History

Carillon Cottage is a15th C listed building. Formerly one half of a Wealden hall house, and one of the oldest buildings in Wadhurst High Street, with cellars dating from the 1300’s.

The Cottage, as well as serving as a dwelling, has housed a number of different businesses over the years. In recent times the shop front was added. 

Following a major fundraising initiative which raised over £300,000, the Cottage was purchased by the Parish Church in 1999 for use as accommodation for the Parish Church office and Sunday School, with access to the churchyard via the Cottage garden.

After 3 years of structural alterations and renovations, the Parish Church office and information centre, staffed by a team of 34 volunteers, finally opened to the public in August 2001. Since then

a range of services has been added and continues to be added to meet changing needs.

The Cottage was dedicated by the Rt Rev. Wallace Benn at a service on 12 January 2002 and in 2012 we celebrated our tenth anniversary with a service of thanksgiving.

Ethos     

Prior to opening, a committee was formed to discuss how the Cottage could best serve the needs of the local community,

and agreed that it should be a practical source of community support and advice, serving the local people in Wadhurst, Stonegate and Tidebrook as an example of Christian love and outreach.

The management team are all practising Christians and regular meetings are preceded by prayer. Some volunteers are church members, but all share a desire to help others and are sympathetic to our Christian ethos of  “seeking to express the love of Christ in practical ways”.

Management Team

PCC members are Trustees of the Charity. Carillon Cottage Committee comprises members from each church, who are

responsible for the day to day management of the services provided.

For more information please contact one of the Team Leaders at the Cottage... Local News and Events Click on “Notice Board”

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Funding

Carillon Cottage is entirely self-funded, relying on income from meeting room lettings, donations and fundraising.

We also have a number of “friends” who make regular donations, much of which is gift - aided. If you would like to become a “friend" inquire at the Cottage.

We are fortunate to have had support from a number of agencies, including Wadhurst Parish Council, Wadhurst and High Weald Rotary club, Wadhurst History Group, Women of Wadhurst (WOW) and others. During the first 3 years the South East of England - Development Agency (SEEDA) made substantial contributions to furnishing and equipment costs, as well as help with running costs.