Isfield & Little Horsted

LITTLE H WEBSITE: Your scribe was gazing out at a frosty morning this week, considering how to get the keys on his laptop warmed up, when he came across a fairly new website created primarily for Little Horsted villagers but likely to be of interest to other people, too. And by browsing this site he had warmer thoughts of six months hence … some photographs of gorgeous bluebells. This parish website,, has been set up to provide a notice board of community activities and an opportunity for people to have their say on local affairs, as well as submit photographs of interest.

MORE FROST: I’m extremely fortunate to have a wife who for several years now has had most of our family’s Christmas gift shopping done and dusted by early November. This year is no exception, although we’ll pop along to Isfield Village Hall on Sunday to see what is on offer at the Frost Fair being organised by the hall’s committee. On sale will be a wide range of gift ideas, ranging from artworks to Christmas food goodies and jewellery to soaps. Barbecue lunches and teas with homemade cakes will also be available. The fair will be open from 11am to 4pm, and entry is free. Also at the village hall, on December 12, will be two film shows. At 3pm (doors open at 2.40pm) will be children’s favourite Paddington, and in the evening (6.45pm for 7pm) there will be a showing of that evergreen musical White Christmas.

STARTER FOR 10: How many villages can you think of that host two quiz nights within 24 hours? There cannot be too many in this neck of the woods, but Isfield is certainly one of them. On Saturday December 5 Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society will be holding one of its popular fund-raising events in Isfield Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm, and the following evening will see the monthly fun quiz organised by The Laughing Fish. Pub landlord Andy Brooks says the latter event is becoming so popular with teams of up to six members that it is now advisable to book a place in advance (01825 750349).

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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