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


PCSOs allocation and delpoyment
14th October 2019


Message from Sussex Police



Dear all,


I am writing to share some changes to the way Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will be allocated and deployed from Monday 4 November.


The precept uplift this year was an exciting opportunity to strengthen key areas of the force to meet increasing demand and new challenges, while adhering to our priorities: keeping people safe, protecting the vulnerable and responding to harm.


As part of this uplift and in line with our rolling four year Transformation Strategy, the Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne agreed to fund an additional 100 PCSOs taking the total number of PCSOs to 296.


We have delivered PCSO recruitment campaigns in March and August this year, with a view of intakes of PCSOs in July and September 2019 and January and March 2020. This means that with an uplift in PCSOs, communities will start to see and feel a difference as these roles are deployed to strengthen local policing.


The bolstering of PCSO numbers will help us; working with our partners and local communities to address low level issues before they can escalate into more serious crime as well as identify and keep safe the most vulnerable people in our communities.


This decision complements on-going plans to strengthen local policing and improve how the public can contact the police.


If you have any further questions or concerns please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Yours sincerely


Anita Turner

Chief Inspector


District Commander

Eastbourne, Lewes and Weald

East Sussex Division



Named PCSO for every local community – Sussex Police


Every community in Sussex will have a named PCSO starting from next month, Sussex Police has announced.




Named PCSO for every local community - Sussex Police


Every community in Sussex will have a named PCSO starting from next month, Sussex Police has announced.


The confirmation follows an investment in 100 extra PCSOs, secured through local funding by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne - bringing the total number to 296.


Chief Constable Giles York said the decision will put 'eyes and ears' into every part of the county and give local people a direct point of contact for local policing issues and concerns.


"When we introduced the new local policing model three years ago, we said it would be scalable. Now, thanks to this additional investment, we're in a position to strengthen local policing and we know this is what local communities want to see," said Mr York.


"Our PCSOs do an incredible job, every day, working alongside their police officer colleagues to prevent and detect crime and tackle anti-social behaviour in our local communities.


"This change means communities will soon begin to see and feel the benefits of their investment as new PCSOs are deployed over the coming months, where they will provide a visible policing presence and be a point of contact for local policing issues."


The change will take effect from November 4, when all existing PCSOs will adopt responsibility for a defined geographical area, and be rolled out over the coming months as the additional PCSOs are recruited and deployed.


It comes in addition to recent announcements on the recruitment of 379 additional police officers for the county over the next four years.


Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:


"My focus groups and conversations with local people clearly show that the public want PCSOs back in their communities, forming that essential and reassuring link with police. Neighbourhood Policing needed modernising five years ago and that included giving PCSOs the necessary skills to help support police officers and investigations.


"Since then, Sussex Police have transformed the role of PCSOs by equipping them with more knowledge, skills and powers, but at the same time keeping the best of the old model where PCSOs were known in their local communities. I know that communities across the county will be delighted to hear Sussex Police are making their PCSOs more accessible and visible by increasing the numbers on our streets by 100 and providing a named PCSO for each ward area."


PSCOs will continue to form part of wider local prevention teams, ensuring that finite police resources can be focused on the most critical issues.


The uplift in PCSOs includes six new rural PCSOs who will provide specialist support and advice to those in rural communities.


The increase will help address some of the low level issues affecting communities, preventing the escalation of more serious crime and violence.


The decision complements ongoing transformation plans by Sussex Police to strengthen local policing, modernise to respond to changing patterns of serious crime and the ways in which the public can contact the police.


These additional PCSO posts are being recruited throughout the financial year with intakes of 18 in July 2019, 36 in September 2019, 36 in January 2020 and 36 in March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.


The 100 new posts will be allocated based on demand with details available locally and at from November 4.



Hailsham Food Bank
30th September 2019


If you would like to make a donation to the food bank there is a plastic dustbin just inside the church on the right hand side.



Items needed:

Longlife milk



Tinned vegetables

Tinned rice pudding/custard/fruit

Instant mashed potato and tinned tomatoes

Tinned meat

Savoury treats - crisps etc

Peanut butter, chocolate spread, marmite

Tomator ketchup and brown sauce

Sponge puddings/cakes with long best before date

Washing machine tablets and washing up liquid

Toiletires - shower gel, shampoo, deodrant, toothpaste


Swnasbrook Lane - road closure
24th September 2019


Temporary Road Closure


See full article


Wealden's Community Grant Scheme
30th August 2019


Wealden's community grant scheme is now open for applications from voluntary and community groups:




The Small Grant Scheme is for grants between £500 - £3000.

The Capital Scheme is for grants between £1000 - £15,000.

Match funding is required, but it can be entirely "in-kind" such as volunteer time, member contributions etc.


A limited number of 40 minute pre-application advice sessions, for groups who have not had one before, will take place during office hours in Hailsham, Crowborough and Uckfield. Sessions must be booked in advance and are to discuss a drafted application for your organisation.


Detailed information about Eligibility and Conditions are given within the Guidance Notes, which must be read before completing an application form. Funds must be spent within the financial year April 2020-March.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 30th November 2019.

(Parish Councils, schools and other statutory organisations are not eligible to apply).

Please contact Michelle Gray, Partnerships and Funding Support Officer for further information - email or telephone (01323) 443520.

If you would like hard copies of the attached, please let me know.

Guidance Notes and application forms are also available by searching for "grants programme" on our website




Parish Council Grant Applications
8th August 2019



Chiddingly Parish Council has a policy (permitted by the Local Government Act 1972, Section 137/142) of making grants that contribute to the welfare of the parish community, for example by improving and supporting local facilities. This process is about to begin for the financial year of 2020-2021.





For the covering letter please click here


For the policy please click here


For the application form please click here


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


Vacancy for a Councillor



There is vacancy for a Cllr on Chiddingly Parish Council, please see the attached notice.

Forthcoming Events


A feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds


Lachelle Link FIlm Night



Saturday 2nd November

Doors and bar open at 7.00 p.m.

Screening of the film Chocolat will start at 7.30 p.m

There will be an interval for refreshments.

Tickets £5 in advance, £7 on the door - available from Claire McIntyre 07766 513672 or the Village Shop.


East Hoathly and District Preservation Society


View the associated document


Friday 29th November


Friends of St Annes, Kalimpong


The friends of St Annes, Kalimpong (FOSAK) are taking a stall at the village market on the first Saturday in October, November and December.



As in past years they will be selling Christmas gifts, james, jellies, much sought after lemon curd, home crafted crackers, wreaths and this year locally designed christmas cards.


Horticultural Society AGM and Talk
25th September 2019



18th October 2019 - see the attached poster please.


A Christmas Cracker 20.12.19 SAVE THE DATE!
30th September 2019


Friday 20th December



After an 8 year break Friday 20th December sees the return of the Christmas Cracker, a festive party with homemade entertainment, homemade food and a pocket panto.

This is a chance to get together in the Village Hall and meet friends and neighbours and share some seasonal cheer.

Admission will remain at 50p per person.

Please bring along a plate of food to share, and if you have an idea to entertain the crowd then bring that too.


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.


November's Souper Saturday
30th September 2019


16th November 2019.

1200-1330 p.m.




Some seasonal soups alongside the much loved favourites will be on offer.


Quiz Night 23.11.19
30th September 2019


There will be a quiz night on Saturday 23rd November, 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. start in Chiddingly Village Hall, in adid of Herons Ghyll Driving Group for the disabled.



Tables of 6'ish £5 per person.

Rolls and free tea/coffee available.

Please bring your own drinks.

To book a table please call Liz Major 01323 841541


Jumble Sale
15th October 2019


View the associated document


9th November