Typical autumn prediction: Although we are told to expect heavy snow this year after one of the mildest winters on record in 2015 hopefully it may never happen. At the moment it is still fairly warm but without the strong winds to blow the leaves off the trees it’s not yet very autumnal.
Weald to Welland: The Second Wednesday Society meets each month in the New Hall and the next meeting is on Wednesday October 12th at 2.30pm. Mick Hoad will be giving the talk on Weald to Welland which will be followed by an appetising homemade tea. As usual the cost is members £1 and non-members £4 for the talk and tea. The Weald of Kent stretches from Romney Marsh to Surrey in a series of low hills and along the southern coast, divided by dykes, Romney Marsh borders onto Welland Marsh, and Denge Marsh. Around 14 miles in length it is a scenic, peaceful area with its many churches and sheep grazing.
Mobile Library: On Wednesday October 12th the Mobile Library will be making its fortnightly visit to Castle Street. The service is as usual between 11 and 11.30am and there to provide an exchange of books, DVDs and reference material.
Die Fledermaus: The talented Winchelsea Singers are presenting the merry operetta Die Fledermaus (the bat) composed by Johann Strauss II. Both performances are at the end of October on Friday 28th at 2pm and Saturday 29th at 7pm in the New Hall. If you would like tickets they are £10 each and can be purchased from Winchelsea Farm Kitchen or by contacting 01797 223159. During the intervals tea and biscuits will be served on the Friday and a Bar will available on the Saturday.
Talking of bats, a survey was carried out last month in the church by two ecologists and evidence of a long-eared bat roost was found near the St Nicholas Chapel. This means that work on the roof will need to be avoided during April to August when it is likely that pregnant female bats will be forming their maternity roosts. Blackfriars Barn is also known to be an important bat roosting site and there may be other hidden locations around the town.
Crown jewels: 800 years have passed since King John lost the crown jewels and royal regalia in The Wash in October 1216. In the year after the Magna Carta was sealed John was travelling to Lincolnshire but sent his baggage train ahead to cross the causeway near Sutton Bridge which was accessible only in a low tide. The incoming tide came too fast for the horse drawn wagons and many were lost in the quick sand. Legend has it that the jewels, gold and money are still buried in the reclaimed salt marshes south of The Wash. For years the mystery has endured with much speculation, many hopeful treasure hunters and the more recent use of lasers and GPS (radio navigation) to gather data. However, there is no certainty as to what happened to the baggage train or how much was lost or recovered. If it is 60 feet deep and sinking about 1 foot every 13 years, it may never turn up, but there is always the possibility that it might.
Mobile Library: The fortnightly visit of the Mobile Library is next coming to Sea Road on Wednesday October 12th. This appointment is at the usual time of 11.40am to 12.15pm and a range of reading and listening material as well as local information will be provided.
Fellowship Lunch: Every month members of Winchelsea parish meet for a home-cooked buffet meal and talk at the Community Hall. If you would like to attend any of these popular lunches, please book early on 01797 227168 as the caterers need to know numbers. The next Fellowship Lunch is on Friday October 28th at the usual time of 12 for 12.30pm.
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