Playden village voice

The temperature swings during the past week have been tremendous - blazing sun seemingly followed by hail storms. All very peculiar.

But despite the potential damage to delicate flower petals, the Iden and Playden Garden Society Spring Flower and Produce Show made the village hall awash with the most delightful colours and perfumes. More in the Iden column, with the results.

St. Michael’s Church people are holding a Spring Sale tomorrow, Saturday 21st April, in the church from 11 am to 1 pm. There will be refreshments, home made cakes, preserves, plants, books, toys, crafts, gifts and a raffle. Not only is it a lovely venue, but you are sure to find some very nice things to buy.

The following Saturday morning - 28th - is the Friends of Playden Church AGM, also in church, at 10.30 am. Short reports will be given, the annual Financial statement presented, membership subs can be paid, and elections held for committee members. A new secretary is needed plus a couple more executive members of The Friends. There are some lovely people on the membership list who pay every year, but take what might be called a ‘’sleeping ‘ role. Would any of them consider joining the committee? Please? We don’t have regular meetings, just as necessary when an event needs planning. We are very grateful for ALL subscriptions, but now need you to be active as well.

The Friends are running another Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday 29th April, leaving the church gate at 2.30 pm. There will be items of ‘Treasure’ to collect and clues to be solved. And it is good fun too. This one will be fairly local and finish at Playden Oasts at 6 pm. The cost is £5 per car +2, £2 per additional person.

The Parishioners’ Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in St. Michael’s Church, Playden on Tuesday 24th April. The Parishioners’ Meeting to elect Churchwardens is at 7 pm, and the APCM is at 7.15 pm. For anyone interested in standing for election for either Church Warden or as a PCC member, information and nomination forms are available in the church. Everyone on the Electoral Roll is entitled to a vote.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve offers a chance to go inside Camber Castle, visit the birdwatching hide at Castle Water and see wetland wildlife on Saturday 21st April, walking about 2.5 miles. Meet at Brede Lock at 1 pm.

On Sunday you could be part of a team collecting beach litter for the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch Campaign. Meet at Rye Harbour car park at 2 pm.

Donations appreciated for these events.

Now that the paper collection has stopped at Playden Church, the latest items to collect are Actimel, Activia and Shape yoghurt pots. There is a box in the porch at church. Each pot is worth 2 p.

The Rye and District Association of the National Trust has a walk planned for Tuesday 24th April. Meet at the Plough Inn, Crowhurst at 10.30 am. There are two circular hilly walks; 3.5 miles in the morning, 4 miles in the afternoon. If you wish to take part please confirm at least 24 hours before by email: phil@philmaynard.co.uk or phone 01797 260 637.

The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Unit will be at Budgens Car Park on Thursday 26th April to give equipment demonstrations, advice, screening tests, maintenance and a battery service from 10.30 to 3.30. For further information please phone 01323 722 505.

Monday 23rd April is, of course the day of England’s Patron Saint, St George, emblem, a rose.

It is also the date of the birth, and death of William Shakespeare. (1564 - 1616.) Is he the nation’s favourite poet?

The 11 am service on Sunday will be Parish Communion, led by the vicar.

Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane