Rhiannon Oliver, Bellhurst Cottages

Contact: telephone 01424 882037 or email

Last Friday the beautiful Church, St Georges Brede held a myriad of beautiful flowers ready to be arranged so skilfully to interpret the titles that that everyone had been given. The Chancel was in memory of Betty and depicted the pleasure and pastimes in her life. It did bring a tear to many an eye as it was her to a ‘T’ One visitor was heard to say ‘if Betty can see from Heaven I am sure she would be pleased.’

Saturday it rained but not daunted visiting Bell ringers from Bexhill, Sedlescombe and Battle invited by Daniel from our Bell ringing team rang out a lovely quarter peel to begin the festival with a good start. As ever the British people true to form were not put off by the rain and villagers and over 200 visitors from many places came and enjoyed the displays. Some had been coming for many years and said they could not believe how much talent was in the Village and how the standard improves year on year if that was at all possible. I am one of the flower arrangers and it is so gratifying to know we give so much pleasure to so many people; it makes the enjoyable hard work so worthwhile. If you were sorry to miss the festival then you might like to know that some of it was filmed and is available on the website and of course possibly in today’s paper. The two day Art Exhibition in the Village Hall had a good attendance and the organisers were very pleased. This is another group of very talented people who have created some stunning and beautiful artwork. The group meet on a Tuesday 3 times a month, they already have about 30 members, but if you have a burning desire to paint then a contact number is in the Village Hall. (I have been asked not to print it)

Last Sunday the sun came out, hurrah! and the number of visitors went up by another hundred more than Saturday, hopefully those who went up the tower were blessed with a most beautiful view and more people ventured across the grass at the back of the Scout Hut to visit the book tent grannies attic and the plant and jam stalls. They all felt a bit isolated in the downpour on Saturday. In the morning it was lovely sitting amongst the flowers for the service and for the Songs of Praise in the evening, which covered the many years the Church had been standing and the 33 years of the Flower Festival this being the 34th Father Martin thanked all the people who organised and arranged the flowers and all those who helped in any way around the Church and in the Scout Hut for making the event possible

Bank holiday Monday and the festival was very busy, about 98 lunches were served and the Cream teas sold out quickly. St George’s need to raise quite a lot of money for the Church upkeep and this was their main fundraiser, so lets hope it was successful for them. The Brede Giants were popular over the weekend too. Both pubs had entertainment so Brede was a good place to be last weekend.

This week Friday 30 August Brede Farmers Market opens from 10am – 12, slight misprint last week there should have been another nought after the money raised it should have read over £15,000 given to local charities (sorry). Please also remember the Post Office services are open from 11am – 1.00pm in Broad Oak General Stores. Short matt bowlers will take their place at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. At 9 pm Sam Calver will be singing in the Rainbow Trout

Saturday 31 September The Car Boot sale in the car park of the Rainbow Trout will take place 7am till 12 pitches booked in advance cars £5.00 and Vans £7.00 call 01424 882031.

Sunday 1 September Brede Shooting Club and Northiam Bonfire Society are holding a Clay Shoot at Conster Manor Farm Broad Oak Brede by kind permission of Mr& Mrs Jeffrey It is in aid of the Air Ambulance and Northiam Bonfire Society. There are prizes for the best shot and also a ‘Have a go stand’ so that you can try your hand at clay shooting it is £6.00 for 10 shots and includes tuition and equipment. For further details contact 01797 252506

Also today The 9.30am Eucharist will be sung at St George’s Brede and at 10.30am the Trinity Methodist Church begin their service, J. Michael Ward will be the preacher. Both Churches welcome everyone. Our Cricketers will be playing against the Legion at home at 1pm(note the time change). It will apply for the remainder of their matches. In the Rainbow Trout at 5pm Jimmy Adams will be singing to entertain those present.

Monday 2 September In Brede Village Hall Age Uk Day centre is open 10,30am – 3pm. They have Celestine; a singer and dancer who has performed in the London Palladium and with the Two Ronnies entertaining this afternoon. Maureen invites anyone who would like to watch her join them at 1.30pm a donation will be acceptable. She says ‘Please come you will be so welcome and it will make a better audience for the performer.’ She would also like to remind people that they are most welcome to join them for coffee, entertainment and lunch or lunch and the afternoon entertainment. Both sessions are £10,00 Also in the Hall at 7.30pm the Whist Players will meet.

Tuesday 3 Painting for pleasure 9.30am in the Village Hall. The Winchelsea singers join together again after their summer break. Duncan is the conductor at Winchelsea Village Hall from 2pm – 4pm if you are interested in joining the Choir. Messy Church is becoming very popular, it is usually held in Udimore Parish Community Hall at 4pm on the first Tuesday of the month, but they will meet on the 10th of September this time. Children must take a parent or supervising adult with them. More information on the website.

The Mobile Library visits Oakhill Drive 3pm – 3.40pm Reedswood Road 3.50pm

Wednesday 4 Brede Mother’s Union meet at Hayesland Cottage

Thursday 5 September Stretch and Tone returns after the summer break and no doubt some of us will be glad to trim up after the summer’s good food ie cream teas. The Mobile Library will visit Brede Village Hall. Between 1.25pm – 1.55pm

Friday 6 September the usual Friday Farmers Market will be open 10 – 12 as usual. Short mat bowls will take place in the Hall later at 7.30pm.

Saturday 7 September the ballroom and sequence dancers will grace the Village Hall at 7.30pm

Future events:

Friday 13 September Hearing Link are fundraising and will have a cake stall and be doing the refreshments at the Farmers Market. Please support them and if possible bake a cake. If you have never heard of the Charity then read about it in next week’s column. You can let me know if you are able to help and I will pass it on.

Thursday 19 September A new flower arrangement club starts for those who are hoping to begin or expand their floral knowledge. ‘Design with Flowers’. begins in Udimore Parish Hall. Between 7pm and 9pm. The cost is £2.00. The subject is An Autumn Arrangement with Flowers and foliage from the hedgerow and/or your garden. Pots, floral foam and pot tape etc will be available on the sales table or If you know that you will require these items contact me, Rhiannon 01424 882037 so that they can be reserved for you.

At Brede Village Hall this week

Mondays – Age Uk Day Centre 10.30am, Whist 7.30pm.

Tuesday – Painting for pleasure 9.30am

Thursday – Stretch and Tone 9.30am

Friday – Farmers Market 10am, Short Mat Bowls 7.30pm