Northiam Village Voice

- We start the week with a cheering message from Jean Brown: I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has answered my request for help in knitting hats for the troops.

The response has been tremendous. To date I have 75 + hats ready to go and I know there are still some more in the pipe line.

I have also had many generous donations towards the cost of the wool.

It isn’t possible to thank individuals, but I must make a special mention of Donna who runs the hairdressing salon in Beckley “Donna Jayne”.

She has persuaded so many of her clients, friends and neighbours to join in, that they have produced and financed about half of the total number. Many, many thanks.

- The village Coffee Morning Market will be held today in Northiam Village Hall between 9am and 12 noon.

Stalls include jewellery, cards, ceramics, cheese, meats, jams, vegetables, plants, furniture, candles and wooden items, so worth a visit for a browse and a chat over refreshments.

- Dance Club meets in the Village Hall at 7.30pm for sequence dancing, and badminton clubs meet in the Pretious Sports Hall at 5.30pm (Primary School-age), 6.30pm (Secondary school-age) and 8pm (adult).

- The Rye Wurlitzer Theatre Organ will feature Michael Wooldridge with local jazz goddess Liane Carroll in concert this evening (Friday) at 7.30pm, with a special guest appearance of rising singing star Elle Watson, a finalist in Jamie Cullum’s The Big Audition.

- Northiam Bowls Club Quiz Night starts at 7.30pm in the Village Hall on Saturday – pre-booked places only, please (call Anne 01424 882041 if you have any last minute amendments).

- The Footpath Group will be pottering around Peasmarsh on Sunday, leaving the surgery car park at 1.15pm. Joan and Hazel will lead this 5½ mile walk.

- All the usual clubs meet this week, with the Historical and Literary Society enjoying The Tale of Beatrix Potter in the company of Heather Woodward on Tuesday, starting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

- Coffee Stop will be open in the Church Centre on Wednesday morning between 10am and 12 noon.

- I hope you will be able to pop into the Church Centre on Thursday, when there will be a fundraising coffee morning in aid of Dementia UK, a charity which gives advice and support for carers and people affected by dementia.

- A Time for a Cuppa is on 1st March from 10am until midday, and there will be a wonderful raffle with prizes kindly donated by local businesses.

- The next meeting of the Horticultural Society will again be in the afternoon, at 2.30 pm on Friday, 2nd March in the Village Hall, when Susan Scrivens talks about The Land of the Pharaohs. The new time seems to be very popular, and everyone is very welcome to attend – non-members £2 (although you may like to join and be able to enjoy all the interesting lectures and Shows!).

Susan returns after her very popular lecture last year.  Tea & biscuits will be served.

- 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.

- Volunteers and prizes are being sought for the village Jubilee Celebrations, which we hope will be a fantastic weekend for everyone.

If you would like to help make this a memorable time, please give your name to Sue Keighley, Parish Clerk. Jobs will be shared out nearer the time, but we will need first-aiders, cooks, bakers, equipment shifters, vegetable growers etc etc, as well as some good prizes for the Grand Raffle.

Up to date information will be on show at the Annual Village Meeting in April, or pop into the Parish Office.

- Services (26th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise.

KAREN AYLING The White House Dixter Road