DITCHLING HISTORY PROJECT: Wind and rain didn’t deter a very good turn-out for last Friday’s Sir Frank Brangwyn lecture, organised by the Ditchling History Project, held in the Village Hall. The key-note address was given by the renowned expert on the famous artist, Dr Libby Horner. This was followed by a brief summary of Brangwyn’s association with Ditchling, where he lived from 1918 to 1956, by Martin Craven.

To accompany the talks there was an exhibition of many Brangwyn works-ranging from sketches, paintings, pottery to books. These had all been lent by village aficionados of the great artist’s work.Such was the success of the evening that nearly £1,000 was raised for St Peter & St James Hospice.

DITCHLING FILM SOCIETY: Our second film of the month to be shown on Thursday, November 26, is Of Horses and Men. This is a collection of six or so interlocking fables about a group of rural Icelanders and their relationships with their horses and each other. Each story involves at least one horse and its human owner – two soulful beasts united against the blind cruelty of fate. The stories are played out across plains of blue ash, green rock and grey snow. Set in photogenic Iceland, it is a well-crafted and resoundingly original film which is intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful. Benedikt Erlingsson Icelandic 2015 81 mins 15 Cert. The films will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. The films start at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. 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.

DITCHLING PLAYERS: Nightmare by Norman Robbins, November 18 to 21.

Marion Bishop is a writer of romantic novels looked after by Katherine Willis, who is also coping with a mentally retarded brother. When Katherine goes to Scotland for a wedding the local doctor brings in an experienced nurse to look after Marion. A series of mysterious phone calls and the appearance of Marion’s estranged nephew set off a nightmare situation which becomes increasingly complicated when a murder occurs. Deceit, suspicion, blackmail and incrimination are woven into a web of crime which is completed by a dramatic confrontation and an ingenious twist.

Rehearsals for the Ditchling Players Autumn production are now well under way and we are pleased to welcome three new faces to the Ditchling stage for this suspenseful production.

Tickets are £8 (Wednesday) and £9 (Thursday to Saturday) on sale at Clifford Dann, High Street, Ditchling (Tel No: 01273 843344). We look forward to seeing you there. (David Tettersell).

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