Meridian Way, BN10 8BB 
Town: Peacehaven 
Phone: 01273 585 493 

High-flying action from the top rope and beyond featuring the giants of the grappling game. Star names in the bouts that really count in the wrestling world and the best value ticket in town! 

Featuring the first-ever appearance in Peacehaven of the sensational 58st. UK Pitbulls tag team of The Bulk, one of Europe's biggest wrestlers, and Big Joe. Plus all-star supporting bill including mighty Adonis Josh Faulkner, Prince of Mumbai Rishi Ghosh and local favourite Barry Cooper. 

Event Cost £10.00-£12.00

The Dublin Legends at the Royal Hippodrome
Date: Saturday 01 April 2017 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: The Royal Hippodrome, 112 Seaside Road BN21 3PF 
Town: Eastbourne 
Phone: 01323 802 020 

In 2012 The Dubliners celebrated 50 years on the road but following the sudden death of founding member Barney McKenna and John Sheahans' decision to retire it was agreed that The Dubliners, as a touring band, would come to an end and THE DUBLIN LEGENDS were born. 

THE DUBLIN LEGENDS, Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Paul Watchorn & Gerry O'Connor, have over 60 years of performing with The Dubliners between them and will continue to play all the classic songs and ballads known the world over: Whiskey in The Jar, Dirty Old Town, The Wild Rover, Seven Drunken Nights, The Rare Auld Times, Molly Malone, The Irish Rover, Black Velvet Band & many more. 

Tickets £24.50. 

Irish Folk music at its best.

Website: www.royalhippodrome.com


Maritime Heritage Walk
Date: Sunday 02 April 2017 
Time: 10:00am 
Where: Meet at The Jolly Boatman, 133 Lewes Road 
Town: Newhaven, on the corner of Elphik and Lewes Roads 
Phone: 01273 515 964 

Free event in connection with the 4th Sovereign Seas Folk Festival, weather permitting. Approximately three miles, with shorter and flatter options, led by Janet-Elizabeth Rimmington.

Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk

Archaeology on The Beach
Date: Sunday 02 April 2017 
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Birling Gap Visitor Centre BN20 OAB 
Town: East Dean 
Email: birlinggap@nationaltrust.org.uk 
Phone: 01323 423 197 

Come and join our guides from the Seven Sisters Archaeology Project as they guide you on a fascinating journey through time on the beach at Birling Gap. A must for anyone interested in the area. 

Meet at the Birling Gap Visitor Centre - sturdy footwear is necessary as there is a walk along shingle; a windproof jacket is also advised, as it can be very breezy. 

Pre-booking is essential, suggested donation £3. 
Songs & Tunes Session
Date: Sunday 02 April 2017 
Time: 12:00 Noon - 1:00pm
Where: The Ship Inn (Upstairs), 6 High Street BN9 9PE 
Town: Newhaven 
Phone: 01273 515 964 

The seventh event in this year's Sovereign Seas Folk Festival: free!

Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk

Chorus Convention
Date: Sunday 02 April 2017 
Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Where: Lifeboat House, Riverside, West Quay BN9 9BX 
Town: Newhaven 
Phone: 01273 515 964 

A warm-up session for Event 9 of this year's Sovereign Seas Folk Festival, singing along with Will Duke, Marilyn Bennett, Jerry Jordan, Lizzie Bennett and MC Derek Seed. Event for event 9 ticket-holders only at no extra charge.

Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk

Social Dances
Date: Sunday 02 April 2017 
Time: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Where: Hilllcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, BN9 9LH 
Town: Newhaven 
Phone: 01323 898 813 

£5.00 per person includes tea and biscuits. 

Your first visit is free.

Afternoon Concert
Date: Sunday 02 April 2017 
Time: 2:45pm - 5:30pm
Where: Lifeboat House, Riverside, West Quay BN9 9BX 
Town: Newhaven 
Phone: 01273 515 964 

Ninth and final concert of this year's Sovereign Seas Folk Festival with Charlotte & Spong, John Heslop, Roy Clinging and Martyn Wyndham-Read, MC Roger Case. 

Tickets £10.

Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk

On the Rural Side - A Recital
Date: Sunday 02 April 2017 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: St Michael's Church, High Street BN7 1UW 
Town: Lewes 
Phone: 01273 474 723 

The recital, by Sue Mileham, soprano, Jane Plessner, clarinet, and Nicola Grunberg, piano, includes Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock, Schumann's Arabesque for piano and pieces by Mozart and Malcolm Arnold. 

Admission is free and there is a retiring collection in aid of the church organ fund. 

 

Way of the Cross
Date: Sunday 02 April 2017 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: Beachy Head 
Town: Eastbourne 
Email: seafordstmparishoffice@gmail.com 
Phone: 01323 892 427 

To pray for and remember all those who have lost their life at Beachy Head and also those who find everyday life a burden. 

Start at Bede's School Car Park on Dukes Drive, Eastbourne BN20 7XL. 
Splash Point Jazz Club at The View
Date: Sunday 02 April 2017 
Time: 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Where: The View, Seaford Head Golf Club, Southdown Road, BN25 4JS 
Town: Seaford 
Email: info@splashpointjazz.club 
Phone: 01323 866 925 

Neal Richardson's Trio with special guest, trumpeter Enrico Tomasso. Two hours of great jazz in a relaxed setting. 

Event Cost: £8 (kids under 16 free)

 

Survivors' Songs & Tunes Session
Date: Sunday 02 April 2017 
Time: 6:00pm 
Where: The Ark, rear bar area, Riverside BN9 9BP 
Town: Newhaven 
Phone: 01273 515 964 

Wrapping up this year's Sovereign Seas Folk Festival with another free event.

Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk

Deans Senior Tea Club
Date: Monday 03 April 2017 
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Meridian Centre, Community House 
Town: Peacehaven 
Phone: 01273 307435 

This club provides free, weekly, social tea clubs with a mission to combat loneliness and isolation in older age. 

We welcome residents from care homes and their carers, seniors and their family, to pop down for a cup of tea and a slice of cake -we love cake!

Website: www.thedeansseniorteaclub.org/

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Date: (Starts) Monday 03 April 2017 - Wednesday 05 April 2017 
Time: 2:00pm 
Where: Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Road BN21 4BW 
Town: Eastbourne 
Phone: 01323 412 000 (Box Office) 

Additional performances at 11am on 4th & 5th April. All tickets £12. 

Direct from a smash-hit West End and international tour. Michael Rosen's award-winning book We're Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson's fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower's versatile lively score. 
Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure - plus a few special surprises! Adapted for the stage from the modern classic written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

Seaford & District Folk Dancing
Date: Monday 03 April 2017 
Time: 7:45pm - 9:45pm
Where: Downs Leisure Centre Sutton Road, BN25 4QW 
Town: Seaford 
Email: sylvia.reeve2@gmail.com 

Folk dancing with caller & music

Taster Session - Denton Island Indoor Bowls Club
Date: Tuesday 04 April 2017 
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 Noon
Where: Denton Island Indoor Bowls Club 
Town: Denton Island, Newhaven 
Phone: 01273 514 664 

Fancy having a try-out at Indoor Bowls? Well, Denton Island Indoor Bowls Club is running another of its popular try-out sessions today. 

Simply phone Pam or Traci on the above number to book a place, or turn up in the morning to see the six bowls rinks and function facilities at Denton Island Indoor Bowls Club on Denton Island, Newhaven. 

For further information visit the club website. 

Website: www.dentonislandbowls.co.uk

East Blatchington Lectures
Date: Tuesday 04 April 2017 
Time: 2:30pm 
Where: St Peter's Church, Belgrave Road BN25 2HE 
Town: Seaford 
Email: pccstpeters@gmail.com 

To provide a flavour of the new development and future plans of the beautiful RHS garden at Wakehurst is the alluring subject for the East Blatchington Lectures. 

It will be given by Chris Clennett, Garden Manager. 

Tickets, at £7 each, will be available from Seaford estate agents Newberry Tully, in Church Street. 

Website: stpeterandstandrew.btck.co.uk/SaintPetersEastBlatchington/EastBlatchingtonLectures

Zumba Class
Date: Tuesday 04 April 2017 
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre, South Coast Road BN10 8BB 
Town: Telscombe Cliffs 
Phone: 07988 610 269  

This is an exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, latin inspired, calorie burning dance fitness party. Just drop in and join the fun! £5 per class or 5 classes for £20. Contact name: Alex Murphy 

 

Newhaven Historical Society
Date: Tuesday 04 April 2017 
Time: 7:00pm 
Where: Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road BN9 9LH 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: ahelyar@tiscali.co.uk 
Phone: 01273 515 404 

Sussex Films. Speaker: Mick Hymans 

The speaker's collection of old cine films amounts to over 2000 reels, and covers countries throughout the world. This talk, however, will focus on Sussex and will include clips from Hastings Carnival in the 1930s, the aftermath of a storm in Seaford in the 1950s, shipwrecks, Newhaven ferries, model villages, carnivals and steam railway engines. 

Members - free entry 
Guests welcome - £2.00 entry 

Website: www.newhavenhistoricalsociety.org.uk/


Breast Cancer Support Meeting
Date: Wednesday 05 April 2017 
Time: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre, South Coast Road BN10 7ES 
Town: Telscombe Cliffs 
Email: bcsgroup@btinternet.com 
Phone: 07754 546 798 

We look forward to seeing you there. We are a friendly group ready to offer friendship and support. Come along and meet new friends! 

Find us on facebook on the above address.

Website: https://en-gb.facebook.com/Telscombe-Cliffs-and-Peacehaven-Breast-Cancer-Support-Group-175873092745843/

Crafty Yarns Group
Date: Wednesday 05 April 2017 
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Bishopstone Parish Hall BN25 2UF 
Town: Bishopstone 

This group meets every fortnight. Come along and bring your crochet, knitting, painting etc, and enjoy the company. 
Out on a Limb - Talk on tree surgery by Lesley Banks
Date: Wednesday 05 April 2017 
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: St Thomas Church Hall, 23 Cliffe High Street BN7 2AH 
Town: Lewes 
Email: lewesgardensociety@hotmail.co.uk 

Guests welcome @ £3, or join the society for an annual fee of £10.

 

The Ladies Man by Charles Morey
Date: (Starts) Wednesday 05 April 2017 - Saturday 08 April 2017 
Time: 7:45pm - 10:00pm
Where: Rottingdean Public Hall, Park Road, BN2 7HL 
Town: Rottingdean 
Phone: 07977 523 253 

In Belle Epoque Paris, the recently married Dr Hercule Molineaux tells "one, tiny, little, hardly noticeable lie" to cover an innocent but embarrassing indiscretion. 
From that single untruth rumbles a cascade of increasingly convoluted deceptions, misunderstandings and mistaken identities, all adding up to a hilariously zany and infectiously charming farce. 

The 8th April performance has a matinee performance at 2pm 

£8 per adult, £4 per child. 
Tickets can be purchased at Mad Wax Candles, High Street, Rottingdean and via the website

Website: ticketsource.co.uk/RDS


Easter Egg Hunt
Date: Thursday 06 April 2017 
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Friston Forest (first entrance on the left, coming from Litlington) 
Town: Near Exceat 
Phone: 07812 335 981 

£3 per child, in aid of Alfriston Preschool.

Website: www.alfristonpreschool.com

Seaford Community Cinema: NT Live - Twelfth Night
Date: Thursday 06 April 2017 
Time: 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, BN25 1QL 
Town: Seaford 

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity. 

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. 

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible. 

Tickets £13.50 adult non-member, £12.50 adult member, £8 for children 14 and under

Website: www.seafordcinema.org/screenings/nt-live-twelfth-night/

Telscombe Residents' Assocation
Date: Thursday 06 April 2017 
Time: 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre, South Coast Road BN10 7ES 
Town: Telscombe Cliffs 
Email: tra1956@btinternet.com 

Association for all residents of Telscombe Cliffs and Telscombe Village. No joining fee. Meetings held on the 1st Thursday of each month in the Civic Centre. Tea, coffee & biscuits served (donations accepted).
Fitness Pilates
Date: Thursday 06 April 2017 
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre, South Coast Road BN10 7ES 
Town: Telscombe Cliffs 
Email: jen@jenniepalmer.co.uk 
Phone: 07825 702 775  

Get fit, tone up, prevent back pain, improve flexibility and posture. Equipment provided, just bring some water. Only £6 per class or £40 for 8 weeks. 

Date: Every Monday and Thursday Time: Mon 9.30-10.30 am. Thurs 7.30-8.30 pm 

Contact name: Jennie Palmer 

The aim of Fitness Pilates is to identify basic postural imbalances and, through Pilates based exercises, to increase muscular balance and strength. 

Easter Craft Fair
Date: Friday 07 April 2017 
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Seaford Little Theatre, 4 Steyne Road BN25 1HA 
Town: Seaford 
Email: coxdeb8@gmail.com 
Phone: 07596 709 044 

Arts & Crafts Fair. A range of stalls and a variety of handmade gifts for sale, made by talented members and local artists and artisans. Refreshments and home made cakes. For further information or to book a free pitch, tel. Debbie 07596 709 044 or Ray on 07984 280 067. 

 

Italian Street Market
Date: Friday 07 April 2017 
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Seaford Town Centre 
Town: Seaford 

Lots of Italian foods and products for sale

 

Seaford Hard of Hearing Club
Date: Friday 07 April 2017 
Time: 2:15pm - 4:00pm
Where: St James' Trust, Blatchington Road 
Town: Seaford 
Email: white-c7@sky.com 
Phone: 01323 895 216 

We are a friendly club, appealing to (but not exclusively) retired people, providing a monthly social afternoon for those with hearing difficulties. 

We meet on the first Friday of each month. We have a variety of visitors who come along to give an interesting talk or presentation and have other activities throughout the year, including at least one summer outing. We have a 'used' book table, raffle and refreshments . Transport from the local area (accessible mini bus) may be available at a small additional cost. Come and join us! Please contact Pauline on the above number for more information. 

We also run lip reading classes at Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road on Tuesday mornings, 10am-11.45am. Small friendly group, run on 5/6 week term basis, at a very reasonable cost - start when you like! Come along to a taster session (available at the beginning of each term). Cost of the classes includes membership of the Hard of Hearing Club - Great for confidence building - don't be isolated! 

Please contact Jenny on 01273 585 339 for more information. 

 

Bingo
Date: Friday 07 April 2017 
Time: 7:00pm 
Where: Meridian Centre, Meridian Way 
Town: Peacehaven 
Phone: 01273 585 493 

8 games for £4, plus flyer & snowball games. 

CASH prizes. Free refreshments. 

Website: www.peacehavencouncil.co.uk/

An Evening with Noel & Tricia Richards
Date: Friday 07 April 2017 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: St. Leonard's Church, Church St., BN25 1HH 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 01323 891 281 

During a two hour programme, Noel and Tricia share songs and stories about life, love and friendship. 

Tickets £6, including refreshments.

Website: www.noelandtricia.com

Seaford Community Cinema presents 'Hell or High Water'
Date: Friday 07 April 2017 
Time: 7:30pm - 9:15pm
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, BN25 1QL 
Town: Seaford 

Texan brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), reunite to rob branches of a bank threatening to foreclose on their family land - only to have their final heist targeted by a ranger (Jeff Bridges) determined to end his career with a successful showdown. The result in this western drama is a murderous collision of old and new values. 

Tickets £6 adult non-member, £5 adult member.

Website: www.seafordcinema.org/screenings/hell-or-high-water/


Open Garden in Barcombe in aid of the Bevern Trust
Date: Saturday 08 April 2017 
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Banks Farm, Boast Lane BN8 5DY 
Town: Barcombe 
Email: matthew.cornish@beverntrust.org 

Explore the fascinating and intriguing private grounds at Banks Farm, which span nine acres and are home to extensive lawns, enchanting woodland, and orchards all set around the lake, teeming with wildlife. Fresh tea and homemade cakes on sale. All profits to The Bevern Trust. No dogs please. 

 

Telscombe Cliffs Women's Institute
Date: Saturday 08 April 2017 
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre, South Coast Road BN10 7ES 
Town: Telscombe Cliffs 
Email: hq@esfwi.org.uk 
Phone: 01323 442 592 

Find out more about the Chailey Heritage Foundation, a pioneering charity providing education, care and transition services for children and young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs. 

Website: www.esfwi.org.uk/contact-us/

Spring Show
Date: Saturday 08 April 2017 
Time: 2:00pm 
Where: Ringmer Village Hall 
Town: Ringmer 
Phone: 01273 812 672 

Ringmer Horticultural and Home Produce Club. This is the first time for a few years that this show has taken place. Please support it to ensure that it continues in future years. 

Schedules are available around the village, including in the village hall. For any further information contact the secretary, Chris Browning, on the above number. 

Members can get a discount on the cost of tickets for RHS shows purchased online. Contact the secretary for details. 

 

Seaford RFC 1st XV v Hellingly RFC
Date: Saturday 08 April 2017 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: The Salts Recreation Ground, Richmond Road BN25 1DR 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 07535 154 463 

London & South-East Division, Sussex Spitfire League match

 

Newhaven Town FC v Shoreham FC
Date: Saturday 08 April 2017 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: The Trafalgar Ground, Fort Road BN9 9DA 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: info@newhavenfc.co.uk 
Phone: 07949 957 877 

Division One, Southern Combination Football League match

 

Musical Showtime in Peacehaven
Date: Saturday 08 April 2017 
Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Where: Community Hall, Meridian Centre, Meridian Way BN10 8BB 
Town: Peacehaven 
Phone: 01273 512 771 

A great evening of live music and vocals, featuring top internationally respected musicians, Chiho Sunamoto and Jon Smith. They will be playing many musical styles on their top of the range Yamaha multi keyboards for a night of top class easy listening music. From the powerful Big band to orchestral to relaxing melodic ballads. You are in for a good laugh too!! All of your interval refreshments are inclusive of your seat fee. Enjoy the comfort of our new venue with tiered seating. Have a look at our web site for a video preview. Click the web link for further details. 

£6 per seat.

Website: www.musicalshowtime.eu.pn

Royal British Legion Club Saturday Music night - The Reform Club
Date: Saturday 08 April 2017 
Time: 9:00pm 
Where: The Royal British Legion, Claremont Road, BN25 2BJ 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 01323 890 154 

The British Legion Saturday music night features tonight the return of barn-stormin' Norman Baker and the "Reform Club", with their eclectic mixture of jazz, rock and rhythm and blues. 

Come along at 9 for a musical experience!

Website: www.seafordbritishlegion.co.uk


A Lenten Meditation
Date: Sunday 09 April 2017 
Time: 6:30pm 
Where: St Anne's Church, High Street BN7 1RJ 
Town: Lewes 
Email: walterchare@gmail.com 
Phone: 01273 472 545 

The East Sussex Bach Choir with the Bach Collective present Dietrich Buxtehude's 'Membra Jesu Nostri' as well as Tudor anthems by William Byrd and Richard Farrant.

Website: www.eastsussexbachchoir.org/

Seaford & District Folk Dancing
Date: Monday 10 April 2017 
Time: 7:45pm - 9:45pm
Where: Downs Leisure Centre Sutton Road, BN25 4QW 
Town: Seaford 
Email: sylvia.reeve2@gmail.com 

Folk dancing with caller & music


Seaford Open Air Cinema presents 'The Goonies'
Date: Monday 10 April 2017 
Time: 8:00pm 
Where: Salts Recreation Ground BN25 2DY 
Town: Seaford 

Tickets are only £5.00 for a child and £9.00 for an adult and can be bought at the website above, raising funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. 

The cinema will have a bar and food, so go and make the most of this opportunity to enjoy a classic film in an amazing location with a locally sourced beer, cider, wine and soft drinks. 

The Goonies is a cult-classic from 1985, well known for its non-stop treasure-seeking adventure. Follow The Goonies on their quest through underground passages, pirate ships and waterfalls whilst enjoying food, drinks and friends - take blankets and cushions and make yourself at home. 

Website: www.pop-up-events.net/upcoming-events


'A Sporting History of Sussex - from the Amazing to the Bizarre'
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017 
Time: 7:30am 
Where: Martello Tower, The Esplanade BN25 9BH 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 01323 898 222 

This illustrated talk is to be given by Matthew Homewood. 

Entrance £2 for members, £5 non-members.

Website: www.seafordmuseum.co.uk

Spring Spectacular at The Seven Sisters Country Park
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017 
Time: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Where: Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre BN25 4AD 
Town: Exceat 

Join us for a day of family fun - art and craft activities in the barn with lots of things to make and take home; also get outdoors and be inspired by nature. 

Suitable for children aged 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Meet in the Pump Barn behind the Visitor Centre. Limited wheelchair access to Forest. Accessible toilets at the Visitor Centre. 

No booking required.

Website: www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk

Seaford Stamp & Postcard Club
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017 
Time: 7:15pm 
Where: Seaford Constitutional Club, Crouch Lane BN25 1PU 
Town: Seaford 
Email: david.manthorpe10@gmail.com 
Phone: 01323 492 433 

Peter Cockburn: Malaysian Miscellany. 

Seaford Stamp & Postcard Club was founded in 1933, previously the Seaford & District Stamp Club; affiliated to Association of Sussex Philatelic Societies. 

Come along and see if you like it. Members benefit from discounts of 5% at the local stamp dealerships of Ray Robbins at "Saltdean Stamps" and also Graham Haynes at "32 Seconds" in Newhaven High Street. 

Website: www.seaford-sussex.co.uk/sspc/events.htm

Peacehaven Cinema showing 'Lion'
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: Main Hall, Community House 
Town: Peacehaven 
Phone: 01273 585 493 

Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. 

Tickets are £5 available from the Information Office at the Meridian Centre. 

Website: www.peacehavencouncil.co.uk


Diabeties Support Group
Date: Thursday 13 April 2017 
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Where: St James' Trust, Blatchington Road 
Town: Seaford 
Email: healthylifestyles@sussexcommunity.org.uk 
Phone: 01273 512 024 

A new group for people living with diabeties. Please contact Pia Prince on the above number or the Healthy Lifestyles Team on 01273 516 032 or email at the above address.

Seaford Street Market
Date: Friday 14 April 2017 
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Sutton Park Road 
Town: Seaford 
Email: streetmarkets@seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk 
Phone: 07986 719 682 

Seaford Town Council has announced the return of street markets in the town centre twice a month. 

If you are interested in having a stall for only £20 a market, contact the market manager on the above number or via email at the address above. 

This is initially being trialled for a 3 month period and depending on the success of the markets, will be confirmed as a permanent fixture for the town.

Website: www.seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk/Street-Markets.aspx

Abstract 17
Date: (Starts) Friday 14 April 2017 - Thursday 20 April 2017 
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: 23 Church Street 
Town: Seaford 
Email: info.arts@thecryptgallery.com 
Phone: 07521 954 545 

An opportunity to see a collection of work by three Sussex artists. Rosemary Newton, John Forster and Isobel Moore, exhibiting for the third year here. 

This exhibit promises exciting viewing for anybody with a liking for abstract contemporary art. 

Free entry and affordable prices

Website: www.thecryptgallery.com/abstract-17

'Almost Instant' Stainer's 'Crucifixion'
Date: Friday 14 April 2017 
Time: 7:00pm 
Where: St. Leonard's Church, Church St., BN25 1HH 
Town: Seaford 

All singers welcome for our annual 'come and sing' - a performance of John Stainer's Crucifixion.The two soloists are to be Tom Wilcox, tenor and David Hadden, Bass. We shall be accompanied by Colin Hughes on the organ. 

We shall have an open rehearsal for this on Monday 10 April at St Luke's Church from 7.15 to 9.15pm. Please join us and if you do not have a score, you can borrow one. On Good Friday, we shall rehearse in St Leonard's at 4.00pm, have a tea break before the concert at 7pm. We ask a charge of £5 for all participants, singers and audience, which this year is to be donated to the charity Waves of Seaford, who provide a support service for troubled families in the town.

Website: www.seaford-choral-society.com

Seaford Community Cinema: Embrace of the Serpent
Date: Friday 14 April 2017 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, BN25 1QL 
Town: Seaford 

Cert. (not rated) 

This adventure drama was inspired by the real-life relationship between an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over 40 years searching the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. 

This is the first Columbian film to be nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film. 

Tickets £6 adult non-member, £5 adult member, £3.50 children 15 and under.

Website: www.seafordcinema.org/screenings/embrace-of-the-serpent/


Peacehaven & Telscombe FC v Hailsham Town FC
Date: Saturday 15 April 2017 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: Unibet Arena, The Sports Park, Piddinghoe Avenue BN10 8RH 
Town: Peacehaven 
Phone: 01273 582 471 

Southern Combination League, Premier Division match.

Rotary Club of Seaford Boot, Craft & Produce Fair
Date: Sunday 16 April 2017 
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Martello Fields, BN25 3BD 
Town: Seaford 
Email: events@seafordrotary.org.uk 

Refreshments available and free parking. 

Gates open at 7.30am for sellers. Pitch price £8. Just turn up on the day as no need to pre-book a pitch. 

 

Friends of Tide Mills Monthly Meeting and Clean-Up
Date: Sunday 16 April 2017 
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 Noon
Where: Tide Mills 
Town: Off the A259 between Seaford and Newhaven 
Email: brian.skinner2@btinternet.com 
Phone: 01273 517 291 

The Friends of Tide Mills is a small, informal group of mainly local people interested in maintaining and preserving the unique atmosphere of this area for the benefit of all. 

Our prime objective is the collection of (mainly) seaborne rubbish (nearly 2000 bags to date) but we have also taken an active role in clearing vegetation such as Japanese Knotweed, putting up warning signs about ground-nesting birds, and assisting other groups with the recording and conservation of the plants and animals inhabiting this special habitat known as "Vegetated Shingle". 

We meet once a month, on a Sunday morning (always the 3rd Sunday of the month) between 10am and noon. We have litter grabbers and bags generously provided by Newhaven Port Properties. We just need you to work them! We meet at the old village beach waymarker, at the end of Mill Drove around 10 a.m. New members especially welcome. 

Website: www.friendsoftidemills.webs.com

Traditional Easter Concert at Eastbourne Bandstand
Date: Sunday 16 April 2017 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: Eastbourne Bandstand, Grand Parade 
Town: Eastbourne 

Our traditional Easter concert kicks off the entertainment season, with our very own town band: the Eastbourne Silver Band, directed by Geoff Broom. 

The band is known to thousands of holiday makers who come to Eastbourne during the summer, due to the regular appearances it makes on the iconic Bandstand throughout the summer months, where it presents many Sunday afternoon concerts and Wednesday evening '1812' fireworks concerts. The latter contain a varied programme of music and finish with a brass band version of the famous 1812 Overture, complete with the fireworks display. 

Free entry. 

Website: www.eastbournebandstand.co.uk


Newhaven Town FC v Peacehaven & Telscombe FC
Date: Monday 17 April 2017 
Time: 11:00am 
Where: The Trafalgar Ground, Fort Road BN9 9DA 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: info@newhavenfc.co.uk 
Phone: 07949 957 877 

Division One, Southern Combination Football League match

 

Jaws 'n' Claws Animal Handling Sessions
Date: Monday 17 April 2017 
Time: 11:00am 
Where: Newhaven Fort, Fort Road BN9 9DS. 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: fortinfo@waveleisure.co.uk 
Phone: 01273 517 622 

We're delighted that Jaws 'n' Claws are coming back to the Fort this Easter! Meet ranger Phil and his exotic and unusual animal friends in one of our hour long sessions, where you can get up close to the animals and be dazzled with interesting and disgusting facts! 

Sessions will be running at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm and places are limited - so book (by phone or email)early to avoid disappointment. 

Normal Fort charges apply.

Website: www.newhavenfort.org.uk


Alfriston Clergy House - Tour with the Gardener
Date: Tuesday 18 April 2017 
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Where: The Garden of the Clergy House, The Tye BN26 5TL 
Town: Alfriston 
Phone: 01323 871 961 

Learn the secrets of this beautiful cottage garden with our expert. Join our gardener Pete to discover more about the history of this garden. Uncover the origins of the brick scheme and find out more about the plants and trees in this beautiful and bijou cottage garden. Booking not needed. Children welcome. Assistance dogs only are welcome.

Seaford Afternoon Flower Club Diamond Anniversary Celebrations
Date: Thursday 20 April 2017 
Time: 2:00pm 
Where: Seaford Little Theatre 4 Steyne Road, BN25 1HA 
Town: Seaford 
Email: lesleyetherton@outlook.com 
Phone: 01323 873 929 

The celebrations are with national demonstrator Pam Lewes and numbered tickets at £12.50 (to include refreshments) are available from Mrs Beryl Neill 11 Kingston Close Seaford BN25 4NG - cheques payable to Seaford Afternoon Flower Club with SAE please.

Website: www.sussexareanafas.org.uk/

Seaford Community Cinema: NT Live - Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
Date: Thursday 20 April 2017 
Time: 7:00pm - 10:15pm
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, BN25 1QL 
Town: Seaford 

Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire nd David Haig star in Tom Stoppard's brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. 

David Leveaux's new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard's name overnight. 

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare's drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds. 

Tickets £13.50 adult non-member, £12.50 adult member, £8 for children 15 and under.

Website: www.seafordcinema.org/screenings/nt-live-rosencrantz-guildenstern-are-dead/


The 10th Garden Show in Spring
Date: Friday 21 April 2017 
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Firle Place BN8 6LP 
Town: Firle, near Lewes 

Celebrating the 10th Garden Show in Spring at Firle Place - specialist growers, garden related goods, artisan designs, homeware products, garden furniture, sundries, fashion accessories and the most delicious country foods. 

Firle Arts & Craft Market will again be held in the beautiful Old Georgian Riding School, showcasing local art and design work. A Flower Festival and 'Herbal & Healthy' refreshments available in St Peter's Church, with a 'Fantastical Pirate Treasure Hunt' for younger visitors in the church yard. 

Plenty of activities on site for all the family; 'The Jazz Trio' will be wandering the gardens, whilst Huxley Birds of Prey thrill the crowds as they soar to the skies. The weekend children's entertainment will bring smiles as they have faces painted, learn to juggle with the jester, relax and watch the puppet shows. 

Last entry 4pm. Tickets available on the gate: Adults £7, Seniors £5, Child £3 (4yrs and under free of charge), Family £18 (2 A & 4 C). Sorry, no dogs allowed in the showground except if needed to assist. 

Lunchtime concert Classical Folk
Date: Saturday 22 April 2017 
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Where: St. Leonard's Church, Church St., BN25 1HH 
Town: Seaford 

Sylvia Akagi, voice and flute, Andrew Wickens, violin, Peter Golden, guitar. 

Andrew studied violin at St Cecilia's academy in Rome and went on to play with the Philharmonia Orchestra from which he has recently retired. His violin technique is dazzling yet never overshadows Sylvia's voice of "exceptional purity and sweetness". Peter's arrangements, compositions and guitar accompaniments underscore Classical Folk's unique identity. 

Free admission with a retiring collection. 

Website: www.seafordparish.org.uk/

Peacehaven & Telscombe FC v Arundel FC
Date: Saturday 22 April 2017 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: Unibet Arena, The Sports Park, Piddinghoe Avenue BN10 8RH 
Town: Peacehaven 
Phone: 01273 582 471 

Southern Combination League, Premier Division match.

 

Hillcrest Cinema showing 'The Good Lie'
Date: Saturday 22 April 2017 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, BN9 9LH 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: film@hillcrestcentre.co.uk 
Phone: 01273 512 376 

After their village is destroyed and their parents killed by Northern militia, Sudanese orphans Theo, his siblings and other survivors make a difficult journey to a refugee camp in Kenya. Thirteen years later, the group gets the chance to settle in the U.S. They are met in Kansas by Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon), who has been charged with finding them jobs. However, seeing how adrift they are in 20th-century America, Carrie endeavors to help them in rebuilding their shattered lives. A movie that has a tough start, but becomes a story about human understanding and caring. 

Tickets £5 available from Hillcrest Reception during the week, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm. 

Doors open 6pm, cafe open for members and refreshments, meal and drink from £6.50.

Website: www.hillcrestfilm.bn9.co.uk

Lewes Saturday Folk Club
Date: Saturday 22 April 2017 
Time: 8:00pm 
Where: The Dorset Arms, 22 Malling Street BN7 2RD 
Town: Lewes 
Email: music@louisejordan.co.uk 
Phone: 07980 374 971 

Singer, musician and composer Louise Jordan shares the stories of inspirational First World War women through original songs and stories. 

Join her as she explores their extraordinary lives, from the aspiring author who cycled to the Western Front dressed as a man to the fundraising footballers who were banned by the FA. 

Website: www.nopetticoatshere.co.uk


Bingo Evening
Date: Friday 28 April 2017 
Time: 6:45pm 
Where: Telscombe Civic Centre, South Coast Road BN10 7ES 
Town: Telscombe Cliffs 
Phone: 01273 589 777  

8 games played for £4, plus an additional Snowball (50p per single ticket) and Flyer game (£1 a sheet). Free cup of tea/coffee at half-time break. 

Proceeds to Mayor of Telscombe's charity fund. 
Seaford Community Cinema: 'Bridget Jones's Baby'
Date: Friday 28 April 2017 
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, BN25 1QL 
Town: Seaford 

Cert.15 

Bridget's focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but the father could be either the soon-to-be divorced Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) or a random stranger who heaved her out of a muddy puddle at a music festival. Now 43, Bridget knows this could be her last chance at motherhood, and she plays for loads of laughs. 

Tickets £6 adult non-member, £5 adult member.

Website: www.seafordcinema.org/screenings/bridget-joness-baby/


Seaford Town FC Annual 7-a-side Football Tournament
Date: (Starts) Saturday 29 April 2017 - Sunday 30 April 2017 
Time: 10:00am 
Where: The Crouch, Bramber Lane BN25 1AF 
Town: Seaford 
Email: rod.gentry@gmail.com 

On the 29th, under 7s*, under 11s, under 12s, under 13s; on the 30th, under 8s*, under 9s, under 10s, under 14s. 

Winners' trophies and medals; under 7s and under 8s are non-competitive, with all players receiving a tournament memento. 

On both days there will be plenty of hot food, refreshments, a licensed clubhouse bar, sweets, ice cream available, shot speedometer, raffle, bouncy castle and lots more. 

To enter, contact Rod Gentry at the e-mail address above.

 

Seaford Community Cinema: Bridget Jones's Baby - Matinee
Date: Saturday 29 April 2017 
Time: 2:30pm 
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, BN25 1QL 
Town: Seaford 

Cert.15 

Bridget's focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but the father could be either the soon-to-be divorced Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) or a random stranger who heaved her out of a muddy puddle at a music festival. Now 43, Bridget knows this could be her last chance at motherhood, and she plays for loads of laughs. 

Tickets £6 adult non-member, £5 adult member.

Website: www.seafordcinema.org/screenings/bridget-joness-baby-matinee/

Newhaven Town FC v Worthing United FC
Date: Saturday 29 April 2017 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: The Trafalgar Ground, Fort Road BN9 9DA 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: info@newhavenfc.co.uk 
Phone: 07949 957 877 

Division One, Southern Combination Football League match

 

Fun Quiz
Date: Saturday 29 April 2017 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: St Peter's Hall, Belgrave Road BN25 2HE 
Town: East Blatchington 
Phone: 01323 896 315 

Seaford Twinning Association presents a fun quiz. 

Members £2.50, visitors and guests £4.50 entrance) Bring-and-Share Meal, (own drinks). Raffle.

Website: www.seaford-sussex.co.uk/sta/index.html


Seaford Community Football Fun Day
Date: Sunday 30 April 2017 
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: The Salts, Richmond Road BN25 1DR 
Town: Seaford 
Email: premiersoccergary@yahoo.com 
Phone: 07862 261 094 

Aged 6-16? Come and be part of the Premier Community Football Tournament with the opportunity to be offered a place at the Chelsea FC Foundation Development Centre in Lewes. Hosted by Premier United FC and Premier United FC and Premier Mini Soccer School. 

Meet the Chelsea FC Foundation Development Centre staff * Beat the football speed gun challenge * Football Zorbs * Funfair rides * Community stalls and raffles * For more information call Gary on the phone number given.

 

Traditional Sunday Afternoon Band Concert
Date: Sunday 30 April 2017 
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Where: The Bandstand, Grand Parade BN21 3AD 
Town: Eastbourne 
Phone: 01323 410 611 

If you enjoy traditional music from brass, concert and silver bands this is the place to spend your Sunday afternoon. Performed by a different band every week from this Sunday until 24th September. 

Tickets available on line, or at the Seafront Office, telephone: 01323 410611 

Doors and bar open at 2:30pm. Licensed bar & refreshments available. 

Prices for adults £3.50, children £2.00. 

Website: www.eastbournebandstand.co.uk

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Recipe: hot cross bunny ice cream

INGREDIENTS

250ml whole milk
150g golden caster sugar, plus 2 tbsp
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
500ml double cream
5 eggs, separated
50g sultanas
50g raisins
75g dried apricots, diced
1½ oranges, juiced
150g white caster sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
3 hot cross buns
50g unsalted butter, melted
2 tbsp demerara sugar
100g chocolate sauce
70g whipped cream
50g milk chocolate micro eggs, roughly crushed

METHOD

For the ice cream
1. Heat the milk and 150g golden caster sugar for 3-4 minutes in a saucepan until hand hot. 
2. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk, then add the pod. Cover, remove from the heat and leave to infuse for one hour.
3. Pour the cream into a medium bowl and set a strainer over it. Fit the bowl into a bigger bowl filled with ice. In another bowl, stir together the egg yolks. 
4. Gently rewarm the milk, then gradually pour some of the milk into the yolks, whisking as you pour. Scrape the contents of the bowl back into the saucepan.
5. Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a rubber spatula, for 5-7 minutes until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula. 
6. Strain the custard into the heavy cream and stir continuously until it cools. 
7. Remove the bowl filled with the ice cream mixture and transfer to the fridge. 
8. Leave to chill for at least 4-5 hours, preferably overnight.   
9. Add the dried fruit, orange juice and remaining golden caster sugar to a small saucepan. Stir together, then bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 5 minutes until the fruit is plump and syrupy. Set aside to cool.
10. Once the ice cream mixture is cool, add to an ice cream maker and churn according to machine instructions, adding the fruit in the last 5 minutes. 
11. Pour into a large freezer-safe container and leave to set for 4-5 hours, or overnight.

For the toppings
1. Whisk 3 egg whites with a handheld mixer until soft peaks appear. Gradually add the white caster sugar bit by bit, whisking well after each addition. 
2. Once the mixture is thick and voluminous, divide into 2 bowls. Add the cocoa powder to one of the bowls and beat briefly until combined. 
3. Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan/gas mark 4. On a piece of greaseproof paper, draw on bunny ears measuring 17cm x 8cm. Turn the template over and use a little meringue to stick each corner to a large baking tray. 
4. Pipe the plain meringue around the outside of the ear shape using a 1cm nozzle, then fill the inside of the ear with the chocolate meringue mixture. 
5. Transfer to the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 160°C/140°C fan/gas mark 3. Bake for 45 minutes, then turn the oven off. Leave the ears in the oven until it’s cold, preferably overnight.
6. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6. Chop the hot cross buns into 2-3 cm squares and toss in the melted butter, followed by the demerara sugar. 
7. Spread out on a baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes until the croutons are browned and toasty, giving the tray a shake halfway through. Set aside to cool. 
8. In a trifle bowl, add a few scoops of ice cream, a scattering of the croutons, a good drizzle of the chocolate sauce and a few squirts of whipped cream. 
9. Continue to build your sundae in this way, finishing with a final drizzle of chocolate sauce, the last of the croutons and the crushed micro eggs. 
10. Carefully push in the bunny ears and eat immediately.

And enjoy!

Thanks to Sainsbury’s for this recipe

 

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