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Dear Residents Welcome to the May Edition of the East Grinstead Living. We’re so happy you liked our Agony Aunt feature. Here it is again this month! Be sure to send in any questions you have for Sylvia to answer. Thank you for the great feedback to the David Shepherd article, it’s good to hear so many of you enjoyed it! Read about how one local family was inspired to start their own charity, HUGS UK, and all the amazing work they’re doing. East Grinstead borders the beautiful Ashdown Forest which is world-renowned for Winnie-thePooh. We have a lovely feature about Pooh by Mike Ridley, a true “Poohologist,” proprietor of Hartfield’s Pooh Corner and also Disney adviser for the recently released movie. There are 2 competitions to enter for some brilliant May performances at Chequer Mead. If you are a local community group or charity please get in touch if you would like some extra promotion. Please keep supporting local businesses. With Best Wishes, Tally & Chris East Grinstead Living Team 01342 300152

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Diary of a Poohologist

Mike Ridley creator of Pooh Corner Ashdown Forest, factually one of the best-kept secrets in the South-East, resides in the hearts of many a person the world over as the home of their much-beloved childhood story character, Winnie-the-Pooh. Indeed, when you next go abroad & mention where you live and it’s relative distance to Ashdown Forest, I would safely bet it’ll be A.A. There is every chance that somewhere, carefully hidden away, there are a number of unpublished manuscripts written by A.A.Milne on the subject of his son Christopher Robin and his childhood toy, Winnie-the-Pooh. It may be a slim chance but a chance nonetheless. I have spent much of my life involved with Winnie-the-Pooh and I have met many interesting people that were one way or another connected with him. The Pooh stories became real for me when I first heard them read by the actor Norman Shelly many years ago. His readings were broadcast in Children’s Hour on the BBC light programme. Many years later, I met Norman and he took tea with me at Pooh Corner, my little shop in Hartfield. “Where are my recordings?” he said, with a hint of incredulity in his voice. He gave me the name of the record company and I quickly put the matter right! One of the delights of hearing the stories being May 2011 • East Grinstead Living

Milne’s famous stories that people will mention. In light of the recent release of the new Pooh movie we asked Mike Ridley official “Poohologist” & creator of Pooh Corner (Hartfield) to give us a greater insight for our readers. In his unpublished book, ‘Scribbles from the Pooh Corner Diaries’, He says:

read was the piano music played to accompany the Hums. The pianist was David Davis known to Children’s Hour listeners for many years as ‘Uncle David’. I eventually met David at an event held by a local music society in Withyham and heard him play live. We talked afterwards and listening to his voice I was transported back to my childhood; it was an unforgettable experience. At the time of my childhood, other than listening to the wireless, a child’s first introduction to Winniethe-Pooh would either be from reading the books or having them read to you. Nowadays, there are videos, DVDs, the cinema and of course television. It would be fair to say that there is no escape from Pooh & Piglet; virtually every shop in every High Street in the world will have something that relates to Winnie-the-Pooh. This has much to do with the industrious work of the Walt Disney Company • tel: 01342 300152

but when you get right down to it, the simple truth is that regardless of how you were introduced to him, everyone loves Winnie-thePooh. So for me the Pooh stories first became real when I first heard them on the radio but they became special and enchanted soon after I moved to Hartfield in Sussex. I then created the Pooh Corner shop and embarked upon my own expeditions into the real Pooh Country – Ashdown Forest. The rolling heathland of the Forest is steeped in ancient history and is truly beautiful throughout all the seasons. During these happy times I have had the pleasure of meeting and guiding thousands of Pooh fans from all over the world. Fortunately, I also met Christopher Milne himself and, as I say in the dedication to my little booklet, ‘The Official Pooh Corner Rules for playing Poohsticks’: “The memories of our all too few meetings will always bring a smile to my face and a glow to my heart.”

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My sister’s son is being heckled at school. I wouldn’t call it bullying as such but he’s teased sometimes and pushed about a bit. What advice would you give my sister that she can pass on to him?


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St Mary’s Church, Windmill Lane You can live for years in the northern half of East Grinstead and not know your parish church. Tucked away up Windmill Lane, it is not visible as you drive up, or more usually queue up, the London Road heading into the town. However, it is worth a visit. Its red brick exterior belies the beauty of its interior and it will give a warm welcome to anyone who come to the Parish Mass at 10 am Sunday mornings. Around 110 years ago the town was expanding north of the railway and there was no Church of England church near enough to look after the growing community. As a result the Stenning family who owned a timber business in the area gave the land in Windmill Lane and commissioned local architect William Thorold Lowdell to design a new Church of England parish church. St Mary’s has stood on this spot ever since. It has about 3000 households in a parish which extends either side of the London Road from the railway and the Worth Way to Imberhorne Lane and Furze Lane and along the Lingfield Road as far as the Surrey border. On the same site as the church, St Mary’s has a church hall that is well used for community events and a thriving primary school. Under the leadership of its vicar, Fr Paul, St Mary’s has a growing congregation of over 100, with many young families. The church also extends its love and care for the community with baptisms, marriages and funerals. Regular services are also held at nursing homes in the parish for those who are unable to get to church. St Mary’s tries to serve us all, from the cradle to the grave. Although much loved, St Mary’s building is now showing a few problems of middle age. The

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A Grinsteadian Family Story

Why we started our Charity “My whole world stopped, I felt numb, I cried, I thought this was all just a bad dream.” These were the emotions felt by a mother whose daughter, Regan, had just been diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. When that mother is your own cousin you feel helpless, you want to hold them and tell them everything is going to be alright…

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disabled children and parents of young carers asking for advice & help. Even calls from teenagers suffering from drug related problems to underage pregnancies, my phone was constantly ringing. Their individual causes led me to start HUGS. As a family we have experienced so much so to pass on our knowledge to others makes you feel like you are really trying to make a difference. We found out just how hard it actually is to fundraise but sheer determination, stubbornness and hard work really does pay off, and that is why HUGS will continue to raise money for all children. This is because life is about making • tel: 01342 300152

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Peter Chater Robinson adapted JM Barrie’s timeless story for the stage more than 25 years ago and now popular tv personality Cheryl Baker will be adding some extra fizz to ‘Peter Pan – the Musical’ when Bullfrog Productions take to the Chequer Mead stage on 27th and 28th May.


The perfect treat for all the family, tickets are already flying out of the Box Office but East Grinstead Living has a pair to give away in our easy to enter competition:

What is Wendy, John and Michael’s surname? Email answer to:, write to: Peter Pan Competition, 33 Morton Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4AF. Closing date: 15th May ’11

Competition Vienna Festival Ballet presents


Music by G.A.Rossini. Choreography by Sheila Styles Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th May at 7.30pm

Cinderella is one of the best known fairytales, and Vienna Festival Ballet’s full length version has all the familiar ingredients - A downtrodden young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly step- sisters and a handsome prince. A specially commissioned score, created solely for Vienna Festival Ballet by Chris Nicholls, with music from some of Rossini’s most famous operas. Tickets: £18.50 Senior Citizens £15.50 Children £12.50 May 2011 • East Grinstead Living • tel: 01342 300152

We have a pair of tickets to give away. To enter our Competition simply answer this question:

How does the Prince find Cinderella after she has run away? Email answer to:, write to: Cinderella Competition, 33 Morton Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4AF. Closing date: 10th May ’11

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Gardening Tips for MAY Article by Michael Dongray, Imberhorne Lane Nursery Proprietor


In late May, after the soil temperature has warmed, plant summer flowering bulbs such as Gladioli. Dahlia tubers can also be planted now. Remove dead flower heads from Daffodils, Hyacinths and Tulips.


Remove surplus raspberry shoots, leaving only the strongest and give plants good mulch. Spray tree and soft fruit against pest and diseases. Be careful not to spray on open blooms, as pollinating insects may be present.


Main crop potatoes not yet planted must be put in as soon as possible. Early potatoes may be “earthed up”. Continue to make sowings of Lettuce, Radish, Beet, Carrots and Runner and French Beans may be sown, along with Spinach, Swede and later in the month Sweetcorn. Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage and Celery plants may be planted out when they have been “hardened off”.


Weather permitting; grass should now be cut at least once a week. Feeding the Lawn will be beneficial. If weeds are present then use a combined weed and feed. Seeding bare patches can also be carried out.


Early flowering shrubs such Azaleas and Rhododendron should be pruned after blooming and can be fertilised at the same time. It is still an ideal time to plant shrubs. Dull showery weather is most suitable, so long as the soil is not “sticky”. Farmyard manure or Soil Improver Compost can be added to improve the soil. Any acid loving plant requires ericaceous compost. Pot grown shrubs are most ideal for planting, as the roots do not get damaged. It is better to plant as soon as possible to enable the new roots to have as much time as possible to establish themselves before the end of the growing season. After planting, water the shrubs and then mulch with chipped bark or similar. If there is a dry spell after planting is may be necessary to water. Faded flowers need removing from Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Camellias. The plants may now be cut back as far as the old wood (do not cut into old wood) and then feed with an ericaceous plant food. Forsythia and other spring flowering shrubs need to be given a hard pruning straight after flowering.

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Gary Spurle Bathrooms & Heating Gary Spurle has been working as a plumber in the East Grinstead area for over 20 years.

training 2 apprentices whom he now employs. One, Jon Noakes, prestigiously won plumbing student of the year at his college. Also Dennis, who is progressing well in his second year exams. His company has now successfully completed many projects locally.

Having apprenticed with a local firm, “Martin Blake & Partner”, he was awarded plumbing student of the year 1992 & 1994 by his college. In 1995 he started out on his own and hasn’t looked back since. He worked with his father, also a plumber, for 10 years before he recently retired, ensuring all the hardearned skills have passed on to the next generation! Gary’s continued to grow his business by personally

The company covers all aspects of plumbing, bathroom installations, heating installations, boiler servicing and repairs, warm air heating, air source heat pumps and more. Gary also keeps his finger on the pulse of new developments in the ever changing market of heating our homes, while not losing the all-important hardearned knowledge of older heating systems.

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What’s On

– May 2011

Friday 6th May THE GARDENS AT STANDEN Standen’s Head Gardener, James Masters will be talking about the Gardens at Standen. Members Free, non-members £2.50. At 8.00pm at East Court Mansion, East Court, East Grinstead Saturday 14th May You are invited to an evening of musical entertainment to raise funds for Christian Aid. 79:30pm at St. Swithun’s. Tickets £2.50 each on the door or call: 316382. Monday 16th May East Grinstead Natural History Society. Talk: Spiders and Insects of the South Downs at 7:45pm. St Barnabus Church Hall, Dunnings Road, Visitors £2.50 including refreshments. Contact Lesley Berry on 01342 324955 Friday 20th May The Balcombe Tunnel Murder by James Gardener, Main Hall, East Court. Members: £1, non members: £1.50, 7.30 pm. Further information is available on the Saturday 21st May Join the 6th EG Scout group for a afternoon of Family Bingo. Moat Church Hall at the corner of Moat and London Road. Tickets are available in advance @ £7.50 for adults inc fish & chips and 2 games of bingo and £5 for children. Time 4-7 pm. To reserve your tickets please contact 01342 326311 or email Saturday 21st May AshFest - Ashdown Forest Festival A FREE Celebration for families: Make a horned sheep headdress, Watch woodland craft demonstration, Make your own charcoal sticks and join our fun drawing workshop, Explore ancient fire making, wild food, hazel weaving, and archery Enter your home made shepherd’s crook in the childrens competition to win a prize, 12- 4pm at the Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross. Visit www. for details. Free Mole Check Event at McIndoe Surgical Centre. Spaces are extremely limited so book early to avoid disappointment. 0800 917 4922 Wednesday 25th May East Grinstead RSPB. Meeting runs from 8 – 10 pm with guest speaker. Large Parish Hall, De La Warr Road. On June 29th meeting guest speaker: David Lindo - From the BBC “The One Show” An illustrated talk, The Urban Birder. More info: 01444 440452 Monday 30th May Felbridge Bowling Club is holding an Open Day to encourage new bowlers to turn up and have a chat with our members and try their hand at bowling. 2.30pm. For further information call the Secretary on 01342 322116 or the Captain on 01342 322954. April 2011 • East Grinstead Living

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Tuesday 31st May Free seminar on vision correction procedures including the latest laser eye surgery and advanced options for cataract surgery. An excellent and informative way to find out the options from one of Centre for Sight’s expert surgeons. The seminar starts at 7pm at their dedicated eye hospital on the Turners Hill Rd. Places can be booked by calling 01342 306020 or emailing Holiday Fun at East Grinstead Museum – Games & Crafts 10:30 – 3pm. £1 per child for ages 5 – 11. Saturday 25th June Age Concern East Grinstead are holding a charity fund raising Barn Dance at the Felbridge Village Hall. Tickets are £10.00 per head or £28.00 for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children). This includes a fun evening of dancing and a fish & chip supper. Call: 01342 327046. REACHOUT IS GOING ON IN A PARISH NEAR YOU. St Swithun’s is holding a week of events called REACHOUT from 7th – 15th May designed to reach out to everyone in our community. Their usual groups and activities include Youth Club on Thursday evenings, Tea and Toys for Mums and preschoolers on Wednesday mornings and Men’s Relax on Monday nights (relax in the peace and quiet of St Swithun’s before heading down the pub for a pint). Also during reachout week Messy Church, fun and worship for children will take place at East Court on 8th May at 4 pm, A Night of Colour at Sackville School on Friday 13th May, a concert for Christian Aid in St Swithun’s on Saturday 14th May. Full details of the programme at


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The Majority of our businesses are East Grinstead based! Art/Framers Objet D’Art Beauty Muse Makeup Diana Beauty Electrolysis Blinds & Curtains Elizabeth Designs Café/Function Venue/ Restaurant/Bar Yew Lodge The Swan Bar & Restaurant Children’s Activities & Products/Education Bullfrog Productions Children’s House Montessori Nursery Effective Education Centre Felt Good Blackland Farm French Tuition German Tuition Children’s Toys, Bramble Corner Cleaning Services Help made Simpler Window Cleaning Supreme Oven Cleaning Clothes & Shoe Shops Private Collection Suitables Computer/Website Design Services Cavtec Willis IT Services Hoocan IT Services Amber Computer Services Dogs Dog Walking/Behaviourist Dental

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