High Weald Branch

Branch Chairman - Cllr Johanna Howells


The High Weald Branch covers Frant, Wadhurst, Mayfield, Rotherfield and Hadlow Down.
Wadhurst, being one of the larger villages in Wealden, has had a thriving branch for many years. Traditionally it has had the largest membership of any part of the constituency. Its boundaries extend from Argos Hill & Lake Street in the south to Mark Cross in the west, Bells Yew Green and the outskirts of Lamberhurst to the north and Shovers Green & Churchsettle to the east.

The Branch is fortunate to have District and  County Councillors among its Committee Members who are all very active in the community of the villages.  The Committee members are all active campaigners and regularly canvas “on the door step” and by telephone in the Branch area and assist other areas near to election times. The Committee, supported by a small team of distributors maintain circulation of “In Touch” leaflets in the villages and some Committee members are, or have been Parish Councillors. The Committee always support elections by running a telling process at the Poling Stations in order to remind our supporters to vote, monitor the number who say they are voting Conservative, and equally important who are not!

The Branch has been instrumental in reviving interest in the Conservative Political Forums (CPF) and now holds regular monthly meetings to debate and provide feedback to Conservative Central Office of our views on various topics of concern to us all. These meetings which are open to all members of WCCA are preceded by a bar meal which helps people to get to know each other.

The Branch has an active social and fund raising calendar and endeavours to run at least two functions in Wadhurst each year.  Particularly popular is our Summer Supper at Wadhurst Park (by courtesy of Professor and Mrs Hans Rausing) usually held biennially and what has become our annual Christmas Lunch early in December.

The Branch is keen to attract new members either to join in our CPF meetings, or perhaps join the Committee. Assistance with deliveries is particularly welcome.


County Councillor (Mayfield) Rupert Simmons

County and District Councillor (Frant & Wadhurst) - Bob Standley (pictured below outside Uplands CC)

District Councillor (Frant & Wadhurst) - Johanna Howell

District Councillor (Hadlow Down & Rotherfield) Phil Dixon

District Councillor (Mayfield & Five Ashes) Dr Brian Redman



Cllr Bob Standley

Wealden District Council Leader, District Councillor for Frant and Wadhurst
County Councillor for Wealden NE and Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability
Deputy Chairman (Political) of Wealden Conservatives

East Sussex County Councillor for Wealden North East
Wealden District Councillor for Wadhurst and Council Leader
a Deputy Chairman of Wealden Conservatives

Cllr Phil Dixon

District Councillor for Hadlow Down & Rotherfield
Deputy Chairman (Membership) of Wealden Conservatives

Association Officer and Wealden District Councillor for Rotherfield

Cllr Johanna Howell

District Councillor for Frant & Wadhurst, with Cllr Bob Standley
Chairman of High Weald Branch

Wealden District Councillor for Frant & Wadhurst (along with Cllr Bob Standley), Johanna Howell was elected in 2007. She is Chairman of the council's Planning North committee and a member of: 

Cllr Dr Brian Redman

District Councillor for Mayfield & Five Ashes
Chairman of Mayfield Conservatives

Wealden District Councillor for Mayfield, Dr Brian Redman was born in Sussex and has lived in Mayfield since 1987. 

Cllr Rupert Simmons

East Sussex County Councillor for Heathfield and Mayfield, Cllr Richard Simmons is the Lead Member for Economy and appointed to the following outside bodies:

See Also

Eridge Branch

Photo - "War memorial at Eridge - geograph.org.uk - 807375" by Jonathan Billinger. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -  Branch Chairman    William Rutherford  Tel; 01892 752254   email



Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, is delighted to present four Wealden Heroes from all across the constituency with the Wealden Hero Award, and share their incredible stories about helping the community throughout the pandemic.


STAFF at schools across East Sussex have been praised for their efforts which have enabled more than 11,000 additional pupils to return to the classroom.


SECONDARY schools across East Sussex are welcoming back more students with a range of measures in place to ensure they can come back to the classroom safely. 

Huge efforts are also continuing behind the scenes to keep remote learning going during the pandemic.


Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, officially unveiled a new show-home at Waters Reach, a development of new homes in Wadhurst by Rydon Homes. After cutting the ribbon, Nus was given a preview of the show-home, ahead of its opening to the public.


Following a landslide near Wadhurst, which has resulted in the closure of the train-line, Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden, urges constituents to continuously review their travel arrangements to ensure that they can reach their destination today, over the weekend, and on Monday.


Following the Wadhurst Parish Meeting held on Thursday 25 October 2018, a Parish Poll has been requested. It will ask the following question:

‘Are you in favour of the redevelopment of the Commemoration Hall and Football Field as proposed by the Wadhurst Hall and Field CIO?  Yes/No.’


This week, a group sixth-form students from Uplands Community College in Wadhurst joined Wealden MP Nus Ghani in Westminster. The students, who are studying law and politics, had a tour and a Q&A session with Nus, where they asked all sorts of questions, ranging from national to local issues.