A very happy Easter to one and all! Good Friday will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church with An Hour at the Cross, at 2pm. The badminton clubs are having a break this week.

I am pleased to pass on a message from Richard as he steps down from running the institution which has been our Post Office and heart of village life: Richard and Sally Bickersteth would like to thank all the people of Northiam for their support over the past fifteen years, not only in the Post Office, but the tremendous response to our Malawi projects.

The difference in their lives has been incredible, and would not have been possible without you all. Days for Girls, building projects and our latest venture with irrigation schemes are just a few of the achievements in place or pending. We will still carry on with our fundraising and will let you know details by use of the Parish magazine, Village Voice and notices on our fence.

We were most touched by all the cards and presents received when I retired, and look forward to staying in the village and seeing you outside the confines of my glass cage!

Over the weekend, a great chance to meet and greet your neighbours is Great Dixter’s Spring Parishioners’ Day when we are welcome to take a look at our famous neighbour (as seen on TV). We are invited to tour the gardens between 2-5pm on Sunday April 20th, and it would be prudent to take some form of identity with your address on.

Northiam Village Hall Trust hold their AGM on Tuesday, at 7.30pm – volunteers are always welcome!

Coffee Stop will be brewing in the Church Centre from 10am on Wednesday.

When shopping, don’t forget that the Primary School is collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers. There is a collection box in the school foyer.

The next clothing collection for Chitiwiri will be on May 16th, and Sally will start taking donations from Monday 28th April. If you fancy a clear out – clothes, bedding, curtains, belts, shoes, soft toys – your unwanted items can be turned into money to make huge differences in Malawi. If the weather is fine, please leave donations in black bin bags in the parking area of their cottage, or call 252108 to make arrangements.

Rye and Winchelsea Rotary Club will be holding their annual walk on 18th May, in aid of Rye Hospital and St Michael’s Hospice and walker scan retain 50% of their sponsorship money for their own chosen charity. Details and application forms are available on

Looking forward, the next Bonfire Society Quiz Night will be on Saturday 24th May in the Village Hall. Teams of 8. Please contact Karen Ayling – 253375 - to book a table.

Services (18th): Good Friday 2pm An Hour at the Cross. (20th) Easter Day 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Holy Communion

Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road