Village News - April 23

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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 Christadelphian’s warmly invite you to hear a bible talk ‘For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come. (Hebrews 13v14)’, on Sunday, 26th April 2015, at 14:00hrs in Ardingly, God willing. Please contact Gary Holman 01444 892697 or Rob Tester 01444 892327 for further details.

The Koorana Centre in Ardingly is offering a new monthly drop-in session for parents and carers with young children. It’s free to attend and donations are welcome towards a local children’s charity, Kangaroos. It takes place on the third Wednesday of each month from 1-2.30pm and is an opportunity for parents and carers to make friends with like-minded people whilst children can enjoy playtime and craft activities. Children with special needs are very welcome. Tel 01444 810295 for more details.

On Sunday 3rd May the Koorana Centre in Ardingly will launch a new programme of activities aimed at children and young people. The first workshop will provide support to teenagers who are approaching exams. Participants will be introduced to a variety of activities that will nurture their confidence and self esteem and show them how to relax and let go of tension and stress. The one day workshop on 3rd May will run from 11am-5pm and places must be booked in advance through The cost is £45 per place and part funding is available for families on a low income. More information can be found on the website

Ardingly Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting will be held on the 28th April 2015 from 7.30 pm and residents and members of the public are invited to come along to Hapstead Hall, High Street, Ardingly.

As well as the normal reports from Hapstead Hall and Ardingly Parish Council, we also are very fortunate to have speakers attending including Andy Jackson from Wakehurst Place and Tim Baker from The Bluebell Railway.

In addition, a presentation will be given by Millwood Designer Homes regarding the Standgrove Site. A planning application has just been submitted to Mid Sussex District Council by Millwood Designer Homes for 36 homes on the site off College Road in Ardingly and they will be talking about the application and will also bring along a display of the plans for people to view. Full details of the application can be viewed on the Mid Sussex District Council website. Refreshments will be provided during the evening. PCSO Erica Baxter will also be in attendance at the meeting. If you would like any additional information, please contact the Clerk on 01444 226209 or


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800

ROAD WORKS IN BALCOMBE – Cherry Lane, Rocks Lane and Rowhill Lane are due for carriageway surface dressing on Friday 24 April and will be closed for one day.

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.

FLOWER CLUB meet on Friday 24 April at 7.30 pm in the Parish Room. Angela Hyde will be demonstrating; her title “Over the Rainbow.”

BALCOMBE HISTORY SOCIETY have organised an Exhibition - “All Change – The Railway comes to Balcombe” on Saturday 25 April, 10.30am to 4pm in the Victory Hall. This is focused on the coming of the railway through Balcombe in 1841 and particularly the effect it had on the lives of the inhabitants and the economy of the village. The exhibition will cover the construction of the Balcombe Tunnel, the Ouse Valley Viaduct and the Railway Station. It will also explain why so many large country houses were constructed within the parish of Balcombe. Such houses in themselves created a substantial increase in employment opportunities for local people. A 5” gauge locomotive, Hornby 00 locomotives and carriages, and an “N” gauge locomotive will be on display and we will also have some of our recently acquired archive material on show. Tony Perkins will be there with the Parish Records and Census data on his computer, and will be happy to help you find out about your Balcombe ancestors! The Society’s book, “Balcombe at War 1914-1918” will be on sale at the Exhibition at £5 per copy. Entry price at the door is £1 per adult and children free. Everyone is welcome and it is a great opportunity to meet up with friends and family.

GHANA COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 25 April 10 – 12 noon in the Parish Room.

This June Eve and Maya from Warden Park are visiting Ghana in Africa as part of Warden Park’s first attempts to establish a link with a Ghanaian school. A large group of students will be helping refurbish classrooms and they will also be able to sightsee; visiting the rainforest, old slave ports and the beach. Part of the project is for the students to raise some of the money themselves so they are organising a Coffee Morning in order to do this. They will be serving refreshments and running a raffle and tombola.

BALCOMBE SUPERSTARS 2015 - This fantastic village competition starts on Sunday 3 May and runs through the week (after school for children and evening for adults) to Sunday 10 May inclusive, the bulk of the events take place during the day on the Recreation Ground on the Bank Holiday Monday The emphasis is on gentle competition that thrives on fun, sportsmanship and friendship. There are 17 events that take place around the village using all of our sporting amenities from which your highest scores recorded in 13 events are counted. The events and entry categories are as diverse as possible to allow any entrant a fair chance of winning one of the trophies, the events include; Badminton, rowing bowling , skittles, football dribbling, basketball shooting, tennis and table tennis, and target shooting at the village rifle range. There are special events to challenge the children too including the hotly contested slow bike race, where the slowest is the winner!

The event is an excellent way of introducing yourselves to new sports and to try the facilities and clubs around the village where members will be on hand to help you whether you are a novice or a seasoned player. The minimum age is 7 years and there is no upper limit. If you don’t have an entry form already then pick one up from Jemma in Balcombe Stores or Isabel in Threads. Alternatively call John Greetham on 819271 or Paul Nolan on 811008. The cost of entry is £4.00 for juniors (under 15 years) and £5.00 for Adults (15 upwards). This covers the cost of the hire of the halls and the medals and trophy engraving which are presented at the presentation event that follows completion of the last competition category.


Sunday 26 April 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10 am Parish Eucharist,

Wednesday 29 April 9.30 am Monthly informal meeting of “Life Streams” group

BALCOMBE BOWLS CLUB – The first matches of the year were played last weekend. On Saturday 18 April Balcombe 65: St. Francis 95, on Sunday 19 April Balcombe 74: Colemans Hatch 62.


Judith Woodland

Tel: 01444 881640

New Rawson Hall Opening - From 11am on Saturday May 2. The official opening will be at 12 noon. The cafe will be open and will be serving tea/coffee and cakes. An afternoon of celebrations will continue with games and sports for all the family. This will be a great opportunity for all to come and have a look at our brand new hall. In the evening there will be a fundraising event - Serenade Supper which will be an evening of musical theatre - a performance by the TT Singers. Tickets £12.50 (children £5.00) to include a hot pot supper. There will also be a bar and raffle. Tickets available from 01444 881348 or


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777

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

ST GEORGES DAY FETE, organised by Chailey Bonfire Society, takes place at Markstakes Corner this Saturday (April 25) between 12pm and 4pm. There will be lots of stalls, a car boot sale, displays in the ring, children’s rides and games, tractors and tractor rides, refreshments and a bar. Also a Dog Show, starting at 12.30pm, entry is on the day and the cost £1 per class. For more information 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 this Saturday (April 25). Tickets at £5 (entry only) are available from The Horns Lodge or via

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.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, has services this Sunday with Erik Cornelisse at 10.30am and Steve Haggar, to include communion, at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

LADS VS DADS Chailey & Newick Colts Cricket Club most anticipated matches of the year take place at the Sports Ground, North Chailey, this Sunday (April 26). The warm-up will start at 11am sharp and matches will be played across the age-groups. The Cafe will be open and there will be a big Club photo at the end.

LONDON MARATHON Ed Dykes is running the London Marathon this Sunday (April 26) for Chailey Heritage Foundation. The Foundation receives one London Marathon ticket every five years so Ed is really hoping to make it count. So any support by way of sponsorship will be much appreciated, you can donate at

WINDMILL AND RURAL LIFE MUSEUM will be open this Sunday (April 26) from 3pm to 5pm. The mill houses a rural life museum which includes photographs giving an insight into the history of Chailey. The entry fee is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

CHAILEY CRICKET CLUB NETS are at Plumpton College this Sunday (April 26) from 6pm to 7pm. If you are looking to play some cricket, either friendly or competitive, you will be made most welcome. The Club is always looking to welcome new members into the teams; please call Peter Dembrey on 07709946880 for more details.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday, April 28, at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge Inn, South Chailey, on Tuesday April 28 at 8pm. Teams of up to 7, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

MOBILE LIBRARY The County Mobile Library will be at Markstakes Corner, South Chailey on Wednesday, April 29, from 2.40pm to 3.10pm.

SHEFFIELD PARK AND GARDEN on Wednesday April 29 from 11am to 1pm and Wednesday May 6 from 2pm to 4pm there are guided bluebell walks available which cost £5 per person. Normal admission applies and more details can be found at

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 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. This event is to raise funds for the Foundation and tickets costing £15 each, which includes a hog roast, are available from GK’s Cafe at Chailey Heritage or by calling 01825 723723.

VOLUNTEERING AT THE BLUEBELL RAILWAY whether you have skills or no previous experience and can offer at least a day a month you are invited to “find out more” about volunteering at the Railway. To help you narrow your choice of departments you can ask for a recruitment pack on 01825 720800 or book a place on one of the “find out more” tours; the next tour is on Sunday May 3 from 10.30am until around 4.20pm.

CHAILEY LINK WALK starts at 10am on Monday May 4 from the Sports Ground, North Chailey, just off the A272. 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 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. The walk will be followed by a barbeque for the participants and all children completing the walk will be given a certificate. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

LUNCH CLUB open to everyone is at St Peter’s Church takes place on Thursday, May 7. Delicious, home-cooked lunches including a main course (with a vegetarian option), choice of pudding, tea or coffee, all for £5 will be available in the church from 12.30pm.Do go along for what is proving to be a most enjoyable, social event.

CONCERT is at St Peter’s Church on Saturday May 9 at 7.30pm and features the Mid Sussex Choir, together with soloists, the 4TuneSeekers Barbershop Quartet and Margaret Watson, the harpist. It promises to be an evening of musical delight and there will be refreshments during the interval. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door, with free entry for accompanied under 16s. Tickets can be obtained from Janet Barnes on 01825 721107 or

SOUTHERN AT WAR weekend takes place on Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10 at the Bluebell Railway. There will be displays and concert shows at all the stations. On both Saturday and Sunday there will be flypasts over Horsted Keynes Station subject to weather conditions; one day a Harvard and the other a Hurricane. For more details, contact 01825 720800.

SUPERFAST BROADBAND IN CHAILEY BT has just enabled cabinet 3 opposite the Swan for Superfast Broadband. In some cases, download speed will go from its current 2 Mb to between 67Mb and 80Mb.This cabinet serves much of the southern part of South Chailey but Mill Lane is served by the Plumpton exchange which is not yet enabled. The link to check if a phone line can be upgraded to Superfast Fibre Broadband is at


Diana Mackenzie


Coffee mornings at Cuckfield Baptist Church, Polestub Lane will recommence on Friday 1st May, 10.00 am until 12 noon, and continue weekly until Friday 29th September. I have been asked to mention that the cakes served at the coffee mornings are home made!

The results of Cuckfield’s Independent State Easter Monday walking races are as follows: Mens Handicap Challenge Cup for Cuckfield Residents: 1st Matt Buck, 2nd Charles Dunnett, 3rd Nigel Brewer. Ladies Handicap Challenge Cup for Cuckfield Residents: 1st Leanne Knapman, 2nd Sarah Adams, 3rd Jane Swain. Jim Swain Cup - Fastest Man for Cuckfield Residents: 1st Gary Atkinson (Time 52:13), 2nd Rob Helliwell (55:01), 3rd Nigel Brewer (56:05). Phyl Bowring Cup - Fastest Lady for Cuckfield Residents: 1st Sarah Fry (Time 58:07), 2nd Jane Swain (59:40), 3rd Sarah Adams (59:50). Frank Woods Trophy for Cuckfield Residents over 60: 1st Charles Dunnett (Time 57:03), 2nd Jane Swain (59:40), 3rd Roger Crouch (71:48). Fastest Man – Non Cuckfield Residents: 1st Luke Bohanna (Time 55:11), 2nd Dan Ferguson (55:47), 3rd John Shepherd (78:55). Fastest Lady – Non Cuckfield Residents: 1st Charlie Ferguson (Time 63:07), 2nd Charly John (69:47), 3rd Millie Mark (73:24). Mens Team Cup – for teams of 3: 1st Wheatsheaf (Combined Time 174:12), 2nd White Harte (213:55). Ladies Team Cup – for teams of 3: 1st White Harte (Combined Time 184:14), 2nd BPM (191:01). Mens “Walking in Fancy Dress” Winner: Brian Barnett. Ladies “Walking in Fancy Dress” Winner: Leanne Knapman. Thanks to everyone who entered , and also to all the children who took part in the Easter Egg Hunt. Congratulations to all the winners.

The Annual Cuckfield Cuckoo Fayre organised by the Independent State of Cuckfield takes place on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May, in the Recreation Ground, from 12:00pm. The official opening by the current Mayor, Rob Helliwell, is at 1:00pm. Entry is free. Entertainment includes music from The Village Band, Punch & Judy shows, BPM dance display, balloon modelling, Karate display, close up magic and circus skills demonstrations. There is also the ever popular Dog Show, open to all, with many classes. If you don’t win a bottle on the Wheel of Wine, then there is a licensed bar available. The Cuckoo Fayre is an opportunity for all local organisations and charities to raise much needed funds - pitches are still available at £25 each, with all money raised being retained by the organizing group. Stalls can be set up from 9:30am. If you would like to book a stall, or need more information, then please contact Jim Ayling at the White Harte, or phone: 01444 413454, or email: The Mayor is looking forward to seeing you at the Cuckoo Fayre!


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236

Ditchling Museum - Book reading + Q&A with author Rob Magnuson Smith: Scorper Thursday, April 23, 2015 7:00pm 8:30pm - Scorper is a funny, disturbing portrayal of a mind at odds with itself’ The Guardian - An American wanders around the quiet Sussex village of Ditchling. He roams the narrow lanes looking for his ancestral roots, and for stories of his grandfather amidst the ghosts of the artist Eric Gill. The American had better be careful. He might encounter beautiful widows, enigmatic boot scrapers and preternatural crosswords. He might take a tumble in the graveyard or fall foul of traffic regulations. There is a risk he will win the village quiz. Scorper is a novel of loyal chickens, sharp tools and twitching curtains. It is a tender triumph of macabre romanticism, with added bird bones

The End of the Beacon Magazine ? By the end of this year this magazine will be discontinued unless someone is willing to take over the job of editing it. It takes 6 to 8 hours per month to edit the magazine ready to be sent by email to the printers. Editing the Beacon requires the use of MS Word or other similar software with, preferably, photo editing knowledge as well. If you think you may be able to take on the job of editor or just to find out a bit more about what is involved please let me know by emailing me at Contact - Graham Sharpless

Ditchling Film Society - On Thursday, 21 May 2015 we shall be showing Blue Jasmine. The film tells the story of Jasmine, a rich, spoilt Manhattan socialite who falls on hard times when all her assets are seized after her crooked husband, Hal, is imprisoned for a Bernie Madoff-style business scheme. As a result, she is left with little choice other than to move to San Francisco to live with her divorced sister, Ginger, and her children in a small, cramped apartment. We learn later that her sister, Ginger and her ex-husband have lost everything by foolishly investing their lottery winnings in Hal’s fraudulent investment scheme. Under this scenario and living in these incongruous surroundings Jasmine tries to start a new life but in a series of flashbacks she constantly reflects on the glitzy and privileged life she has lost in New York with her husband. Considered to be one of his best films, this American comedy drama is beautifully written and directed by Woody Allen Director: Woody Allen English 2013 98 mins 12 Cert. The films will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. Our films start at 8.00pm. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and wine can be purchased by the glass. There is ample free parking behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5.00 payable at the door.

The Ladykillers – 13th to 16th May 2015- Mrs Wilberforce has let a room in her house near King’s Cross station to a delightful professor of music and his ‘chums’ who, although they say they are amateurs, are actually very professional. But not all is as it seems!Rehearsals for the Ditchling Players Spring production are well under way and audiences are in for a treat with a very funny play adapted from the well-know Ealing film with just a few tweaks to bring it up-to-date. As usual everyone is working hard to bring yet another successful production to the Ditchling Village Hall but they will need an audience So, this where you can play your part. Tickets are £8.00 (Wednesday) and £9.00 (Thursday to Saturday) and will be on sale from the 20th April at Clifford Dann, High Street, Ditchling (Tel No: 01273 843344). We look forward to seeing you there

ART FAIR Friday 24 April 2015, 11:00 am Ditchling Village Hall Exhibition and sale of members’ original art work, including paintings and 3D, unframed prints and cards. High quality work at affordable prices well below gallery and retail outlets. Opportunity to meet the artists.

Private view offering refreshments from 6pm the exhibition continues until 5pm on Sunday 26th April Admission Free please contact Rachael Swift.

Applications for Grants are invited from - THE TURNER-DUMBRELL FOUNDATION The income which enables the Foundation to make grants comes from the letting of the agricultural land at Lodge Hill and Bowries Fields, together with rents from the Turner-Dumbrell Workshops and the generous endowment from the Settler Dr Richard Turner.

In 2014-5 The Foundation made grants totalling £25,000.The Trustees are looking to fund applications for interesting and innovative projects that benefit the community while closely reflecting the Foundation’s grant making objectives.These are: To support charitable institutions or charitable purposes in Ditchling or in the immediate locality, with particular reference to St Margaret’s Church; Education and the Practice of Preventive Cardiology (by the encouragement of healthy lifestyle and exercise). If you received a grant this year and are applying again, the Trustees will require an update on how your project is proceeding.Application forms are available on our website at www.turner- or can be requested in writing from the Secretary:Mrs Roma Leon, 22 Beacon Road, Ditchling, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 8UL. Email: Completed applications should be sent to the Secretary by email, no later than 30th April 2015.


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638

The Help at Hand AGM last week was fairly well attended, mainly by the volunteers who make it what it is which was a shame. Still, those users and supporters who were there, showed their appreciation for the service they received just by being there. It was reported that there had been an increase of 31% in users over the past few years, which equates to approximately 26 users per month; there were 316 trips arranged last year, mainly to hospitals and other medical centres. These are from the parish, not just the village, which goes to prove just how important this service is to us! One request that did come out of the meeting as that some users are not giving enough time for the duty officers to find someone to take them to their appointments; please, if you are a regular user, or even just thinking about being a first time user, please do try and give as much notice as possible of your need. A week’s notice would be ideal but if this is not possible, 3 days’ notice would be good – even the Chairman, Ian Ratcliffe, is aware how difficult it can be to get hold of their drivers! If you would like to get involved or help in any way – the Committee is looking to recruit one further member – please get in touch with Ian on 01444 400763; the Committee meets 3/4 times a year and they are a very friendly bunch who would be very welcoming! Finally, a couple of dates for your diaries: on Saturday 18 July they will be hosting their ever popular annual Cream Tea in the Parish Hall, further details nearer the time; and on Saturday, 4 July they will be having a small competition at their stall at the Handcross Fun Day.

As promised last week, the Handcross & District Community Bus is holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday, 27 April from 3pm in the Parish Hall. If you are a regular user of the Bus and would like to attend but would have difficulty getting there, the Bus will be picking up from Balcombe at 2.40 pm; Covert Mead, 2.50 pm; Truggers 2.55 pm and Windmill Platt at 2.58 pm from the usual bus stops. If you are not on this ‘round’, please contact Christina on 400212, she might be able to organise a lift if required. The aim of the meeting is to bring everyone up to date on what is happening (will they/won’t they be getting a new bus??), share new ideas for outings and the like. They are also looking for new committee members so if you are interested, this meeting would be an ideal opportunity to find out more on what they do and how they do it! Once the business of the meeting has been concluded, you are invited to stay and enjoy a Cream Tea, what more could you ask for?

Both Help at Hand and the Handcross & District Community Bus are committees made up of volunteers who, if they will forgive me for saying, are not in the first flush of youth, but they are prepared to give up their time to ensure things run smoothly for those needing these services. If you have some time free, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a lot, and would like to fill it by doing something useful, please do get in touch as they would greatly appreciate it; it would light the load for those already on the committees. You may not be a user of either service at the moment, but there may come a time when you or your family are in need and if we are not careful, they will not be there to help!

We have the first visit of the year of waste freighter this weekend, Saturday, 25 April. It will be at St Mary’s Church in Slaugham from 10 am until 11 am before moving on to Seaforth Hall in Warninglid where it will be from 11.10 am until 12.10 pm. This service is now being paid for by the Parish Council, so please do use it or they may have to cancel it due to lack of use and I know that this is not the case! I would remind you that the following items cannot be sent to landfill, which is where the rubbish ultimately ends up: electrical items; large amounts of rubble or stone; remnants of paint or engine oil; and they are only allowed to take SMALL amounts of garden waste. However, if the crews report that people are wanting them to take away large amounts of garden waste, there might be an opportunity of an additional freighter being supplied just for garden waste but I would stress that this is only a possibility and if it has to be paid for by the Parish Council rather than Mid Sussex District Council, there could be other implications. Finally, a reminder: if the freighter is not there, please do NOT leave your rubbish for them to load, the crews are there to help not to do the work for you!

Finally, a reminder that the Parish Council meets in the Pavilion next week, Thursday, 30 April from 7.30 pm; the full agenda will be posted on the notice board outside the Spar Shop and on the side of the Pavilion as well as on the Parish website. All members of the public are welcome to attend and there is an opportunity for members of the public to raise questions or make comments on the agenda items at the start of the meeting.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136

The next Hassocks Village Market takes place on Saturday on the National Tyres Forecourt from 9.00am – 1.00pm

Nearly opposite the market, Hassocks United Reformed Church is holding its usual Traidcraft Stall in the forecourt of the Church from 10.00am to 12.00noon. There are lots of delicious foods etc at competitive prices - and profit goes back to the producers of the goods - giving the Third World a better chance to improve their own lives. Coffee is served in the foyer.

Also on Saturday, there’s a Hassocks Kids Nearly New Sale in the Adastra Hall, Keymer Road from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Pre-loved Toys, Books, Equipment for kids and babies.

HKD Transition is joining forces with Tates of Sussex to hold a weekend celebrating bees at the South Downs Garden Centre on 25-26 April 2015. There will be a chance to see bees up close and talk to a bee-keeper, to learn more about honeybees and bumblebees and how we can make our gardens more wildlife-friendly. Lots of bee friendly plants will be available, with advice on hand about best plants for bees, butterflies and other wildlife. Fun activities for children will include seed bomb making workshops, bee-friendly seed planting and a bee-friendly plant treasure hunt.

The Downlands School Association are holding a Car Boot Sale at Downlands Community School, Dale Avenue on Sunday 26th April from 9.00am – 1.00pm. Sellers to arrive from 8.00am - 8.45am. Pitches - Cars £8 in advance (£10 on the day), Vans £10 in advance (£15 on the day). Please call 01273 845892 to pre book your pitch

The Annual Meeting of Hassocks Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 28th April at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre, Adastra Park. Members of the Public are welcome to attend. The Chairmen of the various committees will give their reports on the activities during the year, and there will be an Open Forum for members of the public to raise any local issues.

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

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 a taster session Saturday 25th April at 11am. On offer is free membership for 6 weeks, plus free coaching and use of equipment. Turn up with flat shoes, trainers for example, and give a new sport a try. Contact Anne Clifford on 01273 842770 or just simply go along.

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 25th April at Holy Trinity Church from 10am to12 noon. Support the good work of this splendid charity. Go along and listen to reflective music whilst browsing the craft, cake and good as new stalls. Everyone made welcome.

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.


The Annual Parish Meeting for the electors of the Parish of Lindfield will take place on Thursday 30 April at 8 pm at the King Edward Hall”

At their April meeting, Lindfield Evening WI members took a peep inside one of the quirkiest buildings in the neighbourhood - the cottage and castle over the Clayton railway tunnel portal - courtesy of the man who lives there, David Porter. Once you’ve spotted the turrets, crenellated towers and gothic arch from the A273, it’s impossible not to wonder how the extraordinary structure came to be there and what it might be like inside. David answered all those questions, with a history of the building and its occupants, accounts of his own experiences there and dozens of pictures and videos of the cottage interior, the outside, the surroundings and views from within.

The business part of April’s meeting included notices of many events being planned by the wider WI in this Centenary year, including the national Centennial Fair at Harrogate, the county’s Centenary Picnic at Arundel Castle, a Celebration of Flowers at St Paul’s church in Chichester, Open Days at the national HQ in London’s Kings Road and a meeting in May of the five local WIs featuring what promises to be an inspiring presentation about Bomber Command. On an even wider stage, on June 17 the WI will be working with the Climate Coalition to stage the UK’s biggest ever mass lobby of Parliament.

On 9 May members will pull on their walking boots for Women Walk the World, an initiative by the international organisation Associated Country Women of the Word, supporting women in rural communities in developing countries. With a coffee morning before setting off and a pub lunch afterwards, it’s going to be a very sociable event as well as a worthwhile fundraiser.

Other forthcoming events include the knit-and-natter circle, Book Club 2 and another coffee morning.

April’s meeting concluded with a moving account of the founding of the tomb of the unknown warrior in Westminster Abbey, followed by a raffle and birthday posies. May’s meeting will take place at King Edward Hall, opposite the pond in Lindfield on Thursday 14 May when members will discuss the WI’s 2015 Resolution: “ to remove the distinction between nursing care and personal care in the assessment of the needs of individuals, in order to advance health and wellbeing”.

Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348

The Country Market will be open on Friday from 10 to 11am in the Village Hall.

Services this Sunday at St. Mary’s are 8.30 Holy Communion followed at 10.30am with Informal Morning Prayer, on Saturday the Church /Churchyard working party will be meeting at 9am, if you could spare sometime that morning you will be most welcome to go along and help.

Newick Ciinema will be open in the Village Hall from 7pm the film THE IMITATION GAME will commence at 7.30pm, tickets £6 on the door or email

On Tuesday 28th the Newick Parish Council will be holding their last meeting before the Elections on May 7th, for those councillors that are standing down, thank you for all your hard work, and those that are hoping to be re -elected good luck on May 7th. The meeting will commence at 7.15pm in the Sport Pavilion.

Newick Cricket Club will be holding their first friendly Sunday match on the 26th this game will be against Waldron ay Newick will commence at 1pm. The Junior under 13 years old will also commence playing on Thursday 30th the game will be away against Rottingdean play will start at 6pm.

Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777

ST GEORGE SERVICE is at All Saints today (Thursday April 23) with Holy Communion at 11am.

HAPPY CIRCLE meets today (Thursday April 23) at 2pm in All Saints’ Church Annexe. If you are interested in joining this group do call Dorothy Brooks on 01273 890016.

PLUMPTON RACECOURSE The Coral Raising the Game Racenight is tomorrow (Friday April 24) and 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 tomorrow (Friday April 24) at 6pm, to start walking at 6.30pm. The walk is being organised by the St Peter & St James Hospice Plumpton Support Group and the cost £2 for adults and £1 children; do call Sue Akers on 01272 891701 for more details.

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

LONDON UNLOCK This walk takes place on Saturday (April 25) and will take the route of the no.47 bus through Bermondsey to Deptford. It is being organised by members of All Saints Church but everyone is welcome to join them; meet at Plumpton Station for the 9.28am train with a packed lunch and drinks as the expected return time is 8pm.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm. At East Chiltington Church there will be a Sung Communion at 10.30am. In addition at All Saints there are daily services (Tuesday to Friday) at 9am and on Saturdays at 10am The Annual Vestry and Church Meeting takes place on Wednesday, April 29, at 7.30pm in All Saints Church Annex.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY WALK, about 4.5 miles, this Sunday (April 26) starts at 2pm at Beechurst Gardens, Haywards Heath. Do join in this walk which will include Bolnore, Heaslands, Upper Ridges and Cuckfield Church. For more details call Gerry and Brenda Arnold on 01444 241463.

POP-IN-PARLOUR is open on Tuesday, April 28, at All Saints Church Annex from 11am onwards for tea/coffee, lite-bites and home-made soup.

MOBILE LIBRARY will be at the village hall car park on Wednesday, April 29, between 1.45pm and 2.15pm.

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 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. This promises to be a most entertaining production. To buy tickets, which cost £8, call Sandie Jackson on 01273 890206.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND an open evening of slides of the many places visited during the pilgrimage to the Holy Land, in February, takes place at All Saints Church Annex on Friday May 1 at 7.30pm. Everyone is invited and 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. Everyone is welcome to join in this walk, meet at 8pm at the village shop.

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

FOOTPATH SOCIETY walk on Wednesday May 6 starts at 10.30am at Cowfold Recreation Car Park (214 226). It will be 6 miles across Northfield Farm, Little Champions Farm, West Grinstead Station, Moons Wood and Clockhouse Farm, Cowfold, with lunch at Old Little Chef. For more details call Jo Taylor on 01273 890450 or 07870142108.

JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall on Saturday May 9 at 2pm to raise much needed funds for the Plumpton Activity Scheme. Please take jumble donations to the hall from 9am and do go along and see if you can pick up a bargain at 2pm. Along with jumble there will be a tombola, refreshments, good as new items, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. For more details call Meg on 01273 890232.

PLUMPTON COLLEGE OPEN DAY on Saturday May 9 is a chance to get specialist course and careers advice. The range of courses cover all land-based provision including agriculture, horticulture, floristry, greenkeeping, equine, metalsmithing, animal care and veterinary nursing and many more detailed at At the Open Day you can meet current students and see the excellent student facilities at the College. The day starts at 10am and ends at 5pm. There are so many things to see so do get there early. There will be farm, forestry, equine, sheep shearing and floristry displays. Large and small animals to view along with dog grooming and showing, gun dogs, terrier racing and falconry. Also a craft and trade fair with metalsmithing and jewellery, plants, wine tasting, tractor/trailer rides, children’s activities, climbing wall, woodland walks, clay pigeon shooting, local foods and refreshments. Entry is £7.50 for adults, £3 Senior Citizens and free for under 16s.

PLUMPTON RACECOURSE LADIES Day is on Sunday May 10. The gates will open at 11.30am with the first race at 2pm. More details available at

DORMICE the Wildlife and Habitat Group will be continuing their dormouse surveys in 2015. Up until 2011 there were no official records for dormice in Plumpton parish. Using nesting tubes that year the Group found one dormouse nest. Since then more sites have been surveyed and it has been found that although rare there are still dormice in Plumpton. The Group would be glad if you would report sightings of dormice and are also able to advise on habitat management. Also if you would like a hedge or woodland, on your property surveyed, let Tony Hutson at know and the Group will consider the site for future

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.

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.

Recreation Ground I have recently been asked by several people to mention the recreation ground at the back of the Millennium Centre. People have reported the mess on the field, both rubbish left there and dog mess. The Scaynes Hill Football Club has reported that they have to take a spade with them to clear the dog waste left on the pitch. It’s disgusting and anti-social. If you see anyone leaving rubbish on the field then report them. This is our village and it’s up to us to keep it clean for everyone. The Park Rangers deal with dog fouling on land owned by Mid Sussex District Council such as parks, nature reserves and also Dog Control Orders. Mid Sussex District Council will issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £75, to enforce the dog control orders. Failure to pay the Fixed Penalty Notices may result in prosecution with a maximum fine of £1000. The Park Rangers can be contacted at 01444 477561k or

St Augustine’s Church News

Youth and Children Section

Sunday Children’s Programme Spring 2015


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

Scaynes Hill Summer Flower Show Early notice of this year’s flower show which will take place on Saturday 20 June from 2.00pm – 4.00pm at the Scaynes Hill Millennium Centre. More information will appear here nearer the time.

Seedling Share Grown too many seedlings? Share them! The fruit and vegetable barrow will be outside St Augustine’s Church on Tuesday 28th April,

Tuesday 5 May and Tuesday 12 May. Bring your spare fruit and vegetable seedlings (labelled please) any time from 8.00 am and take what you can grow. Flower seedlings and early fruit and vegetables are also welcome. No seedlings? Then take what you can plant anyway. No money involved! The fruit and vegetable share will be back in the summer. The Seedling Share is organised by Scaynes Hill Sustainability Group. For further information call Cilla and Graeme on 831364 or

Helen on 831989

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.

WI Meeting - Bomber Boys

There will be a very special meeting on Thursday 21 May hosted by Scaynes Hill WI at the Millennium Centre, starting at 2.30 pm. This event has been organised by the Lindfield WI. The Guest Speakers “The Bomber Boys” are WW2 Veterans from Bomber Command

Tickets are £5 and this includes refreshments. The meeting is not just for the ladies this time because gentlemen are welcome too. Entry is by pre-bought tickets and there is a limited number. If you would like a ticket please contact Pat Barnett Phone: 01444 831638.

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 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 /

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

CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES, being phased in from 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

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 !!!

“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” -- The Wivelsfield Films presentation to be shown on Sunday 17th May ---- Description: The extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (“Man on Wire”). 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 in advance from the Post Office & Village Stores and The Cock Inn, OR online via the Facebook page for Wivelsfield Films OR

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

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 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.

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 Meetings ahead are Monday 20th April, Monday 18th May, Monday 1st June and Monday 6th July.

PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCIES -- We are looking for enthusiastic new Councillors to join us on the Parish Council. All that is required is some spare time, attendance of monthly Council meetings and informal group meetings to progress specific projects and other tasks. For more information please contact Liz Gander on 01444 471898 or email

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

Bridge Club News

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday April 17, 2015

Monday evening

NS 1st Liz Lancaster & Liz Hoskins

2nd Graham Hedley & Berry Hedley

3rd Hazel Beveridge & Shirley Robinson

EW 1st Chris Gray & Ian Watt

2nd Neil Watts & Julia Simpson

3rd Val Cafferkey & Fliss White

Tuesday evening

1st Joy Mayall & Peter Collins

2nd Gloria Flint & Dave Towell

3rd Brigid Mellor & Lorraine Baker

Wednesday evening

NS 1st Graham Hedley & Berry Hedley

2nd Ian Macgregor & Peter Collins

3rd Peter Brown & Yves Lebrec

EW 1st Chris Gray & Suzanna Gray

2nd Ian Watt & David Lock

3rd Ron James & Margaret Collins

Thursday afternoon

NS 1st Bob Best & Sue Best

2nd Jean Smallwood & Lindsay Geddes

3rd Hazel Beveridge & David Williams

EW 1st Christine Jepson & Jim Downes

2nd Neil Watts & Nigel Urban

3rd Richard Hopperton & Roy Hamilton

Thursday evening

1st Margaret Watson & Barbara Hepher

2nd Malcolm McKenzie & Suzanne McKenzie

3rd Christina Barratt & Pat Weir


Results for Friday 17 April 2015:-

1st Charles Teviot & Ray Medhurst

2nd Sue Cottrell & Paul Smith

3rd Mary Kidman & Margaret Drake

4th Adrian Alexander & Richard Hopperton

Burgess Hill Bridge Club

18 April

1. Lorna Mence & Mary Teviot

2 = Val Allen & June Trott

= Margaret Drake & Richard Hopperton

4, Arthur Kidman & Charles Teviot

Pet Detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

Lots of calls from lovely readers offering Matilda a home. Happily she’s found that home. Thank you to everyone

FOUND Very skittish tortoiseshell cat. Very thin when found in Haywards Heath

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 below. All calls in strict confidence