SUPERSTARS: ended with a sunny presentation ceremony at the Parish Room on Sunday 8 May when the competitors, friends and families gathered to see who had won the various categories. The Winner of the Girls Competition was Maddy Flint, the Runner Up Anna Contreras. The Boys Competition saw a draw with Sammy Whybrow and Nathan Blake sharing the lead and taking the cup for six months each. The Under 35 Men’s Winner was James Greetham. The Ladies Winner was Mel Whybrow, Runner Up Sue Nolan. The Over 35 Men’s Winner was Chris Archibald, Runner Up Martin Flint. The Rowing Trophy awarded by Mostyn Field for the stand-out performance at that event went to Matt White. The Superstar Trophy awarded to the person who best exemplifies the spirit of the event by joining in, helping and being an all round Good Egg went to Olivia Nolan. A big thank you to the organisers John Greetham and Paul Nolan and to the many Balcombe clubs and individuals who make it possible each year.

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

GARDENERS’ PLANT SALE: Balcombe Gardeners’ Association has its annual Plant Sale on Saturday 14 May from 10.00 am until 11.30 am in the Parish Room. In addition to the flower and vegetable plants we will be serving refreshment including our popular home-made cakes.

BIRCHANGER GARDENS: The gardens open at 2.00 pm until 5.30 pm each day on Saturday 14 May for the Victory Hall Management Committee and Sunday 15 May for Balcombe WI and at other weekends in May. This beautiful garden is located 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.

BALCOMBE CLUB: welcome Joe 90 to the floor on Saturday 14 May at 8.00 pm when the Football Club celebrate the end of season and invite everyone to come and join the fun.

PARISH MAGAZINE COPY: is due in on Sunday 15 May.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: starts on Sunday 15 May – look out for envelopes through your doors and please support this worthy charity.

COFFEE, PLAY & PRAISE: takes place in St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday 18 May at 9.15 am.

NGS GARDENS OPEN: three lovely Balcombe gardens are open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme on Saturday 18 May from 12 noon until 5.00 pm. They are 45 Westup Farm Cottages, Winterfield in Oldlands and Krawden in Victoria Road. Refreshments including tea and cake will be available at Krawden. The entry fee of £5 includes all three gardens. NGS supports nursing and caring charities.

BALCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL: meet for their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 18 May at 8.00 pm in Bramble Hall.

The HISTORY SOCIETY EXHIBITION: will be in the Victory Hall on Saturday 21 May from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm. There will be selected archive material with items old and new, and the opportunity for leisurely perusal. Entry is £1 and children are welcome and free.

BOWLS CLUB: On Saturday 7 May Crawley Town 53: Balcombe 44. On Sunday 8 May Linfield 62: Balcombe 67.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH: Sunday 15 May 8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Eucharist. Wednesday 18 May 9.15 am ‘COFFEE, PLAY AND PRAISE!’ for parents and carers with pre-school age children.

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