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February 2012

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Dear Residents,


Welcome to the next edition of the Ashdown Forest Living.

Accountant/ Book-Keeping

Our ‘History Notes’ this month is a fascinating article about nearby Balcombe Viaduct, a Victorian masterpiece brought to us courtesy of local author, Alexandra Ayton.

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Cyclists will be arriving in droves this February for the amazingly popular ‘Hell of the Ashdown’ Bike Ride through the area, see our article. We feature a hidden treasure of Ashdown Forest, the Briars Centre, which exposes the fascinating habitat to scores of budding explorers throughout the year. Top Hockey Olympian, Ashley Jackson, of nearby East Grinstead Hockey Club tells us his hopes for Summer 2012 plus more. Thank you for any support given to our local businesses and please mention us when you call. We welcome all feedback.

Support Local Business

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Juliet Murray, Cogcrafts Concepts 13

Laurel Tree Farm Shop 15 Wiltshire Farm Food 23 Eridge Park Farm Shop 7

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Care 11

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History Notes: Balcombe Viaduct



Hockey Olympian, Ashley Jackson



100 Years Ago, Terra Nova Expedition


Riverview Dental Centre

Hidden Treasure, Briars Centre


Quiz, Sudoku


Hell of the Ashdown


What’s On


This publication uses vegetable based inks on chlorine free paper Ashdown Forest Living Notice: Ashdown Forest Living prints various articles, features, and advertisements. Although these appear in Ashdown Forest Living, any opinions expressed are the opinion of the author, these are not necessarily the opinion of the publisher. © Copyright Ashdown Forest Living 2011. The contents of this publication are written specifically for our readers, no part may be reproduced elsewhere without express and prior permission.

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Gorgonzola cheese with thyme-infused honey & roast peaches Serves 8

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Ingredients 4 Peaches 3 oz unsalted butter 16 sticks of fresh thyme plus 4 for infused honey 8 tbsp honey, plus 2-3 tbsp for drizzling 8 slices gorgonzola cheese, or quantity according to taste

A very simple and pretty dish, the elements work together brilliantly. It’s important all components are served at room temperature.

Method 1. Pre-heat oven to 200 C/400 F/Gas Mark 6 2. Halve and stone the peaches and sit them comfortably together, cut side up, in an ovenproof dish. 3. Place a generous knob of butter and some whole branches of thyme on each peach half. Drizzle with honey and roast until the flesh seems to just about to collapse and the peaches are nicely caramelised. The length of time depends on how ripe the peaches are, roughly 15 minutes. 4. Going on 1 tbsp per person and ½ branch thyme each, put more honey in a saucepan with thyme and gently heat, do not boil, for 10 mins. Cool. 5. Place a piece of gorgonzola on each plate, drizzle with cooled infused honey and place half a peach on each plate, serve.

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History Notes

Blood, Sweat and Tears on the

Balcombe Viaduct

Here is a fabulous extract from the book, ‘Sussex Remembered’ by Local Lindfield author Alexandra Ayton about the Victorian marvel, the Balcombe Ouse Valley Viaduct, nearby Haywards Heath.


t would be hard to find a more magnificent Victorian railway structure than the Balcombe Ouse Valley Viaduct, which today carries thousands of rail commuters on the London to Brighton line in Sussex. Designed by the engineer John Urpeth Rastrick in conjunction with the architect David Mocatta for the London and Brighton Railway, it is considered one of the most elegant viaducts in the country. The structure was built over the River Ouse from 1839 to 1841 as part of the original London to Brighton line. It is 1,475ft (450m) long with 37 semicircular brick arches with pierced piers. Each arch is 37ft wide and the tallest is 97ft high. Engineering Timelines records that ‘The piers are tapered both sides and end-on and divided in two by 10ft wide weight-saving voids, which are capped by six-ring brick arches. Thus the whole has a slender appearance.’ David Mocatta designed the eight classical stone and brick pavilions, four on each end and a stone balustrade on the viaduct. The viaduct is probably one of the finest examples of the Victorian railway system. It not only looks impressive, but it connected Sussex and the Sussex coast with London quickly and efficiently for the first time. 10 • February 2012 • Ashdown Forest Living

Red bricks were imported from Holland. The bricks and all the materials were transported by barge up the then navigable Ouse (now no more than a stream in many places) via Lewes and the port of Newhaven 25 miles away. This was no mean feat, as the viaduct was constructed using 11 million bricks! By the mid 19th century horse drawn stagecoaches had been replaced by railway mania, then at its height. Huge armies of labourers (navvies) travelled the country looking for rail construction work. More than 250,000 navvies throughout Britain worked on railway constructions such as the Balcombe Viaduct. Navvies were a tough breed of Irish immigrants, Scots and men from Lancashire and Yorkshire. They were capable of undertaking physically demanding and dangerous work such as the construction of the Balcombe Viaduct, working in all weathers using picks, shovels, a wheelbarrow and a barrel of gunpowder. Hardened navvies could move up to 20 tonnes of earth a day working long hours at greater and greater speeds, with little regard for their personal safety. Local farm labourers were very rarely recruited, as they were not strong enough, and inexperienced navvies often worked for half a day at first until they had built up enough stamina for longer hours. The work was so physically • tel: 01342 300152


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followed, making them even more unpopular with the locals. Many navvies died in their early 40s as a result of the harsh nature of the work. The Balcombe Viaduct opened when the Norwood Junction–Haywards Heath section was completed on 12th July 1841. The second section of the line between London and Brighton was completed in September 1841. It took over three years, 3,500 men and 570 horses to build the entire London to Brighton railway at a cost of £2,634,059 (£57,262 per mile). During this time a thousand navvies, some with families, set up camp in and around the villages of Balcombe, Cuckfield, Ardingly, Horsted Keynes and Lindfield.

demanding that the men ate enormous meals to keep up their energy, something the contractors were quick to exploit by selling them food at inflated prices. The navvies, some accompanied by their wives and children, gathered in huge groups by or near the railway under construction, living in shanty towns and primitive cabins capable of sleeping up to twenty men. Others lived in improvised shelters of mud, timber and tarpaulins, whilst some slept in the open air. Some navvies found lodgings in local villages, often to the dismay of the locals. When ‘going on a randy’ – navvy slang for getting drunk – they also swore like navvies, something that displeased the local community who feared their rough and ready ways. They were employed by contractors responsible for the whole line or subcontractors building a section of the route. Alternatively, ‘gangers’ might employ them, sometimes on a day rate or for an agreed piecework price. Work paid much more than factory jobs and twice that of farm work. Once a month they received their wages from the local pub, an arrangement that suited the publican but no one else. Womanizing, swearing and accidents on the job 12 • February 2012 • Ashdown Forest Living

The impact of the new Brighton–London line was so great that between 1841 and 1871 large numbers of people moved to Brighton, resulting in the population swelling from 46,661 to 90,011. The quick and relatively cheap third class travel in open-topped rail carriages enabled 360,000 people to travel to Brighton by train in 1843. After the last war, there was a period of neglect until the 1980s. This was remedied when the British Railways Board established the Railway Heritage. The Trust in 1985 in an effort to preserve Britain’s Victorian railway heritage. Railtrack Plc repaired and restored the viaduct between 1996 and 1999 with grants from the Railway Heritage Trust and English Heritage. The original stone from Caen in Normandy had been exhausted; therefore matching stone was imported from Auxerre in France to repair the existing balustrades and pavilions, all without disrupting the trains travelling across the viaduct.

On 8th May 1983, the Balcombe Viaduct was made a Grade II listed building. A working viaduct, some 220 modern high-speed trains pass over the Ouse Valley every day giving commuters some of the best views of Sussex, all made possible by the navvies who worked on it through blood, sweat and tears. The book Sussex Remembered is stocked locally in The Bookstop, Lindfield, The Bluebell Railway and at selected bookstores in Sussex & on • tel: 01342 300152

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Baileybridge is run by Sue Risley who has over 30 years experience in the field. Sue provides exceptional attention to detail and is personally involved with all projects. Sue’s fundamental approach to the service the company provides “is to provide a service as good as, or better than, one she would wish to receive herself and always to go that extra mile” Baileybridge is in the service industry – the business is all about offering exceptional service in every respect.

Tel: 01825 714 922

Here we ask Sue a few questions about her business:

What started you off in the refurbishment and construction business? I was born into it. My father bought and renovated properties and my first recollection of being interested was at the age 4 when, in my mind, I designed and then began to build a ‘house’ in my parents garden, out of some old bricks I found laying around – I got no further than 5 along and 2 high – not surprisingly! I then made a proper attempt with my first property aged 18, which was a total refurbishment which I largely did myself, learning as I went. I have always had a good ‘eye’ and can see the finished result right at the outset. I bought and sold a few more properties and experienced plenty of bad service and bad manners renovating these; which was a very easy lesson in ‘how to treat a Client’ – mainly the opposite to what I had often being on the receiving end of.

What services do Baileybridge provide? We provide a turn-key service – starting with a Client’s vision we can ‘put this down on paper’ (drawings), take it through planning and building control, build it, fit it, decorate it and provide the soft furnishings. Clients can hand their project to us at any stage and we hand it back finished. If they don’t want to – Clients do not have to do, or organise anything what-so-ever. Our aim with every project is perfection, which we achieve. We provide all skills in-house which is efficient, convenient and cost effective for Clients. Sue hand-holds the Client and manages the project, from first introduction to completion of the work.

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Baileybridge is run by Sue Risley who has over 25 years experience in the field. Sue provides exceptional attention to detail and is personally involved with all projects. We work to any budget and always provide stunning results.

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Pets in crisis – can you help? We have teamed up with Dogs Trust to help give families the chance to escape from domestic abuse by providing safe refuge for their pets giving peace of mind that their cat is well, healthy and safe. If you care about cats and people, get involved with the Freedom Project today. We are looking for volunteer cat fosterers, drivers, home visitors and fundraisers. For more details, please contact: T: 01825 741 973 E: W: Reg Charity 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland)

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Kitchens Bespoke, based in East Grinstead is the brainchild of Rachael Workman a designer for over 17 years. Three years ago she decided to set up a ‘one stop shop’ to help clients create their perfect kitchen and she has not looked back. Rachael has found that being a female designer gives her an edge. ‘’I design from a practical view point. Most people who use kitchens are women and I can relate to the need to balance aesthetics with function’’ She works to her client’s budget and is always testing new products and materials to see what works, saving time and money for her customers. Kitchens Bespoke can also attend to lighting, decoration, flooring and building works if necessary. The work ‘bespoke’ refers to the design process itself and Rachael says that her kitchens are more affordable than you may think. And expensive look doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Rachael can design a kitchen that fits you. With your needs and her expertise the kitchen you have only imagined can become reality. Call for a free quotation & advice call 01342 313133 Visit their showroom: 88 London Road, East Grinstead


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British Hockey Olympian

Ashley Jackson

With Olympic fever rising month on month in the run up to Summer, we profile Ashley Jackson, the first British Player ever to win the Federation of International Hockey’s Young Player of the Year Award in 2009. A leading light in the world of hockey, he also plays for East Grinstead’s Premier-league winning Hockey Club.

You’ve been a member of East Grinstead Hockey Club for a while, why did you choose it & what makes it special? When I was around 14 years old I (and my father) had a decision to make, it was time to move on from my first hockey club Tunbridge Wells HC and the chosen destination was East Grinstead HC. It is special to me because of how welcoming they were and what friends/family I have around the club, it is my home really.

Personal Profile questions: Year of Birth & Birthplace? 1987, Kent When did you joined East Grinstead Hockey Club? 2005, rejoined professionally: 2010/11

What are your personal hopes for the British team? Well obviously my hopes are that we will end up with a gold medal and that everyone from team mates to my girlfriend and family members can enjoy the moment.

Who or where do you draw inspiration from? I guess its more who do I draw it from, we spend so many hours, days, weeks, months and for some of the group 6-10 years together; it is very easy to look around and be inspired by the person standing next to you in your squad. That person or persons are more than just team mates. For this group we have had a lot of experiences and I’m sure like many other teams more bad than good but it’s the sharing of the experiences and getting out the other side together stronger that inspires us. Outside of the group my girlfriend Eli and my brother Wesley are always there for some inspirational chat and a different perspective that comes from outside the squad. Also mum and dad have been there from the very start.

Major Honours? 2009 European Champions, 2009 World Young Player of the Year. 2009 and 2010 World All-Star Team Highlight of the last year? Many hours spent with Michelle Pearson (strength and conditioner) and Laura Hanna (physio) while being out injured and then returning from injury after 8 and a half months out. Eli (girlfriend) returning after 6 months travelling.

Any message to young potential professional sports players in this area?

My first under par round shooting 70, -1. (golf).

Take each day as it comes, no regrets. Love what you do and who you do it with. Work hard and enjoy yourself.


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2012 is the Centenery of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition to Antartica. In January 1912 Scott & his 5 man team reached the South Pole, only to discover he had been preceded by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen 33 days earlier.

Although the return journey started well, by the end of February the temperatures plummeted. By March time the worsening foot condition of team member Lawrence Oates was slowing his companions, he stepped outside their tent in a raging blizzard, saying, “I am just going outside and I may be some time”, he did not return. This act of sacrifice with his famous words has since then entered the world of literature and art in various guises. Scott’s diary entries states: ‘We knew that Oates was walking to his death... it was the act of a brave man and an English gentleman’. However, his sacrifice was not enough to save the others. They struggled on to a point 11

miles south of their supplies Depot, their efforts dashed by a fierce, unrelenting blizzard. In the end their supplies ran out. Scott’s last diary entry, dated 29 March 1912, the presumed date of their deaths, ends with these words: ‘Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of the tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can hope for any better things now. We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity but I do not think I can write more. R. Scott. For God’s sake look after our people’. Athough ill-fated it is nevertheless one of most well-known & celebrated expeditions in history. It will be marked this year with many events across Great Britain. Visit: to find these events.

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Hidden treasure in the forest Tucked away, deep in Pooh Coutry, is The Briars Field Centre at the entrance to Ashdown Forest. Run by Hilary and Dick Rowberry, it is established as a private, voluntary run centre for environmental activities and aims to contribute to conservation and education; as well as offering environmental activity awards. Composed of 4 1/2 acres of meadow, hedgerow and woodland it has developed into a well regarded resource for local schools, RSPB junior groups, scouts, etc. The grounds cover a range of habitats including ponds, meadow, hedgerow studies, woodland exploration, composting and recycling. It is open one day a week to visiting groups throughout the year, with different seasonal activities available. We ask Hilary & Dick Rowberry some questions about the centre: Who or What inspired you to start the Briars? As science teachers in London we always wanted to run our own outdoor centre and encourage children to understand and care for their environment. When we moved to Sussex we had the chance to put our ideas into practice. What’s the highlight of running the centre? Sharing the changing seasonal activities with visiting children, watching their delight as they discover tracks/minibeasts and other wildlife evidence. We also enjoy working alongside volunteers from The East Grinstead Mental Health Association who take great pride in carrying out conservation work at the Centre as part of a “Green Therapy”. The fresh air, physical work and social opportunities have very positive results. What’s the hardest part about running it? Managing hedges, ditches, woodland and meadow and having to deal with deer damage. What feedback have you had over the years? Children visit year after year and our RSPB Youth leaders, now 17+, have been with us since they were small children! What’s the most special thing about Ashdown Forest? The variety of habitats and wildlife; as well as its changing beauty throughout the year. The Briars Field Centre Cotchford Lane, Hartfield, East Sussex TN7 4DN Email: Tel: (01892) 770478

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Go to HELL cyclists! By Bryan Stout

On Sunday 26th February don’t be surprised when you see 1,500 cyclists wend their way over Ashdown Forest. They will be taking part in the HELL of the Ashdown Challenge promoted by the Catford Cycling Club. A 100K charity bike ride from Biggin Hill to Ashdown Forest and Back. It is a tough, testing Challenge which tackles a hilly route involving 4,580ft of climbing – higher than Ben Nevis! This includes the infamously steep Kidds Hill, referred to by cyclists as ‘The Wall’, when they struggle up to the heights of Ashdown Forest. Which is where the HELL bit comes in! A true test of stamina. Despite this, or because of this, it is one of the UK’s most popular ‘sportives’ which was a sell out within 20 hours. It’s used by keen cyclists as training and a measure of their early season fitness. So much so that the Node-Giordana professional team have included the event as part of their training programme.

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Thursday 9th February Lecture for National Trust members: ‘Scenes from my Bicycle’ by Martin Lloyd, Clair Hall, Haywards Heath at 2:30pm. Call: 01444 482055 Thursday 9th February Ashdown Forest Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Talk: By William Forrester, The Howards of Arundel Castle and Castle Howard. The lecture starts at 2.30pm in Nutley Memorial Hall. For membership information please telephone Jane Hayes – 01342 822435. Until Saturday 25th February Eden Valley Museum: The village, the place, the people - Images of Penshurst including some of Cassel Hospital at Swaylands, Penshurst Place and a number of the historic village buildings and village life from days gone by. 72 High Street, Edenbridge, TN8 5AR. See website for more details. Saturday 25th February GALA CONCERT - featuring a 40 piece professional orchestra, the Crowborough Centenary Choir and children from Herne C.P. Choir at All Saints Church, Crowborough. Tickets available from Zest (Fernbank Centre, Crowborough) and All Saints Church office (01892 652081) at £10 for the main performance at 7.30pm and £5 for the rehearsal matinee at 2.30pm. Saturday 25th February The Prehistory of the Weald - this two day course is being run by The Centre for Community Engagement part of the University of Sussex. The course will explore the untapped archaeological potential of the Sussex Weald through a class based day followed by a field trip to a private site and monument. The class will be held at the Ashdown Forest centre and the field trip is to Chiddinglye Wood Rocks, Philpots Iron Age Camp and Garden Hill fort. For more details call 01273 678527 or contact Friday 23rd March Ashdown Rambling Club’s annual Sybil Martin Memorial Lecture at the Meridian Hall, East Court, East Grinstead. This year we welcome the return of writer, lecturer and wild country enthusiast Kev Reynolds who will be giving an illustrated talk on “The most beautiful walk in the world”. This is about his experiences in trekking to Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. It all promises to be a fascinating and inspirational evening! Kev’s talk starts at 8.00pm (doors open at 7.30pm). Admission free to members, £2 for non-members. Refreshments are included. For further information call Tim on 01342 321842 or email him at barrtim_lesley@ Saturday 24th March Crowborough Choral Society and The Fletching Singers present “Stabat Mater” by Antonin Dvoák at 7.30pm 28 • February 2012 • Ashdown Forest Living

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at All Saints’ Church Centre, Crowborough. The music is a beautiful cantata for Easter to celebrate the devotion of the Virgin Mary to the dead Christ, which will be accompanied by four soloists and an orchestra conducted by Colin Moore.Tickets are available from Cro’s the Jewellers, Crowborough High Street or bookings may be made from 01892 527002 or Saturday 31st March Wheels around the Weald, starting from Hospice in the Weald. A new cycling event in aid of Hospice in the Weald, with three routes to choose from, 15 miles around Tunbridge Wells, 40 miles around the Northern Weald and 81 miles taking in all of the hospice shops. This is the perfect event both seasoned cyclists and first timers! Online Registration is now available at For more details contact Emma Whittington on 01892 820530 or Until 28th March ‘Ashdown Forest: A Landscape Photography Exhibition’ by James Barrett: an exciting and talented local artist has chosen the Forest Centre to host an exhibition of his latest work. The Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, Forest Row, RH18 5JP. Opening times: Weekends only 11am-2pm and 2pm-dusk. Meet the artist: 28th January and 24th March. A free event. For more information call: 01342 823583,

The New East Grinstead Writer’s Club For Passionate Writer’s of all genres Meet top authors, Sat workshops for Adults & Juniors with member’s discounts, ‘Open Mic’ and more. First author confirmed to speak: Simon Brett BBC Producer on the 7th February at 7:30pm, Jan Etherington on the 6th March at 7:30pm, Jack Sheffied on 3rd April at 7pm.To find out more call: 01342 311964 or email:

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