Dec 01

The Downlands Churches December 2015

The Downland Churches

Holy Trinity Poynings, St Andrews, Edburton

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe

December 2015

Sunday 6th December                        Advent 2

    10am    Family Service                    Poynings

followed at 11.15am by Holy Communion

    11am     Family Communion                Edburton


Sunday 13th December                        Advent 3

    10am     Holy Communion              Newtimber

     6pm     Carol Service                    Pyecombe

with the Mid Sussex Brass Band

Saturday 19th December                     

    6pm     Carol Service                      Poynings

Sunday 20th December                         Advent 4

    10am    Holy Communion               Poynings

    11am     Holy Communion             Edburton

    2.30pm      Carol Service               Newtimber

     6pm     Carol Service                    Edburton

Thursday 24th December                 Christmas Eve

    3.30pm Christingle Service             Poynings

    11.30pm First Communion of Christmas       Pyecombe


Friday 25th December                     Christmas Day

    8am     Holy Communion                Poynings

    10am Holy Communion                  Newtimber


Sunday 27th December              Christmas 1

    10am     Holy Communion              Pyecombe

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, 7th December, 3.30 – 5pm at The Cowshed, Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe (Ian Currie’s home)

Other events and dates this month

  • Pyecombe Church Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 5th December at Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, from 1.45pm – 4pm. Free admission.
  • On Saturday 12th December at 2pm, Henfield Church are hosting a new play entitled ‘A Christmas Cracker’.

Box office 01273 495532: £6 for adults, £4 for children.

  • On 13th December 4pm to 5.30pm, there will be ‘Nativity around the Christmas tree’ at Pyecombe Church for families with young children. Do bring the family – free admission.
  • The South Downs Society Carol Service this year will be at Newtimber Church on Thursday 17th December at 3pm, followed by refreshments.
  • Christmas concerts by our own organists Nick and Jamie Andrews will be held at the Unitarian Church on 18th December at 12.30pm and 22nd December at 7.30pm.

Refreshments after all our Carol Services: do join us

At Pyecombe on 13th December: mulled wine and mince pies

At Newtimber on 20th December: tea and cakes in church

At Poynings on 19th and Edburton on 20th 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

Nov 17

Park all weekend for £1 this Christmas

Mid Sussex District Council is providing all-day town centre parking for £1 on the weekends leading up to Christmas.

The Council is supporting shoppers and traders with discounted parking on Saturdays in the towns of Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath. The £1 parking offer will only be available in long stay car parks owned by Mid Sussex District Council.

Parking in Mid Sussex is completely free on Sundays, so that’s a whole weekend of shopping for less than the price of a loaf of bread. The parking discounts will be available from Saturday 5 December at the following locations:

Queens Crescent car park – Burgess Hill

Station Road car park – Burgess Hill

The Vicarage car park – East Grinstead

Norton House car park – East Grinstead

Franklynn Road car park – Haywards Heath

The Council is also encouraging families to visit the town centre Christmas Festivals by making car parking free after 1pm on the day of each event. In Burgess Hill children can meet The Gruffalo, Father Christmas and his real reindeer on 21 November. In Haywards Heath there’s a lantern procession and firework display on 28 November and the offer is available in East Grinstead on 5 December, with the Christmas Festival taking place the following day.

“This is the most important time of the year for local retailers and we’re showing them our support by offering town centre parking all weekend for just £1 in the run up to Christmas,” said Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property.

“You can join us and show your support for the local economy this Christmas by shopping in your local town. Popping into town is quick and convenient way to pick up gifts for friends or family and with the great range of shops we have in Mid Sussex, there’s no reason to go anywhere else.

“I hope our parking offer encourages even more people to shop locally and attracts shoppers from other areas to spend their money in Mid Sussex.”

For more information about parking across in Mid Sussex visit

Nov 05

Fulking Book Sale

Don’t forget the monthly book sale next Sunday – in the Chapel in Fulking from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Nov 05


Clerk to the Council                            Hideaway Cottage

Mr Colin Warburton                             Poynings Road


West Sussex BN45 7AP

Tel: 01273 857024


There will be a Poynings Parish Council Meeting in the Village Hall on
Tuesday 10th Nov 2015 at 7pm.




  1. Minutes


  2. Matters Arising


    1. Church renovations


    2. Garden Cups presentation


    3. Safe pathway


    4. Traffic Calming


    5. Operation Watershed
  3. Bonfire Night
  4. Expenditure
  5. Dates of Next Meetings

Oct 30

The Downland Churches

The Downland Churches

Holy Trinity Poynings, St Andrew’s, Edburton

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe


November 2015


Sunday 1st November     4th before Advent

All Souls and All Saints

10am    Family Service        Poynings

followed at 11.15 by Holy Communion

11am Family Communion     Edburton

6pm All Souls service Poynings


Sunday 8th November
Remembrance Sunday

10am Holy Communion        Newtimber

6pm Evening Service        Pyecombe


Wednesday 11th November
Armistice Day

10.50am    Service of Remembrance     Poynings


Sunday 15th November        2nd before Advent

10am    Holy Communion        Poynings     
am Family Communion    Edburton


Sunday 22nd November
Christ the King

10am    Holy Communion        Pyecombe


Sunday 29th November         Advent 1

10am    Holy Communion        Newtimber


Morning and Evening Prayer each week

At 9am on Wednesdays at Poynings

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

At 5pm: Tuesdays at Newtimber

Evergreens (for the over 60’s)

Monday 3rd November, 3.30 – 5pm,
Little Knowle, Woodmancote (home of Jane and Chris Warne)


Special events and dates this month

  • The special service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for loved ones who have died will be on Sunday 1st November at 6pm at Poynings.
  • The names of the fallen will be read at all our Services of Remembrance – the service at Edburton will be on Sunday 15th November.
  • The Remembrance Day service at Poynings at 10.50am will include 2 minutes silence at 11am.
  • Deanery Synod meets at Hurstpierpoint Church on Tuesday 10th November from 8pm.
  • A Downland celebration of songs and local tales will be held at Pyecombe Church on Satruday 14th November, with the Pyecombe Choir and Sussex wine: £7.50 for adults, children free.
  • Extra study groups will meet at the Rectory on Wednesdays 18th Nov and 2nd December for those who took part in previous sessions.
  • Messy Church at Fulking: 20th November, 4.30pm
  • Edburton Quiz Evening is Friday 27th November at Preston Nomads Cricket Ground, Fulking.
  • Guest preacher at Newtimber on 29th November from ‘Off the Fence’ – do come and listen. We will also say thank you to Fred Cook after this service.


Clergy contact details:

Revd Dr Caroline Currer, Priest-in-Charge

Tel 01273 857456

Revd Graham Jeffery (mainly Edburton) 01273 494559

Oct 30

A Downland Celebration

A Downland Celebration

Pyecombe Church

Saturday 14 November

6pm – 9pm
Come together for a fun community evening

  • enjoy local Sussex wine from DITCHLING COURT VINEYARD, with cheese, bread and nibbles
  • hear historic tales about Pyecombe’s past, links with LEWES PRIORY and with local villages along the South Downs Way
  • be entertained with music from the PYECOMBE CHOIR and OTHER LOCAL MUSICIANS

Everyone welcome

– bring your family, friends and neighbours:

Tickets £7.50 per adult (includes first glass of wine and snacks), under 14s free

Tickets in advance and further information from:
Diane Curd: 01273 843797
Louise Anderson: 01273 01273 846563
Jill Munday: 01273 566276
Karen Lewis: 01273 857013
Tricia Robinson:
Sarah Rushton: 01273 857855

Oct 30

Remembrance and Thanksgiving

The Downland Churches

A Service of

Remembrance and Thanksgiving


All Souls Tide

will be held on

Sunday 1st November 2015 at 6pm

at Holy Trinity Church, Poynings

At this service, we read the names of those we have loved and lost, whether recently or long ago. As you come into Church, you will be given a card to write the name(s) of those you specially want to remember, and a small candle to light in memory of them during the service.

Or you may prefer simply to name them before God in silence.

Services of Remembrance


Sunday, 8 November 2015

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber

10am Holy Communion,
followed at

by a short    Service of Remembrance

At this service, the names of the fallen from the four parishes of Poynings, Edburton, Newtimber and Pyecombe will be read and a two minute silence observed at 11am.

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe

6pm Service of Remembrance, with Mid Sussex Chorus

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Holy Trinity, Poynings

10.50am Service of Remembrance

The names of the fallen from the four parishes of Poynings, Edburton, Newtimber and Pyecombe will again be read and

a two minute silence observed at 11am

Sunday, 15 November 2015

St Andrew’s Edburton

11am Service of Remembrance with communion

Oct 22

Poynings Parish Council Planning Meeting

There is a Poynings Parish Council Planning Meeting to be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 27th October 2015 at 7pm.

Planning applications

Dyke Farmhouse The Street Poynings Brighton West Sussex BN45 7AQ

Wish to remove chimney which lies behind the kitchen and is attached to victorian extension. Would help on the refurbishment of kitchen if we could remove the chimney and therefore remove the breast of the kitchen.


Arden Cottage The Street Poynings Brighton West Sussex BN45 7AQ

New dwelling in rear garden of property in style of chalet bungalows


Rose Cottage Mill Lane Poynings West Sussex BN45 7AE

Application for the demolition of the existing dwelling and proposed replacement dwelling.


Rushfields Plant Centre Henfield Road Poynings West Sussex BN45 7AY
Construction of overflow car park



Oct 22

Free NHS health checks for men this Movember


Movember, the hairiest month of the year, is almost here and the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team is encouraging local men to use the charity event as a time to take stock of their health.

Gender is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of health and life expectancy. For men, this is not good news because on average men die six years earlier than women.

Each November, men around the world grow moustaches to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues.
Each moustache acts as a walking billboard for men’s health, giving men a constant reminder of how important it is to take their health and wellbeing seriously.

The Movember charity is committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives; goals that are shared by the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team. To show their support, the Wellbeing team is offering free NHS health checks to men aged 40-74 throughout Movember, helping men in Mid Sussex to get a full picture of their current state of health.

The free NHS health checks take just 20-30, minutes, are run by trained health professionals and can help men get on the right path to a healthy future by spotting potential health problems at an early stage. Everybody who takes part will receive a blood pressure check, a cholesterol measurement, and will have their BMI (Body Mass Index) calculated by measuring height and weight. After the health check there will be an opportunity to discuss the results with a trained Wellbeing Advisor, who will provide personalised advice on how to lower the risk of future problems and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Men who are not eligible for an NHS health check can book a free Wellbeing MOT, a non-medical check that includes everything except the cholesterol and blood pressure test.

“When it comes to their health, too many men don’t talk, don’t take action and die too young,” said Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member for Health and Community.

“To create a relaxed and informal environment, our free NHS health checks take place away from clinics, so you can feel more comfortable discussing any health and wellbeing concerns you may have.


“It’s important to act now because many health conditions that affect men in later life can be prevented or managed by identifying the risk and making small lifestyle changes at an early stage. Making an appointment is simple and a check takes less than 30 minutes to complete so there’s no excuse, book in today and take control of your future.”

For more information about the Wellbeing Service and to book an appointment go to or telephone 01444 477191.

Oct 20

Road Closure




poynings road, poynings


NOTICE is hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of

Poynings Road, Poynings, between The Street to approx. 50m south of the junction with Mill Lane, is temporarily prohibited from M onday 2nd November 2015.

This closure is necessary to allow installation of new ducting and power supply to a British Telecom cabinet.

It is anticipated the works will be completed in 5 days.

Emergency and Residential Vehicular access to be managed by the contractor
and will be phased to ensure access. Pedestrian access to be maintained at all times.

The alternative route for traffic will be signed on site via Poynings Road, Saddlescombe Road, Poynings Road and vice versa.

This notice will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the date given above.

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact the West Sussex Contact Centre on 01243 642105.

Any queries about the nature of the works please contact Hire-A-Lite (on behalf of BT) on 0844 332 9009.

Nicola Debnam

Head of Highways and Transport.


Note from Colin.
The sign in the village says to the 16th, this is wrong, it should be the 6th.
The roadworks are roughly from Mill Lane to Manor Farm.

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