The Blind Veterans UK have sadly had to pull out of their planned Ice and Firewalk. They were unable to sign up enough volunteer fund raisers. They plan to run their independent event next year in the Spring.
‘Smugglers!’ The Play performed by Touched Theatre, created by Amanda Davidson & Philip Sugg 2-5pm (20mins play) £3 on the door.
Also: Children’s Crafts with Will-O-Wisp 2-5pm. £3 for 3! Make a Parrot,Purate Mask &Mermaid.
Face painting with Kate £3
We have an amazing opportunity for you to obtain copies of Mick Bensleys latest painting which represents Smugglers Night.
There are two types – the first is a Limited Edition signed by Mick at a price of £45. The size of this one is 12 x8 mounted and sealed. The other is larger at 16 x 11 and is priced at £55. Contact us for more information
This year, on 3rd December, Rottingdean celebrates once again its iconic Smugglers Night, which combines all kinds of fire, noise, light and devilry in a unique coastal setting. Our Smugglers Night marks our proud piratical history, whilst also giving us an excuse to throw a pre-Christmas party that our rabble-rousing ancestors would have been proud of. Everyone is invited, from the little to the mighty, because back in them ol’ smuggling days, even the clergy were at it.
As anticipation builds in the afternoon, children can do face-painting, create sculptures to carry in the procession, meet Father Christmas or watch a puppet show from 2pm. Adults can get in the spirit in one of our 5 historic pubs, all serving incredible food to fuel you for marching and merry-making. During the festival atmosphere, with stalls and shops offering snacks, drinks and goodies, you can watch the incredible Blind Veterans walking across fire at the Terraces from 4.30pm.
At 7pm we gather hundreds of like-minded pirates and smugglers together to march with flaming torches through the village streets, gathering on the Green to remember Rudyard Kipling to the backing track of hypnotic drumming from the talented bands of Sussex. On the beacon by the ancient windmill, the bangers will begin, marking the beginning of the march back to the beach.
From the floodlit Terraces (ideal for wheelchairs and buggies) you can watch the giant pirate ship get set on fire as the crowds gather and anticipation rises for the fireworks.
The incredible finale at 8.30pm comes as fireworks more awe-inspiring than ever before bang, swoop and blow up the night sky, reflected in the inky sea where so many past misdemeanors have taken place.
Of course, thousands of pirates and smugglers cannot organise themselves. Volunteers most welcome: a great time is guaranteed with a smuggler’s handshake. If you can help, please contact email email@example.com.
Fancy a flutter? Come and join our Race Night on 4th August, 7.30pm in the Black Horse, Rottingdean.
We’ll be taking bets on horse racing as well as holding an auction on the night. Join us in the historic pub the Black Horse for this fundraiser for our iconic Rottingdean Smugglers’ Night.
Thursday 4th August @ 7:30pm
- CHILDREN’S PROCESSION
- MAKE YOUR OWN BARREL TO WEAR
- LIVE BANDS
- BEST DRESSED PIRATE STALLS & GAMES FACE PAINTING
- BALLOON RELEASE FINALE
The timetable for the day is as follows:
12 PM – SMUGGLERS ACOUSTIC BAND
12:30 PM – MELISSA & REECE – singing duo.
1 PM – BRIGHTON SCHOOL OF SINGING – Young People’s Showcase
1:30 PM – STEREO SHOK – European champions;Young People’s Street Dance Troupe
1:50 PM – DRUMMERS
2 PM – ELSA – with songs from Frozen
2:45 PM – BRIGHTON SCHOOL OF SINGING – Juniors aged 8
3 PM – CAPTAINS BEARD – ROCK WITH A PIRATE BAND
4 PM – CHILDREN’S PARADE – singing songs from Frozen
4:30 PM – BEST DRESSED PIRATE …and best decorated barrel
5 PM – The balloon release scheduled for the end of Little Smugglers has been cancelled. Children will still have the opportunity to collect a balloon and take it home. The balloons will have a ribbon tether attached.
‘Tis time for them Rottingdean folk to stand up and support those Scallywags known as Rottingdean Smugglers. As you know the team that help organise Smuggler events – Smugglers Night (winter December 3rd) and Little Smugglers (summer June 25th Rottingdean Terraces) is a small number of local individuals.
We have need to improve our structure and more importantly the role of individuals and in this endeavour you could help us.
We need to have a strong base of key individuals who will fulfil the following roles:
Chairman – In essence the overall co-ordinator of the events and management of the relationship with Local Business, City Council, Parish Council, Local Schools and other Fund Raising groups. Focus the team on delivering the strategic plans.
Secretary – Schedule of regular meetings, note taking, administration and compliance. Booking of event participants.
Accountant – Management of the books of account-ensuring compliance and regular updates to the scheduled meetings.
Treasurer- Management of Bank Accounts, funding forecasting and collection.
Fund Raiser(s) – Organise and deliver activities to include Stalls at Local Fairs, Local Events such as Race Nights.
Main Event Organiser(s) – completion of the documentation required enabling Smugglers to conduct its two/three main activities. Work with The Event Solutions team ensuring that we comply with all Health and Safety requirements and in a timely manner.
IT Management- development of website and uploads of key data, Facebook and any electronic media.
Publicity –development and distribution of all flyers, posters and paper based documents. Input to electronic Media.
Friends of Smugglers – help on the day at all activities whether they are fund raising or working a stall. Ideally, a number of people would form the core of supporters to whom we could call upon.
With all the above positions we already have some people working all or some of the above. However, our Treasurer role, which currently includes the Accounting role will be stepping down and we wish to split the roles. Perhaps you could do one of these jobs or indeed any of the others. Let me know by contacting me at chrisjwhite1949@Yahoo.com. You can also look at our website www.rottingdeansmugglers.co.uk for more information.
We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on May 18th at the Village Hall 7.30pm at which time we will reflect on our past year and discuss the coming year. The election of officers will be on the Agenda. So if you have some of the skills listed above and wish to join us nominees are invited.
Light refreshments and nibbles will be there to tempt you to come along.
Look forward to seeing some of you there.
Chris White – Chair.
We are continuing with our activities at the Village Hall and High Street. The Hall will have a Father Christmas grotto, Smugglers Stall, Face Painting and Nail Bar along with hot and cold beverages.
Coupled with this, many eateries and pubs will be offering good food and sustenance throughout the village.
The High Street itself is closed to vehicles from 3pm and will have entertainment including drumming bands and Woody the one man Band. We hope to have a children’s procession from the Village Hall to Neville Road and activities from the Village Green will take place at Neville Road.
Stalls will be dotted around the High Street.
The Firework display, torch procession and Bonfire will not take place. We are sure you will share our disappointment at these necessary changes but like us look forward to next year being back on track.
The Plough Inn is running a Smugglers fundraiser on Saturday November 21st starting around 9pm. Live Band – top local duo! Top Prizes in their raffle. Be sure to come along and support.
Don’t forget the Plough also runs a mean meat raffle Friday nights from 6-7pm.
Come along and enjoy a fun night at Ye Olde Black Horse on November 19th from 7.30. Enjoy a Night at the Races in a team of four or five. Tickets will be available for 5 pounds each at the Black’s Smugglers Bar shortly.
Please help support this evening as funds for our major event December 5th – Winter Smugglers are very tight. A lot of City support either directly or indirectly has been withdrawn and we are working on raising a thousand pounds at our RACE NIGHT. Now gallop along and get your tickets!