Ruth Eichenseher cello, and Luis Castillo Briceño piano, will be playing pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Dvořák at the next Winchelsea Arts Concert on Saturday 24th March 2018 at 7.30pm at St Thomas’ Church.

Ruth has been learning the cello since the age of seven. At the age of twelve she performed the Elgar Cello Concerto and the Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky as a soloist in Prague and Budapest, Roccastrada, Boston and Michigan. She is currently studying with Prof. Orfeo Mandozzi at the Zurich University of Arts. Her accompanist, Luis, is also currently studying music in Zurich. He has won several competitions and attended many master classes with renowned pianists, as well as performing in a large number of high profile venues, including the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York. Ruth is the winner of the Winchelsea Arts prize in the New Stars International Music Competition. Winchelsea Arts is delighted to be supporting this exciting competition for young musicians in its inaugural year.

Tickets are available at Winchelsea Farm Kitchen – £14 (£7 for children) – and online here


Flute and Piano Concert on 24th February featuring music by Saint-Saëns, Bach and Dvořák. Tickets for this Winchelsea Arts event are on sale at Winchelsea Farm Kitchen and online here


A Guy Fawkes Society event in Winchelsea New Hall on Saturday 10th March 2018


Ticket price £15 per person (£13.50 for WGFS members).
Ticket price includes evening meal of chilli (vegetarian option available) and dessert. Cash bar available.

This is a ticket only event, please book early to guarantee your places. All are welcome. For tickets and enquiries please call 01797 229087 or email

An evening of entertainment, supplied by a group of local actors performing on the night. All you need to do is relax, spot the clues and decide ‘Who dunnit?’ All profits from this event will go to Winchelsea Guy Fawkes Society.


Jonathan Meyer was welcomed to Winchelsea and Icklesham as our new Rector on Shrove Tuesday 13th February 2018. The institution ceremony took place at St Thomas’ Church on a damp and blustery evening. Jonathan’s family and friends and former parishioners from Oxfordshire joined the congregations of Icklesham, Winchelsea Beach and Winchelsea together with members of the local community in a joyful service led by the Bishop of Chichester. Afterwards, there was a reception at St Thomas’ School with generous catering by Icklesham parish.  The ceremony concluded with the ceremonial ringing of the church bell.  Left to right: Jonathan Meyer; Paul Anderson; Edward Dowler, Archdeacon of Hastings.  Click here for the Winchelsea Parish Website



3rd February and 10th March 2018 are the dates of the first social events of Winchelsea’s newly-formed Guy Fawkes Society

The Sea Road Scratch Band will play on the evening of Saturday 3rd February between 6.30 and 8.30pm. A group of very gifted local folk musicians, playing to entertain. This is a free event at the New Inn and all are welcome.

Our first fund raising event is Saturday evening 10th March at Winchelsea New Hall. An evening of Murder & Mystery with meal. Relax, spot the clues, and guess ‘Who did it?’ Full details to be announced very soon.

Enquiries to
Membership costs £10 for a household and £5 for an individual

WGFS Committee Members
John Clarke: Chair
David Hopkins: Vice Chair
David Morris: Treasurer
Debbie Beverley: Membership & Accounts
Deborah Upton: Secretary
Philip Sidders: Assurance
Peter Cosstick: Co-ordination



Winchelsea Guy Fawkes is a new society replacing Winchelsea Bonfire Boyes. We aim to build on the many years of successful events held by Winchelsea Bonfire Boyes, and maintain this special Sussex tradition.

Unlike many other bonfire societies in Sussex, our November 2018 event will not include a bonfire or burning effigies. We do plan to continue with the unique, small (tongue in cheek) theatrical performance, procession and fireworks, which in the past has been enjoyed by all attending.

Our key aims

• Not for profit Society, returning and distributing excess profit back into the Town
• To hold several events in the Town that are both social yet fund raising. These events will also provide income generation for venues (New Hall, Church etc).
• Enable Procession/ Fireworks in November and continue to ensure this event remains a small celebration which is both safe and suitable for all.
• Continue to support other activities including Morris Dancing and Winchelsea Fete. Where possible raise funds at these events for a nominated charity
• Work in collaboration with other associations and societies in the Town.
• Ensure members are kept directly informed of all associated events and activities.
• To create a simple yet robust and transparent accounting process at the end of each operating year, which is circulated to members
• Hopefully, have fun, and give people a nice time


• You will be the first to hear about our planned events
• Helps to cover administration costs and contributes towards the November event
• Will entitle you (where possible) to a small ticket price reduction on some of our social events
• Actively participate in our planned events, should you desire.
• All welcome

Annual Membership Costs

£10 Household membership
£ 5 Single membership

If you would like to join, please email us:

When emailing please could you let us know the following:-
Contact Telephone Number
Type of Membership required i.e. household or single

Your personal details will not be shared.


On Saturday 20th January 2018 Troy Smith, Head Gardener at Sissinghurst will talk to Winchelsea Garden Society. Visitors are welcome.


From 16th December Winchelsea Christmas Windows will be lighting up for Demelza Children’s Hospice.  There will be 24 windows taking part and, in a change from previous years, all will be lit together from Saturday 16th until Sunday 31st December.  This means that you can see all the windows on the same day if you wish.  They will go on at 4.30pm and off at 9pm. We are delighted to welcome St Thomas’ School who will dress the Court Hall window.  Badges, and maps showing all the window locations, are available to purchase at Winchelsea Farm Kitchen (as well as small torches) and from The New Inn, The Black Cat Gallery and The Lodge at Winchelsea.  Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has created a window or display and made badges. All proceeds will go to Demelza.

L’OCTUOR DE FRANCE Concert 16th December

Winchelsea Arts Concert celebrating the life of Tom Harris

Tickets on sale here