Ditchling - Continuing the tradition of Art and Craft in Ditchling, Seven Studios at the Turner-Dumbrell Workshops, Dumbrell’s Court Road, Ditchling, are holding Open House Christmas Shopping Days on Saturday 5th December and Saturday 12th December, 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Visitors will find a warm welcome and a chance to savour a stress-free taste of Christmas (treats include free mulled wine and Christmas cookies) while browsing for the perfect gift. The items for sale this year range from paintings, prints, cards and books, to gemstone jewellery, leather handbags and much more, all created by the Artists and Makers on site. In addition, musical entertainment will be provided by Due on 5th December - 11.30-12.30 (baroque duets for violin and recorder) and The Sussex Waits on 12th December - 11.30-12.30 (medieval music for Christmas). Free parking on site.

DITCHLING FILM SOCIETY - Our first film for the New Year will be on Thursday, 7 January 2016 and is called Diplomacy. Adapted from a stage play of the same name, this is a historical drama which depicts the relationship between Dietrich von Choltitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris and Swedish consul-general, Raoul Nordling. During the waning days of the second world war, Raoul Nordling sneaks into the German HQ at the Hotel Meurice to try and persuade General von Choltitz not to carry out Hitler’s infamous order to flatten Paris. A tense battle of wills then ensues between the two. After the fall of Nazi Germany, Nordling is awarded a medal for his persuasion of Choltitz in Paris, but he hands it over to Choltitz, recognising him as the real hero. Diplomacy is a fascinating film about duty, history and what lay behind the eleventh-hour decision to save Paris. Director: Volker Schlondorff German 2014 84 mins 12 Cert.

Our film on Thursday, 4 February 2016 will be Still Alice based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 best-selling novel. Alice is about an acclaimed professor of linguistics at Columbia University who is happily married with three grown up children. When words start to escape her and she starts becoming lost on her daily jogs, Alice comes face to face with a devastating diagnosis – the early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. As the once vibrant woman struggles to hold on to her sense of self for as long as possible, her three children are forced to watch helplessly as their mother disappears more and more with each passing day. The film is a beautiful, heartfelt drama which honours its delicate themes with bravery and sensitivity. Director: Glatzer & Westmoreland English 2014 12A 101 mins 12A Cert

The films will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. Our films start at 8.00pm. Doors open at 7.30 pm. 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 £5.00 payable at the door. Rowena Cager and Melanie Samuel

Finally - This is my last column for the Ditchling Voice after almost nine years reporting the” Village Voice “for the Mid Sussex Times. I have decided that due to other commitments its time say goodbye. Thank you to all who contributed to the column over the years and kept me supplied with lots of copy and many happy memories as your correspondent. So all it remains for me to do is offer you one and all the Seasons Greetings and wish you a Joyful New Year. Please note this email address will no longer be available for contributions.

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