Town and village news from Thursday, May 16 edition.
Tel: 01444 412037
BOARD & CARD GAMES CLUB will be meeting on Thursday 16th May in the Village Hall from 2-4pm. There will be a variety of games on offer, the cost is £2 per person and everyone is welcome.
OUR PCSO, JAYNE MILNE, is reminding us to be vigilant as there was an attempted break-in at a house on the Bolney Road last week while the householder was at home.
APOLOGIES to anyone trying to reach me on my landline number. Since BT have not given me any idea when it will be mended my mobile number is 07774188338.
ARDINGLY Country Market is in Hapstead Hall every Thursday morning from 10-11am. A variety of cakes, savouries, eggs, vegetables, plants and preserves and craft on offer. Come along and see us and enjoy a coffee and a chat.
BIRCHANGER Gardens on the B2110 just outside Balcombe will be open Saturday May 18 from 2-6pm in aid of the NSPCC. Teas will be available. It is a real treat to see these gardens, at their most beautiful now and so kind of the Worrall Family to allow the public to see them.
Tel: 01444 811800
GARDENERS’ ASSOCIATION - “The annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning takes place in the Parish Room on Saturday 18 May from 10.00 am until 11.30 am. This is a fantastic opportunity to pick up a range of plants as well as vegetable and flower seedlings at very reasonable prices. We will be serving teas and coffees and our popular home-made cakes.”
BARNSTORMERS are back on Saturday 18 May at Balcombe Club, tickets available at the bar or online at www.balcombeclub.com. Compere Craig Murray (from the Plusnet TV adverts!) introduces three top acts from the London circuit, Comedy Store regulars
Junior Simpson, George Egg and Alan Francis. Tickets £12.50, buy 9 get 10th free!
RAINFALL in Balcombe for April was 1.37 inches.
BIRCHANGER GARDENS are open on Sunday from 2.00 pm until 6.00 pm in aid of the WI, the gardens are located just outside Balcombe on the B2110. They are at their most colourful at this time of year with azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias. You can expect delicious afternoon tea and cake on the lawn after your walk.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK starts on Sunday through to 18 May. Look out for an envelope through your door.
ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING takes place on Monday 20 May in the WI Room at the back of the Victory Hall.
CINEMA - The Management Committee of the Victory Hall is very pleased to announce that THE LIFE OF PI from the Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will be screened on Wednesday 22 May starting at 7.30 pm in the Victory Hall. The running time will be approximately 2 hours 10 minutes, with an interval for refreshments mid-way through. Tickets for this film will be £6.00. As usual, these can be purchased in advance from Threads. Demand is expected to be high – so please book early! Please note that this film is a PG.
ST MARY’S – Sunday 19 May - 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist and Sunday School, Wednesday 22 May 10.00 am Said Eucharist.
WINE TASTING – The French Association have a wine tasting event on Friday 17th May at 7.00 pm in Oldlands Avenue. There will be wines to taste from different areas of France and a buffet supper will be provided. Tickets are £15, available from Threads.
WELCOME to Katherine Daniel and Kevin (Botts) Bottomley who were elected to Balcombe Parish Council at the by-election on Thursday 2 May.
Tel: 01444 881640
Bolney Village Society are holding their jumble sale in the Rawson Hall this Saturday between 2 - 4pm. Entry 30p. Teas, cakes and raffle. Please leave any jumble at the hall on the morning of the sale. Proceeds from the jumble sale will help fund future Village Society events.
Parish Council: “To all electors of the parish of Bolney a Parish Assembly will be held in the Rawson Hall on Tuesday, May 2l, at 7.30pm under the Chairmanship of Mr T Steer, Chairman of the Parish Council. Agenda - a report from the Chairman regarding the past Parish Council year and public question time.”
Tel: 01273 890777
Thanks to all who took part in the sponsored link walk in aid of the new sports pavilion at North Chailey. Entrants, aged four to eighty, finished at the sports ground where there was an excellent Pig Roast, provided by Southern Events, a superb display of Maypole Dancing by the Rainbows and Brownies and music from ‘Square the Circle’, who donated their time for the cause. Thanks also to everyone who assisted with the preparations and on the day, including the Bonfire Society who organised the much-needed liquid refreshments and ice lollies.
Archaeology and Local History Group Walk is this Saturday on Memorial Common starting at the Sports Club Car Park at 10am. For more details call 01444 831098.
Plant Sale, organised by the Horticultural Society, is at the Horns Lodge forecourt on Saturday from 10am to midday.
Open Garden at St Peter & St James Hospice takes place on Saturday from 1.30pm to 5pm. Enjoy a tour of the Woodland Walk, buy plants (kindly donated by South Down Nurseries), books and homemade teas. South Down Nurseries ‘plant doctor’, Ed Nugent, will answer questions between 2pm and 4pm. For more information call 01444 471598.
St Peter’s Church services this Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion with baptism at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am and everyone is invited to join him in prayers. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586.
Free Church services this Sunday are a Family Service at 10.30am and led by Mark Ventham at 6.15pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm Bible study and prayer.
Sports Club Annual General Meeting is at the Pavilion, at the Sports Ground, North Chailey on Monday May 20 at 8pm.
Parish Council meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday May 21 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.
Village Information Point session is on Friday May 24 when the Parish Clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, South Chailey from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.
Annual General Meeting of Chailey Bonfire Society Ltd is at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Friday May 24 at 8.15pm.
Entries for this month’s St Peter’s Church Photographic Competition need to be submitted by Friday May 31. It would be lovely to have some new people entering this competition, to bring fresh ideas to the project. You don’t have to be professional to take good pictures, just give it a try and send a photograph of the Church, inside or out, to the parish office or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Centre, at Chailey School, is now on Facebook so you can keep up-to-date with all their activities and groups. There is also useful information and tips for young families, recipes, local events and details of funding you may be entitled to. Search on Facebook for ‘Chailey Children’s Centre’ and click on the ‘like’ button to access the information. For more details call the Centre on 01273 336940.
Tel: 01444 413052
CUCKFIELD NSPCC’s Annual Plant Sale is on Saturday May 18, from 10.15am to 1.30pm at Brinkley Lodge, London Road. There will be perennials, bedding plants, vegetable plants, unusual plants – all excellent value to stock up your garden for the summer (which must come eventually). Admission is free. Homemade refreshments, sweet and savoury, coffee and tea will be on sale. More plants to sell would be welcome. Further details 01444 453582/459579.
MURDER In Company. Following the success of the October 2012 production, the latest Cuckfield Dramatic Society offering is ‘Murder in Company’ written by Philip King and John Boland: a dramatic society assembles in the church all to rehearse a mystery thriller. The rehearsal proceeds with intrigues and difficulties (not like the CADS then) until a mysterious actual death brings the situation of a Whodunit into a real life drama. Almost everyone has good cause and the opportunity to have murdered the victim, and as the plot gathers pace the truth is revealed! This is a great play and an excellent evening’s entertainment by talented local actors. Performances: Thursday May 30, Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1 at 8pm in Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield. Tickets: Thursday £7.50; Friday/Saturday £9 from Mansell McTaggart or call 01444 452911.
EARLY Warning: Cuckfield Carries On is the Cuckfield Society’s Summer Show in the Queen’s Hall on July 5 and 6. More exciting details shortly, just note that Friday night tickets cost £10 and Saturday night £14. Tickets from Wealden Stores and Window Scene, or email Gerard Conway at email@example.com, or on 01444 413881.
Tel: 01273 845236
Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings: The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday May 21st in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am as we have to ensure that we vacate the village hall by 12noon. It is sponsored by the Horticultural Society. Dates and sponsors of coffee mornings for the remainder of 2013 are listed below: June 18th- Ditchling Morris Dancers; July 16th- Ditchling Society; August 20th- Ditchling WI; September 17th- Friends of Village Green; October 15th- Ditchling Film Society; November 19th- Friends of St Margaret’s; December 17th- Ditchling Village Association.
Far from the Madding Crowd - 15th to 18th May, this production began last night, the director, Steve Thurley, and the cast have been working extremely hard. Working hard behind the scenes also are Ian Clayton who has, as usual, been creating some wonderful items for the set and our stage manager, Sue Hanna, and her team have been scouring the local area for props (including a coffin!). On top of this there is live music from a local band, so there’s a lot to look forward to with this production. Tickets are on sale now from Clifford Dann, High Street, and Ditchling. Telephone: 01273 843344.
Ditchling Film Society 23 May the film will be The Salt of Life which is not only a continuation of Gianni Di Gregorio’s beguiling low-budget hit, Mid-August Lunch, but is also a commentary on men and ageing. Gianni Di Gregorio plays a rather gloomy house-husband in late middle age disenchanted with his marriage and dominated by his formidable, demanding mother. Director: Gianni Di Gregorio. Italy 2011. 90 mins. 12A cert.
Tel: 07887 535638
On Sunday, 19 May the Refuse Freighter will be in Truggers from 10 until 11 am before moving on to Finches Field in Pease Pottage where it will be from 11.10 am until 12.10 pm. All household and garden rubbish can be disposed of at the freighter but no computer equipment. Also, please remember that if the freighter is not there, do not leave your rubbish. I would also remind you that this service is no longer being provided by West Sussex County Council but our own Parish Council, with the cost being met from the Precept. As such, the Parish Council will be monitoring how well the service is used so it is another case of ‘use it or lose it’!
Also on Sunday, there is a Wedding Fair in the village should we have any couples in the process of planning their special day! It is being in the Wild Garden on the Hyde Estate from 11 am until 4pm. If you would like further information, please contact Jackie Church on 01444 221587 or 07910733918; alternatively, have a look at the website www.hydeweddings.co.uk to see what a beautiful setting this is.
The WI@Handcross will be holding their Resolutions Meeting on Tuesday, 21 May in All Saints Church by the bridge in Handcross from 7.30 pm. The topic of the meeting will be ‘The Decline of our High Streets’.
I am sure that the lovely weather we enjoyed over the recent Bank Holiday weekend has put us in mind of a long hot summer and with summer comes Handcross Association’s Fun Day, which this year is being held on Saturday, 6 July from 12 noon. If you would like to have a stall on the day, either on behalf of an organisation you are a member of, or for yourself, please get in touch with Lesley Read on 400301. As a taster of what will be on offer, The Raptors (birds of prey) will be there as will Smoothie Bikes, which will give you an opportunity to make your own smoothies, along with many more, I’m sure, both new and some old favourites.
With the hope of moving more into spring and dare I say it, summer, if you hurry, you might still be able to book a seat on the Community Bus for the trip to Eton Dorny on Tuesday, 21 May. The Bus will be leaving Nyman’s car park at 11 am and departing for the return journey at 4 pm. The fare is £11 and entrance to Dorny Court is £7.50. If you are interested, give Christina a call on 400212 or call in and see her at the Hardware Shop to see if there are any spaces left.
As promised, there is more information available regarding the Parish Council’s Annual Parish Meeting which is next Thursday, 23 May in the Pavilion; refreshments will be available from 7pm with the meeting due to start at 7.30pm. Apart from hearing from the Parish Council as to what has occurred over the past 12 months, Tom Warder from Action in Rural Sussex will be talking about Community Land Trusts and Brendan O’Neill from rCOH will be there to talk about how the Neighbourhood Plan can provide a new community hall for the village without large-scale development, something none of us want. Please, do make a note in your diaries of this meeting and I look forward to seeing many of you there on the night.
Tel: 07522 279688
The Adastra Hall Management Committee are having a Table Top Sale/Coffee morning on Saturday 18th May at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Entrance fee 30p. Tables cost £10.00. To reserve a table telephone Sylvia Howard on 01273 846763. Proceeds from this event will go towards maintenance of the hall.
Christian Aid Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday 18th May at the United Reformed Church, Keymer Road. There will be various stalls, a raffle and refreshments.
Adastra Bowling Club are having an Open Day on Saturday 18th May commencing 2pm where members of the public from the age of eight upwards are cordially invited to come along and try their hand at bowls. “All equipment will be supplied by the Club, all we ask is that you wear flat shoes with no heels – trainers are acceptable.” Please contact James Avery on 01273 843399 for more information.
Downlands Communtiy School Quiz Night on Friday 17th May - Teams are required with a maximum of 6 members. Tickets at £3.00 per head are available from the school reception. Bring your own refreshments - prize for the most amazing “spread”. The PTA are raising funds for a new minibus and would welcome community support.
Hassocks WI will be meeting at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road at 7.45pm on Monday 20th May where ‘The Chelsea Flower Show comes to Hassocks!’
The Annual Meeting of Hassocks Parish Council takes place on Tuesday 21 st May at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre, Adastra Park, Hassocks. Members of the public are welcome to attend. There will be an Open Forum where the public will have the opportunity to raise any local issues.
The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café, takes place on Wednesday 22nd May at the Pauline Thaw Centre, Dale Avenue from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.
De-Café is an evening support group for people living with dementia, their carers, friends and family to meet people who are in a similar situation. It offers the opportunity to talk and learn from each other, receive support and advice from staff and volunteers of the Alzheimer’s Society, and to generally enjoy a social evening in a safe and secure environment, with light bites and sometimes live entertainment.For further information please contact Dawn Fairbrother on 01403 750485 or 07720 948990.
“If you are going to the ‘NIGHT OF VARIETY’ on Friday 7th June at the Adastra Hall in Hassocks why not join in the fun of our competition for the best hat or crown decorated in red, white and blue. Friends and neighbours want to celebrate our Queen’s 60th anniversary of her Coronation with this fun competition during the interval - a small prize for each category! Tickets go on sale from Monday 27th May at Pavilion Electrics in Keymer Road, Hassocks or by ringing 01273 845291 - please come along and join us!”
Adastra Hall recently launched their new website www.adastrahall.co.uk which you can click on to find all the information you may need regarding the Adastra Hall including the telephone number and email address for booking the hall. The website shows its history, regular users, frequently asked questions, facilities, Gallery, What’s On and map and directions. Anyone booking the hall for an event who would like to advertise this on the ‘What’s On’ section, please email Sylviahoward@Tinyonline.co.uk with full details such as what the event is, date, time and any entry charge. Further details of many more events can also be found at hassocks-online.co.uk
If you would like details of your organisation’s events published in this column, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message (voice or text) on 07522 279688. Written items can also be left with Orion News - Hassocks, QD Stationery or the Best One store in Keymer Parade – Keymer. Items for inclusion should be received no later than 10 days prior to the date of publication.
HURSTPIERPOINT HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY meets on the last Friday of each month at the Guide HQ next to Trinity Road car park. “Our next meeting will be on Friday 31 May at 7.45pm when Tony Pratt will give an illustrated talk on the Wey and Arun Canal, following our short AGM. Admission is free to members, £3 to non-members and £2 to members of other historical or geographical societies. Members of our Society will be visiting the Wey and Arun Canal on Saturday 13 July. If you haven’t already signed up and want to come please let me know as soon as possible - I need to confirm the booking very soon. Society members only and numbers are restricted to 30.” Chairman, Bill Kent, tel 02173 832280.
PLANT SALE - Saturday 18th May, 10 - 12pm at Harvesters, Albourne Road (opposite allotments). Perennials, annuals and vegetable plants. All for sale in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice. Entrance £1 to include coffee.
Lindfield Christian Care Home will be having their Annual Plant & Cake Sale on Saturday 18th May from 10am to 12 noon in their beautiful gardens in Compton Road, Lindfield. “There will be bedding plants, vegetables and herbs and hardy herbaceous perennials for sale at very competitive prices, plus free admission, free gardening advice and leaflets available. Refreshments and delicious cakes will also be for sale. If wet we have plenty of cover!”
May film Show: King Edward Hall, Lindfield. “Our last film show for this season is “LIFE OF PI”. Date is Thursday 16 May. Time 7.45pm. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets on sale at Tufnells in the High Street, Lindfield and cost £6 including refreshments. Tickets can also be reserved by calling Jennie on 01444 483431.”
Tel: 01825 722348
The market will be open on Friday 17th in the Village Hall,from 10 to 11am, hopefully there will be a good selection of bedding plants available, plus a wide selection of cooked savoury items, cakes and local cheese, eggs as well as preserves. You can also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
Sunday Services will be Holy Communion at 8am and Informal Morning Worship at 10.30am, lifts are available to church, please telephone in advance 722 582.
The Village Green is looking rather splendid with all the different flags flying: great to see the Sussex blowing in the wind.
Tel: 01273 890219
PLUMPTON MILL GARDENS OPEN DAY – Sunday 19th May. In aid of St Peter & St James Hospice. Gates open 2pm. Cream teas, tombola, mill tours, plant sales, stalls. Advance tickets only: £7.50 adults, £2.50 children under 16 years. For tickets contact Reg Lanaway 01273 890 070 or Carole/Paul Nicholson 01273 891 725, or email email@example.com.
TASTE OF SUSSEX – 24th May, All Saints Church Annexe, from 7.30pm. Beer tasting and humorous tales with Ian Burgess, head brewer and joint owner of WJ King of Horsham, brewer of beers including the international prize-winning Old Ale and the premium bitter Festival. Tickets £10 including ploughman’s supper from the village stores, the Gardeners Arms in Lewes and the Fountain Inn, Plumpton.
PLANT SALE – table top plant sale throughout the season to raise funds for the Plumpton Voluntary Driving Scheme. Baskets of primulas, primroses, hanging baskets and pots. 2 Inholmes Cottages, Station Road (just north of the Fountain).
Tel: 01444 831027
This weekend Stacey White (nee Postlethwaite), will reach the grand old age of 30. From everyone at Scaynes Hill Village Club and all her friends in the village we wish you a very happy birthday.
Deadline: The deadline for submitting the Housing Needs Survey is Friday 17
May. It is important that you have your say so please do your best to complete and return your form.
Judo Juniors: A Junior Judo ‘Closed in-house’ Competition was held at the Mid Sussex Martial Arts School (MSMAS) in Scaynes Hill to introduce a few of the Junior Judo Novices to the Judo ‘tournament experience’ in their own Dojo, complete with British Judo Association Referee and Time Keeper to allow an authentic atmosphere. A good day was had by all. For more information about the Mid Sussex Martial Arts School check them out at www.msmas.org/index.php
Scaynes Hill FC Awards Night: The annual Scaynes Hill Football Awards Night will be on Friday 24 May at the Scaynes Hill Village Club. All footballers and supporters are invited to go along for a fun evening.
Tel: 01444 471295
VILLAGE SIGNS will the subject of an illustrated talk at the Wivelsfield Historical Society meeting tonight on the 16th May in Wivelsfield Village Hall from 8.00pm. The talk by John Chisholm will concentrate on villages within an approximate radius of 15 miles. The speaker has been an active member of the Village Sign Society for 10 years and is the local representative of the Society for both East and West Sussex and also Surrey. He has visited and photographed all the signs in these three regions. Expect to hear details of each local sign and what the symbols and designs represent. Cost (including refreshments) are members £1 and non members £2.50. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Any questions please phone 01444 471242 : Paula Wood.
WIVELSFIELD FILMS on Sunday 19th May --- Life of Pi (PG). The versatile Ang Lee brings Yaun Martel’s tale of shipwreck on the big screen in magnificent fashion. Doors/bar 7.00pm and the film starts 7.30pm. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks will be served before the film and during the interval. Tickets on the door (if not sold out), in advance from the Post Office & Village Stores or The Cock Inn or online via the Facebook page for Wivelsfield Films.
CAFE CHURCH on Sunday 19th May at 9.30am in Wivelsfield Village Hall. “Join us for coffee & croissants from 9.00am.”
SUSSEX BONSAI GROUP on Wednesday 22nd May at 8.00pm in Wivelsfield Village Hall when there will be a demonstration on Maples by Ken Norman. For more information please contact Barry McMenamin on 01444 243533 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sussexbonsaigroup.co.uk
CHURCH SUMMER FETE Saturday 22nd June 2pm – 4.30pm at Fanners, Wivelsfield Green. The date is creeping up on us quickly now! We need helpers in setting up on the Friday evening and packing up on the day. Volunteers are needed to help with Car Parking, the Stalls and with the refreshments. The more we have the less work everyone will have to do! In addition, gifts for the stalls, raffle and bottles for the tombola can be left in the church. Cakes will be needed on the morning. Any queries to Robert Wood on 01444 471242 or email@example.com.
VILLAGE DAY Parade on Saturday 13th July: the theme this year is “Feeling Lucky”– Wicked Youth Club (and others) are in need of trailers to decorate as floats. They would be needed ahead of the day to be decorated. If you have a trailer you could loan for this, please contact Sarah Cox on 07971 175394 or 01444 471260 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.wivelsfieldvillageday.org.uk
bridge club news
ADUR VALLEY BRIDGE CLUBS: Keymer, Tuesday 7th May, North/South 1 Maureen Shillaker & Claire Coghlin 2= Jean Gilbert & Arthur Percival 2= Sheena Wood & Sue Cottrell 4 Ann Nelson & Christina Withnell. East/West 1 Jennifer Atchison & Janet Millman 2 Margaret May & Jane Warne 3 Jenny & Ken Morgan 4 Brian Cooper & John Hutchings. Full results on www.adurbridge.org.uk
BURGESS HILL BRIDGE CLUB: Results for 11 May - 1. Mr & Mrs Kelly 2. Mrs C Backholer & Mrs L Reeve 3. Mrs V Allen & Mrs M Kidman.
WEALD BRIDGE CLUB: results for Friday 10 May, 1st Mrs S Cottrell & Mrs C Withnell, 2nd Mr & Mrs Kelly, =3rd Mrs M Mann & A Kidman =3rd R Hopperton & Mrs L Mence.
West Sussex Bridge Club: Results for week ending Friday May 10. Monday evening 1st John Giggins & Leon Northeast 2nd Chris Jago & Rob Harris 3rd Peter Collins & Ian Watt Tuesday evening 1st Valerie Austin & Caroline Exall 2nd Mary Rimmer & Heather Barker 3rd Robin Parris & Peter Griffin Wednesday evening 1st Dave Nastaszczuk & Philip Hunt 2nd=Ivan Yeatman & Catherine Yeatman 2nd=Chris Jago & Peter Collins Thursday afternoon 1st Roy Hamilton & Rosalie Husson 2nd Robert Hirst & Jack Dunnett 3rd=Gordon Glover & Charles Endean 3rd=Peter Collins & Robin Parris.
ring june on 07730534049
We are missing a pure white longhaired elderly cat from London Road, Burgess Hill. His distraught owner believes he may be dead as he’s suffering from some distressing ailments. Full description details below.
CASPER Very longhaired 15-year-old male neutered cat. Nearly blind. Has kidney problems. His eyesight isn’t too good. Is also suffering from dementia. White coat. Microchipped. Missing from London Road, Burgess Hill.
MISSING Cock African grey parrot. All grey with a red tail. Very tame. Missing from London Road, Burgess Hill.
ROLY Very fat grey and white domestic rabbit. Very friendly. Missing from Franklands Village.
SPOOKY Female spayed cat. Black. White front paws. White on either side of nose, white streak on face, white on tummy. Shorthaired. Small timid microchipped. Missing from Starling Close, Burgess Hill.
STOP PUPPY FARMING If you have purchased a puppy from an outlet selling more than one breed, chances are it could be a puppy farm. If your dog is showing health or behaviour problems, please ring JUNE on the number given above. All calls in strict confidence.
by Hugh Thomas
APRIL: There were considerable changes of temperature but, overall, it was a cold month with rainfall and sunshine close to average. With the NE/E winds of March continuing from Monday the 1st to Saturday the 13th, it has seldom been colder in April with the mean temperature close to the average for late February. It was particularly cold, especially by day, from the 3rd to 5th with a notable wind-chill effect again. On the 3rd and 4th, the max of 40F (4.2C) was the lowest for those dates for 50 years. On both days there were some light snow showers. After the 5th, it was a little less cold by day, although the 7th saw the coldest night of the month with a min of 27F (-3.0C). None of this could rival the 14th of April in 1966 when, after a heavy snowfall, the max was 34F (0.9C). From the 8th, the high pressure block from Greenland to NW Russia started to weaken. The easterly winds continued; the temperature by day remained below average but Atlantic lows now affected the South. A wet spell followed from the 8th to 13th, with 17mm of rain on the 13th and altogether nearly two inches of rain (46mm) over the six days. A dramatic change then took place as a strong southerly wind came in and the max for the 14th was 68F (20C), which was 13F higher than on the 13th. The long cold spell which had lasted from the 10th of March was over. The maximum had been below average for 35 days in succession, which was a record for the time of year since 1950. The second half of the month saw great variations of temperature; it was mostly dry and increasingly sunny. It was very warm at times notably on the 25th, when the max of 69F (20.5C) was the highest since the 15th September. Other days, especially from the 26th, were still very cold notably on the 28th with a max of 55F (12.5C). The warm days in the second half did not prevent it from being a cold month and it was the coldest April since 1989. Before that, however, many Aprils were colder. Most of the month, especially the second half, was dry but the one wet spell from the 8th to 13th brought the rainfall total up to just over two inches (55mm), which was only 3% below average. The first half of the month was dull but the second half was mostly sunny and sunshine was also only 3% below average.
The local Volunteer Centre provides a free service, helping to link people who want to volunteer with organisations who need volunteers. We work out of venues in both Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath and appointments can be booked to discuss your individual requirements. Here’s a selection of vacancies available.
The Cherry Tree Activity Centre needs a pianist to play background music for older people during lunch time and at other times of the day. They also need volunteers to help out in the Activity Centre with meeting and greeting centre users, helping with the day’s activities, chatting with centre users and helping to serve lunches. If you enjoy working with older people and have a couple of hours spare during the week they would love to hear from you. Also do you have a practical skill or a talent that you could demonstrate? Don’t be shy - show your skill to an interested audience!
Sussex Nightstop is a charity that works directly with young homeless people between the ages of 16-25. Their aim is to provide a range of accommodation, including emergency placements, for young people who are homeless or in housing need. They are currently looking for volunteer hosts to offer a room with evening meal and breakfast to a young person who is homeless. All expenses are covered.
Hurst Community Shop: requires more volunteers to help in its Hurstpierpoint shop.
St Catherine’s Hospice urgently needs more volunteers to help in its Haywards Heath shop.
Lindfield Cricket Club needs more volunteers to be cricket scorers, umpires and assistant groundsmen.
Tree of Hope provides grants to transform the lives of sick children and empower families in Kent and Sussex. They are looking to recruit a trustee and a treasurer to help them in their work.
These are just some of the ways you can get involved. You can find out more by going online as volunteering opportunities can be found at: www.do-it.org.uk Information about volunteering opportunities provided by Volunteer Centre, Burgess Hill, 01444 870711.