Winter Smugglers Night, held on the first Saturday of December for the past 5 years has become one of the major highlights in the Rottingdean calendar. Attracting between 3,000-6,000 visitors on the night and culminating in a spectacular display of fireworks. This event has always been free to attend for everyone.
Its aim is to spark (excuse the pun) interest in the rich history of the village from the 13th century when French pirates sacked the village on their way to Lewes and set light to the villagers taking shelter in the church tower to the centuries of the illegal smuggling trade which thrived here.
Organising this event and complying with the very strict health and safety requirements necessary to keep everyone safe costs a great deal of money which is raised annually by the hard working committee. Security alone costs over £10,000 and that is before the cost of the fireworks and other entertainments. The overall event costs stand at approximately £18,000.
This year we have lost 2 of the larger funders of the event, including the City Council leaving us with a large shortfall for this year’s event. Despite our efforts to attract new funds we have not been able to close the gap.
Taking everything into account we have made the decision to cancel this year’s event while we begin the process of becoming a charitable organisation to widen the sources of funding we can apply for and to strengthen our personnel resources. This is with the view to putting on the event in December 2018 with sufficient funds and resources in place so that the event lives up to popular expectation.
Smugglers will continue to need those individuals and businesses that have contributed financially and we are very grateful to them. We will also be encouraging other businesses and concerns to support an event which brings an unprecedented level of footfall to Rottingdean.
Smugglers would also like to hear from people willing to join and strengthen the management of the event. You can reach us via our website www.rottingdeansmugglers.co.uk
We are determined to put on a show next year and with your help we will make sure it lives up to expectations
Little Smugglers is planned for July 22nd at the Rottingdean Terraces. Between 12.30 and 6pm.
We intend putting on entertainment for Children to include Music courtesy of Brighton School of Singing.
We have 8 stalls booked which can be hired through Chris White(email@example.com) at £30 for the afternoon. No hot food or beverages are allowed. We will include a table.
Children’s parade and workshops throughout the afternoon – courtesy of Parc and Arthropod.
Best dressed pirate competition – open to all children up to aged 10.
Click the poster below for the full timetable:
Fund Raiser planned for June 20th at Ye Olde Black Horse- Race Night. Tickets are a fiver or a table for £20. Starts at 7.30.
If you would like to sponsor a race, there are eight in all for just £25 per race let us know. Over eighteens only. Tickets are limited as are tables so get in quick. Book directly with the pub or email Chris White(firstname.lastname@example.org).
AGM scheduled for June 7th at the Plough Inn – Loft Bar 8pm. The meeting will include Chair and Treasurers Reports, Election of Officers.
If you are interested in standing for any of the positions let us know. The positions include- Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Committee Team member. Applications must be received by May 27th.
UPDATE: Our Easter Egg Hunt was very successful with as many as 80 local children coming to the Kipling Garden Venue and finding over 200 hidden eggs.
Rottingdean Smugglers are running an Easter Egg Hunt for children on Easter Sunday between 11-12.30 at Kipling Gardens. See you there
Smugglers Night 2016 – video by Zak Thorpe, voice over – Patrick Bergin
We would like to remind you when you are out doing your christmas shopping or meeting up for lunch with a sneaky christmas tipple how important it is to shop local.
We could not bring you smugglers night without the support from you or our local traders.
PLEASE SUPPORT THOSE THAT SUPPORT YOUR NIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS AND KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR OUR SUPPORTERS STICKERS
2016 Smugglers Supporters
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