Village News - December 18

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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


Ansty children’s Christmas party

Monday 22nd December 2014

3.30pm to 5.30pm The Village Hall Join in the festive fun with Potty the Pirate, party style tea, and a visit from Father Christmas! Parents/grandparents are invited to stay and enjoy a mince pie and a drink. If you would like to come along we would love to see you, all ages are welcome. For every child that accompanies you we ask that you bring a wrapped present suitable for either a boy or girl, between the ages of 3 and 8 years up to a value of £5 i.e. books/puzzles.For more information call/text Abi on 07760273727 or email Kelly at Any donations of food for the day would be gratefully received.


Karen Adams

Tel: 07789485167


Ardingly Christadelphian’s warmly invite you to hear a bible talk ‘Peace on earth - Only when Jesus comes again’, on Sunday, 21st December 2014, at 14:00hrs in Ardingly. Please contact Gary Holman 01444 892697 or Rob Tester 01444 892327 for further details.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800



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.

QUIZ at the Half Moon on Sunday 21 December at 8.00 pm.

BALCOMBE CLUB - 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.

HALF MOON New Year’s Eve Party has a Roaring Twenties theme

CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING – Once again Balcombe Estate are kindly offering this service in the Victory Hall Car Park on Sunday 4 January between 10.30 am and 12 noon.

WI – Make a note in your diary now for 6 January when the WI Centenary celebrations kick off in the Victory Hall. One hundred years of the Women’s Institute in England; it came to us from Canada and our village was one of the first Institutes. We are 97 years old and thanks to Lady Denman who was the first National President we thrived under her care. All counties will be having special events and our county starts with a bang here in Balcombe, on January 6 2015, when the baton, which is travelling the country, arrives in Sussex at the Victory Hall!! The County Chairman will be holding a welcome party here and other Institutes will be invited to join us. Our members are looking forward to the occasion. We will have our own celebration later in the year.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH Sunday 21 December 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist, 6pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols By Candlight - followed by mince pies and mulled wine

Wednesday 24 CHRISTMAS EVE 4pm FAMILY CRIB BUILDING SERVICE and the arrival of the ‘POSADA’ following its journey during Advent, 11pm MIDNIGHT SUNG EUCHARIST BY CANDLELIGHT

Thursday 25 December CHRISTMAS DAY 8am Holy Communion, 10am Family Eucharist

Sunday 28 December 10am Parish Eucharist


Judith Woodland

Tel: 01444 881640


Christmas at the Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene - Saturday December 20 - Come to Bolney. 5pm lantern-lit procession with donkey from the Rawson Hall to Church. 5.30pm music, readings, crib scenes, food and a special address from the Mayor of Bethlehem - all ages welcome.

Sunday December 21 - 6.30pm Nine lessons and carols by candlelight; Christmas Eve 3pm crib service for families with carols; Christmas Day 10am Family Eucharist with carols.

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


THANKS to Jane Stent and all at the Bonfire Society who helped make the Senior Citizens Christmas Party such a great success. This year saw more guests than ever before and feedback, as usual, has been excellent. Fundraising for next year’s events has started and the Society’s Christmas raffle is at the Horns Lodge, South Chailey, tickets are £1 each and prizes are on show.

FUTURES CHRISTMAS FAYRE, at Chailey Heritage Foundation, is tomorrow (Friday December 19) from 2pm to 5pm. There will be local crafts and produce, jams and preserves, Christmas gifts, cards, clothing, jewellery, raffle and refreshments. 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, tomorrow, (Friday December 19) starting at 9.30pm. Soul to Soul will be performing the music of Tamla Motown and there will be dancing until 11.30pm.

CAROL SINGING around they village, by members of Chailey Free Church, takes place tomorrow (Friday December 19) from 7.15pm. For more details contact Brenda Matthews on 01825 723978

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

RAISING MONEY the Filipino Brighton Running Cycling Group was set up by Chris Hicban (Physiotherapy Assistant at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services) and friends to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation. The Group are taking part in the Portsmouth Marathon on Sunday (December 21). To support them you can make a donation at

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am, Parish Communion at 10am and a Carol Service at 6.30pm. On Christmas Eve there will be a Crib Service at 3.30pm followed by Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. Christmas Day services are Holy Communion at.8am and a family service at 10am. On Sunday December 28 services are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am and on Sunday January 5 there is a Holy Communion service at 8am and a Family Service at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH Carols and Readings by Candlelight takes place at the Free Church this Sunday at 4pm; the service will be followed by a buffet tea. On Christmas Day from 10.30am to 11.30am there will be an informal service for all the family which will include Christmas presents, a play and carols. This will be followed by Christmas dinner at 1pm for anyone on their own; it’s not too late to book a place just call Tony on 01825 766826. On Sunday December 28 and January 4 there will be services at 10.30am and 6.15pm. For details of the services after Christmas visit

JESSICA’S 2014 CHALLENGE Jessica Pittams decided to complete 2014km, to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation, by the 31st December. She has been walking, running, swimming and rowing since she started this challenge in January 2014 to raise funds, as she says on her JustGiving page, ‘because I want to support people who don’t expect but need’. Jess has so far raised £700 and it is still possible to support her at and every small amount will help.

NEW YEAR’S DAY WALK at Sheffield Park on Thursday January 1 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. This is a chance to join the longest serving member of the Park’s team for an informative guided walk around the estate, with points of special interest and historical stories included along the walk

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN The Parish Council has decided to register Chailey (our whole community) as a Neighbourhood; the first step in producing a Plan for our village. The Council is aware of several speculative developments, and considers it sensible to define in a Neighbourhood Plan to include how we, as a community, see it developing over the years to 2030. A Neighbourhood Plan must be developed through public consultation and the close involvement of residents. Following the Annual Meeting last April, the Chairman is contacting those residents who have already declared an interest in helping. However, the Council need increased involvement from residents of the southern areas of the village. Chailey’s Neighbourhood Plan will develop through the Planning Committee which meets on the first Tuesday of each month. The Council is inviting those residents interested to their meeting on Tuesday January 6 at 7.30pm at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, when it is their intention to establish a Steering Group. If you expect to attend this meeting it will be helpful if you contact the Clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01444 831453 or at so that seating can be arranged.

WOMENS INSTITUTE meet on Tuesday January 6 at 7.45 pm, in the village hall, when the speaker will be Chris Jenkins on ‘Reforestation in Brazil’. Prospective members and guests are always welcome; there is nominal charge of £2 which includes homemade refreshments.

OPEN MIC NIGHT is at the Kings Head Inn on Thursday January 8 from 9.30pm.

BLUEBELL RAILWAY TO TAKE A JANUARY BREAK there will be no service on the Bluebell Railway between January 12 and 30 inclusive so Permanent Way work can take place.

SOUTH DOWNS TR Group club night is at The Horns Lodge, Chailey Green, on Tuesday January 13 from 8pm, anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is invited to attend this meeting. To find out more about the Group visit

QUIZ NIGHT organised by the Friends of St Peter’s Church is at the Five Bells on Friday January 16 at 7.30pm for 8pm. Teams of 6. Contact Hugh at to find out more.

CAN YOU HELP? The Bluebell Railway is looking for a Buildings Manager. This is a volunteer post that carries no remuneration or specific hours of duty, although the successful applicant will require sufficient time to effectively undertake this role. The post holder will be responsible for day-to-day administration of the Railway’s main buildings and rented property portfolio. The objective is to implement and manage an inspection regime that identifies and prioritises a fully costed routine maintenance, decoration, and repair programme. The successful applicant will have a good knowledge and understanding of building construction with possibly an architectural or construction background, with a strong empathy towards preserving heritage buildings in their traditional style. If you believe you have the qualifications for this position and would like to discuss the opportunity informally please contact

THANKS to all everyone who has sent me contributions for this column during the past year and also to those who read my column each week. I hope you have a happy Christmas and wish you all the best for 2015.


Diana Mackenzie


Seasons Greetings to all contributors to Cuckfield Village Voice. Village Voice will be taking a break during the Christmas and New Year period. The next ‘Voice’ will appear on 15th January 2015. Please let me have copy for this edition by 8th January.


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236

The Christmas Entertainment - Ditchling Museum Friends’ Association will be presenting their annual candlelit evening of festive music and readings in the Old Meeting House, the Twitten, on Friday 19th December at 7.30 pm. Tickets (limited to a total of 80) at £8 each, to include mulled wine and a mince pie, can be obtained from the Post Office or from Martin Roberts (01273 84389

Ditchling Film Society - Our first film in the New Year is on Thursday, 8 January 2015 and will be A Late Quartet, written and directed by the American documentarian, Yaron Silberman. The future of this world-renowned string quartet suddenly becomes precarious when the much loved cellist receives a life-changing diagnosis. Suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable passions start to threaten all the years of their collaboration and friendship. Only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve the group’s legacy as they are about to play their 25th anniversary and possibly their last concert. This beautiful film was inspired by and structured around Beethoven’s Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, and pays homage to chamber music. The stellar cast includes Christopher Walken in an uncharacteristically pensive role as Peter Mitchell, their founder, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (who tragically died earlier this year) as the impetuous, overweight Robert Gelbart. They are more than ably supported by Catherine Keener as Gelbart’s wife and Imogen Poots, who plays their daughter Director: Yaron Zilberman.

Ditchling Morris and Mummers – Christmas 2014-T 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.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 History Project -The chairman reported a very successful year for DHP and outlined the year’s activities.The well supported Clayton Tunnel Talk by David Porter was one of the very popular Ditchling Characters Talks which are always well attended. An interesting talk about the WWII Secret Sussex Resistance Force was given by Stewart Angel.We visited the Keep at Falmer and were given a brilliant guided tour. We also visited Chichester for a very enjoyable visit to the Stanley Spencer exhibition at Pallant House and a tour of the Cathedral.We had a publications stall at the St Margaret’s Church Market in Ditchling, and a Bucks Fizz stall at the Ditchling Fair in June.All these events stimulated a lot of interest in the work of the Ditchling History Project

*As there will be no villages sections on December 25 and 1st & 8th January in the Mid Sussex Times I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this column throughout the year and wish all readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638


I mentioned last week the Community Bus’ trip in January (20th to South Downs Garden Centre / Hollingbury Retail Park); I thought you might like to know what is planned for the first half of the year so you can get your name down early if you fancy any! February is a trip to the Grasshopper in Westerham for lunch on the 17th; March is the one that I think might be very popular and that is a tour of Wimbledon Tennis Venue! There are two dates for this: Tuesday, 17th or if preferred Saturday 21st; if you are interested in this, you might want to consider booking now as seats are limited and if the bus is full, it might make the trip a little cheaper. April’s is on the 14th and is to Worthing Shopping Centre and Seafront; May’s is either the 19th or 21st and will be to Brooklands Motor and Aircraft Museum in Weybridge – the date will be determined in the same way as March’s trip. As always, if you are interested in any of these trips and would like to put your name down now or would like further information (ie costs and timing) before doing so, please contact Christina in the Hardware Shop or call her on 01444 400212. If you have any suggestions for alternative trips and can guarantee at least eight passengers, speak to Christina and she will see what she can do for you by way of providing the Bus and a driver.

There will be no Parish Council meeting this month but there will be a meeting of the Planning Committee which is this evening, Thursday, at 7.30 pm in the Pavilion. This meeting is open to members of the public and there is an opportunity early in the proceedings to comment on any of the matters on the agenda. The next Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday, 29 January at 7.30 pm in the Pavilion and the next Neighbourhood Planning Committee Meeting is due to be held on Monday, 5 January 2015 also in the Pavilion from 7.30 pm. Agendas for all Council-related meeting can be found on the Council’s website, and should be posted on the village notice boards.

Finally, this is my last column of the year so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and successful 2015!


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136


Hurst Hassocks and Ditchling U3A will be meeting today (Thursday) at 2.00pm at the Adastra Hall, Keymer Road for a Christmas Celebration and Members Showcase.

Give someone the best Christmas present ever on tomorrow, 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.

The Hassocks Village Market, is a week earlier than normal this month and takes place on Saturday on the National Tyres Forecourt, 9.00am – 1.00pm where they will be drawing the lucky winner from their loyalty shoppers cards to win a box of delicious goodies donated from our traders. The music and singing line up is confirmed as: Friends of Hassocks Infants School 10-10.30am am christmas carols - Hassocks Ukeles 10.30am - Hajar - amazing jazz singer 11am

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

Christmas Tree Recycling Site - If you have a real Christmas tree, please recycle it! Mid Sussex District Council will be providing a site in the Dale Avenue Long Stay Car Park from Friday 2nd to Friday 16th January. Please place your tree in the marked bay.

The Folk Dance Club meets on Monday 5th January from 8.00pm to 10.00pm 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 Royal British Legion Women’s Section takes place on Thursday 8th January at 3.00pm in the Royal British Legion Clubhouse, Woodlands Road when the activity is Card Bingo.

Star Cinema, Adastra Hall have three great films lined up for the rest of the season starting on Friday 9th January with Pride (cert 15). This feel good British made comedy drama tells the true story of the support given to striking miners in the UK in 1984 by gay activists and has been described as a cross between Billy Elliot and Made in Dagenham. The cast is led by Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the film starting at 7.30 p.m. Refreshments and raffle. Watch out for more comedy drama with “What We Did on our Holiday” (cert 12A) starring Billy Connolly, David Tennant, Celia Imrie and Rosamund Pike on 13th February. (Subject to license availability.)

The next meeting of the Hassocks Field Society will be on Monday 12th January in Adastra Hall, Keymer Road at 7.45pm.where Reg Lanaway will be giving a talk entitled “Through the Seasons in a Sussex Woodland”. Visitors welcome £2.50

Hassocks Horticultural Society will be meeting at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road on Wednesday 14th January at 7.45pm for 8.00pm. David Porter, who has lived in the Clayton Tunnel Cottage since 2003, will be presenting his talk “Life above a Railway Tunnel”, which tells us the history of this unique building. Come along for a great evening. All welcome. Admission £1.50 members, £2.50 visitors, which includes refreshments.

This is the last Village News column for three weeks and will return on the 15th January 2015. May I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

You can keep up to date with of many more events in the area 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


PANTOMINE The Hurst Players are putting on the pantomime Aladdin, with the Dame Widow Twankey, the Village idiot Wishee Washee, the Evil Baddie Abanazer and the Beautiful Chinese Princess Sing Sun, the Hero Aladdin. But there are many other strange characters appearing to add to the entertainment. 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. Go along to be amused, boo and hiss at the baddie and cheer the hero at this annual Hurst seasonal fun for all the family.


Holy Trinity Church Sunday 21st December at 6pm Carol Service followed by wine and mince pies. Wednesday 24th December at 5pm Crib Service with Nativity Play by the Sunday School, and Midnight Mass starting at 11.30pm. Christmas Day 8am Eucharist (said) and 9.45am Parish Eucharist with choir and carols.

Methodist Church Sunday 21st December at 3pm Family Carol Service. Both the Midnight Service at 11pm and the Christmas Day Family Service at 10am are at Burgess Hill Methodist Church.

Evangelical Church Sunday 21st December at 10am Carol Service and at 4pm Informal Service focused around children entitled “Where’s Jesus?’. Christmas Morning Worship at 10am.

RUBBISH COLLECTIONS A reminder that they change temporarily over the holidays, starting on Monday 22nd December so consult the published timetable, check the website or phone 01444 477440. No garden waste is collected from 22nd December to 4th January, but I cannot imagine that many of you will be out gardening during the festive period. Christmas recycling of festive paper, cards, envelopes and cardboard should be put loose in the recycling bin. Do not put items in bags, as they cannot be opened and sorted at the recycling plant and any cardboard left beside the bin cannot be recycled if it is wet. So if it looks like rain either keep it till next time or tear it up to fit in the bin. There will be the usual area set aside in the car park to take real Christmas trees after the festivities.

VILLAGE CINEMA Many thanks to all who came to the films last week with both screenings of Frozen SingaLong and The Grand Budapest Hotel selling out. There will now be a very short break over the festive season, but will be back on Thursday 8th January with DESIGN FOR LIVING, based on the Noel Coward play. Tickets are selling well for the very first live broadcast from the National Theatre, TREASURE ISLAND, on Thursday 22nd


COUNTRY MARKET Do pop in for the last opening this year on Thursday 18th December to buy home baked Christmas goodies, hand made crafts as gifts and have a cuppa. From 10 to 11am at King Edward Hall. Many thanks to all the regular customers for their support during the year, and the market wishes everyone a Happy Christmas. Make a note in your diary that it will re-open next year on Thursday 15th January.


Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348


Newick Country Market will be open on Friday morning in the Village Hall from 10 to 11am, if you have placed an order with the market, please make sure to collect it this Friday,otherwise you will be very disappointed, as the market will take a short break over the festive season they will close after this Friday’s 19th session and re-open on Friday 9th January.

Church services this weekend are Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Informal Worship at 10.30am the CAROL SERVICE will commence at 5.30pm, there will be mince pies and mulled wine after the service. On Christmas Eve the Crib service will commence at 4pm, later that evening the MIDNIGHT HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE WILL START at 11.30pm

Christmas Day there will be Holy Communion at 8am, followed by Family Service at 10.30am.

Sunday 28th Holy Communion at 8am followed by Holy Communion at 10.30am, if you should require a lift to church please telephone in advance 01 444 482 272.

NEWICK Afternoon Club will commence 2015 with a meeting at the Community Centre on Thursday 8th January, the speaker being Richard Birtchnell, the title of his talk will be “MY LORDS’ LADIES, AND GENTLEMEN PRAY SILENCE FOR THE TOASTER MASTER RICHARD BIRTCHNELL”, Richard has been a toastmaster for 15years and is the past president of the highly regarded Society of London Toastmasters.This will be an exhilarating insight about the life and times of a toastmaster, and some of the famous people he has met. What did Richard say to the Duke of Cambridge found so funny?

I would like to Wish al the Newick Residents A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a PEACEFUL NEW YEAR.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


THANKS TO THE SCOUTS for the wonderful Christmas Party they arranged for the older members of the village. The tea was great success and much appreciated by everyone who attended.

CAROL SERVICES take place at The Fountain tomorrow evening (Friday December 19) at 6.30pm for children and at 8pm for adults. There will also be a Carol Service at The Plough on Monday, December 22, at 8pm. Everyone is welcome to attend these services.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY on Saturday (December 20) the Society have a 3½ mile walk starting at Ashcombe, Plumpton Lane (TQ364 134), at 2pm; taking in Novington, The Ridge and Plumpton College. The walk will end at Ashcombe for mince pies; non-walkers are welcome to join in at the end. All are welcome to join in the Society’s walks, more information is available on 01273 890598.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8.30am, Sung Communion at 10.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm. Sunday School is at 10.30am in All Saints Church Annex. At East Chiltington Church this Sunday there is a Carol Service at 4pm. On Christmas Eve at All Saints Church there will be the Blessing of the Crib at 4pm, followed by Holy Communion at 8pm and Midnight Communion starting at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day there is a Holy Communion service at East Chiltington Church at 8.30am and a Sung Service at All Saints Church at 10am. In addition there are daily Services (from Tuesday to Saturday) at All Saints at 10am and a Parents and Toddlers Service every Wednesday at 2pm, in the Church Annex, which lasts about half an hour with refreshments afterwards.

CIRCULAR WALKS organised by Mid Sussex Ramblers take place on Sunday December 28 and Tuesday January 6. On December 28 the walk starts at 10.30am in the car park at Plumpton Railway Station. The walk will be 3.5 miles and includes Plumpton Racecourse, East Chiltington and North Barnes Farm. The walk will hopefully be mud free as it is on concrete, tarmac and gravel surfaces. For more details call Phil on 01273 835931. The second walk, on January 6, again starts at Plumpton Railway Station and is an easy paced 6.1 mile ramble; including Streat and East Chiltington and a lunch stop at the Half Moon. For more details call Pam on 01444 248717.

POP-IN-PARLOUR will open its doors on Tuesday December 30. Please do call in to the All Saints Church Annex from 11am onwards for tea/coffee, lite-bites, home-made soup and meet up with friends and make new ones.

JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall on Saturday January 3 at 2pm,. Please take jumble donations to the hall from 9am and do go along and see if you can pick up a bargain at 2pm and help the Bowls Club raise funds. Along with jumble there will be a tombola, refreshments, good as new items, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen.

RACEDAY Sunday January 4 is Plumpton Racecourse’s richest race meeting of the season. The £25,000 At The Races Sussex National, the feature race of the day, run over a marathon three miles five furlongs, is a stepping stone for potential Aintree Grand National and Cheltenham Festival runners. The festive atmosphere is set to continue with live music from Reel Strings, mulled wine and some fantastic racing. Desert Orchid’s jockey, Colin Brown, will be on hand to guide race-goers through the day’s racing with features and interviews during the afternoon from the parade ring. Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 12.50pm. Adults can save £4 on admission tickets booked online at before Monday December 29. Accompanied children under 18 are admitted free of charge.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY on Sunday January 4 the Society have a 4 mile walk, which includes Hattons Green and Yokehurst, and starts at the village hall at 2pm. For more details call Diane Ellis on 01825 723716. On Wednesday January 7 the Society’s walk starts at Ditchling Common at 10.30am; with a lunch stop at the Cock Inn, Wivelsfield. For more details call Jo on 01273 890450.

PLANNING APPLICATION has been submitted for the Change of Use of agricultural land to residential and the erection of 12 x residential dwelling houses and 4 x flats on land at the western end of Riddens Lane. To see further information or register comments (for or against) visit (Application Ref: LW/14/0863). The application will be reviewed by the Parish Council in the village hall on Monday January 5 at 8pm.

DECORATIVE AND FINE ART SOCIETY (Newick & District) meet at the village hall on Tuesday January 13 at 2.15pm. For more details call Marjorie Blunden on 01825 723250.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Village Hall on Tuesday January 13 at 7.45pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

WOMENS INSTITUTE monthly meeting takes place on Wednesday January 14 at 7.30pm at the village hall. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. For more information call Marilyn Nye on 01273 891323.

QUIZ NIGHT is at The Plough on Thursday January 15 starting at 8pm. Teams of up to 6 at £1.50 per person. To book a team please call 01273 890311.

PLUMPTON PANTOMIME SOCIETY 40th anniversary production is called Adventure in Pantoland, many apologies for the wrong title last week, and will be a magical journey into the world of pantomime. The show is being staged from Sunday January 18 to Saturday January 24 and if you haven’t got your tickets yet do call 01273 890450.

FESTIVE FAIR was a great accomplishment, there were so many stalls there really was something for every age. Thanks go to Carole Nicholson and her colleagues for making this event a success and raising £480 for Village Action Plan Community Projects. Next year the Festive Fairs will be run by the Plumpton Support Group for St Peter & St James Hospice; if you would like to know more call Gill on 01273 891218.

THANKS following the request for sponsorship of winter planting at the station all the planters have been sponsored thanks to Downard Consultancy Ltd, Half Moon Pub, Hills of Plumpton, Plumpton Women’s Institute, ‘Citizens of Aldershot’ and two generous personal donations. Thanks also go to Hills of Plumpton for sponsoring the beautiful Christmas tree at The Plough.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND There is a new departure date and place, Gatwick Airport, which allows two additional days for visits to historic places. The dates are February 3 to 12 and if you would like to join in this exciting adventure to the Holy Land please let the Rector know on 01273890570 and he will let you have a copy of the new tour programme and booking form. Everyone is very welcome.

THANKS to all who have given me such positive feedback for what is a new column for me. I hope all my readers have a happy Christmas and wish you all the best for 2015.

Scaynes Hill

Sue Morton

Tel: 01444 831027


Barn Dance This is a very early notice for a Barn Dance on Saturday 28 February 2015 at the Millennium Centre. It’s nice to know that life still goes on after Christmas. There will be a live band and a fish and chip supper for the very reasonable price of just £11.00 and £5.50 for under 13s. There will also be a licensed bar.

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

Royal British Legion Thank you to all the poppy collectors, residents, businesses, schools and societies for their generous support for this charity. The provisional total raised in this area, which includes Horsted Keynes, Scaynes Hill and part of Danehill, was £4,583.67. Scaynes Hill was responsible for £542.66 of this sum

St Augustine’s Church News

Carols by Candlelight The ever popular candlelight service round the Christmas tree takes place on Sunday 21 December at 6.00 pm. This will be followed by yummy, home made mince pies. I can’t sing but I certainly enjoy listening to the carols.

Christmas Services 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: Children’s 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.

Parking Just a reminder to be aware of not inconveniencing the residents with inconsiderate parking on Sunday’s. Some people have been using the ‘Residents Only’ car park in St Augustine’s Close. This is not allowed. There has also been some very dangerous parking on the corner of Church Road and St Augustine’s Close, with cars jutting right out into the middle of the road. Please be sensible.

Reminder From January the weekly Parish Communion service will be at 10.00 am instead of 9.30 am

Youth Group The group has finished for 2014 but will be back in the New Year with a whole new and exciting programme of events. Have a very happy Christmas and a restful break Emily

Scaynes Hill Club 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, Christmas Draw (Saturday 20 December), Christmas Bingo (Tuesday 23 December) and a special visit from Santa on Christmas Eve at 5.30 pm. 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. The entire bar staff will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Massive thanks to Oakgates Farm for donating the club’s Christmas tree. It looks beautiful and they have certainly done us and themselves proud.


Katharine Sowdon


St Mark’s Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 4pm - a short service especially for young ones but everyone welcome. A time of excitement and preparations! Come early - numbers are growing every year!

St Mark’s Church - Eucharist at 9:00 am on Christmas Day

Christmas Village Lunch - Thursday 18th December - 12.30 for 1pm at the Village Hall. Book now with Carole or Andrew - 413571.

In order to ensure that our villages and communities are safe and keep going through the winter, we are looking for some helpers to monitor areas, support others and provide support through the winter. The role will require you to check drains and gullies, to ensure they are clear of debris and also spread salt if we get a cold strap. You can just cover your road or a wider area within the vicinity of your home, every little helps. This will not require a lot of time and full support and training will be given.

If you would like to know more please contact the parish council clerk: Liz Bennett on 01444 483018 or

Wishing all our villagers a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year.


Richard Spencer

Tel: 01444 471295


WISHING ALL THE READERS OF MY WIVELSFIELD District News Column a very happy Christmas and then a healthy & peaceful 2015.

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 07582 470028 or email on

ALONE 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:

WIVELSFIELD PARISH CHURCH in the coming week --- Saturday 20th December : 9.30am to 3.00pm CHRISTMAS JAM, children’s craft day in the Village Hall. Further details from Sarah Cox on Sunday 21st December : 9.30am Cafe Church Christingle Service in the Church, 10.30am : Holy Communion and 6.00pm : Traditional Carol Service. Christmas Eve : 10.30am Holy Communion, 2.30pm : Crib Service and 11.30pm : Midnight Eucharist. Christmas Day : 8.00am : Holy Communion and 9.30am : Sung Eucharist with Carols.

CHURCH HALL REFURBISHMENTS chapter 4 --- The new concrete base for the new floor has been laid providing a solid base inside the hall for the future interior work including the erection of the steel work required to support the new first floor flat The scaffolding has gone up allowing the roof tiles to be removed. This is also in readiness for the steel work to be installed.

HISTORY INTO 2015 --- ELIZABETHAN SUSSEX is the Wivelsfield Historical Society presentation on Thursday 15th January at 8.00pm in Wivelsfield Village Hall. Helen Poole will speak on the reign of Elizabeth 1 which saw momentous events in religion, society, industry and foreign affairs.

Sussex men and woman played their part, with iron masters and shipbuilders sharing with the public stage with Puritan vicars and Catholic martyrs. Many examples of their homes survive and the story is told through a lavishly illustrated talk. Wivelsfield Historical Society aims to increase research, discussions, talks, visits and walks to places of interest.

THE OPENING FILM IN JANUARY is to be “WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY” (12A), on Sunday 18th January at 7.30pm, doors open and Bar from 7.00pm.

Perhaps begin to plan EXERCISE -- AFTER ALL THE FOOD 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 - 8.20pm : Pilates.

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. 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. £18.75 per am session and £11.25 per pm session. Spaces available.

Email : Telephone : Kay Waterman on 01444 471645 ( session times only)

Bridge club news

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday December 12, 2014

Monday evening

1st Jeff Callaghan & Peter Collins

2nd Nigel Urban & Neil Watts

3rd Christine Jepson & David Clifton

Monday evening – National Pairs (heat)

1st Marit Langston & Peter Langston

2nd Jean Smallwood & Eddie Lucioni

3rd=Robert Turvey & Gloria Flint

3rd=Tilly Hennings & Fran Thornton

Tuesday evening

NS 1st Malcolm Wright & Joy Mayall

2nd Rob Harris & Linda Gardiner

3rd Berry Hedley & Graham Hedley

EW 1st Matthew Read & Philip Hunt

2nd Chris Jago & Peter Collins

3rd Hazel Beveridge & David Williams

Wednesday evening

1st Carol Watson & Chris Hook

2nd Lindsay Geddes & David Gritt

3rd Bill Nicolle & Rob Harris

Thursday afternoon

1st Robert Hirst & Jack Dunnett

2nd Ian Sanderson & Brian Kirkdale

3rd Alan Duddy & Eric Finney

Thursday evening

NS 1st Ann Nelson & Cameron Sharp

2nd Valerie Austin & Caroline Exall

3rd Stephen Hamilton-Bergin & Colette Collins

EW 1st Ann Le Pla & John Le Pla

2nd Sally Mead & Carole Wickham

3rd Chris Hook & David Young

WEALD BRIDGE CLUB - results for Friday 12 December 2014:-

1st Lorna Cawthorn & Mary Teviot

2nd Bernard & Elena Kelly

3rd Christina Withnell & Sue Cottrell

4th Paul Smith & David Mann

Pet Detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

Winston a male neutered bulldog cross has gone missing from his home in Lindfield. Its pretty certain that he jumped into a vehicle outside his home Details below

WINSTON Bulldog cross. Tan + white. Docked tail. 6 years. Missing from Lindfield

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