St. Mark’s Gets New Rector

PCC ANNOUNCEMENT: “The Reverend Pete Molloy has been appointed Rector of Buxted and Hadlow Down. Pete comes to us from Canada, where he has served in parishes in Saskatchewan and Ontario. He has now been granted the necessary visa to undertake this role, though his post is subject to legal formalities. We look forward to welcoming him, his wife Ann and son Simeon. The date of his institution and induction will be finalised in the near future.”

Hadlow Down Play Area re-opens

Hadlow Down  Parish Council are very pleased to announce, that following consideration and risk assessments, the play area has re-opened.  However, please be clear that the play area will not be sanitised and the following guidelines apply:

  1. Parents must read this guidance and ensure their families follow it carefully for the safety of their children and others.
  2. This equipment is checked regularly for damage and wear and tear but is not sanitised.
  3. This is shared equipment, used at your own risk.
  4. Do not use this equipment if you or any member of your household has coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.
  5. You are advised that children should not use this equipment if they are clinically or extremely clinically vulnerable.
  6. Make sure you have hand sanitiser with you before entering the playground.
  7. Encourage everyone in your family to wash their hands with hand sanitiser regularly and as a minimum before and after using the playground.
  8. Encourage children to avoid touching their faces.
  9. You MUST maintain social distancing from others unless they are from the same household – current advice is to maintain at least 1m and consider wearing a face mask.
  10. All items of play equipment can only be used by one child at a time while social distancing. Please ensure your family waits at a safe distance if the equipment is in use or return later to use the equipment.
  11. Try to avoid busy times.
  12. If your family is wearing disposable PPE, please take it home with you or where provided use the bins – DO NOT LITTER.
  13. Wash your hands when you get home.
  14. No food to be consumed in the play areas and all litter to be disposed of in the bins provided.

We hope you enjoy using the playground and thank you for helping to keep everyone safe by always following these simple instructions.

THANK YOU, STAY SAFE & HAVE FUN!

VE Day 75 in pictures

“our streets are not empty, they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other”.

Just before 11 am, on Friday 8th May at St.Marks Church,  Richard Boswell  stood in the church yard and played The Last Post  and the Reveille.

Keith Edwards fired a Maroon to mark the beginning and end of the two minute silence.

At approximately 11.05 am Richard began to play We’ll Meet Again… Anne and Chris Yarrow spontaneously started to dance. Thanks to Keith filming it we can join in too…

The Queen’s speech was perfect and poignant, in the broadcast, she said:

“Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish.”

“Instead we remember from our homes and from our doorsteps.”

It aired exactly 75 years on from her father King George VI’s address at the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Thanking the wartime generation, the Queen, 94, said: “They risked all so our families and neighbourhoods could be safe.”

“We should and will remember them.”

This year’s celebration has been limited due to the lockdown conditions in place across Europe because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite this, the Queen said, “our streets are not empty, they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other”.

“And when I look at our country today and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire.”

we would love to share your drawings, poems and photographs

If you would like to be featured in our VE Day gallery please contact sarahprall@btinternet.com

With grateful thanks to Anne Yarrow, Beverly Williams, Conchita Landa-Font, Judi Lampon, Julian Turner, Keith Edwards, Lucy Mcconachie, Peter Smythe, Richard Boswell, Roberta Smythe, Sam Fake, Sarah Prall, Tracey Boorman

VE Day 75

I am afraid that the terrible Coronavirus emergency and consequent Government guidance means that we are unable to come together today. Our plans, here in the village, for  VE Day 75 community celebrations due to take place on the bank holiday weekend of 8th – 10th May are on ice. It is right and proper that people should be kept safe and healthy.

However, you could take part in celebrations safely from home. I am sure that many of you are planning to do just that. Please share your celebrations with us,

Show us how you’re celebrating! Share your stay at home party photos using the hashtags
#veday75 #hadlowdown

If you are happy to send them to us we will publish them here on the Village Fayre Page on Sunday 10th May.

With my very best wishes,

Sarah Prall, Chair Hadlow Down Village Fayre Committee

Please send your photos, drawings, poems to sarahprall@btinternet.com by Midnight Saturday 9th May.

Wings to Fly

Help for local young people with mental health and well-being problems
Wings to Fly are very pleased to announce that our application for a grant has been successful and we have received £4,115 from the Sussex Community Foundation. This will enable us to support St Mark’s CEP School and the local community with mental health and wellbeing issues during this Covid-19 outbreak. Families who feel they could benefit from this opportunity are invited to contact the School’s office in the first instance on 01825 830375.
The Trustees
Wings to Fly
Reg Charity No:118309
The support of regular donations allows us to demonstrate a strong commitment from the school community. If you are a ble to make a regular (or one off) donation you can do so directly through our donations page kindlink.com/fundraising/wings-to-fly/2563 or via our page on the school website.

Hadlow Down Village Small Businesses


The effect of the economic fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic on small businesses in our community has created hardship in many cases.
As all users of the Hadlow Down Facebook Group pages are aware in order to protect the pages from being swamped by business advertising to the detriment of general social interaction admin does not allow any advertising but, as the Facebook page was set up as a service to the whole community including those having small businesses based in the village, it is felt that in these extremely unusual and hard times it would be appropriate to do something to help without compromising the group policy on advertising.
As from immediately the group Admin will offer any small business, sole trader etc. actually based in Hadlow Down village (those who have a Hadlow Down landline number or other proof) a ‘Showcase’ post on the village Facebook page once every month.
Continue reading “Hadlow Down Village Small Businesses”

Door-to-door Virus Check Scams

Village Volunteers have received information that door to door fraudsters have been operating in West Sussex offering Covid-19 Virus checks that are fake. It is almost inevitable that even if these particular fraudsters don’t target future victims in East Sussex and our local area someone else is liable to.
These are always going to be fake offers and anyone receiving callers at their doors offering virus checks should immediately contact the police.
There are a multitude of other scams regarding the virus that have been reported please watch out for details of them on national and local news stations
Please do not become a fraud statistic by falling for fake calls, emails or any other type of contact regarding the corona virus.