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HURST LATE NIGHT SHOPPING: starts this evening with the High Street shops open till 8pm. Weekly on Thursdays until Christmas.

COMMUNITY SHOP: after some time in consultation and planning the Coop is to take over the premises, on a temporary basis only while the building work takes place over many months at their shop in the High Street. The pop up shop on the green has only been a practical option this autumn but not suitable for the winter. The community shop closed after business on Tuesday 6 December, just a few days short of the original date of Saturday 10 December as there is usually a good break over Christmas. This popular village amenity will return next year once the Coop vacates.

HURST MUSEUM: now has a new display entitled Collectamania, featuring varied collections of objects, from badges to pots, post cards to key rings. Perhaps your interest is on show, pop in and find out. In the lobby of the Village Centre.

CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED: Saturday 10 December 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm at the Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint. This is a great Christmas Craft afternoon for children and young people followed by an ad-hoc Nativity. Children can come dressed as a character from the Nativity Story if they would like to. As places are limited, it is essential that parents pre-book places for their children. Children can take home all the crafts they make and the suggested donation for the afternoon is just £2.00. To reserve places contact Margaret Taylor on 01273 832286 or margaret@taylor24.plus.com

HURST VILLAGE CINEMA: shows Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, Strangers on a Train on Friday 9 December. Tickets from Mishon Mackay or the website.

HURST HANDBELL RING OUT: on Saturday 10th December, from 10am -12 noon at Holy Trinity Church. Go and relax whilst listening to your favourite carols, played by our very talented Hurst Handbells group. Enjoying carols played in our beautiful church is a wonderful way of getting into the traditional Christmas spirit, and also gives you an opportunity for some late Christmas shopping from our various arts and craft stalls selling Christmas gifts, home made jams and chutneys, jewellery, charity cards, Christmas decorations, hand made bags, wooden gifts, vintage wares, pottery, home made cakes, raffle and more. Delicious coffee served throughout the morning. Everyone welcome. Free entry.

BOTHY SINGERS: have a Christmas Concert on Saturday 10 December at the Players Theatre. This all female vocal group based in the village will be performing a variety of songs. Doors open at 7pm tickets from Heather Hush on 01273 831023 or bothysingers@gmail.com.

HURSTPIERPOINT SINGERS: present their Christmas Spectacular on Sunday 11 December at 2.30pm in the Village Centre. This concert has their usual mix of seasonal music and readings, but also lots of audience participation, including their now famous “12 Days of Christmas”. Tickets are £8 to include a glass of wine or soft drink and a mince pie. Available from Janton News, Hassocks Hardware or at the door. Accompanied children under 12 are free.

HURST VILLAGE CINEMA: on Saturday 17 December is screening the new Disney adaptation of The Jungle Book (PG). Sunday cinema has the true story of a Manhattan socialite with an appalling voice who wants a singing career, and has the money to make it happen. A funny well acted story, Florence Foster Jenkins (PG). Tickets from Mishon Mackay or from the website.

VIVACE CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT: 7.30pm on Thursday 15 December at Danny House in support of St Peter and St James Hospice. Contact Danny House for tickets.

PANTOMINE SEASON: is almost with us and the Players this year are putting on Alice in Wonderland, a traditional story with a few Hurst twists that only add to the entertainment. Buy your tickets, early to avoid disappointment, available now from Vanilla in the High Street. Performances start on 29 December until 7 January with matinees on 1, 2 and 7 January.

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