Most of those who knew Patricia Prindl will have already heard the sad news of her death last Thursday. She and Andy first came to Float Farm Oast just over three years ago, intending to spend more and more of their time there as they gradually reduced their many commitments in London. From the outset Patricia was extremely happy here in Udimore and began to look forward to the time when the Oast would become their main home. But sadly it wasn’t to be, for she became seriously ill, spending her last year or so as an invalide, enduring her illness with great courage. She had devoted much of her time and energy to the encouragement and support of promising young musicians, some of whom have taken part in lunchtime concerts during two previous Rye Arts Festivals, and will again this September. Her life and contributions to the musical world of this country are to be commemorated by a memorial service for her in London later in the year.

Barbara Balkham attended her last Parish Council meeting as Clerk to the Council in St Mary’s Community Hall last Wednesday evening. She was thanked for her efficient, knowledgeable, patient and friendly three years of service and presented with a bouquet by the Council. Her successor was introduced to the meeting: Sarah Wiiloughby has already had experience as Parish Council Clerk at Pett, where she lives. I’d like to wish her well in her new post.

As I couldn’t be at the meeting, I’m grateful to Barbara for allowing me to base the following brief account of proceedings on her draft minutes.

The community self-help scheme recently introduced by the County Council will release matched funding for schemes proposed by individual parishes. As we in Udimore are mainly concerned about the impact on our lives of noisy, speeding and inconsiderately driven vehicles on the main road (and sometimes on the lanes too) councillors agreed that a focus group should be set up, to discuss this problem, and to recommend specific measures, for consideration by the County Council under its new scheme. Look out for more details, to be published soon, on the Udimore website, on posters, and in this column.

During a brief adjournment, complaints about the impact on neighbours of some recent evening events at the Hall were discussed. These related both to loud music at “nuisance volume levels” during permitted hours, and to noisy disturbance after their end. The Council was to pass these complaints on to the Hall Management Committee, urging that “robust control measures” are implemented to ensure that hirers comply with the Hall’s conditions of hire.

You may have seen the appeal for funds by The Royal Sussex Regimental Association which appeared in the July Parish Council Newsletter. Councillors approved a donation of £25 to the Association, towards the cost of the memorial to be unveiled at Priez, in France, on September 10, to commemorate the Regiment’s first losses in World War I, and the 7,302 members of the Regiment who lost their lives during the course of the war. Donations may be made to this fund on line by going to https://mydonate.bt.com/events/priez . The Association would also be grateful for any information on relatives of the fallen, with special focus on those who died in 1914 - their address is royalsussexregt@live.co.uk

No district or county councillors were present at the meeting.

Cllr Knight had been assured by the local Police Sergeant that Udimore will again be served by a Police Community Support Officer quite soon.

Please note in your diary that the Parish Council’s next meeting will be in the Hall at 6.30pm on Wednesday September 17.

If you read this in time, the mobile library will call this morning (Friday) at Lower Cross Cottages (10.15 – 10.40) and at the Hall (10.55 – 11.15). Do make the most of this wonderful service while we still have it!

The one service in St Mary’s Church this Sunday is the Sung Family Eucharist, due to start at 11.15am.

Richard Holmes