Rhiannon Oliver, Bellhurst Cottages

Good News to start with. You will probably have read that Rother District Council are not increasing their part of the Council Tax, I am also pleased to pass on that Brede Parish Council has worked incredibly hard in order not to increase their share. For this year at least you can breath a sigh of relief that your Council Tax will remain the same.

Today Friday March 15 A Coffee Morning and Spring raffle (a Lamb jointed and bagged up) will take place at Stocks Oast Udimore 10.30am 12 noon to raise funds for the hall.

The Brede Farmers weekly Market with the many stalls offering vegetables, meat, fish, dairy, bakery, fruit as well as home made cakes and cards for all occasions including other sale tables will be open from 10am –12

Once again the Trial Post Office services will be open from 11am to 1pm this morning.

This evening doors open from 7.30pm for the short mat bowlers held in the Village Hall.

Saturday March16 2013 10am – 12am There is going to be a Trinity Coffee Morning At the Methodist Church, usual stalls and raffle all proceeds to refurbishment fund. all welcome.

Saturday March 16 at last the Friends of St George’s Quiz will take place in the Brede Village hall 7pm for 7.30pm start. Remember to take all you crockery, nibbles drinks and bags to take home your rubbish.

Sunday March 17th St Patrick’s Day Eucharist 9.30am at St George’s Church.

Mrs Lesley Gilchrist will be taking the 11am service at the Methodist Church

Monday March 18 Age Uk Brede Community Club meet 10.30am – 3pm Maureen Distin’s contact number is 01424 883282 should you wish to join or if you would like more information about becoming a volunteer.

Rainbows for girls 5-7 meet 4.00 –5.00pm and Brownies 7-10year olds 5.00 – 6.30pm both meet in Brede Village Hall.(small hall)

Whist takes place in the Village hall 7.30pm

In the Scout Hut Stubb Lane 5.30 – 6.30pm Brede Beavers 6 – 8year olds. . Contact Catherine Southgate 01424 883585

6.30 – 8.00pm. Brede Cubs 8 - 10½ year olds. To join Contact Colin Ward 07980 171877. The Group is still leaderless for the Scout section they still hope someone will come forward to be a leader so it can reopen, anyone interested please contact Colin.

To book the Scout Hut Contact Rhiannon Oliver 01424 882037 It is ideal for meetings, children’s parties and anniversaries.

To book Brede Village Hall Contact Carol Kynvin 01424 882123

Wednesday March 20 Brede and Udimore Overseas Group have arranged a Lent lunch, which will be held in St George’s Church Brede. There is no charge but donations are gratefully received. The lunches begin at 12 noon and finish by 1.30pm. If you are free just turn up, you will be very welcome. For more information look in the Parish Magazine published by Churches St George, Brede, St. Mary Udimore, it is available in the local shops ,for 30p or it can be delivered or posted. Contact Mr Peter Rigeon 01424 882231 for more information.

Thursday March 21 is The beginning of Spring and to put a spring into your step why not join Stretch and Tone in the Village hall 9.30am –10.30am.

I have received this report from Police Officer Nigel Collins to make you aware of the crimes in our area. Brede Valley


Udimore was the location of two reported crimes this month.

The first occurred on 4th February when heating oil to the value of £50 was discovered to have been stolen from a tank in a garden of a property in the parish. Nationally there has been a rise in the last year of heating oil thefts from external fuel tanks. We have some really useful advice leaflets on ways to best protect and secure your fuel tanks so please get in touch with myself or Richard Perchard if you would like one.

The second reported incident occurred on the 9th February when a window of an annexe building was smashed in an apparent attempt to gain entry into the property. No entry was gained though and nothing stolen.

Broad Oak/Brede

Brede also saw two reported crimes in February.

On the 15th of the month, the manufactures badge was stolen from the front of a vehicle which had been parked in Oakhill Drive.

The other matter to report this month occurred around the 28th February when an insecure shed in St Mary’s Close was entered and a strimmer worth £100 was stolen. Please make sure that if you are using your outbuildings to store valuable items that you secure them properly.


A much quieter month in Westfield which was really pleasing to see.

On the 4th February, a wooden gate was stolen from a farm entrance in the village.

On 13th February, a white ornamental horses head worth £100 was stolen from the garden of a property on Cottage Lane.

Finally, a tax disc was possibly stolen from a motorbike which had been parked up in Churchfields on the 28th February. If you do own or use a motorcycle please regularly check your tax disc and make sure that it is securely fastened. Thefts of tax discs from motorbikes do occur but quite often they are lost as the bikes are being ridden.

Meet PSCO Richard Perchard

at Brede Parish Council Meeting, Brede Village Hall. Tuesday March 26 2013 at 7pm

Purpose and reason of meeting: PCSO Perchard will be in attendance meeting with parish councillors and any members of the public and answering any questions or concerns they have.

If you have not already done so it might be a good idea to join Neighbourhood watch contact Philip Romani 01424 883420 or email

You can also contact Philip or Nita Franklin 01424 882095 for full details of the Champions of Brede should you wish to join please invite your family and friends to join too. The annual membership is £12.00 but if you join part way through the year there will be prorated reductions. Draws take place at the end of the month either at the Farmers Market or Luncheon Club in Brede Village Hall There are two special draws in June an December with a top prize of £100. All proceeds are for the upkeep of the Village Hall.

Andy McDonald has informed me that he is starting up a grocery delivery service to residents and those without internet access, in association with the Spar shop Northiam. Aimed principally at the elderly. And for those without internet access. He says “The idea is to deliver the orders that people phone in for a small charge of £3.00 with free delivery for orders over £85! If the venture takes off it will be rolled out to include other nearby villages. If not – no harm will be done. Anybody wishing to know more about this or to place their first order is invited to phone 01424 883386 or email him at”

Sue has asked me to remind everyone that today the 15th is the deadline for ordering Easter Lilies: The cost of the white lilies for Easter this year will be £2.00 per stem. Please let her know if you would like her to buy lilies or other blooms to be arranged in the Church for Easter on your behalf in memory of a loved one. She continues, please can I have the details of those whom you wished to be included on the ‘In Memorandum’ flower list.

Activities for the coming week

At the Village hall – March 16 Quiz 7.00pm

Mondays - Age Uk 10.30am, Whist 7.30pm.

Rainbows 4pm Brownies 5.30pm both in the small hall

Tuesday – Painting for pleasure 9.30am

Wednesday Lent Lunch 12 noon

Thursday – Stretch & Tone 9.30am

Fridays – Farmers Market 10am Short Mat Bowls 7.30pm

Wednesday March 20 - St George’s Church Lent Lunch 12 noon

Scout Hut – Mondays - Beavers 5.30 - 6.30pm, Cubs 6.30pm – 8pm

To include anything in the column please contact me on 01424 882037 or email