• The official launch for Malcolm Pratt’s new book, Winchelsea Poor Law Records 1790- 1841 takes place tomorrow (Saturday) from 2.15 pm in the New Hall. The Chairman of the Sussex Record Society’s council will introduce the event at 3 pm to be followed by Malcolm giving a talk about his book and Winchelsea in those days. You are welcome to come along and hear what Malcolm has to say and after the talk tea and biscuits will be
• Don’t forget that the fortnightly Mobile Library will be stationed in Castle Street this Wednesday 17th April, as from 1.40 to 2.10 pm.
• On Thursday 18th April the Rye & District Association of the National Trust is holding its last Talk of the season this month which is, Tales of Beatrix Potter with Heather Woodward. This will be held at Beckley Village Hall commencing at 2.30pm. There is an entrance fee of £2 for members and £3 non-members which includes refreshments after the Talk.
• Winchelsea Literary Society meets next Friday 19th April at 7pm for 7.30 in the Lower Court Hall. This month’s talk which is given by John and Claire Saunders is entitled: Holding a Mirror up to Nature and looks at the Shakespearian Theatre.
• Winchelsea Singers will be presenting A Spring Concert on Saturday 20th April at 7 pm in St Thomas’s Church. The Concert features Dvorak’s Mass in D major & Mozart’s Vespers and will be performed by the Soloists: Grace Constable – Soprano, Anne Whiteman – Contralto, Gary Marriott – Tenor and Michael White – Bass. These concerts are usually very popular so arrive in good time; entrance is by programme on the door at £10 per person.
• Ferry Road Health Centre, Patients Participation Group, together with Rye Medical Centre PPG are running an event on Wednesday 24th April at 6 for 6.30pm. The themes for the meeting are Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Bowel Screening Programme and all are welcome to attend. This will be held at Rye Primary School (car parking off Love Lane) and refreshments will be provided.
• Kent College Pembury’s drama group will be presenting The House of Bernarda Alba, by Federico Garcia Lorca on Sunday 28th April at both 3 pm and 7 pm in St Thomas’s Church. The cast who performed St Joan two years ago in the Church are returning with a version of Lorca’s thrilling masterpiece set in 1930s Spain. Lorca brought tragic poetry to the stage in this powerful drama of a tyrannical matriarch who crushes the hopes of her five daughters but one rebels with consequences. This is staged in the round in the St Nicholas Chapel and there are fifty seats only for each performance. Tickets will be on sale at the Post Office from Monday April 15 at £10 p.p. and this includes afternoon tea at 4.15 pm following the 3 pm performance and wine at 8.15 pm after the 7 pm performance; with proceeds in aid of church funds.
• A range of experiences for all ages and an opportunity to meet the team from Rye Harbour Nature Reserve will be held tomorrow (Saturday) in the Community Hall between 11 am and 3 pm. The Nature Reserve on Your Doorstep invites you to have a go at mini-rock pooling, arts & crafts, games, virtual tours and many more activities. Donations would be appreciated and you are welcome to drop in at any time throughout the event.
• The Morning Worship at St Richards Church on Sunday 14th April begins at 9.15 am and will be led by Revd Canon David Frost. Following this service Revd David will make his way to St Thomas’s Church to lead the 10.30 am Sung Eucharist.
• The Mobile Library will be stationed in Sea Road this Wednesday 17th April as from 11.55 am to 12.30 pm for change of books.
• A date for your diary is the Get Together for Winchelsea Beach residents on Saturday 27th April. Wine and nibbles will be available from 2 pm in the Community Hall and this is a good afternoon for people of all ages to come along and air their views.
Cindi Cogswell, 31 Highfords, Icklesham