BONFIRE: Saturday is our big day. If it has so far escaped your notice, Northiam’s third Bonfire Procession and Fireworks will leave the field (past the cricket field on the Hastings Road) at 7.30pm coming into the village and turning round at Thyssel Lane. So if you stand anywhere along Main Street you should see the Procession twice. Then follow after towards the Field, where there will be a big bonfire and some brilliant fireworks. Also on the field will be a bar, food and amusements.

This year, we have four drum corps in the procession Section 5, Sambalanco, Drumskulls and our own NBS drummers, so it won’t be quiet! Each Society is preceded by their shield, so you will know who everyone is the costumes vary, so look out for some convicts, monks, clowns, smugglers, highwaymen as well as the various striped jerseys, all carrying lighted torches.

Entry to the field is just £1, so we hope you will bring some money for the charity collectors along the route, they will have our official purple buckets and will be collecting for Northiam Scout Group, the Village Hall Trust and Jasmine Lodge this year.

WI: Northiam will be hosting the Group meeting of five local Women’s Institutes today, Friday, afternoon in the village hall. The speaker will be followed by afternoon tea, and there will be a competition open to all members for an arrangement of autumn foliage and berries (no flowers), the winner will receive the Group Cup. We’re rooting for you, ladies.

FITNESS: Dance Club meets in the village hall each Friday from 7.30pm. Badminton (for adults) is in the Pretious Sports Hall on Fridays at 8.15pm, and Mondays at 5.45pm. Pilates is in the village hall on Mondays at 6.30pm, and Wednesday at 9am and 10am. Short Mat Bowls is in the Village Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm. Yoga is on Tuesdays at 9.30am in the village hall, and Karate in the Pretious Sports Hall each Thursday at 7.15pm.

HIST & LIT: Dr N Draper will speak to the Historical and Literary Society on Tuesday evening on the topic of Legacies of Slave Ownership in Kent and Sussex, a subject which has been in the news recently, mainly with reference to our larger city ports, but still relevant to our local area, as we shall discover. The evening will also include the AGM. If you are interested in the topic or would like to join the Society, just introduce yourself at the door.

CHITIWIRI: Sally and Richard Bickersteth are having another collection to raise money for the projects that they run in Chitiwiri Malawi. 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 November 16.

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 have moved 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 252283 if you can help in any way.

The next fundraising Coffee Morning will be on Saturday November 7 in the village hall, donations for the stalls or raffle will be gratefully received.

ST MARY’S SERVICES: Sunday, 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.