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Planning Committee Meeting 10 February 2015

The next Herstmonceux Parish Council Planning Committee Meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 10 February 2015 in the hall in Herstmonceux Primary School. The application for the proposed development at Lime Cross, Herstmonceux will be discussed at this meeting.
In line with District Council Policy at Planning Committee Meetings, time will be allowed for three members of the public to speak in favour and three members to speak against the application. The time allowed for each speaker is three minutes. Please contact the clerk for more information.

New Office for Herstmonceux Parish Council

The new office for Herstmonceux Parish Council is at the Village Information Centre in Herstmonceux. The address is 4 The Old Forge, Gardner Street, Herstmonceux, East Sussex BN27 4LG. The telephone number 01323 833312 and the email address remain the same.

Windmill Hill Windmill Trust wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

The trustees of the Windmill Hill Windmill Trust are delighted to announce the award of £80,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore the machinery and sweeps at Windmill Hill
Windmill. Led by volunteers from the local community, this exciting project is due to start in
December 2014 and be completed in the autumn of 2015.
The project will restore the mill to working order, grinding flour once again. This includes
restoration of the machinery, the sweeps, the unique patented governor designed to control the
speed of the sweeps and to restore the original outside stairs for easier visitor access to the
trestle (first) floor.
An outreach activity programme organised by the University of Brighton will see local
schoolchildren visit the windmill and take part in a media project.
The restoration will be documented by members of the local photographic society who will
mount exhibitions in the area, and a historian will research the story of early millers of the
As a result of the restoration there will be numerous opportunities for volunteers to witness,
experience and keep alive the practice of operating a windmill and producing stone ground
The Windmill at Windmill Hill, originally built in 1814 and a Grade II* listed building, is the
landmark that gives the village its name. It is the largest post mill in the UK – the structure
was authentically restored and opened to the public in 2006 as a fine example of our industrial
heritage. It is one of the few remaining windmills of its type in Sussex.
Commenting on the award, Trustee Crispin Freeman, said: “The initial restoration of the
structure of the windmill back in 2001 was funded through a major Heritage Lottery Fund
grant, and it is wonderful that this new grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund gives us the
opportunity to progress the restoration of the windmill to working order. The public will be
thrilled to see the historic technology brought back to life.”
8th December 2014 Mrs Bee Frost 01323 833033
Windmill Hill Windmill Trust Reg. Charity No. 104504

Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre

Yoga Classes
Mondays 7.30-8.30pm

Stretch your body, relax your mind, improve your concentration
and aid sleep. With Kate a qualified yoga teacher - for more information call 07990-755415

Tai Chi for Beginners

Mindfulness based Tai Chi for stress
6 week course starts Wednesday 3rd September 2.00-3.00pm

Tai Chi is a form of therapeutic exercise designed to energise the whole body whilst also becoming more relaxed
The gentle nature of the movements meand that it's possible for all ages and physical abilities to participate. For further information please phone Robert on 01323-738111 or 07796545669

Community Land Trusts

Please click here for a document describing the structure of Community Land Trusts


Call 101 to help stop illegal off-roading in the countryside

People witnessing illegal or anti-social off-road driving on paths in the countryside are being called on to report it to the police using the new 101 phone number.
Sussex Pathwatch is a special service set up to help protect the safety of everyone using rights-of-way, fields and woodland to prevent the damage that illegal offroading can cause. A similar service called Countrywatch has been set up in Hampshire. Anyone can report an offence by calling 101 or emailing in Sussex and in Hampshire.
Angela Ward, ranger for the South Downs National Park, said:
Most people driving off-road do so legally and with consideration for other people. Unfortunately there are a small minority driving illegally. They put everyone’s safety at risk, give legal drivers a bad name and cause damage to the countryside.
“That’s why we’re working with the Police and local authorities on this scheme. If illegal off-roading isn’t reported then the police can’t take any action.”
Just one example of Pathwatch success was in a case of illegal off-road motorcycling on a Site of Special Scientific interest near Small Dole in West Sussex. The site, which holds three nationally rare habitats and supports a rich community of rare butterflies and moths, was blighted by off-road motorcyclists who had even brought in equipment to dig tracks. Following calls from the public, Sussex Police were able to catch them in the act and serve notice – meaning that if they reoffend in the next 12 months their vehicle will be impounded and possibly crushed. This led to the activity stopping.
Angela added:
Off-roading can be great fun so if you want advice on how to do it legally speak to the Land Access and Recreation Association, the Trials Rider Fellowship or ask us on Twitter @SussexPathwatch or Facebook.”
Find out more about Countrywatch at or Sussex Pathwatch at

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