GOODBYE to yet another shop in the High Street, as the fishmongers is closing down. We are losing the variety of traders that we enjoyed, and there has never been a better time to support those who remain, or we are in real danger of losing out totally. Our High Street is the vital centre of our community, part of our identity, which is why we live here, otherwise we become a suburb of Burgess Hill.

VILLAGE CINEMA’S opening film of the year is Intouchables (PG). An irreverent but life affirming French comedy about friendship, hope and human possibility, based on a true story between a handicapped millionaire and his newly hired street smart ex-con carer, which was a big hit the year it came out. On 14 January, tickets from Mishon Mackay or online from the website.

WEST GALLERY CONCERT at Holy Trinity Church on 16 January at 6pm is a Poetry Please event, with well known items, various favourites and poems contributed by local authors. Tickets available form Margaret Carey on 01273 835113 or by e-mail,uk. It is helpful for the arrangement of chairs and refreshments if tickets are ordered in advance, and can be paid for at the door.

Plenty of choice for the New Year to dance and get fit locally with these HURSTPIERPOINT DANCE CLUB for Ballroom and Latin dance at any level, for those inspired by Strictly Come Dancing. At the Village Centre on 16 January at 8pm.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEA DANCE also at the Village Centre on 17 January from 2 to 4pm.

SCOTTISH DANCERS club meets weekly at the Village Centre from 7pm to 10pm.

COMMUNITY SHOP reopens 9am Monday 18 January after its Christmas break, with their famous one week only half price sale on everything in the shop. What a great offer to start the year.

WOLSTONBURY WI meets on19 January at 7.45pm at the Village Centre 7.45pm, and their first speaker for 2016 is Stephen Morphew talking about Japan from the Inside. Visitors welcome. For more info phone 01273 832575.

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