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A PRAYER GROUP: meets at Christ Church in Seaside this morning, and every Friday, at 10am in the church and is open to all, regardless of denomination. Simply go along on the day or call 733700 for more details.

SEEDY SUNDAY: Eastbourne’s annual seed swapping event will take place at the Leaf Hall in Seaside on Sunday September 6 from 10am-4pm. Take along any excess or unwanted seeds that you may have to share with other gardeners. In addition to seeds swaps, there will be various stalls, arts and crafts, talks and workshops, games and side shows and the café will be open all day for refreshments. For more information visit www.seedysundayeb.co.uk or call 325764. Admission is £1 for adults; children will be admitted free of charge.

THE WALSINGHAM :CELL meets for the Rosary (The Luminous Mysteries) in the Memorial Chapel of Christ Church on Monday September 7 at 6.15pm. Refreshments will follow the service. For details about Cell membership and the annual pilgrimages to Walsingham, call 728522.

THE COURT OF KING HENRY VIII: will be the theme of the next Ladies’ Lunch Club lunch, which will be at the Langham Hotel, Royal Parade, on Tuesday September 8 at 12 noon for 12.30pm, when Timespan Historical Presentations will give their talk 1001 Knights .There is no club membership fee, you simply pay for any lunches that you wish to attend. For bookings and information, call 731451. Future speakers include the author and broadcaster Lucinda Hawksley on September 22 speaking about her great great great grandfather Charles Dickens, on October 13 architect Richard Crook will reveal the history of Eastbourne pier, and ventriloquist Steve Hewlett will entertain on October 27 with Thinking inside the Box.

STREET MEETINGS: will take place on Wednesday September 9 at the junction of Leslie Street and Beltring Road at 6pm and at the St George’s Road and Firle Road junction at 6.30pm. Street meetings are open to all residents and provide an opportunity to discuss any issues of concern with the police and representatives from the council and neighbourhood panels, such as anti-social behaviour, drug dealing, parking issues, cycling on pavements or fly tipping, to see if solutions can be found.

CLARKSON ROSE :will be the subject of Brian Freeland’s talk to members of the RNLI on Friday September 11. ‘Clarkie’ was well known for his many performances in Eastbourne, particularly with his show Twinkle which was a rival to the Fol de Rols, and he was a popular pantomime dame. The RNLI meetings are held in the West Dean Suite of the Langham Hotel at 10am for a 10.30am start, and non-members are welcome to attend. There is a small entry charge. Tea and coffee will be available and there will be a raffle.

HISTORIAN RICHARD VAN EMDEN: returns to the Redoubt Fortress on Saturday September 12 with stories from his latest work Tommy’s War. He will reveal what life was like for the ordinary soldier, what mattered to him, and how he survived, both physically and mentally, told through the words and images of soldiers on the ground. He has gathered some of the very best first-hand material written about the War, some of it published at the time and forgotten, some of it previously unpublished, but all of it wonderfully descriptive and immediate, and often wickedly funny. Tommy humour, frequently very dark, played a vital part in men’s mental survival, particularly in times of great stress. Illustrating these eyewitness accounts with soldiers’ own photographs taken on privately owned cameras, often tiny Vest Pocket Kodak’s - the smart phones of their day – Richard van Emden will present an entirely new and fresh history of the Great War, providing a glimpse of ‘Tommy Atkins’ as he has never been seen before.

The talk will be from 2pm-4pm, with tea and coffee served during the interval. The cost is £12, concessions £10, and places can be booked by telephoning 410300 or call into the Redoubt Fortress reception in person. Email redoubtmuseum@eastbourne.gov.uk for more information.

THE DOWAGER LADY CRABTREE: will be the guest speaker, revealing “How To Grow Old Disgracefully”, at a lunch at the Langham Hotel, Royal Parade, on Wednesday October 7 to help raise £25,000 towards a new club house extension for Gildredge Park Bowls Club. Bookings need to be made as soon as possible to be certain of a place. Call 731451 or email frontdesk@langhamhotel.co.uk If you live at Sovereign Harbour and are a member of Harbour Friends social group, you can book instead for a lunch with Lady Crabtree at the Langham on Wednesday October 1. For information, visit www.harbourfriends.co.uk or call 470114. Harbour Friends is predominantly, although not exclusively, for Sovereign Harbour residents with the aim of promoting and fostering friendships and to organise social events and trips for the enjoyment of its members. Meetings are held every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm-10.30pm in the first floor bar lounge of Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club.

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