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Explore historic High Weald landscape at Walking Festival this month

Discover a beautiful, medieval landscape at the second High Weald Walking Festival taking place from 14 to 22 September, across East and West Sussex and Kent. The Festival walks are aimed at inspiring people to explore and enjoy the much-loved High Weald landscape, highlighting what is special about the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Join knowledgeable…

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September Edition Online

The September Edition of Forest Row Local is now online, to view it use this link: https://forestrowlocal.co.uk/magazines/September_2019/index.html We are now working on the October Edition – Deadline is 13th September. If you are organising or promoting an event happening in October, list it here: https://forestrowlocal.co.uk/community-events/ To advertise your event or business view our rates here:…

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The Coolings Experience is Growing, award winning nursery group purchases a 4th garden centre

Coolings Nurseries Ltd are pleased to announce the purchase of an additional garden centre, Wych Cross Garden Centre in Forest Row, East Sussex. This will join the family run group of 3 garden centres in Kent. Wych Cross was established over 50 years ago as a traditional nursery specialising in roses, and at the beginning…

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Forest Row Cycle Hire Has Moved

Lots more bikes, easier access, and no more troublesome gears. So we have now moved to our new open-air stand conveniently located directly outside the Community Centre so access is 24/7. The bikes will be different too as the old stock has been replaced by sturdier rental models, complete with hub brakes, simpler gears and…

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Wealden District Council has declared a climate emergency

Wealden District Council has declared a climate emergency and is embarking on a series of actions where it can make a difference. It is aiming to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by the Council and across the District by 2050 – and pursue efforts for an earlier date. “The picture has changed,” said Councillor Roy Galley,…

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A FREE SERVICE BROUGHT TO FOREST ROW

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex.  The vehicle, which is funded by the Big Lottery, is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment…

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THE SCOUTS WANT YOU!

The 1st Forest Row Scout Troop has grown so fast in recent months that it is now bursting at the seams with waiting lists for all the sections. It needs new volunteers prepared to commit just a couple of hours a week to ensure children in Forest Row can all participate in Scouting. Could that…

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Local Economic Community: Value what we have got

Mankind has always in some way lived a communal life. The simple nature of family life is an example of small community. People all over the world live close together whether it be in cities, towns, villages, living in clans, tribes or on farms, and where streets and areas become micro communities. That is the…

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Binning Cartons, Burning Aluminium By Alex Volkers

You may be aware that residents of Forest Row can no longer put food and drink cartons in their recycling bins. Cartons look like cardboard, so why can’t we recycle them? As explained by Green Councillor Patricia Patterson-Vanegas, ‘it’s the beginning of a very long story to do with the problem of waste’. While East…

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Say yes, to ditch heating oil and go renewable!

Did you know that 95% of properties in many of the rural areas surrounding Forest Row rely on carbon intensive heating oil for heating and hot water? Do you want to change that? Forest Row Energy has the chance to receive up to £40,000 in government funding to support our community to transition from using…

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Colemans Hatch Flower Show is looking for a new home!

Colemans Hatch Horticultural Society held their annual flower show on Saturday 27th July. Although the weather had been hot and sunny, on the day before the show the rain set in and continued right up until the show opened at 12.30 on Saturday.  This didn’t deter the hardy, however, and although the numbers attending were…

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Harvest Celebration at Tablehurst Farm

At this year’s annual Harvest Celebration, Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch Farms will be exploring the subject of soil with speakers and activities. Here is an introduction to our most important resource…. Soil Soil is Adama in Hebrew and the word Adam (Human/ Man) comes from it. The connection between the two symbolizes the Old Testament…

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A Magical Medieval Weekend Experience!

27th Spectacular Year – 24th, 25th & 26th August 2019 at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex England’s Medieval Festival is the most authentic, one-of-a-kind medieval themed festival in Great Britain, where you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and spectacle of medieval times. Located at the fairy tale castle of Herstmonceux in Sussex, England’s Medieval…

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Local landowners give support for precious High Weald meadows

With current concerns about loss  of wildlife populations, High Weald meadow owners and managers in East Sussex are doing their bit to help wildlife. They’re getting involved in a project to survey wildflower meadows and taking part in training to look after them. We’ve lost 97% of our wildflower meadows in the UK in less…

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Crowborough Lions welcome new President for 2019/2020

The official hand over to the Club’s new President took place at Barnsgate Manor last month when outgoing President Hilary Lyon handed the President’s chain of office to the new incoming President Ron Reed at a dinner of Lion’s members and partners. President Ron said he hopes to take the Club forward in recruitment and…

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40 Local School Children Protest at Sainsbury’s

On Wednesday 26th June, over 40 Trefoil Montessori Farm school, staff and children stood outside the East Grinstead Sainsbury’s store protesting the use of Palm Oil in products the store stocks. They are all concerned about Palm Oil in so many foods and were asking Sainsbury’s to help push to find a sustainable alternative. Preferably…

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Buy tickets for Open Air Cinema in Surrey this August for local Air Ambulance!

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex is proud to be hosting an Open Air Cinema, in association with Gatwick Airport, where they will screen the 1.21 gigawatt blockbuster, Back to the Future! The 80’s pop culture classic will be shown on a huge screen in the grounds of Gatwick Aviation Museum, in Charlwood (Surrey), on Saturday…

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Forest Row Orchestra

On Saturday 29thJune, following their summer concert in Forest Row Village Hall featuring Mozart’s flute concerto in D and Beethoven’s first symphony, the Forest Row Orchestra celebrated their musical director Roland Millar’s 25thyear on the conductor’s rostrum. At the end of the concert, members of the orchestra serenaded Roland with an adapted version of a…

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LOCAL MUM FUNDRAISING FOR CANCER TREATMENT ABROAD

Kelly Comboy, 39, received a shock diagnosis of Stage 4 Bowel Cancer last August and has been offered only palliative chemotherapy on the NHS. The local community, along with Yes2Life Charity are fundraising to access treatment abroad to support Kelly, her husband Matt, and their three small children.  Details of events can be found on:…

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Pete and His Bus – Where it all started

It all started when I was 9… I used to admire my neighbour’s beige 1960’s Fiat 500 at the age of 9. I’d just sit on the pavement staring at this particular car. I had convincing myself that I was going to buy one and I would not stop going on about it! So, my…

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News from East Grinstead Foodbank

The East Grinstead Foodbank, although based in the Jubilee Centre in East Grinstead, supports not just the town but local villages including Forest Row, Hartfield & Colemans Hatch. We are very grateful to the support provided and by donations at 3 locations in Forest Row; the Community Centre, Baptist Church and Tesco Express and also…

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Preparations in full swing for the Forest Row Festival

Forest Row Festival is back for 2019, and it is looking for sponsors, generous contributors and fabulous party goers to help make it all possible. Just like all the best festivals, Forest Row Festival took a fallow year in 2018 but is back for 2019, over the weekend of the 20th to 22nd September. A…

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Forest Row Local August Edition 2019

August Edition Now Online

The August Edition of Forest Row Local is now ONLINE

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Forest Row Rubbish Dump

Forest Row Waste and Recycling – Options Appraisal

Back in September 2018 our waste and recycling centre (often fondly referred to as the Tip) closed its gates for the last time. Faced with the task of maintaining crucial services like Education, Social Care and Community Safety the County Council had decided that our tip was no longer cost effective. For many residents the…

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COLEMAN’S HATCH FLOWER SHOW SATURDAY 27TH JULY 2019

This year’s show promises to be the best show ever created by the Coleman’s Hatch Horticultural Society, with the following being of interest :- Starting with a spectacular range of entries to the many Classes of Competition, encompassing flower arrangements, vegetables, photos, children’s art, cakes etc. and the theme for this year’s show being the…

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Forest Row Local New Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our NEW WEBSITE

Our new website has officially been launched today to fully integrate with the magazine and our social media channels, primarily to help represent local business, charitable organisations and the communities of Forest Row and surrounding areas. We have been wanting to make several improvements to our website, for quite a while now, finally we have…

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Pure Encapsulations available at Lifestyle Vitamins

For nearly 30 years, Pure Encapsulations have been researching, developing, and delivering high-quality hypoallergenic natural health supplements for use by healthcare practitioners and their clients. They are a market-leader committed to sourcing pure, premium ingredients and, as the name suggests, their products are pure, containing no: Wheat and gluten Egg Peanuts Coatings and shellacs GMOs…

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Don’t miss! Ikarus Inc

The Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company are back this Summer! The Croft, Hartfield – 3rd August Summer is almost here! The days are getting longer and warmer and very soon it will be time for The Rudes to go on the road again. It will be our twentyfirst outdoor tour to villages and towns across Southern…

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Are you doing the right thing with your rubbish?

Can you guarantee that the old mattress you paid someone to take away isn’t now embedded in the undergrowth of a local country lane? Or that the defunct washing machine you left outside isn’t causing a spin on someone else’s farmland? Every householder has a duty of care to make sure rubbish of any type…

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Glass recycling changes as new contract is launched

Changes to how glass is collected for recycling in Hastings, Rother and Wealden have now come into affect. As of the end of June, a new contractor – Biffa – are now responsible for bin collections in all three areas, and for street cleaning in Rother and Wealden. Residents will no longer need to separate recyclable…

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