What's on

Friday 23rd August

Rail Ale Train Enjoy a steam hauled train ride, sausage & mash supper & live jazz, plus your first pint on us! More information is available here: https://www.bluebell-railway.com/whats_on/rail-ale-train/ 18:00, Bluebell Railway

Saturday 24th August

Teddy Bears Picnic Come along for a truly classic childhood activity this August bank holiday weekend. Bluebell Railway’s Teddy Bears Picnic is the ideal bank holiday day out – with bear hunts, games, prizes and fun for all the family. And there’s free travel for all children who bring their favourite teddy! With our all-day train ticket, you can hop on and off the steam train as much as you like. 9:30 - 5:30, Bluebell Railway

Saturday 31st August

Open Air Cinema and Pizza - The Biggest Little Farm Book today and secure your open air cinema tickets to see this critically acclaimed documentary film: The Biggest Little Farm, chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. www.bit.ly/farmcinema19:30, Tablehurst Farm, London Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DP

Saturday 31st August

Car Boot Sale with Table-Top inside Book and pay for your pitch in advance, at £10 per pitch, by ringing Karen on 01342 302083. Free entrance. Bargains galore! Refreshments available including hot bacon rolls from 8.30am. Sellers may arrive from 7.30am please.8.30am - 12.30pm, St Mary's Church Hall, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead. RH19 2DS

Sunday 1st September

RSPCA South Godstone Family Fun Day A great day out for all the family and their waggies! Come and join us for a fun-packed day to include Entertainment, Music, Blackdogtan Training School, Fun Dog Show, Tours of the Centre, Games, Stalls, Face Painting, BBQ, Food and Drinks Tent, Grand Raffle with terrific prizes. Pirate Treasure Hunt - £3.00 per child, including treasure bag to take home! All proceeds directly support the Animal Centre. Admission: Adults £4.00, children 5 – 16 years £1.00, under 5’s: free. Free Parking. 11 am - 4 pm , RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone RH9 8JB

Thursday 5th September

East Grinstead Choral Society All singers welcome! Come and join our friendly choir at the launch of our exciting new season. Free taster evenings. For further information visit http://www.egcs.co.uk/ or find us on Facebook.7.30 pm, Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead RH19 2HL

Saturday 7th September

Hartfield Village Fete Horticultural & Dog Show A cracking afternoon for all the family. Fun Dog show and Doggie Dash. Amazing horticultural display in the marquee, Loads of free entertainment for the children. Traditional side shows BBQ, Bar, Teas Vintage Cars & Stema engines. 12 Noon , Town Croft High Street Hartfield TN7 4AA

Saturday 7th September

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

Wednesday 11th September

East Grinstead Horticultural Society Autumn Show plus "The Evolution of a Formal Garden into a Nature Reserve" - Peter Lovatt. New members and visitors always welcome. For more information call 01342 326894 or come along. 7.30pm (Doors open at 7.15), The Old Court House, East Court

Thursday 12th September

MID SUSSEX ASSOCIATION NATIONAL TRUST Talk: The Tower of London by Alan Kingshott2 30pm, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

Monday 16th September

Su Reed - Naturalist & Member of Horsham Natural History Society Speaking on 'Wildlife & Plants in unusual places.'7.45 - 9.15, The East Grinstead Natural History Society. St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead RH19 4AT

Wednesday 18th September

Collectors Fair After a break in August,15 dealers will be selling (and buying) coins,stamps,postcards etc.10.00am - 3.00pm, Chequer Mead Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead, RH19 3BS

Thursday 19th September

Felbridge & District Horticultural Society Gravestones and Graveyards of Sussex An illustrated talk by Kevin Gordon8:15pm, The Village Hall in Felbridge

Friday 20th September

East Grinstead Society Kent,Surrey,and Sussex Air Ambulance - an update7.30 pm , Main Hall, East Court Mansion, College Lane, RH19 3LT

Saturday 21st September

POPULAR SEQUENCE DANCE Programme to include Helena Q/St, Catherine Watz, Tango Las Vegas, Alpine Stroll, Saunter Sheraz, September Saunter, Suzanne Q/st. Tina Tango7-30 / 10-30 £5 each, St Mary's Church Hall, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead RH19 2DS

Saturday 21st September

Haywards Heath Music Society Rhythmie Wong pianist, her recital will include Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit and other classical composers’ works. Tickets adults £15, under 18 £5 Tel: 01444456227 or at the door (Season tickets available for all 6 concerts £60) www.haywardsheathmusicsociety.org.uk07:30pm, St Wilfrid’s Church, Church Road, Haywards Heath

Saturday 21st September

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

Wednesday 25th September

RPSB EG group meeting A talk by Alan Loweth on the creation of Broadwater Warren RSPB reserve. 7.45 pm, The Main Hall, East Court, RH19 3LT

Thursday 26th September

Fever, Riot and Victorian Feminism: The Sisters who put East Grinstead on the Map Talk by Dr Kathryn Ferry on the Sisters of St Margaret, the order of Anglican nuns founded by John Mason Neale, Warden of Sackville College. Find out how they gave up privileged lives to become nurses and teachers before either profession was formally opened up to women and how they overcame prejudice through pioneering social work. Tickets £10 (incl glass of wine) from The Bookshop, High Street and Spires Hairdressing, Church Lane. 7pm , Common Room, Sackville College, RH19 3BX

Thursday 26th September

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

Tuesday 1st 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

Thursday 3rd October

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 4th October

Fish and Chip Supper with Ukulele Band A fish and chip supper with entertainment by the Wimbledon Palais Ukulele Band an aid of the RNLI. £18/person to include your fish and chips. Please bring your own drinks. Raffle. Please contact Jill Sharp 01342 826848 or Veasey's fish shop for tickets.7.00 for 7.30pm, Ashurst Wood Village Centre RH19 3QN

Saturday 5th October

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

Sunday 6th October

RSPCA South Godstone Car Boot Sale Adult buyers: 50p admission charge. Free parking + disabled parking. Sellers: All vehicles £10. Trailers £3. Pay on entry. Set up from 8.30am. Gates open to buyers 9.30am. Light refreshments. All funds go to help the animals at the centre. Dogs welcome on lead. No Food Sellers or Traders.9.30 am - 2 pm , RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone RH9 8JB

Tuesday 8th 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 9th October

East Grinstead Horticultural Society A.G.M. plus "Plants for Autumn" - Steven Moore. 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 10th October

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 10th October

MID SUSSEX ASSOCIATION NATIONAL TRUST Talk: A Summer Stroll along an English Country Lane by Ray Hale2 30pm, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

Friday 11th October

Giants of Steam The Bluebell Railway is pleased to announce the return of the Giants of Steam Autumn Gala on 11th, 12th & 13th October. Two special locomotives will be visiting the railway: BR Britannia Class No. 70000 ‘Britannia’ LMS Princess Coronation Class No. 6233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’9:30 - 5:30, Bluebell Railway

Saturday 12th October

Mansion Market Parking and admission are free to this great array of stalls laden with crafts, clothing and more in and around a beautiful 18th century mansion. Puppet shows, all-day Cafe, taster therapy sessions.11.am - 4.pm, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA

Tuesday 15th 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

Thursday 17th October

Felbridge & District Horticultural Society City courtyard to Seaside sanctuary An illustrated talk by Geoff Stonebanks Geoff has raised an incredible amount for charity over the years his garden has been open, come and hear his story! 8:15pm, The Village Hall in Felbridge

Thursday 17th October

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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