Chailey news
Chailey news

SPRING SHOW: Horticultural Society Spring Show is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. There are classes for daffodils, narcissi, polyanthus and hyacinths and if you have any of these flowers in your garden why not take them along. For a show schedule, which in addition to the classes for flowers includes details of the vegetable, flower arranging, handicrafts, art, photography, cookery and children’s classes, call Peter Estcourt on 01273 400791on 01273 400699. Everyone is invited to see the exhibits from 2.30pm and maybe stay a while to enjoy delicious refreshments, which will include home-made cakes, and the raffle. Prize giving is at about 4pm and will be followed by an auction of produce.

CONCERT: Of magical music takes place tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church, on Chailey Green. The Friends of St Peter’s Church, Chailey 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 showpiece 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 or online at Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the night (accompanied children under 16 free).

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.

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 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.

BLUEBELL RAILWAY VOLUNTEERS: Have you ever wondered how to become a volunteer, what it entails and who to contact? No matter whether you are male or female, skilled or with no previous experience, can offer a day a month or more, then why not go along and find out what volunteering in the various different departments on the Bluebell entails. If you are under 16 years, you can gain experience of such work in the 9F Club, but for those who are over 16, perhaps newly retired, or any other age, why not find out more? To help you narrow your choice of departments, please ask for a volunteer recruitment pack, for which a completely revised booklet is available. To help you choose, you can also join one of the ‘find out more tours’. The next tour is on Sunday April 9. The meeting time is 10.30am, at Sheffield Park Station, and the day should end around 4.30pm. Book your place on the tour by contacting the General Office on 01825 720800, or just turn up at Sheffield Park on April 9.

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 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: 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.

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 April 20. 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.

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 and have a stall please let Brenda Barnes know via If you can assist the Bonfire Society with their preparations for the day by making cakes to sell, donating tombola prizes or helping to set up on the morning or helping to run a stall please contact Diane Palmer on 01273 401900 or at

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