Village News - April 9

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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.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800

TENNIS CLUB OPEN AFTERNOON is on Sunday 12 April from 3 – 5.00 pm at the tennis courts. All are very welcome.

PARISH MAGAZINE COPY is due in on Wednesday 15 April.

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

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

ROAD WORKS IN BALCOMBE look out for details of forthcoming road works in Balcombe at the end of the month.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH SUNDAY 12 April 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10 am Parish Eucharist, Wednesday 15 April 10.00 am Said Eucharist


Judith Woodland

Tel: 01444 881640

Household and Garden Waste - Reminder there will be two vehicles for collection at the Lodge Lane car park opposite old Rawson Institute on Sunday April 12 10am - 12noon. Please use this facility as it is no longer paid for by WSCC so will be funded by the Parish Council. Further collections will only take place if it is well used.


The Society held their Spring Show in Bolney C of E School Hall on Saturday 28th March 2015 .Fourteen exhibitors staged sixty entries in the various classes and were all of a very high standard.

Judging was informal and by members of the society, after which all enjoyed a general gardening quiz.

Results of show as follows:

Class 1 - Daffodil (large trumpet)

1st Paul Spain, 2nd Annabel Moir, 3rd Caroline Evans

Class 2 - Daffodil (double flowered)

1st Paul Spain, 2nd Kate Ely

Class 3 - Flowering tree or shrub

1st Annabel Moir, 2nd Caroline Evans, 3rd Paul Spain

Class 4 -Daffodils (large cup)

1st Kate Ely, 2nd Allan Hunt, joint 3rd Paul Spain and Annabel Moir

Class 5 - One specimen tulip

1st Kate Ely, 2nd Paul Spain, 3rd Annabel Moir

Class 6 - Narcissi (multi headed)

1st Kate Ely, 2nd Caroline Evans

Class 7 - Polyanthus (3 stems)

1st Annabel Moir, 2nd Kate Ely, 3rd David Kennard

Class 8 - Mixed daffodils and/or narcissi

1st Kate Ely, 2nd Paul Spain, 3rd Allan Hunt

Class 9 - any other flower not mentioned above

Joint 1st Annabel Moir and Kate Ely, 3rd Allan Hunt

Class 10 - Daffodil (small cup) - No entries.

Class 11 - One specimen pansy

1st Toni White, 2nd Allan Hunt, joint 3rd Judy Woodland and David Kennard

Class 12 - One pot plant

1st Annabel Moir, joint 2nd Kate Ely and Marigold Pym.

The Stan Watson Trophy was awarded to Kate Ely for the most points in classes 1 -12.


Class 13 - Spring Time - an arrangement for a table to be viewed all round

1st Christine Hunt, 2nd Judy Woodland, 3rd David Kennard

Class 14 - Easter (an arrangement incorporating egg(s)

1st Christine Hunt, 2nd Judy Woodland

The Whitmee Cup was awarded to Christine Hunt for the most points in the flower arrangement classes.

Class 17 - A vase of flowers - single kind or mixed and one pot plant

1st Caroline Evans who was awarded the Nancy Clarke Cup. 2nd David Kennard


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777

ST PETER’S CHURCH services on Sunday are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The Annual Parochial Church meeting takes place at 11.15am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, services are at 10.30am with Peter Morgan, which includes communion, and at 6.30pm with Robin Jones. Refreshments will be available after the services.

CHAILEY CRICKET CLUB NETS are at Plumpton College on Sunday (April 12) 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.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge on Tuesday, April 14, from 8pm. If you have an interest in Triumph TR sports cars do go along to this meeting. To find out more about the Group visit

ANNUAL QUIZ is at the village hall on Friday, April 17, at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The quiz is being organised by the Newick & Chailey St Peter & St James Hospice Support Group. Entry is £15 a person which includes a welcome glass of sparkling wine, a sausage and mash supper and brownie desert Reserve your table (teams of 6) by contacting Emma on 01273 400292.

DIESEL WEEKEND from Friday April 17 to Sunday April 19 the Bluebell Railway will be visited by two “Deltic” diesel locomotives who will haul trains between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead. To learn more about the diesel locomotives visit

SEARCH FOR WARBLERS will take place on Saturday April 18 starting at 9.30am at Romany Ridge Common car park (TQ377207). All are welcome to join the Commons Society Bird Man and look for the new migrant arrivals and other birds on Romany Ridge Common. For more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

ST GEORGE’S COFFEE MORNING, hosted by Chailey Royal British Legion Women’s Section, is at the Free Church, South Chailey, on Saturday April 18 between 10am and midday. There will the usual refreshments plus homemade cakes and preserves, a tombola, fancy goods, books and cards. Do call in and give your support to this great cause. To learn more call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

HOMEMADE AFTERNOON TEAS will be available at St Peter’s Church on Sunday April 19 from 3pm to 5pm. All are welcome to attend and enjoy tea on this Sunday and the third Sunday of each month throughout the summer.

FREE ‘GETTING READY FOR WORK COURSE’ at the Chailey Children’s Centre on Thursdays April 23 and 30, two hours each day, and a crèche will be available. The course aims to provide lots of tips for CVs and interviews; just call 01273 336940 to book a place.

CHAILEY BONFIRE SOCIETY FETE is on Saturday April 25 between 12pm and 4.30pm and the Society are organising a tombola. If you have any gifts that are surplus to requirements which could be used as prizes they would be pleased to receive them. Contact Diane at or on 07773935403 2 to make arrangements for delivery or collection.

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

SHEFFIELD PARK AND GARDEN on Monday April 27 there is a spring photography workshop to help you catch the perfect image. The cost is £25 per person, which includes tea or coffee and homemade biscuits. On Wednesday April 29 from 11am to 1pm there is a guided bluebell walk around lesser-known parts of the estate, which costs £5 per person. Normal admission applies for these events and more details can be found at

GRANTS TO YOUNG PEOPLE Thomas Thompsett enabled a Trust to be set up in 1926 for grants to boys and girls in the parish of Chailey to promote their education, including social and physical training. In the past the Trust has sponsored school trips, grants to individuals for Brownie, Guide or Scout events and equipment for disabled children. Only a small amount is available annually for distribution but if you would like to be considered for a grant please write, by Thursday April 30, to The Trustees, Thompsett Charity c/o Ann Jones, 20 Newick Drive, Newick, BN8 4PA or email For more information call Ann on 07510 511300.

STOCK GRAZING I mentioned last week that Hebridean sheep were arriving on the combined commons (Romany, Pound and Memorial) but I wasn’t aware at the time of the number. There are 80 and from my experience they are oblivious to traffic and have a tendency to wander to and fro across North Common Road (the road which goes to Wivelsfield). Please drive carefully; caution is needed on this road at all times.

HORTICULTURAL SPRING SHOW was the best spring show for many years and thanks go to the Chairman, Peter Estcourt, and his committee for organising it. Entries were up by more than 25% and the standard was very high. Despite the cold spring, the daffodil and narcissi classes were well represented. There were a good number of new exhibitors and pleasingly lots of entries in the cookery, handicrafts and children’s sections. The display of orchids and the flower arranging sections were most delightful. The show was well supported by visitors throughout the afternoon who enjoyed the Society’s delicious refreshments. More than sixty visitors watched the presentation of the awards; The Parsons Cup (daffodils and narcissi) was awarded to Linda Blaker, the Spring Cup (best daffodil and narcissi) to Jackie Pateman, the Bo Peep Cup (handicraft and cookery) to Janet Coughley; Tina Mitchell; Jane Stent and Rebecca Thomas. The Society Cup (floral Exhibits) to Jean Piper, the Angelica Cup (7yrs and under) to Ella Staplehurst and Rosemary Cup (8-11yrs) to Louis Barnes.


Diana Mackenzie


Cuckfield Evening Flower Club’s next meeting will be held in the Queens Hall, Cuckfield on Friday 10th April at 7.45pm. The demonstrator will be Kathryn Goddard with her demonstration entitled “Pennies from Heaven”. Visitors always welcome. More details from Sue Spooner 01444 831602.


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638

It would appear that April is the month when Annual General Meetings are popular, judging by the number we have coming up this month! The first is on Thursday, 16 April, next week and is for Help At Hand. It is being held in the Parish Hall and will start at 8 pm. For those of you who are new to the village, this is a local registered charity run by volunteers and would be appreciative of your support in any way possible. The aim of the charity is to provide assistance to those in need not only in the village but in the parish as a whole, mainly by providing lifts to appointments when there is no other means of transport available, such as hospital appointments, dental appointments and the like and it is very well used. If you are not in need of such assistance but would like to help, they are always on the look-out for drivers but if you don’t drive, fear not, they can still use your help in manning the phones! If you would like to learn more about this organisation, please do go along next Thursday; after the meeting there will be an opportunity to chat to members and users over a glass of wine and a selection of sumptuous cheeses!

On Monday 13th, the Women’s Institute are meeting in the Parish Hall from 2.30 pm. This month’s speaker is Mr Richard Skelton whose topic is ‘Behind the Scenes at the House of Lords’ and the competitions are 3 Easter Biscuits and/or Garden Wild Flowers in a Jam Jar. The meeting is open to everyone.

On the 15th the Rosemary Club will be in the Parish Hall also from 2.30 pm and their speaker is Ian Evert who will be talking about the Women’s Land Army which promises to be very interesting. As with the WI’s meeting, this is open to everyone so if this topic is of interest, why not go along and enjoy a full tea of sandwiches and homemade cakes for the small sum of £1! If you would like further information regarding this meeting, please call Joan on 01293 525890.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section meets today (Thursday) at 3.00pm in the Royal British Legion Clubhouse, Woodlands Road. Today’s speaker is Tony Steer on ‘Welfare of Dogs’

The next meeting of the Hurst, Hassocks and Ditchling U3A takes place tomorrow at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road at 2.00pm for their AGM and “Why is Church Lane so steep” with guest speaker Bill Avenell.

Have you got your tickets for A ‘Gardener’s Forum’ taking place tomorrow at the Adastra Hall, Keymer Road? Jean Griffin, one of the garden experts from BBC Radio Sussex, will be very happy to answer any questions/queries/worries that you may have about your garden or allotment. The evening will begin at 7.30pm and admission will be just £3.00 with refreshments available and a Super Raffle to add to the enjoyment of the evening. Proceeds will be for much needed research into the serious illness of Crohn’s Disease. Tickets are on sale at Pavilion Electrics in Keymer Road, or by ringing 01273 845291

Hassocks Field Society will be meeting on Monday 13th April in Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, at 7.45pm.where Professor Whittle will be giving a talk on “Sky Lab, Science and Medicine in Space”. Visitors Welcome £2.00

Soul of the City Choir is back with a new term starting on Wednesday 15th April. There is one free taster session available for new members on the 15th, 22nd and 29th April. No auditions needed to join this fun and friendly choir, you just need to love to sing! For more details visit or email

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

VILLAGE CINEMA is delighted to present Jake Gyllenhaal in the superb contemporary thriller NIGHTCRAWLER on Friday 10th April, 8pm at the Players Theatre. Tickets £4/£6 from Mishon Mackay or online Further info 01273 835875

COFFEE MORNING AND MINI MARKET takes place at the Guide HQ in Trinity Road car park on Saturday 11th April from 10am to 11.30am. Entrance is 50p to include coffee or tea and biscuits. There will be a wide range of stalls including cakes, books, DVDs, CDs, raffle, tombola, plants and gifts. Run by the Friends of St Christopher’s Home for the Elderly, which is next door to St Lawrence School.

HURSTPIERPOINT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY meeting at 7.45pm on Tuesday 14th April in the Village Centre will be a talk about Lawns and Lawnmower History by Clive Gravett. He will be bringing along some fine old examples of past mower technology from his collection. This is a chance to learn about this perennial problem of the perfect lawn before the growing season starts this year. Admission members £1 and £2 for non-members to include coffee and biscuits.

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

WEST GALLERY CONCERTS The next one in the series is on Saturday 18th April at Holy Trinity Church, and features Si’s Three. This comprises Simon Anckom on piano with his longstanding musical colleagues Peter Greatorex on drums and Nick Kay on bass. Simon spent much of the 1980s working with Michael Dolovich as Canadian Concert, which took them to the Purcell Room, The London Paladium, their own Radio 2 show and a Royal Variety Performance.. Peter is in demand as a jazz, swing and blues drummer, a regular on the London blues scene, and he is also a drum and percussion teacher and arranger. Both Simon and Peter have performed already here at Hurst Festivals. Finally Nick has an eclectic musical pedigree, playing with family bands and solo. He was recently asked to form the line up both live and in the studio for the 80s super group Cutting Crew. Concert starts at 6pm tickets £6 on the door.

WELCOME TO THE VILLAGE to new shop Bradshaw & Lloyd, who have taken over the old dry cleaner’s premises in the High Street. They are a fine leather shoe shop but have had an online business trading from Ditchling since 1990.


Lindfield and High Weald residents are invited to join Sir Nicholas Soames and local Conservative Council candidates at their village surgery on Saturday 11th April at King Edward Hall, Lindfield at 11am. Sir Nicholas, County Councillor Christine Field and local election candidates Margaret Hersey, Andrew Lea, Anthea Lea, Chris Hersey and Lin Stockwell will be present to answer residents’ questions, hear their concerns and discuss local issues. Lindfield Conservatives’ Chairman John Ely says: “This is an excellent opportunity to discuss local and national issues with Sir Nicholas and our local candidates before May’s elections. They are keen to hear from residents about the things which matter locally and how we can make our community an even better place to live”.

Lindfield Preservation Society – Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15th April at 8.00pm in the King Edward Hall followed by –an illustrated talk on “Different Perspectives” by Garry Sharp. A description of the Quadcopter used to photograph the Lindfield area from the air with some interesting examples showing a “Different Perspective”. All welcome including non-members, entry free. (Meeting and Membership information from John Chapman 484470).

Lindfield Parish Council announcement: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the dates of the following meetings have been changed from the dates previously publicised: the Annual Parish Meeting for the electors of the Parish of Lindfield will now be held on Thursday 30 April at 8 pm; the Annual Meeting of Lindfield Parish Council will now be on Tuesday 19 May at 7.30 pm and the Planning and Traffic Committee meeting has been moved to Wednesday 20 May at 8 pm (all at the King Edward Hall). We apologise for any inconvenience which may have been caused. Everyone in the Village is invited to take part in this year’s Lindfield Village Spring Clean, led by Lindfield Parish Council, on Saturday 18 April from 9.30 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. Simply turn up at King Edward Hall (Library) - bring suitable gloves and wear suitable footwear. Children must be supervised. Further information from the Parish Office - 484115”

Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348

COUNTRY Market will be open on Friday from 10 to 11am in the Village Hall, why not pop along and enjoy a coffee or tea and see what goodies are available.

SUNDAY Services at St. Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Prayer at 10.30am.The last Lent Course meeting will be held in the Barn Centre at 7.30pm on April 16th. Everyone most welcome.

Coffee & Cake will be available in the Community Centre on Saturday 11th from 10 to mid-day in aid of The Royal Marsden Hospital and Cancer Research, Posh Stuff bags, scarves, jewellery and candles plus stationery and gifts, please try and support this fund raising event.

NEWICK PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL PARISH MEETING will be held in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on WEDNESDAY 15th April. please support your parish meeting light refreshments will be provided.

ON SATURDAY 18th A VERY ENGLISH ORGAN evening at St. Andrew &St. Mary the Virgin Church Fletching at 7.30pn, A historical journey of English organs through their music exploring the evolution through their music with Peter Bassett.

Newick WI will be holding their April Meeting on Thursday 23rd in the Community Centre at 7.45pm Ian Gledill will be speaking about THE STORY OF CRYSTAL PALACE, visitor are most welcome to this meeting.

Newick Cinema will showing the film THE IMITATION GAME on Sunday 26th April, licensed bar and delicious refreshments 7pm film will commence at 7.30pm tickets are £6 you can book in advance by emailing or telephone 01 825 723 392.

Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777

PARKING King George’s Field car park will be closed from 5am today (Thursday April 9) until 6pm tomorrow (Friday April 10). This is due to essential work being undertaken to resurface the playing field car park and improve the facility for users.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY circular walk of Plumpton is this Saturday (April 11). All are welcome to join in this walk and discover Plumpton’s surroundings. Meet at 2pm at 2 Strawlands, Plumpton, for a walk of about 4.5 miles. For more details call the walk leader Jo Taylor on 01273 890450 or 07870142108.

THE CULT OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC from Cook to Gauguin is the subject of the talk by Lesley Primo, at the Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society, at the village hall on Tuesday April 14 at 2.15pm. Leslie Primo is a graduate who specialised in early Medieval and Renaissance studies and currently lectures at the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and teaches at Imperial College. The illustrated talk will look at the enduring Western obsession with the exotic Island of Tahiti, from Captain Cook’s landing in 1767 to Gaugin who lived there for most of the 1890s. The talk promises to be very entertaining and visitors are most welcome. The cost is £7 on the door with, as always, tea and biscuits afterwards and a chance to talk to the speaker. If you require more details please ring Marjorie Blunden on 01825 723250.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Village Hall on Tuesday, April 14, at 7.45pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

FLOWER CLUB meets at the village hall on Wednesday, April 15, at 7.30pm. The demonstration is open to everyone, for visitors a nominal £2.50 charge is made. For more information call Gill Wells on 01273 890561.

CHARITY QUIZ NIGHT is at The Plough on Thursday, April 16, starting at 8pm. Teams of up to 6 at £1.50 per person. To book a team please call 01273 890311.

JULIAN RICHARDS, television and radio presenter, writer and archaeologist with over 30 years’ experience of fieldwork and publication, which includes the programme ‘Meet the Ancestors’ is giving a dayschool at Plumpton College on Saturday April 18. The subject of the day, from10am to 5pm, will be ‘The Landscapes of the Stonehenge Environment’ and the cost £40. Details and a booking form are on the Sussex School of Archaeology website,

LEARN HOW TO SHOOT A BOW. Plumpton Bowmen are holding a Have-A-Go session on Sunday April 19 from 11am to 12.30pm at the King George V Playing Field. The cost for adults £10 and children £5 and more details are available on 07544513044.

BLUEBELL WALK organised by the Plumpton St Peter & St James Hospice Support Group takes place on Friday April 24. Meet at the Equestrian Centre at Plumpton College at 6pm, to start walking at 6.30pm. Please wear sensible footwear as the footpaths can be muddy. The price is £2 for each adult and £1 each child or a donation in support of the Hospice. The walk will be led by Reg Lanway, from whom more details can be obtained on 01273 890070.

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

CAUGHT IN THE ACT a Plumpton Players production is at the village hall from Wednesday April 29 to Friday May 1at 8pm. This sequel to Run for Your Wife finds bigamist taxi-driver, John Smith, still keeping his families, one in Wimbledon and one in Streatham, happy and blissfully unaware of each other. However, his teenage children have met on the Internet and are determined to see each other in person. The ever-spiralling situation gets increasingly out-of-hand as John juggles the truth. Tickets are £8 and available from Sandie Jackson on 01273 890206 or by email

HARE SIGHTINGS The land that now forms Plumpton Racecourse was used for hare coursing meetings between 1876 and 1883. While coursing must have caused a reduction in hare numbers, changes in farming practice and land management have made the landscape less favourable for hares in many places and numbers continue to decline. In Plumpton there are still places suitable for hares including large areas of pasture that provide daytime cover and night-time grazing. The Wildlife & Habitat Group would like to discover more about Plumpton’s hares. If you see any (and you are more likely to do this near dawn or dusk), please let Tony Hutson know at, giving details of the number of hares, time of day, date and location.

Scaynes Hill

Sue Morton

Tel: 01444 831027

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

Curry Night There will be another fantastic themed food night on Saturday 11 April at Scaynes Hill Club. The ‘Taj Mahal’ will be open for one night only serving a fantastic range of curries and Indian starters. The cost of this fantastic experience is just £6.00 per person and £3.00 for under 14’s. All members of the club are welcome as are signed in guests and new members. All places must be reserved, booked and paid for in advance. Please pop into the club for more information or call Sue on 831027.

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

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

St Augustine’s Church News

Family Support Work Thank you to everyone who supported the FSW supper last week. After expenses, about £2,150 has been raised which is wonderful.

Youth and Children Section

Sunday Children’s Programme Spring 2015


Sunday 12th — 3:30pm Family Fun Church followed by a picnic tea.

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

Sustainability Group I don’t have all the information as yet but there will be a nature walk through Costells Wood on Saturday 18 April. The walk will start at 6.00 am and will be led by Malcolm Corps who will be identifying all the different birds seen in the woods. More information will be available next week.

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

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

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

For more information contact Emily at

Richard Spencer

Tel: 01444 471295

MANY THANKS re PARTY PIECES and to anyone who contributed in any way whatsoever. Over 100 people attended and the combined proceeds from tickets, raffle, bar, refreshments and donations came to just over £1,600. The only expense incurred was the cost of hiring the Hall. The overall profit came to £1,403.50. Other expenses were kindly donated by various people. Additional donations came from parishioners unable to attend or take part, from The Cock Inn and from a very generously supported retiring collection. £1,000 has been set aside in the Sierra Leone Travel Fund to give any further help that St. Matthew’s Church may been in their campaign to help Ebola sufferers and survivors. The rest has gone to our own Church Hall fund.

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

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

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 IMITATION GAME” at your local CINEMA in Wivelsfield Green on Sunday 19th April in the Village Hall in Eastern Road -- RH17 7QG. In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma -- which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing’s team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyse Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison. Film at 7.30pm, Doors open and Bar from 7.00pm. Homemade cakes, magnum ices and drinks served before the film and during the interval. Tickets £6.00 on the door, in advance from the Post Office & Village Stores and The Cock Inn, OR online via the Facebook page for Wivelsfield Films OR Then on Sunday 17th May our film will be “The Theory of Everything”.

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS in addition to a General Election this May, there will be elections for the District and Parish Councils. This will represent an ideal time for anyone who might like to be involved in the work of the Parish Council to come forward and stand for election. Nomination packs are available from the Electoral Services Department at Lewes District Council and completed forms must be submitted by 4pm on 9th April. If you have lived or worked within the Parish for at least a year, think you might be interested and would like to know more about what is involved, please contact the Clerk on 471898 or at .

MOBILE LIBRARY operated by East Sussex County Council --- visits the large car park adjoining Wivelsfield Village Hall. Between 10.45 & 11.00am on 8th & 29th April, in the month ahead.

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS on April 14th -- at WIVELSFIELD YOUTH GROUP This Group has an exciting schedule of activities that started on Tuesday 13th January and then goes through to the summer holiday. The Youth Group is free and open to all young people aged 7 to 12 in the Youth Room (attached to the Cricket Pavilion) from 6.30 to 8.00pm. For further information please do contact Alan Janes on 01444 471201

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH OPERATION CRACKDOWN -- locally in Wivelsfield. We need volunteers to help with the speed monitoring. Community Speedwatch allows residents to monitor the speed of passing vehicles and report those exceeding the speed limit to Sussex Police. As part of Operation Crackdown, Wivelsfield has been provided with our our own Speed Monitoring Device (speed gun) and a reporting mechanism for advising Sussex Police of speeding motorists. They go on to a Sussex-wide database of offenders, and repeated offences lead to police prosecution. We work in a team of two to chech speeds in the designated areas and report offending vehicles. An easy half an hour of training from Sussex Police is all you need. If you have an hour or two a month, at times that are convenient to you. Then we would really appreciate your help. Please get in touch with John Wigzell, 01444 471216, for more details.

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Results for 30 March

1. Stella Kilkelly & Elaine Higgins

2. Linda Gardiner & Bill Nicolle

3. Curtis & Richard Hopperton

4. Gertrude Fletcher & David Colin

Pet Detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

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 longhaired black 4 year old cat. Timid. Micro chipped. Possibly jumpred 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