Herstmonceux Village Information Centre

Forging Links in the Community

Welcome to the website of the Rural Community Support Society – the charity that runs the Herstmonceux Village Information Centre (the VIC).

The original Information Centre was opened in 1998 as a result of a joint initiative led by Reverend Osborne (Free Church) and Reverend Francis (All Saints and St Mary Magdalene). In 2003 a charitable trust was created — The Rural Community Support Society — which now manages the Centre. In 2011 the Old Forge was purchased and donated to the Society by Peter Sangster.

Today the Society is still serving the community, responding to needs and forging links between service providers and people in and around Herstmonceux. The Old Forge is still an Information Centre where information and advice is provided and posters and leaflets can be displayed — but it is also a resource for local clubs, societies and businesses — with a meeting room, photocopier, laminator and other equipment. The Society also continues to forge links between local organisations and provides small grants to local clubs and societies.

The VIC is also the local outreach point for hearing aid support provided by East Sussex Hearing (eshrc.org).

We have a Facebook Page too: RCSS Facebook

Herstmonceux Hub



Meeting Room

The meeting room is free for non-profit-making organisations serving the community within the parish of Herstmonceux.  The charge for businesses is just £5.00 per hour. A booking form can be downloaded here. To check availability go to the on-line calendar here.


The RCSS is able to provide small grants to charities, clubs and organisations within the parish of Herstmonceux. Applications can be considered at any time of the year. Please download the form here, complete it and return it to the Treasurer, The Rural Community Support Society, 2-3 The Old Forge, Gardner Street, Herstmonceux BN27 4LG.

Appointment service

The VIC is run by volunteers and we try to open the building as often as possible – but if you can’t get here during our usual opening hours we offer an appointment service. Leave a message on our answer phone or send an email, and we’ll get in touch to arrange a time to suit you.

Our Building

The building we own in Herstmonceux used to be a forge run by the Dennyes family.

The building is situated in the heart of the village of Herstmonceux. It is now called ‘The Old Forge’, and we have used the name for our mission to ‘Forge Links in the Community’.