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Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane, Playden

Sue and John White would like to thank all those very generous people who have sponsored and supported their cycle expedition to Morocco last month when they went up Mount Toubkal. Sue says it was extremely tough going but very worth while bearing in mind the sponsorship proceeds are in favour of her Charity BACE which supports educational projects in Gambia. Sue and John have done a tremendous lot of work out in the Gambia in recent years and the monies raised will enable many more children to have good schooling facilities.

The Iden Fete Committee recently held its Annual General Meeting when it was announced that despite the thunderstorm interrupting the afternoon’s events, the total takings were £13720.97 which was slightly down from last year’s £14635.66 (-6.3%).

The total profit from the Fete was £5959.76 which was down from last year’s £7022.99.(-15.1%). Nonetheless this was a fantastic result and the Chairman would again like to thank all those people who helped and supported the event. Very hard work but well worth the results.

Village Organisations may now apply for grants and details of how to do this are available - please contact Debbie on 280112 for details

The Harvest Festival this year will be held at Iden Church on Sunday 29 September at 9.30am- this will be a Family Service.

The Harvest Supper will be held on Saturday 5 October at 7.30pm in Iden Village Hall. Details of how and where to buy tickets will be available very soon but in the meantime please put the date in your diaries

A very nice ceremony was held the other day in the Village Hall when the Iden and District Natural History Society presented it with a screen to enable films and slides to be shown. The equipment has been given in memory of the late Rene Regandanz of Corkwood Farm who was a renown environmentalist and recorder of Iden history and its wild life It was particularly appropriate that Mechtild, his wife of over 51 years unveiled the screen accompanied by her daughters and their families. Representatives of Village Organisations were also present as they will be able to use the equipment at their various meetings.

The Iden and Playden Garden Society will be holding its Autumn Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 21 September at 2.30pm in the Village Hall . This will be followed by its Annual General Meeting.

The Iden WI continue their meetings after the summer break. On Tuesday 10 September in the Village Hall at 7.30pm the programme will be a talk by Kate Tym about her Grandfather and the German Resistance

The mid-week services continue at 9.30 am for Morning Prayer and 3.30 pm for Evening prayer on Wednesday

The Parish Communion Service for 15th Sunday after Trinity will be at 9.30 am, led by the Vicar, Rev. Teresa Munro.