Chailey news
Chailey news

CHAILEY @ CHRISTMAS: Everyone at St. Peter’s Church is looking forward to Christmas this year with a free event to reflect the Magic of Christmas. From this Friday (December 9) to Sunday (December 11) they are holding their first ‘Chailey @ Christmas’ event which features a Christmas Tree Festival in St Peter’s. There will be many decorated Christmas trees from local groups and businesses. There will be hand bell presentations, choirs and harp music. From 2pm until 6pm on the Friday afternoon, 10am until 5pm on Saturday, 1pm to 5pm on the Sunday the church will be open to visitors who can view the trees, whilst enjoying hand bell presentations, harp music by Margaret Watson, seasonal music and a cup of tea and cake. There will be special peel of Bells at 10am on Saturday and a chance to meet bell ringers afterwards. At 7pm on Saturday there will be a special Christmas Concert ‘Coro Nuovo at Christmas’ to include seasonal music, readings and verse, in the church lit by Christmas Trees. Tickets cost £10 (accompanied children under 16 free) to include light refreshments. Tickets will be available on the door or from Janet Barnes on 01825 722574 or On Sunday the normal services will be held around the festival and there will be a closing concert.

MUM & TODDLER GROUP: at St Peter’s Church on Chailey Green, takes place every Friday from 9.30am. This is free of charge and coffee, tea and biscuits will be available. If you or anyone you know would be interested in coming along please contact the Parish Office on 01825 722286 for more information.

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.

LUNCH CLUB: at St Peter’s Church is held monthly in the church on Chailey Green and the next one is the Christmas Lunch Club on Thursday December 15 at 12.30pm. All are welcome to go along for a delicious festive meal, meet new people and chat and relax. The food is all freshly prepared and home-cooked with a main course, choice of puddings and tea/coffee for £5 per person. There is easy access and disabled toilet facilities. If you require transport or further information please contact Julia Guerard on 01825 722967.

VOLUNTEERS: would be much appreciated to help with Chailey Heritage Foundation’s bucket collection on Thursday December 8 and Wednesday December 21 at Tesco Superstore, Burgess Hill. If you are able to assist please call 01825 724752 or email

FRIENDS OF KINGSCOTE: at the Bluebell Railway, lineside gang have been in action all year and have kept the areas around and south of the station neat and tidy. In inclement weather this is the work of a most dedicated team. The platform gardens require constant attention and it is gratifying for them to receive so many complimentary remarks. The biggest task by value this year has been the replacement of the handrails in the downside subway staircase which have been much admired. The Friends were most fortunate that this job was funded by sponsors. The variety of tasks the Friends undertake is considerable and the tasks are diverse. The diverse tasks undertaken by the Friends include eight benches/trolleys refurbished, three lamp heads repaired/refurbished, a fence erected around the east side of the picnic area, all unpainted wooden fences painted with wood protectant, three planters refurbished, lawns scarified and seed sown, down canopy walls washed down, refreshment signs for Well House completed and the upside running in board has been repaired (wood rot) and repainted and will be reinstated very shortly. Also preparations for the Kingscote Goods Yard Project included assisting with the removal of the tall fir trees bordering Vowels Lane, repairing the fence, emptying and knocking down the Giraffe House. As these tasks have opened up that part of the station, the PMV and Brake Van are now being cosmetically restored by The Friends, the PMV being particularly unsightly. The Friends have recently been joined by three new working members and warmly invite others to join them whether it is to assist with gardening or other maintenance. Please call 01825 720800 to find out more.

BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON: takes place on Sunday February 26 and Chailey Heritage Foundation has five places to allocate and needs two volunteers to assist on the day. If you would like to take part or are able to assist please call 01825 724752 or email

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