John May

Mill Lands

The annual Service of Remembrance was held in St. George’s Church last Sunday, and I would like to thank everyone who was there for their support. As soon as the Poppy Appeal result for the district is known I will include it in the Village Voice. In the meantime, please accept, most sincerely, our appreciation for your contributions and special thanks to the house-to-house collectors and local businesses without whose help we could not manage. The annual Concert given by Cranbrook Town Band in aid of the Poppy Appeal will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday, December 6, at 7.45pm. Admission £4.00, pay at the door.

Brede Crafters’ Craft Fair is being held tomorrow, Saturday, November 17, in the Village Hall from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. A wide variety of items will be available including glassware, Christmas cards and fancy items, cakes, and much more as well as a tombola. Entrance is free. Brede Crafters members’ meeting this month will be in the Village Hall on Wednesday, November 28, at 2.00 pm.

You may encounter further delays in your travel on the A28 again next week when the section of road between Furnace Lane at Broad Oak and Horns Cross might be closed whilst resurfacing takes place. Diversions as usual will take you via Cripps Corner then on to Staplecross and back to Horns Cross.

Last minute places may still be available for the Six O’Clock Club’s visit to the Village Hall next Thursday, November 22, for another evening of popular operatic items given by Cameo Opera. Tickets are £12 and can be obtained from Penny Dawson by calling 01424-882263. Bring your own food to picnic during the evening, best-dressed table competition with tables of any size.

An evening of songs, arias and ensembles is being given by Emily Steventon, Gary Marriott, Michael White and Duncan Reid next Saturday, November 24, at 7.15 for 7.30 pm, in Udimore Community Hall. Tickets are £20 which will include a 3-course hot meal and can be obtained from Robert Wheeler on 01797-222009, Gary Marriott on 01424-882412 or at Brede Farmers’ Market.

Brede & Udimore Luncheon Club will be running a shopping excursion coach trip to Canterbury on Tuesday, December 4. Departure from the Village Hall is at 10.00 am, returning from Canterbury at about 4.00 pm. The fare will be £10 and non-members of the Club are welcome to come. The drop-off and pick-up point will be in Canterbury City centre. Please contact Aubrey White (01424-882762) if you would like further details or to book

Brede Church Bellringers will be erecting a Christmas tree again outside the church at the beginning of December to coincide with the Church’s Christmas Tree Festival. If you would like to donate £1.00 and dedicate a light in memory of a loved one or for a special occasion please put your name and dedication in an envelope and drop it in to Andrew Burchett, Alexandra Cottage, Stubb Lane, Brede, TN31 6EJ or give to any of the bellringers. You may also make donations at the Friday Farmers’ Market (on the apple stall) or at the Christmas Tree Festival on December 8 and 9. The proceeds this year are being shared between the Church for Christmas lighting costs and the repair fund for the church clock which was installed about 200 years ago, is a rather unusual timepiece and in need of an overhaul. Local individuals and organisations are invited to take part in the Christmas Tree Festival at the Church from Friday, December 7, to Sunday, December 9. by decorating a tree with the theme of the ’12 days of Christmas’ or other appropriate carol. If you would like to decorate a tree please call Vicki on 01424-883408 or Judy on 01424-882222 for more details.

Members of the Champions of Brede Village Hall fund can pay their subscriptions at the Friday Farmers’ Market during November. Subs are due by December 1 at £12 per year. Alternative methods of payment are being arranged such as standing order or on-line transfer and the details of these can be obtained from either Nita Franklin on 01424-882095 or Phil Romani on 01424-883420. Please contact on of them for the necessary forms if you would like to pay by one of these other methods.

Rye & District Association of the National Trust has a couple of events coming up shortly that you might like to know about. On Friday, December 7, they will be holding a Christmas Party at Playden W.I. Hall with Geoff Hutchinson as their guest. This will be from 2.00 pm. Then on Saturday, January 19, they are having a New Year Lunch. To book your place for either of these please contact Ros Adkins on 01797-253763 as soon as possible.

Services at St. George’s Church during the coming week are the Family Eucharist at 9.30 am and Evening Prayer and Intercessions at 4.30 pm on Sunday, November 18, with Holy Communion on Wednesday, November 21, at 10.00 am and also Thursday, November 22, Friday, 23, and Saturday, 24, at 9.00 am.

Trinity Methodist Church will be holding their regular Service on Sunday, November 18 at Broad Oak at the usual time of 10.30 am, with Mr. Owen Birch conducting the service.

Activities for the coming week at the Village Hall:

Monday, November 19: Age UK (10.30 am), Rainbows (4.15 pm), Brownies (5.30 pm), Whist Drive (7.30 pm); Tuesday, 20: Painting for Pleasure (9.30 am); Thursday, 22: Stretch and Tone (9.30 am), Cameo Opera (7.30 pm); Friday, 23: Farmers’ Market (10.00 am), Short Mat Bowls (7.30 pm).

Scout Hut, Stubb Lane: Monday, November 19: Beavers (5.30-6.30 pm), Cubs (6.30-8.00 pm).

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