Hadlow Down Variety and Drama Club

Do you like to act, sing or dance? Can you play the piano or keyboard? Can you sew? Make and paint scenery? Design and make props? Are you interested in Sound and Lighting for stage productions? Can you design and sew costumes? Are you good at Publicity, Stage Management, or just making tea?
If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, then come and join Hadlow Down Variety and Drama Club.
Well established, we are a very friendly, fun-loving, lively and informal group. We put on plays, murder mystery dinners and pantomimes – all performed by the village, for the village.
In addition, we meet socially for meals out, mime and improvisation evenings, theatre visits and an annual barbecue.We are always looking to welcome new members.We’re about to start rehearsing for our annual Swash-Buckling Pantomime to be performed on the 29th and 30th November this year, so if you’re interested in joining us for that in whatever capacity please call Glenys on 01825 830857

The HDCC Lottery Club

The HDCC Committee has recently had good news, planning permission to go ahead with building the new community centre on the playing field site has been approved by Wealden Council! We are very excited about this because at last we can start fund-raising and planning for the future in earnest.

It will be a huge project for our village; £1.2m to raise!

The Community Centre Lottery will be one of many ways we’re using to achieve this figure. Many thanks to all those who are already members, we are keen to attract new players. Each ticket is £12 (£1 per month) and we renew annually.

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

New Village Hall Update

Another big step towards having our new hall

Isn’t it fantastic when one receives good news?  At a recent meeting of Wealden’s Planning Committee (North) our project was granted full planning permission and unusually the consent will last for five years rather than the customary three.  So now we can turn our attention and efforts towards raising the princely sum of approximately £1.2 million.  Clearly, we don’t have anyone in the parish that has that sort of money lying around so we need to get busy applying to organisations such as Sport England, the Football Foundation, the Big Lottery Fund and several charitable trusts.  Also we might wish to consider organising some major fund-raising events. Continue reading “New Village Hall Update”

Fun Dog Show at The Village Fayre

The fantastic Hadlow Down FUN DOG SHOW is back!
Do come and join in on Saturday 20th July…with big thanks to our brilliant sponsors Windmill Feeds & Saddlery
Rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places plus treats from Windmill Feeds!
Classes will be judged by Deborah Pett, Veterinary Surgeon Cinder Hill Equine Clinic
Our timed Dog agility trials will be running all afternoon too!
Handlers can enter as many classes as they wish £1.50 per entry. See you and your four legged friends there!
All the information on classes can be found on the Village Fayre Page

Upcoming road works

South East Water will be undertaking new connection works/new water main works and associated services between 22nd June to 21st October 2019.  In Phase 1 the B2101 High Cross in Rotherfield will be closed and in Phase 2 the B2101 Bicycle Arms Road, High Cross, Rotherfield will be closed.


Vandals Set Fire to School ‘Outdoor Classroom’

Many villagers may already be aware, that sadly some mindless individuals have intentionally set fire to St. Mark’s School ‘outdoor classroom’ area at SMILE Meadow. The school has informed the Police and the Fire Service and, at present, are thinking of how they can move forward to rebuild this area for the children. As this is a temporary structure, it is unfortunately not insured. Once the school has some ideas, they would like to call on all parents and the village community for any donations of materials and time to help us with its reconstruction.

Continue reading “Vandals Set Fire to School ‘Outdoor Classroom’”

New Village Hall Planning Update

Given the delay being experienced with regard to our planning application for the new community centre/village hall, we would like to bring you up to speed with the current situation.

 Application WD/2018/2655/MAJ was submitted to the Wealden Planning Authority during the week beginning 3rd December 2018.  After some initial delay largely due to a requirement that we provide a Noise Assessment (Survey), the consultation period for the application opened during February and closed on 15th March 2019.  We received over 55 supporting statements/comments from Hadlow Down parishioners and users of both the existing hall and playing field. Continue reading “New Village Hall Planning Update”