Fireworks Postponed

Sadly we have decided that we can no longer go ahead with the planned fireworks display on Saturday due to the new national lockdown. Our hearty thanks to all those who have so generously donated to our Village organisations, all is not lost! We hope to reschedule the display for New Years Eve. We will keep you informed. In the meantime you can still donate, every penny raised will be shared amongst our Village organisations – The Village Hall, The Playing Field, The Horticultural Society, The Variety Club, The New Village Hall and The Church.

 

Fireworks and Fundraising!

We are delighted to announce that the Village Firework Display will go ahead on Saturday 7th November at 8.30 pm, weather permitting. Whilst we can’t hold a public event, as we simply wouldn’t be able to apply workable social distancing measures, there will be a firework display for us all to enjoy from the comfort of our own homes and gardens.

The fireworks have been bought and paid for by two major donors and other local individuals. As in previous years, this will be a fundraising event. Our aim is to use this opportunity to raise money for some of our local voluntary organisations whose events and income streams have been adversely affected by the pandemic. Continue reading “Fireworks and Fundraising!”

A look back at the Village Fayre 2019

As the Covid 19 pandemic has scuppered our plans for village Summer Celebrations,
it seemed now would be the perfect time to look back on our historic 2019 Village Fayre.

You will find the story of the day and a look back at the 1919 event that inspired us over on the Village Fayre page here

VE Day 75 in pictures

“our streets are not empty, they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other”.

Just before 11 am, on Friday 8th May at St.Marks Church,  Richard Boswell  stood in the church yard and played The Last Post  and the Reveille.

Keith Edwards fired a Maroon to mark the beginning and end of the two minute silence.

At approximately 11.05 am Richard began to play We’ll Meet Again… Anne and Chris Yarrow spontaneously started to dance. Thanks to Keith filming it we can join in too…

The Queen’s speech was perfect and poignant, in the broadcast, she said:

“Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish.”

“Instead we remember from our homes and from our doorsteps.”

It aired exactly 75 years on from her father King George VI’s address at the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Thanking the wartime generation, the Queen, 94, said: “They risked all so our families and neighbourhoods could be safe.”

“We should and will remember them.”

This year’s celebration has been limited due to the lockdown conditions in place across Europe because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite this, the Queen said, “our streets are not empty, they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other”.

“And when I look at our country today and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire.”

we would love to share your drawings, poems and photographs

If you would like to be featured in our VE Day gallery please contact sarahprall@btinternet.com

With grateful thanks to Anne Yarrow, Beverly Williams, Conchita Landa-Font, Judi Lampon, Julian Turner, Keith Edwards, Lucy Mcconachie, Peter Smythe, Richard Boswell, Roberta Smythe, Sam Fake, Sarah Prall, Tracey Boorman

VE Day 75

I am afraid that the terrible Coronavirus emergency and consequent Government guidance means that we are unable to come together today. Our plans, here in the village, for  VE Day 75 community celebrations due to take place on the bank holiday weekend of 8th – 10th May are on ice. It is right and proper that people should be kept safe and healthy.

However, you could take part in celebrations safely from home. I am sure that many of you are planning to do just that. Please share your celebrations with us,

Show us how you’re celebrating! Share your stay at home party photos using the hashtags
#veday75 #hadlowdown

If you are happy to send them to us we will publish them here on the Village Fayre Page on Sunday 10th May.

With my very best wishes,

Sarah Prall, Chair Hadlow Down Village Fayre Committee

Please send your photos, drawings, poems to sarahprall@btinternet.com by Midnight Saturday 9th May.

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

Horticultural Society Spring Dates

 

The Horticultural Society’s AGM  in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 17th March at 10.00 am has been cancelled due to ‘self isolation’advice concerning the corono-virus.

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: kathy.cracknell48@gmail.com

The Spring Supper on Wednesday, 22nd April has been cancelled due to ‘self isolation’advice concerning the corono-virus.

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: jtourell@btinternet.com

The Spring Market.

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 virus the Hadlow Down Spring Market that was to be held on on Saturday, 21st March has had to be cancelled
Please watch these pages for details of rearranged fayres/markets later in the year

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 buxtedscoutsmembership@gmail.com
or go to website www.buxtedscouts.org
For general communication:-
hadlowdownbeavers@gmail.com
hadlowdowncubs@gmail.com