Tree Chipping: On Saturday January 10th you are invited to bring your 2014 Christmas tree to the National Trust yard on Mill Road for free tree chipping. Please turn up between 11am and 1pm. If you bring a sack you can take your chippings home and use as fresh mulch on your garden.

Second Wednesday: ‘It’s been a grand life’ is the theme of Dr Don Clarke’s talk at the Second Wednesday Society’s meeting on Wednesday January 14th. Winchelsea resident Dr Clarke describes his own childhood TB and his son’s nearly fatal car crash which led to him entering a medical and education career at WHO, the World Health Organisation. Dr Clarke is well travelled, has met many famous people and says that the best stories are those with a bit of humour. Like his father before him he has an honour from the Queen. The talk will take place at 2.30pm in the New Hall and will be followed by a home-made tea, costing as usual £1 members and £4 non-members.

Literary talk: The Literary Society starts the year with a talk by Sarah Giles on Books for Cooks. Sarah is the editor of BBC Easy Cook magazine and her passion for cooking started with two inspirational Home Economics teachers at school. After learning the good old-fashioned techniques she took up cooking as a hobby. This talk will be held next Friday16th January at 7 for 7.30pm in the Lower Court Hall.

U3A: The University of the Third Age will be meeting in Rye Community Centre on Monday January 19th at 2pm. If you are able to come along the talk is by Dr Graham Appleby, Head, NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Space Geodesy Facility Herstmonceux. Geodesy is defined as the science of accurately measuring and understanding the Earth’s geometric shape, orientation in space, and gravity field, and the question at the meeting is, ‘What can Satellites tell us about changes in sea level?’

Good viewing: Probably the best viewing over Christmas for those of us living in the Rye area was the new Mapp and Lucia TV drama from the book by E.F. Benson. This was recently filmed in Rye and appeared on three consecutive nights leading up to New Year’s Eve. The first Mapp and Lucia series made thirty years ago could be usefully compared to this latest version which was equally as perceptive and entertaining, although just a few of the characters such as Lucia and Quaint Irene were played very differently. The camera angles described Rye as spectacular with its decorative settings and familiar postcard scenes of the church square, architecture and cobbled streets. All of which seemed in competition for the foreground with the actors caught up in their own social rivalry. The small town jealousies, neighbourly pretensions and one-upmanship between the calculating Miss Mapp and novice Lucia who thought rural life would be peaceful, were often hilarious. It was interesting to watch the story develop as Lucia became drawn into the social intrigue of the town but with the help of the flamboyant Georgie realised Miss Mapp’s devices and soon learned to even the score. It is worth getting the book, however if you were unable to record or download the film I am sure there will be a repeat during the year.

WOPPS: Known as the Older Persons Project continues into the New Year on Mondays from 10.30am till 2.30pm in the Winchelsea Beach Community Hall. You are invited to come along and enjoy a hot meal, friendly chat, take part in a quiz and obtain general advice. Transport is available if required and Jacky (07947 618989) is the person to contact for assistance.

Contact: Thank you to everybody who sends me items for the Village Voice and I look forward to receiving further contributions over the year. I now have a new contact email address which is: so do keep in touch.

Cindi Cogswell

31 Highfords, Icklesham