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BIG CAMP: Today, Friday, and tomorrow, Saturday, at Sheffield Park and Garden. Enjoy a night under canvas at this wild camping weekend, just set up by 7pm and enjoy cooking on their barbecue and later in the evening stargazing. The cost for adults is £25 and children £15 per night which includes a barbecue supper and breakfast. Booking is essential on 0844 249 1895 and a booking fee applies.

CRICKET: Chailey play in a league game at the sports ground, North Chailey tomorrow, Saturday, against Hurstpierpoint at 1.30pm. On Sunday there is a friendly game again at the sports ground against Slindon at 2pm. Interested in playing league or friendly cricket? You will be made most welcome at Chailey Cricket Club. To find out more about cricket in Chailey do call Peter on 07709946880 and visit

SUMMER SHOW: Organised by the horticultural society takes place tomorrow, Saturday. There are classes for produce, flowers, plants, photography, handicraft and cookery. Do go along and see the exhibits from 2.30pm, there’s sure to be an excellent display. Prize giving is at 4pm and will be followed by an auction of produce. Refreshments will be available, including homemade cakes. For more information or a Show Schedule call Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699.

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THE FRESHFIELDS TEST: A Bluebell Railway XI has its annual social cricket match against Scaynes Hill Cricket Club, at Freshfield Cricket ground tomorrow, Saturday. It is hoped to raise funds for both causes, and any contributions will be much appreciated at fundraising/John-Walls2 and will be shared 50/50 between the Railway and the Cricket Club. Freshfields Cricket ground is a truly beautiful setting, with views of steam trains, and is along Freshfield Lane, just north of The Sloop Inn. Bluebell Railway supporters are encouraged to attend, have a picnic, support the team and round off the day with a barbecue at the Scaynes Hill clubhouse.

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 for more details.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Chailey Heritage Foundation would welcome volunteers to help with their fundraising stand at the Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, on Saturday July 23 from 9.30am to 5pm. If you are able to offer some time that day please contact [email protected] or call 01825 724444.

WALK: A Summer Butterfly Walk takes place on Saturday July 23 from 2pm to 4pm. Do go along and join Karen Pritty, from the Bonfire Society, to find these beautiful creatures on Red House Common. Meet at the car park in Warrs Hill Lane.

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CONSULTATION: Countryside Access Strategy. East Sussex County Council is consulting until Friday July 29 on future management of its Public Rights of Way and countryside sites, which include Chailey Common. The consultation appears to confuse management of footpaths with the more demanding management of areas such as Chailey Common, twice the size of the other seven areas put together and with its own ecology, currently under improvement using a National England grant. Interested residents can read more and comment at where Shaping the Future of our Countryside is the featured consultation.

COLLECTORS FAIR: Toy and Rail Collectors Fair takes place at the Bluebell Railway on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31 from 10am to 4pm at Horsted Keynes Station. There will be railway artefacts, model railway equipment and much more in stalls on the platform and in a marquee in the station car park. Normal travel fares apply and a Horsted Keynes station admission ticket, £3, covers both the station and marquee.

MUSEUM: The mill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday July 31 from 3pm to 5pm, admission costs £1 adults and 50p children aged 10-16. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

50 THINGS WILD WEDNESDAYS: Take place every Wednesday in August, at Sheffield Park and Garden at 11am. The cost for each child is £3 to £5. This is another chance to take part in these most popular workshops and tick off a different 50 Things activity every Wednesday during the school holidays. Visit for more details. Booking is essential on 01825 790231.

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JOUTSENO GOSPEL CHOIR: On tour from Finland, will be at St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green, on Friday August 5 from 6pm to 7.30pm. The choir numbers about 20 singers in addition to the conductor, a pianist and possibly a saxophonist. The choir sings mainly gospel but in addition to Christian music the choir has included some pop music into its repertoire. Presently the choir’s favourite songs are gospel classics and a pop music jewel All of me ( by John Legend ) which has been arranged for sopranos, altos and tenors by Mark De- Lisser.The Joutseno church has a familiar biblical text on its wall God is love. This is the message the Joutseno Gospel Choir wants to deliver by singing music which brings comfort and joy and touches the hearts of the listeners. There will be an interval when tea and cake will be available. Tickets, from The Friends of St Peter’s Church, are £5 (accompanied children free) and will be available on the door or from Janet Barnes on 01825 722574 or email [email protected]. If you are unable to listen to the choir that day they will also be singing on Saturday August 6 in the Chapel at Chailey Heritage from 6pm to 7.30pm, and the cost again will be £5. They are a really lovely choir and I hope readers will be able to go to one of these concerts.

SHAPING CHAILEY: The Steering Group places current drafts of the Neighbourhood Plan on the website ( for comment. There will be consultation meetings in the autumn but they welcome comment and advice as they proceed, please use this month’s prompt to consider Chailey’s Vision Statement and initial thoughts on housing and design.

CHANGING SEASONS EXHIBITION: At Sheffield Park and Garden starts on Saturday August 6 and continues until Sunday September 4. This exhibition by the Nature Corridors for All group is a chance to explore the changing of the seasons and see the work involved in restoring the Capability Brown landscape with this. Normal admission applies.

PLAYING WITH PERSPECTIVE: The trail at Sheffield Park and Garden and continues until Sunday September 11. Excite your senses on this interactive trail involving mirrors, sounds and textures and see the garden from a whole new perspective. Normal admission applies.

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