CHAILEY FREE CHURCH: The church has services every Sunday. A Morning Service at 10.30am and an Evening Service at6:30pm. All welcome to the services, visit for more details.

MESSY CHURCH: On Monday, from 4.30pm to 6pm there will be fun activities, games, singing and a family tea. The Messy Church is for all ages and the cost is £1 per family. Call 01273 400785 or email for more details.

WI: My Friends the Elephants is the subject of a talk by Edward Paget, at the village hall, at the Women’s Institute meeting on Tuesday, at 7.45pm. Please take an elephant with you to the meeting. Visitors and prospective members will be made most welcome, the cost being £3 which includes homemade refreshments. To find out more about the group call Carol Brown on 01825 723757.

WALK: Our Feathered Friends on Red House Common walk, with Commons Society member Ian Woolsey, takes place on Saturday April 9. Meet at 9am at the car park in Warrs Hill Lane for a walk on the Common to look for the new migrant arrivals and resident birds.

FIND OUT MORE DAY: Volunteering at the Bluebell Railway Find Out More Day is taking place on Sunday April 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, 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

FOOTPATH: Warrs Hill footpath East Sussex Highways will be consulting on the long-standing project to run a footpath alongside Warrs Hill Road from the New Heritage to the A275, a project to be paid from funds set aside as a developer contribution when building the New Heritage. Because the footpath will run along the edge of Red House Common on common land, immediately beside the highway but outside the fence line, it is a condition that the project should be put to consultation with neighbouring residents and more generally before it goes to the Secretary of State for determination. East Sussex organises a Consultation Hub and for further details of this visit the parish council website News and Events’ page at Prior to making an application in regard to the Warrs Hill footway, the County Council will be carrying out a public consultation exercise seeking comments about the proposed scheme which will run from Monday April 11 to Friday April 29. Full details, plans and an online version of the survey will be available at

MULTI-LOCO DIESEL GALA: At the Bluebell Railway takes place from Friday to Sunday 15 to April 17. The event organised jointly by the Bluebell Railway and GB Railfreight (GBRf). GBRf is celebrating 15 years of operation in 2016, and this is the first of several events in which money GBRf raises will be donated to charity. A selection of sales stands also will be in attendance, including a special GBRf stand where limited edition 15th anniversary memorabilia will be available to purchase. For more details visit or call 01825 720800.

LAMBING: At Townings Farm. On Saturday April 16 from 2pm to 4pm Carole and Kevin Uridge invite members of the Commons Society and children to visit the farm for lambing time. There will be group visits to the lambing barn all afternoon. Meet by the Farm Shop Townings Farm, Plumpton Lane, North Chailey. Please take care; advice should be taken for pregnancy, allergy and other health issues before farm visits. For more details of the visit contact William Coleman on 01444 831098.

ST GEORGES FETE: Is one of the bonfire society’s biggest annual events and takes place on Saturday April 23. The society are keen to hear from you if you are interested in having a car boot space or a stall; just contact them via or call Clare on 07985 112968. Also contact Clare if your local organisation or village group would like a stall. There will be arena events including a tug of war completion, Burgess Hill Rumblers drumming display and Chailey and Newick Rainbows and Brownies dance display. There will also be children’s rides, a barbecue, beer tent and a Fun Dog Show and entries for the dog show will be from 12pm. Classes start at 12.30pm and include: Prettiest Bitch, Handsome Dog, best pair, waggiest tail, best rehomed/rescued, best veteran, best puppy (up to 18 months), most appealing eyes, best crossbred, young handler and the dog the judge would most like to take home. Entry for the dog show is £1 per class and an advanced registration form can be obtained from or by calling Diane on 01273 401900. More help is needed with activities on the day, so please if you can offer some time, even if it is only an hour, whether in the morning with setting up or the afternoon helping to man a stall that would be great. Please just call Diane on 01273 401900 and let her know how you can help.

CHAILEY WINDMILL: The windmill stands on Chailey Common adjacent to a Yew Tree which is said to mark the centre of Sussex. The Windmill was built in 1830 and for the first 14 years of its life was at Highbrook. In 1844 it was moved to Newhaven, where it stood for 20 years, and it was then moved by oxen to its present position on Red House Common. It ceased milling in 1911 but remained in working order until 1928 when it was wrecked in a gale. During the war it was camouflaged and used as sleeping quarters for nurses from Chailey Heritage. The Mill and Rural Life Museum will be open for the first time this year on Sunday April 24 from 3pm to 5pm. Admission charges are £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to 16. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

COLLECTORS FAIR: Toy and Rail Collectors Fair is on Saturday April 30 from 10am to 4pm at the Bluebell Railway’s Horsted Keynes Station. There will be stalls on the platform and a marquee within the station car park with railway artefacts and model railway equipment. Admission ticket costs £3 per person which covers both Horsted Keynes Station and the marquee.

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE: During April the Parish Office will move to the Reading Room at Chailey Green, being located in the former storeroom now refurbished as a permanent office. During the period of the move the better way to contact the clerk will be by e-mail, as this will not change. The Reading Room continues to be available for meetings and other functions, to arrange a booking contact the Parish Clerk via

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