LADIES GROUP: Falmer Ladies Group met for their September meeting with a great talk by Ian Everest entitled Newhaven Fort – then and now. As the manager of Newhaven Fort from 1987 until 2001, Ian talked about its military history and the trials and tribulations of converting this Scheduled Ancient Monument into a popular visitor attraction. I wasn’t able to be present but by all accounts it was a great talk and enjoyed by all.

WHERE WAS I?: I was walking on the Mendip Hills with ladies that I have been going away with for the last nineteen years, and we are still no better at reading maps as one of us said ‘it’s no good asking us where we are going because we never get there’ but we are out walking and always manage to return home safely. The day I returned to Falmer there was a great traffic jam with two contributing factors one it was a home match for the Albion playing against Hull, and secondly the arrival of new students to the University of Sussex being brought in by parents. Thankfully the stewards on duty at the entrance to the village recognised me as I had no pass with me.

CONCERT: The first of the Falmer Concerts was performed on Sunday afternoon in St Laurence Church, with Elen Morgan Williams playing oboe, never would you have guessed that Elen was only 16 years old, she was just brilliant, accompanied by her father Ian Morgan Williams on the piano and the second soloist performer was Anne Hodgson on Flute. It was a varied programme full of excitement and the very first performance of Peter Copley’s Sonatina for flute and piano (after Poulenc) performed wonderfully by Anne. The concert was to raise money for the Commonwealth Resounds a charity for musicians from across the Commonwealth who have been united by the work of the Commonwealth Resounds to help develop their skills and to collaborate across cultures. Elen will be performing in more concerts to raise money and with other students from the Purcell School where Elen is studying, she will be performing very soon at Buckingham Palace to members of the Royal family. Look out for notices of her concerts. The second charity for which the concert was raising money was St Peter and St James Hospice, a charity that Anne Hodgson supports and next year she will be undertaking a sponsored bike ride in Vietnam. We wish them both every success and good wishes for the future.