GIANTS OF STEAM: are at the Bluebell Railway this Friday (October 28) through to Sunday (October 30). An intensive timetable will operate, along with a visiting engine--LNER Society B12 from North Norfolk Railway and the Bluebell Railway’s own No. 73082 “Camelot”, Q class No. 30541, and S class No. 847 will be on duty. The Atlantic House will be open both days; this is usually closed to the public so this is an opportunity to have a look at the building of the Railway’s brand new locomotive; Atlantic Class “Beachy Head”. There will be a free vintage bus service from Brighton and Lewes to Sheffield Park on Sunday October 30. For more information visit www.bluebell-railway.com/event/giants-of-steam/.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
‘THE LOST VILLAGE OF TIDE MILLS’: is the subject of the Women’s Institute meeting on Tuesday November 1 at 7.45pm. The speaker Kevin Gordon will give the most interesting illustrated talk. The door is always open to visitors and prospective new members for a small charge of £3.
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 email@example.com. 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 like to book a seat please call Jane on 01273 400632.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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