SO NICE OF ICE: Oh help, the electricity was off, in Iden, on Christmas day. It was almost unbelievable wasn’t it? How did everyone fare, for the couple of tense hours, with perhaps a house full of people, and thoughts of possibly having to open a can of tuna! Was anyone midway between cooking the turkey, with no hope of a roast potato? Anyway, there was a knock on our door, and a lovely lady from I.C.E. [Iden Community Emergency Forum] was on the doorstep, to tell us that we would have power in about two hours. That was thoughtful, on Christmas day, thinking of the needs of others. It felt weird for a power cut to happen on Christmas day [almost a sign from the heavens letting us know that we are not invincible]. It was a power cable I believe, although, what I know of such things [as my mother would say], you could put in your eye and see as well with it. Thank you I.C.E. for putting our minds at rest, because we had surely become a village collectively worried about the fate of our sprouts and bread sauce!

THE SPIRIT OF THE BLITZ: Isn’t it funny, how even a minor disaster like a lack of electricity on Christmas Day brings people together, and whips us all into shape? It usually reminds us that we are not alone. I rang ‘The Bell’ initially, and just hearing our landlord John’s voice gave me hope that our turkey would be fine. I do hope that it didn’t spoil Christmas lunch for anyone in Iden. I had thankfully cooked the turkey and made the gravy on Christmas Eve. Everything went into that Christmas gravy, onions, sage, thyme, rosemary, turkey juices, an orange, bay leaves, ginger wine and a drop of whiskey [good job we don’t have a budgie!]

LOTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO: The new Knitter- Natter group sounds like fun. The first meeting is in Iden village hall, on Tuesday 26th January, from 2pm-4pm. It will be run by the W.I, but anyone from Rye and surrounding villages is welcome [no need to be a W.I member,] and you can knit, sew, do jigsaws, make cards, or just natter over a cup of tea.

BINGO: Besides the bingo on New Year’s Eve afternoon, the next one will be on Thursday 7th January, in Iden village hall, [doors open at 2pm, eyes down at 2.30pm.] Anyone from the Rye area is most welcome. It’s rather nice to have an afternoon Bingo while the dark evenings are upon us. There is a jackpot, a flier, a raffle, and a light tea. Do come along and give it a try.

THE POP-IN: The next Pop-In will be on Monday 11th January at 11am, in Iden village hall. It’s so nice to see Iden villagers, and catch up on everyone’s news. Anyone is welcome .It’s a bit of fun every fortnight, and a nice way to start the week!

AND MAY WE SAY THANK YOU TO THE POP-IN: Thank you all so much for the voucher we received, to have a meal at ‘The Bell’. We are looking forward to it. So very kind of you all.

A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There will be a service of Holy Communion on Sunday [3rd January,] in Iden Parish Church, at 9.30 am. The Carol Service this year was lovely. The Church is an oasis, standing there steadfastly guiding us through the year. Thank you to Teresa, our vicar, and all those who help to keep it’s doors open.

FOR THE NATURE-LOVERS: Iden and District Natural History Society are holding a meeting in Iden village hall, on Friday 8th January at 7.30pm There will be a talk entitled ‘Birds, their nests, Eggs and Young’, by John Buckingham. Everyone is welcome. Visitors pay £3.

THE GARDEN SOCIETY: Iden and Playden Garden Society are eager to welcome new members. Gardening is even more rewarding if shared by like-minded people, The seasonal shows in the village hall are amazing, and new members are needed for 2016. Do come along, feel welcome, and share your expertise..

THE FIRST JUMBLE SALE IN THE NEW YEAR!: Iden bowls club is having a jumble sale in Iden village hall, on Saturday 30th January, at 1pm. Jumble is needed, and if you have any, please ring Vicky Britton [telephone 01797 280568], and she will collect it, or advise where to leave it [no electrical goods]

NEVER A DULL MOMENT: My family all went for a walk on Winchelsea beach after Christmas, so I thought ‘great, I’ll have a nice peaceful shower’. However, back they came in no time “Grandad’s fallen in the water”, they said, and so he had .He was drenched, but okay. Apparently he was teaching the dog that the sea is a safe, fun thing! He changed and went straight back on the beach, but it made me realise that maybe the grandchildren [and the dog] are the sensible ones, and we are becoming a bit of a liability!

HAVE A SAFE, HAPPY AND ENJOYABLE NEW YEAR: I love every aspect of Christmas, but New Year never sat well with me until I came to Iden. As soon as Christmas is over now, I look forward to the changing seasons, and all the pockets of pleasure that Iden has in store. There are all kinds of festivities, and things happening in and around our village all year round Nature too already has plans afoot to transform the countryside every few months. Already there is a tree of pink blossom out in the Church yard, and daffodils in bud all over the place. The fields alone wear a different seasonal outfit for us to admire, in the openness of our surroundings. I’m a little reticent always about starting a new year, when the old one seems perfectly fine. It’s an emotional thing, like waving your Granny off at a train station. However, we need welcome the new year with some kind of aplomb, while raising a glass to 2015! Lets hope 2016 is a good one for us all!

CONTACT ME: Please ring Gill Griffin [telephone 01797 280311] if you would like me to add anything to the Village Voice

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