How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

Coach Outing on behalf of Brede Friendly Circle: I am arranging a coach outing on Thursday 9 July leaving the Village Hall at 8.15am. We are going to Saville Gardens in Windsor Great Park having a guided tour and lunch then travelling on to Runnymede where we will board a boat that will carry us along the Thames whist having a talk about the Magna Carta events that happened along our journey. We will also enjoy a cream tea aboard. The coast of the trip which is inclusive of all the above mentioned is £35.00 payable to Brede Friendly Circle: via me by April 14 We have a few seats available so please contact me ASAP if you are interested in going.

Rye & District Association: have their meeting at 2pm today in Brede Village Hall when Ned West Shearing will share his knowledge of Landscape Painters. The R& D Ass. support the National Trust and are looking for more people to join as members. They formed in 1980 and generally meet in Brede Village Hall on the 3rd Thursday of the month and offer an extensive programme of activities and events that are enjoyable as well as interesting and also raise funds much needed for our local National Trust properties. If you are interested please contact either the membership secretary Catherine Frewen 01797 252123 or Marion Brunt the Chairman 01424 883566 either of them will be happy to give you more information

Cat Still Missing: Tricia & Les have been searching for their ginger and white semi haired large cat since December 8th 2015 it had returned on previous days with another cat which was dark grey in colour to their home in Chitcombe Road. Their cat is microchipped and they hope that someone has seen their cat or has given it a home over the winter period. They miss him very much and if you have any information can you telephone them 01424 882048 or 07769712502 thank you.

Mother’s Union: members congregated at Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 2nd April for the Diocesan Festival Service and Commissioning Officers for 2016 – 2019. The Presiding Preacher was The Right Reverend Nicholas Reade . It began with The Procession of the Mother’s Union Diocesan Chaplain, Cannon in Residence, Bishop Nicholas Reade and the Lord Lieutenants from both East & West Sussex and the Deputy Lieutenant, followed by over 36 Banners from the Mother’s Union Branches throughout East & West Sussex. I believe there are about 63 Branches in the County. It was a magnificent sight all the Banners held high managing to avoid hitting the three hanging chandeliers, they moved in two’s along the main Aisle of the Cathedral. It was a moving and thought provoking service and the new Diocesan President, Katherine Anderson was commissioned along with members of the Trustees Board. Chris Emson the departing President had this to say

‘I am very pleased that Katherine is the young and enthusiastic person needed to take over. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last six years.’ During her time as President Chris visited the Mother Union branches in Africa that are supported by Branches in Sussex, here money is raised to train a facilitator to mobilise communities to speak out for their rights, training for someone to support parents through difficult issues and for literacy programmes and more. Mu members offer practical and emotional support for others, raise funds and awareness, offer parenting classes and offer support in Prisons and Hospitals and much more. If you wish to join a Branch Rye and Brede have Branches. Contact Chris Emson 01797 224174 for Rye or Ruth Gasson 01424 882631 or me for Brede

Friday 8 April: Yoga with Susan in Udimore Community Hall at 9.30am, WEA is at 11.30am.

Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall.

Brede Short Mat bowlers will be meeting at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall

Saturday 9 April: Ballet Classes are in Brede Village Hall at 10am

Sunday 10 April: 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 Mrs Jennifer Winnington 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 11 April: Age Uk East Sussex Brede Community Club will meet in Brede Village Hall at 10 .30am to begin their day with coffee, games then lunch and Ruth is entertaining this afternoon. The day can be split into two now, so if you only wish to go for the afternoon you may do so, or you may go and have lunch and stay but you must book this in advance. They have a mini bus now so transport is not a problem; for more information please contact Mrs Maureen Distin on 07850 987130.

Whist players will 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, the They have some spaces. Julie Piper can be contacted 01424 883464 or mobile 07863599537.

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 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

Tuesday 12 April: 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.

Brede Scouts meet, from 7pm – 9pm in the Scout Hut and any young person 10½ or over is welcome. The contact is Andy Bishop 07811339626 Bingo is in the Rainbow Trout

Wednesday 13 April: Pilates are with Laura in Udimore Community Hall at 9.15 and 10.15am.

Brede Women’s Institute will be having fun and games when they are celebrating their 89th Birthday meeting and celebration of William Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary at Brede Village Hall today at 2pm.

Brede Parish Assembly is tonight at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall. Guest speakers will include representatives of Hasloe giving an update on Ostler,s Field and they may have information regarding further proposed buildings in Broad Oak. If you want to know what’s going on and have the opportunity to have your say, then do attend. It should be an interesting evening.

Thursday 14 April: 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.

Design with Flowers is at 2pm – 4pm in the Parish Room Waterworks Lane. We will be doing A Royal Occasion, so be imaginative, as you can chose whatever design shape, container and flowers of your choice.

Brede Friendly Circle members are going out this evening and will be meeting at the James Dean Pottery in Peasmarsh at 6pm please note the time change.

Friday 15 April: Yoga with Susan in Udimore Community Hall at 9.30am, WEA is at 11.30am.

Brede Farmers Market is from 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall.

Brede Short Mat bowlers will be meeting at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall

Future Events

Saturday 16 April: there will be a concert by the Regency Singers at 2.30 pm. at the Methodist Church in Broad Oak. No admission charge but donations welcome for church and refurbishment funds.

Future Events

Thursday 21 April: Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations, begin with Watch Commander Chris Sands lighting of the Beacon early this evening (time to be confirmed) there will be food and drinks available in or outside the Parish Room from Gary of the Red Lion and the Bell Ringers will be ding donging away as well. There may be other things going on but it is still a work in progress, however please put the date in your diary so that you can go and enjoy the evening. (an all age activity)

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.

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