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Dear Residents, Welcome to the December issue. Interesting Christmas trivia is the theme this month from ‘Holly & Ivy’ to ‘St. Nicholas’ and more! Plus you can find all our usual local history, information and updates. We’re launching a new website this December,, to make it easy for you to view references and photos of our Local EG Living tradesmen. So whenever you need to use one of our tradesmen you can read their references for locally completed work online! Finally, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year. Thank you for support given to our local businesses this year, we hope to be of continued service to you in the coming year. Tally & Chris

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Contents England’s tallest Christmas tree Doing Something About it New Lighting Store The Real St. Nicholas Local History Notes Three Wise Men East Grinstead & the Great War Holly & Ivy Fairtrade week Mum’s the word Panto competition How does Harry do it? Recipe ‘Selfie’ Sudoku Useful Numbers What’s On

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Lorna Holdcroft’s recent paintings are now available as a high quality wall calendar from the Ashdown Gallery, Forest Row (open Mon - Sat, 10-5pm). These bring together her beautiful work shown at the gallery over the past year, depicting images of both the wonderful Ashdown Forest as well as views of the magnificent South Downs. They are £12 each and would make an ideal present. See: www. for more information. 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 2013. 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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England’s Tallest Christmas Tree on Our Doorstep

The 118-foot tall giant redwood at Wakehurst Place, in Ardingly, has a new set of 1,800 festive lowenergy lights on string that measures 600 metres! Tree climbers from Wakehurst’s conservation team rigged them up last month using specialist climbing equipment and two high-level platforms.

The tree will no doubt have to endure some harsh weather this winter and will be rigged up until 6th January. Being new, the lights will look brighter than ever this year and so it’s well worth a Christmas outing to Wakehurst.

Doing Something About It Genevieve Youldon decided to take action to give a new lease of life to Dormansland recreation ground where she takes her niece to play. In her words: I thought the playground could do with a little makeover because the council had decided to take some of the items away to be mended; then I heard that they were unlikely to be returning them. I called and emailed them, as did another concerned grandma Anne Van Vliet and we decided it wasn’t good enough. A few weeks later the council decided that they would find funds to buy two new pieces of equipment but by this stage I had already approached the Parish Council, put an advert in the Dormansland Village Voice to get some volunteers and set up a committee. I now have four local mums, Anne the WI treasurer, myself as the main bulk of the committee, but lots of helpful people are offering help nearly everyday. I met with the Steve Hyder at Tandridge council and asked his guarantee to match my aim of £10,000

which he assures me he will. This will mean that we will have £20,000 by May hopefully to donate to rejuvenate the playground so that it will be fabulous in time for the school holidays. I intend to approach local businesses for donations, recycle mobile phones, ink cartridges and have a quiz night in January. I have also received nearly £500 from local donations like the Horticultural Society, the Carnival Committee and a generous dad Jonty Gates. I’m very excited and enthused by the positive response so far. For more information and to get involved: email, Twitter @dormansplay.

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Are you looking for a fulfilling job? Brooker Care is an East Grinstead based Care provider founded and run by Denise Howells. In 2006 her father Eddie Brooker passed away from the effects of Parkinson’s disease, Dementia and Diabetes. With nearly 30 years of nursing and care experience Denise was able to help and guide him through his last days. Afterwards Denise decided to set up her own home care company, naming it after her father, with the aim of providing the same level of care that she was able to provide him. Generations of Denise’s family have lived and worked in East Grinstead and with the health-care connections she has made over the years, it was an obvious choice to be based here. Brooker Care is family run and prides itself on fostering a family atmosphere for both its staff and clients. They have a team of like-minded, excellently trained staff who believe that we are all entitled to consideration and respect. One of their carers, John

Carlyle, recently won the award for ‘West Sussex Best Carer’ in the ‘Life long Learner ‘ category which demonstrates the attitude Brooker Care prides itself on. Last month, after a recent surprise inspection, the high standards at Brooker Care were demonstrated as they passed with flying colours. Due to expansion Brooker care is currently looking to take on new staff, either part-time or full-time. There is no need to have experience; training will be given to you. All you need is a caring and considerate attitude. For more information about working for Brooker Care or receiving their care call: 01342 311999


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on my online business before and after work, easily doing 7-9am & 6pm to 11pm on a regular basis & weekends.

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As a highly successful internet business, Why did you decide to open a shop in your local village of Forest Row?

Networking with an enterprise group, I got on really well with the guys from iwoca (an online finance company based in London) & they put me forward as they knew I had the correct experience in starting a business & financing it.

We wanted to open the shop to encourage the local economy & have direct contact with our customers. A good percentage of orders are taken over the telephone as people want to speak with us & refine their requirements. With several exhibitions at London Excel, Earls Court & Birmingham NEC, the team really enjoyed the customer face to face interaction. The retail shop is an extension of this & also means an empty shop off the high street filled, which is of benefit to the local community. It is also local to our warehouse, so we now offer a click and collect service with a local van delivery service as well.

Why were you choosen in particular? Due to the strength of The Internet Retailer business growth over the last 12/24 months, the government really want to know how they can help and keep the momentum going for businesses like ours. What happened when you went? Meet anyone interesting? The group was full of similar people to myself so we all got on really well, we were with the MP Daniel Korski (Small Business Advisor to David Cameron). and we sat round a table at Number 10 for a couple of hours over coffee and all discussed openly what are the financing issues with small business are at the moment and the red tape. How have you built your internet business over the years to it’s current state? Just hard work! It might seem like the obvious answer, but I will have to say that it is most important you put in the effort to get results. Whilst I was doing my training to become a Chartered Accountant (Qualified in 2008), I would work 9-6 day and work

What reception has the new shop had so far locally? It has been really well received both from local customers and regional web customers who have come to visit/collect orders. We have even had people from London down to the shop to refine & discuss their purchasing requirements. What do you hope to achieve with the shop in the future? Once fully operational with sign & a few finishing touches, we hope that it will provide a complete lighting solution to both end users, local trades people & commercial requirements such as hotels & restaurants. The New TIR Lighting Store is now open at 1 High Street, Lewes Road (A22), Forest Row, RH18 5ES. Open Mon–Fri 7am–5pm, Sat 8am–1pm. For Discount Voucher See ad on page 11

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The real St. Nicholas The real St. Nicholas (in Greek Nikólaos) was a 4th century Greek bishop, born in the ancient town of Patara in modern day Turkey. St. Nicholas later lived in Myra (not far from his birthplace) when the region was Greek in its heritage and culture. He was the only son of wealthy Christian parents. While St. Nicholas was still young, his parents died and he was raised by his uncle who was the bishop of his childhood town. Thus St. Nicholas began the journey to becoming a bishop himself. The most famous of St. Nicholas’ good deeds saw him helping a poor man who had three daughters, but could not afford a dowry for them. In those days it meant they would remain unmarried and likely have had to become prostitutes. Hearing of his plight, St. Nicholas decided to help, but saving them the humiliation of accepting

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charity, he went to the house after dark and threw three purses (one for each daughter) filled with gold coins through the window opening into the house. With his reputation, it is no surprise that he came to represent the gift bearing associated with Christmas. As many miracles were attributed to him, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker. He has an undeniable influence on the mythical figure ‘Santa Claus’ which comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas, which itself is a corrupted version of Saint Nikolaos. Try saying both (with a Dutch accent if possible) and you will see they sound similar. According to research, Saint Nicholas was short, olive-skinned and had a broken nose. It was likely that he did sport white hair and a beard, as was the fashion for religious leaders of the day.



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Local History Notes

Walter Kohn By Dorothy Hatwell

East Grinstead has played a small part in the life of a Nobel Prize winner. In August 1939, as part of the Kindertransport, Walter Kohn arrived. Austria, his country of birth, had been annexed to Germany by Hitler and as a Jew his life was under threat. His parents, Salomon and Gittel hurried him to the safety of England. They had to remain behind and were subsequently sent to Auschwitz where they both perished. Walter was sixteen at the time he arrived in England. He had, initially thought of becoming a farmer, and spent a short time training for this in Kent. However, his health deteriorated and he was forced to abandon the idea. He went to stay with Charles and Eva Hauff in Forest Row as Mr. Hauff had had business links with his father. His elder sister, Minna, who had escaped from Austria just before him, joined him there. While staying with the Hauffs, Walter attended East Grinstead County Grammar School for a short period. Despite the brevity of his attendance, it was in fact during this time that his interest in mathematics and science was awakened. Supported by the school staff and the Hauffs he started studying these subjects in earnest. Unfortunately, when he reached the age of seventeen, the government ordered his internment, for the reason that he held a German passport. He spent a few months in various camps in England and the Isle of Man. During this time he was sent books and course work by the staff at the East Grinstead Grammar School to enable him to continue his studies. In July 1940 he was sent to Canada in a convoy which reached Quebec after crossing

the U-Boat ridden waters of the Atlantic. On arrival at an internment camp he enrolled in a course in mathematics run by another Austrian, a distinguished mathematician called Dr. Fritz Rothberger who passed on his love of the beauty of his subject to his pupils. Walter was moved round several camps in the Quebec area. He took the official Canadian high school exams which he passed and was then able to sit for the McGill University Matriculation exam in mathematics, physics and chemistry. He worked as a lumberjack in his spare time in order to save enough money to buy books on his chosen subjects. In January 1942 he was cleared by Scotland Yard of being a spy and was released from internment. He went to stay with Professor Bruno Mendel in Toronto. There he was persuaded to study physics and mathematics at the University of Toronto, rather than his first choice of engineering. After a year he joined the Canadian army but was still able to continue with his studies and research. On discharge a year later he was awarded a “wartime bachelor’s degree”. He then went on to obtain a master’s degree which included a paper on the scaling of atomic wave-functions. He was given a scholarship to Harvard to work for his Ph.D. For the next forty years, Walter was to play an increasingly important role in the world of science. Although a naturalised Canadian his working life was mainly spent in the United States of America and he became an American citizen in 1957. He taught at the Carnegie Mellon University and at the University of California both at San Diego and Santa Barbara. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the latter. Throughout those early years of studying he was supported by his first wife, Lois. He married his second wife, Mara in 1955 and they have three children.

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the study of chemical bonding between atoms.

Although basically a physicist and mathematician he was awarded his Nobel Prize for chemistry. This was

because his work on densityfunctional theory enabled the mathematics of quantum mechanics to be applied to

Last year he visited East Grinstead to see the school he attended for only a short time (Imberhorne School, formerly East Grinstead Grammer School) but which he gives much credit to inspiring his life-long interest in science. It is a tremendous honour for the town that someone who has made such an enormous contribution to the world of science should trace the inspiration for his hugely successful career back to one of our local schools. Perhaps there will be other Nobel Prize winners from East Grinstead in the future...

Three Wise Men Three Wise Men or Kings are collectively called the ‘Magi’ and were a group of distinguished scholars who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing, as we all know gifts of  gold, frankincense and myrrh. They were the first religious figures to worship Jesus. In fact the account does not mention the number of people “they” or “the Magi” refers to, it has been assumed it was three wise men because three gifts are mentioned. In the East, however, the Magi traditionally number twelve. They are often thought of as kings, due to Psalms 72:11, “May all kings fall down before him”. They are thought to be Melchior, a Persian scholar; Caspar, an Indian scholar and Balthazar (also Balthasar, Balthassar, and Bithisarea), an Arabian scholar.

The Magi are described as “falling down”, “kneeling” or “bowing” in the worship of Jesus. Inspired by these verses, kneeling and prostration were adopted by the early church. This gesture had an important effect on Christian practices and even influenced secular life. As we know kneeling, etc. is indicative of great respect, and typically used when venerating royalty and suchlike. In modern day full prostration is now rarely practised yet kneeling has remained an important element of Christian worship. Their visit is commemorated in most Western Christian churches by the observance of Epiphany, 6th January. The Eastern Orthodox celebrate the visit of the Magi on 25th December.

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100th anniversary OF the Great War East Grinstead will be joining the rest of the country in marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War. Apart from our historic High Street, not much of the town back in 1914 would be entirely familiar to us. However luckily not only do we have an outstanding collection of photographs of the time, but amazingly there’s also movie footage of troops on manoeuvres coming up London Road through the town en route to Ashdown Forest, which served as a training ground in WW1 before the troops embarked for France. The Town Museum has this film footage on display as part of its permanent exhibition, and it’s an uncanny sight to catch a glimpse of the British troops passing by a building that is virtually identical to the one you see today, but think of as our branch of Lloyds Bank. Letters too survive from the first year of the war, and from James Mitchell a young Private raised in Church Lane comes this extract of a letter written to his father in October 1914: “We started away just after dawn from our camp and I think it was about an hour later that we encountered the enemy. They were on the opposite side of the valley and as we came over the brow of the hill they opened on us with rifle fire and shrapnel from about 900 yards. We lost three officers and about 100 men killed and wounded in that half hour. I do

not want any more days like that one.” Another letter by East Grinstead resident, Private H. F. Leppard wrote to his mother on 19th December, 1914 reads: “The soldiers at the front need more rest. While in the trenches the water is over our knees most of the time. The war is going to last some time yet, and might be another twelve months before it is over. The war has only just begun and its going to be a war of exhaustion. After the regular armies have done their work it means that all the young lads at home being trained and disciplined and will take our place in the field. The sooner people understand this, the better, it will be for the nation.” There were acts of outstanding bravery from the outset, and among the first to be awarded a Victoria Cross was Sidney Godley, a soldier born and bred in East

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Grinstead. On the 23rd of August, barely a month after the outbreak of hostilities, Private Godley took over a machine gun on Nimy Bridge when the Lieutenant in charge of the section had been mortally wounded. Godley held the enemy from the bridge, single handed, for two hours under very heavy fire and was wounded twice. His gallant action covered the retreat of his comrades, but he was eventually taken prisoner. His final act of bravery was to destroy the gun and throw the pieces into the canal. The war was to continue for four cruel years, and you only have to look at all the names carved into the war memorial in the High Street to judge the impact it must have made to a small Sussex market town. In 2014 the East Grinstead Concert Band will be travelling to Belgium and playing



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in the town of Ypres, not only commemorating the outbreak of the war but also their own 40th anniversary. The town museum, the library and Chequer Mead will also host exhibitions and performances relating to 1914, and a full programme of events will launch from July onwards; more details nearer the time. If you or family members have local information or memorabilia relating to WW1 please drop a line to the Tourist Desk in the library or the East Grinstead Museum.

The Uncanny Story behind WW1 Aircraft named ‘East Grinstead In 2003 I was researching references to East Grinstead, and came across a model aircraft enthusiast’s website. On it someone asked if anyone knew of the correct colouring and markings of an aircraft known as a R.E.7. It was suggested that they look at a book by a British author called Les Rogers that was published in America, but could be imported. In it there was this photograph with the words East Grinstead plain to see on the fuselage. After a long exchange of messages to the publishers in the US they put me in touch with their British agents, who in turned forwarded a letter to Les Rogers in the UK. Imagine my surprise the next day to hear the phone ring and discover that it was the author calling. “You won’t believe this.” He said. “ But I’m calling you from Sackville Court right here in East Grinstead!” So all the time I was searching, Les Rogers was only a stroll away from my desk here. It’s due to his generosity that the Museum have the high quality photograph (above) that you can see in the Museum today.  We have concluded that the plane was named East Grinstead as the result of a fundraising appeal in the town. Sadly, any more definite clues have still to be discovered, but some positive news was that the aircraft apparently survived the conflict. - Simon Kerr, Tourist Officer East Grinstead.

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Sat 14th December, 11am - 3pm. ‘The Inner Silent Way’ by Bonx Trigwell Review: this is the second book by Bonx Trigwell and this time he writes from a purely fictional perspective. Set in the Surrey countryside, Alan is the main character, a single man who is not so lucky in love. His trade is carpentry and through this he secures a job restoring a staircase in an old country house. He makes some very dear new friends and, with them, he has the happiest, funniest time of his life. Those days are numbered however and a dark cloud is looming. The characters created by Bonx range from snooty and greedy to eccentric, humorous and generous. Apart from loving his main characters, for me, Slurmantha has to be the best but I’ll leave you to discover her. Bonx has an ability to tell a good yarn and one has to wonder whether, in a previous incarnation, he was a medieval travelling storyteller. - Sue Bicker.

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Holly & Ivy Holly and ivy have been the mainstay of English Christmas decoration for churches since at least the fifteenth century, when it was often mentioned in church records. However, these evergreens had been used as winter decoration long before the arrival of Christianity. During the winter solstice festival ancient celts fashioned ivy into wreaths and garlands for decorations. The Romans viewed it as having close ties with the Roman god of wine, Bacchus (Dionysus). The fact that ivy stayed green throughout the year led some to believe it had magical properties so it became a symbol of eternal life, rebirth and the coming spring season. Holly was prominent in the Roman celebration of Saturnalia (upon which the Christmas holiday was supposedly modelled), as the plant was considered sacred to Saturn. In Norse mythology, it was associated with Thor, god of thunder, and holly plants grown by the home were thought to prevent lightning strikes. Holly and ivy were both an understandable choice of decoration for bringing hope and cheer during wintertime. With almost all of nature dormant, these evergreens yet remain and people could be reminded of better times to come - if they could steel themselves to

survive the harsh winter! Both plants were thus adopted by early Christians as Christmas decorations in the Roman times, despite the likely disapproval of church leaders, who would have regarded the decorations as pagan. Nonetheless these evergreens were well on their way to becoming a staple of Christmas tradition. Symbolically, the prickly leaves of holly came to represent the crown of thorns; the berries, drops of blood that were shed by Jesus. We all know the traditional English Christmas carol, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’, the imagery of which firmly cements their place in the Christian message. A a final word, later in the fifteenth century Henry VIII referred to holly and ivy’s everlasting quality in a love song attributed to him: (Extract)

Green groweth the holly, so doth the ivy. Though winter blasts blow never so high,  Green groweth the holly.  As the holly groweth green      And never changeth hue,  So I am, and ever hath been,      Unto my lady true.              Green groweth  .  .  .   (We might add that this lovely ditty was written in the King’s younger years, it is perhaps questionable whether his still had such sentiments in the latter part of his life...) Without doubt, these evergreens have earned their place in our traditions, appearing as varying symbols and guises over hundreds of years.

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A Mothers Quote of the month

“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.” Caroline Kennedy

Tips for Baby & Child Swimming 1.Introduce your child to the water gently and slowly; they will go through phases of their development when they are more confidant in the water and then less so. Don’t assume they will be as confidant as the last time they were in water.

important that the child learns their own buoyancy in the water in a safe environment i.e. with mum or dad. One you’ve introduced the swimming aids it can be very difficult to get rid of them.

2.Any number of things can affect their mood and willingness to get in the water: water temperature will have a massive impact on their responses. If you take them swimming in a warm pool and then jump into the sea, don’t be surprised if they don’t like it.

4.Take care when submerging a child. Never submerge a child that doesn’t want to be submerged even if they’ve been happy to do it in the past. It’s generally better to let children from 2 upwards initiate their own little submersion by doing little jumps (seated or standing) into the water – with mum or dad’s help of course.

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It’s Panto Time, oh yes it is! Jack and the Beanstalk at Chequer Mead 20th - 30th December Box office: 01342 302000 Free Parents & Toddlers Group Tuesdays 1.30-3.30

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Win a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children, valid for a performance at 5:30pm. Competition Question: Which animal did Jack give in exchange for the magic beans? Enter online at or email: info@egliving. Or write to: Chequer Mead Competition, 33 Morton Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4AF. Closing date: 15/12/13

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Help to Buy†† is the brand new Government-backed scheme, launched in the recent budget. Whether you’re a first time buyer or an existing homeowner, you only need a 5% deposit to buy any award-winning Barratt home up to £600,000 in England. This is not a shared ownership scheme – you’ll own 100% of your home. Offering you more than ever before: • Help to Buy†† is a brand new Government-backed scheme • Only available on new build homes • With a 20% equity loan you could get a 75% mortgage • You own 100% of your new home • Competitive mortgage rates • Free and exclusive† 5 year warranty* for peace of mind

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How does Harry do it? Harry Townsend, well known and loved in East Grinstead, set up his East Grinstead based charity back in 1999. Here he tells us how far it’s come and the amazing strides it will be making in the coming year: Background Myself and my three sons set up the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund when my wife Myfanwy died from malignant melanoma in 1999, with the objectives of raising awareness, education and funding research to strive to find a cure for this terrible form of skin cancer. Melanoma is truly one of the diseases of the 21st century; it affected 1 in 1500 in the 1930s, now it affects 1 in 50 and rising. Myfanwy worked at Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH) and was well known in the town. She was Chairman of East Grinstead Operatic Society and conductor of the Forest Row Lifeboat Choir for many years. She was also ‘mother’ to Felbridge Juniors Rugby Club (as one of our players put it!) both in this country and round the world. After we finally established the charity, to publicise it I did a number of fundraising

‘challenges’ such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking the Grand Canyon ‘ rim to rim’ (thanks to Hallmark Travel); running (slowly!) the Death Valley Marathon; walking the Pilgrim Trail to Santiago de Compostela (500 miles, 38 days) and writing a book about it ‘The Slowest Pilgrim’. I then celebrated my 70th birthday with a 5 day, 100 km Saharan race and then by walking end to end of the North Island of New Zealand (800 miles, 68 days), pushing my wheelbarrow George and writing another book ‘Harry the Wheelbarrow Man’! The money raised in my wheelbarrow, $NZ25,000 (12,000GBP) was the catalyst to setting up the Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand, now a thriving charity. Present Day! So far, we’ve raised over half a million pounds and helped to fund practical research projects at the Royal Marsden and the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation, plus we also established the creation of a new post for a skin cancer nurse at QVH.

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Additions to the team This year a hardworking team has been put into place, headed by marketing experts Michelle Baker and Anna White. They have helped reinvigorate the charity with a new logo, website, social media platforms and some very exciting initiatives. Melanoma Awareness Week has been running nationally for six years; locally, we receive enormous support from Haskins Garden Centre at Snow Hill. And we helped set up the Sun Safe campaign in Cornwall and funded mole check day at many locations on the south coast. We’d like to do more such days: our next will be in the new year, in the Spring, in Tunbridge Wells and this will be supported by Mr Paul Banwell, our medical ambassador, and lead consultant at the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit at the QVH. East Grinstead Rotary Club are very kindly helping us to set up a mole check day in East Grinstead, which is very appropriate as it’s our charity’s home town.

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Leeds United FC Leeds United FC has given us enormous support over the years. Sadly their sports therapist Bruce Craven died from melanoma aged 32, and the players themselves contributed £2500 to put our green wristbands on the market. As well as regular donations from the sale of signed merchandise, a team from the club will row the Channel next summer to raise funds and awareness: 46 miles from the French coast to Margate. They will be coxed by Francesca MacDuff-Varley, who was third in The Apprentice in the last series. For further information visit: New book What am I doing now? Well, aside from the Charity, I’m also busy writing my next book; the story of Felbridge Juniors Rugby Club. When I retired from rugby aged 32 in 1969 (you can still see me in team photos on the stairs at East Grinstead Rugby Club), I decided to ‘put something back into game. This didn’t mean propping up the bar and saying ‘rugby isn’t what it was when I was playing’! I wanted to set up a junior club, to provide the best coaching and opportunities to meet and beat the best: and to travel to do so. We produced at least eight junior (colts or schools) internationals! The story must be told, it’s part of rugby history. You could really help me out here, I’d love to hear from old players (and parents) not already in touch, please drop me a line: 01342 322508 or

Looking to the future – protecting children whilst they enjoy a healthy lifestyle outdoors! Built on my love of sport our new initiative is called the ‘Outdoor Kids - Sun Safety Code’ and this will launch in Spring 2014. We will be promoting Sun Safety Guidelines via national organisations who work with children across a whole range of outdoor pursuits. We have been speaking to national governing bodies for sport and outdoor activity associations; and so far have not had a single negative response! We have the support of paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE; whilst outdoor girl, TV presenter Julia Bradbury is our ambassador and has just completed a mole check video for us in association with The Royal Marsden. We will be announcing all the above in early 2014. However, ahead of the launch we hope East Grinstead Living readers will follow our progress on our Facebook page and on Twitter. For further details on melanoma and to read our regular blogs, please visit www.melanoma-fund., where you can also pledge support, sign up for our newsletters and make donations.

Marathon for Melanoma! As you may know by now, Harry founded the charity with an adventurous spirit, so with that inspiration in mind a team is forming to undertake the challenge of running the Bacchus Half Marathon next September to raise funds for the charity.

Would you like to take part? The race takes place on the 14th Sept (so you have plenty of time to prepare!) at the Denbies Wine estate in Dorking. Although the challenge is real, the day is focused on having fun, with a post race BBQ, fancy dress out in full force, wine tasting and stunning views! For more information and to take part visit the website - details above. 30 | December 2013 • Please mention East Grinstead Living when responding to adverts

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Chocolate Yule Log Everyone in the family is sure to love this recipe at Christmas.

What to do: 1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Line a 23x33cm/9x13 inch Swiss roll tin with greaseproof paper and brush this lightly with oil.

Ingredients: • vegetable oil, for greasing • 150g/5½oz golden caster sugar • 6 large eggs, separated • 250g/9oz high quality dark chocolate (minimum 60 per cent cocoa solids)

Buttercream icing filling • 250g/9oz unsalted butter, softened • 450g/1lb golden icing sugar, plus extra for dusting • 50g/1¾oz cocoa powder, sifted • 2 tbsp milk

2. Combine the caster sugar and egg yolks in a bowl and whisk them together until light and thick. Melt the chocolate with 4tbsp cold water in a bowl over a pan of very gently simmering water. When you can see the chocolate has melted until smooth, stir it into the mixture. 3. Whisk the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gently fold a spoonful at a time into the chocolate mixture, then gently fold in the remaining whites using a large spoon. Note: do not overmix. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 12-14 minutes, until risen and just about firm to the touch. 4. Remove to a wire rack and leave to cool in the tin for at least 2 hours. 5. Once cold, lay a sheet of greaseproof paper on a board. Turn the whole cake onto the sheet of paper in one movement, then lift the tin off. Carefully peel away the paper and neaten up the edges by trimming. 6. To make the buttercream icing, beat the butter until soft, then sift in the icing sugar and cocoa. Add the milk and combine together until soft. Spread half the icing over the cake up to the edges. 7. Roll up starting at the side opposite you, use the paper to help roll the cake - don’t worry about cracks. Transfer to a flat serving dish. Carefully spread the remaining icing over the cake. Decorate festively (something for the kids to do perhaps) and sift over some icing sugar. Optionally you could use fresh whipped cream as filler, raspberries and even a dash of whisky.

‘Selfie’ is Crowned Word of the Year Meaning: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. Oxford Dictionaries Editors gave it the prestigious ‘award’ as its frequency of usage increased by 17,000% over the past 12 months! Apparently this new addition to our language can be traced back to a post on an Australian online forum in 2002: “Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.” Amazing the sources of our language in the 21st century!

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Michael Wall, established his Hire Fitness business 5 years ago & has since built up a large portfolio of clients in this area.

People are increasingly choosing to hire fitness equipment in their homes for People are increasingly choosing to hire in their homes many reasons, many reasons, mostforoften for convenience & lack of time or inclination to go the gym. Parents can also look after their children whilst they exercise. The Power Plate is a popular model, it can burn up to 350 calories in 10 minutes. Other benefits include cellulite busting, improved blood circulation, stronger bones but most of all – improved toning! All Hire Fitness models are of the highest quality and the range includes treadmills, bikes, cross-trainers, rowers & cavitation machines. Here is a Testimonial from one of Michael’s happy customers: ‘After 12 weeks use of the Pro Plate, I had a noticeable improvement in the toning of my tummy, bottom and legs. I haven’t felt so good for as long as I can remember!’ Julie, West Sussex For more information call Michael at Hire Fitness (Open 7 days 8am to 9pm): on 0800 707 6624 or 07932 139386 or email on

Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world i.e. local communities, helping global communities. East Grinstead has been a Fairtrade Town since July 2005.    Next year Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 24 February - 9 March and EG schools, shops, churches, businesses, and community groups will be organising events to promote Fairtrade and the whole range of goods that can be found for sale - tea, coffee, bananas, spices, sugar, chocolate, wine, flowers and the list goes on. If you would like a speaker/presentation or a Fairtrade stall please contact 01342 315440 or email For further details of events visit,early in the new year.

East Grinstead Hockey Club in association with Motorline Crawley VW has been given the prestigious honour of hosting the Eurohockey Indoor Club Cup Championships at the K2 in Crawley on behalf of the European Hockey Federation from 14 February to 16 February 2014. The tournament will feature the top 8 Indoor Championship winning club sides in Europe. These 8 teams competing are from Germany, Sweden, Ukraine, Russia, Spain, Belgium, France and representing England will be East Grinstead HC! The competition is split into 2 pools of 4 with each team playing 3 qualifying games and then a further 2 classification games to decide both the champions and which sides will be relegated. Tickets will be available from the EGHC website at and will be for 2 sessions on Friday and Saturday and 1 session on Sunday. In every session you are guaranteed to see all 8 teams. The sessions start at 10:30 and 3:30pm on Friday, 9am and 3:30pm on Saturday with the Sunday session starting at 10am. To keep up to date, please follow all the news on eastgrinsteadhc For those new to the indoor hockey and the new format, the game is played over two periods of 20 minutes with only 5 players from each side allowed on the court. This is a change from previous competitions when 6 players were allowed, so a quick game has been made even quicker. Come and see how the teams handle this major change and enjoy what promises to be a 3 day goalfest. East Grinstead HC qualified for this elite completion by winning the MaxiFuels Super 6’s in January 2013 to earn the right to represent England and then gained promotion to the elite Champions Cup Division by winning the EuroHockey Champions Trophy in February 2013 in Vienna and are now ranked in the top 8 club sides in Europe. This is going to be a very special weekend for our town, so please do come along and show your support. Eurohockey website -

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What’s On in December

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December 2nd Monday

Sat 7th & Sun 8th and every day from 14th - 24th December

Charity Buffet Dinner in aid of the Phillpine’s typhoon disaster at 7pmc put on by the Filipino British Nurses Extra Care East Grinstead at Tarana Thai & Indian Restaurant, 44-50 High Street, Lingfield Surrey RH7 6AA. Admission ticket: £15 per person. For more information and booking please contact Danny Favor at 07867846495 or Maribel Favor at 07528694112. Friday 6th December.

East Grinstead Society: Newhaven Fort, now and then. A talk by Ian Everest who was manager of the Fort from 1987 until 2001. Wine and mince pies will be served. The Main Hall, East Court. £1, non members, always welcome, £1.50. At 7:30pm. Saturday 7th December

Town Mayor’s Christmas Charity Bazaar: Local charities will be selling goods and gifts such as Christmas cards, calendars, small gifts, Christmas cakes, bric-a-brac and raffle tickets. Refreshments and cakes will be available throughout the day. Raising funds for Macmillan nurses with two tombolas and visits to Father Christmas. Local primary schools will be singing carols on the day. Meridian Hall at East Court, Free Admission.11am and 4pm. Saturday 7th December

Christmas Shopping at Bluewater. By return coach from East Grinstead. departs 9am, returns at 5pm. Just £14 per person. Book at Hallmark Travel. Ph:01342 312305 or E: charmaine@hallmarktravel. com. Saturday 7th December

Carols & Cakes at Trinity Methodist Church. The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir and guests present a Christmas Carol Concert to raise funds for the RNLI, 2.30pm - 4:30pm. Tickets £6 available from Bullfrog Music or on the door, or call: 01342 324196. Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December

Ashdown Arts presents an exhibition: an eclectic mix of contemporary fine art in a wide variety of styles and media plus craftwork and sculpture produced by professional and semi-professional artists and artisans who exhibit locally and internationally. Peter Griffits Room, Town Hall, Forest Row. See www.ashdownarts. or contact Martin Ash on 01892 853536,

Father Christmas at the Llama Park Christmas Wonderland with Real Reindeer. 10am until 5pm, Llama park, Wych Cross, A22. For more info visit website. Sunday 8th December

The Dormansland Action Medical Research committee invite you to a Christmas concert by the Ladies’ Choir, The Greenstede Singers at 7pm, St John’s Church, Dormansland. Refreshments. £8 Adult £4 Children. Call Claire on 01342 323697. Sunday 8th December

Santa’s Grotto Day: Join us for a fun-packed day in our winter wonderland including facepainting, stalls, a raffle with a chance to win a festive hamper, plus a visit to santa for only £3. 12–2pm. National Cat Adoption Centre, Chelwood Gate (for SatNav users, follow RH17 7DE). T: 01825 741 330 W: uk/ncac Monday 9th December

A concert in aid of the relief operation in the Philippines featuring Chris Andre, Magee, Skatonics, Bullfrog Youth Theatre. Introduced & compered by Cheryl Baker. Tickets £15. Call: 01342 302000 at Chequer Mead. Monday 9th December

East Grinstead Natural History Society’s Christmas social evening. All meetings take place at St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead starting at 7:45pm. Visitors £4 including refreshments. Contact Lesley Berry on 01342 324955 for more details. Thursday 12th December until Sunday 15th December

Christmas Tree Festival. Opening times are as follows: Thurs 12th and Friday 13th from 2-8pm, Saturday 14th from 11am-8pm and Sunday 15th from 2-6pm. Please come to enjoy the decorated, illuminated trees and some Christmas cheer in our beautiful church. For further details ring Karen on 01342 410718. St Mary’s Church, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead. RH19 2DS. Friday 13th December

Marquee Comedy Club & Party Night. A fantastic line up of top comedians with Mike Wilmot as headline act. Buffet & disco until 1am. Doors open 7pm. £19.50 per person. Call: 01342 321210. EG Sports Club.

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What’s On in December

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Saturday 14th December

Monday 23rd December

A taste of Christmas at East Grinstead Library: Come and join us for a packed day of Christmas cheer. With events and activities for all the family and with local stall holders there is something for everyone. Complimentary mulled wine and mince pies. Prize draw to win a family ticket to Chequer Mead’s Pantomime- Jack and the Beanstalk. 10 -3pm.

Ashdown Forest Centre’s Children’s Christmas Holiday Club. 10 - 3pm. For children aged 6 – 11 who love being outdoors! After the success of our Summer Holiday Club we are pleased to announce a wintertime version! Cost £20 per child. Places are bookable, call 07986 703088 or email rcbennington@ At the Forest Centre, Wych Cross.

10am to 12.30pm East Grinstead Town Twinning Christmas Coffee Morning. Small charge will apply. 10am to 10.30am A special performance from the West Sussex Youth Orchestra. 10.30am to 11.15am Special Jack and the beanstalk storytime. Tickets free from the library. 11am to 11.30am Christmas carols by the Greenstede Singers. 2.30pm to 3pm Special baby Rhyme time. East Grinstead Library, Call: 01342 332900. Saturday 14th December

Christmas Concert in aid of the RNLI. The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir will be performing their annual concert in Forest Row Village Hall on at 7:30 pm. This will be a lovely evening of carols and Christmas music. Tickets £10 from Bishops Hardware Store, Forest Row, Anne Hutchinson 01825712562 or Jill Sharp 01342 826848. The ticket price includes refreshments and a glass of mulled wine. Saturday 14th December

A Feast of Christmas Music: East Grinstead Choral Society presents music for all the family with excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Rutter’s Gloria, Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin and audience carols. Tickets: Adult £12, Under 18/disabled £5, Family (2 adults, up to 4 children) £25. Box office: 01342 328774 or from Bullfrog Music. At Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, E. Grinstead RH19 2HL at 7pm. For more information visit: Saturday 21st December

Forest Row Choral Society will be holding a Christmas concert at Holy Trinity Church, Forest Row, from 7pm. The choir will sing a selection of favourite choruses from Handel’s Messiah along with traditional carols conducted by Tom Scratchley. Tickets: £6 (under-16s free) available on the door or in advance from Seasons, Hartfield Road, Forest Row. Sunday 22nd December

‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas’ celebrations. The traders in East Grinstead’s historic High Street open their shops to give a special Dickensian welcome. Plus there will be a choir singing a selection of choice carols.

Wednesday 8th January

The Meridian Probus Club of East Grinstead for retired professional and business people meets locally at 10.15am for coffee, followed by a talk by Felix Hatch on ‘The Experience of being a Magistrate’ and an optional pub lunch. New members welcome. For more information call 01342 323098. Do you have a little spare time? Want to put it to good use, helping in the community whilst having fun and adventure along the way- then the 8th East Grinstead Scout Group may have the answer. Founded almost 40 years ago and based at St Mary’s Church Hall in Windmill Lane, East Grinstead, the Group has an ever increasing number of young members- (both boys and girls, aged between 6 and 14) but really needs more adult help to give them the experience they deserve. No prior knowledge of Scouting is required as full training would be given- but enthusiasm and a sense of humour would go a long way! And don’t worry if you can’t offer a weekly commitment- even a little time would help a lot. If you are interested, please call Christine on 01342 322679 for further details.

What’s On at Chequer Mead Friday 6th December at 7.30pm - “Eagles Greatest Hits – The Singles” presented by Desperados Saturday 7th December at 7.45pm - The ‘SUPERSONIC 70s Show’ - “CHRISTMAS CRACKERZ” Sunday 8th December at 7.30pm - “Ariel Choir & Guests” Thursday 12th December at 7.30pm - The Band Of The Life Guards present “A Winter Concert” “Jack and the Beanstalk” Pantomime

Presented by Company of Friends Friday 20th December at 5.30pm Sat 21st - 23rd December 1.30pm & 5.30pm Tuesday 24th December 11.00am & 3.00pm Friday 27th - 29th December 1.30pm & 5.30pm Monday 30th December 3pm only Tickets: £15.00 Concessions: £13.50 Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children) £54.00

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