Aug 31

Caroline and Alan Currer farewell reminder

A gentle reminder that this Sunday at 10am is Caroline’s last service at Holy Trinity. All are welcome.

You are also invited to a farewell concert in the Church at 6pm which is open to all.

This is followed by a finger buffet and a glass of fizz in the Rectory Gardens. Tickets for this can be purchased from Nigs for £5. Please make your booking by Friday.

Contact Nigs on 01273 857298 or

Aug 31

Parish Council Meeting 5th Sept 2017

The next meeting of Poynings Parish Council is to be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 5th September 2017 at 7pm.


1) Apologies for absence
2) Minutes
3) Matters Arising
5) Public Participation
6) Expenditure for July and August
7) Planning applications
SDNP/16/06388/FUL Orchard Cottage , Dyke Lane, Poynings, BN45 7AA To replace an existing residential dwelling with a new residential dwelling. Decision
SDNP/17/02486/FUL Arden Cottage The Street Poynings BN45 7AQ Retrospective application for minor change in roof design to application SDNP/17/00250/DEVMON
8) Footpaths
9) Standing Orders
10) Format of Meetings
11) SID – Speed monitoring
12) Table tennis Table
13) Operation Watershed
14) Banking
15) Asset Register
16) Insurance
17) Benches
18) Village Hall and Opus Glass
19) Fireworks Night
20) Winter Plan
21) Fundraising
22) Dates of Next Meetings

Mr Colin Warburton
Clerk to the Council
Tel: 01273 857024

Aug 24


As you may have noticed, various works have been carried out in the village to help reduce flooding. The money for this was raised by Poynings Parish Council applying for grants for this purpose.

Poynings Parish Council will try and see if more grants can be obtained and will be putting in another application.

What the Council proposes to apply for are:

To raise the rest of the footpath between school cottages and PondBay
To raise the footpath between Downmere and School Cottages. From the road to the kissing gate.
To put in a footpath from just above the School to the Church.

Has anyone else any ideas where flooding occurs that may be added to this?

There is no guarantee of course that we will be able to raise any further funds.

A lot of flooding occurs due to the top of the road gulley’s being covered with leaves etc. Highways or MSDC will never be able to clear this quickly and the best remedy is for locals to do this if they are able.

Kind regards


Aug 20

Free Pallets

Pallet wood available for burning – both broken up and bagged. Pallet wood available for burning – both broken up and bagged.


Whole pallets available also, please enquire in the office.


Bags are located at the side of the small garage in the right hand side of the forecourt of Aviation House. Poynings.


Please help yourselves but PROCEED WITH CAUTION  as there are large nails in the pallets.


Access outside office hours is via a small pedestrian gate on the left.

Aug 20

Wealden Building Study Group

The Wealden Building Study Group was formed over 50 years ago to interpretively record as many as possible of the historic timber framed buildings still remaining in Sussex and the surrounding counties of the South East. The Group itself has recorded over 600 buildings to date but individually members have recorded several thousand more. Members also helped set up the Weald & Downland Living Museum near Chichester which opened in 1970 and now contains over 50 reconstructed buildings, and has referred many enquiries to us that their busy staff do not have time to answer. We have also recently worked with the South Downs National Park on collating many survey records of the buildings within their boundaries.

Much of the remaining earlier structure of many buildings is hidden behind later façades and additions, and needs to be evaluated and recorded by persons who are versed in the chronology of vernacular timber building development. A building may be a ‘Listed Building’ but very often this was only based on a brief visual inspection and consequently, a vague general description. There are also many buildings that have these characteristics but are not, and probably never will be, listed but whose owners would wish to understand their historic development.

As many parishes and towns have done varying levels of research on their historic buildings and environs, and either published them or placed them on their websites, we would like to offer individual householders the opportunity, via our website enquiry form, to request an initial visit by a member to assess the building. This could then lead to a Group visit which would result in a short written report of our conclusions. This poster/flyer “Click Here” gives more detail on the process as does our website. Please use it as you see fit for display in A4 format, forwarding to interested parties, or perhaps include a link to us on your website.

Understandably as our service is provided at no cost by volunteers, we have a waiting list, and are just formulating the April to October 2018 visits programme. Nevertheless, we will try at least to complete an initial assessment visit within a reasonable time. If a householder can provide a few photos of aspects of the building, with their enquiry, as illustrated on the poster, this would be most helpful.

Many thanks,


John Crane BA Hons | Wealden Buildings Study Group

Visits Secretary / Digitisation Project Administrator

Tel: 01903 717069

WBSG Website

Aug 17

Too many fruit and vegetables?

You can donate your excess at the produce and help the Church
If you have too much veg, fruit or flowers you can donate to stall on grass in front of Mill Court.
Alternatively you can take produce and donate to Church in tin provided.

Don’t let it rot

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.

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