Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane, Playden

On Sunday 24th, you are invited to the Orchard Cattery in Readers Lane for an Open Day organised by the Cats’ Protection League. Come and visit, and meet some young cats who are seeking for-ever homes with a garden. Opening times are 11.30 am to 4 pm. For any further information please ring 280 378.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Iden Village Spring Clean. Basically this is a litter pick. It is happening on Wednesday 27th March from 10am for about and hour with refreshments afterwards. Meet at the Old Hall. Please wear heavy duty clothes, gloves and shoes. Contact the Parish Clerk on 01797 270 790 or your nearest councillor for more details. I understand that bags, visibility jackets and pickers will be provided, so long as they know how many people can come.

The Iden and Playden Garden Society will be holding the Spring Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 23rd March. It will be interesting indeed to see what survived the blizzard last week. The display opens at 2.30pm, with an admission fee of 50p for adults, 30p for children and exhibitors free. There will be refreshments and a raffle.

The Iden and District Natural History Society has the last Winter Lecture of the season tonight, Friday, in Iden Village Hall at 7.30pm. There will be the AGM followed by an illustrated talk by Mr. Melvin Smith on “Colours in Nature”. There will be refreshments and a raffle.

The services for Holy Week are as follows:

The services for Holy Week are as follows :

Monday 25th Compline 7 pm Iden

Tuesday 26th Compline 7 pm Playden

Wednesday 27th Compline 7 pm Iden

Thursday 28th Maundy Thursday 7 pm Playden

Friday 29th Good Friday Stations of the Cross 12 to 1 pm Iden

The Last Hour at the Cross 2 to 3 pm Playden

Saturday 30th Easter Eve Blessing of the First Light 8 pm Iden

Sunday 31st Easter Day Family Communion 11am.

This Sunday, 24th, is Palm Sunday. The service of Parish Communion at 11am will include the distribution of palms and a dramatic reading of the story.

This Sunday, 24th, is Palm Sunday. The 9.30am service will be Parish Communion with the distribution of palms. There will also be the draw for the Easter Egg Raffle held at school.

Clocks “spring forward” next weekend. Be careful that you are not late for the Easter service.