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Karen Ayling

Northiam

Sport: Time to act on those New Year Resolutions! There is a lot on offer in Northiam, and being on the doorstep makes it easier to commit.

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Happy New Year!: I hope you had an enjoyable time over Christmas and the New Year. We were able to get the family together – and even played board games without argument - we must be getting older!

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Christmas: Happy Christmas everybody! We were delighted to have children from the Primary School singing at the Carol Service last Sunday - and they performed to a very high standard. It was a lovely start to our celebrations, which continue with the Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve, when, yes, we get the candles out again! Midnight Communion starts at 11.15pm and the Family Celebration on Christmas Day begins at 10.30am. It’s a very informal service and a lovely start (for those of us who haven’t got young children!) to the day. Rod loves playing with interesting presents, so do encourage children to bring along anything that makes a noise or that he can enjoy!

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Bonfire Society: The Village Hall was packed on Saturday evening for the Bonfire Society’s Christmas Quiz, with Three Degrees narrowly beating Dixter Optimists and Damp Squibs. Once again we are grateful for support from local businesses – The Spar, Vegebox and The Old Rose Nursery helped the evening to go with a bang, so remember them when you’re shopping.

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Bonfire Society: Thanks to everyone who braved the appalling weather to make the Bonfire Society’s Christmas Fayre such a success – we had around 200 visitors and a packed hall of wonderful stalls – there are a lot of talented people locally.

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Christmas Fayre: Northiam Bonfire Society’s Christmas Fayre is in the Village Hall on Saturday – 10-2. It will be crammed full of stalls to solve all your Christmas shopping problems, with Jim’s famous tombola, hot and cold refreshments and over 30 craft stalls selling paintings and prints, wood items, carvings and nest boxes, handmade/silver jewellery, Italian clothing and accessories, stationery and cards, children and baby clothes, stained glass, plants, books, incense-holders, gifts, teddy bears, honey, chutney, bath bombs and soaps, nursery toys, scarves and gloves. In short, your Christmas gifts sorted. And, of course, free parking and no entry charge.

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Christmas Fair: Northiam Nursery, Beckley Pre-school will be holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday 24th in Beckley Village Hall 10-2. Craft, Children’s crafts, Father Christmas, Raffle, Tombola, Tea room. This is their main fundrasing event of the year, so do pop along and give them your support.

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Remembrance: It was good to see so many people at the Service of Remembrance on Sunday, and the excellent exhibition and concert organised by Mervyn and his team. It’s times like this that reinforce how privileged we are to live in such a close knit community. It was wonderful to have the new walkway and steps up to the War Memorial in time for the centenary remembrance.

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Remembrance: This is a special year, commemorating 100 years since the end of the Great War, and there will be a weekend of remembrance 9-11th November.

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Horticultural Society: This evening (Friday) offers the opportunity to hear Fergus Garret, who amongst other titles is President of Northiam Horticultural Society, speak in Northiam Village Hall at 7.30pm. He never tells us beforehand what the subject will be for his annual lecture, but it is always entertaining and informative - not to be missed.

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Bonfire: Thanks to everyone for such a wonderful Bonfire once again this year! Strangely missed the sense of jeopardy provided by Storm Brian last year, but what a lovely evening it was to talk to neighbours, enjoy the spectacle, listen to the music, drink not one but two Northiam beers and thrill to fire and fireworks. We were delighted by the number of creative guys popping up all round the village and the support we received from so many people – notably Perigoes, who paid for the first aid provision (fortunately not called on). Thank you all for joining in – and for your generous donations in our charity buckets.

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Harvest: Great to see the school and so many other people visiting the church over last weekend to enjoy the Harvest celebration. Thanks to all the flower arrangers for their inspiring and uplifting displays. This is such a lovely time of year, isn’t it?

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Harvest: Over the weekend, St Mary’s Church will be celebrating Harvest. You are invited to call into the church for morning coffee or afternoon tea and enjoy the work of the team of flower arrangers who decorate the church every week of the year.

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Macmillan: On Friday morning, you are invited to support the Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning. Northiam will be taking part, holding their coffee morning in the Church Centre (opposite Douglas Moloney’s) from 10-1 on Friday 28th September. I think this is a charity very close to all of our hearts, so do pop along if only for a few minutes.

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Busy Busy!: What a wonderful week we have just had! The Village Hall was packed for the Fashion Show in aid of Family Support Work, and we raised over £700 for this wonderful local charity, as well as bagging some bargains for ourselves. Huge thanks to Sarah, Nicki, Margaret and Sally for getting out of their comfort zone and modelling for us.

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Autumn Show: Once again, we enjoyed a fantastic Show from the Horticultural Society, and it was gratifying to see new faces entering. Most impressive was three generations of one family, all of whom won prizes – congratulations to the Noble-McNaughton family. It would be lovely to see the children’s’ classes revived - I know we all enjoyed getting our entries together as a family, but then, if these youngsters are going to win prizes in the open competition....!

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Autumn Show: Ready for a spot of friendly competition? It’s time for the Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show, so do join in, or at least pop along and see the lovely displays. There are Vegetable, Fruit, Flower, Flower Arranging, Domestic and Photographic Sections so even if you don’t grow anything at all, you can join in the fun. Access the schedule via the village website northiamvillage.co.uk – all the Village Societies are listed. Or phone Alison Kirk 01797 252525 or Claudia Barbera 07802 989769, Joint Show Secretaries (who can also give advice if you’ve never done it before). Committee members are always available to help with your entry – just take it to the Village Hall between 9 and 10.30am on Saturday 8th September with your 20p fee. Viewing starts at 2pm.

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All systems Go: As soon as the August Bank Holiday is over, everything seems to be kick-started again, and we go back to all the lively activities in the village once more. Pilates classes are back in the Village Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays, with Line Dancing on Tuesdays.

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Art & Flowers: This is a great weekend for Flower Festivals, with both Rolvenden and Brede offering Art Exhibitions and Church Flowers on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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