Happy Easter to you all and hope that the Easter bunny is kind, if not to you, then at least for the sake of the children in the area. You may prefer to remember the true meaning of Easter by attending one of the services at St John the Baptist Parish Church on Church Hill that will take place over the Easter period. The first will be today, Good Friday April 18 service “An hour before the Cross” at 2pm, then on 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 also 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 and District Flower club have a coach trip to Chichester Flower Festival on Thursday May 29. This is a biennial event with the Cathedral providing an excellent backdrop for the beautiful flower arrangements, there will also be time for browsing the many stalls offering related flower and gardening products. Craig Sergeant, Trust Director, of Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust said: “We are particularly delighted this year to launch our spectacular Festival of Flowers, as the 2014 event will be our 10th anniversary. We are proud to announce Charlie Dimmock, the nationally renowned gardening expert and TV presenter, as our patron and it is wonderful that she will part of our team.” Seats are available at £23 including travel and entrance to the festival with the coach picking up and leaving the Green, Sedlescombe.

If you are interested in coming along for this wonderful day out, then please contact Sheila on 01797223927 or Norma on 01797 223923 to book your place now.

Are you getting your entries ready for the Garden Society’s Spring Show to be held on next Saturday April 26, at the Village Hall? 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 Show Secretary Jo Evans 01424 751112 for more details and/or a copy of the schedule. 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.

Plant Market at Sedlescombe. Sedlescombe and District Garden Society are holding a Plant Market on Saturday May 10 at the Village Hall in Sedlescombe. Doors will open to the public at 10.30am and the market will close at 12.30 pm. It is open to all members of the public. Annuals, Perennials, Fuchsias, Hanging Baskets, Shrubs, Vegetable plants and a lot more will be on sale, all at affordable prices. There will also be homemade cakes, cards for all occasions and refreshments to buy. All proceeds will go towards the running of the Garden Society, so please come along and spend those few pennies at an event not to miss. Remember 10.30am Sedlescombe Village Hall Saturday May 10.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Lent lunches also thank you to Margaret Hudson who has been running these lunches for many years now, she and the team of volunteers provide this special event for the benefit of all in the community ttghis year she reports that £480 was raised which will be shared between Farm Africa, The Addington Trust and our local Parish Church. A good result for all those involved and the charities involved.

Last weekend there was a courtyard sale at the rectory, the weather was kind and the queue formed by 9.30am, ready for the 10am opening, it seems that it does pay to advertise in the local papers! There was a steady flow of people all morning and lots of goods were cleared resulting in just over £200 for the Parish Church. Thank you to all that attended or helped in some way towards this total.

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