Your real Christmas Trees can be recycled and an area has been set aside for these up until January 15 on Batchelors Field, The Street (next to the Rawson Hall).

Happy New Year to all

A clothes swap evening will be held on Friday January 15, 7.30pm - 10.30pm in the Rawson Hall. Wine and nibbles will be available while you browse and pick up a bargain! If you have any good quality clothes, bags or accessories that you do not want and wish to donate please contact Sarah on 01444 881783 or Jo on 01444 881698 or email All monies raised will go towards costs of purchasing and sending out sewing machines, materials and school bags to Haiti in January and February.

A belt making workshop is to be held in the Chapel, Top Street, Bolney on Saturday January 23 10am - 4pm. This is a workshop making and sewing belts from old jeans for the children of Hope House in Haiti to keep their often ill filling clothes up! All materials and templates provided. You do not have to be an expert at sewing. If you have your own sewing machine could you please take that along. Free lunch and refreshments provided. If you are interested in attending please contact Sarah on 01444 881783 or Jo 01444 881698 or email

At the beginning of a new year - welcome to all new families in the village. If you have not yet received a copy of the Parish Magazine, which is produced monthly, through your letter box, this can be obtained at the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, the café at the Rawson Hall or the Post Office at Bookers Vineyard.

The Magazine has a parish directory listing all the societies in the village and their contact names and telephone numbers, if you are interested in joining in and meeting new friends and neighbours as well as forthcoming events and reports from various Societies. There are also various notice boards around the village advertising village functions as well as the Bolney website.

The Rawson Hall on Batchelors Field is available for hiring. To make bookings or find out more information regarding the hall please visit the Rawson Hall website or email the hall manager

The Community Café at the Rawson Hall is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am - 4.30pm serving a selection of hot and cold food, cakes, tea, coffee etc.(including takeaways). Monday munches are served every week, two course meal for £5.00.

WSCC mobile library visits the village on alternative Fridays from 9.30am - 10.15am stopping at Drovers, The Street. Everyone is welcome to join. Dates are listed on the Parish Council notice board on the wall near the junction of The Street and Ryecroft Road. Also on the notice board is the list of Parish Council Meetings held on the second Tuesday in the month, Planning applications and the Agendas and Minutes.

The Post Office at the Vineyard, Foxhole Lane, is open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 9.30am - 1pm.

There are buses that serve the village which go to Haywards Heath, Horsham, Crawley and Brighton (timetables on the website of Metrobus and Compass) or posted at the various bus stops. Metrobus serving Crawley and Brighton stops on the old A23 at end of Ryecroft Road. Compass bus serving Haywards Heath and Horsham stops in The Street.

Please watch this column for regular news and events taking place in the village during the year and if you would like items included in this column please contact your correspondent or telephone 01444 881640. Items need to be received on the Thursday prior to publication on the following Thursday.

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