Open Studios: South East Open Studios runs for the first 2 weeks of June each year, and offers a glimpse into the creative processes of a range of artists and makers. The White House Studio in Dixter Road will be open daily from today (Friday) 10-5.30pm, apart from Monday, and Wednesday morning. Over 300 artists will be participating across Kent and East Sussex, so pick up a brochure and have day out.

Terry’s paintings are detailed studies in oil of rural subjects, and he will be exhibiting originals, limited edition prints and cards, and this year, there will be a Bargain Board of half price originals and prints.

Chitiwiri: Many, many thanks to all who donated bric-a-brac for Sally & Richard’s garage sale on Saturday in aid of Chitiwiri, and to all the people who came and bought it and helped to sell it on the day. There were a lot of bargains to be had, raising a fantastic £646.84.

This money will go towards the equipment for the kitchen, which was built at Chitiwiri earlier in the year. Once set up the local communities will run a feeding programme for the children at the school so that they have food during the “hungry months” of January to April, when malnutrition and even starvation are common place.

Jean and Geoff Brown have very kindly offered to hold a stall of the items that were remaining at the Village Fair on August 1st this year, so more bargains to come!

Garden Safari: Very many thanks to everyone who supported last Sunday’s Garden Safari, it was an ideal summery day, and it was so nice to be able to spend some time chatting over the teas! The gardens looked lovely, and inspired many of us to “steal” some of the good ideas which made those gardens special.

Badminton: Although the season has finished, badminton is such a good way to keep fit that our clubs continue through the summer. 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.

Bowls Club: The Bowls Club have had a busy and successful start to the season and welcome anyone at their matches, or practice nights, which are Mondays from 5.30pm – you might want to join in.

Over 60s: A Readings and Prose members’ afternoon is on offer in the Village Hall for the Over 60s at 2pm on Tuesday. All welcome (although I think the age restriction is in the title!!)

Footpath Walk; Meet the Footpath Group in the surgery car park at 9.45am for a 10 o’clock start from St Nicholas’ Church, Sandhurst on Wednesday. Natalie and Nick will lead a 7½ mile walk which will break for a light lunch at Hawkhurst Fish Farm.

Coffee Stop: Pop into the Church Centre on Wednesday mornings to catch up with the news. Coffee Stop is open from 10-12.

Seniors’ Club: All pensioners are welcome to the Club which meets each Thursday in Northiam Village Hall. There is always plenty to do and chat about, and whilst everyone arrives about 10.30, there is tea and coffee and the chance to take a look at the bring and buy stall, or the bring and win raffle. After extend chair exercises to improve mobility, members are served a two course home-cooked lunch followed by the week’s entertainment – this week, it’s a Beetle Drive (and you know how competitive those can be!). All for £7. If you would like to join, or know someone who would, please contact Jane (252973) or Linda (252283) who can also arrange for transport if necessary.

Midsummer Festival: The Bonfire Society’s Midsummer Festival will be held on the Playing Fields on Saturday 20th June, with live music throughout the day, fun Dog Show, Craft Fayre, small Festival of local Beers and Cider, climbing wall, falconry etc. If the sun shines, what better way to spend a day?

Grand Boot Fair: There will be a Boot Fair on the Playing Fields on Sunday 21st June, starting at the civilised time of 11am! So if you would like to have a clear-out but hate those early morning starts, this is the one for you! Pre-book a pitch for £8 01797 253798.

St Mary’s Services: (7th) 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise, 4pm Messy Church

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