JOIN ME IN THE LOUNGE: This week, we took our Grand-dog [whom we were baby-sitting], for a walk in Iden’s playing fields. It was late afternoon, and we were the only ones there for some time. There is something ‘entrancing’ about having a whole park to yourself, in fact it’s an almost sacred experience. I sat on a bench by myself, while my husband skirted the rest of the field with the dog, and my imagination flowed, until in my mind’s eye, the park became my lounge, the park benches scattered around, my minimalist furniture, and the sky above, a huge blue-painted ceiling. I looked up at the sky for a long time, disappointed in a way to think that clouds are only water vapour [actually, I don’t allow myself to believe that, because they have such mystery about them and such character. They are far too important to be just something akin to the steam rising from the tea urn at the village hall.. Clouds are never the same twice are they? Sometimes they resemble pillowy- floor-cushions, boldly traversing the sky, and another time I can make out in them any number of recognisable formations. [anything from snakes, a four –poster bed, or old father time], but that day was their ‘fun at pre-school-look’, because the sky resembled a collage of cotton wool balls, spray-painting, and blobs of ‘play-dough’ scattered at random . Reflective moments like that are so special that you wish you could just save them in a shoe box, but we trudged home, the dog panting like a steam engine, and the moment was gone. Anyway, I opened the door to my real lounge , where the dog had chewed up half a gardening boot, the flowers need doing, and my husband said he could murder a cup of tea. Do you ever wish you could crawl back inside your dream and join it where you left off!

COME AND MEET YOUR NEW DISTRICT COUNCILLOR: Sally-Ann Hart, who was elected last May, is anxious to meet as many as possible of you, in order to hear your concerns, and any ideas you may have about Iden’s future and wellbeing .She would like to meet residents, and find out what they like, what they do not like and would wish to change about Iden. Also to be available to anyone who has a problem that needs sorting, or wishes to discuss .Sally-Ann, will be available at 7pm, on Tuesday 1st September in Iden village hall, to meet as many of you as possible before the start of the Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm. Your views will greatly help Sally-Ann, as she starts her career as your district councillor, so please do come along and meet her.

A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There will be a service of Holy Communion in Iden Parish Church, on Sunday 30th August at 9.30am.

THE POP-IN: The next Pop-In will be on Monday 31st August, at 11am in Iden village hall Everyone is welcome for coffee/tea, biscuits bric-a-brac and a chat!

BINGO: The next Bingo session will be on Thursday 3rd September, in Iden village hall.Doors open at 2pm, eyes down at 2.30pm. It’s a fun afternoon, open to Iden residents and everyone from the surrounding area. There is a jackpot, a flier, a raffle, afternoon tea and as many bingo books as you can manage .Everyone is welcome!

UNDERSTANDING ALZHEIMERS: Ferry Road Health Centre Patient Participation Group, together with Rye Medical Centre Patient Participation Group, are holding an event on Wednesday 2nd September[6pm for 6.30pm] at Rye Primary School. The speaker will be Dr. Lindsay Hadley FRC-GP, and the subject, ‘Alzheimers’ All you wanted to know about Dementia and were afraid to ask. Refreshments will be available. Parking in Love Lane.

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: Ferry Road Patient Participation Group are holding a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday25th September [10am-12.00] in the surgery

A QUIZ TO LOOK FORWARD TO!: There will be a quiz night in Iden village hall on September 18th at 7pm for 7.30. The village hall quiz nights are always great fun, and half way through there will be a fish and chip supper. So---- why not get a team of six together, decide on some wierd and wonderful name for your team, and just turn up. Tickets are available from Pat Buckland [telephone 01797-280-589] Proceeds from the quiz go to local charities.

RAISING BRASS: On Saturday 5th September, there will be a concert given by Cranbrook Town Brass Band. to be held at Rye College, Love Lane, at 7.30pm. Tickets [including a light supper], are obtainable by contacting Dave [telephone 01-797 223467], or email Proceeds go to Rye And District Day Centre. We went last year, and had a great evening, with much jollity and foot-tapping music.

HAVE YOU BY ANY CHANCE SEEN MY OTHER HALF?: “Oh, I see I’ve had a visit from the sock fairy”, my husband will say, and sure enough, on occasions his sock drawer will be full of pairs of socks lined up like soldiers , and we both stare at this hallowed drawer in wonder, knowing that any such military precision is not like us, and that he will soon be wearing socks whose patterns don’t match, or whose lengths are totally different [I put my hands together about the fact that he rarely wears shorts]. We seem to have odd socks all over the place [where their other halves go is anyone’s guess, and when you think about it, how does a sock get lost between a washing machine and a person’s foot?.] Some of these odd socks have been with us for years .They lurk in drawers, and cupboards, or hang around the washing- airer like groupies at a rock concert, and yet, I haven’t the heart to throw them away. [Some of them have become personal friends] I never let on that it will probably never see it’s partner again either [there’s such a thing as being too harsh]. We live, [both me and the socks] in a bubble of hope.The question is, why do two socks part company in the first place? A lover’s tiff perhaps [close proximity can be wearing], a falling out over drawer space, or always landing up on the wrong foot [that could do it you know, right or left foot preferences may well come into play!] There is no such thing as ‘Relate’, or group therapy, [not for socks] Yet on rare occasions , there is reason to rejoice. Occasionally, I do find their other half behind a radiator, or in a box of Christmas decorations, but no, my husband doesn’t get to wear them immediately. Why? [well, lets just say a little tact is needed here] Being rolled up together once more as part of a pair requires a period of re -adjustment.[A little honeymoon period!]. I just find them an empty drawer, switch out the lights, and tiptoe out!

CONTACT ME: If anyone has anything to add to the Village Voice, do please ring Gill Griffin [telephone 01-797 280311], and I will gladly include it.

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