Badminton: Badminton Clubs meet on Fridays in the Pretious Sports Hall. Adults meet at 8.15pm on Fridays and 5.45pm on Mondays, and both clubs will be pleased to see new faces – just turn up.

Dance Club: There’s Sequence Dancing in the Village Hall each Friday at 7.30pm. Call Tony Pomfret to find out more (01797 253287).

Messy Church: Everyone is invited to join Messy Church for a walk on Sunday 12th July leaving the church at 3pm for a walk ending in a cream tea! For those who want to bypass the walking bit, please call Sarah White to arrange a lift – 253118.

Blood Transfusion: The mobile blood unit will be stationed in the Village Hall car park all day on Tuesday, so book your slot!

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

Footpath Walk: The Footpath Group leave the surgery car park at 9.30am on Wednesday, heading for The Moor, Hawkhurst for a 9 mile walk including a lunchtime stop at Bodiam Castle – take your pick of pub, picnic or tea-rooms!. Leaders Carol & Daphne (01797 253899)

Open Gardens: South Grange, the home of Linda and Mike Belton, on Quickbourne Lane, will be open under the National Garden Scheme on Wednesday 15th between 2-5pm, with home-made teas on offer. This is a 1½ acre garden with year round interest incluiding annuals, perennials, grasses, shrubs, trees and a wildlife pond. Plants will be on sale in support of Demelza Hopsice Care for Children. The garden is wheelchair accessible, and there is parking nearby. Entrance is £3.50.

Lace Group: The Lace Group meets in the Jenkins Room at 2pm on Wednesday.

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 – 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.

The Citizens Advice Bureau will be available at the back of the Village Hall between 10am and noon.

Parish Council: The Parish Council meets in the Jenkins Room at 7pm on Thursday.

Children’s Club: For the first time St. Mary’s Church is having a Holiday Club for Primary School aged children and the theme will be Polar Explorers! Polar Explorers is for children aged 5 -11 years and will run from Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th August, 10am-12:30pm at St. Mary’s Church. Sarah White is taking bookings – 253118.

Concert: Following the success of the Tongswood Choir earlier in the year, St Mary’s Churcyh uis hosting a performance of Spem in Alium – a 40 part motet written by Thomas Tallis for Queen Elizabeth I’s birthday. Tongswood return, with young choristers, Oxford choral scholars and local singers. Tickets are available from - 01797 260868 – and are £10 for the concert, or £20 for the concert and buffet supper, and it will be on Sunday 26th July at 5pm.

Summer Fairs: Northiam Primary School’s Summer Fete will be on Saturday 18th July 11-2, and Northiam Village Hall Trust’s traditional Village Fair and Boot Fair will be held on the Playing Fields on Saturday 1st August. Please contact Marie 01797 253264 to book stalls or boot pitches.

St Mary’s Services: (10th) 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at

2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @RyeObs

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Rye and Battle Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.