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NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The Neighbourhood Planning Committee are due to meet on Monday, 15 August from 7.30pm in the Pavilion; however I have heard that they might take a leaf out of the parish council’s book and take a rest during August. I would suggest the best way to check on this is to have a look on the notice board outside the Spar Shop over the weekend before to see if an agenda is up; if there is nothing on the board, they are having a holiday. However, I am certain that they will be holding an ‘exhibition’ on Friday and Saturday, 9 and 10 September to allow everyone, not only in the village but in the parish as a whole, see what they have done so far and hopefully let the committee know they are going in the right direction! I keep saying we need to get this in place and we really do need to let Mid Sussex District Council know what we want, would like and do not want so that they can take it into account when planning for the district as a whole. Please do make a note of these dates and go along to the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground to see what I am making such a fuss of.

STAY AND PLAY EVENT: If you have little ones (under the age of 5) and are starting to struggle to keep them amused, why not take them along to the Pavilion on Wednesday, 17 August between 10am and 11.30am for a morning of messy play, physical activities, crafts and general good fun. The Mid Sussex Children and Family Centres are holding a Stay and Play event open to all under 5s along with their parents, grandparents or carers. If you would like more information about what is on offer, give them a ring on 01444 255472 or email at mid.sussex.rural@westsussex.gov.uk. A different way to keep the little ones amused without having to go far or pay much, if anything!

THE ROSEMARY CLUB: After entertaining the little ones in the family, why not allow yourself a little entertainment that afternoon. The Rosemary Club will be meeting in the Parish Hall from 2.30pm and this month’s meeting takes the form of a games afternoon, including free Bingo with prizes. This will be in addition to the usual afternoon tea of homemade cakes and sandwiches all for the princely sum of £1. If you have some time on your hands and would like to get involved with a club within the village, why not speak to Helen at the meeting as the Rosemary Club Committee are looking for another member to join them. It would not take up much of your time as they usually meet just once a month on the Wednesday before the meeting; alternatively, you could call Helen on 400643. If you would like to be included in the Community Bus pick-ups from Pease Pottage, Staplefield or anywhere in the village, get in touch with Alison on 01293 516017.

HEAVY HORSES: Finally, it is time for the heavy horses to get to work at High Beeches again. These magnificent animals from the Working Horse Trust will be harrowing the wild flower meadow from 11am on Sunday, 21 August. Once you have watched them at work, why not have a wander around the gardens and have a look at the beautiful blue woodland gentians which will be in flower; High Beeches is the only garden in the country where these plants are naturalised. There will also be an opportunity to see the Hayward Tyler Hot Air Engine running, this being the last one in the country still on its original site. And if that wasn’t enough, there will be plants and crafts on sale. For more information about the day or the gardens as a whole, go to their website: www.highbeeches.com.

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