Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road

If you enjoyed last weekend’s sunshine with a spot of horticulture, you may well have decided that there are some little gaps in the borders which could do with a treat. If so, look no further! This Saturday is the day to solve your problems – at The Byre House and in the Village Hall there will be plants on sale from our expert plants(wo)men in the village.

The annual Christian Aid Coffee Morning will be held in the Church Centre between 10am and 12 noon with stalls selling cakes, bring and buy etc, supplemented by the extensive plant sale at The Byre House all day.

The Horticultural Society missed out on their Spring Show, thanks to Spring holding fire, so they are holding a coffee morning and plant sale in the Village Hall between 10am and 12.30pm, also on Saturday. There will be a range of plants on offer, including perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables and some garden sundries.

You should be able to fill most of the gaps in your garden by visiting both sales, who will be pleased to have your support.

Christian Aid week runs from May 12 to 18, so please be generous when you get the red envelope through the door, as money goes to fight poverty and injustice worldwide.

If you have any items to donate to the latest fundraising pickup for Chitiwiri, they need to be taken to the Post Office before Tuesday May 14. Clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, towels or soft toys are all very welcome, and should be put in a black bin liner and handed in at the Post Office. The Happy Bag Company will exchange these items for a cheque for Starfish Malawi, and the money will be used exclusively to benefit the children of Chitiwiri.

Women’s Fellowship meets in the Church Centre on Tuesday at 2pm, when Derek Legg will be speaking about the RNLI and the Rye area. All welcome.

The Footpath Group meet in the surgery car park at 9.20am on Wednesday for 10am start from the first layby east of The Smuggler, Pett Level. The 8 mile walk, From One Pett to Another will include a pub lunch.

Coffee Stop meets in the Church Centre between 10am and 12 noon on Wednesdays, with all-comers invited to pause for a cuppa and a chat.

The Conservation Society will be holding their AGM next Friday (May 17) 7 for 7.30pm in the Village hall. Membership fees (£2) are due.

Next Sunday, Northiam Bonfire Society are holding a Treasure Hunt, leaving the surgery car park at 11am. Entry is £10 per car - £7.50 if booked in advance, so call Geoff on 01797 252152 to book your place, as numbers are limited. There will be a mixture of driving and walking.

Beckley Players are performing Calendar Girls from Tuesday May 21 to Saturday May 25 at Beckley Village Centre, 7.30pm, tickets £7 from the box office, tel.01797 260232. Sales of tickets for the Friday and Saturday are already quite high, so book soon if you want those nights – probably best not to leave it too late whichever night you prefer!

Services (May 12): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise