Winchelsea

FOAM cellars: Next weekend the Friends of the Ancient Monuments and Museum have organised guided cellar tours for June 4th and 5th. Tickets are £5 each and to ensure your place please phone 07596 182874 and all proceeds are in aid of FOAM. These 90 minute tours both start at 11am but please meet 10 minutes before at the Town Well in Castle Street wearing sensible shoes. There are 56 known medieval cellars under the houses in Winchelsea but only 33 are accessible although there is only time to see a few of them on the tour. They are each to be appreciated for their size, scale and building design

EU Brexit: You do not need to register for the EU referendum if you are already on the Electoral Register. However if you are not on the Electoral Register your application to register, in order for you to vote, must reach the Electoral Registration Office at Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea TN39 3JX, by midnight on Tuesday June 7th (2016). This application can also be made on line at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote . Poll cards from RDC have recently been delivered to homes in the area. The EU Referendum will be held on Thursday June 23rd and the polling station for Winchelsea is the New Hall.

Coming soon: Macbyrd is a comedy thriller. It is set among the birds and performed by the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company which has entertained in Winchelsea on previous occasions. The performance is on Sunday June 19th at 7.30pm in St Thomas’ Primary School and tickets are now on sale at the New Inn or by phoning 01323 501260. As from 6pm the school grounds are open for picnics and you will need to bring your own chairs. The Rudes are best known for their outdoor summer productions and this latest play is set in a small village in rural Sussex.

No Fete 2016: Unfortunately the annual Winchelsea Fete planned for August 13th has had to be cancelled because of a clash of dates with the Rye Country Fair being relocated to Icklesham this year. It would be difficult to compete with such a large event but there is confirmation that it will not clash next year and so the Fete will go ahead on August 12th 2017. In the last three years Winchelsea Fete has raised over £10,000 for local charities which are the Pipewell Gate, the Church, Pett Level Rescue Boat, Sea Cadets, Rother Responders and the New Hall. So thank you to everyone for supporting this event and we look forward to resuming next year.

A good result: It was a very successful Christian Aid Coffee Morning at the Wesley Chapel last Saturday morning. There were a good number of visitors and the excellent sum of £300 was raised from the refreshments and the bring-n-buy. This figure will be increased when a further £50 is added from the Gift Aid reclaim of tax. Many thanks go to all those who helped and came along.

Winchelsea Beach

Bank Holiday Monday: Don’t forget the Table Sale this Monday May 30th in the Community Hall. It is £6 to hire a table (contact 01797 224820). The sale starts at 11am and entrance cost is 50p which includes tea and biscuits plus home-made cakes will be served throughout the morning.

Cash Bingo: The next get-together for an evening of Bingo is on Wednesday June 1st at the usual time of 7 for eyes down at 7.15pm. This will be in the Community Hall and there will be a raffle and light refreshments during the evening. Bingo is known to be popular with all ages and backgrounds and some well-known Bingo players include Ricky Tomlinson who played Jim Royle in the TV comedy The Royle Family and the Queen and Prince William from The Royal Family.

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