Thanks from Wealden for the Great British Spring Clean

Wealden residents have again risen to the challenge during the Great British Spring Clean and were out in force helping to rid Wealden of unwanted litter and we would like to thank everyone who took part.

Over 60 individuals and community groups took part in this year’s event which ran from 25th March to 10th April making it one of the most successful in Wealden to date with  over 400 bags of litter removed from the District’s streets and open green spaces. A third more than the 300  plus bags collected in 2021. With many groups now taking to the streets throughout the year, it’s estimated that over 2000 bags of litter have been collected since last year (the equivalent to 10 tonnes of rubbish!)

So that we can get an idea of the extent of the litter picking undertaken by groups and individuals we would be really grateful if you could kindly spend a few minute completing a short on line survey.

The link for the survey is

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The second Update from the local Ukraine Support Group

Ukraine Support Group for Fletching, Piltdown and Sheffield Park.

This is the second mailing from the group just to keep you all up to date.

We’ve had a wonderful response to our call for support for Ukrainian refugees who might come to Fletching, Piltdown and Sheffield Park. Thank you to everyone who has got in touch offering help in all sorts of varied ways. It is not too late to sign up so please get in touch if you’d like to get involved.

The issuing of visas is still an extremely slow process, and we have several groups who are in the system and are waiting for final approval to come here. The good news is that two families have been successful and will be arriving shortly. We will give them a chance to settle in and then will get in touch to see how we can best support them.

Evidence seems to be showing that of those applying to come to East Sussex, most are wanting to be in the larger towns on the coast. However, Toby Illingworth, the Wealden councillor for Buxted, is doing great work on the ground in Ukraine promoting the benefits of settling in rural Wealden, so we have high hopes that a few more families will be arriving soon.

We’ll keep you updated as soon as we have any news.

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David Knight on
Peter Roundell
Gabby Paterson-Griggs


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Ukraine Support Group for Fletching, Piltdown and Sheffield Park.

We thought it would be a good idea to share with everyone how the Ukrainian Support Group is developing and to put out a call for anyone who is interested in getting involved in whatever way they can.

At the moment, we have six families who have let us know that they are willing and able to host Ukrainians, which is fantastic.  We would love to have a few more volunteers for this. This link may be helpful if you are thinking about hosting: East Sussex and Ukraine

Understandably hosting is not for everyone but there are plenty of other ways that we are hoping that we can get involved as a village. If and when we have any refugees in the village, we really want to make sure that they (and their hosts) feel supported. Our thoughts are that additional help could include things like:

  • “TLC” days which could include coach outings, sports activities, bbqs, Ukrainian cooking lessons – all ideas gratefully received!
  • Financial contributions – obviously all this will come with a cost.
  • Driving – while the hosts will largely be responsible for sorting out travel there will always be times when this might not be possible so a pool of drivers would be extremely helpful.
  • Help needed for the possible use of the village hall as a “drop in” centre.

We are in touch with other villages who are going to be receiving refugees and we are hoping to be able to link up with them, so we are not all inventing our own wheel.

We have already linked up with Toby Illingworth who is a local councillor in Buxted. He has set up the Buxted Refugee Programme and, to make organization around hosting easier, like some other villages, we have decided to join with this bigger organization. Toby has spent the last week in Poland setting up contacts locally to assist any Ukrainians who want to come to the UK.  He has so far managed to pair up several Ukrainians with people in the program and is hoping that he will be able to find many more.

The Parish Council is fully supportive of all efforts to support refugees and will help in any way possible.

All offers however large or small will be extremely welcome!  If you have any questions, please get in touch with either David or Kate.   Further updates will be coming!

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The PRA Spring Dinner on Saturday 26th March at the Piltdown Man

The PRA are holding a Spring Dinner at The Piltdown Man on Saturday March 26th, all Piltdown residents are welcome. It is a chance to get together and enjoy the fun, informal evening, three course dinner and a Music Quiz and raffle.

Tickets £30 per head which includes small donation to PRA funds. Please contact either Patricia Blewitt ( 01825 723937or by email ) to book and choose Menu selection.

The PRA Winter Dinner was a great success at the Piltdown Gold Club last November, it was lovely to meet new residents.

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Great British Spring Clean 2022

As you are aware the Keep Britain Tidy campaign was postponed back in March/April 20/2021 due to the Pandemic, I am pleased to tell you that it has been re-instated this Spring.

Those who would like to participate, I have a limited supply of equipment given by the Wealden District Council of  Gloves , Litter pickers, bag hoops and Hi viz jackets for collection

I will distribute bags on a first come serve basis at Piltdown Pond Car park on Saturday  26th March between 10:30am and 11:30am.

Litter collecting equipmentShould you wish to start collecting on the  2nd April as a group initiative or alternatively  you can decide when  you would like to do it during the month of April.

Please let me know by email if you wish to participate to enable me to advise you which areas to concentrate on

I appreciate that many have continued Litter picking throughout the pandemic thank you to all those who have kept our roads and lanes clear of litter.

Thank you for your support

Best wishes Bob White on behalf of The Piltdown Residents Association

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