Udimore village voice

I’ve just heard that the Udimore yoga class was due to resume in the St Mary’s Community Hall last Wednesday.

It will continue from 7 till 8.30pm this Wednesday, September 12, and then from October 3 onwards, £7 fee per session. It’s run by Elaine Fletcher, who tells me that it’s a small friendly group, open to everyone, whatever your level of ability and experience. Focus is on movements to release joints, mobilize the spine and promote awareness of the breath (to encourage the mind to settle) and relaxation. If you’re thinking of joining and would like more details please ring Elaine(01797 224682). Otherwise simply go along on Wednesday evening.

If you don’t want to miss the 60s/70s Dance Night in the Hall next Saturday evening, September 15, and haven’t yet booked, please give Cherry Merricks a call on 07761 730956. At only £5 a ticket (children £2.50, under 3s free) it’s remarkably good value!

You’re reminded that, after a break for the summer, the fortnightly singing group Vocality Udimore, will be gathering again in the Hall on Wednesday afternoon, September 19, from 2 till 3pm. Directed by Duncan Reid, they sing songs from the shows and other modern music, including some pop.

They will be delighted to welcome new members (men or women). All that’s needed is a love of singing: no auditions! Depending on numbers, the fee is likely to be about £5 per session.

The programme of local WEA courses through to next Spring has now been published. There are weekly courses on The Detective Novel, and Britain and the World in the 1950s (both in Rye), and Practical Gardening (in our Hall) and monthly courses on Burning Issues and Creative Writing (both in Rye). If you’d like to know more details, look out for the widely distributed orange-coloured handbills, or give me a ring (01797 223055).

That noted scourge of potato and tomato crops, blight, has been very common this summer. Tomato plants, both outdoors and under glass, have been devastated. Very few of my “blight resistant” maincrop potatoes suffered from blight. They were however severely damaged by slugs. A friend whose whole “non resistant” potato crop was destroyed by blight told me he’s always prevented slug damage by spreading soot along the rows at planting time. After learning from one another, perhaps next year we’ll both have undamaged crops of potatoes!

Richard Holmes, Beauchamps