Service and dinner for Seahaven branch Royal Society of St George

THE ROYAL Society of St George, Seahaven branch, celebrated England’s national day in traditional style with a church service and a formal dinner.

Guests attended St Andrew’s Church in the picturesque village of Alfriston for a service branch chaplain Reverend David Farrant.

Then it was off to Dean’s Place for dinner, with guests including the High Sheriff of East Sussex Peter Field.

Branch chairman Bob Peedle said: “This year’s St George’s Day, for us, was one of the best, and with more people joining the society every month, next year’s can only be even better.

“This year we received reassurance from all the councils in our area that England’s flag will be flown on the day, and that is a step in the right direction.”

He was joined by the new high sheriff David Allam, chair of Lewes District Council Eileen Russell and the mayors from Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe.

The mayor of Lewes was the only one missing because of council business, but he was able to send his greetings.

The lord lieutenant told the assembly about the county wide arrangements for the Queen’s Jubilee, while branch president, Don Mabey, praised Dean’s Place Hotel for a first class meal with the very best of service.

Each woman present received a red rose for England, supplied by Bishopstone Nurseries of Seaford.

A raffle raised more than £180 for local good causes.

Bob Peedle MBE and his wife Maureen, put a special limited print of a painting by internationally renowned Alfriston Artist, the late Frank Wootton, OBE up for a blind auction.

This raised more than £120 which is being donated to the Sue Godfrey Fund to help her nephew, corporal Ben Stoten from Denton. who is currently in hospital after losing both legs whilst on operations in Afghanistan, serving with The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.