Winchelsea & Winchelsea Beach news
Winchelsea & Winchelsea Beach news

Writing Voice: This evening (Friday) Gillian Southgate is presenting her talk to the Literary Society on the subject of ‘How American found its Writing Voice’. She will be looking at the fictional and poetic works of American writers in the 19th and early 20th centuries and within that period there are about 3,600 fascinating writers to choose from. The doors are open at 7pm when light refreshments are served ready for the talk to begin at 7.30pm.

Life of Ministry: Next Saturday October 29th the Rector Canon Robin Whitehead will be giving a talk in the Wesley Chapel entitled ‘My life of Ministry’. In a few months’ time Robin will be retiring to live in Bexhill but is kindly sharing some of his experiences in his talk before he leaves. ‘Based upon what we have seen in the pulpit over the last 3 years, this is almost certainly one not to be missed!’ (quote from Parish newsletter). Tea and coffee will be served from 10am with the meeting commencing at 10.30am and all are welcome to come along to this entertaining and informative event.

Trump card: The ‘Trump Card’ is defined as the final resort and often the easiest way out. After listening to the avalanche of peculiar allegations by the Clinton campaign about Trump’s apparent misconduct going back 30 years it was clear that desperation had set in. What types of women would behave in such a puerile way? It could only have been lies and distortions fuelled by a biased media. But apart from delivering insults Clinton has said very little about her intentions on the domestic and international stage and this is concerning; whereas Trump has shown leadership and strength in his policies for America and abroad. The US election is on November 8th and the result does matter to us because America is our greatest ally.

Winchelsea Beach

Wildlife walk: Camber Castle which is also known as Winchelsea Castle, is a 16th-century artillery fortification near Rye. It was built by King Henry VIII to protect the Sussex coast of England against French attack. However, the fort became unusable after the nearby harbours silted up and the coastline receded away from the the building. A walk across the marshes to the castle has been arranged by Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to include a visit to the birdwatching hide at Castle Water where there is a chance of seeing egrets, ducks and waders. If you would like to come along the walk is from 1 to 4pm on Saturday October 22nd meeting at Brede Lock near Rye Harbour.

Big fish: The sea monster Leviathan was considered to be 300 miles in length and would eat one whale each day. A mere fishing rod or net would have no chance against him. This is confirmed in Job 41: ‘Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook?’ Alongside Leviathan the 89 species of cetaceans may appear as midgets but in his illustrated talk last Saturday in the Community Hall conservationist Stephen Marsh shared his wide knowledge of these impressive creatures. He presented a series of maps showing the locations where sea mammals had been sighted and they are mainly to be found in the shallow waters surrounding the British Isles. Many dolphins and porpoises have been seen in both the North Sea and English Channel and on rare occasions there were porpoises in the River Thames. Stephen described some of the routine habits of various whales including the Fin Whale which is around 79 feet long and has been observed in north Scotland; also the smaller Minke Whale which frequents the Shetland Islands down to southern Ireland. The Sperm Whale which reaches to 59 feet can be seen off the west coast of Ireland and Scotland while the 28-foot-long Orca/Killer Whale which will eat seals and dolphins can be found in the North Sea. Although it is fun to swim with the dolphins a whale may be less friendly so avoid swimming out too far. Stephen also talked about pinnipeds and the Grey and Common Seal varieties group themselves in vast numbers around the British Isles, spending two-thirds of their time out of water. Grey Seals appear to be more common than Common Seals in terms of numbers, and there is always the chance of encountering a walrus. The short films of the adult and baby seals in action were very delightful but if visiting a seal colony some advice is not to get too close as they might bite. Refreshments and a raffle were available during the event and donations were gratefully received by Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Have pumpkin will party: The New Inn (Winchelsea) is holding a free Kids Halloween Fancy Dress Party next Saturday October 29th from 4 till 6pm. For the best costume first prize is £30 second prize £20 and third prize £10 and all children invited. The party also includes a free treasure hunt plus lots of spooky, scary fun.

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