WARNING: The footpaths in New England Wood are extremely hazardous due to the recent wet weather. Please do not enter the wood unless you are very sure of your footing. The Trustees further ask that you avoid visiting the wood, if possible, until conditions are drier to prevent damage to the ground flora.

Ensemble Reza will present a wonderful afternoon of music on 31st January in Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield. The programme will feature Dvorak’s String Sextet in A major Op.48 and Tchaikovsky’s Couvenir de Florence. Tickets from Wealden Stores, Whitemans Green and Pepperbox, High Street.

Chailey Heritage in the First World War: From Children’s Home to Soldiers’ Hospital: On Thursday 4th February Chailey Heritage Foundation is opening its doors to the local community for a captivating talk on its history, and an opportunity to learn about the work the charity does today. Established in 1903, Chailey Heritage Foundation has a fascinating history supporting children and young people with a range of conditions such as tuberculosis, rickets, and polio, even treating injured soldiers during both World Wars. Guest speaker, Dr Julie Anderson, Reader in the History of Modern Medicine at the University of Kent, will talk about Chailey Heritage Foundation’s pioneering approach to the rehabilitation of soldiers injured in the First World War. After the talk, guests will have an opportunity to have a look round some of the facilities, meet some of the charity’s beneficiaries and speak to its dedicated staff. The event will take place at Chailey Heritage Foundation between 6pm-8pm and is free of charge, but numbers are limited. If you would like to come along please contact Jenny Hanraads on 01825 724444 (Ext 725) or email to receive a ticket.

Cuckfield Museum will reopen after the winter break on Feb 13th with an exhibition on shoes. We have shoes in our collection that were deliberately concealed under a cottage floor while others were found in a back yard. We have workhouse boots and the finest baby’s kid slippers. If anyone has shoes of age or interest that they would like to loan, we would be very interested to see them. Please ring Phillipa Malins on 01444 452307.’

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