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Ashdown Forest

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

Arthur Conan Doyle Crowborough & Ashdown Forest

Ashdown Forest

Rangers Report

November 2010 | FREE

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

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Dear Residents


Welcome to the November Edition of the Ashdown Forest Living.

Ashdown Forest Ranger Report


Vibration Training


Look Younger Naturally


Sherlock Holmes, Crowborough & Ashdown Forest


Gardening Tips


November Recipe


Trivia & Sudoku


Whats On




Besides Winnie-the-pooh, there are some other famous past residents related to the Ashdown Forest one of whom is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, we are lucky to have been provided with an article about his life in this area. Local company, stuff 2 eat, has provided another mouthwatering recipe to suit the shorter, colder days. A new feature from The Ashdown Forest Rangers brings us news of the forest and the seasonal work being carried out. Please keep your events coming in. Thank you for all the feedback we’ve had so far we’re glad you’re finding the publication interesting & useful. For all charities and community groups that need promotion please drop us a line so we can assist. On that note, the charity “Open Hands” featured last month was very happy with the feedback to their article so thank you to everyone who got in touch with them.

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HeartSong Acappella Choir & Singing Workshops With Delia Rosenboom NVPN In Forest Row, RH18

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When I tell people that I am a Ranger on Ashdown Forest they1.75 say “What an amazing miles/3km job, you are lucky!” They are right of course the forest Linton’s carand parkI cross the road (with care) in is anFrom amazing place car park (summer am lucky to work here.only). Walk out of the rear past a s

a grass pathisand in about 50m turn left onto a ride. Re This time of year so special; the rich colours, the ride, ignoring another that b this autumn gently descending fungi, the lingering views across right, for about 400m. the Weald to the Downs and the rutting deer… On both left and right are linear quarries,

As Rangers we have a responsibility to make sure our filled out withtoscrub and trees. Such worknow is carried the highest standard. The work quarries dot and the Forest landscape and we do is seasonal from the end of September the winter conservation involves cutting provided stone forwork roads.starts. This Typical heathland areas of heathland whichstonechat, is being invaded birds such as nightjar, tree pipit by birch scrub, mowing areas of gorse which competing and woodlark usually breed in this areaisand with heather and removing tree stumps to allow the the ride edges in particular are one of the tractors to mow bracken in the summer.

best places on the Forest (indeed in Sussex)

At this time of year woodland management is done to see, in May, thewho yellow of to the cut and by the commoners areflowers entitled spiny shrub, petty takesmall two cords of wood offwhin. the forest as part of their ancient right of estovers.

While theride rangers onright the forest in their easily The bearsare left,out then through a break in the qu recognisable vehicles they are for in radio with drive and continues descending 400mcontact to a metalled the office run by Ros and Tracy. It is a hive of activity in Lane) . On thestream left is of a bowling green and ahead there, with a constant visitors with requests for riding permits, permits,of bookings for school cricket pitch wood and pavilion Coleman’s Hatch Crick groups to use the Forest Centre and reports of lost dogs ,sheep worrying, fallen trees, deer in swimming pools and forest fires. The administration of the forest is a huge task and falls mainly on their shoulders. So if you ever need us call Tracy on 01342 823583 (office hours) or the Duty Ranger on 01342 822846 (24hr emergency) and we will assist you. And then there are the visitors to the forest. 1.5 million of you every year, so we have to make sure the car parks are serviceable and clear of litter and the footpaths, rides, bridges and picnic areas are all maintained. We also provide some excellent free walks leaflets and maps of the forest which are available in our Information Barn open in the afternoons and at week ends from 11am. The Barn is staffed by our loyal volunteers some of whom have served the forest for 20 years. There is a lot to learn about the forest; the ecology and conservation, landscape history and archaeology. So the next time you are walking on the forest and you want to know more come and see us at the Forest Centre or visit our website and you can even follow us on twitter ! We hope to see you on the forest. Mike Yates, North Chase Ranger, Ashdown Forest November 2010 • Ashdown Forest Living • tel: 01342 300152

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Is Vibration Training the fitness short-cut of the century?

Can’t find the time or bear the thought of battling the cold to get to the gym? Thankfully there’s an alternative. Michael Wall of Hire Fitness based near Ashdown Forest brings the gym to you. Hire Fitness is Europe’s largest equipment provider with the very latest and most popular fitness



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machines that vibrate at certain frequencies (normally between 30 and 50Hz). The user can perform a variety of exercises on the vibrating plate. It is claimed that a minute of this is equal to 100 sit ups and that 20 minutes is equivalent to a full work out. I have also read that it can slow the ageing process…

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GET FIT IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME Michael Wall, established his Hire Fitness business 3 years ago & has built up a large portfolio of clients hiring & selling fitness equipment for use in the home He also supplies commercial equipment to gyms, offices, salons and studios. People are increasingly choosing to hire in their homes for many reasons, most often for convenience & lack of time or inclination to go the gym. Parents can also look after their children whilst they exercise at home. All Hire Fitness models are of the highest quality, robust, good looking, with excellent computer functions. There is a hire- to- buy scheme where clients can try a machine prior to making a purchase. The Power Plate is his most popular model, it can burn 350 calories in 10 minutes. Other benefits include cellulite busting, improved blood circulation, stronger bones but most of all – improved toning.

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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Arthur Conan Doyle, Crowborough & Ashdown Forest By Brian W Pugh

Some background to the life of Arthur Conan Doyle is required before we look at his time in Crowborough and the Ashdown Forest. From 1897 he was living with his first wife Louise at the purpose built house Undershaw at Hindhead, all of his other residences were existing properties. Louise had been diagnosed with what was then called galloping consumption (TB) in 1893 and was not expected to live longer than a few months, in fact she lived for a further 13 years. During 1897 Conan Doyle met Jean Leckie she became his tour and lecture organiser and a friendship blossomed, and in turn they fell in love but their relationship was purely platonic It appears that the first time that Conan Doyle visited the Ashdown Forest was during January 1901 when he stayed for a few days at the Ashdown Forest Hotel and played golf. He did return in March 1901 for the census, taken on 31 March, shows that Conan Doyle, Miss Jean Leckie and his mother, Mary J. Doyle were staying at the Ashdown Forest Hotel, Forest Row, his mother perhaps acting as a chaperon. Louise finally passed away on 4 July 1906 and her funeral took place on 6 July at St Luke’s Church at nearby Grayshott. Obviously Conan Doyle was deeply affected by her death, but by late 1906, Conan Doyle was visiting Crowborough, staying with the Leckie family at their house in Lordswell Lane known as Monkstown. It does appear that this may have been the first time he felt well enough to go anywhere, as he had been so distraught by the death of Louise. Just down the lane from Monkstown was a cottage owned by a Mrs Scott-Malden, this was known as Little Windlesham; Conan Doyle fell in love with the house and soon purchased it. It was soon turned into a large family house, many extensions being made, and so the name was altered to Windlesham. On 18 September 1907 Conan Doyle married Jean Leckie at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, London. Just to add that the reception was held at The Whitehall Rooms, at the Hotel Metropole, London, they took their honeymoon, travelling to Paris, Dresden and then a Mediterranean cruise. It is not known November 2010 • Ashdown Forest Living

exactly when they moved on to Windlesham, they were still in Turkey on 1 November 1907, so it must have been late 1907 or even early 1908, but 1907 is the accepted year. You may ask, why did Conan Doyle decide to move and live in Crowborough for twenty three years from 1907 until his death in 1930; this being roughly one third of his life and he lived at Crowborough longer than anywhere else. Of course finding Little Windlesham was the obvious the main reason, as golf player, perhaps the close proximity to Crowborough Beacon Golf Club was another reason, or perhaps the area reminded him of Hindhead. Whilst living in Crowborough Conan Doyle wrote many Sherlock Holmes adventures, The Valley of Fear published in The Strand Magazine from September 1914 to May 1915. Much of this novel takes place at Groombridge Place, near Crowborough. In a letter from Dame Jean Conan Doyle, daughter of Arthur Conan Doyle to The Conan Doyle (Crowborough) Establishment wrote “My father went over there (Groombridge Place) whenever we had guests staying at Windlesham who hadn’t stayed before. He was fascinated by the old house and felt that by showing it off to visitors from overseas he was introducing them to the very essence of England.” • tel: 01342 300152

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Not only was Sir Arthur a frequent visitor to the house, he also used it as a model for Birlstone Manor in the Holmes adventure The Valley of Fear. In this adventure the drunken garden is described by Dr. Watson as: ‘Rows of very ancient yew trees, cut into strange designs…’ and the secret seat is described, again by Dr. Watson: ‘…concealed from the eyes of any one approaching from the direction of the house, there was a stone seat.’ Both of theses features can still be seen at Groombridge Place. The Adventure of Black Peter a Holmes short story was published in The Strand Magazine in March 1904; during his visit to the Ashdown Forest in 1901 Conan Doyle must have taken walks around the area, for this Holmes story is based in Forest Row. The story is based in the fictional village of Woodman’s Lee, near Forest Row, (probably based on Coleman’s Hatch). Dr. Watson describes there arrival: ‘Alighting at the small wayside station, we drove for some miles through the remains of widespread woods…’, without doubt this would have been the Forest Row station. Mentioned also is the Brambletye Hotel and playing November 2010 • Ashdown Forest Living

golf, the hotel still exists and there is of course the Royal Ashdown Golf Club where Conan Doyle played golf during his visit in 1901. In 1912 Conan Doyle introduced another hero Professor George Challenger in The Lost World, the second Challenger story The Poison Belt published in The Strand Magazine from March to July 1913, is based in Rotherfield. In this adventure the South Downs, Lewes, Crowborough and the golf course, Jarvis Book and the Courier (the local newspaper) are all mentioned. The following is from the story: The sun had burst through the grey mists which veiled it, and the whole broad Weald was washed in golden light. During the story Conan Doyle describes the view from the window of Challenger’s house in Rotherfield, but it is clearly describing the view from a window of his own house Windlesham as: ‘…vivid green stretches of the Crowborough golf course, all dotted with the players.’

and down St. Johns to the mill-ponds on Ashdown Forest and back home. On 7 July 1930 at 08.17hrs Conan Doyle died at his home Windlesham from a heart attack in his bedroom, next to his first floor study at Windlesham. On 11 July he was buried near his writing hut at Windlesham, the original headstone of his grave was of British oak. Brian W Pugh is the Curator of The Conan Doyle (Crowborough) Establishment, for further information please visit the website:

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Gardening Tips for NOVEMBER Article by Michael Dongray, Imberhorne Lane Nursery Proprietor


winter storms. Continue to lift, divide and plant herbaceous. Prune evergreens to shape.

Continue preparing beds for the Spring. Leave ground roughly dug as this allows the winter frosts to help break down the soil clods.


Tulip bulbs may still be planted up until about the middle of the month. Lift tender bulbs and store in a cool, dry, dark place after first frosts.



Shrubs and Herbaceous This is a good time to transplant trees and shrubs. When lifting established plants get as much of the root ball as possible and get them planted back into the prepared ground as soon as possible to prevent drying out. Large trees and shrubs will require staking to avoid them moving during

Give your lawn a good raking to lift away accumulations of debris. Keep leaves raked from the lawn. They should be composted.

Rose foliage can harbour insects and diseases, both on the shrub and on the ground. Pull off any rose leaves that are still hanging on, and rake up fallen leaves. Mulch around base of established roses with well rotted manure.


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20 • November recipe

Potato, Leek & Carrot Soup

So here comes the cold weather, which for me means starting to add soup to the weekly menu. Soup is a great way to use up vegetables in the fridge, or to make a nutritional meal. It is also an easy way of bringing in the seasonal vegetables that are available in abundance from our local farms and producers. As the leaves begin to drop from the trees, it is a great feeling to place a large bowl of soup on the table with chunky pieces of bread , feel warm and ready to take on the long evening to come.

Ingredients » » » » » » » » »

175 – 200g/6 – 8oz Potato, diced 125g/4.5oz grated carrot 175g/6oz leek (approx. 1) 700ml/1 & quarter pint vegetable stock 1 bay leaf 1 x crushed garlic clove 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil i.e. sunflower, olive, vegetable qtr teaspoon ground cumin Salt & Pepper to taste

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5-6 tablespoons of wholemilk 1-2 tablespoon of double cream, crème

fraiche or sour cream This soup can be served in two ways – either as a quick chunky soup, or pureed to make a creamed soup. For me soup is always better the next day, as the spices and herbs have a chance to really infuse, • Crush the garlic clove, trim the leek and use so maybe make it one day, leave it in the fridge the white and pale green of the leek and wash and serve the next day. thoroughly in cold water – drain.


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• Heat the oil in a saucepan with a heavy base, add the garlic and leek and fry gently over a low heat until they have softened. Now add vegetable stock – this can be done via your favourite vegetable stock cubes, boullion or your own – add bay leaf, cumin and then salt and pepper to taste. Bring to the boil, but keep stirring. • Add the potato and pop a lid on the saucepan and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the potato is soft when you place a fork into it. • Add the carrot, and continue simmering for another 2-3 minutes. It is a good idea to re-taste it to see if you need any more salt or pepper. Take out the bay leaf. This is then ready to serve as a chunky soup. • If you want to puree the soup - carefully (its very hot! So you can leave it to cool a little before you do this) place half of mixture in a blender, or food processor, and blend, pour into a clean saucepan, repeat process with the other half and put into rest of blended soup. Add the milk and bring to the boil – taste again and add seasoning if required, then stir in the cream or crème freche before serving. • Delicious with some granary or sunflower bread. Enjoy – Kate & Rick

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Did you know?...


Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.


A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth!


The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.


Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.


When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.


Coca-Cola was originally green.


Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.


Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

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What’s On – November 2010

Saturday 6th November weekends only until 19 December. The Forest Centre, Wych Cross, Woodturning exhibition Exhibition and sales by the Ashdown Forest Woodturners. Tuesday 9th November A Talk on Baby Farming and the Scandal it was in the 19th Century by Lady Teviot. Start: 7:30pm, starts 8pm. Saints Church Hall Crowborough & District Historical Society:£4 Non-Members £2 Members Friday 12th November “Out of the Sky” 70 years ago on 13th November a Bristol Beaufighter crashed near Church Street, Edenbridge. Local expert, John Froud will give a short talk about the crash. There will also be displays of items from the museum collection, including parts believed to be from the crashed Bristol Beaufighter. Eden Valley Museum, Church House, 72 High Street, Edenbridge TN8 5AR. 01732 868102. Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. Saturday 13 November Common Curiosities - 5 miles (4hours) a five mile walk with Ian sceccombe encompassing all Chailey Common to explore and hear about some history and curiosities,bring picnic lunch. 10am, Red House Common car park, Warrs Hill Lane, North Chailey, East Sussex. Contact: Ian Seccombe: 01273 482679 Mansion Market. Browse amongst over 70 stalls at this friendly mixed Market and solve all your Christmas present problems. Set in and around a beautiful 18th century mansion there is much to see, including puppet shows for children and an all-day cafe. Parking and admission and free. Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row 11.00am - 4pm.

Danehill Christmas Market 10am - 2pm Danehill Memorial Hall. A wide range of items from local craft and food producers will be on sale. Jewellery, cakes, jams, knitwear, local meat are just some of the items available along with delicious crepes and savoury snacks. Cafe. Raffle. Mulled wine and hot mince pies 01825.740004 Saturday 13th – Monday 15th November Art Exhibition/Open Weekend. See the latest pastel landscape paintings, prints and cards by Ashdown artist, Juliet Murray. Ashdown Christmas cards / antique & decorative prints. Special exhibition offers. Further details 01825 712565/www.cogcraft. Cogcraft, Clockhouse Lane, Nutley, Sat.& Sun. 11.15am – 5.30pm/Mon.9.30am – 5pm. Note: Please park in the village at peak times. Sunday 14th November Jupiter Chamber Orchestra. Andy Panayi Director/ Soloist, W.A. Mozart, A. Vivaldi, A. Panayi At 6pm, Michael Hall Theatre, Priory Road, Forest Row. Tickets available from The Seasons Shop, Hartfield Road, Forest Row Enq: 01342 823405 and at the door. Adults: £10, conc. £9, children £7 November 2010 • Ashdown Forest Living

Saturday 20th November AFFORDABLE HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR All YOUR FAMILY – a fully supervised low cost student clinic is held one Saturday every month at the Ashdown Natural Health Clinic, Forest Row, RH18 5DN, by final year students of the South East College of Homeopathy. £15 per consultation. For more info or appts 01342 822505 Saturday, 27th November Crowborough Town Christmas Fair Saturday & Sunday 27th & 28th November Crowborough Art Group is having it’s Winter Exhibition at St Mary’s RC School, Chapel Green, Crowborough on from 10am to 4 pm. Framed & unframed paintings will be on display and most will be for sale at very reasonable prices. Refreshments will be available, and free parking is nearby. Entry is free. Come & support your local art group. Enquiries to 01892 653556 Wednesday 1 December - 31st December Christmas Shopping at Sheffield Park Gardens Come and enjoy our Christmas festivities every day in December (except 25th Dec). There will be a Christmas trail with trees and branches decorated by local community groups. Entrance: Standard entry fees. TN22 3QX. Tel: 01825 790231 Friday 3rd December Christmas Quiz Night Date: Time: 20:00 Location: Forest Row Sports Pavilion Contact:Deborah Waygood Tel:07803 195311 Email:deborah@ Description: Quiz night planned for an AFRA Christmas get together. Saturday 4th of December Ashdown Gallery Christmas Workshops! Christmas Book Binding workshop with Ciara Healy Age from 9 yrs old and adults. Create some beautiful gifts for Christmas! 2.30 to 5pm £20 each plus £2.50 per person for material. To book email Cathie@ Sunday the 5th of December Ashdown Gallery workshops Forest Row 2-4pm Silk Screen Printing for children/family from 9 yrs. Silk Screen Print your own bag or box canvas, £20 each To book email Crowborough Runners 25th Anniversary 10K Road race. Charity and Fundraising, Special Occasions,Beacon Community College, East Beeches Road, Crowborough, TN6 2AS, Start: 10am For more information contact: Crowborough Runners on 01892 665488 Wednesday 8th December At 7:45pm, Carol Concert in aid of Crowborough Hospital accompanied by the Salvation Army Band “The Very Spirit of Christmas” All Saints Old Church Hall Church Road Crowborough, Entry by donation, refreshments provided following concert. • tel: 01342 300152

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New gallery and events venue to open in Forest Row Showcasing top quality works of art – including paintings, ceramics, and sculptures – by established local artists. The Gallery, with its coffee house (serving excellent quality organic and fair trade coffee, tea and cakes) will also very much be a dynamic hub of the local art scene, hosting a huge variety of regular exhibitions, art school, workshops and events for adults, young people and children, including:


• Themed art exhibitions and charity events • A wide variety of art workshops – from life drawing and painting, to pottery classes, jewellery making, photography, chess club, costume design and creative writing • Cultural events • Newcomers exhibitions, featuring up and coming local artists of all ages • Art Sundays for the whole family • Master classes and concerts Normally open Monday to Saturday 8.30am-5pm Ashdown Gallery, 8 Newlands Place, Hartfield Road, Forest Row. Telephone: 0845 519 0727

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Index ART


Support Local Business

Park Lane Champagne stuff2eat Wiltshire Farm Food

Cogcrafts Concepts


Marie Murphy


Diana Beauty

Penumbra Blinds Blinds & Curtains

11 JH Vartan Pete Payne 23 Hair 22 The Finishing Touch

Astrology Beauty Blinds

Café/Function Venue/ Restaurant/Bar Cats Protection Café Yew Lodge

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Computer Studio


Choir & Singing Workshop Cleaning

Computers Dental

Riverview Dental Centre

Garden Services/Centres


Food & Drink


Phone – enquiries: 0345 60 80 196 Forest Row Library Phone – renewals: 0345 60 80 195 Phone – enquiries: 0345 60 80 196 Uckfield Library

Ron, Handyman Allzones Roofing & Conversions Mid Sussex Timber MRM Plastering Gary Spurle Bathrooms & Heating Storaheat

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12 Kitchens Bespoke Kitchens Absolutely Kitchens 6 Pest Control

TLC Nurses 13 Lotte Berk Fitness Studio 9 Shiatsu 9 Family Chiropractic Clinic 13 MJ Reflexology 11 AtlasPROfilax 13 Hire Fitness 8,9 Natural face rejuvenation 10

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Crowborough Library Phone – renewals: 0345 60 80 195

Home Maintenance Services

Family/Children’s Activities Education Mathjogs

Useful Contacts 15 20 17


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Uckfield: 01825 764940 East Grinstead: 0844 477117

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(non-emergencies) 0845 607999

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Weightloss Rachel Ricketts Weightloss


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The Hartfield Singers If you enjoy singing, the Hartfield Singers invite you to come and enjoy rehearsals on Tuesday evenings from 7.45 pm in St. Mary’s Church Hartfield. No auditions are required. We are currently rehearsing for our Christmas Concerts on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December with the theme “Under the Greenwood Tree”. After Christmas we will be working on our Good Friday programme consisting of Spirituals and movements from Gounod’s Messe Solennelle. For more details please see our web site or telephone either our Chairman, Robert Jackson, on 01342 823081 or our secretary, Pat Arnold, on 01892 611414. November 2010 • Ashdown Forest Living

Citezens Advice Bureaux Crowborough: 01892 655303

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Sussex Police Crowborough Police Station: 01323 414098 Uckfield Police Station: 01444 445927 Wealden District Council 01323 443322 or 01892 653311 Mid Sussex District Council: 01444 458166

The Forest Row Film Society presents More info: or 01342 822301. Unless specified otherwise showings are at the Village Hall, Forest Row. Cost: £5/£4 at 8pm

Friday 5th November, 8pm Ordet: Ordet (The Word) is about faith, and may be the most breathtaking exploration of religious experience ever on film. 12 119 min 1955.

Friday 12th November, Treeless Mountain: Superb Korean film. “Wonderful performances from the two young leads” Empire. PG 89 min 2009.

Friday 26th November , Vanishing of the Bees: A fascinating documentary about the disappearance of bees all around the world. Screened in collaboration with Transition Forest Row. U 96 min 2009. Brambletye Hotel. Friday 3rd December 2010, Wrong Rosary: In present day Istanbul a young, naive and timid muezzin falls in love with his neighbour, a catholic nurse. 90 min 2009 • tel: 01342 300152

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