Horticultural Society: Andrew Halstead will speak to the Society today (Friday) on Wasps and Bumble Bees. The meeting starts at 2.30pm in the Village Hall, and we are assured of an interesting talk. If you haven’t thought of joining the Society yet, now is the time! As well as a variety of interesting talks through the winter months, there are Spring and Autumn Shows and a huge Plant Sale in May, and membership entitles you to discount in many local nurseries and suppliers. The Spring Show will be on 28th March, so time to start planning!

Badminton: The badminton clubs meet on Fridays in the Pretious Sports Hall – Juniors from 5.30pm (please call Pete Thomson 07815 842517 to check whether there are any spaces). Adults meet at 8.30pm on Fridays and 5.45pm on Mondays, and both adult clubs will be pleased to see new faces – just turn up.

Dance Club: Dance Club meets on Friday evenings in the Village Hall for sequence dancing. This is a very accessible way to keep fit to music, and meet people. Call Tony Pomfret - 253287 – if you are interested.

Boot Sale: Marie Edwards (01797 253264) is taking bookings for the monthly Boot Sales in the Village Hall, and the next one is on Sunday 8th. Stallholders set up from 8am, and it’s open to the public between 9am and 11.30am.

Bonfire Society: The first meeting of the year for the Bonfire Society will be on Monday, at 7.30pm in the Rose and Crown. Lots of good events are being arranged throughout the year, and the date of this year’s procession will be decided at the meeting. New members are very welcome, and volunteers/ideas always needed, so come along!

Women’s Fellowship: All our usual groups took January off, so I’m sure everyone will be keen to catch up on news at Women’s Fellowship on Tuesday afternoon in the Church Centre. Ruth Glew will demonstrate the art of decorative eggs – just in time for Lent (which seems to be almost upon us!). If you would like to join, just pop along at 2pm, or call Frances – 253152 - for more information.

Hist & Lit: Richard Atkins will speak to the Historical and Literary Society on the topic of Spitfire Women – the heroic exploits of women pilots ferrying and delivering Spitfires and other aircraft across the dangerous wartime skies. The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Village Hall on Tuesday evening.

Footpath Walk: The Footpath Group will set off from the surgery car park at 9.30am on Wednesday, heading for Rolvenden Church and a Rural Ramble with pub lunch. If you are making your own way to Rolvenden, please don’t park in the Village Hall car park.

Coffee Stop: Meet up with familiar faces at Coffee Stop each Wednesday in the Church Centre between 10am and 12 noon.

Parish Council: The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th February at 7pm in the Village Hall.

Pretious Sports Hall: The Sports Hall AGM will be held on Thursday 26th February at 7pm. Representatives from users and/or the local community are needed to stand for the committee – a vital role to ensure that the role of the community in building the Hall does not get forgotten in the future!

Beavers: Brede’s Beaver colony has some vacancies. If you have any youngsters (6-8years) who would like to join the Scout movement, please call Catherine Southgate 0783 306 5028. They meet on Mondays between 5.15 and 6.15 in the Scout Hut in Stubbs Lane. But they have to promise to come back to join Northiam Cubs and Scouts!!

St Mary’s Services: (8th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise

Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road