PARISH COUNCIL MEETING today, Thursday 21 January at 8pm in the Village Centre. A copy of the agenda is available to see at the Parish Office., but anyone can just go along and find out what is being discussed and agreed about our village.

COFFEE MORNING Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 23 January. Scrabble! If you enjoy the game and or want to go and watch some keen players in action, battling with their tiles, then this is for you. Audience participation may be tempting. With the bonus of coffee and refreshments, and many stalls as well to browse. Admission free and all are welcome.

HURSTPIERPOINT AFTERNOON CLUB Committee meets on Friday 22 January at 10.30am at the Methodist Church, when anyone can go to find out about being a member and helping to organise entertaining future events.

HURST, HASSOCKS & DITCHLING U3A has a meeting and talk at Adastra Hall, in Keymer Road, Hassocks, on Friday 22 January from 2pm to 4pm. The subject is Ernest Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer by Michael Smith. For further info phone Jacqueline Brewer on 01273 841072.

LIVE NT BROADCAST on Thursday 28 January is Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a tale of intrigue and betrayal in royalist France, from the Donmar Warehouse, with Dominic West, Janet McTeer and Una Stubbs Doors open at 6.30pm.Tickets £10 members, £14 non members from Mishon Mackay or the website, for all films.

HURST VILLAGE CINEMA’S next film is Nebraska (15) on Friday 29 January. This is a road movie with a difference, starring Bruce Dern as a grumpy old man set on travelling across the country to collect his winning prize in Nebraska. Tickets £4 members, £6 non members, doors open at 7.30pm

HURSTPIERPOINT HISTORICAL & GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY meets in the Guide Hall off Trinity Road car park at 8pm, on the last Friday of the month. This month’s guest speaker on Friday 29 January is Ian Gledhill who will be talking about Art Deco. This influential and distinctive visual arts design appeared in France before World War One and flourished in the 1920s to 1940s. Visitors welcome, £3 and members annual subscription is £10.

CHARITY screening by the Village Cinema on Saturday 30 January of the new and entertaining adaption of Paddington (PG). Tickets £4 and doors open at 2.30pm.

SUNDAY CINEMA on 31 January screens Philomena (PG) an award winning poignant true story, of the search by a mother to find the son she gave birth to in 1950s Ireland, but was given away for adoption by the nuns who helped her. With Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.Tickets £3 doors open at 2.30pm.

RSPB BIRDWATCH WEEKEND Over the weekend of 30 and 31 January the annual count of birds in gardens takes place, for one hour. Since 1979 this has provided valuable information to the RSPB about bird numbers, both declines and successes. Last year half a million people took part, and so can you this year. Register to take part with the RSPB on line at or talk to The Pet Shop in the High Street, who is participating and also has plenty of products and tips available. Putting out food encourages birds into your garden, and helps them to survive, particularly in winter.

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