Winchelsea

Cindi Cogswell

31 Highfords, Icklesham

Don’t forget that the Bowls Club Quiz is tomorrow (Saturday) in the New Hall at 6.30 from 7 pm. No more than six people to a table and the entry fee is £8 per person which includes a two-course meal. For table bookings please contact John Priestley (01797 224339). Also the Bowls Club Annual General Meeting is on Thursday 15th November at 7 pm in the Court Hall and the Club always welcomes new members.

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and begins with a 9.30 am Eucharist at St Thomas’ Church. Afterwards please meet at the War Memorial in the churchyard at 10.50 am for the two minutes silence at 11 am. This will then be followed by a service of Remembrance in the Church led by Rev’d Canon Richard Orchard. The police will be stopping the traffic from passing the War Memorial during the silence which will be marked as usual, by signal rockets launched by the Bonfire Boyes.

On Monday 12th November Icklesham Parish Council will be meeting in the New Hall. The Planning Committee begins at 6.45 pm and will be followed by the Council Meeting at 7.15 pm.

The Second Wednesday Society meets on Wednesday 14th November at 2.30 pm in the New Hall. Paul Anderson will be giving the talk which is entitled, The World of the Special Olympics and non-members are invited.

There will be the fortnightly visit from the Mobile Library to Castle Street on Wednesday 14th November. This will be at the usual time of 1.40 to 2.10 pm.

The New Hall will be open all day as a Polling Station on Thursday 15th November. This is for the election of a Police & Crime Commissioner in Sussex to replace police authorities. No prior police force experience is needed and the candidates for the post are: Tony Armstrong UKIP, Katy Bourne Conservative, Ian Chisnall Independent, Godfrey Daniel Labour and David Rogers Liberal Democrat.

The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar will be presented by the Winchelsea Singers on Friday 16th November at 2 pm and Saturday 17th at 7 pm in the New Hall. Refreshments will be available on the Friday and a bar on Saturday evening. The tickets are £10 per person and are on sale at Winchelsea Post Office (mornings) or telephone 01797 223159.

A public meeting regarding, Save the Ridge Fire Station will be held at Icklesham Village Hall at 10.30 am on Saturday 17th November. If you are unable to attend please go to www.saveourfirestation.co.uk.

Winchelsea Literary Society is meeting on Friday 16th November, as usual in the Court Hall at 7 pm. The talk will be given by John Davison and is on Tennyson who was the Poet Laureate during Queen Victoria’s reign and wrote the Charge of the Light Brigade and The Lady of Shalott amongst other famous works.

Winchelsea Methodist Chapel is holding a talk on Saturday 17th November at 10 for 10.30 am and you are welcome to attend. Methodist Local Preacher Mr John Troughton who is a trustee of the charity ‘Snowflake’ will be talking about this local charity that gives night shelter to the homeless.

The New Inn will be hosting a Chocolate Morning on behalf of the Diamond Jubilee Fund on Saturday 17th November. This can be compared to a coffee morning but with chocolate rather than coffee and you are invited to come and sit by the log fire and drink a comforting mug of hot chocolate with a piece of chocolate cake or a more exotic chocolate delicacy. If you are able to make and donate something chocolatey please contact 01797 226382/ 226388.

The Bonfire Boyes have received a number of e-mails about the cancellation of Bonfire Night, expressing disappointment that the event had to be cancelled because access was denied to the bonfire field and puzzlement at the attitude of the farmer and the National Trust. The Bonfire Boyes hope to open discussion with the farmer and the Trust about Bonfire Night 2013. They feel the farmer and Trust are simply unaware that Bonfire Night is an important community event. It would help their case enormously if they could demonstrate how popular the event was and are asking residents to e-mail them saying how much the event is enjoyed, emphasising the role it plays in the life of the town and urging the farmer and Trust to be helpful. E-mails should go to winchelseabonfire@gmail.com.

Winchelsea Beach

A reminder that there is a meeting tonight (Friday) in the Community Hall at 7 pm for young people aged 11-16. This is to talk about having a youth club/group/facility in your area (Rye Harbour, Winchelsea, Winchelsea Beach or Icklesham) and refreshments plus pizza will be provided. Icklesham Parish Council has hosted the event and arranged for a bus to call at each of the villages starting from Rye Harbour at 6.20 pm.

The 3 pm service at St Richard’s Church will be held on Remembrance Sunday 11th November and will be led by Michael Phillips. It will be a special service with the Revd Graham Sillis in mind. During his time ministering at St Richard’s, about ten years ago, he initiated the ‘Candles of Remembrance’ service.

There will be the fortnightly visit from the Mobile Library to Sea Road on Wednesday 14th November from 11.55 am to 12.30 pm.

An evening of Bingo will take place in the Community Hall at 7 for 7.30 pm in the Community Hall on Wednesday 14th November. Do come along for a social evening with light refreshments available.

The Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve are holding a Winter Lecture on Saturday 17th November at 2.30 pm in the Community Hall. John Buckingham will be giving the illustrated talk on ‘The Birds of Norfolk’ which is open to all and donations would be appreciated.

On Sunday 18th November Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has organised a 3 mile walk to observe ‘Winter Birds at the Beach Reserve’. This is a chance to see a variety of winter visitors such as wildfowl, waders, finches and raptors. Please meet at Rye Harbour car park at 10.30 am till 1 pm and many thanks for donations.