Hurstpierpoint news
Hurstpierpoint news

COMMUNITY SHOP: those of you who pop in regularly will have known Saturday’s stalwart, Don, a kind and helpful man who turned his hand to just about everything to assist the running of the shop, and also to aid many customers whom he chatted to. Sadly he died suddenly and will certainly be missed. He was such a friendly and considerate man.

HURSTPIERPOINT HISTORICAL & GEPOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY: has an illustrated talk this month by the excellent presenter Dr Geoffrey Mead about ‘Sussex- East of Rye, Camber and beyond’, an overlooked and interesting area. Friday 23 September at 8pm at the Guide Hall off Trinity Road car park. All welcome, and an annual subscription Is only £10.

HURST HASSOCKS & DITCHLING U3A: meeting on Friday 23 September looks at a mystery and its answers. Go along to hear Andy Thomas on The Crop Circle Mystery, at 2pm Adastra Hall, Hassocks.

AUTUMN SHOW: of the Horticultural Society takes place on Saturday 24 September in the Village Centre. Displays of chrysanthemums, dahlias, michaelmas daisies and such plus fruit, vegetables, cookery and childrens’ exhibits. If your garden is flourishing and your veg plot producing do think of entering, it is free and open to everyone. The show schedule is available to pick up from Gibsons in the High Street. The show opens at 2.15 pm so go along to view the exhibits and do not miss the auction at the end.

CIRCULAR WALK: with the Mid Sussex Ramblers to the west of the village. Monday 26 September meet at 10.30am in the Trinity Road car park. More info from Phil 01273 835931.

MAKE TIME FOR MACMILLAN: A group of Hurst ladies are hosting a coffee morning again this year to raise funds for this well known cancer charity on Friday 30 September at the Bowls Club on South Avenue from 10 am to 12 noon. Entrance is £3.50 to include tea or coffee and a cake, children 50p to include a drink and biscuit. But there will be stalls to browse as well as delicious home made cakes for sale. Last year a bumper amount was raised and the ladies are hoping for your support to make it an even better one this year.

HURST AFTERNOON CLUB: October meeting is on Tuesday 4 October in the Village Centre at 2.15pm. This month’s guest speaker is our local artist and sculptor Sylvia Thornhill. Very appropriate as she is one of the artists opening up her garden and displaying her work as part of the Open Studios with the Hurst Festival, and also sculptor of the ring of children of different centuries that commemorates the St Lawrence Fair’s 700 years. An interesting afternoon hearing her speak about her work, and open to anyone to come.

OPEN STUDIOS: the second weekend and another chance to wander around the village and take in the local artistic talents on view, just look out for the blue and white balloons.

DID YOU SEE: during the holidays a news item about how we are using up the Earth’s resources faster than ever, as apparently a year’s supply of natural resources used to last until December in the 1970s but this year’s was all used up by 8 August? From now on we are into next year’s. Cars and industry use up most but as individuals we can slow it down, by recycling, but reportedly as a nation we are getting worse at it with an 80% increase in rejected waste alone in the past four years, which has to be incinerated or sent to landfill, when we were supposed to be resolving the problem. Perhaps we should take Japan’s practical approach. Stockpiles of discarded electronic equipment and smart phones are to be mined to produce the gold, silver and bronze medals for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, as the country is poor in natural resources. Our household waste is therefore not rubbish, but veritable free gold dust that does not need to be mined, for drink cans, refined for plastic bottles or felled for our daily newspaper, saving energy and conserving natural resources. However mixed waste caused by wrong or dirty items, just one is enough for rejection, is not further sorted by local authorities because of cost, goes to landfill, and forgive the pun, with a waste of good recyclable content. If in doubt, throw it into the grey bin, or stick up a list for ‘gold dust items’ to make it easy, you may think differently as a result. Mid Sussex has been doing well and the savings put back into our community as I previously reported, but we are far from the impressive 0% lost of South Somerset, Sedgemoor and Taunton Deane which proves that it is possible. And 60% of general household rubbish is compostable, free for the garden if you are able.

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