Chailey news
Chailey news

MUM & TODDLER GROUP: at St Peter’s Church on Chailey Green, meet 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.

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.

FLOWER ARRANGING DEMONSTRATION: On Tuesday February 26 Shirley Carman-Martin has kindly offered to come and give guidance on interpretation and display for the flower arranging classes in horticultural shows. This will start at 6pm, in the Reading Room, and is open to all with no charge and cheese and wine will be provided. So please do go along and benefit from Shirley’s expertise. For more information call Peter Estcourt on 07803179708 or

JUMBLE SALE: will be at the village hall on Saturday March 2, at 11am, to raise funds for Chailey Bonfire Society. Donations of jumble will be gratefully received from February 16, so if you are having a clear out please bear the Bonfire Society in mind. Local collections of jumble can be arranged, please contact Diane on 01273 401900 to organise.

PLANNING COMMITTEE: All Chailey residents are invited to attend the Parish Council’s Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday March 5, at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, starting at 7.30 pm. 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.

CHAILEY WI: meet on Tuesday March 5, at the village hall, at 7.45pm when Paul Green will give a fascinating talk titled ‘Murders and Misdemeanours’. Prospective members and guests are always welcome and a donation of £3 will include homemade refreshments. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

SPONSORED THREE COURSE DINNER: is being held at The Bull Inn Newick, by the Newick and Chailey St Peter and St James Hospice Support Group, on Wednesday March 6 at 7pm for 7.30pm. There will be a glass of bubbles on arrival and a fund raising raffle. Tickets cost £35 per head and please contact Sarah Nesbitt 01825 721033 or The Bull Inn 01825 722746 to acquire them.

CHAILEY REPAIR CAFÉ: is open next, at the village hall (next to the Five Bells Pub), on Saturday March 9. In February the Repair Café celebrated their largest attendance, with more than 120 visitors from 22 different Sussex and Kent towns and villages. 86 repairs were attempted, the vast majority successfully, including a battery charger, cuckoo clock, model Spitfire, Victorian lamps, walkie talkies, laptops, electric bikes along with clothing and fabric repairs. Founder and coordinator Bryan McAlley has advised that the Repair Café is beginning to stock spares for many items, so that repairs can be completed on the day, and plans to offer internet access to enable those hard to find spare parts to be tracked down there and then. The Repair Café is part of a world-wide movement where volunteer experts repair things free of charge although a donation towards running costs is invited. Anyone can take along broken items or clothing needing repair and enjoy cup of tea or coffee and a cake whilst waiting. If you would like to know more contact or find the Café on Facebook.

BRANCH LINE WEEKEND: (Friday March 15 to Sunday March 17). This will be a fun-packed weekend showcasing the Bluebell Railway’s small locomotives. There will be a busy timetable using the smaller Bluebell locomotives plus visitors including O2-class No. W24 ‘Calbourne’ (courtesy of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway Company Ltd) and the 0298-class No. 30587 Beattie Well Tank (courtesy of the National Railway Museum) built in 1874. On Friday there will be an increased frequency timetable between East Grinstead and Sheffield Park and on both Saturday and Sunday it will be a case of ‘All Change at Horsted Keynes’ with a packed timetable of trains between there and both Sheffield Park and East Grinstead. Brake Van rides will also be operating over the weekend at Horsted Keynes. For more information visit

SPRING CONCERT: Coro Nuovo will be performing Fauré’s Requiem at St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green, on Saturday March 16 at 7pm. This Requiem has some beautiful serene melodies particularly the soaring Pie Jesu and ends with the glorious In Paradisum. The work is set for choir, soprano and baritone solo and will be conducted by Andrew Rees, Coro Nuovo’s Music Director. The Coro Nuovo Young Musician of the Year 2018, Rebecca Leggett, will also be performing at the concert. Tickets can be obtained via email at or by calling 07887 917657 or online at

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: All Chailey residents are invited to attend the meeting of the Parish Council at 7.30 pm on Tuesday March 19 at the Reading Room, Chailey Green. The Council will be considering and making decisions on a wish to range of matters relevant to Chailey and its residents. Members of the public will have an opportunity to speak on any issue they 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.

LUNCH CLUB: at St Peter’s Church, on Chailey Green, is on Thursday March 21. Just go along and enjoy a delicious lunch from 12.30 to 2pm. The meal 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 or call 01825 722286.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SCHEDULE: for 2019 is available from Peter Estcourt on 07803179708 or, the local shop and the Five Bells. The Spring Show is on Saturday March 23 so do get your schedule and think of what to enter.

FETE AND DOG SHOW: organised by Chailey Bonfire Society in the field at Markstakes Corner, South Chailey, takes place on Saturday April 20 and the Society invite you to have a stall. The St George’s Day Fete will be open to the public from 12pm to 4pm. Each pitch is suitable for a gazebo and larger pitches are available. Stalls and car boot spaces are £10. Payment to be made in advance. If you would like to book a stall or car boot space or would like more information call Clare on 07985 112968 or email If you are interested in getting involved with this event or have/know of an attraction that the Bonfire Society may be interested in please also contact Clare.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Chailey Heritage Foundation are looking for volunteers to assist by taking part in the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge, either 30 or 60 miles, on Sunday May 19. Also the Foundation would be extremely grateful for volunteers at their Focus 10K at Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, ( on Sunday June 2. This is a few months away but please check your diaries and see if you can help the Foundation as they are looking for at least forty volunteers/marshalls. This is a fun, family day out with a great atmosphere. Helpers will need to be there between 8am and 2pm and food and beverages will be provided. Please let the Foundation know, as soon as possible, if you can help on 01825 724444 or fundraising