How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

Gemlins v teddy bears: I am so sorry there must have been a gremlin in my computer, the Teddy bear event is this Sunday not last week.

R.B.L Poppy Appeal: No one has come forward yet. There is an urgent need for a local organiser for the R.B.L. In the Brede, Broad Oak & Udimore area.

It requires dealing with the poppy stocks, preparing trays and collecting boxes and distributing them to the various collectors. After the poppy fortnight in October/November the trays and boxes are brought back and the money is counted and banked.

A list of the current collectors, etc. is available, if you feel you might like to help please contact either Beryl Crouch 01424 882120 or John may 01424 882667

Friday 14 August: Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall. Do support your local businesses as we are lucky to have this every Friday on our doorstep, the adage lose it or use it is appropriate as numbers visiting have dropped, there are those who visit regularly and benefit from the unique merchandise on offer, so if you have not visited the market before or it is a long time since you ventured in, go and see what is there this week. I was surprised last week as A taste of France was there and we bought olives and a pepper paté it was delicious. We also bought brussels paté from a Broad Oak business which was also delicious, they do excellent sausages too.

Sunday 16 August: 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

At St George’s Church the Sung Eucharist starts at 9.30am and Father Martin can be reached on 01424 883408. The Church’s Website is

Reverend Helen Patten will be leading this morning’s service at the Methodist Church in Broad Oak at 10.30am. Visitors are welcome at all the Churches

The Teddy Bears of the Parish have decided that they want another afternoon to parachute from St George’s Church Tower or use a zip wire. This event takes place from 2pm-4pm, why not ask your Teddy if he would like to join in the fun? There will be refreshments available too.

The August/September edition of the Parish Magazine is out make sure you and your neighbours have a copy as it covers so much that is going on in our Parish.

Monday 17 August: Age Uk East Sussex – Brede Community Club begins at 10.30am – 3.30pm. Maureen would be pleased to hear from you if you are phoning to join the group as it has vacancies, contact Maureen the Organiser for more information phone 01424 883282 or 07850 987130 Volunteers are still required by the group - drivers and helpers wanted.

Whist is in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm

Uniformed groups - Are closed for the summer holidays but all will be back in September. If you wish your child to join; then you will find the contact details below.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 some 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 Cubs are 8-10½ years old and meet from 6.30 – 8.00pm there are also vacancies for children to join, the Contact is Colin Ward 01424 852413 Brede Scouts meet, on a Tuesday 7pm – 9pm and any young person 10½ or over is welcome. The contact is Andy Bishop 07811339626

To book the Scout Hut for a party or meeting at £6.00 per hour and £3 per night per person for camping groups please contact me-Rhiannon Oliver 01424 882037. 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.To book the Village Hall please contact Carol Kynvin 01424 882123

Tuesday 18 August: Brede Painting for Pleasure group meet at 9.30 am in Brede Village Hall. Maggie asks ‘Planning your August Bank Holiday Weekend? Make Brede your destination for at least one of the days. Marvel at the wonderful flower displays in St George’s Church for their annual Flower Festival and then go along the road to Brede Village Hall and enjoy the variety and competence of the Brede Painting for Pleasure group at their annual exhibition of work created in the past year. Free parking and refreshments available at both events.’

Thursday 20 August: The Doctors Surgery is open at 12 noon in Brede Village Hall

Friday 21 August: Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall. The Rainbow Trout are holding their first Comedy Club Night!! 3 comedians hand picked by the famous comedy club, live in the Garden Room at the pub from 7.30pm. This is a ticket only event and spaces are limited. I hope you have your ticket it should be a good evening locally.

Saturday 22 August: Brede/Broad Village Tidy Up Please volunteer and help rid the village of rubbish please meet in the Village Hall at 10am for coffee and briefing and if you have them bring a pick up stick and Hi-fiz jacket. Gloves and the latter will be provided at the Hall for those without. If possible teams of two will be sent out . The more who join the effort the more ground can be covered. If you are visiting our beautiful Village do not dump your litter here or anywhere else in Sussex. It is such an unnecessary eyesore. It is also a good time to look around your own property’s and make sure hedges do not hang over footpaths and roads. The Parish Council have been out looking to see who has the best garden, look in the Brede Newsletter that will be dropping through your door all the categories are in there as well as other information.

Mary Sumner Day, the event was held in St Mary’s Church Rye, as the Hymn Christ triumphant, ever reigning rang out 12 banners from the Mother Union Branches across East Sussex came down the aisle, it was a moving moment especially for Chris Empson the retiring President. The following is excerpts from the Sermon given by Canon David Frost.

For nearly 30 years Mary Sumner was fully occupied in bringing up their three children and supporting her husband’s ministry, in the parish of Old Alresford near Winchester, by providing music and teaching Bible classes. In 1876 however she decided that a new organisation was needed in the parish and the first branch of the Mothers’ Union was begun. However she was a grandmother when she was inspired to take more action when her eldest daughter gave birth to her 1st baby, she remembered her feelings of inadequacy as a young mother charged with the terrible responsibility for a new life. She believed that women from every class needed to understand that motherhood was a profession and should be involved in more than providing for the physical needs of children. The primary responsibility of mothers was to raise their children in the love of God. Mothers could only do this, she believed, if their lives were firmly rooted in prayer. Mary reluctantly spoke at the Portsmouth Church Congress in 1885 as the Bishop Ernest Wilberforce of Newcastle felt he had little of relevance to say to a women’s meeting so he asked Mary to speak. Note, at that time respectable women did not address public meetings, and she at first resisted, but then she agreed. Mary Painted a picture of the low moral standards in the country, she asked what could be done to improve the national character. Her answer was that the power for change lay in the hands of mothers. If women united in prayer and committed themselves to a Christian life the nation could be transformed.

The meeting responded to her passion and conviction with a rousing ovation. It was on this wave of public enthusiasm that the Bishop of Winchester decided to make the Mothers’ Union a diocesan organisation. In 1896, aged 68, she became the first President of the MU. In 1897, during her Diamond Jubilee, Queen Victoria became patron of the Mothers’ Union. By 1900 the Mothers’ Union had nearly 170,000 members. Mary was 92 when she died on August 9th 1921 and was buried with her husband, who had died 12 years before, in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral This date is remembered each year as Mary Sumner day. The Mothers’ Union now has 3.6 million members in 77 countries.

Brede Mother’s Union meets on the first Wednesday of the month usually in the Paris Room, Men and women are welcome to join,

Future Events: Another 2 dates for your diary are Friday 2nd October and Friday 11th December. 2nd October when they have their Brilliant Blues Brothers Tribute night with a 2 course meal. Singing all the favourites such as Soul-man and Tail feather, the Professional act will be entertaining you all night. They have played many famous venues around the country and it promises to be a great night. let them know as soon as you can! 01424 882031 Brede Players are holding auditions on 3 September at 7.00pm in the Community hall on the Recreation Ground in Broad Oak for those who wish to take part in their new production; ‘Pantostein,’ which will be a scarily silly pantomime. For more information look at their Facebook page or contact or 01424 882054

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