DIESEL GALA: at the Bluebell Railway takes place this weekend (March 23 to 25). Three locomotives are confirmed the Class 45 No. 45041 and Class 46 D182 owned by Peak locomotive Company Ltd, along with the Class 31 No. 31271 owned by A1A Locomotives Ltd. The weekend will include an intensive operating service with three six-car sets, Brake van rides (in their “Queen Mary” No. 56290) at Horsted Keynes, twelve-car set running Friday and Saturday late afternoon. For more information and to buy tickets visit

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.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Spring Show is at the village hall this Saturday (March 24). There are classes for daffodils, narcissi, polyanthus and hyacinths and if you have any of these flowers in your garden why not take them along. For a show schedule email, alternatively schedules are available at the Five Bells, Horns Lodge and South Chailey Stores or from Peter Estcourt via or 07803 179708. Everyone is invited to see the exhibits from 2.30pm and maybe stay a while to enjoy delicious refreshments, which will include homemade cakes, and the raffle. Prize giving is at about 4pm and will be followed by an auction of produce.

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.

CHAILEY WI: meet on Tuesday, April 3, at the village hall, at 7.45pm when the speaker will be Miranda Tippey who will talk on ‘The People of Ashdown Forest’. She will recall some of the characters who lived on the Forest in years gone by. Prospective members and guests are most welcome to attend what promises to be a most interesting talk with lots of local interest, do just go along. There is a nominal charge of £3 which includes homemade refreshments. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

FIND OUT MORE: Days you are invited to find out about what volunteering in the various departments at the Bluebell Railway. The next day is on Sunday April 8 from 10.30am at Sheffield Park Station, and ending around 4.30pm. The day includes a tour behind the scenes to show the variety of roles and departments that you can volunteer for. For more information, email Volunteer Recruitment Leader David Chappell at or call 01825 720800.

PLANNING COMMITTEE: All Chailey residents are invited to attend the meeting of the Parish Council’s Planning Committee at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, April 10 at The Reading Room, Chailey Green. The Committee will be considering current planning applications and the Council’s response to them. Members of the public will have an opportunity to speak about any planning or related matter. The full agenda can be found on the Council’s website at They look forward to seeing you.

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 April 19. All are welcome to go along for a delicious meal, meet new people and chat and relax. The food is 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.

ST GEORGE’S DAY FETE: organised by Chailey Bonfire Society in the field at Markstakes Corner, South Chailey, takes place on Saturday April 21. It takes a lot of people to put on a successful event, if you feel that you could offer your services to assist the Bonfire Society and would like to know more please contact Diane on 01273 401900 or via email at The Bonfire Society invites you to have a stall. The fete will be open to the public from 12pm to 4pm. Each pitch is suitable for a gazebo and larger pitches are available. Car boots and general stalls cost £10 and charity stalls £5, with parking available behind each pitch. Payment to be made in advance. If you would like more information call Yasmin on 07376071248 or email

ASTRONOMY IN THE PUB: The 6th Chailey Astronomy in the Pub takes place on Saturday April 21 from 5pm to 12pm. Do go along for a night under the stars at the Five Bells in Chailey. Learn about the wonders of the universe and how to view them. If clear, there will be telescopes aimed at objects for you to view, along with a team of amateur and professional astronomers to answer your questions. Entry is free, so why not join them. For more information call Richie Jarvis on 07702 705427 or email

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: All Chailey residents are invited to attend the meeting of the Parish Council at 7.30 pm on Tuesday April 24 at The Reading Room, Chailey Green. The Council will be considering and making decisions on a range of matters relevant to Chailey and its residents. Members of the public will have an opportunity to speak on any issue they wish to raise or draw to the Council’s attention. The full agenda can be found on the Council’s website at They look forward to seeing you.

TOY AND RAIL COLLECTORS’ FAIR: is at the Bluebell Railway, Horsted Keynes Station, on Sunday April 28

from 10am to 4pm. There will be model railways (new and second-hand), die-cast, collectables, railway books, Railwayana, photographs and preservation societies. Admission is by platform ticket or free with train travel ticket or Bluebell membership card.

WOLF RUN: This 10K extreme obstacle course takes place on April 28 and 29 at Pippingford, Near Chelwood Gate). The Wolf Run is a fun way to challenge yourself and support Chailey Heritage Foundation, this year’s nominated charity, at the same time. For details of the event visit As well as entrants, the Foundation would like volunteers to support them over the two days by helping to man the Key and Bag Drop and the bouncy castle. If you, your friends or family are up for a challenge or would like to help through volunteering please do contact Joan Martin, Community and Events Fundraiser at the Foundation, on 01825 724444 ext. 718 for more details.

WINDMILL AND RURAL LIFE MUSEUM: will open for the first time this year on Sunday April 29 from 3pm to 5pm. Admission costs £1 adults and 50p for children aged 10-16 years. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.