Community Board

St. Mary's Church, Udimore


St. Mary's now has it's own web site which can be accessed at




Friends of St. Mary's Church

The Friends are inviting anyone who is not a member to consider joining them.  They have just issued a new pamphlet with all the details.  If you are interested please contact Liz Dean at




A message from The Revd's Jim and Barbara Hobbs


Feel free to ring us on 01424 756479 if you hear of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

A human contact when you’re worried or concerned is a help and reassurance.

Because of the current restrictions, we can’t do home or hospital visits; but we can keep in touch  by phone, as well as praying for them so don't hesitate to pick up the 'phone..  



A Letter from Father David Sherwood


18th January


My dear friends


The readings for the Sunday just gone centre on vocation, in those readings the call of Samuel and the early disciples. When we think of vocation we think of the priesthood and the religious life. We think beyond that to obviously vocational occupations, such as nursing, medicine and increasingly teaching. Yet all Christians have a vocation to live out their lives as best they can to the greater glory of God. That means that God needs Christians in all occupations that are not morally repugnant, thus including tax inspectors but excluding sex workers.


On the subject of vocations S John Henry Newman wrote an inspiring passage beginning “God has created me to do Him some definite service.” It is quite a long quote but Google it and you should find the full quotation which I hope will inspire you.


We have to be careful how we seek to evangelise, for there is nothing worse than than the person who seeks to ram religion down your throat. That is why we run and hide when the Jehovah’s Witnesses call. Perhaps we need to ask them in and engage them in conversation to show them the error of their ways. That is not easy and we need to be well-informed in order to show where they are wrong.


If there are particular things on which you would like me to write please let me know and I will try to do so. My email is



With my love, Fr David


David was a solicitor for 12 years before becoming a Vicar in Essex. He was one of the first group to achieve an LLM in canon law and retired in 2006 befoire moving to Hastings in 2009.  Married to Carole they have two sons and five grandchildren.  He is currently Honorary curate at Christ Church in St. Leonards-on-Sea.  His hobbies include classical music and modern jazz, watching sport and reading and doing jigsaws.


Brede Flower Festival


Regretfully the annual Flower Festival, that is normaly held over the August Bank holiday weekend, had to be cancelled  because of Covid 19.  Thoughts are being given to alterrnative possible events and will be announced as soon as they are finalised. For any information contact Sue at


Open Air Market


Instead of the normal Friday Farmers Market there is a 'By Locals, for the Locals' event being held in the Car Park outside the Brede Village Hall between 10 am and 12 noon every Friday morning.


Stalls selling fresh meat, game, some smoked produce, cheese, eggs, bread, fruit and veg, hand-made cakes, quiches and ready meals as well as apple juice are safely set out to comply with social distancing rules.


Do come and support this local event, whatwever the weather, and particularly given all that is going on at the moment.


For more information contact Gill Potterton of Glorious Food on 07590 621015 or email her on:



Rye Mutual Aid


Rye Mutual Aid has been set up to support anyone who needs help. Are you unable or concerned about leaving your home because of Covid 19/Coronavirus?  Do you need someone to run errands - do your shopping, post mail or pick up a presciption, etc.  Or would you like to talk to someone if you are feeling isolated?  Rye Mutual Aid can help.


The Dispatcher Volunteers are:

Broad Oak Brede - Donna on 07809 345416 and Bruni on 07941 357101

Udimore - Genevieve on 07891 124082; Gary on 07803 687170; Darren on 07949 724803; Sue on 0771 261325 or Jenny on 07748 843413. 


Do give them a call as they will be happy to assit in any way they can.  For more information visit or email