WI: There will be a WI Group meeting today (Friday) at 2.30pm at Iden WI. The speaker will be David Bryer, who will entertain with stories of Royal ladies from Elizabeth I to Diana, Princess of Wales. There is a charge of £2.50 for this event and there will be a raffle and refreshments. The Group meetings enable local institutes from Northiam, Playden, Landgate, Beckley and Iden to meet up.

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.

Concert: On Saturday 18th at 8pm, Northiam Chamber Orchestra will be joined by visiting soloists Grace Constable, Gary Marriott, Barnaby Beers and the Occasional Consort choir to perform Haydn’s Creation in the Village Hall. Tickets are £10, available from Mervyn & Lynn at Rose Cottage, 253443, or on the door. Proceeds to St Mary’s Restoration Fund.

Trefoil Guild: Beckley Trefoil Guild meets on the third Monday of each month at 2pm in Beckley Village Hall, with speakers, fund raising events, outings and parties. Mamny members are ex-Guiders or have been connected to the Guide movement in their youth, but membership is open to anyone who is willing to make or renew the Guide promise. Please call Rosemary Burchett (01792 252347) if you would like to find out more.

Toddlers: Northiam Tadpoles, the group for toddlers, meets each Tuesday in Northiam School 9.15-11.15am. Sessions cost £2 per family and include a healthy snack and a variety of fun and games for the whole age range. Call in, or speak to someone at Northiam Nursery on 252799.

Over 60s: The Over 60s will be meeting in the Village hall at 2pm on Tuesday, with a Bring and Buy on offer.

Hist & Lit: Steve Roberts will be speaking to the Historical and Literary Society on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. His topic is The Platoon - The Infantryman at War. New members and visitors are always welcome for a small fee.

Coffee Stop: All welcome at Coffee Stop between 10am and midday for coffee and a chat in the Church Centre. Our PCSO, Becky Unicombe, will be calling in from 11am to meet with local residents to give crime prevention advice and to discuss any issues or concerns they may have.

Quiz Night: 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, at a cost of £7 a person. There will be a ploughman’s supper and raffle – and you don’t have to endure Saturday evening television.

NT Quiz: The NT will be holding their next Quiz on 15th November, and the Bonfire Society are lined up for 29th November. Resistance is futile!

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.

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: (19th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Come Praise.

Karen Ayling

The White House

Dixter Road