FOOTPATHS GROUP: Holiday break in the Cotswolds, April 4 to 7. Twenty-one members of the group recently took part in our Spring break walking in the Cotswolds. We stayed in the hamlet of Down Hatherley, situated between Gloucester and Cheltenham. We stopped at the village of Avebury en- route to our hotel, taking part in a very interesting guided tour of the Standing Stones and braving the rain towards the end of the tour. Our walks were unfortunately hampered by the mud and rain which dogged the rest of the break but we did manage to see some Cotswolds villages and countryside in the warm sunshine. Our first days walk along canal and river paths gave us clear views eastwards to the line of the Cotswolds hills we were to walk on the next day and the Malvern hills which some of us had walked last spring.

Of particular beauty was the village of Stanton said to be the most picturesque village in the Cotswolds with its honey coloured houses. Passing along part of the Cotswolds Way onto Stanway we came across the wonderful gatehouse of Stanway Manor alongside its unusually high garden wall. The village of Snowshill was even more impressive looking back across a valley we had walked down in the rain and then up in the sunshine.

We now look forward to our one week’s summer walking holiday in Church Stretton and our weekend break in Alresford in September. For more information visit www.lewesfootpathsgroup.org.uk

FINE ARTS SOCIETY: Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Arts Society next meet on Wednesday May 11 at 2.30pm in Uckfield Civic Centre. The talk is Treasures of the V&A’s Renaissance Galleries by Paula Nuttall.

TRINITY AT SOUTHOVER: And St John sub Castro. Link-up is open to all women and meets on the second and fourth Thursdays each month in the Chapter House of Trinity Southover Church at 2.30pm. On Thursday Grace Davies will be talking to us on the Nobel Peace Prize, followed by refreshments. We will be very pleased to welcome you. For further information call 01273 470616. Did you miss out on being Baptised or would like to reaffirm your faith? On Sunday May 14 we will be holding our next Baptism service at 6.30pm in Trinity Southover. If you would like to explore this, please contact the Rector Steve Daughtery on 01273 472018. Services this Sunday at St John sub Castro: 11.15am informal communion service with singers and band. Services this Sunday at Southover: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, with choir, organ and band; 6.30pm informal communion service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

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