Community events

What's On in Hurstpierpoint - March 2018

March 2018

3rd March - Best of Ballroom Class – 7.45pm
Village Centre - Every first Saturday of the month (£6)

4th March - Mothers’ Union AGM – 11.15am
Holy Trinity Church

6th March - AGM Millennium Garden Trust – 7pm
Village Centre - Afterwards a talk by Tony Whitbread (enquiries to secretary 01273 832756)

6th March - NHS Retirement Fellowship – 10.15am
Franklands Village Hall, Haywards Heath - Monthly Branch Meeting with visiting speaker

8th March - Mid Sussex Association of National Trust – 2.30pm
Clair Hall (RH16 3DN) – A talk on Georgian London by Ian Bevan, open to Non-National Trust members

10th March - Mothers' Union Ladies breakfast – 8.30am
Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church in Cuckfield Rd - Speaker Rev Jane Willis (Tickets £6 from Judy Leech 01273 833954)

13th March - Hurst Horticultural Society - 7.45pm
Village Centre - ‘Out on a Limb: My Life as a Tree Surgeon’ - Lesley Baker, a lady tree surgeon, with some interesting anecdotes from her work

17th March - Spring Show – 2.15pm
Village Centre - Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society’s Spring Show - Home-made cake and tea all afternoon. Raffle and auction at end of show.

17th March - St Patrick’s Day Event – 7pm
Albourne Village Hall - Two course buffet supper and Ceilidh. Licenced bar and dancing to the wonderful Kate’s Kitchen Band. Tickets, £20, available from Sayers Common Community Shop

19th March - Hurst, Hassocks and Ditchling U3A – 2pm
Village Centre - Rudyard Kipling, with Geoff Hutchinson

20th March - Wolstonbury WI – 7.45pm
Village Centre - A Sussex Farm during the 1950s by Ian Everest (01273 834421)

23rd March - History Talk – 8pm
Guide Hall, Trinity Road Car Park – The Hurst Historical & Geographical Society host this talk. ‘Charles II and his escape through Sussex in 1651’ by Helen Poole - Curator at Crawley Museum

24th March - Gym Competition – 9am-12.30pm
Village Centre - Gymnastics Club Arts Festival Competition

24th March - Hurst, Hassocks & Ditchling U3A – 10am
Adastra Hall, Hassocks - Open Morning and Activities Fayre. Free entry with refreshments available. Come and join us! We have over 40 interest groups with a wide variety of activities, ranging from sewing, history & singing to badminton and walks ( or

24th March - Coffee Morning – 10am
Holy Trinity Church - Popular organ music played by Ray Carpenter. Usual variety of stalls. Free Admission

24th March - Hurst Singers Spring Concert – 7.30pm
United Reformed Church, Hassocks - A celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan

April 2018

7th April - RNLI Quiz Night – 7pm
Village Centre - Annual Quiz Night for teams of 6 people (Philip Eastell on 07749 278992)

St Lawrence Fair 2018 - Save the Date

By Neil Constantine, co-chair

The first thing we want to make sure that you all know is that this year the Fair will be on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June – a week earlier than normal. This is because our friends at Harris Fair have an event clash which happens every five years or so.

The St Lawrence Fair will be on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June 2018

In our last article we explained that we were basing our theme on World War I and the role that Hurstpierpoint took in the peace declaration.

Following lots of discussion the theme is VICTORY. We hope this gives our fabulous traders and procession floats a nice wide scope for decorations and costumes.

And so on to the procession. Our procession organiser remains Phil Willoughby, who will, once again, be at the forefront of our fantastic procession. 

If you would like to apply to take part in the procession, please email him on: phil@

You will recall we helped Father Christmas travel around the village in December, and it was great to see everyone out to support him. A big thank you to Gareth and Crispin from Burgess Hill Round Table for their support. We raised over £400 towards the 2018 Fair. We’re sorry if you missed him, but the great news is that this year he has asked us to help him out again and this time he wants to see even more of you so has asked if we can tow his sleigh around on three nights and cover even more of our streets. Look out for more info later in the year.

Bridget Hamilton, an ex-committee member, is launching herself into something new as you may have read in Hurst Life – Cycling without Age Hurst and Hassocks. Always wanting to support our friends and local causes, we are pleased to announce that we are donating £400 to this cause to help get this amazing project off the ground locally. This takes this year’s charity donations to £2,500. We wish everyone well in this new endeavour.

Excitingly, we welcome some new committee members too – Sophie Rees has joined us to focus on Social Media and Marketing. Sarah Burnell and Becky Orpin have also joined us to take over the running of the children’s events, so look out for news of these activities in future issues of this magazine. 

Information can also be found on our Twitter and Facebook profiles.

Lastly, we are in the process of drawing up our sponsorship and advertising packages, so, local businesses, if you are interested in hearing about them please email us on stlawrencefair at, and for any other queries please also use this email address. Any potential stall holders can email stlawrencefair.stalls 

We look forward to seeing you all at this year’s events.