Sedlescombe news
Sedlescombe news

SEDLESCOMBE FAYRE 2016: The big day is finally here, all we need now is good weather and you so that Sedlescombe has a day to remember tomorrow on Saturday July 16. The vintage cars are back and we mean vintage, pre war! They will be transporting Mrs Ham and two of the pupils from Sedlescombe Primary school onto the field to open the event at 2pm, so please arrive before to see the parade from the field car park. Mrs Ham retires after 25 years at our village school so please come and give her a rousing send off. The two year 6 pupils George Jones and Angus Oaten will then continue throughout the afternoon to act as MC’s for the event.

The Sedlescombe and District Gardening Society summer show will take place in their marquee on the sports field so lots to see there during the afternoon. Many of the village groups including Sedlescombe Green WI, Sedlescombe Flower club, St John the Baptist Parish church, Sedlescombe village hall, Sedlescombe Players, Sedlescombe Parish Council, Sedlescombe Wine Club, Sedlescombe Rangers, Sedlescombe Youth club, Sedlescombe cricket club alongside local crafts and businesses will be there taking part so there should be something for everyone this year. The goose will make a star appearance twice this year at the beginning and at the end of the day and you could win a cash prize so try to buy a square now before the date or on the day whenever you see John Brownsdon in his goose hat! Live music, Local Art exhibition, K9 dog display, bouncy castle slide, Sedlescombe model aircraft flying display, barrel rolling , vintage cars, games and fun for all the family and refreshments at the pavilion provided the Friends of Sedlescombe Church throughout the afternoon. Once again Chris Campbell has sponsored advertising boards in the local area and Pumphouse Designs printing posters and flyers. The contact for the day is Debra Veitch, chair of Sedlescombe Societies Association on 870914 or email

GRAND DRAW AT VILLAGE FAYRE: TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE at the Village Shop, The Clockhouse Hair and Beauty Studio and the Queens Head priced at just 50p each. We anticipate some queues on the day so if you are able to get yours today then please do so as this will help you giving you more time to enjoy the fayre.

There have been more fantastic prizes donated for the Grand Draw this year than ever, 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, Sedlescombe Stores, Great Park Farm Nursery plus more. All proceeds from the draw go towards village causes.

SEDLESCOMBE AND DISTRICT GARDENING SOCIETY: The Garden Society will be holding its Summer Show in conjunction with the Village Summer Fayre on Saturday July 16 on the Village Sports field in their marquee. As well as flower and vegetable classes there are classes for Floral art, photography, handicraft and a domestic home cooking section as well as special classes for children. Entry to the classes is free and open to members and non members. Members should have had their entry forms and schedules delivered, but if you should need them then it is possible to download both from If it is raining on the day then the show will be held in the village hall. Staging of entries will take place between 8.00am and 10.15am, judging will follow with the show open to the public from 2.00pm.

SEDLESCOMBE GREEN WI: A reminder and request to members, the WI are having a cake stall at the village fayre tomorrow in aid of WI funds, a donation of a cake or cakes would be very welcome. These can be brought to the field after 12noon. Look for Rosemary or they can be left in Margarets porch at 2 Forge Cottages, the Green, failing that please call Rosemary 870533 to arrange collection. They thank you and look forward to receiving lots of goodies. SEDLESCOMBE GREEN WI MEETING: The next meeting in the village hall will be on Wednesday July 27 at 7.30pm when June Felstead will talk about the work of A.L.S.A.R Search dogs in Sussex . Visitors and new members are always welcome . For more details please call 870533.

THE BIG PAINT IN: On August 9 and 10 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, Sedlescombe Parish Church, St. John-the-Baptist will hold a two-day Art Workshop in the church and churchyard. “The Big Paint-In” is under the guidance of Art Teacher Mary-lynne Durrell MA ATD. It is hoped it will encourage local people, amateur art groups, and professional artists, to create mixed media paintings in this lovely space.The church building, with its surrounding flora and fauna, is an inspirational place in which to paint. Huge 17th century Spanish chestnut trees, old textured brick paths, orchids growing amongst grass in dappled light, weathered gravestones, butterflies and birds, contribute to the ambience of our country church nestling in the landscape.The workshop fee is being kept as low as possible to encourage this community event; £20 for one day, £30 for two days. A child accompanied by an adult pays only £1 per day. All proceeds in aid of the church Restoration Fund. Advanced booking and payment required.

Application Forms are available in church & Sedlescombe Village Stores, or please email or telephone 870240.

MUSIC FOR A SUMMER EVENING: The Friends of Sedlescombe Church are pleased to present Thomasin Trezise, a professional operatic singer who has worked successfully in opera, music-theatre and on the concert platform most recently at Glydebourne. Thomasin will be performing an evening of opera favourites, including “O mio babbino Caro” by Puccini, “The Habanera” from Bizet’s Carmen, “The Brindisi” from Verdi’s La Traviata at the Sedlescombe Parish church on Sunday August 28. The performance will commence at 6.30pm with a welcome reception from 6pm. Tickets are £10 and available by calling 870344 or emailing We do hope you will be able to join us for this special evening in Sedlescombe.

SEDLESCOMBE STORES: Have you noticed the new longer opening hours at the village shop? Monday to Friday they are now open from 6am to 8pm and Sunday 8.30am to 2pm. Use your local shop and make your life a little easier also when you have forgotten something or need to stop off on the way to and from work.

CANTABILE CONCERT: If you are looking for an evening out this weekend, fresh from being awarded the cup for first prize in the Church Choir section at the prestigious Hastings Music Festival, Guestling Church Choir will be taking part in this year’s “Cantabile, Songs for a Summer Evening” Concert on Saturday July 16. The concert takes place at St. Laurence Church, Guestling at 7pm, is hosted by Molly Townson, and also includes Suzan Ozkan (Soprano) and Enid Graham (Accompanist). Tickets are £12, which includes refreshment with strawberries and cream, and can be obtained directly from the Church, or from from Gill Perry on 814578 or Molly Townson 812520. All concert proceeds will go to the St. Laurence Church Restoration Fund. A few years ago we had “Cantabile” sing in Sedlescombe and I know that it was enjoyed by those that attended

ST MICHAELS HOSPICE OPEN GARDENS 2016: On Tuesday July 19, Glebe House , Main Street Northiam TN31 6NH open their splendid rectory garden to benefit this local charity along with a new opening at South Grange, Quickbourne lane TN31 6QY . Both gardens will be open to visit from 10.30am to 4pm with refreshments being available at Glebe House throughout the day along with bric a brac, plant and other stalls. The admission price of £5 allows access to both throughout the day. 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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