Karen Ayling, The White House, Dixter Road

This afternoon (1st March) we have the latest lecture of the Horticultural Society at 2.30pm in Northiam Village Hall, when Dr. Simon Charlesworth will speak. He is the owner of Downderry Nursery which is the multi RHS gold medal winning lavender specialist and holder of the NCCPG lavender collection. Lavender based products will be for sale. All are welcome, but there will be a small charge of £2 for non-members.

The Horticultural Society is planning a trip to Hampton Court Flower Show on Friday 12th July. If you are interested please get in touch with Linda Belton 252984 as soon as possible as bookings need to be made fairly soon to get a good price. At least 40 people are needed to make this worthwhile; the cost is £32 a head to include coach and entry ticket, which will need to be paid by the 22nd March.

Dance Club meet at 7.30pm in the Village Hall for sequence dancing. Badminton clubs are in the Pretious Sports Hall at 5.30pm (Primary) 6.30pm (Secondary), and 8pm (Adults).

The latest Quiz Night in the calendar is the eagerly anticipated Bowls Club competition in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday. Teams need to pre-book as the fish and chip supper is part of the entrance fee. Any doubts, please call John Taylor 253549.

Sunday brings us this month’s Messy Church at 4pm, with craft and teaching centred on Mary, Jesus’ mother. Just a little clue that next Sunday will be Mothering Sunday!

On Monday, Bridge Club meets at 2pm in the Jenkins Room alongside Short Mat Bowls in the main Village Hall. Badminton and Zumba are held in the Pretious Sports Hall at 5.45pm and 8.15pm respectively, and Classical Pilates in the Village Hall at 6.30pm.

The Over 60s will be in the Village Hall at 2pm on Tuesday, but I’m afraid that I don’t know what the meeting will include. It’s usually good fun, so drop in and see what they’re up to.

The Footpath Group swap their outdoor togs for a more leuisurely evening on Tuesday, when their AGM will be complemented by a short talk from Alexandra Park Ranger Nick Hennessy, refreshment and a Grand Raffle.

Pilates classes in the Village Hall start at 9am and 10am on Wednesday, with Coffee Stop open for business at 10am in the Church Centre.

Shortmat Bowls is in the Village Hall at 2pm, the same time as WI in the Jenkins Room. This month they welcome Sue Hollings, who will be demonstrating some Indian Cookery. The competition will be “a favourite recipe” and members can either make a sample or simple bring a copy of the recipe. There is a new selection of books to buy, and there will be the usual raffle and flower of the month competition. New members are always warmly welcomed.

Karate Club, which must be one of more longstanding societies now, meets in the Village Hall at 7pm.

Thursday Seniors Club will be entertained by Ken and Mark with their keyboard, and the Lace Making Group meet in the Jenkins Room 6.45pm, whilst serenaded by Northiam Chamber Orchestra in the main hall from 7pm .

Next Sunday (10th) there will be a Boot Sale in the Village Hall – if anyone would like a stall, please contact Marie Edwards on 01797 253264.

Northiam Bonfire Society will be holding a Craft Fair in the Village Hall on Saturday 20th April. If anyone would like a stall, please contact

Services (3rd): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise