Down Your Way: Pevensey & Pevensey Bay - May 23

COME on baby ring our bells. If you fancy a bit of campanology Ian Clarke, St. Nicolas’s bell captain teaches would-be dingers on Saturday mornings. No madam, campanology has nothing to do with Russell Grant.

DIRTY great digger spent days last week blocking off one of the two outfalls of the Salthaven river in Coast Road. Maybe just to create a new building plot, but it will double the flow through the other outfall 100 yards nearer the village. Quite a burden in high spring tides.

OUR rivers seem to be getting misunderstood quite a bit lately, For instance the police reported a car had overturned into a ‘water-filled ditch’ along Wallsend Road.

Knowing there aren’t any water-filled ditches anywhere along Wallsend I worked out it had actually driven into the fully fledged river called the Langney Sewer which starts life out on Lottbridge levels and runs under the road at Langney roundabout and past Asda, being boosted by the East Langney Sewer and the New Mountney Sewer before cutting off north-east to join the Salthaven at Fence Bridge.

SUMMER is a-cumen-in because plans are afoot for a strawberry tea in the garden of Marsh Hall on Saturday, June 23. More details as they arrive.

WHIT Sunday this weekend sees two veterans conduct the 9.30am service at St Wilfrid’s and the 11am Holy Communion at St Nicolas. The celebrant at both with be the Rector, Dr Tony Christian and the preacher will be Little Ender Owen Visick.

THE QUEEN’s Jubilee will be celebrated at St Nic’s on the evening of June 8 with a concert by the Robin Post Singers conducted by Michael Johnson.

EVEN more going on around June 2! Robert Boussell, one organiser of a meeting of just abour every organization in the two villages tells me the following.

Events start in the evening of Saturday, June 2, with a barn dance in Westham village hall and a guided ghost walk by Rob Slater.

Sunday sees an Memorial Hall art exhibition while there is a pub/club stoolball tournament on the recreation ground as well as various fun sports, including Space Hopper racing.

Starting at noon is Pevensey’s contribution to the big lunch, a ‘picnic in the castle’, accompanied by various entertainers including Punch and Judy and karaoke and choir singing.

In the evening there will be processions from both St Mary’s and St Nicolas to meet at the site of the Chapel within the Castle, for an ecumenical church service with trumpets, live music, gospel life choir and a guest attendance by Bishop Benn of Lewes.

Once again in the evening there is a guided ghost walk with Rob Slater.

On Monday the sports club stages some junior football games, and a cricket training demonstration programme.

A street parade forms outside the fire station at noon and marches, with drummers, past St Nicolas and the Court House to the Smugglers, where childrens’ fancy dress will be judged, and morris men and live bands will perform until late.

In the Castle during the afternoon there will be sideshows, entertainments, live music and a PGT (pevensey’s got talent) show.

In the evening Haven Players host a song and dance routine covering the six decades of rule, together with dance demonstrations from the local dance school, Scots piper, another choir and more.

At around 10.15pm atop the Castle North Tower, organisers will light the Pevensey National Beacon, accompanied by the playing of the National Anthem, immediately followed by a large heart bonfire in Anderida Park. Throughout the two days John Plumley, of Chilley Farm, will offer his wares via a large barbeque and cold drink stall. Ice Creams, hot drinks and cakes will also all be available.

RARE opportunity to buy about 11 acres near the village. Around £100,00 will get you the land on the southern edge of the Pevensey Levels on the north side of the A27 just after the roundabout. Wanna take a look? From Eastbourne seafront and pier, go along Seaside Road towards Pevensey Bay and once there turn left onto Wallsend Road. At the Pevensey traffic lights turn right onto Bexhill Road and at the roundabout, take the first exit onto the A27 heading west. The land is on the right hand side after about 50 yards. Find out more at

Keith Belcher 01323 764240