Ditchling news
Ditchling news

Flower Festival: come and enjoy this event on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June at St Martin’s Church, Westmeston in support of St Peter and St James Hospice and the Church. Local parking available and refreshments on sale in Westmeston Parish Hall. There is also the opportunity to have a ride in a vintage 1912 Ford Model T. 11am-5pm.

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company: is touring southern England and will be in Ditchling on the village green on Wednesday 29 June at 7.30pm. This year the company is putting on a brand new comedy thriller, Macbyrd. It’s 1940 in the Sussex village of Jevington, George a retired mechanic tends his vegetables as part of the war effort. Amidst the cabbages, broccoli and comic absurdity, a dark and menacing intrigue simmers as a power struggle breaks out amongst the birds. Tickets are available from Ditchling Post Office or www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk

Ditchling Film Society: on Thursday 7 July the last film of the season is Pride which is based on an inspirational true story about a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike. It is 1984 when gays are being threatened by Margaret Thatcher whilst at the same time miners are on strike in response to her pit closures. A gay activist therefore believes that gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in a Welsh village and through their sincere fundraising and our main hero’s nifty disco moves, they manage to persuade most of the community that they are on the same side. After attempted sabotage most of the villagers come to a successful benefit concert. The miners are defeated and return to work. A great comedy-drama written by Stephen Beresford. Director: Matthew Warchus. English 2014. 119min. 15 Cert. This film will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ditchling starting 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. £5.00 payable on the door.

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