HARVEST FESTIVAL: This Sunday, September 30 is Harvest festival at St John the Baptist parish church, this will start with a service of harvest Eucharist at 10.30am followed by lunch soon afterwards in church. Margaret writes 'We would love to welcome YOU to join us , everyone is welcome. There is lots of tasty food on the menu including cold meats , salmon, quiches, veggie options, salad and crusty bread salads and crusty bread followed by apple pie and other desserts, wash this down with cider or a soft drink. We look forward to having lots of people to share this with us giving thanks for all the good things we enjoy each day'. Sounds delicious. On Friday and Saturday, a team of volunteer flower arrangers will decorate the church and if previous years is anything to go on , the church will look splendid with its Harvest decorations. Gifts of food, fruit, vegetables and gifts suitable to donate to Seaview Homeless project in St Leonards, will be gratefully received, call 870688 or 870608 for collection or please leave in church.

Friday, 28th September 2018, 7:00 am

FROM SHIRLEY DAVIES: “I would like to thank people for all the lovely cards myself and the family received, also the flowers and plants along with many very kind things written in letters. Mike would have been so proud of all the comments he received and the turnout at church for the service in his memory. It was truly amazing!! “ My comment is : Mike was an exceptional , generous of time and spirit , well humoured man, bringing a smile and lightness into a sometimes dark world, I do think that Father Kevin does have a spark of this too though when he mentioned at the start of the service that if Mike had seen the turnout he probably would have been selling tickets ! I can see Mike laughing now.

JOHN WILLIAMS: Pauline and George Williams would like to thank all their friends and acquaintances in Sedlescombe for their lovely cards and expressions of sympathy. As many of you know, John died at home on September 12 and there was a private cremation last Friday. Pauline gives thanks for your support which has been amazing and is really appreciated.

COFFEE MORNING AND MINI MARKET: 2018 Church fundraising continues on Thursday October 5 with their coffee morning and mini market in Sedlescombe village hall starting at 10am until 11.30am. Margaret and helpers look forward to a day when the sun is shining and they are able to welcome old friends and make new ones especially if you are new to the village. There will be all the usual stalls , bric a brac, books and puzzles, home baking and preserves, raffle and of course, coffee tea cheese scones or biscuits for your refreshment. For more details please call 870808.

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.

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

SEDLESCOMBE AND DISTRICT GARDEN SOCIETY AUTUMN SHOW: I understand that the Society had a good Autumn show with lots of entries and interest in their presentation of ‘All Things Apple’ when visitors had the opportunity to taste dishes made with apples covering all meals of the day. I hope to be able to publish the results in next week’s voice. 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.