Cindi Cogswell, 31 Highfords, Icklesham

The first Saturday in the month begins with the Church Market, taking place tomorrow from 10.30am till 12pm in the Church. You are very welcome to come along and enjoy the coffee, tea and friendly atmosphere. There is also the opportunity to buy home-made/grown produce as well as books and plants, with proceeds going towards church funds to help maintain the church.

The recent Quinquennial Review of St Thomas’ showed that in the next five years some very expensive repairs will need to be made to the church fabric. This work has recently started with a large section of the north wall of the churchyard being removed for safety reasons in preparation for being rebuilt at a cost of around £6000. In addition the roof of the St Nicholas Chapel will have to be retiled and water removal from the roof re-engineered. Though not good news a building over eight hundred years old which has withstood foreign invasions throughout history and severe weather conditions will probably require some regular maintenance. So in order to raise funds the church is planning to hold various events that will help cover costs.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Methodist Chapel holds its Harvest Festival celebration of praise and the invitation to be there is open to all. The service begins at 11am and will be led by the Rev Richard Dengate and there will be plenty of traditional harvest hymns so prepare for some joyful singing. A Harvest Lunch for all to enjoy will follow the service and a small monetary donation from you will be received with thanks.

There will be a talk tomorrow which has been organised by Winchelsea Conservation Society at 10.30am in the New Hall. Consultant Archaeologist Maggie Henderson will be giving the talk on: The Important Finds in the Barn and Field in Rookery Lane. Also present will be a representative from the Dover Office of the National Trust. After the talk there will be an opportunity for questions and coffee. All are invited to attend and it is hoped that as many members as possible will be there and the cost for members is free and non members £2.

Winchelsea Archaeological Society has organised an Under Winchelsea Cellar Tour for tomorrow at 2pm in Castle Street. The cost is £5 per head with funds in aid of archaeology in Winchelsea and 01797 224446 is the contact number for bookings.

This year’s Harvest Supper will be held tomorrow at 6.30 for 7pm in St Thomas’ Primary School. The cost is £7 p.p. and you will need to bring your own drinks including wine. If you are planning to attend you should sign up very soon and the sheets are at the back of the church.

Scandals Sensational, Salacious and Sad are on offer at the Second Wednesday Society’s next meet. This event will be on Wednesday 9th October at 2.30pm in the New Hall and the talk will be given by Chris McCooey. After the talk there will be a home-made tea which together is £1 for members and £4 non-members.

The Harvest Flower Festival at St Thomas’ Church is next weekend from Saturday 12th to Monday October 14th with the Harvest Festival Service on Sunday 13th at 10.30am. The Church will be beautifully decorated with your help. If you are able to provide garden flowers, fruit, vegetables, berries, hops, conkers and colourful foliage please bring it to the church by Thursday October 10th. Volunteers are also needed to welcome visitors and help with refreshments and if you can spare a few hours please speak to the church wardens.

On Saturday October 12th local historian and author Malcolm Pratt will be giving one of his talks in the New Hall at 3pm. This event is organised by the Friends of the Ancient Monuments and Museum and the talk is about Winchelsea a garrison town at war during the Napoleonic and both world wars. The entry cost is £5 on the door and this includes tea which is cakes and sandwiches.

French singer Flossie Malavialle, accompanied by Paul Donnelly and Simon Keegan-Phipps will be presenting an evening of much-loved songs in St Thomas’ Church. These songs by Jacques Brel who died in 1978 and Edith Piaf in 1963 have an enduring legacy and Flossie has a remarkable voice to sing them. She has supported both Fairport Convention and Show of Hands on national tours and won wide acclaim from BBC2’s Mike Harding who described her interpretation of Brel’s ’Amsterdam’ as one of the best. The show takes place on Saturday October 19th at 7.30pm and tickets are £12 to be purchased online from www.wegottickets/wincheleaor or from Grammar School Records.

The Macmillan Coffee morning last Friday was very well-attended and raised the grand sum of £450 for the charity. Organiser Tina sends grateful thanks to those who came to the Coffee morning and all the helpers.

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This Sunday St Richard’s Church will be holding its monthly Evening Prayer meeting at 3pm. It is a friendly intimate occasion and all are welcome to come along.

There will be a Fellowship Lunch at the end of the month on Friday 25th October in the Community Hall at 12 for 12.30pm. As members of the WBCA need to know numbers attending fairly soon please contact 01797 227168 for bookings.