Isfield & Little Horsted

SANTA’S COMING: Father Christmas will be giving his hard-worked reindeer some well-earned rest when he makes a series of visits to Isfield during this month and next. While Rudolph and his friends put their feet up for a few hours, Santa will be entertaining children at The Lavender Line railway station. Santa Specials will be run at regular intervals on November 29 and December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23. Children with Special Santa tickets will receive a present from Father Christmas, while adults with similar tickets can look forward to mince pies and hot drinks in the Cinders Buffet. Steam locos will haul the trains on some days, and diesels on others. Full details at or phone 01825 750515.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Such was the success of last week’s bonfire night celebrations in Isfield (full report and pictures elsewhere in this issue) that the organisers are having to put their thinking caps on regarding catering at next year’s event. Andy Brooks, chairman of Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society says: ‘Such was the sheer volume of numbers of people attending that catering both in the (bonfire) field and in the pub were stretched to the limit. We’ll be having a good think about how best to address this next year.’ Little Horsted PFTA worked hard to arrange on-field catering and although they were pretty much overwhelmed by demand they managed to boost their own funds.

BUZZING: Sharon Knight will be posing the question ‘Why Can’t We Live Like The Bees?’ when she gives a talk to Isfield’s Forget-Me-Not Club next Wednesday (2.30pm in the Village Hall). Attendances at the fortnightly meetings have been rather disappointing of late, says club chairman Colin Stains, so he is hoping more members will make an effort to get along for talks and tea. Meetings are open to all over-55s. More info from Colin (01825 766342) or Liz Russell (01825 750611)

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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