Hurstpierpoint

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)

 

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 (hhdu3a@gmail.com or www.u3asites.org.uk/hhd)

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)

Bob Saunders, from Hampers: Village People interview

Bob Saunders, Hampers, Hurstpierpoint

By Michèle Copeland

Bob Saunders, from Hampers, is a well known figure in the village. When I go to meet him, he stands behind his counter which is laden with cheese, Italian salamis and olives.

“There’s nothing more challenging and enjoyable to me than to find an unknown cheese for one of my customers,” he says with a bright smile. 

Bob prides himself on buying and stocking as many locally sourced products as possible. “However, the produce must be good quality. I won’t buy it just because it is local.”

He caught the cooking bug at a young age from his mother and from one of his uncles, who became one of his mentors.

He worked as Head Chef at The Carlton in London and at The Royal Bath, among other places. “I was definitely inspired by my mum too, who did a lot of home cooking, so I come from a long line of chefs,” he continues.

How did it all start?

Bob was born in Yeovil. His dad worked for the Great Western Railway, on steam trains, but was posted to Brighton following closure of the Yeovil branch. Bob was still a lad when the family moved.

Bob, who went to Portslade Boys School before training at Brighton Technical College, worked at Vandenburgh’s in Burgess Hill for about ten years, moving up from third chef to second chef and then head chef in the late 1990s. He was then approached by his accountant to ask if he could help out Michèle Bole from time to time in her restaurant in Hurstpierpoint – which he agreed to do.

Shortly afterwards the delicatessen next door to Michèle’s restaurant came up for sale, and Bob decided to go into partnership with Michèle, running both the restaurant and delicatessen side by side.

[Full story on page 10 of March 2018 Hurst Life magazine]

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.

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.

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 www.hurstplayers.org.uk 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.