CHRISTMAS: Only a few days left now to bring all your preparations to a climax for the festive period, in all the excitement it is sometimes difficult to stop and think about the true meaning of Christmas but there are some perfect opportunities during this week.

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 is a traditional event when the community comes together to celebrate with carols old and new, followed by mulled wine and mince pies

CHRISTMAS EVE CRIB SERVICE: St John the Baptist parish church, Wednesday December 24 at 4pm it is time for children to bring along their mums and dads, granny and grandad , aunts and uncles to be part of the Christmas story Children you are invited to come to the service dressed as shepherds, angels,kings, animals, Mary or Joseph. Costumes will be available for you to use or come dressed in your own. This is a short and informal service for all the family to be part of MIDNIGHT MASS St John the Baptist parish church, midnight mass will commence at11pm on Christmas Eve, December 24, an ideal opportunity to make your Christmas communion

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE: At 10.30am on December 25, Christmas day eucharist takes place. All the services mentioned here are open to all and hope you will find the space in your lives to enjoy the true spirit of Christmas at one of them.

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS: You are wished a Happy, Holy and Blessed Christmas from Father Kevin, members of the PCC and the congregation of St John the Baptist Parish Church.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Today, Friday December 19, a loyal group of volunteers will be hosting a Christmas party with a delicious buffet, for the older residents of the village. Entertainment from Sedlescombe players and musicians will be on offer, plus games and Father Christmas will be paying a visit too. This proved to be a great success last year and it is sure to be a hit once again with even more on offer this year.

COFFEE MORNING: A correction to a date here , usually there is no coffee morning at the village hall during January but now there will be one on Thursday January 7 at the usual time of 10.00am to 11.30am in the usual place, Sedlescombe village hall with all your usual stalls. Start the new year meeting up with your friends for a coffee or tea, cheese scone or cake. For more details of the friendly event please contact 870808

SEDLESCOMBE FAYRE 2015: You may have noticed on the recent Sedlescombe News Bulletin from the Parish Council that Sedlescombe Fayre on the Sports field will be making a welcome return next summer on Saturday July 18 2015. This is being sponsored by the Parish Council and the Sports Association. It is hoped that as many as possible of the village groups and businesses will take part in the day when there will be the opportunity to publish and earn funds for yourself. If your club or group has not been approached as yet and would like more details please contact Peter Anson on 870862

THANK YOU: to all those loyal supporters of the Sedlescombe village voice who have used the Battle Observer this year and to all of you who read it every week. I receive some lovely comments when I meet people in the village and this makes the whole thing worthwhile especially when I am tapping away at the keyboard on a winters day. May I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and may 2015 bring you everything you are hoping for and more.

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