Parish News for April

(Posted on behalf of Bobbie Steel)

Sunday April 1st. Easter Day Holy Communion
April 8th.     Evensong.   6.30pm
April 15th.   Holy Communion. 11am
April 22nd.  Holy Communion.  9.30am
April 29th. Service of The Word.  11am

The names of loved ones for whom Easter lilies have been chosen will be read out at the Easter Sunday service.
Advance notice:  FLOWER FESTIVAL in St. Giles on June 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

FLOWER CLUB:  This is scheduled to take place on Thursday April 5th in The Old School. The topic will be ‘Summer Sunshine ‘.

LIBRARY: The mobile Library will be in Dallington Street on Tuesday April 20th between 2.20-2.50pm. The service will be very much missed when it is withdrawn.

HISTORY GROUP:  there will be two meetings in April, on
Tuesday 3rd Jenny Stiles will talk on Dallington, on the 17th Douglas Sewell will tell us about ‘Shipwrecks with local connections ‘.   The organisers wish this to be a social event, there is no admission charge but a small contribution towards expenses is welcome.

ART CLUB:  We meet every Monday morning 10am-12 in the Old School. We have recently acquired a large noticeboard so we can display a changing selection of members work. New members welcome – more information at the Art Club page of this site

WI. Due to a variety of causes, mainly illness, our meeting in March was rather poorly attended. We were sitting, rather glumly, in the village hall until Mary D came up with the idea of us going back to her house. A most enjoyable afternoon followed, in fact one member was heard to say that playing Scrabble was better than having a meeting with a Speaker. The very idea!

VILLAGE HALL: such a lot of work is going on and soon there will be a bright new kitchen. A library / book swap is planned, possibly one morning a month when there will be cafe style seating with refreshments. Two large bookcases are waiting to be filled with bestsellers. Watch this space.

Fast Broadband has come to another part of Dallington!

Click on the link below to see an email from Ashley Flett about fast broadband available from the cabinet on the Carricks Hill roundabout.  Congratulations to Ashley for obtaining superspeeds for the school and thanks for his considerable work and tenacity in getting this result.
Fast Broadband has come to Dallington!

Dallington Forest Ancient and Veteran Tree Survey

The comprehensive and detailed survey of the ancient and veteran trees in and around Dallington Forest has recently been published. It was carried out by Jamie Simpson and John Smith and  funded by the Peter William George Smith Charitable Trust, and it can be downloaded from a page on the High Weald AONB website

This report highlights the importance of ancient and veteran trees at Dallington Forest. The study is the result of an extensive project aiming to establish and promote the ecological value of the area and advise on best practice in managing the landscape.

The research has confirmed that high numbers of veteran and ancient trees are characteristic of the Dallington Forest area, a well-wooded area with a long history of woodland management that is typical of the High Weald AONB.

A total of 1014 individual trees and 15 groups of trees were recorded (987 alive and 27 dead). There were 22 species of tree and shrub, with beech (41%) and oak (33%) dominating. In terms of age class 49% of the trees were veteran and 6% were ancient.

Many of the trees, particularly those in woodland, require sympathetic management to remove competitive growth (haloing) following the cessation of traditional woodland management. This will benefit species associated with veteran and ancient trees, particularly those that utilise decaying wood (saproxylic), as they require some light and warmth.