THANKS: Go to Carole and Kevin Uridge for organising such a magnificent Vintage Fair at Townings Farm. The atmosphere was so relaxed and everyone kind and friendly; for those of you who didn’t go you missed a perfect day. The display of vehicles by South Eastern Vintage Agricultural Club was amazing, with examples engaged in ploughing, threshing, sawing and other activities. There were also sheep shearing, butchery, bread making and woodworking demonstrations which were most interesting. The refreshments were excellent too and were enjoyed in a very relaxed atmosphere and location. This was a fantastic local country event and I recommend you visit the Fair next year.

HOSPICE HYMNATHON: St Peter’s Church Choir will be singing in the hymnathon at Lancing College Chailey tomorrow, Saturday, to raise funds for Sussex Hospices. To sponsor them or to make a donation visit

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. There will be afternoon teas served in the church from 3pm to 5pm; with a wonderful selection of homemade cakes; as well as cream teas for two at just £7. This is the last chance this year to enjoy a tea at the church so do go along.

FREE CHURCH: South Chailey, this Sunday has Breakfast Before Church at 9.30am followed by a service at 10.30am where Jeremy Heath will be speaking. There will also be an evening service at 6.30pm with Giles Woodcraft. On Tuesdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

BO PEEP HILL CLIMB: The revival of Firle Hill Climb by the Bo Peep Drivers Club featuring Lagondas, Bentleys and MGs takes place on Sunday and the organiser, Rob Bryant, has chosen Chailey Heritage Foundation to benefit from the fundraising at this event. To support the event and the Foundation please visit

CRICKET: Chailey will play against Beeding and Bramber in the last friendly game of the season on Sunday at the sportsground, just off the A272, starting at 1pm.

OPEN DAYS: For prospective parents are taking place at Chailey School during the mornings of Monday and Thursday. For more details visit or call 01273 890407.

HISTORIC PULHAM FALL: When the full flow of water crashes over the 10m rock faces it is a magnificent spectacle at Sheffield Park. This is happening twice a week throughout September on Tuesdays and Friday from midday to 1pm. Do go along on September 22 or 25 and witness the waterfall; it’s best viewed from the second bridge, the cricket pitch or the base of the falls. Normal admission prices apply.

GRANDPARENT’S GROUP: Meets at Chailey Children’s Centre on Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.30am. This is a very friendly playgroup for grandparents and their grandchildren up to the age of five; there is plenty for the children to do. Do join them or for more details call Susannah Griffin on 01852 724335.

INDIAN SUMMER EVENING: Organised by Newick and Chailey Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice, takes place on Wednesday at 7.30pm at Newick Tandoori. Tickets cost £25 and are available from Ian on 01825 722957, the cost includes a welcome drink, main course and desert. There will be a licenced bar but you can take your own wine. This event has been kindly sponsored by Shamsul of Newick Tandoori.

LUNCH: In St Peter’s Church takes place on Thursday from 12.30pm and costs just £5. For details of the menu visit

JUMBLE SALE: At the village hall on Saturday September 26 at 11am to raise much needed funds for the Bonfire Society. Jumble donations will be much appreciated at the hall from 9am. Alternatively jumble collections can be arranged by calling Diane on 01273 401900. If you would are able to assist with manning a stall on the day please call Diane and let her know; the Bonfire Society will be very pleased to hear from you.

MUSEUM: The Windmill and Rural Life Museum will on Sunday September 27 from 3pm to 5pm and this will be the last opening for 2015. Admission will be £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10-16 years. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

CHARITY QUIZ: At the Horns Lodge Inn on Tuesday September 29 at 8pm. Teams of up to seven, £2 per person entry. For more information call Linda on 01273 400422

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION: For amateur photographers, is open to members of the Commons Society and non-members alike and is free to enter. Photographs of aspects of the landscape, flora and fauna of the Commons during 2015 are needed. There are five categories to enter reflections, weather, flower(s), grazing animal(s) and autumn landscapes. There are two age groups; over and under 16 years (on December 31). The photos must be your own and must be taken on Chailey Commons between April and December 2015. You can submit up to two photos in each of the five categories. To assist with this Ian Seccombe is leading a photo walk on Wednesday September 30. He will be giving everyone a list of things to try and shoot by the end of the walk, just for fun, and he will be on hand to give advice on composition. So if you would like some help with shooting your photos do go along; meet at Romany Ridge car park at 5.45pm. For more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

PIANIST: Chris Buley will be performing at The Five Bells on Saturday October 3.

108KM CYCLING EVENT: On Saturday October 17 the Mid Sussex Hillier is starting in Chailey at 8.30am to finish by 5.08pm. The course includes Ashdown Forest, Cob Lane, Clayton Windmills and Ditchling Beacon; with six information controls and lunch at 68km. Entry costs £5.50 (£6 if paying by Pay Pal) and entry forms are available at or by email from Entries need to be submitted by Saturday October 3.

VOLUNTEER WORKING GROUPS: Winter working groups will be on the commons starting on Sunday October 4 from10am till 3pm. Meet at Romany Ridge car park (by the North Common Road to Wivelsfield).The groups will be led by Mike Murphy, Education Development Manager, at the Sussex Wildlife Trust. For more details call 01273 492630 or 077713575281.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Is at St Peter’s Church on Sunday October 4 at 10am and will be followed by Harvest Lunch at midday.

VINTAGE BUS DAY: On Sunday October 4 there will be a number of free vintage bus routes operating to and from the Bluebell Railway; which includes Sheffield Park to Brighton. For the timetable visit

PUDDLE DUCKS: Puddle Ducks West Kent and East Sussex are holding pyjama parties in all their lessons from Monday October 5 to Friday October 11 and have chosen to use these parties to fundraise for Chailey Heritage Foundation. All their swimming classes (which take place at the Heritage pool) will be undertaken in pyjamas as a life preservation exercise, but with a distinct party them. To find out how your children can participate visit or call 01892 617246.

CARD MAKING DAYS: There has been some interest shown in some more card making days to raise funds for St Peter’s Church. The timing would be 10am to 4pm and the cost £15 (£12 goes to church funds). Everything is provided including refreshments, just bring a packed lunch. If you feel you would like to join in, it doesn’t have to be every time, please let Teresa know on 01825 722586.

NEW PLAYERS: Chailey and Newick Colts FC are always keen to hear from new players interested in joining their Club. Please just contact the relevant coach details of which can be found on the Club Contacts page at