AND SO TO BED: We don’t go around discussing our beds as though they are our most prized possession, but as a matter of fact, next to our family and homes, they probably are. We spend almost half our lives in them, and there they are at the end of each day, waiting for us like a faithful Labrador .We sleep [perchance to dream], and gone are the worries about the mortgage, the state of the country, and whether or not we are managing to please all and sundry. When I had my recent hip operation, my husband kindly slept a few nights on a mattress on the floor, because I was up and down like a yo-yo, reading in spasms, going on the computer at 3am, and even hobbling downstairs for a Pot Noodle. One night my book fell on his head, and he wasn’t best pleased [thank God it wasn’t ‘War And Peace’! ] It’s just as well when we marry that we can’t foresee that we’ll end up helping a spouse to get a Pot Noodle in the middle of the night. Normally though, our beds are designed to give us eight hours or so of oblivion. We can sleep after a fashion in a strange bed, but there is a special bond between us and our bed at home isn’t there? .We may sleep amongst a few of yesterday morning’s toast crumbs, lumps in the mattress , and last night’s bed socks still at the bottom of the bed, but there is always room for us, because we and our faithful mattress are in a relationship which cannot be broken!
TOMORROW’S FABULOUS FETE IN A GARDEN: ‘Frolic’, is a group of local ladies who raise money for local charities, and tomorrow, from 10am-3pm, by kind permission of Rae Festing, there will be a fete, held in the garden of 11 High St. Rye. Cakes, nearly new clothes, bric-a -brac, toys and refreshments will be on sale Do come along .Your support will be most welcome!
A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There will be a service of Holy Communion in Iden Parish Church, at 9.30am this Sunday.
POP-IN: Pop-In, is self explanatory. We can just pop-in for a tea or coffee, biscuits and a chat every fortnight [next one at, at 11 am on Monday 25th July] in Iden village hall. Everyone is welcome, and there is bric-a -brac and books to peruse.
BINGO: The next Bingo session will be on Thursday 28th July, in Iden village hall. Doors open at 2pm. Eyes down at 2.30pm.A light tea is served at half time, and there is a flier, a Jackpot, and a raffle. Anyone from the Rye area is welcome to join us for an afternoon of fun.
“MUM’WHERE ARE WE GOING NEXT SATURDAY?”: “Iden Fete of course dear”, which is on Saturday week, July 30th.. The Boot fair, and refreshments are available all day, and browsing the stalls in the morning, we can watch the Fete unfold. The actual Fete begins at 1pm. There is hot food all day, stalls , sideshows , a dog agility class, classic cars, Tombola, cakes, children’s rides, cream teas, a licenced bar, live music and pipes and drums.
DONATIONS URGENTLY NEEDED: Bargains Galore, at Iden Fete is a great draw, and a great fund raiser, so anyone who has anything to donate in the way of books, bric-a-brac, toys and household goods will be much appreciated [anything but electrical goods] Please have a look in your wardrobe , the garage, the shed, and the cupboards, because your donations would be gratefully received. Please ring Carol Bourne [telephone 01797 280464], and she will advise where to leave donations.
THE WI CAKE STALL: The WI are having a cake stall as usual at Iden Fete, and they would be most grateful for donations of cakes, buns, pastries, jams etc. The cake stall will open at 1pm, so if you could bring donations to the stall just before then. WI ladies would be grateful.
SO WHY DONATE?: Well, the fete does so much for Iden village. Without fete money, the village hall and the Pavilion would struggle .Deserving causes around the village also benefit. Fete money helps in a big way to keep Iden afloat, so our donations mean an awful lot!
BOOT FARE PITCHES STILL AVAILABLE: There are still some Boot Fair pitches available, and stalls need to be pre-booked. Please ring 01-797 364488 to secure a stall.
A SPECIAL OPEN GARDEN: As part of the St. Michael’s Hospice Open Gardens scheme, there will be a special open garden at Burnt Oak Manor, Grove Lane, Iden [post code TN317QA], On Tuesday 26TH July from 10am-4pm. There will be cream teas and strawberries available, and a special Fairy Garden for the children, with face painting, which the kids always love. There will be paintings on sale, and all proceeds go to St Michael’s Hospice. There is a wildlife Garden to enjoy. Do come along to support St Michael’s and have a grand day out.
PUB GRUB NOW AVAILABLE: ‘The Bell’ in Iden has re-opened, and the atmosphere is homely and welcoming. There is a brand new menu [lunchtime, evening and bar snacks] all of which are varied, and I must say enticing. I have already heard a few very favourable reports on the grapevine. At the moment, the restaurant is open every day except Monday and Tuesday. The bar snacks are a very good mixture, and food prices would suit any pocket. BY THE WAY, ‘The Bell’ is holding an ‘After-Fete Barbeque,’ so that festivities can continue!
FISH AND CHIPS COOKED TO ORDER: If we ring up ‘The Bell’, we can order take away fish and chips [in takeaway boxes], any day, except Monday and Tuesday. This is good news, as how many times do we say “I can’t be bothered cooking tonight”, or get unexpected guests. Good eh?
BIRDS EYE VIEW: Film makers have the ability to expand our perception of the norm don’t they? Alfred Hitchcock directed the film ‘The Birds’, which [and I was surprised to know this] was adapted loosely from a novelette by Daphne Du Maurier, screenplay by Evan Hunter, aka Ed Mcbain of 87th Precinct fame [I’ve loved 87th Precinct novels forever, and didn’t realise Ed Mcbain had such a string to his bow.] Anyway, poor old Tippi Hedron, the main character gets pecked to bits by evil, watchful birds. When you think about it, it doesn’t take much imagination to think of birds suddenly overtaking humans in an aggressive sense. Not the sweet little starlings, robins etc. but blackbirds and crows, and particularly seagulls can appear quite menacing when they spy your cheese and pickle sandwich on Dymchurch beach. Not only do seagulls seem to be getting larger by the day, but they, and their counterparts, the crows etc seem capable of a darker side, with an intellect to match. It’s their watchful nature which is a bit sinister [forget about FBI surveillance and Interpol], these guys can spot a sandwich and swoop in from nowhere with all wings blazing, leaving us all cowering under a beach umbrella. However, yesterday evening I still fed them the dreg ends of our macaroni cheese [it’s better to keep your enemies close don’t you think?]
CONTACT ME: If anyone would like to add anything to the Village Voice, please ring Gill Griffin [01-797 280311]
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