Village News - January 29

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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 February at WHYDOWN on the Bolney Road, 2.30 to 4pm. The cost is £1 per person which includes a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Please note the change of venue for this month’s meeting, any queries please ring Maureen on 413061. Everyone is welcome.

ANSTY LADIES STOOLBALL TEAM is eagerly awaiting the start of the season in May, but before then there are a couple of meetings of the Sussex County Stoolball Association and the Central Sussex Stoolball Division which need representatives from the team to attend, any offers would be welcome, please contact Sarah at If anyone is interested in joining the team, you would be very welcome, again, please contact Sarah.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800


HALF MOON – Congratulations to Micki and her team at the Half Moon who have been awarded “the best pub of the year in Mid Sussex” by the Mid Sussex Times. The stylish trophy and certificate were presented on Tuesday 20 January by the Chair of Balcombe Parish Council, Alison Stevenson.

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 GARDENERS’ ASSOCIATION - Please be advised that our AGM will now take place on Friday 27 February at 8.00 pm in Bramble Hall which is a change from the date published in the year book.

BALCOMBE SCHOOL PTA’s Curry & Quiz night tickets are on sale now from Ros Thompson on 811339. This popular event takes place on Friday 6 February at 7.30 pm in the School Hall.

There will be a SILENT AUCTION in St. Mary’s raising money for the church refurbishment on Saturday 7 February. VIEWINGS and BIDS between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm with Light Refreshments. Please bring Items / Promises to the Church on

Friday 6 February between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm or by alternative arrangement - contact The Rectory on 01444 811249. We would be grateful for any quality items in respectable condition and in good working order, of any value, as well as offers of Promises that you would like to donate to help raise funds for the refurbishment of our Parish Church.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH Sunday 1 February 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Family Service


Judith Woodland

Tel: 01444 881640


The building of the new Rawson Hall is well under way, with the roof having been completed this week. The job of Hall Manager is being advertised. If you are interested in finding out more about this position, contact Jim Lorimer at or telephone 01444881605.

Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society

Open Meeting in the Cyprus Hall. Wednesday 4th February, 7:45pm. ‘Life Above a Railway Tunnel’, speaker, David Porter. David lives in the cottage built above the entrance to Clayton Tunnel. People of an unkind persuasion refer to it as ‘Anorak Cottage’. David will talk about the people associated with the railway; the engineers, the navvies, the passengers - and the ghosts they’ve allegedly left behind. Also, how to garden in challenging conditions and how to furnish octagonal-shaped rooms! Admission: £1. Enquiries: 01444 245509


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


JUMBLE SALE is on Saturday (January 31) at 11am at the village hall. It is being organised by Chailey and Newick Brownies and if you have any jumble it will be much appreciated. Please deliver jumble to the hall during the morning from 9am and do go along at 11am and see if you can pick up a bargain and help the Brownies raise much needed funds.

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. There will be a Pete’s Pantry after the service and contributions would be most welcome whether it is food, sweets, produce, crafts or gifts.

FREE CHURCH services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Clive Langstone, from the Slavic Gospel Association, and at 6.30pm with Simon Allaby. Also on Thursdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

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

WOMENS INSTITUTE meet at the village hall on Tuesday February 3 at 7.45pm; the speaker will be Colin Snook on ’Inspired Granddad Tramps Around Great Britain’. Colin was moved by meeting a teenager, dying from Battens disease, to undertake a monumental 347-day, 4,000 mile walk around the coastline of Britain to raise money for the charity Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases. His epic journey at the age of 72 netted £30,000 for the charity; since then he has been boosting his fundraising still further with the proceeds of his book, ‘Oh, Get on With it!’, which describes his great adventure. The basic premise of his walk was to raise funds whilst seeing magnificent coastline and meeting wonderful people and neither let him down. To learn more about his adventure do go along to the meeting; 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 February 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.

MOBILE LIBRARY The County Mobile Library will no longer stop at Mill Lane; its only stop being Markstakes Corner, South Chailey (once every three weeks). The next visit is Wednesday February 4, from 2.40pm to 3.10pm.

AFTERNOON TEA AND SPEAKERS Entry is free on Saturday February 7 at the village hall and the event is open to everyone. Do go along and meet members of the Horticultural Society committee and other horticultural enthusiasts from 2.30pm to 5pm and enjoy the Society’s homemade refreshments.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Friends of St Peter’s Church, for organising an extremely successful quiz night and raising £902. Thanks also go to Katherine and Andy at the Five Bells for hosting the evening. A great time was had and there was also the chance to be seated on the reconfigured Church pew, purchased by The Five Bells. The Friends next event is a Valentine Race night at the village hall on Saturday February14. Tickets are available from Teresa Wenban (on 01825 722586) and cost £10 to include a meal. A bar will be available.

VITALITY BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON is on Sunday February 22 and Chailey Heritage Foundation has three places left to allocate in this special event. The registration fee is £30 and the minimum sponsorship target is £250.We have one volunteer already. If you would like to take part and raise funds for the Foundation please email or call 01825 724752.

KITE MAKING WORKSHOPS take place on Monday February 16 to Friday February 20 from 11am to 12.30pm at Sheffield Park. Younger visitors can join in and make their own paper kite ready to fly out on the parkland and so tick off number 7 on their 50 Things list. The cost is £2.50 per child, which includes all materials.

BREATHING CORPSES BY LAURA WADE is being performed by STAB productions, an independent theatre company, at The Hub, Central Sussex College, Haywards Heath, on Friday and Saturday February 27 and 28. For further information and to book tickets (at £10 each £8 for students) please visit their website


Diana Mackenzie


The Christmas Tree Festival held in Holy Trinity Church before Christmas was enjoyed by many local residents and visitors alike. This year’s festival raised £5,200 for the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance.

The Free Lunchtime Concerts in Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield are to continue in 2015. The first concert in the new year will be on Friday, 6th February from 1.00pm. The young and local rising star, Becky Milford will be performing. The concert on 6th March will welcome back Nick and Ruth Wetherall for a recital of oboe and piano music. Soup will be served from 12.30 and a collection will be taken at the end to cover musicians’ costs and the reordering project.

Coffee Mornings at the Baptist Chapel will recommence at 10am on Friday, 30th January and continue on the last Friday in each month thereafter.


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236

Ditchling Morris and Mummers - have donated about £2500 this Christmas, excluding Gift Aid to the St Peter & St James Hospice.

Ditchliing Book Lovers’ Supper Club- Wednesday 28 January 2015, 6:45 pm at Mr Magnolia’s, 1 High Street, Ditchling

Ceilidh - with Unreel Ceilidh Band - Saturday 31 January 2015, 7:30 pm in Ditchling Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ditchling, East Sussex

Ditchling Film Society - OnThursday,5 February 2015 the society will be showing TheWindRises. “Aeroplanes are beautiful dreams” so muses budding aircraft designer, Jiro Horikoshi, at the beginning of this fascinating animated biopic. The film was inspired by the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the pre-war and wartime aeronautical designer, who built the murderous Mitsubishi A5M and A6M Zero fighter planes. Although a “work of complete fiction”, it plays out over a troubled historical canvas encompassing the great Kanto earthquake of 1923, years of depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and the descent into war – all of which create what Miyazaki calls “a sense of stagnation more intense than the one hanging over Japan today”. This animated film is a conflicting masterpiece about conflict and was the director’s final feature.Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 2014 126 mins. PG Cert.The films will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. Our films start at 8.00pm. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and wine can be purchased by the glass. There is ample free parking behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for a small charge


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638


It would appear that life in the village has slowed down in the cold weather as not much seems to be happening – if you know otherwise, do let me know!

Having said that, don’t forget the Parish Council meeting this evening from 7.30 pm in the Pavilion. This will be followed by the meeting of the Planning Committee, another meeting that is open to all. And on Monday, 2 February, the Neighbourhood Planning Committee meets, also in the Pavilion from 7.30 pm.

I have mentioned the Mobile Library in the past but not for a while now but it is still visiting the village on every other Thursday morning, the next visit being on 5 February from 10.05 until 10.50 am. You can find the van in the Red Lion car park and if the book you are looking for isn’t there, I’m sure if you ask, the librarian will be able to order it for you in time for the next visit which will be on 19 February. If you would like to make a note of the March dates, they are also on the 5th and 19th; the dates for the remainder of the year have yet to be announced but as soon as I am aware of them, I will mention them here; alternatively, the schedule can usually be found on the Parish Notice Board outside the Spar Shop on the High Street.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136


Blood Donor Session – Save a life and give blood at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road on Friday 30th January from 2.00pm – 4.30pm & 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Hassocks Parish Council – Have your say on any potential development in Hassocks by attending the 2nd stage of the Neighbourhood Plan Consultation at Downlands Community School, Dale Avenue on Friday – 7.15pm for 7.30pm to 9.30pm – or Saturday, 10.15am for 10.30am to 12.30pm.

There’s a Table Top Sale at the Hassocks Hotel, Station Approach East on Saturday from 9.00am to 12.00 noon, raising funds for Harmanli Camp School for Syrian Refugees. Pop along and see if you can pick up a bargain or 2.

The Folk Club meet on Monday 2nd February from 8.00pm to 10.00pm in the United Reformed Church Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks. Contact Janet on 01273 843399 for further details or just go along. No partner is needed.

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. You will have by now received your leaflet about the up coming referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan, as well as your polling card. Do take the time to look at the leaflet as there are far reaching implications for the village. It is not an opportunity by voting NO to challenge decisions about the building of the new housing estates, even if you oppose them, as planning for them has been agreed. That boat has sailed. However it is genuinely a chance for all of us to influence the rest of the future of Hurst, which is important as we live here and enjoy it as it is, and would wish to preserve as far as possible its unique character. Bear in mind that without this plan in place, the Parish Council loses the chance to have influence over future developments. Would another plan be better? The Parish Council believes it is the best available they could construct, between planning for imposed future growth and conservation. If they had to make another one it would take time to put together and in the meantime an open door is created for developers, unhindered by this “safety net” of a plan.

HURSTPIERPOINT HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY holds its first meeting of the year on Friday 30th January with a talk entitled Life above a Railway Tunnel. The speaker is David Porter, a resident of the house above Clayton Tunnel, which is certainly a unique place to live and a most interesting experience. At the Guide Hall, next to the car park in Trinity Road, at 8pm, open to non members as well on admission of £3.

BLOOD DONOR SESSION Safe a life, give blood on Friday 30th January at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks. Sessions 2pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm. Only 4% of adults are currently donors and each donation can help up to 3 people. Stocks are low at present after the festivities. See website Make an appointment by phone 0300 123 23 23, via the website or walk in.

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 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.

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

CAFE CHURCH at Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road on Sunday 1st February 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.

G&T@3: A traditional half-hour service at Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church also on Sunday 1st February from 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm, tea provided after the service with time to chat.

HURST AFTERNOON CLUB meets at the Village Centre on 3rd February at 2pm and is welcoming the Hurstpierpoint Scottish Country Dancing Club, demonstrating and perhaps giving members the chance to have a go. So appropriate a few days after Burns Night, and perhaps a kilt is optional wear! There are also regular Thursday walks organised by Geoff Farmer, phone 01273 835153 for more details. This is the new name of the Over 60s Club, with the wonderful actress Judy Parfitt as Patron. Everyone welcome, members and non-members alike.

THE MUSEUM AND HERITAGE GROUP present display is entitled The Games People Play. Before television and electronic games entertainment at home was by parlour, board games or family gatherings playing cards. Do pop in and have a look at the examples of some of the more popular ones, and for the slightly older residents, see how many you remember playing. In the Village Centre lobby by the library.

Tickets now on sale for THE LUNCHBOX, Thursday 12 February 8pm. Warm, affectionate and sweet but not cloying, the perfect Valentine movie ! Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker. (subtitles) Tickets £4/£6. All tickets available from Mishon Mackay, or online or 01273 835875

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


Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348


Why not pop along to the Village Hall on Friday morning between 10 and 11am and see what the Newick Country Market has to offer, and enjoy a natter and a cuppa.

St. Mary’s Church services this weekend are HOLY Communion at 8am followed with a Family Service at 10.30am. lifts are available must be booked in advance, please telephone 01 444482 272 .

Dates for your February diary;

Newick Afternoon Club will be meeting on Thursday 12th February in the Community Centre at 2.30pm, the speaker will be Ian Reekie his subject being Kenya Challenge.

Also on the 12th NEWICK HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY will be holding their first 2015 meeting in the Village Hall from 8pm, the speaker will be Mark Saunders his subject is” ANNUALS BUT NOT BEDDING”, if you would like your garden to be really beautiful this year, maybe you should attend this meeting.

Newick WI will be meeting on Thursday 19th February, in the Community Centre at 7.45pm., their speaker is June Felstead from the ALSAR SEARCH DOG TEAM.

Coffee morning on February 21st at 10 am in the Community Centre, IN AID OF CAMP JABEZ

NEWICK CINEMA’S next film show will be on SUNDAY 22nd February the film being THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY. in the Village Hall from 7.30pm.

Further details later.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


YOUTH GROUP meet at the sports pavilion this evening (tomorrow night) between 7pm to 9pm. All 11 to 15 year olds from Plumpton and East Chiltington will be made most welcome. To find out more 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.

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

WALK organised by the Footpath Society takes place on Sunday (February 1). The route will be 3.5 miles; starting at 2pm at the car park of The Sloop, Scaynes Hill. Everyone is welcome to join in the walk. For more details call Jo Taylor on 01273890450.

FURTHER CHANGES TO MOBILE LIBRARY East Sussex County Council have made timetable changes to the mobile library service in Plumpton. The Mobile Library will now only stop at the village hall car park once every three weeks between 1.45pm and 2.15pm. The next visit is Wednesday February 4.

WALK on Wednesday February 4 includes Streat, Middleton, Underhill Lane, Whitehorse Ditchling and The Ridge and starts at 10.30am at Plumpton Racecourse (south 361 154). The Footpath Society welcomes new members to their group; for more details call Jo Taylor on 01273 890450.

SPRING INFORMATION EVENT This informal event takes place at Plumpton College on Saturday February 7 from 9am to12.30pm. It is for those still at school or home educated and is a chance to meet tutors and discuss career and course options. Pupils, parents and carers can explore with teaching staff the options and range of vocational courses at the 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

PLUMPTON RACECOURSE Racing takes place on Monday February 9. The gates will open at midday, with the first race at 2.20pm

THANKS go to everyone who helped make Plumpton Pantomime Society’s production of ‘Adventure in Pantoland’ such a success. To put on just one pantomime is a challenge in terms of costume changes, sets and songs. This being the Society’s fortieth anniversary the challenge was six pantomimes in one evening and what a journey it was. We started in The Land of Make Believe where Fairy Honeysuckle, played by Nancy Doyle, introduced us to the stories that lay ahead. So the adventure began as the audience was whizzed through scenes from pantomime favourites Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and finally Cinderella with much laughter on the way. Particular thanks must go to the producer, Dave Denny, the scenery designer, Terry Tompsett, and the wardrobe coordinator Jo Saunders; as there were so many changes with there being twelve scenes. Also to the principal cast members Hannah Kirby as the boy, Annabel Saunders as the girl and Charlie Wycherley as the dame. There is not room here to mention everyone involved as there was a huge cast and backstage crew, more than 90 members of the Society are mentioned in the programme and that doesn’t include all those who helped with the bar and refreshments. Everyone involved deserves thanks for all they did to give the audience such a memorable evening but I make no apologies for giving a special mention to the director Duncan Taylor-Jones whose enthusiasm for pantomime is incredible. Duncan with Kate Taylor (his sister-in-law) choreographed all bar one of the dance routines, and he performed (as the fool) and his stage presence, singing and comedic performance were as usual exceptional.

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.

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:-

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.


Katharine Sowdon


St Mark’s Church: Sunday 1st February 9:00 am Holy Communion 1662. Please also join us as we give thanks for Michael and Angela Pearson’s Ministry amongst us in their final “final duty” Sunday with us. They have been a great blessing and encouragement. After the service there will be refreshments and an opportunity to thank him and Angela for all they have given Staplefield over the last 10 years. We all wish them a very happy retirement.

Staplefield Women’s Group - Thursday 5th February. Being Russian with Yulia Baynham. 7:45 pm Village Hall. Guests Welcome. £3.00 including refreshments.

Village Lunches for 2015: Thursday 5th March, 20th April & 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


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.

YOUR LOCAL FILM SHOW 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”.

A FASCINATING EVENING RE WIVELSFIELD’S HISTORY 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.

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 OLD TIME MUSIC Hall style entertainment on Saturday 7th March. This year with new acts and people and things you have never before seen on the Village Hall stage !! Book the date. Watch this space for more detail.

VALENTINES 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. 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.

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.

CHURCH HALL REFURBISHMENT NEWS -- the latest chapter. 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.

FITNESS INTO 2015 -- HAVE YOU PROMISED YOURSELF ?? Perhaps begin to plan to exercise -- after all the seasonal food !!! 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

Bridge club news

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday January 23, 2015

Monday evening

1st Ian Lancaster & Philip Hunt

2nd Graham Hedley & Berry Hedley

3rd=Chris Jago & David Spencer

3rd=Liz Hoskins & Liz Lancaster

Tuesday evening

NS 1st Neil Watts & Nigel Urban

2nd Linda Gardiner & Heather Barker

3rd Christine Jepson & David Clifton

EW 1st Matthew Read & Richard Fedrick

2nd Ian Sanderson & Brian Kirkdale

3rd Geoff Jewson & Jo Jewson

Wednesday evening

1st Chris Jago & Jeff Callaghan

2nd Neil Watts & Philip Hunt

3rd John Jackson & Leon Northeast

Thursday afternoon

1st David Spencer & Heather Barker

2nd David Shore & Bridget Keates

3rd Neil Watts & Frances Wallace

Thursday evening

NS 1st Moya Carrington & Liz Dewar

2nd Suzanne McKenzie & Malcolm McKenzie

3rd Derek Carr-Hill & Barbara Carr-Hill

EW 1st Sally Mead & Carole Wickham

2nd Michael Clarke & Alan Clifford

3rd Sue Cutler & Brian Cutler

WEALD BRIDGE CLUB - results for Friday 23 January 2015:-

1st Graham & Ray Medhurst

2nd Chris & Suzanna Gray

3rd Lorna Mence & David Mann

4th Paul Smith & Christina Withnell

5th Richard Hopperton & Sue Cottrell

Burgess Hill Bridge Club 24 January

1. Bernard & Elena Kelly

2. Christina Backholer & Lee Reeve

3 =Val Allen & Lorna Mence

=Richard Hopperton & Mary Teviot

Pet detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

Is this cat a stray? Very skittish believed young tortorshell cat. May have just moved into the area in Hassocks Village

FOUND Very skittish young tortorshell cat in Hassocks 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


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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