Chailey news
Chailey news

COLLECTORS FAIR: Toy and Rail Collectors Fair takes place at the Bluebell Railway this Saturday and Sunday (July 30 and 31) from 10am to 4pm at Horsted Keynes Station. There will be railway artefacts, model railway equipment and much more in stalls on the pladtform and in a marquee in the station car park. Normal travel fares apply and a Horsted Keynes station admission ticket, £3, covers both the station and marquee.

CRICKET: Chailey play in a league game at the sports ground, North Chailey, on Saturday against Cowden at 1.30pm. On Sunday there is a friendly game again at the sports ground against Felbridge & Sunnyside at 2pm. Interested in playing league or friendly 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 takes place at 10.30am and an Evening Service at 6.30pm. All welcome to the services, visit for more details.

MUSEUM: The mill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm, admission costs £1 adults and 50p children aged 10 to 16 years. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

50 THINGS WILD WEDNESDAYS: Take place every Wednesday in August, at Sheffield Park and Garden at 11am. The cost for each child is £3 to £5. This is another chance to take part in these most popular workshops and tick off a different 50 Things activity every Wednesday during the school holidays. Visit for more details. Booking is essential on 01825 790231.

PUNCH AND JUDY SHOWS: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout August there will be Punch and Judy Shows at the Bluebell Railway Horsted Keynes station. Show Times are 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm and 3.15pm and each show lasts approximately 20 minutes. Travel from Sheffield Park or East Grinstead and alight at Horsted Keynes where you can enjoy these shows.

JOUTSENO GOSPEL CHOIR: On tour from Finland, will be at St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green, on Friday August 5 from 6pm to 7.30pm. The choir numbers about 20 singers in addition to the conductor, a pianist and possibly a saxophonist. The choir sings mainly gospel but in addition to Christian music the choir has included some pop music into its repertoire. There will be an interval when tea and cake will be available. Tickets, from The Friends of St Peter’s Church, are £5 (accompanied children free) and will be available on the door or from Janet Barnes on 01825 722574 or email If you are unable to listen to the choir that day they will also be singing on Saturday August 6 in the Chapel at Chailey Heritage from 6pm to 7.30pm, and the cost again will be £5. They are a really lovely choir and I hope readers will be able to go to one of these concerts.

PLAYING WITH PERSPECTIVE: this trail at Sheffield Park and Garden and continues until Sunday September 11. Excite your senses on this interactive trail involving mirrors, sounds and textures and see the garden from a whole new perspective. Normal admission applies.

SEASIDE WEEKEND: All the fun of the seaside will be at the Bluebell Railway on Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7. Take the trains from Sheffield Park, East Grinstead and Kingscote to Horsted Keynes and visit the seaside. The Paddock at Horsted Keynes will be transformed into a sandy beach; there will be donkey rides, Punch and Judy Shows and an end of Pier Show of Humour and Song. For lunch why not enjoy traditional fish and chips followed by an ice cream? The Pantry Tea Room will also be open throughout the day for cream teas and cake. The Kids for a Quid offer will be available so all children aged 3to 15 years will travel at just £1 on all services all day. Book at least 8 days in advance with Bluebell Bonus tickets and get discounts on adult tickets too.

CHANGING SEASONS EXHIBITION: At Sheffield Park and Garden starts on Saturday August 6 and continues until Sunday September 4. This exhibition by the Nature Corridors for All group is a chance to explore the changing of the seasons and see the work involved in restoring the Capability Brown landscape with this. Normal admission applies.

OUTDOOR CINEMA: At Sheffield Park and Garden is on Friday August 12 and Saturday August 13. Doors open at 6.30pm and the cost for adults is £13. Experience cinema under an open sky with exclusive screenings on the historic cricket pitch as Sheffield Park joins the Summer Nights Film Festival 2016. Showing ‘Spectre’ and 1961 movie ‘The Innocents’ which was filmed at Sheffield Park. See for booking details.

VINTAGE TRANSPORT WEEKEND: Takes place over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday August 13 and 14 at the Bluebell Railway. The displays of vintage and classic cars, stationary engines, commercial vans, steam road engines and motorbikes will be on show at Horsted Keynes Station from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day.

VOLUNTEERING: Volunteering at the Bluebell Railway. A Find Out More Day is taking place on Sunday August 14. Anyone, skilled or unskilled, who can offer a day a month or more to the Railway are invited to find out more about volunteering in our various departments. And if under 16, you can gain experience in the 9F Club. Book your place on an orientation tour, and get more information about the opportunities at the Railway, by phoning 01825 720800 or emailing

MINI BEASTS: Discover the weird and wonderful world of the mini beasts and their hiding places. Come and see what you can find on Wednesday August 17 from 10am to midday. Especially suitable for children, and their parents too, for a fun morning organised by the Commons Society. Take pots, sweep nest and a magnifying glass with you if you have them. Meet at Red House Common car park in Warrs Hill Road North Chailey.

TALK: Discovering Capability Brown is the subject of a talk at Sheffield Park on Saturday August 20 at 6pm. Author Sarah Rutherford talks about her new book ‘Capability Brown, Monarch of Landscape’ and gives insights into the life and work of this revered garden designer. Admission is £18 for adults & refreshments are included. Booking is essential on 01825 790231.

EARLY BIRD WALK: With Ian Woolsey, of the Commons Society, is on Wednesday August 24 from 7am to 9am. The walk will be on Red House Common followed by a hearty breakfast in the Forget Me Not Tearoom. Meet at the car park in Warrs Hill Road North Chailey. Visitors most welcome.

VINTAGE AND PRESTIGE CAR DAY: Each year The Lamb, at Piltdown, hosts one of the best car shows in Sussex, showcasing vintage, prestige and supercars from all over the county. It is a fantastic day for the whole family with children’s activities, bouncy castle, beer festival, Pimms tent, stalls, barbecue, hog roast, live jazz and so much more. The day raises money for two very deserving local charities, St Peter & St James Hospice and Chailey Heritage Foundation. If you are able to help the Foundation with their stand, any time between 11am to 4pm, please contact them on 01825 724752 or

CHAILEY BONFIRE SOCIETY: The organising committee continues to diminish and following this year’s Bonfire celebrations and the Christmas Party most of the Committee are standing down which will make it impossible to continue. The Chair (Chris Farrow) said in Chailey News ‘I’ve never been one to give in but if Bonfire in Chailey is to continue we need a completely fresh start and I’m prepared to approach this with a blank canvas just as long as we maintain the basic principles set by our Founders in 1966 with a safe evening and display focused for Children’. All roles need replacing; Secretary, Treasurer, Fundraisers and of course those that plan, build and deliver the display. The decision to continue, or not, is in your hands and if you are prepared to do something to help this Society to continue please give Chris a call on 07867 822492 or email him at The hard fact is that without new help there will be no Bonfire Celebrations in Chailey in 2017. You can also find out more at the Society’s AGM at the Chailey Reading Room on Wednesday August 31 at 8pm.

SUMMER SHOW: Organised by the horticultural society was a great success. The weather was kind; entries were up and a good crowd enjoyed a lovely summers afternoon looking at the exhibits and enjoying tea and cakes. The standard, as is usually the case in Chailey, was very high with a nice lot of entries in the children’s classes. Let us hope this is repeated at our Autumn Show on Saturday September 10. The following trophies were awarded RHS Banksian Medal (horticulture), Britten Cup (flowers) and Centenary Cup (best exhibit horticulture) Linda Blaker, JC Robinson Memorial Cup (vegetables) Peter Estcourt, Ormiston Cup (fruit) Dennis Matthews and Jenny Brumell, Bineham Cup (sweet peas) Alan Rees, Griffiths Cup (handicrafts) Maureen Durrant, Marie Neal Memorial Rose Bowl (flower arranging) Ladies Cup (cookery) and Baking Cup Janet Caughley, North Common Cup (roses) Pat Stepney, Children’s Cup (7 years and under) Rosie Bellm, Brown Cup (8 to 11 years) Elsie Fenwick and number of potatoes in bucket Isaac Allaway.

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