Cuckfield prepares to remember - 1918-2018

By Kate Fleming


It will be 100 years on 11th November this year since the end of World War I. The Great War, and also known, wrongly with hindsight, as the War To End All Wars. This horrific bloodbath took the precious young lives of more than nine million soldiers while a further 21 million were wounded.

Cuckfield at that time had a population of around 2,000. Of the 462 men went to the war, 81 never returned.

We will remember them here in Cuckfield at all times, but especially on the century weekend in November.

Plans are already underway for memorial activities. Our beautiful churches, Holy Trinity and the Baptist Church, will provide ideal venues for a community concert and performances by our local thespians. 

There is even a special anthem being written by two gifted members of our community in preparation to commemorate this anniversary.

The well documented Christmas Eve football match between ‘the enemies’ might well be re-enacted, and a tea dance set up in the Queen’s Hall, inviting couples to waltz and foxtrot, tango and one-step to dance music of the time, then glide gracefully to feast on always fashionable tea and cake.

Watch out for a trail of photographs of First World War soldiers around the village and the lit portraits that will be on display in the heart of the High Street.

It could be your house that hosts one of these memories, as history, carefully stored in Cuckfield Museum, reveals past lives of both men and women from the village who contributed significantly to the war effort.

As darkness falls on Sunday 11th November, the village will join the rest of the country by lighting our beacon to commemorate the end of this war a century ago and remember those who sacrificed their lives for us in this brutal conflict.

Your help and support is still much needed.
• Have you any ideas of ways in which to remember?
• Would you be prepared to join the organising party?
• Did you have a relation who was involved in the war?
• Would you like to share your family history and remember with pride the way in which those past relatives were both sung and unsung heroes?

All contributions, ideas, and support gratefully received. Just email Alyona on: cuckfieldremembers

Green Tree Gallery's 10th birthday!

 Green Tree Gallery support Chestnut Tree House

The Green Tree Gallery, run by Jill Housby and Cuckfield resident Samantha Phillips, has just launched a new spring exhibition supporting Sussex children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House. In order to raise awareness of the charity’s work in Mid Sussex, the exhibition is titled ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’ and was recently opened by local MP Sir Nicholas Soames.

The exhibition is the focal point of the gallery’s year-long support of the charity and is a fitting way to celebrate the gallery’s 10th birthday. Jayne Todd, community fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House, said: “It is really exciting working with Sam and Jill throughout this year, as we also celebrate our 15th birthday in 2018.”

‘Through the Eyes of a Child’ runs until Saturday 12th May at The Green Tree Gallery – open Tuesday-Saturday, see for opening times or call 01444 456560 for more information.

Bolnore Cub Scouts - box kart race coming up

 Bolnore Scouts in their box kart

Bolnore Scouts in their box kart

Bolnore Cub Pack will host a new event in the box kart circuit on Saturday 28th April. The West Sussex Masters (open) is a box kart race open to cub packs in the area. 

The race is limited to the first 16 Packs that apply, and the race will take place on a figure-of-eight track. 

The venue is Warden Park Academy in Cuckfield, and the event is sponsored by The Haywards Heath Lions and Dragon Events Services.

To enter please contact Loz Blay at boxkart@ or download an entry form from the group's website.

What is a box cart?

A typical soap-box cart is made of a wooden chassis and has four wheels, arranged as a fixed rear axle and a steerable front beam axle – usually with a very simple single central pivot. A seat is arranged at the back, and perhaps the seat area is enclosed, as in the original soap-box design. More sophisticated designs might employ a fully enclosed wooden body. The types of wheels employed vary according to what can be obtained easily – wheels from pushchairs, prams and discarded bicycles being common. Ready-made wheels are also available from hardware suppliers. Steering is typically actuated using a rope connected to the ends of the steerable beam.