Dec 08

Ye Olde Villages Christmas Supper

All those who attended last night’s Christmas meal would like to thank, Helen Woodhams and helpers who have put in so much effort over the last 2 years. With special thanks to Jan and her Royal Oak Staff for such a wonderful meal.

Dec 05


Great for improving posture and core strength

Weds 12.45 – 1.45pm & Thurs 7.45 – 8.45pm

Albourne Village Hall

Beginner/improver level

Taught by Tina Virgo, local Pilates teacher and personal trainer

Small classes, so spaces need to be booked to avoid disappointment

Classes start Weds 4th and Thurs 5th Jan 2017

If interested please contact Tina on 07786 431015 or

Dec 01

Off the Fence

Please donate generously for resisting poverty and restoring hope. See flyer at Off the Fence Flyer

Dec 01

Downlands Churches Dec 2016

The Downland Churches

Holy Trinity, Poynings; St Andrews, Edburton

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber,

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe;


December 2016


Sunday 4th December          Advent 2

    10am    Family Service          Poynings

    11am Family Communion     Edburton


Sunday 11th December         Advent 3

    10am Holy Communion          Newtimber

    6pm      Carol Service          Pyecombe

with the Mid Sussex Brass Band


Saturday 17th December

    6pm      Carol Service         Poynings


Sunday 18th December             Advent 4

    10am    Holy Communion          Poynings

    11am Holy Communion          Edburton

    2.30pm Carol Service          Newtimber

    6pm      Carol Service         Edburton


Saturday 24th December     Christmas Eve

    3.30pm Christingle Service     Poynings

11.30pm First Communions of Christmas at both Pyecombe and Edburton


Sunday 25th December          Christmas Day

    8am     Holy Communion          Newtimber

    10am Holy Communion          Poynings

Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer

At 6pm: Mondays (Edburton), Wednesdays (Pyecombe).

At 5pm: Tuesdays (Newtimber)

And at 9am on Wednesdays at Poynings


Christmas Evergreens (for the over 60’s)

Monday, 5th December, 3.30 – 5pm at Little Knowle, Woodmancote, (home of Jane and Chris Warne)


Other events and dates this month

  • Throughout Advent, we are making collections of goods in all our churches and villages to support the local charity ‘Off the Fence’. This charity supports those in our society who are most vulnerable, especially at this time of year. Please see the notices in each church for a list of items needed, which can be left in boxes in church.
  • Pyecombe Church Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 3rd December at Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, from 1.45pm – 4pm. Free admission.
  • The South Downs Society Carol Service this year will be at Newtimber Church on Thursday 15th December at 3pm, followed by refreshments.
  • There will be a classical concert in Newtimber Church on Thursday 29th December at 7.30pm, featuring works by Vivaldi, Haydn and Brahms. Mulled wine and mince pies in the interval. Tickets £12/ £6 – see fliers or call 01273 831877


Refreshments after all our Carol Services: do join us

At Pyecombe on 11th December: mulled wine and mince pies

At Newtimber on 18th December: tea and cakes in church

At Poynings on 17th and Edburton on 18th December:

mulled wine and mince pies in church


Happy Christmas to you all

Clergy contact details:

Revd Dr Caroline Currer, Priest-in-Charge

Tel 01273 857456

Revd Graham Jeffery (mainly Edburton) 01273 494559

Dec 01

Open Studio. Fulking

Pauline’s beautiful glasswork over at Fulking!


Nov 28

Pondtail Wood – Update Bulletin – 28 November 2016



No further developments


Key dates


  • Stop Notice was served on the 13th June 2016 and took effect immediately.
  • The Enforcement Notice was served on the 13 June and should have taken effect on 12th July 2016. This effective date is suspended due to the submission of an Appeal.
  • An Appeal against the Enforcement Notice had been validated with the Planning Inspectorate on 12 August 2016. However, the appropriate fee has yet to be paid.
  • Remedial work specified in the Enforcement Notice should be completed by 23rd August 2016 (42 days from when the notice takes effect). Currently this date is suspended due to the appeal.
  • Before 30 April 2017 the land must be restocked with trees as per the Forestry Commission Notice. This Notice has also now been appealed.
  • Owner must pay appeal fee by 2 September 2016. Sale by auction by Barnard Marcus on 12 September 2016.
  • No appeal fee paid as of 2 September 2016. The appeal will proceed on ground(s): (b) that the breach alleged has not occurred as a matter of fact. (c) that there has been no breach of planning control. (f) that the steps to be taken are excessive/lesser steps would overcome the objection. (g) that the compliance period is too short.
  • The Public Inquiry date has been arranged for 4 April 2017 and is scheduled to last 2 days.


SDNPA Website


SDNPA website has a dedicated webpage with regular updates, which can be accessed from the front screen by clicking on the photo titled ‘Pondtail Wood Update’:





Nov 23

Preston Nomads Quiz

We have just had a cancellation from our quiz on Friday so there is now space for one team.

Please come and join us for what is always a fun evening.

Friday 25th November

Preston Nomads Pavilion, Clappers Lane

7.00pm for 7.30pm

Teams of four – £7.50 per person

Ploughman’s Platter – Bar – Raffle


Nov 22

Bus route changes

West Sussex County Council is running a Bus User Survey seeking to understand likely impacts of proposed changes to a number of local bus routes.


We are proposing to make the following changes to a number of subsidised local bus services next year, due to falling passenger numbers on some routes, and the impact of these on others.


The routes and proposed changes are as follows:


Compass Travel 12 : Littlehampton town bus

Completely revised service to serve two new developments (Littlehampton Town Council are carrying out local consultation)


Compass Travel 19 : Shoreham Beach – Holmbush Farm

Journeys after 1725 withdrawn


Compass Travel 37 : Haywards Heath – Crawley

The commercially run service is being withdrawn 9 January 2017. The route is largely duplicated by Metrobus 271, but the 37 is the only bus service to Balcombe. A couple of journeys on Compass service 40 extended to Balcombe and Crawley to retain the shopping facility that existed prior to the introduction of the 37 in September 2013.


Stagecoach 56 : Old Bosham – Chichester – Arundel Park

Early morning journeys before 0750 withdrawn.


Compass Travel 72/73 : Pulborough – Amberley – Storrington – Ashington

Service completely revised and extended to Horsham via West Chiltington Village, Shipley, Maplehurst and Nuthurst in mitigation for changes to services 74/75, 89 & 108. The 72/73 would no longer serve Thakeham and Ashington.


Compass Travel 74/75 : Storrington/Petworth – Barns Green – Horsham

Service withdrawn, partly replaced by diversion of some 100 journeys.


Compass Travel 89 : Horsham – Haywards Heath

Saturday service withdrawn.


Compass Travel 93/96 : Midhurst area villages service

Service reduced from two days a week to one day per week.


Compass Travel 100 : Burgess Hill – Pulborough – Horsham

A few journeys diverted via Barns Green between Billingshurst & Horsham to partly replace withdrawn route 74/75 above.


Compass Travel 108 : Shoreham – Steyning – Horsham

Service withdrawn.


Compass Travel 150 : Selsey – East Wittering – West Itchenor

Service reduced from three days per week to one or two days per week.

We need feedback from passengers and local communities so we can understand the potential impact of proposed changes to these routes. We would therefore appreciate your help in promoting the survey wherever appropriate.

You can find out more and access the survey here


Alternatively, any comments or questions can be emailed to


The closing date for responses is 18 December 2016


Best regards


Jo Kenworthy

Information Officer, Transport Bureau

Residents’ Services – Highways and Transport

West Sussex County Council

Nov 19

Beauty and the Beast – The Panto

As you may have heard, Poynings is yet again doing it’s world famous Pantomime.

Seats are limited so book early. They are now on sale at:


Nov 18

Volunteers Needed

A bunch of volunteers are needed to help dig out the ping pong table base in the playing field one Sunday.









It will require digging down to one foot and wheel barrowing topsoil which anyone is welcome to have.


Please contact Sheila on


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