John May, Mill Lands

Brede & Udimore Luncheon Club meets again next week on Tuesday, February 26, at 12.30 pm in the Village Hall. The Club always welcomes new members and if you are interested or would like more information please contact either the Secretary, Frances Parnham on 01424-882007 or the membership Secretary, Anne Owen on 01424-882025. Brede Crafters are holding their next meeting on Wednesday, February 27, in the Village Hall at 2.00 pm.

As has been the custom for a number of years now it is hoped to decorate St. George’s Church over the Easter period with lilies and other flowers that are dedicated to the memory of a family member or someone you wish to remember. Orders can be placed now, so, if you would like to make a donation and have a dedication placed on the list please let Mrs. Sue Sturmey know (01424-882544) as soon as possible and by March 17 at the latest. Costs are being kept as low as possible, the lilies will be about £2.00 per stem, but donations are at the discretion of the individual person. The list of dedications will be on view in the Church during the Easter period.

The Quiz Evening organised by the Friends of St. George that should have taken place on January 19 but was cancelled due to the weather, will now be held on Saturday, March 16. Full details and reservations can be made through Marion Firman by calling 01424-751165.

Local supermarkets are once again issuing vouchers for the schools so if have any please give them to the pupils or drop them in to the school office when your passing. Over the years many items of use to the school have been obtained and have proved a great asset.

Next Saturday, March 2, there is 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. Also on the same day will be the monthly opening of the Brede Giants Pumping Engines at Brede Waterworks 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

Don’t forget that the Post Office services are available Friday mornings (11.00 to 1.00) at Broad Oak Stores and please patronise them as much as you can.

Brede Brownies and the Guides continue in Brede and Udimore and can offer girls of various ages some enjoyable activities. The Rainbows are for girls aged 5-7 years and the Brownies for 7-10 year olds. Both these groups meet at the Village Hall on Mondays, the Rainbows from 4.00-5.00 pm and Brownies from 5.00-6.30 pm. The Guides are for 10-14 years old and meet at Udimore Community Hall on Mondays from 7.15-8.45 pm. All have a varied programme of things to do and more details can be obtained from Hayley Cruikshank on 07525-168770.

Brede Scout Group would welcome any boys or girls who would like to join either the Brede Cubs or Brede Beavers. The groups run during term-time only on Mondays at the Scout Hut in Stubb Lane with the Beavers meeting from 5.30 to 6.30 pm and Cubs from 6.30 to 8.00 pm. Age groups are 6-8½ years for Beavers or 8-10½ years for Cubs. If any of them would like to join, then go along and see how much fun you can have, or you can contact Catherine Southgate (Beavers) on 01424-883585 or Colin Ward (Cubs) on 07980-171877.

Services at St. George’s Church during the coming week will be the Family Eucharist at 9.30 am on Sunday, February 24 with Holy Communion on Wednesday, February 27, at 10.00 am and Thursday, 28, at 9.00 am.

Trinity Methodist Church continues with the normal Service on Sunday, February 24, Broad Oak at 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, 25: Age UK (10.30 am), Rainbows (4.00 pm), Brownies (5.30 pm),

Whist Drive (7.30 pm); Tuesday, 26: Brede & Udimore Luncheon Club (12.30 pm); Wednesday, 27: Brede Crafters (2.00 pm); Thursday, 28: Stretch and Tone (9.30 am); Friday, March 1: Farmers’ Market (10.00 am), Short Mat Bowls (7.30 pm); Saturday, 2: Village Dance (7.30 pm).

Scout Hut, Stubb Lane: Monday, February 18: Beavers (5.30-6.30 pm), Cubs (6.30-8.00 pm).

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