Richard Holmes, Beachamps

Our Udimore contribution to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning last Friday went very well, raising £634.17 for Macmillan Cancer Care, a very worthwhile cause. Gillian Rothery would like to thank her team of helpers, and everyone else whose generous contributions (and purchases) of homebaked, handmade and homegrown items made this such a successful event. It was also a good social occasion, which everyone seems to have enjoyed.

The service in St Mary’s Church this Sunday will be the monthly 9.30am Sung Family Eucharist, which will also be our annual Harvest Festival. Besides the traditional fresh fruit and vegetables with which the church will be decorated, distribution of tins and packets will also be made next week to those in need. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the service.

Tickets for the Udimore Harvest Supper (in St Mary’s Community Hall next Friday evening, October 11) are still available by ringing Leonie Wheeler (01797 222009) as soon as possible. At £7.50 for a two-course meal, they are remarkably good value. There will also be a licensed bar and a raffle.

I’ve now heard that the organizers of the Giant Jumble Sale in the Hall on Saturday morning, October 19, will be happy to accept any good quality items you’re willing to donate at the Hall between 2 and 4pm the previous day (but no large “white goods”, please). Alternatively, if you would like the items collected from your home, please ring Rosemary Crouch (01424 882567) or Nan Hacking (01424 882348).

You’re reminded that the next afternoon, Sunday October 20, there will be a Community Tea Party in the Hall from 3 till 5pm. This is being arranged by the Brede and Udimore Overseas Group, members of which invite you to “test your wits with our crosswords and quiz - enjoy good company over a proper afternoon tea and cakes whilst escaping the autumn chill”! There’s no entrance fee, but donations will be gratefully received, in aid of the five charities supported by the group. To ensure there are plenty of cakes for everyone, if you’re thinking of coming please ring one of the following five numbers (all preceded by 01424 88) 3246, 2567, 2657, 3063 or 2487.

Finally, three weeks tomorrow, in the Hall at 3pm on Saturday October 26, there will be an interesting and entertaining talk by Dickie Dengate entitled “Reflections on a Farming Life”. Mr Dengate has had many years’ experience as a fruit farmer in Sussex, and in Africa too. He’s a good speaker whom I can strongly recommend. Tickets (£5, bookable in advance by ringing Geraldine Edwards, 01424 883021, or at the door) include tea and delicious cakes.

All proceeds will be for the Friends of St Mary’s Church, who have arranged this event.