Ditchling Film Society - Welcome to our exciting new season of films with our first one on Thursday, 1 October 2015 being Ida set in Poland in 1962. Anna, an 18 year old (Agata Trzebuchowska) is about to take her vows as a Catholic nun when she learns from her sole living relative, her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a chain-smoking, hard-drinking, sexually promiscuous judge that she is actually Jewish and was born Ida Lebenstein. In addition, she also discovers that her parents were murdered and the two women then embark on a pilgrimage into the Polish countryside to uncover where, or even whether, their relatives were buried and by whom, when Ida was abandoned into the nuns’ care. The film has been described as “an eerily beautiful road movie” and it has also been said “to contain a cosmos of guilt, violence and pain” even if certain historical events such as the German occupation of Poland, the Holocaust and Stalinism remain unsaid. None of this is stated but it is all built into the atmosphere – the country feels dead and the population sparse. It was the winner of the 2015 Academy Award for best foreign film.Director: Pawel Pawlikowski Poland 2013 82 mins 12A Cert.

Village Apple Day - Following the great success of last year’s Apple Day the second one has been arranged for Sunday 4 October 2015 between 11am and 4pm on the Ditchling Village Green and in the Barn.The Apple Press will be there to which all are welcome to bring their apples to be juiced. If you feel you don’t have enough of your own why not combine with a neighbour or make contact with a person not able to gather their own. Additionally you will need a container for the juice, a milk carton is ideal and a bag for the compostable waste in case we don’t have disposal facilities.

To keep us entertained there will be Morris dancing and music. For the younger visitors, and the young at heart, there will be a story teller and craft activities (making apple prints, bird feeders, apple monsters and bug hotels). Also, the A is for Apple printing press from Ditchling Museum.

For sporting enthusiasts there will be apple bobbing-on-a-string and the dangerous sport, particularly for spectators, of Welly Wanging. Teas and goodies will also be available.Around 3pm Ditchling Morris will lead us to the Orchard for further activities. Please do come along and enjoy the fun’

Ditchling Horticultural Society -Annual Autumn Show .Sunday 13h September 2pm –4,00pm - When you have viewed the exhibits, why not sample refreshments (tea and homemade cake for £1 .50.) There is also Muriel’s famous raffle - tickets £1 each. Entrance is free for members, 50p for non-members, children free.We look forward to seeing you.

Reminder - The AGM will be held in the Old Meeting House, The Twitten at 7.30pm on Thursday 12th November

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