How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

Ben Richardson: It really breaks my heart to impart this news. Ben Richardson was a County Commissioner for Scouts in Sussex and a member of Brede PCC was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago and on 25th April was told nothing further could be done. Ben and Joanna were married by Father Martin Harper in the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Conquest Hospital on 26th April. At his request Ben went home that evening and died in the early morning of 27th April. His cheerful smile and outlook will be missed by many not only in this Village but across Sussex. His Funeral will be held at St Georges Church Brede at 1pm on Saturday 14 May. I am sure with me your thoughts and prayers like mine will be with Jo, and the families.

Spring: It has been a strange week with Spring bursting into life all around us and birds pairing up then snow at times coming down quite hard. The Flowers vegetables and creatures must have wondered what was going on or maybe unlike us they knew what was coming.

Queen’s birthday: Hopefully you should have all received your copy of the Pamphlet being delivered to every home in the Village regarding the events for the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations around the Village. Please contact me if you have not received one.

Newsletter: The next Parish Newsletter is being set up and if you would like to mention what your group or society does please email me as above ASAP if you would like to advertise also contact me please so I can give details. The Parish Council would also appreciate a hand giving them out. If you like walking or if you have to walk for a medical reason you might like to help out 3 times a year.

The 7th May Gala Evening: at Udimore Community Hall has sadly been cancelled due to lack of support. This is the 3rd event cancelled in Udimore and it is such a shame. People work incredibly hard to try and entertain as well as raise money for causes; in this case it was to refurbish St Mary’s Church Udimore. Is it that the TV is so absorbing on a Saturday night or the tablet or computer? I have heard it over & over recently that the Community Spirit has left the Village in this case we were talking about Udimore but it has also been said about Broad Oak & Brede. However, the people who jumped at the chance to do something for the community for the Queen’s 90th Birthday certainly have the Community Spirit so it would be nice if all the events for all the different age groups in the Pamphlet were fully supported and please pray for good weather for 11th & 12th June the latter being when we have our Picnic in the recreation ground with live music.

Now the week ahead.

Friday 6 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. I was out delivering leaflets last week and forgot I needed to pop along for a hand made card, as I had not marked it in my diary. I will pop in this week though. Brede Short Mat bowlers will be meeting at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall

Saturday 7 May: Ballet Classes are in Brede Village Hall at 10am.

There is a Coffee Morning and Sale of plants, books, cakes, home bakes and bric-a-brac and a raffle. 10am – 12noon at the Methodist Church in Broad Oak, all proceeds towards their general funds and refurbishment fund.

There will not be a Village Dance tonight as it is later this month, it is next week instead

Sunday 8 May: 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 the Methodist Church in Broad Oak David Hanson will be taking this morning’s service at 10.30am. The Reverend Peggy Heim is the Pastoral Minister and she can be contacted on 01424 422350.

Monday 9 May: 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 entertainment in the afternoon. The day can be split into two now, so if you only wish to go for the morning or 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 10 May: Pilates with Laura at 9.15am in Udimore Community Hall. Followed by another session at 10.15am.

Brede Painting for Pleasure meet at 9.30am in Brede Village Hall.

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

Wednesday 11 May: Pilates are with Laura in Udimore Community Hall at 9.15 and 10.15am.

Brede Women’s Institute have speaker Dr Mike Lynn talking about the History of Bees. It also is a resolution meeting. The Afternoon begins at 2pm in Brede Village Hall. Vocality Choir meet in Udimore Community Hall at 2pm Later at 4pm in the same venue the Alexander Technique is being shown.

Thursday 12 May: 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. Yoga at midday, Craft & Chatter at 2pm and a Hospital fundraiser is at 7pm the latter 3 events are in Udimore Community Hall

Design with Flowers is from 2pm – 4pm in the Church Room (lattery the Parish Room) and members will be doing an Asymmetrical Triangle. Do come and join us if you feel you would like to learn to flower arrange, it is fun, relaxing and there is a feeling of achievement at the end.

Brede Friendly Circle meet at 7.30pm this evening in Brede Village Hall and they will be learning to Crochet with demonstrator Sheila Duffy. Please take along a size 6 (if Possible) Crochet needle and a ball of wool.

Friday 13 May: 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

Sunday 15 May: Calling all Children Teddy Bear’s Fair 2pm – 4.30pm at St George’s Church Brede. Take along your Teddy Bears or Favourite soft toy all sizes welcome. Take along a grown up and enjoy a lovely afternoon with the fun of the fair. Help your Teddy to overcome the fear of heights with a special Zip wire from the top of the Church tower – earning their certificate and a badge for achieving this brave adventurous activity.

Saturday 21 May: Duncan Reid and Gary Marriott present a Grand Concert on behalf of the Friends of St Georges at 7.30pm in St George’s Brede Tickets are £8.50 and include a finger buffet and a glass of wine. Please contact Marion Firman 01424 751165 or one of the committee.

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