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July 2010
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SYLVIA COOK. The death has been announced of a good friend of Sedlescombe Village, Sylvia Cook. Together with her husband John, Sylvia was involved in a great many aspects of Village life and made a substantial contribution to community events. Next door neighbour, Hilary Hannam, has written a moving tribute which has been published in the Hastings Observer and Sedlescombe News. Hilary writes... "Sylvia and John moved from Dulwich to Brambles in Sedlescombe in 1992, to share the house with Sylvia's sister Eileen. They threw themselves into village life and joined in everything. They were active members of the village drama group where John helped backstage and Sylvia put her many talents to good use in acting and directing and even playing the piano when required.She was a member of Sedlescombe Garden Society, attended the shows and at the New Year parties even played the piano for entertainment.

Sylvia was the secretary for the Sedlescombe Societies Association and chaired the Sedlescombe Village Hall Committee, as well as acting as booking clerk for the hall. She was an active help at the village school too, as a classroom assistant, and enjoyed being with the children.

For many years Sylvia was editor of the Parish News and wrote the Sedlescombe Village Voice column for the Battle Observer.

Sylvia's funeral will take place on Wednesday at 11.30am at St John the Baptist Church, Sedlescombe. Family flowers only, but donations to St Michael's Hospice via Arthur C Towner in Norman Road, St Leonards-on-Sea. Sylvia will be sorely missed by all who knew her and Sedlescombe sends its condolences to Tim and Casper, their families and Becky and Eileen."


Sylvia & John Cook in 2005 at the Royal British Legion Garden Party



REPLACEMENT OF VILLAGE SIGN. Despite the hard times, Sedlescombe Parish Council was fortunate to get some unexpected funding during the last financial year. A Quality Council grant and Village of the Year prizes were received which have enabled the Council to consider replacement of the Village sign on the Green.

Signs of the Times has been chosen by the Council to produce a full relief sign which should last for many years.

NB John Cook was the last person to repaint the sign not long before he died in 2006.




ROYAL GARDEN PARTY. On Thursday 22 July, Pauline Raymond, Clerk and Finance Officer of Sedlescombe Parish Council for the last 35 years, attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. She was accompanied by her husband, Colin. The whole afternoon was delightful with everyone dressed for the occasion.


REFURBISHMENT OF PUMP AND PUMPHOUSE. The pump casings were removed for refurbishment on 13 July. In due course the refurbished pump casings will be replaced and a new set of railings installed around. The pumphouse roof, seats and floor will be repaired.

The cost of this work is being met from a Warr Partnership Grant and local fund-raising.

While the pump casings are away, the Parish Council is investigating whether a hand pumping mechanism can be installed to allow the pump to be operated for educational purposes. A booklet about the pump and its importance to Sedlescombe during the first half of the 20th century will be produced.

The cost of this part of the work is being met from a Battle Partnership Grant and Parish Council funds.

The whole project is due to be completed by the end of September 2010.

Local residents looking into the dark well once the casings had been removed - one really got down to it!

Pump removal
Well watching Hilary Hannam  

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RESIGNATION OF PARISH COUNCILLOR. Ralph Dellow's resignation has caused a casual vacancy on the Parish Council. The Parish Council will fill the vacancy as soon as practicable in accordance with the Sedlescombe Parish Council adopted casual vacancy policy

Applications should reach The Clerk at Woodland Cottage, Chapel Hill, Sedlescombe TN33 0QX by 5pm on Friday 23 July 2010.

Ralph Dellow

SEDLESCOMBE VILLAGE FAYRE AND FLOWER SHOW. The Village Fayre and Flower Show will take place on SATURDAY 24 JULY on the sportsfield. The afternoon will start with a parade of vintage cars from the Village car park. Amongst the attractions will be Mad Jack's Morris dancers, the Hooe village band and a dog agility display. There will also be games and stalls, food and drink. A mini football tournament will take place.

In addition, the Sedlescombe and District Garden Society Summer Show will be held in a marquee on the field.

Donations of cakes and children's books are needed. Please deliver to 2 Forge Cottages prior to the day. For further information, please contact 870344 or 871415.

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