Editor: John Dudley         newsletter@midsussexcaledoniansociety.org.uk

NEWSLETTER March 2012  




Family Walk & Scottish Tea

Sunday 13th May 2012

Chelwood Gate Village Hall

RH17 7LG

OS coordinates  TQ 419 296

2.15pm for a 2.30pm start

This year we are venturing into new territory for a walk in Ashdown Forest.  It is an easy walk of about 4 miles starting from Chelwood Gate Village Hall and following tracks across the heathland to the old airstrip, then through part of Chelwood Vachery Forest Garden and back to the hall for tea.

You will be pleased to know that there are no stiles and no roads to cross, but the terrain is not suitable for pushchairs. Dogs are welcome.

Directions to Chelwood Gate Village Hall:

Chelwood Gate is on the A275, about 1.5 miles north of Danehill and about a mile south of the junction with the A22.  From the A275 in Chelwood Gate take the road signposted to Nutley (Beaconsfield Road). The Village Hall is on the left hand side

about half a mile down this road.  There is a telephone box on the left hand side, and the car park entrance (private car park for Village Hall users) is immediately before the telephone box.

The cost for the afternoon will be £2.50 per adult plus a plate of food for the tea. Children under 5 years are free.

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.

So that we know how many tables we need to set up, please complete and return the attached form by post (address on the form) or e-mail it as an attachment to the editor at newsletter@midsussexcaledoniansociety.org.uk by Thursday 10th May. No accompanying cheque will be required since payment will be at the door.     


AGM / Wine and Cheese Party

Friday 15th June 2012

Haywards Heath Town Hall

Boltro Road

Haywards Heath

7.45pm for 8.00pm

More details in the next newsletter


Golf Day / Summer Garden Party

Friday 29th June 2012

Hollingbury Park Golf Club,

Ditchling Road, Brighton


The annual golf competition for the Mid Sussex Caledonian Society Trophies will be held this year at Hollingbury Park Golf Club on the afternoon of Friday 29th June.

It is an established 18-hole downland course overlooking Brighton, and was apparently used in the (distant) past as a qualifying course for The Open.

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 £24.00 (including lunch).


Directions to Hollingbury Park  Golf Course:

From the A23 take the A27 eastbound towards Lewes.  Leave the A27 at the first exit (Hollingbury Ind Est)  and go straight over the roundabout at the end of the slip road (Coldean Lane). Go up the hill and take the first turn on the right. (This is Ditchling Road, but it goes away from Ditchling). Drive 1.3 miles south along Ditchling Road, then take the first left to the Golf Club.

From Ditchling head due south from the crossroads in the centre of the village, then bear left into Beacon Road towards Ditchling Beacon. Go up over the Beacon and continue along the Downs until the T junction with Coldean Lane. Turn left up Coldean Lane, then immediately right along Ditchling Road.  Drive 1.3 miles south along Ditchling Road, then take the first left to the Golf Club.


Summer Garden Party

Friday 29th June 2012


This year the Summer Garden Party will be held at the home of Helen Firmin. Further details and the booking form will follow in the May Newsletter.




Members’ Evening/Ceilidh

Old School Hall, Cuckfield

Saturday 10th March  2012


26 members and guests met at the Old School Hall for the Ceilidh.  The evening consisted of contributions from a number of members interspersed with some simple Ceilidh dances. Particular thanks are due to our pipers, David Anderson and Michael Bates, and to those courageous enough to provide a turn, in particular David Davidson, Gordon Russell, David Anderson and Leslie Davidson.


The evening was ably compered by our chairman Carol Blake who, accompanied by

Julian, also provided an amusing abbreviated version of the story of Snow White.

Thanks are due to the Committee members who made the delicious selection of cakes.




Visit to Camelia Botnar Gardens

Wednesday 11th July 2012

We are planning a visit to Camelia Botnar Homes and Gardens in July. This will include a tour of the Gardens plus a talk on the work of the Camelia Botnar Foundation followed by a visit to their tea rooms.

There is no charge for the visit (you just pay for your own tea!), but donations are welcome.

Further details in the next newsletter.


St Andrew’s Night Celebration

Friday 23rd November 2012


Please note that this will be held a week early this year as the Wivelsfield Village Hall is unavailable on St Andrew’s Night.


Burns’ Night Celebration

Saturday 26th January 2013

Sofitel Hotel, North Terminal, Gatwick


Scottish Country Dances

For those interested in Scottish Country Dancing, the next dance in our area is as follows:

Horsham Scottish Country Dancing Club

Saturday 19th  May 2012     7.00pm

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

£5.00 plus a plate of finger food.            (£1.50 for non dancers)




In line with the rules of the Society some committee members will be standing down at the AGM in June.  We urgently need a new secretary to replace Laura who has moved to Eastbourne, but nominations will also be welcome for the posts of Vice President and Treasurer as well as general committee members.  These tasks are not unduly onerous as the workload is spread across the whole committee, so if you feel you can help please get in touch with Carol Blake or send an email to president@midsussexcaledoniansociety.org.uk

The Society can only continue successfully if sufficient members are willing to take on such tasks.



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