DYW: Pevensey - December 22, 2010

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MERRY Christmas to all the folks of Pevensey and Pevensey Bay, and thank you for your forbearance.

Not Christmassy types? Hope you had a wonderful Chanukah or are enjoying Al Hijrah (New Year 1422).

When you hang up your stocking on Friday night you have Pevensey’s own St Nicolas to thank. He was a kindly man whose legend says helped three poor young maidens who were struggling to raise their wedding dowries.

They hung their stockings to dry over the fireplace, and to their great surprise, they found next morning that St Nicolas, the Bishop of Myra, had put bags of gold in them. And so a tradition was born.

LOTS of folk will be having fun at the Aqua Club on Sea Road in the next two weeks. Tonight from 8pm is the Grand Christmas draw, with at least 50 prizes, 50p a go, all money returned as prizes.

Christmas Eve is disco party night with music and dancing until chimney climbing time. It‘s open on Christmas Day from midday until 2-30ish with a disco karaoke from 8pm.on Boxing Day and another party night on New Year’s Eve,

NEED a good book to get you away from the telly horrors over the holiday? Get to the library fast. It’s closed from this Friday to Wednesday, December 29, open again on Thursday and Friday next week, closing at 5pm on New Year’s Eve, and it’s also closed Saturday January 1 to Monday, January 3.

Take the youngsters along tomorrow (Thursday), with Christmas rhymetime and stories from 10.30am-11am, followed by Christmas crafts- 11am- 12.30pm.

944th CORONATION Jubilee on Saturday! After landing in Pevensey three months before, Normandy Bill was crowned king of England on Christmas day, 1066.

WAS IT only a year ago many Bay residents faced Christmas evacuation because of the prospect of combined high tides and high winds. As Pevensey Coastal Defences reported, a change of wind direction provided some relief and the worst flooding fears were unfounded. There were similar events in 1926, 1935 and 1965.

No warnings for Christmas day this year yet despite a fairly big 32 feet tide at about half past one.

GOOD time was had by all 70 Anderida WI Pevensey Bay members at their Christmas thrash.

The afternoon included a buffet ploughman’s meal and entertainment from singer and female impersonator Patsy with plenty of good old sixties sing-alongs.

The WI meets every fourth Tuesday in the month at St. Wilfrid’s hall and welcomes new members. Call Sheila on 763750 if you are interested.

SECRETS of sailing come out into the open! Pevensey Bay Sailing Club is hosting a Boat Whisperer talk by master sailor and Olympic sailing coach Steve Cockerill, on Wednesday February 2.

He’s no slouch on the jib - this year he’s Rooster 8.1 National Champion, Laser Masters Inland Champion (Standard Rig), Laser Radial Master National Champion, Graduate National Champion and Laser Master World Champion (Radial Rig - Master Category).

The club says all members and non-members will get a warm welcome at the club off Old Martello Road and the bar will be open. It starts at 7pm and tickets are £8 including good food!

WEALDEN District Council is warning of a telephone scam which claims to offer a council tax refund - but only if the resident first makes a payment of £95 to a Western Union bank account. Residents are also asked for their full bank details.

One resident was offered a £7,000 ‘refund’ on receipt of the £95 ‘payment’.

In a further twist, the recipient of the call was told if anyone else was informed about the ‘offer’ there would be a £65 deduction from the refund! Contact Wealden’s Council Tax Service on 443385 if you receive any suspicious calls. Sussex Police have been told.

WHEN will local planning issues be left to local people? Some poor guy in Tower Close at Beachlands has had to spend good time and money on putting in an application to Wealden to put up a 6ft fence along the front of his property. Why couldn’t he just get the agreement of his neighbours and go ahead?

FASCINATED by the part the coastguards at Martello Tower 57 played in the Pevensey sluice smugglers battle of 1833, I went looking for its remains.

Long gone into the sea, sadly. The Martello Towers website tells it was occupied at the time of the 1841 Census by two men receiving half pay from either the Army or the Navy, either as caretakers or coastguards. Two coastguards were occupying the tower by 1851.

It provided a safe haven for 23 people fleeing from the flooding seas in the great storm of New Year’s Day 1877.

According to the Eastbourne Gazette of August 19,1908 the tower had been used as a dwelling for some time, and a door knocked through at ground level.

It is possible Tower 57 had its central pillar removed in 1911 which might have speeded up the collapse of the tower when undermined.

DUBIOUS reference to Pevensey Bay on the Visit Eastbourne website. It says ‘Pevensey Bay is an old fishing village founded in the 1600’s as Wallsend, the end of the sea wall from Eastbourne.’

What sea wall is that? According to my history books it was William, second Earl of Burlington, later seventh Duke of Devonshire, in 1848 who built Eastbourne’s first sea wall. Local info has it that it was called Wallsend because all the colliers that beached there year after year to be emptied by horse and cart on the beach brought the finest coal from the Wallsend mines in Tyneland.

THE PRIORY Court Hotel is still closed and still listed for sale on the internet at £475,000. The description of the old place on BusinessSalesOnline is engrossing.

‘The building is formed from three separate cottages which have now been incorporated to create the main body of the hotel.

This is believed to date back to the 17th century and to have been used as a vicarage for the nearby St Nicholas (sic) church. The building became established as a hotel in the 1930s.’

DETAILS are coming out of the luxury mansion being built at Bridge Farm.

The estate agent blurb says “This historic once Dairy Farm Complex offers an exclusive opportunity to acquire an exceptional detached residence in the historic and picturesque village of Pevensey, East Sussex,

“Within walking distance of the historic castle. Occupying a tranquil semi rural position with dramatic countryside views and Riverside Terrace, this delightful home offers spacious living accommodation & four double bedrooms, with downstairs study or bedroom five.