HAPPY HALLOWEEN: Today October 31, as you know, is Halloween and it is hoped that all those who take part in dressing up and visiting neighbours and friends enjoy the fun of this time of the year. Please spare a thought though and respect those who do not wish to take part or do not look forward to answering the door on these now dark nights.

JUMBLE SALE: Saturday November 1 in Sedlescombe village hall, the annual jumble sale organised by the Friends of Sedlescombe Church Heritage Trust will take place. If you have items that you would like to donate we will be please to accept them at the hall from 11am on the morning of the sale or for more bulky items, please call Anthony on 870722 for our collection service . Doors open to the public at 2pm, entrance 50p. There will be lots of great bargains to be had on the day so please come along for the ultimate recycling sale.

VILLAGE FAIR 2015: Don’t forget to attend the Sedlescombe Societies Association Annual General Meeting on Monday November 3 in Sedlescombe village hall committee room 2 at 8pm if you are interested in having a village fair on the sports field in 2015.

MINI MARKET AND COFFEE MORNING: The next mini market and coffee morning will be at Sedlescombe village hall on Thursday November 6 at 10am to 11.30am . All the usual stalls will be there plus a chance to check your weight, in confidence of course. There is no entry charge. Coffee, tea with cheese scone or buttered bun will be available for £1. This monthly event is run by St John the Baptist Parish Church and they look forward to your company on the day. For more details or request for transport please contact 870808

SEDLESCOMBE STORES: We say farewell to John and Jenny Mainwood as they look forward to a well deserved retirement after seventeen years working for us in the village. They have not just provided us with great service but have always been the hub of the community, created a great central meeting place for us all to go to and always generously supported all the village organisations throughout the years. They will be missed from our daily routine as we go for our papers including the Battle Observer, loaf of bread , pint of milk and all those other essentials supplied to us but at least they have not gone far so it will be possible to continue seeing them around the village as they enjoy some time together just for themselves. There is the opportunity to contribute towards something to mark their retirement, if you like to then please make any donation to the collection at the shop counter. In their place we welcome to Nicholas and Joanna Johnson and their young family who have recently taken over as the new owners of the village shop and post office. We wish them well in their new venture here in Sedlescombe and hope they will come to also love their life here too.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER EVENING: Sedlescombe and District flower club have an Open Evening event on Wednesday November 12 when visiting demonstrator Gill Sadler will be coming to the club to give a wonderful Christmas themed demonstration entitled “Joy to the World”. Tickets are available at £8 each to include festive mulled wine, mince pies and cake. Everyone is welcome, so that includes you , please come along with as many friends and family that you can find to this special evening to start off your Christmas arrangements, no pun intended! Please contact Sheila on 01797 223927 or Janet on 01424 773708 for any further details.

IN NEED OF FUNDS?: It is some time since Hooe’s Old Motor Club show was held in August. The time has now come to distribute surplus funds raised on that day. Clubs and organisations in the area are invited to submit requests if they are in need of funds. Please write to Chris Hone, c/o Hooe’s Old Motor Club, Marwin Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RE, before December 1 2014 enclosing a brief note as to why your organisation should be considered. Requests will be discussed at the next committee meeting in January, 2015.

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