WHAT A PRETTY NAME!: I have often stopped in my tracks, and considered that ‘Appledore’, is a very pretty name for a village, and last week, I went for dinner in Appledore, and was entranced by a few particularly pretty cottages, festooned with a wonderful show of roses. The village really does live up to it’s name. The very word ‘apple’, conjures up a, homely, comfortable sketch in my mind. Apple pies, and apple cobblers seem to be baked in the kitchens of practical cooks, who know a thing or two about hospitality. ‘Apple pie order is a saying which describes neatness personified. People’s affairs, their briefcases, their airing cupboards, or their shoe racks are so called, meaning ship shape and Bristol fashion. Children are drawn to the allowable sweetness of apples, particularly the ‘Snow White’, rosy kind of apples that look as though they’ve been polished. All that vitamin ‘C’, and roughage, in one little, pleasingly ball-shaped piece of fruit, smacks of goodness, and simplicity. No wonder we name villages and computers after this popular fruit. I once had an aunt, whose budgie used to say, “Oh, I do love you with all my heart and apple tart and custard”. You see, even that budgie knew that apples had something to do with love and generosity!
A VILLAGE CREAM TEA!: We are all invited to a cream tea, in Iden village hall, on Saturday 25th June 2016, from 2pm, until 5pm. For £3.50, per person, it sounds like a very inviting afternoon. There is something about a cream tea, prepared by someone else that just makes a summer..
THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The meeting, on Tuesday 7th June, in Iden village hall, was a lively one. Ray Griffin chaired the meeting, and began by congratulating Councillor Paul Osbourne, on his promotion to Chairman of Rother District Council. Ray also mentioned how sad it was to say goodbye to John and Lindsay, from ‘The Bell’. Indeed they and their little family, Oscar and Darcy will be much missed. Councillor Keith Glazier, chairman of East Sussex County Council, spoke about potholes in the roads, and how, we should, as individuals continue to report any worrying potholes. There was, he said, a new grass-cutting contractor, and that there was a helpline for dealing with any problems regarding the grass in our area. Grass was a particular issue at the meeting, particularly the grass on Iden Playing field. This year the grass has been particularly wet, and difficult to mow, and it’s state has come under scrutiny. Not enough is known about the drainage, in and around the field, and it was decided to seek some expert advice. To hopefully get to the root of the problem. The council discussed this at length, because of the unusually boggy state of the ground this year, which is not only beyond our control, but could possibly involve considerable cost if rectified. Councillor Paul Osbourne had taken part, he said, in the ‘1066 Cycling Festival’, and, from his feedback appeared to enjoy playing an active part in something fun, communal, and part of his authority. Councillor Sally Anne Hart, spoke about ‘ Jam On The Marsh’, from 7th, until 17th July, to push cultural aspects of Romney Marsh, which is of interest to us all. A survey showed quite surprisingly, that cars were seen going through the village, at an average of 170 per hour. Iden traffic always appears to be a dribs and drabs affair, as we are generally seen to be a quiet village. 10% of vehicles are still exceeding the speed limit, and village volunteers who carry out speed checks, were thanked, as were the Footpaths team, who voluntarily give up their time to check on the safety and accessibility of our fields and footpaths. Our Parish Clark, Mary Philo, helped with the flow of the meeting All parish councillors spoke up, and the rapport was good.. Michael Miller told of the forthcoming ‘Flower Festival’, on Monday 29th August. There will, he said be stalls in and around the churchyard, at All Saint’s Church. The minutes of the meeting can be read in full, on the village notice board, or on the village website [idenwebsite.wordpress.com]
REQUIRING IT’S OWN LITTLE FANFARE: At the Council meeting, Parish Councillor John Hazelden gave out issues of the new Iden Quarterly Magazine, which is his brainchild, and has required a great deal of work and thought on his behalf. The magazine is to be delivered to every house in Iden, plus a few beyond. Although free, a donation of 50pence per magazine would be welcomed, as obviously there is cost involved, and there is a donation box in our shop, Iden Stores. Would you also please put your comments, views, and ideas in that same donation box, as feedback is wanted. Well here is my feedback. I took my copy to bed with me, leant against the pillows with a cup of tea, and prepared to peruse, what was an introduction to the Iden we all know, but perhaps not in it’s entirety, because opening each page, was an in-depth introduction, to the many clubs, and activities available .I enjoyed reading about them all, and learnt a good bit about what each entails. The pictures were an added bonus, and having them in black and white seemed to add to Iden’s charm, and it’s history. Well done John, on a, thoughtful, informative first issue.
THE POP-IN: The next Pop-In, will be on Monday 27th June, at 11am, in Iden village hall. Everyone is most welcome.
BINGO: The next Bingo session will be on Thursday 30th June, in Iden village hall Doors open at 2pm, Eyes down at 2.30pm. Anyone from the Rye area is welcome.
A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There will be a service of Holy Communion, in Iden Parish Church this Sunday, at 9.30am.
BRIC-A-BRAC NEEDED: Carol Bourne is collecting for Bargains Galore, which is one of the Main- Stays of Iden Fete. Everyone loves to enter that rather hallowed area in our playing field on fete day, where you can guarantee a bargain. Apart from electrical goods, books and bric-a-brac donations would be most welcome. Please ring Carol Bourne [telephone 01-797 280464], and she will advise where to leave donations.
THANK YOU CARDS: I went to Rye Market this morning, and bought everything from cheese to an artificial hydrangea. I bought two boxes of thank you cards [you can never have enough thank you cards can you, even if it means sending a card to say thank you for the thank you card] I like to have cards covering every eventuality from births, deaths and marriages, passing exams, boy or girl babies, engagements, Christenings, Saint’s days, driving tests etc. etc. In fact it’s almost worth spending a day in a card shop, [maybe stopping halfway for a burger], just in case [God forbid], we should forget someone we hold dear. I’ve kept all my [hip] get well cards. I love them all. I love receiving a card don’t you?
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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