Sedlescombe village voice - March 23

Lent hunger lunches continue today, Friday March 23 from 12noon to 1.30pm at 2 Forge Cottages, The Green. You are invited to take part by enjoying a bowl or two of home made soup and crusty bread in warm friendly company for just £2.50. Proceeds raised from the next five weeks lunches will go to Sedlescombe church and Farm Africa.

You may have noticed that I had become a bit of an expert on Staplecross last week but hope you would know me better than that and looked more closely down the page to find our village voice under their heading. A simple mistake to make, I suppose they do both start with an “S”! Anyway I hope that you didn’t miss anything but just in case I have included those items that are still to come in the village.

It’s the time of year to order lilies at £2 each in memory of loved ones to decorate our parish church at Eastertide. These can be ordered by phoning Sylvia 870688 or Margaret 870808. Those to be remembered will be displayed on the role of honour over Easter when the church will be open for tea, coffee and cake on Easter Sunday 10am – 4pm and Bank holiday Monday 10am -4pm. Please bring your family and friends to enjoy the beautiful flowers.

Tthe next meeting of Sedlescombe Green WI is on Wednesday March 28 at 7.30pm in the village hall. The speaker will be Mr Robin Harris talking about The National Parks of England and Wales. Visitors and members are always very welcome.

There is one week to go - Have you bought your ticket yet for the live music event on Friday March 30? The Swing Street Band, a twelve piece band, will be playing at the village hall for one night only. Tickets are priced at £15 which includes a delicious supper. This time next week there will be much hall and food preparation going on by the committee and hope you will make this evening a success whilst helping Sedlescombe Swing into Spring. There are still some tickets available from Sedlescombe Stores. A licensed bar will be available. All profits will benefit our parish church through the Friends of Sedlescombe Church Heritage Trust. Please contact 882438/ 870344 or 01580 830813 for any further details.

Sedlescombe & District Garden Society Spring Show is on Saturday March 31 at 2 p.m. in Sedlescombe Village Hall.

The Society will be greeting the arrival of spring with its customary Show. The intention is to dispel the grey of winter with a welcome splash of spring colours. In addition to the flowers, there will be sections for pot plants, vegetables & fruit, floral art, domestic, photographic & young gardeners. There will also be a produce table on which members & non-members are invited to sell local items. Entry forms & the schedule are available now from Sedlescombe Village Store.

This year the Spring Show will also include a superb display by Ray Ingle, featuring a set of photographs of dragonflies that Ray took along the banks of the Royal Military Canal last summer. Rotherview Nurseries, specialists in alpines & camellias, will be on hand to meet your horticultural requirements.

You are invited not only to enjoy the Show in the afternoon but also to bring to the Village Hall on the morning of the Show , from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. please, as many entries in as many categories as you like ,the more the merrier. Judging will start at 10.30 a.m., with the Show opening to the public at 2 p.m, prizes will be awarded at 3.15 p.m. Admission in the afternoon is 50p for adults, & children can come free of charge.

If you do wish to enter any items for the Show, please make certain that you hand your entry forms, there’s no charge, either into the Sedlescombe Village Store or into the letterbox of 2, Gorselands by Tues 27 March.

There will be another indoor boot fayre on Sunday April 1 at Sedlescombe Village Hall from 9am till 12noon. There are stalls available to hire, at £10 per table with set up for sellers from 8am. Please contact Karen Dann to reserve your space on 01424 883 550. Doors open at 9am, entrance 50p. Refreshments will be available and all proceeds raised will go towards Sedlescombe Primary School.

Don’t forget that if you are shopping at Sainsbury’s please ask for your vouchers and drop them into Sedlescombe Primary as they are collecting them towards equipment. You can read about lots of other school news, photos, events on the school learning platform

Sedlescombe Sports Association will be hosting their annual Sports Dinner on Friday April 20 at the Brickwall Hotel. This will be a three course dinner and coffee with the added bonus this year there will be the opportunity to dance off any overindulgence. Tickets priced at £30 per head are available now from Ashley Davey on 870615 or David Torrance on 870344 so please contact them with your ticket order now. The dinner is open to all who wish to encourage sport in the local area and also enjoy a good night out!

As part of the Spring fayre on Saturday April 28, there will be a Grand Draw taking place on the day. Tickets are now on sale for this from various sellers around the village, including Sedlescombe Stores and The Clockhouse priced at 50p each. Prizes include a luxury hamper, a meal for two at the Brickwall Hotel, vouchers for Clockhouse hair and beauty, afternoon tea at Kester House and many more. Please be generous when buying your tickets, all proceeds will go to St Michaels Hospice and local village organisations.

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.

Judy Torrance, Asselton House