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FOOTPATHS GROUP: Sixteen walkers enjoyed a 5.5 mile mid-week circular walk between Newick and Sheffield Park recently. The walk started at Lane End Common that is located on the outskirts of Newick near the junction of the A275 and the road to Fletching. We were intrigued by the small stone monument on the common that marks the line of the Greenwich Meridian. On leaving Lane End Common the road bridge took us across the disused railway line to Sheffield Park giving good views of the deep cutting in either direction. We left the road on a track running parallel with the dismantled railway watched by two alpacas and two goats disturbing chicken and ducks as we walked by. We continued walking towards Newick but before reaching the village centre we turned to start heading towards Sheffield Park. Eventually we reached the River Ouse where we took a refreshment break and studied the work going on to excavate one of the many disused locks. Revived we followed the Ouse to Sheffield Park Railway Station where we then turned to head back via the large Wo-Wo campsite. Dave led an enjoyable and varied walk on a rare warm day at the end of March.

LEWES HISTORY GROUP: The group meet on Monday, 7pm (for 7.30pm) at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road. The talk is Secret Sussex Resistance. Stewart Angell talks about the little known Sussex Auxiliary Units from WW2 which were to be the British Resistance in the event of German invasion. He reveals an untold story based on accounts from patrol members and rediscovery of their secret hideouts. All welcome. Free refreshments. Members £2, non-members £3. www.leweshistory.org.uk

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall from 10am to noon. Tea, coffee, cakes, tombola, bonfire photos, merchandise. So do come along, all welcome.

FINE ART SOCIETY: Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Art Society meet on Wednesday 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

TRINITY AT SOUTHOVER: And St John sub Castro. There are only a few days left to join Lewes goes strictly, as the new term starts next week on April 14 for six weeks. You are welcome whatever your experience; contact Alex: lewesgoesstrictly@gmail.com. With the children back at school next week, if you have pre-school age children then you might like to join us at the lunch bunch, who 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, with high-quality sandwiches, play, craft and singing. Contact: chisnall.neil@gmail.com or the church office on 01273 470616. Services this Sunday at St John sub Castro: 11.15am informal service with singers and band. Services this Sunday at Southover: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service with Holy Communion, supported by the choir, organ and band; 6.30pm informal service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

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