Barcombe news
Barcombe news

BARCOMBE GARDEN CLUB: On Tuesday, 7.30pm Barcombe Village Hall, Seed Sowing Workshop and Demonstration, with Geoff Holden from Banks Farm. Get ready for spring sowing of flowers and vegetables, and learn how you could grow some plants for the Garden Club Plant Sale coming up in May. Chailey

Mandy Dembrey

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 for more details.

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Is now at the stage where a series of draft objectives have been put together, covering the desired outcomes of the Plan. These draft objectives have been based on the feedback received from residents and businesses in the parish, on what the plan should seek to achieve. A copy of these draft objectives and how residents can provide feedback on them was included with the February edition of the Chailey News and is also available on the Chailey Community Website ( The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are holding a series of Task Group workshops in February and March, which will be an opportunity for residents to drop in and give their views on specific elements of the Plan and the objectives. The three workshops take place in Chailey Reading Room. All are welcome to attend the workshops; the first is on Housing on Wednesday February 22 at 7.30pm, the second on Community on Thursday February 23 at 7.30pm and the third on Economy and Transport on Wednesday March 1 at 7.30pm. If you are unable to attend a workshop you can still comment on the draft objectives via the Community Website or through the Parish Office at The Steering Group will be publishing a draft of the Neighbourhood Plan later this year and, in view of the controversial planning decision in Newick, it is vital that the residents of Chailey are behind the Plan and support its objectives. So please have your say.

BAKE OFF: Will you be Star Baker? The Horticultural Society and Women’s Institute present The Great Chailey Bake Off on Saturday February 25 at the village hall. Like the television series there will be three classes and you can enter as many as you like the cost is 50p per class. Class one is the Signature Bake six iced finger buns (sweet yeast dough), your recipe and your flavour. Class two the Technical Challenge six French macarons (recipe provided on registration) and Class three the Show Stopper a garden themed decorated cake, one or two tiers. Entries to be set up from midday to 1pm and judging to start at 1pm. The doors will reopen at 2pm for demonstrations, viewing and refreshments and prize giving will be at 3.30pm. There will be separate prizes for 11 to 16 year olds. To register contact Janet at or 01273 400785 or Jo at

QUIZ NIGHT: Organised by the Friends of St Peter’s Church, takes place at the village hall on Saturday February 25 at 7.30pm for 7.45pm. Tickets cost £12.50 per head which includes a choice of hot supper and pudding with vegetarian options, take drinks with you. Everyone is welcome to join in as it promises to be a very good evening. Teams will be tables of six so to book a table or join a team call Janet Barnes on 01825 722574 or email friendsofstpeters to book a table. There will be prizes for the winning teams and a raffle.

BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON: Takes place on Sunday February 26 and the Chailey Heritage Foundation team comprising of Al, Nadia, Sam, Lee and Sarah will be fundraising towards the Foundation’s Dream Centre Appeal. To support their runners please donate on their JustGiving pages, fundraising/Nadia-Govett2 or The Foundation is very grateful to them and all their supporters for their efforts and generosity. Volunteers would be much appreciated to assist the organisers on the day. If you are able to assist please email

LAMB BUTCHERY DAY: Takes place at Townings Farm on Sunday March 5 from10am till 4pm and includes a light lunch. This will be an in depth training day in their butchery, where you will learn to produce quality cuts from a whole or half lamb. You will also learn to use the large mincer and their vacuum packer to prepare your meat to take home. The cost is £154 full days training with lunch and half a lamb or mutton to take home and £204 full days training with a whole lamb or mutton to take home. Please let them know when you book if you would like hogget, lamb or mutton to take home. To book or to ask any questions email or call 01444471352.

WI: Women’s Institute meet on Tuesday March 7 at 7.45pm, at the village hall, when John Southgate will be talking about The History of Mystery. John is an experienced magician; having been admitted to the exclusive Inner Magic Circle in the 1960s and members look forward to learning about this interesting subject. Visitors and prospective members, as always, will be made most welcome for a small donation. To find out more call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

JUMBLE SALE: Takes place at the village hall, on Saturday March 11 at 11am in aid of the Bonfire Society. If you are able to help to set up either on the Friday evening from 7pm or Saturday from 9am then please contact Diane Palmer on 01273 401900 or via email at

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 March 16. All are welcome to go along for a delicious meal, meet new people and chat and relax. The food is all 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.

GROW AND SHOW: The Horticultural Society Spring Show is at the village hall on Saturday March 18 and has classes for all age groups and experience including fruit, vegetables, flower arranging, crafts and cookery. Children can collect a bucket and seed potatoes at this show, plant them and bring the bucket back to the summer show for the crop to be weighed. The heaviest crop wins a cash prize. If you would like a show schedule they are available at the Chailey Surgery, The Five Bells and from Peter Estcourt on 01273 400791 and

SPECIAL EVENTS: A list of Special Events at the Bluebell Railway can be found at http://www.bluebell- There will be a Diesel Gala from March 31 to April 2 and the Flying Scotsman at the Railway from April 13 to 19. Tickets to travel on general service trains behind Flying Scotsman will be on sale this month. For more details visit

WHIST DRIVE: Organised by Chailey Women’s Institute, is at the village hall on Saturday April 1 at 7.30pm. Admission costs £3.50 and everyone is welcome. There will be prizes, a raffle and refreshments.

SWIMARATHON: Chailey Heritage Foundation has been chosen as the main beneficiary of this year’s Swimarathon, an annual event organised by Haywards Heath Lions Club which takes place on Good Friday, April 14, at the Dolphin Centre in Haywards Heath. They will be fundraising for the Foundation’s DREAM Centre Appeal, to build a modern and vibrant indoor activity space where children and young people with complex disabilities and health needs can participate in a mixture of arts and physical activities. Haywards Heath Lions are looking to recruit over 60 teams of 6 to take part in a competition to see how many lengths they can swim in 55 minutes. This is a very popular annual event and last year 64 teams competed and raised over £23,000 between them. If you would like to enter a team and help to fundraise for the Appeal, please visit The Foundation are looking for volunteers to help ‘man’ their stand on the day and if you are able to help to do this with one to two hours of your choice any time between 8am and 6pm please email Joan Martin via or 01825 724752.

ST GEORGE’S DAY: Chailey Bonfire Society are holding their annual St George’s Day event on Saturday April 22, from midday to 4pm, at the Waterworks field opposite Markstakes Corner. Every village organisation is invited to join the Bonfire Society and celebrate St George’s Day by having a stall/activity to introduce people to your produce/work. If you are a charity and will not be making a profit there will be no charge for the stall, but if you are going to make a sale a donation of £5 or a gift for the society’s tombola would be greatly accepted. If you would like to join the Bonfire Society on Saturday April 22 please let Brenda Barnes know via

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