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The Royal British Legion Women’s Section Christmas Fair takes place on Saturday 5th December at the United Reformed Church Hall, Keymer Road from 9.45am to 11.45am.

Also on Saturday, The Windmills Junior School Christmas Fayre takes place at the school in Dale Avenue 1.00pm to 3.30pm.

Your local District Councillors will be holding a surgery on Saturday in the Parish Centre, Adastra Park from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. If you have any concerns on local issues, your District Councillors are ready to listen and offer assistance and advice. No appointments are necessary.

At St. Cosmas and St. Damian Church, Keymer, there is a Christingle service at 3.30pm on Saturday with Christmas Tree Exhibition. Our inaugural festival! Sponsored by local businesses and designed by the children at Downlands Community School, this will be a fantastic event! Come along and tell us which your favourite tree is and the winner will be announced during the service!

Hassocks WI will be meeting on Monday 7th December in Adastra Hall, Keymer Road at 7.45pm. for ‘The Real Silent Witness’. A forensic presentation followed by “Who Dun’It”. Murder Mystery Fun.

The next meeting of the Hassocks Horticultural Society is on Wednesday 9th December in the Adastra Hall, Keymer Road at 7.00pm for 7.30pm for a social evening.

Next Thursday, 10th December, the Royal British Legion Women’s Section meet at 3.00pm in the Royal British Legion Clubhouse, Woodlands Road, Hassocks for a Christmas Tea.

Tickets are now on sale for ‘THE ‘MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS’ on Saturday 12th December at the Adastra Hall in Keymer Road, when Friends and Neighbours host an afternoon of Christmas carols and songs (a little entertainment too) from 2.30pm until 4.30pm. Advance tickets at just £2.50, including refreshments, can be purchased from Pavilion Electrics in Keymer Road, Hassocks or by ringing 01273 845291. This is always a friendly and enjoyable occasion and, to add to the excitement, there will be a Grand Christmas Raffle. Please come along and join us for a festive and enjoyable couple of hours.

Santa and his helpers will be spreading a little magic for local children again this Christmas, courtesy of Burgess Hill District Lions Club. You can visit Santa in his grotto at South Downs Garden Centre, Brighton Road until 24th December. The grotto will be open on Saturdays, from 10.00am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.00pm, Sundays from 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Christmas Eve 10.00am - 12.30pm. Every child for £4.00 will receive a present and chance to talk to Santa. You can even take your own photos without charge, with all funds raised going to support the Lions’ local projects.

Carol White, Honorary Poppy Organiser, Clayton & Keymer Royal British Legion writes. I am pleased to let you all know that in November 2015 the Poppy collection to date is £13,685.30 and gets us off to a fantastic start, money given by you all in Hassocks, Clayton, Keymer and Pyecombe will continue to help the many armed forces personnel who still badly need our support. We are very grateful to the pupils, teachers and staff at Downlands, Windmills and The Infant Schools in Hassocks who have always supported The Appeal so well, and all of the local businesses who we thank for allowing us to put our collecting boxes on their premises. Sainsbury’s let us to have a table in their shop this year allowing our collectors to get in out of the cold, and to Hassocks Station for allowing collections there. Thanks are also due to our volunteer collectors (and several new volunteers this year) who turn out to collect in streets and static points throughout the village. They do a fantastic job. In this regard, if you would like to help as a collector next year, please leave your name and contact number at The RBL Club in Woodsland Road 01273 845829 (you don’t need to be a member) and I will be in touch. South Downs Nurseries allowed us to have a table for our collectors in their foyer again and Mark Collins and The Military Vehicles Trust manned the stand at weekends. As this is a very popular sight, it has made a big difference to the monies that we were able to collect for The Poppy Appeal. Funds were also boosted by Church collections from St John The Baptist Church at Clayton and during The Remembrance service at St Edward The Confessor in Lodge Lane, it was great to see so many of you supporting the Parade through the village despite the threat of rain. I wonder how many Poppies on posts you managed to spot around our four villages? There were 28 in all, from Pyecombe to Clayton, Keymer & through Hassocks. Grateful thanks go to Pam & Chris Baker for getting them all out and planted! to Steve at the Pet Shop for managing to keep the one outside his shop upright, to J J Café for covering their patio with poppies making a great display and to Southdown Garden Centre for supplying the 28 posts free of charge. Fantastic. 6 posts and poppies seemed to have gone walkabout! If you happen to spot one on your travels please give The RBL Club a ring and we will happily collect them (we can use them every year now). Thank you all.

ANYONE FOR TENNIS! Did you know that The Weald Lawn Tennis & Squash Racquets Club has courts that can be booked by anyone. Four clay courts, seven hard courts and four squash courts are available for ANYONE to play on. Just call the Club on 01273 844283 to check availability, which is particularly good during the day. Court hire rates are £8.00 per hour for tennis (plus £4.00 per hour for floodlights) and £8.00 per 40 minute session for squash. There is also a lovely Clubhouse with balcony and well-stocked bar, serving hot and cold drinks as well as cakes and sandwiches. Coaching is also available to anyone! Come along and have a look at the Club, located in South Bank, Hassocks.

Mid Sussex Ramblers - As ‘the Ramblers’ group for the Mid Sussex area, we offer a varied program of walks throughout 2015 & 2016 to suit all ages and walking abilities. To find out more, view our website at www.midsussexramblers.co.uk where, if you wish, you can contact us via the ‘Contact Form,’ or telephone Tony (MSR Publicity) on 01444 483053, or email publicity@midsussexramblers.co.uk

I have been producing this column for The Middy since May 2013, but the time has come for me to move on. I am therefore looking for someone who will be able to gather information of the local events going on in Hassocks and send the details by email on a weekly basis to The Middy. If you think this is something you could do, then please contact me at the above and I’ll happily talk you through it. It isn’t time consuming, but does need a weekly commitment. This column will cease after 17th December if cover is not found.

Further details of many more events in the area can also be found at www.hassocksandhurstpierpoint.info

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