Category Archives: Village News

Progress on the New Cottage Hospice in Five Ashes

If you pass through Five Ashes on the A367 you cannot fail to be impressed by the progress being made on constructing the new Cottage Hospice there.

It is due to open in Spring 2019 and will be unique: “the culmination of years of work and research by Hospice in the Weald in conjunction with the International Observatory for End of Life Care at Lancaster University. Hospice in the Weald has five services which support patients, families and carers: our In-Patient Ward, Hospice in the Home, Hospice Day Service, Counselling & Support Service, and now Cottage Hospice. As our fifth and new service, Cottage Hospice will have the
same values as all of our services and a number of the volunteers and staff will transfer from Pembury. This new service is all about enabling Family Caregivers to continue to care for their loved ones at the end of life. It isn’t about the building, it’s about personcentred care. But it does help greatly though that the Cottage Hospice will be in an entirely new purpose-built building which has been specifically designed and planned to achieve these aims.”

Read the full interview with Holly Cowan, head of the Cottage Hospice, and find out more about the unique care it provides for those at the end of their lives, in this month’s M&FA newsletter, available in many local shops and also to download from the Newsletter page of this website.

The amazing Community Play

The amazing Community Play

“What a fantastic evening, brilliant play, great acting, thought-provoking stories and wonderful music! It brought the people of Mayfield and Five Ashes  together.”   This was just one of the enthusiastic comments on the Community Play which took place at the end of October and involved over 150 people, the oldest of whom were in their 80s while the… Continue Reading

Late Night Shopping this Friday (30th)

Late Night Shopping this Friday (30th)

Mayfield High Street will be closed on Friday between the Middle House and the horse trough from 5 to 8pm for the Christmas Late Night Shopping. Join us for carol singing from about 6pm.  The children from Skippers Hill school will start the singing, followed by Mayfield Primary School.  Then there will a chance for… Continue Reading

The Day a Telephone Exchange died – Part One

It was ten minutes to eight on a normal Monday morning when an enormous explosion rocked the area and the Telephone Exchange was completely destroyed spreading over 200 yards of the surrounding area. It was later discovered that there had been a gas leak in the footpath running past and it had leaked into the exchange. The first… Continue Reading

Phoenix Players Audition

Come and audition for the Mayfield Phoenix Players’ spring production of: “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth” This hilarious play for 10-12 players will be performed on 16-18 May 2019. Take part: All are welcome to come and audition – you don’t have to be a member of the… Continue Reading


7.30pm Monday, 31 december 2018, Mayfield Memorial Hall (licensed into the early hours!) What better way to see in the New Year than celebrating with friends whilst raising money for two very worthwhile charities: Help the Heroes & Hospice in the Weald Five Ashes. The festivities take place in Mayfield’s Memorial Hall, which will be elegantly and… Continue Reading

MAYFACS update – November

This is news that unfortunately was not in the November print edition of the Mayfield and Five Ashes newsletter:   There are some really important pieces of information in this article so please read on and get in touch with us as soon as possible if required to do so.   Tuesday Afternoon Club (T.A.C)… Continue Reading