Is the future of our local playing field at the crossroads?
Yes, this does sound dramatic but the reality is that future of this much loved local community amenity is very uncertain.
What do you know about the playing field?
Opened in 1975 it has provided a space for walkers, informal recreation and both cricket and football pitches for competitive sport. This provision has relied on the goodwill and commitment of a succession of volunteers.
What does it involve?
It requires local people to give of their time generously to maintain and improve the facility and raise much of the funding to pay for this.
Why is the future of the facility in doubt?
Worryingly the current committee numbers just three trustees and one committee member. It is the case that also these volunteers undertake much of the fund-raising and maintenance and they’re not getting any younger!! Two of the trustees are over 70 and one over 65 years of age.
What do we need? WE NEED NEW VOLUNTEERS.
People of all ages, of both genders and those with disabilities would be welcome and no previous experience is required.
How can you help?
In addition to the specific roles – chairperson, treasurer and secretary, there are places for members to help with organising fund raising and events, – examples of such activities are the Firework and Bonfire Evening, Pop Up suppers, Race and Quiz nights. Committee meetings annually total six and usually are held in the pavilion.
Other volunteers Grass cutting, football pitch line-marking, cricket wicket maintenance, pavilion repair and upkeep, drainage ditch clearance – activities to name but a few! The first three tasks need to be carried out on a weekly basis and the others through maintenance/working party sessions on Saturday mornings – usually six annually.
Do you think you can help? Interested? Would you like to find out more? As a first step, why not visit the Playing Field website visit the Playing Field website hdpf.uk and click on the Contact Us in the menu.
The Trustees, Hadlow Playing Field.
Sadly we have decided that we can no longer go ahead with the planned fireworks display on Saturday due to the new national lockdown. Our hearty thanks to all those who have so generously donated to our Village organisations, all is not lost! We hope to reschedule the display for New Years Eve. We will keep you informed. In the meantime you can still donate, every penny raised will be shared amongst our Village organisations – The Village Hall, The Playing Field, The Horticultural Society, The Variety Club, The New Village Hall and The Church.
We are delighted to announce that the Village Firework Display will go ahead on Saturday 7th November at 8.30 pm, weather permitting. Whilst we can’t hold a public event, as we simply wouldn’t be able to apply workable social distancing measures, there will be a firework display for us all to enjoy from the comfort of our own homes and gardens.
The fireworks have been bought and paid for by two major donors and other local individuals. As in previous years, this will be a fundraising event. Our aim is to use this opportunity to raise money for some of our local voluntary organisations whose events and income streams have been adversely affected by the pandemic. Continue reading “Fireworks and Fundraising!”
It is with extreme sadness that we report the passing of Neil Kempson yesterday.
Neil was a much loved member of the Hadlow Down community and will be sadly missed by all. His association with the New Inn, St. Mark’s School, the Village Fayres and everything else ‘Hadlow Down’ made him a ‘special’ villager. We are sure that the thoughts of everyone who knew Neil will be with Di and all his family
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:
- Parents must read this guidance and ensure their families follow it carefully for the safety of their children and others.
- This equipment is checked regularly for damage and wear and tear but is not sanitised.
- This is shared equipment, used at your own risk.
- Do not use this equipment if you or any member of your household has coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.
- You are advised that children should not use this equipment if they are clinically or extremely clinically vulnerable.
- Make sure you have hand sanitiser with you before entering the playground.
- Encourage everyone in your family to wash their hands with hand sanitiser regularly and as a minimum before and after using the playground.
- Encourage children to avoid touching their faces.
- 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.
- 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.
- Try to avoid busy times.
- If your family is wearing disposable PPE, please take it home with you or where provided use the bins – DO NOT LITTER.
- Wash your hands when you get home.
- 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!
“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 email@example.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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Midnight Saturday 9th May.
Sussex folk wun’t be druv by a bit of rain. Hadlow Down Bonfire is going ahead.
7:00 pm Gates open at the Playing Field.
7:30 pm Torchlight procession departs the New Inn. Goes via Hut Lane, Lake Boulevard and School Lane to the Playing Field.
7:45 pm Torches are cast to light the bonfire .
8:45 pm Massive firework display finale.
Bar and food available throughout the proceedings