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February 2011
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BATTLE COMMUNITY BUS. The Parish Council has received information about additional services by the Battle Community Bus.

TREE PLANTING AT RED BARN FIELD NATURE PARK. Sedlescombe now has a new feature, a community fruiting hedgerow, thanks to the generosity of the Tree Council and a lot of hard work by local people.

Red Barn preparation team

The Tree Council is the UK's leading charity for trees, promoting their importance in our environment. It works in partnership with communities, organisations and government to make trees matter to everyone.

In 2010, as part of the Hedge Tree Campaign, the Tree Council launched a new Big Lottery-funded local food project in the South East. Working with Tree Warden groups, the plan is to plant productive community hedges across the region. Sedlescombe's application to the Tree Council was successful. Led by Parish Tree Warden, Parish Councillor Pat Martin, a small group spent a morning preparing the ground ready for the plants. Then, a few days later, the group was joined by an enthusiastic band of primary school children and other helpers for the actual planting and installation of tree stakes, ties and rabbit guards. Pre-school children came along to watch during the morning. More photos here.

Hedgerow planting

Tony Ganly and children

The hedge is expected to be an interesting feature of the Nature Park, especially in spring and summer with lots of blossom followed by fruit. This will be an excellent food resource for birds and insects and there may even be enough left over for us to have a taste.

The children wait for the School Walking Bus every morning next to the hedge so they will be able to keep a close eye on its development.

Red Barn Field is managed by the Parish Council as an informal Nature Park. See Red Barn Field Report. Species lists are kept and several new species to the Park were added in 2010. Two not so common species, Sneezewort (a plant) and the white-legged damselfly were spotted in the Park by near neighbour, Colin Boyd.

SAFER ROADS. CBBC are looking for 11 - 14 year olds (and their parents) to star in a new show about road safety. If you think you might be interested, please look at the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership website for how to apply.

BUSES.  Do you use buses from Sedlescombe?  There is currently a County Council consultation regarding possible changes to the bus services and it would be most helpful if lots of people could make their comments known.

The proposal is for the current operators, Stagecoach, to operate the 349 Hawkhurst to Hastings through Sedlescombe service on a commercial basis and also to introduce a new Sunday and public holiday service for the summer period.  Four journeys each way Monday to Saturday are planned but Stagecoach does not wish to operate the 1745 journey from Hastings;  the County Council is seeking tenders for this journey.

The County Council anticipates negotiating an agreement with Battle Area Community Transport for the continuation of the Battle area rural community bus services at similar levels to those currently provided.


COOKS COACHES OF WESTFIELD. Do you remember Cooks Coaches?  If you lived in Sedlescombe in the 1950s to 1980s, you probably do.  Mr Stephen Dine, 01424 756010, is researching the history of this local firm and is appealing for any information or photos.  This Company first started out at Cripps Corner Garage in the late 1940s and then moved to Sedlescombe around 1955 remaining here until a new garage was built in Westfield in 1959.  Cooks also bought the coach operated by the Bridge Garage in Sedlescombe in the 1950s.  Mr Dine is asking people with memories of coach outings or school travel to Claverham or anyone who knew the Cook or Tomsett families to get in touch with him either by phone or by e-mailing .

Empress Coaches has a history page on its website.

Empress Coaches history
A21 REMEDIAL WORK. The Highways Agency plans to begin work to install a vehicle activated sign at the junction with Bluemans Lane on the A21 on Monday 14 February. The work is expected to continue for one week between 8pm and 6am each night. In order to carry out the work, there will be a lane closure on the A21 northbound carriageway with three-way temporary traffic lights in operation. On the night of Tuesday 15 February, the private residential access from the A21 at Bluemans Lane will need to be closed between 8pm and 6am. At this time residents who require access to their properties will be escorted through the works by staff on site. Phone Customer Care on 0845 6000414 with any queries.  
HEDGEROW HARVEST. Sedlescombe has recently been granted a wonderful collection of free trees by the Tree Council. These are to be planted between the Village Hall car park and Red Barn Field Nature Park close to where the children wait for the Walking Bus each morning. The trees are especially interesting because we hope they will be fruitful - they will produce fruits or nuts - in due course. Sedlescombe has been chosen to have one of the ten demonstration hedgerows that are to be planted in the South East region over the next two years. The first stage of this is preparation of the site for which we need lots of helpers. We will meet at the top end of the village hall car park on Saturday 12 February at 09:00. The actual planting will be done on WEDNESDAY 16 FEBRUARY starting at 10:00. If you would like to help or just to watch, please come. Contact Cllr Pat Martin on 01424 870353 for further details.
Sedlescombe Community Hedge
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS PLEASE. For the last five years, volunteer drivers in Sedlescombe have been offering to take local people to medical appointments. Most of the drivers have been on the Lift Scheme list since the start of the scheme but, for one reason or another, several are currently not able to take part. So we are looking for some more volunteer drivers. This is a self-regulating scheme without a co-ordinator. The person needing the lift contacts a person on the list and they make the arrangements with each other. The passenger pays 40p/mile to the driver. Contact Cllr Pauline Glew if you would like to help. She is on 01424 870258.  
URGENT - ARE YOU THINKING OF ARRANGING A STREET PARTY TO CELEBRATE THE FORTHCOMING ROYAL WEDDING? Rother District Council has announced that it will waive the £100 cost of a street closure application for parties to celebrate the Royal Wedding. However, all applications must be received before 1 March 2011. /td>
PARKING IN SEDLESCOMBE. Parking is, currently, a major irritation in Sedlescombe. It is expected that our local PCSO will be issuing parking tickets if an obstruction is caused by inconsiderate parking, for example on a bend. Please note that an obstruction does not include stopping two-way traffic. A parking letter has been drawn up by the Police which can be accessed by clicking the link.


Sportsfield 1942

Dave Monk has recently written to the Parish Council about this photo which is included in the Photo Page Agricultural Past Gallery. He has been able to supply extra information as follows:

  • The photo was taken in the field by the river that is now the Sportsfield, in about 1942.
  • Ron Monk (Dave's father) was there.
  • Arthur Monk (Dave's grandfather) is on top of the hay cart.
  • The children are probably two of Arthur's children and there is a third child hiding behind the wagon. The children were on their way home from school when they stopped to watch the men working.
  • The man on the left is Fred Winters.
  • The man on the right is Percy Winters.
  • The man at the front is Jack Playford. He was a carter.
HEDGE SURVEY. The Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre is hoping that hedgerow surveys can be undertaken by volunteers. The Parish Council has agreed to spearhead this initiative in Sedlescombe. Sedlescombe volunteers have come forward but there is always room for more. Contact The Parish Clerk on 01424 870508 if you would like to be involved on Friday 20 May when there will be training by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. OS maps and aerial photography of the area will be provided together with survey forms, guidance notes etc. The data is entered on to the Biodiversity Centre's hedgerow database, the hedgerow data is digitised on their Geographic Information System and the data is shared with the parish.  
BIG EVENT 2011 FOR THE VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR. The Annual Conference and Advice Fair for voluntary groups and organisations is to take place on 7 March 2011, 0930 to 1530 at the Winter Gardens, Eastbourne. This is a free event but you must book. See further details.
AWARDS FOR ALL WORKSHOPS. A workshop is being organised at Ocean House, London Road, St-Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6DH on Tuesday 15 March 2011, 1400 to 1530. The cost is free to voluntary and community organisations operating in E Sussex. However, you must book if you want to attend. See further details.  

STREET PARTIES TO CELEBRATE THE ROYAL WEDDING ON FRIDAY 29 APRIL 2011. Traditionally, local communities have celebrated events such as the Royal Wedding by organising a street party. Rother District Council has powers under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 (as amended) to make Orders closing roads to traffic for such events, subject to consultation with the Police and Highways Authority. Organisers are required to put in place safety requirements and have public liability insurance, and they are required to pay £100 towards the Council's administrative and other costs. One of the most significant costs is a public notice in the local newspaper.

Rother District Council is proposing to waive the fee of £100 for any applications received for street parties provided the applications are received by Rother before 1 March 2011. It would then be possible to process all applications jointly and make one advertisement. If applications are submitted to the Council after 1 March, the usual fee of £100 will be charged, as the application would need to be dealt with individually (if at all).


SEDLESCOMBE SURVEY FORMS. The closing date for return of the forms is MONDAY 7 FEBRUARY at 5pm. Your completed form can either be left in the box in Sedlescombe Stores, posted to The Parish Clerk at Woodland Cottage, Chapel Hill, Sedlescombe TN33 0QX or e-mailed to her at Thank you to those who have already returned their forms. NOW CLOSED.  
SEDLESCOMBE DIRECTORY 2011. There is still time to submit details for the business and local organisation directory which will be included in the 2011 Sedlescombe Parish Council Annual Report. Like the survey, the closing date for copy is Monday 7 February 2011 at 5pm. Each year this booklet is published by the Parish Council in the run-up to the Annual Parish Assembly which this year will be on Tuesday 26 April in the Hall from 7pm. Contact the Clerk 01424 870508 for details. NO MORE ADVERTS CAN BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS YEAR'S DIRECTORY THANK YOU.  

SEDLESCOMBE YOUTH CLUB - PESTALOZZI OUTREACH.The Sedlescombe Youth Club has a new home at Pestalozzi International Village, Sedlescombe. The Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1830 to 2030. A mini bus picks up from East View Terrace and from Sedlescombe Pumphouse on the Village Green and drops off at the end of the evening. Contact Luke Carr on if you are 11 years old and above and would like to join the Club.

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