A NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY: Two weeks ago, I went to the Rye Auction Gallery , and successfully bid for a fridge-freezer. It’s an American type, that would feed the five thousand, and I’ve always wanted one, especially for times like Christmas, when like most women, all I seem to do is walk from the fridge to the dishwasher in my Christmas slippers while everyone else is just passing ‘Go’ on the Monopoly board [Oh, we are such a hard done by lot!]. Anyway, I think that I’m actually in love with this fridge, because I crept down in the middle of the night, to put two jellies inside it, but also to just admire it, and check on it like you would on a new baby in the house. I have to say it was nice to see that in it’s inanimate way it seemed to have settled down happily in my larder. [Just because it’s a big fridge, doesn’t mean it can be pushed around from pillar to post without getting a bit ‘frosted up about things’!] I had the finest time arranging and re-arranging where the butter and cheese and pizza should go [I really do need to get out more]

THANK YOU LADIES: Thank you to the ladies of the Iden Parish Church Flower Group for making such a success of the ‘Tribute In Flowers’ during the bank holiday, to commemorate the First World War, most particularly to Jill Johnson and Trish Evans who organised it [an amazing amount of work for all concerned] .I have to say, that I walked into the church, and was quite overwhelmed by how much thought and empathy had gone into this commemoration, because it was so apt, and so well done, and extremely touching. Elsie Fairhall, who decorated the pew-ends, attached a few words of history to each, documenting the progress of the war. I wish I had endless space to mention everyone by name, but suffice to say, that as I type this, each person’s contribution is going around in my head, because there wasn’t one that didn’t shine for those soldiers. We have some talented ladies in the flower group. The whole tableau, evoked tears in quite a few people. Thank you to all the men and women who helped with teas, and the many jobs involved, and to everyone who made cakes for the refreshments in the ‘Old Hall’. It was a poignant few days helping us to remember those who died for this country. Jenny Chater- Robinson’s lone soldier’s helmet hanging on a plain white cross said it all.

POP-IN: There will be a Pop-In on Monday, September 1st at 11am in the village hall. The reason people come to the Pop-In, I think, is it’s simplicity. Everyone can just saunter in and have coffee/tea and biscuits, and in no time at all people are chatting and laughing and baring their souls, and putting the world to rights. Everyone is welcome, and folk can even go home with a piece of bric-a-brac [something you wonder how on earth you ever lived without], or a book or two from the book stall.

BINGO: Bingo will be held on the 4th September in the village hall. Doors open at 2pm, eyes down at 2.30 pm. There is a raffle, a light tea provided and lots of fun to be had .It’s nice to see so many faces, and so many happy folk when they actually win .Everyone from Iden and surrounding villages is welcome.

SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There will be a service of Holy Communion in Iden Parish Church, at 9.30am on Sunday 31st August

GET IN TOUCH WITH MARY: Mary Philo, our parish clerk needs volunteers to help paint the bus shelter opposite ‘The Bell’ at 3pm, on 7th September, AND also volunteers to help clean our road signs [if you could bring along a brush and bucket, and wear old clothes ] at 2pm on 13th September [meeting at the bus stop opposite ‘The Bell’] Neither should take too long and tea/coffee will be provided .If anyone can offer their help, please contact Mary [telephone[270-790]or e-mail[]

RAINFALL IN IDEN: Anne Banning has given me the rainfall for June/July. June was 0.66 inches, and July 2.75.inches.[Thank you Anne.]

NATURE CAN BE FASCINATING: The bus stop opposite ‘The Bell’ has become a little ornithological labour ward! It’s amazing how these three nests of birds have set up home in the roof of the 312 bus stop. .People have moved outside, to wait for the bus on the pavement, so as not to disturb feed times, and hey! no one messes with anything remotely post- natal, be it birds or humans if they know what’s good for them!

IT’S GETTING CHILLY!: Autumn is already getting ready to push poor old summer out of the way, but before it goes, I must say it’s done us proud this year, apart from the odd deluge here and there. I usually consider autumn to be here when I’m reaching for a cardigan, but apparently it officially starts on September 21st [I had to look it up.] and it said [‘it’ being my computer], that the Autumn equinox is considered to be on the first day of the Autumnal season, when the length of night and day are approximately equal in length. I had no idea You see I should start being a bit more specific about things before I start buying in cocoa and searching for the bed socks. ‘A Season Of Mists And Mellow Fruitfulness [Lovely words aren’t they?]. So much conjured up in such a short sentence]

CONTACT ME: If anyone has anything they wish to add to the Village Voice, please contact Gill Griffin [telephone 01797 280311] and I’ll be glad to include it.

Gill Griffin

Belfield, Main Street