Hurstpierpoint

FESTIVE FUN IN HURST The High Street will be closed from 5.pm to 9pm pm on Thursday 3rd December for the annual village Christmas shopping, all on our own doorstep. A wide variety of shops will be offering seasonal mulled wines and fizz, and displaying delicious delicacies that will inspire you to impress your guests over Christmas. Plenty of gift ideas for him, her and not forgetting them, so if you are looking for toys, books, china, jewellery, clothes, the latest gadget for the kitchen or a treat for that favourite pet, then Hurst can offer it all. Plus there will be vouchers on sale for a range of health and beauty treatments, a nice gift idea of a pampering session for a busy person to enjoy after the holidays. Add in Carol Singing, children’s story telling in the Mint House and of course the visit of Father Christmas, Reindeer and snow, thanks to a snow machine, so a guaranteed evening of festive cheer and local shopping to enjoy.

GUIDES, BROWNIES AND RAINBOWS Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 5th December 10am to 12 noon at the Guide HQ off the Trinity Road car park. All invited to go along, meet friends for coffee and browse the stalls. Father Christmas will be attending as well.

ST LAWRENCE SCHOOL holds its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 5th December from 12 noon to 3pm, with festive gifts and fun on offer, with amazing presents at bargain prices, games for the children plus hot dogs and burgers for lunch. Also you can look round the new school buildings of 7 new classrooms, a new hall and library. All funds raised go towards helping the school provide an even better education for the children.

CHRISTMAS FAIR on Saturday 5th December at 1.45pm until 4pm at the Village Centre. Organised by Pyecombe Church to raise funds there will be toys, jewellery, home made cakes, gifts, cosmetics, good as new clothes, books, tombola, grand raffle, fruit raffle, plus a white elephant and a gold elephant stall. Refreshments.

CAFE CHURCH at Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road on Sunday 6th December from 10.30 am to 11.30 am. Enjoy coffee and croissants followed by an informal service of lively worship with modern songs and a Bible message relevant for today. Suitable for all ages.

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL MESSY CHURCH on the same day at 3pm still at the Methodist Church. Come dressed up in any Nativity character and enjoy and afternoon of singing, craft activities, food and, of course, joining in the telling of the Christmas Story with a Giant Nativity Pass-the-Parcel. Children must be accompanied by a trusted adult. No charge for the afternoon but there will be a donations basket.

HURST VILLAGE CINEMA on Tuesday 8th December screens a NT live broadcast of the production of Jane Eyre. It is a dynamic adaption of Charlotte Bronte’s classic tale, which has received rave reviews. Tickets can be bought online at ww.hurstfilms.com or from Mishon Mackay.

VIVACE CHOIR concert at Danny House on Thursday 10th December, doors open 7.30pm, in aid of Chestnut Tree House. Tickets to include a glass of wine and mince pie available by e-mail jo@joannjames.plus.com or phone after 6pm 01444 412437.

AT THE MINT HOUSE. During the Arts Festival Philippa Crundwell, a Loud Literature entrant, impressed so much that she was commissioned to write a book of 70 poems, and this has been published under the title of Seventy Beats. As she is only 17 years of age this is quite an achievement, and the store is delighted to be welcoming her on Saturday 12th December at the Mint House at 11am celebrating the publication of her poetry book. This is a free event. Refreshments served. Tel 01273 834443 for more info.

COFFEE MORNING at Holy Trinity Church from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 12th December, admission free and all are welcome. Hurst hand bell ringers will be entertaining throughout the morning with favourite and well loved carols whilst a variety of stalls are set up to browse, from cakes to crafts, cards to jams, plants to bric-a-brac. Plus a raffle and coffee.

HURSTPIERPOINT SINGERS are putting on their annual and popular Christmas concert on Sunday 13th December in the Village Centre at 2.30pm. Join in with carols, sample the wine and mince pies and try your luck in the raffle. Accompanied children under 12 are free. Tickets from Janton News, The Mint House , choir members or on the door.

NEW to the High Street if you have not noticed it, is Poponin, set up until the end of December in the premises of the garden shop Trug. (110 High Street) It is a place to enjoy arts, crafts and creativity, currently open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.30am to 5pm, for the chance to sample what is on offer before they come permanently to Hurst. Website www.poponin.co.uk.

REMEMBRANCE PARADE THANKS. The Hurstpierpoint & Albourne branch of The British Legion would like to thank the various organisations that took part in this year’s parade in the village. Their dress and conduct was a credit to us all. Thanks also to the Rev Jane Willis and the Rev Peter Rayson for an excellence service. Due to the retirement of the NTC bandmaster the parade was left without a band, but hopefully this can be remedied for next year. If anyone is able to help out please contact Trevor Evans, Parade Marshal on tj.fire@btinternet.com or myself.

PANTOMINE this year by The Players will be the Wizard of Oz and will run from 30th December to 9th January.

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