VINTAGE TRANSPORT is at the Bluebell Railway this Saturday and Sunday (August 8 and 9) from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Displays of vintage and classic cars, stationary engines, commercial vans, steam road engines and motorbikes will be at Horsted Keynes Station. The East Grinstead Concert Band (under the banner of the Bluebell Railway Band) will be performing from 2pm on Sunday. In addition a Bluebell travel ticket will allow unlimited travel for the day on all steam train services.

CRICKET AT SHEFFIELD PARK this Saturday (August 8) at 11.30am sees The Grannies, a wandering side that play all over the south of England, in a game against the London New Zealand Cricket Club. This Club was formed in a meeting at New Zealand House in December 1951 for New Zealanders to call their own with the aim to play ‘enjoyable cricket in good company ‘ which is what most cricketers aspire to do. All are welcome to watch the game and enjoy the magnificent surroundings, with a picnic maybe.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game on Saturday at Dormansland starting at 1pm. On Sunday there is a friendly game against Beeding and Bramber. Prospective players, even for an occasional game, would be made most welcome. To find out more do call Peter on 07709 946880.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, has a service this Sunday at 10.30am with John Goodway and at 6.30pm with Gordon Hamilton. On Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

PUNCH & JUDY SHOWS are at the Bluebell Railway, Horsted Keynes Station, every Monday, Wednesday & Friday throughout August at 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm and 3.15pm. The Punch & Judy shows are included in the price of travel or station admission tickets.

FREE EVENT at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, is on Tuesday August 11 from 10am to 12pm and all families of children aged 0 to 5 and their siblings are welcome to go along. All activities are weather dependent and for up to date information on the events call 01273 335940.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge, Chailey Green, on Tuesday, August 11, from 8pm. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is invited to attend this meeting for beer and banter. To find out more about the Group visit

RAFT BUILDING workshop is at Sheffield Park on Wednesday, August 12, at 11am and once the raft is made it can be sailed on one of the lakes. The cost is £5 per child plus normal admission and to book call 01825 79023.

MOBILE LIBRARY The County Mobile Library will be at Markstakes Corner, South Chailey, on Wednesday, August 12, from 2.40pm to 3.10pm.

LUNCH IN ST PETER’S CHURCH takes place on Thursday, August 13, from 12.30pm and costs just £5. For details of the menu visit

INTERACTIVE, MULTI-SENSORY walkabout performance of Mischief in the Wild Woods: The Wacky World of Oz for children & young people with special needs (aged 2-19) and their siblings is at Chailey Heritage on Thursday and Friday August 13 and 14 at 10.45am and 1.30pm. The cost is £3 each for children aged over two. To book a place call 01372 278021 or 07519 7472.

AFTERNOON TEAS will be served in St Peter’s Church on Sunday August 16 from 3pm to 5pm; with cream teas for two costing £7. If you still have room there will be an abundance of cakes to follow.

PARISH COUNCIL meets at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday August 18 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

KNIT AND NATTER EVENING Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday January 20 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.

BUG HUNT for parents and children is on Wednesday August 19 starting at 10am at Romany Ridge car park. Lots of fun to be had tracking down bugs to be identified; which members of the Commons Society will endeavour to help with. Do take with you sweep nets, pots and magnifying glasses, if you have them. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831923.

‘THE BIG DRAW’ As part of ‘The Campaign for Drawing’ the Commons Society is holding their own ‘Big Draw Day’ which is open to everyone. Meet at Romany Ridge car park at 10.30am; join Linda Ball and her helpers and create your own masterpiece. If you have materials take them with you; otherwise use theirs. In case of bad weather call Linda on 01825 722945 and she will advise as to an alternative venue.

CRICKET Scaynes Hill Cricket Club have recently commissioned a second cricket ground right next to the Bluebell Railway. John Walls, the editor of the Railway’s eNewsletter, and a former (social) player, is appealing for players to join him in a Bluebell Railway Cricket XI to play Scaynes Hill in a social match on Saturday August 22. Men, women, boys, and girls aged twelve and older of any standard are welcome to join the team and if you wish to play contact John at The Bluebell Railway has secured £300 in match funding to be shared equally between the Cash for Cover and Keep Up the Pressure campaigns (details at The first 30 donations of £10 or over will be matched by £10 from the fund. Visit to make a donation.

ART AND CRAFT EXHIBITION is taking place at St Peter’s Church on Saturday and Sunday August 22 and 23. There will be a display of pictures by William Hobday, who has been producing the wonderful pen and ink pieces that have appeared on the covers of Chailey News in recent months. William’s love of nature is the inspiration for most of his work and this exhibition will give people the opportunity to see more of his detailed drawings, many of which feature the local area. If you are an artist and would also like to exhibit your work do contact Teresa Wenban at the Parish Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm on 01825 722286 or via email at

TREASURE HUNT A family car treasure hunt, which will start and finish at the Sports Ground, North Chailey, is taking place on Sunday August 23 at 2pm. Afterwards there will be prize giving, sports, games, afternoon teas and a bar with beers and wine. All are welcome to take part and the funds raised will go towards the Sports Pavilion refurbishment project. Just contact or 01825 723292 to book your slot; entry is £10 a car with 20% of the entry fee going to the First Prize fund.

ASSISTANCE REQUIRED Torch making will take place during the August bank holiday weekend and in order for this to go ahead the Bonfire Society need wood for torches (3ft long and about 1inch in width), hessian and people to put them together. The Society is looking for donations of wood as if it has to be bought the cost reduces the amount available to buy fireworks. If you think you could help the Society with wood, hessian or making torches please contact Richie by email at If you are planning on assisting and have gloves, pliers and/or a staple gun do take them with you; though the Society will supply these items if you do not have them.

VINTAGE HARVEST Fair is at Townings Farm on Saturday and Sunday September 5 and 6. If you have vintage machinery or an interesting craft which you would like to demonstrate or display and sell on a stall at the Fair do contact Carole on 01444 471352 to make arrangements.

BONFIRE PROGRAMME The Programme is currently being compiled. Would you be interested in advertising this year? If so please email your advert to The cost for the advert will be £15 for a 1/4 to 1/3 page, £25 a 1/2 page and £40 a full page.

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