What's on

Tuesday 20th November

Sugar Craft Cake Toppers Poinsettia workshop, Tuesday 20nd November 10am-4pm £65 Clare Pope will teach you how to create a show stopping poinsettia or Christmas figures and design other decorations to personalise your own Christmas cake. Tea/coffee & pastries served from 9:30am. All workshops start at 10am. Full day workshops include lunch 12:30pm - 1pm & afternoon cream tea. Catering and materials are all included in the price. For bookings telephone: 01892 865988 or email enquiries to paula.cook@burrswood.org.uk10am - 4pm, Burrswood, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9PY

Wednesday 21st November

Robin Sculpture Workshop Wednesday 21st November 10am-4pm £50 Sculpt an exquisite bird with Artist Nikki Szabo using clay, wire & mixed media. Tea/coffee & pastries served from 9:30am. All workshops start at 10am. Full day workshops include lunch 12:30pm - 1pm & afternoon cream tea. Catering and materials are all included in the price. For bookings telephone: 01892 865988 or email enquiries to paula.cook@burrswood.org.uk10am - 4pm, Burrswood, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9PY

Thursday 22nd November

Iced Christmas Biscuits Thursday 22nd November 10am-4pm £30 Learn how to ice gingerbread like a professional with Chloe from The Round Table Cookery School, making 8 cookies to take home. Tea/coffee & pastries served from 9:30am. All workshops start at 10am. Full day workshops include lunch 12:30pm - 1pm & afternoon cream tea. Catering and materials are all included in the price. For bookings telephone: 01892 865988 or email enquiries to paula.cook@burrswood.org.uk 10am - 12pm, Burrswood, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9PY

Thursday 22nd November

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) Sept - Nov Thursday mornings 10-12, Forest Row A weekly creative writing drop-in workshop to nurture and encourage your words, whether you’ve been writing for a while or are dipping your pen in ink for the first time in years. All workshops are £20 with discounts for block booking. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book. Workshops are run by Mel Parks, experienced freelance writer, NAWE member, fully insured and DBS checked.10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Saturday 24th November

Young Artists Concert: The Meraki Guitar Quartet Four young guitarists who are all students at the Royal College of Music, Meraki have performed at many prestigious venues including the Southbank Centre and International Guitar Festival. They will be performing an eclectic mix of the old and new.7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Sunday 25th November

Festive Afternoon Tea - special offer A very special offer - only £7.50 pp or £10 pp with a glass of Prosecco. Indulge in a 3-tiered sumptuous Afternoon Tea with a festive twist served in the Dining and Jacobean Rooms overlooking our beautiful grounds. Including finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, a variety of homemade cakes and a selection of teas or coffee. Limited places available - all we ask is that you complete a feedback form! Call 01892 865988 or email: reservations@burrswood.org.uk 3pm - 5pm, Burrswood, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9PY

Tuesday 27th November

Danehill Parish Historical Society Talk on 'A275 From the Iron Age, Through the Coaching Age to Modern Times'. Mince pies and mulled wine. Details www.danehillhistory.org8pm, Danehill MemorialHall, London Road, RH17 7HS

Wednesday 28th November

Hobson's Choice Groombridge Amateur Dramatic Society presents Hobson's Choice, a Lancashire comedy by Harold Brighouse from Wednesday 28th November- Saturday 1st December 2018. Supper nights on Friday and Saturday Evenings, Saturday Matinee with afternoon tea. Tickets and further information from www.groombridgetheatre.co.uk or 01892 8644427.30pm evenings 2.30pm matinee, Groombridge Village Hall TN3 9QX

Thursday 29th November

Becoming a Writer: Weekly Creative Writing Workshops (drop-in) Sept - Nov Thursday mornings 10-12, Forest Row A weekly creative writing drop-in workshop to nurture and encourage your words, whether you’ve been writing for a while or are dipping your pen in ink for the first time in years. All workshops are £20 with discounts for block booking. Email hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book. Workshops are run by Mel Parks, experienced freelance writer, NAWE member, fully insured and DBS checked.10:00-12:00, The Sports Pavilion, Forest Row

Friday 30th November

Candle Making Friday 30th November 10am-4pm £70 Make a selection of candles with Simon of Will-o-the-Wisp, experimenting with colour and fragrance. Tea/coffee & pastries served from 9:30am. All workshops start at 10am. Full day workshops include lunch 12:30pm - 1pm & afternoon cream tea. Catering and materials are all included in the price. For bookings telephone: 01892 865988 or email enquiries to paula.cook@burrswood.org.uk10am - 4pm, Burrswood, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9PY

Friday 30th November

Cumnor House School Christmas Fair FRIDAY 30th NOVEMBER Christmas Fair in aid of FAST UK, is an all volunteer organisation of families and professionals dedicated to finding a cure for Angelman Syndrome. Over 50 stalls with fabulous Christmas temptations and present ideas, as well as a cafe with live entertainment, a mouth watering cake stall and food hall with locally sourced produce. Come along and do all your shopping under one roof whilst supporting a immensely worthy local cause. Entry £3 10am - 4pm, Cumnor House School, London Road, Danehill, RH17 7HT

Saturday 1st December

Arts and Crafts Exhibition Nutley Artists Friends and Crafters have an exhibition until end December. Following our successful summer exhibition we have now added some crafters to our membership. The exhibition will run from Sunday 4th November. There will be original art work, prints and cards for sale all at very reasonable prices. Crafts will include pottery and needlework to compliment our art work. Weekends only. Free entry11 am to Dusk , Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross

Saturday 1st December

Monthly Story Workshop / HoneyLeaf Writing We will generate story ideas, explore characters and story worlds, sharpen dialogue and look at elements of story structure. Beginners are welcome. Whether you want to write stories in fiction, creative non-fiction, journals or blog posts, this workshop will help you discover and trust your own unique voice. Cost: £20 per workshop with discounts for block booking. Email: hello@honeyleafwriting.com to book a place.10:00-12:00, The Bookshop, East Grinstead

Monday 3rd December

Ladies Lunch with demonstration by Fig and Flower Hospices of Hope Ladies Lunch at 5 star Alexander House Hotel. Tickets are £32 per person and include an arrival drink, two course luncheon, glass of wine and mince pies. Zuzana Hewer of Fig and Flower will be giving some tips on how to give your home a festive feel. 12.00 noon , Alexander House Hotel and Spa, East Grinstead RH10 4QD

Wednesday 5th December

Sam Brothers and Stuart Bligh - GP Acoustic Music Sam is a hugely talented young singer songwriter who performs a great mix of folk and blues, including some of his great originals together with some classic old style blues. Stuart Bligh is one of the most popular and talented musicians in this area, often fronting his band The Big Blue. In recent years he has also been much in demand for his solo performances which not only include some expected blues numbers but also an eclectic mix of popular songs. 7pm, Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Wednesday 5th December

Sugar Craft Cake Toppers Christmas figures workshop, Wednesday 5th December 10am-4pm £65 Clare Pope will teach you how to create a show stopping poinsettia or Christmas figures and design other decorations to personalise your own Christmas cake. Tea/coffee & pastries served from 9:30am. Full day workshops include lunch 12:30pm - 1pm & afternoon cream tea. Catering and materials are all included in the price. For bookings telephone: 01892 865988 or email enquiries to paula.cook@burrswood.org.uk10am - 4pm, Burrswood, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9PY

Wednesday 5th December

Sugar Craft Cake Toppers Christmas figures workshop, Wednesday 5th December 10am-4pm £65 Clare Pope will teach you how to create a show stopping poinsettia or Christmas figures and design other decorations to personalise your own Christmas cake. Tea/coffee & pastries served from 9:30am. Full day workshops include lunch 12:30pm - 1pm & afternoon cream tea. Catering and materials are all included in the price. For bookings telephone: 01892 865988 or email enquiries to paula.cook@burrswood.org.uk10am - 4pm, Burrswood, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9PY

Wednesday 5th December

Sugar Craft Cake Toppers Christmas figures workshop, Wednesday 5th December 10am-4pm £65 Clare Pope will teach you how to create a show stopping poinsettia or Christmas figures and design other decorations to personalise your own Christmas cake. Tea/coffee & pastries served from 9:30am. Full day workshops include lunch 12:30pm - 1pm & afternoon cream tea. Catering and materials are all included in the price. For bookings telephone: 01892 865988 or email enquiries to paula.cook@burrswood.org.uk10am - 4pm, Burrswood, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9PY

Friday 7th December

Craft & Artisan Market @ Bridge Cottage Uckfield A fantastic event for Late Night Shopping in Uckfield. Stalls both inside & outside. Uckfield Concert Brass will be playing Xmas carols around the tree, Harvey's Brewery & free roasted chestnuts will be on the forecourt. Inside will be amazing crafters selling a diverse range of perfect Xmas presents.5.00pm, Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Friday 7th December

Festive Watercolour Painting with Julie King Julie will show you how to paint a snow scene and other festive subjects to create your own Christmas cards. £60 per person includes tuition, tea, coffee and pastries, a delicious lunch and cream tea each day.10am - 4pm, Burrswood, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9PY

Friday 7th December

FILM Finding Your Feet at Pine Grove Pictures. Tickets £8 with reductions if you become a member.Doors open 7pm, film starts at 8pm., Crowborough Community Centre

Saturday 8th December

Craft & Artisan Market @ Bridge Cottage Uckfield Come and visit our Craft & Artisan market here at Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre in Uckfield. There will stalls selling many handmade and craft items from jewellery to ceramics, fleece to fashion, home & interiors, pampering and those unique gifts for someone special. FREE ENTRY. Refreshments available.9.00, Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Saturday 8th December

Christmas Carol Concert The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir present their annual concert to raise funds for the Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station. Mulled wine on arrival, a light supper is included please bring your own drinks. Tickets £10 from Bishops Forest Row and from Roger 01342 324196 7:30 pm, Freshfield Hall, Forest Row

Saturday 8th December

Uckfield Singers’ Christmas Concert The programme will include seasonal music and carols, with guest performances by local young musicians. Tickets are £8 each, available from Gale & Woolgar Jewellers, High St, Uckfield, or on-line, please visit our website for details. Proceeds from the raffle will be supporting the Hospice in the Weald. For more information about the choir, and to buy tickets, please visit our website at www.uckfieldsingers.co.uk15:30, Uckfield Civic Centre, TN22 1AE

Saturday 8th December

Christmas Wine Sale! Join us for a free glass of award-winning English Sparkling Wine, free tastings of our current releases, locally sourced nibbles, and 25% off wine purchases on the day!! Gift vouchers and hampers for fabulous festive gifts also available!10am - 4pm, Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Sliders Lane, Furners Green, TN22 4RU

Saturday 8th December

Family Christmas Concert East Grinstead Choral Society presents an evening of Christmas cheer including carols for choir and audience. Adult: £10; child £5; Family £22 Available from: Bullfrog Music, Ship Street, East Grinstead For further information visit http://www.egcs.co.uk/ or find us on Facebook? 7.00 pm, Imberhorne Lower School, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead RH19 2DT

Sunday 9th December

Carols by Candlelight Penshurst Choral Society presents a programme of Christmas Carols Old and New and Festive Readings with Conductor John Hargreaves. 18.30, St John the Baptist Church Penshurst TN11 8BL

Monday 10th December

Sussex Family History Group Medieval Christmas - talk by Toni Mount7.15 for 7.30pm, Bridge Cottage, High St,Uckfield, TN22 1AZ

Wednesday 12th December

Wreath Making Learn how to create a beautiful festive wreath. £70 per person includes tuition, materials, refreshments, lunch and afternoon tea. Call 01892 865988 to book or see www.burrswood.org.uk10am - 4pm, Burrswood, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9PY

Thursday 13th December

Norman Rockwell's Christmas Wish: A light-hearted look at the ideal family Christmas through the work of the popular 20th century American Illustrator. American-born Charles Harris will share with Arts Society Ashdown Forest his own experiences of the ideal American Christmas from sleigh rides and ice-skating in the woods to trimming the tree and wondering how Santa got down the chimney. Join us for some Christmas Spirit – or at least a cuppa and a chat! Members free, Guests £6. 1400, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Thursday 13th December

Iced Christmas Biscuits Thursday 13th December 10am-12pm £30 Learn how to ice gingerbread like a professional with Chloe from The Round Table Cookery School, making 8 cookies to take home. Tea/coffee & pastries served from 9:30am. All workshops start at 10am. Full day workshops include lunch 12:30pm - 1pm & afternoon cream tea. Catering and materials are all included in the price. For bookings telephone: 01892 865988 or email enquiries to paula.cook@burrswood.org.uk 10am - 12pm, Burrswood, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9PY

Thursday 13th December

Groombridge History Group John McKenzie will be providing an entertaining Christmas meeting with his talk 'Celebrity Encounters'. John will focus on his life as a show business and music photographer with anecdotes and photographs from Johnnie Ray to John Lennon via Ronnie Barker. Followed by seasonal refreshments and a raffle. All welcome. Non-members £2.50.8 pm, Groombridge Village Hall

Thursday 13th December

Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime Thursday 13 December to Saturday 15 December. The classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. A fun and traditional pantomime for all the family featuring singers, dancers, a speciality silk act and a magical Unicorn forest. Special School/Group/family tickets available. Prices start at £5.50. Check out http://www.uckfieldciviccentre.com for full details.2.30pm, Civic Centre Uckfield

Thursday 13th December

(Correct) Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime The Civic Centre Uckfield presents a fun and traditional pantomime for all the family starring Allo Allo’s ‘Mimi Lebonq’ (Sue Hodge) as Fairy Cucumber. Thursday 13 December – Saturday 15 December 2018 Performances: Thursday 2.00pm and 7.00pm, Friday 10.30am and 2.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm Tickets: Thursday 2pm and Friday 10.30am. All seats £7.50. Schools and Groups of 10+ £5.50. Thursday 7pm, Friday 2.30pm and Saturday Performances £12 and £9 (Family Tickets x 4 – £12 is £40/£9 is £30) Various performances, Civic Centre Uckfield

Saturday 15th December

Forest Row Choral Society Christmas Concert Join us for traditional carols and extracts from Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Conductor: Tom Scratchley. Tickets £10 on the door (under-16s free). Interval refreshments. 16.30, Holy Trinity Church, Forest Row

Thursday 20th December

Holy Trinity Church Forest Row Christmas Tree Festival Join us for our Annual Christmas tree Festival at Holy Trinity Church Forest Row 20th to 23rd December 10am-4pm 10am, Holy Trinity Church Forest Row

Monday 24th December

Christmas Services Christmas Services Holy Trinity, Forest Row 23rd December 6pm Parish Carol Service Christmas Eve 5pm Crib Service & 11pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 10am Eucharist St Dunstan’s, Ashurst Wood Christmas Eve 3pm Crib Service & 10pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 10am Eucharist Various Times, Holy Trinity Church Forest Row

Thursday 10th January

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: The Golden Age of Mexican Painting. Both artists have recently featured in major exhibitions and in this lecture for Arts Society Ashdown Forest Chloe Sayer surveys their work, their turbulent marriage and Mexico's history after the 1910 Revolution. A colourful afternoon awaits. Refreshments afterwards. Members free, Guests £6.1400, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Saturday 19th January

J S Bach: Mass in B Minor Choral Workshop Join East Grinstead Choral Society as we develop our understanding of Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Led by the choir’s Musical Director, Richard Jenkinson who’ll be joined by acclaimed soprano and highly-experienced singing teacher, Lesley-Jane Rogers. Whether you’re new to the work or familiar with it, don’t miss this opportunity to explore this magnificent masterpiece. Visitors £20. Further information and booking form on our website at http://www.egcs.co.uk/9.30 am, Sackville School, Lewes Road, East Grinstead RH19 3TY

Thursday 14th February

Wallace Collection, the Frick Collection and their Connection with Knole. Living as close as we do to Knole we will be fascinated to hear Hilary Williams' lecture about its’ connection with the Wallace and Frick Collections. Brighten a winter afternoon with a cuppa and an interesting lecture. Members free, Guests £6. 1400, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Saturday 23rd February

Baroque Gems Penshurst Choral Society with Musical Director John Hargreaves presents Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, Vivaldi's Magnificat, Handel's Nisi Dominus and other works. Adults £15 Children (12 years and under) Free. Reserve your seat online through www.penshurstchoralsociety.co.uk or pay at the door. 19.30, Jubilee Theatre Holmewood House School Barrow Lane Langton Green TN3 0EB

Thursday 14th March

Discovering MacDonald Gill: Artist, Architect & Mapmaker. Caroline Walker became fascinated by the life & work of her great-uncle MacDonald 'Max' Gill (1884-1947). Well-known in his time, he was all but forgotten after his death unlike his brother Eric Gill, the controversial sculptor who was based in Ditchling. Arts Society Ashdown Forest will hear about how interest is growing in Max’s work. Refreshments. Members free, Guests £6.1400, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Thursday 11th April

Undressing Antiques: A persuasive introduction to buying antiques and integrating and using them in today’s homes. “Antiques Roadshow”'s Mark Hill will explain to Arts Society Ashdown Forest the state of the antiques market and the different meanings of the word “value”. He will look at what current and future generations of collectors are buying, why they are buying it and how they are displaying it. This lecture could make us look at our possessions in a different light. Refreshments. Members free, Guests £6.1400, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Thursday 9th May

Leonardo da Vinci: The Complete Man of the Renaissance. Guy Rooker, a retired surgeon, will show Arts Society Ashdown Forest how the works of Leonardo da Vinci were informed by his study of anatomy and physiology in order to create convincing images of the human form. He reviews Leonardo’s approach to linear perspective, human proportion, emotion, light and shade together with the fashion in which his scientific investigations influenced his art. Refreshments. Members free, Guests £6. 1400, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Thursday 13th June

The Benin Bronzes: how were they produced and what is their symbolism and ritual use? Claire Walsh's lecture for Arts Society Ashdown Forest reveals the sophisticated production processes, the symbolism and ritual use of these antique bronze sculptures from this West-African kingdom. She investigates the response of avant-garde artists of the early 20th century who struggled to place them within their category of ‘the primitive’. Be amazed – and take refreshments afterwards. Members free, Guests £6.1400, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE

Thursday 11th July

Art UK: Uncovering the Nation's Hidden Paintings. Since 2007 Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac has worked for Art UK. (www.artuk.org) which was set up to catalogue the UK’s national collection of oil paintings. She will tell Arts Society Ashdown Forest how it involved visits to over 3,000 collection locations & photographing 212,000 paintings. She offers an insider’s view of this ambitious and unique project. Come & hear about our rich artistic heritage at our final lecture of our 2018/2019 season. Members free, Guests £6. 1400, Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough TN6 1FE