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Auction sign
Pony donkey and Pauline Raymond
Pony and donkey 1999
Site of village hall
Village Hall
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In December 1998, the Parish Council bought 3 acres of land just outside the Sedlescombe Village development area as a possible site for a new village hall. The land cost £27,000. The land nearest to the road was passed to the Sedlescombe Village Hall Trust and just under three years after the Parish Council's land purchase, a new hall was opened on the site. For details of the quarter of a century leading up to the new hall's opening click here.

Planning permission was granted for the remainder of the land to be used as a Nature Park with public access. A path was built through the Park to the hall with labour supplied by the Hastings Community Punishment Team. Furniture and an interpretation board was funded by the High Weald Land Management Initiative. Local voluntary labour built the two notice boards. The land has been managed by the Council for the benefit of wildlife with the help of local volunteers.

The Nature Park was named "Red Barn Field Nature Park" as, for years, there had been a red-roofed barn in the field. Nearby cottages carry a similar name. Prior to the Parish Council's purchase, the field had been lightly grazed for ten years by an old donkey and pony and the field had become known locally as "The Donkey Field".