Choral Concert: An evening of British songs over the years will be performed by Lucy Ashton and Ivora Rees on the piano tomorrow (Saturday). The Concert will take place in St Thomas’ Church at 7.30pm and will include some World War I pieces and a Last Night of the Proms style finale. There will be an interval and the Concert will last for a little under 2 hours. Tickets are £10 p.p. which includes a glass of wine on arrival and can be bought at the door or from Winchelsea Farm Kitchen. Do come along and support the event which is the last major fund raiser of the year in aid of church funds.

WWI Literature: Robin Whitehead, Rector of St Thomas’ Church will be giving a talk at the Literary Society’s next meeting on Friday October 17th at 7.30pm. In the talk entitled ‘Darkly into Oblivion’ Robin will be exploring some of the wealth of literature of the First World War. Robin has very kindly stepped in to do the talk at this October meeting because novelist Neel Mukherjee who was originally scheduled to speak made the arrangement before knowing he was on the Booker Prize shortlist (the Booker Prize winner will be announced on October 14th). Since then his publishers have taken over his diary and are sending him to India this month to promote his book, The Lives of Others. Neel Mukherjee now looks forward to being at the Literary Society’s meeting in November.

Winchelsea Archives: Author and historian Malcolm Pratt will be giving a talk on: Winchelsea Archives; Their Importance, Survival and Conservation, at the New Hall on Saturday October 18th at 10am. The talk which is organised by Winchelsea Conservation Society will be followed by questions and coffee and everybody is welcome. Entry cost is: members free; new members £3 which includes annual membership; non-members £2.

IPC pending repairs: Boarded up and derelict the public toilets in Winchelsea have gone from acceptable to appalling and are more of an inconvenience to visitors. The locks are broken on most of the doors, only a few toilets are operational and it seems that nothing has been done to maintain them. Icklesham Parish Council does have plans to repair the toilets but so far is awaiting financial information before proceeding. In the meantime just be prepared and aware of the problem.

Opening Hours: Winchelsea Farm Kitchen’s Coffee Shop is now open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only from 8.30am to 5pm. The rest of the shop is open daily as normal from 8.30am to 5pm and Sunday hours are as usual from 8am to 2pm. During opening hours take away tea and coffee are available from the shop everyday.

A park without swings: Last week the two toddler swings and the two big swings, plus the boat swing were surprisingly missing from Icklesham Park. It turned out they had been stolen. The thief/thieves had succeeded in unbolting and removing the swings over night, leaving only the steel frames, without being noticed or disturbed; although this audacious act may have been picked up by the CCTV camera on the nearby village hall. However it is unlikely that the swings will ever be retrieved and instead there will be the expense of replacing them. It was less than three years ago that the children’s park had been newly developed with all modern equipment and was one of Icklesham Parish Council’s showpieces. The park was also well used by local children and visitors yet all that now remains to play on is the small climbing frame and mini tunnel. So whether or not stealing equipment from play parks is the latest money-making enterprise (hopefully it isn’t) Winchelsea’s Neighbourhood Watch will now have to be watchful of its own play park.

Pub Music: There will be entertainment at Pub 31, in Winchelsea Beach, tomorrow (Saturday) at 8.30pm. This will be a fiery band called, Sarah G and the other 3.

IPC and Flooding: Due to the extensive flooding last year which affected the Caravan Park at Winchelsea Beach, Icklesham Parish Council carried out a CCTV survey of the site. As a result a ditch to the south of the Park will be cleared to improve capacity for surface water.

IPC Better Parking: Following a proposal from an Icklesham Parish Councillor IPC is considering approaching Rother District Council with a request for improved parking. The request which would ensure that visitors park correctly is for RDC to paint white lines in the car park near the public conveniences at the end of Dogs Hill Road.

Cindi Cogswell

31 Highfords, Icklesham