How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

Keep a cold at bay: Although Winter as such has not reached our county yet there are a number of people snuffling and coughing. I have been asked to print an old remedy once again. Cut a good handful of thyme and place it in a pint jug, add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1pt of boiling water. Allow it to stand for approx 10 minutes take out the thyme and pour into a flask, as the hotter you drink it the better it is for you. Pour a sherry glass full and gargle it then swallow. Do it as many times as you need throughout the day. If it is really bad it may be necessary to repeat the process more than once.

Good neighbours: It is also a good time if you are elderly and also if you have hot meals brought to your home that you buy some big soup or something equally as hearty that you are able to prepare yourself in case snow does come. If you live in the Village Please note the Councillors telephone numbers on the back cover of the Brede Newsletter that everyone should have received in December. If you have a problem or live alone contact Lesley the Clerk or one of the councillors, I am one of them and I do not mind you calling me if you need help. Also make yourself known to your neighbours we are a friendly lot in the village and majority of us will help if we can. Neighbourhood watch is active in the village so if you are going to be away let the coordinator know as well as your neighbours. Crime Stoppers number is 0800555111 or

website: The council is setting up a website that will be available soon. St Georges Brede has a web site as does the village.

Friday 2 January: Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon. 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 3 January: The Giants of Brede steam engines will be open from 10am – 4pm it is an excellent free visitors attraction for all the family. The Village dance for sequence and ballroom dancers is at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall.

Sunday 4 January: 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 Methodist Church service in Broad oak is at 10.30am and Mrs C Thacker will be taking the service. There is also Circuit Praise at 6pm in Sackville Road. St Mary’s Church Udimore will have Holy Communion at 9.30am. Evening Prayer at St Georges Church is at 4.30pm.

Monday 5 January: Age Uk East Sussex – Brede Community Club is back and begins at 10.30am – 3.30pm. After Coffee they will have entertainment throughout the day. Please contact Maureen the Organiser for more information phone 01424 883282 or 07850 987120. Next week the uniformed groups are back. Please contact the respective leaders if you wish your child to join this term. Rainbows meet in the small hall of Brede Village Hall 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 sections have 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 begin next week and any young person 10½ or over who would like to join needs to contact Andy Bishop 07833065028 as soon as possible. Whist player’s meet at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall.

Tuesday 6 January: Pilates are in Udimore Community Hall at 9am Painting for Pleasure is at 9.30am in Brede Village Hall.

Wednesday 7 January: Brede Mother’s Union have a Eucharist at St George’s Church Brede for their 1st meeting of the New Year at 10am and it will be followed by a short meeting they would be delighted to have new members please contact Ruth Gasson 01424 882631 for more information.

Friday 9 January: Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall. Brede’s Short Mat Bowlers set up at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall. Pantomime. Tickets are available for the Brede Players presentation of Dick Whittington and his Cat this evening in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm. The cost is £6.00 for adults and £3.00 for children. Tomorrow 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

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 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 etc supper.

Rhiannon Oliver

Bellhurst Cottages