Judy Torrance

Asselton House

It seems that we are well and truly in the season of summer fayres, with one on each of the previous two weekends, now we get ready for the Sedlescombe fair and flower show on Saturday July 27 on the Sports field. Preparations are well under way for this with plenty of meetings and organising going on to make the day a success. This year’s attractions will include Hooe Silver Band, K9 obedience dog demonstration, Zumba display, a children’s fancy dress parade run by volunteers from Sedlescombe pre school , Vintage Car parade with the recent winner of the flower princess from Sedlescombe school riding in the first vehicle plus much more along with plenty of refreshments including tea tent run by the WI , beer tent run by the Queen’s Head, barbecue the usual refreshments and side stalls. This year we have also ordered good weather.

Raffle tickets will be on sale prior to the day from village businesses and committee members. All prizes have been donated, dinner for two at the Brickwall Hotel, grocery hamper from Sedlescombe Stores , hair styling at the Clockhouse, Vineyard trails at Carr Taylor and the award winning organic Sedlescombe Vineyard to name a few. I was very lucky to win a prize in the Sedlescombe school raffle last Saturday of three hours gardening and thought what a good idea , if there is anyone in the village who would like to donate time for something as a prize then please contact me details at the end of the column.

Well done to Irma and Roy Cook at Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard for winning an award in Germany for their English red wine, no easy task by any standards.

Members of Sedlescombe and District Flower please remember that there is no meeting at the hall this month but that the annual dinner will take place on Wednesday July 10 at the Brickwall Hotel, therefore if you have not booked your place or have not given your menu choices then please contact Sheila on 01797 223927 or Norma on 01797 223923.

The Rye and District Association of the National Trust host a traditional afternoon tea and competition on Saturday July 13 at Powdermills Hotel, Battle with waitress service in the Orangery. There will also be a prize for the best hat. The hotel has lovely grounds, which should look wonderful in July, so this will provide an ideal opportunity for a leisurely stroll after tea. Price: £13.50 per person. Please contact Ann Rolfe on 01797-361770 for further details or Ros Adkins on 01797 253763 to make a booking.

The St Michael’s Hospice Open garden for this week is on Tuesday July 9 at King John’s Lodge, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham TN19 7AZ. Entry ticket is £4 and it will be open to visitors from 10.30am to 4pm raising funds for this good cause. Refreshments and hospice stalls will as always be available. 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.