MID-SUSSEX CALEDONIAN SOCIETY Editor: Gordon Russell firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Walk & Scottish Tea
Sunday, 15th May 2011
Gladys Bevan Hall, Upper Beeding
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 roundaboutat the end of the bypassbetween 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.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
AGM / Wine and Cheese Party
Friday, 10th June 2011
Haywards Heath Town Hall
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.