Mary Hitchins, 2 The Old Hop Gardens

The opening ceremony at the refurbished Memorial hall was a great success with so many people attending that the place was full! Everyone concerned has done an impressive job; the hall looks unbelievably better and is now ready to face the future, hopefully being a true centre for the village with many varied activities and services for all.

Many groups are already running in the hall - the Monday Lunch Club, Zumba, Sing for fun; Boxercise starting in November, GP outreach services starting soon. We are also lucky to have both Brownie and Guide packs in the village; there are spaces in both groups - please call Diane on 280257 for information about Brownies and for Guides ring either Pam on 224739 or Dee on 260343.

The next Monday Lunch Club at the Hall will be on October 21, and then after half term on Nov 4. Details on the Brickfields notice board, at the hall, on the hall website, or call Jenny Als on 230324.

Please support the WI Choir this evening (Friday 18) at 7.30 at Rye Methodist Church. Proceeds from their concert of widely varied music ranging from Vivaldi to Rodgers and Hammerstein will go to The Rother First Responders who are already active in Peasmarsh and Rye.

Congratulations to our new Speedwatch Team who were already out on the job last week. Thanks to them for giving their time to this project to reduce speeding through the village.

The next Quiz Night at the hall will be on November 16; please put this date in your diaries now!

There will be an Open Garden in aid of St Michael’s Hospice this Saturday 19 October; always worth a walk round, particularly at this time of year when the Autumn leaves are at their best! The garden will be open from 11am until 3pm, there will be refreshments and a plant sale too.

Preparations for “A Taste of Handel” in the church on Sunday, November 17 are going well. If you want to register to come and sing part 1 of Handel’s Messiah on the day, please fill in a registration form and send it to “D” Bull at . If you want to join those doing some rehearsals they are held at 7pm on Thursday evenings in the back room at the hall – just come along. If you can’t come then, contact Jenny or Yvonne 230693 to find out more details.

A reminder about the Christmas appeal from the charity Link to Hope. If you would like to support the Link to Hope shoebox appeal this year then please collect a leaflet from Peasmarsh Church or contact Sue Cavilla Tel: 230431. Please telephone Sue to arrange collection if required. Shoeboxes need to be ready by Sunday October 27 please.

Thanks to hard work from Richard and Sharon and a number of volunteers the churchyard is looking good. Please keep those donations towards its upkeep coming in. You can send them direct to the Treasurer, Peasmarsh Parochial Church Council, New House Farm Cottage, Wittersham Lane, Peasmarsh TN31 6TD.

The service at Peasmarsh church this Sunday will be Holy Eucharist at 10am; there will be no 3pm service this week.