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Community Allotment Activities

The Community Allotment is on the Herstmonceux Allotment site at Greenways Farm, Stunts Green. We have tools and our plot is segregated into smaller beds so you can choose to do as much or as little as you can manage. You may eat what you grow and there is always advice available from other allotment holders.

To find out more call Janet on 01323 833306

Allotment Information

Membership of Vitality Villages is just £1.00 per year. This entitles you to use the Community Allotment. You will need to buy particular seeds you may want, although there are always other gardeners who can offer a few 'freebies' or share the cost of a packet.

Coffee Morning Activities

Coffee Mornings are held in The Great Space meeting room at Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre from 10.00am on the third Monday of the month.

Please note that due to Coronovirus restrictions meetings are temporarily suspended until at least January 2021. Please check the News section of this site for latest information.

Coffee Morning Information

For further information contact Sheila on 01323 833673

Men's Shed & Community Workshop Activities

Men's Shed workshop
Made to order !
Advice always on hand
Our own Repair Shop
Repairing storm damage, Castle gardens
Restoring original finish
Job done - Herstmonceux Castle gardens

What is a Men's Shed?

Sheds with a few tools for hobbies and shielded from the weather have existed for years, but in the 1980’s the concept developed in Australia for men to get together in Men’s Sheds for mutual support, exchange skills and develop friendships. Today the UK has 400 Men’s Sheds.

Herstmonceux Men’s Shed has a new location in the Science & Technology Facility at Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle. We have installed a range of power and hand tools, workbenches and equipment which any members may use.

Members can work on their own projects, assist others by exchanging knowledge and skills or just have a cup of tea or coffee and relax. We have repaired items for local causes and have been fortunate to receive donations of tools and timber and the facility at Herstmonceux Castle.

We are open 10.00am until 4.30pm on Wednesdays but may extend this. Call in for a chat and if you like what we do you can be member for £1.00 per year, plus donations towards any materials we supply and the tea fund. For more information call Alan McInnes, 01323 833306 / 07946 604201 or email

Men's Shed & Community Workshop information

Whilst the original Men's Shed concept remains we have designated the Wednesday morning session the Community Workshop which will be open to men and women.

Unfortunately, the current Coronovirus Rules limit us to 6 attendees per session so rather than turn new members away at the door we have delayed this new facility until we can increase numbers in the workshop. However, if you wish to attend we welcome ladies to the workshop so please telephone Alan on 01323 833306 for more information and log your interest and we can keep you aware of developments or check the News section of this site for latest information.

Membership of Vitality Villages is just £1.00 per year and this includes the Men's Shed. We do ask for a small donation for any wood or materials you use and for cups of tea which we supply.

Singers Activities

Due to Coronovirus restrictions meetings of the Choir are temporarily suspended and at least until January 2021. Please check the News section of this site for latest information.

Singers Information

Contact Laura Heales 07905 745384

Walking and Associated Activities

Walking and Associated Activities Information


News and Events

Vitality Village activity constraints due to Covid 19.

The wellbeing of members and guests is a priority and we have adopted the following temporary changes,

Community Choir and Coffee Mornings: Meeting are suspended until January 2021 when the situation will be reviewed.

Men's Shed / Community Workshop: Open Wednesdays 10.00am until 1.00pm and 1.30pm until 4.30pm. A maximum of 6 members may attend at any one session. Work places are spaced 2 metres apart and face masks to be worn for any closer work. New members wishing to join to call Alan on 01323 833306 / 07946 604201 before attending.

Allotment: Only restriction is to keep social distance of 2 metres.

Walking routes: All open but our annual sponsored walk is postponed.

For further information call 01323 833306 or check this page for latest update.


Vitality Villages is an unincorporated community organisation. We are funded solely by its membership, donations and grants. Our Constitution may be downloaded here.

Membership Forms

Here is the general membership form for Vitality Villages and an additional form for the Community Workshop / Men's Shed due to use of power tools and dust risk. Please complete according to your interest.

There is also a copy of our General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which you must read. Completion of the membership form acknowledges you have read and understood it so that we are able to hold and process your personal membership details. If you are unsure about this or have questions please call for clarification

Our Contacts

Chair Vitality Villages & Community Allotment: Janet McInnes 01323 833306

Secretary & Coffee Mornings: Sheila Charlton 01323 833673

Treasurer & Men's Shed / Community Workshop: Alan McInnes 01323 833306

Walking routes & footpath projects: Steve Burke 01323 833473

Community Choir: Laura Heales 07905 745384

Whilst we have links to and hold some meetings at the Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre, they have enough to do so for any post or drop-off please use The Village Information Centre, 2/3 The Old Forge, Gardner Street, Herstmonceux BN27 4LG who will receive for us.

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