Judy Torrance

Asselton House

Don’t forget to go along and see the plans for the renovations taking place at Sedlescombe Parish Church. you are invited to a coffee morning in the Queen’s Head on Saturday, May 18 from 10am until 12noon. You will have the opportunity to find out about the major fabric restoration taking place in the church together with the installation of a new eco-friendly heating system for which work is already in progress. There will display boards so you can see for yourself the restoration taking place, members of the Fabric Committee will also be there to explain the changes and improvement to our historic church.

There will also be the opportunity to subscribe to floor tiles for permanent fixture with donor’s name on and Tile T-shirts available all sizes/colours. Grateful thanks to the new management Ttam at the Queen’s Head for giving us the opportunity to reach the wider community close to the village centre.

If you would like to help towards raising funds for this project, don’t forget to support the Sedlescombe’s Got Talent evening on Friday June 14 at the village hall. We have an array of singers, dancers and other talented performers ready to entertain you on the night. Tickets are now available from Sedlescombe village stores priced £5. Hot food and a licensed bar will be available during the evening. If you know anyone who would like to take part, it’s is not too late to register, remember there is £100 first prize to be won and no entry fee, so please call Jean on 882438 or Anthony on 870722 for further details.

Mrs Ham writes with news from our local school that Sedlescombe CE Primary School Choir have been shortlisted for the 1066 choir competition at The White Rock Theatre this Friday May 17 at 7pm. We shall be singing two songs, This Song Is For The Children followed by Roller-ghoster. We are very excited and will try hard to do our very best. There are 12-15 school choirs taking part. Do come along and support us if you can! Thank you.

Our Key Stage 2 children are performing The Pinafore Pirates at the Village Hall on June 11 and 12, 7pm - this is a musical production, and is great fun, although very challenging! If you would like to buy tickets, please contact the school from May 20, cost is £3 each. We’d love to see you there.

We are starting our Gardening Club once again - but this time it will be at lunchtime, 12noon - 12.40pm, and would dearly love some adult help please - any day to suit you. If you feel you could help us through the summer weeks and then in the early Autumn, please phone the school and speak to me , Mrs. Ham 01424 870585. A CRB will need to be undertaken, but we can do this for you at no cost. Thank you.

We also welcome helpers into school to listen to children reading, to help with cooking, art work, sewing etc. If you have time to spare on a regular weekly basis, for an hour or two, then please get in touch with Mrs Ham. Again, a CRB is required. It is great fun, and very rewarding, children love to have extra help. Thank you once again.

The PTA is holding a May Ball at The Brickwall Hotel on Friday May 24, cost is £30 per person. We all know how wonderful the food is there! We have one table left, so if you would like to join us and support the school fund raising work, please phone the school. We will pass on your details to Karen Dann, PTA. Thank you for your continuing support for your village school.

Do you want to get moving and explore the area? then why not join the Rye and District Association of the National Trust on Thursday May 23 on their Walk this month based in Sandhurst, meeting near Johnson’s shop at 10.30am. There will be two circular walks, 4 miles morning, three miles afternoon with lunch at the Swan. For further details please contact Phil Maynard on 01797 260637 or email to register your interest in this walk.

An update on the new group Sedlescombe Community Friends (SCF). SCF is an idea that is supported by Rother Community Friends. The aim of this initiative is to help older and disadvantaged people who live in the Village to be able to live their lives with help with the many small things that make their lives sometimes difficult. Examples of what can be offered are:-small household jobs, occasional lifts, minor repairs, collecting prescriptions, shopping, befriending to name but a few.

The Group have been granted start up money from Rother which will be used for insurance and other costs. They have also been granted money from the Mrs A Lacy - Tate Trust which will help with other ongoing costs. Work on this scheme has been taking place for some time now but it is hoped that it will launch in late June.

The instigators of the group in Sedlescombe would like to highlight the wonderful help they have received from Val Smith, Rother Community Friends Project Officer, from staff at Pestalozzi and of course from the many volunteers who have supported us throughout. There will be more information on this project in the following weeks.

Those lucky people that have tickets for the Putting on the Ritz event taking place this Saturday at the village hall are in for a real treat by all accounts. Tickets are sold out for the event which is always nice to report for anything in the village. Detailed preparation has gone into the afternoon and if you would like to dress for the occasion then please do, I know the “staff” will be doing their bit to feel the era.

The St Michaels Hospice Open gardens for this week on Tuesday May 21 are in Hastings Old Town, five in total, open to visitors from 10.30am to 4pm raising funds for this good cause. These beautiful gardens are open with refreshments available all day at the Rectory, Harold Road TN35 5ND for further details full programmes are available in Sedlescombe Stores.

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.