Message to all dog owners

The Parish Council has received complaints about owners not picking up their dog’s faeces.  Despite the majority of people kindly clearing up after their dogs, there is a very small minority who are either leaving the offending item where it has been deposited or placing it in a bag and leaving it hanging in the hedgerow.  This is especially a problem in Wilderness Lane which makes it very unpleasant for residents and is a health hazard.

For those who leave the item on verges it can be a very unpleasant experience when the owner comes to cut back the vegetation.

Can owners please either place the dog’s faeces in the dog bins provided at the Village Hall and at the playing field or take it home with them.

Thank you for your support in solving this issue.

Hadlow Down Parish Council

The Hadlow Down ABC Quiz

How much do you know about your village?
Over the coming months in 2023 The Hadlow Down Village Trust will be posting on the Village Web Site and The Village Facebook Pages alphabetical lists of people, places, events and anything else we can find in the archives concerning facts, social history, pictorial history and anything else that may be of interest to our community.
As we go through the alphabet we would like to invite and encourage any contributions for inclusion.  Even if the item misses the alphabetical header issue please send it anyway as we will always have an addition and amendment list included.
Do you remember anything, have cuttings, references, pictures etc. about people, places, events that are relevant to Hadlow Down?
Just send anything via email to:
hadlowdowntrust@gmail.com
Please tell us if you would like to have any contribution acknowledged.

So, how much do you already know about Hadlow Down? The Village Trust thought it would be fun to start off with a quiz for the whole family to try and complete over the Christmas period.  The answers will be published in January.  A Quiz Form can be downloaded and printed off by clicking here:
Final ABC Quiz for web site

All the answer begin with successive letters of the alphabet starting with A – so that should make it easier!

FUNDING NEEDED FOR VILLAGE SPEED CONTROL


PLEASE READ THIS PAGE
Village Speeding – Your chance to help
As vehicles enter the village on the A272 from the Buxted direction, the speed limit changes straight from 60mph to 30mph, and this results in a very high proportion of these vehicles passing the four public crossing points between the 30mph sign, at the entrance to Waste Wood, and the School Lane/Wilderness Lane crossroads often at speeds exceeding 50mph.
These four pedestrian crossing points are used by the pupils of St Mark’s School to access the designated learning play area “Smile Meadow”; by our senior school children crossing to use their school buses morning and afternoon, and by the many residents that use Waste Wood for general recreation.
It has been noted that the existing speed detection device does encourage vehicles to slow down but to have a similar impact in the vicinity of where these four crossings are then the village needs another speed detector mounting post in the vicinity of the Church.
The Parish Council has obtained ESCC Highways permission for an additional post to be installed but the Parish Council only has sufficient funding to cover 50% of the £2,000 cost.
This is your chance to help reduce speeding throughout the village. This appeal is asking both parents and residents to support this project by helping to fund the additional £1,000 required to have this speed detector pole installed. Should we be successful in raising sufficient extra funds then the village could even purchase an additional speed detector device!
Such “Crowd Funding” cannot be administered by the Parish Council, so I have agreed to manage this appeal as a long-time resident of the village. St Mark’s School parents may wish to act together, through the School Office, to provide a donation.
To ensure accurate auditable payment records to be kept, it is only possible to accept cheques made out to Mr S L W Godfrey and posted through the letter box of Fir Tree Cottage (top of School Lane) or Bank Transfers to Sort Code 40-47-86, Account No. 80791415. Please use your “Surname – Speed”as your Reference. Full records of payments will be kept and be available on request from myself.
Thank you for taking the time to read this appeal and thank you in advance for any payments that you generously offer.
Steve.Godfrey@live.co.uk
01825-830670
27 years a resident in Hadlow Down

Book Club Review – November

I’ve always believed in inherited pain’

This month our chosen book is The island of Missing Trees by the Turkish writer Elif Shafak, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022. It is about the Cypriot civil war and how the trauma of such a war imperils future generations as well as uprooting ordinary lives. It is also a Romeo and Juliet story of the passionate love affair between Kostas, a Greek Cypriot and Defne a Turkish Cypriot and it centres on the story how their daughter Ada comes to terms with the past she has never known. Continue reading “Book Club Review – November”

St. Mark’s Church News – November

Parish Church of St Mark the Evangelist

So, what has been happening in and around St. Mark’s?Well, we had a lovely Harvest Service on 25th September. We sang the old favourite Harvest Hymns and felt that everything was ‘safely gathered in’. The school had also had their Harvest Service, so we had all their produce displayed in the Church. Nowadays the gifts that are given tend to be the packet and tinned variety, rather than fresh produce, as it all gets taken to the Food Bank for distribution, where it is very gratefully received.
The flower ladies had done their usual excellent job of decorating the Church, so that was a lovely welcome, and we thank them for their faithfulness in doing the flowers.
There was also a beautiful exhibition of Harvest pictures by the school children displayed in the Nave of the church.
Continue reading “St. Mark’s Church News – November”

‘An Evening With Pete the Pond – The importance of Wildlife Ponds in our Environment’

A ‘Supper Talk’ not to be missed!!!!
‘An Evening With Pete the Pond – The importance of Wildlife Ponds in our Environment’
Presented By the Hadlow Down Horticultural Society.
October 12th. in the Village Hall
‘Pete the Pond is a local legend who has worked tirelessly for many years to help sustain and restore many of our local aquatic ecosystems, especially ponds, which are critical to the health of local nature and wildlife. In the process he has built up a reference collection of aquatic plants in his back garden which is unique in its range and diversity and is now an immensely valuable asset in maintaining local biodiversity.’
With his wooden leg and often seen with a parrot on his shoulder Pete has also understandably been called ‘Pete the Pirate’
Pete will possibly be bringing some of his pondy friends with him.
There are still some tickets left for what will be a memorable evening with the usually excellent meal and an amazing speaker.
If you would like to attend the supper please contact Kathy by phone 01825 830616 or by email (kathy.cracknell48@gmail.com) to order your tickets. They are £8.00 per person and £12.00 for a non member.
Wine will be available and of course our lovely raffle, plus we might also have a small plant stall, so please bring cash with you.