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YOUTH GROUP is re-opening this Friday (October 2), at the village hall, from 7.30pm to 9pm. This club is for young people aged 10 to 15 years living in the Chailey/Newick area; do go along there will be a DJ, table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table and a tuck shop. If you have any questions please send the Group a message via their Facebook site or email

PIANIST Chris Buley will be performing at The Five Bells this Saturday (October 3).

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Harvest Festival at 10am; which will be followed by Harvest Lunch at midday. The Church urgently needs a volunteer to take on the advertising of their events; as it is crucial to the success of their ventures. Nicola Lack who undertook the role until recently has left details of contacts and files which will help should you be able to takeover this role. If you would like to know more call Teresa on 01825 722586.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, has services this Sunday at 10.30am and 6.30pm. On Tuesdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

VOLUNTEER WORKING GROUP will be on Romany Ridge Common this Sunday (October 4) from10am till 3pm. All welcome to join this group; just meet at Romany Ridge car park (by the North Common Road to Wivelsfield).The group will be led by Mike Murphy, Education Development Manager at the Sussex Wildlife Trust, for more details call him on 01273 492630 or 077713575281.

VINTAGE BUS DAY is this Sunday (October 4) and there will be a number of free vintage bus routes operating to and from the Bluebell Railway; which includes Sheffield Park to Brighton. For the timetable visit

PUDDLE DUCKS Puddle Ducks West Kent and East Sussex are holding pyjama parties in all their lessons from Monday, October 5, to Friday, October 11, to fundraise for Chailey Heritage Foundation. To find out how your children can participate visit or call 01892 617246.

KNIT AND NATTER EVENING Love knitting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday, October 6, at 7.30pm. Go along with your current project or if you are just learning wool, needles and tips will be available. To find out more call 01273 890114.

PLANNING & Environs Committee of the Parish Council meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday, October 6, at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Annual Meeting is on Tuesday, October 6, at 7.45pm at the village hall. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome; to learn more before attending call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

HOSPICE AGM is on Wednesday, October 7, at 7pm and will take place at the Beacon View Wellbeing Centre, at St Peter & St James Hospice. The AGM will provide an opportunity to meet the Hospice’s Trustees and some members of staff and be followed by the presentation of Long Service Awards to staff who have worked at the hospice for more than ten years.

AUTUMN PHOTOGRAPHY workshops are at Sheffield Park and Garden on Wednesday October 7 and Saturday October 17 from 9am to midday. The cost is £25 which includes tea or coffee or cake; for more details or to book call 01825 790231.

LUNCH IN ST PETER’S CHURCH takes place on Thursday, October 8, from 12.30pm and costs just £5. For details of the menu visit Transport is available, just call Fiona Pearl on 01825 723135 to make arrangements.

PRINCE’S TRUST The recently announced Prince’s Countryside Fund has grants available for open to community shops, pubs, farms and any outlet that provides a service to those in the countryside. The closing date for applications is Thursday, October 8. For details visit

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday, October 13, from 8pm. This will be a very interesting meeting as one of their members, Fearghal Tucker, went to Sierra Leone earlier this year to assist during the Ebola crisis. He will be giving an illustrated talk relating to his experiences whilst there. To find out more about the Group visit

TUFTY QUIZ is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday, October 13, at 9pm. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

MOBILE LIBRARY The County Mobile Library will be at Markstakes Corner, South Chailey on Wednesday, October 14, from 2.40pm to 3.10pm.

HISTORY OF SMUGGLING in Sussex and Kent is the subject of the Commons Society meeting on Thursday October 15. There will be a lively talk by Geoff Hutchinson, in character, on the phenomenon of smuggling from days gone by to present times. Prospective members and guests most welcome. Call William Coleman on 01444 831098 for more details.

FUNGI WALKS at Sheffield Park and Garden on Wednesday October 21 and Saturday October 17 starting at 9am. Take an early morning stroll with one of the gardening team and admire the many varieties of fungi to be found. Set against the background of autumnal woodland, this promises to be a fascinating and enjoyable walk. The cost , for adults, is £6 and places can be booked by calling 01825790231.

108KM CYCLING EVENT on Saturday October 17 the Mid Sussex Hillier is starting in Chailey at 8.30am to finish by 5.08pm. The course includes Ashdown Forest, Cob Lane, Clayton Windmills and Ditchling Beacon. The route and event details can be found at

QUIZ NIGHT the pavilion at the sports ground is on its lasts legs and urgently requires refurbishment. The Sports Club is holding a Quiz Night on Saturday October 17at 7pm at Newick village hall. Do join in and help raise funds for this much needed community project. There will be prizes and a fabulous ploughman’s supper. Entry is £9, for more details and tickets call 01273 890777.

BRIGHT 10 MILE RUN Chailey Heritage Foundation has two places to allocate in this inaugural event on Sunday October 18. For further information or to book a place contact

MAKE A WILL St Peter & St James Hospice are running a Will Writing Scheme from October 19 to 30. Appointments can be made with participating solicitors who are offering their professional expertise free of charge in lieu of a donation to the Hospice. See or call Kate Gibson, Trust and Legacies Fundraiser on 01444 470711, for a list of participating companies.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AGM is at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Thursday October 22 at 8pm. All are welcome; ideas for the year ahead will be much appreciated particularly suggestions for encouraging entries in the children’s categories.

FLOWERS ARRANGERS are needed at St Peter’s Church; there is a team but more arrangers would be a great help. There is a rota and if you join the team it is likely that you will be asked to assist every two months and at festivals as part of the team. No experience is necessary; just contact Liz Cullen on 01273 757821 to let her know that you can help.

CHAILEY SCHOOL is one of 60 schools nationally to have been selected to test the effectiveness of a whole school approach to Embedding Formative Assessment. Although known to be effective, the challenge has been in getting schools to adopt the practice successfully and in the long term. Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, the project will run for two years and evaluate the impact of a cost-effective and scalable route to implementing a whole school approach to formative assessment in a large number of schools.

SHAPING CHAILEY Hopefully you found the questionnaire enclosed with your October copy of Chailey News. Please complete and return it to the Parish Clerk, Stephen Treharne, at the Village Centre, Lewes Road, Scaynes Hill, RH17 7PG. Why? This Survey is the start of the Neighbourhood Plan which will define how we residents want our village to look in 2030 and will shape the pathway to that end. The Plan needs to reflect your wishes, views, and ideas (not solely the views of our Parish Councillors); so please make your voice and preferences heard and participate in the discussion which will follow.

LOCAL RESIDENTS CARD the Bluebell Railway Card can be used on service one and two days and allows half price travel. It is available to residents of Chailey and villages as far afield as Copthorne and Nutley. For a complete list visit The card is available from the Booking Offices and the Sales & Information Office at Sheffield Park; costs £15 and is valid for one year.

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