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Dear Residents,

Welcome to the next edition of the East Grinstead Living. Hopefully you’re back in the swing of things now it’s September.

This month is jam packed with pieces we think you’ll find interesting as well as lots of local information. Try our quick quiz and read some famous quotes, to refresh the grey cells. Or learn some of the latest coined words in the English language. Big Cats in Sussex, do they exist? Read our feature. The Andy Ripley Memorial Race the EG10K race is gaining huge momentum and is featured this month on our charity page thanks to the Swan’s (Forest Row) sponsorship. Thank you for supporting our local businesses, the majority of which are based in East Grinstead. We know we have some of the best local businesses in the area advertising their services here. Have a great month. Best Wishes, Tally & Chris East Grinstead Living Team

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Majority of our Businesses are East Grinstead Based.

Contents Recipe


Agony Aunt


Chequer Mead Competitions

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Dandelions, Nuisance or Nature’s Gift


Monthly Tips from Miss Moneywise


Thomas Sackville


A Lesson from the Mad Hatter


Charity Page


Big Cats in Sussex


New Words in English


Love to Sing


of Lingfield

Forest Row Festival


Why did the Chicken Cross the Road


Quick Quiz/Sudoku


Plaistow Street, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6AU

Gardening Tips for September


What’s On




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Dear Melinda,

This is a difficult one – isn’t it? I know you’ve spoken to your sister but I think you need to sit down with your whole family – your niece and her husband and talk honestly and frankly about how you feel and how their actions are affecting you. Perhaps do some research on what the consequences would be if they get caught and spell it out to them. See if you can talk through some other solutions but let them come up with their own ideas. Listening to their opinions may guide you on your next course of action. But always communicate honestly and see if together as a family you can come up with a legal solution that fits with your values. Good Luck! Sylvia Send in your own “Dear Sylvia”, email: or write to: Dear Sylvia, 33 Morton Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4AF. (please note we can not promise publication of letter or that it will be answered. One letter per month to be featured) September 2011 • East Grinstead Living


Lee Hurst’s Man v Woman

Thursday 13th October at 7:30pm Lee first appeared on our TV screens as one of the original cast of BBC1s “They Think Its All Over”. He then went on to run his own comedy club in London. Now on tour with his show called MAN v WOMAN. The first half will see Lee do stand up then in the second half he presents his unique game show MAN v WOMAN. A man and woman will be brought from the audience to the stage to face a series of questions and tasks to highlight the differences… Competition to win 2 tickets, Question: Which famous Stand up comedy venue is also the name of a Greek God?

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Nuisance or Nature’s Gift? The tiresome task of getting out the lawn weed killer to attack the perennial dandelion invasion is probably something most of us have a dull dread of. Last year my husband’s tactics were to mow down as may as possible before they had a chance to spread their seeds… it didn’t work. I think it’s fair to say these dark thoughts have likely clouded our appreciation of this most tenacious of plants. However, their Latin name, Taraxacum, is derived from the Greek taraxos (disorder), and akos (remedy), on account of the plant’s many curative actions. Is it our ever-increasing disconnection from nature’s knowledge that has made us shun it so completely? It features on the front of most weed-killer bottles! Would more of the dandelions end up in our kitchen/medicine cabinet rather than the compost bin if only we understood the benefits?

Kew’s Ethnomedica project, which records British herbal remedies handed down the generations for progeny, has many recommendations for using dandelions to cure warts. Maybe the older generation still knows this but it was certainly lost with ours.

used in salads, sauted or steamed. It is best to use the young leaves in early spring as they become very bitter by summertime. After a frost in autumn, allegedly their protective bitterness disappears, so they can be harvested once again. It is interesting to note that as our modern palates have been “sweetified” and “saltified” we tend to shun bitter flavours. Apparantly we used to be able to distinguish between various shades of bitterness no less! So dandelions leaves which are more bitter than most leafy vegetables are better mixed in with sweet roots vegetables, for instance or spinach. The roots can be dried and used to make a coffee-like drink. And, of course, one can make dandelion wine… On further searching there’s plenty of information on it’s culinary and medicinal uses for those that wish to know. I’m unsure if all this would change my husband’s opinion but it’s worth a shot. Nuisance or Nature’s gift… you decide.

In traditional medicine, dandelions have been used to treat a myriad of ailments from liver and kidney problems, digestive disorders to hepatitis and jaundice. The plants are a rich source of betacarotene (higher than carrots!) with many B vitamins C, D & E and contains minerals such as magnesium, potassium and zinc. Apparently healthier than anything you can buy in the supermarket their leaves can be September 2011 • East Grinstead Living • tel: 01342 300152

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HISTORY NOTES By Bonx Trigwell

Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset (1536 – 19 April 1608) was an English Statesman, poet, dramatist and Freemason. He was the son of Richard Sackville, a cousin to Anne Boleyn. Thomas Sackville married Cicely Baker in 1555 and had seven children. He was a Member of Parliament and Lord High Treasurer. He died suddenly at the council table, having apparently suffered a stroke, referred to as dropsy on the brain. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. Sackville was created Baron Buckhurst, of Buckhurst in the County of Sussex, in 1567, and Earl of Dorset in 1604. Sackville acquired a large fortune through his real estate dealings in many counties, as well as his investments in the iron foundry business. He was an advocate of stronger enforcement of the Sumptuary Laws, which regulated the types of clothing allowed to be worn by the various social classes, within the military. Specifically, he dictated that only soldiers holding the rank of Colonel or above should be permitted to wear silk and velvet, and that Captains and all ranks below should “make do with Fustian and spend the remaining money on their arms.” This seemingly-petty insistence makes more sense when one considers that Sackville was tasked daily with the duty of allocating funds for the supply of arms, armour and uniforms to England’s military, both regular and irregular. In around 1587, Sackville was granted a royal licence to commission armour from the Royal Workshops at Greenwich. The finely etched, blued and gilt armour, a garniture for the field, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of the Greenwich school of armour-making known to exist. It is now part of the Wallace Collection in London. Another, similar armour, featuring the same construction and decorative scheme, which belonged to Sir James Scudamore, can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Queen Elizabeth I acquired Bexhill Manor in 1590 and granted it to Thomas. Thomas was also the last Sackville to be Lord of the Manor of Bergholt Sackville (named after the Sackville family) and Mount Bures in Essex when he sold them in 1578 September 2011 • East Grinstead Living

to Mrs. Alice Dister. Both estates had been in the family for 459 years. He was an ancestor of Vita Sackville-West (18921962), who was the subject of Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel Orlando. Thomas’s son, the second Earl of Dorset, Robert Sackville, left a sum of money to build Sackville College in East Grinstead, in 1609. The town is also littered with the names Sackville, Buckhurst, Knole and Dorset. All names associated with the Earl of Dorset: Lord Buckhurst. The 11th Earl of Dorset Still resides at Buckhurst Park to this day in Sussex.

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A lesson from a

Mad Hatter We’ve all heard of positive thinking: concentrating on strengths, successes, achievements and “can-do” and shunning the tendency to dwell on the negatives, past mistakes and the “can’t do” way of thinking. Here’s a thought-provoking conversation with Alice & the Mad Hatter that illustrates this.

Alice: Where I come from, people study what they are not good at in order to be able to do what they are good at.

Mad Hatter: We only go around in circles in Wonderland, but we always end up where we started. Would you mind explaining yourself? Alice: Well, grown-ups tell us to find out what we did wrong, and never do it again

Mad Hatter: That’s odd! It seems to me that in order to find out about something, you have to study it. And when you study it, you should become better at it. Why should you want to become better at something and then never do it again? But please continue.

Alice: Nobody ever tells us to study the right things we do. We’re only supposed to learn from the wrong things. But we are permitted to study the right things other people do. And sometimes we’re even told to copy them.

Mad Hatter: That’s cheating! Alice: You’re quite right, Mr. Hatter. I do live in a topsy-turvy world. It seems like I have to do something wrong first, in order to learn from what not to do. And then, by not doing what I’m not supposed to do, perhaps I’ll be right. But I’d rather be right the first time, wouldn’t you? September 2011 • East Grinstead Living

The Iconic airliner Tuesday 27th September 2011, at the Meridian Hall, East Court 6.30 pm Town Mayor, Councillor John Saull and his pilot colleague Capt John Hutchinson, will give presentations on the development and flying of the Anglo French supersonic passenger aircraft which was in revenue service for over 27 years.

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John Saull, working for the UK Regulatory Airworthiness Authority, The Air Registration Board, was deeply involved in Concorde development and certification of the aircraft from its prototype construction and testing up to its proving flights, prior to service in 1976. Captain John Hutchinson, is a very experienced ex RAF pilot. He flew several aircraft types with BOAC and British Airways prior to flying Concorde for some 15 years taking the aircraft all round the world and flying many VIP`s. The two Johns remain enthusiastic about Concorde and their proud relationship with this Icon - Come and hear about their experiences, it will be an interesting evening! You will be expected to give a respectable donation to the Mayor`s Charities, The Guinea Pig Club and St Catherines` Hospice. There will be a Grand Raffle and some light refreshments after the event.

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East Grinstead 10k 2011 The Andy Ripley Memorial Race

The second running of the East Grinstead 10k takes place at Imberhorne Upper School on 25th September. Following the success of the inaugural race in 2010 with 180 runners, the race looks set to become a feature of the autumn racing calendar. This year we already have 230 entries and we are expecting to have 350 runners altogether. The route is multi-terrain over fields, footpaths and roads and makes extensive use of the Worth Way. It is suitable for all abilities and the age limit this year has been reduced to 15 to attract more young runners. The race has been named in memory of Andy Ripley who died of prostate cancer last year. The race will again be started by his daughter Stef, who then takes part in the race. Andy was a huge supporter of local sport and worked tremendously hard with East Grinstead Athletics Club as well as many other local clubs in the town. Andy played rugby for England and the British Lions in the 70s, before becoming BBC’s ‘Superstars’ champion. He truly fitted the description ‘Larger than Life’. Proceeds from the event will be shared between the Prostate Cancer Charity and Wooden Spoon, the charity of British and Irish Rugby supporting mentally and physically disadvantaged children.

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Big Cats in Sussex Myth or Mystery?

For more than two decades an increasing number of people have been seeing the impossible – a large black Leopard sized cat roaming around our County. With the growth of the internet an increasing number of these sightings are being reported to the Police and to groups that aim to solve the mystery. These sightings are reported all over the UK, usually in the more heavily wooded and less visited parts of the UK. As Sussex has more woodland than any other English county it is not surprising the several hundred people a year are now reporting seeing a large cat, many in and around Ashdown Forest. Either people are imagining or hallucinating these sightings or we do share our County with large wild cats. In many cases numerous people have seen the same animal at the same time which would seem to discount hallucinations. As most of the people that see them are “country” people who see them just tens of yards away, it is unlikely that they are mistaking the animal for a deer or dog.

Prior to the 1976 Dangerous Wild Animals Act, you could buy a Leopard cub from Harrods and keep it as a pet. After the 1976 Act came into force many animals just vanished and they are the most likely the ancestors of the animals now being seen. As our County is full of Deer, Rabbits and wildlife they would have plenty to eat. A couple of months ago Thames Valley Police after investigating numerous sightings, announced that they were certain that a Leopard sized cat was living wild in its region. So far the evidence consists of hundreds of reported sittings, numerous large paw prints and a variety of photographs. I find it refreshing that in the 21st Century we have an intriguing mystery on our doorstep. If you want to learn more or to report a sighting visit either or or email me: September 2011 • East Grinstead Living • tel: 01342 300152

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NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH The English language develops at a rate of knots to accomodate a fast-paced, ever-changing world. Here are just a handful of newly coined words that have recently emerged.

Affluenza A blend of ‘affluence’ and ‘influenza’.

Tweetheart A user of the Twitter service who

Audiophile Person who loves and collects high-

Netizen Blend of ‘internet’ and ‘citizen’. A person who spends an excessive amount of time on the internet.

A social disease resulting from extreme materialism and excessive consumerism: earning more money and consuming more, which can lead to overwork, debt, waste, stress, anxiety, etc. quality audio equipment.

Buzz Excited interest or attention surrounding,

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‘comedy’. A film, play or TV programme that mixes drama and comedy.

Outernet Traditional media (newpapers,

magazines, radio, television) as opposed to the internet.

Overworking class A segment of today’s working population where there is a desire or need to work long hours.

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Love to Sing East Grinstead Choral Society has been in existence for 60 years and will be celebrating its Diamond Jubilee in the forthcoming season. We have performed a vast variety of great choral works and more contemporary classical pieces over the years in several churches and local schools. We have also made trips abroad to visit and perform with similar choirs in all of our five european twin towns. Despite a current membership of around 80 singers we are still hoping to boost our numbers this season in advance of our special performance of Mendelsohn’s Elijah this October which requires a very large choir - rehearsals begin in September. The society exists to promote singing of classical and choral works within the community. As a strong supporter of new young musical talent, we often give younger soloists and musicians a chance to perform alongside the main choir and more experienced singers. Despite being the largest singing group in the area we are a very friendly, meeting socially for a range of activities including meals out, country rambles and charity fun-runs! Exciting events planned for our Diamond Jubilee year include a ‘Last Night at the Christmas Proms’ extravaganza on December 10th at Chequer Mead. Membership is free. For more information on these events and joining, visit our website : or ‘befriend’ us on Facebook. Alternatively simply ring us on 01342 311206. Helen Phillips Chair, East Grinstead Choral Society

The Forest Row Festival : 30th September - 2nd October The Forest Row Festival has grown off it’s own steam from it’s humble beginnings of a simple bike ride around the village to a massive street party & celebration that now involves the whole village.

Over the past two years it’s momentum has snow-balled, drawing Forest Row villagers to help, and to come with their families to watch, listen and enjoy themselves. There will be music in all the pubs, an art trail around the village, plays, a tea dance, a market and music marquees on the Foresters September 2011 • East Grinstead Living • tel: 01342 300152

Green and all sorts of delightful surprises.

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Why did the Chicken Cross the road?

Grandfather In my day, we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

George W. Bush We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just

want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or it is against us. There is no middle ground here.

Dr. Seuss Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, The chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed, I’ve not been told!

Ernest Hemingway To die. In the rain. Alone. Sigmund Freud The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.

Captain Kirk To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.

Voltaire I may not agree with what the chicken

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Quick Quiz

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12 out of 12?


Where is Elvis Presley’s final resting place?


On which vessel did the Pilgrims travel to the New World in 1620?


Which famous Robbie William’s Song did the singer used to conclude most of his concerts with?


Who directed the 1990 Film, Goodfellas?


In which century was the French Revolution?


Which game did Sir Francis Drake purportedly insist on finishing, prior to setting sail to defeat the Spanish Armada?


In which year did the long running soap opera Coronation Street begin?


Which Sea is on the northern coast of Turkey?


In which year did India gain it’s independence?

10: What was the name of the ground-breaking 1977 hit single by Donna Summer? 11: In which year did World War II’s “Phoney War” end? 12: What is the name of the actor who played Spiderman in Marvel’s Spiderman Trilogy?

Answers on page 38

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing great or small, large or petty never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Winston Churchill

When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one. Friedrich Nietzsch Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong. Muhammad Ali When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. Helen Keller


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Children enjoy attending our nursery and participating in our very practical, educational and traditional Montessori activities. There are several benefits to your child attending a Montessori Nursery. The Times wrote,

Several parents have commented on how attending our nursery had been a very positive â&#x20AC;&#x153;first stepâ&#x20AC;? in their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education! Another parent commented on her son after attending for a term: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, he is happy, settled and confident at nursery!

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Montessori education sets children up better for adult life and gives them a better quality of life.â&#x20AC;? According to The Daily Mail, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Children from Montessori schools outperformed those given

We have a high percentage of families, who, after seeing the benefits of our nursery with their first child, have brought younger siblings once they have come of nursery age!

a traditional education across a

We were rated â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goodâ&#x20AC;? in all 17 Call 01342 311066

Ofsted categories. We invite you to come and tour our nursery and see for yourself!

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

Shrubs and Trees

This month is a good time for planting out container grown trees and shrubs. When planting ensure the bottom of the hole is broken up and some well rotted compost is incorporated into the hole. Keep well watered particularly if it is warm and dry.

Fruit and Vegetables

Plant Spring Cabbage, Kale and Savoy’s. Harvest Sweet Corn and Onions. Sweet Corn is ready to harvest when the silks have turned from golden to brown and onions are ready when the tips of the leaves begin to turn yellow. Any unripe tomatoes should be hung upside down in a cool dark place still on the vine to ripen. Cut and store marrows before the frosts arrive. Rhubarb, Raspberries and Strawberries can be moved this month. It is a good idea to move these every 3 or 4 years. Early pears and apples will be ready for picking now. Cover autumn fruiting blackberries and raspberries with netting to keep off the birds.


Prune your rose bushes and remove the last of the flowers once they have withered. Tie in climbing and rambling roses ready for the winter.


Rake fallen leaves and other debris from your lawn. Aerate the lawn with a fork or Lawn Aerator. Apply Autumn Lawn Feed following all the instructions on the box. September is a good month for sowing grass seed.


Plant spring bulbs including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus. Compost your summer bedding plants once they are over. Continue to water the garden during dry spells.

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What’s On:

September 2011

Monday 5th September Pop Power Choir: A new singing club which aims to give people of all ages the chance to perform their favourite tracks in a friendly enviroment. No audition process and the first meeting at the Old Court House, East Court is free. 8 – 9:30pm.

For non-profit community, charity groups this page is free of charge to use: email:

years 2nd Meridian FM Music picnic at East Court. Start time 12pm. Until 13th September Kent Potters Association. Exhibition at Greenstede Gallery, Chequer Mead. 10 am – 6pm. Friday 16 September

Tuesday 6th September East Grinstead Postcard & Stamp Club. G Cogger will visit to give a display of Channel Islands postal history. The Club meets at Chequer Mead Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead, beginning at 7.30pm. Call: 01342 327554

TEA AND THE ENGLISH. A talk by Dr Sally White. 7.30 pm in the Main Hall, East Court, off College Lane, East Grinstead. £1.00 members, £1.50 non members. or call 01342 321525. Tuesday 20 September

Tuesday 6th September Lecture Lunch at Standen ‘The De Morgans’ Claire Longworth from the De Morgan Centre reveals the life and works William and Evelyn De Morgan. Visit the exhibition afterwards. All lectures are £25 and include morning coffee, the lecture, a look around the house and lunch in our restaurant. All start at 10am, and booking is essential 01342 323029 Wednesday 7th September Sensory Day 4 Sight, 10am – 3pm. Special event providing equipment, information and advice to people with sight or hearing loss and their carers. Chequer Mead, East Grinstead. Thursday - Sunday, 8th - 11th September HERITAGE OPEN DAYS: Free access to local buildings and events. Guided walk through Historic East Grinstead starting from St Swithun’s Church at 2.30 pm on Sunday 11 September. For further information, see website, local Library, or call 01342 321525. Friday 9th September A concert in aid of East Grinstead Museum. Trinity Methodist Church East Grinstead. A concert, ‘Songs and Poems of the British Isles’ Marion Small (singing a cappella) and Bernard Gillbard (poems). Donations to the Museum. Refreshments available. 8 – 9:30pm.

East Grinstead Postcard & Stamp Club - Open Auction. For further information please contact the club secretary, Malcolm Green, on 01342 327554 Thursday 29th September A Murder Mystery, performed by the Copthorne Players at 8pm, Imberhorne Upper School. Fundraising for Imberhorne’s link school in Tanzania. Call: 01342 323562

What’s On at Chequer Mead Friday 9th September at 7:00pm South Coast Productions presents - Champagne SuperNova and Friends - In aid of Help for Heroes. Saturday 10th September at 8:00pm The Real Thing - “You To Me Are Everything”. BRITAIN’S NO 1 LOVE SONG PERFORMED BY BRITAIN’S NUMBER ONE SOUL BAND. Thursday 15th September to Sat 17th September EGOS presents - A Chorus Line Tuesday 20th September at 7:30pm Chequer Mead Lunchtime Concerts Series presents - Songs of Yesteryear. John Noyce - Bass - Baritone. Accompanied by Marion Schuster on Piano Saturday 24th September at 7:30pm Smile Productions presents - Absolute Bowie Wednesday 28th September at 7:00pm Jazz Cafe presents - New Orleans Jazz Echoes

Saturday 10th September East Grinstead Ploughing Match. 10am – 3:30pm. Saint Hill Farm East Grinstead. RH19 4NG. 63rd Agricultural Show and Ploughing Match. For more infomation call Mrs Margaret Coller 01342 323886 Sunday 11th September MERIDIAN FM MUSIC PICNIC. We are live at this September 2011 • East Grinstead Living • tel: 01342 300152

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Thursday 29th September at 7:30pm Darkest Star Productions presents - Roy Orbison and Friends 75 Special Class of 63 Friday 30th September at 7:30pm Greenwood and Price Productions presents - Back To Broadway - A Musical Theatre Experience Saturday 1st October at 8:00pm Acoustic Sussex presents - Iain Morrison Band

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Wednesday 5th October at 7:30pm The ELO Experience presents - The Electric Light Orchestra Greatest Hits Tour

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Yew Lodge Wedding Showcase

featuring a bridal fashion show Sunday, 9th October, 11am – 4pm We invite you to visit Yew Lodge and experience our ‘Warmest of Welcomes’ first hand.

You will also be able to talk to a range of wedding suppliers to make your special day absolutely perfect – including bridal gowns, flowers, cakes, disco & photography. Free admission & car parking.

Yew Lodge provides a fabulous setting for your wedding that’s as individual as you are! For small, intimate gatherings, the main house boasts many original features in all the reception rooms, whilst our stylish new wedding suite provides a contemporary setting for larger groups.

Key features for weddings: • • • • • • • • •

Exclusive use of our country estate with 10 acre gardens Wonderful photographic opportunities, both inside & outside Choice of two elegant reception rooms with seated meal capacity of 60 or 140 Superb, in-house catering with resident chef Licenced for civil ceremonies and partnerships 14 en-suite bedrooms, including Bridal Suite Ample private parking Ideas from our expert wedding coordinator to make all your dreams a reality Independent, family-run business, with a passion for quality and service

Visit our web site: or contact us at: Yew Lodge, Felcourt Road, Felcourt, East Grinstead, RH19 2JX. T. 01342 870003. E. • tel: 01342 300152

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Key points of the Metabolic Weight Loss Programme • Average weight loss of clients, 10-14 lbs a month • Easy to follow • No pills, diet shakes etc. • One-to-one personalized support to help you get to the weight you want!

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East Grinstead Living September Edition  

Community and Business magazine for the East Grinstead area

East Grinstead Living September Edition  

Community and Business magazine for the East Grinstead area