FILM SOCIETY: There will be two films in November with the first on Thursday, November 5 being Selma, a scorching civil rights masterpiece. In the spring of 1965, the Rev Martin Luther King sets out from the town of Selma in Alabama to begin his famous civil rights march to Montgomery, the state capital. His protest, the horrific violence it prompted from state police, and the eventual reforms that enable black citizens to register to vote without fearing for their safety, which forever altered history, are the focal points of this terrific, intelligent, understated film. The impressive cast includes David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo and Tim Roth. Director Ava DuVernay US 2014, 128 mins 12A Cert.

RETIREMENT: Of Mary Holman Clerk of Ditchling Parish Council. Mary’s retirement party was held in the Barn on Ditchling Village green last Friday and was very well attended. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers many cards and a cheque for over £400. Her leaving party was held in the Barn on Ditchling Village green last Friday. Mary will retire officially on October 26 after 42 years of service to Ditchling Parish Council. Mary had worked with six Hurst chairmen. From 1973 when Jean Ellis was Chairman, Mary has worked with 11 Ditchling Chairman over the years. Mary has experienced all the significant changes in working practices which have taken place since the 1970’s, starting with the use of carbon copies at Hurst. She says ‘Ditchling PC had a westerner which we had at our home, Hurst used to pay Ditchling to use it. It was progress to be able to cut stencils and run them off.’

In the early 1980, the old play equipment needed painting, the Grounds Committee came to the rescue and they all repainted it. She was involved with meetings re the design of the new school and the subsequent opening of the Old School by Joanna and Hilary Bourne as the Museum. Currently Mary is involved with the following: Trustee of Sports Charity; serves on the Ditchling Village Association executive committee; Secretary of the Horticultural Society (Oldest in GB).

Mary has always had a strong interest in the recreation ground. The care and role of the recreation ground within the village has always been important to her. The loss of the twin oaks in the recreation ground in recent years she views as significant and marking ‘the end of an era’. For Mary community is very important and role of Clerk has enabled her to contribute to the wellbeing of the community. Her personal aim in life is to help/offer assistance to others on the way. When asked, Mary had said that she would like things for her garden, and that she would like a garden bench.

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