Community


ashdown-forest-walkThe Village of Forest Row is situated in East Sussex and bordering with West Sussex. The community is made up of about 150 small shops and local businesses with a variety of trades and services, which creates a great community feel.

With the Village Hall lying in the centre of the village which is surrounded by local cafes, restaurants and pubs, it helps make the centre of this delightful village the perfect place for the local community to gather.

Sport and Lesiure

With Forest Row on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, there’s plenty of space for dog walking and soaking up the clean, fresh country air. Plus many leisure activities and sports; The Weir Wood Reservoir, great for sailing, fishing and bird watching; The Royal Ashdown Golf Course includes two 18 hole golf courses; There is the Memorial Recreational Sports Grounds that provides the facilities for tennis, football and cricket clubs.

Community

The village has a great community feel, with local craft fairs, markets, art exhibitions, yoga classes and much more. The community is made up of a range of cultures and religious beliefs. The village also includes practices for complimentary therapy and two bio-dynamic organic farms.

With lots of local clubs to join (sports, music, modelling, performing arts …) there is always something going on and to do.

History

community-eventForest Row, originally a small hamlet, gets its name from its location close to Ashdown Forest. The Forest became a popular hunting spot in the 14th century.

With new roads to London, Brighton and Tunbridge Wells built in the 18th century, a railway in 1866, and the golf course in 1888, Forest Row has had a steady growth.

The Village Hall was built in 1892 as a Memorial, after the tragic death of Henry Douglas Freshfield, the fourteen-year old son of Mr and Mrs Douglas W. Freshfield from Kidbrooke Park. In early 1895 the Village Hall burnt down but was rebuilt later that that year.

1914, during the war, the Village Hall was used by the army. And in 1926 the War Memorial was unveiled.

Forest Row became a Transition Village in 2007 with the official unleashing in March 2008 at the Village Hall.

The growth of Forest Row has been a steady one over the last 200 years, with a population in the parish of nearly 5,500 at the last census.

Claims to Fame

These include the visit by John F. Kennedy 35th President of the United States in 1963, minutes away from Winnie the Pooh Country, and The Brambletye Inn mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes novel ‘Adventure of Black Peter’.

And with residents (past and present) including: Davy Jones – member of The Monkees, Ben Elton – comedian and novelist, David Gilmour from the band Pink Floyd, Violet Needham – author, Richard Jones – bass player of The Feeling, Jonael Schickler – Swiss Philosopher and Sean Yates – professional cyclist.