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Mary’s Slide: The new slide, built in memory of Mary Shipstone, is now ready for use! Some eager children were finally rewarded on Saturday, when her mother, Lyndsey, cut the tape. The opening had been delayed, as the Parish Council discovered that a safety surface was required, so the slide has been tantalisingly out of bounds for a few weeks. It is fitting that Mary will be remembered with happiness and children’s squeals of delight - and it looks as if her new little sister Daisy is already keen to have a go.

St Michael’s Coffee Morning: Always a high point in the village calendar, the Coffee Morning in aid of St Michaels’ Hospice is on Saturday (14th May) in the Village Hall between 10am and 12 noon. On offer will be a bric-a-brac, fabulous cakes, crafts (items made and donated by a great Northiam team of makers), St Michael’s own stall selling gifts and cards, and an amazing raffle table. If you would like to donate anything (especially towards the raffle) please bring it on the day, or drop it round to Linda Belton at South Grange, Quickbourne Lane (01797 252984).

Christian Aid Week: Christian Aid week runs from 15-21st May, so look out for the red envelopes coming through your door. The week ends on Saturday 21st with a Coffee Morning in the Church Centre (10-12), and an extensive Plant Sale at The Byre House all day.

Bowls Club: The Bowls Club has started its season, and if you fancy finding out all about this lovely sport, you would be very welcome to pop along to the club.

Bowls is suitable for all ages and genders and Northiam BC welcomes new members and offers free taster sessions. If you would like to give it a try, you just need some flat shoes (trainers are fine) and you can book a taster session by phoning Trevor on 01797 252307 or just turn up on a Monday night from 5.30pm. Northiam is a friendly club suitable for either social or competitive bowls, so why not give it a go?

Over 60s: Exciting times – this year’s Brain of the Over 60s will be decided on Tuesday, so make sure you are at the Village Hall for 2pm.

Coffee Stop: Call into the Church Centre on Wednesday mornings for coffee and a chat at Coffee Stop, between 10 and 12 noon.

Conservation Society: Julian Luckett will be speaking at the Conservation Society’s AGM, on the topic Why we need Planning. With experience as an architect as well as chairing Rye Conservation Society’s Planning Committee, Julian promises to be an interesting and informative speaker (and he just happens to be our Deputy Chair!). The Conservation Society is a very active group in the village, covering a wide range of interests, so do come along and join up – or just come for the talk if you prefer. Wine and nibbles are on offer from 7pm, with business starting at 7.30pm.

Diabetes: The Patient Participation Group for our surgeries will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 1st June in Northiam Village Hall. ‘Diabetes, an epidemic’ is a presentation by the doctors at Northiam and Broad Oak Practices. Diabetes is an increasing concern as more patients are diagnosed, and may be affecting your family or friends. All are very welcome to come along and hear the facts, and have your questions answered. 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Helping Hands: A new scheme is being set up to help neighbours. Carol Ward is looking for people who could volunteer to lend a hand to people in the village who need small jobs done that don’t need professional support. There will be a leaflet coming through your door explaining the scheme, and asking for your help. Please do read this and consider whether you can offer your time, or whether the scheme could help you.

Church Services (15th): St Mary’s: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Come Praise. St Teresa’s: 9am Mass

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