BANK HOLIDAY: Well let us hope that this good weather will hold but as this weekend is another bank holiday all we can do is keep our fingers crossed. It always seems that an extra day off means bad weather and the good weather when it is the day returning to work well let us hope this time the norm can be reversed.

SEDLESCOMBE‘S GOT TALENT RESULTS: What a night! Last Friday saw a wealth of talent from the local area performing in the village hall. Charles Majenya, Roseline Simanjuntak, Poppy Rockett, Mcartur Okorocha, Emilie King, Kirsty Smith, Battle Community Singers, Scott Nightingale and Kirsty Moyce all took to the stage to entertain and compete for the £100 prize. Thank you to the three judges for the event Mrs Paula Batt, Rev. Kevin Mepham and Malcolm Tegg who had the very difficult task of choosing a winner. In the end it was Poppy Rockett who sang and danced her way beautifully to take second place with Scott Nightingale playing to perfection on his keyboard to be declared the overall winner. Thank you to all who took part and all who came to be in the audience to encourage those on stage. A great night was had by all. Profits raised in the region of £450 from the evening benefited the local charity, The Friends of Sedlescombe Church Heritage Trust.

SEDLESCOMBE THEATRE CLUB: Sedlescombe Theatre Club have got a few places left on their trip to see “Beautiful” on August 25 2016. This is now open to non members of the club. It is a very popular show about the Carol King story at the Aldwych theatre, London. It is a matinee starting at 2.30pm therefore the coach will be leaving the Village Green at 9am. The cost of this trip is £49. If you are interested please contact Shirley Davies on 870475 or Jenny Mainwood on 871445 immediately as the final numbers and monies have to be in by May 28.

COFFEE MORNING AND MINI MARKET: The next coffee morning and mini market in aid of our Parish church will be on Thursday June 2 in the village hall at 10am to 11.30am , do go along and meet old friends and greet new ones at this friendly get together, with a chance to browse the book and bric a brac stall, buy some goodies from home baking, there will be plants for your garden and a chance to check your weight, in confidence of course, All this with refreshments , coffee, tea fruit and cheese scones for just a £1. For more details or for transport please call 870808

NEW BOOK ON SALE: Roy Chapman has now completed a book of his life in Dr. Barnardo’s, Hawkhurst; and from then on in the late 1940’s through time. The book is titled ‘One Last Chance’ and is available from the village shop; or from Roy on 870520.

COME AND SEE “TOM JONES”: 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. Rehearsals are going well for what is a delightful show for all to enjoy Tickets are now on sale but selling fast with only a few left for the Friday and Saturday dates. 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. They will also be on sale outside Sedlescombe Post Office, on Saturday June 4 from 9am until 11am. Don’t miss it!

FLOWER FESTIVAL DATE: A date for your diary , there is to be a flower festival in St John the Baptist parish church the weekend of June 25 and 26 with the title “ Summer Happenings”, lots more details to come in the next few weeks.

ST MICHAELS HOSPICE OPEN GARDENS 2016: Two dates on offer during this week. This Saturday May 28, four gardens will be open at Broad Oak and Brede from 10.30am to 4pm in aid of the St Michaels Hospice. Entrance is just £5.00 which then gives you access to all. Refreshments will be on offerat Sculdown, Chitcombe Road TN31 6EX so a good place to start and learn about the others on offer.

On Tuesday May 31, Mays Platt at, Clinton Way TN35 4DL at Fairlight will also be open from 10.30am to 4pm in aid of the St Michaels Hospice. Entrance is just £4.00. 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 has now started with gardens open every week 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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