Midhurst and Petworth parish round-up.

Here are just some of the things happening across the parishes.

‘Colour throughout the Year’ is the subject of the FERNHURST Society’s first talk of the winter on Thursday, October 4 in the village hall at 8pm. The speaker is Marcus Dancer who specialises in clematis.

The hall opens at 7.30pm when tea and coffee will be served giving everyone a chance to talk to other gardeners.

Both members and non-members are welcome.

St Peter’s Church in LYNCHMERE and St Paul’s Church in CAMELSDALE are sharing a beneficiary for their harvest offerings from their separate harvest festivals on October 7 at 9.30am (St Peter’s) and 11am at St Paul’s.

The recipient of all the gifts will be Stonepillow. This is a charity based in Chichester which offers shelter, information and support to homeless people.

It operates a night refuge at Hunston near Chichester and two day centres in the city and at Bognor Regis. It also works to support people with drug and alcohol problems in an effort to help them make positive changes in their lives.

The charity needs a wide range of donations from tea, coffee and cordials, food, such as rice, pasta, noodles, spaghetti, cheese, porridge oats, corned beef , sardines to loo paper, shampoo, soaps and deodorants and laundry powder.

Donations can be made at the services at the churches or straight to Stonepillow at St Joseph’s, Hunston Road, Chichester on 01243 537934.

Harvest Weekend at St James’s Church STEDHAM will be on October 6 and 7.

On Saturday there will be the annual gift day and coffee morning from 10am-midday when the church will be dressed in its Harvest finery and the usual stalls – books, produce, bric-a-brac – will be open for business.

On Sunday, October 7, the Harvest Festival Service will be at 9.30am and at 7pm the Harvest Supper will be held in the Memorial Hall. Tickets costing £5 should be bought before the weekend.

A fundraising medieval tourney is to take place in Merry GRAFFHAM on Saturday, October 6 on the recreation ground from 3pm to 6pm.

It will include Tourney games, falconry, hog roast, minstrels and jesters and will be followed by an evening barbecue, bar, bonfire, music and fire spinner.

The funds are to help refurbish the grounds and pavilion to encourage more children to take up sport.

Kirdford Village Stores wants to run again for the South East region of the Countryside Alliance Awards. Sue and Craig Ransley are asking for your support to nominate the community store.

Visit the website to help them win www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/nomination