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Ditchling Downs WI: at the April meeting Barbara Ehlers spoke about her work as a Silversmith. Barbara has a studio on Ditchling Common where she makes sterling silver jewellery and gifts. She explained that silver is claimed to be antibacterial and used to be regarded as a symbol of wealth, hence the expression, born with a silver spoon in the mouth. Barbara explained the history of hallmarks and their origins and emphasised that when cleaning silver only soft cloths should be used and to not rub too hard especially with silver plated objects. On show were many of Barbara’s beautiful items. The next meeting is on Tuesday 7 May, 7.00 for 7.30pm when Heather Hook is talking about Alaskan Adventures and Meeting Grizzly Bears. Meetings are held at the Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling. Guests are very welcome to attend up to three meetings before becoming a member. A donation of £4 is suggested.

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Ditchling Horticultural Society: on Saturday 16 March we all woke up to gale force and rain. But despite the weather the Society’s Spring Show had to go on. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the Show, it was a success. Entries were up, thanks everyone. There were more entries from children which was very encouraging as they are the future of the Society. Although the Trophies play a historical part of the DHS, the fact that members take part makes the Show. The Trophy winners are: Winter Trophy, Joyce Lang, The Crosby Cup, Valerie Winter, The Taylor Trophy, Susanna Parker and the Bannister Cup, Laura Van Stiphout. Well done everyone. Ditchling Singers: is a friendly choir which enjoys singing a variety of great, popular songs and always love to welcome new members. No auditions and the first session is free. The choir rehearses on alternate Sundays and the April dates are as follows. Sunday 14 April, 4-6pm at the Old Meeting House (The Twitten) in Ditchling and Sunday 28 April, 4-6pm at Keymer Church Hall (Church Mead). Just come along or contact Julie on 01273 844818 or Christine on 01273 846098.

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Ditchling Downs WI: Dr Anne Weaver recently gave a talk to the WI about Emergency Medicine. She is a Consultant at London’s Air Ambulance and in 2004 became the first female Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Care in the UK. In 2007 she became Lead Clinician for London’s Air Ambulance and led the Blood on Board initiative that brought pre-hospital blood transfusion along the lines of battle fields to civilian medicine. This allows any air ambulance team to give patients the same standards of care as they would receive in a hospital. Such prompt treatment has saved a great many young lives in the recent tragic spate of stabbings and shootings. Guests are always welcome to attend up to three meetings before becoming a member. It is suggested that they make a donation of £4.

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Ditchling Horticultural Society: please make a note that the Annual Spring Bulb Show is being held this coming Saturday 16 March between 2-4pm in Ditchling Village Hall. Entry is free for members and 50p for visitors. Children are not charged. This is also a reminder for those who are exhibiting and an invitation to those who would like to spend a pleasant afternoon with the Society and enjoy a cup of tea and cake.

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Ditchling Film Society: tonight, Thursday 7 March, the Society is showing Ice Mother. The film is about Hana, a happy and selfless 67 year old mother and grandmother who experiences a series of life-changing events which changes her relationship with her selfish sons. Hana rescues an elderly swimmer, Brona, who is mysterious and quite a character and slowly Hana starts to fall for Brona. The newly confident Hana then starts to change her life. Both leading characters are persuasive and engaging and this low-key naturalistic drama handles the lives of its older protagonists with sensitivity and candour. Director: Bodan Slama. Czech. 2017. 106 mins. No UK Certification. And on Thursday 4 April the Society is showing Blackkklansman. Director: Spike Lee. English. 2018. 128 mins. 15 Cert. Films are shown in Ditchling Village Hall and start at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. Free coffee, tea and biscuits are available and wine can be purchased by the glass beforehand. 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 Horticultural Society: Please make a note that the Annual Spring Bulb Show is being held on Saturday 16 March between 2 - 4pm. Entry is free for members and 50p for visitors, children are not charged. This is also a reminder for those who are exhibiting and an invitation to those who would like to spend a pleasant afternoon with the Society and enjoy a cup of tea and cake.

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Ditchling Film Society: tonight (21 February), the Society is showing Lady Macbeth. This compelling psychological drama is based on the short story, Lady Macbeth of the Mtensk District by Nikolai Leskov. In nineteenth century rural England, Katherine is trapped in a loveless marriage to a man twice her age. She begins a passionate affair with a younger man who works on the family estate. The affair unleashes in Katherine a force inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Director: William Oldroyd. English. 2016. 89 mins. 15 Cert. On Thursday 7 March the Society is showing Ice Mother and here we meet Hana, a happy, selfless 67 year old mother and grandmother who experiences a series of life changing events which changes her relationship with her sons. Director: Bodan Slama. Czech. 2017. 106 mins. No UK Certification. And on April 4 the Society is showing Blackkklansman. Set in the early 70s, this is an incredible, true story about an American hero who set out on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Director: Spike Lee. English. 2018. 128 mins. 15 Cert. Films are shown in Ditchling Village Hall at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm Free coffee, tea and biscuits are available and wine can be purchased by the glass beforehand. 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 WI: At the February meeting the WI welcomed Jackie Marsh-Hobbs who gave a really interesting talk with slides on Preston Manor. This is a charming historic house decorated and furnished in Edwardian style, and is one of the Museums in Brighton and Hove. It has elegant reception rooms and servant quarters and today it is possible to attend events there and hire it for weddings. The talk was followed by tea and biscuits and a raffle. The next meeting is on Thursday 7 March when Lesley Chamberlain will be talking about Secret Sussex Gardens. Visitors and guests are very welcome to come along. The meeting starts at 2.15pm and is in Ditchling Village Hall.

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Ditchling Singers: is a friendly choir which enjoys singing popular songs. New members are always welcome. No auditions and the first session is free. The February rehearsals are on Sunday 3 February, 4-6pm in the Old Meeting House in Ditchling, and Sunday 17 February, 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: 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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