PARISH COMMUNITY LIFE QUESTIONNAIRE in its paper format has been delivered to everyone recently. A busy time of the year but please find the time. The council wants to make plans for the next five years and seeks the input of all of us who live here. There are of course financial constraints so they want to know what items are important to us, or how things can be improved, to make life better. The questionnaire is also available on the Internet at, where there is more space for comments, and in fact the request is made that as many members of a household as possible answer the questions. Any queries phone the Parish Office on 01273 833264 or e-mail them at Please support Hurst by sending in your replies, the deadline is 24 December on paper or 31 December online. In fact all members of a household can reply online and there is more space for comments. Take the time to be involved and a part of what will be going on in your community, as it really matters. There is a section for example on shops. Considerable concern has been voiced in Hurst about the effects of the recently completed High Street traffic alterations as the practical details have turned out to be counter-productive for the traders, with delivery lorries not being able to park and therefore not unloading.There are traders now questioning their long term viability in the High Street. We are at risk of several shops closing or moving away after Christmas and what about the possibility of losing the Co-op, suffering delivery problems too? Or the Post Office? Also the turn out on the Christmas shopping evening was wonderful, but if all these people used the local shops even a couple of times a month the future would be brighter. It really is up to us all if we want the village to survive as a viable community on a day to day basis. We cannot just assume it will. Look what happened to Ditching High Street. Make your voice heard to the Parish Council, send in your comments and experiences of the new High Street, as the council is monitoring the situation and therefore needs specifics to action the changes that are needed.

HURST VILLAGE CINEMA today 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

THE COMMUNITY SHOP will be closing on 19 December for its usual Christmas break. So just a couple of days left to pop in and trawl the treasures. The shop and all its helpers would like to thank everyone for their support with donations and purchases during 2015, allowing them to help many local causes.

WEST GALLERY CONCERT on 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 e-mail and payable on the door.

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH on Sunday 20 December has a Candlelight Carol Service at 6pm, with wine and mince pies afterwards.

EVANGELICAL CHURCH at 149 High Street holds its celebration of the Christmas season at 10.30am on Sunday 20 December. Carols, readings and thoughts from the Christmas story. Refreshments will be served.

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH on Sunday 20 December has a Candlelight Carol Service at 6pm, with wine and mince pies afterwards.

PANTOMINE this year by The Players is the Wizard of Oz and will run from 30 December to 9 January. A good choice of story as it will be new to several generations who have not seen the classic film, so they can discover Dorothy and her friends as they journey along the Yellow Brick Road. Tickets available from Vanilla in the High Street from 9.30am to 5pm or phone 01273 834506.

A reminder that Christmas also generates a lot of potential recycling, with paper, but not metallic, cards, boxes, packaging, food tubs and trays and more. In the rush of it all pile it up in the garage, even in plastic sacs, until you can blitz it afterwards, and feel virtuous! Mid Sussex has a successfully high level of recycling to keep up! Even the stamps can be recycled, needing cut with a small amount of the paper surrounding them and given in to the Nationwide in the High Street. Bin collections change from Monday 21 December, check for your day but basically brought forward by a day or so and garden waste collections stop on 21 December to restart on 2 January.

MY best wishes for this Christmastide.

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