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Dear Residents,

Welcome to this month’s edition of the East Grinstead Living.

Do you like the front cover? We think the image is the symbol of East Grinstead and epitomises it’s history. Thank you to Simon Kerr the Tourist Officer, for providing it.

We’ve a lovely autumnal recipe to try, perfect for the colder days. On page 15 there’s an extract from local author Daphne Farrow’s book, ‘Funny things happened to me on the way to old age’. Guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. With the Diamond Jubilee coming up next year, lots of input and ideas are needed to make it a highly memorable celebration, see page 20. Miss Moneywise brings us her household tips (worth cutting out and keeping). And, of course, there’s much more including all of our local businesses. Please flick through to see the new businesses that have come on board with us. Thanks for any support given to them and don’t forget to mention East Grinstead Living when you call them up. Many Thanks, Tally & Chris East Grinstead Living Team

Contents Recipe

6

Pigs

8

Snow White Competition

8

Singing

10

The Best Reason to Buy a Handbag

12

Meeting the Love of My Life

14&16

Charity Page

18

Charity Page

18

Diamond Jubilee

20

Thinking

22

Event at Standen

22

Miss Moneywise

22

For a Giggle

24

Calling all Potential Santas

26

Operation Christmas Child

28

Trick or Treating?

30

Sudoku & Quick Quiz

30

Elizabeth Finn

32

Gardening Tips for September

34

What’s On

36

Index

38

Photo of St Swithun’s by Simon Kerr, East Grinstead Living Notice: East Grinstead Living prints various articles, features, and advertisements. Although these appear in East Grinstead Living, any opinions expressed are the opinion of the author, these are not necessarily the opinion of the publisher. © Copyright East Grinstead Living 2011. The contents of this publication are written specifically for our readers, no part may be reproduced elsewhere without express and prior permission.

Edward & Ellie

the East Grinstead Elephants Welcome to another competition! The name of the game is to locate the 2 Ellies & 2 Edwards hidden on 4 pages in the magazine. One Lucky winner will receive £20. To enter let us know the page numbers, your name, address & phone number. ALL AGES WELCOME Send answers to: Email: info@egliving.co.uk, write to: East Grinstead Living Competition, 33 Morton Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4AF. Closing date: 31st October 2011

IMPORTANT NOTICE On page 20 of the September 2011 Edition is the article “Big Cats in Sussex Myth or Mystery?” Please note, the bottom picture is Copyrighted to Carol Cowley. For any further enquiries/information about this picture please contact Carol Cowley on candyfloss8@ntlworld.com

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Ingredients

Method

1 whole butternut squash (peeled, de-seeded and diced)

1. Cut squash in half, peel skin and remove seeds, dice into 2” cubes, peel and dice potatoes the same size.

2/3 large peeled white potatoes

2. Gently sauté the onions and garlic in 2 tbsp of olive oil. When softened add squash and potatoes, stir - careful not to colour or burn ingredients. Add 4 sage leaves, stalks included.

1 large white onion finely diced 1 garlic clove finely chopped 3 pt vegetable stock or water salt & pepper 8 fresh sage leaves ¼ pt double cream or crème fraiche 4 oz grated fresh parmesan 2 tbsp olive oil

3. Cover with the 3 pt stock or water (I prefer a light stock), cover pan and simmer until squash and potatoes are cooked and not hard in the middle, about 20-30 mins. 4. When cooked, remove the pan from stove, using a blender blitz soup to a smooth velvety texture, if too thick add a little more stock. 5. Add cream or crème fraiche to the required consistency & colour. Season to taste. 6. Finally chop the remainder of the sage and add to the soup with the grated parmesan. You can use this method of cooking soup also with pumpkin, sweet potato, leek & potato, etc. It’s the vegetables that help thicken the soup so consider the ratio to stock/water. Great for autumn’s chillier days.

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Pigs

Yet pigs have been hailed as the smartest, cleanest of animals and odourless to boot - due to their lack of sweat glands. As well as being able to use a joystick to play basic computer games, they’ve passed the milestone ‘Mirror Test’. Pigs are shown a mirror and encouraged to retrieve reflected objects. For instance, they can detect food the whereabouts of which can only be seen by reflection. These results suggest the pigs appreciate the difference between reality and the reflected image thus demonstrating a high level of cognitive awareness.

Perhaps, it is not without good reason, that in his imaginary novella Animal Farm George Orwell chose pigs to be the dominant & cleverest of the farm animals. Possibly he’d a prophetic inkling of what later studies were to conclusively prove – pigs are the most intelligent of domestic animals. Flying in the face of this is the reality that ‘pig’ is used in many less than complimentary well-known phrases as: ‘Sweat like a pig’ (Pigs don’t sweat, except through their snouts!), ‘Eating like a pig’, ‘Fat as a pig’ and more supposed parallels

They can perform a whole plethora of circus tricks, mother pigs sing to their piglets while they are nursing and the list goes on. It’s perhaps little wonder micro pigs are garnering popularity in the household pets arena and, who knows, they might one day join the ranks of the most beloved of pets, – cats & dogs. No doubt the future will bring new discoveries of what these intelligent animals can learn to do. In the meantime we can ponder some alternative phrases that could be introduced into our language, such as: ‘As clever as a pig’...?

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And this year’s spectacular trip with Company of Friends takes us to the far off land of Moravia where the vain and wicked Queen Morgiana rules. Unfortunately, when the Magic Mirror tells her that it is not her but her step-daughter, Snow White, who is the fairest in the land the Queen flies into a revengeful rage. Don’t miss this spectacular family pantomime, comedy in abundance, stunning sets and costumes and great entertainment for kids of all ages!

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Handbag Amnesty 8th-22nd October 2011 In support of Cancer Research UK’s ‘pink for October’ breast cancer awareness month.

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We’re delighted to be able to publish this wartime extract from the book ‘FUNNY THINGS HAPPENED TO ME ON THE WAY TO OLD AGE’ by local author Daphne Farrow. Here, she talks about the man who was to become her husband & his cheeky pranks showing that even with something as serious as war looming you must never lose your sense of humour…

Meeting the Love of my Life

MacCupid at work (RAF Kinloss, Scotland) The first thing I noticed about Cliff was his delightful voice. The adjutant had said to me one day,“I think Farrow is your type.” “Oh NO!” I’d said with some vehemence, “He’s not tall enough!” My father and brother were both over six feet tall - so tall, dark and handsome was the recipe I was following.... however, I liked his voice.

Thrills and spills There were many things I was to discover about Cliff after we first met. For instance, he had taken flying lessons before the war and, anticipating the onset of hostilities, had joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve, and was actually called up on the day war was declared. His first assignment was towing drogues to provide target practice for the ground artillery. I came to realise he was totally courageous; he had trained to test about one hundred different types of aircraft and had experienced five forced landings without injury, one caused by a pair of lady’s knickers being stuffed into the oil feed. A strange form of sabotage. In 1940, when France fell and some of our pilots were stranded, he had flown a Spitfire to Nantes, picked up a pilot, who had to sit on his lap and navigate, while Cliff flew the plane safely back to the UK. I also learned he was delightfully funny, very kind, thoughtful and a wonderful dancer who had taught ballroom dancing as a hobby. Cliff also knew how to waltz himself out of a tight corner, so one day, when he was about to fly a small single-engine plane, which needed ground crew to swing the propeller to start the engine, he had taxied to the correct part of the perimeter for take-off but, as he got there, the engine stopped. He did not fancy footing it all the way back to the hangar, so he set the engine correctly, got out, swung the prop himself and was horrified to see the little plane take off without him!! Luckily it stalled, came down nearby, hitting a muddy patch and pitched forward onto its prop, thereby putting itself out of action. He just let the scene speak for itself, “Hit a muddy patch on take off, sir” was his report to the C.O.. There were three test pilots at Kinloss Maintenance Unit and at this point I did not realise they were thinking up all kinds of mischief for me.

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Sorry, no leg shows today boys There was a small airfield across the Cromarty Firth, at Dornoch, used as a parking area for aircraft awaiting attention. There was also a small equipment office, so Cliff asked me if I would like to fly there with him and inspect that office. I was both delighted and excited. He told me that the Commanding Officer of the Base insisted that I wear an observer-type parachute if I was to fly. Unbeknown to me, that type of parachute has harness straps, which are brought down from the back, between the legs and fastened with a clip on the chest. When I presented myself next day, all three test pilots were standing in a row, chuckling like kids. I got out of my transport ready to get into theirs and go to the plane. Suddenly I noticed that all the smiles had been wiped off their faces and wondered what I had done. The boys, expecting me to be in my normal uniform of a fairly short, tight skirt, were looking forward to a good glimpse of leg and perhaps, a bit of thigh coming into view. What the boys did not know was that, this very morning, I had taken delivery of the first women’s battledress - (tunic and trousers), and I was wearing it. Well, who’d be more likely to get the first one than the Equipment Officer? Cliff later admitted that there had been no C.O.’s order that I wear a parachute. New score: Boys 0, Girl 2

Was I bothered? We set off in an Anson and Cliff took the plane literally down to sea level, crept up over a small fishing boat and down to the sea again, then up a small cliff over Cromarty, breezing the grasses flat. He repeated the performance over the water on the other side and then landed in the airfield - virtually two small fields with the party hedge cut away. I remember thinking it was a very strange way to fly a plane and I guess he was trying to get his own back for the battledress debacle and I was supposed to be really scared. But I loved it! New score: Boys 0, Girl 3

Fourth prank.... success! As the first three pranks turned out to be damp squibs, the test pilots worked out something much more sophisticated. We were making another flying visit across the water to Dornoch and Cliff was piloting. I had ridden out to the test flight hut and propped my bicycle up against it’s wall. We took off, flying directly over the hut and looking down, I saw, to my horror, the precious bicycle lying in pieces on the grass. I nudged Cliff and showed him the disaster; he shook his head and said “Tut, Tut” but I was truly livid. The bicycle was my only worldly possession at that time. I just could not wait to get back but, as we flew over the test flight hut on the return journey, to my astonishment I saw my bicycle was there, complete and resting against the hut just as I had left it! Once we’d landed, I ran to my bike, eager to ride away from these tormentors.... the only trouble was, they had not tightened up the handlebars, so I jerked forward in both shock and rage and demanded that they put this right NOW. Straight-faced and apparently apologetic, they did so at once. Still enraged and frustrated in my efforts to get away... I sat on the saddle, but that too went down with a thump. It was unbelievable. “TIGHTEN THIS UP AT ONCE!” I yelled like a harridan. More apologies were given as I finally rode away, with shredded dignity! Final score: Boys 1, Girl 3 (But I got my own back later on...I married him!)

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2012 Diamond Jubilee

A float from one of the old East Grinstead Carnivals. East Grinstead is already looking forward to celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year, and if you have already got your 2012 diaries, then you should pencil in June 2nd to 5th and make sure you’re in town on those dates! One thing that is certain is that the celebrations will take place not only over all the town, but with the major events being held in and around the East Court estate. There is something of a tradition of parades and festivities here to connect us with our past, and we very much hope that we will be able to reflect this in our plans for this latest Jubilee. As part of the planning for next year’s events we are inviting all East Grinstead residents to share their memories of past Jubilees, and perhaps even the Queen’s Coronation. We will be having an exhibition at sites around the town, including the Library and Chequer Mead, showing how the town celebrated in the past. So if you have got old photos of friends and family and would like to share them, then we would love to hear from you. We are ready to make digital copies of your originals so you get to keep your photos and we can use the copies for display. Postcards and newspaper cuttings are also wanted and can be used for the exhibition. Even if you haven’t kept photos, but you have memories of past celebrations then we welcome

those too and we can arrange to record your recollections. Perhaps you took part in past parades and can tell us what happened and how you got involved. Perhaps you were at school and have old class photos that were taken, all these would go towards making a record of our past. We’ve already unearthed some fascinating connections with past celebrations, and we’ll be sharing these nearer the time. If you would like to make your contribution, then visit the tourist desk in the town library and tell us more. So now’s the time to sit down and go through those old photo albums and search in your cupboards and attics for those images of the past! To get you started, did you know that East Grinstead born designer Michael Goaman was responsible for the 4d stamp issued to commemorate the Coronation? You might even have one in your collection – if so then now’s the time to share it. Looking forward to meeting lots of you in the coming months with all those memories. Simon Kerr East Grinstead Tourist Information Officer phone 01342 410121

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Thinking by Walter D. Wintle published ca. 1900

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For a Giggle

An old widower lived alone and wanted to plant his tomatoes (as he did every year) but it was tiresome work as the ground was hard. His only son Bob, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament.

Dear Bob, I’m not too I happy as it looks like nt pla to e abl won’t be r. my tomatoes this yea old too g tin get t I’m jus to be digging up the garden. I know if you were here, my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the vegetable patch for me, like in the old days. Love, Dad.

A few days later, he received a letter from his son.

Dear Dad , Don’t dig up the vegetable patch. That’s wh ere the bodie s are buried. Love, Bob

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Calling All Potential Santas!

Santas of all shapes and sizes are getting in the swing at Chartham Park Golf & Country Club, East Grinstead, where the St Catherine’s Hospice Santa Run will take place on Sunday 20th November at 9.30am. The festive 3km fundraiser, sponsored by Southern Railway, has found a new home at the Club this year. Nicky Linton-Briggs, General Manager at Chartham Park says, “We’re really excited to welcome the Santa Run. It’s the ideal, fun event for people of all ages to join together and get in the mood for the Christmas season, while raising funds in support of the vital care St Catherine’s provides. And we have great gym facilities if anyone wants to get in shape before they take on the challenge!” Jen Wickham, Events Fundraiser at St Catherine’s Hospice, says “St Catherine’s is there for local people and their loved ones all year round, and to ensure care and comfort is on hand for all who need it costs over £13,000 a day. Thanks to events like the Santa Run, you can play your part in helping others and have a great time along the way.

“It’s easy to sign up and there’s a welldeserved medal and festive refreshments at the finish line for all who take part.” Advance registration is open from now until 10th November at just £10 for adults and £5 for children aged 16 or under. Everyone who signs up receives their own Santa outfit, with under 6s receiving a Santa hat. This year’s Santa Run is sponsored by local train company Southern Railway who will automatically enter each participant into a prize draw to win Southern travel vouchers. Sarah Evans, CSR and Partnership Manager at Southern Railway says, “St Catherine’s Hospice cares for communities at the heart of our network and we’re delighted to sponsor this year’s event.” Sign up at www.stch.org.uk/christmas, pick up an entry form at St Catherine’s Hospice shop on 4 Whitehall Parade, London Rd, East Grinstead or contact Jen Wickham on 01293 447364 email jenwickham@stch.org.uk

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Put a Smile on their faces

at Christmas

Operation Christmas Child celebrates its 21st Year in 2011. Back in 1990 a group of people got together to send aid in the form of a simple gift filled shoebox to children affected by the Chernobyl Disaster. The Shoebox Appeal, since then, has gone from strength to strength bringing Christmas cheer to children who are victims of war, poverty, persecution, famine, disease and natural disaster.

The gift filled box should then be taken along to your nearest drop off point between the 1st and 18th November together with a donation of £2.50 to cover the transportation.

In the UK alone last year over 1.2 million shoeboxes packed full of gifts and goodies were wrapped, packed and sent to children in disadvantaged situations.

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These shoe boxes contained small gifts which we take for granted. Soap, for example, is often too expensive for them to buy and in some remote regions impossible to obtain and many children in Eastern Europe can only attend school if they can supply their own paper, pens and pencils. What can we do to help them? Well it’s simple – get a shoebox, wrap it with some bright colourful wrapping paper and then fill it with a variety of small inexpensive items such as: toiletries (e.g. soap, flannels, combs, etc.) stationery (e.g. notebooks, colouring pens) toys and other items like hats, gloves, etc.

Please help us put a smile on the face of a child in Eastern Europe this Christmas. Here are the 2 local drop off points for East Grinstead and surrounding villages:

Please note that Drop Off Points will only be open to receive shoeboxes from Monday 1 November to Thursday 18 November. If more information is needed call the East Grinstead local contact on 07763 944914.

Trick or Treating? Some History

Interestingly it is believed the ancestor of trick-ortreating did not occur on Halloween and had nothing to do with monsters! In parts of Britain children and poorer people would go from door to door ‘souling’ on Hallowmas (All Saints Day, Nov 1st) and All Souls’ Day (Nov 2nd). The soulers offered prayers for the dead and were given, in exchange, ‘soul-cakes.’ The cakes were usually filled with allspice, nutmeg and other sweet spices, raisins or currants, and before baking were topped with the mark of a

cross to signify that these were alms. The more soul cakes received, the more prayers offered for relatives which had passed away. In those days it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer could expedite the passage to heaven. Here is an extract from one of the songs they would have sung: Soul, soul for a souling cake I pray you, missis, for a souling cake Apple or pear, plum or cherry Anything good to make us merry Up with your kettles and down with your pans Give us an answer and we’ll be gone

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Which was the first English team to win the UEFA Champions League?

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What is the capital of the Phillipines?

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What was the name of the architect who transformed Buckingham Palace into the building it is today?

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In which year did England win the Rugby world cup?

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In which month does the Jewish New Year almost always occur?

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Who played the title role, Romeo, in the 1996 movie ‘Romeo + Juliet’?

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Who is the only person to have interviewed 8 British Prime Ministers?

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Who paired with Queen for the 1981 UK hit single ‘Under Pressure’?

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In which year did Australia’s longest period of retaining the Ashes finally end?

10: Which Bronte novel was the first to find success? 11: Which was the last of the Chronicles of Narnia? 12: Which actress has received the most academy award nominations for Best Actress?

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts. William Shakespeare

This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in. Charles Dickens

Life delights in life. William Blake

Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels. Voltaire

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Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography. Oscar Wilde

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ELIZABETH FINN A REMARKABLE VICTORIAN WOMAN with the help of friends and her daughter Constance. The Association raised money to provide grants and loans that were disbursed quickly and efficiently to those forced to live without hope. Now aptly named Elizabeth Finn Care, this national charity has continued to help people from a wide range of occupations & backgrounds and their families. Providing outstanding support to those living independently in the community by giving grants and helping to gain access to the money available to them.

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ictorian England produced some inspirational women. Florence Nightingale, Elizabeth Fry and Josephine Butler are well known; Elizabeth Finn, the founder of the Distressed Gentlefolk’s Aid Association (DGAA), now Elizabeth Finn Care, is less celebrated. This shy and modest woman was however also a social entrepreneur in the same mould as her distinguished contemporaries. In every sense she was a model Victorian. She spoke seven languages, was a talented musician, read widely and was a devout Christian. Like Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Fry, she devoted her life to charitable works. Elizabeth Finn’s life spanned nearly the same decades as Queen Victoria. When she founded the DGAA, Britain was the richest country on earth. The newly emerging middle classes increased in number and prospered distinguished by devotion to duty, education and success in the services, in business and

the professions. However, the end of the 19th century saw a particularly severe economic recession. Victorian society, like generations before, was used to poverty and want. Charitable societies for abandoned children and for fallen women sprang up alongside movements for women’s rights and for enlightened legislation on working conditions and education. No one, however, was prepared for, ‘distressed gentlefolk’. With no welfare state there was nowhere to turn for those (many from an educated or services background) who had fallen into dire poverty because they were too old or too ill to work. In 1897 Elizabeth Finn, at the age of 72, decided that something had to be done for the silent suffering of people in this part of society. So, when most of us would have thoughts of retirement, she founded the Distressed Gentlefolk’s Aid Association

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For instance, Elizabeth Finn Care recently helped a working nurse with young children (who’s household was reliant on 2 incomes) when she was recovering from cancer. She was supported until such a time as she was able to return to work. Charity Fair, Tuesday 18th October, 9:30am – 3:30pm. The most successful Elizabeth Finn Charity Fair in the country is held annually at Ardingly’s Showground to raise money for people in this area. Peter Heath, the Chairman of the local committee said: “Last year we raised more than £12,000 with our fundraising events and the Charity Fair is a key date in the calendar. There’s a real variety of stalls (more than 55) and this year we’ve introduced a Christmas Grotto, which will be fun for adults and children alike.” Perfect for early Christmas gifts! For further information about the Fair, please call 01342 850474.


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Remove any diseased leaves. Dead head and prune out any, damaged branches etc. Check to make sure they are firmly in the ground

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What’s On:

October 2011

Tuesday 4th October Our Big Local Society Event & East Grinstead Council for Voluntary Service AGM. Local people in the voluntary, public and business sectors working together for our future in East Grinstead and surrounding parishes. Meridian Hall, East Court at 6:30pm – 9pm. Thursday 13th October Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, 10:30am – 12pm, East Grinstead Sports Club. Email clairea_747@hotmail.com Saturday 15th October MERIDIAN VOICES will be performing a concert in aid of St Mary’s Restoration fund. 7pm in St Mary’s Church Windmill Lane. Programme will include Vivaldi’s Gloria, British Folk Songs, and Byrd’s Mass for four voices. Tickets are £8.00 to include refreshments. Please contact Anne on 01342 870661 email anne.stone44 @gmail.com Monday 17th October East Grinstead Natural History Society, Talk: Big Cats in Kent, Surrey and Sussex – Neil Arnold (Author) at 7.45pm. All meetings take place at St Barnabus Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead. Visitors £2.50 including refreshments. Contact Lesley Berry on 01342 324955 for more details. Friday 21st October Friends of East Grinstead Museum Race Night with fish and chip supper. 6:45 – 10pm. Tickets: £8 per person to include meal. Call 01342 30223 Friday 21st October The East Grinstead Society will hold its 44th Annual General Meeting at 7.30 pm in the Main Hall, East Court. The AGM gives an overview of the year’s activities and will be followed by a talk from the new Town Clerk, Julie Holden. Sunday 30th October Sunday lunch at Yew Lodge is a very relaxed affair. Your meal is served in our splendid Dining Room/ Conservatory; If it appeals, take a stroll around our 10 acre gardens. 12 – 4pm. www.yewlodge.co.uk Sunday 6th November From “Tin Pan Alley to Abbey Road” a concert presented by “New Harmonie” in St Mary’s Church, Windmill Lane on at 6.30pm. Tickets £8, students £5 from Bullfrog Music shop or tel: 01342 870661 or 01342 302083. This concert is funded by the ‘Oyle Carte Charitable Trust’ and promises to be interesting and varied. For more information on the group see www.newharmonie.org.uk Wednesday– Saturday, 9th - 12th November Ashurst Wood Village Players present Alan Ayckbourn’s terrific comedy-thriller “It Could be One of Us” at the Village Centre, Ashurst Wood. Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. Tickets: £6 for 9th, £7 for 10th & 11th and £8 for 12th. Tickets available from Mon 17th Oct from either The News Store (Post Office) Ashurst Wood, Bullfrog

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Music Shop, East Grinstead or by calling David Woodard on 01342 313322. Saturday 12th November St Mary’s Church Autumn fair is on 2pm to 4pm in the Church Hall Windmill lane. There will be children’s activities, pies, cakes, jams, handcrafted items for sale as well as teas and home made cakes. Fun for all the family. Wednesday – Saturday, 16th – 19th November Forest Players present “Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel at Forest Row Village Hall. 7.45pm (bar opens 7.15pm)Tickets £10 (concessions available) from Bullfrog Music, Ship Street, East Grinstead, Foresta Travel, Hartfield Road, Forest Row or phone 01342 323640

WHAT’S ON AT CHEQUER MEAD Thursday 13th October at 7:30pm Lee Hurst presents - Man V Woman Friday 14th October at 8:00pm ConChord Big Band Charity Concert in aid of St Catherines Hospice Tuesday 18th October at 1:30pm Chequer Mead Lunchtime Concert Series presents The Hawthorns Guitar Ensemble Wednesday 19th October at 7:00pm Rotary Youth Speaks Friday 21st October to Saturday 22nd October ACE Theatre Company presents Habeus Corpus by Alan Bennett Saturday 22nd October Private Collection Clothes Sale at 10:00am Monday 24th October at 8:00pm Keith James presents The Songs of Leonard Cohen Tuesday 25th October at 7:00pm Jazz Café presents The Sussex Jazz Kings Thursday 27th October to Saturday 29th October Act One Beginners presents Footloose the Musical Monday 31st October at 7:30pm The Spires Hairdressing Artistic Team presents Hairdressing Around Europe. Wednesday 2nd November at 5:00pm and 8:00pm. Vienna Festival Ballet presents The Nutcracker Thursday 3rd November at 7:30pm HRH Entertainments presents Dancing Queen Friday 4th November at 8:00pm British Airwaves Productions presents The Fabulous Shadows Golden Greats Tour East Grinstead Pensioner. East Grinstead & District Branch. If you are retired, you are invited to join other East Grinstead pensioners at their meetings held on the last Wednesday of each month (not Aug or Dec) at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Windmill Lane at 2:15pm. We hold a grand Christmas Party with carols by local school children. Come along and meet likeminded pensioners.

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