COURTYARD SALE: This Saturday April 16, there will be a courtyard sale at the parish rectory , Church Hill from 10.30am to 12.30pm . there will be lots on offer, books, jigsaw puzzles, china, glass, jewellery and many other items all at reasonable prices. Do go along and have a rummage, find a bargain and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and biscuits to refresh you. For more details call 01424 870808. All proceeds in aid of St John the Baptist Parish Church

SDGS SPRING SHOW RESULTS: Last Saturday, Sedlescombe & District Garden Society held their Spring Show in the Village Hall. There were plenty of entries in most of the classes, there was something for everyone including many classes of daffodils and other cut flowers, pot plants, vegetables, photography, domestic and handicraft. Judged by independent visiting judges the results were as follows:

Section A – Cut Flowers & Foliage: Hills Trophy for most points - Nicholas Wilde. Crowhurst Cup for best exhibit - Eve Bradbury. KFHS Certificate of Merit (Class A1)- Darrell Johnson

Section B – Pot Plants : Banks Trophy for most points -Chris Hone. Society Shield for best exhibit -Chris Hone. KFHS Certificate of Merit (Class B1) -Chris Hone

Section C – Vegetables: Aris Cup for most points -Darrell Johnson. Society Shield for best exhibit -Philip Carpenter. KFHS Certificate of Merit (Class C1)- Darrell Johnson

Section D – Floral Art: Challenge Cup for most points- Karen Thomas. Society Shield for best exhibit - Karen Thomas

Section E – Domestic: Josie Cornish Cup. Class E1 “A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party”- Judy Torrance. Spoon for most points, Domestic Preserves, Baking & other classes – Judy Torrance, Society Shield for best exhibit, Domestic Preserves, Baking & other classes -Rebekah Carpenter. Society Shield for most points, Domestic Home-made Wine & Beer- Jean Dann

Section F – Handicraft: Society Shield for most points -Rebekah Carpenter. Society Shield for best exhibit- Jean Dann

Section G – Photographic: Photographic Cup for most points - Sam Kirimli. Society Shield for best exhibit - Patricia Whitcher

Section Y – Young Gardeners: Challenge Cup for most points - Maddalena Assorgi. Society Shield for best exhibit - Eleanor Carpenter

If you visited during the afternoon to view the exhibits and now feel inspired to take part, as you quite often hear “ oh I could have done that” or “ I could bake that better than that” or “ I have those growing in the garden “ then why not think about and take part in the summer or autumn shows? If you require any further information on any of the Society’s events, please visit our website, or phone the Secretary on 01580 831996.

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH CHURCH: A date for your diary after the morning service on Sunday April 24 there will be the Annual General Meeting for the parish church. This is an important meeting where you will hear what has happened over the past year in the church also when the officers for the Parochial Parish Council are elected. All church members and interested parties are urged to attend. Coffee and biscuits as always will be on offer.

SEDLESCOMBE‘S GOT TALENT: More performers have been added to the schedule for this event to take place on Friday May 20 in the village hall, but there is still room for a few more. 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. The closing date for entries is April 29 and places are limited so do not delay in booking in to take part. There is no fee to enter and there will be a £100 awarded to the winner and runner up money prizes too. Professional sound system and engineer will be available. We are pleased to announce our three experienced judges for the event will be Mrs Paula Batt, former mayor of Battle, Rev. Kevin Mepham and Mr Tim Baker. Please contact Jean on 01424 882438 for further details, timings and to book your place.

SEDLESCOMBE SPORTS ASSOCIATION: If you are interested in sport and would like to help in your community. The association is still in need of a volunteer to join their small committee taking on the role of secretary. 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 David Torrance (Treasurer) on 870344 or Ashley Davey on 870615.

COFFEE MORNING RESULTS: Thank you to everyone for their support at the coffee morning and mini market held last Thursday. It was a very busy and happy morning raising £146 for church funds.

ST MICHAELS HOSPICE OPEN GARDENS 2016: Booklets, with details of all the gardens open in the surrounding area in aid of St Michaels hospice, are now on sale at the Sedlescombe Stores. The season runs from the beginning of May until August with one additional garden open in October. A minimum donation of 50p is requested for the booklet. The first garden of the season will be Kitchenham Farm, Asburnham on Tuesday May 3 from 10.30am to 4pm. Entrance is the same as 2015 £ 4.00 on the day. For all additional detail please consult your booklet.

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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