Winchelsea village voice - March 23

The Winchelsea Conservation Society invites you to a session on “Planning in a Conservation Area” at the New Hall on Saturday 24th March starting at 10.30am.  There will be talks by Architect Dominic Manning RIBA and Catherine Hughes, who is a Chartered Planning Consultant.  This will be followed by an Open Forum, offering the opportunity to discuss planning issues and queries with an experienced panel. 

Entry is £2.00 for guests, free for Winchelsea Conservation Society Members; if you join the Society on the day, the cost is £3.00, which will cover your membership until June 2013. 

This Sunday 25th March is the beginning of British Summer time, so don’t forget that the clocks go forward one hour. Also the days are lighter and longer until November.

St Thomas’s Primary School will be celebrating Easter early this year with the service being held on Wednesday 28th March at 9 am in the Church. Rector Howard Cocks will be taking the service and parents and friends are always very welcome to come along. The school term ends for the Easter break on Friday 30th March and summer term begins on Monday 16th April.

Also happening at St Thomas’s Primary School, Greyfriars Class (ages 5-7) are making a Chinese dragon for the annual Rye Carnival procession in July. Rye College, Rye Primary School and other children’s groups from the area will be involved in this lively and colourful procession. The carnival theme for this year is: the Olympic Games meets the Chinese year of the dragon.

There will be a Pub Quiz at the New Inn on Thursday 29th March from 8.30 to 10 pm. The prize is a £25 bar tab and during the time that the questions are being marked a free supper will be available.

The currant Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for Icklesham Parish is Andy Smith. If you should need to contact Andy at any time his telephone number is: 07990704108 or email:

Winchelsea Methodist Chapel celebrated St Patrick’s day last Saturday with a visit from the Rev Roger Leslie (retired minister from the local circuit) Roger gave a detailed history of how St Patrick, born in 385 AD on the west coast of Britain, was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave, escaped and later returned as a Christian missionary to Ireland. Little could Patrick have guessed that his popularity would come to enhance the national identity and boost tourism. From the colour green to the daily consumption of Guinness which more than doubles on St Patrick’s Day; to the three leaves of a shamrock that explain the holy trinity and the high percentage of American presidents that claim Irish heritage it is little wonder that there are no snakes in Ireland. The myth is that St Patrick banished them but geographically it might have been the ice age. The hymn, St Patrick’s Breastplate, whose old Irish lyrics were written by an unknown author, was attributed to St Patrick after his death to augment his sainthood. The well-known lines are: ‘Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left….’

Cindi Cogswell, 31 Highfields, Icklesham