Playden village voice

Last Sunday was St. Swithun’s day. Legend has it that if it rains on that day, it will rain for the next 40 days.

It did! But the jet stream seems to have got itself over our islands and it rains anyway.

On Saturday 21st July - tomorrow - there will be a Traditional Summer Fete in Playden churchyard if the weather permits. There will be stalls, games, a BBQ and a Pimms tent. There will also be books, produce. plants, preserves and refreshments. It all happens from 12 noon and 3.30 pm. If it is a nasty day, then everything will go into the church, but a kind weatherman will hopefully provide a ‘window of opportunity.’

*Heather Coote has sent the following report of the W. I. meeting.

Our meeting this month was the Craft Show. There was a wide range of exhibits which demonstrated the many talents of W. I. members. Our President congratulated the winners of the various awards, and Alison Cade thanked everyone for entering. Joan also said what an enjoyable evening we had had when we celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Special thanks were given to Betty Crosskey, Alison Cade and Amy Breeds for organising the evening and everyone agreed that the food was delicious. Entertainment was provided by Marion Lovell and we all had a good sing-along.

Various notices were given out including the Mystery outing on 17th July, and the Garden Meeting at 23 Fairmeadow in August.

We were then introduced to our speaker, Mrs. Heasman, who gave a very interesting talk on “Where the W.I. has led me..” She brought along a selection of the various craft items that she had made, and told of her many visits to Denman College and how she had progressed through the ranks to become a W. I. Judge.

Margaret Hewett gave details of two short holidays she is arranging - one to the Dutch Waterways and the other one called “Larkrise to Downton Abbey.” Anyone interested should contact her.

As usual the meeting closed with Barbara Dickinson playing the National Anthem.

Thank you Heather.

Coffee or tea and Cake for £1 - plus a raffle ! at Rye Country Market on Friday 27th July at Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill, Rye, from 10 am to 11.30 am. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fresh fruit and vegetables available to purchase, also free-range eggs, home cooked savouries and cakes, flowers, plants, preserves, and a variety of craft items

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

On Sunday, 22nd, you are invited to join the Warden, Chris, on a hunt for a variety of different spiders, and learn how they create their webs. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information centre at 2 pm. Donations would be appreciated.

On Tuesday 24th, 10.30 to 12 noon, come and explore the saltmarsh looking for minibeasts and crabs hiding in the mud. Wellies advisable ! Booking essential on 01797 22 77 84. Charge £2 per child.

On Wednesday 25th,shrimping and rockpooling at Pett Level. Investigate the shallow water and rock pools at low tide. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for paddling/wading in the sea. Booking essential on 01797 22 77 84. Meet at the eastern entrance to Pett Level village. £2 per child.

On Thursday 26th, bring the family to learn about the moths that fly around the Reserve at night. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information centre at 10am. Donations appreciated. Wheel chair accessible.

You can tell that the holidays have begun, with all these activities.

The children at St. Michael’s School took part in the Olympic Torch Parade and then went off with their parents to begin the summer break until September.

At the school Summer Fair, a wonderful sum of £1,857 was raised and match funding of £500 is hoped for. A HUGE thank you was expressed to Caroline Lane and her team for all their hard work.

The mid-week services will be 9.30 am for Morning Prayer and 3.30 pm for Evening prayer on Tuesday.

The 11 am service for the commemoration of Mary Magdalene will be Parish Communion led by the vicar.

Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane