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AGM / Wine and Cheese Party

Friday 15th June 2012

Haywards Heath Town Hall

Boltro Road

Haywards Heath

7.45pm for 8.00pm


The AGM is fast approaching and, as usual, will provide an opportunity for Members to have a say in how the Society is run.  The President will comment on this current year’s events and the Hon. Treasurer will provide an update on how the Society is faring financially. A key item on the agenda is the election of the Committee for the coming year as, in line with the rules of the Society, some committee members will be standing down.  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 (01444 412125) 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.

After the business part of the AGM, there will be a chance to socialise and enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by a selection of  delicious cheeses.

There is no charge for attending but we will be holding a raffle to defray the costs of the hire of the hall and the wine and cheese.     

Please make an effort to attend as this is an enjoyable social event as well as being an opportunity to have your say in what we are doing.


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).

This event is open to members and guests.

Directions to Hollingbury Park:

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, although 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

7.00 pm for 7.30 pm

This year the Summer Garden Party will be held at the home of Helen Firmin.

Please bring your own drinks, unbreakable glasses, tables and chairs – cutlery and plates will be provided.

The cost of the evening will be £6.00 per person plus a large bowl of salad or a dessert, not forgetting to include appropriate serving spoons for your dish.

Golfers please note that you still need to complete the Summer Garden Party form if you are coming to the party.


Visit to Camelia Botnar Gardens

Wednesday 11th July 2012

2.30 pm (meet at the entrance)

Littleworth Lane (off A272),

Cowfold, West Sussex  RH13 8NA

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 encouraged.




At Home

Saturday 13th October 2012

Old School Hall, Cuckfield


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.


St Andrew’s Dance Practices

Sunday 4th November 2012

Sunday 11th November 2012

Old School Hall, Cuckfield


Burns’ Night Celebration

Saturday 26th January 2013

Sofitel Hotel, North Terminal, Gatwick


Burns’ Night Dance Practices

Sunday 13th January 2013

Sunday 20th January 2013

Old School Hall, Cuckfield




Family Walk and Scottish Tea

Sunday 13th May


After all the recent rain the sun finally emerged in time for our annual walk.  Starting from the village hall in Chelwood Gate our group of 20 proceeded north into Ashdown Forest, initially taking the  tracks through the heathland with excellent views back towards the South Downs.  We then turned east towards Vachery Wood and then down through bluebell woods to the tranquil Chelwood Vachery Forest Garden with its ponds and follies. We returned along a bridle path past the Chelwood Vachery Estate and back to the Village Hall for the usual excellent spread.  Many thanks to Laura, Diane and Jenny for producing a very welcoming cup of tea to go with the goodies.















Photos courtesy of Helen Firmin and Carol Blake

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