Spring Show: Another wonderful Spring Show from the Horticultural Society! There were some very impressive blooms on display – the fabulous multiflowered white amaryllis impressed us all – and some very talented arrangers. Having tramped around my garden in the drizzle, gathering anything looking half-decent, I was very envious of those people who had swathes of matching flowers to make clever displays, or who had managed to get a pot of bulbs to all bloom, and at the same time, without any slug damage! Congratulations to everyone who took part – a great tradition!

Football: Northiam 75 FC will be playing in Wisdens Cup Final on Monday 18th April, at Hastings United FC ground, which is on Elphinstone Road. 7.30pm kick off. Good luck – we’re rooting for you!

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.

Over 60s: Gill Webb will be speaking to the Over 60s on Tuesday this week, on Canine Partners. Meetings are held in the Village Hall, starting at 2pm.

Coffee Stop: Call into the Church Centre on Wednesday mornings for coffee and a chat at Coffee Stop, between 10 and 12 noon.

The Queen’s Birthday: We will be lighting the beacon at 8.30pm on Thursday to mark HM The Queen’s 90th birthday. As we did for the Jubilee, we are making it a bit more of an occasion by marching up from the Playing Fields at 8pm. I understand that there will be a personal message from HRH Prince Charles to be read out beforehand, and we hope to have a 90 year old lighting the beacon - and then there will be fireworks! Well, you have to take advantage of having a Bonfire Society!

Quiz: The Bonfire Society’s Quiz will be on Saturday 7th May, and Judith is taking bookings – 252114. Full teams of 8 at this stage please, the £7.50 fee includes wine and ploughmans, and there will be a bar selling Rother Valley beer.

Allotments: There are a few plots available in the allotments on Dixter Lane. The Plotters are a friendly group currently digging, sowing and planting in anticipation of a good harvest later in the year, but there’s always time for a chat – it’s a good excuse to stop work for a few minutes! If you are interested in having an allotment, please call Linda Windebank – 253940.

Church Services (10th): St Mary’s: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Come Praise

St Teresa’s: 9am Mass

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