NEW YEAR, NEW START: Start the year with something new? The village has lots of clubs and organisations to try out and most if not all, are very welcoming to visitors who would like to see if what they offer is for them. So do not be shy, you may find surprise yourself with what you can learn, and the friends you could make in the local area. For further details either view the Sedlescombe directory , if you have no access to this, they can be obtained from the Parish Clerk, Carol Hodgson 0753 1065469 or the village hall has an website detailing many of the user groups that meet there.

SEDLESCOMBE FLOWER CLUB: The first meeting of the new year is on Wednesday January 14 at Sedlescombe village hall doors open at 7pm. This will take the form of a practice meeting when you will have the opportunity to create and learn from other members an arrangement using foliage only. If you would like to take part then please bring along everything you think you need, including the most important part, a variety of foliage to use. The sales table will be available to purchase oasis and other accessories should you need it. All members and visitors are welcome to come along regardless of taking part, social time and refreshments will be available through the evening. For any further details please contact Sheila on 01797 223927

NEW ART CLASS FOR CHILDREN: We are on the look out for kids of all ages who may be interested in attending an after school art club at Sedlescombe Village Hall on Wednesdays from 3.45 - 6. There will be lots of different things to learn from cartoons to pottery to graffiti, and all things in-between. We are really keen to get kids and teenagers involved with getting creative but without it being like a school lesson. This is all about fun, and finding the inner Artist that every one has inside them. Classes will cost £10 per lesson, and you will be able to come and go as you like. We would really like to hear from you if you would be interested so that we know rough numbers before committing. So please get in touch with Luke on 07756327766 or email and we can follow up from there. Classes are likely to start from mid February

NEW SCOUT GROUP: Brede 1st Scouts will begin again in January for the first time in 100 years and any young person 10½ or over who would like to join needs to contact Andy Bishop 07833065028 as soon as possible. The new Leaders have an exciting programme lined up for the New Year and would welcome young people surrounding Brede to join the group.

SEDLESCOMBE SENIORS CHRISTMAS PARTY: Ralph Dellow writes on behalf of the Spring Fayre Committee: “The party in 2013 seemed to be appreciated by all those who came so it was decided to hold another one on December 19, it seems that it will become an institution in the Village. The party is organised by the Sedlescombe Spring Fayre Committee and the aim is to try to reach out to people who may be on their own over the Christmas period but all older people from the Village are very welcome. We were able to retain Chris Metelle who plays the melodeon, a type of squeeze box and a demonstration on a bowed psaltery which is a version of a medieval instrument popular at the time. He also played for us , with his colleague, songs and music from the 60s and 70s. We fortunate that the Sedlescombe Players kindly gave us about 40 minutes of their entertainment, sketches, songs and even poetry. In all super entertainment. The food was prepared by a number of very keen volunteers with donations of food such as poachers pie, trifles, quiches among others offered by people from around the Village. In addition wine and soft drinks were available all for the entry cost of £2.50. The party was opened by our local Minister, Kevin Mepham and finished by the entry of Father Christmas who took some time out from his very busy schedule, he was accompanied by three elves who carried his sack and gave out the presents ,one to everybody who came. We are very grateful to many people from the Village who gave their support of to make the party a success .”

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