Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane

Yes. Well. When I wrote the column last week, we were able to sit out in the garden in the sunshine. Today said garden has vanished under the snow. There are many snowdrops, crocuses, (croci?) daffodils, hellebores all suffering from this horrid driving blizzard. It was all beginning to seem as if spring was at least thinking about springing. Even the birds at the bottom of Rye Hill went into production on the nest building. They should have waited.

St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday will possibly have small effect in Sussex. His is an interesting story.

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

The Rye and District Association of the National Trust will have a talk on Thursday 21st March at 2.30 pm. Chris Bonsal will speak about “Little Red Monkey.” This will be held in Brede Village Hall.

The Iden and Playden Garden Society will hold the Spring Flower and Produce Show in Iden village hall, commencing at 2.30 pm.on Saturday 23rd March. Perhaps there is time for things to recover.

”The Nature Reserve on your Doorstep” is the title of an event at Rye Harbour. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage at 11 am for mini-rock pooling, arts and crafts, and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This continues until 3 pm.

Calling all cat lovers.There will be an Open Day at the Orchard Cattery in Readers Lane, Iden, on Sunday 24th March from 11.30 to 4 pm. Come and visit. There are young cats seeking for-ever homes with a garden. This is being organised by the Cats’ Protection league. For more details please phone 280 378.

The Friends of Playden Church are looking forward to a lovely Spring day, which we are sure to have by 7th April, when the next Car Treasure Hunt will take place. Meet at the church gate at 2.30 pm. £5 per car + 2; £3 per extra passenger.

Today is Red Nose Day, which the children at Playden School will be supporting by coming in Fancy Dress and paying a forfeit of £1.

A team from school will be taking part in the qualifying round of the Hopkins 6-a-side football tournament at the Horntye Centre in Hastings next Wednesday.

On the same day children in Year 2 will be taking part in a multi-skills event at Rye College.

Next week will be busy, with the Fire Service leading workshops with children in Koalas and Cheetahs classes; Meerkats visiting the Kent Museum of Rural Life and the children of Meerkats taking part in a Rye Area Celebration Service at St. Mary’s Church, Rye between 1.30 and 2.30 pm. on Friday 22nd March.

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 for the 5th Sunday in Lent, Passion Sunday, will be Parish Communion led by the Vicar.