SPRING: A herald to spring accompanied us as we took advantage of a sunny crisp Sunday, sitting above Rathfinny looking over the rows of vines, a lark sang above us reminding me of Meredith’s The Lark Ascending. ‘For singing till his heaven fills, ‘Tis love of earth that he instils, And ever winging up and up, Our valley is his golden cup. And he the wine which overflows, to lift us with him as he goes.’

TWINNING & FLEUR DE PARIS: Another songbird, a French one this time, will be singing live in concert in Alfriston. Lo Polidoro of the group Fleur de Paris will return after her sell out concert in 2015. Put the date in your diary. Saturday March 19 Alfriston War Memorial Hall: Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets available soon. The twinning relationship with Veules Les Roses is a real and vibrant one with our villages sharing many characteristics. There are a number of events planned including a Springtime Garden weekend May 13 to 15. If you would like to get more involved contact Jean Cash on 01323 890373 or visit the Twinning Pages on the village website!twinning/c12v0

BEER AND FOOD EVENING: Keeping with our European theme. The Sussex Ox, Milton Street, Grand Finalist for Best Eating Experience in the 2016 Sussex Food and Drink Awards will be hosting a Belgian Beer and Food evening on Wednesday from 6pm. The evening will feature a Belgian Inspired menu created by their talented chef Michael Sutherland a grand finalist in Sussex Young Chef of The Year. With Live Manouche Jazz, booking is definitely advised contact them for more details on 01323 870840.

CHANGES: There are changes at Ye Olde Smugglers Inn, it is so sad to say goodbye to Sheena, Cliff and Ebbs but we wish them all the very best and look forward to seeing them the proper side of the bar soon. We wish the new landlady every success and look forward to updating the area here with events.

RUGBY: Six Nations Rugby fans? Have you found the perfect place to watch the games yet? With three rounds to go and all to play for the village hostelries are putting on a warm show. Why not gather your friends and watch all the action on the 60” screen in the Star Inn. Laze in their bar and library and enjoy one of their fabulous chef’s burger with a pint for just £10. If it’s a roaring fire and lively banter then The George Inn can be relied on. All you need is the list of fixtures.

MOTHER’S DAY: With the arrival of spring and daffodils comes Mother’s Day, Sunday March 6. If you want to treat your mum and book ahead there’s lots of gastronomic delights on offer in the village including complimentary Fizz at The Star Inn with their delicious Sunday Roast 01323 879495 or Sunday lunch and afternoon tea at Deans Place Hotel in front of the fire. 01323 870248. After you are replete why not explore the village or if you are more adventurous walk briskly up onto the downs and listen to the larks ascending.

DIARY DATES: Tomorrow, Saturday: Restoration St Andrews: Tea and Tables, St Andrews Church, 10am to 2pm. Come and find out more about the essential community service that is the Cuckmere Community Bus. Tomorrow, Saturday: Much Ado Books.

Debby Holt will be reading in the Barn at Much Ado Books, Alfriston from 3pm to 4.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and include a copy of The Soulmate. Secure your place by visiting Much Ado; calling the shop on 01323 871222 or by visiting the website

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