An out-building was broken into in Brightling in the last week or so and a quadbike was stolen.
It has already been reported to police by the owner, but please keep things locked away and keep an eye out for shady characters in the area.
Nichola McAuley who runs Netherfield Café, Shop and Post Office is putting on an evening of dinner and entertainment to help raise funds to save our Pyramid.
The event is on 22nd February, 19.30 – 23.00 and is priced at £10 to include a sit-down dinner and Geoff doing what he does best – Jack Fuller. If you want to join in on what sounds a fun event please ring 01424 838589 and book your table.
A message from Charles Everett:
BRIGHTLING VILLAGE TRUST AGM, 7.30 pm WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2020
Brightling Village Trust will have its Annual General Meeting at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 1 April in the Village Hall. The Trust exists to support charitable purposes in Brightling and can also make grants to help individuals and relieve hardship. This gives the Trustees discretion to support a wide range of activities which will benefit people in Brightling and which aren’t otherwise supported.
This meeting is your opportunity to make suggestions for grants that the Trust should consider making, and indeed suggestions for potential donations or proposals for raising funds.
This year, we want also to talk about four other small Brightling charities, the Mary Herbert Educational Foundation (set up in 1728 to support girls’ education), the Catherine Stone Bequest (to support the welfare of Sunday School children), the Jesse Gregson Charity (to provide bread to needy Brightling parishioners) and the FH Scott Charity (to support the poor of the parish including through the provision of coal). Meeting the Charity Commission requirements for these very small trusts has proved hugely burdensome – and their precise objectives are now out of date. It has been suggested that the Village Trust might take them over and use what funds there are to benefit modern Brightling.
If you have views on this, please come along to the meeting. At the moment, we don’t know how to do it or even if it will be possible. But first of all, we want to check out whether you think this is a good idea. And, assuming we go ahead, how can we best preserve the history and broad intention of the original bequests?
So, please come along to the Village Hall at 7.30 pm on 1 April – see you there.
Chair, Village Trust
The next regular meeting of Brightling Parish council will be on Monday 13th January. As ever, the time is 7:30 pm and the place is the Village Hall. It has been very gratifying to see that a few members of the public have started to come to our meetings recently. Everyone is welcome and has an opportunity to raise topics for discussion. There is no need to stay for the whole meeting – most people don’t – and we try and do the interesting stuff first.
Are you being kept awake at night, sick with worry about when your bin is going to be emptied over the Christmas and New Year period?
If so, help is on hand. Simply visit web page www.rother.gov.uk/findmynearest and after entering your postcode etc, you will not only see your bin emptying days, but also some other fascinating information. NB This works all year round, not just at Christmas.
(Better still, take the zero waste Christmas challenge and never worry about bin emptying ever again – Ed.).
Message from Biddy Akerman:
Everyone in Brightling is warmly invited to the church Christmas Drinks party, at 6:30 pm on Wednesday 18 December, at Brightling Rectory, kindly hosted by the vicar. A donation of £10 gets you in and secures your first drink; pay bar thereafter.
All proceeds go to the church.
There will be tip-top nibbles and superb company.
See you there.
Message from David Gasson:
On Friday 20th December, the Brightling Carol Singers will once again sing their way round the village.
If you would like to join us, please meet outside the Village Hall at 6.30 pm.
As usual, the collection will be for the Children of Chailey Heritage. If you will be away on that night, but would still like to make a donation, please ring me on 01424 838 481.
Residents of affected streets will have received consultation letters from Rother District Council. The map below shows all the affected roads.
The letters that have gone out say “There is the potential for Royal Mail to change postcodes if the street name changes”. While this is technically true (the Post Office can change anyone’s postcode anytime they feel like it), I have to say that I think it is incredibly unlikely to happen. In practice the Post Office only change postcodes when there is a major change in the organization of the postal rounds (eg if a lot of new houses get built, or if one property gets so much post that they need their own postcode and so on).
I do hope that this doesn’t put anyone off.
This should also not cause any change in anyone’s official (Post Office) house address; addresses (on the affected roads) do not in fact include the road name at all. See the sample below (from www.royalmail.com/find-a-postcode ).
Another slight problem is that (due to an error by Rother District Council) all the people in Hollingrove Hill got Hollingrove Lane letters, and vice versa. Corrected (version 2) letters have now been sent out to those affected.
Finally I’ll just mention that the roads variously known as Cackle Street and/or Battle Road are not affected at all.
What’s the point? some people have asked. Speaking personally, two reasons: first to preserve a little bit of local history, and secondly so that when they put up signs saying “such and such a road is closed” that everyone knows which road they mean.
If anyone has any queries about this, feel free to contact me by email at