By George – they want some patriotic fervour

Ringing the bells at Alfriston last year
Ringing the bells at Alfriston last year

The Seahaven branch of The Royal Society of St George is urging people to celebrate their patron saint in style this year.

It wants the public to mark England’s national day on April 23 in the same vein as the patriotic fervour inspired by St Patrick’s Day, St David’s Day and St Andrew’s Day

A branch spokesman said, “We can all fly the flag of St George. Any building with a flag pole is asked so to do on and around St George’s Day.”

The branch is asking people to celebrate with their friends and family, societies and associations with lunches, dinners, receptions or parties. Churches of all denominations are asked to consider holding a special service during this period as well as joining in the national campaign to ring bells at 6pm on the day.

For assistance, requests for speakers or advice, please contact the branch Chairman Bob Peedle on 01323 899985 or by email on

Already there are some requests for speakers to visit meetings and lunches in the area. Mr Peedle will also welcome information about how individuals or groups will be marking the day.

The Seahaven Branch is holding its own celebrations with a service on St George’s Day at St Andrew’s Church in Alfriston which will start at 6pm with the ringing of the church bells.

Members and guests will then walk across The Tye to Deans Place Hotel where a formal dinner will start at 7.30pm. All this will take place in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff of East Sussex as well as many other civic dignitaries.

Saint George was martyred in 303 AD by order of the Emperor of Rome, Diocletian.

George was a Christian and refused the Emperor’s orders to declare for paganism and forsake Christianity.