WORDSWORTH WOULD BE DELIGHTED: Thank you to everyone who planted so many extra bulbs in Iden this year. Mary Philo, our parish clerk, and Michael Miller, the chairman of our parish council instigated the planting, but many helped, and Mary was to be seen, trowel in hand, kneeling in the dirt, with willing helpers, in order to make Iden look splendid. Money donated by the Iden Fete, was matched by the parish council, in order to produce this spectacle. Judging by the rate in which daffodils multiply, we should indeed have a host of golden daffodils for many years to come.

TICKETS FOR ‘CINDERELLA’ ARE ON SALE: Tickets for the Pantomime, ‘Cinderella’ are on sale in Iden Stores. Performances are on 18th and 19th March. From snippets heard on the grapevine, I think this pantomime is going to be great. We are all such ‘suckers’ for a rags to riches story! There will be a raffle at half time, and Iden Players would be most grateful for some donated raffle prizes. If you wish to donate, please ring Teresa Parsons [telephone 01-797 280143] Proceeds from the panto will go to St Michael’s Hospice, and to Iden village hall, towards upgrading washroom facilities.

THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The meeting, was chaired by Michael Miller. Councillor Sally Anne Hart spoke about the clean-up campaign for the Queen’s 90th birthday, and said that MP Amber Rudd was willing to visit any village in East Sussex cleaning up for the Queen. Bill Headie has been asked to look at the roof of the Elmsmead bus shelter. Litter-pickers collected 12 bags of rubbish from Coldharbour Lane. More litter-picking to be arranged for April. There was dumping of rubbish in the hedgerows, including a tv set.

Minutes of the meeting can be read in full, on our Website, [] or seen on the village notice board. The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Tuesday 5th April, at 7.30pm, in Iden village hall.

TONIGHT IN IDEN VILLAGE HALL: Iden and District Natural History Society, are having a talk in Iden village hall tonight, entitled, How We Record Our Weather’, which will be given by David Powell. The meeting starts at 7.30pm., and costs £3, for visitors. Everyone is welcome.

THE POP-IN: The next Pop-In, our fortnightly Iden get-together will be on Monday 21ST March, at 11 am, in Iden village hall. Everyone is welcome. It’s a nice, friendly way to start the week.

BINGO: The next Bingo session will be on Thursday 31st March in Iden village hall .Doors open at 2pm, eyes down at 2.30pm. Anyone from the Rye area is welcome. There is a raffle, a flier, a jackpot, and a light tea at half time.

A BIG THANK YOU: The chairman of the village hall, Ray Griffin would like to thank Carol Bourne, and a team of helpers, for making the jumble sale on Saturday 5th March such a success. Carol organised the sale, and it made almost £800, which will go towards new washroom facilities for the village hall. Thank you to everyone who served on stalls, made cakes, and served teas, as well as those who filled stalls and cleared up afterwards!

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

A LOVELY SERVICE FOR MOTHER’S DAY: There was a service for Mothering Sunday, on 6th March in Iden Parish Church. Thank you very much to all those who helped put together bunches of flowers for all mothers in the congregation.

THE SELF-RAISING BABY!: Seeing baby lambs frolicking in Iden fields right now is a delight. Few of us can resist anything in miniature can we, whether it be a puppy, a kitten or a new born baby? but they all, as we know involve a certain amount of work and care. This week, my ten year old granddaughter brought a bag of flour to our house, given to her by the school, which had to be dressed as a baby, and nurtured as such. I’d never heard of this sort of task, but apparently it’s common place, to give children the idea that a baby is not just to look at, but is a continued responsibility. They do have proper dolls for this same purpose, but they are expensive, so a bag of flour is given out, cared for a few days, and then passed to another child. [Google it if you don’t believe me!] We sat reverently in the lounge with a bag of Morrison’s finest being petted and fed [I’m not sure if we were supposed to burp it or make it into a plum duff]! I presume it’s to discourage unwanted pregnancy, because the bag of flour must not be left anywhere, and must be with the school child at all times. I can see the logic, but It seemed a sure fire way of getting three pounds of flour spilt on the carpet! Our school went down the gooseberry bush route until we came up against GCE biology, and even then I wasn’t sure if I’d got the page upside down!

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

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