St George’s Day celebrations were hosted by the Seahaven branch of The Royal Society of St George in Alfriston on April 23.
The bells rang out as a church service was held at St Andrew’s by branch Chaplain Revd David Farrant and the Rector of St Andrew’s Revd Daniel Merceron.
The event was attended by Peter Field, Lord Lieutenant and Juliet Smith, the High Sheriff.
The Standard of St George was carried at the service by Frank Holland.
Following the service in St Andrew’s, everyone strolled across to Deans Place Hotel where 74 members and friends assembled for a formal dinner. They were kept in order by toastmaster David Blight.
Branch chairman, Bob Peedle MBE, said: “We are here to celebrate England’s National Day, St George’s Day, which also happens to be that great English Bard’s birth and death day – William Shakespeare.” The Lord Lieutenant replied on behalf of the guests and praised the work of the branch to promote England.
During the evening, Nick Dutt, the chairman of the Charitable Trust of the Royal Society, presented a cheque for £300 to the Air Training Corps from Battle to help with their Squadron exchange trip to Australia next year.
Mr Dutt also auctioned two special bottles of wine given by the vice president, Steve Saunders.
This resulted in £125 being donated to Help for Heroes. A raffle followed which added money to the branch’s funds which can be used to buy gifts for projects or charities.