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A closer look at Lindfield

PUBLISHED: 14:59 15 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:59 15 February 2016

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The beautiful Mid-Sussex village of Lindfield, so-called for the lime trees that still line its High Street, is a prospering hive of activity, says Jenny Mark-Bell

Lindfield is a large, prosperous village a couple of miles from the town of Haywards Heath. It is a quaint place, with a natural pond boasting ducks and other water fowl, and an historic but bustling High Street with many independent businesses.

The name Lindfield is a reference to the lime trees that still line the main street and recalls Sussex composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ first published composition, Linden Lea – both names refer to a meadow filled with lime trees.

Lindfield is a very popular village, thanks in part to its proximity to both transport links to London and countryside designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The parish church, All Saints, dates back to the 11th century and Church House – one of the oldest buildings in the village – is locally known as The Tiger.

Key events in the local calendar include Village Day (usually in May), Bonfire Night and Lindfield Arts Festival in the autumn. There is a host of societies and sports clubs, including football, bowling and tennis, and a free magazine to keep residents up-to-date, Lindfield Life.

One example of the thriving community spirit in the area is the Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield, which boasts 40 members including a recent influx of younger residents. The club was founded back in the 1980s by a group of businesspeople in their thirties and forties who, now retired, remain at the core of the club. Now their ranks are being bolstered by new, younger members including solicitors Kirsty Perryman-Best and Sean Collins, and estate agent Jamie Wallden. The club, which raises around £20,000 per year for charity, is particularly keen to attract new members to this local outpost of the international Rotary organisation, which bears the motto “Service and Friendship”.

The club meets at The Bent Arms Hotel on a Tuesday evening and those interested in joining or attending a meeting are invited to call Jamie Wallden on 07866 536277. 


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