John May, Mill Lands

I am sure that I am not alone in congratulating the people of Westfield in treating us to yet another seasonal display of lights. They must put in a tremendous amount of work, not to mention the cost, in providing such a varied selection of scenes and decorations. Hopefully the public have been in a generous mood as the collections, as I understand it, all go to charity. Well done Westfield.

Amongst all the Christmas activities don’t forget to get your tickets for Brede Players’ production of “Robinson Crusoe” at the Village Hall on Friday and Saturday, January 11 and 12. Please contact Bobbie on 01424-882549 or Bruni on 01424-883548 or Broad Oak Bakery. These pantos normally get booked up quite quickly so don’t miss out. Reservations can also be made for the Friends of St. George Quiz Evening on Saturday, January 19, at the Village Hall. Tables are up to eight people and the admission is £7.50 per person including fish and chip supper. Please contact Marion Firman on 01424-751165 to book your places. Brede and Udimore Overseas Group is holding a lunch on Friday, January 25, at Udimore Community Hall in aid of their four overseas charities. The 2-course lunch is at 12.30 pm and tickets are £8.50. Please contact Liz Turgoose on 01424-882657.

The next visits by the Mobile Library will be on Tuesday, January 8, (Oakhill and Reedswood) and Thursday, January 10 (Village Hall). Brede Steam Giants will be open again on Saturday, January 5, as usual from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

I will not be sending in any copy for next week’s Village Voice, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have made contributions during the year, to the Rye Observer for their continued support, and of course thanks to the local businesses, tradespeople, delivery people and all those who keep on providing us with the various services that we require. Wishing you an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Services at St. George’s Church during the coming week are the Family Eucharist at 9.30 am on Sunday, December 23, Midnight Mass is at 11.30 pm on Monday, December 24, with a Family Eucharist on Christmas Day at 9.30 am. Holy Communion is on Thursday, December 27, Friday, 28, and Saturday, 29, at 9.00 am and also Wednesday, December 26, at 10.00 am.

Trinity Methodist Church will be returning to their normal Sunday Service on December 23 at Broad Oak at 10.30 am. The service will be conducted by the Revd. Robin Roberts and will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. There is no service on Christmas Day but all are welcome to share the service at Rye Methodist Church at 11.15 am.

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