Village Plan 2004
In November 2003 a public meeting which was attended by approximately 40 villagers, was held to discuss the Shadoxhurst ‘Wish List’ which had been distributed to all households in the village. From approximately 438 households, 129 forms were returned and, on the basis of villagers’ concerns and their needs expressed in the Wish List, it was decided to elect a team of villagers at a future time to form the Shadoxhurst Parish Plan Steering Committee. It was this Committee that produced the Shadoxhurst Questionnaire which was widely distributed at the Village Fete in September 2004. 130 completed forms were returned and this paper below presents the breakdown of the answers to the questions.
The Heart of the Village
Because of the distinctive long and spread-out shape of the Village, it is not easy to pinpoint the heart of the village. This results in a feeling of isolation for some villagers, especially for people living in the Nickley Wood area, and a lack of cohesion for village issues and events. In the 2004 questionnaire, villagers were asked to choose where they considered was the heart of the village. 44% chose The Kings Head, 20% the Village Hall and the Church took just 5.6% of the votes, whilst 15% did not know.