Judy Torrance, Asselton House

Last weekend I hope some of you found time to visit Sedlescombe church to see the beautiful floral arrangements, in remembrance of loved ones, that also served to decorate the building over the Easter period. A big thank you to the team of flower arrangers and all the volunteers who give their time to ensure the church is presented at its best at all times.

Along with visiting the flowers at church we also managed to visit the steam giants of Brede. I have to say I was not that keen but once there found it very interesting especially when a member took us round on a free tour. The whole enterprise is run by Brede Stream Engine Society, a charity entirely run by volunteers at the Southern water site. The site is open the first Saturday of every month therefore tomorrow April 6 from 10am to 4pm and entry is free, donations welcome. So why not be a tourist this weekend and visit some engineering history at the Brede Heritage site

Sedlescombe and District Gardening society will be welcoming Dr Barry Newman on Monday April 8 2013 at 2.00p.m. to the Village Hall when he will be giving an illustrated talk on “Growing Vegetables in Raised Beds”. 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. 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.

On Tuesday April 9, the Rye and District Association of the National Trust have a walk this month centred on Rolvenden Church starting at 10.30 am. It will consist of 5 miles in the morning to the Ewe and Lamb, Rolvenden Layne and a further 2.5 miles after lunch. Please contact Phil Maynard on 01797 260637 or email for more details and to register your interest in this walk.

The next meeting of the Sedlescombe and District Flower club will be on Wednesday April 10 at 7.30pm when Stephanie Lang will be giving a demonstration under the title “Beyond the Oasis”. There will be time to meet up with friends old and new, buy accessories from the sales table and may be even go home with one of the beautiful finished arrangements. Visitors are always welcome along with members. Doors will be open from 7pm so 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 get together your family and friends for this one off special event, tables can be booked on a time slot if you wish to accommodate your group. I have been told I am waitresses along with the other volunteers so fingers crossed I can manage to get your tea out on time! 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

Please mark your diary for a Spring jumble sale on Saturday April 27 in Sedlescombe village hall in aid of church funds. It is time to start your spring clear out starting with your drawers and wardrobe. All items gratefully accepted please call 01424 870808 for collection. Thank you

Sedlescombe Village Fayre and Flower show is well under way with plans and bookings for this year’s event on the sports field on Saturday July 27. Once again we will be welcoming Hooe village band, K9 Dog display group, vintage car display and Clive Attrell, seen on Dickinson’s Real Deal, will kindly be opening the proceedings. Booking forms for stalls have been distributed however if you would like one for your group, charity or craft please contact me, Judy , details below.

If you are new or old to the village there is always room for more volunteers to help out on the day, if you think you could spare some time then please give Bob a call on 871415.

We also need a specific volunteer to cover for first aid on the day, if you have the qualification for this and would give your time for this village event then we would be very pleased to hear from you.

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