Down Your Way: Hellingly

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MOTHERS UNION: The Hellingly branch hosts the District Prayers in Hellingly Church at 10.30am today. The theme is Harvest. On Saturday, September 22, it is Hellingly MU’s turn to man the cake stall at Overseas Day at St John’s Church, Polegate, 10am-3pm. A service will be held at 2pm when a lively singing group from Tooting will take part.

CHURCH SERVICES: This week services are Hellingly: Regular Services are on a Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP), Sunday 8am Holy Communion and also at 10.45am and Sunday 6.30pm Evensong. Upper Dicker: 9.15 Holy Communion (CW).

EVENING MARKET: On Thursday, September 20, Hilary and her friend, Angie is back at Dicker village hall, 6pm-9pm. Go along and take friends, you will not be disappointed.

DICKER Residents Association: If you are not a member you can join at the next meeting and AGM on September 27 from 7.30pm. It is only £5 per year per household

COFFEE MORNING: Join the biggest coffee morning in the world and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care on September 28 at Brook Cottage, Hellingly, from 10am. Stalls will include cakes and homemade bread, produce and plants. There is also a raffle with excellent prizes.

DOG SHOW: This event was not as well attended as previously but with the stalls and deduction of costs a healthy £100 went to Holy Trinity Church funds and another £100 to Dicker Hall funds. Thanks are offered to all the voluntary helpers.

PHOTOGRAPHIC Society: The new season began with a social evening with drinks and nibbles and when members were entertained by gold medal winner Bill Wisden MBE, Hon FRPS and trusty assistant Trevor Gellard FRPS.

Trevor is on three different distinction panels with the Royal Photographic Society while Bill retired from the RPS after 50 years.

Despite his advancing years and ill health Bill Wisden (82) still enjoys taking photographs. He prefers to use a compact camera now as he is less conspicuous while taking candid pictures. He gave his Nikon camera and lenses to his son.

Bill says he “sees things for what they could be, not what they are,” and likes nothing better than combining images and totally transforming his pictures using Photoshop techniques.

Bill was taken to Devils Dyke on a photographic expedition. The only inspiration he found was two dustbins. He played around with the image, darkening it and giving gleaming eyes etc. The final result looked like Darthvader from Star Wars!

Garden Centres are a constant source of inspiration and one of his images was taken inside a polytunnel. The plants created a mini landscape and the white price labels sticking up appeared to be houses.

One of the members, Pat Broad LRPS AFIAP, was not able to attend the prizegiving last season so Bill agreed to present her with the Girling Award for Landscape Prints.