Roselands and Seaside

PIRATE SCHOOL: will be held at the Redoubt Fortress in Royal Parade throughout the school holidays until Tuesday September 1, and is run on a drop-in basis, any time between 11am–4pm, with an entry fee of £3 per child. Climbing the rigging, pirate language, sword fighting and much more, will be part of the swashbuckling curriculum in a bid to add even more fun for families visiting the fortress this summer. Family activities will be led by a Pirate Captain, and mischievous mutineers can expect to become shark bait when they walk the plank. With pirate dressing-up, sea shanty singing and digging for treasure, the new recruits will have to earn their new pirate name to become a fully qualified brigand, before a photo opportunity with their fellow adventurers to mark their graduation. Children must be accompanied by an adult and indoor activities will be available in wet weather. Souvenir photos are available for an additional fee. For information, call 410300.

CHRIST CHURCH: in Seaside celebrates its Feast of Dedication on Sunday July 26 with a service at 10.30am. The church was consecrated by the 70th Bishop of Chichester on July 29 1859 and was built to serve the needs of the people in the growing area to the east of the town, which had expanded greatly following the arrival of the railway to Eastbourne ten years earlier. It is where author Lewis Carroll worshipped for over 25 years when in Eastbourne and there is a stained glass window dedicated to the memory of Princess Alice, a daughter of Queen Victoria, who also regularly visited Christ Church. The church is open to visitors every weekday morning until 12 noon and more information about its history can be found at

A JAZZ LUNCH: with music from The Carl Greenwood Trio will be held at the Langham Hotel, Royal Parade, on Sunday July 26. For bookings and enquiries, call 731451.

PARKINSONS UK EASTBOURNE BRANCH: next meets on Tuesday July 28 when David Homewood will be showing and demonstrating examples from his collection of vintage gramophones. The meeting commences at 2pm in the hall of Christ the King RC Church in Princes Road. For further information, telephone Rob on 769599.

SEAWARD HO! HANG THE TREASURE: is the next talk in the Carry On Curator series at the Redoubt Fortress and will be on Tuesday July 28, when curator Damian Etherington will speak about a range of objects in the museum’s collection, from secret documents to shiny coins, that could be treasure. Visitors will be able to handle, talk about and discover the hidden stories of the objects that are not normally accessible to the public. The talk is from 2pm-3pm and is free with the normal museum entry charge. For bookings and enquiries, telephone 410300 or call into the Redoubt reception.

FILM FORUM: meets in the Brodie Hall of Christ Church on Friday July 31 at 7pm when a full length feature film will be shown, followed by a short general discussion. The theme will be ‘Scandal of the lost children’. The cost is £2 per person. Due to licensing restrictions the title of the film cannot be advertised, but information can be obtained by calling 749653 or visit the website

A FUNDAY SUNDAY BIG LUNCH: will take place on Seaside Recreation Ground on Sunday August 2 from 12 noon-6pm, when there will be live music, a beer tent, refreshments, dog show, Punch & Judy from Ray Sparks, a variety of stalls and children’s games and a bouncy castle, plus entertainment from magician Kris Singh throughout the afternoon. For more information email or visit

THE WALSINGHAM CELL: meets for a Mass in the Memorial Chapel of Christ Church at 6.15pm on Monday August 3. For details about Cell membership and the annual pilgrimages to Walsingham, call 728522.

THE RNLI LOCAL BRANCH: which meets regularly in the West Dean Suite of the Langham Hotel, takes a break during the month of August and meetings will resume on Friday September.11 at 10am for a 10.30am start.

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