Chailey news
Chailey news

PARISH COUNCIL: Opportunity to join Chailey 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 today, Friday. 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: At the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, 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. 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

SPRING SHOW: Organised by the horticultural society is at the village hall on Saturday March 18. There will be 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

CONCERT: Concert of magical music on Saturday March 18 at 7.30 pm at St Peter’s Church, on Chailey Green. The Friends of St Peter’s Church are delighted to welcome back well known Sussex choir Coro Nuovo together with soloists. The concert will include a wide range of music including the choir’s show-piece Gloria from Vivaldi’s Gloria and a new composition, A Welsh Celebration, by organist and composer Jeff Howard led by music director and international tenor Andy Rees. There will be an interval with refreshments. Proceeds will be used to maintain the fabric of the largely mediaeval church and to contribute to Coro Nuovo’s Young Musician of the year Bursary.  Tickets are available on the door or from Janet Barnes on 01825 722574 or email friendsofstpeters or online at https://coronuovo Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the night (accompanied children under 16 free).

QUIZ NIGHT: Is being held by Chailey and Newick Colts Junior Football Club at The Crown Inn, Newick, on Wednesday March 29 as a fundraiser for the refurbishment of the pavilion at North Chailey adjacent to the sports ground on Memorial Common. There will be great prizes. Teams of four 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 http://www.bluebell-railway. com/special-events/. 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 six 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 if you would like to enter a team, and help to fundraise for the appeal, please visits 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.

ST GEORGE’S DAY: 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

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