Claws, teeth opera: The 9 to 11-year-old children in Mariteau Class, St Thomas’ Primary School, have recently been busy producing their own opera. It’s called, ‘Claws, Teeth and Spears’ and is linked to their topic on Africa where tribal warriors and wild animals play their part. The class teacher’s role has been to manage the auditioning for the main characters as well as assisting with ticket design, costumes, story and music. There will be two performances: a matinee at 2pm on Tuesday July 12th and an evening show on Wednesday July 13th at 6.30pm, each about an hour long. Both performances will be held in the New Hall and if you would like a free ticket for either performance please contact the school office. Before the term draws to a close on Thursday July 21st for the summer break the school will also be holding its Sports Day on Monday July 18th and the Year 6 Leavers service in St Thomas’ Church on Wednesday July 20th which will be followed by a pool party and barbecue.
Beryl Cook art: The Second Wednesday Society is meeting on Wednesday July 13th to hear a talk entitled ‘Rubens with Jokes’ in the New Hall at 2.30pm. Members pay £1 and non-members £4 which includes an appetising home-made tea following the talk. Andrew Ashton will be recalling the popular art of Beryl Cook who observed many of her characters at a local pub in Plymouth and would furtively draw sketches under her handbag.
Cricket supporters: The Winchelsea Cricket Club continues its season with an at home match to Crowhurst Park on Sunday July 10th and to Parkhurst on the 17th. They will be playing away to Newenden on Sunday July 24th and to Wadhurst on the 31st and the start time for all matches is 2.30pm.
Why India: On Friday July 15th Sir Mark Tully will be giving a talk at the Literary Society’s next meeting beginning at 7 for 7.30pm. Light refreshments are available on arrival and admission is free to members and guests are invited to make a donation. The venue on this occasion is St Thomas’ Primary School. Sir Mark will be discussing ‘Why India Matters to us all’ and basing it on his own experiences. He was born in India during the British Raj, became the Bureau Chief of BBC, New Delhi and was also a BBC correspondent for thirty years.
New Archdeacon: The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner has announced to churches in the Diocese that the Revd Dr Edward Dowler is to be the new Archdeacon of Hastings. He succeeds the Ven Philip Jones and will be installed on Sunday September 20th in Chichester Cathedral. Edward is currently Vicar of St John and St Luke, Clay Hill in the Diocese of London. He regularly contributes articles and book reviews to the ‘Church Times’ and has written, ‘An Everlasting Gift’, ‘The Church and the Big Society’ and his most recent in 2015 ‘Inclusive Gospel?’ In this latest book he analyses the much bandied around word ‘inclusive’ as it affects humanity. Although often seen as a cardinal Christian virtue for responding to ethical issues he suggests it is more linked to modernist conformity and homogeneity rather than important differences between people. He notes that inclusivity as such is not found in Scripture where instead the emphasis is on justice. So while inclusivity aims to treat everybody the same justice allows for the other person. The ideas of fairness, tolerance and integration which are all linked to inclusivity, are fine in theory but, as the book notes, are promulgated at the expense of freedom and our unique God-given identities. His book thoughtfully considers that justice is a more excellent virtue which, through Jesus Christ gives to each of us ‘more than we desire or deserve’. Winchelsea is part of Hastings Archdeaconry and so we look forward to welcoming Edward to the town very soon.
Spanish Fiesta: Now that summer is here, apart from the occasional showers, a Spanish Fiesta Dance will be held tomorrow Saturday (July 9th) from 7.15pm in the Community Hall. Tickets are £10 each and include a fish & chip supper. Do bring your own drinks and glasses and wear something stylish. If you would like tickets, please buy soon either from Sutton’s on Sea Road or by contacting 01797 224820 as no tickets are sold at the door.
IPC meet: Icklesham Parish Council will be holding their next meeting in the Community Hall on Monday July 11th at 7.15pm. Issues awaiting Council approval and confirmation are the new bus shelter, location for new dog bin and style and positioning of benches, all at Winchelsea Beach. For Winchelsea the Council is to request permission from the National Trust to place No Parking signs on the fencing bordering the NT land in Rookery Lane. Also, to arrange for the wood to be replaced at the bottom of the display frame of the interpretation board outside the public conveniences.
Lunch break: The monthly St Richard’s Fellowship lunches held in the Community Hall are taking a summer break. So no lunches in July and August but all will be resumed as normal in September.
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