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What’s happening in Billingshurst this week?

- What a treat to hear so many recitations and such wonderful music from the first-class actors of Billingshurst Dramatic Society, and the excellent voices of Billingshurst Choral Society in their Celebration of Britain on Saturday, April 13.

Raising funds together, the Choral Society is to launch into May’s Brighton Fringe with a UK Premiere of Stale Kleiberg’s Requiem for the victims of Nazi persecution, and there was AA Milne, Elgar, John Rutter, William Wordsworth and all the British poets and composers in between.

The capacity cabaret-style evening continued with delicious home-cooked canapés and a ‘Great Britain’ raffle, towards a finale of flag-waving patriotism and Auld Lang Syne.

- Michael and Leslie Spinks led Billingshurst Footpath Walkers along the South Downs Way from Washington village for the April walk, steadily climbing to reveal stunning views over Storrington and the North Downs, and then over the top, lambasted by wind, vistas of rolling hills to the sea.

A timid sun finally put in an appearance to cheer the walkers on to complete the five miles to the Red Lion and refreshment.

- Billinghurst Macmillan Support Group is inviting villagers to their film nights showing Song for Marion at Billingshurst Centre today (Friday, April 19), Pulborough Village Centre on April 22 or Rudgwick Village Hall on Monday, April 29. Tickets for the first two from Mansell McTaggart or Four Seasons respectively, at £6, or risk the doors, which open 7pm for 7.30pm.

- Evershed Arts presents Oliver Nelson on violin accompanied by Roy Stratford on piano on Saturday, April 20 at 8pm in the Unitarian 
Chapel. Tickets on the door at £7 or telephone 01403 260046.

- New members are welcome at Billingshurst Bowling Club and no experience is necessary.

Prospective members are invited to come and have a try on Saturday, April 20, from 2pm. Alternatively any Friday evening in May from 6pm.

Free tuition given and all equipment available to use.

For further details contact Roy on 01403 754362, Barry on 01403 780330 or Keith on 01403 784599.