We hope to be back to normal come the easing of restrictions in the spring, watch out for updates either here or via email.
Memories of East Hoathly, Chiddingly, Halland, Laughton, Waldron and other close by communities are most welcomed by email to;


The Society's affiliations are

  • associate member of the Sussex Wildlife Trust,
  • member of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England.

It aims to promote the preservation of

  • the amenities of the village and its surrounding area,
  • its heritage,
  • historic buildings and footpaths.

It also organises

  • expert speakers,
  • outings,
  • monthly guided walks,
  • seasonal newsletters.
Wall Plaque

Why not become a member of EHDPS?

If you have an interest in any or all of the following

  • local history, natural history
  • the environment, wildlife, farming

then we invite you to join the East Hoathly & District Preservation Society.

Your subscription will entitle you to

  1. attend half a dozen meetings a year to which we invite guest speakers (many of them acknowledged experts) to educate and entertain us
  2. receive 4 newsletters a year to include items of local and national interest
  3. take part in an annual field walk
  4. There is also

  5. an annual outing (extra charge) which has not yet been set for 2018. Details posted here when available or see the newsletter or listen to announcements at meetings
  6. an AGM and dinner (extra charge)

Recent Work

In the last few years we have:

1. refurbished a local roadside pond and hedgerows (a prize-winning effort)
2. undertaken a major project to map the Parish under a habitat classification survey
3. listed bird species sighted in the Parish

In 2006 we were awarded a grant from The Lottery Heritage Initiative for a project entitled: The History of East Hoathly and Surrounding Villages in the Sussex Low Weald.

Please see the Project page for further information.

East Hoathly House

2020/21 Committee Members

Acting Chairman Chris Pellett
Treasurer Linda Butcher
Secretary Marion Beal
Newsletter Editor Chris Pellett
2021 Events Secretary Marion Salmon
Community Liaison, Communications & Social Media Sec'y Sue Redshaw
Membership Secretary Jenny Pellett
Archivist Jane Seabrook
Wildlife Reporter Fred Carter
Kate Richardson
Website Editor Leycester Whewell

How to Join

Please contact Jenny Pellett on 01825 872830 or email her at jlpellett@icloud.com if you would like to join the Society. Annual membership as of 1:1:2021 is £12 per person (£20.00 joint) and the programme for the year will be sent to you as a receipt of your subscription.

2021 Provisional talks & visits

Follow any links for a write-up of the event


No Meeting

Fri 12th February (postponed)

David, Fiona & Friends

Life at Bank House since the days of Thomas Turner

Fri 12th March

Life in the Theatre.

David Burrough

IF this is our first meeting of the year, letís make it a good one WITH COMPLIMENTARY GLASS OF WINE!

Fri 16th April

Sussex Chairs

Janet Pennington

Fri 14th May

Witchcraft or Smuggling

Antony Smith

Fri 11th June

A.G.M. & Dinner

Details to follow

Wed 7th July

Visit to Wings Aviation Museum, Balcombe

Details to Follow

Sun 22nd August

KNEPP walk or chair making in the woods, W.Sussex

Yet to decode which

Fri 10th September

The world's fastest steam powered car

Bruce Moore

Fri 8th October

The Temperance Hope Movement

Ross Black

Fri 26th November

A Social Evening

Details to Follow


No Meeting

2021 Walks

Walks start at 2pm, usually after lunch in the appropriate pub

Sun 24th Jan


Sun 28th February

Chiddingly, subject to restrictions

Meet in car park

Sun 28th March

Ashdown Forest Visitors Centre, Wych Cross

Subject to restrictions

Sun 25th April

Cross in Hand

(Flask & Cake Walk)

Sun 23rd May

MountHarry, Plumpton

(Flask & Cake Walk)

Sun 27th June

Rowland Wood Butterfly Reserve

(Flask & Cake Walk)

Sun 25th July

West Hoathly, Possibly including Priest House

To be confirmed

Sun 22nd August

Knepp Estate, Dial Post

To be confirmed

Sun 26th September

Seaford Head, Seaford

Meeting point to be determined

Sun 24th October

Hellingly Cuckoo Loop

Meeting point to be determined

Sun 21st November

Holywell, Eastbourne

Meeting point to be determined

Sun 12th December

LewesStreet Walk

Meet at Churchyard War Memorial