Northiam news
Northiam news

Midsummer Festival: I believe the sun is due to come out again on Saturday when we celebrate midsummer with Northiam Bonfire Society’s Festival on the Playing Fields. There are 9 classes in the Dog Show, including best child handler, and all class winners are eligible for Best in Show. Registration is from 11am. The Beer Festival features 8 beers and 2 ciders from five local breweries and there will be live music throughout the day, with Drumskullz, Open Mic and The Fabulous Red Diesel will perform two sets. With a varied Craft Fayre, BBQ and teas there should be something for everyone – we’ve even got our own train!!

Garage Sale: If bric-a-brac (or just a bargain) appeals, then this year’s extensive Garage Sale in aid of Chitiwiri is just for you! This will run from 9.30am to 4pm also on Saturday, conveniently next to the Playing Fields, at Forge House. All the money raised will go to a project at Chitiwiri school, and Sally and Richard will be pleased to tell you all about the wonderful projects which have transformed lives.

Open Studios: This is the final weekend for Open Studios, featuring 315 artists across Kent, Sussex and Surrey, many within a short drive, so look out for the paint tube signs along the road. For more information visit

Rabbits: Sunday is Show Day for the Rabbit & Cavy Club. A dangerous place to visit, as they are all so gorgeous!

Coffee Stop: Call into the Church Centre on Wednesday mornings for coffee and a chat at Coffee Stop, between 10 and 12 noon. Lace Group meets in the Jenkins Room at 2pm.

Referendum: In case you have failed to notice, Thursday is the day to vote in the Referendum over Europe. After all the chat, it’s suddenly upon us. The Polling Station in the Village Hall is open from 7am until 10pm.

Horticultural Society: The Horticultural Society’s Summer Event is in the Village Hall next Friday (24th) from 7pm. There are only four classes, which makes it a lot easier, so do see if you can have a go – a floral ring, miniature exhibit not to exceed 4” x 4” x 4”, the cycle of the rose, a container of one variety of annuals and a photograph of foliage. With wine, nibbles and quizzes to do, it’s a great evening for anyone interested in gardening.

Church Services (19th): St Mary’s: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Come Praise. St Teresa’s: 9am Mass

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