Put the date in your diaries - Saturday May 12th.
The Village school is holding its annual fund-raising fair and would like to see you there!
Two members of the museum society, Cindy and Frank Waters, are undertaking a road trip of about 200 miles along the length of the A272, inspired by Dutch author Pieter Boogart and his book 'An Ode to a Road'.
You can sponsor them to raise money for Storrington & District Museum.
You can download a sponsor form here. A worthwhile cause!
Please return your completed form to Cindy and Frank at The Old School, School Lane, Storrington, West Sussex RH20 4LL.
Nomads Fish and chips are back for 2018 - Fridays in the Village Hall Car Park - and the Pizzas on Wednesdays from 5 until 8. Use them or lose them!
A reminder that the 'weekly' general rubbish collections go to 2-weekly some time between February and April along with the introduction of the 'old-fashioned' rear-loading trucks. As of 4/10/17 HDC have not got a plan for how the other collections will take place eg will we loose the Thursday collections, or what?
I, and many others, have a filter on our home phone to send all calls from such to a junk box - you know, PPI claims, 'Your accident Mr Smith', 'Your computer is infected' etc etc. I did not know until recently that if YOU are a 'withheld number' affectianado but wish to get your call through this barrier, you need to prefix the number dialled with 1470. This will send your number into the network and it is no longer 'number withheld' (for that call only).
The service invites your local groups, club, society or other organisations to book a talk (free of charge) to find out more about the work of the charity.
By inviting one of their volunteer speakers to your group, you will be helping to raise awareness of our work and therefore ensuring we can be there for those who need them, now and in the future.
For more information or to book a talk, please contact them on 01622 833 833 or email them.
Our own local Animal Sanctuary really needs more volunteers to help with the animals.
Can you help? Please call 0770 667319 or email ABC if you can.
It has been around for a year or so, and I have only just discovered it, but 'CityMapper' is nothing short of brilliant, especially if you visit London or other major cities in the world. It is available for IOS and Android. I do NOT know how the programmers have done it, but it has an amazing access (eg in London) to Buses and Bus routes+arrival times/Trains - schedules and live and planned/Tube/Taxi (including Uber) and even Boris's bicycles, plus the old 'Shank's Pony'! It even displays current travel warnings/delays. I think it is stunning and well worth a look.
A law firm called Leigh Day are compiling a 'case' against VW for owners who have or will have lost value or economy from this. If you feel you would like to join their lists and be updated by them visit Leigh Day. I have personal experience of Leigh Day and they are extremely efficient and effective.
I had cause again recently to require a particular bolt size for a repair and it occurred to me that many of you will not know (as I didn't at one point) of the little store tucked away on the Broomers Hill Industrial Estate. An amazing ability to source anything and everything in the fastening line and well worth a visit when the need arises. Called 'Connect2'. I have no connection with this business but post this for the benefit of those in need.
Horsham Rural Children and Family Centres are looking for volunteers to help us in delivering a range of services to local families with children aged under 5. Would you like to be involved? Do you know a friend, relative or neighbour who might benefit from this? Some of our existing volunteers are parents looking to build their CV after a time at home, or seeking to gain confidence in the workplace and learn new skills. Others may be out of work and seeking to find a path back into employment, whilst other volunteers might be semi-retired people who are looking to contribute to the community. Whatever the circumstance, we would be very pleased to hear from you.
Examples of activities you can volunteer for include:
helping to run our Toy Library
assisting at parent-toddler groups
doing administration or data input
going out to playgroups and villages to assist on our Rural Bus with the Toy Library and Information.
joining a group called the Central Partnership Group that meets three or four times a year: this is our Advisory Board or "governors". It's an opportunity for parents to give their views on what Children and Family Centres should be offering to the community.
We have opportunities around the area eg in Henfield, Steyning, Storrington, Billingshurst, Pulborough. Travel costs are paid. Volunteers have the chance to access free West Sussex County Council training courses and can enjoy being a member of a local team for a few hours a week. Some volunteers attend as "Parent Helpers" where they have their own child(ren) present at a play session too.
If you, or someone you know is interested, please email one of our Parent Volunteer Coordinators - Julie Dutton (07872 420500) or Maria Maloney (07834 444416) for an informal chat about opportunities.
Adults - PLEASE come and help us at our brownie and guide meetings. We would dearly love to open a Rainbows unit for 5-7 yrs but haven't got enough volunteers? If you would like to help, see our entry.
I have no connection other than as a very satisfied customer with Refresh Cartridges, but I thought some of you might like a 'customer report'. I have been using this company for over a year for my Canon Pixma inkjet printer, following a recommendation from a friend. In all that time I have had no issues with quality, nor has the 'threatened printer death', the printer manufacturers will frighten you with, occurred. Amazingly good quality ink, amazingly good price - and if you order before tea-time the cartridges should be in your letterbox the next morning - free delivery!
The Bereavement Support Group was started about 11 years ago by Mary-Anne Elliker, who was then one of our Community Nurses. During the course of her work she met many people who had lost a loved one. For weeks, months, even years after bereavement, isolation and loneliness can set in. When someone is at their lowest ebb, they then have to pick themselves up and start a new chapter in their life.
Often people are offered counselling, but many refuse not wanting to talk to a stranger. The Support Group is a self-help group - somewhere where people who find themselves in similar circumstances can meet up and just make contact with others, knowing that everyone present understand, to a degree, how they feel. It is not a sad group; in fact it is very cheerful which sounds odd, but we don't talk about bereavement. That is the elephant standing in the corner - we all know it's there so we have no need to mention it. Of course if someone wants to talk about anything privately with another member, that is their decision. Mary-Anne and I are always there to listen and help if we can.
It is a very casual meeting lasting about 2 hours, held once a month. We sit around and have a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of cake and generally have a good chat. It is a time to relax. Most months we have a speaker to give us a short talk or demonstration on any subject that might be of interest to all. In summer we go out for afternoon tea, and at Christmas we have a special lunch at a nearby pub. I also organise coach outings throughout the year and we go allover the place on day trips. It gives people who are by themselves the chance to go to various places with friends. Many lasting friendships have been made and we tend to look out for each other, offering support and advice if needed.
You can find us on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2pm on the ground floor of the Pulborough Medical Centre. The only exceptions to this are in June and December when we go out.
Anyone who has been bereaved in any way, by the loss of a loved one, a way of life, a pet, health, etc is very welcome. It doesn't matter when this happened recently or years ago. You don't need to be referred by a doctor or nurse, although many are - just turn up or leave your name and phone number at Pulborough Surgery's Reception Desk marked' For the Bereavement Support Group' and we will contact you. The first step is the most difficult, but you can be assured of a warm welcome. There is no need to feel alone; come to a meeting and make new friends.
Sue Jahan, Joint Group Leader November 2014
I have received the following requests for information:
Name: Malcolm Ayling
Message:I'm researching my family history and in 1918 one of my ancestors, Catherine Lee (nee Ayling) married to Hugh Lee, were living at "Little Hagland" West Chiltington. I don't suppose you have any information or photographs about this please?
Name: Alex Dodds
Message:My wife Bessie was an evacuee in your lovely village during the war and has some fine memories of that time, she was with her sisters sally,Lou and they were with Mrs pullen and her husband, who lived in the haven, and sunniside, I wonder if anyone remembers them.
Name: Janet Bull
Message: I am tracing my family and have discovered ancestors living in West Chiltington. On the 1871 and 1881 census returns, William Adams and his family are living at Clarkes, West Chiltington. William is working as a market garden labourer. I wondered if anyone knows where Clarkes is or was and where William might have been working. Any information about this family would be gratefully received.
Name: Patricia Bullen
Message: Some of my family lived in West Chiltington in the 1800's. Some of the addresses from the census are The Common, Pipers Cottage and Maldritts. I would love to have photographs of any of these places if they still exist. Can anyone help. Thankyou
Name:Frans van Dongen, The Netherlands
Message: Dear people of West Chiltington,
Recently I came in the possession of two lovely little paintings or coloured pen-and-ink-drawings with scenes of your village. One shows a view from Church Street, with the typical curved chimney, the other one is from the crossing of Church Street with East Street, seen from The Hollow. They were both made by Rosalie Ellis, who appears to have died in september 1997.
I would really like to learn more about mrs. Ellis and her paintings. Was she a local amateur painter, or was she a well known artist? The paintings are small (15,5 by 10,5 cm, including the frame) but lovely, if you want I can send you a picture of them. On your website I saw there are many clubs, including a "Hayling Art Group". Perhaps Mrs. Ellis was known there? I think she might have lived on Nightingales because on the back of the paintings is a sticker with the address:Fernwood, Nightingales, West Chiltington, Pulborough, W.Sussex. RH20 2Qt, West Chilt. I really hope you can give me more information about Mrs. Ellis and/or about the paintings. Are there more paintings, are there collectors etc. I live in the South part of The Netherlands and got the paintings from a 91 years old lady who used to be my neighbour. If there are any questions from your side, don't hesitate to contact me. I'll be very gratefull for every reaction I receive.
Name: Allan Harris
Message: Hello from West Australia . I am tracing the family history of Charles& Mary Comper .Charles b 1809 ,Mary [ maiden name may have been Robinson] One of their daughters [Caroline b 1835/1836]married George Harris of Charlbury .George is my great great grandfather .Comper appears to be a commom name in West Chiltington ? I will be visiting West Chiltington in July 2014. Any information on the Comper family greatly appreciated . Best wishes
Name: Kenneth Bates
Message: I am tracing my family history and have come to West Chiltington in the late 1700s and 1800s. My great great grandfather was I believe Harvey Herrington b.1792, with sons James b.1832 d.1843 and Richard (great grandfather) b.1836 and then moved to St Pancras, London by 1861. The 1841 census is confusing and contains quite a few people with the name Herrington, but no reference to each other or marriages. Does anyone have any more info please. I hope to visit the village one day.
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