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Ditchling

Ditchling Singers: are holding their last rehearsal before the summer break this coming Sunday 22 July. If you are interested in joining the Singers, then please come along to Keymer Church Hall. They meet from 4-6pm. The Singers are a friendly group and there is no audition. Singing popular songs, a warm welcome awaits. Just come along or contact Julie on 01273 844818 or Christine on 01273 846098.

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Chailey

THE BIG CHAILEY PICNIC: is a new fundraising initiative from Chailey Heritage Foundation and we need your help! We want to encourage as many people as possible to roll out their picnic blankets and put on a spectacular spread for their friends, family, school class or work colleagues. You can hold your picnic anywhere and at any time, all while raising vital funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation. For more information on how to sign up or to download a fundraising pack, please visit https://www.chf.org.uk/event-picnic.html.

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Wivelsfield

WIVELSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Please join us in the Village Hall for 8pm on Thursday 19th July for a talk on England’s Immigration Control: 1066 to the present. The talk will also include Wales from 1536 and, from the Act of Union of 1707, Scotland. Visitors most welcome. £2.50 incl. refreshments.

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Scaynes Hill

Scaynes Hill Village Club: Live band night CODA (Led Zeppelin Tribute Band)

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Balcombe

BALCOMBE FETE: A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Fete to make it such a glorious day. The Fete Committee had fun and we hope that everyone else did too. A note for your diaries the Fete next year is on Saturday 13 July 2019, save the date!

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Hurstpierpoint

Everyone: Do please let me have information about meetings, activities, outings and so forth, about a week in advance. It’s particularly helpful for people moving into Hurstpierpoint to know what is going on here, with contact details for who is organising events and where they happen.

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Hassocks

Hurst Hassocks and Ditchling U3A: EqualiTeas event celebrated 100 years since some women and all men gained the right to vote in 1918. EqualiTeas is an initiative of UK Parliament and three thousand groups from Scotland to Cornwall are taking part. We launched an Exhibition outlining the 60 year struggle for women’s suffrage including a section on our very own Sussex Suffragettes. We looked at what has happened in the last 100 years and how women still lag far behind men in becoming MP’s and local Councillors. Much work still to be done! We enjoyed discussions, an EqualiTeas game and a Quiz, tea and home-made cakes, including shortbread from a recipe specially created for EqualiTeas by House of Commons head pastry chef Andy.

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Plumpton

ZUMBA WITH LUCY: takes place every Wednesday at the Scout Headquarters from 7pm to 7.45pm. It is a fun, friendly class suitable for all abilities. Classes are £5 pay as you go with a weekly raffle to win a free class. No need to pre-book you can just arrive and join in. For more information contact Lucy at zumba_lucy@outlook.com.

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Ardingly

Ardingly Short Mat Bowls Club: every Friday evening in the village hall between 7-00pm and 10-00pm. The club plays friendly matches against other clubs in the area as well as an evening roll up. New members are always welcome. For more info contact Peter on 01444 892234.

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Balcombe

BALCOMBE FETE: is now days away on Saturday 14 July from 12 noon on the Recreation Ground. Come along for a fantastic afternoon and some superb entertainment to this year’s French-themed Balcombe Fete. You will be astounded by the Dog Agility and the Martial Arts displays and enchanted by the music of Inchoir in the central arena. We will also have a Zumba class available for all to join in and hopefully the amazing Hunting Hounds running amok and causing delightful chaos in the Craft Tent! Our own Balcombe Dancing School will be giving it their all on the dance floor in their pretty costumes which always lifts the spirits, and then it will be time to have a giggle as you can watch the Tug-of-War competitions and the Egg Catching.

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Wivelsfield

WIVELSFIELD VILLAGE DAY: will be held this Saturday, 14 July, from 10.30am-5pm at Wivelsfield Village Hall and Recreation Ground. Come and enjoy a day of fun for all ages, with stalls, attractions, arena events and entertainment. Traditional fair ground, miniature railway, archery, falconry displays, kids races and much more. Free entry. For more information please visit http://www.wivelsfieldvillageday.org.uk/ or follow us on Facebook. Feeling creative? Why not make a pantomime donkey head to enter our pantomime donkey derby?! Fancy making a day of it? See below for details of our free live music event…

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Hurstpierpoint

Everyone: Do please let me have information about meetings, activities, outings and so forth, about a week in advance. It’s particularly helpful for people moving into Hurstpierpoint to know what is going on here, with contact details for who is organising events and where they happen.

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Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill History Society’s: monthly meeting is on Friday 13”at 8pm. Popular Brighton historian, Jackie Marsh-Hobbs, will be talking about the lifestyle of Sir & Lady Thomas Stanford & their servants who lived in Preston Manor during the Edwardian Period.

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Ditchling

Ditchling Players: A date for your diaries. Please note that the audition for the Players’ autumn production is Tuesday 7 August, not 4 August as mentioned in this column last week. If you are interested in auditioning for a part please contact the Director, Susie Beer at susiebeer13@googlemail.com. The Players would also love to hear from anyone who is interested in helping out with their productions. There are opportunities with front of house and an extra pair of hands is always welcome. The autumn play runs from 21-24 November and Susie has chosen to produce And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. The auditions take place in Ditchling Village Hall and start at 8pm.

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Ardingly

Ardingly Short Mat Bowls Club: every Friday evening in the village hall between 7-00pm and 10-00pm. The club plays friendly matches against other clubs in the area as well as an evening roll up. New members are always welcome. For more info contact Peter on 01444 892234.

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Cuckfield

Cuckfield WI: was pleased to welcome Barbara Ehlers, Silversmith based in Ditchling for their last meeting.

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Plumpton

FOOTPATH SOCIETY WALK: about 4 miles, including Rotten Row, Juggs Lane, Windmill, Kingston Ridge, The Street Kingston, Spring Barn Farm (refreshments available) and Lewes Priory Ruins, starts at County Hall car park (BN71UE) takes place this Sunday (July 15) at 2pm. For more details call Jennie and Dave Langley on 01323 896831 or 07884006238.

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Chailey

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Summer Show takes place at the village hall this Saturday (July 14) from 2.30pm. Schedules and entry forms are available from The Horns Lodge, Five Bells and Peter Estcourt on 07803179708 or via pge44@waitrose.com. Everyone is invited to see the exhibits from 2.30pm and maybe stay a while to enjoy delicious refreshments, which will include homemade cakes, and the raffle. Prize giving is at about 4pm and will be followed by an auction of produce.

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Handcross

Please don’t forget: Help at Hand’s Cream Tea on Saturday from 3 pm in the Parish Hall, the cost is only £3.50 per person and you do get a lovely tea for your money! This is a much used service in the village by everyone, young and old, and deserves our support so please, spare an hour or so and indulge yourself! I know that everyone involved in the running of the organization would like to see some new faces at their annual fund raiser so I hope to see you there. If you can’t be there but would like to know more about it and maybe even offer a few hours of your time to be a duty officer or a driver, get in touch with Ian Ratcliffe on 400763 he’d be more than happy to take your call!

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