HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group talk, Unearthing the Secrets Under Our Feet: What is the Portable Antiquities Scheme? Monday 7pm for 7.30pm at the King’s Church building, Brooks Road

Stephanie Smith, the Finds Liaison Officer for Sussex Archaeological Society, will give an overview of what her job involves and what the Portable Antiquities Scheme has achieved to date. She will also examine more closely some of the most interesting finds discovered in Lewes and the surrounding parishes. To complement the lecture, there will be a display of artefacts for people to handle that show what one metal detectorist has uncovered locally. All welcome. Free refreshments. £2 members, £3 for non-members. www.leweshistory.org.uk

EXHIBITION: Tomorrow, Saturday, an exhibition, A Church and its Community, will be on display in St John sub Castro Church, Abinger Place, organised by the Lewes History Group and St John’s. If you live nearby especially, come and find out the history of the streets in the area, including Sun Street and St John Street, the church (in the past and her future plans), the Pells School, the churchyard with its Finnish Memorial, and the Magnus Arch. Coffee and cakes will also be available. Do call in on Saturday between 10am and 5pm, or on Saturday September 19 or 26, when the church will also be open. Admission free, all welcome.

Lewes FOOTPATHS GROUP: The weather forecast was not good but we set off from North Street car park on Bank Holiday Monday to drive to the Seven Sisters car park near Exceat . We followed the concrete track alongside the meandering Cuckmere until we reached the sign to the South Downs Way. This is where the real climb begins up to Cliff Top. At the top, we enjoyed a panoramic view of the estuary behind us, the calm, sparkling sea on our right and the remaining sisters rising ahead of us. As we walked down and up to the next sister, it was raining hard and we had only the briefest of coffee stops. After the third climb, we dropped down into a hollow and made our way along a grassy track towards the picturesque hamlet of Crowlink with its cluster of beautifully restored flint cottages. At the National Trust car park, we met three other members of our group who joined us as we walked along the tarmac road towards the charming Friston church. By this time, the rain had stopped but some of us were left feeling distinctly damp. We crossed the busy A259 and made our way into Friston forest. Once we had skirted the grounds of Friston Place, we followed a bridlepath towards the pretty village of Westdean and village pond. Then followed almost the hardest part of the walk, climbing up a long, steep flight of wooden steps - thankfully with a handrail on one side. At the top, we were rewarded with a glorious view of the meandering estuary of the Cuckmere River. The last challenge was climbing over a high stone stile into a field leading downwards towards the Seven Sisters Visitors centre and our car park.

Thank you to all the walkers who braved the weather to join Margaret on this 6.5 mile walk, which contrasts one of the most exhilarating cliff-side walks in Sussex with the gentler demands of river and forest.

The next walk is on Sunday. This hilly walk will be at Firle not at Fletching as advertised in our programme. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

SOUTHOVER CHURCH: (One of the Trinity churches). Tomorrow, Saturday, the Sussex Historic Churches’ Trust holds its annual ride and stride between churches including Southover, South Malling and St John sub Castro. Volunteers take part to raise money for the Trust. The Gundrada Chapel is also open from 3.30pm 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. Also under the national Heritage Open Days scheme, there is an exhibition at St John sub Castro from 11am to 5pm showing the history of the church (including recent building work) and its surrounding streets, with refreshments available in the new café. If you missed out on being baptised we are having a baptism service at 6.30pm on Sunday November 8. Please contact our rector Steve Daughtery on 01273 472018. On September 20 all congregations from our three churches will meet at 10.30am in St John sub Castro to celebrate the transfer there of our congregation which presently meets in Southover church hall. The service will be followed by a bring your own picnic. We are cancelling all other services in our three churches that day. A date for your diary: On Sunday September 27 the new 11.15am congregation at St John sub Castro invite people who don’t go to church but might like to, to investigate what is going on there. 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 in the church hall; 6.30pm contemporary service with singers and band. Please join us.

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