Alfriston news
Alfriston news

POST PANTO BLUES: It happens every year. After panto come the panto blues with no more rehearsals, lines or songs to remember but this year we are not wondering what to do with ourselves there are a few things to consider getting involved in

CATHEDRAL OF THE DOWNS: The Restoration fund raising for St Andrews had a fabulous launch with a diverse range of fundraising events. There really was something for everyone. This is set to continue in 2017.

The wonderful Cuckmere News and our own website will continue to publish updates and events as will this column. In the meantime to help with the increase in interest and visitors to the church, the rector is building an army of volunteer guides.

There will be simple training given in March. If you are interested in learning more about the history of this wonderful building and want to share your love of the area this would be a great way to do it.

Email the rector at or drop a note in to the church.

RESTORATION ROAD TRIP: Monday at 7.30pm Old Chapel Centre. Richard Adcock will give an illustrated talk on 2016 Road Trip through 20 Western USA National Parks. There will be refreshments and donations will be made to St Andrews Restoration Fund.

WI: Tales From The Time of The British Raj. Mrs Rukshana Master, fashion designer and author will be giving a fascinating and entertaining insight into this period. Covering the time of her great great grandmother between 1831 and the 1900s. The Old Chapel Centre February 21 at 2pm. Non members are most welcome to this talk and a small donation is always appreciated.

A ROYAL AFFAIR: If you are looking to get your history fix outside the village you will not need to travel too far.

Richard Hayward will be talking about the link between Litlington and the notorious affair between the Prince Regent and Mrs Fitzherbert. Friday February 24 7pm for 7.30pm Litlington Village Hall.

Tickets can be purchased £5 to include wine and nibbles. Contact 870854 for tickets.

VALENTINUS: Symbols of love, affection and courtship are everywhere this month, handwritten valentines have given way to mass produced cards.

Much Ado Books have asked the question ‘What could be more romantic than a card you have made yourself? How about adding a gorgeous volume of poetry?’ To answer that question they have produced one of their lovely bits packs, full of lovely images and bits and pieces for you to tear up, cut out and get creative with. The pack includes two blank cards (just in case you cannot choose), envelopes, ribbon and hearts. Alongside this they have a specially chosen book Classic Love Poems £15 for the bits pack and book or £10 each. I hope the shepherd is not reading this as I will be popping in. The ideal opportunity to have a nosey at their new layout and new arrivals.

FOODIE HEAVEN: A great meal should not just be enjoyed with friends and loved ones on Valentine’s Day but if you are looking for a weekend celebration of love or the day itself we have a fabulous selection of restaurants and talent in Alfriston all serving locally sourced menus. My mouth has been watering reading a number of award menus and reviews this week.

Most newsworthy is Star Head Chef Michael Sutherland at The Star Inn who has been announced as Winner of The Sussex Young Chef of the year with a mouthwatering and imaginative menu. The Star are offering a Valentines evening of great music from Stephen J Hockridge along with the now award winning foo d. Call them on 01323 870495.

Other notable foodie mentions go to The Wingrove, who had a fabulous review published in Platinum Business magazine and Deans Place ‘Dining Room’ consistently offers culinary excellence in gorgeous surroundings.

For a more relaxed dining experience The George with their delicious sharing platters, baked Camembert and fish bowl sized gin glasses are a personal favourite. The Smugglers Inn have Markham and Lodge playing on February 14 with a special Valentine Menu. Call them on 01323 870241. Lots and lots of choice for all.

A valentines meal does not have to be about the finest dining experience, my loveliest Valentine’s evening was spent sitting on hay bales, in a lambing barn with a chorus of baaing, hurrying to eat our delicious meal before the next life needed help into the world.

For this year I think the George will be warmer and the locals less intrusive.

A THOUGHT: Finishing with a thought ‘One cannot think well, love well or sleep well, if one has not dined well’ Virginia Woolf.

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