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Welcome to the January Edition of East Grinstead News and Deals Hello and welcome to the first edition of East Grinstead News and Deals. I would like to start with a huge thank you for all the local support we have received, without this we would not have been able to bring you this magazine. Remember to check out the centre page of the magazine to find the vouchers you can use in local businesses in East Grinstead. We hope you have a great 2014. The East Grinstead News and Deals Team 07833 053749

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The Ghosts of East Grinstead

Welcome to this, the first edition of East Grinstead News and Deals, and what better way to capture the character of our town than to report the rich heritage on all things supernatural which attach to this ancient place.

I start with this for the very good reason that in this case I believe my source to be beyond doubt. I have personally seen the journal of Emily Wooton, Housekeeper of Standen for over twenty years in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Her great, great grand-daughter (whose name I will not reveal) entered my office one day clasping a leather-bound book, tattered and worn, which bore on its first page the inscription, in faded though perfectly formed copperplate, as follows: ‘ This is the true account of I, Emily Woooton, Housekeeper of the house of Mr. Collins, known as Standen, in the Parish of East Grinstead. I take the Lord as my witness that the events recorded herein are faithful and I report them in the hope they may, in future times, save any ignorant and innocent visitor from the dreadful and abominable fate which befell my beloved mistress.’ The journal then goes on to relate a tale so extraordinary, so ghastly and unlikely, that were it not written by this trusty and honest servant, it would be dismissed at once as ridiculous and impossible. One January evening in the year of 1893, eight guests gathered at dinner in the great dining hall of the mansion. A light snow had settled, the moon was new and the night was clear. The lady of the house,

Lady Pilkington, a rather uncouth and ugly woman with a bellowing voice, was boasting to her embarrassed guests of her skill as a huntswoman. Earlier that day the party had been out with their guns after pheasant when, unexpectedly, a small doe had emerged from a forest clearing. The good lady, already the best way through her whiskey flask, had coolly taken aim and killed the defenceless creature, much to the horror and protest of her fellow hunters. To kill a doe was very poor form and was also thought by many to be bad luck. Unabashed, the lady had laughingly ordered the animal taken to the kitchen. Now she was recounting the event to the table. The dinner wore on, the room was warm and the wine and spirits flowed, especially in the direction of the hostess. At the end of the meal, the lady suggested, rather demanded, the gathered company should take a short walk outside for air and to view the grounds by moonlight. The others reluctantly agreed and the terrace doors were opened and the party strolled outside, led by the noisy Lady Pilkington, wrapped in her great white fur. The moonlight glittered on the fresh frosted snow. The terrace was edged by a lawn which extended about a hundred yards or so to the forest and beyond that

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in the far distance the glimmer of Wier Wood reflected the moon. The night was breathless and still, apart from the booming voice of the hostess. Her longsuffering husband, walking behind her, ordered her to ‘Hush, Cynthia, a moment will you, I thought I heard something’. She was momentarily quiet, and then the guests turned as one towards the forest’s edge. Standing there, head high, with its breath smoking in the frosty air stood a mighty stag. Even from this distance it was clear it must have been the largest specimen any of the party had ever seen. The guests were rooted where they stood, transfixed by the stillness of the beast and its fixed gaze upon them. The animal pawed the ground, lowered its magnificent antlers and charged straight as an arrow towards them. At first, no one moved, mesmerised by the animals charge. Then pandemonium broke out. Everyone started running and shouting at once. The men sought to get the women into the shelter of the building. The women screamed and stumbled about, hindered in their flight by their shoe heels and their weighty furs. Lady Pilkington was first and loudest to flee. But to no avail. The stag was ignorant of all others but her. Its red eyes never left their target. It gained


speed as it hurtled across the lawn and the inebriated lady was no match for it in running. At the moment of impact the lady issued a blood-curdling wail as the avenging animal impaled her on its horns and lifted her aloft into the night sky, piercing her heart and killing her instantly. Though she was heavy, it was as nothing to the beast. It turned and galloped away across the lawn to disappear into the forest in the direction of Wier Wood, bearing its prize aloft. Search as they may, the woman’s body was never found. Hunting parties were raised to track down the stag but it too was never discovered. Emily Wooton’s account concludes with the following: ‘ It is now ten years since that awful night, and, as God is my witness, I can tell the reader, that each January on the same date, in years when the moon is new and the night is clear, as the hour approaches midnight, the chilling dying wail of my good lady, emits from the edge of the forest and, for those of strong enough will to look, a white clad figure of my lady’s stature, can be seen passing among the trees at the far edge of the lawn.’


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Local Business Owner. In our continuing coverage of local businesses going big East Grinstead News and Deals spoke with Mr Daniel Garside, Managing Director of Fuel Fixer Ltd to find out what this local company is all about. What is Fuel Fixer?

Fuel Fixer is one of the leading contaminated fuel removal services in the UK. We deal primarily with vehicles that have been misfueled, petrol into a diesel car or diesel into a petrol car, but we also provide other fuel removal services. For instance, on a number of occasions we have been called out by the council to removal illegal fuel storages from residential addresses. We operate a 24/7 mobile service.

How did Fuel Fixer start?

A number of years ago an East Grinstead local misfueled his car and needed someone to come out to drain it. He couldn’t find anyone in the local area able to provide a roadside service for this and decided that this could be a business opportunity. He started the company. Since then it has been taken over by Stockbridge Limited, a local holding company. From its humble roots, Fuel Fixer Ltd has now grown into one of the leading fuel drain companies in the UK with service vehicles spanning the length and breadth of the country, and with a national network of subcontractors.

What’s in the future for Fuel Fixer?

to become the leading fuel drain company. Couple the ambition of management with the fact that the service provided by the company is generally quicker and cheaper than their competitors and we can certainly see that this is no pie-in-the-sky dream. So, if you’ve managed to put the wrong fuel in your car, no matter where you are or what time of day or night, call Fuel Fixer. As their company motto says, they “We will get you going again, fast!” For more information check out

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If you want to learn to speak English well, meet other students and have fun, come to our College.

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Lemon Banana Tart

1 hour 20mins to prepare and 35mins to cook. A crisp, sweet shortcrust pastry case is filled with a layer of strawberry conserve and thickly sliced bananas, then topped with a light but luscious lemon and fromage frais mixture that sets as it bakes. Ingredients

1 quantity sweet shortcrust pastry with the finely grated zest of 1 lemon added, chilled for 30 minutes.


4 tbsp strawberry conserve 3 firm bananas 5 tbsp lemon curd 250 g (8½ oz) fromage frais 2 eggs, lightly beaten strawberries to decorate (optional)

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6) and put a baking sheet in to heat.

Roll out the pastry dough thinly and use to line a 23.5 cm (9½ in) shallow, fluted, loose-bottomed flan tin. Prick the bottom of the tart case. Bake blind

for 10 minutes, then remove the paper and beans. Bake for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the oven. Reduce the temperature to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4). Spread the conserve over the bottom of the warm tart case. Slice the bananas, then arrange evenly over the top. Blend the lemon curd with a little of the fromage frais, then stir in the remainder, together with the beaten eggs. Pour over the bananas and spread out evenly.

Bake the tart for 30–35 minutes or until the filling is set and lightly browned. Leave in the tin on a wire rack to cool to room temperature before serving.

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East Grinstead’s literacy and numeracy charity We are lucky in our local area to have many excellent schools which ensure the majority of students get the benefits of a good education.

Some children, however, fall behind in their reading and writing skills, some find maths difficult, and some parents cannot afford to pay for additional tuition. This is where the H.E.L.P. Centre can live up to its name! We have been providing free tuition, using voluntary tutors who we train to give really effective help, since 2001.

Do you have a child who is falling behind at school? Do you want to improve your own literacy? We can help you. It’s a free service. So come in for a chat and find out more. For information contact Astra or Brenda on 01342 319139/317417.

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Here’s what a parent of one of the children said: “I am writing to express my appreciation for all the help you have given my son. “When S. first started at the H.E.L.P. Centre he was struggling to read and write and therefore was unable to fully participate in his school lessons. He was falling further and further behind his classmates. With all the time and effort the tutors have spent with S. during the time he has been there, he is now able to read, write and enjoy school. I seriously wonder how S. would be coping with school if he had not had the help he has received. Many thanks for all the help you have given him.” We welcome anyone who would like to have a tour of our centre to come in for an informal chat. And we welcome anyone who would like to train, free of charge, to be a tutor at the Centre and to volunteer THEIR help. The H.E.L.P Centre is open every Monday from 4 to 9 p.m. Feel free to call in at 59 Railway Approach, or phone 01342 317417, or email us at for more information.

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Ariel Drama Academy expands its Special Needs Drama Group in East Grinstead Ariel Drama Academy East Grinstead is delighted to announce that as of January 2014 it will be opening its doors to students with special needs, with their own dedicated classes. This will complement the fully inclusive Academy which has been running in East Grinstead for 4 years to high acclaim. These classes will run alongside their existing Special Needs classes in Burgess Hill, Crawley and Horsham, which currently have over 100 students. Ariel Drama Academy is one of the most highly respected Drama Academies in the Sussex area. Established in 1991, Ariel has achieved genuine acclaim and recognition within the theatre industry for its shows and professional approach in staging these productions. As such, Ariel draws upon unparalleled experience in generating memorable creative entertainment for its audiences, by staging primarily modern musicals, concerts and plays in professional theatres Ariel Drama Academy is an independent Drama Academy for students aged 5 to 19 and is dedicated to training young actors in the core fundamental skills required to become a performer. It strives to create a centre of excellence in each of its core disciplines, whilst always maintaining a keen sense of fun through learning and a genuine passion for ensuring its

students thrive. It offers a broad curriculum covering the three core skills: Drama, Dance and Singing, also Lamda (Royal Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) is taught free of charge. Nigel Harman, star of ‘EastEnders’, ‘Shrek’, ‘Three days of Rain’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ is the Academy’s Patron and says: ‘The standard of Theatrical Training at Ariel is second to none and I am honoured to be Ariel’s Patron. The Academy sets a shining example of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.’ Students from the Academy have received top national lifetime honours for outstanding and selfless contribution to their communities, through their work with students with Special Needs. The Academy also holds the ‘Lady Diana Award for Excellence’ and is recognised in the industry for its work in this area and its success in teaching students with moderate to severe learning and physical disabilities, alongside mainstream Academy students. Ariel students also won the Billy Elliot Youth Project and performed in the West End. To add to its diversity, it also provides many of

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East Grinstead News and Deals the actors who can be seen at Tulley’s Farm at their October Fright Night! Bristol Old Vic, LIPA, Mountview, and RADA are just a few of the many professional Drama Schools where Ariel students have obtained unconditional places. In addition, many are part of the National Youth Theatre and several students are currently performing professionally in the West End, in films and on television. Ariel has 4 academies across Sussex, Burgess Hill, Crawley, East Grinstead and Steyning and February will also see Worthing opening, also with its own dedicated Special Needs classes.

19 To obtain a free trial in East Grinstead, please contact on the number below. Next year they have secured the rights to perform ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Miss Saigon.’ For details of the Special Needs Drama/ Singing/Dance groups please contact Nicci on or call 01444 250407, or visit From January 2014, the classes will be held on Saturdays from 1.00 p.m. to 1.45 p.m. at the Jubilee Community Centre, East Grinstead. To obtain a free trial in East Grinstead, please contact on the number below.

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Fun Facts

A Crocodile’s tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth. Elephants only sleep for two hours each day. In 1859, 24 rabbits were released in Australia. Within six years the population grew to 2 million. When the Titanic sank, 2228 people were on it. Only 706 survived. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets. A Boeing 747’s wingspan is longer than the Wright brothers’ first flight.

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A curious child asked his mother: “Mummy, why are some of your hairs turning grey?” The mother tried to use this occasion to teach her child: “It is because of you, dear. Every bad action of yours will turn one of my hairs grey!”

him a question he snapped awake and the teacher took a ruler and pointed it at the boy while saying “at the end of this ruler is an idiot”. The student got into trouble because he replied back “And which end might you be referring to?”

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