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.
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 comedy drama - “The Hundred Foot Journey”. The film stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri and Manish Dayal.
This screening will be Friday 13th February starting at 7.30 PM.
The running time will be 122 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!
Friday 13th March Mr Turner (probably, to be confirmed)
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 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
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.