PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Cllr Keith Dean chaired the meeting last Wednesday in the absence of Cllr Bob Turgoose. Bob had been taken seriously ill and was already in hospital. After surgery, he was (at the time of writing) beginning to make a slow recovery. Continuing infringement of the 40mph speed limit through Udimore was again discussed by your councillors. Sussex Safer Roads Partnership had been approached for definitive advice on the various ‘traffic calming’ measures currently available, and a reply was now awaited.

There was general agreement that the appointment of a Community Warden, to be shared with another village and to act in conjunction with the police, was not at present appropriate for Udimore.

Representing us on the County Council, Cllr Carl Maynard reported that, subject to weather conditions, the Hastings-Bexhill Link Road was due to be completed and open by the end of the year. For our District Council, Cllr Jonathan Johnston reported that there would probably be changes quite soon to local government and county ward and parliamentary constituency boundaries. The sole purpose of these was (as always) to arrange for there to be as near as possible the same number of voters in each ward and constituency.

The next meeting of our Parish Council is due to take place in the Hall on Wednesday January 20, starting at 6.30pm.

GRAND CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Tomorrow (Saturday) please do your best to look in at the Hall any time between 10.30am and 12.30pm for this great annual community event. There will be plenty of scope for Christmas shopping on the many well-stocked stalls, besides Tombola and chances to win attractive prizes in one (or more) of the raffles. An occasion, too, to enjoy the seasonal refreshments and the company of many friends.

SUNDAY SERVICE: To celebrate Advent Sunday (the first day in the Church’s new year) there will be Holy Communion in St Mary’s at 8am.

BACKA QUACKA: Later that morning, at 11.30am, the 2015 Brede River Duck Race will start at the sluice, an easy 15 minutes’ walk upstream from Float Farm (where there will be plenty of parking space, by kind permission of Richard and Sheila Corke). If you haven’t yet backed a duck (or ducks) you can still place your bet(s) with Robert Wheeler (01797 222009) or at The Plough (01797 223381) by tomorrow evening. Prizes for the first ten ducks over the line include £100 for the winner and £50 for second. Any more rain this week will help to speed the quackers along. Refreshments, results and prizes at The Plough afterwards. All proceeds will be for church funds.

MESSY CHURCH: Tuesday, being December 1, will be the afternoon for the monthly meeting of Messy Church in the Hall, starting at 4pm and lasting just over an hour. As usual there will be crafts and activities, celebration and a shared meal. Children need to be accompanied by an adult, and adults must bring along a child or young person if they’d like to take part. With this proviso, newcomers are always very welcome.

MOBILE LIBRARY: On Wednesday morning (December 2) the library van will be here for one of its three-weekly visits, from 11.15am to 11.45am at the Hall.

MARY GOLDSMITH: Also on Wednesday morning, Mary’s funeral service will be at Hastings Crematorium, starting at 11.45am. No flowers, please, but donations in Mary’s memory may be made to Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, c/o Ellis Brothers, 3 Ferry Road, Rye TN31 7DJ.

EVENTS IN BREDE: On Thursday evening (December 3) there will be carol singing at 8pm in Brede Village Hall, accompanied by Cranbrook Town Band, in aid of the Poppy Appeal. The following weekend (December 4, 5 and 6) St George’s Church celebrates its annual Christmas Tree Festival. Full details appear on page 10 of the November Parish Magazine, but I’ll try to include some highlights in this column next week

SPONSORED RUN: Next Saturday, December 5, Matt Burrows plans to start his 50km (31 mile) run along the full length of the 1066 Countryside Walk from Pevensey at 8am, hoping to reach Rye by 3pm. He’s nobly undertaking this cross-country epic to raise funds for the four highly deserving charities supported by the Brede and Udimore Overseas Committee. He deserves lots of sponsorship. You can become a sponsor by emailing him at mw.burrows@ntlworld.com or calling him on his phone (07939 512423).

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