Bonfire Procession: Northiam gets to start the Senlac Bonfire season this year, with a new early date for our Procession. Tomorrow, Saturday 4 October, Main Street will be closed from 6.30pm as our own and visiting Bonfire Societies will be parading with drums, music and flaming torches. The field (next to the cricket field south of the village on the A28 Hastings Road) will be open from 6pm, with a bar, food and amusements. The Societies will gather there and set off at 7.30pm, walking as far as the Muddy Duck (sadly closed, but our bar on the bonfire field will be open) and returning to the field for the Bonfire and Fireworks. So anywhere along Main Street should give you a good view of the procession. The Parish Council has kindly agreed to fund a viewing platform to facilitate access to the bonfire field for those who are less mobile. If this would help you or a family member, please contact Pete or Ruth on 01797 253798 to see if there is still room, as space there is limited. The street collection at the Bonfire goes to local good causes and the Society has decided to a large part of this year’s collection to the Mary Shipstone memorial fund, with donations to Northiam School Crossing Patrol and the Thursday Seniors Club. We are always in need of more collectors, so anyone wishing to help with the bucket collection should contact Simon Merrick at

Horticulture: The Horticultural Society meets in the Village Hall today, Friday, at 2.30pm, when Sally Gregson will talk on Hydrangeas. On Saturday and Sunday there will be a Plant Fair at Great Dixter from 11am-4pm, with horticulturalists from the UK and the rest of Europe displaying their wares and giving talks over the week-end. A range of food and drink will be on sale; the entrance fee is £8 which includes access to the gardens.

Badminton: Badminton Clubs in the Pretious Sports Hall run on Fridays, with the Junior Club at 5.30pm and 6.30pm (Primary & Secondary ages), with the adult club following on at 8pm. The Monday club runs for an hour from 5.45pm. All very welcome – we have two courts so can accommodate a range of abilities.

Dancing: Your alternative on a Friday evening is our popular Dance Club, which meets in the Village Hall for Sequence Dancing from 7.30-10pm. It costs £2 which includes tea and biscuits, and is suitable for all ages. Call in to find out more.

Over 60s: This jolly group will be meeting on Tuesday at 2.30pm in the Village Hall.

Hist & Lit: The new season of the Historical and Literary Society starts on Tuesday evening, with a talk by Roger McKenna entitled Surviving in Soho. Come along to the Village Hall at 7.30pm to find out what interesting anecdotes lie behind the title! New members and visitors are very welcome.

Wednesday: All are welcome at Coffee Stop between 10am and midday for coffee and a chat in the Church Centre. The Lace Group meets in the Jenkins Room at 2pm.

Parish Council: The Parish Council will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday, in the Jenkins Room of the Village Hall.

Boot Sale: The autumn season of Indoor Boot Sales in the Village Hall starts on Sunday 12 October. Anyone wishing to book a table should contact Marie Edwards on 01797 253264.

Concert: On Saturday 18 October, Northiam Chamber Orchestra will be joined by visiting soloists to perform Haydn’s Creation in the Village Hall. Tickets are £10, available from Mervyn & Lynn at Rose Cottage, 253443, proceeds to St Mary’s Restoration Fund.

Adult Education: In October, there are two courses being offered at Tilling Green Community Centre, Rye, hosted by Rye Partnership together with Sussex Coast College. The first 10-hour course is free of charge; further courses (there will be more later in the year) will attract a small charge. First Aid will be held on 7 and 14 October from 9.30-3.30pm, with a certificate at the end of the course. Practical Gardening will be held from 1-3pm for 5 weeks from 20 October. For information & booking call Tina Hall 01797 229600,

Younger students: The Iden and Frewen Educational Foundation will be meeting in November to consider applications for grants. If you know of anyone who might be eligible, please let them know about this wonderful fund. Christine Browning (253254) will be able to talk them through, but grants are available to residents of Northiam who are under 25 and undertaking further or higher education, apprenticeships, or sport at county level.

St Mary’s Services: (5th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Harvest Festival.

Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road