Coronavirus (Covid 19) and Piddinghoe

Hello fellow villagers


As many of you will be aware, the Parish Council has hand-delivered leaflets to all those living alone in the village and also some vulnerable couples, offering our contact numbers if they need help over this difficult time. This was the first part of our planned precautions.

We have since contacted every house in the village with information and requesting their email address. If you haven't responded yet please do (see below). It will really help the speed with which we can contact everyone.


We have received many offers from villagers volunteering to assist those who may not be able to leave their homes. Along with David Hallett, Isla and Mary Sitwell we have compiled a list and Sue Massey has very kindly agreed to act as co-ordinator so please contact her with your details at: . It's important that we combine our efforts to be as effective as possible for everyone's benefit. For those who do end up helping out (and I'm sure there'll be many - that's the Piddinghoe spirit!) please find here some official guidelines which are an important read and may prove very helpful.


Julia Noakes and Barry Minnie have also set up a Facebook group here. Thanks to you both.


Please remember:


Stay at home

Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)

Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people

Wash your hands as often as possible

Don't stockpile - there's enough for everyone if we all shop normally


Visit the NHS website for up to date information:

or visit the Government website:


Most important - keep your pecker up! We'll get through this by all pulling together.


Take care and warmest best wishes


David Aicken


Piddinghoe Parish Council







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:


click image to zoom

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.

Latest News


Coronavirus (Covid-19)


If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at

home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.


- This action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.

- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

- You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you are staying at home.


To date no case has been confirmed in our area.


The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) being recent onset of:


- New continuous cough and/or

- High temperature

- For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection


For more information visit the NHS website here.


If you are living alone and have no family, friends or neighbours you can call on and feel you may need assistance in the event of not being able to leave your house, please contact us.


David Aicken: 01273 515 203

Debbie Mills: 01273 510 520

Diana Stevenson: 01273 516 855




Flood Alerts


Residents are advised to be aware of Government flood alerts and prepare if possible.



Please check the Met Office website for the latest forecasts and GOV.UK for the latest flood alerts and warnings.

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

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.


FREE weekly talking newspaper and magazine.


The Phoenix Talking Post team offer a free weekly talking newspaper and magazine for residents of Lewes and District for those who are not able to read unaided.



What we do

Our team of volunteers meet every week at the Phoenix Centre in Lewes to record half an hour of news items, (from the Sussex Express editions), and half an hour of magazine items, (excerpts from stories, poems and other articles).


Who is it for?

Anyone in East Sussex who is not able to read unaided, for whatever reason, is welcome to receive this service. It can be a lifeline for people with sight problems, or other health problems which make it difficult for them to read: to enable them to keep in touch with local issues.


Free of charge!

The recordings are sent our every week on a USB memory stick in a postage-free pouch. By reversing the label on the pouch, the memory stick can be returned to us free of charge when it has been listened to. The audio recordings on the memory stick will play on a PC or laptop, and we are able to provide a media player, also free of charge, to anyone who has not got access to a computer.


How to enrol

Contact us on:

01273 474967 or 07816 203784 or e-mail


New listeners will be contacted by telephone to welcome them to the service, and to find out whether they would like a visit from two of our volunteers, who, if necessary, will deliver the free media player and demonstrate how to play the recordings.


The Villager April 2020


The latest issue of Piddinghoe's regular magazine 'The Villager' is available here


Forthcoming Events




WEDNESDAY 30th September at 7.30pm



To aid with social distancing arrangements please contact us know in advance if you'd like to attend:


PPC Draft minutes now available under Parish Council meetings and minutes


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