Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane

A little bit of snow, driving, gale force winds, and everything comes to a standstill again. It was nasty while it lasted wasn’t it? Milder this morning, but grey, no sun.

The Vernal Equinox was last Wednesday so it is officially Spring now.

A quiet time in Playden just at the moment.

The Friends of Playden Church are hoping for continued improvement in the weather, ready for the Car Treasure Hunt on 7th April. Meet at the church gate at 2.30 pm. Car +2 costs £5. Each extra person is £3. The finish will be at the Playden Oasts. Do come. It is fun.

The Iden and District Natural History Society has the last Winter Lecture of the season tonight, 22nd March at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. There will be the AGM followed by a Slide show and talk by Mr. Melvin Smith on “Colours in Nature”. There will be refreshments and a raffle.

The Iden and Playden Garden Society holds the Spring Flower and Produce Show on Saturday 23rd March in Iden Village Hall at 2.30 pm. After the blizzard, many flowers were damaged, but there seems to be a recovery among the daffodils. Few tulips will probably on show, unless they were in a conservatory or something. But it will be interesting to see the resourcefulness of our local gardeners. Unfortunately the talk about “The Persian Garden” had to be cancelled last week, due to the weather.

The Spring Show will also have refreshments and a raffle. Admission price is 50p for adults, 30p for children and free admission for exhibitors.

The Nature Reserve on your Doorstep is the title of an event at Rye Harbour on Saturday 23rd March. Meet at the reserve at 11 am to go mini-rock pooling, Arts and Crafts, Games etc. Children must be accompanied by an adult. It is open until 3pm.

Alternatively you could travel out to Dungeness for a try-out of binoculars and telescopes. Some of the best optical equipment available will be on display. This is open on Saturday and Sunday 23 and 24 March, 10 am to 5 pm.

There is an exhibition of wildlife art by Christine Reed open from Sunday 24th until Sunday 7th April, also 10 am to 5 pm.

It has been a very busy week at Playden School. Children have been to the Kent Life Museum, a science enrichment workshop at Peasmarsh, the Hopkins 6-a-side football tournament, and today, Friday, Meerkats will be taking part in the annual Celebration Service at St. Mary’s Church, Rye.

Tickets for the Easter Egg raffle have been on sale during the week, and the draw will take place in both Playden and Iden Churches this Sunday.

The services for Holy Week are as follows :

Monday 25th Compline 7 pm Iden

Tuesday 26th Compline 7 pm Playden

Wednesday 27th Compline 7 pm Iden

Thursday 28th Maundy Thursday 7 pm Playden

Friday 29th Good Friday Stations of the Cross 12 to 1 pm Iden

The Last Hour at the Cross 2 to 3 pm Playden

Saturday 30th Easter Eve Blessing of the First Light 8 pm Iden

Sunday 31st Easter Day Family Communion 11am.

This Sunday, 24th, is Palm Sunday. The service of Parish Communion at 11am will include the distribution of palms and a dramatic reading of the story.

Clocks “spring forward” next weekend. Don’t be late for the Easter service !