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June 18 2014.

Last Saturday, the 14th of June, was the official birthday of HM The Queen. She is the Royal Patron of The Royal Society of St George and the Seahaven Branch held a special lunch on that day to celebrate the occasion. It was held at the Star Inn at Alfriston and the Guest of Honour was Mr Christopher Gebbie OBE, High Sheriff for East Sussex. In his address he explained the work of the High Sheriff on behalf of the Crown and then proposed a toast to "England and St George". The ancient Ironmongers Grace, which includes a prayer for Queen Elizabeth, was read by Revd Vicky Martin, Minister of the Seaford Baptist Church.

Chairman of the Branch, Bob Peedle MBE, said: "It was lovely lunch with 43 members and guests attending. We are always proud to pay tribute to our Patron, HM The Queen."

Also supporting the event were the Mayors of Seaford and Peacehaven, the Deputy Mayor of Lewes and the Chair of Lewes District Council, and representing Alfriston Parish was Cllr. Jen Dumelow, who is a team leader with the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heartstart, which recently won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services. Another recipient of a recent award who was present was David Argent, who was the first to receive the new "Don Mabey MBE" award by the Mayor of Seaford for his services to the community of the town.

The Chairman announced that plans for the Seahaven Veterans and Armed Forces Day on Saturday the 28th of June are well advanced. Branch members have been putting out advertisements and flyers about the event around the District.

Pictured above: Branch President, Laurie Holland with the High Sheriff, Christopher Gebbie OBE.