Northiam

Karen Ayling, The White House, Dixter Lane

What a wonderful parade! Thanks to everyone involved in our fantastic Bonfire Night – if I mention everyone, I will end up taking up the whole of the newspaper! I would never have thought that there was so much to do in order to put on such an event, but as we catch up on lost sleep, I think we all agree it was worth it!

I must mention those who are not linked to the Bonfire Society who gave so much to the night – the Police, Brede Fire Crew, the Lions, Raynet, Alice from the Rose & Crown, volunteers from the village and beyond and, of course, the wonderful support we had from the visiting Societies. It was as much fun behind the scenes as it was marching with the torches – and you could be part of it next year! Details and pictures are on the website northiambonfiresociety.co.uk.

But a quick shot of euphoria mustn’t get in the way of telling you about what’s happening in our busy village!

Today, Friday, we start with the monthly Village Coffee Morning Market in the Village Hall 9.30am until 11.30am, with varied stalls, including fruit and veg. The Coffee Morning raises funds for the Village Hall with stalls, good company and excellent refreshments.

Friday evening is the chance to work off the stresses of the week with a spot of exercise! Badminton clubs run in the Pretious Sports Hall from 5.30pm (Primary school age), 6.30pm (Secondary school age) and 8pm for adults. The adult club is open to all, just come along, fee £3 a night.

This weekend, Artists of the Rother Valley will be holding their second Christmas Art Show in the hall at the back of the Muddy Duck. Entry is free, and it’s a great opportunity to see a range of quality paintings, etchings, photographs, ceramics, jewellery and cards which could be an investment for yourself or a perfect Christmas present. Open Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm. It was very busy for the first hour last year, so if you don’t mind not getting first pick, you might like to plan to visit later in the day(s).

On Saturday morning (10.30am – 1pm), the Village Hall Trust are holding a Book Sale, with a range of books and jigsaws, many suitable for presents or to keep for your own Christmas pleasure.

In the evening the Bonfire Society are back with a Quiz Night. Damien and Gina Sanderson return to the village to test our grey matter! Tickets are £8 per person to include food in the interval. Please call 253375 if you haven’t booked your place – there may be room for a little one!

On Tuesday, the Over 60s meet at 2pm in the Village Hall, and Christmas starts early, with Frewen College’s Nativity Play at 6.30pm.

On Wednesday, Coffee Stop welcomes with the kettle on from 10am in the Church Centre, then the WI are off for lunch at the Coast Restaurant, Hastings College for a Christmas lunch. The WI have been knitting teddies for the Chitiwiri children and are just a few teddies short of the 130 target, which is fantastic, and will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to join this lively band, please call Margaret Hinds 01797 253341.

Next Friday, the Horticultural Society will be holding their AGM and Christmas Social in the Village Hall from 7.30pm, and this month’s Boot Sale will be in the Village Hall on Sunday 8th December from 9am, please call Marie Edwards 01797 253264 to book a table.

The final flu vaccination clinic at Northiam surgery will be on Monday 9th December from 5pm and will need an appointment. Should you want a vaccination and are not eligible for an NHS one, please ask at your local pharmacy.

Looking ahead, Northiam Conservation and Bonfire Societies invite you at Glitter Ball to bring in the New Year in the Village Hall. Tickets are available from Mervyn at Rose Cottage £12.50 and selling fast!

Rye & District Lions host their annual Nearly Burns Night Concert with Sussex Brass on Friday 24th January, with tickets on sale at Beckley Motors £6.50. This is usually a sell-out event so it would be wise to get your ticket early!

Services (1st): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise

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