Society gather to mark Trafalgar Night in Alfriston

Trafalgar Night in Alfriston
Trafalgar Night in Alfriston

The Seahaven branch of the Royal Society of St George commemorated Trafalgar Night with a gathering at Deans Place Hotel in Alfriston.

A total of 66 members and friends of the Seahaven Branch attended the event, including the mayors of Telscombe, Peacehaven and Seaford.

Chairman, Bob Peedle MBE told guests about the society’s aim to preserve all the best in England, past and present, its traditions and history, manners and chivalry and to support St George’s Day on April 23.

Bob said: “Two delightful events added to the occasion.

“Firstly, branch member Sharon Bewley changed status from a mother to a grandmother during the meal when she received a message that her daughter had just given birth to a baby girl.

“Next, Chief Petty Officer (Master at Arms) Eon Matthews from the Sea Cadets, a former regular member of the Royal Navy now an adult instructor, had qualified for his Cadet Service Medal.

“Branch member, Lieutenant Commander John Owen, had been his first Commanding Officer when Eon joined the cadets as a lad in 1972 and made the presentation during the evening.”

During a speech by Captain Christopher Laycock, Merchant Navy (retired), he outlined the life in the Royal Navy at the time of Trafalgar and the professionalism and skill of Admiral Lord Nelson during his life, leading up to his death on Monday October 21, 1805.

Captain Laycock is well known in the area, having organised the Sea Sunday services at Bishopstone’s St Andrew’s Church.

His impressive Merchant Naval service had started in 1966 as a deck cadet with a major shipping line and his last command was of the P and O Jetfoil passenger service from London’s Tower Pier to Ostend.

Former teacher, now Seaford’s Town Crier and Sergeant at Mace, Peter White responded on behalf of the guests, and talked about his work representing the town.

He ended with a tribute to The Royal Society of St George for its aims and objectives.

A raffle organised by the President’s wife, Maeve Mabey, raised over £200, which will help with the Branch’s future gifts for local worthwhile projects and charities.

To join call Bob on 01323 899985 or email