Cindi Cogswell, 31 Highfords, Icklesham

This morning (Friday) the Macmillan Coffee Morning will be in action in the Lower Court Hall from 10am to 12.30pm. The charity was set up in 1911 as the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer, by Douglas Macmillan after his father died from the disease. Since then the Macmillan Charity has become one of the largest British charities and its goal is to improve the lives of everyone living with the disease in the UK. Cakes, coffee, a raffle, plus stalls will be at hand and you can look forward to a convivial get-together while supporting a worthy cause.

Between Sunday September 29th and Friday October 4th the Bishop of Chichester Revd Dr Martin Warner will be visiting the Deanery of Rye as part of his Diocese outreach. The visitation will include a Confirmation Service in St Mary’s Church (Rye) at 6pm on Sunday 29th wherein some members of St Thomas’ Church congregation will be confirmed and St Thomas’ choir will be joining with St Mary’s choir. On Monday 30th the Bishop will travel to Icklesham in the afternoon to visit the primary school and meet the Winchelsea and Icklesham Churchwardens. At 5pm he will attend the Evening Prayer at Icklesham Church and members of St Thomas’s would be most welcome at both the Rye and Icklesham Church services.

There will be a Church Market in St Thomas’ Church next Saturday October 5th as it is the first Saturday in the month. The Market will be at the usual time of 10.30 am to 12 noon and if you would like to donate any home produce all will be appreciated and do contact the church warden on 01797 226618. Throughout the event coffee/tea and biscuits will be available as well as plenty of good company. The market is to support the church and September’s Church Market successfully raised the sum of £357.36 for church funds.

Winchelsea Methodist Chapel is having its Harvest Festival celebration on Saturday October 5th at 11am. Always an occasion to rejoice and this year Rev Richard Dengate retired minister in the Methodist Circuit will be leading the service which will be followed by a Harvest Lunch. There’s no need to book or bring food as it will be supplied and thank you to Betty and her helpers for making the arrangements. If possible a small monetary donation would be much appreciated and the invitation is open to all so, ‘Come ye thankful people come!’

Larks Ascending, a recital by the Webb Family Trio will be presented at St Thomas’ Church as part of this year’s Harvest Flower Festival. This will be next Saturday October 12th at 7pm and tickets are £10 each from Winchelsea Post Office. Included in the recital is an evocation of English lyricism on Vaughan-Williams’ birthday and amongst others, music by Haydn and Debussy. The family trio consists of 12 year old Emmanuel playing the violin, 8 years old Gabriel on the cello and their father Jonathan who will be accompanying them.

I hope many of you were able to attend some of the many diverse and unique events at this year’s Rye Festival. As always the Festival was of its usual high standard. The one-man play on the life and work of Charles Darwin was interestingly portrayed by Christopher Robbie who much resembled the Victorian scientist with characteristic white hair and beard. Robbie revealed Darwin as an energetic family man coming from a privileged background with many influential acquaintances. Despite his vast opportunities he had few original ideas, a rather childish imagination and made every effort to gain the praise and recognition of fellow thinkers at the time. Like most people his personal life had many inconsistencies but with a particular desire for order he narrowed his ideas to the popular thinking of the time. In establishing such notions as natural selection he was not averse to manipulating the facts to fit his theory or to quote Einstein, ‘if the facts don’t fit the theory change the facts’. Whether or not he took himself too seriously will remain a big question but as sheer entertainment the character of Darwin was enthralling. His significance nowadays is however much reduced when compared to the present fascination for UFOs and the extraterrestrial!

I have been asked to mention the WEA programme of weekly courses, for this autumn term, for those interested in signing up. Starting on Tuesday October 1st (10 sessions) there is, ‘Schisms within Abrahamic Religions’ from 10.30am-12.30pm in Rye Art Gallery; on Fridays from October 4th Practical Gardening, 11am-1pm at Udimore Village Hall; on Saturday November 16th there is a Day School entitled: ‘Medieval Women – Nuns, Tarts, Trouble & Strife’ at 11am-3pm in Tilling Green Community Centre; two monthly courses both at Tilling Green Community Centre are: ‘Burning Issues’ on every second Thursday starting October 10th from 1.30-4.30pm and Creative Writing on every third Thursday as from October 17th at 1.30-4.30pm. Andrew Stuart can be contacted on 01797 223831 for details and bookings.

Winchelsea Beach

St Richard’s Church has its Communion Service at 9.15 am this Sunday September 29th with Revd Canon Richard Orchard. Next Sunday October 6th there will be an Evening Prayer service at 3pm.

Winchelsea Beach Community Association now runs a Youth Club on Fridays from 6.30 to 8.30pm in the Community Hall. This is for ages 11-16 and the cost is £1.50 per evening. If you would like to find out more contact 07717311633 or just turn up this evening (Friday).

The registered charity ARRCC is offering a weekly collection and delivery service for laundry. They can wash, dry and iron your washing and as all laundry is washed separately there is no need to label your clothing. The cost for washing and delivery is £10 and to find out if they cover your area they can be contacted at: ARRCC Independent Living, The School Creative Centre, New Road, Rye (01797 229363).