Doug Edworthy, our Tree Warden, has written a report on the recent Black Poplar planting. Click on the link below to read it.
Our Tree Warden – Doug Edworthy – has started up a community group for Dallington. This can be used to organise local events, share safety tips/recommendations, put things up for sale and simply to get to know one another better.
For further information, please email Doug at
Doug needs 10 subscribers to get the group going, you can easily join – just click on the link below and fill in your details.
Dallington Parish Council are holding an Extraordinary Council meeting on 24.06.20 at 7.00pm at DALLINGTON RECREATION GROUND.
This meeting is to sign-off the Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019-20.
Strict social distancing and hygiene rules will apply.
Click on the link below to see the agenda.
There is a consultation for changes to the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service – please click on the link below if you wish to make a comment
Dallington has a new planning application.
RR/2020/504/P Highlands Farmhouse, Bakers Lane – conversion of barn to annexe and erection of workshop for personal use.
Click on the link below to see full details on the RDC planning website
Due to the coronavirus restrictions, there will not be a DPC meeting to consider this application and they will respond using delegated authority. If you wish to comment, please go directly to the RDC planning website, using the link above.
Worth letting the Dallington community know about these recent burglaries in Brightling.
- A quad bike.
- A large quantity of tack.
- Three English Springer Spaniels.
Please stay vigilant and keep a very close eye on your precious pets.
Please report anything suspicious to the Police, using their on-line form –
Here we are again and expecting some further news about the lockdown today, it’s been nearly 7 weeks now. I’m listing below the usual information for anyone who has just subscribed to the email posts alerts system and if it is possible, can you let anyone not able to access this website have the important information.
Safe sites for coronavirus information
There is some safe and very useful information on the East Sussex Community Hubs page – click on the link below.
Click on the link below for major supermarkets details on opening/delivery details during this emergency.
Boots, Robertsbridge – for prescriptions please contact David Todd from Robertsbridge and Salehurst Helping Hands at email@example.com or on 07726 592 739 and he will organise delivery of your prescription to you.
Local shops – best to ring first to find out their open hours and if they can deliver.
- Bee and Bear Baker – home delivery of brownies, muffins etc.
- Browns Farm Shop, only delivery or collection – not open for browsing – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 01580 880502/07532 267002
- Busters Farm Shop – deliveries meat/veg/dairy/bread on Tuesday to Saturday 9-6 on Sundays 10-2. Phone on 01580 882020.
- Culverwells – local country store and delivery available for Calor Gas. Pay over the phone and collect from gate. email@example.com.
Phone – 01580 880567.
- Great Park Farm Catsfield – deliveries £3.50, veg box £15.00 and all other farm shop produce. www.greatparkfarm.co.uk or phone on 01424 772531.
- One Stop – call about shopping you need and who will be collecting it for you. They get it ready for your nominated person to pay for and collect. Only contactless payments (no cash) – phone on 01580 880319.
- Robertsbridge Village Store – Post Office open Mon-Sat 9-5, shop open for delivery/collection Mon-Sat 8.30-6pm. Telephone to place your order on 01580 880540 or 880714.
The people who are working to keep our lives going are too many to mention – but my sincere thanks to all of them. I would like particularly to mention the “Dallington Volunteers,” when the lockdown started I asked the Dallington community if there were any out there who would collection prescriptions/do a bit of shopping etc., – I have called on them several times and they have always stepped up to the plate – THANK YOU.
Dallington Parish Council Business
Like all District/Town/Parish Councils, we are dealing only with essential business. Any planning applications that come in will be dealt with on my delegated authority and no meeting will be held – all new planning applications will be posted on this website.
We hope to have an Extraordinary Council Meeting in late-June/early-July to approve and sign off the Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019-20 (AGAR). If this is possible, the date and agenda will be posted on this website and we will maintain strict social distancing.
The Adventures of Alfie
I had no choice but to get my very amateur dog grooming kit out and have a go! He literally couldn’t see out of his eyes. I looked at all the videos on-line, obviously professional groomers and perfectly behaved dogs – yeah right. He was pretty good actually, didn’t like it much, but I managed to get rid of the Denis Healy eyebrows. The end result was pretty disastrous – a bald spot on his head, very spiky all over and I didn’t dare touch his “undercarriage, also made a terrible job of his tail, I got carried away and just kept cutting. My eldest granddaughter saw the result and her only comment, after the face palm, was “what have you done Nana, his tail looks just like a bog brush.” Thankfully his groomer phoned last Monday and RDC have told the licenced dog groomers they can open again if they observe strict social distancing. I took him there on Tuesday and she was very understanding, “it will grow again.” His beautiful powder-puff tail has gone and we will have to wait for that to come back. I don’t know how she gets him so white – when she bathes him he looks as if she’s done it with Ariel Bio on a boil-wash, when I try to bath him, he still looks very grubby. However, he’s still the happy, precious, little soul he always was and much perkier now he’s got rid of all that fur.
I was without broadband for nearly two weeks recently, it came back last Sunday. A long story, but Sky were pretty good considering all of them are working from home. Apart from an outage in East Sussex, there was a problem with my MAC address (that’s a unique number assigned to a network interface controller(?)). They sorted it out as soon as they could and I’m up and running again. It got me to thinking – what did I do before the Internet? I was obviously younger, had young children (2) and was never bored. I suppose what you don’t know, you don’t miss. I more than missed it, it has become my main access to information – I get up in the morning (still in dressing gown), brush teeth, go downstairs, make a cup of tea, fire up the iPad and look at the papers. Without it, I have to look at BBC News – which at the moment seems to be a lot of people singing Vera Lynn songs.
So we will have to wait until later when Boris lets us know the next steps out of lockdown – why do they insist on calling it a roadmap? Surely it is just a plan. I’ll keep in touch, look after yourselves.
Irene (Parish Clerk)
Dallington has a new planning application –
RR/2020/333/P Pepper Pot Barn, Carricks Hill – erection of a replacement commercial building for continued B1 Business use.
Click on the link below to see the application details on the RDC planning website.
Please note that this Dallington Parish Council will respond to this application using delegated authority and not hold a meeting. If you wish to comment please go directly to RDC planning using the above link.
I’ve just received a letter from SE Water about works (flushing water mains) in Dallington, starting today (14.04.20) for approximately one week. They advise that there may be a reduction in water pressure and water may appear cloudy.
Just so you all know what is going on.
Irene – Parish Clerk
We still have no end in sight and just have to carry on with our new “normal,” but we have glorious weather and there is a soft greening on our trees and hedgerows.
Safe websites for information
Both the Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council websites have Community Support sections.
If you need to see or contact your GP during this emergency, please check their website or phone first. I’ve added links to the surgeries I know about in Battle and Heathfield.
Its seems that most dental surgeries are completely closed during this emergency. There is some information on the NHS website (link below).
Like our GPS, vets are only dealing with emergencies, although I understand they are still doing the final jabs for puppies and kittens. Check their website and phone first.
The Best of Us
It goes without saying that our heartfelt thanks go to all NHS workers and every one of those essential workers who are keeping our lives as normal as possible. I would also like to say a massive Thank You to those Dalligton residents who have volunteered to pick up essential supplies/prescriptions for those who must not leave their homes. A resident contacted me about helping our super Postmen by leaving our gates unlatched, this is a great idea – but obviously not if you have small children or pets!
Be extra vigilant at this time – just put the phone down or delete the email. There’s some good advice on the Age UK website, the link is below.
1. Sainsburys (all Sainsbury shops)
Monday to Saturday 0730-0800 priority for NHS workers (will need ID)
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 0800-0900 priority for the elderly, keyworkers and the disabled.
2. Co-op (Heathfield and Battle)
Monday to Friday 0800-0900 priority for keyworkers, the elderly and disabled.
3. Waitrose (Heathfield)
Monday to Saturday 0700-1000, first opening hour is priority for keyworkers, the elderly and disabled. They are also giving NHS workers priority at the checkouts.
4. Local shops (ring first)
Netherfield Stores and Post Office – 01424 838589
Rushlake Green Village Stores – 01435 830381
The Old Orchard Village Shop – 07969 778985
Zero Heathfield – 07391 490098
Eggs to Apples – 01580 860566
Venison and Lamb meat packs – 07780 707006
The Adventures of Alfie
I’m afraid Alfie is in disgrace. We went to our field yesterday and as usual he was just trundling around. He managed to put up a pheasant and I don’t know who was more frightened – the pheasant or Alfie as his natural prey is a small beetle. I took my eyes off him for a moment, looked around and the Little Grotbag was on his back rolling in fox poo! I’m not normally precious, but I cannot live with with the smell of fox poo in the house. So it was straight home and in the shower for him. He’s nice and clean now, but is beginning to look like a failed attempt at Build a Bear. We haven’t had the great nail clipping project yet, but it will be very soon.
Last Christmas my son bought Alfie the biggest dog chew he could find. Alfie couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw it. He walked around it for a few minutes and you could almost hear his little doggie brain thinking – “is it really all for me?” He managed to pick it up, tried to get it through the door to the kitchen and had to work out for about 10 minutes just how to do it. That hurdle overcome, he then tried to get it up the stairs, all we could hear for most of Christmas morning was the crashing and banging of all the failed attempts. It is now in three pieces and he still guards it vigorously against the BAD KITTENS!
It’s going to be a very different Easter for all of us, with Christmas, one of the turning points of the year. I’m not religious, but understand the importance of this time of year to those of all faiths – it is the most important celebration of the Christian year, Passover for those of the Jewish faith and Ramadan starts in late April. It is so sad that our churches, synagogues, mosques and temples are closed.
I can only wish you all a Happy Easter, staying safe and looking after one another.
Irene (Parish Clerk)