Brede news
Brede news

How to contact me: by telephone 01424 882037 or email

Monitoring Calls: I have a BT8500 Phone which monitors our calls to stop nuisance calls. Please be patient and listen to the message which asks you to say your name and press the # hash key on your phone. At our end we press 1 and the call is connected. You can also leave a message. From our point of view it is a marvellous system as we are now rarely bothered by nuisance calls.

Very Exciting News. On Thursday 17 November I received a letter dated November 15th 2016 and addressed to The Residents of Broad Oak and Brede c/o Mrs Rhiannon Oliver from Buckingham Palace. There was a card from Her Majesty with a lovely picture of her and the words ‘I send you my grateful thanks for the kind words you have sent to me on the occasion of my ninetieth birthday’ and signed ELIZABETH R 2016 also enclosed was a headed letter which read:-

To Residents of Broad Oak and Brede The Queen wishes me to write and thank you all for the card and kind message which you sent on the occasion of Her Majesty’s ninetieth birthday.

It was also kind of you to enclose a copy of the programme of events held in your village which the Queen was pleased to see.

Her Majesty has been deeply moved by the wonderful response to her milestone birthday, and hopes you will understand that, because of the overwhelming number of messages received it has not been possible to reply to you until now.

I am to thank you all very much once again for your kind thought for the Queen at this time .

Phillipa de Pass Lady in Waiting

A copy of the letter will be posted in the Parish notice boards and at the Village Hall & clubs you may attend for you to read for yourselves, and be as honoured, pleased, and tickled pink like me, to receive this letter on behalf of our Parish and for those who worked so hard to make the week so successful.

The Cameo Opera evening: was enjoyed immensely by all those who attended. Thanks to the Cameo Opera singers who sang songs from possibly a Century of shows and to Ethel and the 6 O’clock club for organising the event and raising money for St Michaels Hospice. If you missed this there is another opportunity to have a lovely evening of show music by buying a ticket for the Cranbrook Town Band Charity Christmas concert details are below.

Lights of Love: As in previous years you can have a loved one remembered or an anniversary or to wish some one happy Christmas just by giving a donation to Andrew Burchett at Alexandra Cottage Stubbs Lane Brede or at The Farmers Market on Peter’s Apple Juice Stall. The donations will be sent to the Cardiac Unit at The Conquest Hospital as a number of our residents have had to use their facilities this year. The Christmas Tree in the Churchyard will be decorated with lights and a list of dedications will be on a list in St George’s Church

Champions of Brede: That refers to us all and the big draw is coming up and it is also time to pay the annual or bi annual subscription of £1 a month = £12 which can be paid by cash, cheque or through the bank.. It is a wonderful system, set up to help support the ongoing expenses and renovations of the then new Village Hall and it still applies today. Of course through the passage of time some of the original supporters have moved away or passed on. Therefore it is imperative that more join and you will have 12 chances to win some money back as a draw takes place each month, with two big ones in June and December. Telephone Philip Romani 01424 883420 or email or telephone Maggie Sandra 01424 883149 as soon as you can. There is more information in the Parish Council Newsletter on page 24

Editor: Urgently needed is an Editor for the Church Parish Magazine, which has 10 editions per year. Help and training will be offered and you will need to be able to use publisher and have this programme added to your computer at St George’s Church expense or they help fund a laptop for this purpose if required. Please contact Father Martin or one of the Church Wardens, Duncun Reid 01424 882412 or David Oliver 01424 883037 if you have the time to help. It will be gratefully appreciated by the Rector. Perhaps if you make contact now you will be ready to do the February 2017 edition.

Tree Planting Ceremony: I have heard that it was a lovely morning. The sun shone on about 25 residents as they planted a Field Maple. There was a book that had all the information in and it is not only a standard tree but also can be planted as hedging. The tree was planted in the field in Brede behind Markham thanks to Pat Whately, and all dog walkers will be able to see it flourish. The morning finished with coffee and cake and I have been told it was most enjoyable.

Friday 25 November: Brede Farmers Market 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall. As usual the Grocery stalls, meat and dairy stalls will be there as well as Lindy’s chocolates and Peter’s Apple Juice Maybe Alan’s carpentry will be there and if I can get my act together me , where I will be selling Band tickets and advertising my own business for this season. Do go and have a gander, and see for yourself what is offered, as there is far more than I have mentioned here. Wea is in Udimore Community Hall at 11am. Short Mat Bowls is at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall. Just turn up wearing flat shoes. If you would like more information please contact Graham on 01424 427159

Saturday 26 November: Emma’s Baby Ballet at 10am in Brede Village Hall. Quiz Night 7pm for 7.30pm also in Brede Village Hall. 10 teams will have a laugh with friends and test their knowledge and try to be 1st or last for the booby prize. I hope you have booked a table, feel free to bring a raffle prizes and do not forget you nibbles drink and glasses. All proceeds to the Village Hall.

Sunday 27 November: The Church Services are as follows: Father Anthony White conducts the Mass service at 9.00 am in St Theresa’s Catholic Church on the old Northiam Road, if you need to contact the Father his number is 01424 773125 At St George’s Church the Family Sung Eucharist starts at 9.30am Father Martin can be reached on 01424 883408. The Church’s Website is This mornings Eucharist Service will be led by the Reverend Robin Roberts at the Methodist Church in Broad Oak at 10.30am. Peggy Heim is the Pastoral Minister and can be contacted on 01424 422350.

Monday 28 November: Yoga at 9.30am, in Udimore Community Hall. The whist players will be in action in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm. To hire Brede Village Hall please phone Carol Kynvin 01424 882123 The Guiding section meet in the small hall of Brede Village Hall; the Rainbows meet from 4.15- 5.15pm, they welcome girls aged between 5-7 years, Julie Piper can be contacted for both on 01424 883464 or mobile 07863599537. The Brede Scout sections are all held in the Scout Hut Stubbs Lane, Beavers welcome Boys and girls from 6 years old they meet from 5.15pm to 6.15pm. Contact Cherry Merricks 01424 251242 or 07761730956 or Cubs are 8-10½ years old and meet from 6.30 – 8.00pm. Contact Peter Clark 07702 407725 or There are vacancies for children to join, the Contact is Colin Ward 01424 852413 or The Scout Hut is disabled friendly and can be booked on all weekdays and Wednesday,Thursday and Friday evenings and the weekend. It is £6.00 per hour. Please contact me Rhiannon Oliver at the above as I am the Booking Clerk for the Scout Hut. Whist is in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm

Tuesday 29 November: Brede Painting for Pleasure is at 9.30am in Brede Village Hall. Brede Scouts meet, from 7pm – 9pm in the Scout Hut and any young person 10½ or over is welcome. The contact is Andy Bishop 07811339626 or

Wednesday 30 November: Crafters meet at 2pm in Brede Village Hall

Thursday 1 December: Yoga at 9.30am in Udimore Community Hall. Stretch and Tone is with Sally at 9.30am in Brede Village Hall. Please can all people who are decorating trees for the Tree Festival have them in place by today if possible. The Cranbrook Town Band Christmas Charity Concert for Brede Village Hall and the Poppy Appeal Please support this event. It will be in Brede Village Hall 7.30pm for 7.45. this evening. It will be a wonderful concert for all the family Tickets are £4 and £1 for children over 4, years old, they are available on the door and can be collected if ordered, but if possible please buy them from the Brede Bakery and me as above before the event. This will be the start of the Christmas Season for you,and the beginning of four days worth of Christmas activity in the Parish.

Friday 2 December: Brede Farmers Market 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall. WEA is in Udimore Community Hall at 11am. The School children will be visiting the Tree Festival after school. Short Mat Bowls is at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall. The Festive Quiz Night & Supper is in St George’s Church Room at 7pm Saturday 3 December The Trinity Methodists are holding Christmas Coffee Morning with a cakes and crafts sale. If anyone who does crafts would like a stall at this please contact Angela Pepper - 01424 753295 or Drina Hampson - 01424 882690 The Christmas Tree Festival ( A Christmas Carol) starts this morning at 10am, there will be stalls selling home made cakes and crafts, gifts and refreshments throughout the day as well as activities for children. over the three days. Visit “The Giants of Brede” in Brede Village near RYE, East Sussex (Postcode TN31 6HG) to see something really special. Please go along and enjoy Edwardian Water Pumping Engines and large-scale British Heritage Engineering at its best 10.00-16.00. Java Jam will be back by popular demand playing in St George’s Church this evening at 7.45pmTickets are £10.50 and will include a cheese and wine supper. They are available from Vicky 01424 883408 or the Rectory. Yet a different sort of music for you to enjoy. It is amazing that such a small Parish can offer opera,a brass band and Jazz in less than two weeks and of such a good standard.

Please: let me know in good time if there is anything you would like put in the column.

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