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The equinox has lived up to its stormy reputation.

Practically overnight the season changed from summer to autumn and there were thoughts about heating being necessary.

The Iden and Playden Garden Society will be holding the Autumn Flower and Produce Show in Iden Village Hall on Saturday 29th September at 2.30 pm, (tomorrow). The AGM will be at approximately 3.15 followed by the Trophy presentation. Subscriptions are due at this show, currently £5 p.a Admission is 50p for adults, 30p for children.

This year a new, special trophy will be presented for the Miniature Floral Art section. This will be in memory of Mr. Brian Hargreaves.

On Monday 1st October Rye and District Camera Club will be meeting in the W. I. Hall at 7.30 pm for Club Competitions.

Please will you help to pass the word around that the Friends of Playden Church Car Treasure Hunt will take place on Sunday 14th October. Cars will gather at the church gate at 2.30 pm. Maps will be provided and fiendish clues will have to be answered. The finish is at the Playden Oasts at 6 pm. It is always good fun, so why not come and join in?

The Quiz Night is not long afterwards, being on 27th October. Teams of 4 please, bring your own cutlery, condiments and chosen drink.

Playden School has been fund raising and made £50 from old batteries and ink cartridges, and £87.50 from Phil the Bag.

The new school councillors are Henry, Will, Millie (Y6), and James and May (Y5). William and Lucy,(Y3/4) and Bonnie and Meade (Y1/2)

The Y6 house captains are Rosie (Eagles), Declan (Kites), Gabbie (Hawks), and Henry (Falcons). George and Charlotte are Y6 Buddies for the reception children.

What a taste of democracy to come, and congratulations to everyone.

Swimming lessons have begun this week.

Mrs. Sue Cavilla will be visiting the school early in October to talk to the children about how they can help with the Link Romania project.

Before Christmas, the charity Link Romania organises the collection of Shoeboxes filled with gifts for very poor families and elderly people living in Romania, Moldova, Albania, Bulgaria and the Ukraine. These people live in terrible conditions in shanty towns, and even disused containers, often with no running water or electricity.

These gifts are everyday items such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo, combs, socks, crayons and colouring books etc.. Your gift of a shoebox would bring such happiness to the people who receive them.

If you would like to support the Link Romania shoebox appeal this year, then please collect a leaflet from Playden Church or contact Sue Cavilla on 230 431.

Individuals must deliver the shoeboxes to the church by Sunday 28th October.

This is a very early Christmas appeal, but you will have the opportunity to collect items gradually between now and the closing date.

The Playden Floral group will meet on Monday 1st October in the Playden W. I. Hall to hear Mr. Crouchman speak about “Westminster Abbey and its Gardens”.

Playden Harvest Bring and Share Lunch is now on 4th November at the W. I. Hall.

The Family service for Harvest is on 7th October.

Playden Parish Council will meet in the W.I. Hall on Thursday 4th October at 7.30 pm. Remember that the council represents YOU. and your presence would be welcomed.

Next weekend is Back to Church Sunday when we are asked to actively encourage those who used to come to church, to return. Come to the Harvest festival service at 11 am on 7th October.

The midweek services are at 9.30 am for Morning prayer and 3.30 pm for Evening Prayer on Tuesday.

Are your Michaelmas daisies in full flower? They should be as 29th September is St. Michael’s day. Playden church is dedicated to St. Michael - many hill-top churches are - and there will be a parish Communion for the Feast of St. Michael at 11 am on Sunday led by the Vicar.

Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane