Perdido Players Swing Band with Sister Sister Singers: on Saturday 13th October, Queen’s Hall at 7.30pm Tickets: £10 from Pepperbox, Church Office or Peter Swann 01444 450335. Licensed Bar and raffle, proceeds for The Friends of Holy Trinity Church

Local Food Market: in the Talbot Courtyard is to be held on Saturday 13th October from 9.30 – 12.30pm

The Independent State of Cuckfield Mayor’s Election: takes place this year on Friday 19th October, followed by the Mayor’s Procession on Saturday 20th October. This year’s candidates are:

Leanne Knapman (White Harte) Evelyn Steyning (Independent)

Edward Hill (Talbot) Paul Leppard (Wheatsheaf)

James Clark (Rose & Crown)

Election Night is Friday 19th October at The White Harte Pub from 8pm, with the new Mayor being announced at 11pm.

The Mayor’s Procession takes place on Saturday 20th October leaving Warden Park School at 2.30pm and arriving on the High Street at approximately 3.30pm. The route goes up London Lane, along London Road to Brainsmead and then all the way back down London Road to the High Street where there will fun on the High Street with music and children’s entertainment.

Two marching bands and plenty of decorated floats will make this an event not to be missed. Everyone is welcome to walk with the procession or just watch from the sidelines. If you wish to enter a float or a walking team please email

Cuckfield WI: was pleased to invite Ed Nugent to speak at their recent meeting. Ed is the owner of Garden Sage which can be found on London Road as you enter Hassocks from Burgess Hill.

Garden Sage is considered a nursery as opposed to a garden centre because they try to ensure the majority of what is sold is grown by themselves, instead of being bought in.

Ed gave some delightful tales of how he came to be in Hassocks, the tough journey he had to endure in order to get the nursery where it is today, and his travels over the years where he has seen many native and exciting plants. He was funny, enlightening and incredibly knowledgeable of the many plants around the world. Ed described in detail the hardship of the job itself, the early starts, the late finishes, the blistering heat inside polytunnels and greenhouses over the summer and the back breaking work that goes into growing the many magnificent perennials. Continuing many garden projects in his own home with his family, he clearly has a passion and it was a pleasure to have him speak. The Cuckfield WI meets every third Tuesday of the month with the October meeting being held on the 16th at the Baptist Church on Polestub Lane. For details of how to join please email