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


Businesses Delivering To Chiddingly
31st March 2020



Please find attached a list of businesses which are currently delivering provisions to Chiddingly.





Please note this is not an exhaustive list, and if you know of any other businesses offering this service to Chiddingly please contact or


Wealden Community Shield - Covid19 support
27th March 2020



Please find attached news of the launch of Wealden's community shield arrangements. Further information can continue to be found on the Community Support pages of our Covid-19 section.


Wealden Garden Waste Collections
27th March 2020



Please see the attached document from Wealden District Council


Chiddingly Parish News - April 2020
25th March 2020



Please see message and attachment from Ruth McDermott, Parish News editor




It is unlikely that the usual home deliveries will happen for this edition. Please note that hard copies are available free of charge to all in both the Church porch and the Village Shop.


Please feel free to pass it on, it can be printed at home and passed, safely, to neighbours.


I expect next month's magazine will also be e-copy only but it will appear and contributions are welcomed.


Please note, this edition went to print on Sunday, so several articles are no longer valid but it says so on the cover.


It will also be available on Facebook shortly.



Chiddingy Village Shop - Latest update
25th March 2020



Please see the attached note from the village shop.


Six Bells Defibrillator - Now Working
25th March 2020


The defib at the Six Bells has been replaced today and is back on site.


! CANCELLED - Extraordinary Meeting 24th March 2020 !
24th March 2020


As a result of the latest government advice re social distancing, the Extraordinary meeting of the Chiddingly Parish Council due to take place on Tuesday 24th March 2020 has been cancelled.


IMPORTANT UPDATE - Chiddingly Village Shop
23rd March 2020



Please see the attached note from the village shop.


Chiddingly Covid19 Volunteering Scheme
21st March 2020


While individuals and families are on self-isolation they may need assistance from those who are not.





Chiddingly Parish Council is setting up a scheme to put volunteers in touch with those who need assistance.


Volunteers who are willing and able should email their details, name and email address, to


People who need assistance should email their details, name, address, email address (if they have one), and phone number to and indicate how they would prefer to be contacted, by email or phone.


Mike Goss, who is running the scheme on behalf of the Parish Council, will send regular bulletins with brief details (such as "Someone in Muddles Green needs medicine collected from Hailsham") to the volunteers by email. When a volunteer responds they will be given full details and asked to make contact.


In this way the name and details of those requesting help will only ever be known to the volunteer helping and Mike Goss.


Please be aware that many of those most in need of help may not see this or other announcements, so please talk to your friends and neighbours and be prepared to send messages to on their behalf.


A Facebook Group is also being set up. Details to follow.




Chiddingly Village Shop - Information
20th March 2020



Please see the attached notice from the village shop.


! CANCELLED - Parish Meeting 17th March 2020 !
17th March 2020


The Parish Council meeting tomorrow is cancelled.

In view of the current public health issues and prevailing advice, the Parish Council meeting tomorrow is cancelled.

If you have anything that you would like the Parish Council to consider, please contact the Clerk -


Calor Rural Community Fund
March 2020


Calor Rural Community Fund is offering the opportunity to gain funding for local projects.



Every year Calor offer rural communities, that aren't connected to the mains gas grid, the chance to gain funding for incredible projects that will improve local life.


Calor are offering grants of up to £5,000 for projects that will provide an on-going service for rural communities.


There are three levels of funding available dependant on the size of the project. There are 11 grants of £5k, 6 grants of £2.5K and 5 of £1k.


Please copy the below link for further information and instructions on how to apply.



Six Bells Defib - not working
5th March 2020


Six Bells Defibrillator update:


See full article


Big Wealden Switch
March 2020



WDC Big Switch...see attached document


Chiddingly Rd, Horam - drainage works 23rd March for 5 days
28th February 2020


ESCC will be carrying out drainage works on Chiddingly Road, Horam, which will start on 23 March and continue for 5 nights.



The works will involve root cutting/lining to blocked pipes near Joyce Villas, an investigation of all drainage in the vicinity and jetting to clear blockages.


Chiddingly Road will be closed to through traffic between 7pm and 4am from A267 to Pick Hill. The road will reopen outside of these hours. Traffic will be diverted via A267, North Street, New North Street, A22, Burgh Hill Road, Rosemount, Thunders Hill, Gun Hill, Pick Hill and vice versa.


Please see their website for further information:


Kind regards


East Sussex Highways



Defib out of service at Six Bells, Chiddingly!!!!!!
27th February 2020


IMPORTANT!!! The defibrillator at the Six Bells is not working. I have reported this to our supplier for their urgent attention. The closest defib is in the phone box at Muddles Green.


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.



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.



Chiddingly Community Orchard


Chiddingly now has its very own community orchard!!




Hearing Resource Centre



C.L.I.Ve - is our MOBILE hearing resource centre, coming to a town near you…




C.L.I.Ve - is our MOBILE hearing resource centre, coming to a town near you…

…providing Hearing Aid Maintenance (HAM) and batteries for NHS hearing aids, initial hearing screening, equipment demonstrations, Adult Social Care (ASC) referrals and general advice or help.

Our outreach workers travel throughout the county, running hard of hearing groups, providing hearing aid maintenance (HAM), batteries and initial hearing screening on CLIVe our outreach bus, and providing a HAM and battery service in a venue near you.

If you think that you would benefit from advice and information about any aspect of deafness but are unable to get out of your home due to illness or mobility problems, our outreach team may be able to visit you. Please contact us for more information.

The hard of hearing groups are currently held at 6 venues across East Sussex. Here, people can meet other deaf and hard of hearing people and their families in a friendly easy-to-communicate environment. Communication tactics are explained, environmental aids are demonstrated and advice, information and support are all freely given. Selected speakers attend to give talks on many deaf issues. Why not come along?

Copy and paste this url for further information:



How to contact Wealden Citizen Advice Bureu



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


WDC Big Switch



Please see the attached document for WDC Big Switch


Wonderful Villages Photo Competition



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

Forthcoming Events


Bollywood Comes to Chiddingly


Saturday 16th May 7pm Village Hall



The Friends of Chiddingly Church will be hosting a Bollywood night as the major fundraising event for 2020.

Delicious indian food, dancing to the fabulous Skarlettos and amazing aution prizes.

£27.50 per person to include welome drink, canapes, supper and dancing.

Reserve your place by emailing


CANCELLED Bingo - Saturday 4th April



This event has now been cancelled.

Please find attached details of a family Bingo night


Church services for lent, holy week and easter.


Please read on to see details of the services.



26.2.2020 7.30 p.m. Chiddingly - Ash Wednesday


20.3.2020 1000 Chiddingly - Benefice Communion (Pasiontide begins)


22.3.2020 0800 and 1000 East Hoathly - Mothering Sunday


5.4.2020 1000 East Hoathly and 1800 Chiddingly - Palm Sunday


9.4.2020 1930 Chiddingly - Maundy Tursday


10.4.2020 1000 East Hoathly - Good Friday


12.4.20020 0930 Chiddingly and 1000 East Hoathly - Easter Day





Horticultural Society Spring Show


View the associated document


Please see the attached for the Horticultural Society Spring Show


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


POSTPONED - Chiddingly Spring Clean 27-29 March.



Please note due to the current Covid19 situation the Spring Clean has been postponed. New arrangements for September will be made in due course.



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.


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.


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:


Chiddingly Horticultural Society Show
March 2020


Chiddingly Horticultural Society show will take place on Saturday 21st March




Staging Exhibits 9.30 -10.45am

Show Opens 2.30pm

Prize Giving 4.00pm

Exhibitors must be members of the Society.

Membership can be obtained from:

Membership Secretary

C. Reynolds



CANCELLED - World famous Sussex chair presentation 17th April 2020
17th April 2020



This has now been cancelled.

East Hoathly Preservation Society would like to invite you to a sit down talk on Sussex Chairs presented by Janet Pennington


See full article


CANCELLED - East Hoathly & District Preservation Society April walk
26th April 2020



This has now been cancelled.

East Hoathly & District Society Chiddingly to East Hoathly "Prize Winning Pubs" April walk.


See full article