Rubbish: Once again the surgery car park is overflowing with rubbish. This time an extensive collection of wine bottles. And I wasn’t invited to the party!! To be charitable, perhaps people are unaware that the recycling people won’t touch anything outside the bins, which means that all this extra rubbish will not only hang around for a long time, but will also incur costs to get it removed. Please, if you find the recycling bins are full, either take your rubbish back home until a later date, or just continue your journey to Mountfield tip.

Conservation Society: This evening (Friday) Julian Luckett will be speaking at the Conservation Society’s AGM, on the topic Why we need Planning. With experience as an architect as well as chairing Rye Conservation Society’s Planning Committee, Julian promises to be an interesting and informative speaker (and he just happens to be our Deputy Chair!). The Conservation Society is a very active group in the village, covering a wide range of interests, so do come along and join up – or just come for the talk if you prefer. Wine and nibbles are on offer from 7pm, with business starting at 7.30pm.

Christian Aid: Christian Aid week concludes with a Coffee Morning in the Church Centre on Saturday (10-12), and an extensive Plant Sale at The Byre House all day. Please support this excellent cause – the world is still in great need of aid.

Budgerigar Society: The Society meets at 7.30pm in the Jenkins Room on Monday – all enthusiasts welcome.

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

Thursday Seniors: Thursday Seniors’ Club meets every Thursday in Northiam Village Hall from 10.30am until 2.30pm. All pensioners are welcome, and free door to door transport can be arranged for anyone in Northiam, Beckley, Peasmarsh and Broad Oak if you are on the Rye Community Bus route. The cost is £7 and includes welcome tea/coffee, a freshly cooked 2 course meal, extend chair exercises and a talk/entertainment. Call Joan 252568, Jane 252973 or Linda 252283 to find out more as a member or a helper. This week, the Citizens Advice Bureau will be available from 10-12.

Jumble Sale: The Village Hall Trust will be holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 28th May, at 2.30pm. Donations can be made on the morning of the sale 10-12 or Marie can make arrangements to pick up – call 01797 253264. As well as jumble, there is an extensive collection of books.

Diabetes: The Patient Participation Group for our surgeries will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 1st June in Northiam Village Hall. ‘Diabetes, an epidemic’ is a presentation by the doctors at Northiam and Broad Oak Practices. Diabetes is an increasing concern as more patients are diagnosed, and may be affecting your family or friends. All are very welcome to come along and hear the facts, and have your questions answered. 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Church Services (22nd): St Mary’s: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Morning Praise. St Teresa’s: 9am Mass

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