Lent meetings: This year the Lent Course will take place at Five Villages in Icklesham from 7 till 8.30pm beginning on Tuesday February 16th and then the following four Tuesdays. It will involve members of St Thomas’, St Richard’s and St Nicholas with the Rector Robin Whitehead and if you would like to take part in the course please sign the list at the back of any one of the churches to ensure that sufficient booklets are available. The York Course will be studied and this year’s series is based on the Psalms focusing upon spiritual renewal as the Lord demonstrated while he was forty days and nights in the wilderness. Psalm 51:10 clarifies this in the verse ‘create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me’ and this will be thoughtfully considered during the forty days of Lent.

Phil Beer: On Saturday February 27th Phil Beer returns to Winchelsea to perform in St Thomas’ Church at 7 for 7.30pm. The tickets are £14 p.p. and the number to call is 01797 224446. Legendary multi-instrumentalist Phil plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, cuatro, slide guitar, Spanish guitar, tenor guitar, mandocello and viola and will be playing some if not all of these at his concert. He is also a talented songwriter and vocalist and is one half of the award winning acoustic roots and folk duo Show of Hands.

Ceilidh Dance: Tickets must be bought in advance for the Ceilidh Dance in the New Hall on Friday March 11th from 6pm onwards. The cost is adults £12.50 and Children 10 years and under £5 which includes supper at 6.30pm and tickets can be bought from Winchelsea Farm Kitchen. Mayoress Ann Spencer has arranged this event in aid of St Michael’s Hospice and there will be a live Band with Dance Caller, a bar and a demonstration of Scottish Dancing by Hastings Scottish Country Dance Club.

Pot hole saga: Icklesham Parish Council has recently informed that pot holes are being repaired but residents should continue to report new ones as they appear, and to go straight to Highways. However reporting new ones while the old ones have yet to be repaired does not seem very productive. It is also incredible that Highways should need contacting as members must be fully aware of the state of the roads while out driving themselves and during maintenance checks. Most local roads now consist of a succession of expanding pot holes often filled with flood water. Added to this the sides of the roads are gradually eroding so that in places they are reduced to single lanes. The roads affected in this area include parts of Sea Road Winchelsea Beach, Butchers Lane off the A259 and Moor Lane leading into Westfield. Earlier this week gale force winds of 80 miles an hour known as Storm Imogen brought chaos along the south coast. Trees were blown down, an oak tree fell onto the A21 and another was knocked over in Northiam. Both these main roads were blocked for some time and traffic had to divert onto the deteriorating back roads at the risk of flat tyres and further road damage. If you have to drive over a pot hole some good advice is to allow the wheel to roll freely into the hole and to avoid applying your brakes as this may place more stress on the front suspension. Whether or not the so-called climate change is to blame for the roads Highways are in for a busy time.

Winchelsea Beach

‘Twist and shake’: A 50s and 60s Party will be in full swing tomorrow Saturday February 13th on the eve of Valentine’s Day. The venue is the Milligan Theatre in Rye College and doors will be open from 7pm. If you would like to reserve tickets the number to contact is 01797 223810 and the proceeds are in aid of the Rye, Winchelsea & District Memorial Hospital. The cost of tickets is £15 each or you can book a table of eight and included in the price is a fish & chip supper. There will also be a bar, live music by Rocking Reg and a Lyndy Hop Demo.

Thank you: St Thomas’ Church reports that last Sunday’s charity collection in aid of the Salvation Army raised £217.96. In addition the St Richard’s Fellowship Lunch for January contributed £100 in total from its charity appeals so making £317.96 which was forwarded to this very worthwhile cause.

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