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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 details.

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.

CRICKET: Chailey play in a friendly against Gully Cricketers on Sunday starting at 2pm, at the sports ground just off the A272. If you would like to play cricket on Sundays, regularly or occasionally, you will be made most welcome. If you wish to play or would like more information call Peter on 07709946880.

CHAILEY WI: Meet on Tuesday at the village hall, at 7.45pm for what will be their annual Members’ Meeting. This is when the committee sit back and members arrange and run the meeting. The speaker is a surprise. Prospective members and guests are always very welcome for a nominal charge of £3 which includes refreshments. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

VOLUNTEERS: The next Find Out More tour for Bluebell Railway volunteers is on Sunday July 9. The meeting time is 10.30am, at Sheffield Park Station, and the day should end around 4.30pm. Book your place on the tour by contacting the General Office on 01825 720800, or just turn up at Sheffield Park on July 9.

SUMMER SHOW: Organised by the Horticultural Society takes place at the village hall on Saturday July 15. There will be classes for produce, flowers, plants, photography, handicraft and cookery. There are classes for all age groups and experience. The classes are detailed in a Show Schedule and a Schedule can be obtained from Peter Estcourt on 01273 400791.

LUNCH CLUB: At St Peter’s Church is held monthly at 12.30pm in the church, on Chailey Green, and the next lunch club is on Thursday July 20. All are welcome to go along for a delicious meal, meet new people and chat and relax. The food is freshly prepared and home-cooked with a main course, choice of puddings and tea/coffee all for £5 per person. There is easy access and disabled toilet facilities. If you require transport or further information please contact Julia Guerard on 01825 722967.

SUMMER FUN: On Chailey Green, organised by St Peter’s Church, takes place on Saturday July 22 from 1pm to 4pm. There will be live music, games, toys, a fabulous raffle, food, cakes, strawberries and cream, art workshop, tombola, Harvey’s, Pimms and Bluebell Wine tents and many more exciting stalls. Entry is free. For more information or to donate a raffle prize call the Parish Office on 01825 722286.

WALK: Summer Butterfly Walk with the Commons Society is on Saturday July 22 between 2pm and 4pm. All are welcome to join Karen Pritty to find these beautiful creatures on Red House Common or Lane End Common. Meet at the car park; check which on the day. For more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

WINDMILL: And Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday July 30 between 3pm and 5pm with entry £1 for adults and 50p for children aged under 16 years. For more information regarding the Mill call John Smith on 01825 723519.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: July is a busy time in the garden and not a month to go away on holiday. Early crops such as potatoes, broad beans, lettuce, courgettes and early peas are all ready to be eaten with more to follow. Most soft fruit will be ripening and may benefit from some summer pruning. With gooseberries, after picking cut back long shoots by half and make sure the plant has an open form. With currants prune out the old wood down to ground level. The old wood will be bearing this year’s crop so rather than picking there and then why not cut out the whole branch and go to the pub and pick at leisure. Raspberry canes that have fruited should be cut down to ground level and the new growth (which will produce next year’s crop) tied in. Keep the weeds down with a good mulch of grass cuttings. Keep French and runner beans well watered and pick regularly to keep the plant producing. Early in the month it might be worth planting a few dwarf French beans which will then crop until the first frost. Courgettes may need a fertiliser boost and extra water to keep them going and ensure to keep picking the young fruit. If the fruit gets too big and seeds form the plant has done its duty to reproduce and will give up. In the greenhouse keep everything well watered and try and keep the temperature down by good ventilation. Stop greenhouse tomatoes after the sixth truss and maybe remove a few of the lower leaves to encourage ripening. For more information call Peter Estcourt on 01273400791 or email pge44@waitrose.com.

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