COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall from 10am till noon. Cakes, tombola, tea and coffee.

BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday June 23, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Sally and James Budgen; 2, Nigel Osmer and Margaret Buddery; 3, John Allen and Eliza Wyatt. Thursday June 25, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Peter Gannon and Nigel Osmer; 2, Peter Kennedy and Mike Keeping; 3, Alan Disney and Susan Louis. Tuesday June 30, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Jonathan Hyde; 2, Peter and Irene Gannon; 3, Peter Cattermole and Jennifer Wilson. Thursday July 2, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Nigel Osmer and Jennifer Wilson; 2, Alan Disney and Rita Hartnell; 3, Janet Cattermole and Jonathan Hyde. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Wednesday July 1 was reportedly not only the hottest day of the year so far, but the hottest July day of the past decade (even, according to some reports, the hottest July day since records began). So the question was whether anyone would even turn up for this walk. But as the saying goes mad dogs and Englishmen… and it was an evening walk, so not in the midday sun. Nevertheless, the thermometer read 34C when we foregathered at the Yew Tree Inn carpark at the delightful village of Arlington. Amazingly, it turned out to be one of the best attended evening walks ever, with 18 participants, 18 intrepid walkers, all armed with supplies of water, suntan lotion and headgear and determined to defy the heat and enjoy an evening out in the glorious Sussex countryside with a group of like-minded companions. As luck would have it and since the walk was planned weeks ahead, it was entirely fortuitous, the route was mostly in the shade until the last part, by which time the intensity of the heat had eased. We set off from the village picking up a track through woodland, crossing the Cuckmere River and arriving at the Arlington Reservoir. This was an ideal spot for our short mid-walk break, an opportunity to cool off in the shade and take some refreshment, with the lovely views across the reservoir towards the church at Arlington, close to our final destination. We set off again, initially skirting the reservoir, then striking out across a series of fields, in which, despite the lack of rain, wheat, corn and maize were flourishing. For the last section of the walk, we joined the Wealdway, finally emerging at the churchyard of Saint Pancras, Arlington, just a short walk away from our starting point. Everyone agreed that it had been a most enjoyable walk and, at less than 4.5 miles on mainly flat and easy tracks, not too onerous for such a hot evening. All the walkers then stayed on for an al fresco supper in the garden of the welcoming Yew Tree Inn, a delightful end to the evening. The walk was led by Vivien. The next walk is a Saturday afternoon walk on July 18, Ringmer to Barcombe. Meet at Waitrose bus stop for 1.59pm Bus 28 to Ringmer.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: (One of the Trinity churches). We are thrilled that the heritage lottery fund has awarded £247,000 for exterior repairs at Trinity St John-sub-Castro church, which almost completes the funding to repair the building. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Lewes Sings Gospel choir (BBC gospel choir of the year) will give their biannual concerts in Southover church at 3pm and 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10/£5 from www.lsgsummer2015.eventbrite.co.uk or on the door if seats are still available. On Friday July 17, from 7pm in the church hall in St James’ Street our Rwanda Youth Group will hold a fund-raising barbecue and auction of new items and promises. You are warmly invited to attend, with a chance to obtain a bargain. On Sunday July 19, from 2pm to 6pm the Lewes Rowing Club regatta and Round Table charity raft race will take place. We are very pleased that Round Table are supporting Southover Counselling Service as one of their local good causes. The raft race will start at Malling recreational area (behind Tesco), pass through the town and finish in Newhaven. Do come and support our professionally-run counselling service, which subsidises any individuals or couples who are unable to pay the full cost. For appointments or more information please telephone 07852 221449 or visit www.southovercounselling.org.uk. The Trinity churches’ summer holiday club for 5 to 11 year olds, Robin Hood and The Outlaws of Tanglethorn Forest, will include games, drama, craft, music and fun from July 28 to 31, 9.30am to 1.15pm in Southover Church. £12 per child or £30 for 3 or more children living at the same address. Book at outlaws2015.eventbrite.com. Services this Sunday: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 11.15am informal service with communion (church hall); 6.30pm informal service with communion, accompanied by singers and band. Please do join us.

LEWES PASSION PLAY: Plans a small performance in early December, possibly at the shopping evening, with workshops starting in September so watch this space. All offers of help are most welcome. We are also looking for some new trustees: if you would like more information please email towardslewes2015@gmail.com and come to the trustees’ meeting on Monday 13 July at 7.30pm. If you would like to order a DVD of the Lewes Passion Play performances in 2015 (£10/£5 concessions, post free) contact towardslewes2015@gmail.com or call 01273 475438. If you have editing skills and could help us produce an edited version, please get in touch. Special thanks to Dan Silve for his three minute passion play demo at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcUd9C23wjk. Diary date: Saturday August 15, an outing to Havant’s Passion in the Park production; details to follow.

PHILATELIC SOCIETY: At the June meeting, Kevin Dillistone recounted the story of 100 Years of Aviation to the Lewes Stamp club. He started with the pioneers of flight in the early 1900’s including the Wright Brothers, Berlioz and the Short brothers and moved on to the military aircraft of the Great War all illustrated by picture postcards produced at the tie or stamps produced later to commemorate events. The talk continued through the first passenger aircraft and air mail flights. After break for refreshments Kevin showed development of military aviation including aircraft of WWII. He finished with the large modern day passenger carrying jets.

The next meeting of the Lewes Philatelic Society is tonight (Friday). Graham Lindsey will present a display of stamps and other philatelic items from Italian Unification in 1860-78 and also some Italian Commemoratives. The meeting starts at 7.30pm (doors open from 7pm) in the upstairs meeting room of Christ Church, Prince Edwards Road. Non-members are welcome to come along. For further information about the meeting or membership of the Society please contact the secretary Norman Sansom on 01273 472470.

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