Rhiannon Oliver, Bellhurst Cottages

Contact: telephone 01424 882037 or email

Firstly I would like to congratulate Northiam for their excellent Bonfire and Firework evening last Saturday. It was wonderful to see them so well supported by other bonfire societies and the hundreds who turned from the surrounding villages. Long may the new group continue.

Important news: Ruben from the Broad oak stores has informed me that the current contract for the post office service ends at the end of the month. In January he has a contract that will enable the Post Office to open all week, but he has no one qualified to run it. If he does not find people to run it then the contract will be terminated and we will never have the chance to open one again. He thinks people of the village could run it, as in other villages; they would have to have training but could do a morning or afternoon session. Those who run it would be paid in commission on what they sell and also a small amount from the shop this has to be organised more and it was brought up at the Parish Council Meeting. I might be able to report more next week. His plea is, if any one is already trained please could you run it until February when he himself plans to be able to help. Contact Ruben ASAP.

Friday 29 November Brede Farmers Market 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall offering good fresh country faire, crafts and plants with the added opportunity to stop for coffee and meet up with your friends and support local good causes while you drink it. Philip Romani will be there if you wish to renew your Champions of Brede before the big Christmas draw. Andrew Burchett will also be there if you wish to leave a donation of a £1 and have your loved one or a special occasion remembered on the Tree of lights. Please put your name in an envelope. The Bell Ringers will put a list of dedications on the Church notice board and the sum raised in the Parish Magazine in the New Year. If you cannot make it to the Market drop it in to Andrew’s house Alexander Cottage, Stubbs Lane Brede TN31 6EJ.

Flu Vaccinations for Dr Albardiaz patients from the Broad Oak surgery will be available at the Northiam Surgery form 2.00pm- 3.00pm. No appointment is needed. The Short Mat bowls group meet at 7.30pm. Live music from the Mix Beats is at the Rainbow Trout from 9pm.

Saturday 30 November as far as I know all is quiet giving you a chance to catch your breath before the exciting week ahead.

Sunday 1 December Advent Sunday so all the Christmas Advent calendars can go up no doubt not only exciting the children. St Georges Church Brede will have a Family Advent Service at 9.30am followed by coffee. At the Trinity Methodist Church the Advent service will be led by Mrs Christine Freeland at 10.30am In the Rainbow Trout from 5.00pm the Delta Ladies will be performing.

Monday 2 December Age Uk Day Centre offers older people the chance to have a day together Playing games and having various vocal and musical artists and speakers following a lovely cooked lunch. Members meet in time for coffee at 10.30am in Brede Village Hall, For any queries please phone 07850 987120 The Whist Players are in the main Hall at 7.30pm. Rainbows meet in the small Hall at 4.00pm followed at 5.30pm by the Brownies. In the Scout Hut Beavers begin at 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Cubs follow from 6.30pm – 8.00pm. Guides meet at Udimore Hall at 7.15pm

Tuesday 3 December Painting for pleasure will be back at their easels at 9.30am.

Wednesday 4th December 2pm Brede Crafters meet at Village Hall, at 2.30pm Mother’s Union members meet at Ruth’s home York Cottage Pottery Lane for their Christmas meeting. The afternoon will include readings, Carols and a raffle the funds from this will go to MU charities. Brede School Christmas Fair is from 3pm – 4pm they invite the community to join them. There will be all the usual stalls to buy your Christmas gifts. The Red Lion has a Christmas market with a hog roast, brass band and there will be a visit from the big man himself Father Christmas from 5pm –10pm. Lots to do and support in the village today.

A quieter start for Thursday 5 December as Sally has closed the stretch and tone for the Month of December in order to let the ladies have time to catch up on all preparations they have to do. The Cranbrooke Town band will be giving a concert in Brede Village Hall at 7.45pm (Not to be missed) Entrance is £4 it is an excellent Concert for young and old to enjoy.

Friday 6 December as usual in Brede Village Hall Brede Farmers Market is open from 10am – noon. The Short Mat Bowlers follow in the hall at 7.30pm. Also at 7.30pm in St Georges Church the entertainment will be ‘Local Choirs in Concert’ an evening of Christmas music and verse for the family to enjoy. Refreshments, and a paid bar will be available. Tickets costing £3.00 are available from the Rectory 01424 883408 or Steve Edwards 01424 882222

Saturday 7 10am – 4pm and Sunday 8 December 10.30am –3pm St George’s Christmas Tree festival takes place concluding with the 3pm Christingle Service.

A wonderful week of opportunities to begin the festivities.

Future Events:

16th December Brede School have their production of Mother Goose