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


Horam Crematorium - update
7th December 2018


Please read on for an update from Wealden District Council about the new crematorium:



Trees and landscaping - a bonus for the local environment

The majority of the crematorium site will feature well thought-out formal and informal gardens, woodland areas, grazing and wildflower meadows. New native species hedgerows are also being incorporated into the scheme.

The landscaping includes the planting of nearly 8000 trees to form new native species woodland and for screening. The trees range in size from semi mature trees (30 to 35cmes girth) to whips and transplants. We have taken care to avoid those species where there are recent health issues for example Ash.

In addition over 4500 shrubs and over 4700 herbaceous plants are being planted.

As you might imagine the site has a high potential for nesting birds as the woodland, scrub, scattered trees and hedgerows provide ideal nesting habitat for a range of bird species. A number of bat boxes have also been installed across the site.

Take a look at the monthly drone footage posted on YouTube if you would like to see how this important work is progressing.

Supporting the local economy

Wherever possible the contactor has taken care to engage local suppliers, sub-contractors and trades people. This includes local caterers and shops in Horam. Once the crematorium opens there will of course be further ongoing benefits to local businesses.

Advantages for the wider community

Baxall Ltd the main contractor tells us that it plans to donate some of its workforce time to maintain and enhance local stretches of the much used and much enjoyed Cuckoo Trail. It is currently in talks with 3VA about this - 3VA is the charity that supports and develops the voluntary & community sector.

It was also good to hear that students from the West Kent College visited the construction site recently and had a fruitful day touring the site and quizzing the site manager about the project.

As mentioned in earlier updates we will be organising open days for the general public and businesses in January or February, once the main building work has been completed. I will let you know more once the dates are confirmed.

Finally, Baxall has again kindly provided the lights for the Christmas tree in Horam's village centre.



A267 Horam - by new crematorium - traffic lights
3rd December 2018


A short message to let you know that Southern Gas Networks are starting work on moving a gas main on the A267 near the crematorium this week. This will mean traffic lights will be in operation.

The work is scheduled to last until 21st December.



Community Orchard update
16th November 2018



Please see the attached document for the latest news on the Community Orchard


Heathfeld High Street Closure - changes to bus routes
1st November 2018



Message from ESCC Highways.

Heathfield High Street Road Closure - changes to bus routes.




Please see the notice attached that gives details of service revisions. Some delays are to be expected. Colleagues whose parishes are located along the A265 to the east of Heathfield are asked to particularly note the arrangements for service 231, including that many westbound journeys will run earlier than normal and that certain journeys will be replaced with a shuttle service.


Secondary schools in Heathfield, Ringmer, Uckfield and Tunbridge Wells have been informed of changes that will affect pupils travelling to/from their school/college.


Arrangements will vary as the work progresses although services are expected to run as set out in the attached until mid-November.


This notice will be placed on the ESCC website and details will be updated as necessary. Individual bus companies will also be informing passengers of the changes to services.


This information will also be shared with the ESCC Councillors whose divisions are affected.


We hope that this information is helpful in dealing with any queries that you may have and those colleagues whose parishes are most affected may wish to share the content with partners in their local communities.



ESCC Highways - Gritting


A message from ESCC Highways about their gritting plans for the winter months:





Our Winter season officially begins on Monday October 1st and runs through until 30th April 2019.


During this time we receive daily winter weather forecasts and gritting decisions are made on a daily basis, sometimes more in times of extreme weather. Our fleet of 23 gritters will be on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready for when the weather may reach icy conditions. We have over 10,000 tonnes of rock salt across our 6 depots, and all county council grit bins across the county have been filled.


Our Winter Maintenance Service includes the following:


- daily monitoring of road surface temperatures, and snow and ice forecasts

- the provision of winter gritting equipment and standby resources

- the provision of stockpiled rock salt for gritting

- the salting of primary gritting routes in the event of the forecast of frost and ice

- the salting of secondary gritting routes in the event of a forecast of severe ice or snowfall

- the filling, maintenance and refilling of over 900 grit bins across the county

- erection of snow drift fencing on the A259 East Dean Road

- snow clearance from primary and secondary routes, and from main town centre footways

- maintain a winter service section on the East Sussex Highways website containing fact sheets and winter gritting maps

- carry out routine clearance of roadside drains

- monitor 'drainage hotspots' during times of heavy rain

- carry out drainage investigations where needed with drainage issues


Daily gritting decisions will be published via Twitter (@esccroads) and Facebook (EastSussexHighways). In the event of extreme ice or snow we will provide live morning and evening radio updates.


More information regarding our winter service including helpful advice can be found at:



Road Closure - Broomham Lane
2nd October 2018


Temporary road closure

U7676 Broomham Lane, Chiddingly

From the junction of the B2124 Lewes Road for a distance of 167 metres northwards

From the 22nd October 2018. The works are anticipated to take twelve days to complete

To allow South East Water to carry out mains diversion works

Diversion via:-

A22 Whitesmith - A22 Holmes Hill - B2124 Lewes Road

In both directions



Questions for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner
12th September 2018


Have you got a question for the Police and Crime Commissioner?


Sussex residents now have the chance to pose questions to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in person at a meeting next month.



Questions are now being invited for Katy Bourne ahead of the next meeting of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel on Friday 5 October.


Having submitted questions in advance, residents can, if they wish, then attend the meeting to ask their question in person, hear the answer and then raise further points. Otherwise the Chairman will ask their question on their behalf.


This new approach was agreed by the panel at its last meeting.


Questions could be about any policy issue relating to policing in Sussex (but not related to operational matters, or a live case).


The deadline for receiving questions is midday on Friday 21 September and they can be submitted in writing to or by telephoning 03302 222542.


Councillor Bill Bentley, chairman of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel said: "As well as supporting the Commissioner, the role of the panel is to properly scrutinise all elements of her work on behalf of the public, to ensure the role is being carried out effectively.


"We want to make sure the issues we are raising are those that the public feel are important to them, and we periodically improve our working arrangements to ensure residents' voices are heard. I would encourage people to submit their questions, and we look forward to welcoming as many as possible at our meeting on 5 October."


The main items on the agenda at the meeting are an update on the Commissioner's work in ensuring Sussex Police provides an effective response to our educational establishments and the Commissioner's proposed new role in handling policing complaints.


The meeting will be held at County Hall, Lewes, starting at 10.30am. The meeting will also be webcast live at


Councillors from 15 local authorities across Sussex, plus two independent members, make up the Sussex Police and Crime Panel. The role of the Panel is to scrutinise the actions and decisions of the Commissioner.



Wealden Local Plan - Consultation is now OPEN
13th August 2018


Publication of the Wealden Local Plan - Proposed Submission Document

Wealden District has published its Proposed Submission Wealden Local Plan for receipt of representations between Monday 13th August 2018 and 5pm on Monday 8th October 2018.



The document sets out planning policies for growth and change within Wealden District (excluding the area of the District which is within the South Downs National Park) up until 2028. After consideration of all representations received the Council intends to submit the document to the Secretary of State for examination later in 2018. You can view the Proposed Submission Wealden Local Plan and associated documents on the WDC's website;

When submitting comments WDC encourage respondents to respond to the consultation questions on either the online consultation portal or the representation form. In order to assist the process, it is requested that consideration is given to any submission to ensure that they are relevant and to the point. If a long submission cannot be avoided, please provide a summary of the main points to be addressed. Before submitting any comments WDC would strongly encourage you to read their 'Guidance Note for Respondents'.



Horam Crematorium - progress update
August 2018


The following information has been received from WDC with regards to the progress on the Crematorium works, and they have asked for us to share this with you:



I am pleased to tell you that we continue to make good progress with the crematorium and that we are on course to complete the buildings, roads, car parks and landscaping by Christmas or soon after. The crematorium will be open for services early in 2019.

Main Entrance

You may have noticed that work to the main entrance on the A267 has been paused. This is because we are having to wait for South East Water and SGN to relocate their water and gas mains that run across the entrance (they were previously unaware of their location). Once this is completed work will then recommence on the entrance, and the traffic island and bus stop etc. will be installed. SGN has indicated that traffic lights will be required on the A267 for an additional three week period in early October.

Open Day

It is planned to arrange an Open Day in the Spring to give members of the public a chance to look behind the scenes and speak to the staff who work there. Going to an Open Day at a crematorium may seem an unusual thing to do, but we have been told that this has been very well received at other crematoriums. It will provide a unique opportunity to ask questions and find out more and also to explore the many myths about cremation.


We have had one or two enquiries about the drone that we fly over the site once each month. This is used to capture footage of the work as it proceeds and is then published via our webpage. We know that many local residents and others with an interest in the project find it useful to see how the work is progressing.

The drone is operated in accordance with and bound by the requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permit issued under the Air Navigation Order 2016. Collection of any images of identifiable individual etc is avoided and its use is covered by the Council's public liability insurance.

As an additional precaution posting the drone footage on the crematorium's webpage is always delayed for at least 4 weeks to protect the security of the site.

Considerate Contractor

Finally, Baxall Ltd, the main contractor, participates in 'The Considerate Contractors' scheme with assessments undertaken from time to time by an independent inspector. The July report records that the site has scored excellent or exceptional for all five criteria - appearance, community, environment, safety and workforce. Excellent scores and a credit to the Site Manager and his team.


The Council has just embarked on a consultation exercise regarding the Crematorium Regulations it plans to introduce. You will receive a separate email about this in the next day or two.

We hope that you found this update of interest.





Peter Griggs

Programme Support Manager



Gun Hill - roadworks
31st July 2018



East Sussex Highways will be carrying out roadworks on Gun Hill, Chiddingly.




These works will commence from 20 August for 13 days, between 7am and 7pm. There will be no weekend or bank holiday working, and the road will be closed during the working hours. A signed diversion route will be in place.


UK Power Networks - advice for loss of power
27th July 2018


From UK Power Networks:

You may have seen the forecast of unsettled weather over the next few days with heavy rain and lightning affecting parts of the East and South East of England. We are currently monitoring the weather closely and we are in regular contact with the Met Office as the forecast develops.




Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can affect overhead and underground power lines, resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to our electricity network.


You will be able to find regular updates on our website and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.


Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

- Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)

- Visit for the latest updates

- Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map

- Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates


We urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to us immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone.


If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.


We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website:


If you would like to share information about preparing for the extreme weather or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:


@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of the current extreme weather. Call 105 to report a power cut and visit


Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit for more information.



South East Water
9th July 2018


As the heat increases, so does the amount of water we all use. To cope with this, South East Water is producing an extra 100 million litres a day across its supply area - the equivalent of 40 Olympic swimming pools of water.



High demand for water is often caused by garden watering - on a normal day it makes up six per cent of water use in the home, but on hot days this can soar to 70 per cent, mainly due to garden sprinklers which use as much water in an hour as a family of six uses in a day.


During this period of high demand some people may experience lower than normal pressures during times of high demand such as breakfast and dinner time so everyone is being asked to reduce garden water use during these times to try to make sure there is enough water for everyone.


Being water savvy in the sunshine will help ease pressure on the company's extensive network of 9,000 miles of pipes, pumping stations and treatment works which are working at full pelt around the clock to keep taps running.


Despite the recent dry spell, reservoir and ground water levels are as expected for this time of year.


Saving water means saving money too and top tips and free water saving devices can be found at:




Annual Assembly - TONIGHT!!! 22.5.18
22nd May 2018


The Annual Assembly takes place this evening in Chiddingly Village Hall.


See full article


Chiddingly's Community Orchard
21st March 2018



The Glebe Field has now been leased by the Parish Council to MOSAG (the Millennium Oak Sculpture Garden Trust) and so the Chiddingly Community Orchard is officially underway.


See full article


New date for Spring Clean 10th March 2018
28th February 2018


Spring Clean - new date: 10th March 2018 - due to the current weather conditions.



Chiddingly Spring Clean. Would you be able to spare some time next Saturday (10th March 2018) to help with a clean up of our community? The parish council are taking part in the Great British Spring Clean, and would really love your help, to make the parish clear of any litter. We have litter pickers and gloves etc - all we need from your is your time - even if its just for an hour. If you think you could help then please contact Cllr Beryl Marchant on 01825 872998. The plan is to start at about 0930 on Saturday 10th March.


Old Jubilee Field gates for sale
22nd February 2018


View the associated document


Now that the parish council have replaced the Jubilee Field gates, we are able to offer the old gates for sale.



Please see the attached photo. If anyone is interested in making an offer on the old gates, then please email: with the amount you would like to offer. The closing date is 31st March 2018. The gates can then be sold to the highest bidder.


General Data Protection Rgulations


How the information you provide will be used.





General Data Protection Regulations -Any personal information such as name, postal address, telephone number, and email address given via this website/form will only be used to provide a requested service, kept for as long as necessary to provide that service and will not be disclosed to any other third party without your prior permission or unless we are required to do so by law.


Operation Christmas Child


Shoebox Gifts

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian international relief organisation.


See full article


Safer kitchens – Safer Homes
24th August 2017


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFR)


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to do three simple things to help keep their homes safe from fire...


See full article


East Sussex Against Scams Partnership
23rd August 2017


Chiddingly Parish Council recently signed up to the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership to try to promote knowledge and awareness of this issue.


Here is some advice on protecting yourself and others from scams and what you can do if you have been affected by one.


See full article


Chiddingly Community Orchard


Chiddingly now has its very own community orchard!!




ESCC Highways Customer Panel requires representatives


ESCC Highways are looking for residents of East Sussex to join their Highways Customer Panel. The survey, which is sent via email twice a year, will ask for your views on the service that they provide and will help them make improvements based on the feedback given.





If you would be interested in joining then please sign-up here: You can unsubscribe from the panel at any time. More information on the Highways Customer Panel can be found here:



How to contact Wealden Citizen Advice Bureu



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


Road Closure - Chalvington Road



Please be aware that the following works will be carried out:-


C207 Chalvington Road, Golden Cross Chiddingly




See full article

Forthcoming Events


Advance Diary Dates


Future events:



1st December 2017 - The Angel and the Fiend.


7th December 2017 - WI Christmas Party.


21st December 2017 - Swingshift Charity Concert.


19th January 2018 - Lachelle Link AGM


10th February 2018 - East Hoathly Church Fundraising Event: Rock Around the Clock.


3rd March 2018 - Friends of Chiddingly Church annual fundraising event.


7th April 2018 - Village Hall Fundraising Quiz.


Advanced Diary Dates


Please read on for future diary dates:



7.2.19 East Hoathly and District Pop in Lunch

8.2.19 Chiddingly/Lachelle link AGM

9.2.19 Souper Saturday

9.2.19 Quiz: Heron Ghyll Driving Group for disabled

12.2.19 CCLT AGM

15.2.19 Chiddingly Primary School enrichment day

16.2.19 Horticultural Society Spring Supper

23.2.19 Raise the Roof Concert - East Hoathly Church

9.3.19 MOSAG quiz

16.3.19 Souper Saturday

27.4.19 Souper Saturday

18.5.19 Friends of Chiddingly Church - Annual Fundraising Event


Beauty and the Beast 18-20January 2019


At Chiddingly Village Hall.




Fri 18th Jan 7.30 p.m.

Sat 19th Jan at 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Sun 20th Jan at 2.30 p.m

Tickets available from


Chiddingly Community Land Trust


The AGM will be held on 12th Feb in the village hall.



Chiddingly CLT are now compiling a register of the member of the CLT. To become a member you just need to fill in an application form (already delivered to your home or available at the village shop) - just £1 per member. This gives you a vote in running the trust. All members have an equal vote to appoint directors and vote at the AGM to decide the course the Trust follows.


The CLT meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7 p.m. - usually in the back bar of the Six Bells - but check on the website or email the secretary (Sue Skan) for more information:


Chiddingly Panto


View the associated document


Chiddingly Festival presents Beauty and the Beast


January Diary Dates


Please read more to see January's diary dates:



3.1.19 WI Meeting and AGM 1 p.m. in the Village Hall

5.1.19 Chiddingly Bonfire Society Quiz 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall

14.1.19 CCLT Meeting 7 p.m. in Six Bells

18-20.1.19 Beauty and the Beast in the Village Hall

19.1.19 Parish Council Surgery 10-1200 in the Village Shop

20.1.19 EH & District Preservation Society Walk 2p.m. Arlington Reservoir Car Park

22.1.19 Planning Meeting in Village Hall at 7.30 p.m.

23.1.19 Village Halls: Coffee morning 1000-1130 Village Hall

26.1.19 Burns Night Supper in the Village Hall



Lachelle Link AGM 8.2.19


The Lachelle Link AGM will take place on Friday 8th Feb in the Village Hall.



If LINK members are interested in joining the Committee please get in touch with Sarah or Jeanie prior to the AGM.

If anyone is interested in joining the LINK please come to the AGM. It is an excellent opportunity to meet members and find out plans for next year.



Quiz night 9th Feb 2019


In aid of Herons Ghyll Driving Group for the disabled



Tables of 6'ish. £5 per person. Rolls, teas and coffees available, or please bring your own drinks.

To book a table please contact Liz Major on 01323 841541.



Village Halls Week 22-28 January


A coffee morning will be held on Wednesday 23rd January 1000-1130.


Wealden Support Day - Universal Credit



Wealden are running an event on Thursday 1 November to support residents with the changes to Universal Credit. There will an opportunity to talk to representatives from the DWP, East Sussex Credit Union and the Citizens Advice Bureau, as well as our Home Energy Efficiency Officer


Business Networking & Support Session - Tuesday 8th May
16th April 2018



AiRS (Action in Rural Sussex) have advised the parish council of an initiative that they are running with a view to supporting local businesses in our area (Chiddingly/East Hoathly/Laughton).


Their Virtual Business Networks project focuses on encouraging peer-to-peer networking between people currently involved in running their own business, wishing to start a business or who are involved in another form of community enterprise.





To launch this they are running an initiation session to explore local aspirations and needs. This will take place on the Tuesday 8th May 2018 between 7.00pm and 8.30pm at Chiddingly Village Hall. Further details are available via the link below:


The goal is to provide a valuable networking opportunity for anyone involved in running or operating a local business, providing participants with mutual support and a forum to discuss local issues. There will also be an opportunity to explore a range of government-backed business support schemes focused on training, advice and funding provided by our project partner the Lets Do Business Group.



100 years since the end of the World War I
13th June 2018



This year marks 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War and it is important to mark such an important event. WDC have provided us with a document from Bruno Peek, Pageant Master called "Battle's Over" which is the Nation's tribute and people all over the Country will be following this event guide.






Please do have a look through the guide which tells you how to take part and please do let the Clerk know about any events you are planning.


Souper Saturday
13th November 2018



Saturday 15th December.

Chiddingly Village Hall.

1200-1330 hours.

Please see the attached poster.


Chiddingly Shop and cafe - Christmas Shopping
19th November 2018



Late night Christmas shopping at the Chiddingly Village Shop


Christmas Trees
26th November 2018



Order you tree now......for collection 8.12.18



All profits going to Friends of Chiddingly Church


Village Shop Christmas Shopping Night
26th November 2018



29th November 2018



Shop Local!


Burns' Night 26th January 2018
3rd December 2018


The Village Hall Management Committee are arranging another Burns' night.

Saturday 26th January at the Village Hall




A traditional Burns Night menu will be served after a reception drink with canapes.

Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event.

£29.50 for the 4 course meal


Cock-A-Leekie Soup with crusty bread


Haggis, Neeps & Tatties Stack served with gravy and whisky shot to toast the Haggis.


Cranachan with shortbread


Cheeseboard, biscuits and fruit cake.


Quality wines, beers, whiskies and soft drinks will be served from the bar at competitive prices.



Chiddingly Church services for December 2018
3rd December 2018


Please read on for details of the December church services in Chiddingly



Sunday 2nd December at 6 p.m. Christingle Service


Sunday 9th December at 10 a.m. Benefice Communion


Sunday 23rd December at 6 p.m. Carol Service


Quiz Night
3rd December 2018


There will be a quiz on Saturday 9th Feb at 7.30 p.m. Chiddingly Village Hall in aid of Herons Ghyll Driving Group for the disabled.


See full article


Chiddingly Spring Clean - save the date 30th March 2019
16th January 2019


The date has been set for this years Spring Clean - Saturday 30th March 2019 - and we need your help, please!


See full article


Friends of Chiddingly Church - Annual Fundraiser 18.5.19
17th January 2019


The fourth annual fund raising event will be an 80s themed summer party at the Village Hall on Saturday 18th May.



There will be dancing to the Scalettos, a hog roast and other food, a welcome cocktail and canapes, tombola and Auction.

Tickets are £27.50 and are expected to sell out fast - so early booking is advised.


Please contact Stuart Appleton to reserve tickets on 872500 or