THE NEXT showing at Star Cinema is tomorrow, Friday, at the Adastra Hall, Keymer Road. Doors open at 7pm with the film starting at 7.30pm. Refreshments and raffle. Tonight’s film will be A Royal Night Out (cert 12A).

CLAYTON WITH KEYMER Parish Churches Christmas Craft Fayre takes place on Saturday in Adastra Hall, Keymer Road from 10am till noon.

SANTA SPREADS SOME MAGIC - Santa and his helpers will be spreading a little magic for local children again this Christmas, courtesy of Burgess Hill District Lions Club. You can visit Santa in his grotto at South Downs Garden Centre, Brighton Road, Hassocks, from November 21 until December 24. The grotto will be open at the following times: Saturdays 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. Sundays 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm

December 21, 22 and 23, 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. Christmas Eve 10am to 12.30pm. Late Night Shopping on November 25, 5.30pm to 8.30pm. The cost is £4 which includes a present, a chance to talk to Santa and an opportunity to take photos. All funds raised will support the Lions’ local projects.

REFUSE COLLECTION: The Mid Sussex District Council Mobile Refuse Collection will be in the Dale Avenue (Orion) car park, on Sunday from 10am to noon

VINTAGE FAIR: There’s also a Craft and Vintage Fair in the Adastra Hall, Keymer Road on Sunday from 1.45pm to 5pm. Lots of interesting stalls, refreshments cafe.

FIELD SOCIETY: The Hassocks Field Society will be meeting on Monday in Adastra Hall at 7.45pm where Dirwin Banks will be giving a talk on The Miracle Seed. Visitors Welcome. £2.

TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD: Hassocks Townswomen Guild will be meeting on Tuesday at the Pauline Thaw Centre, Dale Avenue from 2.30pm. Today’s speaker is John Henty on Brighton Max Miller.

DEMENTIA CAFÉ: The next Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café takes place on Wednesday at the Pauline Thaw Centre, Dale Avenue from 6pm to 8pm. De-Café is an evening support group for people living with dementia, their carers, friends and family to meet people who are in a similar situation. It offers the opportunity to talk and learn from each other, receive support and advice from staff and volunteers of the Alzheimer’s Society, and to generally enjoy a social evening in a safe and secure environment, with light bites and sometimes live entertainment. For further information please contact Dawn Fairbrother on 01403 750485 or 07720 948990.

ARE YOU aged 50 years plus and living in Mid Sussex? Do you need a little help to remain living in your own home? The Mid Sussex Older People’s Council are having an ‘Independent Living in your own Home’ drop-in event on Friday November 27 at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road between 9.30am and 3.30pm. Attend the drop-in event, with your family and friends, have a cuppa while you’re there. Representatives from various organisations will be on hand to give advice on Getting help at home - personal care - support to help you manage your daily life and activities. Affinity Sutton’s Assist and the WSCC Here to help housing support services, the Prevention Assessment Team, Alzheimer’s and Carers Support will be there to advise you.

Adapting your own home – the equipment that might help – the right exercise – disabled facilities grants – lifeline pendant alarms see representatives from West Sussex County Council, Mid Sussex District Council, Mid Sussex Wellbeing, Getting your income and spending right - the right fuel tariff – money advice – see representatives from Mid Sussex District Council and Age UK West Sussex.

Your local NHS and other health services, meet representatives who can talk about your local services, about medicine management, and much more.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: The Downlands Community School Christmas Market takes place on Saturday November 28 from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Raffle and tombola, Christmas Craft Stalls, Christmas refreshments and much more.

THIS COLUMN: I have been producing this column for The Middy since May 2013, but the time has come for me to move on. I am therefore looking for someone who will be able to gather information of the local events going on in Hassocks and send the details by email on a weekly basis to The Middy. If you think this is something you could do, then please contact me at the above and I’ll happily talk you through it. It isn’t time consuming, but does need a weekly commitment. This column will cease after December 17 if cover is not found.

EVENTS: Further details of many more events in the area can also be found at www.hassocksandhurstpierpoint.info

CONTACT ME: If you would like details of your organisations events published in this column, please email details to hassocks.info@btinternet.com, or leave a message (voice or text) on 07889 141136. Items for inclusion should be received no later than 10 days prior to the date of publication.

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