FOAM AGM: The Friends of the Ancient Monuments and Museum are holding their Annual General Meeting in the Lower Court Hall, tomorrow Saturday February 20th. This will be a 10am start. Items on the agenda include the election of officers and committee members and an update on the Pipewell Gate following essential repairs.

The Burma Boys: Britain’s Forgotten Army, The Burma Boys is the subject of the talk given by Barnaby Phillips at the Literary Society’s meeting. The date and venue for this coming event is next Friday February 26th at 7 for 7.30pm in the Court Hall. Barnaby Phillips’ talk concerns the Second World War when Britain took 100,000 African soldiers to the jungles of Burma to fight against the Japanese. These were the so-called ‘Burma Boys’ and he will be looking at what impact their experiences had on them. His talk refers to the book he wrote in 2014 which is called, Another Man’s War: The Story of A Burma Boy in Britain’s Forgotten Army. Barnaby Phillips is a TV and radio journalist who worked for 15 years with the BBC and was based in Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria and South Africa.

Pestalozzi Village: Next Saturday February 27th the friends of the Methodist Chapel will be welcoming the Revd Clive Redknap from Bexhill. He will be speaking about his work at the Pestalozzi Village in Sedlescombe and the present role of this charity. The talk is entitled ‘Planting for the future’ and Clive will be accompanied by students from the village. Students who stay at Pestalozzi are between 16 to 18 years of age and come from low income families across the developing nations to further their education. Doors are open at 10 for 10.30am and coffee will be served before the meeting commences.

Curry Night: The annual hot and spicy curry evening by the Bonfire Boyes is on Saturday March 5th at 7.30pm in the New Hall. This popular social event is well worth the yearly wait and as usual there will be a bar and raffle. To allow for numbers tickets must be bought in advance by contacting 01797 224446 and the cost is £14 p.p. for the meal.

Winchelsea Beach

Nature talk: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has arranged a talk by Melvin and Pam Smith entitled ‘Galway Bay and The Aran Islands’. All are invited and this will take place tomorrow, Saturday February 20th at 2.30pm in the Community Hall. The islands of Aran form a breakwater across Galway Bay on the North West coast of Ireland and this is an area much admired for its natural wonders and wildlife.

Dance to Ricochet: On Saturday evening February 27th you can practice your dancing skills to the Rock n Roll music of the live band Ricochet. Tickets are on sale at £10 each which includes a fish and chip supper during the interval. If you would like to come to the dance at the Community Hall 01797 229163 is the number to contact for details.

Empty the bin: Recently a dog waste bin near the Green at Dogs Hill was close to over-flowing before finally being emptied. Now there is a strange case in Icklesham where a serviceable bin used for the disposal of dog waste bags has been encased in a black bin liner to prevent its further use. It has been in this condition for about a month. As a result the dog bags which should have been deposited in the normal way have instead started to accumulate around the foot of the bin and on the top of it like some dystopian art form. Clearly it is distasteful for people waiting at the nearby bus stop and may soon degenerate to a health hazard. In view of the potential risks at least one person in the village has made a written complaint to Rother District Council, pointing out that if the bin is full empty it (making appropriate use of the covering refuse bag) or if it is damaged beyond repair then replace it. In the meantime we must hope that the waste bags are all bio-degradable.

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