ST JOHN THE BAPTIST OUR PARISH CHURCH: This Sunday October 7 it is the monthly family service at 10.30 and all are welcome. There is no communion, so a shorter service, ideal for families to join in and enjoy the surroundings. There is a play area in the church for younger children.

Friday, 5th October 2018, 7:00 am

SEDLESCOMBE AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB: the next meeting in the village hall on Wednesday October 10 is the annual general meeting , which as we all know are not the most popular meetings. This year however it will be made more interesting for everyone by having the opportunity to arrange and take home their own container of flowers. Everything will be provided for this on the evening. There will be refreshments and time to socialise during the evening. For further details prior to the meeting please contact Sheila on 01797 223927 or Janet on 01424 773708

ANNUAL JUMBLE SALE: It is time to sort out those cupboards and drawers. The annual jumble sale will take place in the village hall on Saturday October 20 and as always donations will be gratefully received . Please give a call on 01424870808 or 870688 for collection nearer the date or please bring to the hall on the morning of the sale. Time details will follow.

SEDLESCOMBE SCHOOL PTA : The School PTA have taken on the mammoth task of trying to raise £50,000 to have the sports area resurfaced. You may have seen their photo here in the Battle Observer a week or so ago taking part in the Dragon race at Bewl Water. They also have a GoFundMe page for donations. One of their next fundraising events will be their annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday December 1 from 12 until 3pm. Make that a date in your diary to support your local school. More details nearer the time.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Mark your diaries with Sunday December 9 when Thomasin Trezise will be returning for a Christmas concert in our Parish church. More details to follow soon. Organised by Friends of Sedlescombe Church Heritage Trust

PARISH CHURCH HARVEST FESTIVAL: Margaret writes with news of the harvest festival “Thanks to everyone for helping to make our harvest celebrations, it was a very happy gathering, all enjoying a good lunch in a beautifully decorated church. Thanks to our volunteer flower arrangers for their hard work. There are some lovely gifts that we will be taking to the Seaview Project in St Leonards. Donations for the lunch were £200 plus, this will be given to Starfish Malawi. This is a charity supported by our organist , Andrew Mcgregor”

BRIGHTNESS IN THE RAIN: Brenda Page, SDGS Secretary writes ”The Sedlescombe and District Garden Society held their Autumn Show on September 22. The doors opened at 2pm on a colourful and yummy sight which was a welcome change from the dismal rain outside. As well as the delightful show of dahlias and other late summer flowers, there was a good display of Floral Art all ably supported by vegetables and fruit, handicraft of all sorts, photographs and some tempting baked goodies. This year our theme was All Things Apple. Visitors could taste 10 varieties of apples some familiar but many not so common. They could then move on to taste food, prepared by members, that represented meals throughout the day from salads, chutneys, lamb casserole, bacon pie, cakes and puddings which all contained apples of different types. This was followed by a fun competition to guess the variety of 6 apples. Many visitors stayed to have a cup of tea whilst looking at the lovely display of flowers produced despite such a difficult summer. Prize winners were: Rosemary Farley, Alison Boreham, Jim Bingham, Jane Hempson- Jones, Brian Croft, Eve Bradbury, Karen Thomas, Sheila Benson, John Page, Trevor Palmer, Brenda Page and Stephen Hempson –Jones. Young Gardeners Prize winners were Maddelena and Lucia Assorgi. If you are not already a member you may have been be inspired by the show to join the Garden Society, £7 per annum per person but only £10 for a family membership. Details at or by phoning 01424 870455 or 870177.

HAVE YOU NEWS?: 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 [email protected] or by calling 870344. Please allow a couple of weeks notice before an event to allow for full coverage.