Little Lily Harley

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company
Present
Little Lily Harley at The Cricket Field, Hadlow Down, East Sussex, Saturday 7th August at 7.30pm

‘Little Lily Harley’ is about Charlie Chaplin’s childhood in Lambeth. With a drunken but charismatic actor father who was rarely around & a beautiful young actress of a mother who had three children by different fathers, he had to learn along-side his big brother Sydney how to survive a very precarious existence. Sometimes fostered by other people, sometimes in a school for destitute children, sometimes separated from Sydney & sometimes living on the street (as a child!) he nevertheless managed to triumph over all this to become arguably the greatest film actor ever. Pete Talbot, the director, says, “When I wrote the play in 2019, I could not have known how apt it would be for today. The message of hope, triumph over pain, through the imagination and laughter, is really important for today.”

Adults (18 to 64) £19.00, Seniors (65+ & retired) £18.00, Students (18+ & in full time education) £13.00, Children (7 to 17) £10.00 & Families (any two adults or seniors & two children) £45.00.
Important: Visit the Rude’s Web Site to book and read full details of arrangements including Covid restrictions etc.
https://www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk/book-tickets/
If you do not have a Paypal account
 –  use the credit or debit card ‘Check out as a guest’ option which is further down the page when you book & come to pay.
Online ticket sales close at 11.00pm the evening before the date of the show. This does not mean we are sold out. In these circumstances ring 01323-501260 to reserve tickets, or just come. We cannot guarantee, however, that you will get in, but worth a try.

Continue reading “Little Lily Harley”

Village Societies AGM

The AGM, due to be held in February, was postponed due to Covid-19 Restrictions. We are pleased to announce it has now been re-scheduled for 23rd July. Please come along to hear from your Village Societies, perhaps you are interested in volunteering or are new to the village? All are welcome, refreshments will be served. The meeting will be held at the Village Hall at 7.30 pm

Village Litter Picking

Posted on behalf of Rachel Lewis:
As many will be aware a small team of village volunteers litter pick around the village at this time of year before the grass verges grow too long. Unfortunately the present team will not be able to do as much this year as before. Over the past year it has become apparent that there are many in the village keen to contribute to a spirit of village community and so it is hoped that a few people may be willing to volunteer to help out. by clearing verges within the village……. even 30 minutes of your time would be a great help!!
We have all of the equipment: bags, litter picking sticks, gloves, coloured tabards, etc and therefore are just looking for some villagers willing to help.
Once we have a team we will co-ordinate between ourselves who is picking which area and where bags of rubbish can be deposited so that they can then be collected.
Please can you email me at
if you are prepared to help and then we can take it from there.
Once again many thanks for your continued support and keep safe.
Rachel

Urgent call for new volunteers

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.

Many thanks
The Trustees, Hadlow Playing Field.

Fireworks Postponed

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.

 

Fireworks and Fundraising!

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!”

Neil Kempson

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
Admin

Message to all dog owners

The Parish Council has received complaints about owners not picking up their dog’s faeces.  Despite the majority of people kindly clearing up after their dogs, there is a very small minority who are either leaving the offending item where it has been deposited or placing it in a bag and leaving it hanging in the hedgerow.  This is especially a problem in Wilderness Lane which makes it very unpleasant for residents and is a health hazard.

For those who leave the item on verges it can be a very unpleasant experience when the owner comes to cut back the vegetation.

Can owners please either place the dog’s faeces in the dog bins provided at the Village Hall and at the playing field or take it home with them.

Thank you for your support in solving this issue.

Hadlow Down Parish Council

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