Editor: Gordon Russell         newsletter@midsussexcaledoniansociety.org.uk




Family Walk & Scottish Tea

Sunday, 15th May 2011

Gladys Bevan Hall, Upper Beeding

BN44 3HP

2.15pm for a 2.30pm start

The leader, for the second year running, is John Dudley. The walk starts from the Gladys Bevan Hall and heads south along the bank of the River Adur, then returns along the Downs Link long distance path and through the pretty village of Bramber.  It is about 3.6 miles in length.

Directions: For those without GPS and travelling southeast along the Steyning bypass from the A24 direction, at the roundabout at the end of the bypass between Steyning and Upper Beeding, take the second exit left into The Street. Watch the speed bumps/narrow!! Go over the river Adur bridge, past Saltings Way on your left, and take the next left up Church Lane. Bear left at the church, then, about 250 yards further on, Church Lane turns sharp left (don’t worry about the No Through Road sign). Gladys Bevan Hall is a further 200 yards at the end of this lane, right opposite the Priory. Coming from the Henfield direction, turn right at the roundabout after The Towers School into High Street. Pass New Road and Hyde Lane on your right and take the next right into Church Lane.

There are only one or two stiles but the terrain is not suitable for pushchairs.

Dogs are welcome but should be kept on a lead where there are farm animals about and on any roads.

The cost for the afternoon will be £2.50 per adult, children under 5 years free, and a plate of food for the tea.

Your usual contributions of savoury or sweet delights such as sandwiches, pancakes, scones, shortbread, cakes etc will be gratefully accepted at the hall before the walk begins. Please bring sufficient food for all your party.

If you do not want to walk but would like to come along for the social event, perhaps you would be willing to help lay out the tea in the hall.




AGM / Wine and Cheese Party

Friday, 10th June 2011

Haywards Heath Town Hall

Boltro Road

Haywards Heath



Badger Watching

Tuesday, 14th June 7.30pm

Loder Valley Reserve

(between the Ardingly Show Ground and Wakehurst Place)

For those of you who have not had the chance to go badger watching in the past or if you have and enjoyed it so much you would like to do it again, this is your golden opportunity. Lis Perrin has succeeded in bagging 10 adult places for MSCS Members on the above date and time. You will be guided from a central point to the hide which is approximately half a mile away. Stout walking shoes and warm clothing are recommended and the terrain can be slippery if wet. The cost per adult is £10.00.


Golf Day / Summer Garden Party

Friday, 24th June 2011

Rookwood Golf Course, Horsham

The annual golf competition for the Mid Sussex Caledonian Society Trophies will be held again at Rookwood Golf Course in Horsham on the afternoon of Friday 24th June. Rookwood is a par 72, well maintained course in good condition and with some interesting holes.

For further information, see: http://rookwoodgolfcourse.co.uk/index.lasso

Format, as before, will be individual Stableford with a Yellow Ball team competition. There will be individual prizes and a prize for the Yellow Ball competition. Members are welcome to bring guests. The event commences with a sandwich lunch at the Club at 12 noon. The first tee time will be 12.50pm.

Cost per player is £29.00 (including lunch).

A number of Members have already indicated their interest in playing in the competition. However, we need more golfers to join the competition to make it go with a swing(sorry!!). So, golfers, speak to your golfing partners and sign up for this glorious summer event by completing the attached form and returning it, together with your cheque made payable to MSCS to Ian Burt.

Directions to Rookwood Golf Course:

(from junction of A24 and A272)

Take A24 north. At the third roundabout, the Robin Hood roundabout (junction with B2237), exit left into Robin Hood Lane. After about 400 yards, turn sharp left. The Clubhouse is signed and is about 500 yards down the lane. Address of Club: Rookwood Golf Course, Robin Hood Lane, Warnham, Horsham,West Sussex RH12 3RR – tel. 01403 252123.


Summer Garden Party

Friday 24th June 2011

The Summer Garden Party will be held, as last year, at the home of our President. Further details and the booking form will follow in the May Newsletter.



Theatre Outing

The Hawth, Crawley

Monday 28th February 2011

Well!! What can I say. This was Gilbert and Sullivan as you’ve never seen or heard it before. We had comedy, a bit of camp, risqué moments and a dollop of pantomime all thrown in. It was an unforgettable performance that was very much enjoyed by the audience. The couple behind me never stopped giggling or laughing for most of the evening! Our 15 Members and one guest had a most entertaining evening. Fourteen of us dined at the Hawth before the performance and were pleasantly surprised by the standard of the food and the price. Once again, our grateful thanks to Irene and Denis for arranging this theatre trip.   


Members’ Evening

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

Saturday, March 12th 2011

John Withall, former park ranger, blue badge guide and lecturer, has given over 200 talks on the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place. In a most entertaining manner, John took us through the history and work of  this novel undertaking from the early days in 1973, through the present and  to the future. As part of the Royal Botanical Gardens, headquartered at Kew, the Seed Bank laboratory was set up in the chapel at Wakehurst Place. By 1994, it had taken over most of the mansion house! The aim of the Seed Bank was to collect and conserve UK flora, 10% of the world’s seed bearing flora by 2010, and 20% by 2020. John explained how the seeds are collected and managed once they arrive at the Seed Bank. To date, 98% of the UK flora has been collected – a great achievement. The new Seed Bank building opened in 2000. This was a must since the current aim is to collect and conserve high quality seed for 25% of the world’s flora. And it’s a costly undertaking. For the next 10 years, the Seed Bank will need £100 million to keep going, that’s a cost of £2200 per species! – a mammoth task.   



Nominations for President/ Vice President

You will have received a letter from our President, Mike Roberts, regarding the above. These positions within the Society are important. Although supported by other capable Committee Members, the Society needs a figurehead to take final decisions and ensure fair delegation of tasks. With Members often away, it is not always possible these days for the President to be available at all meetings. A Vice President is therefore helpful in supporting the President’s role acting on his/her behalf  during periods of absence. The present incumbents have also tried to split the tasks eg one making an introduction, the other giving a vote of thanks. Mike or Gordon would be happy to elaborate on their roles with any interested parties. The Society needs a new President to continue so please step up to the plate. This really is not such an onerous position, particularly if it’s shared.    


Scottish Country Dances

For those who would like to continue to trip the light fantastic, we still have the following dance to come in our area:

Horsham Scottish Country Dancing Club

21st May 2011     7.00pm

The Village Hall, Golding Lane, Mannings Heath RH13 6JU.

£4.00 or £1.50 for non dancers plus a plate of finger food.

Contact Lee & Chris Pratt 01403 269439. Tickets on the door.




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