Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane, Playden

The Mobile Library will be at the village hall on Monday from 12.05 until 12.45. his is a lovely opportunity to meet friends, change your books and enjoy a chat over a good cup of coffee.

The Rye Arts Festival event takes place in the church on Monday 16th September at 7.30 pm. Richard Lester and Alasdair Beatson will perform music for ‘cello and piano. Richard Lester will be well known by local people from the distinctive playing of his ‘cello at the Peasmarsh Festival in previous years. He will be joined by pianist Alasdair Beatson, described by The Sunday Times as playing with ‘artistry incarnate’ to perform Benjamin Britten’s ‘Cello Sonata in celebration of the composer’s centenary year. There will also be music by Mendelssohn. Tickets are £15 available from the Festival Office,c/o Phillips and Stubbs, 47/49 Cinque Ports Street, Rye, telephone 0179722 44 42. The box office is open for personal callers from 9.30 am until 1 pm.

A very sincere apology to John and Sue White as last week we reported that they had cycled up Mount Toubkal in Morocco. I am afraid my correspondent did not realise that as fit as they both are, to cycle up a

14,000 ft mountain was asking a bit much, even for Sir Bradley Wiggins. This is the highest mountain in the Atlas range!

What we meant to say of course was that they trekked up the mountain in aid of the BACE Charity which supports educational projects in Gambia and for which to date they have received over £1000 in sponsorship. Sue and John would again like to thank everyone who supported them. As a penance, my informant will now double his sponsorship.

Idem Parish Council met on Tuesday 3 September after its summer recess. Apologies were received from Mrs. Paula Riley. There were about a dozen members of the public in attendance together with County Councillor Keith Glazier and District Councillors Nick Ramus and Paul Osborne

Under Planning, it was reported that permission had been given for the application from St Anne’s Church Lane for an extension and alterations. It was pointed out that Rother are now seeking archaeological surveys for these sorts of situations where properties are deemed to be in historically sensitive areas of the village. Apparently this will be at householders’ cost which is around £250 every day the experts are involved. The Chairman said that potential applications should now be aware of this new condition and should consult Planning to enquire whether their property will be affected as they will need to bear in mind the potential costs as part of affordability considerations

It was agreed that the bus shelter opposite the Bell will be repaired and the tender for £1220 was accepted.

The Council via Keith Glazier is to ask Highways at East Sussex whether a roadside sign could be placed opposite the playing field entrance to help visitors who do not know the area.

The Clerk gave an update on the Cycle Lane project which involves opening up the land alongside Scots Float on the Military Road. Much work has gone into this project over the summer months involving several agencies and it was disappointing that the application for funding was going to be delayed beyond the 31 August deadline. It is hoped, once the Council and Playden Parish Council have all the formalities completed, that the application involving some £24,000 of funding can be submitted. The benefits to tourism and local businesses, particularly bed and breakfast and public house establishments, are expected to be considerable as the work when completed will greatly enhance facilities for leisure activities.

The Chairman reported that there had been a very serious problem last month with dog mess in the playing field. The situation had become so bad that the Police had been asked to make regular patrols in the hope that by showing a presence, they would encourage owners to clear up after their dogs. It would appear that yet again it is non residents who are ignoring the warning signs and requests and if caught, the Council has made it very clear that prosecutions would follow. It is not surprising that residents feel very strongly that such irresponsible people are not only polluting their playing field but also giving conscientious owners a bad name

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Tuesday 1 October at 7.30pm in the Village Hall

The Iden and Playden Garden Society will be holding its Autumn Show on Saturday 28 September at 2.30pm in the Village Hall, to be followed by its Annual General Meeting. The date given last week was incorrect so please ensure the 28 September is now in diaries!

The Harvest Festival Service will be held in Iden Church on Sunday 29 September at 9.30pm. This will be a family service. The congregation is asked to bring gifts in the form of tins or packets and not fresh vegetables or fruit as the donations will be going to Charities in Hastings and Rye who are helping social deprivation

The Harvest Supper this year will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 5 October at 7.30pm. Details of how to book will be available very shortly

There will be a Pop in Coffee morning next Monday between 11am and 1.30pm the Village Hall - everyone is invited to attend

Richard Adams and Jane Beecham would like to welcome you to their home at White Cottage, Rectory Lane, Playden on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September between 11 am and 5 pm. This is an opportunity to view this year’s works and maybe purchase directly from the artists. If you wished to speak to them, the phone number is 01797 22 55 89.

The mid-week services continue in church on Wednesday at 9.30 am for Morning Prayer and 3.30 pm for Evening Prayer with the Vicar.

The 9.30 am service on Sunday, 16th after Trinity, will be Parish Communion led by the Vicar, Rev. Teresa Munro.