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Tonight’s the Night! Northiam Showtimers Magical Musical Moments’ opening night is this evening (Friday) so if you haven’t got your ticket yet – move fast! All seats are numbered so it’s first come, first served with the best seats. Showtimers are performing for three nights at 7.45pm on Friday 30th May, Friday 6th June and Saturday 7th June. Doors open at 7pm for pre-show drinks from the licensed bar.

The show is a tribute to the shows of the West End and Broadway, and consists of songs, dances and comedy, loosely based around well known stage musicals, in Showtimers inimitable style, featuring many familiar faces from Northiam and surrounding villages, many of whom have been performing with Showtimers since its inception in 1996. Yes, Steve Blunden will be dancing once again! This alone is worth the ticket price of £8 (plus 10% online booking fee).

Tickets can be ordered either on line at for printing at home, or by phoning 01797 252918 for local collection. So for a night of pure entertainment, book now!

Last Saturday’s Quiz Night in aid of the Bonfire Society was very successful, with the worthy victors Densa, a scratch team put together on the night, and the beer from Hastings Brewery proving very popular.

And grateful thanks to the donors of our fabulous hampers in the raffle, and to Nigel in the Spar, who donated the bread for our ploughmans – without even being asked!

Sally Bickersteth has asked me to say thank you to everyone who donated clothes and items for the latest fund raising collection for Chitiwiri in Malawi. It was another great collection and raised £402.60. This will continue to help the community to run the Days4girls project, helping girls have uninterrupted education and also the irrigation project which will enhance the harvests and help prevent malnutrition in the community. Many thanks again for the amazing support for this project. The next fundraiser will be the bric-a-brac stall at the Village Fair on Saturday 9th August.

Today is the monthly Coffee Morning Market in the Village Hall 9.30-11.30am, and the adult Badminton Club meets in the Pretious Sports Hall at 8pm – new faces always welcome, as they are at the Monday badminton club which meets in the Pretious Sports Hall at 5.45pm.

The Over 60s will be enjoying a talk on Sissinghurst castle at their meeting in the Village Hall on Tuesday at 2pm. John Williams will, no doubt, whet members’ appetites for their visit later in the month.

Coffee Stop will be brewing in the Church Centre from 10am on Wednesday and everyone is very welcome to drop in for a chat.

The WI meets in the Jenkins Room at 2pm, with John Cave who will entertain with comedy songs and poems. The competition is My favourite poem or limerick.

The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre mobile unit will be visiting Northiam on Thursday 5th June 2014, 10.30am – 3.30pm in the Surgery Car Park. This is a no charge mobile information and advice service for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

Thursday Seniors will be having a quiz or a film, and this week the chiropodist will call.

The Parish Council has had to re-schedule its June meeting to Thursday 5th June. Venue and time unchanged at 7pm in the Village Hall (Jenkins Room).

Karate Club has now moved to Pretious Sports Hall on Thursday evening 7.15-8.15 – please contact Marilyn Martin (253288) for details.

Residents are reminded that their MP Greg Barker is holding a surgery in the village hall on Friday 13th June between 10.30 and 11.30 am.

And don’t forget that there are just two more performances of Showtimers’ Magical Musical Moments next Friday and Saturday.

The Trustees of the Iden and Frewen Educational Trust will be considering applications for grants at their next meeting, to be held on 30th June 2014. For further information and application forms please contact the Clerk to the Trustees: email: or by phone: 01797 253254.

The Blood Transfusion Service will be coming to the Village Hall Car Park on Tuesday 17th June.

Plans are all in hand for a fabulous Midsummer Festival on 21st and 22nd June on the Playing Fields. With music, craft, beer, displays and a dog show on the Saturday, and the fabulous Milton Jones on the Sunday, there should be a lot of fun for everyone. Keep the weekend free – or invite your friends and family over.

Services (1st): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Holy Communion with baptism

Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road