Chiddingly Parish Council


Mission Statement


The Council will work to ensure the provision of high quality services in our community through the application of good governance, accountability and transparency to improve the quality of life of its residents.





  • The Parish Council will provide the opportunity for consultation on planning applications, within the time frames permitted.
  • The Parish Council will maintain and endeavor to improve the general civic amenities enjoyed by the Parish residents, and within the powers of the Parish Council.
  • The Parish Council will liaise with East Sussex County Council highways department to ensure roads, footpaths and bridleways are maintained to a high and safe standard within the Parish.
  • The Parish Council will apply good financial management and control of the precept (budget) by following correct budgeting and reporting procedures as laid down by statute.




Parish Council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month (with the exception of August) at 7.30pm in Chiddingly Village Hall. Planning Committee meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.


The agenda for both the parish council and planning committee meetings are published on the website, with at least three working days notice of the meeting.


Parishioners are welcome to attend the meetings, and before each meeting formally convenes they may ask questions and/or make a statement.


Agendas and Minutes are available by email. Please contact the clerk to be added to the mailing list.




Photography credits

The parish council would like to thank the following people for kindly sharing their photos on our website.


Lucy Carnaghan, Jane Brymer, Rosie Dadswell, Max Higgs, Martin Surgey, Caroline Surgey, Steve Tolhurst, Ruth Rance, Rachael Smith, Mike Goss, Steve Newham.

Latest News


Wealden Parish Bulletin January 2020
15th January 2020



Please see attached for the latest WDC bulletin.


WDC Press Release: Local Plan - cannot proceed
6th January 2020



WDC Local Plan cannot proceed.

Please read on and see the attached Inspectors Report



Press release from WDC:


New approach to Local Plan


Wealden District Council is disappointed by the decision of the Planning Inspector to find that it cannot proceed with its current draft Wealden Local Plan.

"Throughout the Local Plan process, we have always tried to find the right balance between the need for growth in housing and employment land, and the need to protect our unique environment," said Councillor Bob Standley, Leader of Wealden District Council.

"Our approach to protect the environment has been supported by our Councillors and many of our residents.

"Unfortunately, the Planning Inspector, following last summer's Examination in Public of our Local Plan, has found that we put too great an emphasis on protecting the environment and that we need to do more to build houses in Wealden which our neighbouring councils cannot accommodate.

"Regrettably, this will inevitably have impacts on our communities. We acknowledge that there is already significant pressure on infrastructure; such as roads, doctors, dentists, schools and sports facilities. A requirement to build more homes will only have a greater impact on those facilities, which will require further investment."


Councillor Ann Newton, Deputy Leader and Planning and Development Portfolio Holder, added, "We are disappointed at the time taken to reach this decision and the resulting uncertainty created since these issues were discussed in May last year.

"In recommending to withdraw our Local Plan and starting afresh, we will continue to do all we can to ensure that extra growth is accommodated in a way that is sensitive to the needs of existing residents. We will continue to strive for sustainable growth that provides infrastructure for our communities and is consistent with our commitment to become a carbon-neutral District."

A full copy of the Planning Inspector's findings of the draft Wealden Local Plan can be found on the Local Plan Examination pages of the Wealden website: _Policy/Wealden_Local_Plan/Wealden_Local_Plan_Examination.aspx

A new timetable for the Local Plan process will be discussed by the Local Plan SubCommittee. Planning applications to the Council will continue to be decided on their merits, taking account of all material considerations.



Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer Vacancy
30th December 2019



Please find attached details of the Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer vacancy



If you are interested in applying for this post, please email in the first instance


Grey Matters newsletter
13th December 2019



Please find attached the latest Grey Matters newsletter.


TV Licence Scam
25th November 2019



Please see the attached document for details of a scam


New Rural Crime PCSO for Wealden and Eastbourne
29th October 2019


Olivia Clinton - the dedicated Rural, Wildlife, Heritage and Agricultural Office - newly appointed for the Wealden and Eastbourne areas.





I would like to introduce myself as Lewes, Wealden and Eastbourne's Rural Crime PCSO for Sussex Police.


I am a dedicated Rural, Wildlife, Heritage and Agricultural Officer newly appointed to this area. I will be working closely with the communities that sometimes feel that there is a lack of police presence due to their location and the issues that go along side with this. There is more information about my post in the link:



As of November 4th 2019, Sussex Police is changing the model for PCSOs and each local area will be appointed one which will be dedicated to it. Please read more about this change through this link



Even though my role is separate to this model, as I will be covering a large area, I would love to work closely with your parish's rural residents and business'. This includes farmers, wildlife and animal services etc.


Please don't hesitate to contact me about any issues relating to the rural community. I would love to meet residents and make my face known around the area!


Thank You,

Olivia Clinton

Rural Crime PCSO 38259

Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes District

Hailsham Prevention Team C




ESCC Deer Aware Campaign
21st October 2019



MOTORISTS in East Sussex are being urged to be 'deer aware' to avoid colliding with the creatures on rural roads.


Every year there are an estimated 74,000 deer-related traffic collisions in the UK, with the risk of encountering the animals on the road increasing during the mating season in October and November.



East Sussex County Council is using social media to offer simple tips for drivers to ensure they stay safe on the county's network of rural roads this autumn.


People should take particular care in areas where there are deer warning signs or heavily wooded roads, at night and around dawn and dusk, when deer are most likely to venture out.


Cllr Bill Bentley, county council lead member for community safety, said: We're lucky in East Sussex to have some stunning countryside which provides an ideal habitat for deer. These animals may appear on the road suddenly unexpectedly, particularly at this time of year, and the results of a collision with a deer can be very serious indeed. By following some simple tips, drivers can keep themselves safe and ensure these magnificent creatures can continue to roam freely and thrive in our beautiful countryside.


People are advised to use full-beam headlights at night if no other cars are around, as they will reflect the deer's eyes, but dip their headlights when they see a deer to avoid startling it.


Deer often travel in groups so if drivers see one crossing the road they should slow down and drive with caution as others may follow.


Anyone who hits a deer is advised to stay calm, park in a safe place with hazard lights on and call the police on 101, or 999 if someone is injured or the deer is in the road.


People should not approach or try to comfort an injured deer, as it may make the animal more distressed or cause it to run back into the road.



Wealden District Councillors
12th June 2019



Please click on the link to see who the Wealden District Councillors are.



Election Results
4th May 2019



Please click on the link to see the parish election results.


Chiddingly Community Orchard


Chiddingly now has its very own community orchard!!




How to contact Wealden Citizen Advice Bureu



Please click on the link to see how you can contact Wealden Citizen Advice Breau


Manager - vacancy


View the associated document


Chiddingly Village Shop has a vacancy for a Manager. Please see the attached.


Wonderful Villages Photo Competition



Please see the attached poster for details on how you can enter this competition.

Forthcoming Events


Burns Night


The Burns Night will take place Friday 24th January 2020.


See full article


Lachelle Link AGM and Supper


This will take place Saturday 29th February 2020 at The Plough, Upper Dicker.



The meeting will start at 7.30 p.m. prompt followed by a 2 course supper at 8.00 p.m.

Contact: Sarah Leighton


Souper Saturdays


Saturday 11th January at 1200 hours until 1330. Delicious home made soups, along with scrummy cakes, tea and coffee.



Two further events are planned for 8th Feb and 28th March.


Dancing Club
30th September 2019


Dancing Club at Chiddingly Village Hall. Commencing 25th October 2019.



Sequence dancing and ballroom, by request.

Friday evenings 8-10 p.m.

Commencing 25th October 2019.

Why not join us for a social evening of light hearted dancing.

Beginners welcome.

Causal dress.

For further information please contact Dave Fittal 01825 872521


Golden Cross Youth Club
30th September 2019


Fridays 7 p.m. til 8.45 p.m.




Activities include table tennis, snooker, games, crafts and much more.


Burns Night Fundriasing dinner
22nd November 2019



24th January 2019


The Chiddingly Village Shop and Café will be hosting two special sessions of The History Club this Winter.
22nd November 2019


The Chiddingly Village Shop and Café will be hosting two special sessions of The History Club this Winter.


'The Thin Red line' is a two part presentation of the experiences of junior medical officers during the Falklands Conflict (Operation Corporate) as described in their Medical Officers Journals compiled at the time.



10.30 am Monday 25th November 2019

Part one: Introduction , Medical Support, Prelude, The journey south and the loss of HMS Sheffield.

10.30 am Monday 27th January 2020

Part two: Build-up and landings at Ajax Bay, Consolidation and Success, Return and Reflection, Historical Context and Conclusion.


These sessions will be presented by Andy Meredith, a student of Portsmouth university, studying for a Masters Degree in Naval History; a retired Surgeon Commander RN and retiring (slowly!) NHS Consultant.


Everyone is welcome so please bring friends or villagers who may be interested. There will be a small charge of £5 to cover yea/coffee and a slice of cake/flapjack.





6th December 2019



Please see the attached flyer for Aladdin production.


Chiddingly Horse Show
2nd January 2020


The 66th running of the popular local show will be on 18th July 2020 at Burchetts Farm, Whitesmith.



All information can be found on their Facebook page or email:


MOSAG Quiz Night
2nd January 2020


First quiz of the new year with Nigel and Elaine Birch. Saturday 8th Feb 2020.



Chiddingly Village Hall 7 for 7.30 p.m.

£4.50 per head

In aid of Millenium Oak Sculpture Garden and Community Orchard