Village Activities

Art Groups
Art Society
Balloon Club of Wisborough Green
Bell Ringers
Bridge Club
Church Choir
Church Flowers
Church Orchestra
Fete Society

Footpath Group
History Group
Horticultural Society
Lawnmower Racing
Sideshows Society
Spitfire Simulator
St Peter's Luncheon Club
Table Tennis Club
Wildlife Observation
West Sussex Beekeepers Association - Wisborough Green Division

Wisborough Green Masonic Lodge
Wizzy Tots - Parent & Toddler Group
Women's Institute

 

Art Group (Weekly)

Learn the pleasure of art under the careful guidance of experienced local artist, Pierre d’Angelo, and enjoy the company of like minded people in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The Group is held every Monday, 9.30 am to 12 noon, in the lounge at Wyatt House. Beginners through to experienced artists, using any medium, are welcomed.
No equipment is needed for the first session – Pierre will give advice for following sessions.
Cost is £2 per hour which includes refreshments. For further information please contact Pierre d’Angelo on 701104.

Art Group (Weekly)
This group meets on a weekly basis on a Wednesday morning from 9.30 am - 12 noon in the village hall. The focus is on painting plants and flowers with renowned local artist, Martine Collings SBA. If you love garden/wild flowers and nature subjects, this is a great opportunity to learn to paint them in water colour. All styles are taught including botanical and less detailed compositions and designs. This is a friendly group which meets in pleasant surroundings and welcomes all levels, including beginners. To book please call West Sussex Adult & Community Learning Service in Midhurst on 01730 816683 or for further information please contact Martine Collings on 700552.


Arts Society
The Wisborough Green Arts Society hold an annual exhibition of local art in various mediums at the August Bank Holiday event.

If you are interested in exhibiting, then please contact Sheila Armistead on 01403 700319 or Rachel Boxall on 01403 700138. Your contribution would be most welcomed.


Balloon Club of Wisborough Green
Every year Brian Smith and his team organise a fly out from Wisborough Green over the second weekend of September. Up to twenty five balloons take off from the Village Green and neighbouring fields, each one carrying a passenger who has donated £90 to CHASE. All of the donation goes to the charity; no expenses or costs are deducted. The balloonists give their time and costs free of charge and each one provides space in the basket.
A spectacle not to be missed for passengers and spectators alike. If you would like more information or would like to book a space in a basket for 2009, please call Brian Smith on 01403 700346 or email.

Click here for pictures of past event ....

2011 details and booking information here ...

Bell Ringers
There are more than 40,000 bell ringers in the UK who come from all walks of life, but share a fascinating hobby and a commitment to their team. Initial teaching takes place on a one to one basis and most learners will be ready to ring with a band in a few weeks. The skill lies in being able to control a bell that rotates full circle using a rope attached to the wheel.
Bells are rung for church services, weddings, special occasions and for pleasure.

Wisborough Green Church has 6 bells, the largest (tenor bell) weighing 12 cwt, 2qrts, 12 lbs.
Practice is on a Tuesday, beginning at 8.00 pm, at either Wisborough Green or Rudgwick, with Sunday service ringing in Wisborough Green at 10.00 am.
We are always open to new ringers! For further information please telephone Robin Miles, on 823361, or Jamie Daniel on 752846.

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Church Choir
Our church has a small but balanced choir with thirteen regular singers of all ages from fourteen years old to infinity!
We meet weekly in the church on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm for choir practice; the rehearsal lasts for up to 1½ hours.
The choir leads the singing at two regular services each month – the first and third Sundays for Sung Eucharist at 10:30 am and throughout the year, especially at Easter and Christmas, there are extra services, and for these we invite others to join us.
Our repertoire includes music composed over five centuries and we like to challenge ourselves by singing new and unpublished music. We often sing at weddings and, from time to time, we join in the production of larger choral works performed in the church. We also enjoy occasional social events.
We would like to increase the membership of the regular choir, so, if you enjoy singing, even only a little bit, and want to hear more about us, please contact
Malcolm Brinson on 01730 816101.
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Church Flowers
Undertaken by an enthusiastic and talented team of flower arrangers, the church is decorated on a regular basis and for 'special' occasions. They would also be delighted to decorate the church for your wedding. If you enjoy being creative with flowers and would like to join the team or would like further information about wedding decoration, please contact Maggie Edwards on 01403 700944.

Church Music Group
Our church has a mixed ability Music Group with a current active pool of 12 players (Wind and Strings). The Music Group leads the music at one regular service each month on the fourth Sundays at the “All Age Eucharist” at 10:30 am. This is preceded by a short rehearsal. We also take part in other Musical Evenings as required. We accompany the Hymns during the service and play an instrumental item at the end of the service. The required music is arranged to suit the players available each month. For further information please contact David Warwick on 700262

Fete Society
The organisation of the traditional village fete held on August Bank Holiday Monday passed from the Wisborough Green Sideshows Society to the new organisation, the Wisborough Green Fete Society, in March 2008. The aim of the Society is to ensure the continuance of a traditional event and to offer financial support to local charities and good causes.

The Society is made up of a core group of people who organise the event but we also reply upon the many supporters who kindly help man activities on the day.

We welcome any offer of help, so if you would like to become more involved, either as an organiser or on the day, then please call Louise Davies on 700689.


Footpath Group
At the 2003 Parish Exhibition, footpath issues featured prominently and one of the subsequent conclusions in the Parish Action Plan was the setting up of a Footpaths Group.

History of the Group

For more information and links to useful websites for walkers in Sussex.


History Group
The History Group grew out of the Wisborough Green Trust, an organisation that has been fairly dormant since the nineties. Its aim is to record and publish village history.
The group is very informal. It meets monthly to discuss items of interest brought along by the members, be they artefacts or researched information and to review individual projects. The discussions result in updating of the history reports that have been compiled over the last few years. The meetings seem quite anarchic; sometimes this is essential as the right stimulus often triggers-off the recall of long forgotten memories.

We are always pleased to welcome new members to our group, but we would be particularly interested in hearing from those with research and computer skills. In addition, we are always keen to hear from members of the public with stories to tell us or with photographs that they could lend us. For more information or if you have a story to tell please contact the Secretary, Sue Killingbeck, on 700704.

The History so far!


Horticultural Society
The Wisborough Green Horticultural Society (WGHS) started in its present form in 1951, and immediately started hosting talks and competitive shows, as it does today. The Society's aims have always been to encourage horticulture within the community, and to this end the main activities are monthly speakers during the winter months, competitive shows, an annual garden visit and plant sale.

At present WGHS has about 250 members. New members are very welcome, the present subscription being £7.00 for single or £12.00 for a couple. As well as reduced price entry to talks, and free entry to shows, members attending the meetings tap into an immense store of local gardening knowledge. For membership please get in touch with: Mrs Alison Midwinter, Fernlea, Kirdford Road, Wisborough Green, RH14 0DD or call 01403 700402 or email.

Further information about the Society and Events

Latest Monthly News
Programme of Events, Show Schedule and Latest Newsletter
The Committee
Photographs of Past Events
Show Winners

Lawnmower Racing
The British Lawn Mower Racing Association (BLMRA) was founded in 1973 at the Cricketers Arms in Wisborough Green. The man behind the sport was Jim Gavin, an Irishman who had raced and rallied cars across the world. Having become disillusioned with the increasing costs of motor sport, he got together with a group of locals to create a cheap form of motor sport easily accessible to all. Further information available from the BLMRA website.

The annual 12 hour race is held overnight each summer. For date and time information, please refer to the above website.


Sideshows Society

The Wisborough Green Sideshows tradition began in 1948 when a number of villagers came together, led by Jack Colledge, to organise a race day on the village green. The young and the not so young were encouraged to compete for prize money raised from the proceeds of a small number of Sideshows. This was the start of the famous Wisborough Green Fete held each year on August Bank Holiday Monday.

As the fete increased in popularity then so to did the profit and the committee decided to use the surplus money to pay for a Christmas Party for the Senior Citizens of the village.

The Wisborough Green Fete has now become an extremely popular event attracting in excess of 5000 people to the village. In effect this created a mammoth task for the small committee to manage and in 2008 a new committee called the Wisborough Green Fete Society was formed to take over and run the fete.

In the early fifties the village was not as affluent as it is today and a free Christmas Party was a delight for many. The Wisborough Green Sideshows Society - Senior Citizens Christmas Party has now become somewhat of a village tradition and most pensioners of the village see this as the start of the Christmas season. Up to 120 people sit down in the village hall to a full Christmas dinner with wine and entertainment. The Wisborough Green Sideshows Society proposes to continue to host this party each December so if you are or you know anyone who is;

· Of normal retirement age.
· Has actually retired from full time employment.
· Lives in the parish of Wisborough Green.
· Wants to have a good time with people of their own age.

Then call 01403 700495 for further details.

Spitfire Simulator Club
Why not join the Spitfire Simulator Club? The prime purpose of our simulator project is to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund and to that end, the simulator flights are normally charged for. However, with the Simulator Club, members make a small donation to the RAFBF of £5 per year and their name goes into a hat for a draw every month; the winner gets a flight for free. To join the group, contact Brian Smith on 01403 700346 or email Brian.

Alternatively, why not FLY A SPIT 4 ANY SPECIAL OCCASION ! An unusual and ideal gift.
Don't miss a fantastic chance to fly our fullscale working replica of the iconic Spitfire. Our flight simulator uses the latest technology giving you amazing realism for your flight. The price is £30 per person. To secure a booking or to purchase a gift voucher, telephone Brian on 01403 700345 or email. More information here and here.

St Peter's Luncheon Club

St Peter’s Luncheon Club meets six times a year, on a Thursday, in the Wisborough Green Village Hall and is open to anyone who lives in the village or who worships at St Peter's. A two-course lunch, accompanied by a glass of wine, costs 5.00, payable at the door. Members are reminded by telephone a week or so before the event.  If you would like to become a member, please ring Hilary Edmonds on 700623. 

The dates are as follows:

2017
19 January
16 February
18 May
20 July
21 September
16 November


Table Tennis Club
Table Tennis is held every Wednesday at the Village Hall from 4 to 6pm. All grades of players welcome- beginners to olympic standard(!). £2 per session. For further information please contact Philip Midwinter on 01403 700402.


Wildlife Observation

An informal record of the wildlife observed in and around the village is kept by
Mr Peter Edmonds, who occasionally publishes articles in the Parish Magazine to give details of any interesting sightings. If you have any information that you feel would be of interest, please telephone Peter on 01403 700623.


West Sussex Beekeepers Association - Wisborough Green Division

A progressive and friendly group who encourage all those who have an interest in honeybees and hive products, whether they are beekeepers or not. The group also have a class of membership for those who don't own bees, but would like to go to meetings and receive a monthly newsletter.
Beekeeping has a reputation of being for "older" people, but the group are proud of the fact that the vast majority of newer members are younger people with young families, showing that beekeeping can be a family hobby. For further information visit The West Sussex Association's website and click on the division link to Wisborough Green. Alternatively, call the Secretary, Mrs Sue Cooper, on 01798 874061.

Wisborough Green Masonic Lodge
Wisborough Green Lodge has been meeting in the Village Hall for 42 years. If you are interested in Freemasonry in general, or our Lodge in particular, please feel free to contact the Lodge Secretary, Adrian Gorman, on 020 7870 8359 or email.

Wizzy Tots , Wisborough Green's Baby & Toddler Group
At Wizzy lots of fun is had by the children and even the adults! Come along to the Village Hall from 9.30 am until 11.30 every Tuesday during term time. If you would like to find out some more about Wizzy Tots, please call Tory on 01403 700809 or Marion on 01403 700339, or why don't you speak to some of the Mums who meet up at Xpresso in St Peter's beforehand!

A St Peter ad Vincula Church and Community Initiative.

Women’s Institute
Join the WI for fun, friendship, entertainment and learning. The opportunities are boundless and any activity of interest to members can be pursued within the county or nationally. Besides the monthly programme, we go on theatre trips, skittles, darts, scrabble, barbeques and competitions. Meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of each month in the Committee Room at the Village Hall at 8.00 pm but do look at the programme for further information or call

Dottie Smith 01403 753042
Sue Nicholls 01403 700827
Mary Benson (President) 01403 700284

Programme of Events and Meeting Reports