Thank You!: And another Thank You! from Sally Bickersteth as once again Northiam and friends of Chitiwiri have pulled out all the stops! Over 860kgs of clothes were collected last week, raising an amazing £519.60 for the projects in Chitiwiri. This money will enable the Days4Girls and the irrigation projects to continue, which make such a huge difference to the lives of this community in one of the poorest places in Africa. It will also ensure that the feeding programme for the children can be set up. The “kitchen” is about to be started and hopefully by next year there will be a meal cooked for the children who attend school during the hungry months of January to April. Many children suffer severe malnutrition in these months and do not have the strength to walk to school. It will be fantastic to be able to change this situation. The building will be used as a classroom during the rest of the year. Four of the classes at Chitiwiri are outside so they will really benefit from another indoor classroom. Sally also thanks you for the items donated for the container which has just started its journey with lots of boxes of pencils, paper, resources for the Days4Girls project, teddies for the younger children and much more. They will be so excited to receive all these wonderful gifts.

Chitiwiri: The next clothes collection will be in May 2015, and I hope we can continue to support these projects. It’s fantastic to see how much the enthusiasm of one person can make such a difference – even if you’re not called Bob Geldolf! Huge congratulations to Sally for all she does, and for keeping us involved in such exciting opportunities. If you would like to know more about these projects and about Chitiwiri school please email Sally on

Coffee Morning: Back on home territory, and as we reach the end of another month – whisper it softly, December is knocking - the monthly Village Hall Coffee Morning with stalls will be held today (Friday) 9.30-11.30am.

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. If you fancy getting some exercise before all the partying, why not come along?

Quiz Night: There are some spaces for anyone who would like to join in the Bonfire Society’s Quiz Night in the Village Hall on Saturday. We can fit in individuals, or even a team if we have time to shift the furniture, so don’t stay in watching celebrity this and that, come along and test your grey matter! It’s £7.50 a head, including ploughmans and wine, and there will be beer from Rother Valley Brewery, wine and soft drinks on sale. Call me 01797 253375, and we can slot you in! 7 for 7.30pm.

Christmas Fair: Northiam Nursery and Beckley pre-School’s Christmas Fair will be held in Beckley Village Centre on Sunday 30th, 10am-2pm. There will be craft stalls, large raffle and fun for children. Entry is 50p for adults.

Footpath Walk: Meet in the surgery car park at 1pm on Sunday to join the Footpath Group for a 4 mile walk, Burwash and Batemans.

Advent: Marking the beginning of Advent, you are invited to a service entitled Light in our Darkness in St Mary’s Church at 4pm also on Sunday.

Coffee Stop: All welcome at Coffee Stop between 10am and midday on Wednesday for coffee and a chat in the Church Centre.

Horticultural Society: The AGM and Christmas Social will be held next Friday in the Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. If you are interested in volunteering for the committee, please do give Tony Pomfret a call (253287), as new faces with new ideas are always very welcome, nay necessary!

Craft Fair: The Bonfire Society will be holding their next Craft Fair in the Village Hall on December 6th, this time with a Christmas focus, so you could be in line to solve all your gift dilemmas. Entry is free, and there should be over 30 stalls, as well as mulled wine, mince pies, coffee and cake to fortify you while you make your decisions! There will even be Bonfire Society Calendars on sale for only £3 – and if you can’t wait, please call in to The White House Studio, Dixter Road and Terry will sell you one!

St Mary’s Services: (30th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Holy Communion, 4pm Advent Service: Light in our Darkness.

Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road