Cindi Cogswell, 31 Highfords, Icklesham

Tomorrow (Saturday) St Thomas’ Church will be open at 3pm for the talk by Professor Michael Hicks on King Richard III. The cost is £4 p.p. on the door and free for members and under 16s with proceeds in support of Winchelsea Archaeological Society.

Also tomorrow at 7.30pm a Quiz Night will be held in the New Hall on behalf of Rye & District Sea Cadets. The local Sea Cadets have a significant role at formal occasions and processions with the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and the Mayor and Corporation. Entry cost for the Quiz is £7.50 which includes light refreshments, plus wine and soft drinks will be available. The contact number is 01797 222629 to make reservations.

British Summer Time draws to a close on Sunday October 27th for the next six months. This is when the clocks go back one hour as from midnight on the 26th and usually means an extra hour in bed on Sunday. But as the nights close in rapidly and winter begins hopefully it will not be with an icy vengeance.

Winchelsea Moving Pictures is showing The Kings of Summer on Monday October 28th in the New Hall. Admission is £5 p.p. on the door and arrival time is 7 for 7.30pm. The film is a coming-of-age comedy about suburban Ohio teenagers who in an act of self-determination decide to leave their homes and live in the woods free from parental rules but this puts their friendship to the test.

The Mobile Library will be in Castle Street on Wednesday October 30th for books and information. This will be at the usual time of 1.40 to 2.10pm.

A Hallow’dE’en with the Bible is an evening of activities, puzzles and fun, accompanied by tasty light refreshments. You are invited by Rye Baptist Church to join in this occasion on Thursday October 31st at 7pm. Tickets are £5 from 01424 752052 and the proceeds are in aid of the Bible Society.

Waiting for it or not Halloween and its accomplice, trick or treat have once more come to haunt on Thursday October 31st. Since it originated about 600 years ago the evening is characterised by fears of the unknown, inner emptiness and the future. Yet this day also stands for the very opposite of fear. On October 31st 1517 Dr Martin Luther, a German monk and theologian courageously published the simple straightforward truth of the Bible. As a result the Bible came to be read by ordinary people, who as Luther, were deeply troubled by sin and found peace with God as well. Reformation Day is on October 31st and is commemorated on Reformation Sunday which this year is October 27.

A big thank you to Nigel and everyone else involved in last weekend’s Harvest Flower Festival at St Thomas’ Church. It was a real community effort greatly admired by all the visitors including the Arch Deacon Philip Jones. The total amount raised for Church funds came to £1531.51 which was a very good result.

The Churchwardens are delighted to announce that the Reverend Canon Robin Whitehead has been appointed as Rector of Winchelsea and Vicar of Icklesham with specific responsibility for Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach on a house-for-duty basis. He will be licensed by the Bishop of Chichester at St Thomas’ Church at 5pm on Sunday November 24th. Fr Robin has been Team Rector of Boston in Lincolnshire for the past nine years and took early retirement from that post in April.

Winchelsea Beach

Fungi in Sussex is an illustrated talk by Martin Allison who will be referring to some of the commoner fungi and their ecology. The talk has been organised by the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and will be held in the Community Hall which is open to all. Time and date of the talk is 7.30pm on Saturday October 26th and if you would like to donate towards the Reserve this will be appreciated.

There will be a Morning Worship service on Sunday October 27th at 9.15am in St Richard’s Church. The Revd Canon Richard Orchard will be leading the service and local residents and visitors are very welcome to attend.

There will be a visit from the Mobile Library to change books on Wednesday October 30th. As usual it will be in Sea Road as from 11.55am to 12.30pm.