CONGRATULATIONS: To the Signals and Telecommunications Department at the Bluebell Railway for winning the Siemens Signalling Award, at the National Railway Heritage Awards Ceremony, for the third year in a row. The awards were announced on December 5 at a ceremony held at Merchant Taylor’s Hall in London. The signalling award was given for the LB&SCR signals at Sheffield Park. The award was presented by Mark Carne, the former Chief Executive of Network Rail (2014-2018), and Aiden Stell of Siemens Mobility. Representing the Railway and the signalling project were Gordon Callander, Andy Swain and Alistair Bruce of the Signals and Telecommunications Department. It is an exceptional achievement as the Railway won the Siemens Award for the Signal Box and signals at Kingscote in 2016 and at Horsted Keynes in 2017.

MUM AND TODDLER GROUP: At St Peter’s Church on Chailey Green, meet 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.

TRACTOR CLUB: Chailey Classic and Vintage Tractor Club Christmas festivities are being held tomorrow, Saturday. This will be a full day event and Tinkers Park have been invited so it will be a joint Christmas gathering comprising tractors, steam engines and a fairground organ. The day will start, at about 11am, with a Christmas themed tractor run to collect for St Peter & St James Hospice. This will be followed by an evening of entertainment at The Sloop, Scaynes Hill comprising Folk band, acoustic duo, open mic session, barbeque, raffle and an auction of promises. Do join in the Christmas run, further information is available on Facebook or from Liz at

CHAILEY FREE CHURCH: On Sunday has services at 10.30am and 6.30pm. All are welcome to both services, visit for more details.

PLANNING COMMITTEE: All Chailey residents are invited to attend the Parish Council’s Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday January 8, at the Reading Room, Chailey Green, starting at 7.30pm. Members of the public will have an opportunity to speak about any planning or related matter. The full agenda can be found on the Council’s website at They look forward to seeing you.

CHAILEY WI: Meet on Tuesday January 8, at the village hall, at 7.45pm. The title of the talk, by Martin Barnard, is Reported Missing - Close to Home in Sussex which is most intriguing. You can be sure of a warm welcome, there is a nominal charge of £3 which includes homemade refreshments. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

LUNCH CLUB: Is at St Peter’s Church, on Chailey Green on Thursday January 17. Just go along and enjoy a delicious lunch at midday, the food is 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 stpeterschurch12 or call 01825 722286.

CHAILEY REPAIR CAFÉ: As we enter the New Year the Café celebrates having supported the local community by repairing about 200 items since it opened in August. Repairs have been completed on antique and modern clothes and handbags. Bicycles have been given a new lease of life and toasters, irons, record players, table lamps and much more are now working thanks to those who give their time at the Café. Founder and coordinator Bryan McAlley says the level of demand has exceeded expectations and those attending come from all parts of East and West Sussex and Kent. A huge thank you goes to the Parish Council and Maria Caulfield MP for their support. Also thanks go to all all the remarkable volunteers for their dedication and hard work which is much appreciated. The Café dates in 2019 are easy to remember as it is open every second Saturday, of each month, between 10am and 1pm. Free fridge magnets with the dates on are now available at the Café, as a helpful reminder. Chailey Repair Café is part of a world-wide movement where volunteer experts repair things free of charge although a donation towards running costs is invited. Anyone can take along broken items or clothing needing repair and enjoy cup of tea or coffee and a cake whilst waiting. If you would like to know more contact or find the Café on Facebook.

PARISH COUNCIL: All Chailey residents are invited to attend the meeting of the parish council at 7.30pm on Tuesday January 22 at the Reading Room, Chailey Green. The Council will be considering and making decisions on a wish to range of matters relevant to Chailey and its residents. Members of the public will have an opportunity to speak on any issue they raise or draw to the Council’s attention. The full agenda can be found on the Council’s website at They look forward to seeing you.

BLUEBELL RAILWAY: Some of the Railway’s 2019 event dates have been published and they include Branch Line Weekend, Toy and Rail Collectors’ Fair, Trains After Dark, Steam and Beer Festival, Steam Through the Ages and more. For details visit

PATCHWORK FARM: Since it opened last year the Farm at Chailey Heritage Foundation has been a fantastic resource for their young people, as well as others in the wider community. You can help the Foundation keep the therapeutic farm running by sponsoring an animal at Patchwork Farm. From ‘cute and cuddly’ to ‘large and loud’ animal sponsorship makes a great gift for relatives or friends and starts from as little as £24 a year. For more details visit