Race Night in the Village Hall

The New Village Hall Committee are pleased to announce we will be holding a “Race Night”
On Saturday 23rd October in the Village Hall.
Do come along and enjoy a curry and a flutter on the horses.
This event will be to raise funds towards our New Village Hall.
There are lots of ways you can join in and support us.

Sponsor a race for £50 and name the race!
Become a race horse owner, only £5 per horse. There will be prizes on the night for the winning owners.
Bets will cost £1 per horse, prize money will be shared equally between winners and HDCC
Tables of eight will be available.
Tickets are £15 per head and include curry*, rice and a popadom!
There will be a licensed bar…


*Vegetarian curry available, please pre-order with your ticket


ESCC Bus Service Survey

Wouldn’t it be nice if Hadlow Down could have a bus service where buses stopped more than once or twice a day and picked up/dropped off passengers in places where a quarter of a mile walk along an unpaved and extremely dangerous A road wasn’t required to board one?
Not sure how much difference it will make but please complete the survey to let ESCC know how ludicrous the service is.
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Ken Mines’ H D Garden Page – September

We are becoming increasingly used to changes in our climate which frequently undermine our best efforts to till the soil and enjoy the results. Our aubergines have been a striking example. They were planted in 20cm pots, in good rich soil-based compost, fed and watered regularly – but not too much – all snug and warm in the polytunnel, and what happened? Strong, well – grown plants with several glossy aubergines near the base, then, a lot of dead blossoms higher up, followed by some tiny new, pea-sized aubergines. It didn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to discover the probable cause. Adopting his methods, we deduce that the plants first experienced ideal weather and temperature during the early period – hence the well-grown fruits at the bottom of the plants. The withered blossoms higher up the stems showed the plants were now under extreme heat stress. Finally, the baby aubergines at the top showed they were able to set as the temperature cooled again. The keen-eyed sleuth would reinforce his theory by pointing to the fact that we’d had an exceptionally good crop of peppers and chillies, which originate in Mexico and South America and therefore, unlike aubergines, revel in as much heat as they can get. My Sherlock was an adviser for the RHS, who said that he’d had a similar problem in his polytunnel and had solved it by draping a large duvet cover over the tunnel in periods of extreme heat. Useful tip, assuming he knows what he was talking about. Continue reading “Ken Mines’ H D Garden Page – September”

Horticultural Society Show a Blooming Success

Although the number of categories were reduced this year the Horticultural Society members put on a wonderful exhibition of village gardening and crafts.
the usual delicious variety of cakes and other refreshments were available.
The show was well attended despite Covid and the awful weather!
Watch this space for a list of the trophy winners.



Horticultural Society Annual Show 2021

It’s tomorrow!!!!!
Horticultural Society Annual Show 2021
All of our village clubs and societies need some local support during these strange times. Please come along even if you are not entering any categories to see the exhibits and meet up with friends and acquaintances you may not have seen for months!
Refreshments will be available in a gazebo outside the hall.
The Entry Form and rules can be downloaded as a PDF from the Village Web site as can the Full Schedule
It’s tomorrow!!!!!

Ken Mine’s Gardening Page for August 2021


The garden has recovered from a cold frosty April and a very wet May. So many plants, both vegetables and ornamentals, just sat and sulked for weeks (although surprisingly and counter intuitively here at Rose Cottage mostly untouched by slugs and snails until the recent drier weather arrived). But as the weather improved the garden came to life. Cosmos kept inside against the cold grew strongly enough to escape slug damage which had destroyed an early planting of French marigolds, and French beans caught up with some planted earlier. Tomatoes in the polytunnel were also adversely affected by the cold April nights but are now growing strongly And again, later plantings did better. The moral seems to be, don’t be in too much of a hurry. Continue reading “Ken Mine’s Gardening Page for August 2021”

Lottery Winners Announced


The 14th draw of the HDCC Lottery Club took place at the Village Societies AGM held at the Village Hall on 23rd July 2021.  Our thanks to all those who have recently renewed their subscriptions. The lucky winners are :

First Prize – ticket number 76
£146 – Joan Wiltshire

Second Prize -ticket number 224
£109.50 – Lindsey Waddington

Third Prize – ticket number 104
£36.50 – Bob Spencer


Little Lily Harley

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company
Little Lily Harley at The Cricket Field, Hadlow Down, East Sussex, Saturday 7th August at 7.30pm

‘Little Lily Harley’ is about Charlie Chaplin’s childhood in Lambeth. With a drunken but charismatic actor father who was rarely around & a beautiful young actress of a mother who had three children by different fathers, he had to learn along-side his big brother Sydney how to survive a very precarious existence. Sometimes fostered by other people, sometimes in a school for destitute children, sometimes separated from Sydney & sometimes living on the street (as a child!) he nevertheless managed to triumph over all this to become arguably the greatest film actor ever. Pete Talbot, the director, says, “When I wrote the play in 2019, I could not have known how apt it would be for today. The message of hope, triumph over pain, through the imagination and laughter, is really important for today.”

Adults (18 to 64) £19.00, Seniors (65+ & retired) £18.00, Students (18+ & in full time education) £13.00, Children (7 to 17) £10.00 & Families (any two adults or seniors & two children) £45.00.
Important: Visit the Rude’s Web Site to book and read full details of arrangements including Covid restrictions etc.
If you do not have a Paypal account
 –  use the credit or debit card ‘Check out as a guest’ option which is further down the page when you book & come to pay.
Online ticket sales close at 11.00pm the evening before the date of the show. This does not mean we are sold out. In these circumstances ring 01323-501260 to reserve tickets, or just come. We cannot guarantee, however, that you will get in, but worth a try.

Continue reading “Little Lily Harley”

St Mark’s School Merit Assembly

We enjoyed our Merit Assembly in the glorious sunshine. Congratulations to every child at St. Mark’s for all they have achieved this year. Also, well done to our overall class effort award winners! 🏅