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Ditchling Film Society: Welcome to the exciting, new season of films with the first one on Thursday 6 October when the Society is showing Brooklyn. In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town, Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. However, the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness. Nevertheless, she gradually adapts, finding a job as a salesgirl and by studying book-keeping at Brooklyn. Love appears in the form of an Italian-American plumber called Tony although their union is kept a secret. At this time tragedy strikes and on her return home to Ireland she faces temptation from another man when she has to choose between two countries and the lives that exist within them. The screenplay was written by Nick Hornby and is a moving and refreshingly old-fashioned film. Director: John Crowley. Canada, Ireland, UK and US. 112mins. 12A Cert. On Thursday 3 November. Theeb, is being shown by the Film Society. Director: Naji Abu Nowar. Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and UK. 2014. 100 mins. 15 Cert. Films are shown in Ditchling Village Hall starting at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and wine can be purchased. There is ample free parking behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5 payable at the door.

Ditchling WI: A garden party held in August was the Summer Charity Fundraising event when £100 was raised for St Peter and St James Hospice. It was a magical summer afternoon and a lovely tea was enjoyed by everyone, including guests. Our September meeting speaker, Ian Gledhill, gave a very interesting talk on the Magic of Pantomine. He has been in many productions himself and showed some very interesting slides. Originally the stories were created in the eighteenth century in Italy and when the Players came over to England they were unable to speak the language and so the stories were told in mime. The same stories continue today. Our next meeting is on Thursday 6 October when Peter Wilson will be talking about The Great Songs of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Meetings take place in Ditchling Village Hall at 2.15pm. Any queries, please contact Briony Coomber on 01273 845069.

Ditchling Horticultural Society: held their Autumn Show on Sunday 15 September. A beautiful summer’s day helped to make the show a great success. There were over one hundred entries exhibited with the children’s section recording the highest number of entries for the past number of years. Here are the show results. Cup Winners: M Madden, Wheelwright Challenge Cup, R Morley, President’s Challenge Cup, S Parker, Ralli Challenge Cup, J Laing, Davy Challenge Cup, Bill Ormerod, Best Maintained Allotment Cup, C Gaynor, The Children’s Trophy and M Leneghan, Margaret Buckwell Trophy. And here are the First Prize Winners. Fruit and Vegetables: G Ironside, B Newham, R Morley, J Morley, M Madden, L Stiphent, N Stafford, J Trais and A Sandercock. Flowers and Plants: S Parker, H Houston, N Stafford and J Trais. Floral Art: J Laing and R Taylor. Cookery: M Morley, J Trais, A Sandercock, S Parker, G Ironside and M Madden. Photography: B Newham. Congratulations to everyone.

Ditchling Quakers Open Day: On Saturday 8 October the Quaker Meeting House in East Gardens BN6 8ST will be open to visitors from 10am-4pm. Anyone is welcome to drop in for refreshments, a chat or just pick up info about Quakers. There will also be a sale of books and Congolese handicrafts to raise funds for refugees. A volunteer from the Calais jungle will be there to answer questions from 2pm-3pm. Quaker, Michael Woolley (former mayor of Chichester) will give a talk on working with asylum seekers and refugees. Further details available from www.ditchlingquakers.org.uk or please contact Janet on 01273 846503.

Amateur Filming in World War II: For Your Eyes Only is being shown in Ditchling Village Hall on Friday 7 October. From the Imperial War Museum, this film is a programme of privately shot films seldom before screened in public which covers the experiences on the Home Front, mainly in Britain. It has a freshness which professional films and newsreels can never match. Moving from a May Day peace march through Bermondsey to celebrations in Piccadilly Circus at the end of the war, these films capture the impact of war on the lives of adults and children in cities, schools and houses across the country. Many of these short films are in colour and several have the advantage of commentaries subsequently narrated by their amateur film stars. Highlights of the programme include the Wizard of Wigan Lane, a dramatisation shot in Huddersfield in the first winter of the war which ends, optimistically, with the young hero using a lampstand to knock out a moustachioed Hitler-lookalike to documentary scenes shot by Miss Rosie Newman of the Blitz in London and British Honduran loggers trying on gas masks in Scotland. Do not expect the technical perfections of the cinema or television, but enjoy an unusual evening of surprises! Tickets priced at £4.50 are available from Ditchling Post Office. Doors open at 6.30pm. Film starts at 7pm. Proceeds to the Springett and Campion Educational Trust.

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