Well what a summer it has been! It may have been hotter than Portugal at one point, but after nearly self-combusting in the airless oven of a Portuguese reservoir close to the wildfires in the Algarve, I am very thankful that I live in leafy Copthorne.

As the more refreshing nights draw in there is plenty to look forward to. Alongside all the main events in the church calendar (don’t forget the Michaelmas Fayre!) that are detailed below, we have a Quiz and Supper night in the Parish Hub closely followed by the St Catherine’s Hospice Halloween Challenge at the Prep School. Then there is the spectacular village Bonfire and Fireworks by the Scouts and the exciting new Copthorne Players’ production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at the Chequer Mead.

So there are plenty of opportunities to fill our time before the plethora of Christmas fairs and parties. The Hub Christmas Market will hopefully be as successful as ever. And as for nights out, the Copthorne Hotel’s Fawlty Towers Christmas Special looks to be a seasonal party with a difference (although I’m hoping that no rats will be harmed during the course of the evening!).