Clubs and Interests
There’s a lot going on!
West Sussex Beekeepers
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 on 07761 349281 or 01403 752493 or email.
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 Mrs Val Mourilyan on 01403 700089.
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Our repertoire includes music composed over five centuries and we like to challenge ourselves by singing new and unpublished music.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 John Vinall on 01403 782006.
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 John Vinall on 01403 782006.
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 701102.
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.
Meeting in the Village Hall on the second Tuesday of every month at 10.30 am. New members warmly invited.
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.
For more information, please visit the Horticultural Society’s website which also provides membership details and more information about the Society.
Lawn Mower 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 motorsport, he got together with a group of locals to create a cheap form of motorsport 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.
For more information do call Pete Hammerton on 01403 784678.
St Peter's Luncheon Club
St Peter’s Luncheon Club meets six times a year, on a Wednesday, 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 £7.50, 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 Val Mourilyan on 01403 700089.
WG Masonic Lodge
Wisborough Green Lodge has been meeting in the Village Hall for over 45 years. If you are interested in Freemasonry in general, or our Lodge in particular, please feel free to contact the Lodge Secretary, Adrian Boyd, on 07714 664957 or email.
Short Mat Bowls
Held on a Monday and Wednesday in the Village Hall.
Click here for more information.
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 full scale 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 700346 or email. More information here and here.
Table Tennis Club
Table Tennis is held every Wednesday at the Village Hall from 4 to 6 pm. All grades of players welcome- beginners to Olympic standard(!). £2 per session. For further information please contact Philip Midwinter on 01798 815541 or 07977596209
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
Sue Nicholls 01403 700827
Mary Benson (President) 01403 700284
The North East Parishes provide homes for a wonderful mix of habitats and species but they are under pressure. The local community needs to know what lives here so that they can assist in looking after the place and its inhabitants.
The Parishes Wildlife Project aims to help people find out more and thus identify the areas in need of special attention. Finding out more about our wildlife helps to build up a detailed picture of the natural environment and what’s needed to safeguard it. Some places provide places for rare species such as Barbastelle and Bechstein bats and, others could form a network of habitats managed for their wildlife value such as the ancient woodlands which represent the least disturbed part of England.
- Finding out about and recording local wildlife
- Attending meetings in April, June + August to look for dormice, at wetlands and for bats and moths
- Going on training courses in i-Record; in Water Condition assessment and mapping local habitats
Mike King, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Voluntary Warden Northup Copse, Kirdford Road Tel: 07949 909351
Jill Sutcliffe, Chair KKWG Tel: 01403 700395
Wizzy Tots, Baby & Toddler Group
At Wizzy lots of fun is had by the children and even the adults! Come along to St Peter’s Church from 10.00 am until 11.30 every Thursday during term time. If you would like to find out some more about Wizzy Tots, please call Marion on 01403 700339 or Henrietta on 01403 700262.
A St Peter ad Vincula Church and Community Initiative.