Village News - February 12

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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


200 CLUB - the draw for the 200 Club took place at the AGM of the Village Hall Trust in January and the winners were Geoffrey and Ros Longfield, the £1000 prize and our congratulations go to them. The next draw will take place when all the tickets have been sold, please contact Marion on for the details.

BOARD & CARD GAMES CLUB will be meeting on Thursday 19th February, please contact Maureen on 413061 for the venue details.

BRIDGE DRIVE will be taking place on Tuesday 31st March, 1.45 to 5pm, in the Old School in Cuckfield, this is a fundraising event for the new Village Hall. Tables cost £36, please contact Marion as above to reserve a table.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800


CINEMA - The Hundred Foot Journey” starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri and Manish Dayal will be shown on Friday 13 February starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets are on sale now in Threads at £6. The film is a PG.

PARISH MAGAZINE COPY is due in on Sunday 15 February.

FOXWELLS – access is temporarily prohibited from Tuesday 17 February for 1 day between 7:30am and 6:00pm for carriageway resurfacing (No div applicable as cul de sac). There will also be resurfacing/carriageway repairs in OLDLANDS AVENUE on this day.

PLAY & PRAISE takes place in St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday 18 February at 2.00 pm. All families with pre-school children are welcome to join the group in church for play and praise, with refreshments afterwards.

GLAM ROCK FLAIRZ are in the Victory Hall on Saturday 28 February, buy your tickets now by calling the Balcombe Club on 01444 811226, a great evening out for £10 a ticket in advance or £12 on the door. There will be a cash prize for the best fancy dress on the night. This, the “greatest glam rock tribute band in the world,” will be performing songs from The Sweet, Slade, T. Rex, Mud, Bay City Rollers, Suzi Quatro, Abba and many more.

BALCOMBE CLUB LOTTO – a new competition has been launched to fund the Club’s refurbishment projects. Members can buy up to five tickets for the year, each costing £20, which will be entered into the monthly draws. The draws will take place in the Club on the last Saturday of each month, other than December when the draw will be the last Saturday before the Christmas holiday. Once 200 tickets, or boxes, have been sold, there will be prizes each month of £50, £30 and £20, plus an attendance prize of £25 to include only those ticket holders in the Club that night. In December the prizes will be boosted to £300, £180, £120 plus attendance prize of £150. The funds allocated will be 53% back to Club members and 47% to Balcombe Club, with the primary aim to provide funds towards the Club’s refurbishment.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH Sunday 15 February 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist with Sunday School during the service Ash Wednesday 18 February 10.00 am Eucharist, 2.00 pm Play & Praise, and 7.30 pm Ash Wednesday Eucharist (with Hymns)


Judith Woodland

Tel: 01444 881640


The Bolney Players next production is ‘When The Lights Go On Again’ - a show that portrays the humour of the war years and celebrates the end of the war - Victory in Europe. This production marks the 70th anniversary of the event. It also includes over 30 of favourite wartime songs. This will be staged at Farney Close School Hall on Thursday April 9 until Saturday April 11. There will be an evening show on each of the three days with a matinee on Friday and Saturday. Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of March. Watch this column for full details in the next week or so.

Saturday July 4 - Village Day on Batchelors Field. Further details at a later date.

Burgess Hill

RBurgess Hill Royal British Legion Women’s Section Our first meeting of the year was the Group 3 meeting held at Burgess Hill, 50 people attended including members from the other branches with Hassocks Cowfold and Ditchling all represented. We also had visitors from Cuckfield and the RBL Group 5. Burgess Hill President Celia Baker welcomed everyone to the meeting and then handed over to Sarah Voce who is the Burgess and Group 3 chairman. All the branches gave a report on their Branch activities and recent fundraising events. We then had afternoon tea!

Our speaker for the afternoon was Mr Gary Baines who is chairman of the Friends of Shoreham fort, he gave us a very interesting presentation about the fort explaining how he, along with other fund raisers are trying to restore the fort back to how it was of 1857, a tribute to the first Sussex artillery volunteers who manned the fort. All work is dependent on volunteers, one man spent 18 months cleaning a wall with a tooth brush, if you are near Shoreham it is well worth a visit and they have parking and a café on site which is open on a Sunday. Our next meeting will be on February the 16th when our speaker will be a Mavis Slater a previous member, who will give us a talk on her fund raising and visits to Uganda. Don’t forget we hold our bingo at the Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road on the 3rd Wednesday of every month eyes down at 20.00! Please come along and support this.On Tuesday March 3rd Bon Marche is having another Fashion Show for our members and friends, starting at 18.00. We need at least 10 models to take part so please let me know if you are willing to take part, or just come along for a wonderful evening! We are always looking for new members so why not come along to our next meeting and just sit and watch to see if you would like to join or call Sarah Voce on 01444246655


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


VALENTINE RAFFLE, organised by the Bonfire Society, is at the Horns Lodge and will be drawn tomorrow (Friday February 13) at 9pm. Tickets are still available at the bar.

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

FREE CHURCH has services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Erik Cornelisse and at 6.30pm with John Goodway.

HALF TERM ACTIVITIES are at Sheffield Park & Garden from February 16 to 20; younger visitors can see how many mini beasts they can find in the parkland (bug hunting kits can be hired from reception), explore inside an old oak (there’s a tree at least 200 years old with a hollow inside all ready to climb in and hide), create some wild art or attend kite making workshops These activities are all included in the National Trust Challenge ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’, for more details of the activities and the Challenge visit

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, every Tuesday morning from 10am to 12pm, this gives you an opportunity to talk to someone about any information, advice or guidance you might want about money, budgeting, debts, bills, finance and much more.

KNIT AND NATTER EVENING Love knitting and chatting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on the first and third Thursdays of the month; the next session is on Tuesday February 17 at 7.30pm. For more details call 01273 890114.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER GROUP meets on Wednesday February 18 between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Chailey Children’s Centre. The Group has the use of a wonderfully equipped room and a safe outside area full of things to do. This is a great chance to meet other grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. For more information call Susannah Griffin on 01825 724335.

LENT LUNCHES will take place in St Peter’s Church every Thursday through Lent between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, starting on Thursday February 19.

NATIONAL NATURE RESERVES IN EAST SUSSEX is the subject of the Commons Society meeting, at the village hall, on Thursday February 19 at 7.30pm. Malcolm Emery the Senior Reserves Manager at East Sussex National Nature Reserves, at Friston, will give an illustrated talk about managing the reserves. Refreshments will be served and visitors welcome.

STARGAZING EVENING is at Sheffield Park and Garden on Friday February 20 at 6.30pm. This is a chance to join experts from the Seven Sisters Astronomical Society for a stargazing experience at the Park. Children can also tick off number 27 on their 50 Things list. Price is £10 adult and £5 children and the evening includes a warming winter supper and hot drink. More Information is available on 01825 790302.

QUIZ EVENING to raise funds for the restoration of Maunsell Dining Saloon No. 7864 is on February 21 starting at 7.30pm at, the Bessemer Arms, Sheffield Park Station. Tickets cost £12 to include an evening meal; tables of up to 6, you can either enter a team or join a table on the night. For tickets call 01737772811 or e-mail

RUNNING FOR CHAILEY HERITAGE in the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon, on Sunday February 22, is Amanda Home and her JustGiving page says ‘I’m running the Brighton Half Marathon on behalf of Molly’s school, the Chailey Heritage Foundation. I wasn’t planning to run it this year but I’ve been persuaded. I’ll give it a jolly good crack, try and beat my P. B. 1hour 45mins (highly unlikely) pity me trudging along in the snow and sub-zero temperatures. Molly loves School, she quivers with excitement when the bus comes in the morning and is always a bit disappointed at the beginning of the School holidays. Molly does so much at School; horse riding, swimming, cycling, computer work, power driving (learning to operate a wheelchair herself) and so much more. The School needs funds to continue and expand on the fantastic work they do with severely disabled children, please help me reach my target. Thanks.’ To support Amanda please visit

BREATHING CORPSES BY LAURA WADE, a cleverly written dark comedy, is being performed by STAB productions (an independent theatre company) at The Hub, Central Sussex College, Haywards Heath, on Friday and Saturday February 27 and 28. Doors open at 7pm (there will be a fully licensed bar) with curtain up at 7.30pm. The production will again support the company’s nominated charity: The Chailey Heritage Foundation. Tickets are priced at £10, and £8 for students, are available from or by calling 01273 936808.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN will profile Chailey and how we want it to develop up to 2030. A Steering Group for the Plan has been formed of seven members and they are now looking to set up four focus groups; Consultation and Communication, Environment and Housing, Local Economy and Transport and Community Facilities. Would you be interested in joining one of these focus groups? The only qualification necessary is an interest in our village and views on what will improve our experience of living here. Please contact the Vera Grainger, (the Parish Clerk) if you would like to join a focus group, on 01444 831453 between 9.30am to 2.30pm (Monday to Thursdays) or email

CHAILEY NEWS new distributors are needed for three rounds, the first 37 magazines along Station Road including Coldharbour Lane, the second 25 magazines in the Bevern Bridge area and the third 31 magazines on the A272 from Pellingbridge to Holford Manor Lane. Assistance with these rounds will be much appreciated, if you can help call Chris Jones on 01825 508721.


Diana Mackenzie


Bridge Drive and sumptuous afternoon tea on 18th February at 2.00pm in the West Sussex Bridge Club premises at Warden Park School, Cuckfield in aid of Action Medical Research, the medical research charity for the relief and cure of children’s debilitating diseases. Table of four costs £36. For an application form and details contact Alan Mower 01444 233020 or email Charity no. 208701

The Cuckfield Evening WI’s first meeting of the New Year was well attended. The speaker, Jackie Fry, talked about her amazing craft work, which she brought to the meeting. Her talk was called, “Recycle, Renew”, which was inspirational. She showed us how she made discarded items into heirlooms. Evelyn Stenning thanked all the members who had helped with the Cuckfield Tree Festival, decorating the tree, making cakes and serving refreshments. Members were reminded that this year, 2015, is our centenary and a number of special events will be held. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 17th at 7:45pm at the Old School and the speaker will be Ian Gledhill on “Magnus Volk and his railway”. For further information , ring Marion Davison on 01444 455939.

The Cuckfield Museum Trust will host a talk entitled “Haywards Heath Then and Now” to be given by the well known local historian, Colin Manton. His talk will illustrate and discuss the evolution of the town from Medieval Manors to today’s important administrative district. The talk will take place on Wednesday, 25th February in the Queen’s Hall Council Chamber. Admission is £5; Members and Patrons £3. Places are limited - please contact Sandra Burns to reserve your place on 01444 412082 or

February Frolics presented by Cuckfield Dramatic Society on Friday27th and Saturday 28th. Don’t forget to get your tickets which can be obtained from Wealden Stores, Whiteman’s Green or Mansell Mctaggart, Cuckfield.

The Cuckfield European Association is organising a coach trip to Boulogne (via Eurotunnel). Fare is £30 per person. Enjoy an hour shopping in Auchan. The rest of the day, until 5.00 you can enjoy what Boulogne has to offer - the Old Town, Museum or Basilica. The Aquarium is 14 Euros to visit. Visit the CEA website for further information.


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236

DITCHLING WI - For the February meeting, there was a very interesting talk by David Porter on ‘Life above a railway tunnel’. Lots of interesting photos were shown of how life has been over the years since 1839 -1941 when 3000 men built the 1.25mile long tunnel, 270ft under the downs so the trains could travel to Brighton. In 1849 the cottage was added, above the Clayton end of the tunnel, to house the tunnel keeper and his family. There was also a cottage above the south end of the tunnel which subsequently collapsed. Now, some 350-400 trains travel through the tunnel every day. But this is not what disturbs the residents of the cottage; it’s the traffic speeding up and down Clayton Hill! Flower of the month was won by Jonn Grinsted. The next meeting is Thursday 5th March at 2.15pm. John Cave ‘Songs with Guitar’Briony Coomber 01273 845069.

Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings - The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday February 17th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am. It is sponsored by the Ditchling Downs WI.

Help Someone Listen to the Ditchling Dialogue -Every month the Ditchling Dialogue is specially recorded for anyone who finds it difficult to read the print versions. It is edited for easy listening and there are occasional items of special interest for anyone with poor sight. The recording is then sent through the post to our listeners, who return it to us, post free, when it has been read. No difficult, expensive equipment is needed. A small, very easy- to-use player is provided. There are no tapes or discs, just a brightly coloured memory stick. Each issue lists all the events in the area. Because we start with an index, listeners can choose what they want to read. Can you pass this news on to anyone who can no longer read the magazine easily? Give Margaret Ford a ring on 01273 845882.

Ditchling Film Society - On Thursday, 19 February 2015 our film will be Barbara about a chain-smoking doctor in the East Germany of 1980. As a punishment for political insubordination and an application to emigrate to the west, Barbara has been removed from a prestigious position in Berlin and banished to a small rural hospital near the Baltic Sea. From here she is planning to escape with her lover but is continually harassed by Stasi official, Schutz. However, our heroine appears also to have caught the eye of Andre, a handsome and idealistic colleague thus raising searching questions such as - is he falling in love with her or is he another Stasi spy – or both? This is a simmering, impeccably crafted Cold War thrillerDirector: Christian Petzold Germany 2011. 105 mins. 12 Certificate.

Home Made Marmalade Market -Ditchling WI is once again holding a Marmalade Morning in Ditchling Village Hall on Saturday 21st February, 10 - 12pm. There will also be stalls selling a variety of preserves, cakes and plants. Entrance fee £1.00 to include coffee and biscuits. There is free parking behind the village hall. Everyone is welcome. Our home made Marmalade Market,also with cake, raffle, and plant stall is on Saturday 21st February 10-12pm. Entrance £ include coffee and biscuits. Everyone is welcome.


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638


Unfortunately, due to the cold weather recently, neither the Parish Council meeting nor the Neighbourhood Planning meeting were particularly well attended, but both meetings managed to get through all the business itemised on the agendas. Members left the Neighbourhood Planning meeting feeling positive that everything is going in the right direction and is back to full strength with 6 members from Handcross, 4 from Pease Pottage and 2 each from Slaugham and Warninglid. The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday, 26 February and the Neighbourhood Planning on Monday, 2 March – both meetings are as always open to members of the public.

The WI@Handcross will be meeting on Tuesday, 17th in the Parish Hall from 7.30 pm. This is their ‘Pamper Evening’ when therapists offering eyebrow shaping, Indian head massage, neck and back massage, manicure/pedicure, to name but a few will be visiting; even if you are not a member, you will be welcomed at the meeting. However, if you would like to take advantage of any of the therapies on offer, please email and a committee member will get back to you with further information.

On the following day, Wednesday, the Rosemary Club are holding their AGM which is preceded by a pre-booked lunch at 1pm for members only. Once lunch has been finished and cleared away, the meeting will begin. If you would like to join this local Club, please contact Helen on 400643 or Joan on 01293 525890 and they will be able to provide further information and, if you are interested, take your order for lunch next week.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136


The Royal British Legion Women’s Section meet today (Thursday) at 3.00pm in the Royal British Legion Clubhouse, Woodlands Road, Hassocks. Today’s speaker is from Blind Veterans. (formerly St Dunstans)

The next Star Cinema is on Friday 13th February in Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks. This month’s film is “What we Did on our Holiday” (cert 12A) starring Billy Connolly, David Tennant, Celia Imrie and Rosamund Pike. Doors open 7.00pm. with the film starting at 7.30pm. Refreshments and raffle. Ticket prices are £4.00 for concessions and £4.50 for adults.

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section are holding a Coffee Morning at the United Reformed Church Hall, Keymer Road from 9.45am to 11.45am on Saturday 14th February.

Join the local group of the Mid Sussex Ramblers on Saturday for a 4.5 miles circular walk from Clayton. Meet at 10.30am in the Clayton Recreation car park near the church.

The Folk Club meet on Monday 16th February from 8.00pm to 10.00pm in the United Reformed Church Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks. Contact Janet on 01273 843399 for further details or just go along. No partner is needed.

Pembury House Garden, New Road, Clayton, will be open daily Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th February from 11.00am to 4.00pm for Snowdrop and early Hellebores as part of the National Garden Scheme. All the proceeds go to the NGS charities, which include MacMillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care. Parking will be clearly signed in Clayton with only Blue Badge parking at the house and the rest at the car park at Clayton Village Green (BN6 9PJ). Plants, preserves and light refreshments for sale. Adult Entry is £5.00 with children and dogs on leads free. The garden is always cold in winter and invariably muddy, so winter attire is a must. The garden is designed to be wheelchair friendly with good access around the house but the ground may be soft elsewhere. Further details can be found at

The next Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café takes place on Wednesday 18th February at the Pauline Thaw Centre, Dale Avenue from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. De-Café is an evening support group for people living with dementia, their carers, friends and family to meet people who are in a similar situation. It offers the opportunity to talk and learn from each other, receive support and advice from staff and volunteers of the Alzheimer’s Society, and to generally enjoy a social evening in a safe and secure environment, with light bites and sometimes live entertainment. For further information please contact Dawn Fairbrother on 01403 750485 or 07720 948990.

Friends and Neighbours present ‘WINTER WARMERS!’ at The Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February at 7.30pm and 2.00pm respectively. Advance tickets will be on sale from Monday 16th February at Pavilion Electrics in Keymer Road, Hassocks or by ringing 01273 845291. The Burgess Hill District Lions are very kindly sponsoring these performances and from the proceeds the Group hope to give a donation to the Hassocks Amenity Association towards their project of providing a seat and a bus-shelter on the north side of the Spitalford Bridge in Hassocks - right where the bus stops - how our local community looks forward to that!! They also hope to give a second donation to Keymer Church towards the refurbishment of the stage area in the Church Hall - an issue very dear to the hearts of the Group as that is where they meet every Monday evening for rehearsals. Tickets are at the very reasonable price of just £4 and £2 child and will include refreshments. There will also be a Grand Raffle at each performance so please come along for an enjoyable couple of hours of variety entertainment.

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


TODAY GO AND VOTE YES FOR HURST. Cast your vote in the referendum. Vote for local control. Vote to protect our village. The Neighbourhood Plan must have a majority in favour for it to succeed. This is our best chance to gain ability to influence our future, and as a sort of “safety net” against developers wanting to impose what we do not want. Current and agreed housing has got in before this safety net was organised and developers are interested in building 1,500 more homes around here. We cannot stop progress but we can ensure it is good progress. Do not assume that enough people will go and you do not have to. You do, every vote counts. Vote for the Hurst we all want to preserve as best we can. It is surely worth a few minutes of your time today. A NO vote tells developers that Hurst is it is wide open, that residents are not interested, and it is therefore available to concrete over, What a terrible loss this would be..

COLLEGE LANE SITE APPEAL The land between 149 and 161 College Lane which had planning permission for 3 detached houses refused by Mid Sussex District Council is the subject of an appeal to the Secretary of State. Comments can be made to the planning inspectorate by 27th February. The importance of a massively supported neighbourhood plan in place is really relevant. Either use, or e-mail to quote ref. APP/D3830/W/14/30001881 or write with 3 copies to Vicky Williams, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/10 Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN. All contact must quote the reference. You can view more details at the Council’s website and select the Appeals tab and use reference AP/15/0002. Details also on the noticeboard.

VILLAGE CINEMA Tickets are now on sale for THE LUNCHBOX screening Thursday 12th February 8pm. Warm, affectionate and sweet but not cloying, the perfect Valentine movie! Middle class housewife Ila is trying to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker and thus begins an unusual friendship via daily lunchbox notes. (subtitles) Tickets £4/£6.

WOLSTONBURY WI will meet on Tuesday 17th February in the Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre at 7.45pm. There will be a talk on the work of the charity ‘Canine Partners’, who transform the lives of people with disabilities by training dogs to help with practical tasks in the home and getting about outside. This year they celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Visitors welcome. Enquiries 01273 834421.

COFFEE MORNING Banish those winter blues at the musical coffee morning on Saturday 21st February. Relax to the uplifting organ music played by Ray Carpenter throughout the morning, whilst enjoying coffee, cakes and browsing the Good As New Stall. 10 -12 o’clock at Holy Trinity Church - Free Admission - Everyone welcome.

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH WEST GALLERY CONCERTS Make a note in your diary to go along to the early evening concerts in the glorious West Gallery on the third Saturday of each month, 6 pm - 7.30 pm with a drinks interval. Tickets £5 each in advance or on the door. The first concert will be on 21st Febrary with Gabrielle Stephens, a virtuoso classical guitarist.Gabrielle studied at Trinity College of Music London and Birmingham Conservatoire and. Her Hurst Festival soiree last year was a sell out. Coming later will be a Parish Pasion Play written by Kevin Carey, A Jazz Trio led by Simon Anckom, The Hurst College Wind Band and the Brighton Consort.

HURST AFTERNOON CLUB on Tuesday 3rd March will be ringing with the sonds of bells, as John Norris and Sue Elphick, Hurstpierpoint Bellringers will be talking about Keeping Bellringing Alive in the 21st Century. Village Centre 2.15pm.


COUNTRY MARKET offers a friendly welcome during these cold days, and a display of tempting things for sale. Homemade cakes and preserves, ideal winter comfort food, fresh eggs, bulbs, plants weather permitting, and a wide range of craft items. Browse the cards, jewellery and hand knits including unique warm hats, scarves, or baby wear and cheerful aprons to help the work along. Very reasonably priced refreshments available as well. King Edward Hall from 10am to 11am. in the main hall.

Lindfield Preservation Society – Presents an illustrated talk in the King Edward Hall on Tuesday 17th February at 2.30 pm on “Wakehurst at War” by John Withall. Anecdotes and interesting facts relating to the important role played by Wakehurst during the Great War and World War 2. All welcome, entry free. (Meeting and Membership information from John Chapman 484470).

February Film at King Edward Hall, Lindfield The next film show will be on 19 February 2015 We will be showing :- The Hundred Foot Journey Staring Helen Miran. Doors open at 7.30pm Film starts at 7.45pm. Tickets are on sale at Tufnells, High Street, Lindfield and cost £6.00 including refreshments. Tickets will be available on the door and reservations can be made with Jennie on 01444 483431


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


ALL SAINTS CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8.30am, Sung Communion at 10.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm. Sunday School will take place in the Church Annex at 10.30am.

POP-IN-PARLOUR will open its doors on Tuesdays February 17 at All Saints Church Annex from 11am onwards for tea/coffee, lite-bites, home-made soup and as it is ‘Shrove Tuesday’ pancakes. All are welcome.

LENT there will be two services to mark the beginning of Lent on Wednesday February 18; at 11am in East Chiltington Church and at 8pm in All Saints, Plumpton Green.

OPEN MORNING Honeybees Pre School are delighted to invite new prospective parents to an open day, at the Pavilion on the King George V Playing Fields, on Thursday February 19 between10am and noon. You can meet some of the staff, see their facilities and understand their commitment to the learning journeys of all the children, no matter how young. There will be craft activities laid on for the children. For more details call 01273 890885.

FLOWER CLUB meet in the village hall on Wednesday February 18 at 7.30pm. The demonstration titled “Inspired By” will be given by Stephanie Lang. Membership costs £10 and 50p a meeting; if you would just like to attend a few meetings there is a charge of £2.50 a meeting. For more information call Gill Wells on 01273 890561

JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall on Saturday February 21at 2pm in aid of the Horticultural Society. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated at the hall from 9am; do go along and see if you can pick up a bargain at 2pm. Along with jumble there will be a tombola and refreshments.

TRAVELLING ON THE TRAIN? Allow more time if travelling to Lewes on Sunday February 22 as buses will replace trains from Plumpton to Lewes.

PLUMPTON RACECOURSE an exciting afternoon of competitive jump racing At The Races Raceday which features the Howden Insurance Brokers Amateur Riders’ Handicap Steeple Chase takes place on Monday February 23.The gates will open at midday, with the first race at 2.05pm. You can keep up to date with the latest information about the raceday by following on twitter @plumptonraces and by listening to the Plumpton Podcast is available the evening before each raceday and features a preview of the day’s racing including interviews with trainers. If you have any questions call 01273 890383 or email

VILLAGE ACTION PLAN (VAP) THE FUTURE In the past year the VAP has scaled back its activities to a more facilitative and enabling role, supporting existing and new projects to move forward. The Steering Group feels it is now time to make this change more formal. It is believed VAP still has an identity, both within the village and within the wider local community, and that it should continue in some form. There are funds and continuing commitments to a number of important ongoing projects namely maintenance of the three defibrillators, the new Youth Space project, the Station Partnership Scheme and the apple press. There is also the role as a potential conduit for ideas and activities that are not directly the responsibility of the Parish Council (e.g. village celebrations and local history projects). Having consulted with the Parish Council, and with its blessing, VAP are proposing a change of structure and remit to that of a Plumpton VAP Fund, affiliated to the Parish Council to provide governance. These changes will be put to a vote of the membership at a VAP General Meeting, to which all parishioners/members are invited, on Monday February 23 at 8pm at the village hall. At this meeting the constitution and Fund objectives will be formally discussed and approved. For more details email

1ST -4TH CENTURY ROMANO BRITISH SETTLEMENT with 2nd century defensive enclosure has been excavated at Bridge Farm, Barcombe Mills from 2011 to 2014. On Tuesday February 24 at 7.30pm, in the small hall of the village hall, by David Millum will explain the discovery and excavations and cover all aspects of the archaeological research plus some of the background e.g. Barcombe villa and bathhouse. An admission donation of £3-£5 is suggested which will go towards future excavation of the site of potentially national importance. The talk is particularly exciting as the excavations at Bridge Farm are continuing this year (June 29 to August 8) which you are welcome to assist with, even if you are a novice in such matters; there is an administrative fee of £25 for 1 week and £50 for the whole 6 weeks. If you would like to know more about the excavations do go along to the talk or visit .

CROP CIRCLE MYSTERY At the Footpath Society meeting at village hall on Wednesday February 25 Andy Thomas will talk on’ the Crop Circles Mystery’. Andy is one of England’s most prolific authors and lecturers on unexplained mysteries, his books include Vital Signs: A Complete Guide to the Crop Circle Mystery which by many is thought to be a definitive guide to its subject. All are welcome, meet at 2pm for a 2.30pm start.

INFORMATION MORNING AT PLUMPTON COLLEGE from 9am to 12.30pm on Saturday February 28. This is an informal occasion to discover the opportunities for full time or part time courses and apprenticeships. Also careers advice, fees and funding information. This is an opportunity to see the campus, have departmental tours of specialist facilities and to meet course tutors and student ambassadors. No booking is needed.

Scaynes Hill

Sue Morton

Tel: 01444 831027


Anchor Café The Anchor Coffee Shop will be extending its coffee shop times from Tuesday 3rd February, to serve a light lunch of soup and bread. The coffee shop will be open as usual from 10am, but will be serving soup from 11:30am until 1pm.

Barn Dance There will be a Barn Dance on Saturday 28 February 2015 at the Millennium Centre. 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. For tickets or more information call Diane Elliott on 01444 831676

Charity Car Wash There will be a Charity Car Wash at the Scaynes Hill BP Service Station on Friday 13 February. The event will take place ALL day. Cars will get a free wash in exchange for a donation to Cancer Research. What a great idea!

Darts The Scaynes Hill Village Club Darts Team had their first victory of the season on Monday 26 January. This is a big event for the team since it their first victory this season. Well done team and may this be the start of something special!

Mobile Civic Amenity Collections Lindfield Rural Parish Council are providing a refuse freighter for a Free Collection of Household and Garden Waste on Sunday 15 February 2015 from 10.00 – 12 Noon. The freighter will be at the North End of Scaynes Hill Common. No trade or builders waste will be accepted. Please do not leave rubbish in the absence of the refuse freighter.

Neighbourhood Policing Panel The Neighbourhood Policing Panel covers Lindfield, Ardingly, West Hoathly, Sharpthorne, Horsted Keynes, Scaynes Hill and Rural surrounds. The Panel is a group of local residents, not just Parish Councillors, who meet on a roughly 10 week schedule with the local Police Community Support Officer, Erica Baxter, at Haywards Heath Police Station. The meetings start at 7.30pm and last for about an hour and a half. They discuss any and all issues relating to crime and anti-social behaviour in our area. Erica advises on the various reported incidents that have arisen since the previous meeting and the Panel are able to highlight any concerns that they are aware of, which they feel would benefit from a review or investigation by the Police. Issues such as inconsiderate parking of vehicles, theft (of all types), anti-social behaviour, suspected drug use etc., are discussed. The Panel is open to anyone who feels they have a view about the relevant issues. If you are interested in finding out more or attending the next Panel meeting, which is currently scheduled for 7.30pm on Thursday 16 April 2015, then please contact PCSO Erica Baxter by email at and she will make all the necessary arrangements. To find out more about this article please check it out on the village website at

Quiz Night There will be a fundraising quiz on Saturday 14 February at Scaynes Hill Village Club. The quiz is in aid of Parkinson’s UK. Tickets cost just £2.50 and there is a maximum of 6 players per team. All money from the sale of tickets will go to Parkinson’s UK so please buy a ticket even if you can’t make it. Tickets can be bought from Martin King or at the bar in the club.

St Augustine’s Church News

Youth and Children Section Sunday Children’s Programme Spring 2015 February Sunday 15th - 10am All Age Communion (crèche available) Sunday 22nd - 10am Sunday Club during service

Easter Holiday Club - this year the church are hoping to be able to run two mornings of holiday club on 1st April and 2nd April. Holiday clubs are a great way to reach children and their families in our community. Last Easter they had 37 children at the holiday club, which was brilliant. Could you help out by being on the holiday club team? There are all sorts of jobs including helping with refreshments. The holiday club can only run if they get enough help. Please contact Emily if you would like to help 07825235907 or

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

This term’s programme of events is as follows:-

13th February - Pizza making and games

20th February– Half term no youth club

27th February - Quiz night

6th March - MYSTERY GUEST night

13th March –Mother’s day craft

20th March—End of term meal

For more information contact Emily at

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. New members are always welcome. Here is a list of forthcoming events: -. Saturday 14 February Parkinson’s UK Fundraising Quiz Night – Tickets are just £2.50 with a maximum of 6 per team. Tickets can be bought from Martin King or at the club.


Richard Spencer

Tel: 01444 471295


YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN INSIDE Wivelsfield Hall ??? ---- surely not !!!

If so, then for contact details for much information concerning this great Hall and bookings information for the overall Wivelsfield Village & Recreation Ground 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

SPECIAL THANKS >1< EBOLA -- The collection at the Church carol service last December raised almost £500 which is the sum which has been sent to Wivelsfields Link Parish in Sierra Leone. The money will be used to help families affected by Ebola by providing them with food and disinfectants. This means that the money is going directly to where it is needed !!

SPECIAL THANKS > 2 < THE NEW YEARS DAY WALK organised by the CHURCH and THE COCK INN raised £124 which was shared between the CHURCH and St Peter & St James Hospice. Many thanks to all who supported what is becoming a really great annual event in the village, and indeed to Dave & Jo at The Cock.

BRIDGE and DELICIOUS AFTERNOON TEA on Wednesday 18th February at 2.00pm, being organised by the Wivelsfield Support Group of St Peter & St James Hospice & Continuing Care Centre, in Wivelsfield Village Hall - RH17 7QH To book a table @ £34 please contact Jean Whybro on 01444 415910, and for more details. Doors will open at 1.30pm and please bring your own cards & cloth. There will be a raffle. St Peter & St James Hospice & Continuing Care Centre Registered Charity no. 1056114.

WIVELSFIELD COMMUNITY TEA CLUB --- Our tea club for the more mature members of our community was started in April 2014 and meets mostly on the 4th Friday of the month from 2 - 4:30pm in the Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road RH17 7QG. Each month around 50 of us sit down to a full English tea, served on vintage china, and are entertained by a wide variety of people. We have had various singing groups, children’s choirs, tai-chi, slide shows, plus talks and demonstrations. Our afternoon is non-contributory and we rely on fund raising and donations. We are very grateful for the organisations and individuals in the village who have donated money to us. Masters and Sons of Lindfield have generously donated money for the hire of the hall and Jo Covey, Community Champion of Tescos Burgess Hill, has attended meetings and has given us food vouchers and raffle prizes. We are also indebted to the Sussex Community Foundation in Lewes and the Lynn Foundation, both of whom have given us very generous donations which have enabled us to continue our meetings. THANK YOU to all who have supported and encouraged us.

PARTY PIECES Saturday March 7th Old Time Music Hall style entertainment. This year with new acts and people and things you have never before seen on the village hall stage. Book the date. Watch this space for more detail.

SO TO OUR 2 FILMs IN MARCH --- YOUR EVENING LOCAL FILM SHOW from Wivelsfield Films is to be “Mr.Turner” on Sunday the 8th March at 7.30pm, doors open and Bar from 7.00pm. This film explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. Starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson & Lesley Manville. 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

“THE LION KING” EARLIER ON THE SAME DAY -- We are screening the children’s Classic The Lion King on Sunday 8th March at 4.30pm, Wivelsfield Village Hall.Come and enjoy a timeless classic which is suitable for all the family in a relaxed environment with all the ambience of a big screen cinema. Refreshments at pocket money prices will be available from 4pm. Tickets are just £2.50 each and can be purchased from Wivelsfield Village Stores. All proceeds will be donated to Wivelsfield Green Playgroup and Preschool.

>>> Then our film on 19th April is to be “THE IMITATION GAME”.

WIVELSFIELD’S HISTORY ---- a fascinating story !! “Manor Court Records” is the subject of the Wivelsfield Historical Society meeting on Thursday 19th February at 8.00pm in Wivelsfield Village Hall RH17 7QG, with Jeremy Clarke will being the speaker. Despite South-Malling being next to Lewes this is our ‘local’ manor with records containing information relating to a number of properties in Wivelsfield. These court books also demonstrate an impressive period for survival of records as they cover the period from 1333 to the early 20th century. The talk will cover the history of the manor, which at various times held land in the parishes of Worth, West Hoathly, Horsted Keynes, Ardingly, Lindfield, Wivelsfield, Ringmer and Chailey. This wide geographical spread of the manor has its own story to tell. Wivelsfield Historical Society was formed in November 1993 to foster interest in the history of Wivelsfield and Sussex.

MOBILE LIBRARY operated by East Sussex County Council --- visits the large car park adjoining Wivelsfield Village Hall. Between 10.45 & 11.00am on February 25th and 18th March in the weeks ahead.

CHURCH HALL REFURBISHMENTS --- The roof is progressing well. It has been covered & battened in preparation for re-tiling with the original hand-made clay tiles. Do watch this space fir ongoing updates.

COURT MEADOW GROUP RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION are pleased to announce their 8th Annual Charity Bridge Lunch (Chicago) is to be held on Tuesday 17th February from 11.00am to 3.00pm in Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road RH17 7QG. Entry fee £60.00 per table (to include a hot main dish, dessert, glass of wine and tea/coffee). To book and for more information please contact Carolyn Hawkins on 07985 588362 / 0845 2414346 or email for an application form and for further details. All standards of Bridge are welcome as long as you can make up a table of 4 players. Registered charity: 1073675

SOMEONE SPECIAL DAY -- making gifts and cards 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.

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.

PERHAPS CONSIDER “A DELAYED 2015 RESOLUTION” !!!! 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

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

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 070

Bridge Club news


Results for 2 February - 1. Linda Gardiner & Bill Nicolle 2. Lorna Mence & Heather Barker 3. Robert & Pat Weir 4. Shirley Williams & David Harris

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday February 6, 2015

Monday evening Teams

1st Lindsay Geddes & Philip Hunt

Neil Watts & Nigel Urban

2nd Mick Carrington & Alice Thorpe

Peter Griffin & Mary Rimmer

3rd Peter Bates & Margaret Collins

Ron James & Carol Watson

Tuesday evening

NS 1st Philip Hunt & Neil Watts

2nd Mick Carrington & Martin Pool

3rd Graham Hedley & Berry Hedley

EW 1st David Lock & Ann Lock

2nd=Ian Sanderson & Brian Kirkdale

2nd=Alan Duddy & Myra Taylor

Wednesday evening

1st Bill Nicolle & Linda Gardiner

2nd Peter Brown & Yves Lebrec

3rd Ron James & Margaret Collins

Thursday afternoon

NS 1st Norman Hardy & Tim Greenhill

2nd Richard Hopperton & Shirley Robinson

3rd=Kathy Jarvis & Marissa Teale

3rd=Alan Duddy & Eric Finney

EW 1st Lindsay Geddes & Peter Collins

2nd Ian Sanderson & Brian Kirkdale

3rd=David Spencer & Heather Barker

3rd=Val Cafferkey & Alison TurrellThursday evening

1st Valerie Austin & Caroline Exall

2nd Sally Mead & Carole Wickham

3rd John Moran & Lorraine Carvalho

WEALD BRIDGE CLUB - results for Friday 6 February 2015:-

1st David & Moya Mann

2nd Ann Nelson & Adrian Alexander

3rd Lorna Mence & Paul Smith

4th Charles & Mary Teviot

Burgess Hill Bridge Club

7 February

1. John & Margaret Greer

2. Neil Watts & Nigel Urban

3. Christina Backholer & Mary Teviot

pet detectives

ring june on 07730534049

ARCHIE The black + white Cocker Spaniel has happily been Found not far from his home safely enclosed in a neighbours lock up garage. Grateful thanks to all neighbours who helped in the search for him

FOUND Small exotic bird sighted on the Lewes road high in trees

LUCY Dark tortorshell 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 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 old

STOP PUPPY FARMING If you have purchased a puppy from an outlet selling more than one breed, chances are its a puppy farm. If your dog is showing health or behaviour problems, please ring JUNE on the number given below. All calls in strict confidence


The local Volunteer Centre provides a free service, helping to link people who want to volunteer with organisations who need volunteers. We work out of venues in both Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath and appointments can be booked to discuss your individual requirements with a Volunteer Centre.

Burgess Hill Community Foodbank – will be holding a Food Drive outside Waitrose on Saturday 14th February for the donation of all non-perishable food items.

Action in Rural Sussex are holding a Community Leadership Training Session on 18th February 2015 please contact AiRS at Sussex House, 212 High Street, Lewes for further details.

Royal British Legion – require a Poppy Appeal Organiser in the Hurstpierpoint area. The role involves distributing poppy boxes, liaising with local businesses and dealing with collectors etc. Training is provided. Contact for further information.

Active Sussex – Are looking for volunteers to assist with a number of Sports based opportunities further details on the opportunities available can be found on their website at:

ActionAid UK – Are currently recruiting for Live Below the Line Advocates to work with and support the poorest and most vulnerable people in their fight for basic rights to food, shelter and healthcare. If you are interested in this role please contact them at:

Streetmate – We are looking for Outreach Volunteers to go out on the Information Bus to various venues throughout Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath to supply support and information to young people.

Rainbow Stroke Club – Require Drivers to transport members to club meetings which take place on Monday mornings at Haywards Heath Town Hall.

Furnihelp – Their aim is to provide furniture and household goods free of charge to people in need in the Mid Sussex area and surrounding villages. In order to achieve this they urgently require volunteers to fill the roles of Trustees, PAT Tester, Office Help and Van Helper

Healthwatch - Healthwatch is an independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. There are opportunities available for a number of roles including Youth Ambassador, Liaison Representative and Community Engagement Volunteers.

Age UK Redwood Centre - Minibus Escorts are urgently required to assist the driver with helping our members to get on and off the bus, ensure that they are wearing their seat belts, and store their walking aids safely in the appropriate place. Primarily this opportunity occurs on a Monday and Friday.

Age Concern, Hassocks – Drivers required to transport members to medical appointments and the Lunch Club. Minibus Escorts needed for Thursdays, dining room assistants are needed to assist with the Lunch Club primarily on Monday and Tuesday and Kitchen Assistants are required on Wednesdays.

Sussex Pathways – Currently have several volunteering opportunities which include a Social Media Volunteer to develop their online presence using Facebook, Twitter and their current website and Mentors for both Men and Women’s Projects.

We have been contacted by several voluntary organisations looking for assistance with IT based projects these can range from building a new website to teaching members how to find their way safely around the Internet. If this is something you could assist with please contact us.

These are just some of the ways you can get involved. You can find out more about other volunteering opportunities locally by contacting the: Volunteer Centre, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath on 01444 870711