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‘OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS ON RED HOUSE COMMON’: a walk, with Commons Society member Ian Woolsey, takes place this Saturday (April 9). Meet at 9am at the car park in Warrs Hill Lane for a walk on the Common to look for the new migrant arrivals and resident birds.

SHAREHOLDER WEEKEND: PLC Chairman Dick Fearn has written to all Bluebell Railway shareholders introducing this new initiative. The event will take place this Saturday and Sunday (April 9 and 10) and will feature tours of the Railway’s works departments, a special tour of the Brighton Atlantic Project and a behind-the-scenes look at the new Carriage Shed being built. Presentations also will be given on the history of Horsted Keynes, East Grinstead, Sheffield Park, and Kingscote stations, and there will be separate presentations of plans for the ASH (Accessible Steam Heritage) and Western Extension projects. Says Dick Fearn, “This event will give both myself and fellow directors a chance to introduce ourselves and to update shareholders on some of the major project works planned and underway, and it will enable you to see behind the scenes.” Shareholders are reminded to bring their invitation letter with them as it has the itinerary on the back. Any shareholder who has not received their invitation letter should contact roger.garman@bluebell-railway.co.uk.

CHAILEY FREE CHURCH: has services every Sunday. A Morning Service at 10.30am and an Evening Service at 6:30pm. All welcome to the services, visit www.chaileyfreechurch.com for more details.

WARRS HILL FOOTPATH: East Sussex Highways will be consulting on the long-standing project to run a footpath alongside Warrs Hill Road from the New Heritage to the A275, a project to be paid from funds set aside as a Developer contribution when building the New Heritage. Because the footpath will run along the edge of Red House Common on common land, immediately beside the highway but outside the fence line, it is a condition that the project should be put to consultation with neighbouring residents and more generally before it goes to the Secretary of State for determination. East Sussex organises a Consultation Hub and for further details of this visit the Parish Council website ‘News & Events’ page at www.chailey.org. The County Council are carrying out a public consultation which runs from Monday April 11 to Friday April 29 and details, plans and an online version of the survey is available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay.

MULTI-LOCO DIESEL GALA: is at the Bluebell Railway from Friday to Sunday 15 to 17 April and is being organised jointly by the Bluebell Railway and GB Railfreight (GBRf). GBRf is celebrating 15 years of operation in 2016, and this is the first of several events in which money GBRf raises will be donated to charity. Locomotives will be drawn from a selection regularly used by GBRf. It is planned (subject to availability on the day) to use examples from classes 20, 47, 66, 73/1, and 73/9. Rolling stock will be a mix of the Bluebell Railway’s own coaches and a 4-TC unit kindly provided by London Underground Ltd. An intensive three-train service for the three days is planned, with evening beer trains on the Friday and Saturday. The Railway’s resident Class 09 is expected to be making additional brake van trips, for a small additional charge, and each day raffle tickets will be sold for a cab ride on a selected afternoon service from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead. A selection of sales stands also will be in attendance, including a special GBRf stand where limited edition 15th anniversary memorabilia will be available to purchase. For more details visit http://www.bluebell-railway.com/event/diesel-weekend/ or call 01825 720800.

LAMBING AT TOWNINGS FARM: On Saturday April 16 from 2pm to 4pm Carole and Kevin Uridge invite members of the Commons Society and children to visit the farm for lambing time. There will be group visits to the lambing barn all afternoon. Meet by the Farm Shop Townings Farm, Plumpton Lane North Chailey BN8 4EJ. Please take care; advice should be taken for pregnancy, allergy and other health issues before farm visits. For more details of the visit contact William Coleman on 01444 831098.

ST GEORGES FETE: takes place on Saturday April 23 at Markstakes Corner, South Chailey. If you would like a car boot space or a stall just contact the Bonfire Society via www.chaileybonfire.co.uk or call Clare on 07985 112968. Also contact Clare if your local organisation or village group would like a stall. There will be arena events including a tug of war completion, Burgess Hill Rumblers drumming display and Chailey & Newick Rainbows and Brownies dance display. There will also be children’s rides, a barbecue, beer tent and a Fun Dog Show and entries for the dog show will be from 12pm. Classes start at 12.30pm and include: Prettiest Bitch, Handsome Dog, Best pair, Waggiest Tail, Best rehomed/rescued, Best Veteran, Best Puppy (up to 18 months), Most Appealing Eyes, Best Crossbred, Young Handler and the Dog the judge would most like to take home. Entry for the dog show is £1 per class and an advanced registration form can be obtained from secretary@chaileybonfire.co.uk or by calling Diane on 01273 401900. If you are able to offer a tombola prize and/or some help with activities on the day please call Diane on 01273 401900 and let her know.

CHAILEY WINDMILL: The Windmill stands on Chailey Common adjacent to a Yew Tree which is said to mark the centre of Sussex. The Mill and Rural Life Museum will be open for the first time this year on Sunday April 24 from 3pm to 5 pm. Admission charges are £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to 16. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

TOY AND RAIL COLLECTORS FAIR: is on Saturday April 30 from 10am to 4pm at the Bluebell Railway’s Horsted Keynes Station. There will be stalls on the platform and a marquee within the station car park with railway artefacts and model railway equipment. Admission ticket costs £3 per person which covers both Horsted Keynes Station and the marquee.

DOUBLE YOUR MONEY: CHAILEY SPORTS CLUB APPEAL The Sports Club and Parish Council have spent much of the last year working on the ambitious £55,000 project to repair and refurbish the Pavilion at the Sports Ground. They have secured funding of close to £40,000 and are now looking to raise the final amount needed to ensure they meet their goal of providing a facility that will serve the various sports clubs, and everyone in the local community, for the next 20 years. They are now asking you, the local businesses and local residents, to make donations to help them meet their ambitious goal. Once completed there will be modern facilities for the 100+ local children who play for Chailey, Newick Colts, members of the Chailey Cricket teams and spectators. These clubs may simply cease to exist if we do not invest in the facilities soon and with your donations you will know that you have helped to secure their futures. Chailey residents of many years and sporting enthusiasts, Rob and Ann Tillard, have very generously offered to match all monies raised in this appeal £ for £ up to a maximum of £5,000. So for every £100 given by you the Sports Club will receive £200. Every contribution will be gratefully received so please give what you can to what is a great local cause. When the work is done all those who have contributed will be invited for a drink at the refurbished Pavilion to see what has been done and celebrate the official re-opening of the Pavilion. This is your Pavilion for the benefit of the children and members of your Village to play sport. Please give generously to enable them to continue to enjoy sports. The Sports Club Bank details are Lloyds Bank Account Number 60368368 Sort Code 77-63-14 if you would like to make a donation. Please use your initial and surname as a reference so they are able to invite you personally to the opening celebration. Alternatively a cheque can be sent to Chailey Sports Club via the Chairman, Gary Strangwood, at 14 Mill Brooks, South Chailey, East Sussex BN8 4AW. For more details do email Gary at garystrangwood@hotmail.co.uk. Thanks in anticipation for your support.

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