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.
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
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.
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
here for pictures of past event ....
2011 details and booking
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
of the Group
more information and links to useful websites for walkers in
History so far!
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
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.
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.
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
12 hour race is held overnight each summer. For date and time information,
please refer to the above website.
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
· Of normal
· 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.
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
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.
information here and here.
Peter's Luncheon Club
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:
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.
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
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
and click on the division link to Wisborough Green. Alternatively,
call the Secretary, Mrs Sue Cooper, on 01798 874061.
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
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
A St Peter ad Vincula
Church and Community Initiative.
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)
of Events and Meeting Reports