Village News - February 26

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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


FRIENDSHIP CLUB will be meeting on Tuesday 3rd March, 2.30 to 4pm, it costs £1 which includes a cup of tea and a slice of cake, please ring Maureen on 413061 for details of the venue. Everyone is welcome.


Karen Adams

Tel: 07789485167


Ardingly Cricket Club will have senior teams in the Stoner Mid Sussex League Divisions 2 and 5 in 2015. We are always looking for new (or old) players to come and play in our league teams or in Sunday friendlies.

We start pre-season nets at Ardingly College Sports Hall at 8pm on Friday 13th March 2015. League games start in early May. We also have a thriving junior section and are particularly looking for new players at the under 12 age group. If you want to come and play for us or have any questions, contact Nick May on 01444 892012 or

Ardingly Neighbourhood Plan Referendum. Remember to vote on the 5th March 2015, this is your chance to shape the future for Ardingly.

The Ardingly Neighbourhood Plan referendum will ask you to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the following question - ‘Do you want Mid Sussex District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Ardingly to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’ Voting will take place at Hapstead Hall on the 5th March from 7am to 10pm in the Reading Room and all registered voters should have received their voting cards already.

Ardingly Neighbourhood Plan:

• Protects Ardingly’s distinctive rural character and setting in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

• Identifies Standgrove field for 37 new homes including affordable homes for local people

• Protects local green spaces that are valued by our community, Butcher’s Field, land East of High Street, the eastern part of Standgrove field, Gowers Pit, Oaklands and the Recreation Ground

• Protects the village centre and services

• Enables local businesses to thrive while protecting the landscape and our historic setting

• Promotes infrastructure improvements such as traffic calming

• Protects community assets and develops opportunities for sport and leisure

If you require any further information or wish to view the Neighbourhood Plan document, please visit our website or contact the Parish Clerk on 01444 226209. All residents should have received an information leaflet regarding the Referendum through their letterbox.

Ardingly Cinema is showing the drama ‘Mr. Turner’ (12A) starting Timothy Spall on Thursday 26th March at Hapstead Hall. The film examines the last 25 years of the great, if eccentric, landscape painter J.M.W. Turner; one of the most important figures in British art history. Timothy Spall won the Best Actor award at Cannes 2014 for his performance as Mr. Turner. Tea, coffee, ice cream, wine and snacks will be available before the show and during the interval. Doors open at 7 pm and the film commences at 7.30 pm. Advance tickets are available from Fellows Bakery, The Post Office and the Gallery Café.

Hapstead Hall We welcome Sonia Watson to her position as Hall Clerk. Sonia has taken over from Jane Simmonds and we take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and wish her all the best for the future. For information on the halls which are available for hire at reasonable rates, please contact Sonia on or 07565 098312.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and an all age family service with Pete’s Puppets at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. The recent Race Night in aid of Church funds was a great success raising £1400. Thanks go to all who helped and attended with particular thanks to Thelda Bryant for the excellent catering, the Guntrip family for providing the DVD, race card and running the tote, Amy Graves for running the bar, Janet Barnes for raising sponsorship and donations, David Barnes for the projection system and helping with the tote and finally to Anthony Meadows for the technical details.

FREE CHURCH services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Martin Povey and at 6.30pm.

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, every Tuesday morning from 10am to 12pm. This is an opportunity to chat and receive information, advice or guidance on 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 Tuesday of the month, not ‘Thursday’ as I incorrectly stated previously. You can turn up anytime between 7.15pm and 9pm. It doesn’t cost anything and you can either take your own knitting or get inspiration or learn at the group. The next session is on Tuesday, March 3. For more details call Ann on 01444 471600.

PLANNING & Environs Committee of the Parish Council meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday, March 3, at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish

‘JACK THE RIPPER’ is the subject of an illustrated talk at the Women’s Institute meeting, at the village hall, on Tuesday, March 3, at 7.45pm. The speaker will be Rupert Matthews, who is a witty and entertaining presenter with a well-developed sense of humour. Rupert is a professional writer with over 150 published books; the majority on history, military, ghosts and related subjects. Visitors (male or female) and prospective members will be made most welcome, there is a nominal £2 charge which includes home-made refreshments.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER GROUP meets on Wednesday, March 4, 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 LUNCH takes place in St Peter’s Church on Thursday, March 5, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Soup, bread rolls, cheese and coffee or tea will be served.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Bonfire Society is on Saturday March 7 at 11am at the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated on the day from 9am or to arrange collection call Trevor Smith on 01273 891008 or email Please use this opportunity to have a clear out and donate items to the Society and so help them raise much needed funds for the display they are planning and the Christmas party for the senior citizens of the village.

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

BANNERS AND CANVASSES Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre (CHEC) new product range is the result of a large format printer being up and running which allows CHEC to take orders for banners and canvasses. The banners are a really effective way of advertising your company or event and come in both hanging and roll-up formats. The canvasses are a beautiful product, ideal for displaying that special family photograph at its best. CHEC have several sample prints of various sizes in their office, on the Chailey Heritage Foundation site, if you would like an idea as to how they look, just phone 01825 724376 to make an appointment.


Diana Mackenzie


TO ALL ELECTORS OF THE PARISH OF CUCKFIELD - you are entitled to attend your PARISH MEETING. You are invited to come to the next one which will be held at The Queen’s Hall on Thursday, 5th March 2015 at 8 pm. The meeting will be preceded by refreshments at 7.00; the Museum will also be open

The Agenda is: 1. Report on the Parish Council year from Mr Nigel Page (Chairman of the Parish Council)

2. Presentation from Brendan Williams, CEO Building Heroes, Cuckfield’s exciting new project: - Building Heroes trains and employs service leavers and young people in sustainable buildings refurbishment and horticulture.

3. Public Question Time

The Parish Meeting may by law discuss all parish affairs and pass resolutions about them.

The Council for the Protection of Rural England (“CPRE”) is hosting an event entitled “Countryside or Concrete?” on Saturday 21st March 2015 at 10.00am. With a General Election due in May 2015, this is an opportunity for you to come and hear the views of the Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat and UKIP parties on issues affecting the valued countryside in Sussex. Prospective Parliamentary Candidates from each of the five main parties will be questioned on issues of importance to your local countryside, a significant proportion of which is currently threatened by urbanisation. This is a good opportunity to put your candidates under the microscope. The venue for the event will be: Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF. Admission is free, but you will need to book in advance. You can do this by going on line at: or by emailing CPRE Sussex at


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236


Pembury House Gardens - East Sussex NGS’s only early opening garden, Pembury House, is hoping to hit a big self-imposed target for it’s final snowdrop and hellebore openings in February and early March.

Jane and Nick Baker first opened for the National Gardens Scheme back in 1992, some 24 years ago! They recently featured in the first ever episode of “Show Me Your Garden” on Sky 1 earlier this month, so are hoping viewers will come along and experience the garden first-handl! Since first opening, Jane and Nick have raised an incredible £85,000 for the NGS beneficiary charities. They reckon they have seen over 15,500 adults, about 800 children and about 200 dogs on leads come through the garden gates. Jane says she has absolutely no idea how much cake has been baked and consumed! Interestingly, Jane and Nick opened on Sunday 10th August in 2003, which was the the hottest day on record. In February 2014, they opened during the wettest winter since records began in 1910!

So in 2015 they are hoping that the current long range forecast for the driest and most settled month will be spot on!

Jane and Nick’s goal for 2015 is to reach £100,000 for the National Gardens Scheme before the garden gate closes for the final time in March. Plants, refreshments and even tea pots with cosies will be on sale to help reach the ambitious target! Pembury House is open , Mon 2, Thur 5, Fri 6 Mar (11am-4pm)

Ditchling Film Society - On Thursday, 5 March 2015 we shall be showing I Wish about Koichi, a twelve year old boy who has been separated from his brother as a result of his parents’ divorce. This very genuine and deeply satisfying film is a complex, delicate drama about two young boys living through their parents’ separation.Director: Hirokazu Koreeda 2011. 128 mins. PG Cert.


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638


If you are interested in going on next month’s Community Bus outing on Tuesday, 17 March ‘Tour of Wimbledon Tennis Venue’ I understand that there might still be a couple of seats still available but you will need to be quick! The cost is £15 for the tour and £10 for your bus fare, total cost of the trip £25. If you would like to be the person(s) to fill the bus, get in touch with Christina on 01444 400212 or drop in to the Hardware Shop, but as I say, be quick! The trip to Brooklands Motor and Aircraft Museum on 19 May is now full but there are still the April, June and July trips taking bookings – 14 April to Worthing Shopping Centre and sea front; 9 June is Peter’s Mystery Tour and finally on 4 July (a Saturday, please note!) a tour of Queen Elizabeth Park to see what they are doing with the Olympic Park.

Next Thursday is when the Parish Council meets in the Pavilion from 7.30 pm; as always, this meeting is open to the general public who have an opportunity to raise concerns or comment on any items on the agenda which will be published on the Council’s website and on the various notice boards around the parish. You may also want to note that the Neighbourhood Planning Committee will be meeting on Monday, 2 March in the Pavilion also from 7.30 pm. Again, this is a meeting that is open to the public with an opportunity to raise concerns and comment on the agenda items. You will no doubt be aware of surrounding villages also working on their Plans and the comments that are being made about them; please do go along and support this volunteer committee who are working very hard for our benefit. One thing I would mention is that whilst numbers of new homes are being bandied about in relation to these plans, please note that the aim is for these homes to be built over the period of the Plan which is, I believe, 20 years, they are not all going to be built immediately!

Whilst on the subject of house building, you may want to make a note of the following date: Thursday, 12 March. On this date at 7.30 pm the Slaugham Parish Community Land Trust Limited will be launched in the Parish Hall and everyone over the age of 18 will be able to purchase a share for the princely sum of £1! What is a Community Land Trust? It is a means by which local people can lead and generate local housing for local people and through such projects generate income to take on future projects for the benefit of the community. Do not be misled into believing this is something that is being led by the Parish Council, it is not, it is a democratic organisation, membership of which is open to anyone over the age of 18 who supports its objects. If this is of interest to you, spread the word and go along to the Parish Hall on Thursday, 12 March at 7.30 pm to learn more; remember to take along £1 should you wish to become a member on the night! Should any more information come my way between now and then, I will pass it on.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136


Friends and Neighbours present ‘WINTER WARMERS!’ – Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm. and Saturday at 2.00pm. Local concert party Friends and Neighbours presents 2 hours of song, dance, fun and those favourite audience sing-a-longs in a programme of pure variety. Tickets are available at Pavilion Electrics in Keymer Road, 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. 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 it’s the Light Up Hassocks – It’s Christmas Quiz Night at the Hassocks Hotel, Station Approach East, 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!

The Hassocks Village Market, is on Saturday on the National Tyres Forecourt from 9.00am – 1.00pm. As well as the usual stalls, Hassocks, Hurst Keymer and Ditchling Transition is holding a seed swap event between 9.30am and 12.30am, so pop along and swap or buy seeds, try some seed cake and join in kids’ activities.

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

The local group of the Mid Sussex Ramblers have an 11 mile linear walk from Hassocks to Lewes Station on Saturday. Meet at 10.00am Hassocks Station, East Side. (Southbound).

The Folk Club meet on Monday 2nd March 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 on Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th March for their Hellebore Days. The hellebores and other early spring flowers should be at their best. Open Daily from 11.00am to 4.00pm 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.

Hassocks’ very own Kevin Russell, front man of local covers band Rapscallion, has just released his first solo single - Somewhere Else With You. All proceeds from it are going to St Peter & St James Hospice in Wivelsfield. It’s available to download on i tunes, Amazon and Spotify. Just search for Kevin Russell - Somewhere Else With You and support your local Hospice.

Further details of many more events in the area can also be found at

If you would like details of your organisation’s 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


NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN If you have not heard, the overwhelming result was YES. The tunout was 42%, of which 92.4% voted in favour. We have now provided an enabling framework for the Parish and Mid Sussex Councils to work for the best for Hurst. So a big thank you to every one who took the time to vote.

GINKO TREE IN THE RECTORY GARDEN Sadly this tree has had to be cut down for safety reasons. Examined by experts it was found to be unsafe, being almost completely hollow and increasingly leaning at an alarming angle. As it was very near the road and the entrance to the Primary School there was little choice. In such a prominent position its departure will have been noticed but rest assured it was felled only as a last resort. Guidance from a tree expert will be obtained with a view to a suitable replacement.

HURSTPIERPOINT HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY will be meeting this Friday 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 enjoyable and entertaining presentation by her to which all are welcome. Non members £3. For more information contact the Chairman Bill Kent on 01273 832280 otr the Secretary Lynne Pink on 01444 453474.

VILLAGE CINEMA on Friday 27th February PLACE BEYOND THE PINES(15) Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper play a stunt rider who turns to crime and the policeman who is on collision course with him in this tense and gripping drama. Add tangled themes of family, fatherhood and fate, this is an ambitious and thought provoking film, with both Gosling and Cooper giving outstanding performances

SATURDAY CINEMA Saturday 28th February THE SECRET OF THE KELLS Beautifully drawn and refreshingly calm, this is an enchanting tale 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.

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 the Hurstpierpoint Bellringers ill be talking about Keeping Bellringing Alive in the 21st Century. Village Centre 2.15pm.

VILLAGE CINEMA coming on Thursday 5th March OF HORSES AND MEN A complete one off, a real gem. This Icelandic film is both very funny and strangely moving. Based around a small, remote and isolated Icelandic community who all love their horses, but are largely at odds with each other and split by petty jealousies.

MELTING POT CAFÉ held at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Court Bushes, in refurbished and welcoming surroundings is open on Wednesday mornings from 9.15 to 11.30am. Offering not only refreshments but delicious cakes, the café caters for everyone from babies to older members of the coummunity . Professional visitors are on hand to give help with CVs, job searching, wellbeing and play for the little ones. If you would like to go but transport is a problem then a lift may be possible from a DBS checked person, contact 01273 831816.

YOUTH CLUB AT COURT BUSHES, in the same place, is a drop in centre for ages 11 to 18 on Thusdays in term time from 3.30 to 5 pm. The centre provides a range of sporting and craft activities for the young people of Hurst. All are welcome.


COUNTRY MARKET do come and visit on a Thursday morning at the King Edward Hall, entry is free. Starting at 10am for an hour, there is a wide array of homemade cakes, savouries, jams and marmalades to cheer up winter meals, eggs and the beginning of fresh picked vegetables as well as pots of bulbs and herbs. Browse the many craft items from cards to hand knits, baby bits to peg bags and aprons. Tea or coffee and biscuits are served.


Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348


Have you voted? PLEASE make sure you go vote today in the Community Centre. Thursday 26thFebruary re the Neighbourhood plan.

Newick Country Market will be open as usual on FRIDAY morning from 10 to 11am, in the Villager Hall. The A G M will commence around 11.15am.

Services this Sunday at St. Mary’s Church will be 8am Holy Communion(BCP) followed at 10.30am with Informal Morning Prayer.

On Thursday 26th the joint Lent Course will take place in the Barn Centre 7pm for 7.30pm start.Lifts are available if booked in advance by telephoning 01 444 482 272.

Women’s World Day of PRAYER will take place this year at St. Mary’s Church Newick on Friday 6th March at 2pm, this year women from the Bahamas have prepared the service which invites men and children to join them in the Barn Centre, refreshments are available before the service, at 1pm.

The Newick Horticultural Society will be holding a Coffee Morning in the Community Centre from 9.30 till 11.30am. on Saturday, a great opportunity to renew your membership and enjoy an coffee and hot cross buns.

Details of all the outings will be on display and tickets will also be on sale.

They will also be holding another Quiz Night with Ploughman’s Supper on Saturday 14th March in the Village Hall from 8pm tickets available at the coffee morning(see above)

Newick Bonfire Society Band Night and supporting DJ will take place in the Village Hall on Saturday 7th March Licensed Bar. ADMISSION by ADVANCE TICKET these can be obtained from the Royal Oak, or The Crown you may also telephone 07896 071481 ticket are £8 per person.

Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting in the Community Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday 12th March the speaker will be Paddy Cumberlege talking about A Passion for Pictures, Paddy examines 5 pictures and their particular interest in the historical context in which that are set, the story behind each and explains how the art market works.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


INFORMATION MORNING AT PLUMPTON COLLEGE takes place this 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. It is 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.

TRAVELLING ON THE TRAIN? Allow more time if travelling on Sunday (March 1) as buses will replace trains from Haywards Heath to Lewes.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8.30am, Sung Communion at 10.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm.

WALK, organised by the Footpath Society, on Sunday (March 1) includes Friends Clump, Nutley Windmill and Ashdown Forest south, towards Duddleswell. Meet at 2pm at Box car park, Ashdown Forest (460 288) for this relaxing 4 mile walk. For more details call Diane Ellis on 01825723716.

NEW SHOPPER BUS SERVICE starts on Monday, March 2, and will operate every Monday and Wednesday. It will connect Plumpton to Burgess Hill town centre, B&Q and Tesco Superstore. The buses run by ‘’ will pick up and drop off at all bus stops along the route (which will include Ditchling, Westmeston, Wivelsfield and Worlds End) and will be known as service TS4. Concessionary bus passes will be accepted. Details and timings are available on the parish website at or by calling on 01444 246693.

ANTIQUE VALUATIONS DAYS hosted by Vernon Ward, a fine arts and antique expert, are taking place at the Half Moon, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, on Monday & Tuesday March 2 and 3 from10am to 4pm. Vernon Ward, who has over 45 years of experience in undertaking valuations, will be pleased to advise as to the value of any antique that you may have. You can take anything along, if it is too large to transport then do take a photograph. The valuation and sales advice will be free but donations to the Argus Appeal will be more than welcome. The Argus Appeal works with numerous charities in Sussex and, thanks to the support of Legal & General, every penny of the money raised by the Appeal goes directly to charity. For details of organisations that the Appeal has made donations to recently visit or call Elsa Gillio on 01273 544465. If you are unable to attend on these dates home valuations appointments can be arranged by calling Vernon on 01273 502097. Also, if you would like Vernon to attend a lunch or a meeting that you have arranged and give a lecture on antiques or undertake valuations, either on an informal basis or to raise funds for charity, do call him. For more information and testimonials visit

POP-IN-PARLOUR opens its doors on Tuesday, March 3, at All Saints Church Annex from 11am onwards for tea/coffee, lite-bites, home-made soup. All are welcome.

LANDOWNER PRESENTATIONS A second meeting where landowners will present their proposals for possible housing development in the parish, part of the planning for the Plumpton Neighbourhood Plan, takes place at the village hall on Tuesday, March 3, at 7.30pm. All welcome.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY have a second walk this week on Wednesday, March 4, starting at 10.30am at Longman Car Park, Wilmington (Map Reference 543 042). It will be 7 miles and include Long Man, Folkington Bottom, Windier Hill, Plank Barn with lunch at Alfriston or the Sussex Ox. For more details call Bernie Kempton on 01825 722649 or 07791247025.

JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall on Saturday, March 7, at 2pm in aid of the Activity Scheme. Please take jumble donations to the hall from 9am and do go along and see if you can pick up a bargain at 2pm. Along with jumble there will be a tombola, refreshments, good as new items, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen.

PLUMPTON RACECOURSE The Aspen Insurance Anglo-Irish Raceday 2015 takes place on Monday March 9. The gates will open at 11.45am, with the first race at 2pm. Reelstrings an Irish Folk and Country Band, who play a wide selection of Irish songs, ballads and lively jigs and reels as well as a bit of pop and country music, will be playing from midday.

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

BINGO Calling Anne and Harry! There will be another super Bingo night at Scaynes Hill Members Club on Sunday 1 March. Starts at 7.30pm

Charity Car Wash This year’s annual charity carwash event run by the BP Service Station on 13th February gave away 206 free carwashes and 124 free Middy newspapers in return for donations. In addition 1077 raffle tickets were sold. In all £2,155 was collected on the day, which goes to Cancer Research UK. Jay Patel, the Manager of the BP station, would like to say a huge thank you to all those who took part and gave so generously.

Neighbourhood Plan - Latest

Over the last two and a half years, a lot of work has been undertaken to create a Neighbourhood Plan for the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural parishes. After some rewording to take into account comments and Government briefings MSDC have issued the Plan for final public consultation until 26th March. It is important that as many as possible comment on the final draft. There are likely to be numerous comments/objections on the content of the new plan, not least from those who are keen on building large-scale developments on the fields between Lindfield and Scaynes Hill, because only very limited development is recommended. It is therefore important that if you agree with the plan, you make your views known i.e. please tell MSDC what a great plan it is!! Equally if you disagree with the plan it is important to speak up now. A copy of the plan and all the associated documentation is available to look at: - in the Mid Sussex District Council offices in Haywards Heath; on the MSDC web site at; in the Parish Office at the Scaynes Hill Millennium Centre during office hours. Please do take the trouble to study the documents and also to submit any comments, good or bad, to MSDC. It is vital that the community is seen as having participated fully in the overall process.

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

Parkinson’s UK Thank you to everyone who attended the quiz at Scaynes Hill Club on Saturday 14 February in aid of Parkinson’s UK. £200 was raised for this very worthy cause. Also, thanks go to Bluebell Vineyard for their very generous donation to the raffle.

St Augustine’s Church News

Youth and Children Section

Sunday Children’s Programme Spring 2015


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 thechurch 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. At the moment they do not have enough volunteers to be able to run the club. 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:-

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


WIVELSFIELD VILLAGE HALL and RECREATION GROUND --- for contact details concerning this great Hall and for overall bookings information for the overall site in Eastern Road RH17 7QG, please just contact Katie Awcock on 01444 470028 or 07582 470028 or email on

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

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING in WIVELSFIELD This year’s Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Thursday 12 March, from 7pm at the Village Hall. Please come along to talk to members of the Parish, District and County Councils and Sussex Police, ask questions, express your views and find out what is happening locally. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan and give your views. The formal meeting will begin at 8pm and refreshments will be available. Please see the Parish Council website and notice boards for a copy of the agenda.

WIVELSFIELD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN is now in the Pre Submission Consultation period until 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 ; on 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 By giving your views the Report can be improved as appropriate prior to review by an Inspector and then a referendum later this year.

PARTY PIECES Saturday March 7th Enjoy an evening letting your hair down and marvelling at the versatile talents of fellow villagers. Rumour has it that balloons are involved but there is only one way to find out. Proceeds mostly to Wivelsfield’s link parish in Sierra Leone to help them fight ebola but also towards the new church hall appeal. Box Office 471751. Saturday March 7th

TWO FILMS AT WIVELSFIELD’S CINEMA early 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”.

ANNE OF CLEVES and her Lewes Home - Wivelsfield’s history is to be the subject of the Wivelsfield Historical Society meeting on Thursday 19th March at 8.00pm in Wivelsfield Village Hall RH17 7QG, with Joanna Wilkins explaining how Anne first became a candidate for the most dangerous wedding ring in Europe but learnt to be a survivor in the cut-throat world of Tudor politics. Then on April 16th April there is to be a visit to the Anne of Cleves House in Lewes. Wivelsfield Historical Society was formed in 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 18th March and 8th April, in the weeks ahead.

CHURCH HALL REFURBISHMENTS --- the next chapter with the roof going back on!!! Visitors to Church Lane will have seen the bright blue tarpaulins that had been keeping the weather out of the hall have now disappeared and the felt and the battening that will support the tiles are in place. Replacing the tiles is now in progress. At the rear of the hall the dormers for the flat have been constructed and inside the electrician has been hard at work installing all of the wiring. There has been good progress with fund raising and the total is now approaching £205,000 towards the target of £250,000.

Thank you all for your very generous donations and to Haywards Heath Lions Club, All Churches Trust, Henry Smith’s Charity, Garfield Weston Foundation, Lloyds Bank Community Fund and Lewes DC for their grant under the Zero Heroes scheme. More donations are always welcome, please contract one of the churchwardens, Steve Onions Tel 01273 890254 or Paula Wood Tel 01444 471242.

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 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.

FLATTEN STOMACHS, IMPROVE POSTURE, TONE MUSCLES --- 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 SEE ABOVE.

Bridge Club news

WEALD BRIDGE CLUB - results for Friday 20 February 2015:-

1st Sue Cottrell & Paul Smith

2nd Arthur & Mary Kidman

3rd David Mann & Ray Medhurst

4th Charles & Mary Teviot


Results for 16 February -

1. Lorna Mence & Graham Medhurst

2. Bob & Sue Best

3. Moira Kinnear & David Harris

4. Margaret Heaver & Richard Hopperton

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday February 20, 2015

Monday evening

1st Matthew Read & Philip Hunt

2nd=Margaret Drake & Shirley Robinson

2nd=Mick Carrington & Alice Thorpe

Tuesday evening

NS 1st Nigel Urban & Neil Watts

2nd Richard Fedrick & Andrew Southwell

3rd Norman Hardy & Carol Watson

EW 1st Peter Brown & Yves Lebrec

2nd David Spencer & Heather Barker

3rd David Harris & Brian Kirkdale

Wednesday evening

NS 1st Chris Jago & Joy Mayall

2nd Hazel Beveridge & Heather Barker

3rd Ian Macgregor & Peter Collins

EW 1st Neil Watts & Philip Hunt

2nd Ron James & Margaret Collins

3rd Ian Watt & David Lock

Thursday afternoon

1st Peter Collins & Gini Phillips

2nd Neil Watts & Philip Hunt

3rd Norman Hardy & Julia Simpson

Thursday evening

1st Michael Clarke & Alan Clifford

2nd Ann Nelson & Cameron Sharp

3rd Barbara Hepher & Margaret Watson

Pet Detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

Still no news of April the missing Corgi cross puppy We’re hoping she’ll be found

FOUND Very large ferret in the Hickstead area

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

LUCY Dark tortoiseshell very slim 8 year old timid cat. Micro chipped Shorthaired Missing from Small Dole main High street

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

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

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

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

ARCHIE Male neutered longhaired black 4 year old cat. Timid. Micro chipped. Possibly jumped 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 paws. Shorthaired. 3 years

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.

Kangaroos a Haywards Heath based organisation running after school activities and holiday clubs for children and young people with learning disabilities are looking to recruit trustees to help the charity’s strategic development. Volunteers with skills in HR and finance and a background of working in a charity would be particularly welcome.

Chailey Heritage School and the Future Life Centre provide educational opportunities for children and young people with learning disabilities up to the age of 25. They need volunteers to help out in a variety of ways: providing administrative support, helping on reception, helping in the café, assisting at lunchtimes, helping with swimming and riding lessons and providing support with after school activities for children who are resident at the school.

Affinity Sutton is looking for volunteers to be Digital Champions, who teach people how to get connected to the internet and use email. Digital Champion sessions are held on Thursday mornings at The Spire Café in Burgess Hill, but Affinity Sutton would be interested in hearing from volunteers who would like to set up other sessions in Burgess Hill/Haywards Heath.

West Sussex Youth Support and Development Service is looking to recruit volunteers to train to be Appropriate Adults, Community Panel Members, Restorative Justice Volunteers, Youth Support Volunteers and volunteers to help in their Find It Out shops

The Adastra Management Committee runs the Adastra Hall in Hassocks. Their treasurer is stepping down after 50 years and they urgently need to recruit a volunteer with financial skills to take on this role.

The Disability Trust is running a ConnectAbility appeal to provide iPads and eye trackers to adults with physical or learning disabilities. They are looking to recruit IT savvy volunteers to teach

basic computing skills to adults with learning disabilities. These could include: how to use a tablet, using Facebook safely and how to access the Internet.

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.