The BIG Macmillan Coffee Morning

Once again the small village with a big heart that recognises the wonderful work the Macmillan Trust Charity does has turned out for coffee and cake and helped raise a magnificent £414.44
The Charity boxes are still open for those who couldn’t be there on the morning.  Just ring 01825 830661 to find out where you can leave a contribution.
Many, many thanks to the cake makers, the helpers on the morning and to all the coffee and cake loving donors.

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

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!


Visitors Guide

HADLOW DOWN Visitor’s Guide

Entering by the west door, the BAPTISTRY in the north west alcove contains the original FONT dating from 1833. The brass cover to the font is engraved to the memory of Miss Breeze and was presented in 1950.

The opposite alcove on the south side contains the SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE where parishioners who fell in two world wars are commemorated. The prayer desk which faces the memorial tablet was at Hadlow Grange for some sixty years.

The handsome TAPESTRY KNEELERS, designed by Margaret Macdonald and executed by ladies and friend of the parish, were completed in 1971.

The fourteen STATIONS OF THE CROSS on the walls of the nave are of moulded plaster coloured by the Baroness de Coudenhove (as an artist known as Emily Nicholson) were presented in 1953.

The raised DAIS, PRESIDENTS CHAIR AND PORTABLE ALTAR TABLE at the front of the nave were introduced in 2001, purchased by a trust fund established from a bequest from Mrs Costello, a daughter of Mr C L Huggins. The PULPIT and LECTERN are distinctive for their ironwork. They were specially designed to blend with the 17th century ironwork adapted as a CHANCEL SCREEN. The portable SPEAKER’S STAND in wrought iron and brass was donated by ladies and friends of the church in 1995. The extensive use of wrought iron in St. Mark’s recalls the local iron industry which was so important to the economy of this part of Sussex in the Tudor period.

The HANGING ROOD in the chancel arch was carved in Oberammergau and presented to the church in 1913 by Revd B Spink.

The ORGAN is the fourth instrument since the rebuilding of the church. The chapel of 1836 had no organ but it is recorded that one Jack Wren of Blackboys played the bass viol, his son the bassoon, and one Walter Bean the clarinet. The present organ is an electronic Two Manual Overture Classical organ from Makins and was purchased by the Costello Trust Fund mentioned above. It was first used in December 1993 having been installed by Charles Smith in his fiftieth year as parish organist.

The HIGH ALTAR has a marble MENSA and handsomely carved front. It was presented by Mr Huggins who also gave its ornaments of moulded brass. These were silver plated in 1970 as a memorial to Ada Florence Turner by her husband. (These are only on display during services.}

The PROCESSIONAL CROSS, with enamelled representations of the four evangelists, was used for the first time on Easter Day, 1934. It was given en memory of Viscount and Countess Hood, who once lived in the Five Ashes area of the parish. It was fashioned by Captain Ward, brother of the Countess.

The LADY CHAPEL on the south side of the nave is one of the most attractive features of the church. It was particularly designed for private prayer and meditation, and the Blessed Sacrament is perpetually reserved here for the sick and dying.

Above the Lady Chapel altar is a depiction of the MAGNIFICAT by Edward A Fellowes Prynne (brother of the architect). The picture was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1897 and, until placed here, was hung in the hall of Hadlow Grange.

The windows in the Lady Chapel depict the Christian year in wild flowers and were given in memory of Charles Lang and Agnes Maud Huggins by their nine children. There is also a wall plaque commemorating the lives of the three sons of Basil and Rhona Huggins, who were killed in action during the Second World War. Mr C L Huggins himself lies at rest in the churchyard immediately east of the Lady Chapel.

The CHURCHYARD was closed for burials by an Order in Council in 1985 when the new adjacent burial ground, the responsibility of the Parish Council, was opened. A pathway from the west door to an Anniversary gate leading to the new burial ground was opened in 1986. The Churchyard contains seven official war graves from the First and Second World Wars.

In commemoration of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, a wrought iron Jubilee gate was erected at the entrance to the churchyard from St Mark’s Church of England Primary School

The wild flowers in the churchyard are very fine, and some of the grass is not mown in summer so that they may flower and seed. The churchyard is classified as a site of Nature Conservation Importance.

Free copies of this Guide are available in the church

St. Mark’s Church and School Baking Competition, Tea Party and Raffle

Please join us in St. Mark’s Church on Saturday 9th June, 3pm – 5.30pm for a Tea Party, Baking Competition and Raffle


• Special Guest Judge
• Awesome Raffle Prizes
• Cream Tea Packages  available to pre-order
• Specialist Teas and Coffees
• Prosecco and Pimms

We would be very grateful for any cakes to be donated for the Tea Party.
Cake Competition Entry Requirements

Enter as many categories as you wish. There is a 50p donation to enter each category.

Once your entry/entries have been judged we would like to sell the cakes. Monies raised will be shared between the School and the Church

Please confirm your entry by filling out and entry form available from the school and church. Or you may like to e-mail Nicola or Katherine

Please deliver your entry by 2pm on 9th June 2018.

The Classes are as follows

• Classic Sponge
• Whoopsie Daisy
• Biscuits and Scones
• Kids under 10 years

Village Trust and Archive

In forming the Hadlow Down Village Trust our 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 generations. A Trust was formed in May 2018 and our first task was to secure the wonderful archive of Peter Gillies, author of the excellent HadlowDown: An Autobiography. We have been well supported by local people who have donated or lent us old photographs and material to scan and archive, and shared their stories.

We aim to share the images and stories with you here, if you have any stories or ephemera you would like to pass on to us please do get in touch.

Contact Sarah Prall
Telephone 01825 830373