Chailey news
Chailey news

WORLD WAR 2 DAY: Is tomorrow, Saturday, from midday to 4pm on the village green. All are welcome to enjoy vehicles of the period, music and dancing, food, beer and Pimms tents, stalls, games, art exhibition and grand raffle.

MODEL RAILWAY WEEKEND: Is being held tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at the Bluebell Railway. Model and miniature railway displays will be at both Horsted Keynes and Sheffield Park stations which will be open from 10am to 4pm. Do go along, enjoy a steam train ride and explore each of the stations and exhibitions. Passengers holding a travel ticket gain free entry to any stations. Visitors wishing to visit the station only will need to purchase an admission ticket. For more details call 01825 720800.

CRICKET: Chailey play in two away games this weekend, a league game at Ardingly tomorrow, Saturday, starting at 1.30pm and on Sunday there is a friendly game against Dormansland at St Clair Cricket Ground at 2pm. Interested in playing league or friendly cricket? You will be made most welcome at Chailey Cricket Club. To find out more about cricket in Chailey do call Peter on 07709946880 and visit

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.

FRIENDS OF CHAILEY WINDMILL: The Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. Among the exhibits are photographs of Chailey from the early 20th century, the restored 1856 clock from St Peter’s Church and a record of the village’s military history going back to the late 1700’s.Entry is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 10 to 16 years. For more details call John Smith on 01825 723519.

SMALL GRANTS: Each year the parish council makes a number of small grants (typically around £250) to assist societies and other Chailey organisations with their administrative costs, or with a special project. The closing date for applications is June 30 and the award of grants will be considered at full council on July 19. An application form and further details is available at

EVENING WILDLIFE WALK: At Sheffield Park and Garden takes place on Friday July 1 at 8.30pm. Do join this evening walk to discover the nocturnal wildlife living on the parkland. The cost for adults is £6 and booking is essential on 01825 790231.

BIOBLITZ: At Sheffield Park and Garden on Saturday July 2 from 10am to 5pm. Just drop in to basecamp and help to identify as many species as possible on the floodplain meadow. Join a nature expert on a walk or try one of our family-friendly wildlife themed activities. For more details call 01825 790231; normal admission applies.

FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL: At the Bluebell Railway Horsted Keynes Station on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, from 10am to 5.15pm. It will be a celebration of great food, drink and craft as trade stalls will be lining the platforms with the finest selection of local and specialist food and drink from across the county. As well as food and drink there will be quality crafts and giftware by local artists, makers and independent businesses. Enjoy freshly cooked bites, local craft beers or a glass of Pimms in the picnic area where you can relax and watch the atmospheric steam trains that will be running throughout the day between Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes, Kingscote and East Grinstead Stations. There will be music from The Singing Chef, plenty of entertainment for the children and the opportunity to enter the free draw to win a dining experience on the Golden Arrow for two. Entry to the festival is £4 for Adults, £2 for Children and free for travel ticket holders. For more information or to book call 01825 720800 or email

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: The WI meet on Tuesday July 5 at 7.45pm at the village hall for the annual meeting run by the members (rather than the committee) the content of which is always a surprise. I have heard the evening will involve a competition but know no more than that. Visitors, as always, will be made most welcome; there being a nominal £3 charge which includes homemade refreshments. To find out more, in advance, call Carol Brown on 01825 723757.

BRITISH 10K LONDON RUN: Takes place in London on Sunday July 10 and Chailey Heritage Foundation have four places to allocate in this prestigious event. For more details email

THE BIG DRAW: Join the Commons Society for a day of sketching and painting, drawing your inspiration from the commons’ landscape, flora and fauna on Thursday July 14 from 10am to 3pm. Meet at the sports club pavilion, at Memorial Common. No experience is necessary; just take artists materials if you have them or the society will provide some basic materials for you. Also a picnic lunch. The society will provide lots of encouragement and an optional introduction demonstration. In case of bad weather contact Linda Ball on 07790 679295.

BIG CAMP: Enjoy a night under canvas at a wild camping weekend at Sheffield Park and Garden on Friday July 15 and Saturday July 16. Set up by 7pm and enjoy cooking on their barbecue and later in the evening stargazing. The cost for adults is £25 and children £15 per night which includes a barbecue supper and breakfast. Booking is essential on 0844 249 1895 and a booking fee applies.

SUMMER SHOW: Organised by the horticultural society takes place on Saturday July 16. There are classes for produce, flowers, plants, photography, handicraft and cookery. For details of all the classes a show schedule can be obtained from Janet Keet-Black on 01273 400699.

THE FRESHFIELDS TEST: Following on from a very successful match against Scaynes Hill Cricket Club last year, a Bluebell Railway XI is again challenging SHCC to a social cricket match. The match will take place at Freshfield Cricket ground on Saturday July 16 and spectators will be most welcome.

SUMMER BUTTERFLY WALK: Takes place on Saturday July 23 from 2pm to 4pm. Do go along and join Karen Pritty, from the Bonfire Society, to find these beautiful creatures on Red House Common. Meet at the car park in Warrs Hill Lane.

LEAD VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: Do you fancy taking on a fulfilling volunteering role but are too busy to take on a regular commitment? Chailey Heritage Foundation are currently seeking individuals who would like to become Lead Volunteers, to attend community events on their behalf when they’re not able to. You can commit to as many or as few events as you like and you will be responsible for recruiting and managing your own volunteers to assist you on the day. For more information please visit or email

GOOD AND BAD NEWS: For Chailey Bonfire Society. The good news this year is the 50th Anniversary of Chailey Bonfire Society and on Saturday November 12 there will be an extra special celebration and what the society hope will be their best display ever. Please put the date in your diary now so as not to miss it. Also, please note that the society’s AGM will be held at the Reading Room on Wednesday August 31 at 8pm and the Christmas Party for older residents will be on Saturday December 3 at the village hall. The not so good, in fact really bad news is that regrettably the organising committee continues to diminish and following this year’s bonfire celebrations and the Christmas Party most of the committee are standing down which will make it impossible to continue. The Chair (Chris Farrow) says in Chailey News ‘I’ve never been one to give in but if bonfire in Chailey is to continue we need a completely fresh start and I’m prepared to approach this with a blank canvas just as long as we maintain the basic principles set by our Founders in 1966 with a safe evening and display focused for children’. All roles need replacing; secretary, treasurer, fundraisers and of course those that plan, build and deliver the display. If you are prepared to do something to help this Society to continue please give Chris a call on 07867 822492 or email him at The hard fact is that without new help there will be no bonfire celebrations in Chailey in 2017. The decision to continue, or not, is in your hands.

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