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Latest News - December 2016

DISCUSSION OF THE HISTORY OF THE NAME OF THE STATION - "WIVELSFIELD" and other railway matters.

I have done a bit of research on the history myself, and I think the accident you refer to occurred in 1899, not 1886. I do use the trains a fair bit (when there are any actually running!), although not as a commuter, as I have been retired from full-time employment for over 15 years. I have to say I think our station is one of the least welcoming and attractive on the entire line, and apart from the electronic display screens seems virtually unchanged since the line was electrified in the 1920s. If nothing else, it could do with having lifts installed - getting up to the platforms via 60 steps is exhausting, especially when burdened with any heavy luggage.

During my research I stumbled on a plan to create a flyover at Keymer Junction which would eliminate conflicts between Northbound trains from Lewes and Southbound trains heading to Brighton. This plan apparently involves adding two additional platforms at Wivelsfield station. Can't see it ever happening, at least not in my lifetime, but the mere existence of such a scheme may inhibit doing any improvement work in the short term. But one can hope!

Ian Turnbull

Hi Ian, Thank you for your message and your interest in Worlds End. The committee did consider changing the name of the station about 8 years ago. At the time we sucessfuly lobbied for the Recreation ground to revert to its original name, from Janes Lane to Worlds End Recreation ground. We also got the general store to change its name to WE Stores and the Post Office changed too (was called North End) So we felt happy to rest on our laurels after that which took quite a while to achieve!. The station was originally called Keymer Junction (the name of a small village near Hassocks) but officials coming down from London for official functions got confused as, looking for Keymer village, they got off to find they still had a three mile walk to Keymer! So to avoid confusion the name was changed to Wivelsfield, which is the name of the parish we were in. Still rather confusing as you say! The station was also moved north from the junction to its present site that time. This was back in the 1880's. There was also a serious accident in 1899 and this was another reason for a move. We did raise the question of changing the station name at the time. Burgess Hill North and Worlds End were both suggested but one BH Councillor felt it may encourage some potential suicides to be tempted to, sadly, end their lives there, in Worlds End. So we gave up then as we had done quite well with the PO, rec.,and store! But it can be revived as an idea. In view of your interest would you like to join the Association? membership is £5 per household per year and we generally try to look after the area. I can drop you in a form.

In conclusion, you are welcomed to Worlds End

Gerry

Chair WEA

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Latest news - September 2016

Our Post Office opened for business on 27 September! We are fortunate to have one of only two post offices in the town and we wish Nishanthan, his wife Gowthi and daughter Suba well in running Worlds End stores and the Post Office. The new shop has been beautifully fitted out and fully re-stocked so if you use the Post Office you can do your shopping too. As the saying goes, use it or lose it!

Our local Wine Stand off sales is open for business as usual after some staff changes, stocking a large range of real ales, with one from the Kiln Brewery, Burgess Hill, and sparkling wine from nearby Plumpton College Vineyard. Colin, Roy, Mike, Aimee and Simon are ready to serve you.

We are sorry to report that the Paper Shop suffered a raid last month when a masked man entered the shop and threatened Mrs Patel. He ran away when the alarm was raised and fortunately the brave staff were not harmed, but this shows the risks our shopkeepers take serving their communities.

On a more positive note, the Watermill Inn has a new landlord. Colin Spurgeon took over at the popular pub last week and is looking forward, with his staff to taking the pub to new heights. Before coming to the Watermill he worked at Wetherspoons in London. Our web site maintenance has been in abeyance since the untimely death of our web manager, Martin, last year. However we are pleased to announce that the site hosting and management are in new hands so that it should be live again before the end of October.

Stop Press: The newest addition to Worlds End is Baan Thai Foods, a Thai take-away shop – opening soon!

ADVANCE NOTICE: the 2017 A G M is planned for 8th March 2017 and the speaker is David Porter on “Life above a railway tunnel” his home being at Clayton.

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