CHARITY RUN: The Chailey Classic & Vintage Tractor Club annual Christmas Charity Run, this year in partnership with Tinkers Park (Steam Charitable Trust), took place in somewhat inclement conditions. Nevertheless, the heavy rain failed to dampen or diminish the spirits of the many who turned out, suitably attired, to participate in and enjoy a road run of vintage and classic tractors (and cars) all in support of St Peter and St James Hospice. Around twenty tractors consisting of various makes and models assembled at the Sloop Inn (Scaynes Hill) where Maria Caulfield MP was amongst those who waved them off. With pit stops at the Bent Arms, Snowdrop and Farmers Inn, the convoy of tractors and vintage vehicles travelled to the bemusement of Christmas shoppers and many smiling children. All returned to the Sloop for an evening of Christmas celebrations including live folk music courtesy of Newick Folk. Local producers consisting Nose to Tail Butchers Piltdown, Fletching Village Shop and Cottage Bakery Newick kindly sponsored and provided the barbeque. Local musicians ‘LOKI’ provided added musical entertainment and there was also an auction of promises, coupled with a raffle. These along with donations resulted in a contribution to St Peter & St James Hospice in excess of £1,800. Many thanks to all who donated money, time and produce to make the day so enjoyable for all who took part and another success fundraising event for the Hospice.

MUM & 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.

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.

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 7.30 pm. 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’. Martin comes highly recommended and it is sure to be a very interesting evening. If in the past you have toyed with the idea of joining the WI do make a New Year Resolution and go along and see what it is all about. They meet in the village hall at 7.45pm on the first Tuesday of each month (this January has been the exception). Prospective members and guests are always welcome and a donation of £3 will include homemade refreshments. For more information call Margaret Smith on 01825 723519.

CHAILEY REPAIR CAFÉ: The Café dates in 2019 are easy to remember as it is open every second Saturday, of each month, between 10am and 1pm, so the next Repair Café will be Saturday January 12. 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.

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 or call 01825 722286.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: All Chailey residents are invited to attend the meeting of the Parish Council at 7.30 pm 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 & Rail Collectors’ Fair, Trains After Dark, Steam and Beer Festival, Steam Through the Ages and more. For details visit