ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVAL: On Saturday August 8 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday August 9 from 12noon to 5pm there will be a very special celebration weekend in the form of a flower festival. The theme is “Hats”, of all sorts and shapes so there will be plenty of scope for the imagination of the talented team of ladies and gentlemen flower arrangers. Pictures of the recent refurbishment to the church will be on display to showing the before and after work. Light refreshments will be available during both days.

SERVICE OF CELEBRATION: On the Sunday August 9 there will be a service of celebration at 10.30am to give thanks for the reopening of St Johns after the major refurbishment of the floor and heating system, everyone is invited to join in. Refreshments, cake and social time will follow the service. Throughout the afternoon the church will remain open for you to visit the flower festival.

RURAL PAST TIMES: Is on this Saturday August 8 and Sunday August 9 is at Pestalozzi Village, Sedlescombe. Entrance is £6 for adults and £1 for 5’s to 14’s. There will be a large Craft Marquee, Birds of Prey, Terrier Racing and Ferret Racing. Along with over 100 Vintage Tractors, Vintage Commercials including Military this year, Stationary Engines, Horticultural equipment and Collections, there will be many Trade Stands and Charities. Joining in again this year will be St Michaels Hospice with their silent auction and Pestalozzi with fun and games promoting their work. Tractor and trailer rides will take you to the top of the site to experience the stunning views and to see working machinery as it did in the past. Music, a bar, food outlets or bring a picnic, there is something for everyone. Further Info on 01424 223572 or 07702849746

FRIENDS OF THE CHURCH MEMBERS: Please try and make some time to go along to the reopening of the church this weekend either to the service or flower festival or both if you can. A substantial amount was donated from “Friends” funds towards the renovations, your years of support have ensured this could happen.

TALENT NIGHT IN SEDLESCOMBE: Do you love to entertain? Then come and be part of the show to be held in Sedlescombe village hall on Friday 18 September from 7pm. Two years ago, when it was last held, there was a wealth of talent that came forward to compete for the £100 first prize. There is no entry fee but limited spaces to give everyone a fair chance to shine on stage. Nearer the date audience tickets will be on sale, so please mark your diaries to either take part or come along to enjoy the evening. Organised by the Friends of Sedlescombe Church Heritage Trust . To book your place to perform on the night please call Jean Dann on 882438.

SEDLESCOMBE AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB: The meeting date this month will be the annual club meal, lunch at the Powdermill Hotel on Wednesday 12 August. Just a gentle reminder not to go the hall in the evening because you may be a lonely wallflower there. Please contact Sheila on 01797223927 if you should need any further information.

CHURCH SUMMER FAIR: St John the Baptist church will be holding their annual summer fair on Saturday August 15 in the church and churchyard from 12noon to 3pm. All the games of chance and various stalls , plus as always yummy refreshments. There will also be another opportunity to view the before and after display of the refurbishment.

CAR TREASURE HUNT: Sedlescombe and District Garden society next event is a car treasure hunt on Saturday August 29 organised by Rod Eldridge. All participants to meet at the village hall car park by 2pm with pen in hand. The route should last about one and half to two hours, but this will depend upon how good you are at answering the clues. The route will be finishing at a local hostelry for obvious reasons. By the way the police have been informed of the event and will be looking out for “stray and lost” motorists on the day. The cost will be £3.00 per car so you are advised to pack as many “knowledgeable” people in the car as possible as there will be prizes for first, second and third winners. The event is open to members and guests only so maybe this is the time to join if you would like to take part in the event? So why not contact Rod now on 01424 870983 and let him know you will be there, it should be a fun afternoon.

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.

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