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Welcome to the October issue. ‘With Love from Forest Row’, is an article about 3 women on a mission to help give succour to people in great need, see page 36. This month we are pleased to feature ‘Q&A’s with two authors who bring their love of Pooh and Pooh country a.k.a. Ashdown Forest, to readers everywhere.

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The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh is a new book by author Kathryn Aalto. Here is a ‘Q&A’ with her about her book which largely features the Ashdown Forest, ‘Pooh country’: The 90th Anniversary of the first Winnie-the-Pooh book is next year. How have these classic books endured and why do you think they grow in popularity? The phenomenal success of the books was immediate and came not merely from stories about a boy and his animal chums romping through an imaginary landscape. A. A. Milne and his illustrator E. H. Shepard were like the Lennon-McCartney of their time. There was a magical interplay between writer and artist, between words and images, and Milne’s sensitive perceptions of children between the ages of 4 and about 9 years old. In a 2014 YouGov poll, Winnie-the-Pooh was named as the favourite children’s book of the past 150 years in England. When we read them, we’re transported to that particular time of our lives when we believed our stuffed animals were real. Yes, and I think at a storytelling level, Milne was at his peak in 1920s. He had been a famous humourist and playwright prior to writing these books for his son, the real Christopher Robin. The stories have classic structure - three acts with a few surprising twists and turns. The characters are clearly drawn and relatable - Pooh is like a three year-old child; Piglet is a timid fellow; Rabbit is an organiser who likes to draw up bureaucratic Rissolutions; Owl pontificates; Tigger is effervescent and can’t control his bounce while Eeyore - well, everyone knows him. The

stories are tender adventures with humour and hums; slapstick and puns; danger, suspense and resolution. And tying them together are soft satin ribbons of compassion, friendship and heroism. These are all familiar to us. Can you now describe what inspired you to write the book? When I moved to England from Washington State in 2007, I discovered the ancient network of public footpaths -- a true national treasure. As a family, we began walking a lot to get to know this new landscape. I was also reading classic books to my three kids, including Winnie-thePooh. I became curious then about the Hundred Acre Wood -- was it real and could we visit it?

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childhood in the natural world. Even for Victorian times, his parents gave him considerable freedom, believing nature was the greatest teacher, and he and his brother Ken wandered great distances. His first piece of published writing is, and I quote it in the book, about an 18-mile walk in Ashdown Forest when he was 8 years old. Quote from the book: Why separate memory from what we see? The fusion of fiction and nonfiction, the real and the fantasy worlds, the links between literature and landscape, are so joyful. Having scoured all the information about Ashdown Forest, what would you say makes it most unique and different from other landscapes? Ashdown Forest is what is called a “plagioclimax” landscape. This simply means that it originated through human activity and is maintained through human activity and management. William the Conqueror created a deer park here and gave it to his brother, with the proviso that he could hunt it. People think ancient trees of the area were cut down for the Spanish Armada, but they were gone long before then: the Romans used the wood to fuel bloomeries for the production of iron. Of course, commoners have exerted a great influence on the place as they have collected wood, turf, bracken and top soil at one point. When you see nibblers on the forest -Hebridean sheep, Galloway cattle, and Exmoor ponies -- the Conservators are maintaining this large expanse of heathland and the rare wildlife it supports.

Lastly, the first part of the book is a biography of Milne and Shepard. How did their different childhood s inform the book? Milne had a happy childhood in the outdoors while Shepard’s mother died when he was 11, leaving a tremendous gap in his heart and his family life. Shepard had a sharpened sensitivity to drawing the emotions of people and even anthropomorphic animals. But also, the book is coming out at a time when people are concerned about children spending more time playing on digital landscapes (games, computers mobile phones) than in the real one. People want to return to “classic childhoods.” A. A. Milne’s books capture a classic childhood with Christopher Robin exploring the Hundred Acre Wood without adults. These was born from memories he had of his own golden childhood, of watching his only child -- the real Christophe Robin -- play games outdoors, and through his own vivid imagination as a writer. Milne had an extraordinary

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Atmospheric Ashdown by front cover artist Oliver Pyle For many years I have walked, photographed and painted 9.5 square miles of the Sussex countryside - the Ashdown Forest. For anyone with a love of the landscape, Ashdown offers amazing diversity; wide open heathland areas and also secret enclosed woodlands, long views across the surrounding counties but with intimate details of a richly varied flora and fauna. Ashdown Forest is not traditionally pretty in a ‘chocolate box’ kind of way. Indeed it can look dull, scruffy, and even at times, desolate. Such is the nature of heathland where indigenous species of gorse, heather and Scots Pines battle against the elements year after year. However, to leave the description there would do it a great injustice, for Ashdown is a stunning part of our countryside heritage, and those that know it intimately attest to its enchanting, almost magical nature. From my perspective that magic comes from the light and the seasonal variations. Visit the same place for long enough and you will see a thousand different landscapes. Walk down a rutted footpath on the Southern Slopes for example, through banks of dead heather on a grey October afternoon, and in a moment the scene may be transformed by a break in the cloud. Greys are replaced by warm browns and it is as though a spotlight is shining across the South Downs in the distance, highlighting their undulations. For both painter and photographer it is these moments that are so important and that make it impossible to

Winter Sun, Wren’s Warren resist Ashdown’s charms for very long. Painting exclusively in watercolour gives me the perfect medium to capture the light and the land. It allows me to work quickly and capture a sense of the place, the atmosphere if you like, with the fewest brush strokes possible. As an artist I am not concerned with recording every spike on a gorse bush, but rather presenting a sense of the place. Just spending time on the forest, walking, observing, helps my painting no end - noticing how the shadows fall across a path, smelling the decaying leaves on the woodland floor, and hearing the noise of deer calling across the valley. They all contribute to a sensory impression, and it is that which I seek to convey in my work. ‘Atmosphere’ in painting is often seen as an elusive concept that can’t be described. Well, here’s what I think - when you look at my watercolours I want


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The Welsh Halloween Nos Galan Gaeaf or, occasionally ‘Spirit Night’. Many traditions gradually grew up around the festival which slowly morphed (via the USA of course) into the Halloween that we know today. Human nature being what it is, inevitably, this ‘spirit night’ became connected with all things frightening and ominous... For instance, another welsh tradition call ‘Coelcerth’ was initiated wherein a fire was built, everyone placing stones with their names on in and around the fire. If any stone and name were missing the following morning, that person would die during the coming year! It is easy to imagine the apprehension and sheer horror as people looked for their stones the next morning - the pressures of modern day seem pale by comparison!

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Another Welsh tradition was making masks in the hope of scaring evil spirits away - in modern day, of course, the Halloween masks of witches, ghouls, etc. are actually in the guise of ‘evil spirits’... But that was the heart of the art of carving faces on turnips and displaying them in windows: they weren’t there as an invitation for the ‘evil spirits’, as they are probably viewed today but quite the opposite. Turnip carving later made way for pumpkin carving which is now practised in copious amounts towards the end of October.

Long ago, before the industrialisation of Britain destroyed many of the old traditions in rural communities, the end of autumn and the first day of winter was the 1st November and it was a cause for celebration, why celebrate the coming of winter? it’s hard to tell, but the people probably needed some good memories to see them through this harsh time of year! November 1st as being the first day of winter seems like a pretty accurate assessment of the seasons, 21st December always feels too late a declaration as the official start of winter in this Northern Hemisphere country of ours. By the end of October the harvest had been gathered in, excess livestock had been culled or killed off and put into storage to see people through the colder days. There was a communal, festivity feel, with everyone who had participated in the growing of crops and the keeping of animals, coming together to celebrate.

Naturally ‘being frightened’ soon became an essential part of Nos Galan Gaeaf - Halloween. The image of ‘Y Hwch Ddu Gwta’, a black sow without a tail, accompanied by a headless woman, roaming the countryside together on Nos Galan Gaeaf, terrified everyone when the best place to be was inside your house in front of a roaring fire! And who can blame them.

One tradition that grew up around this jovial time was the harvest mare: corn would be fashioned into the shape of a horse and placed above the hearth. Getting the mare into the house became a game and the cause of much ‘horseplay’ (the origin of the term). Women tried to prevent it coming inside, trying to soak it with water, while the men attempted to keep it dry.

There were further superstitions like touching or smelling ground ivy, which was thought to make you see hags or witches while you sleep. Boys were told to cut 10 leaves of ivy, throw one away and put

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the rest under their pillows in order to see who their future bride would be. Surprise, surprise that for girls who wanted to see who their future husband would be it was a much more arduous process. They had to grow a rose, train it around a large hoop, then slip through the hoop three times before cutting the rose and placing it under their pillow when they went to bed that night. Let us hope they got the answers they were looking for!

simple one of never looking into a mirror on Halloween or else you would see witches and demons in your sleep. In various modern day literary forms mirrors are still often symbolised as being a connection to the spirit world.

Like many Celtic festivals this particular festival was adopted by the Church with the advent of Christianity and it became the festival of All Saints on November 1st and All Souls Festival on November 2nd, continuing the tradition of remembering the souls that had passed on. However Halloween has completely eclipsed these festivals in modern day.

In the 18th century, as Britain changed from a rural to an urban, industrialised country, many (but not all) of the Halloween or Galan Gaeaf customs died out. The ‘spirit night’ on the 31st October is one celebration that has remained and the customs, which largely evolved in the USA , have been re-absorbed into our yearly calendar as a time to bring out the ghost tales and terrify you with visions of all sorts of ghoulish creatures.

Traditions on the 31st October varied, of course, between regions of the country. The American custom of trick or treating is presumed to have a Scottish origin, guising as it was known, while modern customs such as bonfires on Halloween night go back many years.

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Pooh and his Pastimes Poohsticks is of course a national pastime fully realised on a small bridge in the Ashdown Forest in what is now known as Pooh country. It is one of the National Trust’s’ 50 Things To Do Before You Are 11 and ¾’ and is a game loved by adults and children alike. The Poohsticks Handbook written by Mark Evans, comedy writer for the BBC, is a charming and funny text which guides the reader through the intricacies of Pooh Sticks – from a brief history of the game (invented, of course, by Pooh Bear himself in ‘The House at Pooh Corner’) to strategies that can help avoid a soaking. We find out what the perfect Pooh stick looks like, what the optimum location is and about notable games of Poohsticks throughout history. The book ends with FAQ About Poohsticks, which Winnie-the-Pooh thinks stands for ‘Food Always Quitenice’. Here we a ‘Q&A’ with author, Mark Evans:

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Frant International Music Festival presents Emma Johnson & The Engegård String Quartet

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Winning the ‘BBC Young Musician of the Year Award’ in 1984, launched the international career of clarinet virtuoso Emma Johnson, a career which has taken Emma to some of the world’s major venues throughout Europe, the USA, Asia, Africa, Australia, etc.


Music Magazine). Joining Emma tonight will be one of Europe’s foremost classical music groups, from Norway, The Engegard String Quartet. ‘The Strad Magazine’ considers ‘the playing is breath-taking’, and The International Record Review writes ‘first rate quartet playing’. The programme includes music by Vaughan Williams, Grieg, Mozart, etc .

The Engegård String Quartet ‘England’s best loved clarinetist’ (BBC Music Magazine), ‘A classical music superstar’ (Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine) are just some of the accolades heaped on this remarkable musician. Emma’s recent recording of Brahms and Mendelssohn has been described as ‘landmark disc’ (The Observer), and her CD ‘Pastoral’ was designated ‘CD of the Year’ (BBC

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At Frant Church, High Street, Frant (near Tunbridge Wells) , TN3 9DX on Sunday 8th November, at 8pm (doors open 7.30 pm). Tickets £18 from Frant Stores, Britten’s Music Shop Tunbridge Wells.

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With Love, from Forest Row Three local women from Forest Row: Clare Parker, Anna Kilpatrick and Rosa Martin decided to set up ‘Forest Row to the Jungle’ when, this summer, they took a van loaded with donations collected from the local community (tents, food pallets, warm clothes) to the Calais ‘Jungle’, a pop up ‘village’ where refugees are living in the hope of coming to Britain. They are preparing for their second visit within the next couple of days with another overwhelming response of giving from the local community. Here is some fascinating feedback about what they experienced so far: We’re a non-political group of women who live close to the South coast and seeing people in need so near to us, we are extending the help we can give. We don’t ourselves profess to have any solutions or to know what the right answers are to this situation, but we certainly see that they are people in need and that most of them want to return to their countries when the conflicts are finally over. It was a good feeling that there that we were, 3 women by ourselves heading into the ‘Jungle’. We drove right into the camp, it looked like a rural part of Africa, we had to wait 45 mins for our first contact to meet us. The population is all almost entirely male, if you drove into a British camp full of only males in difficult circumstances, you might feel threatened. However, we were made to feel very welcome and people began to wave, smile and greet us with kindness. We were absolutely welcomed, people were respectful and appreciative of the help. There

his town ISIS had control and if you voiced any disagreements you ran the real risk of being either thrown from a tower or beheaded. Another person from Pakistan who had lost all his family had been granted asylum in France and now comes back to the Jungle to help other people to get on their way. was no ‘grabbing’ or any angry sense of entitlement despite the desperation of their situation. We were able to walk around and leave our van without worry that things would be taken away. People were genuinely interested in us, asking where we were from, etc. When we carried out our organised distribution, lines were formed, women were particularly respected and those waiting were patient and for the most part relaxed. There were some quite harrowing realities of jungle life, for instance, there was a 12 year old who had escaped his country and he was on his own without any family around him. We saw an 18 year old man who just arrived lying on the floor, exhausted and confused. One of his few possessions was a mobile so he could call his brother who was able translate via another ‘jungle resident’ and let them know his situation and that he needed assistance to understand the systems for getting help in the camp. Naturally residents of the jungle have divided themselves into nationality groups; we noticed the Syrian group were the most ‘broken’ out of all the groups, conspicuous by their distance and absence in the queues which would form at distribution times. We met one Syrian guy who said that in


A group of 11 Sudanese young men, invited us into their tent to give us some of their precious clove tea after the distribution. We learned that they often wanted to come to England because they had learned English in schools and so it was where they felt they could build a new life, where they had some sense of understanding and connection. Most of the reasons people had fled their countries were due to conflicts that threatened their existence. Another reason people wanted to come to Britain in particular was that perhaps the ‘one living relative’ they had in a safe country happened to be in Britain. Some of them had just given up though, maybe having tried to jump on a Euro Tunnel train, they had then broken a limb, or they had finally decided to stay in France as it was too hard to try getting into England. To support the ‘Forest Row to The Jungle’ community group find them on Facebook for updates and donation points.

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What’s On in October

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Thursday 1st October

Friday 9th October

Groombridge History Group. A talk by Dr Darren Clarke, curator for the Charleston Trust, entitled “Picturing Charleston” and charting the emerging presence of Charleston in the work of the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, from anonymous subject to quintessential Bloomsbury residence. At 8pm at Groombridge Village Hall.

Hormones - everything you need to know. A talk by Dr Yehudi Gordon MB BCh, MD, FRCOG, FCOG SA , Consultant Gynaecologist and Integrated Healthcare Specialist; Kitty Hagenbach M.A., DipPsych Psychotherapist and Amanda Edwards B.Ac, M.B.Ac. C, Rev. Acupuncturist and Inner Inquiry Counsellor. At 8-10pm, Community centre, Hartfield Rd. www. awakentoheal.com.

Saturday 3rd October

Saturday 10th October

Barn Dance: Family Barn Dance with live caller, bar and raffle. £8 Adults, £6 U16s, £25 2 adults and 2 U16s. 7pm11pm. Fairwarp Village Hall, Nursery Lane, TN22 3BD. Call: 01825 712292.

Mansion Market. Come and see birds of prey at this exciting market held in and around a beautiful 18th century mansion. Stallholders will be offering lots of brilliant ideas for gifts including fashion clothing, food, crafts, leather goods, toys, plants and more. 11am - 4pm, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row.

Saturday 3rd October The Big Draw is a national celebration of drawing, bringing people together through the pleasure of imaginative drawing activities. Free and open to all ages a Big Draw event is being held in Hartfield. Why not have a try at: drawing with light, mark making in clay, flip books, giant communal drawing to music. Refreshments will be available. 10am - 4 pm at St Mary’s Church, Hartfield. For more info: Hartfield Arts and Theatre Society, call: 01892 770714.

Saturday 10th October Groombridge Horticultural Society Plant Sale. Quality plants at great prices from Jordan’s nursery including pansies, wallflowers, cyclamen and many more. Come along and stock up your garden! 9am to 12noon, outside the Groombridge Village Hall. Monday 12th October

Saturday 3rd October

Sussex Family History Group. Kent & Sussex scandals - a talk by Chris McCooey. At 7:15pm for 7:30pm start, Luxfords Day Centre, Uckfield.

Vasari Singers in Concert. A return visit by this choir, rated as one of the best in the UK with a varied programme of unaccompanied choral music from the Renaissance to the present. Conductor, Jeremy Backhouse, has family links with Fairwarp. Tickets are £10 and are available from Brittens Music in Tunbridge Wells, online from www.wegottickets.com or by post (sae) from Fernleigh, Queens Road, Crowborough TN6 1EJ. More information from Box Office 07596122972. At 7:30pm, St Lukes Church Tunbridge Wells,TN4 9JH.

Groombridge Hortiucultural Society Evening Event. Master gardener Mr Hilary Newman will be talking to us about “The Winter Garden”. Everyone is very welcome - free for members and £3 for non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. 8pm, Groombridge Village Hall (New Hall).

Monday 5th October

Wednesday 21st October

U3A Open Meeting. Perdido Players Swing Band play music from 30s and 40s. Admission £1 includes refreshments. At 2pm, Clair Hall, Haywards Heath.

The Weald of Sussex Art Exhibition. Original works of art for sale by professional, semi-professional and amateur Sussex artists using many different media.10am to 5pm, Wed 21st to Fri 23rd 10am to 3:45pm, Sat 24th Oct.,The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill.

Thursday 15th October

Thursday 8th October A Child of Six Could Do It: Cartoons and Modern Art. A lecture by Barry Venning for Ashdown Forest Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Modern art has always been a target for cartoonists, humorous writers and wise-guys. From the French humourist Cham, through the work of the gifted staff on the New Yorker to the Daily Telegraph’s brilliant cartoonist Matt, this lecture gives their illuminating and, above all, funny sidelong view of 150 years of Modern Art. Members free of charge, guests £6.At 2:30pm, Nutley Village Hall, High Street, Nutley, TN22 3NE.

Wednesday 28th October East Grinstead RSPB local group. Illustrated talk: Birds of Paradise and Bower Birds - the world’s most beautiful group by Glenn Duggan. Contact Lesley Berry 01342 324955. At 8pm, the Main Hall, East Court, RH19 3LT. Saturday 31st October R.B.L ‘Poppy’ Recital. Music Recital of singing, including Opera, Oratorio, Music Theatre along with Organ and Piano solos. At 2pm, Holy Trinity Church, Forest Row.


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Had enough of SLEEPLESS Nights? Are you suffering from insomnia, habitual snoring or chronic daytime tiredness? If so, read on…. Dr Peter Venn is a Consultant Sleep Physician who set up the Sleep Disorder Centre at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, in 1993, A leading expert in his field, he was the medical adviser on BBC1’s Goodnight Britain, and broadcasts regularly on both radio and television.

Dr Venn says, ‘Poor sleep is very common, and many people have chronic problems. Snoring and breathing disorders affect about 4% of middle-aged adults. Sleep apnoea is a disabling condition in which sufferers stop breathing whilst asleep with both medical and social consequences.”

High blood pressure and diabetes are frequent associations with sleep apnoea, leading to a higher risk of stroke and heart attack in middle age. Symptoms include snoring, stopping or struggling to breath and excessive tiredness in the daytime.

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