Ardingly Films – Thursday 30th November 2017 – Hapstead Hall

Ardingly Films presents ‘My Cousin Rachel’ on Thursday, 30th November 2017 – doors open at 7pm, with film commencing at 7.30pm.  Tickets in advance £6 from Fellows Bakery and Ardingly Post Office.  Refreshments available on the evening.

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Temporary Footpath Closure – 3AR & 71Ba Ardingly

Please note that Ardingly Public Footpath No’s 3Ar and 7_1BA as shown on the map here  (from the Millennium Seed Bank through Horsbridge Wood and past The Oaks) will be subject to a temporary closure from the 23rd October 2017 for a period of 21 days in order to carry out repair work to an unsafe footbridge.

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Sussex Wildlife Trust – Nature Tots

Ardingly Nature Tots – Tuesday (31 October – 21 November 2017)  10:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Standgrove Woods, opposite Ardingly College, College Road, RH17 6SQ.  Suitable for 3 – 5 year olds with accompanying adults.

Bring your little ones along to help them explore the natural world. This month we’ll be making magic wands and mud potions, going bonkers with conkers, hunting for treasure and finding all about a little man made of sticks!  Each week will have a different theme which will always be based in a special forest school site. Children will learn to become confident in the woodland setting, learn basic woodcraft skills, explore their natural surroundings, including storytelling, singing and lots of woodland activities. It’ll provide a great opportunity for you and your little ones to have fun in the natural environment and will aim to encourage an early interest in wildlife.

Booking is essential via the link

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Ardingly Traffic Calming Scheme Update

You may have seen from signs around the village, road works will be starting w/c 25th September. We are delighted to say that this is the continuation of the first phase of our traffic calming work.

As you will already have seen, the Parish Council acquired 2 mobile speed indicators which have been in use around the village for some weeks already. We also handed out 30mph/40mph stickers for people with bins on the through roads.

Next week, West Sussex Highways start the main body of the phase one work. When this is finished we will have;

- A new 40mph buffer zone on the Lindfield Road to the south of the village
- White gateways with the speed limit and village name signs at 4 entry points to the village centre
- Speed limit indicators on the road surface
- A short stretch of bollards at one part of the high street to prevent vehicles using a particularly thin bit of paving
- Additional dropped kerbs and tactile paving at either end of the high street to provide a relatively safe place for pedestrians to cross the road

You may have seen the plans prior to WSCC Highways technical evaluation and review, so there are some small differences. The village name signs with the speed limit are now yellow to adhere to highways guidance. You will see these in a few different villages (Ansty, Scaynes Hill and Chailey) where the village name is combined with a speed limit change. The white only signs with a village logo are separate from the speed limit change.  The full plans can be viewed under the Traffic Committee section on this website.

We hope you are as pleased as us to see this progress. A lot of hard work has gone in to this from both councillors and residents over the last few years but hopefully this is just the start. When the measures we are putting in place start to have an impact we should be able to do even more.

To that end, we can now can start looking at the next phase! If you have suggestions for what we should do next then get in touch! Email me and the council clerk with any ideas and we will collate the ideas for consideration – and

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Ardingly Safer Streets Scarecrow Festival

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 Ardingly Scarecrow Festival!  It was wonderful to see so many people support the Ardingly Safer Streets initiative and so many scarecrows appear around the village. With 61 scarecrows in total, this was a fantastic turn out for our first Scarecrow Festival!  Ardingly residents Esther Clutton, Sophie Koziarski and Tamara Nelson organised the festival as part of the Safer Streets in Ardingly campaign. As parents of young children, they set up the campaign to raise awareness of the problem of speeding traffic in the village. The goal of the Scarecrow Festival was to bring together the community in a positive way to demonstrate the need for measures to be taken to slow down the traffic. The campaign hopes to build on and work alongside the project already underway by the Parish Council and the Traffic Committee, which has recently seen the installation of Speed Indicator Devices, as well as the other Phase 1 measures which are due to be implemented within the next year. In addition to scarecrows, local children have drawn posters encouraging drivers to slow down, which have also been positioned around the village. Thanks to all those that supported this event and to Hanson Aggregates who sponsored the hi-vis tabards displaying a large 30mph sign printed on the reverse, these tabards send out a clear message to the traffic passing through the village, and we are really pleased to see these being worn by parents and children on their way to and from school.

Scarecrows helping slowing down the traffic through the village

Scarecrows helping slowing down the traffic through the village

Plans are already underway for the 2018 Scarecrow Festival so start planning your scarecrow design now!

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Discount Travel Information

Please note that Metrobus have introduced a new 25% Student Discount that replaces the Student 3in1 scheme that is now ending.  25% of the adult bus fare for Crawley Metrorider period tickets – Horsham Metrorider period tickets – Metrovoyager period tickets only when purchased on the key smartcard.  For further details contact 01293 449191 or go to the Metrobus website or see the attached Metro Bus Poster

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