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John May, Mill Lands

The Post Office trial period is now up and running at Broad Oak Stores and is offering most of their services to see how they get on. The times are not very long to start with being just Fridays from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm, roughly the same as the Farmers’ Market, but if it proves to be used by local people, and there is demand for more, then perhaps we shall see longer hours. Services being offered are Benefits, Pensions, POCA cards, personal banking with all banks except HSBC, E-top ups, paying all bills except TV licences, parcel services, travel items including insurance and currency requests and savings such as Premium Bonds. Car Licences cannot be issued nor can Passports be dealt with. It has taken a long time to get the service re-started so we should really do our best to keep it and it will be up to us to make as much use of it as possible.

Brede Women’s Institute hold their next meeting on Wednesday, February 13, in the Village Hall at 2.00 pm. Their guest speakers will be from Solicitors, Herringtons, and they will be giving information regarding Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. The competition is for something green. Brede Friendly Circle also have their meeting in the Village Hall next week, but on Thursday, February 14, starting at 7.30 pm. The speaker will be Tony Baxter talking about his ‘Alaskan Adventure’. Friends and visitors are welcome to both meetings.

On Saturday, February 23, there is an opportunity to learn something about dowsing. A small group of local dowsers have been exploring the area of St. George’s Church and they will be there in the church from 2.00 pm to talk about what they have found. Their methods are simple and it’s not just about water! You are invited to go along and see and try for yourself. For more information please call 01424-882549 or 01424-882136.

Services at St. George’s Church during the coming week will be the Sung Eucharist at 9.30 am on Sunday, February 10, with Holy Communion on Thursday, 14, Friday, 15, and Saturday, 16, at 9.00 am. There is also Holy Communion on Wednesday, February 13, at 10.00 am followed at 7.30 pm by a Sung Eucharist with the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes.

Trinity Methodist Church continues with the normal Service on Sunday, February 10, Broad Oak at 10.30 am. The service will be conducted by Mrs. J. Winnington.

Activities for the coming week at the Village Hall:

Monday, 11: Age UK (10.30 am), Rainbows (4.00 pm), Brownies (5.30 pm), Whist Drive (7.30 pm); Tuesday, 12: Painting for Pleasure (9.30 am); Wednesday, 13: Brede Women’s Institute (2.00 pm); Thursday, 14: Stretch and Tone (9.30 am), Brede Friendly Circle (7.30 pm); Friday, 15: Farmers’ Market (10.00 am), Short Mat Bowls (7.30 pm).

Scout Hut, Stubb Lane: Monday, February 11: Beavers (5.30-6.30 pm), Cubs (6.30-8.00 pm).

If you have anything to be put in the column it can be sent e-mail to: may463@btinternet.com