Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane

The April Showers are all very well, but aren’t they supposed to be interspersed with warm sunshine? Buds are just waiting to burst, and it is said that it will be a brilliant display of colour once it warms up, but very short.

We know so little about him, but St. George’s Day falls during this next week. I wonder how his emblem came to be a rose? They are not in flower yet.

Ferry Road Health Centre PPG together with Rye Medical Centre PPG are planning an event on Wednesday 24th April at 6 pm for 6.30 pm. The subjects are Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Bowel Screening Programmes.

This will be held at Rye Primary School --car parking off Love Lane.

All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

The invitations are being delivered for the exhibitors in the Playden Weekend display of Arts and Crafts, which takes place over the weekend of 11th / 12th May. Some replies are awaited ! If anyone else would like to exhibit, please contact Viv on 224 606 to talk details.

On the Saturday there will be a concert in Playden Church, given by brilliant musician Ken Roberts. He will take us “Around the World in 80 Minutes.” And no doubt he will play some Jazz. Tickets will be £10, to include a glass of wine. Further wine and canapés will be served after the concert.

Thanks to Heather Coote for the W. I. report.

The meeting began on a sad note with the news that Betty Cramp had died the week before Easter. After a minute’s silence in her memory, our President went on to say that Betty had been a member from the late 1950s and had served the W. I. in many ways. Her funeral was to be held on Thursday 11th April, and the W. I. was asked to provide refreshments.

On Friday 26th April, the Group Meeting will be held at St. Mary’s Centre, Lion Street, Rye and the hosts are the Landgate W. I. The speaker will be Nicky Harris from the Stables Theatre, who will talk about putting on Calendar Girls. (I thought those girls took it off, not put it on.ML.)

On Saturday 11th May John Holbrook will be hosting his famous Curry Evening in the W. I. Hall and will be ably assisted by Margaret. There will be an alternative to curry and Margaret is taking numbers. Amy is providing the Quiz.

A further date for your diary is the Coffee Morning on 15th June in the Buttermarket, Rye in aid of W. I. funds.

On 31st July there will be a visit from North Bexhill Day Centre for lunch.

There are still places on Margaret Hewett’s trip to the Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne on May 22. This leaves Rye Station at 10 am with a couple of pick-ups beforehand.

Our speaker for the meeting was Mrs. Lee Ault and her talk was “Do you remember?” She had a large collection of memorabilia from wartime onwards and many of us remembered the days before technology made our lives easier. However, some of her gadgets are still in use today and have been reproduced in modern materials. It was a very interesting afternoon.

Next month is the Resolutions Meeting. For the competition you are invited to bring an egg cup.

On a personal note, I am really disappointed that the curry evening is at the same time as the Concert in church for the Playden Weekend. It is bound to affect numbers at both events, and the concert date has been publicised for a couple of months at least.

You have a chance to go inside Camber Castle on Saturday 20th April between 13.00 and 16.00. You may also visit the birdwatching hide at Castle Water and see the wetland wildlife. Meet at Brede Lock. No booking necessary, donations appreciated. The walk is about 2.5 miles.

A Spring Fair is to be held on Saturday 27th April in Playden Church from 11 am to 1 pm. There will be refreshments, home cooking - cakes, preserves - plants, books, toys, crafts, gifts and a raffle.

The Playden Floral Group will meet on Monday 22nd April at 2.15 pm in Playden W. I. Hall. This month there is a demonstration by Joyce Pannell.

Playden Parish Council had to cancel its meeting yet again because it was inquorate, due to work commitments. This is getting to be very serious. If it continues, we shall find ourselves annexed to Rye, probably, which residents didn’t want. Is there really NO-ONE who could serve their village?

The mid-week services continue at 9.30 am for Morning Prayer and 3.30 pm for Evening Prayer on Tuesday in Playden Church.

The 11 am service for the 3rd Sunday of Easter will be Parish Communion led by the Vicar.