Karen Ayling, The White House Dixter Road

The Horticultural Society start their series of lectures today, Friday, with a talk from George Puddefoot on Fuchsias, winter tubs and baskets. As he runs the Riverside Fuchsia Nursery at Sutton-at-Hone, near Dartford, we can be sure he knows his subject.

The talk starts at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, and new members will be very welcome. The Society needs more committee members, so please come forward if you would be able to help. Carole (253292) or Lesley (252096) will be very pleased to chat as to what actually does go on behind the scenes.

Badminton in the Pretious Sports Hall starts with the junior club at 5.30pm (ages 8-11), and 6.30pm (ages 12-18). The adult club starts at 8pm and operates as a drop-in session, just £3 a time with equipment provided. Everyone plays everyone else so you don’t have to find a partner before you come along!

St Michael’s Hospice are holding an Autumn Market on Saturday, with local crafts etc in the Village Hall, and Great Dixter is holding a Plant Fair over the weekend.

Sunday is Northiam’s Harvest festival and everyone is very welcome to St Mary’s at 10.30am.

On Mondays, there is Badminton in the Pretious Sports Hall at 5.45pm for an hour and Zumba at 8.15pm. Short Mat Bowls is in the Village Hall at 2pm.

Northiam Nursery runs a weekly toddler group each Tuesday – 9.15 to 11.15am in the main school building, cost £2 – call in and meet the gang.

Coffee Stop will be brewing between 10am and midday on Wednesday, and the Lace making group now meets at 2pm on Wednesdays in the Jenkins Room.

This week, the Citizens Advice Bureau are available in the Village Hall 10am – noon, alongside the Seniors’ Club. The Parish Council meets at 7pm in the Jenkins Room – all welcome.

On October 12th, the Bonfire Society will be having a Craft Fair – a good opportunity to get ahead with Christmas shopping (sorry!). If you would like to take a stall, please look on the website for an application form Or call Simon on 07976 254247.

In the evening of 12th, loyalties will be split – at 7.30pm our very own Northiam Chamber Orchestra will be performing in St Mary’s Church with choral support. The programme includes Vivaldi’s Gloria – effectively a world premiere, as this piece was written for strings and Peter Fields has arranged it for the orchestra. Other pieces include Zadok the priest (Handel) and Sleepers Awake (Bach). The concert is free, although there will be a retiring collection for St Mary’s Restoration Project, and drinks will be on sale.

Alternatively, The Village Hall and Bowls Club have got together for a Quiz Night, with a ploughmans supper. Teams should be booked with Joan – 01797 252568. Northiam quizzes are always great fun, so see if you can gather 6-8 people to make up a team.

And the popular indoor Boot Fairs restart next Sunday in the Village Hall. Please call Marie Edwards 01797 253264 to book a table (or for general information).

The Parish Council are forming a local group of volunteers to monitor traffic speeds through Northiam. There will be training sessions from the police in the use of speed measuring equipment for signed up speedwatch members. Please email Nick Searle if you are interested in being involved with this new action

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