Iden is a sociable village, so when Covid-19 struck and everything but our shop closed down, we missed being able to get together. Chatting in the park whilst out walking is not the same as meeting up over a cup of coffee. Chris and Sally at Iden Stores did a sterling job keeping us supplied and the village is very grateful to them, Iden Community Emergency Forum (ICE) sprang into action to ensure that everyone had a contact in case they needed help with anything.
The first ‘nearly normal’ event was the Picnic by the Pond held at Oxenbridge in August. Due to torrential rain this became more of a Party in the Barn with great entertainment from Rye Dance Centre, Lindy Hoppers and Woodchurch Morris Men who were putting on their first display for two years! Cream teas were served and there was a fantastic display of villagers’ lockdown creations which was much appreciated. £823 was donated to Rye Memorial Hospital and the Hub at Rye Hill following this event.
The village hall has opened up and short mat bowls, bingo, yoga and other meetings are being held there again. The popular pop-in coffee morning is back here every other Monday with a chance to chat and pick up a bargain from Carol’s stall, the next date is Monday, September 20, 11am – 1:30pm, all are welcome, you don’t have to live in Iden!
The bowls club are playing and socialising again and they are busy with home and away matches, they are always happy to welcome new members to their lovely green in the centre of the village.
Iden was very busy last Sunday as 450 runners taking part in Rye Ancient Trails pounded across the fields and through the village, pausing at the Bell for nothing stronger than a drink of water!
Image Credits: Yvonne Metcalf .