How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

Sad news: Sadly I have just heard that Theresa Mercer died last week, I know many peoples thoughts will be with Mick at this incredibly sad time. Every one who knew Theresa always found her laughing and full of fun she kept this up despite her illness her which plagued her for a long time. May she rest in peace now.

Band apology: The Rainbow Trout has had an apology from the band Not Guilty who put in a substitute singer last Friday evening who was not up to the mark. It was a last minute decision as their lead singer had her father’s funeral to attend. Karis their singer apologised too but in fairness to her Tina and Paul says they understand that due to the circumstances she would not want to sing that evening; and they also want the apology to reach their customers which is why I have been asked to put them in the column.

Overseas Group: The Udimore & Brede Overseas group took £660.00 which was an amazing sum, they thank all who attended their recent afternoon tea.

Friday 5 December: Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon. Visit this week and see the hall decorated for Christmas if you have not already done so. I would like to thank Beryl Jenkins and Maggie Sandra who accompanied me to decorate the Hall; but a big thank you must go to Sylvia who donated the tree and its’ decorations. Philip Romani will be at the Market again today and throughout December to collect the £12 Champions of Brede Money for the year. If you cannot make it there please contact him 01424 883420 or Nita Frankly 01424 882095 to organise collection or to set up online banking or a standing order. It is a big fundraiser for our Village Hall, which at the moment needs quite a bit of work on it so if you feel it is a way to keep this building going Philip would love to hear from you. Join up soon and be entered into December’s big draw. The Wea Practical Gardening: is in Udimore Community Hall, 11.15am – 1.15pm. Brede’s Short Mat Bowlers set up at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall, they are a very friendly group but are in need of more players. Please phone the Chairman Mick Quinell 01424 214371 In Udimore Community Hall Pilates is at 7.30pm. Rainbow Trout has live music tonight with the Mix Beats playing, their lead singer is Hannah who often sings with 1066 Rockitmen. Also tonight at St Georges Church The Christmas Tree Festival begins with a Christmas Concert at 7pm it will include a performance by the Mad Jack Mummers, contemporary Nativity story by the students of Bexhill High, followed by Carols. Tickets for the event are £ 7.50 for adults and £3.00 for children and include a drink and a mince pie and sausage roll; tickets are available from the Rectory or at the Farmers Market and no doubt at the door but ring Vicky 01424 883408 to make sure.

Saturday 6 December: at 2.15pm St Nicholas will process through the Village. Starting at the Fire Station arriving at St George’s Church for an hour of festive fun. Spot the mouse and a craft activity table, games and competitions and of course a chance to meet St Nick. The Festival begins at 10am –4pm there will be over 30 trees celebrating Christmas around the World to enjoy viewing. There will also be many stalls with Christmas ware and there is an opportunity to savour seasonal refreshments throughout the day. The Village dance for sequence and ballroom dancers is at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall.

7 December: 2nd Sunday of Advent the Church Services are as follows: Father Anthony White conducts the Mass service at 9.00 am in St Theresa’s Catholic Church on the old Northiam Road, if you need to contact the Father his number is 01424 773125 St George’s Church Family Eucharist starts at 9.30am and Father Martin can be reached on 01424 883408. The Reverend Helen Patten will take this morning’s service at the Broad oak Methodist Church at 10.30am. St Mary’s Church Udimore will have Holy Communion at 9.30am. St Georges Church Christmas Tree festival continues today it is open after the service about 10.30am it will finish with a festive tea followed by the Christingle at 3pm a warming Christmas family event that children love and the collection goes to the Children’s Society.

Monday 8 December: Age Uk East Sussex – Brede Community Club: begins at 10.30am – 3.30pm. After Coffee they will be reading the news then Mr & Mrs Sutton will musically entertain them followed by board games and musical Bingo. Please contact Maureen the Organiser for more information phone 01424 883282 or 07850 987120. Rainbows meet in the small hall of Brede Village Hall, this afternoon from 4.15- 5.15pm, they welcome girls aged between 5-7 years, Brownies meet from 5pm – 6.30pm for girls 7-11 years old. They have spaces in both groups. Julie Piper can be contacted for both on 01424 883464 or mobile 07863599537. You can also contact Hayley 07525168770 Beavers are In the Scout Hut and welcome Boys and girls from 6years old they meet from 5.15pm to 6.15pm Cubs meet from 6.30 – 8.00pm. the latter group has vacancies for children to join, the Contact is Colin 01424 852413. Guides meet at Udimore Community Hall at 7.15pm. Contact Hayley as above. Brede 1st Scouts will begin again in January and any young person 10½ or over who would like to join needs to contact Andy Bishop 07833065028 as soon as possible. Whist: the player’s meet at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall.

Tuesday 9 December: Pilates are in Udimore Community Hall at 9am Painting for Pleasure is at 9.30am in Brede Village Hall.

Wednesday 10 December: WI members will be having their Christmas Party in Brede Village Hall at 2pm Yoga is at Udimore Community Hall at 7pm

Thursday 11 December: Stretch and Tone has a break until after January 29 2015. The GP surgery is in the small rooms at Brede Village Hall from noon. Brede Friendly Circle ladies are having their Christmas lunch at the Red Lion 12.30pm. Gala Night in Battle - late night shopping carol singing and entertainment around the town. There will be choirs in the bandstand in Market Square and Abbey Green from 6pm and there is free car parking in the Abbey Green car park

Friday 12 December: Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall. The Wea Practical Gardening: is in Udimore Community Hall, 11.15am – 1.15pm. Brede’s Short Mat Bowlers set up at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall, they are a very friendly group but are in need of more players. Please phone the Chairman Mick Quinell 01424 214371 In Udimore Community Hall Pilates is at 7.30pm.

Saturday 13 December: in Rye from 2pm there will be markets and entertainment in the High Street and at Strand Quay 3.30pm, Father Christmas is In the latter at 4.30pm where there will be a Town Procession from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Santa’s Grotto at Rye Museum

Lights of Love: A reminder that The Bell Ringers will have their Lights of Love tree outside St George’s and if you wish a loved one to be remembered then contact Andrew Burchett 01424 882727 or see him at the Friday Farmers Market.

Rhiannon Oliver

Bellhurst Cottages