Harvest: Great to see the school and so many other people visiting the church over last weekend to enjoy the Harvest celebration. Thanks to all the flower arrangers for their inspiring and uplifting displays. This is such a lovely time of year, isn't it?

Guy Competition: By now I hope we are seeing some impressive Guys popping up through the village. I wonder if they will wander about this year -! Douglas Moloney have donated some generous prizes – Amazon vouchers of £25, £15 and £10 – so dig out your old clothes and join in! Judging is at midday on Saturday 20th October, and you will need to take your guy to the village green (opp Northiam DIY) for judging and to wave him off to fiery glory.

1066 and all that: Remember the Battle of Hastings this weekend with the renenactment at Battle Abbey.

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Boot Fair: Northiam Village Hall Trust will be restarting their Indoor Boot Sales on Sunday morning (14th). Bookings can be made via their website.

Trefoil Guild: Beckley Trefoil Guild meets once a month in Beckley Village Hall. The next meeting is on Monday afternoon, when the theme is all about kitchen paraphernalia and food. Call 01797 260537 to find out more.

Over 60s: There will be a members’ social afternoon this time for the Over 60s. Meet in the Village Hall at 2pm on Tuesday.

Village Hall Trust: The next meeting of Northiam Village Hall Trust will be on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Hall. Anyone who uses the Hall is welcome – and volunteers are always needed!

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Footpath Walk: Meet in the surgery car park on Wednesday at 9.15am to walk a figure of eight round Scotney/Lamberhurst starting at the Brown Trout at 10am. Get your breath back with lunch in the pub halfway. Call Daphne for details (01580 753241).

Flu: It’s that time of year again! Time to get your flu vaccination. Although there was some debate as to the effectiveness of last year’s vaccine, there has been a re-assessment of the vaccination programme, and this year over 65s will receive a different vaccine from under 65s. This is to ensure that each group receives the best product for them. Over 65s will be vaccinated in alphabetical order, with the clinic for those whose surnames begin with C-F on Thursday (18th) 2-3.30pm at Northiam Surgery. Just turn up. Younger patients of the practice who are eligible for free vaccine will need to make an appointment. Pharmacies nationwide are providing both NHS and private services.

Thursday Seniors: Every Thursday, Seniors’ Club meets 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 £8 and includes welcome tea/coffee, a freshly cooked two course meal, extend chair exercises and a talk/entertainment. Call Ann 252343 or Joan 252568 to find out more as a member or a helper.

Bank: The mobile Natwest Bank calls on Thursdays, 2.45-3.30pm in the Village Hall car park.

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RDDAA: Rye & District Dementia Action Alliance are holding a fundraising event on Friday 19th October. Music will be supplied by The Fieldstone Boys who are a great local Skiffle band and the food will be bacon butties & beans followed by home-made apple pie and custard. All this for £7.50 a head - what a bargain! Booking is essential, please reserve your tickets now with Daliea on: 07737 350896. Music and supper will be in Rye’s Tilling Green Community Centre, TN31 7BE.

Bonfire: Hooray for the darker evenings and bonfires and fireworks! Northiam’s Procession will be on Saturday 20th October, with bar and food on the field from 6.30pm. The procession will leave at 7.30pm, turning at the Ewhurst Lane/Beales Lane triangle getting back to the field in time to light the Bonfire at about 8.30pm and then the Fireworks! Bonfire Societies will be wearing their distinctive costumes and carry flaming torches, and no Bonfire Procession would be complete without drums! There will be live music before the Procession and after the fireworks. Entry to the Field is just £1, but we hope you will want to give generously to the charity collectors along the way (rattling our distinctive purple buckets). This year’s good causes are Northiam 75 Football Club and an overhead projector for St Mary’s Church. You are advised to bring a torch! For more information:

Remembrance: This is a special year, commemorating 100 years since the end of the Great War, and there will be a weekend of remembrance 9-11th November, with an exhibition in the Village Hall, Remembrance Service at St Mary’s and the War Memorial and a Concert on Sunday afternoon featuring readings, poetry and music. Once again we are privileged to have renowned soprano Tomasin Trezise accompanied by Northiam Chamber Orchestra. The weekend will close with the lighting of the beacon. If you have any memorabilia or memories which could form part of this exhibition, please contact Mervyn Hayes (253443).

Church Services : 14th: 8am Holy Communion 10.30am Morning Praise

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