A NESTING INSTINCT: Once upon a time I waited for romance, and excitement, and now I’m waiting for a new hip! [how life evolves!] Already, beside my armchair, I’ve created a home within a home, with salt and pepper, embroidery, Maltesers, liquorice bootlaces, baby wipes, make-up, bottled water, books, a newspaper, address book, TV guide, and all kinds of necessities. We are all capable of creating a habitat. Ray Mears, only has to come across a few trees, and he’s knocking up a shelter and spit- roasting a squirrel. I’ve never minded a self-catering holiday for that very reason. I quite enjoy frying bacon in a hired pan, and I get just as much joy out of finding a little nook for the mustard and tomato sauce, as I would swinging my legs over a yacht in the Mediterranean. While we had our floorboards laid, we stayed in a caravan in Winchelsea, in order to keep an eye on things. I loved it. Making a toad in the hole in a tiny oven, and listening to the rain on the roof of what is little more than a rectangular tin can is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I was in my element!

OF PARTICULAR INTEREST!: On 1st April, our Natural History Society is holding it’s AGM, at 7.30p,m. in Iden village hall. Refreshments will be served. Now, the guest speaker will be Doctor Barry Yates, who will present an update of work undertaken, and plans for the ‘future of Rye Harbour’. I would imagine that this is of interest to many people in our area , if anyone would like to come along. If anyone wishes to join the society, please ring Colin Page [telephone 01-797 224231], or Melvin Smith [telephone 01-797 270587] The subscription fee is £14, or visitors pay £3.

A 98TH BIRTHDAY PARTY: Iden WI, celebrated it’s 98th birthday, on Tuesday 8th March. One of the nicest things was sharing our birthday with Beckley, Northiam, Langate, and Playden WI’s. Each WI differs slightly in size, and content, but we all share a bond and it was nice to sit next to familiar faces. The food was lovely. The buffet conjured up what WI says on the tin, __good food and recipes. We had a quiz, and, and there was plenty of cheerful banter. Thank you to all members of surrounding WI’s, who turned up to help us celebrate 98 years, and to all Iden members who contributed to the buffet.

THE PANTOMIME: Tonight is the night folks [and of course tomorrow’s matinee, and evening performance] for Iden Player’s performance of ‘Cinderella’. May all performers ‘break a leg’ [not literally], but good luck. I have no idea what to wear, have you?, but not to worry. All we need to do is meet Cinderella’s fairy Godmother round the back of the village hall before the 7.30 performance starts, and apparently she’ll sort us, footman and everything. [it’s about time those two mice lurking under the sink in the village hall started paying for their keep!] She can do any look, country casual, gothic, off the shoulder, bare midriff red carpet, roaring twenties, you name it, and she has a whole range of shoes [anything from Jimmy Choo’s, to biblical sandals.] Nothing to pay, she’s a generous soul [but there’s a small honesty box on the back step.] Be fair! [She’s already shelling out for Cinderella!] Anyway enjoy! It’s going to be great!

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

THE POP-IN: The next Pop-In will be on Monday 21st March, in Iden village hall. Do come along, for a nice cheerful get-together.

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

‘DAVY CROCKETT VILLA’: I have my mum to thank for all this ‘playing house in a caravan’ lark. When I was about ten, she gave me full access to our garden shed. To me it was a revelation. I named it ‘Davy Crockett Villa’. There was a small shop in our home town that sold nothing more than small rolls of new material [off-cuts], for the princely sum of sixpence. [I’ve often wondered since how they managed to pay their overheads] I was always in there, poking around for material to make curtains, bedding, pot holders, and tea towels [for the villa!] Everything was trimmed in ‘Broderie Anglaise! There was always a flower or two in a jam jar, and I would cut up fallen apples and the odd carrot, and call out that lunch was ready. There was something magical and furtive about being holed up in that tiny, tar-paper dwelling and I’ve never forgotten the feeling of cosiness and ownership it gave me. No wonder they have so many ‘home improvement’ programmes on TV. I bet most of those folk, planning an unusual dwelling, once owned the equivalent of a ‘Davy Crockett Villa! [It was certainly very unusual!]

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

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