Rude Mechanical Threatre Company - Summer Tour

Rude Mechanical Theatre flyer - Little Lilly Harley

The Rudes are back! With the play that they should have performed last year. Due to the Social Distancing regulations the audience at each venue is limited to 100 seated in your social groups. Because of the small maximum audience many performances have already sold out - don't miss this one.

‘Little Lily Harley’ is about Charlie Chaplin’s childhood in Lambeth. With a drunken but charismatic actor father who was rarely around & a beautiful young actress mother who had three children by different fathers, he had to learn along-side his big brother Sydney how to survive a very precarious existence. Sometimes cared for by other people, sometimes in a disciplinarian school for orphans & destitute children, sometimes separated from Sydney & sometimes living on the street (as a child!), he nevertheless managed to triumph over all this to become arguably the greatest film actor ever.

It’s a great play & all those pent up emotions will come flooding out with laughter & tears when they play you Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Smile’.

For tickets and more details go to:

Urgent Call For New Volunteers

Is the future of our local playing field at the crossroads?

Yes, this does sound dramatic but the reality is that future of this much loved local community amenity is very uncertain.

What do you know about the playing field?

Opened in 1975 it has provided a space for walkers, informal recreation and both cricket and football pitches for competitive sport. This provision has relied on the goodwill and commitment of a succession of volunteers.

What does it involve?

It requires local people to give of their time generously to maintain and improve the facility and raise much of the funding to pay for this.

Why is the future of the facility in doubt?

Worryingly, the current committee numbers just three trustees and one committee member. It is the case that also these volunteers undertake much of the fund-raising and maintenance and they’re not getting any younger!!

How can you help?

In addition to the specific roles – chairperson, treasurer and secretary, there are places for members to help with organising fund raising and events, – examples of such activities are the Firework and Bonfire Evening, Pop Up suppers, Race and Quiz nights. Committee meetings annually total six and usually are held in the pavilion.

Other help needed

Grass cutting, football pitch line-marking, cricket wicket maintenance, pavilion repair and upkeep, drainage ditch clearance – activities to name but a few! The first three tasks need to be carried out on a weekly basis and the others through maintenance/working party sessions on Saturday mornings – usually six annually.

Do you think you can help? Interested? Would you like to find out more? As a first step, please contact us.

Bonfire and Fireworks 2021

With any luck (and vaccinations), this event is happening!

Firework display

Saturday, November 6th.

Huge bonfire, massive firework display, bar, toffee appples...

More details soon.

Grant from The Football Foundation

The Playing Field has received a grant of £2500 from The Football Foundation. This will be added to funds already in reserve to do essential work to keep the drainage system in good condition. Sand spreading and fertiliser spreading has now been completed.

Football Foundation logo

New Path to the Football Pitch

Works are now complete on the new path. This provides a mud-free, wheelchair friendly access to the football pitch.

View of the new path.

This was financed by a grant of £2500 from the Gatwick Community Trust and additional funds from the Playing Field's own reserves.


Thanks to funds raised by Peter Smythe doing a marathon (on his treadmill), plus extra donations from villagers, friends and family and an additional contribution from Sussex Police, Hadlow Down now has an automatic defibrillator at the Playing Field. Together with the device at the Village Hall, Hadlow Down now has two defibrillators in the village.

East Sussex Ambulance Service knows the exact location of this device and the door lock code. In an emergency always call 999 first, ask for ambulance, explain the situation and your location. Instructions will be given.


This defibrillator is available 24/7 and can be used by anyone, not just users of the playing field. So if you live nearby, get to know exactly where it is - just in case of that unlikely emergency!

Playing Field Privacy Policy

As an organisation, we don't actually keep any of your personal information. We don't send out unsolicited emails or have a mailing list. This website does not use "cookies" or have trackers, google analytics or any other nastyness. But despite all that, we are preparing some kind of privacy statement for the GDPR regulations that will be better than this one:


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