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WOULD YOU CARE FOR MUSTARD: Whenever I have a ham sandwich, I'm very heavy on the mustard, and I remember what my mother always said, [a little disapprovingly] which was '˜Mr Coleman made his millions because of the amount of mustard people left on the side of their plate!' Well, driving to Crowborough today, the fields of oil seed rape, looked as though someone had daubed them with mustard. The same applied to the grass verges, which were littered with celandines and dandelions, which had that bright yellow, mustard colour, as did the forsythia bushes, and so on and so forth. That colour yellow, seems to me more than any other colour to brighten the whole landscape. The primroses, though are paler in comparison. They are the colour of custard. It's very hard to diet, when even the wonders of nature can remind us of food!

LITTER-PICKER SATURDAY: On Saturday, 23rd April, villagers gathered to pickup litter in Iden. [a stoic group, as it is not an enviable task] They finished by having coffee in Iden village hall. Many thanks for all those who helped give Iden a springclean!

VOTING FOR A NEW POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER: On Thursday, May 5th, Iden will vote for a new Police and Crime Commissioner, for the Sussex area. Voting takes place from 7am-10pm in Iden village hall.

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BINGO: The next Bingo session will be on 19th May [the 5th is cancelled because of the above voting.] Doors open at 2pm, eyes down at 2.30pm. It’s a fun afternoon. There is a jackpot, a flier, a raffle, and a light tea is served at half time. Do come along. Everyone from the Rye area is very welcome.

POP-IN: The next Pop-In will be on Monday, 2nd May, in Iden village hall, at 11am. Do come along, as everyone is welcome, for a good old chat, and coffee/tea, and biscuits. There will be bric-a brac, and some books for sale

A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There will be a service of Holy Communion, in Iden Parish Church, this Sunday, at 9.30am.

FINISHING TOUCHES: Oh joy of joys, we are having a new bathroom, something modern and streamlined, so my job is to select the bits and bobs, and finishing touches. Whenever we have decorating done, I’m practically lined up behind the door with my pictures and mirrors and pot plants. It’s a little unnerving for the decorator, who is usually still up a ladder. I’m already thinking smallish, greyish statues, something mysterious and ethereal to go with slate grey towels. A bust or two of some shadowy figures, historic or angelic, is what I have in mind, anything in fact to detract from the mundane ritual of morning and evening ablutions. I’ve worn out so much shoe leather over the years searching for finishing touches, but finding just the right picture or ornament, something which gladdens the heart, is as important as the paint and the plaster, and almost as tiring!

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

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