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ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: takes place tomorrow (Friday May 6) in the village hall. All residents interested are invited for 7pm to enjoy a drink with Councillors and other residents before the meeting begins at 7.30pm Inspector Rob Lovell of Sussex Police has been invited to attend and brief residents on the significant changes to the system of Community Support Officers and the introduction of Area Teams for policing. Following the Village meeting on April 29, mentioned above, the Steering Group ‘Shaping Chailey’ will report on the development of the Neighbourhood Plan.

SPRING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS: are this Saturday (May 7) and on Wednesday May 11 from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Sheffield Park and Garden. The cost is £25 and includes tea or coffee and cake. Booking is essential on 01825 790231.

CRICKET: sees Chailey in a league game this Saturday (May 7) at Hurstpierpoint starting at 1.30pm and a friendly game on Sunday at Amberley. Interested in playing cricket? You will be made most welcome at Chailey Cricket Club. To find out more about cricket in Chailey do call Peter on 07709946880 and visit

CHAILEY FREE CHURCH: has services every Sunday. A Morning Service at 10.30am and an Evening Service at6:30pm. All welcome to the services, visit for more details.

VOLUNTEERING AT THE BLUEBELL RAILWAY: want to find out more? A ‘Find Out More Day’ is taking place this Sunday (May 8). Anyone, skilled or unskilled, who can offer a day a month or more to the Railway are invited to ‘find out more’ about volunteering in our various departments. And if under 16, you can gain experience in the 9F Club. Book your place on an orientation tour, and get more information about the opportunities at the Railway, by phoning 01825 720800 or emailing

BAT WALK: at Sheffield Park and Garden takes place on Thursday, May 12, from 8pm to 9.30pm. The cost for adults is £6 and children £3.50. Have a go at detecting the bats living in the garden and parkland while learning more about them. Booking essential on 01825 790231

SOUTHERN AT WAR WEEKEND: is taking place on Saturday and Sunday May 14 and 15 at the Bluebell Railway. There are too many events to list but they include military vehicles , afternoon band shows, concert party shows throughout the day, Sussex Home Guard Displays including firearms, bayonet practise and parades vehicles, Spitfire Display (on Sunday only) and Harley Davidson motorbike display (also Sunday only). There are so many activities, for all the family, to find out more visit

FRIENDS OF CHAILEY WINDMILL: The Mill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday May 15, National Mills Day, and on Sunday May 29 from 3pm to 5 pm on both occasions. Over the weekend of May 14 and 15 the Downs Radio Group will be broadcasting and contacting other Mills throughout the UK and Europe. The Group will welcome visitors on the Saturday and Sunday morning. Last year the group made contact with well over one hundred Mills. For more details call John Smith (01825 723519).

THE RED LAMPS: are at Brighton Fringe on Monday May 16 at 11.30am at the Pavilion Gardens Café (BN1 1UF), which is a beautiful outdoor garden setting, and all are welcome to attend this free production. The Red Lamps are an integrated group of musicians from Chailey Heritage School who will be performing live, using Soundbeam technology: intercepting ultra-sonic beams using movement. Their live performance will consist of both improvised and pre-recorded material.

COMMONS SOCIETY: meet on Saturday May 21, starting at 2pm at Pound Common car park, to meet the Exmoor Ponies. A walk across the Commons led by Monty Larkin, Grazing Co-ordinator for the Sussex Pony Grazing & Conservation Trust to see the resident herd. Monty will be accompanied by Lisa Clark, from the Exmoor Pony Society, who will explain the finer points of the Exmoor pony with her pony Tiger Moth. This is an opportunity to find out about the ponies, how they are cared for and the benefits of grazing them on the Commons.

OPEN GARDEN in aid of St Peter’s Church Restoration Fund takes place on Bank Holiday Monday May 30 from 2pm to 5pm. The garden at Chailey End, Oxbottom Lane, Newick, is in a beautiful setting with a variety of interesting plants, shrubs and trees. Admission is £3 with children, under 16, free. Teas will be available. For more details call Janet Barnes, of The Friends of St Peter’s Church, on 01825 722574, email or visit

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. 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 Thanks in anticipation for your support.

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