SING ALFRISTON: Shakespeare wrote ‘If Music be the food of Love play on’ and Alfriston will definitely be filled with music, food and love tomorrow, Saturday. Sing Alfriston participants and musical guests are warming up their vocal cords ready for this one day workshop festival combining, rock, pop, folk, classical and gospel. Join them 6pm to 7pm in St Andrew’s Church for a free round up of songs learned during the day, to be followed by a cheese and wine supper in the Old Chapel Centre. A limited number of tickets are available, for further details contact Caroline on 01323 870536.

ST ANDREWS: St Andrew’s Restoration Launch and Celebrate Alfriston and Cuckmere. All proceeds of this musical festival go to the St Andrew’s Church Restoration, Sing Alfriston is one of many supporting events in 2016. There will be a varied programme of fun and fund raising events, some small and personal, some large and magnificent. The St Andrews Restoration will preserve, repair and restore this beautiful structure for the benefit of all.

THE LAUNCH: The actual launch event will take place on Saturday April 9 between 10am and 5pm and will be a celebration of the Cathedral of The Downs and Cuckmere Valley Arts, Crafts, Music and History. There will be stalls, demonstrations, guided tours and talks. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at crafts, explore your love of history or sign up for future workshops. Admission Free. The event will be taking place in the Alfriston War Memorial Hall and St Andrews Church, The Tye. Full details will be made available soon on the Alfriston Village website and in this column. If you are have a Cuckmere Valley based art or craft you would like to share please contact me for more details.

THE CLERGY HOUSE: There are a couple of notable anniversaries to be celebrated this year and therefore dates for the diary. Locally the Old Clergy House reopens on February 27. 120 years since it was the first property purchased by The National Trust for £10. It truly has inspired their conservation principles ever since. The team at the house are celebrating with a season long visual exhibition, costumed tours, ranger talks and family trails telling the story of the key figures who saved this rare medieval house for the nation. The actual anniversary will be celebrated on April 16. If you have not been for a while why not visit their website and find out what is planned.

BEACONS: On April 21 beacons will be lit across the land and overseas to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday (her actual one). Alfriston Parish have registered their intention to light a beacon with her majesty’s pageant master (yes that really is a job title). Plans are currently being agreed for the surrounding celebrations and will be shared in the next couple of weeks. But please save the date. You can be sure it will be a village thing with the likelihood of tea and cake.

DIARY DATES: Other immediate dates for your diary are: Alfriston Parish Council meet next on Monday at 7.15pm Alfriston War Memorial Hall. Tea and Tables at St Andrews with Cuckmere Community Bus. Saturday February 20, 10am to 2pm.

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