As daffodils: appear before snowdrops the village has a very spring like feel with plans coming together for the year ahead.

PANTO Robin Hood: Friday 29th & Saturday 30th January Alfriston War Memorial Hall, including a child friendly matinee. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the chaos and carnage not to mention the green tights that is the annual Alfriston Players hilarious effort at panto. Tickets available from Hicks newsagents, Waterloo Square. Refreshments and raffle in aid of The Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

ALFRISTON WI: the first meeting of 2016 focused on the Women’s Land Army. Sussex Historian, Ian Everest brought the story of Landgirls and Lumber Jill’s vividly to life through photographs, film and stories including how Lady Denman, the first president of the National Federation of Women’s Institute was herself instrumental in forming the Women’s Land Army. More personally he also talked about his own mother’s life as a land girl. The next WI meeting will be 2pm 16th February in The Old Chapel Centre where the talk has the somewhat intriguing title “A Charmed Life”. Visitors are welcome and donations are always appreciated.

ST ANDREWS, Tea & Tables: This new monthly initiative, held in ‘The Cathedral of The Downs’ is open to all and gathering momentum. Local groups are invited to book a slot, share their interests, promote their activities and encourage locals and visitors to get involved. Tea (and homemade cake) as the title suggests, are obviously available. All proceeds from refreshments go to St Andrews Restoration. The January event was to promote “Sing Alfriston” a day of singing workshops on Saturday 13th February. There was a steady flow of people all keen to find out more with a number signing up for what promises to be a lot of fun. The next event is 20th February and Cuckmere Community Buses will be there to answer questions and talk about this essential valley service. If you are a local organization looking to get your message wider and are partial to a cup of tea contact Roxchel on 01323 870545 to find out more or book your slot.

MUCH ADO: our award winning bookshop have returned from the Christmas break with an exciting programme. If your new year resolution was to be more creative and write that novel you have inside why not join writer and poet John Davies on one of his two six week creative writing seminars beginning Thursday 4th February in the Barn at Much Ado. Learn more and arrange to join one of the workshops at John’s website

Author: Debby Holt will be reading from her seventh novel, The Soulmate in the Barn at Much Ado on Saturday 20th February from 3pm to 4.30pm. Join Debby for a reading and light refreshments. Debby tells us that all her books involve wine, you may draw your own conclusions about what will be served. Tickets are available by calling the shop on 01323 871222 or by visiting the website, cost £10 and include a copy of The Soulmate.

ALFRISTON & CUCKMERE VALLEY, Alfriston: events will publish the 2016 brochure in time for an Easter distribution. If your business would like to renew or be included in this informative guide with a 30,000 annual run please contact

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