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A SENSE OF JOY: I love Christmas, and Easter. This week I scoured the pound shops and bought big, orange polystyrene carrots [not often you see polystyrene carrots], rabbit hairbands, Easter eggs, and bits and bobs for the grandchildren. It’s tradition isn’t it to have Easter egg trees, Simnel cake, the Easter egg hunt ,and a roast lamb dinner, [homage to the lambs in the field], and hot cross buns for breakfast and tea. People say that Christmas and Easter are too commercialised, but I don’t find either so. Both these religious festivals create an ambiance that transcends all the frippery. We have wonderful church services. Choirs everywhere prepare to perform ‘The Messiah’, or ‘Stainer’s Crucifixion. We decorate churches with specific thought. Children prepare for Nativity plays with unbridled excitement, our Christmas gifts mirror those of the wise men, and the sense of joy and good will is so profound that the whole atmosphere threatens to burst. My daughter went to buy me an ornament one Christmas, and when I said “no you’ve bought me enough”. A lady said “ you buy it, I wish I still had my mum to buy for”. Christmas and Easter are a catalyst for remembering, for sharing, and commiserating. Every bow we tie, and every thought we have when choosing who likes ‘Aero’ Easter eggs, and who prefers the ones with chocolate buttons is born out of consideration. I have absolutely no doubt that God would look favourably upon my polystyrene carrots.

HUSH, IT’S STARTING TODAY: Today, Tracy Barnett and Sue White begin their sponsored silence for BACE, a charity ,which supports projects in The Gambia, West Africa. They are currently raising money to donate a third classroom for a nursery school. From 5pm today, until 12 noon this Sunday , these ladies will be covered with a face mask, in supervised silence, which includes no Facebook, tweets, texts or emails. Sue and Tracy will be out and about, drumming up support. To donate online www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/tracybarnett, or text BACE17 [followed by] £5, or £10 to70070 www.bacecharity.org.uk Education - BACE Supporting Rural Communities in Gambia ...www.bacecharity.org.uk

BACE (Building and Assisting Communities with Education) is a small charity with a long reach. We formed to help children in rural communities in The Gambia access ...

AND THERE’S MORE- A JUMBLE SALE FOR BACE: There will be a jumble sale to support BACE, on Saturday 1st April, at 1pm. in Iden village hall. All proceeds go to BACE-Gambia Charity. If you have jumble, please contact Sue White [telephone 01797 280453]

MOTHERING SUNDAY SERVICE: There will be a Mothering Sunday service this Sunday, in Iden Parish Church, at 9.30am, followed by coffee in the Old Hall. Everyone is welcome, to this service, which is always very special.

A.G.M TONIGHT IN IDEN VILLAGE HALL: Tonight is the Iden and District, Natural History Society’s A.G.M, with a lecture by Melvin Smith, entitled ‘Woodland Birds’ . The meeting begins at 7.30pm.

A GREAT NIGHT AT ‘THE BELL’: Last Wednesday, there was a quiz night at ‘The Bell’, which everyone seemed to enjoy immensely. These quiz nights [third Wednesday of the month] are a chance to dust off the brain cells and meet up with friends. The quiz starts at 7.30pm, and is a very jolly affair, even if we don’t know the answers.

AN INFORMATIVE COFFEE MORNING: Tomorrow [Saturday 25th March] from 10 am-12 noon, in ‘The Old Hall’, there is a coffee morning, during which villagers can find out more about the plans to repair Iden’s Church tower .Everyone is welcome, to ask questions and peruse photographs.

REMEMBERING PAT BUCKLAND: Tomorrow, from 2pm-4pm, in Iden village hall, there will be a memorial tea, in memory of Pat Buckland, who died on 7th March. All villagers, friends and family are welcome to come and remember Pat as the very special lady that she was.

SHIP TO SHORE: On Saturday, 8th April, Iden Players are staging a variety show, in Iden village hall, entitled ‘Ship To Shore’. There will be two performances, a matinee at 2.30pm, and an evening performance at 7.30pm.Tickets can be purchased from Iden Stores, and cost £7, for adults, and £4, for children. There will be a raffle, and donations of raffle prizes will be gratefully received. All proceeds go to ‘ Friends Of Iden Church’, and ‘ St Michael’s Hospice’. For enquiries, please ring 01797 280143.

THE IDEN VILLAGE ASSEMBLY: The Village Assembly, on Thursday 30th March, is welcome to all, and gives villagers a chance to listen, and air our own views on what is happening in Iden. The meeting is in Iden village hall, at 7.30pm, and refreshments will be provided.

A SAD ANNOUNCEMENT: We are sorry to hear of the death of Mrs Edith Carey, at the age of 97. Edith had lived for a long time in Grove Lane, and was an active member of the village, through the church. She was a keen gardener. Almost to the end of her long life, Edith enjoyed playing bridge with her many friends. She will be sadly missed .We send our sympathy to Edith’s children Anna and Richard, and to her 7 grand children. There will be a memorial service this Saturday, 25th March, at 2pm, in Iden Parish Church, to which all those that knew Edith are welcome.

JOHNNY-NO-MATES: Goodness me, spring has suddenly burst forth hasn’t it, with it’s blossom, it’s celandines, and the daffodils everywhere, which are surely more golden and perfect than ever before. Last week I picked some from the garden, and one thing I’ve inherited from my mum is that I can’t leave a single flower in a clump, in case it gets lonely. Well, how would we like it, one minute in a nice little gang, and the next minute a poor old daffodil, Johnny no-mates. No one can be one hundred percent sure that flowers don’t have feelings. Well, do you know anyone who speaks ‘flower’. If so , please ring me [see below] Wouldn’t that be something for the Village Voice? ‘ Iden Daffodil Speaks of Terror At being left alone In a clump’ [could happen!]

CONTACT ME: If anyone has anything to add to the Village Voice, please ring Gill Griffin [ telephone 01797 280311]

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