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November 13 2015.

On Trafalgar Day this year, the 21st of October, the Seahaven Branch of The Royal Society of St George held a formal dinner to commemorate the battle and to toast the Immortal Memory of Admiral Lord Nelson. Nearly 70 members and friends sat down to dine at Deans Place Hotel in Alfriston.

Guest of Honour was East Sussex Deputy Lieutenant, Derek Stevens, who replied on behalf of the guests. The Immortal Memory was given by branch Chaplain, Revd David Farrant who reminded us that Nelson’s sailors came from many parts of the world, not just England with Scots, Irish, Germans, Spaniards and even some French.

The gathering was graced by many civic representatives, including Mayors of Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and Telscombe and the Mayor of Peacehaven arrived in his other role as Vice Chair of Lewes District Town Council. Alfriston Parish Council was represented by Jen Dumelow.

This was also an occasion to present a cheque to the Sea Cadet Corps from the surplus money available following this year’s Seahaven Veterans and Armed Forces Day. Mayor of Seaford, Cllr David Argent presented the cheque on behalf of the Joint Organising Committee. Branch member, Dr Peter Fenwick OBE also presented a cheque in his capacity as President of Seaford Rotary. This was a portion of the profits made on the day by Rotary’s Tavern in a Tent. The Air Training Corps received theirs on Battle of Britain Day at Seaford Head Golf Club and the Army Cadets of Newhaven and Seaford had theirs at their Seaford Detachment HQ.

The proceeds of the evening’s raffle, along with other donations, is to be given to branch committee member, Liz Holland to support her fund raising for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, for which she has already collected over £2,200 and in the process raised awareness of this debilitating conditions amongst the public. Branch President, Laurie Holland, said “It was great that tonight we helped the Sea Cadets with some useful funds, but also helping Liz out with her very special campaign was a privilege.”

Pictured: Cadet Charlie Cripps collected the two cheques for the Sea Cadet Corps from Dr Peter Fenwick OBE (left) and Cllr David Argent.