WINTER’S TRAIL: Is available every day, from 11am to 3pm, from tomorrow, Saturday, until Sunday January 31 at Sheffield Park and Garden. This is a chance to explore the magical garden with a special winter’s trail. The cost is £1 per trail and normal admission price applies. For more details call 01825790231

ST PETER’S CHURCH: Services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion 10am. For help with transport call Teresa on 01825 722586.

FREE CHURCH: At South Chailey, has services this Sunday at 10.30am with Charles Earwicker and 6.30pm with Peter Cottingham. On Tuesdays at 7.30pm there is bible study and prayer.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Planning and Environs Committee meet on Tuesday and the full Council on Tuesday December 15. Both meetings are at 7.30pm in the Reading Room, Chailey Green. 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 then you will be most welcome at the Free Church on Tuesday, and December 15, at 7.30pm. Go along with your current project or if just learning wool, needles and tips will be available. To find out more call 01273 890114.

GRANDPARENT’S GROUP: Meet on Wednesday, and December 16, from 9.30am to 11.30am at Chailey Children’s Centre. This is a very friendly group for grandparents and their grandchildren aged up to five; with plenty for the children to do. Do join them or call Susannah Griffin on 01852 724335 for more details.

FIVE BELLS: Presents a Shake, Patty and Roll Night on Wednesday and the first Wednesday of every month. Do go along and build your own burger from over 50 different fillings and enjoy Rock and Roll music and homemade milkshakes.

LUNCH CLUB: Open to everyone is at St Peter’s Church on Thursday and December 17, from 12.30pm. The cost is £5, do go along and meet people and enjoy delicious freshly prepared home cooked food. The menu is available at and on December 17 it will be a traditional Christmas lunch.

CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING: Join the staff at Sheffield Park for an informal Christmas wreath making session on Saturday December 5 over a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake. Their experienced team will be on hand with advice and all the materials you will need to create a masterpiece for your front door. Booking is essential on 01825 790231.

RESIDENT PIANIST: Chris Buley will be performing at The Five Bells on Saturday December 5.

CAROL SERVICE: Takes place at the Bluebell Railway on Saturday December 5 on the platforms of Horsted Keynes station. The service will be led by the Rector of Horsted Keynes and Chaplain to the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society. The service starts at 7.30pm, with the refreshment room open from 6pm with hot snacks and mulled wine available for purchase.

WHIST DRIVE: Organised by the Women’s Institute is on Saturday December 5 at 7.30pm at the village hall. Entrance is £3.50 and includes excellent refreshments, prizes and raffle. All are welcome and more details can be obtained from Carol Brown on 01825 723757.

WINTER CRAFT: Workshops for children are at Sheffield Park and Garden on Saturdays December 12 and 19 and Sundays December 6, 13 and 20. The cost is £2.50 a session; for more details and to book call 01825790231.

SOUTH DOWNS TR: Group club night is at The Horns Lodge, Chailey Green, on Tuesday, December 8, from 8pm. Anyone with an interest in Triumph TR sports cars is invited to attend. To find out more about the Group visit

PRESENTATION: Celebratory History of Christmas. Andy Thomas will give a fascinating presentation on the long and intriguing background of the festive season at the Women’s Institute meeting on Tuesday, December 8. At their meeting on Tuesday January 5 the topic will be A Sussex Whodunnit and the speaker John Davey. Both meetings take place at the village hall, at 7.45pm, and guests and prospective members will be made most welcome. To find out more call Carol Brown on 01825 723757.

CAN YOU SPARE JUST AN HOUR?: Tesco Superstore in Burgess Hill has given Chailey Heritage Foundation the opportunity to do a bucket collection at their store on Thursday December 10 and Wednesday December 23. Monies raised will help raise funds for specialist equipment that can make a real difference to the lives of children and young people with complex disabilities and help them to reach their potential. If you can volunteer an hour of your time on either day please contact or call Joan Martin on 01825 724752.

YOUTH GROUP: Is at the village hall on Friday December 11 from 7.30pm to 9pm. The Group are welcoming new members, aged 10 to 15, years who live in the Newick/Chailey area. For more details visit

CHRISTMAS MARKE: Is on Saturday December 12, from 10am to 3pm, at St Peter’s Church. There will be Christmas produce, gifts and cards, handmade jewellery, sweets, paintings from local artists, children’s toys, Deerview fine Sussex Foods, pottery and other stalls and a raffle. Plus Father Christmas will be there greeting the children. Entry costs £2 to include seasonal refreshments (Gluwein, tea, coffee, mince pies and sausage rolls).

VOLUNTEER WORKING GROUP: Will be on Romany Ridge Common on Sunday December 13 from10am till 3pm. All welcome to join this group (tools are provided) ; just meet at Romany Ridge car park (by the North Common Road to Wivelsfield).The group will be led by Mike Murphy, Education Development Manager at the Sussex Wildlife Trust, for more details call him on 077713575281.

VICTORIAN FAMILY: Christmas Concerts with the Knole Singers at Sheffield Park and Garden are on Sunday December 13 and 20 at 6pm. Includes tea or coffee or cake. Tickets are £18.50, with a family ticket £45; for more details and to book call 01825790231.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION: Photographs of Chailey Commons local nature reserve need to be taken before December 31 for entry in the Commons Society amateur photographer competition and exhibition next March. There are five categories reflections, weather, flower(s), grazing animal(s) and autumn landscapes. The competition is free to enter, with two age groups; over and under 16 (on 31st December 2015). The photos must be your own and you can submit up to two photos in each of the five categories. For more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

NEW YEAR’S DAY: Holly Hike at Sheffield Park, on Friday January 1, starts at 11am and lasts 3 hours. Join the Park’s longest serving team member to see the lesser-known parts of the estate. The cost for adults is £6; for more details and to book call 01825790231.

COMMONS GRAZING: Sheep, cattle and ponies have left the combined commons (Pound, Romany Ridge and Memorial) for the winter. Soay sheep will be grazing on Lane End until spring, and some of the Exmoor ponies have moved to Red House Common, where they will stay until next summer.

MESSAGE: From Sue and Geoff Rodaway who recently left the village ‘Thank you to everyone for their friendship, we’ve been happy to have known so many lovely people in the 30 years we’ve lived here. And goodbye to those we haven’t managed to see. We will miss you all but are excitedly looking forward to our new life’.

WINDMILL: Cyril Williams, a long-time Friend of the Windmill, and a great supporter, ever ready to help in maintenance and the author of the large roadside sign which has done so much to increase attendance at the Windmill has sadly died. Thank you, Cyril for all that you did and heartfelt condolences to your family

HORNS LODGE: Nigel, Jan, Lauren and Bill Dengate are the new owners of the Horns Lodge. Do go along and meet them, you are sure to receive a warm welcome. Why not have a meal, they are serving freshly prepared home-made dishes; with a must see Specials Board.

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