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CONSERVATION AREA: As of March 22, Wealden District Council resolved to approve the designation of new conservation area boundaries across the District. With immediate effect, as one of these areas, Arlington Village has been designated as a new conservation area. The proposal was originally flagged within the Local Plan consultation. The statutory notification process as required by the relevant Act relating to the designation of the boundaries will be undertaken as soon as possible (advertisement in the London Gazette and Local Newspapers). WDC confirms that there is no requirement in The Act for the Local Planning Authority to notify individual property owners affected by the designation of changes to existing boundaries, or the designation of new areas. However, the intention will be to investigate the use of social media to further publicise the designations.

An electronic copy of the map(s) of the newly designated conservation area boundaries will be made available on the WDC planning website within the next day or so, in the meantime if you wish to view the new conservation areas please use the link   http://council.wealden aspx?CId= 299&MId=4336&Ver=4 to view the Full Council Papers – the relevant item is No 9.

ARLINGTON ARTS GROUP: The Arlington Arts Group will meet as normal on Thursday in Arlington Village Hall between 7pm and 9pm. Demonstrations are at 7pm at Arlington Village Hall, please book your place. Third Thursday, outdoor painting sessions. Please get in touch for details on the group’s website or call 01323 485153.

OPEN DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 10am, South East Water is holding an Open Day at Arlington Water Treatment Works and the Reservoir. Entry is strictly by ticket only, and places are subject to confirmation. Visit to book or telephone 01732 375410 between 9am to 5pm weekdays. An ID will be required and access is not suitable for people with impaired mobility or children under the age of 14 as the site is a working water treatment facility.

ABBOTS WOOD SIGHTINGS: The recent sighting of a rare breed of Spheniscus Crimsonia, otherwise known as the Great Gtchu, in the Abbots Wood nature reserve is thought due to the freak weather conditions currently occurring in the Atlantic. The bird can be distinguished from the indigenous penguin by its unusual pale red spots, not unlike a small child with chickenpox, which provides some clue as to its Latin designation. As the birds are likely to disappear very quickly back to their natural habitat in the lands of the Laerehte, visitors wishing to catch a glimpse should hurry to the wood tomorrow morning before noon. Remember, when viewing the birds, keep your distance, talk quietly and move slowly, and don’t stand between the penguins and the water or their nests.

JUMBLE SALE: Tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 2pm there will be a jumble sale in Arlington Village Hall. Sorting of donations will start at 2pm today.

VILLAGE MARKET: The market will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday, from 10am to 11.30am. There is a variety of stalls, selling home-grown produce, bread and cakes, plants, bric-a-brac and silverware. Admission is free and stalls cost a token £1 to hire. To book a stall please contact Anne Hope 01323 486219. Email:

BLUEBELL WALK: The Arlington Bluebell Walk will be open from April 8 to May 14 at Bates Green Farm. Once the walk is open the website will be updated every Friday with a mini report, giving an overview as to how expectations are for the bluebells in the forthcoming week, but remember, it is nature that dictates their speed of growth.

ROADWORKS: Details of imminent roadworks in the two parishes (and elsewhere) are available from

PARISH COUNCIL: For details of the next meeting of Berwick Parish Council please check the website at .

PARISH ASSEMBLY: The Arlington Parish Assembly meeting will be held on Thursday, April 20 starting at 7pm (not 7.30pm) in Upper Dicker Village Hall. Refreshments will be provided. Further details will be available on the parish website at A Parish Council meeting may be held after the Assembly meeting only if any major planning applications require consideration. The next planned full Arlington Parish Council meeting is for May 18 in Arlington Village Hall.

COFFEE MORNINGS: Every Thursday morning, between 10.40am to noon in Upper Dicker Village Hall, a coffee morning and book exchange takes place. All are welcome.

YOGA CLASSES: Yoga classes will be held every Monday in Arlington Village Hall from 3pm to 4.15pm. It is open to all levels as the yoga taught here can be adapted to suit most individual needs and abilities. For further details please contact Lindy on

BERWICK YOGA CLASSES: There are yoga classes every Tuesday evening starting at 7pm in Berwick Village Hall. Further information may be obtained from either Anne on 01323 870842 or Cathy on 01273 813541.

WHIST DRIVE: A whist drive takes place every fourth Wednesday of the month starting at 7.15pm in Berwick Village Hall. Further details from either Jenny on 01323 870681 or Beryl at the Berwick Post Office 01323 870358.

DOG SHOW: Advance notice is given of the Pet Rescue Dog Show to be held on Sunday, May 7 starting at noon in Upper Dicker Village Hall. Lots of classes. Entries from 11am. Further details will be provided later.

QUIZ NIGHT: There will be a Quiz Night held on Saturday May 13, 7.30pm in Upper Dicker Village Hall. Adults £7.50, under 12s £4. Includes two course supper with tea or coffee. Bring your own other drinks.

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