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.

Free Announcements


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 MONUMENTS MEN. Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners..

 This screening will be Friday 18th July starting at 7.30 PM.

Running time 118 minutes.

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.

 Please note that this film is rated 12A

There will be no film during August.

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Summer Fete

Article and photos to follow soon.



Please visit the Balcombe Parish Council website for more details.


Fracking: researcher requests interviews with residents

 I am a Masters student studying at the University of Loughborough and am currently in the process of carrying out research for my dissertation project. The principal focus for my dissertation is that of fracking, and more specifically how the process is framed across different political, social and geographical levels (e.g. local, regional, national, international). As I am sure you are aware, fracking tends to be perceived differently across these levels; my intention is to analyse these varying standpoints in order to draw some overall conclusions as to what role fracking has to play in the future energy demands of the United Kingdom, and assess how energy policy is influenced by the framing of fracking. In order to do this I am aiming to carry out interviews with people involved with fracking in a local and regional capacity, whilst I will be conducting textual analyses of reports from the news media and parliament to ascertain how fracking is framed nationally and internationally. Given your involvement with the Balcombe village website I was curious as to whether you would be able to put me in contact with any individuals currently residing in Balcombe who would be prepared to meet for a formal interview at their convenience. This will be to allow me to gain an insight into the views of local residents of the proposed drilling site, and any information that I gather will be used in my research, and not passed on or publicised in any way. I am based in East Grinstead throughout the Summer so I am able to meet at a location convenient for any participants. Any help you can offer would be much appreciated. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Loughborough University.


Red Cross needs local volunteers

The British Red Cross is an international humanitarian organisation which helps people in crisis both in the UK and overseas. Through the dedicated work of our staff and volunteers we are able to help vulnerable people prepare and respond to crisis in their local communities.

Sometimes it's the little things that count – a cup of tea, a call or a trip to the shops. These are all things that you can help with by volunteering with one of our Independent Living Services.

 We have a number of Independent Living services available in your local area and across the whole of West Sussex, these are:

  Home From Hospital for Informal Carers Offering emotional and practical support to informal carers supporting someone who has recently been discharged from hospital or another care environment.

  Options Offers flexible packages of support when you need them most. The support we provide can be tailored to meet individual needs.

  Telephone Befriending A friendly chat on the phone can provide people who are isolated with a friendly voice.

  Transport Support If you need help with travel to and from appointments and shopping we can help.

  Hand Arm and Shoulder Massage The therapy of hand, neck and shoulder massage, given through clothing, can assist in pain and stress relief during stressful situations and times of personal crisis.

  Mobility Aids Short - term loans of equipment (e.g. wheelchairs)

  Without volunteers we simply would not be able to deliver these services, which help hundreds of thousands of people in crisis across the UK every year.

 As a volunteer you will complete a programme of core training so that you have the skills and knowledge to carry out their role with confidence.

 Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, and one of our 13 million volunteers across the world. Even if you only have a couple of hours a week to spare, you can help.

 If you would like more information about our volunteering opportunities or would like to access our services we would love to hear from you.

 Please contact our client support centre on:

 0800 0280 831 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


REPOWER Balcombe

 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. 

We are hosting a drop-in coffee morning at Bramble Hall from 10.00am -1.00pm on Saturday 10th May. We warmly welcome anyone wanting to find out more about the project and maybe even get involved in helping to take it forward. Please do join us for a coffee or tea, some cake and a chat about Balcombe’s clean energy future. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Radio 4 London-Brighton Railway

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

Book 119 Image

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

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

Child Minding

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?
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Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin: 4th July 2014



Vehicle crime has continued to be the main theme during June with incidents occurring in Cuckfield, Handcross and Pease Pottage.

Cuckfield Parish

Overnight on 26/06/2014 a Ford Transit Tipper was stolen from London Road, Cuckfield. The number plates were discarded in the vicinity of Highlands, Cuckfield.

Slaugham Parish

Overnight on 31/05/2014 there was a break to outbuildings in Staplefield Road, Handcross and in the same road overnight on 03/06/2014 the rear window of a parked vehicle parked was smashed. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle.

Between 20/06-23/06 a quantity of building equipment was stolen in London Road, Handcross.

The Land Rover Defender stolen from Truggers in Handcross on 15/05/14 has since been recovered in Horsted Keynes, burnt out. Enquiries are ongoing.

During the early hours of 22/06 a vehicle in Horsham Road, Handcross was broken into although nothing was stolen

Overnight on 26/06/14 there were three vehicle breaks in Pease Pottage – in Horsham Road tools were stolen from a van and a garage was entered, in Black Swan Close various personal items were taken and in The Hemsleys tools were stolen.

During the morning of 02/07/2014 in Truggers, Handcross there were two incidents of vehicle crime – a handbag was stolen from an insecure vehicle and another vehicle had paint thrown over it.

Balcombe Parish

No crimes have been reported for Balcombe but thanks to an eagle eyed resident we were able to locate a male who was wanted for failing to appear at court.

Ansty & Staplefield Parish

Overnight on 30/06/2014 a commercial premises in Isaacs Lane, Haywards Heath was broken into. Various tools and gardening equipment were stolen.

Whilst we are lucky to be experiencing such warm weather please remember to keep cars, homes and outbuilding secure and avoid leaving items unattended, particularly in cars. If you can assist us with our enquiries into any of the above incidents, please contact me.

Many thanks

 PCSO Jayne Milne

Haywards Heath Police Station

Voicemail: 101 ext 21901

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Twitter: @hheath_police

Please do not reply to this email to report crimes or incidents…Contact us online or call101 when it's less urgent than 999


Click here to visit Balcombe Village Neighbourhood Watch

Balcombe History Society


Dates for your diaries: Tuesday 16th September

“The History of Cricket in Balcombe” – Albert Constable, ardent cricketer and retired Estate Manager, will give us an insight into the history of the village club, and where Balcombe cricket began. This will be held at the Victory Hall, starting at 8pm.

Balcombe Village Market

Crafts, gifts and local produce for
sale in the Victory Hall plus Forest Room from
10am to 2pm on 30th August.
Tombola andrefreshments.
Free entry.
New stallholders each month.

Stalls available for £18. Free stalls outside
(Charity donation to Victory Hall Management)

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on
01444 811462

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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.

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