The last of the Lent lunches to be held is on this Friday April 11 at 2 Forge Cottages, The Green from 12noon to 1.30pm. They have been going very well with lots of old friends and new joining in on these lovely Spring days. You will be very welcome if you would like to go along for a bowl or two of homemade soup and crusty bread for £2.50. Thank you for all your support so far the money raised will be shared between Farm Africa and St John the Baptist parish church heating fund. For further details please call 01424 870808

This Saturday April 12 there is a courtyard sale at Sedlescombe rectory from 10am until noon. Come and have a rummage and maybe find a bargain or two. All proceeds to the Parish Church.

It is not too late to order your lilies. Once again this year there will be Easter lilies on display at the Parish church. If you would like to donate a lily or lilies in memory of a loved one to decorate the church at Easter, please call Sylvia on 870688 or Margaret on 870808 to order at £2 each. . There is no limit to the amount of flowers that can be dedicated and this is a lovely way to remember departed family and friends. All names will be included on the roll of honour displayed in church on Easter Sunday along with the flowers which will be beautifully arranged creating the perfect backdrop for Easter tide.

Services at St John the Baptist Parish Church on Church Hill for the Easter period will be April 17 Maundy Thursday at 7pm. Good Friday April 18 service “ An hour before the Cross” at 2pm. Saturday April 19 Easter Vigil Service at 8pm and on Easter Sunday April 20 at 10.30am this one will be followed by an Easter egg hunt for the children.

You will be very welcome to visit the church over Easter, along with the services, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the flowers whilst having a cup of tea or coffee and home made cake on Sunday April 20 from 12pm until 4pm and also on Monday April 21 from 10am until 4pm.

Sedlescombe & District Garden Society are holding two events in April this year. The first is the talk mentioned last week, by David Fitton on “Gardening For All Seasons” which will take place at the Village Hall tonight Friday April 11 starting at 7.30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and there will also be a raffle. Non-members are always welcome, so do come along for an interesting talk and a chat with like-minded people.

The Garden Society’s Spring Show will be held on Saturday April 26, again at the Village Hall. All members will have received their copy of the 2014 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. The theme of the show is “the 1940’s” as part of our 70th anniversary celebrations. In addition, Lin Saines (until recently the keeper of the herb garden at Rye Castle) will be on hand to answer questions on herbs and she will also be providing a variety of tasty foods, made with herbs that can easily be grown in your garden, along with recipe sheets. If there are any members who have not 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 19. Staging of exhibits and judging takes place in the morning and the Show is open to the public at 2.00 p.m. Admission 50p.

We would like to mention two more events coming up this summer as part of our 70th birthday celebrations. The Society’s Summer Show will be held on the Village Green on Saturday August 2. Although it is not our intention to replace the Summer Fayre which is traditionally held on the sports field, we are arranging some extra attractions with the help and co-operation from our local businesses and organisations.

The second event is a Gardener’s Question Time on Friday June 20 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. More details on these two events will be issued in due course but please make a note of them in your diaries. If you require any further information on any of the Society’s events, please visit the website, or phone the Secretary on 01580 831996.

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

Judy Torrance, Asselton House