FOOTPATHS GROUP: On Tuesday April 26, we were fortunate to have Des Lambert OBE, recently retired Principal of Plumpton College, to be the speaker at our recent Lewes Footpaths Group meeting. We had many interesting and some amusing facts from Des’s extensive knowledge of the area, farming and the college from his 40 years experience of working there. The talk was entitled A Journey Through the Countryside with Plumpton College and Des covered this from a number of angles. First he took us on a virtual walk from Lewes to that part of the South Downs Way overlooking the college, describing many new features along the way in an area that many of us had thought that we already knew quite well. We then had the many and amazingly varied courses provided at the college illustrated with a series of slides showing the students at work, from the expected Agriculture to the more adventurous sports activities. This section of the talk continued after our tea break covering finally the Viticulture department, the college being Britain’s Centre of Excellence in Wine education, training and research. Finally Des showed an old film recorded in the 1930s involving lots of chickens, and pigs in open fields as well as in the aptly names Pig Wood. The hard work involved in gathering hay seemed to be greatly eased by a car adapted for the purpose charging around the college’s fields.

An interesting and enjoyable evening for all. Plumpton College is having an open day tomorrow, Saturday, with a huge range of activities and things to see and do. For more information about walks visit www.lewesfootpathsgroup.org.uk

TRINITY AT SOUTHOVER: And St John sub Castro. On Thursday May 26 at 7.30pm in Kings Church (opposite Homebase) Lewes churches together will host a panel of non-politicians to inform reasonably and objectively on the EU referendum, with Michael Kennedy QC in the chair. Trinity voices our choir for the over 70’s has now been meeting on Tuesdays since1 March from 11am to noon at St John sub Castro and is growing in numbers. If you are 70 years or more young, love music, singing and like the idea of meeting new people while having fun, come and join us! No singing experience necessary. Refreshments provided. £3 per session. More information from Emily Watson (Musical Director) on 01273 470144. Services this Sunday at St John sub Castro: 11.15am informal service with singers and band; 4.30pm holy communion, a traditional service. Services this Sunday at Southover: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service, with choir, organ and band; 6.30pm Baptism service with singers and band. Please do come and join us.

COFFEE MORNING: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a Coffee Morning at Cliffe Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon. Tea, coffee, cakes, tombola and bonfire photo’s, so please do come along and support South Street Bonfire Society.

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