If you are heading: in to Haywards Heath today, Thursday, Mid Sussex Older People’s Council are hosting a Silver Sunday Coffee Morning in the Orchards Shopping Centre. They will be serving tea, coffee and homemade cakes between 10 am and 12 noon. The aim of these events is to encourage older residents to get out of their homes and socialise; there is no need to book, all you need to do is turn up and enjoy the company!

If that isn’t of interest: Knit and Natter might be. There is a session of this gentle pastime at the Hardware Shop this afternoon from 2.30pm. It will cost just £2 to enjoy the company of likeminded individuals, knitting and nattering whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake. If you would like more information about this, Christina will be able to point you in the right direction – tel 400212 or call in and see her in the Shop.

On Tuesday evening Handcross Ladies Association: will be meeting in the Parish Hall from 7.30pm. This month sees members enjoying a taste of a variety of local cheeses along with some non-alcoholic cocktails – something that might come in handy over the Christmas season for those who will be designated drivers. There will also be an opportunity to make your own tissue paper flower. If you would like more information about this organisation, get in touch by email handxladies@gmail.com.

The following day: sees the Rosemary Club making use of the Parish Hall, this time in the afternoon from 2.30 pm. After enjoying an afternoon at Tilgate Park last month, this month members will be taking part in some gentle exercise by undertaking some armchair exercises. But don’t let this put you off going along to meet and make new friends, I’m sure the exercises won’t be too strenuous! This is not a club exclusively for women, men are welcomed along and the only stipulation that will need to be met to be a member is that you have to be over 50 years of age! If you would like more information about the Rosemary Club get in touch with Helen on 07540 816170; if you would like to take advantage of a lift to get there, get in touch with Alison and she can let you know about the Community Bus, her number is 07773 602394.

Both the above mentioned organisations are local but not limited to the village so if you have friends who live in one of the surrounding villages, they would also be made very welcome so take yourself along and see what you can gain by way of new friendships and interests.

Finally: a couple of dates for the diary if you are interested in crafts: Saturday, 20 October there will be a craft and card making supplies sale at the Hardware Shop; I’m sure there will be plenty of bargains to be had on a vast selection of goods. The following Saturday, 27 October, there will be a mini Craft Fayre selling items to help you with your craft and card making activities as well as various items made by those who enjoy ‘crafting’! As always, if you would like more information about these or any of the other activities that are held at the Hardware Shop, get in touch with Christina on 400212 or call into the Shop and have a chat with her.