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If you like antiques and bric-a-brac come along to the New Hall tomorrow (Saturday) for the Countryhouse Attic Sale at 11 am. Entry cost is 50p and for trade it is £5 from 10.30 am. Also on sale will be exotic plants, seeds, and vintage second hand clothes, as well as homemade cakes, tea and coffee. The proceeds will go towards the Rye, Winchelsea & District Memorial Hospital.

A Cellar Tour will take place on Sunday 13th May at 2 pm leaving from Castle Street. The cost is £5 per person, lasts about 90 minutes and the funds are in aid of archaeology in Winchelsea. If you would like to book tickets the contact number is 01797 225333.

Turn on your TV on Monday 14th May for the BBC TV South programme “White Cliffs to Hastings – A Great British Story”. The programme will be showing a recent discovery in Blackfriars Barn cellars of graffiti of ships, probably medieval and scratched on a wall. This graffiti is considered to be of national importance and will be surveyed by a specialist. On Tuesday 5th June at 11 am Winchelsea Archaeological Society will be presenting the results of the survey in the New Hall.

There will be a visit from the Mobile Library to Castle Street on Wednesday 16th May at the usual time of 1.40 to 2.10 pm.

Winchelsea Literary Society will be celebrating the last Royal Diamond Jubilee at its meeting entitled, “1897 A Literary Pageant” on Friday 18th May. The evening will include readings from works published in the Jubilee year and extracts from Queen Victoria’s diary. This will be in the Court Hall at 7 for 7.30 pm.

The Annual General Meeting of the Winchelsea Conservation Society will be held in the Lower Court Hall at 10 am on Saturday 19th May.  Four members of the present committee are putting themselves forward for re-election, and there are also nominations for both the vacancies on the committee.  Some changes to the Constitution are proposed, and there will be an opportunity for members to discuss these at the meeting.

An outing has been arranged by FOAM (Friends of the Ancient Monuments & Museum of Winchelsea) which is the Spring Farm and Nature Conservation Tour, supported by the Wetland Trust. It is an opportunity to visit a local working farm with rare breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs and deer. Also to see the conservation programmes, bird ringing centre and bird hides. The guided spring tour will last about 1.5 to 2 hours and be led by conservation expert Phil Jones. It is essential to book your place and the cost is £5, contact 01797 223559. The location is Elm’s Farm, Pett Lane, Icklesham and parking is in the farmyard 10 minutes before the start. You will need to wear sensible shoes and please note that the tour is not suitable for children or dogs.

Condi Cogswell, 31 Highfords, Icklesham