Scaynes Hill WI scoop craft awards

Talented members of Scaynes Hill WI are becoming the ones to watch at the annual South of England Show competition.


The women regularly return home with awards in the arts, crafts, story writing and cookery classes, which attract entries from groups from across Sussex, but this year they excelled themselves with one of the most successful shows yet!

The group was one of only two WIs to enter all 13 classes and members picked up awards in almost every one, collecting three firsts, three seconds and one third prize rosette, alongside a Highly Commended and a Commended certificate. Scaynes Hill also won the Visitors’ Choice in the painting.

First prizes were awarded for a hand embroidered sampler in the ‘Sew Beautiful’ class, a crochet bedspread in the ‘Cottoned On’ category and an exhibit entitled ‘My WI’ which six members had put together. The exhibit featured a slice of Victoria sponge, flower arrangement, cloth napkin and a knitted tea cosy depicting a WI member!

Second prizes went to ‘Summer Sensation’, a flower arrangement featuring natural plant materials, ‘1919: A Woman’s Story’, a story and illustration based on a woman’s experience at the end of the first world war, and ‘A Summer Picnic’, a hand knitted seasonal scene, which included a knitted bicycle, picnic basket, cricket bat and ball!

The scene was made by three main members with contributions from a further 12. The third prize rosette was proudly pinned on to Scaynes Hill WI’s very own life sized scarecrow made from recycled materials, including drinks cans and a kilt made from sewn together crisp packets, in a class entitled ‘If I only had a brain’.

Scaynes Hill’s entries were also appreciated by the visiting public who voted their painting, bedspread, knitted scene and ‘My WI’ cooperative best in class and their knitted scene overall ‘Best in Show’.

Susan Lodge, who co-ordinated the Scaynes Hill entries, said: “I am so very proud of all our members who took part. We may be a relatively small WI but we certainly pack a punch when it comes to craft!”

Lindfield Village Run - booking now open


Lindfield Village Run – this year sponsored again by Lindfield businesses: Potential Personal Training and Six Physio – is open for bookings now, via the website.

The traditional cross country run takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May - and starts, as ever, from Hickmans Lane Playing Fields.

The run is organised by a team of volunteers on behalf of registered charity King Edward Hall. New this year will be a special award for the family of runners with the fastest average time - to encourage family group entrants.

The event features two routes - a 5k and 10k - with pre-booked runners needing to check in at 8.30am on the day. You can find more information about the event and book online at: www.kingedwardhall.org.uk

Countdown for Lindfield Arts Festival 2019

By Ayesha Gilani


Happy New Year from Team #LAF 2019. The countdown continues as we work towards the tenth anniversary of Lindfield Arts Festival. This September we are devoting a whole week to creative festivities.

From Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd September 2019 we hope to sizzle your senses with some of the best talent our village has to offer in the name of art and performance. To help make our tenth birthday the best it can be we are inviting local artists, musicians, writers, performers and workshop leaders to register and join in the festival fun. Applications for the festival and LAF Bursary will be open, via our website www.2019.lindfieldartsfestival.com, on 1st January 2019.

Monday 16th - Sunday 22nd September 2019

In the meantime, you can help keep our festival vibe alive whilst doing your weekly shop. Lindfield Arts Festival has been chosen as one of the Co-op’s local community charities for 2019. Every time you bag yourself some of the Co-op’s selected own brand goodies LAF (a registered charity) will reap the rewards. Make sure you take your Co-op Membership Card with you.

Lindfield Life copy dates 2019

October 2019
Copy date: Tues 10th Sept
Distribution: Tues 24th Sept

November 2019
Copy date: Tues 8th Oct
Distribution: Tues 22nd Oct

December 2019
Copy date: Tues 12th Nov
Distribution: Tues 26th Nov

January 2020
Copy date: Tues 10th Dec
Distribution: Fri 27th Dec

February 2020
Copy date: Tues 7th Jan 2020
Distribution: Tues 21st Jan 2020


Lindfield Life is a community magazine, that is printed every month and distributed to all the homes in Lindfield, Walstead and Scaynes Hill via a professional team of delivery agents. 

In order to help you plan sending in content or advertisement artwork to us, we have listed below all the key dates that you need to know for 2019. 

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