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GORGEOUS SIGNAGE : We are a village blessed with gorgeous signage and eagle eyed villagers will have spotted our rather fabulous new village sign created by celebrated Sussex artist and sculptor Keith Pettit. It stands proudly in the gardens of the Old Chapel Centre to point people to our Historic Tye and the splendid signs representing the village past and present originally created by Penelope Ellis and the Reverend Frank Fox-Wilson. On the same day this work of art so in keeping with its surroundings was erected, ESCC began their traffic consultation. A two day exhibition at the Old Chapel Centre set out the options and the proposed additional traffic signage for the village! The consultation ends on 24th June, if you would like your views heard you can obtain a survey from Hicks or Steamer Trading or complete online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay.

Exhibition week: Explore the work of internationally renowned artists (including Keith Pettit), photographers, film makers and writers in a vibrant week of exhibitions, workshops and talks following the opening of the Labyrinth on 11th June. Workshop places are limited and need to be prebooked by email to laby1@myphone.coop . For those without email telephone enquiries can be made to 01323 871944. The complete programme can be found on http://www.alfriston-village.co.uk/#!the-labyrinth-festival/ruidw

AFFORDABLE ART: Alfriston Art Club will be holding its Annual Art Exhibition and Sale from Saturday 28th - Monday 30th May in the War Memorial Hall , 10.30am -5.30pm. Always a popular event with original paintings for sale at affordable prices. Homemade refreshments will be available along with greeting cards. After expenses donations are made to village good causes so please go along and support them. This year the Club is desperate to find storage for their display boards and stands. Have you a very large shed, single garage. 1/2 a double garage or barn that it could rent ? Please contact Janet Banham 01323 870717, for any further details.

UNFORGETTABLE WALKS: there are numerous walks that can claim that title in this area, Julia Bradbury popular BBC presenter will be signing copies of her book which includes a fabulous Birling Gap trail as seen on TV. The signing will take place at Much Ado on Saturday 11th June (Alfriston’s day of Sussex Celebration) between 1.30pm & 3.30pm. You can enjoy £5 off Unforgettable Walks by pre ordering before 4th June. Pre order by stopping in at the shop or online http://muchadobooks.com/julia-bradbury.php and don’t forget to ask for free gift wrapping if you are purchasing it for a Fathers Day treat!

TOO MUCH MUSIC: Is there such a thing? I do hope not as this village has an excess of it and whatever your musical persuasion there must be something to suit. Vicky who has the voice of an angel, will be singing a selection of Rock, Pop & Soul at The Star Inn tonight (Friday), Alfriston’s own Kindred Spirits are rapidly becoming local legends and were a sell out last weekend, playing an eclectic mix of rock and ballads. They will be returning on 10th June so book early if you want to enjoy a pint of ale and a modern british classic with your shot of music. Call The Star Inn on 01323 870495

ALFRISTON SUMMER MUSIC: are taking bookings now for their fabulous summer line up. http://www.alfristonsummermusic.co.uk/concerts Tuesday 26th July to Sunday 31st including free concerts and a young musicians concert plus an evening of music and poetry inspired by the great romantics and read by two of Britain’s finest actors Timothy West & Prunella Scales. Alternatively an evening with the fabulous Harry The Piano described by Terry Wogan as ‘the best music show I’ve ever seen’. There are numerous other reasons to attend and individual concert tickets or a season ticket for the week can be purchased online.

FLAVOURS OF PARIS: Wednesday 25th March from 7.30 The Sussex Ox invite you to sample a flavour of the Parisian jazz manouche tradition, and enjoy jazz swing, musette waltzes and traditional gypsy songs performed by the incomparable accordion-guitar duet Swing de Nador. Contact them for further details 01323 870840

NEW MUSIC IN THE CUCKMERE CHURCHES: With all proceeds going to St Andrew’s Church Restoration, Music from the Sofa a local eight piece band will perform a FREE concert in each church of the benefice at 7.30pm Tuesday 24th May to Friday 27th May. The final concert in St Andrew’s on Saturday 28th at 7.30 will feature an expanded band and The Octaves. Local musicians (and bell ringers) are being invited to contribute. Tickets for the final concert can be purchased from The George or by calling 01323 871718 Full details can be found on http://www.alfriston-village.co.uk/

SCHUBERT, HAYDN, ROSSINI & POULENC: as well as others will be performed by Die Alten Knaben, an all male a capella choral group from Hamburg at St Andrew’s on Monday 30th May at 7pm. The concert is FREE with a retiring collection which is being generously donated to St Andrew’s.

ALFEST 2016: will take place on 9th July 11am to 10pm and is a new Music, Food and Drink Festival sponsored by The Star Inn, Rathfinny Wine Estate and the Long Man Brewery. It promises to be a relaxed day, showcasing the best of Sussex with fabulous foods, wonderful wines, and as they say awesome ales! Musically there will be a great line-up of local bands offering Folk, Pop, Jazz & Rock.

AND FINALLY…: celebrate the Year of The English Garden on Thursday 26th 7.30 War Memorial Hall with the Alfriston & Cuckmere Valley Historical Society. Joanna Wilkins will be talking about the Garden Giant Capability Brown. Talk is free to members and £5 to non members.

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