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Societies

Archaeological Society

WAS logoWAS was set up to undertake a comprehensive geophysical survey of the buried remains of medieval Winchelsea. The aim is to help archaeologists understand the precise layout and nature of the buildings of the medieval town. The Society was set up by a group of residents in 1999 with the encouragement of the then East Sussex County Archaeologist, Dr Andrew Woodcock, and now operates under the supervision of his successor, Casper Johnson. WAS conducts geophysical surveys with its own resistance meter and raises money to fund ground-penetrating radar surveys. Survey work tends to take place between March and November, but the precise dates depend on the weather. The Society is able to provide watching briefs on small local developments and can assist in the identification of finds. Other research is also undertaken, eg it is currently involved in the sorting and analysis of pottery dug out from a cellar. It promotes wider public appreciation of Winchelsea's heritage by organising lectures and guided tours --- including tours of the medieval cellars for the public and special tours for groups such as historical societies. The Society is deighted to assist visiting archaeologists. You can contact WAS online or by calling 01797 224446.


Bonfire Boyes

Bonfire Boyes Logo The Bonfire Boyes organise the annual Bonfire Night celebrations in Winchelsea, helping to maintain a tradition that is particularly strong in Sussex. Although a small society, the Winchelsea Bonfire Boyes have earned a reputation for putting on magnificent firework displays. The event is very popular with families, given that the Bonfire Night celebrations in towns like Rye and Battle are very crowded and can be intimidating for small children. To volunteer, call 01797 226443.


Winchelsea Conservation Society

Set up in 2008 to lobby against inappropriate planning proposals and encourage sympathetic development, but almost immediately became moribund. The Society has commented on just two planning applications and organises occasional meetings. Can be contacted through John Rodley on 01797-223458.


Friends of the Ancient Monuments

The Friends is a registered charity formed to raise funds to pay for the maintenance of the Court Hall and the ancient monuments owned by the Corporation (the Court Hall, Town Gates and Town Well). The Friends run afund-raising events over the year. Can be contacted through Roger Neaves on 01797-226263.


Friends of St Thomas's Church

The Friends is a registered charity that was formed in 1956 to raise funds for the maintenance of the fabric of St Thomas’s Church. However, following a very substantial bequest to the Friends in 1970 by Dr Edmund and Vida Jones, they now concentrate on managing and dispensing the bequest. Can be contacted through the Rectory on 01797-226254.


Friends of St Thomas's School

Formerly, the PTA of St Thomas’s School. The Friends run events to raise funds to buy and maintain facilities at the school. Given the small and dwindling number of pupils who now live in Winchelsea, the Friends tend to focus on the school’s main catchment area, which is Winchelsea Beach. Can be contacted through Sheila Caister on 01797-226479.


Friends of Winchelsea Methodist Chapel

The chapel was built in 1785 and John Wesley preached in it in 1789. The chapel retains many of its original features, including the pulpit. By the 1980s, a shrinking congregation reduced the frequency of services to monthly. In 1994, responsibility for the chapel passed to the Hastings, Bexhill and Rye Circuit, who established the Friends. Membership of the Friends is open to anyone with an interest in the building, its history and the local Methodist heritage. The annual subscription is £1. If you would like to join the Friends, contact Mrs Stella Webb at 127 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN37 6AU. The chapel is open on various days throughout the year, including Open Garden Days. Can be contacted through Barry Turnwell on 01424 216456.


Garden Society

A survey team at work with a resitance meter Formerly, the Gardeners' and Allotment-Holders' Society, then the Gardeners' Society and now the Garden Society. The Society organises two horticultural shows: the Spring Show in April,  Rose and Sweet Pea Show in June and the Summer Show in September. The money from these two events is donated to charities. The Society also organises outings to famous gardens and arrange a lecture at their AGM. Can be contacted through Howard Norton on 01797-226524.


Winchelsea Heritage

A community group set up in 2010 to help protect Winchelsea's special character and appearance by lobbying against inappropriate planning proposals and encouraging sympathetic development. It frequently comments on planning applications. Can be contacted online.


Literary Society

The Literary Society meets every month, except in summer, usually on the evening of the third Friday of the month, in the Court Hall for literary readings and discussions of books and poetry, generally on topical themes. Some members read: others prefer just to listen. The Society also organises occasional trips to the theatre. Can be contacted through Howard Norton on 01797-226524.


Millennium Artefacts Society

This group raises funds to maintain the Town Sign on German Street, the beacon on the former site of the windmill, and the Millennium Tapestry in the Church, all of which commemorate the Millennium in Winchelsea. Their principal fund-raising event is an exhibition of paintings by local artists in the Court Hall over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The contact is Trevor Aisher on 01797 229173.


Winchelsea Moving Pictures

WMP organises Winchelsea Film Night, currently on the third Wednesday of the month, between February and November. Recently released films are screened at the New Hall under licence using excellent digital equipment loaned by the Rother Arts Development Office. Entry is just £5. In August 2012, WMP produced a film, The Red Slipper, about an incident in Winchelsea during the Boer War, in association with local youth vocational training charity Entertainment Workshops.


Museum Committee

This is a group of volunteers who look after the former Winchelsea Corporation’s Museum on the upper floor of the Court Hall. The Museum is open every day between May and September. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the curator, John Freeman, on 01797-226270.


National Trust – Rye & Winchelsea Centre

Notwithstanding the name, there is no real connection with Winchelsea. The Centre is a group of local National Trust members, who stage social and fundraising events in support of the Trust. Specifically, they raise money for Lamb House in Rye, Bodiam Castle and other local Trust properties. The group organises outings, guided walks, illustrated talks, barbeques, musical evenings, an annual bridge lunch, a theatre club and many other events, often at Trust properties. Can be contacted through Marion Brunt on 01424-883566.


New Hall Management Committee

The New Hall Management Committee is a registered charity set up to manage the New Hall, which is Winchelsea’s village hall. To book the New Hall, call Donald Cameron-Clarke on 01797-226414.


New Hall Society

Not to be confused with the New Hall Management Committee. The Society is a registered charity that exists to raise funds for the maintenance and improvement of the New Hall. 


Parochial Church Council

The PCC is elected annually by registered members of the ecclesiastical parish. It publishes a monthly Parish Magazine and sells cards and booklets about the Church. It also hires out the Church for suitable events such as concerts. Can be contacted through Angela Hill on 01797-226325.


Winchelsea Players

Winchelsea's amateur dramatics society. Founded in 2006 by local resident Monica Janssens. Specialising in well-known plays, mostly comedies, the Players' productions have been well-received. Their last production was Noël Coward’s comedy classic Private Lives. Annual membership costs £5 a year and entitles you to priority booking. Does not appear to be active at the moment. 


Second Wednesday Society

This was formerly the Winchelsea Women’s Institute. It now arranges talks in the Court Hall by local speakers on various topics accompanied by tea. The Society meets at 2:30pm on the afternoon of the second Wednesday of every month except August. To join, contact Peta Cameron-Clarke on 01797-26414.


Winchelsea Singers

The Winchelsea Singers is the local choral society for those who enjoy singing. They meet on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00pm until 4:00pm at the New Hall between September and April. The Singers present a light opera in the autumn, a carol concert at Christmas, "Fun Performances" at the end of January or early February, and a choral work in the spring. New members are welcomed --- no audition required.


Tree Society

Tree Society logoA very informal society set up to try to reverse the loss of major trees in public areas in Winchelsea and preserve the remaining treescape. The Society raised money to fund the planting of an English oak in the Churchyard to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

 

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Local charities

Friends of the Ancient Monuments

charity 1001486
objects "Through the activity of a group of friends to advance the education of the general public by promoting, supporting, assisting and improving the museum of the ancient town of Winchelsea and by maintaining and preserving or assisting in the maintenance and preservation of the ancient monuments of the said town."
activities "Promoting, supporting, assisting and improving the museum of Winchelsea; maintaining and preserving or assisting in the maintenance and preservation of the ancient monuments of the town."
trustees

Michael de Smith
Roger Neaves
Martin Owen

contact Martin Owen
St Anthonys
Castle Street
TN36 4EL
01797-226968
www.winchelsea.com/foam.html

financial year

income

spending

comment

31-Dec-12

5,955

5,568

 
31-Dec-11

5,568

3,401

 
31-Dec-10

10,464

2,059

 
31-Dec-09

4,725

1,699

 
31-Dec-08

20,033

20,458

 
31-Dec-07

8,291

18,807

 
31-Dec-06

16,028

1,279

 

Friends of Winchelsea Church

charity 249108
objects "A) To arouse and foster interest in the parish church at Winchelsea among all persons of goodwill. B) To co-operate with the Parochial Church Council in the preservation and improvement of the fabric, furniture, stained glass and monuments of the church of St. Thomas and churchyard thereof, and in furthering any other scheme to help in maintaining their safety, beauty and utility."
activities "To arouse and foster interest in the parish church at Winchelsea. To cooperate with the parochial church council in the presevation and improvement of fabric, furniture,stained glass and monuments of the church of St.Thomas and its churchyard, and in furthering any other scheme to help in maintaining their safety, beauty and utility."
trustees

Paul Richard Anderson
Nigel Ashton
Robert George Beecroft
Sue Chetwood
Rev Howard Cocks
Michael de Smith
Robert Martin Hargreaves
Pamela Jefferies
Alan McKinna
Anthony Moore
Tina Neaves
John Spencer

contact Stephen King
Stargazer
Morlais Place
Winchelsea Beach
TN36 4LG

financial year

income

spending

comment

31-Mar-12

20,919

28,213

 

31-Mar-11

 15,562

24,289

 313 days late

31-Mar-10

 20,475

 27,049

185 days late 

31-Mar-09

22,036

23,642

18 days late

31-Mar-08

22,946

94,392

 

31-Mar-07

24,432

74,184

late

31-Mar-06

23,516

20,624

 

Greyfriars Opera

charity 1123030 (dissolved 2012)
objects "1 To advance the education of the public (in East Sussex and West Kent) by encouraging the understanding and appreciation of music and opera in particular but not exclusively through the presentation of public performances of opera. 2 To advance such other charitable purpose or purposes as the trustees think fit."
activities "Greyfriars Opera exists to bring affordable opera music to the community of East Sussex and West Kent. One of the ways it does this is by engaging a charitable music organisation and their performing arm. In addition Greyfriars Opera has the aim of engaging schools through groups and productions and understanding and performance of opera and the appreciation of music."
trustees

Jack Trevor Aisher
Paul Richard Anderson
Karen Burt
Paul Dickinson
Frank Edward Noah
Mrs Anne Rumsey
Cllr Jacqui Stanford
Paul Williams

contact Greyfriars Opera
Hiham Cottage
Hiham Green
TN36 4HB
www.greyfriarsopera.co.uk

financial year

income

spending

 
30-Sep-12

?

?

dissolved 30-Oct

30-Sep-11

44,822

49,686

accounts

30-Sep-10

57,738

58,214

accounts

30-Sep-09

57,671

59,560

accounts

30-Sep-08

57,594

48,761

accounts
229 days late

Winchelsea New Hall

charity 235174
objects "A village hall for the use and benefit of the inhabitants."
activities "Management of the Winchelsea New Hall Village Hall to provide a facility for the community and local societies."
trustees

Peta Cameron-Clarke
John Freeman
Margot Leahy
Roger Neaves

contact Stephen Turner
1 Trojans Plat
TN36 4EP
01797-226642

financial year

income

spending

comment

30-Jun-12

10,185

11,520

 
30-Jun-11

9,449

9,257

 
30-Jun-10

9,532

10,962

 
30-Jun-09

7,821

6,206

 
30-Jun-08

6,881

8,824

 
30-Jun-07

7,075

5,168

 
30-Jun-06

10,904

10,463

late

Winchelsea New Hall Society

charity 258230
objects "The preservation maintenance repair and improvement of Winchelsea New Hall and the upkeep therein of the furniture and fittings of all services provided thereat for the benefit of the inhabitants of the town of Winchelsea."
activities "Fund raising to support the community hall."
trustees

Peta Jean Cameron-Clarke
John Le Bas Freeman
Dorothy Piggott
Stephen John Turner

contact Stephen Turner
1 Trojans Plat
TN36 4EP
01797-226642

financial year

income

spending

comment

30-Jun-12

2,752

1,702

 
30-Jun-11

1,740

2,000

 
30-Jun-10

1,274

1,290

 
30-Jun-09

1,675

0

 
30-Jun-08

2,512

0

 
30-Jun-07

1,541

0

 
30-Jun-06

2,317

3,300

late

Parochial Church Council (PCC)

Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Thomas Winchelsea

charity 1132555
objects "Promoting in the ecclesiastical parish the whole mission of the church."
activities "The church donates the last Sunday in the month collection to charities and also arranges for a collection of food to a local charity."
trustees

Nigel Ashton
Sarah Baker
Sue Chetwood
Don Clarke
Patricia Dawes
Stewart Elms
David Fawcett
Angela Margaret Hill
Pamela Florence Jefferies
Sidney David Jefferies
Rodley John
Celia Allison King
Isobel Marion Lovell
Dr Kenneth Michael McFadyean
Tessa Carnsew Potts
Deborah Rodley
Susan Lorraine Taberer

contact Angela Hill
Friars Halt
Friars Road
TN36 4ED
01797-226325
www.winchelseaparishchurch.co.uk

financial year

income

spending

 
31-Dec-12

103,943

96,453

 
31-Dec-11

93,382

96,126

 
31-Dec-10

87,691

94,613

 accounts
31-Dec-09

105,330

90,777

 


 Trafalgar Oak

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of
the Battle of Trafalgar, an English oak tree was planted by the Winchelsea Tree Society in the Churchyard at Winchelsea, on Saturday, 3rd December 2005.

Horatio Nelson
HMS Victory

The paintings in this poster are reproduced with the kind permission of the National Maritime Museum. Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, 1758-1805, Lemuel Francis Abbott. Oil on canvas. 1800 © National Maritime Museum, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection. The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, Joseph Mallord William Turner. Oil on canvas. 1824 © National Maritime Museum, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection.

Trafalgar Festival