Chailey news
Chailey news

our from Finland, will be at St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green today, Friday, from 6pm to 7.30pm. The choir numbers about 20 singers in addition to the conductor, a pianist and possibly a saxophonist. The choir sings mainly gospel but in addition to Christian music the choir has included some pop music into its repertoire. There will be an interval when tea and cake will be available. Tickets, from The Friends of St Peter’s Church, are £5 (accompanied children free) and will be available on the door. If you are unable to listen to the choir then they will also be singing on Saturday (August 6) in the Chapel at Chailey Heritage from 6pm to 7.30pm, and the cost again will be £5. They are a really lovely choir and I hope readers will be able to go to one of these concerts.

CHANGING SEASONS EXHIBITION: At Sheffield Park and Garden starts tomorrow, Saturday, and continues until Sunday September 4. This exhibition by the Nature Corridors for All group is a chance to explore the changing of the seasons and see the work involved in restoring the Capability Brown landscape with this. Normal admission applies.

SEASIDE WEEKEND: All the fun of the seaside will be at the Bluebell Railway this weekend. Take the trains from Sheffield Park, East Grinstead and Kingscote to Horsted Keynes and visit the seaside. The Paddock at Horsted Keynes will be transformed into a sandy beach; there will be donkey rides, Punch and Judy Shows and an end of Pier Show of Humour and Song. For lunch why not enjoy traditional fish and chips followed by an ice cream? The Pantry Tea Room will also be open throughout the day for cream teas and cake. The Kids for a Quid offer will be available so all children aged 3 to 15 years will travel at just £1 on all services all day. Book at least eight days in advance with Bluebell Bonus tickets and get discounts on adult tickets too.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, Chailey play in a league game against Balcombe at 1.30pm. On Sunday there is a friendly game again at the sports ground North Chailey, against Bramber and Beeding 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.

50 THINGS WILD WEDNESDAYS: Take place every Wednesday in August, at Sheffield Park and Garden at 11am. The cost for each child is £3 to £5. This is another chance to take part in these most popular workshops and tick off a different 50 Things activity every Wednesday during the school holidays. Visit for more details. Booking is essential on 01825 790231.

PUNCH AND JUDY SHOWS: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout August at the Bluebell Railway Horsted Keynes station. Show times are 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm and 3.15pm and each show lasts approximately 20 minutes. Travel from Sheffield Park or East Grinstead and alight at Horsted Keynes where you can enjoy these shows.

PLAYING WITH PERSPECTIVE TRAIL: At Sheffield Park and Garden and continues until Sunday September 11. Excite your senses on this interactive trail involving mirrors, sounds and textures and see the garden from a whole new perspective. Normal admission applies.

OUTDOOR CINEMA: At Sheffield Park and Garden is on Friday August 12 and Saturday August 13. Doors open at 6.30pm and the cost for adults is £13. Experience cinema under an open sky with exclusive screenings on the historic cricket pitch as Sheffield Park joins the Summer Nights Film Festival 2016. Showing ‘Spectre’ and 1961 movie ‘The Innocents’ which was filmed at Sheffield Park. See for booking details.

MINI BEASTS: Discover the weird and wonderful world of the mini beasts and their hiding places. Come and see what you can find on Wednesday August 17 from 10am to midday. Especially suitable for children, and their parents too, for a fun morning organised by the Commons Society. Take pots, sweep nest and a magnifying glass with you if you have them. Meet at Red House Common car park in Warrs Hill Road North Chailey.

TALK: Discovering Capability Brown the subject of a talk at Sheffield Park on Saturday August 20 at 6pm. Author Sarah Rutherford talks about her new book Capability Brown, Monarch of Landscape and gives insights into the life and work of this revered garden designer. Admission is £18 for adults and refreshments are included. Booking is essential on 01825 790231.

EARLY BIRD WALK: With Ian Woolsey, of the Commons Society, is on Wednesday August 24 from 7am to 9am. The walk will be on Red House Common followed by a hearty breakfast in the Forget Me Not Tearoom. Meet at the car park in Warrs Hill Road North Chailey. Visitors most welcome.

VINTAGE CARS: Charity Vintage and Prestige Car Day. Each year The Lamb, at Piltdown, hosts one of the best car shows in Sussex, showcasing vintage, prestige and supercars from all over the county. It is a fantastic day for the whole family with children’s activities, bouncy castle, beer festival, Pimms tent, stalls, barbecue, hog roast, live jazz and so much more. The day raises money for two very deserving local charities, St Peter & St James Hospice and Chailey Heritage Foundation. If you are able to help the Foundation with their stand, any time between 11am to 4pm, please contact them on 01825 724752 or

CHAILEY BONFIRE SOCIETY: 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) said 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. The decision to continue, or not, is in your hands and 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. You can also find out more at the Society’s AGM at the Chailey Reading Room on Wednesday August 31 at 8pm.

REWARDING PART TIME ROLE: Are you looking for a role which does not require child care arrangements (if that is a consideration for you). Then why not work at Chailey Heritage Foundation as a Lunchtime Assistant and assist with the general welfare, social care and educational support within the learning environment during lunch times. This includes assisting children with their lunch, personal care, providing a positive and fulfilling experience with a variety of activities and joining a very dedicated team. This position is part time working Monday to Friday 11.30am to 2.15pm during term time. Applications are welcomed at any time The Heritage are currently also recruiting for Teaching Assistants to join the school in September. The Teaching Assistant role is vital in ensuring that the very complex and disabled children can go to school, to learn, make friends and have fun. It is hard work, and requires commitment, but it is a hugely fulfilling job and can bring real joy. A job description, person specification and application form for both roles are available are at or for more information call 01825 724444.

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