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Index: Support Local Business

Dear Residents, Welcome to the August issue.

Accountant/Book-Keeping Sargents Tree Services

This month, as we enter our 3rd year of publication, we’re pleased to be able to bring you more local services/products than ever before.

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With the Olympics in full swing, local Hockey legend Richard Leman tells us his views on Team GB’s chances - our fingers remain firmly crossed! Two big events are shortly happening in Crowborough: ‘Summer Magic’ which includes the first ever performance of ‘The Four Seasons’ ballet, then the first ever Crowborough Festival taking place in September - so two fabulous firsts for Crowborough! We’re also publishing another Ashdown Forest walk as they’re proving popular. Finally we bring you a fascinating local history article written by Alexandra Ayton about Dame Grace Kimmins who founded nearby Chailey Heritage School. Please drop us a line with any community information and events. Thank you Keep for all your feedback. this directory With Best Wishes, handy for when Tally & Chris you need it Ashdown Forest Living To advertise call 01342 300152

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Pocket Money Competitions


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Olympic Hopes Olympian and GB Hockey President Richard Leman has been involved with Hockey in the area since he joined his home club (East Grinstead) as a youngster. With a plethora of accolades to his name, last month he was one of the torch bearers for the Olympic Torch Relay. Not only did he win Bronze at the 1984 Olympics & Gold at the 1988 Olympics, he also won silver medals at the 1986 World Cup and the 1987 European Cup and was voted Player of the Year in 1984. After captaining

Being an Olympian yourself, how do you think the players will be feeling in the run up to the games? They will be very excited as the Olympics gets closer. The teams are selected, the kit is collected, the rooming lists are nearly done and they will soon move into the Athletes Village, from there you know what you have been working so hard for is just around the corner. The opening ceremony will be great fun but the teams are there to do a job and all they will want is for the first game to start.

What are the general hopes for the British Team? What do you think their chances are? Both the girls and the boys are seeded 4th, if that meant an Olympic semi-final the players would be delighted with that but of course sport is sport and there is no certainty of a semi, however that is what they will be aiming for initially. Then, anything can happen, both teams have the ability to be on the top step of the podium.

Because the Olympics is on home-soil, what difference will this make? The pressure of the home games is mainly difficult because of the closeness of family and friends and the

the British team at the 1990 World Cup he retired, having amassed a record total of 228 selections for international matches. A member of the British Olympic Association Executive Board and Chairman of East Grinstead Sports Club Charity, Leman joined the Board of England Hockey in 2004. Here he gives us a greater insight into the GB Hockey Team & the Olympics (which of course is, as the Ashdown Forest Living is being distributed, in full swing!):

large crowds that will be watching the matches. Whilst that is unusual there is a lot about an Olympics that is unusual so the teams have been working hard in their preparation to ensure no distractions get in the way of performance on the pitch.

What is your goal for the British team? I’d say the goal for the British team would be to play to our potential as a team. We our currently ranked 4th in the world, so if we recognise our potential I strongly feel that we will finish higher than our world ranking.

There are 4 East Grinstead Hockey Club players in the team, With your connections to EG Hockey Club what are your thoughts about this? It is a wonderful achievement for East Grinstead Hockey Club to have such a representation. There is a great variety and quality of sports clubs in the area and many people who are active in the community making their clubs come alive. The area encourages and facilitates the participation of sport for the whole of the community which is great news as it can do such a lot for everyone.

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“Summer Magic” is the title of a special show to take place at the brand new Crowborough Communty Centre on Saturday 25th August, 4pm - Mayor to Open and attend. The main feature is a new ballet “The Four Seasons” written and composed by Mark Dury together with Paul Burke. This ‘baby’ is a collaboration between the composers and Crowborough’s Caroline Wright school of dance. Mark didn’t originally intend to write a show, but everything seemed to fall into place as things progressed. He wrote a story which friends told him to develop into ballet music, then when he happened to let Wayne Sleep hear it (famous Principal dancer at the Royal Ballet), he loved both story and music and it went from there. The original inspiration for “The Four Seasons” was “Springtime”, composed to celebrate the arrival of Mark’s first Granddaughter, born the 2nd of May. Then his next summer-born granddaughter to whom “Summer” is dedicated and finally his last granddaughter to whom “Autumn” is dedicated. Aimed at all ages, it will be of particular appeal to children. Proceeds will be shared between Prince Charles’ Foundation for Children and the Arts and Brain Tumour Research Campaign. The latter provides a strong incentive to Mark - one of his granddaughters survived a brain tumour at age 2 and recovered back to full health with the help of the aforementioned charity. The late world-renowned operatic Welsh tenor, Robert Tear, said in a letter to Mark: “Your work is palpably a labour of love, each word, each note speaks of it. Huge congratulations to you.” There will also be harp and flute music and theatrical readings ranging from Shakespeare through to Wordsworth and even Winnie the Pooh. It is hoped the show will make it’s way north to gain the attentions of London’s famous theatre-land. Tickets: adults £10 children £7.50. They can be obtained by phoning 0203 326 2230 and asking for Ruth Chappell. 12 • August 2012 • Ashdown Forest Living

the High Weald ANOB. There are 800 From Linton’s car park cross the road (with privately owned properties on the carForest. park (summer only). Walk out of the rea a grass path and in about 50m turn left onto a largestdescending of these is Pippingford thisThe gently ride, ignoring anoth Park, the army training ground and right, for estate, about often 400m. private used for filming and outdoor adventure activities.

are in constant On The bothfiring left ranges and right are linear use quarries, Chinook cantrees. often beSuch nowand filled withhelicopters scrub and seen flying overhead. Crowborough quarries dot the Forest landscape and Warren (700 acres) and Five Hundred provided stoneare forprivately roads. Typical heathland Acre Wood owned with birds suchonaspublic nightjar, stonechat, access footpaths. Then tree pipit is Broadstone Scout Camp, andthere woodlark usually breed in this 400 area and Large numbers of Scouts in theof the the acres. ride edges in particular are one East enjoy this facility with D of E bestSouth places on the Forest (indeed in Sussex) Award groups accessing the forest to see, in May, the yellow regularly. Hindleap Warren flowers Outdoor of the small spiny shrub, Education Centre petty have awhin. good facility for schools and youth groups within 300 acres. Sussex Police train at King’s

TheStanding ride bears left, then right through a break and also on the Forest and andEast continues descending for 400m Sussex Fire and Rescue train every to a meta year with rangers. We have our own Lane) . On the left is a bowling green a golf course; The Royal Ashdown Golf cricket pitch and pavilion of Coleman’s Ha Club is rated as being one of the top 5 courses in the country. There are also sports grounds on the forest at Nutley, Coleman’s Hatch, Chelwood Gate and Forest Row and fishing at Boring Wheel Mill and Pippingford Lakes. Although the Forest is heavily protected as a place of “quiet resort” there is ample opportunity for people who want to camp, go mountain biking or enjoy adventure activities, play golf, cricket or fish on the forest through the various organisations, private estates and sports clubs mentioned above. Mike Yates Ashdown Forest Ranger • tel: 01342 300152


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EXCITING NEWS FOR CROWBOROUGH! What inspired you to organise the festival, what is the background? I loved the arts festival two years ago and it inspired me to create an event that would put Crowborough on the map and bring the community together. I have lived in other towns but have come to love Crowborough and feel that it deserves wider recognition as a great place to live and work. Please give us a summary of the main events The inaugural Crowborough Festival will take place from 21-29 September. It aims to offer a wide variety of events, from improvised comedy to photography & music. The brain-child of resident Gareth Owen-Williams, here he gives us the low-down:

I deliberately aimed at a small number of strong events which can be expanded in future years. Crowborough’s legacy of creating successful bands will be showcased with ‘music from the mountain’ on the 29th Sept which will follow a ‘battle of the bands’. This will give today’s youngsters an opportunity to play on the same stage as their heroes. We have a wonderful close

harmony group (4overforty) supported by Noel and Lydia banister on the 21st. Crowborough’s first poetry slam, an exciting competition of performance poetry is on the 28th and on the 22nd brings the Maydays, the awardwinning improvised comedy troupe from Brighton for a workshop and an evening performance. What do you hope the legacy of the festival will be for Crowborough and the wider area? I hope that this will merely be the first of many festivals. Once people see what can be achieved, more events will be added and the community can come to own it’s festival which can truly represent the town. To get more information, find out how you can get involved or if you are interested in Sponsorship of the festival visit:


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Local History Notes Dame Grace Kimmins and Chailey Heritage School Here is a fabulous extract from the book, ‘Sussex Remembered’ by Local Lindfield author Alexandra Ayton. ‘Wounded soldiers, fighting the battle for an independent life’, was Dame Grace Kimmins’ description of disabled children and adults. This outlook drove her to become a pioneer of education for children suffering from rickets, tuberculosis and malnutrition, eventually cofounding the Chailey Heritage Craft School and Hospital. Born in Lewes on 6th May 1870, she was the daughter of taylor-draper James Hannam and his wife Thyrza Rogers. After school, she joined a Wesleyan mission in the east end of London where, as Sister Grace, she worked closely with poor and underprivileged families. Their plight inspired her to found the Guild of Poor Things, a name she later altered to the Guild of Poor Brave Things. With Alice Rennie, she provided tea, play activities and readings for disabled adults and children in Cleveland Hall, West London, her first venue for guild meetings. She was also influenced by the popular victorian novelist Juliana Horatio Ewing’s book The Story of a Short Life, and her quote: ‘Laetus sorte mea’ – ‘Happy in my lot’ which Grace adopted as her motto for the guild. At the time, society viewed children born with disabilities as useless and unable to contribute in a meaningful way. Consequently, they received no education, were malnourished and many were forced to fend for themselves by begging. In July 1898 Grace married Dr Charles Kimmins, a child psychologist and an inspector of schools for the London County Council (LCC). The couple lived in London, where their two young 20 • August 2012 • Ashdown Forest Living

sons were subsequently born. The Kimmins provided education and welfare for poor disabled children through the Guilds. Grace also wrote Polly of Parker’s Rents (1899), highlighting the lives of children living in slums. In 1902 the Kimmins returned to the Sussex countryside, believing that fresh country air was more beneficial and therapeutic than London. Grace and Alice Rennie bought a run-down, rat-infested former workhouse without gas, electricity or a telephone at North Common, Chailey, East Sussex. Grace had no medical training or educational qualifications, but this did not deter her. She set about building a school for disabled children where they could receive both medical care and, most importantly, a trade or craft. With her customary optimism, she instilled the children with a positive and cheerful outlook on life, with an emphasis on achievement without self-pity, where there was no such word as ‘impossible’. A year later, when the building was restored, Grace brought seven disabled boys – ‘one for each day of the week’ – down from the London slums to become the first residents. The boys assisted with improvements and the Chailey Heritage for Cripple Boys opened in 1903. • tel: 01342 300152


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(The term cripple was the norm at that time). Her husband and philanthropists supported her, and with her unlimited enthusiasm, dedication and superb fund-raising skills, the school grew steadily. In 1908 the Llangattock Heritage School for Cripple Girls was opened. Grace, wearing her white starched muslin cap and mauve frock, made sure that the girls were taught a craft to give them independence in adulthood, something that she saw as their heritage. Her reputation grew and she lost no time in using her husband’s contacts with the LCC to arrange for funding. Boys learnt carpentry, which they put to good use making furniture for the school using local Sussex oak, and leather craft, a skill they used to make their own boots. Girls learnt cooking, needlework and housewifery skills and all children enjoyed games, gymnastics, music and movement. A believer in fresh air, Grace had the children, including babies from a few weeks, sleep outside all year round with a tarpaulin providing shelter from the elements and a ready supply of hot water bottles. The school had a no-nonsense spartan approach, with doors and windows open in all weathers, something that Grace, addressed as the Commandant, insisted upon. Bishops and archdeacons preached at St Martin’s Chapel under Grace’s watchful eye, but if the sermon was too long she pressed a buzzer from the back of the church to alert the cleric to draw to a conclusion quickly! The chapel is a well-known Sussex landmark, built of Sussex sandstone with a distinctive red-tiled roof. The spire is covered with oak shingles, at the suggestion of Rudyard Kipling, who took a keen interest in the school from it’s earliest days. The beautiful turquoise panelled ceiling is adorned with blue and gold leaf, with heraldic bosses and carved angels. Under the windows there are inscriptions to remember benefactors of the school and St Martin’s Chapel. Grace, once called in admiration ‘the greatest beggar in England’, was relentless in her imaginative fund-raising. Large donations poured in from 22 • August 2012 • Ashdown Forest Living

eminent people in Britain and around the world, including members of the royal family, Robert Baden-Powell and Jesse Boot, the founder of Boots. The Duke of Norfolk was Chailey’s president, and the late Queen Mother and Princess Louise were patrons. The Queen Mother visited the school on six occasions, once in 1945 when she was accompanied by the young Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret Rose. Locally, however, the reaction was very different when villagers on the Newick side of the chapel made it clear that they did not want Chailey Heritage School in their midst. With her forthright manner, Grace responded briskly. She would not ‘give the time of day’ to their opposition, something she underlined by commissioning the chapel clock with only three faces – the one on the east, facing Newick, left blank. During the First World War Chailey’s work expanded when over 500 wounded soldiers and sailors were offered orthopaedic and prosthetic rehabilitation and the opportunity to learn a trade, an achievement that further enhanced Chailey’s reputation. With the wounded servicemen about to take over the boys’ quarters, the boys set about constructing wooden huts for themselves, patriotically named the Kitchener Huts. Afterwards • tel: 01342 300152

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the boys were rewarded when Lord Kitchener himself presented them with their first union jack. Many years later, when the Second World War broke out, Grace (nearly 70 years old, but as tireless as ever), immediately started fund-raising so that she could provide a home for ‘blitzed babies and toddlers’. Children suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia and stress, who had been rescued from their bombed homes and air-raid shelters, received treatment at the enlarged Princess Elizabeth Clinic, opened in 1942. However, in 1946 the forthcoming creation of the National Health Service brought a wind of change to the Heritage and a new style of management. Grace wrote to the governors asking to be relieved of her duties, acknowledging that ‘advancing years and certain physical disabilities now make it impossible to continue with the day by day administration’. In 1948 Grace experienced great changes in her life. After 50 years of marriage, she not only lost her ever-supportive husband Charles, but also Chailey

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provided stone for roads. Typical heathland birds such as nightjar, stonechat, tree pipit and woodlark usually breed in this area and the ride edges in particular are one of the best places on the Forest (indeed in Sussex) to see, in May, the yellow flowers of the small spiny shrub, petty whin.

With Grateful Thanks to the Ashdown Forest Centre and Conservators for allowing us to reproduce their walk leaflet. There are other walk leaflets available at the Forest Centre, Wych Cross.

Tabell Ghyll

The ride bears left, then right through a break in the quarries and continues descending for 400m to a metalled drive (Sandy

1.75Lane)miles/3km . On the left is a bowling green and ahead are the cricket pitch and pavilion of Coleman’s Hatch Cricket Club.

A walk that starts with great views to the north and descends across heathland to a wooded, streamlined valley. Tabell Ghyll has stands of fine beech trees and the only sweet chestnut coppice in the public part of Ashdown Forest.

On both left and right are linear quarries, now filled with scrub and trees. Such quarries dot the Forest landscape and provided stone for roads. Typical heathland birds such as nightjar, stonechat, tree pipit and woodlark usually breed in this area. The ride edges in particular are one of the best places on the Forest (indeed in Sussex) to see, in May, the yellow flowers of the small spiny shrub, petty whin. The ride bears left, then right through a break in the quarries and continues descending for 400m to a metalled drive (Sandy Lane).

On the left is a bowling green and ahead are the cricket pitch and pavilion of Coleman’s Hatch Cricket Club. On the hill-top in the distance is Gills Lap Clump, the Galleons Lap of the Winnie-thePooh books. One old name for the Clump was The Camel’s Hump, from the shape formed by the silhouettes of its pine trees. In the 1920s, when the picture (see p28) was taken, there were very few trees on the surrounding slopes, just open heathland.

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From Linton’s car park cross the road (with care) into Ridge car park (Summer only). Walk out of the rear past a seat onto a grass path and in about 50m turn left onto a ride. Remain on this gently descending ride, ignoring another that bears off right, for about 400m.

Cross the drive and walk to the right of the cricket pitch. Where the ride divides, bear right, leaving the pitch, and bear right at the next divide after 300m. The ride descends more steeply and

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swings right and downhill into woodland and to a bridge over a stream.

Colemans Hatch Cricket Club © Hew Prendergast

This area is known as Tabell Ghyll. It’s woodland is most unusual for the public part of the Forest with its many large trees, especially beech, and several hectares of planted sweet chestnut coppice. The area was sold off from the common land of the Forest in 1693 and only ‘returned’ during World War 2. On crossing the bridge there is a choice of routes: either continue up the track and follow it for 1.3 km, or turn right after about 15m and follow a small path that gradually climbs uphill parallel to the stream, and along an old boundary bank, for about 1.0 km. The two routes join up as they re-cross the stream higher up.

A 1920s view over Sandy Lane to distant Gills Lap Clump

The sweet chestnut coppice to the left of the main track (after a further 500m) is a useful source of wood to make poles for barriers, such as those by the car parks. Throughout the Ghyll there are numerous paths through the undergrowth made by fallow deer. In the spring the pale yellow heads of wild daffodil grow beside the stream. In the summer male redstarts sing loudly from the tops of the beech trees. Although common in western Britain, they are a rare breeding species in the South East – indeed the Forest is by far the best place for them. Follow the track until it emerges from the trees, and go straight across the grassy ride towards the road, with Linton’s car park on the other side.

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What’s On: August 2012

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Saturday 11th August

“Music on a Summer Night”, Crowborough Arts presents a concert of music for voices, organ and harpischord with Jackeline Evill, Angela Vernon Bates and Christopher Harris at St Denys Church, Rotherfield, 7.30pm. Tickets £12, call: 01892 664 534 or J and K Gallery, Croft Road, Crowborough. In aid of St Denys Church Fund. Saturday 11th August

Table Top Sale. Peter Griffiths (small) Village Hall, Forest Row 10am - 3pm. Tables available at £10. Details from Village Hall Booking Office Wed & Fri 10-12am or telephone 01342 824961. Proceeds to the Village Hall Roof Fund.

Saturday 22nd (10- 5pm) & Sunday 23rd (11 – 4pm) of September

Hadlow Down Art Show and Flower Festival Weekend with the Village Autumn Market. This is a most unique event where the skills of local artists will be on show. To complement this there will be a Festival of Flowers called ‘For the Beauty of the Earth.’ On the Saturday morning there’s an Autumn Village Market The Flower Festival is at Church of St. Mark in School Lane. For more info: 01825 830723. The Art Show is at St. Mark’s School, School Lane (same hours as the Flower Festival). For more info: 01825 830006 The Autumn Village Market is at the School and Church Grounds from 10 am - 1 pm on Saturday with some stalls staying open throughout the event. For more info: 01825 830478

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Grammy award winning singer Jonathan Lemalu - ‘A major talent’ (The Gramophone Magazine). Joseph Middleton, piano - ‘The cream of the new generation’ (The Times). Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Mahler. Frant Church, High Street, TN3 9DX. At 8pm (doors open 7.30pm). Tickets £12 from Frant Stores or tel. Paul Barber 01892 750665, David Cragg 01892 750845. In aid of the conservation of Frant Church, a beautiful grade 11 listed building in the heart of Frant Village. THURSDAY 30TH August 2012

Crowborough Arts at the Crowborough Centre 9.30 am - 12.30 pm. Drawing, painting, crafts, textiles, talks, demonstrations, workshops... FREE entry for Crowborough Arts members/£3 for non-members. Activities open on a first come, first served basis and there will be a charge for any tutored activity you participate in.

Ashdown Forest Centre Events and Courses throughout the Summer, Tel: 01342 823583 18th / 19th August 2012 - Juliet Murray A ‘Pop Up’ Exhibition - popular local artist, Nutley based, Juliet Murray will be painting at the Forest Centre over the week-end of 18th & 19th August. You will have a unique chance to chat with her while she works, find out about her work, why she finds the Forest so inspiring and see her methods in action! Tuesday 21 August 2012 - Minibeast Hunt Fun and Games - a fun and informative afternoon of mini-beast hunting and outdoor games on the heathland and in woodlands near the Ashdown Forest Centre. Ages 5 to 10. The cost is £5.00 per child payable in advance. 2- 4pm

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Wednesday 22 August 2012 - Camp Building tbc - a fun morning of camp building in one of the wooded quarries on Ashdown Forest (location currently top secret!) Have a go at building a shelter, we will provide some tools, extra poles and some string! Bring a picnic. Then have a go in our bracken maze or walk the nearby route! From 11 – 2pm. A free event. Booking is required.

British Heart Foundation Sponsored Horse Ride. A Ride to Mend a Heart. A sponsored horse ride in Plumpton Green. The course will be ten miles over beautiful Sussex countryside and there will some optional jumps too. The ride is suitable for all level of rider and horse or pony. See: or Send stamped addressed envelope to Jane Green Little Meadows, 79 Allington Road, Newick BN8 4ND.

Thursday 23 August 2012 - Hunt a Bug Build A Bug - Go on a fun bug hunt with artist Lynn Merrick (author of the Gatekeeper Guides) then make your very own bug (real or imaginary) to take home with you! All materials provided. There will be a break after the bug hunt to have a picnic and a rest! The cost is £5.00 per child payable in advance. 11-2pm. at the Forest Centre

Saturday 8th September

Quiz Night. Freshfield (large) Village Hall, Forest Row 7:30pm. details from village hall booking office Wed & Fri 10-12am or telephone 01342 824961. Proceeds to the Village Hall Roof Fund.

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