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Friday 19 December: Brede Farmers Market in Brede Village Hall 10am – 12noon; stallholders have decorated the coffee tables for Christmas and are offering their shoppers a free coffee/tea and mince pie. The range of goods is amazing for such a small village and yet again I have found those little bargains that will make Christmas day a bit special for someone. Phillip Romani will be at the Market again today 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 as I have printed before needs quite a bit of work on it so if you feel it is a good way to keep this building going Philip would love to hear from you. Join up soon and be entered into December’s big draw. It is from 10am – 12noon in Brede Village Hall. Brede School Carol Service is at 2pm in St George’s Church Brede the community are welcome to join them. Brede Village Hall is the venue for the Brede Short Mat Bowlers who set up at 7.30pm. They would love new members so do not be shy, join this friendly group and have some fun on a Friday evening without going too far. Please phone the Chairman Mick Quinell 01424 214371 Pilates is in Udimore Community Hall 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 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.

21 December: 4th Sunday of Advent the Church Services are as follows: St Theresa’s Catholic Church the Mass 9.00am and Father Anthony White will conduct the service. 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. Broad oak Methodist Church has an afternoon service at 3pm and Mr David Hampson will be leading the worship. St Mary’s Church Udimore will have Holy Communion at 11.15am and at 6pm the Nine lessons and Carols. The Rainbow Trout has a Christmas Special when the 1066 Rockitmen entertain at 4pm.

Monday 22 December: Age Uk East Sussex – Brede Community Club: is closed for the day. All uniformed groups have stopped until January. However if you have a child who is 10½ or over who would like to be a Scout then contact Andy Bishop 07833065028 as soon as possible. 1st Brede Scouts will begin again in January and will be exciting for any child. I was a leader for 20 years and now I am their Honorary President and I know that the leaders will do their best to help a child reach their potential and give them confidence and skills to take into adulthood.

Whist: the player’s meet at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall.

Tuesday 23 December: 9am Eucharist at St George’s Brede

Wednesday 24 December: Christmas Eve There is to be a Carol & Crib Service in St Mary’s Church Udimore. It is hoped Children attending will dress up as Shepherds, Angels etc. Nativity of the Lord Midnight Mass at St George’s Brede and at St Mary’s Church Udimore both services begin at 11.30pm

Thursday 24 December: Christmas Day: May I wish all the readers of this column a very Merry and Happy Christmas. Church Services in St George’s Brede the Family Eucharist begins at 9.30am and in St Mary’s Udimore the Family Eucharist begins at 11.15am

Friday 26 December: Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall.

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.

Brede & Udimore Overseas Group: have tickets available for their Winter Lunch on Thursday 22 January in Udimore Community Hall at 12.45pm. Tickets are £8.00 and the money raised will be divided between the four charities that they support. Contact Liz 01424 882657 or Judy 01424 8822222

Quiz: The Friends of St George’s Church have only three tables left for their quiz evening on Saturday 24 January. 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 and Bobbie Boud 01424 882549