Village News - March 19

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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


ANSTY LADIES STOOLBALL TEAM will be meeting in the Village Hall tonight (Thursday 19th March) at 7.30pm for a pre-season get-together to discuss the coming season. Issues under discussion will be: team kit, fees, insurance and voting on a Captain for the team. Training will start in April and a friendly match has already been organised for this time, so if anyone is interested in coming along, please do, or contact Sarah on


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800


The FRENCH ASSOCIATION has its monthly meeting on Thursday 19 March at 7.30 pm in the Half Moon.

CRAFT, GIFT & LOCAL PRODUCE FAIR – This, the first fair of the year, is on Saturday 21 March from 10.00 am until 2.00 pm in the Victory Hall. The Charity Table this time will be the animal charity Paws & Claws who will also be providing refreshments. Among the new stallholders there will be an artist selling her abstracts, watercolours and acrylic paintings with matching prints, a jeweller selling her handmade sterling silver jewellery with Swarovski crystals, pearls, glass and stones and a lady with knitted accessories including cushions. There will also be children’s craft kits, bunting and shabby chic items and fused glass items on another new stall. The regular traders include hand-knitted jumpers and other items, Usborne books, Phoenix cards, home décor items, raffia bags, wooden craft pieces, china and cushions. Local produce will be in the Forest Room and will include the popular Bates’ sausages, Mary’s cakes and chutneys, Gareth’s chocolates and Dave’s deli cheeses. Rapkyns Nursery will be outside as will a fresh fish stall.

If you would like more information and would like to showcase your own craft idea then do call Glenda Thomson on 811462, she would love to hear from you. The other Fairs this year are on June 6, August 22, Sept. 26 and Nov 7.

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

HOSPICE CHARITY QUIZ – Pam and Barrie are hosting a charity quiz for the Hospices on Sunday 22 March at 8.00 pm in the Balcombe Club.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING takes place in Bramble Hall at 7.30 on Thursday 26 March. After the business of the day there will be a talk from a Bee expert.

GARDENERS’ ASSOCIATION SPRING SHOW takes place on Saturday 28 March from 2.30 – 4.00 pm in the Victory Hall. Now is the time to be looking around your garden and seeing if there are flowers or vegetables suitable for entering. Please do consider this, the more entries the better the show and what better way to lift the spirits than to enjoy tea and cake and an explosion of colour in our lovely village hall.


Sunday 22 March 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist

Wednesday 25 March 9.30 am First session of a new study programme “Life Streams.” Exploring spiritual life in a supportive environment. This group will meet every last Wednesday in the month at the Rectory and ideally would suit those who can commit to as many sessions as possible. For more information please contact Pennie on 811249. 7.45 pm Ecumenical Lent Course


Judith Woodland

Tel: 01444 881640


The Horticultural Society/Gardening Club will be holding their Spring Flower Show in Bolney School Hall on Saturday March 28. There will be fifteen different classes including flowers, pot plants and floral arrangements and children can also enter each class. There is no entry fee and exhibits should be taken along to the school between 2 - 3pm on the day. Judging will commence at 3pm and will be informal and all members will have the opportunity to ballot for their own choice in each class. After judging has been completed tea and coffee will be served, followed by a quiz. All welcome.

Please make a note in your diaries - Easter Monday the great Bolney Pram Race starting at the Eight Bells Public House. More details nearer the time.

Household and garden waste - there will be two vehicles for collection at the Lodge Lane car park opposite the former Rawson Institute Hall, on Sunday April 12, 10am - 12 noon. Collections are no longer paid for by WSCC so will be funded by the Parish Council. Please support the use of this service if you would like it to continue and encourage others to use it. Further collections will take place only if it is well used.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


CHURCHYARD TIDY UP this Saturday (March 21) a short clear up of St Peter’s church yard is planned from 9.30am. Any help would be much appreciated, the more the merrier. Refreshments will be provided.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Spring Show is at the village hall this Saturday (March 21) afternoon. All are welcome to enter an exhibit or alternative go along at 2.30pm and enjoy the magnificent display of daffodils, narcissi, polyanthus and hyacinths. There will also be delicious home-made refreshments. For more information call Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699,

ST PETER’S CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am, Parish Communion at 10am and a Healing Service at 7pm. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680. Many thanks go to Andy Rees and his choir ‘Coro Nuovo’ for the brilliant concert and raising £840.65 for Church funds. Thanks also go to Janet Barnes for selling so many tickets and to all who assisted in providing the refreshments.

FREE CHURCH, at South Chailey, has a service this Sunday at 10.30am with Cavan Wood. At 4.30pm there will be a Café Church a chance to enjoy an interesting talk from the Trokhymenkos family, who have been living in the Ukraine for the past five years. They have left the sub-zero temperatures of the Ukraine winter for a while and will talk about their adventures there. All are welcome to attend and learn what it is like to live, bring up teenagers and run a church in a country that has been in the news so often. The talk will be followed by a delicious afternoon tea

INFORMATION POINT is at Chailey Children’s Centre, in the grounds of Chailey School, every Tuesday morning from 10am to 12pm. This is an opportunity to chat and receive information, advice or guidance on money, budgeting, debts, bills and finance.

LENT LUNCH takes place in St Peter’s Church on Thursday, March 26, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Soup, bread rolls, cheese and coffee or tea will be served. Any donations will be given to ‘Oscar’s Wish Foundation’.

JUMBLE SALE organised by the Women’s Institute is on Saturday March 28 at midday 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.

Many thanksCADBURY 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.

CHAILEY DOLPHINS Swim with Haywards Heath Lions Club A Staff team (Tyrone, Brian, Ricci, Dale, Tracy and Jeremy) from Chailey Heritage Foundation ‘The Chailey Dolphins’ are taking part in the Haywards Heath Lions Club Swimarathon on Good Friday, April 3, at the Dolphin Leisure Centre to raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation and the Lions chosen charity which is SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) Sussex. You can support the Chailey Dolphins at

PARISH COUNCILLOR Have you thought about becoming a Parish Councillor at the local council elections on May 7. If so to find out what you need to do to be nominated do contact the Parish Clerk, Vera Grainger, on 01444 831453 between 9.30am and 2.30pm (Monday to Thursdays) or email The deadline for nominations and to lodge the appropriate forms is Thursday April 9

BRIGHTON MARATHON Would you like to run for St Peter & St James Hospice on Sunday April 12? The Hospice has just a few places left and would be delighted to be supported in this way. There is a £25 entry fee and a £600 minimum sponsorship requirement. To find out more, and request a registration form, please contact the Hospice Fundraising Department. They like to have an informal chat before allocating the places, so please call the office (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm) or send an email to to request a call back.

PROMOTING THE RAILWAY it is too easy to assume that the world knows everything there is to know about the Bluebell Railway however, that is far from the case and there is a small team of members eager to explain all about the Railway by visiting clubs and societies across the south east. The clubs/societies to which talks and PowerPoint presentations were given in 2014 covered a wide spectrum, including transport interest groups, Rotary and Probus clubs, senior citizen clubs, and others. If your society would be interested in a visit by a speaker from the Bluebell Railway please get in touch with Mike Pettit at Similarly, Mike would be interested to hear from anyone who would like to join the team of speakers.

“CAMELOT” TO RECEIVE AWDRY TRUST GRANT The Bluebell Railway is pleased to report that The Hilary Awdry Charitable Trust is providing a grant of £10,000 towards the completion of No. 73082 “Camelot”. Hilary Awdry was the daughter of the Rev. Wilbert Awdry, who wrote the well-known Thomas the Tank Engine books.

VOLUNTEERS ARE SOUGHT to help put the ideas and suggestions following the re-ordering of St Peter’s Church into practice. The popularity of the Lent Lunches has highlighted just how useful it is to have the kitchen in the Church and the additional open space. The first focus will be food-based events, to maximize the use of the new facilities and reach out to the wider community. Further ideas still to be explored are book groups, Children’s cookery sessions and craft groups, drama, young adult’s social group, a Supper Club and a regular Church service for young people with activities and participation. The Church is in particular need of volunteers to help with exciting events planned to take place in church in the near future. There are many ways that you can help for example a Weekly Lunch Club is planned and assistance with preparing lunch, supplying puddings, serving meals and chatting to guests and making them welcome would be much appreciated. Afternoon teas are also planned and again any help with making cakes and/or serving tea and cake in church on the third Sunday afternoon each month would be gratefully received whether it is on a regular or irregular basis. You do not need to be a member of the congregation to assist. To offer your assistance or find out more contact Fiona Pearl at or on 01825 723135.


Diana Mackenzie


SUSSEX CHORUS will perform a concert on Saturday, 21st March in All Saints Church, Hove BN3 3QE at 7.30. The music in this concert is French sacred music by two French composers - Gounod (1818-1893) and Durufle (1902-1986). The organist is Adrian Bawtree, Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. The conductor is Alan Vincent. Tickets: £15, concessions £12, students & children under 16, £5 are available from Sussex Chorus Website & Ticket Manager 01444 412579. Also from and the Dome Box Office 01273 709709.

Cuckfield Evening WI heard Ian Gledhill talk about The Volks Railway in Brighton and the man behind it, Magnus Volk, at their February meeting. His skill in presentation and delivery were both superb . The competition, “A Railway Souvenir “ was won by Marion Davison who had her mother’s railway ticket for June 1939 from Germany to England , which was not just a railway ticket, but it saved her life , as she was a refugee. After the break, Pauline Smith discussed the South of England Show, the Cuckoo Fair and what to do with our surplus money- either a bursary or a craft class. New members are always welcome. Please contact Marion Davison on 01444 455939.

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.


Mercedes Madden

Tel: 01273 845236


The Ditchling Horticultural Society - held their Annual Bulb Show on Saturday 14th March in the Village hall. A dull cold day was brightened by the wonderful display of early Spring flowers and floral arrangements on view. The handicrafts and cooking section were well represented and there was a record entry for the children’s exhibits of “tete a tete narcissus” and a garden in an egg shell.

Cup and Trophy winners

Herbert Bannister Cup - L Van Stiphout

The Bob Webber Cup - V Winter

The Crosby Cook Trophy – N Stafford

1st Prize winners

Flowers and Plants - N Strafford J Clutterbuck V Winter L Van Stiphout S Campbell A Sandercock R Morley J Morley J Mellor M Holman

Floral Art - S Cox J Laing

Photography - B Newman

Children’s Section - S Andrews C Van Stiphout A Van Stiphout I Andrews A Leneghan

Ditchling Film Society - On Thursday, 2 April 2015 the film will be Tracks set in the Australian outback about Robyn Davidson, played by Australian actress, Mia Wasikowska a 27 year old woman who decides to walk 1,700 miles west from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean accompanied only by 4 camels and her dog. The film charts her adventures en route and the varied people she meets, including Mr Eddy, played by Roly Mintuma, an Aboriginal man, who imparts some invaluable local wisdom to her. Rick Smolan, played by Adam Driver, is a photographer commissioned by National Geographic magazine who takes pictures of her along the way and leaves canisters of drinking water along the driest section of her route. A romance with Rick threatens for a while but is outmanoeuvred. This beautiful film transforms the desert into an amazing blaze of texture and colour and as Robyn’s journey progresses, she almost seems to blend with the landscape around her.Director: John Curran.


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638


I appreciate this is short notice, but were you aware that Saturday, 21 March is Community Clear Up Day? As this is the official start of Spring, what better way to start the season than with a spring clean? I have had a look on the website and there aren’t any schemes in the area at the time of writing but if you would like to get involved have a look on the website and see what is going on. If you would like to arrange something yourself in the next few weeks, full details on how to arrange something and what you should do by way of preparation can also be found on the same website.

The meeting last week to launch the Slaugham Parish Community Land Trust was fairly well attended; it was a shame that were very few from the other villages in the parish – Slaugham, Warninglid and Pease Pottage – but the founding directors were pleased with the number who took the time out to listen and learn. Unfortunately, I am unable to give you a full report of the meeting this week but will do so next week, but suffice to say, it was a very interesting meeting and I hope that many people, not just in Handcross but the parish as a whole, will be signing up for their share in this independent community organisation which will in time (hopefully not too long!) allow them to have a say in various community projects. Watch this space!

On Sunday, 22 March, the Victory Inn in Staplefield is hosting a Quiz Night in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Timing is 7 for 7.30 pm and you should make up your own teams of up to four people at £2.50 per head. Food will be available from 6 pm and there will also be the usual raffle and all profits will go to the Hospice. Why not go along and see if you know more that the regulars!

I am sure there are many people in the village who have been avidly following the Great British Bake Off, either in its ‘usual’ format or the recent ‘Red Nose Day’ format and have thought ‘do I have the ability to take part?’ You now have the opportunity to find out what is involved as the Great British Bake Off is coming to St Mary’s in Slaugham! On Sunday, 26 April, Cat Dresser, our local Bake Off contestant and proprietor of the Little Handcross Bakery, will be giving a demonstration and talking about her experience in the Tent. If you would like to go along and enjoy an afternoon tea of sandwiches, savoury bites, scones and cakes; tickets cost £10, £5 for children under 14 and can be purchased from Dudley House, St Mary’s Church (Avril Simmons) and the Little Handcross Bakery – buy soon as I am sure it will be a sell-out!

I have recently heard of another scam that I thought I would bring to your attention. If you receive a call from someone who claims to be from BT demanding payment of an unpaid bill and threatening to cut you off if you don’t make the payment immediately, hang up! You may (or may not) pay BT for your line rental but I am certain that BT would not call you up and demand payment in this way. If you can get as much information from the caller as possible, ie their name and any number you could call to verify what you are being told, pass this information to the police by calling 101 or 999 and quoting ‘Op Edisto’. Please remember, if you are asked to hang up and then call back on any number, leave it a good 10 to 15 minutes if not longer before doing so, it is unlikely they will be able to keep the line open to them for that length of time. If you would like more information regarding scams and how to deal with them, there is a publication that can be downloaded from the West Sussex Police website:


Steve Berry

Tel 0 7889 141136


The Hurst, Hassocks and Ditchling U3A will be meeting tomorrow, 20th March at Ditchling Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ditchling at 2.00pm for “George 1st - Connoisseur or Conman” with Martin Heard.

The Hassocks Field Society are holding a Coffee Morning with various stalls on Saturday 21st March at the PaulineThaw Centre, Dale Avenue, Hassocks from 10.00am to 12.00noon

Also on Saturday, ACTION FOR CHILDREN (formerly NCH - National Children’s Homes) have their annual Coffee Morning at the United Reformed Church Hall, Keymer Road from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. Over the last 21 years over £15,000 has been raised to help fund their work in assisting and protecting children. There will be various stalls (cakes, Bring and Buy etc) plus a raffle and tombola. The coffee morning is also the opportunity for people who keep ‘League of Light’ collecting boxes to bring them in to be emptied. In the last 15 years these boxes, together with other donations, have raised nearly £8,000. Do come along, spend some money and enjoy a chat with friends over coffee and biscuits. We would be delighted to see you, and we would be even more delighted if you would like to take a League of Light box for that small (or large!) change that you won’t miss, but will make such a difference to a young person’s life.

Join the local group of the Mid Sussex Ramblers on Sunday 22nd March for a 5 miles Downland Walk. Meet at 2.00pm at Clayton Windmills car park on the downs (turning off A273 Clayton Hill).

Burgess Hill District Lions are returning to South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road Hassocks on Sunday 22nd March for their annual Book Sale between 10am & 4pm. All proceeds from the sale go back into the local community. They are also pleased to accept Spectacles, Hearing Aids and Mobile Phones for recycling.

Hassocks Field Society will be meeting on Wednesday 23rd March in Adastra Hall, Keymer Road at 7.45pm.where Stephen Morphew will be giving a talk on “European Garden History”. Visitors welcome £2.00.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 23rd March at Pavilion Electrics, Keymer Road for the ‘GARDENER’S FORUM’ at the Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, on 10th April where Jean Griffin, one of the garden experts from BBC Radio Sussex, will be answering any questions, queries or worries that you may have about your garden or allotment. The evening will begin at 7.30pm and admission will be just £3.00 with refreshments available and a Super Raffle to add to the enjoyment of the evening. Proceeds will be for much needed research into the serious illness of Crohn’s Disease.

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


CORRECTION THE HORTICULTURAL SPRING SHOW will be on Saturday 28th March at 2.15pm in the Village Centre, and not on 21st March as previously advertised. So you have a bit more time to prepare! Exhibits for spring flowers, cookery, photography, and floral items, plus a special life-size scarecrow competition for the children, with a top prize of £10. Why not encourage them 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.

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS on 7th May 2015. Would you like to make a difference and be involved in shaping the future of the local community? Why not stand for election as a Parish Councillor. A small workshop is being held on Tuesday 24th March from 6:30 – 7:30pm in the Village Centre on Trinity Road. Go along and find out how you can get involved and what your local Council does. There is not much time - the deadline for Mid Sussex District Council to receive applications is 4pm, 9th April 2015. Contact the Parish Council office for more information: tel. 01273 833264, email: , website: .

NATIONAL THEATRE at the village cinema. The Hurst Film Society and Players Theatre are delighted to present a live broadcast of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE starring Mark Strong on Thursday 26th March. Tickets £10/£12.50 from Mishon Mackay or online or ;

VILLAGE CINEMA Friday 27th March: Tom Hardy gives the performance of a lifetime in the thrilling and gripping drama, LOCKE, and on Saturday 28th March film entertainment for all the family with CHICKEN RUN from the makers of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. Tickets as above.

COFFEE MORNING with a demonstration and display of Calligraphy by Susan Skinner, at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 21st March from 10am to12.00. 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 of course 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, not actors, and it was originally staged on Passion Sunday last year, but will be on the evening before this time. It has just one rehearsal with members of the congregation taking part. Musical interludes separate the scenes. Open to all.

HURSTPIERPOINT HISTORICAL & GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY meeting on 27th March will be on North Laine - an industrial suburb. Speaker Peter Crowhurst, a former Head of History at a West Sussex school. Guide Hall starting at 8pm. All welcome.

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.

RNLI QUIZ NIGHT A 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 again this year with the well known Quiz Master John Wilkinson. Tickets are £9 including a Ploughman’s Supper, and available from Mishon Mackay, who are kindly sponsoring the evening, as well as from The Mint House or direct from committee members.. Tables are 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 from the Mint House and on the day at the door.

HURSTPIERPOINT NSPCC committee raised the magnificent sum of £902.00 at their recent musical evening with the TT singers at Danny. Thank you very much everyone who supported, and made it such an enjoyable evening. Thanks also go to everyone who helped and to Richard Burrows for agreeing to host the evening in such a beautiful venue.


COUNTRY MARKET free admission every Thursday at King Edward Hall from 10am to 11am. Plenty of fresh home made cakes including gluten free, preserves, eggs, and craft from cards to knitted and sewn items. Now coming in plants and vegetables. Tea and coffee with biscuits available.Do you enjoy baking? Keen cooks are sought as stallholders, to bring their own specialties to sell at this friendly weekly event. Local crafters also welcome. Pop in for a chat to find out more.


Shirley James

Tel: 01825 722348


Newick Country Market will be open on Friday morning from 10 to 11am in the Village Hall.

This weekends services at St. Mary’s Church are Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am followed by Holy Communion (Common Worship ) at 10.30am.

Another Lent Course will take place on Thursday evening in the Barn Centre at 7pm for 7.30pm, everyone most welcome.

Newick Cinema will be showing the film Mr. Turner on Sunday 22nd in the Village Hall doors opens 7 pm the film will commence at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 on the door , you can always book in advance by emailing

Nominated for 4 Oscars, the film explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter Mr.J.M.W. Turners (1775-1851

Newick Green WI will be meeting on 26th in the Community Centre ay 7.45pm the speaker will be Diana Page the will be demonstration of a selection of both savoury and sweet vegetarian and vegan dishes which are easy to prepare, visitors are most welcome to join this meeting

Newick Horticultural Society will be holding the SPRING SHOW in the Village Hall on Saturday 28th doors will be open at 2.30pm, this is a lovely event just to walk into the hall and see the beautiful spring flowers, makes one feel that winter has finished and there are better days ahead.

Yes, British summer time commences on Saturday, so don’t forget to adjust to clocks accordingly.

Also on Saturday morning 28th HEADWAY Hurstwood Park will be holding a COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING Event in the Community Centre from 10.00am till 1pm this will be a Jumble Sale and Coffee morning, there will be cakes on sale and raffle, If you have any jumble that they could sell,(NOT ELECTRICIAL or FURNITURE, please telephone Kate 01 825 724 323.

Headway offers in valuable support and service to people that have acquired brain injury. They would like to get to know the local community better, so please do make a special effort to attend this worth while event.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall this Saturday (March 21) at 2pm. It is being organised by the Tennis Club and donations of jumble will be much appreciated at the hall from 9am. Also do go along at 2pm and see if you can pick up a bargain. Along with jumble there will be cakes, lucky dip, tombola and refreshments.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm. There will also be Sung Communion at 10.30am at East Chiltington Church. 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, along with your own instruments.

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 with admission £3. David is the Academic Director of the Sussex School of Archaeology and a well-known expert on Roman Sussex and Roman villas. Details will be available of the excavations, planned 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.

RAISING MONEY FOR THE PARALLEL YOUTH GAMES Jamie Lambert a 14 year old gifted athlete from Plumpton at the peak of his 2014 season suffered a hip injury which rendered him unable to continue competing or even training for a number of months. This period made him truly appreciate the challenges and difficulties disabled teenagers face to participate in competitive sporting activities. On Tuesday, March 24, Jamie is joining a four man Arctic expedition to southern Greenland to attempt a 100 kilometre journey within a target of seven days. Jamie is completing this challenge to raise funds for Active Sussex, the charity working to increase the number of children and young people participating in sport and physical activity in Sussex; with funds he raises going towards running the Parallel Youth Games event which is a multi-sport competition for disabled school children in Sussex. Jamie’s target is £3,000 to cover the costs of running the Games, at The Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill on June10. To sponsor Jamie visit and all money donated will go direct to Active Sussex

POP-IN-PARLOUR opens its doors on Tuesday, March 24, at All Saints Church Annex from 11am onwards for tea/coffee, lite-bites and home-made soup.

HEBRIDEAN JOURNEY LEWES TO LEWIS is the illustrated talk by David Lang at the Footpath Society meeting, at the village hall, on Wednesday March 25 at 2pm for a 2.30pm start. Do go along and learn more about the wildlife of the Outer Hebrides; as everyone is welcome to attend this talk.

‘PRAYER AND MEDITATION’ is the subject of a talk on Wednesday, March 25, in All Saints Church Annex. The talks begin at 8pm and last about 90 minutes. Everyone is welcome to attend.

HAPPY CIRCLE meets on Thursday, March 26, at 2pm in All Saints’ church Annexe. Please do join in this meeting.

CURRY EVENING takes place at All Saints Church Annex on Friday, March 27, from 7.30pm onwards. There will be 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. There are classes for spring flowers, vegetables, cookery, handicrafts and home-made wines. There are also classes for children to enter. The Show is open to all, and each class only costs a few pence to enter, so do have a go. Please call 01273 891881 for a Show Schedule detailing all the classes.

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

YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOU Have you thought about standing for election as a parish councillor? The four yearly cycle for Parish Council elections will be up in May and the entire Council has to be elected on May 7. Being a parish councillor is involves representing the interests of the community and assisting with decisions such as the management of the Parish budget, the administration of the village hall, playing fields, and local planning decisions. There is much more to the role and it is an opportunity to make a real difference in matters that concern all villagers. If you are considering standing for election preliminary details can be obtained by contacting the Parish Clerk, Sarah Jeffers, at or the current Chair Paul Nicholson at or 01273 891725. The deadline for nominations and to lodge the appropriate forms is Thursday April 9.

SUCCESSFUL ANTIQUE VALUATIONS DAYS hosted by Vernon Ward, at the Half Moon, made £164.70 for the Argus Appeal. I am informed most of the items valued were jewellery, although the items that attracted the most interest were some Japanese plaques. If you missed the Roadshow and would like Vernon to undertake valuations to raise funds for charity do call him on 01273 502097 or visit

THANKS to all who completed the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire, the response was excellent and the responses will help shape the future of the village. There was the chance for two who completed the questionnaire to win prizes and Peter and Angela Tomsett won a £50 voucher to be spent in the village store and Natalie Summers won a £50 voucher to dine at the Half Moon.

RECYCLING BOX LIDS Lewes District Council would like residents to trial, until the end of August, a new way of keeping items in kerbside recycling boxes dry and contained. You will have two new plastic covers to use instead of the regular box lids. One should be attached to the paper recycling box and the other to the slightly larger recycling box for plastics and cans. If you have more than two recycling boxes continue to use the regular box lids on the additional boxes. If this trial is successful the new covers will be offered on a permanent basis.

SPEED CHECKS Reports of speeding by motorists through the village continue to be received and the Council is keen to see speed checks carried out again in the village. The Speed Indication Device is still held within the village and the Council is assisting the police to use it again to reduce the hazard that speeding motorists present. Volunteers are needed to operate the device and anyone interested in helping is asked to contact PCSO Steven Knowles at or call 101 ext. 563018.

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.

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.

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 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:-

20th March—End of term meal

For more information contact Emily at


Richard Spencer

Tel: 01444 471295


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

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

>>> WIVELSFIELD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN is in the Pre Submission Consultation period now 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 Event where you can meet members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Parish Councillors ; 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 8th & 29th April, in the month 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.

WIVELSFIELD CHURCH --- In period before Easter weekend. Palm Sunday : 29th March -- 8.00am Holy Communion, 10.30am Procession with donkey and Blessing of Palms, followed by the Service with Passion Reading and Eucharist, 6.00pm Evensong. Wednesday 1st April : 9.30am to 3.30pm “JAM” Craft Day for children in the Village Hall. Maundy Thursday : 2nd April 8.00pm The Lord’s Supper and Prayer Vigil. You can find us on Twitter & Facebook -- search for “Wivelsfield Church”

PILATES & EXERCISE CLASSES ---- Fitness in the coming months of 2015 INTO 2015 ?? 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. CHURCH HALL further update

CHURCH HALL Update : All steel beams have now been delivered and installed and much of the upstairs flooring laid. The dormers have been constructed and the windows ordered. Much of the electric wiring has been installed. The roof tiles are now going back on and re-tiling should be finished soon. Once the repainting of the upper part of the hall is completed the scaffolding can be removed, before the end of March. The builders have confirmed that they expect to complete their work by the end of April.

A SERVICE OF PRAYER for wholeness and healing will be held at Wivelsfield Parish Church on Sunday 22nd March at 6pm .All welcome. Refreshments after the service.Wheelchair access.

Bridge Club news

WEALD BRIDGE CLUB - results for Friday 13 March 2015:-

1st Richard Hopperton & Lorna Mence

2nd Bernard & Elena Kelly

=3rd Pat & Bob Weir

=3rd Graham & Ray Medhurst

Burgess Hill Bridge Club

14 March

1. Margaret Drake & Paul Smith

2. John & Margaret Greer

3. Anmie & Gavin Edia

West Sussex Bridge Club

Results for week ending Friday March 13, 2015

Monday evening

1st Graham Hedley & Berry Hedley

2nd=Andy Willard & David Spencer

2nd=Suzanna Gray & Ian Wright

Tuesday evening

NS 1st James Bugden & Bill Nicolle

2nd Lindsay Geddes & Sally Bugden

3rd Neil Watts & Nigel Urban

EW 1st Matt Read & Philip Hunt

2nd=Norman Hardy & Heather Barker

2nd=Ian Sanderson & Brian Kirkdale

Wednesday evening

1st Neil Watts & Philip Hunt

2nd Sally Bugden & Linda Gardiner

3rd Chris Jago & Peter Collins

Thursday afternoon

1st Chris Jepson & Lindsay Geddes

2nd David Spencer & Peter Collins

3rd Richard Hopperton & Ann Hunt

Thursday evening

1st Chris Hook & David Young

2nd Valerie Austin & Caroline Exall

3rd Brian Kirkdale & Chris Mewes


Results for 9 March -

1. Linda Gardiner & Bill Nicolle

2= Mary Curtis & Robert Weir AND MaryTeviot & Richard Hopperton

4. Margaret Heaver & David Colin

Pet Detectives

Ring June on 07730534049

Happily, MAISIE the Siamese girl missing from Hickstead is now safely home. She’d got locked in a neighbours outhouse. Grateful thanks to all who helped in the search for her

FOUND Tiny exotic bird, very tame. Found in Haywards Heath town centre. Hopefully a worried owner will come forward

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 he

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

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