Thursday, 29 March 2012

British Red Cross Home from Hospital Service

Many of you may think of natural disasters, First Aid or emergency response when you see this symbol.  But did you know that in Mid-Sussex the British Red Cross offers a range of services for the local community?

Our Home from Hospital service provides support for people recently discharged from hospital.  This could be following day surgery, a visit to Accident and Emergency or a longer stay on a ward.  This service is free and we offer practical help with activities like shopping, light housework, companionship and collecting prescriptions for between 2-4 hours a week for 4 weeks.

Sometimes getting to and from medical appointments can be tricky because public transport is not easily accessible.  Our Transport and Escort service provides a car and driver to pick you up from your home, take you to your appointment and return you.  A reasonable charge is made for this service and booking in advance is essential.

Our Equipment Loan service lends out items such as commodes, wheelchairs, backrests and bed cradles. If you are unable to come into our centres in Haywards Heath or Burgess Hill, a delivery service is available for a small fee.

All of these services are delivered by a dedicated team of trained volunteers and we are always actively seeking more recruits to join our team.  If you are able to offer an hour or two in order to support people in the Bolney area through any of these services, we would be delighted to hear from you.

For referrals to any of these services call 0800 0280 831
For volunteering enquiries call 01444 248 226

Wednesday, 28 March 2012


Saturday 14th April            Spring Show at Rawson Hall 3pm
Saturday 12th May            Plant Sale at Rawson Hall 10am
Wed. 27th June                Coach Outing to NT Polesden Lacey
Saturday 18th August        Summer Flower and Vegetable Show Rawson Hall 2.30pm
Friday 23rd November        AGM Rawson Hall 8pm




                     BOLNEY DIAMOND

In conjunction with the Nations
Big Jubilee Lunch
We are holding one of our very own for
everyone in the village to celebrate
the Queens’s Diamond Jubilee

At Batchelors Field

Bring-a-long-a-picnic with
Family Fun , Games and Competitions

Dancing to a live Band
Soul Business

(A Bar and BBQ available in the evening)



Monday, 26 March 2012

Poppy organiser wanted for Bolney

We are trying to find a new Poppy Organiser/s
for Bolney so that vital funds can continue to be raised for our Servicemen, women and their families.
Can you or a team of friends help keep the Appeal going?

Poppy Organisers don't need a military connection, they just need to be organised and enjoy interacting with others.
The role involves ordering stock, distributing poppy boxes, liaising with local businesses, co-ordinating and recruiting collectors, recording funds etc. It requires commitment, but is a varied & rewarding role.
You will be focusing most of your efforts on the appeal between September and November, with some occasional admin work from July onwards.

The work is fun, worthwhile, rewarding and a great addition to your CV.  Training is provided and expenses are reimbursable.

For further details please contact
Sarah Welsby – Community Fundraiser 
On:  07884 235186 or email:

Monday, 19 March 2012

Open Day to see the Community Action Plan

Bolney Village Community Action Plan

Following the survey completed last year the draft Village Action Plan has now been drawn up.
You are invited to see copies of the draft plan at an open session at the Rawson Hall on

Saturday 28th April 2012.

from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon

On display will be some of the initiatives we believe should be at the forefront of our action plan.

Please come along to see what has been proposed.

The action plan was borne out of your responses in the Village survey and it needs your support and input to make it come to fruition.

We are looking for volunteers to take on some of the actions – the greater the input the sooner things will be achieved. By taking on some of the work it becomes your opportunity to make the things you want to happen actually occur. As time progresses priorities change and the working parties will be able to shape the work they are undertaking.

We look forward to meeting you on 28th April and discussing the future actions for Bolney.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Men at Bolney

You are invited to a full English breakfast at the Eight Bells
on Saturday 24th March  8.15 - 10am

Guest speaker Nick Marples will give a talk on the subject:
"Where is God when life hurts?"

Nick speaks from his family's experience of caring for his youngest daughter through nine years of cancer treatment, that began when she was first diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumour at the age of three.

Tickets cost £10 and are available now from the Eight Bells or from Bolney Village Chapel

For further details contact Simon Allaby 01444 881089

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Bolney's Got Talent

                  Bolneys Got Talent

Saturday 5th May 2012

At the Rawson Hall


Hot Pot Supper

Licensed Bar

Tickets £10.00 Adult, £5.00 Child (includes hotpot supper)
(Reduced rates for those taking part)

We are looking for any type of act from singing, dancing, acting, reading poetry, playing an instrument, magic, juggling, comedy ….. in fact anything.  Open to any age!

To reserve tickets or register your interest in taking part contact Sarah Bridger on 01444 881783 or e-mail

Bolney youth club

A small committee of  parents currently run  Bolney Youth Club in conjunction with an employed youth worker whom we currently have a vacancy for. Sessions run in term time only on Thursday evenings  between  7.30  - 9.30  at the Rawson Hall ,and outings to events such as ice skating, ten pin bowling, Tulleys Farm, and donutting also take place through out the year. The youth club provides very valuable leisure space and time for secondary school age children who otherwise have extremely limited facilities within our village. We would love members of our wider community to join  our committee to help run the club, come up with ideas for the children, draw up and implement policies and assist with fundraising.
Duties would include- Assisting with the planning of, and  helping fundraise at events such as Village day ( normally a Barbecue) the annual Bolney Firework night- our main fundraiser-  and normally one other event in the spring, such as a dog show or the Bolney's got Talent Night. Attending committee meeting approximately once  every 6 -8 weeks on a midweek night and attending the AGM normally in October. Helping run a Thursday session on a rota basis with the youth worker, normally once every 8-10 weeks
In addition, our long standing  treasurer and secretary  both wish to step down later in the year  due to other commitments, so if you think you could help with either of these roles  we would be delighted to hear from you . All committee members are subject to a CRB check . If you have teenage children yourself, are just generally interested in children or have children at primary school who will soon wish to become members pleased do get in touch, it can be very rewarding and a lot of fun.
  • Start date               May 2012
  • Hours   Thursday evenings, Term Time only.7.00pm to 10.00pm (This allows for ½ hour at beginning to set up equipment and ½ hour at the end to clear away and lock up  
  • Location :                 Rawson Hall (Main Hall, Committee Room, Outside area).  In the Summer Term kids can be taken down the Rec
  •  Children :                 Currently have 25 registered between the ages of 11 to 15 years.  Regularly have 15 to 20 attend each week
  • Payment :                 £30 cash per session + £20 per Committee Meeting attended.  You would be taken on a self employed basis.We would not be responsible for payment of National Insurance or Tax on your behalf
  •  Notice :                   1 week notice required by either party.
  • Duties :                    To set up equipment and activities to do at the beginning of each session.  To work with the Committee to put together an activities plan each half term in advance.  Help supervise the sale of tuck.  To engage with the kids.  To maintain discipline as per the Committee’s rules. Ensure safety and well being of children and report any serious issues or incidents to the Committee. Clear away and lock up at the end of each session.  To attend the Committee meetings once every 6 to 8 weeks. This position will be subject to suitable references being supplied and a CRB check
Please contact either Sarah Bridger or 01444  881783 or Di Streater or 01444 881528 for further information


Last mobile waste collection in Bolney


There will be 2 vehicles for collections at the Rawson Institute on the following date. 
One is for household waste and one for garden waste.

Sunday18th March 2012                   10.00am – 12.00 midday

Please note that this will be the last collection as West Sussex County Council have withdrawn the financial support that has provided this service in the past.  This is due to the investment in improved services for customers now provided through upgraded Household Waste Recycling facilities in the area.