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As much as we would like to, we are not always able to print submitted articles, either due to late submissions or space restrictions. This is one of the reasons we created this online resource of local and business news. If you have an article or press release that you would like to submit to Forest Row Local you can do this via the link below. We will always consider all submissions for print as well as appearing on our website and social media channels.

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Batteries can cause bin truck fires

Common household batteries caused two separate bin collection truck fires in Wealden after sparks ignited the surrounding rubbish In one incident, a mobile phone battery exploded and caught fire. Thankfully no-one was hurt in either event, but there was significant service disruption to refuse and recycling collections. Batteries and small electrical items of any kind…

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It’s going to be different

Pubs and restaurants which have now opened and the ones planning to open over the coming weeks, will be operating under strict Government guidelines This means they will have to refuse to serve groups of more than six, or those of more than two households. They may ask groups to sit separately. They may ask…

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Mental Health, Lockdown and You: How People Are Affected

Lockdown has done a real number on people’s mental health. You’ll be surprised exactly how few people are capable of coping with extreme periods of isolation. It’s definitely a tough thing to try and deal with, no one’s doubting that.  However, in a radical departure from the conventional norms of mental health issues, what we…

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Call for sites to help plan for future

An assessment of available land throughout the District, which can be used to support future development, is getting under way as a statutory part of Wealden District Council’s new Local Plan Process. The assessment will include sites proposed for housing, economic and retail development, gypsy and traveller accommodation, green infrastructure, community facilities, tourism and leisure…

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Supporting Local Businesses in the Post COVID-19 World

COVID-19 has definitely been a game changer, one that will go down in the history books.  This crisis has forced us to evaluate and radically alter the way that we look at the world. Everything that we do as we emerge from lockdown will be different now, from the way we spend our money to…

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FOREST ROW SPORTS GROUND IS ONE OF SEVEN GRANT AWARDS TO WEALDEN SPORT CLUBS!

Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, is delighted that after raising the issue of lack of investment in local football clubs with the Premier League, seven grants worth £14,500 in total have been awarded to clubs in Wealden through the Pitch Preparation Club. The Pitch Preparation Club was launched by The Premier League, The FA, the…

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“What shall we do with all this rubbish?” – how to end the ‘war on weeds’.

As a gardener I often hear this question; no matter how much we prune, cut and clear, Nature creates ever more growth, particularly at this time of year when her growth forces are strong. We can feel overwhelmed with all this ‘rubbish’, perhaps resorting to frequent bonfires, filling our recycling bins or trips to the…

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Supporting the work of 3VA

Wealden has given the £10,000 Community Hub Funding awarded by East Sussex County Council to 3VA, Voluntary Sector Service. 3VA has been helping the Wealden Community Hub coordinate support with more than 80 volunteer groups across the District throughout the Covid-19 crisis. It has enabled the Wealden Community Hub to assist more than 900 residents,…

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TO ALL COLEMAN’S HATCH FLOWER SHOW PARTICIPANTS

Following a decision by the Committee to await until the 28th May to afford every opportunity to be exhausted, including a written request to our local MP Nus Ghani for clarification on how best our show or adaptation might take place in the light of Health Protection Regulations and Government Guidelines, to which no response…

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Ditch heating oil and go green – free local support available

As we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown, demand is growing for the government to lead a ‘green industrial revolution’. Although you may want to reduce your carbon emissions and have a greener lifestyle finding the time and money needed to make the changes may be difficult. Local support is available. Forest Row Energy Co-op is…

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Lockdown at One The Square

Like many others, when the pandemonium of lockdown first hit I felt the need to do something, anything. Initially, I was beset by business worries, as my thriving artisan workshop, at One The Square, in the heart of Forest Row, was shut down, literally overnight. But momentary paralysis, and feelings, of helplessness, soon gave way…

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Volunteers reach out to help people in self-isolation

More than 300 Wealden residents have volunteered to help with the county-wide effort to provide a Community Hub for all those self-isolating and in need of support. “It is heart-warming in these very stressful times to see how generous people are with their time and spirit,” said Councillor Philip Lunn, Wealden Cabinet member for Community…

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Joe Watts Online Personal Training

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have taken all of our services online. We are still providing 1:1 personal training (PT) services through online platforms such as Skype and Zoom. PT sessions are written specifically to meet your needs and full 1:1 instruction is provided. In addition to personal training, we are providing weekly bodyweight…

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Praise for local businesses helping to save lives

Wealden District Council would like to thanks the hundreds of business across Wealden who are following the Government’s requirements for certain premises to remain closed to help the nation-wide campaign to save lives and protect the NHS. “Our Environmental Officers have been patrolling parts of the District to ensure the rules are being followed. I…

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Latest Edition Online

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and like many other small businesses, we have had to close our business for the foreseeable future. Our final edition (until further notice), the April Edition of Forest Row Local is now available to view online: https://forestrowlocal.co.uk/magazines/April_2020/index.html We are assured by Royal Mail that the printed version of the magazine…

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Volunteers to help support our communities

As part of the national effort to support vulnerable people in self-isolation, Wealden District Council is asking for volunteers to help as we all work to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. “We are working with the volunteer organisation 3VA to identify residents who are able to help reach out to self-isolating households either…

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Singing Mamas Charity Concert Mothers Day! 22nd March

We are delighted to announce our third Singing Mamas Festival of Mothering and Celebration of Song. Join us at 3pm, this Mothering Sunday as we create and share in a magical family memory. Together, we weave story, song and visual art in honour of all things, MOTHERHOOD! The stage will be full of women. Joining…

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Join Beacon Alumni network and inspire the next generation

Beacon Academy is in search of former Beacon students, parents, employers and organisations to join its free alumni network and provide a valuable service to current students. Joining the network is a great way to reconnect with the school and make a contribution. There is no commitment to do anything other than register via Future…

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ART 4 ALL

Unfortunately due to the escalation in the spread of Coronavirus, Art for All is being postponed. Originally scheduled for Saturday 28th March, the event will be rearranged for later this year and we’ll let you know the new date as soon as possible. If you have any queries please contact Alison Berry alisonberry28@yahoo.com, 01892 770714 / 07763 188538. Hartfield’s annual community art event,…

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NEWS FROM NUS GHANI: MP FOR WEALDEN

A Safer Country Means a More Prosperous Country:  2020 represents a fruitful opportunity for more prosperity and security. That is why an unwavering commitment to our Armed Forces is increasingly important. As your MP, I have always campaigned for proper care for those who serve our country today, as well as for those who did…

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LOCAL ARTIST TO APPEAR IN THE BBC SERIES, HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS

In Spring 2020, local Forest Row artist, Gill Bustamante will be appearing in the BBC series Home is Where the Art Is, season two.  Each of the fifteen episodes sees three different UK based artists competing to win a commission from home owners who would like a bespoke piece of art for their home. Gill…

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UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF TALENTED CHILDREN

Two Foundation Scholarships, covering 100% of the cost of a child’s private school education for ten years, from the age of 8 to 18, are available to children currently in Year 3 at state primary school.   Foundation Scholars join Cumnor House Sussex in Danehill in Year 4 (aged 8) through to Year 8 (aged…

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Wealden Cleans Up In 2020

Wealden District Council has renewed its pledge to support this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The campaign, which runs from 20 March to 13 April, will see up to 600,000 people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country. Last year, 47 groups in…

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THE BIG QUIZ by Crowborough Lions RETURNS on Saturday 14 March

THE BIG QUIZ by Crowborough Lions RETURNS on Saturday 14 March Crowborough Community Centre at 7:30pm (doors open 6:30pm) Team Prizes 1st £125, 2nd £75, 3rd £25 maximum 8 per team table £9.00 per head and includes table nibbles & Licensed Bar Advance ticket sales only Available from: Frank Lees 01892 654196 email: frank.lees@btinternet.com Net…

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Community Fridge Opens this month

Forest Row Community Fridge will be open from Saturday 15th February. Join us in our endeavours to reduce food waste, We will be accepting surplus food donations from local food businesses and through the fair share network and pass these items onto members of the local community.Although the fridge is about reducing the amount of…

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Broadband: Election Promise Made. Election Promise Delivered

Nus Ghani welcomes the fantastic news that persistent campaigning has resulted in an announcement that full fibre broadband is on its way to Wealden. Clive Selly, the Openreach CEO, unveiled an ambitious plan for building full fibre broadband facilities in 227 market towns and villages across the UK. Hailsham, Horsebridge, Lower Dicker, Upper Dicker, as…

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Taking our first steps to becoming carbon neutral

A number of priority areas are highlighted in an extensive Climate Emergency Action Plan approved by Wealden District Council’s Cabinet  These include reducing energy in buildings, moving away from the use of fossil fuels to low or zero emission technologies. Also included is a transformation in the way we travel. It will mean reducing the…

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The Clumps Walk 2020

We are inviting families, residents, companies and community groups to join us on Easter Saturday (11th April 2020) for the revival of the iconic Ashdown Forest Clumps Walk to raise funds for The Ashdown Forest Foundation.   The walk is a beautiful fourteen-mile circular route visiting 11 of the existing 12 Clumps on the Forest.  It will take most people over 6 hours to complete. A…

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Make 2020 different

Make 2020 different To make 2020 different, why not take up a free course with Street Learning in the New Year? No previous qualifications needed, but you must be aged 19 or over.  As well as learning new skills and interests, you will meet new people and Street Learning courses improve your opportunities to find…

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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: A WOMEN LED, GLOBAL, ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT

Rise, take your mat and walk Women, men and children of all ages are called to “Rise, take your mat and walk” to join this day of prayer. Women of Zimbabwe have prepared this year’s service and they encourage us all to reflect on the difficulties and unrest that have plagued their country over many…

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Guinea Pig Club –  Rebuilding Bodies & Souls: East Grinstead Museum

The exhibition ‘Rebuilding Bodies and Souls’ will continue its run from 15 January 2020 through to 31 October 2023 at the East Grinstead Museum. The exhibition began in 2016 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the forming of the Guinea Pig Club. Six hundred and forty-nine allied aircrew were treated at the Queen Victoria Hospital,…

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Wealden District Council is disappointed by the decision of the Planning Inspector

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…

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Look for a Book Initiative Launched by Ashdown House for Storytelling Week

Ashdown House School hides 100 books for local children to find around Forest Row Initiative launched to mark National Storytelling Week 1st Feb – 8th February  #LookforaBookAshdown Forest Row, 22 Feb, 2020: Ashdown House School is bringing the ‘Look for a Book’ craze to Forest Row and the surrounding areas to help spread the love of literacy and encourage…

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Chailey charity joy as supporters dig deep for The Big Give!

Big-hearted businesses and individuals have given the Chailey Heritage Foundation a fantastic early 2020 present which offers children and young people with complex disabilities the gift of movement. The Big Give Christmas Challenge annual charity fundraiser matched online donations to boost the charity’s drive to raise £18,000 for a specialist exercise device called an Innowalk. The…

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READY FOR A NEW YOU?

All those aged between forty and seventy four are entitled to a free health check on the NHS, an ‘MOT’. An NHS Health Coach is available in over fifty locations across the county to give you an up to date health screening which includes a simple blood test to check your cholesterol and asses your…

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Computer Buddy Schemes

We all know that many libraries have been under threat of closure for many years now. With government funding restricted many towns have seen their public libraries closed in recent years. It is very difficult in the modern world of technology, and with the ability to access information and knowledge through the internet, not to…

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Walking for Health 2020

Each January gym memberships soar as people wake up to their tightening waist bands after the Christmas excess, but very few of those who sign up continue to attend once the initial enthusiasm dies down and the memories of Christmas fade. Everyone is aware of the need to move more and for most of us…

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Glass Greenhouse Project

Do you care about healing the earth? Do you want to grow a more sustainable future? Do you believe that education can inspire change? Emerson College’s vision is a self sustaining, biodynamic* garden that provides a place for teaching biodynamic cultivation and wholesome nutrition to visitors, residents and students from all over the world, thus…

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The Ashdown Pantomimers present THE LITTLE MERMAID for January and February 2020. A Pantomime for all ages

A message from Gwen Pritchett, director, It’s that time of year again!  We are busy rehearsing for this year’s panto based on the original story by Hans Christian Anderson and adapted for pantomime by Ron Hall. You can look forward to full panto content …music, dance, a hilarious Dame, laughter, sing-along and a HAPPY ENDING!…

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Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club Recruiting

Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club are seeking temporary staff to work over the Christmas period as well as opportunities for permanent, full time and part-time employment. We need Waiting Staff with their own transport who can help us provide distinctly memorable experiences for our guests over the festive season. This will include evenings and…

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An open letter to all parents and carers with young children

This letter is written to people who care about and understand the importance of high quality early years Childcare and Education. The page has been written, supported and paid for by over 300 caring providers from nurseries, childminders and pre-schools, who currently support and develop over 80,000 children every day. So far in 2019, according…

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Make Henry Smile! Our online appeal to bring Christmas cheer to Chailey

Nothing makes Henry smile more than being able to move his arms and legs in ways we all take for granted. But 8-year-old Henry has multiple physical challenges which makes exercising a real challenge. Using a specialist exercise device known as an Innowalk, Henry and other young people at Chailey Heritage Foundation are able to…

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The Act of Remembrance in Wealden

Remembrance Sunday events will be taking place throughout the District on 10 November. Wealden District Councillors will be paying tribute to those who died serving their country. Wealden’s Chairman, Councillor Pam Doodes, will be attending the morning ceremony and laying a wreath at Hailsham War Memorial. She will then attend the parade and afternoon service,…

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FOREST ROW TIP RETURNS TO LIFE

As regular readers of Forest Row Local will know, a working group sponsored by the Parish Council has been working on a plan to re-open the Household Recycling Centre in the village which was closed by East Sussex County Council in 2018.  Anything connected with waste handling or recycling is a complex business, hedged about…

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Chailey School Vigil on Climate Change

On a day of huge marches across the UK and the world against Climate Change, Chailey School wanted to show their collective support for this important issue.  Being a rural school, many students who would like to attend climate strikes would only be able to do so by travelling distances and so the Senior Student…

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Your Vote Matters, Don’t Lose It

As part of our annual electoral canvass to ensure that everyone who is entitled to vote in Wealden can vote, we have sent Annual Enquiry letters to every household in the District. Where households have not responded to our Enquiry Forms, either online or by return of post, our canvassers will be making a doorstep…

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Ashdown Forest would like to thank the members of the Uckfield & District Lions Club

The Conservators of Ashdown Forest would like to thank the members of the Uckfield & District Lions Club who raised funds to support our Conservation Volunteering team.  Their donation bought much needed uniform and equipment.   If you would like to join the Ashdown Forest volunteers an application form is available here: www.ashdownforest.org/management/volunteers.php Our Conservation Volunteers…

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Help Us Create A Caring Community

Crowborough & District Lions Club has been involved in our community for over 45 years helping local charitable and needy causes. We are active in the communities in and around Crowborough including Wadhurst, Mark Cross, Rotherfield, Jarvis Brook, and Groombridge. We help all ages from the young people where we liaise with local schools on…

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NEW INITIATIVES Coming soon to Forest Row

Forest Row Men’s Shed Have you heard of a Men’s Shed?  Forest Row Parish Council are looking to bring one to the village. Men’s Sheds are community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men of all ages to enjoy…

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News from Nus Ghani MP for Wealden

Recently I supported a new campaign by the children’s charity Barnardo’s to recognise and tackle the impact of domestic abuse on the lives of young children and families. As the MP for Wealden, I am too familiar with distressing cases of domestic violence and over the years I have seen an increase in both the…

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National Landscape Review findings welcomed

The findings of the recently published independent review into England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) have been welcomed by the High Weald AONB Partnership and the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB).  The Review recommends that AONBs should be strengthened with new purposes, powers and resources, and renamed…

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La Belle Hélène: furiously funny French operatic fizz comes to East Grinstead

In collaboration with Opera della Luna, the Lewes-based community company New Sussex Opera (NSO) stages one of the most sparkling works by Offenbach the French master of comic opera. He is most famous for composing the cancan, which appears in his first operetta, Orpheus in the Underworld. The show is touring Sussex – including the…

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PRECIOUS EARTH: An exhibition of British Wildlife paintings by Emma Tuzzio

This inspiring exhibition on show at the Ashdown Forest Visitors Centre, from now until 30th October 2019 showcases a collection of British Wildlife pastel paintings by Crowborough artist Emma Tuzzio.   WHEN:Now – 3rd November 2019. Open most afternoons between 1pm – 4pm and between 11am – 5pm at the weekend. WHERE: The Ashdown Forest Visitors Centre, Coleman’s Hatch Rd, Forest Row RH18 5JP….

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A new country park for Wealden

Horsted Green Park, Wealden’s latest open access countryside area, officially opened on 18 September by the District Council vice chairman, Ron Reed. The park is in 74 acres of rolling Wealden countryside on the western edge of Uckfield, and will provide an alternative recreational space to Ashdown Forest. “Horsted Green Park is an excellent place…

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Ashdown Forest Big Draw

Come draw, doodle, scribble, paint or sketch on the Ashdown Forest. It could be a landscape, leaf, bird or shadow, a footprint, view, tree or twig, a memory or something else that catches your eye.  Open to all ages, all abilities and in all weathers. Your art work will become part of our community exhibition…

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1944 – 75th Anniversary D.Day Landings. 1939 – 80th Anniversary beginning 2nd World War

This year as we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D.Day Landings ‘Operation Overlord’ and codenamed ‘Operation Neptune’. This was the largest seaborne invasion in history, which began the liberation of German occupied France (and later Western Europe) from Nazi control, and laid the foundation of the Allied victory on the Western Front. With the…

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Seeking information on Eden Valley Museum Past History

The Eden Valley Museum, in the heart of Edenbridge, is housed in a medieval farm house once known as Doggett’s Farm and now called Church House. In 2020 the Eden Valley Museum will be launching an exhibition to celebrate its 20th birthday. We are looking for information about the past history of Church House. We…

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Play4Today: East Grinstead Meridian Rotary Radio Play Competition

Do you have a story to tell and a vivid imagination?   If the answer is “Yes” then our radio/audio play writing competition is for you. Radio/audio is an intimate medium where you can let your ideas roam free. You can go anywhere across the globe and beyond, backwards or forwards in time, and immerse…

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Remembering the Holocaust in 2020

Wealden District Council is inviting local craft groups and societies to enter the Holocaust Memorial Trust’s 75 Memorial Flames competition. This involves creating your own piece of artwork to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz which will take place in 2020. “There are many groups in Wealden, actively creating beautiful art and…

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A Spellbinding Halloween

This Halloween Half Term come and join the Borde Hill Academy of Witches and Wizards and help Sapphire the Witch’s Cat regain her magical powers on a bewitching Garden trail full of spells, potions and mystery. From 26th October to 3rd November, young visitors will receive a treat from the Magica de Spell, the Head…

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Wealden Community Grants open until 30 November

Grants are available from Wealden District Council to help local groups and organisations continue the valuable work they do for the community. Applications are being invited for Wealden’s Small and Capital Grant Schemes by 30 November 2019 so that awards can be made for the 2020/21 financial year. The Wealden Small Grant Scheme offers grants…

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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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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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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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