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CHAILEY FREE CHURCH: has services every Sunday. A Morning Service takes place at 10.30am and an Evening Service at 6.30pm. All welcome to the services, visit www.chaileyfreechurch.com for more details.

MUM & TODDLER GROUP: at St Peter’s Church on Chailey Green, takes place every Friday from 9.30am. This is free of charge and coffee, tea and biscuits will be available. If you or anyone you know would be interested in coming along please contact the Parish Office on 01825 722286 for more information.

BONFIRE NIGHT :Preparations are well under way for bonfire night in the village on Saturday November 12. Thanks to those who have volunteered to assist; however more helpers are needed so if you are able to assist, in any way, please call Diane on 01273 401900 or email secretary@chaileybonfire.co.uk. As in previous years the roads through Chailey will close at 6pm. The guide times for the event are 5.30pm judging of the floats at Chailey School, 6pm procession begins from Mill Lane, 6.15pm procession stops at Horns Lodge, 6.30pm processions continues to War Memorial with a ten minute stop, 7.20pm processions stops at Five Bells, 7.35pm procession continues to fire site and 8pm fireworks commence finishing around 8.15pm.

VINTAGE BUS: will be taking passengers from Grantham Close and Chailey School as part of the procession and then to the fire site. If you would be interested in booking a seat from Grantham Close, Chailey School Mill Lane or the Horns Lodge please book your place by contacting Jane on 01273 400632 or jane.stent@btinternet.com.

TRACK TREK 2016 :takes place Bluebell Railway on November 12. This year’s Trek is the longest covering the entire line from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park, offering a unique opportunity to see the whole railway from a different perspective. It is not every day that you can walk along the track without any steam trains running. The money raised will benefit two very different projects at the Railway. The first sees the creation of hugely improved undercover accommodation at Horsted Keynes so that more historic carriages can be protected from the weather whilst they wait in the queue for restoration back to their former glory. Currently many of these carriages are sitting in the open exposed to all weather or under tarpaulins which does not provide full protection. The other project will see the development of the loco shed area at Sheffield Park with hugely improved access to the historic steam locomotive collection including many hands on opportunities. This Accessible Steam Heritage (ASH) project will allow passengers to learn more about the collection of locomotives and hopefully inspire the next generation of engine drivers and firemen. Pre-registration is essential to help those organising the event have a good idea of the number of people requiring the use of the buses at the start and end of the day. To register for the Track Trek the sponsorship form can be downloaded at http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/funding/fftf/ and it provides a tear-off registration form. Plus you can create your own fundraising page on BT MyDonate or an ‘Organised Event’ fundraising page on JustGiving.

VOLUNTEERING AT THE BLUEBELL RAILWAY: want to find out more? There is a ‘Find Out More Day’ on Sunday November 13 and 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. Book your place on an orientation tour, and get more information about the opportunities at the Railway, by phoning 01825 720800 or emailing bluebellvolunteer@gmail.com.

LUNCH CLUB: at St Peter’s Church is held monthly at 12.30pm in the church on Chailey Green and the next lunch club is on Thursday November 17. All are welcome to go along for a delicious meal, meet new people and chat and relax. The food is all freshly prepared and home-cooked with a main course, choice of puddings and tea/coffee for £5 per person. There is easy access and disabled toilet facilities. If you require transport or further information please contact Julia Guerard on 01825 722967.

VOLUNTEERS: would be much appreciated to help with Chailey Heritage Foundation’s bucket collection on Thursday December 8 and Wednesday December 21 at Tesco Superstore, Burgess Hill. If you are able to assist please email fundraising@chf.org.uk

CHRISTMAS MARKET :takes place at St. Peter’s Church on Saturday November 26 from 10am to 3pm. Do go along and meet Father Christmas. There will be stalls include wine tasting from Bluebell Vineyard, food gifts from Deerview Fine Foods, Pete’s Pantry, festive handmade gifts, toys and much more. Admission is £2 to include seasonal refreshments.

WHIST DRIVE: is being organised by the Women’s Institute is on Saturday November 26, at the village hall, at 7.30pm. The cost is £3.50, which includes refreshments & prizes. For more information call Carol Brown on 01825 723757.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: for Senior Citizens will be at the village hall on Saturday December 3 from 12.30pm to 5pm. This free annual event is organised by the Bonfire Society and includes a Christmas meal, with all the trimmings, followed by musical entertainment. This is an excellent way to start the festive season and one I highly recommend. If you would like to attend please call Jane on 01273 400632 or email jane.stent@btinternet.com. Transport is available just let Jane know and she will make the arrangements for you.

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