CLARKSON ROSE: will be the subject of Brian Freeland’s talk to members of the RNLI this morning (Friday). ‘Clarkie’ was well known for his many performances in Eastbourne, particularly with his show Twinkle which was a rival to the Fol de Rols, and he was a popular pantomime dame. The RNLI meetings are held in the West Dean Suite of the Langham Hotel at 10am for a 10.30am start, and non-members are welcome to attend. There is a small entry charge. Tea and coffee will be available and there will be a raffle.
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS: are being held at the Redoubt Fortress every day until Sunday September 13. Eastbourne is joining in this nationwide initiative by celebrating the wealth of heritage and culture on offer in the town, opening up many places which aren’t normally open to the public. The Redoubt Fortress is offering free entry to the museum on Heritage Open Days for visitors to discover the many stories of Eastbourne’s unique Napoleonic Fortress and one of the largest of its kind in the UK. Guided tours of the whole building will be given by the highly knowledgeable staff and volunteers at 11am and 2.30pm each day. The Summerdown Camp exhibition at the Pavilion will also be open to visitors and Motcombe Dovecote, St Mary’s Church and the 18th Century Manor Gardens will all be offering insightful tours of some of Old Town’s most precious heritage sites. Visit St Mary’s Church from 2-5pm today and 10am-12pm on Saturday; explore the Manor Gardens from 11am-1pm each day and have a tour of Motcombe Dovecote between 2-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 410300.
HISTORIAN RICHARD VAN EMDEN: returns to the Redoubt Fortress tomorrow Saturday September 12 with stories from his latest work Tommy’s War. He will reveal what life was like for the ordinary soldier, what mattered to him, and how he survived, both physically and mentally, told through the words and images of soldiers on the ground. He has gathered some of the very best first-hand material written about the War, some of it published at the time and forgotten, some of it previously unpublished, but all of it wonderfully descriptive and immediate, and often wickedly funny. Tommy humour, frequently very dark, played a vital part in men’s mental survival, particularly in times of great stress. Illustrating these eyewitness accounts with soldiers’ own photographs taken on privately owned cameras, often tiny Vest Pocket Kodak’s - the smart phones of their day – Richard van Emden will present an entirely new and fresh history of the Great War, providing a glimpse of ‘Tommy Atkins’ as he has never been seen before. The talk will be from 2pm-4pm, with tea and coffee served during the interval. The cost is £12, concessions £10, and places can be booked by telephoning 410300 or call into the Redoubt Fortress reception in person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
THE PAUL DAVIS TRIO: will entertain at a Jazz Lunch at the Langham Hotel on Sunday September 13. For bookings and enquiries, call 731451.
SEASIDE AFTERNOON TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD: will meet in St.Augustine’s Hall of Christ Church at 2pm on Wednesday September 16. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month and usually have a speaker, a raffle, and tea and biscuits in a friendly setting. Quizzes, cards, bingo, scrabble, short rambles and lunches at local restaurants are also arranged. New members and visitors are welcomed. Telephone Chris on 487451 for further details.
LUCINDA HAWKSLEY: the great great great granddaughter of Charles Dickens will be speaking about her famous ancestor to the Ladies’ Lunch Club at the Langham Hotel on Tuesday September 22. 12 noon for a 12.30pm start. For all enquiries about the Lunch Club and future speakers call 731451 or email email@example.com Speakers for the remainder of 2015 will include architect Richard Crook on the history of Eastbourne pier; ventriloquist Steve Hewlett; former events manager Christopher Hare; Pam Goodall who spent over a year cycling across Europe, Asia and America at the age of 60, and entertainers Will Fly and Alan Day with “Happy Christmas…100 Years ago!”
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