The Mid Sussex Times reports that Probus member John Butler has measured his highest amount of rain since 1965 at

his Heaven Farm in Furners Green.

The Middy says that John spoke of his joy after measuring his highest amount of rainfall in 50 years. He has been measuring rainfall since 1965.

John farms across High Weald, Horsted Keynes, Scaynes Hill and Fletching and he has received a certificate and atlas from the Environment Agency (EA) for his long-standing work.

He told the Mid Sussex Times “It was on Tuesday June 27, when it had chucked it down during the night. I recorded two inches – it is the most I have ever recorded. It was quite a moment for me. “I couldn’t believe it, I thought a little boy had gone for a wee! It was an amazing amount of water. I was shocked. It was a month’s rainfall in one night.

John sends the rainfall measurements to the Environment Agency every month.


John said “When I received the certificate I felt like I had not just been a number. It was quite an honour – it hangs in my office. I was proud as I have been doing it on my own all these years.”

John Butler and his wife Margaret celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in January 2015. Married at All Saints Church in Danehill in 1955, John met Margaret at a dance when she was 17.

John and Margaret live at Heaven Farm and have have four children; Anne, 61, David, 59, Ruth. 57, and Robert, 54. They also have seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

This news item was published by the Mid Sussex Times (Middy) and the full story can be seen by clicking on the following link.  FULL STORY CLICK HERE.

The Bluebells at Heaven Farm


Probus member John Butler records the highest rainfall


Meet our New President for 2017-2018

Tony Ashby.

On the left:

Past President Graham Cloake with new President Tony.

On the right:

New President Tony pins the past president’s badge on Graham’s lapel

Breaking News!

Summer is here! It has been confirmed!

The Summer edition of the Probus Magazine has arrived.

Copies are available at the next meeting or from Eric Bassett.

This edition contains an excellent article written by Alan Carver about our wine tasting event held on Shrove Tuesday.

Robin Harrison is organizing a visit to Arundel Castle Open Air Theatre to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

John Jennings is organizing a trip to Glyndebourne to see The Barber of Seville.

How about a group holiday to Warners Hotel on the Isle of Wight?

Members who are interested to speak to Robin Harrison.

For more details of Heaven Farm - CLICK HERE