EXHIBITION: I am fortunate to have been in at the start of the remarkable Chalk Gallery in Lewes and as a result, last Sunday I attended the private view of the excellent exhibition that features work from 80 former and current members of this Artist-led gallery. Not content with simply celebrating ten years of the gallery’s existence in Lewes, the Chalkies have taken over the ground floor of the prestigious Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. The exhibition is really good and it was great fun to meet up with old friends and catch up on the news.

DOGS AND PUMPKINS: Last weekend saw four events that raised money for the charity US’s emergency appeal to aid refugees in Europe. The first was the Pet Blessing service at St Laurence on Saturday. This was attended by plenty of dogs, but no other pets. I know cats would probably hate to be carried in a basket, but maybe next year we can attract a rat, or a gerbil, or maybe a parrot? The second fundraiser was our Harvest Festival service. The church was filled with lovely harvest produce, (pumpkins, apples, sweet corn) and beautiful flowers and the collections from both of these services went towards the US appeal. After the Harvest service came our traditional auction of produce, ably conducted by Beryl Brown. Finally a delicious Harvest lunch organised and cooked by Jill Burt was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The proceeds from the auction and donations for the lunch also went to the charity. I don’t have the final tally, Rosemarie can let you know that next week.

CONCERT: Next weekend we have the latest in the current concert series at St Laurence Church. On Saturday October 17, from 5.30pm to 6.15pm we have The Feminine Touch. Arias and duets by Purcell, Gluck, Puccini, Donizetti, Rossini, Bizet, Frank, Humperdink and Offenbach, with Sue Mileham soprano, Jane Money mezzo-soprano and Nicola Grunberg piano. We are so lucky to have such talented musicians singing and playing for us here. The concerts are free to enter with a retiring collection and there are drinks available.

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