Marion Lovell

Abingworth, New England Lane

Now that bonfires and Remembrance Sunday have passed into this year’s history, all the focus will probably be on Christmas preparations and festivities. And there are still 5 weeks to go for all that manic shopping.

The Charity Card Shop is now open in the Community Centre in Conduit Hill, Rye each Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. There is a wide range of charities offering cards, calendars, ribbons and so on.

The Fair at Playden Church on Saturday morning was not blessed with nice weather. It was a wet and pretty miserable morning. Never-the-less there was great support from the congregation and friends and £317.85 was raised for funds. A big thank-you to everyone for their help and support.

On Wednesday 21st November at 2pm, there will be a PSA (Playden School Association ) Meeting held at the school.

On Thursday 22nd November at 3.45 to 5 pm there will be a Chocolate Bingo Session happening at school. Eyes down at 4pm. Everyone is welcome, free entry.

On Friday 23rd November Phil the Bag will be collecting clothing etc..

The Christmas Fayre will be held at school on Friday 7th December from 3.30 to 5.30pm. Any donations to the raffle would be gratefully received.

On Wednesday 21st November a new initiative will be happening. A “walking bus” will come to school. The idea is that the children are escorted walking to school instead of arriving by car. That would certainly ease the congestion in the lane. It is a National scheme, but Playden has not taken part before. It takes place during Road Safety Week.

There will be a Christmas Bazaar in Playden W. I. Hall tomorrow afternoon from 2 to 4 pm. This will be organised by the Peasmarsh Guides. Come along and browse and buy from Stocking fillers, tree decorations, Shabby Chic products and Pampered Chef.

The Friends of Playden Church are taking bookings now for the Murder Mystery Evening scheduled for 24th November in the W. I. Hall . Doors open at 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start. Tickets are £10 to include a 2-course hot supper. They are available from Neil on 22 42 09 or Marion on 22 26 15.

There is a Winter Lecture arranged by the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on Saturday 17th November - tomorrow - in Winchelsea Beach Community Hall at 2.30pm. This will be given by Mr. John Buckingham, who will illustrate the Birds of Norfolk. Donations appreciated. Open to all.

On Sunday 18th, from 10.30 to 1pm - walking about 3 miles - there is a good chance to get to grips with a good variety of winter visitors, the wildfowl, waders, finches and raptors. Meet at Rye Harbour car park. Donations would be appreciated. Any queries to 01797 22 77 84.

The Rye Harbour Lifeboat memorial service is on Sunday 18th at 3 pm.

The mid-week services are as usual at 9.30 am and 3.30 pm on Tuesday.

The 11am service on Sunday will be Parish Communion for the second Sunday before Advent led by the Vicar.