“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.” Oscar Wilde
This month we chose a complete contrast to our previous book and read ‘Small Pleasures’ by Clare Chambers’ 2020, longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 and selected for BBC2 ‘Between the Covers’ Book club. It has been described as a word of mouth hit, “almost flawless”, and I personally found it a delightful book.
Continue reading “H D Book Club Review – July 2021 ‘Small Pleasures’”
A beautiful summers morning was enjoyed by members of the Horticultural Society for their visit to King John’s Lodge on Thursday. An absolutely superb re-start to village community events since lockdown. The gardens have been extended and new design concepts introduced since the last visit some years back.
Well done Heather for organising.
For interest the name of that amazing red peony admired by all was ‘Early Scout’ (unfortunately the picture colouring doesn’t do it justice!)
The New Village Hall Committee is pleased to confirm the next Lottery Draw will be held at the Combined village societies AGM on the 23rd July in the Village Hall. The Committee would like to thank everyone that has renewed their numbers this year. There are still numbers available to purchase. Tickets are £12 annually, a maximum of 12 tickets can be held by one participant. There are three draws per year and the jackpot is shared between 3 entrants.
The prize fund will be 50% of the Income for that 4 month period—
1st prize = 50% of prize fund.
2nd prize = 37.5% of prize fund.
3rd prize = 12.5% of prize fund.
Please contact Janet Tourell if you would like to purchase a ticket or renew your numbers Email: email@example.com
The next draw, after the 23rd July, will be held at the Christmas Market, also in the Village Hall. Dates for this will be published here and on the lottery page of New Village Hall website as soon as they have been confirmed.
*For full details of the HDCC Lottery including terms and conditions please visit our website here
**For details of previous draws please visit our website here
The AGM, due to be held in February, was postponed due to Covid-19 Restrictions. We are pleased to announce it has now been re-scheduled for 23rd July. Please come along to hear from your Village Societies, perhaps you are interested in volunteering or are new to the village? All are welcome, refreshments will be served. The meeting will be held at the Village Hall at 7.30 pm
‘The Sympathizer’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen
“I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds.”
Fifty years ago David Ellsburg risked jail with his sensational leak of Pentagon secrets on the Vietnam War. His only regret now is that he didn’t release them earlier. In tune with the times, this month we have been reading ‘The Sympathizer’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen, a novel about that War and its aftermath and winner of the Pulitzer prize 2016.
Continue reading “Hadlow down Book Club Review – June 2021”
Are you passionate about providing the best start for children?
If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for an energetic and motivated Caretaker to join our team to help us ensure that our school provides a safe, welcoming and purposeful environment for children, staff and visitors.
The children, staff and governors of St Mark’s CEP School are looking for a practical and well-motivated person for the post of Caretaker to join our team of committed staff.
We are very proud of our building so we especially want someone who will really care for our school, ensuring it looks its best, is safe and exemplifies the high expectations we have of our children.
The role will include a wide range of responsibilities and duties connected with the fabric of the building, health and safety, grounds and facilities maintenance and security.
You will need to:
• be a hands on individual who can develop and implement systems/procedures as well as maintain current ones.
• be sympathetic to environmental concerns regarding the school and grounds
• contribute to projects and maintenance schedules
• be practical, with good DIY skills.
We can offer:
• a school with happy, polite children
• good professional development opportunities/training, together with extra hours during holidays for larger maintenance projects
Hours: 7 hours per week, with additional hours available during school holidays
Salary: Scale 4 point 10 £19,312 pro rata
Required: To start 19.7.21
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for full job description and application form.
Tel: 01825 830375
Website: http://www. st-marks-hadlowdown.co.uk
Hadlow Down Parish Council are very pleased to announce, that following consideration and risk assessments, the play area has re-opened. However, please be clear that the play area will not be sanitised and the following guidelines apply:
Continue reading “Hadlow Down Playing Field Re-opens”
As yet, it’s unclear to what extent Coronavirus will affect our community. Some of us may catch it, others not. For some, the effects are said to be similar to seasonal flu, however the effects of this virus might be greater to those of us who are elderly or have underlying health issues. Continue reading “Hadlow Down & Coronovirus”
We are pleased to announce that the Horticultural Society have decided to go ahead with this years Annual Show.
In order to create more space for people to move around the tables in line with Covid-19 guidelines some of the usual categories in the show schedule have been cut. There will be no ‘Pot Plant’, ‘Craft’, or ‘Children’s’ categories. Please see the schedule for other changes.
Hopefully refreshments will be available in a gazebo outside the hall.
Please click here to see or download the Entry Form & Rules
And click here for the Schedule