What's on

Friday 31st March

Sir Willard White & The Brodsky Quartet One of the world's finest and best loved opera singers, Sir Willard White, in concert with the great Brodsky String Quartet. Songs from Porgy and Bess and much much more...Tickets £30 @ www.wegottickets.com8 pm (doors open @ 7.30 pm), Frant Church,High Street Frant TN3 9DX

Saturday 1st April

Lindfield Horticultural Society Spring Show of flowers and produce Join us to celebrate the horticultural achievements of our fellow gardeners. Home-made cakes and coffee will be on offer as well as a sale of plants. Entry £1, children free. All welcome. 2-4.45pm, King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield

Saturday 1st April

St Matthew Passion East Grinstead Choral Society is honoured and delighted to be joined by internationally celebrated tenor Mark Padmore as Evangelist for this masterpiece of sacred Baroque music. Musical Director Richard Jenkinson, Meridian Ensemble (leader George Clifford) on period instruments. It will be sung in German. Tickets: Adult £15 / £7 student available from Bullfrog Music, Ship Street, East Grinstead or on our website. For further information visit http://www.egcs.co.uk/ 6.00 pm, Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead RH19 2HL

Saturday 1st April

Lambing Celebration Tablehurst Farm welcomes you to Celebrate the lambing season ! Come and see the lambs and their mothers in the barn Saturdays 25th March & 1st April 2017 Café serving organic refreshments Organic BBQ from 11:30 - 3pm live music, face painting, crafts & much more . . . Our Farm is open to you, all year round Mon–Sat 9–5pm We have an award winning farm shop, pie kitchen, cafe & play garden. Come and see the animals in the fields and see how your food is grown. 11am - 4pm, Tablehurst Farm, London Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5DP

Saturday 1st April

Lambing Celebration Tablehurst Farm welcomes you to Celebrate the lambing season ! Come and see the lambs and their mothers in the barn Saturdays 25th March & 1st April 2017 Café serving organic refreshments Organic BBQ from 11:30 - 3pm live music, face painting, crafts & much more . . . Our Farm is open to you, all year round Mon–Sat 9–5pm We have an award winning farm shop, pie kitchen, cafe & play garden. Come and see the animals in the fields and see how your food is grown. 11am - 4pm, Tablehurst Farm, London Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5DP

Saturday 1st April

Groombridge Horticultural Society Spring Show All welcome to come and see the many entries and enjoy some afternoon tea. Full details are on our website (www.ghsgc.org.uk)2.30pm with prize giving at 4pm, Groombridge Village Hall

Sunday 2nd April

RSPCA South Godstone Easter Fayre Games and competitions for all the family and our Easter Egg hunt for the kids. BBQ, hot & cold food and cakes. Entrance to the fayre is free but donations appreciated. Easter Egg hunt £3.00 per child. Tours of centre £1.00 per person, under 16s go free. Come along and enjoy the fun at our annual Easter Fayre. Lots of games and competitions for all the family, and of course our Easter Egg hunt for the kids. Every child gets a prize for taking part. 11 am - 4pm, RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone, RH9 8JB

Saturday 8th April

Forest Row Choral Society Spring Concert A choral concert featuring Faure's Requiem and excerpts from Cherubini's Requiem. Conducted by Tom Scratchley. Soprano Soloist: Eloise Irving, Bass Soloist: Andrew Jacques7.30PM, Holy Trinity Church, Forest Row RH18 5AF

Wednesday 12th April

Lindfield Horticultural Society: "Alstroemeria" - a talk by Ben Cross A 4th generation grower, based in Walberton, near Arundel, Ben’s family roots started way back in 1936 when his Great-Grandad worked on the Land Settlement Association down in Siddlesham near Chichester. Ben now grows and harvests over 40 varieties of British Alestoemeria all year round and will tell us all about it. Entry £1 members, £2 visitors. All welcome.8pm, King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield

Thursday 13th April

Groombridge History Group Guest speaker Ian Everest presents a year in the life of a Sussex downland farm in the 1950s. An age when twenty men were employed on the 1,000 acre farm, increasing to forty at harvest time. All welcome - £2.50. Members - £1.50.8 pm, Groombridge Village Hall

Thursday 13th April

Ashdown Forest Decorative and Fine Arts Society: The Elgin Marbles: a History of Meaning Alan Read outlines how since their removal from the Parthenon the meaning and significance of the Marbles has dramatically changed from being architectural decoration to disputed cultural objects. He examines the response to them during their time in Britain, from the original controversy over their purchase to the debate surrounding their restitution to the new Athens Acropolis Museum. Refreshments. Members free of charge visitors ?6 or free if joining the Society at the meeting.14.00, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Saturday 22nd April

Bowls Open Day Come and play bowls, in the heart of Ashdown Forest. Isle of Thorns open day is a fun event for all. We are right next door to Cats Protection Centre.11am -1pm & 2pm - 4pm, Isle of Thorns Bowls club, Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, RH17 7DE

Sunday 23rd April

Nutley Bowling Club We are holding our first OPEN DAY of the season at Littlemead, High Street, Nutley. We are a very friendly club and you will be made most welcome. You do not need to have been a bowler as there will be someone to provide tuition. All we ask is that you bring along a pair of flat shoes.2pm, Littlemead, High Street, Nutley

Friday 28th April

Claire Martin & Joe Stilgoe An intimate evening with the delectable Claire Martin 'One of the world's top jazz singers' (Jazz Times USA) with brilliant piano virtuoso Joe Stilgoe. Claire will be singing beautiful songs from the Great American Songbook. Tickets £20 from www.wegottickets.com8 pm (doors open @ 7.30 pm), Frant Church, High Street Frant TN3 9DX

Saturday 29th April

Bring and Buy Nutley Horticultural Society Bring and Buy sale is being held on 29th April 10 am to 12 pm in the Church Hall, Nutley to raise funds for the Nutley Horticultural Society. Please bring your potted up plants to the church with species and if possible variety labels stuck in the pots from 9.30 onwards on the day. For further information please ring Claire Sullivan on 01825 712316 or ask any committee member. Plants will be priced by the helpers on the day. There will alsobe teas and a raffle. 10 am to 12 pm, Nutley Church Hall

Saturday 29th April

HoneyLeaf Creative Writing Workshop - Writing the Body Our bodies hold so many experiences and memories. Get ready to explore. Whether you are new to writing, returning after a break, or a regular, the workshops will get your ideas and words flowing on to the page. For people who want to write stories, poems, journals, blog posts or simply have something to say. Saturday mornings in the cosy armchairs upstairs at the Bookshop in East Grinstead: £20 per workshop. To book, email: hello@honeyleafwriting.com 10:00 - 12:00, The Bookshop, 22 High Street, East Grinstead, RH19 3AW

Monday 1st May

Mayday Walk in aid of the RNLI Come and join us for a walk of either 2 or 5 miles from Ashurst Wood. Please get sponsors or make a donantion to the RNLI on the day. Light lunch available in the hall afterwards.10.30 am for 11.00a.m. start, St Dunstan's Church Hall Ashurst Wood RH19 3QT

Monday 1st May

Groombridge May Fair GROOMBRIDGE MAY FAIR is a traditional family fun day. Sweet Heart Swing duo will be entertaining whilst children can enjoy inflatables, coconut shy, crockery smash, face painting, obstacle course, fun competitions, tea cup rides and lots lots more. There will also be Hog roast, BBQ, vegetarian curries, crepes, ice cream, candy floss, popcorn, beer and Pimms, tea and cakes galore. All raised proceeds are for Groombridge Primary School. www.groombridgemayfair.co.uk 12.00-16.00pm, Groombridge Village Hall, Car park & Recreation Ground, Station Road, TN3 9RB

Wednesday 10th May

Lindfield Horticultural Society: "Secrets of Hever Castle" a talk by Neil Miller Head Gardener at Hever Castle for the past 11 years, Neil’s talk will give a fascinating behind the scenes look at the Castle and Gardens from the beginning, through the Astor period, to the current date. Entry £1 members, £2 visitors. All welcome. Membership enquiries: 01444-458509 www.lindfieldhorts.org.uk8pm, King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield

Thursday 11th May

Ashdown Forest Decorative and Fine Arts Society: The Frome Hoard: the largest pot of Roman coins ever found in Britain Dr Sam Moorhead tells us about the Frome Hoard, which, found in April 2010 is the largest cache of Roman coins ever found in Britain in a single pot. Its discovery prompted a major appraisal of Britain?s ?forgotten emperor? Carausius and casts a light on the Roman West Country, one of the wealthiest regions in the Roman Empire north of the Alps. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating afternoon. Members free of charge, visitors ?6 or complimentary if you join the Society at the meeting.14.00, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Friday 12th May

Twinning visit to France Forest Row Twinning Association will be visiting Milly- la Forêt over the weekend. New members are welcome contact FRTA@btinternet.com 5.00am, Milly-la-Forêt, France

Saturday 13th May

Lindfield Horticultural Society Coffee Morning and Plant Sale We look forward to welcoming you for coffee and home-made cakes. A selection of plants will also be on sale. Membership enquiries: 01444-458509 www.lindfieldhorts.org.uk10am-12noon, King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield

Saturday 13th May

Mansion Market a lively market held in and around a beautiful 18th century mansion with something for all the family: clothing, plants, delicious local produce, interesting and unusual gifts and crafts from around the world, puppet shows, taster therapy sessions and an all-day café.11am - 4pm, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH17 5JB

Sunday 14th May

RSPCA South Godstone Car Boot Sale Buyers: admission by donation. Please be generous as all funds go to help the animals at the Centre Light refreshments. Free parking + disabled parking. Sellers: All vehicles £10.00. Trailers +£3.00. Pay on entry. No need to book! Set up from 9am. Open to buyers @ 10am. Unsold items/rubbish must be taken away. Dogs welcome on lead. No responsibility for loss/damage to vehicles or personal injury. No Food Sellers or Traders. 10 am - 2 pm, RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone, Surrey RH9 8JB

Friday 19th May

THE ATTIC ART CLUB ORIGINAL ART FAIR Exhibition of Sussex based artists, sculptors,woodturners and glassware and jewellery. Original work on display and for sale. Part of The Brighton and Hove Arts Council Open houses and Art trail. The exhibition is on for 3 days with late evening on Friday, 19th. Refreshments will be served from 6p.m. to 8p.m. Saturday and Sunday opening 10a.m. to 5p.m. Admission Free but voluntary contributions to charity.12 noon, The VillageHall, Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8TT

Saturday 20th May

HoneyLeaf Creative Writing Workshop - Writing the Body Our bodies hold so many experiences and memories. Get ready to explore. Whether you are new to writing, returning after a break, or a regular, the workshops will get your ideas and words flowing on to the page. For people who want to write stories, poems, journals, blog posts or simply have something to say. Saturday mornings in the cosy armchairs upstairs at the Bookshop in East Grinstead: £20 per workshop. To book, email: hello@honeyleafwriting.com 10:00 - 12:00, The Bookshop, 22 High Street, East Grinstead, RH19 3AW

Monday 29th May

Lindfield Village Run Run either 5k or 10k across amazing mid-Sussex countryside near Haywards Heath - keen runners, fun runners, families - all welcome. Proceeds to our village hall charity. Book online www.kingedwardhall.org.uk9am, Hickmans Lane Playing Fields, Lindfield

Thursday 8th June

Ashdown Forest Decorative and Fine Arts Society: Thomas Heatherwick: the modern Leonardo? For twenty years the Heatherwick Studio has combined curiosity and experimentation to produce a vast range of solutions to design challenges. His Olympic Cauldron and new London bus are highly acclaimed. Ian Swankie looks at the problems presented and the wonderfully creative ways in which Heatherwick and his team have responded. A visit to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is planned for later this month. Members free of charge, visitors ?6 or complimentary if you join the Society at the meeting. 14.00, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Saturday 17th June

Forest Row Village Fun Day Arena Events, Stalls and Fairground Rides To book a stall contact FRTA@btinternet.com 11.00am, Foresters' Green, Forest Row

Saturday 17th June

HoneyLeaf Creative Writing Workshop - Writing the Body Our bodies hold so many experiences and memories. Get ready to explore. Whether you are new to writing, returning after a break, or a regular, the workshops will get your ideas and words flowing on to the page. For people who want to write stories, poems, journals, blog posts or simply have something to say. Saturday mornings in the cosy armchairs upstairs at the Bookshop in East Grinstead: £20 per workshop. To book, email: hello@honeyleafwriting.com 10:00 - 12:00, The Bookshop, 22 High Street, East Grinstead, RH19 3AW

Sunday 18th June

RSPCA South Godstone Car Boot Sale Buyers: admission by donation. Please be generous as all funds go to help the animals at the Centre. Light refreshments. Free parking + disabled parking. Sellers: all vehicles £10.00. Trailers +£3.00. Pay on entry. No need to book! Set up from 9am. Open to buyers @ 10am. Unsold items/rubbish must be taken away. Dogs welcome on lead. No responsibility for loss/damage to vehicles or personal injury. No Food Sellers or Traders. 10 am - 2 pm , RSPCA South Godstone, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone, Surrey RH9 8JB

Saturday 8th July

Lindfield Horticultural Society Summer Show of flowers and produce Join us to celebrate the horticultural achievements of our fellow gardeners. Home-made cakes and coffee will be on offer as well as a sale of plants. Entry £1, children free. All welcome. Membership enquiries: 01444-458509 www.lindfieldhorts.org.uk2-4.45pm, King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield

Saturday 8th July

Fairwarp Village Fete This year our traditional village fete includes The Drumskullz Drummers, live music by Newick Folk, Marco the Magician, Punch and Judy show, a fun dog show, children's races, stalls, arts and crafts tent, teas, tug of war and much, much more. For more information contact Di Bowley on 01825 713881 email di@the-bowleys.fsnet.co.uk Proceeds to Fairwarp Village Hall & Green (Reg Charity No 305218) and other village organisations.2.00pm, Fairwarp Village Green, The Street, Fairwarp TN22 3BE

Thursday 13th July

Ashdown Forest Decorative and Fine Arts Society: The Honourable East India Company And East West Trade: chintz Chinese export and Chinoiserie 1600-1800 Viv Lawes? illustrated lecture shows how the East India Company developed its methods of trade, establishing a system of sending out patterns to be copied by the artisans, replacing the original import of textiles that were native in design. She will explain the currency and balance of trade and methods of production and will draw the distinction between Chinese export and Chinoiserie. Members free of charge, visitors ?6 or complimentary if you join the Society for 2017 -18 at the meeting.14.00, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Saturday 9th September

Lindfield Horticultural Society Autumn Show of flowers and produce Join us to celebrate the horticultural achievements of our fellow gardeners. Home-made cakes and coffee will be on offer as well as a sale of plants. Entry £1, children free. All welcome. Membership enquiries: 01444-458509 www.lindfieldhorts.org.uk2-4.45pm, King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield

Wednesday 11th October

Lindfield Horticultural Society: "The Gardens of Windsor Great Park" a talk by Harvey Stephens Harvey Stephens MI Hort., Kew Dip Hort, joined The Crown Estate, Windsor as Head of The Savill Garden in 2006. As Deputy Keeper of Gardens Harvey is now responsible for a large team looking after the Savill Valley and Frogmore Gardens which collectively hold one of the finest plant collections in the country. Entry £1 members, £2 visitors. All welcome.8pm, King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield

Saturday 14th October

Lindfield Horticultural Society: Coffee Morning and Plant Sale We look forward to welcoming you for coffee and home-made cakes. A selection of plants will also be on sale. Membership enquiries: 01444-458509 www.lindfieldhorts.org.uk10am-12noon, King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield

Wednesday 8th November

Lindfield Horticltural Society AGM followed by talk "Historic Gardens of Sussex and the work of the Sussex Gardens Trust" Following the AGM, we are delighted to hear from one of our own members. Jim Stockwell has lived in Lindfield for nearly 30 years, is a well known exhibitor at LHS shows and Chairman of Sussex Gardens Trust, a charity committed to the protection, conservation and evolution of local garden heritage. Jim will talk about the garden heritage of Sussex, celebrating what remains and how we can help protect our heritage for future generations to enjoy. Free Entry. All welcome.7.30pm, King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield