Photosensitive: No longer just a Voice but a photo. That’s me (pictured above) seemingly with the unrecognisable dark-glasses-look. Not really it’s just my easy-to-spot photosensitive specs reacting to the sunlight.

Downsizing without tears: is the title of the talk given by garden writer, broadcaster and columnist Helen Yemm at the Garden Society’s Winter Lecture series in the New Hall. This event will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at 2.30pm and the cost is £4 for Garden Society members and £5 non-members payable at the door. Also take note that the best Front Garden of the Month winner will be chosen on Sunday March 1st. All Winchelsea front gardens, frontages and planted verges are eligible. You don’t have to enter as any planted area visible from the street will be considered automatically.

Hot plates: Tomorrow (February 21st) the Winchelsea Bonfire Boyes hold their annual hot and spicy Curry Night at 7.30pm in the New Hall. The cost is £14 p.p. (contact 224446) and all invited but tickets must be bought in advance.

Church at Lent: This Sunday February 22nd the Chair of the Fellowship of St Nicholas, Mollie Green, will be in St Thomas’ Church for the Parish Eucharist at 10.30am. FSN is the charity which the Church is supporting this year through the Lent Boxes and Mollie will be talking about the work of the organisation. FSN was founded in 1939 at Christchurch in St Leonards on Sea and for many years the Fellowship ran children’s homes in the area. Over the years decisions were taken to close the homes and to provide local family support. The next Lent event is the five week Lent Course which will commence this Thursday February 26th in St Richard’s Church (Winchelsea Beach) at 7am. The York Course will be followed and booklets can be purchased at £3.50 from the Church.

Resurfacing improvements: On Monday February 23rd there will be a Public Information Event in the New Hall from 3pm to 8pm. This is to announce the resurfacing of the A259 between Winchelsea and Guestling Green in Hastings. The work will involve carriageway resurfacing and the installation of road markings and cat’s eyes. It is necessary to do this work in order to prolong the life of the carriageway and reduce the need for future disruption to road users. However it may mean some inconvenience. Work is due to start on Monday March 9th for three weeks and will take place overnight, between 8pm and 6am each night, weather permitting. During the time the work is taking place there will be a full closure of the A259 and road users will be diverted off the A259 at Rye to follow the A268, A28 and B2092 into Hastings. Residents within the work area which includes Icklesham will be escorted to and from their properties by staff onsite. If you have any questions about the scheme, representatives from the Highways Agency will be available to discuss the issues at the Public Information Event.

Sacred and Secular Music: ‘I am the Gentle Light’ is a concert of sacred and secular music given by the Cantate Choir and instrumental soloists from King’s College School, Wimbledon. The concert will be held on Sunday March 8th at 3.30pm in St Thomas’ Church and tickets cost £10 p.p. available from Winchelsea Farm Kitchen. It is a great achievement that the musicians from King’s College School will be returning to give a concert at St Thomas’ Church. Their last concert in 2013 was a big success and they have kindly agreed to give a second in aid of Winchelsea’s historic church.

AED in New Inn: Winchelsea Emergency Group (WEG) has secured an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for use by members of the public to resuscitate victims of cardiac arrest. The AED has been donated by a charity called Rother Responders as part of their programme of placing these devices across the district. This machine will be located in the New Inn car park in a locked cabinet. In the event of an emergency situation anyone on the scene should call 999 and a control room operator will give instructions over the phone on how to open the cabinet and apply the device to the patient. In places that have AED, survival rates above 50% have been attained and confidence has grown for this public involvement. But to ensure effectiveness community training courses for residents will also be arranged. Hopefully there will never be the occasion to use the AED since it places much responsibility on the well-intentioned, though inexpert member of the public.

Winchelsea Beach

Iceland and Back: As part of the Friends’ Winter Talk Series, Brian Nobbs will be giving an illustrated talk about some of the birds of Iceland and how some species migrate from the UK to breed there. Many of these birds are attracted by the climate and coastline of Iceland and include the Redwing, Common Teal and Puffin. The talk is open to all and you will need to meet at the Community Hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 2.30pm and donations towards Rye Harbour Nature Reserve would be greatly appreciated.

77 Sunset strip: It’s time once more for some bingo lingo but number 8 don’t be late on the 25 duck and dive this week. The next fortnightly Cash Bingo evening is on Wednesday February 25th at 7.15pm in the Community Hall with refreshments, so 41 time for fun.

Lent celebration: This year St Richards Church will host the parish Lent Course which will begin on Thursday February 26th at 7pm. Booklets are £3.50 and the York Course which includes CDs and topical discussions, will be followed for the next five Thursdays.

End of the month lunch: On Friday February 27th the next Fellowship Lunch will be held as usual in the Community Hall at 12 for 12.30pm. With only a week to go booking is essential (contact 227394) for catering purposes. The Chair of the Fellowship of St Nicholas Mollie Green will be attending the lunch and as FSN is the St Thomas’ Church Lent charity she will be describing the work of this important local aid organisation.

Cindi Cogswell

31 Highfords, Icklesham