Isfield & Little Horsted

EVENTS: Even after a little more than two years of living in Isfield, your scribe and his long-suffering wife never cease to be surprised by the number of activities going on within the community. So, let’s take a look at what’s going on over the next few weeks and if you or your club or whatever have something to tell the village about, ping me an email to the address above. Notes have to be submitted to the editing guys by early Tuesday on the week of publication, so please let me know by the previous afternoon at the latest.

CLASSICAL ART: Summer is just about at an end, so this seems to be a good time to start having a look at the, maybe, slightly more wintery side of life. Not too serious, just enough to get the brain cells into gear. Starting on Monday October 12, arts appreciation talks, to be given on the second Monday of each month at Isfield Village Hall (7.30pm to 9pm; doors open at 7pm; tickets £10), will start with Classical Art and Architecture of Greece and Rome. The lecture programme is being organised by Henrietta Gibb who has lived and studied art in Bologna, Florence and Venice and she is particularly interested in the Art of the Italian Renaissance. More information from Henrietta on 07901 844106 or by email

FILM NIGHT: Calling all those interested in the history of British animation and parents with budding animators, this is not an event to be missed. On Saturday October 24. The iconic animation Animal Farm, adapted from George Orwell’s novel, is to be shown at Isfield Village Hall. But before the lights go down low there will be an introductory talk by Vivien Halas, who lives in Lewes and is the daughter of animators John Halas and Joy Batchelor who set up Halas and Batchelor Cartoons some 75 years ago and went on to create more than 2,000 films over 50 years. As usual on Film Nights, doors will open at 6.45pm in time for complimentary wine and nibbles before the show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets at £6 can bought on the door.

TRICKY?: Pub landlord Andy Brooks has set him up with a challenge that many of his customers are willing him to achieve, or fail. Andy, at The Laughing Fish in Isfield, reckons he can go the month of October without an alcoholic beverage passing his lips. It’s all in a good cause supporting the Macmillan Cancer Support charity’s GoSober For October campaign. ‘There’s been a great response as far as sponsorship goes,’ says Andy, ‘but there’s also a few cheeky guys who are trying to set traps for me. But it’s a great cause and I’m up for the challenge.’ More sponsors will, of course, be welcomed. Just a thought, but October has 31 days; September and November each have a mere 30. Details of Macmillan’s campaign can be found on

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

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