John May, Mill Lands

Tomorrow, 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 tomorrow there is 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

Brede Mothers’ Union meets again next week on Wednesday, March 6, in St. George’s Church at 2.30 pm. Vicki Harper will be talking about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

Reservations can be made for the Quiz Evening being organised by the Friends of St. George (postponed from January) now being held on Saturday, March 16. Full details can be obtained through Marion Firman by calling 01424-751165.

If you would like to have any lilies dedicated to someone special as part of the custom that for a number of years has helped to decorate St. George’s Church over the Easter period, order can be placed now. The flowers are dedicated to the memory of a family member or someone you wish to remember, 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 Post Office trial period is continuing at Broad Oak Stores and is offering most of their services to see how they get on. The times are not very long at present, being just Fridays from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm, roughly the same as the Farmers’ Market, but if it proves to be used by local people, and there is demand for more, then perhaps we shall see longer hours. Services being offered are Benefits, Pensions, POCA cards, personal banking with all banks except HSBC, E-top ups, parcel services, paying all bills except TV licences, travel items including insurance and currency requests and savings such as Premium Bonds. Car Licences cannot be issued nor can Passports be dealt with. If you can please try and do any post office jobs on Friday mornings so that the service is used as much as possible.

Rye and District Association of the National Trust is holding a ‘Meet and Greet’ event for members and friends and anybody who would like to learn more about the activities of the local group at Rye Town Hall from 12 noon to 2.00 pm on Saturday, February 23. For further details please contact Danny Rushbrooke on 01797-253521.

The Mobile Library calls again next week on Tuesday, March 5, 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, March 7, from 1.25 to 1.55 pm. Apart from reading books, the Library has a number of other facilities available.

Services at St. George’s Church during the coming week will be the Sung Eucharist at 9.30 am on Sunday, March 3, and Holy Communion is on Wednesday, March 6, at 10.00 am.

Trinity Methodist Church continues with the normal Service on Sunday, March 3, at Broad Oak at 10.30 am.

Activities for the coming week at the Village Hall:

Saturday, March 2: Village Dance (7.30 pm); Monday, 4: Age UK (10.30 am), Rainbows (4.00 pm), Brownies (5.30 pm), Whist Drive (7.30 pm); Tuesday, 5: Painting for Pleasure (9.30 am); Thursday, 7: Stretch and Tone (9.30 am); Friday, 8: Farmers’ Market (10.00 am), Short Mat Bowls (7.30 pm).

Scout Hut, Stubb Lane: Monday, March 4: Beavers (5.30-6.30 pm), Cubs (6.30-8.00 pm).

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