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On Saturday 3rd October from 12-2pm the Haywards Heath Lions Club is holding a Jumble Sale in the King Edward Hall. Donations can be received from 9am. Please phone Gwen on 07711 018479 for collection in advance.

Lindfield Preservation Society in the King Edward Hall. David Porter will give a talk entitled “What makes a fraudster tick?” at 7pm on Wednesday 7th October. All welcome, entry free. We enjoyed an excellent film last Thursday evening at the King Edward Hall. The next film “Royal Night Out” will be on Thursday 22nd October. On Friday 9th October there will be a Fashion Show at 7.30pm in the King Edward Hall with a raffle to support local charities. Free entry.

Lindfield Horticultural Society has 2 events in the King Edward Hall during October. The first is on Saturday 10th from 10am-12 noon. Coffee morning and plant sale. The 2nd is on Wednesday 14th at 8pm. “New Plants: the future of your garden.” Talk by Graham Spencer. All welcome. Entry £1 members, £2 visitors.

Royal British Legion. On Saturday October 10th at 2pm in the King Edward Hall there will be a talk by Richard Bryant of the Lindfield History Project Group called “ Lindfield Past.” Afternoon tea follows. The cost is £7.

Vintage Homewares Jumble Sale in the King Edward Hall on Sunday 4th October from 1.30-4.30pm.Entry £1 to be donated to charity.

Lindfield Arts Festival.: After weathering the storms of the last week, it was a gift to have such a glorious sunny weekend for the Lindfield Arts Festival 2015. With the High Street closed on Saturday there was a sense of calm and fun as the activities took part in the road. Who could ask for more?
One Festival Goer reports: “At 10.00am All Saints Church’s Bells rang out their peal to herald the beginning of the Sixth Lindfield Arts Festival but what could we do first? The church hosted the first of Robin Belfield’s Lindfield Plays,which were all well researched and acted out in and around the High Street. Was Friar Tuck really from Lindfield? The Sunday School children had prepared brilliant Lego exhibits depicting Bible stories; Jonah and the Whale, Feeding the Five Thousand and the Walls of Jericho to name but a few. The Tiger Rooms hosted literary talks all day and other children’s activities. Meanwhile on the Saturday, the Alex Wilson Memorial Exhibition was busy serving tea and cakes to viewers, a welcome elevenses! Moving on down the High Street we were in time to hear the African Drummers at the Bent Arms and follow up with another of the Promenade Plays. It was enthralling to watch and listen and imagine the High Street with its illustrious past of smugglers, Charles Dickens and Philip Henslowe so congratulations go to all the local and professional actors. The Toll House were acting out Alice in Wonderland and hosted different buskers too. We caught some street dancers too and were pleased to see so many children joining in. Fika had their tables on the street, giving us a well earned rest to admire the performances around us: SWALK’s buskers, Tufnells window display and another street play. The High Street was a glorious back drop to the different acts and the children’s face painter. Everyone was smiling and enjoying themselves. It seemed that the shops and cafés were busy and animated too. There was music to be heard all around. Can you believe we saw a parrot sitting on an accordion happily ‘singing’ along? The Stand Up Inn had a beer festival too which complemented the Festival nicely, letting the men in our party enjoy some respite too. Later in the day we visited the King Edward Hall and managed to spend money with the talented crafts people and admire the artists fine work. Thank you LAF for a great show. Can’t wait for Sunday! ”
The Lindfield Arts Festival Team 2015 worked hard to put on the Festival and overall it was a resounding success. The workshops were well attended, the musicians appreciated and the performances acknowledged as professional and entertaining. The Lindfield Arts Festival Team 2015 want to thank all the visitors, local and otherwise, the traders, residents and contributors for their participation; in particular Barratt Homes, Mid Sussex District Council, Lindfield Parish Council, Lindfield Preservation Society, The Comber Trust and those traders that sponsored not just the Festival but individual workshops and performances to allow those events to be free of charge. See you next year.

LHS Autumn Show Report: The Autumn Show is in many ways a celebration of the horticultural year, and with so many fine and varied entries you might think it was difficult to pick a star exhibit. But this year it was not, because Ian Cooper’s pumpkin, in the pumpkin with the largest circumference class, was so large that the judge could not get a tape round it! In fact it took four tough men to lift it out of the wheelbarrow in which it was delivered to the Kind Edward Hall. David Adams and Richard Watson had entered pumpkins which were huge and came second and third respectively, but Ian’s looked as if it had literally dropped in from another planet and caused many gasps of amazement from our visitors.
Another large exhibit was Jacqui Essen’s pepper plant which needed a step ladder if you wanted to inspect the top of it. And I am not sure what it is about Lindfield, but our members do provide some surprises, as a previously undiscovered Henry Moore was unveiled at the show. On closer examination it turned out to be Betty Page’s winning potato entered in the most misshapen or humorous vegetable class, accompanied by Neal McNamara’s runner bean shaped like a question mark and Chris Gurr’s line of three” duck” potatoes which looked as if they had just come off Lindfield Pond.
Michael Fig displayed two pots of statuesque begonias and Richard Hilson showed five very superior looking, perfectly matched, purple pompom dahlias. Janis Dyer had five very symmetrical cooking apples, and not to be out done, Peter and Liz Hinze had five matching dessert apples. Joyce Gladwell showed a dish of very autumnal looking Physalis “franchetii” (Chinese Lanterns) which with a light inside them would adorn any Christmas tree. 
In the grasses class, Sue Stockwell had a very balletic and graceful looking display which provided an apt contrast to Jocasta Fearn’s spectacular sky reaching one. George Adams displayed a pot of the rarely seen orchid Gongora galeata (apparently it has flowers which only last two days) but the class winner was a lovely more traditional orchid shown by Alison and Michael Elliott. Debbie Anscombe had some wonderful dahlias for us all to admire and it was no surprise that she won two cups for them.
Who would be a judge when you have to decide between Jim Stockwell’s wonderful bunch of Black Hamburg grapes, and nine beautifully balanced Loch Ness blackberries – the grapes won. In complete contrast, Colin Brunt had the heaviest marrow which was not only extremely heavy but as straight as a ramrod. Andrea Fall had created a winning trug which was a visual and culinary delight.
Lorelei Hilson showed a knitted scarf and hat for a child in the handicraft section, which would not have looked out of place in a certain Knightsbridge store. In the juniors section Daniel Blackstock’s winning photograph of my favourite vegetable told us all that he likes potatoes, and it won him the Junior Cup. Four delicious looking gingerbread squares won Margaret Wells the “Best in Cookery” award; and Joyce Gladwell’s jar of crab apple jelly was a winner amongst the jams.
Lindfield’s shows always produce some amazing floral art, and this show was no exception. Jacque Essen won “Best in Floral Art” with her representation of “fireworks” which really gave us the pyrotechnical works. Then just along the floral art show bench Jeff Essen, wanting to keep things in the family, stunned us with his display depicting “a jewel”, the best floral art miniature I have ever seen.
L.H.S. Autumn Show Cups And Awards 2015 
The Bob Lacey Salver - Colin Brunt
The Massey-Dawson Cup - Ian Cooper
The Helena Hall Cup - Michael & Alison Elliott
The Dahlia Members Cup - Debbie Anscombe
The Huddart Cup - Richard Hilson
The Presidents Salver - Rolf Lloyd-Williams
The Dahlia Open Cup - Debbie Anscombe
The Penney Cup - Jacqui Essen
The Harry Tester Cup - Michael & Alison Elliott
Kieron James Toys Shield - Florence Fearn-Hughes
The Junior Shield - Liam Jolly
Lhs Junior Cup - Daniel Blackstock
The Lhs Pumpkin Cup - Ian Cooper
Best In Show
Vegetable - Ian Cooper, Fruit - Janis Dyer, Pot Plant - Jim Stockwell, Cookery - Margaret Wells, Handicraft - Sue Stockwell
L.H.S. Annual Cups And Awards 2015
The Lady Wilkinson Silver Tray - Margaret Wells
The Morecombe White Cup - Sue Stockwell
The Proctor Cup - George Adams
The Shepherd Cup - Michael & Alison Elliott
The Ron Pickett Trophy - Andrea Fall
The Lhs Perpetual Shield - Florence Fearn-Hughes
The Shepherd Perpetual Shield - Liam Jolly

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