Parish Council: At last Wednesday’s meeting in St Mary’s Community Hall there was a full discussion of the various road safety suggestions put forward at the public meeting on November 7. Since then The Parish Council has been in dialogue with the County Council Highways Department. For reasons set out in this column two weeks ago, of the various road safety measures open to us, councillors agreed we should press the authorities 1) for better enforcement of the present 40mph zone, and 2) for its eastwards extension as far as the Rye 30mph zone. While 2) seems likely to be objected to by the County Council, which has the unimpeded movement of traffic between settlements as one of its main priorities, our pressing for it does underline our concern about road safety on this twisty stretch of the B2089 in general, and its junction with Dumbwoman’s Lane in particular. As regards 1), the Road Policing Department of Sussex Police is to be urged to devote more of its resources to enforcing the present speed limits. For example, a CCTV van parked occasionally opposite Church Gate has in the past proved a most effective deterrent against speeding.

St Mary’s Grand Christmas Fayre: Between 2 and 5pm this afternoon (Friday) any choice items you would like to donate for sale on one of the stalls at tomorrow’s Fayre will be gratefully accepted at the Hall (also bottles for the tombola and prizes for the raffle). The Fayre will run from 10am till noon tomorrow. The earlier you can come, the better, while there’s still plenty on the stalls to choose from: cakes, preserves, local crafts, gifts, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery, produce and much more. You’ll also be able to try your chance for the giant hamper, or another raffle prize, or back a duck in Sunday’s duck race. A special children’s activities stall will include face-painting and a postbox for Father Christmas. Among refreshments there will be mulled wine and mince pies. However else you spend the rest of your Saturday, make sure you don’t miss this lively annual Udimore occasion!

Church Service: Holy Communion will be celebrated in St Mary’s at 8am on Sunday.

Backa Quacka: To walk down to the start of the Tillingham Duck Race on Sunday morning, be at Parsonage Farm by 11am, dogs welcome. After the finish (near Wick Farm) refreshments will be available at The Plough, where the results will be announced (and the prizes awarded) at about 1.30pm: £100 for the winner, £50 for the runner-up and eight other good prizes, including a Plough dinner for two. You still have time to put £5 on a duck (or on each of several ducks) at The Plough, or with Robert Wheeler (01797 222009), by tomorrow (Saturday) evening.

Messy Church: December 2 being the first Tuesday of the month, the monthly Messy Church will be at 4pm in the Hall.

Richard Holmes