Aug 19

Poynings Fun Day


POYNINGS FUN DAY – Mon 25th August 2014

Bank Holiday

10.30 Poynings Races & Fun Runs in the Blacksmith’s Field.

(See details below).

2.00 Presentation of Fun Run awards at the Village Hall.

2.30 ‘Tug of War’
North v South – village competition.

3.00 Children’s traditional races (Egg & Spoon etc.) – Prizes!

Calling of Raffle. Other attractions include: 

Music, Beer Tent courtesy of The Royal Oak, Stalls.

Bring your own picnic.


*Helpers and raffle prizes needed – Sheila 857482

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POYNINGS RACES – Blacksmith’s field,from 10:30am

Have you seen this event? It really is fun and suitable for all ages

      ‘A Fun Event’, do come.


ENTER ON THE DAY. £1 per race. Race, jog or come and cheer

1 lap = 0.7 mile        3 laps = 2 miles


Junior Fun Run – Under 12 years – 1 lap – Medals for all

Junior Sprint – Under 12 years – 60m – Medals for all

Cycle Race –
1 lap (BMX or Mountain Bike) Under 12 years or Adult

Fun Run / Race – 3 laps of the field. Crystal Trophies for winners

* Practice/Training – 4pm each Sunday – Meet at Royal Oak Car Park

Aug 08

Stag do in Poynings

We have got a family “Stag Do” this weekend, 9/10 August, in one of our fields at the end of Mill Lane in Poynings.


So, any sightings of vans or tents, or sounds of music, it is not travellers or an illegal rave it is just a group of men, hopefully having a good time, with our permission.


Sue Lee

Aug 06

Shepherd and Dog

Hey guys,

Just wanted to let you all know that this Friday 8th August  (today) is our 80’s night from 8pm at the Shepherd and Dog.

Canapes, cocktails, music, games and fancy dress competitions.

Would love to see you all here!


Aug 05



Just a reminder about the VILLAGE PICNIC AND ROUNDERS MATCH scheduled for Sunday August 24 in North Town Field, Fulking.


Meet for picnic at lunchtime – say around 1 pm? Followed by rounders — all welcome.


Fingers crossed we get a warm, sunny day.


Any queries email Jen Green on

Aug 04

Sold as Seen at Hikers Rest – Saddlescombe

Right for all you Sold As Seen fans! After the great gig at the Fulking Fair the next outdoor gig is on August 15th 2014 at The Hikers Rest Cafe on Saddlescombe Farm.

£15 per person to include food or £7.50 per person for entry only.

Hot & cold drinks available to purchase separately or bring your own booze!

It starts at 7pm. There are also tent pitches available at a nominal charge.

Tickets are for sale NOW at The Hikers Rest Cafe, Saddlescombe Farm, Saddlescombe Road.

Look forward to seeing you there.

CDs will be available to purchase either on the night or on the website

Aug 02

August Church News

The Downland Churches

Holy Trinity Poynings, St Andrew’s, Edburton

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe


August 2014


Sunday 3rd August             Trinity 7

10 am    Family Service        Poynings

followed at 11.15 by Holy Communion

11am Family Communion     Edburton


Sunday 10th August              Trinity 8

10 am Holy Communion        Newtimber

6 pm Evening Service        Pyecombe


Sunday 17th August             Trinity 9

10 am    Holy Communion        Poynings     11 am Family Communion    Edburton


Sunday 24th August         St Bartholomew

10 am    Holy Communion        Pyecombe


Sunday 31st August              Trinity 11

10 am 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 4th August, 3.30 – 5pm
at Manor Farm, Poynings (Carol and Maurice Revell’s home)



Sat, 2nd August John Cairns and Larissa Lopes Edburton



Special events and dates this month


  • On Sunday, 3rd August at 2.30pm there will be a Harp Recital with Pimms and a Strawberry Tea in the gardens of Newtimber Place. Proceeds to the Church. Tickets £12 for adults, £5 for children from Shirley Murrell or Lucy Dalrymple tel 01273 832009. Please buy tickets in good time to help us to assess demand and numbers.


  • Friday 15th August is the festival of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Edwards in Burgess Hill will be having a Sung Mass at 7.30pm followed by refreshments, to which everyone is welcome.


  • 16th – 17th August (10am -5pm) – flower festival at St Martin’s Church, Westmeston (in the Beacon Parish). Theme is wedding anniversaries. Refreshments available.


  • Advance notice of a course to be run in the autumn on the topic of responding to people of other faiths. Caroline will be leading this 12 week course in the Deanery – probably at Hassocks, on Tuesday evenings. Look out for details. This will not be instead of our own study groups.


  • September dates for your diary:

Friday 12th Sept, ‘Timespan’ event, Pyecombe, 7.30pm;

Sunday 14th Sept, Pyecombe dedication service, 6pm

Sunday 28th Sept, evening, Pimms and Hymns, Edburton



Clergy contact details:

Revd Dr Caroline Currer, Priest-in-Charge

Tel 01273 857456

Revd Graham Jeffery (mainly Edburton) 01273 494559

Jul 31

Combine Harvester

Please be aware that if the weather continues to be dry, we would like to harvest the fields west of the village.

This means that we are going to have to be able to move our Combine Harvester, which is rather large and 15 foot wide, through the village, at short notice.

Please could you make sure that your cars are not parked in the road blocking our way through, if you are likely to be away for the day and leaving them unattended.

I have spoken to Sussex Police about abnormal road movements and they have informed me that the vehicle removal regulations allow them to tow away any vehicle that prevents any person from carrying out their lawful work. Any charges for this will fall on the owners of the offending vehicles.

I do not intend to be unreasonable, but the grain moisture is critical as it cannot be stored above a certain percent, and warm periods of hot dry weather are crucial for harvesting. As some of you have got more than 2 cars, with limited parking space, if you need to park a car out of the way there is room up the farm, please ring me.

Thank you, in anticipation of your co-operation.

Mark Lee

857239/07973 749431

Jul 29

Strawberry tea and Pimms event

This weekend.

For those who have been holding back your plans for Sunday 3rd August we have checked the seaweed and all fine for Newtimber’s Strawberry Tea and Pimms Harp Recital at Newtimber Place.  Sunny and 21 degrees – perfect.

Tickets £12 adults, £5 children (3-18 years) includes Pimms or soft drink, Strawberries and cream on the lawns, open gardens of Newtimber Place, harp recitals by Ella Murrell next to the moat and tea and scones in the tearoom.

Plenty of parking, toilet for the disabled.   Booking through Shirley Murrell 01273 857353 or Lucy Dalrymple 01273 832009 or on the gate.  Bring picnics, chairs and blankets.  See you at 2.30 pm


Jul 29

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Jul 29

01273 number changes

Changes to Brighton area 01273 phone numbers in October 2014

01273 is the area code for Brighton, as well as Barcombe, Glynde, Hassocks, Henfield, Hove, Hurstpierpoint, Kemptown, Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Plumpton, Portslade, Poynings, Ringmer, Rottingdean, Shoreham-by-Sea, Southwick and Withdean.

From 1st October 2014, it will be necessary to always include the 01273 area code when dialling 01273 numbers, even if calling locally.

Changes to local dialling

Until the end of September 2014 the area code remains optional when dialling between landline phones in the area; calls may be made locally using just the six-digit local number.

From 1st October 2014, it will be necessary to dial 01273 area phone numbers in full, even when calling locally.

For example, callers could reach the city council by dialling 290000 prior to the change, if they were calling from an 01273 landline phone. Now they must dial 01273 290000, just as callers from mobile phones or outside the area always had to.

Reason for the change

The 01273 area code is heavily used, with very limited supplies of numbers available for new customers. Previously, extra capacity would be created by lengthening local phone numbers – such as by moving from six digits to seven and giving a corresponding ten-fold increase in capacity.

In Brighton, regulator Ofcom is trying a different strategy, requiring individuals to use the code for dialling local numbers to allow previously unusable local phone numbers beginning with 0 or 1 to be used.

By not carrying out a full renumbering, there is less upheaval for consumers as numbers do not actually change. However it also releases a much smaller quantity of new numbers and removes the ability to dial local numbers without the code.

Phone numbers stay the same

Only the ability to dial between 01273 area phones without the code is being removed – the full national phone numbers in use by residents and businesses stay the same. Long-distance calls to and from Brighton remain unchanged, as do calls to and from mobile phones.

Further changes in the future

This change only releases a small pool of additional numbers, which is expected to last between 5 and 10 years.

After these numbers are used up, it is likely the area will be given a second batch of numbers beginning with a different area code. This means some numbers will begin with the traditional 01273, while others may begin with completely different digits. This situation does not exist anywhere else in the UK as yet, although it is common in other countries. For example, telephone numbers in central New York can begin with any of three area codes: 212, 646 and 917.

Due to the change, it is now advisable to always quote 01273 numbers in full – ‘01273 290000’ and not ‘Brighton 290000’, for example. This will remind people that the full number must be dialled, while also minimising any future confusion should numbers starting with a code other than 01273 come into use in the future.

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