Lewes

NICHOLAS YONGE SOCIETY: Today, Friday, 7.45pm. For the second concert of the 2018/19 season of international chamber music concerts we welcome the prize winning Martinu quartet. They will be playing the following string quartets: Haydn, Opus 64 No 2, Schuloff no 2 and Dvorak’s American. They showed a gift for finding the emotional heart of a piece (Strad). Tickets £15, free for members and 8 to 25 year olds. Cliffe Building, Sussex Downs College, Mountfield Road, www.nyslewes.org.uk

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: South Street Bonfire Society are holding a Christmas Fayre at Cliffe Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, 9.30am till 12.30pm. There will be the usual stalls, cakes, giant tombola’s, hamper raffle, Christmas gifts and merchandise. Free admission, plus you can buy a cup of tea or coffee and a mince pie for £1, so do come along, everybody welcome. South Street Bonfire Society would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members, subscriber’s and supporters a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

SENIORS CHRISTMAS DAY PARTY: If you are an older resident in Lewes and are going to be alone on December 25, do join us at the Seniors’ Party organised at the House of Friendship by the Churches Together in Lewes. We will share a Christmas meal, sing carols and enjoy each other’s company. Transport can be provided for those who need it. Just ring us at the House of Friendship on 01273 476469 any weekday morning (9.30am and 1pm) or call in.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Walk report for November 18. The autumn colours are past their best but the golden leaves on the paths that we walked along round Danehill were often still quite fresh and crisp in spite of the recent rain. Walking through a thick layer of rustling leaves is a particular pleasure at this time of the year. Coupled with the bright sunshine and the good company of fellow walkers, there were all the ingredients for a perfect ramble round the High Weald. From Danehill we followed the Greenwich Meridian Trail and soon entered the well-kept grounds of Birch Grove Estate, once the home of Harold Macmillan of Never Had it so Good and Winds of Change fame. The track through the woods led us eventually to Birchgrove Road and after a short walk along that we plunged into more woods where the track ran along the side of a valley with many, presumably, old hammer ponds in the valley floor below. The route back to Danehill was through more woodland and across the fairways of a golf course with no players, somewhat unusual on a lovely Sunday morning. We came to the conclusion that the course has to be private and this was confirmed by subsequent research by our chairman. Twelve of us were led by Hilda and Graham.

TRINITY CHURCH SOUTHOVER: And St John sub Castro. Do you enjoy singing? Come and join us as we prepare for Trinity at Southover’s candlelit carol services at 4pm and 6.30pm on Sunday December 23. Rehearsals are in the church 7pm to 8pm on Fridays November 23 and 30, December 7, 14 and on December 21 from 7pm to 9pm. If you can join us on December 21 and at least two other rehearsal evenings please come and join us. Services this Sunday at St John sub Castro: 11.15am informal all age service with contemporary worship band. Services at Southover: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service with choir, organ and band; 6.30pm informal communion service with contemporary worship band. Please do come and join us.

PASSION PLAY GROUP: Our annual carol singing evening around the town and some of the pubs in Lewes will take place on Wednesday December 19 meeting at St Thomas’ Court, Cliffe at 6.30pm and ending with a gathering at Eastgate Church Hall around 8.30pm. Please bring a torch. Contact 07971 398 146 or email: thelewespassionplay@gmail.com or just join us on the evening and join in the fun.