Dear Members

FCS are delighted to welcome two new committee members, Phillipa Dean and Adam Bragginton, who have agreed to join us which means for the first time FCS have a full committee, long may it last! Apologies for the website getting so out of date but matters are now in hand to rectify this and normal service will resume shortly, a job Adam has generously volunteered to take on. If you want to know how and why FCS was set up & what it does check out FCS History on

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Quiz Night last Saturday. A great night was had by one and all and the brain cells were not too sore at the end of it, despite Richard’s best efforts to tax them. Congratulations to Lorne and Anne Duncan, Mike & Juliet Boella and their daughter and John & Kathy Manthorpe,” The Street Team”, who are this year’s winners. A big “Thank You” to Jan Holford for once again providing a delicious supper. We made a profit of just over £500 – an excellent result.

Christ Church Churchyard Autumn Clean Up – Just to endorse the “THANK YOU” posted on the FCS website and by email. As the priest-in-charge I am always greatly encouraged by the dedication and enthusiasm of folk who turn up twice a year to keep our churchyard in great shape. Thank you all, Russell Davison and team, once again, and special thanks to our licensee Helen for those delicious butties.  Fr Paul Broadbent, Parish Priest

Abi-Bergan Gander has asked us to pass on this message – you may have already seen this but there is a petition to review the removal of a pancreatic cancer drug called Abraxane.  As you can understand this is something close to our hearts.  We do hope that you will sign the petition at

There are still reports coming in of excessive speeding and anti-social driving through the village. The evenings are now drawing in and this behaviour puts pedestrians, horses, other car drivers at risk. So once again we ask that you please stop and think about other road users before there is a serious accident.

URGENT – Book now for the FCS Annual Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday 13th December – see below for full details.

A Defibrillator for Fairwarp – the defibrillator is now installed on the outside wall of our village pub.  In an emergency please call 999 first and you will then be instructed to use the defibrillator if required.  We already have one resident about to undertake the training as a first responder so if you would like to know more about what is involved please contact Malcolm Legg by email at

The 2016 Fairwarp Village Fete – Already plans are under way for next year’s fete.  The Drumskullz Drummers and the Newick Folk Band are being booked to entertain everyone again and the ever excellent Punch and Judy show to keep both young and old amused.  If you have any new ideas or can help in any way please contact Di asap on 01825 713881 or email  Details of the categories for the Arts, Crafts and Produce Tent will be available on the website very soon.

If you haven’t seen it yet, do pop in and have a look at the lovely smart new kitchen in Fairwarp Village Hall now offering all mod cons including an instant hot water boiler and  a fast dishwasher.  Even the drawers and cupboards are label to help you to find everything and know where to put them away again!  Many thanks to the Village Hall committee for organizing this much needed refurbishment.

Owing to unforeseen circumstance the children’s workshop for Stir-up Sunday at Christ Church on 22nd November will no longer take place but the Patronal Sung Eucharist will still go ahead as usual at 9.30am.

Local resident and florist, Roberta Emmott, is running a Wreath Making Workshop on Thursday 3rd December 7-9pm at Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down.  Get seriously festive at this one off workshop.  She will be showing you how to make a wreath for your door, using natural materials and foliage foraged from the woods.  Create your own design using evergreens, dried flowers, seed pods and pine cones and soak up the festive atmosphere by the fire in the cafe – see below how to book.

Do please go along and support the Christ Church Christmas Bazaar on the revised date of 5th December – see below for full details.

Don’t forget the annual “Carols in the Pub” at The Foresters Arms on Thursday 17th December – see below for details.

Would you like to organize an event in the village to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday on Sunday 12 June when nationwide parties will take place?  The previous “Share a Plate” tea parties for the Diamond Jubilee and Royal Wedding were a great success but all existing committees are stretched to the limit so it will need a new group of people to come forward to make it happen.

Don’t forget to get making/baking/sowing for the Make, Bake and Grow Sale on Saturday 7th May 2016 in Fairwarp Village Hall in aid of Fairwarp QERII Field New Pavillion Project.  Any unwanted plants/cuttings/seedlings gratefully received  – see below for more details.

Messages from Ashdown Forest

Due to recent changes in staff hours we will now be closing the office and Information Barn at 16.30 on Fridays. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

A delicious taste of Ashdown Forest;The Hebridean is a breed of sheep with a historical reputation for producing delicious meat. The Hebrideans from the Conservators’ flock are particularly slow growing, fed on the natural heathland vegetation of the Forest and definitely in a class of their own.Your box of Hogget will be processed locally, expertly cut and vacuum packed. We charge £7.50/kg and you will need to collect from the Ashdown Forest Centre, WychCross, RH18 5JP.A whole box will consist of about 13-20 kg of Hogget comprising:- 2 legs – on the bone- 2 shoulders – one the bone- Loin chops- Cutlets- Chump chops- 2 kidneys- MinceYou can also order a half box which will be between 7-10kgTo place an order email or call 01342 823583. The new photographic exhibition is now open in the Information Barn   – LeeMiller at Farley Farm. Weekends 11am-5pm “A glimpse into the everyday life of one of the most remarkable photographers of the 20th century. The images reveal uniquely her life at home at Farley Farm House entertaining famous friends and recovering eventually from the traumatic years of World War 2, during which Lee Miller  produced some of her most important and challenging work. The photographs, mainly by Lee or her husband Roland Penrose, include images of Max Ernst, Masson, Man Ray, Paul Eluard, Graham Sutherland and Picasso.” For those who are interested Rosemary Colebourn, Education Advisor and Coordinatorfor Farley Arts Trust will be hosting a talk and guided tour of the exhibition at the Forest Centre on Saturday 14th and Saturday 21st November – 2.30-4pm. The will be a £5.00 charge (payable in advance or on the day) for a maximum of 15 people on each date. To book a place please email or call 01342 823583. The Conservators’ ponies have been from Black Bog to near Wren Warren. A map showing the location of the enclosure can be found on our website

Nutley Village Day has been going from strength to strength and during that time has accumulated equipment that is used each year. This includes tents and tent poles, the maypole, the bar and the crazy kitchen. Is there anybody with some dry, accessible space where this equipment could be stored year by year? We would be most grateful for the help towards this village institution. Please call Bert Keeys, Secretary of the Fords Green Management Committee, if you can help. 01825 712209.

The 2015-16 Wood List is now open. Call 01342 823583 or to add your name. Further information can befound on our website –

Just another reminder that the Dog Walkers Code of Conduct can be found on our website –

Messages from Maresfield Parish Council

The Parish Council has been criticised for poor communications – more than once!  We do try hard but it takes two to tango.  By that I mean if a parishioner is not receptive to our communication then that communication has failed.  The three parish magazines reach virtually every household in the parish but if this newsletter is not read then our communication has failed…..!  We need to increase the channels of communication so we have revamped our web site.  Please take a look and let us know what you think.  Please look at the homepage and complete the short form so that we can send our newsletter directly to you by email together with occasional alerts and announcementsMartin Craddock, Chairman – Maresfield Parish Council

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The next stage of the High Street improvement scheme in Uckfield has been given the go ahead. Cllr Carl Maynard, the county council’s lead member for transport and environment, approved plans for 23 parking spaces in the High Street – limited for 30 minutes. He also agreed that up to two disabled spaces be included in the scheme, following consultation with the Wealden Disability Involvement Group.

“This scheme is vital if we are to maintain Uckfield as a vibrant and flourishing town,” said Cllr Maynard. “The town centre already suffers from congestion and with the additional development anticipated, this will only get worse if we sit back and do nothing.

“I have received a number of emails about the scheme prior to this meeting, and would like to assure residents that I have taken their views into account before making my decision.

“We can now push ahead and deliver real benefits to the people of Uckfield and the surrounding areas with a scheme that balances the future needs of businesses, visitors and residents.”

Cllr Maynard also gave approval to plans to introduce a one-way system during construction work – a measure to tackle potential traffic issues while work is carried out. Officers will carry out further work before finalising the arrangements for this.

Following a request from local member Cllr Claire Dowling, it was agreed a plan be put in place prior to the work starting which sets out how the community and businesses would be kept informed. The plan will cover communications for the duration of the work.

Speaking after Monday’s meeting, Cllr Dowling said: “I want to ensure that county highways and contractors work together to minimise disruption, and that the message goes out that Uckfield is open for business as usual.

“I am pleased that the lead member took my comments on board and has asked that communications be a key factor in the planning of this work.”

The second stage of the Uckfield Town Centre Highway Improvement Scheme, affecting High Street between Bell Lane and Church Street, is due to begin in January 2016.

It will include pavement widening, new street furniture, ‘smart’ traffic lights and improvements to drainage. Full details of the improvement scheme can be found

Wealden District Council are required to have a Statement of Licensing Policy that sets out how the Council will approach the licensing of premises, persons and events where there is the provision for the sale and /or supply of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment.  The Licensing Act 2003 requires Wealden District Council, as the licensing authority, to carry out a periodic review, consultation and republication of its  Licensing Policy every five years.

A revised policy has been drafted to take account of changes in government guidance over the last few years and future changes proposed over the next few months. The draft policy can be viewed at:

We welcome any comments on the revised Statement of Licensing Policy which should be directed either in writing to the Head of Environmental Health and Licensing at Rother and Wealden Environmental Health Service, Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex.  TN39 3JX or by e-mail to  Please make it clear if your comments are in regard to Wealden’s Statement of Principles as there will a separate consultation undertaken for Rother District Councils Licensing Policy.  The consultation period ends on 13th December 2015.  Any comments upon the Council’s draft policy  will be considered and the policy revised if is deemed appropriate to do so. The Council is aiming to republish its new policy in January 2016 which will then be adopted as Wealden policy for a five year period until January 2020.”


The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally started an electoral review of East Sussex County Council and the five district councils across the county.  The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the review and seek your views on new ward and electoral division boundaries for each council in East Sussex.

What is an electoral review?

The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for East Sussex County Council, Eastbourne Borough Council, Hastings Borough Council, Lewes District Council, Rother District Council and Wealden District Council. In particular, it will propose:

The total number of councillors elected to each council in the future.

  • The number of wards and divisions.
  • The number of councillors representing each ward and division.
  • Ward and division boundaries.
  • Names of wards and divisions.

For parishes, the review can recommend changes to the electoral arrangements of parish and town councils i.e. the number, names and boundaries of parish wards and the number of parish councillors for each parish ward. However, this is only in circumstances where the parished area is to be divided between wards or divisions. Even in these circumstances, the Commission will not normally recommend any change to the number of councillors to be elected to a parish or town council. The Commission has no power to consider changes to the external boundaries of a parish or the creation of new parishes.

When?  Today, 22 September 2015, is the start of a 10 week public consultation during which the Commission is inviting proposals for new divisions and warding arrangements.  The consultation will close on 30 November 2015. After considering all representations made during this consultation, the Commission intends to publish draft recommendations in Marchs 2016. There will then be a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations. Final recommendations are expected to be published in September 2016. The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the next scheduled local elections following completion of the review: in 2017 for East Sussex County Council, 2018 for Hastings and 2019 for the other districts.

How to get involved?This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across the county on where they think district ward and county division boundaries should be drawn. To help you produce your own pattern of wards or divisions, the following table summarises the framework within which the Commission will seek to draw up its recommendations. The table includes the total number of councillors we recommend should be elected to each council and how many county councillors will be allocated to each district. The table also includes the number of voters that should be included in a ward or division depending on the number of councillors elected to the ward. For example, if you wish to put forward a proposal for an electoral division which elects one county councillor, it should include roughly 8651 voters.

Local Authority No. of district cllrs No. of county cllrs Electors per district cllr Electors per county cllr Notes
East Sussex County Council N/A 50 N/A 8651 Possible mixed pattern of divisions (single- or multi-member)
Eastbourne Borough Council 27 9 2844 8651 Possible mixed pattern of wards (one-, two- or three-member wards)
Hastings Borough Council 32 8 2065 8651 Presumption in favour of two-member wards to reflect electoral cycle
Lewes District Council 41 9 1993 8651 Possible mixed pattern of wards (one-, two- or three-member wards)
Rother District Council 38 9 2027 8651 Possible mixed pattern of wards (one-, two- or three-member wards)
Wealden District Council 45 15 2909 8651 Possible mixed pattern of wards (one-, two- or three-member wards)

In drawing up a pattern of wards and electoral divisions, the Commission must balance three criteria, which are set out in law, namely:

  • To deliver electoral equality where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others in that local authority.
  • That the pattern of wards and divisions should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
  • That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.

We are asking local people and organisations for their views as to the best pattern of wards and divisions for the county which meet the requirements set out above.

The Commission will treat all submissions equally and will judge each case on its merits and against the statutory criteria. If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that your submission is supported by evidence. For example, if you wish to argue that two parishes should be included in the same electoral division or ward, make sure you tell the Commission why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.

There is plenty more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation and put your views forward. Log on to to find out more and to see the web pages we have created for each of East Sussex’s six local authorities. The website also includes technical guidance that explains the process and our policies as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process.

You can also access interactive maps of the current boundaries across the county on our specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to draw your own boundaries, mark areas of interest on the map and upload documents directly to the site. Log on to access the portal or find it via our main website.

The Commission will draw up new boundaries for district wards and county divisions across East Sussex. However, if you only wish to comment on a small part of the county, we welcome your views and will consider them before drawing up draft recommendations. 

Get in touch We encourage as many people and organisations as possible to get involved with the consultation and we encourage local organisations and parish councils to engage their local networks and communities in the review.

View interactive maps of the county, draw your own boundaries and have your say at our specialist consultation portal at:  Find out more about the review at:  Email your views to:  Follow us on Twitter at: @lgbce.  Write to: Review Officer (East Sussex), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th Floor Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QP.  This phase consultation closes on 30 November 2015. We will write to you again when we open our consultation on draft recommendations.  Please note that the interests of transparency, copies of the all representations we receive during this review will be placed on our website. We remove any personal identifying information such as signatures and private residential addresses prior to placing any submissions in the public domain.

Messages from the Police and Neighbourhood Watch

In future any Fraud/Scam notices will be emailed individually to members as soon as FCS receives them.

2016/17 Sussex Police Precept Consultation Deadline for responses: 8 January 2016
How much would you pay for policing in Sussex? A small proportion of the cost of policing is paid from council tax with the rest coming directly from Government. This local council tax element is called the precept, which the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) sets each year following consultation with local taxpayers. A public consultation has been launched to find out if local taxpayers would be prepared to pay an additional amount next year, per household, to enable the PCC to invest directly in two areas that the Chief Constable has highlighted as priorities for policing: protecting children and vulnerable adults in Sussex from exploitation and abuse and digital forensic capability to retrieve, analyse and store information held on computers, mobiles and tablets.


If you have any events you would like including on the village calendar please let us know by e-mailing or call 01825 713477.


Thursday 3rd December –Wreath Making Workshop at Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down 7-9pm.   £30 inc a drink from “The Wild Bar”. To book contact Roberta Emmott 07816873138

Saturday 5th December – Maresfield Christmas Bazaar in Maresfield Village Hall 11am-2pm Maresfield Village Hall. Contact Ken Ogden for more information on 01825 761433.

Saturday 5th December – Christ Church Christmas Bazaar inFairwarp Village Hall 2-5pm. Come along and get in the Christmas Spirit. Cakes and Tombola and Raffle prizes needed. Please call Jenny on 01825 712188 if you would like a stall. Entrance 50p.

Sunday 13th December – Children’s Christmas Party in Fairwarp Village Hall from 3pm. Games, tea and presents will be followed by lantern making at approx 4.30pm and carols round the tree on the green afterwards. The party is aimed at the under10s but everyone is welcome to come and join in the fun for all or part of the afternoon. All Fairwarp/FCS children/grandchildren are invited, the more the merrier. To BOOK NOW please call Caroline on 01825 712950 or email by Friday 4th December giving the number of children and their ages so that we can provide an appropriate present.

Thursday 17th DecemberCarols in the Pub. The Foresters Arms from 8pm. Raffle in aid of Christ Church Choir and St Peter & St James’ Hospice. Come early to get your drinks in first!

Sunday 17th January – FCS New Year Social in Fairwarp Village Hall 11am-1pm. Come along and enjoy a glass or two of mulled wine and a chat. Everyone welcome. Call Penny on 01825 712791 for more information.


Saturday 9th January – Fairwarp Village Market starts again, weather permitting, and from then on once a fortnight in Fairwarp Village Hall 10am-12noon.

Saturday 7th May – Make, Bake & Grow Sale in Fairwarp Village Hall 10.30am-2.00pm in aid of the QEII Field New Pavilion Project. If you are local and have any homemade or baked goodies you would like to sell on your own stall or as part of a mixed stall please call Anita 712632, Jan 713477 or Helen 712292. This time alongside plants of every shape and size there will be stalls selling handmade items and crafts, from knitted toys to willow structures as well as cakes, pastries, chocolates, jams, pickles and chutneys. Tea or coffee and cake or Soup and a roll will be available too.

More dates for your 2016 diary – full details nearer the time.

February – 13th onwards Lent lunches

March – 12th Christ Church Jumble Sale, 14th Village Hall AGM

April – 16th QEII Field New Pavilion Project Event

June – 18th Christ Church Quiz Night, 27th FCS AGM

July – 9th Fairwarp Village Fete

August – 6th or 13th QEII Field Cricket & Croquet Day

Sept – 25th Harvest Festival

Sept/Oct – WI Walk & Ploughman’s lunch – date to be decided

Nov – 19th FCS Quiz Night

Dec – 3rd Christ Church Christmas Bazaar, 10th Christmas Tree on the Green, 18th FCS Children’s Christmas Party

Best wishes

Jan Kemsley, Hon. Sec. FCS