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Learn to survey for riverflies

Weald to Waves are hosting two training sessions on riverfly training where you’ll learn how to survey river invertebrates as an indicator for water quality, and become a certified riverfly monitor carrying out regular survey at locations within the Adur catchment. The sessions are taking place on the 13th June and the 6th July (9.30am – 4pm) at the Sussex Wildlife Trust headquarters: Woods Mill, Shoreham Road, Henfield, BN5 9SDU. Places are limited so if you’d like to reserve a place on one of the courses, please email:

Cheese and Wine Evening

Tickets are now available for the MCG Cheese and Wine evening in the garden of Newnham Cottage (next to the village hall) on Saturday 27th July. Tickets are £7 each from Ian Shaw, Telephone 01825 765985 or email Should the weather be unfavourable the event will take place in the village hall.

Stan steps down

After twelve years on the MCG committee, Stan Sadowski has decided it’s time to step down. He has been a strong contributor to the Group, including serving as Membership Secretary which has helped boost the number of members to the current level. Stan has also been in charge of the group’s website. Stan was presented with a well-deserved gift from his fellow committee members at the AGM in the Village Hall on 14 May.

Ashdown Business Park

Local group SABRE is raising awareness of the proposed 77 acre expansion of the Ashdown Business Park and also the proposal to build 2,000 houses at Owlsbury Farm, which would extend from the Bell Lane Industrial Estate along the Uckfield By-pass almost as far as Little Horsted. See our Planning page on how to respond to the consultation. Please note the response deadline of 10th May 2024 has now been passed.

Village Clean-up

The Conservation Group organised the Spring village clean-up on Saturday 6th April. It was a fine morning with 21 volunteers turning out to collect 30 large bags of rubbish which the District Council will dispose of.

Jo Lawrance, MCG Chairman, described the strong turnout and record-breaking collection as “a great effort by everyone”.

Photo Competition

MCG has launched a photographic competition on the theme ‘Maresfield through the Year’. The 12 best entries, selected by an independent judge, will be used to produce a calendar for 2025 with profits donated to our nominated charity.

We are looking for photographs of landscapes, wildlife or village scenes taken somewhere within Maresfield Parish through the seasons. Images you’ve taken in past years are also welcome too.

All photos on the calendar will be credited with the photographer’s name and a prize will be awarded to the image chosen for the cover.

Navigate to the Photo Competition page for more details and how to enter.

District Council Local Plan

The draft WDC Local Plan has been published and a series of meetings is being held prior to its implementation, as follows:

13th April, 10-4: Uckfield Civic Centre

17th April, 2-8: Heathfield Community Centre

20th April, 10-4: Crowborough Community Centre

22nd April, 2-8: East Hoathly Village Hall

23rd April, 2-8: Frant Memorial Hall

4th May, 10-4: Horam Village Hall.

Charity Donation

The Conservation Group's annual Quiz Night in the Village Hall this year raised a record-breaking £1,000 for our designated charity, The Uckfield Food Bank. The cheque was presented to the Food Bank by a group of MCG committee members on 25th March 2024.

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