What's on

Saturday 17th November

RSPCA South Godstone Christmas Fair Festive fun for all the family! Games, stalls, face painting, craft stalls and lots more. Visit Santa and his elves in their special Christmas grotto. Admission to Santa's Grotto: £3.00 per child, gift included. Burgers, home-made cakes and drinks. Free parking. All proceeds directly support the animal centre. 11 am - 4 pm , RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone RH9 8JB

Saturday 17th November

Haydn's Creation Join us for an evening of remarkable music when Forest Row Choral Society performs Haydn's masterpiece accompanied by orchestra and featuring top professional soloists Mark Padmore, Rodney Earl Clarke and Anna Sideris. Conductor: Tom Scratchley. Tickets £15. See our website for details: www.frcs.org.uk 7.30pm, St Swithun's Church, East Grinstead, RH19 3BA

Saturday 17th November

Sussex Mineral & Fossil Show Stunning displays of minerals and fossils, and an ultraviolet mineral room. Excellent activities for children including gold panning for real gold, searching for crystals and fossils. Talks including ‘Sussex Dinosaurs’. £2.50 adults, 50p children10 am - 4.30 pm, Clair Hall, Perrymount Rd, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN

Saturday 17th November

NCT Nearly New Sale If you're looking to buy or sell good quality children's items, then come along to our Nearly New Sale on Saturday 17th November at the the Jubilee Centre, Charlswood Road, East Grinstead Clair Hall. All enquiries should be sent to coordinator.EastGrinstead@nct.org.uk To book visit our website: https://www.nct.org.uk/branches/east-grinstead10:00-12:00, Jubilee Centre, Charlswood Road, East Grinstead Clair Hall.

Saturday 17th 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

Wednesday 21st November

Collectors Fair 15 dealers selling (and buying) stamps,coins,postcards etc. No Fair in December.10.00am - 3.00pm, Chequer Mead Arts & Community Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BS

Thursday 22nd November

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) Sept - Nov Thursday mornings 10-12, Forest Row A weekly creative writing drop-in workshop to nurture and encourage your words, whether you’ve been writing for a while or are dipping your pen in ink for the first time in years. All workshops are £20 with discounts for block booking. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book. Workshops are run by Mel Parks, experienced freelance writer, NAWE member, fully insured and DBS checked.10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Thursday 29th November

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) Sept - Nov Thursday mornings 10-12, Forest Row A weekly creative writing drop-in workshop to nurture and encourage your words, whether you’ve been writing for a while or are dipping your pen in ink for the first time in years. All workshops are £20 with discounts for block booking. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book. Workshops are run by Mel Parks, experienced freelance writer, NAWE member, fully insured and DBS checked.10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Friday 30th November

Cumnor House School Christmas Fair Christmas Fair in aid of FAST UK - an all volunteer organisation of families and professionals dedicated to finding a cure for Angelman Syndrome. Over 50 stalls with fabulous Christmas temptations and present ideas, a cafe with live entertainment, a mouth watering cake stall and food hall with locally sourced produce. Come along and do all your shopping under one roof whilst supporting a immensely worthy local cause. Entry £3 10am, Cumnor House School, London Road, Danehill, RH17 7HT.

Saturday 1st December

Arts and crafts exhibition Nutley Artists Friends and Crafters exhibition until end December. There will be original art work, prints and cards for sale all at very reasonable prices. Crafts will include pottery and needlework to compliment our art work.Entry is free. Winter centre opening times are Weekends only 11.00am to dusk. 11 am to dusk weekends only, Ashdown forest Centre, Wych Cross

Saturday 1st 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

Sunday 2nd December

Christmas Concert in aid of Action Medical Research for Children Concert performed by the Greenstede Singers, with a mixture of traditional and modern songs and carols. Refreshments available. Christmas cards on sale. Tickets £8 from Claire on 01342 323697/07790 194835 or Vickie on 01732 863950/07762 4919563-5p.m., St. John's Church, Dormansland, RH7 6QU

Monday 3rd December

Ladies Lunch with demonstration by Fig and Flower Hospices of Hope's two course lunch at 5 star hotel with Zuzana Hewer of Fig and Flower giving a talk and demonstrating how to give your home a festive feel. All proceeds raised are for hospices care in South East Europe. 12.00 noon , Alexander House Hotel and Spa, East Grinstead RH10 4QD

Tuesday 4th December

An Afternoon of Christmas Carols The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir present a concert to raise funds for the Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station. Tickets £5.50 concessions £4.50 Chequer Mead Box Ofice 01342 302000 www.chequermead.co.uk2:00 pm, Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead

Wednesday 5th December

Imberhorne Christmas Market Student run stalls, festive music, tasty treats, food, drinks, local businesses, arts and crafts! In aid of our Tanznaian Exchange Programme and School Fund4.30pm, Imberhorne Lower School, Windmill Lane

Wednesday 5th December

Charity Concert at Squire's Garden Centre in Washington Squire’s Garden Centre in Washington has a fantastic charity concert on Wednesday 5th December. The concert features “Bang Tidy”, a local band with Squire’s very own centre manager Chris Dartnell on drums! Enjoy drinks in the Café Bar from 6pm, and the garden centre will be open until 8pm for late night shopping. The concert is 8-9pm. Tickets are £5 and all proceeds will go to Squire’s local charity the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre. Book in-store or online at www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk6-9pm, Squire's Garden Centre, London Road, Washington, West Sussex, RH20 3BP

Thursday 6th December

‘Celebrating our local community’ - A Tree Festival An interesting display of illuminated and decorated trees plus raffle and refreshments. Open everyday from 2pm from Thursday 6th December until Sunday 9th December. 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 UNICEF, British Dyslexia Association and Family Support Work (supporting families in need in Sussex). Everyone welcome! For more details visit www.stmaryeastgrinstead.co.uk2pm, St Mary's Church

Saturday 8th December

Family Christmas Concert East Grinstead Choral Society presents an evening of Christmas music including carols for choir and audience. Adult: £10; child £5; Family £22 Available from: Bullfrog Music, Ship Street, East Grinstead. For further information visit http://www.egcs.co.uk/ or find us on Facebook 7.00 pm, Imberhorne Lower School, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead RH19 2DT

Wednesday 12th December

meridian probus club of east grinstead meridian probus club of east grinstead is a club for retired professional/business gentlemen. we meet at 10.15am on the 2nd wednesday of the month, a talk by a professional speaker followed by lunch in the dorset arms. we have outings to various locations & also some holidays. if you are interested in joining, please contact brian simmons on 01342 323098, an annual fee of £45 applies.10.15am, dorset arms

Friday 14th December

East Grinstead Society 15 Years a Volunteer by Helen Beale who who will talk about her experiences and the recent changes to house and garden.7.30 pm , Main Hall, East Court Mansion, College Lane RH19 3LT

Saturday 15th December

Carols and Cakes The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir present the concert to raise funds for the Shoreham Lifeboat Station. Ticket £6 include refreshments are available from the Trinity Welcome Cafe at the door and from Roger 01342 324196 2:30 , Trinity Methodist Church, East Grinstead

Saturday 15th December

East Grinstead Concert Band Christmas Concert Join us for our annual Christmas Concert, guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. 7:30pm, St. Swithun's Church, East Grinstead

Saturday 15th December

East Grinstead Concert Bands Christmas Spectacular (Correct) Join us for our annual Christmas Concert, guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. There will be Christmas favourites, and Christmas carols to join in with. 7:30pm, St. Swithun's Church, East Grinstead. Tickets £5 each or £15 for a family (up to 2 adults and 3 children). 7:30pm, St Swithun’s Church, East Grinstead

Thursday 20th December

Holy Trinity Church Forest Row Christmas Tree Festival Join us for our Annual Christmas tree Festival at Holy Trinity Church Forest Row 20th to 23rd December 10am-4pm 10am, Holy Trinity Church Forest Row

Sunday 23rd December

Christmas Services Christmas Services Holy Trinity, Forest Row 23rd December 6pm Parish Carol Service Christmas Eve 5pm Crib Service & 11pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 10am Eucharist St Dunstan’s, Ashurst Wood Christmas Eve 3pm Crib Service & 10pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 10am Eucharist Various Times, Holy Trinity Church Forest Row

Saturday 19th January

J S Bach: Mass in B Minor Choral Workshop Join East Grinstead Choral Society as we develop our understanding of Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Led by the choir’s Musical Director, Richard Jenkinson who’ll be joined by acclaimed soprano and highly-experienced singing teacher, Lesley-Jane Rogers. Whether you’re new to the work or familiar with it, don’t miss this opportunity to explore this magnificent masterpiece. Visitors £20. Further information and booking form on our website at http://www.egcs.co.uk/ 9.30 am, Sackville School, Lewes Road, East Grinstead RH19 3TY

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