The HALF MOON has a Tequila Sunrise party on Friday 17 July.

GARDEN OPEN – On Sunday 19 July from 2.00 pm onwards the garden at 10 Newlands will be open – raising money for the Church. Entrance is £2 with a cream tea priced at £3. There will be a raffle and items for sale. Children welcome with supervision due to deep water. No dogs – out of respect for the resident dog.

BALCOMBE CARE GROUP has its AGM on Wednesday 22 July at 7.30 pm in the Parish Room.

CRICKET WEEK starts on Monday 20 July, a festival of cricket can be enjoyed every day with the bar open and hot food available in the evenings. On Monday 20 July there will be an exciting 6-a-side tournament at the ground and finally on Friday 24 July the Cricket Club plays the Football Club. There will be cricket matches on every day throughout the week. Members and non-members are only too welcome to wander down to the ground to enjoy the cricket, the beautiful views and the food and drink.
In addition, on the Friday night (24 July), there will be a fireworks display in the evening and on Saturday 25 July the annual BBQ. Live music will accompany the traditional roast pig etc and tickets can be bought from Balcombe Stores, Threads, Tim Murrills, Adrian Ruzicka, Carol Dutton and other BCC members. Tickets bought in advance enjoy a price discount and so please support and treat yourselves to what should be a great evening. Immediately prior to Cricket Week, the club are also looking forward to the annual game against the President’s XI which always marks the beginning of the full week’s cricket activities and accordingly will this year take place on Sunday 19 July. Again, all spectators are very welcome.

CINEMA – The next film is the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel II which will be shown in the Victory Hall on Friday 24 July at 7.30 pm. The film stars Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie and Richard Gere. 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!

BALCOMBE’S NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN is out for public consultation until midnight 24 July. The documents are available on the website or in hard copy in the Half Moon. You can email your comments to or write to Balcombe Parish Council, Gleddoch House, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe, West Sussex RH17 6LG. Please note comments may be made public. Questionnaires will be coming to every household so complete and return to have your say.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH - Sunday 19 July 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10 am Parish Eucharist and Sunday School

BALCOMBE FETE – a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Fete this year either coming along, running a stall, helping to clear up and set up and so on. Thank you too to our sponsors who donated some fabulous raffle prizes and were kind enough to advertise in our programme. We hope everyone enjoyed the day (and night) as much as we did.

The BALCOMBE HISTORY SOCIETY ran a ‘Brain of Balcombe’ Quiz at the Balcombe Fete on 11 July. The questions were on historical facts about the village. The winners were, Junior section, Tom Blake and Senior section, Pennie Burton and both were presented with an engraved trophy by Alan Dearden, Chairman of the Society.

BALCOMBE BOWLS CLUB – On Thursday 9 July the results were Balcombe 51: Burgess Hill 67. On Saturday 11 July Southwater 79: Balcombe 55 and on Sunday 12 July Balcombe 57: Handcross 77.

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