THANK YOU: The organisers of the Festival Art Exhibition would like to say thank you to all who helped and supported them over the four day exhibition, especially Steamer Trading. The standard of art work was very high and thanks must go to all contributing artists for making it such a successful, entertaining exhibition. Forty-one paintings were sold and the commission on these sales, plus the donations, means that nearly £500 was raised to be shared locally between St Andrew’s Church and Abbeyfield. As visitors will be aware the church walls are in urgent need of re-plastering. Members of the Abbeyfield management manned the Marbles Challenge which kicked off the funds towards a small summerhouse. The Bookstall, in spite of the rain and cramped position, raised £230 and this money will also go to St. Andrew’s.

CRICKET: The Alfriston Cricket Club celebrated the end of the season as winners of Division 7 of the East Sussex Cricket League. Matthew Harmer ended the season with a batting average of 126.

FAMILY DAY: Dovecote Manor, West Dean, will be open on Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13 September from 10am to 4pm on both days. There will be an opportunity to visit an historic, restored 14th century Ancient Monument - the Dovecote, set in delightful gardens which also contains noteworthy buildings including the manor house ruins, the remains of a Jacobean pavilion and Nag’s bar.

There will be a market section selling apple juice, jams and chutneys, cheeses, pies and pasties, plants, wood carving, hand thrown ceramics, silver jewellery and fabric and felt decorations.

There will also be an exhibition of WW2 working radios. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds will go to All Saints Church, West Dean.

This is a family occasion and dogs on leads will also be welcome. Admission and parking are free.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society will be meeting again after the summer break on Thursday September 17 at 7.30pm in the War Memorial Hall.

The speakers will be Ian Everest and Ian Gledhill. Ian Everest, who comes from a farming background, will be talking about Shepherds of the South Downs. After the mid meeting break Ian Gledhill will talk about Magnus Volk and his Amazing Railway.

All are welcome - members free, non members £5.

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