Playden village voice

It has been quite a long while since the fields have had water standing in them. But this past weekend, there was a lot of it about.

Which is why The Friends of Playden Church were somewhat anxious about the Car Treasure Hunt.

But talk about a ‘ window of opportunity!’ All day Saturday, it rained. All night, it rained. Early Sunday morning, it rained. But about eleven o’clock on Sunday morning, the clouds blew away, the sun came out and we had a really exciting Hunt. There were a few dark clouds later in the afternoon, but they passed us by. The navy blue of the sky simply highlighted the lovely fresh spring green of the young leaves and grass, and lambs were skipping about in the sunshine.

We had a most enjoyable afternoon out around the Isle of Oxney, and the winners of the Treasure Hunt were Derek and Peter, who have set previous questions. They were presented with a mug each, on which was depicted the ‘ Friends’ logo and a picture of the Isle of Oxney. Well done to them and many thanks to Jeff and Jill for working it all out.

It rained again during Sunday evening !.

There should be another Hunt in September, so why not come and join us?

But before then there is The Playden Weekend Exhibition of Arts, Crafts and Music. There will be many lovely things on display in the church, which will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday 12th May and 12.30 to 4pm on Sunday 13th May. Refreshments will be available all day and many items will be for sale.

We are very excited to have a semi-staged production of Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel performed for us on Saturday evening by simply opera.This will be at 7.30 pm and tickets are £10 including refreshments. These are available in advance from 01797 22 26 15 or at the door.

Any enquiries to 01797 22 26 15.

Playden Church held its Annual Parochial Church Meeting last week and the following officers were elected : Church Wardens Mrs. Helen Gray; Mrs. Alison Cade; Mrs. Jean Jones; Hon. Secretary Mrs. Sylvia Hobbs; Hon. Treasurer Mr. Adrian Gray; members of the PCC are Mr. Peter Challans, Mrs. Joan Taylor, Mrs. Honour James, Mrs. Maryanne Pritchard and Mr. Dick Wright. The last two named are also the Deanery Synod representatives.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve invites you to find out more about the new Saltmarsh Habitat Walk on Monday 7th May from 10 am to 1 pm. If you visit this exciting project you can watch the sea come in on a spring tide, and see and hear the wheatears, waders, gulls and terns. Meet at Rye Harbour car park. Donations would be appreciated.

Please remember to collect Actimel, Activia and Shape plastic pots and put them in the box in the church porch. Empty ink cartridges from your computer are also collected and recycled.

The 11 am service on Sunday will be Family Communion led by the Vicar.

Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane