How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email
Remembering Ben: Last Saturday, I, with over 400 people were at St George’s Church to join in the celebration of Ben’s life. The Scout, Kenyan, Union, St George’s and the East Sussex (Martlets) Flags were flown from the rafters and the ‘Big Ben Omondi’ (you can make it happen) flag was on a pillar. Approximately 150 Scouts from East London and East Sussex lined both sides of the path from the Church to the gate in honour as his beautiful coffin engraved with animals from Kenya took it’s final journey. His Charity, a School for orphans can benefit from any donations at www.timurafiki.org. It was a lovely that so many people went to pay their last respects to an incredible young man and a wonderful tribute for Joanna, his wife, and the family to remember how well he was thought of by the Scouting fraternity and the community. The service was followed by a picnic in the recreation ground with music, it was the only place with the space for such a large crowd of people to eat comfortably.
Queen: Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday You should all have received a yellow pamphlet, Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration in Broad Oak & Brede. If you have not please contact me ASAP so that you know what will be going on in June.
Friday 20 May: Yoga with Susan in Udimore Community Hall at 9.30am, WEA is at 11.30am.
Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall. Last week the plants were on sale again and I bought a tree lupin for the garden amongst other things. Often you can find the unusual at the market. Do look for yourself.
Brede Short Mat bowlers will be meeting at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall
Saturday 21 May: Baby Ballet Classes with Emma are in Brede Village Hall at 10am.
Duncan Reid and Gary Marriott present a Grand Concert on behalf of the Friends of St Georges at 7.30pm in St George’s Brede Tickets are £8.50 and include a finger buffet and a glass of wine. Please contact Marion Firman 01424 751165 or one of the committee.
Sunday 22 May: Church Services are as follows: Father Anthony White conducts the Mass service at 9.00 am in St Theresa’s Catholic Church on the old Northiam Road, if you need to contact the Father his number is 01424 773125
At St George’s Church the Sung Eucharist starts at 9.30am. All are very welcome. Father Martin can be reached on 01424 883408. The Church’s Website is http://www.stgeorgesbrede.org.uk
At the Methodist Church in Broad Oak the Reverend John Hellyer will be taking this morning’s service at 10.30am. The Reverend Peggy Heim is the Pastoral Minister and she can be contacted on 01424 422350
Monday 23 May: Age Uk East Sussex Brede Community Club will meet in Brede Village Hall at 10 .30am to begin their day with coffee, games then lunch and entertainment in the afternoon. The day can be split into two now, so if you only wish to go for the morning or the afternoon you may do so, or you may go and have lunch and stay but you must book this in advance. They have a mini bus now so transport is not a problem; for more information please contact Mrs Maureen Distin on 07850 987130.
Whist players will be in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm
The Guiding section meet in the small hall of Brede Village Hall; the Rainbows have spaces, also Julie has mentioned that many of their girls are moving up to Brownies in September, they welcome girls aged 5-7 years, on Mondays during term time from 4.15-5.15pm, girls can visit to see if they like Rainbows first. Contact Julie Piper 01424883464 / 07863599537
The Brede Scout sections are all held in the Scout Hut Stubbs Lane, Beavers welcome Boys and girls from 6 years old they meet from 5.15pm to 6.15pm. Contact Cherry Merricks 01424 251242 or 07761730956. The Cubs are 8-10½ years old and meet from 6.30 – 8.00pm. Cubs are 8-10½ years old and meet from 6.30 – 8.00pm there are also vacancies for children to join, the Contact is Colin Ward 01424 852413
Tuesday 24 May: Pilates with Laura at 9.15am in Udimore Community Hall. Followed by another session at 10.15am.
Knitters & Natters (knitting for various concerns) meet in the Methodist Church in Broad Oak at 10am.
Brede Luncheon Club meet at 12 noon in Brede Village Hall for another delicious meal and get together.
Brede Scouts meet, from 7pm – 9pm in the Scout Hut and any young person 10½ or over is welcome. The contact is Andy Bishop 07811339626
Wednesday 25 May: Pilates are with Laura in Udimore Community Hall at 9.15 and 10.15am.
The Brede Crafters meet at 2pm in Brede Village Hall.
Are your brains charged up as the Rainbow Trout are hosting a Quiz night at 8pm tonight. No nead to book just turn up.
At 4pm the Alexander Technique is being shown in Udimore Community Hall.
Thursday 26 May: Pilates with Laura at 9.30am with another session at 7.30pm both in Udimore Community Hall. Stretch and Tone with Sally in Brede Village Hall at 9.30am.
Friday 27 May: Yoga with Susan in Udimore Community Hall at 9.30am, WEA is at 11.30am.
Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall.
Brede Short Mat bowlers will be meeting at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall
Saturday 28 May: Baby Ballet Classes with Emma are in Brede Village Hall at 10am.
Open Garden Scheme for St Michaels Hospice in Broad Oak & Brede. 4, Waterworks Cottages, Waterworks Lane BredeTN316HG, Little Chitcombe Chitcombe Road TN31 6EX 1 acre garden & Sussex Brass will be playing in the garden. Sculdown Chitcombe Road TN31 6EU teas available. Woodlands Chitcombe Road TN31 6EU All open 10.30am – 4pm entry £5.00 in any garden for all three.
MT Vessel are playing at the Rainbow Trout this evening at 8.30pm so go and have a good time.
Wednesday 1st June: Diabetes....an Epidemic. Northiam Village Hall. A presentation by the doctors at Northiam and Broad Oak Surgeries. Diabetes is an increasing concern as more patients are diagnosed. It may be affecting your family or friends. Come for 6-30 for a 7-00 start to hear the facts and have your questions answered.
Thursday 16th June: Brede & Udimore Overseas Group Summer Lunch 1pm Udimore Community Hall. Two delicious Courses £9.50 (take your own bottle) All donations in aid of the four charities the Group support. Please contact Liz 01424 882657 or Judy 01424 882222 for tickets.
Saturday 25 June: the Friends of St Mary’s Church invite you to a Midsomer Murder which is being performed by a very talented local group. It is a 7pm start and weather permitting it will be an outside event at Udimore Community Hall. Take your own picnic and drink. It will be a fun evening including a raffle. Tickets are £7.50 Teams of 6-8 are ideal, teams can also be made up on the day
Please: let me know in good time if there is anything you would like put in the column.
Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage at www.ryeandbattleobserver.co.uk/
2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RyeandBattleObserver
3) Follow us on Twitter @RyeObs
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!
The Rye and Battle Observer - always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.