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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 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

FILM SOCIETY: On Thursday March 16, Suffragette is being shown. Director Sarah Gavron. English 2015. On Thursday April 6, 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.

ANTIQUES: Lennox Cato, BBC 1 Antiques Roadshow Furniture Specialist is coming to give a talk on Friday April 7 in Ditchling Village Hall, 7pm 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

THE ATTIC ART CLUB: Is part of Brighton and Hove’s Arts Council Open houses and Art Trail and the exhibition will display and sell paintings, sculpture, woodturning, glassware and jewellery plus cards by Sussex based artists. The Attic Art Club Original Art Fair is from Friday to Sunday, May 19 to 21 at Ditchling Village Hall. Friday, noon to 8pm (refreshments served 6pm to 8pm), Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm. Entrance is free but voluntary contributions to Dame Vera Lynn’s Children’s Charity.

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