What's on

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

Saturday 6th May

Mid Sussex Choir, Spring Concert St. Peter’s Church are holding a Spring Concert in our beautiful country church. The Mid Sussex Choir with soloists, the 4Tune Seekers Barbershop Quartet and Margaret Watson on harp. Interval with refreshments. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the night with accompanied children under 16 free. Janet Barnes Tel: 01825 722574 Email: friendsofstpeterschailey@hotmail.co.uk Website: www.stpeterschailey.org 7.30pm, St. Peter’s, Chailey Green BN8 4DA

Saturday 6th May

Beekeeping Taster Day Come along to learn about keeping Honey Bees, their origins and biology. Find out what equipment is available and how to set up an Apiary in your garden. Lunch is provided, there's free parking and we'll end the day looking in the hives and handling frames of bees - protective gear is provided. Cost is £70 or £60 if you join our beekeeping group. www.egbka.org.uk9 for 9.30, Turners Hill

Monday 8th May

Role of the Workhouse sussex family history group. talk by judy hill7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High St, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

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

Saturday 13th May

Spring Plant Sale - Groombridge Horticultural Society All your summer bedding and vegetables at great prices from Jordan’s nursery in Crowborough. 9am to 12 noon, Outside the Groombridge Village Hall

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

Monday 15th May

Broadwater Warren How to create a Nature Reserve by Alan Loweth - Volunteer Manager/Co-ordinator of Weald Reserves19.45, The East Grinstead Natural History Society. St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead,RH19 4AT

Monday 15th May

Broadwater Warren How to create a Nature Reserve by Alan Loweth - Volunteer Manager/Co-ordinator of Weald Reserves19.45, The East Grinstead Natural History Society. St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead,RH19 4AT

Thursday 18th May

Uckfield Music Club www.uckfieldmusicclub.uk Concert Aurora Wind Ensemble Playing: Mozart, Glinka, Franz Strauss, Walthew and Beethoven7.30pm, St Margaret's Church, Buxted Park

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

Sunday 11th June

“It Ain’t Necessarily So” Penshurst Choral Society conducted by Anthony Zerpa Falcon presents a concert of Jazz, Folk and Choral Delights for a Summer Evening. Tickets £12.50 on the door or via www.penshurstchoralsociety.co.uk 19.30, St John the Baptist Church Penshurst TN11 8BL

Monday 12th June

How far did your ancestors travel? Sussex Family History Group talk by Celia Heritage7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High St, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

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

Saturday 17th June

High Hurstwood Village Fete a fun day out for the whole family with something to do for everyone. A wide range of stalls and attractions.1PM, HIGH HURSTWOOD VILLAGE HALL

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 1st July

Scaynes Hill Summer Flower Show and Plant Sale Exhibits , Plant sale , Raffle and WI Teas2pm - 4pm, Scaynes Hill Millennium Village Centre

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

Monday 10th July

Heir hunters Sussex Family History Group talk by Lady Teviot7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High St, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

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

Monday 11th September

Origins and Development of Surnames Sussex Family History Group talk by Les Mitchinson7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High St, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Monday 9th October

Medieval housewives Sussex Family History Group talk by Toni Mount7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High St, Uckfield, TN22 3AE

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

Monday 13th November

Family Search Sussex Family History Group talk by Elder P V Tanner7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High St, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Monday 11th December

A 17th century Christmas Sussex Family History Group talk by Maria Kirk7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High St, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ