Balcombe stretches from the famous Ouse viaduct in the South up to the forest ridges in the North and West, and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. This village of 600 houses, some very old, lies conveniently on the London to Brighton railway line, and is close to Gatwick airport. With its wide range of facilities, clubs and associations, Balcombe is well managed by a forward thinking Parish Council.

Free Announcements

 Residents needed to run this website

Due to other commitments, the current websmaster Andrew Edmondson wants to transfer the control of this website to a group of residents during the next year. This is an opportunity to update and improve the website. The website receives over 300 visitors each week and is an increasingly popular source of information. It is privately hosted and currently receives no funding. Ideally, one of the new wembasters will have some knowledge of the Joomla management system or be willing to learn about it.
If you are interested, please contact Andrew on 01444 811413 or by email.


Victory Hall Film Shows


The Management Committee of the Victory Hall is very pleased to announce that the next film to be screened at the Hall will be the Oscar winning drama from Steven Spielberg - “Bridge of Spies”. The film stars Tom Hanks; Mark Rylance; and Alan Alda.

This screening will be Friday 13th May starting at 7.30 PM.

The running time will be 142 minutes, with an interval for refreshments mid-way through. The screening will again be provided by the same professional “touring cinema” company, and the layout for the showing will be the usual “cafe style”.

Tickets for this film will be £6.00. As usual, these can be purchased in advance from Threads. Demand is expected to be high – so please book early!

Please note that this film is rated 12A

Dates for your Diary!

Our next film will be on Friday 17th June (Title to be confirmed)

More details from Barry McConway


Beginners Pilates Classes now booking

Friday mornings at Bramble Hall 10:40-11:40.
Starting February 26th.
£90 for 10 classes (26/2/16 – 20/5/16) or £11 per class (drop-in). .
Contact Karen: 07903 651 356, email:

Balcombe Repower




YouTube video of Horsham constituency election hustings Friday 1st May

Each of the 8 candidates replied to these submitted questions
and others from the audience:

              • Do you think we should have a secular government?
            • What investment in science is your party planning?
            • How can we tackle Islamophobia on the one hand and protect women from Sharia law on the other?
            • Should government ignore the available evidence when making policy?

View the YouTube video here:

Hosted by West Sussex Humanists and Horsham Skeptics in the Pub

Gatwick second runway public meetings

The Airport Commission's Consultation closed on 3rd February 2015.

Balcombe station nominated for Gardens that Make You Smile

Balcombe Station in West Sussex isn't a stop for many of Southern Railway's trains but passengers going through appreciate the efforts to make them smile. Photograph Ian Yarham


Summer fete photos

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Please visit the Balcombe Parish Council website for more details.


Hoops and Signals

Book 119 Image

The story of former Balcombe resident Thomas Ireland, signalman and barrel hoop maker.
Written by his great grandson John Ireland, based on his father's journal and diaries.
Click on the image for more information on the publisher website.

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Faster Broadband for Balcombe

Lindifeld now has superfast broadband but BT say they will only install it in Balcombe if there is sufficient demand. Visit their website to register your interest.

In addition, you can also register interest at the WSCC website

Stranger and Stranger

A new book by local resident Robert McMullen

The true story of an unlikely encounter in the
extraordinary life of a young man diagnosed with M.E.

For more details, visit the website.

Child Minding

There is a need for childcare in the village for those parents who work or want to work. Would residents be interested in a web page where they could see if there was anyone who wanted to share care or anyone who had spaces could let people know?
Jane Rhodes

Email an administrator if you would like to make an announcement.



Please find below a summary of recent crimes for our area (24th April)


  ·         Overnight on 29/03/2016 a garage was entered on Horsham Road. Power tools and a ladder were stolen.

   Pease Pottage

 ·         Several commercial outbuildings in Brighton Road were targeted by thieves on two separate occasions between 09/04 and 11/04/2016. Various items were stolen including catalytic converters.

 ·         In Horsham Road a total of 8 vans were broken into during the morning of 11/04/2016 and a quantity of power tools were stolen.

  ·         Also in Horsham Road a burglar was disturbed leaving a property after attempting to steal cash at 22:00 on 18/04/2016. A suspect has been arrested and is currently on remand.


 ·         A van in Old Park Close was entered via the rear doors and a number of power tools were stolen. This occurred overnight on 11/04/2016

  Ansty & Staplefield Parish

 ·         Overnight on 10/04/2016 a commercial premises on Cuckfield Road, Burgess Hill was entered in order to steal cash.


·         Between 12/04 and 19/04/2016 there was an attempt break in and subsequent successful break in to the Scout Hut. An untidy search was made and cash was stolen from a charity collection

 ·         Overnight on 21/04/2016 a car was keyed in Barn Meadow.

Across the Mid Sussex area we are receiving several reports of bicycle thefts, van breaks and shed breaks.

In addition, a number of commercial premises have been targeted over the last month. The offenders are generally targeting tills and cash boxes and entry is often gained via the rear of premises.

Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin – February/March 2016

 Although February was a fairly quiet month, March has seen a trend towards vehicle crime and non-dwelling burglaries:


 Stolen number plate, Orchard Cottages, Cuckfield.

  • (overnight 07/02/16)
  • Theft of canoe trailer, Staplefield Road, Cuckfield.
    (18/02/16 - 28/02/16)
  • Digger bucket stolen from building site, Glebe Road, Cuckfield. (overnight 09/03/16)



 Car set alight, Covert Mead, Handcross. (evening of 09/02)

  • Theft of car tyre, Truggers, Handcross.
    (between 22/02/16 - 25/02/16)
  • 5 non-dwelling burglaries, London Road, Handcross (commercial properties). Tools, cash and computer equipment stolen. (overnight 29/02/16 and overnight 02/03/16)
  • Theft of power tools from building site, Old Brighton Rd North, Pease Pottage. (07/03/16)
  • 3 broken windows, Covert Mead, Handcross.
    (08/03/16, 10/03/16 and 15/03/16)
  • Number plates broken off, Old Brighton Road North, P.Pottage. (overnight 11/03/16)
  • Stolen number plates, Old Brighton Road North, Pease Pottage. (11/03/16 - 12/03/16)
  • Car set alight, West Park Road, Handcross. (just after 21:00 on 17/03/16)
  • Damage to external light, Brighton Road, Handcross. (over a 4 week period)



 Stolen vehicle, High Street. (15:00 - 15:30 08/02/16)

  • Theft of power tools from van, Oldlands Avenue.
    (19:00 – 20:00 07/03/16)
  • Attempted burglary dwelling, Newlands. No entry gained. (21/03/16 - 28/03/16)
  • Gift envelopes containing cash stolen from venue hosting a wedding reception. (27/03/16)
  • Punctured Tyre, Barn Meadow, Balcombe. (overnight 28/03/16)


Ansty & Staplefield

No incidents to report.

If you have any information that will assist us with our enquiries into the above crimes, please contact us with details.

Many thanks
 PCSO Jayne Milne

Haywards Heath Police Station

Voicemail: 101 ext 21901


Twitter: @hheath_police

Please do not reply to this email to report crimes or incidents…Contact us online or call101 when it's less urgent than 999


Click here to visit Balcombe Village Neighbourhood Watch

Balcombe Village Market

Crafts, gifts and local produce for
sale in the Victory Hall plus Forest Room from
10am to 2pm. Next date 18th June 2016.
Tombola andrefreshments.
Free entry.
New stallholders each month.

Stalls available for £20. Free stalls outside
(Charity Donation to M.E.)

Contact Glenda Thomson on
01444 811462

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