Ditchling Downs WI: The speaker at the last meeting held in May was Gill Parker who spoke about My Life as a Bunny Girl. Having successfully passed the audition and IQ test, Gill started working at the Playboy Club and Clermont Club in the 1970s . Her talk was full of memories including how in rest periods the Bunnies would usually be found in the rest room knitting. For the June meeting this branch of the WI has invited Heather McNiven to come along and talk about Bees in my Garden. This meeting takes place at the Meeting House, Ditchling on Tuesday 7 June. 7pm for 7.30pm. For further information please contact Barbara Dollings on 01273 843892. Visitors are very welcome.
London-Brighton Bike Ride: A reminder that there are some road closures on Sunday 19 June when this 54 mile charity event comes through Ditchling village.
Ditchling Film Society: On Thursday 2 June the Society is showing The Wonders. This softly mesmerising film is about a family of beekeepers. Set in Umbria, a family is scratching out a living keeping bees in the old, traditional way. Gelsomina, who is twelve and the family’s eldest daughter signs up her family’s beekeeping business for a contest as they need the prize money in order to survive. This is a bittersweet, meandering tale about the onset of adulthood and the fading of old ways which is as powerful as it is enchanting. Directed by Alice Rohrwacher. Italian. 110mins. 15 Cert. All films are shown in Ditchling Village Halll, Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8TT. Films start at 8pm with doors opening 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. £5.00 payable on the door.
Ditchling Fair 2016: A programme of events is planned on Saturday 18 June from 7.00am and through the day into the evening. Some of the highlights include morning stalls in the High Street, Ditchling Morris and the famous Jack and Jill Race. In the afternoon there is maypole dancing on the village green, Harris’ Old Tyme Amusements and the Tug-o-war Competition. Full details of everything that is happening on Fair Day are available in the official fair Programme, £1.00, which is now available from Ditchling shops and businesses. www.ditchlingfair.co.uk
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