Playground: You may have noticed that volunteers from the village and Bournes in Newenden have helped to erect the slide which has been bought by the village in memory of Mary Shipstone. How lovely to think that she will be remembered through the sound of children having fun! As soon as it passes the health and safety checks, it will be officially opened and ready for play. Thanks to all who donated, and helped to make this happen.

Coffee Morning: Today (Friday) is the monthly Village Hall Coffee Morning, 9.30-11.30am – all very welcome.

Footpath Walk: Meet in the surgery car park at 1pm on Sunday to Saunter in Sedlescombe – a 5 mile walk from Sedlescombe car park with Northiam Footpath Group. The Group’s AGM will be on Tuesday 1st March at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

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.

Tuesday: The Blood Transfusion Service will be in the Village Hall Car Park on Tuesday, and the Over 60s meet in the afternoon.

Coffee Stop: On Wednesday mornings the kettle goes on in the Church Centre and “everything stops for tea” – or coffee and a chat. All welcome between 10am and noon.

WI: Northiam WI meets in the Jenkins Room at 2pm on Wednesday, and this month’s speaker will be Mr L Clark who will talk about the Titanic. The competition will be Found on a beach - which will, no doubt, bring some surprises. The craft group continues making aprons and will soon move on to making carrier bags. New faces are always welcome.

Horticultural Society

Ken Turner will be talking to the Northiam Horticultural Society on Summer Colour in Northiam Village Hall on Friday 4th March at 2.30pm. All are welcome, with a visitors’ charge of £2.

The Spring Show is on Saturday 9th April, so do take a look at the schedule to see if there is anything you could plan to do – photographs could be prepared now! If you don’t have a schedule, it can be accessed via the village website.

Craft Fayre: Just in time for Mothers’ Day, Northiam Bonfire Society will be holding one of their popular Craft Fayre’s in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 5th March. There will be the expected range of local quality crafts, as well as a tombola, cake stall and the famous bacon rolls. Pop along for a browse between 10am and 2pm.

Chitiwiri: Sally Bickersteth is collecting sunglasses (non-prescription) to take out to Malawi in March, and there will be another clothing collection in aid of the feeding programme in Chitiwiri, which will be collected on 14th March. Call 0790 333 8614 to arrange a time to deliver.

Showtimers: Showtimers are planning this year’s variety show which will take place in September. If you have a secret longing to discover your inner thespian, your village needs you! Call Geoff or Caroline (252918) if you would like to be a part of Showtimers. You don’t have to perform – there is always work to be done behind the scenes – technical, costume, front of house, marketing etc, and great fun to be had along the way.

St Mary’s Services: Feb 28th : 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.