WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Friday 4 March. This is an interdenominational annual event that invites women from all parts of the world to prepare a service through which their hopes and fears for their country can be brought to the wider community. An estimated 3 million people in over 170 countries will gather to take part and the order of service this year, on the theme of Receive children. Receive me is written by women in Cuba and translated into more than 60 languages and dialects. Having said that it is not just for women as everyone is invited to attend. In Hurst at 10.30am at the Methodist Church in Cuckfield Road, and coffee is served afterwards.

COFFEE MORNING: for our local cat rehoming charity Paws & Claws. It takes place Saturday 5 March at 10 am to noon at the Adastra Hall in Hassocks, and this is a reminder for all the many Hurst supporters. Home made cakes, bric a brac, gifts, clothes, toys, books, DVDs, household, jewellery, prize every time tombola and huge raffle. Coffee and a hot cross bun.

ST LAWRENCE FAIR: Hey Mr DJ event on Saturday 5 March at 7.30pm in the Village Centre. Budding DJs take centre stage and the night has 14 of them playing their music. A party atmosphere is guaranteed especially as fancy dress is optional, anything from the last six decades, in honour of the theme of this year’s fair, so plenty of scope. Tickets available from Vanilla at £10 each or online at

HURSTPIERPOINT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: meets on Tuesday 8 March for an illustrated talk on ‘Trees for Smaller Gardens’ by Tim Teear, the owner of Arundel Arboretum and the Angmering Estate. This is a perfect time of the year to be thinking about some new garden planting and design. In the Village Centre at 7.45pm. £1 members £2 non-members. All welcome.

ST GEORGE’S MILLENIUM GARDEN TRUST: will be holding its AGM on Wednesday, 9 March at 7:00 pm in the Bowls Club Pavilion, South Avenue, Hurstpierpoint. After a short meeting there will be an illustrated talk by Peter Lovatt on “The Natural Year in Focus.” Peter is an excellent photographer and most of his visuals will be of local flora including Wolstenbury Hill. Members and visitors welcome. Enquiries: Secretary 01273 832756. My apologies for stating previously that the AGM had taken place so do go along and support.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CAT?: Paws & Claws our local cat homing charity, situated at Sayers Common, is having a Homing Weekend on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March from 2pm to 4pm both days. Look at the website, to see just some of the cats wanting new homes, then phone Val for more details on 01444 457758 before visiting.

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