Karen Ayling, The White House, Dixter Road

Well, what a shame – my musings seem to have vanished into the ether so you didn’t have the pleasure of me drumming up support for the Village Fair on Saturday. In the event, it was a beautiful sunny day, with lots of stalls and booters, and I think everyone who came had a great time – but where were the young people?

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it such a lovely event – there was a lot of kit shifted to and from the Playing Fields over the day!

We go back to our holiday-time lull on the business of the village, although the Pay and Play sessions continue in the Pretious Sports Hall 7-9pm on Fridays, and 6.45pm – 7.45pm on Wednesdays. The first session is free, and then just £2 per hour. The hall will be set up for badminton and table-tennis, with all equipment provided. These are open sessions where the sports hall is open to the community outside normal club times. There is no coaching provided, although a sports hall officer will be on site to help.

The Sports Hall is available throughout the week (5.30pm to 10pm) and all day at weekends for hire by clubs, groups or individuals from as little as £10 an hour. Call 01797 252297 (out of hours, this may be an answerphone to leave a message).

Coffee Stop opens in the Church Centre each Wednesday between 10am and 12 noon and everyone is very welcome to drop in for a chat.

Karate Club continues on Wednesday evenings in the Village Hall.

This might be a good time of year to think about joining the cubs and scouts for the new term. If you are interested in helping or joining, please call Jacky Broad – 01797 2523228 – who will be please to tell you all you need to know!

Coming up – the Bonfire Society are having a Clay Shoot on Sunday 1st September at Conster Manor Farm, Broad Oak, Brede. Brede Shooting Club are hosting this event to raise money for the Bonfire Society and the Air Ambulance. A feature of the day is a Have a Go stand, for people like me who would like to try their hand, but don’t know what they’re doing! For £6 you can have 10 shots under expert tuition.

For the more experienced, please call 01797 252506 for details, as I can only repeat what is on the poster! High Gun £75, prizes to 3rd place, fibre wad cartridges only. But I do understand the next bit – refreshments available! The shoot starts at 10am with last entries at 1pm.

Later in the month, on 14th September, there will be a Race Night in the Muddy Duck. Local firms are invited to sponsor a race, so watch out for sneaky highwaymen out to take your money!

Services (18th): 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Come Praise