CRICKET: Chailey are in the last league game of the season tomorrow, Saturday, against Ashdown Forest starting at 1pm.

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am.

FREE CHURCH: At South Chailey, this Sunday has a morning service at 10.30am and an evening service at 6.30pm with Julian Rebera. On Tuesdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

CHAILEY HERITAGE: The Foundation has been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of funds raised at the Prestige and Vintage Car Day at The Lamb Piltdown on Sunday. All are welcome to go along and enjoy real ale, Pimms tent, bar, barbecue, hog roast, children’s play area, face painting, bouncy castle, live jazz, ice cream van and charity raffle and at the same time you will be supporting a very worthwhile local charity. For more details call 01825 724688.

TORCH MAKING: Work is beginning on this year’s Bonfire Night celebrations and the first job is to make the torches, three hundred in all. This is a monumental task and help would be much appreciated to get the job done. If you are free on Sunday (August 30) from 11am until 7pm, or any part of the day, the bonfire society would be very pleased to hear from you. Just call Diane on 01273 401900 or by email at she will give you more details. There will be a free barbecue for all the helpers.

MUSEUM: The Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. Entry is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to16 years. For more details call John Smith on 01825 72351.

CARIBBEAN: Barbecue is at the Five Bells on Bank Holiday Monday.

COUNCIL MEETING: Planning and Environs Committee of the parish council meet at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

KNIT AND NATTER; Love knitting or would like to learn to knit then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Go along with your current project or if you are just learning wool, needles and tips will be available.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: The WI meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm at the village hall for a talk by Sian Trevellion on The Maharaja of Bexhill. Guests and prospective members are always welcome, there being a nominal £2 charge. To find out more about the group call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

TRAINING DAY: A walk leader training day takes place on Wednesday in Lewes from 9.30am to 4pm. No previous experience is required just a friendly nature and the availability to lead a walks in the Chailey and Newick area at least once a month. Mileage costs will be reimbursed. For more details or to book a place contact Paula Hubens on 07740 899559 or

FIVE BELLS: Presents a Shake, Patty and Roll Night on Wednesday. This is a chance to build your own burger from over fifty different fillings. You can also enjoy Rock and Roll music and homemade milkshakes.

VINTAGE HARVEST FAIR: Is at Townings Farm on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6. There will be working vintage machinery, rural crafts, farm animals, shearing demonstrations, local produce, tractor and trailer rides, craft stalls, beer tent and refreshments. Camping is available; call Carole on 01444 471352 to make arrangements.

PIANIST: Chris Buley will be playing, during the evening, at The Five Bells on Saturday September 5.

RIDE AND STRIDE: Takes place on Saturday September 12 with people all over the UK bicycling, walking, using wheelchairs or riding on horseback to and from historic churches to raise funds for church restoration and repair. The money they raise will be shared equally between The Sussex Historic Churches Trust and the church or chapel that is nominated. Chailey Heritage Foundation are inviting people to take part in the event and raise sponsorship for St Martin’s Chapel, which is in the Foundation’s grounds and its spire can be seen for miles around Chailey. On September 12 the Chapel will be open, between 9am and 5pm, and everyone is welcome to visit, participants and members of the community. Having seen inside this quaint Grade II listed building, which dates from1913, I would recommend a visit. For more information and a sponsor form visit GK’S Café, which is nearby the Chapel, will also be open all day for refreshments.

AUTUMN SHOW: Is at the village hall on Saturday September 12. There are classes for vegetables, flowers, fruit, pot plants, alcoholic drinks, cordial, handicrafts, art, photography, cookery, flower arranging and children’s classes in age categories, pre-school, 7 years and under and aged 8 to 11 years. The classes are detailed at, alternatively a show schedule can be obtained by calling Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699. There is a class for every age, and members of the Horticultural Society will be on hand to help you with your exhibits, so please enter and/or encourage your children to do so.

FREE ENTRY: Is available at Sheffield Park and Garden on Saturday September 12 from 10am to 5pm (last entrance 4pm). There will be the opportunity to follow a self-guided walk around the garden and wider estate and learn about the fascinating history and the people who have lived and visited the house and garden.

MUSEUM ACCESSIONS: The Bluebell Railway’s Museum has a specific website which is most interesting. You will find a list and description of their latest acquisitions which include a miniature Billiard/Snooker table, a commemorative paperweight in a brass case and an iconic poster from 1947 advertising electric and diesel locomotives.

BONFIRE NIGHT FLOATS: If there are any organisations who would like to enter a float into this year’s procession, on Saturday November 7, please contact Diane on01273 401900 or by email at

BLUEBELL RAILWAY: Does not have a start date for the Western Extension Project, from Horsted Keynes to Haywards Heath, but are beginning to look at site planning and other permissions; as well as finances and fundraising. Currently, the Bluebell Railway owns or leases the track-bed to Ardingly and there is an existing railway line between Ardingly and Haywards Heath which is used by Hanson Aggregates. The proposed new Bluebell Railway line will be different to the old Ardingly branch because of Hanson’s business activities and their use of the remaining station. As part of the process the Bluebell Railway is looking at public interest and passenger demand in a western extension to Ardingly and to find this out they are undertaking a survey. To help the railway please complete the short survey at

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