Autumn Show: Once again, the Horticultural Society delighted us with their Autumn Show – a positive riot of colour and bucolic wondrousness, leaving those of us with weather-lashed gardens wondering how so many beautiful, pristine dahlias could have been brought to the table. There was some truly inspiring floral art, and it was quite surprising to see that the judge had managed to make critical comments, which shows that there’s always something we can learn! Very many thanks to the committee who manage to run such a complicated event with such good humour and efficiency, even when disorganised people like me wander around the hall trailing bits of loose foliage and leaving things in the wrong place!

Apart from some excellent entries from the younger generation, the major prize-winners were:

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Banksian Medal: Len Chapman

The Pearson Perpetual Challenge Cup: Carole Rhodes

The Trowel Perpetual Challenge Cup: John Noble

The Mary Berkley Memorial Salver: Sue Gunther

Batehup Perpetual Challenge Bowl: Sue Keighley

Evan Jones Memorial Salver: John Noble

Society’s Domestic Perpetual Challenge Cup: Rosemary Husey

Sheffield Memorial Cup: Joy Taylor

Congratulations to all for a wonderful display – will you be taking part in Spring?

Badminton: We are fortunate to have a superb facility in the Pretious Sports Hall providing two badminton courts. A thriving junior club is run by Pete Thomson (07815 84517), with three graded sessions on a Friday evening, starting at 5.30pm. This is followed by the adult club at 8.15pm, which is run as a drop-in session, contact Karen Ayling (01797 253375). A further drop-in club is run by Sue Clark (016797 253428) on a Monday for one hour from 5.45pm. New members or visitors are welcome at both adult clubs which welcome all levels of player (that’s the advantage of two courts). The junior club operates a grading system to put you into the right group.

Craft Fayre: The latest Northiam Bonfire Society’s popular Craft Fayre will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 12th September, 10am – 2pm. There will be a range of local crafts, which could solve all your present problems for the coming months! Entry is free, with ample free parking.

Over 60s: Meet at St Mary’s Church at 2pm on Tuesday for a guided tour with Peter Hayman. If you would like to go, but need transport, please call Aline Spacey 252883 who will get that sorted for you.

Streetstyle Dance: There are two dance classes on Tuesday, at 6pm and 7pm in the Pretuious Sports Hall. Call in to find out more, or the Hall is on 252297.

Coffee Stop: Each Wednesday, Coffee Stop opens between 10am and noon in the Church Centre, and ‘does what is says on the tin’ offering a chance to stop and have a chat over a cup of coffee with friends (even if you don’t know them yet!).

Footpath Walk: The Footpath Group leave the surgery car park at 1.10pm on Wednesday heading for Lower Alexandra Park in Hastings to discover the history and planting of the Park with Ranger Nick Hennessy. Teas are available at the end of the walk (2 miles). Call Sue Clark (253428) if you would like to join in with the group – this sounds like an interesting and gentle introduction if you have a mind to join in.

Quiz: The Village Hall Trust are holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 19th at 7pm. To book, please contact Helen 252152. Teams are of 8 people, at a cost of £7 a head, to include a ploughmans. The following Saturday (26th) the Conservative Association will be holding their quiz in Beckley Village Centre, 7 for 7.30pm, £7 with ploughmans. Book with Zai (260677) or Sue (252503).

Charity Line Dance: There will be a Charity Line Dance on Saturday October 3rd in Northiam Village Hall in aid of Rhys. If you would like to find out more about this little boy and his condition – take a look on Northiam & Nearby Facebook page. Money is needed to help him to be able to live at home, as he has a tracheostomy and ventilator. Tickets are £5, and there will be tea/coffee/cake at £1.50. The Dance will be between 2.30 – 5pm – please contact Sally 01797 252108 or Ann 01580 240217 for tickets or information.

Beckley Players: Anyone for Murder? This comedy thriller by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner will be staged in Beckley Village Centre in October. Tickets go on sale from Monday – contact Keith or Carol Hunt 01797 260898. The opening Gala Night is on Wednesday 7th and tickets are £10 including cheese and wine. Friday is Theatre Supper Night, costing £15 and including a 3 course meal! And if you just want the play, then Thursday and Saturday are £7. The play starts at 7.30pm, supper at 7pm. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

St Michaels Hospice: For as long as I can remember, Northiam has held two fantastic Coffee Mornings each year, raising funds for St Michael’s Hospice. All three of the current organising team are moving out of the village, so we need some more volunteers to take this on. If you feel you could help in this way, you would be carrying on a much needed tradition, and you will find willing helpers and supporters. Please call Eileen Hayes (252871), who can tell you what is involved.

St Mary’s Services; (13th ) 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise

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