Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane

Today is St. Andrew’s day so look out for the Saltire, the blue and white flags. I wonder if they will devolve?

We are in the lull before all the pre-Christmas activities go galloping along.

Playden will be sending The Travelling Crib on its way on Sunday morning.

The Friends of Playden Church thoroughly enjoyed the Murder Mystery evening last Saturday. The W. I. Hall was crowded with amateur sleuths keen to solve the crime. I cannot reveal ‘Who Dun It’ because a second performance is scheduled in another village. There was also a table quiz, all related to detectives, and by sheer coincidence, the table which solved the crime was the same one which won the table quiz. They must all have brought extra brain cells with them on Saturday!!

A superb, tasty supper was prepared by Viv and everyone agreed that it was very good.

It was a merry evening and a good community event.

The next thing planned by Friends is to be on 23 February 2013. Make a note in your new diaries and be sure to come along. We really do have FUN!

The Rye and District Association of the National Trust will be walking on Thursday 6th December. The plan is to go from Vinehall Forest car park to Sedlescome and return, about 8 miles. In the mud?

On Friday 7th December it is the Christmas Party with Geoff Hutchinson in Playden W. I. Hall at 2 pm.

Playden Parish Council hopes to meet on Thursday 6th December at 7.30 pm in the W. I. Hall. All parishioners are welcome. There is always a Public session, when questions can be put to the Councillors. The RDC and ESCC representatives are usually present.

ARRCC used to be on our patch but has now relocated to The School Creative Centre, on New Road. There will be a Grand Opening Day on Wednesday 5th at 2 pm and Thursday 6th December from 11 am to 3 pm. Christmas Goodies will be on sale, and a raffle.

Most homes should have received a Questionnaire from Community Friends. This is specific to Playden, so if you need help or could offer your services, please fill it in and return it to The Peace and Plenty or St. Michael’s School.

There will be the Christmas Fair at the school on Friday 7th December from 3.30 to 5.30 pm. Have you any donations for the Raffle please?

The Walking Bus was an extremely successful venture. It took a mere 10 minutes to walk from the W. I. Hall to school. It is hoped to repeat the exercise in the spring. Thanks to the parents who got the initiative off the ground and to those who walked with the children.

Congratulations to Bella, Ollie, Kai, James, Evelyn and Eva who represented the Rye area primary schools cluster and came a very respectable 3rd place out of seven in the recent athletics competition.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve will be having a Festive Beach Clean on Saturday 1st December. This will be a pre-Christmas clean-up of rubbish washed up along the beach by the autumn’s storms. There is also the chance to see many wintering birds. Your efforts will be rewarded with hot soup at Lime Kiln Cottage afterwards. Bring work gloves if you have them. Meet at Rye Harbour car park at 10 am.

This year the midnight service on Christmas Eve will be at Playden and the Christingle at Iden.

The mid-week services will be at 9.30 and 3.30pm as usual on Tuesday.

The 11 am service for Advent Sunday will be Family Communion.