BANK HOLIDAY: When you are not working, it is easy to forget how important Bank Holidays are to those that are, giving time to be with their families and friends over a lovely long weekend. I do hope that the weather stays fine and that you are able to do just that enjoying being together whatever you choose to do.

DON’T FORGET TOO VOTE: Election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Sussex Police area. Details of all the candidates were on display in the Battle Observer last week. The polling station will be open at the village hall from 7am until 10pm on Thursday May 5. If you are a resident in the village this should be your polling station and be on the list to vote. You do not need to take the card that was delivered to your home with you but it does help the polling clerk in the station to find you on the electoral list.

COFFEE MORNING: The next coffee morning held in aid of St John the Baptist will be at Margaret’s home at 2 Forge Cottages, The Green on Thursday May 5 from 10.30am to 12noon. The change of venue is due to the elections at the village hall. There will be the usual stalls and look forward to welcoming our regular visitors and welcoming new ones for coffee or tea, scones and good company.

COURTYARD SALE RESULTS: A big thank you to everyone who supported the courtyard sale a couple of weeks ago helping to swell funds by £ 151.06

LANDSCAPE WALK: If you are looking to learn more about the area in which we live, Peter Miles will be repeating his Weald landscape walk starting this Sunday May 1 and May 8. The walk is based in Mountfield but is concerned with clues to why our local Wealden landscape looks as it does so it is directly relevant to the woods and fields of Sedlescombe. The walk covers old tracks and roads, woodland archaeology, medieval earthworks, quarries and minepits, woodland flowers including one rare plant, woodland crafts (and a rare tree), foraging and more. Duration about three hours, distance two miles, easy walking, entirely on private land which is not normally accessible, purpose serious but emphasis on fun. For more details or to book, contact Peter on 01580 880614 or

ANNUAL PLANT SALE: Sedlescombe & District Garden Society will be holding their Annual Plant Sale on Saturday May 7 2016 in Sedlescombe Village Hall. There will be a good selection of shrubs, bedding Plants, vegetables and herbs available at very reasonable prices. Friary Gardens and Rotherview Nursery will also have tables with a good selection of plants including alpines. In addition there will be a cake stall selling a variety of home-made cakes and a greetings cards table with cards for all occasions. Refreshments will be served throughout the morning. The event, which is sponsored by Blackbrooks Garden Centre, will be open to the public from 10.30 a.m until 12.30 p.m. Admission free.This is a very popular event, so get along early to avoid disappointment and grab yourselves a bargain or two.

COACH TRIP TO LULLINGSTONE CASTLE: Sedlescombe and District Garden Society first coach trip of this year will be travelling to Lullingstone Castle and World Gardens in Kent on Wednesday May 18. If you would like to join them please contact Rod Eldridge on 01424 870983 for further information.

The Manor House and gardens are set in the beautiful village of Lullingstone, east of Dartford. There are many areas of interest to explore within the large estate. The trip includes a guided tour of the interesting Manor House which has been in the same family for centuries. The church sited within the grounds is also very interesting and a visit to the world garden is strongly recommended. Why not join us in what promises to be a great day out.

SEDLESCOMBE‘S GOT TALENT: Even 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 was April 29 and places were limited so you may be able to just squeeze in but 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 another to be confirmed. Please contact Jean on 01424 882438 for further details, timings and to book your place.

Tickets, to be in the audience and cheer on your favourite acts, will be on sale next week.

COME AND SEE “TOM JONES”: No, not the singer – better than that! Sedlescombe Players present an 18th century bawdy romp! Henry Fielding’s ‘Tom Jones’ as adapted by Jan Macalpine, is described as one of the most perfect plots ever planned. Tickets are now on sale, the prices are, Tuesday June 14, £10 without supper. On Wednesday 15, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 are £16 including supper. There will be NO performance on Thursday 16. As usual, seating will be at tables of eight and the performances will be in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. To book, please call Steve on 718059,

e-mail or book in person on Monday nights at the hall at 7.15pm before rehearsals.

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.

HAVE YOU AN OLD MOTOR?: It is still a couple of months to go before Hooe’s Old Motor Club 47th Annual Car Show and Concours D’ Elegance on Sunday, August 7 2016 at Hooe, East Sussex. If you have a pre 1970 car and would like to enter please look at the club web site, for details. You may also contact the chairman, Ron Wanmer on 01323 840364. Do be aware that space is limited.

ST MICHAELS HOSPICE OPEN GARDENS 2016: The first garden of the season is Kitchenham Farm, Asburnham on this Tuesday May 3 from 10.30am to 4pm. Entrance is the same as 2015 £ 4.00 on the day. 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. For all additional details 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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