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Index: Support Local Business

Dear Residents, Welcome to the October issue.

Animal Care

This month we feature a couple of local charities ‘Riding for the Disabled’ (local groups) and Hadlow Down based charity Open Hands who we have regularly supported over the years.

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More news from comes from Broadwater Warren with all the changes they are making to bring it back to it’s former glory and help wildlife... The famous Lindfield Bonfire Society shares some of their fascinating history with us - see page 8. And there’s plenty more articles of local interest to enjoy besides. In the run up to Christmas hopefully you can find the services and products you need here. Thank you for supporting our local businesses as and when you can. All the best for Autumn, Tally & Chris Ashdown Forest Living To advertise call 01342 300152

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Ashdown Music Festival Lindfield Bonfire Society Green on the Go Broadwater Warren Riding for the Disabled Samhain Hair & Beauty Q&A Open hands The Phoenix Comic Triathlon Another Way Rangers Report British Wildlife Centre Mums the Word Sudoku Poppies take root What’s On

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llist Reinoud Ford, now a London resident, grew up in Forest Row. At the age of eight, he started to learn to play the cello with local cellist Marina Logie who has helped many of her students on to promising career paths. At age 13, Reinoud was given a scholarship to the Yehudi Menuhin School from which he graduated aged eighteen. The Menuhin School is based in Cobham, Surrey, and specialises in the (musical) education of promising string and piano players. The school was founded by the famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin and has brought forth the likes of Nigel Kennedy and Nicola Benedetti. Menuhin students are known to sustain a remarkable bond during their careers: ten of the performers in this Festival are Menuhin School alumni! Reinoud went on to (and graduated from) the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with three first-class degrees. Reinoud now performs as a soloist, is a member of several ensembles and plays in various orchestras. He also much enjoys contemporary music often accompanying and collaborating with charismatic singersongwriter Keaton Henson. Reinoud was very much involved in local music-making as a young musician and was for many years a member of the now-retired Jupiter Chamber Orchestra. Last year, Reinoud was able to turn his dream of “giving back to the local musical community” into reality, by organising the first Ashdown Music Festival in November of 2012. His philosophy: to showcase the talent of both local and London-based artists in a weekend of dazzling musicmaking of the highest quality. Local audiences responded with great enthusiasm to this new venture, with all three concerts selling out. Many enthused about the evident joy the musicians experienced when making music together, a joy in which the audience shared. Ashdown Music Festival returns on November 1st this year! Although organising such an occasion is easier in some respects the second time around, in many ways the task is more daunting: one must meet or indeed exceed audience expectation! Reinoud thinks you will agree this year’s programme promises to do just that. An elite cast of  • October 2013 • Ashdown Forest Living

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musicians will take to the stage, veterans of the Carnegie Hall, New York and venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London. Due to popular demand, our local Young Musician of the Year 2012 cellist Laura van der Heijden returns in the Gala Concert on Sunday November 3rd. This concert will be a very special occasion as Reinoud has commissioned an arrangement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for the cello octet Cellophony and for solo violin. This performance will be a World Premiere, therefore not to be missed! There is huge interest in this commission on the London music scene. The Forest Row Eurythmists also return by popular demand, performing to the slow movement of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden.

1st November, Christian Community Church, Forest Row, 7:30pm Programme to include: Dvorak “American” Viola Quintet.

2nd November, The Long Room, Michael Hall School, Forest Row, 4pm Concert to include: Award-Winning Guitar Duo and the legendary “Trout” Quintet by Schubert.

3rd November, Gala Concert, Michael Hall School Theatre, Forest Row, 6pm. Programme to include: A World Premiere performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons arranged for Cello Octet and Solo Violin. BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012 Laura van der Heijden will take part in Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. Ticket Prices: Individual ticket prices £11, Gala concert £12.50 (concessions £7 and £8.50) Season Tickets £28 (concessions £18)

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History Lindfield Bonfire Society Members are very proud of the long tradition of bonfire in Lindfield. The earliest records of 5th of November celebrations date back to 1881 with customary street fires, dragging of tar barrels and much riotous behaviour. There were three bonfires: one on the Common, one outside the Bent Arms and a third in front of the Red Lion. The bonfire boys were an unruly lot and would burn anything they could lay their hands on. There is a report that one year a gentleman who was cheering the boys on to keep adding fuel to the fire discovered the next morning that the wood had been appropriated from his own garden! During the celebration at the end of the Siege of Mafeking in 1900, things got really out of hand when a wagon loaded with wood attempted to pass the bonfire outside the Bent Arms. The horses were set loose, and the wagon and its load were put into the fire and destroyed. The paint on the Bent Arms was left blistered and ruined. The result of this mayhem was that about 20 men were fined half a crown each. Ordinarily, the Police stood by and allowed the riotous behaviour to continue, unable or unwilling to interfere. On the night of the 5th the authorities usually had to remove the toll gates for safe keeping, but in 1884 the road was converted into a parish road. To the rejoicing of local people the gates were finally allowed to be burned. Finally, in 1894, following pressure from disgruntled locals and the authorities, the Society was formed with the aim of holding an organised display in the village every 5th November. The tradition continued  • October 2013 • Ashdown Forest Living

through the 1900s, but was suspended during the First World War. During the 1920s and 30s the Anscombe family were instrumental in keeping the celebration going, and the highlight in 1935 was a giant set piece featuring the Loch Ness Monster! During the 1950s the bonfire building began at least a week before but was set ablaze by hooligans so frantic rebuilding followed. In the 1960s Bonfire Night continued to be widely supported, especially in 1960 when Lewes had to cancel their celebrations due to flooding – the Lindfield fire was lit that night by 400 torches! As the 1970s progressed, the Society nearly folded due to a severe lack of members – a problem we also face today. In 1979 the set piece was a spectacular windmill with moving sails. In the 1980s Mr Martin Durrant began to build the Guy which has topped 15 feet high on occasion. Indeed, there was one year when the Guy couldn’t join the procession because it was too tall to go under the telephone lines on the route! We are now into the 21st century, and determined to continue this tradition. The cost of this event rises every year, and legislation has also increased. Lindfield Bonfire Society is a non-profit making organisation, and in order to survive and entertain we really need the support of the local community, both financially and practically. If you are interested in becoming a member or how you can give support to this long tradition please email: The next Bonfire Society Celebration is on Tuesday 5th November. See: • tel: 01342 300152

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Jollof rice

Serves: 8 adults Preparation time: 15 mins Cooking time: 30 mins

Probably the most popular dish in the western region of Africa, Jollof rice is a one-pot dish to relish. Its origins are unclear, but it gets its name from the Wolof language where it is known as Benachin meaning ‘one pot’. Each region has its variation on this dish, but the results are always the same - tasty!

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Ingredients: 400g plum tomatoes 1 medium onion roughly chopped 1 red pepper deseeded and chopped 100g tomato puree 1 bay leaf 1 garlic clove crushed ¼ tsp curry powder ¼ tsp dried thyme 700ml vegetable or chicken stock 500g easy cook long grain white rice 1 pinch ground black pepper

1. Liquidise the tomatoes, onion and pepper in a blender or food processor. Tip into a large saucepan, then cover and cook over a medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes. Add the tomato puree, bay leaf, garlic, curry powder and thyme. Simmer for a further 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. 2. Add the stock or water and bring to boil. 3. Add the rice, stir, then cover and turn down the heat. Allow to simmer over a low heat for about 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender. During cooking, check and stir occasionally to make sure there is enough liquid to cook the rice. This is to ensure that the rice does not burn. If there is not enough, add a little extra water. Tip 1: You could use easy cook brown rice in this recipe, though it will take about an extra 10-15 minutes to cook, so keep an eye on the liquid and top up if necessary. Tip 2: Serve with grilled chicken, fish or meat and some brightly coloured steamed vegetables or a side salad. To save on time, fresh or frozen vegetables can be added to the pan towards the end of cooking and allowed to steam. This recipe has been taken from the Change4Life website

The GREEN on the GO 5 yrs ago when the Forest Row youth club was destroyed, the Parish Council convened a working party to moot ideas for the space, subsequently named: ‘Venue on the Green’. A building and surrounding space was designed, planning etc. passed and a referendum indicated 73% of residents needed services for the youth. It was also realised that the large group of elderly, isolated people needed a hub. Four of us became directors of FRYACC (Forest Row Youth & Community Co Ltd) this January and we’ve spent the first eight months building the company - getting charitable status, Gift Aid and ALL the plethora of legal paperwork... Following the successful opening of The Green Gym in September, 10 • October 2013 • Ashdown Forest Living

plus the generous donation of the cost of the skateboard Park - a gift of £60,000 from His Highness Sultan Al Qasimi - Venue on The Green is now firmly on its way. Our main aim now is to fund the games pitch, the MUGA, for Summer 2014. Fundraising Our charity shop is up and running & the shop ‘Cadari’ operate a loyalty card scheme donating a percentage of profits. The Swan have offered their charity night, known as ‘Chewsday’ (Tuesdays!) when they will donate a whopping 50% of their evening supper profits. Events - November 16th:Christmas Shopping evening, wine, nibbles and carols. November 30th: Race Night in the Community Centre with a sumptuous Korean supper donated

by Sun Hwa - Cadari’s owner. At the village’s December market we have a wonderful stall offering Christmas presents and a chance for your children to make their own gifts. Just a tenner will help enormously - see, after all, everybody stands to benefit from this great initiative! Monica Brown, FRYACC • tel: 01342 300152





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Heather blooming after 60 years - photo by Alan Loweth

Broadwater Warren: the journey continues...

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Tom Pinches.

This has seen another successful year for wildlife and visitors at the RSPB’s Broadwater Warren nature reserve, near Groombridge, just north of Ashdown Forest. Reserve Warden, Tom Pinches said, “Rare and threatened birds such as woodlark and tree pipit had their best year here for over a decade, and turtle doves, which are Britain’s most threatened bird, have been heard calling here all summer”. Tom continued, “Nightjar numbers are increasing, as are bees and butterflies; while a kingfisher and even a grass snake were seen using the Decoy Pond over the summer.” Since purchasing the site in 2008, the conservation charity has embarked on a major restoration project to return the area to its former mix of open heath and rich native woodland. This has involved the removal of 50 hectares of a pine trees, planted in the 50s, with another third to go; the final felling will take place in 2015. Thus the views from Broadwater Forest Lane will be opened up. Heather has already started to grow in the newly cleared areas, encouraging butterflies, bees, reptiles and many different birds to make themselves at home. Steve Wheatley Weald Sites Manager (aka Tom’s boss) explained: “The felling work at Broadwater Warren will help to restore the mixed woodland and heathland landscape similar to Ashdown Forest. The site will probably never again be as open as the latter, it will be roughly 50% open heath to 50% mixed woodland - whereas the Ashdown Forest is about one third wooded.  “Broadwater Warren provides a wildlife stepping stone 12 • October 2013 • Ashdown Forest Living

for species spreading out from Ashdown Forest. This winter we’ll be undertaking targeted work for the Turtle Dove – one of the UKs most loved farmland and woodland edge birds, but one that has declined severely since the 70s. Ashdown Forest remains a stronghold so we’re keen to provide alternatives within the wider landscape. We’ll be doing work to improve foraging habitat for the birds through sowing the turtle dove seed mix, plus we hope to work with our neighbours to create short stretches of cultivated uncropped field margins”. As the restoration work continues, with the subsequent increase in wildlife, the reserve has seen a notable rise in the numbers of families and wildlife lovers visiting. It is becoming a superb alternative destination for nature enthusiasts, only 20 minutes from Ashdown Forest. Tom concluded, “Visitor feedback has been hugely positive this year. And this coming winter, 500 native trees will be planted including oak, hazel, hornbeam and rowan, with four ponds being created. We are in the process of installing benches and are asking our visitors where they would like them”. New signage and information boards will be installed and a new footbridge built over the end of the Decoy Pond. “It is ironic that a place once earmarked as a potential landfill site, with help from landfill companies (who assist with funding), is now being turned into something so special”. For further details of the reserve or its events, please visit • tel: 01342 300152

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SPOTLIGHT ON RIDING FOR THE DISABLED Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a respected national organisation with the active patronage of HRH Princess Anne. But it also has strong links to the Ashdown Forest area as the South East region has been sponsored for the last 8 years by local East Grinstead company, Cowan Architects (see page 9 for their advert). Budding riders from across the Forest area, both young and old, can chose from a number of vibrant and active groups locally which cater for a wide variety of disabilities. There’s also Carriage Driving available at local groups near Uckfield, Horsham and Guildford. Each RDA group is a separate charity with its own individual character and here’s a spotlight on those riding groups nearest to us.

ASHDOWN FOREST, Chelwood Gate By Mary Bell, The Ashdown Forest Group, based at Chelwood Equestrian Centre, Chelwood Gate, aims to give a positive equine experience to children through riding, long-reining, stable-management or maybe just stroking a pony. It’s well known that ponies have a very positive effect on our children and we aim to provide that in as varied and fun-filled way as possible. I am not a horsey person but about 15 years ago I was introduced to Ali Remmen who is! I was told she had a “knack” with children but I was totally unprepared for

the phenomenon that she is - an absolute whirlwind gathering people like me up in her wake. She works tirelessly and passionately with children and horses and she asked if I could set up a new group. I expected an involvement of about 2 - 3months max but I’m still here 4 years later with a fabulous and well-established group. Our children are all local, as are our volunteers, fundraising opportunities and donations. We are currently keen to find loan homes for our ponies from where they could be transported to our sessions. But our dream would be to have a purpose-built, dedicated centre where we could provide daily sessions for more disabled children. It is unbelievably rewarding to see the positive effects of these children just being around a pony which can be anything from improved mobility, increased speech and language to just a smile. So if anyone out there has an old barn or farm building on a couple of acres.....?

ERIDGE, Chuck Hatch By Jane Lom, Eridge RDA is run at Faircote Stud near Hartfield. We provide riding for 25 children and young people aged from 2 to 27 from East Sussex and Kent. The group was founded 45 years ago and we meet on Monday afternoons during term time, working with two local special schools as well as a group of parents who bring their children. The Group usually owns 1 or 2 ponies, living out with families for the rest of the week, and the rest are lent 14 • October 2013 • Ashdown Forest Living • tel: 01342 300152

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to us. We try to have 5 - 6 ponies/ horses for each ride which have been carefully selected and suited to the rider’s needs. The lesson is led by a specially qualified instructor and each pony is joined by 3 helpers; one leading and two as side walkers. Our lessons always start with exercises designed by an occupational therapist followed by the option of a lesson in the school, a hack or some mounted games. Our riders can also take internal and external proficiency tests. We have to fundraise the £5000 that the Group needs to cover rent, shoeing costs, insurance and updating equipment. We work closely with other local equestrian groups and most recently collected £700 at Eridge Horse Trials. We have between 20 and 30 volunteers most weeks of all ages and walks of life. They receive training but some already have experience with working with these children or their professionals (therapists and psychologists). We also have students who join us just for a few weeks in the summer or during their GAP year.

COURT MEADOW, Ditchling Common By Anna Kerr, The Court Meadow Group was started in 1977 in Balcombe as therapy for some 20 children of Court Meadow School who had severe learning difficulties. A group of local mothers, whose children loved riding, wished to share this joy with others less able. In 1986 we moved to Ditchling Common Stud where the riding’s indoors and the children are encouraged to participate in as many activities as possible such as the Regional Fun Days where riders could qualify for the National Championships. We want to encourage each rider to learn to the best of their abilities, enjoy general riding and have fun loving the ponies. We now have 60 riders regularly. We also offer an Annual Camp Week at the Stud where the children come to learn how to groom, tack up, bath and feed the ponies. We have the use of 5 of our own ponies at present, owned by RDA friends but on long loan. The success has been seen in medals and smiles with the children proving their own capabilities at a high level of competition and socially as well. We also entered the Special Olympics UK with children winning bronze, silver and gold medals and once we’ve had a pupil included in the GB team competing in Ireland at the World Games. Last year Court Meadow amalgamated with Newick House in a new school called Woodlands Meed and riders with severe and medium learning difficulties are being taught together which has sometimes been challenging. But the goals remain the same and the rewards are in their happy faces.   Ditchling Common Stud has recently been sold for development so we will have to move elsewhere before long which is a new challenge.

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Samhain An Old Celtic Holiday

Samhain is a Gaelic Festival which symbolises the end of harvest time and the beginning of winter - the darker half of the year. It also marks the Feast of the Dead. Some view that this pagan festival, which falls on 31st Oct to the 1st of November, was later adopted by Christians and celebrated as All Hallow’s Eve - which later became Halloween. Whatever the case it is certainly celebrated at the same time of year. Many Pagans have and do consider it the Celtic New Year. Samhain has been celebrated in Britain for centuries in various guises. It is thought to be the time of year when the veils between this world and the otherworld were at their thinnest; when the spirits of the dead could most easily mingle with the living. ‘The Feast of the Dead’ aspect is not considered a morbid event as old age for its wisdom is valued and dying is accepted as a part of life as necessary and welcome as birth. Some consider this action of ‘remembering & honouring of the dead’ as being echoed by the Christian festival of Hallowmas: All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) 31st October; All Saints Day 1st November, in honour of the Saints and All Souls Day 2nd November, in honour of the faithful departed. Reportedly to celebrate Samhain the Druids built huge sacred bonfires. Harvest food and animals were brought to share a communal dinner in celebration of the festival, during which time costumes were worn - usually animal heads and skins. Participants would also try and tell each other’s fortunes. And those born during the past year were formally welcomed into the community. After the festival, fires in homes were re-lit from the sacred bonfire, to help protect the family, as well as keep them warm during the winter months. And as autumn weather gets underway, a good hot bonfire seems like the perfect idea.

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Sue Harrison The Finishing Touch My grey hairs are multiplying! I don’t what to dye my hair all over but what can I do to make them less noticeable? By adding a few low lights or high lights it will blend those unwanted grey/white hair into your natural hair. You can make your hair look over all a little lighter by some highlights or add some tones like warm chocolates, gold, cool mahogany, or rich reds. Just have a few to start, it will make such a difference and doing it at home is not an easy option so I suggest a visit to your hairdresser where they can advise on what would be the most flattering colours for you. I have noticed long ridges going down my nails, they look and feel awful, am I stuck with them as nail varnish doesn’t even hide them? Gently buff or lightly file your nails across the ridges and I do mean gently, preferably use a nail oil over the top of the nail to prevent excessive friction and drying out the nail plate. Run your finger across the nail until you feel it is smooth then apply some good hand cream and massage into the skin and cuticles. You can now paint your nails (remember to use a base coat first) or leave them natural with a buffed shine. Ridges can occur for many reasons, stress, poor diet, too frequent use of a nail hardener, damage to the nail bed or even age. A mini manicure is a treat but well worth it as hands are always on show. Please be aware that in some cases of nail ridging it may be a sign or symptom that is worth checking with your GP. Sue Harrison is an Independent Salon Advisor, if you would like your hair or beauty questions answered please email • tel: 01342 300152

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Open Hands Open Hands is a locally based charity founded by Hadlow Down couple Stephen and Rebekka Maughan. Every year we publish news about the important work they do and their continuing progress; here is a Q&A with Stephen:

What is Open Hands? Open Hands is a Sussex charity dedicated to helping abandoned and destitute children, and young people in Romania. We support the poorest and most disadvantaged in this country.

Why do you work in Romania? Despite being an EU country, Romania remains an extremely poor country. According to the latest figures from the World Band 25% of people and 1 in 3 children live under the poverty line of $1 a day. The healthcare and economy is close to collapse, and widespread corruption and a lack of funding has left the fragile social system unable to cope with the increasing difficulties hard working Romanians face. Child abandonment is, sadly, still a huge problem in Romania. Experts estimate that every year between 3000-4000 children are abandoned by their parents. After a volunteer trip to Romania in 2008 we witnessed firsthand some horrendous conditions many children have to live in and so decided to offer our help and so set up Open Hands.

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What kind of work do you do in Romania? Over the past few years we have been involved in many projects which offer relief to very vulnerable children. Our mission has always been to be a voice for those living in extreme poverty, those who cannot speak for themselves. We are very concerned about the plight of children who grow up without having their most basic needs of food, clothing and adequate shelter met. Many children live vulnerable lives and poverty and neglect make them easy targets for abuse. We have just expanded our family support program which aims to transform the lives by improving living conditions, providing food, medical care and giving families access to social services. The main aim of our family support programme is to enable the children to attend school which in time will help them to escape the poverty circle. We also run a popular Christmas shoe box appeal from October; more details can be found on our website.

In what way do the families you support change? I can tell you it really is incredible to witness the transformation in children and parents if you invest, both financially and emotionally by building trusting and long lasting relationships with them. One

example is the Barba family who we started supporting last autumn. It is amazing to see how far they have come in just one year. When I last visited them Mr Barba proudly showed me the new room he built himself (with materials provided by Open Hands) for his little girl Alina, while Mrs Barba was so keen to show us every page of Alina’s school work. This family used to live in extreme isolation, on the bread line. Alina has now started school and gained much confidence this year, the family is healthier and happier; what a great success for this little girl! It is wonderful to see lives transformed and family relationships restored. As we continue this vital work and seek to help more families, like the Barba’s, please consider supporting our work. For more information and to support this local charity you can look up our website www. or check out our latest news on facebook openhandscharity or • tel: 01342 300152


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Training, Trying, Triathlon-ing Annie Sidgewick of Nutley, member of the Freedom Tri Club of Crowborough, competed in the Female 60-65 category of the World Triathlon Grand Final last month. We were able to catch her just before the big day to find out why and how she had found herself entering the biggest Triathlon event in the World! “Well it all started a few years ago when I took up running. A friend was a personal trainer (Austin Warren) and he took on the task of getting me running and fit! After a couple of years of running I started to enter small 5k races, then 10k and got as far as half marathons. Then a chance meeting with a friend at Crowborough Leisure introduced me to the newly formed Triathlon Club (Freedom Tri Club). I just loved the swimming and then of course added the bike discipline! The first tri was over at East 24 • October 2013 • Ashdown Forest Living

Grinstead who have a women only tri-a-tri, which does exactly what it is - try and triathlon. I loved it, was hooked, started to do all sorts of triathlons, much to the despair of Austin (my trainer) who was trying to fit in training around all the events! “A friend & fellow entrant, Dave Beale, suggested that with a bit more training I could try for the Age Group World Championship. The seed was sown.  “I managed to get a place at Bristol Tri, which was one of the qualifiers for the World Champs and secured my place by coming in the top five of my age group to go forward to London.  “So here we are packing cases, GB kit, and trusty bike to head off for London on Wednesday. The hardest part about undertaking this challenge for me was the

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Another Way Charles Gallannaugh, the first surgeon to perform an operation at the renowned Horder Centre in Crowborough, has turned author to publish: ‘Another Way – The Horder Centre Sixty Years of Evolution’. The book tells the story of the progression from a fledgling charity in 1954 to today’s centre of excellence - a multifaceted 21st century organisation that has been built and designed around the concepts of a therapeutic environment. It also features an impressive selection of photographs including visits from former president Princess Margaret. Part One of the book describes the time from its inception to the death of its founder Cecilia Bochenek in 1981 and part two describes the establishment of the surgical unit and the development of a modern joint replacement service. We are able to bring you a brief Question and Answer with the author, who, although retired, remains a trustee of the centre: What/Who inspired you to write this book? For many years patients and staff had asked me about the origins of the Centre; how did it come about and who was Lord Horder. Aware that the current Chief Executive wished to make use of the Centre’s history as a focus of interest for patients I decided to write the story before old records had been destroyed and the memories of those who were

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Ashdown Forest

Ranger’s Report In The last two weeks an alarming number of sheep have been killed locally. In one incident near the forest 13 ewes

1.75 were miles/3km killed. The dogs have been caught and the owner


faces charges and may have his dogs destroyed. Police Scottish are carrying out DNA week the on the Forest therecare) into Ridge From Linton’s cartests. parkLast cross road (with games were at least 6 incidents on the forest involving dogs car park (summer only). Walk out of the rear past a seat onto traditionally attacking livestock. Sheep and cattle have been bitten aand grass path and in about 50m turn left onto a ride. Remain on played at two sheep have died. Both BBC Sussex broadcast this gently with descending ride,National ignoring that bears off an interview the South Downs Parkanother and Halloween right, for about 400m. on sheep worrying. If you Countryfile did a programme were forms walk your dogs in the grazing area and they are not under of divination close control to heel) or on a lead don’t be to discover On both left (i.e. andwalking right are linear quarries, surprised if you get a warning from the rangers. Please one’s future now filled with scrub and trees. Such do not let your dog run freely near stock as they can spouse. One quarries dot Forest anddoubts very quickly getthe out of control.landscape If you have any such way provided stone for roads. Typical heathland about your dog or you want to exercise him off the lead was to peel we suggest thenightjar, safest option is use alternative areas. We birds such as stonechat, tree pipit an apple in would be grateful if you can spread the word to other dog and woodlark usually breed in this area and owners usein theparticular Ashdown Forest. one long the ride who edges are one of the

strip, toss it over one’s shoulder; the shape condition than it was when he started in as a ranger 1974. in which Until next time. The ride bears left, then right through a break in the quarries it landed was believed to be the first letter Mikecontinues Yates, Ashdown Forest Ranger and descending for 400m to a metalled drive of (Sandy your future spouse’s name. Another unmarried women were told that Lane) . On the left is a bowling green and aheadgame: are the if they sat in a darkened room and gazed cricket pitch and pavilion of Coleman’s Hatch Cricket Club. into a mirror on Halloween night, the face of their future husband would appear in the mirror, gruesomely however they were told if a skull were to appear in the mirror, 1: Who was known as ‘The Virgin Queen’? they were destined to die before marriage. The custom was widespread enough to be 2: Who wrote, ‘the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’? commemorated on greeting cards from the 3: Who was the first actor to play James Bond on film? late 19th century and early 20th century. 4: To which artistic movement does Van Gogh belong? Other methods: it was thought that a future 5: Shakespeare was said to be influenced by which spouse may also appear by slicing an apple other Elizabethan English dramatist? in half and eating it in front of a mirror by 6: In which city was George Best born? candlelight. And finally, a marriage partner’s 7: What did Ali Baba supposedly say to open the cave shape could be guessed at by going into in ‘One Thousand and One Nights’? a field of kale and pulling up a stalk. It was 8: Who are considered the most fearless soldiers of thought that the shape of the kale would Ancient Greece? match the shape of a future spouse... 9: To which book do characters Ratty, Mole, Badger With so many methods of finding one’s future and Toad belong? spouse, there couldn’t have been room for 10:What is the literal translation of the term ‘Faux Pas’? error! A Answers on page 38 Thisplaces month on we the saidForest goodbye to the Forest’s Conservation best (indeed in Sussex) Marrable retired after 30ofyears toOfficer see, Chris in May, the who yellow flowers the of service. He willspiny be missed andpetty he leaves the Forest in better small shrub, whin.

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British Wildlife Centre David Mills was a Farmer for 30 years before he gave it up to start the now nationally renowned British Wildlife Centre, which, luckily enough, is right on our doorstep… Here we find out more:

What was your inspiration for starting the British Wildlife Centre? For 30 years I was a dairy farmer with a herd of pedigree Jersey cows, and then in 1994 I sold the cows and converted the farm into the British Wildlife Centre. Animals have been a life-long passion and it was a dream of mine to run my own zoo. Being a farmer, working the land and being surrounded by wildlife, the natural progression was to create a Centre where people could learn about nature and be aware of the wonderful wildlife species which share our space.

What was the hardest part to establishing the centre? Obtaining planning permission for the change of use, and convincing the local authority that it was a good idea!

What is your goal with the centre? Our ethos is ‘Conservation through Education’. We feel it is vital for children to have an opportunity to see and learn about our own native wildlife, to develop a life-long interest in its protection and survival. From very small beginnings the Centre has grown into a place of national recognition, home to one of the finest collection of native species in the country. Visitors can see the smallest harvest mouse through to our largest land mammal, the red deer; plus rare species such as red squirrels, water voles and pine martens - animals that would be now almost impossible to view in nature.

Regularly used by the BBC Natural History Unit to film a particular species for programmes such as Springwatch, it’s also been used by CBeebies and many independent film makers.

What are your future plans? Conservation is very close to our hearts and our 16 acre wetlands nature reserve is currently being extended by another 10 acres to provide further habitat for a huge variety of insects, birds and mammals.

What has been the best highlight so far? One of the highlights of running the BWC is watching the public’s enthusiastic reaction over the years, that’s been a real delight. It’s been a huge pay off for that big initial risk! We strive to be innovative and are always trying new things. High spots in recent years have included the launch of our walk-through red squirrel enclosure in their own wooded Cospe. This was the very first enclosure of its kind in the UK and we were honoured to have Dame Judi Dench open this in 2010. It’s been a big success. Last year we launched our unique Nocturnal House for native night time species and we were privileged to have wildlife TV presenter, naturalist Chris Packham cut the ribbon. Chris is a good friend of the Centre and enjoys the fantastic photographic opportunities available here.

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Traditional Halloween Recipe: Toffee Apples Ingredients: 8 red apples (or 9 small ones) wooden skewers 450g (1 lb) sugar 150ml (1/4 pint) water 30g (1 oz) butter 1 tablespoon glucose optional: 3 drops red food colouring (as desired)

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What to do: 1. Wash and dry the apples and put in the skewers.

Anyone for a Spot of Leaf Spotting? Take the kids to try to find the most beautiful/unusual Autumn leaves - you can keep these for Arts and Crafts days later on in the year or even frame the best (once dried of course). You can visit: and see the section, ‘Autumn leaf spotting’, print off the page of possible leaf finds and tick them off as you go along. We suggest you try local Standen Wood - near Standen House. The wood is now in the care of the National Trust and is open to the public for most of the year . It has been owned and managed as a nature reserve since the 1970s and is a haven for birds and is a lovely walk suitable for children.

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2. Place sugar and water into a saucepan, stir over heat until the sugar is dissolved. Then add butter and glucose, cook rapidly, without stirring until it reaches 150 degrees C or, if you don’t have a sugar thermometer, then test the mixture by dropping a teaspoon into cold water, it should form a very hard ball. If this doesn’t happen, then boil for a little longer, otherwise the toffee won’t set on the apples.

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Poppies take Root A Grass roots (or Poppy roots A !) movement is growing that to mark the centenary of WW1 next year towns, villages and indeed individuals should plant field poppies in front gardens and areas of public land which will not be mown. The poppy is of course a symbol of WWI as a result of the famous poem In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow by John McCrae. He wrote this in 1915 after burying a close friend killed in the conflict, and noticing how quickly the poppies grew over the newly-dug grave:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

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It seems such a simple and appropriate tribute which can be done by anyone, anywhere. Also it is worth mentioning that poppies, being wild flowers, will encourage more wildlife such as bees. You can sow poppies this month for an early yield or otherwise wait until the Spring. Here are some simple instructions for planting by our regular garden writer Michael Dongray of Imberhorne Lane Nursery: Papaver Rhoeas Also known as Field Poppy, Flanders Poppy, Corn Poppy Seed can be sown directly where it is to grow in the Autumn or between March to May. Poppy seed needs to be sown on disturbed soil in a sunny position. The seed can be thinly broadcast over the ground and a light covering of soil over the seed will help protect from birds. Germination takes place 4 to 25 days after sowing. Poppy will grow well in impoverished poor soil so fertilising the ground prior to sowing is not required. If there is a prolonged dry spell then watering will be needed. Poppies are self seeding, the seed, which is produced from July onwards, can remain viable in the soil for many years. To make sure self sown seed comes again the ground should be disturbed in the Autumn. • tel: 01342 300152

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What’s On: October

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The British Heart Foundation are holding their Christmas Fair: Gorgeous handbags and scarves, My Eco store with wonderful children’s gifts, stylish ideas for your home plus plenty of new ideas as perfect Christmas gifts. Coffee and delicious cakes served. 10am - 12.30pm. 110 High Street, Lindfield, call: 07768 114579. Thursday 10th October Fungus Foray at Broadwater Warren - Join RSPB fungus expert Martin Allison on a hunt for the reserve’s hidden gems. Chantarelles, parasols, puffballs, deceivers, ceps and blewits. Even Martin won’t know what he will find, so it really will be a voyage of discovery for everyone. 10:30am - about 1pm. Price: £8 per person (£4 for RSPB members). Booking essential. Tel: 01892 752430. Saturday 12th October Groombridge Horticultural Society Plant Sale outside the village hall from 10am until noon. Saturday 12th October Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir perform a programme of classical and popular choruses with guest soloist Joanna Powell in the Church at Burrswood Hospital  TN3 9PY (near The Crown in Groombridge).7.30pm. Interval Refreshments available Tickets £10 (concessions £8) 01892 865985 Saturday 12th October Mansion Market: interesting and unusual stalls in and around a beautiful 18th century mansion. There will be puppet shows for children, taster therapy sessions, live music and all-day café in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. 11am - 4pm, Kidbrooke Park, Forest Row, free admission and parking. Saturday 19th October Ashurst Autumn Fair with Ashurst Old Photos & History. Auction of promises, fresh produce, book stall, art club stall, cake stall, craft stalls, cafe, etc. 10.30 am – 2 pm, Ashurst Village Hall. All funds to upkeep of Church of St. Martin of Tours. Saturday 19th October. The Community Centre in Forest Row will be host to the annual exchange meeting of the UK Sucrologists Club. Participants bring along their duplicate sugar packets and help themselves to 36 • October 2013 • Ashdown Forest Living

Saturday 26th October Blackham Village Hall Quiz Night at 7:30pm. Tickets £8 including food. Call: 01892 740574 to reserve you table. Licensed bar & raffle. Tuesday 29th October Danehill Parish Historical Society. Talk: Andy Thomas - Lewes and 5th November Bonfire Celebrations at Danehill Memorial Hall, London Road RH17 7HS. Visitors are most welcomed at a charge of £3 to include refreshments. For details of future meetings and membership please contact Les, 01825 791103 or Jennie, 01825 790396. Thursday 31st October Celebrity Concert: D’Arcy Trinkwon at Worth Abbey: Handel—Duruflé—Widor—Liszt. Hailed “one of the truly great artists of his genre” (Münich Merkur), Worth Abbey’s internationally acclaimed organist D’Arcy Trinkwon gives a performance organised by and in aid of four local charities: The Circle Club, Crawley Open House, Worth Abbey Parish’s friendship church in Irundu (Uganda) and LIFE. Worth Abbey – which houses a magnificently dramatic organ - offers the most powerful places to listen to and experience great music anywhere south of London venues. 7pm for 7.45pm start. Refreshments available. Tickets £10 (under 16 free) – available from Worth Abbey Parish, Tel 01342 710313, Saturday 2nd November Recital in aid of The Royal British Legion ‘Poppy Appeal’. Claire Watkins - Soprano Gareth Dafydd Morris, Tenor Simon P. Morris, Piano, 1pm, Holy Trinity Parish Church, Forest Row. Retiring Collection, Refreshments. Saturday 2nd November Jonathan Veira in Concert – singer and broadcaster, recently seen on BBC Songs of Praise, presents an evening of music, laughter and fun in aid of Burrswood Hospital. All Saints Church, Crowborough TN6 1ED 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50. 01892 865985 Saturday 2nd November St Mary’s Nursery Nearly New Sale, Crowborough, 10-11:30am • tel: 01342 300152

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What’s On: October Sunday 3rd November A Memorial Service & Re-Dedication of the Memorial Garden at 2pm, followed by the rededication at 2:45pm approx. Tea will be served afterwards in the church annexe. This is a service of remembrance for all those who have died. Everyone is welcome to attend, to remember and give thanks for those they knew and loved. For further information contact Rev. Lisa Barnett on 01444 831827. St. Augustine’s Church, Scaynes Hill. Saturday 9th November Crowborough Friends of Hospice in the Weald are holding their annual Christmas Fayre, over 25 stalls selling a huge variety of superb hand-crafted items, books, jewellery, tombola, a Christmas Hamper to win plus and raffle. Come and buy your Christmas gifts coffee, tea and other refreshments, at Saxonbury Hall, All Saints Church Centre. Crowborough, TN6 1ED,10am to 2pm, to raise funds for the Hospice in the Weald. Further details from 01892 664036. Ashdown Music Festival Friday 1st November, Christian Community Church, Forest Row, 7:30pm Programme to include: Dvorak “American” Viola Quintet. Saturday 2nd November, The Long Room, Michael Hall School, Forest Row, 4pm Concert to include: Award-Winning Guitar Duo and the legendary “Trout” Quintet by Schubert. Sunday 3rd November, Gala Concert, Michael Hall School Theatre, Forest Row, 6pm. Programme to include: A World Premiere performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons arranged for Cello Octet and Solo Violin. BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012 Laura van der Heijden will take part in Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. To reserve tickets phone 07764 681 777 or book online:

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Goings on at the ASHDOWN FOREST CENTRE call 01342 823583 Sunday 13th October UK Fungus Day, from 11am. The Ashdown Forest Centre is delighted to be hosting the inaugural UK Fungus Day. The aim of the event, organised by The British Mycological Society and the Sussex Fungi Group is to raise the profile of fungi and fungal research throughout the United Kingdom. It’s a free educational family fun day, with walks and talks on Fungi and their ecology, an introduction to microscopes and children’s activities... there are even some free gifts for the children to grow their own Oyster mushrooms! This is a free event no booking is required. Wednesday 30th October Autumn Activity Day - from 11am. Its ALL going on at the Forest Centre! - We will be having our usual Fungi Identification Day in our Information Barn. We will also be having another of our highly successful and fun camp building days in our ‘secret location’ So why not bring a tarp, a blanket, a picnic and a drink and spend the day messing about in the woods! At the Centre itself there will be besom broom making demos from local resident Stan Card. Free. Friday 1st November Free Microchipping 12 - 4pm. Our friends at the Dogs Trust will be at the Forest Centre offering free microchipping. As you probably are aware microchipping will be compulsory for all dog owners in England. This is a free (donations very welcome) drop in session - no booking is required.  Free autumn walks in Crowborough Enjoy autumn with the new free Crowborough healthy walks. The walk runs every first, third and fifth Thursday of the month,10.30-11.30am, with meeting points at Fernbank Centre (first Thursday), car park of Millbrook Garden Centre (third Thursday), and car park at St. Johns Recreation Ground (fifth Thursday). The walks are free and last no longer than an hour. There is no need to book. The walks are organised by conservation charity The Conservation Volunteers and are part of the national Walking for Health scheme. If anyone is interested in leading walks contact Paula on 07740 899559/ p.hubens@ • tel: 01342 300152


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