Cindi Cogswell

31 Highfords, Icklesham

This evening the Literary Society meets in the Court Hall at 7pm for 7.30pm. The talk is given by Lorna Challand on the Metaphysical Poets and non-members are very welcome to come along.

Winchelsea Conservation Society is holding a talk by members of Chalk Down Lime Ltd of Staplecross. They are manufacturers and suppliers of traditional and Eco building and decorating materials since 1996 and will be sharing their knowledge on the use of traditional and Eco materials in the maintenance of old buildings and houses. The talk will be followed by questions and coffee and is due to take place tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 am in the New Hall. Admission is free to members and £2 non-members and as many members as possible are welcome to attend.

Winchelsea town and church are set to be filmed by the BBC tomorrow as part of a series being produced on the Plantagenets. Fifteen monarchs comprised this house beginning with Henry II in 1154 and including Edward I and his grandson Edward III in the 14th century and finally Richard III in 1483. The Plantagenets transformed England from a colony, ruled from abroad, into one of the most established kingdoms in Europe. They also provided England with important buildings such as Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle and it was Edward I who founded ‘New’ Winchelsea.

Two weeks ago more filming took place in Winchelsea when The Christ for all Nations, an international Gospel ministry from Florida, made a short film. This was for their teaching material based on the Wesleys and the film clip was made around the Wesley tree where John Wesley gave his last outdoor sermon in 1790. Christ for all Nations is known for conducting massive, open-air crusades throughout Africa with millions attending, since the ministry began in 1979.

During the Ascension Day service last Thursday in Winchelsea Methodist Chapel Rev Ian Wales preached on the forty days between Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension. As proof he was alive Jesus displayed his wounds to ‘doubting Thomas’, appeared within locked rooms, ate breakfast with the apostles and performed many miracles over that time. He also gave power to his disciples and told them to go into all the world preaching the Good News and making disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:19) In concluding Rev Ian encouraged all to do likewise. It was also good to see Barry Turnwell back at the Chapel feeling much better and actively ministering following some recent health issues.

Don’t forget that tomorrow evening is the annual Fun Quiz Night at the New Hall at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Teams of six are required and the cost is £8.50 per person which includes supper. Proceeds are in aid of Rye Hospital and the contact number is 01797 223810 for bookings.

The charity Christian Aid Week continues with the house to house collection around the town finishing tomorrow. If you would like to contribute please return the envelope to the person who delivered it or to the Black Box in the church by Saturday (May 18).

A Sung Eucharist will be led by Revd David Page in St Thomas’ Church on Sunday 19th May. This service welcomes all and will begin at 10.30 am.

On Monday May 20 Winchelsea Moving Pictures will be showing the film Quartet in the New Hall at 7pm for 7.30pm. Quartet is a 2012 British comedy directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring a number of legendary actors which include Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly. In the plot the residents of a home for retired opera singers set out to give a concert and so the drama begins. Admission is £5 p.p. at the door.

A Walk has been organised for this month by The Rye and District Association of the National Trust, on Thursday May 23. Please meet near Johnson’s shop in Sandhurst at 10.30 am for the two circular walks of 4 miles in the morning and 3 miles in the afternoon, stopping for lunch at the Swan. Phil Maynard can be contacted on 01797 260637 or email to register your interest in the walk.

Recent events this month in support of church funds included the Church Market which raised £290 and the production of Bernarda Alba by Kent College students which raised £780. This is greatly appreciated by the church members who send their thanks to the students, Nigel Ashton (director) and all who helped and attended these events.

Winchelsea Beach

There will be a morning Eucharist this Sunday 19th May led by Revd David Page. This service will begin at 9.15 am in St Richard’s Church.

Icklesham Parish Council is currently working on the flooding Issues at Winchelsea Beach with Rother District Council to arrange the cleaning of the watercourse. RDC will be testing the water for contamination and can only test for ammonia but the Environment Agency will be able to do more comprehensive testing.

Regarding the Emergency Plan for Winchelsea Beach Kevin Wallis, Rother District Council’s new Emergency Planning Officer has requested voluntary support from Councillors with contacts and local knowledge of the area, with the idea of working in partnership to produce the plan.

The fortnightly Bingo evening is this Wednesday 22nd May in the Community Hall. Beginning at 7 for 7.30 pm there will be prizes and light refreshments available.