Village News - December 11

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


Barbara Harding

Tel: 01444 412037


Board & Card Games Club will be meeting on Thursday 18 December, please ring 413061 for details about the venue.


Karen Adams

Tel: 07789485167


The organisers of Ardingly Country Market would like to thank everyone for their custom during 2014 and wish you all a merry Christmas. The last market before Christmas will be held on Thursday 18th December at Hapstead Hall between 10am and 11am. Markets resume on Thursday 8th January 2015.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800


HALF MOON NOMINATION– Fantastic news! Our village pub has been NOMINATED along with five others for Pub of the year in the Mid Sussex Times. To vote please text Text: 65550 and enter: MSTPUB 101, enter your name, address and e mail.

BALCOMBE CLUB - On Saturday December 13 the Christmas Raffle draw takes place. Please help raise funds for the refurbishment of the Balcombe Club by buying some tickets now (only £1 each) – there are some fantastic prizes. The Saturday night draw on December 13 will be accompanied by music from the amazing musician and vocalist Michael Baker, a popular favourite with the Balcombe Club. Entertainment is free and you could win a fantastic prize to take home.

There will be a Quiz in the Club on Sunday 14 December at 8.00 pm.

The Club’s New Year’s Eve Party this year features the Blunter Brothers. The nine-piece soul & funk band will feature trumpet, horn, sax, guitars, keys, drums, and more, including lead vocalist Mark Keen. The band will play in the Victory Hall and there will be a buffet with adults and children welcome. The price for the night is £18 (ask about kids concessions), so book now to be there.

CANDLELIT CONCERT – There will be a lovely Candlelit Concert with Christmas Music and Readings on Sunday 14 December at 4.30 pm in St. Mary’s Church, raising funds for the Church. Tickets are £12 available from Threads and this price includes interval refreshments. Enquiries or further information please call 01444 811370.

PARISH MAGAZINE COPY is due in on Monday 15 December.

CHRISTMAS NURSERY PRAISE takes place on Wednesday 17 December at 2.00 pm in St. Mary’s.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING takes place on Wednesday 17 December at 8.00 pm in Bramble Hall.

CINEMA - the next film to be screened in the Victory Hall on Friday 19 December at 7.30 pm will be the award winning drama “Belle”. The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, and Emma Watson. The running time will be 104 minutes, with an interval for refreshments mid-way through. Tickets for this film will be £6.00. As usual, these can be purchased in advance from Threads.

CAROLS AROUND THE TREE Come and join the Christmas celebrations in the Village Square on Saturday 20 December. Father Christmas will be in his grotto from 5 to 5.45pm for his “little” friends (under 5s) and from 6.20pm onwards for their big brothers and sisters. Our wonderful burgers and hot dogs will be available at the BBQ from 5pm and throughout the evening, and to oil your vocal cords mulled wine will be served. As usual, there will be a torchlight procession from the Church. If you would like to follow the choir and procession please be at the Church by 5.45pm. Otherwise join us in the Square. Carol singing starts at 6pm. Our fantastic tombola will be in the Pub. However, ticket sellers will be milling around during the evening. See you there and please remember your torch to follow the procession and to read the carol sheet.

The Christmas Tree and village lights will go up on Sunday 7 December 2014.

WI – Make a note in your diary now for 6 January when the WI Centenary celebrations kick off in the Victory Hall.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH Sunday 14 December 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist, 4.30pm The English Arts Chorale – Candlelit Carol Concert Wednesday 17 December 2.00 pm Nursery Praise

Burgess Hill

Saturday 13th December

Christmas Market in the Cyprus Hall, Burgess Hill, 10am - 3pm Admission free!. An array of stalls in support of local groups, including:Burgess Hill Horticultural Society, The Tuesday Art Group, Burgess Hill in Bloom, Kitty for Needy Critters, The Monday Group, Burgess Hill Flower Club and the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Burgess Hill Museum will be open in the hall basement throughout the day.

Hosted by Burgess Hill Horticultural Society: Tel: 01444 245509


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


REINDEER AND WINTER WONDERLAND are at Garden Pride, Ditchling, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (from 10.30am to 5pm) and every Sunday (from 10.30am to 4.30pm) until Sunday December 21. Entry costs £3 per person 50% of which will go to St Peter & St James Hospice, North Chailey. For more information call 01444 471598.

OPEN MIC NIGHT is at the Kings Head Inn, North Chailey) this evening (Thursday December 11) from 9.30pm.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE is at Chailey School this Saturday (December 13) from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There will be stalls for everyone including jewellery, gifts, tombola, a money tree and refreshments with bacon butties and mince pies. Everyone is welcome to attend.

SHEFFIELD PARK Singing will be heard around the garden this Saturday (December 13) from 11am; as a local singing group InChoir will be performing a selection of popular Christmas songs. There is early opening, from 8am, on Wednesday December 17 which is an excellent opportunity to experience the garden as the sun rises across the lakes. You can also take in the Willow Walk, giving the opportunity to find festive willow structures while you walk around the garden, and/or some calorie-busting walks around the garden to work off the season’s excesses both of which can be experienced until December 31. Admission charges apply; for more information call 01825 790231.

DO JOIN IN THE CAROL SINGING at the Horsted Keynes Carols on the Green, this Saturday (December 13) at 5.30pm outside the Green Man Pub, as they are fundraising for Chailey Heritage Foundation. Also St Peter’s Church choir will be singing on Monday December 15 from 5.30pm, in the tunnel leading to the platforms, at Haywards Heath Station again to raise funds for the Foundation. You are welcome to join in either or both of these and sing much loved and well-known carols.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Children’s Christingle at 10am Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH services this Sunday are at 10.30am with David Muzzel and at 6.15pm. Also on Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday December 16 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

FUTURES CHRISTMAS FAYRE, at Chailey Heritage Foundation, is on Friday December 19 from 2pm to 5pm. This is a chance to enjoy some mince pies whilst browsing the many stalls which will include local crafts and produce, jams and preserves, Christmas gifts, cards, clothing, jewellery and refreshments. Festive treats will be available and a raffle will also be drawn. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. All proceeds go towards the development of their Multi-Sensory Studio. For more information call 01825 723723.

LIVE MUSIC is at the Kings Head Inn, North Chailey, on Friday December 19 starting at 9.30pm. The legendary Soul to Soul will be performing the music of Tamla Motown and there will be dancing until 11.30pm.

CAROL SINGING around Chailey village organised by members of Chailey Free Church takes place on Friday December 19 from 7.15pm. There are likely to be a lot of singers as members of St Peter’s Church choir and congregation will be joining the Free Church for the carol singing. For more details contact Brenda Matthews on 01825 723978

CASINO NIGHT is at the Kings Head Inn on Saturday December 20 starting at 9.30pm. For more information call 01825 723912.

RAISING MONEY FOR CHAILEY HERITAGE FOUNDATION the Filipino Brighton Running Cycling Group has been set up to Chris Hicban (Physiotherapy Assistant at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services) and friends from different NHS Trusts, NHS Dental practices and other Care Services. They took part in the Brooks 10K, on Brighton Seafront on November 16, and are taking part in three other races including the Portsmouth Marathon on December 21. To support them you can make a donation at

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Chailey Branch Poppy Day Appeal shows a total approaching £4000 due especially to Debbie Freeland’s sponsored walk, contributing over £ 1000, and to a very generous donation from Chailey Parish Council. The Royal British Legion is very grateful and thanks all who donated and the dedicated door to door collectors and those at static points in what was a very rainy period.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH Are you dining alone on December 25? If so you are welcome to enjoy a lunch and join in the festive celebrations at the Free Church, South Chailey, at 1pm. The meal is free; to find out more and to book a place call Janet and Tony on 01825 766826.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Bonfire Society is at the Horns Lodge, South Chailey, tickets are £1 each and prizes are on show. Please pop along and buy your tickets for the chance to win some super Christmas goodies.

INTERESTED IN COMPUTERS or love technology? A Parish Council Working Party is currently conducting a review of the Parish website, which will hopefully lead to a revamp, to make it more relevant and accessible to everyone in Chailey. As someone who looks at the Parish Council website ( every week I think a makeover of the website is a great idea. Can you make this happen? Are you knowledgeable in the field of information technology and regularly Tweet, use Facebook or other forms of social media? If so, Chailey Parish Council would really like to hear from you. If you have the skills and time to spare and would like to put something back into the village please contact Mark Evans on 01825 722554 or before December 14 if possible.


Diana Mackenzie


The annual Christmas Tree Festival will be held in Holy Trinity Church on Friday 12th, 11:30 to 7:30pm, Saturday 13th, 11:30 to 6:30pm and Sunday 14th 11:30 to 5pm. On Sunday the festival will be followed by a Carol Service among the trees at 6pm. Admission to the festival is £4 with the proceeds going to the Air Ambulance. Throughout the festival there will be music performed by local musicians and choirs.

Christmas Services at Holy Trinity are as follows:

Sunday 21st December - 8am Holy Communion, 9.45am Family Carol Service, 6pm Service of Lessons & Carols

24th December Christmas Eve - 2.30pm Crib Service in Church, 4.30pm Crib Service in Church,.30pm Stable Service in The Old School (These services are ticketed (free) available from the Church Office during office hours Monday to Friday 9am to 12noon) and at 11.15pm Midnight Eucharist of the Nativity

25th December Christmas Day - 9.45am Parish Communion for Christmas

The Independent State of Cuckfield Christmas Lunch was attended by 89 ‘older’ residents of Cuckfield. A team of volunteer chauffeurs delivered the guests to the Queen’s Hall. Pupils from Warden Park and the Mayor of Cuckfield, Rob Haliwell greeted the guests who were then served a festive meal that had been prepared by a team of volunteer cooks and delivered to their tables by a team of volunteer waitresses. After the meal, Holy Trinity School choir sang carols before Father Christmas arrived. Further popular musical entertainment was provided by the Singing Allsorts and the Cuckoo Choir.


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236

Ditchling WI - the December meeting was filled with Musical Delights led by Geoffrey James and his pianist Jean. We were fabulously entertained with festive music, poems and carols, and we all joined in the familiar songs and carols. This was followed by Christmas tea, and a visit from Father Christmas with presents for everyone. Then our Christmas raffle was drawn, and Jean Morley won the prize for the handmade Christmas card. The next meeting is on Thursday January 8th at 2.15pm (new time). Jackie Marsh-Hobbs will be speaking on Palmeira Mansions. Briony Coomber 01273 845069

Christmas Concert- As a prelude to Christmas there will be a concert of Christmas music at the Old Meeting House in the Twitten on Saturday December 13th at 3.00pm by Nick Andrews and Friends. Nick has performed regularly in Brighton and Lewes.All are welcome and tickets will available from the beginning of December at a cost of £6. Brian Clutterbuck (01273 844746)

Ditchling Morris and Mummers – Christmas 2014 - This year marks the 29th year that Ditchling Morris and Mummers will perform a traditional Mummers play at Christmas. On Boxing Day 26th December, they will perform at 1.00pm at the Bull Hotel in Ditchling by kind permission of the Landlord. This is the Big One! There will be the customary carols for all before the Mummers Play, followed by Morris Dancing.We always perform Sussex plays at Christmas and this year the play comes from the village of Sompting in West Sussex, featuring St George, Father Christmas, and the Turkish Night assisted by the Valiant Soldier, the Doctor, the Noble Captain, Twin Twan, Little Johny Jack.Again we shall collect for the St Peter & St James Hospice, so please come along and enjoy, keep up the Christmas spirit and give generously for this very worthwhile cause.For further information, contact Roger Vail or John Bacon on 01273 844454 or 01273 843938.

Ditchling Players Spring 2015 Production - Yes, you read the heading to my article right, the Ditchling Players are already thinking about 2015! We had some really good houses for our Autumn production ‘The Nightingales’ and we would like to thank Nan Crofton and everyone involved in making it such a success.So, we now turn our attention to next year. The director of our Spring production (13th to 16th May 2015) is Alan Carter, and his chosen play is ‘The Ladykillers’ by Graham Linehan. I’m sure many of you will be familiar with the Ealing film of the same title but, if not, it’s a classic black comedy where a sweet little old lady is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing to pull off the crime of the century. Mrs Wilberforce lives alone with her parrot General Gordon in an old house by Kings Cross station. Forced to seek a lodger to help make ends meet one appears in the shape of Professor Marcus, a shadowy figure and leader of a group of amateur musicians looking for somewhere they can rehearse undisturbed. In reality they are a gang of ruthless criminals with a plan to pull off a daring robbery. But there is more to this sweet little old lady than meets the eye. With only General Gordon to help her will Mrs Wilberforce prevail or will she have to face the music?Not only is Alan looking for a lady in her 60s to play Mrs Wilberforce but also 6 men (ranging in age from mid 20s to 60s\70s) to play the gang of criminals and Constable MacDonald and some ladies to play Mrs Wilberforce’s friends, so something for everyone! Auditions are being held on Monday 12th January at Ditchling Village Hall at 8.00pm.If you, or someone you know, want more information or would like to be involved in this production (either on stage or backstage) but are unable to make the audition date please contact Alan on 07960945688 or by e-mail at We look forward to seeing you on the 12th.Finally may I, on behalf of the Ditchling Players, take this opportunity of wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year?

Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday December 16th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am. It is sponsored by Friends of St Margaret’s.


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638


If you are feeling stressed in the run up to Christmas and would like to find a way to relax and forget about the hassle of buying all the food and presents, why not take an hour out of your day on a Friday morning to try some TaiChi? Classes are starting again in the Parish Hall between 10 and 11 am and are open to all ages and levels of fitness and a session will cost £5 payable on the day, and I’m sure you will find that to be £5 well spent! If you would like more information, contact Terry on 01444 455984/07973 631139 or by email:

The first Community Bus outing for 2015 will be on Tuesday, 20 January and will be going to South Downs Garden Centre in Hassocks, returning via Hollingbury Retail Park – an ideal place to pick up some late items in the January Sales, I’m sure! If you would like to put your name down, contact Christina on 01444 400212 or call in and see her in the Hardware Shop. The fare is £6 and the Bus will leave Nyman’s at 11.30 am and the timing of the return journey will be between 3 and 4 pm. Sounds like a good way to catch up with all the gossip since Christmas!

Finally, a quick note of the church services in the run up to Christmas as I know many people enjoy them at this time of year: Sunday, 14th at 4pm – Staplefield Village Carols, St Mark’s, Staplefield; Thursday 18th at 10.30 am – ‘Spotlight’ Christmas Service, All Saints in Handcross; Sunday, 21st at 10.30 am – Children’s Celebration, St Mary’s, Slaugham; 6.30 pm – Carols by Candlelight, St Mary’s, Slaugham; Christmas Eve at 4 pm – Crib Service, St Mark’s, Staplefield; 11.15 pm – Midnight Holy Communion, St Mary’s, Slaugham. On Christmas Day there are services in Handcross, Staplefield and Slaugham as follows (in order) – 9 am Prayer Book Communion at All Saints; 9 am Parish Eucharist at St Mark’s; and 10 am Celebration Service at St Mary’s.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136


District Councillor Sue Hatton will be holding a Surgery in The Parish Centre, Keymer Road today (Thursday11th) from 11.00am. If you have any concerns on local issues, your District Councillors are ready to listen and offer assistance and advice. No appointments are necessary.

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section will also be meeting today at 3.00pm in the Royal British Legion Clubhouse, Woodlands Road for a Christmas Tea.

The local group of the Mid Sussex Ramblers have a choice of walks for you from Hassocks on Saturday 13th December. Meet at 10.00am outside the Hassocks Hotel, Station Approach East for a 5 mile Downland, Circular walk, or meet at 10.30am outside the Hassocks Hotel, Station Approach East for a 3.5 miles flat, Circular walk.

The Magic of Christmas comes to the Adastra Hall in Keymer Road on Saturday from 2.30pm until 4.30pm – an afternoon of Christmas Carols and Songs. Hosts for the afternoon will be ‘Friends and Neighbours’ the local concert party and advance tickets can be bought at Pavilion Electrics in Keymer Road, or by ringing 01273 845291. The very reasonable cost of £2.50, £1.00 child, will include your refreshments. Please join us for a friendly and enjoyable afternoon of festivity.

The Christmas opening for Jill Windmill, on the top of the downs at Clayton, will be held from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Sunday 14th December. The Roundhouse and volunteers will be bedecked to celebrate the festive season. Souvenirs and (winds permitting) stoneground wholegrain Flour will be on sale for stocking fillers along with tea, coffee, cakes and mince pies to keep our visitors warm. Every year, this is a very sociable occasion and, whatever the weather, we’re there looking forward to seeing you all. Free admission and free parking

Join ‘Friends and Neighbours’ at the Greyhound Inn, Keymer on Sunday for two hours of Christmas songs and carols from 12.00 noon until 2.00pm. This is always an enjoyable lunch time of singing and you can ‘have a go’ at winning a fabulous prize in our Grand Raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will be shared between St Peter and St James Hospice and Crohn’s Disease Research.

The Folk Dance Club will be meeting from 8.00pm to 10.00pm on Monday 15th December in the United Reformed Church Hall, Keymer Road. Contact Janet on 01273 843399 for further details or just go along. No partner is needed.

The next meeting of the Hurst Hassocks and Ditchling U3A takes place next Thursday, 18th December at 2.00pm at the Adastra Hall, Keymer Road for a Christmas Celebration and Members Showcase.

Give someone the best Christmas present ever on Friday 19th December. Save a life and give blood at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks 2.00pm – 4.30pm & 5.30pm – 8.00pm. Advance appointments can be made at, or just turn up at either session.

Please note that next week’s column will be the last until 15th January.

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.

Father Christmas will be visiting on Saturday 20th December from 10.30 - 11.45 spreading good cheer and sweet treats for the children, followed by the first draw for the winning numbers for Hassocks Village Lottery (organised by Hassocks Amenity Association). Proceeds from the Village Lottery are distributed to causes within the village - last year the Scouts, Spitalford Bridge, community planting and Jack and Jill Playgroup all benefited from the residual funds. In addition, there will be musicians (Hassocks Ukeles), a local jazz singer at 11am - Hajar - and Hassocks Netball Club with their annual fundraising wheelbarrow of festive cheer raffle and carol singers from Hassocks Infants School. The market traders will be offering seasonal produce and the Market is holding it’s December draw for the shoppers loyalty card scheme. Hassocks Village Market is held with kind permission on National Tyres Forecourt usually on the 4th Saturday of every month from 9am to 12.30pm.


Claire Richard

Tel 01273 834065


VILLAGE CINEMA On Thursday 11th December at 8pm will be screened THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Ralph Fiennes leads an all star cast in this droll comedy set in a famous European hotel between the wars. Tickets £4/£6 from Mishon Mackay

MUSICAL COFFEE MORNING Saturday 13th December at Holy Trinity Church. A wonderful selection of Christmas Carols played by the Hurst Handbells Group of players. Coffee and cake available throughout the morning, plus stalls to browse for a pre-Christmas bargain! 10-12 o’clock. Free Admission.

FROZEN SINGALONG tickets for the 13th December have sold out. Missed out? Why not join the mailing list to be kept up to date on film and ticket information, email to be added to the list or phone 01273 835875.

MESSY CHURCH FOR ALL THE FAMILY at Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road on Saturday 13th December from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm for all the family, every one welcome. This is an informal time of ‘doing church differently’ with great fun singing song, hearing Bible stories, doing messy activities and then enjoying food together. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer or trusted adult.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON CINEMA on 14th December at 3.30pm is IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, Clark Gable in a screw-ball Frank Capra comedy.

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA At the Village Centre on Sunday 14th December at 2.30pm. Kick off the season with the Hurstpierpoint Singers presentation of Christmas music, both traditional and fun, with readings and carols that all the family can join in. Mince pies and Christmas raffle. Tickets £8 to include a glass of wine or soft drink are available from The Mint House, Jan Ton, Hassocks Hardware or at the door. Accompanied children under 12 free, festive fun guaranteed.

PANTOMINE The Hurst Players are once again putting on their annual pantomime and this year it is Aladdin. All the usual characters guaranteed to be there, the pantomime Dame Widow Twankey, the Village idiot Wishee Washee, the Evil Baddie Abanazer, the Beautiful Chinese Princess Sing Sun and the hero Aladdin of course but also many other strange characters who are there to make you laugh. It runs from 27th December until 3rd January. Matinee performances at 2.30 are on 27th, 28th December and on 1st and 3rd January while evening performances are at 7.30 on 27th, 29th, 30th December as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd January. Tickets including for family groups of 2 adults and 2 children are available from Vanilla, 40 High Street, phone 01273 834506 from 9.30 to 5pm.

POSTAGE STAMPS As the Christmas cards flood in all the used stamps can be collected, allowing a border of paper around them of roughly 2cms or half an inch. Handed in to, or put through their letter box of the Nationwide in the High Street, they are sold to raise funds for the Cat Protection League.


A Traditional Christmas Concert

Thursday 18th December at 7-30. Lindfield URC Church host the above concert where the Copthorne Silver Band supported by the church choir will play and sing the music of Christmas. Lots of carols, tea, coffee and mince pies. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection for St Peter and St James Hospice and other charities. For further information contact Peter Swann 01444 450335.


Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348


Newick Country Market will be open on Friday morning in the Village Hall from 10 to 11am, don’t forget to collect your orders on Friday 19th. There is always vegetables and cakes, flowers available just pop along and see what’s on offer enjoy a cuppa. and join in the carol singing.

Sunday Services this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning service Holy Communion at 10.30am , lifts are available if booked in advance please telephone 01 444 482 272.The Carol Service will take place on Sunday 21st at 5.30pm, there will be refreshments after the service.Member of the church will be touring the local pubs in the village on Saturday 13th singing carols, they will commence at the Bull at 7pm, you would be most welcome to join them.

With colder weather being forecasted., please keep an eye out for the elderly people living in your road., , make sure they are keeping warm and have sufficient food.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


CHRISTMAS FAIR organised by the Parents, Teachers and Friends of Plumpton Primary School takes place tomorrow (Friday, December 12) at the School from 5pm to 7pm. There will be lots of stalls, games, a tombola, cakes refreshments, a grand hamper raffle and the chance to visit Father Christmas. Everyone is welcome to attend.

CHRISTMAS DISCO PARTY for the Youth Group is at the Sports Pavilion tomorrow evening (Friday December 12) between 7pm and 9pm. All young people from Plumpton and East Chiltington aged 11 to 15 will be welcomed. If you need more information email

CHRISTMAS CAROL EXTRAVAGANZA given by Sussex Police Choir is at All Saints Church, Plumpton Green, on Saturday (December 13) at 7.30pm. There will be traditional carols and Christmas songs and anthems. Tickets at £10 include refreshments and are available from the Village Shop.

BUSES REPLACE TRAINS between Haywards Heath and Lewes via Plumpton on Sunday (December 14). Engineering work is taking place between Wivelsfield and Lewes and buses will run between Haywards Heath and Lewes, calling at Plumpton and Cooksbridge.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH service this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8.30am and Evensong 6.30pm. At East Chiltington Church there will be Sung Communion at 10.30am. Daily Services (from Tuesday to Saturday) are at All Saints at 10am and a Parents and a Toddlers Service takes place every Wednesday at 2pm, in the Church Annex; this lasts about half an hour with refreshments afterwards.

CHRISTMAS RACEDAY Plumpton Racecourse on Monday December 15 with lots of festive fun including live music from the Reel Strings, mulled wine and mince pies. There will be a competitive seven race card. Injured Jockeys Fund, cards, gifts and calendars will be on sale

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL meet on Monday December 15 at 7.30pm in All Saints Church. The meeting begins with worship, followed by the meeting.

POP-IN-PARLOUR will open its doors on Tuesday December 16. Please do call in to the All Saints Church Annex from 11am onwards for tea/coffee, lite-bites, home-made soup and friendship. Meet up with friends and make new ones.

CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP, organised by the Flower Club, is at the village hall on Wednesday December 17 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. The workshop will be followed by a finger buffet. For more information call Gill Wells on 01273 890561

CAROL SERVICES around the village in local pubs will be at The Fountain on Friday December 19 at 6.30pm for children and 8pm for adults to sing carols and hear the Christmas story. There will be a Carol Service at The Plough on Monday December 22 at 8pm. Everyone is welcome to attend these services.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY walk on Saturday, December 20, starts at Ashcombe, Plumpton Lane (TQ364 134) at 2pm. It will be a 3 ½ mile hike taking in Novington, The Ridge, Plumpton College and back to Ashcombe for mince pies (non-walkers welcome to join in at the end). Further information available on 01273 890598.

SUNDAY SCHOOL meets on Sunday December 21 at 10.30am in All Saints Church Annex. All are most welcome.

TENNIS CLUB Please take special care on the track as there will be trucks and deliveries whilst work is undertaken on the clubhouse. Progress will be monitored and hopefully the new clubhouse will be completed by March. Do you know someone who would like a tennis membership for Christmas? Plumpton Tennis Club is offering 15 months membership for the price of 12 months for new members, if you join in January. Adult membership runs from January 1 to end of March 2016 for £120 (which is £10 per month). Families can join for £240 (including 2 children). Junior membership is priced at £25 under this offer. Membership fees will go up in April, so now is the time to take advantage. Membership vouchers are available. In addition, anyone taking this offer will also get their first coaching lesson free. Contact: Maria Roche 07748 958971/ regarding membership.

PLUMPTON PANTOMIME SOCIETY 40th anniversary production Walk into Pantoland is a very special show, featuring a selection of pantomimes. The show will be staged, as usual, in the third week of January from Sunday January 18 to Saturday January 24. Following last year’s successful shift in the schedule there will be two shows on Sunday January 18 a matinee and an early evening show at 6pm, followed by performances on Wednesday Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you haven’t got a ticket yet do call 01273 890450.

JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall on Saturday January 3 at 2pm in aid of the Bowls Club. 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.

Scaynes Hill

Sue Morton

Tel: 01444 831027


Christmas Trees Oakgates Fruit Farm has again got a wonderful selection of Christmas trees this year. Go along to the farm and pick the tree you want. You will be given a tag to tie to the tree with your name on. Let them know when you want to pick the tree up and it will be ready for you. Great friendly service and well priced but be quick because Oakgates is very popular. Contact Details. Oakgates Fruit Farm Clearwater Lane Scaynes Hill West Sussex RH17 7NF

Magazine Share Many years ago the good folk at the village club started a magazine share scheme. I am now happy to see that this idea has been picked up by others in the village. There is now a Magazine Share scheme for passing on magazines for others to enjoy once you have finished reading them. Donations of unwanted, reasonably up to date monthly magazines would be very welcome. There is box by the font in the Church where you are invited to leave or borrow magazines.

St Augustine’s Church News

Christmas Services Sunday 14 December – 4.00 pm-5.30 pm: Christingle Service

followed by a children’s picnic tea. Sunday 21 December– 8.00 am- 8.30 am: Said Eucharist. 9.30 am-10.30 am: Sung Eucharist with Sunday Club. 6.00 pm-7.30 pm: Carol Service by candlelight.

Christmas Eve (24 December) – 4.00 pm-5.30 pm: Crib Service. 11.15 pm-0.30 am on Christmas Day: Midnight Communion Christmas Day (25 December) – 10.00 am-11.30 am: Christmas Communion

Church Bible Amnesty If you have one of the church bibles at home, the church would be very pleased to have it returned ... no questions asked! Thank you.

Youth Group The Youth Club runs every Friday during term time at the church annexe 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm. The programme of events for this term is as follows: - Friday 12 December ‘Christmas Craft and Christingle Making’. For more information contact Emily on 07825235907 or

Scaynes Hill Club Thank you to Kevin Pierpoint and his magnificent catering team for another fine dining experience at the club on Saturday 22 November. The ‘Tips’ collected from the diners were donated by the catering team to St Peter and St James Hospice. Scaynes Hill Club, Church Road is a small, friendly, private members club. Membership is open for anyone to apply and gives one access to the club’s facilities and events. Events coming up in December are: - Darts Matches, Snooker Matches, Poker Night (Friday 12 December), Christmas Quiz Night (Saturday 13 December), Christmas Draw (Saturday 20 December), Christmas Bingo (Tuesday 23 December) and a special visit from Santa on Christmas Eve. The Club will be open from 12.00 – 2.00pm on Christmas Day. There will be a party for members on New Years Eve. Members may take guests with them provided they are signed in. Membership costs just £18.00 a year, that’s just £1.50 a month. For more information pop into the club and ask at the bar for an application form. All the bar staff will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Sensory Bus On Tuesday 16 December the Rural Haywards Heath Children & Family Centre sensory bus will be visiting Scaynes Hill. It will be parked in the lay-by outside the church from 10.00 – 10.45 am.


Richard Spencer

Tel: 01444 471295


CONTACT DETAILS for information concerning and bookings for Wivelsfield Village & Recreation Ground in Eastern Road RH17 7QH, please contact Katie Awcock on 01444 470028 or email on

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

SOME PEOPLE MAY HAVE COMMITMENTS ON CHRISTMAS DAY ---- “Better Together Christmas Lunch” You are warmly invited to a party on CHRISTMAS DAY at Wivelsfield Village Hall. Some people may have family commitments that day but, if you don’t, then come along and celebrate with us. You don’t have to be involved with church. You don’t even have to live in Wivelsfield. You can come on your own or bring a friend or spouse. If you would like to share Christmas Day with others in the community, come along to this FREE traditional Christmas lunch (which will be served at 1 pm.) followed by entertainment. Transport can be arranged if required. To book a place or for further information contact:Sheila Blair on 01444 233937 or Carola Godman Irvine on 01444 232179 or 07802374222 or email: If you would like to volunteer to help, either on December 25th. or beforehand, our team of volunteers will welcome you warmly whatever your skills – potato peeling, hosting, waitressing, laying tables, driving – please get in touch.

CHURCH HALL REFURBISHMENTS chapter 3 --- The Church Hall in Church Lane was built in 1916. Soon after the Armistice of 1918 a large wooden Roll of Honour board was installed inside. This board lists not just those killed in WWI but soldiers from the village who went to fight and returned. Grants are now been sought so that the historic village record can be fully restored and reinstated in the refurbished church hall in time for next year’s Remembrance events.

THE LOCAL FILM IN DECEMBER is to be “Belle”, the Wivelsfield Films presentation on Sunday 14th December. Cert PG ( for thematic elements, some language and brief smoking images ). Inspired by a true story, BELLE is the illegitimate mixed race daughter of an Admiral. Her lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. The upper classes see her as either a scandal or a curio: she can’t dine with her family when visitors come to the estate, and the only unwhite faces around her are painted in oil — servant boys and girls in the margins of other people’s portraits. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Homemade cakes, magnum ices and drinks served before the film and during the interval. Tickets £5.50 on the door, in advance from the Post Office & Village Stores and The Cock Inn, or online via the Facebook page for Wivelsfield Films or

THE ALTERNATIVITY ADVENT MEAL Have you ever felt that you would would like to do something special in Advent, which is both enjoyable and a different pre-Christmas celebration; something you can share with your friends ?? Come and eat a simple meal and hear the Christian message of the Advent season. Tickets are FREE and are available now from Gillian Jeffrey-Cook on 01444 471751 or Sheila Blair on 01444 233937.

MIGHT YOU JUST MIGHT BE KEEN TO ASSIST the Wivelsfield Little Theatre Maybe you enjoyed “ ALLO ALLO “ the recent Wivelsfield Little Theatre highly successful production on 4 nights ?? Then do you want to part of the next one ?? The WLT always welcomes additional members to join our friendly and thriving group, join in the fun and meet new people. Actors - be someone else, Set Builders - play with power tools, Lighting & Sound Engineers - play with the lights, sliders and switches, Costume - make our actors look good, Props - a great excuse to tour the charity shops, Front of House - welcome our audience. We welcome people of all ages and ability. You can commit as much time as you want, depending on your choice of activity. Interested ?? If so please contact Rhonda Janes on

EXERCISE to THINK ABOUT AT CHRISTMAS TIME !!!! 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, in term time, at the hall at Otehall Chapel, adjoining the mini roundabout. Enjoy home-made soup and a roll while meeting new friends and chatting to old ones. Children are welcome (but not compulsory !!) and lunch will be provided for them and play-helpers are on hand to entertain them while you lunch. Cost: £3 per adult, £1 per child, with babies free. You are welcome to just drop in for a cup of coffee or tea. The entrance to Otehall Chapel Hall is via the side door and there is ample parking. Last meeting and Christmas party on Thursday 18th December. Please contact Sheila Blair on 01444 233937 for more information.

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

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

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

LOCAL SUSSEX POLICE contact --- PCSO Edward Hall 07917 474106 or 08456 070999

Bridge Club news


Results for 1 December - 1. Valerie Austin & Caroline Exall 2. Christina Backholer & Mary Curtis 3. Gertrude Fletcher & David Colin 4. Richard Hopperton & David Mann

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday December 5, 2014

Monday evening

1st Jeff Callaghan & Doug Pennifold

2nd Richard Fedrick & Andrew Southwell

3rd Ian Watt & Peter Collins

Monday evening - SCCBA Mixed Pairs (Heat)

1st Norman Hardy & Carol Watson

2nd Nick Wilson & Liz Wright

3rd Christine Jepson & Neil Watts

Tuesday evening

NS 1st Richard Fedrick & Peter Collins

2nd Christine Jepson & Neil Watts

3rd Andrew Pettit & Derek Carr-Hill

EW 1st Norman Hardy & Chris Jago

2nd Ed Barter & Hazel Beveridge

3rd Mary Rimmer & Heather Barker

Wednesday evening

NS 1st Ann Bennell & Sean Cufley

2nd Chris Hook & David Young

3rd Linda Souter & Bill Acraman

EW 1st Ron James & Margaret Collins

2nd Maureen Topley & Sue Finch

3rd David Spencer & Peter Collins

Thursday afternoon

NS 1st Hazel Beveridge & David Williams

2nd Christine Jepson & Stuart Thornton

3rd Sue Cutler & Brian Cutler

EW 1st Neil Watts & Philip Hunt

2nd Alan Duddy & Eric Finney

3rd Ann Brooks & Sue Swain

Thursday evening

NS 1st Ian Sanderson & Chris Mewes

2nd Valerie Austin & Caroline Exall

3rd=Andrew Green & Richard Begley

3rd=Anmie Edie & Gavin Edie

EW 1st Derek Carr-Hill & Barbara Carr-Hill

2nd Malcolm McKenzie & Suzanne McKenzie

3rd Christina Barratt & Pat Weir

WEALD BRIDGE CLUB - results for Friday 5 December 2014:-

1st Graham & Ray Medhurst

2nd Richard Hopperton & Margaret Drake

3rd David & Moya Mann

=4th Val Allen & June Trott

=4th Paul Smith & Lorna Mence

Pet detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

A small tabby cat is being fed in Franklands Village. He/she is very timid and will not approach humans but our carer is doing her best to tame this poor little cat

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

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

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

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

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

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

STAR Female spayed tabby + white cat. White “star” on chest. Four white pawa. Shorthaired. 3 years. Micro chipped. Missing from Franklands Village

MISSSING African grey parrot Grey wings and body red tail. Missing from Franklands Village

MISSING SPANGLE Liver + white springer spaniel 2 year old bitch. Docked tail. Spayed. Close cut coat. Is now believed stolen from her home in Timberleys Littlehampton

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