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 RAILWAY MAN. The film tells the story of the harrowing story of a British officer captured in WWII and forced to work on the Thai-Burma railway. It stars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.
This screening will be Wednesday 28th May starting at 7.30 PM.
The running time will be 116 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 15
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.
Please visit the Balcombe Parish Council website for more details.
Fracking: researcher requests interviews with residents
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: March 2014
During March the trend towards building sites and commercial premises has continued with companies in both Balcombe and Pease Pottage being targeted for fuel and machinery.
Overnight on 02/03/14 a Land Rover Defender was stolen from Deanland Road, Balcombe. It was later found abandoned in the Mid Sussex area.
Between 05/03/14 - 06/03/14 10 hay bales were stolen in Mill Lane, Balcombe.
On 13/03/2014 a property in Brighton Road, Warninglid was burgled. Entry was gained via a window and jewellery was stolen.
Between 20:00 and 22:00 on 25/03/2014 there was an attempted break in to a garage in
Hatchgate Lane. Nothing was stolen and it is believed the offenders were disturbed.
If you have any information that will assist us with our investigations into these crimes, please contact us with details.
With the warmer weather approaching please remember to secure windows when leaving your property or indeed your vehicle unattended. If you notice any suspicious activity please continue to report this to us with as much detail as you can.
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: Saturday 3rd May
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.