How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

Christmas in Brede: I sincerely hope that you all took advantage of the lovely Christmas entertainment in the village last week. The Red Lion was heaving with revellers, customers and many stalls on Wednesday and the Battle brass band played Carols. The Cranbrook band gave a stonking performance and I do not use that word lightly. Those who attended heard fantastic music from the brass band that has won many awards. Put a note in your new diary – they will be back on the 1st Thursday, which is the 3rd December 7.45pm in Brede Village Hall. St George’s Church was packed with every age group for the wonderful Christingle service. It was lovely to see the children’s smiling faces in the candlelight. Any young people male or female aged between 10½ and 14 who are interested in joining Scouts next January are invited to meet the new Scout leaders on Monday 15th December at 7.00pm at the Scout hall Stubb Lane, Pop along with your parents and have a chat and find out what exciting things are happening next year. Contact Colin Ward on 07980171877if you would like to go along that evening.

Friday 12 December: Brede Christmas Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in the festively decorated Brede Village Hall. 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 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 street entertainment throughout the town 3.30pm Father Christmas arrives by boat with flotilla with RNLI and others courtesy of Rye harbour Master at Strand Quay there will be musical entertainment, fun for the children beforehand. Santa’s will be in his Grotto at Rye Museum.

14 December: 3rd 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. This morning’s service at the Broad oak Methodist Church will have Mrs Gillian Lambourne leading this mornings worship at 10.30am. St Mary’s Church Udimore will have Holy Communion at 9.30am.

Monday 15 December: Age Uk East Sussex – Brede Community Club: begins at 10.30am – 3.30pm. They will have a lovely Christmas dinner and wonderful entertainment. 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 and Cubs Christmas Party In the Scout Hut Both groups welcome Boys and girls, Beavers from 6years old and 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 The new term for the groups is 19 January. Guides meet at Udimore Community Hall at 7.15pm. Contact Hayley as above. Brede 1st Scouts will begin again 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. For those who wish to be merry and are of fine voice there is Carol Singing with our Fire fighters, meet at the Fire station at 6.30pm finishing up with hot soup then you can go to the Red Lion about 8pm and start all over again. You will probably deserve a pint then.

Tuesday 16 December: Pilates are in Udimore Community Hall at 9am Painting for Pleasure is at 9.30am in Brede Village Hall.

Wednesday 17 December: Yoga is at Udimore Community Hall at 7pm

Thursday 18 December: Rye & District National Trust have Geoff Doel and Will Duke giving a miscellany of illustrations, music, readings and songs at 1.30pm in Brede Village Hall. For more information contact Marion Brunt 01424 883566 or Today is also the funeral of much loved Theresa at 1pm in Westfield Church. No donations please just flowers. Mick says he wants the place to be full of them.

Friday 19 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 20 December: street entertainment throughout the town of Rye from 2pm also a market at Strand Quay, Free parking in RDC car parks all day. There is also an Arts and craft fair from 11am – 5pm

New Years Eve: The Rainbow Trout have tickets on Sale, which will include a buffet and live music from Ratpack and party favourite Mr Swing.

Quiz: The Friends of St George’s Church have only three tables left for their quiz evening on. Teams are up to eight. Tickets are £10 per person and are available from Marion Firman 01424 751165 and include a fish & chip supper.

Pantomime: Tickets are available for the Brede Players presentation of Dick Whittington and his Cat in Brede Village Hall on Friday 9 January 7.30pm. The cost is £6.00 for adults and £3.00 for children. On Saturday 10 January 2.30pm and 7.30pm the Adult price is £7.00 children £3.00 available from Broad oak Bakery.

Rhiannon Oliver

Bellhurst Cottages