Day of Prayer: This year’s service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer takes place today March 6th at 10.30am in St Anthony’s Church in Watchbell Street, Rye. The theme is: ‘Jesus said to them: Do you know what I have done for you?’ which was spoken to the disciples after Jesus had washed their feet (John 13:12). The service has been prepared by the Christian women of the Bahamas. If you would like to go or need transport from Winchelsea please contact 223050. After the meeting there will be refreshments in the Claire Chapel of St Mary’s Church.

Market, Lunch and Books: tomorrow (Saturday) at St Thomas’ Church the regular monthly Church Market will be held with two additions which are a Lent Lunch and a Book Sale. The Church Market is open as usual from 10.30am until 12, selling homemade and home grown produce and offering the usual coffee, tea and good company. Afterwards, from 12.30 to 1.30pm there is the offer of a Lent Lunch of delicious homemade soup and a roll costing £3. During all of this, there will be a Book Sale, running from 10.30 until 5pm. This will be on a bigger scale than usual. Many people have been very generous in donating books and with storage space running out there is the need for a sizeable clearance. It is an opportunity to clear the backlog and sell additional books so, if you have books you are happy to part with, contact Howard Norton 01797 226524 and he will arrange collection. Hardback non-fiction is preferred but good quality fiction and paperbacks will be welcome too.

Gentle Light: On Sunday afternoon, March 8th at 3.30pm, you are invited to an exciting Choral Concert entitled: ‘I am the Gentle Light’. Tickets are £10 on the door or from Winchelsea Farm Kitchen. Following the success of their visit in 2013, the Cantate Choir and Music Scholars from King’s College School Wimbledon will return to perform sacred and secular music ranging from John Rutter to Leonard Bernstein under the direction of Peter Hatch. Sunday Times ‘Independent Senior School of the Year 2014-15′, King’s is one of the most successful and prestigious schools in the UK where music plays a prominent part. Around 250 pupils in the senior school have instrumental tuition and many pupils learn two or more instruments. Pupils often win choral and organ scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge, others gain performance diplomas and pupils are regularly members of the National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Several pupils attend the junior departments of leading conservatoires.

A Life in Education: Author and historian Malcolm Pratt will be talking about his years spent in education as a schoolmaster during the 1950s at the Second Wednesday Society’s next meeting. Wednesday March 11th is the date for this fascinating event and as usual beginning at 2.30pm in the New Hall. The cost is just £1 members and £4 non-members which includes both the talk and a delicious home-made tea

Rye Royale: Next Saturday March 14th the Methodist Chapel invites all to a talk given by Mrs Jo Kirkham, the Chairman of the Rye Castle Museum. The talk will be on the Story of Rye Royale and this title was bestowed upon Rye in 1573 when Queen Elizabeth 1 came to stay for three days.

Something Suspicious: If you see something or someone suspicious in Winchelsea please do not hesitate to let your street co-ordinator know. Neighbourhood Watch now has resident street co-ordinators to cover most areas of the town. However volunteers are still needed for the lanes on the periphery of Winchelsea so if you would like to volunteer please email or speak to one of the co-ordinators.

Winchelsea Beach

Beach clean: There will be a Spring Beach Clean in the area tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am. While helping to remove the winter’s rubbish washed up along the beach this is an opportunity for some bird-spotting. Look out for the first returning summer migrants of the year such as the Sandwich Tern, a white bird with a black cap on its head and the Wheatear which likes to hop or run on the ground. After the morning’s work is over hot soup which will be served. You will need to bring work gloves if you have them and please meet at Rye Harbour car park for 10am to be finished by 1pm.

Evening of Bingo: Suspense and fun often sums up an evening of Cash Bingo so come and join in if you can on Wednesday March 11th in the Community Hall. Doors are open as usual at 7.15pm and there will be light refreshments available.

St Richard’s Church: On Thursday March 12th St Richard’s Church is having its Annual General Meeting at 10am and will be chaired by the Rector Robin Whitehead and churchwardens will be present. The list of charities which the church supports will be reviewed at this meeting and ideas for the next few years will be discussed. St Richard’s also has a church committee which meets twice a year to review its finances and plan ongoing functions so for the foreseeable future all is in hand.

Fellowship Lunch: The next Lunch will be held on Friday March 27th in the Community Hall at 12 for 12.30pm. You will need book in good time and 01797 227394 is the number to contact. Now in its 15th year the Fellowship Lunch is as popular as ever with its exceptional and varied menu which is provided through the generosity and cooking skills of local volunteers and all that is asked in return is a contribution to charity. There are ten lunches per year with a break in the summer and over the years the grand sum of £8000 has been given to different charities.

Cindi Cogswell

31 Highfords, Icklesham