Hurstpierpoint

WAR MEMORIAL CONTINUED: Trevor Evans Parade Marshal of behalf of the Royal British Legion Hurstpierpoint and Albourne Branch now reports that after the disappearance of the white fencing surrounding the crosses at the War Memorial, the wreaths have now gone. It had been agreed for them to remain a while longer, and the Parish Council has not removed them. Any information about either of these two acts please contact the Parish Office.

VILLAGE CINEMA: Thursday 17 March at 8pm. 45 Years (15) is a film about a married couple planning a big 45th anniversary party. Days before the event unexpected news arrives that the preserved body of his girlfriend who died 50 years previously in a freak accident has been discovered. Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courteney illuminate this thought provoking film. Tickets for all the films from the website or from Mishon Mackay.

COFFEE MORNING: at Holy Trinity Church this month is on Saturday 19 March from 10am to 12 noon. Ray Carpenter returns with his keyboard to play a varied selection of music, from Ballads to Jazz, and Latin American rhythms to Waltzes. Something for everyone plus coffee, delicious home made cakes and jams as well as stalls selling cards, jewellery, arts, craft and vintage items and more. Free admission.

EASTER CRACKED: An Easter Workshop for children aged 5-11 at the Methodist Church, Hurstpierpoint on Saturday 19 March from 2.00 pm to 4.45 pm. The afternoon will include a DVD, Craft, the Easter Story and refreshments. Suggested donation of £4.00 per child or £10.00 for three children or more from the same family. The children will be able to take home everything that they make and parents are invited to the last 15 minutes of the Workshop. This afternoon is being run by members of Holy Trinity and the Methodist Church in Hurstpierpoint. Numbers are restricted so please telephone Margaret Taylor on 01273 832286 or e-mail her on margaret@taylor24.plus.com to reserve places.

HURSTPIERPOINT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Spring Show, Children’s Scarecrow Competition and Plant Sale The first show of the year is at 2.15pm on Saturday 19 March in the Village Hall. A large gathering of scarecrows is hoped for the Children’s Scarecrow Competition with prizes of £10, £5 and £2. The scarecrows will be judged by members of the public, as will the Photography (subject -‘Memories of Autumn’) and the Floral Art. There is also cookery, pre-school playgroup artwork, all the usual lovely spring flowers and the bargain Plant Sale. Tea and home-made cakes will be served. Raffle and auction at 4pm. Exhibiting is free, so do look out your photos, and encourage the children to be creative with all sorts of odd items and even try your hand at cookery or see what is flourishing in your garden. For details pick up a schedule from Gibsons in the High Street.

CONCERT: by Hurstpierpoint Singers on Saturday 19 March at 7.30pm of Steiner’s Crucifixion. This popular work with dramatic music and chorales is a favourite for Holy Week, and is being performed with a less well known work, Eric Thiman’s The Last Supper. Tickets £10 including refreshments from Janton News in the High Street or on the door. At the United Reform Church in Hassocks.

HURST, HASSOCKS & DITCHLING U3A: Open morning displaying information about the speakers, trips, interest groups and social events which are organised. Current non members very welcome to go along to find out about this ’university’ programme, at Adastra Hall in Hassocks on Saturday 19 March from 10 am to 12.30pm. In fact the first event that takes place after this information morning is a

TALK: on the RAF Museum at Hendon by David Keen on Thursday 24 March at 2pm in the Ditchling Village Hall.

SUNDAY CINEMA: on 20 March at 3.30pm. Suffragette (12a) is a powerful drama about the women who were willing to risk everything to fight for equality in the early 20th century. It centres on Maud a working wife and mother whose life is changed when recruited to join the movement. Stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.

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