Village Hall

Tucked away at the bottom of Hut Lane, and with a wonderful view over acres of unspoilt land, the Village Hall is the main communal meeting place for the village. It is a regular venue for societies as diverse as the Bowls Club, the Variety Club, the Horticultural Society etc.

The building is also the venue for more serious events such as regular meetings of the Parish Council and other committees. Village organisations use the hall for their AGM’s and the annual Village Assembly also meets here every Spring. The Hall can be hired at very competitive rates for private functions.

Registered Charity No. 305236
Activity Address Village Hall, Hut Lane, Hadlow Down, East Sussex. TN22 4HJ
Contact villagehallsecretaryhadlowdown@gmail.com
Contact Address Village Hall, Hut Lane, Hadlow Down, East Sussex. TN22 4HJ
Telephone
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Email villagehallsecretaryhadlowdown@gmail.com
Web Site URL https://www.hadlowdownvillagehall.org/

Parking

Parking for Hall users is permitted around the perimeter of the building. Please make full use of the rear of the Hall by double-parking if your party is leaving at one time. Or using the rear for the organisers of the event, who will be the last to leave. Parking is permitted in the adjacent lanes, but please ensure cars are parked sensibly, not obstructing any neighbouring driveways and that there is sufficient access for emergency vehicles. The Hire Agreement you will have signed does ask you to appoint a person to be responsible for parking. It will be helpful to our very patient neighbours and not spoil the enjoyment of your own guests if they are called out to move their vehicles.

Electricity

You will find meters in the lobby for the electric sockets and heating, these take £1 coins. The lighting is not on a meter so will not switch off. If for any reason, the power trips. The trip switches are above the front door and a master switch can be found in the top left hand corner of the meter cupboards.

Table Top Sale Cancelled

The Table Top Sale, part of the ongoing fundraising efforts for the New Village Hall and scheduled to be held in the Village Hall tomorrow Sunday July 3rd. has been cancelled.

The Annual Show, Saturday 6th August 2022

The Horticultural Society are pleased to announce the schedule for this year’s Annual Show. All villagers are welcome to enter, there are lots of categories choose from. Here are all the details you will need to take part.

  1. Entry forms and fees to be handed in BEFORE Thursday 6pm 4th August 2022
  2. All fruits, flowers and vegetables, except decorative classes must have been grown in the exhibitor’s own ground.
  3. Only one exhibit per class may be entered by any one exhibitor.
  4. Exhibitors shall, on request, allow members of the Show Committee to visit the place where their exhibits were grown.
  5. All varieties of vegetables, fruit and flowers should be named if possible.
  6. Staging to be carried out between 8.30am and 10.00am on the Show Morning. Judges start Judging at 10.00am
  7. Any exhibit not according to schedule shall be disqualified.
  8. The Society does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to any exhibit.
  9. PRIZE GIVING 3.30pm. NO EXHIBITS TO BE REMOVED BEFORE 4pm.

ALL CUPS AND TROPHIES MUST BE RETURNED TO ANY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE BY 4 July 2022

Kathy Cracknell 830616, Penny Eliot 830006, Barbara Ball, Carol Franks, Janet Tourell, Roberta Smythe.

ENTRIES FORMS MUST BE HANDED TO A COMMITTEE MEMBER BY THURSDAY 6pm 4 August EVENING OR THEY WILL BE TREATED AS LATE ENTRIES.

 

SECTION 1 – Vegetables                                         Please see Rule 2   

  1. A garden trug of mixed vegetables (excluding herbs) to be judged on contents, quality and general presentation. Maximum length of trug 51cm.
  2. Four potatoes – one variety – White
  3. Four potatoes – one variety – coloured
  4. Three onions
  5. Three red onions
  6. Four shallots – pickling or large
  7. Three bulbs garlic
  8. Four carrots – one variety
  9. Six runner beans
  10. Six French beans
  11. Three leaves, spinach, kale or chard
  12. Two heads lettuce
  13. Six cherry type tomatoes (or small plum)
  14. Four standard tomatoes
  15. Four tomatoes of different varieties.
  16. Three beetroots
  17. Three courgettes not over 16cm
  18. Two cucumbers
  19. A misshapen vegetable
  20. Two of any vegetable not covered in schedule
  21. Five culinary herbs, named – one stem of each only – small pots provided.

STORMONT CHALLENGE TROPHY CLASS 1
ROWLAND GORRINGE CUP FOR HIGHEST POINTS IN CLASSES 2 – 21

SECTION 2 – Fruit                                                   Please see Rule 2

  1. Ten blueberries
  2. Ten soft fruit
  3. Any other fruit (one)

EWART CHALLENGE CUP FOR HIGHEST TOTAL POINTS CLASSES 30-32

SECTION 3 – Flowers                                              Please see Rule 2

(Vases provided in classes 40 -49)

  1. Single rose – one specimen bloom
  2. Cluster-flowered rose – one stem
  3. Flowering shrub – three stems, one variety excluding hydrangeas
  4. Five sweet peas – one or more varieties
  5. Three stems dahlias – one or more varieties
  6. Vase of herbaceous perennials one or more varieties, four stems only
  7. Vase of annuals – one or more varieties, four stems only
  8. Lilies- one stem
  9. One Spike e.g. delphinium, gladioli, hollyhock etc
  10. Fuchsias – two stems, one variety
  11. Three heads hydrangeas – lace cap type. Please bring your own container
  12. Three heads hydrangeas – mop head type. Please bring your own container
  13. Three heads hydrangeas – Paniculata. Please bring your own container
  14. INDOOR flowering pot plant; pot not more than 21cm. See rule 2.

ROPNER ROSE BOWL FOR BEST ROSE CLASSES 40-41
HARRISON CHALLENGE CUP HIGHEST TOTAL POINTS CLASSES 40-52

SECTION 4 – Domestic Classes

PLEASE PLACE ON YOUR OWN PLATE, WE WILL SUPPLY A COVER.

  1. 59. Four fresh eggs in any container
  2. A loaf of bread.
  3. My favourite chocolate cake.
  4. A Vegetable flan
  5. 5 Savoury biscuits
  6. An Individual pudding
  7. Jar of marmalade
  8. Jar of relish
  9. Jar of jam
  10. Small jar of jelly – fruit or herb
  11. A small bottle of spiced Rum
  12. 3 Fairy Cakes Men only

SLEE MEMORIAL CUP FOR HIGHEST TOTAL POINTS IN CLASSES 60-69
BARBARA BALL CUP FOR THE BEST ENTRY IN CLASS 70

Advanced Warning. In 2023 a small bottle of Sloe Gin

SECTION 5 – Flower arranging.

  1. “BONFIRE” up to 30cm
  2. An Arrangement in a Tea Cup.

POLLOCK MEMORIAL CUP FOR BEST EXHIBIT CLASSES 80-81

SECTION 6 – Craft

  1. A bag made with Ties
  2. A homemade gift made for no more than £2.50. (Please give costings.)
  3. A homemade key fob
  4. A small animal made from felting technique. Up to 15cm
  5. “I made this during Lockdown”
  6. Article in wood, ceramic or metal

HADLOW DOWN FOR CUP THE BEST EXHIBIT IN CLASSES 90-95

SECTION 7 – Art, Photography and Poetry

(Items not previously exhibited at this show)

  1. A portrait in any medium. (Art)
  2. A landscape in any medium (Art)
  3. A still life in any medium (Art)
  4. Photograph – “Village Wild Life”
  5. Photograph – “Picnic”
  6. Photograph – “I spy something beginning with O”

All photographs to be unmounted, unframed and no larger than 13×18 cm

  1. “When We Were Young” (A4 paper, name on back)
  2. An Adult Nursery Rhyme. (A4 paper, name on back)

VICE-PRESIDENT’S TROPHY FOR THE BEST EXHIBIT IN 100-102
ANNIVERSARY CUP FOR BEST EXHIBIT 103-105
STOCKLAND CUP FOR POETRY CLASS 107-108

HINTS FOR  EXHIBITORS

Potatoes:                Tubers should be washed with a sponge.

Onions & Shallots:  Do not over-skin. Tops should be tied and roots trimmed.

Beet & Carrots:      Tops cut off leaving approx 3”of leaf stalks, which should be neatly tied.

Cabbage:                3” of stalk remaining.

Beans:                    Cut from vine with scissors with some stalk attached.

Courgette:              Do not cut main fruit to conform to size requirement.

Lettuce:                  Roots should be washed and wrapped in moist tissue, inserted into a plastic bag and neatly tied.

Tomatoes:              Aim for uniform set of fruits with small eye and firm fresh calyx.

Cucumbers:           Should be well matched, with a well developed stalk end.

Garlic:                    Leave 1” of dried stem.  Stage bulbs as complete specimens.

Soft Fruit:              Should be exhibited with stalks

Preserves:              Fully-dated label on lower half of jar. Jars to be full, with screw tops.

Move Some Chairs and Make Someone’s Day!

The Hadlow Down community has a long established reputation for friendliness and geniality.  Although there are always opportunities to  be involved in different ways with various village projects and activities a current opportunity is available to join the group of great people who believe that being a real ‘villager’ is more than just having an address in the area and want to be a part of the village proper by just giving a small amount of time each week to be involved in the reputation.
The TN22 Club is a charitable organisation providing meals and entertainment for older members of the community on Wednesdays in the Village Hall.  An able-bodied person (or persons) is needed to help set out the chairs and tables which usually takes less than one hour in the mornings at 8.30 am. and to put them away again at 2pm or 4pm (alternating weeks) that takes about 30 minutes.
It’s a great way of meeting others who give something to the village of which they are part.   Just turn up at 8.30 am on a Wednesday to get involved

Table Top Sale at the Village Hall

 

A Table Top Sale will be held as part of the ongoing fundraising efforts for the New Village Hall.

Please come along to the
Village Hall on Sunday 3rd July, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
to join in the fun, free entry to all! And you might just unearth a treasure!

Refreshments will be served throughout.

Join our Village Lottery for a chance to win a cash prize at our next draw which will be held at this event.

If you would like to secure a Table to sell from please contact Janet jtourell@btinternet.com tables will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 

Village Societies AGM this Friday !

All residents of Hadlow Down are warmly invited to join the Village Societies at their Annual General Meeting this Friday 25th February. The meeting will be held in The Village Hall, on Hut Lane, at 7.30pm.

The Chairs of each Association will give their Annual Report and present their accounts. In addition the societies will also appoint their officers for the coming year.  We will also be joined by a representative from St.Mark’s Church who will be giving an update on behalf of the Rector.

You will hear about all the current initiatives and have a chance to ask questions. Refreshments will be served and plus there is ample time to chat with various members of our Village societies as well as other residents.

 

Perhaps you have moved to Hadlow Down recently or would like to be more involved in what happens in the Village? Do come along you will be warmly welcomed.

The Spring Market Returns

 

The Spring Market is back ! This will be our first Spring Market event since 2019! Do join us if you can in the Village Hall on Saturday 19th March  between 10.30 am and 2.00 pm. Tea Coffee and cakes will be served all morning, we look forward to seeing you.

Stalls will include Cards, Gifts, Preserves, Locally Produced Meat and Plants.

 

 

The Spring Draw for the Village Lottery will also take place. If you would like to buy lottery tickets and or would like more information please contact Janet Tourell  jtourell@btinternet.com