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Cindi Cogswell

Winchelsea

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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Rye Bookshop: This weekend there are some interesting events taking place at Rye Bookshop which may be of interest to the Literary Society. On Friday October 26th at 12pm, author Chris Parsons will be visiting for a reading and signing of his brilliant Children’s book ‘Paramedic Chris’, along with paramedic Chris who the book is based on! Then on Saturday October 27th author C.S. Clifford will be reading and signing his fantastic ‘Walking With’ series of children’s books, as well as running activities. Lastly on Sunday October 28th from 12pm, local author and illustrator Ed Boxall will be attending for an exciting performance with poetry and music based on his new book of poems for children, ‘Me and My Alien Friend’. Events are free and all are welcome!

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Although last week’s Village Voice: for Winchelsea was submitted it did not appear in the newspaper. It seemed this was due to certain errors at the printing stage. Unfortunately, many people may have missed out on the news items concerning the WAS talk on the Pyramids of Kush, the Winchelsea Arts concert, the Judges Service, the Mayor’s Day, WAS Cellar tours, the Dance Evening and Bowls Quiz reminder and so I do apologise to all.

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Pyramids of Kush: Winchelsea Archaeological Society has a programme of autumn talks commencing on Saturday October 13th at 2.30pm in the New Hall. This talk concerns ’The Pyramids of Kush’ and will be given by Stephen Gray, Architect and Archaeologist. Stephen travelled to Sudan in the brief period of stability between the end of a civil war and the secession of South Sudan, visiting and surveying the pyramids and studying their construction. There are now more pyramids in Sudan than in Egypt and Stephen’s talk will set the pyramids in their part of Ancient Egyptian chronology and compare and contrast with the Egyptian examples that inspired them. The talk is free to WAS members and non-members are welcome at an admission charge of £3.

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Flower Display: This weekend St Thomas’ Church is holding its Flower Festival and all are invited to come and see the creative arrangements. There will be a variety of colourful designs in store on the theme of Harvest and the Elements, to rival even the stained glass windows. The dates and times are Friday and Saturday October 5th and 6th at 10am till 4pm and Sunday October 7th from 12pm to 4pm. The Flower Festival is in aid of the Church Organ Fundraising Appeal and there will be refreshments on offer, a Raffle, Book and Plant stalls, plus local Arts and Crafts.

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Church Market: The next Church Market is tomorrow, Saturday September 29th from 10.30 to 12pm. This is a different from the normal first Saturday in the month arrangement but is necessary to avoid clashing with the Flower Festival on Saturday October 6th. As usual coffee, tea and good company will be available at the Market plus stalls selling home-made produce, books and plants. Also, thanks to all who supported the last Church Market and helped to raise the useful sum of £328.55 which will go towards maintaining the church.

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Open Gardens: This Saturday September 22nd two gardens will be open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme charity and these are the last openings in the season. The gardens are King’s Leap in Castle Street which is described as a large cottage-style garden with woodland border, rockery and plants for year-round colour. Also, Rye View on The Strand which has a mix of formal and informal plantings plus bamboos, grasses and unusual shrubs. All are invited to come and see these attractive gardens and admission is £4 for adults and free for children and dogs. The opening time is from 1 till 5pm and refreshments are available in the local area.

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Rye Bookshop: From 6 to 8pm today, September 14th there will be an evening book launch with Janet Denny and members of the Literary Society may be interested in attending this event. Janet, who used to live in Rye and own the Penny Royal shop, has written a book about her son’s life called ‘Andrew’s Bonce’ which will be launched at the shop. The Rye Bookshop will also be supporting several Literary events during the Rye Arts Festival and this includes a signing at the shop by local author Peter Davey, on Saturday September 22nd from noon until 4pm. Peter had a very successful launch of his book ‘Fraud’ at the bookshop earlier in the year.

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New Hall AGM: The Annual General Meeting for the New Hall will be held in the New Hall on Saturday September 8th at 10am. During the meeting there will be elections for the new committee for the coming year. The present members of the committee are the Chairman Robert Holland who will stand down at the AGM but remain on the committee if elected, also Stephen Turner (Treasurer) Carol Scoines (Secretary) Jenny Lozano, Robert Mortimer, Rosemarie Roberts and Judith Payne. Winchelsea’s New Hall Committee is answerable to residents in the town so all are welcome to come and hear about forthcoming activities and plans for modernising the Hall. A process is underway to complete the kitchen refurbishment between December and January and the kitchen design will be presented at this AGM in preparation for grant bids. In addition, the committee has been generously awarded a Lottery grant to provide some taster sessions in the New Hall. These sessions will be on a Monday from 1 to 3pm for adults and 3.30 to 4.30pm for children from October to April and the phone number is 07975 563798 for details.

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Church Market: Autumn makes its timely entrance tomorrow September 1st bringing with it a fall in leaves and temperature. As the nights close in the darkness also descends and soon another year has raced by. Yet not before the next Church Market has taken place this Saturday from 10.30am to noon. Coffee and tea will be on offer with a chance to meet friends in the historic and edifying surroundings of the church. In addition, everybody is invited to browse and buy from the stalls selling home-grown/home-made produce and books. The proceeds are in aid of church maintenance and thanks to all for supporting August’s Market which raised the useful sum of £306.34.

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