The Big Help Out

To mark His Majesty The King’s Coronation, thousands of organisations across the country are getting together to give us all a chance to help out in our own communities.
Starting on Monday 8th. May there will be opportunities for everyone to join in.  No matter what you are good at, there’ll be something to suit helping hands of all shapes and sizes!  From checking in on someone who’d like a bit of company or volunteering for a charity the more of us who join in, the bigger help we will be.
If you can spare an hour …fantastic.  A day…amazing.  If it becomes a regular thing, so much the better.  If we all do a bit, it will really help a lot.
Help us to do something amazing, join in, lend a hand, make a change.
As well as those numerous national charities etc. who are involved in the Big Help Out to date all of the following village clubs, societies and organisations have indicated that they will warmly welcome new volunteers.  The details of kind of help, time, contacts, benefits and other information need much more room than is available on our Village Magazine page or the Hadow Down Web Site News page or the Facebook Group page so we have created a PDF document that will be stored as a file for anyone to access at any times by just going to:
The Big Help Out PDF Form Master

The list will be updated regularly but so far includes:

H D Macmillan Big Coffee Morning
The Hadlow Down Village Magazine
The Hadlow Down Litter Picking Group
The Hadlow Down Neighbourhood Watch
The TN22 Club
The H D Children in Need Group
The Hadlow Down Drama & Variety Club
The Hadlow Down Village Trust
The TN22 Plus Club
The Hadlow Down Playing Field
The Hadlow Down Gardening Club
The Hadlow Down Village Facebook Group
The KIt Wilson Trust
Hadlow Down Online – Village Web Site
Wilderness Wood
The Hadlow Down Village Hall
H D Comic Relief Red Nose Group

Other Clubs and Organisations have contacted us to ask that although they currently need no working volunteers they would always warmly welcome new members to the clubs & societies etc. to share in their activities. They are: Hadlow Down Book Club; The Hadlow Down Horticultural Society!

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

Allotments Available to Hadlow Down Residents

Ever thought about renting an allotment? In these days of rising food prices and the focus on physical and mental health, growing your own fruit and vegetables has never seemed more important. Buxted Parish Council have some plots available which they are happy to rent to residents of Hadlow Down. The plots vary in size and can, in some circumstances, be tailored to satisfy the ambitions or limitations of the individual.

If you are interested, please contact Rosemary at You can find out more by visiting the Buxted Parish Council website Information about the allotments can be found under the Amenities drop down menu.

A New Start For The Hadlow Down Drama & Variety Club

We are pleased to let you know that at our recent AGM it was decided to continue with our Society and to see if we can attract new members with some different approaches. In a village community, it is so important to keep opportunities open for people to connect, and this is what the committee is keen to do. If you want more information about HDD&VC do ring me on 07506889724 or email, new members are always welcome.
We have booked the Village Hall for a monthly meeting at which we will have different activities for members to enjoy. The dates are as follows so please put them in your diaries:
17th April, 2023 7.30pm An evening of mime and improvisation- no experience needed, just a good sense of humour!!
15th May, 2023 7.30pm
19th June, 2023 7.30pm
17th July, 2023 7.30pm
We have left the three latter dates open as we would like to run our ideas past members at the first meeting, but the things we have been considering are: the showing of a play; a session with a storyteller looking at storytelling techniques; theatre/cinema visits; and play readings.
We are also exploring the possibility of joining NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association), which has a number of benefits, including plays, musicals and pantos that members can use, a regional website to link people to local societies and training opportunities.
Another plan, is to record some bedtime stories for children, some of which may be a video, and others audio. We would place these on a site, such as, Youtube, for parents/carers/children to access. We would also open up the opportunity to record a story to non-members of the Society. We know there are members, and potential members, that have a fear of word learning and it would be a fun, and inclusive activity, to record a series of radio style plays/’book at bedtime’ that the village community, and beyond, could access.
Social media is well-used by so many people that we intend to keep our facebook page up-to-date and to make sure we have a presence on the village website as well.
As always, the views of members are so welcome, our philosophy is ‘the more the merrier’, so do please let us know of any ideas you may have and items to include on the website.
We look forward to seeing you on the 17th April at 7.30pm and hope that, meanwhile, you have a Happy and Peaceful Easter.
Kind regards,


April News from St Mark’s Church.

As I write this it’s March already, and we’re looking forward to the Spring, wondering how we missed seeing January and February pass us by!

There are plenty of signs of spring in our Churchyard.  The primroses are in bloom on the north side of the church, smiling at us as we walk down the path.  The daffodils are just waiting for this cold spell to pass over, and then they will be adorning the Churchyard in yellow. Continue reading “April News from St Mark’s Church.”

The Future of Uckfield Leisure Centre

The future of many of the facilities available at Uckfield Leisure Centre is in doubt and and facilities are liable to be lost.
East Sussex C C is conducting a Consultation on Future Options for Uckfield Leisure Centre.
Many residents of Hadlow Down use the Centre and will obviously be concerned about its future. Please follow the link to read the ESCC Overview and access the online survey.…/consultation…/… 

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Consultation on Future Options for Uckfield Leisure Centre - East Sussex - Citizen Space
Consultation on Future Options for Uckfield Leisure Centre – East Sussex – Citizen Space
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