Village News

This is the latest village news from Mid Sussex - June 20


Barbara Harding

Tel: 01444 412037


Coffee Morning at Whydown on Wednesday 3rd July, 10.30 to 1pm, there will be a raffle, Bring & Buy and plant sales, all proceeds will be going to the Village Hall Rebuild. Any questions, please call 413061.

Ansty Garden Club is organising an outing to Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury on Sunday 7th July, the cost will be £20 for National Trust members and £33 for non-members, to book please call 413061.


Rosemary Robertson

Tel: 01444 811800


CRAFT, GIFT AND LOCAL PRODUCE FAIR is back in the Victory Hall on Saturday 22 June from 10.00 am until 2.00 pm. There will be the old favourites there and some new stalls with superb gift ideas for those summer birthdays coming up. Among the people showcasing their work will be an interior designer specialising in upholstery, decoupage experts, and wood carvers. Look out too for hair jewellery from Bali, cushions and items in the style of Cath Kidston, wooden toys, soaps and plants. The Youth Club are running the refreshment stall so your support would be appreciated. Enjoy a welcome bacon butty and cup of tea in aid of a good cause.

BALCOMBE SCHOOL OPEN DAY takes place on Tuesday 25 June from 9.15 – 10.15 am and then again from 1.30 – 2.30 pm. This will give you an opportunity to pop down and see the improvements to the building and meet the children, governors and teachers. You will also be able to see some of the fabulous work that our talented children produce. If you haven’t seen the beautiful new pond area then have a look too, it is worthy of a place at the Chelsea Flower Show! All parents, grandparents, friends and village residents welcome.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Armed Forces Day Coffee Morning is coming up on Saturday 29 June from 10.00 am until 12 noon in the Parish Room. This year they are supporting SSAFA and the money raised will go to support local area service men and women. Raffle and bric-a-brac donations would be gratefully received on the morning.

BALCOMBE VILLAGE FETE is on Saturday 13 July from 12.00 noon until 5.00 pm and in the evening from 7.00 – 10.30 pm. There will be the usual Craft and Dog Shows, but a few new surprises. If you would like to get involved your help would be appreciated. Even an hour’s time on the Friday, Saturday or clearing up on the Sunday would be a huge help. Contact Charlie Hirst on 07764 200863 or Mark Fairweather on 07766 816106.

ST. MARY’S – Sunday 23 June - 8.00 am Holy Communion, 10.00 am Parish Eucharist and Sunday School

Wednesday 26 June 10am Said Eucharist.

CARRIAGEWAY SURFACE DRESSING B2036: There will be temporary Stop/Go lights on the High Street, Balcombe – Brantridge Lane to B2036 on Wednesday 26 June for one day only while the road surface is repaired.

BOWLS RESULTS – On Saturday 15 June Balcombe 61: Southgate 93. On Sunday 16 June Felbridge 75: Balcombe 54.


Mandy Dembrey

Tel: 01273 890777


EDWARDIAN WEEKEND is at the Bluebell Railway on Saturday and Sunday, the trains will all be themed from the period just before the First World War and at Horsted Keynes there will be a summer fair. For more information call 01825 720800.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game against Cuckfield III on Saturday at the sports ground just off the A272 starting at 1.30pm. Supporters are most welcome and refreshments are available.

OPEN GARDEN and plant stall in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice, by the Newick & Chailey Support Group, is on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at The Old Rectory, Church Lane, Newick. Tickets are £5 to include a cream tea (children free) at the gate.

JAZZ AND TEA is taking place on the green in front of St Peter’s Church is on Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm. It includes a dog show with ten classes with rosettes for the winners. The classes sponsored by Whites Premium Southern will be best puppy (4-12 months), prettiest bitch, most handsome dog, golden oldie (over 7 years), waggiest tail, best trick, best rescue, best condition, fancy dress and best sausage eater. There will also be bric-a-brac, cake and plant stalls, children’s and bottle tombolas, Pimms tent, ice creams and games. Entry is free and everyone is invited to join in this afternoon to listen to the jazz band and St Peter’s primary school choir and watch Scottish dancing.

ST PETER’S Church services this Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am and everyone is invited to join him in prayers. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586.

FREE CHURCH services this Sunday are at 10.30am with David Muzzell and at 6.15pm with Robin Lacey. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

MOBILE LIBRARY (ESCC) is at Grantham Close on Tuesday June 25 from 2.25 to 2.50pm.

VILLAGE INFORMATION POINT session is on Friday June 28 when the Parish Clerk with be at the Coffee Stop, Free Church, South Chailey from 10am to midday to assist with any questions you may have.

GRAFFITI NIGHT at Chailey Youth Group was postponed due to volunteer commitments and will now take place on Friday June 28. Helpers are sought to come along and help set up and pack away and sometimes stay as the current volunteers are finding it increasingly harder to be everywhere all at once. If parents or carers or friends are able to help the Group they would be very grateful of the support. Please let Gemma know on 07843410895 or if you can support the Group in this way.

STAINED GLASS WINDOW permission (known as a faculty) for a new one has been given, which is pictured at, to be installed in the east window of St John’s chapel, at St Peter’s Church, in memory of the Revd Eddie Matthias who was rector from 1965 to 1992. A number of people have spoken of their desire to donate towards this. If this is your wish donations (which can be gift aided) can be made via Chailey Parochial Church Council whose officers include the churchwardens Peter Martin (01825 722680) and Teresa Wenban (01825722586) stating it is for the window. If you are in contact with others who knew Eddie, who might like to be included, please give them details or show them this article. On completion there will be a dedication of the window held during a service.

DO YOU SHOP IN WAITROSE? If so please support the Youth Group. Every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 each month between three local good causes. At Lewes Waitrose this month the Youth Group are one of the causes set to receive a donation. At the checkout you will receive a token and the more tokens the Youth Group get the bigger the donation they receive.



Tel: 01273 845236

DITCHLING WI - For the June meeting we welcomed Margaret Watson,Harpist.Wearing a beautiful sparkling gown made by herself, she entertained all with popular songs and music from the popular musicals of the day and many other melodies such as Greensleeves. This was Maragarets third visit to the Ditchling WI because as a group we so enjoy hearing her play the harp, and listening to all the interesting stories she tells. Next Month the meeting is on Thursday 4th July at 2.30pm, in the Ditchling Village Hall. The guests are Herbie Flowers and Michael Hinton, who will be talking on ‘Life as Musicians’.Visitors are very welcome.Contact Briony Coomber 01273 845069

Ditchling Horticultural Society (Founded 1822)

Calling all Gardeners and Allotment holders in Ditchling - The Society’s Annual Summer Show will be held on July 20th 2013 in Ditchling Village Hall from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. This year the judges for the summer show are Messrs K. Beard & P. Mace who will judge the Fruit and Vegetable Section while Mrs M. Eastwood will judges the Floral Art and Children’s Classes.The Summer Show displays the best home grown fruit and seasonable vegetables; in addition the Hall should be filled with the scent of roses, sweet peas and lots of other summer flowers.Flower arranging classes will include “ An exhibit depicting “Ascot”, An arrangement of Colour of the Rainbow, Also the class for snapshot photography; will be “Sunrise” so do get your camaras out and enter.As always there is a Children’s class which this year includes “A pot of salad leaves grown from seed” and “A painting of an animal” We will welcome member’s exhibits for all the sections. Entry forms are on the back page of the 2013 Schedule and must be submitted to the Post Office in Ditchling no later than 5pm on Wednesday preceding the show. When you have viewed all the exhibits, come and have some refreshment (tea and homemade cake for £1.50.) Have a go at Muriel’s famous raffle - tickets 50p each. Entrance is 50p for non-members, children free. As with the earlier spring show we are delighted to use the new green tables, these were purchased by the Society together with a very generous donation from the Ditchling Village Association. So put this date in your diary and come and enter your flowers, fruit and vegetables.


Gail Boustead

Tel: 07887 535638


At the beginning of the month, I mentioned that the Parish Council had submitted the Neighbourhood Plan to Mid Sussex District Council for their review. I have just heard that they have now published it, along with the Community Right to Buy Orders, and the documents will be available until 25 July 2013 (six weeks from 13 June 2013) at If you would like to comment on the Neighbourhood Plan and Community Right to Buy Orders, this can be done online at or by post to: Planning: Planning Policy & Economic Development, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1SS. All comments must be received by 5 pm on 25 July 2013 and any comments received will be public information. If you have any queries about this process, you should contact the Planning Policy and Economic Development Team on (01444 477053) or email Please do take the time to have a look at this as it is our opportunity to have some say in what will happen not only in the village but the Parish as a whole, by means of development over the 20 years!

Don’t forget the ‘Old Tyme Music Hall’ show that Crawley Operatic Society (COS Musical Theatre) is putting on this Saturday, 22 June in the Parish Hall. There are two shows, the first being at 2.30 pm with tea and cakes; tickets cost £10; and later at 7.30 pm with a Ploughman’s Supper tickets for which are £13. There will also be a licensed bar (this might be for the evening performance only!). If you would like buy tickets or to get further information before buying a ticket, call the Box Office on 07583 534628 or email To learn more about COS, their website is

A gentle reminder also of Handcross Association’s Fun Day on Saturday, 6 July, from 12 noon on the Recreation Ground. If you would like a stall, the person to contact is Lesley Read on 07833 338911 or by email at, the price of a ‘pitch’ is £12. There is plenty being planned for the day including a Dog Show and the police will be there to security mark bikes (adults or childrens) for free – something not to be sneezed at! If you would like to advertise in the programme, or to sponsor an event during the day, contact Lesley or Neil Mitchell, Chair of the Association on 01444 401059, any profits from the day go to local organisations. It sounds like a full and fun day is in store; all we need to do from now until then is pray for a dry and sunny day!



Tel: 07522 279688


The next Village Market is on Saturday on the forecourt of National Tyres, Keymer Road from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

Also on Saturday, the Hassocks United Reformed Church will be holding its usual Traidcraft Stall in the forecourt of the Church from 10.00am to 12.00noon. There are lots of delicious foods and tea/coffee etc., at competitive prices - and profit goes back to the producers of the goods - giving the Third World a better chance to improve their own lives. After browsing this stall, and choosing scrummy delights - then pop into Powell House (the adjacent door) for a great cuppa at ‘sensible prices’. Great company too - and that is free!

Paws and Claws are holding their Summer Fair on Saturday the 22nd June at Adastra Hall from 10.00am – 12.00 noon. There will be lots of bargains on the stalls and refreshments will also be available. Please go along and support this worthy cause.

The Downlands Community School Summer Fayre takes place on Saturday afternoon at the school in Dale Avenue from 12.00noon to 4.00pm. All are welcome to go along and enjoy the all the fun of the fayre.

Bike’n’Fun is on Sunday 23rd June at The Hassocks, Station Approach East with two local, partially marshalled cyle routes: one four mile family ride and an eight mile route. Pre-register for the chance to win a child’s bike. Forms are available from Orion News or Entry fee £6.50 including a t-shirt and a burger or £5 including t-shirt. Register at The Hassocks from 9.30am. Events start from 10.30am.

There will be Mobile Refuse Collection from 10.00am – 12.00noon at Belmont Close, off London Road on Sunday 23rd June.

South Oaks are opening their garden on Sunday 23rd June from 10.00am to 5.00pm in Blackstone Lane, Albourne, BN6 9JD - Raising money for the Chestnut Tree children’s hospice. There will be items for sale, a raffle, refreshments and you can enjoy two acres of beautiful English Woodland with mown grass walks, a walled garden, shrubberies, mixed borders, pond and small orchard. Admission is £5.00 per adult with children free.

The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café, takes place on Wednesday 26th June at the Pauline Thaw Centre, Dale Avenue from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

De-Café is an evening support group for people living with dementia, their carers, friends and family to meet people who are in a similar situation. It offers the opportunity to talk and learn from each other, receive support and advice from staff and volunteers of the Alzheimer’s Society, and to generally enjoy a social evening in a safe and secure environment, with light bites and sometimes live entertainment. For further information please contact Dawn Fairbrother on 01403 750485 or 07720 948990.

Soul of The City Choir (Hassocks) invite you to join them for their Summer Charity concert at Downlands School, Hassocks on Saturday 20th July. 7.30pm start with doors open at 7.00pm. They will be raising the roof singing rock pop and soul classics from artists such as Keane and Aretha Franklin, whilst raising funds for local charities. Tickets priced at £5.00 and £4.00 for concessions are on sale now at Orion News, Hassocks or visit their website

Further details of many more events can also be found at

If you would like details of your organisations events published in this column, please email details to, or leave a message (voice or text) on 07522 279688. Items for inclusion should be received no later than 10 days prior to the date of publication.


sent your reports to Jo Keans


Village Church Open Morning

Saturday 22nd June 10 - 12

An ideal opportunity to come and see the inside of our wonderfully refurbished Holy Trinity Church. Coffee and cakes, face painting, bring and buy stall, friendly faces and see what has been done! Please do pop in, all welcome


Catherine Jackson

Tel: 01273 890219


FOOTPATHS SOCIETY – 23rd June. Meet Phoenix car park, Lewes (TQ421 103) at 1.30pm for 5–6 mile walk from chapel to golf course, on to Mount Caburn and return via Mill Road (a steep climb). Details 01273 477 336. Mb: 07961 936989

JUMBLE SALE – 29th June. In aid of the Monday Group. Village hall. Doors open 2pm. Tombola, teas, cakes and lots of lovely jumble.

VILLAGE FUN DAY – Sunday 30th June, Plumpton Recreation Ground, from 12 noon. Includes dog show, stool ball, tug-o’-war, stalls, kids’ races, games, pony rides, Thai food, BBQ, teas, cakes. Proceeds to the new Play Area.

PLANT SALE – table top plant sale throughout the season to raise funds for the Plumpton Voluntary Driving Scheme. Baskets of primulas, primroses, hanging baskets and pots. All reasonably priced. 2 Inholmes Cottages, Station Road (just north of the Fountain).

Scaynes Hill

Sue Morton

Tel: 01444 831027


Greek Night There will be a fabulous themed night at Scaynes Hill Village Club on Saturday 29 June. For just £5.00 per adult and £2.50 for children under 14, you can enjoy a Greek Feast. This event is open to both members and non-members but MUST be booked in advance for catering purposes. Please call into the club to reserve your seat.

Millennium Centre The Managing Trustees of Scaynes Hill Village Centre hereby give Notice that their 13th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING is to be held on Monday 24th June 2013 at 8.00 p.m. in the Millard Hall. All residents of Lindfield Rural Parish and the Centre’s users are warmly invited to attend this AGM and comment on the operation of their Centre. All members of the Committee shall retire from office together at the end of the AGM but they may be re-elected orreappointed.

Open Garden On Sunday 16 June from 2.00 pm until 5.00 pm Old Scaynes House in Clearwater Lane will be opening its garden for public viewing. The cost is just £4.00 per adult and free for accompanied children. There will be refreshments and plants on sale and a quiz for youngsters.

St Augustine’s Church Summer Fair

St Augustine’s School Summer Fair will be on Saturday 22 June. The fair will be open from mid-day until 2.30 pm. There will be a Chocolate Tombola, Barbecue, Raffle, Spin the Wheel, Teddy Tombola, Bottle Tombola, Hook a Duck, Face Painting and Craft The Activities. Do go along and support our village school.

The Sloop Taster Menu night at the Sloop Inn - new head Chef Chris will be showcasing his talents with at least 6 courses to try. This will be a very popular event so must be booked in advance. The event takes place on Thursday 20 June. Don’t miss out!


Richard Spencer

Tel: 01444 471295


CHURCH SUMMER FETE Saturday 22nd June 2.0 – 4.30 at Fanners, Wivelsfield Green. It is being opened by the Burgess Hill Town Crier at 2.0pm. There will be swimming for the children and small pony rides for little ones, games, many stalls, a tombola and a raffle .....and cream teas. Proceeds are for the upkeep of our lovely 11th century church. (All we need now is prayers for fine and dry weather!). Any queries to Robert Wood on 01444 471242 or

VILLAGE DAY is on Saturday 13th July on the Village Green from 10am --- Feeling Lucky theme. 9.45am : Procession from the School to the Village Green 10.00am : Opening Ceremony by village children 10.30am to 4.30pm : A full of fun day FUN for all the family Free parking and free entry Harris’ traditional funfair, Mini Car Club, Miniature steam railway, Climbing wall, Vintage tractors, Beer tent, variety of trade stands, local bands, main arena full of events, companion dog show and lots more family fun favourites. For more information and entry forms for the tug-of-war and donkey derby please visit our website on or call Barbara on 01444 470024 or Nicky on 01444 230377

THE CUTTY SARK at the Wivelsfield Historical Society meeting on Thursday 18th July in Wivelsfield Village Hall at 8.00pm A talk by Tony Turner --- The Cutty Sark was built in 1869 as a vessel for merchants and employed in the tea & wool trades. She is now the last surviving tea clipper and was the fastest and greatest of her time. This illustrated talk features her famous races with other tea clippers and brings her story up to date with the £50 million restoration after the dreadful fire at Greenwich. For further details please phone Paula Wood on 01444 471242.

PREPARING for the 35th Wivelsfield Gardening Club Summer Flower, Craft and Vegetable Show in Wivelsfield Village Hall on Saturday 20th July So to avoid disappointment please note the following schedule requirements --- Schedule of Classes : Challenge Cup will be awarded for The Best in Show Classes 1-37. The other classes are Floral Art, “Strawberries and Cream”, Cookery, Handicraft and Juniors 12 and under. You are invited to sponsor any class or classes by donation of prize money. Fuller details later but in the meantime should you have any questions please contact Mrs. Linda Timms, “Brackens”, Eastern Road RH17 7QG : close-by to the Village Hall. Happy growing, making, cooking etc., etc.

WIVELSFIELD FILMS on Sunday July 21st in Wivelsfield Village Hall --- THE GREAT GATSBY is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream. Doors/bar 7.00pm and the film starts 7.30pm. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks will be served before the film and during the interval. Tickets on the door, in advance from the Post Office & Village Stores or The Cock Inn or online via the Facebook page for Wivelsfield Films.

SEWING MACHINE SKILLS? Wivelsfield Little Theatre is seeking additional members to join our friendly and thriving group, join in the fun, meet new people and contribute to the community. If you are good with a sewing machine and have dressmaking and/or upholstery skills WLT would love to hear from you. We have an extensive collection of costumes but they often need altering or modifying for the particular play and actor. Some of the work is done during the couple of weeks before the play, either at rehearsals or at home. Interested in joining us? You do not need to live in the village. To find out more please contact our membership secretary Christine Elwell-Sutton on 01444 454886 or email:

LOCAL SUSSEX POLICE contact --- PCSO Edward Hall 07917 474106 or 0845 6070999 (ext 40526)

VILLAGE HALL & RECREATION GROUND contact details -- Paula Pollard on 01444 471745 or 07976 996169

PARISH COUNCIL contact details --- Liz Gander, Clerk to the Council : her regular office hours are 9.00am to 3.00pm on Mondays and Thursdays and members of the public are welcome to phone, email or drop into the Parish Council at The Cock Inn, if there is anything that you wish to discuss. 01444 471898 All Parish Council meetings are open to members of the public and begin with an “open forum” session during which members of the Parish are welcome to ask questions or bring matters to the attention of the Council. Meetings are held at 8.00pm in the Renshaw Room at Wivelsfield Village Hall, (unless otherwise stated on the agenda). Agendas are published in the week prior to the meeting and be seen in the Parish Council notice board (outside the Village Post Office & Shop) or at

Bridge club news


Steyning Friday 7th June


1 Bernard Woolf & Howard Da Vall

2 Jill GLynn & Ann Vidler

3 Rosalie Largin & Joan Smith


1 Roger Stevens & Sandra Dennison

2 Judy Love & Helen Coutrouzas

3 Gary Inkpen & Jude Gill

Storrington Monday 10th June


1 Dave Tyte & Tom Cole

2 Roger Stevens & Roger Herman

3 Douglas Banks & Stuart Henderson


1 Barrie Salmon & Neil Fairbairn

2 Val Cafferkey & Brian Spears

3 Joan McDermot & Flick Lloyd

Shoreham 11th June


1 David Gilbert & Simon Sacks

2 Roy Connell & Jill Pugh

3 Barbara Warner & Wilf East

4 Teresa Dickinson & Mitzi Scourfield


1= Barrie Salmon & Neil Fairbairn

1= Angela Beal & Cheryl Bennett

3 Hattie Cox & Penny Hill

4 Denise Ireland & Jane Tourell

Keymer Tuesday 11th June


1 Jean Gilbert & Arthur Percival

2 Christina Withnell & Dennis Thompson

3 Gwen & Peter Knight

4 Sheena Wood & Sue Cottrell

5 Mo Etheringotn & Bill Cammish


1 Jackie & Jonathan Hinden

2 Hilary Branwood & Shirley Meakins

3 Shiela Felsted & Jill Standen

4 Barbara Hepher & Margaret Watson

5 Anmie & Gavin Edie

Full results on

Pet Detectives

ring June on 07730534049

An exotic tame pet bird has been found near Lindfield. For obvious reasons we cannot divulge the birds colouring but we now have the bird in reascue and would love to reunite it with it’s owner

FOUND Exotic bird near Lindfield

JULIET Very tiny tortorshell and white cat. Mix of black brown and ginger. White on chest. Shorthaired. 8 years. Micro chipped. Missing from One Hundred Acre Lane Lindfield

CASPER Very longhaired 15 year old male neutered cat. Nearly blind. Has kidney problems. His eyesight isn’t too good. Is also suffering from dementia. White coat. Micro chipped. Missing from London Road Burgess Hill.

MISSING Cock African grey parrot. All grey with a red tail. Very tame Missing from London Road Burgess Hill

GRACE Female spayed micro chipped seal point Siamese cat. Very slender + vocal. 2 years. Missing from Franklands Village Haywards Heath

ROLY Very fat grey + white domestic rabbit. Very friendly Missing from Franklands Village

MILLIE Tiny kitten size adult cat. Brown tabby No white. Very timid Micro chipped Shorthaired. 9 years. Believed to have got into a vehicle be tween 8 and 10pm on January 31st in London Road Burgess Hill

FRANKIE Very small timid white shorthaired female cat. 8 years Micro chipped Deaf Missing from Bolnore Village Haywards Heath

MURPHY Male neutered black shorthaired cat. Tiny tuft of white on throat. Was a large build. Scatty nature. Micro chipped. Missing from Brookway Lindfield Recently moved from Lindfield

SPOOKY Female spayed cat Black White front paws. White on either side of nose white streak on face white on tummy.Shorthaired. Small timid microchipped. Missing from Starling Close Burgess Hill

STOP PUPPY FARMING If you have purchased a puppy from an outlet selling more than one breed, chances are its a puppy farm. If your dog is showing health or behaviour problems, please ring JUNE on the number given below. All calls in strict confidence


The local Volunteer Centre provides a free service, helping to link people who want to volunteer with organisations who need volunteers. We work out of venues in both Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath and appointments can be booked to discuss your individual requirements with the Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator

Bluebird Community Transport urgently needs more volunteer drivers to take people to medical appointments using their own car Drivers must be over 25 with a clean driving licence. Mileage is paid.

West Sussex County Council Young Carers Service is looking to recruit transport volunteers enabling young carers to have better access to leisure activities. Closing date for applications is 28th June 2013.

West Sussex Mediation Service needs to recruit a new volunteer treasurer to have an overview of the charity’s finances, set budgets, oversee staff payroll/HMRC returns and prepare financial reports for the trustees and prepare annual accounts for external examination. West Sussex Mediation Service is also looking to recruit more volunteers to train as mediators, become a trustee or help with fundraising and events.

Perrymount Playgroup in Haywards Heath is in need of more volunteers to help with setting up, clearing away, serving snacks and drinks and helping with the day’s activities that could include: messy play, art/craft, story-telling, singing, role play or physical activities.

Impact Advocacy Services are looking to recruit more volunteer advocates to provide support on a variety of issues, helping people with disabilities to understand their rights, make informed choices and have their views and wishes communicated to others. A training course for new advocates will be held in September/October 2013

4 Sight is holding a collection day in Burgess Hill Town Centre on Saturday 6th July. Can you spare a couple of hours to help them raise funds for blind and visually impaired people in Mid Sussex?

Do you belong to a sports club or organisation? Do you need more volunteers to help out? Please contact Sue Edgson at the Volunteer Centre as we are looking to increase the range of volunteering opportunities that are available to people interested in sport. These are just some of the ways you can get involved. You can find out more by going online as volunteering opportunities can be found at:

Information about volunteering opportunities provided by Volunteer Centre, Burgess Hill 01444 870711