SUMMER SHOW: Was held this month by the horticultural society, on a hot sunny afternoon, at the village hall. A long wet winter followed by a prolonged period of hot dry weather had an effect on the number of entries which was slightly down on previous years. The general standard remained very high and this was particularly noticeable in the sweet pea classes which were the best for very many years. Cookery was down but flower arranging and handicrafts showed a gratifying surge in entries. The children’s classes are in need of more entrants though the growing potatoes in a bucket proved as popular as ever. Trophies were awarded the RHS Banksian Medal (horticulture) Chris Gibson, Charles Ashdown Memorial Cup (first time exhibitor) Keith Brown, JC Robinson Memorial Cup (vegetables) Peter Estcourt, Ormiston Cup (fruit) Chris Gibson, Britten Cup (flowers) Christine Gibson, Bineham Cup (sweet peas) Hugh Thwaites, Centenary Cup (most outstanding exhibit horticulture) Linda Blaker, Lodge Cup (wine) Colin Divall, Griffiths Cup (handicrafts) Tina Mitchell, Ladies Cup (cookery) Pat Stepney, Baking Cup David Caughley, North Common Cup (roses) Ann Tillard, Marie Neal Memorial Rose Bowl (flower arranging) Diane Ellis. Children’s Cup (7yrs and under) Ottilie Staplehurst and the Brown Cup (8 to 11yrs) Ella Staplehurst. The afternoon was well attended with many new faces and much lively chatter. It was a most successful and enjoyable show and everyone at the horticultural society hope for a repeat at the Autumn Show on Saturday September 8 and to see you there. For more information about the shows contact Peter Estcourt on 07803179708 or via or Jo Barnes via

BIG CHAILEY PICNIC: is a new fundraising initiative from Chailey Heritage Foundation and they want to encourage as many people as possible to roll out their picnic blankets and put on a spectacular spread for their friends, family, school class or work colleagues. You can hold your picnic anywhere and at any time, all while raising vital funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation. For more information on how to sign up or to download a fundraising pack, please visit event-picnic.html.

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.

CRICKET: Chailey CC are looking for more players for friendly games on Sundays. Players (young or older than young) are always welcome. The club appreciates that family or other commitments may mean that you cannot turn out for every game. No worries, you would still be very welcome. So if you would like to play cricket regularly or occasionally, even if it is just once, twice or three times a year then call Peter on 07709946880.

MUSEUM: Windmill and Rural Life Museum will be open this Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. Admission is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged between 10 and 16 years. For more information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

REPAIR CAFE: Chailey Repair Café is at the village hall opens on Saturday August 11. It will be open from 10am until 1pm. There will be volunteers repairing things free of charge. You can take along broken items such as toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys and crockery. Chailey Repair Café volunteer specialists have the know-how, and you can have a cup of tea or coffee and a cake while you wait. The Repair Café will also be open from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays September 1, October 13 and December 15 and from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday November 24. Our MP Maria Caulfield will be attending the Café on Saturday October 13.

STEAM THROUGH THE AGES: On Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, this new event at the Bluebell Railway will bring different eras from history to life. It is the Victorian Era that Sheffield Park will depict. Horsted Keynes Station will give a flavour of life during the 1940s war years, while Kingscote will become Kingscote-on-Sea, recreating the classic seaside holiday. For tickets and more details visit

FIND OUT MORE DAY: Takes place on Sunday August 12 at 10.30am at Sheffield Park Station, and ending around 4.30pm. You are invited to attend to find out about what volunteering at the Bluebell Railway entails. The day will include a tour behind the scenes and for more information email Volunteer Recruitment Leader David Chappell at or call 01825 720800.

COMPETITION: Is being organised by Chailey Bonfire Society which is open to all ages and requires you to design the Bonfire Society’s membership badge for 2018-2019. The design needs be a circular and incorporate Chailey Bonfire Society 2018. Please create your design in colour, on A4 sized paper, and bear in mind that the design will be reduced considerably to fit onto a badge, so fine detail may be lost. Send your badge design to Chailey Bonfire Society, 2 South Common Cottages, South Chailey, BN8 4AN by Wednesday August 15. Please write your name, age if under 18, address and phone number on the back. The winner will be invited to press the red button preceding the firework display on Saturday November 10 as well as being presented with a framed copy of the design.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Chailey Heritage Foundation is looking for volunteers; the first event is to help between 10am and 3pm at the Futures Life Skills Centre and Patchwork Farm’s Birthday Bash on Monday August 20. Then assistance is sought on a fundraising stand, between 8.30am and 4pm, at the Bo Peep Hill Climb ( on Sunday September 16. Also help with bucket collections at the Classics in Town at Burgess Hill ( on Sunday September 23 between 9.30am and 3.30pm and to assist the organisers of the Wolf Run Pippingford ( .uk/event-autumn-wolf.html) on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, from 8.30am to 4pm. If you are able to assist with any of these events please email the Foundation at fundraising or call on 01825 724752. You will be given more details at a briefing before the event.

CAR DAY: Vintage and Prestige Car Day at The Lamb, Piltdown, on Sunday August 26 from midday until 4pm. It is one of the best car shows in Sussex and all proceeds raised on the day will be split between two local charities St Peter and St James Hospice and Chailey Heritage Foundation. As well as sporty, vintage and prestige cars, there will be live jazz, a Hop Hut with up to 20 real ales, bouncy castle, face painting, raffles and more. For more information about the event or to register your car, please visit

ADVERTISING: If you run a local business and would be interested in placing an advert in Chailey Bonfire Society’s programme for their bonfire night celebrations on Saturday November 10 please contact for more details.

VOLUNTEERS: Can you offer electrical, bicycle, furniture or any handiwork or craft repair skills? If you would like to help at the Chailey Repair Café or find out more email Bryan McAlley at