BBC Wildlife Cameraman to give a talk in Newdigate Village Hall

Richard Taylor Jones has agreed to come and give a talk in the Village Hall on Saturday 9th February 2019. Richard appears regularly on BBC Countryfile, The One Show, Coast and Springwatch and he uses his expertise as a wildlife film maker, cameraman and photographer to capture images of some of the best of British Wildlife.

Richard’s talk will be entitled ‘Filming the Wild’, which he expects to last for 90 minutes and will feature some of his short films and photography. There will be time for questions afterwards. The tickets for this event are £10 per person from the Newdigate Community Centre at or phone 01306 631115

Kingsland Road Closure

SES Water is about to replace the water main in Kingsland. We understand that the works will start at the junction of Village Street and extend upto and beyond Newdigate Bowls Club.

The road will be closed to all THROUGH traffic starting at the end of October for 10 weeks. Clearly this will be a major inconvenience for all local residents and the Community Centre. It is possible that restricted access will be available from either end of the works although the timing is not known at present.

The latest information from the Water Company can be found here:


Mole Valley District Council as part of their Future Mole Valley project published last week outline plans for preliminary comment showing proposals for what are termed ‘Modest Extensions’ to the village boundaries.

These include updating the current village boundary (in planning terms) with existing physical boundaries (ie in line with a property boundary instead of half way through a garden). There are also suggested areas where the planners consider possibilities exist for allocating new housing. Some of these are based on suggestions from developers and some are speculative.


The Parish Council feel that it is very important these suggestions which relate to the future of Newdigate are commented on by residents before any formal response is submitted to Mole Valley. There will therefore be a public meeting to view and discuss the proposals to be put forward.



If you can’t get to the meeting then make sure you let us know your views by 5th October in time for us to include them in our response to Mole Valley which will be agreed at the next Parish Council meeting on the 8th October.


All the details are shown on the Future Mole Valley website at  alternatively contact us and we’ll send you the maps.

Newdigate Bonfire and Fireworks


Friday 26th October

Newdigate Brocus

Gates open 6pm                   Fire lit at 6.30pm

Firework display at 7.45pm



BBQ available with hot dogs, sausages and soft drinks

Fully licensed bar in the Village Club

Parking on the Brocus via Henfold Lane entrance

Suggested donations £5 per adult, £2 per child, £10 per family

All the profits will be distributed to supporting local groups and charities in the village.

 Please come down and support this great event.


The PizzaBox has come to Newdigate

The wood fire pizza van is in Newdigate Village Hall Car Park every Friday from 5.30 – 7.30pm. This is  a new venture for David Wickenden, who has been a chef for over 20 years. He has converted an old horse trailer and it is looking really good.


Earthquake 1st April 2018 at 12.11pm

No this was not an April Fool’s joke, many local residents felt the earth move at 12.11pm on 1st April. One resident said it felt like an explosion and he had to look to see if his roof had blown off! Staff in Bob’s shop thought at first there had been a mighty car crash and said all the bottles in their display cabinets shook. The epicentre was Langley Green, just North of Crawley its magnitude was 2.7 on the Richter scale.

Top Gear’s ‘Track-tor’ in Newdigate

Bob’s shop was put on the map by its appearance on Top Gear on the 25 March 2018 edition. Organisers of the Newdigate Bonfire last October noticed a strange orange vehicle on Bob’s forecourt which turned out to be the ‘Track-tor’ in the programme. Bob and his staff looked bemused as Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris dashed into the shop and threw freshly picked carrots into the freezer. Worth a look on iPlayer


Village Hall Cafe

Newdigate Community Centre is trying out a new venture. On the second Tuesday of each month the NCC are holding a café in the Village Hall, RH55DA, this is open to all from toddlers to pensioners. The Baby Belles, toddler group, have kindly agreed to layout toys for any toddlers who might bring their mums. There is a choice of different teas, different coffees and hot chocolate plus biscuits and hot buttered tea cakes. Entrance is free but donations are requested to cover the cost of the refreshments. Any surplus money will go to the maintenance of the Village Hall. The café is open from 9.00am until noon, with the aim of encouraging the school run mothers to drop in.

Any offers of help or suggestions please phone 01306 631115 or 631391