What's on

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

Wednesday 20th November

Forest Players Forest Players present a comedy The Rise and Fall of Gordon Grimshaw by Sandy Truman Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd November Tickets £10 (concessions) from Bullfrog Music, East Grinstead, Foresta Travel, Forest Row, www.forestplayers.co.uk or tel; 01342 3236407.45pm (doors/bar open 7.15pm), Forest Row Village Hall, The Square, Forest Row RH18 5ES

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

A Taste of Christmas Late night shopping at Tablehurst Farm! A unique event with at least a dozen of our favourite suppliers offering tastings of their food and drink, Tablehurst turkey tasters, pie tasters, hot food to keep you going through the evening, roasted chestnuts on the fire, painting, pottery, craft stalls, storytelling and live music. It should be a lovely evening and everyone is welcome including children. We will be buzzing in the sheep barn and the shop will be open throughout the event.5.30pm, Tablehurst Farm, Forest Row, RH18 5DP

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

Friday 22nd November

Paint Like Klimt Create truly beautiful paintings in the style of Gustav Klimt using 24 carat gold leaf! An opportunity to indulge in pure pattern. Guidance will be given throughout with easy steps to follow. Tickets £22 - includes ALL materials including gold, soft drinks and nibbles. BYOB. Tickets available from Alison Berry 01892 770714 / 07763 188538, ajberryartist@gmail.com For more info visit www.alison-berry.com7pm, Hartfield Village Hall, TN7 4AA

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

Christmas Carvery Treat yourself to a delicious Christmas lunch at the Bluebell Railway this festive time. The Birch Grove Suite at Sheffield Park Station is serving Christmas Carvery across the seasonal period, giving you the chance to enjoy a roast at the heritage railway as part of your Christmas festivities!12:00, Bluebell Railway

Saturday 30th November

Dormansland Primary School Christmas Fair Dormansland Primary School Parent Teacher Association is proudly holding its Christmas Fair on Saturday 30th November from 12pm – 3pm. Fun for all the family, including a Santa’s Grotto, stalls, crafts, cakes , minced pies, teas & coffees, mulled wine, prosecco and beer bar, BBQ, Treasure Hunt, tombola’s, games and much more! £1 entry per adult – kids go free! All profits from the fair will be going to Dormansland Primary School. 12pm - 3pm, Dormansland Primary School, Clinton Hill, RH7

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

Sunday 1st December

Charity Concert in Aid of Action Medical Research for Children, Dormansland The Greenstede Singers will perform a selection of traditional and modern Christmas songs and carols. Refreshments available. £10 payable at the door, children under 16 free.3pm, St. John's Church, Dormansland, RH7 6QU

Wednesday 4th December

East Grinstead Flower Club Fun and Fizz at Christmas - a demonstration of floral art by designer Neil Bain with a chance to win his fabulous designs in a raffle at the end of the evening7.15 for 7.45, St John's Church Hall, The Glebe, Felbridge

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

Christmas Concert East Grinstead Choral Society presents an evening of glorious Christmas music including Vivaldi’s Gloria and music from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Buxtehade, with carols for choir and audience. Also featuring St. Mary’s C of E Primary School Choir. Adult: £15; 16 years and under Free available from Bullfrog Music, Ship Street, East Grinstead, RH19 4EG, box office 01342 328774 or visit our website www.egcs.co.uk 7.00 pm, St Mary’s Church, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead RH19 2DS

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

Friday 13th December

East Grinstead Society A talk by Melanie Gibson-Barton 'The Bear Essentials' a history of the 'teddy bear'. Family teddy bears will be very welcome!7.30 pm , Main Hall, East Court Mansion, College Lane, RH19 3LT

Friday 13th December

East Grinstead Society A talk by Melanie Gibson-Barton 'The Bear Essentials' a history of the 'teddy bear'. Family teddy bears will be very welcome!7.30 pm , Main Hall, East Court Mansion, College Lane, RH19 3LT

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

Sunday 15th December

East Grinstead Concert Band Christmas Spectacular East Grinstead Concert Band's Christmas Concert. A fun event full of Christmas music for all the family. Tickets available on the door, £7 adults, £5 Children/OAPs or £15 family ticket. Ticket includes glass of wine/soft drink and a mince pie at the interval.14:30, St Swithun's Church, East Grinstead

Wednesday 8th January

East Grinstead Art Society Anne-Marie Brody, a well known local artist and teacher, will give a critique of members' paintings. 2pm, East Court Meridian Hall

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