Iden news
Iden news

THE HARVEST SUPPER: As usual, last week’s Harvest supper in the village hall was lovely. We were treated to hot soup, a ploughman’s, [including ham cooked by the chef at ‘The Bell’] and apple crumble. Paula Riley compiled a quiz, about apples and cheese, which was most apt for harvest time. Yvonne Metcalf made the soup, and Paula Riley, the apple crumble. Thank you to all the people who helped serve the food and clear up. It was a great evening.

OUR LITTLE VILLAGE HALL: Our village hall is always laying out the welcome mat for some do or other isn’t it? Enter it and it seems empty and bereft, but fill it with a few people, a bit of jumble, or two lines of W.I chairs, and I swear it smiles. What on earth would we do without it? Long may it reign in the centre of our village.

SPEAKING OF JUMBLE: There will be a jumble sale on Saturday November 5th at 10am, in aid of the village hall. Please would you look out jumble [no electrical goods] and ring Chris Slater [telephone 01-797 280467] she will advise where to leave your donations. Books, bric-a-brac, clothes etc. All would be much appreciated.

KNIT AND NATTER: For those of you who would enjoy an afternoon knitting, or doing some other craft in the company of others, [with a cup of tea of course], the next Knit And Natter session will be on Tuesday 11th October, from 2pm-4pm, in Iden village hall.

IDEN AND DISTRICT NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Next Friday, in Iden village hall at 7.30 pm, the first of the fortnightly winter programmes for the Natural History Society is ‘All About Bats’, by Karen Hammond. The annual subscription is a minimum of £14, and visitors pay £3. The lectures are of high standard, and many relate to our own particular area.

TAI CHI: Iden folk have taken very favourably to Tai Chi, which is on Tuesdays from 10am-11.30am, in Iden village hall. Anyone who wishes to join, please ring Madeline [telephone 01-797 280136], or email [ ]

W.I. MEETINGS: Iden W.I. meets on the second Tuesday of the month, in Iden village hall, at 7.30pm. Anyone who wishes to join, will be most welcome. It’s a great way to meet people, and there is fun to be had! There is always a guest speaker, refreshments, outings to be arranged, and the odd feast of good W.I home cooking.

QUIZ NIGHT: There will be a Quiz Night in Iden village hall, on Saturday October 22nd [7pm, for 7.30] Tickets will be £8, Including supper. Tickets will be on sale in Iden Village Stores.

BY THE WAY, THANK YOU IDEN STORES: Many thanks Chris and Sally for keeping tickets for our various village functions right there for sale with the butter and the daily paper. Just one of your many helpful services!

TAKEAWAY AT THE PUB: We can order fish and chips and any meal on the menu as a takeaway at ‘The Bell’ in Iden. Just ring through your order, and collect it at your convenience.


The next Pop-In will be on Monday 17th October, at 11am, in Iden village hall. Do come along for coffee and a chat, and peruse a bit of bric-a-brac. Everyone is welcome.

BINGO [PLEASE NOTE, A CHANGE IN DATE]: Due to the WI Group Meeting, the next Bingo session will be on Thursday 27th October. Doors open at 2pm, eyes down at 2.30pm. It’s a fun afternoon, and anyone from the Rye area is welcome. There is a jackpot, a flier, a raffle, and light tea at half time.

LIGHTBULB MOMENT: Lately, I’ve been suffering from a serious case of what I call ‘H L’ [HOUSEWORK LETHARGY], which again translates into keeping just on the right side of hygienic. So, enough! I thought. I suddenly had a desire to clean everything. There is nothing better for the soul than a bit of elbow grease, and in a month or so Christmas will be upon us and I want my family to think that I’m still running a wholesome establishment. Also, isn’t it nice putting the tree up against a skirting board that’s recently seen a bit of ‘Jif’? Anyway in the immediate absence of a duster, I cleaned a few bits and bobs with a baby wipe. It was a light bulb moment. Dust and scuffs were coming off in reams, and then I just threw away the baby wipe and got another, and another. [whoever invented wet wipes needs a knighthood]. These tiny, dampened squares were making short work of cobwebs, and chair legs, [my kitchen appliances looked almost grateful]. The telephone got a baby wipe, the kettle, and all sorts of places that thought all their birthdays had come at once. Don’t you find that light switches are a bugbear? people will switch on the light when they’ve just eaten an ‘After Eight’]. We are so lucky aren’t we, to have all these disposable things [Well! at our disposal] ? Now that we are no longer prodding a copper with a wooden stick, we have time to watch ‘Strictly’, join Tai Chi and visit a nail bar. Life is just one long holiday. Ain’t life grand!

CONTACT ME: If anyone has anything to add to the Village Voice, please contact Gill Griffin [telephone 01-797 280311]

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