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Dear Residents, Whats inside this month Welcome to the December issue! It’s the start of the holiday season so we have a few Christmassy features to get you in the mood. We hope you love our front cover as much as we do. Winnie the Pooh is of course Ashdown Forest’s favourite fictional son and as we live next to Pooh Country, we thought it was perfect. We also happen to have a fabulous article with one of the authors of the a new official Pooh sequel from which the image is taken. Mcindoe is a legend in this town and one of the most famous people to have lived and worked here... The East Grinstead Museum has a fabulous article about him and some exciting news about the museum.

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Local artist wins national art competition such as Monet and Renoir, and has seen a resurgence recently with competitions throughout Europe.

Local Copthorne artist Robert Nelmes was thrilled to scoop the 2016 Paint Out Norwich ‘Best Freestyle Painting’ award, at the UK’s premier en plein air painting competition. ‘En plein air’ is painting outside. Predominantly using oils, the artist can fully capture the light and atmosphere of the scene by painting on the spot, away from the confines of the studio and not using photographs for reference. It was made popular by the French Impressionist greats

Robert explains his passion for this method, ‘I love painting outside – it is such an exciting challenge! The shifting light and changing weather will always present a greater test to the artist than the safety of the studio can. For me this increases the sense of urgency, promoting  a more instinctive reaction and vibrant result.’ He said, ‘It was my first time at the competition and the other artists were hugely accomplished, so it was a great feeling to win the award!’ Huge congratulations to Robert! Robert recently settled in Copthorne, having spent 30 years living in Edinburgh where he worked as a commercial artist with the National Trust Scotland, Diaggio, BP and Standard Life. He was featured in the

2014 Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year competition and taught Life Drawing at Edinburgh Drawing School. He has also tutored watercolour painting in Tuscany and Sicily. Of his move to this area Robert states: ‘Firstly the countryside is fabulous and it’s well served by National Trust properties. Its proximity to London, where my two children live and work, was important, along with its wealth of galleries, museums and inspirational people. I’m also less than an hour from the south coast, an area I’ve yet to explore and having lived by the sea for most of my life that’s something I’m really looking forward to doing.’ He has already been busy painting landscapes of of this area, one of which is featured below. Robert will be holding group art classes, en plein air painting courses and Life Drawing in 2017; for more details contact 07970 058893 or visit robnelmes. co.uk.

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WILL’S STORY This story is slightly out of the East Grinstead area, however, we thought it would really interest our readers and we are pleased to be able to bring you this interview with Will Bayley, Gold medal winning Paralympian, who grew up in the village of Groombridge on the edge of Ashdown Forest.

Europeans in 2011 winning a world title had always been something I wanted to do and gave me a lot of belief. What was the biggest factor, do you think, in reaching to the very top of the sport?

Here is a snippet of his story on the way up to the giddy heights of gold medal mania: Born in 1988 with arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder that affected all four of his limbs, Will underwent numerous operations at Great Ormond Street Hospital from the age of three months old. He returned to Great Ormond Street for chemotherapy when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of seven and it was while recovering from cancer that his grandmother bought him a table tennis table. He joined the Byng Hall Table Tennis Club in nearby Tunbridge Wells and the rest is history! Will became one of the stars of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, featuring in a series of inspirational advertisements for Channel 4’s coverage of the event and winning individual silver and team bronze medals. Since 2011 Will has reached the final of every major championship - World, European and Paralympics Rio was his 6th consecutive major final! In December 2014 10

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1936 it was a revolutionary holiday idea. Billy Butlin envisaged his camps as self-contained seaside villages and the huge numbers he catered for allowed him to pay for some of the top names in entertainment.

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REBUILDING BODIES and SOULS days or even a few weeks. It would be months and some would have to return again and again to have a series of operations.

On September 3rd 1939, Archibald McIndoe arrived at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. He was one of four plastic surgeons seconded by the War Office. Each was allocated one of the armed services in four different hospitals throughout the country. McIndoe had been given the task of taking care of injured airmen in East Grinstead. The choice of East Grinstead as a base was probably dictated by two considerations: firstly, the hospital itself was only three years old and had upto-date facilities. Secondly, it was situated between London and the English Channel, over which most of the sorties would cross and therefore the area in which most casualties would occur. The choice of McIndoe as the head plastic surgeon was either fortuitous or inspired. He came in from day one with an intense desire to help the injured 20

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He had Ward III, the hut which had been allocated to him, repainted in cheerful colours giving the ward a more pleasant atmosphere. In spite of wartime restrictions, he had chintz curtains made and installed a piano. He promptly ordered a barrel of beer to be kept in the ward. He had already clashed with Sister and other hospital managers over revamping the dĂŠcor. The furore caused by alcohol knew no bounds. He stuck to his guns even after the RAF hierarchy was summoned to call him into line. As he pointed out he was not commissioned by them but was still a civilian and as such was not subject to their authority. He also Continues over the page.

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burnt the “hospital blues”, the royal blue uniforms which wounded servicemen were required to wear when not on active duty. Most servicemen disliked being singled out in this way. McIndoe’s men wore their own uniforms. However, he apparently kept a few blue uniforms back, to use as punishment for those who over-stepped the mark. Whether they were ever used in this way is not known. The surgery McIndoe used on his patients was partly based on pioneering work by Harold Gilles, a distant relative, at St Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. This involved transplanting skin grafts from one part of the body to its recipient part, while still attached to the donor part. The tubes of skin which resulted were called pedicles. This meant that the skin was still being supplied by blood and so greatly improved the chances of success. One of McIndoe’s unique 22

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When the East Grinstead Museum was given the collection of artefacts, images and archives built up over the years by Bob Marchant, the museum decided to use them to raise the profile of their story. The museum was closed for most of November to transform the temporary exhibition space into a gallery devoted to them: we are now the official Guinea Pig Museum. The exhibition opened to the public on November 30th. It will contain the original operating table used by McIndoe and many of the surgical instruments adapted by him. These will be shown in tableaus, with life size mannequins, interactive effects and sound and film recordings. It will bring to life that period of our history which played an important part in the life of our community. Most importantly perhaps, it will fulfil the wish of Archibald McIndoe who said, “One day someone will tell the story as it should be told.”

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The Best Bear in All the World ‘Ninety?’ said Winnie-the-Pooh. ‘Is that more than seven?’ ‘Yes, Pooh,’ said Kanga patiently. ‘You’re ninety years old, which calls for a celebration.’... Ashdown Forest’s favourite fictional son stars once again in this delightful book of four seasonal short stories, Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer, written by four children’s authors. It follows Pooh and his friends as they encounter mythical creatures, mysterious new friends and foes, some new hums and a peculiar type of sauce…

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lectured and broadcast on the work of A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard. So we are delighted to be able to bring you a Q&A with children’s author Brian Sibley below. What was the most inspirational aspect to participating in writing the ‘Winter’ story in The Best Bear in All the World? Firstly, there was the challenge of trying to emulate the style of A. A. Milne: a writer consummately skilled in the art of seemingly effortless witty prose and sparkling dialogue. Secondly, there was the opportunity to try to think and speak like Pooh, Piglet and the others in a way that was true to characters who are so well known and loved. And, finally, to have the courage (or, perhaps, just the temerity) to introduce a new character into the world of Pooh, inspired by a long-overlooked photo of Milne and Christopher Robin playing with Pooh – and a toy penguin. How do you hope this sequel will be received and what has the initial reaction been? The immediate response has been overwhelmingly positive with readers accepting (even welcoming) Penguin as a new visitor to the Hundred Acre Wood. My chief hope is that people will realise that the writers – Paul Bright, Kate Saunders, Jeanne Willis and myself – along with the book’s illustrator, Mark 26

Photograph © Culture Club/Getty Images; illustration © Pooh Pr Burgess, have attempted Finally, why do you think Four Colman Getty to create four new stories Winnie-the-Pooh is loved written and illustrated out of generation after generation our admiration and affection the world over? for the words of A. A. Milne One reason is because the and the artistry E. H. Sunday 18ofSeptember 2016 books work on two distinct Shepard, who jointly created levels: young readers enjoy an imaginary world that has the childlike (but never already endured for 90 years childish) exploits of Pooh and and shows no sign of losing his friends, while grown-ups its appeal. respond to Milne’s sharp, What was the highlight of often sardonic, humour. revisiting this most famous When we are very young, of story characters? the characters become our#Pooh9 child friends, when we are Having the opportunity to rather older, we discover write a new•story for Pooh toy that Penguin featured in are photograph wi the animals just set in winter. My choice of like people we know: easily New features in Winter, writ season was•inspired bycharacter two confused Poohs, timid Piglets, of my favourite stories from melancholic bouncy pen new tales for the Eeyores, 90th anniversary o the original books: the one Tiggers, bossy Rabbits, in which Pooh and Piglet fussy Kangas and pompous mistakenly they are Egmontthink Publishing today, Owls. Sunday Therein lies 18 the September true pursuing Woozles in the genius of A. A. Milne: to The Bes anniversary sequel for Winnie-the-Pooh, snow (when they are actually write simultaneously for tracking their own pawtwo audiences. Couple that prints), and thethe laternew story in with thejoining graphic brilliance of Penguin, character the Hundred which the same duo build a Ernest Shepard’s ‘decorations’ COMMUNITY BUSINESS DIRECTORY house for Eeyore – made out photograph featuring writer A.A. Milne and his so of a pile of old sticks that was Continues overThe the page. a penguin alongside Teddy Bear. picture already Eeyore’s toy house! Living

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What’s On in December SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER Christmas Concert in aid of Action Medical Research for Children. The Greenstede Singers will perform a selection of traditional and modern songs and carols. Tickets are £8, available from Claire on 01342 323697/07790 194835 or Vickie on 01732 863950/07762 491956. Refreshments will be available and Action Medical Research Christmas cards will be on sale. At 7pm, St. John's Church, Dormansland, RH7 6QU. TUESDAY 6TH DECEMBER Christmas concert. Choirpower and the Greenstede Singers present a lively evening of Christmas and show songs and carols. At 7:30pm, Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre. TUESDAY 6TH DECEMBER The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir presents a Concert of Christmas Carols. The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir was formed in 1946 after the loss of the Rye Harbour Lifeboat, "Mary Stanford", and her 17 crew in 1928. The brother of a crew member lived in Forest Row, met the village postman and, moved by the disaster, they formed the choir to sing carols to raise funds for the RNLI which they continue to do... At the Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead, at 2-3pm. Tickets £4.50, concessions £3.50. Box Office 01342 302000. THURSDAY 8TH DECEMBER-SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER Celebrating our Local Community - A Tree Festival. Daily from 2pm. An interesting display of illuminated and decorated trees plus refreshments, with a Christingle Service on Sunday 11th at 4pm. Everyone welcome! Free entry. All donations will benefit the Children’s Society, Family Support Work (a charity supporting families in need in Sussex) and an international charity. For more details about this event visit www.stmaryeastgrinstead.co.uk. At 2pm, St Mary’s Church, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead, RH19 2DS.

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SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER Sullivan’s Heroes Charity Jewellery & Gifts Sale. Sullivan’s Heroes will be selling their popular huge selection of beautiful costume jewellery and gifts, with all proceeds going to the charity to fund home adaptations for disabled children. With hundreds of styles of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches to choose from, it’s the perfect place to find a Christmas gift for friends, family and yourself! 11am to 3pm, Lingfield Notre Dame School Christmas Fair, Lingfield Notre Dame Senior School, St. Pier's Lane, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6PH. For further details visit www.sullivansheroes.org/christmas-jewellery-sales SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER Mansion Market. Parking and admission are free to this wonderful, atmospheric mansion full of interesting and unusual ideas for Christmas gifts, homes, gardens, wardrobes and larders. Puppet shows, all-day café, taster therapy sessions.11am - 4pm, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row, RH17 5JA. SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER Christmas Fair & Winter Wonderland. Ice skating for kids and adults, real reindeers. Over 30 gift stalls, train rides, Santa's grotto, treasure hunt, craft making, face painting, on-site café. Saint Hill Castle, East Grinstead, RH19 4JY. For more information call Silvia: 07963 886522. SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER East Grinstead Concert Band Christmas Concert. The East Grinstead Concert Band's first ever Family Christmas Concert will be a time to bring every member of the family to come and enjoy carols, seasonal festive music and get you into the Christmas spirit. At 2pm - 3:30pm. EGCB Christmas Concert, St Swithun’s Church, Church Lane, East Grinstead, RH19 3BB.

SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER WEDNESDAY 14TH DECEMBER Carols and Christmas Cheer! Join East Grinstead Indoor Meeting East Grinstead RSPB Group. Choral Society and St Mary's C of E Primary School for Social evening, with refreshments and quiz night. an informal, family-friendly evening of carols and festive At 7:45pm, Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East good cheer. Licensed bar available throughout, light Grinstead, RH19 3LT. refreshments and raffle. Adult £10; student £5; family WEDNESDAY 14TH DECEMBER ticket: £22 (up to 2 adults and 3 children) available from: Bullfrog Music, Ship Street, East Grinstead, or at the door RSPB East Grinstead Group Christmas Social (subject to availability). Box office: 01342 328774. For and Quiz. Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East further information visit http://www.egcs.co.uk/ or find Grinstead, RH19 3LT, at 7:45pm for 8pm - 10pm. COMMUNITY BUSINESS DIRECTORY us on Facebook. At 7pm, Sackville School, Lewes Rd, East Prompt start. Further information: Mark Roberts Grinstead, RH19 3TY. mdr51@btinternet.com.

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THURSDAY 15TH DECEMBER TO 18TH DECEMBER

THURSDAY 8TH DECEMBER AT 5PM

Christmas Tree Festival. Great selection of trees decorated by local organisations. Refreshments available. At 10am to 6pm daily, Holy Trinity Church, Forest Row.

Vienna Festival Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Don't miss the enchanting Christmas tale of Tchaikovsky's world famous classical ballet “The Nutcracker” performed by the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet. “The Nutcracker” is one of the best-loved ballets and centres around Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier.

FRIDAY 16TH DECEMBER EG U3A Concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer UK. U3A Singing for Pleasure will be holding a Christmas concert including some modern and traditional songs and carols. There will be a raffle and entrance is £5 to include refreshments. 2 - 4pm, Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead, RH19 3HL. FRIDAY 16TH DECEMBER East Grinstead Society: My Walk from Felbridge to College Lane in 1952. By Peter Pollard, who was born and brought up in East Grinstead. Friday meetings start at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Main Hall, East Court Mansion. A charge of £1 for members and £3 for non-members. Annual adult subscription of £10 includes a bi-annual bulletin and a newsletter. www.eastgrinsteadsociety.org. SUNDAY 18TH DECEMBER ‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas’. A Dickensianthemed shopping day in the historic High Street. Period costumes, games, carols and surprises for all the family. 10am to 4pm. TUESDAY 20TH DECEMBER Jenny Green's Jazz Nights with special guests. A special Christmas jazz night upstairs at the Dorset Arms. Tickets in advance from Dorset Arms or call Jenny on 07846 589297, doors open at 7:30pm, music from 8pm. Dorset Arms, 58 High Street, East Grinstead, RH19 3DE.

WHAT'S ON AT CHEQUER MEAD WEDNESDAY 7TH DECEMBER AT 7:30PM

FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER AT 8PM Forbidden Nights. Come and enjoy the return of this classy all male variety show with full theatre production and explosive choreography. The evening is suitable for ages 18 to 80. Think Cirque du Soleil meets Magic Mike!

MADNESS & MAYHEM IN PANTOLAND! DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS AMAZING CAT “Anything can go wrong in Pantoland!” reveals producer of That’s Entertainment! Chris Gidney, the company behind this year’s panto at Chequer Mead. “I remember the year that the dame had terrible trouble with his bloomers. The elastic had gone, so all during the show they kept falling down and tripping him up. In the end he got so frustrated with them, he simply ripped them off and threw them into the wings, much to the amazement of the audience! “Then there was the year that an overenthusiastic stage manager closed the curtains too quickly during the love song. The curtains swooped on so fast they wrapped themselves right around the principal boy who completely disappeared and poor Snow White was left singing the love duet on her own. “This year with our fabulous TV cast, including BBC TV`s Really Wild Show presenter Howie Watkins, BBC Radio`s Allison Ferns and, from TV`s Brookside, Allen Mechen, it’s likely that the mayhem will continue. I just hope that Dick Whittington doesn’t trip over the cat!”

The Band of the Welsh Guards presents A Winter Dick Whittington and his Amazing Cat Concert in aid of SSAFA. This concert heralds the Pantomime will run from 17th to 29th December, start of Christmas. We are delighted to have been and people are advised to book early, particularly allocated The Band of the Welsh Guards who will groups. perform a variety of music at this very popular COMMUNITY BUSINESS DIRECTORY Telephone: 01342 302000, annual concert. There will be a chance to join in with “community” singing of seasonal songs. www.chequermead.org.uk

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