This Saturday May 10 at the Village Hall, Sedlescombe and District Garden Society are holding a their annual Plant Market. Doors will open 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.

This Sunday May 11, from 12 midday to 2.30p.m, there is to be a garden party to be held at Old Horsmans, Sedlescombe, by kind permission of Mr Andrew Corbett-Nolan. Pimms, Kir and nibbles will be available. It is in aid of the Addington Fund, a charity that is aiding the farmers stricken by the floods in Somerset and elsewhere. They have been helping farmers since the outbreak of “foot and mouth” disease some years ago. you are invited to go and enjoy the lovely garden setting, to eat and drink and support this worthwhile charity. Tickets £5.00 available from Sedlescombe Post Office and shop, and from Hilary, on 01424 870397, don’t be put off by the answer phone, please just leave a message. Parking at Beanford farm, by kind permission of Mr Anthony Rand.Turn off the A21, just at the back of Blackbrooks Garden Centre.

Sedlescombe and District Flower club host a practice meeting on Wednesday May 14 at Sedlescombe village. Just bring everything you need to make an arrangement under the title of a musical. You choose the musical, what will it be? “Guys and Dolls” ,” Cats”, “Phantom of the Opera” , “Top Hat”, “South Pacific” the list is endless, so plenty of choice for everyone to take part. If you would rather just come along to encourage your friends and fellow members, there will be the usual refreshments, sales table and raffle to enjoy. Doors open at 7pm any further details please contact Sheila on 01797 223927

Let’s hope this spring weather keeps holding as there is to be a Spring Fayre on the green and in the Queens Head garden on Saturday May 17 from 12.30pm. 1066 pipe and drum band will once again be in attendance. Many stalls from local village groups and crafters along with games will be on offer for your entertainment. There will also be a Tea tent serving sandwiches and cakes throughout the afternoon. No entrance fee so please just come and spend to help raise funds for St Michaels Hospice, British Heart Foundation and local village charities. For any further details please contact Bob 871415 or Ralph 870223

The Pre School group would like to thank the Village for the wonderful donations of toys, books and musical instruments that the children have received. They are so grateful to everyone who donated. They are very pleased to report that both the Pre School and Playgroup are so well attended that they are now in the need of local volunteers to help them run the busy sessions. They will of course provide all training, support and security checks. They would be pleased to welcome anyone who can spare a couple of hours a month or more to assist with arts and crafts, singing, cooking, nature walks etc. Volunteering can be extremely rewarding for you and the children. .

The Pre School recently enjoyed a wonderful fundraiser in the Queens Head, supported by the Landlord, James. They have started a Pudding Club in Sedlescombe and enjoyed an evening of great company, wine, pudding related trivia and of course a menu that consisted of desserts only. The guests scored each pudding for taste, presentation and “wow” factor and the winner was a pudding called “The Queens Head Cup”, which was a mini chocolate bomb and incredibly delicious. Once their waist lines have recovered they will be organising another event so do please get in touch if you would like to join in, definitely a stretchy dress evening out. Please contact the Pre School regarding any of the above or if you would like to get involved, there is always a lot going on . E-mail

If you would be interested in taking on the role of Parish clerk the council is currently advertising for a replacement/responsible Financial officer/website manager as we are to lose our Parish clerk, after nearly 40 years of service to the community Pauline Raymond will be retiring at the end of June. Full details and the application form can be found on the village website The closing date for applications is May 15 2014

St Michaels Hospice Open garden scheme continues this week with six gardens in Winchelsea on Tuesday May 13, they will all be open from 10.30am to 4pm. Admission is £5 to view all the gardens on offer . Cleveland House TN36 4EE will be serving refreshments through the day. Full details of all the gardens involved can be found in booklets available now at the village shop for a token donation of 50p.

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