Isfield & Little Horsted

SHELTERED: Happy New Year to everyone, with a question of whether we are going to suffer freezes after all the rain we’ve had recently, or just splosh through the puddles? Whatever the weather, we now have some additional shelter in Isfield when waiting for a bus. After numerous, mainly unavoidable, delays, the new bus shelter on the southbound bus route close to the Lavender Line station has now been erected. It’s has been paid for chiefly through funds raised at the annual Isfield Fete. Your scribe is now awaiting the first message to say that someone has used it to shelter from sweltering heat …

RACING: A day at the races can be a lot of fun, especially if you’ve backed a winner or several, but at this time of year racetracks can be a little inhospitable if not booked to an inside viewing spot. No problem. Tomorrow, Saturday, evening sees a full horse racing programme in Isfield, in a toasty warm village hall and with a supper laid on. Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society and Isfield Village Hall have got together to organise a fund-raising Race Night. The Hall’s Katherine Meakin says: ‘You don’t have to bet to enjoy the evening (or even bet very much). The ticket (£12.50 per person) includes a ploughman’s supper and glass of wine, but bring your own drinks too (glasses provided), and a £1 bet on the first race. It is being run for us by an external company who are very experienced in these events so it will be very professionally run and great fun, and lots of local friends will be there. The entrance fee also includes a free bet on the first of eight races, which will be a selection of Flat and Hurdle. Doors open at 7.30pm. Bookings can be made in advance by email at or collecting tickets from The Laughing Fish.

GAME FOR A TREAT: Themed food events at The Laughing Fish in Isfield get under way again this month with a Game Night on January. Menus cooked up by resident chefs Henry and Benson will soon be available on

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am): January 10, Matins; January 17, Holy Communion; January 24, Family Service; January 31, 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).

BOOK SWAP: Providing flowers at churches means a bit of money has to be raised and a few people are needed to look after things. On the first point, a book exchange is being arranged to raise funds for Isfield’s St Margaret’s Parish Church flowers fund on Saturday January 16 (10am to noon at The Laughing Fish). For an entry fee of £6, which includes a helping of coffee and cake, you can take along four books and exchange them for another.

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