For the past few days we have been babysitting grand children., though I actually think that it was the other way round., because I get the distinct feeling that they look at us, the way children do sometimes, as though we need to get a grip! We did ‘veg’ out though, and played ‘Cluedo’ and ‘Monopoly’, and Newmarket, and we watched ‘Despicable Me’[one and two], and ate almost everything we could find beginning with the letter ‘P’, popcorn, pizza, and Pringles ’. My husband raced around with a ‘Nerf Gun’, firing foam bullets and hiding in cupboards. [I had to chastise him because the noise was incredible, and it wasn’t the kids] Anyway we are back in Iden behaving like adults again, or trying to. Isn’t it nice though to sometimes to let your hair down.?

Well, everyone certainly let their hair down on Friday, 11th April, at the Race Night in the village hall. It was a noisy, fun evening, with all of us placing our bets under the watchful eye of ‘John[The Fixer] Harrison and ‘Ray [Honest John ]Griffin and their band of ‘wide boys’, Alan Reilly, Michael Miller and Bob Hammond. There was a fish and chip supper, and everyone had a jolly good time .Proceeds went to the village hall restoration fund, and various charities. Many thanks gentlemen for arranging it all. .

Jill Woods asked me to thank everyone for supporting her coffee morning in aid of Tenterden and District National Trust. They made £680, so well done everyone.

Teresa Parsons would like to thank all the helpers, on and off stage at the Pantomime ‘Red Riding Hood’. Many thanks also for all donated raffle prizes, it was much appreciated, and raised £268, which Iden Players rounded up to £300, to be split between the village hall and St. Michael’s Hospice The village hall is already booked for next year’s Panto [20th and 21st March] so anyone who wishes to participate on or off stage, please contact Bob Hammond [01797 280122] or Teresa Parsons [01797 280143]. Being involved in a Panto, whether as a thespian, front of house or behind the scenes, involves such camaraderie, so give Bob or Teresa a ring.

Before I go any further, I have to say a special Thank you to Lucille Gould who made the lovely piano cover for the village hall. It fits beautifully, and is so well made. Many thanks Lucille from us all.

Now, who fancies a nice walk? You can walk on your own, join up with friends or take the whole family. .The Rotary Club of Rye and Winchelsea are having their 16th Annual Charity Walk on Sunday 18th May. The walk begins any time between 9am and 10am, starting from Phillips and Stubbs [47-49 Cinque Port Street in Rye]. There will be no entry charge, but participants are encouraged to ask for sponsorship, the main charities being Rye Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital, and St. Michael’s Hospice. Anyone without sponsorship can make a donation if they wish. If you nominate your own charity, half the funds you raise will go to them. All walkers get a certificate, and trophies will be awarded to those with the most sponsorship, in either an individual or team category. Register by email[] or by phoning [07530-770200]. Sponsorship forms are available in Phillips and Stubbs, and can be returned to Phillips and Stubbs when completed. The walk, which should be great fun as usual, will take you along the banks of the river to Camber, to Walland Marsh, East Guldeford, Iden Lock and back to Rye. There will be a refreshment wagon, and marshals will be on hand to direct you. Maps will also be provided on the day

.Our pub ‘The Bell’ has it’s own website, [] and on it is posted their Easter menu, from Good Friday, through to Easter Monday . It sounds great, and who wants to spend the whole of Easter slaving over a hot stove .Easter Sunday lunch includes a free Easter Egg hunt at 1pm. Lunch is served from 12.30-6pm.[telephone01797 280242 to book a table]. The pub garden is looking splendid, and we can now play BOULE on the PETANQUE pitch. John, Lindsey [and not forgetting Oscar] have worked hard.

I love Easter don’t you?. We are surrounded on all sides by baby lambs, wonderful church services, blossom, hot cross buns, a turkey perhaps and Easter eggs.[I’ve just bought the eggs for the Easter egg hunt ] They cost an arm and a leg don’t they? Every time I open a cupboard now, an Easter egg falls out .It seems such allowable chocolate though, so the children munch their way through a chocolate rabbit, and then only eat half a stuffing ball for lunch!. It’s the same every year----just wonderful.

The EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE of Holy Communion is at 9.30 am in Iden Parish Church .

Have a REALLY nice Easter everyone.

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the Village Voice, I’ll gladly include it. Please ring Gill Griffin [telephone 01797 280311]

Gill Griffin
Belfield, Main Street