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.
Horsham constituency election hustings 7pm Friday 1st May
Lavinia House, Dukes Square, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1GZ (map)
Your chance to ask the candidates a question (list of candidates).
The main themes of the evening will be:
Science and evidence-based policy
Religion and belief
To ask your question on the night, send it to Andrew Edmondson:
4 Stumblemead, Balcombe, West Sussex, RH17 6LR
Tel: 01444 811413 or 079 3450 8671
Simple refreshements provided. Free entry. Donations appreciated on the night.
Exhibition of Artwork By Artist Paul Milton B.D.A Ambassador
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 historic drama - “The Imitation Game”. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightly and Matthew Goode.
This screening will be Friday 24th April starting at 7.30 PM.
The running time will be 114 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
Wednesday 27th May: The Theory of Everything
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.
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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.
I regret to report that there have been two homes in Combers broken into over the last week and a half.
I will be circulating details in a Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin.
In the meantime I can confirm that the first incident occurred between 26th - 28th Feb. Entry was gained via the rear of the property and untidy search was made.
The second incident occurred on 7th March, entry gained via the rear of the property. On this occasion neighbours were alerted by the alarm sounding.
Prior to these break-ins there have been incidents of criminal damage in the village which may or may not be related.
This has prompted me to conduct a review of recent crime in the village and I have submitted a report of my findings to my Inspector. As part of this report I have proposed that a Directed Patrol is set up for the village. In essence this will mean more police presence in the village by the Divisional Response Team as well as the Neighbourhood Policing Team.
I will also be enlisting the help of residents to report anything out of the ordinary. I know this is something that would be done anyway and it has been really good to see how supportive and proactive residents have been in relation to these unfortunate crimes.
Please let me know if you have any questions after reading this e-mail.
Kind regards, Jayne Milne
Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin – 12th March 2015
The trend over the last 6 weeks has been towards vehicle crime and in the wider Mid Sussex area there has been a slight increase in burglaries.
On 24/02/2015 a car windscreen was smashed in Parish Lane, Pease Pottage following an altercation. The suspect arrested at scene.
Between 28/02/15 and 01/03/15 a commercial premises in Old Brighton Road South, Pease Pottage was broken into and a large quantity of wine was stolen. The same property was subjected to a further attempted break in overnight on 04/03/15 however entry was not gained on this occasion.
Overnight on 18/02/15 a quantity of horse fodder was stolen from Mill Lane.
On 22/02/15 a break in was discovered to a property in Stockcroft Road. Several windows were damaged however nothing was stolen.
Between 26/02/15 and 28/02/15 a property in Combers was broken into. An untidy search was made and items stolen included jewellery, cash and a TV.
The sandpits at Tiggers Pre School, Stockcroft Road were damaged between 03/03/15 and 05/03/15
At approximately 20:30 on 07/03/2015 another property in Combers was broken into. The alarm was activated and it is believed that this caused the offenders to make off before they could steal anything.
Ansty & Staplefield Parish
A trailer was stolen from Slaugham Road, Staplefield between 08:00 and 19:00 on 10/03/15.
A greenhouse in Courtmead Road Allotments sustained damage on two separate occasions, between 25/02/15 and 26/02/15 and also between 06/03/15 and 08/03/15.
In Whitemans Green a padlocked shed was entered between 10/03/15 and 11/03/15, however nothing was stolen.
If you have any information that will assist us with our enquiries into these crimes, please contact us. If you witness any suspicious activity please report it on 101.
Please also be aware of a current telephone scam where the caller pretends to either be a police officer or to be calling from your bank. The scam is aimed at getting your card and/or bank account details. If you receive such a call, please do not give any details. Hang up and phone police. Where possible use a different phone as the callers keep the line open as part of the scam.
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
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.