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MOBILE PHONE-WHAT MOBILE PHONE?: It’s funny how some days the phone rings off it’s hook, and another day it hardly rings at all, and we get to thinking we are Johnny –no-mates. Some days the letter box is jammed to the rafters, and another day there is nothing more than a soap coupon and a couple of raindrops. I’m not the greatest communicator, but people constantly trip across my brain as though they are traversing the surface of mars. I don’t tweet, and I’m not on face book, [who on earth wants to know that I had two Weetabix this morning!], although I can well see it’s advantages and e-mails always seem to me to be extremely handy, but a little too sharp and to the point [not altogether friendly]. I prefer writing letters, which tend to drone on into a long tome, with every thought and emotion going splat onto the page. I admit to still living in the dark ages. I recently watched the film ‘Miss Potter’, about Beatrix Potter’s life, and the lack of means of communication in those days, meant that her fiancé died, and was buried, before she even knew he was ill. That was very sad. My cousin Ken in Canada always reads the Iden village voice [Hello Ken, see you in June!] How amazing that he reads it in Edmonton. Oh, we are fortunate indeed to have so many lines of communication which bind the world together. I should really be more in the loop but every one I know and love is right there, only ever a thought away.

JUMBLE SALE TOMORROW!: Tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm, there is a jumble sale in Iden village hall, on behalf of BACE, a Gambian charity, which helps poor people in the Gambia. Sue White has been out many times to help build a Medical centre and school for poor African people. It’s only 20 pence entrance fee, to enjoy a pleasant afternoon perusing jumble, bric-a -brac, books, and a raffle, and enjoying tea and coffee.

A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There will be a service of Holy Communion, in Iden Parish Church, at 9.30 a.m. this Sunday.

THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Last Tuesday’s Parish Council began with Chairman, Michael Miller thanking everyone who either helped, or took part in the Iden Player’s production of ‘Cinderella’. He then thanked Mary Philo [our Parish Clerk], and her band of helpers, who planted the bulbs which have transformed Iden into a sea of daffodils. Michael also expressed sadness that the Iden and Playden Garden Society had folded. He thanked Morris, and Yvonne Metcalf, and their committee, who have worked tirelessly for many years, on what has been something consistently pleasurable for people to enjoy. During the meeting, Michael thanked Parish Clerk, Mary Philo, for the work she does on behalf of the Council, which is consistently useful and varied.

Councillor Keith Glazier spoke of the daunting task of trying to get a quart out of a pint pot, when endeavouring to adequately serve all aspects of council’s responsibility. The most vulnerable in our society are of obvious, consistent concern, as are aspects of safety and cleanliness, such as potholes in the road, refuse disposal etc. His presence at the Parish Council meetings provides insight into how difficult it is to meet all needs and still keep council tax as low as possible, which is also a consistent goal. Amalgamation and collaboration has occurred between East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex legal departments with the aim of reducing cost for all concerned. Keith Glazier also stated that the potholes in the Iden are to be evaluated.

Councillor Paul Osbourne spoke about a housing register to be kept, in order to help individuals requiring new homes, rather than a seemingly greater emphasis being put on helping larger building projects.

I do like to attend the Parish Council meetings, because I like to keep abreast of the unified concerns which affect Iden. The next Council meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd May, at 7.30pm, in Iden village hall, and will be the ‘Annual General Meeting’ of the Parish Council. Minutes of all Parish Council Meetings can be viewed in our website [idenvillage.wordpress.com], or on the village notice board.

THE POP-IN: The next Pop-In will be on Monday 18th April, at 11am, in Iden village hall. Everyone is welcome, for a cosy chat, coffee/tea, bric-a-brac and books. Do join us!

BINGO: The next Bingo session will be on Thursday 21st April [there is also Bingo on April 28th NOT on May 5th, as was advertised] Do join us in Iden village hall. Doors open at 2pm, eyes down at 2.3opm. There is a raffle, a jackpot, a flyer, and a light tea is served.

SUMMER IN THE HAMPSTER CAGE!: Since I moved to Iden, I really look forward to every single season, because our open countryside seems to lay out the seasons for us like a smorgasbord. The fields around us are smallish, which viewed en masse, resemble patchwork squares. Kent, Surrey, and Sussex, always seem to me to show off the seasons in a dainty, pretty way. I notice that the oil seed rape is already in bud [Hankies out, for all those allergic!]. The whole year in total, reminds me of a hamster, everlastingly running around in it’s cage, giving us relentless change. I sit here writing the Village Voice, and look at a tree outside the window, which is just about ready to burst into bud. That single tree is an inspiration [I swear to God it reminds me of impending jumble sales] You know what I like ? [here comes something world shattering] I like to look out into the garden and see hyacinths and little clumps of tete-a-tete daffodils, which I’ve been given in the last 10 years for various reasons, dinner parties, sickness, birthdays etc. [those tete-a tete multiply like rabbits] ‘Oh yes’, I think, that clump was for when I served prawn curry, and that hyacinth was for when I had the flu. What amazes me is nature’s consistency. How do bulbs know when to bob up? Do you think maybe they have nature’s equivalent of someone knocking on the door of a theatre dressing room [You’re on in 10 minutes, kind of thing?]

CONTACT ME: If anyone would like to add anything to the Village Voice, please ring Gill Griffin [telephone, 01-797 280311]

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