Rhiannon Oliver, Bellhurst Cottages

Contact: telephone 01424 882037 or email

I have received a message from Andrew Burchett the Tower Captain who wishes to convey a big thank you to all who made generous donations towards the clock repair. The clock was taken to pieces and transported to Bletchingley, Surrey on 4 September, there it was to be re-assembled and overhauled. The work should take from 4 – 6 weeks to be completed so it is hoped that the clock will be back and striking out once more by the end of October. It just shows what we can achieve when we pull together.

Friday 25 October In Brede Village Hall the Brede Farmers Market will be open from 10am – 12pm. Many people take advantage of this village amenity not only to buy food and products but also to sit and have a chat over a cup of coffee. Short Mat Bowls is at 7.30pm. Hopefully there will be Post Office Services in Broad Oak General store from 11am –1.00pm some people went last week and found the lady was not there. 7.30pm find your best witches and wizards clothes for the Halloween Fancy Dress Party at the Rainbow Trout with live music from the Dead Rabbits. Also at 7.30pm Short Mat Bowls will take place in the Village Hall, they would like more members, so don’t be shy if you think you have an eye that can send a ball straight along a carpet to hit the jack then think no more go along and find out.

Saturday 26 October In St Mary’s Community Hall (Udimore) at 3pm, Be prepared to have a laugh and learn about things past as Dickie Dengate gives a talk about reflections of a farming life, this will be followed by tea and delicious cakes. Tickets are £5 and available now from Geraldine Edwards 01424 883021. This evening sees Staplecross hosting a torchlit procession, which will go from the Cross Inn in the Village at 7.15 to Cripps Corner then return for the lighting of the Bonfire at 8.30pm, which will be followed by a Grand Firework Display at 9pm, which in past years has been fantastic. Cost is £1 entry. Many of them are requesting that no one takes their own fireworks for safety reasons. I hope the evenings stay dry for all of them.

At any bonfire event over the next few weeks take care and have a great time. Sunday 27 October at St Georges Brede there will be a sung Eucharist at 9.30am followed by coffee. At the Trinity Methodist Church the service will be conducted by the Reverend Peggy Heim. I will also draw attention to the Circuit Lunch Club they will be meeting at Bannatyne Spa at 12.30pm. You can be entertained by Hannah if you venture in to the Rainbow Trout to hear her lovely voice between 5pm and 7pm.

Monday 28 October Age Uk Day Centre will welcome people to join their Community Club for half a day (lunch, afternoon activities) especially if this is more suitable and affordable. Contact Maureen for more info 01424 883282 Today the clients arriving at 10.30am will be able to use the memory basket and word wheel, do painting, discuss the current news and later have exercises with Zena and also have a lovely lunch. The Whist Players will arrive in the main Hall at 7.30pm ready to begin their game. In the small Hall the Rainbows start at 4.00pm with Brownies following at 5.30pm.

Beavers are in the Scout Hut at 5.30pm - 6.30pm, Cubs meet from 6.30pm – 8.00pm. Guides meet at Udimore Hall at 7.15pm

Tuesday 29 October the artists will gather to produce beautiful works of art at 9.30am in Brede Village Hall for Painting for Pleasure The Mobile Library visits Oakhill Drive 3pm – 3.40pm Reedswood Road 3.50pm. The Parish Council meets at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. The Parish notice boards will advertise what is to be discussed. Unless invited to do so onlookers can have their say at the end of the meeting. It is good to have people from the Parish making an effort to come along; it makes the Councillors feel that they are not working on the Parish’s behalf in vain.

Wednesday 30 October Crafters meet at 2pm in the Village Hall to make a stitch in time ready for their Craft Sale on Saturday 16 November. WI Autumn group meeting is at 7.30pm in Sedlescombe Village Hall.

Thursday 31 October at 9.30am Stretch and Tone is gentle exercise that keeps the joints working so if you think this is what you need then pop into the Village Hall and join Sally as she puts the group through their paces. The Mobile Library makes a visit to Brede Village Hall Between 1.25pm – 1.55pm.

Friday 1 November The Brede Farmers Market open from 10am – 12pm. Short Mat Bowlers will meet for this evenings game at 7.30pm.

Future events:

Saturday 2 November Village Dance (Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing)

Sunday 3 November 4.30pm The Red Lion Chutney Challenge. Enter your homemade chutney in their house competition. Only one category Chutney; made by you. There will be a Trophy for the overall winner. Register your entries no later than Saturday 2 November. In the evening in the Red Lion at 7pm the Tar Babies will be performing. Also today from 5.30pm The Rainbow Trout have are holding a bonfire party. Entry is £2 per Person. There will be a Professional Firework Display by Icon Pyrotechnics; a bonfire, hot food and drinks. Bring along your Guy – one will be chosen to go on the bonfire with a prize for the winner. Live Music throughout the evening. For further details contact them on 01424 882031 again this is a family event and they respectfully ask that no sparklers or firecrackers are to be taken to the venue.

Thursday 7 November the VI O’clock Club presents the Cameo Opera at Brede Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 per person available from Penny Dawson 01424 882263. Round up your friends and to make a table of 6 or 8 then think what you are going to create for your 4 – 5 course dinner. It is also a Black tie event and great fun.

Activities for the week.

At Brede Village Hall

Mondays - Age Uk Daycentre 10.30am, Whist 7.30pm.

Rainbows 4pm Brownies 5.30pm both in the small hall

Tuesday – Painting for Pleasure 9.30am Mobile Library, Oakhill Drive 3pm Reedswood Road 3.50pm.

Wednesday Crafters 2.00pm

Thursday – Stretch & Tone 9.30am. Mobile Library, Brede Village Hall 1.25pm

Fridays – Farmers Market 10am Short Mat Bowls 7.30pm

Scout Hut – Mondays - Beavers 5.30, Cubs 6.30pm

Udimore Parish Hall –

Monday - Guides

Friday Pilates and Gardening club