FOOTPATHS GROUP: On our recent mid-week walk 12 of us took the train out to Plumpton and walked the six miles back to Lewes. We started off through the race course, then past Ashurst organic farm and on to the agricultural college. Thankfully the mud, which had been really deep two weeks ago during the recee, had subsided a bit. We crossed the road by the Half Moon pub and after following the path across a couple of fields took a coffee break perched on logs in a wooded area. Then we tackled the long slow climb up through the trees to Blackcap. It had been very windy all morning but now the wind was behind us and the route was downhill so we made good time to the racing stables and back to Lewes town centre beating the rain which had been forecast, and indeed arrived, about half an hour later. The walk was led by Janet.

The next walk is on Sunday, Firle, six miles. Meet at top North Street car park for 9.30am start. On Tuesday, A Stroll, Stanmer Park. Meet at top North Street Car Park for a 10am start.

TRINITY AT SOUTHOVER: And St John sub Castro. Our next Alpha Course runs on Thursdays from February 25 for nine weeks: a great opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith and discuss the big questions of life in an informal, relaxed setting. We start with a meal followed by a talk and then a discussion. Please contact the Rector Steve Daughtery on 01273 472018. Following last year’s exiting day walking through the Old Testament, we are bringing you a day of walking through the New Testament on March 12, 9.30am to 5pm at Southover. Bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee provided. The cost is £14 and booking can be done on line at: http://www.bible.org.uk/adult_events_book_online.php ; there are leaflets at the back of all three Trinity Church locations. Services this Sunday at St John sub Castro: 11.15am informal family service. Services this Sunday at Southover: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am communion service, with choir, organ and band; 6.30pm informal service with singers and band. Please join us.

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, at Cliffe Church Hall 10am till noon. There will be cakes, tombola, bonfire photos and of course there will be the tea/coffee/hot chocolate. You can also book your South Street Annual Dinner tickets for February 27. Look forward to seeing you there.

CONCERT: Nicholas Yonge Society. Jessie Ann Richardson cello, Simon Callaghan piano. Beethoven, Bruch and Rachmaninov. The concert is at Sussex Downs College on February 26 at 7.45pm. £15 at the door (8 to 25 years free) or at www.ticketsource.com

FINE ART SOCIETY: Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Art Society next meet on Wednesday March 9 at 2.30pm in Uckfield Civic Centre. The talk is Signs and Symbols: the Hidden Message in Paintings by Valerie Woodgate. The society always welcomes visitors and new members. For further information please go to www.uckfielddfas.org.uk

MID SUSSEX BRIDGE CLUB: The results for February 8: 1, David Mann and Graham Medhurst; 2, Mary Curtis and Robert Weir; 3, Richard Hopperton and Mary Teviot; 4, David Shore and Bridget Keates.

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