Welcome to the Piddinghoe Village Web Site
Today Piddinghoe is a quiet picturesque village in the South Downs National Park close to Newhaven.
The tidal river Ouse runs alongside the village and gives PIddinghoe villagers sailing and rowing opportunities as well as beautiful views of the South Downs. It is a fast flowing river and without local knowledge it is easy to get swept out to sea, or up to Lewes, or even marooned in the mud as the tide sweeps in and out.
St. John's church is one of only three round tower churches in Sussex. The cedar tiles were renewed this year and on top is the 'fish' mentioned in Kipling's poem, Sussex:
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I will go north about the shaws
And the deep ghylls that breed
Huge oaks and old, the which we hold
No more than Sussex weed;
Or south where windy Piddinghoe's
Begilded dolphin veers
And red beside wide-bank'ed Ouse
Lie down our Sussex steers.
Piddinghoe also stretches across the C7 up Harping Hill to Hoddern Farm. The etymology of the name 'Harping Hill' can be traced back to the days of the Norman Conquest and you can read about this on the history page thanks to the former village historian Valeria Mellor and some recent contributions.
In its past Piddinghoe has had a whiting works and quarry with coal barges brought up and down the river as well as a quarantine stables up at Hoddern Farm. It now boasts a pheasant shoot, agriculture and sheep farming.
Circular 12 form the Council Chair - re nextdoor app flyer
Several residents have recieved an unsolicited flyer requesting them to download a 'nextdoor, app. Naturally it has generated concerns and curiosity.
it has nothing to do with the Piddinghoe Parish Council, and appears to be data gathering attempt.
I have researched it on the internet and the Circular shows the information gathered, so you can make an informed choice.
Download the full details.
Circular 10 From the Council Chair
In this Circular :- explaining the guidance and rules at Parish Council meetings, and clarifying the history of the Bequest by Valerie Mellor
Recruiting a Parish Clerk Now.
Piddinghoe Parish Council now have a vacancy for the role of Parish Clerk. Details attached.
September 2021 - Circular From the Council chair
Circular 9 from the Parish Council Chair, includes updates on two items from the recent Council Meeting. These relate to the Byway renovation and the C7 Issues
Residents are advised to be aware of Government flood alerts and prepare if possible.
Lewes District Council's website has flooding advice and lists locations where you can pick up sandbags here.
LDC strongly advise residents to take their own steps to protect their property as they cannot guarantee to meet all demands for sandbags. It is the responsibility of property owners to take any necessary action to protect their property.
Sandbag stores are open 24 hours a day (except for Landport, Lewes). The nearest location to Piddinghoe is:
Garage 23, Fullwood Avenue, Newhaven.
Improvements to the Village Hall
For some time villagers have expressed an interest in making more of the village hall. To that end the Parish Council have commissioned Architect Guylee Simmonds to develop some ideas of how that could be achieved. Click here for Guylee's report.
On the residents' wish list from a couple of years ago was improvements to the Village Hall i.e. opening up the main hall and rationalising the kitchen, toilets etc.
The plans of these will be displayed here on the website and also in the Village Hall for all to see.
Please take the time to look at these and if you have any comments, suggestions, preferences, please email our Clerk, Julian at piddinghoepc.gmail.com
The Hall is Piddinghoe's main asset and it will be great to make the best of it which we can afford. Villagers will be kept informed throughout the project and there will be an open meeting before any final decisions are made.
There's a long way to go yet, not least seeking grants. Check out the plans and let us know what you think.
PPC Draft minutes now available under Parish Council meetings and minutes
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Village Hall event - Halloween Saturday and Children's party Sunday
Saturday 30th October Lunch time Ploughman's, Cream Teas and a Licensed Bar. Evening Hallo to Halloween Music, dancing and bar.
Sunday 31st October Children's Halloween Party.
Full Details below