How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

Primary School: There is still confusion about the mix up in Brede Village Voice 2 weeks ago. I did not write that column, it was Northiams. As far as I am aware Brede CP is not going to be an Academy, I am so sorry that this has upset so many parents. The Editor has apologised for the papers error.

Brede School: Primary Children have been working incredibly hard and the teachers expect some fantastic SATs results. They even have some children already working at GCSE level in Maths. Well done to those doing the latter; You are all obviously working very hard. During this month they will be having their Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 sports days. If I can I will let you know the dates and times.

Anthony White: I am sorry to report that Anthony White has passed away. Many will remember him as a Science Teacher at Thomas Peacocke School in the 1970’s and beyond. Others will remenber Tony (as he was called,) in St George’s Church where he was a regular Church goer until his health deteriated. He will also be remembered at Age UK Community Group. as he was a member of the club. If I am able I will give details of his funeral

Brede WI: Beryl Jenkins, President, Brede WI writes about WI Centenary AGM at the Albert Hall, London, on Thursday 04 June 2015 I am sure that many of you will have seen the Queen, Princess Anne and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, attending this very memorable occasion. As President of Brede WI, I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to attend on behalf of Brede and Northiam WI’s. The early start and lengthy coach journeys did not detract from the privilege of attending such a special event, and it was good to know that many other WI members around the country, including groups from Brede and Northiam, were sharing the occasion by attending live screenings in their local cinemas.

The Chairman of the national organisation, Janice Langley, welcomed us to the Centenary AGM and explained that the royal party would be joining us shortly after a few of the formal agenda items. As the Queen entered she was given the most spontaneous warm welcome by an extended burst of applause. I felt all members of the royal group entered into the spirit of the occasion with smiles and waves and their presence certainly contributed towards this unforgettable day. The National Anthem and Jerusalem were sung heartily, following which the Centenary Link Baton, which had travelled by various means to many WIs across England, Wales and the Channel Islands, was paraded into the auditorium and presented to the Queen.

The Denman Cup was awarded to Stephanie Gore, a member from Hastings Ore WI, for writing a short essay entitled ‘What my WI means to me,’ and presented by the Queen. What a wonderful surprise for Stephanie as she had not been informed this would be the case until she arrived at the Albert Hall!

Live links to Anglesey WI, Great Torrington (Devon) and The Social Lites (Cheshire) entailing interviews with their local WI members, went according to plan. From Anglesey we were given an on-screen tour of the original village hall where the first UK WI met on 16th September 1915, and were able to glimpse the original urn from where the WI and its unwavering link with a good cup of tea started. The Queen gave a gracious address, including the observation that the WI had changed much since its inception, but remains as relevant to today’s society as it was back in 1915.

It was a treat to hear the three speakers, Lucy Worsley (historian and TV presenter), Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson (Paralympian) and Helena Morrisey, a CEO and initiator of a project to encourage the appointment of at least 30% of women to the boards of major companies by the end of this year. A diverse trio and all gave inspiring talks.

The programme for the day also included a performance from the ‘Singing for Joy’ WI choir and a fashion show by the students of Kingston University, who had been assisted in creating their statement outfits by several WI members, and concluded with another moving rendition of ‘Jerusalem.’

The Chairman’s closing address included the sentiment that the WI can be for any woman, and that we should remember that ‘the WI is what you make it.’ She reminded us that our organisation continues to play a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to learn new skills, take part in a wide variety of activities and campaign on issues that are important to us and our communities, alongside the opportunity to make friends and enjoy their companionship.

Brede WI plans to mark this Centenary year locally with a Community Tea Party and display of archive material on Saturday 3rd October. Do note the date in your diary as further details and tickets will be available in a few weeks.

Friday 12 June: Good News! Another 90th Birthday; as today Tom Drinkwater celebrates it with his family and I know his family and friends will join me in wishing him a very Happy Birthday. Yoga is at 9.30am and WEA at 10.30am both in Udimore Community Hall. Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall. If you have not visited before, pop in and be surprised at the many stalls with local goods for sale. Brede’s Short Mat Bowlers set up at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall.

Saturday 13 June: Do go and enjoy Hillside Garden in Brede where Dr John Crook is holding a coffee morning. There will be Homemade scones with strawberries and cream, homemade cakes, a raffle and a bric a brac table. An idyllic setting on a lovely day, Funds raised are for the Friends of St George.

Sunday 14 June: 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 Sung Eucharist starts at 9.30am and Father Martin can be reached on 01424 883408. The Church’s Website is hhtp:// The Methodist Church in Broad oak has local arrangement Preacher at 10.30am.

Our Cricketers are in action away against Mountfield this afternoon at 2pm at their venue. Good Luck lads.

Monday 15 June: Age Uk East Sussex – Brede Community Club begins at 10.30am – 3.30pm. Besides having coffee a darts game, then treasured memories and armchair exercises with Zena. Contact Maureen the Organiser for more information phone 01424 883282 or 07850 987130 She would be especially pleased to hear from you if you are phoning to join the group as it has many vacancies. The group also urgently needs a voluntary helper during the day, and a driver, if you have Monday’s free please contact her ASAP. Whist Players will meet in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Uniformed groups - Please contact the respective leaders if you wish your child to join this term. The Guiding section meet in the small hall of Brede Village Hall the Rainbows meet from 4.15- 5.15pm, they welcome girls aged between 5-7 years, the 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 The Brede Scout sections are all held in the Scout Hut Stubbs Lane, Beavers welcome Boys and girls from 6 years old they meet from 5.15pm to 6.15pm. Contact Catherine Southgate 07833065028 if you have a child that wishes to join the section. Cubs meet from 6.30 – 8.00pm there are also vacancies for children to join, the Contact is Colin Ward 01424 852413

Guides meet at Udimore Community Hall at 7.15pm. Contact Hayley as above

The Whist player’s will meet at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall.

Tuesday 16 June: Pilates are in Udimore Community Hall at 9.15 and 10.25am Brede Painting for Pleasure group meet in Brede Village Hall at 9.30am. Flamenco dancing is in Udimore Community Hall at 11.30am

At the Scout Hut in Stubbs Lane from 7pm – 9pm 1st Brede Scouts meet and it is for any young person 10½ or over the contact is Andy Bishop 07833065028 The Rainbow Trout has Bingo this evening; eyes down at 8.30pm.

Wednesday 17 June: the Mobile Library is in the Parish today calling first at Reedswood Road 1.25pm – 2.00pm then at Brede Village Hall car park 2.10pm – 2.40pm

Brede Church Flower Festival. There is a meeting tonight at 7.30pm in the Parish room for anyone who is able to help prior to the Festival and during it. It does take a small army so you will be welcomed with open arms if you come forward to help. If you can not make tonight’s meeting please look in the June Parish Magazine which is out now in the local shops and Brede Church as it gives details of who to contact.

Thursday 18 June: Sally is in Brede Village Hall at 9.30am with Stretch and Tone.

Friday 19 June: Yoga is at 9.30am in Udimore Community Hall. 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.

Saturday 20 June: BOBs Pack a Picnic Quiz Night at Brede Village Hall on S at 7:30pm. £5 per person, maximum of 8 people per team. Call 01424 883548 to book. Quiz Master: Graeme Dinning esq Find them on Facebook

Have you offered to volunteer in the Village yet?: Extremely Urgently AGE UK’s Brede Community Group need a Voluntary car driver and voluntary helper in Brede Village Hall on Mondays. Phone Maureen 01424 883282 or 07850 987130 also Required is a voluntary co-ordinator for the Brede Farmers Market. every Friday. Please contact Philip Romani 01424 883420 Equally Urgent is a new Editor of the Parish Magazine?. Please contact Father Martin ASAP as above. Also Brede Speedwatch is seeking new volunteers. For more information, please call Marion Brunt on 883566 or Les Nottage on 882712.

Bookable events:

Wednesday 17 June: The Rye Partnership are holding courses at Tilling Green Community Centre in Mason Road Rye they are all free as long as the you have not taken part in one of their 10 hour courses. The first is entitled - Is Microsoft Excel a mystery to you? Is Learn to create and edit worksheets, format cells and enter formulas. Create a powerful Chart with graphics. Add data tables and sort and filter records. Etc. This course runs over 5 weeks starting today at 6.30pm Please ring or email Tina Hall immediately as there are only a few places remaining.

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS Are you out of work? Do you need help in interview skills, how to update your CV, where to search for jobs? Starts June 24th 12noon to 2.30pm

BEGINNERS I.T. Are computers a mystery to you? Do you need to know how to get started and search the internet, send emails, etc. Then this course could be for you. 10 hour taster course starting 15th July 12 noon to 2.30pm

LINE DANCING Line Dancing. Great Fun!!! Dates and times to be confirmed yet but please contact me now to get your name on the list. Course dependant on enough enrolment

FACE PAINTING: Face Painting Beginner Course. Learn how to do basic face painting for pleasure. Date and time to be confirmed. Please contact me now to get your name on the list. Course dependant on enough enrolments.

For information on any of the above and to book your place contact Tina on 01797 229600 or email

Saturday 11 July: The Rye Singers will present A Summer Concert in St George’s Brede at 7.30pm Tickets £ 8.50 to include refreshments and are available from Bobbie Boud 01424 882549 or Mike Iliffe 01424 882991 Rye Singers have kindly offered to do this concert entirely for Church funds. Please Support this event.

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