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Pictorial Village Sign

  1. Sedlescombe's wooden pictorial village sign was first erected in the Village fifty five years ago when it was sited on the grass verge of The Street.

    Village sign about 1955

  2. It was painted by a lady called Miss Margaret Cummings who lived at Castlemans, Church Hill. In the 1970s, it was moved to its current position on the Village Green. It has been repainted many times, always using the same design. The sign has always suffered from peeling paint from sun damage and the repainting has had to be carried out every four or five years.

    1977 postcard

  3. Technology now allows different materials to be considered for the sign. The Parish Council has agreed to retain the same design. The following quotes have been obtained for A TWO-SIDED SIGN:

    1. SIGNS OF THE TIMES from Leighton Buzzard: Cast in solid rigid polyurethane with letters, border and other detail in relief. Painted similar colours as before or different in required. It can be made to fit the existing bracket. Castings are expected to be heavier than the wooden sign - about 20-25kgs. COST £1,440 + carriage and VAT.
    2. ARIEN SIGNS from Cheddar, Somerset: 19mm solid white pvc with a digital photographic outdoor durable image printed on both sides. If high resolution photo can be supplied, COST £150.
    3. FITZPATRICK WOOLMER DESIGN & PUBLISHING LTD. from Blaenavon: 600x900x25mm Glass Reinforced Plastic Panels contoured to shield shape inc.holes for mounting bonded to 25mm marine plywood with a coloured resin edge. One A3 proof of artwook for approval £15. COST OF SIGN: £1,325 plus delivery of £33.66 and VAT.
    4. SHELLEY SIGNS of Market Drayton, Shropshire: Printed on a Mimaki full colur printer and encapsulated into glass reinforced plastic and supplied suitable for fitting into an existing frame. Metal frames can be supplied if required. Three quotes provided:
      1. Double-sided sign from our artwork on disc £490 plus carriage and VAT.
      2. Double-sided sign from our illustrations, their design £640 plus carriage and VAT.
      3. Double-sided sign from Shelley created illustrations £850 plus carriage and VAT.

Mrs P Raymond
Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer, Sedlescombe Parish Council
01424 870508, sedlescombe@freezone.co.uk, www.sedlescombe.org.uk

14 December 2009