Village News - March 12

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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


BOARD & CARD GAMES CLUB will be meeting on Thursday 19th March, 2pm to 4pm, a wide variety of games, including Scrabble and chess, will be on offer, the cost is £2 per person, please ring Maureen on 413061 for details of the venue.

BRIDGE DRIVE at the Old School in Cuckfield on Tuesday 31st March will be raising money for the Village Hall Rebuild. Tables cost £36 each, there will be afternoon tea and a raffle, please contact Marion on 453277 or Audrey on 454289 to book a table or for any details.

ANSTY GARDEN CLUB will be meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday 25th March, 7.45 for 8pm, when Ian Gledhill will be talking about A Sussex Farm. Visitors are very welcome.


Karen Adams

Tel: 07789485167


Ardingly WI’s next meeting is to be held on Thursday 19th March at 7.45.p.m. in Hapstead Hall. Yvonne Price is speaking on the subject of “Women Pioneers in Medicine”. Visitors are most welcome.

The Koorana Centre is holding a Wellbeing Market between 11am and 4 pm on Saturday 14th March with a wonderful array of stalls. Crystals, minerals, jewellery, sprays, himalayan salt, wands & carvings from Spiritual Planet, salt lamps from Aromair, Reflections artwork from Anand Day, Artist, sacred geometry and ancient symbolism in plates and jewellery from Jayne Britton, organic produce delivery from Abel & Cole, colour therapy products and readings from Gabrielle Anya Rafello, handmade raffia bags from Madagascar, handmade jewellery and spiritually inspired gifts from Linda Rawlings and a fabulous range of clothing and gifts from Monika & Peter of Wicked Dragon. Free entry and plenty of free parking nearby, pop in and see what you fancy, stay for tea & cake or visit Jo in the Gallery Cafe for lunch just a few doors away. The Koorana Centre is on Street Lane, Ardingly, RH17 6UB.

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


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800


CINEMA in the Victory Hall on Friday 13 March at 7.30 pm will be the film Mr Turner starring Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson and Dorothy Atkinson. The running time will be 150 minutes, with an interval for refreshments mid-way through. Please note that this film is rated 12A. Tickets are £6 available at Threads.

WI COFFEE MORNING takes place on Saturday 14 March 10 .00 am until 12 noon in the Parish Room. There will be a raffle, cakes and books.

BALCOMBE CLUB - The talented music man Mike Dobie is back by popular demand on Saturday 14 March at 7.30pm. Mike is enjoying his 33rd year in the music business since he first picked up a guitar at school and joined a band. This is a free gig in the bar of the Balcombe Club so come along, members and guests together, all welcome.

PARISH MAGAZINE COPY is due in on Sunday 15 March please.

BALCOMBE HISTORY SOCIETY meet for a talk in the Victory Hall on Wednesday 18 March. The talk will be given by Dr John Godfrey: ‘Landscapes of War and Peace: Sussex, the South Downs and the Western Front.’ John Godfrey recently completed an MA in Military History. His research focused on the experiences of soldiers from Sussex fighting on the Western Front, and how the Sussex landscape may have influenced them. This Talk will be preceded by the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at 8pm. There is no charge to attend the A.G.M. but tickets for the Talk will be sold at the door for £1 members and £3 visitors, including refreshments. All welcome.

DO YOU WANT TO BE A PARISH COUNCILLOR? If you would like to learn more about what the role entails then come along in advance of the next Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 18 March between 6.30 – 8.30 pm to have an informal chat with the serving Councillors. There will be an exhibition explaining the duties and what the various Working Groups do. The Election for new Councillors takes place on 7 May 2015. The position is voluntary and although the Parish Council only meets monthly (on Wednesdays mid-month) past experience has demonstrated that Councillors in practice devote considerable hours each week on day to day council business and serving on the various working groups. There are many issues to deal with and a Councillor should be fully committed. The nomination period is scheduled to run from 30 March until Thursday 9 April and during this period anyone interested would have to deliver their nomination paper to the offices of Mid Sussex District Council. The Electoral Commission has produced comprehensive guidance for candidates and this is publicly available via the EC website:

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING takes place in Bramble Hall on Wednesday 18 March at the slightly later time of 8.30 pm to allow for the drop-in sessions before (see above).


Mothering Sunday 15 March with Posies 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist and Sunday School

Wednesday 18 March 10.00 am Said Eucharist – we remember St. Patrick, 2.00 pm Play Praise, 7.45pm Ecumenical Lent Course

BALCOMBE BULL RUN takes place on Sunday 22 March so register now if you want to enjoy a beautiful cross-country run around Balcombe. This is a Balcombe School PTA event in association with Mid Sussex Triathlon Club: it is a cross country run of 7.1 km covering lanes, footpaths and tracks. The event has a great atmosphere and the course is a varied challenge for all levels of runners. At the finish line you will get your Balcombe Bull Run medal and bacon butties will be on sale if you’ve run up an appetite! Runners must be over 12 (over 16 without consent). Entry is £10 in advance or £12 on the day and £5 for juniors. Starting time is 10.30 am at Balcombe School.

For further details call 07970 405601or email . Entry forms are online at


Judith Woodland

Tel: 01444 881640


Since Christmas events in the village have been very quiet, no doubt everyone is waiting for the opening of the new Rawson Hall!

The Bolney Players present ‘When the Lights Go On Again’ a musical, with over thirty wartime songs, celebrating the 70th Anniversary of VE Day, at Farney Close School, Bolney, on April 9 (evening performance) April 10 (matinee and evening performance) and April 11 (matinee and evening performance). Tickets £9.00 adults. £7.50 children (matinees only). Tickets are available on line: For those without on-line access please telephone 0333 666 3366 which is a Ticketsource box office (£1.50 telephone booking fee).

Sarah and Brenda from the village are taking part in the China Challenge across the Great Wall of China, in aid of the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice Care, from October 10 - 18, and aim to raise at least £6000 for the Charity. They are asking the village to support them and have arranged several fundraising events in the village. The first event will be on Saturday March 21, between 2pm - 5pm at the Village Chapel, Top Street, Bolney, and will be a Orange/Gold tea party (in recognition of the Chestnut Tree colours). For further details please telephone Brenda 01444 882548

New Rawson Hall - works are still progressing well and it is hoped that the ‘Opening Event’ of the hall will take place on Saturday May 2nd. This will be a free event with sports, fun and games for all the family during the day. In the evening there will be a concert and supper which will be a fundraiser. More details to follow.

Hopefully some regular user-groups will be using the hall before this date, but this will be our Village Celebration of the hall’s opening.

Bolney Ball - this will be held in the new Rawson Hall on Saturday June 20 - tickets are selling fast. Early bird discounts has been extended until March 31. Please visit the website for further details and prices or telephone 01444 881348 or

Bolney Village Day will be held on Batchelors Field on Saturday July 4 - further details nearer the time, but please make a note in your diary.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Mothering Sunday family service at 10am. The next healing service will be on Sunday March 22 at 7pm. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, has services this Sunday at 10.30am with Gordon Hamilton and 6.30pm with Giles Woodcraft, which is part of a series on Matthew. Refreshments will be served after the services.

MEET AND GREET PCSO Steve Knowles who is visiting the Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, on Tuesday, March 17, from 10am to 10.30am. All are welcome to go along and have a chat and get advice about any local community policing issues.

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, on Tuesday, March 17, from 10am to 12pm. This is a chance to get information and advice on money, budgeting, debts, bills and finance.

KNIT AND NATTER EVENING If you would like to learn to knit or have a project to complete then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday, March 17, anytime between 7.15pm and 9pm. There is no charge and you can either take your own knitting or learn at the group. For more details call Ann on 01444 471600.

MOBILE LIBRARY The County Mobile Library will be at Markstakes Corner, South Chailey on Wednesday, March 18, from 2.40pm to 3.10pm.

LENT LUNCH takes place at St Peter’s Church on Thursday, March 19, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Soup, bread rolls, cheese and coffee or tea will be served. Any donations will be given to the ‘Oscar’s Wish Foundation’.

COMMONS SOCIETY meets at the village hall on Thursday, March 19, at 7.30pm. There will be a talk by Roy Hale on ‘The Search for Endangered Animals in Borneo’. Ray has travelled to Borneo many times, in the last twenty years, and will give an illustrated talk on some of the endangered creatures he photographed. The talk will be followed by the Society’s AGM. Visitors are most welcome to attend. For further information call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

POST OF PARISH CLERK The Council is looking to appoint a Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer following Vera Grainger’s resignation with effect from April 17. The post holder will have the drive and organisational skills to manage the day-to-day work of the Parish Council and, with Councillors, to plan and implement the aims and objectives of the Council. Financial and administrative experience, the ability to deliver projects on time and within budget and enthusiasm for working with residents and local organisations are the main requirements. Details of the post and an application form can be found at The closing date for applications is Friday March 20 and interviews are expected to take place on Tuesday March 31. To learn more about the post do contact Vera Grainger on 01444 831453 or by email at

CHURCHYARD TIDY UP a short clear up of St Peter’s church yard is planned for Saturday March 21 from 9.30am. Any help would be much appreciated, the more the merrier. Please let Peter Martin know on 01825 722680 if you can assist. Refreshments will be provided.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Spring Show is at the village hall on Saturday March 21. There are classes for daffodils, narcissi, polyanthus and hyacinths and if you have any of these flowers in your garden why not take them along. The entry fee for each class is just 10p for members and 20p for non-members. You don’t need to worry that your entry will be up against those who have won many times before as there are novice classes for those with no experience or limited experience of showing. For a show schedule, which also includes details of the vegetable, flower arranging, handicrafts, art, photography, cookery and children’s classes, call Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699,

A NEW APP The Bluebell Railway Museum, at Sheffield Park station, will be the first preservation railway museum in the UK to provide an “app” for the use of its visitors. The App will give additional information and will help exploration of areas of interest. The App is divided into the five main themes of the history of the Bluebell Line, the history of railway with the main focus on the South East of England, building railways, great people of the railways and using railways. This App adds to what you will experience in the museum and does not repeat what is there. Within the museum a Wi-Fi system will allow access to the app and the target launch date for this is Monday March 23.The app will work on any mobile device and platform - phone, tablet, Android or Apple and it uses quick response codes to access information It can be downloaded via your online store (iTunes or Google for instance)

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Women’s Institute is on Saturday March 28 at 11am at the village hall. There will be good as new, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated on the day from 9am or to arrange collection call Mandy on 01273 890777.

CADBURY EASTER EGG TRAIL From Saturday March 28 to Sunday April 12, daily, younger visitors can explore Sheffield Park and Garden and complete a Cadbury Easter egg trail. They can search for the clues around the garden as intrepid plant hunters to claim a Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize. The cost is £3.50 per trail and normal admission charges apply.

TESCO COMMUNITY CHARITY Champions, Kirsty Greenwood and Jo Covey, are supporting Chailey Heritage Foundation by raising awareness of the important work they do with children and young people with complex disabilities and health needs and why funds have to be raised to support this work. The Charity Champions have put up displays on the community boards in their Hove and Burgess Hill stores and have volunteered to support the Foundation with raffle prizes and volunteering at fundraising events. A huge ‘thank you’ goes to Kirsty and Jo; the Foundation are very grateful for their support and assistance.

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE, at Scaynes Hill Village Centre, is at present only open to the public on Tuesdays from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and Thursdays from 10am to11am. For any information do call Vera Grainger on 01444 831453 during these hours.

TWO DOGS ATTACK DEER A woman from Lindfield was out walking on the Commons on Thursday February 26 when she saw two dogs attacking a deer. The woman intervened and was bitten by one of the terrier-looking dogs. Anyone who saw what happened or has any information is asked to contact quoting serial 656 of 26/02.


Diana Mackenzie


Cuckfield NSPCC are considering organizing another village open garden afternoon in the summer (last Sunday in June) but first need to ensure enough people would like to open their gardens. All sorts of gardens are needed (big/small, flowers/veggies) all are enjoyed by visitors and gardens that have opened before are very welcome. It is always a very enjoyable afternoon.

If you are interested or would like more information please ring 01444 452395 / 459579.

The Cuckfield Section of the Royal British Legion celebrated its 70th Anniversary on February 25th in the Old School Cuckfield. 23 members were present, together with the County Chairman, Mrs Denise Carr and the County Treasurer, Mrs Mary Reed and members from local Women’s Section branches and 5 members from the Cuckfield Branch.

Mrs Denise Carr presented a 70year National Certificate for the Branch to Mrs Peg Swain our President.

Denise Carr gave an interesting talk on her how she got involved in the Legion as a young child and her life now as the Women’s Section Chairman

Our Chairman spoke on our formation on February 5th 1945 in the Congregational Hall when 21 members joined, by the end of the year 200 members had paid their subscriptions. Pre-school children attended meetings and the older ones came in after school. There have been some interesting meetings, events, dedication of standards and outings just a few highlights from the archives.

Branch Certificates of Appreciation for their loyal services to the Royal British Legion in Cuckfield were presented to Evelyn Stenning, Rosemary Carter, Peg Swain, Tina Owens, Mary Watts, Eleanor Gibson and Barbara Wiseman.

Everyone enjoyed a delicious tea with a piece of Celebration cake made by Sally Williams and decorated by Rosemary Carter.

If anyone has any Cuckfield Women’s Section stories/photos to tell or wishes to join us please contact Evelyn 01444 458052


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236


Annual Spring Bulb Show 14th March, 2pm – 4pm. Ditchling Village Hall - After an extremely wet winter we are looking forward to seeing you at our first Show of the year whether as a visitor or exhibitor, a warm welcome will await you, your support is very important to us. This Show displays the beauty of the spring bulbs and the Hall will be filled with their scent. Flower arranging classes include Simplicity: Springtime in Paris: a Television Show. There is also a class for snapshot photography; the theme for this Show is “Cyclists”. Children’s classes include “Best home grown Tete- a-Tete narcissus” and “ Garden in an eggshell”, there are two classes for each, 6 years and under and 7 to 11 years. There are also classes for crafts and cooking. Our President Peter Eastwood will also be on hand to offer advice if required.

When you have viewed the exhibits why not sample our refreshments (tea and homemade cake for £1.50.) There is also Muriel’s famous raffle - tickets £1 each. Entrance is 50p for non members, children free.

New members are always welcome, if you would like to join please phone our Membership Secretary on 01273 844218, individual membership is £3, family £5.

St Peter & St James Hospice Quiz - Due to the generosity of the Quizzers,the Ditchling Players , the Sponsors of each round, and the donors of the Raffle prizes, the Spring Quiz in Ditchling raised £1439-00 for St.Peter and St.James Hospice despite having fewer tables than usual. Oh yes and it was fun!!

Thanks again everyone. - HenryUpshal

Ditchling Village Association TO ALL NEWCOMERS to Ditchling since March last year – we look forward to meeting you at our annual Newcomers’ Party on Friday 20th March at 8 p.m. in the Village Hall. You will soon be receiving an invitation from your Good Neighbour but if you don’t, please get in touch with us so that we can send you one. This is a lovely evening and a great way to meet other newcomers to the village and representatives of the many clubs and societies that exist here making Ditchling the village it is. Please contact Pam Gaskin on 843182 e-mail address:

Ditchling Parish Council News - Please make a note in your diaries that the Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Old Meeting House on Tuesday, 17th March at 8pm.

Come and hear what your Council has been doing in the past year, ask questions etc. this is your meeting. There will also be reports from the County Councillor, District Councillor and the Police.

Please consider standing for election to the Council in May. The Council has been operating with three councillors short for the past few months. In January we did not have the quorum of four so the meeting had to be abandoned and re-scheduled the following week. The Council meets on the third Tuesday each month and holds special Council Meetings on the second Tuesday if there are planning applications which cannot wait until the main meeting. See the website and handouts for further details of powers, procedures etc.

The Parish Council and the Burgess Hill Lions Club have purchased a defibrillator which will be sited near the front door of the Village Hall, training to be first responders will be carried out, look out for details.Mary Holman Clerk to the Council 01273 845167.

Ditchling WI - For the March meeting we were fabulously entertained by John Cave, who sang some great folk songs and poems by Jake Thackray, Richard Stilgoe and Les Barker using his guitar as an accompaniment. He also told some very amusing jokes. He has visited 45 WI’s in this area and even had an amusing song about the calendar girls. The flower of the month was won by Jean Batt. The next meeting is Thursday 2nd April at 2.15pm Bill McNaught ‘Brunel – Three Generations’. Visitors are always welcome.Briony Coomber 01273 845069.


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638


As I mentioned at the end of last month, this evening, Thursday, sees the launch of a Community Land Trust (‘CLT’) in the Parish; where - in the Parish Hall from 7.30pm. A CLT is a community benefit society whose aim is to provide and manage social housing in the parish as a whole, as well as other community based facilities (eg the replacement of the Parish Hall), for local people. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 living in the parish and is obtained by purchasing a single share for the princely sum of £1! If this sounds of interest, please do go along to the meeting this evening at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall; you will also learn about the ongoing discussions the founding board has been having with the Hyde Estate about involvement in the developments in Handcross. In the meantime, if you would like to learn a little more about CLTs before the meeting, go to

On Tuesday evening, 17 March, the WI@Handcross will be meeting in the Parish Hall from 7.30pm. Whilst members will be making Easter Chick Doorstops, having pre-sewn their chicks, please do not let this prevent you from going along to join them for a cup of tea and a slice of cake!

The Rosemary Club will be making use of the Parish Hall on the 18th for their meeting from 2.30 pm. This month’s meeting is in the form of a ‘Bring and Buy Sale’ and as always, is open to anyone. The aim of the Sale is to raise funds for the Club so please do take along any items that you feel someone might be happy to purchase. Any items left unsold at the end of the meeting will be given to Barbara Alderson for St Catherine’s Hospice or you can take them home yourself. Did you know that the Rosemary Club can loan you a wheelchair should you ever need one? They have three available for short term loans in return for a donation and it can be delivered to you if you live within the parish. If you would like further information about this, please call 01293 525890.

It would appear that the police are still getting reports of telephone scams. If you have been contacted by someone who says they are from the police, advising you that you have been a victim of fraud and to resolve it, you need to withdraw some money, hang up immediately. Do not give them any information and do not make any phone calls they suggest to verify what they are saying. Hang up, leave it for at least between 10 and 15 minutes and then call the police on 101 or 999, quoting ‘Op Edisto’ and give them as much information as you can, hopefully if enough people report such calls, the perpetrators will be caught.


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136


The Royal British Legion Women’s Section meet today (Thursday) at 3.00pm in the Royal British Legion Clubhouse, Woodlands Road, Hassocks. Today’s speaker is Evelyn Stenning on ‘Evelyn’s Wonders’

The final Star Cinema of the current season takes place tomorrow at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks. The film will be ‘Mr Turner’ (Cert 12A). Starring Timothy Spall as J MW Turner, the film chronicles the last 25 years of this somewhat eccentric genius. Doors open 7.00pm. with the film starting at 7.30pm. Refreshments and raffle. Ticket prices are £4.00 for concessions and £4.50 for adults.

Join the local group of the Mid Sussex Ramblers on Saturday 14th March for a 9.5 miles double figure of eight walk on the downs. Meet at 10.00am at Clayton Windmills car park on downs (turning off A273 Clayton Hill

Also on Saturday, The Hassocks Horticultural Society Spring Show takes place at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks at 2.30pm. Come to along to see members’ exhibits of Flowers, Floral Art, Vegetables, Cookery, Handicrafts, Photography & Paintings. There is also a Children’s Open Class – subjects being 3 Miniature Daffodils in a Pot, A Decorated Child’s Wellington Boot. 3 Butterfly Cakes. In addition there will be a raffle. Refreshments will be available. All welcome. Admission 50p

The Hassocks WI will be meeting on Monday 16th March at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road. 7.45pm. Wild at Heart – An illustrated presentation. The delights of gathering foraged food with products to taste and buy.

The Folk Club meet on Monday 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.

The next Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café takes place on Wednesday 18th March at the Pauline Thaw Centre, Dale Avenue from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. De-Café is an evening support group for people living with dementia, their carers, friends and family to meet people who are in a similar situation. It offers the opportunity to talk and learn from each other, receive support and advice from staff and volunteers of the Alzheimer’s Society, and to generally enjoy a social evening in a safe and secure environment, with light bites and sometimes live entertainment. For further information please contact Dawn Fairbrother on 01403 750485 or 07720 948990.

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


NATIONAL THEATRE at the village cinema. The Hurst Film Society and Players Theatre are delighted to present the following two live broadcasts from the National Theatre. BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS, David Hare’s spirited adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Katherine Boo, starring Meera Syal on Thursday 12th March, and A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE starring Mark Strong in Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece on Thursday 26th March. Tickets £10/£12.50 from Mishon Mackay or online Further info 01273 835875/

COFFEE MORNING with a demonstration and display of Calligraphy by Susan Skinner at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 21st March from 10am -12.00. Susan is well known for her inspirational poetry, but this time she will show yet another of her many artistic skills - Calligraphy. Do go along to see Susan at work - and perhaps be inspired to have a go yourself! Also available throughout the morning as well as refreshments will be cakes, jewellery, cards, arts and crafts and the bargain ‘Good as New’ stall. Free Admission and all welcome.

THE PARISH PASSION PLAY Saturday 21st March at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church, admission is free. This play was written by Kevin Carey for good readers who are not actors. It was originally staged on Passion Sunday last year, but will be on the evening before this time. There was one rehearsal, members of the congregation took part, the followers of Jesus were in the chancel and his accusers on the north side of the church. The audience formed the crowd. Musical interludes to separate the scenes were provided by two unaccompanied voices. If you want to participate please contact Kevin Carey on 01273 835113 or turn up to the rehearsal on Monday 18th March in the church.

MESSY CHURCH at Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road on Saturday 21st March 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.

THE HORTICULTURAL SPRING SHOW will be on Saturday 21st March at 2.15pm in the Village Centre. Exhibits for spring flowers, cookery, photography, and floral items. This time there is a special life-size scarecrow completion for the children with a top prize of £10. Why not encourage children to be creative and make an original or unusual one. Collect a show schedule now from Gibsons in the High Street, exhibiting is free, so have a go and even try something new.

RNLI QUIZ NIGHT A stimulating and fun evening in aid of the RNLI on Saturday 28th March at 7pm in the Village Centre. Due to popular demand this highly successful event is back with the well known Quiz Master John Wilkinson. Tickets are £9 and available from Mishon Mackay, who are kindly sponsoring the evening, as well as The Mint House or direct from committee members. This includes a Ploughman’s Supper. Tables of up to 6 players, you can make up your own team or just come along and join in with one on the night. Raffle and Licensed bar.

HURSTPIERPOINT SINGERS SPRING CONCERT Under the direction of Paul Simpson the singers are presenting Pergolesi ‘Stabat Mater’ and Faure’s ‘Requiem’ at 7.30pm on Saturday 28th March at Hassock’s United Reform Church. Tickets are £10 and available form the Mint House and on the day at the door.

HURSTPIERPOINT OPEN GARDENS Are there volunteers to open their garden for this annual village event? The garden does not have to be perfect or weed free, and it can be of any shape, size or type. In fact the greater the diversity the better. Last year 10 gardens were open, on a lovely sunny day with crowds supporting and raised £6,000 for St Peter and St James Hospice, at Wivelsfield. It would be great to have new gardens this year as well, to keep the day interesting. The date has yet to be finalized but will be either Sunday 14th June or Sunday 21st June. Ideally offers of gardens should be made before the end of April so that organizing can begin. Contact Alison Truelove on 01273 832962 or Prue Heron on 01273 835064 to sign up.

YOUR UPCOMING EVENT PUBLISHED HERE? Just e-mail me at the address above, at least 10 days before the date of publication wanted, or even earlier if possible. No charge is made. You can also get it posted on the Hassocks and Hurst information website which also has a What’s On section at


Lindfield Royal British Legion POPPY HOP on Saturday, April 11th with the Perdido Players Swing Band

Venue: King Edward Hall, Lindfield

Time: 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Tickets priced £15 to include a fish and chips supper

Please bring your own drinks and glasses

Tickets from Jane Harding (01444 454846)

Lindfield Preservation Society – Presents an illustrated talk in the King Edward Hall on Tuesday 17th March at 2.30 pm on “A Sussex Farm during the 1950’s” by Ian Everest. A year in the life of a downland farm recorded in colour on 16mm cine film. The film shows an age when over twenty men were employed on the 1,000 acre farm – and forty at harvest time. The film, narrated by the speaker, is preceded by an illustrated introductory talk.

All welcome, entry free. (Meeting and Membership information from John Chapman 484470).


Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348



At the first Referendum in East Sussex of a local Council’s Neighbourhood Plan on Thursday 26th February, residents of Newick voted convincingly in favour of Lewes District Council adopting the Neighbourhood Plan prepared by the Parish Council. The voting was 846 in favour, 102 against with 1 abstention. The turn-out was 49% which is amongst the highest in the country so far for a referendum of this nature.

The Plan had taken over two and a half years to put together and local people were involved throughout the process. Consultation events were organised in November 2012 and June 2013 and questionnaires were sent to all residents, clubs and businesses to seek their views on policies to be included. They were also asked to indicate their preferences for the locations of the sites for building the 100 homes that the District Council had identified the village must accommodate. The draft Plan was published last March and a further round of open days followed to allow residents the opportunity to give their opinions. Once these had all been considered the Plan was submitted to an Independent Examiner. Despite all the work to reflect residents’ wishes, he asked for some changes to be made before the finalised Plan was put to a Referendum.

John Lucas, Chairman of Newick Parish Council and leader of the Plan Steering Group commented “I have been delighted with the enthusiasm and support we have received from the residents of Newick in formulating the parish’s Neighbourhood Plan and now for the large vote given in its favour. I would also like to give special thanks to members of the Steering Group for the hundreds of hours of their time they gave in putting the Plan and its associated documents together. The vote shows it has all been worthwhile”.

With this positive vote, Lewes District Council is obliged to use the Plan’s policies when considering all planning applications until 2030.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


EASY WALK along tracks, field paths and parts of the Green Circle Network is the Footpath Society walk this Saturday, March 14. Meet at 10.30am at the car park at the entrance to the Burgess Hill Burial Ground. There is the option of lunch at the Beefeater at Burgess Hill. For more details call 01273 890125 or 07990876391.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT The Vinyl Capris (featuring Duncan Russell, Dom Ponsford and Simon Ward) are hosting a live music night at the Sports Pavilion this Saturday (March 14). Doors open at 7.30pm. No tickets just pay £3 on the door. There will be DJs and other special guests on the night. All proceeds to the New Pavilion Fund and the Football Club. To hear the Vinyl Capris before the night go to

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

PCSO Steve Knowles, who supports Plumpton, East Chiltington, St John and Chailey, will be visiting the Chailey Children’s Centre on Tuesday March 17 from 10am to 10.30am. Steve will be there to meet members of the community, have a chat and offer advice where required about any local community policing issues. Please do go along and chat to Steve.

POP-IN-PARLOUR will open its doors on Tuesday, March 17, at All Saints Church Annex from 11am onwards for tea/coffee, lite-bites and home-made soup.

MOBILE LIBRARY will be at the village hall car park on Wednesday, March 18, between 1.45pm and 2.15pm.

FLOWER CLUB meet at the village hall on Wednesday, March 18, at 7.30pm. There will be a demonstration of flower arranging by Bob Tunks. Bob’s title will be ‘This Time of Year’. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome. For more information call Gill Wells on 01273 890561.

‘PRAYER AND MEDITATION’ DURING LENT on Wednesday evenings, in All Saints Church Annex there has been a series of talks on ‘Prayer and Meditation’. There are two more meetings on Wednesdays March 18 and 25. The talks begin at 8pm and last about 90 minutes. Everyone is welcome to attend.

JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall on Saturday March 21 at 2pm to raise funds for the Tennis Club. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated; please take them to the hall from 9am, alternatively if you need something collected or need to drop items off in advance you can contact Lynn (07808 963105) or Maria (07748 958971). Volunteers to

help on the day are also sought, if you can assist please just let Maria or Lynn know.

EXCAVATION OF PLUMPTON ROMAN VILLA 2014-2015 is the subject of a talk by David Rudling at All Saints Church Annexe on Monday March 23 at 7.30pm. David is the Academic Director of the Sussex School of Archaeology and a well-known expert on Roman Sussex and Roman villas. Admission is £3. Details will be available of the excavations planned for 2015, from June 20 to August 1 ,for those that may be interested in volunteering or training opportunities on site or for those who would just like a visit and tour.

A HEBRIDEAN JOURNEY LEWES TO LEWIS is the title of the illustrated talk by David Lang at the Footpath Society meeting, at village hall, on Wednesday March 25. David will tell his audience about the wildlife of the Outer Hebrides such as peregrines, gold plovers, dippers, golden eagles and corncrakes and also the floral delights of dwarf orchids, wild iris beds, thrift, primroses and purple orchids. Do go along to learn more as everyone is welcome to attend this talk, meet at 2pm for a 2.30pm start.

CURRY EVENING Curry Evening is at All Saints Church Annex on Friday March 27 from 7.30pm onwards. This is a chance to eat locally cooked curries, with Indian music, recipe swapping and a lesson in making a curry. This is an evening for everyone and tickets priced at £12 can be obtained from the Village Shop or the Rectory.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SPRING SHOW is on Saturday March 28 at 2pm at the village Hall. In addition to classes for spring flowers, daffodils, narcissi, tulips etc. there are classes for vegetables, cookery, handicrafts, home-made wines and for children. The Show is open to all, and is only a few pence to enter each class, so do enter an exhibit which can be staged on Friday March 27 from 7pm to 8.30pm or on the Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am. For a Show Schedule call 01273 891881. Do put the date for the Show in your diary as there is always a magnificent display of flowers for all to view during the afternoon.

WALK on Sunday March 29, with the Footpath Society, is at Woodingdean and includes a medieval drove road and undulating terrain. Meet at 10am at the car park off Falmer Road, Woodingdean (356 064).There is the possibility of lunch at Downs Hotel. For more details call Sue or Robin Akers on 01273 891701or 0775423361

ALL CHANGE AT PLUMPTON VILLAGE ACTION PLAN (VAP) the changes were voted through unanimously at a special meeting on February 23.The meeting voted that VAP be restructured as the Plumpton VAP Fund. This change will come into effect from the week ending 1st June 2015. The Fund will have the same objectives as VAP; to act as a conduit for ideas and activities not directly part of the Parish Council remit that still greatly contribute towards improving community life. The Fund will work closely with and under the auspices of (but at arms-length from) Plumpton Parish Council for the purposes of governance and consistency of village strategies. The Fund will adopt the Charity Commission Small Charity Constitution. All parishioners are members and can vote at general meetings and put themselves forward for election (or co-option) to be trustees. The existing VAP affairs will be wound up at a meeting in June 2015 and all significant facts will be reported to the July Parish Council meeting and a full report of proceedings to be published in the August Parish Magazine. Plumpton residents have until the June meeting to raise any further concerns they may have about the changes. If you have any questions please email

Scaynes Hill

Sue Morton

Tel: 01444 831027


Anchor Café The Anchor Coffee Shop will be extending its coffee shop times from Tuesday 3rd February, to serve a light lunch of soup and bread. The coffee shop will be open as usual from 10am, but will be serving soup from 11.30am until 1pm.

Connecting our Communities There is a great event being held at the Scaynes Hill Millennium Centre on Friday 13 March 2015, from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm.

The event is for all older people living in Mid Sussex. The event is free and is of interest to anyone who would you like to be better connected to family and friends and to information about services and activities that are available to older people? Would you like to make new friends, renew old acquaintances over a coffee or tea and lunch? Would you like to know about how to live more healthily?

Would you like to know more about dementia? Would you like help in choosing a computer/laptop/tablet, or with getting on line, shopping on the internet, or getting an email address? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then ring the Mid Sussex Older People’s Council answer phone helpline 01444 242760 and leave your name and number. Alternatively, you can email Anita at the following address The MSOPC would also like to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer to help run similar events in Mid Sussex, or if you are a business that would like to donate money, meeting rooms or staff time to support older people living in the Community. Affinity Sutton, the Alzheimer’s Society, Mid Sussex Wellbeing, and Princess Royal Hospital will all be represented at this Event which is being funded by the Big Lottery.

Curry Night There will be another fantastic themed food night on Saturday 28 March at Scaynes Hill Club. The ‘Taj Mahal’ will be open for one night only serving a fantastic range of curries and Indian starters. The cost of this fantastic experience is just £6.00 per person and £3.00 for under 14’s. All members of the club are welcome as are signed in guests and new members. All places must be reserved, booked and paid for in advance. Please pop into the club for more information or call Sue on 831027.

Music Quiz Think yourself an expert on Music? Then go along to Scaynes Hill Club on Saturday 14 March and show them what you’re made of! There will be a fantastic Music Quiz, presented by the queen of questions, Gaenor. There is a maximum of 5 players per team. Entrance to the quiz is just £2.00 per person and all proceeds are going towards the interior painting of the club. All members are welcome and encouraged to bring guests.

Neighbourhood Plan - Latest

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

Skittles Night There will be a Skittles Night at Scaynes Hill Club on Saturday 21 March. The fun will start at 8.30pm and costs just £1.00 per person to join in and play. The club is a members only club but guests are always very welcome as are new members.

St Augustine’s Church News

Youth and Children Section

Sunday Children’s Programme Spring 2015


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

Sunday 22nd - 10am Sunday Club during service

Sunday 29th - 10am Palm Sunday Service

Easter Holiday Club - this year the church are hoping to be able to run two mornings of holiday club on 1st April and 2nd April. Holiday clubs are a great way to reach children and their families in our community. Last Easter they had 37 children at the holiday club, which was brilliant. Could you help out by being on the holiday club team? There are all sorts of jobs including helping with refreshments. The holiday club can only run if they get enough help. At the moment they do not have enough volunteers to be able to run the club. Please contact Emily if you would like to help 07825235907 or

Youth News

HELP NEEDED!!! Could you help out at youth club with running the tuck shop once a month? Friday nights, 7:15pm-9:30pm

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

13th March –Mother’s day craft

20th March—End of term meal

For more information contact Emily at


Katharine Sowdon


Big Red Tea Party - 13th April 2pm - Village Hall. Its Easter time so why not pop along to Staplefield Village Hall for a spot of afternoon tea on Monday 13th April. All profits go to the Angus Rowland Forget Me Not Fund and the Mark Henry Archer Tribute Fund raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Ticket Prices include Sandwiches, Scones with jam & cream and a choice of 6 delicious cakes with plentiful tea and coffee. Please do come along.

Staplefield Village Hall - AGM - Wednesday 25th March 8pm. Staplefield Village Hall is a registered charity run by Trustees who are elected at the AGM, together with other Trustees who are nominated by the various village organisations that use the hall, for instance, The Horticultural Society. The hall receives no money from Local Government towards the running costs, but regularly receives a donation from the proceeds of the Village Fete, which helps greatly with expensive maintenance. The Trustees would like to know village views on the use of the now defunct Men’s Club Room - so do please attend and share your views.


Richard Spencer

Tel: 01444 471295


>>>>> APOLOGIES regarding my crucial incorrect entry in the Middy edition last week when the Annual Parish Meeting was shown as being on 5th March, when it will take place TONIGHT, on the 12th --- as shown below.

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

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

>>> YOU CAN TALK TO PARISH, DISTRICT and COUNTY COUNCILLORS at the Annual Parish Meeting TONIGHT in Wivelsfield Village Hall from 7.00pm. Please come along to talk to members of the Parish, District and County Councils and Sussex Police, ask questions, express your views and find out what is happening locally. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan and give your views. The formal meeting will begin at 8pm and refreshments will be available. Please see the Parish Council website and notice boards for a copy of the agenda.

>>> WIVELSFIELD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN is now in the Pre Submission Consultation period until 29th March 2015. All households in the Parish are invited to comment on the pre-submission report that will help shape the future of the Parish until 2030. Open Events where you can meet members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Parish Councillors ; on Tuesday 10 March 7.30 – 9.30 Worlds End Pavilion, Worlds End Recreational Ground, off Janes Lane, Burgess Hill; Thursday 12 March 7.00 – 8.00 Annual Parish Meeting, Village Hall; Saturday 21 March 11.00 – 3.00 Village Hall, Renshaw Room. Copies of the document can be read in the Parish Office adj. to the Cock Inn pub and on line at By giving your views the Report can be improved as appropriate prior to review by an Inspector and then a referendum later this year.

“THE IMITATION GAME” at your local CINEMA in Wivelsfield Green on Sunday 19th April in the Village Hall in Eastern Road -- RH17 7QG. In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma -- which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing’s team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyse Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison. Film at 7.30pm, doors open and Bar from 7.00pm. 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

WIVELSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY change of speaker and subject on Thursday 19th March in Wivelsfield Village Hall : RH17 7QG, at 8.00pm. The speaker will now be John Davey, on “Lewes Life 100 years ago”. His family have lived in Lewes family for generations and his father wrote a book on the Lewes of 100 years ago. The talk will be illustrated using old photos and the history surrounding them. Wivelsfield Historical Society was formed in 1993 to foster interest in the history of Wivelsfield and Sussex.

MOBILE LIBRARY operated by East Sussex County Council --- visits the large car park adjoining Wivelsfield Village Hall. Between 10.45 & 11.00am on 18th March and 8th April, in the weeks ahead.

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS on April 14th -- at WIVELSFIELD YOUTH GROUP This Group has an exciting schedule of activities that started on Tuesday 13th January and then goes through to the summer holiday. The Youth Group is free and open to all young people aged 7 to 12 in the Youth Room (attached to the Cricket Pavilion) from 6.30 to 8.00pm. For further information please do contact Alan Janes on 01444 471201.

FITNESS INTO 2015, AFTER ABOUT 10 WEEKS ?? Perhaps begin to plan to exercise -- with the arrival of Spring weather !!! 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

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)

Do remember The Lion King film SEE ABOVE.

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

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

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

Bridge Club news

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday March 6, 2015

Monday evening

1st Graham Hedley & Berry Hedley

Norman Hardy & Peter Griffin

2nd Liz Hoskins & Liz Lancaster

Neil Watts & Nigel Urban

3rd Bill Nicolle & Linda Gardiner

Chris Jago & Rob Harris

Tuesday evening

1st Philip Hunt & Neil Watts

2nd Graham Hedley & Berry Hedley

3rd Norman Hardy & Chris Jago

Wednesday evening

1st Ian Watt & Lorraine Baker

2nd=Valerie Austin & Caroline Exall

2nd=Peter Collins & David Spencer

2nd=Hazel Beveridge & Ed Barter

Thursday afternoon

1st Christine Jepson & Stuart Thornton

2nd David Spencer & Heather Barker

3rd Lindsay Geddes & Jean Smallwood

Thursday evening

1st Chris Hook & David Young

2nd Jane Brann & Lorraine Baker

3rd Julia Brown & Margaret Watson



1st Graham & Ray Medhurst

2nd Richard Hopperton & Margaret Drake

3rd Bernard & Elena Kelly

4th Lorna Mence & Paul Smith


7 March

1. Val Allen & Margaret Drake

2. John & Margaret Greer

3. Richard Hopperton & Charles Teviot

4. Christine Backholer & Mary Teviot


Results for 2 March

1. Gertrude Fletcher & David Colin

2. Robert & Pat Weir

3. Arthur McCulloch & Robert Barnett

Pet Detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

MAISIE Slender seal point Siamese female cat. 13 months. Friendly and vocal. Loves to hide in vehicles. Missing from Hickestead village

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Headway Hurstwood Park offers rehabilitation and support services for people with acquired brain injuries, their families and carers. They are currently looking for a volunteer to become a Woodwork Instructor.

The Disability Trust are currently recruiting volunteers to visit their Ernest Kleinwort Court there are many varied roles on offer covering subjects from music to speaking and craft activities.

Healthwatch West Sussex is encouraging teenagers to invent innovative ways of finding out what 11-25 year olds in West Sussex think about their Health Services. There are ten awards of £300.00 on offer for further information go to

HomeStart CHAMS require volunteers for vital family support and will be running an eight week training course commencing on Tuesday 28th April 2015 to be held at their office in Crawley.

Neighbourly Care in Hassocks, Burgess Hill and District which is a free service for housebound or isolated older people are looking for people to volunteer with shopping, errands, befriending or general assistance for further details on opportunities available please contact us.

Mid Downs Radio have several volunteering opportunities these include Radio Presenters, Outside Broadcast Support Team members, Drivers and Fund Raisers.

Cuckfield Stroke Communication Group urgently requires a driver to assist with driving one of their wheelchair users to group on a Wednesday morning.

YMCA Downslink Group is looking for volunteers to be trained as mentors for vulnerable young people aged 16-25 in the Sussex area.

Teenage Cancer Trust has opportunities for volunteers to assist with the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 12th April 2015. If you would like to be involved with either the Cheering Squad or Finish Line Marshalling contact them at

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