RING IN THE NEW: I always feel that the New Year disturbs the continuity of our lives, by merely upping it by one digit. Somehow it seems to rustle our feathers, and makes us take stock of our lives, more than at any other time. Of course we need a New year, otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to document history. It is such an important measurement of time, that we celebrate it with great aplomb. We cross hands in a circle and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’, and we make resolutions and vow to give up sugar and beer and be kinder to folk, but there is a certain wrench, when giving up a precious year, even though it is only numerically defined. We seem to slide happily into the next year [apart from remembering to write 2015 on the cheque book], and after a few days we easily claim ownership of it. It never seems to me to be entirely seamless though, and the peals of midnight on New Years Eve practically have me heading for the hills. It is an emotive time, evoking a whole myriad of thought and emotion. Next Year I won’t stop up. I shall put the cat out, have some brandy and hot milk, go to bed early, and leave it all to Big Ben and Jools Holland!

REHEARSALS UNDERWAY FOR ‘ALI BABA’: Oh my goodness parts have been allocated for the Iden Pantomime. There usually follows a bit of a slow burn, until the Iden thespians really get into character. By the end of this month, we should see a few of them nipping out for a loaf wearing more fake tan than they do on ‘Strictly’! The pantomime is on 20th and 21st March in Iden village hall. It promises to be great fun!

SHORT MAT BOWLS: Wednesday afternoons, from 2pm- 4pm in the village hall is short mat bowls. It is great fun, and refreshments are provided. It costs £3.50, which includes hire of the hall. Please contact Teresa Parsons [telephone 01797-280-143] if you wish to join.

THE IDEN NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Tonight, [9th January] in the village hall at 7.30pm, the talk will be”The Spanish Pyrenees’ by Colin Page. Visitors are welcome, and the charge is £3.

A WELL-NEEDED JUMBLE SALE: There is a jumble sale on Saturday 17th January at 1pm in the village hall, a good place to rid ourselves of unwanted items, to make room for our Christmas presents. The jumble sale is on behalf of Iden Bowls Club .Jumble can be brought to the hall from 10am [no electrical goods], or may, if necessary be collected [ring Vicky Britton [01797-280-568]

THE NEXT POP-IN: This will be on Monday 19th January at 11am in the village hall. It’s a great way to unburden ourselves of little worries, or to share go Books and bric-a brac for sale

BINGO: Bingo is in the village hall on 22nd January. Doors open 2pm, eyes down at 2.30pm. Great fun to be had. A light tea costs only £1, and there is a jackpot, a flier and the usual one lines or full house on normal cards .Everyone is welcome from Iden and surrounding villages.

MURDER MYSTERY IN THE VILLAGE HALL: There will be a’ Murder Mystery’ in Iden village hall on Friday 30th January. Doors open 6.30pm, and it starts at 7pm .Tickets, available in Iden Stores cost £10, which includes a fish and chip supper [Bring your own sauces, condiments, and cutlery] Drinks may be purchased in the hall [via donation]. Sounds like fun doesn’t it?

THE SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There will be a service of Holy Communion on Sunday 11th January at 9.30 am in Iden Parish Church.

I RESOLVE [IN 2015] TO DEAL WITH CAST-OFF SLIPPERS: Every year, a family member buys my husband a new pair of brown moccasins [always the same kind], and while this is lovely, he never wears the old ones out., so we keep them all [years worth], and neither of us has the heart to throw out perfectly good moccasins. I open his wardrobe, and they all fall out, as though they have been reproducing inside his closet! Neither of us has any idea which are new, and which old, and he has been known to come down wearing two left feet. In all probability we both need treatment [maybe we could get a joint appointment] because there can’t be too many couples who are emotionally attached to brown moccasins! I know that you can’t put a price on the comfort afforded by a pair of slippers, but this year I vow to be ruthless. It’s either that or move house to accommodate slippers, and I can’t do that, because I love living here in Iden!

CONTACT ME: If anyone wishes to add anything to the village voice I will gladly include it. Please ring Gill Griffin [telephone 01797-280-311]

Gill Griffin

Belfield, Main Street