Ditchling news
Ditchling news

Ditchling Downs WI: Our speaker for the February meeting was Sue Margolis - Israel, A Mother’s Perspective. Sue, originally from New Zealand but now living in Brighton, gave an interesting talk about her daughter who when finished with school exams decided she wanted to travel. Her parents weren’t so happy with this but compromised and agreed to a year in Israel on a “tour” which allowed the travel, but was fully supervised. After a shaky start Sue’s daughter settled and came to really enjoy her stay in Israel. So much so that one day her daughter announced that she was so happy that she wanted to settle in Israel and a bigger shock, she wanted to join the Israeli army and would her Mum and Dad consent. After a lot of soul searching Sue and her husband gave their blessing and although she worried for her daughter she now feels it was one of the best decisions she made. Her daughter became an officer and completed her three years army service. She still is living in Israel and is a reservist and even better news, about to be married. The next meeting is on Tuesday 7 March when Neil Hunt is giving a talk entitled Tales from the Top Table. Any queries, please contact Barbara Dollings on 01273 843892 or bdollings@aol.com

Ditchling Film Society: Tonight, Thursday 2 March, Sunset Song is being screened in Ditchling Village Hall. Adapted from a novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon of the same name about an Aberdeenshire girl, Chris Guthrie, growing to womanhood seven years before World War One. Chris is one of the numerous children of a tyrannical farmer, John Guthrie, and a whimpering mother, Jean, growing up in a rural Scottish community. The drama spans six years of Chris’s life as she searches for her independence with the conflicts and choices a young woman experiences reflecting the struggle between tradition and change. The film finally ends with the dignified loneliness of a new Chris, a woman who seems to have gone through several lives, now and forever as one with the land. Beautifully shot, the film is an intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. Director: Terence Davies. English. 2015. 135 mins. 15 Cert. On Thursday 16 March, Suffragette is being shown. Director: Sarah Gavron. English. 2015. 106 mins. 12a Cert. On Thursday 6 April Dheepan is being shown. Director: Jacques Audiard. English, French, Tamil. 2015. 115 mins. 15 Cert. Films are shown in Ditchling Village Hall, 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 for the sum of £5 payable at the door.

Lennox Cato, BBC 1 Antiques Roadshow Furniture Specialist: Is coming to give a talk on Friday 7 April in Ditchling Village Hall, 7 for 7.30pm. Lennox has built up a reputation for finding the unusual and is a member of the Associations of Antique Dealers BADA and LAPADA. He specialises in eighteenth and nineteenth century English furniture and related items. Admission is £10 and includes a glass of wine. Tickets available from Ditchling Village Post Office or bdollings@aol.com.

Ditchling Preschool: Spacious hall and garden in the heart of Ditchling village. Rated “Good” by Ofsted. Further information available by contacting Manager Fiona Hughes on 01273 846115 or ditchlingpreschool@gmailcom. See website www.ditchlingpreschool.com

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