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


Macmillan coffee morning Friday 25th September 2020 - Chiddingly Village Shop
17th September 2020


The village shop is holding a coffee morning on Friday 25th September from 09.30-2.00pm in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.


Please come along to this event where there will be cakes and drinks available plus the chance to win a bag of local goodies in the raffle.


For further information please click here



East Sussex County Council Coronavirus update
25th August 2020


Please click here to read the latest update from ESCC regarding the pandemic


Village car park - remains closed
5th August 2020


Please note the village car park will remain closed until Friday 7th August afternoon following the repair work completed today.


Parish Council Grant application
3rd August 2020


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 2021-2022.


For details of how to apply please click on the document links below


Grants policy click here


Covering letter click here


Application form click here


If you have any queries please contact the clerk on telephone number 01435 866319 or






Village Car Park entrance resurfacing
3rd August 2020


Please note that the village car park will be closed on Wednesday 5th August for the entrance re-surfacing and pot hole repairs.


Parish Council Survey
27th July 2020


As some parishioners will know, most local councils receive a "CIL" (Community Infrastructure Levy) budget that must be spent on infrastructure to enhance the community. The current allocated amount for Chiddingly Parish Council is approximately £16,000.


We have received and discussed a few possible ideas for "CIL" projects over the past year, the most popular and viable of which is to install several pieces of outdoor gym equipment in Jubilee Field (near the existing playpark area) which would cost around £11,000.

This kind of outdoor exercise equipment is increasing in popularity in local parks as it enables adults to do some basic exercise training for free, in the open air, without having to join a gym or pay to use a local fitness centre.

However, before proceeding with this project we wish to get more feedback from the community to ensure residents feel this would be: a) a good use of funds; and b) something enough residents would use to justify it.



Please click here to access the Parish Council survey. Your views are really important to the council and we would appreciate your feedback.


If you are unable to access the survey please contact the clerk with your views and feedback


Chiddingly Festival AGM - 11th August 7.30pm via Zoom
23rd July 2020



Please see the attached poster for details of the Chiddingly Festival AGM.


East Sussex County Council Coronavirus latest update
23rd July 2020


Please click here to read the latest update from ESCC


Latest update from East Sussex County Council
14th July 2020


Please click here to read the latest Coronavirus update from East Sussex County Council.


Re-opening of Jubilee Fields Play Park
3rd July 2020



Chiddingly Parish Council are pleased to confirm that the play area will re-open on Saturday 4th July 2020.


We ask that you please read the attached document to ensure the safety of you, your children and others.


Gun Hill - Road Closure 11th July 2020
30th June 2020


Please be aware that Gun Hill will be closed for re-surfacing on the 11th July 2020 as confirmed by ESCC Highways.


Further information can be found by clicking here


Parish Councillor Vacancy
29th June 2020



There is a vacancy for a new Councillor to join the Parish Council.

Please see the attached document for further details.



Parish News - July 2020 e-edition
29th June 2020




Dear all,


Please find attached this months Parish News. The magazine has also been printed this month so subscribers will see the return of their delivery. There are hard copies available free of charge to all in both the Church porch and the Village Shop.


Please note from August it will be News as usual: printed only, delivered to subscribers and 90p to buy in the Church and Shop.



Temporary Road Closure, Deanland Road, Golden Cross from 29th June 2020
25th June 2020



Please see the following note regarding the road closure


Good morning


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


Temporary road closure

U7061 Deanland Road, Golden Cross

From the junction of the C207 Chalvington Road to the U7061 Ripe Lane

From the 29th June 2020. The works are anticipated to take five days to complete

To allow South East Water carry out new connection works


Diversion via:-

C207 Chalvington Road - C331 Church Lane - U7061 Ripe Lane

In both directions

Please find a map attached.


If you need to discuss this further please contact:

Clancy Docwra

01634 276435


Update from Gatwick Airport
25th June 2020



Please see the attached update from Gatwick Airport.


Chiddingly Village Shop Vacancy - Volunteer
18th June 2020


Please see the note below from Sue Fletcher at the shop.



Vacancy at Chiddingly Village Shop


A member of the team is moving so we require someone to open up two mornings a week.


This is a voluntary role but supporting your community shop is fun and rewarding!


If you don't fancy opening up but fancy volunteering, other shifts will be available as we increase the opening hours and as students go back to college. Other support and roles are always welcome.


Please pop in to say 'Hello' and to find out more or give us a call on 01825 972949.



Chiddingly Parish News online edition June 2020
27th May 2020



Dear all,


Please find attached this months Parish News. There are hard copies 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.


Notice of Parish Councillor Vacancy
15th May 2020



Please see the attached Notice of Vacancy from Wealden District Council. A copy has also been placed on the Parish noticeboard in the car park.


Chiddingly Village Shop - Opening hours
7th May 2020


Chiddingly Village Shop will be open as usual tomorrow (Friday 8th May) from 8am to 1pm and on Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm.


On 25th May which is spring bank holiday, the shop will be open from 10am to 12 midday.


Many thanks




Waste Site reopening - 18th May 2020
7th May 2020


Please click here to find out about the local tip opening times and new social distancing procedures.


Latest news from Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner
4th May 2020


Please click here to read the latest from Katy Bourne - Sussex Policae and Crime Commissioner


Chiddingly Annual Assembly 26th May 2020 - POSTPONED
1st May 2020



Please see the attached note from Chiddingly Parish Council in regards to the 2020 Annual Assembly.


East Sussex County Council Coronavirus update
28th April 2020



Please view the attached document for the latest help/advice from ESCC regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service consultation
28th April 2020


Please see details here of East Sussex Fire and Rescue's proposals to deliver their services more flexibly and more efficiently. They are asking for public views and opinions by telephone or online survey.



Chiddingly Parish News - May 2020 edition
22nd April 2020



Please find attached this months Parish News. There are hard copies 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.



Over 70s in self-isolation guide
20th April 2020



ESCC have published a guide for the over 70's in self-isolation. Please see attached copy.

If you have elderly neighbours who may not have access to the website please print a copy and give it to them.




16th April 2020


Urgent Appeal To Sussex Businesses For Personal Protective Equipment


Please forward this important message to your contacts including via social media


Does your business have stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which could help in the fight against COVID-19?


Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF), which brings together public service agencies in responding to COVID-19, is appealing to businesses for vital personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to help protect frontline workers delivering essential services to Sussex residents during COVID-19.


As the nation faces unprecedented demand for PPE, there is a very limited supply coming into the county for social workers, care home staff, firefighters and volunteers, with the NHS understandably being prioritised.


Dave Miller, Assistant Chief Constable, Sussex Police, and Chair of the Sussex Resilience Forum said: "If your business or organisation has these vital supplies to protect frontline workers, we urge you to contact us. We are short of items such as masks, hand sanitiser and gloves which are fundamental for the good care of individuals with suspected symptoms of COVID-19.


"We are hoping that all types of businesses and organisations from high street beauty salons through to academic institutions that use these products daily can help us by offering stocks whilst they are closed. If you have any items from the specific list below, we would be very grateful for donations as soon as possible. We also ask that any suppliers that can manufacture PPE contact us urgently.


"In addition, we've had a fantastic response to our appeals for volunteers to support the SRF's response to COVID-19, and will be contacting them in due course to support this and other pieces of work to help Sussex communities."

Eye protection EN166:2001 Frame Marking: 3

Hand sanitiser gel (greater than 60% alcohol)

Disposable overshoes CE marked

Disposable overalls CE marked

Disposable plastic apron (single use)

Disposable gloves (single use) EN:374/5 (Viral protection)/nitrile purple/ nitrile blue

Fluid repellent surgical mask (single use) Type 11R medical use

Drager dust masks

Hand soap

Surface cleanser spray

Universal cleaner

Cleaning cloths


Blue wiper roll

Industrial cleaning wipes (excess of 60% alcohol or a disinfectant contained within it)

Jumbo toilet roll

Paper hand towel.

Donations can be made by contacting . Delivery and collection can be arranged. All items need to conform to the safety standards highlighted above.


Additional information is available from the SRF website



Wealden Citizens Advice
16th April 2020


Wealden Citizens Advice provide free, confidential, independent and impartial advice on all sorts of issues.


They are still open via their Adviceline and Text service if residents need to contact them.

Please contact them on Adviceline: 0300 330 9022 or Text: ADVICE with your name & postcode to 81400



East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
7th April 2020


East Sussex Healthcare Trust has implemented a number of changes to manage the increase in patients with suspected or confirmed Covid-19.

Please click here to read the changes


East Sussex County Council Community Hub
6th April 2020



Please see the attached flyer detailing the help and support being offered by ESCC during the Coronavirus pandemic.


Latest update - Chiddingly Village Shop
3rd April 2020



Please find attached an update from Sue at the village shop, including information on supplies and orders.


UPDATED LIST - Businesses Delivering To Chiddingly
2nd April 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


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.




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




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.


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: