CAMPING WEEKND This is the chance to pitch your tent in the historic parkland of Sheffield Park and wake up with stunning woodland views from your hillside campsite this Friday evening (July 17) and Saturday (July 18). Children can see how many on their 50 Things list they can tick off. In the evenings there will be stargazing, with a team of expert astronomers, a campfire with storytelling and live music. The cost is £10 for adults and £5 children each night and for more details visit or call 01825 790231.

BEER FESTIVAL in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice is at the Horns Lodge this weekend from tomorrow, Friday July 19 to Sunday July 19. There will be more than 20 real ales, ciders and perries. There will also be food, which can be enjoyed in the pub garden, with a marquee. A special minibus service to/from Lewes, Barcombe and Plumpton is available (pick up at Lewes Station, Barcombe bus stop, Plumpton Station and Plumpton Stores) see for times and details. Admission (including souvenir glass) is £5 for a day ticket and £7 a weekend pass. Tickets will be available on the door. For more details call 01273 400422.

TOY & RAIL COLLECTORS FAIR is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday (July 18 and 19) at the Bluebell Railway from 10am to 4pm. At Horsted Keynes Station there will be stalls on the platform and in a marquee in the station car park, which will include railway artefacts, model railway equipment and other goods. An admission ticket costs £3 which includes the station and marquee.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game on Saturday against Cuckfield at the sports ground, just off the A272, starting at 1.30pm. Prospective players and supporters are most welcome. To find out more do call 07709 946880.

COUNTRY PUB OF THE YEAR 2015 the Horns Lodge have again been awarded the Brighton and South Downs CAMRA 2015 Country Pub of the Year. A certificate will be presented at a ceremony in the pub on Saturday (18 July) at 2pm. It is a great achievement to be given this accolade and congratulations go to Mike and Linda and their team as the Horns Lodge has been awarded it every year since 2011.

SUMMER SHOW organised by the Horticultural Society is at the village hall this Saturday (July 18). There’s time to enter just call Peter Estcourt on 01273 400791for a schedule which details the produce, flowers, plants, photography, handicraft and cookery classes. Some classes just require a vase or a few stems of flowers, pot plant, patio pot or a hanging basket which many of us have at this time of year. Do take yours along and you will be given help with staging. If you are not sure about entering this time do go along and see the exhibits from 2.30pm as I’m sure you will be inspired to enter next time. The hall always looks magnificent and the homemade teas are especially delicious. Prize giving is at 4pm after which there is an auction of produce.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Afternoon teas will be served in the Church from 3pm to 5pm; with cream teas for two costing £7. If you still have room there are always a variety of cakes to follow. Thanks to everyone who attended the Car Boot Sale recently and to Nicola Lack for organising; it was well worthwhile as about £290 was raised for church funds.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, has a service this Sunday at 10.30am with Geoff Green from Open Doors which is a non-denominational organisation that exists to strengthen the church in the most hostile places. In over 50 countries, Open Doors is supplying Bibles, training church leaders, delivering Bible-based literacy programmes and supporting Christians who suffer for their faith. At 6.30pm there will be a service with Giles Woodcraft.

ANTIQUES AND COLLECTORS FAIR is at St Peter & St James Hospice, with guest television presenters from ‘Antiques Roadshow’ and ‘Antiques Roadtrip’, North Common Road, North Chailey, on Sunday (July 19) from10.30am to 4pm. Valuations of portable items will be undertaken at £5 for three items. Admission costs £1 and parking is free. There will be lots of stalls to browse, live entertainment and refreshments.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday, July 21, at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and make representations if they wish.

KNIT AND NATTER EVENING Love knitting or would like to learn then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday July 21 at 7.30pm. Go along with your current project or if you are just learning wool, needles and tips will be available on the night. For more details call 01273 890114.

MOBILE LIBRARY The County Mobile Library will be at Markstakes Corner, South Chailey on Wednesday, July 22, from 2.40pm to 3.10pm.

RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME to attend and to contribute to the discussion on housing policies which is the topic of the Steering Group of the Neighbourhood Plan is considering on Thursday, July 23. To be part of this discussion contact the Parish Clerk on 01444 831453 or

BUTTERFLY WALK on Romany Ridge is on Saturday July 25, starting at Romany Ridge car park at 2.15pm. Karen Pritty, on behalf of the Commons Society, will lead the walk and identify the many varieties of butterfly on the heathland. To find out more call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

WINDMILL AND RURAL LIFE MUSEUM will be open on Sunday July 26 from 3pm to 5 pm. Entry is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519. It is good to know that the Downland Radio Group were successful in their communications recently at the Mill. They erected a doublet aerial which was suspended from a second floor window which enabled them to make contact with other mills stations; including some in France, Belgium and Holland. In all there were 108 confirmed radio contacts, including 28 mills stations situated in the UK and Europe. Thanks go to John Smith and Chailey Parish Council for their generosity in allowing the Radio Group to operate their amateur radio station from the Mill.

PUNCH & JUDY SHOWS will be at the Bluebell Railway at Horsted Keynes Station on July 27, 29 and 31 at 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm and 3.15pm. Punch & Judy shows are included in the price of travel or station admission tickets.

LUNCH IN ST PETER’S CHURCH takes place on Thursday, July 30, from 12.30pm and costs just £5. For details of the menu visit

MUSIC is at the Five Bells, on Friday July 31, with Kathryn Anderson a singer-songwriter who plays guitar and takes an influence from American Country music

KIDS TRAVEL FOR A QUID at the Bluebell Railway from Saturday August 1 to Friday August 7. If adults book Bluebell Bonus tickets at least 8 days in advance generous discounts are available for them too. Telephone 01825 720800 to book tickets.

THANKS TO ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS LTD as a team of thirty staff from Burgess Hill volunteered three days of their time to create and build, with the help of Paul from Employee Volunteering, a recycling and refuse bin store for the residential bungalows at Chailey Heritage Foundation. The bin store although not a very glamourous project was definitely a very much needed one; so a huge thank you to Roche for taking on this project.

JOIN YOUR PARISH COUNCIL The Parish Council would very much like to co-opt interested residents to make up the number of councilors. Being a Parish Councilor is a positive way to help your village thrive and develop. For further information telephone Mark Evans on 01825 722554 or contact Stephen Treharne, the Parish Clerk, on 01444 831453 or at

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