Northiam

Bonfire Society: Following a spectacular Craft Fair on Saturday, the Bonfire Society held its AGM on Monday with great plans for some entertainment this summer, and Northiam’s own Bonfire Procession booked for October 24th. Make a note in your diaries for a Quiz Night on May 9th, Garden Safari on May 31st and Midsummer Festival on June 20th. A Junior Section is planned – so any ideas would be welcome!

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 8.30pm 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.

Parish Council: A significant number of our Parish Councillors will be standing down this year, most after many years’ service. They will be difficult to replace, but I am sure that there are many suitable people out there! To help people to decide whether they would be prepared to stand, there will be an informative Coffee Morning in the Church Hall on Saturday (14th). This is being hosted by the present Parish Council along with the Sussex Association of Local Councils. Please do call in between 10am and 12 noon, either to be fired up to stand, or to get a greater understanding of how our Council works.

Quiz: The Bowls Club will be testing our little grey cells on Saturday evening in the Village Hall. The quiz is 7 for 7.30pm with fish & chip supper.

Mothering Sunday: Sarah White has decided that little bunches of flowers are old hat – this year, St Mary’s is celebrating Mothering Sunday with a Messy Church Special, with activities based around chocolate! So bring the family along at 10.30am on Sunday and make Mum’s Day special!! I think I can confidently say that the chocolate will be shared.

Over 60s: I see in the Parish Magazine that our Over 60s have been going for 66 years! Truly over 60. On Tuesday, they will be settling down to a Beetle Drive in the Village Hall from 2pm, so good, clean fun continues.

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

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

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

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 – this week, it’s a visit from Dave Evans from East Sussex police. 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.

Choral Concert: We are fortunate to have a visiting choir coming to the village on Palm Sunday. Tongswood Chamber Choir will perform Allegri’s Miserere and other choral treasures for Passiontide on Sunday 29th March in St Mary’s Church. Tickets are £10, or £20 to include a supper after the concert from www.ticketsource.co.uk.

Golf Day: A 9 hole Golf Morning will be held at London Beach Golf Club on Saturday 25th April. The day will start with a bacon roll and coffee before the tee-off at 10am. Lunch will follow the golf. The cost is £25, with all proceeds going to St Mary’s Church. OIf you are interested in joining in, please contact Jonathan King – 07702 777892.

Chitiwiri: In May, there will be another collection to raise money for the projects that we support in Chitiwiri, Malawi. If you have any unwanted clothes, pairs of shoes, curtains, bed linen, bags, belts or perfume and would like to help Sally and Richard Bickersteth raise money for the community of Chitiwiri, please put them in tied bin liners or call at Forge House for green bags.

St Mary’s Services: (15th ): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Mothering Sunday with Messy Church

Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road