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.


Mailing Lists

The Parish Council operates three mailing lists:


The Village Events List for notices of social events are planned for the village.

The Neighbourhood Watch List.

The Parish Notice Board for council notices from us, Wealden District and East Sussex County Council including Parish Council Agendas and Minutes.


All new notices relevant to the Covid-19 Lockdown go out on the Parish Notice Board List.


Please contact the clerk to be added to any or all of the mailing lists.


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


Hailsham Mobile Testing Unit (MTU)
27th November 2020


Please find attached confirmation that a temporary mobile testing facility will be at Vicarage Lane car park, Hailsham as part of the drive to increase access to coronavirus testing for our communities.


The mobile unit will be on site Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd December, appointments slots will be available to book from 6pm on Monday 30 November. Visitors to the facility must have pre-booked an appointment.


For further information click here and the site map here



Wealden Local Plan - consultation
24th November 2020


Publication of the Local Plan - Direction of Travel Consultation Document


The Council is preparing a new local plan for Wealden District. The Local Plan will provide policies to shape our places, plan and manage growth in the district and guide development over a 15-20 year period. The Local Plan will ultimately be the key planning document against which we assess and make decisions on planning applications.


This Direction of Travel consultation is the first stage in our engagement process and (in accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2012) we are inviting residents, businesses and stakeholders to take part in the consultation.


Within the consultation document we have identified a number of key planning themes that we know we will need to address in our local plan. These themes include climate change, infrastructure, housing, the economy and employment, town centres, tourism, the natural environment, landscape, heritage and cultural assets, design and health and wellbeing. Under each of these themes we have identified what we think are the key challenges, opportunities and critical planning issues for our district, and how these could be included in a new local plan. We also set out some broad growth options for consideration as well.


We are very keen to hear your views at this early consultation stage so that we can understand what is important to our communities including residents, businesses, voluntary organisations, Town and Parish Councils, as well as our partner organisations and stakeholders. Throughout our consultation document we ask a series of questions as well as provide an opportunity for you to tell us what you think on each planning theme. All of the responses we receive will be considered and we will use these along with national policy, legislation and guidance to help shape our Local Plan.


The consultation will be open for an eight week period between 09.00am on Monday 23rd November 2020 and midnight on Monday 18th January 2021.


Where can I find out more?


All of the documents relating to the consultation can be found on the Council's website at


How to make your comments


You can comment on the documents online using our consultation system, which can be found on the Council's website at, or by using the web address


If you are unable to access our consultation portal then you can email us at or write to us at Planning Policy, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX. Please ensure that you clearly identify which consultation question(s) you are answering.


Before submitting your comments we would encourage you to read our 'Guidance Notes for Respondents'.


Data Protection Act 2018 and Freedom of Information Act 2000


Please be aware that any comments you submit cannot be treated in confidence as Regulation 30 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004, as amended, requires copies of all representations to be made publicly available. The Council will publish names and representations on its website, but will not publish personal information, such as telephone numbers, emails or private addresses. By submitting a representation you are accordingly confirming that you agree to this and accept responsibility for your comments.


Please telephone 01892 602008 or email if you require assistance in submitting your representation or if further information is required. If you, or somebody you know, would like the information (guidance notes, forms etc.) in large print, Braille, tape or in another language please let us know.



Christmas Trees - Golden Cross Antiques
20th November 2020



Please see the attached poster for further details -


The freshly cut trees will arrive on Saturday the 12th

December, for collection that morning only, from

Golden Cross Antiques car park




Christmas waste/recycling collections
11th November 2020



You may be aware that Wealden District Council are not sending out Waste and Recycling Collection Calendars to residents again this year nor will they be producing bin hangers with the Christmas Collection dates on. Please see the attached flyer with the revised collection dates for the festive period.


Change in planning notifications from Wealden District Council
5th November 2020


Please see details of the changes being made by Wealden District Council


The methods that the Council use to publicise applications considered to be valid on or after 1st November 2020 is changing.


From this date, the Council will no longer notify adjoining properties by letter. This change is following the adoption of the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI), which was adopted on 22nd July 2020 at Full Council.


There is to be reliance on Site Notices together with the website and social media. Where required by legislation, adverts will continue to be placed in the local newspaper


This change will not affect how the Council notify statutory bodies such as Town and Parish Councils.


For more details please visit:




Sunday Worship, Remembrance Sunday, Armistice Day (11th November)
5th November 2020


Please see the notice below from Rev Phil Hodgins regarding the forthcoming Remembrance events and Sunday Worship.






My Dear Friends


Having reviewed the Guidance following the announcement of the new Lockdown we are able to clarify arrangements for this coming Sunday including what is happening regarding Remembrance.


'Normal' Sunday Service - this will be online as the churches are closed for services


- Sunday 8th November (3rd Sunday before Advent) a recorded 'Benefice Communion' service will be available online from 9.00am on the church facebook page (this will have a 'look' very similar to the Sunday Worship since the end of the first Lockdown). It will also have a significant 'Remembrance' element in the short sermon, with specific prayers and the remembering of the Fallen from two Parishes, by name, during the prayers.




- Sunday 8th November (REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY) Short outdoor Acts of Remembrance will be held at 10.50am by the outdoor War Memorials at both Churches. These are not intended to be public services (see below). The Act of Remembrance at East Hoathly will be recorded and posted on the church facebook page as soon as possible after the end of the service.

We have looked very carefully at the Government and Church Guidance relating to outdoor Remembrance events. While these are 'allowed' we are specifically asked to keep them shorter, and attended by a smaller number of people and the Government also ask that "... event organisers should take reasonable steps to discourage the public from attending events, ..."


So.., with great sadness, we ask that people do not attend the Acts of Remembrance in person but keep the time elsewhere - perhaps at home and using some of the attached resources. We ask that you entrust the small group attending the Acts of Remembrance in each parish with keeping the tradition of Remembrance publicly as you do privately. There will be a national Remembrance Service broadcast on television from the Cenotaph in London.


We do recognise that some people may still attend in person. If you do, to keep everyone safe, you are asked to:

- Wear a mask (even though we are outside) covering nose and mouth tightly

- Keep socially distanced (2m). This it is essential - and to do this

o take care on the uneven and wet/slippery ground

o have suitable footwear for standing on the grassed areas of the churchyard

o use of the whole area of the grassed area of the churchyard that is within sight of the War Memorial (respecting the marked graves but standing around and between them)

o keep the paths clear

o leave once the service is ended and avoid 'queuing' and maintain social distancing as you go


Armistice Day - 11th November


- Wednesday 11th November (ARMISTICE DAY) Recorded Acts of Remembrance for each Parish will be posted on the church facebook page from 10.00am on 11th November.


Please see the resources attached:

- The Order of Service which will be used at the Act of Remembrance. Please click here

- A Prayer Card you may find helpful - further prayers can be found at Please click here

- the lists of the Names of the Fallen who a remembered from each of our parishes. Chiddingly here and East Hoathly here



God bless





19th October 2020


View the associated document


Please keep a look out for two missing male peacocks.


They are from Nut Knowle Farm in Swanbrook Lane, Gun Hill. Please contact Shelagh on 07740 109846 if you see them, they are young birds and quite timid.


Please see the attached photograph.


Many thanks




Healthy Wealden
28th September 2020


Wealden District Council have created a website to promote parks and recreation grounds in the District.

Please have a look at the website which details all facilities on the area.


Chiddingly community volunteers - update
23rd September 2020


With the recent announcements on guidelines and rules for Covid-19 it is possible that some may find themselves self-isolating or otherwise in need of help.


Let me take this opportunity to remind everyone that the scheme of Community Volunteers set up in the spring is still functioning and ready to help.


If you need shopping, or prescriptions and can't get out. If you need any other sort of assistance please send an email to I'll find a volunteer who can help and put them in touch with you.


If someone near you needs help but doesn't have access to email then please be prepared to email me on their behalf.


All I need to know is a name, email address, phone number and a brief description of the job.


Mike Goss




Coronavirus and East Sussex update
30th March 2020


The latest information on help and support available locally can be found here


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.




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 Bureau



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


Wonderful Villages Photo Competition



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

Forthcoming Events


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.