Blackdown Air Disaster 50th Anniversary – Fernhurst – 4-5 November

Blackdown air crash 1967All 37 passengers and crew lost their lives when an Iberia Airlines Caravelle, heading for Heathrow, crashed into the hillside at an isolated spot close to Upper Blackdown House at 10.02pm on 4 November 1967.

The police report from 1967 gives a harrowing account of the event:

“About 10.02 p.m. on Saturday, 4th November, 1967, a Caravelle Airliner No. EC-BDD, owned by Iberia Airlines of Spain, crashed at Black Down Hill, Sussex (map reference 919289).  This Hill at its highest point is 902 ft. above sea level.  The aircraft was on a scheduled flight from Malaga, Spain, to Heathrow Airport, and was piloted by Captain Harnando Maura [Pieres], 37 years, an experienced Pilot.  It left Malaga at 7.30 p.m. G.M.T. and the estimated time of arrival at Heathrow Airport was 10.10 p.m. G.M.T.  The weather at the time was slightly misty with intermittent drizzle but there was reasonable visibility.”

Now, the Fernhurst community has come together to organise three commemorative public events:

  • Exhibition – telling the story of the accident and its aftermath – Sat. 4th and Sun. 5th November 2017, 10.30am – 4pm, Fernhurst Village Hall
  • Memorial ServiceSat. 4th November, 12 noon, St Margaret’s Church, Fernhurst
  • Unveiling of Commemorative Plaque – Sat. 4th November, 2pm, Fernhurst Village Hall

For more information, please go to Fernhurst Society

Meeting about Village Shop – Thurs. 26 October


To discuss the future of the Village Shop, a MEETING will be held in Lurgashall Village Hall on Thursday, 26th October 2017 at 7pm.

The new freeholders are very keen to keep the Shop going, but they are looking for practical ideas and help in order to do so.

We need people who live locally and use the Shop to come to the meeting.  We also need local people who use it very little at present, but who would like to see it updated and upgraded in order to use it more.



Have-a-Go Dog Tricks Workshop – Sat. 11 November

Dog Tricks Workshop - 11 Nov 2017

Claire Doyle would like to hold regular Dog Training Classes in Lurgashall Village Hall.
She is offering a fun ‘Taster’ session in the Village Hall on Saturday, 11th November at 11 am

The session will last one hour and class size will be limited, so book now! £10 per dog.
If you would like to join in, please contact Claire on 07825 662095 or e-mail

Debbie C sings! – Sat. 21 October

Miss-Debbie-C-Vintage-VocalistShe’s coming back to Lurgashall – and she’s good…!

Join us for a memorable night of classic hits from the 60’s and 70’s right up to date – Debbie sings them all with great style!

Saturday 21 October at Lurgashall Village Hall.  Doors and cash bar open 7.30pm. Show starts 8pm.

Tickets @ £7.50 each from Ray (01428 707596) or the Village Shop or on the door.


Film Night – “Their Finest” – Wed. 4 October

Film - Their Finest“You’d need a heart of stone and a funny bone of porridge not to enjoy this sweet-natured and eminently lovable British film – a 1940s adventure, with moments of brashness and poignancy. It’s all about the love that flowers in the ruins of blitz-hit London and in the dusty offices of the Ministry of Information’s film unit as various high-minded creative types use the magic of cinema to keep the nation’s pecker up.”  The Guardian, April 2017.

Stars Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton.

Lurgashall Village Hall – Wed. 4 October.

Tickets £5 on the door. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start

Click here for the full review.


New Village Hall website is launched!

Lurgashall Village Hall is pleased and proud to launch its new website!

This is very much a work-in-progress, but our aims are to:

  • keep you up-to-date with what’s on at the Village Hall
  • attract hirers, users and visitors from the village and further afield
  • link in with social media via Facebook’s Lurgashall Page
  • develop the Village Hall as a vibrant hub for our community

We’re not website experts (yet!) so please bear with us, but we welcome any comments for improving what we’ve done so far or adding new things.

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Wed 27 September, 10.30am

Macmillan Coffee Morning 27 Sept 2017Cancer has touched most of our lives in some way or another, and Macmillan Cancer Support has always been a great support to us and our loved ones.
Now it’s OUR chance to support THEM.
So, this month, instead of our usual Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 27th September, the Village Hall Tea ladies will be joining in the ‘WORLD’S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
From 10.30 am until 12 noon, they will be providing tea and coffee and their usual luscious home-made cakes, of course! Do come along and support.

If you’d like to find out more about this national event, please go to:

“Whose Wine is it, Anyway?” – Sat 23 Sept 2017

Whose wine is it anyway Sept 2017If you thought wine tasting was only for the serious wine buffs, then Lurgashall’s upcoming fun event “Whose Wine is it, Anyway?” will prove otherwise!

This is how it works… you taste the wines, the panel of “experts” (a.k.a. the Grape Nuts) describe each wine, then you decide which member of the panel is giving the correct description.

If you came to this event at Lurgashall Village Hall last year, you will certainly remember the laughter rolling around the hall as the wines were tasted and appraised.

This light-hearted evening of wine-tasting fun will be held on Saturday 23 September, 7.30pm for 8pm start, at Lurgashall Village Hall.

Tickets are £7.50 each and are available from Lurgashall Village Shop, or Ray Cooper 01428 707596, or on the door. Proceeds go towards the upkeep of the village hall.