Bus Service: Northiam Parish Council, along with Beckley & Peasmarsh, is contributing towards the cost of the 9.05 morning bus service, which East Sussex County Council will not financially support. The service has had the timings adjusted to tie in with other bus & train services. However, it is currently costing £3,790 for all three parishes, and NPC wish to ascertain if £1,265 is considered good value for tax payers. Apparently there are not a lot of passengers from Northiam at that time of the morning although we are advised the bus does increase its passenger load as it progresses through the other villages. Your council would be pleased to hear your views which can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org , or snail mail to the Parish Office, Main Street, Northiam, TN31 6LP
Dance Club: Friday night is dance night, and if you fancy an evening sequence dancing with a friendly group of people, do pop into the Village Hall and see what’s on offer. The Club runs 7-10pm with a break for tea.
Badminton: Our two badminton clubs welcome players of all abilities, and provide all you need to learn or get back into the game. On Friday, the adult club starts at 8.15pm, contact Karen Ayling (01797 253375). The Monday club is run by Sue Clark (016797 253428) for one hour from 5.45pm. Both operate as drop-in sessions, so do just turn up and say hello! A thriving junior club is run by Pete Thomson (07815 84517), with three graded sessions on a Friday evening, starting at 5pm.
Remembrance: The Service of Remembrance will be held in St Mary’s Church on Sunday, starting at 10.15, to allow it to conclude at the War Memorial at 11am. A special plea to drivers – if you are not paying your respects, please note that others will be, and try not to roar past War Memorials at 11am on Friday and Sunday.
Shortmat Bowls: The Village Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm is the venue for Shortmat Bowls. Contact Doreen Rolles (252443) to find out more.
Toddlers: Northiam Tadpoles baby & toddler group meet every Tuesday 9.15 - 11.15am at Pretious Sports Hall, Main Street (the hall between the primary school and nursery.) The session is £2.50 per family (to cover costs) for age 0-5’s which includes a healthy snack for the children, drinks and biscuits for the parents/carers, there are lots of toys out for all ages and finishes with song time.
Line Dancing: Line Dancing is in the Village Hall each Tuesday at 10am. New people are very welcome - you don’t need any special clothing, and just comfy footwear. Sessions are £5, and there is a discount for booking ahead. Call Helen (01797 252087) to book a place or find out more.
Footpath Walk: Meet in the surgery car park at 9.30am on Wednesday for a walk starting at Benenden Village Hall. After 6½ miles, you will enjoy the pub lunch!
Coffee Morning: Call into the Church Centre on Wednesday mornings for coffee and a chat at Coffee Stop, between 10 and 12 noon
Thursday Seniors: Thursday Seniors’ Club meets every Thursday in Northiam Village Hall from 10.30am until 2.30pm. All pensioners are welcome, and free door to door transport can be arranged for anyone in Northiam, Beckley, Peasmarsh and Broad Oak if you are on the Rye Community Bus route. The cost is £7 and includes welcome tea/coffee, a freshly cooked 2 course meal, extend chair exercises and a talk/entertainment. Call Joan 252568, Jane 252973 or Linda 252283 to find out more as a member or a helper.
Christmas Fayre: Start preparing for Christmas with the Village Hall Trust’s Christmas Fayre on Saturday 19th, and Bonfire Society’s Craft Fayre on 26th. Both 10-2.
Boot Sale: This month’s Village Hall Boot Sale will be held on Sunday 20th November. Please call Marie Edwards (01797 253264) to book a table.
Quiz Night: Bookings are being taken for the next Bonfire Society Quiz Night on Saturday 3rd December. Contact Judith 01797 252114 to book your table of 8.
Flu Vaccination: Northiam Surgery will be holding a final session for all eligible patients – over 65, chronic conditions, carer etc. on 15th November. If you are unable to get to any of these, or are not eligible for the free flu jab, most community pharmacies are also offering this service (both NHS and private), so there’s no excuse to miss out!
Church Services (13th): St Mary’s: 8am Holy Communion, 10.15am Service of Remembrance
St Teresa’s: 9am Mass
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