District & Parish Council Election May 4th.

Hadlow Down Online has been contacted by the Chief Returning Officer to advise that as the
District Council Ward – Hadlow Down & Rotherfield
Hadlow Down Parish Council
have now been filled by unopposed candidates there is no need to hold the planned election on Thurs. May 4th.
At the close of the period for nominations on Tuesday 4 April there was/were:
  • one valid candidate for the Hadlow Down & Rotherfield District Ward seat
  • five valid candidates for the seven seats on Hadlow Down Parish Council
This means that the candidates nominated to those areas have been elected unopposed.
It will not, therefore, be necessary to hold a poll for this area on Thursday 4 May 2023, so please dispose of your poll card and do not turn up to vote on Thursday 4 May 2023. If you are a postal voter, you will not receive a postal ballot paper.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Elections Office.
Electoral Services, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX

Can You Help?

A number of people using Tinkers Lane, Riverside, Wilderness Lane & Main Road have recently come across a lady exercise jogging but occasionally stopping wherever she noticed litter to pick it up and put it in a black plastic bag. One or two have opened conversations with her and she has said she has come down from near Dundee in Scotland, is spending a few weeks holiday with relatives and felt her exercise time may as well help tidy Hadlow Down’s beautiful hedgerows!
The timing of this wonderful story coincides with the annual ‘Litter Pick’ undertaken by many village residents. If you would like to join the ‘Litter Pick’ team tidying up your own village please contact Sandra Richards at sandrarichards733@gmail.com. HiViz tabards, litter picking sticks and bags can be supplied ready to be collected by Wealden District Council.

Main Road Closure

Posted on the village Facebook Group pages by Michael Lunn – Parich Council Chair:
I have been notified that East Sussex Highways will closing the main A272 through #HadlowDown on the evening of 27th Febuary from 8pm to 6am (weather permitting). This will be doing more extensive repairs. Little England Farm area is yet to be confirmed but the Parish Council have raised that this should be done at the same time. Further details as and when we get them. Advisory Signs have been erected.

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Message Re. Water Outages from Michael Lunn

Dear fellow residents,
Yet again we are all facing water shortages. I have this afternoon been in touch with South-East water, and the Leader of Wealden District Council to highlight that Hadlow Down is also off despite South East water saying we weren’t, yet on their map it said we were.
The latest I have is water ‘might’ be possibly be restored at 9am tomorrow. The Parish Council have requested water station at the Village Hall but at the moment Crowborough is the only place offering it and a delivery at Crowborough is unlikely be until late tonight or early tomorrow morning. If anyone has further updates on deliveries please do post here.
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Village Speeding – Your chance to help
As vehicles enter the village on the A272 from the Buxted direction, the speed limit changes straight from 60mph to 30mph, and this results in a very high proportion of these vehicles passing the four public crossing points between the 30mph sign, at the entrance to Waste Wood, and the School Lane/Wilderness Lane crossroads often at speeds exceeding 50mph.
These four pedestrian crossing points are used by the pupils of St Mark’s School to access the designated learning play area “Smile Meadow”; by our senior school children crossing to use their school buses morning and afternoon, and by the many residents that use Waste Wood for general recreation.
It has been noted that the existing speed detection device does encourage vehicles to slow down but to have a similar impact in the vicinity of where these four crossings are then the village needs another speed detector mounting post in the vicinity of the Church.
The Parish Council has obtained ESCC Highways permission for an additional post to be installed but the Parish Council only has sufficient funding to cover 50% of the £2,000 cost.
This is your chance to help reduce speeding throughout the village. This appeal is asking both parents and residents to support this project by helping to fund the additional £1,000 required to have this speed detector pole installed. Should we be successful in raising sufficient extra funds then the village could even purchase an additional speed detector device!
Such “Crowd Funding” cannot be administered by the Parish Council, so I have agreed to manage this appeal as a long-time resident of the village. St Mark’s School parents may wish to act together, through the School Office, to provide a donation.
To ensure accurate auditable payment records to be kept, it is only possible to accept cheques made out to Mr S L W Godfrey and posted through the letter box of Fir Tree Cottage (top of School Lane) or Bank Transfers to Sort Code 40-47-86, Account No. 80791415. Please use your “Surname – Speed”as your Reference. Full records of payments will be kept and be available on request from myself.
Thank you for taking the time to read this appeal and thank you in advance for any payments that you generously offer.
27 years a resident in Hadlow Down

Move Some Chairs and Make Someone’s Day!

The Hadlow Down community has a long established reputation for friendliness and geniality.  Although there are always opportunities to  be involved in different ways with various village projects and activities a current opportunity is available to join the group of great people who believe that being a real ‘villager’ is more than just having an address in the area and want to be a part of the village proper by just giving a small amount of time each week to be involved in the reputation.
The TN22 Club is a charitable organisation providing meals and entertainment for older members of the community on Wednesdays in the Village Hall.  An able-bodied person (or persons) is needed to help set out the chairs and tables which usually takes less than one hour in the mornings at 8.30 am. and to put them away again at 2pm or 4pm (alternating weeks) that takes about 30 minutes.
It’s a great way of meeting others who give something to the village of which they are part.   Just turn up at 8.30 am on a Wednesday to get involved