Milton tonight: It is this evening (Friday) that the Literary Society will be in the Lower Court Hall for their monthly meeting. The theme of the talk is Milton, author of Paradise Lost and it will be given by Lorna Challand. A significant part of Milton’s epic poem, following the devil’s attempt to equal the Omnipotent God was the Almighty’s legendary response: “Him the Almighty Power hurled headlong flaming from th’ Ethereal sky with hideous ruin and combustion down…….Who durst defy the Omnipotent to arms”. (from Paradise Lost, Book 1) Non-members are welcome to come and listen and the starting time is 7 for 7.30pm.

Winchelsea Singers: Tomorrow (Saturday) the Winchelsea Singers will be performing their Spring Concert in St Thomas’ Church at 7pm and admission is £10 p.p. at the door. The programme includes Magnificat by John Rutter and Requiem by Gabriel Faure. Soloists are Grace Constable – Soprano and Michael White – Bass, accompanied by Ivora Rees – Piano and the Music Director is Duncan Reid. During the interval a Bar will be available.

IPC Meeting: On Monday April 20th Icklesham Parish Council will be meeting at 7pm in the Court Hall. The agenda, as publicised on the town’s notice board, will be a motion proposing that a Referendum of the whole Parish be held on the issue that IPC proposes, through necessity, to take a 99 year lease of the car park and public toilets at Rye Harbour from Rother District Council. This will result in a financial burden being imposed on the whole Parish of £18,000 a year for the next 99 years but this figure could be more as it is only an estimate. The reason that the Parish Council is taking this action is because the expected financial support from Rother District Council does not appear to be forthcoming. The question therefore for the Referendum is: should IPC take on this open-ended long-term financial liability? Please attend the meeting if possible to hear more about this motion.

30 pieces of silver: Recently at the Methodist Chapel Rev. Roger Leslie led the Reflections for Holy Week with his interesting talk on one of the key members in the real life drama of the crucifixion, namely Judas Iscariot. Judas is remembered for one thing: his betrayal of Jesus. Although he witnessed Jesus’ teachings and many miracles, it was as treasurer for the twelve disciples that he revealed his real intent. He used his trusted position to steal from their resources and for thirty silver coins betrayed the Lord. Jesus knew from the beginning Judas’ intentions and said, “woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born” (Matthew 26:24) so serious was Judas’ offence and subsequent death. Unfortunately betrayal does not stop at Judas. At present Christians continually suffer persecution throughout the world. In daily life there are many who are intolerant of Christian charity and pervasive in claiming that it is simply a way of securing a place in Heaven. Needless-to-say entry into Heaven must be everybody’s priority. However these seem to have forgotten that it was the Judaeo-Christian belief system which built our civilisations, democracies and ideas of justice. Yet, as well as demeaning good deeds they have failed to acknowledge the importance of Christian faith and that every individual is in the image of God, so is capable of moral judgement and integrity.

Winchelsea Beach

Sunday worship: There will be a time of worship when the Eucharist is held this Sunday April 19th in St Richard’s Church at 9.15am. The Rector Robin Whitehead will be leading the service which welcomes friends and visiting holiday makers from the local camp sites.

Keep focussed: Eyes down and keep focussed is good advice when playing the fortnightly Cash Bingo. If you would like to come along the next Bingo session is this Wednesday April 22nd at 7.15pm in the Community Hall. Also available during the evening will be a raffle and refreshments.

Millions of years: An interesting study of geology and fossils was the subject of Ken Brooks’ talk, given by the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve last Saturday in the Community Hall. Ken had brought along various fossilised specimens, a cast of a dinosaur footprint and images of rock formations all said to be millions of years old, found on many field trips including Rock-a-Nore and Fairlight cliffs. Fascinating examples, however the millions of years is questionable due to historical evidence surrounding Noah’s flood 4,360 years ago which destroyed the entire world and caused rapid formation of fossils and layers of rock. Remains of dinosaurs found in the fossil record shows recent burial with ‘modern’ animals such as ducks located in the same strata. Similarly a fossil imprint of a fern or fish does resemble the ferns and fishes of today because they haven’t changed, but were created that way. However all this perplexes the evolutionist. Moreover evidence of dinosaurs was found in sedimentary rocks laid down by flood water. Many were found in death throe positions struggling to survive, all of which is consistent with a watery catastrophe. Just as devastating to evolutionary theory are the recent discoveries of the series of 14 human footprints with at least 134 dinosaur tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River, near Glen Rose, Texas. The observable evidence that is emerging conflicts with old belief systems that dinosaurs died 65 million years ago and proves that humans and dinosaurs co-existed throughout our brief history.

Cindi Cogswell

31 Highfords, Icklesham