The school holidays have now begun but the village continues to be busy. If you wish me to publicise an event please send me an email at least a week before publication date.

There are some very different things happening in this year’s Arts Festival. (September 18th-20th) Peter Voight is giving 2 sessions called Introduction to Violin Repair. These will both take place on Saturday 19th September in his workshop in the High St. from 10.00-11.00 and from 14.00-15.00. Any fiddle players ought to find these workshops fascinating.

Lindfield History Project Group. Anyone interested in participating in local history should ring Richard Bryant on 01444 482136 for information about the regular meetings.

Lindfield Dramatic Club. New members,either actin g or supporting, are always very welcome. Please ring Rex Cooper for information about the numerous activities that make up the year’s programme.Tel: 01444 831512.

Lindfield Morning W.I. Meeting in the Library of the King Edward Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.Ring Molly Baker on 01444 484677.

Lindfield Evening W.I. Meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Newcombe Hall of the King Edward Hall. Contact Rebecca Patman on 01444 457915. 
Archaeologist Helen Poole introduced Lindfield Evening WI members to the extraordinary life of Cleopatra, last pharaoh of Egypt, at our July meeting. Although much written about, Cleopatra’s story is no legend. She was a very real person, an effective ruler and clever politician whose influence spread across most of the Mediterranean region during her short lifetime. Helen Poole illustrated her talk with photos of her own travels in Egypt, southern Europe and the middle east. She explained that much of ancient Alexandria - including the mausoleum where Cleopatra famously engineered her suicide - now lies under water.
Everyone who watched Lucy Worsley’s Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers: 100 years of the WI on BBC TV this month will now know what we get up to at our monthly meetings! We do indeed socialise over cups of tea (but not cake: we must mend our ways!) and we spend a few minutes on business matters. In July we found out how to download coverage of the centenary AGM from the national WI’s website, were invited to submit issues that could be adopted as resolutions for the WI to act on in 2016 and heard about plans for a visit to the WI’s Denman College at Abingdon next year. We drew the raffle and gave flowers to all the July birthday girls.
Later this month members get active with a skittles night at The Cock in Wivelsfield, a walk along Goring seafront with a visit to see the breathtaking “Sistine Chapel ceiling” at the English Martyrs Church there and the county federation’s Triple Bowls tournament. In August we visit David Porter’s “castle” on top of the Clayton Tunnel portal and take part in the county quiz tournament at Hurstpierpoint.
The next meeting of Lindfield Evening WI will be at King Edward Hall on 13 August when former policeman Neil Sadler will talk about his Route 66 road trip in California Dreaming.

Tunes and Tea. A miscellany of music and song by the Sunday Morning Singers and friends at Lindfield URC Church on Saturday 8th August at 3-00 pm. Admission free. Donations in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice and Church Funds.

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