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Battle Area Community Transport. Sedlescombe congratulates BACT in being awarded the very prestidigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service on 2 June 2008. Set up in 1999 in response to the need for regular transport for the inhabitants of the rural parts of East Sussex, its serve old and young alike. All bus drivers and staff, including directors, trasurer and fund-raiser are volunteers. They only have one part-time admin staff in a small office. Long may this useful service continue to serve Sedlescombe.

Use of the Tennis Courts. The Parish Council is delighted to be able to support a new sports club in Sedlescombe by allowing the Sedlescombe Netball Club to practice at the tennis courts on Monday evenings during this summer.

The Club will be arranging for netball lines to be painted on to both tennis courts. The new use will mean that between 7.30pm and 9pm on Monday evenings, starting on 23 June 2008 and continuing up to and including 8 September 2008, only one court will be available for tennis, the other being used by the Netball Club.  

Rev. Canon Alan B Sharpe. After being without a priest in charge for some time, the Parish Churchwardens have announced that the Rev Canon Alan B Sharpe has been confirmed as Sedlescombe's new priest in charge. He is a 69-year-old widower with 5 children and 10 grandchildren and has spent 40 years as a priest. He is looking forward to joining in village life. (Extracted from Sedlescombe News, available each Friday from Sedlescombe Stores, price 20p.)

Fieldwork. The magazine of the Campaign to Protect Rural England for June 2008 has been received. Please ask the Clerk (870508) if you would like to see the copy.

Subjects in this edition cover:

  • "Stop the drop": fighting litter and fly-tipping
  • Light pollution reduced
  • Power lines moved underground (in Lake District)
  • How climate change could affect historic buildings
  • Victory for CPRE in Kent over highways depot
  • Competition Commission remedies could herald extinction of local stores
  • Enabling development: how to campaign against it
  • Community energy guide champions local power production
  • The benefits of bringing empty homes back into use
  • Making homes more sustainable
  • Parish plans' status
  • Removing illegal estate agent boards
  • Taking a critical look at eco-towns
  • The case for rail

Planting Horse Chestnut Trees. The following letter was sent by Cllr Pat Martin to NFU Countryside and to The Tree Council and is expected to be printed in both of their forthcoming newsletters/magazines:

"I am a retired tree surgeon and currently Tree Warden for our village, Sedlescombe, which is near Battle in East Sussex. I have noted the demize of some fine old Horst Chestnut trees from leaf minor attack, which weakens the tree and causes bleeding canker to occur. With this in mind, I decided to do something to help keep Horse Chestnut trees around for the future. In our garden, we have a Horse Chestnut tree, planked as a conker about 25 years ago; it is a lovely tree. In 2006, I collected most of its conkers and potted them into single pots and waited for them to germinate. I'm pleased to say they all came through, giving me then the problem of what to do with them!

I contacted our local primary school and asked the head teacher if she would like the children to have their very own conker trees to grow and plant. Mrs Ham, the head teacher, thought it a good idea and so, with her help, in 2007 I gave each child a tree in a pot to take home and look after. I gave the children a little talk on why we need to grow more conker trees and answered any of their questions regarding the trees.

On June 18th, we are going to plant some of the trees in the school grounds. Others will be planted, hopefully, in other locations around our village so that the children will be able to watch their trees grow. Each little tree will have a label with the child's name on it, this way they can proudly watch their conker tree grow! For any trees that have died, we have plenty of replacements to give the children, so no one will be left out.

I hope, in years to come, that these children will tell their own children about how they planted conker trees and show them the exact tree, perhaps even collecting conkers from it to play that very traditional game.

Pat Martin.......Sedlescombe Tree Warden.  

Volunteer Week runs from 1 to 7 June. "Get the Feel Good Factor" will be the slogan to encourage people to join a voluntary activity in their local area. By contacting one of the AirS Volunteer Co-ordinators, Caroline Scotter for Battle area (01424 77982. You can find out about what is going on locally and how you could help.

Anyone contacting Caroline for information about volunteering will be put into a prize draw which has been donated by Bodiam Castle of free castle entry and a cream tea for two, valid until the end of the season!



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