Mar 02

Leader shocked and disappointed at increased housing target

Mid Sussex District Council Leader Garry Wall has spoken out about his concerns for the future of Mid Sussex.


Councillor Garry Wall has reacted strongly to Independent Planning Inspector Jonathan Bore’s insistence that Mid Sussex must build 1026 homes per year between now and 2034.


“My colleagues and I have the gravest worries about the Inspector’s views that this District can accommodate 1026 new homes every year for the next 17 years,” said Councillor Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council.


“The Council’s own work, which has been validated by senior and highly respected experts, recommends that 800 new homes could be delivered every year. The Inspector is suggesting a level of housing that developers have never delivered in the entire history of Mid Sussex.”


Mr Bore is the Government appointed Inspector who is overseeing the public examination of the Mid Sussex District Plan. The plan sets out in broad terms what, where, when and how development will take place in Mid Sussex over the next 17 years.


The District Plan has been prepared with the help of Town and Parish Councils in Mid Sussex to make sure it reflects the views of local communities. However, the plan must be found ‘sound’ by an Independent Planning Inspector before it can be adopted.


“Local people understand the need to increase the level of housing and we believe that 800 new homes a year is a sensible and sustainable amount,” continued Councillor Wall. “Therefore we were shocked and hugely disappointed to read that the Inspector thinks that 1026 new homes could be built every year across our District.


“We have presented extensive evidence detailing the constraints in our District; local people are well aware of them. Our roads and railways are seriously congested and many key services are absolutely at capacity. In addition we enjoy a wonderful environmental heritage that we must endeavour to protect
at all times. So we are very concerned and bewildered that these constraints appear not to have been properly understood by the Inspector.”


The Council is carefully considering the range of options available, in the light of the Inspector’s interim findings.


“I fully appreciate that many residents will be justifiably concerned about the long-term implications of the Inspector’s findings,” added Councillor Wall. “However, the Council is still in the Examination process, so there are limits to what I can say publicly. I believe that how the Council now responds is crucial and requires extremely careful deliberation.”

Mar 01

Church News March 2017

The Downland Benefice

Holy Trinity Poynings, St Andrew’s, Edburton

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe


March 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
(5th March)              Poynings

    Second Sunday
(12th March)             Newtimber

    Third Sunday
(19th March)             Poynings

    Fourth Sunday
(26th March: Mothering Sunday) Pyecombe


There is also a Benefice Evening Service at 6pm

every second Sunday (12th March) at Pyecombe.


In addition, at Edburton Church there is:

A service of Family Communion every first and third Sunday at 11 am. (5th March and 19th March)


Morning and Evening Prayer each week

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

Wednesdays: Poynings at 9 am; Pyecombe at 6 pm


Lent Study Group

Wednesdays from 8th March

Either 2.30-4pm or 7.30- 9pm


Evergreens (for the over 60’s)

Monday, 6th March, 3.30 – 5 pm at Fulking Farmhouse

(home of Joanna and Stuart Cairns)



Sunday 5th March    Ruben John Lambe     Pyecombe



Saturday 25th March              Poynings

Anthony Smith and Becky Rowland


Other special events and dates this month

  • Lent starts this month on Ash Wednesday (1st March), when there will be a special service at 7.30pm at Newtimber Church.
  • The Women’s World Day of Prayer is Friday 3rd March – our local service is at Woodmancote Church at 2.30pm. This year the service has been written by women from the Philippines: ‘Am I being fair to you?”
  • Our Lent Study course ‘Hear the Word of the Lord’ focuses on the Bible. Weekly from 8th March either afternoon or evening. Afternoons usually at Rectory Cottage, Newtimber, and evenings at The Rectory, but watch for changes and see separate flier.
  • Hymn choosing meeting will be 7th March, 2.30-4pm at The Rectory. All welcome.
  • Pyecombe evening service on 12th March will have a special focus on Meditation. This is the first of our community gatherings – do come along.
  • The Benefice Council meets on Monday 13th March Thursday 3rd March at 7.30pm at Pangdean Farm, with thanks to Ian Currie.
  • Messy Church meets on Friday 17th March, at 4.30pm


Clergy contact details:

Revd Dr Caroline Currer, Priest-in-Charge

Tel 01273 857456

Revd Graham Jeffery (Edburton)     01273 494559


Jan 27


Monday 6 February

Royal Oak Poynings (Village Night)

*Table reservations advisable

Entries in by 8pm (a jam jar will do)

£1.50 per entry (2016/2017 fruit only)

Poynings -Sloe Gin Cup and prize for best liqueur


Neighbouring villages – Newtimber, Fulking,

Woodmancote, Pyecombe.

Jan 14



14th Jan 2017


The next meeting of Poynings Parish Council to be held in the Village Hal on Tuesday 17th Jan 2017 at 7pm.


  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes
  3. Matters Arising
  4. WSCC and MSDC
  5. Public Participation
  6. Expenditure for November to December
  7. Precept for 2017/2018
  8. Planning applications
    a) Longacres Dyke Lane Poynings BN45 7AA. Two storey side extension with single storey rear extension, and rear pitched roof dormer, and additional roof lights to front elevation.
    b) Construction of detached dwelling to replace recently demolished bungalow (resubmission of SDNP/15/04812/HOUS) (Amended Plans received 26.08.2016) – Rose Cottage Mill Lane Poynings Brighton West Sussex BN45 7AE
  9. Defibulator
  10. Old Folks Christmas Party
  11. Co-Opt Councillor
  12. Dates of Next Meetings

Mr Colin Warburton
Clerk to the Council
Tel: 01273 857024

Jan 12

Beauty and the Beast – It’s nearly time

Have your got your Pantomime ticket yet? I hope so as they are selling out fast and we would hate to see you at the door looking glum listening to all the laughter inside.

Sunday is already sold out, and the performance you want may well have sold out by now. Get to the Royal Oak quick and buy some. You know you want to.

Jan 09

Poynings Parish Council Meeting cancelled.

Unfortunately, Poynings Parish Council Meeting has had to be postponed until Tuesday 17th January 2017.

Jan 07

Help needed – Poynings Pantomime

Is anyone able to spare some time next week and next weekend. We need someone to operate the lighting.

No experience needed, it’s not technical J but great fun.

You would need to be at the rehearsals for practice and for the performances.

Monday 9th January 6.30 – 8.00
Tuesday 10th January 6.30 – 8.00
Thursday 11th January 6.30 – 8.00

(plus any other time if you wanted to practice)


Friday 13th January 8pm
Saturday 14th January 3pm
Saturday 14th January 8pm
Sunday 15th January 3pm

Call or text (I don’t get a signal in the Church) on 07941 460 582 or email

Many thanks

Jan 07

Poynings Pantomime – Beauty and the Beast

Have you got your ticket yet? The world famous Poynings Pantomime is opening on Friday the 13th for 3 days J

Don’t miss out, get your tickets now before it is too late, all proceeds to go to the Poynings Church restoration fund.

You can get your tickets at the Royal Oak or at


Friday 13th January 8pm
All tickets £8 Refreshments available to include a glass of wine

Saturday 14th January 3pm
Adults £8 – Under 12’s £3

Saturday 14th January 8pm
All tickets £8 Refreshments available to include a glass of wine

Sunday 15th January 3pm
Adults £8 – Under 12’s £3

Join us for an exciting love story which will tickle your French fancy! This spectacular show has all the elements you’d expect from a traditional pantomime with loads of silliness to boot! Come and see the story unfold!

Jan 07




Mr Colin Warburton
Clerk to the Council
6 Poynings Road
BN45 7AP

Tel: 01273 857024



The next Poynings Parish Council meeting is to be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 10th Jan 2017 at 7pm.




  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes


  3. Matters Arising


  4. WSCC and MSDC


  5. Public Participation


  6. Expenditure for November to December


  7. Precept for 2017/2018


  8. Planning applications
    Longacres Dyke Lane Poynings BN45 7AA. Two storey side extension with single storey rear extension, and rear pitched roof dormer, and additional roof lights to front elevation.


  9. Defibulator


    1. Old Folks Christmas Party
  10. Co-Opt Councillor


  11. Dates of Next Meetings


Dec 31

Council opens Christmas tree recycling points


Mid Sussex District Council has set up Christmas tree recycling points at convenient locations across the district to help residents dispose of their trees when the festive fun is over.

The Council has arranged for 25 temporary Christmas tree drop-off points in towns and villages across the district, so there will be a place nearby where residents can recycle their real Christmas tree. All people have to do is along their tree to the most convenient local site, place it in the marked bay and it will be taken away to be recycled locally.

Residents with a green garden waste collection bin can put their tree directly into it, as long as the lid can still close firmly. Alternatively, people can take their real tree along to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites at Fairbridge Way in Burgess Hill or Imberhorne Lane in East Grinstead.

Sites will be open between Friday 30 December 2016 and Friday 13 January 2017 at the following locations.

Town / village


Street / Road


Ardingly Recreation Ground

High Street

Ashurst Wood

John Pears Field

Wall Hill Road


Village Hall Car Park

The Street


Recreation Ground Car Park

The Street


Woodside Pavilion Car Park

Woodside Pavilion

Burgess Hill

Cyprus Road Car Park

Cyprus Road

Burgess Hill

Football Club

Maple Drive


Humphreys Field

Borers Arms Road


Haskins Garden Centre

Snowhill Lane

Crawley Down

Haven Sports Field

Hophurst Lane


Whitemans Green Recreation Ground

Whitemans Green

East Grinstead

Imberhorne Lane Car Park

Imberhorne Lane

East Grinstead

Chequer Mead Car Park

De La Warr Road


Recreation Ground Car Park

High Street


Dale Avenue Car Park

Dale Avenue

Haywards Heath

Beechurst Car Park

Butlers Green Road

Haywards Heath

Franklynn Road Car Park

Franklynn Road

Horsted Keynes

Recreation Ground Car Park

Lewes Road


Trinity Road Car Park

Trinity Road


Lindfield Common, Bowling Green Car Park

Backwoods Lane


Rushfield Plant Centre

Henfield Road

Sayers Common

Berrylands Field Recreation Ground

Berrylands Farm

Scaynes Hill

Scaynes Hill Common Car Park

Church Road

Turners Hill

Recreation Ground Car Park

East Street

West Hoathly

Finches Field Car Park

Church Hill


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