Elsie Marie Henderson.

The Hadlow Down Trust have been approached by an art collector and historian from Guernsey regarding the short biography we have put on the village web site of Elsie Marie Henderson.
We would like to collaborate with the gentleman who has been doing some research into the Stations of the Cross in St. Mark’s Church and the later years of Henderson’s life and death in Hadlow Down and subsequent burial in St. Mark’s in 1967.
It is believed she may still have some relatives in the village and there may also be others still here who remember her.
Any information will be helpful to our contact and the Trust who could possibly collaborate in mounting a small exhibition of her life and work in the village at some time in the future.
Please email ECWestfield@aol.com
Please read the biography on the village web site to avoid duplication of information.

Hadlow Down Village Trust

In forming the Hadlow Down Village Trust the aim was to record the memories of the village and its people in sound, vision and print for future generations, and to preserve vital oral history and accounts of village life in the twentieth and twenty first century.

The original idea came from Eddie Westfield who felt strongly that we record this type of social history, and retain interesting documents and photographs for future village generations. The first task was to secure the wonderful archive of Peter Gillies, author of the excellent Hadlow Down: An Autobiography.
We welcome any donations of photos, documents and of course personal memories and anecdotes to add to the collection or loaned  to us so that we can scan them and retain a copy.
Please contact hadlowdowntrust@gmail.com if you can help,

Hendry, Charles

Charles Hendry CBE PC born 6 May 1959 in CuckfieldSussex was a British Conservative Party politician. Formerly the member of parliament for High Peak between the 1992 and 1997 general elections, he was returned as the MP for Wealden in 2001. In May 2010 he was appointed Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and served until 2012. He stood down at the 2015 general election.Charles Hendry was Minister of State for Energy at the Department for Energy & Climate Change from May 2010 to September 2012. He was elected Conservative MP for Wealden on 7 June 2001.
Charles was educated at Rugby School and Edinburgh University.
Political career
Charles was Special Adviser to the Rt Hon John Moore MP, Secretary of State for Social Services in 1988, and to the Rt Hon Tony Newton MP, Minister of State for Trade & Industry and then Secretary of State for Social Security (1988-90). He served in a number of shadow posts including Shadow Minister for Young People, Shadow Minister for Energy, Industry and Postal Affairs and Shadow Minister for Energy.
Career outside politics
Prior to entering Parliament Charles worked at Ogilvy & Mather PR and Burson-Marsteller.

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:
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!

Alce, Harry Earl

Lance Corporal TF/1984, 1/5th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division Died of wounds at home 9 June 1915. Aged 25. Son of Harry Earl and Esther Alce of Bermuda Cottage, Hadlow Down. Born in Heathfield and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in St. Marks Churchyard Hadlow Down

Farrar, Mavis

Died November 2nd.  at the age of 98 .
Past resident of Hadlow Down and wife of John, mother of Alison and Simon, Was a key member of the Variety Club and the Horticultural  Society as well as being a one-time co-editor of the Parish Magazine.

St. Mark’s Swimming Success

St. Mark’s school were placed  first in the Uckfield Swimming Gala!

It was the first time the village school had taken part in the competitions and the participants were cheered on by the staff, parents & friends.  The school thanked  Uckfield College for organising the event and parents for their support.  The  super swimmers worked incredibly hard to secure a top 3 position in every race.

There were excellent individual performances and the overall team result was outstanding.

🥇 Winners of the Gala
🥇 Girls 25m Backstroke
🥇 Girls 50m Freestyle
🥇 Mixed Relay
🥇 Girls 25m Freestyle
🥈 Boys 25m Freestyle
🥈 Obstacle Relay
🥈 Girls 25m Breaststroke