Events – Xmas 2013


Update – Christmas Torch Campaign

We were delighted with the Torch report on the front page of the Mid Sussex Times (26/12/13) and thank you to all those who supported us. Torches were lit from Hassocks to Shermanbury, Bolney to Fulking… clearly demonstrating the strength of opposition across a wide area. Thanks to the generosity of the LAMBS committee member who donated the torches, we raised just over £1,000. The Royal Oak in Wineham gave us a great deal on mulled wine and we had a very enjoyable evening singing ‘Mayfield’ Christmas carols whilst raising a further £100.

Mid Sussex Times report: Christingle light on 10,000 homes protest

A festive way to show your support for the LAMBS campaign…

We are planning to light 365 Christmas torches across the area to show our unity and commitment to fight Mayfield ‘Market Town’ into next year.

Please join us by buying a torch or two and placing them somewhere visible on Sunday December 22 between 5 and 5.30pm. They can be easily pushed into the ground in your garden and will burn for up to 100 minutes. We are hoping that people throughout the area will take part… resulting in a lovely, festive display.

The torches cost £3 each or £5 for two. Please email your order and address to so we can arrange delivery/collection and payment. There will be several collection points and, if you buy 10, delivery will be guaranteed.

The torches have been kindly donated by a LAMBS member, so all the proceeds will go towards our fighting fund.

We are currently working on our strategy and the funding needed to beat Mayfield ‘Market Town’. It is vital we are fully prepared and have professional representation at the next round of planning meetings which we believe will be in Summer 2014. We have a Planning Consultant on board and are investigating the legal support needed as well as the costs for an environmental impact assessment. Once we have established the most effective form of support and costs, we will be sending out a full fact sheet with details of how to donate to our campaign.

In the meantime, our community efforts, however small, are so important as they show how strongly opposed local people are to this proposal. During last week’s parliamentary debate, the Housing Minister promised that the Government would not impose developments without local support.

This is as, Nick Herbert MP said later in the same debate, ‘A test of faith in the Government’s flagship policy of localism’.

After the torch lighting on 22nd December there will be mulled wine, mince pies and carol singing at The Royal Oak in Wineham at 7.30pm.

Please do let us know if you would like to attend so we can send you further details.

A very happy Christmas to all our LAMBS supporters.

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