Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane, playden

Tonight, Friday 11th October, the Iden and District Natural History Society resumes its Winter Lectures. Tonight it is the Breda and Ernie Burt Memorial Lecture given by Keith Palmer. His subject is Plant Galls. The meeting begins at 7.30 pm in the Iden Village Hall. The annual subscription fee is a minimum of £12, visitors are welcome for £3. You will be made very welcome. For any queries please contact Colin Page on 01797 22 42 31 or Melvin Smith on 01797 27 05 87.

Iden Parish Council met on Tuesday 1 October at which 4 Parish Councillors were present together with District Councillors Nick Ramus and Paul Osborne and County Councillor Keith Glazier. Apologies were received from Parish Councillor Chris Wood, There were also 10 members of the public present.

A question was asked by a member of the public about the climbing frame in the Play Area of the Playing Field. It was agreed that his helpful comments and advice would be borne on mind

There were no matters under Planning

The plans are now available for the next phase of the refurbishment for the Village Hall. The Chairman explained that unlike many village halls, ours is not owned by the Parish Council. As such its Trustees are at a financial disadvantage as they will need to pay VAT on most of the renovation work and apply themselves for grants. Nonetheless, the Parish Council fully supports the efforts to refurbish the Hall and will give any assistance it can to make this possible. He was also confident that the Trustees would have the entire community behind them.

Every quarter it is hoped that residents will have an update from the Parish Council as an insert in the normal monthly newsletter . This in particular will include notices seeking community support for village projects and voluntary work such as litter picking.

The mole and rabbit problem in the playing field has worsening in recent months, particularly with regard to the former. The situation is now posing serious safety issues and as a result the Council agreed to employ a rural pest controller on an annual basis . It was also the intention to ask a specialist to review the safety of trees on Council owned land.

The Clerk announced that there would be an extra bus service through Iden around 7.13am going to Tenterden to allow passengers to catch the Number 2 to Ashford. This will be for a six month trial period so usage is important if this is to be continued

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 5 November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall

The Harvest Supper last Saturday in the Village Hall was very well attended with guests enjoying a traditional ploughman’s supper followed by the John Smith and John Harrison providing the entertainment assisted by Susannah Miller on the piano. A great evening for all and the Committee would like to thank all the helpers and supporters who made this possible

The next pop up Coffee Morning will be this coming Monday, 14 October from 11am to 1.30pm in the Village Hall. All are very welcome

There will another Quiz Evening in the Village Hall on Friday 1 November at 7.30pm in aid of the Iden Goat Sanctuary. Contact Pat Buckland 280589 for details

This Friday, 11 October sees the start of the fortnightly talks held by the Iden and District Natural History Society- the first is entitled Plant Galls and will be given by Keith Palmer

All meetings held at Iden Village Hall starting at 7.30pm Subscription fee for all lectures min. £12 - Visitors to lectures £3 All welcome

Also for the diaries- the Cricket Club Jumble Sale on Saturday 26 October at 1pm in the Village Hall and the Recollections of Old Iden Meeting on Thursday 31 October at 2.30pm again in the Village Hall

The Mobile Library will be at the village hall on Monday from 12.05 to 12.45. This must also mean that the very popular Pop-in Coffee Morning is also taking place, from 11 am to 1.30 pm.

There should have been a Fun Quiz and Fish and Chip Supper in Iden Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Friday 18th October, which has now been moved to Friday 1st November. NB.

The mid-week services continue on Wednesday at 9.30 am for Morning Prayer and 3.30 pm for Evening Prayer, led by the Vicar.

The 9.30 am service for the 20th Sunday after Trinity will be Parish Communion led by the Vicar, Rev. Teresa Munro.