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THE SUMMER SHOW: The Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Society will be holding its Annual Summer Show in the War Memorial Hall on August 7 and 8. The show opens on Friday at 1 pm to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 4.30 pm when the winners will be presented with their cups. Refreshments will be available. Entry is free.

MAMMA MIA THE FILM: On August 12 The Star proudly presents Abba on The Tye, where there will be an open air showing of the film Mamma Mia starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Julie Walters. A chance to dance and sing along. Food and drinks will be available but you can also bring a picnic. The film, free to attend, starts at 9 pm but the eating and drinking starts from 7.30 pm. The aim is to raise funds for St. Andrew’s Church.

MUSIC FROM THE SOFA: A band that is jazz with folk fusion run by Nigel Goss featuring three female singers, drummer, flautist and keyboards will be performing at St. Andrew’s on August 15 from 8 pm. The music has good tunes, jazz chords with three part harmony. There is a folk influence in that the songs are quite often modal and some of the lyrics have a tale to tell. Tickets £3 on the door. Their website is www.musicfromthesofa.com.

ALFRISTON W.I. NEWS: From Wendy Day. Members and several visitors gathered at the Old Chapel Centre to hear an interesting and surprisingly humorous talk by Mr Harry Pope about his life as a funeral director. He worked in a well known London firm and arranged funerals for the rich and famous, including Royalty, so had some amazing and memorable tales to tell. After tea and biscuits members were told of forthcoming outings to Newhaven Lifeboat and Pashley Manor and reminded of the village events in August most of which will require tea and homemade cakes. The next meeting will be after the Summer break at 2 pm on September 15 when Bill McNaught will be talking about Buffalo Bill. Visitors will be welcome and a small donation would be appreciated.

THE LITLINGTON FLOWER FESTIVAL: The flower festival was held over four days last month and had 2,373 visitors. The amount raised for the Church was a total £10,500 and the PCC say a huge ‘thank you’ to all those who gave up time and energy and all who contributed to such a magnificent and successful effort.

TEDDY BEARS PICNIC: another thank you to all those involved in the recent Teddy Bears Service and picnic. £200 was raised for Family Support Work, the Children’s Charity of Sussex.

ALFRISTON BRIDGE CLUB: The Alfriston Bridge club starts up again on September 10 at the War Memorial Hall. There are vacancies for new members. If you can play Bridge and would like to join a friendly club contact John Nott at johnnott05@aol.com or telephone 871159. The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month and starts at 2.30 pm.

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