Sedlescombe village voice

It looks like it is going to be a busy time in Sedlescombe as we celebrate the Queens Golden Jubilee, starting with discover art on your doorstep as Sedlescombe Artists’ Mark Fisher and Tony Wynne as they have their Open studio event at the Den, Meadow Lane, Sedlescombe over the next three weekends.

Mark using the medium of drawing and painting whilst Tony specialises in stained and fused glass. The studio will open this Friday June 1 from 6-9pm, then 2, 3, 4 June from 10am to 5pm

For more information please call 01424 871605

The Jubilee fayre takes place tomorrow Saturday June 2 , and there will lots of activity on and around the Green and the Queens Head. Everything will be open from 1pm. Don’t forget to come along and support the afternoon . All profits from the event will benefit St Michaels hospice and local village groups . come and make a Diamond Jubilee souvenir of this special year with Messy England who will be attending . There will be plenty of craft and charity stalls, including pestalozzi, plants, honey, hand made cards, jewellery, fossils and gemstones, tombola, bric a brac, books along with games for everyone. If you are thinking of getting tickets for the Sedlescombe players lastest production they will be attending with their box office. This year there will be a refreshment marquee so come and have afternoon tea with your friends and family and enjoy this unique day in Sedlescombe.

Don’t forget to bring your Jubilee picnic, flags, rugs and chairs, and community spirit down to the sports field on Monday June 4 between 3.30 and 8.30pm for the Sedlescombe village family picnic day. Everyone is invited and yes that means you too, let’s make it an afternoon of fun and celebration to mark our Queens 60 year reign. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available, all free thanks to grants received from Rother District council and the Parish Council. There will be children’s games and races for all ages. Unfortunately there was to be live music for barn dancing but due to unforeseen circumstances, this will not be happening, are you able to help out on this front or perhaps know a man/group who can? If so, please contact 870688 or 870808.

Sedlescombe C.E Primary School have opened their heated outside swimming pool to the public. They are open with a lifeguard in attendance every Tuesday evening from 7-8 pm at a price of £3 per adult. This is open to all the public and hope that local residents come along and enjoy an evening swim.

Did you know that there is a Sedlescombe Book Circle? Would you like to get more from your reading? Then read on !

Would you like to meet regularly in a group to chat and discuss the latest bestsellers and old favourites? Then The Sedlescombe Book Circle is for you! We meet once a month in the evening to discuss the chosen “Book of the month” in a local house and are a mixed bunch of various ages and interests living in and around Sedlescombe. We’re all enthusiastic about our reading and get so much more out of it by discussing the themes the book has evoked. We would love to hear from you. If you’d like to join us, please telephone Anthony or Amanda on 01424 870218 for more details of the Circle.

The next monthly Coffee Morning and Mini-Market, sponsored by the Parish Church, takes place in the Village Hall on Thursday 7 June 2012 at 10.00a.m to 11.30a.m. As well as coffee and cake, there will be stalls selling cakes, jams etc, bric-a -brac, books, plants and bird food, a raffle and, for 50p, a chance to be weighed – accurately and in confidence. A warm welcome awaits you.

Sedlescombe & District Garden Society are holding a Jubilee Barbecue on Saturday June 16 2012 from 12.00 noon at Chris Hone’s house in Marley Lane, Battle. All Members of the Garden Society and their guests are welcome. The tickets which are £7.50 each must be purchased in advance and the closing date for this is Monday June 11. There will be a limited number of chairs so if you could bring a folding garden chair or a rug it would be much appreciated. Do come and enjoy yourself, it promises to be a fun afternoon. Please contact Susan Parsons on 01580 831 996 for your tickets.

Karen Dann writes “It has been a very busy month for Sedlescombe Primary School PTA as we have had many events during the mad month of May to raise money for our school children. We started with the May Ball on the fourth which was held at Leeford Place, Whatlington. This was a very successful evening and everyone made such an effort. The evening was truly wonderful not only due to the company but the tremendous effort from all the staff at the venue. The evening meal was superb and the whole ambiance of the function room made the perfect evening. We danced the night away to the Pete Prescott Band of which were excellent and rounded the evening off. If you are thinking of having a reception or evening event then Leeford Place is definitely a venue to consider. In total we raised £750 of which was a tremendous effort by the PTA Team.

On May 19, we held an Olympic Swimathon where the children took part in raising money for the maintenance of our school pool. It was another lovely day and the weather just held out for us. Every child made a tremendous effort with their lengths and sponsor money raised. They all did so well. We would like to mention the following children, Max Rose who came first with his lengths with an amazing total of 250, Second Place to Charlie Wright 176, Gregory Boon 150. We would also like to make a special mention to two children in Mozart who are only five years old: these two little stars together swam 122 lengths. We are unsure as to the total amount raised as this is still being collected. All of the money will go towards the maintenance of our school pool.

Special thanks to Lynsey McClean from Sugar Rush, Vikki Banks and Jean Dann who provided some wonderful cakes on the day, they were delicious and enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to every one on the PTA Team our school is very lucky to have your support.

Our next fund raiser will be our annual Strawberry Fayre of which is to be held at the Sedlescombe Primary School on Saturday June 30. Please make a note in your diary to come and support us. This is a wonderful day out for all the family and one not to miss.

Sedlescombe School Choir took part in the 1066 Competition on Friday, May 25 at the White Rock Theatre. Our school went up against 11 other schools in East Sussex. The winners of the competition was St. Johns Mead. Sedlescombe Primary School, Pebsham and Westfield were given a special commendation which was marvellous. It fills your heart with glee to watch such incredible performances with such variation of songs. It must be so difficult to judge such a wide range of performances.

To be part of a choir and all the experiences you all go through as part of a team and individually, the stage fright, the nerves you never knew you had. BUT then there is Mrs Ham, I know that I am biased but our school choir looked at their headmistress with true adoration and knew exactly what they were doing. To watch our children having a life experience, singing their hearts out and in total rhythm with each other fills your heart with pride.

Congratulations to all you children you should be proud of yourselves and well done for making our school choir a true contender. Special thanks to Linda Rutherford our pianist for the children, you were wonderful.

We would also like to give thanks to Mrs Ham our wonderful headmistress for all your continuous hard work and true commitment to our school and in everything you do.

If you have an event coming up in the local area or would like to have a small piece, outlining your club or organisation aims, activities, membership etc. then please contact me by email to or by calling 870344. Please allow a couple of weeks notice before an event to allow for full coverage.

Judy Torrance, Asselton House