Parish Picnic next Sunday!

By popular demand, the Church is re-introducing the tradition of having a Parish Picnic.

It will take place next Sunday, 5th August, from 3.30pm at Gill Hope Farm, Wilderness Lane, Hadlow Down, TN22 4HU. There will be plenty of parking spaces available. Please do come along and support this wonderful initiative.

We aim to combine an informal opportunity to get together with raising funds for the parish.

You should bring your own picnic, drinks, rugs or chairs. There will be lots to do, including walks in the woods, swimming pool to cool off if it is still hot, Bat and Trap, Petanque, and a sausage sizzle.

If you need more information, please contact Father John or else email

Finding Your Feet

Film Night at the Village Hall
Cert PG – 13
‘Warm, silly, mortifying’ ‘Comfort for the young at heart’
A film about two sisters with very different life-styles whose worlds suddenly and unexpectedly collide; stuffed with familiar British character actors.
Director: Richard Loncraine   
Starring: Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie
Saturday, 14th July – Doors open 7.00 pm for 7.30pm
Refreshments available throughout – ice cream at the interval!
Bring your own bottle of wine.
A donation of £6 per ticket please
Book ahead or come on the door
Contact Janet 01825 830478 or Rachel 01825 830494

‘Beating the Bounds’ Around Buxted Parish

Saturday June 23rd from 10.00 – 2.00pm
Section 1 from Coopers Green, Five Ash Down to Hendall Gate Farm- 3 Km approx. start 10.00a.m.
Section 2 from Rocks Lane to the Oast Farm, Howbourne Lane–4.5 Km approx. start 11.00a.m.
Section 3 from Howbourne Lane to Shepherd’s Hill – 3Km approx. start 12.15p.m.
Section 4 from Shepherd’s Hill to St. Margaret’s Church via Buxted Park – 4 Km approx. start 1.00p.m.
Why not join us ? Meet at St. Margaret’s Church at the times indicated above and you will be transported and returned from any section you wish to walk.For more information contact Peter on 07946541934 or 01825 830009

Thanks to all who supported the Tea Party!

The Tea Party was a great success! Thanks to all who baked, came for tea, bought raffle tickets and stayed for the Cake Judging!

St.Marks looked gorgeous, decked all over in bunting, tea tables set with pretty tablecloths and flower posies by Félicité Flowers. The tea was served on beautiful old china tea sets which added to the charm. Glen Miller tunes played in the background and the church was filled with the sound of chatter and the odd prosecco glass clinking!

Our thanks to our wonderful guest judge, Mary-Ann Pickering, founder of the Crow Kitchen. Mary-Ann took on the task of tasting 60 cakes magnificently!  There were some really stunning entries. The Children’s entries were particularly impressive, so creative…”show stoppers!”

The Bake Off Winners were…

Classic Sponge
1st Place Lizzie with her Lemon and Blueberry sponge
2nd Place Sarah Prall and her Victoria sponge with Strawberries and Cream
3rd Place Tamara Lawson’s Poppy Seed and Lemon Cake

Whoopsie Daisy
1st Place Anne Peate and her FlapJacks
2nd Place Alison Bentley with the delicious Chocolate Cake
3rd Place Angela Wilkes lovely lemon Drizzle cake

Biscuits and Scones
1st Place Emily Bellhouse…’Self Portrait’ Biscuits
2nd Place Nell Drake and her Chocolate Brownies
3rd Place Amelia Burden with her Crispy Sandwiches

Kids under 10yrs
1st Place Oliver Eridge for his Dragon and Castle Cake
2nd Place Grace Andrews with her Bee Hive
3rd Place Mollie Burden with a Charlie and the chocolate Factory Cake

Also Highly commended cheese scones by Rory Lynch

The Tea Party and Raffle raised an amazing £472!

The proceeds from the event are to be shared between the School and Church. With thanks to all the School Mums who helped organise and set up the event and of course to Father John for encouraging the event and allowing us the use of the Church.

June at the Wood

We’ve been thoroughly enjoying the lovely weather – and rattling along with making shingles for the new wood-house – coming this summer opposite the café and the new Under Oak shelter with UCTC student. The Upper Paddock has now been re-seeded so fingers crossed for the right combination of rain and sunshine so that the grass grows fast.

E-mail contact:  when we arrived, Chris and AnneYarrow passed on a number of e-mail contacts for people who live in the village. We have used these e-mails to let people know about what’s going on in the wood. In order to comply with the new data laws, we will not contact you by e-mail again unless you actively sign-up for it, so either, e-mail us at or come into the café and complete one of the membership forms – ask the café staff.   And/or you can follow us on face-book or Instagram: facebook @wildernesswoodsussex and instagram @wildernesswoodsussex 

Coming Up: 
– Saturday 2nd June – wedding – woodland closed for the day

– Sunday 17th June – Father’s Day – forest school activities, shingle-making and BBQ

– Saturday 7th July – Stewardship Saturday – join the team for the day and help us look after and improve the wood.  We meet at 10am in front of the Meeting House.  Lunch provided.  All ages, skill-levels and fitness levels welcome.

– Saturday 21st July – wedding – woodland closed for the day

– Monday 23rd July-Friday 27th July – working-with-wood-week – contact Emily if you’re interested in getting involved with building, cooking, or putting on a play.  All ages welcome.

– Saturday August 4th – Stewardship Saturday

– Saturday August 11th – wedding – woodland closed for the day


Wildlife in the Churchyard

As the countryside in Britain becomes more industrialised and urbanised, there are fewer places for wildlife to live and wildflowers to grow. But there are tiny areas in every village, town and even city that are holding out against the onslaught.

These are churchyards, and in some parts of the country they are the only protected eco-systems in their area where remnants of the local flora and fauna can survive.

Graveyards have become important havens for our native wildflowers and a host of creatures…there are some glorious examples of this at St.Mark’s as this lovely photograph by Nicola Neal reveals. Do have a walk through the churchyard if you can.

Quiz Night

We hope you can join us for the next Village Pub Quiz at the New Inn on Tuesday 12th June at 7.30pm. Teams of 4 are required, entry is £5 per head. Refreshments are served halfway through the questions and the winning team chooses which local cause to support by donating their winnings!


The Spy From Hadlow Down

Diana Hope Rowden (January 31st. 1915 – July 6th. 1944) was a Special Operations Executive (SOE) member who was put to death in a Nazi concentration camp.
Born in England she moved with her family to southern France when she was still a young girl.  She attended schools in Saint-Remo and Cannes on the French Riviera, but her family soon returned to England settling at Hadlow Down.   Continue reading “The Spy From Hadlow Down”

An Article on Hadlow Down

The following article is by an unknown author:

‘A strange place to find an unusual business, especially one that got the royal seal of approval. The Keston Foreign Bird Farm, proclaimed in 1927 as ‘the only farm of its kind in the world’, was appointed agriculturalists to King George V and the Duke of Bedford. The exotic birds of the world flourished in this corner of Sussex and the business with them: as Southern Aviaries it was put on the market as a going concern in 1985. ln the middle of the 19th century Hadlow Down got its school, presided over by a one-legged schoolmaster indelicately known as Cripple Wood by his pupils. It also got its church. It was here that a farmer called Bridger wanted to have his son christened Beelzebub.  Continue reading “An Article on Hadlow Down”