Northiam Village Voice

n Last Tuesday, we had another well-attended meeting to plan Northiam’s celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee.

Over the holiday weekend, we hope the whole village will enjoy celebrating together, and a range of activities are being planned to appeal to all age groups. Celebrations will start on the Friday, with the Primary School’s Sports Day, followed on the Saturday by the Horticultural Society’s Summer Show to be held in a marquee on the Playing Fields, with family focussed games alongside.

n On Saturday evening, there will be a Dance in the Village Hall with live music spanning the decades, so whatever your dancing style, it will be in fashion!

n On Sunday, we join in the nationwide arrangements, with a church service in the marquee, followed by the Big Lunch, and we will round off our celebration with a torchlight procession to the Beacon on Monday evening.

n We hope that everyone will want to be a part of our celebrations, so look out for more information in leaflets, on the noticeboards and the Parish Magazine. If anyone would like to volunteer to help with any event, or is able to sell raffle tickets for the Grand Draw, or could promise a row of lettuces, or could bake a cake - you get the idea, all your talents can be used! – please drop into the Parish Office sometime and leave your details, or call 253990 and leave Sue Keighley a message on the clerk’s answerphone.

n In the meantime, young people are wanted to take part in Northiam’s Got Talent on March 3rd, when budding performers are invited to audition for the chance to play at the Jubilee Celebrations.

n Prizes for the Grand Raffle would also be gratefully received, so please call in any favours!

n Back to the present, and this evening (Friday) we have badminton clubs meeting in the Pretious Sports Hall at 5.30pm (Primary School-age), 6.30pm (Secondary school-age) and 8pm (adult). Dance Club is in the Village Hall from 7.30pm.

n The Snowdrop Society will be in the Village Hall from 9am on Saturday, with the Conservative Association AGM in the Jenkins Room at 10am.

n On Sunday, Church services will be in the church (ie there will be no Village Hall service this month).

n Monday is our busy day in the village with is Yoga in the Village Hall at 9.30am,

ShortMat Bowls at 2pm, with Friendly Chicago Bridge in the Jenkins Room from 2-5pm and Pilates at 6.30pm, followed by Excel fitness. Badminton in the Pretious Sports Hall runs 5.45-6.45pm, with Zumba Fitness at 8.15pm.

n The Rye and District Association of the National Trust monthly walk will be on Tuesday, meeting at Wittersham Church for a Circular 3.5 or 7 mile walk, with lunch at the Swan Inn, Wittersham. If you wish to take part in the walk please confirm at least 24hrs before by email: phil@philmaynard.co.uk or phone: 01797 260637. 

n The Over-60s meet in the Village Hall at 2pm to discuss Interesting items with a Story.  Street Dance, Hip Hop and Funky Dance sessions are held on Tuesdays in the Pretious Sports Hall at 5.30pm (6-12years) and 6.30pm (13-18years).

Call Charmaine Masters 07816 417538 for more details. Over to the Village Hall for Line Dancing at 7.30pm, call Helen (252087) for details, or try Penny’s Keep Fit/Aerobics in the Pretious Sports Hall at 7.45pm.

n Pilates classes are held at 9am and 10am in the Village Hall each Wednesday, with Coffee Stop open in the Church Centre between 10am and 12 noon. Shortmat Bowls is in the Village Hall at 2pm, and Karate at 7pm.

n Thursday Seniors Club will hear from a representative from Sussex Air Ambulance Service at their meeting in the Village Hall. The Citizens Advice Bureau and the chiropodist will be available this week.

Please do call Ann (252343) or Jane (252973) if you are interested in joining this lively group.

Apart from the chat, there is always an excellent cooked meal, exercises, some form of entertainment and the bring and buy stall and bring and win raffle.

They also have stocks of hearing aid batteries and walking stick ferrules, and can arrange transport if needed.

n Services (19th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise.

KAREN AYLING

The White House

Dixter Road