FOOTPATHS GROUP: Our last two walks have visited Barcombe but in quite different areas of it. The July stroll took place from Barcombe Cross over mainline well maintained footpaths even though there were several missing signs at the points where they left the public road. From the village the group went past the Tennis Club and round to Handlye farm. After passing through wheat fields and subsequently a pea crop the Jubilee Centre at Mill Lane was reached then on to Barcombe Church where we had a mid-morning break. The return route to Barcombe Cross was then by the direct route from Church Road towards Mongers Farm. Some nine members enjoyed this stroll which was led by Robert.

Last Saturday we had a longer walk. We started from Broyle Lane in Ringmer and made our way across fields to the A26 at Clayhill. After crossing the busy road we headed for Barcombe Mills with difficulty. The footpaths were not maintained or properly signposted. After emerging, with luck, in Barcombe Mills car park we made our way up the river to The Anchor pub after passing numerous picnickers on the banks, bikini clad maidens and people wild swimming in the river. We had time to enjoy refreshments in the garden of the Anchor before setting off to follow the river again and then on to Isfield Lane and the Half Way House. After crossing the A26 again we skirted Plashett Park Woods, walked across fields and woods to eventually reach the top of Broyle Lane. By this time we had 19 weary walkers who were very pleased to board the 28 bus whose driver very obligingly waited until we all had arrived.

The next walk is on Tuesday, Ore, Old Hastings and Grey Owl. Meet at Lewes Railway Station to catch the 9.54am train to Ore and bring a picnic. A four mile hilly walk.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: (One of the Trinity churches). Last Friday our Rwanda Youth Group raised the magnificent sum of £2,260 at their fund-raising barbecue and auction. This will go towards projects they will work on during their visit in August. Thank you to everyone who contributed. Last Sunday the group ran a well-attended refreshment stand at the Lewes Rowing Club regatta and Round Table charity raft race. They also crewed a raft and showed enormous determination in their efforts to keep it afloat, albeit upside down and for only a few hundred metres, never mind as far as Newhaven. At least they didn’t sink. This is your last chance to book places on the Trinity churches’ Robin Hood-themed summer holiday club for 5 to 11 year olds, July 28 to 31, 9.30am to 1.15am in Southover Church. £12 per child or £30 for three or more children living at the same address: please contact outlaws2015.eventbrite.com. May we remind you that we run the Southover Counselling Service, a professional service available to everyone irrespective of belief or ability to pay. We sponsor anyone unable to meet the full cost of £40 per session (£45 for couples). All counsellors are qualified and are also committed Christians. On September 5 the service will hold a professionally-run workshop examining how the more we know and understand ourselves, the more we learn to know and understand others. To book a place please telephone 07852 221449 or visit www.southovercounselling.org.uk. 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 (church hall); 6.30pm informal service with singers and band. Please do join us.

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