TRINITY CHURCH SOUTHOVER AND ST JOHN sub CASTRO: On Sunday we have our Family Nativity services at 10am in Southover and 11.15am in St John sub Castro, then at 4pm and again at 6.30pm our traditional candlelit services of carols and lessons with the choir in Southover. There is also a more traditional communion service with carols at 4.30pm in St John sub Castro. Do bring the whole family to one of our crib services on Christmas Eve in Southover at 3.30pm or 6pm in St John sub Castro. On Christmas Day at 10am in Southover we will have our Christmas family service. We hope that you and your family can join with us in celebrating the real Christmas message at one or more of our services over the Christmas period. Trinity supports the Lewes food banks, who support households who are not managing. All families who are helped are referred by the professional agencies or GPs'. There are collection points at all Trinity churches and at Tesco, so please consider donating tins of food or dry goods to make Christmas a better time for those in need within our own town. A date for your diary: on Saturday 7 January at 7.30pm in Southover Lewes Sings Gospel are holding their winter concert. Tickets £10 adults and £5 children and can be bought on www.lsgwinter2017.eventbright.com Services this Sunday at St John sub Castro: 11.15am Family Nativity service; 4.30pm Communion with carols, a more traditional service. Services this Sunday at Southover: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am Family Nativity service; 4pm and then again at 6.30pm traditional candlelit service of carols and lessons with the choir and organ. Please do come and join us.

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Walks: On a crisp, sunny day nineteen of us wrapped up well as we set off for a six-mile walk from Southease. We followed the path alongside the River Ouse for about a mile before crossing the busy Newhaven-Lewes road. Here we found a farm track for a short while until we turned off it to climb steeply through bushes startling a number of ring-necked pheasants. At the top, we admired the views of the Downs whilst sheep munched their ways through a field of turnips.

Our rough track led us to the north end of Peacehaven where palatial houses are interspersed with more modest buildings. From there, we made our way toward Telscombe village church for our coffee break. Leaving the church yard, we passed the old hostel now being extended and converted into terraced housing. It was a short climb along the village road until we turned off onto a chalk track which descended into the valley. By the “spider” bench, we turned left to follow the South Downs Way. There were spectacular views as we headed towards Rodmell village. Walking past the Abergavenny Arms, we passed close to Monks House, the former home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf, and saw the small village school on our right and church on our left. The permissive path, running parallel to the main road, led us back to Southease. After passing the 12th century church with its unusual round tower, we were soon back to our cars. The walk was led by Margaret and Jeannette.

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Our next 4-mile walk around Boreham Street is on Sunday 18th December and is described as “undulating.” Do join us. Meet at North Street car park by 9.30 where lifts are available. Visit www.lewesfootpathsgroup.org.uk for more information.

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