A peal of bells rang out from St Andrew’s Church in Alfriston to celebrate St George’s Day on Wednesday April 23.
Members and friends of the Seahaven Branch of The Royal Society of St George attended the church for the group’s annual celebratory service.
The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field met the ringers and congratulated them on their excellent performance.
After the service they went to Deans Place Hotel for the formal St George’s Day dinner.
Amongst the guests were Lord Lieutenant Peter Field, High Sheriff of East Sussex Chris Gebbie, the Mayors of Seaford, Telscombe and Lewes, the deputy mayor of Newhaven and the vice chair of Lewes District Council.
During the evening, branch president Laurie Holland presented a new printer to Ann Blight from the Starfish Project, which helps people to recover from stammers.
The group has also bought a trophy through the donations received at the funeral of the late Don Mabey MBE, the branch’s first president, which will be presented annually to the best cadet in the local Wing of the Air Training Corps.
Each woman whoa attended the dinner received an English Red Rose in honour of the day. These were given by branch member Colonel Keith Barker and supplied by Bishopstone Nurseries of Seaford.
In his response on behalf of the guests, the Lord Lieutenant praised the work of the branch in the community and highlighted the work the branch does to encourage people to celebrate England’s National Day, St George’s Day.
He also praised the Seahaven Branch’s co-operation with Seaford Town Council in organising the annual Veterans and Armed Forces Day.
This year Armed Forces Day will be celebrated on Saturday June 28 at the Martello Fields in Seaford from 11am to 4pm.
There will be community stalls, fun fair rides, arena displays, military exhibitions and the veterans and cadets parade.
The Royal Society of St George was founded in 1894, while the Seahaven branch began in 2010.
To join the branch, contact the chairman Bob Peedle on 01323 899985.