Village News - April 16

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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.


Barbara Harding

Tel: 01444 412037


BOARD & CARD GAMES CLUB will be meeting on Thursday 16th April (today), a wide range of games will be on offer, please ring Maureen on 413061 for further details. ANSTY VILLAGE HALL TRUST will be hosting a Coffee Morning on Wednesday 22nd April at Whydown Cottage, Bolney Road, from 10.30 to 1pm. Coffee and cakes will be on offer along with plants and a raffle, everyone is welcome. ANSTY GARDEN CLUB will be meeting on Wednesday 29th April in the Village Hall, 7.45 for 8pm, when Mark Saunders, photographer and Head Gardener at Fittleworth House, will be talking about “A Head Gardener’s Year”, everyone is welcome.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800

COMEDY NIGHT takes place on Saturday 18 April from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm in the Victory Hall courtesy of the Balcombe Club. Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the night from the Club. The headline act is Kerry Godliman from TV’s Derek and Live at the Apollo. Buy your tickets in the club now or through the website or call 811226.

JAZZ IN THE BALCOMBE CLUB - the last Sunday jazz till the autumn with the international star Raul D’Oliveira playing in the Club on Sunday 19 April 2.00 – 5.00 pm. This is a free event which is well worth checking out.

ROAD WORKS IN BALCOMBE – in May and June Bramble Hill, the Broadway, Haywards Heath Road and Mill Lane roundabout are all due for resurfacing taking place on 26 May, 27 May, 28 May and 1 June respectively. The roads will be closed while this happens.

PLAY & PRAISE takes place on Wednesday 22 April from 2.00 – 3.00 pm in St. Mary’s Church.

BALCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING takes place on Wednesday 22 April at 8.00 pm in Bramble Hall. This is the last meeting of the present Council. The new Council will be elected on 7 May and thereafter the first meeting of the new Council will be 20 May.

CINEMA – tickets are on sale now in Threads for The Imitation Game which is being screened on Friday 24 April at 7.30 pm in the Victory Hall. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightly and Matthew Goode. Tickets for this film will be £6.00. Please note that this film is rated 12A.

GARDENERS’ ASSOCIATION SPRING SHOW took place on Saturday 28 March with the Victory Hall looking lovely with spring flowers and vegetables plus the marvellous displays from the Balcombe Flower Club. The winners were as follows:-

★ The David Tewson memorial cup (most points in the horticultural classes) – Jean Bardwell

★ The Denman plate (most points in the domestic classes) – Carolyn Robertson

★ Diploma for the best exhibit in the flower classes – Karen Lindsay-Stewart for her large cup narcissi.

★ The Mollie Nicholson junior challenge cup (for the best exhibit in the children’s classes) – Jacob Morris for his ‘garden on a plate’ exhibit.


Sunday 19 April 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10 am Parish Eucharist,

Wednesday 22 April 2.00 pm Play and Praise in St. Mary’s Church


Judith Woodland

Tel: 01444 881640

New Rawson Hall - On Saturday May 2 the official opening of the new Rawson Hall. This will be an open day for everyone to come and look in side and the cafe will be open for business. In the evening there will be a Supper Serenade, with entertainment by a local musical theatre group and a fabulous hotpot supper. Please see posters around the village for more information and further details in this column next week.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777

BIRD SEARCH will take place this Saturday (April 18) starting at 9.30am at Romany Ridge Common car park (TQ377207). All are welcome to join Ian Woolsey and other members of the Commons Society search for warblers, the new migrant arrivals, and other birds. For more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

ST GEORGE’S COFFEE MORNING is at the Free Church, South Chailey, this Saturday (April 18) from 10am until midday. Hosted by the Royal British Legion Women’s Section there will teas, coffees, homemade cakes, preserves, tombola, fancy goods, books and cards. Do call in and give your support to this great cause. To learn more call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Also everyone is welcome at the Church this Sunday to enjoy delicious homemade afternoon tea from 3pm to 5pm.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, has services this Sunday with Derek Heyman at 10.30am and Giles Woodcraft at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

KNIT AND NATTER EVENING Complete beginners and experienced knitters will be most welcome at the Free Church, South Chailey, on Tuesday, April 21, at 7.30pm. Take along your current project or if you wish to learn wool, needles and help will be available. To find out more call 01273 890114.

LUNCH CLUB open to everybody is at St Peter’s Church on Thursday, April 23, from 12.30pm. The cost is £5, do go along and meet people and enjoy delicious freshly prepared home cooked food.

FREE ‘GETTING READY FOR WORK COURSE’ at the Chailey Children’s Centre takes place on Thursdays April 23 and 30 for two hours each day. Just call 01273 336940 to book a place.

VILLAGE INFORMATION POINT session is, at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, South Chailey, on Friday April 24 from 10am to midday.

ST GEORGES DAY FETE, organised by Chailey Bonfire Society, takes place at Markstakes Corner on Saturday April 25 between 12pm and 4pm. There will be lots of stalls, a car boot sale, displays in the ring (including Longman Morris Men Dancers, Burgess Hill Rumblers, Maypole Dancing and Tae Kwando), children’s rides and games, tractors and tractor rides, refreshments and a bar. Also a Dog Show, starting at 12.30pm and the classes are listed in Chailey News. Entry is on the day and the cost £1 per class. To book a stall or car boot call Clare on 07985112968.

HOG ROAST AND LIVE MUSIC from The Fireworks, along with a bar, will be at Markstakes Corner, from 6.30pm until late on Saturday April 25. Tickets at £5 (entry only) are available from The Horns Lodge or via

LONDON MARATHON Ed Dykes has kindly volunteered to run in the London Marathon, on Sunday April 26, to fundraise for Chailey Heritage Foundation. The Foundation receive one London Marathon ticket every five years. Ed’s ‘story’ on his JustGiving site includes ‘It is a happy place despite profound disadvantages everyone is working to improve choice, independence and quality of life. Chailey Heritage receives some government funding, but it is private donations and gifts that make the real difference and make this place truly special. Anything that you can give in support will be enormously appreciated’. To help Ed reach his sponsorship target please donate at

WINDMILL AND RURAL LIFE MUSEUM will be open for the first time this year on Sunday April 26 from 3pm to 5pm. The small display of military exhibits has been expanded to include research material compiled by the Commons Society which relates to our village’s military history and archaeology from the18th century to the present time. Any further items relating to Chailey’s war-time past will be most welcome, just contact John Smith on 01825 723519.

SHEFFIELD PARK AND GARDEN on Wednesday April 29 from 11am to 1pm there is a guided bluebell walk around lesser-known parts of the estate, which costs £5 per person. Normal admission applies and more details can be found at

GRANTS TO YOUNG PEOPLE Thomas Thompsett Trust gives grants to children in the parish of Chailey to promote their education, including social and physical training. The Trust has sponsored school trips, grants to individuals for Brownie, Guide or Scout events and equipment for disabled children. Only a small amount is available annually for distribution but if you would like to be considered for a grant please write, by Thursday April 30, to The Trustees, Thompsett Charity c/o Ann Jones, 20 Newick Drive, Newick, BN8 4PA or for more details call Ann on 07510 511300.

TOY & RAIL COLLECTORS FAIR is on the platforms of Horsted Keynes Station, at the Bluebell Railway, on Saturday May 2 from 10am to 4pm. There will be railway artefacts, model railway equipment and many other goods to be found. Enjoy an all day visit with a train ride as well as the collectors fair; normal travel fares apply.

FUNDRAISING BARN DANCE This special event has been organised by one of the parents at Chailey Heritage School to raise funds for the charity. It is being held on Saturday May 2 from 7pm in the Memorial Hall at Chailey Heritage Foundation, just off the A272, in North Chailey. There will be live music provided by Square the Circle Folk Dance Band, dancing and a hog roast. Tickets cost £15, which includes the hog roast, and are available from GK’s Cafe at Chailey Heritage or by calling 01825 723723.

CHAILEY LINK WALK starts at 10am on Monday May 4 from the Sports Ground, North Chailey, just off the A272. As usual the walk will be followed by a barbeque for the participants. Children who complete the walk will receive a certificate provided by the Bonfire Society. The walk is about six and a half miles long, but a short cut is available reducing it to four miles and route brochures will be available. The route linking North and South Chailey is almost totally over footpaths; with stiles have been adapted to ensure easy access for dogs. It is varied and includes the heathland on the Commons, ancient woodland, splendid bluebells and spectacular views of the South Downs. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

HUGE THANKS go to the students at Oriel High School in Horsham for raising £14,000, in a sponsored walk, which has enabled the creation of a new outdoor multi-sensory activity area at Chailey Heritage Foundation. The interactive facilities were formally opened recently and include ‘talking sunflowers’, massive suspended tubular bells, a resonance board, raised flowerbeds, a pagoda with different coloured Perspex panels on the top and sides, brightly coloured sinks with water or sand offering different textures and temperatures, a water fountain that squirts water and turns on different coloured lights and a big mirror on the wall for the young people to look into. It is an amazing transformation of a courtyard and one that the young people at the Foundation will enjoy always. ITV Meridian attended the opening of the sensory garden and if you missed their detailed report visit


Diana Mackenzie


SPRING CRAFT FAIR on Saturday 25th April at the Old School, Cuckfield, from until 2.30 pm. Entry is free and there will be refreshments available. The Fair is organised by the Old School for local people and other entrepreneurs to offer their crafts to the public, There will be over 40 stalls selling greetings cards, cakes, scented candles, handbags and many other items. The organisers charge a modest fee to the stall holders which goes towards the upkeep of the Old School.

Cuckfield Museum will host a talk by Susan Fullwood, Curator of West Dean College on May 12th at 2.30pm in the Council Chamber, Queen’s Hall. The talk is entitled ‘Austen to Automata: Adventures in Conservation at West Dean College’ Susan has a background in Museums and now manages the West Dean Conservation Consultancy which provides conservation instruction projects to students from countries across the world. Working with Books, Clocks, Ceramics, Furniture and Metals, Susan’s illustrated talk will cover examples in all these areas including the treatment of a fragment of Jane Austen’s handwriting, clock movements of different types and a pistol with “romantic” connections! Admission £5 Members and Patrons £3. Please note that this talk is in the Council Chamber and numbers are limited. Please reserve a place in advance by contacting Mike Nicholson. For more information please telephone Mike Nicholson on 01444 457448 Email:

Tickets for the Cuckfield Dramatic Society’s next production of “The Importance of being Earnest” from Wednesday 27th May until Saturday 30th May are now on sale from Wealden Stores, Whitemans Green and Mansell McTaggart, Cuckfield. Tickets are also available on line or by phone


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236

DITCHING WI - the meeting for April was talk with slides on ‘Brunel –Three Generations’. It was a very interesting talk on the generations of mechanical and civil engineers. Henry Marc Brunel (1842-1903), was the second son of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859)and was also a Civil engineer who was famous for building bridges. Isambard built over 25 railway lines and over one hundred bridges. His Father Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849) was a French-born engineer who settled in England after the French revolution, married Sophie Kingdom, and designed the Thames tunnel, described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, (1843)as it was the first tunnel under a river anywhere in the world.This was followed by a delicious Easter Tea. The flower of the month was won by Jean Morley.The next meeting will be held in The Twitten at The Meeting House on Thursday 7th May (Election Day) at 2.15pm. We will be discussing WI Resolutions. Visitors Welcome.Briony Coomber 01273 845069.

The Attic Club Art Fair FRIDAY, 24th. April to Sunday, 26th. April at the Ditchling Village Hall Open from : 1P.M. - 8P.M. FRI., 24thApril Refreshments are served during the evening veiwing

10A.M. - 5P.M. SAT., 25th

10A.M. - 4P.M. SUN., 26th. APRIL


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.

DITCHLING PRESCHOOL - Monday to Friday from 9.15am to 12.15am (Tuesdays – Rising 5’s only) Early Birds Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.55am (£2) 2.5 years to 5 years welcome. Spacious hall and garden play areas in heart of Ditchling village with maximum 24 children per session. Experienced, qualified and caring staff provide a warm and friendly environment where your children will learn and grow. Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2011. Government funding for children aged 3+. Younger children £12.50 per session. We are currently full but have spaces available for September 2014. For a free trial day with your child and further details, email: or telephone Fiona Hughes 01273 846115 during session times.


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638

Don’t forget Help At Hand is holding its Annual General Meeting this evening in the Parish Hall from 8 pm. Please do go along and support this important local and well used charity – you may not have a need for their services now, but you or your family may in the future. Once the business has been dealt with, you are invited to stay and chat to the committee and the many volunteers that help to make it the success it is over a glass of wine and a selection of sumptuous cheeses!

On Saturday the Hardware Store is holding a Spring Fayre between 10 am and 12 noon, showcasing local crafts and produce, all at very reasonable prices. If you would like a stall, it will cost £5 – to book your space or to get more information, call 400212.

On Tuesday 21st from 8 pm, there is a one-off evening course ‘Car Maintenance for Beginners’. For a very reasonable donation of £10 you can learn how to top up your oil (and no doubt how to check if you need to do so!) as well as topping up your water and how to change a tyre. Where? At the Hardware Store! If this proves to be popular, or there isn’t enough time to cover everything, there is a possibility of more evenings starting in September. Again, please call 400212 for further

information and to book your place.

On Wednesday the 22nd, the second Annual General Meeting of the month is being held. This time it is the turn of the Parish Hall Committee, in the Parish Hall from 7.30 pm. Whilst we are all aware the lease has now run out, the Hall is still very much in use and this meeting will elect the Committee who will be responsible for ensuring it continues to operate as smoothly as possible until we know what the future holds. In addition to receiving reports on the state of the building and its finances, there will also be an opportunity for you to have a say in the design of the new Hall. Once again I ask you to take yourself along to support another local committee of volunteers which has the best interests of the village (and not forgetting the rest of the parish) at its heart! If you would like more information, please call Pat Long on 400434.

The next AGM and the last one of the month I believe, will be on Monday, 27 April and is in respect of the Handcross & District Community Bus, more details on this to follow next week.

I am sure you are aware that the village has a football club, but are you aware how successful they have been this season? Last week they played in the final of the Stubbins Cup and despite being 2-1 down at half time to Buxted II, a third division team (Handcross are in the fourth division), they came back to win 3-2, with two goals from Luke Miles and one from Clive Chalmers. This is the fourth time the village has won this cup since it started in 1962 – well done lads! If you feel hard done by because you missed this match, fear not, there is another opportunity to support the lads when they play in the final of the Somerville Cup on Tuesday, 21st. They are playing Lindfield III at Three Bridges Ground in Crawley; kick off is at 7.30 pm and entry is £5 (concessions £3).

If you are not tempted by football nor car maintenance on the 21st, the WI@Handcross will be meeting in the Parish Hall from 7.30 pm that same evening. Their speaker this month is Cathryn Dresser from The Little Handcross Bakery, who will be giving a demonstration and talking about her experiences on The Great British Bake Off. All are welcome and should you want further information beforehand, you can contact them at

Finally, on Saturday 25 April The South Downs Magicians are hosting a ’50:50 Family Magic Show’ in partnership with the WI@Handcross in the Parish Hall. This is a family friendly magic show with a variety of at least six magic acts and magicians performing in the Hall prior to the show starting and during the interval. The show is due to start at 7.30 pm and tickets can be purchased from Liz Cole for £6 on 07859 037390.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136

Are you in need of some well deserved pampering or a girls night out after the Easter holidays? The Friends of Hassocks Infant School are holding a pamper evening on Friday 17th April from 7.30pm - 10.30pm. Tickets are only £5 and are available from the school office, Profiles or the Hair Emporium and include a glass of fizz and some canapes. Wine and soft drinks will be available all evening. The organisers have had a great support from local businesses who have agreed to join us to offer beauty treatments and products

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section are holding a Coffee Morning at the united Reformed Church Hall, Keymer Road from 9.45am to 11.45am on Saturday 18th April

Hassocks WI meet on Monday 20th April at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road. 7.45pm. April in Paris – A French themed event, with food, wine, a short quiz, and can-can style garter completion, plus music and song.

The Folk Dance Club also meet on Monday from 8.00pm to 10.00pm for their AGM in the United Reformed Church Hall, Keymer Road. Contact Janet on 01273 843399 for further details or just go along.

The next Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café takes place on Wednesday 22nd April at the Pauline Thaw Centre, Dale Avenue from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. De-Café is an evening support group for people living with dementia, their carers, friends and family to meet people who are in a similar situation. It offers the opportunity to talk and learn from each other, receive support and advice from staff and volunteers of the Alzheimer’s Society, and to generally enjoy a social evening in a safe and secure environment, with light bites and sometimes live entertainment. For further information please contact Dawn Fairbrother on 01403 750485 or 07720 948990.

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

NATIONAL THEATRE don’t miss the latest live broadcast at the Players Theatre today Thursday 16th April, 7pm THE HARD PROBLEM by Tom Stoppard. Tickets £10/£12.50 from Mishon Mackay or online or Further info 01273 835875.

MID SUSSEX RAMBLERS A walk for nature lovers on Sunday 19th April with the theme ‘Early Purple Orchids”. Meet at the Trinity Road car park for an 11.20am start. The route will go via Randolph’s Farm and Wolstonbury Hill, with a picnic lunch stop to take in the views, following on to The Warrenne, Coldharbour Farm and back to Hurst. A circuit of 6.5 miles with obviously steep ascent and descents. Bring your own picnic lunch. No dogs. Contact Peter on 01444 4153673 or look on the website and see as well the other walks they have on offer.

WOLSTONBURY WI will meet on Thursday April 21st. at 7.45pm in the Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre. Ray Hale will give a talk entitled ‘ The Jewels of South East Asia.’ Visitors welcome. Enquires 01273 834421.

HURSTPIERPOINT HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY meets on Friday 24th April at 8pm in the Guide Hall next to Trinity Road car park. The speaker this month is Richard Allen who will be giving an illustrated talk on Life and Leisure in the Eighteenth Century. All welcome, non-members £3.

EVER THOUGHT OF PLAYING BOWLS? The club in South Avenue is holding taster sessions on Wednesday 22nd April at 6pm and again on Saturday 25th April at 11am. On offer is free membership for 6 weeks, plus free coaching and use of equipment. All you would need to bring is flat shoes, trainers for example, and your enthusiasm. This is an ideal opportunity to give a new sport a try. Contact Anne Clifford on 01273 842770 or just simply turn up.

MESSY CHURCH FOR ALL THE FAMILY at Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road on Saturday 25th April from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm for all the family, every one is welcome. This is an informal time of ‘doing church differently’ with great fun singing songs, hearing Bible stories, doing messy activities and then enjoying food together. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer or trusted adult.

Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348

Country Market will be open as usual on Friday morning from 10 to 11am in the Village. There is always a good selection of home baked cakes, savoury items, you can also purchase fresh eggs, flowers, plants, preserves, locally produced local cheeses and charcuterie, plus handmade greeting cards, and knitted items. So why pop along and see for yourself and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea.

St. Mary’s Church services this weekend are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed at 10.30am with Holy Communion (CW). If you should require a lift to church please telephone 722 582 and make an advance booking.

Just to remind you about Peter Bassett’s historical journey with English Organ Music at Fletching Parish Church on Saturday 18th at 7.30pm.

Also the Newick Green WI meeting on Thursday 23rd in the Community Centre at 7.45pm when Ian Gledhill will be the speaker. Visitors are always welcome to join these meetings.

The weather has been glorious this week, I sincerely hope you have been able to get out in your garden or go for a walk, the country side is coming alive with colour primroses and the hedgerows are forming new green leaves, plus the birds are singing beautifully, we are so fortunate to live in such a great part of the Uk.

Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777

ALL SAINTS CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8.30am, Sung Communion at 10.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm. Sunday School meets at 10.30am in the Church Annex. In addition there are daily services (Tuesday to Friday) at 9am and on Saturdays at 10am.

PLUMPTON BOWMEN are holding a Have-A-Go session this Sunday (April 19) from 11am to 12.30pm at the King George V Playing Field. The group welcome beginners and archers at all levels of achievement and embrace all the styles; Compound, Recurve and Long Bow. The club has five qualified coaches to assist your development in the sport. The cost for the have-a-go session is £10 adults and £5 children. More details are available on 07544513044.

POP-IN-PARLOUR opens its doors on Tuesday, April 21, at All Saints Church Annex from 11am onwards for tea/coffee, lite-bites and home-made soup. All are welcome.

HAPPY CIRCLE meets on Thursday, April 23, at 2pm in All Saints’ church Annexe. Please do join in this meeting.

PLUMPTON RACECOURSE The Coral Raising the Game Racenight is on Friday, April 24, the gates will open at 2.30pm with the first race at 4.55pm and last race at 7.55pm.

BLUEBELL WALK Meet at the Equestrian Centre at Plumpton College on Friday April 24 at 6pm, to start walking at 6.30pm. Please wear sensible footwear as the footpaths can be muddy. The price is £2 for adults and £1 children, with all proceeds going to St Peter & St James Hospice. The walk is being organised by the Plumpton Support Group and will be led by Reg Lanway, from whom more details can be obtained on 01273 890070.

EARLY BIRD WALK followed by breakfast, organised by the Wildlife & Habitat Group, takes place on Saturday April 25. Meet at 6.30am on Ashurst Lane by the entrance to the racecourse. Please call 01273 890341 if you plan to join in this walk.

LONDON UNLOCK This year’s walk, organised by All Saints Church, takes place on Saturday April 25. It will be a walk through Bermondsey to Deptford along the route of the no.47 bus. Everyone is welcome to join in this walk, just take a packed lunch with you and drinks, depart on the 9.28am train from Plumpton and return by 8pm.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY WALK of about 4.5 miles is on Sunday April 26 and stars at 2pm at Beechurst Gardens, Haywards Heath. All are welcome to join in this walk which will include Bolnore, Heaslands, Upper Ridges and Cuckfield Church. For more details call Gerry & Brenda Arnold on 01444 241463.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT a Plumpton Players production is at the village hall from Wednesday April 29 to Friday May 1 at 8pm. Bigamist taxi-driver, John Smith, keeps his families, one in Wimbledon and one in Streatham, happy and blissfully unaware of each other. However, his teenage children have met on the Internet and are determined to see each other in person. The situation gets increasingly out-of-hand and very entertaining. Tickets cost £8 and are available from Sandie Jackson on 01273 890206.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND an open evening at All Saints Church Annex takes place on Friday May 1 at 7.30pm. Everyone is invited to see slides of the many places visited during the pilgrimage to the Holy Land, in February, by members of All Saints. During the course of the evening typical Holy Food will be served.

ANNUAL NIGHTINGALE WALK organised by the Wildlife & Habitat Group takes place on May 1. Meet at 8pm at the village shop. All welcome.

TENNIS OPEN DAY there will be the chance to view the new clubhouse and courts and lots of opportunities to play tennis on Sunday May 3, from 11am to 4pm. Coaches will be on hand to offer advice and tips. You can book lessons, use the ball machine and generally have a great day of fun. Ray of InterSport will be on hand with lots of demo racquets to try out. Do go along and make the best of these fantastic community facilities. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Maria Roche 07748 958971 or visit for more details.

SUMMER PLANTING Plumpton Station Partnership volunteers are eagerly awaiting the time to plant up the planters and baskets at the station. However, sponsorship is needed to see Plumpton station looking

bright and colourful this summer. Each planter costs £45 and hanging basket £30. In return your business can be advertised at the station for the duration of the planting. If you or your business would like to help in this way please contact David Richards on 01273 890267 or 017946 241319.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Spring Show was a great success with excellent cookery exhibits and floral displays, along with magnificent spring flowers. The trophies were awarded RHS Certificate Best Vegetable and Bird Family Trophy 1985 to Ken Beard, SE England Daffodil Group Best Exhibit to Mick Bird, Daffodil Society Bronze Medal for best bloom to Marion Bird, Powell Edwards Salver and Dora Watson Trophy (1987) to Diane Ellis, Beard and Cottingham Trophy (1986) to Gill Wells, Winifred Awberry Challenge Trophy to Dorothy Caselton, Elves Family Trophy to Susan Parmenter, Lucy Bracher Memorial Trophy (1982) to Win Banks, Balchin Family Challenge Cup to Jonathan Purdy, Committee Cup to Reg Lanaway, John Tetley Challenge Trophy to Evelyn Botterill and Mary Beard Trophy 2014 to Gill Gamble.

Scaynes Hill

Sue Morton

Tel: 01444 831027

Awards Night Scaynes Hill Football Club will be holding its annual awards night on Saturday 25 April 6.30 - 8.30 pm. Anyone who follows the teams are welcome to go along.

Bingo The next Scaynes Hill Bingo night will be on Sunday 3 May at 7.30pm.

Church Road Parking Is it just me or is the situation on Church Road getting worse? Recently I have seen two funerals at St Augustine’s Church and on both occasions the hearse was unable to properly pull into the lay-by because of selfish people leaving their cars there. Does anyone know who owns these vehicles? Then there is the double parking and the blocking of the pavement by badly parked cars. Something needs to be done. Does anyone have any ideas?

Dawn Chorus Walk There will be a Dawn Chorus Walk on Saturday 18 April at 6.00 am. Scaynes Hill Sustainability Group invites you to join the walk through Costells Wood led by Malcolm Corps who will help everyone identify birds and their songs. Meet at the north end of Scaynes Hill Common. All welcome and no charge.

Quiz Night

The next village quiz night will be on Saturday 18 April at Scaynes Hill Village Club. There will be a maximum of 5 players per team and the cost is just £2.00 per person. The quiz will start at 8.00 pm and all members and guests are welcome.

Recycling West Sussex, who are responsible for our waste collection and recycling, have just announced that they can now recycle almost all types of plastic, which is good for us as we will no longer have to separate recyclable plastics from others and it will also be good for the environment. For more information about what can now be recycled check out

St Augustine’s Church News

Youth and Children Section

Sunday Children’s Programme Spring 2015

April - For year 6 - 18yr olds on a Friday night we have a youth club that meets 7:30-9pm in the church Annexe, term time only.

For more information on any of our children’s & youth work contact our youth and children’s worker Emily on 07825 235907 or

Scaynes Hill Club Did you know that the village has its very own social club? A lot of people don’t because it is tucked away down Church Road opposite the common. It is a very friendly and welcoming club and children friendly. The club is a great place to meet new friends, socialise, get to know more about the village and just generally have fun. Membership is just £18.00 a year, which equates to only £1.50 per month. There is a pool table, a darts board and a great snooker room. There are regular events to suit all tastes. It’s always a daunting prospect walking into a new place so if you are concerned then give me a call first and I can answer any questions you may have. Call Sue on 01444 831027

W.I. The Women’s Institute is 100 years old this year. Local WIs are finding ways to celebrate this special birthday. Scaynes Hill WI members are finding 100 new people (at least!) to sign up to the Organ Donor Register. To register go to

or ask for a leaflet at your doctor’s surgery or the Library. It is important to let your family know that you have registered so don’t forget to tell them and encourage them to join you. After registering and telling someone in your family please email so we can include you in the Scaynes Hill WI total. If you are already registered can you find someone new? Celebrate 100 years of WI campaigns to make a difference to all our lives. THANK YOU from Scaynes Hill WI.

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

For more information contact Emily at

Katharine Sowdon


St Marks Church, Sunday 19th United Communion 9:00 am

St George’s Day Quiz - 23rd April 7:30 pm The Victory. Friends of St Mark’s School invite you to take part in a St George’s Day Quiz at The Victory with Quizmaster Janet! Teams of 4 or 6, £12 per head for Steak & Ale Pie and mash. Please book your place with the Pub or Phillipa Jackson and Sarah Bentley.

Plant Sale & Coffee Morning - Saturday 9th May 10:00 am Staplefield Village Hall. Join the Staplefield Horticultural Society for their Annual Plant Sale. This year to include coffee, cakes and gardening books for sale, plus a raffle.

Village Lunches - Friday 8th May, Thursday 23rd July 12:30 for 1:00 pm, Staplefield Village Hall £6. Book now with Carole or Andrew 413571 /

Bridge Club News

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday April 10, 2015

Tuesday evening

NS 1st Ron James & Carol Watson

2nd Christine Jepson & Neil Watts

3rd Andrew Pettit & Derek Carr-Hill

EW 1st Ian Lancaster & Philip Hunt

2nd Alan Setchell & David Towell

3rd Norman Hardy & Chris Jago

Wednesday evening

1st=Ian Watt & David Lock

1st=John Jackson & Leon Northeast

3rd Hazel Beveridge & David Williams

Thursday afternoon

1st Fran Thornton & Jean Smallwood

2nd Hazel Beveridge & David Williams

3rd Christine Jepson & Lindsay Geddes

Thursday evening

1st Chris Hook & Chris Mewes

2nd Valerie Austin & Caroline Exall

3rd Sally Mead & Carole Wickham

Burgess Hill Bridge Club

11 April 1. Richard Hopperton & Mary Teviot 2. Chris and Suzy Gray

3. .Margaret Drake & Paul Smith

Pet Detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

WE URGENTLY need a suitable home for Matilda a young very active Jack Russell bitch Details below

MATILDA FOR RE HOMING 2 year old spayed Jack Russell Needs to be the only pet in the home as is possessive, Very active. Loves people

SADIE Very tiny year old female Siamese sealpoint cat, Very timid Micro chipped Missing from Smalldole Village centre

FOUND Budgie very tame in Haywards Heath Now in exotic bird rescue

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 tortoiseshell 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 Tortoiseshell 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

STOP PUPPY FARMING If you have purchased a puppy from an outlet selling more than one breed, chances are its a puppy farm. If your dog is showing health or behaviour problems, please ring JUNE on the number given above. All calls in strict confidence


The local Volunteer Centre provides a free service, helping to link people who want to volunteer with organisations who need volunteers. We work out of venues in both Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath and appointments can be booked to discuss your individual requirements with a Volunteer Centre.

Team Projects we are currently looking for local companies to become involved with team volunteering projects. There are many different opportunities available ranging from painting to an organised competition games morning. This is a good opportunity for a local company to become involved in the community and a great chance for some team building within their own organisation.

St Peter and St James Hospice Sleepwalk is being held on Saturday 11th July and they require volunteer Marshalls to maintain the safety of all the walkers at key positions on the route. They also encourage the walkers and help to answer any queries any of the walkers may have. For further information please contact 01444 470208.

The British Red Cross in Sussex is seeking volunteers to carry out bucket, private premises and street collections during its annual fundraising drive in May for further details please contact 01273 227815.

St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House need unwanted furniture and electrical items to sell in their charity shops to raise vital funds for local hospice care. Please take any small items to any of their shops or arrange for a free collection for larger items.

Cuckfield Stroke Communication Group urgently requires a driver to assist with driving one of their group on a Wednesday.

YMCA Downslink Group is looking for volunteers to be trained as Young Peoples Mentors to be a positive role model for vulnerable young people aged 16-25 in the Sussex area.

Mid Sussex Older People’s Council require a Media and Communications volunteer who will ensure all MSOPC’s events are kept up to date and advertised with local media.

The Disability Trust is currently recruiting volunteers to visit their Ernest Kleinwort Court. There are many varied roles on offer covering subjects from music to speaking and craft activities.

HomeStart CHAMS require both Trust Fundraising volunteers and Community Fundraisers. These are exciting opportunities for people to gain experience in a voluntary organisation and work as part of a growing fundraising team. They also require volunteers for vital family support and will be running an eight week training course commencing on Tuesday 28th April 2015 to be held at their office in Crawley.

Warden Park Academy Trust has a vacancy for a Social Media Consultant. This is an opportunity for a social media-savvy volunteer to help launch their online presence in order to achieve communications and fund raising objectives.

Mid Downs Radio have several volunteering opportunities these include Radio Presenters, Outside Broadcast Support Team members, Drivers and Fund Raisers. They are particularly interested in someone aged 16-18 years to become a Co-Presenter.

Signposts Mid-Sussex is a busy Mid Sussex based charity working with people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable people in the community. Based in Burgess Hill they are looking for Trustee’s to join their friendly board to help manage the service. They are also particularly interested in someone with accountancy or good money management skills who might be interested in the Treasurer’s role.

Headway Hurstwood Park offers rehabilitation and support services for people with acquired brain injuries, their families and carers. They are currently looking for a volunteer to become a Woodwork Instructor.

Neighbourly Care in Hassocks, Burgess Hill and District which is a free service for housebound or isolated older people are looking for people to volunteer with shopping, errands, befriending or general assistance for further details on opportunities available please contact us.

These are just some of the ways you can get involved. You can find out more about other volunteering opportunities locally by contacting the: Volunteer Centre, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath on 01444 870711


Richard Spencer

Tel: 01444 471295

WIVELSFIELD VILLAGE HALL and RECREATION GROUND --- for contact details concerning this great Hall site 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

THE MID SUSSEX BRANCH OF PARKINSON’S UK, are holding an Interdenominational Service at St Johns Church, Lower Church Road, Burgess Hill on Saturday 18th April at 3pm. Led by Fr Kevin O’Brien and including contributions Sent from RJS’s iPhone

CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES, being phased in from last Sunday 12th April. Good news regarding the 166 service --- This 166 service will be taken on commercially by Compass Travel (with some funding from ESCC) and will be run Monday to Friday, with a 2 hourly frequency each day instead of 2 days a week off peak. This represents a great improvement from what we had been led to expect (peak time services Monday to Friday and off peak only Monday & Thursday) and will hopefully be good news to those who rely upon service. Changes are generally being made by area -- 12th April : Dial a Ride services, 19th April : Services in Lewes, Wealden, and Eastbourne areas : 26th April : Services in Hastings & Rother areas. Website : bustimes

IMPROVE THE LIVES OF DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING PEOPLE --- HEARING DIFFICULTIES ?? A free service from a Registered Charity brought to your community, East Sussex Resource Centre, improving the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people in Wivelsfield -- so do visit St George’s Park, opposite Maes Court on Thursday 16th April from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Visit our Mobile Unit for free information & advice --- Demonstration of assistive equipment eg, amplified phones and loop systems, friendly constructive advice on all aspects of hearing loss, free hearing screening tests, NHS Hearing aid maintenance and battery service and working in partnership with Adult Social Care. Phone : 01323 722505 ( voice/text/fax ) email : Registered Charity : No. 1101140 Lottery funded.

WIVELSFIELD and SOURCIEUX les MINES --- Twinning with SOURCIEUX les MINES. The Parish Council are exploring twinning with Sourcieux les Mines (near Lyon) which is a similar size to Wivelsfield. This is an exciting opportunity for us all. Jason Stoner has met up with with Rachel Mumford who is their Councillor for Community Life and Culture. Rachel is also on their equivalent of the Parent Teachers Association and has met up with Jonathan Rowsell (Head Teacher of Wivelsfield Primary School). Wivelsfield School have already watched a video from their Mayor, Robert Allognet and their Head Teacher, Patrick Bellet. If you would like to be involved with this projector have any suggestions please contact the Parish Clerk, Liz Gander. Suggested ideas so far are -- a boules match, stool ball, invitation to Village Day to race a donkey, exchange visits, cultural swaps, and of course food & vino !!!

CINEMA to be presented by WIVELSFIELD Films just 10 days ahead !!! ---- “THE IMITATION GAME” at your local CINEMA in Wivelsfield Green on Sunday 19th April in the Village Hall in Eastern Road -- RH17 7QG. In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma -- which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing’s team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyse Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison. Film at 7.30pm, Doors open and Bar from 7.00pm. 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

>>Then on Sunday 17th May our film will be “The Theory of Everything” <<

MOBILE LIBRARY operated by East Sussex County Council --- visits the large car park adjoining Wivelsfield Village Hall. Between 10.45 & 11.00am on 29th April and 20th May, in the few weeks ahead.

INDOOR GAMES -- snooker, Jenna etc. -- at WIVELSFIELD YOUTH GROUP This Group has an exciting schedule of activities and the late April evening is on April 28th that started on 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

CAFE CHURCH --- Sunday 19th April at 9.30am in the Church. Join us for coffee and croissants & coffee from 9.00am

AFTER ENJOYING ALL THOSE EASTER EGGS and FINE FOOD --- Perhaps begin to plan to exercise ?? with the arrival of our Spring weather !!! Pilates and exercise classes, including stomach exercises !!!! On Thursday evenings in Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road RH17 7QG with Julie Craig Msc, Bsc (Hons), Dip PT and SMT 6.40pm : Complete Beginners Class, 7.30pm : Ultimate Stomach - To get that flat stomach, you have to burn the calories and put in the effort to see it! Motivating, high energy effective cardiovascular and toning exercises followed by the all important stomach and back exercises ! --- 8.20pm : Pilates - Intelligent exercise, profound results. One of the safest forms of exercise. The perfect way to introduce yourself in to exercise or the perfect complement to an existing exercise regime. Benefits are many : Flatten stomach, improves posture, tones muscles, decreases back pain and injury risk and improves flexibility. Everyone from the complete exercise novice to the elite athlete should be doing PILATES !! Dynamic Toning Pilates involves more muscular conditioning exercises and is done at a quicker pace. PREBOOKING is essential. You will not get a place if you do not book. Please call or text Julie on 07971 128284 or

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. CHURCH HALL further update

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

NEWS RE WIVELSFIELD GREEN PLAYGROUP & PRE-SCHOOL Last September saw a new Deputy Manger join the Playgroup, Kelly Mason. Kelly is a local mum whose daughter recently attended the Playgroup and is now at Wivelsfield Primary School. Kelly brings with her lots of experience of working with young children, joining the Playgroup from the Ofsted rated “Outstanding” Nursery, Pumkin Patch in Brighton & Hove. All the team at the Playgroup are passionate about their skills and qualifications in childcare and undertake regular in-house and external training courses. Recently Lisa Hunter achieved her NVQ Level 3 in Childcare in record time. Well done Lisa, we are all really proud of you. Fun was had by all at the Playgroup’s annual Nativity Performance, which was well attended and enjoyed by parents, carers and families. As well as putting on a wonderful play, children had a special time meeting Father Christmas in his grotto. As we move into the Summer term we do still have one or two spaces available so if you are interested in your child joining us, please email If you are thinking about your child starting in September 2015 it is also a good idea to contact us now for further information and to come and see us in action. We operate a waiting list system and allocated places in the term prior to joining. Government funded hours (EYEE) welcome.


The 26th March saw another good turnout of WI Weald Group members from Bolney, Handcross, Horsham Normandy and Mannings Heath, at the YMCA, Horsham. The meeting opened with a welcome from Horsham Normandy’s President Linda Mapp, the hosts for the meeting and following a rousing rendition of Jerusalem, Linda handed the meeting over to the new Group Chairman, Dilys Dunkin. Dilys, President of Bolney WI, got the meeting underway in her typically friendly and amusing manner, welcoming special guest speaker Mark Streater, his colleague Rachael Monday, neighbourhood policing sergeant from Horsham, Rosemary Flynn member of the WI Board of Trustees, our WI Adviser Brenda Adlam who is always a most welcomed guest, and of course WI members from Horsham Normandy, Handcross, Bolney and Mannings Heath. A short time was spent on business before Brenda and Rosemary updated us on the many activities happening this special year, the WI Centenary.

Business over, it was time to introduce Mark Streater, Chief Executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex. Mark having been a police officer for 31 years, had many stories to share, but his talk was a good balance between his past and present roles. Past stories included meeting prominent people - the Prince of Wales and Nelson Mandela, high profile events such as the Brighton bombing and Miner’s strike, and involvement with the COBRA meetings. His present role enabled us to learn a great deal more about the responsibilities of the Crime Commissioner, and the enormous amount of hard work that goes into ensuring the police in Sussex get funded in the best possible way, a huge challenge with all the restrictions on public spending. We were pleased to learn that crime in Sussex is coming down, but there is a big shift to telephone and email fraud. Rachael gave a brief outline on how these fraudsters work, typically preying on the vulnerable members of our society, and giving sound advice on how to avoid becoming a victim. A ‘Blue Lamp’ quiz then followed, ending a very enjoyable and informative presentation.

Following a wonderful tea provided by Horsham Normandy, the raffle of WI Centenary items brought the afternoon to a close. The Weald Group meets again in the autumn.

Hazel Hewitt ( Mannings Heath WI)