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.
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 family comedy - “Dad’s Army”. The film stars Mark Tandy, Bill Nighy and Tom Courtenay.
This screening will be Friday 12th August starting at 7.30 PM.
The running time will be 118 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 PG
Dates for your Diary! Our next film will be on Friday 23th September (to be announced)
More details from Barry McConway
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: https://youtu.be/7mSOvR-AKIM
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
Please visit the Balcombe Parish Council website for more details.
Hoops and Signals
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.
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?
Email an administrator if you would like to make an announcement.
Please find below a summary of recent crimes for our area (15th May)
A go-kart was stolen from a property in Hanlye Lane, Cuckfield between 16/04/16 – 23/04/16. This was later found and returned to the owner.
Overnight on 03/05/16 a commercial property in High Street was broken into and a quantity of cash was taken from the till.
Between 03/05/16 – 04/05/16 there was an attempted break in to a property in High Street. A window was smashed but nothing was stolen.
Overnight on 23/04/16 a trailer was stolen from a Farm on Haywards Heath Road.
A Landrover was stolen from Paddockhurst Lane overnight on 08/05/16. The vehicle was later located in Surrey
Ansty & Staplefield
During the early hours of 26/04/16 a garden statue was stolen from a property in Cuckfield Road, Burgess Hill.
Overnight on 27/04/16 a laptop was stolen during a non-dwelling burglary in Horsham Road, Pease Pottage.
Meanwhile in Handcross, overnight on 02/05/16 a quantity of cash was stolen from a commercial premises.
We are continuing to receive reports of doorstep sellers who do not have a valid peddler’s certificate, as well as potential rogue traders offering to tarmac resident’s drives. They are doing more work than was originally agreed and attempting to charge more money as a result.
Please do not deal on the doorstep. If your home needs maintenance or repair, please use local trusted firms and always consider obtaining several quotes to ensure fair pricing.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
PCSO Jayne Milne
Haywards Heath Police Station
Voicemail: 101 ext 21901
Please do not reply to this email to report crimes or incidents…Contact us online or call101 when it's less urgent than 999
Crafts, gifts and local produce for
Stalls available for £20. Free stalls outside
Contact Glenda Thomson on