Rose, Sweet Pea: An atmosphere of fresh colours and fragrances can be anticipated in the Lower Court Hall tomorrow (Saturday) for the Garden Society’s annual Rose, Sweet Pea and Clematis Show. These delicate, quintessentially English flowers will be on display before 11am as judging begins at that time and the presentation of cups is at 12 noon. If you are in the town do come along; admire the exhibits and stop for coffee which will be served from 10.30am.

Summer Fete: The Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital is holding its annual Summer Fete tomorrow June 13th from 2 to 5pm and admission and parking are free. It promises to be a fun day for all with donkey rides, stalls, treasure hunt, bouncy castle, local produce and crafts for sale, as well as home-made cakes and thirst-quenching Pimms. There will also be raffle tickets with exciting prizes on offer and the raffle will be drawn at 3.30pm.

Shingle Garden: A visit has been arranged by the Garden Society to see Rachel and David Fawcett’s shingle garden at Winchelsea Beach which is considered a remarkable achievement. The date for this trip is Wednesday June 17th at 3pm and if you would like to go please contact Howard Norton (01797 226524). It may be necessary to share lifts so Howard will send full details on how to get there. Winchelsea Beach has its own naturally growing shingle gardens featuring wild flowers and the salt-tolerant Sea Kale, across the Nature Reserve. Once set up a shingle garden is low maintenance, suits Mediterranean-style drought-tolerant plants and has plenty of nectar for visiting insects.

For laughter’s sake: The novelist William Thackeray once said, ‘A good laugh is sunshine in the house’ and the Literary Society is set to make the cold stone walls of the Lower Court Hall resound with merriment on Friday June 19th. This next meeting begins at 7 for 7.30pm and the theme for the evening is: ‘Humorous prose and poetry’ and members are invited to bring and share some of their favourite literature.

Summer Soiree: It is that time of the year when a Summer Soiree has been long overdue. Now the time has come and the Winchelsea Singers are delighted to present the evening in two weeks time on Saturday June 27th at 7pm in the New Hall. The Soiree will consist of ‘a merry menu of musical cameos along with a joyous evening of light entertainment with the Winchelsea Singers and surprise guests’. If you would like to be at the Soiree please contact 01797 223159 to reserve your table. Tickets are £20 p.p. which includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, a two course meal and coffee. There will also be a cash bar available.

Change in Councillors: Both Ben Chiswick and Anna Hargreaves who served on Icklesham Parish Council as Councillors for Winchelsea chose not to put themselves forward for re-election this year. The reason for this is that they have many other commitments and have already fulfilled their set terms of office. However they were greatly appreciated in the town for their many years of service and dedication and we thank them for their support and wish them well. They have since been replaced by Councillors Robert Davis and Clive Pope who, along with Councillor Stephen Turner will be representing Winchelsea.

Winchelsea Beach

Summer Wildlife: Tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am there is an opportunity to take photographs of the Summer Wildlife at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. You will need to bring your digital camera to capture details as well as binoculars or telescopes to observe distant birds. Please contact the Nature Reserve to ensure your place and meet at Rye Harbour car park at 10am till 1pm.

Annual Patronal Festival: This Sunday’s service at St Richard’s Church will be celebrating St Richard of Chichester whose Saint’s day falls on June 16th. Richard was born at Wych, now Droitwich in 1197. He was from a well-to-do farming family but when the farm went into ruin he worked hard to restore the family fortunes. In 1245 he was consecrated Bishop of Chichester and in his famous prayer he was considerate in thanking the Lord Jesus Christ for all the benefits he gave him. All are invited to the service which begins at the usual time of 9.15am and is part of the morning worship.

Sing Up Sunday: Every second and fourth Sunday of the month the Sing Up community venture is held in St Richard’s Church led by Anna Hargreaves with Peter Hatch at the helm. The session is from 4.30 to 5.30pm and is an opportunity to enjoy some uplifting songs together taught by local musical professionals. All are invited to join the group at a cost of just £1 which will include cakes and soft drinks after the singing.

Cash Bingo: On Wednesday June 17th at 7 for 7.15pm the fortnightly Cash Bingo takes place in the Community Hall. As usual all are welcome at this social event and a raffle and refreshments will be available during the evening.

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