FUNGI WALKS take place at Sheffield Park and Garden this Saturday (October 17) and Wednesday, October 21, starting at 9am. Take a stroll with one of the gardening team and admire the many varieties of fungi to be found. The cost, for adults, is £6 and places can be booked by calling 01825790231.

AUTUMN PHOTOGRAPHY workshop is at Sheffield Park and Garden this Saturday (October 17) from 9am to midday. The cost is £25 which includes tea or coffee or cake; for more details or to book call 01825 790231.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. For help with transport call Teresa on 01825 722586. There was a wonderful flower display at the harvest service; due to the hard working team of flower arrangers, ably co-ordinated by Liz Cullen, and thanks go to them all. Also, huge thanks goes to Julia Guerard for putting together a wonderful harvest lunch.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, has services this Sunday at 10.30am with Trevor Dickerson and 6.30pm with Grenville Bidolf. On Tuesdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

ROADWORKS are taking place in Ridgelands Lane from October 19 to 26; as, weather permitting road surface improvements are being carried out. The closure will affect the whole of Ridgelands Lane and be between 7am and 5pm each day. If you have any questions call East Sussex Highways on 0345 60 80 193.

KNIT AND NATTER EVENING Love knitting or would like to learn then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday, October 20, at 7.30pm. Go along with your current project or if just learning wool, needles and tips will be available. To find out more call 01273 890114.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday, October 20, at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

GRANDPARENT’S GROUP meets at Chailey Children’s Centre on Wednesday, October 21, from 9.30am to 11.30am. This is a very friendly playgroup for grandparents and their grandchildren up to the age of five; there is plenty for the children to do. Do join them or for more details call Susannah Griffin on 01852 724335.

‘SUSSEX QUERKY FACTS’ is the talk at Lewes Windmill District Guides Trefoil Guild open meeting on Wednesday, October 21, at 7.30pm the Free Church, South Chailey, and the cost is £5 to include a ploughman’s supper. Tickets in advance are available from Linda Samson on 01825 723171. Everyone is welcome to go along and enjoy the evening and maybe join the Group; which meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm usually in Newick Community Centre but there is a change of venue for this month’s meeting.

LUNCH IN ST PETER’S CHURCH takes place on Thursday, October 22, 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.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AGM is at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Thursday, October 22, at 8pm. All are welcome; all offers of help and ideas will be much appreciated particularly suggestions for encouraging entries in the children’s categories.

CAR RALLY/QUIZ On Saturday October 24 St Peters’ Church are holding a ‘Discover our village Car Rally/Quiz’ which sets off from the Church at 10am. For more details call Teresa Wenban on 01825 722586.

KIDS FOR A QUID is the special Half Term Offer from Saturday October 24 to Sunday November 1 at the Bluebell Railway; with trains running on the hour from 11am to 3pm. If you book at least 8 days in advance with Bluebell Bonus tickets you will get generous discounts on adult tickets; just visit

CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge Inn, South Chailey, on Tuesday October 27 at 8pm. Teams of up to 7, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

FUNGI FORAY on Wednesday October 28 is a walk to which children are especially welcome as it will involve finding and identifying the many species of fungi to be found on the Commons. Members of the Commons Society will be on hand to assist with identification. Meet at Romany Ridge car park for a 2pm start. For more information visit or call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

MURDER MYSTERY is at the Five Bells on Friday October 30; for an evening of murder, mystery, food and wine call 01825 722259 to reserve your table.

GIANTS OF STEAM will be at the Bluebell Railway over the weekend of October 31and November 1. In addition to the Bluebell Railway’s own ‘giants’ there will be some visiting locos booked for the event in the form of BR Standard class 7 No. 70000 ‘Britannia’ and SR class V No. 925 “Cheltenham”. These will run alongside the Southern Railway S15 Class Number 847, Southern Railway Q Class number 30541 and British Railways Standard Class 5 number 73082 ‘Camelot’.

VOLUNTEERING AT THE BLUEBELL RAILWAY No matter whether you are male or female, skilled or with no previous experience, can offer a day a month or more, then why not go along and find out what volunteering in the various different departments on the Bluebell entails. If under 16, you can gain experience of such work in the 9F Club, but for those who are over 16, perhaps newly retired, or any other age, why not find out more? To help you narrow your choice of departments you can ask for a volunteer recruitment pack; for which a completely revised booklet is available. To help you choose you can also join one of the ‘Find Out More’ tours the next one being on Sunday, November 1. To book your place call the General Office on 01825 720800 or email the Volunteer Recruitment leaders Michael Gibbard and Clive Soper at They can also answer any queries you might have. On the day meet at 10.30am at the “classroom” at Sheffield Park Station and the day should end around 4.20pm.

SHOE BOXES This is a long running Christmas tradition at St Peter’s Church where the idea is to fill a shoe box with useful items for a boy or girl of certain age. These can be toys, school supplies, hygiene items etc. Filled boxes need to be delivered to Joy by Monday November 2; for more information or to arrange delivery call Joy on 01825 722936.

PUMPKINS Townings Farm grow a variety of Pumpkins for Halloween, and in good growing seasons their pumpkins vary from miniature ones to those weighing up to 82 kilograms. During the weeks before Halloween the barn is decorated with the pumpkins, there’s always an impressive display, and is well worth a visit even if you don’t plan to buy a pumpkin. If you do, there will be so many to choose from; you’re sure to find the perfect one for carving or making soups. Just call in at the Farm at Plumpton Road, North Chailey, or to find out more beforehand visit

BONFIRE SOCIETY BADGE NIGHT saw an excellent turn out with many marching, from the Horns Lodge to the Five Bells and back, which was a magnificent sight with torches ablaze. Thanks must go the Five Bells for welcoming the Bonfire Society and allowing the blazing barrel of torches on their car park, to the committee members that made the arrangements and staged the evening and especially to Mike and Linda at the Horns Lodge for the great support they always give the Society.

LUNCHTIME ASSISTANTS are currently being recruited at Chailey Heritage Foundation. Due to an increase in student numbers and the ongoing development of the Foundation’s services they are looking for friendly, enthusiastic people who want to make a positive difference to their students’ lives. As this is a part time position working from midday to 2pm they ideally would like to recruit staff local to the Chailey area. If you may be interested in this role please do contact Luke Richardson on 01825 724444 ext 709.

QUESTIONAIRE HAVE YOU COMPLETED IT? A questionnaire was enclosed with the October copy of Chailey News; why should you complete it? The survey is an important first step in the process of writing the Neighbourhood Plan which will define how we residents want Chailey to look in 2030 and will help decide what happens between now and then. The Plan must reflect all our wishes, views and ideas not just those of our Parish Councillors. Please make your views known by completing the questionnaire as soon as possible and returning it to the Parish Clerk, Stephen Treharne, at the Village Centre, Lewes Road, Scaynes Hill, RH17 7PG.

CHRISTMAS CARDS St Peter & St James have a selection of twelve Christmas cards to choose from and they are available in the Hospice Reception, as well as their charity shops. Alternatively to view details and see the designs go to and call the Retail Mail Order line on 01825 763239 to place the order.

TRAINING COURSES ON THE USE OF DEFIBRILLATORS The Friends of Newick Health Centre have already installed a defibrillator at the Free Church. They are now hoping with help with donations from Chailey residents to place one in the vicinity of Chailey Green, as North Chailey is covered by at least two Community First Responders who are equipped with a defibrillator. All the defibrillators are extremely easy to use with voice instructions from the moment you press the button; however courses are being run to familiarise residents in their use. If you would like to know more about how to use a defibrillator and also get updated on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) a first aid technique that can be used if someone is not breathing properly or if their heart has stopped please contact Peter Todd so that he can gauge the interest and arrange timings for training. His phone number is 01825 722660 and e-mail

GRANTHAM CLOSE, South Chailey, is a group of almshouses, which provide warden assisted sheltered housing to people aged over 60 who have little capital and low income. The Close is currently full but suitable applicants would be welcomed to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Jill Baillieux on 01825722577 to make arrangements.

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