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40 for tea: An anniversary celebration



Forty for tea will be the highlight of Wealden District Council’s 40th anniversary as residents with a fortieth connection are invited to become civic dignitaries for the day.
The Council, which was created 40 years ago in 1974, is looking for Wealden people with a special fortieth connection this year to help celebrate Wealden as a wonderful place to live and work. They may either have:

  • Lived in Wealden for 40 plus years,
  • Worked in the Wealden area for 40 plus years,
  • Are Wealden residents celebrating 40 years of marriage,
  • Live or work in Wealden and will be 40 this year (born in 1974).

By putting their names forward online they will be included in a draw to identify 40 people who will be invited (with a guest) as special guests of the Chairman of Wealden District Council for Afternoon Tea to be held at the Ashdown Park Hotel, Wych Cross on Sunday 22 June 2014. The closing date for nominees for Wealden’s Forty for Tea draw is Thursday 29 May 2014.

Relatives and friends may also want to make nominations – but they will have to provide contact details including email addresses – for the nominees so the Council can confirm the nominee’s interest before entering their names into the draw.

Also taking part in this civic celebration are the Chairs of Wealden’s 39 parish and town councils – and the Chairman of East Sussex County Council…making up another 40 guests.

“Wealden has now been here for 40 years, and with so many other 40th connections around, we thought it would be a shame to let the year pass without a civic event to celebrate our Wealden community,” said Councillor Brian Redman, Chairman of Wealden District Council.

“Before 1974, Wealden as a place did not exist. It was created as part of the reorganisation of local government in 1974, and it has been quietly fulfilling its role in providing a wide range of important services to the public ever since. Unlike the villages and towns in the District, we hold no fairs, festivals or summer fetes – but for once we would like to bring together some of the people who make up Wealden to celebrate the strengths of the Wealden community – which stretches from Forest Row, Withyham and Wadhurst in the north right down to the South Downs and the sea.”

Wealden’s Forty for Tea event will take place on Sunday 22 June. Three days earlier, on 19 June the Chairman will be celebrating the work of the voluntary sector at a special barbecue and reception at Barnsgate Manor.
Further anniversary events will be a photographic display of 40 years of Wealden District Council mounted in the public access area at the Council’s Hailsham headquarters and a lunch for the past Chairmen for Wealden District Council hosted by the Chairman.

The Chairman’s Charity this year is Abbeyfield South Downs which works to reduce loneliness among elderly people, and fund raising will take place during the celebrations.
Wealden District Council was created in 1974 through the merger of Uckfield Rural District Council and Hailsham Rural District Council.

The Council would like to thank the Ashdown Park Hotel for its help in supporting the event.

The Wealden Eye Magazine | November/December 2020 Issue
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