WHAT A TURKEY!: Landing with that distinctive thud into many a supermarket trolley very soon, will be the Christmas turkey, fighting for supremacy amongst all the other Christmas fare. When we get it home, we heave a sigh of relief, because it’s the star of the show, and it feels as though we’ve just booked ‘The Rolling Stones’ for a gig. The funny thing about a turkey is that it tends not to be not all year round fodder. Apart from Easter and Thanksgiving, it gets a bit ignored, yet we pounce on it at Christmas like a post-war banana. It gets the most comfortable bunk in the freezer, and then we defrost it and fill it it’s cavity with everything but the kitchen sink [“Hey lady”, it says, “ take one of those onions out please, my insides here are not the Grand Canyon”] Then it get’s baked, and covered in an all-over ‘Strictly’ kind of bronzed look. Turkey sandwiches for Boxing Day, and the obligatory turkey soup, and then it disappears into oblivion like an actor resting between parts. The same thing happens with mince pies .No one sits on a beach in July and says “I could murder a mince pie”, but every home offers one at Christmas time. Is this a good thing? Why, of course it is. We have all kinds of things at Christmas that are almost uniquely Christmassy. Cranberry sauce, stem ginger, boxes of dates, Yule logs, 3-4 bird roasts , mulled wine, eggnog, sugared almonds, and nuts, requiring nut -crackers. All absolutely essential. So far my Christmas fare consists of the turkey, and two jars of baby beetroot. What a poor show----- Better get on!
A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There is a service of Holy Communion in Iden Parish Church, at 9.30 am on Sunday
A SAD GOODBYE: Iden said yet another sad goodbye to two more elderly residents this month. The Funeral service for Sylvia Sutton was held in Hastings Crematorium, on Thursday 17th November. Sylvia was born in Reader’s Lane , Iden , and married her husband Bill, in 1953, in Peasmarsh Church. She had two children, Jenny and Keith. Sadly, Keith pre-deceased Sylvia only last year He once wrote an amusing poem about his mother’s hat which was read out at the service. Sylvia was cared for by Jenny, due to a failing memory, and deteriorating health, and with such devotion that Sylvia’s last years were in the main, very content. Jenny nursed Sylvia at home until the end, and I’m sure we all commend her for such selflessness. Recently, Sylvia had joined a singing group called ‘Sunset Singers’, which consisted of elderly participants. The Sunset Singers sang at the funeral. Sylvia was a quiet, yet strong woman, not afraid to speak her mind. She was good with children, and just before her death, Sylvia’s Grand daughter gave birth, and she laid the baby next to Sylvia, so that she could gaze at the baby. By coincidence, the baby’s birth and Sylvia’s death were registered on the same day, which was very poignant. Sylvia enjoyed holidays in England, but visited Canada for a very memorable holiday. She enjoyed fruit- picking, and hop-picking, and cleaned many homes in the Iden district. She flew on Concord over the Channel Islands, which she loved. Refreshments were served in Iden village hall following the service, in honour of Sylvia, a happy lady, known to so many in Iden. Our Vicar, Teresa said that she remembers Sylvia particularly for her lovely smile, and so do we all.
IDEN REMEMBERS EMILY PULLUN: The funeral service of Emily Pullun, took place on 18th November, in Iden Parish Church. Emily attended church, before she became too frail, and appreciated visitations from members of the church. After the death of her husband, Emily was helped greatly by Percy, a supportive friend, and we send our thoughts to Percy, and Emily’s friends and family at this time.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU: I must say thank you to our vicar Teresa, and to Stella, both of whom, in spite of their own losses, have taken church services not only with dignity, but with joy. It can’t have been easy, but it has been appreciated. Last week, at Sylvia’s funeral, my husband and I saw Teresa in the Crematorium car park, making ready to do her job. It was a cold, rainy morning, and very early, but Teresa made the service very warm and very special, as did Stella at Peggy Spence’s funeral. It’s not easy being a vicar, but thankfully faith has a way of working miracles. Thank you both
TONIGHT IN IDEN VILLAGE HALL: The Iden and District Natural History Society, are having a lecture tonight entitled ‘Flowers In South Western Australia’, by Sue Buckingham. The meeting starts at 7.30pm, and visitors pay £3, for an informative evening.
BINGO: The last bingo session to be called by Ray Griffin will be on Thursday1st December, in Iden village hall. Doors open at 2pm, eyes down at 2.30. This is so that the jackpot can be won.
TAI CHI: Tai Chi will be held in Iden village hall, on Tuesday, from 10am-11.30am. This is a popular activity, good for health and fitness, and taken by, Matt, a qualified instructor.
CONTACT ME: If anyone has anything to add to the Village Voice, please ring Gill Griffin [telephone 01797 280311]
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