We hope you like the look of this new Brightling web site. It is not perfect yet (the menu doesn’t play well on mobile devices, for example) but I think it is considerably improved, with a useful calendar of events on the home page. If you want to get access to add events to the calendar, or would like to contribute content to the website, do contact me (email@example.com). I hope to call a meeting, sometime in the autumn (2018) perhaps, to discuss how we can develop the website further and get more contributions. Meanwhile, any feedback would be very welcome.
The Parish Council recently carried out a check on the eight wooden signposts within the parish of Brightling.
Seven of the eight were deemed to be in pretty good nick (and will shortly be receiving their annual wash and brush-up from the various volunteers).
The one at the top of Rectory Hill (which is the only one we didn’t refurbish in 2016/17) needs a bit more than this. It is looking quite weather-beaten and does not meet our standard of general uprightness. So we have arranged for it to go to the signpost hospital for a bit of remedial surgery and a facelift. Hopefully this will happen before the end of 2018. So if you notice that it is absent from its post (LOL) – don’t worry, it hasn’t gone AWOL.
Jenny Yeo writes:
We are having an annual church clear-up on 4th July at 6:30 pm and we would love as many able-bodied people as possible to join us!
There is a suitable job for everyone. So, ladies, bring your chainsaws! Gentlemen, bring your feather dusters!
From previous experience I can say that it doesn’t go on for too long and is quite a sociable event.
You can look forward to refreshments but you just have to do a bit of work first.
We had an interesting meeting on Tuesday 12 June 2018, with (among others) representative of Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council, to discuss sorting out the correct names for roads within the parish.
Previously we had consulted on a set of road names. We received some messages of agreement, and no messages of disagreement, and the Parish Council approved them at its meeting on 14th May 2018.
The Rother representative said that they were happy to accept our proposal, with a couple of exceptions.
Rother want the road from Darwell Hole up towards Woods Corner (the B2096) to be “Battle Road” (because other segments of it, outside Brightling, are already called Battle Road). We wanted the road from Darwell Hole up as far as the top of Rectory Hill to be “Battle Road”. But we can’t have two different roads in the parish both called Battle Road. I don’t think we would win an argument with Rother over this, and in fact it is perfectly reasonable for the B2096 to be Battle Road. So we have to have a different name for the road from Darwell Hole to the top of Rectory Hill. The obvious solution is to call this road “Cackle Street”. In fact Rother already call it Cackle Street, so if we accept this it is one fewer change. Some would say that Cackle Street is a hamlet rather than a road, or that the term Cackle Street only applies to the lower part of the road, but we don’t have any other ideas, so I suggest the whole road should be Cackle Street.
The other change is that we tried to apply the name “Deer Park Road” to the whole of the road from the triangle at Avenue Lodge all the way to Woods Corner. Rother’s view – which I think has to be accepted – is that this applies only to the road as far as Stacey’s corner. From Stacey’s corner to Woods Corner is in the parish of Dallington, and here the road is called “Brightling Road”. There is no duplication here because the names only have to be unique within the parish, so “Brightling Road, Dallington” and “Brightling Road, Brightling” can happily refer to distinct roads. In any case, we are Brightling parish and we can’t start telling Dallington how to name roads in their parish. Furthermore it is reasonable for a road to change its name at a T-junction, and I do know that properties on the Dallington part of this road do refer to themselves as being on “Brightling Road”.
We also discovered that Rother have a road that we hadn’t got: Coblye Lane. I don’t think this is a road that the public can drive down (although it is a bridleway); it is the track from the Ox Lodge, past the cricket ground and down to Coblye Cottage at the ford. So I have added that to the map.
If no-one objects to the above, then we are mostly in agreement with the names that Rother have already got, and we would only be asking Rother for 4 changes:
- what we call Coombe Hill Road is currently on Rother’s system as Perrymans Lane
- the real Perrymans Lane (the short section of road that goes past Perrymans Farm) is currently on Rother’s system as an extension to Fontridge Lane
- The road from Oxley’s Green to Twelve Oaks is currently on Rother’s system as Hollingrove Road; we want to split it into Hollingrove Hill (Oxley’s Green to Hollingrove) and Hollingrove Lane (Hollingrove to Twelve Oaks)
- What we call Long Reach and “The Street” is currently on Rother’s system as “Brightling Village” (which Rother accept is a silly name for a road, and not in accordance with local usage)
This is all open to consultation. The revised consultation map is below. Please use the comments box below to say if you have any comments on any of this. If you think this is all correct, then it would be helpful if you could leave a comment to say so, so that we can show that there is a consensus. Once we do have a consensus, then, subject to the agreement of the parish council, we will officially request these changes from Rother District Council.
We were advised that if a road name changes, then there is a possibility that the Post Office will change the postcode. However it seems to me that this is fairly unlikely, but you never know. In any case, the Post Office are a law unto themselves when it comes to setting official postal addresses.
The tree warden for Dallington, Doug Edworthy, has offered to take a walk in Forge Wood, near Glaziers Forge on Saturday 7th July. There is no charge to join in as Doug is keen to show off all the conservation work that has been going on and he hopes that as many people as possible will take his offer up. The plan is to meet at 9.30 at the triangle at The Mount where you can park, and then walk down to the Observatory, opposite which is the entrance to the woods. The walk should take about one and a half hours and is, apparently, suitable for any capable walker.
If you want to join in ( if there are not enough takers, it will be postponed) contact Geoffrey or Jane Beard on 01424 838352 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Moore has advised she will be hosting a poetry afternoon every Thursday in July at Hancox, her family house in Whatlington. (for connection with Brightling, see Barbara Bodichon and Ben Leigh Smith’s graves in our Churchyard – both her ancestors) She will read and discuss a variety of her favourite poems. The emphasis will be on enjoyment and appreciation. The sessions will begin at 2 p.m. and last for about 2 hours. The first session is on Thursday 5th July and there is a charge of £10 per person. Copies of the poems and light refreshments will be provided.
To book or for more information, please contact Charlotte on 01424 870027 or by email at email@example.com. Postal address is Hancox, Whatlington, Battle TN33 0NX. Parking in front of the house.
Rother Valley Railway wants to join its section at Robertsbridge with the existing Tenterden-Bodiam railway.
What not everyone is aware of – I only found out very recently – is that they are using compulsory purchase powers under the Transport and Works Act to force landowners in Salehurst to sell parts of their farms to the RVR so that the railway line can be constructed. These are known as TWAOs (Transport and Works Orders). Not surprisingly, the landowners are up in arms about this.
Brightling Parish Council has not been involved in the resulting controversy, taking the view that the direct impact on Brightling is minimal. However, I have been contacted by individuals who feel that the compulsory purchase of land against the landowner’s wishes is not justified in the case of what many people would regard as a “hobby railway”. (I have not been contacted by anyone who supports the extension or the compulsory purchase orders).
Anyone who wishes to oppose – or support – the TWAOs should be aware that the deadline for submitting comments is TODAY – 31st May 2018. Comments should be emailed to The Secretary of State for Transport’s department at firstname.lastname@example.org You must include your name and address, together with the grounds of your objection.
Full details of the objectors’ case are on the Great Robertsbridge Train Robbery website. They include more details of how to comment on the orders.
The case “for” is on the Rother Valley Railway website.
Footpath “Brightling 17B” has now been thoroughly upgraded by the East Sussex County Council’s rights of way team, as a direct result of requests on behalf of Brightling Parish Council.
Matthew Harper, ESCC Principal Rights of Way Officer, wrote to us on 24th May 2018:
Our Maintenance Team attended to investigate the issues and discovered a large drainage pipe, which was not visible to us on our inspection. The pipe sits below another pipe we had seen and is shown in the attached ‘Photo 1’ with new sandbags now protecting the outlet. It had evidently become quite blocked, but the team has cleared it and it now looks to be flowing well.
As you can see from ‘Photo 2’ the Team also installed a catchment chamber to divert the flow we had concluded was probably a spring emerging alongside the pond. They have also laid new stone over the whole area.
You can see in the second photo that there is still some water on the surface, but the Team reports that this looks to be trickling our from the field on the right further up the path. So potentially a different source, but hopefully only one which is only delivering run-off from the downpours in the last 24 hours.
We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like the situation should be improved.
This follows a meeting on 10th April, arranged by the Parish council. The fact that there was a good turnout at the meeting probably helped to encourage the Rights of Way team to take action.
Brightling church has a brand new organ – an Envoy 23-S from Viscount Organs.
The new organ is already in use but there will be an “official opening” consisting of an interactive hands-on demonstration / Q&A session about the new organ following the 10 o’clock service on 10th June 2018. This will start at around 11:00 am.
This magnificent machine has two keyboards, a full 30-note pedal board, and 23 speaking stops.
The sound comes from external speaker system located in the gallery, while the playing console has been located behind the north choir stalls. The external speakers consist of two independent audio channels of 100 watts each plus a dedicated sub-woofer cabinet of 300 watts. That is a fair whack of sound.
There is also a high-quality speaker system located inside the console, which can be adjusted separately for both tone and volume. Currently it is set up with the overall volume set at minus 15, but if necessary that can easily be turned up (or even down if people insist). The placing of the sounds across individual speakers, the tonal voicing and regulation were all individually configured for our church, as part of the installation process.
There will be a follow-up visit from the installers in a few months’ time, during which further adjustments can be made. So it would be good to get feedback as to how it sounds from various points within the church (volume levels, tone quality, reverberation and so on) during regular use and this information can contribute to the final adjustment.
Incidentally, there is now a vacancy for a deputy assistant trainee organist. Although this is a junior position, the successful applicant can expect rapid promotion. See you on 10th June.