Lewes

TRINITY CHURCH SOUTHOVER AND ST JOHN sub CASTRO: A very happy and blessed Christmas to everyone. To help you plan and enjoy Christmas, this Sunday in St John sub Castro we have at 10am an all age nativity service and at Southover our more traditional services of lessons and carols with the choir are at 4pm and then again at 6.30pm. On Christmas Eve at St John sub Castro at 6pm an all age Christingle service (we will celebrate 50 years of Christingle services raising money for the Children’s Society as the first one was in 1968) and at Southover at 3.30pm the toddlers crib service and then at 11pm midnight communion. On Christmas Day at 10am there are all age Christmas services at St John sub Castro and at Southover. At Christmas demand on our food banks is higher than normal. They support households who are not managing. All families who are helped are referred by the professional agencies or GPs’. There are collection points at all Trinity locations and at Tesco, so please consider seasonal donations, such as special tins of meats such as ham and chicken, pickles, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy and fruit in tins, so we can help those in need to have a Happy Christmas as well. Services this Sunday at St John sub Castro: 10am combined nativity service with contemporary worship band. Services at Southover: 8am communion (prayer book); Services of lessons and carols with the enlarged Christmas choir at 4pm and then again at 6.30pm. Please do come and join us.

PASSION PLAY GROUP; A big thank you to everyone who came and sang with us for the carol singing around the town on Wednesday. On Saturday 9th Feb we are having ‘Bring & Share’ Supper, which will also have a silent auction. If you have gifts, activities or services you would like to donate then please let us know. It will be an opportunity to find out more about getting involved in 2020 preparations. More details nearer the time. If you have any questions call 07971 398146 or email: thelewespassionplay@gmail.com We look forward to seeing you next year.

Lewes Footpaths Group: Wednesday’s walk on December 12th, was led by Janet and Gill, started off at the Woodvale Cemetery. We wound our way gradually uphill pausing to read the names on tombstones ranging from a cavalryman for General Custer to the impressive mausoleum built to resemble a train turntable in memory of the chief engineer of London Brighton and South Coast Railways. It was a surprisingly green area with some spooky overgrown wooded sections.

We took our coffee break in bright sunshine on two benches in the remembrance garden. Leaving the cemetery we headed down Tenantry Down Road and then through the tunnel under Brighton racecourse and followed the grassy track to the grandstand and the ancient site of Neolithic Whitehawk Camp from where we had fine views of the sea. We continued along this track gradually descending into Eastern Road by Brighton College. Some of us took the bus back to Lewes while others enjoyed a snack while watching the skaters at the Royal Pavilion.