Mary Hitchins, 2 The Old Hop Gardens

Children at Peasmarsh Primary School have filled shoeboxes with Christmas presents for needy families in Romania, Moldova, Albania, Bulgaria and the Ukraine. Sue Cavilla, who collected the shoeboxes on behalf of the charity Link to Hope, said how pleased she was with the generous response to the appeal shown by the children, parents and staff and she thanked Mr McMillan, the headteacher for his support. These shoeboxes together with shoeboxes collected from around Peasmarsh, Playden School, Iden and Playden Church made a grand total of 66 shoeboxes. A very big thank you to all who made up a shoebox.

The Lunch Club takes place every Monday at the hall; you can book a week in advance or call 230324 during the week - plus there is always room for a few extra if you decide you would like to go along on the day. A two course meal costs £5; details of a special Christmas Lunch will be available soon!

The next Quiz night at the hall will be on November 16, hope to see lots of you there - £5.50 entrance which includes a ploughman’s supper, bring your own drinks, 7.30pm.

A Taste of Handel will be performed at Peasmarsh church on Sunday November 17 at 4.30pm. Part 1 of The Messiah will be sung by a local choir - entry is £5 whether you come to listen or to join the choir. If you would like to join the choir on the day you will be expected to attend the full rehearsal in the church at 1pm and to register in advance with Dee Bull (

The Rye and District Association of the National Trust will be continuing their winter talks season on November 21 with To marry an English Lord presented by Sheila Boyd. Mrs Boyd will give a talk on the first generation of American heiresses who married into the English Aristocracy 1860-1900. Please note the change of venue for this season - all Talks will be at Brede Village Hall commencing at 2pm. The entrance fee of £2 (members) and £3 (non members) includes refreshments after the talk.

On Monday November 25 there will be a pre Christmas shopping trip to Bluewater at a cost of £11.50. This trip is already filling up but there may still be places if you are quick! Bookings should be made immediately to ensure your place to Ros Adkins on 01797 253763,

The service this Sunday, Remembrance Sunday, at Peasmarsh church will be at 9.45am.