Village News - February 19

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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 GARDEN CLUB will be meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday 25 February, 7.45 for 8pm, when Clive Gravett will be talking about Heucheras. Visitors are welcome.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800


There will be a PAWS & CLAWS COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 21 February 10 – 12 noon in the Parish Room. Among the attractions will be a raffle, tombola, and gift stall. All support would be welcome.

There is a BRIDGE DRIVE in the Victory Hall on Wednesday 25 February between 2.00 – 5.00 pm (Conservative Association). Contact Bridget on 811474 for tickets.

The HISTORY SOCIETY meet on Wednesday 25 February at 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm in the Victory Hall. Alistair Buchanan will talk about ‘The Messel Family.’ Alistair is the great grandson of Ludwig Messel, the first of the family to live at Nymans. The gardens at Nymans were a great source of employment for Balcombe people. Before moving to Nymans, Mr and Mrs Ludwig Messel lived in Balcombe House and Mrs Messel became a governor at Balcombe School at that time. Alistair took over the stewardship of Nymans after the Countess of Rosse, and featured in a recent BBC documentary on gardens of distinction. Entrance fee, at the door, is £1 members and £3 visitors, including refreshments.

BALCOMBE FRENCH ASSOCIATION - Membership renewal for the BFA is now due – and new members are welcome to join! The first event of the year will be the AGM, which will take place on Thursday 26 February at 7.30pm in the Forest Room at Balcombe Club. When the formalities are over, it is hoped that you will stay a while for some French cheese and wine and socialize with your fellow members. Please let us know if you will be attending for catering purposes. 2015 Membership of the BFA is unchanged at £6 per person, or £10 per couple/family membership. You can pay by cash or cheque to Balcombe French Association, or via Paypal through the website

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.

BALCOMBE GARDENERS’ ASSOCIATION AGM is on Friday 27 February at 8.00 pm in Bramble Hall. Do pop along for this social event and enjoy a glass of bubbly while we review the year and hear from members what trips they would like us to organise this year.

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.


Sunday 22 February (The first Sunday of Lent) 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist

Wednesday 25 February 9.30am will be the first session of a new study programme: “Life Streams.” We will explore our spiritual life in a supportive environment. This group meets every last Wednesday in the month at the Rectory and ideally would suit those who can commit to as many sessions as possible. For more information please contact Pennie Burton on 01444 811249.

7.45pm Ecumenical Lent Course begins at St Mary’s


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


SOLAR OBSERVING takes place this Saturday (February 21) at the Horns Lodge from 2pm to 6pm and night time observation and talks are planned from 7pm to 11pm. All are welcome and will find that the night sky at the Horns Lodge one of the darkest in the South East. It will be an evening of astronomical discovery, as there will be lots of telescopes set up in the garden which you can use to view the night sky, also amateur astronomers on hand to answer all your questions and introduce you to the natural wonders of the night sky. The event will go ahead whether the skies are clear or not. If it is cloudy, computer technology will be used to show you what is behind the clouds. If it isn’t cloudy you will see the International Space Station pass overhead and Jupiter through a telescope. The speakers will be Richie Jarvis from South Common Observatory, Jane A Green from Eastbourne Astronomical Society and Charlotte Clarke from the University of Sussex. For more information call Richie on 07702 705427.

QUIZ EVENING is on Saturday February 21in the Bessemer Arms at Sheffield Park Station starting at 7.30pm. A ticket includes an evening meal (meat or vegetarian options) . For tickets call 01737 772811 or email

VITALITY BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON is on Sunday (February 22) and Amanda Home is running for Chailey Heritage Foundation. You can support Amanda at

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am, Parish Communion at 10am and a Healing Service at 7pm. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH has services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Ray Dadswell and at 6.30pm.

CHARITY QUIZ is at the Horns Lodge, South Chailey, on Tuesday February 24 at 8pm. Teams of up to 7, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

MOBILE LIBRARY The County Mobile Library will be at Markstakes Corner, South Chailey on Wednesday February 25, from 2.40pm to 3.10pm.

LENT LUNCHES will take place in St Peter’s Church on Thursday February 26 between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

BREATHING CORPSES BY LAURA WADE, is being performed by STAB productions at The Hub, Central Sussex College, Haywards Heath, on Friday and Saturday February 27 and 28. Doors open at 7pm with curtain up at 7.30pm. The production will again support the company’s nominated charity: The Chailey Heritage Foundation. There are still tickets priced at £10 and £8 for students available from or by calling 01273 936808.

CONCERT the organist Andy Rees and his choir ‘Coro Nuovo’ will be holding a concert on Saturday March 7at 7pm at St Peter’s Church. Refreshments will be available. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door, to purchase a ticket call Nicola Lack on 01825 721107.

THANKS to the Horticultural Society for a very informative Open Afternoon. There was a warm welcome from Committee members and experts keen to pass on their knowledge and encourage others to exhibit. Also so much to be learnt from the experts about exhibiting flower s, handicraft, photography, cookery and vegetables. The refreshments were delicious; I thoroughly enjoyed my cream tea and coffee cake. The Society always gives a warm welcome to new exhibitors and if you would like to participate in the Spring Show in March a show schedule detailing all the classes is available, from Janet Keet-Black, on 01273 400699.

PARISH COUNCILLOR Have you thought about becoming a Parish Councillor at the local council elections on May 7. If so to find out what you need to do to be nominated do contact the Parish Clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01444 831453 between 9.30am and 2.30pm (Monday to Thursdays) or email

CHAILEY HERITAGE ENTERPRISE CENTRE (CHEC) is now on Twitter, you can follow them on @Chec1995. There are regular tweets with news, not only about what is going on in the Centre but stories relating to a wide range of issues regarding disability, commerce and employment. It’s an interesting feed and a great way of finding out what is going on at the Centre. The feed is also linked to CHECs Facebook page,, so you can follow it from there as well.

CHAILEY SCHOOL is celebrating recognition at the highest level for the achievement of its pupils. As a top performing School it received praised from The Minister of State for Schools, David Laws, who wrote to the headteacher, Lesley Young, informing her that the School “has proven to be one of the top 90 non-selective state funded schools in England showing the greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs including English and mathematics GCSEs.” He went on to congratulate the headteacher on the hard work and success of staff, governors and pupils over the last three years and thanked Mrs Young and her leadership team for “the drive towards the highest standards of educational achievement.” Mrs Young’s response along with a copy of Mr Laws’ letter and an extract of the national school performance tables for the 2014 GCSE results, showing Chailey Schools success, as published by the Department for Education on January 29 can be found at

‘CARING’ The new edition of St Peter & St James Hospice free magazine, which is produced three times a year, is out now. It can be picked up at any of their charity shops, the Reception at the Hospice or downloaded from the website If you would like to receive a copy of ‘Caring’ please email or call 01444 471598 and you will be added to the list to receive future editions.


Diana Mackenzie


CUCKFIELD DRAMATIC SOCIETY will present February Frolics on 27th and 28th February. Tickets are available from Mansell Mctaggart, Cuckfield and at Wealden Stores, Whitemans Green. Friday night tickets are £12 which will include canapés. Saturday night tickets are £15 to include a 2 course meal. A licensed bar will be available on both nights.

NEW ENGLAND WOOD TRUST’S Annual Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 in Cuckfield at the Parish Office of the Queen’s Hall promptly at 8.15p.m. An opportunity for the people of Cuckfield to meet the Trustees and hear the Chairman’s report on the management of the wood. All welcome.

CORO NUOVO in concert at Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield Sunday 8th March at 2:30pm Tickets £12 available from Wealden Stores and Carousel Music, Haywards Heath


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236


DITCHLING PRESCHOOL Monday to Friday from 9.15am to 12.15am (Tuesdays – Rising 5’s only) Early Birds Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.55am (£2) 2.5 years to 5 years welcome. Spacious hall and garden play areas in heart of Ditchling village with maximum 24 children per session. Experienced, qualified and caring staff provide a warm and friendly environment where your children will learn and grow. Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2011. Government funding for children aged 3+. Younger children £12.50 per session. We are currently full but have spaces available for September 2015. For a free trial day with your child and further details, email: or telephone Fiona Hughes 01273 846115 during session times.

THE TURNER-DUMBRELL FOUNDATION- Applications for Grants are invited -The income which enables the Foundation to make grants, comes from the letting of the agricultural land at Lodge Hill and Bowries Fields, together with rents from the Turner-Dumbrell Workshops and the generous endowment from the Settler Dr Richard Turner. In 2014-5 The Foundation made grants totalling £25,000. The Trustees are looking to fund applications for interesting and innovative projects that benefit the community while closely reflecting the Foundation’s grant making objectives.These are: To support charitable institutions or charitable purposes in Ditchling or in the immediate locality, with particular reference to St Margaret’s Church; Education and the Practice of Preventive Cardiology (by the encouragement of healthy lifestyle and exercise) If you received a grant this year and are applying again, the Trustees will require an update on how your project is proceeding Application forms are available on our website at or can be requested in writing from the Secretary: Mrs Roma Leon Email: Completed applications should be sent to the Secretary by email, no later than 30th April 2015.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136


Hurst, Hassocks and Ditchling U3A meet at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, tomorrow (Friday) at 2.00pm. for a talk by Graham Albon - ‘Iceland, land of ice and fire’.

The Mid Sussex District Council Mobile Refuse freighter will be in Belmont Close (off London Road) from 10.00am to 12.00noon on Sunday.

The Hassocks Field Society will be meeting on Monday, 23rd February in Adastra Hall, Keymer Road at 7.45pm.where Mary Day will be giving a talk entitled “Canyons in Arizona and Utah”. Visitors welcome £2.00

Friends and Neighbours present ‘WINTER WARMERS!’ on Friday 27th February at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks at 7.30pm. Local concert party Friends and Neighbours presents 2 hours of song, dance, fun and those favourite audience singalongs in a programme of pure variety. Advance tickets are now on sale from 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.

Also on Friday, Light Up Hassocks – It’s Christmas are holding a Quiz night at the Hassocks Hotel, Station Approach East. The doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start, for teams of up to 8 people. Tickets are £10.00 each and can be obtained from Orion News. The price includes a curry!

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


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.

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

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH WEST GALLERY CONCERT on Saturday 21st Febrary with Gabrielle Stephens. A virtuoso classical guitarist, she studied at Trinity College of Music London and Birmingham Conservatoire and. Her Hurst Festival soiree last year was a sell out.. From 6 pm - 7.30 pm with a with drinks interval. Tickets £5 each in advance or on the door. The idea behind these concerts is that there is still time to go on elsewhere afterwards, perhaps for a meal locally.

LAST SUNDAY AFTERNOON CINEMA for the season on Sunday 22nd February at 3.30pm screening UNFAITHFULLY YOURS ( PG) a classic comedy by Preston Sturges,. with Rex Harrison and Linda Darnell. Tickets £4 only available on the door.

HURSTPIERPOINT HISTORICAL & GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY next meeting will be on 27th February at 7.45 pm in the Guide Hall, by Trinity Road car park. The subject is an unsual and interesting one, Sussex Inn Signs, by Janet Pennington. An entertaining and informative presentation to which all are welcome. Non members £3.

VILLAGE CINEMA on Friday 27th February at 7pm THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES(15) a tense and gripping crime drama, starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, who play a stunt rider turned to crime and the policeman who is on collision course with him. Family, fatherhood and fate are the tangled themes of this ambitious and thought provoking film.

SATURDAY CINEMA Saturday 28th February THE SECRET OF THE KELLS an enchanting film for the family that hearkens back to the golden age of animation. Tickets available from Mishon Mackay, online Email or telephone 01273 835875 for film and ticket information.

MESSY CHURCH FOR ALL THE FAMILY at Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road on Saturday 28th February from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm, every one is welcome. This is an informal time of ‘doing church differently’ with great fun singing songs, hearing Bible stories, doing messy activities and then enjoying food together. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer or trusted adult.

NSPCC Hurstpierpoint District are hosting a comical, musical theatre evening performed by the TT singers at Danny, New Way Lane, Hurst on Saturday 28th February. Tickets are now on sale at Mishon Mackay at £12.50 which includes a glass of wine and light refreshments. Doors open at 7.30 for a 7.45 pm start.

CAFE CHURCH at Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road on Sunday 1st March from 10.30 am to 11.30 am. Come and enjoy Coffee and Croissants followed by lively worship with modern songs and a Bible message relevant for today. Suitable for all ages.

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


Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348


Newick Country Market will be open as usual on Friday morning from 10 till 11am, in the Village Hall, there is always a good selection of locally grown vegetables, on sale plus homemade cakes and savoury items,fresh eggs,locally produced cheese and charcuterie., homemade greetings cards and knitted items, why not pop along to the Village Hall and see for yourself what is on sale, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee / tea.

The AGM of the market will take place on Friday 27th in the Village Hall at 11.15am

On Saturday morning there will be a coffee morning in the Community Centre from 10am till 12 mid-day in aid of CAMP JAVEZ, there will be cakes , craft,Newick Knit and Natter group will have beautiful items on sale, the Fletching Art Group will also have a card stall,. If anyone would like to book a table to join this event please telephone 01 825 722 012.

Sunday Services at St. Mary’s Church are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) , followed by Informal Morning Prayer at 10.30am

On Thursday evening 26th FEBRUARY in the Barn Centre the first Joint Lent Course will take place 7 for 7.30 start. Everyone most welcome.If you should require a lift to Church please book this in advance by telephoning 01 444 482 272.

Newick Cinema will be open this Sunday 22nd February in the Village Hall doors open 7pm the film will commence at 7.30pm tickets are £6 on the door , you may also book in advance by emailing , there will be an interval for hot , cold and alcoholic drinks, plus ice cream and cake. The film been shown this weekend is THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY. , this is a great story, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are the producers , starring Helen Mirren.

Newick Parish Council will be meeting on Tuesday 24th in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm, this May there will be elections for new parish councillors, if you have concerns about Newick , and would like to represent the views of the residents , why not telephone the Parish clerk for further information 722 135.

Just to remind you all that on Thursday 26th Feb you will need to VOTE in the Community Centre voting hours are 7am till 10pm, the referendum is for ADOPTION of the NEIGHBOUR PLAN will give the best protection available for our village and its rural surroundings, this will be a YES or NO vote, it is most important that EVERYONE VOTES .

Date for your March Diary: Thursday 12th March Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm Paddy Cumberlege will be speaking about A Passion for Pictures.

Newick Horticultural Society will be holding their Annual Quiz and Ploughman’s Supper Quiz on Saturday 14th in the Village Hall,tickets £9, teams of 8 people required., you can book in advance by telephone 01 825 724 295.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


CALLING ALL GARDENERS If you are a keen gardener or enjoy cooking, handicrafts or wine making you will be most welcome to meet members of the Horticultural Society at their membership recruitment session this Saturday (February 21). The session takes place, in the small hall of the village hall, from 10am to midday. Experts will be on hand to offer advice to those new to exhibiting produce or culinary items. This get-together is open to everyone, so if you would like to learn more or renew your membership do go along, you can be sure of a warm welcome and a free cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Membership is only £4 a year for adults and children up to 16 years are free. On joining you will receive a programme detailing the classes in the Society’s three shows.

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

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

ALL SAINTS CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm. Also this Sunday at East Chiltington Church there will be Sung Communion at 10.30am.

PLUMPTON RACECOURSE has an exciting afternoon of competitive jump racing At The Races Raceday on Monday, February 23. The gates will open at midday, with the first race at 2.05pm. If you would like to know more about the day call 01273 890383.

VILLAGE ACTION PLAN (VAP) THE FUTURE VAP General Meeting, to which all parishioners are invited, is at the village hall on Monday February 23 at 8pm. In the past year the VAP has scaled back its activities to a more facilitative and enabling role. The Steering Group feels it is now time to make this change more formal. 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 the meeting on Monday; when the constitution and Fund objectives will be formally discussed and approved. For more details email

POP-IN-PARLOUR will open its doors on Tuesday, February 24, at All Saints Church Annex from 11am onwards for tea/coffee, lite-bites and home-made soup.

1ST -4TH CENTURY ROMANO BRITISH SETTLEMENT is the subject of a talk by David Millum on Tuesday, February 24, at 7.30pm in the small hall of the village hall. The settlement has been excavated at Bridge Farm, Barcombe Mills, and David will explain the discovery and include aspects of the archaeological research plus some of the background. Admission is free but an admission donation of £3-£5 is suggested which will go towards future excavation of the site, which is continuing this summer and details are available at

MOBILE LIBRARY will be at the village hall car park on Wednesday, February 25, between 1.45pm and 2.15pm.

CROP CIRCLE MYSTERY is the subject of the talk by Andy Thomas at the Footpath Society meeting at village hall on Wednesday, February 25. All are welcome to attend this talk, meet at 2pm for a 2.30pm start.

CARE CLUB meets on Thursday, February 26, at 2pm in All Saints’ Church Annexe. Please do join in this meeting.

INFORMATION MORNING AT PLUMPTON COLLEGE takes place on Saturday February 28 from 9am to 12.30pm. This is an informal occasion to discover the opportunities for full time or part time courses and apprenticeships. Also a chance to see the campus, have departmental tours, meet tutors and student ambassadors and get advice on fees, funding and careers. No booking is needed. For more information call 01273 890454.

WALK organised by the Footpath Society on Sunday March 1starts at 2pm at Box car park, Ashdown Forest (460 288). It will be 4 miles and include Friends Clump, Nutley Windmill, Ashdown Forest south, towards Duddleswell. For more details call Diane Ellis on 01825723716.

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!

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

St Augustine’s Church News -

Youth and Children Section

Sunday Children’s Programme Spring 2015


Sunday 22nd - 10am Sunday Club during service


Sunday 1st - 10am Sunday Club during service

Sunday 8th - 3.30pm Family Fun Church followed by a picnic tea

Sunday 15th - 10am Mother’s Day All Age Communion

Sunday 22nd - 10am Sunday Club during service

Sunday 29th - 10am Palm Sunday 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:-

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


Katharine Sowdon


Village Lunches for 2015: Thursday 5th March, Friday 8th May (change of date) & Thursday 23rd July 12:30 pm for 1:00 pm Village Hall £6.00. Book now with Carole or Andrew 413571/


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

WIVELSFIELD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN has now entered the Pre Submission Consultation period 16th February to 29th March 2015. All households in the Parish are invited to comment on the pre-submission report that will help shape the future of the Parish until 2030. Open Events where you can meet members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Parish Councillors will be on Saturday 21 February 10.00 – 12.30 Village Hall, Renshaw Room; Wednesday 4 March 6.30 – 8.30 Village Hall, Renshaw Room; Tuesday 10 March 7.30 – 9.30 Worlds End Pavilion, Worlds End Recreational Ground, off Janes Lane, Burgess Hill; Thursday 12 March 7.00 – 8.00 Annual Parish Meeting, Village Hall; Saturday 21 March 11.00 – 3.00 Village Hall, Renshaw Room. Copies of the document can be read in the Parish Office adj. to the Cock Inn pub and on line at

“THE TEA CLUB” FOR THE MORE MATURE MEMBERS of the Wivelsfield Community ---- The Wivelsfield Community Tea Club --- Our tea club 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 From the Vicarage to The Cock Inn there’s more theatrical talent in the village than you might imagine. Enjoy it on Saturday March 7th.You may not believe your ears or your eyes but it will be a welcome break from party political broadcasts. Box Office 471751.

WIVELSFIELD’S CINEMA 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”.

TONIGHT >>>>> WIVELSFIELD’S HISTORY ---- a fascinating story !! “Manor Court Records” is the subject of the Wivelsfield Historical Society meeting tonight 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 --- Getting ready to put the roof back. The builders have returned from their post-Christmas break and the steel beams that will support the first floor flat were delivered yesterday These have been installed allowing work to commence on reinstating the roof. When planning permission was granted it came with conditions concerning the specification of the roof sky lights and the tiles to be used when replacing the roof, because the church hall is in a Conservation Area. The planning authority have approved the proposed roof sky lights to be used. The existing tiles have been carefully taken down and will be reused, together with matching tiles to replace any broken tiles leaving the refurbished hall looking very little different when viewed from the front - but with a much improved interior.

SOMEONE SPECIAL DAY on March 10th -- 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.

PILATES, STOMACH EXERCISES to get that flat stomach !!!! 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)

Do remember The Lion King film on 8th March, see above.

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 week ending Friday February 13, 2015

Monday evening

1st Lindsay Geddes & Philip Hunt

2nd Jeff Callaghan & Peter Collins

3rd Neil Watts & Julia Simpson

Tuesday evening

NS 1st Mick Carrington & Richard Fedrick

2nd Angela Burgess & Julia Simpson

3rd Lindsay Geddes & David Gritt

EW 1st Malcolm Wright & Ian Wright

2nd Roy Hamilton & Sue Porter

3rd Ed Barter & Hazel Beveridge

Wednesday evening

1st John Jackson & Leon Northeast

2nd Hazel Beveridge & David Williams

3rd Andy Willard & Peter Brown

Thursday afternoon

1st Christine Jepson & Neil Watts

2nd Philip Hunt & Lindsay Geddes

3rd Kathy Jarvis & Marissa Teale

Thursday evening

1st Hazel Beveridge & David Williams

2nd John Mewes & Chris Mewes

3rd Lorraine Baker & Brian Kirkdale


Results for 9 February -

1. Margaret Heaver & David Colin

2. Robert Barnett & Arthur McCulloch

3. Sean Cufley & Brian Kirkdale

4. Mary Teviot & Richard Hopperton

Burgess Hill Bridge Club

14 February

1. Lorna Mence & Charles Teviot

2. Bernard & Elena Kelly

3. =Pat & Kathy Kent

=Christina Backholer & Lee Reeve


Results for Friday 13 February 2015:-

1st Raymond Medhurst & Bernard Kelly

2nd Adrian Alexander & David Mann

3rd Elena Kelly & Graham Medhurst

4th Margaret Drake & Ann Nelson

Pet Detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

A tiny 17 week old corgi cross female puppy has gone missing from her home in Franklands Village Detais below

MISSING Tiny 17 week old corgi cross puppy. Escaped from a car in Small Dole heading for her home in Franklands Village Tan short coat Very timid Micro chipped No Collar Please readers keep a lookout for he

LUCY Dark 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 vill

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