The Conservation Society’s AGM this evening (Friday) will be very interesting, with a speaker from CPRE, Stephen Hardy, on the topic of Planning, the National Framework and the Green Belt, and representatives from the Fire Brigade with reference to the recent fire at Rosebud Cottage. The meeting will be in the Village Hall, 7 for7.30pm, members of the Society will be updating us on their work through the year and any issues looming. Complimentary wine and nibbles will be enjoyed. Membership is just £2 a year, so do come along and be part of this forward-looking society, which cherishes our past.

On Friday evenings, the badminton clubs meet in the Pretious Sports Hall at 5.30pm (Primary school age), 6.30pm (Secondary school age) and 8pm (adults).

Saturday 17th May is a busy day for everyone, but a perfect way to buy extra plants for the garden with a clear conscience! The annual Christian Aid Coffee morning will be held in the Church Centre 10-12, with cakes, bring and buy and raffle, with an extensive plant sale at The Byre House.

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Then you are invited to the Village Hall at 2pm, where the Horticultural Society will be holding their Plant Sale, with over 2000 plants on sale, many from Great Dixter but also from the expert hands of Society members. Fabulous plants and helpful advice for growing them – there will be perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables.

On Mondays, Badminton starts at 5.45pm and the Budgerigar Society meets in the Jenkins Room at 7pm.

The Over 60s will be holding their fiercely contested Brain of the Over 60s quiz, meeting on Tuesday afternoon in the Village Hall.

Coffee Stop will be brewing in the Church Centre from 10am on Wednesday and everyone is very welcome to drop in for a chat.

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Thursday Seniors will be taking a break this week as the Village Hall will be our Polling Station for the European Parliamentary Elections.

There will be a Coffee Morning at Farthings, Main Street next Saturday (24th) in aid of the NSPCC – £2.50, with raffle, bric-a-brac, books and cakes, 10-12.

If you are planning to come to the Bonfire Society’s Quiz Night on 24th, please let me know as soon as possible, or you might not get any food! It’s in the Village Hall at 7.30pm, teams of 8 - £7.50 each, with wine and ploughmans provided and a licensed bar. Please contact me, Karen Ayling – 253375.

When shopping, don’t forget that the Primary School is collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers. There is a collection box in the school foyer.

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Northiam Showtimers take to the stage with their 2014 production Magical Musical Moments later this month. With their normal formula of song, mime, dance and comedy they will pay tribute, in their own inimitable way, to popular shows such as Cabaret, Mamma Mia, The Blues Brothers and Chicago plus many others.

The show dates are Friday 30th May, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June . All performances are at 7.45pm with doors opening at 7pm for pre-show drinks from the licensed bar.

Tickets can be ordered on-line at or by phone for local collection on 01797 252918. All seating is numbered so book early to get the best seats .

The Trustees of the Iden and Frewen Educational Trust will be considering applications for grants at their next meeting, to be held on 30th June 2014.

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Cash grants are available for educational purposes to residents of Northiam who are under 25 years of age, undertaking further or higher education, an apprenticeship or equivalent, or sporting activities at county level. Applications may also be made by charitable organisations operating within the village, such as clubs, societies and institutions, which exist to promote educational, religious, physical or mental benefits for young people through their leisure-time activities.

For further information and application forms please contact the Clerk to the Trustees: email: [email protected] or by phone: 01797 253254. Please note that applications by individuals must be made using the appropriate form. Would those who have previously received grants and who wish to apply again please contact the Clerk.

Services (18th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Come Praise

Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road