Bonfire Procession: A bit of a scare with the weather forecast, but everything was perfect in time for our Bonfire Procession and Fireworks on Saturday, and good fun was had by all! Many thanks to the hardy souls who manned the road blocks for well over 4 hours, most without even a sight of a firework, all the emergency services, and to everyone who supported the event and gave generously to our good causes.

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.

Boot Sale: This month’s indoor Boot Sale in the Village Hall is on Sunday, with doors open to the public from 9-11.30am. Anyone wishing to book should contact Marie Edwards - 01797 253264.

Messy Church: Families, and anyone else who prefers a more informal church meeting, are very welcome to St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon when Messy Church will be celebrating Harvest in their own inimitable style. Messy Church starts at 4pm with creative craft and worship, and ends with a meal.

Women’s Fellowship: The youngsters don’t get all the fun – the ladies of Women’s Fellowship will be celebrating their Harvest on Tuesday at 2pm in the Church Centre. As is now traditional, the gifts will be given to Family Support, so non-perishable food and toiletries, suitable for families finding themselves in need, will be very welcome.

Footpath Walk: The Footpath Group will set off from the surgery car park at 9.15am on Wednesday for an 8½ mile circular walk from Rye to Camber, stopping for a picnic lunch (bring your own!).

Coffee Stop: All welcome at Coffee Stop between 10am and midday for coffee and a chat in the Church Centre. Lace Group meets in the Jenkins Room at 2pm, with Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall.

Concert: On Saturday 18th October, Northiam Chamber Orchestra will be joined by visiting soloists and choir 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.

Quiz Night: As the leaves fall from the trees, we know it’s Quiz Time again! The Bowls Club have joined forces with the Village Hall Trust this year for a Quiz Night on Saturday 25th October. Please contact Joan Munn (01797 252568) to book a table of eight. There will be a ploughman’s supper and raffle – and you don’t have to endure Saturday evening television.

Halloween Show: Unfortunately, due to illness, Showtimers’ Halloween Show has had to be cancelled, which is a great shame for everyone who has been working hard to provide a great evening’s entertainment, best wishes to them all.

Grants: 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 do 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: (12th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise, 4pm Messy Church

Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road