Sedlescombe

Judy Torrance, Asselton House

Sedlescombe and District Flower club meeting takes place on Wednesday 12 February at the village hall. Sue Shaw will be giving an interesting talk entitled “The Road to Chelsea”. Members and visitors will be very welcome to attend, during the evening refreshments will be served giving some time to socialise and catch with friends and hopefully make some new ones too. Doors open from 7pm, in readiness for 730pm start. Any further details prior to the date please contact Sheila on 01797223927.

Pestalozzi international village have a series of interesting events taking place in Swiss hall starting with a talk on the Romans in Sedlescombe on Monday February 17 at 7.30pm, this is a free event and is open to all. This is followed the same week by an Ugandan Cultural Evening on Thursday 20 February from 6:30 until 8:30pm, this is a small charge of £5 for adults , £2 for under-12s and includes a Ugandan dinner. In early March, Saturday 8 will be their International Celebration from 12-3pm, once again a small charge of £5 for adults , £2 for under-12s and includes an international lunch. Please visit the website www.pestalozzi.org.uk for further details or call 01424 870444

I recently had a call from one of the “old” boys, Len Clarke who lived at the Pestalozzi village in the early 1960’s. He is one of the organiser’s of the Early Pestalozzi Children Project, this is a new project gathering, preserving and relating the story of the children of the Pestalozzi Children’s Village in Sedlescombe, East Sussex who arrived between 1959 and 1965. Do any of you remember Len or any of the children from that time? If so, he would like to hear from you and hopefully in the future there may be the opportunity to rekindle some of the links that the village had with the children from that time. Their website is www.earlypestalozzichildren.org.uk/ which has a contact page to get in touch.

Tickets are going like ‘hot cookies’ for the musical Guys and Dolls, to be performed by Sedlescombe Players in the Village Hall on March 4 to 8 inclusive at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10.00 for the 4 March 4,5,6 without supper and £15.00 for March 7/8 with supper. You can obtain tickets in the Village Hall before rehearsal on a Monday evening after 7pm or by ringing 01424 718059. They will also be on sale outside Sedlescombe Post Office from 8.30am until 10.30am on this Saturday February 8 and again on Saturday February 22. It is a wonderful show, be sure not to miss it!

Looking for something else new to learn? Starting on Wednesday February 12 from 2 to 4pm there is a series of classes on “A grand European Musical Tour” taking place at the St Mary’s centre in Lion St, Rye. This is a 10 week course total price £79 with concessions for those on benefit. Please enquire or for more information please contact Andy Stuart 01797 223831 or Gill Bartholomew 01580 76446. Organised by www.southern.wea.org.uk

There was certainly something different taking place last Friday at the village hall. Thank you to everyone who made the Burns night such a success because it certainly was. A sell out event, the hall was really alive as local piper, Mr John Ash welcomed guests to the evening playing the bagpipes, setting the scene for the evening’s tribute to Robert Burns. Music from Jiggery Pokery, a traditional music band from Hastings, gave everyone the opportunity of dancing a reel or two, or at least something that slightly resembled a reel, before and after the parade of the haggis, which was then served with neeps and tatties as part of the supper. Mr Guy Penny in full regalia gave the toast and the all important Burns reading. The chairman of the friends of Sedlescombe Church Heritage Trust, Mr Anthony Rand toasted the lassies and local resident Juliet Barlow, gave a spirited reply on their behalf. All profits from the evening will used towards the renovation project taking place at St John the Baptist church, Sedlescombe. If you would like to know more about the work of the Trust please contact the membership secretary Mrs Sally Brown on 01580830813

The Sedlescombe Community Friends is a group of people who have volunteered their services to try to assist any villager in need. The sort of services offered include, befriending, cooking, filling in forms, gardening, minor repairs, collecting prescriptions, shopping, and so on. If you, or anyone you know, has need of this service, please call the dedicated phone number 01424 230143. In case of any difficulties call 870223.

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 judy@asselton.co.uk or by calling 870344. Please allow a couple of weeks notice before an event to allow for full coverage