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Cindi Cogswell

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PCC: The Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting for the parish takes place on Saturday March 23rd at 10am in St Thomas’ Church. This is a chance to vote for Churchwardens and PCC members. The annual reports will also be explained and if you have any questions these can be raised with the Rector Jonathan, Churchwardens and PCC. Before the meeting tomorrow there is still time to nominate candidates using the form at the back of the church which should then be placed in the box.

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Mad March: The mad March weather is here with its volatile bouts of wind and rain. Only last Sunday the March Winds of 40 miles an hour thundered across the local fields causing the blackbirds to fly in disarray. A confusion of cries and loss of equilibrium in those roaring forties sent the birds diving into the undergrowth for shelter until the wind suddenly dropped and they were able to fly away. The popular old song “April Showers” written almost a century ago proclaims in its simplicity that ‘March winds and April showers Make way for sweet May flowers’.

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Open Day: The Winchelsea New Hall Committee are holding a special Open Day tomorrow Saturday March 9th from 10am to 4pm. This is to give people the chance to come along and see the recent improvements to the New Hall. At 11am the Mayor John Rodley will officially open the newly refurbished, efficiently designed kitchen. A cook’s dream it now has new flooring, cupboards, cooker, dishwasher, fridges and stainless steel work surfaces and caters for all users including professional caterers. Other recent improvements to the hall are new entrance doors, lighting which has dimmer switches for ambience, a hearing loop and elegant curtains. The committee has prepared information on activities in the hall and people are invited to view the new knockabout badminton facility during their visit. In addition, committee members are available throughout the day to answer questions and serve refreshments including cakes and biscuits.

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Church Market: Tomorrow March 2nd being the first Saturday in the month there will be Church Market from 10.30am to 12pm in St Thomas’ Church and visitors are always welcome. The proceeds are in aid of church funds and February’s Market raised £357 with thanks to all who supported this event. Home-baked and home-grown produce will be on sale and as always a chance to meet friends and neighbours over filter coffee, tea and biscuits.

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Annual Quiz: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Friends of the Ancient Monuments and Museum are holding their annual Quiz in the New Hall from 6.30 for 7pm start. A maximum of six per team is needed but individuals are invited to come along and make up teams on the night. The cost is £12 per person which includes a Ploughman’s supper and if you would like to participate please phone FOAM on 01797 222772 for bookings. Whether or not you’re as fast to react as Chaser Mark Andrew “The Beast” Labbett on ITV’s The Chase or a potential University Challenge contestant, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about having fun and winning for your team.

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Love Feast: On Saturday February 16th the Methodist Chapel will be holding its annual Love Feast beginning at 12 noon and all are invited to take part. This is a special ceremony dating back to John Wesley which includes the sharing of a light meal accompanied by discussion and encouragement in Christian faith with recollections, prayers and hymns. The development of the early church, maintained in the Acts of the Apostles, makes clear that communal meals, together with worship were routine events that helped support and bond the members of the church. This has continued in Jewish culture where eating together in fellowship plays a significant part in family and social life. Mrs Jenny Carpenter is the Vice President of the Trustees of Epworth Old Rectory and their representative on the Methodist Heritage Committee and she will be leading the meeting and explaining more on the background of this gathering.

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Fawkes Fun: Since it was formed a year ago the Guy Fawkes Society has skyrocketed in its social attainments. Hosting a range of entertaining events in the town which include Morris Dancing, Murder Mystery and the Bastille Auction of Promises, as well as the firework display and procession on Bonfire Night. The first event for this year is a free social evening of live folk music at the New Inn on Saturday February 9th. This will be from 6.30 to 8.30pm and everybody is invited to come along and hear some popular melodies by the 8-piece Sea Road Scratch Band.

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Church Market: This month’s Church Market will take place in St Thomas’ Church on Saturday February 2nd from 10.30am to noon. Everybody is invited to come along and enjoy time together over coffee, tea and a variety of refreshments. Also on sale will be books, plants and home-made produce, all likely to sell out quickly so do arrive in good time. The proceeds are in aid of church maintenance and last month’s Market raised £248 so thank you to all who attended and contributed to the event.

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Burns Night: The Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh takes place tomorrow Saturday from 7 till 11pm in the New Hall. If you would like tickets they can be purchased online via Eventbrite and the cost is £20 adults and £10 children. Robert Burns the Bard of Ayrshire was born on January 25th 1759 and this is an opportunity to celebrate the occasion in good Scottish style. The evening will include traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, poetry readings, bagpipes and Sottish dancing to the live ceilidh group the Black Cat Band with caller. Families are welcome and the event is in aid of the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre Appeal. Burns was a farmer and two of his poems reflect his concern for the damage made by his plough on the smallest of creatures which he compares to the destiny of humankind. ‘To a Mountain Daisy’ which was crushed beneath the plough he wrote:

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Macbeth Evening: Tonight (Friday) David Meyer, actor at the Globe Theatre will be exploring the theme of Black Magic in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth at the Literary Society’s meeting. Non-members are welcome and £5 donation includes a glass of wine on arrival. The talk is held as usual in the Lower Court Hall and doors are open at 7 for 7.30pm.

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Soup Sessions: As part of the 2018-19 Taster Classes held at the New Hall on Mondays there are winter warming Soup Sessions for 50+ local people during January and February. To book your place the phone number to ring/text is 07598 375824. The next meeting is on Monday January 14th at 1 to 3pm and this will involve Storyteller, musician and workshop leader Ben Fairlight telling winter stories.

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Church Market: The first Church Market for 2019 takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at 10.30am to 12pm and there will be stalls with home-baked produce, plants and books for sale. Everybody is invited to welcome in the New Year over coffee/tea, biscuits and good company and if possible make some new resolutions. Last month’s Market raised £358 for Church Funds and thank you to all who helped and took part in this enjoyable event.

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Carols in the Court Hall: This evening (Friday) the Friends of the Ancient Monuments and Museum will be enjoying some hearty singing of old favourite Christmas carols in the Court Hall. If you would like to join them do come along at 6.30 for 7pm. The event is free and drinks and nibbles will be provided for good sustenance.

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Carols round Hiham: This year carol singing begins in the streets round Hiham Green and is in aid of the Children’s Unit of the Royal Marsden Hospital. If you are in the town come along and enjoy this celebration of the birth of Messiah Jesus who came to save his people from their sins. Please meet in Hiham Green at 4.45pm on Saturday December 15th finishing at the New Inn nearby, around 6.30pm.

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Christingle: St Thomas’ Primary School children will be gathering in the church at 2.15pm today December 7th for the School Christingle Service led by the Rector Jonathan Meyer. Christingle or ‘Christ Light’ is symbolized by a lighted candle held by a child in the service and celebrates Jesus Christ as the Light of the World. This illuminating tradition originated in a Moravian Church in 1747 and a decade earlier it was Moravian missionaries that had a great influence on John Wesley which led to his conversion experience.

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Church Market: All are invited to the Christmas Church Market tomorrow Saturday December 1st. This will be at the usual time of 10.30 to 12 noon. It is always an enjoyable affair with coffee, tea, good company and entertainment by Iain Kerr on the grand piano playing light melodies. There will be a range of home-made produce on sale plus books and the proceeds will go towards church maintenance. Also, thank you to everyone who helped raise the useful sum of £330 at last month’s Church Market.

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WAS Talk: Dr. Thomas Dhoop, Visiting Fellow in Archaeology from the University of Southampton will be giving a talk on ‘Medieval Ships and Seafaring’ on Saturday November 24th. This event will be held at 2.30pm in St Thomas’ Church and non-members are welcome to attend at an admission charge of £3. In the 13th century an increase in trade led to boat builders in northern Europe constructing new types of ships powered by both sail and oar. Through excavation and scientific examination in the 20th century numerous wrecks were discovered and identified. The talk is an account of many of the practical aspects of building and operating seagoing vessels of the period.

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Winchelsea Singers: At 2pm today (Friday) the Winchelsea Singers will be giving a lively performance of the Pirates of Penzance, the comedy opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. If you miss today’s performance, there is another opportunity tomorrow at 7pm. The venue on both occasions is the New Hall and tickets are £12 each from the Farm Kitchen. For the Friday show refreshments will be served and on Saturday a Bar will be available.

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Fair in Winchelsea: There is only one day to go to the annual Christmas Fair taking place this Saturday November 10th in the New Hall from 10am to 2pm. For visitors the New Hall is on the A259 next to the Cricket Field and there is ample parking in the town. A festive fun occasion is promised and there will be a range of different stalls containing local produce, winter bulbs, wool products, jewellery, Christmas cards and much more. This year St Thomas’ Primary School children will be selling their own items and singing carols to the visitors. Everybody is invited to come along and choose a gift and refreshments will be at hand plus a raffle and tombola. The funds raised from the Fair will go towards the refurbishment of the New Hall.

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Church Market: This Sunday November 3rd there will be the monthly Church Market and all are invited to be part of this gathering. As usual there will be stalls selling home-made produce, plants and books. It is also a great opportunity to meet with friends over coffee, tea and biscuits in majestic surroundings illuminated by the stained glass windows. All proceeds are in aid of church funds.

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