Recreation and Leisure

Children’s Playgrounds

In 2018 the playground in High Bar Lane was refurbished and a new “Mega Tower” was installed.  In June 2019 the Parish Council agreed to spend some recently received Community Infrastructure Levy funds on further improvements to the park, including new rubberised floor surfacing, equipment refurbishments and fencing repairs. We hope to have this completed as soon as possible.

There is also a small park on Furze Common Road suited to toddlers and a play area without equipment on Lindfield Copse.

In February 2019 the new playground in Abingworth Crescent opened to the public at long last! This play park is perfectly suited for a younger age group.

Community Groups

Community Coffee Morning

Catch up with old friends or meet new neighbours. Everyone is welcome at the community coffee mornings. 

1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month in Thakeham Village Hall.
10:00am – 11:30am

Thakeham Gardener’s Club

This friendly club has a variety of interesting speakers each month, some of whom bring slides and also plants for us to buy at very low cost. The club holds a Flower Show in August and two Plant Sales in May and October, all of which are well attended. The subscription for 2019 is £10.
Meetings are on the 2nd Monday of each month (except January), starting at 7:30pm.

Contact: ​Janet Greenhill (Chairman) Tel: 01903 744980
Contact: Linda Turk (Membership Secretary) Tel: 01403 741068


Thakeham Bellringer’s Club

The Thakeham group is based in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Church but there is no obligation to attend Church.

Practice takes place on a Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 9:00 pm. Visiting ringers from other groups are always welcome.

To enquire about joining our group, or just find out more, see the Facebook page, contact Christine Hounslow (01798 815993 or Roger Watts (01798 813775


Thakeham Bridge Club

This popular bridge club was founded in 1980 by four friends who played bridge socially and then decided to form a formal club.
The club now has a membership of over one hundred enthusiastic players who enjoy the challenge and reward of the game.

Takes place in Thakeham Village Hall on:
Tuesday Evenings 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Friday afternoons 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Contact: Harold Linfield  Tel: 01798 812276 or visit the website here.


Short Mat Bowls​

They are forming a new club and are holding roll-ups each Monday evening. All ages are welcome including children who have the ability to bowl a wood. If you are new to short mat bowls, or have never heard of it but would like to give it a go, please bring your slippers with you to protect the mat.

Short mat bowls has become very popular over the last 25 years and  we hope to move forward very soon and form the club officially.

Monday Evening 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Thakeham Village Hall.
£2.50 per person

Contact: Barbara Weir   Tel: 07539 850848


Thakeham Table Tennis

The club’s focus is on developing skill levels for players of all age groups from beginners to advanced. Guided by the principles of Table Tennis England and a UK level 2 Coach, the club aims to develop all aspects of the game. Please bring playing shoes, a bat if you have one and a drinks water bottle.

Takes place within Thakeham Village Hall on:
Tuesday (Adults) 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Wednesday (All Ages) 10:30am – 12:30pm
Wednesday (Juniors 8yrs-14yrs) 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Find out more on the website here.


Thakeham Morris Dance

Running in Thakeham since 1991, we practice the Cotswold style of Morris Dancing augmented with a few dances from the Thakeham tradition.

​Indoor practice runs from September to April on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month starting at 8:00pm. During May to September we dance out at pubs and events etc. 

Contact: Derek Johnson Tel: 01903 743041
or find out more on the website here.

Sports Clubs

Football:  the parish has two full-size pitches located at the Abingworth site which is the new home to Thakeham Village FC.

Cricket: The new cricket pavilion and pitch was officially opened in May 2019. The fantastic facilities are home to West Chiltington & Thakeham Cricket Club.