Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and that 2016 is good to you in every way possible.

The January Community Bus outings are full but there are still a few places left on next month’s which is a trip to London with an optional tour of the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday, 2 February, leaving the village at 9 am and aiming to leave London at 4.30 pm. The cost of this trip is £13 plus £12 if you wish to have the tour. If you would like to put your name down please get in touch with Christina on 400212 or speak to her in the Hardware Shop. If you are finding yourself at a loose end now that the festivities are over, they are still in need of volunteer drivers – again, Christina is the person to speak to. I have driven the bus myself a few years ago now but I can assure you it is not difficult once you have got used to the size of it!

If you enjoy driving but are not so keen on driving a minibus, perhaps you could offer some assistance to Help At Hand as they are also in need of volunteer drivers. As you will be driving your own vehicle, you can claim up to 45p per mile towards your costs. If you would like more information about this or helping this local charity in any other way, please contact Ian Ratcliffe on 400763.

I went to the Neighbourhood Planning Committee meeting just before Christmas which proved to be enlightening! It would appear that not only has the Parish Hall, Bowls and Rifle Clubs been given a reprieve, but the offer of Warren Cottage Field has been withdrawn! It would appear that the Hyde/Hallam consortium have decided to concentrate on their planning application for the development of the land behind the Surgery and the back of the Recreation Ground. I don’t have any more information at the moment but rest assured, as soon as I do, I will pass it on. Nor am I able to say if the Parish Hall will now be refurbished; again, as soon as I hear anything, I will pass it on.
With regard to the progress of the NHP, things are now moving on and it is hoped that the Committee will be able to hold workshops/exhibitions detailing the sites that will be included in the Plan in the not too distant future. The Committee is very conscious that they need to make sure everything is in order and that all the ‘i’s are dotted and the ‘t’s crossed to ensure it will withstand and pass examination by any government appointed examiner as well as Mid Sussex District Council. They would therefore appreciate support not only from the village but the parish as a whole and ask that we go along to the monthly meetings whenever possible to keep up to date on progress; the next meeting will be on Monday, 18 January from 7.30 pm in the Pavilion. Details of all meetings (agendas and minutes) can be found on their website www.spcnhp.blogspot.com, where you can also find links to their Facebook page and Twitter account. We need to get behind this Committee now and get our plan in place as a matter of urgency – from being one of the first parishes in Mid Sussex to submit a plan, we are now in danger of being one of the last to get their plan voted on and ratified! Look out for banners and posters advertising workshops and/or exhibitions – I hope to see you there!

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