Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane

“February fill-dyke” is the old country description of the month. They are pretty full already and the fields have lots of boggy areas.

Last week a slip of the finger said that ESCC was “£6 worse off than expected.” I bet they wish that was true ! It had a letter missing - it should have been £6m worse off. Sorry.

The Mobile Library will be at Poppyfield on Monday from 11.30 to 11.50 am.

The Parish Council will meet on Thursday 7th February at 7.30 pm in the Playden W.I. Hall. It would be nice if some parishioners showed an interest, or volunteered to be a councillor. The precept will be discussed.

The Iden and District Natural History Society continues the Winter Lectures on Friday 8th February at 7.30 pm in Iden Village Hall, with a talk about British Wildlife given by Mr. David Fletcher. Visitors to the lectures are asked for £3 as an entrance fee.

Would members of the Iden and Playden Garden Society please read the report in the Iden Column.

Tickets are now on sale for the “Ghostly Encounters Evening” being held on Saturday 23rd February in the W. I. Hall at 7.30 pm. It will cost £7.50 per person to include a two course hot soup and ploughman’s supper. Actress Philippa Urquhart will be enthralling us with tales from the Edwardian era, with a local connection. It all sounds most intriguing. Tickets are now on sale, they are available from Neame Designs, 13a Tower Street, Rye, or from me on 01797 222615.

There will be a meeting of the Playden Floral group on Monday 4th February at 2.15pm in the Playden W. I. Hall. This will be a demonstration.

The mid-week services continue as usual at 9.30 am for Morning Prayer and 3.30 pm for Evening Prayer on Tuesday.

The 11 am service on Sunday will be a Family Service, commemorating the Presentation of the baby Jesus in the temple at Jerusalem. This is also called Candlemas, when Simeon described Christ as the “Light of the World.”