Chailey news
Chailey news

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.

MUM AND TODDLER GROUP: At St Peter’s Church on Chailey Green, takes place every Friday from 9.30am. This is free of charge and coffee, tea and biscuits will be available. If you or anyone you know would be interested in coming along please contact the Parish Office on 01825 722286 for more information.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Takes place at St Peter’s Church on Saturday November 26 from 10am to 3pm. Do go along and meet Father Christmas. There will be stalls include wine tasting from Bluebell Vineyard, food gifts from Deerview Fine Foods, Pete’s Pantry, festive handmade gifts, toys and much more. Admission is £2 to include seasonal refreshments.

WHIST DRIVE: Is being organised by the Women’s Institute is on Saturday November 26, at the village hall, at 7.30pm. The cost is £3.50, which includes refreshments & prizes. For more information call Carol Brown on 01825 723757.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: For Senior Citizens will be at the village hall on Saturday December 3 from 12.30pm to 5pm. This free annual event is organised by the Bonfire Society and includes a Christmas meal, with all the trimmings, followed by musical entertainment. This is an excellent way to start the festive season and one I highly recommend. If you would like to attend please call Jane on 01273 400632 or email Transport is available just let Jane know and she will make the arrangements for you.

VOLUNTEERS: Would be much appreciated to help with Chailey Heritage Foundation’s bucket collection on Thursday December 8 and Wednesday December 21 at Tesco Superstore, Burgess Hill. If you are able to assist please email

CHAILEY @ CHRISTMAS: Everyone at St. Peter’s Church is looking forward to Christmas this year with a free event to reflect the Magic of Christmas. From Friday December 9 to Sunday December 11 they are holding their first ‘Chailey @ Christmas’ event which features a Christmas Tree Festival in St Peter’s. There will be many decorated Christmas trees from local groups and businesses. There will be hand bell presentations, choirs, harp music and a brilliant Saturday evening concert by the superb Sussex choir Coro Nuovo to include seasonal music, readings and verse, in the church lit by Christmas Trees. This concert will be a ticketed event for details of which see below. From 2pm until 6pm on the Friday afternoon the church will be open to visitors who can view the trees, whilst enjoying a hand bell presentation, seasonal music and a cup of tea and cake. From 10am until 5pm on Saturday there will be special peel of Bells at 10am and a chance to meet bell ringers afterwards. Again, tea and cake will be available. At 7pm on the Saturday the special Christmas Concert, Coro Nuovo at Christmas. This is a ticketed event, at £10 per ticket (accompanied children under 16 free) to include light refreshments. Tickets will be available on the door or from Janet Barnes on 01825 722574 or On the Sunday the normal services will be held around the festival trees and from 1pm the festival continues with Christmas music and 3pm onwards harpist Margaret Watson, will be playing before and during the closing concert at 4 pm. There will refreshments available. Details of the festival can be obtained from Teresa Wenban on 01825 722286 or or at

LUNCH CLUB: At St Peter’s Church is held monthly in the church on Chailey Green and the next one is the Christmas Lunch Club on Thursday December 15 at 12.30pm. All are welcome to go along for a delicious festive meal, meet new people and chat and relax. The food is all freshly prepared and home-cooked with a main course, choice of puddings and tea/coffee for £5 per person. There is easy access and disabled toilet facilities. If you require transport or further information please contact Julia Guerard on 01825 722967.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Advice now that the year is drawing to a close is to turn thoughts to the year ahead: All the ground not used for overwintering vegetables should be cleared and then lightly dug over. I am not sure that deep digging is really necessary and can disrupt the soil architecture and perhaps only worth doing where potatoes are to be grown. Clear all old vegetation and weeds and then turn the soil over to a depth of 6 to 8 inches using a strong hand fork. Break up the soil to a fine texture. If the soil is clayey and heavy try adding soil conditioner (from the recycling centre). Spread it over the surface and then use a hoe to incorporate it. For areas to be used to grow potatoes, brassicas, marrows and courgettes spread a layer of farmyard compost to a depth of a couple of inches. However be sure that the compost is free of weed killer residues. Over the winter the compost will get incorporated in the soil and just needs the odd hoeing on a sunny afternoon. Areas to be used for root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips beetroot etc need no extra nutrients.

November is the month to plant over wintering broad beans and peas. The best is Aquadulce Claudia for beans and Meteor or Feltam First for peas. They can both be sown directly or raised in modules in a cold greenhouse and planted out when hardened off. The broad bean plant should be about two inches tall with about six leaves by early January and will then be able to survive the hardest frosts. Taller plants tend to get damaged by hard frosts. Peas are a bit more problematic and do better with some protection in the coldest spells. Beware of slugs and mice. Sweet peas can also be planted now and best kept in a cold greenhouse over the winter. You can now replace raspberry canes and plant new currant and gooseberry bushes. For more information or details of membership of the Horticultural Society please contact Peter Estcourt on 01273 400791 or via email

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