Hurstpierpoint

Saturday 8 December, Hurst Traders Christmas: 3 to 7 pm in the High Street. Come and support our wonderful traders and stock up for Christmas! All sorts of enjoyable events including Santa’s Grotto, carol singing, a Live Nativity in the Bus Shelter (if you feel like dressing up as a shepherd, an angel, or a king, do please come along and join in at 4 pm. Carol singing starting outside the New Inn at 3.30 pm and then processing up the High Street.

Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 7.45pm: Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre. Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting. A Celebratory History of Christmas by Andy Thomas. Visitors welcomed. Enquiries 01273 834421

Saturday, 15 December 10 am to 12 noon: Holy Trinity Church, Christmas Coffee Morning. The Hurstpierpoint Handbell Ringers will entertain with a selection of well-loved Christmas Carols. There will be all sorts of Christmas stalls including jams & chutneys, jewellery, knitted gifts, stained glass decorations, homemade cakes, plus a Christmas Raffle and a tombola. All welcome. Free entry.

Saturday, 15 December, 6 pm to 7.30 pm, West Gallery, Holy Trinity Church: ‘The Bunch of Daphs’ is a wonderful singing group directed by Daphne Elston, who will entertain us with a wide range of music, some of it Christmassy! £5 per head, pay on the door, but if you can let me know that you’d like to come, we can put out the right number of chairs and stock the bar! margaret@112a.co.uk, or 01273 835113. Licensed bar.

Christmas at Holy Trinity Church:

Sunday 23 December, 6 pm: Carol Service with candles, carols, mulled wine and mince pies.

Monday 24 December, 3 pm and 4.30 pm. Crib Services. 45 minutes maximum, guaranteed child friendly. All children welcome to dress up and join in the Nativity Story.

Monday 24 December, starting at 1130 pm. Midnight Mass.

Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Day: 8 am Christmas Eucharist, a simple said service in traditional language; 9.45 am, Christmas Eucharist, Christmas celebration in contemporary language with choir and carols ‘a service for all the family’.

Reverse Advent Calendar Scheme: Christmas is coming, but for some families it is a struggle to manage the additional demands on income. The churches and other groups in the village are organising a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ scheme again this year. Just find a box, and put an item into it every day during Advent (December 1st to December 24th). Non-perishable food (tins and packets) plus other items including toiletries, will be very welcome. See a longer article in Hurst Life for more details. The contents of the boxes will be given to two charities - Family Support Work and Off the Fence – which support people in need. If you take part in this scheme, please bring your filled box to Holy Trinity Church between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday 29 December. Phone or email me for more information. 01273 835113; email margaret@112a.co.uk.

November 30 to December 9: Hurst Players Pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. Earlier this year with various start times and dates. Tickets available online at www.hurstplayers.org.uk or in person on Saturdays from the Players Theatre Box Office from 10 am. to 1 pm. Adults £10, under-12s £6, family £28. A few performances still to go. I’ve seen it! It’s great fun!

Wednesday January 2nd and Wed January 9th. 8 pm: Players Theatre. Reading and Auditions for ‘Rope’ by Patrick Hamilton (one-time resident of Hassocks). This play, written in 1929, is fundamentally a murder mystery, encompassing elements of class and psychological distinctions. Noel Coward it is not! Two Oxford undergraduates plot and carry out the murder of a third student. The audience know very early on what has happened but the mystery lies in the behaviour and reaction of the murderers and their party guests – one of whom smells the proverbial rat!

Players – 6 men, 2 women ages 20-50+. The ages are merely a guide, don’t be deterred if you don’t quite match. We are always keen to hear from people who prefer the backstage side of things – do come along if you would like to know more about how you can get involved. Any queries – please call Jo Kearns 01273 834200. Performances 2 – 6 April 2019.