Summer Smugglers Postponement

This post is to advise you all that at a meeting of the Rottingdean Smugglers the committee unanimously decided that due to the timing and level of some funding it is necessary for us to reschedule the Summer Smugglers Event to a proposed date of August 16th(Saturday).

We had hoped that several grants would have been decided upon in May but due to the number of grants being assessed by The City and Parish Councils along with Arts Council and Heritage Lottery there has been a change in some Organisations process which has the effect of delaying grants being awarded.

It will not be possible and would be foolish of us to engage the appropriate professionals we require to hold a successful event without the means to pay for it in a timely manner.

Therefore a delay of approximately 6 weeks(16/8) should enable us to fully deliver the plan we have been working to originally planned for 28/6. This will also give people a little more time to apply for the stalls available at the Lower High Street.

We recognise that this is disappointing and may require the re-work of certain aspects of the original plan.

We will contact you all as soon as the new date is confirmed and that due process will then follow.

Thank you for your understanding.

Yours faithfully

Chris White Chairman
Rottingdean Smugglers

Beach Clean Up

The Deans Beach & Environment VolunteersThank you to The Deans Beach Volunteers for helping us to clear up after Smugglers Night and especially to Louise Ramsey for her kind words in the Rottingdean Village News:

A heady mix of bonfire, brimstone and grog, last year’s Smugglers Night did good. The excellent evening of drumming skulduggery and torch lit processions attracted hordes of swashbuckling pirates and landlubbers alike, culminating in the burning of a giant wooden horse and an awe-inspiring fireworks display on the beach – and a whole load of debris to match. No matter. By 11am the next day, Smugglers organiser Gary Payne and The Deans Beach and Environment Volunteers were on the case, sifting through the pebbles and sand to haul off sack loads of firework casings, burned firewood and nails, to leave the foreshore pristine once again.
The Deans Beach & Environment Volunteers meet on the 1st Sunday of every month at 11am to clean the Deans beaches. Forthcoming dates are printed below or go to

Louise Ramsey,
The Deans Beach and Environment Volunteers

Beach Clean Poster

Smugglers Open Meeting

Open Meeting: Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 7.30pm
Location: The Function Room at The White Horse Hotel

We are holding an open meeting at the White Horse Hotel on the 12th March at 7:30pm. If you would like to know who we are and what we do or would be interested in joining us, please come along. Smugglers night has grown year on year and is now one of the biggest events we have in Rottingdean. We are always looking for help from people keen to be a part of Rottingdean’s smuggling history.

Even if you are not sure how you can be of help, come along to the meeting and have a chat to us.