Sedlescombe

Judy Torrance, Asselton House

On Sunday December 1 at St John the Baptist church the family service at 10am will be a Christingle, everyone is welcome to attend

The Sedlescombe & District Garden Society will be holding their final event of the year on Tuesday December 3 when Chris Hone, award winning bee keeper, will be giving an illustrated and informative talk on Bees and Bee Keeping. The talk will take place at the village hall starting at 2.00 p.m. and will be followed by refreshments and the traditional raffle both with a Christmas theme. The Society has had another successful year and the committee is working hard on another full programme of events for 2014, including a number of speakers on garden related subjects, three shows, a plant sale, two coach trips and at least one social event to celebrate our 70th anniversary. Existing members can renew their membership at any time now and new members would be welcomed with open arms – why not go along on the 3rd and meet some of the existing committee and members and get a feel for what the Society can offer.

The next monthly Coffee Morning and Mini-Market, sponsored by the Parish Church, takes place in the Village Hall on Thursday 5 December 2013 at 10.00 to 11.30a.m. It will celebrate a Christmas theme. As well as coffee and a special cake, there will be stalls selling cakes and jams etc, bric-a -brac, books, plants and bird food, Church post cards and notelets, a raffle and, for 50p, a chance to be weighed. As always, you will be made very welcome.

Poppinghole Christmas Craft Fair with gifts from the hand and heart. November 30, 10am - 4pm. Join in the festivities of Christmas shopping and shop amongst quality handmade gifts by local artists, makers and sellers at Poppinghole Farm, Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge. Free admission. Father Christmas is making an appearance in the grotto.

Sedlescombe CE School Christmas Fayre is due to be held on the Saturday December 7. They are looking for Stall Holders to sell their Christmas Crafts and presents. For further details please contact 07850 775331

With so many Christmas fayres and events taking place it is difficult not to feel sad about the recent AGM of the Sedlescombe Societies’ Association when the future of the Sedlescombe summer fayre 2014 was the focus. It was very disappointing that only two people from the whole village came forward to stand for the organising committee and therefore at the present time it will not be possible to have this event for the village to enjoy. I was decide to hold a n extraordinary general meeting in early February 2014 for the purpose of winding up the Association, should no other willing volunteers come forward at that time this will be the outcome and a great loss to the community.

Groups that have benefited this year from the income generated in July 2013 are: Sedlescombe Library, Sedlescombe Pre School, Sedlescombe Neighbourhood watch, Sedlescombe Sports Association, St John the Baptist churchyard , Sedlescombe Friendship Club, village seniors Christmas Party, Sedlescombe Community Friends and the famous Geese on the Green.

The organisers of St John the Baptist church Advent Fayre held last Saturday at the village hall would like to thank everyone who attended or helped in any way. It was a really good afternoon swelling the funds by £1300, the advent draw helping to raise this amount. The hall looked very pretty with fairy lights and tinsel ,creating a warm welcome for visitors to meet and greet friends.

There are still tickets available for the Christmas Party for the senior citizens of our village organised by committee of the Sedlescombe “ Spring Fayre on the Green “ and the Friendship Club . It is being held in the village hall on Friday December 20 at 5pm to 9pm approx. There will be a cold buffet, a performance by Gin and Tonic, a magician, games and a visit from Father Christmas. Tickets are now available at a nominal £2.50 per person from the village shop . Anyone 60 years young or over is welcome to attend , please do not be shy , come along and support the efforts of the committee and help make the evening a “Merry Christmas”.

For all supporters of St Michaels Hospice, this Saturday November 30 there will be a Christmas market at Cooden Beach Hotel from 10.30am to 3.30pm organised by the official fundraisers from the hospice office. This is a top quality event with Over 35 stalls selling gifts and treats. alongside carol Singers, mince Pies, Tree of Gifts, and a raffle. Entry is just £1. I hope to see you there please come and say “hello”. For any further details please visit their website www.stmichaelshospice.org

If you have an event coming up in the local area or would like to have a small piece, outlining your club or organisation aims, activities, membership etc. then please contact me by email to judy@asselton.co.uk or by calling 870344. Please allow a couple of weeks notice before an event to allow for full coverage.