Chailey news
Chailey news

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 details.

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.

LAMB BUTCHERY DAY: Takes place at Townings Farm on Sunday from10am till 4pm and includes a light lunch. This will be an in depth training day in their butchery, where you will learn to produce quality cuts from a whole or half lamb. You will also learn to use the large mincer and their vacuum packer to prepare your meat to take home. The cost is £154 full days training with lunch and half a lamb or mutton to take home and £204 full days training with a whole lamb or mutton to take home. Please let them know when you book if you would like hogget, lamb or mutton to take home. To book or to ask any questions email or call 01444471352.

WI: The Women’s Institute meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm, at the village hall, when John Southgate will be talking about The History of Mystery. John is an experienced magician; having been admitted to the exclusive Inner Magic Circle in the 1960s and members look forward to learning about this interesting subject. Visitors and prospective members, as always, will be made most welcome for a small donation. To find out more call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

PARISH COUNCIL: A vacancy has arisen on the parish council which the council proposes to fill by co-option. Any eligible person who wishes to be considered as a candidate to fill the vacancy should submit a brief curriculum vitae and a written statement explaining why he/she wishes to join the council and the skills and experience that he/she would contribute to the work of the council. The information must be sent to Stephen Treharne, the Clerk to the Council, at the Parish Office, The Reading Room, Chailey Green, BN8 4DA, by Friday March 10. Do contact Stephen if you have any questions, including queries about whether or not you are eligible to join the council, on 01825 722388 or via email at

JUMBLE SALE: Takes place at the village hall on Saturday March 11 at 11am in aid of the Bonfire Society. Donations of jumble at the hall will be much appreciated or to make arrangements for collection contact Diane Palmer on 01273 401900 or at Please also contact Diane if you are able to help the Bonfire Society with the sale.

LUNCH CLUB: At St Peter’s Church is held monthly at 12.30pm in the church on Chailey Green and the next lunch club is on Thursday March 16. All are welcome to go along for a delicious 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 all 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.

COMMONS SOCIETY: Meets at the village hall on Thursday March 16 at 7.30pm for their AGM. This will be followed by the results of their 2016 surveys of birds, flowers, plants, reptiles, butterflies, moths and fungi on the Commons. For further information visit their website or call William Coleman on 01444 831098

GROW AND SHOW: The Horticultural Society Spring Show is at the village hall on Saturday March 18 and has classes for all age groups and experience including fruit, vegetables, flower arranging, crafts and cookery. Children can collect a bucket and seed potatoes at this show, plant them and bring the bucket back to the Summer Show for the crop to be weighed. The heaviest crop wins a cash prize. If you would like a Show Schedule they are available at the Chailey Surgery, The Five Bells and from Peter Estcourt on 01273 400791 and

QUIZ NIGHT: Is being held by Chailey and Newick Colts Junior Football Club at The Crown Inn, Newick, as a fundraiser for the refurbishment of the pavilion, at North Chailey adjacent to the sports ground, on Memorial Common. Teams of four, great prizes and tickets are £5 each or Crown burger, pint (drink) and quiz for £15. Tickets are available from Chris Buley at or from The Crown.

SPECIAL EVENTS: A list of special events at the Bluebell Railway can be found at There will be a Diesel Gala from March 31 to April 2 and the Flying Scotsman at the Railway from April 13 to 19. For more details visit

WHIST DRIVE: Organised by Chailey Women’s Institute, is at the village hall on Saturday April 1 at 7.30pm. Admission costs £3.50 and everyone is welcome, there will be prizes, a raffle and refreshments.

BIRDS AND MORE BIRDS: Join Ian Woolsey and members of the Commons Society in their search for the new migrant arrivals and the resident birds on the Commons on Saturday April 8. Meet at Lane End Common car park for a 9.15am start.

SWIMARATHON: Chailey Heritage Foundation has been chosen as the main beneficiary of this year’s Swimarathon, an annual event organised by Haywards Heath Lions Club which takes place on Good Friday, April 14, at the Dolphin Centre in Haywards Heath. They will be fundraising for the Foundation’s DREAM Centre Appeal, to build a modern and vibrant indoor activity space where children and young people with complex disabilities and health needs can participate in a mixture of arts and physical activities. Haywards Heath Lions are looking to recruit over 60 teams of 6 to take part in a competition to see how many lengths they can swim in 55 minutes. This is a very popular annual event and last year 64 teams competed and raised over £23,000 between them. If you would like to enter a team and help to fundraise for the Appeal, please visit The Foundation are looking for volunteers to help man their stand on the day and if you are able to help to do this with one to two hours of your choice any time between 8am and 6pm please email Joan Martin via or 01825 724752.

Lambing: At Townings Farm On Saturday April 15 from 2pm to 4pm Carole and Kevin Uridge invite members of the Commons Society and children to visit the farm and watch 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.

CHAILEY BONFIRE SOCIETY: Are holding their annual St George’s Day event on Saturday April 22, from midday to 4pm, at the Waterworks field opposite Markstakes Corner. Every village organisation is invited to join the Bonfire Society and celebrate St George’s Day by having a stall/activity to introduce people to your produce/work. If you are a charity and will not be making a profit there will be no charge for the stall, but if you are going to make a sale a donation of £5 or a gift for the Society’s tombola would be greatly accepted. If you would like to join the Bonfire Society on Saturday April 22 please let Brenda Barnes know via

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The Neighbourhood Plan is now at the stage where a series of draft objectives have been put together, covering the desired outcomes of the Plan. These draft objectives have been based on the feedback received from residents and businesses in the Parish, on what the plan should seek to achieve. A copy of the draft objectives and how residents can provide feedback on them is available on the Chailey Community Website ( If you were unable to attend the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Task Group workshops you can still comment on the draft objectives via the Community Website or through the Parish Office at Steering Group will be publishing a draft of the Neighbourhood Plan later this year and, in view of the controversial planning decision in Newick, it is vital that the residents of Chailey are behind the Plan and support its objectives. So please have your say.

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