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OH HOW I’VE MISSED STOPPING MY MOPPING!: There is something glorious about suddenly diving under furniture to retrieve dust- balls, ballpoint pens, and the dreg ends of Christmas crackers. Likewise, there is something practical about removing a line of Father’s Day cards and replacing them with the next celebratory line up like a Birthday or anniversary. Replenishing dead flowers is another must do, as is doing around the bathroom taps with some Vim and an old toothbrush, and carrying bleach around the house with the same kind of reverence as a Lois Vuitton handbag. It’s called ‘being a housewife’, and lately, while waiting for a hip replacement, I’ve really missed being what some so wrongly call ‘a mere housewife’. There is nothing ‘mere’ about it. One of these days someone will twig, and bring out a PHD in stain removal. I wonder if my surgeon realises as he pokes about in my Acetabulum, that he is steering me once again towards those heady days, nipping around with a tin of Pledge!

IDEN STORES ASSOCIATION LTD: There will be an Annual General Meeting of Iden Stores Association Ltd, in Iden village hall, on Thursday 26th May, at 6pm.The shop is such an important part of our lives in Iden, and Chris and Sally are doing a splendid job, creating an efficient, welcoming environment, making ‘nipping to the shop ‘very pleasurable. Do please come along and support Iden Village Stores.

BARGAINS GALORE NEED DONATIONS: Iden fete will be here in no time, and Bargains Galore is such an important part of the it’s success. Carol Bourne would be pleased with all donations apart from electrical goods. Please look out your jumble and bric-a-brac. Ring Carol Bourne [telephone 01-797 280464], and she will advise where to bring your donations Many thanks!

BINGO: The next Bingo session will be on Thursday 19th May, in Iden village hall. Doors open at 2pm, eyes down at 2.30pm. Everyone from the Rye area is most welcome. There is a raffle, a flier, a jackpot, and a light afternoon tea. It really is a fun afternoon.

THE POP-IN: The next Pop-in will be on Monday 16th May, in Iden village hall, at 11am. This is a fine time to unwind, and chat over coffee/tea, and put the world to rights. There will be books and a bit of bric-a-brac to peruse, so please do join us.

THE MAY MEETING OF IDEN PARISH COUNCIL: Sadly, Michael Miller stood down as chairman of the Parish Council during the Parish Council meeting on May 3rd, after three years, in which he has selflessly devoted his time to Iden’s well-being. Thankfully Michael remains a council member, and will no doubt continue to be invaluable as an active member. Many thanks Michael for three exceptionally dutiful years. Ray Griffin was elected the new chairman, proposed by Jim Woods, and seconded by Paula Riley and John Hazeldene. Good luck Ray, and congratulations. Jim Woods is to continue as vice chairman .Before relinquishing his chairmanship, Michael Miller thanked Mary Philo, our Parish Clerk, and his colleagues on the committee, and a few people he said her may have omitted to thank at the Village Assembly, including the Fete Committee, and Rod Stuart for all the work he does producing our beautiful Iden calendars [Rod is kindly giving his proceeds this year to the village hall]

County Councillor Keith Glazier said that he had been on a ‘drive around’ recently to look at potholes in the road in East Sussex, which he said now come under the jurisdiction of a new contractor, who together with the Highway steward will endeavour to deal with potholes, which are a constant concern for the council.

District Councillor Sally Anne Hart spoke about ‘Camber Coastal Protection’, who continue to do much as part of Rother’s Coastal protection, to prevent coastal erosion. Sally Anne also mentioned a very worthwhile scheme from ‘East Sussex Fire And Rescue’ [also involving Brighton and Hove], which is to promote fire safety in elderly and high risk individuals. Besides fire safety precautions, the scheme includes ‘Safe and Well’ visits which point vulnerable people towards help for other aspects of their well-being, including medical and social care.

Parish councillor John Hazeldene, has compiled a list of various topics of particular interest to Iden, which he would like to amass in a quarterly magazine for the Iden community. The magazine, currently in it’s planning stage of development, would include a periodic feature on an Iden dweller with a ‘story to tell’ , someone whose life has panned out a little differently perhaps, someone in the process of discovery, or someone who remembers the Iden of old. The magazine will include events that have happened or are about to happen in Iden, and should be of interest to us all. The council viewed the possibility of this magazine as a good idea, and one which will serve to strengthen village unity.

There was a run through of duties undertaken by individual Parish councillors who have been allotted specific tasks, for areas of village concern. Finances were broken down and discussed at length.

Mr T Stanton was appointed as council auditor for a further year, and was thanked for his time and input. Minutes of the meeting can be read in full on the village website [idenvillage.wordpress.com], or seen on the village noticeboard. The next meeting will be on 7th June, in Iden village hall, at 7.30pm.

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

NAUGHTY BUT NICE!: Underneath a pile of night dresses in my hospital bag, I’ve secreted away a bag of marshmallows .I’ve suddenly developed a craving for them. They seem so harmless don’t they? That pretty pink and white look is as innocent as a Doris Day film, but of course they are loaded with sugar. However, a good frame of mind is called for when facing surgery, and eating a marshmallow is rather like munching on a cloud. Underneath my slippers is a bag of salt and vinegar crisps. Well, my argument would be that I could have a dip in my sodium levels, and that bag of crisps could be the very thing to pull it up by it’s boot straps. For heavens sake, I’m going to need something conciliatory. After all with a metal hip, I’m never again going to be able to go through airport control without peeping!

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

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