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At present flaming very nicely thank you. As I write, the sun is hot, the sky is cloudless blue, there are roses out everywhere and we all hope it lasts through the special weekend.

Yesterday evening, when the sky was green and a small sliver of silver moon was peering through the trees, a pair of tiny bats was practising a Flittermouse Formation routine at great speed round the garden. This was at 9.30 pm and lovely and warm to sit outside.

Playden will be celebrating the Jubilee with a Picnic in the Butt Field on Saturday 2nd June from 12 noon to 3 pm. Although you bring your own picnic, additional refreshments will be available. There will also be a performance by a group called “applause outdoors 212”. It is hoped that there will be live music. Parking is at the Rye Medical Centre and then a short walk across the road, through the churchyard and down the footpath to the Butt Field.

Is there anyone who has a camera to record the event for posterity?

Following on very soon will be the Olympic Torch Relay. We are delighted to learn that Denny Nicol will be part of the team. It is not clear why she is carrying the torch in Bexhill and a lady from Bexhill is carrying it in Rye, but no doubt they had their reasons. Timings are not yet known.

The East Sussex Morris Men will be about during the weekend, the nearest for us are The Black Lion at Appledore at 5.30pm and the Cock Inn at Peasmarsh at 9 pm on Saturday; and Peasmarsh Flower Festival at 11.15, The Mermaid at 12.15, St. Mary’s at 2.45, Rye Town Hall at 3.15, Ypres Tower at 3.45 and up to Winchelsea at 5 pm, all on Sunday. The tour will finish with the Royal Oak at 6.30 and the Cock Inn at 9 pm, both in Peasmarsh.

Playden Parish Council will NOT take place this coming Thursday as is usual, but will happen on 14th June at 7.30 pm in the W. I. Hall. Everybody is welcome.

The Catwalk Connections fashion Show seems to have been great fun and about £400 was raised for church funds. Many thanks to everyone who supported it.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has planned a Bird Bingo to run from today until 10th June. Pick up a bingo card from Lime Kiln Cottage information centre and see how many birds you can see around the reserve. You should see gulls, terns, waders and their chicks. It costs £1 per card.

There will be a Bring and Share Lunch for Trinity at the Vicarage from 1pm to 2.30 pm on Sunday.

The 11am service on Trinity Sunday will be Family Communion.

Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane