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Badminton: The badminton clubs meet on Fridays in the Pretious Sports Hall – Juniors from 5.30pm (please call Pete Thomson 07815 842517 to check whether there are any spaces). Adults meet at 8pm on Fridays and 5.45pm on Mondays, and both adult clubs will be pleased to see new faces – just turn up.

Dance Club: Dance Club meets on Friday evenings in the Village Hall for sequence dancing. This is a very accessible way to keep fit to music, and meet people. Call Tony Pomfret - 253287 – if you are interested.

Conservatives: The AGM for the Bexhill & Battle Conservative Association, Rother Levels Branch will be held in Northiam Village Hall at 11am on Saturday. Huw Merriman, our recently elected prospective Parliamentary candidate will be there, and happy to meet constituents for a chat, after which those who have booked will stay for lunch.

Race Night: Northiam Bonfire Society invite you to a Race Night in the Rose & Crown, Beckley, on Saturday 21st February. If you’re not a seasoned punter, don’t worry – I got the hang of it very fast last time! Horses are on sale over the bar at £3, and on the night, bets are 50p. Local businesses have sponsored the races, so the horse-owner wins £25, and the bets are worked out by someone who understands maths!

The races are shown on the large TV screen in the pub, so it’s just like being there! Entry is free, Alice’s beer is always spot on, and the company’s good. Hope you can join us.

Footpath Walk: The Footpath Group will leave the surgery car park at 1.30pm on Sunday, to start a 5 mile walk from Sedlescombe.

Budgerigars: The Budgerigar Society meets in the Jenkins Room on Monday at 7pm.

Streetstyle Dance: The youngsters are catered for on Tuesdays in the Pretious S0ports hall, with Streetstyle Dance at 6pm and 7pm. If you have any budding dancers interested, please call Beth on 07890 764995.

Hist & Lit: Hilary Watkins will speak at the Historical and Literary Society on the topic of: Storyteller sifts remnants of the Wealden Iron Age. She will be examining evidence of the Iron Age which flourished for nearly 2000 years in the South of England. As Northiam was in the centre of a flourishing iron producing area, with Roman bloomeries at Chitcombe and later full scale industrial production at Strawberry Hole, Conster and Beckley, this should be of great local interest, and visitors are welcome for a small fee.

Coffee Stop: Meet up with familiar faces at Coffee Stop each Wednesday in the Church Centre between 10am and 12 noon. This week, our PCSO, Becky Unicombe, will be there from 11am to chat to residents.

Lace Group: The Lace Group meets in the Jenkins Room on Wednesday at 2pm.

Shortmat Bowls: There are some vacancies for the indoor bowls, who meet on Wednesday afternoons in the Village Hall. Doreen Rolles is the contact – 01797 252443.

Seniors’ Club: All pensioners are welcome to the Club which meets each Thursday in Northiam Village Hall. There is always plenty to do and chat about, and whilst everyone arrives about 10.30, there is tea and coffee and the chance to take a look at the bring and buy stall, or the bring and win raffle. After extend chair exercises to improve mobility, members are served a two course home-cooked lunch followed by the week’s entertainment. All for £7! If you would like to join, or know someone who would, please contact Jane (252973) or Linda (252283) who can also arrange for transport if necessary.

Pretious Sports Hall: The Sports Hall AGM will be held on Thursday 26th February at 7pm. Representatives from users and/or the local community are needed to stand for the committee – a vital role to ensure that the role of the community in building the Hall does not get forgotten in the future!

Romney Marsh Survey: Rother & Shepway Councils are conducting visitor surveys on behalf of the Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay area, which aim to establish the level and nature of visits to the area, and look at matters such as visitor spend and awareness of the area’s importance for wildlife.

Some specialist site users - such as anglers, boat-users, walkers and others - may not be at the site at the time of the surveying, and to cater for specialist users an on-line survey is now available, and can be accessed until March 2015 using the following web address: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sportsandgroups

St Mary’s Services: (22nd): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise

Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road