Sedlescombe news
Sedlescombe news

BIG VOTE THIS WEEK: I have not written about this over the weeks as there seems to be so much around especially in the letters in the Observer, stating why we should be in or out of the EU. Please remember though to go and vote on this Thursday June 23, this will be, as has been stated, a once in a lifetime vote. Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm, take your card with you if you have it but it is not necessary to enable you to vote, you will be on the register.

THE QUEEN: Did any of you see the Queen come through the village on Friday? Well I did and I think the children at Sedlescombe primary must have seen her too. She was transported around the Green by horse and carriage waving at her dutiful subjects before appearing at school. A lovely day for the children there to remember.

STRAWBERRY FAYRE AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL: Sedlescombe CE Primary school hold their annual strawberry fayre on Saturday June 25 from 12 to 3pm. You are invited to join in the fun and bring your family and friends to join in too. There will be delicious strawberry delights to enjoy in the school hall and many stalls to browse as well. The children will be dancing. This will be the last fayre for Mrs Ham, after being head teacher here for 25 years she will be retiring this summer. The new head teacher Mrs Harvey will be at the fayre for everyone to meet so it is hoped lots of you will attend.

FLOWER FESTIVAL DATE: There is lots of preparation going on at the moment for the flower festival in St John the Baptist parish church over the weekend of June 25 and 26 with the title “Summer Happenings”. Talented flower arrangers of the village and beyond are coming together to present a beautiful event depicting some of the activities and events associated with Summer. There will be light refreshments available on both days, Saturday 10am to 5pm and on Sunday 12.30pm to 5pm. Parish Eucharist will be on Sunday at 10.30am as usual.

HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW: A coach trip to Hampton Court Flower Show has been organised by Sedlescombe and District Garden Society. The date is Thursday July 7and the cost £35, to include coach and entry to the event. Come and join us on a trip to remember. Hampton Court has such history and the flower show will I know be fantastic. If you are interested in joining the trip please contact Rod Eldridge on 01424 870983 for further information. It would be great to have you along.

SEDLESCOMBE FAYRE 2016: Preparations are well on the way to ensure that Sedlescombe has a day to remember on Saturday July 16. Mark your diaries for the summer event of the year, Sedlescombe fayre along with the Sedlescombe and District Gardening Society summer show will take place on the sports field. Many of the village groups and businesses have already signed up to take part and be there. The goose will make a star appearance once again later in the day and you could win a cash prize so try to buy a square now before the date whenever you see John Brownsdon in his goose hat! Live music, dog display, model aircraft flying display, vintage cars, games and fun for all the family and refreshments throughout the afternoon, more news on attractions to follow. Once again Chris Campbell has sponsored advertising boards in the local area and Pumphouse Designs printing posters and flyers. If your club or group has not been contacted and would like to be part of this community event then please contact Debra Veitch on 870914 or email

GRAND DRAW AT VILLAGE FAYRE: There have been more fantastic prizes donated for the Grand Draw this year, thanks to the generosity of the Brickwall Hotel, the Queens Head, Clockhouse Hair and Beauty, Bella Vista restaurant, Treat of Battle, Sedlescombe Model aircraft club, Pashley Manor gardens, Sedlescombe Vineyard, Carr Taylor Vineyard, Vicarys of Battle, Brian Croucher, Sedlescombe Golf Club, Sedlescombe Players , Jonathan Vine hall , Big Green Cardigan festival, plus more. All proceeds from the draw goes towards village causes. Tickets are now on sale at the village shop priced at just 50p each.

“TOM JONES”: Break a leg to all in Sedlescombe Players , all the performers and behind scenes production team for this weeks show the 18th century bawdy romp, Henry Fielding’s ‘Tom Jones’ as adapted by Jan Macalpine, it is described as one of the most perfect plots ever planned. By the time you read this they will have already performed twice this week with the final performances tonight and Saturday. A huge amount of commitment, time and effort goes into this kind of performance from everyone involved and with Tara directing I’m sure this will be another runaway success for them. Aren’t we fortunate to have this in the village and available to us all.

ST MICHAELS HOSPICE OPEN GARDENS 2016: I hope you enjoyed the gardens of the Old Town in Hastings last week, this week Tuesday June 21 it is the turn of Bexhill and Little Common where six gardens will be open to view. Two new ones on the route are Green Hedges in Birchington Close and 6 Kingswood Avenue showing what can be achieved with a smaller town garden. Refreshments will be served at Golf Lodge 199 Cooden Sea Road, TN39 4TR, a good place to start off from and buy your plan. £ 5 will give you access to view all gardens on the route. Open from 10.30am to 4pm. Booklets, with details of all the gardens open in the surrounding area in aid of St Michaels hospice, are on sale at the Sedlescombe Stores. The season will have 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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