A BIT OF PEACE AND QUIET: Sometimes Iden seems deserted. There is a stillness about it that we can hear as plainly as if the streets were alive with revellers. This morning I watched a line of birds bobbing about on a telephone wire. Even they look poised for a little activity, like a row of people in theatre seats, waiting for the show to start. There is a lot that goes on in the theatre of silence. Living in such a tranquil village fires our imagination. Right at this moment, a flower- lady might well be dismantling an arrangement in Iden Parish church, while another, who is next on the list, bustles in with a bunch of chrysanthemums and some new foliage. Sally and Chris, in Iden stores might be serving customers already, while John and Lindsay in ‘The Bell,’ are perusing table plans. Susannah will no doubt be going over Sunday’s hymns, and Bob Hammond is perhaps mulling over whether ‘Buttons’, from his pantomime ‘Cinderella’ should enter stage left or stage right. Iden is not deserted at all, it just seems that way, because the countryside is restful and quiet. Behind each quirky wooden door, work is very much in progress. Iden is a veritable hive of activity!

TONIGHT IN IDEN VILLAGE HALL: Melvin Smith, chairman of the Iden And District Natural History Society will give a talk tonight at 7.30pm, entitled ‘ Tresco And The Abbey Gardens.’ Tresco, one of the five inhabited islands that make up the Isles of Scilly, and has particularly interesting. flora and fauna. The Abbey gardens are renowned for sub-tropical plants. Visitors are most welcome, and pay £3.

THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: On Tuesday 2nd February, Iden Parish Council met in Iden village hall. Michael Miller chaired the meeting, and as usual began with emotive notices affecting Iden. Ray Murray, a long standing Iden resident has sadly died. His funeral took place yesterday, in Iden Parish Church.

Michael welcomed Anne Banning back to the village after her trip to Australia. He expressed his sadness at the closure of ‘The Iden and Playden Garden Society,’ and thanked Morris and Yvonne Metcalf for the hard work put in by themselves, and their committee.

Councillor Paul Osbourne from Rother District Council said that Motor Cross will resume in March. There have been arson attacks in toilets in the Rother area, resulting in considerable cost. St Michael’s Hospice are looking for neighbourhood helpers. Anyone willing to give up their time can contact St Michael’s, and will be very much welcomed. . Jempsons in Rye is now pay and display, and re-cycle bins are no longer in Jempson’s car park. Potholes in the Rye area still need reporting, and continue to be of prime concern. Repairs are needed on Elsmead bus shelter, and this is under review. Kathy Wootten was thanked for her work in tidying up Iden’s cemetery.

One particularly nice request was for Iden dwellers to put forward suggestions for the Queen’s 90th birthday. Please telephone Mary Philo [Parish clerk]-01-797 270790 with suggestions. To peruse the minutes in full, please consult the Iden notice board, or the village website [] The next council meeting will be on 1st march, at 7.30pm, in Iden village hall.

THE POP-IN: The next pop-in will be on Monday 22nd February, at 11am in Iden village hall.

BINGO: Iden’s next bingo session will be on Thursday18th February, in Iden village hall .Doors open at 2pm. Eyes down at 2.30pm.

A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There will be a service of Holy Communion at Iden Parish church, this Sunday, at 9.30am.

JUMBLE IS NEEDED: There will be a jumble sale on Saturday 5th March, at 1pm Iden village hall, in aid of upgrading the village hall wash rooms. If anyone has jumble, please telephone Carol Bourne [telephone 01797 280464].

THE BIBLE AND SHAKESPEARE: What would you take on a desert island beside the Bible and Shakespeare? It wants some thinking about doesn’t it? There are so many things that are so much part of our existence I think I’ll ring up Kirsty Young and say I’d rather not go at all, because I don’t think I could cope without salt and vinegar crisps. Then of course, you’d have to take a book on ‘Common Poisons Found On Desert Islands’, because let’s face it, your first fry up could be your last, and ‘Man Friday’ could be someone you wouldn’t choose to sit next to on a bus. There would be no Pop-In, or ‘Knitter Natter’ [Fancy ending up on a desert island without a ball of wool], and maybe I’m being a trifle literal, but what’s the good of the Bible and Shakespeare if you haven’t got your reading glasses [sorry Kirsty]

CONTACT ME: If anyone has anything to add to the Village Voice, please ring Gill Griffin [telephone 01-797 280311]

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