Northiam village voice

I hope you are all set for a fantastic Jubilee weekend! If you are not busy baking, building or otherwise preparing, you might like to visit a studio opening as part of South East Open Studios which starts today (Friday) and continues until 17th, with nearly 300 local artists and makers.

Terence Ayling is open today in The White House Studio in Dixter Road, and this year there is a local group of seven artists who are all open for the three weekends, making a nice outing. Pick up a trail leaflet in local shops or the studios. Vincent Matthews is at 2 Monk’s Way, Christine King is exhibiting in the Station, Maggie McCormack and Carmel Meade in Sandhurst, Carol Mitchell in Peasmarsh and Glenys Griffiths in Ewhurst Green.

Badminton clubs are continuing into the summer, with young people at 5.30pm (Primary), 6.30pm (Secondary) and the adult club at 8pm. In the Muddy Duck, Sarah G and the other 3 will be playing live to start the celebratory mood.

All hands to the pumps on Saturday morning to prepare the Playing Fields for the Horticultural Society to open proceedings at 10am taking entries for the Summer Show. Try to enter at least one class, schedules are available in local shops, or call Linda Belton 252984.

Children don’t have to prepare anything in advance – just come along to the Society’s gazebo between 10am and 2pm to make something special to exhibit in the afternoon.

If you have promised cakes, please remember to take them along to the Tea tent and label your box if you want to get it back!

The fun starts at midday when the barbeque will be fired up, cakes sliced, teapots filled, Indian snacks prepared and beer poured. There will be games and pony rides for the children to enjoy and exhibitions from the Toy and Pedal Car Museum and the Conservation Society. The Horticultural Show exhibits will be on display from 2.30pm.

We all move to the Village Hall at 7.30pm when we shall enjoy music and dancing from six decades (possibly). We are looking forward to seeing The Starrlite Beatles who were so popular at The Royal Wedding celebrations, and I’m guessing they’re covering the 60s. Press Red promise a bit of rock n roll, Dance Club will show us how to do those dances where you actually touch your partner, and Northiam’s young talent will bring us up to date. Entry is just £2 on the door, and there will be a bar and spot prizes! People have been asking if children will be welcome – yes indeed! We want to celebrate with the whole village.

On Sunday there will be a church service at 11am in the marquee, with music provided by Northiam Chamber Orchestra, who will continue to serenade us during the day. The Big Lunch is free and follows at 1pm, with the choice of barbeque or salad, with cakes and tea. The Muddy Duck will be running a licensed bar.

After lunch, the children’s fancy dress will be judged – theme: red, white and blue – and children can collect their commemorative mugs (don’t forget to pre-order!). The Grand Raffle will be drawn at 3.30pm – tickets will be on sale over the weekend if you haven’t bought yours yet. There are some spectacular prizes, mostly donated by our local businesses, so take a moment to check out the donors and give them your support.

On Monday evening, we shall be meeting in the Playing Fields at 8.30pm before processing to Beacon Hill by torchlight to light our beacon. We round off our weekend with some fireworks.

I do hope that you will be able to join in all or part of the weekend and take this opportunity to relax with friends and neighbours.

The Over 60s will be meeting on Tuesday at 2pm in the Village Hall, Coffee Stop is open between 10am and 12 noon on Wednesday in the Church Centre and Northiam Seniors’ Club will meet in the Village Hall on Thursday.

Note that Messy Church has been moved to Sunday 10th June at 4pm when we shall be continuing the Royal theme.

Willing Fingers has also moved because of the Jubilee Holiday, and will be meeting on Monday June 11th in the Church Centre. Materials will be available for making bookmarks, so bring your sewing kits. If you have your own project you are working on, you are more than welcome to bring it along.

Services (3rd): 8am Holy Communion, 11am Celebration Service in the Playing Fields

Karen Ayling, The White House, Dixter Road