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 details.
BAKE OFF: Will you be Star Baker? The Horticultural Society and Women’s Institute present The Great Chailey Bake Off this Saturday (February 25) at the village hall. Like the television series there will be three classes and you can enter as many as you like the cost is 50p per class. Class 1 is the Signature Bake six iced finger buns (sweet yeast dough), your recipe and your flavour. Class 2 the Technical Challenge six French Macarons (recipe provided on registration) and Class 3 the Show Stopper a garden themed decorated cake, one or two tiers. Entries to be set up from midday to 1pm and judging to start at 1pm. Do go along at 2pm for demonstrations, viewing and refreshments and see the prize giving at 3.30pm. There will be separate prizes for 11-16 year olds. To register or find out more contact Janet at email@example.com or 01273 400785 or Jo at CHDSTreasurer-Membership@outlook.com.
QUIZ NIGHT: organised by The Friends of St Peter’s Church, takes place at the village hall (BN8 4BE) this Saturday (February 25) at 7.30pm for 7.45pm. Tickets cost £12.50 per head which includes a choice of hot supper and pudding with vegetarian options, take drinks with you. Everyone is welcome to join in as it promises to be a very good evening. Teams will be tables of six so to book a table or join a team call Janet Barnes on 01825 722574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a table. There will be prizes for the winning teams and a raffle.
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 www.chaileyfreechurch.com for more details.
BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON takes place this Sunday (February 26) and the Chailey Heritage Foundation team comprising of Al, Nadia, Sam, Lee and Sarah will be fundraising towards the Foundation’s Dream Centre Appeal. To support their runners please donate on their JustGiving pages www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Al-Carter, www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Nadia-Govett2 or www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sam-Piper1. The Foundation is very grateful to them and all their supporters for their efforts and generosity. Volunteers would be much appreciated to assist the organisers on the day. If you are able to assist please email email@example.com.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: is now at the stage where a series of draft objectives have been put together, covering the desired outcomes of the Plan. These draft objectives have been based on the feedback received from residents and businesses in the Parish, on what the plan should seek to achieve. A copy of the draft objectives and how residents can provide feedback on them was included with the February edition of the Chailey News and is also available on the Chailey Community Website (www.chailey.org). Two Task Group workshops were held by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group last week. The third on ‘Economy and Transport’ takes place at the Chailey Reading Room (BN8 4DA) on Wednesday March 1 at 7.30pm. This is a chance for residents to drop in and give their views on this aspect of the Plan and the objectives. All are welcome to attend this workshop. If you were unable to attend the workshops last week on ‘Housing’ and ‘Community’ you can still comment on the draft objectives via the Community Website www.chailey.org or through the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.The Steering Group will be publishing a draft of the Neighbourhood Plan later this year and, in view of the controversial planning decision in Newick, it is vital that the residents of Chailey are behind the Plan and support its objectives. So please have your say.
OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN CHAILEY PARISH COUNCIL: A vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council which the Council proposes to fill by co-option. Any eligible person who wishes to be considered as a candidate to fill the vacancy should submit a brief curriculum vitae and a written statement explaining why he/she wishes to join the Council and the skills and experience that he/she would contribute to the work of the Council. The information must be sent to Stephen Treharne, the Clerk to the Council, at the Parish Office, The Reading Room, Chailey Green, BN8 4DA by Friday March 10. Do contact Stephen if you have any questions, including queries about whether or not you are eligible to join the Council, on 01825 722388 or via email at email@example.com.
LAMB BUTCHERY DAY: takes place at Townings Farm (BN8 4EJ) on Sunday March 5 from10am till 4pm and includes a light lunch. This will be an in depth training day in their butchery, where you will learn to produce quality cuts from a whole or half lamb. You will also learn to use the large mincer and their vacuum packer to prepare your meat to take home. The cost is £154 full days training with lunch and half a lamb or mutton to take home and £204 full days training with a whole lamb or mutton to take home. Please let them know when you book if you would like hogget, lamb or mutton to take home. To book or to ask any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01444471352.
WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: meet on Tuesday March 7 at 7.45pm, at the village hall, when John Southgate will be talking about The History of Mystery. John is an experienced magician; having been admitted to the exclusive Inner Magic Circle in the 1960s and members look forward to learning about this interesting subject. Visitors and prospective members, as always, will be made most welcome for a small donation. To find out more call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.
JUMBLE SALE: takes place, at the village hall, on Saturday March 11 at 11am in aid of the Bonfire Society. If you are able to help to set up either on the Friday evening from 7pm or Saturday from 9am then please contact Diane Palmer on 01273 401900 or via email at email@example.com.
LUNCH CLUB: at St Peter’s Church is held monthly at 12.30pm in the church on Chailey Green and the next lunch club is on Thursday March 16. All are welcome to go along for a delicious 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 all 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.
GROW & SHOW: the Horticultural Society Spring Show is at the village hall on Saturday March 18 and has classes for all age groups and experience including fruit, vegetables, flower arranging, crafts and cookery. Children can collect a bucket and seed potatoes at this Show, plant them and bring the bucket back to the Summer Show for the crop to be weighed. The heaviest crop wins a cash prize. If you would like a Show Schedule they are available at the Chailey Surgery, The Five Bells and from Peter Estcourt on 01273 400791 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPECIAL EVENTS: A list of Special Events at the Bluebell Railway can be found at http://www.bluebell-railway.com/special-events/. There will be a Diesel Gala from March 31 to April 2 and the “Flying Scotsman” at the Railway from April 13 to 19. Tickets to travel on general service trains behind “Flying Scotsman” will be on sale this month. For more details visit http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/.
WHIST DRIVE: organised by Chailey Women’s Institute, is at the village hall on Saturday April 1 at 7.30pm. Admission costs £3.50 and everyone is welcome, there will be prizes, a raffle and refreshments.
SWIMARATHON: Chailey Heritage Foundation has been chosen as the main beneficiary of this year’s Swimarathon, an annual event organised by Haywards Heath Lions Club which takes place on Good Friday, April 14, at the Dolphin Centre in Haywards Heath. They will be fundraising for the Foundation’s D.R.E.A.M Centre Appeal, to build a modern and vibrant indoor activity space where children and young people with complex disabilities and health needs can participate in a mixture of arts and physical activities. Haywards Heath Lions are looking to recruit over 60 teams of 6 to take part in a competition to see how many lengths they can swim in 55 minutes. This is a very popular annual event and last year 64 teams competed and raised over £23,000 between them. If you would like to enter a team and help to fundraise for the Appeal, please visit www.hhlionsswim.co.uk. The Foundation are looking for volunteers to help ‘man’ their stand on the day and if you are able to help to do this with one to two hours of your choice any time between 8am and 6pm please email Joan Martin via email@example.com or 01825 724752.
CHAILEY BONFIRE: Society are holding their annual St George’s Day event on Saturday April 22, from midday to 4pm, at the Waterworks field opposite Markstakes Corner. Every village organisation is invited to join the Bonfire Society and celebrate St George’s Day by having a stall/activity to introduce people to your produce/work. If you are a charity and will not be making a profit there will be no charge for the stall, but if you are going to make a sale a donation of £5 or a gift for the Society’s tombola would be greatly accepted. If you would like to join the Bonfire Society on Saturday April 22 please let Brenda Barnes know via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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