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© Front Cover Photo by Ray Lloyd. This photo and 5 others appear on the Rotary Club of East Grinstead’s Charity Christmas Cards, in aid of Rotary Charities. Priced at £1 for 4 cards, packs are available now from the following outlets: Threadneedles, Broadleys, Barclays Bank, HSBC, Bullfrog Music, Fry’s Butchers, Rusdens, Chequer Mead, Kings Centre and other places around the town.

ALLZONES BUILDING & ROOFING 01342 315250 07851 421104 Gutter Cleaning

Tiled Roofing

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Local Business Directory & Community News

Carpentry

Guttering Building works

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Home

SMJ Set of 3 Compact Timers

£8.33 + VAT

Faithfull Folding Shovel

£4.99

+ VAT

Black & Decker Mouse & Extra Sanding Sheets

£16.66

DeWalt Heat Gun plus 64mm Professional Scraper

+ VAT

White granular salt 25k

£5.24 +VAT

£24.99

Premium Wood s Briqueuetttte es bag)

+ VAT

10kg (12 briq

.00 £5+ VAT

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS Monday 24th December All Branches CLOSED

Saturday 29th December East Grinstead open 8am-1pm

Tuesday 25th December All Branches CLOSED

Haywards Heath and Crowborough open 8am-12.30pm

Wednesday 26th December All Branches CLOSED

Monday 31st December All Branches CLOSED

Thursday 27th December Forest Row CLOSED, Branches open 8am-12pm

Tuesday 1st January All Branches CLOSED

Friday 28th December Forest Row CLOSED, Branches open 8am-12pm

Wednesday 2nd January Resume Normal Business Hours

Forest Row:

East Grinstead:

Haywards Heath:

T: 01342 822191

T: 01342 317470

T: 01444 413413

Station Road, RH18 5EL

Railway Approach, RH19 1BY

College Road, RH16 1QW

Crowborough:

Ballards Yard, Park Road, TN6 2QS

T: 01892 652725

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Home

Flat roofing

Flat roof repairs

Flat roof boarding

STOP WINTER WATER

Testimonial: “It is with pleasure that I recommend Paul and Allzones Roofing Services. We encountered a problem at our residence over the last winter during the large snowfall with an ingress of water in two dormer window areas. We requested quotes from two well known roofing companies and were told we require a completely new roof at an exorbitant sum of money. Thank goodness we had someone refer us to Paul. He identified the problem as being poorly fitted felt and loose tiles which were pushed up by the snowfall & freezing weather. He and his men attended immediately and corrected the situation at a fraction of the cost quoted by the previous two companies It is truly wonderful to meet a tradesman who is not only extremely honest but very proud of the work he performs. I am quite confident that any who employs this company will be very pleased with the final result.” Yours truly, Richard Reuss Independent Business Consultant Forest Row

DAMAGE!

ALLZONES BUILDING & ROOFING Dear Sir/Madam, We are a professional family business with 40 years experience. Our services are cost-effective with references. Our Roofing Services • Roof tiling works, renew/repair • Flat roofing works, renew/repair • Sheet roofing, renew/repair • Chimney repair/remove/rebuild • Guttering replacement/Fascias • Full building services

Call Paul 01342 315250 07851 421104 Chimneys

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Index: Support Local Business

Dear Residents, Welcome to our Christmas issue!

Art

We’ve got plenty of Christmassy themed features, from Mistletoe to the World Famous Ashdown Mummers, that will hopefully add to the Christmas mood!

Antique Clock Repair

We’d like to take this moment to say thank you for supporting our many local businesses throughout this year and for all your feedback. If you’re a local community group or charity please drop us a line if you need help with promotion in 2013. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for the new year. Tally & Chris East Grinstead Living To advertise call 01342 300152 info@egliving.co.uk www. egliving.co.uk

Objet d’Art John Carpenter

Services & Products 5 7

Beauty Electrolysis/Blemishes

12

Blinds & Curtains Elizabeth Designs

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Care Sussex Health Care Inter-County Nursing Mill View Care Home

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Children’s Activities & Products/Education Singing/PianoTuition Effective Education Children’s House Nursery French Tuition German Tuition Andy Tuition Science/Maths Tuition

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Cleaning Services Follow us on TWITTER

Scan this for our local directory

Help at Home Supreme Oven Cleaning

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Chimney Sweep Milborrow Chimney Sweeps 7

Computer/Website Design Services

Contents Panto Competition Christmas Message The English Language Recipe The Phoenix Comic Beauty Tips The Mummers Play Local Author, Geraldine Durrant St. Marys Church Update Volunteering 2013 Calendar Ed/Ellie Competition Kissing under the mistletoe Did you know? Give the Birds a Christmas present Local History Notes Meridian FM Quick Quiz Sudoku What’s On

The Majority of our Businesses are East Grinstead Based

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Willis IT Services Computer Studio

Dogs First for Dogs

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 2012. The contents of this publication are written specifically for our readers, no part may be reproduced elsewhere without express and prior permission.

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Jewellers

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Job Opportunity

Food/Drink Wiltshire Farm Food

Fitness/Health/Wellbeing Lotte Berk 13 Family Chiropractic Clinic 14 Atlas Profilax 15 Feet First 13 Foot Lady 15 Pay as you go fitness classes 15 Emma’s Mobile Beauty 15 Electrolysis/Minor Blemishes 12 Life Coach 15

Function Venue/ Restaurant/Bar Brambletye Hotel Yew Lodge

Green Machines Atrium Heritage Landscapes

Home Maintenance

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Brooker Care Home

40 18

Kitchens Kitchen Bespoke Absolutely Kitchens Raymond Daines

27 33 29

Pest Control Expest Pest Control

35

Probate Morgan Probate

7

Satellite, Aerial Specialists Norsat

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Alterations & Repairs Weddings & Occasions Suitables Second Glance Yew Lodge

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Shoes/Clothes/Weddings/ Occasions 12 13 13 13 9

Window Services

Hair Care Roots Hair Studio

William Major & Sons

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Garden Services/Plants

We pride ourselves on promoting quality MGC local businesses as seen by the fact that a DR Newland Tree Care majority of our advertisers are local to EG. Although this publication does not vet advertisers, a number of complaints will mean that businesses will be barred from further advertising.

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Fernwood Polishing/Wood Restoration 23 Mid Sussex Timber 2 Bailey Bridge Refurb/ Construction 27 Beeches Builders 25 Paint it Now 29 AI Plumbing 31 DK Woodhouse 33 Scott Maynard Plastering 23 James Lowe Plumbing 31 Allzones Roofing & Building Services 1,3 Gutters & Soffits Services 25 Heat Tek Plumbing & Heating 26 John Bloom Plumbing & Heating 29 Gary Spurle Bathroom & Heating 31 Scandia Hus 21 MM Roofing Contractor 23 MRM Plastering 25 Steve Willis Electrician 25 MDH Painters & Decorators 25 James Mundy Decorating 29 Steve Cook Building 25 JPW Tiling Specialists 23 Shuttleworth Decorators 23 MM Walker Home Maintenance 33

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Panto Time!

Cinderella at Chequer Mead Theatre

Who will be going to the Ball with Cinderella this Christmas? Friday 21st December – Sunday 30th December Get ready for another unmissable Chequer Mead Christmas pantomime from Company of Friends! The most popular and romantic pantomime of them all, Cinderella will be brought magically to life by a superb cast, an abundance of comedy, stunning sets and costumes and fabulous special effects! Will Cinderella win her handsome Prince? Will Buttons help her outwit the Ugly Sisters? Answer the question below to win tickets to this magical Family Pantomime at its best! Question: What did Cinderella leave behind at the Ball? Email answers to: info@egliving.co.uk, enter online or write to: Panto Time, 33 Morton Road, East Grinstead, W. Sussex, RH19 4AF. Closing Date: 20/12/12. *11am, 30th Dec performance. Tickets: £15.00 Concessions: £13.50 Family Ticket: £54 Fri 21st December 5.30pm only Sat 22nd , Sun 23rd, Thurs 27th, Fri 28th, Sat 29th December 1.30pm and 5.30pm Mon 24th & Sun 30th December 11am and 2.30pm Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead, Box Office 01342 302000 or visit the website. www.chequermead.org.uk

A Christmas Message I like Christmas. There I have said it! I know it’s fashionable to complain about the busyness of December as we approach Christmas (try being a Vicar!). Then there’s the cost, and the buying of presents and coping with the family, and the fact that there seems to be precious peace and goodwill in the town’s car parks on Christmas Eve and so on. There is always the danger of everybody being exhausted and getting frazzled by lunch on Christmas Day. Yet the first Christmas could not have been much different. People would have been on the move, families going back to their families and birthplaces to register for a census, and the inns were clearly doing a good trade. Into the middle of all this God arrives. Of course, he wasn’t recognised by most people as he had arrived in the shape of a small vulnerable baby born to a seemingly ordinary couple. Emmanuel- God with us. This Christmas let’s try and recognise God’s presence in our lives whatever those lives are like. God present in the busyness and any peace and good will. Present too with those for whom Christmas might be particularly difficult this year, the bereaved, the sick, the lonely, and those anxious about their jobs. God is with us in those circumstances too. Christmas is no less Christmas, and the truth that God became what we are that we might become what he is, is true and the best Christmas gift of all. The Reverend Canon Clive Everett-Allen, St. Swithuns.

The English Language: Is there method to the madness? No wonder the English language can be tricky to learn We polish the Polish furniture. He could lead if he would get the lead out. A farm can produce produce. The dump was so full it had to refuse refuse. The soldier decided to desert in the desert. The present is a good time to present the present. The dove dove into the bushes. I did not object to the object. The insurance for the invalid was invalid. The bandage was wound around the wound. They were too close to the door to close it. The buck does funny things when the does are present. I shed a tear when I saw the tear in my clothes.

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Facilities

Daycare Centre, Visitor Parking, Indoor, Swimming Pool, Private land - 3 acres, Dog Psychology Centre

Dog Daycare

When your dog comes for the day at our daycare centre, you will be greeted by one of our First For Dogs team members. They will show you around our facilities and talk you through what your dog will be experiencing in their day at the daycare centre.

Two walks a day - 1hr per walk Feeding

The Gables, Turners Hill Road, Crawley Down, RH10 4HQ Call us

Dog Behaviour Training

Our approach is to create a calm submissive dog who is a proud member of your pack, who is content, happy and peaceful. ItÕs best to address your dogs issues rather than allow them to escalate. If your dogÕs bad behaviour goes unchecked for too long, it always worsens into a much more stressful, dangerous and unpleasant problem. Please refer to our website for details on our methods and philosophy. 1 to 1 behaviour session at your home

Social activities and playtime

Group Sessions at the centre

Improving behaviour

1 to 1 behaviour session at the centre

07974185512 Email info@firstfordogs.com

Website

www.firstfordogs.com

Areas Covered Crawley, Copthorne,East Grinstead, Felbridge & Horley

Prices

Daycare - per day £20.00

At your home behaviour session - per hour £30.00

Group sessions - per person £20.00 (2hrs) Behaviour session at centre - per hour - £20.00

CHIMNEY SWEEPS POTS • COWLS • BIRDGUARDS FIREPLACE, STOVE REPAIRS & INSTALLATIONS

By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen Chimney Sweeps Milborrow Chimney Sweeps Crawley Down

By Appointment to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Chimney Sweeps Milborrow Chimney Sweeps Crawley Down

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Clock Repair JAntique W Carpenter & Restoration

J W Carpenter

Specialist in the repair & restoration of antique clocks & barometers Over 25 Years Experience Turret/Public clocks serviced & overhauled John Carpenter C.M.B.H.I. Tel: 01342 458475 High Street, East Grinstead

A Specialist Probate Service No Obligation Consultation Fees 1¼% (VAT FREE) Qualified Solicitor Full Indemnity Insurance Regulated by the Law Society Serving the Ashdown Forest Area T 01892 740666 E ian@morganprobate.co.uk W www.morganprobate.co.uk

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Venison, Juniper & Burgundy Crumble Serves 4

Ingredients 600g Diced Venison 1 Onion peeled and finely chopped 2 Sticks Celery finely chopped 1 Leek finely chopped 10 Juniper Berries crushed 2 Cloves Garlic Small bunch of Rosemary & Thyme 15g Flour 2 glasses red wine 500ml Chicken Stock For the Crumble Topping 100g Flour 50g Butter 100g Mixed Nuts – Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts

Method 1. Preheat your oven to 160 C / 325 F / Gas 3. 2. Coat the diced venison in the flour and season, fry in a hot pan with a little vegetable oil until golden brown. Transfer into an ovenproof dish. 3. Fry the Vegetables and herbs in a little vegetable oil until golden brown and add to the dish, pour over the wine and chicken stock and mix well, cover and place in the oven for 2 ½ hours. 4. To make the crumble topping mix all ingredients together, rubbing the flour and butter through your finger tips until it resembles breadcrumbs, pour this onto a flat baking tray and bake until golden brown, this should take around 10minutes.

Recipe by Chef

Matt Sandells at The Griffin Inn

5. The venison is cooked when it just starts to fall apart and the sauce has thickened. 6. Once cooked transfer the venison onto a plate and sprinkle over the crumble mix. 7. Serve with parsnip mash, curly kale or green beans.

Recipe provided by the Griffin Inn, to see their Christmas menu High Street, Fletching, TN22 3SS, Tel: 01825 722890

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Yew Lodge Country House

Special Wedding Offer until 31 Jan. 2013 Book your 2013 wedding before the 31st of January and venue hire is reduced by £1000

Valid for new bookings only; conditions apply please ask for details

Yew Lodge provides a fabulous setting for your wedding that’s as Individual as you are! For further information or to arrange a viewing please contact us Felcourt Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 2JX Brambletye_AFL_95x132_XMAS menu ad 9/10/12 14:21 Page 1 01342 870003 admin@yewlodge.co.uk www.yewlodge.co.uk FESTIVE CHRISTMAS MENU 2012

Black Peters Bar & Restaurant B R A M B L E T Y E H OT E L • F O R E S T ROW STARTERS • Garlic Bruschetta topped with cheese, tomato & basil • Minestrone soup & parmesan croutons • Traditional prawn cocktail & granary bread • Chicken liver pate, melba toast & onion chutney MAINS • Turkey breast, bacon wrapped chipolata, sage & onion stuffing, bread sauce, roast potatoes, vegetable medley & rich gravy • Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, vegetable medley & rich gravy • Salmon “en croute”, roast potatoes, vegetable medley & dill cream sauce • Roasted portabello mushroom stuffed with feta, spinach & pine nuts DESSERTS • Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce • Sticky toffee pudding & ice cream • Creme brulee • Iced raspberry & nougat terrine • Classic lemon tart & cream 3 COURSES – Adult £13.50 – Child £8.50 (Under 14) Includes crackers & mince pies. 10% service charge on parties over 10. Available 1st 3 Saturdays in December – Please book in advance. See website for all Christmas menus.....

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FROM

TO THE PEOPLE OF EAST GRINSTEAD

The perfect gift for children! Available online, in selected Waitrose stores and various book shops. Please visit us at www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk 10 | November 2012 • Please mention East Grinstead Living when responding to adverts


Children & Education

SCIENCE & MATHS TUTOR Worried about science, maths and other examination grades? Having problems with study? For patience and understanding from an experienced, friendly and qualified private tutor, contact:

Jeff Smith BSc. Eng. A.M.I. Mech. E. Tel: 01342 326063 www.jeffsmithtuition.co.uk www.jkspublications.com

HIGH QUALITY

TUITION In mathematics and science at all levels by an experienced and friendly tutor.

Ring Andy on

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FRENCH GERMAN TUITION TUITION Adults & Children

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness. Bob Hope

PiAno / SinGinG TuiTion “Kathleen teaches both my girls. They find their lessons fun, they learn a good variety of songs and also get to perform through various concerts that Kathleen organizes.” Lisa Cavanagh

Adults & Children

Exams • Conversation • Business I am a native French tutor. Home visit available Experienced • Caring • Patient CRB checked.

Christine 07957 418008

christine@sussexfrenchtutor.co.uk

EASY - FUN

“Kathleen has a lovely calm manner. She is patient and caring in the way she teaches. My child is very excited when she arrives to teach piano and has responded well to Kathleen’s gentle encouragement.” Daniel Goldberg

For more info call:

Experienced teacher • Lessons in your own home Piano and Singing exams • All ages taught Singing Groups for 4 - 15 yr olds

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Contact Kathleen: 07769 252616

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I teach REAL-LIFE, CONVERSATIONAL German in groups and one-to-one

Free Parents & Toddlers Group Tuesdays 1.30-3.30

Babies and toddlers 1 to 2 years Preschool 2 to 5 years Voucher scheme available 57 Railway Approach East Grinstead RH19 1BT

QUALIFIED AND PATIENT TUTORS

I am very impressed with the approach that the staff at the Centre take when tutoring, they have boosted my son’s confidence. – Parent  Tutoring in reading and phonics  Tutoring in maths, English, sciences all levels, entrance exams, 11+ exam preps, SATs, GCSEs, A levels  Tutoring in languages, including GCSE and A levels language

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Beauty tips for thrifty times Cosmetics from your Cupboard

by East Grinstead Resident, Helen Blackman MGBT

Help it’s nearly Christmas and I have got to do something with myself! Familiar? Don’t worry, there are things that you can do to dramatically improve the situation, starting with a lovely warm bath. Put some olive oil in the water – it makes a dreadful mess of the bath, but drastic times call for drastic measures, and apply the following face mask, then lie back in the water and relax - a calm face looks years younger than a stressed one. Take two tablespoons of porridge oats and add to a cup of whole milk and heat to thicken. I know this is porridge, but lactic acid from the milk will remove dead cells, and the oats are softening. Add two tablespoons of olive oil, which will moisturise, and allow to cool. When just warm, apply to your cleansed face and leave on for 10-20 mins, depending on how much time you can spare. Wash off and pat dry before applying your favourite moisturiser. Voila! Softer, brighter skin ready for makeup. Now, the eyes are said to be the windows of the soul, so your eyebrows need to be in good shape to frame them. Firstly the shape and position of the brows are important. If you take a pencil or brush and lay it against the line from the base of your nose to the inner corner of your eye, that is where your brows should begin. Then move the brush to a line from the base of the nose to the outer corner of the eye, this is where they should end. Brush your brows up and then brush along the top line towards the outer edge to lay them down, they should be gently arched. Remove any hairs that are out of

“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.” Charles Dickens

line on both the top and bottom of the brows. If there are any gaps, or a shortfall in the size and shape of the brows, these can be filled in with either fine pencil strokes, or you can use eye shadow in a suitable colour and a stiff, angled brush, which will give a much softer look. Finally, take an old, clean toothbrush and either dip it in Vaseline, or spray with hairspray and brush through the brows to encourage them to stay in place. You are now ready to apply your makeup. Bearing in mind that a youthful face is unblemished and even toned, a foundation is a good idea, but if this is too heavy for you, then just concealer on the uneven places is a good alternative, as long as it is well blended. Personally, I never use powder, as it does tend to settle in the cracks and crevasses showing them up more, I think a slightly dewy look is much more becoming. Eye shadow and mascara are a must and a good tip to lift a tired face is to apply blusher on the temples at the side of the eyes as well as on the apple of the cheeks. Remember, if you do not have blusher, you can use lipstick, blended well, as it makes a good cream blusher. Finish your look with a pop of lipstick, and there you go - party ready! I hope that these few tips will encourage you to spend a little time on yourself, don’t end up completely frazzled so that you don’t enjoy this festive season, do have a very Happy Christmas and a brilliant New Year. Remember, life is what you make it. Money isn’t everything, hard up and happy is far better than rich and miserable.

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Clothes, Health & Beauty

DISCOUNTED CLOTHING, SHOES AND ACCESSORIES AT UNBELIEVABLE PRICES! OPEN FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS ONLY 10 AM -2 PM

Bridal Shoe Specialist

74 High Street (opp Rose & Crown) EAST GRINSTEAD RH19 3DE Tel: 01342 823703

Grab a bargain while you can! New 2013 collection now available Over 70 styles to choose from Dyeing service available Bridesmaid & Flowergirl Shoes Shoes & Matching Bags for Special Occasions Rainbow Couture • Rainbow Club • Else • Pink • Pure & Precious

suitables of lingfield Plaistow Street, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6AU (opposite village pond)

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Family Chiropractic Sussex going from strength to strength Family Chiropractic Sussex was established 4 years ago by Dr. Teresa White. Since then it has expanded from one full-time Chiropractor to three, with Dr. Johnny Phoenix and Dr. Michael Cassidy-Hogg joining the team, allowing the increasing need for Chiropractic services to be met. In this article we ask Dr. White what Chiropractic is, and find out what it has to do with Usain Bolt… Full Examination (RRP £49) + X-rays/Nerve Scans (RRP £85)

All for £34 inclusive

To take advantage of this incredible offer just call and book before the 20th December, 2012 & quote ‘Ashdown Forest Living Special.’

What is Chiropractic? Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent power of the body to heal itself. It focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system & how this affects the preservation and restoration of health. It is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of virtually every tissue, organ and system of the body. In most cases the treatment is aimed at removing nerve compression and irritation, usually brought on by abnormal alignment of the spinal joints. This misalignment can be caused by accidents, physical stress, mental stress, anxiety, poor diet, lack of exercise and repetitive movements. Chiropractors use gentle specific manipulation of spinal joints to restore their normal function. The result is an increase in mobility, decrease in pain and discomfort and removal of irritation of the nerves this can lead to a wide range of health benefits.

Would Doctors Approve? Increasingly, GPs are recognising chiropractic as an effective complementary treatment, particularly for back pain. Family Chiropractic Sussex regularly receives referrals from GPs to help patients. Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession, so you do not need to be referred by your doctor though we say by all means check with by your GP if you feel it necessary before treatment.

What is Chiropractic supported by? The effectiveness of chiropractic treatment is supported by scientific research as well as by various UK government and medical organisations. The profession is regulated through the General Chiropractic Council.

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what are some of the successes at Family Chiropractic Sussex? It’s difficult to pick one out... I’ll mention a recent success from a tree surgeon who was incapacitated by shoulder pain. He said: “I have been working for some years cutting down trees and branches and it was in December that I noticed my arm was very painful from the shoulder downward. I didn’t want to take drugs as prescribed by my doctor and a friend told me of Family Chiropractic Sussex. I had given up my job by now and I was in agony at night and unable to sleep. Dr Teresa examined me and took four X-Rays and discovered that my spine was bent. After just six weeks I was back at work with my arm a lot stronger than I thought could be possible…”

Finally tell us about USAIN BOLT Usain Bolt (the fastest man on earth!) regularly utilizes chiropractic care to improve his performance. Florida’s Dr. Michael Douglas, certified in Chiropractic Neurology, has been the official Chiropractor of the Jamaican Olympic Team since 1996. He blends sports injury rehabilitation and traditional chiropractic care techniques and has been treating athletes since 1985. If you or your family have Back/Neck/Joint discomfort, posture problems, headaches, etc. and you think Chiropractic treatment could be of benefit and would like more information call: Tel: 01342 315298 Old Station House, London Road, East Grinstead, RH19 1ET www.familychiropracticsussex.co.uk

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T h e M u mm e r s P l ay A piece of Traditional Sussex Christmas

The Mummers’ Play is a traditional folk drama that dates back to at least the Middle Ages and was popular throughout England in various forms and names.

Alternatively, recent research suggests that it is more likely to have been based on eighteenth century chapbook plays as a way of extorting funds from the rich farmers and landowners…perish the thought!

in 1973 when Simon Lewis, who had joined the recently formed Ashdown Forest Morris Men, became interested in folk traditions. Whilst researching, with Jon Checkley in East Grinstead Library, Simon came across a script for a mummers’ play and thought it would be interesting and fun to perform at Christmas. He took the initiative, made copies of the script and persuaded a few of the Morris Men and some school friends to perform the play on the Ashdown Forest Morris Men’s Christmas Tour. The following year the ‘Ashdown Mummers’ toured round the pubs of the Ashdown Forest and have been doing so every year since on the weekend before Christmas! So 2012 is their 40th Christmas. They have never missed a year and 3 of the original group in 1973 (St George, The Doctor and Beelzebub) have been in every performance!

The word Mummer may have come from the Greek or Old German meaning mask. Thus a labourer would don a disguise to become a mummer in much the same way as someone dress in vestments to become a priest.

The Mummers started because it was interesting and fun, and carry on for the same reasons. Over the years they have gathered a strong following, many of whom see the play every year. The play gives the people of the Ashdown Forest a real Christmas

It has been speculated that the theme of the play is the continuing cycle of death and resurrection. Thus it is part of the struggle of good against the forces of evil, and helps to ensure that Spring follows a severe Winter - something that should not be taken for granted… The actual significance of the individual characters has largely been lost and can only be reunderstood by those taking part over many years.

How the plays started and how they ended up being performed in thousands of villages across the south of England is unknown. Each village seems to have had its own version, but what is perhaps most interesting is how similar each is in script and characters. A number of plays were still being performed in Sussex into the twentieth century, but seem to have been killed off by the First World War. Perhaps the performers left for war and never came back, or had seen such sights that they felt the play was no longer relevant. When the Ashdown Mummers started there were very few other groups but these days there are a lot more, some of whom write their own modern version. The World Famous Ashdown Mummers started 16 | December 2012 • Please mention East Grinstead Living when responding to adverts


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experience not tainted by commercialism. Audiences love the traditional Father Christmas dressed all in green and with the other characters, including Beelzebub, Little Johnny Jack and the Turkish Knight make it a night to remember. Old acquaintances will turn up again after many years away, they always seem to know where to find the Mummers who are keeping a small part of England as it should be. Lots of other performers join in at different times over the weekend: singers, musicians, hand-bell ringers, which all adds up to an inspiring start to Christmas. Many thousands of pounds for local charities has been raised over the years as it is customary that, having been fortunate to witness one of these rare performances, the onlooker contributes to ‘the Bag’. This in turn will assure a peaceful Christmas and their good luck during the following year!

Saturday 22 December 12.00 Red Lion, Turners Hill RH10 4NU 1.00 (To be confirmed) 2.30 Laughing Fish, Isfield TN22 5XB 7.00 Royal Oak, Crawley Down RH10 4HZ 8.00 The Hatch, Colemans Hatch TN7 4EJ 9.00 The Wheatsheaf, Jarvis Brook, Crowborough TN6 2NF (To be confirmed) Sunday 23 December 12.00 The Crown, Groombridge TN3 9QH 1.00 The Anchor, Hartfield TN7 4AG 2.00 Foresters Arms, Fairwarp TN22 3BD

Catch the play over the weekend before Christmas. Although times accurate when going to print, please check before setting out. See www.mummers.org.uk or visit their Facebook page.

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Grannies Now & Then Geraldine Durrant is a local children’s author, her first book Pirate Gran and her second Pirate Gran goes for Gold have both been published in several countries. The next phase in Pirate Gran’s career is a musical based on the books which is being adapted for the stage by the Scamp theatre company whose previous adaptations include The Gruffalo. It will be touring the UK in the first half of 2014 and will be at the Edinburgh Festival that summer. Geraldine tells us about Grandmothers of today compared to when she was a little’un: When my granddaughters Ellie and Alice were little, they often used to ask me what I did for a living, and as they were too small to understand what a journalist was, I always said I was a pirate, an explanation they found perfectly plausible.

had to bring up her family on her own. She took in washing to make ends meet, and there is a family story about how she went to the dentist one day to have a tooth removed and it was 2/- with anaesthetic, and 1/- without, so  she had the 1/- without because she didn’t have the extra shilling.

So when I wrote my first book, I thought it would be fun to write about a Gran who used to be a pirate. We had always pretended that a crocodile lived under my four-poster bed, and when going into the bedroom we would do a running jump on to it so he didn’t bite our ankles!

Stories like that are utterly heartbreaking, and they go a long way to explain why, by the time I remember her in her eighties, there wasn’t much fun left in her - but  she loved her grandchildren and there wasn’t one of the 40 of us who didn’t get a hand-knitted present for Christmas.

Although grandparents play a huge part in many children’s lives, grandparents are largely invisible in children’s fiction - the only one I could think of was the grandmother in Little Red Riding Hood and she gets eaten right at the start!

So when my grandchildren say I am ‘fun’ I do think how very lucky women of my generation are to have had the education and career opportunities our own grandmothers were denied,  and I am very grateful for that.

But Pirate Gran is very funny and feisty and puts the grrrrrr into granny. Grandmothers have changed enormously since I was a child. My own was a Victorian, and she believed children should be seen and not heard. She left school at 14 to go into service and she had a very hard life indeed.  My father was the youngest of her ten children and shortly after he was born she was widowed and

I can’t wait to see what the theatre company will do with Gran, but I know there will be pyrotechnics, as the Grandpa in the stories does tend to get blown up rather a lot!  The third book, Pirate Gran and the Monsters is just out (published by the National Maritime Museum) and I have another book due out next year about the two naughtiest old women in the world...

St. Mary’s Church update Work has started on the roof of St. Mary’s church in Windmill Lane, the scaffolding is erected and looks very impressive. Some of the high level gutters have already been taken down, many of these need replacing and as they are decorative cast iron this is not cheap, but is necessary to maintain the character of this Victorian building. There many other repairs needed on the roof and work will continue into December but it is hoped will be finished in time for the Tree festival. Fundraising will be continuing for a quite a while yet!! 20 | December 2012 • Please mention East Grinstead Living when responding to adverts


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A Different type of Gift this Christmas? THIS FESTIVE SEASON, WHY NOT DECIDE TO GIVE SOMETHING DIFFERENT: YOUR TIME , YOUR EXPERIENCE, YOUR KNOWLEDGE, YOUR SYMPATHY, YOUR HELP ….. TRY VOLUNTEERING Volunteering, despite its recent time in the limelight through the Olympics and the Big Society initiative, is not new – people have been volunteering, often without any public acclaim, for hundreds of years. But perhaps it is now more formalised, and is also recognised as being beneficial to the volunteer, as well as the people or organisation being helped. Volunteering is a way to meet new people, to learn new skills, or use your existing experience in a different setting, and it has been shown to be good for your physical and mental wellbeing. It can provide a way to get back into work after a break, give a boost to your CV, or be a new activity for retirement.

locally and, in some cases, are almost completely run by volunteers. They are amongst the hundreds of varied volunteering opportunities available at any one time. Why not give it a try? You can do as much or as little as you are able, and even a few hours a month can make all the difference. To find out more, contact Loral Bennett at East Grinstead Volunteer Centre, on 01342 328080, or loral@egcvs.co.uk.

Chequer Mead, The Town Museum, Standen, Age UK East Grinstead, Glen Vue Older People’s Day Centre, Queen Victoria Hospital …………..what all of these have in common, apart from being in East Grinstead, is that they are all places where people volunteer

The 2013 Calendar Brand new for Christmas – East Grinstead in Bloom’s Calendar! For the first time, there is a calendar showing East Grinstead in all its glorious seasons! From sparkling spring flowers to the radiant colours of autumn, East Grinstead shows off its beauty. Produced by East Grinstead in Bloom, with photographs courtesy of East Grinstead Camera Club members, Simon Kerr and other local people this is the perfect Christmas present at a very affordable price. Complete with a listing of all the town’s 2013 activities, festivals and special days. Retailing at £9.99 inc p&p uk only (discount for bulk orders of 10 or more). East Grinstead in Bloom will use the proceeds to improve your environment, increase biodiversity and generally beautify and enhance your town.

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New Neighbourhood Plan Website launched www.eastgrinsteadplan.org.uk East Grinstead Town Council has launched a new website dedicated to the Neighbourhood Plan where you can directly have your say on the town’s future. A neighbourhood plan is a document produced and agreed by and for a locality within a District. When formally adopted, it forms part of the local development framework that guides decisions about new development in the area. The site has been developed with interaction in mind to encourage residents to give views or volunteer to be involved in the process. The Town Council is continuing the consultation that will draw the plan together before it is given over to public consultation early in 2013. Please take a look.

Brand new for Christmas – East Grinstead in Bloom’s Calendar For the first time, here is a calendar showing East Grinstead in all its glorious seasons! 22 | sparkling December 2012 • Please East Grinstead Living whenshows responding to adverts From spring flowers to themention radiant colours of autumn, East Grinstead off its beauty.


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Kissing under the mistletoe this Christmas? According to a custom of Christmas cheer, any two people who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss.  But where did it all start? Shakespeare called it ‘the baleful Mistletoe,’ an allusion to the Scandinavian legend. One theory is that the Norse god Balder, the god of Peace was the best loved of all the gods. His mother Frigga, goddess of love and beauty loved her son so much that she wanted to ensure no harm would come to him. So she went through the world, securing promises from everything that sprang from the four elements - fire, water, air, and earth - that they would not harm her beloved Balder. Leave it to Loki, a sly evil spirit, to find the loophole which was the parisitic mistletoe which does not grow from the earth. It takes seed through bird-dung landing on trees, the birds having ingested the berries (urgh…). Loki made an arrow from its wood and what’s worse, he took the arrow to Hoder, Balder’s brother, who was blind. By guiding Holder’s hand, Loki directed the arrow at Balder’s heart, and he fell dead. Frigga’s tears became the mistletoe’s white berries. There’s a happy ending with Balder being restored to life. Frigga is so grateful that she reverses the reputation of the offending plant - making it a symbol of love and promising to bestow a kiss upon anyone who passes under it. Mistletoe was held in great reverence by the Druids, they thought it a curative for everything from infertility to epilepsy... They believed Mistletoe protected its possessor from all evil. Commonly used as a Christmas decoration, it traditionally remained hung throughout the year, often to preserve the house from lightning or fire, until it was replaced the following Christmas Eve.

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Did you know? In Britain, eating mince pies at Christmas dates back to the 16th century. It is still believed that to eat a mince pie on each of the Twelve Days of Christmas will bring 12 happy months in the year to follow – so now you have a good excuse! Festivities were banned by Puritan leader, Oliver Cromwell, who considered feasting and revelry, on what was supposed to be a holy day, to be immoral. The only celebration was by a sermon and a prayer service. The ban was lifted only when the Puritans lost power in 1660. The custom of singing Christmas carols is very old - the earliest English collection was published in 1521. “Hot cockles” was a popular game at Christmas in medieval times. It was a game in which the other

players took turns striking the blindfolded player, who had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow. “Hot cockles” was still a Christmas pastime until the Victorian era. Frankincense is a sweet smelling gum resin derived from certain Boswellia trees which, at the time of Christ, grew in Arabia, India, and Ethiopia. Tradition says that it was presented to the Christ Child by Balthasar, the black king from Ethiopia or Saba. The frankincense trade was at its height during the days of the Roman Empire. At that time this resin was considered as valuable as gems or precious metals. The Romans burned frankincense on their altars and at cremations. Christmas was once a moveable feast celebrated at many different times during the year. The choice of December 25, was made by Pope Julius I, in the 4th century A.D., because this coincided with the pagan rituals of Winter Solstice, or Return of the Sun. The intent was to replace the pagan celebration with the Christian one. Due to the time zones Father Christmas has 31 hours to deliver gifts? This means 62,919 would need to be delivered per second!

Give the Birds a Christmas Present! A great way to keep the kids busy and interested in nature and help birds through the Winter! Basic Recipe for Suet balls for Birds: Ingredients: Package of Suet plus any of the following: bird seeds, peanuts, high energy seeds, sultanas bread crumbs (slightly moist as otherwise they can swell in the stomach) and other pieces birds would like. Please remember, nothing salted or spoiled! Gently heat the suet, do not boil, and add to a mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients. The mix would be approximately one-third suet to two-thirds other ingredients. The texture should be sticky, which will go solid when set. You can fill old coconuts shells, little yogurt pots or other such containers and leave to set in fridge. If you have an old tree in the garden with ‘holes’ these can be filled with the sticky mixture. You can use either vegetarian or beef suet. 28 | December 2012 • Please mention East Grinstead Living when responding to adverts


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Local History Notes John Mason Neale by Dorothy Hatswell

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Much has been written about Rev John Mason Neale when he was warden at Sackville College and his religious views which made him unpopular with East Grinstead residents for a period. He was a prolific writer and translator. He wrote many carols which were popular in their day. Today he is mainly remembered for the carols, “Good Christian Men Rejoice” and “Good King Wenceslas”. The latter was a Bohemian priest, not a king. What is intriguing is how resonant the words of this carol are to the actions of Neale himself. “Good King Wenceslas looked out On the feast of Stephen.” The story of how Neale came to form the Sisters of St Margaret is based on a very similar scenario. Neale wrote in his diary “one dreary autumn afternoon.. looking out on that vast tract of country which is overlooked by my study windows, along which the November rains were then driving in lines almost horizontal I saw the poverty of those who scraped a living on Ashdown Forest”. Wenceslas saw a poor man “gathering winter fuel”, Neale saw people dying from lack of care in the cottages and hovels. The dread of infection was so great that no-one would nurse a case of fever. Neale formed the idea of a community of women who would go amongst the poor and nurse them in their own homes. At the same time they could also care for their souls. Sisterhoods undertaking such voluntary work were becoming more numerous throughout the country. The idea of voluntary nursing for the good of mankind was epitomised in the work of Florence Nightingale in the Crimea. Neale had written “Carols for Christmas” in 1853 in collaboration with the Rev. Thomas Helmore who helped chose the music. They were inspired by the gift of a rare copy of a Swedish book called “Piae Cantiones “ dating from 1582. Two years later he started the Society of St Margaret, an Anglican order of nuns. This aroused feelings in the town as it was felt by many people to smack of Catholicism. Nevertheless Neale went ahead and set up his Sisters in Maresfield, as nowhere suitable in East Grinstead was

available. He frequently walked the fourteen miles to visit them and back again. This was clearly not sustainable, especially given his own poor health. Fortunately, a building in the High Street, close to Sackville College, became vacant and the sisters moved into it. In addition to housing the sisters doing the nursing outside the convent, growing numbers of orphans were now being taken in. The first Mother Superior was Sarah Gream known as Sister Ann. She is listed in the 1861 Census with her were six Sisters of Mercy, one of whom was a “candidate for probationer”, a cook and a housemaid. They were responsible for two visitors, a boarder and thirty three scholars, ranging in age from three to sixteen. Suprisingly, one of the Sisters of Mercy was only fifteen years old herself. Sister Ann continued as Mother Superior until 1864, when she was

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succeeded by Sister Alice. In 1902 she in turn was followed by Sister Erminilde, one of Neale’s own daughters.

on August 6th. 1866, worn out by his long battles against ill health, authority and his efforts for the poor.

It was becoming apparent that the premises in the High Street were too small to accommodate the growing numbers of orphans that presented themselves for help. This work was in addition to the nursing that took place in the community. By now Neale’s reputation had changed dramatically from his earlier one. The people of East Grinstead began to recognise and admire the humanity of Dr. Neale and suported him in raising money to build a convent which would allow the work of the Sisterhood to expand. On the day in August 1865 that the foundation stone for the new convent was laid, a procession of over two hundred people marched down the High Street to the site in Moat Road. It was made up of clergymen, sisters and town’s people, many carrying banners. The convent in Moat Road opened its doors in 1870. Sadly Neale himself would not see the completed building. He had died four years previously,

One of Neale’s favourite quotations was: “What is difficult may be done, What is impossible must be done.” This quotation provided the title of a book, written by one of the Sisters, outlining the history of the Convent ; “Doing the Impossible”. His legacy lies in two areas. His contribution to the canon of hymns and carols and in the continuing work of the Sisterhood. No longer housed in East Grinstead but in Uckfield, the sisterhood still carries out the work of helping the less fortunate to healthier and happier lives. There are also sister convents in many other parts of the world, including Sri Lanka, South Africa and America. Given the many difficulties surrounding his life and work, he can be truly said to have achieved “the impossible”.

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Saturday 8th December Carols and Cakes. The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir and guests present a Christmas Carol Concert to raise funds for the RNLI at the Trinity Methodist Church at 2.30pm. Tickets £6 available from Bulldog Music, East Grinstead, on the door, or from Roger Collins on 01342 324196. Saturday 8th December Christmas Tea and Carols in aid of East Grinstead Christmas Lights Fund. Enjoy some traditonal and modern carols with the Greenstede Singers and sing along with your favourite Christmas songs. Home-made cakes. Tickets £8 /£6 concessions including refreshments. 4pm at the Peredur Centre for the Arts, West Hoathly Rd, East Grinstead, RH19 4NF. Saturday 8th December Christmas Coffee Morning with Stalls at St. Luke’s  10.30 – 12am. All Welcome. Saturday 8th December 4th East Grinstead Scouts Christmas Zumba Session. Introductory hour session with Mel Cranham. Estcots School, East Grinstead at 2pm. Tickets cost £5 with profits to Scouts group. Come in Christmas themed outfit and be entered into free prize draw. Email wendy@ egrinstead.co.uk for details and tickets. Saturday 8th December Mansion Market, Solve all your Christmas gift problems in the happy and relaxed atmosphere of a beautiful 18th century mansion housing over 70 stalls selling delicious produce and interesting and unusual crafts, clothing, toys, plants, old and new books and much else. Puppet shows and an all-day Cafe. Free admission & Parking, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row, llam - 4pm. Saturday 8th December East Grinstead Natural History Society 80th Anniversary lunch at Rowfant House. Contact Lesley Berry on 01342 324955 for more details.            Sunday 9th December East Grinstead Family festival: the entire area is filled with stalls and small fairground attractions and the shops and cafes spill out onto the pavements for the day. Craft and charity stalls and others with all sorts of Christmas goodies to tempt you. There is fun and games for all the family with carols, mince pies and spicy drinks on offer. Shopping area of London Road closed to traffic all the way up to the High Street. Father Christmas, together with Town Mayor Liz Bennett will be making a grand entrance in a vintage open top car to open the festival and make sure that Santa gets to his grotto in time! 10 am – 4pm. Sunday 9th December Christmas Crafts and Fun at East Grinstead Museum. Children’s fun activities for 5 – 11years. Activities run from 10:30am to 3pm. Cost £1 per child. No need to book. Children, join us to prepare for Christmas with fun and crafts. There will be things to make and do! Christmas Shop: Why not visit the museum shop for a

At ST SWITHUN’S, High Street Sunday 16th December, 6.30 pm, Carol Service by Candlelight Christmas Eve 4.30pm, Toddler Crib Service. 6 pm, Crib Service.11.30 pm, Midnight Mass Christmas Day 8am, The Eucharist. 10 am, All-age Eucharist At ST BARNABAS’, Dunnings Road Sunday 9th December, 4.30pm, Carol Service. Sunday 16th December, 9.15am, Worship Together with building the crib Christmas Day, 9.15 am, All-Age Eucharist At ST LUKE’S, Holtye Ave. Sunday 16th December, 3 pm – 5 pm, Christmas Singalong Sunday 23rd December, 10.30am, Eucharist Christmas Eve, 5 pm, Christingle and Crib service Christmas Day, No service Tuesday 4th December The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir presents a Carol concert at the Chequer Mead Theatre East Grinstead from 1.30 to 2.30pm. The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir was formed in 1946 after the loss of the Rye Harbour Lifeboat and her 17 crew in 1928. The brother of a crew member living on Forest Row met the village postman and moved by the disaster, they formed a choir to sing carols to raise funds for the RNLI which continues today. Tickets £4.50, concessions £3.50, Tickets: 01342 302000. Thursday 6th December Charity Christmas Extravaganza. Monies from Raffle and other contributions to go to the Charities: Brendoncare Stildon and The British Heart Foundation in EG. Stalls include: Clay and Bling Jewellery, Cup Cake Gift Packs, Clocks, Candles, Cards, Cosmetics, Hand Knitted Items, French Shabby Chic, Ceramics, Miniatures, Rugs & Cushions, Silk Robes and Turned Wooden Items. Most items are handmade. EG Sports Club, Saint Hill Road. 10am - 2pm, The Lingfield Suite. Friday 7th December Christmas Fair: The Meads Primary School, Mill Way, E. Grinstead, Fun stalls for all the family, tombola and raffle, refreshments, come and see Father Christmas in his grotto. Free entry. 3:15pm to 5pm. Friday 7th December East Grinstead Society, Sussex Pleasure Gardens, a ‘tantalising’ talk by one of our members, Colin Bowley. At 7.30pm, The Main Hall, East Court, no charge.Wine and mince pies. Saturday 8th December Big Band Christmas Party Night: Top class entertainment from East Grinstead’s popular band and singers. Listen, sing along, and dance to your favourite tunes including those festive Christmas songs you love so well. With a festive supper, bar, and dancing for all, it promises to put you ’in the mood’ for a very merry Christmas. Crawley Down, The Haven Centre at 7:45pm. Tickets 10. Contact Frank Osborne: 01342 322646.

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What’s On: December continued Christmas gift for the local-history lover! The museum will be closed for Christmas 19th Dec – 6th Jan ’13. Open specially on 23rd December for ‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas’ 10am – 4pm. Free Exhibition: The process of disposal at the East Grinstead Museum running until Feb 3rd ’13. General Opening times: Weds to Sat 10am – 4pm, Sun and Bank Hols 2 – 5pm. Cantelupe Rd., E. Grinstead, RH19 3BJ. Call: 01342 302233. Monday 10th December Carols in the Sackville College Chapel. Adults £4, Children £1. Sing Carols in the Chapel of Sackville College where the Victorian Warden John Mason Neale wrote Good King Wenceslas. Booking Advisable Tickets Available From Sackville College, Tel 01342 323414. Friday 14th December Swan Mead Daycare Centre: Annual members party, includes a two course Christmas dinner, entertainment and afternoon tea. £12 for members at The Meridian Hall, East Court. 12 noon until 5pm. Saturday 15th December East Grinstead Choral Society with Estcots Primary School singers and Christopher Harris on Organ and Piano. A musical celebration of Christmas including Holst’s Christmas Day and carols for choir and audience. Sackville School, Lewes Road, RH19 3TY, 7.30 pm - 9.30pm. Adults £10, £5 students/child. Tickets from Bullfrog Music, Ship Street: 01342 328774 or on the door.  Further details www.egcs.co.uk. Saturday 15th December The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir and guests present their Christmas Carol Concert to raise funds for the RNLI at Freshfield Hall, Forest Row at 7.30pm. Tickets £9 to include a supper are available from Bishops in Forest Row or Anne Hutchinson on 01825 712562. (Thank you from Roger Collins 01342 324196). Tues & Wed 18th/19th December Late Night Shopping at Cogcraft Art Studio, Clockhouse Lane, Nutley. 6 - 9.30pm. Large stock of Juliet Murray’s

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