LENT LUNCHES: Today, Friday March 11, Margaret will be hosting the fifth 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. All proceeds over the weeks will be donated to the charity, Farm Africa and a local charity, The Seaview Project in St Leonards.

SEDLESCOMBE SPORTS ASSOCIATION: If you are interested in sport and would like to help in your community. 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. Come on, please do not be shy – 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 or Ashley Davey on 870615.

QUIZ NIGHT TONIGHT: There may still be time for you to take part in a quiz to raise money for the Friendship Club taking place this evening March 11 at 6.45 for 7 in the village hall. To book please contact Ralph on 870223. There will be refreshments provided during the evening along with some interesting questions

SEDLESCOMBE‘S GOT TALENT: A new date has been arranged for this event – Friday May 20 in the village hall, We are hoping 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 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 the talk is available tonon-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.

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

MOTHERING SUNDAY: The family service lead by Reverend Kevin Mepham to celebrate mothering Sunday last week was well attended by all ages and was in praise of not just actual mothers but for the act of mothering which many of us perform in various guises. All Saints puppets from All Saints church, Heathfield joined in during the service telling the biblical story of Ruth which was very entertaining and quite moving. Posies of spring flowers were distributed to those attending and some taken to be given to those who were house bound. Refreshments and catching up with friends following the service completed the time. I am sure every one would like to say “Thank You” to the ladies that worked to provide the refreshments and especially the posies of flowers which were much appreciated by those receiving them.

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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