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.
Gatwick second runway public meetings
The Airport Commission's Consultation closes on 3rd February 2015.
The public are invited to attend the following meetings to discuss the proposed expansion of Gatwick airport.
Airports Commission drop-in public dicussion
6-8pm Tuesday 16th December, Aurora Hotel, Crawley RH10 6LW.
Copthorne & Gatwick information evening
7.30pm Wednesday 17th December at Copthorne Jublilee Pavilion RH10 3JQ.
GACC speaking at Rusper Parish Council
10-2pm Saturday 10th January, Village Hall, RH12 4PX.
Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee (GATCOM)
2pm Thursday 15th January 2015 at the Sofitel Hotel, North Terminal, Gatwick Airport.
West Sussex County Council meeting to decide
whether to support the second runway proposals
9.30am to 1pm Friday 19th January, County Hall North, Horsham RH12 1XH.
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
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 award winning drama “Belle”. The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, and Emma Watson.
This screening will be Friday 19th December starting at 7.30 PM.
The running time will be 104 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 Friday 16th January: What we did on our holidays
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.
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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.
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 – 10th December 2014
Over the last month we have seen an increase in opportunistic vehicle crime across Mid Sussex. A number of insecure vehicles have been entered and the main item stolen has been cash. Please remember to lock your vehicle at all times and remove any items of value.
Recent crimes are listed below:
During the evening of 08/11/2014 a motorbike in Ockenden Lane was pushed over and the indicator light damaged as a result. Between 05/11 and 11/11 a copper tank was stolen from a property in Broad Street.
A charity box was stolen from The Old School, Church Street between 06/11 and 07/11 and during the evening of 23/11/2014, a leaf blower and chainsaw were stolen from a workshop in Staplefield Road.
On 09/12/2014 at approximately 19:15 there was an attempted break-in in Manor Drive.
Between 22/11 and 23/11 a property in Horsham Road, Handcross was broken into and items of jewellery were stolen.
Between 18/11 and 21/11 a vehicle parked in Newlands was keyed and had a tyre slashed.
On 24/11/2014 and again on 04/12/2014, a commercial premises on the outskirts of Balcombe was entered in order for batteries and diesel to be stolen.
If you have any information that will assist us with our enquiries into any of these crimes, please contact us with details. If you witness any suspicious activity please call us on 101 to report it.
May I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
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
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.
Care to make a comment about the state of Balcombe Railway Station?
Dear Ms Syeda,
As you only partly responded to my e-mail, I am repeating it below with additional comments.
It seems that Southern is not taking this seriously.
I assure you that your customers are very seriously affected by Southern's lack of concern.
1. New waiting room.
A new waiting room was commissioned on platform 1 of the station in 2013. There have been problems with the door operation from the start, resulting in the door being locked for long periods of time, including the period before, during and after Christmas last year. The door mechanism was removed in January/ February this year and the waiting room was operational for a while with the door left open. The door mechanism was repaired before the summer, but started malfunctioning again in late August/ early September. It stopped working altogether in late September.
I reported this to Southern Customer Services on 25/9 and again 7/10. They assured me that they would escalate the matter to the station manager.
The station attendant, however, knew nothing about it on 14/10. She assured me that she would pass it on to maintenance.
A different station attendant on 16/10 again didn’t know anything about it.
Can you please ensure that the door to new the waiting room is repaired asap. In the meantime, please allow the customers into the waiting room even if it has to be operated with the door open as it was earlier in the year.
You have not responded to this point. The door to the waiting room was briefly operational last week, but as it is very temperamental, customers have been reluctant to enter the waiting room for fear of being trapped inside.
This issue remains unresolved.
2. Old waiting room
There is an old waiting room on platform 1. It is an unheated small room that can accommodate 8-10 people, half of them standing. However, since the new waiting room was commissioned, the old waiting room seems to have been abandoned, with no effort being made to clean it or maintain it in any way. There is a layer of dust on everything, the floor is filthy, and it is full of mosquitoes, midges, spider webs etc.
Can you please ensure that the old waiting room is cleaned regularly and remains bug free.
You have not responded to this point. The old waiting room is still filthy.
This issue remains unresolved.
3. Ticket machine
A new ticket machine was also installed in 2013 on platform 1. The machine is not sheltered. Customers have to queue in the rain to purchase tickets. In addition, it is not very reliable, with the touch screen often not working or the screen freezing. Occasionally it runs out of paper, resulting in it taking payment but not printing any tickets. It doesn’t look like it is being maintained properly.
Can you please ensure that some shelter is provided above the ticket machine.
To clarify this point: there is a shelter above the ticket machine, but it's only protecting the machine itself, providing little shelter for the customers purchasing a ticket (and certainly not for the queueing customers). From your response am I to deduce that Southern will not consider providing some additional shelter over the ticket machine?
This issue remains unresolved.
4. Permit to travel machine
There is a permit to travel machine at the station. It also is poorly maintained, resulting in it not working half the time either because it has run out of paper, or because it is too full of coins to accept any more, or because a coin is stuck in the slot. When I complained about it earlier in the year I received a letter back from Customer Services stating that the permit to travel machine has been taken out of commission because the ticket machine is operational. That is clearly not correct: the permit to travel machine is still there issuing permit to travel tickets some of the time. If it is not operational it should be removed.
Can you please ensure that the permit to travel machine is (officially) recommissioned and both it and the ticket machine are maintained properly.
You have not responded to this point.
This issue remains unresolved.
5. Ticket office
The ticket office is advertised to be open from 6.10 (on the sign at the entrance) in the morning. However, since the beginning of this year and up to last week it is has been unattended early in the morning (I catch the 6:36 train on Tuedays and Thursdays), resulting in the ticket machine or the (apparently decommissioned) permit to travel machine being the only options for buying tickets.
Can you please ensure that the ticket office is attended early in the morning, as advertised.
The ticket office is not "sometimes" closed early in the morning. It has only been open early in the morning on Tuesday or Thursday on 3-5 occasions since the beginning of this year and up to two weeks ago. It was open on the 14th, 16th and 21st of October, but closed on the 23rd. You advised that an effort will be made to open the ticket office at 6:30 in the morning. The advertised opening time is 6:10. 6:30 is too late for customers to buy tickets for the 6:36 train. This issue remains unresolved as far as I am concerned.