Brede news
Brede news

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Brede Village Spring Clean: unfortunately only three people tuned up, but a total of 7 helped overall; even though all of the community were notified the date and time in the Brede Council Newsletter and reminders were in this column. Despite this, a number of signs were washed and 10 and ½ bags of rubbish were collected. I would imagine one more bag was collected in the lay-by in Broadlands Row as a kind lady told me to leave it as she would do it. Those of us out on Saturday morning managed clear Broadlands Row, Northiam Road from the Lay-by to the Chicken farm and Brede Church to just beyond Brede Bridge. I also know that a number of you take a bag out with you and collect rubbish every week, Thank you everybody who help clean our lovely Parish. It makes a big difference to the Village. Although there were other areas that needed attention on Saturday it could not be managed by such a small team. My thanks to Jackie for clearing up after we had vacated the Village Hall and to the lady who tried to clean the gates of the Village Hall which I was told about later also that 2 people had been out the day before and had collected a couple of bags of rubbish from the Northiam Road Lay-by which is why it looked so clean when we arrived there. On Monday Rother District Council were notified that part of a car needed picking up and some other rubbish along Broadlands Row and Larger rubbish along Northiam Road after the bridge. East Sussex Highways were also contacted to sort out the 3 drain covers that were either not there or sticking up in the Road. One serious drain is on the Northiam Road on the opposite side of the road to the lay-by and a bit further along the grass verge. It has no cover and has a drop of about 4 foot, so please be aware as it is difficult to see. The other one needing attention it is about 12 foot away further along the grass verge. Opposite the entrance to Hows Close in Furnace Lane, there is another drain cover standing on end. It is not going to move but there is a big hole behind it.

Spring Flowers: Have you had the chance to travel along some of the lanes around the village? The banks under the hedgerow are full of spring flowers. The Primroses, Celandine, Wood Anemones and Milkmaids, it all looked so pretty, especially in the sunshine on Mothering Sunday. I do hope all you mums out there had a wonderful day. I did! thanks to my children and husband.

1st Brede Scout Group: is looking for Leaders for the Beaver and Cub section. If you feel you can spend 1hour and 1½ hours respectively once a week or even if you can help out, the current section leaders would be glad of the help as Cherry and Peter are running both sections at present. We have a thriving group and many children benefit greatly from belonging to the organisation, there is not much for children in the Village and we need to keep it going for their sakes. Please contact Colin Ward The Group Scout Leader 01424 852413 if you can help.

Friday 31 March: Brede Farmers Market 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall. A chance to go and see what is available and what tasty food you can buy. There is not only food there is also craft items and every two weeks plants are for sale. Occasionally you will see a green and white gazebo where the Frenchman sells all things French. Cheeses, Pâté etc. The log lady is there at the moment too.

WEA is at 11am in Udimore Community Hall and Short Mat Bowls is at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall.

Saturday 1 April: The Broad Oak Stores will not be officially opened today as they are not quite ready.

Great Dixter Plant Fair is a fundraising event for the Christopher Lloyd Bursary. The Bursary enables young gardeners to experience horticulture and plants. The event will be held on 1st and 2nd of April. Nurserymen from UK and France will be gathering to talk about their plants and sell them.

Brede Giants are open today from 10am - 4pm in Waterworks Lane Brede. Please contact Diane Foxley – Brede Steam Engine Society (the Giants of Brede) – Charity No. 1082438 tel: 01323 897310 or if you require more information or wish to join their happy team of volunteers.

Emma’s Baby Princess Ballet for 3 to 6 year olds in Brede Village Hall at 10am.

The Village Dance is at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall if you wish to trip the light fantastic. Ballroom and Sequence dancing suitable for all.

Sunday 2 April: 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 Mothering Sunday Family Eucharist starts at 9.30am Father Martin can be reached on 01424 883408. The Church’s Website is http:/www.stgeorges other services held during the week are in the Church Magazine.

The Methodist Church in Broad Oak service at 10.30am will be taken by Mr Alan Hurrell. The Reverend Peggy Heim is the Pastoral Minister and can be contacted on 01424 422350

Monday 3 April: Pilates with Laura at 9.15am, in Udimore Community Hall.

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 07863 599537

The Brede Scout sections are all held in the Scout Hut Stubbs Lane.

Beavers now has vacancies and 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.

The Scout Hut is disabled friendly and can be booked for parties or social events and camping in the grounds. available on all weekdays and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and the weekend It is £6.00 per hour, there is a different price for camping. To book please contact the booking clerk Rhiannon Oliver 01424 882037 or

The Whist players will be in action in Brede Village Hall at 7.30pm The 5k fun run will be taking place in Alexandra Park, Hastings. During the run, participants will pass through colour zones, where the Cheery Chuckers will shower them in different colours of a special 100% safe colour powder. Tickets will be available online from Monday 3rd April and are guaranteed to sell out quickly. Keep an eye on the Hospice website ( and Facebook page ( for updates and ticket sales. This event is kindly sponsored by Trade Paints.

Tuesday 4 April: Painting for Pleasure meet at 9.30am in Brede Village Hall.

Messy Church is at 4pm for children with an adult in Udimore Community Hall, followed at 6.30pm by Yoga.

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 The Group Leader is Colin Ward and can be contacted on 01424 852413 or if you would like your child to join any of the sections or help as a Leader or helper.

Wednesday 5 April: Brede Mother’s Union meet at 2.30pm in St George’s Church Hall. The members will be doing an Easter themed flower arrangement.

Thursday 6 April: Stretch and Tone with Sally at 9.30am in Brede Village Hall.

Friday 7 April: Brede Farmers Market 10am – 12 noon in Brede Village Hall.

WEA is at 11am in Udimore Community Hall and Short Mat Bowls is at 7.30pm in Brede Village Hall.

Bookable & Forthcoming Events

Colour the Coast: The hugely popular colour run ‘Colour the Coast’, organised by St Michael’s Hospice, will be returning on Sunday 13th August and will be even bigger and brighter than ever!

April is Make a Will Month: Make a Will month is a simple way to make your will while supporting St Michael’s Hospice. Five well-respected local Solicitors across Hastings and Rother have signed up to support Make a Will month. Have your will written for free* (*basic will writing only. Prices for a more complex will is available on discussion) and you will be invited to make a voluntary donation to St Michael’s Hospice. Appointments to take place from April, please book in advance to avoid disappointment! Visit the St Michael’s Hospice website () for a list of participating Solicitors.

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