Ashdown Forest Branch

The Ashdown Forest Branch covers Buxted, Danehill, Chelwood Gate, Five Ash Down, High Hurstwood, Maresfield and Nutley. It has two or three events per year and supports the Association in elections while giving mutual aid to neighbouring Lewes constituency. 

Our Branch Chairman is Helen Galley.  Karin Mont is Treasurer with Cllr Roy Galley Deputy Chairman, Political; and Petrina Voelker Deputy Chairman, Membership. 

Branch committee members are Sarah Bland, Chris Lawson and Julia Lawson (Secretary).  We would welcome other members of the Branch, please contact Cllr Galley on 01825 713018 or email

County Councillor

Roy Galley


District Councillors

Roy Galley - Danhill and Fletching Ward, comprising: Chelwood Gate, Danehill, Fletching & Piltdown, and Isfield

Peter Roundell - Maresfield Ward, including Fairwarp and Nutley

Toby Illingworth - Buxted Ward including Five Ash Down and High Hurstwood


Helen Galley

Chairman of Ashdown Forest Branch

Helen joined the Conservative party as a Young Conservative in Sheffield in 1974 and has campaigned at every general election since. Helen and her husband, Roy Galley, a former Member of Parliament for Halifax and currently a District and County Councillor, have lived in Wealden for 19 years.  They have two married children and one grandson (soon to be two) who she hopes to get out campaigning soon.

Cllr Roy Galley

County Councillor for Maresfield and Buxted
District Councillor for Danehill & Fletching
Ashdown Forest Branch - Deputy Chairman, Political

Roy Galley is the East Sussex County Councillor for Maresfield and Buxted, representing the parishes of Buxted ; Danehill ; Fletching ; part of Forest Row ; Isfield ; Maresfield -- and Wealden District Council member for  Danehill, Fletching & Nutley.

Cllr Peter Roundell

District Councillor for Maresfield (incl Fairwarp and Nutley)
Chairman of Fletching, Piltdown & Isfield Conservatives

Wealden District Council member representing Maresfield (including Fairwarp and Nutley), Peter was first elected to the council in 2011.

Cllr Toby Illingworth

Chairman of Wealden Conservatives

Association Chairman and Wealden District Councillor for Buxted



A Turners Hill man has been fined £1,150 and ordered to pay Wealden District Council £878.55 costs for failing to dispose of his business waste correctly.

UPDATE from Cllr Roy Galley

Local Update from Councillor Roy Galley (ESCC and Wealden DC) - March 30th, 2020

There is, of course, a vast amount of Covid19 information in circulation and I guess many of us are, in a way, reaching saturation point, important though it is to keep abreast of events.

Bins, roads and boundaries - an update

Local Government News. October. 2018 from Cllr Roy Galley

Parliamentary Boundaries
As a follow up to last month’s report, The Boundary Commission has now published its final proposals for constituency boundaries.


Wealden MP Nus Ghani recently attended an event celebrating 50 years since the Uckfield and District Preservation Society began maintaining the Nutley Windmill. The Uckfield and District Preservation Society maintain heritage across Wealden, including Bridge Cottage in Uckfield and the Nutley Win


Here, Retired local horse vet and active wildlife conservationist Philip Glyn reflects on his time on the Board of Conservators of Ashdown Forest: