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HURST LATE NIGHT SHOPPING: this evening with the High Street shops, is a bumper one. Make a purchase and the shopper will be offered a glass of Prosecco. Open till 8pm.

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

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.

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

RECYCLING AT CHRISTMAS: It is a fact that this is the time of the year we produce the most rubbish, but with a bit of thinking we can reduce the quantity that goes at some expense to landfill and increase the recycling. Make full use of your blue bin with incoming seasonal items, envelopes from cards, cardboard tubes, all those food trays when buying meat and fruit, but not polystyrene, and packaging. Do not forget the less obvious bathroom items, shampoo, cardboard packets of medication and aerosols. Stamps can be collected and handed in to the Nationwide in the High Street or put through their letterbox to be sold for charity. The Bra Bank has temporarily relocated back to Columbines until the Community Shop re-opens. Put aside black bin liners for afterwards to take those items replaced by gifts, like clothes, shoes, toys easy then to donate in one go or with a trip to the amenity site at Burgess Hill where they can be recycled in the first area, like batteries. Take along unwanted electrical items. Christmas trees will be recyclable at the car park where an area is set aside for them. All those plastic and glass bottles, jars, tins and cards can fill your blue bins, together with torn wrapping paper, not metallic, minus the sellotape. Good therapy ripping it off, get the kids involved!

MILLENIUM GARDEN: For those who do not walk this pathway regularly then do make a point of going. The large tree had to be cut down due to disease, but the plan was to create a sculpture in the wood on a theme of wild life. There is now a sculpture, I am not giving away the subject, and the effect is quite stunning.

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