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Dear Residents, Welcome to the May issue.

This month we have a treat with an article about a fascinating figure of football history, CS Craven, who lived his last days in Felbridge (just north of Ashdown Forest) see page 5. Keen to get out into the Garden? We have another great feature to help along this May.

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n important football pioneer, Charles Samuel Craven, who spent his latter years living in Felbridge (just north of Ashdown Forest), was recently remembered at a thanksgiving service and wreath laying in March at St John’s churchyard. Here is some of his history explaining his impact on Football in the North East: Charles Samuel Craven was the visionary behind the formation of the Northern League, the world’s second oldest, in 1889. Six years later, when just 19, he had helped form Darlington FC. Anticipating its 125th anniversary, the Northern League determined to discover more about its founder – no longer quite a needle-ina-haystack job thanks to the wonders of the Internet. An amateur genealogist in Co Durham tracked Craven’s grave to Felbridge. After a visit last September by Northern League chairman Mike Amos, the

genealogical gauntlet was picked up by local resident John Sisley who determined to find out more. After months of meticulous research, John discovered that Craven – who married again after his first wife’s death – had granddaughters in Berkshire and in Somerset. They, in turn, led the league to Bob Rogers, a grandson in Hong Kong. Bob flew to England for five days of Northern League celebration. He was joined in Felbridge by his sister, Liz Husbands, and by her husband and daughter.

horticultural society. The service was attended by senior officials from the Football Association, Surrey FA and the Northern League and by several villagers.

The 15-minute service, just four days from the exact anniversary of the Northern League’s formation, was led by league chaplain the Rev Canon Leo Osborn, chair of the Newcastle upon Tyne Methodist district.

“The Felbridge community has been wonderfully hospitable and John and Mary Sisley magnificent,,” said Mike Amos. “We wanted Charles Craven not just to be acknowledged in the North-East but remembered in the village where he lies.”

Mike Amos laid a wreath on a grave that had been tidied and beautified by Mary Sisley and colleagues from the Felbridge

Bob Rogers and his family had known nothing of their grandfather’s sporting connections. After a later career in the Colonial Service, principally as water works engineer on the Gold Coat, he retired to the Isle of Wight and, in 1927, moved to Kingates, Felbridge, because of better educational opportunities for his daughter. Craven had been a church council treasurer on the Isle of Wight, and bought communion wafers from a convent in East Grinstead where the sisters also ran a school. It was to the convent school that his daughter was sent. His grandson, Bob Rogers, said that the Felbridge service had been greatly moving. “It was

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amazing to be able to do this for my grandfather. Everyone made us very welcome. I hope he will continue to be acknowledged in some way.” Looking back to where it all started, the founder of the Northern Football League was a man ahead of his time. Innovator, administrator, visionary and trail blazer, CS Craven would probably have found it appropriate that almost everything we know about him today is down directly or indirectly to the internet. What would the Victories have made of it all? How different a world was it in 1883 when a public meeting was called to form a football club in Darlington and C S Craven, just 19 years old, was appointed the first secretary - “pro tem”?

feared another war, partly because of ill health. In later life he seldom left Kingates. When he died in 1940, aged 77, the house was taken over by the Army and Ella moved to Oxfordshire. The Northern League, which owes him so much, has formally applied for his induction into the Football Hall of Fame. We are much indebted to Judith Turner in Co Durham and John Sisley in Felbridge for their wonderful work in tracing the CS Craven story and to his family - in particular Liz Husbands and Bob Rogers - for their enormous help. Mike Amos MBE Chairman, EBAC Northern League

The temporary measure clearly worked. Craven was also the goalkeeper and, ere long, the FA Council member for North-East England and a Football League referee.

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When he left Darlington in April 1890, the month that he married Mary Elizabeth Gillingham, an illuminated scroll spoke of his “long and able service”, of how Darlington’s gates had increased from a shilling to £120, and both facilities and football greatly improved. There was a “purse of gold” too. None doubts that he was also the force behind the Northern League, the world’s second oldest. The inaugural meeting was held on March 25th 1889, the first matches played on September 7th. Even when he moved to Leeds the following year, to become secretary of the cricket and rugby and the man chiefly responsible for the development of Headingley, he continued as Northern League secretary. In North-East England, folk just called it The Craven League.

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He was born at Staveley, in Derbyshire, and moved to Darlington at 16 to be apprenticed to his uncle Robert Pease - a member of the great Quaker family responsible for Darlington’s development and prosperity - also played tennis and cricket and must have been a singer, for it was through the music society that he met Mary Gillingham. After Headingley, he took up similar work in Maidstone before joining the Colonial Office in 1896. He was given responsibility for building the water works on the Gold Coast. Mary died while he was there, in 1910. Craven retired in 1915, returned to London in 1917 and married Ella Goody, whom he had met at a dinner party. On November 18th 1918, seven days after the end of war, their daughter Margaret was born. Her father wanted to call her Armisticia; other counsel prevailed. While living in Felbridge during the 1930s CS Craven became increasingly anxious, partly because he  • May 2014 • Ashdown Forest Living

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How did you get into the wine merchant business? I had just left University and needed to pay the rent so thought I’d go and work for Oddbins for just a year. I quickly discovered a passion for wine and 21 years later am lucky to feel as enthusiastic about wine as when I started out.

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ave you ever walked through a picturesque village, gazing in through the windows of the beautiful houses wondering what lies behind the garden gates? Well for only one day each year the award winning village of Fletching opens over 20 of its private gardens to the general public so that you can see, be inspired and talk to the owners and gardeners. This year the day for your diary is Sunday 22nd June. The Fletching Garden Trail has been the main school fund raising event, now in its 22nd year. The Garden Trail guarantees fun for all, including a treasure hunt for the children, a raffle with a glorious Gardeners Hamper and other fine prizes. Some of the gardens have featured in national publications so it promises to be a visual treat. The village hall will be stocked with local companies selling an eclectic mixture of their wares from cards and gifts to local cheeses. There will also be an opportunity to purchase some plants in the school playground. The popular local artist Lorna Holdcroft BA Hons will be positioned at Atheralls Farm demonstrating her artistry and raffling off a beautiful piece that she has recently completed. This year another exciting feature to be part of the Garden Trail is the Wealden Astronomy Group, usually based at the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, who will be on hand to give an 18 • May 2014 • Ashdown Forest Living

insight into amateur astronomy and will be giving visitors the opportunity to observe the sun through the societies solar telescopes (weather permitting!). One of the gardens, ‘Stroods’, hosts a ‘pop up’ cafe serving delicious light lunches, refreshments and home-made cakes throughout the

day, all set in an idyllic location. All of this for just £6 per adult and no entry charge for children. Tickets should be purchased on the day from the school playground. Our brochure includes a map to help you navigate your way around the village. • tel: 01342 300152

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An Amazing Local Nature Reserve ‘Wildlife for All’ trust is perhaps West Hoathly’s best kept secret. With nature reserves both locally and in South Africa, they aim to have a different approach to protecting endangered species and threatened habitats. The Oasis and Oasis Woods is a 15-acre nature reserve and education centre on our own doorstep. There are three basic purposes: a local nature reserve, an education centre, and a practical training ground for team members. Established 32 years ago in the autumn of 1981, the idea for the Oasis came from the director, Iain Scott, whose original training was biology/ecology/ psychology. An amazing collection of colourful perennials provides the main focus: there is a dedicated hosta bed with over 70 varieties, a gravel garden, a “hot” bed full of the brightest colours, a daylily and geranium bed, and much more. There is a Japanese garden, rockeries, a rose garden, a “best for butterflies” bed, beautifully planted ponds, and more; standards are high. Captive-bred groups of meerkats (always a favourite) and bat-eared foxes in large naturalised enclosures link with the trust’s work in South Afrca. On open days one can see these animals close-up. Oasis Woods was later purchased in 1998. This beautiful section of ancient woodland provides a glimpse of what ancient forest looked like before most of it was cleared for agriculture and other human activities long ago. There are mass displays of

bluebells in May, leading downwards to a beautiful woodland stream inhabited by trout and visited by kingfishers. Woodpeckers and owls are heard daily. Since 1991, Wildlife For All has been working in co-operation with others to increase numbers of natterjack toads in the wild with a large breeding enclosure at The Oasis that produces thousands of tadpoles each year. These are then released at suitable nature reserves across southern England. The trust has worked in South Africa for over 20 years. Their biggest of two reserves is Komsberg Wilderness Nature Reserve which is huge at 30,700 acres in size or 17 miles across. It is situated within South Africa’s upland succulent karoo - widely recognised as one of the world’s 25 most important conservation hotspots for biodiversity. Many species have been re-introduced there, including the Burchell’s zebra, absent since 1811. The next target is to re-introduce cheetahs, this involves a lot of hard work further strengthening, then electrifying, many miles of perimeter fence. Anyone wishing to visit The Oasis in West Hoathly can email Becky at for an e-leaflet with details of our 2014 open days.

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DYING MATTERS AWARENESS WEEK – 12th to 16th May 2014

Ballard & Shortall in Forest Row are holding a series of events to support Dying Matters Awareness Week this May Monday 12th May – Wills & Probate Day

Thursday 15th May – Funeral Wishes Day

Mrs Doretta Dunkley of Mayo Wynne Baxter will be available to answer any questions and assist with writing a Will and explaining the probate process.

Pop in for a light-hearted insight into planning your own funeral and wake. While you are here come and add your own suggestion to our Giant Bucket List. Information at hand to pre-arrange your funeral, purchase your plot and catering for the wake.

Tuesday 13th May – Green Day Dave, Pippa & Moira along with Mark Morris of JC Atkinson will be on hand to give expert advice on what makes a funeral ‘green’. Find out the difference you can make by choosing environmentally friendly options. Wednesday 14th May – Death Café & Organ Donor Day Come along to Forest Row’s second Death Café event. Break down the walls of this taboo subject and talk freely with like-minded people. Also come and find out how you can help save the lives of others by becoming an Organ Donor.

Friday 16th May – Hedge Planting at Cemetery & Death Inspired Art Work Day A new beech hedge donated by Ballard & Shortall will be planted at the Cemetery during the morning. Feel free to come and support us. To celebrate the end of this Awareness Week, we invite you to pop in with your Art Work and vote on your favourite piece in our Upper Gallery. Then join us at the Brambletye Hotel at 5.30pm for the Art Auction (and a drink!) in aid of St. Raphael’s of Danehill.

Please come along to 12 Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DN or phone 01342 822120 for more details.

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It’s about time. At NFU Mutual we believe in taking the time to get to know our customers face to face. That’s why, when you visit our branch at Hayward’s Heath, the first question we might ask you is “would you like a cup of tea?” NFU Mutual was founded in a teashop in StratfordUpon-Avon over a century ago and, during that time we have grown and diversified to provide insurance, investments and pensions for people who have their home (or their heart) in the countryside. As an insurer who understands the risks and rewards of living in the countryside, we realise that your home is more than simply bricks and mortar: it’s where you raise your family, entertain your friends and keep some of your most treasured possessions. That’s why we take the time to work closely with you to tailor your home and contents cover to your individual needs, so that your home and possessions are properly protected against the unexpected. To help you protect the things you value, NFU Mutual has just launched a new insurance product package for those with high-value homes and contents over worth £100,000. Whether you have a contemporary home full of modern art or a listed manor house filled with antiques, we can help you correctly value and insure your home and its contents, together with any land or outbuildings attached to your home.

As the recent storms and floods highlighted, the true test of any insurance policy comes when you have to make a claim. Whilst relocating families is always a priority in situations like this, we also understand that domestic pets, horses and even fine art and antiques may also need to be moved to a place of safety in the event of a major fire, storm or flood. Water can ruin fine art and antiques and items of value might need to be removed from the premises and placed into secure storage until the property has been dried out and repaired. In some cases, this could take up to three years, particularly if the property is listed or requires complex repairs or restoration. In the event of a claim, our strong local presence means we can respond to your requests and instructions quickly. We also have a specialist claims team on-hand to help and support you through the claims process. At a time when many businesses are moving out of towns and villages, NFU Mutual is committed to maintaining a local presence and providing a traditional face-to-face service where our customers and their families are known by their name and not just their policy number.

Competition To celebrate the launch of our new policy for high value homes, and, in recognition of our longstanding affinity with tea, we’re giving away a Fortnum & Mason tea hamper containing two tins of loose-leaf tea, clotted cream thins, a Fortnum & Mason tea-strainer and a pretty china mug. To enter, all you have to do is email you name and address to and tell us the answer to the following question:

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A (Dande) Lion of Nature In this day and age there seems an insatiable appetite for all things exotic, much to the expense of shunning what is thought of as common. We always being fed (literally), by the media, a never ending list of “super foods” that somehow seem to be the next cure all. All the while, there is an abundance of “super foods” growing quite literally on our doorstep. So without much further ado, may I please re-introduce you to the lowly yet staggeringly beautiful - DANDELION. Insert applause. It is one of the earliest spring plants to emerge and the vivid, yellow flowers are almost like mini suns dotted around the English landscape. Hopefully as a good omen of the Summer to come. This innocuous little plant has long been both the scourge of the gardener and the mainstay of the herbalist. The plant is part of the Asteraceae family, the largest family of flowering plants in the British Isles after the grasses. The “flower” is in fact a capitulam made up of tiny florets. In other words it is not one flower but many tiny flowers grouped together.  And it is these tiny florets that provide a vast supply of nectar to pollinating insects, in fact it is believed that up to 93 different insects visit these flowers, so you

can understand their importance within the fragile ecosystems they inhabit. the most important of these pollinating insect being the Honeybee. Dandelions provide a source of nectar in early spring, no matter the weather and have a steady succession of blooms well into the autumn after all the fruit tree blossoms have disappeared. I have never met a beekeeper that dislikes the Dandelion. The leaves and flower stem produce a white latex when picked, not unlike the latex produced by rubber trees. In Germany they developed a variety that produces far vaster quantities, they are currently testing a tyre for production that is part Dandelion rubber! Not such a lowly “weed” now is it? So how do I use this plant as a wild food or medicinal herb then I hear you ask? Well first lets look at the flavour of the plant. The leaves a very bitter, which in Oriental medicine has a tonifying effect on the kidneys and controlling water in the body. The leaves are strongly diuretic, but

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very high in potassium. So unlike western diuretic medicines, which have to have potassium supplements prescribed at the same time, dandelion replenishes the potassium lost at the same time as flushing the body of excessive water. In Western herbalism it has been used to treat the liver and gallstones. The leaves make a great addition to salads, and are a staple for me when making fresh wild salads. No different in taste in fact from lettuce. Steamed with nettles they make a great accompany to poached eggs. The roots can be roasted and ground to make a caffeine-free coffee substitute. And on a last note who can forget as a child blowing the seeds off into the wind and making a wish. Magical. By Andrew Mcfarlane Acuvital Acupuncture Clinic, East Grinstead, • tel: 01342 300152

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Days Out this Spring

Many of you might know we have a stunning range of gardens to visit across Sussex, from rolling parkland acres, small courtyards, village trails and school gardens, there is something for everyone, and we feel sure that you will enjoy your visit. There is also the added bonus of delicious home made tea and cake being served at most of the gardens, and often plants for sale, many propagated by the owners themselves.

free (share to Danehill Parish Church). Refreshments: Cream teas. Contact: Laurence & Rebeka Hardy on 01825 790237. Email: Freshfield Lane, Danehill, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 7HQ.

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Since its foundation the National Gardens Scheme has given away £40 million to our beneficiary charities. These charities are mainly nursing and caring charities and they are really grateful and dependent on this funding. It is your visits to our gardens, which make this possible. Best wishes for an excellent garden visiting season! Full details can always be found in The Yellow Book, or on line at - Geoff Stonebanks, Publicity Officer & Asst County Organiser Here are just some of the local open gardens:

Latchetts In ‘Top 10 of 600 gardens visited’ as quoted by a coach organiser. 8-acres of variety, design, and imagination. Lovely setting, fine lawns, colourful planting, walled Christian millennium garden, heuchera tapestry, ponds, ducks, geese, unusual water features. Raised bed vegetables, woodland, prairie, wild flowers. Scary path for all ages! New sensory garden. Features incl Safari Hunt for children, delicious home-made teas, enlarged fern stumpery and reworked water garden. A fascinating 8-acre country garden round a C17 farmhouse (not open), overlooking a small lake, woods and pasture, full of variety, surprises and humour. All this with colourful dahlias, a long rose bank, prairie planting, mature and new trees, climbers, shrubs, herbaceous and annual flowers. Sunken garden with water lily pond and artistic mural, circle garden with amazing water features, labyrinth and cool woodland walk with the ‘little houses’ and a fern stumpery – leading to the Scary Path with a snake pit (artificial of course) and weird faces and noises. Opening dates and times: Fri 30, Sat 31 May, Fri 20, Sat 21 June, Fri 18, Sat 19 July, Fri 8, Sat 9 Aug (1.30-5). Visitors also welcome by appt May to Aug for groups of 20-60. Admission: £5, chd 26 • May 2014 • Ashdown Forest Living

6-acre formal and romantic garden, overlooking parkland, with old roses, William Pye water feature, double white and blue herbaceous borders, yew hedges, pleached lime walks, copy of C17 scented herb garden, medieval-style potager, vine and rose allée, wild flower garden. Canal garden, small knot garden, shady glade and orchard. Caroline and Georgian house (not open). The Caroline house was enlarged by the Earl of Sheffield for his daughter, who married Sir Henry Clinton, one of the three generals at Waterloo. The 18C façade is set in a tree-lined lawn, flanked by a newly created canal, and over looking parkland. The garden itself is approx 6 acres of clay soil and is divided into rooms reflecting English garden design from the 17C to 21C. The Elizabethan herb garden has camomile paths and turf seats, and four knot gardens. The Victorian era is represented by a tall white, yellow and blue herbaceous borders; the pre-Raphaelites by an alley of white roses, clematis, purple vines and lilies; the 20C by an unusual swimming pool garden encircled by an arcade of apples. Opening dates and times: For NGS, Sun 27 Apr, Mon 2 June, Mon 4 Aug (2-5.30). For other opening times and information, please phone or see garden website. Admission: £5, chd free (share to local charities). Refreshments: Home-made teas. Contact: Lady Collum. Telephone: 01825 722952. Postcode: Fletching, Uckfield, TN22 3ST. Website: • tel: 01342 300152

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traditional features linked by intimate paths through lush and subtle planting, while Winterfield contains as many trees and shrubs as can be crammed into ½acre with wild flowers, gravelled areas, alpine troughs, a secret garden, pond and borders. Krawden offers roses, herbaceous borders, fruit and vegetables, a Mediterranean area with gravel and water feature and provides the venue for teas. Opening dates and times: Wed 28 May, Sat 28 June (12-5pm). Admission: combined adm £5, chd free. Gardens in this group: 46 Westup Farm Cottages, Krawden, Winterfield open all dates. Refreshments:Home-made teas at Krawden. Postcode: RH17 6JJ.  

Ansty’s gardens offer interesting contrast. Whydown Cottage covers an acre with water features and an atmospheric woodland including an Embothrium. 3 Lavender Cottages has an attractive garden to the front and pretty brick courtyard to the rear with cottage flowers. Close by picturesque Appletree Cottage (C16) set in 2-acres with herbaceous beds, vegetable garden and fruit cage with wonderful views. Springfield’s 1-acre offers mature trees and large pond, also camellias, azaleas, and rhododendrons plus herbaceous border. Little Orchard is a 3-acre garden with informal plantings of trees and shrubs, family friendly woodland and fine views Opening dates and times: Sun 18 May, Sun 22 June (1:30-6). Admission: combined adm £5, chd free. Gardens in this group: 3 Lavender Cottages, Appletree Cottage, Little Orchard, Springfield: open all dates. Whydown Cottage: Sun 18 May (1.30-6). Refreshments: home-made teas at Whydown Cottage (May) & Appletree Cottage (June). Ansty nr. Haywards Heath,  Sussex,  RH17 5AS

Balcombe Gardens

The three gardens opening for the NGS will especially appeal to plant-lovers and are full of variety and interest. Hidden in the countryside of the High Weald, Westup Farm Cottages’ garden contains unique and 28 • May 2014 • Ashdown Forest Living

Holly House

An acre of English garden providing views and cameos of plants and trees round every corner with many different areas giving constant interest. A fish pond and a wildlife pond beside a grassy area with many shrubs and flower beds. Among the trees and winding paths there is a cottage garden which is a profusion of colour and peace. Exhibition of paintings and cards by owner. The beautifully laid out English garden extends to an acre has many different areas surrounded on the boundary by a variety of lovely trees providing constant interest. Near the house there is a fish pond overhung by a gorgeous magnolia tree. Among the trees and winding paths the cottage garden is a profusion of colour and peace. Opening dates and times: Sat 10, Sun 11 May, Sat 14, Sun 15 June, Sat 26, Sun 27 July (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appt May to July. Coaches can drop off only. Admission: £3.50, chd free. Refreshments: home-made teas. Contact: Mrs Deirdre Birchell. Telephone: 01825 740484. Email: db@hollyhousebnb. Beaconsfield Road,  Chelwood Gate,  Haywards Heath,  Sussex,  RH17 7LF. Website:www. • tel: 01342 300152

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Legsheath Farm Panoramic views over Weirwood Reservoir. Exciting 10-acre garden with woodland walks, water gardens and formal borders. Of particular interest, clumps of wild orchids, fine davidia, acers, eucryphia and rhododendrons. Mass planting of different species of meconopsis on the way to ponds. Legsheath has had past associations with the Master of the Ashdown Forest and Sheriff of Sussex and to this extent there has always been a garden. However, the garden as we see it today was largely laid out in 1911 and 1935. It is set high overlooking Weirwood Reservoir with views in all directions. A spring rises in the upper parts of the garden and transforms itself into a stream with a series of falls which feed three large ponds. The water garden at the lower level

has large plantings of candelabra primulas, meconopsis and lobelia. Wild orchids have also naturalised in the wetter areas. Opening dates and times: Sun 18 May (2-5), visitors also welcome by appt Mar to Oct. Admission: £5, chd

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What to do: 1. Put the bran flakes into a mixing bowl and add the milk, apricots and sultanas. Stir well. Cover and leave to soak in a cool place for 1 hour, stirring from time to time. 2. Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan oven 160°C, gas mark 4. Line a 900g (2lb) loaf tin with greaseproof paper. 3. Add the sugar, flour, beaten eggs and mashed banana to the soaked mixture and stir thoroughly. Spoon this mixture into the prepared tin.

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4. Transfer to the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 50-55 minutes. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out carefully and cool on a wire rack. Tip 1: You could ring the changes by using dried cherries or dried blueberries instead of apricots, and replacing the sultanas with raisins. Tip 2: Keep the cake in an airtight tin and use within 1 week. If you like, freeze individual slices in small freezer bags, ready to take for a packed lunch - they will have defrosted by midday. • tel: 01342 300152


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The Ashdown Weekend at Danehill, 19th-22nd June

The committee of the Danehill Ashdown Weekend are delighted to announce the four day event will take place again this year. Some of the highlights are as follows: 5K Fun Run, 14th June, 10am This is the ONLY Fun Run permitted by the Conservators on the Ashdown Forest and is strictly limited to 150 entrants. It takes a breathtaking route from the start at Chelwood Gate across the Forest and every runner is timed. There are prizes for the winners of the categories and medals for all. £5 entry for under 21’s and £10 for over 21’s. Runners must be over 16 years old. Supporters welcome! Proceeds go to St James and St Peters Hospice.

Danehill Country Fair Midday, 22nd June More than a fete the Fair has a top quality BBQ and Bar for the parents and every game/stall imaginable for the kids. Lots of local craftsmen and stalls for everyone to visit. A dog show has also been added this year so see if you can win the Crufts of Sussex! Loads of free easy parking. Art Exhibition, 19th-22nd June The Art Exhibition has been going for 39 years and attracted top calibre local artists, sculptors and photographers. We welcome new exhibitors and prizes are given for the best in each category. All works are for sale. History The Ashdown Weekend started 39 years ago when Harold McMillan gifted the recreation ground to the village of Danehill. Thereafter, every Summer, the village would get together and hold a party to celebrate. This then evolved into a four day event centred around the marquee which was erected on the recreation ground. The full course of events: 14th June - Fun Run (now in its 6th year). 19th-22nd June - Art Exhibition in Danehill Memorial Hall. 19th June - Senior Citizens Tea Party and entertainment provided by the Danehill Primary school.

The Ashdown Ball, 21st June, 8am - Very Late

19th June 8pm - Pub quiz in the marquee. £2 per head. Bar and BBQ open. 20th June 4-6pm - Under 7’s party in the marquee followed by a Family Disco 6-9pm.

This black tie event is the highlight of the weekend. You can go for the three course fully catered option (and take your own wine) for £70 per head or bring a picnic to your table for £40 per head. The 10 piece international band, Carwash, play until late and when they are exhausted the disco takes over.

21st June - Charity Football Knock Out Competition, lots of local village teams try to win the Danehill Cup. Any village team very welcome.

There’s a very reasonable bar, a very quick and impossible Bucking Bronco, Vodka Luge sculpted in ice and some amazing prizes in a generously sponsored raffle.

22nd June 12pm - Danehill Country Fair.

Tables can be booked online for 8-10 guests but the ball is restricted to 500 and tables go quickly. 32 • May 2014 • Ashdown Forest Living

21st June - Ashdown Ball. 22nd June 10am - Family Church Service held inside the Marquee.

Everyone is welcome! Full details can be found at or for further information please contact Graeme Love on 01825 740243/07712 182435. • tel: 01342 300152

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Gardening in May

An abundance of colour will delight us all this month as the rhododendrons and azaleas take centre stage with their glorious flowers. For all the months we curse the clay on which we garden, it does reward us now with its acid properties being the perfect home for these lime-hating plants.

A busy month in the garden, not just for the gardener and the plants but for the garden pests that start appearing to feast on the fruits of your labour – keep an eye on them and if needed use controls – preferably biological so as not to harm other wildlife.

Borders – Get the borders ready for the bedding plants, which I recommend planting out from the middle of May onwards. Keep weed growth under control. Apply a general fertiliser and gently fork it into the soil. Hedges – Now is the time to trim hedges and if you haven’t already done so establish the shape of the hedge. A good cut now will last the year. Shrubs and Trees and Roses – Forsythia and flowering currants have finished flowering so now is the time to prune them to give them the rest of the year to grow and flower next spring. Cut back to young sideshoots that haven’t flowered. Any plants that are climbers need tying in, any wayward shoots can be trimmed back so you establish the shape you want. Perennials – These will be growing well by now and some may well need supporting or staking – try to use supports that are half the eventual height of the plant so they will be well hidden when the plant is in flower. If you have dahlias and other tender plants these can be planted out after the middle of the month. You can prepare your hanging baskets and patio pots at this time as well.

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Fruit and Vegetables – Do a bit here everyday otherwise it will become too much, daily watering is essential for plants not to dry out. Any plants raised in the greenhouse can go out now. Regularly sow seed for a continuous crop. Buy small plants ready to plant out. Lawns – Now you will be mowing your lawn once a week. Newly laid turf will want to establish so ensure it is well watered and rooted before you start cutting it. Newly seeded areas are fragile so when use a pair of shears to take the tops off and encourage it to thicken out before the first mowing. A few jobs each day in the garden helps you to keep on top of what needs to be done and then of course gives you time to enjoy it…Happy Gardening. Clare Parkinson Horticultural Manager and Garden Designer Imberhorne Lane Nursery • tel: 01342 300152


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What’s On in May

If you would like your event on these pages email for information

Saturday 3rd May

Saturday 10th May

Groombridge Horticultural Society: Spring Plant Sale from 9am to 12 noon in the forecourt of the Groombridge Village Hall. The plants come from Jordan’s nursery in Crowborough and offer excellent value. Everyone is welcome.

Mansion Market: an unusual and interesting market held in and around a beautiful 18th century mansion with friendly stallholders offering local produce, plants, etc. Puppet Shows for children and an all-day Cafe., Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row.

Sunday 4th May

Thursday 15th May

Birchanger is a beautiful seven acre garden with magnificent displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias. Explore the lily pond, fountains and arboretum. (Refreshments, disabled, dogs), fee: £4, children free. Birchanger, High Street, Balcombe, Haywards Heath, RH17 6JY. 2 - 6pm. Contact: Marian Erritt, 01444 413391. Monday 5th May Maresfield Conservation Group. 21st Annual Art Exhibition and Sale. At 10am to 4pm. Maresfield Village Hall, Batts Bridge Road, Maresfield, TN22 2HJ. Contact: Michael Wheeler on 01825 764799,, Thursday 8th May Ashdown Forest Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Nirvana Romell’s lecture is on “Venice and its Colonies”. At 2:30pm in the Memorial Hall, Nutley, for further information please phone Jane Hayes, 01342 822435.

Saturday 17th May Chelwood Gate Village Market & Jubilee Green Family Fun Day. Come along to our Spring Market at Chelwood Gate Village Hall, Beaconsfield Road, Chelwood Gate RH17 7LF, 10-2pm. Locally sourced produce including meat, cheese, vegetables, craft stalls, jewellery, cards, plants, Tombola. Hot snacks, coffee and teas, picnic food for the Jubilee Green Family Fun Day which takes place between 125pm. Football, tug-of-war, BBQ, Willow tunnel walk. Contact: 01825 740547. Saturday 17th May

Saturday 10th May Crowborough Jubilee Choir, conducted by Norman Austin and supported by Herne School Choir, will perform Karl Jenkins’ new choral work ‘The Peacemakers’. This work features texts by Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Terry Waite and many other famous peace makers. Also included in the programme are some well-known and well loved orchestral items featuring the professional orchestra who will also accompany the choral work. at All Saints Church Centre, Crowborough at 7:30pm. Tickets £12.00 available from Wardrobe and Hair Gallery or phone 01892 669719 / 01892 655125. Rehearsal Matinee at 2.30, tickets £5. Further information please contact Norman Austin: 01892 655298 36 • May 2014 • Ashdown Forest Living

The Uckfield Music Club opens its 70th Anniversary season with the outstanding young duo of violinist Benjamin Baker (A Young Classical Artist Trust selected artist) and pianist Robert Thompson, in St Margaret’s Church, Buxted Park at 7:30pm, playing Beethoven, Strauss, Ernst, and the great Polish romantic composer Wieniawski. Subscription for all three concerts (15 May, 19 June, 17 July) £24 (contact 01825 712553); single concert ticket on door £12, students £2, accompanied children free.

Burgess Hill Model Railway Club. Features: 15+ layouts from 2mm to 16mm live steam, trade support including new and second hand railways, scenics, accessories etc. Light refreshments and free car parking. At Burgess Hill School for Girls, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex. RH15 0EG. 10am to 5pm. Prices: Adults £5, Children £3 and Family (2 + 2) £13. Mr Chris Reeve 01444 232638. Friday 18th May and Sunday 20th May The Crowborough Players perform Tons of Money (adapted by Alan Ayckbourn) at Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove at 8pm. Tickets from This and That or J&K Gallery Croft Rd, Crowborough or from Box Office 01892 300567/ • tel: 01342 300152

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What’s On in May

If you would like your event on these pages email for information

Sunday 18th May

Tuesday 27th May

Twelve acres of garden to explore with mature and specimen trees from the late 1800s. Formal parterre, rose and herb gardens with a 100ft terrace. Forsythia tunnel as well as water features and a lake with an island and temple. 2pm-5pm. disabled, dogs, refreshments. Fee: £5, children free. Colwood House, Cuckfield Lane, Warninglid, RH17 5SP. Contact: Mrs Brenan, 01444 461831.

Danehill Parish Historical Society members conducted visit at 7:30pm to Fletching and Church with its connections with Simon De Montfort and the Barons to mark the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes. Details of membership etc. contact Jennie Marten, Chairman on 01825 790396 or email: les.

Wednesday 21st May Hartfield & District Horticultural Society: visit to Kentish Cheeses at Staplehurst. Enjoy a tour of the farm and see the cheese making process with a talk by Karen Reynolds, see the cows and sampling of the cheeses. Local cheeses will be available to purchase. Meet in The Anchor car park, Hartfield at 6.30pm. If you would like to attend or require further information please ring Amy on 01892 771455 or 07745 348933. Monday 26th May Maresfield Village Fete, 12 noon to 4pm. Maresfield Recreation Ground, High Street, Maresfield, TN22 2EG. For more info email:

Friday 30th May Nutley Horticultural Society has invited Bob Flowerdew, the well known organic writer and broadcaster, to give us a talk on in the Memorial Hall at 7:45pm. The subject is “No work gardening”. Entry is free to members and £5 to non members. It should be an interesting and amusing evening. There will also be teas and a raffle as usual. Further information from Claire Sullivan 01825 712316. Sunday 1st June Penshurst Choral Society. Music for a Summer Evening, a Medley including: Brahms, Geistliches Lied; Durufle, Ubi Caritas; Mozart, Ave Verum Corpus; Palestrina, Exsultate Deo; Rachmaninov, Bogoroditsye Dyevo. Conductor: Dan Gillingwater. At 7:30 pm, St John the Baptist Church, Penshurst TN11 8DB. Tickets £10 at the door.

Wish for a Swish Socialise & Swap old clothes for new! FRow Swish has been setup by a couple of Forest Row women, as a hub for swishing and general recession-busting, ‘make-do’ bravado! The aim of the event is to create a fun evening out for women and girls where we can connect, relax, have fun and most of all shop for free! So, happy clearing of your wardrobes – anything super expensive/designer will go on a special rail asking for donations to a chosen charity for that event. Everything else will be freely up for grabs and there will be lots of mirrors and a changing room to try stuff on. There will be live music, a free drink on entry and food available. In order to cover costs there will be a £5 entry charge (£2.50 for teenagers). Next Event is on Saturday 17th May at the Peter Griffits small village Hall, Forest Row 8pm. This is non-profit-making venture, any profit goes to our chosen charity, which at the moment is ‘Venue on the Green’ which raises money for a youth and community centre in Forest Row. Happy Swishing to a free new wardrobe! 38 • May 2014 • Ashdown Forest Living • tel: 01342 300152

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