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CHURCH SERVICES: In St Mary’s this Sunday, Palm Sunday, we meet in the Community Hall car park by 11.10am, for a procession to the church for the 11.15am service, which will be followed by refreshments.

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SOUP & SCRABBLE: I hope you’ll read this in time to be reminded that at noon today, it being the first Friday in the month, there’s another session of this enjoyable lunchtime party in the Hall. After a bowl of hot soup and an hour’s scrabbling (no previous experience needed) there’s tea and biscuits to round the party off. All for £5, good value and towards a good cause, the Four Charities supported by the Udimore and Brede committee.

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CLOCKS FORWARD: Summertime begins at midnight this Saturday, so you’re reminded to put your clocks and watches forward one hour.

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THANKS: I’m very grateful to Lesley Curtis for taking care of this column during the six weeks I was in hospital after unfortunately cracking a hip in several places, through falling on a slippery pavement. Thanks too to the NHS staff responsible for my successful treatment: they did a wonderful job.

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CHURCH SERVICE: In St Mary’s this Sunday at 11.15am there will be a Sung Family Eucharist followed by coffee or tea and biscuits.

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CHURCH SERVICES: In St Mary’s this Sunday are 8am, Holy Communion, and 11.15am there will be a Family Service for all, followed by coffee or tea and biscuits.

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SOUP & SCRABBLE: In the Hall at noon, today, Friday 1st March, there will be another session of this popular lunchtime event, in aid of the Four Charities. For £5 you can enjoy a bowl of hot soup with a roll, an hour’s gentle scrabbling (no previous experience needed), followed by tea and biscuits.

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CHURCH SERVICE: Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8am this Sunday (24th February) in St Mary’s Church.

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Speedy recovery Richard: Due to an unfortunate accident, Richard Holmes will not be able to submit the news for Udimore Village Voice for a couple of months. We wish him a speedy recovery. In his absence, please email Lesley Curtis, email address: lesley@ecooffice.eu with any news items.

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CHURCH SERVICES: In St Mary’s this Sunday are 8am, Holy Communion, and 11.15am there will be a Sung Family Eucharist, followed by coffee or tea and biscuits.

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SOUP & SCRABBLE: In the Hall at noon today (Friday) there will be another session of this popular lunchtime event, in aid of the Four Charities. For £5 you can enjoy a bowl of hot soup with a roll, an hour’s gentle scrabbling (no previous experience needed), followed by tea and biscuits.

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PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: On Wednesday evening, January 16, before the formal opening of the Council Meeting, those attending were invited to take part in an informal discussion about car parking arrangements for events in the Hall and St Mary’s Church. The owner of the adjacent area (which includes the pond and its surroundings, and the grass verges extending all the way along to the main road) naturally feels he should have some say in the way cars are parked there. Rather than resorting to a legal arrangement (a prescriptive easement, for example) it was agreed that it would be better to seek a solution to the problem by informal discussion between the parties involved, bearing in mind both the landowner’s rights and the facts that on some occasions the Hall’s present car park was bound to be inadequate, and that for some hundred years before the Hall’s construction all car drivers visiting the church had been accustomed to parking on the grass verges, no other space being available.

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SERVICE IN ST MARY’S: At 11.15am this Sunday there will be a Sung Family Eucharist, followed by refreshments in the church. All welcome!

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CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday in St Mary’s there will be a celebration of Holy Communion at 8am. At 11.15am there will be a Family Service for All, followed by refreshments in the church.

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CHURCH SERVICE: At 9.30am this Sunday there will be a Sung Family Eucharist in St Mary’s, starting at 9.30am and followed by refreshments and a social gathering in the church.

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CAROL SERVICE: Last Sunday’s annual combined carol service for Udimore and Brede, at 6pm in St Mary’s Church, was again very well attended, despite the inclement weather. The church was full of seasonal decorations, including another massive Christmas tree from Parsonage Farm. The Nine Lessons were read by representatives of both parishes, and of several age groups, interspersed with carols sung, it seemed, with special gusto this year. They included a fine rendering of Elizabeth Poston’s “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” by Gary Marriott. Mulled wine and other refreshments were lavishly provided afterwards by the Four Charities, as a fundraiser for the “Third World” charities they support. What a good way to start the festive season!

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JESSIE CORKE: Many congratulations to Jessie on the great occasion of her hundredth birthday this last Wednesday, to be celebrated in a family party tomorrow. As alert and sprightly as she has remained these last few years, she was always very likely to pass this distinctive milestone: we wish her much continuing happiness in the years ahead. The Parish Council arranged for her to be presented with a specially fragrant bouquet on behalf of us all. Many of us remember with affection that other Udimore centenarian, Liz Warrender. She was born in Lancashire; and Ethel Goldsmith, whose son Bert died recently, didn’t quite make the full hundred. So it seems Jessie Corke is distinctive as a locally- born hundred-year-old unique in Udimore’s history - unless anyone has ever heard of another?

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PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The first topic discussed by our Parish Councillors when they met last Wednesday was the proposed reduction in the frequency of grass mowing along road verges to twice a year. It was agreed that we would not opt for more frequent mowing than this, partly because this would involve an extra charge by the County Council, but more importantly because mowings limited to one in early June, followed by another in early Autumn would result in the maximum benefit for roadside wild flowers - also because the resultant increase in plant growth would tend to reduce the speed of traffic, especially in the lanes.

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CIVIC SERVICE: A large congregation gathered in St Mary’s Church last Sunday morning for the service to mark Councillor Jonathan Johnson’s inauguration as Chairman of Rother District Council. During an impressive service, speaking from the pulpit Fr Martin drew on passages from the Old and New Testament readings for the day to remind us that ours is not the first generation to experience environmental, military and political turmoil and upheavals. As in the past so now, apparently insoluble crises can be overcome, and even put to good account, only by a resolute determination to uphold the basic religious principles that underpin our society. There was some lusty singing of familiar hymns, and even of the later verses of less familiar ones, thanks to the strong lead provided by Cathy Bingham at the organ and Lesley Curtis on the guitar. Afterwards many of us adjourned to the Hall, to enjoy the refreshments provided by Jonathan, and to wish him a happy and successful year in office.

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