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.
The Arts Trail
The artists would need their own insurance that's the only stipulation. The event is primarily at promoting local art and the village.
Victory Hall Film Shows
There will be no film during August.
Article and photos to follow soon.
Please visit the Balcombe Parish Council website for more details.
Fracking: researcher requests interviews with residents
Red Cross needs local volunteers
The British Red Cross is an international humanitarian organisation which helps people in crisis both in the UK and overseas. Through the dedicated work of our staff and volunteers we are able to help vulnerable people prepare and respond to crisis in their local communities.
Sometimes it's the little things that count – a cup of tea, a call or a trip to the shops. These are all things that you can help with by volunteering with one of our Independent Living Services.
We have a number of Independent Living services available in your local area and across the whole of West Sussex, these are:
Home From Hospital for Informal Carers – Offering emotional and practical support to informal carers supporting someone who has recently been discharged from hospital or another care environment.
Options – Offers flexible packages of support when you need them most. The support we provide can be tailored to meet individual needs.
Telephone Befriending – A friendly chat on the phone can provide people who are isolated with a friendly voice.
Transport Support – If you need help with travel to and from appointments and shopping we can help.
Hand Arm and Shoulder Massage –The therapy of hand, neck and shoulder massage, given through clothing, can assist in pain and stress relief during stressful situations and times of personal crisis.
Mobility Aids –Short - term loans of equipment (e.g. wheelchairs)
Without volunteers we simply would not be able to deliver these services, which help hundreds of thousands of people in crisis across the UK every year.
As a volunteer you will complete a programme of core training so that you have the skills and knowledge to carry out their role with confidence.
Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, and one of our 13 million volunteers across the world. Even if you only have a couple of hours a week to spare, you can help.
If you would like more information about our volunteering opportunities or would like to access our services we would love to hear from you.
Please contact our client support centre on:
REPOWERBalcombe is a new community-owned and run power company started by local people, with the aim of generating renewable energy locally to match the total electricity demand of all Balcombe's 760 households.
Solar PV is the most suitable renewable technology for sunny Sussex and the co-operative is targetting large-scale roof space for its first phase of works this Spring and Summer. Membership of the co-operative is open to everyone from Balcombe and the surrounding villages.
As well as healthy returns to shareholders the social enterprise will pay surplus profits into a community benefit fund to help the Balcombe area to become a cleaner, greener neighbourhood.
We’d like to take this opportunity to clear up a couple of misconceptions about the project as well. Please note that REPOWERBalcombe is NOT:
1) a project to get Balcombe households to install solar on their own roof space. This is a great thing to do but not what we are planning at all.
2) a project to directly supply all of Balcombe’s electricity needs with solar power, which would not be possible. Our plan simply entails generating the same amount of electricity locally as we currently use in our homes and exporting this back into the national grid.
3) a campaign against fracking or drilling etc. We are trying to move on from this divisive issue by doing something positive instead that the whole community can get behind. The outside world are obviously connecting the two things and it’s true that we might never have started the company if it hadn’t have been for the drilling. But REPOWERBalcombe is a legitimate enterprise that is being run for the benefit of our community. We want to make money for local shareholders, provide funding for positive green initiatives in the village, and help the environment by putting in as much energy to the national grid as we take out.
Download clip from BBC Radio 4's programme Making History next Tuesday 30th April 2013 about the role Balcombe played in the London to Brighton railway. Interview with author John Ireland.
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.
Balcombe Place School
Tim Andrews was a student at ‘Balcombe Place School’, the Catholic preparatory school which was located at Balcombe Place during the 1960’s. He wants to find out more about the building and get in contact with anyone related to the school. His Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/groups/balcombeplace/
Watercolour Painting Classes
These will be held in the Victory Hall
from 10am to 12 noon from Wednesday 28th September.
£12 for 2 hours
For more details, ring Esther on 077 3603 5434
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.
Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin: 31st July 2014
The warmer weather appears to have brought out the criminals. During July we have seen an increase in crime compared to recent months, with the main offences being vehicle crime and non-dwelling burglaries.
Overnight on 03/07/14 a garage in Highlands was entered but nothing was stolen.
In Church Platt a vehicle was broken into overnight on 08/07/14 and items from within were stolen. On the same evening there was an attempted burglary of a farm’s outbuildings in Staplefield Road and in Manor Drive there was a burglary.
During the morning of 15/07 keys were stolen from a van in Cleavers Lane and overnight on 18/07 a quantity of timber was stolen from a property in London Road.
On 02/07/14 a handbag was stolen from an insecure vehicle in Truggers, Handcross and later that day paint was thrown over a separate vehicle in this road. Also in Truggers a van was broken into overnight on 04/07/14 and various power tools were stolen. Kent Police have arrested two males in connection with this offence and investigations are continuing.
During the early hours of 09/07/14 a shed was entered in London Road, Handcross. The alarm was activated and it is believed this has caused the offenders to make off empty handed.
In Black Swan Close, Pease Pottage a rear number plate was stolen from a vehicle overnight on 11/07/14.
Overnight on 26/07/14 a vehicle in Truggers, Handcross was damaged and during the evening of 28/07/14 a motorbike was damaged at Pease Pottage Service Station, possibly in an attempt to steal it.
On 21/07/14 a quantity of cable was stolen from West Hill, Balcombe.
Ansty & Staplefield Parish
A commercial premise in Isaacs Lane, Haywards Heath was broken into on two occasions, on 01/07/14 and 08/07/14. Items stolen included tools, gardening equipment and generators.
Between 27/06/14 and 14/07/14 a quantity of heating oil was stolen from a property in Rose Cottage Lane, Staplefield.
Thank you to all residents who have contacted us this month to report various scams, doorstep sellers and jewellery collectors. The main scam this month has been a telephone scam where the caller states he or she is from Microsoft and attempts to gain access to your computer. If you are called by these people, please terminate the call and avoid giving any personal details.
Many thanksPCSO 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
Dates for your diaries: Tuesday 16th September
WANT SOME FUN ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS?
Then come along to the Bowls Club House after 4.30 pm (by the Recreation Ground), all ages are made very welcome and we have spare bowls for you to give it a go, the only thing we will need is dry weather!!
Look at our club page on this site for further details.