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Diary Dates April 2018 Do you have a Mid Sussex community or charity event to promote? and fill in a Diary Dates form.


DiaryDates Sunday 01 – Sunday 15 April, 09:30-17:30

Dusty’s GIANT Easter Duck Hunt

WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB This event starts on Good Friday, 30 March. Help Dusty Duck find the cheeky giant yellow ducks hiding around the stunning grounds this Easter! Adults £11.81, Concess. £10, Child £6.31, Under 4’s free. 01903 81530 Sunday 01 April – Sunday 15th April, 10:30 - 17.00

Spring Festival

Michelham Priory House & Gardens, Upper Dicker Nr Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 3QS Tour the gardens and enjoy magnificent colourful carpets of flowers. Plus children’s spring-themed trails garden tours, workshops, music and entertainment. Normal admission applies. 01323 844224, adminmich@, Sunday 01 & Monday 02 April

Totepool Easter Festival

Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, BN7 3AL Easter Festival for all the family to enjoy! Great day of racing and family fun. £16 Grandstand and Paddock, £10 picnic enclosure (in advance available). £21 G&P and £15 picnic (on the day), £65pp Marquee restaurant and £70pp. Racecourse office, 01273 890383, Sunday 01– Sunday 15 April

Easter Family Fun and Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG Hop through the beautiful grounds following the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny to claim your delicious chocolate treat. For further info and ticket prices: or call 01732 865224. Sunday 01 April – Sunday 15 April

Bertram Bunny’s Easter Adventure

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP Solve the puzzles and be rewarded with a chocolate treat! On selected days: crafts, storytelling, face painting, the Easter Bunny. £2 per trail (incl. a chocolate prize), plus Garden admission (free to Friends of Borde Hill). Contact: 01444 450326 Sunday 01 – Sunday 15 April

Peter Rabbit Goes Wild at Wakehurst

Wakehurst, Ardingly Road, Haywards Heath RH17 6NT Enjoy a Peter Rabbit inspired Easter holiday at Wakehurst. Experience a festival filled with interactive trails, games, crafts and storytelling. Free with standard garden entry. Children 16 and under free. Contact: 01444 894066

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Sunday 01 April

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre – Vintage Car Show

New Barn Road, Amberley BN18 9LT With a wonderful display of visiting car exhibitors, the cars tell the history of motoring over half a century through to the nineteen fifties. 01798 831370.

principle of cabinetmaking. Make a Cheese Board and Biscuit Box. Skill Level: Beginner. £590. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388

Monday 02 April, 12:00 Juniors, 13:00 Seniors

Bolney Pram Race

The New Inn, 76 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RQ To book a table: 01273 834608

The Eight Bells, The Street, Bolney RRH17 5QW The more outrageous the outfits the better, and you must raise at least £10 per person - it all goes to SERV and Age UK. Live music from 100 Monkeys, BBQ , and breakfast served all day for £7.

Sunday 01 April, 14:00

Tuesday 03 April, 10:15-11:45

Scaynes Hill CEP School, Vicarage Lane RH17 7PB Scaynes Hill local paths. TQ368234. 3mi/4.8km Easy. Contact: William 01444 831098 or 07801 711401 on the day.

Franklands Village Hall, Franklands Village, Haywards Heath RH16 3RS Monthly Branch Meeting with visiting speaker (Subject – Canine Partners with speaker Ruth Breaching). New members are always very welcome. Contact: David Goodger goodger_ 01444 483480.

Sunday 01 April

Easter Sunday Lunch at The New Inn

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Easter Sunday Stroll

Sunday 01 April, 16:00-18:45

The Violin Will Take You – International Interview Concert

St Paul’s, Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1EE Violinist Kamila Bydlowska (Poland) and pianist Varvara Tarasoca (Rusia) interviewed between performing exotic music from Argentina (tango), Europe and USA. £13 Adult, £12 Adult with 1 or 2 paying Under-19s, £11 WSS members, £5 Students, £1 Under 19. 01903 368968 Monday 02 April (Easter Monday), 08:30 gates open

London Harness Horse Parade

South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL A visual history of how transport developed - horse-drawn carriages, vintage cars plus wagon rides and refreshments. £8 on door, Under 16s and parking free. Contact: Jackie Shearman, 01737 646132 lhhp@ Monday 02 April, 09:00-13:00

Mammoth Car Boot Sale

Burgess Hill Academy, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EA Burgess Hill & District Rotary Club Mammoth Car Boot Sale raising funds for local and international communities and charities. £10 per car, Small Vans £15, Large Vans £20. £10 per car, Small Vans £15, Large Vans £20. 07564 632733 or email Monday 02 - Friday 06 April (incl. Bank Holiday Monday)

Skills Week – Sharpening & Essential Cabinet Making Hand Skills

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ Sharpening, simple dovetails, hand skills and techniques, setting out and

NHS Retirement Fellowship (Mid Sussex Branch) Meeting

Tuesday 03, 10, 17 & 24 April, 10:30-13:00

IT Drop-in Sessions

Morley’s Bistro, 42 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RG Computer or gadget problems? Why not come to one of our informal ‘drop-in’ sessions being held at Morley’s Bistro. £5 for one 15 minute session. For more information please see our website or our facebook page @theitgirlltd Emma 07938 838861. Tuesday 03 April, 19:00 for 19:30-21:45

Henfield Garden Club Speaker Evening: All About Lavender

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way Henfield BN5 9DB Learn how to successfully grow lavender, the best types for drying and oils, and how to get the best from your plants. Free for member and £3 for non-members. Tuesday 03 April, 19:30-21:00

Worthing Antique, Arts & Collectors Club

Worthing Lecture Theatre (below main library) Richmond Road, Worthing BN11 1HD Our talk for April is by Alison Kentuck, The Receiver of Wreck, History, Role & Responsibilities. All are welcome. Annual membership is £30 or £5 per talk. Contact: Andrew Pescott 07984 403890 or Tuesday 03 April, 20:00

Popular Charity Quiz Evening at the New Inn

The New Inn, 76 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RQ These quizzes are on the first Tuesday of every month. Come a little earlier and join us for dinner. Tables must be booked in advance. 01273 834608

Tuesday 03 April, 20:00–23:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+

A pub in Lewes A round of golf ? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Casino? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Lewes on the first Tuesday evening of every month. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

‘Gages’ Home Delivery Service – Forest Row Parish Council

Delivered to the Forest Row and Ashurst Wood Area This service allows residents that are unable to visit us for lunch to have a home-cooked meal delivered. Soup £2, Main Meal £4.50, Dessert £2. The cost to deliver a meal is 50p per day. Contact: Sara Smart Wednesday 04 April, 13:45 for 14:00-16:30

Burgess Hill Flower Club Demonstration by Margaret Hayes

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Demonstration, members competition, refreshments, flower raffle and sales table. Visitors £6.00, first visit free with Sussex Living Magazine. Contact: Judith Alexander 01444 871886 Wednesday 04 April, 19:30 for 19:45

Lewes & District Garden Society

St Thomas’s Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AH A colourful talk about The Butterflies of Sussex by Michael Blencowe who is a Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Community Wildlife Officer. Entry £3, visitors welcome. Wednesday 04 April, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Open Meeting Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Illustrated talk: The Capable Mr. Brown - The life and times of landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Speaker: Russell Bowes, gardening historian. Admission: Members free, visitors: £1. All welcome! 01444 245509. Thursday 05 April, 10:00-12:00

Burgess Hill U3A Coffee Morning with visiting speaker, Laurie Tilly Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill, RH15 9NN Monthly coffee morning with Laurie Tilly sharing his experiences of 30 years in the travel industry. New members welcome. £1.50 including raffle ticket. Thursday 05 April, 20:00

Ditchling Film Society – Manchester by Sea

Ditchling Village Hall, 18 Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8TT S u ss e x L i v i n g April 2018



A film masterly told and beautifully acted about loss and grief. Director: Kenneth Lonergen. Free coffee and biscuits. Wine can be purchased. Free parking. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5 payable at the door.

Friday 06 April, 13:00

Lunch Time Concerts in Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ Meridian Voices. Concerts are held on the first Friday of each month. Tea, coffee and squash available from 12:30 and there is no charge. Friday 06, 13, 20 & 27 April, 18:30-21:30

Forest Row Village Club – Happy Hour

Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW Happy Hour every Friday, with beer from £2.50. Contact: 01342 822856 Friday 06, 13, 20 & 27 April, 19:00-20:00

Aikido (Self Defence)

K2 Leisure Centre, Combat Room, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley RH11 9BG Adults only Self Defense classes based on Yoshinkan Akido. Warm and friendly Club, suitable for all genders who would look to protect themselves against aggressors of all sizes. First lesson free, £37.50 monthly. Contact: George 07882 186130 or Stan 07581 511801,

Friday 06 April, 19:00-23:00

Dreamboats and Petticoats Tribute Act

Tottington Manor, Edburton BN5 9LJ A fantastic tribute to the smash hit London show. With 50s/60s hits made famous by Buddy Holly, Elvis, Dusty Springfield and others. £35 per person. Sara Luff 01903 815757 Friday 06, 13, 20 & 27 April, 19:45-21:45

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have the following:Surplus Equipment Sale (Upstairs Hall), On Air Night, Radio Night with Table Top Sale and a Quiz and Cakes Night. Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838, Friday 06 & Saturday 07 April, 19:45-21:50 Saturday Matinee 14:45-17:50

An Evening with Lady Montague Trinity Theatre, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1JP Lady Montague, an 18th Century aristocrat, writer and early feminist. Home after 20 years abroad invites you to hear her story. £18 evening and £16 matinee. Tickets: www., 01892 678670. Saturday 07 April, 09:00-12:00

The Worthing Craft Supplies Market

St Symphorian’s Church, Durrington Hill,

Worthing BN13 2PU A one-stop market for an eclectic mix of craft supplies – from items which are used every day and those which are tricky to find in high street shops. Free entry. Saturday 07 April, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row Market

Community Centre Car Park, or Foresters Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Locally produced fine food and crafts market. Contact: Mrs Sue Young (Market Manager) 01342 778062, Saturday 07 – Sunday 08 April, 10:00-17:00

Contemporary Craft Show in Horsham

Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1RL A variety of spectacular and beautifully made crafts exhibited in Parkside (Horsham DC), nearby parking, railway station and town centre. £3 (children and students free). The Sussex Guild 01273 479565 (between 10am - 5pm) Saturday 07 & Sunday 08 April, 10:30-16:30

Craft Show

Lancing College, Lancing BN15 0RW The best of contemporary and traditional art, craft and design in this wonderful setting. Inspiring, original and individual products. Adults: £3 Accompanied children F.O.C. 01243 641306

Saturday 07, 14, 21 & 28 April, 12:00-16:00

Sussex Crafts – Knit & Natter

130 South Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 4LT All levels and abilities welcome. We can help you get started and give advice. Come and join us and make new friends whilst having fun. £2 incl. tea/coffee and biscuits. 01444 455611. Saturday 07 April, 14:00

Lindfield Horticultural Society: Spring Show of Flowers and Produce

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH A favourite event in the calendar. Show of spring flowers and winter produce with refreshments and raffle. 01444 458509 Saturday 07 April, 19:00 for 19:30

RNLI Quiz Night

Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Ticket price includes a light supper. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Teams of up to six people. Tickets £10 per person. Contact: Philip Eastell 07749 278992. Saturday 07 April, 19:30

The Ruts DC and Morgellons & Stop Press play the Balcombe Club

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Balcombe Club, Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road RH17 6HP The Ruts, Morgellons and Stop Press play the Balcombe Club to raise fund for Cancer Research and St Catherine’s Hospice. £12. Manager 01444 811226 Sunday 08 April, 16:00 - 18:00

Ditchling Singers Rehearsals Old Meeting House, 30 East End Lane, Ditchling BN6 8SX See Local Living.

Monday 09, 16, 23 & 30 April, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex NB7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503 Monday 09 - Friday 13 April

Advanced Skills Week

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ The perfect follow on to the ‘Skills Week’. More skills and new techniques. The course will include making a veneered/inlayed box. Hinges/locks. Complex dovetails. £590. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388

Monday 09 April, 10:30-12:00

The Arts Society Steyning Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning BN44 3XZ Rupert Willoughby will give an illustrated talk on the modern post war architecture of an English town. He is a prize-winning historian who specialises in the domestic and social life of the past. Visitors £5.00. 01903 297553. Monday 09 April, 14:00 for 14:15-16:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2SL (Lunch at the Bent Arms from 12:00). An Austrian Miscellany presented by Bill Hedley FRPSL. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 Monday 09 April, 14:30

The Arts Society (Henfield) – Summoned by Betjeman’

Speaker, Christopher Chanter, explores Betjeman and his love of English towns and their everyday buildings - with some poetry, perhaps. You are summoned to attend! Guests welcome £5. Contact: Stephen Wyman 01273 494633.

Monday 09, 16, 23 & 30 April, 19:15-22:00

The Harmony Corporation Rehearsals

The King’s Centre, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR

Mid Sussex’s new ladies a cappella chorus. All women aged over 16 welcome to join any Monday evening. Monthly standing order membership fee is £15 once you join. LadiesChorus@sussexharmonisers.

Monday 09 April, 19:30-20:30

An illustrated talk by Amanda Millar - Gardening for Pollinators

Club Room, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Pollinators are in trouble to a degree that there soon may not be enough to pollinate our crops. Learn how we can help. Michael Nailard 01273 834001. Monday 09 April, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Patricia McBurney Memorial Lecture Alpine Points of View, a talk by Kev Reynolds. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351. Monday 09 April, 20:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+

A pub in Burgess Hill A round of golf ? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Casino? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Burgess Hill on the second Monday evening of every month. Visit and call one of the contact numbers.

Tuesday 10, Monday 16 & Monday 23 April, 10:00-12:00

Artologie Workshops, Paper Collage with Nichola Campbell

Artologie, 18 High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JJU Join Artist Nichola Campbell for a fun introductory, interactive paper collage workshop. No experience necessary, adults only, book place early. £35. Contact: 01444 708380 studio@ Tuesday 10 April, 19:45

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society - Hydrangeas

Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint An illustrated talk by Roger Butler on the care, pruning, varieties and history of this much-loved garden favourite. £1 members, £2 non members. Kathy Green Wednesday 11 April, 14:00-16:30, (Doors open 13:30)

Bridge Afternoon

Wivelsfield Green Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Bridge Afternoon with afternoon tea. Fundraising for St Peter and St James Hospice. £36.00 per table (4 people). Box Office Mrs Jean Whybro 01444 415910, Wednesday 11 April, 19:30-21:30

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What should be its future? Bring your views and ideas. Contact: Haywards Heath Society, Eric Bassett, 01444 412812.

Wednesday 11 April, 19:45 for 20:00- 22:00

One of the best family days out in Sussex!

Hassocks Horticultural Society - Protecting the Sussex Countryside

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH David Johnson, Chairman Campaign to Protect Rural England, Sussex Branch, gives an overview of CPRE’s campaigns to protect countryside farming, forestry and wildlife in relation to transport housing and energy development. 01273 842516. Wednesday 11 April, 20:00-22:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society - An Illustrated Talk

See the 60163 ‘Tornado’ 25th – 29th May

The Bluebell Railway is delighted and exciting to announce that the 60163 ‘Tornado’ will be making a whistle-stop to Sussex between 25th and 29th May! You’ve seen this fabulous locomotive in the movie, Paddington™ 2, and now you can see it in the flesh!

Teddy Bear︐s Picnic 26th, 28th & 29th May On 26th, 28th and 29th May there will be ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ to enjoy on one of the trains. Why not bring the family along and take a trip behind the fantastic locomotive Tornado! Prices include reserved seats in the buffet car. A picnic tea for children is included in the price, and adults can add a picnic tea to to their ticket it they’d like. Bring Teddy too – book a place for him and he gets his own ticket! Advance booking is essential for this special event.

Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN An illustrated talk in French by international art dealer, Rene Gimpel. This talk is entitled Marchand de tableaux, une perspective trans-Manche L’histoire des Huguennots: diaspora et assimilation. Contact: Barbara Stevens 01444 452385.

Thursday 12 April, 10:00 for 10:30-13:30

Mid Sussex Older People’s Council Public Meeting Lindfield Evangelical Church Hall, Chaloner Road, Lindfield RH16 2NQ A presentation, followed by health and wellbeing themed event, with speakers, stalls, free entertainment and lunch included. Free for all over 60s. Nicola on 01444 242760 nicola@ Book before 4th April.

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Friday 13 April, 20:00-21:30

Burgess Hill History Society Crop Circles

Cyprus Hall, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Andy Thomas discusses the origins and mysteries of these countryside phenomenon, Members £1, visitors £3. Contact Avery 01444 235088. Saturday 14 April, 10:00-11:30

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Thursday 12 April, 14:30


Hendall Manor Barns, Uckfield TN22 4BU Join us for a night of gin tasting at Hendall Manor Barns, Folkington’s are organising in aid of Chailey Heritage Foundation. £22.15. To book tickets: For more info please contact: Joan Martin 01825 724444 ext 718.

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Nick is the former Head Gardener of the Chelsea Physic Garden and will share the secrets of this magical garden. £5 members. £7.50 visitors All welcome.

Lindfield Horticultural Society: The Chelsea Physic Garden – a Mediterranean Garden in London, a talk by TV’s Nick Bailey

Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Neil Sadler talks about missing people searches and an insider’s view of the Grand Hotel bombing of 1984. £5 or £3 for members. Please call Mike Nicholson to book a place, 01444 457448,

Sussex Gin Tasting

Annual Coffee Morning and Mini-Market

Cuckfield Museum - An Investigator Calls

The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex TN22 3QL Booking is essential for some services. Please see website for details and T&C's. Twitter @bluebellrailway

Thursday 12 April, 19:00-21:00

Wednesday 11 April, 20:00

Thursday 12 April, 14:30

Tel: 01825 720800

Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne BN20 7HZ A presentation of five different wines with matching canapés. Each wine has a full explanation as it is served. £18 per head or £32 per couple. Contact: Ian Shearer 01323 737271 ian@

Clair Hall, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN This month’s lecture is Jackie Parry the Pre Raphaelites. Membership £7, plus £3 per lecture. Non-members £5 per lecture. Contact: Anne Tucker 01444 455803. Thursday 12 April, 18:00-21:00

Pop & Pour – Italian Wine Presentation With Matching Canapes

Guide Headquarter, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Friends of St Christopher’s Home for the Elderly will be happy to see you at their coffee morning and sale. Entrance 50p to include coffee or tea and biscuits. If you would like to donate items for sale, please contact Jo Kearns 01273 834200

Letters To Robert - Book Signing Stokes, 1 Commercial Buildings, High Street, Henfield BN5 9DE See Local Living. Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April

Cabinetmaking Fundamentals

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ This course is aimed at the complete beginner or the woodworker who has some experience but wishes to get back to the basics of cabinetmaking in order to produce woodwork of a high standard. All materials and tools will be provided. £250. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388 Saturday 14 April, 19:00 (Doors open at 18:30)

The Life and Love of a Woman

Holy Trinity Church, Chillies Lane, High Hurstwood, Uckfield TN22 4AD An English and German song recital by Poppy Damazer. To raise money for the church organ. £10 including refreshments. Tickets from Elaine 01825 733504, Annabel 01825 732463, the Church or High Hurstwood CEP School. Sunday 15 April, 08:30-15:30

The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride

The Broadway, Haywards Heath RH16 3AL Four routes catering for ‘serious’ to ‘weekender’ riders, ‘comfort’ breaks and feed stations for longer rides

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Ceramics Enamelling Furniture Glass Jewellery Knitwear Leatherwork Metalwork Pewterwork Silk Painting Silversmithing Textiles Woodturning Woodwork Quilt Making

One of the best family days out in Sussex!

Admission: £3 Adults Students and Chidren Free

Come and Meet Paddington™

Parkside (Horsham DC Building), Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1RL

28th and 29th May Paddington will be on hand to see you all on board and help wave the green flag to get you on your way on 28th and 29th May!


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Carousel Music 01444 417654 M Kershaw 01825 791241 BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Tel: 01825 720800

The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex TN22 3QL Twitter @bluebellrailway


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Sunday 15 April, 14:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Three Churches Walk

Ditchling Village Hall Car Park BN6 8TA Streat Church, Hayleigh Farm, Westmeston Church, and return to Ditchling. TQ326152. 5mi/8km Moderate. Contact: Franes 01273 842628. Sunday 15 April, 14:45 – 17:00

Songs & Snatches for an April Afternoon

The Birch Hotel, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath RH17 7SF The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Sussex presents Ian Belsey (baritone) and Louise Crane (mezzo-soprano) with Daniel Beach (piano). £6 for members and £12 for non–members. Contact: Edwin Cowley 01342 715709 Sunday 15 April, 19:30

Wivelsfield FILMS – Darkest Hour Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Award-winning PG film starring Gary Oldman as Churchill, showing the great orator’s public triumphs and more vulnerable private moments of self-doubt. Tickets £6 from the Post Office and Village Stores or The

Cock Inn, or online via the Facebook page. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks served before the film and during the interval.

Monday 16 to Friday 20 April

Antique Furniture Restoration Techniques

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ Bring several small items of furniture to work on. Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate. £590. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388

Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £2 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741. Wednesday 18 – Friday 27 April

Tulips Celebrations

Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG The second Tulip Celebrations event will be even bigger with 20,000 tulips in bloom in the stunning grounds of the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. For further 01732 865224.

St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead RH19 4AT Darwin’s Spider by Ray Hale – the return of a popular naturalist. £4.50 for guests including refreshments. 01342 315051.

Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath BN16 1BN Come and find out more about becoming an adoptive parent. To view our video on a real-life foster family, visit our West Sussex videos pages ( and see our ‘Fostering – the inside story’.

Tuesday 17 & Tuesday 24 April, 10:00-12:00

Artologie Workshops, Reverse Glass Paining with Melanie Hodge

Artologie, 18 High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JU Join Artist Melanie Hodge for an introductory, interactive ‘reverse glass painting’ workshop. No experience necessary, adults only. Please book a place early. £35 per date. 01444 708380 Tuesday 17 April, 20:00-22:00

Lindfield & District Folk Dance Club Ashenground Community Centre, Vale

Wednesday 18 April, 20:00-22:30

Meeting of the Royal Marines Association

Upstairs Function Room, The Royal British Legion, 9-11 Buckingham Road, Shoreham by Sea BN43 5UA A gathering of Ex Royal Marines and veterans to have a meeting about local events and to socialise together. Yearly Membership Fee of £15 plus £3 local subs. Contact: Maureen Copelin 01273 236437.

Peter Rabbit goes wild ™

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8EU Come and enjoy a cup of tea. £6.00 (1st visit free with a copy of Sussex Living Magazine).

Balcombe History Society Talk – Balcombe’s Railway

Wednesday 18 April, 13:00-17:00

Fostering – Drop-in Session

Burgess Hill Flower Club

Wednesday 18 April, 20:00

Monday 16 April, 19:45-21:15

East Grinstead Natural History Society

Wednesday April, 13:30 for 14:00-16:15

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP An illustrated talk by Colin Burnham which will cover the past, present and future of the railway. Talk preceded by a short AGM. £1 members and £3 visitors, including refreshments. Julie 01444 811641 Tuesday 17 April, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9UY Gardening for the Young-at-heart by Lesley Chamberlain Contact: Jane Biggs 01273 834421. Wednesday 18 April, 10:15 for 10:45-12:00

The Arts Society Mid Sussex Lecture by Simon Inglis

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Great Lengths: The Art and Architecture of Britain’s Historic Swimming Pools and Lidos. A Victorian passion for a healthy body and mind for all classes of society led to buildings of astonishing ambition, design and ornamentation.

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30 March – 15 April 2018

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SuSSex Living April 2018

DiaryDates Thursday 19 April, 19:30

Food & Wine Pairing Evening –

The New Inn, 76 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RQ These evenings are on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Each course of regional dishes will be accompanied with a sample of wine carefully selected by Southdown Cellars. £39.95 per person. Booking essential as limited spaces. 01273 834609 Friday 20 April, 10:00-12:00

The Visually-Impaired Reading Group

Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BN This group meets every third Friday. Transport provided. If interested please contact Dorothy Lazenby on 01444 450947. Friday 20 April, 10:00-12:00

Coffee Morning in Aid of Bloodwise Haywards Heath URC Hall, 55 South Road, Haywards Heath RH 15 4LQ Join us for coffee, homemade cakes and bargain books in aid of this worthwhile cause. Margaret Drake 01444 454618 Friday 20 April, 18:30 for19:00

Friends of St Catherine’s Hospice Quiz Night The Old School, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ Tables of 6: join a team or create your own with friends! Tickets £12 from 01444

440452 - hot supper included. (BYO drinks and nibbles). Tickets £12 from 01444 440452.

Friday 20 April, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX International organist/keyboard player Steve Hubble. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269. Saturdays starting 21 April 09:30 – 12:30

Introduction to Calligraphy

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks, BN6 9LY A course for beginners on calligraphy and hand lettering, and continues over 3 further sessions. All materials supplied. See our website for more info. £120 for the course. www., sarah@, 07967 819540. Saturday 21 April, 10:00-13:00

Repair Café Forest Row

Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ If your jeans need patching, your bike is squeaking or your kettle won’t boil, bring it along and see if we can help. Free to enter. All repairs are free but donations will be gratefully received towards ongoing costs of the service. RepairCafeForestRow Saturday 21 April, 14:00-16:00

St George’s Day Tea Party

Annexe next to Plumpton Church, 17 Wells Close, Plumpton Green, Lewes BN7 3DA See Local Living. Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April, 14:00-17:30

Ashington Open Gardens

Programmes at Triangles, Mill Lane/ Fairfield Road RH20 3BX Ten beautiful Spring gardens displaying magnificent trees, shrubs and flowers. Massive plant sale, tombola, tea and cakes. £5, children free. Di Clarke, 01903 893156 Saturday 21 April, 19:00-23:30

Madness Tribute – The Los Palmas 6

Saturday 21 April, 19:30

Burgess Hill Choral Society Spring Concert

St Andrew’s Church on the corner of Cants Lane and Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0LG See Local Living. Sunday 22 April, 10:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Hurstpierpoint Circular

Trinity Road Car Park BN6 9SJ TQ281165. Paths and fields to the North of the village. Precise details depend on ground conditions. Please no dogs. 5mi/8km Moderate. Contact: Alison G 01273 833794.

Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, Nr Fletching TN22 3RB Enjoy all the hits from this iconic band, including Baggy Trousers, One Step Beyond, Nightboat to Cairo and It Must Be Love. Standing tickets: £18. Dining tickets (incl 2 course dinner): £48. Trading Boundaries 01825 790200

Sunday 22 April

Saturday 21 April, 19:30

The Players Theatre, High Street, Hurstpierpoint. See Local Living.

The Captain’s Beard

Balcombe Club, Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH176HP The Captain’s Beard play the Balcombe Club and bring the finest sea shanties to the ears of all who’ll listen. Free entry. Manager 01444 811226

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre – Spring Bus Day

New Barn Road, Amberley BN18 9LT Enjoy your first opportunity of the season to ride the historic buses around the museum, with a wonderful display of our Museum buses and some visiting exhibitors. 01798 831370. Sunday 22 April & Thursday 26 April

Hurst Village Cinema

Sunday 22 April, 19:00

Talk by Alison Murdoch

St John the Evangelist, Church Lane, Newtimber BN6 9BT Alison has written a moving book Bed 12. A poignant account of

Bertram Bunny’s Easter Adventure

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DiaryDates her husband’s fight for life after contracting encephalitis. Entrance £10. Contact: Lucy 01273 831877 or Gill 01273 835013.

Sunday 22 April, 16:00 - 18:00

Ditchling Singers Rehearsals Keymer Church Hall See Local Living.

Timbers, nr. Maidstone. Members pay £29 including entry, return coach and refreshments; Non members can join at

Tuesday 24 April, 10:00-15:00

Bonhams Valuation Day

Sunday 22 April, 19:30-21:30

Spring Concert – Brahms Requiem Ardingly College Chapel, College Lane, Ardingly RH17 6SQ Ardingly Choral Society & Ardingly College Chapel Choir with Mid Sussex Sinfonia and international soloists will perform Brahms’ Requiem, conducted by Robert Hammersley. £15 (£13 concessions). www., Carousel Music 01444 417654 or M Kershaw 01825 791241. Monday 23 April, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Roman Period Settlements in the Ouse Valley, a talk by David Rudling. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351. Tuesday 24 April, 08:30

All Day Coach Outing to Kent Gardens

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB Garden Club outings: a.m. Frith Old Farm House, Faversham, p.m.

The Courtlands Hotel, 19-27 The Drive, Hove BN3 3JE Bonhams specialists will be at The Courtlands Hotel to offer free and confidential advice on items you may be considering selling at auction. For appointments and enquiries 01273 220000 Wednesday 25 April, 13:00-16:00

Open Day Event with Tea & Cake

Coastal Home Care, 99 Church Walk, Burgess Hill RH15 9BQ Please drop in for tea or coffee and cake and find out information on what we do Wednesday 25 April, 18:30-20:30

Fostering – Info Evening

Ropetackle Arts, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5EG Come and find out more about becoming an adoptive parent. To view our video on a real-life foster family, visit our West Sussex videos pages ( and see our Fostering – the inside story. Wednesday 25 April, 19:15 for 19:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road,

Burgess Hill RH15 OEG` Annual General Meeting and Auction. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 Wednesday 25 April, 19:45–22.00

East Grinstead RSPB Local Group Illustrated Lecture

Main Hall. East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT The RSPB Species Recovery Program - Hannah Ward Species Recovery Officer. Hannah will be explaining the various recovery projects currently ongoing. £5 for guests £4 for group members. 01342 843190. Wednesday 25 April, 20:00

Lindfield Preservation Society AGM & Illustrated Talk – Lindfield Wells

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH There was a time when ‘The Burgers of Lindfield’ were entirely dependent for their potable water supplies on their wells. John Chapman 01444 484470. Wednesday 25 April, 20:00-22:00

Sussex Bonsai Group – Group Meeting

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH We will be holding a Bonsai Demonstration – Alan Peacock will be demonstrating on a Cedar. All welcome to attend. Free for first visit. Tea and coffee will be available. Contact: Ray Brunsden 07342 650713

Welcome to The Balcombe Club, located in the heart of Balcombe Village in West Sussex

We have a large fully licensed bar area offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments Snooker Our snooker room with 2 full size snooker tables, cues are available from the bar, small contribution toward lighting required. Regular snooker tournaments held

The Forest Room The Forest Room is available for private functions, parties, clubs and groups, refreshments can be provided

Pool Pool tables in bar area with cues available, regular pool tournaments held

The Club Kitchen Food is served on Friday evenings in The Club, you can dine in the restaurant or the garden. Excellent menu and regular specials

Dart board This is located in the bar area, regular dart tournaments held

Garden area With seating open all year round, childrenʼs toys available

Thursday 26 April, 10:00-16:00

Teacher & TA Recruitment Day!

The Mallings Business Centre, 112 Malling Street, Lewes To register with Class Cover for daily, short or long term supply cover work, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you! Call 01273 957908 or email Thursday 26 April, 19:00-21:00

Downlands Dance Show

Downlands Community School, Dave Avenue, Hassocks BN6 8LP Celebration of Dance at Downlands. £6 on the door. Contact: Nicki Burston 01273 845892 Thursday 26 April, 19:00

Emily Mayhew - The Once and Future Guinea Pig Club

East Grinstead Museum, Old Market Yard, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BJ How the Guinea Pig Club has inspired a new Club of unexpected survivors from Britain’s 21st century wars. Free entry – spaces limited. Please book online via EventBrite at emily-mayhew. Saturday 28 April, 10.00-13:00

Repair Café Forest Row

Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ If your jeans need patching, your bike is squeaking or your kettle won’t boil bring it along and see if we can help. Free to enter. All repairs are free but donations will be gratefully received

Coming Up April 7th, 7.30pm Ruts DC, Morgellons & Stop Press Ruts DC , Morgellons and Stop Press play the Balcombe Club to raise funds for Cancer Research and St Catherineʼs Hospice. The Ruts/Ruts DC are an English reggae-influenced punk rock band, notable for the 1979 UK Top 10 hit ʻBabylonʼs Burningʼ April 21st, 7.30pm The Captainʼs Beard Yarrr! The Captainʼs Beard be a company oʼ travelinʼ troubadors on a quest te bring the finest oʼ sea shantys and forebitters to the ears of all whoʼll listen. Playing songs of the grog, grot and grime that comes oʼ travelling the high seas September 22nd 2018 The Kast Off Kinks The Kast Off Kinks are actual former members of the legendary band ʻThe Kinksʼ. Back together playing great music and re-living the good times whilst keeping the songs alive

Balcombe Hall Balcombe Hall is also available for events

Call 01444 811226 or contact us at • • Members new and old always welcome The Balcombe Club is pleased to announce free WiFi for all members. Please ask the bar staff for the password details


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Friday 27 April, 19:30

Crawley Keyboard Music Concert

Main Hall, Furnace Green Community Centre, Ashburnham Road, Furnace Green, Crawley RH10 6QU Great evening of live music showcasing the talented Ryan Edwards. Members and visitors made welcome. Members £5. Visitors £7. Contact: Brenda Mayne 01293 784166. Friday 27 April, 19:45-21:30

Illustrated talk - A Passion for Piers!

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Brighton historian and Royal Pavilion guide, Jackie Marsh-Hobbs, takes a nostalgic look at the history of the seaside pier. £3, including tea/coffee. Event hosted by Burgess Hill Horticultural Society. Enquiries: 01444 245509. Friday 27 April, 20:00

Hurstpierpoint Historical & Geographical Society

The Guide Hall, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Tales from Old Sussex Newspapers, Speaker – Roger Packham. Admission: Free to Members. Non-members welcome: Entrance £3. £2 to Members of other Historical Societies.

Sussex Farmers Market Sussex Yeomanry SAA Buskers Morris Dancing

Saturday 28 April

£10 Tray Day

Clive Miller Butchers, 2 Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RU £10 Tray Days are on the last Saturday of every month. 20 different varieties of meats to choose from. Contact: Clive Miller 01273 832256. Saturday 28 April, 09:00-12:00

Seasonal Woodland Photography Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks, BN6 9LY Develop your photographic vision by focusing on composition, subject and emotion. Using the natural environment on a spring morning you will bring your learning to life. £65.,, 07967 819540. Saturday 28 April, 09:00-12:30

Hassocks Village Market

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR A lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and crafts-people. Huge selection of fresh produce and much more. Music and singing, weather depending, plus Hassocks Football Club. Contact: Amanda Felix 01273 842701 or via Facebook ‘Hassocks Village Market’. Saturday 28 April, 10:00-12:00

Traidcraft Stall, Coffee Morning and Godly Play Hassocks United Reformed Church, 23,

Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Buy fairly traded groceries and chocolate. Sample fair trade coffee or tea. Children’s activities. Contact: Julia Scotland 01444 871812. Saturday 28 April, 10:00-13:00

Family Woods Open Day

Great Walstead School, East Mascalls Lane, Lindfield, Haywards Heath RH16 2QL A unique opportunity to meet our knowledgeable teachers in an i nformal environment, whilst the children are busy having fun! Contact: 01444 483528 Registrar@ Saturday 28 April, 10:00-13:00

3-hour Swoovathon

Scaynes Hill Millennium Village Centre, Scaynes Hill RH17 7PG This is a 3-hour Sing, Whoop, Move marathon in aid of Group B Strep Support, fighting against infection in babies. Please call Ellie 07801 061939 or Amy 07803 610170. Saturday 28 April, 10:00-14:00

Balcombe Village Craft, Gift & Produce Market

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP We will have lots of lovely stalls and produce to celebrate our first market of 2018! Rapkyns Nursery will be returning with their plants and shrubs. We will be supporting Balcombe Care, who will make and sell refreshments. For further info: 01444 811462.

Saturday 28 April, 10:30-12:30

St Mary’s Annual Plant Sale

St Mary’s Church Hall, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead RH19 2DS Shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs, ‘wildlife’ gardening, refreshments, Mount Noddy Allotment Association. Donations of plants most welcome (labelled please). Proceeds to St Mary’s Church Restoration Appeal. Saturday 28 April, 19:00

The Tiggers Race Night

Balcombe Club, Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH176HP Tiggers are holding a fund raising Race Night. Free entry. 01444 811226 Saturday 28 April, 19:45-22:00

Haywards Heath Music Society Concert - National Youth Jazz Ambassadors

St Wilfrid’s Church, St Wilfrid’s Way, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH Jazz Classics from the Great American Song Book. £12 members/£15 non-members. Under 18/Student £3/£5. Contact: Christine Colbourne 01444 456227 www. Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 April

April NGS Open Gardens See Open Gardens.

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SUNDAY 15th APRIL 2018

Live Music Stoolball Demonstration Plus lots more entertainment for all the family to enjoy Gates open: 12noon First race: 2.15pm Last race: 5.30pm Tel. 01273 890383 S u ss e x L i v i n g April 2018


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