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FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our annual breakfast walk was also part of the Lewes Hike and Bike Festival and three (and a half) walkers came along as a result of that. There were 13 from the Footpaths Group. The train ran on time and we left Glynde in lovely sunshine. On top of the Downs the chill west wind made itself felt. That part of the South Downs Way enjoys all round views and the clear weather allowed us to make the most of them. On a regular basis we were passed by runners taking part in a relay along the South Downs Way, most looked exceedingly tired but some looked surprisingly fresh considering that they had just run four miles at full tilt. At the South Downs Youth Hostel there were crowds of people connected to the event. It was quite a party. After our comparatively modest effort we enjoyed our ‘eat as much as you can’ breakfast in The Courtyard Café before catching the train back to Lewes. And we still had the rest of the day to look forward to. Hilda and Graham officiated. Oh, the half walker? A delightful four and a half year old who never complained of feeling tired once.

The next walk is on Sunday, Crowborough. An undulating walk of 5.5 miles. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start. There is another walk on Tuesday. This will be an easy Lewes Circular Stroll, nothing too strenuous. Meet at top North Street car park for a 10.30am start.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: (One of the Trinity churches). Thank you to everyone who brought their cars to be washed by our Rwanda Youth Team, who worked very hard to raise further funds to support their trip there this summer to work on social projects. Come and join Trinity churches’ summer holiday club adventure for 5 to 11 year olds with Robin Hood and The Outlaws of Tanglethorn Forest, involving games, drama, craft, music and fun from July 28 to 31, 9.30am to 1.15pm in Southover Church. Book at outlaws2015.eventbrite.com or for more information email trinityholidayclub@hotmail.com. Did you know we have a branch of the national Prospects Group here in Southover, helping people who need that extra bit of assistance with life and learning? They meet on alternate Thursdays in our Chapter House, which is fully accessible (entered via Church End, Cockshut Road). Meetings include talks, games, music, drama and craft; ending with food, tea and coffee. The group is led by volunteers from Southover and other Lewes churches. If you would like to know more please contact biddie141@hotmail.co.uk or go to www.prospects.org.uk. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service with communion, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service (church hall); 6.30pm informal evening service, accompanied by singers and band. Please do join us.

PASSION PLAY GROUP: Following a well-attended open forum the Lewes Passion Play group intends to produce the next major Passion Play in Lewes in 2020. Meanwhile if you would like to become involved in other productions and activities contact us, or come along to Southover Church Hall on Saturday July 4, 10am to noon.
If you were not able to see the Passion Play this year or would like to revisit the performances you can catch up now as the Lewes Passion Play 2015 DVD has arrived. To order your copy (£10 each, £5 concessions, post free) contact towardslewes2015@gmail.com or call 01273 475438.

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