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Beacon Parish Events for January 2018
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Beacon Parish Events for January 2018

This page lists specific events such as concerts and special services. The events also include certain village events. For many events there is more information which can be accessed by clicking on the title. Please also see the Calendar for a full list of services for each month.

Tuesday 25 October 2005

  ?Restoration and Rolls? Talk in Village Hall

Tuesday 3 January 2006

  School Term 3 begins

Wednesday 11 January 2006

  Frugal lunch at Friends Meeting House

Friday 10 February 2006

  School Term 3 ends

Saturday 18 February 2006

  Mozart's Birthday Party Concert in Village Hall

A piano recital by Ambrose Page to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, in the Village Hall at 7 pm, followed by canap?s and wine. Tickets ?5 available from Catherine Robinson (841732) and Pam Burr (842133).

Saturday 25 February 2006

  WI Marmalade morning

Monday 20 March 2006

  Museum: Lunchtime talk on 'Regency England' by Richard Allen

Friday 31 March 2006

  School Term 4 ends

Saturday 1 April 2006

  Ditchling Village Breakfast

Sunday 2 April 2006

  Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Thursday 6 April 2006

  Film Society: 'Sideways'

Wednesday 12 April 2006

  The Passion of Christ by Sir Arthur Somervell

This unjustly neglected work for Holy Week will be sung by the combined choirs of St Margaret's Church, Ditchling, and St Mary's Church, Pulborough at St Margaret's on

Wednesday 12 April at 7.30pm

The work, composed on the eve of the First World War, contains choruses and..

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Tuesday 18 April 2006

  Coffee and Cakes - Friends of the Museum.

Wednesday 19 April 2006

  School Term 5 begins

Saturday 13 May 2006

  Church Car Boot Sale

Wednesday 17 May 2006

  Ditchling Players - The Importance of Being Earnest

Well it?s almost time for the Ditchling Players Spring Production - The Importance of being Earnest ? the lines have been learnt; the costumes fitted; the props obtained and the set built. There?s only one thing missing and that?s you, the audience. So, whether you?re a stalwart who misses..

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Friday 26 May 2006

  School Term 5 ends

Monday 5 June 2006

  School Term 6 begins

Saturday 17 June 2006

  Ditchling Village Fair

Saturday 1 July 2006

  Horticultural Society Summer Show

Wednesday 19 July 2006

  Vivace Singers Concert

St Margaret?s Church, Ditchling 7.45pm on Wednesday 19th July

Vivace return to Ditchling with a program of songs, both choir and solo items, to celebrate the Patronal Festival.

The program will cover a period of 400 years, from Elizabethan madrigals to present day ballads...

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Saturday 29 July 2006

  Cream Teas on the Green

We will be serving cream teas in the barn and garden on the green on Saturday 29th July from 2 pm to 4 pm. There will also be the grand sale of gifts that have been given for Fr Jason?s holiday stall. We would still welcome any holiday gifts that you may like to donate.

Pam Burr, Vice chairman, Social & Fundraising Committee

Wednesday 2 August 2006

  ?Edward Johnston and the Innocence of Father Brown? -..

A lecture by Ewan Clayton to be given at Ditchling Museum at 7.30 pm.

Sunday 13 August 2006

  Party for Father Jason in the Barn

Father Jason takes his final Service with us on Sunday 13 August at 9.45 am. There will be a Farewell party for him and his family after this service in The Barn on the Village Green. Wine, soft drinks and eats will be served and a presentation will be made.

Saturday 2 September 2006

  Horticultural Society Autumn Show

Ditchling Horticultural Society

Sat 2nd Sept. 2.00 ? 4.30 pm Village Hall

Presentation of cups, raffle prizes and auction 4.30 pm

Show entries to Ditchling Post Office by 5.00 pm on Weds 30th August

Monday 4 September 2006

  Ditchling Players Auditions for 'Mother Goose'

The Ditchling Players will be performing ?Mother Goose? from the 29th January to 3rd February 2007 at the Village Hall. Auditions will be held on 4th September at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall 'under the watchful eyes of our award-winning trio' ? Sonia Stock (Producer); Michael Hinton (Musical Director) and Robin Bates (Choreographer) and rehearsals will start in earnest soon after.

Tuesday 5 September 2006

  School Term 1 begins

Thursday 7 September 2006

  DVA Council meeting

Saturday 9 September 2006

  Friends of Ditchling: Progressive Supper Party

The third progressive supper party will be held on Saturday 9 September 2006.

Look out for the booking form for the Progressive Supper ? it?s all in a good cause and should be a lot of fun too, as the last two Suppers were. The price is a very modest ?15 per person for a three course meal and wine.

Jo Earl, Hon Secretary, Friends of Ditchling

Friday 15 September 2006

  ?Race Night? for SS Peter & James Hospice

In aid of St Peter & St James Hospice and Continuing Care Centre

RACE NIGHT & Fish and Chip Supper or vegetarian alternative
Friday, 15th September ? 7.30pm Ditchling Village Hall

?10 per head ? Licensed Bar ? Raffle

To book, please phone 01444 471295 or e-mail richard.spencer@stpeter-stjames.org.uk

Monday 18 September 2006

  Come and identify archive photographs at Museum

Tuesday 19 September 2006

  Village Coffee Morning

Free Coffee/Tea & Cakes in Ditchling Village Hall, Tues 19th September 10.30 am ? 12.00 noon.

Sponsored by the Film Society

  Women?s Fellowship

Saturday 23 September 2006

  A Very English Village, (Salad Days) in Village Hall

On the 23rd September at the Village Hall, Luke Holland will be repeating an episode from his series 'A Very English Village' which followed the Players production of 'Salad Days'. The evening will start with a repeat showing of the episode and then after an interval there will be some additional..

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Sunday 24 September 2006

  Harvest Supper in Village Hall

#The harvest supper will take place in the Village Hall from 6pm to 8pm and comprise a two course meal plus a glass of wine. Please note the earlier starting time; please note also that this year the date of the supper is the week before the harvest festival service. This year we will be..

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Sunday 1 October 2006

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk

Meet at Wivelsfield Church car park at 2pm, (off the B2112 to Haywards Heath) for a walk to Gt.Ote Hall, Antye Farm, Clearwater Farm and on to Lunces Common, returning past Lunces Hall.

Shirley Thompson

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Thursday 5 October 2006

8:00 pm Film Society, ?Brokeback Mountain? in Village Hall

On Thursday 5th October 2006 we shall be starting a new season of diverse films with our first one being ?Brokeback Mountain?, a masterclass in subtle directing. It has been adapted from a short story by Annie Proulx in which the taboo word ?love? is never spoken. This is a tale of two..

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Saturday 7 October 2006

  ?Through Brangwyn?s Lens? Exhibition opens at the Museum

Tuesday 10 October 2006

  Village Association Lunch at Dolly?s Pantry

At the time of writing there were still a number of places available at Dollys Pantry for the lunch on 10th October. Contrary to popular opinion these lunches are open to all ? there is no lower age limit. The list will be in the Post Office until 3rd October or you can ring Jill or me on 844746 to reserve a place.

Brian Clutterbuck, Chairman

Wednesday 11 October 2006

6:30 pm Brangwyn ? talk by Diana de Vere Cole, The Jointure

7:30 pm The AGM of The Friends Association, Museum

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends will take place in the Museum at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 11th October. Following the formal agenda, Hilary Williams will talk about the exhibition programme for 2007, Roma Leon will explain how a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has assisted the work of..

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Thursday 12 October 2006

7:30 pm Horticultural Society AGM, St Margaret?s School

Saturday 14 October 2006

7:30 pm Brangwyn ? study & discussion at Greyladies

Sunday 15 October 2006

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk

Meet at Streat Church/Streat Place at 2pm for a walk to Plumpton College, returning through East Chiltington.

This is the last walk on our Summer programme so please do join us.

Shirley Thompson

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6:30 pm Bible Sunday Service, St Francis Church

Hassocks and Ditchling Bible Society.

A special service for Bible Sunday will be held at St Francis Church, Hassocks on Sunday 15th October at 6.30 pm. The Revd. Christopher Powell from Keymer Parish will take the service and preach.

Tuesday 17 October 2006

10:30 am Coffee/Tea and Cakes free in the Village Hall

Coffee and Cakes sponsored by the School PTA and the Pre-School Playgroup, 10.30 to 12 noon.

7:30 pm Women?s Fellowship

This meeting will be held at 3 Charlton Gardens (01273 841830) when Jeanette Oughton-May will be talking about 'Bach Flower Remedies'.

Thursday 19 October 2006

6:30 pm Brangwyn ? talk by Libby Horner, The Jointure

Friday 20 October 2006

7:30 pm A historical stroll from Stonepound to Ditchling

Soroptimist International of Haywards Heath & District.

Talk by Mark Dudeney, with slides, anecdotes, reminiscences and views of bygone days.

Friday 20th October 7.30 for 8.00 pm, Ditchling Village Hall. Admission ?6 to include a glass of wine

In aid of Sussex Air..

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Saturday 21 October 2006

10:00 am Bible Society Coffee Morning, Larchfield

In aid of the Bible Society at ?Larchfield?, Spatham Lane on Saturday 21st October from 10.00am to noon.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday 23 October 2006

11:00 am Children?s Workshop, Museum

Wednesday 25 October 2006

8:00 pm Bible Studies at Frances Berrill's house

Jesus said "Feed My lambs ---- Feed My sheep". The first of a series of Bible studies will be held at 18 Common Lane, Ditchling, on Wednesday 25th October at 8.00 pm.

It will be helpful to know how many are attending to arrange for refreshments and car parking. Telephone Frances Berrill on 01273-843374

Friday 27 October 2006

  Big Draw Children?s Workshop, Museum

7:30 pm Wine & Wisdom Evening, Museum Quiz Night, Village Hall

#The Halloween Quiz Night will be held in the Village Hall on Friday 27th October at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available from Martin Roberts (843890) at ?10 each to include a fish and chip supper. Ten ?volunteers? have agreed to raise a team of 8 people so leaving space for four more tables of 8 or 32 individuals. Please get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment!

Sunday 29 October 2006

  British Summer Time ends

Thursday 2 November 2006

8:00 pm Film Society, ?Amadeus? in Village Hall

Our film on Thursday, 2nd November 2006 will be ?Amadeus? ? Director?s Cut to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This epic film is a glorious celebration of the music of Mozart and winner of 8 Academy Awards. Antonio Salieri is the embittered court composer..

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Sunday 5 November 2006

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, from Village Hall car park

Monday 6 November 2006

2:30 pm Monday Afternoon Social Club inaugural meeting

The inaugural meeting of the new Monday Afternoon Social Club will be at the Old Meeting House on Monday 6th November from 2.30 pm to consider a programme of Winter events. All are welcome so do come along with your ideas and suggestions and enjoy a cup of tea and a cake in convivial company. If..

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Wednesday 8 November 2006

7:00 pm Talk on Brangwyn, Libby Horner, Museum

Friday 10 November 2006

8:00 pm Ditchling Players ?Murder at the Manor?

Instead of the anticipated 4 days we have decided to have just 2 nights ? Friday 10th & Saturday 11th November for ?Murder at the Manor?. It?s good to know that tickets are already going well. So, if you haven?t already got yours, hurry down to Clifford Dann to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 11 November 2006

12:00 pm Poppy Day Lunch in Village Hall

The Royal British Legion Women?s Section Ditchling Branch will be holding their Poppy Day Lunch on Saturday 11th November, at Ditchling Village Hall from 12 noon onwards. Tickets ?6.50p for a great lunch, including a glass of wine. As usual there will be a Grand Raffle. Please come and join us,..

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3:00 pm Juliet Wheeler Exhibition, Jointure Studios

Juliet Wheeler is having an exhibition of her recent fabric collages, and other work, in the Jointure Studios on Saturday 11th November 3.00 ? 5.00 pm and from Sunday 12th to Sunday 19th 11.00 am ? 5.00 pm. Juliet has exhibited in London and elsewhere but this is her first one-man show in our..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Players ?Murder at the Manor?

Instead of the anticipated 4 days we have decided to have just 2 nights ? Friday 10th & Saturday 11th November for ?Murder at the Manor?. It?s good to know that tickets are already going well. So, if you haven?t already got yours, hurry down to Clifford Dann to avoid disappointment.

Sunday 12 November 2006

11:00 am Juliet Wheeler Exhibition, Jointure Studios

Juliet Wheeler is having an exhibition of her recent fabric collages, and other work, in the Jointure Studios on Saturday 11th November 3.00 ? 5.00 pm and from Sunday 12th to Sunday 19th 11.00 am ? 5.00 pm. Juliet has exhibited in London and elsewhere but this is her first one-man show in our..

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Tuesday 14 November 2006

  Village Association Autumn Lunch

The next lunch is on Tuesday 14th November. Places are already going very fast but you can still book a place either by ringing Jill or me on 844746 or by filling in the form at the Post Office which will be there from 6th November.

Thursday 16 November 2006

7:30 pm Village Association AGM, Friends Meeting House

Saturday 18 November 2006

10:00 am The Sussex Guild?s Contemporary Craft Show

The annual Sussex Guild?s winter exhibition will be held in the Village Hall and St Margaret?s School on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November from 10am to 5pm. The event will offer a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for your Christmas shopping and will allow you the opportunity to meet and talk..

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10:00 am Sussex Guild of Craftsmen

Sunday 19 November 2006

10:00 am The Sussex Guild?s Contemporary Craft Show

The annual Sussex Guild?s winter exhibition will be held in the Village Hall and St Margaret?s School on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November from 10am to 5pm. The event will offer a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for your Christmas shopping and will allow you the opportunity to meet and talk..

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Tuesday 21 November 2006

10:30 am Village Coffee Morning, Village Hall

Free coffee/tea and cakes on Tues 21st November from 10.30 am ? 12.00 noon. Sponsored by the Friends of St Margaret?s Church. We extend a warm welcome to all and look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday 26 November 2006

7:00 pm Annual Hilary and Joanna Bourne Memorial Lecture

The Annual Hilary and Joanna Bourne Memorial Lecture will be given by Fiona MacCarthy on Sunday November 26th at 7.00 pm in Ditchling village hall. Titled Reassessing Eric Gill Fiona MacCarthy will reconsider Gill?s life, work and reputation twenty years after her controversial biography. Tickets..

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Saturday 2 December 2006

10:00 am St Margaret?s Christmas Bazaar

#This will be held in the Village Hall from 10 am to 12 noon. Please begin putting aside books, CDs, bric-a-brac, unwanted gifts and items for the raffle and tombola. These will be needed for the stalls and bazaar. Further details will be made available during the next few weeks. General enquiries to Sylvia Bain 01273 845361.

Sunday 3 December 2006

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, from Village Hall

Monday 4 December 2006

  Monday Social Club, The Old Meeting House

Thursday 7 December 2006

8:00 pm Film Society, A Child?s Christmas in Wales

On Thursday, 7th December to commence the festive season we shall be showing two films. ?A Child?s Christmas in Wales? based on the classic Dylan Thomas poem, this film captures the true meaning of Christmas. It transports us back to the magic and marvel of childhood where no two moments were..

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Saturday 9 December 2006

12:00 pm Older Residents Christmas Lunch, Village Hall

#Tickets available at the Post Office or from Pam Gaskin on 843182 or Jill Clutterbuck on 844746. All are welcome; please encourage your friends to come.

Thursday 14 December 2006

7:00 pm Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and Carols

#Thursday 14th December 7pm to 9pm Family evening for all ages at Ditchling?s Barn on the Green. Come and enjoy your favourite carols with a choir led ?sing-along? Wrap up warm and please bring your lanterns and torches FREE ENTRY Organised by the Ditchling Support Group

Friday 15 December 2006

  Museum Christmas Entertainment, The Old Meeting House

#The Museum Christmas Entertainment at the Old Meeting House, Friday 15th December at 7.30pm A lively programme of Music and Readings, with festive refreshments. Tickets ?6 available from the Museum, Post Office or Martin Roberts (843890)

Sunday 17 December 2006

  Brangwyn Exhibition closes at Museum

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk from Village Hall car park)

6:30 pm Service of Lessons and Carols

This service will comprise the usual Christmas readings with carols for congregation and choir, including some new very lovely carols as well as the old favourites.

Monday 18 December 2006

  Monday Social Club, The Old Meeting House

Tuesday 19 December 2006

  Village Association Christmas Lunch at Dolly's Pantry

We are delighted that Dolly?s will be putting on a special Christmas Lunch for us on Tuesday 19th December. A booking form for this will be available in the Post Office from 6th November.

10:30 am Free Coffee Tea and Cakes, Village Hall

#Village Coffee Morning in the Village Hall. Tues 19th December 10.30 am ? 12.00 noon Free coffee/tea and cakes Sponsored by The Village Association

12:30 pm DVA Village Christmas Lunch at Dolly?s Pantry

7:30 pm Women?s Fellowship

Sunday 24 December 2006

5:30 pm Children's Carol Service on the Green

#St Margaret`s Church extends a warm welcome to all who would care to join us at the Children`s Carol Service on Christmas Eve at 5.30pm on the Green. This will take the form of a traditional telling of the Nativity through mime and readings with children from the church, the school, the Cubs,..

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Tuesday 26 December 2006

1:00 pm Ditchling Mummers on Boxing Day

#We will be celebrating 20 years of performing a traditional Sussex Mummers play. Starting at 1.00pm in the car park of The Bull, Ditchling their Band of Musicians will play carols and be followed by the famous Dancing Doll. Then the Mummers will present a play collected from East Preston in..

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Thursday 4 January 2007

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society 'Bride & Prejudice'

#Our first film of the New Year to be shown on Thursday, 4 January 2007 will be ?Bride & Prejudice? which recreates Jane Austen?s Pride & Prejudice as a Bollywood musical. The characters are whisked across oceans and continents to London, LA and Amritsar and this highly amusing film not only..

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Monday 8 January 2007

  School Term 3 begins

Thursday 18 January 2007

  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins

Monday 29 January 2007

  Ditchling Players: 'Mother Goose'

Wednesday 31 January 2007

7:45 pm Ditchling Players Pantomime, Village Hall

#Wednesday 31st January to Saturday 3rd February 2007 ? 7.45 pm. Matinee on Saturday 3rd February at 2.30pm. Tickets will be going on sale early in January 2007 from Clifford Dann. Prices are ?10.00 with a concession of ?7.00 for children under the age of 16. David Tettersell

Thursday 1 February 2007

2:30 pm WI meeting

Friday 2 February 2007

7:30 pm Burns Night Party at The Old Meeting House

#To celebrate the birthdays of two famous libertarians Robert Burns and Tom Paine. Haggis Supper and musical entertainment Tickets ?10 each from Maureen Maguire at the OMH or Joan Nurklik Tel 843695

Thursday 8 February 2007

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society ?The Beat that my Heart Skipped'

#On Thursday 8th February we shall be showing ?The Beat that my Heart Skipped?. Here, Jaques Audiard presents his superb version of James Toback?s 1978 film ?Fingers?. In a stylish and audacious gangland thriller set in Paris, a young man, Tom, struggles to free himself from his father?s..

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Friday 9 February 2007

  School Term 3 ends

Tuesday 13 February 2007

  Ditchling Village Association Lunch at Dolly's

#Details will available in the Post Office from January 29th but, again, bookings may be made by ringing either Jill or me. Brian Clutterbuck These have proved extremely popular and early booking is necessary.

Saturday 17 February 2007

10:00 am Marmalade Market in the Village Hall

#10.00 to 12.00. As well as marmalade there will be cakes, plants, Traidcraft goods, a grand raffle and, of course, coffee. This is our main fund-raising event of the year so please all come and bring your friends. Jean Morley

7:00 pm Concert by Ambrose Page and Patricia Hope

Edvard Grieg: His Life in Words and Music Piano Concert and Narrations by Ambrose Page and Patricia Hope, Saturday 17th February 2007. Once again we are delighted to welcome pianist Ambrose Page who, you may remember, entertained us last year with an evening of music to celebrate..

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Monday 19 February 2007

  School Term 4 begins

Tuesday 20 February 2007

10:30 am DVA Coffee Morning at Ditchling Pre-School Group

#The next Coffee Morning will take place on Tuesday, 20th February in Ditchling Village Hall and hosted by Ditchling Pre-School Group. Do come along and enjoy the atmosphere. In January Ditchling Morris gave us a very successful morning despite the adverse weather ? many thanks Brian Clutterbuck

7:30 pm Women?s Fellowship

Thursday 22 February 2007

6:30 pm Thanksgiving Service at Plumpton Racecourse

#This service, on Canon John's 78th birthday, will mark his retirement as Priest in Charge of Streat and Westmeston. This sees the end of a ministry that has taken him around the world, and spanned over 50 years. The service will be presided over by Bishop Lindsay of Horsham, and anthems will..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Film Society ?Hidden (Cache)? in the Village Hall

#A famous television presenter played by Daniel Auteuil receives mysterious, menacing ?surveillance videos? at his home showing scenes from his private life. A compelling political-psychological drama on the denial and guilt which is mixed into the foundations of western prosperity, with the..

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Saturday 24 February 2007

2:00 pm Ditchling Pre-School 2nd Annual Jumble Sale

 2:00 pm Ditchling Pre-School 2nd Annual Jumble Sale #The Ditchling Pre-School Committee would like to invite you to join us at our 2nd Annual Jumble Sale. The sale will be held in Ditchling Village Hall on Saturday 24th February at 2.00pm. The admission fee will be ?1 on the door and all items will be priced at 50p, apart from one more exclusive table! All proceeds will go to..

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7:00 pm Auction on Plumpton Racecourse

#The proceeds will go to Streat and Westmeston PCC, but it is clearly in the interest of all three churches that our finances are sound. All are welcome to submit any unwanted Christmas presents, or other articles, for inclusion in the Auction. If you wish you can set a minimum value, that will..

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Tuesday 27 February 2007

7:30 pm Whist Drive in Westmeston Parish Hall

For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Thursday 1 March 2007

2:30 pm Women's Institute Meeting, Village Hall

Joan Wilkinson will be giving another of her travel talks on ?Aspects of Brazil?.

7:30 pm Ditchling Film Society ?Bombon El Perro? in Village Hall

#A hugely enjoyable, quirky comedy set in Patagonia about an unemployed mechanic who is given a pedigree dog called Bombon. Director: Carlos Sorin. Argentina 2004. 97 mins. Subtitled. Films start at 8.00 pm. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Free refreshments before the film and ample free parking..

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Friday 2 March 2007

10:30 am Women?s World Day of Prayer at Emmanuel Chapel

#This annual ecumenical service will take place on Friday 2nd March at 10.30 am at Emmanuel Chapel Ditchling. All are welcome to share in this service which this year has been prepared by the Christian women of Paraguay with the theme "United under God's Umbrella". Refreshments will be served afterwards and we look forward to seeing you there. #Maralyn Hine#

Saturday 3 March 2007

10:15 am Friends of St Margaret?s Annual meeting DVH

#The thirteenth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Friends of St Margaret?s Church Ditchling Trust will be presented at the Annual meeting on Saturday 3rd March 2007 in the Village Hall. Coffee will be served from 10.15 a.m. and the presentation of the Report will be at 10.45 a.m. Anybody..

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Sunday 4 March 2007

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk, Village Hall car park

7:30 pm Concert: Mendelssohn Elijah, Worth Abbey

#Sussex Chorus next concert is on Sunday 4th March at 7.30pm, at Worth Abbey Church, Turners Hill and will be a performance of Mendelssohn?s ?Elijah?. The soloists are Lorna Anderson, Susan Legg, Justin Lavender and Michael George. The Choir will be joined by members of Ardingly Choral Society..

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Monday 5 March 2007

2:00 pm Monday Social Club, Old Meeting House

Tuesday 6 March 2007

8:00 pm Ditchling Players Auditions, Village Hall

Saturday 10 March 2007

  Ditchling Museum Opens

#Ditchling Museum re-opens on Saturday 10th March with ?Reading the Space?, an exhibition which brings together the work of calligrapher Ewan Clayton and painter Jeanne Masoero. Both the differences and the affinities in their work make for a challenging and exciting exhibition. In the cottage..

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Tuesday 13 March 2007

12:30 pm Ditchling Village Association Lunch, Dolly's Pantry

#As the Post Office will be closed bookings may be made by ringing either Jill or me on 844746. These are extremely popular and early booking is necessary. There will be one more on April 10th and then we will start again in the Autumn.

Wednesday 14 March 2007

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch at St Margaret?s

We do hope you will join us at this ecumenical gathering

Saturday 17 March 2007

10:00 am Traidcraft ? Coffee Morning, Plumpton

#2 Ashurst Cottages. Plumpton. This is 2 days before the meeting in Ditchling to discuss the launch of the campaign to make Ditchling a Fair Trade Village. So anyone from Ditchling is most welcome to come along and see some of the goods that are Fairly traded and on offer.

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Spring Bulb Show

#2.00 to 4.30 pm, Ditchling Village Hall. Afternoon teas and grand raffle Presentation of cups and raffle at 4.30pm Entries to Ditchling Post Office Closing date Wednesday 14th March 5.00pm

Sunday 18 March 2007

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk, Village Hall car park

Monday 19 March 2007

2:00 pm Monday Social Club, Old Meeting House

7:00 pm Fairtrade Ditchling Meeting at Meeting House

#Monday 19 March sees the launch of the campaign for Ditchling to gain the status of Fairtrade Village. Everyone is welcome to this meeting which commences at 7pm with the speakers starting at 7.30pm. Simeon Green from Windwards Bananas, Bruce Crowther from the Fairtrade Foundation and Sally..

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Tuesday 20 March 2007

10:30 am Village Coffee Morning, Village Hall

#Free coffee/tea and cakes 10.30 am ? 12.00 noon Sponsored by the Village Association

7:30 pm Women?s Fellowship Meeting, Meeting House

#The March meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th March at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House when Tom Dufty will be talking about "Ditchling"

Wednesday 21 March 2007

8:00 pm Ditchling Village Hall AGM

#We are very close to completing the project to upgrade the existing facilities that we started nearly five years ago. We are now turning our thoughts to something more ambitious in the way of a new facility. Over the last year we have experienced a welcome and significant increase in..

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Friday 23 March 2007

7:30 pm Newcomer?s Party at the Village Hall

#The Village Association invites all newcomers to the village to meet the Village Association Council and the representatives of the many Village Organisations and Societies. If you are a newcomer, i.e. moved into the village Since last March, or before then but have not been to a newcomers..

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Saturday 24 March 2007

  Ditchling Village Breakfast, Village Hall

#The Friends of Ditchling Museum will be serving the ?Village Breakfast? on the morning of Saturday 24th March in the Village Hall. There will be the usual choice of the ?Full English? at ?6.00 or the ?Continental? at ?4.00 and, as in previous years, there will be two sittings, for the ?Early..

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7:30 pm Concert: Les Cinq, St Margaret's Church

#A programme of music with flute, violin, viola, cello and harp. Sue Thomas ? Flute Kate Birchill - Violin Nancy Johnson ? Viola Alexandra Mackenzie - Cello Emma Ramsdale - Harp Enjoy an evening of enchanting music with this vibrant ensemble of world class musicians. Works by..

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Sunday 25 March 2007

  (British Summer Time begins)

11:15 am Annual Parochial Church Meetings

Monday 26 March 2007

7:15 pm Ditchling Society AGM, Village Hall

#This is an opportunity for members to find out what the Society has been doing over the last year. #How much longer do we have to wait?# Following the AGM, at approximately 8.00pm, we have invited Chris Todd, Campaign Officer for the ?South Downs Campaign? to give us an update on the..

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Friday 30 March 2007

  School Term 4 ends

7:15 pm Footpaths Society AGM, Village Hall

#Notice is given of the Annual General Meeting of the Society on Friday 30th March 2007 in Ditchling Village Hall at 7.15pm. Election of officers and details of the forthcoming walks programme will be discussed at the meeting. The office of Secretary of the Society is currently vacant so..

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Sunday 1 April 2007

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk

#Meet at Ditchling Village Hall for a walk to Butcher's Wood and Hassocks with a stop for tea at a member's house on the way back. Leader Sheila. Shirley Thompson

Thursday 5 April 2007

8:00 pm Film Society: 'The Red Shoes', Village Hall

#On Thursday 5th April we shall be showing The Red Shoes as a tribute to Moira Shearer who died last year. Vibrant colour and breathtaking dancing mark this famous Powell and Pressburger melodrama set in the ballet world. Anton Walbrook plays Svengali to a young ballerina (Shearer) until she..

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Friday 13 April 2007

7:30 pm Flower Show annual talk in Westmeston Parish Hall

#Our guest speaker will be Mr David Lang. The topic to be advised. If you have any suggestions for new classes or photographic subjects for this year?s Show the committee will be adjusting the show schedule at its next meeting on Thursday 1st March. So please let Paul know on 01273 -844743..

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7:30 pm Talk: Ditchling for Beginners, Village Hall

#My talk, which I am entitling ?Ditchling for Beginners?, ranges broadly and superficially over Ditchling?s history, heritage and buildings. It provides an introduction to those who would like to dig deeper into the subject or simply gives one enough to impress a visiting friend or relation! I do..

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Sunday 15 April 2007

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk

#Meet in the car park near Bolney Church (OS ref. 262227) for a walk through the Pickwell Estate. Leader Jim. Shirley Thompson

Tuesday 17 April 2007

10:30 am Coffee Morning, Village Hall

#On Tuesday 17th April, 10:30 to 12 noon. The morning will be sponsored by Ditchling Players. Do come along, meet old friends and make new ones. Don?t forget the paperback and exchange - bring one, borrow one. Brian Clutterbuck

7:30 pm Women?s Fellowship

This will be at Pam Gaskin?s home, when Margaret Moore will talk on ?Conserving the Countryside?.

Wednesday 18 April 2007

6:30 pm The Ditchling.com Society First Meeting

#The Ditchling.com Society will be holding its first General Meeting on Wednesday April 18th in Ditchling Village Hall (Lower Hall) from 6.30pm to 8.0pm. If you are members of the society you will be able to have your say on the functionality of today's site and how it can be developed better..

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Friday 20 April 2007

7:30 pm Talking about tea

#Warren Ford, the founder of Yorkshire tea, will be giving a talk about the tea industry at Ditchling Village Hall on Friday 20th April at 7.30pm. The talk will follow the journey of the tea leaf from the bush to the breakfast table. Numbers will be restricted by ticket entry to a maximum..

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Saturday 21 April 2007

10:00 am Coffee Morning, Old Meeting House

#This will be held at The Old Meeting House, The Twitten on Saturday 21st April, 10.00 am to 12 noon. All the usual stalls: cakes, bric-a-brac, books, plants etc.

12:00 pm Royal British Legion Women?s Section St George?s Day Lunch

#This will be held in the Village Hall. Tickets (on the door) ?6.50 including a glass of wine. Grand Raffle All welcome (you do not need to be member). Do come and join us for a lovely lunch, and the chance to meet with old friends and new. For more information please call Margaret Bovill 01273 845319

Tuesday 24 April 2007

12:30 pm DVA Village Lunch at Dolly?s

7:30 pm Whist Drive at Westmeston Parish Hall

Wednesday 25 April 2007

8:00 pm Streat Parish Meeting AGM, Streat Rectory Barn

#An Annual General Meeting and Ordinary Meeting of Streat Parish Meeting will take place 8.00 pm on Wednesday 25th April, 2007 at Streat Rectory Barn, Streat. See Notice Board for the Agendas. All are welcome. Tony Gedge, Clerk to Streat Parish Meeting

Sunday 13 May 2007

11:30 am Ditchling Museum Special Open Morning

#Museums and Galleries Month in May is organised by the Campaign for Museums to celebrate museums and their place in the community and to encourage both new and returning visitors. As part of the this month long event Ditchling Museum is holding a special open morning from 11.30am-1.30pm on Sunday..

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Tuesday 15 May 2007

10:30 am Village Coffee Morning, Village Hall

#Free coffee/tea and cakes 10.30 am ? 12.00 noon Sponsored by Ditchling Horticultural Society

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship Meeting

This meeting will be at the home of Eileen Keeling (842070) at 7.30pm on Tuesday 15th May when we will have a speaker from The Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Pam Gaskin

Thursday 17 May 2007

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: Good Night and Good Luck

#On Thursday, 17th May our film will be Good Night and Good Luck. Directed and co-written by (as well as featuring George Clooney), this is the story of legendary newsman, Ed Murrow (played by David Strathairn) who took on anti-communist inquisitor McCarthy in a series of CBS specials. Stylishly..

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8:00 pm The Friends of Ditchling AGM, The Barn

The Friends of Ditchling, the charity that owns and manages Ditchling Village Green will be holding its AGM at 8.00 pm on Thursday 17th May 2007 in the Barn on the Green, in West Street.

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: Good Night, and Good Luck

#Unusually this month, we shall be showing our film on Thursday 17th May which is Good Night, and Good Luck. Directed and co-written by (as well as featuring George Clooney), this is the story of legendary newsman, Ed Murrow (superbly played by David Strathairn) who took on anti-communist..

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Sunday 20 May 2007

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk

Meet in Upper Lodges car park (off Ditchling Road) OS ref 325099 for a walk in the Stanmer Park area. Shirley Thompson

Thursday 24 May 2007

7:30 pm Induction Service for the Reverend David Wallis

#The Reverend David Wallis, the new Priest in Charge of Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston will be inducted on 24 May 2007. The service in St Margaret's Church will be followed by a Reception at St Margaret's School, Lewes Road, Ditchling. Plans are in hand for this service, but as this will..

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Friday 25 May 2007

6:30 pm Village Sports and Family Picnic

#Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Annual Inter-Village sports and Family Picnic 2007: Friday 25th May 6.30 for 7.00pm start and Monday 28th May 12.00 for 1.00pm start at the Recreation Ground Ditchling As usual this popular sporting and social event will take place over the Spring Bank..

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Monday 28 May 2007

1:00 pm Village Sports and Family Picnic

#Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Annual Inter-Village sports and Family Picnic 2007: Friday 25th May 6.30 for 7.00pm start and Monday 28th May 12.00 for 1.00pm start at the Recreation Ground Ditchling As usual this popular sporting and social event will take place over the Spring Bank..

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Saturday 2 June 2007

10:00 am Westreach local history group open meeting

#Next quarterly open meeting of Westreach local history group will be at East Chiltington Church, 10.00 am on Saturday 2nd June. Anyone is welcome. Information from- Judy Moody-Stuart 07785 350 411 01273 846 525.

Sunday 3 June 2007

2:00 pm Ditchling Footpaths Society Walk

Meet in Ditchling Common car park for a walk via St George's Retreat and the Royal Oak pub with a stop for a strawberry tea at a member's house. Leader Marie. Shirley Thompson

Thursday 7 June 2007

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

Mr Douglas d?Enno will be talking on ?Crime in Brighton?. Why not join us? Jean Morley

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: Tokyo Story

#On Thursday 7th June our film will be Tokyo Story. Yasujiro Ozu?s wonderful film, made in 1953, is his masterpiece. This is the tale of an elderly couple who make the arduous journey to Tokyo to visit their heartless grown-up children, who are just too busy with their professional lives and young..

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Saturday 16 June 2007

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, Half Moon pub

#Meet in Plumpton Lane by the Half Moon pub, OS ref 364133, for a downland walk. Leader Joyce.

Sunday 17 June 2007

  London - Brighton Cycle Race through Ditchling

2:00 pm Ditchling Footpaths Society Walk

17th June. Meet at St Francis Church, Priory Road, Hassocks (park in nearby roads, not the church car park please) for a walk northward to the Water Tower and back via Oldland Mill. Leader Frances. Subscriptions for this year are now overdue. If you have forgotten your payment, please send to Trish Burton or bring along to the next walk. Thank you. Shirley Thompson

Tuesday 19 June 2007

  Village coffee morning, Ditchling Village Hall

Sponsored by St Margaret's Church.

Tuesday 26 June 2007

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

For more details contact Doreen Kallman 844743

Wednesday 27 June 2007

7:30 pm Five Get Famous in Ditchling

#The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will be touring to venues across Southern England again this summer with their new play ?Five Get Famous?. They will be on the Village Green on Wednesday 27th June. The show will start at 7.30 pm and don?t forget to bring picnics and wine and have a..

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Saturday 30 June 2007

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Summer Show

#Saturday 30th June The Village Hall 2.00 ? 4.30pm Afternoon Teas and Grand Raffle. Presentation of cups and auction at 4.30pm All entries to Ditchling Post Office no later than 5.00pm Weds 27th June

3:00 pm DVA 60th Birthday Celebration Musical Extravaganza

#Ditchling Village Association invites YOU to a #60th Birthday Celebration Musical Extravaganza# on Saturday 30th June on The Green from 3.00pm Entertainment will be provided by local musicians including Ditchling Morris. In the evening there will be a Ceilidh with UNREEL from 7.30pm Bring a picnic, bring a friend and enjoy ourselves. See Posters for further details

Sunday 1 July 2007

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, Chailey Church car park

Meet at Chailey Church car park(off A275) OS Ref 392193 for a walk in the Chailey Common area. Leader Pam Shirley Thompson

Monday 2 July 2007

2:00 pm Monday Social Club, The Old Meeting House

Tuesday 3 July 2007

  WI visit to Sissinghurst

Thursday 5 July 2007

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting, Village Hall

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: Ray

#On Thursday 5th July we shall be showing #Ray#. Taylor Hackford?s brilliant biopic of the late, great Ray Charles, tracing his career from 1948, when he moved out of the Deep South to seek his fortune in Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, up to the mid-60?s. The film illustrates how the blind..

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Wednesday 11 July 2007

7:30 pm Music for a Summer Evening, The Old Meeting House

#A concert by the ?Vivace? Choir at The Old Meeting House (in The Twitten) Tickets ?7.50, (?6.00 concessions) to include refreshments Vivace is a small choir of mixed voices with songs classical and modern

Saturday 14 July 2007

  Garden Party in aid of NCH

#Garden Party in aid of NCH (The children?s charity)at South Tile Barn Beacon Road, Ditchling on Saturday 14th July 2.30 to 5.30pm Adults ?4 entry includes ample parking, tea and light refreshments. Children under 12 years free. 50p entry to children?s dog show with Marc Abrahams (TV Vet) this to be booked in advance. All enquiries to: 01273 843633

2:30 pm Garden Party, South Tile Barn, Beacon Road

Sunday 15 July 2007

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, Clayton Rec. Grnd

#Meet at Clayton Rec. car park OS Ref 299139 for a slow walk over Wolstonbury Hill looking at the wild flowers en route. Leader Shirley S. Shirley Thompson

Monday 16 July 2007

2:00 pm Monday Social Club, The Old Meeting House

Tuesday 17 July 2007

10:30 am Village Coffee Morning, Village Hall

#Free Coffee, Tea and Cakes, 10.30 am ? 12.00 noon Sponsored by Ditchling Museum Friends Association

Wednesday 18 July 2007

  WI celebrates 90 yrs in Ditchling, Barn on the Green

#Many local and some national worthies will be coming to our party in the Barn on the Green. Why the Green? This is probably as near as we can get to the place where the first meeting was held. There was no village hall in 1917, but read all about it in our book ?A Village WI ? Ditchling, the first 90 Years? to be launched on that day.

Saturday 21 July 2007

11:00 am St Margaret?s Fair on the Green

#We hope there will good support for the village organisations and charities who have so far told us they will be providing a stall or sideshow. If you can help in any capacity with running the fair on the day, please contact Pam Burr (842133) or any member of the PCC. Please note that incorrect times were given in last month?s Beacon. The fair will be from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

Wednesday 25 July 2007

  School Term ends

Tuesday 31 July 2007

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Thursday 2 August 2007

2:30 pm WI meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

Sunday 5 August 2007

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, Hassocks Railway Station

Monday 6 August 2007

2:00 pm Summer Fun for 2? - 4 yr olds, Ditchling Museum

2:00 pm Monday Social Club, The Old Meeting House

Wednesday 8 August 2007

  4th Progressive Supper

#THE FRIENDS OF DITCHLING# (Registered Charity ? Company Limited by Guarantee No 5724504) Please help to raise funds for the maintenance and improvements to the beautiful Ditchling Village Barn and Green by participating in the 4th Progressive Supper also known as a ?Safari Supper? ..

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Thursday 9 August 2007

11:00 am Ditchling Commoners Association Walk

#Dr Philip Cribb, a leading naturalist and Director of Ditchling Common and Tenantry Down Ltd, will be leading a walk on Ditchling Common on Thursday 9th August at 11.00 am. All are welcome to join the Commoners and learn more about the flora and fauna of the Common and its history. Please meet in the Country Park Car Park on Folders Lane East.

Monday 13 August 2007

2:30 pm Summer Fun ? creative writing 8-12 yr old , Museum

Sunday 19 August 2007

  Family picnic and barbecue @ Court Garden Farm

#Jenny and Howard Corney of Court Garden Farm have again kindly offered us the use of their farm for a parish BBQ/picnic in a lovely setting beside their pond, from 12 noon on Sunday 19th August. Tickets will buy you a choice of lamb burger, kofter (lamb kebab) or sausage in a roll, and a..

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Monday 20 August 2007

2:00 pm Monday Social Club, The Old Meeting House

2:30 pm Summer Fun for 2? - 4 yr olds and creative writing 9 -14 yr..

Tuesday 21 August 2007

10:30 am Village Coffee Morning - Village Hall

#Free coffee/tea and cakes Tues 21st August 10.30 am ? 12.00 noon Sponsored by Ditchling Women?s Institute.

Saturday 25 August 2007

  Westmeston & Streat Flower Show

#The Westmeston & Streat Flower show will be held on Saturday 25th August at Westmeston Parish Hall. Schedules will be available from the show secretary in early July. So if you would like one please contact Paul Charman on 844743. This year we have many new classes for the children to..

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2:00 pm Westmeston & Streat Flower Show

#Saturday 25th August at Westmeston Parish Hall. New opening times are 2.00pm ? 4.30pm with a sale of produce at 4.45pm. This year we have many new classes for the children and lots of exciting ideas in the Household section and Flower arranging. Out on the lawns we will have many..

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Tuesday 28 August 2007

  Friends of Ditchling Progressive Supper

#4th Progressive Supper also known as a ?Safari Supper? Please help to raise funds for the maintenance and improvements to the beautiful Ditchling Village Barn and Green by participating. To book your place please call 01273 846907 and leave your name, full address and telephone number or e-mail dvgps@tugger.f9.co.uk

7:30 pm Whist Drive, (Westmeston Parish Hall)

Saturday 1 September 2007

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Annual Autumn Show

#Saturday 1st September The Village Hall 2.00 ? 4.30pm Afternoon Teas and Grand Raffle Auction of produce and presentation of cups at 4.30pm All entry forms to Ditchling Post Office no later than 5.00pm Weds 29th August

Sunday 2 September 2007

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, Hurstpierpoint Recreation Ground

#Meet at Hurstpierpoint Recreation Ground, South Avenue, OS ref 283163, for a walk to Albourne via Danny House. Leader Frances. Shirley Thompson

Sunday 9 September 2007

11:15 am Westmeston Harvest Festival

#Please bring all the family to see to the church wonderfully decorated with all the harvest gifts that our good Lord has given us. All gifts that you bring along to the service will be donated to St Peter & St James Hospice.

Tuesday 11 September 2007

12:30 pm Ditchling Village Association Lunch at Dolly's Pantry

The menu and booking form will be available in the Post Office from Monday 3rd September. Numbers will be restricted so early booking is essential.

Wednesday 12 September 2007

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Friends Meeting House, Ditchling

We do hope you will join us at this ecumenical gathering.

Sunday 16 September 2007

11:00 am Harvest picnic in Streat Rectory Barn Garden

This will be after the service at 10 am. If it is wet it will be inside the barn.

Tuesday 18 September 2007

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee and Cakes

This will be sponsored by The Ditchling Society. We are so very grateful to all the organisations which sponsor the Coffee Mornings which are now such an established part of village life.

10:30 am Village Coffee Morning - Village Hall

#Free coffee/tea and cakes Tues 18th September 10.30 am ? 12.00 noon Sponsored by the Ditchling Society

7:30 pm Women?s Fellowship, Streat Rectory Barn

#Our September Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th September at 7.30pm when Father David will be conducting our annual corporate communion. The venue, on this occasion, will be The Rectory Barn at Streat and we hope that many of the Streat and Westmeston ladies will join with us, strengthening the bond between the three churches. Eileen Keeling

Tuesday 2 October 2007

7:00 pm Ditchling Museum Friends? Association AGM

#The Annual General Meeting of Ditchling Museum Friends' Association will be held at the Museum at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 3rd October. In addition to the formal business of the evening, there will be short presentations about the exhibition programme for 2008, the work of the History Project and the Museum Development Plan. Refreshments will be available from 6.30 pm

Friday 5 October 2007

7:00 pm Barn Dance at Westmeston Parish Hall

#This is a social evening with with a Fish and Chip supper and dancing to the Scallywags, so if you like dancing come along. Bring your own drink, glasses will be provided. Numbers will be limited and tickets will cost ?5.50 to cover the fish and chip supper and the hire of the hall. Tickets available from Doreen Kallman 844743 Brenda Hall 843429

8:00 pm Streat Village Meeting

#An Ordinary Meeting of Streat Parish Meeting will be held at Rectory Barn, Streat on Wednesday 24th October 2007 at 8.00 pm All are welcome Tony Gedge Clerk

Sunday 7 October 2007

12:00 pm Harvest Lunch in the Village Hall

#Two course meal plus a glass of wine Tickets ?6.50 from Pam Burr (842133) or Nicki Upton (844970)

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, Pyecombe

Meet by Pyecombe Church OS ref 292126 for a walk across the downs via Saddlescombe and Poynings. Leader Frances. Walks start at 2pm. Shirley Thompson

Tuesday 9 October 2007

12:30 pm DVA village lunch, Dolly?s Pantry pm

7:30 pm Ditchling Women's Fellowship

The October meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th October, (NB one week earlier) at the home of Helen Court (841830). The speaker will be Sue Read talking about the life of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Eileen Keeling

Wednesday 10 October 2007

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Emmanuel Chapel, Ditchling

The next Frugal Lunch will be at the Emmanuel Chapel on Wednesday 10th October at 12.30pm. We do hope you will join us at this ecumenical gathering.

8:00 pm Ditchling Fair 2008 meeting, St Margaret?s School

Saturday 13 October 2007

  ?Made in Sussex? Exhibition at the Ditchling Museum

#The final exhibition of 2007 ?Made in Sussex? opens on 13th October taking as its starting point the crafts practised by members of the Guild on Ditchling Common - weaving, silver-smithing, sculpture, letter-cutting, woodworking and painting. Through the work of contemporary practitioners..

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8:30 am Ladies? Breakfast, Ditchling Garden Centre

As part of the Bishop's Walking the Way.

7:30 pm Barn Dance, Village Hall

#We're holding a Barn Dance on Saturday 13th October in Ditchling Village Hall at 7.30pm. Adults ?10, children under 16 ?6, supper included in ticket price! All proceeds divided between two charities - the Humane Research Trust, which funds medical research avoiding the use of live..

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Sunday 14 October 2007

3:45 pm Palestine / Israel, Ditchling Village Hall

#Quaker Week 22-30th September Palestine / Israel Ditchling Village Hall, Sunday 14th October, 3.45pm. Sharen Green will give an illustrated talk about the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment programme in Palestine and Israel. Sharen was an Ecumenical Accompanier in the..

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5:00 pm Deanery Service at Holy Trinity,Hurstpierpoint

Sunday 14th October At 5.00 pm: Deanery Service at Holy Trinity,Hurstpierpoint - Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist ? all are welcome to this service.

Tuesday 16 October 2007

10:30 am Village Coffee Morning - Village Hall

#Free coffee/tea and cakes Tues 16th October 10.30 am ? 12.00 noon Sponsored by StMargaret?s Parent Teacher Association

Wednesday 17 October 2007

7:45 pm Come and Listen to Vivace

#St Margaret?s Church, Ditchling at 7.45pm on Wednesday 17th October Vivace! return to Ditchling with a wonderfully varied program of songs, both choir and solo items. The music will cover a period of 400 years from South American baroque songs to present day ballads. As ever, an..

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Sunday 21 October 2007

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, Streat Church

#Meet by Streat Church OS ref.351152 for a walk via Plumpton College to East Chiltington. Leader Frances.

Monday 22 October 2007

  The BigDraw at Ditchling Museum

#The BigDraw event is on Monday October 22 when children aged 7-11 are invited to come along to the museum and find out what fun can be had with drawing. The exciting range of objects in the exhibition ?Made in Sussex? will be the focus for experimenting with size, colour, lines and ..

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Tuesday 30 October 2007

7:30 pm Whist Drive, (Westmeston Parish Hall)

For more details contact Doreen Kallman 844743

Thursday 1 November 2007

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: Little Miss Sunshine

#?Little Miss Sunshine? is a comedy that is full of surprises and works on many levels. This is a road film with a touching look at family dynamics. We meet the Hoovers on a trip to a pre-pubescent beauty pageant that ends in mayhem, tragedy, transformation and a moving look at the surprising..

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Saturday 3 November 2007

10:00 am Bible Society Coffee Morning, Larchfield

Sunday 4 November 2007

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, Ditchling Village Hall

Wednesday 7 November 2007

7:45 pm Ditchling Players - Daisy Pulls it Off

#The production dates are Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th November and tickets go on sale on Monday 15th October at Clifford Dann, High Street, Ditchling. Tel: 01273 843344. This is sure to be yet another terrific show and I would urge you to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Please note that ?Curtain Up? for the performances will be 7.45pm. David Tettersell

Saturday 10 November 2007

12:00 pm Annual Poppy Day Lunch

#THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WOMEN'S SECTION DITCHLING BRANCH (Reg Charity No 251468) Annual Poppy Day Lunch Saturday 10th November Ditchling Village Hall from 12noon to 2.00pm Tickets ?7.00p at the door to include a Glass of Wine. Grand Raffle. All welcome (you do not need to be member) ..

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Tuesday 13 November 2007

12:30 pm DVA Village Lunch, Dolly?s Pantry

#The next lunch at Dolly's Pantry will take place on Tuesday 13th November at 12.30. The menu and booking form will be available in the Post Office from Monday 5th November. The lunches continue to be very well attended and Phil and his staff really do look after us.

Thursday 15 November 2007

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: Oh! What a Lovely War

# ?Oh! What a Lovely War?is Based on Joan Littlewood?s 1963 stage play and reimagines the tragic conflagration of World War 1 as a macabre amusement park in which ghastly images of war?s futility are set to farcical musical numbers. Dir: Sir Richard Attenborough 1969. UK. The films will..

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Friday 16 November 2007

11:00 am Talk by Richard Allen: Life, Leisure and Lunch

#Richard will be entertaining us with one of his well researched talks. His theme on this occasion will be 'Life, Leisure and Lunch' - the Eighteenth Century. The talk will be followed by soup and rolls. Tickets price ?5 are available from Nicki Upton (844970) and Pam Allen (842919).

Saturday 17 November 2007

10:00 am The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

#The annual Sussex Guild?s winter exhibition will be held in the Ditchling Village Hall, St Margaret?s School & Jointure Studio, 17th ? 18th November, 10.00am to 5.00pm. Around 35 local professional designer-makers will be converging on Ditchling for this year?s show. Anyone visiting the show..

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Sunday 18 November 2007

10:00 am The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

#The annual Sussex Guild?s winter exhibition will be held in the Ditchling Village Hall, St Margaret?s School & Jointure Studio, 17th ? 18th November, 10.00am to 5.00pm. Around 35 local professional designer-makers will be converging on Ditchling for this year?s show. Anyone visiting the show..

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2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, Ditchling Village Hall

Tuesday 20 November 2007

10:00 am DVA Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling Village Hall

#Our next Coffee and Cakes will take place on Tuesday 20th November and will be sponsored by The Friends of St Margaret's. A warm invitation is extended to come along and meet some new friends, borrow a paper-back and see what the Fair Trade stall has to offer.

8:00 pm Ditchling Women's Fellowship Meeting

This meeting will be at the home of Jonn Grinsted (846752) when Jean Morley will give a talk entitled ?From the Old we travel to the New? (about changing schools in Ditchling).

Wednesday 21 November 2007

8:00 pm Bible Study

#Bible Study continues at 18, Common Lane on Wednesday 21st Nov. at 8.00pm Frances Berrill

Saturday 24 November 2007

2:00 pm Holy Baptism, Alfie Armstrong

Sunday 25 November 2007

7:00 pm Hilary and Joanna Bourne lecture

#The Ditchling Museum Hilary and Joanna Bourne lecture is held annually on the Sunday nearest to Hilary?s birthday, 27th November, to celebrate the remarkable lives of the founders of the museum. This year the lecture will be given by Tanya Harrod on Sunday 25th November in the village hall..

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Tuesday 27 November 2007

7:30 pm Whist Drive, (Westmeston Parish Hall)

Sunday 2 December 2007

2:00 pm Winter Walk from Ditchling Village Hall

Tuesday 4 December 2007

9:15 am Ditchling Pre-School Group Christmas Fair, Ditchling Village..

Ditchling Pre-School group invite you to join them at their annual Christmas Fair on 4th December at 9.15 ? 12noon. Come and kick start your Christmas shopping in the calm of Ditchling Village Hall. Browse the arts, crafts, book and toy stalls for inspirational presents for all the family.. The..

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Thursday 6 December 2007

  Ditchling Film Society: Joyeux Noel

#Our Christmas film on Thursday 6th December will be ?Joyeux Noel?. A moving, brilliantly made film based on a true Christmas Eve truce which was called on the frontlines of World War 1. Dir: Christian Carion. France 2005. 116 mins. The films will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. ..

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7:30 pm Advent Course, Streat Barn

#This advent, I will be running an advent course of four evening sessions from 7.30 to 9.00pm at Streat Church Barn; Thursday 29th November
Thursday 6th December
Wednesday 12th December
Thursday 20th December
All are welcome to take part in as many sessions as you are..

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Saturday 8 December 2007

12:00 pm Senior Residents Christmas Lunch

Ditchling Village Association Senior Residents Christmas Lunch will be held in Ditchling Village Hall on Saturday 8th December from 12 noon Tickets available at the Post Office ? all are welcome.

12:30 pm Seniors? Christmas Lunch, Ditchling Village Hall

#The Seniors? Christmas Lunch will take place on Saturday 8th December in the Village Hall 12.00 for 12.30. Tickets will be available at the Coffee Morning on 20th November and thereafter in the Post Office. Tickets are only required so that we know how many to cater for and we shall look forward to welcoming you.

Tuesday 11 December 2007

  Women?s Fellowship Christmas Party

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 11th December at Pam Burr?s home for our Christmas party. Sue Reed

8:00 pm Ditchling Women's Fellowship Meeting

On Tuesday 11th December we meet at Pam Burr?s house for the Christmas party.

Wednesday 12 December 2007

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Old Meeting House

7:30 pm Advent Course, Streat Barn

#This advent, I will be running an advent course of four evening sessions from 7.30 to 9.00pm at Streat Church Barn; Thursday 29th November
Thursday 6th December
Wednesday 12th December
Thursday 20th December
All are welcome to take part in as many sessions as you are..

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Thursday 13 December 2007

7:00 pm Christmas Carols, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies, Ditchling Barn

In aid of St Peter & St James Hospice
Organised by the Ditchling Support Group Family evening for all ages at Ditchling?s Barn on the Green Thursday 13th December 7.00pm to 9.00pm Come and enjoy your favourite carols With a choir led Sing ? along. Wrap up warm and please bring your lanterns and torches Free entry

Friday 14 December 2007

8:00 pm A Christmas Entertainment, The Old Meeting House

Ditchling Museum Friends? Association: A Christmas Entertainment A festive programme of music and readings by candlelight Light refreshments with mulled wine Tickets ?6.00 each Available from the Museum and Martin Roberts, tel. 843890

Saturday 15 December 2007

6:00 pm Streat Place Barn Christmas Show

24th November - 16th December Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am til 5:30pm Jewellery, ceramics, paintings, textiles, woodwork, candles, soaps and basketware Special Evening Saturday 15th December from 6.00pm in aid of HemiHelp a childrens local charity All welcome Phone Number: 01273 890771 Email: info@jinksmcgrath.com

Sunday 16 December 2007

6:00 pm Carols by Candlelight, Westmeston

Monday 17 December 2007

6:00 pm St Margaret?s School Carol Service

Tuesday 18 December 2007

10:30 am Coffee/tea and Cakes in Ditchling Village Hall

Sponsored by the Ditchling Village Association.

12:30 pm Christmas lunch at Dolly's Pantry

Christmas lunch at Dolly's Pantry will take place on Tuesday 18th December at 12.30. This is the third Tuesday of the month. At the time of writing it is fully booked but it is possible that there may be a cancellation so give me a ring on 844746 if you want to go on the reserve list.

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

For more details contact Doreen Kallman 844743

Friday 21 December 2007

2:00 pm St Margaret?s School end of term service

Saturday 22 December 2007

9:30 am St Margaret?s children?s nativity rehearsal

Sunday 23 December 2007

6:00 pm Carols by Candlelight, St Margaret?s

Monday 24 December 2007

5:30 pm Children`s Carol Service, Ditchling Village Green

#St. Margaret`s Church, on behalf of the Beacon Churches, extends a warm welcome to all who would care to join us at the Children`s Carol Service on Christmas Eve at 5.30pm on the village Green. This will take the form of a traditional telling of the Nativity through mime and readings with..

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Wednesday 26 December 2007

1:00 pm Ditchling Mummers & Morris on Boxing Day

This year on Boxing Day, Ditchling Mummers will again be performing and their play this year comes form the village of Sompting. As usual there will be some carol singing before the event which starts at 1.00pm in the Bull Hotel car park. The Mummers will be followed by Ditchling Morris performing..

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Sunday 6 January 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society walk from DVH

Walk starts from Ditchling Village Hall

Thursday 10 January 2008

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: Babel

Thursday 10th January will be Babel. Five languages, four stories, three continents and one stray bullet. This is a chain reaction of events which reaches across the globe, with far-reaching political ramifications. Dir: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. USA 2006. 142 mins. The film will be..

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Tuesday 15 January 2008

7:30 pm Women's Fellowship Meeting

This will be the Annual Planning Meeting at Eileen's home

Sunday 20 January 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society walk from DVH

Walk from Ditchling Village Hall

7:30 pm Reception to start a new Youth Club, Streat Barn

Reception to start a new Youth Club in Streat Barn, hosted by the Beacon Churches with Fr David.

Wednesday 23 January 2008

7:30 pm PCC Meeting, Westmeston Village Hall

Thursday 24 January 2008

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: An Inconvenient Truth

On Thursday 24th January we are pleased to have a special screening of Al Gore?s An Inconvenient Truth. More details to follow in December. The films will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. Films start at 8.00 pm. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and ample free..

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Thursday 31 January 2008

7:30 pm House Group at Shoulders.

Please contact 01273 890417 for details.

Saturday 2 February 2008

7:00 pm With Women in Mind, St Margaret's Church

The Beacon Parishes Fundraising Committee Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston $3With Women in Mind A programme of words & music in celebration of the female sex! $4Ambrose Page ? piano $4Patricia Hope ? narrator Including Beethoven?s ?F?r Elise?, Weber?s ?Invitation to the Dance?, &..

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Sunday 3 February 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society walk from DVH

Wednesday 6 February 2008

7:30 pm Lent Course - Session One, Streat Barn

The course will explore the ?Lord?s Prayer?; not only its meaning, but also how we should attempt to live it out. It will feature interviews with Archbishop John Sentamu, the actresses Patricia Routledge and Wendy Craig, the extremely thought provoking Rabbi Lionel Blue as well as many others...

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Thursday 7 February 2008

2:00 pm Ditchling WI Meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: Lives of Others

Lives of Others is about an actress and her dramatist partner who are spied on by secret police ordered by the Ministry of Culture. Dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Germany 2006. 137 mins. The films will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. An Inconvenient Truth is a free screening..

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Tuesday 12 February 2008

12:30 pm Ditchling Village Association Lunch at Dolly's

Wednesday 13 February 2008

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Emmanuel Chapel, Ditchling

7:30 pm Lent Course - Session Two, Streat Barn

The course will explore the ?Lord?s Prayer?; not only its meaning, but also how we should attempt to live it out. It will feature interviews with Archbishop John Sentamu, the actresses Patricia Routledge and Wendy Craig, the extremely thought provoking Rabbi Lionel Blue as well as many others...

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Saturday 16 February 2008

2:00 pm Ditchling Pre-School Jumble Sale

Ditchling Pre-School Jumble Sale will be held on Saturday 16th February 2008, 2-4pm, at Ditchling Village Hall. Admission is ?1 on the door, with most items costing just 50p, plus one table with more exclusive items costing ?5 and over. All proceeds are going to Ditchling Pre-School, which..

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Sunday 17 February 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society walk from DVH

Tuesday 19 February 2008

10:30 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee and Cakes, DVH

Sponsored by Ditchling Film Society

7:30 pm Ditchling Women's Fellowship Meeting

Venue is to be decided.

Wednesday 20 February 2008

7:30 pm Lent Course - Session Three, Streat Barn

The course will explore the ?Lord?s Prayer?; not only its meaning, but also how we should attempt to live it out. It will feature interviews with Archbishop John Sentamu, the actresses Patricia Routledge and Wendy Craig, the extremely thought provoking Rabbi Lionel Blue as well as many others...

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Tuesday 26 February 2008

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Details from Doreen Kallman (01273) 844743

Wednesday 27 February 2008

7:30 pm Lent Course - Session Four, Streat Barn

The course will explore the ?Lord?s Prayer?; not only its meaning, but also how we should attempt to live it out. It will feature interviews with Archbishop John Sentamu, the actresses Patricia Routledge and Wendy Craig, the extremely thought provoking Rabbi Lionel Blue as well as many others...

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Sunday 2 March 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, Ditchling Village Hall

Wednesday 5 March 2008

7:30 pm Lent Course - Session Five, Streat Barn

The course will explore the ?Lord?s Prayer?; not only its meaning, but also how we should attempt to live it out. It will feature interviews with Archbishop John Sentamu, the actresses Patricia Routledge and Wendy Craig, the extremely thought provoking Rabbi Lionel Blue as well as many others...

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Thursday 6 March 2008

2:00 pm Women?s Institute meeting

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: The Painted Veil

- a subtle and beautiful adaptation of Somerset Maugham?s novel set in 1920?s China about marital frustration where the errant wife of a strait-laced English doctor is taken, as a form of punishment, into a remote cholera-stricken province. Dir: John Curran. USA 2006. 125 mins. The films..

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Saturday 8 March 2008

10:15 am The Friends of St Margaret?s Church Annual Meeting in..

The trust?s funds now stand at about ?166,000, once again the highest level they have ever been, although the charities? fund did not do so well last year because of the stock market downturn. We are still awaiting the bulk of the bequest from the estate of Maurice Bower, dependent as it is on the..

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7:30 pm Susssex Chorus ? Haydn THE CREATION

Sussex Chorus will be performing Haydn?s The Creation on Saturday 8th March in St Bartholomew?s Church, Brighton. The choir will be singing a new English version by Neil Jenkins. Soloists are Emma Tring (soprano), Paul Smy (tenor) and Alex Ashworth (baritone) with the London Gala..

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Tuesday 11 March 2008

12:30 pm DVA Lunch at Dolly?s Pantry

Friday 14 March 2008

8:00 pm DVA Newcomers' Party, Ditchling Village Hall

To all Newcomers to Ditchling since March last year ? we look forward to meeting you at the Ditchling Village Association Annual Newcomers? Party to be held on Friday 14th March at 8 p.m. in the Village Hall. You will soon be receiving an invitation from your Good Neighbour but if you don?t please..

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Saturday 15 March 2008

10:00 am Ditchling Museum Opens with major exhibition

The museum takes the theme of collections this year with a major exhibition, ?Art Craft and Village Life in Ditchling: A Collection Considered?, to be opened by Lady Phyllida Stewart-Roberts, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, on March 15th. The essence of the village and its artistic traditions is..

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10:30 am Hot Cross Buns Coffee morning, Westmeston Parish Hall

10.30 am ? 12 noon For more details contact the social and fund raising committee

Sunday 16 March 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk, Ditchling Village Hall

Tuesday 18 March 2008

  Women's Fellowship meeting

Cynthia Taylor will talk on Buddhism. Phone 01273 846555.

10:30 am DVA Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling Village Hall

8:00 pm Ditchling Society AGM Ditchling Village Hall

$Will he, won?t he? The Ditchling Society is holding its AGM on Tuesday, March 18th 2008 in the village hall starting at 8.0pm. As you know the Government has reopened the public inquiry into the South Downs National Park. This society, together with the Parish Council, have been campaigning for..

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Tuesday 25 March 2008

7:00 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

8:00 pm Ditchling Village Hall?s AGM, the upper hall

Whether a Ditchling resident or not, or a current user of Ditchling Village Hall or not, you are invited to attend the Hall?s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday March 25th 2008 in the upper hall at 8.0pm. We reported last year that we would soon be turning our thoughts to something more..

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Friday 28 March 2008

7:15 pm Footpaths Conservation Society AGM, Westmeston Parish Hall

Notice is given of the 47th AGM to be held in Westmeston Parish Hall on Friday 28th March 2008 at 7.15pm. After the meeting a talk and slide show will be given In Search of Shangri La; Sikkim & Bhutan by Mike Burr. Subscriptions for the current year are now due. The summer walks programme is now available.

Thursday 3 April 2008

2:00 pm WI Meeting ?Life in Holland during the Occupation?

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: Together, Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 3 April 2008 we will be showing !Together] a film about life in a swinging 70?s Stockholm commune where the twelve households include parents and children, lovers and rivals, most of them drawn together by their desire for freedom of expression and political ideals. Dirs: Chen..

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Friday 4 April 2008

6:00 pm Junior Choir practice, St Margaret?s Church

Saturday 5 April 2008

8:30 am The Friends of Ditchling Museum ?Village Breakfast?,..

The Friends of Ditchling Museum will be serving the ?Village Breakfast? on the morning of Saturday 5th April in the Village Hall. There will be the usual choice of the ?Full English? at ?6.00 or the ?Continental? at ?4.00 and, as in previous years, there will be two sittings, the ?Early Birds?..

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Sunday 6 April 2008

2:00 pm Footpath?s Society Walk from Ditchling Village Hall

Meet at Ditchling Village Hall for a walk to Butcher's Wood, Hassocks with a stop for tea at a member's house on the way back.

Tuesday 8 April 2008

12:30 pm DVA Lunch at Dolly?s Pantry

Wednesday 9 April 2008

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, The Old Meeting House

Friday 11 April 2008

7:30 pm Smuggling in Sussex, Westmeston Parish Hall

/Smuggling in Sussex] by Michael Smith. A talk with slides run by the Westmeston & Streat Flower show. Westmeston Parish Hall.

7:30 pm St George?s Park Charity Concert, St George?s Retreat..

Tickets ?10 to include a glass of wine, coffee and biscuits. In aid of Chestnut Tree Children?s Hospice, Impact and Augustinian Care. Featuring: Piano recital by Mariko Tanaka Beasley-Murray. Harp solos by Alice Kirwan. Music by Frederick Chopin, Sergio Rachmaninov and Franz Liszt.

Monday 14 April 2008

11:00 am The Collection and Collecting, Ditchling Museum

The Collection and Collecting, the first event in the education programme for 2008 is on Monday April 14th. Sessions are 11am-12.15pm for 5-7 years and 2.00pm-3.30pm for 8-11 years. Explore the Museum?s Collection and create work using different materials inspired by your finds! ?5.00 booking 01273 844744. Janet Cragg

Tuesday 15 April 2008

10:30 am Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling Village Hall

Coffee and Cakes on Tuesday, 15th April will be sponsored by the Ditchling Morris, so come along, meet up with your friends, exchange a paperback or two and don't forget the Fair trade stall. The last meetings have been very well attended with an excellent selection of cakes, paper backs and tradecraft. Brian Clutterbuck, Chairman DVA

7:30 pm Ditchling Women's Fellowship Communion, Streat Barn

We meet again on Tuesday 15th April for a Corporate Communion which will be celebrated by the Vicar and will take place at Streat Barn at 7.30pm.

Sunday 20 April 2008

2:00 pm Footpath?s Society Walk from Hassocks

Meet in Hassocks long stay car park for a walk via Clayton, up on the Downs and back.

Wednesday 23 April 2008

7:30 pm Annual Parochial Church Meeting, Westmeston Parish Hall

Annual Parochial Church Meeting of the Parish of Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston. !The Annual Meeting of Parishioners] (Vestry Meeting) will be held first when Churchwardens are elected and to which all parishioners are welcome. This will be followed by !The Annual Parochial Church..

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Thursday 1 May 2008

4:30 am Ditchling WI meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society - The Cave of the Yellow Dog,..

This film is about a young girl from a Mongolian nomad family who finds a little dog and brings it home. Her parents reluctantly accept the newcomer until the family?s sheep get attacked, at which point, the father holds the dog responsible and urges his daughter to get rid of him. When the family..

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Monday 5 May 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk, Plumpton recreation car..

Tuesday 6 May 2008

7:30 pm The Bible Society AGM, Hassocks United Reformed Church

It will be a very short meeting followed by a showing of Bibles for the Youth of Uganda. We would love to see you there Jill Veness

Saturday 10 May 2008

5:30 pm Youth Group Launch

The proposed Youth Group will be launched on Saturday May 10th at Ditchling School with a party ? BBQ, music and games - from 5.30 until 7.00 pm. All young people are welcome, from Year 5 upwards with their siblings, parents and friends. Detail will follow but do please put the date in your..

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Tuesday 13 May 2008

8:00 pm Annual Ditchling Parish Meeting, Friends Meeting House

Wednesday 14 May 2008

  Ditchling Players: Talking Heads Monologues, Ditchling..

14th to 17th May 2008 Tickets are now on sale from Clifford Dann, High Street, Ditchling. Tel: 01273 843344. Ticket prices are ?5 (Wednesday) and ?6 (Thursday to Saturday) or can be purchased on the door. David Tettersell

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Friends Meeting House

Friday 16 May 2008

10:00 am Display of plans for the redevelopment of Ditchling Museum,..

Exciting plans for the redevelopment of Ditchling Museum will be on display in the Barn on the Village Green during the weekend of Friday May 16 to Sunday May 18. On the Friday evening a presentation will be given to Friends of the museum and on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May, between 10am and..

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Sunday 18 May 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk, Upper Lodges car park

for a walk in the Stanmer Park area. Leader Frances.

Tuesday 20 May 2008

10:30 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling..

Coffee and Cakes on Tuesday, 13th May will be sponsored by the Horticultural Society, so come along, meet up with your friends, exchange a paperback or two and don't forget the Fair trade stall. Brian Clutterbuck

Monday 26 May 2008

  DVA Annual Sports and Picnic, Ditchling Recreation Ground.

Thursday 29 May 2008

10:00 am Festival of Flowers, Chichester Cathedral

!CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL
!Festival of Flowers
!Celebration and Remembrance
29, 30, 31 MAY 2008
10am to 7pm Thursday & Friday (last entry 6pm)
10am to 6pm Saturday (last entry 5pm)
Thursday, Friday & Saturday ?7.50 (?5.50 concessions) 01243 812480
trust@chichestercathedral.org.uk
www.chichestercathedral.org.uk In aid of CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL RESTORATION & DEVELOPMENT TRUST

Sunday 1 June 2008

10:30 am The Art of Architecture workshop, Ditchling Museum

?The Art of Architecture: Fantasy Development? is a morning workshop from 10.30am-12.30pm for children aged 5 upwards with their parents to look at the museum?s development plans and then create a fantasy building.

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk, Ditchling Common car park

Meet at Ditchling Common car park OS ref 336182 at 2 pm for a walk along Wellhouse Lane, Batchelor Farm and Birchwood Road. Leader Marie.

6:00 pm Beacon Youth Group, Ditchling School

St Margaret?s School, Ditchling Sundays 6.00pm to 7.30pm
June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; July 6
Stop for Summer Holidays and start again on Sunday 7 September $Future events: *Danish long ball *Treasure Hunt *Ultimate Frisbee *Karaoke *Quiz Night *Film Night *Crocker *Jewellery and loads more! Contact: Fr David 01273 843165 or Jenny 01273 844232

Thursday 5 June 2008

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Meeting

Our next meeting is on 5 June 2008 when the Speaker will be Helen Booth who will be talking to us about Michelham Priory

4:30 pm Family Barn Dance, Fourfields Farm, Ditchling

Ditchling Pre School invite you to join them at a Family Barn Dance in support of the Pre School and the Watoto organisation. The Watoto organisation takes in orphaned children in Uganda and gives them a school and a new life. We hope to create a strong link between the Pre School and the..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: Born into Brothels, Ditchling..

On Thursday, 5 June 2008 our film will be Born into Brothels. The film is a portrait of a group of unforgettable children in Calcutta?s red light district. Feisty, resilient and wickedly funny, they are the children of prostitutes. This humorous and heartfelt story portrays the power of art and..

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Friday 6 June 2008

7:30 pm The History & Culture of the Islamic World, Old Meeting..

On Friday 6th June there will be a talk by Mark Perry-Nash on ?The History & Culture of the Islamic World?. It covers the beginnings in the Arabian Desert, through the glittering cultures of Moorish Spain and Mughal India. He also explains the divisions within Islam of Sunni and Shia and the..

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Saturday 7 June 2008

10:00 am Traidcraft Coffee Morning, Plumpton

Saturday June 7th, 10 am - 12 noon, 2 Ashurst Cottages.

Sunday 8 June 2008

2:00 pm Ditchling Open Gardens

!Sunday 8th June ? 2.00 pm to 6.00pm The Ditchling Museum Friends? Association is once again organising this popular event and we are delighted that 15 local residents have kindly agreed to open their gardens for the enjoyment of the village and its visitors. We are very pleased to offer..

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6:00 pm Beacon Youth Group, Ditchling School

St Margaret?s School, Ditchling Sundays 6.00pm to 7.30pm
June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; July 6
Stop for Summer Holidays and start again on Sunday 7 September $Future events: *Danish long ball *Treasure Hunt *Ultimate Frisbee *Karaoke *Quiz Night *Film Night *Crocker *Jewellery and loads more! Contact: Fr David 01273 843165 or Jenny 01273 844232

Wednesday 11 June 2008

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Emmanuel Chapel

7:00 pm A Lecture for Architecture, Ditchling Museum

A lecture for Architecture 08, which celebrates architecture across the South East, will be given by Adam Richards on Wednesday June 11 at 7.00pm (pre-lecture drinks 6.30pm).

Sunday 15 June 2008

  Footpaths Society Walk, Clayton Recreation Ground

Meet at Clayton Recreation Ground car park OS ref 299139 at 2 pm for a slow walk looking at flowers and butterflies along the way. Leader Shirley.

6:00 pm Beacon Youth Group, Ditchling School

St Margaret?s School, Ditchling Sundays 6.00pm to 7.30pm
June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; July 6
Stop for Summer Holidays and start again on Sunday 7 September $Future events: *Danish long ball *Treasure Hunt *Ultimate Frisbee *Karaoke *Quiz Night *Film Night *Crocker *Jewellery and loads more! Contact: Fr David 01273 843165 or Jenny 01273 844232

Monday 16 June 2008

1:30 pm Little Museum Visitor Workshop, Ditchling Museum

For the very youngest members of the family Little Museum Visitor introduces children and parents to the museum with some fun and informal practical workshops. These are on Mondays June 16th and 23rd from 1.30pm-2.45pm for children aged 2?-4 years with parents. There is a small charge for these sessions.

2:15 pm Reminiscences of a Fair Owner, Old Meeting House

As part of the Fair, Robert Harris, of Harris's Fair will be the guest speaker on Monday 16th June at 2.15. His talk is to be called ?Reminiscences of a Fair Owner?. This will be an open meeting with everybody welcome. Harris's Fair was a regular visitor to Ditchling and we are delighted that..

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Tuesday 17 June 2008

10:30 am DVA Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling Village Hall

The next Coffee and Cakes will take place on Tuesday 17th June and will be sponsored by the Ditchling Fair committee. Please pop along and if you have not already got your Fair Programme I am sure that some will be available. The usual Fair Trade stall and paper back exchange will be available as well.

Saturday 21 June 2008

  Ditchling Fair, Village Green

  Ditchling Fair

I am sure that you do not need to be reminded about the Fair on the 21st June and I hope that your plans for the Scarecrow competition are now well advanced. I would like to hope that maps of the exhibiting scarecrows will be available at the Coffee Morning as this year the judging will be by..

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Sunday 22 June 2008

6:00 pm Beacon Youth Group, Ditchling School

St Margaret?s School, Ditchling Sundays 6.00pm to 7.30pm
June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; July 6
Stop for Summer Holidays and start again on Sunday 7 September $Future events: *Danish long ball *Treasure Hunt *Ultimate Frisbee *Karaoke *Quiz Night *Film Night *Crocker *Jewellery and loads more! Contact: Fr David 01273 843165 or Jenny 01273 844232

Monday 23 June 2008

1:30 pm Little Museum Visitor Workshop, Ditchling Museum

For the very youngest members of the family Little Museum Visitor introduces children and parents to the museum with some fun and informal practical workshops. These are on Mondays June 16th and 23rd from 1.30pm-2.45pm for children aged 2?-4 years with parents. There is a small charge for these sessions.

Tuesday 24 June 2008

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 844743

Friday 27 June 2008

7:00 pm Charity Concert by VIVACE, Unitarian Church

Soroptimist International of Haywards Heath & District presents a Charity Concert by VIVACE in the Unitarian Church, the Twitten, Ditchling on Friday June 27th 7 for 7.30 pm. The concert will be held in aid of Headway, Hurstwood Park and will comprise a wonderful varied programme of songs..

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Sunday 29 June 2008

3:00 pm Strawberry Tea, Burtenshaws, Boddington Lane

There is nothing quite like an English Strawberry Tea, enjoyed al fresco on a lovely summer day. The Ditchling & Westmeston Conservatives are providing such a tea at a modest price on Sunday 29th June, at 3 pm at ?Burtenshaws?, Boddington Lane, Ditchling ? the home of Martin and Angela Craven. To ensure we cater for all who may wish to come, please ?phone 842352 or 843374.

6:00 pm Beacon Youth Group, Ditchling School

St Margaret?s School, Ditchling Sundays 6.00pm to 7.30pm
June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; July 6
Stop for Summer Holidays and start again on Sunday 7 September $Future events: *Danish long ball *Treasure Hunt *Ultimate Frisbee *Karaoke *Quiz Night *Film Night *Crocker *Jewellery and loads more! Contact: Fr David 01273 843165 or Jenny 01273 844232

Monday 30 June 2008

10:00 am Printing Press Workshop, Ditchling Museum

On Monday June 30, from 10.00am-2.00pm a Printing Press Workshop will use the Stanhope printing press to learn about the St Dominic?s Press established by set up by Hilary Pepler. Places are limited and the cost is ?12.

Sunday 6 July 2008

11:00 am St Andrew?s Centenary Fun Day, St Andrew?s Church, Burgess..

In recent years our annual Fun Day has become a regular event on the calendar. The day begins with an Open Air Service at 10am and continues with activities, stalls and entertainment from 11am until 3pm. At our service there will be modern Christian music and our speaker will be the Rev Simon..

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6:00 pm Beacon Youth Group, St Margaret?s School, Ditchling

Youth Group takes place every Sunday at 6pm at Ditchling Village School. Particular thanks go to Nancy Stafford who has supplied fabulous cakes every week to sustain both kids and more importantly the adult helpers!

Wednesday 9 July 2008

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, St Margaret?s Church

Saturday 19 July 2008

7:30 pm Cheese and Wine Evening, Streat Rectory Barn

7pm to 9pm, Streat Rectory Barn, Streat. Tickets in advance ?5 available from Doreen Kallman (01273 844743), Sue Sewell (01273 890366) or Pam Burr (01273 842133). This event is organised by the Social and Fundraising Committee.

Sunday 20 July 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk, Hurstpierpoint

Meet at Hurstpierpoint long stay car park for a walk up Wolstenbury Hill and back via Danny. Leader: Jean.

Sunday 3 August 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk

Meet at Homebrow House, Underhill Lane, Westmeston for a downland walk. Leader Pam. Ann Bacon

Monday 4 August 2008

3:00 pm The Forum

August is ?Family Focus Month? at the museum with special discounts for families and some fun family activities to join in. Details can be found on the museum website www.ditchling-museum.com. For young people aged 12-15 years ?The Forum? on Monday August 4th is an opportunity to meet,..

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Tuesday 12 August 2008

7:30 pm Ditchling Players auditions, Village Hall

For the autumn production of Shakespeare's As You Like It.

7:30 pm Ditchling Players Auditions for "As You Like It"

Auditions for our Autumn production "As You Like It" will be taking place at Ditchling Village Hall on Tuesday 12th August from 7.30pm onwards. If you're interested in being part of this production, we'd be pleased to see you on the night, but if you can't make it or would like more information..

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Wednesday 13 August 2008

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, The Old Meeting House

Sunday 17 August 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk

Meet at Hassocks Railway station, west side OS Ref. 304155 for a walk south via Coldharbour Farm and Danny Park. Leader Ann. Ann Bacon

Tuesday 19 August 2008

10:30 am DVA Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling Village Hall

Coffee and Cakes will take place on Tuesday 19th August and will be sponsored by Ditchling Women's Institute. The usual Fair Trade stall and paper back exchange will also be available.

Wednesday 20 August 2008

7:30 pm Evening Lecture, 'Ethel Mairet', Ditchling Village Hall

This evening lecture explores the extraordinary life of Ethel Mairet, following this innovative and influential weaver and dyer from Barnstaple via Ceylon and Chipping Camden to Gospels, Ditchling, where she established her weaving workshop. The lecture will be given by Margot Coatts, a writer..

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Thursday 21 August 2008

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Garden Party

The August meeting of the WI will be our annual Garden Party on 21st August at 2.30 pm at South Tile Barn, Beacon Road.

Monday 25 August 2008

1:00 pm Ditchling Village Sports Day

This annual event, usually held on May Bank Holiday Monday, was cancelled due to rain. The organisers have decided to run it on 25th August, Bank Holiday Monday. The Sports will begin at 1.00 pm with races for all ages. Prize giving will be at 5.00 pm. Home made teas will be provided by..

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Tuesday 26 August 2008

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Friday 29 August 2008

  Sussex Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride

The Sussex Historic Churches Trust gives financial support for the preservation of churches and chapels of historic and architectural interest throughout Sussex. The major fund-raising event is the sponsored walk and cycle ride held annually in September. Walkers and cyclists are awarded points..

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Saturday 30 August 2008

2:30 pm Fifties Fete

Blabers Mead, Streat Lane Entrance ?5, children free Stall, Games, Teas, Music, Dancing and other entertainment. Come in mode! This is a fundraiser for the Rebecca Skelton Fund, which helps young dancers. Offers of help and goods gratefully received. Please phone Myrtle Skelton on 01273 890491

Thursday 4 September 2008

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

The next meeting in the Village Hall will be on 4th September when the Vicar of Ditchling, Rev David Willis, will be telling us about the Holy Land. Do come and join us; visitors are always welcome. Jean Morley

Saturday 6 September 2008

11:00 am Harvest Flower Festival

/?All that I needed thy hand hath provided? Sat 6th ? Sun 7th September 11 am ? 6 pm Lunches & Teas at Westmeston Parish Hall. Ample Parking will be signed just past the church. If any one would like to give a donation towards the cost of the flowers please contact Doreen on 844743...

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2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Annual Autumn Show,..

The Annual Autumn Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 6th September from 2pm to 4.30pm. Once again we are back in the Village Hall; please come along and support this old Society founded in 1882. New members are always welcome. To join contact 01273 845624 and you will be given a..

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2:30 pm Wedding of Robert and Tamsin

Sunday 7 September 2008

  British Heart Foundation Sponsored Ride

The Mid Sussex Group of the British Heart Foundation has been raising money for local projects for over 20 years, purchasing equipment for hospitals etc including a defibrillator for Ditchling Health Centre. Last year the branch raised ?45,000. On 7th September there will be a Sponsored Ride..

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11:00 am Harvest Flower Festival

/?All that I needed thy hand hath provided? Sat 6th ? Sun 7th September 11 am ? 6 pm Lunches & Teas at Westmeston Parish Hall. Ample Parking will be signed just past the church. If any one would like to give a donation towards the cost of the flowers please contact Doreen on 844743...

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2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk, Bedelands football car park, Burgess..

2:00 pm Charity Garden Opening for the NGS, Stonehealed Farm, Streat

Home made teas - Plants for sale Fiona Smith

6:00 pm Flower Festival Songs of Praise

Friday 12 September 2008

2:00 pm Wedding of James and Katie

Saturday 13 September 2008

1:30 pm Wedding of Christopher and Erika

7:30 pm The Friends of Ditchling Fifth Progressive Supper

Enjoy a great evening and help us raise funds to heat and insulate the Barn Saturday 13th September at 7.30 pm. Price ?22.50 per person but a discount will be made for our volunteer hosts. Each course will be served in a different house and volunteers will be asked to cook one course for..

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Tuesday 16 September 2008

7:30 pm Ditchling Women?s Fellowship Meeting

Our September Meeting will take place at the home of Pam Burr (01273 842133) on Tuesday 16th September when Sheila Preston, a former Ditchling resident will talk on "Interfaith Dialogue", including her trip to Turkey. Please contact Pam to advise her if you will be attending. We look forward to this meeting after our brief summer break. Eileen Keeling

Thursday 18 September 2008

6:30 pm Malawi Association for Christian Support meeting

Malawi Association for Christian Support For several years, the PCC?s of both Plumpton and East Chiltington, and Streat and Westmeston have kindly supported the above charity. I have been a trustee for 15 years and am currently the Secretary. The charity works exclusively in Malawi, one of the..

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Saturday 20 September 2008

1:00 pm Ditchling Morris FREE taster session, Clayton Village Hall

Morris is fun, keeps you fit and you could meet lots of new people both nationally and internationally. !FREE taster session Saturday 20th Septembers, Clayton Village Hall from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Phone Emma 843494, Annie 844454, Julian 842605 or John 843938.

Sunday 21 September 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk, Pyecombe church

Monday 22 September 2008

10:30 am Weaving Workshop, Ditchling Museum

The weaver Ethel Mairet who lived at Gospels in Beacon Road taught a succession of young women to spin, weave and dye establishing Ditchling as a centre for these crafts. A !Weaving Workshop] at the museum on Monday September 22nd, 10.30am - 2.30pm will be led by local textile artist..

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10:30 am Centenary Songs of Praise, St Andrew?s Church, Junction..

Compere: Nick Page (Christian writer, information designer and creative consultant) Guests include Robin Meredith, Keith Hine being interviewed about their Christian faith Soprano soloist: Susan Fleet accompanied by Mike Parker (harp) St Andrew?s Church Junction Road, Burgess Hill

Tuesday 30 September 2008

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

WHIST DRIVES on the last Tuesday of every month. Tuesdays 30th September & 28th October, 7.30pm, Westmeston Parish Hall. Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Wednesday 1 October 2008

7:30 pm 'Hilary Pepler and St Dominic's Press' Lecture, Ditchling..

On Wednesday October 1st a lecture entitled 'Hilary Pepler and St Dominic's Press' will be given by Michael Taylor, bookseller and author of St. Dominic?'s Press: a Biography. The lecture will start at 7.30pm with pre-lecture drinks at 7.00pm. Tickets cost 7.00 and must be booked on 01273 844744.

Thursday 2 October 2008

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

We have a meeting on the 1st Thursday of the month (the next one being on 2nd October) at Ditchling Village Hall at 2.30 pm. We offer a warm welcome and have many speakers who talk on subjects of interest to most people so please come along and see for yourself. Ena Harker

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: The Kite Runner, Ditchling Village..

Our first film on Thursday, 2 October 2008 will be The Kite Runner. After 20 years Amir returns to Kabul to attempt to right a wrong committed many years before. He relives the turning point of his childhood involving his closest childhood friend Hassan. He now goes in search of Hassans son. ..

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Saturday 4 October 2008

9:00 am St Margaret's Flower Guild Harvest Flowers

St Margaret's Flower Guild will be decorating the church on Saturday, October 4th, between 9 and 11 am. If you would like to help, please contact me well before, and bring your own flowers and greenery. If anyone is able to contribute produce, please bring this to the church on Saturday,..

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Sunday 5 October 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk Chailey Church car park

Walks in October are: *October 5th, 2pm. Meet at Chailey Church car park (off A275) OS ref. 392193 for a circular walk. Leader, Pam. *October 19th, 2pm. Meet at Streat Church OS ref. 351152 for a circular walk via Plumpton College and East Chiltington. Leader, Frances. Ann Bacon

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Monday 6 October 2008

11:00 am Exhibition Tour, Ditchling Museum

Tickets 5. To book please telephone 01273 844744

Thursday 9 October 2008

2:00 pm Westmeston & Streat Flower Show AGM, Westmeston Parish Hall

The AGM will be held on Thursday 9th October at 2 pm at Westmeston Parish Hall. If you are interested in coming on to the committee you would be most welcome. Please let the secretary know (01273 844743) or come along to the meeting. It is in your interest to become a committee member to keep..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society AGM, St Margarets School

Saturday 11 October 2008

10:00 am Traidcraft, 2 Ashurst Cottages, Plumpton

There are some most unusual gifts in the catalogue this year and an exciting range of Christmas cards. I stock many of the smaller gifts and am more than happy to order others from the catalogues for customers. As the credit crunch bites, people in this country feel the pinch, but that is..

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10:00 am RNLI Hurstpierpoint and District Coffee Morning, Pauline..

RNLI Hurstpierpoint and District Coffee Morning Saturday 11th October Pauline Thaw Centre, Hassocks 10 am to 12 noon. Christmas cards, souvenirs, bric-a-brac, cake stall and raffle. Please support this worthwhile cause.

7:00 pm Beacon Churches Harvest Supper, Ditchling Village Hall

Tickets 6.50 (to include a glass of wine) have been sold but please contact Margaret Moore, Sue Sewell or Brenda Hall for any returned tickets.

Sunday 12 October 2008

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Monday 13 October 2008

10:00 am Ditchling History Project: Three Ditchling Characters,..

Three village characters will be introduced by members of the Ditchling History Project in three short talks at the museum on Monday October 13th starting at 10.00 am. *Arthur Crookshank was vicar of Ditchling from 1944 until 1958 and was founder of the Village Association. He involved..

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Saturday 18 October 2008

10:00 am The Bible Society Coffee Morning , Larchfield, Spatham..

Home made cakes, bread and produce for sale + raffle and gift stall

7:30 pm Musical Evening with 'Les Chanteurs', Old Meeting House, The..

In aid of St Peter & St James Hospice This group of singers drawn from choirs across Sussex, led by Nick Hancock, will give a concert at the Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling on Saturday, 18th October at 7.30 pm A programme of jolly French & English songs - from Offenbach's ..

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Sunday 19 October 2008

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk, Streat Church

Walks in October are: *October 5th, 2pm. Meet at Chailey Church car park (off A275) OS ref. 392193 for a circular walk. Leader, Pam. *October 19th, 2pm. Meet at Streat Church OS ref. 351152 for a circular walk via Plumpton College and East Chiltington. Leader, Frances. Ann Bacon

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Tuesday 21 October 2008

10:30 am DVA Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling Village Hall

Sponsored by Ditchling Players. Including Fair Trade stall and paper back exchange

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship meeting, 46a Lewes Road

The next meeting on Tuesday 21st October will be at Margaret Moore's home, 46A Lewes Road, at 7.30 pm, when Jenny Merritt, a missionary, will talk about her work with young deaf people in Ethiopia. Please contact Margaret on 01273 843805 to advise her if you will be attending. Jenny Bell

Thursday 23 October 2008

12:30 pm DVA Luncheon Club, Pavilion on the Lewes Road recreation..

The monthly Luncheon Club will resume again in October at a new venue. In conjunction with Matthew Rees from Dinner at your door, a lunch for up to 30 will be held in the Pavilion on the Lewes Road recreation ground on Thursday 23rd October commencing at 12.30 pm. For further information and bookings please ring 01273 844746.

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: A Summer in La Goulette, Ditchling..

Our film on Thursday, 23 October 2008 will be A Summer in La Goulette. Set in 1967 Tunis, this tender comedy follows three teenage girls from different faiths who make a pact to lose their virginity, causing a rift between their fathers, who had been best friends. As the summer wears on will..

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Sunday 26 October 2008

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Monday 27 October 2008

10:30 am Big Draw Workshop: Draw a Collection ages 5 - 15,..

Tickets 5.00. To book please telephone 01273 844744.

Tuesday 28 October 2008

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Tuesday 4 November 2008

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends Meeting House

Ditchling Downs WI is a new evening group started in March of this year and held on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 8 pm at The Friends Meeting House in East Gardens. Our next meeting will be on 4th November when Ruth Lawrence will demonstrate and speak on the origins and benefits of 'belly dancing'. Visitors are always welcome. Barbara Dollings

Wednesday 5 November 2008

  Ditchling Players As You Like It, Ditchling Village Hall

As usual, this is sure to be a terrific production, so do make a note of the performance dates ? Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th November. Tickets will be available from Clifford Dann, High Street, Ditchling from Monday 20th October. David Tettersell

Thursday 6 November 2008

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Annual Meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

Saturday 8 November 2008

10:00 am Traidcraft Coffee Morning, 2 Ashurst Cottages, Plumpton

Tuesday 11 November 2008

2:15 pm NADFAS Lecture: Dresden, its Art and Architecture, Plumpton..

The lecture this month is on Dresden, its Art and Architecture, uncovering the Florence of the North. This talk, fully illustrated by Clare Ford Wille, will be held in Plumpton Village Hall at 2.15 pm. Tea and biscuits will be served afterwards. Tickets are 5 and will be available on..

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Wednesday 12 November 2008

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, St Margarets Church, Ditchling

Thursday 13 November 2008

7:30 pm Ditchling Village Association AGM, Friends Meeting House

All are welcome.

Friday 14 November 2008

7:00 pm Barn Dance, Westmeston Parish Hall

Tickets 6, to include a fish & chip supper. Tickets are available from Doreen Kallman 01273844743 This is a social evening, as numbers are limited please book early. Please bring your own drink.

Saturday 15 November 2008

10:00 am The Sussex Guild Craft Show, Ditchling Village Hall and St..

The annual Sussex Guild's winter exhibition will be held in Ditchling Village Hall and St Margaret's School on Saturday 15th/Sunday 16th November, 10 am 5 pm. The event will offer a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for Christmas shoppers with the opportunity to meet and talk to Guild's..

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Sunday 16 November 2008

10:00 am The Sussex Guild Craft Show, Ditchling Village Hall and St..

The annual Sussex Guild's winter exhibition will be held in Ditchling Village Hall and St Margaret's School on Saturday 15th/Sunday 16th November, 10 am 5 pm. The event will offer a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for Christmas shoppers with the opportunity to meet and talk to Guild's..

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2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk, Ditchling Recreation..

Meet at Ditchling Recreation Ground car park, Lewes Road, Ditchling.

Tuesday 18 November 2008

10:30 am DVA Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling Village Hall

Coffee and Cakes will take place on Tuesday 18th November and will be sponsored by Friends of St Margarets. As usual the Fair Trade stall and paper back exchange will be available. Come along and meet your old friends and make new ones.

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship meeting, Jenny Bells house

8:00 pm Ditchling Fairtrade Group film: Black Gold, Ditchling..

Tickets 4 available from Ditchling Post Office and on the door. Fairtrade wine available. For further information please ring 01273 846323. This documentary film made in 2006 by two British brothers, Marc Francis and Nick Francis takes the viewer from the coffee growing region of..

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Thursday 20 November 2008

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film: There will be Blood, Ditchling..

On Thursday, 20 November 2008 we are showing There will be Blood. Set against the backdrop of the Southern California oil boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this tells a story of greed and envy of biblical proportions. The film, which the director has taken from Upton Sinclairs..

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Saturday 22 November 2008

9:30 am Churchyard Working Party, St Margarets churchyard

The Churchyard Committee met last month and looked particularly at the northern section of St Margarets Churchyard. Churchyards are places for people to visit family or other graves in peaceful and pleasant surroundings and those in the Beacon Parishes have some of the finest lettering in..

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3:00 pm British Heart Foundation Sponsored Swim, The Triangle,..

The British Heart Foundation is organising a sponsored swim at The Triangle, Burgess Hill on Saturday 22 November between 3-5 p.m. All ages welcome. Come and swim anything from one length to fifty lengths. For further details please contact Janie Taylor on 01273-890279. Helen Firmin

Sunday 23 November 2008

7:00 pm Joanna and Hilary Bourne Annual Lecture Arts and Crafts..

Arts and Crafts Gardens by Dr Wendy Hitchmough. The Annual Joanna and Hilary Bourne lecture is given in memory of the two sisters who founded Ditchling Museum in 1985. Joanna and Hilary were passionate about Ditchling and its history and about the legacy of the twentieth century artists and..

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Tuesday 25 November 2008

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Saturday 29 November 2008

7:30 pm Dance with NITE LIFE, Ditchling Village Hall

Put On Your 60s Glad Rags and Dance The Night Away in aid of the Stars Foundation for Cerebral Palsy whose President is Ditchling resident Dame Vera Lynn DBE. Saturday 29th November 2008 from 7.30 pm - 11pm Ditchling Village Hall. The Sussex Band Nite Life, whose music ranges from the..

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Sunday 30 November 2008

  Deadline for applications for Grants to The Turner Dumbrell..

The Turner-Dumbrell Foundation exists to give financial assistance by way of grants to: *Charitable institutions or for charitable purposes in the Parish of Ditchling in the County of East Sussex or in the immediate locality with particular reference to the Parish Church of St Margaret and..

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Tuesday 2 December 2008

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI quiz and social evening, Friends Meeting..

The next meeting will be a Quiz and Social Evening on Tuesday 2nd December at the Friends Meeting House at 8 pm. Visitors will be warmly welcomed. Barbara Dollings

Thursday 4 December 2008

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Christmas Party, Ditchling Village Hall

Our next meeting is the Christmas Party on Thursday 4th December at 2.30 pm in Ditchling Village Hall. Our speaker will be Mr Michael Legat whose subject is They read Books and go to Cocktail Parties. We have organised a competition Concoct a Cocktail. The results could be quite interesting! ..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film: Happy Go Lucky, Ditchling..

Our film on Thursday, 4 December 2008 will be !Happy Go Lucky]. This is the most infectious, joyous film imaginable. Poppy is a warm, lively, 30-something primary school teacher who takes everything in her stride with a smile on her face and a joke on her lips. When her bike is stolen, she..

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Sunday 7 December 2008

2:00 pm The Footpaths Conservation Society Walk, from Ditchling..

4:30 pm The Youth Group Christmas Party, St Margarets school

Tuesday 9 December 2008

7:00 pm Womens Fellowship Christmas Party, Old Meeting House,..

Our next meeting is the Christmas Party to be held on Tuesday December 9th at the Old Meeting House in the Twitten, from 7 to 9 pm. Members are invited to bring their husbands along and are requested to pay 1 towards the heating and lighting plus the usual charitable donation. As usual those..

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Wednesday 10 December 2008

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, The Old Meeting House, Ditchling

Friday 12 December 2008

2:00 pm St Margaret's School Christmas Fayre

All are welcome to attend the Fayre at the school.

7:00 pm Carol Singing, Mulled Wine & Mince Pies, Westmeston Parish..

Carol singing, mulled wine and mince pies. Admission freee but donations will be appreciated.

Monday 15 December 2008

6:00 pm St Margarets School Carols by Candlelight, St Margaret's..

All are welcome.

Tuesday 16 December 2008

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling..

Coffee and Cakes are on Tuesday 16th December and will be sponsored by DVA. As usual the Fair Trade stall and paper back exchange will be available. Come along and meet your old friends and make new ones.

7:30 pm Christmas Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Wednesday 17 December 2008

2:00 pm St Margarets School Infant performance of Nearly No..

Thursday 18 December 2008

9:30 am St Margarets School Infant performance of Nearly No..

Sunday 21 December 2008

2:00 pm The Footpaths Conservation Society Walk, from Ditchling..

Tuesday 23 December 2008

9:20 am St Margaret's Flower Guild decorating the church for..

We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Tuesday, December 23rd, between 9.20 am and 11 am. If anyone would like to help, please let me know well beforehand, and bring your own greenery. We are always very grateful for donations towards the flowers, and if anyone would like to..

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Wednesday 24 December 2008

9:20 am Childrens Nativity Play, St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

On Christmas Eve there will be a Childrens Nativity Play in St Margarets Church at 4.30pm. All children are invited to come dressed as one of the characters in the story of the birth of Jesus and take part in the play. So why not come along as a shepherd, an angel, a king, Mary, Joseph or even..

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Sunday 4 January 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk, Ditchling Village Hall

Tuesday 6 January 2009

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends Meeting House

Sarah Berry will give a talk on 'Behind the scenes at The National Gallery'.

Thursday 8 January 2009

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

The Speaker will be Mr David Allen and his subject "The Weird and Wonderful World of the Law". Visitors will be very welcome.

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: Battle of Algiers, Ditchling Village..

This multi-award winning film was commissioned by the Algerian Government and directed by left-wing Italian director Pontecorvo. It was banned in France for several years but the films strength lies in its scrupulous attention to the views and problems on both side of the conflict. Set from..

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Saturday 10 January 2009

2:00 pm Wedding of Caroline and Tim

Wednesday 14 January 2009

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Friends Meeting House

Sunday 18 January 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk, Ditchling Village Hall

Tuesday 20 January 2009

10:30 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling..

7:30 pm Women's Fellowship meeting, Eileen Keeling's home

The plans for the year and the future of the Women's Fellowship will be on the Agenda. Please make a note - it would be nice if we could have a full house for this one.

Tuesday 27 January 2009

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Wednesday 28 January 2009

6:30 pm PCC Meeting, Westmeston Parish Hall

Sunday 1 February 2009

2:00 pm The Footpaths Conservation Society walk, from Ditchling..

4:30 pm Youth Group , Ditchling school

Tuesday 3 February 2009

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends Meeting House

Thursday 5 February 2009

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: A Prairie Home Companion, Ditchling..

Friday 6 February 2009

7:30 pm Beacon Parishes 'Aircraft Dinner', Westmeston Parish Hall

MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) has 52 aircraft flying some 2.9 million miles a year hauling food, seed and livestock, and transporting sick and injured people in some of the remotest places on earth. For more information see !www.maf-uk.org. Join us in Westmeston Parish Hall for an aircraft dinner and see a film of the work done by MAF.

Saturday 7 February 2009

10:00 am Parish Churchyard Working Party, St Margarets churchyard

While the main focus this month is on Streat we will also meet in St Margarets churchyard on Saturday February 7th at 10.00 am for an hour or so to identify small jobs to be tackled throughout the year. If you are interested in helping but are unable to come along that day do please get in touch with me (845383) and hopefully we can decide on a regular volunteer time.

2:00 pm Ditchling Pre School Annual Charity Jumble Sale, Ditchling..

Sunday 8 February 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group , Ditchling school

Wednesday 11 February 2009

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Emmanuel Chapel

Saturday 14 February 2009

2:00 pm Bishop Lindsay's Farewell Service, Worth Abbey

Sunday 15 February 2009

2:00 pm The Footpaths Conservation Society walk, from Ditchling..

4:30 pm Youth Group , Ditchling school

Tuesday 17 February 2009

10:30 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling..

Sunday 22 February 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group , Ditchling school

Tuesday 24 February 2009

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Friday 27 February 2009

  Beacon Parish to be prayed for at Choral Evensong,..

Saturday 28 February 2009

9:30 am Parish Churchyard Working Party, Streat Church

Following the successful day in St Margarets Churchyard in November we are holding a similar volunteer working party at Streat on February 28th starting at 9.30 am. I hope as many people will be able to come again to help tidy the two churchyard areas as many willing hands really did make a difference!

Sunday 1 March 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk, from Ditchling Village Hall

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Tuesday 3 March 2009

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk on Mail Bags and..

Our speaker for the 3rd March meeting will be Michaela Wynne-Jones who will talk to us about Mail Bags and Porridge

Thursday 5 March 2009

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting Art Deco Ladies and their Legacy,..

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 5th March in Ditchling Village Hall at 2.30 pm when our speaker will be Mr David Back and his subject will be "Art Deco Ladies and their Legacy". Visitors will be very welcome.

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society: The Page Turner, Ditchling Village..

On Thursday, 5 March we are showing The Page Turner. Revenge they say is a dish best served cold and it is taken tres froid in this film. Melanie, a butchers daughter, has her childhood ambitions dashed when Ariane (a well-known pianist and one of the chief examiners) distracts her during an..

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Friday 6 March 2009

8:00 pm Women's World Day of Prayer Annual Ecumenical Service,..

The annual ecumenical service this year takes place on Friday 6th March at 10.30 am at Emmanuel Chapel Ditchling. The service this year has been prepared by the women of Papua New Guinea and the theme is "In Christ there are many members yet one body". All are very welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday 7 March 2009

10:15 am The Friends of St Margarets Church Annual General Meeting, ..

Coffee and Biscuits will be served from 10.15am. Presentation of the Report at 10.45am.

7:00 pm Music for a Spring Evening: Phillippa Lay Soprano, St..

!Phillippa Lay Soprano A selection of music from various composers including Mozart, Schubert, Cole Porter and many more. Tickets 6 (to include drinks during the interval) available from Laura Eaton, Tel 01273 843029, or members of the Social & Fundraising Committee. Phillippa Lay..

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Sunday 8 March 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Wednesday 11 March 2009

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, St Margarets Church, Ditchling

Saturday 14 March 2009

10:30 am Ditchling Museum reopens

The exhibition this year entitled Drawn from Ditchling Portraits from a Sussex Village, uses portraits from the Museums Collection to celebrate both the artists and the local people who have been drawn, painted and photographed. Artists include Eric Gill, Edgar Holloway, Louis Ginnett and Rose..

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2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Annual Spring Bulb Show,..

The Annual Spring Bulb Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 14th March from 2 pm to 4 pm in Ditchling Village Hall. Please make a date in your diary and come and support this old Society founded in 1882. New members are always welcome; to join contact 01273 845624 and you will be..

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Sunday 15 March 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk, from Ditchling Village Hall

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Monday 16 March 2009

10:00 am Ditchling History Projects second session of talks on..

The three characters are Fred Wood, local builder, naturalist and author, Bill Kenning, eccentric, railway enthusiast and sportsman, and Joy Sinden, Cub mistress, teacher and wonderful mime artist. The short talks begin at 10 am followed by coffee with time to share memories anybody may have..

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Tuesday 17 March 2009

10:30 am DVA Coffee & Cakes, Ditchling Village Hall

7:30 pm Women`s Fellowship meeting and talk on Sussex churches, 22..

The next meeting will be on March 17th at Jenny Beck`s home, 22 Shirleys. Our guest speaker will be Fred Asbury, who will talk on Sussex churches. Please remember to ring Jenny beforehand (01273 846555) to say if you will be coming. This is difficult to remember (as we are more accustomed..

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Wednesday 18 March 2009

6:30 pm PCC Meeting, St Margaret's, Ditchling

Friday 20 March 2009

8:00 pm Ditchling Newcomers Party, Ditchling Village Hall

To all newcomers to Ditchling since March last year we look forward to meeting you at our annual Newcomers Party on Friday 20th March at 8 pm in Ditchling Village Hall. You will soon be receiving an invitation from your Good Neighbour but if you dont please get in touch with us so that we..

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Sunday 22 March 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Wednesday 25 March 2009

10:45 am Meet the Vicar at Streat, Southwind, Streat

Come and join Fr David for a cup of coffee and a chat at Southwind, Streat at 10.45am on Wednesday 25th March. All from the Beacon Parish are welcome. Southwind is very near Streat Church - please ring Sue Sewell for directions (890366)

Sunday 29 March 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

7:30 pm Sussex Chorus: A Baroque Festival of "Gloria" Settings,..

Sussex Chorus presents a concert of Gloria Settings on Sunday 29th March 2009 at 7.30 pm in Lancing College Chapel. The programme will include Vivaldi Gloria, Handel Gloria for solo soprano, Handel Gloria from Dixit Dominus, Stanford 3 Motets op 38 and Bach Cantata no 191 (Gloria in excelsis deo)...

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Tuesday 31 March 2009

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Thursday 2 April 2009

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society Caramel, Ditchling Village..

On Thursday, 2 April we are showing Caramel, a film which Nadine Labaki has not only written, but also directed and stars in. In Beirut, five women meet regularly in a ramshackle beauty salon, a colourful and sensual microcosm of the city where members of different generations come into contact,..

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Saturday 4 April 2009

10:00 am Vivace! 'Come and Sing' morning ,Old Meeting House,..

Vivace! is hosting a 'Come and Sing' morning on Saturday 4th April at the Old Meeting House, Ditchling from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm to try to encourage a few more men to join their ranks. We are a mixed voice choir that loves to perform, often with instrumental/percussion accompaniment. We have..

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11:00 am PCC Away Day, St Peter's Henfield

Wednesday 22 April 2009

6:30 pm APCM, Westmeston Parish Hall

Saturday 25 April 2009

2:00 pm Wedding of Rosalie and Alistaire

Sunday 3 May 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk

Footpaths Conservation Society Walk half-way up Wolstonbury Hill and back; leader: Frances, from Hurstpierpoint long-stay car park.

Monday 4 May 2009

2:00 pm GARDEN OPEN for the NGS CHARITIES

Stonehealed Farm, Streat GARDEN OPEN for the NGS CHARITIES and St Peter and St James Hospice at Stonehealed Farm, Streat Monday 4 May 2-6pm Home made Teas, Plants for sale Admission 3.50 (children free)

Sunday 17 May 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Downland walk

Footpaths Conservation Society Downland walk via Warningore Farm; leader Joyce, from lay-by beside the Half Moon pub, Plumpton

Wednesday 20 May 2009

8:00 pm Ditchling Players Alphabetical Order

Ditchling Village Hall Ditchling Players: Alphabetical Order 20th To 23rd May 2009. Everyone is working hard to bring another terrific production to the Ditchling Hall all under the watchful eye of the producer, Tom Dufty. As I explained last month, Frayns play is a good mix of..

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Tuesday 26 May 2009

7:30 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall WHIST DRIVES Tuesday 26th May 2009, 7.30pm Westmeston Parish Hall Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Wednesday 27 May 2009

10:45 am Come and have coffee with the Vicar

Southfield, Streat Come and have coffee with the Vicar Wednesday 27th May 10.45 am at Southfield, Streat (home of Derek and Lynette Walker) To find Southfield first find the red letter box near Streat Church. Opposite there is a Bridleway. Southfield is about 200 yards down the bridleway, the last house on the right.

8:00 pm Ditchling Society AGM

The Ditchling Society is holding its AGM on Wednesday, May 27th 2009 in the village hall starting at 8.0 pm. The main focus and activity, and one might also say anxiety, of the Society, over the last year was connected with the pending decision on the National Park. We now know the outcome, but as..

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Sunday 31 May 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Tuesday 2 June 2009

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends Meeting House

Our speaker for the meeting on 2nd June will be Ian Currie who will talk to us about 'The Weather'. Lets hope he has some good news for us. The meeting will start at 8 pm at the Friends Meeting House. Visitors are always welcome. Barbara Dollings 01273 843892

Thursday 4 June 2009

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

Our next meeting is on 4 June at the Ditchling Village Hall at 2.30pm at which the speaker will be Mrs Barbara Cornwall whose subject is "Sussex Ways and Customs". Visitors will be welcome. Ena Harker, Hon Secretary

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Persepolis, Ditchling Village..

A superbly elegant and simple autobiographical film, based on the comic-book series by the Franco-Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi, which she has co-written and co-directed. Marjane is a little girl growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran in the 1970s. She is an enthusiastic fan of tacky western..

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Saturday 6 June 2009

10:50 am British Legion D-Day Memorial Service, Ditchling War..

Sixty-five years ago on the 6th June 1944, D-Day, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy which signalled the beginning of the end of the Second World War. This was the first stage in the liberation of Western Europe and a major step towards the defeat of Nazi Germany. On Saturday, 6th..

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Sunday 7 June 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk, from Ditchling Countryside Park car..

Footpaths Society Walk, Ditchling Countryside Park car park (OS ref 336182) for a walk via Wellhouse Lane, Batchelors Farm with a stop for tea at Maries. Leader Marie

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

6:00 pm Sussex Chorus Mini Glyndebourne A Night in Venice, St Paul's..

Sussex Chorus Mini-Glyndebourne will take place on Sunday 7th June at 6 pm at St Pauls College, Burgess Hill and will include part of Gilbert & Sullivans The Gondoliers. Several young soloists will be taking part, as well as members of Sussex Chorus. There will be a long interval during which..

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Thursday 11 June 2009

11:00 am Attic Club Exhibition, Ditchling Village Hall

The Attic Clubs annual exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints may be throwing off its strictly traditional image this year. As well as their individual work, the artists are constructing a panel entitled Saucy Sussex. This should tie in well with the paintings by our distinguished..

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Sunday 14 June 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Tuesday 16 June 2009

7:00 pm Womens Fellowship Summer Party, 103 East End Lane,..

The Summer Party will be held at the home of Mike and Pam Burr, 103 East End Lane, Ditchling on Tuesday 16th June at 7 pm. Please bring a plate of party food and a bottle. We look forward to seeing members with husbands/partners on this evening. Margaret Houston

Sunday 21 June 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk, from Clayton rec. car park

Footpaths Society Walk, Clayton rec. car park near the church (OS ref 299139) for a walk on the Downs to look at flowers and birds. (Bring a drink). Leader Frances

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Monday 22 June 2009

1:30 pm Little Museum Visitor session Pre-School Art Explorer,..

Youngest visitors, aged 2- 4 years, have their own Little Museum Visitor sessions in June and July beginning on Monday June 22 with Pre-School Art Explorer involving lots of painting, drawing and sticking. On Monday July 6 Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes looks at the current exhibition to make..

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Saturday 27 June 2009

2:00 pm St Margarets School Summer Fair

Sunday 28 June 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Tuesday 30 June 2009

7:30 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall WHIST DRIVES Tuesday Tuesday 30th June 2009, 7.30pm Westmeston Parish Hall Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Thursday 2 July 2009

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Mamma Mia, Ditchling Village..

On Thursday, 4 June we shall be showing Persepolis. A superbly elegant and simple autobiographical film, based on the comic-book series by the Franco-Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi, which she has co-written and co-directed. Marjane is a little girl growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran in the..

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Sunday 5 July 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Saturday 11 July 2009

10:00 am The Friends Of Ditchling 3rd Annual General Meeting, the..

$AGENDA 1. Apologies for absence 2. To receive the Trustees' Report. (This will include the latest information regarding plans for the Barn and the Green ) 3. To receive the accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009 4. Retirement and election of trustees 5. Election of honorary independent..

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11:00 am Attic Club Exhibition, Ditchling Village Hall

Saturday July 11th Sunday July 19th 2009 at the Village Hall, Ditchling The Attic Clubs annual exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints may be throwing off its strictly traditional image this year. As well as their individual work, the artists are constructing a panel entitled Saucy..

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Sunday 12 July 2009

10:30 am Children's Art Day - for all the family, Ditchling Museum

Children's Art Day - for all the family on Sunday 12 July 10.30 am - 12.30 pm for 3 years + and parents 5.00 (parents free). Come and celebrate Children's Art Day, a national event that hopes to encourage children, young people and families to engage with a range of visual art and art activities.

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Sunday 19 July 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk from Ditchling pond

Footpaths Society Walk from Ditchling pond, west of the church OS ref 324153 for a walk to Westmeston on the Jubilee path & track. Leader Louise.

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Tuesday 21 July 2009

7:30 pm Women`s Fellowship meeting, 16 Clayton Road, Ditchling

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 21st July at the home of Jenny Bell, 16 Clayton Road (01273-843194) at 7.30 pm, when Mr and Mrs White from Hassocks will be telling us about "New Growth Ministries" and in particular about their daughter Hilary's involvement with this organisation in Zimbabwe. ..

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Sunday 26 July 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Monday 27 July 2009

10:00 am Drop-in Day - join in some special activities, Ditchling..

Drop-in Day - Monday 27 July 10.00 am - 1.00 pm. All ages 1.00 per person. Visit the museum at a reduced price and join in some special activities.

Tuesday 28 July 2009

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Sunday 2 August 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk from St Francis Church Hall, Priory..

Walk from St Francis Church Hall, Priory Rd, Hassocks OS ref 303163 to Hammonds & Ruckford Mills via Hurstpierpoint College, . Leader Ann.

Wednesday 12 August 2009

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, The Old Meeting House

The next frugal lunch will be held at The Old Meeting House on Wednesday 12th August at 12.30 pm. Our numbers at these ecumenical gatherings have significantly declined over the past few months, such that some of us wonder how much longer support can be expected. Our contributions are always..

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Sunday 16 August 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Society walk from Upper Lodges car park

Footpaths Society walk round Stanmer Park, from Upper Lodges car park OSref. 325099. Leader Frances.

Tuesday 25 August 2009

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Tuesdays 25th August & 22nd September 2009, 7.30pm Westmeston Parish Hall. Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Wednesday 26 August 2009

10:45 am Come and have coffee with Fr David, Southwind, Streat

Come and have coffee with Fr David. Wednesday 26th August 10.45 at Southwind, Streat (home of Mike and Sue Sewell). To find Southwind first find the red letter box near Streat Church. Opposite there is a bridleway. Southwind is about 100 yards down the bridleway on the right hand side.

Saturday 29 August 2009

2:00 pm Westmeston & Streat Flower Show, Westmeston Parish Hall

The flower show will be held on Saturday 29th August at Westmeston Parish hall opening at 2 pm. Show schedules are now available. We have all sorts of different classes for you and the children to enter in. These range from Vegetables, Flowers, Floral art for the ladies (or men) and an..

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Tuesday 1 September 2009

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends Meeting House ..

Our July meeting brought out the Dunkirk spirit as members and guests had an historical tour of Ditchling village in torrential rain. Two groups led by Roma Leon and Janet Cragg, and despite the weather, enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining walk and even those who had lived in Ditchling for numerous..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends Meeting House

Our July meeting brought out the Dunkirk spirit as members and guests had an historical tour of Ditchling village in torrential rain. Two groups led by Roma Leon and Janet Cragg, and despite the weather, enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining walk and even those who had lived in Ditchling for numerous..

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Thursday 3 September 2009

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Meeting, Ditchling Village Hall.

Saturday 5 September 2009

10:00 am Traidcraft coffee morning, 2 Ashurst Cottages, Plumpton

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Annual Autumn Show,..

The Annual Autumn Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 5th September from 2 pm to 4 pm. Please make a date in your diary - come and support this old Society founded in 1882. New members are always welcome - to join contact 01273 845624 and you will be given a schedule of the various..

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Sunday 6 September 2009

9:30 am The British Heart Foundation Sponsored Ride, The Stone Hall..

The British Heart Foundation is holding a Sponsored Ride on Sunday September 6th at a new location, The Stone Hall Estate, Balcombe, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs R Greenwood. Start times are 09.30-2 pm. For further information and sponsorship forms contact Mrs Jane Green, Kaines Orchard, Slugwash Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 7TD. Tel 01444 831220

2:00 pm Open Garden at Stonehealed Farm, Wivelsfield Green

Sunday 6th September 2-6 pm in aid of the NGS Charities and St Peter and St James Hospice. Delicious home made teas. Rapkyns Nursery Plants and home grown plants available.

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Wivelsfield walk (Leader Margaret),..

2:30 pm A talk by Dame Beryl Grey OBE, Ditchling Village Hall

The Rebecca Skelton Fund $A talk by Dame Beryl Grey OBE (former Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet, President of English National Ballet) !6th September at 2.30 pm, Ditchling Village Hall !£12.50] to include refreshments Please register with Myrtle Skelton, 01273 890491 www.rebeccaskeltonfund.org

4:30 pm Youth Group restarts, St Margaret's School, Ditchling

Monday 7 September 2009

  Royal Air Forces Association 'Wings Appeal'

There will be a house to house collection in Ditchling, between September 7th and 19th, dates which include Battle of Britain Week. One or two of our regular collectors are now finding the collecting too difficult, so we are appealing to any able bodied person with an hour or two to spare and..

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Wednesday 9 September 2009

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Friends Meeting House

Saturday 12 September 2009

  Sussex Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Ride and Stride

This annual fund-raising event takes place on Saturday September 12th when Churches and Chapels throughout Sussex will be open to welcome walkers and cyclists. There is no fixed route but participants are encouraged to discover for themselves some of the wonderful churches and chapels in the area..

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7:00 pm The Friends of Ditchling Sixth Progressive Supper

Enjoy a great evening and help us raise funds to heat and insulate the Barn. Price !22.50] per person but a discount will be made for our volunteer hosts. Each course will be served in a different house and volunteers will be asked to cook one course for eight people. It could be you! But..

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Sunday 13 September 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margaret's School, Ditchling

Tuesday 15 September 2009

  Exhibition Action in Rural Sussex begins, Ditchling Museum

!Changing Estates. In this partnership project with 'Action in Rural Sussex', funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, groups of young people (aged 12 - 15) have been encouraged to develop skills in historical research by exploring life on 20th century housing estates. Ten pupils from..

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10:30 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling..

Wednesday 16 September 2009

  Evening lecture: The Ditchling Effect: Gill after 1907,..

The Ditchling Effect: Gill after 1907. An evening lecture at the museum on Wednesday September 16 by Ruth Cribb will consider how relationships between Gill and the people of Ditchling helped to develop a thriving artistic community. Ruth is the great-granddaughter of Gill's assistant Joseph..

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Saturday 19 September 2009

2:00 pm Wedding of Joanna Kelly & Steven Morfield

Sunday 20 September 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Wivelsfield walk via St Helena (Leader Pam..

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margaret's School, Ditchling

Tuesday 22 September 2009

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Tuesdays 25th August & 22nd September 2009, 7.30pm Westmeston Parish Hall. Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Thursday 24 September 2009

10:45 am Come and have coffee with Fr David, Primavera, Wellhouse..

To find Primavera, go to the roundabout on Ditchling Common and proceed all the way down Folders Lane towards Burgess Hill. At the T junction at the end turn left towards Keymer. Continue for half a mile and Wellhouse Lane is on the left, just past the KEYMER TWINNED WITH..... sign. ..

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Tuesday 29 September 2009

7:30 pm TRIO Meeting, Westmeston Parish Hall

TRIO is gaining momentum. Everyone in the Parish should have received an invitation, and the Presentations at Westmeston and Ditchling are about to happen (or have happened, depending on when you read this!) Hopefully most people will now feel better informed about our Parish finances, and will..

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Thursday 1 October 2009

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Meeting , Ditchling Village Hall

This will be our members meeting which will include a special tea. Ena Harker, Secretary

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film The Visitor, Ditchling Village..

Welcome back to a new and exciting season of films with our first screening on Thursday, 1 October 2009 when we will commence with The Visitor. This is a film about a widowed college economics professor (Walter Vale) who is invited to a conference in New York. On arriving at his apartment there,..

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Friday 2 October 2009

7:30 pm TRIO Meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

TRIO is gaining momentum. Everyone in the Parish should have received an invitation, and the Presentations at Westmeston and Ditchling are about to happen (or have happened, depending on when you read this!) Hopefully most people will now feel better informed about our Parish finances, and will..

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Sunday 4 October 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk from Pyecombe church

Footpaths Society Walk over the Downs to Saddlescombe & back, Pyecombe church OS ref 292126. Leader Frances.

Tuesday 6 October 2009

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends Meeting House

Our meeting on 6th October will be our AGM followed by a cheese tasting with Say Cheese of Lewes. The evening will start earlier at 7.30 pm at the Friends Meeting House. Barbara Dollings, 01273 843892

Monday 12 October 2009

10:00 am Meet three more Ditchling Characters, Ditchling Museum

Members of Ditchling History Project talk about people who have made a particular contribution to the life of our village - Helen Knowles (Headmistress of Dumbrells School), Dr Linton Bogle GP, and Peter Parsons (19thcentury Shoemaker, Choirmaster, and Parish Clerk). Admission is by ticket only (4 to include coffee and biscuits) from the Museum, the Post Office and Parkers.

Wednesday 14 October 2009

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Emmanuel Chapel

Saturday 17 October 2009

9:00 am St Margaret's Flower Guild Harvest Decorations, St..

we will be decorating the church for Harvest on Saturday 17th October between 9 and 11 am. If you would like to help please contact Bridget Blomfield (842459) and bring your own flowers and greenery. Contributions of produce should be delivered to the church on the 17th October between 9 and..

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10:00 am Bible Society Coffee Morning, Streat barn

Sunday 18 October 2009

2:00 pm Footpaths Society Walk from Streat Church

Footpaths Society Walk to E Chiltington & back via Plumpton College, Streat church OSref 351152. Leader Frances

Tuesday 20 October 2009

10:30 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling..

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship Meeting, 46A Lewes Road, Ditchling

The next meeting will be at Margaret Moore`s home, 46A Lewes Road, (01273 843805), on 20th October at 7.30 pm, when members of the Ditchling History Project will talk about their recent research in our own St Margaret`s Churchyard and the stories they have unravelled from the gravestones. Please telephone Margaret to say if you will be coming.

7:30 pm Film: "The Stirling"

Presented by the Stirling Aircraft Society in association with the Ditchling Film Society, a short talk given by Bomber Command Veteran Bernard (Bunny) Mason followed by a short film about the Short Stirling which was Britain's largest war time heavy bomber. The film contains historic war time..

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Thursday 22 October 2009

6:00 pm PCC Meeting, St Margaret's, Ditchling

Saturday 24 October 2009

9:30 am Churchyard Working Party, St Martins Church, Westmeston

Last year we had tremendous support for our two working parties and a great job was done to tidy and clear both St Margarets and Streat Churchyards. We are holding two autumn tidying sessions and very much hope that plenty of volunteers will join us on Saturday October 24th at Westmeston and..

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7:30 pm 60s Disco, Ditchling Village Hall

with dancing, prizes, raffle and light refreshments. Bring your own bottle: top-up bar will be availabl! Cost 10. All profits going to Sussex Wildlife Trust. Tickets from Parkers, Post Office, or Telephone 845361 / 846323.

Sunday 25 October 2009

10:30 am The Big Draw, Ditchling Museum

The Big Draw, Sunday 25th October from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm, is a family morning for 4 years + and parents and as part of the national Big Draw event will offer a range of fun drawing activities - come as a family and see what you can draw, different ways you can draw and just how BIG you can draw. 5 per child, parents free, and places must be booked on 01273 844744.

Tuesday 27 October 2009

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Wednesday 28 October 2009

10:45 am Come and have coffee with Fr David, Southwind, Streat

To find Southwind first find the red letter box near Streat Church. Opposite there is a bridleway. Southwind is about 100 yards down the bridleway on the right hand side.

Saturday 31 October 2009

6:00 pm Annual Bonfire & Firework display, Westmeston Parish Hall

This will be held on Saturday 31st October at 6pm at Westmeston Parish Hall. Entry is by TICKET ONLY and must be purchased before the day. They will cost 6 adults, 4 children, to include soup, hot dog and the firework display. Tickets are available from Mr P Charman 01273 844743. There will..

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Sunday 8 November 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Wednesday 11 November 2009

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, St Margarets Church 12.30 pm

Thursday 12 November 2009

7:30 pm Ditchling Village Association AGM, Friends Meeting House

All are welcome.

Saturday 14 November 2009

9:30 am Churchyard Working Party, St Margarets Church, Ditchling

Sunday 15 November 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Tuesday 17 November 2009

10:30 am DVA Coffee & Cakes, Ditchling Village Hall

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship Quiz Evening, Pam Gaskins house

Thursday 19 November 2009

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film The Italian Job, Ditchling..

Our second film on Thursday, 19 November in celebration of its fortieth anniversary will be the original version of The Italian Job starring Michael Caine, an impressive line up of English actors from Benny Hill to Noel Coward. This is a classic comedy caper about an amazing gold bullion heist..

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Friday 20 November 2009

  Sussex Guild Craft Show, St Margarets Church, Ditchling

Saturday 21 November 2009

  Sussex Guild Craft Show, St Margarets Church, Ditchling

Sunday 22 November 2009

  Sussex Guild Craft Show, St Margarets Church, Ditchling

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Tuesday 24 November 2009

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Every one is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman 01273 844743

Thursday 26 November 2009

10:45 am Come and have coffee with Fr David, Streat Rectory Barn

Traidcraft Christmas gifts, cards & food will be on sale Fair Trade tea coffee & biscuits will be served.

Sunday 29 November 2009

4:30 pm Youth Group, St Margarets School, Ditchling

Tuesday 1 December 2009

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends Meeting House

For our November meeting our speaker was Anton Pruden, the very talented silversmith. Anton is a third generation silversmith, his grandfather Dunstan Pruden was the silversmith in the Eric Gill founded Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic on Ditchling Common where Anton had his first experience of..

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Thursday 3 December 2009

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Meeting , Ditchling Village Hall

The meeting of Ditchling WI on 5 November was the Annual General Meeting. We were fortunate to have in attendance Mrs Shirley Kirby the Chairman of ESWI as an advisor. Sheila Rawlings was re-elected as President. All the other officers remain the same. Millie Taylor joined the committee. The..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society A Bunch of Amateurs, Ditchling..

On Thursday, 3 December 2009 our film will be A Bunch of Amateurs - a hugely enjoyable comedy about a Hollywood has-been doing Shakespeare with an amateur theatre group. The pampered action star, played by Burt Reynolds, who is keen to make a comeback, finds himself playing King Lear not in..

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Saturday 5 December 2009

10:00 am Advent Quiet Day, St Margaret's, Ditchling

Entitled All my hope on God is founded, it will be a great opportunity to prepare ourselves to hear the familiar story of Christmas with fresh ears. The day will begin at 10am at St Margarets Church, and includes lunch.

Tuesday 8 December 2009

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship Christmas Party

The November Meeting of the Fellowship was hosted by Pam Gaskin and a group of 18 members enjoyed a Quiz set by Pam and her husband, Alec, which was won by a trio of our most intelligent members - Judy, Nan and Brenda! Best wishes were sent to Rachel Williamson who is recovering at home from an..

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Saturday 12 December 2009

10:00 am Christmas Coffee Morning, Westmeston Parish Hall

There will be a Christmas Coffee Morning on Saturday 12th December in Westmeston Parish Hall from 10 am to 12 noon, in support of two charities: St Patricks Night shelter, Hove and Brazil Street Children. There will be cake stalls, produce, tombola, bric-a-brac and children's lucky dip. ..

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Monday 14 December 2009

12:00 pm Vicarage Party

These parties are open to everyone so please bring your partners along. Please sign up in one of the three churches.

Tuesday 15 December 2009

10:30 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee and Cakes, Ditchling..

Coffee and cakes on 15th December will be sponsored by the Ditchling Village Association and we look forward to seeing you all there. As usual, there will be a Fairtrade stall and the book exchange.

6:00 pm Vicarage Party

These parties are open to everyone so please bring your partners along. Please sign up in one of the three churches.

7:30 pm Christmas Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743.

Wednesday 16 December 2009

6:00 pm Vicarage Party

These parties are open to everyone so please bring your partners along. Please sign up in one of the three churches.

Friday 18 December 2009

6:00 pm Vicarage Party

These parties are open to everyone so please bring your partners along. Please sign up in one of the three churches.

8:00 pm The Ditchling Museum Friends Association Christmas..

The Ditchling Museum Friends Association will be presenting their annual Christmas Entertainment, a festive programme of readings and music by candlelight, in the Old Meeting House, the Twitten, on Friday 18th December at 8 pm. Tickets at 8 each include minced pies and mulled wine and can be obtained from the Post Office, the Museum or Martin Roberts (843890).

Sunday 20 December 2009

  Vicarage Party (for members of the two choirs after the..

Wednesday 23 December 2009

10:00 am St Margaret's Flower Guild Christmas Decorations

We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Wednesday 23rd December between 10 - 11.30 am. If anyone would like to help, please let me know well beforehand. We are always very grateful for donations towards the flowers, and if anyone would like to contribute there will be a bowl at the back of the church from December 6th onwards. Bridget Blomfield (842459)

6:30 pm Carol Singing from the Vicarage

Sunday 3 January 2010

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society - Winter Walk, Ditchling..

Tuesday 5 January 2010

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends Meeting House

December's meeting was a lively affair with members enjoying a social and quiz night organised by the President, Judy Latham. We started the evening with general knowledge questions followed by a delicious buffet provided by the members with the second half of the quiz finding out who were the..

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Thursday 7 January 2010

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Meeting , Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling WI held its Christmas Meeting on 3rd December when we were entertained by Hove Choir with seasonal songs. We also had a Christmas tea, a visit from Father Christmas, a grand raffle and a competition for hand made Christmas Cards. All in all it was a very pleasant afternoon. Our next..

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Wednesday 13 January 2010

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Friends (Quakers) Meeting House

Thursday 14 January 2010

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Man on Wire, Ditchling Village..

Our January film will be screened on the second Thursday of the month, 14 January 2010, when we will be showing /!Man on Wire], a dazzling, invigorating documentary which tells the story of a truly inspiring and obsessive figure, Philippe Petit. This French magician, juggler and high wire walker..

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Sunday 17 January 2010

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society - Winter Walk, Ditchling..

Tuesday 19 January 2010

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship Meeting, 81 Lewes Road, Ditchling

Our Christmas party was held at the home of Jasper and Jenny Bell. This was a very pleasant evening with time for socialising. We enjoyed an appetizing buffet provided by members, accompanied by some festive beverages! We thank Jasper and Jenny for their kind hospitality. Our next meeting..

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Tuesday 26 January 2010

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Wednesday 27 January 2010

6:00 pm PCC Meeting, Westmeston Parish Hall

Tuesday 2 February 2010

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends (Quakers) Meeting House

Despite the snowy conditions 26 members and guests turned out to hear our January speaker Tom Jones give a talk about The Dame Vera Lynn Charity for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Tom is Chairman of Trustees of the Charity and started by telling us that Dame Vera had founded the charity in January..

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Thursday 4 February 2010

2:00 pm Ditchling WI Meeting, Ditchling Village Hall.

Ditchling WI The January meeting of Ditchling WI was cancelled owing to weather conditions. Our next meeting will be on February 4th in Ditchling Village Hall at 2.30 pm. Our speaker will be Barbara Stephenson, Beauty Therapist (with demonstrations). Visitors will be welcome. On February 20th..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film: Time and Winds, Ditchling..

On Thursday, 4 February 2010, our film will be Time and Winds. This is a haunting portrayal of life in the remote Turkish mountains, where three children on the cusp of adolescence struggle with growing up in their isolated village. Writer-director, Reha Erdem, particularly focuses on each of..

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Saturday 6 February 2010

2:00 pm Ditchling Pre School Annual Charity Jumble Sale, Ditchling..

Ditchling Pre School Annual Charity Jumble Sale Ditchling Village Hall, Saturday 6th February 2010 2.00 - 4.00 pm entrance fee 1 Contact number to deliver jumble 01273 843591

Sunday 7 February 2010

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society - Winter Walk, Ditchling..

Tuesday 9 February 2010

2:15 pm NADFAS Newick Decorative and Fine Arts Society lecture:..

On Tuesday 9th February our lecture will be Exhibitions at the Queens Gallery and will be about some of the wonderful treasures in the Royal Collections. Currently on show are paintings from such artists as Hogarth, Stubbs and Landseer and explore the tradition of the Conversation Piece. ..

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Wednesday 10 February 2010

10:45 am Coffee morning with Fr David, Southwind, Streat

The home of Mike and Sue Sewell

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Emmanuel Chapel

Saturday 13 February 2010

9:30 am Churchyard Working Party, Streat Church

If you can spare a little time please come and help with some not too strenuous tasks and enjoy some fresh air and friendly company. Bring your own cutters, clippers, gloves etc - coffee and tea provided. We look forward to seeing you! Janet Cragg

Tuesday 16 February 2010

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship meeting, 103 East End Lane

Jonn Grinsted kindly hosted our meeting on 19th January, which was attended by fifteen members and had the aim of drawing up the programme for the 2010 meetings. Jonn opened the meeting with a prayer after which Joan Styles gave us a clear resume of monies collected at meetings in 2009. After..

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Saturday 20 February 2010

10:00 am Ditchling WI Marmalade Morning, Ditchling Village Hall

Sunday 21 February 2010

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society - Winter Walk, Ditchling..

Tuesday 23 February 2010

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Saturday 27 February 2010

12:30 pm Ditchling Older Residents' Lunch, Ditchling Village Hall

6:00 pm Malawi Association for Christian Support talk, Streat Barn

Plumpton and East Chiltington PCC and Streat and Westmeston PCC as well as many individuals have supported the charity for some years. Our project officer who spent 2 weeks visiting projects in July 2009 is bringing a DVD showing how your money has been spent to Streat Barn on Saturday February..

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7:30 pm Evening of GILBERT AND SULLIVAN, Concert Hall, St Georges..

Residents of St Georges Park Retirement Village in conjunction with The Ditchling Players and Wivelsfield Little Theatre present an evening of GILBERT AND SULLIVAN Saturday 27th February, 2010 at 7.30 pm Concert Hall, St Georges Retreat. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. Proceeds (after..

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Tuesday 2 March 2010

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends (Quakers) Meeting House,..

Wednesday 3 March 2010

  The Beacon Parish to be prayed for at Choral Evensong,..

Thursday 4 March 2010

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film: In the Loop, Ditchling Village..

On Thursday, 4 March 2010 we shall be showing In the Loop. The film is a spin-off from the very successful BBC TV series, The Thick of It, which satirises Anglo-American politics in the 21st century. In the film, the President of the US and the Prime Minister of the UK are looking to launch a war..

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Friday 5 March 2010

10:30 am Women's World Day of Prayer, Emmanuel Chapel, South Street,..

Women's World Day of Prayer this year is on Friday 5 March and will be held in Ditchling at Emmanuel Chapel, South Street, Ditchling at 10.30 am. The theme this year is Let Everything That Has Breath Praise God and has been prepared by the women of Cameroon. We looking foward to welcoming you at this ecumenical service. Maralyn Hine

6:00 pm Junior Choir practice, St Margarets Church, Ditchling

Saturday 6 March 2010

10:00 am Traidcraft Coffee Morning, 2 Ashurst Cottages, Plumpton

This is at the end of fair trade fortnight and emphasis will be on Fair trade tea. Traidcraft currently helps 230,000 tea growers to get a fair price for their tea. In the UK we drink 165 million cups of tea every day, yet only one in ten of them is fairly traded. In India, with support from..

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Sunday 7 March 2010

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society - Winter Walk, Ditchling..

Tuesday 9 March 2010

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture: Iona, Lindisfarne and the Glory of the..

Sounds interesting? So do come along to our lecture at Plumpton Village Hall on Tuesday March 9th at 2.15 pm. For more than a century Northumbria and Southern Scotland were at the centre of the European civilisation. Monasteries produced manuscripts; St Columbo founded Iona and St Bede became a..

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Wednesday 10 March 2010

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, St Margarets Church, Ditchling

Saturday 13 March 2010

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Spring Bulb Show, Ditchling..

The very popular Spring Bulb Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday, 13th March from 2pm to 4pm. Make a date in your diary - come and support this old Society founded in 1882. New members are always welcome- to join contact 01273 845624 and you will be given a schedule of the various..

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Tuesday 16 March 2010

10:30 am DVA Coffee Morning, Ditchling Village Hall

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship meeting, 46A Lewes Road, Ditchling

Our next meeting will be held at Margaret Moores home, 46A Lewes Road, Ditchling on March 16th at 7.30 pm. Our church organists, Nick Hancock and John Sandford, will talk to us about music in church. Please ring Margaret (843805) beforehand to let her know if you will be coming. Pam Burr

Wednesday 17 March 2010

10:45 am Coffee morning with Fr David, Southwind, Streat

Friday 19 March 2010

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society - Winter Walk, Ditchling..

8:00 pm Ditchling Village Association Newcomers' Party, Ditchling..

This is an opportunity for newcomers to the Village to find out information on all the clubs and societies which exist in Ditchling. All are welcome and Pam Gaskin - pamandalec@care4free.net or tel 01273 843182 - will be delighted to issue invitations so that name tags can be prepared. Could all..

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Saturday 27 March 2010

11:00 am Blessing of Ditchling Village Sign, Ditchling Barn and Green

What with the bad weather we have been having over the past two or three months, the erection of the Village Sign has unavoidably had to be delayed. The Ground has been either too wet or covered in snow to enable the heavy oak post to be installed. However I hope that by the time you read this..

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Monday 29 March 2010

7:30 pm Holy Week Teaching Evening

Tuesday 30 March 2010

7:30 pm Holy Week Teaching Evening

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Wednesday 31 March 2010

7:30 pm Holy Week Teaching Evening

Thursday 1 April 2010

  Maundy Thursday Passover Meal, Westmeston Parish Hall

Saturday 10 April 2010

11:00 am HKD Transition Group First Eco Fair for Ditchling and..

The HKD Transition group is organising an Eco Fair to be held on 10th April in the Ditchling Village Hall. HKD stands for 'Hassocks, Keymer and Ditchling'. The HKD Transition group was formed last year and this will be our first Energy Fair type event. Do come along to find out how to..

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Sunday 11 April 2010

7:30 pm Sussex Chorus Bach St John Passion, Worth Abbey

Sussex Chorus will be performing Bachs St John Passion on Sunday 11th April in Worth Abbey with Neil Jenkins as the Evangelist and John Hancorn as Jesus. The concert will be conducted by Alan Vincent and accompanied by the Kent Sinfonia. Other soloists are Frederique Klooster soprano; Sara..

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Tuesday 13 April 2010

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture: Adventures in Patronage - Commissioning..

$Adventures in Patronage - Commissioning Contemporary Fine Furniture This months lecturer is David Coke. He has been a Director of the Pallant Gallery and has recently returned from a lecture tour in Australia. His talk will cover some of the best British modern furniture designers. The..

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Wednesday 14 April 2010

  Annual Church Meeting, Westmeston Parish Hall

Sunday 18 April 2010

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk from Ditchling Village..

Tuesday 20 April 2010

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship, the Vicarage

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th April when Fr David invites us to celebrate the Eucharist in the Vicarage.

Thursday 22 April 2010

10:45 am Coffee morning with Fr David, Blackbrook Farm

home of Rowan and Jenny Bainbridge and family (drive into the entrance to Mid Sussex Golf Course on Spatham Lane, and take the first turning on the left)

Friday 23 April 2010

7:30 pm Soroptimists International Charity Fashion Show, Ditchling..

On April 23rd 2010 Soroptimists International of Haywards Heath & District will be holding a charity fashion show in Ditchling Village Hall at 7 pm for 7-30 pm given by Travelling Trends of high street fashions with a 50% to 70% discount. All items to be purchased on the evening, admission 5..

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Saturday 24 April 2010

12:00 pm The Royal British Legion Women's Section St George's Day..

7:00 pm Ambrose Page Concert, Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston Beacon Parish $John Field The Troubled Genius An evening of words & music in celebration of the Irish Romantic Composer John Field (1782-1837). Programme will also include music by Chopin, Clementi, Glinka, Haydn, Liszt & Mendelssohn !Ambrose Page ..

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7:30 pm Six Composers, Five Languages, One Choir

Members of Burgess Hill Choral Society present a musically varied and multi- lingual concert on Saturday 24th April at 7.30pm in St Andrews Church, Junction Road. The principal work being performed is Messa di Gloria by Giacomo Puccini, so named for the magnificent setting for the Gloria movement..

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Tuesday 27 April 2010

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Saturday 1 May 2010

  Ditchling Museum exhibition A View from Ditchling, Ditchling..

  Ditchling History Project display Lifes Work Well Done,..

  Ditchling History Project display Lifes Work Well Done,..

5:00 am Ditchling Morris welcome in the summer, Lodge Hill,..

10:00 am 'Come and Sing', Old Meeting House, Ditchling

$Calling All Sussex Men Vivace!, a mixed voice choir of 27 voices based in Ditchling, East Sussex, are on the look out for some more men to join their ranks for a busy program of events in 2010. To this end they are hosting a 'Come and Sing' morning from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday 1st May..

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Sunday 2 May 2010

11:00 am Ditchling Morris performing, Greyhound Inn, Thatched Inn,..

Monday 3 May 2010

  Ditchling Village Sports Day

11:00 am Ditchling Morris performing, Villa Adastra, Hassocks Hotel..

Tuesday 4 May 2010

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends Meeting House, East..

Thursday 6 May 2010

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting, Unitarian Church in the Twittens,..

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Unrelated, Ditchling Village..

On Thursday, 6 May 2010 we will be showing Unrelated, a subtle film by debut writer-director, Joanna Hogg which delves deeper than most into loneliness and frustration without ever seeming depressing or downbeat. The film is about Anna, an unhappy woman in her 40s spending time away from her..

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Wednesday 12 May 2010

7:30 pm Talk by Padre Jason Clarke, St Wilfreds Church, Church..

Padre Jason Clarke will be coming to St Wilfreds Church, Church Road, Haywards Heath, on Wednesday 12th May, at 7.30 pm to give a talk. The evening is being arranged by a member of St Wilfreds congregation who has very kindly said that anyone who would like to come along will be very welcome. Any queries to Jenny Bell 01273-843194. Jenny Bell

Thursday 13 May 2010

8:00 pm Ditchling Players: Multiple Murder, Ditchling Village Hall

Its time to dust off that deerstalker and polish up the magnifying glass and make your way down to Ditchling Village Hall where foul deeds are afoot!! Unfortunately we were unable to fully cast our Spring production of The Gentle Hook and so in it's place we will be holding a Murder Mystery..

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Friday 14 May 2010

8:00 pm Ditchling Players: Multiple Murder, Ditchling Village Hall

Its time to dust off that deerstalker and polish up the magnifying glass and make your way down to Ditchling Village Hall where foul deeds are afoot!! Unfortunately we were unable to fully cast our Spring production of The Gentle Hook and so in it's place we will be holding a Murder Mystery..

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Saturday 15 May 2010

9:30 am 'Feed, Mulch and Trim' morning, Streat Barn Garden

Can you spare an hour to join one of our working parties at Streat Barn garden? We are planning a 'Feed, Mulch and Trim' morning on Saturday 15 May at 9.30am. Refreshments will be available. Bring any tools if you have them. Do come along and help; any queries call Fiona on 01273 891145.

7:00 pm A Celebratory Concert with an African Theme, St Margarets..

The programme will include The Vivace and Jubilee Choirs, Noana Hall on drums and Performers from the African Cultural Development in South London 15th May at 7 pm, St Margarets Church, Ditchling in aid of The Ruth Fund Raising funds for the education of the four Rwandan Boys ..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Players: Multiple Murder, Ditchling Village Hall

Its time to dust off that deerstalker and polish up the magnifying glass and make your way down to Ditchling Village Hall where foul deeds are afoot!! Unfortunately we were unable to fully cast our Spring production of The Gentle Hook and so in it's place we will be holding a Murder Mystery..

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Tuesday 18 May 2010

10:30 am DVA Coffee Morning, Ditchling Village Hall

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship meeting, the home of Jenny Beck

Sunday 23 May 2010

2:00 pm Garden Open at Stonehealed Farm in Streat

Tuesday 25 May 2010

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Tuesday 1 June 2010

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, Friends Meeting House

There was a very good attendance to hear our speaker for the May meeting, Kris Pawlowski, antique furniture restorer from Ditchling talk about the care & repair of antique furniture. During his very interesting talk he passed on a number of tips, one being that elbow grease was definitely the..

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Thursday 3 June 2010

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

We had our meeting on Thursday 6th May in the Unitarian Church when we voted on the WI Resolution Clear and mandatory country of origin labelling on all meat, poultry and fish products sold in this country. Richard Allen gave us a very enjoyable talk 1852 to London and outlined the advantages..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film The Golden Door, Ditchling..

On Thursday, 3 June 2010 our film will be The Golden Door, a deeply evocative film set in the early 20th century about Salvatore, a hard-working Sicilian peasant who has had enough of working on the land and dreams of emigrating to America, where his twin brother went before him. However,..

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Friday 4 June 2010

6:00 pm Junior Choir practice, St Margarets Church, Ditchling

Sunday 6 June 2010

2:00 pm Ditchling Open Gardens

$Sunday 6th June 2010 from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm Ditchling Museum Friends Association is once again organising this popular event and we are delighted that 16 local residents have kindly agreed to open their gardens for the enjoyment of the village and its visitors. We are very pleased to offer..

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Wednesday 9 June 2010

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Emmanuel Chapel

Friday 11 June 2010

7:30 pm From The Field to the Foundry, Ditchling Village Hall

/!A Journey with Magic Lantern, Voices & Concertinas !Friday 11th June 2010, Ditchling Village Hall 7.30 pm 8 inc wine An unusual opportunity to explore the history of the South Downs and the Ditchling area through the media of a genuine 19th Century magic lantern, readings and the..

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Saturday 12 June 2010

10:30 am The Friends of Ditchling Annual General Meeting, Ditchling..

As the Charity responsible for the Village Green and the Barn we invite members and non-members to two forthcoming events. The Annual General Meeting in the Barn on Saturday 12 June starting at 10.30 am, at which we will explain our recent work and continuing plans for both the green and the..

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Sunday 13 June 2010

2:00 pm Plumpton and East Chiltington Open Gardens

!Sunday 13th June 2010, 2 pm - 5.30 pm We are delighted that the following gardens will be opening in aid of the St Peter and St James Hospice and a huge thank you to those who are putting a lot of time and effort for this lovely event. There are some new gardens this year and also some..

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Tuesday 15 June 2010

10:30 am DVA Coffee Morning, Ditchling Village Hall

Coffee Mornings: 15th June St. Margaret's Church 20th July Ditchling Society 17th August WI These are held in the Village Hall from 10.30 am until 12 noon. All are most welcome and the book exchanges, organised by Henry Upshall, will be on the stage.

Friday 18 June 2010

7:30 pm Film and Talk: The Lancaster Bomber

Last October the Stirling Aircraft Association in conjunction with the Ditchling Film Society presented a talk and film about the Stirling, the RAFs first and largest World War II bomber. Based on the success of this event, on the 18th June we are presenting a film and talk about the Lancaster. ..

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Saturday 19 June 2010

  Ditchling Village Fair, Village Green

Arrangements for the Fair on June 19th 2010 are progressing well. The theme is Folklore, Fable and Fantasy which will hopefully inspire many residents to get creative when building a Scarecrow or dressing up for the procession. The dust is being washed out of the Jack and Jill bucket and the..

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Sunday 27 June 2010

  British Heart Foundation annual walk, Clayton Windmills

The British Heart Foundation in Mid Sussex invites you to join their annual walk on Sunday 27th June 2010. This year will be the BHFs 20th Heart of Sussex Walk along part of our beautiful South Downs. Hundreds of families over the last two decades have enjoyed their day with the BHF, and most..

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12:30 pm Beacon Parish BBQ and Games, Court Garden Farm, Ditchling

We will be holding the Parish BBQ from 12:30 pm at Court Garden Farm in Ditchling on the last Sunday of the month. There will be a lamb spit roast but vegetarians will also be catered for. This should be a great event that we hope you will encourage family, friends and neighbours to come to. If you..

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Tuesday 29 June 2010

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Monday 12 July 2010

  Little Museum Visitor, Ditchling Museum

July is a busy time for the museum - while trustees, staff and volunteers work on a number of projects needed to be completed for our Heritage Lottery Application in August we are running a number of events for families to enjoy the museum - we have: Little Museum visitor Monday 5th July,..

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Wednesday 14 July 2010

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, St Margarets

Monday 19 July 2010

  Little Museum visitor, Ditchling Museum

July is a busy time for the museum - while trustees, staff and volunteers work on a number of projects needed to be completed for our Heritage Lottery Application in August we are running a number of events for families to enjoy the museum - we have: Little Museum visitor Monday 5th July,..

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Tuesday 20 July 2010

10:30 am DVA Coffee Morning, Ditchling Village Hall

7:00 pm Womens Fellowship Summer Party, 6, Shirleys, Ditchling

On Thursday 4th June, a group of the Womens Fellowship and guests were transported to Chichester Cathedral by coach to enjoy the truly stunning floral arrangements and displays created by the designers and talented arrangers taking part in this years Festival of Flowers. Themed to interpret..

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Monday 26 July 2010

  Drop in morning, Ditchling Museum

July is a busy time for the museum - while trustees, staff and volunteers work on a number of projects needed to be completed for our Heritage Lottery Application in August we are running a number of events for families to enjoy the museum - we have: Little Museum visitor Monday 5th July,..

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Tuesday 27 July 2010

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Thursday 29 July 2010

7:30 pm Music For A Summer Evening, the Old Meeting House, Ditchling

Featuring: *Andrew Wickens (Violin) *Elizabeth Hill (Piano) Music will include - The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams and Summer from Vivaldi's Four Seasons on Thursday 29th July at 7.30. Tickets 8 (to include wine and summer fruits in the garden with music by Ian Chisholm) available from Ditchling Post Office.

Saturday 31 July 2010

2:00 pm Westmeston, Streat and District Flower Show, Westmeston..

Sideshows and stalls, raffle, Plumpton Morris Dancers, teas and cakes. To enter call 01273 891137

Sunday 8 August 2010

12:00 pm Jazz, Pimms and Picnics, Ditchling Village Green

Wednesday 11 August 2010

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, The Old Meeting House

Tuesday 17 August 2010

10:30 am DVA Coffee Morning, Ditchling Village Hall

7:00 pm Womens Fellowship meeting, St Margarets churchyard

Saturday 21 August 2010

9:30 am Streat Barn Garden 'working party', Streat Barn Garden,..

Wednesday 1 September 2010

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting, the Friends Meeting House, East..

Thursday 2 September 2010

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting, Ditchling Village hall

Saturday 4 September 2010

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society - Autumn Show, Ditchling..

The Autumn Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 4th September between 2 pm and 4 pm. This Show displays the best home grown fruit and seasonable vegetables; in addition the Hall should be filled with dahlias, chrysanthemums etc. Flower arrangements include "Autumn Glory" and an exhibit..

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Sunday 5 September 2010

2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk, Bedelands football..

Monday 6 September 2010

  Royal Air Forces Association 'Wings' Appeal Collections,..

Collections for the above appeal will take place in Ditchling between the 6th and 18th September. If anyone is able to help me with house to house collections, or a short stint outside the Post Office on the morning of Saturday, 18th, I would be very grateful if you would telephone me. Thank you. Jonn Grinsted 846752

Wednesday 8 September 2010

12:00 pm Frugal Lunch, Friends Meeting House

Saturday 11 September 2010

9:00 am The Sussex Historic Churches annual Sponsored Ride and..

The annual Sponsored Ride and Stride which raises funds for the repair and maintenance of the many historic churches in the county will take place on Saturday September 11th. We will be walking from Ditchling and will visit seven churches with a lunch stop at East Chiltington. If you would like..

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Saturday 18 September 2010

9:30 am Streat Barn Garden 'working party', Streat Barn Garden,..

Sunday 19 September 2010

1:00 pm Cricket Fun 6-a-Side Competition, Ditchling Recreation..

On the afternoon of Sunday 19th September at Ditchling Recreation Ground the Beacon Parishes will be holding a light hearted six-a-side Cricket Tournament. There will be various teams from the three villages, Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston and no doubt much rivalry! If you would like to be..

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2:00 pm Footpaths Conservation Society Walk, St Francis Church Hall,..

Tuesday 21 September 2010

10:30 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning, Ditchling..

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship meeting, the home of Eileen Keeling

Our meeting on 21st September will be held at 7.30 pm at the home of Eileen Keeling (842070) when Sue Rennie from the Alzheimers Society will be talking to us. We look forward to an interesting evening. Eileen Keeling and Margaret Moore

Thursday 23 September 2010

7:00 pm Ditchling Village Association meeting, Quaker Meeting House

Thursday 30 September 2010

10:45 am Beacon Churches Coffee Morning, Blabers Mead, Streat Lane

7:00 pm Ditchling History Project Talks on three characters, the Old..

Ditchling History Project will reintroduce three Ditchling characters - the Vicar, Rev Crookshank, the Farmer, George Thomas and the Author, Esther Meynell, on Thursday September 30th at 7.30 pm in the Old Meeting House. These talks were first given in September 2008 as part of the Ditchling..

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Friday 1 October 2010

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI AGM, Friends Meeting House, East Gardens,..

Sarah Berry was the speaker for our meeting in September. Her subject was entitled 'Symbolism in Painting'. She began the talk by explaining that we all understand the meaning behind roadside signs without them having to be explained and in the 15 and 16 Centuries a lot of the population could..

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Saturday 2 October 2010

9:00 am Flowers to be arranged for Harvest Festival, St Margarets..

The flowers will be arranged by members from the three churches on Saturday 2nd October between 9 and 11 am. If anyone is able to contribute produce and/or flowers please bring them to St Margaret's Church between 9am and 5 pm preferably on Friday 1st October, or on Saturday 2nd October between 9..

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Sunday 3 October 2010

7:00 pm Sussex Chorus Songs for Autumn, Court Gardens Farm,..

Thursday 7 October 2010

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Fashion Show, Ditchling Village Hall

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 7th October in the village Hall at 2.30 pm when we will have a Fashion Show given by Age UK Hassocks and modelled by WI members. Visitors will be very welcome.

Saturday 9 October 2010

10:00 am Traidcraft Coffee Morning, 2 Ashurst Cottages, Plumpton

10:00 am Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Fair, Ditchling Village..

11:30 am Celebratory drink and nibbles, Streat Barn

Sunday 10 October 2010

10:00 am Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Fair, Ditchling Village..

Wednesday 13 October 2010

12:00 pm Frugal Lunch, Emmanuel Chapel

Saturday 16 October 2010

9:00 am Churchyard Working Party, St Martins, Westmeston

As Autumn comes around we are asking again for volunteers to come and help tidy our three churchyards. Last year we braved rain at Westmeston and wind at Ditchling but on both occasions managed to do necessary clearing of overgrown scrub and bramble, clearing graves and cutting back ivy. We..

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7:30 pm 60s Music Evening, Ditchling Village Hall SOLD OUT

7:30 pm VIVACE!, Concert Hall, St Georges Retreat

In aid of Chestnut Tree Childrens Hospice, St Peter and St James Hospice with a donation to Augustinian Care. Raffle Wine licence applied for Tickets 5.00, available now from Penelope Bennett on 01444 239755 e-mail: Pellyjane@hotmail.com or Enid Abbott 01444 250583 e-mail: e-m.abbott@sky.com

Tuesday 19 October 2010

10:30 am DVA Coffee Morning, Ditchling Village Hall

6:00 pm Junior Choir practice, St Margarets Church

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship meeting, home of Eileen Keeling

Our next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 19th October at the home of Eileen Keeling (01273 842070). Our speaker will be Kate Kent, who will be talking about her work for the Princes Trust. This should be an interesting evening. Kate is a former teacher, who now works with young people..

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Wednesday 20 October 2010

7:30 pm Workshop - a Practical Guide to Eco-Refurbishment, Ditchling..

!Cut your fuel bills and stay warm this winter! Organised by HKD Transition, the workshop will provide practical guidance on how to eco-refurbish your home to reduce its impact on the environment and reduce your fuel bills. It will be led by Maria Hawton-Mead, a local qualified and experienced..

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Thursday 21 October 2010

10:30 am Beacon Churches Coffee morning, Southwind, Streat

Friday 22 October 2010

  Ditchling Museum Friends Association Quiz Night, Ditchling..

Tickets at 10 each, to include the cost of supper, can be obtained from the Museum, the Post Office and from Martin Roberts (01273 843890). The quizmaster will be Peter Leach, who has recently become the Friends membership secretary. The main focus of our activities over the next year will be to raise funds to purchase new chairs for meetings and lectures in the refurbished Museum.

Saturday 23 October 2010

10:00 am Bible Weekend Autumn Coffee Morning, Streat Barn, Streat..

In aid of the Bible Society.

Sunday 24 October 2010

10:30 am Ditchling Museum Imagine: Big Draw, Ditchling Museum

Christmas is coming early to Ditchling Museum, with a great range of lovely new Christmas Cards to choose from. This is in addition to our unique and special range of handmade, letterpress and artist cards which we sell in the museum shop. We also have a great variety of small gifts and a wonderful..

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6:00 pm United Bible Service, St Johns Church, Burgess Hill

A United Bible Service led by Canon John Taylor at St Johns Church, Burgess Hill on Sunday 24th October at 6pm.

Tuesday 26 October 2010

7:30 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743.

Saturday 30 October 2010

6:00 pm Annual Bonfire & Firework display, Westmeston Parish Hall.

Entry is by TICKET ONLY and must be purchased before the day. Tickets will be 6 adults, 4 children under 12 years to include soup, hot dog and the firework display. Tickets are available from Mr Paul Charman 01273 844743. If anyone has any bonfire material please bring it along to the..

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Tuesday 2 November 2010

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI, Friends Meeting House, East Gardens,..

The speaker for our October meeting was one of our own members Sarah Newlove. She gave a really interesting talk on her hobby of jewellery making; how she started and how and where she sourced the semi-precious gems to make her very beautiful pieces. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 2nd..

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Thursday 4 November 2010

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Annual Meeting, Ditchling Village Hall

At our October meeting we had a fashion show given by Age UK of Hassocks and was modelled by WI members. Sheila Ozdemirciler, Area Manager, gave an introduction to what Age UK represents. Beverly the Hassocks shop Manageress also brought along a clothes rail for members to look at. We had a..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film White Ribbon, Ditchling Village..

On Thursday, November 4th we shall be showing The White Ribbon. This mesmerizing but disturbing film surveys life in a Protestant village in northern Germany over several months, ending tellingly, on the eve of World War I. Filmed in black and white, it is a ghost story without a ghost, a..

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Saturday 6 November 2010

12:00 pm Royal British Legion Womens Section Ditchling Branch Poppy..

This September has seen the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and there have been many programmes on radio and television to mark this event. Amazingly in Ditchling and Hassocks there are still three surviving Veterans who were part of Bomber Command. Of course many of you will still..

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Wednesday 10 November 2010

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, St Margarets Church

Friday 12 November 2010

6:15 pm St Margarets Choir Open Evening, , St Margarets Church

Saturday 13 November 2010

9:30 am Churchyard Working Party, St Margarets Church, Ditchling

Many thanks to those who helped tidy the churchyard at Westmeston on a beautiful autumn morning in October and thanks to Doreen and Paul for coffee and the tempting selection of cakes! We hope for good weather again on Saturday November 13th starting at 9.30 am at Ditchling. Do please join us..

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7:30 pm Beethoven Symphony No 9, St Bartholomew's Church, Brighton

Beethoven Symphony No 9 Saturday 13th November at 7.30pm, St Bartholomew's Church, Brighton. Also including John Williams 'Hymn to the Fallen' from the film 'Saving Private Ryan' and Herbert Howells 'Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing. Soloists include Naomi Harvey (Soprano), Yvonne Howard..

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Sunday 14 November 2010

10:30 am Ditchling Museum Drop-In: Family Christmas Morning,..

Come and do your Christmas shopping at Ditchling Museum! We have a great range of lovely new Christmas Cards to choose from. This is in addition to our unique and special range of handmade, letterpress and artist cards which we sell in the museum shop. We have a great variety of small gifts and a..

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Tuesday 16 November 2010

7:30 pm Womens Fellowship Quiz Evening, home of Pam Gaskin

In September we were pleased to welcome Sue Rennie the support Services manager from the Alzheimers Society of West Sussex. She talked to us about the work of the local society and was pleased to discuss the many questions asked. We were also very pleased to welcome Ann Jones from Lewes. The..

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Thursday 18 November 2010

7:30 pm Beacon Parish Pub Supper, The White Horse, Ditchling

Come along for an evening of fellowship and food. 2 courses 12.50 Soup or Pate Pork belly, Fish dish or Delicious wild mushrooms To book and pay please contact Carolyn Webb - crlynwebb@aol.com

Sunday 21 November 2010

7:00 pm Joanna & Hilary Bourne Annual Lecture Life in Ditchling:..

Come and do your Christmas shopping at Ditchling Museum! We have a great range of lovely new Christmas Cards to choose from. This is in addition to our unique and special range of handmade, letterpress and artist cards which we sell in the museum shop. We have a great variety of small gifts and a..

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Saturday 27 November 2010

10:00 am Beacon Churches Pre-Christmas Bazaar, The Barn, Ditching..

Entrance 1, children free. Our Christmas Bazaar will open the festive season with an attractive range of stalls and games so you can do some early Christmas shopping and enjoy seasonal refreshments at the same time. All proceeds go to Beacon Churches funds so please support the stalls, listed..

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Thursday 2 December 2010

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Christmas party, Ditchling Village Hall

Father Christmas is expected, and there will be a competition for a decorated parcel.

7:30 pm Advent Course, St Margarets Church

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film El Bano del Papa, Ditchling..

Our Christmas film on Thursday, December 2nd will be El Bano del Papa. This is a charming Uruguayan comedy about the twinkle-eyed but unlucky Beto who scrapes a living by smuggling goods across the Brazilian border on his bicycle. When Pope Juan Pablo II plans to come to his small border town,..

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Friday 3 December 2010

7:00 pm A Grand Victorian Music Hall, Ditchling Village Hall

Saturday 4 December 2010

10:00 am Ditchling Pre School Christmas Fair, Ditchling Village Hall

Tuesday 7 December 2010

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI social meeting with a quiz and supper,..

A social meeting with a quiz and supper at The White Horse pub at 7.30 pm. For enquiries please ring Barbara Dollings 01273 843892.

Wednesday 8 December 2010

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, The Old Meeting House

Thursday 9 December 2010

7:30 pm Advent Course, St Margarets Church

Friday 10 December 2010

7:30 pm Christmas Concert by The Quantz Ensemble, St Margarets..

Musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama bring you works by Handel, Mozart and traditional carols. Tickets 7.50 includes glass of wine and a mince pie from the Post Office, Parkers and on the door

Saturday 11 December 2010

12:45 pm Ditchling Village Association Older Residents' Lunch

Tuesday 14 December 2010

7:00 pm Womens Fellowship Christmas Party, 16, Clayton Road,..

As usual husbands and partners are invited to join us on this occasion, so please let Jenny (01273 843194) know if you are coming and please bring a plate of either savoury or sweet food and a bottle of wine or soft drink.

Thursday 16 December 2010

7:30 pm Advent Course, St Margarets Church

Friday 17 December 2010

8:00 pm Ditchling Museum Friends Association Christmas..

Ditchling Museum Friends Association will be presenting their annual evening of festive music and readings by candlelight in the Old Meeting House, the Twitten, on Friday 17th December at 8 pm. Tickets (limited to total of 80) at 8 each, to include mulled wine and a minced pie, can be obtained from the Post Office or Martin Roberts (843890)

Saturday 18 December 2010

2:30 pm Ditchling Village Association Childrens' Christmas Party,..

3:00 pm Sussex Chorus The Magic of Christmas, Olympos (Dolphin)..

The concert will comprise Christmas music and carols for all the family. Sussex Chorus will be joined by The Sopranos close-harmony ensemble and the QuintEssential Brass Quintet. Neil Jenkins will be conducting. Father Christmas will be making an appearance and children will be very welcome. ..

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Monday 20 December 2010

6:00 pm Carol singing, from the Vicarage

Tuesday 21 December 2010

10:30 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning, Ditchling..

Wednesday 22 December 2010

6:30 pm Carol singing, from the Vicarage

Sunday 26 December 2010

1:00 pm Ditchling Morris Mummers Play, Bull Hotel, Ditchling

This year is the 25th time that Ditchling Morris and Mummers will appear at the Bull Hotel, Ditchling on Boxing Day. We shall perform the same play as that on the 26th December 1986 and we hope to have some of the original players taking part. We shall be collecting for charity and this year our..

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Saturday 1 January 2011

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI musical evening, The Old Meeting House,..

Our meeting on 1st January will be a musical evening entitled 'A Tenor's Worth' with Paul Weakley at The Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling (different venue) time 7.30pm. Guests will be very welcome. Tickets 5 on sale from the Post Office. For enquiries please ring Barbara Dollings 01273 843892. Barbara Dollings

Thursday 6 January 2011

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Meeting and Talk Family Trees, Ditchling..

Our next Meeting will be held in Ditchling Village Hall on Thursday January 6th 2011 at 2.30 pm when our speaker will be Mrs Roma Leon talking about Family Trees.

Wednesday 12 January 2011

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Friends Meeting House

Thursday 13 January 2011

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Broken Embraces, Ditchling..

On Thursday, January 13th 2011 our first film in the New Year will be Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos). A luminous Penelope Cruz stars as an actress, Lena, who sacrifices everything for true love in Almodvars acclaimed new tale of sex, secrets and cinema. When her father becomes gravely..

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Monday 17 January 2011

7:30 pm Ditchling Players meeting: The Ditchling Story, Ditchling..

This is just a reminder that our spring 2011 production is to be 'The Ditchling Story' (a history of Ditchling told in words and music from Saxon times through to the present day). Some of you may remember 'Our Finest Hour' which celebrated not only the end of the Second World War but also..

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Tuesday 18 January 2011

10:30 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning, Ditchling..

7:30 pm Women's Fellowship meeting, the home of Pam Burr

Our Christmas party was held at the home of Jasper and Jenny Bell and we thank them for their kind hospitality. A large number of our members and partners were able to meet and talk to each other in a relaxed environment. We, as always, enjoyed the delicious food and beverages brought by..

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Thursday 20 January 2011

10:45 am Beacon Parish Coffee Morning, St Georges Park, Ditchling..

Please park in either the Concert Hall or Purchase Manor car parks, not those designated for residents with permits. Go in the front of Mes Court and take the lift to second floor. Turn right through one door. Number 5 is on the right. Tel 01444 239755.

Tuesday 25 January 2011

7:15 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743.

Tuesday 1 February 2011

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk I Married the Vicar,..

After a highly successful concert featuring Paul Weakley called 'A Tenor's Worth' in The Old Meeting House we have pleasure in welcoming for our meeting on Tuesday 1st February Romy McCabe whose talk is entitled 'I Married the Vicar'. This will be in the Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling, 7.30pm for 8pm. Barbara Dollings, 01273 843892

7:30 pm Chinese New Year Meal, The General, Ditchling

Chinese New Year Meal Come along for a Chinese inspired meal and lots of fun at The General on Friday 5th February 7.30pm Tickets 12 Contact Nicky Amas (842791)

Thursday 3 February 2011

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting and talk Adur Valley,Ditchling Village..

Ditchling WI Held its New Year meeting on January 6th 2011 in the Village hall. We had a fascinating talk, with slides, on Family Trees given by Roma Leon. It was made easy to follow as she used her own family history as an example. After the talk we had flower of the month, a raffle, and tea..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society Film Departures, Ditchling Village..

In February we shall be screening two films with the first on Thursday, 3rd February being Departures which tells the story of Daigo Kobayashi, a devoted cellist in an orchestra which has just been dissolved. When Diago finds himself without a job, he decides to moves from Tokyo back to his old..

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Saturday 5 February 2011

2:00 pm Ditchling Pre-School Charity Jumble Sale, Ditchling Village..

Ditchling Pre-School Charity Jumble Sale Saturday 5th February, Ditchling Village Hall !1 entry Doors open 2 pm - get there early to avoid the queue. Final sale 4pm. Drop your jumble in advance of the event at Lisa's 07934474572 or Laurie 07776242992

Wednesday 9 February 2011

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch, Emmanuel Chapel

Saturday 12 February 2011

9:30 am Churchyard Working Party


9:30 am Churchyard Working Party Streat Church

The next working party will be at Streat on Saturday February 12th starting at 9.30 am. Please come along with cutters, clippers, gloves etc. and help to tidy these lovely churchyard areas ready for the Spring - coffee and home-made cake will as usual be provided.

Janet Cragg

Tuesday 15 February 2011

10:30 am Ditchling Village Asssociation Coffee Morning, Ditchling..

7:30 pm Women's Fellowship meeting, 81 Lewes Road

Our first meeting of the year was at the home of Pam Burr, on 18th January. Nineteen members attended. Ideas were given and venues arranged. Pam Burr opened the meeting with a prayer. Joan Styles gave an account of the money donations - £315 was sent to St Peter and St James Hospice and..

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Thursday 17 February 2011

  Ditchling Film Society film All My Loved One, Ditchling..

On Thursday 17th February 2011 our film will be All My Loved Ones - Matej Minac's heartbreaking and poignant story of one family's experience at the onset of World War II was inspired by the real life heroics of Nicholas Winton, an English stockbroker, who saved..

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Saturday 19 February 2011

10:30 am Ditchling WI Marmalade Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

We will be holding our famous 'Marmalade Morning' on Saturday 19th February 2011 at 10.30 until 12.00 pm in Ditchling village Hall. Coffee and refreshments will be served and there will be stalls where you can purchase cakes and also Plants. A Grand Raffle with some great prizes will also be held. All welcome. Joan Sayer, 01273 845255

Tuesday 22 February 2011

7:15 pm Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall

WHIST DRIVE Tuesday 22nd February Westmeston Parish Hall starting at 7.15pm Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players. The next whist drive will be held on Tuesday 29th March. For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743.

Thursday 24 February 2011

10:45 am Beacon Parish Coffee Morning, Southwind, Streat

Tuesday 1 March 2011

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting ‘Pictures from the Past’

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens

Due to illness our published February speaker had to cancel and we were very grateful to Michaele Wynn-Jones for re-arranging her schedule to step in at the last minute.  Michaele’s talk was entitled 'I've Got your Number'..

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Wednesday 2 March 2011

9:30 am Putting St Margaret's back together again

Please come along to help 'set up' the church after the building work is completed on Wednesday 2nd March  at 9.30am

Thursday 3 March 2011

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting ‘4 Cities’

Ditchling Village Hall

Our monthly meeting was held on February 3rd and our speaker was Dr Janet Pennington, who gave us a talk on the Adur Valley, highlighted with slides. It included Lancing College and the old Churches in the Coombes, Shoreham and Sompting area with..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Everlasting Moments

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 3rd March 2011 our film will be Everlasting Moments, a beautiful, tender, unsentimental film set in Malmo, southern Sweden directed by Jan Troell, a veteran of the Bergman era.  The film..

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Friday 4 March 2011

10:30 am Women's World Day of Prayer Service

Emmanuel Chapel, Ditchling

This year the service is on Friday 4 March at 10.30 am at Emmanuel Chapel Ditchling.  The women of Chile have prepared the service and the theme is ’How many loaves have you?’.

All are welcome and refreshments will be served at the end of the service. Further details from Maralyn Hine – 01273 843370.

Sunday 6 March 2011

6:00 pm Pilgrimage Preparation Evening

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Tuesday 8 March 2011

  Ditchling Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting

Old Meeting House, The Twitten

The Annual Parish Meeting is being held on Tuesday 8th March this year at 8 pm in the Old Meeting House, The Twitten. It is early this year due to the Parish Council and..

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Wednesday 9 March 2011

2:15 pm St Margaret's Flower Guild Spring Meeting

3, Charlton Gardens, Ditchling

We will be holding a meeting at Helen Court's home (3, Charlton Gardens) on Wednesday 9th March at 2.15 pm.   We will be discussing arrangements for the year, amongst other..

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Thursday 10 March 2011

7:30 pm Ditchling Village Association Extraordinary General Meeting

Friends Meeting House

I am sure you are all aware of the very sad passing of our Chairman, Angela Craven, in January.  We will always remember her successful time as Chairman and have happy memories over the last two years.  

An Extraordinary General..

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Saturday 12 March 2011

10:00 am Traidcraft Coffee Morning

2 Ashurst Cottages, Plumpton

Please come and support Fairtrade Fortnight.

I hope to have real Easter Eggs available. These are fairly traded chocolate eggs with a Christian message made by The Meaningful Chocolate Company Ltd

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Spring Bulb

Ditchling Village Hall

The very popular Spring Bulb Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday, 12th March from 2 pm to 4 pm. Make a date in your diary - come and support this old Society founded..

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Tuesday 15 March 2011

10:30 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The Coffee Morning on March 15th will be run by the Friends of Ditchling Primary School.

Friday 18 March 2011

8:00 pm Newcomers Party

Ditchling Village Hall

The annual party for all who have moved into the village since March last year will be held on Friday 18 March at 8.00pm at Ditchling Village Hall.

There will be a lovely finger buffet and lots of..

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Thursday 24 March 2011

10:45 am Beacon Parish Coffee Morning

Southfield, Streat

Beacon Parish Coffee Morning

10.45 am on Thursday 24th March
at Southfield, Streat

(home of Derek and Lynette Walker)

To find Southfield, find the red post box just north of Streat Church. Go down the bridleway opposite for about two hundred meters. Southfield is the last house on the right.

6:30 pm PCC Open Meeting on Women Bishops

Streat Barn

Every parish in the Diocese has been asked to discuss this current issue.

We shall be doing this at an open PCC meeting on Thursday 24th March at Streat Barn.  All are welcome to attend.

Saturday 26 March 2011

5:30 pm Prayers for the Beacon Parish

Chichester Cathedral

The Beacon Parish will be prayed for at Chichester Cathedral, our Mother Church on Saturday 26th March 2011 at the 12 noon Holy Communion service and at 5.30 pm Evensong.  We have also been invited to tea at 4.30 pm in the Cloisters Café.  Please contact our Parish / Cathedral Link if you wish to attend.

Doreen Kallman 844743

Sunday 27 March 2011

11:30 am Annual Parochial Church Meeting

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Tuesday 29 March 2011

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

The next whist drive will be held on Tuesday 26th April.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743.

Wednesday 30 March 2011

8:00 pm Ditchling Village Hall Annual General Meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

Whether a Ditchling resident or not, or a current user of Ditchling Village Hall or not, you are invited to attend the Hall’s Annual General Meeting on Monday April 11th 2011, at 8.00pm in the..

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Friday 1 April 2011

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

‘Pictures from the Past’ was the subject of John Davey’s very entertaining talk for our March meeting.  John’s father was known as ‘Mr. Lewes’ and John has inherited from his father over 1000..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

‘Pictures from the Past’ was the subject of John Davey’s very entertaining talk for our March meeting.  John’s father was known as ‘Mr. Lewes’ and John has inherited from his father over 1000..

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Thursday 7 April 2011

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

We held our monthly meeting on Thursday March 3rd. Our speaker was Mr Graham Smith who gave us a talk on ‘ 4 Cities’,  Hong Kong – Zanzibar- Paris- New York. He showed us wonderful photos of each of the cities. It was..

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7:00 pm ‘Sing God’s Praises’

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Sometimes it’s really good to blow away the cobwebs and sing God’s praises at the top of your voice! So, why not come along to an evening of Hymn Singing on Thursday 7th April at 7pm at St Margaret’s, Ditchling.

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film The Secret in Their Eyes

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 7th April 2011 we shall be showing The Secret in Their Eyes.  The film is set in contemporary Argentina with flashbacks to the 1970’s when the country was descending into a military..

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Saturday 9 April 2011

10:00 am The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Ditchling Village Hall and St Margaret's Church

Sunday 10 April 2011

10:00 am The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Ditchling Village Hall and St Margaret's Church

Admission £1.50 includes both venues - children free

6:00 pm The Passion of Christ by Arthur Somervell

Holy Trinity Church, Hurstpierpoint

with the combined choirs of Holy Trinity Church,
Hurstpierpoint and St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

and soloists Nicolas Chisholm – tenor, Roger Green -  Pilate,
Claire Levin – soprano and Fran Dowsett - alto 

Wednesday 13 April 2011

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

The Old Meeting House, Ditchling

Saturday 16 April 2011

9:30 am Wake Up the Garden for Spring 2011

Streat Barn Garden

Please come and help get Streat Barn Garden ready for the new season. All help very welcome and refreshments will be provided. Please bring any tools you have with you.

Monday 18 April 2011

7:30 pm Ditchling History Project Talks: Ditchling Characters

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

Once again the Ditchling History Project is mounting a repeat of one of the series of talks given on ‘Ditchling Characters’. We know that many people could not attend this series first time round mainly because they were held on..

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Tuesday 19 April 2011

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

7:00 pm Westmeston Parish Council Annual General Meeting

Parish Hall, Westmeston

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

Last month Belinda Brittain hosted our annual Corporate Communion at The Quaker Meeting House.  Once again we were pleased to welcome Father David.  He led the service, introducing a new hymn, and spoke about the recent terrible disasters and conflicts overshadowing the world.

..

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8:00 pm Streat Parish Meeting

Streat Rectory Barn

The AGM and Ordinary Meeting of Streat Parish Meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th April at 8pm in Streat Rectory Barn – all residents are welcome and refreshments will be served..

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Saturday 23 April 2011

9:00 am St Margaret's Flower Guild decorating the church for Easter

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

St Margaret's Flower Guild

We will be decorating the church for Easter on Saturday 23rd April between 9 and 11 am.  

Jenny Bell

12:00 pm St George's Day Lunch

Ditchling Village Hall

The Royal British Legion Women's Section - Ditchling Branch - will be holding their St George's Day Lunch on Saturday 23rd April, 2011, at Ditchling Village Hall, from 12 noon onwards. 

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Monday 25 April 2011

12:00 pm Easter Egg Extravaganza

Lodge Hill

Easter Egg Extravaganza which takes place on Lodge Hill at 12.00 a.m. on Monday 25th of April. The rolling of eggs down a hill is to represent the stone rolling away from the cave on Easter Monday.  Its a great symbolism of this and one that children remember in..

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Tuesday 26 April 2011

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

The next whist drive will be held on Tuesday 31st May

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743.

Thursday 28 April 2011

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film I am Love

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 28th April 2011 – (please note the change of date) our film will be I am Love, which sweeps us inside the world of a wealthy Milanese family.  The Recchis are..

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Friday 29 April 2011

1:30 pm The Wedding of Heather Poole and Aidan Smith

Tuesday 3 May 2011

  Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

Our speaker for our April meeting was Romy McCabe whose talk was entitled ‘I married the Vicar’.  She started her talk by saying that she had been introduced to her husband by a friend on a blind date when he was at..

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Wednesday 4 May 2011

  Bible Society Talk on the History of the King James Bible

United Reformed Church, Hassocks

Thursday 5 May 2011

  Ditchling WI meeting

Unitarian Church in the Twitten

The speaker on Thursday 7th April was Jonathon Fryer, who gave us a wonderful and funny talk “The Humorous side of Acting”.  He has worked with lots of famous actors and actresses, spanning fifty five years, and gave us..

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7:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

Sometimes it’s really good to blow away the cobwebs and sing God’s praises at the top of your voice! So, why not come along to an evening of Hymn Singing on Thursday 5th May at 7pm at St Margaret’s, Ditchling.

Wednesday 11 May 2011

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Friends Meeting House

8:00 pm AGM of the Ditchling.com Society

Ditchling Village Hall’s Lower Hall

You are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Ditchling.com Society to be held on Wednesday May 11th in Ditchling Village Hall’s Lower Hall at 8 pm.

..

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Thursday 12 May 2011

10:00 am Church and Countryside Conference 2011

Sussex Rural Business Centre, Plumpton College, BN7 3AE

Exploring the key challenges and opportunities with lay
and ordained ministry in the countryside today

Thursday 12th..

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Saturday 14 May 2011

  Celebratory Concert in Aid of the Ruth Fund

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Programme to include Opera, singers from Vivace! and the Sussex Harmonisers and music from the African Cultural Development.

Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine and Canapes, available from Sue Hancock 01273 890298.

We hope this will be as an enjoyable and well supported event as last year.

  RSCM Sussex Area Festival

Chichester Cathedral

St Margaret's choir will be joining other choirs from around the Diocese for this special evensong service.

9:30 am Come and help look after Streat Barn Garden

Streat Barn Garden

Please come and help look after Streat Barn Garden. An hour or two is all it takes. Please bring any tools you have. Refreshments will be provided.

For more details please contact Fiona 01273 891145 or 07903 123326

Tuesday 17 May 2011

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

16 Clayton Road, Ditchling

This month we look forward to a talk by Maralyn and Keith Hine on their work in India.  We will meet on Tuesday 17th May at 7.30 pm at Jenny Bell’s home, 16 Clayton Road.  Please will you let her know (01273 843194) if you are coming.

Pam Burr

Wednesday 18 May 2011

  The Ditchling Story

Ditchling Village Hall

Tuesday 31 May 2011

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

The next whist drive will be held on Tuesday 28th June

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Thursday 2 June 2011

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling village Hall

Our meeting on Thursday 5th May was held in the Unitarian Church in the Twittens Ditchling. We had the WI resolutions and Dorothy Padgham delegate for A G M Liverpool took our votes on the subject of factory farming, which will have a huge affect..

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7:30 pm Deanery Ascension Day celebration led by Bishop Mark

St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill

All are invited to attend.

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Bright Star

Ditchling Village Hall

Our next film will be on Thursday, 2 June 2011 when we are showing Bright Star, a beautifully crafted account of the poet John Keats’s romance with Fanny Brawne.  The film’s title is a reference to a..

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Tuesday 7 June 2011

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

We were extremely grateful to our speaker Neil Sadler for stepping in at the last minute as the advertised speaker had to cancel.   Neil’s subject entitled ‘A Policeman’s Lot…. Can be Quite an..

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Wednesday 8 June 2011

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Emmanuel Chapel

Thursday 9 June 2011

7:30 pm Peter Owen Jones reading from his book

 7:30 pm Peter Owen Jones reading from his book St Margaret’s Ditchling

PETER OWEN JONES

BBC Presenter
of

 ‘Around the World in Eighty Faiths’, 
‘Extreme..

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Saturday 11 June 2011

9:30 am Look after Streat Barn Garden

Streat Barn Garden

Please come and help look after Streat Barn Garden. An hour or two is all it takes. Please bring any tools you have. Refreshments will be provided.

For more details please contact Fiona 01273 891145 or 07903 123326

Sunday 12 June 2011

2:00 pm Open Gardens in Ditchling

OPEN GARDENS IN DITCHLING

IN AID OF ST PETER & ST JAMES HOSPICE

Sunday, 12th June – from 2 to 5pm

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Thursday 16 June 2011

7:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

Tuesday 21 June 2011

10:00 am DVA Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

Wednesday 22 June 2011

9:30 am Women’s Fellowship visit to Arundel Cathedral

Ditchling Village Hall

On Tuesday 19th April we gathered at the home of Jenny Beck and were delighted to be joined once again by Fred Asbury to give us his talk entitled "Outdoors".  Fred took us through clouds and rainbows, the stars the sun and the moon, trees and..

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Saturday 25 June 2011

  Safari Supper

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

The evening begins at St Margaret's for pre dinner drinks and nibbles and to find out where you will be having your main course, then back to the Church for dessert and coffee.

Please let us know if  you are prepared to host a main..

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Sunday 26 June 2011

  British Heart Foundation Heart of Sussex walk

It’s a double celebration this year, for the British Heart Foundation.  The South Downs sponsored walk comes of age.  This will be the 21st Heart of Sussex Walk, and the BHF is now in its 50th year.   Hundreds of families, mums,..

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Tuesday 28 June 2011

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

The next whist drive will be held on Tuesday 26th July

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Sunday 3 July 2011

7:30 pm Sussex Chorus 90th Birthday Concert

The Dome, Brighton

Sussex Chorus will be performing a Gala Concert in the Brighton Dome on Sunday 3rd July to celebrate their 90th season.  The concert programme will include Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise and..

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Tuesday 5 July 2011

  Ditchling Downs WI visit to Court Garden Farm followed by..

Thursday 7 July 2011

  Ditchling Film Society film Mid August Lunch

Ditchling Village Hall

Our next film will be on Thursday, 7 July 2011 when we are showing Mid August Lunch a delightful and witty homage to older people.  The central character is Gianni, (played by the director) who is a bachelor in..

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2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday July 7th at 2.30 pm in the Ditchling Village Hall when David Allen will give a talk called “Gone with the Wind”. Visitors will be very welcome.

Joan Sayer, 01273 845255  

Saturday 9 July 2011

9:30 am Help in Streat Barn Garden

Please come and help look after Streat Barn Garden. An hour or two is all it takes. Please bring any tools you have. Refreshments will be provided.

For more details please contact Fiona 01273 891145 or 07903 123326

10:00 am Traidcraft coffee morning

2 Ashurst Cottages, Plumpton

Saturday July 9th
10 am – 12 noon

2 Ashurst Cottages, Plumpton

All welcome

Wednesday 13 July 2011

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Saturday 16 July 2011

7:30 pm Royal British Legion 90th Anniversary Concert

Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill

This year The Royal British Legion celebrates its 90th Anniversary. During those 90 years, thousands of ex service men and women and their families have benefited from Legion funds which have been mainly donated by the British public through..

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Tuesday 19 July 2011

10:00 am DVA Coffee morning

Ditchling Village Hall

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

46A Lewes Road, Ditchling

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 19th July at Margaret Moore`s home, 46A Lewes Road, at 7.30 pm, when our organists, Nick Hancock and John Stanford, will treat us to some further insights into our church music. Please let Margaret know beforehand if you hope to come (01273 843805).

Pam Gaskin

Tuesday 26 July 2011

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

The next whist drive will be held on Tuesday 30th August

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Thursday 28 July 2011

7:30 pm Music for a Summer Evening

Old Meeting House, Ditchling

Music For a Summer Evening is back at the Old Meeting House, Ditchling at 7.30 pm on Thursday July 28th when Andrew Wickens (Violin), former member of the Philharmonia..

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Saturday 30 July 2011

2:00 pm Westmeston, Streat and District Flower Show

Westmeston Parish Hall

Saturday 6 August 2011

9:30 am Come and help look after Streat Barn Garden

Streat Barn Garden

Please come and help look after Streat Barn Garden. An hour or two is all it takes. Please bring any tools you have. Refreshments will be provided.

For more details please contact Fiona 01273 891145 or 07903 123326

Wednesday 10 August 2011

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

The Old Meeting House

Tuesday 16 August 2011

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

Run by the Ditchling WI

6:00 pm Women’s Fellowship Summer party

16 Shirleys, Ditchling

Carpet of Flowers "Flaming June" certainly did not live up to its name on the day the Women's Fellowship set off to visit the Carpet of Flowers, celebrating the Festival of Corpus Christi, in Arundel Cathedral. However, our dampened spirits..

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Tuesday 30 August 2011

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Thursday 1 September 2011

2:30 pm Ditchling WI talk: Secrets of the Royal Pavilion

Ditchling Village Hall

David Allen was our speaker for our meeting on 7th July. His subject was the epic film “Gone with the Wind” which reached Cinema’s in 1939. It won several Oscars. He gave us interesting storys about the stars and the Director Victor Fleming..

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6:30 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s vestry

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI talk on Flamenco Dancing

The Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

A warm welcome was given by Howard Corney, owner of Court Garden Vineyard, to members who gathered in the rain for a tour of the vineyard.  Howard started by giving a brief history of the vineyard which started in 2005 and then..

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Saturday 3 September 2011

11:00 am Ditchling Discovery Day – Making Sense of the Census

St Margaret’s Church

To mark Census year members of Ditchling History Project hope you will join them in St Margaret’s Church on Saturday September 3rd to find out more about Ditchling through the Census.   Census returns provide a rich source of..

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Thursday 8 September 2011

7:30 pm Ditchling Village Association Council meeting

Friend's Meeting House

Saturday 10 September 2011

  The Sussex Historic Churches Trust Annual Ride & Stride

This year’s event takes place on Saturday 10th September and is an ideal opportunity to visit some of the many interesting churches in the county and at the same time raise money through sponsorship to help preserve these historic buildings for future..

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Wednesday 14 September 2011

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Friends Meeting House

Sunday 18 September 2011

1:00 pm Beacon Parish Six-a-Side Cricket Tournament

Recreation Ground, Ditchling

Bar open for drinks and snacks from 12:30

Bring a picnic lunch, also enjoy an Afternoon Tea

Come along and enjoy the cricket and fellowship

Tuesday 20 September 2011

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

venue to be advised

Tuesday 27 September 2011

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Saturday 1 October 2011

10:30 am The World's Biggest Coffee Mornin

Westmeston Parish Hall

on Saturday 1st October, 10.30am – 12.30pm

to the world’s biggest

COFFEE MORNING

Westmeston Parish Hall

in aid of the MACMILLAN Cancer support.

Let’s make it the biggest EVER.

 For more details contact Brenda Hall on 01273843429            

7:00 pm An evening with Rossini!

 7:00 pm An evening with Rossini! St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

An evening of fun and frivolity!  

This concert of ‘words and music’ will feature the life and..

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Tuesday 4 October 2011

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI Meeting

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

Our speaker guests for the September meeting were Josefa Figueras who demonstrated the art of flamenco dancing together with one of her students Violetta.  Josefa began by saying that she taught flamenco to all ages from 4 years to..

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Thursday 6 October 2011

8:00 pm Ditchling Film society film True Grit

Ditchling Village Hall

Welcome back to our new and exciting season of films with our first screening on Thursday, 6 October 2011 being True Grit – a new adaptation by the Coen Bros of the classic John Wayne movie.  The story is..

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Saturday 8 October 2011

9:30 am Come and help look after Streat Barn Garden

Streat Barn Garden

Saturday 8 October, 9.30 am

Please come and help look after Streat Barn Garden. An hour or two is all it takes. Please bring any tools you have. Refreshments will be provided.

For more details please contact Fiona 01273 891145 or 07903 123326

Wednesday 12 October 2011

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Emmanuel Chapel

Saturday 15 October 2011

9:30 am The Beacon Parish Churchyard Working Party

St Martin's, Westmeston

As autumn come around once more we will be tidying the churchyards at Westmeston and Ditchling.  If you can spare a few hours please join us on Saturday October 15th at Westmeston and/or Saturday November..

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10:00 am Traidcraft coffee morning

2 Ashurst Cottages, Ashurst Lane, Plumpton

Traidcraft coffee morning

Saturday October 15th, 10 am – 12 noon
2 Ashurst Cottages, Ashurst Lane, Plumpton

All welcome. Christmas cards and gifts.

Tuesday 18 October 2011

  Women’s Fellowship meeting

(venue to be advised)

Women’s Fellowship meeting (venue to be advised)

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The Coffee Morning on Tuesday 18th October will be run by the Ditchling Film Society, between 10 am and 11.30, as we have to ensure that we vacate the village hall by 12 noon.

Catharine Robinson

Thursday 20 October 2011

7:30 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society AGM

Old Meeting House, The Twitten

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Old Meeting House, The Twitten on Thursday, 20 October at 7:30 pm. Come along and meet fellow members of the Society and  hear what..

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Friday 21 October 2011

7:30 pm Ditchling Museum Friends’ Association Annual Autumn Quiz

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling Museum Friends’ Association
Annual Autumn Quiz
in Ditchling Village Hall, Friday 21st October at 7.30 pm

Tickets at..

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Saturday 22 October 2011

10:00 am Beacon Churches Autumn Bazaar

Ditchling Village Hall

Saturday October 22, 10 to 12 noon,
Ditchling Village Hall

Entrance £1, children free

Our Autumn Bazaar will take us into the ‘mellow fruitfulness’ season with an attractive..

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7:00 pm A Soiree with Flanders and Swann

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

You Are Invited to A Soiree with Flanders and Swann, a re-creation of the magical talent of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann

By Nick and Simon Hancock

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Sunday 23 October 2011

6:30 pm Bible Sunday Service

Burgess Hill Methodist Church

Bible Sunday

On Sunday 23rd October there will be the annual Bible Sunday Service, which this year is taking place at the Burgess Hill Methodist Church at 6:30pm. We look forward to meeting with people from all Churches in the area. We encourage you to come along and represent the Beacon Parish.

Jill Veness

Tuesday 25 October 2011

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

WHIST DRIVE

Tuesday 25th October, Westmeston Parish Hall, starting at 7.15pm

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

The next whist drive will be held on Tuesday 29th November

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Saturday 29 October 2011

10:00 am Octoberfest 2011

Downlands School, Hassocks

Saturday 29th October, 10am – 2pm, Downlands School, Hassocks

A celebration of local food, drink and sustainable living - free admission

Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Ditchling Transition Group..

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6:00 pm Annual Bonfire and Firework Display

Westmeston Parish Hall

Entry by TICKET ONLY and must be purchased before the day.

Tickets will be £6 adults, £4 children (under 12..

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Monday 31 October 2011

10:00 am Ditchling History Project ‘Ditchling Characters’

Old Meeting House,The Twitten

Ditchling History Project ‘Ditchling Characters’

Monday October 31st

The Ditchling History Project will be giving talks on new people in its highly successful series on ‘Ditchling Characters’. Each..

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Tuesday 1 November 2011

2:15 pm Newick Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture Cooking for..

Plumpton Village Hall

This lecture by Ian Kelly is on the superb master chef, Antonin Careme, the creator of ‘haut cuisine.’   He began his career in the late 18th Century working for a Patisserie in Paris but his work, - he revelled in producing..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

For our October meeting we welcomed Melvyn Tarran, curator of the Gilbert & Sullivan museum at Oak Hall, Sheffield Park.  Melvyn discovered his passion for G & S whilst working as a trainee hotel manager at the Ritz and..

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Thursday 3 November 2011

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Of Gods and Men'

Ditchling Village Hall

Our first film this month will be on Thursday, 3 November 2011Of Gods and Men.   For centuries French Cistercian monks had lived peacefully as an integral part of an impoverished Muslim village in..

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Friday 4 November 2011

10:00 am Coffee Morning in aid of Chailey Heritage

Plumpton Village Hall

You are invited to a 

Coffee Morning

Plumpton Village Hall, BN7 3BQ

Friday 4th November 2011 –..

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Monday 7 November 2011

7:30 pm Public Meeting 'Emerging Core Strategy'

Ditchling Village Hall

Lewes District Council, in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority, has issued a planning document for consultation called the “Emerging Core Strategy”.  Members of the Parish Council, Lewes District Council..

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Tuesday 8 November 2011

  Peoples Bible tour

Hassocks United Reformed Church, Keymer Road, Hassocks

Don’t forget the chance to write a verse in the People’s Bible to be presented to The Queen at Hassocks U R Church on Tuesday November 8th.

Wednesday 9 November 2011

  Ditchling Players Autumn production (9 to 12 November)

Ditchling Village Hall

As you read this it’ll almost be time for ‘curtain up’ on the Ditchling Players autumn production (or should that be productions?).  Two one act comedies ‘Shop for Charity’ &..

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7:00 pm Frugal Lunch

St Margaret’s Church vestry

Saturday 12 November 2011

9:30 am The Beacon Parish Churchyard Working Party

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

As autumn come around once more we will be tidying the churchyards at Westmeston and Ditchling.  If you can spare a few hours please join us on Saturday October 15th at Westmeston and/or Saturday November..

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12:00 pm Royal British Legion Ditchling Branch

Poppy Lunch

Cost £8.00 (at the door)

which includes: Glass of Wine - two Course Lunch - Coffee and Mints - Entertainment and a Raffle

All welcome – please come and support the RBL in their vital work to help those who have served and those who are serving their country, and their families. All monies raised to the Poppy Appeal.

7:30 pm Elgar Dream of Gerontius

St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton

Elgar: Dream of Gerontius, Saturday 12th November, 7.30 pm,
St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton

Sussex Chorus, Sussex Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Andrew James.  Tickets £15, concessions £12, children £5 available from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709 and ticket manager 01444 412579.

Tuesday 15 November 2011

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

1 Beaconhurst, Keymer Road, Hassocks

Our September meeting was held in the Quaker Meeting House, with thanks to Belinda Brittain for the arrangements. We were joined by Richard Allen who gave us an excellent and entertaining précis of the St Margaret’s Church Pilgrimage..

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Thursday 17 November 2011

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film A Separation

Ditchling Village Hall

Our second film in the month will be on Thursday, 17 November 2011 - Westside Story. We apologise that we cannot show ‘A Separation’ as previously advertised owing to the release date being put back. West..

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Wednesday 23 November 2011

7:00 pm Advent Course

St Margaret’s Church

Saturday 26 November 2011

7:30 pm St Andrew’s Day Ceilidh

Ditchling Village Hall

St Andrews Day Ceilidh

Ditchling Village Hall
Saturday 26th November, 7.30 pm

Featuring UNREEL (live band)

Tickets £15 to include supper.

Telephone Nicki 01273 842791
or available from the Post Office

Sunday 27 November 2011

6:00 pm Advent Carol Service

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Tuesday 29 November 2011

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

The Christmas whist drive will be held on Tuesday 13th December

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Wednesday 30 November 2011

  Deadline for applications to Turner-Dumbrell Foundation

Applications for Grants are invited from
THE TURNER-DUMBRELL FOUNDATION

The Turner-Dumbrell Foundation exists to give financial assistance by way of grants to:-

Charitable institutions or for charitable purposes in the Parish..

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7:00 pm Advent Course

St Margaret’s Church

Thursday 1 December 2011

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

We held our Annual Meeting on Thursday 3rd November. After the WI news and Annual reports we had our committee election.  Our President is Jean Morley. We had a raffle, flower of the month and a nice tea and biscuits.

Our next meeting,..

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Friday 2 December 2011

7:15 pm Film Presentation of the Holy Land

Coum Cottage, The Sandrocks, Ditchling

Saturday 3 December 2011

12:45 pm Ditchling Village Association Older Resident's Lunch

Ditchling Village Hall

12.45 for 1pm Saturday 3rd December 2011, Ditchling Village Hall

Booking list now available in the Ditchling Post Office.  I look forward to seeing you as a start to celebrating Christmas.

Catharine Robinson, Chairman

7:30 pm Sussex Chorus Advent Concert

Hurstpierpoint Chapel

John Rutter: Birthday Madrigals; Vivaldi: Magnificat; Bach: Cantata ‘Wachet auf’ plus Advent carols.

Sussex Chorus, Kent Sinfonia, conducted by Neil Jenkins. Tickets £15 (£12 concessions, children free) are available from the Ticket Manager 01444 412579 or 01273 273333, from Carousel Music and www.WeGotTickets.com.

Monday 5 December 2011

  Ditchling Scouts Christmas Raffle

Once again the Group will be holding its annual Christmas Raffle on Monday, 5th December. The top prize will again be £200 with the second prize of £100, plus other prizes.  Tickets are available from members of the Scout Group, the Brownies and at the Ditchling Post Office. We thank you for your valuable support once again.

Alec Gaskin, Group Chairman

 

Tuesday 6 December 2011

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI annual social gathering

The White Horse

For our November meeting, members welcomed Derek Middlehurst from First Response, an organization of volunteers who work with the Accident & Emergency services, in many cases arriving at venues before the ambulance, usually on their own.  Trained..

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Wednesday 7 December 2011

7:00 pm Advent Course: Looking for the light

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Friday 9 December 2011

7:15 pm Film Presentation of the Holy Land

Coum Cottage, The Sandrocks, Ditchling

Saturday 10 December 2011

7:30 pm A Festive Christmas Concert

St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill Choral Society’s concert on Saturday 10th December, 7:30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road, features two joyous works in honour of the Virgin Mary. The..

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Tuesday 13 December 2011

7:00 pm Women’s Fellowship Christmas Party

home of Eileen Keeling

Our Christmas Party will be at the home of Eileen Keeling on Tuesday 13th December at 7 pm.  Please let Eileen know if you will be going (842070) and as usual take along a plate of food and a..

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7:15 pm Christmas Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

The first whist drive of 2012 will be held on Tuesday 31st January 7.15pm

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Wednesday 14 December 2011

7:00 pm Advent Course: The King and his Kingdom

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Sunday 18 December 2011

4:00 pm Brighton Festival Chorus Christmas Concert

Brighton Dome

Join Brighton Festival Chorus, Brighton Festival Youth Choir and London Gala Orchestra for this annual festive highlight - a joyous Sunday afternoon celebration of the very best of Christmas music.

London Gala Orchestra and Brighton Festival Youth Choir, James..

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Tuesday 20 December 2011

6:45 pm Carol Singing

The Vicarage

Saturday 24 December 2011

9:00 am St Margaret's Church Flower Guild decorating the Church for..

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

We will be decorating the Church for Christmas on Saturday 24th December between 9 am and 11 am.    There will be a plate at the back of the church during services in December for contributions towards the purchase of flowers and these will be very much appreciated. 

Gwen Searle & Jenny Bell

Monday 26 December 2011

1:00 pm Ditchling Morris Mummers Play

 1:00 pm Ditchling Morris Mummers Play The Bull Hotel, Ditchling

Once again Ditchling Morris and Mummers will appear at the Bull Hotel, Ditchling on Boxing Day. We shall be collecting for the St Peter and St James Hospice.

Mumming plays and Morris are part of our heritage and one of our principle aims and..

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Thursday 5 January 2012

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

Our meeting on Thursday December 1st was our Christmas party. We had a short panto performed by Jean and Dick Morley, a quiz, and party games plus a Grand Raffle. We had a competition for the best ‘Handmade’ Christmas Card which was won..

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6:15 pm Choir Practice

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

Tuesday 10 January 2012

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

30 members met at the White Horse pub in Ditchling for the annual end of year social and quiz.  A  big thank you was given to landlord John and his team for providing a fantastic supper after which congratulations and gold..

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Wednesday 11 January 2012

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Friends Meeting House

Monday 16 January 2012

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee morning

Ditchling Village Hall

Thursday 19 January 2012

6:30 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret's Vestry

Friday 20 January 2012

  Deadline for February 2012 Beacon

  Deadline for February 2012 Beacon

Tuesday 24 January 2012

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship planning meeting

Jonn Grinsted's home

We had a very enjoyable Christmas Party in the warmth and comfort of Eileen and Jim`s home on 13th December.  It is always a happy occasion when husbands, partners and guests join us for our social events and this was no exception. We were about..

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Thursday 26 January 2012

6:15 pm Choir Practice

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

Tuesday 31 January 2012

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

The next whist drive will be on Tuesday 28th February at 7.15pm

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Thursday 2 February 2012

  Ditchling WI meeting and talk A Policemans Lot

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling WI held its meeting on Thursday January 5th 2012.  Our speaker Dr Janet Pennington gave us a very interesting talk with slides on the “History of Sussex Inn Signs”. This was followed by Flower of the month, a raffle and..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Uncle Boonmee

Ditchling Village Hall

We shall be showing two films in February, the first of which will be on Thursday, 2 February 2012 entitled Uncle Boonmee (full title: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) about a middle-aged farmer living up..

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Saturday 4 February 2012

2:00 pm Ditchling Pre-school Jumble Sale

Ditchling Village Hall

come and grab a bargain!

Ditchling Village Hall
Saturday 4th February,
2pm - 4pm,

£1 entry, Tea/coffee available.

If you have any jumble please contact Lisa on 07934 474572

7:30 pm Off to the Races

Ditchling Village hall

Saturday 4th February 2012, 7.30 pm, Ditchling Village hall

£10 per ticket to include supper

Do come - tickets are available from the Post Office

Tuesday 7 February 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk ‘History of Clayton..

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

For our January meeting members and guests welcomed Emma Mitchell, Chief Executive of the Camelia Botnor Foundation as our guest speaker. The Camelia Botnar Homes and Gardens in Littleworth Lane, Cowfold are fairly well known but not..

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Wednesday 8 February 2012

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Emmanuel Chapel

Thursday 9 February 2012

6:15 pm Choir Practice

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

Sunday 12 February 2012

4:30 pm Choral Evensong led by Chichester Cathedral Choir

St Peter's Church, Henfield

On Sunday 12 February the entire musical establishment of Chichester Cathedral is to move from its home base to undertake a long-planned visit to St Peter’s Church, Henfield; there, the Choir is to sing Evensong at..

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Tuesday 14 February 2012

2:15 pm Newick Decorative and Fine Art Society Valentine Day’s..

Plumpton Village Hall

Come and enjoy a special Valentine Day’s lecture on the loves and intrigues between painters and their models.  The lecturer John Iddon will be looking at how the passions and affairs of artists from Holbein to Picasso were..

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Thursday 16 February 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film A Separation

Ditchling Village Hall

Our second film will be on Thursday, 16 February 2012 and is called A Separation.  Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, this is an intelligent and suspenseful drama detailing the fractures..

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Friday 17 February 2012

  Deadline for March 2012 Beacon

  Deadline for March 2012 Beacon

Tuesday 21 February 2012

  Ditchling Village Association Coffee morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The Coffee Morning on Tuesday February 21st in Ditchling Village Hall will be run by Ditchling Downs WI, from 10am to 11.30 as we have to ensure that we vacate the village hall by 12noon.

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship evening on church music

Margaret Moore`s home

By popular request our organists and choir masters, Nick Hancock and John Sandford, will give us another evening on church music at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 21st February at Margaret Moore`s home. Please remember to ring Margaret if you are hoping to come: 01273 843805.

Margaret Moore  

Wednesday 22 February 2012

7:30 pm Talk by Canon Peter Sills on his book 'The Time has Come'

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

Thursday 23 February 2012

7:00 pm Rehearsal for Stainer’s Crucifixion

Sayers Common

Saturday 25 February 2012

9:30 am Churchyard clearing morning

Streat Church

The next Churchyard clearing morning will be at Streat on Saturday February 25th starting at 9.30 am when we hope you will be able to join us.  Please come along even if only for an hour and bring any tools you think..

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10:30 am Ditchling WI ‘Marmalade Morning’

Ditchling Village Hall

Sunday 26 February 2012

6:30 pm Hurst Deanery combined choirs Stainer's Crucifixion

St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill

Tuesday 28 February 2012

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players. 

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Wednesday 29 February 2012

7:00 pm Lent study session, St Margaret’s, Ditchling

 7:00 pm Lent study session, St Margaretâs, Ditchling

This year, we will be following an excellent Lent Course written by Canon Peter Sills. ‘The Time has Come’ is a Lenten Journey with St Mark.  Fr Peter will be giving a talk about his book on Ash Wednesday..

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Thursday 1 March 2012

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting and talk Farming in the 50s

Ditchling Village Hall

Our monthly meeting was held on Thursday 2nd February; our speaker  was Neil Sadler who gave us  a very interesting talk with slides on “A Policemans  Lot.” Neil started in the force at Bognor and talked about his time..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

For our February meeting we welcomed David Porter who spoke about Clayton Tunnel Cottage which has been his home since 2002.  He divided his talk into sections and started with the history of the tunnel and the cottage.  The..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film A Serious Man

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 1 March 2012 we shall be showing A Serious Man made by the Coen Brothers.  Set in Bloomington, Minnesota in 1967, a Jewish physics lecturer, Larry Gopnik, is a serious and very put-upon man. ..

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Friday 2 March 2012

10:30 am Women's World Day of Prayer

Emmanuel Chapel, Ditchling

The theme is "Let Justice Prevail" which is a very pertinent title in our current days.  The service has been prepared by the women of Malaysia and all are welcome.

Maralyn Hine

Saturday 3 March 2012

10:15 am The Friends of St Margaret’s Church Annual General Meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

Coffee and Biscuits will be served from 10.15am

Presentation of the Report at 10.30am.

Catharine Robinson

10:15 am Jumble/Table Top Sale for Building Trust International

Westmeston Village Hall

Westmeston resident David Cole and his partner Louise McKillop have set up an international charity to support migrant and orphaned children persecuted for no fault of their own. Local fund raising events are to be held during March and we welcome your..

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Wednesday 7 March 2012

7:00 pm Lent study session

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

This year, we will be following an excellent Lent Course written by Canon Peter Sills. ‘The Time has Come’ is a Lenten Journey with St Mark.  Fr Peter will be giving a talk about his book on Ash Wednesday..

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Thursday 8 March 2012

6:15 pm Choir Practice

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

Saturday 10 March 2012

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Annual Spring Bulb Show

Ditchling Village Hall

This year, will be the 190th year since the founding in 1882 of Ditchling Horticultural Society which currently holds pride of place nationally as the oldest Horticultural Society in the United Kingdom.

As 2012 is such a special year for the..

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7:30 pm Burgess Hill Fair Trade Festival Handel Come and Sing..

 7:30 pm Burgess Hill Fair Trade Festival Handel Come and Sing.. St Andrew’s Church, Burgess Hill

This concert is part of the Burgess Hill Fair Trade Festival with Sussex Chorus.  Soloists will be Katherine Nicholas – soprano; Hannah Summers – mezzo..

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Tuesday 13 March 2012

10:00 am St Margaret's Church Flower Guild Annual Meeting

home of Helen Court

Our annual meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th March at 10 am at the home of Helen Court.  At this meeting plans for the year will be discussed, so if you are interested in helping with the flowers in St..

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Wednesday 14 March 2012

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

7:00 pm Lent study session

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

This year, we will be following an excellent Lent Course written by Canon Peter Sills. ‘The Time has Come’ is a Lenten Journey with St Mark.  Fr Peter will be giving a talk about his book on Ash Wednesday..

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Friday 16 March 2012

  Deadline for April 2012 Beacon

  Deadline for April 2012 Beacon

Saturday 17 March 2012

10:00 am HOLY LAND? Challenging Questions from the Biblical Landscape

Diocesan Church House, 211 New Church Road, Hove

10 am – 4 pm    Cost £10

Led by the Reverend Canon Andrew Mayes

Andrew Mayes is our Diocesan Spirituality Adviser. This Study Day will take..

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Tuesday 20 March 2012

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The Coffee Morning on Tuesday March 20th in Ditchling Village Hall will be run by the PTA, from 10am to 11.30 as we have to ensure that we vacate the village hall by 12 noon.

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship annual Corporate Communion

Quaker Meeting House, Ditchling

The next meeting of the Women’s Fellowship will be our annual Corporate Communion with Father David.  It will be on Tuesday, 20th March at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House in East Gardens.  If you need additional information, please Contact Belinda Brittain (843238) or Pam Burr (842133)’.

Pam Burr

Wednesday 21 March 2012

7:00 pm Lent study session

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

This year, we will be following an excellent Lent Course written by Canon Peter Sills. ‘The Time has Come’ is a Lenten Journey with St Mark.  Fr Peter will be giving a talk about his book on Ash Wednesday..

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Thursday 22 March 2012

6:30 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret's Vestry

Friday 23 March 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Village Association Newcomers' Party

Ditchling Village Hall

TO ALL NEWCOMERS to Ditchling since March last year – we look forward to meeting you at our annual Newcomers’ Party on Friday 23rd March at 8 pm in Ditchling Village..

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Saturday 24 March 2012

  Off The Fence Art Exhibition

52 Station Rd, Portslade, Hove, BN41 1DF

One of the Christian organisations helping the homeless in Brighton is Off The Fence in Portland Road Hove (offthefence.org.uk).  On the 24th March there is an..

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Monday 26 March 2012

7:30 pm Ditchling History Project Ditchling Characters talk

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

Our programme of talks and events this year begins with a repeat of the popular Ditchling Characters series on Monday March 26th at 7.30pm in the Old Meeting..

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Tuesday 27 March 2012

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players. The next whist drive will be on Tuesday 24th April at 7.15pm

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Wednesday 28 March 2012

7:00 pm Concluding Lenten talk by Canon Peter Sills

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

Thursday 29 March 2012

6:15 pm Choir Practice

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

Saturday 31 March 2012

10:00 am The Royal British Legion Women’s Section, Table Top sale

Ditchling Village Hall

On Saturday 31st March we will be holding a Table Top sale in Ditchling Village Hall. Tables are for sale at £10 (large) or £6 (small). Entrance will be 50p to include..

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7:30 pm Sussex Chorus Choral Music by Russian composers

All Saints Church, Hove

The concert will include the Rachmaninov Vespers; Tchaikovsky Five Sacred Choruses; Tchaikovsky Dance of the Peasants from Eugene Onegin; Glinka The Cherubic Hymn; Stravinsky Ave Maria and the traditional..

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Tuesday 3 April 2012

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

Members gave a warm welcome to Dr Janet Pennington who gave a fascinating talk entitled 'From Lancing to Samarkand'.  She explained that when she was working as Archivist at Lancing College she saw a notice in the..

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Thursday 5 April 2012

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling WI held its meeting on Thursday March 1st.  We welcomed Ian Everest who gave us a talk on Farming in the 50s. He talked in particular about a farm in Bishopstone, where his father had worked, owned by Lional Willett. Lional gave his..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Chico and Rita

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling Film Society

On Thursday, 5 April 2012 our film will be Chico and Rita which was one of the most authentic and sincere animated films of 2010.   Set in Cuba in 1948, Chico is a young,..

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Saturday 7 April 2012

9:00 am St Margaret's Church Flower Guild decorating the church

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

We will be decorating the Church for Easter on Saturday 7th April between 9 am and 11 am.   We are always very grateful for donations towards the flowers, so if anyone in the..

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Tuesday 10 April 2012

2:15 pm Newick Decorative and Fine Art Society talk

Plumpton Village Hall

Leonardo da Vinci, that towering genius, was not just a painter but a sculptor, architect, musician, scientist engineer and inventor, the list is endless.  He was perhaps one of the most talented men ever to have walked this earth.    He was..

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Wednesday 11 April 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Village Hall Annual General Meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

Thursday 12 April 2012

6:15 pm Choir Practice

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

Saturday 14 April 2012

9:30 am Streat Barn Garden working party

 9:30 am Streat Barn Garden working party

There will be a working party on the second Saturday of each month to maintain the garden at Streat Barn. Your help would be much appreciated if you can spare an hour from 9.30 am on one of the following dates:

Saturdays 14 April, 12 May, 9 June, 14 July, 18 August..

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Tuesday 17 April 2012

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The Coffee Morning on Tuesday April 17th in Ditchling Village Hall will be run by the Ditchling Players, from 10am to 11.30 as we have to ensure that we vacate the village hall by 12noon.

7:00 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

16 Clayton Road, Ditchling

The Women's Fellowship meeting on February 21st enjoyed "An Evening of Church Music" presented by our two organists and choirmasters, Nick Hancock and John Sandford. More specifically, John described it as "a romp through the Lenten Season!" It..

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Wednesday 18 April 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling.com Society AGM

Ditchling Village Hall’s Lower Hall

You are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Ditchling.com Society to be held on Wednesday 18th April in Ditchling Village Hall’s Lower Hall..

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Thursday 19 April 2012

5:30 pm Prayers for the Beacon Parish

Chichester Cathedral

The Beacon Parish will be prayed for at Chichester Cathedral on Thursday 19th April 2012. Prayers will take place at the 8am Holy Communion service and at the 5.30pm Evening Prayer (said).  

Members of our congregation have been invited to tea at 4.30pm in the Cloisters Cafe.

Friday 20 April 2012

  Deadline for May 2012 Beacon

  Deadline for May 2012 Beacon

Saturday 21 April 2012

12:30 pm The Royal British Legion Women's Section, St George’s Day..

Ditchling Village Hall

Tuesday 24 April 2012

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players. 

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Thursday 26 April 2012

6:15 pm Choir Practice

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

Sunday 29 April 2012

10:00 am Open Day in aid of Malawi

Fourfields Farm, Dumbrells Court Rd, Ditchling, BN6 8GT

The Mac’s Farm & One Good Egg are holding an Open day on Sunday April 29th from 10 am to 4 pm, at Fourfields..

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11:15 am Annual Parish Church Meeting/Vestry Meeting

St Margarets Church

Following the Eucharist service

Tuesday 1 May 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk on Ditchling Memories

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

For our April meeting we welcomed Ian Everest as our guest speaker.  Ian gave a most interesting talk together with a cine film of what farming was like in the 1950’s.  The film was made by John Willets and covered a..

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Thursday 3 May 2012

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday April 5th we had a very fun talk with slides on “The British seaside Holiday” by Jackie Marsh Hobbs. We were told how doctors used to recommend dipping in the sea for your health. We were also shown slides of various piers;..

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Saturday 5 May 2012

8:00 pm An Evening with the Twagger Band

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

On Saturday May 5th, there will be An Evening with the Twagger Band at 8pm.  The Twaggers play mainly traditional music on a wide variety..

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Tuesday 8 May 2012

2:15 pm Newick Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture Painting with..

Plumpton Village Hall

The lecture this month will cover the works of Pierre Bonnard, the French Impressionist painter and printmaker.   His pictures are a delight to the eye with their intense use of colour, and their subject matter of sunlit rooms or gardens full of..

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6:30 pm Westmeston Annual Parish Meeting

Wednesday 9 May 2012

6:00 pm Prayer for the Nation

URC church, High Street, Lindfield

A night or rather half night of Prayer for the Nation has been arranged by the three churches in Lindfield, at the URC church in the High Street on Wednesday May 9th between 6..

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Thursday 10 May 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Conversations with my Gardener

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 10 May 2012 we will be showing a film called Conversations with my Gardener which is an affectionate French film about a flashy artist whose wife is leaving him and whose mistress is having an affair. The..

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Saturday 12 May 2012

  Ditchling_Walkie_Talkies on Moonwalk London 2012

Hyde Park

The 1st Ditchling Cub Leaders Dorothy Porter, Naomi Jerrey and friend Audra are taking part in the London Moonwalk 2012 as the `Ditchling_Walkie_Talkies`.  On May 12th starting at Hyde..

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9:30 am Streat Barn Garden working party

Streat Barn Garden

Tuesday 15 May 2012

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

46a Lewes Road, Ditchling

Our April Meeting was held at the home of Jenny and Jasper Bell where they had invited Richard and Tim from the Camelia Botnar Foundation. They gave us an excellent presentation on the Foundation which provides residential training for young people between..

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Wednesday 16 May 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Players When we are Married

Ditchling Village Hall

As you read this it’s only a matter of weeks away from curtain up on the Ditchling Players spring production.

It seems only a short time ago that we were holding auditions & casting the play but now the pace is really stepping up. ..

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Thursday 17 May 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Players When we are Married

Ditchling Village Hall

As you read this it’s only a matter of weeks away from curtain up on the Ditchling Players spring production.

It seems only a short time ago that we were holding auditions & casting the play but now the pace is really stepping up. ..

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Friday 18 May 2012

  Deadline for June 2012 Beacon

  Deadline for June 2012 Beacon

8:00 pm Ditchling Players When we are Married

Ditchling Village Hall

As you read this it’s only a matter of weeks away from curtain up on the Ditchling Players spring production.

It seems only a short time ago that we were holding auditions & casting the play but now the pace is really stepping up. ..

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Saturday 19 May 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Players When we are Married

Ditchling Village Hall

As you read this it’s only a matter of weeks away from curtain up on the Ditchling Players spring production.

It seems only a short time ago that we were holding auditions & casting the play but now the pace is really stepping up. ..

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Friday 25 May 2012

7:00 pm Ditchling History Project evening stroll around the village

Ditchling Village Hall

Enjoy an evening stroll around the village and find out more about its history with members of the Ditchling History Project on Friday May 25th meeting at the village hall at 7.00 pm.  Tickets are available from the Post Office and Parkers.

Saturday 26 May 2012

7:00 pm Ruth Fund Celebratory Concert

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

A CELEBRATORY CONCERT

A programme of Choral and Instrumental music & song

Saturday 26th May at 7 pm

St..

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Tuesday 29 May 2012

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players. 

For more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743

Saturday 2 June 2012

12:30 pm Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Street Party

Church Lane, Ditchling

To Celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Street Party

Saturday 2nd June, Church Lane, Ditchling

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Monday 4 June 2012

10:00 am Ditchling Parish Council lighting of the Jubilee Beacon..

Ditchling Beacon

On June 4th 2012 we will be celebrating Her Majesty, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by lighting our Beacon Brazier on the Beacon at 10pm as part of the National Chain of Beacons. I do hope you will be able to come and join us. Parking will be limited so please consider car sharing if possible.

Thursday 7 June 2012

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

Our meeting on Thursday 3rd May started with the W I Resolutions. After WI business Sheila Rawlings, who was our delegate for the AGM that took place in Eastbourne, gave us an informative talk on the proceedings. Our Resolution was that the NFWI ask..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Budrus

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 7 June 2012 our film will be Budrus - a powerful documentary account of the non-violent struggle by residents of a small town in the West Bank’s Occupied Territories against Israel’s plans to..

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Friday 8 June 2012

9:30 am Women’s Fellowship coach trip to the Chichester Cathedral..

Ditchling Village Hall

Our May meeting was held at Margaret Moore`s home and the theme of the evening was that we each bring a special memento and give a short talk on its significance to us. The mementos ranged from a large conch shell found in the sea around Bermuda to a small..

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7:30 pm Jubilee Choir - 10th Anniversary Concert

 7:30 pm Jubilee Choir - 10th Anniversary Concert Westmeston Parish Hall

The Jubilee Choir will be celebrating its 10th birthday in June.  The choir is therefore organising a small concert and reception on the evening of Friday, 8th June at 1930..

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Saturday 9 June 2012

9:30 am Streat Barn Garden working party

Streat Barn Garden

Tuesday 12 June 2012

2:15 pm Newick Decorative and Fine Art Society 'ICONOGRAPHY'

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick Decorative and Fine Art Society

ICONOGRAPHY by Leslie Primo, Plumpton Village Hall 2.15 pm, June 12th

If you have access to YouTube go and see Leslie; he is wonderful, so enthusiastic and really brings his subject..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk Recollections of a 60s..

the Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

Dick Morley was our very welcome guest for our May meeting.  He was born in Ditchling in the 1920s and for the first year of his life lived in East End Lane until a fire, caused by drying nappies on a heater,  led the..

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Thursday 14 June 2012

7:30 pm Ditchling History Project talk on Harris’ funfair

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

An important part of the history of Ditchling Fair is the long association with Harris’ funfair. Robert Harris will talk about his family’s connection with our village fair on Thursday 14th June at..

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Friday 15 June 2012

  Deadline for July 2012 Beacon

  Deadline for July 2012 Beacon

10:00 am Ditchling Fair Show and Tell

Stoneywish, Spatham Lane

If you have your own memories or photographs of the Fair bring them along to the Ditchling Fair Show and Tell hosted by Ditchling History Project on Friday 15th June at Stoneywish. Drop in any..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society mini Glyndebourne evening

Ditchling Village Hall

SPECIAL EVENT FOR OPERA LOVERS

On FRIDAY, 15 JUNE 2012 the Ditchling Film Society will be hosting a “mini Glyndebourne evening” in the Village Hall with a special screening of a surprise opera to..

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Saturday 16 June 2012

8:30 am Ditchling Fair

Ditchling

The Ditchling Fair Committee is delighted to invite you to the Fair. Highlights planned include:

The Scarecrow competition

The theme of Past, Present and Future. Enter your scarecrow by collecting an entry form from the Post office. Entry forms must be..

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Tuesday 26 June 2012

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players. The next whist drive will be on Tuesday 31st July 2012 at 7.15pm

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 5 July 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film The King's Speech

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 5 July 2012 we shall be showing The King’s Speech documenting the incredible but little-known friendship between King George VI and the Australian speech therapist who cured him of a debilitating..

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Tuesday 10 July 2012

2:15 pm Newick Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture ‘European..

Plumpton Village Hall

This is our last lecture of the season and will be preceded by our AGM.  Don’t worry it never takes long and our lecture will still start at 2.15!   Entitled ‘European Erotic Art’ this is one not to..

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7:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk 'Edwardian England'

Diane Kenyon made a return visit to speak at our June meeting after her very successful talk last year about being a deaf parent.  This time her talk was an interesting mix of her early life growing up in the north, as the daughter of a Liverpool docker, going to a boarding school for the..

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Wednesday 11 July 2012

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Saturday 14 July 2012

9:30 am Working Party

Streat Barn Garden

Sunday 15 July 2012

2:00 pm Ditchling Open Gardens

Ditchling

The Ditchling Museum Friends’ Association are pleased to announce that 15 gardens, including several ‘new’ ones this year, will be open to visitors between 2.00 pm and 6.00 pm on Sunday 15th..

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2:00 pm The Friends of Ditchling Hog Roast

Ditchling Village Green

On Sunday 15 July from 2 pm The Friends of Ditchling are Holding a Hog Roast on the Village Green with music by “Rokskool”.  There will be..

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Tuesday 17 July 2012

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday July 17th in the Ditchling Village Hall starting at 10 am. Dates for subsequent coffee mornings during 2012 are shown..

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6:00 pm Women’s Fellowship summer party

A very successful outing to Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers took place recently.  The theme on this occasion was "Every Book Tells a Story".  The titles were imaginatively displayed using beautifully designed flower arrangements and imagery with the backdrop of the..

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Thursday 19 July 2012

2:30 pm Ditchling WI 95th Birthday Party

Barn on the Green

Ditchling WI had a real treat on Thursday 7th June when Herbie Flowers came with his tuba and double bass to speak about his life in music. Herbie had not enjoyed his schooldays except for the time when he was challenged to learn the tuba in three weeks;..

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Friday 20 July 2012

  Deadline for August 2012 Beacon

  Deadline for August 2012 Beacon

Saturday 21 July 2012

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Annual Summer Show

Ditchling Village Hall

The Society’s Annual Summer Show will be held on July 21st 2012 in Ditchling Village Hall from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. The judges for the summer show are..

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Monday 23 July 2012

  The Music Express Summer Music and Drama Workshops

Great Walstead School, Lindfield

The Music Express runs music and drama workshops for children aged 7 to 12 at Great Walstead School, Lindfield.  Reasons to choose Music Express:

  • no auditions – all children are welcome
  • every child..

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Tuesday 24 July 2012

  The Music Express Summer Music and Drama Workshops

Great Walstead School, Lindfield

The Music Express runs music and drama workshops for children aged 7 to 12 at Great Walstead School, Lindfield.  Reasons to choose Music Express:

  • no auditions – all children are welcome
  • every child..

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Wednesday 25 July 2012

  The Music Express Summer Music and Drama Workshops

Great Walstead School, Lindfield

The Music Express runs music and drama workshops for children aged 7 to 12 at Great Walstead School, Lindfield.  Reasons to choose Music Express:

  • no auditions – all children are welcome
  • every child..

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Thursday 26 July 2012

  The Music Express Summer Music and Drama Workshops

Great Walstead School, Lindfield

The Music Express runs music and drama workshops for children aged 7 to 12 at Great Walstead School, Lindfield.  Reasons to choose Music Express:

  • no auditions – all children are welcome
  • every child..

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Friday 27 July 2012

  The Music Express Summer Music and Drama Workshops

Great Walstead School, Lindfield

The Music Express runs music and drama workshops for children aged 7 to 12 at Great Walstead School, Lindfield.  Reasons to choose Music Express:

  • no auditions – all children are welcome
  • every child..

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Saturday 28 July 2012

12:00 pm Beacon Parish Jazz, Picnics and Pimms

Ditchling Village Green

Proudly presented by the Beacon Parish for the 3rd  year in a row.

on Saturday 28th July from 12 to 4pm on..

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Tuesday 31 July 2012

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players. The next whist drive will be on Tuesday 28th August 2012 at 7.15pm

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 2 August 2012

  Ditchling WI Garden Party

Wednesday 8 August 2012

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

The Old Meeting House

Friday 17 August 2012

  Deadline for September 2012 Beacon

  Deadline for September 2012 Beacon

Sunday 19 August 2012

2:00 pm Malthouse Farm Garden Opening

Malthouse Farm, Streat Lane, Streat, BN6 8SA

The garden of Helen and Richard Keys (Malthouse Farm, Streat Lane, Streat, BN6 8SA) will be open on Sunday 19th and Tuesday 21st August 2012, 2 to 5.30pm

Admission £4, children free. All proceeds to charity under the National Garden Scheme.  Home made teas will be available.

Sue Hancock

Monday 20 August 2012

2:15 pm Women’s Fellowship visit to the Prairie Garden

near Henfield

Most unusually our Summer Party this year was held indoors. The rain, cold and a waterlogged lawn had necessitated a last minute change of plan and Pam and Mike Burr kindly stepped in and hosted the party.

As ever, with partners and guests present, it was a..

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Tuesday 21 August 2012

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday August 21st in the Ditchling Village Hall starting at 10 am and sponsored by the Ditchling WI. Dates for..

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Sunday 26 August 2012

12:30 pm Macmillan Cancer Support Summer Jazz Bar-B-Q

Tovey Lodge, Ditchling

Macmillan Cancer Support is holding a summer jazz Bar-B-Q at Tovey Lodge, Ditchling on Sunday August 26 from 12.30 until 5pm. With great food and music it is sure to be a wonderful..

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Tuesday 28 August 2012

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.
The next whist drive will be on
Tuesday 25th September 2012 at 7.15pm

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Monday 3 September 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Players auditions

Ditchling Village Hall

The Players are pleased to announce that their November 2012 production will be 'Time of My Life' by Alan Ayckbourn.  We are also pleased to welcome Frank Titford, a new face to the Players, who has kindly agreed to direct this play for us. ..

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Tuesday 4 September 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk Lucky to be Alive

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

As there was no meeting during August, several members got together and visited the Camelia Botnar Foundation in Cowfold, where we had an enjoyable wander through the garden centre accompanied by Emma from the Foundation, who although..

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Thursday 6 September 2012

2:30 pm Ditchling WI talk ‘The Rebirth of a Grand Old Lady,..

Ditchling Village Hall

Our next meeting will be on Thursday September 6th at 2.30pm in Ditchling Village Hall when Colin Walford will give us a talk on ‘The Rebirth of a Grand Old Lady, Oldland Mill’.  Why not come along and join us.

Joan Sayer, 01273 845255

6:15 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Vestry, Ditchling

Saturday 8 September 2012

  Sussex Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Ride & Stride

Sussex churches and chapels will be open on Saturday September 8th when the Annual Ride & Stride event takes place raising funds through sponsorship towards this important work.  If you would like to take part as a walker or cyclist,..

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2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Autumn

Ditchling Village Hall

The final Horticultural show of 2012 will be held on 8th September. The year 2012 has been such a special year for the Society, now in its 190th year, with new innovations and approach for all its three Annual Shows, ending with its..

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Sunday 9 September 2012

1:00 pm Six-a-Side Village Cricket


1:00 pm Six-a-Side  Village  Cricket Recreation Ground, Ditchling

Bring a Picnic Lunch. Bar open for drinks and snacks from 12:30 pm. Afternoon teas.

Organised by the Beacon Parish.

Tuesday 18 September 2012

10:00 am DVA Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday September 18th in the Ditchling Village Hall starting at 10 am and sponsored by the Ditchling WI. Dates for..

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7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting and talk Women in the..

103 East End Lane, Ditchling

The September meeting will be held at Pam Burr's home, 103 East End Lane (842133) on Tuesday 18th at 7.30pm.  We will hear a talk by Brenda Jackson on ‘Women in the Developing World’.  Please..

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Friday 21 September 2012

  Deadline for October 2012 Beacon

  Deadline for October 2012 Beacon

Tuesday 25 September 2012

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the
friendly team of players.
The next whist drive will be on
Tuesday 30th October 2012 at 7.15pm

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Friday 28 September 2012

8:00 pm The Sussex String Quartet

Old Meeting House, the Twitten

Tony Byrne and his friends will be presenting an evening of music by Hadyn, Pachabel and Glazunov  at the Old Meeting House, the Twitten, on Friday 28th September at 8.00 pm in support of the Museum Development Fund. Tickets, at £10 each to include a glass of wine, will be available from the Post Office.

Saturday 29 September 2012

  National Day of Prayer

Wembley Stadium

On Saturday 29th September, thousands of believers will unite at Wembley Stadium in worship, prayer and celebration as a climax to the Olympics and raise a standard of prayer over the British Isles. Wembley 2012 is hoped to be the single..

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10:00 am Autumnfest 2012 - A celebration of local food, drink and..

Downlands School, Dale Avenue, Hassocks

A celebration of local food, drink and sustainable living - free admission

Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Ditchling Transition Group (HKD Transition) is holding a celebration of sustainable living on Saturday..

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Tuesday 2 October 2012

7:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk ‘Life as Musicians’

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

Our very special guest for our September meeting was Fergus Anckorn. Fergus aged 22, joined the Royal Artillery Regiment as Gunner Anckorn at the beginning of the war and for the first 2 years was part of a concert party as a..

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Thursday 4 October 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Potiche

Ditchling Village Hall

Welcome back to our exciting new season of films with our first screening on Thursday, 4 October 2012 being Potiche featuring Catherine Deneuve as Suzanne, the passive wife of umbrella factory boss Robert Pujol,..

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Saturday 6 October 2012

9:00 am St Margaret's Church Flower Guild decorating the church for..

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

We will be decorating the church on Saturday 6th October, between 9 and 11 am.  During the week prior to this, there will be a box at the back of the church for any contributions of fruit, vegetables, jams, chutneys..

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Monday 8 October 2012

7:30 pm Flower Arranging Demonstration “Show Stoppers” by Jill..

Westmeston Parish Hall

Entry by Ticket £5 available from Doreen Kallman 01273844743

Tuesday 9 October 2012

  Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture..

Plumpton Village Hall

Our new season begins with a fascinating lecture on Ancient Persia.  Our speaker Christopher Bradley is not only a guidebook writer and photographer but he has also worked as a specialist guide on art..

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Wednesday 10 October 2012

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Emmanuel Chapel, Ditchling

Tuesday 16 October 2012

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings

Ditchling Village Hall

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting and talk 'Historic Houses and..

22 Shirleys, Ditchling

Sussex Prairies

On Monday 20th August, 21 members and friends, including Sally Wallis (herself a professional plantswoman), visited the Sussex Prairies at Morlands Farm, Henfield.  We arrived just as the..

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Friday 19 October 2012

  Deadline for November 2012 Beacon

  Deadline for November 2012 Beacon

7:30 pm Ditchling Museum Friends’ Association Autumn Quiz

Ditchling Village Hall

This popular annual event is to be held in Ditchling Village Hall on Friday 19th October starting at 7.30 pm. Peter Leach will be the quiz master once again and tickets, at..

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Saturday 20 October 2012

9:30 am Churchyard working party

St Martin’s, Westmeston

As autumn comes around we will be tidying the churchyards at Westmeston and Ditchling.  If you can spare a few hours please join us on Saturday October 20th at Westmeston and/or Saturday November..

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7:30 pm 60s Music Evening in Ditchling

Ditchling Village Hall

Following the last three years’ sell-out 60s music discos in Ditchling Village Hall, we are repeating the event on October 20 featuring, as before, a top Brighton DJ and all those great bands of the 60s decade.  Come and dance to the Rolling Stones,..

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Thursday 25 October 2012

7:00 pm Sing God's Praises

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

Come and sing hymns.

Saturday 27 October 2012

6:30 pm Annual Bonfire & Firework Display

Westmeston Parish Hall

Tickets £6 Adults, £4 Children 12 years and under to include Hot Dog & Soup

Tickets Available from Paul Charman 844743 or Susan Kynaston 843281

If you have any suitable bonfire material please bring it along to the Parish Hall on the morning of the 27th between 9am & 12 noon.

Sunday 28 October 2012

6:30 pm Bible Sunday evening service

St Cosmos and St Damien’s, Keymer

Bible Sunday is on 28th October and St Cosmos and St Damien’s in Keymer are hosting the joint evening service at 6:30pm. Simon Strachen who has worked for the United Bible Societies and who used to live in Hassocks will be speaking and certainly worth hearing. We do hope many will be encouraged to come.

Jill Veness

Tuesday 30 October 2012

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the
friendly team of players.
The next whist drive will be on
Tuesday 27th November 2012 at 7.15pm

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 1 November 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film The Artist

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 1 November 2012 our film will be The Artist.   Set in Hollywood in 1927, silent film star, George Valentin, (whose character is loosely based on Rudolf Valentino) is posing for pictures outside..

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Saturday 3 November 2012

12:00 pm Royal British Legion annual Poppy Day Lunch

 12:00 pm Royal British Legion annual Poppy Day Lunch Ditchling Village Hall

When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today’. Poignant words from the Kohima Memorial, which cannot fail to move.  Once again the time for remembrance draws near..

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Tuesday 6 November 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk Ditchling Connections

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

For our October meeting members were entertained by our guest speaker Herbie Flowers.  Unfortunately Michael Hinton was unable to join Herbie but nonetheless all were enthralled by Herbie with stories of his life from scholarship..

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Friday 9 November 2012

  Ditchling History Project Remembrance

   Ditchling History Project Remembrance Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

Our ever-popular series of Ditchling Character talks continues on 9th November 2012 with a topically themed talk, 'Remembrance', telling the stories of three of the..

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Saturday 10 November 2012

9:30 am Churchyard working party

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

As autumn comes around we will be tidying the churchyards at Westmeston and Ditchling.  If you can spare a few hours please join us on Saturday October 20th at Westmeston and/or Saturday November..

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9:30 am Remembrance Concert


9:30 am Remembrance Concert St Bartholomew's Church, Ann Street Brighton

Fauré’s Requiem

Howells Take him Earth, for cherishing.

Elgar’s With Proud Thanksgiving

Holt’s Mars from The Planets Suite

Artists:

  • Sara Lian Owen - soprano
  • Douglas Rice-Bowen - baritone
  • Mark Andrew James - conductor
  • Sussex Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday 13 November 2012

2:15 pm Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture..

Plumpton Village Hall

Sibelius and the Spirit of Finland’ is the title of this month’s lecture.   His music reflects his love of nature, and the Finnish landscape often served as material for his music. He once said of his..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Village Association AGM

Friends Meeting House, Ditchling

Wednesday 14 November 2012

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

St Margaret’s Church vestry

Thursday 15 November 2012

7:30 pm Ditchling Village Association AGM

Friends Meeting House, Ditchling

Friday 16 November 2012

  Deadline for December 2012 Beacon

Saturday 17 November 2012

10:00 am Beacon Churches Bazaar

Ditchling Village Hall

The Bazaar will have a pre-Christmas theme and will offer a variety of stalls to enjoy.  There will be opportunities for early Christmas shopping and chances to win enticing prizes on our tombola and raffle.  There’ll be a home-made cakes &..

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Tuesday 20 November 2012

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship annual quiz evening

Pam and Alec Gaskin’s home

We were delighted to welcome Fred Asbury last month, and once again he entertained us with an often humorous and interesting talk and slide show on ‘historic houses and gardens’ from Tudor times to the late twentieth century.  Some of..

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Saturday 24 November 2012

10:00 am Beacon Churches Gift Weekend CANCELLED

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

The Gift Weekend has been postponed until the New Year.

You can help enormously by contributing to the funds we need to raise to establish and sustain this important project. We will be running a variety..

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12:45 pm DVA Older Resident's Lunch

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling Village Association Older Resident's Lunch.

12.45 for 1pm - Saturday 24th November 2012
Ditchling Village Hall

Booking list now available in the Ditchling Post Office

I am sorry but we had to book it earlier this year so it is a 'winter' lunch rather than Christmas!

Catharine Robinson, Chairman

Tuesday 27 November 2012

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 28 November 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Players Life & Beth

Ditchling Village Hall

Someone once said that "a week is a long time in politics"; well a month is an equally long time for the Players and quite a bit has happened since the last Beacon.  Although the auditions at the beginning of September went well our director, Frank..

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Thursday 29 November 2012

7:00 pm Sing God's Praises

St Margaret’s, Ditchling

John Sandford will be introducing some carols which may be sung at the Carol Service on 23 December.

8:00 pm Ditchling Players Life & Beth

Ditchling Village Hall

Someone once said that "a week is a long time in politics"; well a month is an equally long time for the Players and quite a bit has happened since the last Beacon.  Although the auditions at the beginning of September went well our director, Frank..

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Friday 30 November 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Players Life & Beth

Ditchling Village Hall

Someone once said that "a week is a long time in politics"; well a month is an equally long time for the Players and quite a bit has happened since the last Beacon.  Although the auditions at the beginning of September went well our director, Frank..

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Saturday 1 December 2012

7:00 pm Charity Christmas Ball & Casino

Plumpton Village Hall

Doors open at 7.00pm. Carriages at Midnight. £35 per ticket.

Book a table, any size, from Plumpton Village Shop or Becky on 01273 891534. Includes a three course dinner and complimentary wine.

Professional Casino and Luxury Auction. Licensed bar. Disco. Dress code black tie.

To raise funds for Plumpton Play Park renovation. Sponsored by Plumpton College.

8:00 pm Ditchling Players Life & Beth

Ditchling Village Hall

Someone once said that "a week is a long time in politics"; well a month is an equally long time for the Players and quite a bit has happened since the last Beacon.  Although the auditions at the beginning of September went well our director, Frank..

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Sunday 2 December 2012

4:30 pm The Christmas Lights

Barn on the Green, Ditchling

 

Come along to the Barn on the Green

for mulled wine, cider Harvey’s, mince pies,

a Christmas sing-a-long and the turning on of

The Church Christmas Tree lights

Admission is free

Wearing Christmas Jumpers is encouraged!!

Tuesday 4 December 2012

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI social evening ‘Festive Food & Fun’

The White Horse

Wednesday 5 December 2012

7:00 pm Beacon Parish Advent Course


7:00 pm Beacon Parish Advent Course St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

The course will involve watching and discussing the BBC film Nativity

Thursday 6 December 2012

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Midnight in Paris

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 6 December 2012 our film will be Midnight in Paris.  Woody Allen is back on form with this witty romantic comedy. The film is about Gil, a disillusioned Hollywood screenwriter embarking on a tense..

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Friday 7 December 2012

6:00 pm St Margaret’s Choir rehearsal for Carol service

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Tuesday 11 December 2012

7:00 pm Women’s Fellowship Christmas Party

Eileen Keeling's home

Our Christmas Party will be held on Tuesday 11th December at 7pm at Eileen Keeling's home, partners are welcome to join us.  Please telephone Eileen to let her know if you will be coming (842070) and bring a plate of finger food and a bottle of a beverage.

Pam Burr

Wednesday 12 December 2012

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

The Old Meeting House

7:00 pm Beacon Parish Advent Course


7:00 pm Beacon Parish Advent Course St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

The course will involve watching and discussing the BBC film Nativity

Friday 14 December 2012

  Deadline for January 2013 Beacon

Tuesday 18 December 2012

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

7:15 pm Christmas Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 19 December 2012

7:00 pm Beacon Parish Advent Course


7:00 pm Beacon Parish Advent Course St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

The course will involve watching and discussing the BBC film Nativity

Thursday 20 December 2012

6:15 pm St Margaret’s Choir rehearsal for Carol service

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Friday 21 December 2012

  Deadline for January 2013 Beacon

Saturday 22 December 2012

9:00 am St Margaret's Church Flower Guild decorating the church for..

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Saturday 22nd December between 9 am and 11 am.  If you are not on our list of members but would like to help please contact me or Gwen..

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Sunday 23 December 2012

4:00 pm Choir rehearsal for Carol Service

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Tuesday 1 January 2013

7:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

White Horse, Ditchling

Following what has become a Ditchling Downs tradition our December meeting was held in The White Horse.  After a splendid supper President Judy Latham presided over the yearly quiz and we congratulated the winning team of Carolyn, Nina, Gill B, Jude..

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Saturday 5 January 2013

3:00 pm Bach Christmas Oratorio

 3:00 pm Bach Christmas Oratorio St Bartholomew's Church, Ann Street Brighton

Bach's Christmas Oratorio Parts 3, 4,5 & 6

Artists:

  • Helen-Jane Howells - soprano
  • Susan Legg - mezzo-soprano
  • Joseph Cornwell - tenor
  • Rodney Clark -..

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Tuesday 8 January 2013

2:15 pm Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture..

Plumpton Village Hall

Plumpton Village Hall Tuesday January 8th 2013 at 2.15 pm

Designing Historical Costumes for Theatre and TV’ is the subject of our first lecture of the New Year.   Our speaker Anna Buruma trained as a theatre..

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Wednesday 9 January 2013

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

Thursday 10 January 2013

2:30 pm Ditchling WI talk 'Regency England'

Ditchling Village Hall

Audrey Edwards, a pianist, was a guest at our Christmas Party and played some carols for us all to sing. Mr and Mrs Morley performed a very amusing short pantomime called The Not So Young Little Red Riding Hood. Our party games included six of our..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film Poetry

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 10 January 2013 we shall be showing Poetry – a mysterious and beautiful Korean film about a sixty-something grandmother, Mija, who is getting by with a nursing job.  She was once renowned for..

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Monday 14 January 2013

8:00 pm Ditchling Players Auditions

Ditchling Village Hall

This month's article from the Players comes as both a reminder and amendment to last month in which I mentioned the auditions for the spring production 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (15th to 18th May..

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Tuesday 15 January 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The first Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning in 2013 will be on Tuesday January 15th in the Ditchling Village Hall starting at 10 am and sponsored by Ditchling Museum Friends ..

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Friday 18 January 2013

  Deadline for February 2013 Beacon

Tuesday 22 January 2013

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

Jonn Grinsted’s home

Every November we hold a quiz evening.  A very big thank you to Pam and Alec Gaskin who once again hosted the event and compiled another set of challenging questions.  Congratulations to Nicki Upton, Dee Grainger and Jonn Grinsted who won by a..

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Thursday 24 January 2013

6:15 pm Beacon Parish PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church vestry

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 31 January 2013

7:00 pm Sing God's Praises

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Tuesday 5 February 2013

7:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

For the first meeting of 2013 we welcomed Graham & Wendy Quantrill have gave us a fascinating talk together with a film entitled Walking in Jordan. They explained that the area around Petra grew rich due to the farmers who..

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Thursday 7 February 2013

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

On January 10th, Ditchling WI our talk given by Richard Allen on Regency England was a fascinating insight into life between 1760 and 1837. The population in Ditchling in 1801 was 706, and rose to 844 in 1821, but Brighton in 1801 was 7,337..

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7:30 pm Life Above a Railway Tunnel

 7:30 pm Life Above a Railway Tunnel The Old Meeting House, Ditchling

A presentation by David Porter

Nestling in the foot of the beautiful South Downs, just to the north of Brighton, Clayton Tunnel North Portal is a truly unique building. Every day hundreds of trains hurtle under this..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'The Way'

Ditchling Village Hall

We shall be showing two films in February with the first being on Thursday, 7 February 2013 and called The Way which is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we all face while..

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Sunday 10 February 2013

4:00 pm Ditchling Singers rehearsal

Ditchling Village Hall

The Ditchling Singers are now rehearsing for the New Year. We meet every two weeks in the village hall on Sunday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm. Our next session will be on Sunday 10th February. New..

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Tuesday 12 February 2013

2:15 pm Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture..

Plumpton Village Hall

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.’ The Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo spent most of her 47 years as an invalid having suffered a horrific accident as a child.   She had wanted to be a doctor but her illness prevented..

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Wednesday 13 February 2013

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Emmanuel Chapel

Friday 15 February 2013

  Deadline for March 2013 Beacon

  Deadline for March 2013 Beacon

Saturday 16 February 2013

9:30 am The Beacon Parish Churchyard Working Party

Streat Church

Thank you to everyone who helped at the working parties in October (Westmeston) and November (Ditchling).  Next month we will be tidying the churchyards at Streat so please come along on Saturday February 16th from 9.30..

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Tuesday 19 February 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be sponsored by Ditchling Downs WI.  Dates and sponsors of coffee mornings for the next few months are listed below.

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7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

tba

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th February.  We will advise members of the venue and content in the weekly sheet.

We have our planning meeting in late January after which we will give a full report of the meeting.

Eileen Keeling

Thursday 21 February 2013

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Le Havre'

Ditchling Village Hall

Our second film of the month will be shown on Thursday, 21st February 2013 and is entitled Le Havre.  One day fate hands Marcel, an elderly, bohemian shoeshiner, an opportunity to prove his true worth when his..

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Tuesday 26 February 2013

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 28 February 2013

7:00 pm Sing God's Praises

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Saturday 2 March 2013

7:30 pm Come and Sing Haydn's 'Nelson Mass'

St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill Fairtrade Festival Opening Concert.

Singers' workshop 4.00 - 6.00 pm Public concert 7.30 pm.

Artists:

  • Rachel Shouksmith - soprano
  • Hilary Andrews..

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7:30 pm Brighton Festival Chorus Concert 'The Glory Of Venice'

St Bartholomew's Church, Ann Street, Brighton

Featuring BFC with Onyx Brass.

Tickets £12, £18 ( unreserved seating) Brighton Dome Box Office  01273 709709. For more information please visit www.bfc.org.uk.

Tuesday 5 March 2013

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk 'Coffee Shops to..

The Friends Meeting House, East Gardens

For our February meeting we welcomed speaker Jackie Marsh-Hobbs who has been a guide at the Brighton Pavilion for 14 years. George IV first came to Brighton in 1783, as a young prince aged 21, thus beginning an enduring romance with the..

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Thursday 7 March 2013

2:15 pm Ditchling WI meeting and talk 'Brighton Station'

Ditchling Village Hall

At our February meeting, our speaker was Mr Tony Harris, in costume as Henry VIII. He told the story of Henry’s lifelong journey to produce an heir to the throne, and hence his need for six wives. Tony had spent three months at Henry school and three..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'In a Better World'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 7 March 2013 our film will be In a Better World which is a gripping Danish film about revenge and the power of forgiveness structured around the parallel existence of two men.  Anton, who is a doctor..

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Saturday 9 March 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Horticultural Society Spring Bulb Show

Ditchling Village Hall

Celebrating 191 years in existence Ditchling Horticultural Society would like to welcome you to its annual Spring Bulb Show on the 9th March 2013 in Ditchling Village Hall.

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5:30 pm Chichester Choir Festival

Chichester Cathedral

The Chichester Choir Festival will take place in Chichester Cathedral on Saturdays 2nd and 9th March 2013 when church choirs from around the diocese will take part in the service which begins at 5.30 pm on these days. All are welcome to join in the service.

Tuesday 12 March 2013

2:15 pm Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture..

Plumpton Village Hall

Those of you who have read ‘Vanity Fair’ will remember poor Becky Sharp’s visit to these gardens and her unfortunate encounter with a very hot chilli which finished any romantic dalliance between her and her best friend’s Amelia’s..

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Wednesday 13 March 2013

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Tuesday 19 March 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be sponsored by the PTA.  Dates and sponsors of coffee mornings for the next few months are listed below.

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7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship Corporate Communion

Friend’s Meeting House

On Tuesday March 19th we will be meeting at the Friend’s Meeting House at 7.30pm for our annual Corporate Communion.  We are very pleased Father David is able to officiate.

Pam Burr

Thursday 21 March 2013

8:00 pm Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft Special Film Screening..

Ditchling Village Hall

In association with Ditchling Film Society presents a screening of David Jones Between the Wars: The Years of Achievement plus an introductory talk and Q&A by one of the films directors Derek Shiel on the 21st..

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Friday 22 March 2013

  Deadline for April 2013 Beacon

  Deadline for April 2013 Beacon

8:00 pm Ditchling Village Association Newcomers' Party

Ditchling Village Hall

TO ALL NEWCOMERS to Ditchling since March last year – we look forward to meeting you at our annual Newcomers’ Party on Friday 22nd March at 8 pm in the Village Hall. You..

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Tuesday 26 March 2013

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Saturday 30 March 2013

9:00 am St Margaret's Church Flower Guild - Easter Flowers

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

We will be doing the flowers for Easter on Saturday 30th March from 9 - 11 am.   There will be a bowl at the back of the church for the three Sundays prior to Easter for contributions towards the purchase of flowers, and any donations will be most gratefully received.

Jenny Bell

Thursday 4 April 2013

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting and talk 'Newhaven Fort - Then and Now'

Ditchling Village Hall

For our March meeting, our appointed Speaker was unwell, so Mr Dick Morley stepped in at very short notice and gave us a very interesting talk on the history of the Ditchling Horticultural Society. This Society was established in 1831, with rules and..

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6:15 pm Beacon Parish PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Vestry

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Incendies'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 4 April 2013 we shall be showing Incendies.  After the death of a Canadian Lebanese woman, her grown up twin children discover from the will that they have a brother about whom they knew nothing and..

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Saturday 6 April 2013

9:30 am Streat Barn Garden maintenance

Streat Barn Garden

The first session to maintain Streat Barn Garden will be on Saturday 6 April at 9.30am. Any help would be most welcome; coffee and biscuits will be served.  Thereafter we will meet on the 2nd Saturday of the month ie 11 May, 8 June, 13 July, 10 August and 14 September.

Fiona Smith

10:00 am The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Ditchling Village Hall and St Margaret's Church

7:30 pm Benjamin Britten Centenary Concert

Lancing College Chapel

Concert to celebrate Benjamin Britten's Centenary

Rejoice in the Lamb, Ceremony of Carols, Te Deum and Jubilate and cantata: Abraham and Isaac.

Artists:

  • Kat Carson - soprano
  • Alexandra Rogers -..

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Sunday 7 April 2013

10:00 am The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Ditchling Village Hall and St Margaret's Church

Tuesday 9 April 2013

2:15 pm Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture..

Plumpton Village Hall

Out of the Blue’ is the title of this month’s lecture.   Blue is the colour of the sky and the Virgin Mary's gown.  It is the colour of the sea and the haze of distant mountains.   It can..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk 'History of Harris Fairs..

The Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

We were delighted to welcome Peter Cave at our March meeting, who with his decades of experience at Lloyd's spoke to us of the fascinating history of the City of London from Roman times to the present day.  We learnt how the..

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Wednesday 10 April 2013

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

The Old Meeting House, Ditchling

7:30 pm Ditchling Village Hall Annual General Meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

Our Annual General Meeting this year will be on Wednesday April 10th 2013 in the upper hall. Whether a Ditchling resident or not, or a current user of Ditchling Village Hall or not, you are invited to attend. ..

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Tuesday 16 April 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be sponsored by the Ditchling Players.  Dates and sponsors of coffee mornings for the next few months are listed below.

..

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7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

Margaret Houston`s home

Our February meeting was held at Jonn Grinsted`s home. The Bellringers had once again kindly allowed us to borrow their handbells under the guidance of Pam Burr. Pam had the hard task of trying to teach, lead, prompt and encourage us to play the right note..

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Thursday 18 April 2013

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Benda Bilili!'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 18 April 2013 our second film will be Benda Bilili!  Staff Benda Bilili are a group of Congolese buskers, many of whom have been crippled by polio and abandoned by their government only to be..

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Friday 19 April 2013

  Deadline for May 2013 Beacon

  Deadline for May 2013 Beacon

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday April 16th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am as we have to ensure that we..

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Saturday 20 April 2013

12:00 pm St George’s Day Lunch

Ditchling Village Hall

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section Ditchling Branch

(Chair – Pauline Lee)

St George’s Day Lunch

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7:30 pm Burgess Hill Choral Society Spring Concert

St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill

In our Spring Concert, we are joined by soloists trained by renowned local teacher Penny Jenkins in a semi-staged performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. We are also delighted to be performing the world première of..

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Thursday 25 April 2013

7:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Friday 26 April 2013

11:00 am Street Diner launch

 11:00 am Street Diner launch Brighthelm Garden, Queens Road, Brighton

Street Diner brings street food revolution to Brighton

Street Diner is Brighton’s first weekly street food market, bringing the UK’s vibrant street food scene to the streets of BN1. Launching Friday 26th..

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Saturday 27 April 2013

8:00 pm Concert of Georgian music

The Old Meeting House, Ditchling

Ditchling Museum Friends’ Association

A concert of Georgian music in the old Meeting House on Saturday 27th April at 8.00 pm.

Tabuni, a women’s..

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Tuesday 30 April 2013

  Deadline for the Turner-Dumbrell Foundation applications for..

7:00 pm Watoto Children's Choir 'Beautiful Africa: A New Generation'


7:00 pm Watoto Children's Choir 'Beautiful Africa: A New Generation' St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

The Watoto Children's Choir will present their brand new tour, Beautiful Africa: A New Generation.  The  choir has performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant in May 2012 and in Buckingham Palace, in November 2007.

Please see www.watato.com for more information.  Also there is a video of their singing on Youtube.

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 2 May 2013

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, the Twitten

At our April meeting our Speaker, Ian Everest, gave us a talk on Newhaven Fort, Then and Now. This local fort was one of 72 built around England in 1859 to defend this country from invasions by sea. This Fort has seen much destruction in..

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Wednesday 8 May 2013

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church vestry

Saturday 11 May 2013

9:30 am Streat Barn Garden maintenance session

Streat Barn Garden

Tuesday 14 May 2013

2:15 pm Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture..

Plumpton Village Hall

Legend and Lustre’ is our Lecture for May.  Come and glory in the wonders of Thai silks and enjoy their jewel like shimmering colours and beautiful designs.   Come also to learn about the extraordinary life of Jim Thompson,..

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2:15 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk ‘Land Army Girls – A..

Friends Meeting House, Ditchling

For our April meeting we welcomed Robert Harris from Harris Bros. Funfair.  Robert’s great grandfather John Harris who started the business was born in 1833 married in 1855 and had five sons. He came into the fairground business in the..

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Wednesday 15 May 2013

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Friends Meeting House

8:00 pm Ditchling Players production 'Far from the Madding Crowd'

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling Players

As I write this the rehearsals for our Spring production 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (15th to 18th May 2013) are moving on a pace and things are definitely taking shape both on and..

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Thursday 16 May 2013

8:00 pm Ditchling Players production 'Far from the Madding Crowd'

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling Players

As I write this the rehearsals for our Spring production 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (15th to 18th May 2013) are moving on a pace and things are definitely taking shape both on and..

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Friday 17 May 2013

  Deadline for June 2013 Beacon

  Deadline for June 2013 Beacon

8:00 pm Ditchling Players production 'Far from the Madding Crowd'

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling Players

As I write this the rehearsals for our Spring production 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (15th to 18th May 2013) are moving on a pace and things are definitely taking shape both on and..

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Saturday 18 May 2013

8:00 pm Ditchling Players production 'Far from the Madding Crowd'

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling Players

As I write this the rehearsals for our Spring production 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (15th to 18th May 2013) are moving on a pace and things are definitely taking shape both on and..

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Tuesday 21 May 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be sponsored by the Horticultural Society.  Dates and sponsors of coffee mornings for the next few months are listed below.

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7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting and talk 'Off the Fence'

Margaret Moore’s house

Our April meeting entitled "who we were" was hosted by Margaret Houston.   We spent an interesting evening pouring over photos of ourselves when young children. We were surprised as to how difficult it proved to identify each other; consequently..

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Thursday 23 May 2013

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'The Salt of Life'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 23 May 2013 we shall be showing The Salt of Life which is a continuation of Gianni Di Gregorio’s beguiling low-budget hit, Mid-August Lunch.  This is a delightfully..

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Saturday 25 May 2013

7:30 pm Haydn's Creation

St Bartholomew's Church, Ann Street, Brighton

Artists:

  • Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz - soprano
  • Paul Smy - tenor
  • Michael George - bass
  • Southern Pro Musica
  • Neil Jenkins - conductor

Tickets: £15 £12 concessions, children free from Ticket Manager 01444 412579 or dome Box Office 01273 709709

Tuesday 28 May 2013

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 30 May 2013

7:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Tuesday 4 June 2013

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House

For our May meeting we welcomed Ian Everest who gave us a fascinating talk on Land Army Girls - A Sussex Connection. He spoke with first-hand knowledge, as his mother, who was living in North London at the start of WW2, decided she wanted to do her..

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Thursday 6 June 2013

2:30 pm Ditchling WI entertainment by Harpist, Margaret Watson

Ditchling Village Hall

The topic for our May meeting was the WI resolution ‘Decline of our high streets and town centres’. Since this resolution was proposed in September last year, several famous shops have gone into administration. However, we did manage to..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Monsieur Lazhar'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 6 June 2013 our film will be Monsieur Lazhar.  In Montreal, an elementary school teacher dies abruptly.  Having learned of the incident from the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar, who is a 55 year old..

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Tuesday 11 June 2013

2:15 pm Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture..

Plumpton Village Hall

Turner and the Sea’ is the subject of this month’s lecture.  The lecturer Eric Shanes has been Chairman of the Turner Society and he is also a practising painter, printmaker and writer.

Joseph Mallord William Turner..

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Wednesday 12 June 2013

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Emmanuel Chapel

2:30 pm Ditchling History Project drop-in centre

White Horse Restaurant

Your questions about Ditchling answered?

Do you want to learn more about our village history and heritage?

Local history

      Families

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Thursday 13 June 2013

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church vestry

Friday 14 June 2013

  Deadline for July 2013 Beacon

7:45 pm HKD Transition film Queen of the Sun - What Are the Bees..

Ditchling Village Hall

HKD Transition (with very much appreciated assistance from Ditchling Film Society) will be showing this inspiring film about bees and bee-keepers on Friday 14 June at 7.45 pm in Ditchling Village Hall:

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Saturday 15 June 2013

1:00 pm Ditchling (St Margaret’s) CE Primary School Summer Fair

Ditchling School

Our Summer Fair is just around the corner and we are planning a fun-packed afternoon. There will be face painting, a bouncy slide, craft tent with plenty of other activities to entertain children, as well as a beer tent, teas, coffees, cakes and hotdogs to keep the grown-ups refreshed as well. So come along to Ditchling School on Saturday 15th June from 1 to 4 pm.

Sunday 16 June 2013

2:00 pm Open Garden in aid of the NGS Charities and St Peter and St..

Stonehealed Farm, Streat, BN6 8SA

Open Garden at Stonehealed Farm, Streat, BN6 8SA

In aid of the NGS Charities and St Peter and St James Hospice

on Sundays 26 May and 16 June from 2 to 5pm

Homemade cakes and plants for sale

Entrance £4, children free

Tuesday 18 June 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

It is sponsored by the Ditchling Morris Dancers.

Friday 21 June 2013

  Deadline for July 2013 Beacon

Tuesday 25 June 2013

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 26 June 2013

9:30 am Women’s Fellowship outing to Chichester

Ditchling Village Hall

An outing has been arranged for our June Meeting when we will be visiting Chichester followed by a visit to Sandhill Farm House and garden where we will have tea.

The coach will leave the Village Hall at..

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Thursday 27 June 2013

7:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Everyone is welcome to sing hymns old and new.

Sunday 30 June 2013

  Heart of Sussex walk

Clayton Windmills to Alfriston

Help raise much needed funds to beat heart disease by being sponsored.  Enter as an individual, with family or friends or as a team from your company.

Varying distances—5, 8, 15, or..

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Tuesday 2 July 2013

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk by Robert Harris

Friends Meeting House, the Twitten

For our July meeting we are delighted to welcome back Robert Harris from who will give us Part 2 of his very interesting talk on Harris Fun Fairs. This meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd July, the Friends Meeting House, East Gardens..

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Thursday 4 July 2013

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

For the June meeting we welcomed Margaret Watson, the Harpist. She wore a beautiful new sparkly gown which she had made herself. She entertained us with popular songs and music mostly from the musicals and other well known tunes like Greensleeves...

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 4 July 2013 we shall be showing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a bitter-sweet but life-affirming comedy drama.   Commencing in England, an assortment of downcast pensioners, each with their own..

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Tuesday 9 July 2013

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture Coachwork and the Vintage Car, ‘From..

Plumpton Village Hall

Plumpton Village Hall Tuesday July 9th  2013 at 2.15

Coachwork and the Vintage Car,  ‘From Phaetons to Phantoms.’    A lecture on coachwork and..

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Wednesday 10 July 2013

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

2:30 pm Ditchling History Project drop-in centre

White Horse Restaurant

Your questions about Ditchling answered?

Do you want to learn more about our village history and heritage?

Local history

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Saturday 13 July 2013

9:30 am Streat Barn Garden maintenance

Streat Barn Garden

Tuesday 16 July 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

6:00 pm Women’s Fellowship Summer Party

Jenny and Jasper`s home

Our May meeting took place in Margaret Moore`s home and we were pleased to welcome Paul Young from the Brighton charity OFF THE FENCE to speak to us.

Paul told us about the work being done among the most deprived and needy in..

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Wednesday 17 July 2013

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church vestry

Thursday 18 July 2013

  Music for a Summer's Evening

Old Meeting House

Music for a Summer's Evening is coming back to the Old Meeting House by popular demand.  Andrew Wickens (Violin) and Elizabeth Hills (piano) will be returning on Thursday 18th July with..

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Friday 19 July 2013

  Deadline for August 2013 Beacon

  Deadline for August 2013 Beacon

Saturday 20 July 2013

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Annual Summer Show

Ditchling Village Hall

Saturday 20th July, 2 to 4 pm

The Annual Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 20th July between 2pm and 4pm. This Show displays the best home grown fruit and seasonable vegetables; in addition the..

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7:30 pm VANITY and JOY: Music for a Summer's Evening

St Bartholomew's Church, Ann Street, Brighton

St Bartholomew's Church, Brighton, Saturday 20 July 2013 7.30pm    

Tickets £14 & £20

In the final concert in the current BFC@Barts series, Brighton Festival..

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Monday 22 July 2013

  Music Express Summer Music and Drama Workshop

Great Walstead School, Lindfield

MUSIC EXPRESS

Summer Music and Drama Workshops

The Music Express runs music and drama workshops for children aged between 7 and 12. The courses are run at Great Walstead..

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Thursday 25 July 2013

7:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Everyone is welcome to sing hymns old and new.

Tuesday 30 July 2013

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Monday 5 August 2013

8:00 pm Ditchling Players audition

Ditchling Village Hall

This is just a reminder that the Players autumn production is ‘Quartet’ by Ronald Harwood (6th to 9th November) directed by Jill Hewer who successfully directed ‘Season’s Greetings’..

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Wednesday 7 August 2013

2:30 pm Ditchling History Project drop-in centre

White Horse Restaurant

Your questions about Ditchling answered?

Do you want to learn more about our village history and heritage?

Local history

      Families

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Saturday 10 August 2013

9:30 am Streat Barn Garden maintenance session

Streat Barn Garden, Streat Lane, Streat

The next session to maintain Streat Barn Garden will be on Saturday 10 August at 9.30am.  Any help would be most welcome. Coffee and biscuits will be served.  The next session after that will be on 14 September.

Fiona Smith

Sunday 11 August 2013

2:00 pm Gardens Open

1, 2 and 3 Glebe Cottages, Lewes Road, Westmeston

Gardens Open Sunday 11th August 2pm – 5pm

1, 2 and 3 Glebe Cottages, Lewes Road, Westmeston.

Number 3 is a medium-sized country garden. The garden is full of summer colour with an..

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Wednesday 14 August 2013

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

The Old Meeting House, Ditchling

2:30 pm Ditchling History Project drop-in centre

White Horse Restaurant

Your questions about Ditchling answered?

Do you want to learn more about our village history and heritage?

Local history

      Families

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Thursday 15 August 2013

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church vestry

Friday 16 August 2013

  Deadline for September 2013 Beacon

  Deadline for September 2013 Beacon

Sunday 18 August 2013

2:30 pm Malthouse Farm Garden open

Malthouse Farm Garden in Streat Lane will be open under the National Garden Scheme on 18th and 20th August from 2.30 to 5.30.  Admission £4.00 children free. Tea and cakes available. Plants for sale. Post code BN6 8SA.

Sue Hancock

Tuesday 20 August 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

1:10 pm Organ Recital by Richard Toms

Chapel Royal, North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EA

Richard Toms will be giving an organ recital on the Father Willis organ in the Chapel Royal, North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EA at 1.10 pm on Tuesday 20 August. The programme will include works by Bossi, Widor, Bach, Ireland and Dupre.

2:30 pm Malthouse Farm Garden open

Malthouse Farm Garden in Streat Lane will be open under the National Garden Scheme on 18th and 20th August from 2.30 to 5.30.  Admission £4.00 children free. Tea and cakes available. Plants for sale. Post code BN6 8SA.

Sue Hancock

7:30 pm Women's Fellowship meeting and talk on the work carried out..

Women`s Fellowship Summer Outing

The sun shone and the sky was blue, so it was with a feeling of pleasurable anticipation that the members of the Women`s Fellowship set out for their Summer Outing on 26th June to Chichester and Sandhill Farm House. We were not to be..

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Tuesday 27 August 2013

  Music Express Summer Music and Drama Workshop

Great Walstead School, Lindfield

MUSIC EXPRESS

Summer Music and Drama Workshops

The Music Express runs music and drama workshops for children aged between 7 and 12. The courses are run at Great Walstead..

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7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 28 August 2013

7:30 pm Beacon Parish Pilgrimage Presentation Evening

 7:30 pm Beacon Parish Pilgrimage Presentation Evening St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Beacon Parish Pilgrimage

 THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA AND ISTANBUL

15 - 25 May 2014

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Thursday 29 August 2013

7:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Everyone is welcome to sing hymns old and new.

Sunday 1 September 2013

12:30 pm Charity Cricket Match John Broomfield vs Ditchling

Ditchling Recreation Ground

To raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

There will be an:

  • Auction
  • Punch & Judy
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Face painting
  • BBQ starts at 11.30
  • Tea and cakes

and of course the bar will be open

Please make a donation at www.justgiving.com/johnbroomfield1

Tuesday 3 September 2013

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI talk on ‘Corn Circles’

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd September when Andy Thomas will give a talk on ‘Corn Circles’. Enquiries Barbara Dollings Tel: 01273 843892.

Barbara Dollings 01273 843892

Thursday 5 September 2013

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting and talk on ‘The Natural Life of the..

Ditchling Village Hall

For our July meeting, we were delighted to welcome back Herbie Flowers. He entertained us with music and songs and told us many stories of his life, both during his RAF years, then passing an exam to become a bandsman in the RAF and the times when he..

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Sunday 8 September 2013

2:00 pm Knowles Tooth Fun Day

Langton Lane, Hurstpierpoint, BN6 8EZ

Sunday 8th September 2013, 2 to 5pm
Adults £2, children free.

Family Support Work

FSW has been around for over 100 years helping families throughout Sussex to deal with..

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2:00 pm BHF Heart of Sussex Sponsored Horse Ride

St Helena Farm, Plumpton Green

This year the British Heart Foundation will again be holding their very popular sponsored ride at St Helena Farm in Plumpton Green.  The course will be 10 miles over beautiful Sussex countryside with optional..

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Wednesday 11 September 2013

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Emmanuel Chapel

2:30 pm Ditchling History Project drop-in centre

White Horse Restaurant

Your questions about Ditchling answered?

Do you want to learn more about our village history and heritage?

Local history

      Families

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Saturday 14 September 2013

  The Sussex Historic Churches Trust Annual Ride & Stride

The Sussex Historic Churches Trust, which gives grants for repairs and conservation work to the many historic churches in the county, including those in our own parish, raises funds through the annual sponsored Bike and Stride event which this year takes place on..

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9:30 am Streat Barn Garden maintenance session

Streat Barn Garden, Streat Lane, Streat

Any help would be most welcome. Coffee and biscuits will be served. 

Fiona Smith

Tuesday 17 September 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

Jenny Beck’s home

Our September 17th meeting will be held at Jenny Beck’s home (846555) at 7.30pm when Fred Asbury will again be entertaining us with photo slides and accompanying commentary. The topic is as yet unknown. 

Pam Burr

Friday 20 September 2013

  Deadline for October 2013 Beacon

9:00 am Fun Charity Golf Day

Hollingbury Park Golf Course.

Friday 20th September 2013, 9am to 5pm

Hollingbury Park Golf Course. 

£40 per person, includes buffet lunch, prizes and trophies.  Booking..

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Saturday 21 September 2013

  Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft Opening


  Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft Opening Ditchling Museum

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft has undergone an impressive redevelopment over the last two years and will reopen to the public on 21st September 2013. The Museum will explore the rich artistic heritage of the village, where some of the 20th Century's most creative ideas relating to crafts and design were born and nurtured.

Tuesday 24 September 2013

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 25 September 2013

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church vestry

Thursday 26 September 2013

7:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Everyone is welcome to sing hymns old and new.

Saturday 28 September 2013

11:00 am Let Us Play musical workshop for all

St Nicholas of Myra, Church Road, Brighton, BN1 3LJ
Frances Novillo, RMA (London & South)

Saturday 28 September 2013, 11am to 2pm
St Nicholas of Myra, Church Road, Brighton, BN1 3LJ

Cost:..

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12:00 pm Jazz, Picnics and Pimms!


12:00 pm Jazz, Picnics and Pimms! Ditchling Village Green

The Beacon Parish is delighted to be hosting this wonderful musical event for the 4th year running on Ditchling village green.

Come and listen to jazz, swing and popular standards played by the wonderful Bobbie du Bois and the Shoeshine Boy and special guests Mr Blew Duo.

Entry is free, no ticket required, all are welcome! Refreshments stall and raffle.

Thursday 3 October 2013

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'The Well Digger’s Daughter'

Ditchling Village Hall

After an amazing and totally unexpectedly hot summer we should like to welcome you all back to our new and exciting season of films with our first one being shown on Thursday, 3 October 2013 and called The Well Digger’s..

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Saturday 5 October 2013

  Harvest Festival Flowers

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

We will be decorating the church for the Harvest Festival on Saturday 5th October between 9 and 11 am and if anyone not already involved with the flowers at St Margaret's would like to come along to help..

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Tuesday 8 October 2013

2:15 pm NADFAS 'Mystery and Splendour of the Golden Ages of Art'

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

This, our first lecture of the season, promises to be a cracker.   Have you ever wondered why, at any particular time, suddenly a genius will appear?   Why Michelangelo? ..

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Wednesday 9 October 2013

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

The Friends Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

2:30 pm Ditchling History Project drop-in centre

White Horse Restaurant

Your questions about Ditchling answered?

Do you want to learn more about our village history and heritage?

Local history

      Families

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Saturday 12 October 2013

10:00 am RNLI Coffee Morning

United Reformed Church Hall, Hassocks

Please come along to the RNLI Hurstpierpoint and District Branch Coffee Morning at the United Reformed Church Hall, Hassocks, on Saturday, 12th October from 10am to 12 noon.  Take this early opportunity to buy Christmas cards and lifeboat souvenirs.  There will also be sales of cakes, bric a brac, books and a raffle.

Margaret Jones

Tuesday 15 October 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

Thursday 17 October 2013

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church vestry

Friday 18 October 2013

  Deadline for November 2013 Beacon

8:00 pm HKD Transition Group film 'Chasing Ice'

Ditchling Village Hall

With the assistance of Ditchling Film Society, Hassocks-Hurst-Keymer-Ditchling Transition Group (HKD) is showing the spectacular film 'Chasing Ice' on Friday 18 October at Ditchling Village Hall, at..

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Friday 25 October 2013

7:30 pm Ditchling Museum Friends’ Association Autumn Quiz

Ditchling Village Hall

A date for your diary! Don’t miss our popular Autumn Quiz which will be held in Ditchling Village Hall on Friday 25th October starting at 7.30 pm. Once again Peter Leach will be the quiz master and tickets at £12 each, to include a hot supper, can be obtained from the Post Office or from Martin Roberts (01273 843890). Please bring your own drinks and glasses.

Saturday 26 October 2013

6:00 pm Annual Bonfire and Firework Display.

Westmeston Parish Hall

This will be held on Saturday 26th October, 6pm at Westmeston Parish Hall.

7:30 pm 60s Music Evening in Ditchling

Ditchling Village Hall

Following the last four years’ sell-out 60s music discos in Ditchling Village Hall, we are repeating the event on October 26 featuring, as before, a top Brighton DJ and all those great bands of the 60s decade.

You can dance to the Rolling Stones,..

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Tuesday 29 October 2013

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 31 October 2013

7:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Everyone is welcome to sing hymns old and new.

Saturday 2 November 2013

12:00 pm Ditchling RBL Women’s Section Poppy Lunch


12:00 pm Ditchling RBL Womenâs Section Poppy Lunch Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling RBL Women’s Section will be holding their Poppy Lunch in the Village Hall on Saturday 2nd November from 12 noon onwards.

Wednesday 6 November 2013

1:15 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:15 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.15pm

8:00 pm Ditchling Players 'Quartet'

Ditchling Village Hall

This is just a reminder that tickets for the Ditchling Players production - 'Quartet’ by Ronald Harwood - go on sale from the 14th October and are £7 (Wednesday) and £8..

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Thursday 7 November 2013

2:30 pm Ditchling WI AGM

Ditchling Village Hall

Our October meeting was our Members Meeting, where we provide our own entertainment. We had a very interesting talk/discussion provided by Julia Bunting, the daughter of one of our members on “The High Street”. Julia has spent over 30 years working..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society AGM

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

The 191st Annual General Meeting of the Ditchling Horticultural Society (founded 1822) will be held in The Old Meeting House, The Twitten on Thursday 7th November 2013 at..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House

For our October AGM meeting we welcomed Sarah Oldridge who has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens for 30 years and is the Adult Education Co-ordinator at both Kew Gardens and Wakehurst Place. Her subject was ‘Through the Seasons at Kew and..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Players 'Quartet'

Ditchling Village Hall

This is just a reminder that tickets for the Ditchling Players production - 'Quartet’ by Ronald Harwood - go on sale from the 14th October and are £7 (Wednesday) and £8..

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Friday 8 November 2013

8:00 pm Ditchling Players 'Quartet'

Ditchling Village Hall

This is just a reminder that tickets for the Ditchling Players production - 'Quartet’ by Ronald Harwood - go on sale from the 14th October and are £7 (Wednesday) and £8..

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Saturday 9 November 2013

7:30 pm Sussex Chorus Brahms Requiem

 7:30 pm Sussex Chorus Brahms Requiem All Saints Parish Church, Hove

Also in the programme will be Haydn Four Partsongs; Brahms Four Serious Songs and excerpts from Brahms Neue Liebeslieder op 65.

Sussex Chorus will be joined by Bibi..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Players 'Quartet'

Ditchling Village Hall

This is just a reminder that tickets for the Ditchling Players production - 'Quartet’ by Ronald Harwood - go on sale from the 14th October and are £7 (Wednesday) and £8..

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Monday 11 November 2013

2:30 pm Ditchling History Project drop-in centre

White Horse Restaurant

Your questions about Ditchling answered?

Do you want to learn more about our village history and heritage?

Local history

      Families

..

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Wednesday 13 November 2013

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

2:30 pm Ditchling History Project drop-in centre

White Horse Restaurant

Your questions about Ditchling answered?

Do you want to learn more about our village history and heritage?

Local history

      Families

..

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7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church vestry

Thursday 14 November 2013

6:00 pm Choir Practice for Carol Service

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

7:30 pm Ditchling Village Association AGM

Friend's Meeting House

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Even the Rain'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 14 November 2013 our film is called Even the Rain which is a smart, socially aware fable about a Spanish film crew, headed by Gael Garcia Bernal as a kind of heart-throb Herzog, who arrive in Bolivia to..

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Friday 15 November 2013

  Deadline for December 2013 Beacon

Saturday 16 November 2013

10:00 am Memorabilia for Getting Ready to Remember

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

In this month of Remembrance, and in preparation for the 1914 Centenary, we are asking for WW1 memorabilia - letters, diaries, photographs – to be brought either to our monthly drop in session in the White Horse on Wednesday November 13th from 2 to 5pm or to St Margaret’s Church on Saturday November 16th between 10am and 1pm.  

Janet Cragg

Tuesday 19 November 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship Annual Quiz

Pam Gaskin's home

The Women's Fellowship met at Pam Burr's home on the 15th October. Our speaker was Brenda Jenkins, who spoke to us before about her work with midwives in Afghanistan.  This time Brenda told us of her work amongst Palestinians and the Bedouin as an..

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Wednesday 20 November 2013

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Thursday 21 November 2013

7:30 pm Meet three more Ditchling Characters

 7:30 pm Meet three more Ditchling Characters Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

In an evening of illustrated talks, with time for questions and shared reminiscence, members of the Ditchling History Project will tell the stories of The Reverend Arthur Hayes Belcher, Chairman of Civil Defence General Services in..

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Saturday 23 November 2013

9:30 am The Beacon Parish Churchyard Clearing

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Many thanks to everyone who helped at Streat last month where in spite of heavy showers a good deal of clearing was done in both the churchyard and the south extension.    We will be working in the churchyard at..

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Wednesday 27 November 2013

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Thursday 28 November 2013

6:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Everyone is welcome to sing hymns old and new.

7:30 pm 'Meet three more Ditchling Characters'

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

In an evening of illustrated talks, with time for questions and shared reminiscence, members of the Ditchling History Project will tell the stories of The Reverend Arthur Hayes Belcher, Chairman of Civil Defence General..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Amour'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 28 November 2013 our film will be Amour.  The film tells the story of Georges and Anne who are cultivated, retired music teachers in their 80’s. They have a daughter who is also a musician but..

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Sunday 1 December 2013

10:00 am The Ditchling Preschool Christmas Fair

Ditchling Village Hall

The Ditchling Preschool will be holding its annual Christmas Fair, at the Village Hall in Ditchling, on Sunday 1st December, from 10am to 2pm.  There will be a variety of..

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4:30 pm Light Up Ditchling


4:30 pm Light Up Ditchling Barn on the Green, Ditchling

Ditchling Christmas Starts Here!

A chance for Ditchling to come together as Fr David lights the village Christmas tree.  Join us for mulled wine and cider, soft drinks, nibbles and mince pies.

Free admission.

Tuesday 3 December 2013

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI 'Festive Foods & Fun'

The White Horse

A lot of fun and laughter was had for our November meeting. A warm welcome was given to Louise Cave who is a qualified fitness instructor and she introduced us to Fitsteps or Ballroom Blitz as it is sometimes called. This is the latest keep fit class using steps from..

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Wednesday 4 December 2013

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

7:00 pm Advent Course

St Margaret's Church vestry, Ditchling

Thursday 5 December 2013

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Christmas Party

Ditchling Village Hall

At our AGM on 7th November a representative from East Sussex Federation, Barbara Polhill, gave a very interesting and informative talk on the WI Resolutions, which give WI members a mandate to speak on matters that concern them. A great deal of time..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Searching for Sugar Man'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 5 December 2013 we shall be showing Searching for Sugar Man about a musician who in the late 60’s was discovered in a Detroit bar by two producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and..

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Saturday 7 December 2013

12:00 pm Ditchling Village Association 60+ Lunch

Ditchling Village Hall

We would like to invite Ditchling residents who are 60+ to the annual Christmas lunch on Saturday 7th December, Ditchling Village Hall, doors open 12 noon.  Please add your name to the list in the Post Office.

Catherine Robinson

3:00 pm A Family Christmas Concert

 3:00 pm A Family Christmas Concert The Kings Church, 33 - 35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill

Sussex Chorus presents a Christmas Concert for families, comprising favourite Christmas Carols with audience participation. 

The Ox, Ass and other animals tell the Christmas story.

..

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Tuesday 10 December 2013

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'From Frozen Forest to Reindeer'

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

From Frozen Forest to Reindeer’ is our aptly named lecture for the Christmas season.   However don’t worry; no mention will be made of mince..

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7:00 pm Women’s Fellowship Christmas gathering

Eileen Keeling's home

Our November quiz evening will be reported in the January issue as it had not taken place at the time of going to press.

Our Christmas gathering will take place on Tuesday 10th December at..

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Wednesday 11 December 2013

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

The Old Meeting House

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

2:30 pm Ditchling History Project drop-in centre

White Horse Restaurant

Your questions about Ditchling answered?

Do you want to learn more about our village history and heritage? Local history, Families, Religions, Industries,  House occupation, Arts and Crafts, Buildings, Agriculture, Births, Marriages,..

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7:00 pm Advent Course

St Margaret's Church vestry, Ditchling

Thursday 12 December 2013

6:00 pm Choir Rehearsal for Carol Service on 22 December

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Rehearsal for the Carol Service in St Margaret's Church on 22 December.

Friday 13 December 2013

  Deadline for January 2014 Beacon

7:30 pm Candlelit Christmas Entertainment

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

Ditchling Museum Friends’ Association will be presenting their annual Candlelit Evening of Festive Music and Readings in the Old Meeting House, the Twitten, on Friday 13th..

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Saturday 14 December 2013

7:30 pm Burgess Hill Choral Society Christmas Concert

St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road

Join us for our popular Christmas Concert where we will be singing Dvořák's lyrical and dramatic Mass in D, Britten's short Te Deum in C and a selection of carols for..

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Sunday 15 December 2013

4:00 pm Brighton Festival Chorus Christmas Concert

The Dome, Brighton

Join Brighton Festival Chorus, Brighton Festival Youth Choir and London Gala Orchestra for this annual highlight. A joyous celebration of the very best of Christmas music, from traditional to modern, including all your best loved carols and festive favourites.  Tickets from 01273 709709.

Tuesday 17 December 2013

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The last coffee morning of 2013 will be held on December 17th sponsored by the Ditchling Village Association.

7:15 pm Christmas Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

The Christmas Whist Drive will be held on Tuesday 17th December at 7.15pm

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 18 December 2013

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

7:00 pm Advent Course

St Margaret's Church vestry, Ditchling

Thursday 19 December 2013

6:00 pm Choir Rehearsal for Carol Service on 22 December

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Rehearsal for the Carol Service in St Margaret's Church on 22 December.

Saturday 21 December 2013

9:00 am St Margaret's Flowers for Christmas

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

We will be decorating the church on Saturday 21st December between 9 and 11 am.  If anyone is interested in joining the flower group please contact Gwen Searle (842074) or Jenny Bell..

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Sunday 22 December 2013

4:30 pm Final Rehearsal for Carol Service

Final rehearsal for the Carol Service in St Margaret's Church on 22 December.

6:00 pm Service of Lessons and Carols

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Thursday 26 December 2013

1:00 pm Ditchling Morris and Mummers

The Bull, Ditchling

Once again Ditchling Morris and Mummers will perform, by kind permission of the management, at the Bull, Ditchling at 1pm on Boxing Day, 26 December. There will be Carol singing, Mummers and Morris. We shall be..

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Tuesday 7 January 2014

10:15 am New Monthly Village Coffee Morning

Streat Church

and every first Tuesday of the month

Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am.

All are very welcome and we look forward to seeing you there

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House

As usual our December meeting was held in The White Horse for an evening of Festive Fun. After a splendid supper President Judy presided over the yearly quiz and congratulations were given to the winning team of Caro, Jude, Margaret, Joan, Sally, Alex &..

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Thursday 9 January 2014

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

Our December meeting was our Christmas Party. For our entertainment, we decided upon some games, as well as bingo.  Also Mr and Mrs Dick Morley entertained us with a lovely Christmas reading.  Father Christmas gave every member a present from his..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society Film The Hunt

Ditchling Village Hall

Our first film of the New Year will be on Thursday, 9 January 2014 and is entitled The Hunt directed by Thomas Vinterberg who made the highly acclaimed Festen.  Set in a small lower class community in rural..

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Monday 13 January 2014

8:00 pm Ditchling Players auditions

Ditchling Village Hall

We're already thinking of our Spring 2014 production - 'The Chalk Garden' by Enid Bagnold - which is to be directed by Tom Dufty. The story revolves around the eccentric Mrs St Maugham who has engaged the enigmatic Miss Madrigal to be governess to her..

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Tuesday 14 January 2014

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture Picasso Man Ray and Max Ernst

Plumpton Village Hall

Cheer up cold January by coming to our lecture on ‘Picasso, Man Ray and Max Ernst’.  Now don’t be put off by the title, it promises to be one of our best!

The lecturer Anthony Penrose, is the son of..

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Wednesday 15 January 2014

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Friends Meeting House

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church vestry

Friday 17 January 2014

  Deadline for February 2014 Beacon

Tuesday 21 January 2014

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday January 21st in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It is..

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7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

hosted by Pam and Alec Gaskin

Our 2013 quiz evening, hosted by Pam and Alec Gaskin, was once again greatly enjoyed by all. Christmas was celebrated with a happy festive gathering at the home of Eileen and Jim.

On Tuesday January 21st at 7.30pm we meet to make plans for the coming year at the home of Jonn Grinsted, 81 Lewes Road, (tel. 846752).

Joan Styles

Tuesday 28 January 2014

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Plumpton Village Hall

The first Whist Drive of 2014 will be held on Tuesday 28th January at 7.15pm

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 30 January 2014

8:30 am Morning Prayer with Bishop Martin

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Bishop Martin will be visiting the Beacon Parish on Thursday 30 January from 8.30 until 6 pm.  the programme for the day is as follows:

  • 8.30am    Morning Prayer
       (
    followed..

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12:00 pm Holy Communion celebrated by Bishop Martin

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Bishop Martin will be visiting the Beacon Parish on Thursday 30 January from 8.30 until 6 pm.  the programme for the day is as follows:

  • 8.30am    Morning Prayer
       (
    followed..

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5:00 pm Evening Prayer with the Bishop

Streat Church

Bishop Martin will be visiting the Beacon Parish on Thursday 30 January from 8.30 until 6 pm.  the programme for the day is as follows:

  • 8.30am    Morning Prayer
       (
    followed by a croissant and..

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Saturday 1 February 2014

  Centenary of Dedication of Bells

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

On February 1st 1914 the Bishop of Chichester visited Ditchling to dedicate two new bells given by the Rev Norton in Memory of his two brothers. To celebrate the centenary Ditchling artist and bell-ringer Mike Stoakes has created a picture..

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Sunday 2 February 2014

11:15 am Ringing Chamber and Belfry Open

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

On Sunday February 2nd, after the service, we would like to invite members of the congregation to visit the ringing chamber and the belfry - a part of the Church most people never see. 

David Cragg 

12:00 pm Sunday Lunch

Court Garden Farm Barn

Delicious Home Cooked Menu

  • Roast Chicken, stuffing, roast potatoes & vegetables
  • Fruit Crumbles

£5 adults, free for kids!

Games for all the family

Why not invite a friend or neighbour?

To book please contact the Parish Office

01273843165 / admin@beaconparishes.org

Tuesday 4 February 2014

10:15 am Village Coffee Morning

Streat Church

and every first Tuesday of the month

Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am.

All are very welcome and we look forward to seeing you there

7:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friend's Meeting House

For our first meeting of 2014 we welcomed Richard Draycott from the Sussex Air Ambulance. He first explained that the Kent Air Ambulance Trust was established in 1989, to provide an air ambulance service for the people of Kent. In 2005 saw the introduction of..

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Wednesday 5 February 2014

7:30 pm Community Project Group Meeting

Friends Meeting House

A Community Fit for the Future

The parishes of Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston have joined together in a unique move to draw up a neighbourhood plan covering all three villages.

Neighbourhood plans mean residents can be involved in planning..

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Thursday 6 February 2014

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Lincoln'

Ditchling Village Hall

Directed by Spielberg and thought to be one of his best films, this is a powerful and revealing drama which focuses on the president’s final tumultuous months in office.  In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a..

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Sunday 9 February 2014

3:30 pm Plough Sunday Service

Chichester Cathedral

A Plough Sunday Service takes place at Chichester Cathedral in February. Mark Betson, Diocesan Rural Officer explains the background to this rural observance. “The observance of Plough Sunday on the First Sunday of Epiphany goes back to Victorian times,..

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Tuesday 11 February 2014

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'Thomas Heatherwick'

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

Plumpton Village Hall, Tuesday February 11th 2014 at 2.15pm

'Thomas Heatherwick' a lecture by Anthea Streeter

Our lecture this month is on Thomas..

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Wednesday 12 February 2014

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Emmanuel Chapel

Thursday 13 February 2014

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church vestry

Friday 14 February 2014

  Deadline for March 2014 Beacon

Tuesday 18 February 2014

10:00 am DVA Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

Thursday 20 February 2014

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Untouchable'

Ditchling Village Hall

Based on a true story, the film is a polished account of the odd-couple friendship between Philippe, a wealthy, aristocratic, cultivated quadriplegic and his new carer, Driss, an intelligent but uneducated young working-class West African who has been in..

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Saturday 22 February 2014

10:00 am Ditchling WI Marmalade Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

Our Marmalade Morning is on Saturday 22nd February, 10am to 12 noon, Ditchling Village Hall. Entrance £1 to include coffee and biscuits. There is plenty of free parking in the car park behind the village hall

Briony Coomber 01273845069

Sunday 23 February 2014

  Community Orchard Planting Workshop

Boddington's Lane

A Community Orchard for Ditchling

The Turner Dumbrell Foundation has committed to creating a community orchard on its land on Boddington's Lane, Ditchling, and is working with HKD Transition to make it happen.

..

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Tuesday 25 February 2014

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Plumpton Village Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players. For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 26 February 2014

7:30 pm Community Project Group Meeting

Friends Meeting House

A Community Fit for the Future

The parishes of Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston have joined together in a unique move to draw up a neighbourhood plan covering all three villages.

Neighbourhood plans mean residents can be involved in planning..

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Saturday 1 March 2014

9:30 am Churchyard Clearing

Westmeston

The next working party is on Saturday March 1st from 9.30 am in the churchyard at Westmeston where hopefully the Spring flowers will be beginning to appear.  If you can spare an hour or two please come along with suitable tools for cutting back and clearing and enjoy a morning in this lovely churchyard with coffee and home-made cake provided. 

Janet Cragg

Tuesday 4 March 2014

10:15 am Village Coffee Morning

Streat Church

and every first Tuesday of the month

Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am.

All are very welcome and we look forward to seeing you there

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House

Our February meeting was a typical windy and rainy evening so it was a pleasure to welcome Pat Bryer whose talk was entitled ‘Choice Joyce’ A Flavour of Joyce Grenfell. After a brief introduction, Pat performed many of Joyce Grenfell’s much..

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Thursday 6 March 2014

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

For our February meeting we were entertained by Mrs Sheila Rawlings, who demonstrated four lovely spring flower arrangements, each in a basket. It was interesting to see the different ideas that baskets can be used for and how cheerful they looked. The..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'A Royal Affair'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday 6 March 2014 we shall be showing A Royal Affair which is a handsome period drama based on the real-life story of Caroline Mathilde, the English princess who married King Christian VII of Denmark during the..

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Friday 7 March 2014

10:30 am Women's World Day of Prayer

Emmanuel Chapel, Ditchling

The service this year is on Friday 7 March at 10.30 am at Emmanuel Chapel, Ditchling.  The theme is "Streams in the Desert" and the service has been prepared by Christian women in Egypt.  We look forward to welcoming you to the service and for refreshments afterwards.

Maralyn Hine

Saturday 8 March 2014

10:00 am Conference: 'How can the Church flourish in an Islamic..

St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill

Chichester Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship

Spring Conference

Saturday 8th March 2014 09.30 (for 10.00) –..

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12:00 pm Souper Saturdays

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

During Lent, the events group will be hosting Souper Saturdays at St Margarets Church in Ditchling. A choice of two homemade soups, served with bread, will be available.

This simple lunch will be served..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Fair Fundraising

Ditchling Village Hall

Tuesday 11 March 2014

  Ditchling Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

2:15 pm Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

Plumpton Village Hall

Plumpton Village Hall, Tuesday March 11th 2014 at 2.15

Monasterium Resurgens.  Buckfast Abbey, world famous for its tonic wine and honey, was reduced to ruins in 1539 and its monks dispersed and..

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Wednesday 12 March 2014

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

7:00 pm Lent Course: Signs, Symbols & Ceremonies

I've always wondered why we do that?

Christian worship is not just about words; it uses symbols and ceremonies also. Why? What do they mean? This Lent we'll be exploring the meaning of what we do and say Sunday by Sunday and Year by Year.  And because Anglicans..

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Thursday 13 March 2014

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

Streat Barn

Saturday 15 March 2014

12:00 pm Souper Saturdays

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

During Lent, the events group will be hosting Souper Saturdays at St Margarets Church in Ditchling. A choice of two homemade soups, served with bread, will be available.

This simple lunch will be served..

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2:00 pm Annual Spring Bulb Show

Ditchling Village Hall

The Ditchling Horticultural Society
Founded 1822

Annual Spring Bulb Show

Saturday 15th March, 2pm – 4pm, Ditchling Village Hall

Flowers, Floral Art, Handicrafts, Cooking

Seed Exchange & Advice Table

Muriel’s Raffle –Teas

Tuesday 18 March 2014

10:00 am DVA Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday February 18th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It is sponsored by Ditchling Downs WI.

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

Friends Meeting House

The next meeting will be the annual corporate communion on Tuesday March 18th at the Friends Meeting House (Quakers) at 7.30pm.  Fr David has kindly offered to officiate.

Pam Burr

Wednesday 19 March 2014

7:00 pm Lent Course: Signs, Symbols & Ceremonies

I've always wondered why we do that?

Christian worship is not just about words; it uses symbols and ceremonies also. Why? What do they mean? This Lent we'll be exploring the meaning of what we do and say Sunday by Sunday and Year by Year.  And because Anglicans..

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7:30 pm Community Project Group Meeting

Friends Meeting House

A Community Fit for the Future

The parishes of Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston have joined together in a unique move to draw up a neighbourhood plan covering all three villages.

Neighbourhood plans mean residents can be involved in planning..

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Friday 21 March 2014

  Deadline for April 2014 Beacon

8:00 pm Ditchling Village Association Newcomers' Party

Ditchling Village Hall

TO ALL NEWCOMERS to Ditchling since March last year – we look forward to meeting you at our Annual Newcomers’ Party on Friday 21st March at 8 pm in the Village Hall. You..

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Saturday 22 March 2014

12:00 pm Souper Saturdays

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

During Lent, the events group will be hosting Souper Saturdays at St Margarets Church in Ditchling. A choice of two homemade soups, served with bread, will be available.

This simple lunch will be served..

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7:30 pm Pop up Opera Georges Bizet’s “Le Docteur Miracle”

Court Gardens Farm Barn

Court Garden Events
Presents

Pop up Opera

Georges Bizet’s “Le Docteur Miracle”

At 7.30pm on Saturday 22nd March 2014

in the Barn at Court Gardens Farm,

Orchard Lane, Ditchling BN6 8TH

Proceeds to the Children’s Society

Tickets £25.00      01273 846018.

email: enquiries@courtgarden.com

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Lost in Austen' part 1

Ditchling Village Hall

Please note on Saturday 22 March (pm) and Sunday 23 March 2014 (am) we will be showing Lost in Austen (in 2 parts) as part of our Jane Austen Weekend.

8:00 pm Mad March Ceilidh

Adastra Hall, Hassocks

Other news from HKD Transition - on Saturday 22 March HKD Transition we will be holding our Mad March Ceilidh at Adastra Hall, Hassocks, with the fabulous Unreel Ceilidh Band. This is our one..

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Sunday 23 March 2014

10:00 am Ditchling Film Society film 'Lost in Austen' part 2

Ditchling Village Hall

Please note on Saturday 22 March (pm) and Sunday 23 March 2014 (am) we will be showing Lost in Austen (in 2 parts) as part of our Jane Austen Weekend.

Tuesday 25 March 2014

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 26 March 2014

7:00 pm Lent Course: Signs, Symbols & Ceremonies

I've always wondered why we do that?

Christian worship is not just about words; it uses symbols and ceremonies also. Why? What do they mean? This Lent we'll be exploring the meaning of what we do and say Sunday by Sunday and Year by Year.  And because Anglicans..

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Saturday 29 March 2014

12:00 pm Souper Saturdays

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

During Lent, the events group will be hosting Souper Saturdays at St Margarets Church in Ditchling. A choice of two homemade soups, served with bread, will be available.

This simple lunch will be served..

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6:00 pm Brighton Festival Chorus Concert

All Saints Church, Hove

RUTTER Requiem (chamber version) and Mass of the children (chamber version)

Brighton Festival Chorus, James Morgan conductor and the Brighton Festival Youth Choir on Saturday 29th..

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Tuesday 1 April 2014

10:15 am Village Coffee Morning

Streat Church

and every first Tuesday of the month

Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am.

All are very welcome and we look forward to seeing you there

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House

Our March meeting saw a large turnout of members for our speaker Reg Lanaway who led us through the seasons in a Sussex woodland. Reg is a lecturer at Plumpton Agricultural College and he gave a wonderful talk starting with spring in Brocks Wood, Streat with..

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Wednesday 2 April 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

7:00 pm Lent Course: Signs, Symbols & Ceremonies

I've always wondered why we do that?

Christian worship is not just about words; it uses symbols and ceremonies also. Why? What do they mean? This Lent we'll be exploring the meaning of what we do and say Sunday by Sunday and Year by Year.  And because Anglicans..

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Thursday 3 April 2014

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

For our March meeting, Jackie Marsh-Hobbs talked about Brighton’s West Pier. This pier was built by Eugenius Birch who built many piers around the coastline between the years 1860-1900.  He drew some of his inspiration from the Royal Pavilion for..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'The Angel’s Share'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 3 April 2014, we shall be showing The Angel’s Share, a surprisingly delightful, uplifting comedy which successfully blends a charming story of redemption with some dark humour and a social..

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Saturday 5 April 2014

12:00 pm Souper Saturdays

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

During Lent, the events group will be hosting Souper Saturdays at St Margarets Church in Ditchling. A choice of two homemade soups, served with bread, will be available.

This simple lunch will be served..

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Sunday 6 April 2014

6:00 pm A String Concert

St Margaret’s Church

The ‘String Gems’, a group of students from the University of Winchester will be performing music by Mozart, Vaughan Williams and Dvorak in a string concert in St Margaret’s Church on Sunday 6th..

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Tuesday 8 April 2014

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture ‘Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens’

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

Plumpton Village Hall, Tuesday April 8th 2014 at 2.15

‘Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens’ a lecture by Andrew Davies.

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens were the place to..

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Wednesday 9 April 2014

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

7:00 pm Lent Course: Signs, Symbols & Ceremonies

I've always wondered why we do that?

Christian worship is not just about words; it uses symbols and ceremonies also. Why? What do they mean? This Lent we'll be exploring the meaning of what we do and say Sunday by Sunday and Year by Year.  And because Anglicans..

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Thursday 10 April 2014

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church vestry

7:00 pm Beacon Parish APCM

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

The Vestry Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in St Margaret's on 10 April starting at 7 pm. Please note the change of date. The Vestry Meeting involves electing Churchwardens, the APCM will include electing PCC members and the Parish Accounts for 2013 will be presented.

Saturday 12 April 2014

7:30 pm Sussex Chorus Messiah

 7:30 pm Sussex Chorus Messiah St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brighton.

Sussex Chorus will be performing Handel’s Messiah on Saturday 12th April in St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brighton

Soloists will be Bibi Heal –..

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Tuesday 15 April 2014

10:00 am DVA Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday April 15th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It is sponsored by the Ditchling Players.

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

home of Pam Burr

Our February meeting was held at Margaret Moore’s home, where she gave us a very interesting talk on the art of Wood Engraving.  This is a hobby that she has pursued for a number of years, with some considerable talent and success.

Margaret..

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Wednesday 16 April 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

8:00 pm Ditchling Village Hall AGM

Ditchling Village Hall

Our Annual General Meeting this year will be on Wednesday April 16th 2014 in the upper hall at 8pm. Whether a Ditchling resident or not, or a current user of Ditchling Village Hall or not, you are invited to attend.

After..

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Friday 18 April 2014

  Deadline for May 2014 Beacon

Wednesday 23 April 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Tuesday 29 April 2014

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 30 April 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Thursday 1 May 2014

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

For our April meeting we were entertained by John Wilson describing the life and work of Donald McGill the artist, who drew the famous saucy postcards, from 1904 until 1962 when he died. We were shown a collection of the humorous postcards with their captions depicting the First and Second World..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Emma’s Bliss'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 1 May 2014 our film will be Emma’s Bliss based on the novel, Emma’s Gluck, by Claudia Schreiber.  This is a tragic comedy which takes place in rural Germany.  Emma, who is renowned..

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Saturday 3 May 2014

10:00 am The Big Buzz! Two days of fun and learning to celebrate and..

South Downs Nurseries & Garden Centre, Brighton Road, Hassocks, BN6 9LY

Saturday & Sunday May 3rd & 4th, 10am - 4pm

South Downs Nurseries & Garden Centre, Brighton Road, Hassocks, BN6 9LY

Two days of fun..

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Sunday 4 May 2014

10:00 am The Big Buzz! Two days of fun and learning to celebrate and..

South Downs Nurseries & Garden Centre, Brighton Road, Hassocks, BN6 9LY

Saturday & Sunday May 3rd & 4th, 10am - 4pm

South Downs Nurseries & Garden Centre, Brighton Road, Hassocks, BN6 9LY

Two days of fun..

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Monday 5 May 2014

5:30 pm Beacon Parish to be prayed for at Chichester

Chichester Cathedral

The Beacon Parish will be prayed for at Chichester Cathedral, our Mother Church on Monday 5th May 2014. Prayers will be said at the 8am Holy Communion Service and also at the Evensong at 5.30pm.

If you wish to..

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Tuesday 6 May 2014

10:15 am Village Coffee Morning

Streat Church

and every first Tuesday of the month

Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am.

All are very welcome and we look forward to seeing you there

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House

For our April meeting we were very fortunate to have Melanie Gibson-Barton give her talk ‘Wandering through Flanders Fields’ as our advertised speaker had to cancel due to illness. She explained that although not an historian her love of the history..

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Wednesday 7 May 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Tuesday 13 May 2014

2:15 pm Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture..

Plumpton Village Hall

Petra famous as ‘the rose red city half as old as time,’  is steeped in history.    It is, according to Arab tradition, the place where Moses struck a rock with his staff and water flowed, and it has been a UNESCO Heritage Site..

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Wednesday 14 May 2014

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Friends Meeting House

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

7:30 pm Ditchling Players 'The Chalk Garden'

Ditchling Village Hall

Just a reminder that the play centres around the eccentric Mrs St Maugham and her granddaughter who live in a country manor house in Sussex.  The house has a garden with a difficult chalky soil and equally difficult to manage is the girl, a precocious..

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Thursday 15 May 2014

7:30 pm Ditchling Players 'The Chalk Garden'

Ditchling Village Hall

Just a reminder that the play centres around the eccentric Mrs St Maugham and her granddaughter who live in a country manor house in Sussex.  The house has a garden with a difficult chalky soil and equally difficult to manage is the girl, a precocious..

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Friday 16 May 2014

  Deadline for June 2014 Beacon

7:30 pm Ditchling Players 'The Chalk Garden'

Ditchling Village Hall

Just a reminder that the play centres around the eccentric Mrs St Maugham and her granddaughter who live in a country manor house in Sussex.  The house has a garden with a difficult chalky soil and equally difficult to manage is the girl, a precocious..

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Saturday 17 May 2014

10:00 am Plant & Produce Village Market

Church Lane, Ditchling (In St Margaret’s Church if wet)

St Margaret’s Plant & Produce Village Market

Saturday 17th May 10.00am – 12.00pm

Church Lane,..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Players 'The Chalk Garden'

Ditchling Village Hall

Just a reminder that the play centres around the eccentric Mrs St Maugham and her granddaughter who live in a country manor house in Sussex.  The house has a garden with a difficult chalky soil and equally difficult to manage is the girl, a precocious..

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Wednesday 21 May 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Friday 23 May 2014

6:30 pm Watoto Children's Concert


6:30 pm Watoto  Children's Concert Ditchling Village Green

7:00 pm The Acacia Flute and Harp Duo evening concert

The Meeting House, Ditchling

This young and exciting professional flute and harp duo both graduated with honours from The Royal Academy of Music. Flautist Samantha Pearce and harpist Heather Wrighton met in 2008, they had an instant rapport and formed the ‘Acacia..

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Saturday 24 May 2014

7:30 pm Sussex Chorus Summer Concert

St Bartholomew's Church, Ann Street, Brighton

Handel - Zadok the Priest, Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus, Schubert - Unfinished Symphony, Haydn - Nelson Mass.

Soloists will be Elaine Tate – soprano,   Susan Legg - mezzo-soprano,..

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Tuesday 27 May 2014

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 28 May 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Thursday 29 May 2014

9:30 am Women’s Fellowship outing to Chichester Cathedral for the..

Ditchling Village Hall

Last month Peter Sills gave us a most enjoyable talk and slide show. In 1989 he led his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  At that time he never imagined that 25 years later he’d be entertaining the Women’s Fellowship with an illustrated talk..

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8:00 pm PCC Meeting (after Ascension Day service)

St Margaret's Church vestry, Ditchling

Sunday 1 June 2014

9:00 am YOUNG @ ART…….Children’s Exhibition & Mural

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling, May 3rd – June 1st

Most young children are good at art but they do not always get a chance to work with proper Artist’s watercolours & drawing..

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7:00 pm Organ Recital, Brighton by Richard Toms

Church of St Michael and All Angels, Brighton

As part of the Brighton Festival Richard Toms will be giving an organ recital in the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Brighton, on Sunday 1 June at 7pm. He will play music by..

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Tuesday 3 June 2014

10:45 am Village Coffee Morning

Streat Church

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

Wednesday 4 June 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Saturday 7 June 2014

10:00 am Ditchling Village Orchard Apple Day Planning

Upstairs at Mr Magnolias

Sat 7th June, 10 – 11am upstairs at Mr Magnolias

Building on the amazing response to the Ditchling Village Orchard in Boddington’s Lane, the time has come to start planning for Ditchling Apple..

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Monday 9 June 2014

7:30 pm Junior Church training evening

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling.

An evening which will bring all our Junior Church volunteers together where we will be going through what we want to see in Junior Church. 7:30-9pm, venue TBC.

Tuesday 10 June 2014

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'The Ancient Harp'

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

Plumpton Village Hall Tuesday June 10th 2014 at 2.15

The Ancient Harp from Mediterranean Antiquity to 20th Century Europe, a lecture by Sarah..

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Wednesday 11 June 2014

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Emmanuel Chapel

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

7:30 pm Faith Group training

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling.

An evening where those volunteers who wish to take part helping with our faith group will come together for prayer and to discuss the model framework of this group. 7:30-9pm, venue TBC

Thursday 12 June 2014

7:30 pm Kids Club training

Keymer Church

An evening of training to talk through what we want to achieve and see with our Yr 5/6 Open Kids Club. How it will be run and what we will be providing. 7:30-9pm, venue TBC.

Saturday 14 June 2014

10:00 am Flower Festival - In England’s Green & Pleasant Land

Hurstpierpoint College Chapel

Saturday 14th June 10am – 5pm Hurstpierpoint College Chapel.

The public are warmly invited to visit our Flower Festival featuring British flowers with vibrant displays, all themed to popular music and songs. Entry is free. A refreshment marquee will be serving morning coffee & afternoon teas.

Tuesday 17 June 2014

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday June 17th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It is sponsored by the Horticultural Society.

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

Jenny Bell’s home

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 17th June starting at 7.30pm at Jenny Bell’s home (843194).  Reg Lanaway will talk on ‘Through the Seasons in a Sussex Woodland’.

Pam Burr

Wednesday 18 June 2014

  Deadline for July 2014 Beacon

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Thursday 19 June 2014

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

Streat Barn

Saturday 21 June 2014

8:30 am Ditchling Fair

Ditchling High Street and the Green

Tuesday 24 June 2014

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 25 June 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Sunday 29 June 2014

  The Heart of Sussex Walk

Clayton Windmill, Swan Pub in Falmer, Southease or Firle Beacon

The British Heart Foundation is once again organizing their exceptionally popular sponsored walk along the beautiful Sussex Downs on Sunday, 29th June 2014 under..

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Tuesday 1 July 2014

10:15 am Village Coffee Morning

Streat Church

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk by Nigel Stenning

Friends Meeting House

For our June meeting we were delighted to welcome Adam Cernik from Harveys of Lewes for a wine tasting. Although mainly known for their brewery, Harveys have a fine stock of wine and indeed a Wine Club giving a 12% discount to their members together with..

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Wednesday 2 July 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Thursday 3 July 2014

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting and talk by Geoffrey James

Ditchling Village Hall

We thoroughly enjoyed our Speakers for our June meeting. Peter and Carol Goodman talked us through the processes required to make knitting wool from a raw fleece. On obtaining the fleece from the farmer it has to be washed several times and soaked and then..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film The Moo Man'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 3 July 2014 we shall be showing The Moo Man, a remarkable documentary about a farmer and his favourite cow, Ida.     The film features a maverick farmer called Steve Hook who runs a..

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Tuesday 8 July 2014

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'New York'

Plumpton Village Hall
Plumpton Village Hall Tuesday July 8th 2014 at 2.15

New York New York it’s a Wonderful Place!  So sang Frank Sinatra and this month’s lecture, by one of our favourite speakers Andrew Davies, promises to tell you all..

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Wednesday 9 July 2014

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Saturday 12 July 2014

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society - Annual Summer Show

Ditchling Village Hall

Saturday 12th July   2pm – 4pm

The Annual Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 12 July between 2pm and 4pm. This Show displays..

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8:00 pm Brighton Festival Chorus Concert

All Saints Church, Hove

Leading Choir to perform European Premiere alongside two familiar favourites, Saturday 12 July 2014, 8.00pm, All Saints Church, Hove

Tickets: £16, £20, £5 under 16s (unreserved seating). Group..

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Tuesday 15 July 2014

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next coffee morning will be on 15 July between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It is sponsored by the Ditchling Society.

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship Summer Garden Party

Margaret and Heath Houston’s home

A Summer Garden Party hosted by Margaret and Heath Houston.

6-00pm (843688)

Wednesday 16 July 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Thursday 17 July 2014

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret's Church vestry, Ditchling

Friday 18 July 2014

  Deadline for August 2014 Beacon

Wednesday 23 July 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Tuesday 29 July 2014

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 30 July 2014

1:30 pm Noah’s Ark Parents & Toddler Group


1:30 pm Noahâs Ark Parents & Toddler Group St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

0 – 5 years, St Margaret’s Church, Wednesdays 1.30pm

Thursday 31 July 2014

  Time to tell us what you think

   Time to tell us what you think

Residents of Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston are being asked their views on a range of topics to help draw up their neighbourhood plan. A questionnaire is being delivered door-to-door to all 1,100 houses in the area to find out what people think about housing, traffic, the environment,..

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7:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Everyone is welcome to sing hymns old and new.

Sunday 3 August 2014

2:00 pm Open Garden in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association

Hooks Acre, Lewes Road, Westmeston, BN6 8RH

2pm to 4.30pm.

Cream teas, cakes and produce, plants, fashion items, bric a brac stalls and much more.  Live band, raffle tombola, skittles.

Car display.  We are expecting a..

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4:00 pm Faith Group

Keymer Church Hall

Every Sunday until 12th October

Keymer Church Hall, 4 – 5 pm   

  • Building Faith
  • Creating Friendships
  • Having Fun

Monday 4 August 2014

8:00 pm Ditchling Players Auditions

Ditchling Village Hall

This is just a reminder that we will be performing ‘The Nightingales’, a show business comedy by Peter Quilter from the 5th to 8th November at Ditchling Village Hall.

The auditions for the production are being..

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Tuesday 5 August 2014

10:15 am Village Coffee Morning

Streat Church

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

Friday 8 August 2014

2:00 pm Women’s Fellowship Visit to the National Trust Garden..

National Trust Garden 'Woolbeding'

Visit to the National Trust Garden “Woolbeding”

This trip is on a FRIDAY and earlier in the month.

7:00 pm Safari Supper

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling.

Beginning with Aperitifs at St Margaret’s 7 pm

Main Course somewhere in the Parish

Dessert & Coffee at St Margaret’s

£10 per person. Tickets available from the Parish Office
01273 843165  admin@beaconparishes.org

Sunday 10 August 2014

4:00 pm Faith Group

Keymer Church Hall

Every Sunday until 12th October

Keymer Church Hall, 4 – 5 pm   

  • Building Faith
  • Creating Friendships
  • Having Fun

Wednesday 13 August 2014

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

Saturday 16 August 2014

10:00 am St Martin’s Flower Festival ‘Wedding Anniversaries’

St Martin's Church, Westmeston

St MARTIN’S FLOWER FESTIVAL
Wedding Anniversaries

Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th August 10am – 5pm

The church will be..

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Sunday 17 August 2014

10:00 am St Martin’s Flower Festival ‘Wedding Anniversaries’

St Martin's Church, Westmeston

St MARTIN’S FLOWER FESTIVAL

Wedding Anniversaries

 Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th August 10am – 5pm

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2:00 pm Open Garden in aid of NGS Charities

Malthouse Farm, Streat Lane

The Garden at Malthouse Farm, Streat Lane, will be open on Sunday 17th and Tuesday 19th August from 2pm - 5.30pm. Teas will be available and a plant stall. Admission £4. Proceeds to NGS chosen charities.

Sue Hancock

4:00 pm Faith Group

Keymer Church Hall

Every Sunday until 12th October

Keymer Church Hall, 4 – 5 pm   

  • Building Faith
  • Creating Friendships
  • Having Fun

Tuesday 19 August 2014

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next coffee morning will be on 15 July between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It is sponsored by the Ditchling WI.

2:00 pm Open Garden in aid of NGS Charities

Malthouse Farm, Streat Lane

The Garden at Malthouse Farm, Streat Lane, will be open on Sunday 17th and Tuesday 19th August from 2pm - 5.30pm. Teas will be available and a plant stall. Admission £4. Proceeds to NGS chosen charities.

Sue Hancock

Friday 22 August 2014

  Deadline for September 2014 Beacon

Sunday 24 August 2014

4:00 pm Faith Group

Keymer Church Hall

Every Sunday until 12th October

Keymer Church Hall, 4 – 5 pm   

  • Building Faith
  • Creating Friendships
  • Having Fun

Tuesday 26 August 2014

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Sunday 31 August 2014

4:00 pm Faith Group

Keymer Church Hall

Every Sunday until 12th October

Keymer Church Hall, 4 – 5 pm   

  • Building Faith
  • Creating Friendships
  • Having Fun

Tuesday 2 September 2014

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Streat Church

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd September, 7pm for 7.30pm at the Friends Meeting House.

Saturday 6 September 2014

10:00 am The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Ditchling Village Hall and St Margaret's Church
6th & 7th September 2014   10am – 5pm   Admission £2, children free

The Sussex Guild is proud to follow Ditchling's artistic tradition with our annual Contemporary..

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Sunday 7 September 2014

  Heart of Sussex Sponsored Horse Ride

St Helena Farm in Plumpton Green
in aid of The British Heart Foundation
Sunday 7th September 2014, St Helena Farm, Plumpton Green, BN7 3DH

In September the British Heart Foundation will again be holding their very popular sponsored ride at St Helena Farm..

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10:00 am The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Ditchling Village Hall and St Margaret's Church
6th & 7th September 2014   10am – 5pm   Admission £2, children free

The Sussex Guild is proud to follow Ditchling's artistic tradition with our annual Contemporary..

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4:00 pm Faith Group

Keymer Church Hall

Every Sunday until 12th October

Keymer Church Hall, 4 – 5 pm   

  • Building Faith
  • Creating Friendships
  • Having Fun

Wednesday 10 September 2014

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Friends Meeting House

Sunday 14 September 2014

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Annual Autumn Show

Ditchling Village Hall

The Autumn Show will be held in the Village Hall on Sunday, 14th September between 2pm and 4pm. Please note change of Day and Date, it had to be changed as there will be a road..

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4:00 pm Faith Group

Keymer Church Hall

Every Sunday until 12th October

Keymer Church Hall, 4 – 5 pm   

  • Building Faith
  • Creating Friendships
  • Having Fun

Tuesday 16 September 2014

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next coffee morning will be on 15 July between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It is sponsored by the Friends of Village Green.

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

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'St Peter and St. James Hospice'. A talk by Carol from the hospice.  Meeting place to be arranged

Friday 19 September 2014

  Deadline for October 2014 Beacon

Sunday 21 September 2014

4:00 pm Faith Group

Keymer Church Hall

Every Sunday until 12th October

Keymer Church Hall, 4 – 5 pm   

  • Building Faith
  • Creating Friendships
  • Having Fun

Thursday 25 September 2014

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church Vestry

Friday 26 September 2014

10:00 am The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Streat Church

Friday 26th September, 10am to 12, Streat Church

Please come and support Macmillan Nurses.

Many of us will have been touched by someone who has suffered from Cancer and has been helped by MacMillan Nurses.

This is your opportunity to join us and say a big ‘Thank you’.

Ample parking.

Saturday 27 September 2014

7:00 pm World War I Concert

Ditchling Village Hall

In the evening there will be a Concert in Ditchling Village Hall where the Ditchling Players, Musicians, Choirs, and Schoolchildren will perform some of the stories, poems, music and popular songs from that time. 

Sunday 28 September 2014

4:00 pm Faith Group

Keymer Church Hall

Every Sunday until 12th October

Keymer Church Hall, 4 – 5 pm   

  • Building Faith
  • Creating Friendships
  • Having Fun

7:00 pm Film ‘Oh What a Lovely War’

Ditchling Village Hall

On Sunday evening the film ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ will be shown in the Village Hall.  This anti-war film was filmed in Brighton, much of it on the old West Pier, and up on the Downs. 

Tuesday 30 September 2014

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 2 October 2014

2:30 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

Our August meeting was a ‘strawberry tea’ held in a lovely garden of one of our members. We raised £67 for Breast Cancer Research.

Our September meeting using our WI Bursary, was our outing to The..

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7:00 pm Alpha Course

St Margaret’s Church Vestry

On Thursday 2nd October there is the opportunity for members of the Parish to sample what Alpha is all about. The evening will start at 7pm in the Vestry [downstairs room] at St..

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7:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'The Lunchbox'

Ditchling Village Hall

Welcome back to our new season of films commencing on Thursday, 2 October 2014 when we shall be showing The Lunchbox.  This romantic comedy is about Saajan (Irrfan Khan) a lonely widower nearing retirement who..

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Friday 3 October 2014

  St Margaret's Church - Harvest Festival Flowers

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

As there is a wedding on Saturday 4th October this year, we will be doing the flowers for the Harvest Festival Service on Friday 3rd October between 9 and 11 am.   If anyone not already..

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Saturday 4 October 2014

10:00 am Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Neighbourhood Plan Open Day

Ditchling Village Hall

Following a fantastic response by more than 50% (547) of households to our questionnaire, we will be holding an Open Morning on Saturday 4 October to present the results. The questionnaire covered all aspects of life in the..

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Sunday 5 October 2014

11:00 am Annual Apple Day

Ditchling Village Green

The Orchard is now established and thriving, with thanks to the Turner-Dumbrell Foundation, HKD Transition Group and village volunteers. Although our trees are not yet cropping the establishment of an annual Apple Day has been suggested. The inaugural one has..

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Tuesday 7 October 2014

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Streat Church

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

Wednesday 8 October 2014

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Emmanuel Chapel

Thursday 9 October 2014

7:00 pm Alpha Course

St Margaret’s Church Vestry

On Thursday 2nd October there is the opportunity for members of the Parish to sample what Alpha is all about. The evening will start at 7pm in the Vestry [downstairs room] at St..

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Friday 10 October 2014

7:30 pm The Secret Sussex Resistance

Ditchling Village Hall

A talk on the World War Two Auxiliary Units to be given by Stewart Angell

Ditchling History Project are delighted to announce that Stewart Angell, the authority on the little known elite Home Guard patrols will give a talk at..

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Saturday 11 October 2014

9:30 am Churchyard Tidying (CANCELLED)

St Martin's Church, Westmeston

Tuesday 14 October 2014

2:15 pm Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture..

Plumpton Village Hall
Plumpton Village Hall, 2.15pm Tuesday October 14th.

'Metamorphosis in Modern Sculpture' by Mary Acton

Now don’t be put off by the title!  This will be a truly fascinating lecture.   The..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, Ditchling

For our September meeting we welcomed Andy Thomas who spoke to us on Crop Circles. For over 25 years, Andy, a leading authority on the para normal, has investigated many areas of this fascinating subject and as he said the more he researched the more..

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Thursday 16 October 2014

7:00 pm Alpha Course

St Margaret’s Church Vestry

On Thursday 2nd October there is the opportunity for members of the Parish to sample what Alpha is all about. The evening will start at 7pm in the Vestry [downstairs room] at St..

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Friday 17 October 2014

  Deadline for November 2014 Beacon

Saturday 18 October 2014

9:30 am Alpha Away Day

Torch Retreat and Holiday Centre, Hassocks Road, Hurstpierpoint

9.30am to 3pm

Everyone is invited to "come away" for a few hours to this lovely location. Revd Paddy Beresford will be joining us for this day and coffee and a light lunch will be provided.

..

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Tuesday 21 October 2014

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday October 21st in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It is..

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7:00 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

Jenny Beck’s home (846555)

We met on 16th September to hear the latest news of the activities at St Peter and St James Hospice.  Carol Hughes, their Community Fundraiser, gave us an interesting talk about the Hospice and answered questions. It costs £7,200 a..

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Thursday 23 October 2014

7:00 pm Alpha Course

St Margaret’s Church Vestry

On Thursday 2nd October there is the opportunity for members of the Parish to sample what Alpha is all about. The evening will start at 7pm in the Vestry [downstairs room] at St..

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Tuesday 28 October 2014

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 30 October 2014

7:00 pm Alpha Course

St Margaret’s Church Vestry

On Thursday 2nd October there is the opportunity for members of the Parish to sample what Alpha is all about. The evening will start at 7pm in the Vestry [downstairs room] at St..

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Saturday 1 November 2014

12:00 pm Poppy Day Lunch

Ditchling Village Hall

Once again the time for remembrance draws near and The Royal British Legion will begin their Poppy Appeal.  The Ditchling Branch of the Women’s Section will be holding their annual Poppy Day Lunch on Saturday 1st..

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Tuesday 4 November 2014

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Southwinds, Streat

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, Ditchling

For our October AGM meeting we welcomed Rupert Matthews whose subject was The Truth about the Titanic.  Rupert is an historian and although his main subject is medieval history he had a great insight to the Titanic disaster that the..

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Thursday 6 November 2014

7:00 pm Alpha Course

St Margaret’s Church Vestry

On Thursday 2nd October there is the opportunity for members of the Parish to sample what Alpha is all about. The evening will start at 7pm in the Vestry [downstairs room] at St..

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Saturday 8 November 2014

2:30 pm New Community Energy Project Launch

Downlands School

A new community energy project for Downlands School is due to be launched this year. Come along to the launch event at Downlands School on Saturday 8th November, 2.30pm to find out more. Run by local..

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7:30 pm Sussex Chorus Remembrance Concert

All Saints Church, Hove

Bruckner Mass in E, Vaughan Williams Toward the unknown region and Mozart Serenade in C minor K388 for wind octet

Saturday 8 November 2014, 7:30 pm, All Saints Church, Hove

Sussex Chorus will be accompanied by..

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Tuesday 11 November 2014

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'Marc Chagall’s Poetic Vision'

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

Plumpton Village Hall, 2.15pm, Tuesday November 11th

‘Marc Chagall’s Poetic Vision’ Lecturer:  Frank Woodgate.

Think of Chagall and think..

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Wednesday 12 November 2014

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Thursday 13 November 2014

7:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Nebraska'

Ditchling Village Hall

Our next film to be screened on Thursday, 13 November 2014 will be Nebraska.  Cantankerous old Woody Grant is convinced he has won a million dollars in a postal sweepstake and is determined to claim his prize,..

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7:00 pm Alpha Course

St Margaret’s Church Vestry

On Thursday 2nd October there is the opportunity for members of the Parish to sample what Alpha is all about. The evening will start at 7pm in the Vestry [downstairs room] at St..

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Saturday 15 November 2014

9:30 am Churchyard Volunteers

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

The Westmeston meeting has been postponed until the spring. But we will be in Ditchling on Saturday 15th November and Streat on Saturday 28th February 2015 starting at 9.30 am. Coffee, tea and cakes will be provided and we hope for a lovely autumn morning.

Marieanne Hickman

Monday 17 November 2014

  Deadline for Beacon Parish Christmas Card design

Every Christmas the church sends a Christmas card to each home in the parish. The cards have been designed by children from St Margaret’s School. This year, however, the Christmas card design competition is open to everyone in the parish - no matter what age you are, whether you..

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Tuesday 18 November 2014

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday November 18th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It is sponsored by Friends of St Margaret’s.  The last Coffee Morning of 2014 will be on December 16th sponsored by the DVA.

7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship Quiz

1 Beaconhurst, Keymer Rd Hassocks

November 18th Quiz set by Pam and Alec Gaskin, 7.30pm at Pam Gaskin’s home (843182)  1 Beaconhurst, Keymer Rd Hassocks

Thursday 20 November 2014

7:00 pm Alpha Course

St Margaret’s Church Vestry

On Thursday 2nd October there is the opportunity for members of the Parish to sample what Alpha is all about. The evening will start at 7pm in the Vestry [downstairs room] at St..

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7:30 pm Ditchling Village Association AGM

Quakers’ Meeting House

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 20th November at 7.30 pm in the Quakers’ Meeting House.  All organisations, groups and villagers are welcome.  Wine and nibbles will be available. 

Pam Gaskin, Hon Secretary

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'The Past'

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling Film Society

Our second film to be screened on Thursday, 20 November 2014 entitled The Past is about an Iranian man, Ahmad, who, after four years’ absence, arrives in Paris to finalise his..

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Friday 21 November 2014

  Deadline for December 2014 Beacon

Saturday 22 November 2014

10:00 am Alpha Course

Torch Retreat and Holiday Centre, Hassocks Road, Hurstpierpoint

10 till 3 pm

Monday 24 November 2014

9:30 am Charity Sew Mornings with Made and Making

Turner Dumbrells Workshops

Calling all those that can sew. Do you have a spare 45 minutes? Made and Making, based in the Turner Dumbrells Workshops in Ditchling, have monthly charity sew mornings. We are currently working on projects for St..

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Tuesday 25 November 2014

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Wednesday 26 November 2014

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church Vestry

Friday 28 November 2014

7:00 pm Decorate your Home for Christmas Masterclass & Workshop

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Decorate your Home for Christmas
Masterclass & Workshop

Wreath Making with professional florist & designer Claire

Friday..

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Tuesday 2 December 2014

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Southwinds, Streat

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI Festive Food & Fun

The White Horse

For our November meeting we welcomed back Jackie Marsh-Hobbs whose subject this time was The West Pier, Brighton. Jackie, who is a tour guide at The Royal Pavilion and Lecturer, has had a fascination and love of piers for a long time. The..

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Thursday 4 December 2014

2:30 pm Ditchling WI Christmas Party

Ditchling Village Hall

Our November meeting was our AGM. We listened to a reminder of all the meetings and events we held during 2014, and we certainly have had a busy and very enjoyable year. Our finances are quite healthy too and we are looking forward to another exciting year..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Wadja'

Ditchling Village Hall

Our Christmas film on Thursday, 4 December 2014 will be Wadjda – a remarkable achievement in that it is the first feature film to be made entirely in Saudi Arabia and also to have been made by the..

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Friday 5 December 2014

6:30 pm Rehearsal for St Margaret’s Carol Service

St Margaret’s church, Ditchling

The annual carol service at St Margaret’s will take place on Sunday 21st December starting at 6pm.  Members of the Jubilee Choir and St Margaret’s Choir will, as usual, be singing, but more singers will be required. ..

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Saturday 6 December 2014

12:30 pm Over 60s Christmas lunch

The White Horse

The DVA Christmas lunch for the Ditchling over 60s will be held in the White Horse on Saturday 6th December. The numbers will be limited so it will be first come first served so please add your name to the list in the Post Office.

Catharine Robinson, Chairman, DVA

Sunday 7 December 2014

11:00 am Freya’s Flowers Pop-up Christmas Stall

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

after the St Margaret’s Sunday Service on 7th Dec

Wreaths and Floral Decorations to buy or order
10% of all sales will go to Church Funds

Please Contact Freya on 07729836303 or
at freya@freyasflowers.co.uk for advance orders

Tuesday 9 December 2014

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'The Frick Collection'

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

Plumpton Village Hall, 2.15pm, Tuesday December 9th

The Frick Collection.   If you ever visit New York put this first on your list.  It..

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Wednesday 10 December 2014

12:30 pm Frugal Lunch

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

Thursday 11 December 2014

6:30 pm Rehearsal for St Margaret’s Carol Service

St Margaret’s church, Ditchling

The annual carol service at St Margaret’s will take place on Sunday 21st December starting at 6pm.  Members of the Jubilee Choir and St Margaret’s Choir will, as usual, be singing, but more singers will be required. ..

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Friday 12 December 2014

  Deadline for January 2015 Beacon

Saturday 13 December 2014

3:00 pm Christmas Tea

Westmeston Parish Hall

Christmas Tea

Westmeston Parish Hall on Saturday 13th December

Get the Christmas season off to a great start!

Please join us..

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3:00 pm Christmas Concert

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

As a prelude to Christmas there will be a concert of Christmas music at the Old Meeting House in the Twitten on Saturday December 13th at 3.00pm by Nick Andrews and Friends. Nick has performed regularly in Brighton and Lewes.

All are welcome and tickets will available from the beginning of December at a cost of £6.

Brian Clutterbuck (01273 844746)

7:30 pm Burgess Hill Choral Society Christmas Concert

St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill

At its Christmas Concert, the choir will be singing two well-loved pieces by Gabriel Fauré, his beautiful Requiem and the slight but exquisite Cantique de Jean Racine. The concert also..

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Sunday 14 December 2014

4:00 pm Brighton Festival Chorus Christmas Concert

Brighton Dome Concert Hall

London Gala Orchestra, Brighton Festival Youth Choir, James Morgan conductor

Juliette Pochin mezzo-soprano.

A joyous celebration of the very best of Christmas music, from..

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6:00 pm Carol Service at Streat with Jubilee Choir

Streat Church

We would be very pleased to welcome everyone from across the parish to our Carol Service at Streat, which will be supported by the Jubilee Choir. This will be a particularly special occasion, as during the service we will be commemorating the amazing 27 years that Lynette Walker has served us as our Honorary Organist.

Tuesday 16 December 2014

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

7:00 pm Women’s Fellowship Christmas Party

Eileen Keeling`s home

On 18th November twelve of us met at Pam Gaskin`s home for a quiz. This has become a very popular annual event as Pam and Alec always put so much thought into making it both fun and challenging. This year the questions really taxed us to our limit but, as ever,..

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7:15 pm Christmas Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Saturday 20 December 2014

9:00 am Decorating St Margaret's church for Christmas

St Margaret’s church, Ditchling

St Margaret’s Flower Guild will be decorating St Margaret's Church on Saturday 20th December between 9 - 11 am.  If there are any new comers to the Beacon Parish who would like to join in..

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Monday 22 December 2014

6:30 pm Sussex Chorus Family Christmas Concert

 6:30 pm Sussex Chorus Family Christmas Concert The King’s Church, Burgess Hill

This carol concert will involve audience participation including carols suitable for children.  Sussex Chorus will be accompanied by John Walker (keyboard) and conducted by Alan..

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Friday 26 December 2014

1:00 pm Ditchling Morris and Mummers – Christmas 2014

Bull Hotel, Ditchling

This year marks the 29th year that Ditchling Morris and Mummers will perform a traditional Mummers play at Christmas. They will appear on Sunday December 22nd December in the Lewes Precinct at about..

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Tuesday 6 January 2015

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Southwind, Streat

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, Ditchling

As usual our December meeting was held in The White Horse for our popular evening of Festive Food & Fun. After a splendid supper President Judy presided over the yearly quiz and congratulations were given to the winning team. After an exchange of..

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Thursday 8 January 2015

2:15 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

Our December meeting was filled with Musical Delights led by Geoffrey James and his pianist Jean. We were fabulously entertained with festive music, poems and carols, and we all joined in the familiar songs and carols. This was followed by Christmas tea and a..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'A Late Quartet'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 8 January 2015 we shall be showing A Late Quartet written and directed by the American documentarian, Yaron Silberman. The future of this world-renowned string quartet suddenly becomes precarious when the..

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Monday 12 January 2015

8:00 pm Ditchling Players Spring 2015 Production Auditions

Ditchling Village Hall

Yes, you read the heading to my article right, the Ditchling Players are already thinking about 2015!  We had some really good houses for our Autumn production 'The Nightingales' and we would like to thank Nan Crofton and everyone involved in making it..

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Tuesday 13 January 2015

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'Saatchi a Modern Medici'

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

Lecturer: Barry Venning

The Medici family dominated Florence for generations and Lorenzo de Medici, known as ‘the Magnificent,’ sponsored such artists as..

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Thursday 15 January 2015

7:00 pm Beacon Parish PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church Vestry, Ditchling

Friday 16 January 2015

  Deadline for February 2015 Beacon

Tuesday 20 January 2015

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday January 20th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30..

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7:30 pm Women's Fellowship meeting

to be advised

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th January at 7.30pm. The venue is yet to be decided but members will be notified beforehand.

Margaret Moore

Tuesday 27 January 2015

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Tuesday 3 February 2015

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Southwind, Streat

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, Ditchling

For our first meeting of 2015, we welcomed Jinx McGrath a jeweller/designer from Westmeston. Jinx’s fascinating talk was about her experiences in Afghanistan when in 2008 she received an email enquiring about her courses in jewellery design and..

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Thursday 5 February 2015

2:15 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

For our January meeting we had a very interesting talk on ’33, Palmeira Mansions’ given by Jackie Marsh-Hobbs. She studied this building for her dissertation while at University and illustrated her talk with interesting photos, both old..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'The Wind Rises'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 5 February 2015 we will be showing The Wind Rises.  “Aeroplanes are beautiful dreams” so muses budding aircraft designer, Jiro Horikoshi, at the beginning of this fascinating animated..

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Friday 6 February 2015

7:30 pm Off To The Races…..


7:30 pm Off To The Racesâ¦.. Ditchling Village Hall

An Evening Of Horse Racing Fun!

Friday 6th February, 7.30pm, Ditchling Village Hall

Tickets £12.50 includes a Delicious Supper!

Tickets Available At Ditchling Post Office

In aid of the Beacon Churches

Tuesday 10 February 2015

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'Art in Ancient Egypt'

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

Plumpton Village Hall, 2.15pm, Tuesday February 10th

Art in Ancient Egypt

The Art of Ancient Egypt must be one of the most instantly recognizable, rather static,..

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Friday 13 February 2015

  Deadline for March 2015 Beacon

Tuesday 17 February 2015

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday February 17th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It..

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Thursday 19 February 2015

7:00 pm Beacon Parish PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church Vestry, Ditchling

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Barbara '

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 19 February 2015 our film will be Barbara about a chain-smoking doctor in the East Germany of 1980.  As a punishment for political insubordination and an application to emigrate to the west, Barbara..

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Saturday 21 February 2015

10:00 am Home Made Marmalade Market

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling WI is once again holding a Marmalade Morning in Ditchling Village Hall on Saturday 21st February, 10 - 12pm. There will also be stalls selling a variety of preserves, cakes and plants. Entrance fee £1.00 to include coffee and biscuits. There is free parking behind the village hall. Everyone is welcome.

Briony Coomber 01273 845069

Tuesday 24 February 2015

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Friday 27 February 2015

6:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s church, Ditchling

This will be an informal opportunity to get together to sing much loved hymns and learn some new ones. To help prepare our vocal chords, tea and coffee will be served from 6.00pm. Singn God's Praises will start at 6.30pm.

Saturday 28 February 2015

  Charity Spring Ball

Wickwoods, Albourne

Raising Money to Support Our Local Hospital

Raising money through fund raising or donations is something that many of us have been involved in.  The work of the League of Friends of the Princess Royal Hospital directly benefits our..

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9:30 am Churchyard Volunteers

Streat Church

We will be in Streat on Saturday 28th February, starting at 9.30 am. Coffee, tea and cakes will be provided and we hope for a lovely morning.

Marieanne Hickman

Tuesday 3 March 2015

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Southwind, Streat

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House

David Porter was our guest speaker for our February meeting. His subject was ‘How Do You Beat a Fraudster?’ Not an easy task but with David’s advice and a few techniques we began to see how not to fooled by the fraudsters of today. For example..

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Thursday 5 March 2015

2:15 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

For our February meeting, we had a very interesting talk by David Porter on ‘Life above a railway tunnel’.  We were shown lots of interesting photos of how life has been over the years since 1839 - 1841 when 3000 men built the 1.25 mile long..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'I wish '

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 5 March 2015 we shall be showing I Wish about Koichi, a twelve year old boy who has been separated from his brother as a result of his parents’ divorce.  This very genuine and deeply satisfying..

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Saturday 7 March 2015

9:30 am Churchyard Volunteers

St Martin's Church, Westmeston

The next churchyard working party will be at Westmeston on Saturday 7th March starting at 9.30 am.

Marieanne Hickman

12:00 pm Souper Saturday

St Margaret’s church, Ditchling

Delicious Homemade Soups,

freshly baked bread, tea, coffee & cakes

Saturday 7th March, 12 noon – 2 pm

St Margaret’s Church

All very welcome!

Tuesday 10 March 2015

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'History of Art in 12 Masterpieces'

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

Plumpton Village Hall, 2.15pm, Tuesday March 10th

History of Art in 12 Masterpieces by Aliki Braine 

So which masterpieces will Aliki..

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Friday 13 March 2015

12:30 pm The Plaegan Piano Trio

Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton

Friday 13 March 2015, 12.30 – 1.15 pm

Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton

Helen Sills Violin
Michael Nebe Cello
Alan Brown Piano

The Plaegan Trio returns with an exciting programme in which Haydn’s third Trio in C major (Hob XV:27) is contrasted with Mendelssohn’s Trio in C minor (Op. 66).

Saturday 14 March 2015

2:00 pm Annual Spring Bulb Show

Ditchling Village Hall

Saturday 14th March, 2pm – 4pm. Ditchling Village Hall

After an extremely wet winter we are looking forward to seeing you at our first Show of the year whether as a visitor or exhibitor, a warm welcome will await you,..

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Tuesday 17 March 2015

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday March 17th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am.  ..

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7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

Jonn Grinsted’s home

Margaret Moore hosted our meeting on February 17th and ten members were able to be present.  We thought of our friends who are unwell - Dee, Joan, Margaret and Brenda.

Everyone had brought some favourite prayers and readings which we shared and..

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Thursday 19 March 2015

7:00 pm Beacon Parish PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church Vestry, Ditchling

Friday 20 March 2015

  Deadline for April 2015 Beacon

8:00 pm Ditchling Village Association Newcomers Party

Ditchling Village Hall

To All Newcomers to Ditchling since March last year, we look forward to meeting you at our annual Newcomers’ Party on Friday 20th March at 8 pm in the Village Hall. You will..

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Saturday 21 March 2015

10:15 am The Friend's of St Margaret’s Church Trust AGM

Ditchling Village Hall

Please note that the date for the AGM has been changed from 6th March to the 21st March, 10.15 am, venue Ditchling Village Hall. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Catharine Robinson, Secretary

7:30 pm Sussex Chorus 'French Sacred Music'

All Saints Church, Hove

Saturday 21 March 2015, 7:30 pm, All Saints Church, Hove

Duruflé Requiem, Dupré Cortège et Litanie (Organ), Widor Toccata from Symphony No. 5, op.42 no 1 (Organ), Gounod Messe Solennelle de Sainte..

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Tuesday 31 March 2015

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 2 April 2015

2:15 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

For our March meeting we were fabulously entertained by John Cave, who sang some great folk songs and poems by Jake Thackray, Richard Stilgoe and Les Barker using his guitar as an accompaniment. He also told some very amusing jokes. He has visited 45 WIs in..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Tracks'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 2 April 2015 our film will be Tracks set in the Australian outback about Robyn Davidson, a 27 year old woman who decides to walk 1,700 miles west from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean accompanied only by..

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Friday 3 April 2015

3:00 pm Brighton Festival Chorus Bach St John Passion

Concert Hall, Brighton Dome

Semi-staged with orchestra

Good Friday 3 Apr, 3pm, Tickets £5 - £25, Concert Hall, Brighton Dome

James Morgan conducts the 120-strong choir with orchestra in what promises to be a moving and dramatic semi-staged production..

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Saturday 4 April 2015

9:00 am St Margaret's Flowers for Easter

St Margaret’s Church Vestry, Ditchling

The Flower Guild will be doing the flowers for Easter on Saturday 4th April from 9 to 11 am.   There will be a plate at the back of the church for three weeks before Easter Sunday for donations towards the flowers, and all contributions will be very much appreciated.   

 Jenny Bell and Gwen Searle

Tuesday 7 April 2015

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Southwind, Streat

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, Ditchling

For our March meeting we were delighted to welcome Alan & Margaret from the RNLI to give a talk about the work they do and how they raise their funds. The detail that Andy went into was amazing and truly humbling. We are now hoping for a visit to..

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Tuesday 14 April 2015

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'Cook and Gauguin – the cult of the South..

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

Plumpton Village Hall, 2.15pm, Tuesday April 14th

Cook and Gauguin – the cult of the South Pacific.’  Imagine..

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7:00 pm Beacon Parish PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church Vestry, Ditchling

Friday 17 April 2015

  Deadline for May 2015 Beacon

Saturday 18 April 2015

9:30 am St Margaret’s Big Spring Clean

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling


 

10:00 am The Royal British Legion Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The Royal British Legion, Women’s Section will be holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 18th April in Ditchling Village Hall, 10 am to 12 noon.  There will be delicious homemade cakes,..

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Sunday 19 April 2015

11:15 am Annual Church Meetings (Vestry Meeting and APCM)

St Margaret’s church, Ditchling

These meetings will take place after the 9.45 am service.

Tuesday 21 April 2015

  Women’s Fellowship Corporate Communion

Jenny Bell's home

Margaret Moore hosted our meeting on February 17th and ten members were able to be present.  We thought of our friends who are unwell - Dee, Joan, Margaret and Brenda.

Everyone had brought some favourite prayers and readings which we shared..

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10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday April 21st in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It is..

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Tuesday 28 April 2015

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

Thursday 30 April 2015

  Deadline for Applications for Grants from The..

Applications for Grants are invited from
THE TURNER-DUMBRELL FOUNDATION

The income which enables the Foundation to make grants comes from the letting of the agricultural land at Lodge Hill and Bowries Fields, together with rents from the Turner-Dumbrell Workshops and the generous..

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6:00 pm Sing God’s Praises

St Margaret’s Church

Tuesday 5 May 2015

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Southwind, Streat

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House

For our meeting in April we were delighted to welcome historian and writer Mark Perry Nash as our guest speaker.  His subject was The Role of Women in the History of England.  He listed many amazing women starting with Boudica, Queen of the..

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Thursday 7 May 2015

2:15 pm Ditchling WI meeting

The Meeting House, The Twitten

Our meeting for April was a talk with slides on ‘Brunel –Three Generations’. This was a very interesting talk on the generations of mechanical and civil engineers. Henry Marc Brunel (1842-1903), was the second son of Isambard..

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Friday 8 May 2015

2:45 pm Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance

War Memorial, Ditchling

The Royal British Legion Ditchling and District Branch and the Women's Section

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May we shall gather at the War Memorial at..

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7:30 pm Vivace Choir Concert

Old Meeting House, Ditchling

Vivace Choir will be giving a concert of varied music and songs from Henry VIII to Ward Swingle via Mozart and Saint-Saens on Friday 8th May at the Old Meeting House, The Twitten at 7.30pm.  Tickets on sale at the Post Office or from Shirley Thompson  01444 248725.

Shirley Thompson

Saturday 9 May 2015

11:00 am Royal British Legion Church Bell Ringing

Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston Churches

The Royal British Legion Ditchling and District Branch and the Women's Section

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day on Saturday 9th May at 11.00 am St Margaret’s, Streat and Westmeston Church Bells, will be rung in line with the Nation’s Cathedrals.

Tuesday 12 May 2015

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'Sacred Spaces'

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

Plumpton Village Hall, 2.15pm, Tuesday May 12th 

Sacred Spaces, a lecture by Jon Cannon

If you travel anywhere today I can guarantee that one of..

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Tuesday 19 May 2015

  Women’s Fellowship Outing to Chichester

Chichester

On May 19th we have a coach outing to Chichester when we look forward to attending the monthly free lunchtime concert (this time a pianist) in the Cathedral.  The cost for the coach is £11 per head. If you wish to reserve a place, please ring Margaret on 01273 843805.

Nicki Upton & Margaret Moore

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday May 19 in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It is sponsored by the..

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Thursday 21 May 2015

7:00 pm Beacon Parish PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church Vestry, Ditchling

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Blue Jasmine'

Ditchling Village Hall

On Thursday, 21 May 2015 we shall be showing Blue Jasmine.  The film tells the story of Jasmine, (Cate Blanchett) a rich, spoilt Manhattan socialite who falls on hard times when all her assets are seized after..

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Friday 22 May 2015

  Deadline for June 2015 Beacon

7:30 pm Aurora Trio Concert in aid of Oldlands Mill

Old Meeting House, Ditchling

This concert, in aid of Oldlands Mill will be held on Friday 22nd May 2015 at the Old Meeting House, Ditchling starting at 7:30pm. The programme will include pieces by Blake, Prokofiev,..

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Tuesday 2 June 2015

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Southwind, Streat

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, Ditchling

Our speaker for our May meeting was Gary Enstone from The National Trust.  He has worked for the past eight years at Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling as a conservator.  He stressed that a conservator is not a restorer – the..

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Thursday 4 June 2015

2:15 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

At our May meeting, our President gave a very interesting account of her trip to the East Sussex Federation Annual  Conference and the entertaining Speakers. Mary Gwynn who spoke about the WI Centenary Cookbook and Mark Stacey the well known antiques..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'The Rocket'

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling Film Society

On Thursday, 4 June 2015 we shall be showing a film entitled The Rocket.  Set in the visually stunning location of Laos, it is a debut fiction feature from Kim Mordaunt, an..

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Friday 5 June 2015

7:30 pm An Evening of Sussex Poetry and Prose

Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling

With Ashley Hills and Eileen Wield at the Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling on Friday 5th June, 7.30pm. Tickets £5.00.

Shirley Thompson, Secretary to the Congregation

Tuesday 9 June 2015

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'Three Great Families and their Gardens.'

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

Plumpton Village Hall, 2.15pm, Tuesday June 9th    

‘Three Great Families and their Gardens.’   The three..

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Thursday 11 June 2015

7:30 pm Brighton Festival Chorus Concert

The Dome Concert Hall

Morgan Pochin Invictus Cantata for Liberty

Mozart Requiem

To mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Brighton Festival Chorus presents a family-friendly evening of music, song..

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Saturday 13 June 2015

  The Ditchling Charity Ball

Once again, the Ditchling Charity Ball will take place in June and they would like to support St Margaret’s. Their last donation to us was just over £1500.  If anyone would like to support them by donating an auction prize they would be very grateful. Please contact Nikki Chapman, ditchlingcharityball@gmail.com.

Sue Sewell

7:30 pm Water Marks concert

Ditchling Village Hall

An evening in celebration of water through music, dance and word.

7.30 pm at Ditchling Village Hall on Saturday  13th June in aid of  The Rebecca Skelton Fund. Tickets £15 each (including bubbly and strawberries) are available from Mrs Skelton 01273 890491 and Ditchling Post Office.

Tuesday 16 June 2015

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday June 16th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am. ..

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7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

Members of the Women's Fellowship enjoyed a pleasant coach trip to Chichester.  We were lucky with the weather, managing to dodge some very heavy showers most of the time! We attended a Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime concert when we were treated to a piano recital by Warren..

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Thursday 18 June 2015

7:00 pm Beacon Parish PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church Vestry, Ditchling

Friday 19 June 2015

  Deadline for July 2015 Beacon

Saturday 20 June 2015

7:30 pm Sussex Chorus Tribute to Vaughan Williams

St Bartholomew's Church, Brighton

An all Vaughan Williams programme:

Toward the unknown region

The lark ascending (orchestra)

A Sea Symphony

With:

Thursday 25 June 2015

6:00 pm Sing God's Praises

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Tuesday 30 June 2015

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Thursday 2 July 2015

2:15 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

For our June meeting we welcomed Trevor and Mary Johnson from Canine Partners accompanied by Ruth and her dog in training, Kingston. Together they gave us a very comprehensive talk on the dogs they train at Canine Partners to be assistance dogs for people who..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'All is Lost'

Ditchling Village Hall

Our last film of the season on Thursday, 2 July 2015 will be All is Lost.  Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a sailor wakes to find his 39 ft yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping..

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Tuesday 7 July 2015

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Southwind, Streat

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, Ditchling

For our June meeting we welcomed Sian Trevellion. Her talk was entitled 'Are the Brains of Men & Women Different'. She began by asking whether we believed this statement and of course there was a resounding yes. Is it as simple as men don’t..

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Tuesday 14 July 2015

2:15 pm NADFAS lecture 'Fab Photos of the Swinging 60’s When..

Plumpton Village Hall

Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society

British photography enjoyed a golden age in the1960s, when young, talented newcomers broke with convention and revolutionised the perceptions of fashion, portraiture and popular culture. This..

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Thursday 16 July 2015

7:00 pm Beacon Parish PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church Vestry, Ditchling

Friday 17 July 2015

  Deadline for August 2015 Beacon

Tuesday 21 July 2015

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday June 16th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am. ..

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6:00 pm Women’s Fellowship Summer Garden Party

Pam and Mike Burr's house

Ladies of the Women’s Fellowship were delighted to welcome Richard and Pam Allen back to Ditchling for their meeting last month.  It was a coincidence that they came on St Richard’s day for Richard to talk to us about the life of St..

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Monday 27 July 2015

  Music Express Summer Music and Drama Workshop

Music Express runs music and drama workshops for children aged between 7 and 12. The 2015 course is being run at Chailey Secondary School and runs from Monday 27th to Friday 31st July.  The cost of the..

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Tuesday 28 July 2015

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.
For more details contact Jen Hide 01273 844415.

Monday 3 August 2015

8:00 pm Ditchling Players Autumn Production - Auditions

Ditchling Village Hall

I do hope that you managed to come along and see the Ditchling Players Spring production of 'The Ladykillers' in May.  As a member of the cast it was good to see so many people in the audience and particularly pleasing to hear the laughter, which makes..

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Tuesday 4 August 2015

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Southwind, Streat

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

Friday 7 August 2015

7:00 pm Safari Supper

St Margaret’s Church

Beginning with aperitifs at St Margaret's at 7pm. Followed by a main course at one of our volunteer hosts' homes in Ditchling. Ending with dessert and coffee back at St Margaret's Church.

£10 per person. For tickets please contact 01273 843165View more

Tuesday 18 August 2015

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday July 21st in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am. ..

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Friday 21 August 2015

  Deadline for September 2015 Beacon

Saturday 22 August 2015

  Organ Recital by Richard Toms

St Wilfrid’s Church, Haywards Heath

Richard Toms will give an organ recital at St Wilfrid’s Church, Haywards Heath on Saturday 22 August. It forms part of the Church’s 150 Year Celebration and will start at 7pm. The programme will include Bach’s Passacaglia..

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Tuesday 25 August 2015

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.
For more details contact Jen Hide 01273 844415.

Thursday 3 September 2015

2:15 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

The next meeting is on Thursday 3rd September, at 2.15pm in Ditchling Village Hall.  Edward Padgett will speak on ‘Stanley Holloway & Monologues’. Visitors are very welcome.

Briony Coomber 01273 845069

Tuesday 8 September 2015

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House, Ditchling

There was no meeting in August. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 8th September, 7pm for 7.30pm in the Friends Meeting House.

Barbara Dollings, 01273 843892

Wednesday 9 September 2015

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Annual Autumn Show

Ditchling Village Hall

Sunday 13th September 2pm – 4pm, Ditchling Village Hall

The Autumn Show will be held in the Village Hall on Sunday, 13th September between 2pm and 4pm. This Show displays the best home grown fruit and seasonable vegetables;..

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Sunday 13 September 2015

2:00 pm Ditchling Horticultural Society Annual Autumn Show

Ditchling Village Hall

The Autumn Show will be held in the Village Hall on Sunday, 13th September between 2pm and 4pm. This Show displays the best home grown fruit and seasonable vegetables; in addition the Hall should be filled with the scent of roses, a mass of colour..

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Tuesday 15 September 2015

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday September 15th  in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30..

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7:30 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

Jenny Bell's home

Our August meeting took the form of a coach outing to "Merriments" garden and garden centre.  We had a very pleasant trip through the Sussex countryside prior to our arrival.

The garden covered four acres with deep meandering borders containing a rich..

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Thursday 17 September 2015

7:00 pm Beacon Parish PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church Vestry, Ditchling

Friday 18 September 2015

  Deadline for October 2015 Beacon

Wednesday 23 September 2015

7:00 pm Start of Alpha Course

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

We are starting another Alpha Course on Wednesday 23 September with some adjustments to take into account comments that were made after the last course.  It will last 7 weeks concluding with an away-day on..

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Thursday 24 September 2015

7:30 pm Ditchling Village Association Council Meeting

Quaker’s Meeting House

A Council Meeting of the DVA will be held on Thursday, 24th September at 7.30pm in the Quaker’s Meeting House.  All are very welcome.                         

Pam Gaskin – 01273 843182

Tuesday 29 September 2015

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Tuesday 29th September 2015, Westmeston Parish Hall, 7.15pm

The next Whist Drive will be held on Tuesday 27th October

 Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.
For more details contact Jen Hide 01273 844415.

Wednesday 30 September 2015

7:00 pm Alpha Course

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

meet, eat, discuss

A warm welcome to everyone who would like to come along

Please contact Maralyn if you have any questions and to let us know you are coming mailto:mazzyjax@btinternet.com/01273843370

Thursday 1 October 2015

2:15 pm Ditchling WI meeting

Ditchling Village Hall

For our September meeting we enjoyed listening to our speaker Edward Padgett talking about the life of Stanley Holloway and reciting some of his monologues. Most of us knew of some of them and remember the notable films he appeared in. We followed this with..

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Friday 2 October 2015

9:30 am Harvest Festival flowers

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

We will be doing the flowers for the Harvest Festival Service on Friday 2nd October from 9.30 - 11.30 am.  If anyone is interested in helping with flowers at St. Margaret's please get in touch with..

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Saturday 3 October 2015

10:00 am The Beacon Parish Gift Day

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

The Beacon Parish is holding a Gift Day on Saturday 3rd   October in St Margaret’s Church. We hope everyone in the Parish will prayerfully consider how much they can donate towards something..

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10:30 am Ditchling Mummers Workshop

Lower Village Hall, Ditchling

Ditchling Mummers will perform at the Bull Hotel in Ditchling on Boxing Day this year, 26 December for the 30th consecutive year. It is now a local tradition that attracts 300-400 local residents and visitors. Collections are for charity. To..

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7:30 pm Gala Concert

Danny House, Hurstpierpoint

The Plaegan Piano Trio

In aid of The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Saturday 3rd October 2015 7.30pm

Haydn: Trio in C..

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7:30 pm Gala Concert with the Plaegan Piano Trio

Danny House, Hurstpierpoint

In aid of
THE DAME VERA LYNN TRUST FOR CHILDREN WITH
CEREBRAL PALSY
SATURDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2015 7.30pm
Haydn: Trio in C major, Hob. XV: 27; Rachmaninov: Trio
élégiaque in G minor; Martinu: Trio in D minor No 2;
Arensky: Trio in D minor, op. 32.
Tickets: £15 (including wine and light refreshments) available
from sills824@btinternet.com or tel: 01273 842760

Sunday 4 October 2015

11:00 am Apple Day on the Village Green

Ditchling Village Green

After the great success of our first Ditchling Village Orchard Apple Day last year, the plans for this year’s event are almost finalised.  The event is on Sunday 4th October and runs from 11am to 4pm.

We’ve organized a..

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Tuesday 6 October 2015

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Southwind, Streat

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:00 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House

Ditchling Downs WI welcomed back Andy Thomas as the speaker for our September meeting.  When he was last with us he spoke about crop circles, this time his talk was on the subject of Unexplained Mysteries & Cover Ups.  The Moon landings, The New..

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Wednesday 7 October 2015

7:00 pm Alpha Course

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

meet, eat, discuss

A warm welcome to everyone who would like to come along

Please contact Maralyn if you have any questions and to let us know you are coming mailto:mazzyjax@btinternet.com/01273843370

8:00 pm Ditchling Mummers Workshop

Lower Village Hall, Ditchling

Ditchling Mummers will perform at the Bull Hotel in Ditchling on Boxing Day this year, 26 December for the 30th consecutive year. It is now a local tradition that attracts 300-400 local residents and visitors. Collections are for charity. To..

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Thursday 15 October 2015

7:00 pm Beacon Parish PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church Vestry, Ditchling

Friday 16 October 2015

  Deadline for November 2015 Beacon

Tuesday 20 October 2015

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday September 15th  in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am. ..

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7:00 pm Women’s Fellowship meeting

Jenny Beck’s home

Until recently Simon Davey, a member of our congregation, held lectures on cruise ships on “The history and importance of plants”.   For our meeting last month he gave us an illustrated talk on “The Cultural Association of..

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Saturday 24 October 2015

9:30 am The Beacon Parish Churchyards

St Martin's, Westmeston

As autumn is now upon us we will be tidying the churchyards at Westmeston and Ditchling. If you can spare an hour or two please join us on Saturday 24th October at Westmeston and/or Saturday 14th..

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Monday 26 October 2015

7:00 pm Talk on Canon John's new book

Westmeston Parish Hall

Mission Accomplished – Canon John’s New Book

Canon John Taylor will give a presentation in Westmeston Parish Hall on Monday 26th October at 7pm on his new book..

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Tuesday 27 October 2015

7:15 pm Whist Drive

Westmeston Parish Hall

Tuesday 29th September 2015, Westmeston Parish Hall, 7.15pm

The next Whist Drive will be held on Tuesday 27th October

 Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.
For more details contact Jen Hide 01273 844415.

Thursday 29 October 2015

6:00 pm Sing God's Praises

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling

Saturday 31 October 2015

12:00 pm Royal British Legion Poppy Lunch

Ditchling Village Hall

The Ditchling and District Branch of the Royal British Legion together with the Women’s Section will be holding their annual Poppy Lunch on Saturday 31st October, 2015, in Ditchling Village Hall from..

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6:00 pm Annual Bonfire & Firework Display

Westmeston Parish Hall

Tickets £6 Adults, £4 Children 12yrs and under to include Hot Dog & Soup

There will be a competition for the best light pumpkin and the best dressed Guy

..

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Tuesday 3 November 2015

10:15 am Village Prayers & Coffee Morning

Southwind, Streat

and every first Tuesday of the month. Coffee and tea will be served from 10.45am and will be preceded by a simple service starting at 10.15am. All are very welcome.

7:30 pm Ditchling Downs WI meeting

Friends Meeting House

For our October AGM meeting we were delighted to welcome Rosemary Alford who entertained us hugely with her talk on Contraband. She immediately held our attention when she said that smuggling in the 18th C in Sussex was all about intrigue, booze and..

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Thursday 5 November 2015

2:15 pm Ditchling WI

Ditchling Village Hall

Our October meeting we welcomed David Eaton who gave us a very interesting talk on his Company. The making of silk and then how it is dyed and finally made into garments for the fashion houses. From the silk moth to the caterpillar living on mulberry leaves until six weeks later a cocoon is formed from which the silk is spun. He brought different types of silk to show us and described the work involved.  Now in these digital times designs can be sent for printing on the silk fabric from here to the country where it is made. This was followed by a..

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8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Ida'

Ditchling Village Hall

We are showing two films in November with the first on Thursday, 5 November 2015 being Selma – a scorching civil rights masterpiece.  In the spring of 1965, the Rev Martin Luther King sets out from the town..

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Friday 6 November 2015

6:30 pm Ditchling History Project Events

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling History Project is hosting an evening celebrating the multi-talented artist Sir Frank Brangwyn.  We are honoured to welcome Libby Horner, the world's leading authority, who will give a lecture on her book..

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Tuesday 17 November 2015

10:00 am Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornigs

Ditchling Village Hall

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday November 17th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am.  It is sponsored by the Friends of St Margaret’s.  The last coffee morning in 2015 will be on December 15th sponsored by the DVA.

Wednesday 18 November 2015

7:00 pm Beacon Parish PCC Meeting

St Margaret’s Church Vestry, Ditchling

Friday 20 November 2015

  Deadline for December 2015 Beacon

Thursday 26 November 2015

8:00 pm Ditchling Film Society film 'Of Horses and Men'

Ditchling Village Hall

We are showing two films in November with the first on Thursday, 5 November 2015 being Selma – a scorching civil rights masterpiece.  In the spring of 1965, the Rev Martin Luther King sets out from the town..

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Saturday 28 November 2015

7:00 pm Ceilidh

Court Garden Farm and Vineyard

Do buy your tickets soon as tie is running out! Tickets available from the Parish Office Tel 01273 843165.

Thursday 3 December 2015

7:00 pm Journey to the Manger

Thursday 3rd, 10th & 17th December 7pm at St Margaret’s, Ditchling

You are warmly invited

to these services of peaceful reflection

and Taizé music as part of

your Christmas preparations

 

Thursday 3rd, 10th & 17th December

7pm at St Margaret’s, Ditchling

 

All are very welcome

Saturday 5 December 2015

3:00 pm Christmas Tea

Westmeston Parish Hall

Get the Christmas season off to a great start!

Please join us for tea or coffee delicious mince pies

and Christmas cake between 3 pm & 5pm

Tickets: Adults £3 Children under 14 £1

Available from Cathy Mills 01273 843936 Email: hooksacre@btinternet.com

Sunday 6 December 2015

11:00 am Christmas Produce Market

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Our monthly prodcue market which we hold after the Sunday service. This month's will be gloriously festive! As ever, we will have wonderful eggs from MACs farm.

4:30 pm Village Christmas Lights

The Barn on the village Green, Ditchling

Sunday 6th December 4.30pm

Come along to the

Barn on the Green for

The Big Countdown

as we turn on the..

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Thursday 10 December 2015

7:00 pm Journey to the Manger

Thursday 3rd, 10th & 17th December 7pm at St Margaret’s, Ditchling

You are warmly invited

to these services of peaceful reflection

and Taizé music as part of

your Christmas preparations

 

Thursday 3rd, 10th & 17th December

7pm at St Margaret’s, Ditchling

 

All are very welcome

Sunday 13 December 2015

6:00 am Carol Service

Streat Church, Streat

Thursday 17 December 2015

7:00 pm Journey to the Manger

Thursday 3rd, 10th & 17th December 7pm at St Margaret’s, Ditchling

You are warmly invited

to these services of peaceful reflection

and Taizé music as part of

your Christmas preparations

 

Thursday 3rd, 10th & 17th December

7pm at St Margaret’s, Ditchling

 

All are very welcome

Sunday 20 December 2015

4:00 pm Carols by candlelight

St Martin's, Westmeston Village

Everyone is welcome to come along and see the new floodlighting for St Martin’s in memory of Doreen Kallman and join in the  singing of traditional carols. Followed by mulled wine, mince pies and shortbread.

6:00 pm Carol Service

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Tuesday 5 January 2016

9:30 am Parish Office re-opens

10:00 am Christmas Tree Prayers

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Part of the Open to God week of events. We will be prayinig through all the 'gift tag' prayers that people have placed on the tree over Christmas.

5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Streat Church, Streat

Part of the Open to God week of events.

A gentle service of readings, psalms and prayer.

Wednesday 6 January 2016

10:00 am A service of healing and communion

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Part of the Open to God week of events.

There will be the opportunity to receive the laying on of hands, anointing with holy oil and prayers for healing, either yourself or others.

5:30 pm Evening Prayer

St Martin's, Westmeston Village

Part of the Open to God week of events.

A gentle service of readings, psalms and prayer.

Thursday 7 January 2016

7:30 am Breakfast and pre-work prayers

Westerlands, Clayton Road, Ditchling

Part of the Open to God week of events.

Start the day in the best way possible with breakfast and prayer at Keith and Maralyn's House (01273 843370).

9:00 am Morning Prayer

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Part of the Open to God week of events.

Begin the day with a bible reflection and a time of prayer.

11:00 am Holy Communion at St George's Park

St George's Park, Ditchling Common

Part of the Open to God week of events.

Holy Communion.

2:00 pm Prayer Walks

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Part of the Open to God week of events.

Prayers walks long and short!

Two walks, one easy and one up the beacon. Both leaving from St. Margaret's at 2pm and stopping to pray as we make our way.

6:00 pm Evening Prayer

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Part of the Open to God week of events.

A calmingand tranquil service of Taizé music.

Friday 8 January 2016

9:00 am Morning Prayer

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Part of the Open to God week of events.

Begin the day with a bible reflection and a time of prayer.

10:30 am Open prayer houses

various - see for details

Part of the Open to God week of events.

Opening their homes for prayer 10.30am - 12 noon are:

Myrtle: Blaber's Mead, Streat Lane (01273 890491)

Keith and Maralyn: Westerlands, Clayton Road, Ditchling (01273 843370)

Call in for a short time of prayer whenever you wish.

 

5:30 pm Evening Prayer

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Part of the Open to God week of events.

Drawing on the rich tradition of the book of Common Prayer, join us for Evensong.

Tuesday 19 January 2016

9:00 am The Friends of Ditchling Museum host the Village Association..

Ditchling Museum

19 January, the Friends will be hosting the Village Association Coffee Morning, 9-11.30

For more information please contact friends@ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

or The Cart Lodge Shop at the museum

Thursday 28 January 2016

6:00 pm Sing God's Praises

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Friday 5 February 2016

7:00 pm Pub Quiz


7:00 pm Pub Quiz The White Horse Pub, Ditchling

Pub Grub & Quiz
 
We would be delighted if you joined us at The White Horse
Friday 5th February 7.00pm         £16
Please let Sally know if you would like to come
admin@beaconparishes.org / 01273 843165
Payment in advance please

7:30 pm Friends of Ditchling Museum- Flute and Piano Concert

The Old Meeting House, Ditchling

5 February,  7.30 at the Old Meeting house, a concert for flute and piano, a delightful mix of music to include works by Bach, Schubert and Debussy. £15 to include a glass of wine.

For more information please contact friends@ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk or The Cart Lodge Shop at the museum

Wednesday 10 February 2016

  Friends of Ditchling Museum - visit to Pallant House

10 February, the Friends are organising a coach trip leaving from Ditchling to Pallant House Chichester to view David Jones ; Vision and Memory exhibition with private talk. Departs 9.30am. Returns 5.15pm.

For more information please contact friends@ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk or The Cart Lodge Shop at the museum

Monday 15 February 2016

7:00 pm The Friends of Ditchling Museum - private viewing of Derek..

Clore Learning Space, Ditchling Museum

15 February, 7pm at the Clore Learning Space, Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, a private viewing of Derek Shiel’s film, the third in a trilogy, David Jones; Inspiration and Consolidation. The film covers the years from the end of WW11..

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Thursday 18 February 2016

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Thursday 25 February 2016

6:00 pm Sing God's Praises

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Wednesday 2 March 2016

7:00 pm Deep Calls to Deep: A Talk by Peter Sills

St Margaret's

Saturday 12 March 2016

7:00 pm CANCELLED Concert by the Vivace Choir CANCELLED

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

APOLOGIES, BUT THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED.

Wednesday 16 March 2016

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Thursday 17 March 2016

4:00 pm Sheriff of East Sussex - service

St Margaret's

6:30 pm Dedication service for the newly installed floodlights

St Martin's, Westmeston Village

Friday 18 March 2016

11:30 am Visiting bell-ringers

St Margaret's

Wednesday 30 March 2016

7:00 pm Lent/Easter course: Week 4

St Margaret's, Ditchling

Wednesday 13 April 2016

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

7:00 pm Lent/Easter course: Week 6

Friday 22 April 2016

7:00 pm Commonwealth Banquet in celebration of Her Majesty Queen..

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Doors open at 7pm

Tickets from the parish office 01273 843165  - £20

Dress code: smart with a touch of Commonwealth flair!

Sunday 24 April 2016

11:00 am Annual Parish Council Meeting

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Annual Parish Council Meeting - follows on from the 9.45 service.

Saturday 14 May 2016

9:30 am Plant and Produce Sale

Church Lane, Ditchling

Plant and Produce Sale
14th May, 9:30 - 11:30, Church Lane.
Any contributions of homemade cakes, biscuits and preserves would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Church on the previous day. 

Wednesday 18 May 2016

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Saturday 11 June 2016

  Street Party

Church Lane, Ditchling

TBC

Wednesday 15 June 2016

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Sunday 26 June 2016

11:00 am Flower Festival -

 11:00 am Flower Festival - St Martin's Church, Westmeston and Westmeston Parish Hall

Flower Festival at St Martins Westmeston Church
"Happiness is ........Many Things"
Saturday 25th June & Sunday 26th June   11am- 5pm
in aid of St Peters..

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Friday 1 July 2016

7:30 am Commemorating the Somme


7:30 am Commemorating the Somme

THE DITCHLING AND DISTRICT BRANCH OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WILL BE WHISTLING FOR THE SOMME IN MEMORY OF THE FIVE NAMES ON THE DITCHLING WAR MEMORIAL AND STREAT WAR MEMORIAL AT 7.30 AM ON FRIDAY 1ST JULY, 2016.  THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AT DITCHLING WAR MEMORIAL AT 11.00 AM WHEN WREATHS WILL BE LAID

Wednesday 20 July 2016

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Sunday 31 July 2016

12:00 pm Jazz, Picnics and Pimms

 12:00 pm Jazz, Picnics and Pimms Village Green, Ditchling

Our wonderful summer music event is back after a two year break! Bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing day listening to fabulous traditional jazz, swing and a few modern numbers from the much loved BOBBIE DU BOIS AND THE SHOESHINE BOY.

Leave the drinks to us - we'll..

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Wednesday 14 September 2016

10:00 am We are working on events for the rest of the year - watch..

Wednesday 19 October 2016

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Wednesday 16 November 2016

7:00 pm PCC Meeting

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Saturday 26 November 2016

10:00 am Festive wreath-making

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Tickets £15 to include all essential materials, and refreshments. You are welcome to bring additional decorations for your wreath.
Contact the parish office for more info.

10:00 am Festive wreath-making

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Tickets £15 to include all essential materials, and refreshments. You are welcome to bring additional decorations for your wreath.
Contact the parish office for more info.

Saturday 10 December 2016

7:30 pm The Jingle Bell Jazz Club

Court Garden Farm

Jazz, Swing and popular songs - with a festive twist!

Ticket info to follow soon

Wednesday 21 December 2016

7:00 pm PCC Meeting and Christmas Party

St Margaret's Church, Ditchling

Sunday 15 January 2017

8:00 pm Events for 2017 will be announced in January

The Parish Office (01273 843165) is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Fr David's day off is Monday.

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