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June 22 2015.

Before the start of a special lunch to celebrate HM The Queen's Official Birthday, held at The Star in Alfriston by the Seahaven Branch of The Royal Society of St. George on Saturday the 13th of June,  the branch Vice President, Cllr. Steve Saunders, Mayor of Newhaven, presented a cheque for £125 to Louise Pye, a local representative of Help For Heroes. This had come about because Steve had been given two bottles of wine with special SAS labels at his visit to the Regimental HQ earlier this year. These were auctioned at the branch's St. George's Day dinner. Louise Pye said that the money will be put to the best use by this vital services charity.

Forty-five members and friends sat down to lunch along with the Mayors of Seaford, Newhaven and Telscombe, as well as the Deputy Mayor of Peacehaven. Also at the table was Maria Caulfield, the new MP for Lewes. After the meal, Colonel John Baber MBE, a former army Provost Officer, related his various connections with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family throughout his long military career. This started as a cadet at 17 right through to being Regimental Secretary following his retirement. For some years he was the Provost Marshal for London and the South East and therefore found himself involved in many of the Royal Ceremonial occasions.
The branch now invites the holder of Seaford Town's Don Mabey Trophy to be its guest at lunch. The late Don Mabey was the branch's first President. The award is made by the Mayor for services to the Seaford Community, and this year it is Peter Gwillam from Seaford Lifeguards. He and his wife Sue were guests of the branch. It is interesting to note that last year's, and the first recipient, David Argent, is a branch member and was present as Mayor of Seaford.
During his welcome speech to guests, branch Chairman, Bob Peedle MBE, reminded the gathering of the branch's involvement in the forthcoming Seahaven Veterans and Armed Forces Day, which is on this coming Saturday, the 27th of June, at the Martello Fields in Seaford. This is arranged with Seaford Town for the benefit of the whole of the district of Lewes and surrounding towns and villages.
Following the meal, a raffle raised £200 for the branch's funds. Surplus money is used by the branch to buy useful gifts to local worthwhile projects, groups or charities.

Pictured above: The Mayors of Seaford, Newhaven, Telscombe and Deputy Mayor of Peacehaven with Peter Gwillam (extreme left), Colonel John Baber MBE, branch Secretary Julie Bradley and President Laurie Holland.