Bolnore Summer Fete 2019 - round-up

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By Gemma Coombes

Saturday 13th July saw the annual Bolnore Village Fete return to the Woodside on the Tim Farmer Recreation Ground. Work started early with all the preparations, and by noon all was ready for Mayor of Haywards Heath and Bolnore resident, Alastair McPherson, to open the event.

First up in the arena was BPM Dance Academy, who showcased their competition-winning Street Dance routines, as solos, pairs and crews – setting a high tempo at the fete right from the off. Next, keeping the energy levels up was Bounce and Burn who showed off their fitness and stamina, working out to music on mini trampolines. Sussex Supremes showed the crowd their baton twirling skills in between the various rounds of the Dog Show, expertly run by Mewes Vets, enabling the competitors to show off their furry best friends. Meanwhile, over on the netball courts, Woodside Netball team showed their skills with a series of hard fought exhibition matches.

[Read the full story in the August 2019 issue of Cuckfield Life magazine]

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Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2019

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With spring bursting into life and the evenings getting lighter, it’s such a wonderful time of year to get back into running condition, especially with Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend around the corner.

Recently featured by Runner’s World in ‘21 amazing UK marathons that aren’t in London’, the event has proved successful each year, with over 1,400 people running in 2018. There are changes afoot this year with new routes for both the East Grinstead and Haywards Heath 10 Mile races. Event Director Simon Adby explains: “The East Grinstead route has been changed slightly to improve the runner experience. The Network Rail works taking place in Ashenground Woods have resulted in a revised Haywards Heath route for this year. Fortunately finding alternative paths was straightforward, so regular participants will not notice much of a difference.”

Appealing to elite, club and first time runners the three-day event hosts nine events over the weekend, including the feature two ten mile races in both East Grinstead and Haywards Heath and the ten kilometre in Burgess Hill. All three combine to cover a total of 26.2 miles – the distance of a marathon. There will also be a family Fun Run and timed junior mile race on each day of the weekend, making it ideal for people of all ages and abilities to take part in.

Residents of Haywards Heath and Bolnore Village should note that on Sunday 5th May there will be a 20-minute (10:25-10:45am) road closure on South Road.

The route will take runners from Victoria Park via Ashenground and Bolnore Woods through Beech Hurst Gardens and into Bolnore Village. Traffic maybe stopped by marshals to let runners across roads, particularly where the footpath crosses Trubwick Avenue and Renfields. Car users are encouraged to leave plenty of time to allow for slight delays, which marshals will aim to minimise.

Event organisers are still looking for more volunteers over the weekend to assist with marshalling of the routes. If you are able to help out between 9am and 1pm on any day then please contact organisers via: www.midsussexmarathon.co.uk

Railway Path closure, off Bolnore

By Elaine Goodwin

The Railway Path (path 2 on the map shown) from the Bridleway to the Brooklands/Highbanks junction at Pierces Wood has been closed due to Network Rail drainage works. The works involve constructing a new drainage tunnel along the west side of the railway within the Ashenground Woods area, in order to stop the flooding of the track which occurs in heavy rainfall.

The main access route to the site is via Ashenground Bridge which will remain open during the works but for safety reasons will be temporarily closed to the public when deliveries arrive. Work is being carried out on site daily between the hours of 7am and 7pm. During the eight day railway line closure, between Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd February, the works will be carried out 24 hours a day.

As part of the works a number of trees have been removed on the South Railway Shaw (marked as 10 on the map). The trees will be replaced with saplings after works are completed in June 2019.

Contact Network Rail with any questions or concerns on their 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.