Smiling faces at the handing over of the keys ceremony at Sedlescombe new sports pavilion, 1 April 2009   Sedlescombe Parish
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VILLAGE OF THE YEAR JUDGING. As promised, three judges from Action in rural Sussex visited the village on Friday afternoon (24th). It was another lovely sunny afternoon and the Village looked beautiful with flowering trees around the Green. A tight schedule had been arranged for the judges by the Parish Council starting with their arrival at 3pm at the village hall. After introductions from the Chairman of the Council, Valerie Wright and the presentation of Welcome Packs, the judges met and talked to the following people:

  • Debbie Martin - Pestalozzi International Village Marketing Officer
  • Reg Glew talking about bird, bat and insect boxes and Sedlescombe News
  • Dr Patrick Roper talking about some of his blogs eg Square metre of garden and Widowbox wildlife and his involvement with Brede High Woods which brought him the accolade of Woodland Trust Volunteer of the Year 2008
  • Bob Harris talking about the bowls club, heavy gang and Garden Society
  • Gina Bird - Garden Society Schoolchildren Co-ordinator - talking about the school garden club and the children's involvement with the Shows
  • Pat Martin - Parish Councillor for 26 years - talking about the conker competition he arranged last year (to be an annual event) and the conker trees that he has planted with the schoolchildren
  • PCSO Demi talking about working with the Parish Council and Neighbourhood Watch, monitoring any vulnerable people and tackling fly-tipping
  • Pauline Glew and Rosemary Addy talking about the Lift Scheme and then with a lady who takes part in the Extend Exercise Group sponsored by the Friendship Club
  • Ralph Dellow talking about the Friendship Club and their planned walks over the next few months, the easy access footpath route where 11 stiles have been replaced with gates, the large number of houses where locks have been fitted free of charge in the Village and the sponsorship of Lifeline
  • Valerie Wright then showed the judges the library which opens once a week in the committee room and the pre-school room
  • Outside, Pauline Raymond spoke about volunteers' involvement with maintaining Red Barn Field and the construction of the path to the hall by the Community Punishment Team (now known as the Payback Team)
  • The judges were driven to the shop where they met John Mainwood and those working in the shop and were shown what is available including the box scheme
  • Outside was Marian Ham, headteacher, talking about the involvement of the Village with the School and recent successes of the choir and the Creative Partnership Grant of £9,000 recently received.
  • The judges were given a copy of "A Walk through History in Sedlescombe" before walking down the Green, on the way speaking to Sarah who runs the netball club at the tennis courts. There was only time for a quick look at the courts and playground and the river where they were told about the Parish Council's policy for fishing for American Signal Crayfish and elimination of giant hogweed
  • The main project for this year was, of course, the pavilion and it really looked splendid as we arrived with its new benches, bark chips and additional decking. Anthony Rand was waiting to give an introduction to the judges, followed by John Noonan who explained what the new pavilion meant to the Sports Clubs. The judges were given a brief tour of the pavilion before the afternoon was drawn to a conclusion with Pauline Raymond giving a Powerpoint Presentation which ended exactly on 5pm. Our two hours were over in which we tried to show the judges why they should decide that Sedlescombe should be awarded East Sussex Village of the Year 2009. We will have to wait until 10 July for the results.

ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PARISH MEETING OF SEDLESCOMBE. Everyone is welcome to attend the Parish Assembly next Tuesday, 28 April in Sedlescombe Village Hall. The meeting will start at 7.30pm but organisations and businesses will be in the hall from 7pm with information on what they do. Their tables will also stay after the meeting when you can browse with a cup of tea or coffee.

Details of last year's meeting and the 2009 Report of the Parish Council Chairman can be seen in the Annual Report/Directory by clicking here.

Information from the Parish Clerk on 01424 870508

Agenda of Parish Assembly 2009
SEDLESCOMBE MAY FAYRE. Come to the Village Green on Saturday 2 May for a pleasant afternoon from 2pm. All income will be put towards the final bills of the new pavilion construction. (Organiser Sedlescombe Parish Council 01424 870508)  
BLUEBELL WALK. What a lovey way to celebrate spring in Sedlescombe with a sunny afternoon stroll through the woods to see the beautiful bluebells! 21 people joined the walk through Oaklands Park on 26 April and thoroughly enjoyed the flowers, the superb trees of the Park and the very pleasant company. "Just like old times" someone said!  

BUDGET CAR SALES. The Parish Council is aware that local residents are very unhappy about the look of the car sales area next to Bridge Garage Antiques. A complaint was lodged by the Parish Council with Rother District Enforcement Officer in March. After two visits to the site, the Enforcement Officer has reached the conclusion that he can require removal of the Pirelli yellow and black advert but that nothing can be done about the large blue signs, flags or balloons. Unfortunately, legislation does not restrict this type of advertising, despite it being incompatible with a Conservation Area.

NB Planning permission was granted for the car sales area in the 1980s.



John Steed and Anthony RandAshley Davey and Anthony Rand

The handing over of the keys of the new pavilion at Sedlescombe from the Builder to Anthony Rand (Project Manager) and then to Ashley Davey (Acting Chairman of the Sports Association)

The simple handing over of the keys ceremony at Sedlescombe Sportsfield on Wednesday 1 April marked the culmination of many years trying to replace the dilapidated old sports pavilion. The Parish Council and the Sports Association are delighted with the results of the building project which has been undertaken by Steed Construction Ltd. with much care and co-operation with Project Manager, Anthony Rand. An official opening ceremony is planned for the summer. The Parish Council is pleased to be able to announce that the building is on time and within budget.

Smiling faces at the handing over of the keysMary Irwin, Pat Martin, Valerie Wright and Anthony Rand

CASUAL VACANCY. Every household in Sedlescombe will receive a flyer inviting applications for co-option to fill the vacancy on Sedlescombe Parish Council caused by the resignation of Bill Cameron. The closing date for applications to The Parish Clerk is 5pm on Thursday 30 April and the Parish Council will make its choice at an emergency meeting on 5 May. Further information from the Parish Clerk on 01424 870508.


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