Village News - January 22

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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.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800


VANDALISM - There has been a spate of vandalism in the village recently with gates along the recreation ground path kicked in, salt bins toppled and spilled, the pavilion damaged, cars moved by bumping, litter bins damaged etc. If anyone sees anything suspicious please contact the police on 101 or use the online reporting form at

RAINFALL in December 2014 was 1.78 inches. The total for 2014 was 36.39 inches. During the year there were two particularly wet periods in January and February when 11.33 inches fell, and October and November when 9.74 inches fell.

BALCOMBE CLUB – Subscriptions are now due, £20 for adults and £10 for 15 – 17 year olds and Old Age Pensioners.

CHILLI BURNS NIGHT QUIZ takes place in the Parish Room on Saturday 24 January from 7.30 pm. Tickets costing £10 are available from Rosemary Robertson 811800. The ticket price includes the cost of the meal and the quiz. Come along for a very merry night out and please bring your own drinks and glasses.

FLOWER CLUB meet on Friday 30 January at 7.30 pm in the Parish Room. This is the Club’s Fish and Chip supper evening with the emphasis on a social evening with the odd quiz thrown into the proceedings. Non-members are welcome. The cost as a guest is £4.00/meeting. If anyone is interested in coming along then please contact Glenis Green on 414210 before 27 January and information will be available regarding the cost of the fish and chips. Of course flowers will enter into the evening somewhere!

BALCOMBE SCHOOL PTA’s Curry & Quiz night tickets will shortly be on sale. This popular event takes place on Friday 6 February at 7.30 pm in the School Hall.

EXPLORERS - Last year a new Explorers Unit started in the village which is available for all young people aged 14 – 18 years old and takes place on Friday nights 7.30 – 9.30 pm at Balcombe Scout Hut. The activities planned for this term include Laserquest in Crawley, Long Mat Bowls, hiking, shooting, backwoods cooking, first aid etc

ST. MARY’S CHURCH Sunday 25 January 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


THANKS to all who donated to St Peter & St James Hospice as part of The Big Give Christmas Challenge. In a matter of just a few hours over three days a magnificent £53,961 was raised by generous donations matched by pledges from supporters and the Hospice’s Charity Champion, Candis Magazine.

OPEN DAY at St Peter’s Church takes place this Saturday (January 24) and everyone is welcome, from 10am to 4pm, to view the alterations to the interior of the church. A celebrity, who is a well-known comedian, who regularly appears on television and radio, will officially open the new kitchen at midday. There will be refreshments and entertainment throughout the day so do go along and see the changes for yourself. You can also find out about events planned at St Peter’s during 2015.

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, SOUTH CHAILEY, services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Peter Barrie and 6.30pm with Julian Rebera.

OUR LOCAL POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER Steve Knowles will be at the Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, on Monday January 26 from 10am to 10.30am. He will be there to answer your queries, offer community policing related information and advice or simply chat.

VILLAGE INFORMATION POINT session is, at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, South Chailey, on Friday January 30 from 10am to midday. The Parish Clerk will assist with any questions you may have.

YOUTH GROUP meet on Friday January 30 at the village hall from 7.30pm to 9pm. Anyone, aged 10-15 years, who would like to see what happens at Youth Group meetings (which includes activities such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, football table and a tuck shop) will be made most welcome. For more information contact Gemma Kybert on 07843410895.

JUMBLE SALE, organised by Chailey and Newick Brownies, is on Saturday January 31 at 11am at the village hall. If you are able to donate any jumble it will be much appreciated and help raise funds for their Brownie Holiday. For collection call 01825 723727 or 01825 722802, alternatively please deliver jumble to the hall that morning from 9am.

WILL WRITING SCHEME in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice runs from Monday 2 February to Friday 20 February. The Scheme covers Simple Wills, Mirror Wills and Codicils. The participating companies will provide their services free of charge, in lieu of a donation to the Hospice. The Scheme is for a limited time only, so if you would like to make an appointment you will find a list of participating companies at For further information call Kate Gibson, the Trusts and Legacies Fundraiser at the Hospice on 01444 470711.

FREE AFTERNOON TEA AND SPEAKERS at the village hall on Saturday February 7 from 2.30pm to 5pm. This afternoon is being organised by the Horticultural Society as an opportunity for all in the village to meet members of their committee and other horticultural enthusiasts. Entry is free; so it’s a wonderful chance to learn all about the Society, whilst enjoying their homemade refreshments.

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH Would you like to help make the roads in Chailey safer? Can you spare 2 or 3 hours every other month? More volunteers are sought to monitor traffic speeds on the A272, A275 and Mill Lane. Training will be given and there will be plenty of support from the team of volunteers. To find out more or volunteer call Lesley Dunford on 01825 723662.

POPPY APPEAL ORGANISER James Radcliffe is standing down after 15 years in this role and thanks go to him for all that he has done for the Appeal. A new organiser is sought; which involves several weeks in the autumn in coordination with collectors. If you are interested in taking on this role or would like to know more call James on 01825 723215.

FREE HELP AND ADVICE Would you like the chance to sit down and chat about issues affecting you and get assistance. Then do contact the Information Points either in person at the Chailey Children’s Centre on Tuesdays from10am to midday (families only), at Southover House, Lewes, on Tuesdays from 9.30am to midday, by email to or phone 01273 517375 weekdays. There is no eligibility criteria; assistance will be given so as to enable you to tackle the problems. Access to free, quality assured information and advice will be coordinated, for a range of issues including debt , benefits, housing, access to available support services, support into employment, food banks, fuel poverty. The aim in particular is to ensure access by people in rural areas of Lewes District so do use this service if you need any assistance.


Diana Mackenzie


Cuckfield European Association is holding its AGM 14 February at 7.30 at Reid House, Mill Hall. Parking in the rugby ground opposite. A good opportunity to meet members new and old at the start of the year.

Cuckfield Baptist Church wishes to announce that the coffee mornings recommence at 10am on Friday, 30th January at the chapel in Polstub Lane, Cuckfield and will continue on the last Friday in each month thereafter.

The Mid Sussex Times: If you have any news that you would like to appear in TheMid Sussex Times , please let me know at the email address at the top of this column.


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236

Calling on landowners -

I am writing this on behalf of the Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Neighbourhood Plan project development team for the attention of those who might own land or buildings suitable for small scale residential development within the plan area. Over the course of the next fifteen years we are required to accommodate at least twenty five more housing ‘units’ within our plan area. I say ‘at least’ because the housing need in Lewes District far exceeds what realistically it is expected will be built over that period, so we can expect continuous pressure for the number to be increased. Under the terms of a neighbourhood plan we are able to say where we would like to see development and where we wouldn’t. In the Household Survey we conducted last year, which had a very high return, there were some clear messages from the great majority of respondents on the subject of development. These were that they would prefer to see infill development within the existing built-up areas rather than on greenfield sites and that each new development should be relatively small in scale. Residents also said that where brownfield sites and unused agricultural buildings exist they too should be considered. To these we would add another criteria, that they should be relatively near to key community facilities. We are therefore calling on anyone who owns land or a building that you would be prepared to have developed for residential purposes, particularly if it meets the above description, to contact me by email or by post 12 Common Lane, Ditchling BN6 8Tj. Those who have already been in correspondence with me need not resubmit their details. Finally, I should stress that in inviting you to submit land or buildings it must not be inferred that, however much they may seem to fit the above criteria, they will ultimately be considered suitable for development. At this stage our purpose is to amass knowledge of the land and buildings that are potentially available. Assessment of suitability comes later and will involve external bodies apart from ourselves.Tom Dufty, Chairman DSW Neighbourhood Plan Project Group

MARMALADE EVENT.-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 welcome.


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638


Following the heavy and prolonged rain we have been experiencing recently, I am sure there have been many local roads flooded to a greater or lesser degree, or suffering with excessive standing surface water. If you would like to report any particularly large ‘puddles’ that are regularly appearing, you can email details to the Parish Clerk (, and she will pass on the information to Mid Sussex District Council to be dealt with.

Next Thursday, 29 January, sees the first Parish Council meeting of the year from 7.30 pm in the Pavilion. These meetings are open to everyone and if you have any concerns or wish to comment on any of the items mentioned on the agenda, there is an opportunity to do so during the course of the meeting. A copy of the agenda can usually be found on the notice board outside the Spar Shop on the High Street, as well as on the side wall of the Pavilion; alternatively, you can log on to the Council’s website – – and a copy is also posted there. On the following Monday, 2 February, a Neighbourhood Planning Committee Meeting is due to be held in the Pavilion from 7.30 pm; the agenda for this meeting can be found on the website by following the links to the Neighbourhood Plan. This meeting is also open to everyone and there is an opportunity for the public to comment or raise any concerns about any item on the agenda. Your support at both these meetings is much appreciated so please do go along if you have the time. If you wish to receive emails directly from the Parish Council to keep up to date with what is going on in the parish, go to the website and at the foot of the home page, there is a link to ‘subscription services’, click on this and following the instructions and you should then receive notification of any item that is posted on the website as soon as it happens, either in relation to the Parish Council or the Neighbourhood Plan.

If you are planning to hold any event – be it a coffee morning or a quiz night – and you would like me to mention it here, get in touch either by phone or email (see above for details) and I will do my best for you. If you can give me as much notice as possible it would be helpful but at the very latest, I will need to know by 5 pm on the Thursday evening a week before you would the event mentioned.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136


The next Hassocks Village Market is on Saturday, 24th January on the National Tyres Forecourt, Keymer Road from 9.00am – 1.00pm.

Also on Saturday, Hassocks United Reformed Church is holding its usual Traidcraft Stall in 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.

Dance the January blues away with a night out at The Hassocks Book Club Boogie, in aid of St Peter & James Hospice, at the Hassocks Hotel on Saturday 24th January from 8.00pm to midnight. Tickets cost £8.00 in advance or £10.00 on the door, and can be obtained from The Purple Carrot in Station Approach West or Marchants Estate Agents, Keymer Road.

Join the local group of the Mid Sussex Ramblers on Sunday 25th January for a 7 mile circular walk from Jack & Jill Windmills. Meet at 10.00am in the Clayton Windmills car park on downs. (turning off A273 Clayton Hill).

The Hassocks Field Society will be meeting on Monday 26th January in the Adastra Hall, Keymer Road at 7.45pm.where Dr. Janet Pennington will be giving a talk entitled “Travel in the Past, the problems and pleasures of the journey”. Visitors welcome £2.00.

There’s another Blood Donor Session on Friday 30th January where you can help save a life and give blood. Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, with sessions at 2.00pm – 4.30pm & 5.30pm – 8.00pm

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


VOTE FOR HURST IF YOU VALUE THE VILLAGE. If you wish to ensure its unique character, then you must make a note to vote on Thursday 12th February, in the referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan that has been worked at by the Parish Council, to cover the next 20 years. Building housing estates in the village, as part of our share to reverse the general shortage, is already happening at Chalkers Lane and more is agreed particularly 140 at Little Park and at Highfield Drive. However with a plan in place this will enable greater influence on planning decisions for any future proposed developments, so they should only be agreed if they fit into the plan. We also need to protect the countryside around us, to preserve the strategic gaps, and improve local amenities. Do look for and read the leaflet that is coming through everyone’s door about the plan. This is about us, this is local, and if you have stopped bothering about voting in elections because you feel it is distant to your concerns, then this time you have the chance to make the difference, for the way we will be living in Hurst in the future. The plan may not be perfect or meet everyone’s approval, it is the best fit in the circumstances, we have to have more housing for example, but without the plan, agreed by us in the referendum, we tell developers that Hurst is open for anything they want to impose on us.

MOTHER”S UNION meeting on Wednesday 21st January at 8pm, Holy Trinity Church. The topic is ‘Looking after ourselves, as we look after others’ by Caroline Kemp. Every one is welcome to go along.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE BROADCASTS from the village cinema starts the 2015 season with TREASURE ISLAND, a thrilling new adaptation starring Arthur Darvill (Rory in Dr Who) as Long John Silver. Thursday 22nd January, doors 6.15pm, performance 7pm prompt and there will be an interval. (recommended for ages 10+) Tickets £10 members / £12.50 non members from Mishon Mackay on Hurst High St or online Enjoy live NT broadcasts from the heart of London to the heart of Hurstpierpoint ! Further information or or email 01273 835875.

CRAFT COFFEE MORNING at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 24th January. Come and watch the incredibly skilled Beryl Trant, who will be demonstrating Braid Weaving on her Inkle Loom. There will also be a display of her work, which shows a fascinating mix of pattern and colour. Also enjoy coffee, cake, and a Good as New stall. From 10-12 o’clock - Free Admission.

VILLAGE CINEMA Sunday 25th January, 3.30pm OUT OF THE PAST starring Jane Greer and Robert Mitchum, as an ex-private eye lured into a swamp of corruption, double dealing and duplicity. All tickets £4 on the door only or call 01273 835875 to reserve.

MESSY CHURCH FOR ALL THE FAMILY at Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road on Saturday 31st January from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm for all the family, every one welcome. This is an informal time of ‘doing church differently’ with great fun singing song, hearing Bible stories, doing messy activities and then enjoying food together. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer or trusted adult.

CHILDREN’S CINEMA Saturday 31st January at 3pm PINOCCHIO. The magic sparkles in this wonderful Disney fairy tale about the puppet who wanted to be a real boy. All tickets £4 from Mishon Mackay, or online


Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348


Newickc Country Market will be open as usual this Friday morning.

St. Mary’s Church will be holding a day of pray on Saturday 24th, in the knowledge that this will be way to move the Church forward into a era with a new leader, and find out what God wants for the Christians in Newick .

Sunday Services are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) followed by the Leprosy Mission Gift Day at 10.30am .

In the evening on Sunday the Newick Cinema will be open in the Village Hall from 7pm film will commence at 7.30pm the film being WHAT WE DID ON HOLIDAY tickets £6 at the door or you can book in advance by emailing,there will be an interval for refreshments.

Newick Parish Council will beholding their first 2015 meeting in the Sports Pavilion at 7.15,pm on Tuesday 27th the public are always welcome to attend these meetings and may ask question at the beginning of the session. This year is an Election year for the parish council, are you interested in what happens in our community,? if so please email or telephone 722 135 .


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch takes place this weekend (Saturday and Sunday January 24 and 25) and for details on how to take part go to Tony Hutson collates the results for Plumpton so please copy them to him at Winkfield, Station Road (01273 890341) or

ALL SAINTS CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8.30am, Sung Communion at 10.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm. The Sunday School meets in All Saints Church Annex at 10.30am. Also every Wednesday there is a Parents and Toddlers Service at 2pm in the Annex; which lasts about half an hour with refreshments afterwards. Everyone is welcome and you can take your own instruments as well.

POP-IN-PARLOUR will be open on Tuesday January 20. Please do call in to the All Saints Church Annex from 11am onwards for tea/coffee, lite-bites, home-made soup and meet up with friends and make new ones.

PLUMPTON RACECOURSE Racing takes place on Monday January 26. The gates will open at 11.30am, with the first race at 1.30pm

TALK ON RESTORATION OF OLDLANDS MILL, Keymer, organised by the Footpath Society, takes place at the village hall on Wednesday January 28 at 2.30pm. The speaker, Colin Walford, is extremely knowledgeable on this subject being one of only six Companions of Oldlands Mill Trust; an acknowledgment for having significantly helped to progress the restoration of the mill. Everyone is welcome to attend this talk.

YOUTH GROUP meet at the sports pavilion on Friday January 30 between 7pm to 9pm. All 11 to 15 year olds from Plumpton and East Chiltington are most welcome to attend. The annual fee is £5 plus £1 for each session. To find out more email or call 01273 890412.

JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall on Saturday January 31 at 2pm, to raise funds towards the upkeep of the Village Hall. 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 and refreshments.

WALK organised by the Footpath Society takes place on Sunday February 1. It will be 3.5 miles and starts at 2pm at the car park of The Sloop, Scaynes Hill. For more details call Jo Taylor on 01273890450.

SPRING INFORMATION EVENT This informal event takes place on Saturday February 7 from 9am to12.30pm at Plumpton College for those still at school or home educated. It is a chance to meet course tutors and discuss career and course options. Pupils, parents and carers can explore with teaching staff the options and range of vocational courses at Plumpton College that can be combined with studying GCSEs while still at School, Academy or 6th Form College. For more information call 01273 890454.

CURRY AND QUIZ NIGHT Ladybirds & Honeybees Quiz Night is at the village hall on Saturday February 7 at 7pm. Entry costs £12.50 to include a big plate of homemade curry, a choice of deserts/cheese and biscuits and entry to the quiz. There will also be a licensed bar and a raffle with amazing prizes. You can order tickets on 01273 890589 or by email

LANDOWNERS PRESENTATION at a public meeting, on January 6, landowners or their agents presented their ideas and justifications for development on their land in Plumpton. The meeting arranged by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group was well supported and for those that were unable to attend the presentations, which make interesting reading, can be found at The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will now analyse the proposals to formulate its plan for development within the Parish. If you wish to contact the Group their new email address is

Scaynes hill

Sue Morton

Tel: 01444 831027


Anchor Café The Anchor Café has now re-opened for the new year after its Christmas break. It is open every Tuesday morning from 10.00 am – 12.00 noon. The café can be found in the annex of St Augustine’s Church, Church Road.

Barn Dance This is a very early notice for 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

St Augustine’s Church News New Service Time in January From Sunday 4 January 2015 the main morning service will be at 10.00am. The other services will not be affected.

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

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

Church Children’s Programme Spring 2015 January Sunday 25th - 10am Sunday Club during service

Youth Group HELP NEEDED! Could you help 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:-

23rd January - Film night

30th January - Youth Club Birthday party

6th February - THINK night

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 31 January AGM at 7.30pm (members only), followed by sign-up night at 8.30pm. New members are welcome to come along to sign-up to join the club, meet the committee and other members of the club. Saturday 7 February – French Cuisine Night. 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


CONTACT DETAILS for information concerning and bookings for Wivelsfield Village & Recreation Ground in Eastern Road RH17 7QH, please contact Katie Awcock on 01444 470028 or 07582 470028 or email on

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

QUIZ NIGHT in Wivelsfield Village Hall on Friday 6 February 2015 ....7.00 for 7.30pm in aid of Wivelsfield Parish Church Funds (Charity No.1130751)Teams of 6 members each using a ‘catchy name’ Tickets: £10 per head which include a fish & chips supper, tea and coffee ( Bring your own drink ). Contact: Lesley Wale (01444 457928)

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.

THE FEBRUARY FILM from Wivelsfield Films is to be “HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY” (12A), on Sunday the 8th February at 7.30pm, doors open and Bar from 7.00pm. In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavours of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognises Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing. 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 >>>> Then our film on 8th March is to be “Mr.Turner” and then on 19th April “The Imitation Game”.

WIVELSFIELD in 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.

NEW YEAR MEDLEY of SONGS on Sunday 25th January with Susan Fleet and her singers from 2.15 to 4.45pm. At Great Ote Hall, Janes Lane, Burgess Hill RH15 0SR. Guests to arrive at 2.15pm with the concert starting at 2.30pm. Refreshments, mulled wine and cake with a Raffle. Tickets £17 per person to be purchased directly from Carola Godman Irvine on or 07802 374222 or 01444 232179 (please do not leave any messages). Or contact Carolyn Robinson at the Hospice or on 01444 470721.

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

PARTY PIECES on Saturday, March 7th sees the return of the Village Music Hall with new acts and old favourites. Some of the funds raised this year will go to Wivelsfields link parish in Sierra Leone to help them fight the Ebola virus. More details SOON but book the date NOW.

WIVELSFIELD YOUTH GROUP has an exciting schedule of activities that started on Tuesday 13th January and then goes through to the summer holiday. On February 10th the activity is to be Valentines, creating items for loved ones !! 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.

Bridge Club news

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday January 16, 2015

Monday evening

1st Berry Hedley & Graham Hedley

2nd Jeff Callaghan & Peter Collins

3rd Ian Watt & Chris Gray

Tuesday evening

1st Linda Gardiner & Rob Harris

2nd Dave Towell & Gloria Flint

3rd Valerie Austin & John Beaumont

Wednesday evening

1st Philip Hunt & Lindsay Geddes

2nd Ian Watt & David Lock

3rd Andrew Southwell & Richard Fedrick

Thursday afternoon

1st Bridget Keates & David Shore

2nd David Spencer & Chris Jago

3rd=David Williams & John Beaumont

3rd=Fran Thornton & Jean Smallwood

Thursday evening

NS 1st Ann Nelson & Cameron Sharp

2nd Stella Kilkelly & Elaine Higgins

3rd Sue Cutler & Brian Cutler

EW 1st Sally Mead & Carole Wickham

2nd Margaret Watson & Barbara Hepher

3rd Chris Mewes & Chris Hook

Results for 12 January - 1. Linda Gardiner & Bill Nicolle 2. Ann Nelson & Brian Kirkdale 3. Mary Teviot & Richard Hopperton 4. Bob & Sue Best

WEALD BRIDGE CLUB - results for Friday 16 January 2015:-

1st Graham & Ray Medhurst

2nd Paul Smith & Sue Cottrell

3rd David & Moya Mann

4th Lorna Mence & Elena Kelly

Burgess Hill Bridge Club

17 Jan

1. Margaret Drake & Richard Hopperton

2. Bernard & Elena Kelly

3. Anne Nelson & Paul Smith

4. Christine Backholer & Lee Reeve

Pet detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

A Very friendly ferret has been found Details below

FOUND Very friendly ferret in Franklands Village

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. Micro chipped. Missing from Franklands Village

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

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

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