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HEARING GROUP: The next meeting of the Lewes Hard of Hearing Support Group will be held on Monday April 18, from 10.30am to noon at Lewes House of Friendship, 208 High Street. Our speaker will be Justin Bailey from Wealden District Council talking about how the launch of the Wealden Big Switch scheme could save East Sussex residents money on their energy bills. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other hard of hearing people and to make new friends in a relaxed and welcoming environment and to learn from their personal experience of living with hearing loss. It’s also an ideal opportunity to learn some useful communication skills that will help to reduce the feeling of isolation.

COFFEE MORNING: Wednesday, 10am to noon at Cliffe Hall, Cliffe High Street. Coffee Morning in aid of the St Thomas a Becket Restoration Appeal. Homemade cake stall, raffle, tombola. Teas, coffees and soft drinks. Details www.st-thomas-lewes.org.uk and info@st-thomas-lewes.org.uk

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday March 15, Tuesday Pairs: 1, Irene and Peter Gannon; =2, Meic Goodyear and Mickie Lodge; =2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. Thursday March 17, Thursday Pairs: 1, Alan Disney and Peter Cattermole; 2, Nigel Osmer and Adela Thomas; 3, Jerry Emery and Nanette Tarling. Tuesday March 22, Tuesday Pairs: 1, Martyn and Terry Wallwork; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; =3, Martin Hall and Peter Gannon; =3, Simon Fishburn and Simon Kirkwood. Thursday March 24 Thursday Pairs, North/South: 1, Nigel Osmer and Peter Gannon; 2, Mike Keeping and Janet Cattermole. East/West: 1, Francine Talbot-Limbrey and Rita Hartnell; 2, Alan Disney and Susan Louis. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

FINE ART SOCIETY: Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Art Society meet on Wednesday April 13 at 2.30pm in Uckfield Civic Centre. The talk will be The Role of Arts in Prisons by Angela Findlay. The society always welcomes visitors and new members. For further information please go to www.uckfielddfas.org.uk

FOOTPATHS GROUP: The group has a stroll every month but our March stroll on March 15 from Newhaven to Seaford, had to be rerouted as the footpath (which is also the final section of the Vanguard Way and Ouse Valley Walk) is closed due to demolition of the old railway bridge. So we endured rather noisy traffic for about 10 minutes until we reached the tranquillity of the Nature Reserve with its easy paths and splendid views. We continued to Tide Mills carefully crossing the railway line and on to the sea. Then we followed the old Tide Mills railway track, past the remains of the chest hospital, on a shingly path towards Seaford. When we did the recce several big yellow trucks were racing to and fro redistributing the beach shingle but happily this work was now finished. We stopped off at the Yacht Club for a welcome cup of coffee. I noticed that the lemon drizzle cake was very popular. We reached Seaford station with two minutes to spare before the train took us back to Lewes. Fifteen people came on the walk which was led by Janet. Our next walk which is the first walk in our Spring/Summer programme is at Polegate on April 10. Meet at Lewes railway station in good time to catch the 9.51am train to Polegate. This will be a 5 mile hilly walk.

TRINITY AT SOUTHOVER: And St John sub Castro. Do you like dancing? Lewes goes strictly starts a new term on April 14 for six weeks. All welcome to join whatever your experience. For more information contact Alex: lewesgoesstrictly@gmail.com Do you want to sing gospel with a BBC winning choir? Registration for the summer term of Lewes sings gospel is open, with the term starting on Tuesday April 19. More information at www.trinitylewes.org/lsg. Services this Sunday at St John sub Castro: 11.15am informal service with singers and band; 4.30pm evening prayer, a traditional service. Services this Sunday at Southover: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am family service, with choir, organ and band; 6.30pm informal communion service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

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