Lewes

BRIDGE CLUB: Lewes Bridge Club first place results for November. Thursday November 1, Pairs (N/S): John Williams and Margret Buddery; (E/W) Helen Dawson and partner. Tuesday November 6, Pairs: Peter Kennedy and Robin Parris. Thursday November 8, Pairs (N/S): Margaret Buddery and Adela Thomas; (E/W) Rosalie Husson and Peter Cattermole. Tuesday November 13, Annual Teams: Meic Goodyear and Jerry Emery, Margaret Buddery and Jonathan Hyde. Thursday November 15, Annual Teams: Meic Goodyear and Rosalie Husson, Elizabeth Fry and David Sharpe. Tuesday November 20, Pairs: Richard Burnett and Martin Hall. Thursday November 22, Pairs: (N/S) Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood; (E/W) Nigel Osmer and Margaret Buddery. Tuesday November 27, Pairs: Peter Kennedy and Peter Waters. Tuesday 29, Pairs: (N/S) John and Jonathan Hyde; (E/W) Rosalie Husson and Peter Cattermole, Janet Cattermole and Di Johnstone. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons in the Town Hall. Contact Meic Goodyear 01273 476757 for details.

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.

HISTORY GROUP: Lewes History Group meet on Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm start, at King’s Church, Brooks Road. From Suffrage to Citizenship in Lewes by Dr Diana Wilkins, Reeves Archive. Following a short AGM, Dr Diana Wilkins of Reeves Archive will talk about the campaign for voting rights for women in Lewes. This year is the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act and of the general election in which some women were able to vote for the first time, along with millions more men. Diana has been working with the Reeves Archive on a project to celebrate this centenary, telling the Lewes stories of Suffragettes, Suffragists, and Anti-Suffragists, culminating in an exhibition towards the end of the year. Everyone is welcome. Members free in December, non-members £3 with free mulled wine and mince pies. leweshistory.org.uk/meetings

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Walk report for December 2. There were no trains running to or from Lewes and the much loved rail replacement bus service times were all over the place so instead of walking over the Downs between Bishopstone and Southease we walked over the Downs between Falmer and Lewes. At the beginning the low clouds so obscured the view that we could have been walking anywhere on the Downs, however the advantage of this route was that the wind was behind us and the occasional spots of rain were much less unpleasant as a consequence. The wind was warm and as the clouds lifted the views improved. At the racecourse the group of fourteen began to go their separate ways at the end of a most pleasant walk filled with much conversation, including much gently heated debate about Brexit where the participants managed to strongly disagree without falling out. Graham and Hilda were the leaders.

Our next walk is on Wednesday. It is a short walk around Brighton Cemetery and Racecourse. Meet at Lewes Bus Station to catch the No 28 bus to Woodvale at 9.48am. Anyone is welcome to join us.

TRINITY CHURCH SOUTHOVER: And St John sub Castro. Tomorrow, Saturday, between 9.30am and 1.30pm there will be a bargain book sale of new books at 75 percent off RRP in Cliffe Hall with the proceeds being split between two charities we support at Trinity, Open Hands helping orphans in Eastern Europe and the Rwanda Education Fund. There will also be tea and coffee and cake to revive you on your pre-Christmas shopping trip. If you are an older resident in Lewes and are going to be alone on Christmas Day, do join the Seniors’ Party organised by Churches Together in Lewes. They will share a Christmas meal, sing carols and enjoy each other’s company. Transport can be provided for those who need it. Just ring the House of Friendship on 01273 476469 any weekday morning (9.30am to 1pm) or call in to give them your name. They are just opposite the Seasalt store, on School Hill. Services this Sunday at St John sub Castro: 11.15am informal service with contemporary worship band. Services at Southover: 8am communion (prayer book); 10am morning service with communion and with choir, organ and band; 6.30pm informal 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 6.15pm and ending with a gathering at Eastgate Church Hall around 8pm. 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.