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SOUTHOVER CHURCH: (One of the Trinity churches): On Sunday morning our 10am and 11.15am congregations unite to thank Helen Garratt for her service as curate over the last 8 years, much of it alongside her husband David. Helen has been a key part of our pastoral and leadership teams, spear-headed Lunch Bunch and a mums’ bible study group, co-founded the 11.15am service with David, been part of Lewes Sings Gospel and developed our UK and overseas mission team. After the joint service we will celebrate with a bring-your-own picnic lunch (tea, coffee and cake provided). Our celebrations always involve cake. Tonight, Friday, from 7pm in the church hall in St James’ Street our Rwanda Youth Group are holding a fund-raising barbecue and auction of new items and promises. You are warmly invited to attend, with a chance to obtain a bargain. On Sunday from 2pm to 6pm at the Lewes Rowing Club regatta and Round Table charity raft race our youth team are running a refreshment stand as well as entering a raft. We thank Round Table for supporting Southover Counselling Service as one of their local good causes. Our professionally-run counselling service subsidises individuals or couples unable to pay the full cost. The service will also run a workshop on Saturday September 5 examining how the more we know and understand ourselves, the more we learn to know and understand others. Those booking early will pay less. Please telephone 07852 221449 or visit www.southovercounselling.org.uk. Hurry to book your children’s places on the Trinity churches’ summer holiday club for 5 to 11 year olds, July 28 to 31, 9.30am to 1.15pm in Southover Church. outlaws2015.eventbrite.com. Services this Sunday 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service with communion, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; (no 11.15am service); 6.30pm informal service accompanied by singers and band. Please do join us.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Sunday July 5, seven hardy walkers braved the unexpected heavy rain for a walk around Clayton and Hassocks. Having donned rain gear we set off from Clayton, admired the castellated entrance to Clayton tunnel and then went along lanes and tracks through woods and fields towards the west of Hassocks. We proceeded up Belmont Lane and peered through the impressive iron gates of Belmont, wondering what invisible mansion was hidden within. Subsequent Googling has revealed it to be the site of Belmont School from 1904-72. The lane eventually led into Hassocks Golf Course, where a sign offering coffee for walkers in the clubhouse was too tempting to resist. After our refreshment break, the rain had finally stopped and the temperature gradually increased. We walked across a field into woodland and emerged onto an unguarded crossing of the London-Brighton railway line. We safely traversed the line and then stood by the side to wave at a passing train, pretending that we were a somewhat elderly gathering of the Railway Children. Shortly afterwards, we turned southwards and walked through the suburbs into the centre of Hassocks, trying to estimate when the various groups of houses had been built. We crossed the road by Hassocks station and continued south towards the Downs across pleasant scenery, eventually reaching a cluster of attractive houses on Spring Lane at the edge of Clayton. From there it was a short walk down Underhill Lane back to the car park, again admiring the houses on this road. Some of the group went into Clayton church to look at its impressive frescoes. The walk was led by Alan.

The next walk is tomorrow, Saturday, Ringmer to Barcombe. Meet at Waitrose car park to catch the 1.59pm Bus 28 to Ringmer.

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