AT THE MINT HOUSE. During the Arts Festival Philippa Crundwell, a Loud Literature entrant, impressed so much that she was commissioned to write a book of 70 poems, and this has been published under the title of Seventy Beats. As she is only 17 years of age this is quite an achievement, and the store is delighted to be welcoming her on Saturday 12 December at the Mint House at 11am celebrating the publication of her poetry book. This is a free event. Refreshments served. Tel 01273 834443 for more info.

COFFEE MORNING at Holy Trinity Church from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 12 December, admission free and all are welcome. Hurst hand bell ringers will be entertaining throughout the morning with favourite and well loved carols whilst a variety of stalls are set up to browse, from cakes to crafts, cards to jams, plants to bric-a-brac. Plus a raffle and coffee.

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL MESSY CHURCH for all the family on Saturday 12 December from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm at the Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint. Come dressed up in any Nativity character and enjoy an afternoon of singing, craft activities, food and, of course, joining in the telling of the Christmas Story with a Giant Nativity Pass-the-Parcel. Children must be accompanied by a trusted adult. No charge for the afternoon but there will be a donations basket.

CHRISTINGLE CHRISTMAS SERVICE also at the Methodist Church go along for the fun of making a Christingle to take home and keep on Sunday 13 December 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm followed by refreshments, everyone will be made very welcome.

HURSTPIERPOINT SINGERS are putting on their annual and popular Christmas concert on Sunday 13 December in the Village Centre at 2.30pm. A programme of Christmas music both modern and traditional with appropriate readings and join in with carols. Sample the wine and mince pies and try your luck in the raffle. Accompanied children under 12 are free. Tickets cost £8 from Janton News, The Mint House, choir members or on the door.

THE HURSTPIERPOINT AFTERNOON CLUB has its Christmas lunch on Thursday 17 December with a visit to Eastbourne and The Marine pub, described as probably the most decorated pub ever. That sounds like a challenge! Phone Pam Mitchell on 01273 831705 for more details. The club is trying to contact isolated or lonely people living in the village and Sayers Common, so if you can help phone Pam or e-mail her at

HURST VILLAGE CINEMA on Thursday 17 December has The Lady Eve (U). This is a Preston Sturges brilliant comedy starring Barbara Stanwyk as a con woman who falls for her victim, a wealthy but naïve heir to a fortune, played by Henry Fonda, but the path to true love does not run smoothly. Tickets from Mishon Mackay or online at

WEST GALLERY CONCERT on Saturday 19 December has Sussex Harmony coming again with their programme of traditional music, much of it from Sussex. Last year their director, Rachel Jordan gave fascinating and learned description of where much of it originated. At Holy Trinity Church, doors open at 5.30, concert from 6pm to 7.30pm, tickets £5 ordered in advance from Margaret Carey and payable on the door.

PANTOMINE this year by The Players will be the Wizard of Oz and will run from 30 December to 9 January. This is the play version by Alfred Bradley, of the traditional story of the young girl Dorothy who meets a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man. Together they set off on the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard of Oz. Tickets available from Vanilla in the High Street from 9.30am to 5pm or phone 01273 834506.

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