Village News - February 5

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This is the latest round-up of village news from across the Mid Sussex area. If you have any local news please get in contact with the correspondents mentioned below.


Karen Adams

Tel: 07789485167


Ardingly Country Market will be closed on Thursday 19th February whilst the Hall Committee carry out essential maintenance. The Country Market normally trades every Thursday in Hapstead Hall from 10:00 until 11:00 am. We have a wide range of goods available and refreshments.

You are warmly invited to a Coffee & Hug fundraising event for St Catherine’s Hospice on Valentine’s Day, Saturday 14th February from 10am until 12 noon. Come and experience the calm and relaxing atmosphere at the Koorana Centre, Street Lane, Ardingly, whilst enjoying coffee, tea and cake, and supporting a great local charity.

Ardingly Parish Council are pleased to report that the Ardingly Neighbourhood Plan will be moving forward to Referendum. The date of the Referendum has been confirmed as Thursday, 5th March 2015 and the polling station will be located at Hapstead Hall, High Street, Ardingly. Further details to follow next week.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800


BALCOMBE GARDENERS’ ASSOCIATION - Please be advised that our AGM will now take place on Friday 27 February at 8.00 pm in Bramble Hall which is a change from the date published in the Gardeners’ Association Year Book.

The WI meet on Thursday 5 February at 2.30 pm in the Victory Hall.

HALF MOON BOOK CLUB meet on Thursday 5 February at 7.30 pm in the Half Moon.

LOCUS Youth Club meet on Friday 6 February 6.30 – 8.00 pm in the Parish Room.

BALCOMBE SCHOOL PTA’s Curry & Quiz night tickets are on sale now from Ros on 811339. This popular event takes place on Friday 6 February at 7.30 pm in the School Hall.

There will be a SILENT AUCTION in St. Mary’s raising money for the church refurbishment on Saturday 7 February. VIEWINGS and BIDS between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm with Light Refreshments. Please bring Items / Promises to the Church on

Friday 6 February between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm or by alternative arrangement - contact The Rectory on 01444 811249. We would be grateful for any quality items in respectable condition and in good working order, of any value, as well as offers of Promises that you would like to donate to help raise funds for the refurbishment of our Parish Church.

QUIZ – Pam and Barrie are back in the Balcombe Club on Sunday 8 February at 8.00 pm. Teams of four and £2 per person.

There will be a PARISH COUNCIL MEETING on Wednesday 11 February at 8.00 pm in Bramble Hall.

STONEY LANE between London Road and Paddockhurst Lane – access is temporarily prohibited from Thursday 5 February for 1 day between 7:30 am and 6:00 pm for carriageway patching (div route : London Road, Haywards Heath Road, Mill Lane, Paddockhurst Lane and vice versa).

PADDOCKHURST LANE between Stoney Lane and Mill Lane - access is temporarily prohibited from Friday 6 February for 1 day between 7:30am and 6:00pm for carriageway patching (div route : Mill Lane, Haywards Heath Road, London Road, Stoney Lane and vice versa).

FOXWELLS – access is temporarily prohibited from Tuesday 17 February for 1 day between 7:30am and 6:00pm for carriageway resurfacing (No div applicable as cul de sac).

CINEMA - The Hundred Foot Journey” starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri and Manish Dayal will be shown on Friday 13 February starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets are on sale now in Threads.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH Sunday 8 February 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist

Burgess Hill

Royal British legion woman’s section Burgess Hill We started our new year meeting with our president Celia Baker reciting the exhortation and then going on the wish every one a happy New Year. As this was a group 3 meeting she also welcomed our other Women’s Section branches from Ditchling, Hassocks and Cowfold. Sarah Voice, group 3 chairman opened the meeting reading the minutes from previous meeting. These were approved and seconded. Each attending branch then went on to give a a resume on their recent fundraising events and the activities they have carried out in the past few months.

Our speaker for the evening was Mr.Garry Baines who gave us a very interesting talk about Shoreham Fort. Along with other fund raisers they’re trying to restore the fort back to its originality of 1857. This is a fitting tribute to the First Sussex Artillery volunteers who maned the fort. All work carried out is totally dependant on volunteers. One man spent 18 months cleaning a wall with a tooth brush to restore it to it’s former glory. If you are in Shoreham this fort is certainly worth a visit. The next meeting will be held at the Royal British Legion hall on Monday 16th February. Our speaker will be Mrs Mavis Slater who will be talking about how she raises funds and her travels to her charity that she supports in Uganda New members are always welcome just come along and see if you would like to join you can contact our chairman Sarah Voce on 01444 246658 Bingo night will be at 7.30 on the 3rd wednesday of every month at the Cyprus hall Burgess Hill, please come along you are more than welcome


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


AFTERNOON TEA AND INFORMATION MEETING this Saturday (February 7) is at the village hall from 2.30pm to 5pm. It is free and organised by the Horticultural Society and everyone is welcome, young and old, those with skills in gardening, cookery and handicrafts and those who would like to acquire such skills. The Society would very much like more people in the village to be involved and are interested in your suggestions for future activities; so that they can make their shows and social events of interest to you.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. The recent open day was very successful; with some good, positive feedback. There was an excellent choice of soups for lunch and homemade cakes were to the usual high standard. Thanks go to everyone who helped with the food and the organisation and particularly to Nicola Lack. Thanks go also to the bell ringers for their contribution at the start, the church choir and Andy Rees (the church organist) for music during the morning and to Terry Bryant for playing his guitar through lunchtime.

FREE CHURCH this Sunday starts with breakfast at 9.30am before the service at 10.30am; where entertaining street preacher Derek Heyman will be speaking. There is also a service at 6.30pm with Giles Woodcraft.

EARLY OPENING at Sheffield Park and Garden on Wednesday February 11 at 8am; normal admission charges apply. This is an opportunity to experience and photograph the early morning wildlife, frost and mist.

VILLAGE INFORMATION POINT session is, at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, South Chailey, on Friday February 13 from 10am to midday. The Parish Clerk will be there and assist with any questions you may have.

OPEN GARDENS St Peter & St James Hospice’s Open Gardens this year will run from 30 May until September. The Hospice is hoping that this year will be even more successful with a guaranteed 40 gardens taking part to mark its 40th anniversary. Last year there were different kinds of gardens involved, from luxurious estates, herb gardens to themed settings and trails. St Peter & St James are encouraging everyone to get involved and all types of gardens are welcome; as each year new gardens are needed to keep the programme appealing. Will you support the Hospice by opening your garden? If you would like to open a garden or just want to know more please contact Carol Hughes, in Fundraising, on 01444 471598 by Friday February 13.

VALENTINE RAFFLE, organised by the Bonfire Society, is at the Horns Lodge and tickets are available at the bar. The raffle will be drawn on Friday February 13 at 9pm.

VALENTINE RACE NIGHT organised by the Friends of St Peters Church takes place at the village hall on Saturday February14. Tickets are available from Teresa Wenban (on 01825 722586) and cost £10 to include a meal. A bar will be available.

NATIONAL NATURE RESERVES IN EAST SUSSEX will be the subject of the talk, at the Commons Society meeting, on Thursday February 19 at 7.30pm at the village hall. Malcolm Emery the Senior Reserves Manager at East Sussex National Nature Reserves, at Friston, will talk about managing the reserves. Refreshments will be served and visitors welcome.

HALF TERM KITE MAKING WORKSHOPS take place from Monday February 16 to Friday February 20 from 11am to 12.30pm at Sheffield Park. Younger visitors can join in and make their own paper kite to fly in the parkland and so tick off number 7 on their 50 Things list. The cost is £2.50 per child, which includes all materials.

QUIZ EVENING to raise funds for the restoration of Maunsell Dining Saloon No. 7864 is on February 21 starting at 7.30pm at, the Bessemer Arms, Sheffield Park Station. The Bluebell Railway Preservation Society Social Sub-Committee, in conjunction with the Maunsell No. 7864 Group, will present the quiz. Tickets cost £12 to include an evening meal; tables of up to 6, you can either enter a team or join a table on the night. For tickets call 01737772811 or e-mail

VITALITY BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON is on Sunday February 22, the registration fee is £30 and the minimum sponsorship target is £250. If you would like to take part in this event and raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation please call them on 01825 724752 as soon as possible.

THANKS to those who advertised in Chailey Cricket Club fixture book last year namely Chailey Garage, The Horns Lodge, JB Decorating, May Cottage Tea Rooms, McColl’s South Chailey Stores, Murco Service Station, Townings Farm Shop, Worldwide Mailing Solutions and Your Safari. The fixture book for this year is being compiled and if you would like to advertise in it and so support the Cricket Club please call David on 01273 890777. The cost of advertising is £25 for a full page (A5) and £15 for a half page.

YOUTH GROUP Thanks go to Gemma Kybert for all that she has done for Chailey Youth Group as their chairman and lead in everything that they have done for the past 11 years. It is with great sadness that she is stepping aside; to run the charity Oscar’s Wish Foundation in memory of her baby boy born sleeping. Thanks also go to Gemma’s mother, Tracey Gunes, who has been a dedicated member of the Committee for many years. Due to the increasing cost and difficulty involved in her childcare arrangements, whilst volunteering with the Group, she too is unable to carry on. It is hoped that the Group can continue with lots of fresh ideas and as such this is a turning point to find a new dedicated team of people to take the Group forward. If you think you might be interested in assisting the Group please contact Gemma at


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236

Ditchling St Peter & St James Hospice - In the absence of a support group in Ditchling, the Ditchling Players are kindly sponsoring the annual Quiz in support of the Hospice.Other details remain the same:-Ditchling Village Hall Friday 27th Feb 7pm for 7.30 start. Teams of 8 max. £12-00 per head,please contact Henry Upshall Tel.01273842100 or

League of Friends Princess Royal Hospital - Raising money through fund raising or donations is something that many of us have been involved in. We are privileged to have many active people within our community who are keen to run, walk or cycle, to name a few activities, and also many generous people who are willing to donate to worthy causes.Many of us want to associate with how our fund raising money is being spent and what benefits are being delivered. The work of the League of Friends of the Princess Royal Hospital directly benefits our local community and has enabled £2m to be spent to improve the hospital equipment and facilities for patients including state of the art intensive care beds, a new Rapid Access Medical Unit and a Discharge Lounge.The League of Friends, a team of volunteers with complementary skills, engages in a variety of fund raising initiatives and events throughout the year as well as co-ordinating donations. The main source of income is from the hospital Coffee Shop that is staffed mainly by volunteers. The League then works with key hospital staff to determine where and how donations are spent to improve the facilities for the benefit of patients and staff. The current Chairman of the League of Friends, has been reflecting on his time with the League of Friends. “We have certainly raised more money over recent years, especially from sales in the Coffee Shop. This is needed as medical equipment advances, and the demands on the NHS increase along with patients’ expectations. We also need to fund alterations in the utilisation of various parts of the hospital“We now have a website to promote our activities, and will soon be developing a publicity stand in the front of the hospital so our work is communicated to patients and visitors”As the Chairman steps down, the League needs a replacement to take us into new fields of business development and “selling ourselves”. We feel that someone whose career had been in business or sales would be ideal. The League needs to maximise the role we play to support the hospital and the Chairman’s is becoming much more hands-on. We hope that someone from Mid Sussex is ready to take on this challenge. The mission for the future is to recruit new volunteers to serve in the Coffee Shop, attract more customers and raise the profile of our fund raising campaign which includes a Spring Ball on February 28th at Wickwoods, Albourne. We always provide support for other fundraising activities if you are kind enough to volunteer to ensure we can continue to support our local hospital. Find out more: or


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638


The Women’s Institute will be meeting on Monday afternoon from 2.30 pm in the Parish Hall. The meeting is open to non-members and guests, so if you are free that afternoon, why not go along and see what it is all about – I can assure you it isn’t all ‘Jam and Jerusalem’!

I appreciate it is some time ago now that we were asked to purchase poppies in aid of the Royal British Legion but I have now learnt how much the Handcross Branch raised - £6,630.32! I understand that this is slightly up on last year; thanks go to all those who contributed, either by donation or collection, and to those shops, pubs and offices that had boxes or tins on their premises. Whilst many still think of the Royal British Legion in terms of the First and Second World Wars, it is an organisation that is being called upon more and more these days to help and support those service men and women who have been injured or traumatised in recent conflicts such as Afghanistan and the Gulf Wars so please do continue to support them whenever you can.

Are you still looking to find something ‘new’ to do for 2015? If you are, you might be interested in joining the Handcross Community Choir. They meet during term times between 6.30 and 7.30 pm on a Friday in the Upper Room of the Hardware Shop (entrance round the back of the Shop). By all accounts, you don’t necessarily have to have the voice of an angel, jus the ability to sing and enjoy yourself! If you are interested in joining, go along one Friday, the cost is just £2 per session towards the hire of the room and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a cup of tea or coffee along with a biscuit or cake involved at some stage! I understand that they are planning a concert on Saturday, 28 March in the Parish Hall; I will let you know nearer the time the full details but you might want to make a note in your diary in the meantime.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136


Hassocks Field Society will be meeting on Monday 9th February in Adastra Hall, Keymer Road at 7.45pm.where Ian Gledhill will be giving a talk entitled “The Transport of the Masses, the story of the train”. Visitors welcome £2.00

Pembury House Garden, New Road, Clayton, will be open daily Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th February from 11.00am to 4.00pm for Snowdrop and early Hellebores as part of the National Garden Scheme. All the proceeds go to the NGS charities, which include MacMillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care. Parking will be clearly signed in Clayton with only Blue Badge parking at the house and the rest at the car park at Clayton Village Green (BN6 9PJ). Plants, preserves and light refreshments for sale. Adult Entry is £5.00 with children and dogs on leads free. The garden is always cold in winter and invariably muddy, so winter attire is a must. The garden is designed to be wheelchair friendly with good access around the house but the ground may be soft elsewhere. Further details can be found at

Hassocks Horticultural Society meet on Wednesday 11th February at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road at 7.45pm for 8.00pm. The guest speaker this month is David Lang from Lewes. He will present an illustrated talk entitled “Chile – a Long, Thin Journey” covering his journey from Santiago to Cape Horn. Lots of flowers, birds and animals. Visitors welcome. Admission £1.50 members, £2.50 visitors, price includes refreshments.

Royal British Legion Women’s Section – meet on Thursday 12th February at 3.00pm in the Royal British Legion Clubhouse, Woodlands Road, Hassocks. Today’s speaker is from Blind Veterans. (formerly St Dunstans)

The next Star Cinema is on Friday 13th February in Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks. This month’s film is “What we Did on our Holiday” (cert 12A) starring Billy Connolly, David Tennant, Celia Imrie and Rosamund Pike. Doors open 7.00pm. with the film starting at 7.30pm. Refreshments and raffle. Ticket prices are £4.00 for concessions and £4.50 for adults.

Further details of many more events in the area can also be found at

If you would like details of your organisations events published in this column, please email details to, or leave a message (voice or text) on 07889 141136. Items for inclusion should be received no later than 10 days prior to the date of publication.


Claire Richard

Tel 01273 834065


VOTE FOR HURST. You are reminded that your participation is vitally needed to influence the future of the village. The coming referendum requires a majority of support for the Neighbourhood Plan to succeed and be put in place. So every vote counts. It is a now or never decision, genuinely local control in action, which we should not pass up. The Secretary of State took the ultimate decision about 140 houses on Little Park Farm land by Iden Hurst. Only a voted in Neighbourhood Plan can offer us some control over our village’s future. Thursday 12th February from 7am to 10pm at the Village Centre. It is well worth spending a few minutes during your day, I will be, on your journey to work, to the shops, back from school, walking the dog and reminding others to do the same. Hurst will not be Hurst if it is built up beyond recognition and unacceptable pressures put on amenities.

YOUR UPCOMING EVENT PUBLISHED HERE? Just e-mail me at the address above, at least 10 days before the date of publication wanted, or even earlier if possible. No charge is made. You can also get it posted on the Hassocks and Hurst information website which also has a What’s On section at


Saturday 7 Feb – Lindfield Horticultural Society will hold a Coffee Morning and Plant Sale from 10.00 – 12.00 in the Jubilee Room, King Edward Hall. All welcome. Entry £1.

Wednesday 11 February - Lindfield Horticultural Society will have a talk by Sarah Carlisle – Contemporary Planting in an Amenity Environment. Sarah Carlisle is the Nursery Manager at Brighton and Hove City Council’s Stanmer Nursery. She also works as their in house soft landscaping designer and consults on potential projects. They are currently working on a bid to develop the Stanmer Estate & revamp the nursery site. In the King Edward Hall at 8pm. Members £1, visitors £2. All welcome.


Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348


Newick Country Market will be open on Friday morning from 10 till 11 am in the Village Hall,there is a good selection of local vegetables n homemade cakes, savoury items preserves, eggs, plus local cheese and charcuterie, hand made greetings cards, and knitted items, animal portraits , flowers. , you need to arrive early as many items sell out quickly ,you can also enjoy a coffee and tea.

Services this Sunday at St. Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by Morning Prayer at 10.30am.

Ash WEDNESDAY is on February 18th and Holy Communion will take place at St. Francis Church at BARCOMBE , Lent courses will commence on Thursday 26th February in the BARN CENTRE, this is a joint venture with St. Francis Church Barcombe 7 for 7pm start, Everyone will be post welcome.

The Afternoon Club will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm. the speaker is Ian Reekie, he will be talking about his recent experiences working for a charity based in the Rift Valley,Kenya, how this work is transforming lives and their communities there and given Ian an insight into a very different culture.Everyone made most welcome.

The Horticultural Society will be meeting on Thursday 12th in the Village Hall at 8pm, the speaker will be Mark Saunders his talk will be ‘ANNUALS but not BEDDING’, Mark is a very popular speaker , his lecture combines a colourful look at a wide range of beautiful flowering annuals with a practical demonstration on seed sowing techniques plus information on where to purchase seeds.,( no excuses this year for boring dull gardens), it is so important to have lovely colour plants in the summer, so why not pop along and gets some inspiration.

Dates of future events; Newick WI next meeting will be on Thursday 19th in the Community Centre at 7.45 pm their speaker will be June Felstead a member of the ALSAR Search Dogs Team.

Coffee Morning on Saturday morning 21st February in AID OF CAMP JABEZ at 10am in the Community Centre.

Newick Cinema next film show will be on Sunday 22nd in the Village Hall from 7pm, the film being THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY

Newick Neighbourhood Plan REFERENDUM on THURSDAY 26TH


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


INFORMATION EVENT is at Plumpton College this Saturday (February 7) from 9am to12.30pm. Pupils, parents and carers can explore with teaching staff the options and range of vocational courses at the College that can be combined with studying GCSEs while still at School, Academy or 6th Form College. For more information call 01273 890454.

PLUMPTON RACECOURSE on Monday February 9 there is an exciting card with £44,000 in prize money up for grabs. The day features the £500 Permanent Money Backs @ Handicap Hurdle Race. The gates will open at midday, with the first race at 2.20pm. If you would like to know more call 01273 890 383.

‘ART IN ANCINT EGYPT’ is the subject of Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting at the village hall on Tuesday February 10 at 2.15pm. The speaker, Lucia Gahlin, has taught Egyptology and is the author of Egypt: Gods, Myths and Religion. Lucia has worked extensively on the Amarna material in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London and at the archaeological site of Amarna, in Egypt, registering the small finds. These days she visits Egypt several times a year accompanying study tours and trips. Her areas of special interest are Ancient Egypt’s social history, settlement archaeology and popular religion. Visitors are most welcome and will have the chance to talk to the speaker; the cost is £7. For more details about the talk and/or the Society call the Membership Secretary on 01825 723250.

CIRCULAR WALK on Saturday February 14 is 5 miles around Framfield with an optional lunch at the Horse & Hounds. Meet the Footpath Society members at Framfield Church Lychgate (495 203) at 10am. There is limited parking at the Church but there is the option of parking at the Horse & Hounds if you are eating. The contact for this walk is John Pretty on 01825 763923.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Village Hall on Tuesday February 10 at 7.45pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

WORK OF THE REGISTRATION SERVICE Helena Goalen will outline the history of the service in England and Wales, how it has changed and what it offers today at the Women’s Institute meeting, at the village hall, on Wednesday February 11 at 7.30pm. The competition is ‘A Personal Wish’ which can take any format. For more information call Marilyn Nye on 01273 891323.

HAPPY CIRCLE Following the closure of the Care Club the monthly social contact I am sure is being missed by many. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who wishes to join the Happy Circle which meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 2 pm in All Saints’ church Annexe. The next meeting is Thursday February 12.

ASSISTANT LEADER for Cub Scouts is sought; the meetings take place on Thursday evenings at the Scout Hut, North Barnes Lane. If you would like to know more about the role call Rodney Hill on 01273 890410.

QUIZ NIGHT takes place at The Plough on Thursday February 12 starting at 8pm. Teams of up to 6 at £1.50 per person. For more details call Nicole on 01273 890311.

FREE TASTER DAYS for students in years 9-11 are available at Plumpton College from Monday February 16 to Thursday February 19. This is a chance to spend a day experiencing the subject of your choice. This experience will be supported by dedicated staff and is an ideal step in helping with career choices. For more information call 01273 890454.

JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall on Saturday February 21at 2pm in aid of the Horticultural Society. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated at the hall from 9am; do go along and see if you can pick up a bargain at 2pm. Along with jumble there will be a tombola and refreshments.

PANTOMIME 2015 A message from Terry Thompsett Chairman of Plumpton Pantomime Society ‘I would like to thank all those who in whatever way were involved in this year’s production, ‘Adventures in Pantoland’, our 40th year in the village. I am not critiquing the show as that might be construed as biased. The team required to put on a show is enormous from producer to tea lady, from director to follow spot and from wardrobe mistress to youngest dancer. Everybody plays an important and to my mind a crucial part. So thank you to you all on behalf of the Society. My thanks also go to the near capacity audiences who make all the hard work worthwhile’.

ZERO HEROES This scheme encouraged recycling of bottles, metal, paper and food waste and carried prizes in the form of grants for local projects. Plumpton scored well and has been rewarded with a grant of almost £4,000 which will be used to develop a woodland walk adjoining the play area at the playing field. This will be an ecologically welcoming area and include items to interest and educate the young, in particular, in nature studies.

Scaynes Hill

Sue Morton

Tel: 01444 831027


Anchor Café The Anchor Coffee Shop will be extending its coffee shop times from Tuesday 3rd February, to serve a light lunch of soup and bread. The coffee shop will be open as usual from 10am, but will be serving soup from 11:30am until 1pm.

Barn Dance There will be a Barn Dance on Saturday 28 February 2015 at the Millennium Centre. There will be a live band and a fish and chip supper for the very reasonable price of just £11.00 and £5.50 for under 13s. There will also be a licensed bar. For tickets or more information call Diane Elliott on 01444 831676

Charity Car Wash There will be a Charity Car Wash at the Scaynes Hill BP Service Station on Friday 13 February. The event will take place ALL day. Cars will get a free wash in exchange for a donation to Cancer Research. What a great idea!

Darts The Scaynes Hill Village Club Darts Team had their first victory of the season on Monday 26 January. This is a big event for the team since it their first victory this season. Well done team and may this be the start of something special!

Neighbourhood Policing Panel The Neighbourhood Policing Panel covers Lindfield, Ardingly, West Hoathly, Sharpthorne, Horsted Keynes, Scaynes Hill and Rural surrounds. The Panel is a group of local residents, not just Parish Councillors, who meet on a roughly 10 week schedule with the local Police Community Support Officer, Erica Baxter, at Haywards Heath Police Station. The meetings start at 7.30pm and last for about an hour and a half. They discuss any and all issues relating to crime and anti-social behaviour in our area. Erica advises on the various reported incidents that have arisen since the previous meeting and the Panel are able to highlight any concerns that they are aware of, which they feel would benefit from a review or investigation by the Police. Issues such as inconsiderate parking of vehicles, theft (of all types), anti-social behaviour, suspected drug use etc., are discussed. The Panel is open to anyone who feels they have a view about the relevant issues. If you are interested in finding out more or attending the next Panel meeting, which is currently scheduled for 7.30pm on Thursday 16 April 2015, then please contact PCSO Erica Baxter by email at and she will make all the necessary arrangements. To find out more about this article please check it out on the village website at

Quiz Night There will be a fundraising quiz on Saturday 14 February at Scaynes Hill Village Club. The quiz is in aid of Parkinson’s UK. Tickets cost just £2.50 and there is a maximum of 6 players per team. All money from the sale of tickets will go to Parkinson’s UK so please buy a ticket even if you can’t make it. Tickets can be bought from Martin King or at the bar in the club.

St Augustine’s Church News

Youth and Children Section

Sunday Children’s Programme Spring 2015

February Sunday 1st - 10am Sunday Club during service

Sunday 8th - 3:30pm Family Fun Church followed by a picnic tea

Sunday 15th - 10am All Age Communion (crèche available)

Sunday 22nd - 10am Sunday Club during service

Easter Holiday Club - this year the church are hoping to be able to run two mornings of holiday club on 1st April and 2nd April. Holiday clubs are a great way to reach children and their families in our community. Last Easter they had 37 children at the holiday club, which was brilliant. Could you help out by being on the holiday club team? There are all sorts of jobs including helping with refreshments. The holiday club can only run if they get enough help. Please contact Emily if you would like to help 07825235907 or

Youth News

HELP NEEDED!!! Could you help out at youth club with running the tuck shop once a month? Friday nights, 7:15pm-9:30pm

This term’s programme of events is as follows:-

6th February - THINK night

13th February - Pizza making and games

20th February– Half term no youth club

27th February - Quiz night

6th March - MYSTERY GUEST night

13th March –Mother’s day craft

20th March—End of term meal

For more information contact Emily at

Scaynes Hill Club Scaynes Hill Club, Church Road is a small, friendly, private members club. Membership is open for anyone to apply and gives one access to the club’s facilities and events. New members are always welcome. Here is a list of forthcoming events: - Saturday 7 February – French Cuisine Night. Saturday 14 February Parkinson’s UK Fundraising Quiz Night – Tickets are just £2.50 with a maximum of 6 per team. Tickets can be bought from Martin King or at the club.

WI The WI will be meeting on Wednesday 11 February at the Millennium Centre at 2.00pm. The guest speaker will be Ray Hale who will be speaking on the subject of ‘Jewels of South East Asia’. New members and guests are always welcome.


Richard Spencer

Tel: 01444 471295


WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE SHOWN AROUND Wivelsfield Hall. If so then for contact details for information concerning this great Hall and bookings information for Wivelsfield Village & Recreation Ground in Eastern Road RH17 7QH, please just contact Katie Awcock on 01444 470028 or 07582 470028 or email on

WEBSITE for the overall Wivelsfield Village Hall and the associated activities is

QUIZ NIGHT in Wivelsfield Village Hall tomorrow on Friday 6 February 2015 ....7.00 for 7.30pm in aid of Wivelsfield Parish Church Funds (Charity No.1130751 Teams of 6 members each using a ‘catchy name’ Tickets: £10 per head which include a fish & chips supper, tea and coffee ( Bring your own drink ). Contact: Lesley Wale (01444 457928)

BRIDGE and DELICIOUS AFTERNOON TEA on Wednesday 18th February at 2.00pm, being organised by the Wivelsfield Support Group of St Peter & St James Hospice & Continuing Care Centre, in Wivelsfield Village Hall - RH17 7QH To book a table @ £34 please contact Jean Whybro on 01444 415910, and for more details. Doors will open at 1.30pm and please bring your own cards & cloth. There will be a raffle. St Peter & St James Hospice & Continuing Care Centre Registered Charity no. 1056114.

YOUR LOCAL FILM SHOW from Wivelsfield Films is to be “HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY” (12A), on this coming Sunday the 8th February at 7.30pm, doors open and Bar from 7.00pm. In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavours of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognises Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing. Homemade cakes, magnum ices and drinks served before the film and during the interval. Tickets £6.00 on the door, in advance from the Post Office & Village Stores and The Cock Inn, OR online via the Facebook page for Wivelsfield Films OR

>>> Then our film on 8th March is to be “Mr.Turner” and then on 19th April “The Imitation Game”.

WIVELSFIELD’S HISTORY ---- a fascinating story !! “Manor Court Records” is the subject of the Wivelsfield Historical Society meeting on Thursday 19th February at 8.00pm in Wivelsfield Village Hall RH17 7QG, with Jeremy Clarke will being the speaker. Despite South-Malling being next to Lewes this is our ‘local’ manor with records containing information relating to a number of properties in Wivelsfield. These court books also demonstrate an impressive period for survival of records as they cover the period from 1333 to the early 20th century. The talk will cover the history of the manor, which at various times held land in the parishes of Worth, West Hoathly, Horsted Keynes, Ardingly, Lindfield, Wivelsfield, Ringmer and Chailey. This wide geographical spread of the manor has its own story to tell. Wivelsfield Historical Society was formed in November 1993 to foster interest in the history of Wivelsfield and Sussex.

COURT MEADOW GROUP RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION are pleased to announce their 8th Annual Charity Bridge Lunch (Chicago) is to be held on Tuesday 17th February from 11.00am to 3.00pm in Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road RH17 7QG. Entry fee £60.00 per table (to include a hot main dish, dessert, glass of wine and tea/coffee). To book and for more information please contact Carolyn Hawkins on 07985 588362 / 0845 2414346 or email for an application form and for further details. All standards of Bridge are welcome as long as you can make up a table of 4 players. Registered charity: 1073675

VALENTINES at WIVELSFIELD YOUTH GROUP This Group has an exciting schedule of activities that started on Tuesday 13th January and then goes through to the summer holiday. On February 10th the activity is to be Valentines, creating items for loved ones !! The Youth Group is free and open to all young people aged 7 to 12 in the Youth Room (attached to the Cricket Pavilion) from 6.30 to 8.00pm. For further information please do contact Alan Janes on 01444 471201.

A DROP-IN LUNCH CLUB FOR MUMS, DADS, GRANNIES and CARERS BRUNCH every Thursday from 12 noon to 2.00pm until 26th March ( except for half term week 19th February) at the hall at Otehall Chapel, adjoining the mini roundabout. Enjoy home-made soup and a roll while meeting new friends and chatting to old ones. Children are welcome (but not compulsory !!) and lunch will be provided for them and play-helpers are on hand to entertain them while you lunch. Cost: £3 per adult, £1 per child, with babies free. You are welcome to just drop in for a cup of coffee or tea. The entrance to Otehall Chapel Hall is via the side door and there is ample parking. Last meeting and Christmas party on Thursday 18th December. Please contact Sheila Blair on 01444 233937 for more information.

PARTY PIECES OLD TIME MUSIC Hall style entertainment on Saturday 7th March. This year with new acts and people and things you have never before seen on the Village Hall stage !! Book the date. Watch this space for more detail.

PILATES and FITNESS INTO 2015 -- Pilates and exercise classes, including stomach exercises !!!! On Thursday evenings in Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road RH17 7QG with Julie Craig Msc, Bsc (Hons), Dip PT and SMT 6.40pm : Complete Beginners Class, 7.30pm : Ultimate Stomach - To get that flat stomach, you have to burn the calories and put in the effort to see it! Motivating, high energy effective cardiovascular and toning exercises followed by the all important stomach and back exercises ! --- 8.20pm : Pilates - Intelligent exercise, profound results. One of the safest forms of exercise. The perfect way to introduce yourself in to exercise or the perfect complement to an existing exercise regime. Benefits are many : Flatten stomach, improves posture, tones muscles, decreases back pain and injury risk and improves flexibility. Everyone from the complete exercise novice to the elite athlete should be doing PILATES !! Dynamic Toning Pilates involves more muscular conditioning exercises and is done at a quicker pace. PREBOOKING is essential. You will not get a place if you do not book. Please call or text Julie on 07971 128284 or

WIVELSFIELD CHURCH YOUTH CLUB for year 7 and above. New members are welcome. Meets every other Friday from 8.00 to 10.00pm. For more details please contact Annie Close on or Steve & Sue Onions on 01273 890254

WIVELSFIELD GREEN PLAYGROUP & PRE-SCHOOL Monday 9.00am to 12.45pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 9.00am to 12.45pm and 12.45 to 3.00pm and Friday from 9.00am to 12.45pm. 2 years to 5 years welcome. Spacious indoor and outdoor play areas in village location with maximum of 24 children per session. Qualified staff. Government Funding accepted. £18.75 per am session and £11.25 per pm session. Spaces available. Email : Telephone : Kay Waterman on 01444 471645 ( session times only)

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS All Parish Council meetings are open to members of the public and begin with an “open forum” session during which members of the Parish are welcome to ask questions or bring matters to the attention of the Council. Meetings are held at 8.00pm in the Renshaw Room at the far end of Wivelsfield Village Hall, unless otherwise stated on the agenda. Agendas are published in the week prior to the meeting and be found in the Parish. Council notice board (outside the Village Stores & Post Office) or at

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE Your Parish Council office is located adjacent to the Cock Inn, on North Common Road. it’s normally open from 9.00am to 3.00pm on Mondays and Thursdays. People are very welcome to call in to bring matters to the attention of the Council or to share their views on the future of the Village

LOCAL SUSSEX POLICE contact --- PCSO Edward Hall 07917 474106 or 08456 070

bridge club news

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday January 30, 2015

Monday evening

1st=Carol Watson & Julia Simpson

1st=David Spencer & Peter Collins

3rd Graham Hedley & Berry Hedley

Tuesday evening

1st Graham Hedley & Berry Hedley

2nd Lindsay Geddes & Mick Carrington

3rd Alan Setchell & Dave Towell

Wednesday evening

1st Shirley Robinson & Margaret Drake

2nd Norman Hardy & Joy Mayall

3rd Linda Souter & Bill Acraman

Thursday afternoon

1st Christine Jepson & Jim Downes

2nd Hazel Beveridge & David Williams

3rd David Spencer & Heather Barker

Thursday evening

NS 1st Tony Power & Fred Muggeridge

2nd Lorraine Carvalho & John Moran

3rd David Harris & Stephen Hamilton-Bergin

EW 1st Stella Kilkelly & Elaine Higgins

2nd Brian Kirkdale & Chris Mewes

3rd Chris Hook & David Young

WEALD BRIDGE CLUB - results for Friday 30 January 2015:-

1st Graham & Ray Medhurst

2nd Bernard & Elena Kelly

3rd David & Moya Mann

4th Sue Cottrell & Christina Withnell


Results for 26 January - 1. Lorna Mence & Richard Hopperton 2. Bob & Sue Best 3. Mary Curtis & David Harris 4. Heather Barker & Graham Medhurst

Pet detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

Archie a very small elderly cocker spaniel is missing from his home in London Road Burgess Hill Details below

ARCHIE Elderly black + white cocker spaniel 14 years Micro chipped Has health problems Very friendly Full tail. Missing from Lonon Road Burgess Hill

LUCY Dark tortorshell very slim 8 year old timid cat. Micro chipped Shorthaired Missing from Small Dole main High street

PETER Male neutered very large grey Persian cat. Long coface. 2 years. Micro chipped. Very timid. Missing from Franklands Village

LUCY Tiny tabby + white cat. 1 year. Very shy. House cat, has no outside established territory. missing from Lindfield village

MILDRED Tortorshell cat year old girl. Micro chipped. Very inquisitive. Shorthaired. Missing from London Road Burgess Hill

SOCKS Male neutered black + white shorthaired felix type cat. 10 years. Very timid. Micro chipped. Missing from Hickstead

ARCHIE Male neutered longhaired black 4 year old cat. Timid. Micro chipped. Possibly jumpred into a delivery van parked outside his home in Hassocks

RALPH Black shorthaired neutered male tabby cat. Micro chipped. Very sturdy build. 8 years. Missing from the Small Dole area

STAR Female spayed tabby + white cat. White “star” on chest. Four white pawa. Shorthaired. 3 years. Micro chipped. Missing from Franklands Village

MISSSING African grey parrot Grey wings and body red tail. Missing from Franklands Village

MISSING SPANGLE Liver + white springer spaniel 2 year old bitch. Docked tail. Spayed. Close cut coat. Is now believed stolen from her home in Timberleys Littlehampton

STOP PUPPY FARMING If you have purchased a puppy from an outlet selling more than one breed, chances are its a puppy farm. If your dog is showing health or behaviour problems, please ring JUNE on the number given below. All calls in strict confidence