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Church Market: As tomorrow is the first Saturday in the month there will be a Church Market at the usual time of 10.30am till noon. A variety of food, plus coffee will be on offer, with the opportunity for a good chat with friends and neighbours. Also quality books will be on sale. The funds raised go towards church maintenance and last month’s Market raised the helpful amount of £263.65. Thank you to all who contribute by cooking, serving, washing up and just coming along. Also raised for church funds was the sum of £512 from the NGS Open Garden teas in April. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this total by baking cakes and serving teas on the day.

Winchelsea Cricket: Now getting well into its season with the confidence of good weather and every chance of winning WCC will be away to Tenterden on Sunday May 8th. Throughout the rest of May on Sundays WCC will be at home to Northiam on the 15th, Beckley on the 22nd, Netherfield on the 29th and Clive Vale on June 5th. All the home matches take place on the Cricket Field next to the New Hall.

8 gardens: There will be eight gardens opening to visitors, in aid of St Michael’s Hospice on Tuesday May 10th. Admission costs £5 and the opening hours are 10.30am until 4pm. The gardens involved are Cleveland House, Cleveland Place, 1 Strand Plat, Rye View, The Well House, The Armoury, Lookout Cottage and Alards Plat. During the day refreshments will be served at Cleveland House.

Eddie’s funeral: Rye resident for over forty years we remember Mr Eddie Gibson who died recently aged 96. He lived at St Anthony’s, the large Tudor house often featured in postcards, at the corner of Church Square and Watchbell Street. A number of years ago he and his family were my neighbours when I lived in the Georgian town house next door. Eddie had many interests and attended various events in both Winchelsea and Rye. He was actively involved in different groups and societies in the community such as history, archaeology, music and drama as well as the church and museum and so will be greatly missed. His funeral will take place on Tuesday May 10th at 12.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Rye.

Terracotta Army: When the Second Wednesday Society meets on Wednesday May 11th local resident Richard Feast will be giving a talk on China’s Terracotta Army. The talk begins at 2.30pm in the New Hall and will be followed by a home-made tea. For members the cost is £1 and visitors pay £4 for the talk and tea. The terracotta army is one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world, discovered in 1974 in central China. 8000 life-size clay warriors in battle formation were found buried near the tomb of China’s Emperor Qin (221 BC). Qin may have had an ancestral knowledge of the first man Adam, formed from the dust of the ground by God who then breathed life into him. Perhaps he thought he too could bring life out of earth; if so he would have had a real fighting force. In 2 Corinthians 4:7 our mortal bodies are described as vessels of clay and for the Christian they are filled with the life of Jesus: ‘But we have this treasure in jars of clay’. All are invited to hear more about this silent army.

Tricky questions: Next Friday May 13th the Literary Society will be meeting to hear Jonty Driver ask novelist Samantha Harvey some tricky questions. Doors will be open as usual at 7pm for 7.30 in the Lower Court Hall with light refreshments available. Samantha Harvey is the author of three novels, The Wilderness, All Is Song and most recently Dear Thief, which was published in September 2014. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and won the AMI Literature Award and the Betty Trask Prize. She was named by The Culture Show as one of the 12 Best New British novelists. This year Dear Thief was longlisted for the Baileys Prize and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2015 James Tait Black Memorial Prize. She lives in Bath (UK) and teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University

WAS on geology: There will be a talk on ‘The Geology of the Weald and its Building Stones’ by Francis Harper on Saturday May 14th. The cost is £4 each or free for members and people under 16 years. Winchelsea Archaeological Society has organised the talk which begins at 3pm in the Court Hall.

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Fellowship Lunch: Always the last Friday in the month the next lunch is on May 27th in the Community Hall. Booking is essential and the number to contact is 01797 227168. The lunch begins at 12 for 12.30pm and consists of a selection of home-made dishes, a request for a donation to a selected charity and a time of fellowship.

Martial Arts: This class which is popular with all ages has been running for many years in the Community Hall on Tuesday evenings. The style is Wado Ryu Karate and the children’s group from 4 to 11 years begins at 5pm followed by the 12+ group at 6.30pm, to be finished by 8pm. If you want to give it a go you will enjoy good exercise, fun and confidence building as well as learning a skill.

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