Telscombe news
Telscombe news

SUMMER FAIR: Peacehaven is getting ready for the biggest event of its centenary year, the community summer fair. The event, with its associated Zero Degrees skate festival and car boot sale, will be at Centenary Park tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 3pm. Local organisations and groups are organising lots of fun stalls and there will be a funfair, food vans and a beer bar. A special Health Zone is being organised by Sussex Community Development Organisation as part of the Healthy Peacehaven project and Wave Leisure is organising the arena activities. Other attractions will be owls and birds of prey, pony rides, dog agility and Jaws and Claws, showcasing reptiles, scorpions and other beasties. The Mayor, Cllr Jean Farmiloe, will open the event. She said: ‘I hope both residents and visitors will come along and enjoy this special day. ‘We have organised it with every age group in our community in mind.’ A CTLA community bus will provide half-hourly return journeys to and from the park from the car park at the Meridian centre. For visitors with cars all-day parking will be available via Piddinghoe Avenue for just £1. For people taking part in the car boot sale access will be via Hoyle Road to the Farrington Estate entrance to the park. The town council thanks all the sponsors, who will be named in the official programme, and the businesses who have contributed towards the raffle in aid of the Mayor’s Peacehaven projects. Thanks also go to Wasp Printers, which has designed and printed the programme, enabling every household in Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs to receive a copy through their front doors in time for the big day. The Gateway Cafe will be open all day as usual serving a selection of food and drinks.

I know the above is a Peacehaven event, but I thought that those in Telscombe might like to know it was on.

FLOWER CLUB: Peacehaven and Telscombe Flower Club meet on the third Wednesday of each month, 2pm for 2.30pm start, at the Civic Centre.

DANCE CLASSES: Every Tuesday from 9.15am to 9.45am at the Civic Centre. Pre-school age 2 to 4 years, £3.50 per session. Contact Anneli Smith via Civic Centre, 01273 589777.

CONSULTATION: Consultation Business Plan. The council have produced a draft business plan setting out the work the council would like to undertake in the next two to three years. If you have any comments on the business plan then please email

COUNCIL MEETING: July 20 at 7.30pm. If there is insufficient business, meetings may be cancelled. Please therefore telephone the Civic Centre on 01273 589777 to ensure that the meeting is being held. Meetings are open to members of the public who are able to ask questions for a 15 minute period at the start of each meeting. Meetings are held in Telscombe Civic Centre, 360 South Coast Road unless otherwise stated.

TELSCOMBE TYE: If you need to contact someone about the Tye gates, fencing or access Tel: 01273 589777 Telscombe Council. In case of emergency (or out of hours) Tel: 07843 425412 (Town Clerk). If you need to contact someone about the community flock of sheep on the Tye then call 01273 302486 (Stud Farm) or 01273 589777 Telscombe Town Council or out of hours 07843 425412 (Town Clerk).

FOOTNOTES: Charlie has returned. About two years ago, at the height of the then summer, I was sitting one early evening, with the back door to the kitchen open, watching the news, when a slight movement caught my eye. Glancing down I saw a very beautiful thrush sitting beside me, eyes glued on the TV, obviously as engrossed in the news as I was. Cautiously, I reached for the remains of the sandwich I was having for supper, and crumbled a small piece of cheese, transferred it to my other hand and gently lowered it towards the bird. Charlie, as I was to name him, blinked at it suspiciously, and then snatched it out of my fingers. He stayed for a further ten minutes or so, and then turned and strutted out of the kitchen, through the door and with a whirring of wings took off. He was to return each evening for about a fortnight and then disappeared. Last year there was no sign of him and I wondered if he had fallen to the guns of some Southern Europeans, or just succumbed to the travails of emigration. But then, last week, there he was sitting in his usual place, engrossed in the TV and eagerly taking the tit-bits I offered him. He is back in his regular routine and I am delighted. How wonderful it is that out of the vastness of the heavens, a small bird has chosen to share his company with this human. After all the nastiness, back-biting and plain silliness of the past few weeks, it puts life in perspective. Enjoy your week and both Charlie and I wish you well.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at

2) Like our Facebook page at Eastbourne Herald

3) Follow us on Twitter @Eastbournenews

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Eastbourne Herald - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.