Hurstpierpoint

Danny Park Bonfire & Fireworks, Hurstpierpoint, 3rd Nov 2019

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Hurstpierpoint’s annual Family Bonfire & Fireworks display is taking place once again at Danny Park, off New Way Lane.

This year’s event - on Sunday 3rd November 2019 - is organised by Andrew Hair from Hurstpierpoint Gymnastics Club with assistance from Oldland Mill Trust and Friends of Hassocks Infant School.

Andrew commented: “The Oldland Mill and the Gym Club, together with local schools in Albourne, Hassocks and three in Burgess Hill will benefit from your support on the night.”

The Hassocks will be running a BBQ, there’s free parking on site (ground conditions permitting) and if you take a ‘Guy’ to the Best Guy competition before 5.50pm - one child will be given free admission.

Advance tickets cost just £3 for an adult or child (£5 on the gate). A family of five advance ticket is £9 (£15 on the gate). Tickets available from Mishon Mackay or Pierpoint Pets in Hurst.

Gates open at 5.30pm, Best Guy Competition judging at 6pm and the Fireworks Display will start around 6.30pm.

See www.hurstpierpointgym.co.uk in case of inclement weather affecting parking/postponement.

5.30 pm - Gates open
6.00 pm - Best Guy Competition Judging
Approx 6.30 pm - Fireworks Display
Approx 6.50 pm - Bonfire lit with all the Guys and the Best Guy on top

Hurst Christmas Event: 7th Dec 2019

The annual village Christmas Fair will take place on 7th December between 4pm-7pm, with this year’s theme being ‘It’s a Wonderful Hurst’. It is a vital and much anticipated day for all the local traders on the High Street. Traditionally it has been the most successful day of the year in terms of sales, with many villagers doing their last minute Christmas shopping (usually with a mulled wine in hand!) while kids can have fun safely due to the road being closed.

After the success of last year, a new organising committee was put in place to build upon the event, and continue to grow it into something Hurst can be proud of. We’re a vibrant village full of amazing people, and we want the Christmas Fair to be something we look forward to all year. The committee’s vision revolves around three main questions: how do we make the Christmas Fair a great event for the people of Hurst, how do we make it a great event for the local traders and how do we ensure it is produced by the local community, for the local community, with a focus on supporting the existing local High Street traders?

To that end, the committee has been hard at work on planning and we’re excited to release more news to you over the coming months!

You can expect brilliant food on the street provided by local pubs and restaurants (including kid friendly bites), musical entertainment, Santa (of course!), and several special, secret things that we can’t talk about just yet! We promise it will be an evening you won’t want to miss. Of course, we’re always looking to find new sponsors!

If you’d like support this community event and gain exposure at the same time, please don’t hesitate to contact us hello@hurstchristmas.org - we have packages available for as low as £250 and every sponsorship or donation is hugely beneficial and very welcome.

We’d also LOVE to hear from you if you’re interested in volunteering in any way. Without people like you getting involved, village events like these don’t happen. If you’re a local charity benefiting the local community and would like to have a stall on the day, please get in touch.

We can’t wait to see you on 7th December between 4pm and 7pm! Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions or thoughts at the address above, or through the website: www.hurstchristmas.org

New owners at Morley's, Hurstpierpoint

Alex and Andy Kier

Alex and Andy Kier

Introducing Alex & Andy Kier of Morley’s, on the High Street. Andy has been the chef at Morley’s for the last 18 months and has now, with his wife Alex, taken over the helm. Serving up classic and globally inspired dishes, there is sure to be something for everyone!

Andy trained in the colleges of Oxford University and has spent his career cooking in Oxford, Brighton and France, picking up a few awards along the way.

Alex has also spent her career in the hospitality industry, with some time managing Carluccios, before Bill’s and then most recently at Glyndebourne near Lewes.

The couple said it had always been a dream of theirs to run their own restaurant business and when the opportunity to take over Morley’s came up, they thought it was too good to miss!

“We are really excited to be taking on this lovely restaurant and feel very lucky to have been welcomed so warmly,” Alex said. “Morley’s is part of the community and we want to be fully involved with local events.”

Morley’s serves breakfast from 9am on Saturdays and Sundays. The full menu runs 12 noon-2.30pm and 6- 9pm Tuesday to Saturday. For an extra treat on a Sunday, Andy also does a top notch roast beef!

Stonepound Crossroads work started

Work has started at Stonepound Crossroads in Hassocks – which will leave Hurst Road closed until the end of the school holidays.

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The project, which is a condition of the planning permission for 129 homes being built by Barratt David Wilson Homes off London Road, will take place in two phases and includes upgrading ‘ageing traffic signals’, which will improve the busy junction’s capacity.

The first phase also includes works to widen Hurst Road and preparation work to facilitate a new cycle route scheme between Sayers Common and Downlands School.

During the school holidays there will be three-way traffic lights at the junction, while Hurst Road is closed at the junction. A diversion is in place for those travelling between Hurstpierpoint and Hassocks.

All businesses are clearly open as usual during this disruption. Lindsay Thompson, speaking on behalf of Hurst Traders, commented: “As local retailers we want to be upbeat about the summer. We’re working hard as a group to introduce new programmes and fun offerings while this work is going on, creating even more reasons for you to visit the High Street in Hurst, which is still very much open for business. We are so grateful for the support we receive from you all, day in and day out, without which many of us wouldn’t still be operating.

For the next month or so, could we dare ask for that one extra purchase a week?” She went on: “It’s going to be far more pleasant taking a trip to the village; less traffic and fumes, safer pavements, a better chance of parking and, dare I say, no road rage!”

Hurst Road is due to be closed until 2nd September, after which the crossroads will use four-way temporary lights until early November.

A West Sussex Highways spokesperson said: “This type of work does cause inconvenience for residents, businesses and road users, for which we apologise, but every effort will be made by the developer and its contractor to limit disruption as much as possible. For example, there will be a dedicated traffic marshall for the duration of the project to operate the temporary traffic lights between 7am and 6.30pm.”

The second phase of this work is expected to be completed by 30th January 2020.

Hurstpierpoint wine merchants new owner

Hobbs wine

Hobbs wine

Hurstpierpoint recently welcomed Hobbs of Hurstpierpoint to the High Street, an off licence in between Tina Bucknall and Retrospective. Owned by Paul and Samantha Hobbs it joins their other branch in Henfield, and they employ a total of 11 staff. Residents of the village, they have children at both St Lawrence and Downlands schools.

Paul has worked in hospitality and retail since he graduated from University and is excited about opening a branch in his home village. “We look forward to establishing ourselves on the High Street in this great village. We love the sense of community and belonging and hopefully will be here for many years to come.”

They plan a few surprises and specials for the St Lawrence Fair and advise people to keep an eye out on social media for information.

Community group for dads and kids

Dad la soul at Court Bushes Community Hub

Dad la soul at Court Bushes Community Hub

A new group for dads and their kids launched last month at the recently refurbished Court Bushes Community Hub in the village, to an extremely warm welcome from 15 dads and over 25 kids, and a hardcore rap session from Brighton-based music charity, Audio Active.

The volunteer-run group called ‘Dad La Soul’ aims to eradicate the social isolation that can be experienced by dads and give them a fun, welcoming environment where they can spend time with their children. It will run on the first Saturday of the month, with each session being led by a different dad who will teach the group a new skill.

Dad La Soul offers activities including everything from film, music and zombie mask making to DJ and circus skills workshops, as well as soft play, science lessons, crafting and games.

The sessions have been funded by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group which provides social housing in the local area and works with residents to transform their communities.

Father to a seven-year-old son, Dan Flanagan founded Dad La Soul having struggled to find groups for dads and their children in his local area. “We have been running in Worthing for the last year and a half and regularly have 70 or so dads and kids joining us. Being able to bring this over to Hurstpierpoint is fantastic. We had dads that recognised each other from the school run but have never spoken, chatting away like old friends by the end of the session.”

He continued: “Being a dad can be quite lonely at times, but men don’t like to talk about that. Through Dad La Soul, my hope is that dads, stepdads, granddads and carers can come together to have fun, make friends and learn new skills. We’re delighted to be working with Clarion Futures to bring Dad La Soul to Hurstpierpoint.”

To find out more or book your place email: dan@ totrockinbeats.com.

Ever wanted to keep a pig?

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Mike Thatcher met up with Hamish Raby and other members of the village who were instrumental in setting up pig groups in Hurstpierpoint.

Around eight years ago Hamish was looking for a healthy, outdoor project to get him out of the house and he struck on the idea of keeping pigs. As with both the groups I spoke to, one based in Bullfinch Lane and the other in the grounds of Danny House, when you set up a group it is very much trial and error from the outset.

“When I started,” explains Hamish, “I approached Tim and Pippa Jones in Bullfinch Lane and, being lovely people, they said of course we could use their land. An old Arc was brought in from Washbrooks, fences were put in place and Mitch Miller plumbed in the water. Even though half the fencing was scavenged, there was an initial investment required.”

When it came to buying the first ‘wieners’ it was just a case of getting on the internet and seeing what was available. The groups have had, at various times, Tamworth and Saddlebacks, Gloucester Old Spots, Large Blacks, as well as Oxford Sandy and Black, who have a much better temperament, especially when they get older. All are sourced from local, small-scale farms and are same litter traditional breeds.

Each project ideally needs a manager and it relies on every member doing his or her job. Now throughout history in every society this sort of arrangement can lead to teething problems and things are no different in Hurstpierpoint in the 21st century. “We learnt over the years,” says Hamish. “The great thing is anyone can leave if they are getting bored or annoyed with the other people. When numbers are smaller, say six families with everyone enthusiastic, it can be easier then with more, when sometimes the slack is not always taken up.”

St Lawrence Fair 2019 - Hurstpierpoint

Children’s Events for St Lawrence Fair 2019

Not long to go until the 2019 Fair - we hope to see you all there. On the page opposite you will find the events that are taking place running up to the Fair. We will give you the procession route and full schedule for Fair Saturday in next month’s issue.

Talking about the procession, last year was exceptionally hot and we have decided that we need a plan if it is as hot (or hideously wet) for the well-being of our processioners! With this in mind, if it is very hot or very wet we will turn left out of Marchants Road and come straight up Cuckfield Road to the roundabout and along the High Street, cutting out the middle of Cuckfield Road and Western Road and coming past the Church. We have to think about our lovely walkers and Marching Band - we hope you understand. We will take the decision about this on the Friday late afternoon and publicise it as much as possible. All procession participants will be contacted and told at this time and the procession will leave later as it will not take as long to get around the shortened route.

Now onto something we think is quite exciting - we will have six VIP tables (to seat 10) available for sale for our Friday Bands and BBQ. These will be £100 and have a great location for watching the music and getting to HurstBarPoint. If you would like a table please email: stlawrencefair @gmail.com. First come, first paid, first served!

Christmas Day lunch offer to community

By Naomi McBain

It is an exciting time of expansion for Hurstpierpoint charity Hope, which aims to encourage and support family life and reduce stress and isolation amongst families.

Working with a growing team of volunteers, many lives are being encouraged and equipped through our term time programmes of parenting conversations, small support groups called Sparkle groups, playtime fun and support of individual families.

On Christmas Day we are linking up for a second year with another local charity, Befriended, for a Community Christmas lunch. Last year was full of laughter, fun and delicious food.

This year we are looking again to make Christmas Day special for families and individuals who might otherwise find the day difficult, or are simply looking to spend the day with others in the community. Do help us spread the word to people you know who would like to come.

For more information on this event please contact: admin @befriended.org.

New stone laid on The Green in Hurst

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Passers-by of the children sculpture on The Green may have noticed the addition of a new stone laid in front of it – courtesy of Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common Parish Council.

Hurst resident Sylvia Thornhill (pictured) was one of many who suggested concepts for the installation, but hers eventually won the public vote and was installed in July 2013.

The new stone credits Sylvia and explains the rationale of the artwork, as the children represent the seven centuries that the St Lawrence Fair has been running.

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

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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.”

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 @gmail.com).

St Lawrence Fair, Hurstpierpoint, Sat 30th June 2018

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 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!

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 @ gmail.com

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. 

James Taylor takes on London Marathon

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Hurst resident James Taylor has found himself training for his second marathon, having never imagined he would take it on again after completing the Brighton Marathon back in 2014.

However, he made the decision to challenge himself after his daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last year. Amelia Taylor was about to start the final year at university in Bournemouth when she was told she had Synovial Sarcoma – which is often associated with young adults. Fortunately her cancer was low-grade and she’s now coming through all the treatment – which meant going up to London’s Royal Marsden hospital every day for five weeks.

“It is ‘off the scale’ scary to hear news that your child has cancer,” James commented, “but she’s received the best support and we’re obviously thrilled she’s now coming out the other side.”

James is running the London Marathon later this month for Sarcoma UK and has already raised more than £2,000. James has also received a generous donation from Paul Wilkinson’s Christmas Tree collection in the village.

His training regime started back in November and he’s making good progress. “Having done one before,” he said, “I do feel better prepared as I know what’s coming.” 

If you wish to support James and Sarcoma UK you can do so online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/James-Taylor165

What's on in Hurstpierpoint - April 2018

April 2018 - around and about Hurstpierpoint

10th-14th April
Dead Guilty – 7.30pm
Players Theatre, Hurstpierpoint – Hurst Players performance of the play (Tickets £10/£11 www.hurstplayers.org.uk)

11th April
Mothers’ Union meeting – 2.30pm
Long Melford, Albourne Road. Discussion on changes in women’s lives over the past 100 years. Everyone welcome. Non-members £2.

13th April
Equestrian Tack Sale – 6.30pm
Brendon Stud Farm, Pyecombe

14th April
Coffee Morning – 10am
Guide HQ, Trinity Road Car Park – Coffee morning and mini market to raise funds for St Christopher’s Home (50p entry)

15th April
Mid Sussex Ramblers – 2pm
Ditchling Village Hall car park - Three Churches Walk, 5 mile – moderate (01273 842628)

18th April
Mothers’ Union meeting – 8pm
Holy Trinity Church - Talk by Gail Millar on new charity ‘Befriended’ Everyone welcome (£2)

21st April
Coffee Morning – 10am
Holy Trinity Church - Talk at 10.30am on the work of Christian Aid by Tim Moulds. Stalls to browse.

21st April
Hurst Hedgehog Haven – 2.30pm
Guide Hut, Trinity Road Car Park - Trevor Weeks MBE, the founder of WRAS speaking (01273 833133)

21st April
The Arts Society – TBC Outing to Margate Turner Gallery (01273 833046)

22nd April
A United Kingdom (PG) – 2.30pm
Players Theatre – Hurst Village Cinema film show (Tickets £4 www.hurstfilms.com)

22nd April
Author Talk – 7pm
Newtimber Church – Author Alison Murdoch

25th April
Bowls Taster Session – 6pm
Hurstpierpoint Bowling Club, South Avenue Rec

26th April
Still Walking (U) – 7.30pm
Players Theatre – Hurst Village Cinema showing

27th April
Historical Society – 8pm
Guide Hall, Trinity Road Car Park – Roger Packham speaking on ‘Tales from old Sussex newspapers’ (Non-members welcome, £2 entrance)

28th April
Bowls Taster Session – 11am
Hurstpierpoint Bowling Club, South Avenue Rec

29th April
Sunday Morning Jazz – 11am
The Hassocks Hotel - featuring the musical talents of Julie Roberts and Michael Hinton


April 2018 - events taking place at Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9QT 

9th April
Woodland, Flora & Fauna Group – 7.30pm
An Illustrated Talk by Amanda Millar (Free)

10th April
Horticultural Society – 7.45pm Talk by Roger Butler ‘Hydrangeas’

11th April
PPG AGM – 7pm
Patient Participation Group AGM with speaker Dr Terry Lynch

14th April
Spring Craft Fair – 10am-2pm
Heber Opera’s Spring Craft Fair (jenny.letton at btinternet.com)

14th April
Hurstpierpoint Society AGM – 2pm

17th April
Wolstonbury WI – 7.45pm
‘Gardening for the young-at-heart’ by Lesley Chamberlain. Visitors welcomed. (01273 834421)