Village News - January gggg15

Readers' news
Readers' news

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


BOARD & CARD GAMES CLUB will be meeting today (Thursday 15 January), please ring Maureen on 413061 for the venue.

ANSTY VILLAGE HALL TRUST will be holding their AGM at the Village Hall on Tuesday 27th January at 8pm. Wine and nibbles will be served after the meeting which will also include the draw for the 200 Club, the 200 Club supports the Rebuild Fund. Everyone is welcome.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800


WI – I was privileged to be a part of the WI Centenary celebrations in the Victory Hall on Tuesday 6 January. In a fitting setting under the Lytton murals featuring Lady Denman, the first President of the WI, nearly 60 ladies waited with anticipation for the Centenary Baton to arrive from East Sussex. The brightly lit Hall with its yellow table cloths, yellow and blue flower arrangements and rows of pristine tea cups and saucers laid out so neatly could have been from a different age but one of the organisers with her tablet device brought you firmly into the 21 century. This was the message delivered by the speakers too: the WI is still inspiring women, promoting education, fun and friendship. As we waited, the Master of Ceremonies, Sue Emery, invited us to sit and there was the gentle hubbub of conversation as old and new friends shared laughter and smiles. Joan Dutton had put together an exhibition of the history of the WI on one side of the room and on the other a magnificent cake echoed the message that the WI had been inspiring women for 100 years. As the vagaries of a wet January day delayed the ladies from East Sussex when the baton did arrive there was a triumphant “It’s here” from the top table. Helen Sweetman the Balcombe President welcomed all, and there followed a rousing rendition of Jerusalem with Jacqueline Wiginton accompanying on the piano. It was then time to enjoy a tasty lunch of soup and sandwiches provided by Balcombe Tea Rooms. All the ladies had an opportunity to touch the baton which had been made by the same company which produced batons for relay races, including the 2012 Olympic events. Inside the baton, which had started its journey from Anglesey in January 2014, there was a memory stick with photos from each federation. Speeches from the County Chairman , June Moran, and the National Chairman Janice Langley followed.

BALCOMBE CLUB – Subscriptions are now due, £20 for adults and £10 for 15 – 17 year olds and Old Age Pensioners. Thank you to the Club for a superb New Year’s Eve Party with the fabulous Blunter Brothers. The next events at the Club are the Steve Crane evening on Saturday 17 January at 7.30 pm, Michelin-starred cuisine on your doorstep with tickets priced at £37.50. Steve is Head Chef at Ockenden Manor and donates his time to the Club twice a year; all profits go to the Club. There is also the Jazz & Easy Listening afternoon on Sunday 18 January (the third Sunday of each month) with their first female input from the Sara Oschlag Trio. Renowned Jazz guitarist Jim Mullen has said of Danish born Sara: “She displays a maturity beyond her years in her song selection as well as her interpretation and whether swinging hard or caressing a ballad, Sara takes the listener on a journey, breathing new life into the old standards.”

PARISH ROOM - The Balcombe Parish Room Maintenance Committee cordially invite any Balcombe residents who may have an interest to their AGM which will be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 20 January 2015 at the Parish Room. Like several “institutions” within our very active village, we would welcome anyone who wants to give some time by volunteering to help run this much loved asset at the heart of our village.

CINEMA - the next film to be screened at the Victory Hall on Friday 16 January at 7.30 pm will be the hit comedy drama from the writers of BBC’s “Outnumbered” - “What we did on our holidays” (`12A). The film stars Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, and Billy Connolly. The running time will be 95 minutes, with an interval for refreshments mid-way through. Tickets for this film will be £6.00.

PARISH MAGAZINE COPY for February is due in Thursday 15 January.

BALCOMBE HISTORY SOCIETY meet on Wednesday 21 January at 8.00 pm in the Victory Hall when Mike Anderson will be talking about : ‘London’s lost route to the sea - the history and restoration of the Wey and Arun Canal’

BALCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL meet on Wednesday 21 January at 8.00 pm in Bramble Hall.

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.

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


Sunday 18 January 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist

Wednesday 21 January 2.00 pm Play & Praise in St. Mary’s


Judith Woodland

Tel: 01444 881640


At the beginning of the new year

Welcome to all new families in the village. If you have not yet received a copy of the Parish Magazine, which is produced monthly, through your letter box, this can be obtained at the Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene. The Magazine has a parish directory listing all the societies etc. in the village and their contact names and telephone numbers, if you are interested in joining in and meeting new friends and neighbours. There are also various notice boards around the village advertising village functions, as well as the Bolney Website.

New Rawson Hall, Batchelors Field. This project is still progressing well and hopefully still on target to be completed by the end of March 2015. Several events are in the process of being organised in celebration of the opening of the long awaited new Rawson Hall and fundraising continues.

There is still a mobile library that visits Drovers, The Street on alternative Fridays, from 9.30am - 10.15am. Dates are listed on the Parish Council Notice Board on the wall near the junction of The Street and Ryecroft Road. Also on this Notice Board is the list of Parish Council Meetings held on the second Tuesday in the month, and the Agendas.

The Post Office which is now situated at Bookers Vineyard, Foxhole Lane, is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am - 2pm.

There are several bus services serving the village which go to Haywards Heath, Horsham, Crawley and Brighton (timetables posted at the various bus stops in The Street and on the old A23 at end of Ryecroft Road).

Handcross Community bus also serves the village running to Horsham on Wednesdays.

2015 in Bolney is going to be a busy year and please watch this column for regular news and events taking place in the village during the year, and if you would like items included in this column please contact 01444 881640 or email: Items need to be with your correspondent on the Thursday prior to publication on the following Thursday.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


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

FREE CHURCH, SOUTH CHAILEY, services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Peter Markby and a Café Church at 4.30pm. The afternoon service will be a ‘talk with a thought’ which will be followed by afternoon tea for which there is no charge.

NO TRAINS will run due to engineering work at the Bluebell Railway during the weekends of January 17 and 18 and January 24 and 25.

RSPB BIG GARDEN BIRD WATCH Go along to Sheffield Park as part of the RSPB bird watch from Monday January 19 to Sunday January 25. Bring younger visitors along to the garden and pick up a pack and see how many birds they can spot whilst ticking off number 44 on their 50 Things list. For more information call 01825 790231

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday January 20 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

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 Tuesday January 20 at 7.30pm. Go along with your current project or if you are just learning wool, needles and tips will be available on the night. For more details call 01273 890114.

GRANDPARENTS TODDLER GROUP meets on Wednesday January 21 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.

EXHIBITION is planned by Highways for Thursday, January 22, to show their design for the footpath which will run on Chailey Common from the New Heritage to the junction with the A275. It is hoped that the exhibition will be held at the Old Chapel Community Centre, New Heritage, but confirmation notices will be posted on the Council’s notice boards and on its website

OPEN DAY at St Peter’s Church on January 24 from 10am to 4pm with the aim of highlighting the alterations to the interior of the church, especially the new kitchen. There will be refreshments and entertainment throughout the day. It will also be an opportunity for people to learn about events planned for 2015, as well as put forward your own ideas.

NEW from Sunday January 25 the Revd John Miller-Maskell will be holding healing services at St Peters Church on the fourth Sunday of every month at 7pm.

OUR LOCAL POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER Steve Knowles will be at Chailey Children’s Centre on Monday January 26 from 10am to 10.30am at to answer your queries, offer community policing related information and advice or simply chat. Why not pop along and say hello?

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

CAN YOU HELP? The Bluebell Railway would like more clerical support in their Operations Department and applications are invited from anyone able to assist with a variety of paperwork tasks, including writing and distributing notices and memoranda. There are no fixed hours and much of the work could be conducted at home. The ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel is essential. To apply or find out more contact the Operations Director at attaching a short CV indicating your relevant experience.

REGULAR VOLUNTEER GROUP, organised by the Commons Society, takes place at Markstakes Common on Mondays at 9.30am. Do go along if you feel that this activity would be of interest or for further information visit or call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

SCARECROW HUNT IN AND AROUND NORTH CHAILEY is a fundraising idea suggested by a parent of a child at Chailey Heritage School. Chailey Heritage Foundation are always looking for innovative ideas to raise much needed funds and wonder whether there are any local residents, groups, organisations and/or businesses who would be interested in working with them to explore the idea of a Scarecrow Hunt further. Would you or your group be interested in submitting a scarecrow for the event? Do you know any interesting/unusual places they could position a scarecrow? Interest from the local community would be much appreciated and it is asked that you send your views/suggestions on the idea of a Scarecrow Hunt to or 01825 724444 ext 718.


Diana Mackenzie


Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal: Peter Negus, the Poppy Appeal Organiser for Cuckfield, advises that the total amount raised in Cuckfield in 2014 was £7777.29, This is a substantial contribution to the Appeal and will enable the Royal British Legion to continue its work of providing financial, social and emotional support to past and current members of our Armed Forces and their dependents. Thanks are due to all who contributed, the volunteer collectors and all the shops and other organisations that kindly agreed to display poppy boxes, without whose support the Appeal would not have been so successful. Special thanks are due to the Ardingly Choral Society for their donation following their Remembrance Concert. If you would like to support the Royal British Legion by becoming a member or assist as a collector for the Poppy Appeal this year, please contact Peter Negus on 01444 457740.

Cuckfield branch of the NSPCC will be holding their popular annual quiz on Friday 30 January at 7.30pm in The Queens Hall, Cuckfield. Teams of 6 people. Tickets, available from Wealden Stores, Whitemans Green, are £12 per person to include a hot supper and choice of delicious puds. Bar and raffle. For further information 01444-459579. Tickets go quickly so do put the date in your diary.

Cuckfield Evening W.I recently enjoyed an entertaining Christmas party together with other local W.I.s. Entertainment was given by David Spear and No Strings Attached. Guests enjoyed a homemade seasonal supper. The Christmas cake, made by Anne Upton rounded off the meal deliciously .The Dorothy Upton Cup, presented to the member winning the greatest number of cumulative points for competitions throughout the year, was won by Evelyn Stenning. The next meeting will be on January 20th in the Old School at 7:45pm.The talk will be entitled, “Recycle, renew.” Further details can be obtained from the Secretary on 01444 455939.

The Cuckfield Dramatic Society will be presenting February Frolics 2015 Friday27th and Saturday 28th February. This will follow the successful format with a meal separating a comic short play and a selection of sketches. After last show sold out we are performing on both Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February this year. Food is included, tickets being £12 on Friday and £15 on Saturday (with a more substantial meal). Tickets will go on sale soon... for details and availability please watch the CDS Web Site, Twitter and Facebook. The Frolics are (as ever) an ideal opportunity for new or returning actors to try out their skills, or for other members of other societies to make a guest appearance! The theme of this year’s show is Clubs, with a wide range of social organisations represented from Brownies to Bookclubs. We are also hoping to have a short reprise of some of the characters from Rebecca Bond’s very well received short play “Agony and the Avuncular” which we presented last year.


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236

Ditchling Film Society -We shall be showing two films in February with the first one on Thursday, 5 February 2015 entitled The Wind Rises. “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, which is a rich treat for the eye and soul alike, 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 the sum of £5.00 payable at the door.

DITCHLING WI - For the January meeting we had a very interesting talk on ’33, Palmeira Mansions’ given by Jackie Marsh-Hobbs. She studied this building for her dissertation, while at University and illustrated her talk with interesting photos, both old and current. It is possible for the public to visit this Grade 2* listed building on certain days and private tours are also available. At present it is a language school. However, it was built in 1884 and bought in 1889, by Arthur William Mason, who being a very wealthy man, transformed the inside, creating opulence and grandeur then continued living there upgrading as necessary until he died aged 80yrs. Most of this splendour still remains.The flower of the month was won by Briony CoomberThe next meeting is at 2.15 pm (new time) on Thursday 5th February, when David Porter talks on ‘Life above a railway tunnel’. Visitors are welcome

War Memorial -The Royal British Legion Ditchling and District Branch hopes that everyone has noticed how splendid the War Memorial has looked during this year’speriod of Remembrance now that the lighting has been repaired and updated. The War Memorial will now be lit on the 11th day of each month to commemorate WWI until November 2018. This will be in addition to the usual periods of Remembrance each November. RBL Ditchling and District Branch have worked very hard to have the War Memorial lit up again for the benefit of the Village and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings - The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday January 20th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am. It is sponsored by Ditchling Museum Friends Association. Dates for coffee mornings in future months are shown below

February 17th Ditchling Downs WI March 17th

PTA April 21st Ditchling Players

May 19th Morris Dancers

June 16th Horticultural Society

July 21stDitchling Society


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638


There was a meeting of the Neighbour Planning Committee on Monday, 5 January which, unsurprisingly, wasn’t particularly well attended by members of the parish, with it being so close to the holidays and being the first day back at work for many. However, I feel it safe to say that whilst it may appear that nothing much is happening, the wheels are still moving! There have been meetings with Mid Sussex District Council which have provided positive feedback on the work to date as well as constructive comments on the way forward. If you have been going to the Parish Council’s website ( and followed the links to the Neighbourhood Plan site only to be disappointed, it was explained that there have been problems with the website and it is hoped that these will be resolved by the time you read this. If you would like to find out for yourself how the Plan is progressing, the next meeting is scheduled for Monday, 2 February 2015 from 7.30 pm in the Pavilion; please do go along and support all those members of the public from the four villages that make up the parish. They are giving up a fair bit of their own time to try and protect the parish as a whole from overdevelopment whilst at the same time, ensuring positive growth of businesses and I know they would really appreciate a show of support for the work to date.

If you have been thinking about spring and getting out into the garden again, you might be interested in this month’s Community Bus outing on Tuesday, 20th which is going to the South Downs Garden Centre in Hassocks – an ideal place to start thinking about what plants you can put in now! The fare is only £6 and the Bus will leave Nymans at 11.30 am, returning approximately four hours later. If you are not particularly interested in gardening, the visit to Hollingbury Retail Park may pique your interest! If so, please contact Christina on 400212 or call in to see her in the Hardware Shop.

I believe I mentioned last year that a tour of Wimbledon Tennis venue is planned for March as well as a trip to Brooklands Motor and Aircraft Museum in Weybridge in May. Due to the very nature of these venues, any trips need to be planned and booked well in advance; therefore, if either of these trips are of interest, I would strongly recommend that you register your interest now to avoid missing out. To do so, you will need to call Sarah on 01444 881633 sooner rather than later, certainly before the end of the month to book your place. The cost and timings for the Wimbledon Tour have yet to be determined (I think this may well depend on the numbers going) but the fare to Brooklands is £10 with entrance for seniors/students being £10; the Bus will be departing for Weybridge at 9 am. As always, if you would like further information on any of the Community Bus outings, or the Bus’ regular scheduled timetable, details can be found at the Hardware Shop or speak to Christina.

I have recently seen the latest Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin from our PCSO, Jayne Milne; whilst there was little reported crime last month, it would appear that there are still email and telephone scams being reported, mainly involving calls allegedly from Microsoft to say there is a problem with your computer; or you may receive an email from a friend saying they have been robbed whilst on holiday and asking for financial help to get them home. If you do experience either of these, do NOT give out any personal information or part with any money; contact Action Fraud on either 0300 123 2040 or visit and report it that way. I’m sure if any of your friends were in trouble whilst on holiday, you would be contacted by telephone rather than by email.

The WI@Handcross will be meeting in the Parish Hall from this month going forward in order to show their support for the Hall in these uncertain times. The meeting this month will be on Tuesday, 20th from 7.30 pm and their speaker will be Diane Cole, speaking on ‘Dementia Awareness’, something that is affecting more and more families in so many ways. The meeting is open to all, members and non-members; you never know, you may be tempted to join! If you would like more information, please contact

The Rosemary Club has their first meeting of the year on Wednesday next week when they will be entertained by In Choir. The meeting is from 2 for 2.30 pm in the Parish Hall and is open to all. It is also the meeting when subscriptions are paid – only £10 for a full year which will entitle you to various events and outing during the course of the year. If you would like to know more before the meeting on the 21st, Joan Cheesman is the lady to call on 01293 525890.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136


This month’s walk, organised by Hassocks WI, will be on Friday 16th January. Meet outside Southdowns Garden Centre, Brighton Road at 9.30am to catch the bus to Brighton for a walk by the sea. Coffee afterwards at The Pavilion and maybe a chance to watch the ice-skating. Sounds a great way to spend a January morning! Please contact Irene on 845801 if you would like more details.

Join the local group of the Mid Sussex Ramblers on Sunday 18th January for a 4 miles Winter Stroll from Hassocks. Meet at 10.30am in the Dale Avenue long stay car park.

The Hurst, Hassocks and Ditchling U3A will be meeting on Monday 19th January at The Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint. Today’s topic is The British Red Cross with Janet Chapman.

The Folk Dance Club also meets on Monday 19th January from 8.00pm to 10.00pm in the United Reformed Church Hall, Keymer Road. Contact Janet on 01273 843399 for further details or just go along. No partner is needed.

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

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


A VERY HAPPY New Year to all Hurst readers. I am starting the column with my best wishes to everyone for 2015, as my festive ones did not make it to publication. We have so many fun and interesting clubs and events taking place in the village, so why not try something new this year

DETAILS OF ALL AND OTHER EVENTS, and many that are forth coming can be found on the website at A possible good New Year’s resolution could be to look it up, so you can make a date in your diary of the things that appeal to you and not miss out.

THE COMMUNITY SHOP re-opens after a well-earned Christmas break this

Thursday 15th January, and are welcoming customers back with the famous annual ‘Every Thing Half Price’ sale, which has now started. Lasting a week, this is the time to pop in and seek out that unusual piece or practical item at unbeatable prices. Rosalind and her team would like to thank everyone for their support throughout last year and hope you continue to drop by this year, and pick up some more bargains. Money raised by the shop goes towards village projects, and last year included a donation of £3,000 for the Arts Festival.

WOLSTONBURY WI is meeting on Tuesday 20th January at 7.45pm at the Club Suite in the Village Centre to hear a talk by Robert Thrush on Life in the Trenches in World War 1. Visitors welcome. Contact Jane Biggs for more details on 01273 834421.

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 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.


COUNTRY MARKET reopens Thursday 15th January, ready to welcome back customers and stocked with all your favourites; home baking, jams, marmalades, chutney, fresh eggs, a few plants at present, weather permitting, and many craft items. At the King Edward Hall every week from 10 am to 11am, free entry and well priced refreshments available. The market is proud to announce that all of its producers of baked goods have been awarded the top 5 star rating after inspection by the County Food Standards Agency. Also this year the market will be celebrating its 50th Birthday. Not visited the market before? Very worth popping in just to see the display of tempting cakes for sale.

The Civic Amenity Freighters will be in the Tollgate Car Park on Sunday 18th January from 10 am until noon for the collection of household and garden waste. Please do not leave rubbish in the absence of the freighters

Lindfield Evening WI began the year with a thoughtful romp down memory lane at its January meeting. In his talk The hippy gets a bus pass, speaker Mark Perry Nash looked at social changes from the swinging sixties to today. From the unusual viewpoint of an English boy who did much of his growing up in the USA, Mark gave many examples of the “Americanisation” of the British way of life: TV, music and entertainment, the power of advertising, the proliferation of home appliances, new foods and different eating habits. Mark also identified a number of influences that went the other way, not least the musical invasions of the Beatles, the Stones and the Sex Pistols. It was a fond and entertaining piece with many tributes to the competence and adaptability of British and American women.2015 is the centenary of the WI. Many events are planned to celebrate the event and already a Centenary Baton is making its way around the country. Its arrival in West Sussex this month was marked by a reception at Balcombe Victory Hall on 6 January. The Victory Hall’s founder Lady Denman, who commissioned the astonishing war-memorial murals there, was the first National Chairman of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. The ceremony was therefore a very significant occasion. The present NFWI chairman, Janice Langley attended with many other WI officers and members including, of course, Lindfield Evening’s president. Every year WIs consider a “resolution” to be taken forward by the NFWI as the subject of campaigns. This year’s short-list includes planting trees, installing more defibrillators, curbing the use of antibiotics, ending FGM and reducing gender discrimination. Lindfield Evening members support all the proposals but voted for moves to improve long-term care of the elderly sick and for that to come under the auspices of health care rather than social care. Time will tell which resolution is most popular nationally and then all WIs will get behind the campaigns. Social events in January include supper at the Nizam tandoori and meetings for the Knitting Circle and Book Club 1. Book Club 2 members need more time to read Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and will meet in February! Lindfield Evening WI looks forward to a busy year ahead.

Lindfield & district residents invited to meet their Councillors and discuss local issues The residents of Lindfield and District are invited to join the Councillors at their local surgery on Saturday 17th January 2015 at King Edward Hall Lindfield at 11am. County Councillor Christine Field and District Councillors Margaret Hersey, Andrew Lea, Christopher Snowling and Christopher Hersey will be present to answer residents’ questions, hear their concerns and discuss local issues. All residents are invited to attend.


Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348


Newick Country Market will be open on Friday morning from 10 till 11am at the Village Hall, it’s a good idea to arrive early as many item sell out quickly.

Services at St. Mary’s Church this weekend are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am followed by Holy Communion (CW) Morning service at 10.30am, lifts are available if booked in advance please telephone 01 444 482 272. everyone welcome

This Saturday 17th the Newick Twinning Association will be holding A WINE and WISDOM Quiz in the Village Hall doors open at 7.30pm the quiz will commence at 8pm , teams of 8 people,tickets £9 per head, you can reserve a table by telephoning 01 825 724 223 . Quiz events are always very popular , so why not pop along ands see how many question you can answer.!!!

Headway Hurstwood Park are searching for new volunteers,, do you enjoy having a chat, and would you be able to spare a few hours in the morning.,they are looking for caring,friendly volunteers to welcome clients and visitors to their Newick Centre in Jackies Lane, you need NO experience, but would be willing to help brighten someone’s day, by having a chat with them, so would you be able to help, if yes please telephone 01 825 724 323,.

Newick Cinema will be showing the film WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY on Sunday 25th January in the Village Hall doors will be open from 7pm,tickets are £6 the film will commence at 7.30 pm, Rosamund Pike , David Tennant and Billy Connolly star in this family comedy., there will be an interval for refreshments, you can book in advance by emailing or telephone 01 825 723 392 .

The farmers have been very busy over the last few months cutting and trimming hedgerows, they all look neat and tidy, the birds and many other small creatures will benefit from this work in the Spring and Summer time, Thank you and well done.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


FROSTBITE TOURNAMENT, at Plumpton Tennis Club, on Sunday (January 18) at 9.45am for a 10am start. Format is partners and opponents change after each “set”. Non-members are welcome and entry costs £6 (with chilli on the menu for lunch). Food only at £3 for visitors. Please let Maria know at if you would like to play. Entries close tomorrow, Friday January 16, at 6pm.

NETWORK RAIL ESSENTIAL WORKS essential improvement works to the railway crossing will take place this weekend (January 16 to19) which will necessitate a road closure will be in place from Friday 16 January (10pm) to Monday January 19 (4am). The road closure is in place to facilitate stage 1 works as part of the level crossing renewal programme. Key works involve breaking out the tarmac from the crossing to allow for replacement of sections of the rail and road surface reinstatement. Safety is Network Rail’s number one priority and for this reason work of this type must be carried out while trains are not in operation. Under their licence conditions they are contractually obliged to work, whenever possible, on improvements during the night and at weekends. Please note that there will be a further road closure in September 2015, to complete the works. If you have any concerns visit or telephone the 24-Hour National Helpline on 08457 114141.

WALK everyone is invited to join in the Footpath Society walk which starts at the Laughing Fish Pub’s car park, Isfield, at 10.15am on Saturday (January 17). It will be a five mile circular walk to the east of Isfield via Little Horsted over the East Sussex National Golf Course. Lunch at the Laughing Fish afterwards is optional. For more details call Bernie Kempton on 01825 722649.

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

JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall on Saturday January 31 at 2pm and help would be much appreciated with this sale which is to raise funds towards the cost of upkeep and running of the Village Hall. The funds raised benefits all the societies that use the hall as hire charges are able to be kept lower. The success of the jumble sales, the last one made around £800, is largely due to the small, regular, group of volunteers who help prepare the hall, run the stalls and clear up afterwards and all those who kindly donate items for sale, tombola and raffle prizes. If your society holds jumble sales then you know how much work the regular volunteer helpers put into the day. Perhaps you could encourage a couple of your members to help out at Village Hall jumble sales as more volunteers are always needed to assist on the day. If you can spare an hour or more on Saturday January 31 please contact Karen Beard on 01273 890826 as your help would be much appreciated.

CURRY AND QUIZ NIGHT Ladybirds & Honeybees Quiz Night is at the village hall on Saturday February 7. 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 email

THANK YOU from Plumpton Support Group of St Peter and St James Hospice to everyone who helped raise money for this most worthwhile cause during 2014; with your help the Support Group raised £9776.54. The Group is now arranging events for this year, and their events often include a raffle or tombola. If you received any gifts at Christmas that were surplus to requirements which the Group could use as raffle or tombola prizes they would be pleased to receive them. To make arrangements for delivery or collection do call Sue on 01273 891701 or Gill on 01273 891218.

Scaynes Hill

Sue Morton

Tel: 01444 831027


Happy New Year to everyone in Scaynes Hill. It was certainly a better Christmas than last year, at least we had power! Let us hope that is a good omen for 2015.

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. It’s nice to know that life still goes on after Christmas. 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.

Macbeth There will be an exciting reworking of this classic tale at the Millennium Centre this Saturday 17 January at 7.30pm. The performance will be by the Passionate Pilgrim Theatre Company, a newly formed theatre group from West Sussex. This event is for over 11’s only - No refunds will be issued for under 11’s. The cost is £11.00 for adults and £6.00 for under 16’s.

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


Sunday 4th - 10am Sunday Club during service

Sunday 11th - 3.30pm Family Fun Church followed by a picnic tea

Sunday 18th - 10am All Age Communion (crèche available)

Sunday 25th - 10am Sunday Club during service

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

16th January - Competition time

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. On behalf of the club I would like to thank all the very generous people who donated prizes to our Christmas raffle, particularly The Kings Head (Chailey), Scaynes Hill Petrol Station, Fun Pots in Haywards Heath, Up Country, H.T Whites, Dransfields, Archies and Bliss in Haywards Heath. I apologise if I have missed anyone out.

Skittles For those not into Macbeth there is an alternative entertainment this Saturday at Scaynes Hill Club. Skittles will start at 8.00 pm. The cost is just £1.00 per person. Guests are welcome to go along but must be signed in by a member of 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

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. Registered Charity no. 1056114.

HISTORY INTO 2015 --- ELIZABETHAN SUSSEX is the Wivelsfield Historical Society presentation on Thursday 15th January at 8.00pm in Wivelsfield Village Hall. Helen Poole will speak on the reign of Elizabeth 1 which saw momentous events in religion, society, industry and foreign affairs. Sussex men and woman played their part, with iron masters and shipbuilders sharing with the public stage with Puritan vicars and Catholic martyrs. Many examples of their homes survive and the story is told through a lavishly illustrated talk. Wivelsfield Historical Society aims to increase research, discussions, talks, visits and walks to places of interest.

CAFE CHURCH on Sunday 18th January at 9.30am in Wivelsfield Village Hall. Join us for coffee and croissants from 9.00am.

THE OPENING FILM IN JANUARY from Wivelsfield Films is to be “WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY” (12A), on this coming Sunday the 18th January at 7.30pm, doors open and Bar from 7.00pm. It’s impossible not to enjoy this big-hearted and sweet-natured British family movie --- effectively a feature-format development of their smash-hit BBC TV comedy, Outnumbered, which pioneered semi-improvised dialogue from children. It creates a terrifically ambitious (and unexpected) narrative with a tonne of sharp gags. David Tennant and Rosamond Pike are Doug and Abi, the troubled parents of three boisterous kids : they’re heading up to Scotland for the 75th birthday of Doug’s unwell dad, Gordy (Billy Connolly), which means staying with Doug’s uptight brother, Gavin (Ben Miller), and his depressed wife, Margaret (an excellent Amelia Bullmore). This means maintaining all the secrets and lies of families, and Gordy finds the only people he really gets on with are Doug’s young children !! He respects their natural honesty and confided to them his hopes and fears. A smart script with laughs and subtleties : could there be a connection in Gordy’s mind between his own goal in football and the wartime friendly fire that caused a family tragedy ?? 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

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.

EXERCISE in January onwards -- 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! 8.20pm : Pilates - Intelligent exercise, profound results. One of the safest forms of exercise. Everyone from the complete exercise novice to the elite athlete should be doing PILATES !! PREBOOKING is essential. You will not get a place if you do not book. Please call or text Julie on 07971 128284 or

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

WIVELSFIELD YOUTH GROUP has an exciting schedule of activities that started on Tuesday 13th January and then goes through to the summer holiday. These activities include Face Painting, First Aid Instruction, Pancake making, Science Experiments, Treasure Hunt, Themed Sports, Water Fight and Hot Dogs. 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.

WIVELSFIELD CHURCH YOUTH CLUB for year 7 and above. New members are welcome. Meets every other Friday from 8.00 to 10.00pm. For more details please contact Annie Close on or Steve & Sue Onions on 01273 890254

WIVELSFIELD GREEN PLAYGROUP & PRE-SCHOOL Monday 9.00am to 12.45pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 9.00am to 12.45pm and 12.45 to 3.00pm and Friday from 9.00am to 12.45pm. 2 years to 5 years welcome. Spacious indoor and outdoor play areas in village location with maximum of 24 children per session. Qualified staff. Government Funding accepted. £18.75 per am session and £11.25 per pm session. Spaces available. Email : Telephone : Kay Waterman on 01444 471645 ( session times only)

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS All Parish Council meetings are open to members of the public and begin with an “open forum” session during which members of the Parish are welcome to ask questions or bring matters to the attention of the Council. Meetings are held at 8.00pm in the Renshaw Room at the far end of Wivelsfield Village Hall, unless otherwise stated on the agenda. Agendas are published in the week prior to the meeting and be found in the Parish. Council notice board (outside the Village Stores & Post Office) or at

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE Your Parish Council office is located adjacent to the Cock Inn, on North Common Road. it’s normally open from 9.00am to 3.00pm on Mondays and Thursdays. People are very welcome to call in to bring matters to the attention of the Council or to share their views on the future of the Village

LOCAL SUSSEX POLICE contact --- PCSO Edward Hall 07917 474106 or 08456 070

Bridge Club news

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday January 9, 2015

Monday evening Teams

1st Neil Watts & Nigel Urban

Andy Morris & Duncan Curtis

2nd Bill Nicolle & Linda Gardiner

Rob Harris & Chris Jago

3rd Berry Hedley & Graham Hedley

Norman Hardy & Peter Griffin

Tuesday evening

NS 1st Mick Carrington & Martin Pool

2nd Bill Nicolle & Linda Gardiner

3rd Lindsay Geddes & Liz Lancaster

EW 1st Peter Griffin & Toby Musk

2nd Colette Collins & Margaret Wearing

3rd Hazel Beveridge & David Williams

Wednesday evening

1st Ian Watt & David Lock

2nd Shirley Robinson & Margaret Drake

3rd Neil Watts & Philip Hunt

Thursday afternoon

1st Fran Thornton & Jean Smallwood

2nd Robert Hirst & Colette Collins

3rd David Spencer & Chris Jago

Thursday evening

1st Valerie Austin & Caroline Exall

2nd Carole Wickham & Sally Mead

3rd Derek Carr-Hill & Stephen Hamilton-Bergin

Burgess Hill Bridge Club

10 January

1. Richard Hopperton & Mary Teviot

2. Bernard & Elena Kelly

3. Mary Kidman & Paul Smith

WEALD BRIDGE CLUB - results for Friday 9 January 2015:-

=1st David & Margaret Drake

=1st Graham & Ray Medhurst

3rd Charles & Mary Teviot

4th Sue Cottrell & Christina Withnell

Results for 5 January - 1. Christina Backholer & Mary Curtis 2. Margaret Heaver & Barbara Hepher 3. Shirley Williams & David Harris 4. Richard Hopperton & David Mann

Pet detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

Lucy a dark tortorshell cat is missing from her home in Small Dole. Details below

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


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.

New Year, New Resolution – If you would like to start the New Year with a resolution to become more involved in your local community we have many varied roles on offer please contact us for further details.

League of Friends PRH – The League of Friends raises much needed funds for Princess Royal Hospital. As our present Chair is standing down we will need a new person with an interest in local health service provision in Haywards Heath to take on this challenging role.

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.

Windmills Opportunity Playgroup – We are looking for somebody who would like to be involved with a special needs playgroup in a governance role as Chair of Trustees. This is a real opportunity to use your skills to make a difference to a small, local charity. There is also an opportunity for a Snack Time Volunteer to assist with preparing and serving healthy snacks to children attending the playgroup.

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

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.

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.

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