BRACKEN ROLLING The Working Horse Trust will be on the Commons this weekend undertaking the second bracken rolling session of the season. The horses will start rolling on Romany Ridge and Pound Common on Saturday (August 15) and then move to Memorial Common on Sunday (August 16th). The Trust will be camping in a large horse box and caravan on Pound Common on Friday and Saturday nights (August 14 and15) and then move to the car park at Chailey Sports Ground on Sunday morning (August 16). The horses will be contained within electric fencing on the Common in the evening and on rest breaks. Please address any queries to Jo Heading, the Commons Senior Ranger, on 01273 482736.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game on Saturday against Street and Westmeston which starts at 1pm at the sportsground, just off the A272. On Sunday there is a friendly game at Felbridge and Sunnyside starting at 2pm. Prospective players and supporters are 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. 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 will be plenty of cakes to follow.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, this Sunday has a morning service at 10.30am and an evening service at 6.30pm with Giles Woodcraft. On Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

EXPLORER WEEK takes place at Sheffield Park from Monday August 17 to Sunday August 23 and is a chance for young ones to explore the ponds, create in the mud kitchen, play in the stream and/or the woodland play trail, called Ringwood Toll, which is in an enclosed copse. Here you can test balance on the balance beam, slack line and stepping stones or build a den using the materials around you. There is also a climbing wall which is a great challenge for all ages. Tracker packs are available at the reception for £2.

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, August 18, 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, with the Commons Society, starts at 10am at Romany Ridge car park on Wednesday August 19. Lots of fun to be had ,by parents and children, whilst tracking down and identifying bugs; assistance with identification will be given by members of the Commons Society. Do take with you sweep nets, pots and magnifying glasses, if you have them. For more information call William Coleman on 01444 831923.

POND DIPPING is available at Sheffield Park on Wednesday August 19 from 11am to 12.30pm along with Den Building on Friday August 21 from 11am to 12.30pm. The cost is £2.50 per child for each session. For more details call 01825 790231.

‘BIG DRAW DAY’ on Thursday August 20 starts at Romany Ridge car park at 10.30am; apologies for omitting the date in my piece last week. The event is open to everyone so do go along and meet Linda Ball, and members of the Commons Society, 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 Bluebell Railway Cricket XI to play Scaynes Hill in a social match on Saturday August 22. If you wish to join the Bluebell Railway team email John at The Railway has secured £300 in match funding for the game which is to be shared equally between the Cash for Cover and Keep Up the Pressure campaigns (details at and the first 30 donations of £10 or over will be matched by £10 from the fund. To make a donation visit

ART AND CRAFT EXHIBITION is at St Peter’s Church on Saturday and Sunday August 22 and 23. The display of pictures will induce some by William Hobday, whose work has appeared on the covers of Chailey News in recent months. 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. Entry is £10 a car with 20% of the entry fee going to the First Prize fund and everyone is welcome to take part. The event is part of the fundraising for the refurbishment of the Sports Pavilion at North Chailey. Just contact or 01825 723292 to book your slot;

TRACKER WEEK at Sheffield Park is from Monday August 24 to Tuesday September 1and is a chance to use a bug tracker pack and see what creepy crawlies you can find and identify Each pack costs £2. Also on Wednesday August 26 from 11am to 12.30pm there is Bug Shake and Bug Hunting and on Friday August 28 from 11am to 12.30pm Bug Craft which each cost £3 per child.

EARLY BIRD WALK with Ian Woolsey, of the Commons Society, on Wednesday August 26 starts at 7am at Romany Ridge Car Park. The walk will be followed by breakfast at the GK’s Cafe at Chailey Heritage.

LUNCH IN ST PETER’S CHURCH takes place on Thursday, August 27, from 12.30pm and costs just £5. For details of the menu visit Transport is available, just call Fiona Pearl on 01825 723135 to make arrangements.

WOOD AND ASSISTANCE NEEDED Bonfire Society plan to make torches over the August bank holiday weekend and the Society is looking for donations of wood and hessian as if it has to be bought the cost reduces the amount available for the firework display. If you have any wood (3ft long and about 1inch in width) and hessian it would be much appreciated. If you are able to help the Society with wood or hessian or are able to lend a hand making the torches please contact Richie by email at

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 WALK LEADER TRAINING DAY for new free short led healthy walks, in the Chailey and Newick area, which aim to make people healthier and happier. No previous experience of walk leading is required just a friendly nature and the availability to lead the new healthy walks on a regular basis, the minimum commitment being once a month. For those who missed the training in June, there is another training day on Wednesday September 2 from 9.30am to 4pm in Lewes. Mileage costs will be reimbursed. For more details or to book a place at the training contact Paula Hubens on 07740 899559 or

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.

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