Sedlescombe and District Flower Club when Jacqui Arnold deomstrated
Sedlescombe and District Flower Club when Jacqui Arnold deomstrated

Judy Torrance, Asselton House

The last of the Lent lunches will be held Friday, March 22 at 2 Forge cottages, The Green. You will be warmly welcomed if you should 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.

This Saturday March 23, there is a fantastic Indoor Boot Fayre at Sedlescombe Village Hall (TN33 OQN). Doors will be open to the public from 2 until 4pm, entrance 50p. There may still be a few stalls available if you are thinking of being a seller, the table is provided, you just have to arrive with all your goods for sale. If you would like to book or require further information please call Karen on 01424 883550. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon. Everyone is welcome.

Sedlescombe Green WI have their meeting on Wednesday March 27 in the village hall at 7.30pm. If you are interested in local history then you should this meeting when Charlotte Moore from Whatlington will be giving a talk on “Hancocks”. Members and visitors are always very welcome to attend with an opportunity to listen to the speaker, share refreshments, catch up with old friends and also make some new ones. For any further information please contact Rosemary on 870533

Easter services for our parish Church, St John the Baptist will be as follows: on March 28 there will be a Maundy Thursday service at 7.30pm. On March 29 the Good Friday service “An Hour before the Cross” will be at 2.00p.m. March 30 Easter Vigil service at 8pm with the Easter Sunday march 31 service starting at 10.00am , this will be followed by an Easter egg hunt for the children.

Over the weekend the church will be open for Tea , Cake and Easter flowers” . On Easter Sunday from 12 to 4.00pm and again on Easter Monday from 10.00am to 4pm . Please visit to view the beautiful flower arrangements and enjoy the home made refreshments

Mrs Ham writes from Sedlescombe school that on Maundy Thursday March 28 they are planning their first ever

‘Easter Pageant’and are praying hard for good weather. They would like to invite the village community to join them. The event will begin on the Village Green at 9.45am with Jesus, a child in year 6 riding on a donkey round to the school and everyone waving palm branches, singing and shouting ‘Hosanna!’. Once they arrive at school the children will act out the Last Supper, Good Friday and finish with the joyful celebration of Easter Sunday. Mrs Ham makes a urgent plea that they are still trying hard to find a donkey to borrow for an hour, so please if you know of anyone with a donkey or small friendly pony get in touch urgently on 01424 870585, thank you.

If the weather is unpleasant there are plans to perform an adapted version of the Easter Pageant in the school hall, but sadly there will be no room for the community, so let’s hope for good weather and a most wonderful first ever Easter Pageant in our Village.

If you would like to know more of the events of the Sedlescombe school term then please pick up and enjoy our free school newspaper from the Post Office over the holiday, called ‘Sedlescombe Smiles’.

John Parsons, Chairman of Sedlescombe & District Garden Society writes that they were one of the many casualties of the chaotic weather conditions last week and a lot of people were disappointed that their members meeting, arranged for Tuesday March 12, had to be postponed. However we are pleased to report that the event has been rescheduled and Dr Barry Newman will be giving his illustrated talk on “Growing Vegetables in Raised Beds” on Monday April 8 2013 at 2.00p.m. in the Village Hall. Dr Newman is a well-known grower, exhibitor, lecturer and judge. He is Chairman of the Southern Region of the National Vegetable Society and serves on its National Executive so do come along to brush up on how to grow your own vegetables. There will be the customary raffle and refreshments and entry is free for members but non-members are always welcome at a cost of £2.00 per person.

The Garden Society’s Spring Show will be held on Saturday April 13 2013, again at the Village Hall. All members will have received their copy of the 2013 Show Schedule and we would particularly like to encourage our younger friends to enter the Young Gardeners classes. The Easter holidays are fast approaching so there will be plenty of time to get your exhibits ready. If there are any members who haven’t received their Show Schedule or there are any members of our neighbouring societies who would like to enter exhibits, please contact the Secretary for more details and/or a copy of the Schedule. Holders of trophies from last year are requested to return them to the Village Stores by April 6.

Please visit the website, or phone the Secretary on 01580 831996, for further information.

Sedlescombe and district flower club were lucky last week to miss the snow and were able to go ahead with their evening. Jacqui Arnold who has recently passed the criteria to become a national demonstrator made the trip from Ashford to give a wonderful evening of Sensational Spring flower arranging.

The next meeting of the club will be on Wednesday April 10 at 7.30pm when another demonstration will take place under the title Beyond the Oasis. Please mark your diaries to come along and find out what it is all about or if you would like some information prior to the date then call Sheila on 01797223927

You will have read about the special event taking place at the village hall on Saturday May 18 “Putting on the Ritz”. Sedlescombe and District Flower club will be transforming the hall and waiting on you with an elegant afternoon tea. Please mark your diary not to miss this, tickets are now on sale priced £6.50 from Sedlescombe Village Stores or by contacting Norma on 01797 223923 so please get together your family and friends for this one off special event.

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