Back to GMT: On the last Sunday in October which is this Sunday, the clocks go back 1 hour at 2am and the UK is once more on Greenwich Mean Time. Sunday Holy Communion services at St Thomas’ Church are at the same time, 9.30 and 11.30am but don’t forget the clock change means they’re an hour later. The services are also back to Canon Robin Whitehead’s leadership following his recent break in Canada. Halloween is also about to make its sinister appearance on Monday October 31st which may tempt the Church’s resident bats into leaving their roosts so if you’re there keep watch and look up.
Die Fledermaus (the bat): Winchelsea Singers are performing the operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss in the New Hall, this afternoon (Friday) at 2pm and tomorrow Saturday October 29th at 7pm. On the Friday, tea and biscuits will be served and there will be a bar available at the evening performance. Die Fledermaus concerns a masked ball given by a Russian prince where the disguises cannot mask the humour and emotion. All are welcome and tickets are £10 each and can be purchased on 01797 223159 or at the Farm Kitchen.
The Rector’s ministry: Tomorrow morning, October 29th, the Rector Robin Whitehead will be giving his talk entitled, ‘My Life of Ministry’ at the Wesley Chapel. Doors are open at 10am when tea and coffee will be served and the talk begins at 10.30am. Before Robin retires to Bexhill in January he will be pleased to share some entertaining experiences with everyone so do come along.
Coming soon: Make a note in your diary of the Festive Gift Fair which will be held in the New Hall on Saturday November 12th between 10am and 3pm. There will be plenty of stalls selling cakes, chutneys, biscuits, jewellery, wool products, festive gifts, local produce and much more. Also refreshments, a raffle and tombola will be available. Everybody is invited to come and do some Christmas shopping and proceeds are in aid of the refurbishment of the New Hall.
America’s writing voice: Gillian Southgate gave an interesting talk at the Literary Society’s meeting last Friday evening on ‘How America found its Writing Voice’. From the numerous possible choices between the 18th and 19th centuries she selected fourteen popular writers for consideration. These included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville, F. Scott Fitzgerald and J. D. Salinger. Beginning in the 17th century she mentioned the groundwork laid down by the early settlers to America as the basis of much literature. A nation is privileged to be founded on Christian principles and the Pilgrim Fathers established a valid way of life for their descendants. They also received practical help from the native Indians who taught them farming techniques. The focus was mainly on the historical, cultural and moral influences upon each writer and despite their remarkable differences the majority wrote universally on the human condition in a fast developing nation. America’s writing voice was also inspired by the great depression of 1929-39 which produced significant writers like John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath) who wrote: ‘No story has power, nor will it last, unless we feel in ourselves that it is true and true of us.’ (from East of Eden)
Winning event: The next chance to win the Bingo jackpot is this Wednesday November 2nd in the Community Hall. As always friends and families are welcome to enjoy an evening of Cash Bingo which starts at 7 for 7.15pm with light refreshments between games.
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