PARISH COUNCIL: At their meeting, in the Hall last Wednesday, our councillors discussed a suggestion that a defibrillator should be installed somewhere in the village. These devices are of critical value to give emergency electrical treatment to anyone who has suffered a heart attack, resulting in a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm (ventricular fibrillation). You may have noticed that one has been installed halfway down Cadborough Hill (Udimore Road, Rye), and there is another at Pett Village Hall. In Udimore it would need to be located centrally (probably at the Hall, beside the world War I Memorial on the outside wall) securely locked, but accessible by anyone who has been instructed in its use. Councillors were to make more enquiries about the funding, installation and operation of the device, before finally approving the scheme.
After reporting on the recent approval by the County Council of the government’s four year financial settlement, Cllr Carl Maynard was asked what progress had been made in agreeing how to fund urgently needed repairs to Rye’s Landgate Arch. He agreed to make enquiries and report back on the current situation.
The Parish Council’s next meeting will be in the Hall at 6.30pm on Wednesday January 18.
UDIMORE CHRISTMAS FAYRE: There’s now only a week to go before this unmissable village event, in the Hall next Saturday, December 3, from 10.30am till 12.30pm. Besides the real reindeer, Father Christmas, seasonal refreshments, tombola, big raffles, children’s fun, produce and Christmas cakes, puddings and preserves, it will be a great place for some Christmas shopping. Among other ideal gifts for sale will be the warmest hats you’ve ever worn, knitted from home-spun local wool, the perfect knee-friendly gardening kneelers, and plenty of treasures on the Vintage and Valuables stall. All this for the price of a £1 lucky entry ticket!
Meanwhile, Nan Hacking will be very grateful for any contributions you can make of items for sale on any of the stalls, and for offers of tombola and raffle prizes. Please contact her by phone (01424 882348) or bring them along during setting up the previous afternoon.
BACKA QUACKA: River levels are now well up again, so this year’s duck race should go well. It will be on Sunday afternoon, December 4. £5 to back a duck, tickets now available from The Plough or Robert Wheeler (01797 222009). More details of timing and course next week.
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