Playden village voice

What a lovely weekend we had; warm sunshine, fluffy clouds and beautiful flowers and trees, bird song, including a cuckoo.

Playden Church was a lovely venue for the Art and Craft exhibition, and the old stone walls were awash with vibrant colours.

There was also exquisite jewellery and very clever crafty items.

’simply opera’ gave a spirited performance of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the pulpit transformed into the Gingerbread House.

We were rather hoping that the sermon could have been preached from the window on Sunday morning!

And the witch would certainly have enlivened the choir, high heels and all!!!

Our thanks to all the cast, builders of props, accompanists and musical director Lesley Brownbill.

IT was a good weekend as a community event, and many people worked extremely hard. Very sincere thanks go to all of them.

Early financial indications are that about £500 was raised for the Friends of Playden Church. This will go towards the re-shingling of the landmark spire. The woodpeckers have been at work on the cedar shingles.

The next event in the church is Catwalk Connections, to be held next week, 22nd May.

St Michael’s Church Playden is hosting a Catwalk Connections Fashion Show on Tuesday 22 May.

The proceeds of the event are to help raise money towards repairing and reshingling the spire of this beautiful church and local landmark.

Featuring top quality, mix and match boutique, branded and ex-chain store fashions, the outfits are modelled, showcased and cleverly accessorized from a wide range of seasonal garments, all thoughtfully put together.

Sizes 10-20, and all garments are discounted, with many at half the recommended retail price normally found in famous high street shops and department stores.

So come and bring a friend. Tickets are only £5 available from Neame Designs, Rye or contact 01797 224606. Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 7.30pm.

Jubilee mugs will be presented to all children at St. Michael’s school on 1st June.

If you would like to buy additional mugs for family members or friends, please contact Sam Stone on 280 537 or Ray Harrington-Lowe on 230 177 or e-mail the clerk using the parish web site and have cash or a cheque for £5 ready.

The Rotary Club Sponsored Walk takes place on Sunday, leaving Phillips and Stubbs 9 am to 10 am.

This is in aid of local charities and half of the total you raise can be donated to your nominated charity or good cause.

This year the walk goes from Rye along the Sussex border path to Iden Lock, across farmland to Bosney Farm and Iden and returns via Bowlers Town and Leasam.

The options are a 3.5 mile walk, a 6 mile walk from Scotts Float, and an 8 mile walk.

Walk plans and notes will be given on the day. All walkers will be given a completion certificate.

Weekday services are on Tuesday when Morning Prayer will be said at 9.30 am and Evening Prayer at 3.30 pm.

The 11am service will be Parish Communion led by the vicar.

Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane