Playden village voice

And so the lovely autumn weather continues.

But isn’t there a sea shanty which mentions Equinoctial Gales? That means this week end, when the equinox falls.

There is still time to contact Mrs. Margaret Hewett about the trip to Hall Place, Bexley. The date has been changed to Monday 24th September. The cost is £20. The coach will leave Playden at 9.15; the Strand at 9.20; and the station at 9.30. It will return about 5 pm.

If you would like to go, ring 01797 22 34 26 to talk to Margaret.

Thanks to Heather Coote for the following report on the W. I. meeting.

Our September meeting was the Home Economics Show, and thanks were given to Carol Charlton for organising this. There were floral arrangements, both miniature and full size, and it was lovely to see that we have so many talented members. Cups and spoons were presented to those with the most marks. Our President cut up her cake entry and we enjoyed this with our cup of tea.

A speaker had been arranged, but unfortunately it was discovered that he had died a couple of months previously and so we had a quiz instead.

Joan announced that a Fund Raising Curry Evening would take place on 13th October. This will be prepared by John and Margaret Holbrook.

The Group Meeting will be at Iden on 19th October when the speaker about Beekeeping will be Mr. Peter Rigby

Mrs. Margaret Hewett asked if anyone would be interested in an outing to Polhill in November.

Our next meeting will be on 8th October, when the talk will be by Silver Nutmeg on ‘Contemporary Jewellery and Beads’.

Playden School has enjoyed its first full week of term, and many activities are now up and running. Football Club is on Mondays; Karate and Brighton and Hove Albion football coaching starts very soon; collect a form from the office if your child would like to start keyboard lessons; the breakfast club is operating and you can book a place on any day of the week by telephoning the office.

During the week children have been out-and about. Koalas learnt about the coast on Winchelsea Beach led by the National Trust; Meerkats made a woodland visit.

The dates for the Nativity at Iden have been confirmed as Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th December.

At the recent Parish Council meeting all councillors were present, also County Councillor Glazier, District Councillors Osborne and Ramus, PCSO Bevan, 2 members of the public and Mary Philo from Iden Parish Council. Some of the topics discussed were as follows: PCSO Dan Bevan reported that criminal activities had been relatively quiet. He had been visiting and helping people mark property with indelible marker pens. Priorities for both Playden and Iden remained speeding, burglary and anti-social behaviour. Following doorstep canvassing, he has enrolled a number of people in the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in both Playden and Iden.

Including the NO COLD CALLING ZONE, The Clerk was instructed to obtain alternative quotations for the supply of signs for both villages.Mud on Houghton Green Lane was drawn to the attention of Cllr. Glazier, who will ask ESCC to investigate.

Regarding complaints from some residents of Houghton Green Lane about waste collection, they were advised that immediate contact should be made with RDC, preferably with photographs.

New External Auditors have been appointed.

A Breach of Condition Notice has been served on the Peace and Plenty. It is understood that they have applied for a change to the current planning approval.

At the next meeting on 4th October, Houghton Green grass cutting will be discussed, also RVA Community Friends.

There has been no meeting of the Butt Field committee.

The next meeting will be on 4th October at 7.30pm in the W. I. Hall.

The Playden Floral group will meet on Monday 1st October at 2.15 in the W. I. Hall. Mr. Crouchman will talk about ‘Westminster Abbey and its Gardens’.

Playden Harvest Festival will be on Sunday 7th October. The previous weekend it is St. Michael’s day, to which saint the church is dedicated. Most hill-top churches are dedicated to St. Michael.

The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Unit will be in Budgen’s car park, Rye, from 10.30 to 3.30.Tomorrow, 22nd, teams of up to 5 people can race to find the most bird species in the RX area in one day. This is a sponsored event organised by RSPCA Mallydams Wood and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Prizes and trophies at 7.30 pm at Mallydams. Full details at or you could probably obtain information from the reserve office at Lime Kiln Cottage.

The mid-week services are at 9.30 am for Morning Prayer and 3.30 pm for Evening Prayer on Tuesday.

The 11 am service for the 16th Sunday after Trinity will be Parish Communion led by the Vicar.

Marion Lovell, Abingworth, New England Lane