Down Your Way (June 27th): Pevensey and Pevensey Bay

THE ancient church of St Nicolas, parish church of Pevensey, has stood for almost 800 years. The builders of the 13th century must have known what they were doing, as the church has excellent acoustics, making it a much sought-after venue for choirs and musicians.

For the fifth year in succession the church will host a performance by professional musicians: Alison Bury on violin, Catherine Rimer, cello, Tom Foster, harpsichord and Neil McLaren, flute.

These artistes are well-known nationally and internationally in public performances and on radio, TV and recordings, playing with various classical orchestras and groups, including at Glyndebourne.

This year’s programme on Friday, July 13, will be recreate a typical evening in mid-18th Century at the Palace of Sans Souci, Potsdam, where King Frederick the Great performed in the first rendering of J S Bach’s Musical Offering.

From 7pm bring a picnic to enjoy in the tranquil village churchyard.

The concert starts at 8pm, with the church being illuminated by candlelight. Entrance is £10 with wine and soft drinks on sale.

Proceeds will go towards the continuing upkeep of the church. For more details of the programme, or to reserve places call 764449 or 01424 216651.

The Rector of Pevensey, the Revd Dr Anthony Christian, described these musicians as Revealing a new dimension of the exquisite. I recommend early booking, as the popularity and expertise of these musicians may well make the evening a sell-out.

IAN THOMAS, from Pevensey Coastal Defences, tells me although work on Pevensey Outfalls is still continuing there is in general no longer any traffic moving along the beach between the Pevensey depot and Normans Bay. There are two exceptions where PCDL has given permission for TVO to use the beach. Last week a machine levelled out the ruts left in the beach crest between the Bay and Beachlands.

It was planned to be done after rain so any dust nuisance was minimised and should’ve take no more than an hour or two.

Concrete and other debris generated during outfalls work needs to be collected from where it has been washed by storm waves.

A dumper will be used once a week to collect any non-natural materials washed along the shoreline, between the toe of the embankment and the high tide line.

Access will not be from the beach crest unless it is not possible to move below or through the groynes.