Bank Holiday Art: Every year the Millennium Artefacts Society puts on an inspiring Art Exhibition in the Court Hall over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The dates and times are Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th from 10am to 6pm and on Monday 31st from 10am until 3.45pm. Admission is free and there will be a Raffle with valuable prizes. This popular Exhibition is for local artists to show and sell their paintings, photographs, pottery and jewellery.

Sing Up: Held at St Thomas’ Church on Sunday August 30th for an hour from 4.30pm Sing Up will be majoring on popular sea shanties. Young and old are very welcome to come along for a good hearty sing along conducted by sea-worthy musicians. As the work songs on sailing ships sea shanties are like the shell held up to the ear in connecting to the sound of the sea. By necessity they are often boisterous and piratical to raise the spirits of those in sunken, downcast states. Some real high-tiders which we all remember from way back include Blow the Man Down, Drunken Sailor, Bound for the Rio Grande and Roll Me Hearties, so come along for some good sailing and singing. To finish on, refreshments will be at hand.

Cellar Tours with WAS: During the Bank Holiday weekend there will be a tour of some of the town’s Medieval Cellars, organised by Winchelsea Archaeological Society. The tour starts at 2pm from Castle Street on Monday August 31st and guidebooks are provided. The cost is £5 p.p. with proceeds in aid of archaeology in Winchelsea and the email address is: for bookings.

St Thomas’ School: Key decisions will begin to take place in September when the governing bodies of Winchelsea, Peasmarsh and Northiam primary schools, the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust and the Department for Education will reach an agreement over the three schools working together as academies. So far work is in progress to find a good financial and leadership model for these schools. In the meantime the school holidays are coming to an end and Thursday September 3rd is the first day of the school year for St Thomas’ pupils and we wish them well in their studies.

Autumn Show: The Garden Society’s annual Autumn Show is happening on Saturday September 5th only two weeks away. Entries for the Spring Show were considered as rather disappointing so hopefully lots more members will realise how many good things they have in their gardens and allotments which could be displayed. It’s unfortunate that so many village shows are fading away but Winchelsea is determined to buck that trend. Even if all members could manage just one entry that would be very encouraging. All the details are in the Show schedule booklet which everyone should have, and entry forms can be obtained from Sally Rhodda by 7.30 pm on Thursday September 3rd.

Autumn Show Raffle: Alice Kenyon is organising the Raffle again and will be pleased to receive any prizes you can spare. These should include items of horticultural relevance such as plants, books, tools and gloves all of which would be particularly welcome.

Magna Carta 2015: David Carpenter, Professor of Medieval History at Kings College London will be giving a detailed talk on the Magna Carta. Winchelsea Archaeological Society has organised the event which will be on Saturday September 12th at 3pm in St Thomas’ Church and the cost is £4 and is free to members and under 16s. There is usually time for questions and answers after the talk so if possible come prepared.

Good Proceeds: Thank you to all who supported the recent fundraising events in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. The table at the Summer Fete made £100 and £900 was raised at the Mad Hatters Tea Party which was held on August 12th in the attractive garden of Backfield Place.

Winchelsea Beach

Street Games: This evening (Friday) from 4 till 5.30pm please meet as usual in the Recreation Ground at Dogs Hill. If you are enthusiastic about keeping fit and you enjoy sports activities this is an opportunity to have fun and learn skills with the Street Games Team who regularly organise these events. Street Games promotes the idea that sport is a catalyst for social change in various communities. The theme is to improve communities and change lives through all that sports activities can provide and there is much to learn and new techniques to develop.

Summer Table Sale: Tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am there will be a Table Sale in the Community Hall. If you would like a Table the number to contact is 01797 224820 otherwise come along for the bargains. As usual there is a charge of 40p entrance which includes a cup of tea and a biscuit as well as a chance on the tombola with good prizes.

Bank Holiday Pub: On Sunday August 30th Pub 31 (opposite Dogs Hill) is opening its doors and enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend with live music from 1.30pm and a hog roast from 12 noon. During the afternoon there will also be a £250 meat raffle and a £1000 draw for all to enter.

Art & Craft: Art & Craft for fun is a weekly social event held every Wednesday in the Community Hall from 10 till 12 noon and the next session is on September 3rd. All ages are welcome to attend and there will be a small charge and you will need to bring your own equipment and projects. There are no formal lessons or teachers but plenty of shared experience and you can speak to the organisers Maureen and Stuart on 01424 813928. The idea is to come for coffee, stay for a chat, bring your sewing, painting, knitting, drawing, card-making, jewellery making and anything you are involved in doing or would like to do to get together and learn together.

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