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BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday December 8, Pairs: 1, Peter Kennedy and Robin Parris; 2, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Nigel Osmer and Rosemary Land. Thursday December 10, Cross Imps: 1, Rosemary Land and Suzanne Malley; 2, Nigel Osmer and Peter Cattermole; 3, Frank Hibbert and Roy Skan. Tuesday December 15, Tuesday Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Peter Kennedy; 2, Jennifer Wilson and Peter Cattermole. 3, Peter and Irene Gannon. Thursday December 17, Thursday Pairs: 1, Peter Waters and Margaret Buddery; 2, Meic Goodyear and June Posey; 3, Rita Hartnell and Rosemary Land. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Sunday December 20, 19 participants, led by Alan, walked around the Slater Trail near Seaford. A leaflet, obtainable from Tourist offices, describes it as; ‘A circular walk through landscape which inspired the artist Eric Slater (1896-1963), who lived for most of his life in Seaford.’ The views depicted in several of his prints and woodcuts have not changed much in the intervening 80 or so years. We started at Splash Point and clambered up Seaford Head in mild but mainly overcast weather, with the sun trying to show its face from time to time, and a strong wind near to the cliff edge. Walking along the top, we had the iconic view of the Seven Sisters ahead of us for a mile or so, before turning inland to South Hill Barn and down to the Coastguard Cottages by Cuckmere Haven, with lovely views of the meanders in the Cuckmere valley en route. We stopped near the cottages for our coffee break and also inspected the moving memorial to a group of Canadian soldiers who were camped there during WWII, against the advice of a local soldier. As he had feared, the German Messerschmidts came up the valley and bombed the camp, with no survivors. From Cuckmere Haven, we walked upstream along the Cuckmere Valley, where large flocks of different species of gulls, Canada geese and various ducks were over-wintering. Just before reaching the A259, we turned away from the valley, climbing gently at first and then a bit more steeply till we reached South Hill Barn again. We returned by a different route, skirting Seaford Head Golf Course, before descending again to our starting point, with extensive views of the Seaford and Newhaven coastlines. We felt that we’d deserved our lunch after the 5.7 mile walk.

HISTORY GROUP: Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road, Lewes History Group talk, Lewes in Art. John Bleach gives an overview into how the town and its surroundings have been depicted from 1600 to 1950. Bring along your own prints and paintings to share with the audience. John is approaching this potentially vast subject area from two angles: as an historian interested in the land-use and architecture of the town, and as a picture browser with a penchant for topographically-based watercolours and prints. Some of the artists represented are anonymous and unknown, some are named and little known, and one or two are just plain famous, but what they have in common is that they looked at a view or building and interpreted it with pencil, pen, brush and burin. All welcome. Free refreshments. Members £2, non-members £3. www.leweshistory.org.uk

TRINITY AT SOUTHOVER: And St John sub Castro. A very happy new year to you all. Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Jesus’ birth this Christmas. Whichever service you join us at over the coming year we hope you will feel welcomed as we come together to worship and sense something of God’s presence with us. Trinity is one church at three locations in Southover, St John sub Castro and South Malling. There are always things going on at Trinity and we will try and keep you informed in village news. Lewes goes strictly starts again on Thursday January 14 for six weeks and takes place in Southover church. Whether you are a novice or a keen dance-lover this is for you. The cost is £30 for the term: www.strictlylewes.co.uk. The lunch bunch meet in term time from noon to 1.45pm in Southover church hall. A friendly meeting place for the 0 to 3s and their parents or carers. Join us for high-quality sandwiches, play, craft and singing. Contact: chisnall.neil@gmail.com or the church office on 01273 470616 or office@southover.org.uk Services this Sunday at St John sub Castro: 11.15am informal service. Services this Sunday at Southover: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service with Holy Communion, with choir, organ and band; 6.30pm informal service with singers and band. Please join us.

PASSION PLAY GROUP: A very happy new year and a big thank you to everyone who helped and supported us last year. Still want to get involved in the preparations for 2020? email towardslewes2015@gmail.com or call 01273 475438.

METROPOLITAN OPERA STAR: To sing in Lewes. The American-born Tenor Paul Austin Kelly, accompanied on the piano by his wife Carol Kelly, will be performing at the South Down College, Mountfield Road on Friday, January 22, at 7.45pm at a concert put on by the Nicholas Yonge Chamber Music Society, now in its 53rd year. Paul and his wife are well-known and popular residents of Lewes. His operatic career has so far included appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala and Glyndebourne, with many more bookings still to come.

Paul has devised a programme which he has called A Very Special Relationship: Song Cycling the Pond. This will start with Britten’s haunting Winter Words cycle followed by some rarely heard songs by E J Moeran and Peter Warlock, both lyrical British composers who flourished in the mid-20th century. After the interval attention switches to America with Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs and some jaunty folksong arrangements by Aaron Copland. Tickets for non-members are £15 at the door, on sale in person at Lewes Travel, 1 Station Street or at www.nyslewes.ticketsource.co.uk.

CHURCHES TOGETHER: In Lewes area. There will be a united service on Sunday January 17 to mark the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is at Christ Church at 6.30pm. All are welcome.

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