Village News - April 30

Readers' news
Readers' news

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


FRIENDSHIP CLUB will be meeting on Tuesday 5th May, 2.30 to 4pm, it costs £1 per person which includes a cup of tea and a slice of cake, please contact Maureen on 413061 for details of the venue.

NATIONAL GARDENS SCHEME ANSTY OPEN GARDENS will be happening this year on 2 Sundays, 10th May and 21st June. So on Sunday 10th May the following gardens will be open: Appletree Cottage, The Barn House, 3 Lavender Cottages, Springfield, Thickets and Whydown Cottage. Parking will be signposted from the A272, the gardens will be open from 1.30 to 6pm, tickets cost £5 and children are free, there will be teas available at The Barn House, so Jackie will be welcoming any donations of cakes on Saturday 9th May or on the day itself. Fingers crossed for some sunshine!


Karen Adams

Tel: 07789485167

Standgrove Site. As some of you may have seen, Millwood Designer Homes Ltd have submitted a full planning application for the Standgrove Site this week. The full application can be viewed on the Mid Sussex District Council website.

Hapstead Hall Clerk Vacancy (part time) Hapstead Hall has a vacancy for the position of Clerk. If you would be interested to hear more about the role, please contact Sonia Watson on 07565 098312 or email her at

Ardingly Cinema. The successful Cinema evening will return in the next few weeks for the last showing until the autumn months – so look out for the posters and further details in the next few weeks. Tickets will be available soon. Thanks to Fiona Rocks and Sarah Chapman for the organisation of these events, which have been very well supported by the village.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800

ROAD WORKS IN BALCOMBE – the use of Handcross Road, Balcombe near the access to Broadhurst Wood is temporarily prohibited on Tuesday 5 May 2015. This closure is necessary to allow UK Power Networks to carry out electrical utility work safely. It is anticipated the works will be completed in 1 day. Emergency and Residential Vehicular access will be maintained at all times. The alternative route for traffic will be via B2110 High Street, B2036 London Road, Handcross Road and vice versa. Any queries please contact the West Sussex Contact Centre on 01243 642105.

LOCUS YOUTH GROUP meet on Friday 1 May 6.30 – 8.00 pm in the Parish Room.

TOM’S PIZZA – Tom Bottomley will be firing up the pizza oven at the Cricket Ground in the evening on Friday 1 May so pop down to enjoy his delicious home-made pizza. A pasta dish will also be available for those that don’t like pizza and the bar will be open.

BIRCHANGER GARDENS RH17 6JY will be open for the WI on Saturday 2 May from 2.00 until 5.30 pm and for the Victory Hall Management Committee on Sunday 3 May at the same time. This beautiful 7-acre garden with its magnificent displays of azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias, is well worth a visit. The children will enjoy discovering the garden’s treasures just as much as the plant specialists and keen gardeners. Entrance £4 (free car parking), children free, there will be refreshments including home-made cakes served on the lawn before or after your walk. The gardens are 2 miles east of A23 at Handcross on the B2110 (2 miles north of Balcombe). It will be signposted on the day.

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.

VE/VJ DAY 70th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION – Events commence at 3.00 pm in St. Mary’s on Sunday 3 May. There will be afternoon tea followed by a special Songs of Praise service at 6.00 pm. All are welcome and please bring memorabilia, photographs stories etc. Michael Noble’s display which was put together for the 50th anniversary in 1995 will be there and his own memories of wartime London. Activities for children. Background music from the era. Raffle tickets are now on sale from St Mary’s, Half Moon, Social Club, Threads or Balcombe Stores. (Raffle to be drawn at the Half Moon on Friday 8 May at 6.00pm). Proceeds from the event will go towards the Royal British Legion (Balcombe Branch), Hounds for Heroes and St Mary’s refurbishment.

ARDINGLY PREP SCHOOL CHAMBER CHOIR & FRIENDS CONCERT in aid of St. Mary’s takes place on Saturday 8 May at 7.30 pm in St. Mary’s. Tickets cost £5 on the door.


Sunday 3 May 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10 am Family Service celebrating Rogation.

3 – 6.00 pm Open Church Afternoon for all ages with WW2 displays and memorabilia, crafts, activities, music, tea and cakes.

6.00 pm Songs of Praise Thanksgiving service marking the 70th Anniversary of V.E./V.J. Day with contributions from people who lived through, and served in WW2.

BALCOMBE BOWLS CLUB – On Thursday 23 April Horley 75: Balcombe 65. On Saturday 25 April Balcombe 54: Crawley Town 82. On Sunday 26 April Balcombe 58: Burgess Hill 65.

EVE & MAYA would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported their coffee morning on Saturday. They were amazed at the generosity of Balcombe residents and are very very grateful.


Judith Woodland

Tel: 01444 881640

Reminder - opening of new Rawson Hall on Saturday May 2 from 11am. Cafe will be open and serving tea, coffee and cakes. 12 noon official opening followed until 3pm by an afternoon of games and sports for all the family. In the evening there will be a fundraising ‘Serenade Supper’ 7.30pm in the new Rawson Hall. Entertainment by the TT Singers. Tickets £12.50 (children £5.00) to include a hot pot supper. Bar and raffle. Tickets available from 01444 881348 or email

The Horticultural Society/Gardening Club are holding a coffee morning and plant sale in the new Rawson Hall on Saturday May 9. 10am - 11.30am. All welcome.

The WSCC mobile library will be visiting Drovers, Payesfield, The Street, on Fridays May 1, 15, 29, between 9.30am - 10.15am. All welcome to use this facility.

Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Open Meeting in the Cyprus Hall, 7:45pm Wednesday 6th May

‘Growing and Showing Dahlias’, speaker: Richard Hilson -Besides being a keen dahlia grower, Richard is also a qualified Royal Horticultural Society show judge, so he knows what it’s like from both sides of the show bench! Whether you’re keen to become an award-winning exhibitor, or just want to grow better garden blooms, Richard’s talk will help you get the best out of these extraordinary flowers.

Admission: members free, Visitors: £1. Enquiries: 01444 245509


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777

TOY & RAIL COLLECTORS FAIR will be on the platforms of Horsted Keynes Station, at the Bluebell Railway, this Saturday (May 2) from 10am to 4pm. There will be lots of railway artefacts and model railway equipment. An admission ticket to Horsted Keynes station will be £3 per person.

APOLOGIES for the mistake in my column, last week, as it referred to ‘Colts Cricket’ when it should have said ‘Chailey & Newick Colts Football Club’. As the most anticipated matches were football and the annual Lads v Dads matches. These were the last football matches at the sports ground for the 2014/2015 season as the ground will now be used by the cricketers. This Saturday sees Chailey cricketers in a league game at home, at the sports ground just off the A272, starting at 1.30pm. To find out about the league or friendly teams do go along to the game or call 07709946880. Prospective players and supporters will be made most welcome and refreshments are available.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and an all age family service, with music provided by Robinswood, at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, has services this Sunday with Jeremy Heath at 10.30am and an evening service at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be served after all the services.

CHAILEY LINK WALK is on Monday, May 4, starting at 10am from the Sports Ground. 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. The walk will be followed by a barbecue for the participants and all children completing the walk will be given a certificate. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

KNIT AND NATTER EVENING Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday, May 5, at 7.30pm. Go along with your current project or if learning wool, needles and tips will be provided. For more details call 01273 890114.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet on Tuesday, May 5, at 7.45pm at the village hall to discuss the shortlisted resolutions for the Annual General Meeting at the Albert Hall in June. It will be an interesting discussion as the resolutions are varied and include topics such as food waste, gender discrimination, public access to defibrillators and a national broadleaf tree planting programme. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome.


Sheffield Park and Garden on Wednesday, May 6, from 2pm to 4pm. The cost is £5 per person, along with the normal admission cost and more details can be found at

LUNCH CLUB at St Peter’s Church is open to everyone 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.

‘A NIGHT AT THE OPERA’ featuring the Mid Sussex Choir, together with soloists, the 4TuneSeekers Barbershop Quartet and Margaret Watson, the harpist takes place at St Peter’s Church on Saturday May 9 at 7.30pm. This spring concert is being organised by the Friends in aid of St. Peter’s Restoration Fund. Refreshments will be available during the interval. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the night, with free entry for accompanied under 16s. They can be obtained from Janet Barnes on 01825 721107 or

SOUTHERN AT WAR TO CELEBRATE VE DAY The Bluebell Railway will be holding its Southern at War weekend on Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10 to mark the 70th anniversary of the allies’ Victory in Europe. The Railway will welcome back previous Southern at War displays, as well as some new ones, and there will be exhibits and concert shows all along the line. On both Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) there will be flypasts over Horsted Keynes station by a Harvard and a Hurricane. For more details call 01825 720800.

NATIONAL MILLS DAY Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on National Mills Day; Sunday May 10 from 3pm to 5pm. The Downland Radio Group will again have their equipment in the Mill to make contact with other mills in the UK and Europe. The Group welcome visitors but access will be limited to the ground floor of the Mill. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

PRE-REGISTER FOR TRACK TREK 2015 the Bluebell Railway’s third sponsored walk takes place on Sunday May 24. The walk is approximately 4.5 miles and provides the rare opportunity to walk through the 731 yard long Sharpthorne tunnel; the longest on a preserved railway in England (for which a good torch is essential). Walking on a railway track is rough and stout footwear will be required. All children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult and the Trek is not considered suitable for children less than seven years of age. The walk will start from Kingscote between 5.30pm and 6pm, with registration from 4.30pm. As numbers registered surpass 150, people are encouraged to register in advance to help those planning the event. Register by e-mailing with the names of your party, indicating which are children. For more information and to download a sponsorship form visit

NEW PARISH CLERK Bettina Newell has been appointed Parish Clerk; she lives in Newick and has worked most recently and for several years at Chailey Heritage. The Council’s Office will remain in the Scaynes Hill Village Centre and Bettina can be contacted on 01444 831453 and at For the time being, and while Bettina is establishing herself in office, there will be no Village Information Point.

HAVE YOU VISITED GK’s Café, at Chailey Heritage Foundation? If not now is the time to call in and enjoy their latest promotion which is a ‘Meal Deal’; any sandwich or salad, can of drink or bottle of water & a snack or fruit is now £3.50 and all smoothies and shakes are £2.50. Everyone is welcome and they look forward to seeing you soon.

HOSPICE NEEDS UNWANTED FURNITURE St Peter & St James Hospice Shops sell a huge variety of donated items, all of which raise considerable sums to support the Hospice. Among the fastest selling items is furniture; which sells so quickly that the Hospice stock is in need of a boost. The Hospice Shops offer a free collection service for furniture, including conservatory and garden items, as well as white goods, such as fridges and freezers. When downsizing, moving, clearing a house or just updating your furniture, please think of the Hospice and donate your unwanted items. Furnishings, unless vintage or antique, will need to meet fire safety regulations with appropriate labelling. Electrical goods need to be in good condition and working order. If you would like to support St Peter & St James Hospice through the donation of furniture and/or white goods please call the Hospice, at North Chailey, on 01444 470205.


Diana Mackenzie


Cuckfield WI’s March meeting was a very busy and active one when Patricia Smith demonstrated Tai Chi . Members also brought contributions for the Institute’s stall at the Cuckoo Fair. In June two of many Federation Centenary events are taking place- the Annual Meeting in the Albert Hall which will be broadcast live for the first time and the Buckingham Palace Garden Party. Each Institute has been asked to send a Representative to it and Margaret Card has been nominated as ~Cuckfield’s representative. She has been the County Treasurer and also on the organising committee for the South of England Show. The Resolution, “ Assessment of need in long term care.” will also be debated which will also be debated in the Albert Hall in June. At next month’s meeting, on 19th May, there will be a talk on New Zealand. Contact the Secretary on 01444 455939 for details.

Cuckfield Royal Observer Post open weekends for 2015. In 1962 an underground bunker was built near Cuckfield Churchyard as part of the Royal Observer Corps Post. It formed part of the Cold War Early Warning System and stayed in place until 1991 when the Post was closed. Mark Russell and Ed Combes have restored the bunker to how it would have looked at closure.

The ROC weekends are:

Saturday, 6th June 11 - 5; Sunday, 7th June 10 - 1

Saturday, 18th July 11 - 5; Sunday, 19th July 10 - 1

Saturday, 15th August 11 - 5; Sunday 16th August 10 - 1

September dates are to be confirmed.

For more information visit Or Or telephone Phillipa Malins 01444 452307

The Cuckfield Cuckoo Fayre, organized by the Independent State, takes place on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May, in the Recreation Ground, from 12:00pm, Entry is free. Plenty off entertainment for all the family. There is also the ever popular Dog Show, open to all. The Mayor is looking forward to seeing you at the Cuckoo Fayre!


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236

Vivace Choir - will be giving a concert of varied music and songs from Henry VIII to Ward Swingle via Mozart and Saint-Saens on Friday 8th May at The Old Meeting House, The Twitten at 7.30pm. Tickets on sale at the Post Office or from Shirley Thompson 01444 248725.

Ditchling Players Spring Production - The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan Performance dates are Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th May. Tickets are £8.00 (Wednesday) and £9.00 (Thursday to Saturday) and go on sale on Monday 20th April at Clifford Dann, High Street, Ditchling. Tel No: 01273 843344 or can be purchased on the door.

We look forward to seeing you there. Admission: £8.00 (Wednesday) & £9.00 (Thursday to Saturday) available from Monday 20th April Contact: Clifford Dann, High Street, Ditchling. Tel: 01273 84334

Coffee Morning - in the Village Hall Tuesday 19 May 2015, 10:00 am Ditchling Village Hall Ditchling Village Association invites you to Coffee and Cake in the Village Hall between 10.00am and 11.30 All are welcome - make new friends and meet old ones - incorporating paperback exchange as usual.Sponsored by Ditchling Morris


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638

I have recently received some good news in respect of our Neighbourhood Plan (‘NHP’) which I thought I’d share. The Scoping Report, which sets out the basic background to the Plan, has been submitted and duly considered by Mid Sussex District Council’s Statutory Consultees. As no concerns were raised by this Committee, it means the first stage in the process has been completed, hooray! The next step in the process is to get the information out to the parish as a whole – being Handcross, Pease Pottage, Warninglid and Slaugham – and in order to this, an NHP Communication Group has been formed to discuss and plan a communication strategy, the aim of which will be to pass on updates and relevant information in any one of the following ways: a new, user-friendly website; Facebook and twitter (sign up to either through the website); articles in the local press; banners, posters and exhibitions; emails through the various village community groups. If you are not a user of social media, you are always welcome to attend the monthly Committee meetings, the next will be on Tuesday, 5 May from 7.30 pm in the Pavilion, Handcross; the meetings are usually held on the first Monday of the month however, as this is a Bank Holiday, it has been moved back to the Tuesday! The pattern reverts to normal in June and the meeting will be on Monday, 1 June from 7.30 pm.

The Parish Hall Management Committee’s Annual General Meeting last week was well attended which was an improvement on last year’s! It was reported that the Hall continues to be well used and this is reflected in the healthy accounts. However, a problem was flagged up following a recent electrical inspection which had thankfully been resolved without too much expense but would require an annual inspection going forward. Unfortunately, due to the age of the building (100 years and counting!) the cost of maintaining it (heating, roofing, flooring, etc), will continue to increase but the Committee will continue to do their best for their community. It was announced that the long serving secretary and supporter of the Hall, Pat Long, was standing down as secretary but would continue to serve on the Committee, therefore a new secretary had been appointed. Once the ‘business’ of the meeting had been completed, we were invited to stay for refreshments and then help the Committee with a project relating to the new hall. The meeting was split into a number of small groups with the aim of suggesting what might be required in a new hall, for example, what might be needed in a kitchen; how many rooms would be required; the configuration of these rooms; what the hall could be used for; and so the list went on. I think everyone enjoyed the meeting and left feeling that whilst we don’t know when or where a new hall may end up, a ‘wish list’ was a good idea and proved that things were moving forward, albeit slowly!

I have mentioned in the last couple of weeks that Handcross Fun Day is fast approaching – before you know it, Saturday, 4 July will be here! Handcross Association, who put a lot of time and effort into organising this on behalf of the village, are now taking applications for pitches; if you are interested the cost will be £12 for individuals and local or charitable organisations. If you are a business and are considering taking part in the day, please contact the Association by email or call 07732 043323, leave a message and someone will get back to you. All profits are distributed to local causes so please do get in touch and help to make the day the success it deserves to be. If you would like to help with the organisation/set up for the day, I know they are always on the look-out for such assistance, please get in touch with Neil Mitchell.

I mentioned recently that the local football team were playing in the final for the Somerville Cup on Monday last week, 21 April. Unfortunately, they were successful this time and lost 2-1 in extra time which was a shame. However, I’m sure they would like to thank those who took the time to go and support them on the night and hopefully they will have more luck next year.

Finally, don’t forget the Parish Council meet this evening, Thursday, in the Pavilion from 7.30pm; a copy of the agenda for this and the Planning Committee Meeting which will follow, can be found on the Parish notice boards outside the Spar Shop and on the Pavilion’s wall as well as on the website, As mentioned previously, members of the public have an opportunity to comment or ask questions on any agenda item at the start of the meeting.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136

The London to Brighton Historic Commercial Vehicle Run passes through Hassocks on Sunday 3rd May along the A273, London Road, from Burgess Hill to Clayton mid morning onwards.

Also on Sunday there’s the first Oldland Mill Special Event Day of the year from 11.00am – 4.00pm. The award winning Oldland Windmill, Keymer, will once again open her doors to the public today. There’s no parking at the Mill but a shuttle bus service will be provided from the Thatched Inn, Ockley Lane, Keymer, BN6 8DH, or walk to the mill via Mill Lane, Keymer or Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling. The theme today will be “A May Celebration” with Activities for all the family including: Animal School 12.00 –12.30 & 2.30 – 3.00pm, Punch & Judy, 12.30 – 1.00 & 3.00 – 3.30 pm, Morris Dancing 1.00 —2.30 pm, Craft stalls, children’s games, ice cream, Beer tent, BBQ, Tea and Coffee. Entrance donations £3 a head or £5 a family.

On Monday 4th May, there will be a Village May Day Celebration - A community event at Adastra Park, Hassocks from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm. The Town Crier will be opening the event which includes a Dog Show, Maypole Dancing, Barbecue, Activity Challenges, café, plus the Burgess Hill Marching Youth Band, Burgess Hill Rumblers Youth Drumming Band and more. Please see for the latest information.

Mid Sussex Ramblers invite you to join them on Wednesday 6th May for a 3 mile walk of the Bluebells in Butchers Wood, Hassocks. Meet at 7.00pm, Hassocks Railway Station East Side. Fee payable in station car park. Or park in nearby streets.

I thank Age Concern, Hassocks for providing their latest news. Would you like to take part in our Monthly Draw Club which is a very important part of our fundraising? This year we are looking to put the funds towards our heating bills which cost us over £5000 last year! To help keep our costs down we would like to renew our inefficient gas boiler, but we would need to raise about £7500. The more shares you buy the greater your chances of winning our monthly prize draw of £40, £25, £20 and £15, with an Annual extra draw prize of £100 in the month of March. Please come into the office for a form or ring us on 01273 844461 and we can send you one.

Last month we enjoyed a very popular Easter Tea, Plant Sale and Ploughmans, a train ride on the Bluebell Railway, an afternoon tea trip to Wayfield Farm Shop and a delicious cream tea at South Downs Garden Centre. We have visits to Harry Ramsdens, The Wey and Arun Canal, and a Strawberry Cream Tea here at the Centre on Thursday 11th June. Do come and watch a matinee with us on Tuesday 19th May at 1.45pm. There’s a small charge to include tea and cake. Our in-house Chiropodist and two Hairdressers are open to the wider public and would welcome new enquiries. We have Canasta, Mah-Jong, Scrabble, Art and Keep Fit clubs to keep you entertained! Please do come along and have a go! Have you tried our delicious lunches, served Mon-Fri from 12.15, a 3 course meal to include tea or coffee, just call us on 01273 844461 to book. We have a quiz every Thursday morning at 10.45am, do come along and have a go. In our Charity shop we have a variety of second hand items for sale, and why not pop in and enjoy one of our coffees and delicious cakes 9am-12.00. The first Tuesday in the month we have hearing aid checks from 10am, NHS only- just come along.

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

GT@3 at Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road on 3rd May from 3.00 pm. All welcome to this different kind of service with freshmen’s afterwards.

HURSTPIERPOINT AFTERNOON CLUB on Tuesday 5th May at 2.15pm in the Village Centre holds its AGM and afterwards hosts Anita Wright from Mid Sussex Older People’s Council, an organisation which tries to improve the situation for the elderly. She will talk about what they do and share the details of their information network and explain the range of services available in our area. All are welcome to this informative afternoon.

VILLAGE CINEMA will be screening the acclaimed British film ’71 on Friday 8th May, 8pm at the Players Theatre. A young British soldier must find his way back to safety after his unit accidentally abandons him during a riot in the streets of Belfast. Tickets £4/£6 on sale now online or from Mishon Mackay on Hurst High Street. Further info 01273 835875

V E DAY 70th ANNIVERSARY DAY DANCE organised to raise funds for the charity reMEmember, who helps people suffering from ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The dance will take pace on Saturday 9th May at Danny House, with music from 1945 including many of the well known Glen Miller numbers and others from the big bands of the day performed by Michael Gverney and singer Jo Kimber. Contact Janice Kent on 01273 831733.

NATIONAL THEATRE live broadcast at the Players Theatre on Thursday 14th May, 7pm Ralph Fiennes in MAN AND SUPERMAN. Fiennes returns to the NT in this exhilarating reinvention of Bernard Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. Tickets £10/£12.50 on sale now online or or Mishon Mackay on Hurst High St. Further info 01273 835875

HURSTPIERPOINT ALLOTMENT SOCIETY will hold its Spring Plant Sale on Sunday 17th May from 10am to 12.30pm, at the allotments, and also will be providing refreshments. This is their main fundraiser of the year, timed for the beginning of the gardening season so do go along and be tempted to buy some plants.

FRIENDLY LUNCH CLUB for those over sixty with limited sight living in Hurstpierpoint, meeting on alternate Wednesdays from 10.30 to 2.15pm. Contact Dorothy Lazenby on 01273 450947 and transport can even be arranged.


COUNTRY MARKET With the gardening season well and truly with us come in and see the huge range of reasonably priced plants starting at £1.50. Be sure to bring bags to take them away as you will be tempted with something just right for your needs. Also plenty of homemade cakes, including gluten free, to have with the cuppa whilst working outside. Free entry at the King Edward Hall every Thursday from 10am to 11am and you can even have a coffee whilst you are there.

Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348

Country Market will be open as usual in the Village Hall from 10 to 11am this Friday morning. There will be summer plants available, plus many other interesting things to purchase , so why not pop along and enjoy a coffee and see what’s on offer.

Newick Horticultural Society will be holding a PLANT SALE at the Community Centre starting at 9am till 11.30am, there is always a good selection of bedding plants available, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee/tea and bacon butties.

Church Services this weekend at St. Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am , In the afternoon Sutton Hall gardens will be open from 2 to 5pm all the proceeds will go towards raising funds for St. Mary’s Church, the gardens are well worth a visit, the Rogation Service will also take place at Sutton Hall at 4pm.

Newick Cricket Club will be playing Hellingly in the VCC competition on Sunday at Newick play will commence at 1.30pm. The juniors under 11 team will have an early start this Sunday when they play St. Andrews away at 9.30am ,.this is a Cup Qualifier games.

The Newick Amateur Society next production is “PRESCIPTON FOR MURDER” by Norman Robbins, this thriller will keep the amateur detectives amongst you guessing to the end .Starts on 6th till 9th May in the Village Hall, bar will be open from 7.15pm Curtain up at 8pm , you can sit in comfort on raked seating with cushions, ticket will cost £9 booking office 01 825 722 359 or 722 985, you can also book on the internet or purchase your ticket from the Newick Butchers .

On Thursday 14th May the Newick Afternoon Club will be holding another meeting in the Community Centre at, 2.30pm, the speakers being Dr. Ragu Rajan and Paula Hubens , their subject being DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM HEALTH and HEALTHY WALKS IN NEWICK. For further information telephone 01 825 722 154 or 722 650 Everyone most welcome to attend.

Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND tomorrow (Friday May 1) at 7.30pm at All Saints Church Annex there will be the chance to look at slides of the many places visited during the pilgrimage, by members of All Saints, in February. You are invited to see the slides and sample typical Holy Food.

NIGHTINGALE WALK organised by the Wildlife & Habitat Group takes place tomorrow (Friday May 1). Everyone is welcome to join in this walk, which starts at 8pm at the village shop.

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

TENNIS OPEN DAY is this Sunday (May 3) from 11am to 4pm. Do go along and see the new clubhouse and courts and play lots of tennis. Coaches will be on hand to offer advice and tips. You will also be able to book lessons; use the ball machine and try demo racquets. Refreshments will be provided. This is a good time to join the Tennis Club as they are offering a 10% discount on their subscription for new members. Contact Maria Roche on 07748 958971 for more details.

POP-IN-PARLOUR is open on Tuesday, May 5, at All Saints Church Annex from 11am onwards for tea/coffee, lite-bites and home-made soup.

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, with lunch at Old Little Chef. For more details call Jo Taylor on 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 is on Saturday, May 9, from 10am until 5pm. The College offers a huge range of courses which are detailed at This open day is a chance to get specialist course and careers advice, meet current students and see the College’s excellent facilities. There will be so many things to see including farm, forestry, equine, sheep shearing and floristry displays. Large and small animals 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. Arriving early is recommended and entry is £7.50 for adults, £3 Senior Citizens and free for under 16s.

WALK with the Footpath Society on Saturday May 9 starts at 10.30am at East Dean Car Park (557 978). It will be a 4½ mile walk with stunning scenery; including Belle Tout Lighthouse, Seven Sisters Sheep Centre and steep ascents. There is the option of lunch at The Tiger Inn, East Dean. Contact Gill and Geoff Gamble, the walk leaders, on 01273 891218 or 07719540121 for more details.

LADIES DAY at Plumpton Racecourse is on Sunday May 10. It is Plumpton’s most glamorous raceday of the year, and features fashion competitions for the most stylish ladies, men and children. Gates will open at 11.30am and there will be plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained all day with seven exciting races (starting at 2pm), fashion competitions, a funfair and live music. The finals of the South East area Point to Point pony racing series (for children aged 9-15) will be held at the end of the afternoon, so you will also have a chance to see star jockeys of the future. More details are available at

WOMENS INSTITUTE will have a discussion on the resolution to be put forward to the National AGM at the Royal Albert Hall in June followed by a speaker at their meeting on Wednesday May 13 at 7.30pm. The competition is a decorated egg. To find out more about the WI in Plumpton call Marilyn Nye on 01273 891323.

HAPPY CIRCLE meets on Thursday May14 at 2pm in All Saints’ Church Annexe. Please do join in this meeting.

MOUNTAIN BIKE Ordnance Survey Devils MTB takes place on Saturday May 16. There will be ridge-riding combined with some rip-roaring descents and steep climbs on this exploration of the South Downs. If the weather is good you will enjoy views for miles around. Registration opens at Plumpton Racecourse at 7.30am and start times are from 8am to 9am. There are two routes standard 26 miles and epic 33 miles. Entry is £33 which can be paid in advance at Children under 16 must ride with paying adult and valid ID is required. Once back at the venue you’ll be greeted with a medal, hot drinks, bike wash and optional massages. All riders will receive a free PowerBar Product pack.

SABOTAGE THEATRE This professional theatre company will be visiting Plumpton Green during the Brighton Festival. They will be performing Owlers by Zoe Hinks in All Saints Church on Friday May 22 at 7.30pm. The story, which weaves history and folklore, follows Kit who works for a gang of smugglers when in 1826 a routine landing of contraband ends in disaster. Tickets are priced at £12 and more details are available from the Rectory on 01273 890570 or at

PARISH SURVEY complete raw data is now available at

NEED A MEETING ROOM? The old doctors consulting room, in the village hall, has been cleared and redecorated and is now available for hire as a small meeting room. To make a booking call Jane Donovan on 01273 891036

Scaynes Hill

Sue Morton

Tel: 01444 831027

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

Karaoke There will be a Karaoke Night at Scaynes Hill Club on Saturday 2 May starting at 8.30pm. All members and guests are welcome.

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 477561

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.

The WI meeting on Wednesday 13 May at the Millennium Centre will be graced by Bridget Pepper who will be talking about a charity very dear to her heart ‘Reach’. New members and guests are always very welcome. The meeting starts at 2.00pm.

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


What a wonderful afternoon for the Staplefield Big Red Easter Tea Party. I would like to thank all who came along to join in and help to raise a fantastic £300. It was lovely to see so many of you chatting and catching up with friends while enjoying the wonderful spread provided by Balcombe tearooms. Thank you to all our helpers, Cindy, Rachel, Jayne ,Marlene and Caitlin. Also to Norma Leppard for baking such a fabulous Simnel Cake and to her grand daughter Poppy for helping her with the Guess the Weight of the cake Competition. To date the total in the Angus Rowland Forgetmenot Fund supporting Leukemia and Lymphoma research is an incredible £145, 000.Every penny makes a difference and the money raised at this one event will pay for a blood cancer patient’s DNA to be screened providing a more accurate diagnosis and helping to guide treatments. Thank you once again for your fantastic support. Elizabeth, Jonathan and Ed

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, 12:30 for 1:00 pm, Staplefield Village Hall £6. Book now with Carole or Andrew 413571 /

Recognising Birds Coming to Staplefield This Spring - A talk by Chris Sutton at Little Ashfold Farm. Tuesday 19th May at 12:30 pm. Ploughmans lunch and a glass of wine. £10 in aid of St Mark’s Church. Please call Angela and Tony Peel Cross - 400741.

Staplefield Village Fete and Classic Car Show, Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 12 - 4 pm. New at this year’s fete is The Arts Inclusive Festival - climb aboard the bus for creative activities for all the family. Attractions on the day include The Peridido Players, Owls about Town, Spinning demonstration, Hog Roast, Fairground Rides, Cirus Stall, Maypole, BBQ, Beer Tent, Pimms, Strawberries & cream, Pavillion Teas and of course the annual Dog Show!

Richard Spencer

Tel: 01444 471295

ADVANCED NOTICE RE CAR PARK RESURFACING WORK in part of Wivelsfield Village Hall Car Park from Monday 11th to Friday15th May. Further details later.

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

TOUCHSTONE BAND BARN DANCE with Val calling This production by Burgess Hill Bonfire Society will take be on Saturday 16th May in Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road RH17 7QH. Doors open 7.00pm. Bar, raffle, fancy dress optional. Adults £15 and children 4 -15 £8. Ploughmans included in the ticket price. For tickets contact Cleo on 07835 609493 or

CAFE CHURCH on Sunday 17th May at 9.30am in Wivelsfield Village Hall. Join us for coffee and croissants from 9.00am. Parish Partners : come along and hear the latest news from Sierra Leone.

“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

Dates for June & July are 21st June and 12th July.

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

THE CRYSTAL PALACE STORY by Ian Gledhill. Originally designed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, then transported to Sydenham and rebuilt and enlarged, the Crystal Palace was Joseph Paxton’s masterpiece and was the largest iron and glass building ever constructed. It dominated the south London skyline until it’s tragic destruction by fire in 1936. Cost (including refreshments) Members £1 and non-members £2.50. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

TREASURE HUNT, on the Recreation Ground and in the Play Area -- at WIVELSFIELD YOUTH GROUP This Group has an exciting schedule of activities and the late April evening is on May 12th that started. 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

DYNAMIC TONING PILATES CLASSES and ULTIMATE STOMACH CLASS on Thursdays in Wivelsfield Village Hall --- 6.40pm Dynamic Toning Pilates, all levels 7.30pm Ultimate Stomach and 8.20pm Dynamic Toning Pilates, all levels. Courses run in 4 week blocks continuously throughout the year. Price per Ultimate Stomach Course : £20 for 4 weeks. Price per Pilates Course £22 for 4 weeks. All classes must be pre-booked by emailing Julie at or calling 07971 128284.

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 18th May, Monday 1st June and Monday 6th July.

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

PONY POO for sale !! Bagged Pony Poo delivered to your door/garden/allotment in exchange for a donation to Wivelsfield Church funds. Any quantity applied in bags. Please contact Nicky Collins on 01444 230377, 07710 086126 or

WIVELSFIELD CHURCH HALL --- the building work is nearing completion. Most of the plastering has been done and in the next week or so the kitchen for the Hall and the flat along with the bathroom and toilets are due to have their units and fittings installed. Alongside this work the heating and hot water units will be installed. This will then leave the painting and general tidying up of the site. With the building work now at an advanced stage we are able to say with a degree of confidence that the target figure we set for the appeal of £250,000 will be sufficient not only to pay for the building work but also to cover most of the cost of equipping the Hall. This is a better position than we had anticipated when we set off in faith on this journey. With approaching £205,000 already raised we still need to raise a little over £45,000. If you feel you can help by making a donation, or, if you have already donated, by making a further donation, that would be fantastic. If you would like to help by sponsoring a particular item that would be fantastic too. For further details please contact on the Church Wardens, Steve Onions on 01273 890254 or Paula Wood on 01444 471242.

FRIENDS OF WIVELSFIELD CHURCHYARD -- The Friends of Wivelsfield Churchyard Service will be on Sunday 31st May at 4.00pm. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

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

Bridge Club News

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday April 24, 2015

Monday evening

1st Mervyn Wotton & Betty Lecky-Thompson

2nd Peter Griffin & Mary Rimmer

3rd Graham Hedley & Berry Hedley

Tuesday evening

NS 1st Rob Harris & Linda Gardiner

2nd Bill Nicolle & Joy Mayall

3rd Chris Gray & Sarah Salisbury

EW 1st Ivan Yeatman & Catherine Yeatman

2nd Neil Watts & Nigel Urban

3rd Doug Pennifold & Brigid Mellor

Wednesday evening

1st Joy Mayall & Mary Rimmer

2nd Margaret Drake & Shirley Robinson

3rd Brigid Mellor & Lorraine Baker

Thursday afternoon

1st Suzanna Gray & Stuart Thornton

2nd Martin Pool & Lindsay Geddes

3rd Sandra Dennison & Lynne Spooner

Thursday evening

1st Shirley Jennings & June Taylor

2nd Liz Dewar & Moya Carrington

3rd Stella Kilkelly & Elaine Higgins


Results for 20 April -

1. Linda Gardiner & Bill Nicolle

2. Margaret Heaver & Richard Hopperton

3. Gertrude Fletcher & John Beaumont 4. David Colin & Martin Barton-Smith


Results for Friday 24 April 2015:-

1st Ray Medhurst & Richard Hopperton

2nd Arthur & Mary Kidman

3rd Charles & Mary Teviot

4th Lorna Mence & David Mann

Pet Detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

FOR HOMING Two abandoned very charming playful young rabbits needing a loving home together. They will be neutered etc. This is an URGENT rehoming Grateful thanks

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 he

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


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.

Launch of Dementia Friendly Burgess Hill – Thursday 28th May, 10am at The Martlets, Burgess Hill. The launch will include a presentation by Glenn Knight of the Virtual Dementia Tour, as well as presentations from other keynote speakers including Tim Wilkins from the Alzheimer’s Society in West Sussex. There will be promotional and training based information available, as well as representatives from local caregivers, groups and organisations. This is an open event, all are welcome. To find out more, please ring 01444 239869.

The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride – Marshals are needed to stand at strategic points along the course directing cyclists and giving information to spectators. This year the bike ride takes place on Sunday 31st May 2015. For further information visit:

Dementia Friends Haywards Heath are holding Dementia Friends awareness sessions. If you or your colleagues talk to people every day, whether as a business, a community group, faith group or any other organisation, learning more and becoming a Dementia Friend will help you and the quality of life for others. For more information contact 01444 455694 or 01444 847975 or book online at

MIND are looking for people with life experience who would like to join their next peer mentoring training course and become a volunteer with the service. The course is an opportunity to learn about mentoring and develop your skills within a safe and supportive group. Mentors are people from all walks of life who wish to volunteer a few hours of their time. To find out more please contact: 01403 211593 mobile 07880 793570 or visit

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.

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.

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.

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

These are just some of the ways you can get involved. You can find out more about other volunteering opportunities locally by contacting the: Horsham and Mid Sussex Voluntary Action on 01444 870711