The second of the Saturday afternoon concerts will be in St Thomas’ Church tomorrow (Saturday). This is when Church organist David Birchenough will be giving an Organ Recital which will illustrate his many skills and musical experience. Entry is free with tea and cakes on sale.

On Sunday June 29th the Joint Evensong will be held in All Saints Church Icklesham at 6pm. The choirs from both St Thomas’ and All Saints will lead the service with Rector Whitehead and you are all invited to come along and support this fine midsummer music in the cool of the evening.

The Garden Society series of talks continues on Wednesday July 2nd with Julia Cooper explaining about The Pruning and Propagation of Flowering Shrubs. This talk will be at Chapel Plat on Hiham Green starting at 3pm for all garden enthusiasts.

For the Fallen, the First World War Centenary Concert will take place on Saturday July 5th at 7pm in St Thomas’ Church. The concert features the Pegasus Choir well known for their quality performances in Winchelsea. They will be helping to commemorate the Great War by performing works written during that time. Some notable composers experienced the conflict at first hand, such as Maurice ravel who wrote his only choral works while waiting to be called up. Ivor Gurney was inspired to write both music and poetry while at the front. The evening will also include poems and correspondence from the front which will be read by Rector Whitehead and Ann Rachlin. This is a fundraising event for the Church and tickets are on sale at £10 each on the door or from the Farm Kitchen shop.

From the poem, For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon in September 1914 which includes the famous line ‘They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old’:

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

There will also be readings of poems and letters by Vera Brittain, known for her book Testament of Youth and Roland Leighton, poet, soldier and Vera Brittain’s fiancé; as well as correspondence from the front to local residents.

Bookings are currently being taken for Treasure Island which is being performed by the Outdoor Theatre Company Rain Or Shine, who make regular appearances in Winchelsea. The date for the event is Saturday August 9th and will be held in the grounds of St Thomas’ School but transferring to the Church in bad weather. You are invited to bring a picnic as well as chairs and the grounds will be open at 6pm with the play starting promptly at 7pm. At about 8pm there will be an intermission and the final curtain is around 9.15pm. For tickets which are described as: £13.50 swabs & wenches and £6 cabin boys & girls, please contact 01797 224446 for bookings or buy from Grammar School Records in Rye.

Winchelsea Beach

St Richard’s Church is holding its morning worship and communion service at 9.15am this Sunday June 29th. Rector Whitehead will be leading the service and visitors to the Beach are invited to attend.

There is a chance to see some of the moths which frequently visit the Nature Reserve when Chris, the warden opens up the moth trap to look at the previous night’s catch of different moth species. These include the fairly large sharks, the stout and hairy tigers and the elephant hawk moths. You will need to meet at the Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre at Rye Harbour this Sunday June 29th at 10am and donations towards the Reserve would be appreciated.

The fortnightly Cash Bingo event will be on Wednesday July 2nd in the Community Hall with doors opening at 7 for 7.30pm. Light refreshments are available and friends and holidaying visitors are welcome to come along and have a go.

Every Thursday evening from 7.30 until 10pm you can enjoy a game of table tennis in the Community Hall. Bring a partner if you are able to or just compete with different partners.

Cindi Cogswell

31 Highfords, Icklesham