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KIDS FOR A QUID: Is the special half term offer starting this Saturday (October 24) until Sunday November 1 at the Bluebell Railway; with trains running on the hour from 11am to 3pm. For more details call 01825 720800.

FARLEY’S YARD ART AWARDS: Congratulations go to former students of Chailey School James Warren, Nathaniel Anscombe and Erin Long whose work was selected to exhibit at the Farley’s Yard Arts Awards at Farley Farmhouse in Chiddingly. The awards are held, annually, to reflect the outstanding quality of GCSE and A level art work that is produced in schools across East Sussex. Chailey School are pleased to report that Nathaniel won a highly commended prize for his ‘Brain Sculpture’, looking at the different functions of parts of the brain, and Erin was the overall winner in the 2D/mixed media category for her work about friendships and journeys. If you wish to see the exhibition it is open this Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm and entrance is free. You can also take the opportunity to tour Farley Farmhouse and sculpture garden, home of the Surrealist painter Roland Penrose and photographer Lee Miller, for a small fee.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. For help with transport call Teresa on 01825 722586.

FREE CHURCH: At South Chailey, has services this Sunday at 10.30am with Peter Cottingham and 6.30pm with Paul Daniels. On Tuesdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

CHARITY QUIZ: Is at the Horns Lodge, South Chailey, on Tuesday at 8pm. Teams of up to seven; £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422.

FUNGI FORAY: Is a walk, on Wednesday to which children are especially welcome as it will involve finding and identifying the many species of fungi on the Commons. Members of the Commons Society will be on hand to assist with identification. Meet at Romany Ridge car park for a 2pm start. For more information visit www.chaileycommons.org.uk or call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

MURDER MYSTERY: Is at the Five Bells on Friday October 30; for an evening of murder, mystery, food and wine call 01825 722259 to reserve your table.

GIANTS OF STEAM: Will be at the Bluebell Railway over the weekend of October 31and November 1. It will include visiting locos BR Standard class 7 No. 70000 Britannia and SR class V No. 925 Cheltenham. These will run alongside the Bluebell Railway’s Southern Railway S15 Class Number 847 and Q Class number 30541 and British Railways Standard Class 5 number 73082 ‘Camelot’.

VOLUNTEERING: All are welcome to find out about volunteering at the Bluebell Railway; to help you choose which department you can join one of the Find Out More tours and the next one is on Sunday, November 1. To book your place call the General Office on 01825 720800 or email the Volunteer Recruitment leaders Michael Gibbard and Clive Soper at bluebellvolunteer@gmail.com. The day will start at 10.30am at the classroom at Sheffield Park Station and end around 4.20pm.

SHOE BOXES: This is a long running Christmas tradition at St Peter’s Church; just fill a shoe box with useful items for a boy or girl of a certain age. These can include toys, school supplies, hygiene items etc. Filled boxes need to be delivered to Joy by Monday November 2; for more information or to arrange delivery call Joy on 01825 722936.

KNIT AND NATTER: Love knitting or would like to learn then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday November 3 at 7.30pm. Go along with your current project or if just learning wool, needles and tips will be available. To find out more call 01273 890114.

PARISH COUNCIL: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday November 3 at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: The annual meeting took place last month and Carol Brown was re-elected president and Laurie Fisher secretary. They and the committee were thanked for all they had done during the past year in making Chailey WI so successful and enjoyable. The group’s next meeting is on Tuesday November 3, at the village hall, when Anna Austin will be talking about ‘How Women Learned to Love the Car’. This will be a fascinating account from a time when women first dared to drive and their advance to the present day. Guests and prospective members will be made most welcome.

FIVE BELLS: Presents a Shake, Patty and Roll Night on Wednesday November 4. Do go along and build your own burger from over 50 different fillings and enjoy Rock and Roll music and homemade milkshakes.

GRANDPARENT’S GROUP: There is no meeting during half-term and meetings will resume on Wednesday November 4 from 9.30am to 11.30am at Chailey Children’s Centre. This is a very friendly playgroup for grandparents and their grandchildren aged up to 5yrs with plenty for the children to do. Do join them or for more details call Susannah Griffin on 01852 724335.

LUNCH CLUB: Open to everyone is at St Peter’s Church on Thursday November 5 from 12.30pm. The cost is £5, do go along and meet people and enjoy delicious freshly prepared home cooked food. The menu is available at www.stpeterschailey.org/.

BONFIRE NIGHT PARADE: On Saturday November 7 is designed as a family event and themed towards children. There will be a torch lit procession, including vintage vehicles, themed floats, walking parades and members of Chailey and Lindfield Bonfire Society. The procession starts at 6pm from Chailey School (Mill Lane) and proceeds along the A275, stopping at the Horns Lodge for refreshments. Then it continues to the Five Bells before returning to the field opposite Markstakes for the fire and fireworks. Village members and local societies and clubs are invited and encouraged to design floats and costumes. Two awards are presented every year for best float and costume in the procession. If you wish to enter either a float or walking group just call Diane on 01273 401900. Also please call Diane if you are able to help the society on the night, in any way, or with clearing up on the Sunday as they would be very pleased to hear from you.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: If you wish to join the congregation at St Peter’s Church in worship on Remembrance Sunday (November 8) and stay for a curry lunch you are most welcome. The cost of the lunch is £13 per person and for catering purposes please call the Parish Office on 01825 722586 to book. Andy Rees the Church organist will be playing music from that era during lunch.

NOTES FROM THE RANGER: This winter period there are plans for further work on birch and scrub clearance on Romany Ridge, Red House Common and Pound Common. A mosaic of dense gorse together with mature and character specimen trees will be retained as appropriate. Volunteer days will give an opportunity to enhance the habitat to improve places where there are valuable plants together with protection for the most sensitive areas. The next volunteer working group is on Sunday November 8 from 10am till 3pm. The team will be guided by Mike Murphy from Sussex Wildlife Trust. Would you like to help with this valuable work to improve the heathland? Meet at Romany Ridge car park (by the North Common Road to Wivelsfield). For more details contact Jo Heading (Senior Ranger) Rights of Way and Countryside Maintenance at jo.heading@eastsussex.gov.uk or 01273 482736.

QUESTIONAIRE: Have you completed it? If you have and haven’t got round to posting it may be easier to take it to McColl’s South Chailey Stores or South Chailey Surgery (Opening hours 8.30am to 12.30pm and 3pm to 6.30pm Mondays to Fridays) or send it by email to chaileypc@btconnect.com. Please make your views known to the Parish Council by completing and returning the questionnaire by Saturday November 14.

PUMPKINS: Townings Farm grow a variety of Pumpkins for Halloween, and their pumpkins vary from miniature ones to those weighing up to 82 kilograms. Do visit their barn decorated with pumpkins, it’s always an impressive display and is well worth seeing even if you don’t plan to buy a pumpkin. If you do, there will be lots to choose from; you’re sure to find the perfect one for carving or making soups. Just call in at the Farm at Plumpton Road, North Chailey, or to find out more beforehand visit http://www.towningsfarm.co.uk/.

THANKS: To new sponsors Broad Oak Tree Consultants and Town and City Residential Letting Ltd who are very kindly supporting Chailey and Newick FC Colts this year. They have supplied new items of kit for the U16s and U14s and the club is very grateful for such fantastic support from local companies.

GEOFFREY COPE: One of the Bluebell Society’s Vice-Presidents passed away after a short illness last month. Geoffrey was a highly regarded and much respected civil engineer but moved over to the Permanent Way engineering side and was always willing to share his knowledge, to encourage others and to provide advice. His funeral has taken place but donations may be made in his memory to RedR UK (www.redr.org.uk/) an engineering-based charity which helps rebuild lives in times of disaster by training, supporting and providing aid workers to relief programmes across the world.

HONOR LAMB: Will be missed by her many friends in the Commons Society and for her plant knowledge for the surveys. She kindly left a generous gift; a wonderful selection of her books and pictures to the Society and these are now in the Society’s library in the village hall and may be borrowed by members. All are welcome to join the Society; to find out about membership call Anne Marsden on 01444 414361.

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