MY MATE—THE GRATE: It always amazes me that we all have two eyes, a nose and a mouth, but we all look so different. I suppose there is a possibility that we may have a doppelganger somewhere in the world, but we’ll probably never know. Surely there are only so many ways to fashion a face, but the good Lord seems to be able to manage to make us all unique [amazing isn’t it?]. In a similar, but inanimate way, every fire we light in the grate at this time of the year has it’s own characteristics. There is a certain spirit in the flames which will differ from yesterday’s fire, so that every day, we are sitting before a whole new entity. Some fires seem willing to cooperate and burn like billy-o, while others hang back like a shy child, and refuse to ignite. An open fire, like no other possession we have in our homes, [except for the dog or the goldfish] is the most alive, and I suppose you could say is the most akin to us humans , because it crackles, it’s whimsical, companionable, temperamental, and can be hugely petulant.
A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There will be a service of Holy Communion in Iden Parish Church, on Sunday, at 9.30 am.
IDEN AND DISTRICT NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY: On Friday 28th October, in Iden village hall,, there will be a lecture on ‘New England Fall’ by Brian Gallop. The meeting opens at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Visitors pay £3.
THE POP-IN: The next Pop-In, will be in Iden village hall, at 11am, on Monday 3rd November. Do join us for coffee/tea and a nice village get together.
BINGO: The next Bingo session will be on Thursday 27th October .Doors open at 2pm, Eyes down at 2,30pm, in Iden village hall. A light tea is served at half time. Anyone from the Rye area is welcome.
TAI CHI: Every Tuesday morning, from 10am-11.30 am, in Iden village hall, is Tai Chi, which is proving very popular. Do give it a try, as the exercises are gentle, but extremely beneficial. Everyone is welcome.
‘KNIT AND NATTER’: This coming Tuesday, 25th October, there is a ‘Knit and Natter’ session in Iden village hall [2pm-4pm] Do join us for an afternoon of knitting, [or some other craft,] in the company of others. Tea and biscuits are served, and the conversation is lively!
JUMBLE SALE ON 5TH NOVEMBER: There will be a jumble sale in Iden village hall on November 5th, at 10 am. Please ring Chris Slater [01797 280467], and she will advise where to leave donations [no electrical goods] All jumble will be gratefully received.
QUIZ NIGHT TOMORROW: There is a Quiz Night, tomorrow in Iden village hall, at 7pm, for 7.30. Tickets are £8, including food. Please bring your own drinks, nibbles, cutlery and a glass. Last minute tickets may still be available in Iden Village Stores.
EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK: In our homes, we keep the wherewithal to perform most tasks don’t we? Tucked away in our nooks and crannies are all the necessary tools of life, but go away for a few days, like we did last week, and I am almost in two minds whether to pack the kitchen sink. I must have a needle and thread, and various cottons. Must have antacid tablets, antihistamines, pain killers, cough mixture and vapour rub. Then of course there are the plasters and a crepe bandage and some butterfly sutures. I throw in various perfumes from cheap and cheerful, to something which would suffice if I was ever to meet the Queen. Wet wipes are essential, and antiseptic wipes, night cream, day cream, and various jumpers [graded for warmth.] On caravan trips, I always take my own can opener, a lemon zester, and a portable washing line. Oh, and a torch [must be able to exit hotel fire escape with sufficient light] After gathering all this stuff up, my husband insists on packing it all, because he says that I’ll turn up at a hotel with a Tesco’s carrier bag [Yes, but that carrier bag contains things like matches, playing cards, those little gold safety pins, shoe polish Sello-tape, a small ball of string and the telephone book] In the next life, I’m coming back as a tortoise, because they carry their homes on their back. [There is no chance of them reaching a holiday destination without a packet of Rennies!]
JOHN’S MAGAZINE: The Iden Quarterly Magazine will be out soon. Published by John Hazelden, it is a lively magazine, which keeps us in the know!
CONTACT ME: If anyone has anything to add to the Village Voice, please ring Gill Griffin [telephone 01797 280311]
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