Lustig & Webb celebrate four years in Hurst


With the High Street constantly changing, it’s great to be able to recognise business owners in Hurstpierpoint who have recently celebrated four years running Lustig & Webb – the hair salon tucked away behind Café Murano.

Originally started by Daniel Lustig and Stephen Webb as a pop-up shop - sharing the space with interior designer Angie Cheung - within a year the couple had taken on the whole shop and were employing two additional stylists.

The pair are no strangers to celebrations this year, as they got married in Bordeaux during the summer – with a three-day event including friends and family. “After two years of planning,” Daniel explained, “it was a very special time and fantastic to finally ‘tie the knot’.”

Daniel started work in the hotel industry but trained as a stylist at Toni & Guy and had worked in Brighton for 20 years before opening in the village. Stephen similarly trained at Toni & Guy and enjoyed working in London, Dubai and Brighton – before finally settling down in Hurst. They now live just up the road, in Sayers Common.

“For us,” Daniel says, “it’s all about customer experience. We know many can feel intimidated about coming to a hair salon, so we do everything we can to make clients feel welcome from walking through the door to the ‘goodbye’ as they leave feeling fabulous!”

[Full article published in October 2018 Hurst Life magazine]

The shining lights of village cinema

By Mike Thatcher

Hurst Village Cinema gets Commendations

I gave far too much thought about which jumper I should wear to Sheffield. On the one hand I had worn the same one four years running and we had always come away with some awards. On the other hand people might think it was the only one I owned. Boldly, I chose a different jumper, albeit essentially the same colour.

Once again we had been nominated in two categories for the annual Film Society of the Year awards in Sheffield, rewarding the hard work which Manon and David Saitch put into running the Hurst Village Cinema.

I travelled up early on Friday and on arrival watched two films which are well worth a viewing; American Animals and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. I met up with David later, who was looking nervously over his shoulder for Newcastle Film Society who seem to have anointed him as their designated drinking buddy. As a group they were later to be awarded the Roebuck Cup, leaving David to muse that his shoes were too big to be filled by just one person.

David, with less than eight hours of his reign as Roebuck Cup winner left, had been asked to be on the Community Cinema Review of the Year panel entitled ‘Challenges and Success’. Unfortunately, going after Liz from Leigh Film Society meant much had already been said. What did emerge, however, was that Hurst Village Cinema is almost unique in having only three people at the helm. Other organisations have up to 30 volunteers and their scope and brief is much wider than ours. “It makes everything you do more amazing,” commented the Deborah Parker, the Chief Exective of Cinema for All.

The scene maybe changing slightly, with the emphasis now on the bigger organisation, but, as always, I came away proud to be a part of Hurst Village Cinema, as we picked up two Commendations at the awards. The last word from Deborah: “You guys at Hurst Village Cinema are a shining light. You exploded onto the scene in such a fully formed way that it seemed as though you had been there for decades, you started helping other film societies network straight away, you’ve helped out other film societies and us without a second thought; you’ve really inspired people.”

Community Christmas Event on Hurstpierpoint High Street

By Louise Lawrence

We’re excited to be able to give you a little info on the upcoming Christmas event, which will take place on Saturday 8th December between 3-7pm. Although it’s a little time away yet, we’re adding new highlights weekly so it promises to really kick start the festive period! Please save the date.

We will have something for all the family, including: Santa’s Grotto (sponsored by Marcus Grimes); traders and charity tables along the High street; live Nativity in the bus shelter; music by The Straw Dogs; theatre performances; photo booth competition and carol singing, of course!

The whole event concludes with a torchlit procession for all to join in with.

This year the event is being run by the community (local charities) and the traders. There has been no charge for table space and all the contributors have donated their time for free. We are excited that any money generated will benefit our parish.

You can see more updates by liking ‘Hurst High Street Xmas Shopping’ on Facebook or see next month’s Hurst Life magazine.

Hurst Festival 2018 - Super Sunday


Super Sunday on 16th September is the official opening celebration of Hurst Festival.

Everybody is welcome to enjoy a fabulous day of family fun.

If you haven’t been before you won’t be aware of the street performers, the workshops, the singing and dancing, the food and drink, the special offers on the High Street and, of course, the Harris Old Time Fun Fair – this really is an excellent family day not to miss!

It begins with the treasured transport parade led by the Burgess Hill Marching Band. It travels through the High Street to the South Avenue Recreation Ground where you will be able to wander amongst these beautiful vehicles at close quarters.

The High Street will be filled with special offers from our brilliant traders. Many will be offering food and drink as you pass. Do make sure you pop in to Poponin. Jess and her team are creating Festival Bunting from the 1st – 10th September, when every child will make their own piece of bunting. This will be joined together and ready for Super Sunday – a unique piece of village art!

Look out for the brilliant street performance of ‘Too Many Cooks’ in their converted food-van. It’s street theatre at its best; jam-packed with music, puppets and the world’s smelliest cheese!

More information at the Hurst Festival website

Work started on Community Hub

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Mid Sussex District Council is working in partnership with Hurstpierpoint Parish Council to create a new community hub for local people.

The former Ex Servicemen’s Club at Court Bushes Recreation Ground in Hurstpierpoint has been empty since December 2017, and later that month a serious fire destroyed the interior of the building. 

The District and Parish Councils are working together to bring this building back into use as a community facility for local events, and building work is set to get under way shortly.

The new community building will be a flexible space that can be used in different ways by local community groups.

A large hall area will be available for social functions like wedding receptions and birthday parties, as a space for social groups to meet or as a venue for positive activities like exercise classes. An area will be provided for community meetings to be held, and it is hoped that a nursery provider will use the space to provide local childcare for nearby families.

Storage has been set aside to enable a Foodbank to be run from the building, and the ex-servicemen, who built the original building, will be able to relax and socialise in a new bar area.

The new facility will be built by Mid Sussex District Council before it is handed over to Hurstpierpoint Parish Council to manage on behalf of the local community.

Work started in August to strip out the interior of the building and prepare the site for renovation. Building work will start this month, and the new community hub is expected to be completed by the end of December 2018.

Councillor Colin Trumble, Mid Sussex District Council Member for Hurstpierpoint and Downs, added: “It’s wonderful to see the District Council, Parish Council, Ex-Servicemen, Clarion Housing and local community groups all working together to make this dream a reality.”

Hurst Open Studios weekends - 2018

 Where you can find artists in Hurstpierpoint 

Where you can find artists in Hurstpierpoint 

Hurstpierpoint Open Studios will take place over two weekends in September during the Hurst Festival.

There will be 26 artists at 13 venues  around the village displaying their work, which includes paintings, photography, textiles, stained glass, furniture, sculptures and jewellery.

You can meet the artists and enjoy the wonderful variety of work on display, and maybe treat yourself, or someone else, to a unique piece of artwork. Refreshments will be available at two venues during the first weekend and at one venue during the second weekend.

‘Art making is a way of experiencing peace’ is a quote from artist Melanie Circle. With this quote in mind and a theme of ‘Peace’ running through the Hurst Festival, the Open Studios artists have each produced a piece of work in their own interpretation of ‘Peace’. These will be on display in shops around the village for the two weeks prior to the Open Studios.

The Open Studio venues will be open on 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd September from 11am to 5pm and will have blue and white balloons at the entrance. Please note two venues will only be open on the first weekend. 

Details of venues (with a map) are in the Hurst Festival brochure and on posters and flyers in shops in the village and in the library.

Discover more about the group online at: or search Facebook for Hurstpierpoint Open Studios.

Danny House's part in WWI history

 Danny House, Hurstpierpoint - where Lloyd George signed the Armistice agreement in 1918

Danny House, Hurstpierpoint - where Lloyd George signed the Armistice agreement in 1918

By Michèle Copeland

Danny - we all hear the name or references to it, but how many of us have been to Danny House?

Danny is an impressive and stunning country home of the first Elizabethan age, nestled at the bottom of the South Downs at Wolstonbury Hill, south of Hurstpierpoint. It has stood the passage of time - some seven centuries - as the home of the Campion family, who played major parts in the area’s domestic and imperial history in their time, as well as housing leaders of our nation, at difficult times.

One of those most recent events was in 1918, when Prime Minister Lloyd George stayed there alongside his wife and his secretary Miss Stevenson - his reputedly ailing mistress. Danny House and its village was chosen not only to become a temporary office of the War Cabinet, between July and November 1918, but David Lloyd George’s country home.

“He effectively lived there with his family, the newspaper barons of the time, and war leaders for several months,” says Richard Burrows, today’s owner of Danny House.

[Taken from a full article published in August 2018's Hurst Life magazine]

“I would really love to re-enact The 1918 Lloyd George Garden Party, to celebrate the Armistice centenary of 1918. It would really be great if people could attend this event in period costume of the 1920s, with dancers or dancing groups to lead the way,” he says.

The famous Alex Mendham 11 piece orchestra (who have played to royalty all over the world) and the Hot Rhythm Orchestra (who headline the Goodwood Revival) will be present, as well as the well-known vintage Harris funfair and WWI re-enactors. Enjoy Pimms and tea on the lawn and mingle with actors dressed like celebrities of the time, such as Lloyd George, Bonar Law, and Arthur Balfour – we can all re-enact history!

The 1918 Lloyd George Garden Party is on 2nd September 2018. It will open at 2pm and finish at 6pm. 

Ticket prices are £5 a head and £20 for a family ticket and can be bought via the Hurst Festival website

Albourne Village Show - 1st September 2018


By Mick Gratton

This year’s Albourne Village Show will be held at Albourne Green (BN6 9DJ) between 12noon and 4.30pm on Saturday 1st September 2018 with free local parking.

It is a traditional Summer Fete with a Flower, Produce and Craft show at its heart. Visit the website for information on categories and entry details.

It has grown to be a family event for all ages and this year we will have three bands including Patcham Silver Band; a dog show you can enter on the day; steam engines, vintage vehicles and a barrel organ; birds of prey; as well as a magician, children’s entertainment, games and many craft stalls.

There’s plenty to eat and drink with a Bedlam beer tent and Clive Miller barbeque, tea and cakes and apple pressing. 

If you can’t come, you can still buy tickets for the ‘Best of Albourne’ Raffle which has a £100 first prize sponsored by Ernest Doe together with many other great prizes.

The show is generously supported by local businesses including Sweeptech, Technetix, Avtrade, Hurst College and Tracmaster and raises money for the local community.

Please come and enjoy a day out and if you want to run a stall contact me (Mick) on 01273 833978.

St Lawrence Fair 2018, Hurstpierpoint, photo round-up

 St Lawrence Fair, annual community fair in village of Hurstpierpoint

St Lawrence Fair, annual community fair in village of Hurstpierpoint

By Nicola Stenning

Phew what a scorcher! One of the hottest Fair days that most of us on the committee can remember and we think one of the best ones (again).

Just a short write up from your Fair committee this month to say thank you once again for coming out and supporting us over Fair weekend. To all of you that attended and to all of you that gave your time in getting either yourselves or your children kitted out for the fantastic procession, to those who ‘flossed’ and those who tidied!

We have literally billions (well tens) of people to specifically thank and will try to draw that list up for an article in the September edition as we don’t want to miss anyone, and we are all still a little frazzled to be honest. 

You know who you are, and we couldn’t do this without you.

Have a great summer – from your Fair committee.

St Lawrence Fair, Hurstpierpoint, Fun Run 2018 results


By Benny Coxhill, Race Director

We celebrated this year’s theme of Victory with the long course race running past Danny House where the terms of the Armistice were drawn up 100 years ago at the end of the Great War. The runners may have been thinking more about the sweltering heat as they went by. It is a tough course, going over the top of Wolstonbury Hill, and we see many of the same faces each year enjoying the challenge. This year the sheep joined in at one point, blocking the route on Danny Drive, much to the marshal’s surprise.

Running came home this year as all the race winners were Hurstpierpoint residents. The full results can be found on the Fair website but the winners are listed below.

A special mention goes to Cerys Dickinson who started the short course but caught up with and decided to stick with the long course runners. Unfortunately we didn’t record an accurate time for her but we hope to see her next year when she may be challenging for a medal.

I’d like to say a big thank you to the sponsors: 
Places for People at the Triangle for prizes including gym membership for the long race winners and family swims for the Family Prize winners.
The Jog Shop in Brighton for race equipment and prize vouchers.
Burgess Hill Runners for use of their race equipment.
Hartley’s Off-Licence for the beautifully decorated bottles for the winners and water bottles on the course and at the end.
Ashley & Thomas and the Co-op for the bananas and sweets.

The event relies on our marshals and other volunteers, many from Burgess Hill Runners, without whom this could not have gone ahead. A special thanks to the Army Cadets who turned out in force for the fun run after helping stall holders since early in the morning. Also thanks to Kevin Battel from Run Britain for performing the Race Adjudicator duties once again, as well as running the race.

Top Results

Long course men:

1st 33.10 - Tom Roberts. Setting a new course record. Tom has moved up to the long course for the first time this year, having made the short course his own by winning the cup four times. As he is only 16 his prize bottle of wine went to his mother.

2nd 34.42 - Emil Pruden. A very creditable time considering he tripped and hurt himself.

3rd 36.07 - Alexander Rawlinson

Long course women:

1st 46.37 - Laura O’Grady Serrut. Exactly 2 minutes quicker than last year. Laura’s prize Prosecco was soon displayed on Facebook after the race.

2nd 49.58 - Geraldine Tyler on her first attempt at the race.

3rd 56.52 - Emily Webster also taking part for the first time.

Short course boys:

1st 12:24 - Freddie Shalloe. For the first time, narrowly beating Imogen at the finish. Freddie’s dad was taking part in the long run. 

2nd 13:02 - George Corke. A fun run regular, just outside the medals last year.

3rd 13:34 - Charlie Laing

Short course girls:

1st 12.27 - Imogen Reed. 24 seconds faster than last year and only 3 seconds behind Freddie. This was her third attempt.

2nd 15:56 - Hannah Jemmett

3rd 16:19 - Isabelle Chan

Blue Dogs victorious in final

 Hurstpierpoint Football Club success in 2018

Hurstpierpoint Football Club success in 2018

By Alex Oecken

Hurstpierpoint Football Club has been the village team since its formation in 1886, making it one of the oldest football clubs in the country. Originally playing in the grounds of Danny House, the club moved to Fairfield Rec in the mid-1900s, a ground that they still call ‘home’ today.

In 2014 Hurst won the prestigious Sussex Intermediate Cup, beating Cowfold in the final - arguably the proudest day in the club’s long history. 

This year the club looked to go and emulate the victorious feat, but this time in the Edgar German Cup. 

The ‘Blue Dogs’ found themselves drawn in the final against a very young Jarvis Brook II side that proved more than worthy of its place, despite being in the division below.

The game took place last month at Hanbury Park stadium in Haywards Heath. Hurst came into the game without a win since their semi-final victory three weeks prior but still took the lead through a Luca D’Alessio header just before half time. Luca was one of the three products in the squad who came from the club’s youth system, Hurstpierpoint Colts.

Jarvis Brook equalised with a penalty just after halftime, which made for a more tense finish.

The deciding moment came with just under half an hour to play, when Hurstpierpoint born Luke Martin arrowed an effort passed the Brook goalkeeper from 25 yards to make it 2-1 on the night.

The club has made great progress in the last two seasons, and all involved are very proud of this achievement. We are expanding and growing as a club and would welcome anyone in the village who would be keen to get involved, whether that be playing, managing/coaching or on the committee. Do get in touch (hurstpierpointfc

Noel Coward play at The New Inn, Hurstpierpoint


Hurstpierpoint is delighted to be welcoming back the hugely successful and talented musical team of Sam Nixon and Alasdair Carson-Sheard. Following on from the well-received Twelfth Night, and a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, the same directorial team bring you: I’ll See You Again - the Private Lives of Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence.

Departing from Shakespeare, combining biopic with outdoor theatre magic they are bringing a wonderful celebration of the lives and talent of that essential, erudite British gent Noel Coward and his shining, talented and funny co-star Gertrude Lawrence.

This evening of razor sharp wit, laugh out loud comedy and some of the most beautiful melodies written for the stage will be in the garden of the New Inn from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th July, with an additional special matinee performance on Saturday 7th July.

For more details and to buy tickets visit:

St Lawrence Fair, Hurstpierpoint, Sat 30th June 2018


 Hurst’s Got Talent : Saturday 16th June, 3.30pm.
Come and sing, dance, play an instrument, or act for us and the audience at The New Inn. Application forms are on our website. The winner will officially open Fair Day.

 ‘Cuckoo in the Nest’ : 16th June - 28th June. Sponsored by Mishon Mackay
Entry forms available from Mishon Mackay on the High Street for 50p. Can you spot what doesn’t belong in the window displays of the High Street shops?

 Pet Show : Sunday 17th June, from 12.30pm. Sponsored by Heath Vets
Small Pets : 12.30-1.15pm - Best Small Pet and Pat Venables Cup for best owner/keeper.
Dog Show : From 1.30pm with classes:
Best Junior Handler (U16s); Best Trick; Dog the Judge would most like to take home; Waggiest Tail; Prettiest Pooch; Most Handsome Hound. The Heath Cup - awarded to the dog in the best condition, and the Wright Cup - awarded to the winner of our veteran’s class. Each class entered is £1 per animal.

 Friday 29th June, South Avenue Rec:-
Teddy Bear’s Picnic : 12.30pm - 2.30pm.
Pre-schoolers - Bring your teddies and have some fun with cake decorating, a craft activity, carousel ride, magic show and an ice lolly. Voluntary contributions are gratefully received for this event.

 Junior Disco : 6pm - 7.30pm.
£4 a ticket, to include a snack, fruit and unlimited squash/water.
Age 4+. Sorry but due to the noise, activities and space constraints this is only open to over 4s (eg. school age) and we ask parents to please have fun outside the marquee - there will be plenty of tables/seating for you outside so you can sit nearby. Thank you.

 Family BBQ & Live Music : From 6pm.
Come and enjoy an evenings entertainment with live music, our BBQ and bar.

 Saturday 30th June, South Avenue Rec:-
Fair Day! : From 12pm. Headline Sponsor: Ansells of Sussex
Main sponsors : Hurstpierpoint College; Elite Choice Home Care; Adam Virgo Academy.

All the fun of the fair! Enjoy the procession, the main arena events, fun run, stalls, street food market, and the Harris’ funfair; details and maps will be in the main Fair Programme which you should receive hand-delivered!

St Lawrence Fair 2018, Hurstpierpoint - Road Closures

Road Closure Map for 2018 - click to enlarge

Procession Route & Road Closures

By St Lawrence Fair Committee

We thought it would be advisable this year to give all residents within the procession route, fair warning with the road closures on the day of the fair (Saturday 30th June 2018). The signs will go up with advance warnings, however what these won’t say is that we actually have them on a ‘rolling’ closure. Here we will try to explain and give timings as best we can, however please bear in mind these are approximate.

1. Procession starts from Marchants Road at approximately 1pm, however groups start assembling from about midday. Access to all side roads off Marchants Road will be from the Trinity Road end (marked 1a), but will be blocked at the Cuckfield Road end from 12.30pm for safety reasons. Once the procession has cleared Marchants Road, this road block will be removed. 

2. & 3. Cuckfield Road between these points will be closed from 1pm, until the procession makes it way up Western Road, at approximately 1.15pm. As soon as the whole procession is on Western Road, these road blocks will be removed.

4. & 5. Western Road will close between approximately 1.15pm and 1.50pm. The procession stops for a break at point 5. at 1.30pm for 15 minutes. It will then move onto the High Street and once cleared, Western Road will reopen.

6. 7. & 8. As soon as the procession reaches the High Street at approximately 1.45pm, this road will then be closed. Cuckfield Road at point 7. will temporarily close to allow the procession to move across the roundabout. As it moves along the High Street, road blocks 6. & 7. will be removed. The procession will reach South Avenue Recreation Ground at approximately 2pm, and once all safely in, the High Street will reopen.

Please also note the following:

We move at the speed of the slowest walking group and stop quite often along the route. 

We ask that everyone who lives or parks on the route to please try and find other parking temporarily so that our vehicles can get through pinch points easily; think of them as wider than a fire engine.  

The Round Table do a fantastic job of letting traffic through on the route until the last possible moment that roads need to be closed, but we can only man main junctions. We may ask you to pull in and park if necessary as side roads cannot be manned, e.g. off Western Road.

Many thanks for your co-operation and understanding. We hope you enjoy watching all the amazing walking and motorised floats!

A review of village Conservation Areas in Hurstpierpoint


As part of a programme of reviewing Conservation Area Appraisals across the District, Mid Sussex District Council has prepared the Hurstpierpoint Conservation Areas Appraisal, which covers the three Conservation Areas within the village (Hurstpierpoint, Langton Lane and Hurst Wickham). This has been prepared in association with the Hurstpierpoint Society, and identifies the qualities which make the Conservation Areas special, as well as how these qualities can be preserved and enhanced.

This map shows the conservation areas currently in Hurstpierpoint

The Appraisal has highlighted a number of instances where it is felt the boundaries of the Conservation Areas could be usefully extended to include adjoining areas which are considered to have sufficient special interest to merit designation, as well as one instance where it is considered the boundary could be altered to omit buildings which detract from the special interest of the Conservation Area concerned.

Once approved by the Council, the Appraisal will form a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and will inform planning practice and policies for the area. It will also give the local community clear advice on what should be cared for and preserved within the Conservation Areas.


The Conservation Area Appraisal is now complete in draft form. The next stage of the process is a public consultation exercise, in this case with the assistance of the Hurstpierpoint Society and the Parish Council, in which the Council is seeking the views of local residents and other interested parties on the Appraisal and the proposed boundary changes. The consultation included a public exhibition at the Hurstpierpoint Village Centre at the end of last month, but copies of the full Appraisal document are now available to view at Hurstpierpoint Library. The Appraisal is also available to view online at the Council’s website:

MSDC are very keen to hear from anyone with their thoughts on the draft document. Comments can be sent to LDFconsultation @ 

The public consultation began on 16th April and will run until the end of May 2018. There will be a review of the feedback received and any required changes would be made to the Appraisal before it is adopted. 

Where’s your nearest defibrillator in Hurstpierpoint?

Since running an article back in February this year, we have had a number of people come forward to update our listings of the most local installations of these mobile defibrillators. We committed to print this information from time to time in order to help us all know and learn where to go, for that moment when we might just need to know.

We’d like to encourage everyone living and working in the village to familiarise themselves with the sites of the lifesaving defibrillator machines and learn how to use them.

Hurstpierpoint has four machines: One on the outside wall at the Fairfield Rec on Cuckfield Road, another is situated in the Bowls Club on South Avenue Rec, a third is inside the Medical Centre on Trinity Road and the final defib machine is mounted on the wall in the alleyway between Morley’s and Olive on the High Street. 

In Sayers Common there is one on the outside wall of the Community Shop (by the door to the hall). While in Albourne there is one inside the Primary School, in the gym of Wickwoods Country Club (up Shaves Wood Lane) and one mounted on the outside wall of Albourne Village Hall, to the right of the entrance doors. Not all of these will be available 24/7 but the outside ones listed (right) should be.

All of the machines are portable and contain full instructions, but why not give yourself a head start with an online tutorial?

New Vermouth from Albourne Estate


Alison Nightingale, Albourne Estate vineyard owner, has unveiled the first Sussex vermouth: an English take on the Italian favourite which is rapidly seeing a resurgence in popularity.

Named 40 after the number of botanicals with which it has been infused, this highly complex tasting white semi-dry vermouth has already won its first award in The Spirits Business Master 2017 blind-tasting competition.

As well as the regular vineyard and wine tasting tours Alison runs throughout the summer, this June - on the Father’s Day weekend - there will be a Sussex Wineries weekend of events when Albourne Estate will be open to the public.

On the Friday, there will be a pop-up cinema in its 400 year old barn, screening Sideways, with tickets including a glass of wine. And on 16th and 17th June the vineyard will be open all day for drop-in tastings, a self-guided treasure hunt trail and the chance to picnic anywhere on the vineyard with hampers full of local produce, which need to be ordered on Albourne Estate’s website prior to the event.

On the Saturday there will be a vermouth master class with Alison’s wine consultant Salvatore Leone, who helped Alison develop her recently launched vermouth.

Visit to find out more.

Time for changes to The Village Centre in Hurstpierpoint?

By Michèle Copeland

 Hurstpierpoint's Village Centre

Hurstpierpoint's Village Centre

The Village Centre is considering a major redevelopment of its facilities to bring the building up to date with current regulations, carry out various repairs, enhance the facilities for its predicted use over the coming years and to improve the appearance of the centre, in terms of decor.

Michel Olszewski, chair of the Trustees of The Village Centre committee, explains: “The needs of the community are outgrowing the accommodation The Village Centre currently has and we are considering upgrading the main hall, the meeting room, the kitchen and the Club Room. The library is the responsibility of Mid Sussex District Council. The Village Centre was first extended in 1998. There was a further update, which took two years from 2004 to 2006 - nearly 15 years ago now, when the Parish Room was re-housed.” 

“As The Village Centre is very much a community building,” Michel continues, “we would like to involve the Hurst community in this important project. Our current considerations may include several changes, which could impact on the different groups and members of the public who use the centre, such as alterations to the steps and ramp to the hall, general layout and an extension.”

The team thought that the best way to interact with the residents of Hurst would be through a questionnaire and so they would be grateful for anyone who could email with responses to the following questions: 
1. In addition to current accommodation, are there any additional facilities you would like to see?
2. Would you find a changing room/cloakroom accommodation useful?
3. What aspects of the Centre would you most want or need to be retained?
4. Are they any additions to the facilities that would enable you to use the Centre more often?
5. What are the best parts of the Centre which encourage you to use the facility?

Any feedback should be sent to the current HVCA Secretary, Andrew Hair, via email to: andrewhinhurst @

New Hurstpierpoint gallery hosts 13 artists

There’s another new shop on the High Street. Gallery 92 opened last month when Hurst residents Clare and Joff Harms ‘took the plunge’ to start their own High Street business.

The pair only got the keys to the property ten days before they opened. “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind,” Clare explained, “but we are really excited to have done it!”

The gallery stocks art, photography, prints and giftwares.

Hurst's Spring Show 2018

 Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society Spring Show

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society Spring Show

By Kathy Green

Early March brought the ‘Beast from the East’ blasting the spring flowers into abject submission and turning the garden to stone. With the Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Spring Show less than a fortnight away all looked very bleak indeed. But, as the thaw began, the Committee sent out a plea to all members of the Society to do their very, very best to enter something into the Show. And we hoped for the best.

Show day arrived and, would you believe it?! The Beast was back. Snow swirled around the village and a bitter east wind cut across the car park. But gardening types are a hardy lot. They arrived at the Village Hall muffled in big coats, scarves and gloves carefully protecting their precious daffodils, camellias, hellebores, orchids and, yes, even a few pulmonarias and primroses. And then there were cakes, sausage rolls, pots of marmalade and chutney, floral art and photographs and the Hurstpierpoint Preschool artwork. Yes, we had a Show!

There was close competition in all sections of the Show. Stan Cartwright beat Pat Kean by just one point to win the Stapleton Cup for Daffodils/Narcissi. The Spring Cup for the best camellia was won by Alison Chivers and the Junior Spring Cup was won by Aimee Murtagh who made a beautiful vase of paper flowers. The other Section winners were June Kentsley for Floral Art, Pat Kean for Cookery, Kathy Green for Photography, Denis Hills for the novice daffodil section and a tie for Other Flowers between Jill Mance and Denis Hills. 

Many congratulations to all the prize winners. But, on the day, everybody who contributed to the success of the Show was a winner. We collectively confronted the ‘Beast from the East’ and we won.