What's on

Tuesday 22nd May

Forest Row Ladies Who Latte Welcome to our women-only monthly business networking group. For more information please visit: www.frowladieswholatte.co.uk10.00-12.00, Java & Jazz Restaurant Forest Row

Tuesday 22nd May

East Sussex Women & the First World War This event is part of the Women of Wealden Suffrage Exhibition at Bridge Cottage from 21st May to 2nd June. See website www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk for details of all events. An interesting and informative talk by Dr. Chris Kempshall on women's suffrage and the limited nature of the new electoral franchise after the war.2pm, Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Wednesday 23rd May

Drawing for Relaxation Local illustrator and counsellor Kerry Ingham joins Burrswood to explore the art of drawing for fun and inner peace. For complete beginners or master. Kerry will explain light, form and composition as well as how our negative thoughts get in the way of the playful and free creativity in all of us. Tickets cost £60 and include tuition, art materials, pastries on arrival, lunch and a cream tea (plus good company!) http://www.burrswood.org.uk/news-and-events/drawing-for-relaxation-19am - 4pm, Burrswood, Groombridge TN3 9PY

Wednesday 23rd May

From Suffragettes and Beyond Workshop Part of the Women of Wealden Suffrage exhibition 21st May to 2nd June 2018 - details via www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk. We will be holding 2 workshops at 2pm and 6pm. Discover the history of Women and the Vote. Be inspired by the fascinating story of how women won the vote, from the earliest petitions and protests to the direct action of the Suffragettes and beyond. Find out about how you can get involved in Vote#100 commemorations. Free event2pm and 6pm, Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Saturday 26th May

An Evening of Music Hall Songs & Drame Part of the Women of Wealden Suffrage Exhibition running from 21st May to 2nd June 2018. Join us for a wonderful evening of song and drama performed by the Daisy Belles and their very special guests. Licensed bar from 7pm, performance at 8pm. Tickets £6 please book via website.7pm, Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Tuesday 29th May

Talk by Ann Kramer - Turbulent Spinsters Women's Fight for the Vote Turbulent Spinsters tells the story of how Muriel Matters and Violet Tillard brought the Women’s Freedom Van from London to Hastings, where they were pelted with fish heads; how that same Muriel Matters effectively became the first women to speak in the House of Commons, shouting out ‘votes for women’ before being dragged out still chained to an iron grille. Part of the Women in Suffrage Exhibition www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk Tickets £52.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Thursday 31st May

Sussex Women a talk by historian Nicola Stewart Part of the Women of Wealden Suffrage Exhibition at Bridge Cottage running from 21st May to 2nd June 2018, see website www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk for full details. Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden will be introducing this talk which highlights the pioneering women of Sussex who have achieved success through adversity during the past 100 years. Tickets £5 7pm, Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Friday 1st June

Talk by Frances Stenlake - Wealden Suffragists Francis Stenlake, historian and author, has done extensive research on the Suffragist movement in Sussex. In July 1913, a march from Brighton to London brought together women suffragists from across Sussex – from Eastbourne to Littlehampton, Horsham, Cuckfield, and East Grinstead. They represented branches of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, led by Millicent Garrett Fawcett. Tickets £5 via www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk7pm, Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Thursday 7th June

‘Local Colour’ Art Exhibition Recent oil paintings by local artist Susie Rotberg, inspired by the landscape and seasonal colour of Ashdown Forest 10am, Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough TN6 1FE

Sunday 10th 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 9 am. Open to buyers @ 10 am. 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

Sunday 10th June

Fletching Garden Trail Come and explore the beautiful gardens of Fletching. For one day only, a range of private gardens in the village open their gates. Visitors can admire beautiful herbaceous borders, stunning views across National Trust Land, and enjoy homemade lunches and teas under ancient oak trees. All monies raised will directly benefit the children of Fletching Church of England Primary School.11am-5pm, Fletching

Sunday 10th June

Lindfield Open Gardens Ten gardens in Lindfield are opening to raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice. You’ll be able to buy plants, tea & cake as well as getting inspiration for your own garden. Admission £5. Start at 47 Denmans Lane or other participating gardens. For map and full list of gardens see website www.lindfield-gardens.co.uk 1pm - 5pm, 47 Denmans Lane RH16 2JN

Monday 11th June

Sussex Family History Group A Wealden Woman's War - talk by Penny Harris7.15 for 7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High St,Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Wednesday 13th June

Pop up Pottery Workshop The workshop will begin with a demonstration of how to throw on the pottery wheel, and an introduction to general ceramic skills and handbuilding techniques. You’ll then get stuck into creating your own pieces, As well as using the wheel, you’ll also put your handbuilding skills into practice designing and making tiles. £60 per person includes tea, coffee and pastries, a delicious lunch and cream tea. Call 01892 865988 to reserve your place.9am - 4pm, Burrswood, Groombridge TN3 9PY

Thursday 14th June

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) 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. I will bring exercises and prompts to write together and share (if you want to). There will be time each week for gentle feedback on writing prepared at home. We will also explore writing techniques to develop your ability to express yourself on the page. 10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Thursday 14th June

The Arts Society Ashdown Forest “Caravaggio: the master of light and shadow” Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was a man out of step with his time. Shirley Smith’s lecture will study the life and works of this enigmatic man and look at his influence on later artists. Refreshments. Members free of charge, visitors £6.2pm, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Saturday 16th June

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 16th June

Forest Row Summer Fete A traditional village fete with free entertainment in the arena, bar, stalls and activities. Featuring a 1918 style tea-tent.11.00am, Forester's Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row

Saturday 16th June

Wivelsfield Church Fete Come and join us on the Village Green for a fun afternoon with a variety of stalls, a bouncy castle, cream teas, plants, jams, sweets , cakes, a raffle and attractions for children. The afternoon starts at 2.0pm until 5.0pm. Proceeds go to the 11c. St Peter & St John the Baptist church in Wivelsfield. 2.0pm, Location: Village Hall & Green, Wivelsfield Green

Saturday 16th June

High Hurstwood Village Fete A great day out for the whole family, with something for everyone. This year we have Archery, The High Hurstwood Bake Off, Cake Stall, Plant stall, Miniature Railway, Kids Zone, China Smash, Obstacle Course, Spitfire fly past , Silent Auction, Brass Band and many more stalls and games. This year we have a variety of food stalls including BBQ, Bar and Tea Rooms. For more information visit the High Hurstwood Events Facebook page.1PM, High Hurstwood Village Hall.

Sunday 17th June

A Summer Serendipity Penshurst Choral Society presents an evening of choral and solo pieces from around the British Isles, including: Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb” and John Rutter’s “The Sprig of Thyme”. Soloists: Manuela Schuette Alto, Alex Aldren Tenor,Felix Kemp Bass. Benjamin Britten’s “Holiday Diary” Op 5 will be played by the internationally renowned Jong-Gyung Park7.30pm, St John the Baptist Church Penshurst TN11 8BL

Thursday 21st June

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) 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. I will bring exercises and prompts to write together and share (if you want to). There will be time each week for gentle feedback on writing prepared at home. We will also explore writing techniques to develop your ability to express yourself on the page. 10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Thursday 21st June

Uckfield Music Club www.uckfieldmusicclub Concert: Timothy Ridout - viola Playing: York Bowen, Matthew Olyver, Leon Honnore, Paganini, Schumann and Brahms7.30pm, St Margaret's Church, Buxted Park

Friday 22nd June

'Six Hands' Three of the world's greatest guitarists, John Williams, John Etheridge and Gary Ryan, together for one glorious night!8 pm (doors open @ 7.30 pm), Frant Church, High Street Frant TN3 9DX

Friday 22nd June

'Six Hands' Three of the world's greatest guitarists, John Williams, John Etheridge and Gary Ryan, together in concert for one glorious night! Ticket £20 from Frant Stores, Britten's Music Shop Tunbridge Wells, online @ www.wegottickets.com or tel. 01892 7506658 pm (doors open @ 7.30 pm), Frant Church, High Street Frant TN3 9DX

Saturday 23rd June

Bye Bye Baby - A Celebration of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Bye Bye Baby is more than your average tribute band. They deliver a full theatre show covering the journey of the Four Seasons from the very beginning up until the Disco era and the rock and roll hall of fame. In fact a musical journey through the sounds of one of the most successful bands of all time. They perform 31 numbers in close four-part harmony with slick choreography and the recognisable falsetto. Oh what a night!7.30pm, Civic Centre Uckfield

Saturday 23rd June

A Night at the Opera Crowborough Choral Society along with a youth and a children's choir will be performing extracts from "Carmen", "La Traviata" and "Tosca". The piano accompanist will be Leslie-Anne Sammons and the soloists, Claire Watkins - soprano, Gareth Dafydd Morris - tenor and Richard Woodall - baritone.19.30, United Reformed Church, Croft Road, Crowborough TN6 1HA

Saturday 23rd June

A Night at the Opera Crowborough Choral Society with a youth and a children's choir will be performing extracts from "Carmen", "La Traviata" and "Tosca". The piano accompanist will be Leslie-Anne Sammons and the soloists, Claire Watkins - soprano, Gareth Dafydd Morris - tenor and Richard Woodall - baritone. Tickets £15 to include supper.7.30 pm, United Reformed Church, Croft Road, Crowborough TN6 1HA

Saturday 23rd June

Groombridge Horticultural Society Summer Show All welcome to come along and view the show. Free entry and teas and cakes available.Open from 2.30pm with prize giving at 4pm, Groombridge Village Hall (Main Hall)

Saturday 23rd June

Buxted Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert Buxted Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Julian Broughton, presents its Summer Concert, dedicated to Seymour Weeks, on Sat 23rd June at St Margaret the Queen Church, Buxted Park at 7.30pm. Programme: Strauss Horn Concerto No 1 (soloist Tim Egan), The Banks of Green Willow by English composer George Butterworth, & Beethoven's 3rd Symphony "Eroica". Advance tickets £10 (Linda Davis 01435 864559 or lindadavisdoc@gmail.com) or £12 on the door (students/U18s free). Interval refreshments available.7.30 pm, St Margaret the Queen Church, Buxted Park

Tuesday 26th June

Forest Row Ladies Who Latte Welcome to our women-only monthly business networking group. For more information please visit: www.frowladieswholatte.co.uk10.00-12.00, Java & Jazz Restaurant Forest Row

Thursday 28th June

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) 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. I will bring exercises and prompts to write together and share (if you want to). There will be time each week for gentle feedback on writing prepared at home. We will also explore writing techniques to develop your ability to express yourself on the page. 10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Saturday 30th June

Bringing Characters Alive - HoneyLeaf Creative Writing Workshops This set of three creative writing workshops on Saturday mornings in East Grinstead bookshop will help you bring characters alive, whether you’re writing stories, poems or are just at the ideas stage. We’ll look at character motivation, back stories and personality types. Cost: £20 per workshop. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book a place.10:00-12:00, The Bookshop, East Grinstead

Saturday 30th June

RSPCA South Godstone Family Fun Day Come and join us for a fun-packed day to include Entertainment, Music, Essex Dog Display Team, 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! Admission: Adults £3.00, Children 5 – 16 years £1.00, Under 5’s: free Free Parking All proceeds directly support the animal centre 11 am - 4 pm , RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone, Surrey RH9 8JB

Sunday 1st July

Groombridge Classic Car & Motorcycle Show Free Classic Cars & Motorcycle Show including Land Rover and VW Campers & Beetles. BBQ , Cream teas children’s matchbox car competition .Free bouncy castle. Fun for all the family.12Noon - 5pm, Groombridge Recreation Ground next to the village hall TN3 9RB

Thursday 5th July

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) 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. I will bring exercises and prompts to write together and share (if you want to). There will be time each week for gentle feedback on writing prepared at home. We will also explore writing techniques to develop your ability to express yourself on the page. 10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Thursday 5th July

Twelfth Night Groombridge Outdoor Theatre present Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in the beautiful grounds of Birchden, Groombridge from 5th-7th and 12th-14th July. Gardens open for picnics from 6.00 pm. Bar available Tickets £10.00 (£7.00 concessions) available on door. Further details from www.groombridgetheatre.co.uk7.45pm, Birchden Eridge Road Groombridge TN3 9NH

Thursday 12th July

The Arts Society Ashdown Forest “Magnificent Mosaics: window into the colourful Roman world”. In the last meeting of this season, Christopher Bradley, brings us his lavishly illustrated lecture which uses only mosaics to illustrate the rise and fall of the Roman Empire through the eyes of the Romans themselves. Refreshments. Members free of charge, visitors £6. 2pm, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Thursday 19th July

Uckfield Music Club www.uckfieldmusicclub Concert in Association with the Uckfield Festival. Dinara Klinton - piano Playing: Beethoven, Chopin, Medtner and Liszt 7.30pm, St Margaret's Church, Buxted Park

Saturday 21st July

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 24th July

Forest Row Ladies Who Latte Welcome to our women-only monthly business networking group. For more information please visit: www.frowladieswholatte.co.uk10.00-12.00, Java & Jazz Restaurant Forest Row

Saturday 28th July

Coleman's Hatch Show Flower Show and Village Fair Usual side shows with a Tug of War, Morris Dancers, Terrier racing, Dog Show, Jazz, BBQ Beer Tent, Home-made cakes and tea tent, Children's races and fancy dress and much more.12.30, Shepherds Gate Farm Coleman's Hatch, TN7 4HR

Saturday 1st September

Scaynes Hill Flower Show and Plant Sale Scaynes Hill Flower Show celebrates its 40th Anniversary. Apart from exhibits, there is the popular Plant Sale, Raffle and teas kindly supplied by the WI. Admission is 50p an adult and 25p for children2-4pm, Scaynes Hill Millennium Village Centre, West Sussex on the A272

Monday 8th October

Sussex Family History Group Medical Misdiagnosis - talk by Allyson Caffyn7.15 for 7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High St,Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Monday 12th November

Sussex Family History Group Lewes Bonfire - talk by Andy Thomas7.15 for 7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High St,Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Monday 10th December

Sussex Family History Group Medieval Christmas - talk by Toni Mount7.15 for 7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High St,Uckfield, TN22 1AZ