Lewes

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: (One of the Trinity churches): Our next Alpha course starts on Thursday September 10. A great opportunity to explore the basics of Christianity. Please contact our rector, Steve Daughtery, on 01273 472018 for more information. If you have missed out on being baptised we are having a baptism service in October and Steve would love to hear from you. On September 5 and 6 our chapter house art group are holding an exhibition from 11am to 5pm at Castle Lodge House, Castle Banks. Tea and cake will be served by Lewes Neville WI. Do please visit the exhibition and support the group’s charities Shelter and Southover Community Care (Trinity’s own care agency). On Saturday September 12 the Sussex Historic Churches’ Trust will hold its annual ride and stride between churches, including Southover. Volunteers take part to raise money for the Trust. That day the Gundrada Chapel will be open from 2pm to 6pm under the national Heritage Open Days scheme. Niches in the chapel contain the lead burial caskets of William de Warenne and his wife Gundrada, founders of St Pancras Priory. Their remains are interred in the chapel under Gundrada’s original carved grave slab. 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 in the church hall; 6.30pm informal service with singers and band. Do please join us.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Wednesday August 12 had been rather windy and cool earlier in the day. However, by the time the 20-strong group of walkers met up in Lewes late afternoon for the drive to Fulking, the sun had made an appearance, the temperature rose and it started to feel more like August. Having accommodated those who needed lifts, we set off for Fulking, some 15 miles away. Fulking is a charming village at the foot of the Downs, with a very welcoming traditional old pub, the Shepherd and Dog. We got there rather later than anticipated due to the exceptionally heavy rush hour traffic eastwards out of Lewes, so we agreed to reduce the length of the planned walk, to ensure that we would be back in good time for supper at the pub and well before the light started fading, gone are those long light evenings of June and July. We set off on the narrow path leading from the pub garden up, up, up to the South Downs Way. It is a long steep ascent, so we could justify the occasional stop to gather breath and take in the superb views northwards looking down onto Fulking and far into the distance across the Sussex Weald. Once we reached the South Downs Way, we were again rewarded with fantastic views in the opposite direction, of Shoreham, Brighton, Hove and the glistening sea. We turned eastwards and continued for some distance through the open landscape of the South Downs Way as it meanders along the ridge of the Downs. You really feel that you are ‘on top of the world’ here, just us, sharing this beautiful place with a few other walkers, the occasional mountain-biker and a large herd of cows. Our return route took us back on the same track in the opposite direction (because we had shortened the walk). After the steep descent back to Fulking, we were delighted to find that a long table had been set for us in the pub garden, where we were able to enjoy a relaxing, companionable alfresco supper. The walk was led by Vivien.

The next walk will be one of our strolls and will be at Rodmell on Tuesday, meeting at top North Street car park at 10.30am.

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