The hall was packed for our August meeting when the speaker was Paul Lendon who told us how Sussex Day originated. There are 39 English counties and only a few of them have their own day, the first in the country was Yorkshire back in 1975. In 2006 a Mr. Ian Steadman wrote to all the local newspapers suggesting that each county should have a special day and in 2007 Sussex Day was founded. Sussex originated from the Saxon Kingdom and in 2009 the official flag was registered with 6 fictitious Martlett birds as the emblem. Paul even wore a waistcoat of the same design, which certainly stood out. Every year he reads the charter from various locations around the area and said it would be nice if we had a town cryer to do the job and it was suggested that he might like to take on this duty himself. The Sussex Anthem “ Sussex by the Sea” was written in 1907 by a man by the name of Ward Higgs. It was nice to see someone, who thought not bred and born in the county, is so enthusiastic about the subject.
Details were given out about a 5 day break to Warners on Hayling Island for Tinsel and Turkey and the list filled up very quickly for the small coach, but we could always get a bigger coach if more people wanted to join us. The date is Monday, November 9th to Friday 13th. You don’t have to be a member to come on this short break. For more information please ring 842946.
Names were taken for the Fish and Chips lunch in October and at the September meeting names will be taken for the next pub lunch. Once again the monthly quiz baffled most of us and the winners certainly deserved their prize. Ros ended the meeting with the usual joke and we look forward to our next meeting when we’ll learn about hand bell ringing and no doubt some of us will be asked to take part.
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