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HURST FESTIVAL: Programmes have been dropping through letterboxes and you may have put it to one side as the holiday season is upon us. However although the festival runs from September 17 to October 1, ages away, you may want to have a quick flick through. Some of the events are very popular and often have limited numbers, like the brewery visit and tasting, or art classes, so in order not to miss out it may be wise to sign up as soon as possible.

MILLENIUM GARDEN: The huge and major feature of this garden path way, the Monterey Pine, has come to the end of its very long life, and after consultation with an expert it is has been decided to have it cut down. It was planted in what was the garden belonging to the Hannington family, owners of the Brighton department store bearing their name. The work is being carried out, however the plan by the committee for the garden trust is to use the lower parts of the four main trunks as a living sculpture, as a permanent reminder. The overall theme is to be of wildlife, and anyone can submit ideas or sketches by August 31 to davidrbrown@tiscali.co.uk.

YOUNG WRITERS: A suggestion for holiday activity, is to try your hand at writing a 500 word maximum short story or poem. The subject is totally your choice, but something creative and different, that you will enjoy writing. The age categories are 8 to 11 years and 12 to 15 years. The idea is pick eight pieces, ones that really catch the attention, to be showcased on an evening during the Hurst Festival, on September 22 at the library. For full details see the festival programme. Also further pieces will be drawn blind out of a box on the night to be read out, and in any case all work will be on display at the library. Once written please submit three copies, very important, to the library by September 12, and adding your name, age and contact phone number. That should occupy during the wet days, and in fact there will be at least one writing workshop to help creativity during August, so check this out on Facebook or enquire at the library.

HURST HASSOCKS & DITCHLING U3A: Friday August 19 at the Adastra Hall, Hassocks, 2pm. A Sussex Farm in the 50s is a talk by Ian Everest. Open to non-members. Enquiries to J Brewer 01273 841072.

THE WOODLAND, FLORA& FAUNA GROUP: Have an illustrated talk on Thursday August 25 at the Village Centre, 7.30pm. Iain Parkinson, the Conservation and Woodlands Manager at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is coming to impart his knowledge about Celestial Meadows. They are a loved and longstanding feature of our countryside, with wild flowers and grasses, but their survival rate is dire, with all but a few remaining. Iain is responsible for restoring and caring for meadows in and around Wakehurst Place, including the Prince Charles promoted Coronation Meadow. The entry is free and all with a concern for the environment and promoting wild life are welcome.

PLANNING PERMISSION: Has been given to the change of use of Sussex House, from commercial to residential. This is next to Brewery Mews, and is also to become flats. Mid Sussex District Council felt that there was enough parking available, although local residents voiced concerns, understandably, with High Street problems, the current building estate of Spireswood Grange, and 140 new houses coming, all with ever yet more cars, and no extra parking.

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