Wartling News and Views

Next Wartling Parish Council Meeting: May 4th 2016 at 7.30 pm at the Reid Hall

Publicly accessible defibrillators - 24/7:

 On the wall of The Bulls Head - Boreham Street                   On the wall of The Lamb - Wartling

Please spread the word!


Contact the Parish Council 

Clerk: Alison Stevens wartlingpc@btinternet.com

Chairman: Keith Stevens 07554 048670

Parish Council responsibilities have been allocated to the following councillors.  They will be pleased to hear your concerns and welcome your comments and words of encouragement!

Chairman, Keith Stevens 07554 048670 Also responsible for Planning

Vice Chairman, Richard Lawrence 01323 831992 Also responsible for Police, Speedwatch and Communication.Representative on Police Joint Action Group

Cllr Paterson: Footpaths, Environment South,

Cllr Parker: Environment North and Representative to the Village Hall Trust

Cllr Corfield: Tree Warden


Future Events in Wartling

Please let me know if you would like your event listed on this page

4th May 2016: Wartling Parish Council meet at 7.30pm in the Reid Hall

6th July 2016: Wartling Parish Council meet at 7.30pm in the Reid Hall

 Wartling Community Website

The Wartling Parish Council has initiated the new Community Website but it is designed to be more than a notice board for the Parish Council.

The site will be developed to bring Warling residents news about all the activities happening in Wartling.

The Parish Council, and Cllr Richard Lawrence in particular, depend on you to share information about forthcoming events, topical news and items of general interest

If you would like to know more, or have contributions that would be of interest please contact

Parish Councillor Richard Lawrence

01323 831992


For all the latest Wartling news visit


High Speed Broadband 

Please let me know if you have problems with access to or speed of Broadband, as I will continue with my efforts to obtain better Broadband coverage in our area.

Residents waiting in anticipation for the start of a meeting of the Parish Council

 Ragwort Kills!

Please help to eradicate it

This biennial plant, Ragwort, is the most common reason for farm animals being poisened in the UK and is becoming an ever increasing problem in this area. The  rosett, as pictured below, appears in the first year and in the second year flowers in the spring, as pictured above. Each plant can produce up to 150 thousand seeds with a 70% germination rate.

For more information and ways of eradicating / reporting this problem the most straightforeward on-line advice can be found HERE.


Trace Stolen Horses

A website is now on line for those who need to trace stolen horses.   The site has forums covering breeders, horses that are freezemarked, micro chipped or branded etc. There is also a record of stolen horses from 1981 to 2011 - 17 forums with the details of approximately 400 horses officially reported to the Stolen Horse Register. The website also has links to Horsewatch.

You will find this website HERE

 Learn Something New at the Reid Hall with ACRES The adult College for Rural East Sussex

There are free Arts and Crafts taster workshops at the Reid Hall on three mornings. For dates and times see the 'Future Events' column.


  Supplies arrive at The Bulls Head Boreham Street


The Vice Chairman of Wartling Parish Council likes to keep pace with all that is happening within the Parish

Richard snapped this attractive scene when the driver was partaking of refreshment in the nearby Lambs Head hostelry    


 Fly Tipping on Horsewalk

The Horsewalk is a well known tipping ground for fly tippers. Wealden quickly clears tips if they are reported.

Fly tipping is not only unsightly, some items tipped can be dangerous.

I would be grateful if you would kindly report any tips to the Wealden Litter Line, 01892 602723 or let me know.

The quicker the Council finds out about tips the more likely it can go forward to a successful prosecution


Above is the RAF Memorial Plaque situated in Wartling Church. RAF Wartling opened on 30th October 1941 and closed on 30th April 1964



  The  Wartling Phone Box has been repaired!

After being backed into by a lorry, the Gilbert Scott Wartling Phone Box, the local land-mark that is owned by the Parish Council, has been repaired and cleaned up.

Wartling Parish Council would like to thank all those involved in this initiative. 

Wartling Parish Local History Group The group's latest book is still available.

You can buy copies from some of the local outlets or direct from Alan Brown at alan@agbdesign.freeserve.co.uk or by phoning Alan on 01323 831754

 Wartling Parish Local History Group

Rev. Canon Sue Marshall, one of the first women priests inducted in the Chichester Diocese suggested the formation of the group in 2008. It was formed and a series of booklets were planned.  To date 4 booklets have been produced and 4 postcards printed.  All proceeds from the sale of these items go towards the Wartling Church Building and Maintenance Fund. 

The aim of the Wartling Parish Local History Group is to research and promote local history, to continue to stage exhibitions and to produce further booklets.

Any old photographs, maps or documents that you would allow the Group to copy and incorporate into their collection would be most welcome.

Please contact Alan Brown or Vivien Bowles at alan@agbdesign.freeserve.co.uk   

            Publications available:

Wartling Parish - Past and Present: An introduction to the Parish of Wartling - £1.50

Wartling Parish - Past and Present Photographs: showing comparison photographs of today and around 100 years ago - £2.00

Here, There and Everywhere within the Parish of Wartling: A photographic record of Exhibitions held in 2010 - £3.50

Bygone Herstmonceux - A selection of old photographs - £3.50

Postcards: £0.30p each

In Conversation - 2008- Jo, Cecil and Jim Honeysett and Muriel Coleman: 2 x DVD's set - £8.50

A 20th Century Photographic View:  DVD £6.50

A 20th Century Photographic View: Video  - £3.00 

The latest book:

Farming and Local Occupations - Wartling and Herstmonceux Parishes

72 pages covering farming and local occupations from early Victorian times up until today with lots of old photographs - only £4.95

Publications can be purchased from:

The Lamb Inn, Wartling; The Bulls Head, Boreham Street; Rocks Smallholding, Windmill Hill; Brick Farm Fishing Lakes Tea room, Windmill Hill and Windmill Hill Stores

Herstmonceux Information Centre; Malthouse Bistro, Herstmonceux, Lime Cross Garden Centre, Herstmonceux

Chilley Farm Shop, Pevensey

Market Cafe, Hailsham, The Link Coffee Shop, Hailsham

01323 831754 or email 


Memories of Wartling in the Second World war

Wartling's Wheelwright Cottage resident and WW2 Home Guard member Jim Honeysett's  memories of Wartling in WW2 is on the BBC WW2 Website 'People's War'. You can read his story HERE.

There is a photo of Wheelwright Cottage on the Wartling Picture Gallery page

Picture above is the Radar Rotor that was situated at Wartling in WW2.

In WW2 and through some of the Cold War period, Wartling  was an important location in the defence of Great Britain. In WW2 the ground controller at Wartling had direct contact with the fighter aircraft they were controlling and in addition It is also recorded that a total of 380 German V1 'doodlebug' flying bombs were tracked and destroyed following interception by RAF Wartling personnel. For more details about the history of RAF Wartling, click HERE.