Westminster Abbey: The Second Wednesday Society meets each month at 2.30pm in the New Hall and non-members pay £4 for the talk and tea. At the next meeting on Wednesday January 13th Howard Norton will be examining the role of Westminster Abbey at the heart of our nation’s history. The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, the setting for sixteen royal weddings and the place where many remarkable people are buried or commemorated.

Jonty Driver: The Literary Society has its next meeting on Friday January 15th at 7 for 7.30pm in the Court Hall and Jonty Driver will be looking at a variety of poems. He will be considering how poems are made in order to understand the effect they have on the reader or listener and also what they are communicating. The focus will be on structure, syntax, rhythm and metre and the aim is that this workshop will be more like a seminar than a lecture so come along and get involved. As usual light refreshments will be available on arrival and visitors are invited to make a voluntary donation.

Octave of prayer: Every January St Thomas’ Church and the Methodist Chapel combine to celebrate the united service and the next is coming soon on Sunday January 24th at 3pm. The service alternates between the two churches and this year will be in the Wesley Chapel and friends from other churches are also welcome. The worship will be led by the Revd Ian Pruden and the Rector Robin Whitehead will preach. After the service there will be time to meet together over tea and refreshments.

Typical weather: For the next week the weather in our area is forecast to be, you’ve guessed it, wet and windy. Temperatures will average at 10C, wind speeds between 7 to 20mph and from 50 to 100% cloud covering on most days with frequent rain. No snow is forecast so work continues without that winter respite for family activities like building snowmen or snow-boarding down the Brede Valley. Scientists inform that clouds, whether natural or due to weather modification, play a key role in weather conditions as they act like blankets, trapping heat which keeps the ground warm. At night when the air cools condensation forms and since H20 (water) traps far more heat energy than C02 (carbon-dioxide) this forms clouds that immediately affect temperatures and winds. Unfortunately the long-term effects are likely to be more extreme weather; but hey, for the moment the daffodils are out; new shoots and buds are forming and spring is on the way! To add to this seasonal mix umbrellas are on the up and boats are environmentally in.

Winchelsea Beach

Leisure and Fitness: If you are planning to start the year on a keep fit resolution or just want to meet socially, the Winchelsea Beach Community Association has a timetable of energetic and fun activities. These are held throughout the year at the Community Hall. On Mondays at 6pm and Fridays at 9.30am Pilates is available and the contact number is 01797 227858. Short Mat Bowls is held every Tuesday from 2 till 4pm (01797 222379) and Martial Arts takes place on Tuesdays from 5 to 8pm. Every Wednesday from 12.30 to 3.30pm there is Arts & Crafts and all abilities are welcome (01424 813928) and Table Tennis sessions are every Thursday at 7.30 till 10pm. Also if you would like to hire the Community Hall the number to contact is 01797 229163 and the rates are very reasonable.

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