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Dear Residents, Welcome to the April issue of the Ashdown Forest Living. This month we are very lucky to be able to bring you,’The 70th Anniversary of Aspidistra’, jewel of World War II propaganda which brings a new facet to light of Ashdown Forest’s history. Arthur Conan Doyle lived in Crowborough for a good deal of his life and frequented the Ashdown Forest and villages in this area, many of which feature in his stories. His omnipresent Sherlock Holmes leaves a legacy that is one of the most enduring of modern times. We are therefore pleased to be publishing a further insight into his life in Brian Pugh’s 2 page feature. As you look to improve your house and garden this Spring please consider using our directory as the majority of our businesses are locally based. If you are involved in community/charity work in the area, please drop us a line if you need extra publicity.

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On board the S.S. Briton Robinson seated centre Conan Doyle behind his left shoulder

There’s More to

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In a previous issue of Ashdown Forest Living (November 2010) I discussed Arthur Conan Doyle: Crowborough & Ashdown Forest. In this issue I would like to look at his writings. Arthur Conan Doyle is, of course, best known for the Sherlock Holmes adventures, but he wrote so much more that is mostly overlooked. When did he start writing and where did his ideas come from? To answer the question we have to go back to when he was aged 5 or 6, there was an incomplete adventure about a Bengal tiger and he later said of this story, “It is very easy to get people into scrapes, and very hard to get them out again.” Where this idea came from is not known. His mother would tell him about her family the Percy’s and Pack’s, explaining their part in history of the chivalry and knights. At an early age in his life the Napoleonic Wars and especially The Battle of Waterloo were installed in his mind. It was at Waterloo that Arthur’s

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great-uncle, Major-General Sir Denis Pack, was in command of the 9th British Brigade which he remembered for later books. He adored his mother, who remained a dominant influence all his life, with her fierce and almost obsessive pride in her and her husband’s ancestry. Nearly 50 years later he recalled: “My real love for letters, my instinct for story telling, springs I believe from my mother. In my early childhood, as far back as I can remember anything at all; the vivid stories which she would tell me stand out so clearly”. He was an avid reader, reading such as Lord Macaulay’s Lays of Ancient Rome, and other authors such as Sir Walter Scott, Wilkie Collins, H Rider Haggard, Robert Louis Stevenson and Edgar Allan Poe amongst many others. The two historical novels, The White Company and Sir Nigel, may well have been inspired by the stories told to him by his mother and the novels by Walter Scott. Conan Doyle carried out a great deal of research for these two novels, so the accuracy is very good, even if at times this overshadowed the stories. The inspiration for the character of Sherlock Holmes was, of course, Joseph Bell, Conan Doyle’s Professor at Edinburgh University. Bell would, without asking his patients any questions, deduce their profession, where they came from, their family and ailments. These traits can be seen in Holmes. The Lost World • tel: 01342 300152

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is another novel that is this time based on the true adventures of Percy Fawcett, here again the main characters are based on real people, Professor Rutherford at Edinburgh University as Professor Challenger with a touch of Dr Budd and Roger Casement, and Percy Fawcett became Lord Roxton, Conan Doyle also used Extinct Animals by Sir Edwin Lancaster as a resource. The short story A Straggler of ’15 became the play Waterloo with Henry Irving in the lead role. This historical story is set during the battle of Waterloo and is based on a true story. Another hero from the Napoleonic period is Brigadier Gerard. There are eighteen short stories in this series in two collections, The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard (8 stories) and The Adventures of Brigadier Gerard (10 stories), the individual stories all appeared in The Strand Magazine. The primary source for Gerard was Baron Jean-Baptiste Antoine Marcelin de Marbot; a Lieutenant in the French hussars. The Memoirs of Baron de Marbot, published in 1844 was translated into English in 1892. In July 1900 after serving for a short while as an army doctor, Conan Doyle returned to England on board the S.S. Briton. It was on this return trip that he met Bertram Fletcher Robinson an author and journalist. Robinson did, in fact, ask Conan Doyle if it had occurred to him how easy it would be to implicate a man in a murder crime if you could obtain a finger-print of his in wax for reproduction in blood on a wall or some other obvious place near the crime scene. Conan Doyle was taken by the idea and offered Robinson 50 pounds for it which Robinson accepted. This idea was used in a short Sherlock Holmes 10 • April 2012 • Ashdown Forest Living

Professor Joe Bell

adventure entitled The Norwood Builder. The meeting of the two men on this voyage resulted in them discussing a new adventure, this eventually turned out to be probably the most popular Holmes adventure The Hound of the Baskervilles. There have been a number of theories on how or what this adventure is based. Robinson probably discussed the various Devon legends such as the Baskervilles, Sir Richard Cabell and the Wish or Yeth Hounds. On a golfing weekend at the Royal Links Hotel in Cromer the discussion continued, probably involving the local legend of Black Shuck. After this weekend and visits to Dartmoor by both men, the novel was complied. It is not known how much of the novel Robinson actually wrote, if any, but it was probably the most successful Holmes adventure and no other following adventure lived up to its standard. This then is only a brief look at the works of Conan Doyle, he wrote so much more, his autobiography, his various travels in America, Canada, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, plus his poetry, horror and medical adventures and, of course, his spiritualist books. It all goes to show that there’s more to Arthur Conan Doyle than Sherlock Holmes. Brian W Pugh © 2012 • tel: 01342 300152

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Davy Jones sadly passed away at the end of February, he lived in the Ashdown Forest area for a short time around 1980. Mike Champion, who runs his own photographic studio in Marsh Green (Nr. Edenbridge), was good friends with Davy when he lived in Forest Row. He has allowed us to publish 2 rare photos from his portfolio and answers our questions: What did you find most striking about Davy when you met him? Considering his enormous fame/celebrity all over the world, none of it seemed to have affected him. He was still the nice English lad who had struck it lucky. Down to earth, friendly un-starry!

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When he lived in Forest Row what was the most memorable part of his stay here would you say? What part of the lifestyle here did he most seem to enjoy? He liked being able to be part (in however small a way) of the village and area, going to the pub, when I was with him. It seemed almost a weight of his shoulders to be David, who loved being a jockey and being around horses. What legacy does he leave behind?

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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 Please mention the Ashdown Forest Living when responding to adverts • April 2012 • 21

Celebrating the 70th. Anniversary of

“Aspidistra” Deep underground at King’s Standing on the Ashdown Forest is a bunker which housed the largest radio transmitter in the world, ASPI 1, codenamed ‘Aspidistra’. It was used to transmit announcements & black propaganda to Germany during the Second World War. In 1940 the British Government’s answer to the German broadcasts by the traitor, William Joyce, known as Lord Haw-Haw was the setting up of a network of short wave transmitters based at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire. These were under the control of the Political Warfare Executive (PWE) and mainly transmitted ‘white propaganda’. When Denis Sefton Delmer was recruited by the PWE in November 1940 black propaganda was created. Sefton Delmer was born in 1904 in Berlin but was registered as a British citizen with the British Consulate. His father was Professor of English Literature in Berlin University. Interned as enemy aliens in 1914 the family was repatriated to England in 1917.

Harold Robin, Aspidistra Chief Engineer, in New York 1941

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site was illuminated at night and the lighting was immediately switched off when a message was received that enemy aircraft were approaching the coast. The soil-covered bunker which housed it was a concrete box completely underground with a reinforced concrete slab 4 feet thick on top. Aspidistra (ASPI 1 transmitter) and all of the equipment required for broadcasting were installed, and in another bunker ASPI 2 was located as a back-up. Later more transmitters were added: in the building known as ‘The Cinema’ built during 1942/1943, ASPI 3 and later ASPI 6 were installed. In 1943/1944 a short wave transmitter, ASPI 5, was installed. This transmitter was initially used for jamming Luftwaffe ground-to-air communications.

deceive the Germans into thinking that his broadcasts came from within Germany. His creations would join a number of other research units operating propaganda broadcasts. The new station ‘Gustav Siegfried Eins’ went on the air on the evening of 23rd May 1941. It would be a further 2 years until his black propaganda programmes were broadcast from Aspidistra. Also in May of 1941, the Government had sent Harold Robin to the USA to purchase a medium wave 500kW transmitter. Robin spent the summer of 1941 learning it’s use. It was later codenamed Aspidistra and Robin was to become the Chief Engineer of the radio station. A search took place to find a suitable site for Aspidistra and eventually 70 acres on the Ashdown Forest in the parish of Maresfield at King’s Standing was found and requisitioned. Work commenced in the winter of 1941/1942 to excavate a 50 feet deep hole to house the transmitter. A team of Canadian engineers, stationed nearby completed the task in six weeks. The rest of the building work was carried out by a team of 600 men working round the clock. The 24 • April 2012 • Ashdown Forest Living

The first official broadcast of Aspidistra, made in November 1942 to the French by President Roosevelt, proved a great success. The occasion was the landing of the Americans in North Africa. It was because of disagreements between the PWE and the BBC, that Aspidistra was not actually used for black propaganda until February 1943. In May 1943 to augment this black propaganda campaign, a studio was built in the grounds of Woburn Abbey and recordings were then relayed to Aspidistra for broadcast. Another use for Aspidistra, on the orders of Winston Churchill, was to try to mislead the night fighters. Bomber Command were losing many bombers to German fighter aircraft and so the fighters were sent to the locations of the previous nights raids - as many as twenty to thirty bombers were saved every night. This operation was codenamed ‘Operation Dartboard’. The radio station remained intact and was never bombed although on one occasion incendiary bombs were dropped close by and in July 1944 one V1 Flying Bomb passed very low between the masts. On 20th August 1945 the black propaganda stations were closed down but the transmitters • tel: 01342 300152


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Aspidistra continued

continued to be used by the Foreign Office Diplomatic Wireless Service with Harold Robin continuing as the Chief Engineer.

an exhibition to celebrate the 70th anniversary will take place in the Ashdown Forest Centre Education Barn at Wych Cross.

Between 1945 and 1970 ASPI 5 was used for daily communIcations with Washington DC.

Photographic displays and Audio/Visual presentations will be shown on the weekends of May 19th. and 20th. 26th and 27th.

Aspidistra continued to be used until 1982 and the King’s Standing site was finally closed in 1986, when the active transmitters were transferred to Orfordness. In 1984-1986 the Home Office built a Regional Seat of Government (RSG 6) which was closed in 1992 and the whole place was put up for sale. Sussex Police bought the King’s Standing site and it is now used as a training establishment. Guided tours of the underground bunker and site are run in the summer months by police volunteers. Nutley Historical Society has been collaborating with police at King’s Standing for the past year and

The police will run guided tours of the bunker at King’s Standing at 12.30pm. and 3.00pm each day. They are strictly limited to 15 persons and children should be at least 14 years of age. Numbers will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis at the Forest Centre. The tours will last approximately 2 hours and sensible footwear is required. The Forest Centre Barn will open at 11am and close at 5pm. Light refreshments will be available at the Forest Centre and picnic tables are also available. Written by Mollie Smith, Secretary Nutley Historical Society.

Fletching for Fathers Day Fletching Village in East Sussex will be hosting its annual garden trail on Fathers Day Sunday 17th June. The trail was established in 1992 by a few neighbours to raise funds for the local Fletching CE Primary School. Now in its 20th year, it has become one of the famous local events in the gardening calendar, attracting people from all over the South East of England. Some gardens have been featured in national publications and another is part of the National Gardens Scheme, including Clinton Lodge with its 6 acres showing English Garden Design at its best. There are 20 gardens participating this year. There are demonstrations of making willow tippees, a team of experienced gardeners will be on hand to answer your queries and popular local artist, Lorna Holdcroft will be painting her own masterpiece. Children can follow the duck trail in all the gardens. There will be a photographic exhibition in the village hall featuring the yesteryear of Fletching and surrounding areas. Delicious refreshments, homemade lunches and cream teas will be available throughout the day and local seasonal produce and plants available to purchase. For further information, please call 01825 722356. 26 • April 2012 • Ashdown Forest Living • tel: 01342 300152

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Gardening Tips for April Article by Michael Dongray,

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April is the best month to apply weed killer or moss killer. Apply a spring fertilizer to help green up your lawn after the winter. Mow the grass as necessary but do not compost the clippings if you have applied lawn weedkiller. If you used moss killer after a couple of weeks rake out the dead moss and any other debris on the lawn.

Shrubs and Flowers Mulch around camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas to help conserve moisture to ensure good flowering next year. Tie in new shoots of clematis, jasmine and climbing and rambling roses Sow sweet pea seeds outside or plant out those you have grown over winter. Put the climbing structure, either a wigwam of frame with netting, in place. Put two seeds or plants to each cane. If you have a light soil you can start making sowings of hardy annuals. Sow into straight seed drills as this makes it easier to take out any weeds that will grow. Once the flowers are in bloom you will not be able to see the rows. Put in supports for perennials to grow through before they become too large. Use frames sold for this purpose and once the plants mature they will be hidden by the foliage. The more tender plants that had their stems left on to protect the crowns such as fuchsias and penstemons can now be pruned taking care not

to cut out any new growth. Keep dead heading daffodils and tulips taking off only the flower and seed head.

Roses Finish pruning your roses and start spraying them with fungicide to ward against black spot, rust and mildew. Repeat every fortnight until the autumn.


Plant strawberry plants in planters or hanging baskets for a pretty and delicious crop this summer. Protect fruit trees and gooseberries with netting. Check your rhubarb; harvest it if it has grown. The blossom of peach, nectarine and apricot trees should be protected from frost with a cover of fleece. Remove it in the daytime to allow insects to pollinate. Plum and cherry trees can be pruned now the threat of getting silver leaf disease has gone.

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What’s On: April 2012

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Wednesday 4th April

Monday 23rd April

A new Tai Chi Beginners Course will start at the Camden Centre, Tunbridge Wells from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. Email Michael at or call on 01892 664495.

Blackham Village Hall AGM is on at 8pm in the hall. Everybody is invited to attend and give ideas of what you would like to see happening at the hall – wine & nibbles on hand.

Saturday 7th April Monthly saturday market with an authentic village life atmosphere and local produce for sale, 10am – 12:30pm, Blackham Village Hall. Sunday 8th April Bluebell Walk in Hartfield at 2pm. Meet at the phone box on Hartfield High Street near the children`s playground. Lovely views and a wood full of the sight and scent of our iconic spring wildflower! Walk approx 1 1/2 miles. End the stroll with a meal or drink in a local pub. Donations to the Hartfield Community Play please. Contact Caroline Tully 01892 770730 Monday 9th April Ashurst and Blackham Sports Association Easter Fair: Easter Egg Raffle, Chocolate fountains with Strawberry’s, marshmallows etc., Face painting, Tea & Hot Cross Buns, Mask Making from 3pm at the sports ground Thursday 12th April Ashdown Forest Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Jane Gardiner will talk about the impact of Chinese porcelain on European taste. For more information call Jane Hayes: 01342 822435. Monday 16th April A Free Tai Chi Open House taster session will be run at the Church Hall in Station Road, Sharpthorne from 10am to 12pm. Email Michael at or call on 01892 664495. Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st April Forest Players present ‘Relatively Speaking’, a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. Forest Row Village Hall at 7.45pm (bar opens 7.15pm) Tickets £10 (concessions available Wednesday). Tel: 01342 323640 Saturday, 21st April Mid Sussex Association National Trust. Spring Coffee Morning at Lindfield URC Church,10-11 30am. For sale: cakes, preserves, books, jig-saw puzzles and DVDs/CDs. All enquiries: 01444 457648 Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd April Crowborough Art Group is having it’s Spring Exhibition at St Mary’s RC School, Chapel Green, Crowborough from 10am to 4 pm. Refreshments will be available, and free parking is nearby. Entry is free. Enquiries to 01892 653556 Sunday 22nd April then Bank Holiday Monday 7th May, Sunday 20th May and Bank Holiday Monday 4th June. Warren Garden, Crowborough part of the National Garden Scheme. The garden has been opening publicly for 19 years (details covered in March issue). 30 • April2012 • Ashdown Forest Living

Thursday 26th – Saturday 29th April Crowborough Arts presents: Millbrook Artists in Residence at the Studio, Millbrook Garden Centre, Tubwell Lane, Crowborough. 11am – 4pm. Saturday 28th April Spring Craft Fair. 10am to 4pm in Church Hall, St. Michael’s Church, Jarvis Brook. Pottery, Woodcraft, Handmade Chocolates, Plants, Light Lunches. Activities for Children. Proceeds to Church re-wiring Fund. Saturday, 5th May Haywards Heath Sinfonietta present a Spring Concert at The Methodist Church, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, 7.30pm. Conductor Sundari Heller. Proceeds to The Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Haywards Heath Methodist Church. Saturday 5th & 19th May Colemans Hatch Bowling Club invites prospective new members of all ages and abilities to visit us on our Open Days. No fees are payable for the first three visits and bowls will be provided, if required., or call Pam Kittle, Club Secretary, on 01342 822835. Sunday 13th May Maresfield Tennis Club (junction A22/A272) is holding an Open Day, 11am –6pm, to invite newcomers to try out the sport and to offer the opportunity for existing and “rusty” players to play with members and to see what facilities it offers. No charge for admission, refreshments and easy parking available. Call: 01825 768532 . Friday 18th May and Saturday 19th May The Hadlow Down Players are putting on a Murder Mystery evening – “The Silver Olympics” – in aid of Wealden Citizens Advice and the Hadlow Down Players at Hadlow Down Village Hall, 7pm for 7:30pm. Tickets cost £15 each and include a three course meal. To book for the Friday show, tel: 01825 762807, for Saturday, tel: 01825 830816. Saturday 19th May Forest Row Village Fun Day organised by the Forest Row Twinning Association, held on Forester’s Green. The theme this year will be The Alternative Olympics and there will be a Fancy Dress Competition and activities in the arena. For more info call: 01342 822897. • tel: 01342 300152


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Ashdown Forest Living April issue  

Business and community magazine for the Ashdown Forest, Forest Row, Crowborough, Uckfield area

Ashdown Forest Living April issue  

Business and community magazine for the Ashdown Forest, Forest Row, Crowborough, Uckfield area