PARISH COUNCILLOR AND POLICE & CRIME COMMISSIONER ELECTION: the election for the new Police & Crime Commissioner will take place today alongside an election to fill the Parish Council vacancy. The Victory Hall is our local polling station.

The ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: takes place on Friday 6 May at 7.30 pm in Bramble Hall. All Balcombe residents are invited to attend when we will be show-casing Balcombe businesses and showing a short film about how to use the defibrillator which is now installed on the walls of Bramble Hall.

CPR AND DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING: will take place on Thursday 5 May from 11.00 am until 2.00 pm. The course is limited to 12 persons and is for Balcombe villagers who are prepared to use our newly acquired defib in a medical emergency. No previous resuscitation knowledge needed. If you are interested about learning about these lifesaving techniques, please contact Sue Taylor as she is co-ordinating attendance. Sue can be contacted by email or by telephone 01444 819 329.

LOCUS YOUTH GROUP: meet in the Parish Room on Friday 6 May at 6.30 pm.

ARDINGLY PREP SCHOOL CONCERT: at St. Mary’s Church in Balcombe will be raising money for the church’s Major Projects Appeal. The Chamber Choir and Friends will be performing instrumental and choral music on Friday 6 May at 7.30 pm Tickets are £5 on the door.

VICTORY PLAYERS: There will be fun and games in the Victory Hall on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 May, doors open at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start, when the Victory Players present two Murder Mystery Evenings. The audiences will be past pupils attending the farewell party for the headmaster of a secondary school who is retiring after many years at the helm. During the party a murder occurs on the school’s premises. The police will arrive and will require the assistance of all present in determining the identity of the guilty party. A supper of fish & chips plus a dessert will be served while the audience deliberates. Tickets for this event cost £15.00 per head, and are on sale from the Victory Players’ box office, otherwise known as Threads.

BIRCHANGER GARDENS: This beautiful garden is open at the weekend for various charities and local groups in May. It is on the High Street (B2110) two miles east of Handcross, and is a truly delightful and remarkable garden offering breathtaking displays of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias etc. It is possible to spend the whole afternoon wandering round the gardens, admiring the various structures and features as well as the beautiful plants. Information boards as you meander round give interesting facts about how the gardens have matured and events that have shaped them. After the walk you can relax on the lovely lawn where delicious home-made cakes and teas/coffee will be available. The children will enjoy the afternoon just as much as the adults. Entry is £5 per person; children 12 and under go free. The gardens open at 2.00 pm until 5.30 pm each day on Saturday 7 May for Macmillan and Sunday 8 May for St Catherine’s Hospice and at other weekends in May.

BALCOMBE BOWLS CLUB: On Thursday 28 April Horley 77: Balcombe 52. Saturday 30 April Balcombe 86: Crawley Town 64. Sunday 1 May Burgess Hill 103: Balcombe 42.

QUIZ: There will be a Quiz in the Balcombe Club on Sunday 8 May at 8.00 pm. Teams of four.

CINEMA: Tickets for the “Bridge of Spies” are on sale now in Threads at £6 each. The film is on Friday 13 May at 7.30 pm in the Victory Hall.

PTA QUIZ & HOG ROAST: We’re holding a quiz night and hog roast on Friday 13 May (lucky for some, hopefully!) hosted as ever by quiz masters Pam and Barrie. Tickets are £12.50 per person, available at

ST. MARY’S CHURCH: Sunday 8 May 8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday 11 May 10.00am Said Eucharist

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