John May, Mill Lands

The result of this year’s Poppy Appeal for Brede and Udimore amounted to just on £1,800. Thanks once again to everyone who made a contribution and to all the helpers. 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 & Udimore Luncheon Club’s Anniversary Lunch is next week on Tuesday, November 27, at 12.30 pm in the Village Hall. They are also 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 Crafters meeting this month will be in the Village Hall on Wednesday, November 28, at 2.00 pm. Brede School’s Christmas Fair is being held at the school on Thursday, December 6, at 3.15 pm.

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. The Festival starts on the Friday with a Carol Concert and will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

If you are a member of the Champions of Brede Village Hall fund you can still pay your subscription 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 Phil Romani at the Market or by calling 01424-883420.

Next Saturday, December 1, there will be another Village Dance from 7.30 pm at the Village Hall. The programme as usual will include favourite dances from ballroom, sequence, Latin to line dancing. Entrance is £3.00. The Brede Giants Pumping Engines are also on view again at Brede Waterworks next Saturday from 10 am to 4.00 pm. Parking is free, refreshments and souvenir items are available. New members for the Society are welcome as is anyone who likes working with heritage machinery.

The Mobile Library calls again next week on Tuesday, November 27, from 3.00 to 3.40 pm in Oakhill Drive and 3.50 to 4.25 pm in Reedswood Road. It will also be at the Village Hall on Thursday, November 29, from 1.25 to 1.55 pm. Apart from reading books, the Library has audio books as well as access to the internet and reference library.

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 25, with Holy Communion on Wednesday, November 28, at 10.00 am and Friday, 30, at 9.00 am.

Trinity Methodist Church will be holding their regular Service on Sunday, November 25 at Broad Oak at the usual time of 10.30 am. The service will be conducted by the Revd. Peggy Heim who will also administer Holy Communion.

Activities for the coming week at the Village Hall:

Monday, November 26: Age UK (10.30 am), Rainbows (4.15 pm), Brownies (5.30 pm), Whist Drive (7.30 pm); Tuesday, 27: Brede & Udimore Luncheon Club (12.30 pm); Wednesday, 28: Brede Crafters (2.00 pm); Thursday, 29: Stretch and Tone (9.30 am), Parish Council Meeting (7.30 pm); Friday, 30: Farmers’ Market (10.00 am), Short Mat Bowls (7.30 pm); Saturday, December 1: Village Dance (7.30pm).

Scout Hut, Stubb Lane: Monday, November 26: Beavers (5.30-6.30 pm), Cubs (6.30-8.00 pm).

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