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Help at Hand are holding their annual Cream Tea on Saturday from 3 until 5 pm in the Parish Hall. Tickets on the door are £3 for adults and £1 for children, very good value for a homemade scone, jam, cream and a cup of tea or coffee! Along with this, there is the usual raffle with some very good prizes donated by local and not so local businesses - some of whom may well have donated prizes for the Fun Day at the beginning of the month.
Help at Hand is a local registered charity which helps people get to various appointments – medical, dental or otherwise – in the village and further afield that they would struggle to get to, something that more and more people do have problems with since the bus company stopped going to Haywards Heath and the Princess Royal Hospital. If you would like to support them in other ways than just going along on Saturday, they are keen to get more volunteer drivers on the books – you can claim up to 45p per mile to help towards

your own costs – or people to man the phones to match up drivers to those in need. Speak to anyone on Saturday who is behind the counter serving the teas or ask for Ian Ratcliffe, who is the Chairman. You may not need this kind of assistance at the moment but who knows what the future holds for any of us, so please do support them on Saturday if you can.

On Monday, 20 July, the Neighbourhood Planning Committee will be meeting in the Pavilion from 7.30 pm. This meeting is open to everyone; the agenda is posted on the notice board outside the Spar Shop and can be found on their website or the Parish Council’s www.slaughampc.co.uk – the NHP’s website can be accessed via the Council’s. The public can also comment on or ask questions relating to any item on the agenda, so it is worthwhile going along if you have any concerns or if you just want to know how things are progressing. This is something that needs to be put in place sooner rather than later to protect the village and the parish as a whole and its interests so please do support this committee of volunteers giving their time so freely.

Next month’s Community Bus trip is on Tuesday, 18 August and will be going to the Camelia Botnar Foundation for afternoon tea and a tour of this fascinating enterprise which helps disadvantaged youngsters get a trade, be it in carpentry, metal work, gardening or catering. The Bus leaves Nyman’s at 1pm, the fare is £6 and the return time will probably be agreed on the day. If you would like to book a seat, call Christina on400212 or pop in and see her in the Hardware Store.

Finally, having mentioned above the Fun Day earlier this month, I think it is safe to say that everyone who went along enjoyed themselves in the sunshine, pleased that it was held on the Saturday when we woke to rain the following day! A big thank you must go to the members and supporters of Handcross Association who worked so hard to set it up, made sure the afternoon went smoothly and then ensured the Recreation Ground was cleared so well that there was no evidence of the event left by mid-morning if not before the following day. If I hear how much was raised and who will benefit from the money raised, I will let you know.

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