ViLLAGE CINEMA: this evening has a live NT broadcast of The View from the Bridge, an Old Vic production of Arthur Miller’s play from the Donmar Warehouse, with a star cast led by Mark Strong. This play is a dark rendering of the American dream, producing a tragic masterpiece. Tickets for all films from Mishon Mackay and the website.

HURST, HASSOCKS & DITCHLING U3A: also today at 2pm in the Adastra Hall, Hassocks this time, for a talk by Martha Lloyd about the intriguing world of Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies.

PLANT COFFEE MORNING: at Harvesters, Albourne Road on Saturday 21 May from 10am to 12 noon. Raffle, selection of stalls and of course plants for sale, while you view the lovely garden. Entrance including coffee £1. In aid of the Diocesan Family Support Work, which helps local families in problems.

HEBER OPERA: on 22 May only, comes to the Village Centre with Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, performed in the round and sung in English. Premiered in 1863 in Paris this opera is set in ancient Ceylon, telling the story of two fishermen whose bond of friendship is strained when they both fall for the beautiful priestess. Tickets £14 reserved £12 unreserved by phoning 01435 866737 or booking online at

EVENING TALK: at Hurstpierpoint library at 7pm on Tuesday 24 May. Entitled the Ambulance Service of the RSPCA, with Zenon Brown, Animal Collection Officer. Tickets £4 available form the library.

HURSTPIERPOINT HISTORICAL & GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY: hosts John Cooper talking about The Booth Museum of Natural History, 7.45 pm at the Guide Hall off Trinity Road car park, on Friday 27 May. Non-members welcome, entrance fee £3.

VILLAGE CINEMA: 27 May 8pm Love & Mercy (!5). Brian Wilson, the famous singer songwriter of the Beach Boys is at his creative peak in the 1960s, but haunted by inner demons that will destroy his mental health. By the 1980s he is a virtual recluse dominated by a shady doctor until a new relationship comes along. John Cusack plays the older Wilson.

MID SUSSEX RAMBLERS: have a Hurstpierpoint and Burgess Hill circular walk starting at Trinity Road car park on Saturday 28 May at 10.30am. The route is Trinity Road Car Park, Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint College, Tesco Roundabout , Malthouse Stables, Cobbs Mill, Duke Of York, West Town Farm, Bullfinch Lane, Brighton Road, Recreation Ground, West Furlong Lane and Trinity Road. Leisurely 9 mile walk, contact Paul on 01273 831320.

SUNDAY CINEMA: on 29 May is The Lady in the Van (12a). Maggie Smith fills the screen in this real life portrayal of a bag lady. She lived in a van parked in the street, but took up permanent residence outside Alan Bennett’s London home. He made the story into a book, then a play and now a film. This film closes the spring season.

HURSTPIERPOINT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: not only has regular meetings with speakers on a variety of practical topics, I can vouch for this having been to the last one, but they also arrange outings to interesting gardens in the summer. These are open to non-members. On Thursday 2 June is an afternoon/evening visit to the famous Highdown Gardens at Goring, for a guided tour with the Head Gardener at 5pm, followed by Plantation Rise garden at 6.30pm for a glass of wine and enjoyment of roses, clematis, flower decked perogolas and plenty of azaelas, acers and rhododendrons. Cost £6.50. Wednesday 13 July all day to Follers Manor garden, Alfriston, an award winning contemporary garden, buffet lunch, then to Driftwood in Bishopstone for a seaside garden, where tea and cakes are served, on vintage china. Cost £24 including lunch and tea. Finally in August on Thursday 11 August an evening visit to Durrance Manor Shipley, arranged as a series of different gardens with views towards Chanctonbury and the South Downs. Cost £9.50. All trips need your own transport or lifts can be arranged. Book as soon as possible as places are limited. Contact Clare Kabza on or phone 01273 833727.

HURST COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Community Charity reaches its 21st anniversary this month. A million pounds has been raised and given away to hundreds of people and organisations. A celebration of this achievement will be held on Sunday 5 June at 4 pm in Holy Trinity Church. People will talk about how they have been helped, there will be music, and then tea and cakes. Everyone is welcome.

HURST NSPCC: The Fundraising Committee of the NSPCC has been very busy over the last month. With only a few collectors, they managed to raise £709 from a House to House collection in the village. To celebrate the 90th birthday of the NSPCC’s patron, Her Majesty the Queen, a party was held at Mama Ghanoushe, in Hassocks raising £188. Also, many thanks go to Toby at Morleys bistro, where a family fun lunch was held on Bank Holiday Monday, where a great time was had by all, raising £304 for ChildLine, which this year is celebrating it’s 30 years providing free calls for children to talk about any worries that they may have. On behalf of the NSPCC, the committee would like to thank everyone who so generously supported the charity over the previous month helping protect all vulnerable children. If anyone would like to help in any way with fundraising, please contact Belinda on 07860 736077. Important telephone numbers: ChildLine: 0800 1111, Helpline for concerns about a child: 0808 800 5000.

DATE FOR THE DIARY: Sunday 12 June this year will be a big village day, not to be missed, celebrating the Queen’s official birthday with various events in the High Street and on the Green, plus the annual Hurst Open Gardens.

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