Ditchling Downs WI: Kathryn Ferry, our speaker for the July meeting gave a fascinating and very interesting talk on beach huts and their history, referred to sometimes as sheds. An architectural historian she fell in love with these when on holiday post graduation.

The first mention of bathing machines was in Scarborough in 1735. Following Dr. Russell’s book published first in latin in 1750, in which he recommended seawater both as a drink and for bathing as a cure for everything; thus the ‘seaside’ was born. These bathing machines were the forerunner of the static beach huts as we know them today, the first one recorded at Felixstowe. Styles varied enormously from area to area: some very grand and built in terraces, others split so that two families could use the tiny space left; some of the grander ones have even been listed. Queen Alexandra had her own bathing bungalow built at Snettisham in 1908, and there is one family in Ventnor who have hired out beach huts continuously since 1857. In 2011 beach huts were built by the Thames, demonstrating their lasting popularity and it is said that many people would rather sell their house than their beach hut.

Following Kathryn’s very entertaining talk, members enjoyed snacks and nibbles provided by the committee and accompanied by a glass or two of Prosecco to celebrate the centenary of the WI. Glasses were raised to the continuing success of the Ditchling Downs WI and to the committee and in particular to Judy and Carolyn As usual there will not be a meeting in August, so for our next meeting, on Tuesday 8th September, Andy Thomas will be talking to us about ‘Unexplained mysteries and Cover Ups’. The meeting will be the Friends Meeting House 7pm for 7.30pm. Barbara Dollings, 01273 843892

Ditchling WI: As it is the centenary year of the WI, we recreated some of the events which happened 100 years ago, at our July meeting. We decorated hats as every WI member in those days wore hats to the meetings, and there was a prize for the best hat. Every member was given a tomato plant to see who could produce the most fruit as this was something the WI was good at, produce and jam. Jean Morley read some very interesting facts about the WI in the past in Ditchling and the fundraising they did for the original village hall, which has since been enlarged.Mrs Pat Meeres gave us an interesting description of her visit to the Annual National Meeting in the Royal Albert Hall, where Lucy Worsley was the main speaker.We had a celebration tea and cake to follow. The flower of the month was won by Sylvia McGillivray.In August we are having a garden party in a member’s garden.At our meeting 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

Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings: The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday August 18th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am. It is sponsored by the Ditchling WI. Dates for coffee mornings for the remainder of 2015 are shown below.

Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer: Ditchling Parish Council: Ditchling Parish Council is looking to appoint a Parish Clerk & RFO with the drive, determination and organisation skills to manage a varied workload. Closing date: 14/08/2015 Workplace: Home and office Hours: 21 hours per week, including attendance at evening meetings Rate of pay: starting salary depending on experience. Range SCP30-SCP34 currently £26,293pa to £29,558pa pro rata.Contact: Isabelle Mouland. 01273 830205. lcrecruit@ssalc.co.uk Address: For applications - Suite C, Sackville House, Brooks Close, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2FZ.In addition to managing the day-to-day work of the Parish Council, the post holder will work closely with Councillors to plan and implement the aims and objectives of the Council.The ideal applicant will have financial & administrative experience, the ability to deliver projects on time and within budget and be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for working with residents and local residents and local organisations.The Parish Council has an office which also stores their equipment and files. The successful candidate will be welcome to work from home but will be expected to attend “surgeries” at the office at times agreed by the Parish Council and successful candidate. Interviews expected to take place: 27th August 2015.

Garden Open in Streat: Malthouse Farm, Streat Lane, the home of Helen and Richard Keys will be open under the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 16th August and Tuesday 18th August from 2 to 5.30pm. Entry is £4. Tea and Plants will be available.

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