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HUGE THANK YOU: To the Bonfire Society and everyone who helped them make the bonfire celebrations such a success. Although not the best of evenings weather wise it was great to see people watching and supporting the society along the road, at the memorial and on the field. The memorial service was particularly special this year, with friends from visiting societies taking part and laying wreaths during the service. The Bonfire Society hope that you enjoyed the evening; if you have any comments or suggestions about the event please let the society know via email to contact@chaileybonfire.co.uk.

ANOTHER THANK YOU: In very poor weather conditions, persistent rain in fact, 225 trekkers took part in Track Trek at the Bluebell Railway. The initial estimate of the money raised in sponsorship is £11,000, after deducting the costs of staging the event. The money raised will be divided between the OP4 and ASH projects. A special thank goes to all who turned out in such poor weather conditions, be they Trekkers, marshals, station staff or the many volunteers who carried out other roles to make the Trek possible. Your contribution to the Railway is greatly appreciated. Special praise must go to James Young for his management of the event. The time and effort he put in to see it run so smoothly was enormous.

CHAILEY FREE CHURCH: Has services every Sunday. A Morning Service takes place at 10.30am and an Evening Service at 6.30pm. All welcome to the services, visit www.chaileyfreechurch.com for more details.

MUM AND TODDLER GROUP: At St Peter’s Church on Chailey Green, takes place every Friday from 9.30am. This is free of charge and coffee, tea and biscuits will be available. If you or anyone you know would be interested in coming along please contact the Parish Office on 01825 722286 for more information.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Takes place at St. Peter’s Church tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 3pm. Do go along and meet Father Christmas. There will be stalls include wine tasting from Bluebell Vineyard, food gifts from Deerview Fine Foods, Pete’s Pantry, festive handmade gifts, toys and much more. Admission is £2 to include seasonal refreshments.

WHIST DRIVE: Is being organised by the Women’s Institute is tomorrow, Saturday, at the village hall, at 7.30pm. The cost is £3.50, which includes refreshments and prizes. For more information call Carol Brown on 01825 723757.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: For Senior Citizens will be at the village hall on Saturday December 3 from 12.30pm. This free annual event is organised by the Bonfire Society and includes a Christmas meal, with all the trimmings, followed by musical entertainment. There party will end with a short firework display at approximately 5pm. This is an excellent way to start the festive season and one I highly recommend. If you would like to attend please call Jane on 01273 400632 or email jane.stent@btinternet.com. Transport is available just let Jane know and she will make the arrangements for you.

VOLUNTEERS: Would be much appreciated to help with Chailey Heritage Foundation’s bucket collection on Thursday December 8 and Wednesday December 21 at Tesco Superstore, Burgess Hill. If you are able to assist please email fundraising@chf.org.uk.

CHAILEY @ CHRISTMAS: Everyone at St Peter’s Church is looking forward to Christmas this year with a free event to reflect the Magic of Christmas. From Friday December 9 to Sunday December 11 they are holding their first Chailey @ Christmas event which features a Christmas Tree Festival in St Peter’s. There will be many decorated Christmas trees from local groups and businesses. There will be hand bell presentations, choirs, harp music and a brilliant Saturday evening concert by the superb Sussex choir Coro Nuovo to include seasonal music, readings and verse, in the church lit by Christmas Trees. This concert will be a ticketed event for details of which see below. From 2pm until 6pm on the Friday afternoon the church will be open to visitors who can view the trees, whilst enjoying a hand bell presentation, seasonal music and a cup of tea and cake.

From 10am until 5pm on Saturday there will be special peel of Bells at 10am and a chance to meet bell ringers afterwards. Again, tea and cake will be available. At 7pm on the Saturday the special Christmas Concert Coro Nuovo at Christmas. On the Sunday the normal services will be held around the festival. This is a ticketed event, at £10 per ticket (accompanied children under 16 free) to include light refreshments. Tickets will be available on the door or from Janet Barnes on 01825 722574 or friendsofstpeterschailey@hotmail.co.uk.

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