BERWICK CHURCH: South Downs Way, Bo-Peep, Old Church Road, Berwick and lunch at the Cricketer’s Pub is the Plumpton Footpath Society’s four mile walk this Saturday (November 19). Meet at the Cricketer’s Inn, Berwick, (Map Ref: 570 052) to start walking at 10.30am. For more information call Bernie Kempton on 01825 722649 or 07791247025.
FESTIVE FAIR : In support of St Peter and St James Hospice is on Saturday November 26 at the village hall from midday till 4pm. Please put this date in your diary; you will be able to do some Christmas shopping and help support the local Hospice at the same time. Entry will be 50p for over 14 year olds. As part of the event there will be a Grand Raffle with a first prize of £100 and many other lovely prizes. About now the Hospice Support Group will post through your letter box an invitation to the Fair along with two books of raffle tickets which it is hoped you will purchase. Counterfoils and money can be taken to The Village Shop and “Fyndings” Station Road (next to Woodgate Meadow) or to the hall on the day of the Fair. There will be many stalls with crafts and consumables, a Grand raffle, tombola, games and refreshments. The Rock Choir and School Choir will be performing during the afternoon and of course Father Christmas will be there from 2pm. For more information please contact Terry Thompsett on 01273 891256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIRCULAR VILLAGE WALK: with the possibility of a pub lunch at the end takes place on Saturday December 3. All are welcome to join the members of the Footpath Society on this walk. Meet them at the village hall for a 10.15am start. For more details call Jo Taylor on 01273 890450 or 07870142108.
FOOTPATH SOCIETY Walk: On Wednesday December 7 starts at 10.30am and will be 4.5 miles. Meet members of the Society at Cooksbridge Recreation car park (Map Ref: 398 146). Walk to Rainbow Pub and return by fields. There will be some road walking and crossing the railway in two locations; as well as the possibility to extend the walk depending on weather. For more details call Geoff and Gill Medhurst on 01273 890450 or 07870142108.
THE ART OF SNOW AND ICE: Is the subject of the Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting at the village hall on Tuesday December 13 at 2.15pm. Winter particularly, if you lived in the Middle Ages, was a dark and difficult time. Brueghel’s ‘Hunters in the Snow’ the first ever painting of a landscape under snow, showed that winter could be beautiful. The River Thames luckily now does not freeze over but in the 17th Century it was a regular occurrence as wonderful pictures of the annual Frost Fairs will testify. For Turner the weather was always of the utmost importance, rain, tempest, snow and storm he painted magnificent pictures of them all. Please come to the Lecture and find out more. Sue Jackson the lecturer was originally in art and design but now works for the National Trust, U3A and the City Literary Institute. She is also a qualified blue badge London guide. The lecture will be as usual accompanied by superb digital illustration. Visitors are always most welcome, £7 on the door with tea and biscuits afterwards and a chance to talk to the speaker. If you require any further information please contact Marjorie Blunden on 01825 723250.
CHRISTMAS WALK: Three and a half miles round Plumpton, organised by the Footpath Society takes place Saturday December 17. The walk will start at 2pm at Ashcombe, Plumpton Lane (Map Ref: BN7 3AJ). There will be tea at Ashcombe afterwards, to which non-walkers will be most welcome For more details call Evelyn Botterill on 01273 890598 or Jean Eagle on 01273 890547
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