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 hit drama - “The Woman in Gold”. The film stars Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.
This screening will be Friday 26th September starting at 7.30 PM.
The running time will be 110 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!
We have a break for August. Our next films are:
Wednesday 14th October - Royal Night Out
Wednesday 25th November - Far From the Maddening Crowd
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
Balcombe Arts Trail 2015
I am organising Balcombe Art Trail 2015 the 21st of September till the 1st of October. If you would like to take part please contact me. Tel:-01444-455742 or visit my website www.paulmilton.co.uk
Save Action in Rural Sussex: Petition
For 90 years the Government has supported rural people and communities through providing a financial contribution towards the work of AirS and our sister organisations in the ACRE network (Action with Communities in Rural England). Defra are now considering complete withdrawal of funding.
Our national association ACRE have initiated an online petition to get some momentum behind continued support for the Rural Community Council and ACRE network – that is AirS in Sussex. This is the link :
To stop supporting our work is symptomatic of a reluctance to understand rural social issues, especially for the most vulnerable in rural communities.
We urge you to please sign the petition and copy this email on to others on your Parish Council and also organisations within your village asking for their support too.
Once we get 10,000 signatures Defra have to publish a response. When we get to 100,000 signatures it triggers the process for a debate in the House of Commons.
Thank you for your help.
Jeremy Leggett, Chief Executive, 01273 407331
Action in rural Sussex, Sussex House, 212 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2NH
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
I am a Body Control Pilates certified teacher and run small classes to allow individual supervision and support. Enjoy a balanced mind-body workout. Improve posture, core stability. Feel lengthened, toned and more flexible. Increase body awareness. Improve joint health, strength and mobility. Re-educate your body to help prevent damage to joints and avoid injury. Relax and reduce tension.
Classes start in early November on Mondays from 10 to 11am.
£48 for a 6 week block.
Contact Karen Clark on 07903 651 356
Visit http://www.worthpilates.co.uk/ for more information
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.
Support your local newspaper
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Times are hard for the Times: Use it or lose it
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.
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 – 12th March 2015
The trend over the last few months has been towards non dwelling burglaries and vehicle related crimes.
Handcross: A vehicle was stolen from Fountain Mews overnight on 19/05/15 but was abandoned nearby. Power tools were stolen from a vehicle in Horsham Road overnight on 09/06/15 and in College Close a property was broken into on 12/06/15.
Pease Pottage: A quantity of copper was stolen from Old Brighton Road South on 27/05/15.
There were two attempted non dwelling burglaries in Brighton Road, the first was overnight on 25/06/15, the second was overnight on 30/06/15.
In Parish Lane there were three non dwelling burglaries that occurred overnight on 25/06/15
On three separate occasions in Newlands vehicles were damaged. Incidents occurred on 27/05/15, 05/06/15 and 10/06/15.
During the afternoon on 12/06/15 a property in Bramble Hill was broken into. Items stolen included jewellery, car keys and a debit card.
On 29/05/15 an insecure vehicle was broken into in Courtmead Road and during the early hours of 12/06/15 there was a break in at Co-op in the High Street where offender(s) attempted to steal cigarettes. On 18/06/15 a pedal cycle was stolen from Hatchlands and a property in Glebe Road was burgled.
Overnight on 26/06/15 a towbar and valve caps were stolen from a vehicle in Hanlye Lane and a van was stolen from Goreside Lane. Also in Goreside Lane, a car seat was stolen from a vehicle at approximately 23:30 on 01/07/15.
During an unconfirmed period prior to 06/07/15 a padlock to a gate in Cleavers Lane was damaged.
Ansty & Staplefield Parish
Overnight on 07/06/15 two garages in Isaacs Lane, Haywards Heath were broken into and various items of gardening and electrical equipment were stolen.
In Cuckfield Road, Ansty, power tools & garden machinery were removed from an outbuilding but left at scene overnight on 12/06/15.
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
Saturday, 25th April 2015 – EXHIBITION
Crafts, gifts and local produce for
Stalls available for £20. Free stalls outside
Contact Glenda Thomson on
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.