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Welcome to our July issue This month many of us will be taking our Summer holidays and increasingly we are choosing to do this at home rather than abroad – if this applies to you this year then we have lots to interest you within our pages this month!


If you are going to be enjoying a “staycation” over the next couple of months we have lots of ideas on how to make the most of your break. It’s likely though that even if you aren’t going abroad the beach will play a part of your holiday. We’ve got lots of ideas to make you beach beautiful in our Style pages this month, as well as some pretty accessories for creating the perfect picnic!


We’ve got sun-safe advice for children too from the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma research fund, a local charity in East Grinstead – you don’t need to be abroad to have to take extra care in the sun! If you are going to perhaps be using your holiday to spend time at home, then we have lots of interest for you too – from coping with dry weather gardening to loft conversion ideas. Have fun in the sun! The team at RH Uncovered


COMMUNITY 4 Community Notice Board 6 Community News 10 Community What’s On HOMES 12 Lofty Ideals 16 Picnic Perfect GARDENS 22 Dry Weather Gardening CHILDREN AND EDUCATION 24 Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code HEALTH 26 The Bully Inside STYLE 28 Beach Beautiful

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Well hello summer!

I read a couple of months back that there is a 75% probability that this summer is going to be the hottest on record, and I've held onto that ever since! The community is out and active in July, and I’m pleased to say there’s a mixed bag of content this month. Wendy at the Dolphin Ladies Swimming Club told me about their fundraising efforts whilst socialising too, and there’s an update on the Lindfield Arts Festival happening in September. If you’re a foodie fan, head down to the Bluebell Railway early on this month to sample local produce in Horsted Keynes. As you might (or might not know) the RH16/17 Uncovered magazine is the newest member of the RH Uncovered family of local magazines and, after being published for a year now we’d love to hear your feedback. What do you think? What else would you like to see? Drop me an email and let me know! Your community feature writer, Amy, 01293 824 088

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Head to Balcombe on Saturday 12th July to visit their annual summer fete, and bring the whole family! It is being held on the village recreation ground from 12-5pm with free admission. Charles Hirst, one of the fete organisers, told us exactly what to expect: “Events will include a dog show, dog agility demonstration and the chance to put your own dog through the agility course. We're expecting a visit from the local hunting hounds and will see them driven around the main arena. We have a choir group, a children's dancing group, children's races, tug of war and more!” If your belly’s rumbling thinking about food, the local scouts will be there selling quality burgers, and don’t miss out on the beer festival to sample local fine ales. “There will also be lots of local societies at the event, children's rides and activities and a craft show to enter best veg, pickles and other classes. We have an evening party from 7-10.30pm with band, beer tent and catering, which again is free entry!” Visit to keep up to date nearer the day.


What better way to help fundraise for a worthy cause, then a walk through the night? St Peter & St James Hospice’s sleep walk is back for 2014 and will take place at midnight on Saturday 12th July. The event welcomes all ages – boys, girls, ladies and gentlemen! Setting off from The Dolphin Leisure Centre, the 10km walk ventures around Haywards Heath, Lindfield, and returns to the centre in time for breakfast. If you’re quick enough, you can register your entry online before 4th July and pay £15. After this date, supporters are still able to sign up on the night from 10pm at The Dolphin Leisure Centre for £25 per walker. Marie Shipley told us it costs £7,200 every day to provide the specialist hospice care and support at St Peter & St James. “To celebrate our 7th event, we have set the challenge to raise over £50,000, which could cover the costs of running the hospice for 7 days.” Last year, there were just over 300 walkers, however, this year they hope to set off 500 walkers from The Dolphin at midnight. Register online at


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Community News

Swimming and Fundraising for Ladies Ladies, if you’re looking to do more exercise, the Dolphin Ladies Swimming Club might be right up your street. Swimming is a great way to keep an active lifestyle, and even if you’re not a confident swimmer, any person starting at any age can help improve their overall health. Wendy Dumbleton, a member, let us know more about the non-profit making club, as well as the huge support they give to local charities. Not only do you keep fit – being part of this club means you are supporting worthy causes. “We always hold a raffle and have a cake stall at our AGM and raise around £150 for a local charity,” Wendy told us.

“In 2011 we donated the money to research into Pancreatic Cancer, in 2012 it was for Alzheimer's, The Redwood Saturday Respite Club for people with dementia, in 2013 for the Kangaroos, a youth group supporting youngsters with learning difficulties and this year we gave to the Rainbow Stroke Club.” “We also usually raise a team to swim for good causes, and last year two teams swam at The Triangle in support of St Peters & St James’ Hospice and raised £1004.75! We have swum for The British Heart Foundation too, and they promote how good swimming is for us all!”

From September, they are offering local ladies a chance of one free half hour swimming lesson. “All ladies are welcome whether unable to swim, need advice to improve, or wish to attain a competitive standard!” said Wendy. The Dolphins Ladies Swimming Club is actively looking to increase membership. “All ladies are welcome whether unable to swim, need advice to improve, or wish to attain a competitive standard!” said Wendy. For more information, contact, or visit

A promotion week for the club will be held from July 14-19th at the Dolphin Leisure Centre. Running alongside there will be a silent bidding auction in aid of Chailey Heritage as their chosen charity.

Lindfield Arts Festival Fundraising Update Plans for this year’s Lindfield Arts Festival are well under way for the event that will be held this September. It was announced that the headline act for 2014 is Toploader (pictured), as band member and guitarist, Dan Hipgrave, is a fellow Lindfield resident. They will be in the company of Lindfield festival goers on Saturday 13th September with a concert on the common, hoping to draw in over 1,000 people.

Esther Featherstone, festival director, raised £2,000 back in March by holding a 6-hour Zumbathon at Clair Hall (pictured). Over 113 Zumba fanatics took part to support the event, donning fancy dress outfits and a lot of motivational music! A silent auction was held in April, and they are back again this month with more fundraising efforts.

On Saturday 26th July, head down to the United Services Club in Haywards Heath for their event, featuring the band ‘Yeah In the lead up to the festival, fundraising Right’ who will be sure to keep you up on has been key to make it bigger and better the dance floor! Tickets are £7.50 and can than last year. be bought from the festival website.

Life during each time period will be explored through exhibitions, workshops and unique activities, preserved classic cars and motorbikes, through to musical extravaganzas, theatrical productions, dance performances and workshops, adventurous geo-caching and lots more! To buy tickets for Toploader, or to find out more, visit If you would like to become a friend of the festival it costs only £20 and offers discounts for events over the whole weekend in September. Sign up on their website.

As already announced, this year’s theme is Quintessential Lindfield which will focus on portraying Lindfield life by time travelling from the past to the present and then beyond, to the future year of 2214.



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Foodie fun at the Bluebell Railway Food fanatics, this one’s for you! Celebrate the finest local food and drink in Sussex at the Sussex Food Festival this month. Held at the Bluebell Railway’s Horsted Keynes station, this will be the sixth annual festival, and will boast a range of more produce than ever before. The event will be held on Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th July, from 10am5pm each day, so plenty of time for you to head down for a couple of hours to enjoy what’s on offer. Jenny Rickwood, the Sussex Food Festival coordinator at the Bluebell Railway gave us more information on what the weekend will entail. “This year’s food festival hopes to bring more variety than previous years,” she said. “We have all the favourites returning like High Weald Dairy and Jaju Beans and Leaves, along with some new local producers including The Rural Vintner.

Our aim is to offer as much variety with local Sussex traders!” The festival was originally introduced to offer something different to the visitors of the railway and attract new visitors, but also to raise awareness and support of local producers in our area. “There will be tastings on offer at most stands,” explained Jenny. “Especially the cheese, wines, oils and liqueurs! All of the traders will be able to answer any questions about their products and recommend something different for people to try.” On entering Horsted Keynes platform on the festival weekend, you will be greeted with an array of food and beverages that Jenny lists: “Cakes, coffee and teas, breads and pastries, cheeses, chutneys and marmalades, liqueurs, homemade fudge, local, award-winning wines, olive oils, locally brewed beers and various hot food traders offering delicious freshly cooked snacks.” Hungry yet?

Everyone is welcome to ‘step back in time’, hear the train whistle and travel on the steam trains during the day. They will be running from Sheffield Park through to Horsted Keynes and East Grinstead. Entry to visitors travelling on the Bluebell Railway is free, but admission from the platform at Horsted Keynes is £4 per adult and £2 per child. And don’t miss out on the daily competition to win a meal for two on their Golden Arrow Dining Service. “There will be an entry form handed to visitors at all of our stations, and an entry box will be located within the festival itself.” For additional information on the festival, visit /sussex-food-festival.

The food festival is a day out, catering for all ages. Marco the Magician, Zoe’s Face Painting and bouncy castles will be there for the children to enjoy whilst parents have a sip of wine or test taste the local ale.



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Community News

Local Artist’s Success A Haywards Heath-based artist, Paul Milton, has seen one of his portraits of a war veteran unveiled at the Wings RAF Museum in Sussex, as well as creating pieces for the Sainsbury’s mural in town. Paul met Harry Hacker, a veteran of the Second World War, at a charity event in Ardingly. The event was based around Harry and his life. “I did the portrait as a promise whilst I was at the event and it was later unveiled at Wings RAF Museum.” The portrait is also hoped to be going into another museum in London too, later on this year. As well as this, Paul has also captured the faces of 38 staff members in pen and ink on the wall in the staff canteen. “The mural I was commissioned to do early this year consisted of 38, hand-drawn portraits of staff at Sainsbury’s – people past and present. My favourite is ‘the crying man'.

The person I did the drawing of was thoroughly enjoying an event he was leaning forward intensely interested in what was going on but if you looked closely the person had a tear in his eye, so I went with the title ‘the crying man’.” “I have tried to capture real emotion in all the pictures and to get them interacting with each other on the board,” he said. Paul, who is often inspired by his love of sci-fi, is a member of the Harth Art Group in Lindfield and welcomes commissions. Paul tells us that he can spend up to 12 hours a day doing his art “I am very passionate about art I put my heart and soul into my work. I always aim to do my best. The one thing that I love about it, is that it has no boundaries. If left alone and allowed to grow, it brings people together that wouldn't have necessarily met.”

Paul says his aim for the future when it comes to art is to carry on with his art, keep progressing and trying new techniques and to pass on this knowledge. Do you know a local person who has had success in the community? Or someone that has used their skills to do good? Get in touch by emailing

With Summer Brings Flowers… Summer brings warm weather, warm weather brings blooming flowers, and Cuckfield Evening Flower Club know the feeling of being surrounded by such delights. Anne Lee, the president, said the club was launched back in 1981, inspired by a well-known local florist, Shirley Martin and herself. "From the start, the club has been very active," she explained. In 1984 they held an open demonstration to raise funds for the Intensive Care Unit at Cuckfield Hospital in memory of one of their founder members, and for several years afterwards until it closed. "Our charitable efforts have continued since then in the form of coffee mornings, lunches and afternoon teas in support of local charities and the Sussex Kidney Trust," said Anne.

Joining the club will see you experiencing demonstrations from talented flower arrangers, workshops, slide shows and visits by local plant nurseries. "We have stimulated several of our members to become not only area and national demonstrators but when Sue Flight entered the World Flower Show in Japan in 2005 she attained the accolade of a first prize!" The club arrange visits to RHS Wisley, and to flower festivals held at the Cathedrals of Westminster, Ely and Salisbury. Sue Spooner, chairman, encourages new members to their club where meeting friends is prominent. "Please do not think you have to be a flower arranger to join our club. Many of our members come just to watch the demonstrations and meet friends," she told us.


"We have social events like our summer and autumn suppers, tea in private gardens, and a range of wonderful talks by some very entertaining people, eg. ‘The Knicker Lady’." They have a dedicated “meet and greet” member for your first visit, so coming alone isn't as daunting. "I think the future holds many opportunities to enjoy the beauty of flowers and the creative art of flower arranging, so do come and join us." said Sue. The club meets on the second Friday of each month at 7.30pm at Queens Hall, Cuckfield. Call Sue Spooner on 01444 831602 for more information.



Charities, Clubs, Groups and Organisations



Alzheimers and Dementia Support Group (Mid Sussex)

Ansty Garden Club, Last Wednesday of the month at 7.45pm at Ansty Village Hall, Deaks Lane, Ansty, West Sussex, RH17 5AS. Mrs Gail Burrell (Secretary) 01444 482055 —— ——— ————— ——— ———————— ——

Lindfield Badminton Club

Icebreakers Dining Club Are you single and looking to meet new people like you? If so you might be interested in Icebreakers – a local dining club for the single over 40’s. We meet on Friday’s for a meal at a number of different venues in the area, such as pubs, restaurants, country hotels. There’s no membership or joining fee so members feel free to attend as often as they would like to. For more information call Jacquie on or— vists 01403-273480 —— —— —————————————

First Monday of the month - 7 - 9.00pm for carers of those with Dementia. Talks with people who have knowledge on various subjects to help those in need. Age Concern, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 ——— ——— ——3DN ———————————————

Wednesdays 7.30 – 10pm - Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath. Men’s, Mixed and Ladies’ teams in local leagues - Secretary ————01444 ———453559 ————————————————

Rotary Club , (Haywards Heath) Community voluntary group.

Youth Club, Albemarle Centre, ages 15+ Wednesday evening - 7pm - 9pm


Meeting on Monday's at 6:15pm Lindfield Golf Club, East Mascalls Lane, Lindfield, West Sussex, RH16 2QN ———— ——— ———— —— ——— ——— ————

Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Silver and Gold age 15+ Contact Sarah 01444 ———— ——on —— ——450492. —————————————

Age UK West Sussex,

The Group , a club for unattached men & women aged 45+,


meets in Haywards Heath on the second Monday evening of every month. Walking, eating out, sport, arts & music, theatre, travel. Not a dating agency, but an opportunity to make new friends doing the things you enjoy. ———————————————————————

Adventurers Art Club,



A club for anyone interested in art. Thursday 7.30pm-9.30pm (term time) Venue: Cuckfield Old School, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5JZ ———————————————————————


Ardingly Choral Society,

1st Ardingly Rainbows Brownies, A uniformed organisation, part of Girl Guiding UK.

Non-audition choir, please contact for more information. Thurday 7.30pm (term time) - 01273 831264 Venue: Ardingly College Music School, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 ——— ——— ——6SQ ———————————————

Tuesdays 5.30pm-7.00pm (term time) Hapstead Hall, High St,— Ardingly, West Sussex, 6TA. 01444 892717 ——— ———— —— ———RH17 ——— —— ——— ——

All Saints Lindfield Tower Bells, 7.45pm-9.00pm (practice) Venue: Lindfield All Saints, High Street, Lindfield, West Sussex, RH16 Mrs B Dart ——— ——— ——2HS ——-— —— ——01444 ———482283 —————

Haywards Heath Women’s Institute The Haywards Heath Women’s Institute meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Join us for book club, walking group, days out, arts and crafts, guest speakers and much more. Please contact us on, Tel :— 01444 ———————————————— ——454925. ————



12th Haywards Heath Rainbows, For girls aged 5-7 years. Meet Wednesdays 4.30pm-5.45pm (term time only) Haywards Heath United Reformed Church Hall, 55 South Rd, Haywards Heath. Call for more info: —— —— —— ——01444 ———233825 ————————————

Ansty Arts & Crafts Club, Social club with craft workshops Third Wednesday of the month - 1.30pm-4.30pm Venue: Ansty Village Hall, Deaks Lane, Ansty, West Sussex, RH17 5AS. 01342 327565 ——— —— ——— ———————————————


Venue: The Redwood Activity Centre, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, W.Sussex, RH16 3DN.

01444 450248. ——— ————— ———————————————

Haywards Heath Town Ladies Football Club, Thursday training and Sunday matches for ages 16-40 approx. Hanbury Stadium, Haywards Heath. Training: Hurstpierpoint College. Please secretary for— details: 257822. ———contact ———— ———— ———01444 ——— —————

Baha'is of Haywards Heath, Meet in an informal and friendly manner “We are all leaves of one branch on one tree” 50 Lucastes Avenue, Haywards Heath, W.Sussex, RH16 1JY. Contact Hannah 01444 451783 ————— —— ——— ——— ———on —— ——— ——

Ardingly History Society,

Third Thursday of the month at 7.45pm Venue: Ardingly Village Hall, Hapstead Hall, Ardingly, Heath, West Sussex. ————Haywards ————— ——— —— —————————

1st Lindfield Company Boys' Brigade,

Warden Park Badminton Park First Tuesday of the month. 2.30pm-4pm (except January) Thursday 8pm - 10pm -

The Sussex Harmonisers (Male Barbershop Chorus) 7-10 p.m. (rehearsal) The Sussex Harmonisers (Male Barbershop Chorus) St Paul's Catholic College, Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill, RH15 8GA - No need to read music! Just turn up— or— call Mike on— 01444 415043 ———— —— —— —— —— ——— —————

Monday - Friday 9.00am-4.00pm.

Ardingly Evening Women's Institute,

Friendship Club (Tea and Chat),

£1.00 for tea and cake. Ansty Village Hall, Deaks Lane, Ansty, Haywards RH17 5AS. ——— ————Heath, ———W.Sussex, ————— —— ——————


at Warden Park Badminton School Cuckfield, Men & Woman with previous experience and of— a— reasonable standard. 01444 471002 —— ————— ———— ——— ———————

Youth Club, Albemarle Centre, ages 11 -14 , Thursday evening - 6.45pm to 8.45pm Duke of Edinburgh Open Award Centre training Contact Sarah 01444 ———— ——on —— ——450492. —————————————



Sight VI Readers Group, A reading (book) and discussion group for visually impaired people. 3rd Friday of the month 10.30am12.00noon (except August and December) The Yews Centre, 55 Boltro Rd, Haywards Heath, RH16 1BJ Contact number 450947 ———— ———of—01444 ——— ————————————

Balcombe Flower Club, Last Friday of the month (except Aug & Dec) Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 ——— ——— ——6HP. ——— ————————————

Cuckfield Evening Flower Club The club meets on the second Friday of each month at 7.30pm at Queens Hall, Cuckfield. Call Sue Spooner on 01444 831602 for— more ——— ———— ——information. —————————————


Hapstead Hall, Ardingly, Sussex, ————— —— ———W. —— ——— ———————— Anchors (5-8yrs) 6.00pm-7.00pm, Juniors (8-11yrs) 6.30pm-7.30pm, Company Section (11-15yrs) 7.30pm-9.30pm Lindfield United Reform Church, High St, Lindfield, West Susssex, 2HL. ——— ———RH16 ——— ——————————————

Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music 43 Meadow Lane, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 2RJ . Mrs G Paine : 01444 483454 (Honary Local ———— ——Representative) —————————————————

Balcombe Tennis Club, Balcombe Tennis Club, Oldlands Avenue, 01444 811839 Website: ———— ———————————————————

Cowfold Short Mat Bowls Club Roll-up sessions all year round, Monday 19:00 - 21:00 - Wednesday 19:00 - 21:00 Thursday 14:30 to 16:30 Contact on—— 01444 881477 ————Roger ———Hawke ———— ——— ———————

The Dolphin Ladies Swimming Club We are always looking for new members to swim on a Tuesday 9.00 am – 11.30 am at the Dolphin Leisure Centre or at Ardingly College pool on a Friday 8.30 am – 10.00 am term time. The teachers are voluntary and we are non profit making (also we support other charities on an annual basis).  All ladies welcome whether unable to swim, need advice to improve or wish to attain competitive standard.  Contact or view our website

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What’s on 28th June 2014, Saturday, 10.30pm St Catherine's Hospice Midnight Walk at Horsham Park This year’s ladies only event is sure to turn heads, and as one of our A-list Midnight Walkers you will get the star treatment as you walk down the red carpet for a night to remember. With movie soundtrack music, games and entertainment before the walk, and a winners breakfast and medal when you finish, we think this will be THE night to be a starlet, take on a challenge and raise vital funds to help ensure care for terminally ill patients and support for their loved ones. Visit for details or call 01293 447364 

28th June 2014, Saturday, 2-4.30pm Haywards Heath Horticultural Society Summer Show At StWilfrid's Centenary Hall St Wifrid's Way RH16 3QH. 

5th July 2014, Saturday, 1.30pm - 5.30pm Scaynes Hill - Open Gardens Eight village gardens open in aid of St Augustines School. Adults £5 children free. Tickets from the gardens or the church. Teas at the church. 

13th July 2014, Sunday, 10.30am - 4pm RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre Family Fun Day Come and join us for a fun-packed day to include Entertainment, Music, Fun Dog Show, Tours of the Centre, Games, Stalls, Face Painting, BBQ, Food and Drinks Tent. Grand Raffle with some terrific prizes. Eastbourne Road/A22 South Godstone RH9 8JB Adults £3, Children 5-16yrs £1.00 Free parking. 

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Lofty ideals Converting your loft can be the ideal way to gain extra space without the expense and hassle of moving house. Katherine Sorrell outlines the dos and don’ts.

Dark, pokey and inaccessible, lofts can often be, literally, a waste of space, useful for a bit of dusty, long-term storage and nothing else. Turn that space into one or two useful rooms and – ta da! – not only might you have added real value to your property, but you’ve got extra living space that could make all the difference to a happy family life.

You should have a proper lobby area when you come up the stairs, there should be sufficient head clearance, it should be properly insulated, you should have a dormer window rather than a Velux. It’s also important to think about how a loft conversion affects the house as a whole, as they can make them top heavy, with too many bedrooms and, in comparison, too few reception rooms.

The simplest loft conversion might just involve strengthening and boarding out the floor, adding a light and sticking in a pull-down loft ladder – giving you a good-sized storage area that’s accessible on a regular basis, at a cost of probably only a couple of thousand pounds. Bear in mind, however, that Building Regulations may apply to even a simple conversion – see more at Such a basic project may be a good idea in practical, everyday terms, but if it’s added value you’re after, you’ll have to be more ambitious, say the experts, and put in at least one ‘real’ room.

Check out other properties nearby which have been similarly extended to see what has been done and what they’re worth.’ When doing your research, it’s always a good idea to ask a local estate agent for advice, and you could also go to a website such as to find out how much properties in your area have sold for recently.

‘It’s a false economy to cut corners,’ says Jeremy Leaf, RICS housing spokesperson ( ‘To maximise your return the conversion has to be designed properly from the very beginning. 12 - Homes

A word about space planning. If you have room, adding a bathroom to a loft conversion makes sense both practically and financially, and shouldn’t cost any more than adding a new bathroom anywhere else in the house – in other words, anything from around £3,000 for a plain fit-out. Costs will be minimised if you place the bathroom above one on the floor below, keeping plumbing work simple,


but Hugo Tugman of Architect Your Home ( points out that you should always keep your options open. ‘It’s folly to put the bathroom in the wrong place, just because that’s where the drains are,’ he says. ‘The same goes for staircases – most people think that there’s just one place where a staircase can be fitted in a loft conversion, because Building Regulations require two metres of head room above it, but you can end up squashing your accommodation just because the best bit of loft is taken up with a staircase. It’s really worth considering the possible alternatives when doing your planning.’ And finally, if overall head height is an issue in your potential loft conversion, don’t try to get away with cramped, uncomfortable rooms. Hugo points out that lowering the ceilings of the rooms below is often a possibility, and can make all the difference to the success of a project. ‘It sounds like it would be a massive expense,’ he says, ‘but in fact the additional costs are really only plastering and decorating the rooms below, and it would probably add no more than about three or four thousand onto a simple job.’ By Katerine Sorrell To advertise call - 01293 824088




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After all those weeks in early summer when it seemed unable to stop raining, many plants will have been lulled into a false sense of security. And those of us who look after the plants are also likely to have become a little too used to not worrying about what and how to water to best effect, and how to minimise the effects of dry weather. So if you’re now finding yourself battling with the effects of a more text-book summer, here are my tips for coping:

By Pippa Greenwood

On the whole, plants with silvery or densely hairy leaves are pretty drought tolerant, as are those whose names imply that they are of Mediterranean origin. Some of my favourite drought-resisters include: However much you’ve taken a fancy to a gorgeous looking plant in your local Convolvulus cneorum: stunning silvery garden centre, don’t buy it right now. leaves and miniature white flowers, often In hot, dry conditions it is much harder with a touch of pink, which resemble those for a plant to become established and of morning glories. much more likely that it’ll suffer stress. Rosemary: this shrub has great purple flowers and wonderfully aromatic foliage, A slow but steady supply of water is generally A bit of temporary shading, perhaps in more use and more appreciated by plants the form of some shade netting (available perfect for cooking. than intermittent heavy drenching. Newly from garden centres) or some large, leafy Senecio maritima: a pretty divided planted trees and shrubs establish better branches driven in to the soil, will help to leafed plant with dense hair on the keep things a little cooler during the hotter leaves making it look silvery. and suffer drought stress less if the soil weather. It may not look great, but it could is never allowed to dry out completely. Gazanias: with their large orange, save you a packet in replacing plants. Installing some perforated or permeable Vegetable plants can be covered with netted brown and burgundy flowers and pipe beneath the soil surface or on the silvered leaves, they look a treat in cloches (like the Giant Easy Net Tunnels surface but beneath the mulch provides available from my website) to achieve the patio pots of summer borders. just what they need. same effect – and these will also help to Lavenders: aromatic leaves and If you’re making any new plantings for the keep off many potential pests too. perfumed blue, lilac purple or white patio right now, don’t risk them becoming flower spikes, this cottage garden Siphoning water out from the bath is a drought stressed before their moment favourite is also a magnet for bees. great way to re-use domestic water. The of autumn or winter glory comes. When Geraniums and their cousins, Pelargoniums, usual tiny quantities of soap or bubble planting up late season patio pots, are both very drought resistant, and come bath used by most of us won’t cause any decrease the effects of the summer sun with foliage that is often attractively marked problems with plants and makes a great by lining the insides of the pot with drink for trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables. and pretty flowers. Pelargoniums, usually bubble-wrap polythene. the more flamboyantly coloured of the Remember that some plants are more two, are not hardy but great in summer When you do need to use extra water on your tolerant of dry conditions than others, containers and the herbaceous geraniums so next time you do shop for plants, garden, try to apply it in the evening or should last for years. otherwise as early as you can in the morning. it may be worth bearing this in mind. Mulching really does help to keep the moisture in the soil. It’s important to make sure the soil is really well watered BEFORE you apply the mulch, so water well or wait until after there has been a heavy rainfall. Then around the area, covering the roots of the plant (or preferably a bit further) shovel on well-rotted manure, composted bark or garden compost. Don’t forget that vegetables as well as flowers benefit from mulching.

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If you’re planning on sending your children to enjoy organised outdoor activities over the summer holidays, thanks to an initiative from local charity Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, they are more likely to stay sun safe. The East Grinstead-based charity devised and funded, a free online resource to promote sun safety for those that work outside with children, after discovering that 80% of lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood and one bout of blistering sunburn can double at a young age, especially through respected the risk of developing melanoma later on in life. coaches, teachers,instructors and leaders, will “So far, the support has been phenomenal,” encourage good habits which will last a lifetime. Michelle Baker from Myfanwy Townsend We are delighted that so many organisations Melanoma Research Fund explains, “with a raft of want to be part of this important legacy.” national governing bodies of sport and outdoor The charity, who have raised over £400,000 to groups agreeing to back the initiative, including The Pony Club, The Scouts Association and England help fund research into cures and prevention for Athletics.”“Clubs and individuals will be required to the most harmful form of skin cancer, have also follow a code to gain an official accreditation mark; received celebrity support from presenter Julia Bradbury, who says: verifying that specific sun protection measures have been met. “I am a lover of the outdoors but also aware of the harmful effects of the sun; so I am delighted to be part A downloadable toolkit provides promotional of the creation of the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code. materials, designed to keep guidelines active and ensure that good practice is supported by parents.” We owe it to all children to do our best to make sure they are safe in the sun.” “Whilst nothing is better than the great outdoors, we want to ensure kids understand the importance For further information on the sun safety of staying safe in the sun” says the charity’s founder, code and to check if your child’s activities are Harry Townsend; “targeting attitudes and behaviour accredited visit:

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The Bully Inside

I have met many individuals Have you ever considered yourself a bully? Most will not. in positions of authority whose inner bully prevented them from admitting Let me put that question weakness and seeking help. another way. Have you ever Some of these were Directors talked yourself out of being of companies, high level able to do a particular thing, telling yourself you’re not good sporting professionals as well as the young school kids enough, that you're never working through exams. going to be that good? Would you stand by and watch someone else put a friend or family member down? I suspect your answer would be no! In the first year of setting up my business I would probably have to admit I sabotaged myself. I spent the year telling myself I wasn’t going to succeed and to just enjoy the experience for as long as it lasted. Now luckily I realised what I was doing and took steps to prevent it stopping me from achieving my goals.


My internal voice stopped me from having the confidence to stand and up talk to people. I’m not just talking about on stage but to my potential clients. I lucky enough was able to spot the signs and symptoms with some help from friends. Now there really is no stopping me.

The internal bully does not distinguish between young, old, professional or school child. What I have found when speaking to individuals is that they feel like the only one in their situation and that nobody else can help.

There are no limits this year. I’m involved in raising money by driving a car around for some fantastic charities. Have a look at where taming those bullies led me the-drivers/becky-wells/

What therapists, coaches and other wellness specialists can do is to help you take control back of that bullying dialogue.

I challenge you to show your bully the front door. Even if it means knocking on one of our doors for the initial help.

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RH16 Uncovered July 2014 Issue  

Local glossy mag

RH16 Uncovered July 2014 Issue  

Local glossy mag