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Karen Ayling, The White House, Dixter Road

With the new term in full swing, the badminton clubs restart this evening (Friday) with the junior club at 5.30pm (ages 8-11), and 6.30pm (ages 12-18). For details contact Pete Thompson 07815 842517. The adult club starts at 8pm and operates as a drop-in session, so new faces are very welcome, but if you would like to find out more, please call me on 01797 253375 – there is no joining fee, just £3 a session and players are mixed around using a playboard. Racquets and shuttlecocks are provided.

The Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 7th September. Exhibits have to be placed between 9am and 10.30am – just turn up at the hall and you will be shown what to do. If you haven’t got a Schedule of Classes please contact Joan Davis on 01797 253458, or download one from the village website. You don’t have to be a member to exhibit, and it’s delightfully unstuffy with people always ready to help.

There are classes for everyone – baking, photography, fruit, vegetables, flowers and the arrangements. A single entry is just as welcome as someone who manages to enter 10 or more classes. The doors open to the public at 2.30pm with prizegiving at 4pm. Even if you haven’t put in an entry, it’s a wonderful sight, and you may find some inspiration.

Contact Paul Mitchell for information about Beckley Rangers’ Early Years Football Academy, which runs on Saturday mornings in the Pretious Sports Hall 9.30-10.30am. 07580 389954

Messy Church has movedto the second Sunday of the month, so that’s this Sunday, at 4pm when we look forward to hearing about what everyone has been doing during the summer holidays and learning about the Prodigal Son.

The garden of South Grange, Quickbourne Lane will be open on Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm under the National Gardens Scheme and there will be light lunches, tea and cakes as well as a plant stall.

The Blue Cross are holding a Family Fun Day and Dog Show on Sunday 10am to 4pm, with a boot fair as well as birds of prey, bouncy castle, a range of stands, raffle and refreshments.

On Mondays, there is Badminton in the Pretious Sports Hall at 5.45pm for an hour, info from Sue Clark 01797 253428, Classical Pilates at 6.30pm in the Village Hall run by Imogen 01424 733246, and Zumba in the Pretious Sports Hall at 8.15pm. Dionne Edwards (07990 737924) is the contact.

The Bonfire Society will be holding their monthly meeting in the Muddy Duck at 7.30pm on Monday. Visitors and prospective members are very welcome, preparations for a wonderful procession are under way. Thanks to everyone who supported the Clay Shoot on Sunday, and especially Brede Shooting Club, who put on this fantastic event in aid of the Bonfire Society and the Air Ambulance.

Women’s Fellowship meet at 2pm on Tuesday, when Geoff Hutchinson will entertain with comic verse and song. Follow the laughter to the Church Centre.

Pilates classes are held in the Village Hall on Wednesday at 9am and 10am, please ring Sarah Gaddie 07912011273 if you would like to find out more or would like to have a trial lesson.

Coffee Stop opens in the Church Centre each Wednesday between 10am and 12 noon and everyone is very welcome to drop in for a chat.

Karate Club is from 7pm in the Village Hall for both adults and juniors – anyone interested should call John Wilson 01797 253302.

Beckley Rangers hold junior football training for under 9s in the Pretious Sports Hall on a Thursday – Pete Thompson 07815 842517 is in charge. The Parish Council meets in the Jenkins Room at 7pm.

On 14th September, there will be a Race Night in the Muddy Duck run by the Bonfire Society. Along with buying a Lottery ticket and smoking, I’ve never learned how to put on a bet, but this is easy peasy! Local businesses have sponsored races to the tune of £25, and horses are being sold in the Muddy Duck for £3. Bets on the night will be just 50p, and great fun will be had by all.

Also on 14th, The Village Hall Trust will be holding a Jumble Sale, so see if your cupboards could do with a clear-out! Jumble can be taken to the Hall during the morning, or phone Marie Edwards (01797 253264) to arrange collection.

Services (8th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Holy Communion, 4pm Messy Church www.northiamvillage.co.uk