Chitiwiri: As the weather has now changed, perhaps you are sorting your summer clothes to pack away. If, like me, you have loa s of things which never got an outing this year, perhaps a clear-out is called for! Sally and Richard Bickersteth are having another collection to raise money for the projects that they run in Chitiwiri Malawi.

They have just starting building a new classroom which will double as a sewing room for the ladies making the hygiene pack for the girls. There will be a secure room where they can store their sewing machines and equipment.

If you have any unwanted clothes, pairs of shoes, curtains, bed linen, bags, belts, perfume and would like to help to raise money for the community of Chitiwiri, please put them in tied bin liners or call at Forge House for green bags. Please call Sally or Richard on 01797 252108 or 07903338614 to arrange a convenient time to drop them off. The bags are being collected at 10am on Monday 16th November.

Many, many thanks for your continued support.

Dance Club: There is Sequence Dancing in the Village Hall on Friday evenings, from 7.30pm. If you would like to find out more, call Tony Pomfret (01797 253287). Music, exercise, fun and good company. You can’t go wrong!

Badminton: The badminton season is now under way, and if you would like to find out if this is the sport for you, we have two clubs in our own Pretious Sports Hall. On Friday, the adult club starts at 8.15pm, contact Karen Ayling (01797 253375). The Monday club is run by Sue Clark (016797 253428) for one hour from 5.45pm. Both operate as drop-in sessions, so do just turn up and say hello!

A thriving junior club is run by Pete Thomson (07815 84517), with three graded sessions on a Friday evening, starting at 5.30pm.

Table-top Sale: Northiam Nursery are holding a Table Sale in Beckley Village centre on Sunday (18th) 10-12. There will be lots of jumble and bric-a-brac including many children’s items. It’s free parking and entry and Royal Snacks will be available for hot, cold drinks, snacks and lunchtime bites.

Rabbit Show: The Rabbit and Cavy Club will be holding a Show in the Village Hall on Sunday.

Toddlers: Northiam Tadpoles baby & toddler group meet every Tuesday 9.15 - 11.15am at Pretious Sports Hall, Main Street (the hall between the primary school and nursery.) The session is £2.50 per family (to cover costs) for age 0-5’s which includes a healthy snack for the children, drinks and biscuits for the parents/carers, there are lots of toys out for all ages and finishes with song time.

Streetstyle Dance: There are two dance classes on Tuesday, at 6pm and 7pm in the Pretious 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.

Bonfire Celebrations: Only a week to go! Northiam’s Bonfire Celebration is on Saturday 24th October. Make a date for yourself and friends to enjoy the spectacle of visiting Societies in varied fancy dress, carrying flaming torches and accompanied by drums marching through the village, ending up beyond the cricket field on the Hastings Road for a great Bonfire and Fireworks. Entry is just £1, and there will be a bar, food and amusements on the field (which is open from 6.30pm). The Procession starts at 7.30pm, marching from the field down to Beale’s Lane and back in time to light the Bonfire at about 8.30pm. Don’t miss it!

Cub Scouts: If anyone is interested in helping with the Cub Scouts, please contact Jacky - or Peter - for an informal chat and perhaps a cup of tea / coffee!! You will be part of a fantastic world-wide organisation and enjoy giving young people a great start in life.

St Mary’s Services: (18th ) 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Come Praise

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