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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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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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Latest Edition Online

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all our readers, advertisers and contributors. The latest edition of Forest Row Local is now online, to view it use this link: https://forestrowlocal.co.uk/magazines/December_2019/index.html We are now fully booked for the January Edition – the next available edition is February, deadline for artwork is 10th January – visit our…

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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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