Chris and Anne Yarrow have created a 125 square metre natural swimming pond in their garden at Huggetts Furnace Mill, Stonehurst Lane. They are opening it up for Hadlow Down residents in return for a small contribution to their daughter’s charity Doctors for Nepal. Free soft drinks if you walk or cycle from home.

The pond is about 20m long and about 1.2 metres /4 ft. deep (max.1.4 m. /4ft 8”). It is kept pure by circulating the water through gravel beds and by pond plants, so you won’t go home smelling of chlorine! Heated by solar panels, it usually has a temperature of about 21C to 25C(70F to 77F).

Rules: Use by prior arrangement only; all children to be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all times; no dogs; civilised behaviour requested, and we reserve the right to ask visitors to leave.

Available for use between 10am and 6pm from 26th July until mid August To arrange a swim and get location instructions, please phone Chris and Anne on 01825 831972, or email


“Appalling” Bin Emptying Service

From Uckfield FM

Wealden District Council has brought in a temporary contractor to clear a number of recycling Bring Sites in the community this week.
“The Service we are receiving for Kier at the moment is appalling and there is no immediate prospect of that getting significantly better. The problems are extended through-out Wealden,” Councillor Roy Galley, Cabinet member for Waste and Recycling told Cabinet (Wednesday).

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“Close Pass of a Horse”

Op Crackdown has recently added a new reporting category – “Close pass of a horse” to look to evidence an increasing amount of near miss reports that are received. This category is in addition to the “Close pass of a Cyclist” which has been in place for a year now. As with all reports to Op Crackdown – you will need the registration number of the vehicle concerned and ideally some form of corroborative evidence such as helmet cam.

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about an incident pleasecontact us online, email us at or call 101.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

Hort. Soc. Car Visit to Driftwood Gardens

Car visit to Driftwood Gardens, Seaford.
10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Thursday 12th. July
The cost is £11.50 which includes a talk on the gardens by the owners plus tea/coffee and cakes
Please confirm your attendance before 28th. June to Heather on 01825 830314
Meet at the venue.


Sing for your Supper

Friday 22nd June at the Village Hall from 7.30pm

The Variety Club would like to invite members and interested friends to join us for a fun filled sing-along with live music.

We will be joined by pianist Dom Hartley.  Favourite songs and popular numbers over the decades are on the menu together with Carol’s legendary chilli. (Vegetarian option will be available on request.) Bring a bottle with you or soft drinks will be available at the hall.

Singing ability is a bonus but not required! Just come along for the fun. Book with Glenys by Wednesday 13th June – 01825 830857

Entry is free to all, but donations to the cost of the food would be most welcome at the event.

Suspicious Van Activity in the Village

Neighbourhood Watch Alert!
A resident has reported a series of suspicious looking vehicles entering and leaving his drive in the Wilderness Lane / Riverside area of the village recently.
The most recent being yesterday, Wednesday 6th. June at 2.10 pm a white Vauxhall larger type van Reg. No. KT17LXC driver wearing a Hi-Vis orange jacket. Could possibly be a courier/delivery person who had lost his way but was considered suspicious?
And today the 7th. June a smaller white Vauxhall Combi van Reg. No. DV53HKC. The driver had a beard and was in mid 30s, the passenger estimated at mid 20s both acting extremely suspiciously and described as ‘scruffy’.
Please be especially alert over the coming days and weeks as these people may be reconnoitring houses and outbuildings prior to break-ins.

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Pop Up Supper Club at the Pavilion

The Playing Field Committee are pleased to announce that the first of this years Pop Up Suppers will be a Polish themed menu. In fact you might say we are “supper” excited!

Please join us at the Playing Field Pavilion from 7pm on Friday 15th June. A three course meal will be served for £15 per person.  Bring your own wine and beer.

The Pavilion is a lovely setting especially when it is  transformed for the evening into a convivial pop up restaurant.

Book early to avoid disappointment. Call Glenys on 01825 830857.


Horticultural Society Annual Show

The Horticultural Society has published the Classes for the Annual Show, to be held on Saturday 4th August 2018 in the Village Hall.

The Show is open to both members and non members of the Society. Categories include Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Craft, Art, Photography and Poetry. Also included are Junior Classes.

Entry forms and fees to be handed in BEFORE Friday 3rd August.

For all the details please see our page, here.

Open Gardens are back!

Please join us on Saturday 16th June 12:00pm – 5:00pm

After the successful launch of the Open Gardens Project last year during the Celebrate Festival its back! With even more gardens for you to view. Teas will be served all afternoon at both Hadlow Lodge, Wilderness Lane and Springwell Cottage, Hall Lane.

The Gardens
The Corner Cottage, Wilderness Lane
Hardly Beacon, Wilderness Lane
Hadlow Lodge, Wilderness Lane
Gyll Hope Farm, Wilderness Lane
Rose Cottage, Hall Lane
Springwell Cottage, Hall Lane
Hastingford Lodge, Hastingford Lane

Entry is £5 per person, payable at the first garden you visit. Children under 16 free. Look out for the balloons at the entrance to each garden.

All proceeds will go to the Alzheimers Society and Engage Charity.


Fly Tipping in Tinkers Lane!!

During the early hours of this morning (1/6/18 c. 1 am) someone dumped a large amount of rubbish in the lane. Such a large amount in fact that the lane was completely blocked and police were called. A private CCTV about 300 metre north of the site could only catch the image of a large white van and unable to capture the number plate. It is thought that the culprits were taking advantage of the general ambient noise coming from preparations for the weekend in Tinkers Park to cover their activities. Any information please direct to police on 101 and/or let the village Neighbourhood Watch know on 01825 830661