To celebrate the Coronation there will be a street party on Sunday 7th May.  

On the following day FOAM presents Winchelsea: Fact and Fiction
Alex Preston, author of the rip roaring smuggling tale ‘Winchelsea’ and Dr Matthew Green author of ‘Shadowlands, a journey through lost Britain’ will be visiting the town.

Winchelsea Residents’ Association, in collaboration with other Winchelsea societies, are planning a town street party.  It will be held in St Thomas’ Street on Sunday 7th May from 1pm to 4pm.

All residents are invited.  We will be decorating the street, setting up tables and chairs and will ask everyone to bring their own picnics.  The New Inn will be running a barbeque and selling beer from the barrel.

There will be entertainment from local singers and a dance display from the Scottish Dancing Group. Other entertainment is still to be confirmed.

At 3pm the Mayor will lead us in a toast to the new King and we will all share a range of Coronation themed cakes.  Coronation cocktails and mocktails will be on sale (raising funds for the New Hall for new chairs).

If the weather is unkind to us we will hold the event in the New Hall.

Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing

We really hope to see you on Sunday 7th May!

Winchelsea: Fact and Fiction 
A unique event on the afternoon of Monday 8th May 2023

To coincide with the Coronation celebrations, FOAM is planning a very special event on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Alex Preston, author of the rip roaring smuggling tale ‘Winchelsea’ and Dr Matthew Green author of ‘Shadowlands, a journey through lost Britain’ will be visiting the town.

They will be talking about and reading from their books, discussing them with each other and answering questions from those attending.  Both books are incredibly descriptive, so we are planning an immersive experience where the audience travels with the authors to locations around Winchelsea that are featured in the books, including the cellars.

There is talk of lanterns and wine drunk from coconut shells in the cellars, while we hear stories about Winchelsea, from two very different perspectives, ‘fact and fiction’.

Monday 8th has been designated the ‘Big Help Out’ a national day of volunteering, so it’s great that both authors are giving their time for free, which means we can raise money for FOAM to help maintain some of the medieval buildings featured in their books.  And of course, the event will require lots of us to give up our own time to make sure it runs smoothly.

Because of the capacity of some locations, numbers will be limited to just 40 tickets, (split into two groups) so they are likely to sell out very quickly when they go on sale to the general public early in April.  If you are interested in attending, and would like more details please let Chris Chappell know asap.  Tickets are likely to be £22.50 per person and the event will take around two and a half hours.

And if you would like to do your bit, by volunteering on the day, (which is going to be a lot of fun) we would love to hear from you.

For more information contact Chris Chappell