Bus services: I am sure that you will have heard by now of the significant loss of bus services proposed for the Hastings area. The proposal is currently out for consultation until September 28. There is great concern about everyone who will be affected. The question asked is do the bus companies and funders care about the consequences to those residents and businesses whose future will be affected? It is feared not and therefore meetings are being held to address the problem. Sarah Owen, Labour candidate for Hastings and Rye, and John Hodges are willing to come and speak to the villagers of Brede and Broad Oak about the campaign to preserve the bus services of Hastings and the surrounding areas. There are more details about a petition against the changes at You can also visit Don’t Stop Our Bus on Facebook or make your views known to MP Amber Rudd by contacting her at Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street, Hastings, TN34 1HL or ring 01424 205435. If we do not act now it will be too late to stop cuts to our country bus services.

Friday August 15: Wea Practical Gardening: the course is from 11.15am–1.15pm, both events are in Udimore Community Hall. Brede Farmers Market: the indoor market opens from 10am–12pm, giving two hours to browse and do the important weekend shop locally in Brede Village Hall. Short Mat Bowls: the group meets at 7.30pm, also in Brede Village Hall.

Sunday 17 August: Church Services - St George’s Church Brede holds the Family Eucharist at 9.30am, the Methodist Church will begin their service at 10.30am in Broad Oak and their preacher will be Mrs Dawn Novis, while St Mary’s Church, Udimore, hold their morning’s worship at 11.15am.

Brede Cricketers: Last week the Robertsbridge team cried off. This afternoon they play a match against Winchelsea at home, from 2pm, on the recreation ground. As usual, hopes are high that our team win and that they have good weather. Here is another amusing cricket result from Andrew from the Brede CC v Hastings Wanderers CC match on August 3rd: “Sure, Brede have been winning lately, but could they do it without E. Avann?” was a question most jealous cricket bores have been asking recently. This weekend that question was taken and stuffed forcibly back down the throats of the doubters as Brede strolled to a 102-run victory against a highly fancied Wanderers outfit. Sent into bat by confident away skipper R. Ralph, Brede made an unusually nervous start. A.R. Fryer was palpably LBW to the skiddy Ashand, F. Ulmann well caught of the bowling of Ling and T. Waters incredibly limply bowled before they had mustered 50. S. Turner with a few lusty blows seemed to be turning the tide but when he was bowled by the cunning Ralph, disaster seemed imminent. Pete Watts, resplendent in original red and black halved Brede cap, and G. Avann, who had been quietly going about his business while wickets tumbled around him, then took the aforementioned tide and forced it back like King Canute, if he had pulled on a pair of cricket flannels instead of his usual regal garb. With Watts (37*) dealing brutally with anything short and the princely G. Avann (96*) tough on anything he could reach they put on an unbroken partnership of 121 as Brede finished on an impressive 177-5. The missing E. Avann, who was holidaying at the Emirates, was but a distant memory. Most people would bask in the glory of a big personal score and take it easy in the field for the rest of the afternoon - not G. Avann. The little man with the huge heart crumpled the Wanderers top order with the first two balls of the innings before he decided he had done enough and strolled off the pitch to partake in a bit of football (ugh!) five-a-side down the road. This brought S. Turner to the bowling crease, who cranked up a right rare pace from the school end. The idiosyncratic Turner picked up three wickets and forced the dangerous Johnson to retire, cracked on the finger by a wicked lifter. Operating from the celebrated pond end was T. Waters, as stingy and testing as ever, the wafer-thin medium pacer finished with figures of 9-2-18-2. Fielding as always was of the highest calibre with “Ol’ Buckethands” D. Grayston clasping a catch at third man with a nonchalance that bordered on arrogance, C. Waters diving forwards with excellent effect to dismiss Hurrell, T. Brown bravely spilling a difficult chance in the gully and the ever-dependable N. McDonagh covering a vast acreage on the leg side. Brede looked on course for an easy victory but they had failed to take into account one of their own, I. Sutton, loaned to the Wanderers for the day. Starting carefully, Sutton soon unveiled his renowned shovel to the left of square leg and looked set to frustrate the Brede attack but with Hastings Wanderers only 102 runs adrift, A. Ling selfishly slogged and was bowled by mystery spinner C. Waters, leaving Sutton high and dry on 7* and gifting the game to the BCCer’s. This left P. Shellard and his mischievous leg spin unused, disappointing a hearty crowd; which included the infamous former umpire D. Cole. Brede CC 177-4, Hastings Wanderers CC 75 all out. Thanks go to The Red Lion for their ingenious rolled-into-a-ball Sunday roast and other tasty titbits and Green Grass Gardening services for sponsoring the match ball

Monday 18 August: Age UK East Sussex – Brede Community Club: the club runs from 10.30am–3.30pm. The group will be discussing news topics, dominoes and jigsaws, then at 2pm country music with Richard. Visitors are welcome to come and join the afternoon music, a small donation would be appreciated. Please contact Maureen the organiser for more information on 01424 883282 or 07850 987120. Whist: the players meet at 7.30pm. Both events today are in Brede Village Hall.

Tuesday 19 August: Pilates is in Udimore Community Hall at 9am, Painting for Pleasure is at 9.30am. Mobile Library is in the village visiting Oakhill Drive from 3pm-3.40pm. It will then make its way to Reedswood Road and will be parked there from 3.50pm-4.15pm. Bingo: the Villagers Evening at the Rainbow Trout begins at 8pm.

Wednesday 20 August: Yoga: The exercise class stretching your limbs begins at 7pm in Udimore Community Hall.

Thursday 21 August: Doctors Surgery 12pm in the side room of Brede Village Hall. Mobile Library will be at Brede Village Hall car park from 1.25pm-1.55pm

Friday 22 August: Pilates: begins at 9am in Udimore Community hall. Brede Farmers Market, 10am–12pm in Brede Village Hall. Florists: will be busy putting together about 32 arrangements depicting children’s books. There will also be a hive of activity putting up tents and preparing for St George’s 35th Flower Festival. ‘Once upon a Time’ A Celebration of Children’s Stories. Many hands are needed for the three-day event. If you have not been collared or offered your help yet please contact Bobby on 882549. She and Betty (883430) are running Grannies attic and hope you will have a good clear out. Books, CDs and DVDs are needed by Gary (882412) and David (883037) needs volunteers for car parking over the three days. Cakes, jams, chutneys, plants and produce would be welcome by stallholders and some need cover for tea and lunch breaks. The Church is there for all the parish, please support the event in whatever way you can. Wea Practical Gardening: the course runs from 11.15am–1.15pm in Udimore Community Hall,

Future Events: Brede 35th Flower Festival: the event is open 23, 24 and 25 August and is not to be missed. Art Exhibition: The Pleasure for Painting group are putting on an art exhibition to showcase their hard work, on 23 and 25 August 10am–4pm. Brede Steam Giants: these marvellous engines will be powered up for you to view on 23 and 25 August.

Rhiannon Oliver

Bellhurst Cottages