ANNUAL PLANT SALE: This Saturday May 7 , Sedlescombe & District Garden Society will be holding their Annual Plant Sale 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.

LAST 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 for the last time this Sunday 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

SEDLESCOMBE AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB: This month, on Wednesday May 11 the club welcomes NAFAS demonstrator Mandy Pulsford who will be interpreting the title “ Once Upon a Time “ , sounds magical, it probably will be or maybe not? The only way to find out to visit Sedlescombe village hall, doors open at 7pm ready for the story to unfold at 7.30pm. Members and visitors are always welcome and as usual there will be time to buy flower arranging supplies at keen prices along with time during the evening to socialise over refreshments and get to know other members. There will be the opportunity to win the beautiful arrangements at the end of the evening, will one be gracing your home or that of a friend. For any further information prior to the date please contact Janet on 01424 773708 or Sheila on 01797223927.

SPRING FAYRE: Saturday May 14, the Spring Fayre will be taking place on the village green and Queens Head garden between 1 and 4pm. Entrance is free. Raffle tickets are on sale in the village shop £ 2.50 for five tickets. There will be many varied stalls and lots of food raising money for St Michael’s Hospice Phoenix Appeal. One of the stalls will be selling donated CDs – all at 50p to £ 1, so a good time to stock on your viewing. Offers of union flags, bunting, CDs and other saleable bric a brac would be welcomed by the organisers. Any enquiries re: stalls or offers of help please contact Ralph Dellow 870223, Barry Bradbury 870040 or Reg Glew on 870258

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: A Great line up in is store for you on Friday May 20 in the village hall and tickets are now on sale from Sedlescombe stores at just £5 each. A licensed bar and hot food will be available to purchase during the evening. Come along, encourage and enjoy some real local talent that will be competing for the £100 first prize along with runner up money prizes too. 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 surprise one to be confirmed For further details prior to the event please contact Jean on 01424 882438. All proceeds in aid of Friends of Sedlescombe Church Heritage Trust.

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 season has got off to a cracking start and this weeks gardens are all in Winchelsea, in total eight will be open for visiting on this Tuesday May 10 from 10.30am to 4pm. Entrance is payable at any of the gardens at just £5.00, which then gives you access to all eight, so great value for money this week. Refreshments will be on offer at Cleveland House, Rookery Lane, TN36 4EE. Asselton Cakes are pleased to be, once again, the supplier of cakes, for the whole season. 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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