Poppy appeal

ARUN: Arun District Council chairman Ann Smee officially launched this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Poppies are now available at Arun District Council receptions and dedicated volunteers will be collecting for the charity at locations throughout Arundel, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton in the run up to November 11 Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

Each year Arun residents join the nation in helping to raise funds for Royal British Legion through the Poppy Appeal and wear their poppy with pride. All the funds raised go towards the vital work they do including help with war pension claims, provision of residential and nursing care and in assisting those from the ex-service community to get back into civilian life through help with training, employment and housing needs.

RUSTINGTON: Staff at Fairlight Nursing Home in Rustington held a charity ‘Halloween Day’ in aid of Chestnut Tree House.

Care assistant, Rosie Lynch came up with the idea of a Halloween themed day and all of the staff dressed up in spooky Halloween costumes while raising money by holding a cake sale, bingo and raffle for residents friends and relatives.

Everyone got into the “spirit” of the day. Staff and relatives made some fantastic halloween cakes and biscuits, which were snapped up quickly.

Pictured, right, are care co-ordinator Tara Simper, care assistant Ricky Gillingham, house keeper Paula Burgess and resident at Fairlight Garry Hilton.


contemporary craft show will be held at Hurstpierpoint College

College Lane, Hurstpierpoint,on Novermber 3 and 4 from 10 am – 5pm.

Organisers say that the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of the Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show in the spacious Sports Hall at Hurstpierpoint College is just the place for doing that special Christmas shopping.

Ceramic and glass artist Deborah Timperley, from Horsham, will be one of the exhibitors. Deborah creates unique bone-china pieces and caste-glass sculptures, bowls and jewellery. Her sculptural glass was recently displayed at the 2012 British Glass Biennale, an international festival of glass.

Together with ceramics and glass there will be textiles, jewellery, leatherwork, wood, metalwork, printmaking all created by members of the Sussex Guild, a registered charity. Members are selected for their high standards of design and innovation. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the makers, see, buy or perhaps commission an individual work of art. 

 There is free parking at the college with access for the disabled. Refreshments will be served in the Music Room.The admission ticket of £1.50 affords entry and re-entry throughout the weekend, with accompanied children free.

 For more information about the Sussex Guild visit the Guild Shop, Southover Grange, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex, open every day from 10 am – 5pm.

GORING: A Victorian Christmas Market is being held at St Mary’s Church, Goring-by-Sea to celebrate 175 years of the Church being the centre of the community.

It is to be held on Saturday December 1 from 10am to 3.30pm in the Church and the Church Hall.

Come and see Father Christmas in his Parlour.

The stalls include Traditional Wooden Toys, Wreaths and Holly Balls, Candles, Christmas Puddings and many more.

There will be Carol Singers and Craft Demonstrations amongthe activities.

Refreshments will include a Hog Roast.

SHOREHAM: The History of Buckingham House is the title of an illustrated evening talk by popular demand to be given by Peter Kefford at Marlipins Museum, Shoreham (side door) on Friday November 9 at 7pm. Entrance £2 to Friends of Marlipins Museum, £ 3 for non-members.

An extremely historic building going back to the 18th century but redesigned by the Worthing architect John Rebecca son of Biagio Rebecca in 1820. The house was the home of the Bridger family for many years, followed by Henry Head who had a long connection with Shoreham and interested himself in the welfare of local residents of Shoreham.

Henry Head died at Buckingham House in July 1905 aged seventy with memorials to his memory and his sons. He had four, one of whom was a victim in the Titanic disaster, another being killed in action at Gallipoli in 1915.

Burnt down in 1910 the shell of the building still remains with the east and south walls trimmed to safety and the windows bricked up.

Buckingham House figures in the well-known novel by George Moore-Esther Walters - and the house is easily recognised under the thin disguise of ‘Woodville’.

Peter Kefford has researched Buckingham House and its history and is the author of a limited edition on the subject.

Billingshurst Dramatic Society: Tickets are now on sale for Billingshurst Dramatic Society’s latest production – “The 39 Steps” from Mansell McTaggart at £8. Running from Thursday November 1 – Saturday November 3, doors open 7.15pm for 7.45pm.

Billingshurst Choral Society is joined by the Sinfonia of Arun to perform Verdi’s Requiem at Chichester Cathedral on Saturday November 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets available from Chichester Tickets on 01243 813595 or www.chichestertickets.co.uk.

Macmillan Support Group: The evening at “So India” was supported by 68 happy diners on October 17, raising £615 for Billingshurst Macmillan Support Group.

Wisborough Green Farmers Market raised £301.40, and Film Nights showing “Anna Karenina” at Rudgwick and Billingshurst have raised £250.80 and £348.40 respectively.

Sylvia Caton has been busy raising funds at Coffee Mornings, achieving £330.90p. Barclays Bank in Crawley has also matched the £203 raised their Coffee Morning on September 24.

Wine and Cheese Evening: Chris Fuller has announce d £305 was raised at the recent Wine and Cheese Evening in aid of Arthritis Research.