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Last of the pub dates, start of the strawberries...

Our Yard of Ale pop-up-pub in the village hall has been hugely successful again this winter.  The last of these will be on Saturday 16 March, 17:00 – 21:00; pop the date on your calendar!


Have you recently been for a stroll around St Francis Fields?  If so you cannot help but notice the fabulous work our A Team group of volunteers are doing in preparing field 9 for our Community Produce Garden. The runner bean bed is in, and the strawberry plants are sown and thriving.

We are very excited at the prospect of bringing villagers together to enjoy each other’s company, whilst growing and tending fresh produce to share. In February’s edition of the Parish Magazine we outlined the grant application we’ve made to the National Garden Scheme for funds to advance the garden. We eagerly await the outcome of our application, due mid-March – keep an eye out on our website for the news. Fingers crossed!


We are keen to hear from any Northiam residents who are willing to get involved in the Community Produce Garden.  Please contact us at


Speaking of our amazing group of volunteers who make up the A Team, plus those that help run the Yard of Ale pop-up-pub, and countless others that do so much behind the scenes, in 2023 they generously gave 2000 hours of their time!  Thank you all very much.

If you are interested in getting involved we’d love you to join us, in whatever capacity you can.


And a bit more news regarding St Francis Fields from the recent Northiam Parish Council Meeting of 8th February: The Parish Council asked that all proposals to them relating to St Francis Fields, which are different to the way Blue Cross used the site, must include comments from Rother District Council as a result of pre-application consultations (and if necessary, from East Sussex CC Highways Department).

The Parish Council also decided that significant proposals, such as Jason Foster‘s Lost England Project, and others which depart from the agreed plans at the time that the land was purchased, will be the subject to consultation with residents.


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