LENT LUNCHES: Today, Friday March 4, Margaret will be hosting the fourth in the series of Lent lunches at 2 Forge Cottages, The Green, Sedlescombe at 12 noon until 1.30 pm. You are invited to enjoy a bowl or two of soup and crusty bread, meet with friends old and new, all for just £3. You will be made very welcome and last week raised £80. All proceeds over the weeks will be donated to the charity, Farm Africa and a local charity, The Seaview Project in St Leonards.

MEET YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT THIS EVENING:I think this is going to be a little bit more interesting than even before now that the decision for a the referendum on Europe is coming up in June. Do not miss your opportunity to attend the open meeting to meet your MP, Huw Merriman, in Sedlescombe Village Hall at 6.00 pm to 7.30pm on Friday March 4. He will speak of his first 9 months as your representative in Parliament and be available to answer your questions on the subjects that most concern you. Angharad Davies, County Councillor and Anthony Ganly, District Councillor will also be in attendance to answer any local questions too. All are welcome so please come along

MOTHERING SUNDAY: There will be a Family service at St John the Baptist parish church on Sunday March 6 at 10.30am which will be very special, not just because it is in honour of mothers but because we welcome All Saints puppets from All Saints church, Heathfield who will be joining in to lead the worship. This is a shortened service with no Eucharist, allowing time for refreshment and a chat afterwards. As is traditional, there will be posies of flowers for mums attending. Everyone is welcome, come on children, bring your mum, grannies, aunties, dad, and granddads on this special day

EASTER LILIES: It is time to order your lilies in memory of loved ones to decorate the church at Easter. These will be £2 each and can be ordered by phoning Sylvia on 870688 or Margaret on 870808. Envelopes are also available in church if you would rather collect one from there. All names will be included on the roll of honour which will be on display in church over the Easter period

SEDLESCOMBE ‘S GOT TALENT: A new date has been arranged for this event – Friday May 20 in the village hall, We expect to see singers , dancers, jugglers , musicians , in fact all types of entertainment are welcome to join in from Sedlescombe and the surrounding area. Places will be limited to allow for a fair opportunity for all taking part. There is no fee to enter and there will be a £100 awarded to the winner and runner up prizes too. Professional sound system and engineer will be available. If you would like to take part then please contact Jean on 01424 882438 for further details, timings and to book your place.

SEDLESCOMBE AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB: The club will be welcoming Christine Nash on Wednesday March 9 in the village hall when she will be interpreting and demonstrating “Easter Awakening”. Doors will open at 7pm in preparation of a 7.30pm start. This promises to be a perfect start to Spring with some beautiful fresh flowers taking as away from the winter months of wind and rain. There will be time during the evening to socialise with refreshments and catch up with friends. All visitors are very welcome to attend, members, please bring a friend, you may also be lucky and win one of the finished arrangements at the end of the evening to grace your home. Any further details prior to the date please contact Janet on 01424 773708 or Sheila on 01797 223927.

PESTALOZZI INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION: On Saturday March 5, from 12pm to 3pm, Pestalozzi village will be hosting an international celebration day in the Swiss Hall at Pestalozzi, Ladybird Lane, Sedlescombe, TN33 0UF. In support of this year’s theme for International Women’s Day 2016: Pledge for Parity, they will be welcoming Guest Speaker, Juliet Smith - High Sheriff of East Sussex. You can also expect: International Women’s Day Presentation and Speech; Poetry and piano recitals; Mini fashion show; Nepali dance and International dance; A presentation for ‘Tibetan Uprising Day’; Henna painting and Hair braiding; Mascot appearances; Hot food/snack bar. Admission is free so you are invited to bring your friends and family for a fun and inspirational afternoon.We hope this event will provide an opportunity for us to introduce new people to the Pestalozzi family so please bring along a friend or two who may be interested in our work. For further info please call 01424 870444 or email

SEDLESCOMBE SPORTS ASSOCIATION: The association is in need of a volunteer to join their small committee taking on the role of secretary. Thanks must go to Derek Wright who has performed this role so well over the past few years, but he is due to leave the village soon and needs to relinquish his post. This is in no way an onerous job, in fact the committee meet in the pub around three to four times a year, to discuss the running of the sports field and facilities. If you think you may be interested and would like to arrange to discuss what is involved then please contact me, David Torrance (treasurer) on 870344.

SEDLESCOMBE AND DISTRICT GARDENING SOCIETY: Sedlescombe & District Garden Society (SDGS) will be holding their first major event of the year on Wednesday March 16. TV personality Tom Hart Dyke, heir to the family seat of Lullingstone Castle in Eynsford, Kent will be giving an illustrated talk on his vast horticultural experiences. Tom is an English horticulturist, author and plant hunter who presented an episode of The Great British Garden Revival shown on BBC2 in 2013. In 2000 whilst hunting for rare orchids in Columbia, Tom was kidnapped by guerrillas and held captive for 9 months. On his return he created the World Garden of Plants located at Lullingstone. It contains approximately 8,000 species of plants, many collected by Tom from their native environments. The story of the creation was featured in a BBC2 6-episode series “Save Lullingstone Castle” in 2006. The event will be free for members but we intend opening up the talk to non-members at a cost of £5.00 per person. N.B. an annual family membership to the Society only costs £10.00 so why not join and take advantage of a full and varied programme of events for 2016.

The event will take place at Sedlescombe Village hall and the doors will open at 6.30 p.m. for a 7.00 p.m. start. Refreshments will be provided as well as a raffle with some really good prizes. A lot of interest has already been shown for this event, so to avoid disappointment, please reserve your tickets by contacting Sue Parsons on 01580 831996.

HAVE YOU NEWS?: I look forward to receiving your news to be published. If you are looking for new members for your club or organisation why not send me a small piece, outlining your club or organisation aims, activities, membership etc. or if you have an event coming up in the village or local area then why not let me have the details to advertise for you? This is a free service to the village offered by the Battle Observer and hope you will take full advantage of it. Please contact me by email at or by calling 870344. Please allow a couple of weeks notice before an event to allow for full coverage.

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