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Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane

Bank Holiday Monday and the sun is hot and strong. Surely something can’t be right?!

It was unusual to have a totally wet day all day on Saturday though, - filled up the water butts nicely.

I am told that the storm has caused some damage on the footpath between the churchyard and the Butt Field. A large oak tree fell, bringing with it other trees. At present the footpath is completely blocked and impassable.

Next week end, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September, you are invited to the Open House of Richard Adams and Jane Beecham, who will welcome you to view this year’s works, and perhaps purchase directly from the artists.

White Cottage Rectory Lane, Peasmarsh Road, Playden, TN 31 7 UH will be open from 11 am until 5 pm each day. If you wished to contact them, the phone number is 01797 22 55 89.

Playden Parish Council will hold its next meeting on Thursday 5th September at 7.30 pm in the W.I. Hall. Remember that there is always a Public Session where you may raise any issues of concern or ask questions of the councillors, and the RDC and ESCC representatives who usually attend.

My thanks to Heather Coote for this report on the W.I .meeting.

The August meeting was the Garden Meeting at our President’s house and we were blessed with a fine and sunny day. There was not much business to go through, but members were reminded that Playden will host the Group Meeting in October.

Some members are looking forward to their trip in September, to the historic houses featured in Downton Abbey and Lark Rise to Candleford.

Thanks were given to the committee for the delicious sandwiches and cakes which we all enjoyed before the afternoon was over.

Next month our talk is entitled “Cruise Director - Part 2.”

Rye Medical Centre and the Ferry Road Health Centre Patient Participation Groups are running their next event on Wednesday 11th September at 6.30 pm at the Rye Community Primary School.

The subject will be “Changes to your Local Health Services.” This is your chance to find out how recent changes in the NHS and Developments at the Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital affect you. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Car parking is via the school entrance in Love Lane.

The speakers will be Dr. Roger Elias, Chairman of Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group; Dr. Ben Chishick, Senior Partner Rye Medical Centre; Mrs. Sally Compton, Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital; Mrs. Jacky Dudfield, representing H2H, (Here to help.)

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

The Wild Woodland Weekend Club will be meeting again on Saturday 31st August. This club is for outdoor explorers aged between 6 and 11. It takes place in a private woodland in Beckley. It is led by Lucy from Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Sarah from Swallowtail Hill who are both qualified Forest School leaders. The Wild Things get together for activities which include den building, campfire cooking, woodland crafts and games. Booking is ESSENTIAL on 0845 337 2948. Meet at Swallowtail Hill Farm, Hobbs Lane, Beckley at 10.30 am and stay until about 2 pm. There is a walk of 4 miles involved.

There will be a service at 11am on Sunday, being the 14th Sunday after Trinity. It will be a Family Service, led by the Vicar, Rev. Teresa Munro, followed by coffee.