It would appear that some members of the dog-owning community are not ‘community minded’! It has come to my attention that some dog owners are not clearing up after their dogs when taking them out. There are dog bins around the village: two on the Recreation Ground, one by Nyman’s, one at the junction of Covert Mead and Horsham Road and those are the ones that I know about! Now that the football season has started it would be much appreciated if you let your dog run on the pitches that you clear up after it; not only is it extremely unpleasant for the footballers, but more children are using the Ground as well. It is an offence to allow your dog to foul in a public place (ie anywhere in the village!), you could end up with an on the spot fine which can increase to £1,000 if you end up in court! If you do see someone allowing their dog to foul and you don’t feel up to confronting them in person, it is possible to report them to the Council; likewise, if you find the dog waste bin full, please call the Waste & Recycling Team on tel: 01444 477440 or by email to wastematters@midsussex.gov.uk.

Whilst on the subject of waste, please, if you use the play area on the Recreation Ground, put your rubbish in the bin and not around it! The bin is emptied on a regular basis and is a good sized one, so there the excuse of ‘the bin was full’ is not a viable one! As mentioned above, the Recreation Ground as a whole is being used by more families so it would be appreciated if everyone using it helps to keep it a clean and safe environment for young and old alike.

On Sunday there will be a fund raising quiz on behalf of St Catherine’s Hospice from 7.30 pm at the Victory Inn in Staplefield. Teams should be made up of no more than 4 people at a cost of £2.50 per person. Food will be served from 6 pm so why not make a night of it – if you don’t win in the quiz, you could win on the raffle!

Speaking of quizzes, on Friday, 2 October the first ‘Handcross Village Quiz’ is taking place in the Parish Hall; doors open at 7 pm and the quiz will start at 7.30 pm. Why ‘Handcross Village’? It is hoped that the various clubs and associations in the village will enter a team of up to 4 people at a cost of £10 per team and the first prize of £100 will go to the winning club/association/charity; the second prize of £25 can either go to the team or to charity, etc. If you would like further information or would like to register a team, get in touch with Pam or Barrie Eager on 07519 173398 as they are working with Handcross Association to put this on. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available on the night but if you feel you might need something stronger to oil the wheels, you are welcome to take your own refreshments but don’t forget the glasses! It is hoped that this will become an annual event so why not go along and see how you compare to the rest of the village!

On Sunday, 20 September, the Waste Freighter will be in the village at its usual place, Truggers, from 10 until 11 am, moving on to Finches Field in Pease Pottage where it will be from 11.10 am until 12.10 pm. Please note this is for household rubbish only ie landfill; do not take any computer equipment as this needs to be disposed of separately at the tip. Also, if the freighter isn’t there, please don’t leave your rubbish!

Finally, a note for the diary: on Friday, 25 September, Fountain Therapies are holding a Coffee Morning aid of MacMillan Cancer Support from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. These are a fun way of raising money and making new friends so why not go along and enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake!

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