Karen Ayling, The White House, Dixter Road

Happy Easter!! Even apart from the weather, I hope you have a good break with family and friends. Perhaps no barbeque this year, though!

Today being Good Friday, the village Coffee Morning Market takes on an Easter theme, with an Easter Egg competition for the children, and plenty for everyone else between 10am an 12 noon.

A service of quiet meditation is held in St Mary’s Church at 2pm.

It’s celebration time! So on Saturday, 30th March, Showtimers are running a 50s & 60s Hop at and in aid of Northiam Village Hall. Guests are encouraged to dress up to add to the atmosphere of really good old music plus vintage video from that iconic era. There will be a bar. Tickets can be bought at The Muddy Duck or Northiam Post Office for only £3 each.

Coffee Stop starts our Wednesday, with open house in the Church Centre between 10am and noon. The WI meet in the Jenkins Room of the Village Hall at 2pm, with a talk with a difference: Lasting power of Attorney with advice and information on Wills. The competition will be a decorated egg and there will be the usual raffle and book sale. All ladies from eighteen to infinity are welcome. For information, call Margaret Hinds, President, 01797 253341.

Thursday Seniors will be entertained by Carol George, who will be singing.

Next Saturday (6th) we celebrate with the Horticultural Society Spring Show. We are all struggling with the rather unkind weather this year so everyone will be in with a chance for glory! Daffodils, tulips, camellias, hellebores all feature, and in the other sections, you can enter photographs, baking craft etc.

The easiest way to look at the Show Schedule is to go to the village website and click on Horticultural Society, or you can phone Joan Davis on 01797 253458 for a copy. You don’t have to be an expert gardener or member to enter as there are classes for flower arranging, cooking, handicrafts and photographs.

New exhibitors are always very welcome, and there is always someone available to help – I usually flap about a bit until someone lends a hand! Details are in the schedule, but, essentially, turn up between 9-10.30am, clutching your offerings, fill in a card, pay 20p per item, place on table, await adulation. It’s an excellent way to feel part of traditional village life, and there will be plants on sale to fill those gaps in the borders.

Another friendly activity is the village Bowls Club, and seeing players in their whites is just as much a part of summer as the cricket teams. We have enthusiastic men’s and ladies’ teams who would welcome new players. If you would like to find out more about the game, there is a club night, just for practise, every Monday 5.30-7pm with expert tuition. Please call Ken Bowers (252086) or Anne Pryke (01424 882041) to find out more – you might just find it’s what you’ve been looking for!

There are plenty of interesting events in store for the coming month – if you want to find out anything about the village, come to the annual Village Meeting in the Village Hall on Tuesday 16th April from 7pm. Every Society takes a table and tells you about themselves, and you may well find something which appeals to you that you didn’t know existed! Last year I know we all enjoyed the exhibitions put on by Frewen College and Northiam Primary School, and, of course, our Jubilee Celebrations were still an optimistic plan this time last year – and didn’t we do well?!! Do plan to come along after work, it opens at 7pm, but there’s no ‘start’ time.

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

Also on 20th, we are thrilled to have David Ruddock return with a concert entitled Piano Plus – a history of the keyboard, which will see him change from harpsichord to organ to piano with a variety of musical styles. Tickets are on sale at Will’s Bakery £10 - £8 concessions.

Showtimers are set to thrill us again at the end of the month, having got us dancing to the 50s and 60s, we now have a Show featuring the same era, on April 27th and May 3rd and 4th for a fun evening of family entertainment. Tickets will be on sale at the Hop, or at the Village Meeting.

Services: Good Friday 2pm - An Hour at the Cross. Easter Sunday - 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Holy Communion