Societies to get involved with in Seaford
PUBLISHED: 14:19 20 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:25 20 January 2014
Like many Sussex towns and villages, Seaford is home to a vibrant community, active in organising everything from charitable events to local get-togethers. But there can’t be too many that have quite so many clubs, associations and societies – the extent of this town’s organisation is a wonder to behold. Here, we bring you just a few of them
Friends of Seaford Library
Founded in 2000 in order to provide Seaford with a new, larger library. Plans for this are now underway – the new library will be at Warwick House, community building to be constructed on the site of the Old Library and down the whole length of Warwick Road. Plans for this were approved in January 2012, and it will be operational in 2014.
Friends of The Cuckmere
Established in 2012, the group aims to promote community involvement, understanding and enjoyment of the Cuckmere and its surrounding landscape. They help to protect and enhance the natural habitats and cultural heritage of the Cuckmere Valley.
East Sussex Association for the Blind and The Inner Light Club
The Inner Light Club in Seaford is associated with The East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People (ESAB). It is a social club for the local community, serving those people afflicted by sight defects. The Club meets monthly for social contact amongst the members, where a variety of entertainment is provided. During the summer, outings are usually arranged, affording members more time with one another.
National Trust Seaford Association
One of nearly 200 clubs for National Trust members, spread throughout the British Isles. It was formed in 1985 to provide a centre for members of The National Trust within the Seaford area, to meet socially and get the greatest enjoyment from the area’s beautiful buildings and countryside. The Association has more than 300 members.
Neighbourhood Watch, Seaford
Seaford & Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch was established in 1986, and was one of the first such schemes in the country.
There are more than 9,000 properties in Seaford and Bishopstone, and at the end of 2013, one in eight households give support to NHW, and have become members of the Association by subscribing. They are hoping to attract more members and newsletter deliverers in 2014, and boost membership to over 1,200.
Seaford Allotment and Leisure Gardens Society
Seafordians have enjoyed the benefits of allotments for over 110 years. Various sites have been used and the number of individual plots has varied, the highest being when the country was “Digging for Victory”, during and after the Second World War. Today they have 209 active members cultivating 189 plots.
Seaford Photographic Society
Bringing together people who are interested in all branches of photography in a sociable and instructive environment, one of the Society’s main aims is to encourage members to produce pictures, whether they be slides or prints, produced by means of a chemical darkroom, digital manipulation or trade processed work. All levels of experience are welcomed. Competitions are held so that all can learn from the comments made by assessors or judges.
The Society was formed in 1988 by Ted Moon and Des Bray, with four others. They had been members of Lewes Camera Club but felt the Seaford area would benefit from having a club of its own.
Seaford Little Theatre
Seaford’s premier theatrical society, they provide a wide range of dramatic entertainment by staging four plays a year, covering every genre from farce to melodrama, produced by and starring local people.
Seaford and District Horticultural Society
Affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society, the Society currently organises two shows annually. The first is the Coffee Morning & Flower Show in June, followed by the Main Show in August. Classes include decorative flower arranging, flowers, fruit and vegetables, photography, arts and crafts, domestic classes for cookery, preserves and wines, and children’s classes.
They also run a series of social evening talks throughout the year, with guest speakers covering various interesting subjects.
Seaford Musical Theatre (formerly Seaford and District Amateur Operatic Society)
They produced their first opera, H.M.S. Pinafore, in 1927. Since this time, two or three shows have been put on every year. New members are always welcome, with opportunities to perform on stage or help out behind the scenes.
Seaford Music Society
Pesenting the best in chamber music in Seaford for more than 70 years, the Society hosts five concerts each season. The concerts are given by artists at the top of their profession, all of whom have an international reputation. Often they include a visit to Seaford Music Society in a schedule that starts in London’s major concert halls.
St. James’ Trust (previously The Seaford Voluntary Association)
A busy independent charity hidden away down Blatchington Road. Staffed entirely by volunteers, they regularly run or host a range of groups and activities which cater for elderly or disabled local people.
Seaford Choral Society
Seaford Natural History Society
Promoting an interest in natural history and encouraging the study and recording of wildlife, particularly in the Seaford and wider East Sussex environs. If you have an interest in natural history, they have a programme of indoor meetings between October and March. They also have a programme of field meetings between March and November. Details of current programmes can be found on their website.
The big swap - 25 January, 10am-12pm
Old Boot Inn, 16 South Street, Seaford
Seaford Food Swap allows people to share their homemade or home-grown foods with each other. Swaps allow direct trades to take place between attendees, such as a loaf of bread for a jar of pickles, or half a dozen eggs for a bag of apples.
These events are a delicious way to diversify the homemade foods in your own pantry, while getting to know members of your local food community.
To register as a Seaford food swapper, go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/seaford-food-swap-tickets