THE ARTS FESTIVAL starts this Saturday at 10am with a peal of bells from Holy Trinity followed by a packed programme of community events for Village Open Day. This being plenty of varied entertainment in and around the High Street plus the parade of unusual cars and commercial vehicles driving through it, from Washbrooks Farm to the South Avenue Recreation Ground, where they can be viewed close up. There are too many events during the festival to list, so I hope that you all have your tickets ready to enjoy this years’ productions.

OPEN STUDIOS over the weekends of 12th/13th September and 19th/20th September the homes or studios of 20 local artists are open for free, to all of us to wander round from 10am to 5pm, and enjoy a variety of art work on display. There is something for everyone from paintings in water colours, acrylic, pastel, oil, gouache to etchings, jewellery, sculptures and photography. Refreshments will be offered in Sylvia Thornhill’s garden in Pitt Lane in aid of West Sussex Association for Disabled People. Do note that some studios are not open on both weekends so do check before you go.

MID SUSSEX RAMBLERS have a circular walk of 3 miles on Saturday 13th September at 10.30am, south of the village via Tott Farm, Bedlam Street and Wanbarrow Farm, starting at and ending at Trinity Road car park. This is the first of three and also part of the Festival, but not requiring tickets, being perhaps an opportunity to try out one of the many walks they organise. Contact Alison 01273 833794.

WOLSTONBURY WI meets at 7.45pm to 9.45pm at the Village Centre on the 15th September with the happy agenda of Centenary Celebrations. Visitors very welcome.

NSPCC BRIDGE LUNCH The Hurstpierpoint committee are having a Chicago bridge fund raising event on Wednesday 16th September at Court Gardens Barn, Orchard Lane, Ditchling, BN6 8TH - going north out of Ditchling on the LHS. The tables are £48.00, and this includes ploughman’s lunch and a glass of wine. The doors open at 11.00am for coffee, with play starting at 11.30. Please bring your own cloths and cards. Contact Belinda on 01273 834481 or email

WEST GALLERY CONCERTS The new season starts on Saturday 19th September with The Bothy Singers, a talented group of sopranos and altos, directed by Heather Hush. The Singers rehearse in the church so the environment is familiar to them. Their name is taken from Herbie Flower’s bothy, a lambing hut, where their first weekly rehearsals took place. These concerts aiming to provide an early entertainment leaving the rest of the evening free for other events, has proved successful. Arrive between 5.30pm and 6pm, with the option of a drink and a chat before the first half begins at 6pm, although this is catered for in the interval, and time to talk to the performers. The concert ends at 7.30pm and tickets remain at £5, and must be ordered in advance, although payable on the door. Contact Margaret Carey on 01273 835113 or e-mail

MAKE TIME FOR MACMILLAN Make a note in your diary that this year’s fundraising event for Hurst will again be at The Bowls Club on South Avenue on Friday 25th September from 10am to 12 noon. Plenty of delicious home made cakes to eat with your coffee, and stalls to browse.

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