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


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.


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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.


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Important Winter Water Advice from South East Water
2nd March 2018


What to do if you have frozen or burst pipes:


Water pipes can freeze if they are not properly insulated and can then burst as the thaw comes.


South East Water, which supplies drinking water to 2.2 million customers across Kent, Sussex, Surrey and parts of Hampshire, has the following advice:




Should you find you have no water, first check the South East Water website In Your Area map at to see if there is a problem on the supply network.


If no incident is showing, check with your neighbours to see if they have water. If they do, you should check for frozen pipes and take action to prevent a burst, which can cause damage.


If your pipes have frozen:

- Turn off the water supply at the stop tap

- Slowly thaw the pipes by wrapping them in warm materials like towels starting at the end nearest to the tap.

- You could ask your neighbour for some warm water to soak the towels in to speed up the process.

- Never use a naked flame or blowtorch to thaw frozen pipes

If your pipes burst:

- Turn off the stop tap

- Open all taps to drain the system quickly

- Soak up/block off escaping water with thick towels

- Call a qualified plumber. To find your nearest WaterSafe accredited plumber visit

- If water has leaked near your electrics or into any electrical appliances, switch them off at the mains

- Turn off taps once the pipework is repaired to avoid further flooding

If you and your neighbours do not have water and no incident is showing on the South East Water website, call 0333 000 0002 to report the problem.


For details on how to wrap up homes for winter go to:


Visit our website for more tips






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


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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.


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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...


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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.


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Chiddingly Community Orchard


Chiddingly now has its very own community orchard!!



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.


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.



Business Betworking Meeting 14th June 2018
18th May 2018



Business Networking

Chiddingly Village Hall, Church Lane, Chiddingly BN8 6HE Thursday 14th June 7pm - 8.30pm

Attendance is FREE and open to all types and size of business and enterprise.



Business Networking Connecting local businesses

Local Business - Self-Employed - Home-based worker



This is a NEW initiative aimed at connecting local business people to help enhance your business through:  Exchanging ideas 

Meeting potential clients and suppliers 

Discussions on issues affecting businesses locally 

Information on Government-funded business advice


This session will cover the business support that is available


Join a relaxed environment where you can meet and engage with other local people running or starting a business or enterprise.


Meeting details: Chiddingly Village Hall, Church Lane, Chiddingly BN8 6HE Thursday 14th June 7pm - 8.30pm Attendance is FREE and open to all types and size of business and enterprise.


If you are interested in attending or have any enquiries then please contact or ring 01273 407326


Dementia Awareness Fortnight
21st May 2018



As part of Alzheimer's Society National Dementia Action Week, Wealden Dementia Action Alliance are heralding 14 days of free events across the District for people with dementia, their families and their carers, which started on Saturday 12 May.





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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.