A VERY BRITISH PANACEA: Isn’t a cup of tea just the ‘ bee’s knees’? Isn’t it tea that got us through the war? Isn’t it tea that gets us through grief and childbirth [ well, for the fathers anyway] Isn’t it tea that precedes a good chat, a sharing of secrets and joys and heartache, and isn’t it tea that even if we’re on our own says ‘sit down for heaven’s sake, take a load off. The world is not going to stop if you make a brew’. What is it about just putting a tea bag in a cup that makes a person relax?. The best lines in the film ‘The Second-Best Marigold Hotel’, are surely when Maggie Smith tells an American how to make a cup of tea. It’s only a plain old brown infusion when you way it up, just varying degrees of tan, from ‘milky’ to ‘builders’ according to taste, and yet it’s so revered. It’s a shame that we so rarely have tea and cakes now at four -o-clock, and a round of crust -less sandwiches. My aunt used to wheel in a tea trolley at 4pm sharp, and we drank out of cups, so thin and delicate, you could almost see through them. Now I prefer a mug [the bigger, and chunkier the better], but I will never be able to erase the memory of sitting around that tea trolley in a little circular group, sipping piping hot tea, trying to hold on to the cup’s fragile handle. I wonder if the youth of today are going to pay homage to this beverage in quite the same way. Their coke cans, or plastic water bottles, carried around like an appendage, may continue to be their preference, but I do hope not, because you don’t just drink tea, it becomes a part of your soul!
A GOOD QUIZ AT THE BELL: On 16th February, there was a quiz at ‘The Bell’. The questions were all on the year 1987. Proceeds went to St Michael’s Hospice. They raised £130. It was a jolly evening, and very well attended.
Watch the boards outside the Bell for more quizzing dates
There is to be a monthly quiz at ‘The Bell’, which I’m sure will be popular, because Iden folk do seem to love a quiz.
AN IMPORTANT SERVICE: There will be a service of Holy Communion this Sunday, at Iden Parish Church, at 11am [no 9.30am service]. The service [a joint one between Iden and Playden] will be taken by Bishop Richard, The Bishop Of Lewes. Following the service, there will be refreshments in ‘The Old Hall’
TONIGHT IN IDEN VILLAGE HALL: The ‘ Iden and District Natural History Society’, are holding a lecture on ‘ Iceland’s Natural Wonders’, by Colin Page. The meeting starts at 7.30pm, and visitors pay £3, for an informative evening.
KNIT AND NATTER: There will be a session of ‘ Knit And Natter’, on Tuesday 28th February, from 2-4pm, in Iden village hall. Knitting, and any handy craft can be done in the company of others, at a cost of 2.50.
BINGO: There is Bingo in Iden village hall, on Thursday 2nd March. Doors open at 2pm, eyes down at 2.30. Tea and biscuits will be served.
TAI CHI IS GOING STRONG IN PLAYDEN WI HALL: Tai Chi, which used to be in Iden village hall is now at Playden , from 10.am-11.30am, on Tuesday mornings .Attendance is good, and very beneficial .Everyone is welcome.
YOGA IN THE ‘ OLD HALL’: There is Yoga, in the ‘Old Hall’, [by the Church] every Friday morning, from 9.30am-10.30am, at a cost of £6. Everyone is welcome. If anyone would like more information, please email [firstname.lastname@example.org]
ESCAPISM-BRING IT ON: Anything which takes us by the hand, and leads us into temporary oblivion is most welcome isn’t it, be it music, a good book, a film, or an art gallery, where just staring at one picture, and moving on to the next, allows us to step out of our world and into another. My Grandad used to spend hours reading the paper from cover to cover, and I used to wonder at something so mundane. It isn’t though, I see that now, because a glimpse into what the world is up to is high in escapism. President Trump, Brexit, and an apparent glut of celebrities giving birth to twins. It’s all there. Since we got Amazon Prime, I’m unashamedly glued to TV series, box -set stuff, or films. I love it. I’m watching A chick-flick [something romantic], or an American cop show, where they’re on the streets of San-Francisco chasing the bad guys. The down-side is that whatever escapism leads us away from is still there waiting, the electric bill, the washing up and the potatoes that won’t peel themselves. I was going to do a pudding from my Mary Berry book, but right now It’s just too much reality. I’d rather watch Clint Eastwood in his poncho, tying up his horse, saying nothing, while the look on his face speaks volumes. A DVD of ‘The Good The Bad And The Ugly’ makes me feel that I am right there, chasing a chicken around the yard to fry up with beans and grits’? I get immersed in Westerns, but isn’t that the object of escapism. Maybe we’ll just have a pizza!
CONTACT ME: If anyone has anything to add to the Village Voice, please ring Gill Griffin [telephone 01-797 280311]
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