Literary talk: This evening (Friday) author Barnaby Phillips is giving his talk on The Burma Boys at the Literary Society’s meeting in the Court Hall. He will be telling the story of Isaac Fadoyebo who signed up as a 16 year old in rural Nigeria in 1942 to fight in the jungles of Burma. Non-members are always welcome and the doors are open at 7 for a 7.30pm start with light refreshments on arrival.

Methodist meet: The Rev Clive Redknap who is a member of the Care staff at the Pestalozzi International Village in Sedlescombe will be at the Wesley Chapel tomorrow Saturday February 27th. He will be giving a talk entitled ‘Planting for the future’ and all are invited to this informative event which begins at 10 for 10.30am.

Mobile Library: On Wednesday March 2nd the Mobile Library van will be in Castle Street from 11 till 11.30am. As usual this fortnightly service provides books for adults and children, plus DVDs, talking books and reference information.

Day of prayer: The annual Women’s World Day of Prayer takes place in St Mary’s Church, Rye at 10.30am on Friday March 4th. Those attending with cars should make contact with other residents needing lifts to and from Rye. This year the Christian women from Cuba have prepared the service and prayers which will be followed by refreshments. Everybody is welcome to take part. Before the tourism industry grew in Cuba there was a deep economic depression in the early 1990s which caused a famine on the island. Food was rationed and expensive and people’s diets were poor. There were also many hungry and abandoned dogs roaming the streets for scraps of food. These were desperate times for the Cubans whereas visiting tourists with dollars were unaffected by the food shortage. However they were soon aware of the problems faced by the locals and several tourists known to your writer responded by purchasing food for the people and dogs they had befriended during their short stay. Although this made little difference the numbers visiting this popular holiday destination steadily increased and the economy has continued to develop mainly through tourism. Now after nearly 50 years of austerity the hopes and prayers are that Cuba will improve its economic conditions since America has recently lifted the commercial trade embargo.

Birthday celebrations: From the minutes of their last meeting held this month Icklesham Parish Council (IPC) report plans to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. A recent letter from NALC (National Association of Local Councils) refers to the lighting of beacons to mark Her Majesty’s birthday on Thursday April 21st and NALC is encouraging all councils to take part. A member of IPC has suggested that the council consider working with community groups to organise events and that the council participates in the Clean for the Queen initiative on Friday to Sunday March 4th to 6th. This proposal has been referred to Open Spaces Working Group to make detailed arrangements.

Ballroom or Latin: Every Thursday Sequence Dancing is held at the New Hall from 7.30 to 10pm. All are very welcome to come along and join in and the leaders are Derrick and Christine Pope (tel: 01797 226452). If you would like to practice techniques there are many different types of tempo within the Classical, Modern and Latin styles and some are newly created.

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Fellowship Lunch: Don’t forget the Fellowship Lunch takes place today February 26th at 12 for 12.30pm in the Community Hall. The meal consists of a variety of home-made dishes along with a speaker and a donation will be requested towards a charity.

Mobile Library: The fortnightly Mobile Library van will next be in Sea Road at 11.40am till 12.15pm on Wednesday March 2nd. It has books available for adults and children as well as DVDs, talking books and reference materials.

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