Lewes

CONCERT: The Nicholas Yonge Society welcomes four master musicians Matt Hunt (clarinet), Alina Ibragimova (violin), Louise Hopkins (cello) and Alasdair Beatson (piano) for a rare performance of Quartet for the End of Time by Messiaen. An amazing piece conceived on a large scale whilst the composer was in prisoner of war camp. Also, Rave’sl Piano Trio and Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano. Wednesday January 23 at 7.45pm at Cliffe Building, Sussex Downs College, Mountfield Road. Tickets £15 at door, 8 to 25year olds free.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: Lewes Footpaths Group Walk report for December 21. The plan was to watch the sunrise on the shortest day of the year. This involved catching the bus to Ringmer at 6.50am outside Waitrose. One other walker joined Hilda and Graham, whose mad idea this was, and a fourth was waiting at Ringmer. We set off in the lightening gloom to climb the hill to the wind turbine, all the time battling against the gale force winds that had been so accurately predicted in the shipping forecast. The turbine was stationary which we put down to the fact that turbines are switched off in high winds (which may or may not be true) but in this case it was stopped because it was broken, information that we learned from the workman who was getting stuff out of his van at the base of the turbine. His colleague had just begun the climb to the top up the decidedly basic looking ladder inside the tower. We left them to it and carried on up the track towards Saxon Cross, stopping briefly to look at the slightly brighter looking bit of cloud to the east where the sun, unseen, had just risen. On the top we had to lean hard into the wind, sometimes being almost stopped in our tracks, as we crossed the golf course. Having descended Chapel Hill we enjoyed a well-earned breakfast at the Trading Post Coffee Roaster. Not too long after that the sun came out but it was too late then.

Our next walk will be on Sunday January 13. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in time to catch the 9.21am train to Glynde and walk 4 miles back to Lewes with some hilly bits. Optional stop at a cafe afterwards.

LEWES BRIDGE CLUB: Winners for December (all pairs games). Tuesday December 4, Nigel Osmer and Margaret Buddery. Thursday December 6, Jennifer Wilson and Nigel Osmer. Tuesday December 11, Michael Keeping and Janet Cattermole. Thursday December 13 (N/S) Peter Gannon and Nigel Osmer; (E/W) John Williams and Margaret Buddery. Tuesday December 18, Peter Kennedy and Robin Parris. Thursday December 20 (N/S) Meic Goodyear and Simon Kirkwood; (E/W) Nigel Osmer and Adele Thomas. Lewes Bridge Club meets Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons in the Town Hall. Contact Meic Goodyear 01273 476757 for details.