Isfield & Little Horsted

FILMS FUN: It was a shame that the double-film bill at Isfield Village Hall last Saturday attracted quite small audiences, but those who did pay a modest amount for a film or two, complete with nibbles and drinks, were treated to an entertaining package. There was a matinee performance of Paddington, and although much of the humour sailed over children’s heads, there were adults – including this scribe who chortled his way through 90 minutes or so of the adventures of a young bear who departs Darkest Peru to start life anew with the Brown family in London. The evening showing of White Christmas attracted a bigger audience, and the occasional tissue was seen or heard to crumple during the Bing Crosby/Rosemary Clooney festive classic. There’s now a break in the film nights programme until February 20 when It Happened One Night will be screened. Doors open at 6.45pm to give time for the usual nibble and drink before lights down at 7.30pm.

RACE NIGHT: Fancy a flutter on the horses without going to an actual race track? If so, Isfield Village Hall could be the place you should head for on January 9 when a Race Night is to be held. Doors open at 7.30pm to provide an opportunity to study race cards ahead of the first Under Starter’s Orders at 8pm, and then seven more races at 15-minute intervals, together with a supper break. The ploughman’s meal, with a glass of wine, is included in the price of £12.50 per person. More info and pre-booking at email or phone 07515898912.

TASTING: It seems your correspondent has an infatuation with food and drink this week. Well, it is the season to be jolly. And it does not stop with Christmas, for on February 17 Isfield’s Forget-Me-Not Club will be welcoming Eleanor and David Robins to one of their fortnightly meetings of over-55s for a cheese and wine tutorial tasting. Further details of this and other regular meetings through to July from Colin Stains (01825 766342), Liz Russell (01825 750611, Wendy Chandler (01825 750517) or on the web via

MORE DIARY DATES: December 19, Ashdown Mummers perform Sussex Mummers, The Laughing Fish, Isfield, 2pm; December 20, Holy Communion, Isfield Parish Church, 10am; December 20, Carol singing with Uckfield Concert Brass, The Laughing Fish, 8pm; December 25, Family Service, with Carols and Holy Communion, Isfield Parish Church, 10am.

GREETINGS: Although it is not quite the festive season, your scribe and his wife (Ian and Jenny) send their best wishes for a peaceful and happy Christmas and a good 2016 to all readers. Thanks go to those who have helped to provide the fuel for Isfield and Little Horsted’s Parish Pump. Do keep in touch, please.

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