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Sedlescombe Parish
Council Noticeboard July 2008
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BATTLE AREA COMMUNITY TRANSPORT. On Wednesday 30 July, the Parish Council was represented by the Chairman and Clerk at Leeford Place Hotel, Whatlington, for the presentation to Battle Area Community Transport by Phyllida Stewart-Roberts OBE JP, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

The Parish Council is pleased to announce the start of building the new pavilion at the Sportsfield.  The contractors are on site and, starting next week, the piling contractors will be at work on the foundations.  Their work should last not more than a couple of weeks.  The remainder of the work will continue through the summer and beyond. 

Funds are still needed urgently so please support all forthcoming fund-raising events.  The more that can be raised in this way, the smaller the loan that will be needed to complete the payment for the work.  Donations have been promised from the Rangers Junior Football Club who are running a Chelsea Football Club training day at Claremont School on 31 August and 1 September. The fund-raising group is arranging: 1) a Boot Sale at Sedlescombe Sportsfield on Sunday 17 August, £10 for vans, £8 for cars. Set-up from 08:00 and open to the public from 10:00; 2) A Golf Tournament at Sedlescombe Golf Course on Friday 12 September.  

A Village Fayre is being arranged by the Parish Council on the Village Green on Saturday 27 September.  Last year’s event was very successful and, hopefully, the success will be repeated this year.  Watch out for further details.   A list of amounts raised so far can be seen on the Parish Council’s Pavilion Fund webpage.  

Hay at the Kickabout Area. The Police have been informed that a quantity of hay was stolen from a field adjacent to the Kickabout Area at East View Terrace, piled up 4 foot high against one of the storm shooters and set alight. The Fire Brigade was called out on Friday (25) evening to damp down the fire.

American Signal Crayfish. Our initial excitement at seeing a Crayfish in the River Brede from the pedestrian bridge in Sedlescombe on Saturday 26 July, turned to dismay when we realised that what we had seen was an American Signal Crayfish which is known to be a major threat to the ecosystems of our rivers. In the afternoon, two of these creatures could be seen from the bridge actively searching around the bottom of the river.

Although this has been reported to the Environment Agency, all they can do is add the information to a database they maintain. It is a criminal offence to release or allow signal, and other non-native crayfish species, into the wild anywhere in England and Wales without a licence.

St Michael's Hospice. The June 2008 edition of the St Michael's Hospice Newsletter has been received. The 21st Anniversary of the Hospice in St Leonards was celebrated in April. The contribution by Sheila Leach, the St Michel's Hospice founder and resident of Sedlescombe, was highlighted. The annual Hospice fund-raising event in Sedlescombe will be held on 2 and 3 August in Hurst Lane.
New Priest-in-Charge at Sedlescombe. At a service in St John the Baptist Church, Sedlescombe on Sunday 20 July 2008, The Revd Canon Alan Brian Sharpe was licensed as the Priest-in-Charge of the parishes of Sedlescombe and Whatlington by Wallace, Bishop of Lewes.
Rother District Council Annual Performance Plan. Rother District Council has published its annual Performance Plan April 2008 to March 2009.
The Hastings and Rother Primary Care Trust has published a guide to later life called "Nifty after Fifty".

The County Council, working with various other groups, has published a guide to later life in East Sussex called "Forward from 50".

Phone 0845 60 80 191 for a hard copy.

Action in rural Sussex. The July 2008 Newsletter has been received along with the 2007/08 Review and the 2008/09 Business Plan.

AiRS Annual Conference on Rural Services - Friday 7 November, 14:00 to 16:30 at The Norfolk Pavilion, South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex.

Street Signs. Parish Councillors are carrying out a survey on the condition of street nameplates in the parish.

Advertising of events. Special arrangements are required for advertising any charitable event in the Village.

Applications for two signs on the Village Green, which can be put up on the day of the event only to direct traffic to the event, should be made to the Parish Council on 01424 870508 or to

Applications for two direction signs of a specified size which are allowed on each approach road/highway verge should be made to East Sussex County Council at Sidley on 0845 60 80 193.

Parish Plan Update. The Council has decided that local residents should be sent a Parish Plan Update with the September Bulletin.
Quality Council Re-accreditation. Having been a Quality Council for the last four years, the Parish Council has now to decide whether it wishes to apply for re-accreditation for the forthcoming four years. This was considered at the July 2008 Council Meeting and, as most of the work has to be undertaken by the Clerk, the Council decided to allow time for her to consider whether she want to do this work. The subject will be further discussed at the September Council Meeting.
Sedlescombe Roadworks. The B2244 at Sedlescombe between Cripps Corner and the entrance to the Village Hall has been closed from 9 July for up to 12 days, depending on weather conditions. The closure is required to allow essential road maintenance. Access for pedestrians should not be affected and vehicular access for residents and to properties should be maintained, whenever possible, with the alternative route for through traffic being signed via the A21. Motorists are warned that they risk a fine and points on their licences if the road closed signs are ignored. The local shop and other businesses remain accessible from the south.
Battle Area Community Transport Summer 2008 Newsletter. A copy of the Newsletter has been received

The Pestalozzi Barn. Kasthamahal, meaning "wooden palace" in Nepali, is the name given by the Pestalozzi students to the round-wood timber frame barn built by Ben Law, of TV's Grand Designs, and his team of trainee eco-builders. It is a fitting name for a building that from a pile of logs has grown into the beautiful, elegant structure that will be enjoyed not only for its aesthetic attributes but as a storage unit for the new education garden that will develop alongside it.

On Thursday 3 July, the barn was officially opened by Eduardo Goncalves from World Wildlife Fund International.

Rother Community Times. Rother Voluntary Action has a new-look newsletter renamed "Rother Community Times". The Summer Edition has recently been launched.
Sedlescombe Parish Council Bulletin July 2008. The July edition of the Parish Council's quarterly Bulletin is being delivered to every house in the parish by a team of volunteers. A copy of the "What you need to know as a Dog Walker in Sedlescombe" leaflet is also being delivered.

Parish Council/Sedlescombe School Wildlife Poster Competition. Following on from Cllr Martin's Tree Planting Project with the School (see June 2008's noticeboard), a Sedlescombe School Wildlife Poster Competition has taken place. A total of 82 entries were received by the Parish Council from children between the ages of 5 and 11. Eighteen posters were chosen for display in Red Barn Field Nature Park during the summer months to represent all the age groups and the range of subjects covered by the children. Sometimes, this meant that good posters could not be chosen because of lack of space. A School Assembly on the afternoon of Friday 3 July was attended by Cllrs Martin and Dellow as well as Dr Patrick Roper and Pauline Raymond, Clerk to the Council. The eighteen children whose posters had been chosen were each presented with a certificate congratulating them on their success.

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