News from the New Village Hall Committee

As you know we are now in the process of applying for grant funding towards the cost of building our New Village Hall. We are also in the early stages of planning some exciting fundraising events, watch this space!

As part of our ongoing efforts we are pleased to announce that we now have a JustGiving page. This means that you will be able to support us through your own fundraising efforts or simply by making a donation directly to us.

Our application for Gift Aid status is in progress. Donating through Gift Aid means charities like us and community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It will not cost you any extra.

You can read all about it over on the New Village Hall Website

News from St.Mary’s, Buxted

ST MARY’S,  BUXTED VILLAGE welcome all from Hadlow Down to join them at the OPEN DAY & CRAFT FAIR 16/05/20 (mid-day to 6pm)

This year’s event will again be a joint effort with the Claude Jessett Trust (Tinker’s Park). The steam miniature railway will be giving rides in the Top Field, where there will be a Beer & Wine Tent, BBQ and a Bouncy Castle.

The Craft Fair will be bigger and better this year, and will extend into the Hall Garden and Church surrounds.  Both Parish schools will have stalls, along with lots of interesting exhibitors and people selling bric-a-brac and vintage goods.

The craft theme is continued in the car park area, where there will be a working forge and demonstrations of woodland crafts. Wally the Steam Engine will be in place, together with his lovingly restored Edwardian living van.

The church itself will be looking its best, with a special flower display and our organist playing between 2.00 and 3.00.

Horticultural Society Spring Dates

The Horticultural Society’s AGM will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 17th March at 10.00 am. It would be good to see as many members as possible.

Membership for 2020 is now due. As Barbara Ball has retired as Membership Secretary please contact Kathy Cracknell for a membership card on 01825 830616 or email:

The Spring Supper is on Wednesday, 22nd April at 6.30 pm and the speaker is Peter Birchall aka ‘Pete the Pond’ ! – Tickets for this event will be available at the AGM or from Kathy (see above).

Latest Lottery Results

Lottery winners Update – last draw – Christmas Market 2019:

Paul Presler (prize £161)
Bill Hunter (prize £121)
Bob Spencer (prize £35)

We are delighted that some of our winners have chosen to donate their winnings to our fundraising efforts – our thanks to them.

As you know we are now Fundraising in earnest for the first phase of building costs. We estimate we will require in the region of £1.2mto complete the build. The Community Centre Lottery will be one of many ways we hope to achieve this figure. There are three draws annually: at the Spring Market, the Village Fayre and the Christmas Market. If you would like to join the Lottery Club and contribute towards building our new centre please contact me and I will send you details.
Janet Tourell – Email:

The Spring Market is back!

The Hadlow Down Spring Market will be held on Saturday, 21st March from 10.30 am until 2.00 pm in the Village Hall. There will be a variety of stalls displaying a range of crafts, clothes, cards, plants and food. All proceeds from the market will go towards the Community Centre funds – do please support us!

If you would like a stall please contact Janet 01825 830478 a.s.a.p because space is limited.

Scout Cubs & Beavers

Hadlow Down Beavers & Cubs are both part of the 1st Buxted Scout Group and meet on Mondays.
Beavers meet in the Village Hall from 5 to 6 pm
Cubs meet in St. Marks Church from 6.15 to 7.45 pm
Beavers are our youngest members, and generally meet for an hour per week. They enjoy all that Scouting has to offer; being introduced to outdoor activities, having the opportunity to be creative, explore their local community and experience the excitement of a Beaver Scout sleepover with their friends.
The Beaver Colony is the first and youngest section of the Scout Group. Beaver Scouts are young people aged between 6 and 8 years old.  There is core flexibility in the age range:  young people can join from age 6 to 8 years and can move to Cubs from age age 8 to 10 ½  It may sometimes be appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs.

For Cubs, excitement and adventure are key. Their programme offers a huge variety of activities surrounding areas of fitness, global and beliefs; whilst allowing them to be creative and get involved in their local communities. Cubs are introduced to exciting outdoor skills and take part in adventurous activities, as well as camps and residential experiences.
The Cub Pack is the second section of the Scout Group following on from Beavers. Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10 ½.
For Joining contact
or go to website
For general communication:-



Horticultural Society Autumn Supper

The Horticultural Society invite you to join them for their Autumn supper to be followed by a talk from Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter.

Held at the Village Hall on 16th October ~ 6.30 for 7pm.

Tickets £8 for members, £10 for non-members. The talk will be after supper.  For bookings and enquiries please contact Barbara Ball on 01825 830231.


The Book Club

Are you an avid reader? Or perhaps new to the village. Did you know we have a flourishing Book Club?

The book club started about 15 years ago with just 3 members and our first novel was ‘the Girl With a Pearl Earring’. Since then we have grown into a small but enthusiastic group of committed readers. We meet monthly in different members houses for book discussion and a bit of gossip over a glass of wine. Books are chosen democratically: someone suggests a book which we may vote on. We aim to read widely — modern literary books, some classics and, occasionally, a thriller or a biography. We want to enjoy our reading but sometimes to challenge ourselves and read something we may otherwise not have thought of.To find out more about the Village Book Club contact Heather.
Activity Address Rose Cottage and various venues
Name of Contact Heather Mines
Contact Address Rose Cottage, Hall Lane, Hadlow Down, TN22 4HJ
Telephone 07974 204231
Email Address