ROVER’S RETURN: Time for a good news story. Charlie’s back, the explorer tortoise of Foxhunt Green! He was found last weekend in the field behind the house where he lives by two grazing alpacas (yes, I know, you couldn’t make it up could you?) Where Charlie has been in the past two months no one knows, least of all his owner Mary Rylands but she reports that, apart from being very dirty and hungry, he doesn’t seem to have suffered any harm. She suspects he may have been wandering in the woods before deciding that home was best, but Charlie’s not saying a word.

FSW: Our parish has long helped Family Support Work, the charity which has been helping Sussex families in difficulties for the past 125 years. Its latest fund-raiser is an Open Garden event at Glyndebourne by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Gus Christie on Thursday September 24 from 1.30pm to 4pm. Tickets are £5 in advance or £7.50 on the gate on the day and refreshments will be available. Tickets can be bought in advance from Knowles Tooth, Langton Lane, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9EZ or from Wise Books, Sutton Road, Seaford BN25 1RU

YOGA: A Yoga class is to be held on Mondays from 10 am to 11.30am, at the Lucas Hall beginning on September 14. The leader is Judith Naylor, a British Wheel of Yoga qualified and experienced teacher and the level is suitable for beginners or people with experience. The cost will be £8 per class (drop-in). Contact Judith for more details on 07769 898394. This sounds like a great way to start your week.

WALKING FESTIVAL: Great news for all walkers, Wealden District Council and Eastbourne Borough are putting on a lovely programme of walks over nine days in late September and early October. It’s a big range for varying abilities and ages and runs the gamut from historical and literary, to healthy and Nordic. For more details, go on to www.sussexwalkingfestival.org.uk Telephone bookings on 01892 602757 from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm.

BONUS BALL: For more than 13 years a stalwart trio of organisers have run a Bonus Ball scheme raising more that £16,000 to support capital expenditure and maintenance for the Lucas Hall and the Sports Pavilion on the Cattam. 
With some changes announced by the National Lottery for such schemes which will come into effect in October, (and will allow another ten people to take part) the trio of Faith Sandeman, Gill Temple and John Tolley feel that it is time to retire and hand over the scheme for others to run. As the scheme is already set up it wouldn’t be a hugely onerous task for a small number of people to continue to run it, so if anyone would like to help, or would like to find out what would be involved, please contact Faith on 01825 841204 to have a chat. We already have a volunteer lined up to act as Treasurer.

SERVICES: This weekend’s Sunday services will both be at All Saints’and will take place at 8am (Holy Communion) and 10am (Parish Eucharist).

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