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Ditchling Downs WI: The speaker for the January meeting was Dai Thomas who spoke about the work of the charity Sussex Search and Rescue. Working as a primary source for Sussex Police, they are a team of professionally trained and equipped volunteers all of whom are able to employ highly specialist skills in the search for vulnerable, missing people.

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Ditchling Singers: Why not come along to the Singer’s next rehearsal on Sunday 20 January and join this friendly choir. If you enjoy singing popular songs why not give them a try. No auditions and the first session is free. If you can’t make this coming Sunday then the choir is meeting on Sunday 3 February, 4-6pm in the Old Meeting House in Ditchling and then Sunday 17 February, 4-6pm at Keymer Church Hall. Just come along or contact Julie on 01273 844818 or Christine on 01273 846098. We look forward to seeing you this coming Sunday, 4-6pm at Keymer Church Hall.

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Ditchling Film Society: The first film of the year is being shown tonight (10 January) and is called Loveless.

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Ditchling Singers: If you enjoy singing why not give this friendly choir a try. No auditions and the first session is free. The final 2018 session is this coming Sunday 16 December, 4-6pm at Keymer Church Hall. And if you miss this one, why not start the New Year by coming along on Sunday 6 January, 4-6pm in the Old Meeting House in Ditchling. Rehearsals are on alternate Sundays and the next one is Sunday 20 January, 4-6pm at Keymer Church Hall. Just come along or contact Julie on 01273 844818 or Christine on 01273 846098.

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Christmas Festival of Light: Friday 7 December, 5.30-8.30pm. Join in Ditchling’s Festival of Light and celebrate the start of Christmas. At 5.30pm the Lucia children’s festival procession starts from the village Green and makes its way to St Margarets Church for a service with the Swedish Choir. There’s a lot going on with activities and attractions in the Museum, the Barn on the Green and the White Horse Inn. Enjoy some wine tasting, children’s face painting, live music and art and craft stalls. There’s carol singing around the Christmas tree (outside the Post Office) and follow the trail of village windows dressed on the twelve days of Christmas theme. Do come along for a lovely and special evening in the village and enjoy the stalls, activities and entertainment.

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Audition for Ditchling Players Spring 2019 Production: The curtain has just come down on the autumn production of And Then There Were None. Audiences, cast and indeed everyone involved in this production enjoyed the Agatha Christie mystery. For Spring 2019 the Players are putting on How the Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn. The production dates are 15-18 May and auditions are being held on Monday 7 January in Ditchling Village Hall at 8pm. The play is a farce following the consequences of an adulterous affair between a married man and his boss’s wife and their attempts to cover their tracks by roping in a third couple to be their alibi. There is a cast of three couples and into this mix comes the completely innocent William and his wife Mary, both of whom believe their spouse to also be having an affair. This is sure to be a funny play and the Players look forward to you coming to the audition, whether it’s for one of the roles, or to help, in whatever capacity backstage. If you’d like more information or are unable to make the audition date and would like to be considered for a part, please contact the director, Penelope Bennett on pellyjane@hotmail.com.

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Ditchling Downs WI: The speaker for the November meeting was Nancy Stafford. As a former air hostess with British Caledonian Nancy treated the WI to a lively and amusing description of her working life. She had an ambition to be an air hostess since the age of eleven. Nancy had many tales to tell and displayed a variety of uniforms she wore during her 25 years’ service. Nancy described her years with British Caledonian as a wonderful career, and is thrilled that her daughter is just embarking on a similar career. The January 2019 meeting is being held in the Old Meeting House in the Twitten, Ditchling on Tuesday 8 January at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. Guests are welcome and the speaker is Dai Thomas on the subject of Lowland Rescue.

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Ditchling film Society: Tonight (15 November) the Society is showing A Fantastic Woman. This film is about a loving, sensual relationship between Marina, a waitress and singer, and Orlando, an older man. Orlando collapses whilst making love to Marina with the result that she finds herself shut out of her former life by Orlando’s family. Director: Sebastian Lelio. Chile/Spanish. 2017. 100 mins. 15 Cert. The next film is on Thursday 6 December and is The Breadwinner. Adapted from a novel by Deborah Ellis this film is based on her interviews with girls and women in the refugee camps in Pakistan. The film is about a courageous 11 year old girl, Parvana, living under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father by the Taliban, unable to leave the house unchaperoned, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy enabling her to sell meagre goods to support her family. In parallel with Parvana’s story, the film is a history of Afghanistan, told as a fable. Director: Norah Twomey. English. 2017. 127 mins. 12A Cert. Films are shown in Ditchling Village Hall and start at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. On Thursday 6 December the Society is kick-starting the Christmas season with delicious mulled wine and mince pies There is ample free parking behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5 payable at the door.

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Ditchling Players: Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Player’s next production. Tickets are now on sale at the Larder, South Street, Ditchling or, for the first time, Online by going to the website www.ditchlingplayers.org.uk. The Players are putting on And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie at Ditchling Village Hall from Wednesday 21 November-Saturday 24 November. Rehearsals are going well and everyone is working hard to put on another excellent Player production. And Then There Were None is the story that made Agatha Christie the best-selling novelist of all time. The story revolves around ten strangers who have been invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. As the body count rises so does the appalling realisation that there may be a murderer among their number. Will any of them get off the island alive? For this production the Players are pleased to welcome not only a new director Susie D’Arcy, but also several new faces amongst the cast. So come along for a production that will have you on the edge of your seats.

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Ditchling Film Society: Tonight (1 November) the Society is showing Custody. Set in France, a couple have divorced and the wife is seeking sole custody of their eleven year old son to protect him from a father, whom she claims is violent. The husband pleads his case as a scorned Dad whose children have been turned against him by their vindictive mother. The focus is on a single situation getting steadily and unwatchably worse - this simmering pot of rage and toxic masculinity gradually increases to boiling point. Director: Xavier Legrand. French. 2017. 93 mins. 15 Cert. And there is a second film this month showing on Thursday 15 November. A Fantastic Woman is about a loving, sensual relationship between Marina, a waitress/singer, and Orlando, an older man. Orlando collapses whilst making love to Marina with the result that she finds herself shut out of her former life, excluded from the hospital and then later from his funeral and wake. Director: Sebastian Lelio. Chile/Spanish. 100 mins. 15 Cert. Films are shown in Ditchling Village Hall. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and wine can be purchased by the glass. There is ample free parking behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5 payable at the door.

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Ditchling Players: And then there were None by Agatha Christie. Wednesday 21 - Saturday 24 November. Following a successful audition the Players are pleased to announce that the November production is fully cast and rehearsals are well under way. For anyone not familiar with this play it revolves around ten strangers who have been invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast.

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Ditchling Singers: as the days are getting shorter what a better way to lift your spirits than to sing popular songs with this friendly choir. No auditions and the first session is free. The choir rehearses on alternate Sundays. The November dates are Sunday 4 November, 4-6pm in the Old Meeting House in Ditchling and Sunday 18 November, 4-6pm at Keymer Church Hall. Just come along or contact Julie on 01273 844818 or Christine on 01273 846098.

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Result of Saturday 1 September Coffee Morning: This event in Ditchling in aid of Magnus, a little boy with life-threatening neuroblastoma, raised £1,800 to help his family pay for the non-NHS treatment he will need when his current treatment programme ends. Magnus’ great aunt, Sylvia Bain, expresses her thanks to all those who supported the event in any way or who donated direct to Magnus’ fund. Anyone still wishing to donate can do so at Bank of Scotland Magnus’ Fund 80-22-60, a/c 1745863.

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Ditchling Horticultural Society: The 2018 Autumn Show is being held this coming Sunday 9 September in Ditchling Village Hall at 2pm. Once again the Society has had two very successful Shows this year despite some very unusual weather conditions. The Autumn show is the main Fruit and Vegetable Show as well as having a Flower and Plant section. It also has thirteen classes in the Cookery section. There are also classes for Floral Art, once again the children will be exhibiting Sunflowers either as plants or photos of the plants they have grown. For those who are interested in Photography the Society looks forward to seeing your interpretation of A Tree in Autumn Foliage. Muriel’s Draw will be held as usual and the tickets cost £1 each. When you have had a look around why not have a cup of tea and piece of homemade cake for £3. The Society always welcomes input from visitors and members. If you have any ideas as to how the Society can improve the Show or ideas for new classes, there will be a Suggestions Box on the table. The Society hopes visitors will put in their ideas and comments which will be considered by the Committee when they prepare the Schedules for 2019. Ditchling Horticultural Society looks forward to seeing you. Mary Holman, Hon Secretary. Telephone 01273 845167 or email marry.holman@btinternet.com

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Ditchling Singers: are looking forward to resuming rehearsals again in September after their summer break. New popular songs on the agenda - so a perfect time for anyone who is interested in joining to come along for a free taster session. There are no auditions and you will be given a very warm welcome by our friendly choir. The Singers rehearse on alternate Sundays. The September dates are Sunday 9 September, 4-6pm in the Old Meeting House in Ditchling and Sunday 23 September from 4-6pm at Keymer Church Hall. Just come along or contact Julie on 01273 844818 or Christine on 01273 846098.

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Ditchling Downs WI: celebrated it’s tenth birthday on Tuesday 7 August with a splendid party at the Ditchling Barn on the Green. The party began with some traditional rain, but this did nothing to dampen the high spirits of the forty two members who attended. The WI were treated to some wonderful, musical entertainment by Michael Hinton at the keyboard and some delightful singing by Julia Roberts. The President, Gill, organised a beautiful celebration cake. It was a most enjoyable evening and a perfect way to celebrate ten years as a WI. Next meeting on Tuesday 4 September at Ditchling Village Hall at 7.30pm when a representative from St John Ambulance will be giving a talk. Guests and new members will be very welcome.

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Ditchling Singers: are looking forward to resuming rehearsals again after the Sumer break. New popular songs on the agenda - so a perfect time for anyone who is interested to come along for a free taster session. There are no auditions and you will be given a very warm welcome by this friendly choir. Rehearsals are on alternate Sundays. The September dates are Sunday 9 September, 4-6pm at the Old Meeting House in Ditchling and Sunday 23 September, 4-6pm at Keymer Church Hall. Just come along or contact Julie on 01273 844818 or Christine on 01273 846098.

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Ditchling Players: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, 21-24 November. You are cordially invited to a weekend away on an isolated island, all expenses paid. Sound too good to be true, well that’s because there’s a hitch, your ticket is one way only. Although one of Agatha Christie’s bestselling stories and a popular play, it’s one that the Players haven’t performed before and is sure to have the audience on the edge of their seats. The story revolves around a group of people lured into coming to a remote island under different pretexts. Upon arrival the guests and two servants are charged with crimes for which they’ve seemingly escaped justice. Someone is determined to gain retribution on them and does so by using the lines from an old nursery rhyme. Can you work out who the murderer is before the final curtain? Auditions for this production are being held next Tuesday, August 7 at Ditchling Village Hall at 8pm. With a cast of seven men and three women this is sure to be a popular play for both cast and audience alike so we look forward to seeing you there whether it’s to audition for a part or to offer your help backstage. If you are interested in being involved in this production but either can’t make the audition or want more information, please contact our producer Susie Beer on susiebeer13@googlemail.com

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Coffee Morning and Open Garden: on Saturday 1 September, 10.00am to 12 noon. All are welcome to this charity event in Ditchling which will include bric-a-brac, gifts, home-made cakes and a magnificent raffle, as well as coffee and biscuits and a chance to look around a pretty garden. The money raised will go towards non-NHS treatment for a little boy with a rare, aggressive and life-threatening illness. Six year old Magnus has had major surgery and chemotherapy since being diagnosed in January with stage four neuroblastoma and he will shortly end his NHS treatment. Without further treatment such as a new gene therapy now available in the United States, Magnus has only a 30-35% chance of survival because this cancer usually recurs within five years. Your support at this event would be greatly appreciated, please come along and bring a friend. Offers of cakes or good quality saleable items for the bric-a-brac are very welcome. Gordon and Sylvia Bain look forward to welcoming you to their home at 58 East End, Lane. Please phone Sylvia on 01273 845361 if you are able to help.

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Ditchling Singers: are holding their last rehearsal before the summer break this coming Sunday 22 July. If you are interested in joining the Singers, then please come along to Keymer Church Hall. They meet from 4-6pm. The Singers are a friendly group and there is no audition. Singing popular songs, a warm welcome awaits. Just come along or contact Julie on 01273 844818 or Christine on 01273 846098.

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