A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING: This week, my husband made me a thin shelving-structure, somewhere to slot in trays, cooling racks, pizza pans and dinner mats, and I’m quite made up with it. I keep having to peer into the larder and admire it. He just appeared with this thing he’d knocked up in the garage, and it’s put an end to the frustration of having baking dishes falling on my foot for years on end. I had to buy him steak for tea, because it’s not every day that I’m presented with anything so innovative, and life changing. It brings me to the point that we women are not just hankering after jewels and theatre tickets. We are just as enamoured with the little things in life, like having a designated slot for a turkey pan. We are in fact an easily placated gender. Just give us exactly what we want when we want it, and there is no problem whatsoever! Isn’t that so ladies?

ANNE’S RAINFALL: Anne Banning has given me the rainfall for September, which was 0.08 inches. It was rather nice to see a bit of rain on Saturday, and the gardens looked grateful. .Thank you Anne

COFFEE AND BRIC A BRAC: There will be a special coffee morning in Iden village hall, on Saturday 8th November [10.30a.m.-12.30p.m. [Proceeds go to the village hall]. Cakes and bric a brac will be sold, so a donation of cakes would be much appreciated. Cakes can be brought to the hall from 9am. Any plants, or bric a brac would also greatly help. [I love bric a brac, and as I’ve said before, nothing really ever leaves Iden. We find a use for each other’s bits and bobs, which is somehow so friendly!

QUIZ NIGHT: There is a quiz in Iden village hall, at 7.30 pm., next Friday [17th October.], in aid of the Village Hall and the Goat Sanctuary. There will be fish and chips/ sausage and chips in with the price [£7.50 ] Bring your own drinks, sauces, nibbles, glasses and cutlery.[people bring all sorts, it’s getting very competitive. It’s the village hall for heavens sake, not the Ritz!] Honestly, the things that come out of those Waitrose carriers. [They don’t live like that at home you know!] Anyway, please ring Pat Buckland [telephone 01797-280589] for numbers and food choice. It is always fun, even if you can’t answer a thing.

THE SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: This will be held on Sunday 12th September, in Iden Parish Church, at 9.30am

SHORT MAT BOWLS: This is held every Wednesday afternoon [2pm-4pm] in the village hall. It costs £3.50 for the hire of hall and refreshments. It’s very good exercise, and it doesn’t matter if you have never bowled before .Everyone from Iden and surrounding villages is welcome. For information please ring Teresa Parsons [telephone-01797-280143]

POP-IN/MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: On Monday13th October, the proceeds of the Pop-In go to Macmillan Cancer Support, so all cakes donated will be much appreciated, and will be for a good cause. Bric a Brac and cakes will be on sale. , and all donations can be brought to Iden village hall from 9am onwards. The coffee morning starts at 11am, and it will be lovely to see everyone.

BINGO: This will be on Thursday 16th October in the village hall. Doors open at 2pm, eyes down at 2.30pm. A light tea will be half time. Bingo is really gaining momentum, and everyone from Iden and surrounding villages is welcome.

CALENDARS ON SALE: Rod Stuart’s lovely calendars are now on sale in Iden Village Stores----Beautiful shots of our village, to own or give as gifts!

JUMBLE SALE: There will be a jumble sale in Iden village hall, on Saturday, 25th October, in aid of Iden Cricket club. No electrical goods, but all else welcome----. Will collect if necessary Please ring Sue White [telephone-01797-280453]

DIDN’T WE HAVE A LOVELY TIME?: The Harvest Supper last Saturday was great wasn’t it? Thank you to everyone that helped. The food, and the ambiance was spot on. There was an excellent magician, who had us all baffled.[wasn’t he good] His name was Dan Tyrrell. [I had absolutely no idea how he did any of it, because he was so professional]. The proceeds will go to Iden Parish Church..

THE IDEN AND PLAYDEN GARDEN SOCIETY DID IT AGAIN: The Autumn show was by all accounts beautiful as usual [very difficult to choose between seasons when the society always comes up trumps.] So much hard work is put in by the committee, and all entrants for every show. Not only do you create a wonderful show, but you all contribute so much to making Iden and Playden look special. Anne Banning got a first prize for dahlias, and a first for floral arts, a third for most points Autumn show, and a third shared with Carol Worwood for miniature floral art, and she also received an award for best vase- dahlias. Jill Johnson got second prize for most points dahlias. Trish Evans got a shared second for floral arts [with Janet Johnson], a second for miniature floral arts, and a special prize, both for the novelty class and pot plant art .Rev. G Scott, got a third for most point dahlias. Miss .N Winter got. First prize [domestic] [second went to Carol Worwood ], and third was shared between Mr .M Johnson, and Mrs. Y Metcalf. Mrs. Janet Johnson got a first for miniature floral art. And Mrs Yvonne Metcalf, got the photographic prize. Well done everyone!

W.E.A. [WORKER’S EDUCATION CLASSES]: There are classes available in various subjects for adults wishing to learn, stretch their knowledge and confound us all .It’s never too late to learn, and to acquire another string to your bow, classes cost £84 [ 10 week course] and there are special concessions for those on statutory benefits .For details, of subject matter and classes, please ring Andrew Stuart, [telephone-01797-223831], or Jackie White[telephone01-424 815292] The website is are in Rye and Udimore, but classes are open to surrounding villages.

‘LINK TO HOPE SHOE BOX APPEAL’: Thankfully, most of us are able to buy the basic necessities, but Sue Cavilla gave a talk in Iden Parish Church recently, describing the poverty, affecting families and the elderly living alone in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Albania and the Ukraine. These people live in terrible conditions, off times without electricity and running water. At Christmas, the charity, ‘Link To Hope’, organise the collection of shoeboxes filled with gifts, such as soap toothpaste, shampoo, combs, socks, crayons, colouring books etc. We who have so much, can’t imagine being without these simple requirements, and it would be a nice gesture to bring desperately poor people happiness at Christmas time. This year, the charity are also supporting Syrian refugees living in Bulgaria .Sue thanks particularly Playden School, and Playden Church, and Iden Parish Church, who are already supporting this charity. The shoe boxes need to be ready by Sunday 26th October. To support the ‘Link To Hope Shoe Box Appeal’, please ring Sue Cavilla [telephone 230431] Sue can arrange collection of shoe boxes if required.

RULE BRITANNIA: Recently, I watched the ‘Last Night Of The Proms’ which always seems to me to signal Autumn. My mother always watched it, and it’s nice isn’t it, to think that parents have the ability to inadvertently planted in us some of their own taste [some bits are debatable, but there you go!] including a seed of appreciation for time-honoured traditions. Does anyone remember Sir Malcolm Sergent and his speeches [it was always him at one time, they didn’t chop and change as they do now], and a big lady called Constance Shatlock, who would come on stage draped in a union jack, and sing ‘Rule Britannia. ‘The Last Night’, does celebrate all that is good about this country. We do ‘tradition’ so well don’t we? All those sporadic ‘purps’ from bicycle horns during the ceremony, and promenaders dressed as chickens etc. The bust of Sir Henry Wood, seems almost to smile more broadly as it receives it’s annual laurel wreath. It’s heart warming to see youth amongst the orchestra, and spectators, and music lovers spilling over into parks to listen. It’s good to know that classical music is still enjoyed by all age groups. Our taste in music, like our taste in books varies so, understandably too, because our moods are ‘fluid’ and changeable according to what has been ‘occurring’ in our lives [Nothing wrong with being a bit of a ‘Will- O-The –Wisp.] Oh, I love rock and roll [the louder the better], and ‘country’, and jazz, but I also need classical music to replenish my soul. What say you?

CONTACT ME: If anyone has anything 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