Ditchling WI: For our March meeting we welcomed Liz Gibson, a volunteer with the Surrey, Sussex and Kent Air Ambulance. She gave us an illustrated talk on the details of the work of the Ambulance and much about the need for this Ambulance in our area to save lives. They answer two hundred calls a year, for accidents and emergencies and are self-funding, so are always very grateful for people who donate to them, either by fundraising or by donations. In 2013 this was the first to fly by night which has opened up yet another way to get patients to hospital as quickly as possible and save lives. Our next meeting is on Thursday 6 April at 2.15pm. Ray Sparks, History of Magic. Visitors are always welcome. Further information available from Briony Coomber on 01273 845069.
Ditchling Film Society: On Thursday 6 April the Society is showing Dheepan which is a powerful story about a Tamil freedom fighter who decides to flee civil war-ravaged Sri Lanka taking with him two strangers, a woman and a child, hoping that it will be easier for them to claim asylum in Europe. They escape to France where Dheepan finds employment in a run-down housing project in Paris. Here, whilst pretending to be a family, they try to reconstruct their lives. Winner of the 2016 Palme d’Or, this is a gripping crime drama packed with grandeur. Director: Jacques Audiard. Tamil, French, English. 2015. 115 mins. 15 Cert. On May 5 the Society is showing Ethel and Ernest. A tender animated adaptation of Raymond Brigg’s bestselling graphic novel about his parents. Raymond Briggs will be joining us that evening for a Question and Answer session, so do have your questions ready! Director: Roger Mainwood. English. 94 mins. PG Cert. And on Thursday 18 May the Society is showing I Daniel Blake. Director: Ken Loach. English. 2016. 100 mins. 15 Cert. The 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 always welcome for the sum of £5 payable at the door.
Lennox Cato, BBC1 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 email@example.com
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