Aug 11

Supper and Live Music

Aug 11

Pyecombe Music Festival 2017

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd September

Friday 7pm – Supper & Live Cabaret

Quintessential Brass, Imaginary Friends & Sax on the Beach

£15.00 incl food & welcoming drink. Full details with pre-booked tickets ( see below)



Saturday 2nd 11am at Pyecombe Church

Morning coffee concert: Mary Grocott – classical guitar

Tickets including coffee – £5.00

3 – 6pm at Pyecombe Church

Nick Andrews and Friends

Nara Faye Clapperton – soprano & Jamie Andrews – organ

Tickets £6.00

Bring a picnic or enjoy a cream tea in the long interval – Glyndebourne style!


Sunday 3rd September at Poynings Church

3pm – 5pm

Choral Workshop with Nick Andrews £3.00

Come and sing, whether you are an experienced chorister or just someone who sings in the bath!

Sunday 6pm – Farewell Concert for Rev. Caroline Currer Free

followed by: drinks and refreshments in the vicarage garden – Tickets £5.00

Plus live music at Wayfield Park Farm Shop

from 1pm on Saturday and Sunday – free

Performers will include: Sold as Seen and Pyecombe Village Choir

Contact 07736 806851 or email

for further information or visit

Aug 10

Balcombe Walk

The Balcombe Walk is a sponsored walk raising money for St Catherine’s Hospice. It follows a circular route of 12½ miles, start and finish at Victory Hall, Balcombe. There are four drop out points at 2½, 4, 7 and 9 miles for those who do not wish to walk the whole route. We provide free transport back to Victory Hall where afternoon tea and homemade cakes await all walkers. Registration is at Victory Hall from 9 am to 10,30 am.

Aug 10

Record numbers confirm election details digitally


Mid Sussex District Council has received over 25,000 responses to its annual Electoral Canvass by telephone, text message or online; a record number for this stage of the canvass.

Each year, everyone in the UK must confirm their electoral registration details are up-to-date by responding to the annual electoral canvass.

To encourage people to respond digitally, Mid Sussex District Council is offering residents the chance to win one of three £50 Marks and Spencer vouchers in a free prize draw if they reply to the annual electoral canvass by telephone, text message or online.

So far, a total of 40,000 residents have now responded to the annual election canvass digitally and by post, that’s 63% of Mid Sussex properties and Mid Sussex District Council is urging the remaining 37% to respond as soon as possible.

Tom Clark, Electoral Registration Officer for Mid Sussex, said:

“It’s so quick, easy and convenient to confirm your electoral registration details by telephone, text message or online. It’s also much better for the environment and there’s no chance of your form being lost in the post.

“If you haven’t yet responded to our annual election canvass, please do so as soon as possible so we can avoid the need for costly follow-up postage and doorstep visits. Entry to our free prize draw is still open so, to be in with a chance of winning a £50 Marks & Spencer voucher, please make sure you confirm your electoral registration details using our dedicated digital channels.”

Please remember that it is up to each individual to ensure that they have registered to vote. Logging details with another council department does not automatically entitle people to vote because details must be entered onto the Electoral Register separately.

For more information about registering to vote or elections contact the Mid Sussex District Council Electoral Services team by emailing or calling 01444 477003.

Aug 07

Pondtail Wood update

You will be pleased to know that the new owner of Pondtail Wood is working with the SDNPA, the Forestry Commission and Natural England and the works that locals have observed are in connection with the removal of the waste previously dumped on this site and the eventual restoration of the site. This is being undertaken under the supervision of a qualified ecologist and the SDNP enforcement officer.

So far, the works are progressing well. That said, they are conscious that such destruction must not happen again in the Park and so please email if you ever see any works in the future that raise similar concerns.

Aug 07

Compass Bus Timetable changes

I write to inform you of changes to bus services which are to take place on 4th September 2017.


Compass Travel 12 Rustington Sainsburys – Littlehampton Tesco via seafront and Littlehampton town centre

New daytime service introduced running hourly between 1000 & 1400 on Mondays to Fridays. Financially supported by Rustington Parish Council, as an experimental service initially for a period of six months whilst additional funding is sought.


Compass Travel 15 Littlehampton Town Bus

Route revised to operate from Littlehampton Tesco to Littlehampton South Terrace via Courtwick, North Littlehampton and the town centre.


Compass Travel 17 Horsham – Brighton (Sundays – with effect from 16 September)

This Sunday service is withdrawn as the numbers of passengers travelling no longer cover the cost of operation. The Monday to Saturday service 17 operated by Stagecoach continues unchanged.


Compass Travel 33 Hurstpierpoint – Burgess Hill – Haywards Heath

Route revised to run via Janes Lane and Wivelsfield Ote hall Chapel instead of Rocky Lane.


Compass Travel 89 Horsham – Haywards Heath

First journey from Horsham on schooldays to run from Horsham Bus Station via Guildford Road and Merryfield Drive and call additionally at Millais School – this replaces withdrawn service 652 (see below).


Stagecoach 602 Rustington – Littlehampton – Arundel – Barnham (Schooldays)

Route withdrawn due to low passenger numbers.


Compass Travel 652 Horsham The Common – North Heath – Millais School (Schooldays)

Route withdrawn and replaced by changes to service 89 am and service 662 pm.


Compass Travel 662 Horsham Forest School – North Heath – The Common (Schooldays pm only)

Route to start additionally at Millais School to replace withdrawn service 652 (see above).


Compass Travel 682 Roffey – Horsham – Tanbridge House School (Schooldays)

Route withdrawn due to low passenger numbers.

Aug 02

Church News August 2017

The Downland Benefice

Holy Trinity Poynings, St Andrew’s, Edburton

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe

August 2017

There is a united Benefice service every Sunday morning at 10 am in one of our churches.

On most Sundays, this is a service of Holy Communion.

On the first Sunday of each month, it is an all age worship service, followed at 11.15 am by a short Communion service.

Location varies according to the pattern below:

    First Sunday
(6th August)             Poynings

    Second Sunday
(13th August)             Newtimber

    Third Sunday
(20th August)             Poynings

    Fourth Sunday
(27th August)             Pyecombe

There is also a Benefice Evening Service at 6pm

every second Sunday (13th August) at Pyecombe.

In addition, at Edburton Church there is:

A service of Family Communion every first and third Sunday at 11 am. (6th August and 20th August)

Morning and Evening Prayer each week

Mondays: Edburton at 6 pm Tuesdays: Newtimber at 5pm

Wednesdays: Poynings at 9 am; Pyecombe at 6 pm


Evergreens (for the over 60’s)

Monday, 7th August, 3.30 – 5 pm at Dyke Lane, Poynings

(Barbara & Tony Sargeant)


Sunday 13th August – Aaro Lindfors Black Newtimber

Sunday 13th August – Jacob Alfie Adeoluwa Juba Pyecombe

Sunday 27th August – Poppy Fern Hind      Pyecombe


Sat 19th August Alice Langridge and Sam Day Poynings

Sat 27th August Mac Lee and Chelsea Wyles Poynings


Thurs 3rd August Stuart Cullen      Poynings

Other special events and dates this month

  • Afternoon tea and cake (£2) will be served at Pyecombe Church 2.30 – 4.30 on 5th and 20th August
  • Saturday 12th August, 6pm, concert By Jamie and Nick Andrews at St Mary’s Church, Kemp Town.
  • The Pyecombe Evening Service on 13th August at 6pm will be a community gathering to celebrate the wonder and beauty of the world in which we live.
  • Edburton Hymns and Pimms Service will be at 6pm on Sunday 27th August at St Andrew’s Church Edburton
  • Pyecombe Music Festival takes place 1st to 3rd September – events throughout the weekend.
  • Caroline’s final service will be at 10am on Sunday 3rd September at Poynings.
  • Farewell Concert (6pm) and Party (7pm) to celebrate Caroline’s retirement on 3rd September at Poynings
  • There will be no Messy Church this month.


For more information on all events, email :

Clergy contact details:

Revd. Dr Caroline Currer, Priest-in-Charge

Tel 01273 857456

Revd Graham Jeffery (Edburton)     01273 494559

Aug 01

Poynings Cricket Club

Sean Spicer joins Poynings Cricket Club as PR Chief

Poynings Cricket Club has moved quickly to hire Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, as the club’s new Director of Communications.

Mr Spicer, who caused controversy with his ill-tempered Washington press briefings, has already ruffled feathers in his opening meeting with journalists at the Cricket Field in front of 10,000 supporters.

He quit his White House role unexpectedly recently as President Donald Trump moved to bring in a smooth new operator in his place.

But that opened the door for Poynings Cricket Club, and they are already seeing the benefits the new hire’s extravagant claims.

Mr Spicer told hushed Poynings journalists today: “Season ticket sales have hit 24,000 and we expect to play in front of crowds of 27,000 this season,” he claimed.

“In fact, we will have the highest gates on record. Period.”

“After we got thrashed by the local team recently, in part due to the great innings by a local farmer, we have now spent tens of millions on new players, and next week we will unveil a £15 million new opening batsman, just like we said we would.”

“Our wicket keeper is not going to be sold, the fielding was out of this world, and we’ll be giving our youth players a real chance this year.”

Spicer saved some of his famous spite for journalists until the end of the briefing, when the Poynings News editor tried to ask a question about ticket prices.

“Poynings News? Fake news. It’s worse than CNN” he said. “There is no room for this Fake News Media anymore.”







Jul 28

Soil removal cancelled again

Unfortunately, Poynings Recreation Ground soil excavation cancelled tomorrow due to the weather.

Jul 28

Surplus produce stall in aid of Church

Situated on grass in front of Mill Court.


Donate your surplus garden produce or take some produce and donate to the Church

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