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VILLAGE DEFIBRILLATOR: There is now a defibrillator installed on the wall of Bramble Hall. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR reduces someone’s survival by 10%. A Defib is simple and safe to use because the machine gives clear spoken instructions. You don’t need training to use one, and when you call 999 the ambulance service will direct you to the machine. A big thank you to Chris Pierpoint who installed the machine free of charge.

DO YOU WANT TO BE A PARISH COUNCILLOR?: Following requests from local electors, a by-election has been called to fill the vacant seat on the Parish Council. Local residents have until 4pm on Thursday 7 April 2016 to submit candidate nominations. The by-election will be held alongside the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner election on Thursday 5 May. The position is voluntary and although the Parish Council only meets monthly (on Wednesdays mid-month) past experience has demonstrated that Councillors in practice devote considerable hours each week on day to day council business and serving on the various working groups. There are many issues to deal with and a Councillor should be fully committed. If you are interested deliver your nomination paper to the offices of Mid Sussex District Council. Information about being a Councillor is also available from Mid Sussex District Council’s website www.midsussex.gov.uk. Additional guidance about being an election candidate and the various election procedures is available online from the Electoral Commission at www.electoralcommission.org.uk.

A NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH COFFEE MORNING: takes place at the Parish Rooms on Saturday 2 April between 10am and midday. Come and say hello to your NHW team and join us if you would like to. Become a co-ordinator for the road or group of houses where you live and help keep yourself and your neighbours, especially your elderly ones, safer. Or, just pass on your name, address, phone number and email if you want to be kept in touch about what is happening in your neighbourhood. To find out more about Neighbourhood Watch in Balcombe go to the village website at www.balcombevillage.co.uk and follow the link to Neighbourhood Watch.

BALCOMBE TENNIS: Everyone is very welcome to Balcombe Tennis’ open afternoon on Sunday 10 April 2016, 3 to 5pm. Come and meet fellow tennis enthusiasts and enjoy some refreshments and cake! Please bring your racket and join in a fun tournament or spectate! You can renew your membership or simply come & find out more about tennis in Balcombe including adult and children’s coaching. We look forward to seeing you.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH: Sunday 3 April 8am Holy Communion, 10am Family Service - a Baptism for us all to enjoy, 6pm Evensong

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