Cindi Cogswell, 31 Highfords, Icklesham

This Sunday November 24th, Canon Robin Whitehead the new Rector on a house-for-duty basis, will be formally instituted by the Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner in St Thomas’ Church at 4.50 for 5pm. All residents of the parish are invited to this significant occasion which will be followed by a reception held in St Thomas’ Primary School. There is also a rehearsal for the event at 6pm this evening (Friday) which will be led by the Rural Dean.

Don’t forget that the Mobile Library will be making its fortnightly visit to Castle Street this Wednesday November 27th. The times are 1.40 to 2.10pm.

Where was Old Winchelsea? This subject will be discussed at the Roundtable in the New Inn on Wednesday November 27th at 7pm. Members of Winchelsea Archaeological Society have organised the first of what they hope will become bi-monthly sessions, seated in a convivial atmosphere with a few drinks and some eats to discuss a chosen topic of interest. One or two members and invited expert guests will take the lead at these discussions, bringing material, arguments and questions. Everyone is welcome to join in and Dr Barry Yates is the guest at this first meeting.

The Marshlink train which runs between Hastings and Ashford is one important means of transport in the area. Therefore it is to not too surprising that a Marshlink Community Rail Partnership Meeting is due to take place with Simon Chapman, Network Rail and Kevin Boorman, Marshlink Chairman. If you are interested in the future potential of the Marshlink Plus you are invited to attend and hear more about the work of the Community Rail Partnership. This Annual Stakeholder meeting will be held on Thursday November 28th at 2.30 to 4.30pm in Hastings Town Hall. The contact details are 07891 556897 or if you would like to find out more or submit a question in your absence.

Gardeners’ Question Time is only a week away on Thursday November 28th but in the meantime the Garden Society needs your questions. They would like to let the panel have a good number of questions that have been sent in beforehand as well as questions asked fresh on the night. If you could think of some and let Howard Norton have them this week he would be very grateful. On the night, you’ll be able to ask your questions in person but if you’d like to write them on a piece of paper for the chairman to read out, that would be fine also. (You can be anonymous if you want). If you have a plant in poor condition please do bring it along, even a bit of it and the panel will attempt a diagnosis. The panel of experts is Julia Cooper, John Dunk, Alice Kenyon and Chris Mears and Question Time begins at 7.30pm in the Lower Court Hall.

The Christmas Fair is held this year on Saturday 30th November from 10am till 1pm in the New Hall and admission is 50p. Winchelsea New Hall Society invites all to come and join them for teas, coffees, mince pies or Christmas cake and music will be played by Bren on the organ. The stalls include handicrafts, jewellery, cards, pottery, Christmas decorations made by disabled children from Germany, creative soaps, organic handmade skin care products, tombola and many more, plus the Grand Raffle. If you have anything Christmassy to donate the numbers to call are: 01797 223220 or 222629 for chocolates or bottles by November 28th.

Steve Knightley will be performing on Friday December 13th at 7pm in St Thomas’ Church. The tickets are £16 p.p. with proceeds in aid of Winchelsea Bonfire and the number to contact for bookings is 01797 224446. Described as the songwriting force behind Show of Hands that well-acclaimed acoustic roots duo, Steve Knightley and Phil Beer won the Best Live Act title in the 2004 and 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk awards. Since then Steve continues to enjoy success as a solo artist.

This year the Rain or Shine Theatre Company will be performing The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson at St Thomas’ Church. The date for the show is Wednesday December 18th at 4.30pm. If you would like to book tickets please contact 01797 224446 and the prices are £10 per adult and £6 under-16s with proceeds going towards Winchelsea Bonfire.

Winchelsea Beach

There will be a visit from the Mobile Library on Wednesday November 27th to Sea Road for exchange of books and information. This will be from 11.55 am to 12.30pm.

The Fellowship Lunch is just a week away on Friday November 29th. Don’t forget that if you would like to book your place you should do it soon by contacting 01797 227168. The Lunch is held in the Community Hall at the usual time of 12 for 12.30pm.

The autumn edition of Icklesham Eye, the newsletter from Icklesham Parish Council contains an update regarding the ongoing problem of flooding at Winchelsea Beach. It appears that this situation has now become a priority for the Parish Council who at present is working with Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council to resolve the matter. At the last council meeting an agreement was reached to contact MP Amber Rudd and request her support and the Parish Council will be keeping us informed of progress.