Here is a brief description of the societies currently active in the village.
Slindon Allotment Society
Since 2010, the allotments have been worked and planted, harvested and re-sown. Situated in the heart of the village on a piece of land rented from the National Trust, the hard working allotmenteers are maintaining the space and producing plenty of fresh and organic fruit and veg.
Society secretary is Mary Ayling. Tel: 814619
Slindon, Eartham and Madehurst Horticultural Society
The Society, established in 1995, serves primarily the three villages, and promotes interest and education in horticulture and the countryside. This is achieved through a programme of monthly meetings. In winter this involves invited speakers or events. In the summer outings are made, usually on a private basis, to a range of significant gardens in south-east England.
The patron of the society is the famous garden designer and writer, John Brookes MBE, of Denman’s Gardens. It is run by an elected Committee and issues a Quarterly Newsletter to its members. New members are most welcome. The current annual fee is £8.
Details of the Society’s meetings, outings and events are listed in the Newsletter, the Events Column of the Parish Magazine, and the individual report from the Society that appears in each monthly issue. Meetings are also listed in the Village Diary.
Further information: Niki Adamson (Chairman): 814222 firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest version of the Quarterly Newsletter is available to view here: (download)
The Afternoon Group
The Afternoon Group meet at 2.30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Formerly known as SLAG (Slindon Ladies Afternoon Group) the change of name shows a shift in emphasis as we welcome both men and women to our meetings. A speaker, questions, conversation, and a chance to recharge friendships plus a really great afternoon tea! Various venues within the village.
Details of the Group meetings appear in the Parish Magazine, and on the website’s Village Diary.
Contacts: Jan Diamond: 814560 email@example.com and Mary Moor: 814227 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slindon History Group
The History Group is an informal group of individuals interested in the history of the village and its families. It holds photographic and many other records and items of historical interest, many of which were shown at the first very successful History Open Day in March 2006. The Open Day generated tremendous interest from both present and past families, with much material and documents being consequently produced. Many photographs and documents are available for viewing by arrangement with the contacts listed. Further Open Days are to be mounted in the future and will be widely publicised. The Group remains anxious to secure a permanent home for its scattered archives so that a comprehensive inventory can be made and enabling appropriate public access and display.
Further information: Robin Upton 814694
Slindon Music Circle
The Music Circle is an informal group of residents who meet in various member’s houses on the third Tuesday of each month (except August) to listen to and discuss largely classical music CDs and DVDs from 8pm to 10pm. It was founded in February 1981, and has currently enjoyed over 360 meetings.
Each piece is written into a set of black books, alphabetically by composer. We try to include new composers and new pieces in each program, among well known works. Attendance is completely free. Coffee and biscuits are served at half-time, except near Christmas when wine and mince pies are permitted!
Contact: Colin Loveless: 814356
Slindon Pudding Club
The Slindon Pudding Club was formed in 1972. Its two principal purposes are to support (where possible and appropriate):
- Any member of the community should the need arise
- Any village initiatives that seek to add to the quality of village life
To fund our endeavours we run an annual programme of social events. These include The Bi-annual Auction at The Spur, the scarecrow competition, the Countryside Quiz and a cycle of other social occasions. The club is made up of twelve members of the village.
Typical areas of support have included:
- Specific development projects in the two schools.
- A hearing loop system in St Mary’s Church.
- Play and safety features for the sports field and children’s play areas.
- The Millennium Village Cricket sign.
- A number of benches and commemorative trees.
- Sponsoring young members of the community providing service.
- Sponsoring ‘A Resident’s Quick Guide to Slindon’.
- Transport to village events for those who find it difficult to make their own way there.
This year’s officers are:
Kevin Francis (Chairman) 814339
Nigel Dutton (Secretary) 814286
Steve Shepperd (Treasurer) 814165
Details of the Pudding Club programme of fundraising social events appear in the Parish Magazine and in the Village Diary.
Formed in 1990, this is an Association comprising the three Slindon Sports Clubs:-
It was agreed with the Parish Council to lease the Recreation Ground and Pavilion in Mill Road. The Pavilion was then rebuilt and the Association has since maintained the building and grounds using voluntary labour and by raising funds at events such as Bank Holiday Fetes, Race Nights, Quiz Nights etc.
The Pavilion and grounds are also available for hire (sporting events permitting). This is popular for children’s parties, band practice, cycle clubs and other sporting occasions. The Sports Wall gives practice for younger sports enthusiasts.
Steve Chilver 814560 or Paul Tilbury 814206
For those who are not familiar with it, Stoolball is an old Sussex game from which both the English game of Rounders and the American game of Baseball are believed to have been derived.
Finally, if you are interested in the Rotary Club the nearest branch is in Arundel.