Students: The students at University of Sussex are well and truly back. Last Friday there was a spectacular firework display to celebrate the end of freshers’ week and the start of work. Villagers were invited and I fully intended to go down and watch, but time and weather stopped me in the end and I contented myself with watching from an upstairs window!

Services: On Saturday October 3rd, at 11am, we will be having a “Pet Blessing” service at St. Laurence Church. Last year’s was very popular and we hope even more people will bring their pets to Falmer for a blessing. The following day we have our Harvest celebration on Sunday October 4th at 10am. All are very welcome to come to both services.

Rugby: The arrangements for the Rugby World Cup matches that took place at the Amex Stadium last weekend were very thorough. Parking had been organised so that there did not seem to be any extra cars in the village, not something one can say on regular match days when a lot of cars suddenly appear on the streets. The only annoying thing was the helicopter that hovered overhead both days for at least an hour after the match had finished. It was particularly difficult on Sunday as it was a lovely day and we were trying to get some gardening done but couldn’t hear what we were saying to each other over the noise.

The Keep: The Keep is having an Open Day tomorrow (Saturday) with the focus on food. There will be activities, talks and tours. You are invited to bring along your family recipe book if you have one and share your family’s special recipies. There will also be stalls, including an archaology stall and a stall from the Bevendean History Project. The Keep is open from 10am to 3pm and entrance is free, refreshments are available.

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