CRICKET: sees Chailey in a league game this Saturday (May 14) at the sports ground, North Chailey, against Lindfield 3rd XI starting at 1.30pm. Interested in playing cricket? You will be made most welcome at Chailey Cricket Club. To find out more about cricket in Chailey do call Peter on 07709946880 and visit

CHAILEY FREE CHURCH: has services every Sunday. A Morning Service at 10.30am and an Evening Service at 6:30pm. All welcome to the services, visit for more details.

DIGITAL SANDBOX: From May to early September at Sheffield Park and Garden there is the chance to create your own Capability Brown inspired landscape design with their hands-on 3D digital sandbox. Normal admission applies; visit their website ( for more details.

SPRING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: takes place on Wednesday, May 11, from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Sheffield Park and Garden. The cost is £25 and includes tea or coffee and cake. Booking is essential on 01825 790231.

BAT WALK: at Sheffield Park and Garden takes place on Thursday, May 12, from 8pm to 9.30pm. The cost for adults is £6 and children £3.50. Have a go at detecting the bats living in the garden and parkland while learning more about them. Booking essential on 01825 790231

SOUTHERN AT WAR WEEKEND: is taking place on Saturday and Sunday May 14 and 15 at the Bluebell Railway. There are too many events to list but they include military vehicles , afternoon band shows, concert party shows throughout the day, Sussex Home Guard Displays including firearms, bayonet practise and parades vehicles, Spitfire Display (on Sunday only) and Harley Davidson motorbike display (also Sunday only). There are so many activities, for all the family, to find out more visit

FRIENDS OF CHAILEY WINDMILL: The Mill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday May 15, National Mills Day, and on Sunday May 29 from 3pm to 5 pm on both occasions. Over the weekend of May 14 and 15 the Downs Radio Group will be broadcasting and contacting other Mills throughout the UK and Europe. The Group will welcome visitors on the Saturday and Sunday morning. Last year the group made contact with well over one hundred Mills. For more details call John Smith (01825 723519).

THE RED LAMPS: are at Brighton Fringe on Monday May 16 at 11.30am at the Pavilion Gardens Café (BN1 1UF), which is a beautiful outdoor garden setting, and all are welcome to attend this free production. The Red Lamps are an integrated group of musicians from Chailey Heritage School who will be performing live, using Soundbeam technology: intercepting ultra-sonic beams using movement. Their live performance will consist of both improvised and pre-recorded material.

PLANT SALE: will be at the forecourt of the Horns Lodge on Saturday May 21 from 10am to midday. As the sale is being organised by the Horticultural Society there will be excellent summer bedding, tomato plants, vegetable plants, perennials and much more.

GARDEN PARTY: is at St Peter & St James Hospice on North Common Road, BN8 4ED, on Saturday May 21 from 1.30pm to 5pm. All are welcome to enjoy the tranquil and beautiful setting of the Hospice with views of the South Downs. This is a chance to see the work of their wonderful and dedicated team of volunteer gardeners. You can enjoy a stroll in their Woodland Walk and appreciate the award-winning Reflective Garden donated by Plumpton College. Also see their two new donkeys. There will be a plant and vegetable stall with home-grown plants, as well as bedding donated by South Downs Nurseries. South Downs’ own ‘plant doctor’ will be available to give advice from 2pm to 4pm. You can also play Chip Chuck, see the other stalls and relish homemade refreshments. Admission is £2 per person, with children free and all proceeds will go to the Hospice.

COMMONS SOCIETY: meet on Saturday May 21 at 2pm at Pound Common car park for a walk across the Commons led by Monty Larkin, Grazing Co-ordinator for the Sussex Pony Grazing & Conservation Trust, to see the resident herd of Exmoor ponies. Monty will be accompanied by Lisa Clark, from the Exmoor Pony Society, who will explain the finer points of the Exmoor pony with her pony Tiger Moth. This is an opportunity to find out about the ponies, how they are cared for and the benefits of grazing them on the Commons.

OPEN GARDEN: in aid of St Peter’s Church Restoration Fund takes place on Bank Holiday Monday May 30 from 2pm to 5pm. The garden at Chailey End, Oxbottom Lane, Newick, is in a beautiful setting with a variety of interesting plants, shrubs and trees. Admission is £3 with children, under 16, free. Teas will be available. For more details call Janet Barnes, of The Friends of St Peter’s Church, on 01825 722574, email or visit

50 THINGS WILD WEEK: at Sheffield Park and Garden is from Monday May 30 to Friday June 3 starting at 11am and the cost £3 to £5 a child. From raft building to pond dipping, there is a different 50 Things activity to tick off your list every day in half term. Please check their website for details. Booking is essential on 01825 79023.

CORO NUOVO YOUNG MUSICIANS BURSARY 2016: The Friends of St Peter’s Church and Coro Nuovo, the leading Sussex based choir, are delighted to announce details of the preliminary round of the Coro Nuovo Young Musician Bursary which will take place at St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green, on Sunday June 5 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. The new bursary, in the sum of £500, will be awarded to help to further the studies or continuing development of a young musician from Sussex. Nine contestants, from voice to violin, aged between 17 and 25, are taking part in the preliminary round which members of the public can attend. Tickets priced £5, to include tea and cake, will be available on the door or from Janet Barnes on 01825 722574 or e-mail Proceeds from the event will be shared between the St Peter’s Church Restoration Fund and bursaries for future young musicians.

DOUBLE YOUR MONEY CHAILEY SPORTS CLUB APPEAL: The Sports Club and Parish Council have spent much of the last year working on the ambitious £55,000 project to repair and refurbish the Pavilion at the Sports Ground. They have secured funding of close to £40,000 and are now looking to raise the final amount needed to ensure they meet their goal of providing a facility that will serve the various sports clubs, and everyone in the local community, for the next 20 years. They are now asking you, the local businesses and local residents, to make donations to help them meet their ambitious goal. Chailey residents of many years and sporting enthusiasts, Rob and Ann Tillard, have very generously offered to match all monies raised in this appeal £ for £ up to a maximum of £5,000. So for every £100 given by you the Sports Club will receive £200. Every contribution will be gratefully received so please give what you can to what is a great local cause. When the work is done all those who have contributed will be invited for a drink at the refurbished Pavilion to see what has been done and celebrate the official re-opening of the Pavilion. This is your Pavilion for the benefit of the children and members of your village to play sport. Please give generously to enable them to continue to enjoy sports. The Sports Club Bank details are Lloyds Bank Account Number 60368368 Sort Code 77-63-14 if you would like to make a donation. Please use your initial and surname as a reference so they are able to invite you personally to the opening celebration. Alternatively a cheque can be sent to Chailey Sports Club via the Chairman, Gary Strangwood, at 14 Mill Brooks, South Chailey, East Sussex BN8 4AW. For more details do email Gary at Thanks in anticipation for your support.

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