CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING will take place in the Victory Hall Car Park on Sunday 10 January in the Victory Hall car park, between 11.30 am - 1.00 pm. Thank you to Balcombe Estate for this excellent service. Please do not leave trees in the absence of the truck.

ROAD CLOSURES - The Haywards Heath Road will be closed from 11 January for about 18 weeks when after 11 bursts in five years South East Water is planning a project to upgrade 1.3 kilometres of old pipe in Borde Hill Lane to reduce the risk of homes and business in the area going without tap water. It will be taking place between the junction of Copyhold Lane and a point 400 metres north of River’s Road, just south of Upper Rylands Bridge. Access to all businesses along Borde Hill Lane, such as Borde Hill Garden, will be maintained at all times and diversion signs will be in place. South East Water apologises for the disruption, but hope that motorists and the local community will understand the long term benefits of this scheme. The closure is necessary because the road is already highly congested with utilities, so the only space that remains is in the centre of the road. A special page has been created on the South East Water website which will be regularly updated with scheme news: Mill Lane will be closed near the Old Rectory between 4 – 6 January to allow access to manholes so that root removal and sewer cleansing works can take place. The hours of work will be 9.30 am until 3.30 pm. Diversion signs will be in place.

LOCUS YOUTH CLUB meets on Friday 8 January at 6.30 pm in the Parish Room.

HISTORY SOCIETY – On Wednesday 13 January there will be a talk by Albert Constable entitled ‘Growing up on Paddockhurst Estate.’ His talk will begin with the early history of Paddockhurst Estate and follow with his memories of life on the Estate. All meetings are held in the Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, starting at 8pm. Admission including refreshments is £1 members and £3 visitors. Visitors are always welcome.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING on Wednesday 13 January at 8.00 pm in Bramble Hall – a video will be shown during the meeting on how to work the village defibrillator.

CINEMA – the next film to be screened at the Victory Hall will be the hit period drama - “Suffragette”. The film stars Carey Mulligan; Helena Bonham Carter; and Brendan Gleeson. This screening will be Friday 22nd January starting at 7.30 pm. 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 rated 12A.

BALCOMBE SCOUTS CHILL BURNS QUIZ – this popular event is on Saturday 23 January at 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm in the Parish Room. Teams of 4 may enter and the evening includes the quiz and a two course meal. Tickets are available from Rosemary on 811800 at a cost of £12 per person.

BALCOMBE CLUB welcomes Steve Crane back on Saturday 9 January when he will be preparing a fantastic four course meal right on our doorsteps. Steve, the Head Chef of Ockenden Manor, is a loyal friend and supporter of the Club and a holder of a coveted Michelin Star. Once again he has offered his services to host an evening of cordon bleu cooking for the Club’s members this Saturday. Steve very kindly gives up his time twice a year to host the Steve Crane Evening and prepare a menu for club members, with all profits going to the Club. Tickets are £38 per person. Seating is limited for this event and places go very quickly, so do please ring the Club now on 01444 811226, or call in to book your place.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH: Sunday 10 January 8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Eucharist Wednesday 13 January 10am Said Eucharist

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