Alfriston

SUSSEX: I’m just in love with all these three, The Weald and the Marsh and the Down countree, Nor I don’t know which I love the most, The Weald or the Marsh or the white Chalk coast. In a Three Part Song Kipling struggled to choose one part of Sussex he loved the most, the wonderful thing is we don’t have to choose…. Sussex Day celebrates our rich heritage and culture across the county. Alfriston Village will be celebrating tomorrow, Saturday, from 8am with a boot fair and parking on the Recreation Ground, then from 11am the village family fun begins. The Swords of Albion will re-enact medieval history throughout the day in their arena on The Tye. Ale will be served in the village pubs and by Harveys and Longman on The Tye.

Sunday, St Andrews invite you to a service celebrating all things bright and beautiful at 11am.

CLERGY HOUSE: If Sussex Day shenanigans has got you wanting to learn more about medieval architecture then join the Clergy House team and explore the difference between a Medieval and Tudor house with historic buildings consultant Stephen Gray. The last in a series of three talks. Thursday June 16, 10.30am to 1pm, £10. Tuesday June 14 sees a special tour of the garden 11.30am to 12.30pm to celebrate National Garden Scheme Day.

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: Antiques are the subject of the WI meeting and talk to be given by Janie Ramsey. Janie worked at the world’s oldest fine art auction house and will be discussing factors that influence the value, showing examples and sharing anecdotes from behind the scenes. Non-members are most welcome (donations are always appreciated). 2pm The Old Chapel Centre June 21.

ECCENTRIC AND ECLECTIC: No that is not a description of the population of Alfriston (although history says it could be) but of the unusual and interesting collection that can be found in Emmett and White Antiques and Interiors. If Janie Ramsey’s talk has inspired pop in to discover the wonderful, the unusual and the downright eccentric http://www.emmettandwhite.com/

FILM NIGHT FUNDRAISER: Sunday June 26. All proceeds from the screening of A Vote for Hitler will go to St Andrew’s Restoration. Join director Paul Bryers for a talk and viewing of his 1988 film, dramatising political events in Oxford in 1938. Featuring interviews with the people involved including Edna and Denis Healey. Organised by Much Ado Books 6pm for 6.30pm at Deans Place Hotel. Tickets £10 (including wine and nibbles) available in advance in person at Much Ado Books or Deans Place Hotel (cash or cheque only) or online at www.muchadobooks.com

SUMMERTIME ON BROADWAY: In this case great popular numbers by Cole Porter, Harry Warren and George Gershwin sung and played in St Andrews with the some might say more beautiful than Broadway backdrop of the Cuckmere for concluding drinks. Sunday June 26. Tickets £10 in advance at St Andrews or email geoffdellis@yahoo.co.uk to reserve your tickets.

CONGRATULATIONS JANE GREEN: Alfriston resident, professional presenter, author and astronomer Jane Green has been elected by the Board of the RAS to be a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. This is a wonderful accolade for a truly wonderful and lovely lady. http://www.janegreenastronomy.co.uk

AND FINALLY: Alfriston Labyrinth Festival June 11 to 18. Opening as part of Sussex Day, Walk the Labyrinth and sign up for the workshops taking place during the week. Find out more about the workshops and talks from the leaflet included in the Cuckmere News or programme published on the village website. Workshops need to be pre booked by email to laby1@myphone.coop

Don’t forget to visit the Early Summer Horticultural Show from 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, Alfriston War Memorial hall.

ONCE AGAIN: This weekend we shall wish her majesty a very happy 90th Birthday. The Sussex Charter shall be ringing across the county next week and I shall leave you with some excerpts: For all the people of the ancient kingdom of Sussex. Let it be known: June 16 of each and every year shall be known as Sussex Day. Sussex day shall be celebrated according to the rites and traditions of Sussex…Let it be known the people of Sussex will, through custom support all local business. Finally, let it be known, as guardians of Sussex, we all know Sussex is Sussex … and Sussex won’t be druv. In God we trust. God Save the Queen.

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