Hurstpierpoint news
Hurstpierpoint news

APOLOGIES FOR LAST WEEK, due to a technical error it did not make the print version.

WELCOME to the new café in the High Street, called Community Coffee. It is at the far end between The Fig Tree restaurant and the estate agents Clifford Dann. It has a lovely exterior planting for pleasant out door sitting and sipping.

BEHIND Marran’s in the High Street in their charming garden area is a chic Summer House, which has different monthly occupiers proposing interesting items. Currently Samantha Holland, of Hung On You, has it full of pre-loved clothing and accessories, in a wide range of styles, including offering some well-known names, all at good prices. Do pop through Marran’s and have a browse. She is there until 13 July.

ST LAWRENCE FAIR for this year is finally here and this Friday 1 July starts off the main events, on the South Avenue Recreation Ground. For the younger members of Hurst there is firstly a Teddy Bear’s picnic from 12.30pm to 2.30pm for pre-schoolers. Take the favourite teddy for an outing, which includes some fun with cake decorating, a craft activity, carousel ride, magic show and a lolly. Later at the same place there is a Junior Disco for the 4 year olds and over, from 6pm to 7.30pm. Tickets £3 to include a snack, fruit and drinks. Meantime the Kids Tug of War is at 6.30pm. Teams of 8 under 14s compete and both the runners up and the winners will join together to take on the winning adult team on Fair day in the main arena.

FAMILY BBQ & LIVE MUSIC provides an evening of entertainment for one and all, also at the Recreation Ground. LIsten to live music from local singers and bands and enjoy a BBQ and bar.

FAIR DAY 2 July, and we hope for good weather to make it a wonderful and enjoyable day. The morning will be spent on preparing the floats and dressing up, then coming together from12 noon at Marchants Road. The variety of interpretations on the theme of 60 will be interesting to see. At the same time Harris’s Fun Fair, stalls and Street Food Market opens. The procession starts at 1pm to a peal of bells from Holy Trinity church and winds round the roads to arrive at the arena for 2pm., and prizes. The winners of Hurst’s Got Talent will perform and officially open the fair. Shortly after at 2.45pm both the Long and the Short Fun Runs start with a lap of the arena before setting off round the countryside. Hurstpierpoint Gymnastics Club will give a display at 3pm and at 3.35pm will be the Tug of War competition for adult teams leading up to the final against the Kids Tug of War combined teams. Prize presentations take place at 4.15pm with the Grande Finale at 4.30pm. All the events will be announced by Mike Hudson, so you will not miss a single thing if you are queuing for an ice cream, cuppa or something stronger. Take a breather from the fair and try your hand at bowling, as the club will be open for tasters, for both adults and children. I will be at the fair, wearing a homemade rosette of Mid Sussex Times newsprint, do say hello.

OPEN AIR ECUMENICAL SERVICE finishes the fair at 10.30am at the South Avenue Recreation Ground, for everyone in our community.

CONCERT at Holy Trinity church on 3 July at 7.30pm by Brighton Concert. Entitled Farewell Favourites, this is a selection of highlights from 16 of the choir’s past programmes under the baton for the last time of Katie Thomas. Tickets £12, concessions £10, obtainable from the website, by phone on 01273 835746 or on the door on the day.

HURSTPIERPOINT AFTERNOON CLUB Tuesday 5 July at 2.15 pm, Village Centre. Members will be waltzing home after this month’s meeting on The Strauss Family and Viennese Music, from Ian Gledhill. But non-members are welcome to join them. Have a chat, a cup of tea with biscuits and make some friends.

HURST CINEMA has a live NT screening of Kenneth Branagh’s new modern version of Romeo & Juliet, on Thursday 7 July at 7pm. Starring Richard Madden and Lily James as the star crossed lovers and Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio. Tickets available from their website or Mishon Mackay.

BARN DANCE on Saturday 9 July at the Village Centre. A family and community orientated event, even for those who do not normally dance, as the steps are usually called out. Tickets for this fun evening are from Mishon Mackay or Feathers. All the proceeds will go towards the Bowling Club’s new extension fund, with an expanding membership and plans to build an under cover winter play area, they are working to raise the shortfall in funding of £35,000. Any one wishing to contribute without dancing can also buy a brick for £10 and be entered into the brick raffle, which has several generous prizes.

DANNY HOUSE, New Way Lane, will be having a concert on Saturday 9 July at 4pm. Coro Novo Choir will be marking 450 years since the death of Shakespeare. For information phone 01273 833000.

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