What's on

Friday 18th October

Royal British Legion Poppy Gala The Legion is excited to announce details of the first ever South East Regional Gala. This black tie event is jam packed with great food, drink & entertainment including live music from the Conchord big band. During the event you will hear more about what the Legion offers our service and veteran families and meet some truly inspirational people within our community. Tickets can be booked by contacting Lisa Evans on levans@britishlegion.org.uk1900-0100, Crowne Plaza, Felbridge

Friday 18th October

East Grinstead Society East Grinstead Society 52nd Annual General Meeting followed by a talk on the East Grinstead Pastors. Tea and biscuits will be served. Members £1, non members £3, all welcome7.30 pm , Main Hall, East Court Mansion, College Lane, RH19 3LT

Saturday 19th October

Haywards Heath Music Society Alexandra Lomeiko – violin with piano accompanist. A laureate of numerous international competitions including the Kenneth Loveland Gift Award. Tonight she will perform works by Bach, Szymanowski and Ravel. Tickets adults £15, under 18 £5 available by email HHMStickets@outlook.com ,tel: 01444456227 or at the door www.haywardsheathmusicsociety.org.uk 7:30pm, St Wilfrid’s Church, Church Road, Haywards Heath

Saturday 19th October

*Jumble sale to help young people – come and grab a bargain!* 1st EG Scouts are holding their Jumble Sale on the 19th October 2019. There is always a great selection of items, including clothes, household items, books and bric a brac - why not come and hunt out a bargain? All profits go directly back to Scouting, which in turn enables us to run events that benefit young people within the local area and purchase equipment to teach them new skills. Please come along and say hello! 14:30pm, 100 Moat Road, RH19 3LN

Saturday 19th October

HoneyLeaf Monthly Poetry Workshop Monthly Poetry Workshop Playing with language, sounds and the rhythm of words, we'll allow poetry to emerge from prompts and exercises. We will write together, share what we've written (if you want to) and listen to each other. Cost: £20 per workshop. Block booking discounts and gift vouchers available. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book.10:00-12:00, The Bookshop, East Grinstead

Monday 21st October

East Grinstead Natural History Society Jenny Watson- Head Gardener at Eastcourt 'Gardening for East Grinstead & the High Street'7.45pm, St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4AT

Monday 21st October

East Grinstead Natural History Society "Gardening for East Grinstead & The High Street" -A talk by Jenny Watson - Head Gardener at Eastcourt.7.45pm, St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4AT

Tuesday 22nd October

Six-Week Story Course led by novelist, Julie Corbin & Mel Parks A six-week story writing course led by novelist, Julie Corbin and freelance writer, Mel Parks. They will take you step-by-step through the whole process of writing a story from generating ideas to editing your first draft then sending it out into the world. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com if you’re interested in this course. The 6 workshops cost £150. Pay online with Eventbrite. https://sixweekstory.eventbrite.co.uk http://www.honeyleafwriting.com/creativewritingworkshops/19:00 - 21:00, The Brambletye Hotel, RH18 5EZ

Wednesday 23rd October

Jekyll and Hyde Musical Jekyll and Hyde tells the story of Henry Jekyll - a romantic doctor - and Mr Hyde - a madman - who show the ultimate battle between good and evil on the streets of Victorian London! 23rd- 25th October Tickets £14 Www.risingstarstheatre.co.uk 7.30pm, Brambletye School Theatre

Thursday 24th October

Gentle Chair Yoga for People with limited mobility Move, Stretch and Breath. These weekly yoga classes are suitable for anyone with reduced mobility, and can be practiced sitting in a chair or wheelchair. Those with greater mobility can stand using their chair, as a aid to balance, for some of the exercises. from 3.30pm to 4.30pm at the Jubilee Community Centre, East Grinstead.. The cost is £7 per class. A family member or carer is welcome to join the class for free. Contact Yvonne Chapman 07855 287043 or email yforyoga@btinternet.com.15.30 to 16.30, The Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2HL

Thursday 24th October

South of England Crafts for Christmas Show - Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th October 2019 Come along and discover unique gifts to delight your loved ones, as well as creative ideas and decorations to bring magical Christmas sparkle to your home. With helpful, friendly staff on hand to assist, a fabulous day out for all is to be had at Eden Crafts ‘Crafts for Christmas Show’ at Ardingly. We look forward to seeing you there. 10am , SEAS Showground Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL

Saturday 26th October

Open Day - International College of Oriental Medicine Take a tour of the UK's oldest acupuncture college and newly refurbished clinic, learn about our history and listen to talks on acupuncture. Watch an acupuncture demonstration and experience a taster session. Light refreshments available. Free entry and parking. No need to book. Tel: 01342 31310610am-4pm, ICOM, van Buren House, Green Hedges Avenue, East Grinstead, RH19 1DZ

Saturday 26th October

Witches and Wizards Head to Horsted Keynes Station for Halloween fun and games, including a fancy dress competition, crafty fun, and much more from Saturday 26th October – Sunday 3rd November. Visitors on Halloween (31st October) will also enjoy extra spooky fun, including pumpkin lighting, a disco for small children, and an additional evening train.09:30, Horsted Keynes Station

Sunday 27th October

Autumn Psychic Craft and Healing Fayre Spiritual Mediums, card readers and healers with local craft stalls . Tea coffee and cake Spiritual workshops and demonstrations during the afternoon12mid to 4,45pm, Meridian Hall East Court East Grinstead RH193LT

Monday 28th October

Lingfield Art Exhibition Monday 28th till Sunday 3rd November 2019 Original art works. Paintings, Ceramics, Sculpture, Cards by local artists for sale. Affordable prices. Refreshments and home made cakes available. Free entry (Catalogue £1)10am till 6pm, Lingfield & Dormansland Community Center, High Street, Lingfield, RH7 6AB

Wednesday 30th October

RSPB local evening Prize winning wildlife photographer Mike Mockler will talk on TANZANIA - Land of endless space7.45pm, East Court, Main Hall, RH19 3LT

Thursday 31st October

Gentle Chair Yoga for People with limited mobility Move, Stretch and Breath. These weekly yoga classes are suitable for anyone with reduced mobility, and can be practiced sitting in a chair or wheelchair. Those with greater mobility can stand using their chair, as a aid to balance, for some of the exercises. from 3.30pm to 4.30pm at the Jubilee Community Centre, East Grinstead. The cost is £7 per class. A family member or carer is welcome to join the class for free. Contact Yvonne Chapman 07855 287043 or email yforyoga@btinternet.com.15.30 to 16.30, The Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2HL

Friday 1st November

Nimble Fingers We are a small, friendly group of crafty ladies who meet every Friday afternoon. We share problems, discuss ideas, and have a laugh along the way. If you would like help, or just want to come along for a natter with like minded people and work on your own project, then come along on Friday afternoons 2pm-4pm in the Jennings Hall behind the Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre For more info, contact Sheila Marsh on 01342 832617 or email sheila-marsh@tiscali.co.uk14.00, Jennings Hall, Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre

Saturday 2nd November

PiP Ultra Halloween Mountain Bike Challenge Pursuing Independent Paths is hosting its annual charity mountain bike challenge to raise funds for our students with learning disabilities. This year’s event has a spooky Halloween twist and riders can choose to from a 6- or 12-hour Ultra Ride for individuals or teams over a dramatic 6km off-road mountain bike route. For more information & to sign up visit: www.racespace.com/pip-team/the-pip-ultra-halloween-challenge 10am , Pippingford Park, Nutley, TN22 3HW

Tuesday 5th November

Six-Week Story Course led by novelist, Julie Corbin & Mel Parks A six-week story writing course led by novelist, Julie Corbin and freelance writer, Mel Parks. They will take you step-by-step through the whole process of writing a story from generating ideas to editing your first draft then sending it out into the world. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com if you’re interested in this course. The 6 workshops cost £150. Pay online with Eventbrite. https://sixweekstory.eventbrite.co.uk http://www.honeyleafwriting.com/creativewritingworkshops/19:00 - 21:00, The Brambletye Hotel, RH18 5EZ

Thursday 7th November

Gentle Chair Yoga for People with Limited Mobility Move, Stretch and Breath. These weekly yoga classes are suitable for anyone with reduced mobility, and can be practiced sitting in a chair or wheelchair. Those with greater mobility can stand using their chair as a prop for some of the exercises. The Centre has full disabled access. The cost is £7, a carer is welcome to join the class for free.3.30 to 4.30pm, Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2HL

Thursday 7th November

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) Thursday mornings 10-12, Forest Row, life writing. During the first term in 2019, we'll focus on writing from life - how to represent the emotional truth, bringing your writing alive and how to create an engaging piece of writing from real events and people. All workshops are £20 with discounts for block booking. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book. 10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Thursday 7th November

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) Thursday mornings 10-12, Forest Row, life writing. During the first term in 2019, we'll focus on writing from life - how to represent the emotional truth, bringing your writing alive and how to create an engaging piece of writing from real events and people. All workshops are £20 with discounts for block booking. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book. 10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Friday 8th November

Singing Mamas Leader Training Retreat The Training 8th – 10th November 2019 Emerson College, East Sussex Join Us! Whether you wish to start your own group, bring singing into your work or just for the enjoyment of a weekend singing retreat...you are welcome. The Retreat Training weekend costs just £475 and includes accommodation, all meals, training sessions and training materials. BOOK EARLY and take advantage of our Early Bird discount price of just £375*. http://www.singingmamaschoir.com/training/10:30am Fri 8th Nov - 4pm Sun 10th Nov, Emerson College

Saturday 9th November

Mansion Market (charity no. 307006) Parking and admission are free to this interesting market full of crafts, food, clothing and more. Puppet shows for the children, all-day cafe and taster therapy sessions. Shop early for Christmas!11.am - 4.pm, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA

Saturday 9th November

Monthly Story Workshop / HoneyLeaf Writing We will generate story ideas, explore characters and story worlds, sharpen dialogue and look at elements of story structure. Beginners are welcome. Whether you want to write stories in fiction, creative non-fiction, journals or blog posts, this workshop will help you discover and trust your own unique voice. Cost: £20 per workshop with discounts for block booking. Email: hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book a place.10:00-12:00, The Bookshop, East Grinstead

Monday 11th November

Forest Row CE Primary School November Open days We are holding open days on the evening of Monday 11th November, 6-7.30pm, and in the mornings on Saturday 16th, Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th November 9.30 - 11am. We are a small, friendly village school, rated GOOD by Ofsted - come and meet us. Everyone very welcome.various, Forest Row CE Primary School, School Lane, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, RH18 5EB

Tuesday 12th November

Six-Week Story Course led by novelist, Julie Corbin & Mel Parks A six-week story writing course led by novelist, Julie Corbin and freelance writer, Mel Parks. They will take you step-by-step through the whole process of writing a story from generating ideas to editing your first draft then sending it out into the world. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com if you’re interested in this course. The 6 workshops cost £150. Pay online with Eventbrite. https://sixweekstory.eventbrite.co.uk http://www.honeyleafwriting.com/creativewritingworkshops/19:00 - 21:00, The Brambletye Hotel, RH18 5EZ

Wednesday 13th November

East Grinstead Horticultural Society "From Cutting to Garden Centre" how new plants get to market - Graham Spencer. New members and visitors always welcome. For more information call 01342 326894 or come along. 7.30pm (Doors open at 7), The Old Court House, East Court

Thursday 14th November

Gentle Chair Yoga for People with Limited Mobility Move, Stretch and Breath. These weekly yoga classes are suitable for anyone with reduced mobility, and can be practiced sitting in a chair or wheelchair. Those with greater mobility can stand using their chair as a prop for some of the exercises. The Centre has full disabled access. The cost is £7, a carer is welcome to join the class for free. Contact Yvonne on 07855 287043 or email yforyoga@btinternet.com3.30 to 4.30pm, Jubilee Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead RH19 2HL

Thursday 14th November

Gin Tasting for Hospices of Hope Gin and mixer tasting to raise funds for Hospices of Hope 7pm, The Crown 35 High Street East Grinstead RH19 3AF

Thursday 14th November

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) Thursday mornings 10-12, Forest Row, life writing. During the first term in 2019, we'll focus on writing from life - how to represent the emotional truth, bringing your writing alive and how to create an engaging piece of writing from real events and people. All workshops are £20 with discounts for block booking. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book. 10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Friday 15th November

East Grinstead Society Sussex Songs of Bygone Days, a talk and performance by Mak Norman7.30 pm , Main Hall, East Court Mansion, College Lane, RH19 3LT

Saturday 16th November

Autumn Fair Lots of stalls - including books, homemade cakes, raffle and tombolas, plus fun and games! Something for everyone, so do come to what is sure to be a good afternoon! All proceeds will go towards the maintenance and upkeep of our beautiful church. For more details nearer the time visit: https://www.stmaryschurcheg.co.uk/ or our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/stmaryschurcheg/2pm until 4pm, St Mary's Church Hall, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead. RH19 2DS

Saturday 16th November

Autumn Fair Friends of the College of St. Barnabas , blackberry Lane , Lingfield The Friends of the College of St. Barnabas will be holding this Annual event to raise funds to promote the social well being of the Residents, who are retired Anglican clergy, their wive and spouses. It is an enjoyable morning. All are welcome. Stalls, Raffle,Coffee etc Admission £1. The Friends arrange outings, parties and concerts.It is an enjoyable morning and all are welcome.10.00am-12.noon, College of St. Barnabas, Blackberry Lane, Lingfield RH7 6NJ(next to Dormans Station)field RH7 6NJ

Saturday 16th November

Autumn Fair of the Friends of the College of St. Barnabas , blackberry Lane , Lingfield The Friends of the College of St. Barnabas will be holding this Annual event to raise funds to promote the social well being of the Residents, who are retired Anglican clergy, their wive and spouses. The Friends arrange outings, concerts, parties and are willing to visit Residents living at the College It is an enjoyable morning. All are welcome. Stalls, Raffle,Coffee etc Admission £1. 10.00am-12.noon, College of St. Barnabas, Blackberry Lane, Lingfield RH7 6NJ(next to Dormans Station)field RH7 6NJ

Saturday 16th November

Sussex Mineral & Fossil Show Stunning displays of minerals and fossils, ultraviolet minerals room. Excellent activities for children including gold panning for real gold, crystals and fossils hunt. Illustrated talks. £3 adults, £1 children 10 am – 4.30 pm, Clair Hall, Perrymount Rd, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN.

Saturday 16th November

RSPCA South Godstone Christmas Fair Our Christmas Fair is festive fun for all the family! The entertainment will include games, stalls, face painting, craft stalls and lots more. Visit Santa and his elves in their special Christmas grotto! Admission to Santa's Grotto: £4.00 per child, present included. Burgers, home-made cakes and drinks. Entrance: adults £2.00, children 5 to 16 yrs £1.00, under 5’s: free. All proceeds directly support the animal centre. Free parking. 11 am - 4 pm , RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone RH9 8JB

Saturday 16th November

Andrey Lebedev (guitarist) and Iosif Purits (accordion) Andrey Lebedev is one of the most successful guitarists of his generation. He will perfom a varied selection of European and South American pieces. Tickets adults £15, under 18 £5 are available by email HHMStickets@outlook.com ,tel: 01444456227 or at the door. www.haywardsheathmusicsociety.org.uk This event is sponsored by Making Music 7:30pm, HH Methodist Church 28 Perrymount Road Haywards Heath

Saturday 16th November

Concert: Handel's Messiah Forest Row Choral Society will perform Handel's joyous work Messiah with professional soloists and orchestra. Conductor: Tom Scratchley. Doors open 7pm for 7.30 concert. Tickets £12 (under-16s free) available on the door or in advance from Mansell McTaggart estate agents, Forest Row and The Bookshop, 22 High Street, East Grinstead. Visit www.frcs.org.uk for further details.7.30pm, St Swithun's Church, East Grinstead

Monday 18th November

East Grinstead Natural History Society A talk on "Lingfield Nature Reserve" by John Madden - Chairman of the Lingfield Nature Reserve Committee.7.45pm, St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4AT

Wednesday 20th November

Collectors Fair Last fair of the year with usual stalls, plus Christmas craft stall.10.00am - 3.00pm, Chequer Mead Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BS

Thursday 21st November

Gentle Chair Yoga for People with Limited Mobility Move, Stretch and Breath. These weekly yoga classes are suitable for anyone with reduced mobility, and can be practiced sitting in a chair or wheelchair. Those with greater mobility can stand using their chair as a prop for some of the exercises. The Centre has full disabled access. The cost is £7, a carer is welcome to join the class for free. Contact Yvonne on 07855 287043 or email yforyoga@btinternet.com3.30pm to 4.30pm, Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2HL

Thursday 21st November

Felbridge & District Horticultural Society Annual General Meeting A summary of the past year and Election of Officers Followed by Cheese and Wine. 8:15pm, The Village Hall in Felbridge

Thursday 21st November

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) Thursday mornings 10-12, Forest Row, life writing. During the first term in 2019, we'll focus on writing from life - how to represent the emotional truth, bringing your writing alive and how to create an engaging piece of writing from real events and people. All workshops are £20 with discounts for block booking. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book. 10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Saturday 23rd November

Prostate Screening Free Prostate Screening organised by East Grinstead & District Lions Club with PCaSO at East Court Manor, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead, RH19 3LT. Testing will be by appointment only. Please go to www.psatesting.org and select the event "East Grinstead" and follow the registration instructions.10am till 4pm, East Court Manor

Wednesday 27th November

RSPB local group Mark Mallalieu the Sussex bird expert will give an illustrated talk on our Hawfinches, Goshawks and Honey Buzzards. Everyone welcome £57.45pm, East Court Main Hall

Thursday 28th November

Gentle Chair Yoga for People with Limited Mobility Move, Stretch and Breath. These weekly yoga classes are suitable for anyone with reduced mobility, and can be practiced sitting in a chair or wheelchair. Those with greater mobility can stand using their chair as a prop for some of the exercises. The Centre has full disabled access. The cost is £7, a carer is welcome to join the class for free. Contact Yvonne on 07855 287043 or email yforyoga@btinternet.com3.30 to 4.30pm, Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2HL

Thursday 28th November

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) Thursday mornings 10-12, Forest Row, life writing. During the first term in 2019, we'll focus on writing from life - how to represent the emotional truth, bringing your writing alive and how to create an engaging piece of writing from real events and people. All workshops are £20 with discounts for block booking. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book. 10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Saturday 30th November

Santa Specials Enjoy a journey through the Sussex countryside on a steam train. Santa and his elves will be on board with a present and chocolate treat for all the children (he won’t forget the grown-ups, there’s a mince pie for them!). Pre-booking is essential: https://www.bluebell-railway.com/whats_on/santa-specials/ 9:30 - 5:30, Bluebell Railway

Saturday 30th November

HoneyLeaf Monthly Poetry Workshop Monthly Poetry Workshop Playing with language, sounds and the rhythm of words, we'll allow poetry to emerge from prompts and exercises. We will write together, share what we've written (if you want to) and listen to each other. Cost: £20 per workshop. Block booking discounts and gift vouchers available. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book.10:00-12:00, The Bookshop, East Grinstead

Saturday 7th December

Forest Row Lifeboat Choir Forest Row Lifeboat Choir present their Christmas Carol Concert to raise funds for the Shoreham RNLI Station. Light supper included, please bring your own drinks.Tickets £10 from Foresta Travel, Hartfield Road, Forest Row or Roger 01342 3241967:30 pm, Freshfield Hall Forest Row, Lewes Road,Forest Row

Saturday 7th December

'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens performed by Ashley Ramsden ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens performed by Ashley Ramsden In aid of Holy Trinity and St Dunstan’s Churches. Tickets Adult - £10 Children (suitable for aged 8 and over) - £5 Family (4) - £25 available from Al Fine, Sophie’s Shop and Shearer’s in Forest Row, the News Store in Ashurst Wood and at the door. 3pm, Holy Trinity Church, Forest Row

Saturday 7th December

Monthly Story Workshop / HoneyLeaf Writing We will generate story ideas, explore characters and story worlds, sharpen dialogue and look at elements of story structure. Beginners are welcome. Whether you want to write stories in fiction, creative non-fiction, journals or blog posts, this workshop will help you discover and trust your own unique voice. Cost: £20 per workshop with discounts for block booking. Email: hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book a place.10:00-12:00, The Bookshop, East Grinstead

Thursday 12th December

‘Celebrating our local community’ - A Tree Festival Thurs 12th – Sun 15th December, daily from 2pm. An interesting display of illuminated and decorated trees plus raffle and refreshments. Come along to enjoy the unique atmosphere and be assured of a warm Christmas-y welcome and Christmas cheer! Free entry. All donations will benefit Water Aid, DAA (Dementia Action Alliance) and Family Support Work (supporting families in need in Sussex). Everyone welcome! For more details nearer the time visit www.stmaryschurcheg.co.uk/ Daily from 2 pm , St Mary's Church, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead. RH19 2DS

Saturday 14th December

Mansion Market (charity no. 307006) Parking and admission are free to this interesting market held in a beautiful 18th century mansion. Puppet shows, all-day cafe, taster therapy sessions. The perfect place for Christmas shopping!11.00am - 4.00pm, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA

Saturday 14th December

Carols and Cakes The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir present a Christmas Carol Concert to raise funds for the Shoreham Harbour RNLI station. Tickets £6 include refreshments from Roger 01342 324196,on the door or at the Trinity Welcome Cafe2:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church, Lingfield Road, East Grinstead

Saturday 14th December

Carols and Cakes The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir present a concert to raise funds for the Shoreham Harbour RNLI Station. Tickets £6 include refreshments available from the Trinity Welcome Cafe,on the door on the door or from Roger 01342 3241962:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church, Lingfield Road, East Grinstead

Saturday 25th January

Mid Sussex Caledonian Society Burns Supper a traditional Burns Supper with a piper and speeches to book contact secretary@midsussexcaledoniansociety.org.uk6.30 for7pm, Roffey Park, near Horsham

Saturday 16th October

East Grinstead Society 49th Annual General Meeting. Election of officers and a summary of this year's work. Followed by a talk by Michael Leppard a local historian7.30pm, Mansion House, East Court, off College Lane RH19 3LT