Brede village voice

From next Monday there will be some important changes being made to the bus service operating between Hastings and Tenterden.

The times in both directions are being changed and the route (some of which will be 341 or 342 and not 340) will operate via Silverhill and Bohemia Road, although some will still go via Elphinstone Road as at present. They will not be using Sainsbury’s turning point. Generally buses will leave Broad Oak for Hastings at two minutes past the hour and from Hastings Station at 14 minutes past each hour but bear in mind that the route in Hastings will vary.

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 7, the Brede Giants Pumping Engines are on view again at Brede Waterworks from 10 am to 4.00 pm. Parking is free, refreshments and souvenir items are available. New members for the Society are welcome as is anyone who likes working with heritage machinery.

Brede Women’s Institute hold their monthly meeting next week in the Village Hall on Wednesday, July 11, when a representative from the Woodland Trust will be talking about the history and archaeology of Brede Woods. This meeting starts at 2.00 pm and, being of local interest, is open to family and friends to also join the members for the afternoon. Also next week on Thursday, July 12, Brede Friendly Circle meets again when their speaker will be Robert Pearce demonstrating Clay Sculpture. This meeting is at 7.30 pm. Friends or new members are welcome to come along.

Also regarding the Brede High Woods, is a request from the Woodland Trust for anyone who has any knowledge of the historical side such as who worked and lived there, any photos or similar memorabilia that might be useful in their ‘Big Dig’ that is currently being carried out by volunteers. For more information on the project please or telephone 01323-811785.

Brede Cricket Club have a game against Burwash at the Recreation Ground this Sunday, July 8, starting at 2.30 pm and will be away at Netherfield the following week, Sunday, July 15.

Next Saturday, July 7, at 7.30 pm, Gary Marriot and Duncan Reid are having a musical evening in aid of the Friends of St. George. Tickets will be £7.50, including a finger buffet and glass of wine, and can be obtained from Marion Firman by calling 01424-751165 or at the Church door.

Two forthcoming events to make a note of are the annual Broad Oak Firefighters’ Fete at the Recreation Ground on Sunday, July 29, from 1.00 pm and on Wednesday, August 1, is the NSPCC Garden Party at Little Monkings, Rocks Hill from 2.30 pm. Both of these have always been well supported and offer a wide range of activities.

The Patients Participation Group of the Northiam and Broad Oak Surgeries is looking for new members for the PPG. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested please write with your CV details to the Secretary, Liz Jenkins, Box Cottage Udimore, TN31 6BJ or telephone 01424-882213 for further details.

The clock in the tower of St. George’s Church has for some time now been giving a bit of trouble with its time-keeping and chiming. It is around 150 years old and, as far as can be ascertained, has possibly not had a complete overhaul in all that time. A company who are experienced in dealing with these old clocks has given an estimate of around £5,200 to repair and make new parts as necessary. For the many people who live nearby or pass the church regularly no doubt miss the regular chiming. The Bellringers have made a start to try and raise funds for repairs to be carried out in due course and applications for grants where possible are being made but if anyone would like to make a donation or help with some fund-raising would they please contact Andrew Burchett on 01424-882727 or e-mail

The Mobile Library calls again next week on Tuesday, July 10, from 3.00 to 3.40 pm in Oakhill Drive and 3.50 to 4.25 pm in Reedswood Road. It will also be at the Village Hall on Thursday, July 12, from 1.25 to 1.55 pm. Apart from reading books, the Library has audio books as well as access to the internet and reference library.

Services at St. George’s Church during the coming week will be a Sung Family Eucharist at 9.30 am on Sunday, July 8, with Holy Communion on Wednesday, July 11 at 10.00am and at 9.00 am on Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14.

Trinity Church continues at Broad Oak this Sunday, July 8, with their usual 10.30 am service which this week will be conducted by Mr. J.B. Thorn.

Activities for the coming week at the Village Hall:

Monday, July 9: Age UK (10.30 am), Rainbows (4.15 pm), Brownies (5.30 pm), Whist Drive (7.30 pm); Tuesday, 10: Painting for Pleasure (9.30 pm); Wednesday, 11: Brede W.I. (2.00 pm); Thursday, 12: Stretch & Tone (9.30 am), Brede Friendly Circle (7.30 pm); Friday, 13: Farmers’ Market (10.00 am), Short Mat Bowls (7.30 pm);

Scout Hut, Stubb Lane: Monday, July 10: Beavers (5.30-6.30 pm), Cubs (6.30-8.00 pm).

If you have anything to be put in the column it can be sent e-mail to:

John May, Mill Lands