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The Village Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is administrated and coordinated by the editors of www.hadlowdown.com.   Alerts, bulletins, messages, warnings etc. are received from many agencies including National Neighbourhood Watch, Sussex Police, Action Fraud, Highways England, Sussex Traffic Watch, Wealden DC, Trading Standards, East Sussex CC, Citizens Advice, Flood Alert, Food Standards Agency and many, many more as well as alerts and reports from local scheme members.   Alerts are passed on to villagers via a number of methods, they are posted here on the Village Web Site, on the Village Facebook Page and via the bulk email facility that we have which can send a synchronised message to the current 300 people registered with the Village NHW Scheme.
Although outside of the normal NHW remit the scheme is also able to communicate to the community warnings and alerts of power and water outages, traffic problems and even of missing pets!  
We have also recently been posting alerts etc. on the Village Facebook Group page as have some other group members.  As this seems to be the preferred way of communicating for many people we have now introduced a new Hadlow Down NHW Facebook Group page dedicated to NHW alerts. Although we don't want to discourage anyone from posting on the Village Facebook page using the dedicated NHW page will differentiate between the two when people receive Facebook notifications.  The new page will be a 'closed group' so you will need to join to participate.
If you are already a Hadlow Down Village NHW Scheme member you will already be receiving occasional alerts etc If you are not but would like to be just send an email to: nhw@hadlowdown.com saying: 'Please add me as a NHW member'.
Click here to go to the new Hadlow Down Neighbourhood Watch Facebook Group
If you want to report a crime or suspicious behaviour email: www.nhw@hadlowdown.com or 'phone 01825 830661.

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25/05/2018 14:30 Recurring Event: until 22/02/2019 (total 58 events) Do IT Hadlow Down
26/05/2018 13:30 Cricket Match on Playing Field
28/05/2018 10:00 Recurring Event: until 26/11/2018 (total 44 events) Tai Chi
28/05/2018 16:30 Recurring Event: until 14/01/2019 (total 52 events) Beavers Club
30/05/2018 18:30 Recurring Event: until 27/02/2019 (total 50 events) Tap Dancing Club
30/05/2018 18:30 Recurring Event: until 23/01/2019 (total 49 events) Tap Dancing Club
31/05/2018 19:30 Recurring Event: until 07/02/2019 (total 51 events) Homefront Lindyhop Dance Club
01/06/2018 14:30 Recurring Event: until 22/02/2019 (total 58 events) Do IT Hadlow Down
02/06/2018 Recurring Event: until 03/06/2018 (total 2 events) Tinkers Park Steam Rally
03/06/2018 Recurring Event: until 03/06/2018 (total 2 events) Tinkers Park Steam Rally
04/06/2018 10:00 Recurring Event: until 26/11/2018 (total 44 events) Tai Chi
04/06/2018 16:30 Recurring Event: until 14/01/2019 (total 52 events) Beavers Club

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Hadlow Down Village Hall in association with the ENGAGE charity present
Cert  15 
After leaving London for the English countryside, writer A.A. Milne starts to spin fanciful yarns about his son's growing collection of stuffed animals. These stories form the basis for "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner," published respectively in 1926 and 1928. Milne and his family soon become swept up in the instant success of the books, while the enchanting tales bring hope and comfort to the rest of postwar England.

Saturday 16th. June - 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Refreshments available throughout – ice cream at the interval!.  Bring your own bottle of wine - glasses supplied.
A donation of £6 per ticket please.  Book ahead or come on the door
Contact Janet 01825 830478 or Rachel 01825 830494

 What's New?

4th May 2018
The draft minutes from the Parish Council meeting on 1st May 2018 have been added to the agenda and minutes part of the Parish Council section of the website.  Click here to view 

25th April 2018
The agenda for the Annual Meeting on 1st May 2018 has been added to the agenda and minutes part of the Parish Council section of the website.  Click here to view

23rd April 2018
The draft minutes from the Parish Assembly on 17th April 2018 have been added to the agenda and minutes part of the Parish Council section of the website.   Click here to view

6th April 2018
The minutes from the 3rd April 2018 Parish Council meeting have been added to the agenda and minutes part of the Parish Council section of the website.  Click here to view

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Hut Lane
(Opening of the 'Red Hut' - Date Unknown)

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There has been an increase in reports made in May by TSB customers relating to “port-out” fraud. Fraudsters are number porting a victim’s telephone number to a SIM card under their control and then using the number to access the victim’s bank accounts. 

The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target individuals, which follows the increase in phishing and smishing communications also targeting TSB customers this month. Victims’ bank account and personal details including their phone number are collected by the fraudster, providing them with the information to execute the fraud.


Published: 26/05/2018

South East Water are organising a number of drop-in sessions in order to receive feedback from members of the public regarding the water outage earlier in the year.  They are looking to learn lessons and are updating their emergency plans.   They would also like to update members of the public on the findings so far from their research, on the feedback they’ve had from customers and what they plan to do about it.

The sessions are on the following dates and locations:
Thursday 31st May Five Ashes Village Hall, Five Ashes 3:30pm – 7pm
Tuesday 5th June Mayfield Memorial Hall, Tunbridge Wells Road, Mayfield 3:30pm – 7pm
Wednesday 6th June Jarvis Brook Guide Hall, 24 Crowborough Hill, Jarvis Brook TN6 2EG 3pm – 6pm
Thursday 7th June All Saints Church, Chapel Green, Church Road, Crowborough TN6 1ED 3:30pm – 7pm
Wednesday 13th June Rotherfield Village Hall, North Street, Rotherfield, TN6 3LX 3:30pm – 7pm

Published: 24/05/2018


Published: 21/05/2018

The countdown is on!
6 days to go before this site closes and the new one opens.
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Published: 19/05/2018

The Parish Council have been advised of the outline plan for the proposed rollout of faster broadband under e-Sussex Project 2, we have however been warned that the plans sometimes have to change so all information is indicative only and is subject to change.  The following areas will be affected:

Telecoms cabinet 5 that covers TN22 4EX, 4EY, 4HA, 5HP, 5HS & 5HT (some properties in these postcodes won't be affected)

A fibre to the premises solution is being delivered in parts of the Hadlow Down area, provisional delivery in April - June 2018.

Once high speed fibre broadband is available for your property you will not be automatically upgraded, you will need to contact your internet service provider to discuss upgrading your package to a fibre based package in order to achieve the faster speeds and greater reliability.  If you don't want to upgrade you don't have to.

Parish Council Clerk

Published: 15/05/2018

We have received a report that there has been an attempted break-in to barns and out houses at Hope Farm in Wilderness Lane.  Although locks were broken and there is evidence of thieves entering buildings it is not yet clear if anything was stolen.  The thieves may have just been looking for particular items such as equestrian equipment.  If you are in that area especially check all outbuildings for signs of attempted break-ins and be extra vigilant.
It sounds very similar to the reports of break-ins etc that were occurring on the other side of the village a few weeks ago
Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police on 101.

Published: 03/05/2018

It is with great regret that Hadlow Down Variety Club, following in the best tradition of British Rail, must announce that the Ghost Train scheduled to run on 4th. & 5th May has had to be postponed.  One of our lead actors has suddenly fallen ill and will need a long period of recovery and we all wish him well.   Being so close to the performance date finding someone to take the part on is not an option but the director and cast having already put so much work into what will be a great local theatrical production are determined that the show is not cancelled but just postponed.   The new dates are November the 23rd. & 24th.   The good news is that there may be more seats available!  Watch this space!!
For all ticket queries and to book for the November dates ring:
Glenys on 01825 830857

Published: 19/04/2018

Scam Warning: Phone message threatens HMRC lawsuit

HMRC has sent an alert about a scam which targets taxpayers and seems to be aimed at the elderly in particular. 
There is currently a telephone scam where a recorded message is left, allegedly from HMRC, stating that HMRC are bringing a lawsuit against the individual and is going to sue them. The recipient is asked to phone 0161 8508494 and press “1” to speak to the officer dealing with the case. This scam is becoming widely reported and seems to be targeting older people. Please do not reply to the message.

Published: 14/04/2018

Cryptocurrency Fraud

Fraudulent websites alleging to offer cryptocurrency investments are dishonestly using the image of Martin Lewis, the founder and editor for moneysavingexpert.com, as an endorsement for their companies.

The adverts using Martin Lewis to promote illicit schemes can be found on social media and other websites. Clicking on the advert takes you to the full article where Martin Lewis image is presented along with fake quotes recommending investments in bitcoin and other digital currencies with the fraudulent “company”. Alternatively clicking on the advert will take you to a page where you are required to input your contact details, the suspect company then phones you and encourages you to invest.

Published: 14/04/2018

'Pickle' the cat who went missing from his home in the Wilderness Lane/Riverside area has suddenly returned home!
Many thanks to those who kept an eye out for him. 

Ed. So nice to hear of animal stories with a happy ending.

Published: 10/04/2018

Yet another alert about a suspicious vehicle!  This time it's a White Peugeot van. for more detail see the photograph originally posted on the Heathfield Community Group Facebook Page with comments and shared on the Hadlow Down Facebook page.

Published: 04/04/2018

H D Neighbourhood Watch Alert – Suspicious Vehicle
We have received two reports an older style Land Rover acting extremely suspiciously late yesterday in two different areas of the village.  Stocklands Lane, Five Chimneys Lane , School Lane area and Lower Wilderness Lane, Riverside area.  No number plate ID as it seemed covered in mud?
Seen lingering by and backing in and out of drives etc.  May be worth checking sheds, barns etc. if in those areas.

Published: 03/04/2018

It has been brought to our attention that someone has knocked on at least one door in the Shepherds Hill region of Hadlow Down offering to sell  the householder garden benches that were 'excess to a contract' and needed to be sold.
As the access to the property consists of a long drive with a gate that has to be unlatched it would seem that it is unlikely that this was the only property visited.  The property owner is also aware of a number of recent thefts from properties in the area including a water tank from a field and concerned that the activity could be related  The person was driving a silver Renault Transit type van the registration number of which has been reported to the police via the 101 non-emergency number.
If you have received a similar call or had any items stolen please let us know and/or advise the police on 101.  
If you are the person who has been trying to sell garden benches and drive a van matching the description and can vouch the calls were legitimate please advise us and we will be happy to publish the facts.

Published: 28/03/2018

False claims of Telephone Preference Service:
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims. 

Published: 26/03/2018

Our Parish Council has published the following letter covering the distribution of a new questionnaire which the PC hopes will be filled in and returned by all members of the community.
 Please take time to read all of the letter (Click on 'Read more' at the end of this extract) and download the form. To make it easier to return the form there a number of ways listed.

Please Click here to download the Questionnaire
  April 2018
Dear Householder

Most people in the village will be aware of the existence of the Hadlow Down Emergency Plan.
Over 18 months ago everyone in the village was sent a questionnaire asking for voluntary information on help and resources that could be useful in the event of an emergency. The response was sadly pretty poor with just over 20 households responding out of over 300.
Although the water outage last week was a relatively minor emergency, members of the Parish Council with the help of several much appreciated volunteers still went to great lengths to obtain and distribute drinkable water to the whole parish. Read More...

Published: 20/03/2018

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