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Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance: A traditional carol concert in support of our local air ambulance is being held tonight, 15 December, at 7.30pm at St John’s Church, Lower Church Road, Burgess Hill. The concert is free to all and organised by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance to celebrate their work. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be served afterwards and a collection will be taken to celebrate their work.

Ditchling, Westmeston and Streat Neighbourhood Plan: We are holding a second consultation giving residents a chance to comment further on the proposed housing sites, and green space protection. Following our consultation in early 2016, some sites have been ruled out while others have been proposed by landowners. This second consultation runs until 28 January, with an open morning in Ditchling Village Hall on Saturday 21 January from 10am to 12.30pm. Details of the proposed sites for development and for green space designation will be on display. It has been a hard task to find the sites for fifteen plus houses the planning authorities have told us we MUST FIND in Ditchling. While much of the plan could be finalised at the end of the first consultation, we had to keep searching for possible development sites however small. We have also used this time to develop a comprehensive environment, conservation and green space preservation policy. So come and give us your views on 21 January, or email us at beaconvillages@aol.com. All documents are on our website, www.beaconvillagesplan.co.uk. The plan will be formally submitted to the South Downs Park Authority after the consultation before it is put to a referendum of all residents.

Ditchling WI: Our December meeting is our Christmas party. This is always enjoyed by our members and Father Christmas with his sack of presents. A grand raffle rounds off the afternoon. Our next meeting is on Thursday 12 January at 2.15pm at our President’s house and we welcome Nancy Stafford, Anecdotes and Tales of an Air Hostess. For further information please contact Briony Coomber on 01273 845069.

Hurst, Hassocks and Ditchling U3A: The meetings for January and February are as follows. Friday 20 January, Adastra Hall at 2pm. Gill Parker, My Life as a Bunny Girl. Friday 24 February. Adastra Hall at 2pm. Paul Wilson, Pirates and Smugglers.

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