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Whats inside this month

Welcome to the November issue. Autumn is now in full swing and the festive season will soon be on everyone’s minds. We bring you an interesting feature about Scotney Castle and its hidden treasures, also some wonderful news about a new and exciting exhibition at Nymans. The Forest Centre also bring their latest news this November.

Hidden Treasures in every Drawer

A Traditional Bakery

A regular reader, Gill Rolfe, has provided us with an really interesting article detailing what a traditional bakery is all about - and we have one on our doorstep in Newick! Thank you for supporting our local businesses over the year, we always welcome feedback to our businesses, and everything else in the magazine!

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Traditional Bakery

It had been suggested to me that an article “Then and Now” and a bakery seemed a good point at which to commence a series of articles. I have found that previous bakers (such as at Danehill) started work at 4am, but at The Cottage Bakery in the village of Newick (near Uckfield), the baker starts even earlier. No short cuts here. Previous traditional bakers used fresh yeast. Would the current bakery use dried yeast? No it would not. Would the proving and resting process be speeded up as modern mass-produced bread is? No it isn’t. Traditional baking methods are still used. What about preservatives I thought. Well, again the answer is No. Just a small amount of salt, which is traditional, but no preservatives or additives. The Cottage Bakery was previously run by

Tony Satchwell, who retired and in 2007, so it came under the ownership of Phil Leycester. Phil starts work a little before 2am, to get the dough mixed and is left to prove with the first batch going into the oven at around 3:30am. The weekend is always an exceptionally busy time and the process of making bread starts on the Friday night from around 9:30pm until about 4am on the Saturday morning. Whilst on a weekday, the bread making process starts very early; for one particular type of white loaf Phil uses a “24-hour sponge dough”, which means the dough is set aside to rise for between 18 and 24 hours. Today the flour arrives in 16kg sacks; a while back the sacks weighed 32kg, but going even further back in time the sacks weighed in at 64kg which was a substantial weight to move. In a recent unannounced test, the bread from The Cottage Bakery was found to have one of the lowest salt contents they tested. Everything is carefully weighed to ensure each batch of bread is the same. The very solid and substantial ovens, of which there are two, (one on top of the other) date from around 1935. These are oil-fired and take about 3 hours to heat up to the temperature which is required for the bread,


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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TRADITIONAL BAKERY

which is baked at 450ºF. Depending on the type of loaf, the temperature is dropped back slightly if a crusty loaf is required. Various types of flour are used, one very popular one being used to produce the Harvest Malt loaf, which is similar to a granary. Another popular variety is the seeded bread, as too is the Spelt and Honey bread. The seeds are soaked in a “sour” and then added to the bread in the making process and this gives a good flavour. Phil has seen a change in the types of bread requested, and although white is still the most popular, more people are going towards seeded loaves, or harvest type breads whilst 100% Wholemeal is not quite so popular, neither is 100% Rye bread. The vogue is for

soft rather than crusty rolls and Phil will still make French sticks as requested. The dough is mixed in a large-scale mixer and left to rest. The rested dough is then moulded by hand and then rested again. It is then ready for baking. The bread is baked in tins, about 50 - 60 tins which sit on a large tray. Once the bread has been baked the residual heat in the oven is used for cakes, shortbread etc. The ovens are then used for pies and sausage rolls so all heat is used efficiently. Newick is indeed fortunate in having a traditional baker in Phil when so many traditions are in decline. Quite the reverse for The Cottage Bakery. By Jill Rolfe

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The Forest Vet Maresfield What services that you offer do you most pride yourself on? From setting up the practice four years ago, I can honestly say I am proud of all our services, but the most important is the 24-hour emergency service. It can be worrying for people when their pet is ill overnight or at weekends. Whilst as a small practice, this does require a small team of people to be constantly available within 15 minutes of the practice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it is very much valued by our clients. I personally stay with any animal hospitalised overnight, it also helps them feel comforted and with my dogs with me, part of a pack going out in the night for toilet trips! What sets you apart from the other vets in the area? It is very much our personalised and holistic approach to each patient. I designed the practice around all the most important aspects to veterinary care that are important to me and my pets – who are very much ‘my children’.

We have made the reception area extremely spacious with a homely feel and with long appointment times there is minimal overlap so animals are much less stressed. We have separate dog and cat wards again to alleviate the stress, especially in cats. We have visiting specialists enabling referral level surgery to be undertaken at the practice where pets feel safer. What do your customers most like about the service they receive? From the feedback we get it’s very much our friendly team that everyone knows and loves. That’s the benefit of a smaller, independently owned local practice. I think they also appreciate our free client evenings with a talk and free food and wine! We know all our clients extremely well and a lot I consider to be good friends. Next June we celebrate our 5-year anniversary and all the clients that have supported us will be invited to an anniversary party. Little things like that make our practice different to the rest. See ad on the right.


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TOTALLY TREES The Woodland Trust recently launched a national campaign, the Big Climate Fightback, to get one million people to pledge to plant a tree by Saturday 30th November. This month represents the start of the traditional tree planting season and the end of November is National Tree Week, a week of tree planting organised by the Tree Council and is also Tree Charter Day – a national day of celebration of trees and woods. © Ben Hatwell - local photographer, see page 28.

What will be happening? The Woodland Trust will be hosting public tree planting days across the UK on the 30th. There will be at least one event in each of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and at least five events across England. They will also be sending out over 700,000 free trees to schools and communities for planting in late November. There are already people in East Grinstead and surrounding villages who have taken the step to planting trees in their garden this year or committing to doing so in the near future. We are pleased to bring you a couple of examples of local families who have taken this step. The Woodland Trust are hoping a million people will get involved. That’s many more people than live in the local area! But if we can make even a tiny dent in that number, we can be proud of ourselves. Every tree counts!

‘We recently bought a small patch of woodland and while researching the old iron workings which we found there, we discovered that there was an apple tree called Sussex Forge, which was recorded in East Grinstead in the 1850s. Leading us to reintroduce a couple in our own garden.’ Gillian and Mike Glover Ashurstwood ‘As a family we are changing our purchasing habits and also trying other ways to reduce our impact on the climate. Part of this is planting trees in our garden and fruit and nut trees seem to us the way to go. Not only are you planting a tree but you are reducing food miles on the fruit and nuts you consume. We hope that this although small difference will add up with everyone else and make a big difference.’ Paton Family, East Grinstead


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NG FOR J O Y J U M PI Sky High Trampoline Gymnastics Academy in Uckfield, has been producing stellar, national-level trampolinists for years now. Last month a team travelled to the Czech Republic to compete at the 47th International Trampoline Friendship Cup (Olympic Hopefuls competition) which brought together two hundred gymnasts representing fourteen delegations from around the world competing in both individual trampoline and synchronised pairs. The prestigious event was broadcast live on Czech TV. Five finalists were successful in bringing home international trophies. Among others, Daniel Bradford from Buxted won the Junior Boys Individual, Alex Oakley & Ryden Temple from Uckfield took podium 3rd place in the 11-12yr Boys Synchronised Pairs, despite missing out on a podium place Ebbon Payne from Newick produced a personal best 5th place in the Individual 11-12 yr age group, not to be out done there was also a 3rd place podium spot for Happer Winslet and Olivia Burvill-Patching in the Girls 13-14 Synchronised Pairs.

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Scotney Castle

Hidden Treasures in every Drawer

By Elaine Gille, see overleaf for details.

With three generations of Hussey’s living in the Victorian house, and every item needing to be catalogued, you can imagine the size of the task that is currently taking place. Although the process has been on-going for 12 years

now, there are still many more years to go until we know exactly what’s in the house and where. The discoveries have been very varied with paintings, architectural plans, coins plus a trunk of war diaries and medals from the First World War being found next to a box containing cuddly animals and McDonald’s happy meal toys. However, one discovery, which has been found in many corners of the house, is the wooden Noah’s Ark and accompanying animals, which you can see on full display this Christmas.

Dating from the 1830s, the ark would have been enjoyed by the six children of Edward Hussey III (Christopher’s grandfather) and many subsequent generations and visiting children. Most of the animals were found in the ark but several were scattered around the house in various drawers, boxes and biscuit tins. Many show the signs of years of enjoyment, some have a few missing ears or snapped off limbs, but most animals are paired together and are in excellent condition. We still don’t know if we’ve found the

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festive period. The house will be decorated for Christmas from Saturday 23rd November until Sunday 5th January (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). As well as the Noah’s Ark in the library, you’ll be able to see the dining table set for a Christmas feast, fires smouldering in the grates and twinkling lights on trees. For more information on opening times and events, please visit nationaltrust.org. uk/scotney-castle Scotney illustrations (see page 16)

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S U G AR -It is not only terrible for us internally, but is dreadful for our complexion – it helps cause break outs, dull complexion, increase in wrinkles, etc.

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REMEMBER TO KEEP M OV I N G – This time of year can encourage hibernation on the sofa but it is important to keep moving; this helps to pump the blood and the lymphatic system reducing bloating and puffiness along with helping the overload on the liver and kidneys.

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NEW for Nymans: Quentin Blake Exhibition This year Nymans is very proud to be able to host a new exhibition of work from legendary illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake. Featuring illustrations from Quentin’s self-penned books and artwork from his Art in Hospitals work, the exhibition is a reminder of the power of the imagination and how joy can be found in the unlikeliest of places. There’s also a chance to find out more about how Quentin draws, with a recreation of his studio and an opportunity to practise your own drawing technique. The exhibition has just started and a will run through the festive season. Then from Saturday 23rd November, a fun & festive trail

will be around the gardens, which takes its inspiration from Blake’s, ‘The Story of the Dancing Frog’ with a chorus line of froggy sculptures. Created especially for Nymans in conjunction with Wild in Art, it is especially perfect for children! Join storyteller, Jason Buck, in the Gallery for storytelling sessions on Saturday 14th, 21st & 28th December at 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm when he brings tales from the wondrous world of Quentin Blake to life. A unique opportunity to hear Quentin’s stories while surrounded by the original artwork. There’s

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NEWS: from Ashdown Forest Centre • The Official Map of Ashdown Forest has just been updated and relaunched and is available to buy from the Ashdown Forest Centre or you can download it on our webpage: www.ashdownforest.org. All proceeds will go towards supporting the upkeep of the forest. • A big thank you to all the customers and staff of Sainsbury's in East Grinstead who have raised £618 so far for us, through collection tins! • Last month saw new Riggit Galloway calf arrivals and this year names start with the letter "E" and have to be a plant on the forest. Following numerous suggestions, our grazing team have selected the following names: Eyebright, Elderberry and Erica.

• A reminder that Crowborough Road will be closed to through traffic from 9:30am to 12pm for Remembrance Sunday on the 10th November. Only vehicles parking in the car parks will be permitted. The address will be given by the Reverend Doctor John Caperon from Fairwarp Church. • Ceremony Timetable: 10:15hrs park (30 mins walk);11am 1st stroke of Big Ben, bugler sounds last post. 2 minutes silence. Bugler Sounds Reveille. Address; 11:08 fly past & poppy drop; 11:15 wreath laying; 11:20 public poppies.

best. That includes emergency help such as attending road accidents, tending to livestock and deer collisions as well as the preservation and enhancement of walks, rides, car parks and open spaces. Donating is easy, you could post a cheque payable to “Conservators of Ashdown Forest”. To Ashdown Forest Centre, Colemans Hatch Road, Wych Cross, East Sussex, RH18 5JP. Or donate by sending a simple text (SMS) message, text: ASHD001 to 70331 to give £3, ASHD001 to 70970 to give £5, ASHD001 to 70191 to give £10. Or you can make a donation via the fundraising web page at: easydonate.org/ASHD001. Alternatively, the new 2019 Ashdown Forest car window stickers are now available on our webpage in Bronze, Silver and Gold – see website.

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FRONT COVER PHOTOGRAPHER Ben Hatwell started his photography journey in August 2018 when he bought his 1st dslr camera. He quickly began getting out and about in the local area, exploring the Ashdown Forest. Ben’s love of forests and woodlands and being out in nature with a creative eye has meant that he has captured some really eye-catching and mood emoting photographs. He won his 1st photography competition in early 2019 with an image from park wood in Sussex and was featured as cover photo for the East Sussex Landscape photography Facebook page. He won his 2nd photo competition with a memorable image capturing the lovely Autumn light from

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The humble hedgehog, our little iconic friend, is in big trouble for a variety of reasons, and needs our help now. The problems are manifold: one is new housing estates going up with no space left between the gardens for hedgehogs to roam; they can travel up to 2 miles in a night if they have the space. Another is the more simplistic approach to gardens where they are paved over and plants are kept in pots, leaving nowhere for the hogs to live or forage. Many types of slug pellets can kill the hedgehog, so please use pet-friendly slug pellets from garden centres. Many are killed or left with horrific injuries by lawn-mowers and strimmers. Please always check patches of long grass before cutting. Some of the favoured places for hedgehogs are corners of long grass, they roll themselves up in it; they also love log piles. Always check underneath before lighting your bonfire. One of the strange facts about hedgehogs is they give birth late in the year, between September and October, which is not a good time as winter is fast approaching and they need to hibernate. This is no problem for the adults who will start hibernation as soon as

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If you garden is fenced all around, cut a 5”x 5” hole in the bottom of your fence to give them access to other gardens and ask your neighbours to do the same. You can make a simple feeding station by turning a plastic storage container upside down; cut a 5x5” hole in one end, pop the food underneath and place something heavy on top to stop it being turned over. This will keep the food safe and dry for the hedgehogs and not just feed the cats in the area. A large shallow dish of water can be left out for anything visiting your garden. Put food out regularly and they may stay.

down or rolled up when not in use, these are dangerous for all wildlife. Hedgehogs try to go through then realise they are stuck, there is no way they can go back as their spines don’t let them, and unless you check the nets regularly, they will starve. The only predator the hedgehog has is the badger, but they have been seen feeding side by side in the wild, so it is thought that badgers will only take one if food is very scarce. Dogs can cause harm to hedgehogs so please be aware, if you find one in your garden, they can cause nasty injuries, to themselves and the hog.

Never feed them with milk and bread, they cannot digest this. Dry or wet cat/dog food is perfect. Meal worms aren’t good for them as they also cause them problems.

In essence, hedgehogs don’t need a lot of encouragement to pass through your garden but they are vulnerable and their numbers are under threat. So please do what you can to help our little spiky friends.

If you have a pond make sure it has a shallow area or a sloping edge for them to get in and out, if not attach some chicken wire to the side or put in some rocks to give then a way to climb out. They love a swim occasionally.

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to welcome Geoffrey Mead who will be presenting an illustrated, 'Backstage Brighton - aspects of Brighton's theatre history', all welcome. Non-members, £3, at 8pm, Groombridge Village Hall.

Beacon Academy Sixth Form Open Evening. Join us for an interactive tour of our specialist Sixth Form Centre. Visitors will have the opportunity to chat with students & teachers and listen to presentations, with a wide range of courses available. 5pm, Beacon Academy, TN6 2DY. FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER Film: Sweet Country. A middle-aged Aboriginal man becomes a wanted criminal. At Pine Grove Pictures. Tickets £8, members £4. Doors open 7pm, starts 8pm, Crowborough Community Centre. FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER The Uckfield FM Community Awards 2019. The biggest awards night of the year, including a 3-course dinner at The East Sussex National Hotel in Uckfield. 7 – 11:30pm. See website for details. SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER Mansion Market. Parking and admission are free to this interesting market in a beautiful 18th century mansion. Crafts, food, clothing and more. Puppet shows, cafe. 11am - 4pm, Kidbrooke Park, RH18 5JA. WEDNESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER Table tennis in Forest Row at the village club. Every Wednesday and Thursday from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Members are a mix of regular players and those returning. Coaching on Wednesdays on one of our 3 tables, and competitive play on Thursdays. You can just play socially if you prefer, on the other 2 tables. £2 - £10, for more info call Rod Thonger, 01342 823682. THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER AGM and Talks. Mid Sx Assoc of National Trust followed by short talks by speakers from local NT properties. At 2:30pm, Clare Hall, H. Heath, RH16 3DN. THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Groombridge History Group are delighted

THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Arts Society Ashdown Forest. Lawrence of Arabia: Excavating a Legend by lecturer Neil Faulkner. Was Lawrence, a liar and a charlatan or was he a brilliant military commander and advocate of the Arab cause? Members free, visitors £6. Refreshments follow the lecture. 2pm, Crowborough Community Centre, TN6 1FE. SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER Christmas Fair. Gifts, decorations and cakes to chutneys, hampers & delicious lunches. Craft tables, face painting and games for children. Free entry. At Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, 10 – 2pm. SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER Christmas Market. We are holding this event showcasing local businesses and crafts people. There will be a wide variety of high end and unique gifts for Christmas! We are raising funds for two local charities, The Crowborough Air Cadets & 1st Crowborough Scout Group. 100% of entry fees (£1 for over 16s) and pop up cafe purchases will go to the charities! Crowborough Community Centre. 10 – 3pm. SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER The Rat Pack Christmas Show has achieved many accolades and awards with appearances in the West End, Strictly Come Dancing, etc. They recreate the music of Sinatra, Martin and Davis with all the hits, joined by special guest Charley Toulan as the iconic Marilyn Monroe. Tickets £22.50. At 7:30pm, Civic Centre Uckfield. SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER Sussex Mineral & Fossil Show. Stunning displays of minerals and fossils, ultraviolet minerals room. Excellent activities for children including gold panning for real gold, crystals and fossils hunt. Illustrated talks. £3 adults, £1 children, 10 am – 4:30pm. Clair Hall, RH16 3DN.


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RSPCA South Godstone Christmas Fair. The entertainment will include games, stalls, face painting, craft stalls, Santa’s grotto. Entrance: adults £2, children 5 to 16 years: £1, under 5’s: free. All proceeds directly to support the centre. 11am - 4pm, Eastbourne Road/A22, RH9 8JB.

Forest Row Choral Society sing Handel's Messiah with professional soloists and orchestra. Conductor: Tom Scratchley. Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm concert. Tickets £12 (under-16s free) available on the door or in advance from Mansell McTaggart estate agents, Forest Row and The Bookshop, East Grinstead. Visit www.frcs.org.uk. At St Swithun's Church, East Grinstead.

SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER Tearfund’s Big Quiz Night. Last year over 22K people took part in more than 500 quiz nights across the UK and raised an incredible 172K to help people lift themselves out of poverty. Teams of 4 - 6. £5 per person. At 7:30pm, Forest Row Baptist Church, Forest Row, RH18 5BF. SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER Chailey & Newick Painting Group Art Exhibition. Paintings, framed & unframed, greetings cards, artists in action, home-made cakes. Tombola supporting St Peter & St James Hospice - every ticket wins an original artwork! Free admission, easy parking, disabled access. Sat & Sun, 10 – 5pm, Chailey Village Hall, A275 (next to Five Bells). SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER Haywards Heath Music Society. Andrey Lebedev is one of the most successful guitarists of his generation. He will perform a varied selection of European and South American pieces, and Losif Purits will be on accordion. Adults £15, under 18 - £5, available by email HHMStickets@outlook.com or tel: 01444456227 or at the door. This event is sponsored by Making Music. At 7:30pm, HH Methodist Church, 28 Perrymount Road. SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER Forest Row Repair Café, which aims to help reduce waste by encouraging a repair culture in our community. A repair can save time, money and waste. Items we can repair include electrical, fabrics, computers, bikes, wood work, furniture, damaged books. Café. The Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row. 10-1pm.

SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER Chelwood Gate and Danehill Village Market. This ever-popular village market will be held in Danehill Memorial Hall. In the run up to Christmas, local stall holders will be selling unusual and quirky items not usually found on the high street. All proceeds from our tombola will be donated to St Catherine's Hospice (children buying a ticket are guaranteed to win a prize). The cafe will be selling tea/coffee/mulled wine and mince pies to get you into the festive spirit. Please lend us your support. 10am - 2pm. SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER Craft & Artisan Market at Bridge Cottage, Uckfield. We have some wonderfully talented local crafters and artisans at this market who have made their items to sell with love & passion. Come along, entry is free. 9am - 4pm, Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AZ. SATURDAY 23RD NOVEMBER J S Bach Christmas Oratorio is being performed by Crowborough Choral Society and members of their German partner choir, Rellinger Kantorei from near Hamburg. They will be accompanied by the Sussex Sinfonia, leader Christopher Phipps, and led by musical director, Mark Beesley. Tickets at £15 from www.crowboroughchoral.com or from J & K Gallery. 7:30 pm, All Saints Church, Crowborough. SATURDAY 23RD NOVEMBER Our Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Fairs attracts stallholders from Surrey, Kent & Sussex


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SUNDAY 24TH NOVEMBER Archery Beginners Course. Ever thought about trying archery? Cuckfield Archers are offering an archery beginners’ course. Six 2-hour sessions on Sunday mornings. Course fee: £60 includes hire of all equipment and free refreshments. For details: www. cuckfieldarchers.org.uk. 10:30am, Warden Park Academy, Cuckfield. MONDAY 25TH NOVEMBER Gardens and Guerillas. Lunch at Buxted Park Hotel with special guest speaker plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke. Tom will be talking about growing up at Lullingstone Castle in Kent, his time in captivity in Colombia and fulfilling his dream of creating a World Garden. The lunch is held by Hospices of Hope at 12 noon, Buxted Park Hotel. TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER

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Danehill Parish Historical Society. The Phil Lucas and James Rawlings Memorial Lecture: 'Peter Brandon: a landscape legacy' – Prof. Brian Short. At 8pm, Danehill Memorial Hall, RH17 7HS.

Hartfield & District History Group - The Gaslighting of Tower Bridge with Chairman Chris Sugg. At 8:15pm, Hartfield Village Hall. FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER Tinnitus Support Group gives people living with tinnitus the opportunity to talk about experiences and discuss coping methods in a friendly environment. 2pm to 4pm, Room 3, Crowborough Community Centre Café. SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 1839 Consort "Splendour and Light" A concert for advent. This talented chamber choir present a thrilling programme for advent, including works by Leighton, Howells, Bassano, MacMillan, Martin, Sibelius. Tickets £10. At St. Margaret's Church, Buxted, at 7:30pm – profits to support the church. THURSDAY 5TH DECEMBER Cocktail Making demonstration for two different cocktails and then the chance to create your own cocktail, held by Hospices of Hope. Tickets include a welcome drink, two cocktails and nibbles. At 7pm, Bar Trend 4, Croft Road, Crowborough.


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