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CRICKET: Chailey play in a league game at the sports ground, North Chailey, tomorrow, Saturday, against Horsted Keynes at 1.30pm. 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

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.

BIOBLITZ: At Sheffield Park and Garden is tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. Just drop in to basecamp and help to identify as many species as possible on the floodplain meadow. Join a nature expert on a walk or try one of our family-friendly wildlife themed activities. For more details call 01825 790231; normal admission applies.

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FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL: Sussex Food and Drink Festival 2016 is at the Bluebell Railway Horsted Keynes Station this weekend from 10am to 5.15pm. It will be a celebration of great food, drink and craft as trade stalls will be lining the platforms with the finest selection of local and specialist food and drink from across the county. As well as food and drink there will be quality crafts and giftware by local artists, makers and independent businesses. Enjoy freshly cooked bites, local craft beers or a glass of Pimms in the picnic area where you can relax and watch the atmospheric steam trains that will be running throughout the day between Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes, Kingscote and East Grinstead Stations. There will be music from The Singing Chef, plenty of entertainment for the children and the opportunity to enter the free draw to win a dining experience on the Golden Arrow for two. Entry to the festival is £4 for adults, £2 for children and free for travel ticket holders. For more information or to book call 01825 720800 or email [email protected].

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: The WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm at the village hall for the annual meeting run by the members (rather than the committee) the content of which is always a surprise. I have heard the evening will involve a competition but know no more than that. Visitors, as always, will be made most welcome; there being a nominal £3 charge which includes homemade refreshments. To find out more, in advance, call Carol Brown on 01825 723757.

10K LONDON RUN: This takes place in London on Sunday July 10 and Chailey Heritage Foundation have places to allocate in this prestigious event. For more details email [email protected].

FIND OUT MORE: A Find Out More Day is taking place on Sunday July 10. Anyone, skilled or unskilled, who can offer a day a month or more to the Railway are invited to find out more about volunteering in our various departments. And if under 16 years, you can gain experience in the 9F Club. Book your place on an orientation tour, and get more information about the opportunities at the Railway, by phoning 01825 720800 or emailing [email protected].

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THE BIG DRAW: Join the Commons Society for a day of sketching and painting, drawing your inspiration from the commons’ landscape, flora and fauna on Thursday July 14 from 10am to 3pm. Meet at the Sports Club Pavilion, at Memorial Common. No experience is necessary; just take artists materials, if you have them or the Society will provide some basic materials for you, and a picnic lunch. The society will provide lots of encouragement and an optional introduction demonstration. In case of bad weather contact Linda Ball on 07790 679295.

BIG CAMP: Enjoy a night under canvas at a wild camping weekend at Sheffield Park and Garden on Friday July 15 and Saturday July 16. 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.

SUMMER SHOW: Organised by the horticultural society takes place on Saturday July 16. There are classes for produce, flowers, plants, photography, handicraft and cookery. For details of all the classes a Show Schedule can be obtained from Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699.

THE FRESHFIELDS TEST: Following on from a very successful match against Scaynes Hill Cricket Club last year, a Bluebell Railway XI is again challenging SHCC to a social cricket match. The match will take place at Freshfield Cricket ground on Saturday July 16. It is hoped to raise funds for both causes, and any contributions to will be shared 50/50 between the railway and the cricket club. The new cricket ground at Freshfields is a truly beautiful setting 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 superb barbecue at the Scaynes Hill clubhouse.

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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.

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.

LEAD VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: Do you fancy taking on a fulfilling volunteering role but are too busy to take on a regular commitment? Chailey Heritage Foundation are currently seeking individuals who would like to become Lead Volunteers, to attend community events on their behalf when they’re not able to. You can commit to as many or as few events as you like and you will be responsible for recruiting and managing your own volunteers to assist you on the day. For more information please visit or email [email protected].

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Regrettably the organising committee continues to diminish and following this year’s bonfire celebrations and the Christmas Party most of the committee are standing down which will make it impossible to continue. All roles need replacing; secretary, treasurer, fundraisers and of course those that plan, build and deliver the display. If you are prepared to do something to help this Society to continue please give Chris a call on 07867 822492 or email him at [email protected]. The hard fact is that without new help there will be no Bonfire Celebrations in Chailey in 2017.The decision to continue, or not, is in your hands.

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