How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

Fly Tipping: Please be vigilante, and if you see fly tipping report it, no doubt many of you saw the car in the lay-by as you entered Broad Oak a member of our community reported it four weeks ago but it took three for it to be removed however so much debris was left behind the kind man who reported the problem picked up all the rubbish and took it to the tip worrying that as a Bank holiday was coming up someone else would think it okay to offload their rubbish there. I am sure we all care for our village so do report these senseless people who spoil our environment.

Brede Flower Festival: was so busy Saturday and Monday despite the rain, Sunday was a bit quieter. So many people worked extremely hard to make it a success. The flower arrangers had so much praise for the wonderful depictions of the books that they made from flowers, the Church looked amazing. Then there was the army of helpers cooking and doing refreshments, and those running the stalls and car parking Father Martin thanks everyone who helped. It is a very social event enjoyed by many people from here and far away. Tina was concerned that small communities miss out on training so asked for the following to be added to the column.

Rainbow Trout News: Tina and Paul are currently looking into an Entertainment Evening in either Oct/November or Feb/March with a Showaddywaddy and Jersey Boys Tribute Act. They are very expensive so they are gauging your interest before committing to any bookings. It would include a 2 Course Italian Themed Dinner and they would be looking to sell tables of 8 at £22.50 per head taking place either a Friday or Saturday Night. Let them know your thoughts as they will only be booking them if they can generate enough interest. They are starting to get enquiries about Christmas Menus (Sorry!!!) They hope to have them done by the end of the summer and are happy to email them to people when they are ready. Let them know if you would like them to put you on the list. The Pubs number is 01424 882031

First Aid Course: on Monday 15th September they are holding a First Aid at work Course in the Restaurant. It is an all-day accredited course covering CPR, Choking, Burns, unconscious casualties, etc. Practical assessments are carried out throughout the day and you will receive a certificate valid for 3 years when you pass the assessments. The Course is carried out by a qualified First Aid Instructor and you will also receive tea, coffee and biscuits as well as lunch. The price for the whole package is £48 per person and is a great qualification to have for work and for your family. If you would like to book your place, please let us know. We have already filled half of the allocated spaces as they are strictly limited.

Friday 29 August: Pilates begins at 9am in Udimore Community hall. Brede Farmers Market 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall. Wea Practical Gardening, the Course runs from 11.15 – 1.15pm in Udimore Community Hall, Short Mat Bowlers set up at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall

Sunday 31 August: Church Services: St George’s Church Family Eucharist begins at 9.30am. The Broad oak Methodist Church has a local arrangement person leading the service this morning at 10.30am. The morning service at St Mary’s Church Udimore is at 11.15am.

Cricket: Wishing the Brede Cricketers good weather and good luck as they play their away match against Rye Rugby Club at 2pm. Andrew reports that Sedlescombe ducked out of their match obviously scared off by the opposition. He also really enjoyed the Flower Festival.

Monday 1 September: It is incredible that we have reached the ninth month already; it must be that so much has been going on. Age Uk East Sussex – Brede Community Club: The clients are picked up to arrive by 10.30am and start with coffee, activities ensue all day and only stop for a lovely cooked lunch then continue to 3.30pm Ruth is singing at 2pm for their pleasure. Please contact Maureen the Organiser for more information phone 01424 883282 or 07850 987120. Whist, the players meet at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall.

Tuesday 2 September: Pilates is in Udimore Community Hall at 9am. Painting for Pleasure had a successful exhibition over the weekend I suspect they will be starting new paintings today from 9.30am in Brede Village Hall. Messy Church a Christian fun time for children and parents, involving crafts, activities celebration and a shared meal. This happens at 4pm in Udimore Community Hall. Bingo, the Villagers Evening at the Rainbow Trout begins at 8pm. I have no doubt that children have packed their bags and are being bathed then having an early night this evening in readiness for tomorrow.

Wednesday 3 September: Schools open their doors this morning to start the Autumn term. There will be a few nervous infants beginning their first day at school and equally a few nervous 11 year olds who have just gone into secondary school. All I can say is; it is never as bad as you think and on the up side there are always new friends to make. Brede Mother’s Union hosted by Rosemary Crouch at Hayesland Cottage at 2.30pm. Rosemary can be contacted on 01424 882567. Yoga - The exercise class stretching your limbs begins at 7.00pm in Udimore Community Hall.

Thursday 4 September: Stretch and Tone Sally will have the class moving to the beat, if you would like to join them just pop along to Brede Village Hall at 9.30am. Brede Players are having auditions for their winter production. Many people are needed to stage a show so even if you do not want to act you could paint scenery, do makeup or sew etc Julie Etches would like to hear from you, her contact number is 01424 882054 or you can email The group also has a facebook page.

Friday 5 September: Pilates begins at 9am in Udimore Community hall. Brede Farmers Market 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall Wea Practical Gardening - the Course runs from 11.15 – 1.15pm in Udimore Community Hall, Short Mat Bowlers set up at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall.

Saturday 6 September: Brede Village Dance: time to put on the sequins for an evening of ballroom and sequence dancing in Brede Village Hall from 7.30 – 11pm

Wednesday September 17: Northiam and Broad Oak Patient participation Group invites all those who are interested in Heart Matters. There will be a talk by Senior Cardiologist David Walker from the Conquest Hospital. The Rother Responders and the British Heart Foundation will also be present. The venue is Brede Village Hall at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Saturday 11 October: Brede WI Quiz in Brede Village Hall £7.50 to include a hot supper, Team coordinators please contact Ann Elam as soon as possible to book your place 01797 222604

Rhiannon Oliver

Bellhurst Cottages