Winchelsea village voice

Tonight (Friday) a reminder that Winchelsea Literary Society is hosting the song-writer and folk singer, Jeremy Taylor who will be singing the songs of Jacques Brel.

This event will begin at 7 for 7.30 pm in the Court Hall and the cost is £5 and free for WLS members. Donations would also be appreciated towards the artist’s expenses in coming from France.

omorrow the Church Market will be held from 10.30 am to noon in St Thomas’s Church. Contributions of home-made produce will be gratefully received in aid of church funds. Also available: coffee, tea, a peaceful environment and good company with Iain Kerr playing his piano melodies.

Also tomorrow St Thomas’ Primary School is having a Family Fun Day at 2 pm on the field next to the New Hall. There will be a cricket match played by a mix of teachers and parents and during the refreshment break the children will have a chance to try out their cricket skills. Families and friends are invited to watch or have fun joining in the match and the dress code is a white top and any colour shorts that you prefer. FOSTS (PTA and Friends Of St Thomas’ School) has organised the event which also includes a barbecue, homemade cakes and stalls with a tombola and refreshments.

Don’t forget that tomorrow evening the Pegasus Choir is giving a concert of Music for Royal Occasions. This is for the Diamond Jubilee Patronal Festival, and will start at 7.30 pm in St Thomas’s Church. During the interval a bar will be available. The tickets are £10 in aid of church funds and can be purchased from Winchelsea Post Office.

On Sunday 8th July the Pegasus Choir will be attending the Choral Eucharist at 10.30 am in the church, along with the Mayor and jurats. During the service they will be singing Vaughan William’s ‘Mass in G Minor’, considered one of the great works of twentieth century choral music, with an anthem to a prayer of tragic King Henry VI. After the Eucharist there will be a reception of light refreshments.

Icklesham Parish Council is meeting on Monday 9th July in the Memorial Hall, Icklesham. The Planning Committee begins at 6.15 to 7.15 pm and is followed by the Council meeting from 7.15 to 9.15 pm.

On Wednesday 11th July the fortnightly visit from the Mobile Library will take place, as usual at 1.40 to 2.10 pm in Castle Street.

The Schlumpf Addiction is the theme of the Second Wednesday Society’s next meeting on Wednesday 11th July. Richard Feast will be giving the talk which looks at how two French textile magnates secretly created one of the world’s greatest car collections. This is due to start at 2.30 pm in the New Hall.

The Red Slipper is a small piece of Winchelsea history told by Katharina Forbes Dunlop in 1988. It concerned an incident that occurred in 1899, when she was a child in Winchelsea. One day while playing outside her house in Friars Road Katharina and her little sister were called to look at troops marching down the High Street and through the Strand Gate on their way to Folkestone or Dover to embark for South Africa. The girls joined a crowd of townspeople standing on the Look Out, shouting and cheering as the columns of men went by. The soldiers were singing and whistling. In the excitement Katharina’s sister snatched off one of the scarlet felt slippers she was wearing and threw it to the soldiers. One of them caught it and called out, “My mascot!” then tucked it into his pocket. Katharina said she often wondered what happened to the slipper and hoped it had brought the soldier good luck in faraway South Africa. To commemorate this interesting moment a panel of drawings will be displayed this summer at the Look Out. This art work is one of a series of local historical remembrances commissioned from Winchelsea artist Julian Hanshaw by the Rother Arts Development Officer and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. In addition, the incident of the red slipper will be recreated and filmed exactly where it took place. The film is being produced by Winchelsea Moving Pictures, which organises Winchelsea Film Night, with funding from the HLF and others. Filming and post-production will be carried out by the local youth training charity, Entertainment Workshops, who have been filming “The Diamond Jubilee Year in Winchelsea” (which will include film of the filming). The music is being composed by the American great-niece of Katharine Forbes Dunlop, Margaret Bernstein, who will be visiting Winchelsea in August to join the cast. The shoot is scheduled for Sunday 19th August. All the actors in the film and those helping with the organisation will be local volunteers. Would you like to act in the film, either as a soldier or one of the townsfolk? Costumes will be provided. Alternatively would you be willing to help with the hundred and one tasks that need to be done on the day, such as wardrobe, make-up, catering and marshalling traffic? It promises to be great fun and everyone who helps will feature in the credits. The film will be premiered in Winchelsea later in the year. If you would like to take part or help in any way please e-mail:

Cindi Cogswell, 31 Highfords, Icklesham