Hurstpierpoint crowdfunding for trishaw bikes

Cycling without Age Trishaw in Hurst

A Hurstpierpoint initiative has recently been featured on ITV's Meridian local news. 

Cycling without Age is scheme which has come over the water from Denmark, and is now spreading worldwide. 

Hurst resident and campaigner Bridget Hamilton is trying to raise the £7,000 necessary to buy a bike for the local area. 

The crowdfunding campaign page can be see here

A great Hurst Festival ahead for 2018...

By Katherine Jackman

Hurst Festival is delighted to announce Hurst Festival 2018 dates of Saturday 15th September – Sunday 30th September 2018.

Bringing together local, national and international talent, Hurst Festival caters for all with a varied programme including Children’s Workshops, Classical Music Soirees, Theatre, Art Exhibitions, Talks, Comedy, Cinema, Walks and Bushcraft.

One of the themes in 2018 will be around PEACE, to commemorate 100 years since the peace terms were discussed at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint in October 1918 for the armistice that brought peace at the end of the First World War.

Hurst Festival organisers say they will be encouraging performers and artists to involve the theme of PEACE, if they wish, within their work. This could be any form of expression to show the ways that people find peace in their lives, peace in our world, peace in our time or whatever your concept of peace may be. 

Hurst Festival is a not-for-profit organisation run by a committee of volunteers, and the diversity of the events we offer is only possible thanks to the generous financial support of the Hurstpierpoint Community Charity Shop and Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common Parish Council. 

We are open to proposals for events and venues and as a community organisation we are always looking for enthusiastic people to join our committee or to volunteer at events. If you’re interested or wish to advertise in the Hurst Festival Brochure (11,500 circ.) please email info at

An exciting year at the Bowling Club

Hurstpierpoint Bowling Club

By Bob Mitchell

If you regularly visit the recreation ground in South Avenue, you will not have failed to notice the building work taking place on the eastern side of the clubhouse, if only because of the huge scaffold ‘tent’ erected to avoid work being delayed because of bad weather! As a consequence work is ahead of schedule and, by the time you read this, the scaffolding should be down and the external building work close to completion.

The Club has very much appreciated the forbearance of its neighbours in South Avenue and other Hurst residents using the footpath across the recreation ground. The good news is that by early spring, the Club, and its building contractor Closewall Ltd, aim to have things back to normal.

High Street gets new retro shop - RetroSpective


Hurstpierpoint High Street will be the home to a new retail outlet later this month when RetroSpective opens at number 89 – in the former Jam Pot shop.

The business is the brainchild of Lindsay Thompson and Tony Walsh who have had a stall in My Vintage, Hassocks for the last four years. Now the pair are going it alone, and are inviting like-minded potential stallholders to get in touch. “If you know someone who has a penchant for antiques and vintage items, or local high quality arts and crafts, then we’d love to talk to them,” Lindsay commented.

The shop will stock various types of products including upcycled furniture and accessories for every room in the house. But there will also be other items such as organic lavender products and pre-loved clothing for sale too.

Lindsay, who grew up in nearby Hassocks, says that Hurst is the perfect place to set up in business. “Hurstpierpoint is a lovely, historic and growing village (and one I very much enjoyed in my misspent youth!). We believe that the residents are keen to support their local high street, and we are keen to be part of that community and ensuring that it continues to thrive.”

At the time of going to print, the shop is currently undergoing a refit and it looks likely that RetroSpective will open its doors during February. Its hours will be 9.30am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday’s 10am-4pm.

For more information call Lindsay on 07789 397284.

Hurst's Santa's Fun Sunday - photo round up

David Gold opens Hurstpierpoint's Santa's Fun Sunday in December 2017

In early December Hurstpierpoint’s High Street was packed with residents, traders and stallholders alike as we all came together to celebrate Santa’s Fun Sunday. 

Photographers Louise and Richard Sullivan were out in force too, capturing the best bits of the action, including David Gold and Lesley Jill Manning switching on the lights (above).

See page page 27 for more information and all the many thanks to those who made this event happen.

Christmas Tree recycling for charity in Hurst

Paul Wilkinson, Christmas Tree Collection in Hurst

Hurst resident Paul Wilkinson is once again on the roads of the village collecting up Christmas trees when they are finished with.

Paul has carried out this service for the last two years, and, in doing so, has raised over £7,000 for charity. He is hoping to beat the 2016 total of £4,050 this year, as he collects trees in exchange for any donation. The charities Paul will be supporting this year are both Hurstpierpoint-based – Cancervive and Hope.

“This village has served me very well over the years,” Paul explains, “both in work and life in general. So being able to give something back is  very important to me.”

Once your tree has served its useful purpose you can either text or call Paul on 07879 897241 and arrange the collection. There is no fixed amount for your donation and 100% of it will go directly to the two chosen charities. Paul adds: “Even if people don’t have a real Christmas tree I will happily collect any donations that people would like to give.”

How we made our Kipper Christmas card this year

Kipper Christmas Card 2017

We always like to send our customers and raving fans a little card to say how much we appreciate their support throughout the year. Christmas is a fantastic time to say this.

And so, we start to think about what our card will look like in October. 

This is how we did it...

Wrapping paper by Willis & Co, Cuckfield. Ribbon by Waitrose. Decorated Christmas Tree supplied by Harvester in Haywards Heath. Print by Swan Press. Chief present-wrapper: Emily Billson. Chocolate-eater: David Tingley. 

Happy Christmas one and all...

David Saitch scoops the cup


By Mike Thatcher

Here’s a tip for you: if you want to travel incognito do not carry a huge silver cup around with you. This is what David Saitch learned after being awarded the prestigious Roebuck Cup at the Film Society of the Year Awards at Sheffield last month. ‘Go on my son, champion’ shouted one taxi driver out of his window. Others honked their horns. Conversations were struck on up the train home and even on a London escalator at the sight of this huge trophy.

The evening before, we were in our seats at the Sheffield Showrooms having been awarded a distinction for marketing earlier in the ceremony. I was very pleased and David looked pleased, although underneath I could tell he was chuntering about what more he had to do to win the darn thing.

“The Roebuck Cup is awarded to those remarkable individuals…” continued Deborah Parker, the chief exec of Cinema for All. My mind was wandering and David was texting Manon, asking what more he had to win the darn marketing award. “…names have been engraved upon the Roebuck Cup since 1979 - men and women who have given that extra something to the film society sector…”

At least we get our photo taken with Danny Leigh and Derek Malcolm for our marketing award, I thought. 


It then occurred to me that I was wearing the same dark top I had been at the last two awards. Oh well, no one will notice.

“…known to many for his attendance at this event, year after year, his continual support of groups all over the country…” Well, it’s a man this year, I mused. “… he has been running his own group for many years, bringing great cinema to his community in West Sussex”.

In true sitcom fashion David and I exchanged a glance.

“…several years ago he set up the UK Film Societies Facebook page to bring you all together…”.

“Oh flip”, said David, (I may have misheard), as he realised he would have to go on stage and say something. The tributes continued as he gathered his thoughts: Katie Brandwood of Stanley’s Film Club said: “We are indebted to David for enabling us to get back on our feet after losing access to our equipment, along with our long-term venue. In response to a plea for help on the UK Film Societies group in May, David arranged for the spare projector at his own film society, the Hurst Village Cinema, to be given to us on extended loan, going out of his way to handover the projector in a matter of hours.”

David strode to the stage and modestly accepted the award. “All I did was create a Facebook page, it took 20 minutes.”


[Full story in December 2017 Hurst Life magazine]

Peter Pan flies into Hurstpierpoint

Hurst Players Pantomime

It’s Pantomime time again! Oh - yes it is!

This year’s show is a traditional panto based on J.M. Barrie’s story of Peter Pan – lots of Pirates, Indians, Lost Boys, Mermaids and a fairy called Tinkerbell. This hilarious version, written by Tracy Rogers, will be a joy for all the family, with a lot of jokes and some great songs. Local singer Sam Nixon will once more be taking on the role of Principal Boy, this time as a thigh-slapping Peter Pan.

There will be evening shows at 7.30pm on 28th & 29th December 2017 and January 5th, with matinées at 1pm on 30th & 31st December, 1st, 6th and 7th January and at 5pm on 30th December, 1st and 6th January.

Tickets from £10 adult, £6 Child (under 12), £28 Family (2 adult + 2 children). Available online at or from Clifford Dann on Hurstpierpoint High Street.

Remembrance Parade 2017 in Hurstpierpoint

Remembrance Day poppy, Royal British Legion

By Trevor Evans, RBL Parade Marshal

This year’s Remembrance Parade will take place on Sunday 12th November 2017. The parade will form up at 10.35am at South Avenue. Those gathered will then march through the High Street to the War Memorial.

If wet, the parade will meet at the Army Cadets Drill Hall which is situated behind the (currently closed) Co-op on the High Street.

Sussex Police have advised us that they are no longer able to provide assistance for the road closure and traffic control – and that we have to find our own marshals. I would ask those motorists and passengers travelling through the High Street at that time to accept a short delay to their journey whilst the parade takes place.

In addition, there will also be an informal gathering on Saturday 11th November 2017 at the War Memorial at 11am – all our welcome.

Hurstpierpoint Family Bonfire & Fireworks at Danny Park

Hurstpierpoint Bonfire and Fireworks - Sun 5th November 2017

Hurstpierpoint Bonfire and Fireworks - Sun 5th November 2017

Sunday 5th November 2017

The 22nd Hurstpierpoint Family Bonfire & Fireworks evening will be celebrated with a ‘bigger than ever’ display of fireworks by our regular firework maestros on Sunday 5th November 2017.


Families are again welcome to share the event to be held in Danny Park, off New Way Lane, Hurstpierpoint.  The event is organised by Hurstpierpoint Gymnastics Club with assistance from Oldland Mill Trust and the Burgess Hill & District Lions.

The Oldland Mill Trust, the Gym Club, together with local schools in Albourne, Hassocks & three in Burgess Hill, will all benefit from your support.

The Hassocks will be running their ever popular BBQ.

Take a 'Guy' to the Best Guy Competition before 5.50pm and one child will be given free admission. Advance tickets prices are the best value - still unchanged at 2003 prices!

Children Under 3 or with a Guy are free (one Guy gives admittance to one child). Children or adults £5 on the gate, or only £3 in advance. Families including up to two adults and three children £15, but only £9 in advance. Tickets will be available in Hurstpierpoint from Pierpoint Pets or Mishon Mackay and in Hassocks from Marchants or QD Stationery.

For safety reasons there are no private fireworks or sparklers etc. permitted on site.  Free parking on site (ground conditions permitting). In the event of bad weather check for the up-to-date news on parking or postponement.

Timings are as follows:
5.30pm Gates open
6pm Best Guy Competition Judging
6.30pm Fireworks Display
6.50pm Bonfire lit with all the Guys and the Best Guy on top 

Hurst Life copy dates 2018

Hurst Life is the community magazine for Hurstpierpoint in West Sussex, and its printed every month and distributed to all the homes in Hurst, Sayers Common and Albourne via a team of professional delivery agents. 

In order to help you plan sending in content or advertisement artwork to us, we have listed below all the key dates that you need to know for 2018. 


January 2018
Copy date: Tues 12th Dec 2017
Distribution: Weds 27th Dec 2017

February 2018
Copy date: Tues 16th Jan
Distribution: Tues 30th Jan

March 2018
Copy date: Tues 13th Feb
Disribution: Tues 27th Feb

April 2018
Copy date: Tues 20th Mar
Distribution: Tues 3rd Apr

May 2018
Copy date: Tues 17th April
Distribution: Tues 1st May

June 2018
Copy date: Tues 15th May
Distribution: Tues 29th May

July 2018
Copy date: Tues 19th June
Distribution: Tues 3rd July

August 2018
Copy date: Tues 17th July
Distribution: Tues 31st July

September 2018
Copy date: Tues 21st Aug
Distribution: Tues 4th Sept

October 2018
Copy date: Tues 18th Sept
Distribution: Tues 2nd Oct

November 2018
Copy date: Tues 16th Oct
Distribution: Tues 23rd Oct

December 2018
Copy date: Tues 20th Nov
Distribution: Tues 4th December

January 2019
Copy date: Tues 11th Dec 2018
Distribution: Fri 28th Dec 2018

February 2019
Copy date: Tues 15th Jan 2019
Distribution: Tues 29th Jan 2019


Hurst Village Cinema

By Mike Thatcher (Hurst Village Cinema)


At last, a new season upon us and with projector wiped and speakers tuned we present three very different films for October:

Wednesday 11th October 2017 8pm Lady Macbeth

We open with Lady Macbeth, based on a Russian novella, not Shakespeare. Katherine is trapped in an arranged marriage in the North East at the turn of the last century, essentially kept prisoner by her vile father-in-law and dysfunctional son. Bored beyond belief she takes action, but flaunting convention cannot go unpunished. This dark and powerful psychological drama is both riveting and chilling and boasts a standout performance from Florence Pugh.

Friday 27th October 2017 8pm Free Fire

A rare combination in a film; a gripping thriller which is also very funny. It’s the early 70s and a group of IRA operatives meet a South African gunrunner in a Boston warehouse planning to take a cache of M16 rifles back to Ireland. The deal goes spectacularly wrong, and Brighton filmmaker Ben Wheatley treats us to one of the most epic shootouts in recent memory. Everyone has a gun but no one is in control. The story of double-crossing is as old as the hills but Free Fire tells it in a refreshing new way whilst parodying the insanity of gun violence. A good old fashioned hoot!

Sunday 29th October 2017 8pm Hidden Figures

Three unsung heroes of the 1960s space race are given their moment in the sun here. Their story is particularly inspiring because they were African American women who, as well as calculating the angles of re-entry, had to jump through hoops at NASA when racial segregation was still a fact of life. Every day, Math’s whizz Katherine G Johnson must cross the grounds at Langley Research centre to use the ‘colored ladies room’, in a literal running gag, although it not inherently a laughing matter. This film presses all the right buttons for a blast of enlightening, upbeat entertainment.

Chatt Estates opens on Hurstpierpoint High Street

Chatt Estates, Hurst office

Chatt Estates, Hurst office

Keen eyed residents will have noticed that there’s a new estate agent on the High Street at number 133. 

Chatt Estates was founded by Peter Chatt and Alex Santry when they opened its first office in Ditchling in 2015. Having been born and bred in the area, Peter explained that opening in Hurstpierpoint last month was an ‘obvious step’ for the thriving agency. 

“Our team is hungry, proactive and efficient, and has a combined 15 years of local property knowledge. Do drop in and say hello. You’ll feel like you’ve know us forever,” Peter commented.

Another new shop - seamstress now open too


A Hurstpierpoint resident opened a new shop in the village last month.

Maria Fox is a bridal seamstress and she’s taken the shop at 108 High Street for her business that specialises in bridalwear, bridesmaids, prom dresses and occasion wear – but she also offers general alterations too.

Maria, who has been sewing for 15 years, comments: “I pride myself on being meticulous! I know it has to be just right. All dresses leave my shop fitting perfectly and my brides happy.” 

The shop is open between 9am and 3pm during the week and by appointment on Saturdays. If you’d like to know more pop in and say Hi, or find Maria Fox Bridal Seamstress on Facebook.

St Lawrence Fair AGM - 12th October 2017


The St Lawrence Fair committee will hold this year’s post-Fair Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Thursday 12th October at 8pm in the New Inn.

Co-chair Gary Thomas said: “We will meet, as usual, in the back room of the pub and look forward to welcoming the village to come and join us for our annual debrief!”

The Fair was as popular as ever in July. You can watch videos which capture the day below:

Hurstpierpoint High Street - September update

Hurstpierpoint's shopping High Street

Sunday 17th September –
Super Sunday High Street Party


There will be a Street Party atmosphere as part of the opening of the Hurst Festival. The High Street will be closed to traffic between 12 noon and 6pm. 

Please do come along and support the event for an afternoon of family fun!

All the shops are planning special events for the day – come and find out more.

There’s also a classic car rally, live music, face painting, stilt walkers roaming the street, morris dancers, a tombola, snow dogs, reptiles on the rec, fly fishing classes, art demos and the chance to try your hand at archery! 

Traders will be putting on something special for children too. The Kids Shop Window competition will be in full swing. Just collect an entry form from Mishon Mackay or Ashley & Thomas and go exploring on the High Street!

As well as the usual fantastic array of shops, the High Street will be adorned with a number of independent stalls too. If you would like to take a stall for the day, please contact Gill Blackburn on 07748 630 316.

hurstpierpoint Co-op reopening update

The Co-op is scheduled to reopen at the end of November. However, this is pending approval of additional planning consent, for which the deadline was the end of August.

On a brighter note, the temporary store on the green is now taking credit cards! And Wendy from the Hurstpierpoint Community Shop confirms that the charity shop will be returning to the High Street as soon as possible after the Co-op’s move back.

Hurst Festival 2017 is nearly upon us

By Charlotte Snook


The 14th Hurst Festival runs from Saturday 16th September until Sunday 1st October and has over 80 events for people to choose from including music, theatre, comedy, film, dance, literature and art. We have just one request for people this year – and that’s to TRY SOMETHING NEW!

This year sees the biggest ever community day, called Super Sunday, on 17th September. Hurstpierpoint High Street will be closed for a village wide street party – the first this year – with lots of free activities for the whole family. The High Street traders are working closely with Festival organisers to create a day filled with food, drink and street entertainment. Come along and join in from 12.30pm until 5pm.

Highlights of the Festival programme this year include the opening Saturday night at the Village Centre where the Rollin Clones will perform a set of hits spanning five decades of one of this country’s best ever bands (the clue is in the name!). We also have two fine classical concerts at Danny House including mezzo soprano Lucy Goddard and local piano virtuoso Rachel Fryer. A must for jazz lovers is our closing night concert on 30th September; an exclusive tribute to Thelonious Monk, created by Mark Travers.

This year also sees some fantastic theatre productions. Local boy and Edinburgh Fringe performer John Hinton brings his wacky, wonderful and hugely educational ‘The Element In The Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy About The Death and Life of Marie Curie’ to Hurst College for one night only on Monday 18th September. Festival favourite Sam Nixon will also be performing Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Putting It Together’ for two nights on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September. And let’s not forget Hurst Players’ production of the classic Hobson’s Choice, on during the first week of the Festival. We also welcome back the wonderful Wishworks Puppets who will perform two zany shows for the whole family on Saturday 23rd September.

Finally, for lovers of Britain’s Got Talent we have a few treats in store. David Walliams Golden Buzzer act from 2015 Lorraine Bowen is performing two exclusive shows for us – one for kids on Saturday 16th and the other for adults on Friday 22nd September. Secondly, the man who inspired last year’s winner Richard Jones’ act, Fergus Anckorn, will tell his story with the help of his biographer Peter Fyans on Saturday 23rd September.

To view all events and book tickets visit or come along to our Box Office at the Players Theatre, Hurstpierpoint High Street, open every Thursday-Saturday 9.30am-1pm until the end of the Festival.

We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Albourne Village Show 2017

Albourne Village Show 2017 - 9th September 2017

Albourne Village Show 2017 - 9th September 2017

This year sees the 10th Anniversary of the Albourne Village Show which attempts to recreate our old Village Flower Show of the 1930s. It takes place at the Village Hall and on the green. At its core is a traditional flower and vegetable show, with additional classes for children, arts and crafts, photography, beverages, fruit, eggs, honey and all manner of culinary exhibits. Last year’s show attracted nearly 1,000 visitors and nearly 350 class entries!

Additional attractions include the 10th Anniversary Raffle (with £100 first prize), apple pressing (bring your own), vintage vehicles, a fun dog show, children’s games (including live magician), birds of prey, live music (including the Patcham Silver Band), hot food from the barbecue, cream teas, a beer tent (serving real ale and wines) and many other village and countryside exhibits and stands. Oh, and we have ice-cream and candyfloss. 

Details of classes can be found here on our website ( Entries to all classes from those outside Albourne are welcome and indeed encouraged!

The event is just a 20 minute walk from Hurstpierpoint. Entry is 50p for adults. Free entry for children and free car parking.

Non-stop Shakespeare by Hurstpierpoint Players

12th-15th October 2017

By Bob Sampson

Hurstpierpoint Players are planning a repeat of the successful Non-stop Shakespeare as a fundraiser to refurbish the Players Theatre in Hurstpierpoint.

As happened in 1999, it is our intention to get all 37 plays read in this 70-hour marathon, and we are inviting our members, friends, schools, professional actors, neighbouring amateur dramatic groups, in fact anyone who is interested, to get involved.

There are also great opportunities for companies to sponsor plays or take advertising space in the souvenir programme. Email for details of what’s on offer.

The readings will go on 24 hours a day from 7.30pm on Thursday 12th October until whatever time we finish on Sunday 15th.

If you don’t want to read, please put this in your diary anyway to come along and support those that do! 

We contacted the Shakespeare Centre Library looking for advice on how long we might have to allow if we were to read right through. They said: “You deserve a huge amount of money if you’re going to read through all of Shakespeare’s plays! Going on the productions done here by the RSC, and taking at least half an hour off their running time, it would take anywhere between 60 - 80 hours to go through all the plays, depending on your texts and the speed of your readers.”

The Theatre Museum was really helpful too. Word had it that they had done a complete reading of the plays in 1989. However, it turned out they had missed a few! So it was left to the Hurstpierpoint Players to take on the task in 1999. We have done it before, so now the date is set and the mammoth operation is under way once again.

The Players Theatre building was converted to a theatre in 1976 and it has been apparent for a while now that the theatre building is in need of some significant maintenance and refurbishment work. The seats for example were already 30 years old when they were installed and the heating system has become more erratic and noisy as the years have passed. The Theatre is used by Hurstpierpoint Players, Hurst Village Cinema and Centre Stage Children’s theatre as well as many other theatre and musical concerts. The intention of this refurbishment is to make the place more comfortable for the audiences and users of the theatre.

If you want to take part in this thrilling experience, or just find out more details, send an email to