Winchelsea

Canon Robin Whitehead was Instituted and Inducted as Rector of Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach and Vicar of Icklesham in St Thomas' Church, Winchelsea
Canon Robin Whitehead was Instituted and Inducted as Rector of Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach and Vicar of Icklesham in St Thomas' Church, Winchelsea

Cindi Cogswell, 31 Highfords, Icklesham

Saturday morning prayer services at St Thomas’ Church are becoming well attended and Canon Robin Whitehead plans to offer additional services. As from tomorrow (Saturday) the Morning Prayer will be as usual at 9.15 am and then be followed by an informal Eucharist which will be a time for peaceful reflection. On the last Saturday of the month, for those who would like the support, there will be a time of healing and the laying on of hands.

Icklesham Parish Council holds its monthly meeting on Monday January 13th and issues of flooding and horrific pot holes may well be on the agenda. Local residents are welcome to attend and the meeting starts at 7.15pm in the Memorial Hall, Icklesham.

Next Friday January 17th the Literary Society is having its first meeting of the year and David Meyer will be giving a talk entitled ‘The Tempest’. This will be on the Globe Theatre, made famous by Shakespeare’s plays and you will need to be at the Court Hall at 7 for 7.30pm. If you would like to become a member of the Literary Society the cost is £12 for the year and visitors are also welcome and are invited to make a voluntary donation.

Winchelsea Archaeological Society will be holding a talk next Saturday at 3pm in St Thomas’ Church and non-members are welcome to attend. The theme of the talk is ‘The Secrets of the Norman Invasion’ which will be given by Nick Austin.

December’s Charity Collections at St Thomas’ Church included the Crib Service on Christmas Eve which raised £259.72 for St Nicholas Fellowship and the sum of £275 which went towards the Boston Flood (Lincolnshire). Thank you to all who contributed and to those involved in the fund raising events.

Canon Robin Whitehead was Instituted and Inducted as Rector of Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach and Vicar of Icklesham in St Thomas’ Church, Winchelsea at the end of November. After thirty-four years of ministry, he has come to be nearer friends and family in Folkestone and Hastings. For the last nine years he was the Vicar of Boston Lincolnshire, looking after the prominent St Botolph’s Church. In scale awesome and humbling for any vicar, it is the tallest church in England with dimensions that correspond with dates and times. The roof is supported by 12 pillars (months), the church has 52 windows (weeks), 7 doors (days of the week) and there is a total of 365 steps to the tip of the tower (days of the year). There are also 24 steps to the library (hours) and 60 steps to the roof (minutes and seconds). A memorable occasion for Robin was the 700th Anniversary of St Botolph’s Church in 2009 which was attended by Princess Anne, Patron of the Restoration Trust, who officially opened the Book Shop and Café which was set up by Robin. Sixty years ago flood defences were built around Boston which kept the church dry until December 5th 2013 when the North Sea flood of 2013 caused heavy flooding in the church. Much to Robin’s dismay the shop and café were badly damaged and will now possibly have to be rebuilt.

After being treated for cancer in 2012 and taking early retirement from Boston, Robin feels greatly rejuvenated to be back in the pulpit and last Friday he celebrated his 61st birthday in Winchelsea with his dog Stella and friends. Robin is looking forward to getting to know his new parishioners and communities and making the churches places of welcome. He is is very keen to see St Thomas’ well-used in the community, both as a place of worship and for concerts, and talks and other events.

Winchelsea Beach

This Sunday January 12th the communion service in St Richard’s Church will commence at 9.15am. Canon Whitehead will be leading the service and friends and visitors are invited to attend.

Icklesham Parish Council holds its monthly meeting on Monday January 13th and issues of flooding and potholes at Winchelsea Beach may well be on the agenda. Local residents are welcome to attend and it will be in the Memorial Hall, Icklesham at 7.15pm.

The fortnightly evening of Bingo begins this year on Wednesday January 15th in the Community Hall. Doors are open at 7 for 7.30pm and light refreshments will be available.