Karen Ayling, The White House, Dixter Road
Following the success of Northiam’s Jubilee dance in the summer a group got together to organise a New Year’s Eve dance for the village. This was held in the Village Hall, and tickets sold out almost immediately. Revellers were asked to wear a mask, and there were some quite inventive disguises.
The dance (and raffle) raised a significant sum of money, as the live bands and magician gave their services free, while the DJ performed for a special rate. The dance organisers felt that the money raised should be used to benefit Northiam residents and the Village Hall was identified as a suitable recipient on the grounds that most residents of Northiam use the Hall in the course of a year.
The lighting in the hall is obsolete and dangerous and it was felt that the money from the dance should be used to purchase some new light fittings. Members of the team and volunteers cleaned and updated the stage lighting prior to the dance and the dance organisers were able to negotiate a special rate with an electrician to purchase and install six new light fittings in the main hall. Many thanks to the residents of Northiam who supported the event.
This evening (Friday) Dance Club use the Village Hall for sequence dancing, starting at 7.30pm. In the Pretious Sports Hall, Badminton clubs meet at 5.30pm (Primary) 6.30pm (Secondary), and 8pm (Adults).
The Plotters Association meet in the Jenkins Room at 7pm.
The Footpath Society will enjoy their Annual Walk and Lunch at the Royal Oak, Pett Level on Saturday (booked places only).
The Village Hall Trust are holding a Boot Sale on Sunday. Stallholders can set up from 8am, and open to the public 9-12. Please call Marie Edwards (01797 253264) if you would like a stall this week or in future months.
On Monday, the Creative Writing Group meets in the Jenkins Room at 10.30am with Bridge Club at 2pm alongside Short Mat Bowls in the main hall. Badminton and Zumba are held in the Pretious Sports hall at 5.45pm and 8.15pm respectively, and Classical Pilates in the Village Hall at 6.30pm.
Northiam Bonfire Society, now up and running, will meet in The Muddy Duck at 7.30pm on Monday. If you are interested in becoming part of our very own Bonfire Society, come along and join up! Our chosen garb will be highwaymen – so any ideas for costume gratefully received! We hope to host a torchlight procession and bonfire with fireworks this year – not on the same scale as Lewes, but give us time!!
Pilates classes are held at 9am and 10am in the Village Hall each Wednesday, and Coffee Stop brews up in the Church Centre between 10am and 12 noon, and all are welcome to pop in. The Footpath Group leave the surgery car park at 9am to start a walk entitled Stars and Smugglers from the Star Inn at Norman’s Bay at 10am. 6 miles, with a pub lunch.
In the Village Hall, Short Mat Bowls starts at 2pm.
Northiam Seniors’ Club restarts after the Christmas break on Thursday, with their usual mix of chat, entertainment, good food and interesting things to do. If you are interested in joining this lively group, please call Ann Lee (252343) or Jane Winnifrith (252973).
For their first talk of the year, Rye and District branch of the National Trust welcomes back Laton Frewen, who will present ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ in Beckley Village Hall commencing at 2.30 pm. The entrance fee of £2 (members) and £3 (non-members) includes refreshments after the talk.
Lace Group meets in the Jenkins Room at 6.45pm.
Next Friday, 18th January, there will be an all day Willing Fingers. The day will run from 10am to 3.30pm (bring a packed lunch) and the morning will be devoted to making a doorstop, and the afternoon to a talk from Sally Bickersteth about her recent visit to Chitiwiri School, Malawi.
Northiam Village Hall Trust are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 19th January at 2.30pm. Jumble can be taken to the Hall between 10am and 12 noon on the day, or call Marie Edwards if you need items to be collected (253264).
Rye and District lions Club are holding their 7th Brass Band Concert on Burns Night, Friday 25th January, in Beckley Village Centre. Tickets are on sale at Beckley Motors, or phone 0845 833 2825. All money raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Conservation Society’s Wine and Wisdom quiz evening will be held on Saturday 26th January in the Village Hall. Lynn and Mervyn are taking bookings – 253443 – or at Rose Cottage, next to the Post Office. Teams are six to eight people, at a cost of £7 each. Always a great evening out.
The Muddy Duck is serving Fish and Chips for £5.50 on Friday evenings in January. There will be an Italian Night on Saturday 19th January, and Live music from Alex Gold on Saturday 26th.
Services (13th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Holy Communion.
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Saturday 25 May 2013
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