School Fete: Please support our Primary School, who will be holding their Summer Fete on Saturday 11-2, at the school. There should be lots to do and see as the school begins a new stage in its life, now as an Academy school. The School Leavers’ service (always an emotional time!) will be held at 2pm on Wednesday (22nd) in St Mary’s Church.

Over 60s: A boat trip with fish and chips is the plan for the Over 60s this Tuesday –sounds like a good one!

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

Open Gardens: South Grange, the home of Linda and Mike Belton, on Quickbourne Lane, will be open in aid of Demelza Hopsice Care for Children on Thursday 23rd 11-5pm, with home-made teas and light lunches on offer, and plants on sale. This is a 1½ acre garden with year round interest including annuals, perennials, grasses, shrubs, trees and a wildlife pond. The garden is wheelchair accessible, and there is parking nearby. Entrance is £3.50.

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.

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! The church will be turned into a polar exploration base camp and with the help of Sir Random Finds and Bare Feet, the children will be explorers who go on a mini-expedition each day and learn about a New Testament character. 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.

The cost is £10 for the three mornings for the first child in a family and £5 for subsequent children. This includes all activities, a drink and a mid-morning snack. A film show is planned for one afternoon and a BBQ one evening for the whole family.

Concert: Following the success of the Tongswood Choir earlier in the year, St Mary’s Church is 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 Fair: 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: (19th) 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Come Praise

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