Torchlight Vigil – The Royal Oak Wineham

Wineham was lit up by torchlight on Monday as LAMBS staged its annual vigil for the countryside.
The tradition was started last year when households across the area lit 365 torches to show their determination to fight every day of the year to protect the rural communities.

The Royal Oak Wineham
Dozens of families braved freezing temperatures to take part in this year’s torch vigil for the countryside.

This year, locals gathered at the Royal Oak in Wineham before walking up Wineham Lane lighting torches along the route. The event was filmed by the BBC’s Inside Out programme and professional photographer, Rob Wilson.
Dozens of families braved freezing temperatures to take part, keeping warm around camp fires and enjoying mulled wine and mince pies.
“We are here to show how strongly we feel,” said one local resident. “This is a beautiful, unspoiled piece of true Sussex countryside and no one wants to see it destroyed.
None of the local councils support Mayfields’ proposal. This would be a ridiculous place to put a new town.”

Local people putting their case for the countryside to Inside Out
Local people putting their case for the countryside to BBC’s Inside Out.

Last month Mayfield Market Towns presented its new town plan to a Government Inspector at the Examination of Horsham’s District Plan.
Mayfields’ proposal is not included in the Horsham Plan and the property company faced opposition from all levels of local government at the hearing. The two MPs, Sir Nicholas Soames and Nick Herbert were given special permission to speak at the Examination and both strongly condemned Mayfields’ proposals.
LAMBS has pledged to light torches every year until Mayfield Market Towns has gone for good. More of Rob Wilson’s photos from this year can be seen at RWCS-Photographics[hr]

An opportunity to say thank you to The Royal Oak Wineham

Left, Landlord of the Royal Oak Wineham Mike Bailey and Tim.
Mike Bailey landlord of The Royal Oak and (right), Tim are always ready to help the LAMBS campaign team.


Throughout the past 18 months, The Royal Oak in Wineham has given the LAMBS campaign incredible support providing us with a warm welcome, a focal point, a venue for many of our events… and generally flying the yellow ribbon for us!

We now have an opportunity to say thank you by nominating the The Royal Oak for the Mid Sussex Times ‘Best Pub of 2014’ (but we need to be quick because the closing date is December 15th).

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You can nominate The Royal Oak in one of two ways:

  1. By Submitting a form from the Mid Sussex Times by post (no photocopies)
  2. By texting before 9am 15th Dec: 65550 with the words MSTPUB followed by the 3 digit code of the pub being 105 for The Royal Oak, your name, address and email address.
    For example:
    Text No: 65550
    Message: MSTPUB105  Joe Bloggs, Wineham,


Text messages just cost £1.00
LAMBS campaigners march down Wineham Lane on their way to the Royal Oak.
LAMBS campaigners march down Wineham Lane on their way to The Royal Oak.

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