PRESENTATION: Today Friday December 12 at 4.00 p,m, there will be a presentation to Jenny and John Mainwood at the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to come along and wish John and Jenny well in their retirement from Sedlescombe Stores and thank them for the many years of service they have given to the community here in the village. Refreshments will be available to all.

CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT: This Sunday December 14 at 3pm. Chapel Hill United Reform Church, will be hosting their Christmas Carol concert. Reverend Andrew Birch will be leading the proceedings and all are welcome to attend this joyous event. Refreshments will be served during the afternoon. For further details please contact Brenda 871165

CHRISTMAS PARKING CHARGES WAIVED: Good news if you are Christmas shopping in the local area, there is a festive treat on offer from Rother District Council when pay and display charges across the district are waived. For the next two Saturdays in the lead up to Christmas, on December13 and 20, motorists using off street car parks in Battle, Bexhill, Little Common and Rye will not need to purchase and display a ticket or permit. “This is an important time of year for our local businesses and we hope that by waiving car parking fees, Christmas shoppers will support their local shops,” said Councillor Carl Maynard, leader of Rother District Council. “While we are facing financial pressures, we feel it important to offer as much support as possible to local businesses and offer a goodwill gesture to our residents.” Parking rules, including time limits on spaces, will still apply and anyone not complying will still be liable for the standard charge. For more information visit .

CAROL SINGING ON THE GREEN:: Join in with Sedlescombe school on Thursday December 18 from 7 to 8pm when they will be carol singing on the Village Green in aid of St Michaels Hospice. Please remember to wrap up warm to fully enjoy this festive event and try not to forget your torch.

VILLAGE CHRISTMAS PARTY: Friday December 19, there will be a Christmas party for the older residents of the village in the hall from 5 to 9pm. Entertainment from Sedlescombe players and musicians will be on offer, plus games and Father Christmas will be paying a visit. Let’s not hear anyone complaining that Christmas is just for children at this point! There will also be a delicious turkey buffet with refreshments served all for the ticket price of £2.50. For further information please contact Bob on 871415

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH CHURCH: would like to thank everyone who joined them for their Christingle service last Sunday especially the parents and children from our local school, it was lovely to see them all there.

CAROL SERVICE: On Sunday December 21 at 6pm St John the Baptist parish church hosts their annual nine lessons and carols by candlelight service to which everyone is welcome. This will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies

SEDLESCOMBE PLAYERS: Tickets are selling fast for the Players next production, the Frances Durbridge thriller ‘Deadly Nightcap’ at the end of January 2015 in Sedlescombe Village Hall. Update on the box office is that there are tickets still available for Thursday January 29 priced at £10 without supper, Sold out for Friday 30 and limited availability at £16 with supper for Saturday 31. Seating will be at tables of 8, however you do not have to book a whole table. Tickets can be obtained by calling 01424 718059 or e-mail, you can also book in person at the hall on Monday nights from 7pm before rehearsal. London critics said,’A night to remember for any fan of mystery, murder and edge of your seat suspense’. The players always put on a great show so do not hesitate to get your tickets now. Don’t miss it!

VILLAGE VOICE ENTRY: I know that it is a busy time of year but if you have any news you would like to have included over the festive season please note that the deadline dates have moved forward therefore I would be grateful if you could supply any text to me by the end of Wednesday December 17. Thank you and look forward to your input.

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