Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road

Well, as a start to our holiday this year, we took advantage of our raffle win (from Easter!) and enjoyed a wonderful cooked breakfast at Will’s. I know most of you are already fans, but to those who have yet to try its charms, I can recommend it – the food is lovely and fresh, the service charming and the building has developed into a really interesting space. I know there’s another voucher coming up in the Flower Festival raffle – it’s worth a punt!

The Summer Show was held at Great Dixter this year and what a wonderful day it was, the weather improved just in time to give us all a pleasant weekend. Here’s hoping it hangs around for a while!

The special awards went to:

The Society’s Perpetual Challenge Cup: David Passmore

The Hamilton Rose Bowl: Mr B. Hiller

The Centenary Cup: Richard Tobitt

The Philip Barnes Memorial Salver: Linda Whiting

The Wilkinson Cup: Averil Phillips

The Bartlett Perpetual Challenge Cup: Alan Worley

Doris Rivers Cup: Val Michaux

First prize winners were:

Vegetable Section: Aaron Bertelsen (2), Mr B. Hillier (1), Joy Taylor (1), Carole Rhodes (1), David Passmore (1), Richard Tobitt (1).

Fruit Section: Florence Noble (1), Mr & Mrs M. Belton (1) and Angela Common (1).

Flower Section: Linda Whiting (5), James Horner (2), Jean Merrick (1), Richard Tobitt (1), Mr and Mrs M. Belton (1), Carole Rhodes (1), Mr and Mrs T. Pomfret (1), Mr B Hillier (1), Averil Phillips (1), Joy Taylor (1), Alan Worley (1), Alison Kirk (1), John Noble (1) and Fergus Garrett (1).

Flower Arranging Section: Alan Worley (2) and Alison Kirk (1).

Domestic Section: Lisa Buss (1) and Val Michaux (1).

Photographic Section: John Davis (4) and Len Chapman (1).

On Friday evenings throughout the summer there will be Pay and Play sessions in the Pretious Sports hall 7-9pm. The first session is free, and then just £2 per hour. The hall will be set up for badminton and table-tennis, with all equipment provided. The same options are on offer on Wednesdays from 6.45pm to 7.45pm. These are open sessions where the sports hall is open to the community outside normal club times. There is no coaching provided, although a sports hall officer will be on site to help.

Dance Club meets in the Village Hall at 7.30pm for Sequence Dancing.

This Sunday, is the last Messy Church before the summer break, when we will learn more about Moses, and make some preparations for Messy Church’s arrangement for the Flower Festival next weekend.

On Tuesday, Women’s’ Fellowship hold their 41st Anniversary Celebration, beginning at St Mary’s Church at 2pm for a service of thanksgiving, and then forming an orderly crocodile (one of the sights of the summer, the annual procession of Women’s Fellowship) skipping down to the hall for a celebration tea.

Coffee Stop opens in the Church Centre each Wednesday between 10am and 12 noon,

Thursday Seniors will enjoy hearing a harpist this week, and the Citizens Advice Bureau will be at the Hall between 10am and 12 noon. The Parish Council meets in the Jenkins Room at 7pm.

Next Friday (July 12), South Grange in Quickbourne Lane is open under the National Gardens Scheme, 2-5pm with home made teas. This is a 1½ acre garden with year round interest including annuals, perennials, grasses, shrubs, trees and wildlife pond.

There will be plants for Sale.

And next weekend we have the Flower Festival from Friday through until Sunday, with some wonderful flower arrangements from most local societies and businesses. In the Church Centre, the Art Group will be displaying their work, and there will be stalls selling plants, books, produce and craft. Donations will be very welcome. We also have a fabulous Raffle of Promises, which sounds intriguing!

On Friday, after school, there will be a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, starting about 3.30pm, but please come along and join in with your favourite bear as soon as you can get there.

On Saturday, we look forward to having Mike Hatchard back in Northiam, when he will treat us to Music for a Summer’s Evening, with his special blend of familiar and new, serious and fun music. Tickets are £10, £8 concessions and are on sale in Hairtique (thank you!) and from church members. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

Services (7th ): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Holy Communion