Judy Torrance, Asselton House

Lent lunches are going well and you are invited to go along this Friday, March 8 to 2 Forge cottages, The Green. They will then continue on for the next three weeks. Everyone is welcome to attend for a bowl of homemade soup and crusty bread for £2.50 a head. Margaret looks forward to welcoming old friends and new. Money raised this year will be given to Farm Africa, Seaview Homeless Project, and The Door of Hope, a charity run by local friends Diane and Philip Streeter. For any further details please call 870808.

Pestalozzi will be hosting an International Celebration day on Saturday March 9 from 1 to 4pm. You are invited to this free event to celebrate cultures from around the world, celebrate International Women’s Day in an evocative ceremony, enjoy a humourous and informative student produced play and relax to the sounds of global music. Take your taste buds abroad with a £ 5 lunch served between 1 and 2pm. There will also a question time at 2.30pm when you will be able to ask questions and find out more about the extraordinary lives of Pestalozzi students, their home countries and cultures. Either bring your question with you or email

This Sunday March 10 is, I’m sure you know, Mothering Sunday and St John Baptist Parish church service at 10am will be an especially child friendly one of celebration. At the end of the service there will be a spring posy made available to all attending mothers. However, please remember everyone is welcome every Sunday, mother or not.

Sedlescombe & District Garden Society second talk of the year is on this Tuesday March 12 by Barry Newman on the subject of “Growing Vegetables in Raised Beds”. The talk will start at 2.00 p.m at the Village Hall and there will be a raffle and refreshments. Non-members are welcome at a cost of £2 per person per event. The Society welcomes new members at the very reasonable membership fee of just £10.00 for a family or £7.00 for an individual. We have at least one event every month, except January, including Spring, Summer & Autumn Shows, a plant sale, speakers, coach trips, a garden safari and a barbecue. Members also receive the Society magazine which is issued four times a year. So why not join for a full and varied programme. Please visit our website, or phone the Secretary on 01580 831996, for further information.

The next meeting of Sedlescombe and District Flower Club is on Wednesday March 13 at Sedlescombe village hall. A treat is in store for members and visitors as Jacqui Arnold is the visiting flower demonstrator working under the title “Sensational Spring”.

Doors will be open from 7pm , giving you time to spare to look around at the floral accessories sales table , books, purchase raffle tickets and meet up with other members and friends. The aim of the club is to encourage and promote the love of flowers and have an interest in their arrangement so if you think you would like to know more just come along or phone Sheila on 01797 223927

A special event will take place at the village hall on Saturday May 18 “Tea at the Ritz”. Sedlescombe and District Flower club will be transforming the hall and waiting on you with afternoon tea and delicacies. Please mark your diary now not to miss this, further information on tickets to follow next week

All users of the village hall should be in attendance this Thursday March 14 at 7pm when the Annual General Meeting takes place, where? Of course, at the Village hall. The hall is an excellent facility for the community to use and as such deserves an excellent committee to ensure it is cared for and available for all. Reg Glew , Secretary and Pauline Glew, Chair have given many years good service in these roles but now it is time for someone else to step forward and take over the reins. I’m sure we would all wish to thank them for their commitment over the years but also hope that they might be enticed onto another committee in the village, after a short rest of course.

Don’t forget that if you have little ones, children or grandchildren then Jelly Beans Play group meets at Sedlescombe village hall every Tuesday from 9am to 12noon. Kim Brocklehurst invites you and your children to come and fun, create some art, play with friends, have snacks and enjoy song time. All this for just £2.50 and includes tea, coffee, biscuits and snack.

Sedlescombe’s Got Talent night will now be on Friday June 14, not March 1 as advertised earlier, at the village hall to showcase great local talent and beyond. This will now give even more performers a chance to take part in 2013. Talented performers are requested to come forward as soon as possible to secure their place to perform on the night. There is no entry fee so can you sing, dance, juggle, play, recite or maybe you have another surprise for us? The £100 first prize is available to the overall winner, so don’t be shy. Places are limited so please contact Anthony on 870722 or Jean on 882438 for further information. This is organised by the Friends of Sedlescombe Church Heritage Trust to benefit your local church building.

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 or by calling 870344. Please allow a couple of weeks notice before an event to allow for full coverage