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This is the latest round-up of village news from across the Mid Sussex area. If you have any local news please get in contact with the correspondents mentioned below.


Karen Adams

Tel: 07789485167


Ardingly History Society is holding its Annual General Meeting at 7.45pm on Tuesday 10th March in Hapstead Hall. The AGM will be followed by a short film by Vic Stone which shows the construction of Ardingly reservoir in 1976.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800


The WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER will be celebrated in the Parish Room on Friday 6 March at 2.00 pm. The host country is the Bahamas and the subject is “Jesus said to them: Do you know what I have done to you?”

LOCUS YOUTH CLUB meet on Friday 6 March at 6.30 – 8.00 pm in the Parish Room.

MOTHERS’ UNION COFFEE MORNING takes place in the Parish Room on Saturday 7 March from 10.00 am until 12 noon. There will be Cakes, Books, Bric a Brac, and a Raffle. Entry 50p includes Tea, Coffee and biscuits. Everyone Welcome.

CINEMA in the Victory Hall on Friday 13 March will be the film Mr Turner starring Timothy Spall. Tickets are £6 available at Threads.


Sunday 8 March 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist

Wednesday 11 March 7.45pm Ecumenical Lent Course


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


JUMBLE SALE organised by the Bonfire Society is on Saturday (March 7) at 11am at the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated on the day from 9am or to arrange collection call Trevor Smith on 01273 891008. Please have a clear out and donate items to the Society and so help them raise much needed funds for the display they are planning and the Christmas party for the senior citizens of the village.

ORGANIST ANDY REES and his choir ‘Coro Nuovo’ are holding a concert at St Peter’s Church this Saturday (March 7) at 7pm. Refreshments will be available in the interval. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door, to purchase a ticket call Nicola Lack on 01825 721107.

WHIST DRIVE, organised by Chailey Branch of The Women’s British Legion, is on Saturday (March 7) at 7.30pm at the village hall. All are welcome to attend; the cost is a modest £3 for an evening’s entertainment, plate supper and prizes. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and an all age family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. The Free Church at South Chailey has services this Sunday at 10.30am and 6.30pm.

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, every Tuesday morning from 10am to 12pm. This is an opportunity to chat and receive information, advice or guidance on money, budgeting, debts, bills and finance.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge, Chailey Green, on Tuesday March 10 from 8pm for a Picture Quiz. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is invited to attend this meeting. To find out more about the Group visit

LENT LUNCH takes place in St Peter’s Church on Thursday, March 12, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Soup, bread rolls, cheese and coffee or tea will be served. Any donations will be given to ‘Oscar’s Wish Foundation’.

VILLAGE INFORMATION POINT session is at The Coffee Stop, Free Church, South Chailey, on Friday March 13 between 10am and midday. Vera Grainger, the Parish Clerk, will be there to answer and assist with any questions you may have.

MEET AND GREET PCSO Steve Knowles who is visiting the Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, on Tuesday March 17 from 10am to 10.30am. All are welcome to go along and have a chat and get advice about any local community policing issues.

COMMONS SOCIETY meets at the village hall on Thursday March 19 at 7.30pm. There will be a talk by Roy Hale on ‘The Search for Endangered Animals in Borneo’. Ray has travelled to Borneo many times, in the last twenty years, and will give an illustrated talk on a few of the weird, wonderful and endangered creatures he photographed and explain why they are under threat from man. The talk will be followed by the Society’s AGM. Visitors are most welcome to attend. For further information visit or call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

POST OF PARISH CLERK The Parish Council regrets to advise that Vera Grainger has re-signed as Parish Clerk, with effect from April 17. The Council is looking to appoint a Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer with drive, determination and organisational skills to manage a varied workload. In addition to managing the day-to-day work of the Parish Council, the post holder will work closely with Councillors to plan and implement the aims and objectives of the Council. The ideal applicant will have financial & administrative experience, the ability to deliver projects on time and within budget and be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for working with residents and local organisations. The Council has asked the Sussex Association of Local Councils to advise on the appointment of Vera’s successor. Details of the post and an application form can be found at The closing date for applications is March 20 and interviews are expected to take place on March 31. To learn more about the post do contact Vera Grainger on 01444 831453 or by email

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Spring Show is at the village hall on Saturday March 21. 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. The entry fee for each class is just 10p for members and 20p for non-members. Members of the Society will be on hand to assist with presentation. You don’t need to worry that your entry will be up against those who have won many times before as there are novice classes for those with no experience or limited experience of showing. For a show schedule and entry form call Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699, where you will also find details of the vegetable, flower arranging, handicrafts, art, photography, cookery and children’s classes.

OSCAR’S WISH FOUNDATION (OWF) was launched on February 14 to support anyone who has been affected by losing a baby before, during or after birth. The launch, on the green outside St Peter’s Church, was showcased in memory of baby Oscar Jensen. Friends and family gathered to remember his precious life and the lives of many babies by releasing balloons and messages written on sky lanterns into the sky. OWF is headed by Gemma Kybert, the mainstay of the Youth Group for years, and is a not-for-profit organisation offering comfort and support to parents, family, siblings and friends who have experienced the devastating loss of a precious baby. For more information visit


Diana Mackenzie


Cuckfield Museum will host a talk entitled “Museum Musings” by Helen Poole, Museum Curator and Historian on Thursday, 19th March, 8.00 pm in the Council Chamber, The Queens Hall, Cuckfield.

Helen, who has recently become the Museum Mentor for Cuckfield Museum, has spent much of her working life as a museum professional, and since 1991 has been involved in many museums and heritage sites throughout Sussex. The talk will look at some of her interesting projects from the re-displays at The Castle and The Priory at Lewes, the project for the acclaimed new museum at Arundel, and the current Lottery funded complex move of Crawley museum into an historic property dating back to the 1280s. Helen’s talk will also look at the Shoreham Film Industry, an early rival to Hollywood until fire destroyed the studios, together with research topics on how the canons built their Priory at Michelham, the role change of country houses in WW1 and in WW11, a long overdue look at the contribution made by the Canadians in Sussex. Helen comments “It has been a lot of fun and I look forward to sharing it”.

Please contact Sandra Burns 01444 412082 to book a place.


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236


Vivace Choir - Interested in joining a fun small choir? Vivace! meets on Wednesday evenings in Ditchling and over the last eleven years has raised over £100,000 for local and national charities. We sing a wide range of styles from sacred to jazz. For further details please see our web site, or ring 01444 417953 for further details.

Patient Participation Group - Wednesday 11th March 6.30pm at The Health Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint

The Annual General Meeting is at 6.30pm, followed at 7pm by a Talk on COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

All patients of the practices of Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks and Ditchling are invited to both meetings. We hope to see many of you there.

Ditchling Film Society - on March 5th we shall be showing I Wish about Koichi, a twelve year old boy who has been separated from his brother as a result of his parents’ divorce. This very genuine and deeply satisfying film is a complex, delicate drama about two young boys living through their parents’ separation.Director: Hirokazu Koreeda 2011. 128 mins. PG Cert.

Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning-The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday February 17th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am. It is sponsored by the Ditchling Downs WI.


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638


The WI will be meeting in the Parish Hall on Monday 9 March from 2.30 pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and enjoy a homemade tea and some lively company.

Everyone is aware that there is a General Election looming in a couple of months, but were you aware that there are also elections for Parish Councils? On the same day, Thursday, 7 May, you will be able to vote for any change in Government as well as the Parish Council. If you are interested in finding out what is involved in being a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk, Sally Mclean (tel: 01403 733881 / email: or speak to any of the Councillors, whose details can be found in either the Parish Magazine or the Slaugham Parish Council Newsletter, a copy of which should have been delivered to your door in the past few days.

On the subject of the Parish Council’s newsletter, it is currently delivered to each household in Handcross by members of the Parish Council four times a year but would you be interested in helping with the delivery? A wider group of people delivering to a small number of local homes would be a great help. If this is of interest, please contact any of the councillors listed on the back page of your recently delivered newsletter.

Finally, Handcross Association is starting to think about this year’s Family Fun Day which will be on Saturday, 4 July on the Recreation Ground between midday and 4 pm. If you would like to be involved in any way – helping with the organisation (setting up or clearing up on the Sunday), or to set up a stall (at a cost of £12 a pitch), please get in touch with Neil Mitchell on 07732 043323 or by email at


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136


Pembury House Garden, New Road, Clayton will be open on today, Thursday 5th and tomorrow for their Hellebore Days. The hellebores and other early spring flowers should be at their best. Open Daily from 11.00am to 4.00pm as part of the National Garden Scheme. All the proceeds go to the NGS charities, which include MacMillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care. Parking will be clearly signed in Clayton with only Blue Badge parking at the house and the rest at the car park at Clayton Village Green (BN6 9PJ). Plants, preserves and light refreshments for sale. Adult Entry is £5.00 with children and dogs on leads free. The garden is always cold in winter and invariably muddy, so winter attire is a must. The garden is designed to be wheelchair friendly with good access around the house but the ground may be soft elsewhere.

The Hassocks Field Society will be meeting on Monday 9th March in the Adastra Hall, Keymer Road at 7.45pm.where Ray Hale will be giving a talk on “The Voyages of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace”. Visitors Welcome. £2.00

Mid Sussex Health Care Patient Participation Group AGM and Talk takes place on Wednesday 11th March at 6.30pm at The Health Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint. The Annual General Meeting at 6.30pm is followed at 7.00pm by a Talk on COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). All patients of the practices of Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks and Ditchling are invited to both meetings.

Also on Wednesday, the Hassocks Horticultural Society will be meeting at the Adastra Hall, Keymer Road at 7.45pm for 8.00pm. This month’s speaker is Stephen Morphew. He will present an illustrated talk entitled “Japanese Gardens and English Gardens - Some Differences and Similarities”. While different in many ways, there are some surprising parallels. Visitors welcome. Admission £1.50 members, £2.50 visitors – price includes refreshments.

The next meeting of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section takes place on Thursday 12th March at 3.00pm in the Royal British Legion Clubhouse, Woodlands Road, Hassocks. Today’s speaker is Evelyn Stenning on ‘Evelyn’s Wonders’

Star Cinema - Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks. The final film of the current season is next Friday (13th March.) The film is ‘Mr Turner’ (Cert 12A). Starring Timothy Spall as J MW Turner, the film chronicles the last 25 years of this somewhat eccentric genius. Doors open 7.00pm. with the film starting at 7.30pm. Refreshments and raffle. Ticket prices are £4.00 for concessions and £4.50 for adults.

Further details of many more events in the area can also be found at

If you would like details of your organisations events published in this column, please email details to, or leave a message (voice or text) on 07889 141136. Items for inclusion should be received no later than 10 days prior to the date of publication.


Claire Richard

Tel 01273 834065


THE MUSEUM AND HERITAGE GROUP has a new exhibition in the foyer of the Village Centre entitled Village People. Go and see a display of some pictorial memories of Hurstpierpoint in times gone by. Perhaps they will jog a few more memories. If so do get in touch with the group as they are gradually assembling a record of the village as it used to be. Photos and stories welcome, contact Brian Judge on 07985 201335. A late idea for a New Year’s resolution could be to write a short memory of a Hurst childhood, working in earlier times or the village during the Second World War.

VILLAGE CINEMA coming on Thursday 5th March OF HORSES AND MEN A complete one off, a real gem. This Icelandic film is both very funny and strangely moving. Based around a small, remote and isolated Icelandic community who all love their horses, but are largely at odds with each other and split by petty jealousies. Tickets available from Mishon Mackay, online Email or telephone 01273 835875 for film and ticket information.

WOMEN”S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 6th March at 10.30am at Holy Trinity Church. This is an international and interchurch day All are welcome and to stay for a chat and coffee afterwards.

CRAFT FAIR Heber Opera are the organisers of this event to be held at the Village Centre Saturday 7th March from 11am to 3pm. There will be a wide variety of stalls with many interesting crafts on show and refreshments available throughout the day. Admission includes a cup of tea, coffee or glass of orange juice. Stallholders contact Jenny Letton on 01273 834703 or

HURSTPIERPOINT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY next meeting will be on Tuesday 10th March at 7.45pm in the Village Centre. The Importance of Wildlife Ponds, an illustrated talk by Pete the Pond, a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced builder of ponds both large and small. All welcome.

ST GEORGE”S MILLENIUM GARDEN TRUST holds its AGM on Wednesday 11th March at 7pm in the Bowls Club Pavilion South Avenue. After a short meeting Janet Kennish will speak about The History of Saddlescombe Farmhouse. Both members and visitors welcome. Contact the secretary on 01273 832756 for more information about the trust.

MID SUSSEX HEALTH CARE PATIENT PARTICPATION GROUP has its AGM on Wednesday 11th March at 6.30pm at The Health Centre, Trinity Road. Following on at 7pm is a talk on COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

All patients of the Hurstpierpoint practice, as from Hassocks and Ditchling, are invited to the evening.

ADVANCE NOTICE The Horticultural Society Spring Show will be on Saturday 22nd March at 2.15pm in the Village Centre. Get preparing for spring flowers, cookery, photography, floral exhibits and a special life-size scarecrow completion for the children with a top prize of £10. Perfect wet weekend creative activity for the children! Pick up a show schedule now from Gibsons in the High Street, and exhibiting is free.


COUNTRY MARKET at the King Edward Hall every Thursday from 10 to 11am, free entry. There is always a wide range of home made goods, from savouries to biscuits, jams, marmalades, and cakes which now include gluten free items. Also plenty of craft stalls, and orders can be undertaken for unique cards for special occasions or knitted articles like jumpers or socks. Plants and fresh vegetables beginning to come in. Tea, coffee and biscuits served.

The Civic Amenity Freighters will be in the Tollgate Car Park on Sunday 8th March from 10 am until noon for the collection of household and garden waste. Please do not leave rubbish in the absence of the freighters

Lindfield Horticultural Society Wednesday 11 March – Talk by Steven Moore of Rapkyns Nursery, Broad Oak Using plants to illustrate his points, Steven will give us ideas for Early Spring Colour, including suggestions for structural evergreens and interesting plant combinations. All welcome. 8pm in the King Edward Hall. Entry £1 members, £2 visitors.

Lindfield Evening WI members were charmed by February’s talk: Japan viewed from the inside by a Gaijin. Horticulturist Stephen Morphew described his visits to southern Japan and showed beautiful photographs of its gardens, temples, architecture and traditions. Stephen’s anecdotes told of the affection he has for this mountainous, forested country “caressed into existence” and his admiration for its people. We saw pictures of towering, medieval castles built by the Samurai under the orders of the Shogun, thousand-flower chrysanthemums, “dry water” gardens of intricately raked gravel, Shinto shrines, cloud-pruned azaleas and fields of cherry-blossom. Stephen’s was a captivating presentation.

Business at February’s meeting included voting for the new board of trustees of the National Federation of WIs, planning craft entries and baking for the South of England Show, and details of a national fair to be held in Harrogate in September as part of the WI’s centenary celebrations.

Members will get together at various events during the next few weeks: lunch club at the Birch Hotel, both book clubs, the knitting circle and a coffee morning in February, a “son et lumiere” event in Westminster Abbey in March, a fashion show at Hilltop WI in April and a Group meeting (five local WIs) in May featuring a presentation about Bomber Command.

After coffee and socialising, February’s meeting drew to a close with the raffle, birthday posies and a piece from a 1956 Woman & Home (the year Lindfield Evening WI was founded) exhorting wives to have dinner on the table when their husbands came home, to make themselves, their homes and their children pretty to welcome the man of the house and perhaps “put a ribbon in their hair”. Lindfield women of 2015 are made of more cynical and emancipated stuff and fell about laughing!

Lindfield Evening WI welcomed four new members to the February meeting. We hope they liked what they found and will return to King Edward Hall on 12 March when the speaker will be Mary Folenza and her topic: Women.


Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348


Newick Country market will be open on Friday morning in the Village Hall from 10 to 11am,there will be a good selection of vegetables , homemade cakes and savoury items, plus flowers and plants, and you can enjoy a cup of coffee.

On Saturday 7th in the evening there will be Live Bands playing in the Village Hall from 8pm till late, this event is being organised by the Newick Bonfire Society, Admission by advance ticket the price will be £8 per person, tickets are available The Royal Oak and The Crown you can also telephone / text 078 960 714 81, this sounds like fun, enjoy.

Just to remind you that the WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER will take place at St. Mary’s on Friday 6th March from 2pm.

Sunday Services this weekend at St. Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8 am followed Family Service at 10.30am. on Thursday evening the Lent Course will continue in the Barn Centre at 7pm, everyone most welcome .

Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30 pm on Thursday 12th the speaker will be Paddy Cumberlege his topic will be A PASSION FOR PICTURES, for further details telephone 01 825 722 154.

Saturday 14th the Horticultural Society will be holding A QUIZ NIGHT from 8pm in the Village Hall so get your thinking caps on you need teams of 8 people, tickets need to be purchased in advance there will be a ploughman’s supper plus the bar , this is the society only big fund raising event and without this they would struggle to hold the big Annual Show,PLEASE TRY AND SUPPORT THIS EVENT. for further details telephone 01 825 724 295 or 723 658.

Dates for your March ;

22nd Newick Cinema the film being Mr. Turner,in the Village Hall

26th Newick WI meeting in the Community Centre speaker Diana Page

28th Hurstwood Park will be holding a Coffee morning with Jumble sale in the Community Centre from 10 till 1pm.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


JUMBLE SALE POSTPONED The Activity Scheme jumble sale, which I mentioned last week, planned for this Saturday (March 7) has been postponed until Saturday September 5.

ASPEN INSURANCE ANGLO-IRISH RACEDAY on Monday, March 9, at Plumpton Racecourse, will have exciting competitive jump racing. There will also be a Cheltenham Festival free preview starting at 12.30pm in the Chasers Bar, which is based on a first come first served basis. Racegoers can hear the thoughts of the Plumpton expert panel, hosted by ex-jockey Colin Brown, as well as their best bets for what is deemed the biggest week of National Hunt racing in the UK. In addition St Patrick’s Day enthusiasts and racegoers alike will be able to enjoy music from popular Irish band ‘Reelstrings’ as they perform throughout the afternoon in the Paddock Bar. One lucky entrant will win tickets to the Galway Festival from the racecard. If you have any questions about this race meeting call 01273 89038.

POP-IN-PARLOUR opens its doors on Tuesday, March10, at All Saints Church Annex from 11am onwards for tea/coffee, lite-bites, home-made soup. All are welcome.

HISTORY OF ART IN 12 MASTERPIECES is the subject of a talk by Aliki Braine. Alike is well qualified as a speaker on the subject of masterpieces having studied Fine Art at Ruskin School, Oxford University, followed by an MA at The Slade School of Fine Art and then an MA in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, London. Aliki works as both an artist and lecturer and to find out which masterpieces she chooses join Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society at the village hall on Tuesday March 10 at 2.15pm. Visitors are always most welcome and the cost is £7 on the door with, as always, tea and biscuits afterwards and a chance to talk to the speaker. If you require any further information please ring Marjorie Blunden on 01825 723250.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the village hall on Tuesday March 10 at 7.45pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish

“LIFE AS A MAGISTRATE” is the subject of the talk by Barbara Dart at the Women’s Institute meeting, at the village hall, on Wednesday March 11. The competition is ‘A Modern Irritation’ which can take any format. Visitors are always welcome. For more information call Marilyn Nye on 01273 891323.

HAPPY CIRCLE meets on Thursday, March 12, at 2pm in All Saints’ church Annexe. Please do join in this meeting.

EASY WALK along tracks, field paths and parts of the Green Circle Network takes place on Saturday March 14. Meet at 10.30am at the car park at the entrance to the Burgess Hill Burial Ground. The walk is via Burgess Hill with the option of lunch at the Beefeater. For more details call 01273 890125 or 07990876391.

POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER STEVE Knowles, who supports Plumpton, East Chiltington, St John and Chailey, will be visiting the Chailey Children’s Centre on March 17 from 10am to 10.30am. Steve would like to meet members of the community, have a chat and to offer advice where required about any local community policing issues. Please take this opportunity to meet and chat to Steve.

JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall on Saturday March 21 at 2pm to raise much needed funds for the Tennis Club. There will be a tombola, cake stall, lucky dip, refreshments, good as new items, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated; please take them to the hall from 9am, alternatively if you need something collected or need to drop items off in advance you can contact Lynn (07808 963105) or Maria (07748 958971). Volunteers to help on the day would also be most welcome. If you can assist please just let Maria or Lynn know.

Scaynes Hill

Sue Morton

Tel: 01444 831027


Anchor Café The Anchor Coffee Shop will be extending its coffee shop times from Tuesday 3rd February, to serve a light lunch of soup and bread. The coffee shop will be open as usual from 10am, but will be serving soup from 11:30am until 1pm.

Charity Car Wash This year’s annual charity carwash event run by the BP Service Station on 13th February gave away 206 free carwashes and 124 free Middy newspapers in return for donations. In addition 1077 raffle tickets were sold. In all £2,155 was collected on the day, which goes to Cancer Research UK. Jay Patel, the Manager of the BP station, would like to say a huge thank you to all those who took part and gave so generously.

Karaoke Night After what seems an eternity Karaoke is making a welcome return to Scaynes Hill. There will be a Karaoke Night led by Nick Brayne, on Saturday 7 March at Scaynes Hill Club. The show will start at 8.30pm. All members and their guests are welcome.

Music Quiz Think yourself an expert on Music? Then go along to Scaynes Hill Club on Saturday 14 March and show them what you’re made of! There will be a fantastic Music Quiz, presented by the queen of questions, Gaenor. There is a maximum of 5 players per team. Entrance to the quiz is just £2.00 per person and all proceeds are going towards the interior painting of the club. All members are welcome and encouraged to bring guests.

Neighbourhood Plan - Latest

Over the last two and a half years, a lot of work has been undertaken to create a Neighbourhood Plan for the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural parishes. After some rewording to take into account comments and Government briefings MSDC have issued the Plan for final public consultation until 26th March. It is important that as many as possible comment on the final draft. There are likely to be numerous comments/objections on the content of the new plan, not least from those who are keen on building large-scale developments on the fields between Lindfield and Scaynes Hill, because only very limited development is recommended. It is therefore important that if you agree with the plan, you make your views known i.e. please tell MSDC what a great plan it is!! Equally if you disagree with the plan it is important to speak up now. A copy of the plan and all the associated documentation is available to look at: - in the Mid Sussex District Council offices in Haywards Heath; on the MSDC web site at; in the Parish Office at the Scaynes Hill Millennium Centre during office hours. Please do take the trouble to study the documents and also to submit any comments, good or bad, to MSDC. It is vital that the community is seen as having participated fully in the overall process.

Parkinson’s UK Thank you to everyone who attended the quiz at Scaynes Hill Club on Saturday 14 February in aid of Parkinson’s UK. £200 was raised for this very worthy cause. Also, thanks go to Bluebell Vineyard for their very generous donation to the raffle.

St Augustine’s Church News

Youth and Children Section

Sunday Children’s Programme Spring 2015


Sunday 8th - 3.30pm Family Fun Church followed by a picnic tea

Sunday 15th - 10am Mother’s Day All Age Communion

Sunday 22nd - 10am Sunday Club during service

Sunday 29th - 10am Palm Sunday Service

Easter Holiday Club - this year the church are hoping to be able to run two mornings of holiday club on 1st April and 2nd April. Holiday clubs are a great way to reach children and their families in our community. Last Easter they had 37 children at the holiday club, which was brilliant. Could you help out by being on the holiday club team? There are all sorts of jobs including helping with refreshments. The holiday club can only run if they get enough help. At the moment they do not have enough volunteers to be able to run the club. Please contact Emily if you would like to help 07825235907 or

Youth News

HELP NEEDED!!! Could you help out at youth club with running the tuck shop once a month? Friday nights, 7:15pm-9:30pm

This term’s programme of events is as follows:-

6th March - MYSTERY GUEST night

13th March –Mother’s day craft

20th March—End of term meal

For more information contact Emily at

W.I There will be a WI meeting at the Millennium Village Centre on Wednesday 11 March at 2.00pm. The guest speaker will be Philip who will be talking about ‘Sussex Crafts’. New members and guests are always welcome.


Richard Spencer

Tel: 01444 471295


WIVELSFIELD VILLAGE HALL and RECREATION GROUND --- for contact details concerning this great Hall and for overall bookings information for the overall site in Eastern Road RH17 7QG, please just contact Katie Awcock on 01444 470028 or 07582 470028 or email on

WEBSITE for the overall Wivelsfield Village Hall and the associated activities is

>>> YOU CAN TALK TO PARISH, DISTRICT and COUNTY COUNCILLORS at the Annual Parish Meeting TONIGHT in Wivelsfield Village Hall from 7.00pm. Please come along to talk to members of the Parish, District and County Councils and Sussex Police, ask questions, express your views and find out what is happening locally. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan and give your views. The formal meeting will begin at 8pm and refreshments will be available. Please see the Parish Council website and notice boards for a copy of the agenda.

>>> WIVELSFIELD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN is now in the Pre Submission Consultation period until 29th March 2015. All households in the Parish are invited to comment on the pre-submission report that will help shape the future of the Parish until 2030. Open Events where you can meet members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Parish Councillors ; on Tuesday 10 March 7.30 – 9.30 Worlds End Pavilion, Worlds End Recreational Ground, off Janes Lane, Burgess Hill; Thursday 12 March 7.00 – 8.00 Annual Parish Meeting, Village Hall; Saturday 21 March 11.00 – 3.00 Village Hall, Renshaw Room. Copies of the document can be read in the Parish Office adj. to the Cock Inn pub and on line at By giving your views the Report can be improved as appropriate prior to review by an Inspector and then a referendum later this year.

PARTY PIECES Saturday March 7th Don’t miss out on tickets for this feast of entertainment on this coming Saturday. Put the bad news in the world behind you and come to watch humanity at its best. >>> Box Office 01444 471751.

“YOUR LOCAL CINEMA” IN WIVELSFIELD GREEN with 2 films both on this coming Sunday --- Your evening local fIlm show from Wivelsfield Films is to be “Mr.Turner” on the 8th at 7.30pm, doors open and Bar from 7.00pm. This film explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. Starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson & Lesley Manville. Homemade cakes, magnum ices and drinks served before the film and during the interval. Tickets £6.00 on the door, in advance from the Post Office & Village Stores and The Cock Inn, OR online via the Facebook page for Wivelsfield Films OR

“THE LION KING” --- EARLIER ON THE SAME DAY -- We are screening the children’s Classic The Lion King on Sunday 8th March at 4.30pm, Wivelsfield Village Hall.Come and enjoy a timeless classic which is suitable for all the family in a relaxed environment with all the ambience of a big screen cinema. Refreshments at pocket money prices will be available from 4pm. Tickets are just £2.50 each and can be purchased from Wivelsfield Village Stores. All proceeds will be donated to Wivelsfield Green Playgroup and Preschool.

>>> Then our film on 19th April is to be “THE IMITATION GAME” and super films also thereafter.

WIVELSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY change of speaker and subject on Thursday 19th March in Wivelsfield Village Hall : RH17 7QG, at 8.00pm. The speaker will now be John Davey, on “Lewes Life 100 years ago”. His family have lived in Lewes family for generations and his father wrote a book on the Lewes of 100 years ago. The talk will be illustrated using old photos and the history surrounding them. Wivelsfield Historical Society was formed in 1993 to foster interest in the history of Wivelsfield and Sussex.

MOBILE LIBRARY operated by East Sussex County Council --- visits the large car park adjoining Wivelsfield Village Hall. Between 10.45 & 11.00am on 18th March and 8th April, in the weeks ahead.

SOMEONE SPECIAL DAY on March 10th -- making gifts and cards at WIVELSFIELD YOUTH GROUP This Group has an exciting schedule of activities that started on Tuesday 13th January and then goes through to the summer holiday. The Youth Group is free and open to all young people aged 7 to 12 in the Youth Room (attached to the Cricket Pavilion) from 6.30 to 8.00pm. For further information please do contact Alan Janes on 01444 471201.

A DROP-IN LUNCH CLUB FOR MUMS, DADS, GRANNIES and CARERS BRUNCH every Thursday from 12 noon to 2.00pm until 26th March ( except for half term week 19th February) at the hall at Otehall Chapel, adjoining the mini roundabout. Enjoy home-made soup and a roll while meeting new friends and chatting to old ones. Children are welcome (but not compulsory !!) and lunch will be provided for them and play-helpers are on hand to entertain them while you lunch. Cost: £3 per adult, £1 per child, with babies free. You are welcome to just drop in for a cup of coffee or tea. The entrance to Otehall Chapel Hall is via the side door and there is ample parking. Last meeting and Christmas party on Thursday 18th December. Please contact Sheila Blair on 01444 233937 for more information.

WIVELSFIELD CHURCH YOUTH CLUB for year 7 and above. New members are welcome. Meets every other Friday from 8.00 to 10.00pm. For more details please contact Annie Close on or Steve & Sue Onions on 01273 890254

WIVELSFIELD GREEN PLAYGROUP & PRE-SCHOOL Monday 9.00am to 12.45pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 9.00am to 12.45pm and 12.45 to 3.00pm and Friday from 9.00am to 12.45pm. 2 years to 5 years welcome. Spacious indoor and outdoor play areas in village location with maximum of 24 children per session. Qualified staff. Government Funding accepted. £18.75 per am session and £11.25 per pm session. Spaces available. Email : Telephone : Kay Waterman on 01444 471645 ( session times only)

Do remember The Lion King film SEE ABOVE.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS All Parish Council meetings are open to members of the public and begin with an “open forum” session during which members of the Parish are welcome to ask questions or bring matters to the attention of the Council. Meetings are held at 8.00pm in the Renshaw Room at the far end of Wivelsfield Village Hall, unless otherwise stated on the agenda. Agendas are published in the week prior to the meeting and be found in the Parish. Council notice board (outside the Village Stores & Post Office) or at

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE Your Parish Council office is located adjacent to the Cock Inn, on North Common Road. it’s normally open from 9.00am to 3.00pm on Mondays and Thursdays. People are very welcome to call in to bring matters to the attention of the Council or to share their views on the future of the Village

LOCAL SUSSEX POLICE contact --- PCSO Edward Hall 07917 474106 or 08456 070

Bridge Club news

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday February 27, 2015

Monday evening

1st Ian Lancaster & Philip Hunt

2nd Andy Willard & Peter Brown

3rd Lindsay Geddes & Liz Lancaster

Tuesday evening

1st Ron James & Margaret Collins

2nd Linda Gardiner & Heather Barker

3rd Alan Duddy & Shirley Robinson

Wednesday evening

1st Chris Jago & Jeff Callaghan

2nd Ian Watt & David Lock

3rd Mary Rimmer & Heather Barker

Thursday afternoon

1st Sue Swain & Ann Brooks

2nd Sandra Dennison & Lynne Spooner

3rd=Andrew Ponsford & Stuart Ingram

3rd=Hazel Beveridge & Shirley Robinson

Thursday evening

1st Doug Jay & Judith Dingle

2nd Sally Mead & Carole Wickham

3rd Chris Hook & David Young

WEALD BRIDGE CLUB - results for Friday 27 February 2015:-

1st Ray Medhurst & Elena Kelly

2nd Sue Cottrell & Richard Hopperton

3rd Charles & Mary Teviot

4th Christina Withnell & Paul Smith


Results for 23 February -

1. David & Moya Mann

2. Christina Backholer & Robert Weir 3= Linda Gardiner & Bill Nicolle AND Heather Barker & Graham Medhurst AND Bob & Sue Best

Pet Detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

An appeal from the rescues. Large numbers of pet rabbits are being abandoned in the south. If you have an unneutered pet rabbit, please please neuter him/her as soon as possible Thank you

FOUND Two black domestic rabbits in the Lindfield area

MISSING Tiny 17 week old corgi cross puppy. Escaped from a car in Small Dole heading for her home in Franklands Village Tan short coat Very timid Micro chipped No Collar Please readers keep a lookout for her

LUCY Dark tortorshell very slim 8 year old timid cat. Micro chipped Shorthaired Missing from Small Dole main High street

PETER Male neutered very large grey Persian cat. Long coface. 2 years. Micro chipped. Very timid. Missing from Franklands Village

LUCY Tiny tabby + white cat. 1 year. Very shy. House cat, has no outside established territory. missing from Lindfield village

MILDRED Tortorshell cat year old girl. Micro chipped. Very inquisitive. Shorthaired. Missing from London Road Burgess Hill

SOCKS Male neutered black + white shorthaired felix type cat. 10 years. Very timid. Micro chipped. Missing from Hickstead

ARCHIE Male neutered long haired black 4 year old cat. Timid. Micro chipped. Possibly jumped into a delivery van parked outside his home in Hassocks

RALPH Black shorthaired neutered male tabby cat. Micro chipped. Very sturdy build. 8 years. Missing from the Small Dole area

STAR Female spayed tabby + white cat. White “star” on chest. Four white pawa. Shorthaired. 3 years