Sedlescombe news
Sedlescombe news

FLOWR CLUB: It is back to the village hall on Wednesday August 10 for the clubs monthly meeting. 
This time we will be welcoming Patricia Bashful interpreting Design Focus, this is a change of plan from the original programme but sounds like it will be just as intriguing! Doors will be open from 7pm with the demonstration starting at 7.30pm, flower supplies will be on offer at keen prices during the evening so that once you are inspired you can continue on designing your own creation at home. Of course you may even be lucky enough to win one of the arrangements at the end of the evening to enjoy, which can make a good template to carry on from. Members and visitors are always welcome, with time to socialise when the refreshments are served giving the opportunity to catch up with or meet new friends. For further information before the date please contact Janet on 01424 773708or Sheila on 01797 223927.

THE BIG PAINT IN: On August 9 and 10, from 10.30am to 2.30pm, 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 and Sedlescombe Village Stores, or please email or telephone 870240.

SEDLESCOMBE – FIRST IN ROTHER: Many of you visited the village hall last Sunday to view the proposed sites relating to the Neighbourhood Plan. Sedlescombe is the first Parish in Rother to do a Neighbourhood Plan and its now out for the formal consultation. Jonathan Vinehall, chair of the Parish council writes ‘We need to show we have the support of the community for the Plan to be approved. Without an approved Plan, Sedlescombe is at risk of housing development in large numbers where the community does not want it. Sedlescombe is being asked to find space for 35 houses in and around the village that both satisfy the District Council’s policies but also satisfy the majority of the community’s aspirations for new housing. The Parish Council has spent the last three years working on the plan and now it’s time for the formal consultation. To find out more about the plan you can look at it on line, at or look at a hard copy in the village shop. Consultation forms are also available on line or in the shop.’

RURAL PAST TIMES: Rural Past Times takes place in the grounds of Pestalozzi again on the Agust 13 and 14. It costs £6 for adults and £1 for children aged between 5 and 14 years. Open to the public from 10am to 5pm each day. There will be over 100 vintage tractors on display and working as well as traction engines, commercials and other interesting machinery. There will also be heavy horses, birds of prey and ferret racing. With a large craft marquee and trade stands there is something for everyone. There will be a hog roast, bar and live music. Since the event started over £20,000 has been donated to local charities. Contact Gill on 01424 223572 or Brian on 07702 849746 for more information.

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 at £10 are selling fast and if you would like to secure yours then please call 870344 or email We do hope you will be able to join us for this special evening in Sedlescombe.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Sedlescombe Societies Association, the group that organised the fayre this year will be holding their AGM on Monday October 3 in the meeting room at the centrally located Queen’s Head. If you are interested in being involved with this major village event in 2017 then please keep the date free and come along. More details to follow nearer the date.

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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