Karen Ayling, The White House, Dixter Road

Another fantastic weekend in the village! I was speaking to a visitor at the craft fair and she couldn’t believe that we were having a craft fair, quiz and concert - all well attended on the same day!

Visitors to the craft fair left with some very interesting items, and I think quite a few Christmas presents were bought. The Village Hall was full for the quiz, and I don’t know who won, because I was at the wonderful concert in the church.

Peter Fields brought together a dazzling combination of our own Chamber orchestra, the Occasional Consort and some impressive soloists. It was an absolute joy to hear the church resounding to such beautiful music, and some generous donations to the church Restoration Project were the result. Thank you to Peter and everyone who contributed to such a treat of an evening.

This week’s activities starts today (Friday) with Badminton in the Pretious Sports Hall. The junior club begins 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!

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

On Saturday and Sunday, the Conservation Society, with the Parish Council, are displaying their Old Northiam Exhibition in the Village Hall 10am until 4pm. Photographs and memorabilia are being added to the collection all the time – you might have some information which will complete a puzzle, or you might like to find out more about where you live. There’s always a new snippet of information to be enjoyed!

Each Monday, 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.

The Historical & Literary Society meets in the Village Hall at 7.30pm, with a talk from Roisin Murray on When Coal Miners came to Kent. Visitors are always welcome, at a cost of £2, although the annual fee is so reasonable, I am sure you will want to join and be able to enjoy the whole season of lectures. Michael Clark will be pleased to speak to anyone who has any queries (01797 253428).

Thursday Seniors’ Club will be entertained by Marco the magician this week.

The Village Hall Trust, in association with Showtimers, offer a Halloween special – Nightmare in Northiam – on Saturday 26th October. Tickets are on sale in the Post Office £10, £5 for children.

On the same evening, the Rye and District Association of the National Trust are holding a Quiz Night at Beckley Village Hall - 7.00 pm. Cost is £8 to include supper. Teams should be 8 players, either come as a team or you can join a team that is short on players. Please contact Danny Rushbrooke on 01797 253521.

And, of course, make a date in your diary for Saturday 23rd November, when we will be holding Northiam’s Bonfire Procession and Firework Display.

Services (20th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Come Praise