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Living Business Directory & Community Magazine serving the Residents of Ashdown Forest & nearby

Head to the Slopes of Sussex Can’t wait for January to finish? Growing food locally

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Covering: Nutley, Forest Row, Danehill, Chelwood Gate, Lindfield, Crowborough (West), Groombridge, Ashurst, Coleman’s Hatch, Fletching, Hartfield, Upper Hartfield, Frant, Sheffield Green, Hadlow Down, Wivlesfield, Maresfield and other places in & around the Ashdown Forest Area • tel: 01342 300152

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Dear Residents Welcome to our first edition of the New Year. January’s a time for reflection and projection which is the choosen “flavour” of this issue. To start off with some good news, here is an email that recently came through: “We received a wonderful response following an article in Ashdown Forest Living about our charity Open Hands. This in turn has led to an increase in both an awareness of the current need in Romania, and many readers contacting us directly to offer their support. Thank you very much for all your help.” - Stephen Maughan, Open Hands Co-founder A message to all charities and those involved in charity fundraising: drop us a line in the new year so we can help you with promotion. Can’t wait for January to end? We look at some events that define this month. The lovely front cover of Crowborough Common in the snow was irresistible and shows us how we can enjoy the white stuff (useful, as it’s so tenacious these days…). See our article by Brendan Clegg. Another feature “Growing Food Locally,” with a Forest Row vibe to it, will hopefully filter that message out to other villages/towns around Ashdown Forest. Thank you for your support of our businesses, we hope you find useful services. Do keep the your feedback coming as it’s all welcome.

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Welcome to our Ashdown Forest Living Competition! The name of the game is to locate the 5 Alfie’s hidden on 5 pages in the magazine. One Lucky winner will receive £20. To enter let us know the page numbers, your name, address & phone number. ALL AGES WELCOME Send answers to: Email:, write to: Ashdown Forest Living Competition, 33 Morton Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4AF. Closing date: 31st Jan 2011.

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Can’t wait

? h is in f o t y r a u n a for J On January 10th, 1918

The House of Lords gives its approval to the Representation of the People Bill, which gives woman over the age of 30 the right to vote.

On January 15th 1559

Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England at the age of 26. Elizabeth is the daughter of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. January certainly has the reputation as the month that we would rather forget or at least “be somewhere else”. The coldest month in the Northern Hemisphere and traditionally the “tax return month” leaves a sour taste in the mouth & a chill down your back at the thought. Going further in Ancient Roman times they did not even grace January & February with names as they were the “winter months” and March was the beginning of the year. So you could say it’s had a bit of a “tough time” as months go…

On January 18th 1485

After 30 years of civil war the Royal Houses of Lancaster and York are united by the marriage of Henry VII to the eldest daughter of Edward IV.

On January 21st 1846

The first edition of the Daily News, edited by Charles Dickens is published in London.

On January 25th 1759

Birth of Robert “Rabbie” Burns, Scottish poet. Burns Suppers celebrated all over the world each year on this day.

On January 27th 1926

Inventor John Logie Baird demonstrates his new television machine to members of the Royal Institution in London. Some have suggested that this could one day provide every home with a substitute for the cinema.

On January 28th 1807

London becomes the first city in the world to be lit by gas lights.

On January 30th Jan 1595 Shakespere’s “Romeo & Juilet” was first performed. Have a pleasantly eventful January.

However if one looks, one shall find which is precisely what we’ve done. Here are some significant historical events that makes it a month not necessarily to forget…

On January 3rd, 1924

English explorer Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Egypt. January 2010 • Ashdown Forest Living • tel: 01342 300152

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Growing Food Locally Once upon a time, most of our food was grown around us and the little extras, such as spices, were brought from afar. Nowadays we rely on a global food market that supplies us with fresh food from every season trucked and flown in from every corner of the planet delivered ‘just in time’ to supermarkets. But when snow covers the roads we see how quickly the shelves empty when deliveries are interupted. But snow is not the only threat we face. A Defra report on Food Security notes the “growing sense of the potential for disruption to domestic food supplies in an uncertain world” from international energy supply and price concerns to climate change. We should also add economic downturn to that list. The report notes that over the last decade there has been a decline in

self-sufficiency in the UK. As a result many people have already strated digging for their dinner and sales of vegetable seeds now outsell those of flowers. Around the country Transition groups, such as in Forest Row, are coming up with positive ways face up to these challenges. In the spring of 2009, Transition Forest Row published its local Food Guide, a directory of food producers in a 10 mile radius of Forest Row. Copies are still available and it can also be downloaded from the website. Their latest project is a DVD that explores some of the reasons why we need to start growing more food locally and some practical ways that we can get involved. As oil proces rise, long distance shipping will become probitively expensive

so we have to start supporting the farmers now that produce the food that people in the local area can consume. Even at the supermarket we can choose whether to buy a local apple or one from the other side of the world. Forest Row is blessed with two community supported farms, Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch as well as busy allotments. If the allotment waiting list is too long for you, then how about setting up a Garden Share with one of your neighbours. The benefits of getting kids and schools involved in growing food is also explored in the film. Retired teacher Monica Brown, filmed with a garden share, has this advice to anyone hesitating about growing some of their own veg: “Just try things out. It’s just really rewarding when all the vegetables on the plate you grew and you picked.” Transition Forest Row offer to show the film to school or community groups around Ashdown and lead a discussion about local food. Copies of the DVD are available free to schools or £5+p&p

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Saturday, 2 April at Beacon Community College, Crowborough New members The Society would welcome new members to join us for this and future concerts. Call 01892 527002, . . or come to one of our rehearsals. We meet at Herne Junior School, Herne Road, Crowborough every Wednesday during term time from 7.45pm. Our first Spring Term rehearsal is on Wednesday, 12th January. PCs

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“...unless a man understands the Weald, he cannot write about the beginnings of England...” Hilaire Belloc

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“The Weald Forest Ridge, historically part of the Weald, has a scenic quality of its own. The high country, much of it between 400 and 600 feet above sea level, runs almost unbroken from the county boundary near Tunbridge Wells to Horsham, and includes the breezy, treeless heights of Ashdown Forest. It is famous for its far-ranging views South to the Downs and for its magnificent gardens like Wakehurst, and Nymans, in which the sandy soil is especially favourable to rhododendrons.” Weald Forest Ridge Landscape Partnership Area Neighbouring Urban Towns

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Crouch, M, (1969) The Heritage of Sussex, Macdonald Just thirty miles south of London, it is possible to step back 600 years to a medieval landscape of rolling hills, abundant woodland and ancient routeways. The High Weald is a cultural landscape and recognised by its designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Within the High Weald is the Weald Forest Ridge. In the past it is the area’s natural resources that have drawn people to the area; its sandrock has sheltered mesolithic hunters; its woodlands attracted AngloSaxon swineherders; its iron, water and trees combined to make it an industrial heartland in Roman and Tudor times. Today, the Weald Forest Ridge Partnership Scheme has around 30 projects running across the area, with opportunities to get involved in a whole range of countryside practice, many of these specifically aim to support local people in caring for their landscape. January 2010 • Ashdown Forest Living

For the past two years, The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) has been helping groups of local people to set up conservation groups in the Weald Forest Ridge area, part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With local people now regularly working in and around Horsted Keynes, Forest Row, Hargate Forest in Tunbridge Wells, as well as nature reserves across the area; BTCV are calling for a few more local people to express their interest in setting up their own conservation group. Lynne Mulcarre, who helped to set up the Horsted Keynes group, said, “I heard about the scheme and although I had never done any practical countryside work before, I am a keen walker and thought it was a good opportunity to improve the footpaths and put something back for my community. We have been meeting regularly for 14 months now and it’s amazing how much

we’ve achieved – and how much fun we’ve had working with others from the village!” Other activities includes BTCV’s short-course training programme, where volunteers have successfully applied their skills to create countryside furniture for RSPB sites to enjoy. Warren Young, Weald Forest Ridge Officer for BTCV said, “We have one opportunity left to establish a local group in the area. For a willing group of people we can provide everything they need to get started in working to improve their local environment. Everyone we have worked with so far has found it to be a tremendously rewarding experience.” If you would like to know more please call the BTCV Weald Forest Community Officer Warren Young on 07740 899 678 or, e-mail • tel: 01342 300152

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TLC Nurses Helena & Melanie offer a local caring & friendly nursing service in the comfort of your own home.

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• Personalised for your needs, no job too small.

• Helena & Melanie are fully qualified nurses with 25 years experience.

• Fully Insured for peace of mind. • Local to the Ashdown Forest Area. We offer practical help to assist you to maintain quality of life. Ring for a free no obligation assessment:

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sign-work Based in Crowborough At ‘Sign-work” we believe in high levels of quality and service at extremely competitive prices and are currently offering very reasonable rates for Vehicle Livery and Site Boards tailor made to your company’s needs. Sign-work also offers a print service, for business cards, letterheads, compslips, leaflets, T Shirts etc... Covering East Sussex, West Kent and beyond. For a free no-obligation quote please contact: Paul on 07717 001554 / 01892 668029 or • Site Boards • Vehicle Livery • Shop Fascias • Window Graphics • Magnetic Signs • Banners • Hanging Signs • House Signs • Industrial Signs • Digital Print • Aluminium Signs and More


Homelife Care provides a wide range of services to help improve quality of life and meet changing needs to enable clients to remain within the comfort of their own home SERVICES WE OFFER • Provide visits for all aspects of personal care and activities of daily living • Light domestich duties • Shopping • Cooking/Meal preparation • Washing/ Laundry/Ironing • Companionship • Respite for carers • Post operative convalescence following discharge from hospital or nursing home • Handyman service • Accompanying to appointments • Emergency on call service for all out of office hours If you, or someone you know, could benefit from help at home, please contact our dedicated Care Team for an informal and confidential chat 2 Beechview Parade, Walshes Road, Crowborough, TN6 3RA

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Can’t bear more snow? Don’t resist, just head to the slopes…

The second highest point in Sussex (beaten only by Ditching Beacon) Crowborough, “Scotland in Sussex”, boosts a home-grown “piste” on its common, for hours of winter fun... Brendan Clegg

Brendan Clegg tells us more. December’s heavy snows triggered an early start to one of Crowborough’s great traditions – tobogganing and skiing on the Common. There are several areas to where the young and fit flock when the snows come, but easily the best is the Ghyll slopes. This is also known as the fifth hole of the Crowborough Beacon golf course. The Ghyll slopes are quite a challenge and December’s piste was particularly fast. Toboggans are traditionally used by most people but more snowboards and skis are now to be seen. The main run comes to rather an abrupt finish if one is to avoid either ending up in the freezing Ghyll itself or coming into direct contact with a copse of trees! But those speeding down this slope soon learn how to throw themselves January 2010 • Ashdown Forest Living

to one side for a spectacular but safe and happy finish. Crowborough Common itself, is one of Crowborough’s best kept secrets. Covering over 220 acres, this beautiful, ancient common forms the south-facing slope of the hilltop town. Part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Common is also the largest public recreation space within the town boundary.

8th Earl De La Warr. In 1895, the Common became the home of Crowborough Beacon Golf Club. Ramblers, dog-walkers and golfers now happily coexist there. For information about the Common, including a map, history, FAQs and more photographs, please visit

From its highest point at Beacon Wood, 800 ft above sea level, there are majestic views across Ashdown Forest, the Weald to the South Downs and, on a fine day, glimpses of the English Channel. The earliest references to Crowborough Common date back to 1564 and ‘rights to air and exercise’ for the public were formalised in 1906 by the • tel: 01342 300152

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Sunday, 20th February, 11am – 4pm We invite you to visit Yew Lodge and experience our ‘Warmest of Welcomes’ first hand. We will be hosting a bridal fashion show and you will also be able to talk to a range of wedding suppliers to make your special day absolutely perfect - everything from flowers, cakes, disco, and photography. Free admission & car parking.

Key features for weddings: • Exclusive use of our country estate with 10 acre gardens • Wonderful photographic opportunities, both inside and outside • Choice of two elegant reception rooms with seated meal capacity of 60 or 140 • Superb, in-house catering with resident chef • Licenced for civil ceremonies and partnerships • 14 en-suite bedrooms, including Bridal Suit

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What is the earliest surviving system of laws?


Who was the first democratically elected President of Russia?


What boxer actually bit off a chunk of his opponent’s ear in a 1997 fight?


Which British Prime Minister lived at the edge of Ashdown Forest, Chelwood Gate?


What type of shots are woods used for in golf?


Was the Brachiosaurus the fastest or slowest of the dinosaurs ?


What is the name given to those who study and predict earthquakes ?


Who was the first unseeded player to win Wimbledon?


What name was given to the Spanish conquerors of large parts of south and central America in the 16th century?

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Call Michael at Hire Fitness on 0845 094 2292 or 07932 139386 or email on “Before I contacted Hire Fitness, I was not feeling good about myself, and was rather overweight. I am really busy and don’t have time to go to the gym. I hired 3 pieces of equipment for 3 months and Michael kindly threw in the rower for free. It has been hard work but really satisfying to lose weight and to have a new outlook on life. Even my wife says that she quite fancies me, so that can’t be bad! Thank you Hire Fitness.” Jamie, Sussex • tel: 01342 300152

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What’s On

– January 2010

Thursday, 6th January Festival for Epiphany - Three Kings - for children and families, Christian Community, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DZ. 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Starts Monday the 10th of Jan for 10 weeks Introduction to Expressive use of colour and perspective with oil pastels. Ashdown Gallery, Forest Row, Hartfield Rd. 7pm to 9pm, Cost £20. Wednesday, 12th January Jewel making workshop for adults. Rona is a qualified gemmologist who has many years of experience in the retail jewellery trade. Ashdown Gallery Forest Row, Hartfield Rd. 1pm to 4pm £35 Wednesday, January 12th Lindfield Horticultural Society 8pm, King Edward Hall, Lindfield. Our first talk of the year is a very topical one. Paul Templeton will talk on Vegetables and Vegetables Growing. All welcome. See Monday, 17th January Free Demonstration: Ready, Steady, Move! A fitness programme for ages 3-8 and learning French at the same time! 3:45pm, East Grinstead. For more details & to book: 01342 314117 Sunday, January the 23rd Family Sunday: Weave with the 7 colours of the rainbow and all their gradations! For children 7 to 12. 2pm to 5pm, £18. Ashdown Gallery, Forest Row, Hartfield Road Throughout Winter (normal Centre opening times) The Bird Art of Mike O’Donovan.Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, RH18 5JP Sunday, 23rd January A Fair old walk down to Fairwarp . Meet at King Standing, Ashdown Forest

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This month we have had some dramatic scene changes on the Forest. A foot of snow and white 1.75trees miles/3km frosted against brilliant blue skies. Children unable to get to school, sledging and snow boarding the Forest andcross the Forest roads From on Linton’s car park the road (with care) in passable only in 4 wheels vehicles. car park (summer only).drive Walk out of theThen rear past a s therea was inevitable snow clearing. grassthe path and in about 50m turn left onto a ride. Re

this gentlyCaroline descending ride, ignoring another Our shepherd was out everyday feeding her flock Hebrideans while our tractor drivers right,offor about 400m. and countryside worker were allowed inside in the warm(It -6 outside!) decorate our On both was left and right are to linear quarries, Education Barnwith andscrub help prepare Christmas now filled and trees. Such dinner for our volunteers. quarries dot the Forest landscape and provided forof roads. Typical Whilst on the stone subject dinners youheathland could put birdsonsuch nightjar, stonechat, for treeapipit venison the as menu this Christmas change. It andworth woodlark usually in this areayet andnot too is really trying. Wildbreed venison is rich strong healthy; low in are fat one andof fullthe of protein theand ridevery edges in particular and best vitamins. so many deer now in Sussex placesWe on have the Forest (indeed in Sussex) a market forinvenison would help reduce to see, May, the yellow flowers of the the ever growing some excellent recipes. If smallherds. spiny There shrub,are petty whin. you eat lamb and beef try venison for a change.

Ashdown Forest was a Norman park,a the The ride bears left, then rightdeer through break in the qu preserve of the crown and his nobles who and continues descending for 400m tohunted a metalled drive deer for sport and then feasted on venison. Of Lane) . On the left is a bowling green and ahead course the common man was not permitted to cricket pitch and pavilion of Coleman’s Hatch Crick hunt deer because they belonged to the king. In those days Rangers were employed to drive them into the Forest where they were hunted. Now we deal with the deer casualties on the roads- 228 so far this year alone.

Friday, 28th January

We wish all Forest users a very Happy New Year.

Film: The Turning Point explores the vital importance of community in the 21st century and it’s role in helping us to create a life-sustaining society. Plus Film: ‘The Land on Which We Stand’ is a glimpse into the life of the Landmatters Co-operative, a community living in benders and yurts in rural Devon. Brambletye Inn, Lewes Road, Forest Row, call: 01342 825169. 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

Mike Yates, Ashdown Forest Ranger

Nutley Horticutural Society meets on the last Friday of every month in the Nutley Memorial Hall at 7.45pm . We have various speakers throughout the year plus outings to many gardens. In addition we have a Spring and Autumn Shows plus our Rose Show in mid summer coinsides with Nutley Village day on Fords Green. Members are eligible for discounts. For more call Wendy Blake on 01825 713997. The January meeting is the AGM on 28th plus a talk by Hilary Newman entitled “The answer lies in the soil “ January 2010 • Ashdown Forest Living

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Support Local Business Cruft Kutz, Dog Grooming

Cogcrafts Concepts 17

Beauty Jakki Todd


Blinds 9

Café/Function Venue/ Restaurant/Bar



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Mathjogs 13

Home Maintenance Services/ Products

French Tuition


Pitman Training 11

Penumbra Blinds 8 Blinds & Curtains



Domestic Heating Oil

Allzones Roofing & Conversions 3

Lotte Berk Fitness Studio 19

Mid Sussex Timber

Shiatsu 22

MRM Plastering 4

Family Chiropractic Clinic 18 18

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Hire Fitness 19 Natural face rejuvenation 19

Absolutely Kitchens


Computer Studio 11

stuff2eat 16

Suitables 21


Wiltshire Farm Food


Riverview Dental Centre


Private Collection 5

David Newcombe Tree Surgery 9



Sign works 13

Dog Walking/Services

JH Vartan 17

Weight loss

Ashdown dog walking 17

NTC Garden & Landscaping 17

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Shoe & Clothes shops


Garden/Woodland Services


Gary Spurle Bathrooms


TLC Nurses 13


GB Home (doors/windows) 8

Yew Lodge 15

Homelife Care Ltd. 13

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