Your local District Councilors will be holding a surgery in the Parish Centre, Adastra Park today, Thursday, 17th December, from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. If you have any concerns on local issues, your District Councilors are ready to listen and offer assistance and advice. No appointments are necessary.

The Hassocks Village Market takes place a week earlier than usual this month on Saturday 19th December on National Tyres Forecourt, 9.00am – 1.00pm.

Nearly opposite the market, Hassocks United Reformed Church will be holding its usual Traidcraft Stall in the forecourt of the Church from 10:00am to 12:00noon. There are lots of delicious foods etc., at competitive prices - and profit goes back to the producers of the goods - giving the Third World a better chance to improve their own lives. Coffee is served in the foyer.

Don’t forget that Santa and his helpers will be spreading a little magic for local children in his grotto at South Downs Garden Centre courtesy of Burgess Hill District Lions Club. You can visit Santa on Saturday 19th December from 10.00am – 12.30pm and 1.30 – 4.00pm, Sunday 20th from 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm, 21st, 22nd and 23rd from 10.00am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.00pm, and on Christmas Eve from 10.00am – 12.30pm when he’ll have to close to get ready for the busy evening ahead. The cost is £4.00 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.

The following Church Services are taking place over the festive period, and everyone is invited to attend.

St. Cosmas and St. Damian Church, Keymer: 20th – December Nativity Service – 9.45am. 24th December – 9 Lessons and Carols – 6 .00pm. 24th December – Midnight Mass – 11.30pm. 25th December – Holy Communion – 8.00am. 25th December – Family Communion – 9.45am

St. Francis Church, Priory Road, Hassocks, 24th December – Crib Service – 4.00pm. 25th December – Family Communion – 10.30am.

St. John the Baptist Church in Clayton, 20th December – Family Service with Nativity – 11.15am. 25th December – Family Communion – 11.15am

St Edwards Roman Catholic Church, Lodge Lane, Keymer. 24th December – First Mass of Christmas with Carols – 9.00pm. 25th December – Mass with Carols – 10.30am

The United Reformed Church, Hassocks, 20th December – Festival Service – 10.30am, 24th December – Crib Service – 3.00pm, 24th December – Carols by Candlelight – 6.30pm, 25th December – Family Service – 10.00am

This is the final column that I will be producing, so I’d like to thank all correspondents for sending me their news and events for publication over the past two and a half years. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it and found the content useful. ‘What’s On’, and other information will continue to be found on the Community Website at www.hassocksandhurstpierpoint.info and accompanying Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Hassocks-Hurstpierpoint-Info-381088388672580.

At the time of writing, nobody has been found to continue this column from the New Year, but if you think this is something you could do, then please contact Colin Jenner at The Middy by email at district.news@jpress.co.uk who will happily talk you through what is required. (Many thanks for all your hard work on behalf of your community and best wishes for the future - Ed)

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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