Post-It Notes on Church Gates

From Janet Tourell St. Mark’s Church warden

I’ve just been to St Mark’s Church to put the bin out for collection tomorrow and see that someone has stuck a post-it note on one of the ‘PLEASE CLOSE THE GATE’ signs on the double iron gates. It laments the fact that there’s a possibility that by touching and closing the gate we might contract Covid-19!

Well you might like to know, whoever you are, that a week ago I was asked by the school to put these notices on the gates. During this extraordinary time, parents are dropping children off and collecting them through the churchyard by following a one way system to the small gate on the school playground and then using the path across the front of the church to walk back to School Lane. There had been some concern expressed by parents that both gates on to the road were left open; we had been doing this deliberately because of the risk of infection, however the risk of a child running out into the road and having or causing an accident has out-weighed all else in my mind!

I have a few suggestions for the person who wrote the post-it:

1. Take a path on your walk which doesn’t go through the gates!

2. Take hand sanitiser out with you.

3. Wear gloves?

I hope this is helpful because I don’t want to remove the notices.

Janet Tourell

Christmas at Wilderness Wood

We are delighted that Sussex Coffee Trucks will be joining us: 3rd to 6th December and 10th to 13th December, serving artisan coffee, hot chocolate and treats! Weekends are looking very busy as always and we have a booking system in place to ease crowds, but Hadlow Downers are very welcome any time (especially if you are coming on foot)!
Why not come on a Thursday or Friday for a Latte & chat once lock-down has lifted?
We also have decorations and gifts made by local artists and members for sale from The Hatch and courtyard stall. Oh, and Christmas Trees – we have quite a lot of those for sale too!

‘Gilead’ by Marilyn Robinson – Book Club Review

“Existence seems to me now the most remarkable thing that could ever be imagined”

 During this lockdown the Book Club has been reading “Gilead” by Marilyn Robinson, published in 2004 and winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2005, often on lists of best or most influential books.
I think that Barack Obama gives one of the most succinct summaries in his interview with the author for New York Review of books (2015) ‘One of my favourite characters in fiction is a pastor in Gilead , Iowa, named John Ames, who is gracious and courtly and a little bit confused about how to reconcile his faith with all the various travails that his family goes through. And I just fell in love with the book.’
It takes the form of a journal and memoir, as written in 1956 and is addressed to the narrator’s seven- year- old son.  John Ames is 76, ill with angina and wishes to leave something of himself to his son.  He has led a lonely life: his wife and baby daughter having died many years ago.  In old age he married a young woman, a wanderer of little education but has wisdom and sensitivity.  Some of the loveliest passages in the book are as Ames watches his young son and his wife together. Continue reading “‘Gilead’ by Marilyn Robinson – Book Club Review”

WDC Rubbish Collection Dates for Christmas Period

All collection dates will be on our website and we will be sending out calendars to anybody who requests a hard copy
If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
We would appreciate any assistance you are able to give to help spread the word and keep residents informed.
Many thanks
Yours sincerely
Julie Goodwin | Waste Management Officer
Waste Management, Wealden District Council
01323 443322 |
recycling@wealden.gov.uk

Council Offices | Vicarage Lane | Hailsham | East Sussex | BN27 2AX

Man Arrested Following Police Pursuit

A man has been arrested following a police pursuit near Uckfield.

Officers on patrol became aware of a van travelling at excess speed on the A272 at Hadlow Down around 1.49am on Friday (20 November).
A pursuit ensued, before the suspect decamped in Uckfield. Police carried out a search of the area, assisted by the National Police Air Service helicopter, but there was no trace.
However, enquiries led to the arrest of a 34-year-old local man at an address in the town shortly afterwards.
He has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and remains in police custody at this time.
During the pursuit, damage was sustained to the subject vehicle and two police vehicles. Two police officers suffered injuries – both remain in hospital at this time and are likely to be released later today.
No other vehicles or people were involved.

Harry Noakes PC 214

PC Noakes was  born in Hadlow Down in 1890 a Sergeant number 204669 in the Hampshire Regiment 15th (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battalion. He died age 28 the husband of Alice Annie Noakes.
Harry Noakes was killed at Tynecotstraat on the 9th. August 1918 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
He enlisted at Winchester when he gave his residence as Crowborough, Hants (?)
Harry Noakes joined the Surrey Constabulary on 16th September 1912 aged 22, and was sworn in at Guildford before Col. Ricardo and Capt Briscoe on 20th September 1912. His appointment number was 1630 and his collar number 214. At the time of his appointment his gave his trade as Groom working for Mr Les Chattas at Highams.
There were considerable allied advances throughout the Western Front during the second week of August 1918. The Tyne Cot Memorial is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders, which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.

Mrs Margaret Ann Ford

Mrs Edward Ford (Margaret Ann Watson), 48, was the daughter of William and Catherine Margaret (née
McGregor) Watson of Bracadale, Isle of Skye.
She married Edward Ford, an Englishman, at Hadlow Down, Sussex, on 17th June, 1890.
They had five children Frances, Dollina, Edward, William and Maggie. Following the birth of the couple’s
fifth child, Robina Maggie, on 25th April 1904, Edward had deserted the family and Margaret was left to
eke out an existence as a poultry farmer. Her eldest daughter, Frances, was already in the United States
working as a domestic servant, and so impressed the family with tales of a better life that Margaret
decided to leave their home in Sussex for America. Travelling with them was Margaret’s
sister Eliza with her family and a friend of Frances’, Phoebe Alice Harknett. Margaret bought ticket no.
W./C. 6608 (£34 7s 6d) for her and her children, they boarded the Titanic at Southampton.
The entire party of ten were lost in the sinking. None of their bodies were identified amongst those
recovered after the sinking. Edward Ford later filed a claim for the loss of his family and was awarded
five shillings per week.

Dollina Margaret Ford

Miss Dollina Margaret Ford
Dollina Margaret Ford was born to Margaret and Edward Ford on the 13th June 1891 in Hadlow Down.   Her father registered her birth on the 29th of July.  She was the couples first child.
She was Baptised at the Parish Church of St Marks on the 23rd of August 1891, a year after her parents Edward and Margaret were married there.
Dollina boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger, together with her mother and siblings. All were lost in the disaster, their bodies, if recovered, were never identified.
Note
In the passenger list she is listed as “Daisy” Ford.