It’s happening again

So it’s the new year. Shall we do a quiz? oh, well, maybe then….

WHAT!!!! of course we will – it’s ON – bring your best trivia head and get stuck into the new year with fiendish questions and awesome anagrams, grainy pictures and leaps of logic.

Jackpot round somewhere between £50 and £100 !

Go on – indulge your host – you might even enjoy it. Monday 9 January 7.30pm for an 8pm start @thepurplecarrot – £2.50 pp

Coming up in January

well just a couple of things so far

Mon Jan 2nd sees the return of the Fat Carrot Development Tournament, an amalgamation of the Fat Boys Football tournament and the desperate need for the Purple Carrot to put it’s name to a trophy. A recent development in our football tournament pantheon some people are just so crazy for the action they must get a game in between Christmas and New Year, and who are we to do anything but help facilitate this need. 2017 – to be played January 2nd 12-2pm previous winners 2016 – Friday Fire; 2105 – Cuckfield Heathens 2017 round robin schedule  Food from 2.30pm @ Adastra Park Keymer & Hassocks Sports & Social Club. Do come and watch these crazy people, it only encourages them

Sun Jan 8th – just as crazy are the DOG Soc golfers who hold their annual 3 (no 4 club) challenge at Waterhall when it’s cold, preferably blowing a hooley, but ideally not raining – want to join in contact –  email or   txt 07814360341

Fri Jan 20th – Paul’s popular pop quiz returns yet again to the Purple Carrot with food and fun – £9 with the food, £4.50pp without. This one is starting to fill up fast so do let us know if you are coming, with or without a team. 7.30pm for 8pm start

Fri Jan 27th – Hassocks Hash hits 50!!! Our little social run hits a half century of occurrences – you know you’re very welcome to join in from a tiddler (4km) to something a bit more strenuous 8-10km, then talk about it for the rest of the evening over a drink and nibbles – 7.30pm start


that’s it for now but keep your eyes peeled, and ears to the ground for more tasting evenings and more comedy specials to come in the near future

THE TREASON SHOW – review of the year – 9 December 2016 in HAssocks – with added Jazz bits

Did everything really go wrong in 2016? Get a little help reviewing the last 12 glorious months from the Treason Shows no holds barred approach to telling it how it is. If you missed little Britain tugging itself away from combustible Europe, while the great and the good filed their exit papers and fled to the afterworld, including the last great leader of the free world (well Cuba) leaving his socialist legacy to be taken on by the next US president, then this is the show for you.

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Ha Ha Hassocks presents the Treason Show review of the year @ Adastra Hall. All the best bits of a crazy year, made slightly more crazy by Mr Brailsford and his troupe of willing satirists

Doors open at 6.45pm for those of you who just don’t want to go home, and the evening kicks off with some excellent jazz and blues from Lou B and ace jazz guitarist Nils Solberg; food starts from 7.30, feast on three courses of hand crafted food, but if you’re not eating you can always enjoy a bar packed with localness,  and snooze gently through the high class horesplay from Mark and the Treason gang as they look back on a year of awe and wonderment, and most probably a lot of breathtaking stupidity from the grate(ing) and the goode

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Upcoming @ The Carrot and beyond

Quick re-blog with ALL dates correct this time. Yes The Red Wine Final tasting is definitely on a Thursday 15th December – and it’s filling up fast

(Mainly) Evening Events

Tuesday 22nd – Knit & Natter – 7pm

Thursday 24th – Paul’s Popular Pop Quiz – 7.30 for 8pm start £8.50 (£4.50 without food)

Friday 25th – Light-up Hassocks (Keymer Road) 4-7.30pm; Hassocks Hash Social run 7.30pm prompt

Saturday 26th – St Lawrence Pop-up Pub “The Lawrie” @st. lawrence school hall – 7pm –


Thursday 1 Dec – Guides Hot Chocolate & Film night 7pm

Friday 2nd  Dec – Wine Wars: WHITES ONLY FINAL – Pinot Grigio take on the might of Sauvignon Blanc – a titanic battle will ensue- 7.45pm for 8pm start  – £17 (includes accompanying food)

Monday 5 Dec -THE MONTHLY QUIZ – 7.30pm for 8pm start £2.50pp (£7 with pie!)

Tues 6 Dec – Knit & Natter – 7pm

Friday 9 Dec – Ha HA Hassocks presents – The Treason Show @ Adastra Hall – £15 (£30 with food) – Now with added JAzz as Lou and friend welcome you to what promises to be an excellent evening

Saturday 10th Dec – Pop-up shop @ the purple carrot 3pm-9pm

Sunday 11th – Golf day @ Burgess Hill The DOGs return for their end of season spectacular finish The Wrap-up – Breakfast roll-up @thepurple carrot from 9.45am. First tee 11.30am, followed by some nosh @ the Barn – £20

Thursday 15th  Dec – Wine Wars: better RED than dead – book quick space going fast for this one. Heavyweight “Cab Sav” – definitely the wine that has swung it Australia’s way for the last two years takes on the sophistication of Spain and the tempting Tempranillo grape – 7.45pm for 8pm start  – £17 (includes accompanying food)

Fri 16th Dec – Wine and platters evening – from 7.30pm

Ha HA Hassocks presents -The Treason Show – Fri 9 December @ Adastra Hall

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Ha Ha Hassocks presents the Treason Show review of the year @ Adastra Hall. All the best bits of a crazy year, made slightly more crazy by Mr Brailsford and his troupe of willing satirists

Good for – singles, couples, groups of friends, staff “Christmas do’s”,

Not Good for – grumpy miserable buggers, under 16’s ! people who prefer to spend £40 for a night in Brighton with average food and average entertainment with the added excitement of crap trains and expensive parking

Should I bring a first date? Depends if you want a second one….

tickets on sale through the purple carrot, Marchants Estate agents and at “Light Up Hassocks” event, really really soon

£14.75 if bought before December, £17.50 if you’re a last minute chancer!

£29.75 with food – 3 courses (pate platters with prosecco, Venison Pie or veggie alternative / Dreamy sweet treats) NB: food orders will not be taken on the night.

hopefully a band, or at least some form of musical expresionism (definitely a word); a bar packed with localness; and obviously high class horesplay from Mark and the Treason gang as they look back on a year of awe and wonderment, and most probably a lot of breathtaking stupidity from those wot fill the column inches


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MacMillan – World’s biggest Coffee Morning

Today is MacMillan coffee morning.

Homes and businesses across the country eating cake and drinking tea and coffee and putting the donations to cancer support. Being a coffee bar we’re at a bit of an advantage to sort that out properly so Wateraid can take a back-seat today and instead we’ll donate 50p of every coffee, tea, cake we sell today to MacMillan cancer support. Can’t make it to the carrot? Haley at Reflex is on the high street is doing one too so no excuses.

A few places left for tonight’s wine wars

You Decide

The Purple Carrot, in association with South Downs Cellars, presents Wine Wars’ of Hassocks 2016
This month on Thursday 15 September our white and red options are Chardonnay and Malbec – just right for an Indian Summer.

What is your favourite grape variety? We aim to provide a (less than) definitive guide to the best single grape varieties of wine in the world.
Obviously there are gazziliions of blends out there so we are stripping it back to basics to take a look at 12 single varieties (both red and white) to test the palate
Whites: Riesling ; Sauvignon Blanc; Pinot Grigio/Gris; Chardonnay; Viognier; Chenin Blanc
Reds: Shiraz/Syrah; Pinot Noir; Cabernet Sauvignon; Malbec; Merlot; Tempranillo

Each Month 4 Whites and 4 Reds of the same Grape variety
Top 2 scoring varieties go head to head to choose No1 White and Red.

December White & Red Final Top 2 Grape Varieties

booking is always advisable, a £5pp deposit is required, as places are limited. £15 in advance, £17.50 on the night. All evenings are 7.45 with an 8pm start

It’s today

So finally the bank holiday Sunday summer special Ha Ha Hassocks longest title for an event so far this year, has arrived.

If you are wanting food there is a BBQ being run by the sports and social club, starting about 4pm – 50 yards away from Adastra Hall in Adastra Park – which comedy attendees are very welcome to gorge on.  The veggie option will be arriving at about 5.30pm.  This will continue until about 7.30pm, or until the food runs out, whichever is earlier. There will be a prinks option featuring Gin and Bubbles available at Adastra Hall from 6.30pm  when the doors officially open. The bar will also feature local bottled beers and ales from Bedlam, Hurst and Darkstar breweries, and wines from Southdowns cellars – including a limited amount of Plumpton’s excellent white. Soft drinks and crisps (maybe some chocolate) will also be available.

The comedy starts in earnest at 8pm and will continue on until roughly 10pm with a couple of intervals in between to get your breath back, refuel and prepare for the next installment, and the bar will run until 10.30pm.

Our line-up is now confirmed as Sean, Dana and Ian Stone “Seriously funny” The Guardian
“…like a cross between Tony Hancock and Frankie Howerd. Stone is probably better than we deserve. Ultimately, it is the sheer quantity of funny material that really impresses” The List.   

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ian stone – one heck of a headliner!

I hope you are all looking forward to it as much as me and the chaps, oh and the sun is due to shine from roughly 5.45 – 7.45 to enjoy the early evening ambiance of the park, and then dash inside for some serious Ha Ha

Still Closed

Sorry but the Purple Carrot will remain closed until Thursday 25 August, due to Chris’s ongoing battle with a venomous all consuming illness (cold) that has struck him to his very core. It is probably better that he does not continuously sneeze into food, or loudly AttcchoooOOO!! whilst taking coffee orders. This continued absence may cause upset to some but saving people from the distressing fate of encountering red rimmed itchy eyes and overly soar nose ends on arrival at said cafe is of paramount importance to your stricken host.

Also we want to be ready for a fun weekend with the Summer Hassocks Hash (social run with chatter, drink and nibbles afterwards) on Friday evening (7.30 prompt start). DOGS golf @ Mid Sussex Golf Club on Saturday afternoon (3pm start) and of course the Bank Holiday summer special Ha HA HAssocks Stand-Up on Sunday @ Adastra Hall (a few tickets left) with good quality tasty BBQ option (chilli-burgers awesome, veggie options too) available at the Keymer & Hassocks Social club in Adastra Park and Gin & Fizz prinks from 6.00pm, the stage opens at 8pm