With the disruption unavoidable in the summer months, the badminton clubs on Fridays will be closed until September. However, in their place, we have some Badminton Coaching Sessions open to all at just £2.50 a session. This is a great opportunity to improve your game, so don’t miss the chance! There will be two sessions with Sheldon Chambers, a level 2 Badminton England Coach, for the next two Fridays with Under 12s at 6.30pm and Over 12s at 7.30pm.

Dance Club meets in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

It’s time for Messy Church again on Sunday and this month the theme is Running the Race – a hectic afternoon based around athletics which is always great fun. Everyone is very welcome at St Mary’s at 4pm, and you even get tea!

The Over 60s meet on Tuesday at 2pm in the Village Hall to enjoy members’ selections of poetry and prose.

Coffee Stop opens each Wednesday between 10am and 12 noon in the Church Centre, and this week Becky Unicombe, our PCSO, will be there from 11am. There have been a few unpleasant incidents of vandalism recently, and I know that Becky and her colleagues are working hard to identify the culprits and encourage them to be more public spirited. Please do report any incidents so that they can have a complete picture of what is happening.

On Wednesday afternoon, Linda and Mike Belton invite you to their Open Garden at South Grange, Quickbourne Lane as part of the NGS charity scheme. The garden is accessible for wheelchairs, and there will be plants and refreshments on sale.

Northiam Seniors’ Club meets in the Village Hall on Thursday, and this week’s entertainment will be provided by Midnight Sunset.

I’m very impressed to see that Northiam Primary School will be giving a performance of Macbeth on Thursday starting at 6.30pm. Tickets are on sale from the school office.

Northiam Chamber Orchestra practices in the Village Hall each Thursday at 7.30pm. If there are any musicians who would like to join – they would like to meet you!

They are a friendly, enthusiastic community orchestra playing a wide range of music from classical to modern and support a number of community events each year. Most notably, they will provide the music at the WW1 commemoration concert on August 2nd this year.

New members, of any age, instrument or ability who are enthusiastic about music would be very welcome. Call Peter Fields on: 07792329145 to find out more.

Continuing the garden theme, Northiam NSPCC will be having an Open Garden and Afternoon Tea at Glebe House, Hastings Road from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Entry will be £4.

The School Summer Fayre will be on July 19th, 11am – 3pm on the school field, so do pop along and encourage our youngsters – and have a peek at their innovative nurture room, sensory garden and kitchen garden, as well as having a great time!

Next Sunday (20th) will be Northiam Bonfire Society’s Open Gardens. Five private gardens within a gentle walk of the village (surgery) car park will be opening between 11am and 5pm. It’s always a treat to see what other gardeners have done, and perhaps be inspired to try something new. Teas, raffle and plants will be on sale in the garden behind the Church Centre. Tickets are £5 on the day.

A Service of Commemoration of the start of World War I will be held in St Mary’s Church on Sunday 27th July at 10.30am. The Village Remembrance Exhibition will be held on Saturday 2nd August and Sunday 3rd August in the village hall – 10am to 4pm both days.

On the evening of Saturday 2nd August, the village will be holding a Commemorative Remembrance Concert in the village hall, an opportunity to come together to respect and remember those who fought for their country. The evening has a full and varied programme and will include the reading of contemporaneous poems and letters, and the singing of songs from the period.

Marie Edwards is taking bookings for the Village Fair, to be held on the Playing Fields on August 9th. Pitches for the Boot Fair or the craft/charity sections are £10. Please call Marie on 01797 252568.

Services (13th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise, 4pm Messy Church

Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Lane