URGENT APPEAL FOR A BAND. Hurstpierpoint Remembrance Parade, which is taking place this year on Sunday 8th November, no longer has its NTC band to play for the parade, as it has been disbanded. So urgently required is a replacement. Are you or do you know of a band from somewhere fairly local that is able and willing to come along for this event? If so please contact the Parade Master of the British Legion on 01273 833037.

VILLAGE CINEMA on Thursday 8th October at 8pm screens Force Majeur. This is a strikingly original and often very funny film from Sweden about a couple on holiday with their two children, at a luxury resort in the French Alps. As they sit on the terrace enjoying the sun and the breathtaking scenery things take an unexpected turn, and a subtle and deadpan drama unfolds. Tickets from the website.

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS in Hassocks on 9th October, but some from Hurst may wish to take part as there are none in the village. From 2pm to 4.30 pm at Adastra Hall in Keymer Road and also in the evening timed for those returning from work, at 5.30pm to 8pm. Just drop in or book an appointment via

RNLI COFFEE MORNING by the Hurstpierpoint and District Branch. Do go along to the coffee morning in aid of the RNLI in the Club Suite at the Village Centre on Saturday 10th October from 10am to 12 noon. Enjoy a cup of coffee among friends and take this opportunity to purchase your Christmas cards, diaries and calendars, along with lifeboat souvenirs. There will also be sales of produce, bric-a-brac and books etc. Entry £1 to include coffee and biscuits – The “flu jab” clinic takes place that morning at the Hurstpierpoint Practice, so why not pop in and relax with a cup of coffee afterwards!

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CAT? Paws & Claws our local cat homing charity, situated at Sayers Common, is having a Homing Afternoon on Saturday 10th October from 2pm to 4pm. Look at the website, to see some of the cats wanting new homes, then phone Val for more details on 01444 457758, before making a visit.

HURST AFTERNOON CLUB has a morning outing planned to Lindfield and the Country Market there on Thursday 15th October. Any isolated people in the Hurstpierpoint or Sayers Common area, who would enjoy such a trip please contact Pam MItchell on 01273 831705 or e-mail or on their behalf.

CRAFT FAIR by Heber Opera on Saturday 17th October from 10am to 2 pm at the Village Centre. Plenty of stalls purveying a wide variety of crafts, a good opportunity to buy some unusual gifts, plus refreshments available throughout. Admission is 50p to include a cup of tea, coffee or a glass of orange juice. Stallholders to contact Jenny Letton on 01273 834703 or

WEST GALLERY CONCERT at Holy Trinity Church on 17th October at 7.30pm has an entertaining Flanders and Swann evening provided by Nick and Simon Hancock. Famous for their ‘At the Drop of a Hat’ shows in the 1950s and 1960s, and their comic songs, like The Hippopotamus Song, with its refrain of mud, mud, glorious mud or The Gas-Man Cometh. As the chairs and refreshments have to be organised, please order tickets in advance from Margaret Carey on 01273 835113 or e-mail Tickets cost £5 and can be paid for on the door.

WOLSTONBURY WI will meet on Tuesday 20th October at 7.45pm in the Club Suite of the Village Centre. This is going to be an evening offering opportunities to try out various crafts like card making, patchwork and bead work. Members and non-members. Enquiries on 01273 834421.

ROCK AND ROLL AT DANNY HOUSE A Good Rocking evening is planned for Saturday 24th October at 7.30pm, in aid of the reMEmber charity. Come dressed for fun in period rock and roll, dress up like Elvis or Doris Day, or be classical in black tie. Tickets £15 available by post from reMEmember, PO BOox 1647, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9GQ, by phone 01273 831733, at the Mint House or e-mail

RECYCLING Did everyone notice how well West Sussex did over the summer period, recycling 17,500 tonnes and saving £1,400,000 in land fill tax, which can be far better spent on services for us? So let us keep up the good work, filling our green bins with in addition to the usual items, the recently added plastic food tubs, trays and pots plus now those large metal or plastic jar lids from jams, pickles, mustard and the like. Small bottle tops are still not recyclable, although some people take plastic milk bottle screw tops. The car park provides large bins for clothes, household textiles, books, music CDs and shoes and of course charity shops are happy to take donations. Columbines in the High Street operates a bra bank, run by the Against Breast Cancer charity, recycling to fund research. See the website for further info or ideas.

£725 RAISED FOR MACMILLAN at the coffee morning held at Hurstpierpoint Bowls Club on 25th September. Some 90 people went along on a beautiful sunny morning to show their support. The organisers would like to thank everyone who came, those who gave raffle prizes, or who made a donation and to The Bowls Club for the use of their facilities, enabling such an amazing result, for an important cause.

ARTS FESTIVAL still with the thanks, to everyone involved in the setting up and running of the festival, which was again an enjoyable and entertaining two weeks, that puts Hurst firmly on the cultural map.

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