How to contact: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

The litter Pickers: who turned up on Saturday did a marvellous job and 12-13 bags of litter were taken to the tip. There were only 2 people to clean the signs and 5 to pick up rubbish dropped by others. However, one lady stopped her car, she had been out earlier and had collected a bag of rubbish that she had in her car, she informed me that she did it once a week. I am also aware that there are others that collect as they walk and on behalf of Brede Parish Council they wish to ‘thank you.’ They rely on Volunteers to do this and sadly it is necessary because of thoughtless people. 3 items of litter already appeared on Kingland Hill the day after we had cleared it. Next time we would like more help as we only managed the A28 lay-by at Brede bridge and up to and including Pottery Lane. From Brede High wood car park including the lay-by just before it, 5 bags of rubbish were picked up in this area and we think we stopped another load being dumped. The lay-by before the egg farm and Furnace Lane. All the lay-bys had tyres in them which were reported on the Monday to Rother District Council. Our Daffodils can nod their heads in our green and pleasant land. Long may it stay so.

Parish Council Newsletter: I have taken over writing it, only because I do not want it to stop as it goes to every house in the Village. If someone in the community feels they would like to do it, please contact me ASAP. Also I need material for it so, Please can every group in the village email me, again ASAP and give me a short synopsis of what your group is about and what you do or your programme and any events that are going to happen. I need the information soon as I need to format the 2nd week of July edition and then the next one will be 2nd week in November and the following the 2nd week of March, I hope this will then be in time to catch all the important dates that occur in our Village life. I am also hoping to raise the profile and membership of every club and group. I apologise that there will be no March edition as we cannot create, edit and print it in time.

Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations: some events are already being put in place, but the Parish Council through me want to know if your group or club can assist or play host to an event possibly over the weekend of June 10 - 13th it all depends on what weekend the beacon is to be lit.

Hastoe Housing: Is on track to complete at the end of April. They have three 2 bed semi detached houses for sale on a shared ownership basis in the new development in Ostlers Field Broad Oak. There are A4 leaflets with all the information required in St George’s Church on the top of the cupboard on the right as you enter the Church. There are purchase requirements, the main one being you must have a local connection to the area, be a first time buyer, can demonstrate you meet the minimum income requirements, can demonstrate a deposit sufficient to obtain a mortgage for the property and be registered with your help to buy Agent: - Help to Buy East & South East 03333 214 044 I hope this information is helpful to those of you with a view to look into the above.

Easter Lilies: please contact Sue Sturmey 01424 882544 The cost of the white lilies for Easter will be £2.50 per stem. Please let her know if you would like to purchase or donate lilies to be arranged in the Church for Easter in memory of a loved one, you will also need to give her the details of thoseyou wish to be included in the Memorandum List, if you wish other blooms to be used this can be arrranged.

Friday 4 March: Yoga with Susan in Udimore Community Hall at 9.30am. Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall, I must say it looked a bit depleted last week, possibly people on holiday, however I bought what I needed and there was a lot of chatter going on and a lovely community feel. At 7.30pm the Short Mat Bowls Players will be in the main hall.

Saturday 5 March: the Friends of St Mary’s Udimore are hosting a Spring Brunch from 9.30am – 11.30am at Udimore Community Hall, all monies raised will go to the upkeep of St Mary’s Udimore, there is no contact numbers so I think you just turn up.

Brede Mother’s Union are holding a Lent Lunch (3 or 4 types of home made soup, bread, cheese and fruit) donations will be for the Brede & Udimore overseas group. This event has been held for a number of years and and if you are free just turn up to this very friendly lunch at 12 noon, it will finish at 1.30pm.

The Brede Village Dance is at 7.30pm time to put on your dancing shoes ready to sequence dance,waltz, quickstep and rumba and cha cha.

Sunday 6 February – Mothering Sunday: 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. All are very welcome. Father Martin can be reached on 01424 883408. The Church’s Website is

At 10.30am the Reverend Robin Roberts will be taking the service in the Methodist Church in Broad Oak. The Reverend Peggy Heim is the Pastoral Minister and she can be contacted on 01424 422350.

Monday 7 March: Age Uk East Sussex Brede Community Club will meet in Brede Village Hall at 10 .30am to begin their day with coffee, news and games, for more information please contact Mrs Maureen Distin on 07850 987130. Whist players will also be in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm

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, Julie Piper can be contacted on 01424 883464 or mobile 07863599537. The Scout Sections meet in the Scout Hut Stubbs Lane, Beavers meet at 5.15pm – 6.15pm and welcome Boys and girls from 6 years old. Contact Cherry Merricks 01424 251242 or 07761730956. The Cubs are 8-10½ years old and meet from 6.30 – 8.00pm. the Group Contact is Colin Ward 01424 852413

Tuesday 8 March: Pilates with Laura at 9.15am in Udimore Community Hall. Followed by another session at 10.15am. The Brede Painting for Pleasure group meet in Brede Village Hall at 9.30am.

Messy Church is in Udimore Community Hall at 4pm he 1st Brede Scouts are in the Scout Hut from 7pm – 9pm. and any young person 10½ or over is welcome. The contact is Andy Bishop 07811339626 Please contact me, 01424 882037 to book the Scout Hut, the cost for the Hall which includes Kitchen, and Main Hall is £6.00 per hour and overnight camping for groups is £3.00 per person per night. The Group has a large field at the back suitable for camping and the large Hall has a leaders room at the side for indoor camping. Use of the gas barbecue is £10 (gas included)

Wednesday 9 March: Pilates are with Laura in Udimore Community Hall at 9.15 and 10.15am.

Brede Women’s Institute meet at 2pm today in Brede Village Hall. It is an open meeting so all are welcome to join them as the speaker is Ray Shayler on the History of Scotney Castle. ( Please note the date is wrong in the Parish Magazine.)

Thursday 10 March: Pilates with Laura at 9.30am with another session at 7.30pm both in Udimore Community Hall. Stretch and Tone with Sally in Brede Village Hall at 9.30am.

Brede Friendly Circle also has an open meeting at 7pm as they will be having a talk by Georgina Cook from the Chestnut Tree Hospice for children. They are hoping to raise awarness of the work they do and raise their profile.

Red Lion News Sunday Carvery lunch now served on Thursdays 12pm -2pm 01424 882122

Friday 11 March: Yoga with Susan in Udimore Community Hall at 9.30am. Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall. Brede and Udimore Overseas Group are holding another Lent Lunch at The Rectory Brede 12 noon to 1.30pm just turn up for a good meal. Donations gladly accepted towards the four Charities they support. 7.30pm the Short Mat Bowls Players will also be in Brede Village Hall.

Saturday 12 March: Ballet Classes at 10am in Brede Village Hall.

Judy Torrance has asked me to put the following in:

Talent Evening A new date has been arranged for this event – Friday May 20 in the Sedlescombe village hall, at 7pm . We expect to see singers , dancers, jugglers , musicians , in fact all types of entertainment are welcome to join in from the local and surrounding area. Places will be limited to allow for a fair opportunity for all taking part. There is no fee to enter and there will be a £100 awarded to the winner and runner up prizes too. Professional sound system and engineer will be available. If you would like to take part then please contact Jean Dann on 01424 882438 for further details, timings and to book your place.

Please let me know in good time if there is anything you would like put in the column.

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