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The Parish of Lindfield Rural lies within the heart of Mid Sussex and covers some 1967 hectares. The population at the 2001 census was 2595 and is concentrated in Scaynes Hill and to the north and south around the village of Lindfield. The settlements of Walstead, East Mascalls, Paxhill and Buxshalls are also within the Parish.

 

The river Ouse cuts across the Parish at virtually its centre and its tributary, The Scrase Brook, runs to the rear of the allotment gardens in Gravelye Lane and The Hollow and forms our western boundary with the Village of Lindfield and Haywards Heath.

 

The new village hall at Scaynes Hill was built by the endeavours of the Parish Council and was completed in 2000. Substantial funding to build the rather pleasant structure was received from The Millennium Commission, The Parish Council, MSDC, WI (who owned the old village hall which was demolished for housing), and the residents. The village hall is now run by Trustees.

 

Two churches lie within the Parish and they are both located in Scaynes Hill. St Augustines Church boasts an excellent tapestry hung on the north wall and sewn by local people.

 

There are two golf courses in the Parish, one to the north of the village of Lindfield (Haywards Heath Golf Club 18 holes) and the other at Paxhill Park (18 holes).

 

The public houses of which there are three are The Inn on the Green, on the main A272 at Scaynes Hill, The Sloop at Freshfield Bridges, Scaynes Hill and The Snowdrop in Snowdrop Lane, Lindfield.

 

There is a County Primary School at Scaynes Hill and a Private Preparatory School at Walstead.

 

In 1996 Scaynes Hill Common and part of Costells Wood were purchased by the Parish with donations from the residents and local authorities and these two areas are now maintained in their natural state for the benefit for all and the environment.

 

Other facilities owned by the Parish include Anchor (dew) pond and area surrounding (outside the public House the Inn on the Green was previously called The Anchor), the Burial Ground at Walstead, The Allotment Gardens at Gravelye Lane, three bus shelters and numerous street lights.

 

There are numerous footpaths within the Parish and some beautiful walks alongside the river Ouse and through the many wooded areas (eg Costells and Hammer). An Ouse Valley footpath is to be created in due course.

 

More information can be obtained on a separate page for the allotment gardens, Walstead Burial Ground and the Millennium Village Hall.