All Hadlow Down related ephemera held by the Village Trust will gradually be listed and described on these pages
It was George Fellowes Prynne’s first secular building.
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 email@example.com if you can help,
HADLOW DOWN’S VILLAGE HALL: PAST AND THE FUTURE?
Hadlow Down’s first village hall, although not named as such, was a large hut obtained from the YMCA and erected on land donated by the Eridge Estate; it was always known as ‘the Hut’ or ‘the Red Triangle Hut’ after its previous owners’ symbol. Opened on June 8th 1921 by Princess Marie Louise, Queen Victoria’s last grandchild, it immediately became the focal point for many of the village’s activities. The Hut hosted many social occasions, classes, Horticultural Society meetings, the Organ Club, British Legion (male and female branches) the Happy Circle for older members of the village, the Jazz Club, the Pied Pipers drama group, and the Bowls Club. It was also used for more formal meetings such as the Church Parochial Council and the Parish Council. Continue reading “History of Hadlow Down Village Hall”
The booklet written by Frederick T Barrett in 1970.
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HD Origins & History
To coincide with the upcoming 75th. anniversary of D-Day The Hadlow Down Trust has created a PDF version of the booklet produced by the village to celebrate the 50th. anniversary in 1995. It contains many contributions of wartime memories from notable village residents including Derek & Meg Rostrun, Gerald Standen, Munir Abdelnoor, & Joyce Ashdown.
Click here to read or download: Victory in Europe 50 Anniversary Booklet