BRIDGE CLUB: Tuesday September 15, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Richard Burnett; 2, James and Sally Budgen; 3, Edith Jeffery and Nany Wiginton. Thursday September 17, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 2, Alan Disney and Peter Cattermole; 3, Peter and Janet Kennedy. Tuesday September 22, Duplicate Pairs: 1, James and Sally Budgen; 2, Rosemary Land and Irene Gannon; 3, Jonathan Hyde and Neville Hutchinson. Thursday September 24, Duplicate Pairs: 1, Mike Keeping and Peter Kennedy; 2, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone; 3, Paul Allen and Mickie Lodge. Visitors welcome, phone 01273 476757.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Starting from Arlington Reservoir our walk linked the villages of Berwick, Selmeston, Ripe and Chalvington. The going was difficult in places due to the mud and deep puddles following recent heavy rain. To make matters worse we suffered from heavy rain for most of the walk. We took the road from the Reservoir to Berwick Station where we turned onto the Vanguard Way towards Selmeston. Being on a ridge this path was well drained and on a good day has fine views of the Downs. There were plenty of rabbits about and we had to avoid the many holes they had dug on the path. Some of us enjoyed the blackberries growing in large numbers beside the path. Near Selmeston Church we entered the first of many fields on our route to Ripe. At the first field boundary we were forced with great difficulty to get under a broken stile onto a footbridge over a swollen stream. Great care was needed where the footpath crossed the railway line with trains passing fairly frequently. We soon encountered yet another hazard when we had to persuade some cows to get off a footbridge and let us through. We took a short refreshment break in a small copse sheltered from the rain before battling our way across three more large muddy fields that had been recently ploughed. After helping each other over a difficult wobbly stile we emerged onto Langtye Lane and took the path to Ripe Church. Next we crossed fields used to grow turf to arrive at Chalvington Church. There were more large puddles on the final leg which took us back to Arlington Reservoir. Despite the weather and difficult conditions under foot everyone enjoyed the walk that was led by Dave.

The next walk is on Sunday, October 11, Jevington. Meet at top North Street car park for a 9.30am start.

TRINITY CHURCH: At Southover and St John sub Castro. Sunday is harvest festival, with special family services at 10am at Southover and 11.15am at St John sub Castro. Also our monthly traditional service is transferring to St John sub castro with a new time. It will now be twice a month on the first and third Sundays at 4.30pm. This Sunday is evening prayer at the new time of 4.30pm supported by the organ and choir and followed by tea and cake.

Would you like to watch England in their crucial rugby world cup match against Australia tomorrow evening on the big screen in Southover chapter house? We are having a pie and a pint during the match. Start at 6pm with kick-off at 8pm and finish by 10pm. For more information and to book your pie and pint go to trinityworldcupparty.eventbrite.co.uk.

If you missed out on being baptised we are having a baptism service at 6.30pm on Sunday 8 November at Southover. Please contact our rector Steve Daughtery on 01273 472018.

Services this Sunday at St John sub Castro: 11.15 Informal harvest festival family service; 4.30pm evening prayer with organ and choir. Services this Sunday at Southover: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am harvest festival family service, a blend of traditional and contemporary, with choir, organ and band; 6.30pm informal communion service with singers and band. Please join us.

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