Karen Ayling, The White House, Dixter Road

I’ve just been chatting to my sister in Bristol who tells me that celebrating Bonfire Night has all but ceased, having been replaced by Halloween. People of Northiam, we must rally round to fight for our heritage - and the right to blow things up! I don’t imagine that dressing up as a ghost has ever sparked a conversation about parliamentary democracy.

And by some strange coincidence, we shall be having a Bonfire Celebration here in the village! You may have heard from the Bonfire Society on Guy Fawkes’ Night, when we put on a display at Frewen College, by way of a thank you for the use of their field for our main Procession and Display on Saturday November 23rd.

Make a note in your diary, and invite your friends over – it should be good! There will be visiting Societies, including two wonderful drumming bands, and you can watch the torchlit parade from Main Street then follow the procession onto the field where there will be a large bonfire and a firework display. Collectors along the route will be rattling buckets in aid of our three charities this year – Northiam Pre-school, Northiam Scouts and Frewen College.

The parade starts at 7.30pm, and we would be grateful if people could park cars off the route if at all possible. The parades tend to be quite noisy, so please take precautions with animals and young children.

More immediately, Sunday’s church service of Remembrance will start at 10.15am and will end with a short Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 11am. We do ask drivers to respect these few moments of communal silence. There will also be a short time of Remembrance on Monday 11th, at 11am.

Messy Church meets at 4pm on Sunday, and this month’s theme is Loving our World – God’s Creation.

Women’s Fellowship hold their AGM on Tuesday, and members are asked to bring suitable gifts for the stall at the Village Hall Christmas Fair on November 16th.

There will be a drop-in session for Dr James’ patients for flu vaccination on Tuesday afternoon 2-3.30pm.

Paul Donovan will be speaking on The Cranbrook Colony of Artists at the Historical and Literary Society on Tuesday. Meetings start at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Boar Beware! The Footpath Group leaves the surgery car park at 9.10am to start a 6 mile walk at the Cock Inn Peasmarsh, followed by a pub lunch.

Coffee Stop brews in the Church Centre each Wednesday 10am until midday. Everyone is welcome to drop in for a leisurely chat.

Each Wednesday, there is a Pay and Play open session in Pretious Sports Hall 6.45- 7.45pm. The hall is set up for badminton and table tennis, and shuttle, racquets and bats are provided. Open to anyone over 12 years.

Paul Stern talks about horses at Thursday Seniors’ club this week. The Citizens Advice Bureau will be available between 10am and midday.

There will be a cookery demonstration in the Church Hall on Tuesday 19th November, when Shirley Saeed will teach us how to make authentic curry. Tickets are just £5 and will include tasters of curry and Hastings Brewery’s Blonde beer. Phone 253375 to book your place, as numbers are limited.

The Village Hall Trust are holding another Book Sale on Saturday 30th November, with a range of books and jigsaws, many suitable for presents or to keep for your own Christmas pleasure.

In the evening the Bonfire Society are holding a Quiz Night with Damien and Gina Sanderson back in the village to test our grey matter! Tickets are £8 per person to include food in the interval. Please call 253375 to book a table of eight.

There will be some extra flu vaccination clinics at Northiam surgery, on Wednesday 20th, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th November, and a final one on Monday 9th December. They will run from 5pm and will need an appointment.

Services (10th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Service of Remembrance, 11am Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial