Church News: The Saturday morning Communion service will be held tomorrow in St Thomas’ Church at 9.30am. There is only a change in time on the first Saturday in the month when the Church Market takes place and then it is at the earlier time of 9.15am. Also tomorrow the wedding of Simon Wilkes and Tracy Hickman will be held at 3.15pm. On Sunday July 12th the morning worship Holy Communion service is as usual at 10.30am with the Rector Robin Whitehead leading. In addition grateful thanks to all who supported last Saturday’s Tea Concert which raised £222.60 and to those who contributed to the Church’s charity collection totalling £286 in aid of the Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital.

Under the Wesley Tree: Every year friends and members of Winchelsea Methodist Chapel celebrate its longevity and remarkable history since its founding in 1785. This year is the 230th Anniversary of the Chapel and the pattern of events begins at 2.30pm with hymn singing under the ‘Wesley Tree’ where John Wesley in 1790 preached his last sermon. Last year the tree suffered a set-back and there were concerns that it was ash dieback but following treatment it seems to have fully recovered and is now blessed with an abundance of leaves. As usual everyone is welcome to come along and after the hymn singing all will adjourn to the Chapel for the 3pm celebration service. The retired Methodist minister from Brighton (formerly in the Hastings circuit) Rev Cynthia Park will be conducting the service and joining in the celebration with husband Murray, after which light refreshments will be served.

Summer Fair: St Thomas’ Primary School will be finishing for the summer break on Tuesday July 21st and next Friday July 17th is their Summer Fair. It promises to be a fun occasion with plenty of bunting and a range of stalls that include: plants, tombola, ice cream, books, lucky dip and a great raffle. Feel free to come along and take part and the gates are open at 3.15pm after school.

Royal Opera: On Sunday July 19th singers from the Royal Opera House in London will be performing a variety of popular operatic arias in St Thomas’ Church at 7pm. Before the performance and during the interval a cash bar will be available. If you would like to book tickets please contact or 01797 228514 and you are very welcome at this summer’s evening musical experience which is in support of the Church. At present St Thomas’ Church has problems with its roof and as with any historic monument upkeep will be expensive and so funds raised will go towards meeting the estimated £63,000 cost of repairs.

Rollercoaster of music: Brockham Choral, a choir from Dorking, Surrey will be presenting a programme of words and music entitled Murder, Mayhem and Matrimony in St Thomas’ Church on Saturday July 25th at 7.30pm. The line-up of music can best be described as a rollercoaster of entertainment ranging from Victoriana to Billy Joel with the choir steering the audience through Spirituals, folksongs, The Beatles and Sting. The Murder can be found in Cole Porter’s ‘Miss Otis regrets’, the Mayhem with Irving Berlin’s ‘Alexander’s Rag Time band’ and Marriage as it appears in some of Noel Coward’s humorous pieces. These are just some of the memorable and almost forgotten songs on offer throughout the evening. The tickets cost £10 in advance and £12 on the door, available online at or 07799 771961 and the performance is in aid of the charity ARRCC.

Winchelsea Beach

Nature walk: An Introduction to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is the third and final walk in the series for this year and Barry Yates, Reserve Manager, will be investigating the most westerly part of the Nature Reserve. The walk takes place tomorrow (Saturday) and is approximately three miles, starting and ending at Winchelsea Beach. You will need to meet at the public car park and WC on Dogs Hill Road at 10am to be finished by 1pm and booking is not required but donations would be greatly appreciated.

Prayer service: The afternoon Prayer Service at St Richard’s Church will not be running over the summer. However this service will resume at the usual time of 3.30pm on Sunday September 6th. During July and August the Sunday morning Eucharists will continue at 9.15am with friends and visitors always invited to join these services.

Sing Up: The next Sing Up music making event will be in St Richard’s Church on Sunday July 12th at 4.30 to 5.30pm. Anna Hargreaves and Peter Hatch will as usual be leading the singing which is a variety of fun music, sea shanties and uplifting songs. If you can please do join the group which has grown in popularity, at a cost of £1 which will be followed by relaxation, cakes and drinks.

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