DITCHLING PLAYERS: Light of Heart by Emlyn Williams, November 22 to 25. The auditions held in August for the 2017 production were well attended and the director, Liz Burton, had no problems in casting this play. There will be some familiar faces on the stage from Ditchling and our friends at Wivelsfield, so it’s going to be another terrific production. For those of you not familiar with the play, it revolves around actor, Maddoc Thomas, and his daughter Cattrin, who live in a London rooming house and struggle to make ends meet due to Maddoc’s drunkenness. When Robert, a composer, moves into one of the rooms he tries to interest Maddoc in a small part in a stage production which he finally takes. Their fortune appears to be turning when a rich widow invests money into a production on the proviso that Maddoc plays the lead. Romance also blossoms, but will it all end in tears? As Liz Burton says, ‘I love this play with its poetic language, wonderful, well-drawn characters and warmth. Yes, there is sadness, but also a lot of joy and hope. I hope that the cast and audience will love it as much as I do.’ Tickets are available from our Box Office, Chatt Estates, 34 High Street, Ditchling. Telephone 01273 844500. The Ditchling Players look forward to seeing you in the audience.
CHRISTMAS MARKET: Here is a new date for you diary. The first ever Ditchling Christmas Market is being held on Saturday December 2 from noon to 4pm on the Barn on Ditchling Village Green. Come along for what promises to be a fun and interesting event. Children will be kept busy with a range of festive arts and crafts activities, including decorations for them to gift and take home, and a science stall. There will also be face painting, fancy dress and the opportunity to meet Father Christmas and his Chief Elf in the magical Santa’s Grotto. In the sunken garden there is a food market offering proper coffee, luxury hot chocolate, mulled wine and more. Hog roast, farm sausages, pies and mince pies. Christmas trees and wreaths for sale. All the profits will be donated to Ditchling Pre-school. And don’t forget the fancy dress competition. Adults £1.50, and children free.