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Half Term Holidays in Hilly Fields

This bank holiday weekend and the Tuesday, Botton’s Family Fun Fair will be setting up behind the cafe.

You’ll need some money for the tokens to cover the rids, but there are also free activities. Screen shot 2015-05-20 at 10.26.35

Poppies and postcards.

In 2014, the temporary portacabins were removed and instead of having the contractors reinstate grass on the hill, we decided to commemorate the start of WWI by sowing a meadow. We purchased over 1Kg of seeds from the National Wildlife Centre and with the invaluable and enthusiastic assistance of students from the neighbouring Prendergasts School, we sowed a mix of cornflowers and poppies.¬† We were delighted with the spectacular display later that summer. We’ve had the photograph printed as a post card. They are on sale in the cafe for 50p.

Our funds might be spent on more wild flower seeds, new trees, stakes and cages, a notice boards, we’re also investigating whether we can put vinyl printing on the lamp posts, instead of adding to the clutter with more posts!

WWI memorial meadow planted by Friends of Hilly Fields and Prendergast School

WWI memorial meadow planted by Friends of Hilly Fields and Prendergast School

Family Fun for Bank Holiday Monday

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2015 Orchard Maintenance

We have started our orchard watering for 2015. Anyone wishing to help out should contact us on



You can join our summer rota, we can pair you up with another orchard friend and learn the ropes.

Later in the year we will be mulching the trees and in winter we give them their annual prune.

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Dawn Chorus Walk


Spring Meeting

Our Friends’ meeting is Tuesday , 10th March, 2015.

That’s at 7.30 in the cafe.

The minutes from our December meeting are now in the Minutes and Reports section.

Further meetings this year should be:

9th June, 8th September and 8th December, 2015.




2015 Big Bird Watch

At note for your diary..Big Birdwatch event on Sunday 25 January from 10.30-12.30.



This is the weekend of the RSPB’s nationwide Big Garden Birdwatch and we treat Hilly Fields as our Big Garden. Our stall will be outside the Cafe as usual and we will offer activities for children as well as a guided bird spotting walk at 11.00 am.


Friends’ Meeting: 9th December, 2014 at 7.30 in the cafe.

Our friends’ meeting will be this Tuesday from 7.30 in the cafe, festive refreshments are planned.

All our welcome to join us, or you can email any suggestions to hillyfields4@googlemail.com

Our first event of the new year will be the Big Bird Watch, details to follow.


Following on from the interest in The Bats at Hilly Fields Fayre, here is a chance to see our very own (we hope).

Sussex Bat HospitalJenny Clark

sussex bat hospital

Nick Pond, ecologist will be offering his¬†expertise on bat behaviour and ecology and we’ll have bat detectors to hand.