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Sussex knitting/crochet meetups?

I would love to try to meet up with other knitters for a Stitch'n'Bitch or similar gathering. I am doing OK by using Ravelry and other online yarncraft resources but there are a few things that I would love to ask someone F2F how to do it and/or what I am doing wrong.

About me:
  • I am mildly disabled and so would rather not have to walk far.
  • I do not have access to a car during the week.
  • I live very near to the railway station in Billingshurst.
  • Assuming that we meet at lunchtime or teatime, it is relevant that I tell you that I have some food intollerances and so any venue that involved food would have to have a dairy-free, wheat-free and chilli-free (other food restrictions) option. Any steakhouse or similar as well as most pubs and Wagamama will serve food that I can eat.

Possible locations/venues:
  • Billingshurst, of course - four pubs and a few other eateries - one pub is right next to the station of other people that arrive y train.
  • Horsham - relatively easy for me to get to by train but then a pretty long walk into the town centre, if that is where we met. There is a Beefeater right by the station in Horsham, though.
  • Crawley is easy for me to get to by train and the town centre (e.g. County Mall with food court and the many other pubs, cafés and coffee bars that are nearby) is only a few yards from the station.
  • Brighton, which I love and has the amazing Wagamama, would be easy to get to if I still had access to a car but is a nightmare to get to and from by train - I have to change at Three Bridges or Gatwick and is a really long journey.
  • Anywhere else on the Brighton line, such as East Grinstead, would require a similar change.
  • Anywhere else that I can get to easily by train. PDF download of the SE UK rail map.
  • Chichester would have been an option in the past but the trains no longer run there without me changing at Horsham.

  • I am most awake in the afternoons and evenings.
  • I would rather not travel far at night by train in the winter.
  • Weekends are a possibility and I would even have access to the car sometimes on a Saturday (never on a Sunday, though).

So, if anyone hears of a knitting/crochet meetup in Sussex, please do let me know.

Failing that I will consider setting up a meetup either in Horsham or Billingshurst, as long as I get enough interest..


Jan. 22nd, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Not from Billingshurst you wouldn't - the trains are direct (I've just looked them up on the National Rail website). Takes 18 minutes.

Jan. 22nd, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
You're right! Thank you!

The trains recently changed from 'London to Bognor Regis and Portsmouth, splitting at Barnham (south of us)' to 'London to Southampton and Bognor Regis, splitting at Horsham (north of us)' which always confuses me - I used to be able to get a direct train to Chichester and now I can't, for example!

Then again, being in the evening, I might be able to go down by car - especially once it gets more light!

Edited at 2008-01-22 05:24 pm (UTC)
Jan. 22nd, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
I haven't gone down by train for a long time - and usually get the Worthing line when I do as it's nearer to be picked up at Goring or Angmering - so am not really au fait with the timetables once past Redhill, where my husband works.

I wonder where the trains on the coast line now go to - most recently it used to split at Haywards Heath, with one branch going to Lewes & the other to Southampton; there was also a train that split at Worthing, going to either Littlehampton or Portsmouth, but I don't think that's run for awhile yet.

But the mid-Sussex is such a beautiful line that it's worth going on occasionally just for the lovely views!


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