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Dear Residents, Welcome to the August issue of the East Grinstead Living. After all the waiting, the Olympics is finally here. Just before this went to print we were able to get the views of local Gold-medal Hockey Olympian, Richard Leman see pages 28 & 29, there is also a very special announcement which is a huge accolade to our town’s Hockey Club. In this issue we profile a couple of important East Grinstead based charities. We’ve always been a big supporter of local charity work so please get in touch if you need charity promotion. A famous past East Grinstead resident Sidney Godley was the first private in WW1 to be given the Victoria Cross. His efforts were recently high-lighted nationally when his medals went to auction in July - read the background story on page 18. East Grinstead Society is putting on a Local Heritage Week starting 1st September. We all know our beautiful town is rich in history, so it’s a great opportunity to learn more. As this goes to print we’ve just heard about the Bradley Wiggin’s Tour de France win. This is a fabulous start to what we hope will be a fantastic Summer for Team GB - fingers crossed! All the best ‘til next time. Tally & Chris

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The Advance Centre This East Grinstead Charity was established through one mother’s love & determination. Here Linda Scotson, the founder, tells us more: What is the Scotson Technique? The Scotson Technique is a scientifically based treatment for abnormal breathing which is a barrier to the real potential for improvement possible in children with cerebral palsy and autism. It is taught at the Advance Centre where parents learn to deliver breath-like pulsing pressures around the child’s ribcage and into joints of the arms and legs. These pressures greatly increase bloodflow to nerve and muscle tissues, helping to improve the strength and control of the children’s breathing as well as movement, speech, swallowing and understanding. Because breathing is tightly coupled with circulation, when enhanced it improves blood supply to the brain and this has a direct effect on a child’s balance and muscular development.

What is the story behind this ground-breaking technique? My son Doran was born with athetoid cerebral palsy which I was told was incurable – he would never be able to walk or speak. After exploring every hopeful avenue, Doran seemed little better. I saw that existing therapies relied on managing a child to use alternative muscles, not the restoration of the right muscles. I could see that the chest shape of children with cerebral palsy wasn’t normal and this drove me into further & further research; thus the Scotson Technique was developed. Later, because I wanted to help all children with disabilities to a better future I founded the East Grinstead- based charity “Advance”. What successes have been achieved? Families come to us from all over the world. Each revisit is a joy because the children begin to glow with health and achieve a standard of development thought previously impossible. What then happened with Doran’s development?

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Alex & Doran twenties), straightening up and at last beginning to express himself clearly in words and walk without falling. He is now a long distance runner and has completed three halfmarathons having been classed as a CP athlete. His partner Alex also learnt to walk at Advance and has since become a strong swimmer. Both of them have their sights on the 2016 Rio Para-Olympics. The Advance Centre is the East Grinstead Mayor Liz Bennett’s adopted charity of the year. She was one of Doran’s school teachers in the mid-nineties. To support this local charity or if you would like to learn more about the technique and how it can help others call 01342 311 137

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Anyone for Alfresco? Martin Hicks is the owner of recently opened ‘The Alfresco Shop’, just off the A22 near Lingfield. Here is a ‘Question & Answer’ about the new business. Why did you set up this particular business? What was the inspiration behind it? I have a big passion for outdoor cooking, it is so much more sociable than cooking in the kitchen. Then we went to friends who were cooking Paella on a tripod gas burner (nearly outside, but it was raining) that and seeing Jamie Oliver cooking on his Pizza oven, got us thinking... It’s a family business, who’s involved? I recently got married to my wife Ruth, so it is a new venture for us as a couple. Ruth’s whole family, her three daughters, son-in-law and even her 4 year old granddaughter, Megan, helped to get ‘The Alfresco Shop’ ready for opening. Her daughters enjoy helping out in the shop when needed. What can people buy at ‘Alfresco’ that they won’t be able to find elsewhere? We have a large range of Weber barbeques, more than 20 out on display: charcoal, gas and electric. We also have a very comprehensive range of Weber accessories that are not otherwise available locally. We look to stock those unusual items that are not seen elsewhere and can also advise on their use so customers can enjoy using them to the full. One of our fastest selling products is the Kadai Indian Fire Bowls - Ruth’s favourite. What do your customers most like about coming to visit the shop? Everyone says it is a lovely shop, not only the rustic barn interior, but the full range of products, ranging in price from £1.99 for beautiful floating lanterns to a few thousand pounds for the top of the range gas BBQ. It is popular with both men and women looking for unusual or practical gifts, and for those who love tasty burgers! I’m also always available to give advice and there is plenty of parking. 01342 836565 5 Shawlands Court, Newchapel Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6BL

Here is the winning entry of the Adults Poetry category of the recent Diamond Jubilee Literary Awards. It was too good not to publish! 107 Meridian FM will be broadcasting extracts from recordings of all the winning poems and stories on the 29th August 7-8pm. Be sure to tune in.

High Street Reign In England south, a Sussex town, We celebrate the Diamond crown. Where the Tudors used to meet, Their houses line our finest street. Once a town of splendour high, So has gone our sweet supply. Yet Grinstead holds high its head, And fills the streets with needle thread, The studio which captures smiles, Broadleys with it’s fine textiles, The missing K from our Bookshop, And Peter Andre’s coffee shop! Heritage is here to see, A proud home is guarantee. Victoria’s soldiers here reside, Their services we hold with pride. And now Elizabeth’s reign, Brings celebrations here again. Rejoice for joyful 60 years, And buy the endless souvenirs, Pour the wine and chill the beers, Gather parties with your peers, Celebrate with shouts and cheers, That fill the street and ring your ears, Emotional with cries and tears, Let go of all your daily fears. A celebration country wide, We stand tall with nation’s pride. Happiness for all to see, Enjoy the Diamond Jubilee! For more info about the author see:  | August 2012 • Please mention East Grinstead Living when responding to adverts

Quotes When you meet anyone in the flesh you realize immediately that he is a human being and not a sort of caricature embodying certain ideas. It is partly for this reason that I don’t mix much in literary circles, because I know from experience that once I have met and spoken to anyone I shall never again be able to feel any intellectual brutality towards him, even when I feel I ought to. George Orwell We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. Rudyard Kipling

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NEW MANAGER OF CHEQUER MEAD The East Grinstead Living has always been a keen supporter of Chequer Mead over the years, so it’s exciting to introduce their new manager, Nick Byrne, who has just moved to East Grinstead with his family to take the position: How did you appointment come about? Did you need much convincing to move to this area? The position was advertised on the Arts Council website to which I am a subscriber and it was a natural step on from my previous role within a community based arts venue. East Grinstead was a good choice as it has an excellent location coupled with great facilities and schools. What has the reception been like since your arrival? I’ve been welcomed very well by everyone I’ve met. Particularly the fantastic volunteers and staff here at Chequer Mead, their dedication to the centre and the town is an inspiration. Now that you’ve been managing Chequer Mead for a little while, what is your long-term vision of and aspirations for the EG Arts Centre?

The Chequer Mead is a great asset for the town and the surrounding areas; my long term goals are to solidify the future of the building and further develop the centre as a venue for our community. Personal Profile Questions: Background Born in Plymouth back in the early 1970s! As a lover of live entertainment since a young age and working extensively within the hospitality industry and the Royal Air Force, I’ve been responsible for the management of a community art centre called The Watermark in Ivybridge Devon. Education? Plymouth University/Lycée Hôtelier La Rochelle, France Favourite Song? Sweetest Feeling by Jackie Wilson

Favourite Film? Depending on mood, but a cross between Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain/Withnail and I or the original Italian Job. Highlight of the last year? The opportunity to work and manage such a great facility in a wonderful town.



The famous 1950s musical Guys and Dolls which has had numerous West End/Broadway revivals throughout the years is coming to Chequer Mead this September. This timeless show takes you through the gambling streets of New York to the swaying palm trees of Havana and beyond. Based on a traditional boy meets girl story line, Guys and Dolls shows how love conquers everything.

famous faces have been part of the society over the years, such as Nigel Harman of EastEnders fame, who interestingly starred as Sky in Michael Grandage’s production of Guys and Dolls.

Guys and Dolls is being put on by The East Grinstead Operatic Society who are celebrating their 90th birthday this year. The society has put on an annual shows since it was formed in 1922 and a number of

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There is something in the show for everyone and you will all enjoy singing along to the well-known lines of, “A guy’s only doing it for some doll…”.

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Well it all started at the end of the 1980s, when for some strange reason a work colleague asked me if I was interested in buying his unwanted CB radio. Being a bit of a gadget freak (still am of course) I said yes, and he explained to me how to set it up in my car. I stuck the magnetic mount aerial on the car roof, plugged in the power lead, held the microphone up to my mouth, squeezed the mic talk button… and sent my very first broadcast words out into the ether…. Of course on CB you need a handle (code name) so I became Red which has since stuck. Things got more interesting in 1999 when I organised East Grinstead’s first ever short-term community radio station, based at Trinity Methodist Church, broadcasting for the 2000 Millennium celebrations. This got me involved in the engineering side of local radio and allowed my lifelong interest in prog rock to flourish. In 2006 I was invited to join the founding voluntary group of Meridian FM as engineering manager.

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THE EAST GRINSTEAD SOCIETY, LOCAL HERITAGE WEEK Saturday 1st September – Sunday 9th September (Article by Barbara Stodold)

The East Grinstead Society was formed in 1968 following the demolition of a 15th century timber framed shop, formerly the premises of H S martin & Co, chemists. This broke the continuous line of medieval structures thought to be one of the longest in the country. A group of residents was determined that damage to the integrity of the High Street should never happen again and formed a society with that specific aim. The Society holds regular monthly meetings with guest speakers, organises guided walks around the historic parts of the town and takes part in the National Open Heritage Days. We also monitor planning applications, and comment on strategic planning documents like the evolving District and Neighbourhood Plans. We have put together a Local Heritage Week to include events (with children’s activities) in the Library, the Museum and St Swithun’s Church, and guided ‘Visits and Walks’ of the High Street, Sackville College (chargeable), a Heritage Open Day at Standen, 8th September (not charged on this

occasion), and other historic buildings around the local area. This is an exciting programme of events for all ages, reflecting the unique appeal of our beautiful and historic town. See full programme below. For more information visit: Copies of the programme are also available from the Library and Museum. We have been supported in this project by the Gatwick Airport Community Trust.


Sat 1st Sept.

Sackville College, East Grinstead High Street, 2 – 5pm, Entrance Costs: Adults £4 Children £1. Guided tours round this perfect Jacobean almshouse, founded in 1609 by Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset. Visit the Great Hall with its minstrel’s gallery and hammer beam roof and the chapel with its original carved door.

‘Tales about our town’, 10 –12pm Free. A fun activity for children aged 5 – 11 years to launch ’Local Heritage Week’. Come and hear the ‘horrible history’ of East Grinstead told by Sir Simon Smythe, a Victorian railway gentleman. We shall then make a model of our historic High Street to display in the library window and enjoy refreshments with the Mayor. At the library.

Weds 5th Sept St Swithun’s Church Bell Tower, 7:45 – 9am, Free. Visit to St. Swithun’s Bell Tower for a short talk on the ancient art of campanology and a demonstration of bell ringing.

Thurs 6th Sept. ‘Death on the Somme’, 7 – 9pm, Tickets £3 (available from library). An illustrated talk, by information librarian, Tim Stanton, on the involvement of three young local soldiers, who were killed in this historic battle. Tim will use their stories to illustrate methods of tracing your own family tree. At East Grinstead museum.

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‘Knights and Princesses’, 10:30am – 3pm, £1. A fun activity for children aged 5 – 11 years. Come and make a shield emblazoned with the East Grinstead Coat of Arms, or become a princess for the day. No need to book, as this is a drop-in event.

Standen Open Day, West Hoathly Road, 11 – 4pm. Grade 1 house built 1892-94 of local materials by Philip Webb, a friend of William Morris, for James Beale. Decorated with Morris carpets, wallpapers. Bus 473. Free Entry and Free Parking. Parts of house and garden accessible by wheel chairs with assistance.

Fri 7th Sept. ‘Another Night at the Museum’, 7:30 – 9:30pm, £10 to include wine and light refreshments. A dramatic performance of scenes from East Grinstead’s history, organised by the Friends of the Museum. Tickets, from the Museum, are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Sat 8th Sept. ‘Light a Lantern’, 7:30 – 9pm, Free. Join in one of the national ‘Light a Lantern’ celebrations in support of the London 2012 Paralympics. Meet at the Museum. See website www. for details of art and lantern making workshops prior to the celebration. Thurs 6th Sept. Walk from West Hoathly to East Grinstead, 10:30 –1pm. Meet at St Margaret’s Church Lych-gate. High Weald landscape traverse. Bus 84 from East Grinstead or Crawley. Free parking. Unsuitable for wheelchairs. Fri 7th Sept. Visit to Ashdown Park Convent, near Wych Cross, 9:30 – 10:30am. Met Upper Car Park, Ashdown Park Hotel. Home to Sisters of the Order of Notre Dame from 1920 to 1970, the convent has a series of 14 windows, by Harry Clarke. Private cars please. Free parking. Unsuitable for wheelchairs. Fri 7st Sept. Visit to St Margaret ’s Convent, East Grinstead, 11:30 –12:30pm. Meet in entrance car park. Grade 2 listed buildings, mainly by G E Street, begun in 1865. Quadrangle, cloister and chapel. Private cars please. Free parking. Parts with wheelchair access.

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East Grinstead High Street Guided Walks. Fri 7th Sept., 4:30 – 6pm (Meet outside The Bookshop) Sat 8th Sept, 10 – 11:30am (Meet outside The Bookshop) Sun 9th Sept., 2:30 – 4pm (Meet in the Parish Chursh of St. Swithun’s). Guided walk around a 13th century ‘New Town’, rich in timber-framed buildings from 14th century onwards. Now is a conservation area of outstanding status. Parking off Church Lane, free on Sundays. Arduous for wheelchair users. Sun 9th Sept. Imberhorne Farm Museum and Gullege, 10am – 12:30pm. Meet Upper Station car park. Walk through 20th century Imberhorne Estate to 15th century. View Gullege, a timber-framed yeoman’s house and the local field museum. Free parking in Upper Station car park, off Grosvenor Road. Unsuitable for wheelchair users. Sun 9th Sept. Baptist Church (Zion Chapel), West Street, 4 – 4:30pm. Grade 2 building, built 1810. Free parking off West Street. Partial wheelchair access.

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Local Charity Jigsaw South East

Helping children Face up to the loss of a loved one sponsored swims, the London Marathon and various cycle rides. Just a couple of examples: Dominic Glanz, from Dormans, pedalled 100 miles through the gruelling terrain of the French Alps; Stef Drummond & Steve Smith, also from Dormans, have just successfully completed the Wight Ferry Saturday Sportive 100-kilometre Cycle. Carol Bason, Service Manager, Jigsaw said:

Local family bereavement charity Jigsaw (South East) has been based at East Court Mansion in East Grinstead since 2005 and has many years experience working with local children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant family member. Now it has joined forces with national cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support to provide a new service for children and young people where a family member has a life-limiting illness. P3155C

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One in 25 school-age children have experienced the death of a parent, brother or sister, and many more are affected by the death of someone else close. Although some children manage a significant bereavement with support from family & friends, often the most vulnerable in our society do not. Statistically, bereaved children are more likely to leave school early with few or no qualifications, to visit their GP and A & E more, etc. etc.

Child-centred support Recent research is now indicating higher levels of distress in children and young people before an anticipated death than after and so Jigsaw has formed a partnership with Macmillan to deliver child-centred holistic support for children where a significant family member has a terminal diagnosis.

Putting the fun in fund-raising The financial strain of the current economic climate is a daily challenge for Jigsaw – particularly as demand for its services has increased dramatically. In a bid to address this, it runs several fundraising events throughout the year and also has enjoyed support from local people who have been inspired to undertake

“Since our establishment more than a decade ago, demand for our services has continued to grow year-onyear but with the increasing scarcity of funding, we are facing tough times ahead. “As we receive no income the government, we rely on funds generated by the brave efforts of kind-hearted local people. Without the passion, hard work and drive of people we would not be able to keep up our vital work.”

Get in touch If you or anyone in your family are struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one or a life-limiting illness, Jigsaw would be happy to help. Or if you wish to set up a standing order to support the charity’s work (even just a few pounds a month), please call 01342 313895 or visit

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Volunteers wanted Jigsaw welcomes support from enthusiastic volunteers – as ‘buddies’ at the support groups it runs or as fundraisers. What children, young people and families say about Jigsaw: “Jigsaw was a lifesaver for us – it equipped us with the tools we required to cope with our loss” “There is always someone to talk to” “It’s alright not to feel okay” “We found peace, comfort and skills to help us cope” To find out more email, call 01342 313895 or visit

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PRIVATE SIDNEY GODLEY VC Sidney Godley became the first infantryman in the First World War to win the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military honour for bravery. The VC group of six medals was awarded just a month into the Great War when his bravery came to the attention of George V. The medals were auctioned by Spink of London in July and pre-sale estimates were between £140,000 £180,000. Incredibly they fetched £276,000 on the day. Here is the background story: East Grinstead, as all towns in England, sent many of its citizens to fight in World War I. Countless lost their lives, but one soldier, who lived through it and returned to tell his story was Private Sidney Godley. Sidney was born in North End, East Grinstead on August 14th 1889. He was the nephew of Metropolitan Police Officer George Godley (also East Grinstead born), who was famously involved in the 1888 hunt for Jack the Ripper. His mother died in 1896 and so he was sent to live with relatives in Willesden. When his father remarried, the family appear to be living in Footscray, Kent according to the 1901 Census. After leaving school at 14, Sidney worked as an ironmonger in Kilburn for several years before joining the 4th Battallion, Royal Fusiliers in 1909. On August 23rd 1914, less than three weeks after the outbreak of the war, Sidney was defending at Nimy Bridge in Mons when he volunteered to hold said bridge with his commanding officer, Lieutenant Maurice Dease. They were to cover the retreat of the British & French Armies to inland France. Dease was killed so Godley then single-handedly held the bridge for 2 hours. This was despite being wounded by Shrapnel entering his back and being shot in the head. His courageous actions allowed the retreat of his comrades. Eventually he was captured but not

before he had dismantled his gun and thrown the parts into the canal. Originally it was thought that he had been killed, but some time later it was found that he was in fact a prisoner-of-war at Doberitz, where he stayed until the end of the war. It was there that he learned that he had been awarded the Victoria Cross for valour. The first private in the war to be so honoured, he was invested by King George V in 1919 at Buckingham Palace. A blue plaque was placed at the front of East Court Mansion in his honour as his former home had been demolished. Sidney Godley died on June 29th 1957 in Essex, aged 67. He is buried in Loughton cemetery. Sidney Godley was interviewed on BBC Radio in 1954: “The Germans came over in mass formation and we opened fire... We carried on until towards evening when the order was given for the line to retire. I was then asked by Lieut. Steele to remain and hold the position while the retirement took place, which I did do, although I was very badly wounded several times, but I managed to carry on. I remained on the bridge and held the position, but when

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PRIVATE SIDNEY GODLEY VC continued it was time for me to get away I smashed the machine gun up, and threw it in the Canal.” Oliver Pepys of the Medal Department, Spink Auctioneers told the EG Living: “The Godley V.C. is both hugely important and highly emotive and is one of the most famous medal groups of the Great War. Through his actions at Mons, even to the last, when he ensured that his gun would not fall into enemy hands, Godley set a standard to which the British Tommy would aspire for the rest of the war, and brought honour to his regiment”. Godley Memorials • East Grinstead Town Council mounted a Blue Plaque on their offices • Loughton Town Council placed a Blue Plaque at 164 Torrington Drive to commemorate its famous former resident • In 1976 a new housing estate in Bexley, Greater London, was named after him • In 1992 Tower Hamlets Council named a block of flats "Sidney Godley VC House" Bullfrog Productions Summer School presents


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Tagliatelle in Walnut & Gorgonzola Sauce Quick & Easy

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1) Put oil and butter in a pan and sweat the chopped walnuts and garlic. 2) Add washed spinach and cook briefly, pour in cream, bring to boil and simmer, add seasoning and nutmeg. 3) Cook tagliatelle in salted boiling water, drain, add to sauce, mixing well. 4) Just before serving add chunks of gorgonzola, stir well allowing cheese to melt over tagliatelle. Note: to make a milder flavour, substitute mascarpone cheese for half the gorgonzola. This makes the tagliatelle very creamy.

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Beauty tips for thrifty times Cosmetics from your Cupboard

by East Grinstead Resident, Helen Blackman MGBT If you are a beach bunny, then there is no better treatment for your feet than to paddle in the sea and walk bare foot on a sandy beach. The salty sea is healing and soothing, and the warm sand exfoliates your skin removing all the dry, hard skin, leaving them smooth and soft.

However, this treat is not always available, so the next best thing is a home treatment. Run a couple of inches of nice warm water into your bath and sitting on the side of the bath, soak your feet for 5-10 mins. Then pour about a dessertspoonful of olive oil into the palm of your hand and add a couple of teaspoons of salt to the oil. Briefly rub your palms together and then rub firmly all over one of your feet until the salt dissolves. Return the foot to the warm water and repeat on the other. Soak both feet again with the oil still on them and finally wash with a liquid soap before patting dry and smoothing on a good quality hand cream. Bliss! You can of course work this same treat on your hands and if you have very dry hands and cuticles, after applying the hand cream, smooth Vaseline into your cuticles and leave to soak in – overnight if possible.

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Olympic Hopes East Grinstead is world-renowned in Hockey circles and justifiably so. EG resident (born and bred) Richard Leman has been involved with the town’s Hockey scene since he joined the club as a youngster and has undoubtedly assisted the Club to become what it is today. With a plethora of Hockey accolades to his name, last month he was one of the torch bearers for our town. Not only did he win Bronze at the 1984 Olympics & Gold at the 1988 Olympics, he also won silver medals at the 1986 World Cup and the 1987 European Cup and was voted Player of the Year in 1984. After captaining

Being an Olympian yourself, how do you think the players will be feeling in the run up to the games? They will be very excited as the Olympics gets closer. The teams are selected, the kit is collected, the rooming lists are nearly done and they will soon move into the Athletes Village, from there you know what you have been working so hard for is just around the corner. The opening ceremony will be great fun but the teams are there to do a job and all they will want is for the first game to start.

What are the general hopes for the British Team? What do you think their chances are? Both the girls and the boys are seeded 4th, if that meant an Olympic semi-final the players would be delighted with that but of course sport is sport and there is no certainty of a semi, however that is what they will be aiming for initially. Then, anything can happen, both teams have the ability to be on the top step of the podium.

There are 4 East Grinstead Hockey Club players in the team; how can the town feel about that achievement? It is a wonderful achievement for the town to have one of their sports clubs with such a representation. EG has a great variety and quality of sports clubs and there are many people who are active in the community making their clubs come alive. The town encourages and facilitates the participation of sport for the whole of community which is great news as it can do such a lot for everyone.

Because the Olympics is on home-soil, what difference will this make? The pressure of the home games is mainly difficult

the British team at the 1990 World Cup he retired, having amassed a record total of 228 selections for international matches. A member of the British Olympic Association Executive Board and Chairman of East Grinstead Sports Club Charity, Leman joined the Board of England Hockey in 2004 and is the current President of GB Hockey Here he gives us a greater insight into the Olympics (which, of course, as the EG Living is distributed is now in full swing!):

because of the closeness of family and friends and the large crowds that will be watching the matches. Whilst that is unusual there is a lot about an Olympics that is unusual so the teams have been working hard in their preparation to ensure no distractions get in the way of performance on the pitch.

What is your goal for the British team? I’d say the goal for the British team would be to play to our potential as a team. We our currently ranked 4th in the world, so if we recognise our potential i strongly feel that we will finish higher than our world ranking.

Iain Lewers, EG Hockey Club Player We were also lucky to hear from Iain Lewers, East Grinstead Hockey Club player and member of the Olympics GB Hockey Team:

Why did you choose East Grinstead Hockey Club, what makes it special? I chose to play at East Grinstead because I have some close friends on the British team who play for them, and I liked the feedback I got from them on the club.

What is your greatest challenge in preparation for the Olympics? Our greatest challenge, as I’m sure it is for others participating in the Olympics, is to remain level headed and enjoy the build up but not get carried away with the build up and forget why we are in the Olympics.

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Home Who or where do you draw inspiration from? I would tend to draw inspiration from previous experiences in life and hockey, both positive and negative, and try to apply what I’ve learnt from these experiences to make the best of any situation.

Any message to young potential professional sports players in this area? I would advise young sportsmen and women to be persistent, patient and maintain your self confidence and see how far that takes you. For some it may be further than others though.

An Amazing National First for East Grinstead! In October East Grinstead Hockey Club will be hosting the Euro Hockey League, they’ll be the first English club ever to host the event! The town is expected to see thousands of Hockey fans visiting in droves between Friday 16th October and Sunday 28th October. The Club will host Round 1.2 of the 2012-2013 Season. Sally Munday, Chief Executive of England Hockey, said; “England Hockey is delighted that the EHL is coming to England for the first time. We are working hard to provide great spectator experiences to hockey fans across England and are excited about this high calibre addition to our calendar. The decision to appoint East Grinstead Hockey Club as hosts is testament to its continued high performance at domestic and European level as well as the exemplary ambition the club has off the field to develop it’s role within the community. We look forward to working with East Grinstead and the EHL to deliver a great event for our sport.”

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provided stone for roads. Typical heathland birds such as nightjar, stonechat, tree pipit and woodlark usually breed in this area and the ride edges in particular are one of the best places on the Forest (indeed in Sussex) to see, in May, the yellow flowers of the small spiny shrub, petty whin.

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Tabell Ghyll

The ride bears left, then right through a break in the quarries and continues descending for 400m to a metalled drive (Sandy

1.75Lane)miles/3km . On the left is a bowling green and ahead are the cricket pitch and pavilion of Coleman’s Hatch Cricket Club.

A walk that starts with great views to the north and descends across heathland to a wooded, streamlined valley. Tabell Ghyll has stands of fine beech trees and the only sweet chestnut coppice in the public part of Ashdown Forest.

On both left and right are linear quarries, now filled with scrub and trees. Such quarries dot the Forest landscape and provided stone for roads. Typical heathland birds such as nightjar, stonechat, tree pipit and woodlark usually breed in this area. The ride edges in particular are one of the best places on the Forest (indeed in Sussex) to see, in May, the yellow flowers of the small spiny shrub, petty whin. The ride bears left, then right through a break in the quarries and continues descending for 400m to a metalled drive (Sandy Lane).

On the left is a bowling green and ahead are the cricket pitch and pavilion of Coleman’s Hatch Cricket Club. On the hill-top in the distance is Gills Lap Clump, the Galleons Lap of the Winnie-thePooh books. One old name for the Clump was The Camel’s Hump, from the shape formed by the silhouettes of its pine trees. In the 1920s, when the picture (see p28) was taken, there were very few trees on the surrounding slopes, just open heathland.

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From Linton’s car park cross the road (with care) into Ridge car park (Summer only). Walk out of the rear past a seat onto a grass path and in about 50m turn left onto a ride. Remain on this gently descending ride, ignoring another that bears off right, for about 400m.

Cross the drive and walk to the right of the cricket pitch. Where the ride divides, bear right, leaving the pitch, and bear right at the next divide after 300m. The ride descends more steeply and

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Home swings right and downhill into woodland and to a bridge over a stream.

Colemans Hatch Cricket Club © Hew Prendergast

This area is known as Tabell Ghyll. It’s woodland is most unusual for the public part of the Forest with its many large trees, especially beech, and several hectares of planted sweet chestnut coppice. The area was sold off from the common land of the Forest in 1693 and only ‘returned’ during World War 2. On crossing the bridge there is a choice of routes: either continue up the track and follow it for 1.3 km, or turn right after about 15m and follow a small path that gradually climbs uphill parallel to the stream, and along an old boundary bank, for about 1.0 km. The two routes join up as they re-cross the stream higher up.

A 1920s view over Sandy Lane to distant Gills Lap Clump

The sweet chestnut coppice to the left of the main track (after a further 500m) is a useful source of wood to make poles for barriers, such as those by the car parks. Throughout the Ghyll there are numerous paths through the undergrowth made by fallow deer. In the spring the pale yellow heads of wild daffodil grow beside the stream. In the summer male redstarts sing loudly from the tops of the beech trees. Although common in western Britain, they are a rare breeding species in the South East – indeed the Forest is by far the best place for them. Follow the track until it emerges from the trees, and go straight across the grassy ride towards the road, with Linton’s car park on the other side.

Petty whin © Hew Prendergast

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Imberhorne’s Pier 2 Pier Achievement Feedback from the School: Monsoon conditions didn’t deter Imberhorne School’s P.E. department from conquering the gruelling 70-plus miles Pier 2 Pier relay challenge on Saturday. The run, brainchild of the school’s Head of Physical Education, Paul Byrne, involved a dedicated team of athletes drawn from school staff, former and current students and one intrepid mum! Their challenge was to run a relay baton from Hastings Pier along the south coast via Bexhill, Eastbourne, Beachy Head, Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Brighton, Hove, Shoreham, Goring and Littlehampton, before the final stage into Bognor. They were raising cash for the new £2million state-of-theart Community Sports Hall at Imberhorne Lane, which will benefit both students and East Grinstead residents. Work begins on the centre on Monday July 23 and the school has committed to raising £200,000 towards the total costs through a series of sponsored challenges, such as climbing the three highest peaks in Britain and the highly successful Imberthon walk and relay marathon several weeks ago. Paul Byrne began organising the pier relay several months ago and the logistics of runner support, route planning and a hundred other details almost rivalled the orchestration of the D Day landings! The day began with a 6:30 start in Hastings – with the runners, some hobbling, arriving at Bognor Pier on the dot of 6:15pm after braving some of the worst running conditions nature could throw at – and down – on them. Head Teacher, Jon Ford said: “What a wonderful team effort by the P.E. Department. Well done to all the runners and the back-up team of drivers, cyclists and even a massage bus. The organisation was fantastic and great credit to those involved and the commitment of the runners was beyond doubt – they were really going for it. There was a tremendous atmosphere surrounding the whole event and I felt privileged just to witness the hand-overs from Hove through to Worthing. At this stage of the year I think it was a supreme effort and does the department enormous credit.” Paul Byrne added: “Thanks to everyone who took part, either running or helping to support the run – we are hoping to raise masses towards the Sports Hall. Thank you to EG Living for sponsoring this event.” So far over £1500 has been raised and you can still sponsor the team at http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/team/imberpier 32 | August 2012 • Please mention East Grinstead Living when responding to adverts





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What’s On: August 2012

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Friday 24th August to Saturday 25th August Bullfrog Productions presents. Honk. “You’d be quackers to miss it!” Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale has been transformed into a modern musical comedy for all the family. From the moment ‘Ugly’ is hatched by the duck pond, the show brims with charm, witty lyrics, catchy songs and a cast of ducks, geese, turkeys, bullfrogs and an indefatigable cat. Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm, Saturday at 7pm. This is a youth production. Saturday 1st September at 7:45pm The Blunter Brothers - Classic Funk and Soul. This brilliant show pays tribute to James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and many, many more classic stars of Funk and Soul. Played how it should be.... How it used to be! “When I started listening to the tracks, I thought it was a recording of us 20 years ago! You guys really nailed it. Good tight band”. Hollie Farris (Mr James Brown’s trumpeter/bandleader).

Exhibitions Thursday 30th Aug to Wednesday 5th Sept East Grinstead Camera Club will be marking the start of its 58th year with our (now) annual photographic exhibition. Come join us for a public reception on the exhibition’s opening night and meet our members while you enjoy the images...landscapes, nature, portraits, sports and more...and a little live music! The club has members of all ages and abilities, including workers in digital, traditional (silver) and alternative processes. Newcomers are always sure of a welcome. Public Grand Opening on the 30th: drinks, nibbles, music, etc. Free. Starts: 7:45pm for 8pm till 10.

September event at Chequer Mead Theatre will use flower power to raise funds for pioneering dementia research An evening of ‘floral art’ entitled Seasonal Sensations is taking place at Chequer Mead Theatre in East Grinstead on Thursday 6 September, commencing at 7.30pm. Sue Flight is a national demonstrator, teacher, international competitor and winner of Gold and Silver Gilt awards at Chelsea Flower Show. She will be sharing her love of flowers and plant material whilst delighting the audience with her considerable expertise: arranging flowers in inspirational and unique arrangements which will be entered into a raffle at the end of the evening. Sue, who lives locally, is head florist at Gravetye Manor, a 16th century manor which was once owned by one of the greatest gardeners of all time, William Robinson – pioneer of the English natural garden.

Ashdown Forest Events Call: 01342 823583, Forest Centre, Wych Cross 18th / 19th August Juliet Murray A ‘Pop Up’ Exhibition - popular local artist, Nutley based, Juliet Murray will be painting at the Forest Centre over the weekend of 18th & 19th August. You will have a unique chance to chat with her while she works, find out about her work, why she finds the Forest so inspiring and see her methods in action! Tuesday 21st August Minibeast Hunt Fun and Games - a fun and informative afternoon of mini-beast hunting and outdoor games on the heathland and in woodlands near the Ashdown Forest Centre. Why not start with a picnic? the session is aimed at children aged 5 to 10 years old. The cost is £5.00 per child payable in advance. 2 – 4pm at the Forest Centre. Booking required. Wednesday 22nd August Camp Building tbc - a fun morning of camp building in one of the wooded quarries on Ashdown Forest (location currently top secret!) Have a go at building a shelter, we will provide some tools, extra poles and some string! Bring a picnic, dress appropriately for the weather and some stout gloves. Then have a go in our bracken maze or walk the nearby route! From 11 – 2pm. A free event (but donations very welcome). Thursday 23rd August Hunt a Bug Build A Bug - Go on a fun bug hunt with artist Lynn Merrick (author of the Gatekeeper Guides) then make your very own bug (real or imaginary) to take home with you! All materials provided. The session is aimed at children of all ages (and their parents!). There will be a break after the bug hunt to have a picnic and a rest! The cost is £5.00 per child payable in advance. From 11 – 2pm. Booking required.

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What’s On: August 2012 continued WHAT’S ON AT THE EG MUSEUM SUMMER FUN

Children’s fun activities. All activities run from 10.30 to 3pm and cost £1 per child. There is no need to book. Monday 13th August Down by the River. Come and make a collage and play games, all with a fish and frog theme. Tuesday 28th August Knights and Princesses. Part of East Grinstead’s Local Heritage Week. Come and make shields, swords and hats. Light a Lantern at the Museum. East Grinstead Museum is hosting Light a Lantern celebrations in support of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Saturday 11th and Saturday 25th August Art Activities. Come along to the Museum between 11pm and 2pm and work with an artist to produce art works inspired by the Paralympic Games and our exhibition “The Town That Didn’t Stare”. Also make a lantern for our event on 8 September.

Monday 6th August Age Concern Trip. Hampton Court Palace & Gardens, £30. To book call: 01342 327046 Friday 10th August Lashings World XI players are coming to East Grinstead Sports Club. A truly legendary day of cricket entertainment played by some of the greatest players in the world. Come along with the family and enjoy the afternoon. There will be a “kidzone” area for the children, along with food and drink outlets. Gates open from 11:30 - free entry, ends 6:15pm. For more info call: 01342 321210 Saturday 11th August Kitchen Garden Day at Standen . The kitchen garden team will be harvesting and selling produce from our barrow. Standen, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4NE 01342 323029. 11am – 4:30pm. Saturday 18th August Medieval Fair. Another fun day out for the whole family at Saint Hill Manor enjoying a beautifully reconstructed rural Medieval fair. Have fun with jugglers, knights & princesses, medieval games, petting zoo, weapon demonstrations, food stalls, come dressed up if you like! Free entrance & parking. 1-6:15pm. Contact Silvia on 07963886522

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Friday 24th August

Light a Lantern Celebration. Join us at the Museum between 7:30 and 9pm as we light lanterns to create an illuminated Guinea Pig club logo. All activities are FREE and suitable for young and old.

Open air theatre at Standen ‘The Railway Children’. E. Nesbit’s classic family story is brought to the stage by Heartbreak Productions.6:30pm – 9pm. Adults £16 children £8. Standen, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4NE, Tel: 01342 323029. www.

Latest Free Exhibition until 9th September “The Town That Didn’t Stare” explores the story of the Guinea Pigs and present day attitudes to disfigurement East Grinstead Museum, Cantelupe Road, Tel: 01342 302233.

Useful Phone Numbers Electricity (Power Cut): 0800 7838866 Smell Gas (emergency): 0800 111 999 National Grid Gas Enquiries: 0845 605 6677 BT Fault line: 0800 800151 Water Emergency: WSCC 0800 028 3399 Emergency Dental Numbers (9am - 5:30pm, Mon - Fri) NHS Dental Helpline: 0300 1000899 (5:30pm - 10pm, W/Ends, Bank Holidays) 01444 440695 Flooding and Drainage 01444 477408 Chequer Mead Box Office: 01324 302000 Citizen’s Advice Bureau: 01342 321638 EG Learning Centre: 01342 321874 EG Library: 01342 410050 EG Sports Club: 01342 321210 EG Town Council: 01342 323636 EG Tourist Information: 01342 410121 EG Volunteer Point 01342 328080 EG First Station (non-emergency) 01342 321477

Saturday 1st September Boot Sale. 8am-12.30pm. St.Mary’s Church Hall, Windmill Lane, RH19 2DS. Pitches £10 (some indoors-tables provided), Sellers from 7.30am. Church Open-All welcome. More details or to Book 01342 302083.

you might need them one day Fire and Rescue Headquarters Help Point at the Library: Olympos, East Grinstead : Local Post Office: Mid Sussex County Council: National Rail Enquiries Police (non-emergency): Princess Royal Hospital: Queen Victoria Hospital: Refuse and Recycling (bins, green waste, etc.) Royal Mail, East Grinstead: Scott Cinema: Samaritans: West Sussex County Council WSCC Highways (roads / pot holes / gritting) Dog Control (lost and found, dangerous dogs, etc.)

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