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Dear Residents, Welcome to the March issue. The arrival of Spring will bring a new lease of life this month, and not too soon! A great time to get all those jobs done around the house and garden. If you love roses (who doesn’t?) then Imberhorne Lane Nursery brings you a informative step by step article to help get you started. This issue features lots of fantastic local charity goings-on and events from saving lives to Climbing Mount Kilamanjaro! East Grinstead’s favourite adopted son, Sir Archibald McIndoe, features again in a new incredible history project soon to be rolling out in two of our primary schools - see page 26. Thank you for supporting our local businesses. We always welcome all feedback. With Best Wishes for a good March, Tally & Chris

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Dave Edwards Electrical Contractors 31 Mid Sussex Timber 2 Bailey Bridge Refurb/ Construction 35 PK Refurb/Landscaping Services 31 Beeches Builders 27 Paint it Now 31 AI Plumbing 39 Expest Gutter-Fascia-Roof 35 John Bloom Plumbing & Heating 39 Gary Spurle Bathroom & Heating 39 MM Roofing Contractor 31 MRM Plastering 27 Resolution Plumbing 39 A.G. Kerr Carpentry 29 MDH Painters & Decorators 33 James Mundy Decorating 35 Steve Cook Building 25 Shuttleworth Decorators 31 Compte Electrical Services 27 Home Videos La Star Cest Vous 5 Offices to Rent Offices & Business Units to let 19 Insurance NFU Mutual Insurance 5 Painting & Decorating MM Walker Home Maintenance 25 TruMark Building & Landscaping 27 Elephant Electricals 27 Kitchens Kitchen Bespoke 33 Absolutely Kitchens 29 Pest Control Expest Pest Control 33 APM Pest Control 33 Pottery Country Traditionals 5 Satellite, Aerial Specialists Norsat 19 Sewing Husqvarna Sewing Machines 6 Window Services The Window Shutter Company 25 Heron Windows Ltd. 37 As Good As New Window Repairs 9

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Queen of puddings This classic British pudding is so simple to make, and it tastes delicious with its crown of golden meringue.

What to do: Serves: 4 adults Preparation time: 35 mins Cooking time: 30 mins

Ingredients: 1 tsp butter 50g white or wholemeal breadcrumbs 225ml milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 40g caster sugar 2 eggs separated 2 tbsp strawberry or raspberry jam

1. Grease an 850ml (1½ pint) baking dish with ½ tsp of the butter. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs into the baking dish. 2. Warm the milk with the remaining butter and vanilla extract until lukewarm. Take care that the mixture doesn’t get too hot. Remove from the heat and add half the sugar, stirring to dissolve it. Beat in the egg yolks. Pour into the baking dish and stir into the breadcrumbs, then leave to soak for 15 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/fan oven 160°C. 4. Bake the pudding for 20-25 minutes, until lightly set. Remove the baking dish from the oven and cool for 5 minutes, then carefully spread the jam over the surface. 5. Whisk the egg whites in a grease-free bowl until they hold their shape, then add the remaining sugar, whisking again until stiff and glossy. Pile the meringue on top of the pudding, then return it to the oven to bake for a further 5-8 minutes, until golden brown. Serve at once. Tip 1: Egg whites won’t whip if there is the slightest trace of grease in the bowl or on the beaters - and that includes egg yolk too, so take care when separating the eggs. Tip 2: Use blackcurrant or apricot jam for a change. Tip 3: A hand-held electric mixer is best for whisking the egg whites, otherwise use a hand whisk - it will just take longer.

Springtime Musings.... Apparently if you stand at the Equator on the first day of Spring, you will see the sun pass directly over head. This is only true two times a year; the first day of Spring and the first day of Autumn. To test this theory, it might be a good excuse to book a Spring holiday to warmer climes. Another idea is the phenomenon called ‘Spring Fever’ which apparently occurs when a sudden warm spell follows a long cold period. When the temperature rises, there’s an effect from the dilation or expansion of the blood vessels, so that blood is carried to the body surface where heat can be lost quickly. Some people experience an energetic feeling to this reaction!

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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 76 High Street, East Grinstead (by appointment please)

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The Rotary in East Grinstead

The Rotary movement started 100 years ago in the USA and has now spread across 200 countries in the world. In this country, almost every town has at least one club. East Grinstead has two. The mission of Rotary is: -- “In the community and throughout the world. Rotarians build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service and encourage high ethical standards in all locations. The Rotary motto is ‘Service above Self’”. Rotarians are both male and female and come from every part of the community. We are non-political, non-religious and open to all cultures, races and creeds. Our clubs meet every week to enjoy a meal together, sometimes they hear a speaker and, sometimes, to conduct any business which we have. We, of the Rotary Club of East Grinstead Meridian, have 33 members, some of whom have been members since the club was established 27 years ago. Being a Rotarian is so enjoyable that it is difficult to give up.

Each club sets its own objectives, however there are some objectives for all clubs. One of Rotary International’s greatest achievements has been Polio Plus, a campaign to provide immunisation against polio which, as a result, has largely been eliminated. Over the last few years the Meridian Club has made donations of £4500 for a new van for Crawley Open House, who look after the homeless in our town as well as Crawley; they do a lot of selfless work with very needy people. Every year, in conjunction with two other Rotary Clubs, we take part in a new event called “Kids Out” to enable three coachloads of children with special needs from Manor Green Primary School to be taken to Chessington. At Christmas the town’s clubs cooperate with similarly minded organisations to provide a Christmas tree and associated lights for the town centre. We also buy vouchers and presents for the elderly and needy. Local people

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have been very generous over the years in giving us donations. Rotary runs a number of competitions with young people. For instance, the Young Chef competition: students from Imberhorne, Sackville and Notre Dame schools have taken part and have produced some of the most mouth watering meals. We also fund three local young people to attend a Rotary Young Leaders course each year. On this they learn leadership and other skills, every year they come to the club and tell us about their exploits; we are always impressed by their skills and abilities. We support the local ‘Young Enterprise’ by providing advisers to local schools where students run their own businesses to practice for later life. To sum up being a Rotarian means that you believe in your local community and are prepared to work hard to support it. Our work is extremely enjoyable with a great deal of fellowship and satisfaction with the things which we have achieved.

Yew Lodge Country House Mothering Sunday lunch, 30 March Spoil your mum on her special day and come to Yew Lodge Country House for a traditional Sunday lunch in our splendid Dining Room/Conservatory; relax over coffee; and if it appeals, take a stroll around our 10 acre gardens - to make the whole occasion a lovely afternoon, not just a meal. A freshly prepared two course meal, followed by coffee/tea & mints is £25 per adult/£15 per child under 12 years, inc. VAT. Visit our web site: or contact us at: T. 01342 870003. E. Yew Lodge Country House, Felcourt Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 2JX.

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Quote of the month

A woman must combine the role of mother, wife and politician. Emma Bonino

Spring Cleaning Top Tips

• Set a date to start and then the countdown begins. • Make a plan: write down all the rooms and what needs to be done in each. • Refresh the cleaning cupboard with products you’ll need to get the job done. • Pace yourself. Set realistic and do able daily targets; try not to leave everything for the

weekend - if poss! • De-clutter as much as possible before you start cleaning - this will make cleaning itself a lot faster. • Rope in the kids with ‘mini-targets’ (and decent rewards) to inspire a little elbow-grease. • Start from the top down (cobwebs first, floor last). • When done. Enjoy! (while it lasts....)

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 “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

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Children & Education

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Optimise your health at The Crossing What a huge responsibility: preparing meals. The health and well being of those you feed is at stake and you should ideally have wholesome ingredients. High quality produce can be expensive, and with the cost of living so high, I don’t know anyone who is not genuinely conscious of their spending. This is why I’d like to share an opportunity with you: At The Crossing, Forest Row, there is a project promoting real pasture fed foods and mineral dense, highly nutritious veg. We are a community group working towards creating a community garden and farm, just along the Forest Way, off Brambletye Lane. Working with volunteers and paying members on our giant allotment, we grow leafy greens, salads and herbs. We’re also planning courses and information on optimising our health through nutrition. We invite you to get involved, to come and see what has been achieved so far. We have fenced 48 x 8 metre raised beds and practice NO-DIG, a less strenuous and more productive system, after horticulturalist and author Charles Dowding. The ‘Coop Co-op’ is in it’s 4th

successful year and we are accepting names for the waiting list. Would you be interested in Pig Club? or Lamb Share? On Tune-in Tuesdays we are at The Crossing from 10am til 2pm, come up the field and say hello. Instead of ‘draining’ this agricultural land we have made swales: big ridges and furrows. It goes some way towards addressing the issues surrounding flooding and is an example of

how to hold rainwater on site. The ridges will be planted with fruit orchards, berry bushes and a perennial ground cover of useful herbs. Strips of pasture between the swales will be grazed. Outcomes will be healthy soil, improved fertility, happy livestock, and some beautiful pasture-fed-nutrientdense-meat. Is it possible to live “off the fat of the land”?

For more information see: or call Emma Goodwin on 07976 296 364

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Bake a Fortune for St Catherine’s Hospice! St Catherine’s Hospice is asking local people to raise some dough.... literally! The charity is launching its latest fundraising initiative, Bake a Fortune, with the help of former Great British Bake Off participant, Cathryn Dresser, who lives in this area. Local people can get involved by holding a bake sale, bake off or tea party to raise much needed funds for St Catherine’s. This is a great way to entertain kids during holiday time, to have fun with work colleagues or just get your bake on with friends - simply let them eat cake in return for a donation to the hospice. To get self-raising, visit and download your free fundraising pack, which is full of helpful ideas, recipes and materials like invitations and cake labels. Cathryn Dresser says: “I am proud to support my local hospice and would encourage everyone to have some fun by taking part in Bake a Fortune. This is a great idea for all ages and abilities. Whether you’re creating a showstopper, making your own signature

bake or just helping to lick the spatula. Tea parties, bake offs and bake sales are all easy to put together. Simply grab your pinny and let them eat cake in return for a donation to the hospice!” By getting involved you’ll help the hospice to care for local people with a terminal illness by contributing to the £15,000 that must be raised every day to keep the hospice going. To sign up and receive your free Bake a Fortune pack, go to East Grinstead resident, Barbara Pavitt, says: “I signed up to Bake a Fortune as I love baking and think it’s a great way to raise money for St Catherine’s. When I registered I received a pack with recipes, posters and everything else I need to hold a bake sale. I’m planning my first one already!”.

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St Catherine’s cares for terminally ill adults and their families in Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and East Surrey. All care is provided free of charge, so every penny counts. Knead to know more? visit uk/bake or contact Victoria Lawrence on 01293 447376.

March Did you knows?

• The March March march is an annual walk this month to March and back by Cambridge students. • The town of March in Cambridgeshire is so named because it was once an island surrounded by marshes. • March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. This is probably because the Roman battle season began in Spring. • “March is the month of expectation, The things we do not know.” (Emily Dickinson, 1830-86) • In Old English, March was called Hlyda, or Lide, meaning ‘loud’ referring to the loud March winds. 14 | March 2014 • Please mention East Grinstead Living when responding to adverts

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NEW REVOLUTIONARY TREATMENT For more details contact: Marie-Agnes Casalini Mob: 07828 954 304 Tel: 01342 303 279 A strategic and non-chiropractic massage is applied to the short musculature of the neck. In only one application, safely and permanently, the Atlas bone returns to its correct position.

“Nothing I have experienced nor performed has given the benefits and results that this one time treatment has. The experience to date with the AtlasPROfilax® treatment is that my atlas has maintained proper alignment and function. I have GREAT! The chronic pain at the base of my skull is gone. I am more balanced and empowered in my life” Dr. Robert A Pope, Chiropractic Physician “In no more than 25 minutes, nearly all my tensions in my back went. The feeling of relaxation was intense. Now I can watch TV in my bed without any pain in my neck.” R.B. West Sussex “I feel like an owl and can now see virtually 360 degrees…” M.H. Forest Row “Vertigo has disappeared… my hearing has drastically improved…I can now move my heard normally… I used to zigzag and struggled walking straight. I now have a perfect balance and I can walk straight” P.C, East Grinstead “I’ve had no back pain or migraine, this is phenomenal” C.H., 41yrs Old “I have had whiplash, lot of pain in my neck (loud ‘cracking’ noise) plus that I always had pain in my left wrist and left elbow… Today, I have no pain in the neck, no pain in my wrist and in my elbow anymore…” M. H. Denmark “The treatment was quick and almost immediately my sciatica, constant headaches, lower back pain faded away. I was able to bend down and almost touch my toes, which I hadn’t been able to do since I was sixteen…” Mark, Scotland “…I have found that my eyesight has improved as well…” L.P. 45yrs old “Immediately after the treatment Marie asked me if I felt any difference but I couldn’t say I felt any different. That was until I woke up the next morning with my back pain completely gone. It has never returned and it’s all down to the adjustment of my atlas.” Lynsey, UK

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Saving Lives to your community; Forest Row, Ashurst Wood and Dormansland in particular are in need of CFR’s. Other non-active roles are also welcome, such as admin, secretary, finance etc.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) covers an area of 3600 square miles and a resident population of 4.5 million. Last year they received 793,353 emergency calls. 5,908 of these calls were cardiac arrests, equating to an average of 16 cardiac arrest calls per day in the South East. It is a well-known fact that some communities are in hard to reach areas. Part of the solution are ‘Community First Responders’ (CFRs), a team of local residents who volunteer their spare time, who are ideally located to make a difference, whilst the ambulance service response is en route. CFRs are not intended as substitutes for the ambulance

crews but as they work or live in the immediate area, they can attend an emergency call in just a few minutes. Lifesaving first aid can be initiated earlier. With approximately 170 people in the UK suffering a sudden cardiac arrest, having a defibrillator at a patient within the first few minutes means that up to 75% can be saved!

2) Help them on their way. There are active CFR’s in and around the EG area, you may see them in their red fleeces and T-shirts with the SECAmb and CFR logo. Similarly their cars may sport SECAmb signage. If safe to do so then consider facilitating their journey as they could be on their way to an emergency. Unlike the ambulance service they are not exempt from the road traffic laws, so without blue lights or sirens, your help could be essential.

There are several ways one can help:

3) SECAmb provide training but to get a CFR out in the community their kit, including defibrillator, costs in the region of £1200. If you have ideas to help raise the profile of CFR’s and help with fundraising we’d like to hear from you too.

1)If you already know first aid or would like to learn, this could be an ideal opportunity to contribute

To find out more call: 01737 36447, visit:

The volunteers can be male or female, aged 18+ and must have access to a car.

By Hook or by Crook Back in the Middle Ages, The forest that belonged to a Lord was set apart for hunting. Peasants were forbidden any activity that might disturb or reduce the foliage cover for the deer. There were, however, sections of common woodland where gathering dead wood and small branches was allowed. Hooked poles, ‘Hooks’ and curved implements, ‘Crooks’ were permitted for gathering such wood to supply daily needs. This feudal right to firewood is the source of the expression, ‘by hook or by crook’ which means ‘to go to any lengths legitimate or otherwise to achieve something’. The expression has implications of both fair and shady means. Certainly we do know that the improper gathering of firewood in medieval times was regarded as a serious criminal offence so sticking with the ‘set method’ was ridgidly expected.

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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


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CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH The famous architect, artist and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is inextricably associated with the city of Glasgow. It was there that he was born on June 7th 1868, at 70, Parson Street. He was the fourth of the twelve children of William and Margaret Mackintosh. His father was a police superintendant. After attending local schools, Charles enrolled at the Glasgow School of Art to study architecture. It was there that he met his future wife, Margaret MacDonald, whom he married in 1900. He started working for the Glasgow architects, John Honeyman and Kepple, eventually becaming a partner in the firm. Among the many many notable buildings in Glasgow that he designed was the church of Queens Cross with its asymmetrical tower. His early days as an architect were not, however, exclusively spent on purely architectural concerns. He saw design cutting across the boundaries of buildings, furniture and accessories. He gave the same attention to everything, down to the smallest details of hinges, door knobs and finger plates. This holistic approach is nowhere more evident than in Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchihall Street in Glasgow. Their proprietor, Kate Cranston, had been a long term patron of Mackintosh. As early as 1896 he had been designing other tea rooms she owned in the town. A staunch member of the Temperance Movement she saw well designed tea rooms as an attractive way of promoting non-alcoholic drinks. She eventually owned a total of four in the city. Saugh, is the Scots word for willow. Mackintosh used this as the primary motif in the main tea room. He started from scratch. The layout, the furniture, the décor, the tableware, the menus, even the waitresses’ uniforms, everything received the Mackintosh treatment. The Tea Rooms were an instant success and have kept their appeal for over a century. They are still a magnet for residents, tourists and Mackintosh afficionados alike. With the shadow of the First World War looming, architectural work dried up and Makintoshes architectural practice was closed down. Mackintosh tried unsuccessfully to start his own practice but when this did not work out, he and Margaret moved to Suffolk. There he spent his time painting watercolours, mainly of floral subjects. It was during his time in Suffolk that he became acquainted with the well-known photographer, Emil Hoppe and his wife, Marion. In 1915 the Hoppes had purchased a country retreat, Little

Hedgecourt at Felbridge. The property occupied a very attractive position on the edge of Hedgecourt Lake. It was, however, rather small and in 1919, the Hoppes wanted to extend the house so they engaged Mackintosh to design the extension for them. The work on Little Hedgecourt took over a year to complete. With his usual attention to detail, Mackintosh made frequent visits to ensure the work was progressing to his high standards. He stayed with the Hoppes during these visits, sometimes for several days at a time. The inglenook fireplace in the living room and the bedroom above it are thought to have been his work. Mackintosh and his wife soon after decided to go to live in the south of France. They moved to Port-Vendres on the Mediterranean coast. Here Mackintosh continued painting his watercolours. The subjects once more were mainly floral but he also captured the beauty of his surroudings in some of his work. Their peaceful and idyllic life was cut short when he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1927. The couple returned to London for treatment but this, sadly, was not successful and he died on December 10th the following year. Mackintosh’s lasting legacy lies is his inspired designs. He combined strong straight lines and

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OFFICES & BUSINESS rightangles with the softer curves arising from the natural forms favoured by the Art Nouveau Movement. This marriage of two contrasting styles led to the iconic Mackintosh Rose motif. Now recognised world wide as his trademark, it is only the tip of the iceberg where his innovations are concerned. He started a new approach to architecture which has been compared with that of Gaudi. Although Mackintosh’s work is, at first glance, more restrained than Gaudi’s, they do share an innnovative way of looking at the world. Both of them were strongly influenced by the Art Nouveau movement, but their interpretations led them in very different directions. They also share the fact that they each have a strong link to just one city, Glasgow and Barcelona, respectively. In spite of this their influence on modern architecture cannot be over stated. East Grinstead can be pleased that this world renowned man was also responsible for a small domestic contract just down the road.

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2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and cook the onion and celery until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add the green pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes and prawns and stir-fry for 3-4 more minutes. 3. Stir in the hot cooked rice, parsley, Cajun seasoning or paprika and chilli powder. Cook for 2 more minutes, stirring all the time until everything is heated through. Check the seasoning, adding some pepper and an extra pinch of chilli powder, if needed. Serve at once. Tip 1: Use 150g chopped cooked chicken instead of prawns, if you like. Tip 2: Save time by preparing the rice in advance, rinsing it with cold water to cool it quickly, then storing in the fridge until needed later in the day. Make sure that it is reheated well by adding to the frying pan with the green pepper and mushrooms and cooking for 3-4 minutes before stirring in the tomatoes and prawns.

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Love Roses?

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Most roses require plenty of sun. Do not plant under trees or large shrubs as they will be competing for moisture and nutrients. The planting area needs to be reasonably well drained and the soil can be improved by digging in well-rotted manure.

There are several proprietary complete rose feeds available from your local Nursery or Garden Centre and these can be used in the Spring and again after the first flush of flowers. Follow the instructions on the box. Do not overfeed.


The easiest way to prune bush and shrub roses is to reduce the height by half to two thirds around the end of February removing any dead wood as you go. Climbing roses can also be pruned at the same time down to the required height. Rambling roses need to be pruned after flowering. As the rose heads fade it is worthwhile dead heading as this will encourage further flowering. The exception to this is the shrub roses which produce hips.

Roses are available as bare root usually from October to March and as container grown from April to September. Bare root Soak roots well before planting. The hole should be large enough to accommodate the root system which should be spread out. Add a little Fish, blood and bone fertilizer to the soil you have taken out of the hole and mix well. Back fill the hole and firm the soil gently around the rose. Aim to have the soil level with the bud union. Container grown Similar to above. Keep root disturbance to a minimum and water thoroughly particularly in hot, dry spells. Mulching Ensure the ground is clear of weeds and old rose debris and mulch with a wellrotted manure in spring and autumn to a depth of around 8 to 10cm.


Pest & Disease Roses are prone to various pests and disease such as Blackspot, Rust, mildew and aphids (greenfly). Regular spraying with Roseclear and Biosept will control all these problems. Follow the directions on the bottle. Varieties to look out for • Bush Rose • Especially For You, Fragrant Delight, Savoy Hotel • Climbing Roses • Compassion, Danse du Feu, Golden Showers

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On Top Of The World In the last three years, I’ve broken my leg, my collar bone and been mauled by one of my cats. This last episode left me needing surgery and yet more time in hospital.

year, I took part in a sponsored spinning class and managed to keep going for three hours and thirty seven minutes, raising around £1000 as a group for young epilepsy.

It’s a funny thing. Being laid up and just left with your own thoughts. I confess that there were times when I felt very low; but lying in a hospital left with my own thoughts and looking around at my fellow patients, did give me a sense of perspective. There are so many people who are much worse off than me. So, yes. I am lucky!

I was hooked! So I decided that in August, in the spirit of Ranulph Fiennes, I’m going to attempt the climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in support of local charity Young Epilepsy.

That’s when I made a decision to change my life. My goal was to make a difference for others and take myself out of my comfort zone. For instance, in March last

This charity helps to support children and young adults with mild to severe epilepsy by providing diagnostics, assessment, rehabilitation and support to individuals and their families. They have a special place in my heart because I was a childhood sufferer of epilepsy.

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I know the training will be hard and the climb itself even harder, but that’s where I see myself and if you would kindly offer to help my cause with just the smallest of donations, I really will feel ‘On Top Of The World.’ I need to raise a minimum of £4750, however in my head I have a goal of a £10,000! My link is http:// IvaDixon Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. With Love, Iva Dixon



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Fantastic Funding! © East Grinstead Museum, reproduced with their kind permission

helping with research or sharing their memories. All information assembled will be published in a booklet and film form. Commenting on the award, Ian Rogers, Deputy Headteacher said, “The team are extremely excited to have received this award as it will enable the children to get involved in something that extends our normal curriculum and gives pupils and staff the opportunity to develop their literacy, confidence and communication skills. ”

Involving children from Baldwins Hill and Halsford Park, ‘The town that didn’t stare’ is an oral history project offering opportunities for students to work with experts and volunteers, to gather real life stories to contribute to the town’s archive. There will also be an opportunity for volunteers from the community to join the students on their learning journey by

As a complete, yet fitting coincidence, this year the town will also see the McIndoe Memorial Statue erected in front of Sackville College. Both projects echo eachother. Part of our ‘ town that didn’t stare’ project will focus on Mcindoe’s belief that community interaction was an important aid to recovery. This philosophy is to be reflected in the crescent of stone seating around his statue for townspeople to sit on as a tribute to the community who aided the airmen’s rehabilitation back into society. 26 | March 2014 • Please mention East Grinstead Living when responding to adverts

We hope this is an interesting and stimulating project that will help build stronger community ties by providing opportunities for volunteering. Please get in touch with Ruth Maddison 01825 891094. © East Grinstead Museum, reproduced with their kind permission


ocal school, Baldwins Hill, has received almost £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to run an exciting project about East Grinstead’s famous WW2 plastic surgeon, Sir Archibald McIndoe, plus the important role the townspeople played in deciding not to stare at those who were affected.

The School is appealing for people to help with research and/or share their memories from the time period. So if you lived here in East Grinstead through the war or know of someone who did and have memories to share, we would be most grateful to hear from you.



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Support Fairtrade East Grinstead

Go Bananas for Foncho! Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 Banana’s we love them - they are the most popular and most traded fruit in the world. In the UK alone we chomp our way through 5 million a year and in 2012 we spent over £550 million on our favourite fruit. Yet while the banana business is booming, the hidden truth is that not everyone is enjoying the benefits. Shockingly, many banana farmers and workers can’t afford to put food on the table for their families, or provide the basics such as education or healthcare. The cause is severe pressure in the banana business to keep prices low, the key driver being the aim of the supermarkets to offer the cheapest bananas possible. A Fairtrade banana, no matter what price you pay in the supermarket, always means a price or wage for a farmer or worker, that aims to cover the cost of sustainable production. At present, all supermarkets are caught up in competition over how cheaply they can sell their bananas, and that includes Fairtrade bananas. While we know that this means the farmer or worker who grew a Fairtrade banana has not suffered due to the cheap price, it’s clear that Fairtrade alone is not enough to end the price wars. We need to go further to ensure the price we pay for our bananas is sustainable for farmers and workers. So what can we do? You can stick with Foncho, a Colombian banana grower, by going to www.foncho. and signing the online petition to make bananas fair. DO IT NOW!

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 are in EG on Saturday 1st March you will find Greggs in the London Road is serving free Fairtrade tea and coffee between 12 noon and 2pm with a Gorilla and Banana alongside the Mayor. In fact the Banana will be appearing in schools and churches too. Thanks to Waitrose who have supplied bananas for various events at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School - the first Fairtrade primary school in EG, and to Sackville - working towards renewal of Fairtrade School status and to Imberhorne applying for the first time; also to the Coop for event sponsorship. Further information at or email Race Night with Fairtrade nibbles and wine will be held on Saturday 8th March at Lingfield Community Centre. Ring 01342 834436 for info and tickets, or email LDFairtradegrp@

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 and is supported by our Town Council. Our neighbours in Lingfield and Dormansland are Fairtrade too. Their group is sponsoring the first ever Fairtrade Race at Lingfield Racecourse on 26 February, broadcast all over the country on the Racing Channel! Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 24 February - 9 March and schools, shops, churches, and community groups in East Grinstead, and Lingfield and Dormansland, have organised events to 28 | March 2014 • Please mention East Grinstead Living when responding to adverts



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Quick Quiz 1: What is the American athlete Dick Fosbury famous for? 2: Which building in India, sometimes considered a ‘wonder of the world’ is actually a mausoleum? 3: What is the first day of Lent marked by? 4: Who was known as ‘Good Queen Bess’? 5: Which British fashion designer apparently gave the miniskirt its name? 6: Who played ‘Rodney’ in ‘Only Fools and Horses’? 7: Which country initiated work on creating the Panama canal? 8: What is the world’s largest continent?

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HIGH BEECHES Woodland and Water Garden High Beeches Garden, or The Beeches Estate as it was known, was bought by Sir Robert Loder in 1849. He enlarged the house and built the farm buildings. The Clock Tower was added to the farm buildings to commemorate Colonel Loder’s horse, Spion Kop, winning the Derby in 1920 setting a new record for the race. Sir Robert Loder was born in 1823 in St Petersburg and inherited a substantial fortune from his father with extensive estates in Northamptonshire as well as Sussex. He was a High Sherrif, Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant as well as MP for New Shoreham. Marrying Maria Busk, daughter of a welsh poet, they had 10 children, three of whom were Sir Edmund Loder, Wilfred Loder, and Gerald Loder, 1st Lord Wakehurst. Sir Edmund Loder married Marion Hubbard, daughter of the owner of the nearby estate Leonardslee where he lived from 1888 developing the Gardens. Gerald Loder bought the Estate at Wakehurst in 1903 and lived there until his death in 1936.

planted the woodland and water garden below the house, over a continuous period of 60 years. He died unmarried in l966. The Boscawen family bought the garden from Colonel Loder’s heirs in 1966. The estate was auctioned off in lots and Edward Boscawen bought the garden and some of the surrounding lots including the farm buildings. The house at High Beeches was destroyed in 1942 by a fire caused by a Canadian Halifax bomber which crashed into the house, on 12th March, returning from a raid on Stuttgart. The plane was badly damaged and so the crew bailed out and left the

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plane to crash, hitting a chimney of the house on its way down. The house burnt for several days and tragically three people in the house died. Later the crew of the plane were arrested in Tilgate by the Home Guard on suspicion of being enemy agents. With the house now in effect ruined, the Boscawens had to have it demolished in l969, as it had become unsafe. The Loders, who owned the house next door, ‘took in’ the Boscawens following the fire. The first thing the Boscawens had to do was build a house, whilst getting to know the garden. They were fortunate as Eric Stockton, Col Loder’s gardener agreed to stay on. Such continuity is essential to the preservation of an historic garden such as High Beeches. Eric stayed until he died in l979. The Boscawens have continued to maintain and develop the garden retaining the integrity of the sensitively planted natural landscape, which is listed Grade II by English Heritage. Graceful in maturity, the garden is an oasis away from the busy world around. The Garden was made a Conservation Trust in l989 with a view to its future preservation. ‘Love all the Seasons, because every

season has its own treasures’ Mehmet Mural ildan High Beeches is a garden for all seasons, its beauty and tranquillity show case a plantsman’s collection of many rare trees and shrubs. Spring brings the flowering of the magnificent magnolias and camellias growing amid hosts of daffodils. Dainty miniature narcissi and other spring bulbs flourish here. In early Summer the woodland glades are carpeted with swathes of native bluebells and surrounded by the glorious colour and fragrance of a multitude of azaleas and rhododendrons. The sumptuous Rhododendron Loderi

are at their best. The unique and ancient acid wildflower meadow is an entrancing sight in June alive with butterflies and buzzing with insects. The fine old Stuartias will be in flower, High Beeches holds the National Collection. Mid Summer is a peaceful time to relax and enjoy the wildlife attracted by the numerous wildflowers throughout the garden. The contrasting colours and textures of the varied foliage create a backdrop against which the beautiful Hydrangeas and Eucryphias look their best. In mid to late August the azure blue willow gentians are in flower, High Beeches is the only garden in England where they are naturalised. Autumn brings a breathtaking display of colour, amongst the best in the country, provided by the many spectacular Nyssas, Maples and Liquidambers growing throughout the garden and contrasting with the conifers. The beds of cyclamen glow in the Autumn light. High Beeches is open to the public every day except Wednesdays between 1pm and 5pm. High Beeches Gardens, Handcross, Call: 01444 400589,

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What’s On in March

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Friday 7th March

Friday 21st March

Friends of East Grinstead Museum present: The Magic of the Pantomime. Ian Gledhill will talk about this enduring and peculiarly British institution, interspersed with personal anecdotes from working and appearing in pantos. East Court Mansion, Start 8pm.

East Grinstead Society: WICKENDENS 1907 - 2010. A talk by Geoff Wickenden who spent 42 of the 103 years of the existence of the well loved shop in the High Street. At 7.30pm Main Hall, East Court, £1 members, £1.50 for non members. Coffee and biscuits served.

Sunday 9th March

Yew Lodge Wedding Fair. Free admission & car parking. 12 noon - 4pm. Felcourt Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2JX. Call: 01342 870003. Wednesday 12th March

The Meridian Probus Club of East Grinstead for men retired from their professional or business life, meets locally at 10.15am for coffee followed by a talk by Sylvia Phillips on ‘USA Deep South’ and an optional pub lunch. New members welcome. For more info call: 01342 323098. Friday 14th March

Ashdown Rambling Club’s annual Sybil Martin Memorial Lecture. This year the Club welcomes Colin Snook who will be giving an illustrated talk entitled “Oh, Get on With It!”, a fascinating account of his 4000 mile, 347 day charity walk around the coastline of Britain. 7:30pm for 8pm start. All are welcome. Tickets at door, club members £1, non-members £2 including refreshments. Phone Tim on 01342 321842. Meridian Hall, EG. Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March

East Grinstead Model Railway Club at Sackville School, Lewes Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3TY. Sat, 10am to 5pm & Sun10am to 4pm. Admission: Adults £4.50, Concessions and Children £3.50. Family (2 + 2) £15. Monday 17th March

East Grinstead Natural History Society. Talk: East Sussex Wildlife rescue/ambulance service – Trevor Weekes MBE at 7:45pm. All meetings take place at St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, E. Grinstead starting at 7:45pm. Visitors £4 including refreshments. Contact Lesley Berry on 01342 324955 for more details. Tuesday 18th March

Part of the Library’s 30th Birthday celebrations. An interesting and inspiring talk about the McIndoe memorial Project. The talk will discuss the brilliant work of surgical pioneer Archibald McIndoe, the formation of the Guinea Pig Club and the launch of the exciting memorial appeal to honour the great man. Tickets £3 to include light refreshments available from the library. 7 - 9pm. Call: 01342 332900.

Saturday 22nd March

Handel: Brockes Passion. East Grinstead Choral Society, directed by Richard Jenkinson. With internationally renown tenor, Neil Jenkins as Evangelist and Meridian Chamber Orchestra, leader George Clifford. At 7pm, visit or call Margaret Barnett 01342 328774. St Mary the Virgin, Windmill Lane, EG. Saturday 22nd March

Alice`s Adventures in Wonderland: a brand new adaptation by Box Tale Soup. You will be invited down the rabbit hole into a timeless world of beautiful paper puppets and wondrous fantasy. Adult £6 Child £4 Family £20, suitable for all ages 5 plus. Hartfield Village Hall on at 3pm. Tickets from Caroline Tully 01892 770730, Tuesday 25th March

Come and enjoy a good old ‘Cockney Knees Up’. A charity event by the Friends of the EG Museum. A fun cockney evening, a chance to dress up, have a sing-song and tuck into traditional bangers and mash followed by spotted dick and custard. Tickets are just £15 and include a 2 course meal. Available from EG Museum or call: 01342 302233. Tuesday 25th March

A Musical Quiz Night (with a difference). Raising funds for EG’s CVS & The Mayor’s Charity, The Macmillan Information & Support Centre in East Grinstead. Team of 6 - Tickets £10 pp includes a Savoury and a Fruit Platter. Raffle Prizes. Pay bar available. Tickets: 01342 323636. Tuesday 25th March

Hartfield & District Horticultural Society Growing for Showing: An interesting talk by Richard Marchant about varieties of vegetables to plant to get the best results with question and answer session following. Members free/non members £2 at 7:30pm. In the Pavilion on The Croft, Hartfield. Further details from Joan McCarthy 01892 770397. Friday 28th March

The Rotary Club of East Grinstead Meridian are holding a Charity Video Race Night at Imberhorne Lower School. It is to raise funds for the Kids Out

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Charity and also rotary charities. Kids Out provides children with special needs with a fun day out at Chessington World of Adventures. For tickets and additional information. Contact Bob Shaw on 07860761595.

sessions for children on dog care. The first session from 11 to 12pm is aimed at children from the ages of 4 to 10 years old: Join the team from Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare for a fantastic workshop on pet care. Enjoy a treasure hunt, play vet and learn how to keep your pet dog happy and healthy. The second session is from 1pm to 2pm and is aimed at 11 to 18 year olds: discover how to make the right decisions about dog ownership. Minimum group is 10 and maximum 30.To book call 01342 823583 .

Saturday 29th March

Pamper Day - Spa afternoon in aid of Ashurst Wood Community Preschool. Pamper a loved one or yourself on Mother’s Day Weekend. Enjoy a luxurious spa treatment in our Relaxation Zone for as little as £5! There is a large variety of treatments. At 1-4pm, Ashurst Wood Primary School, RH19 3QW. Visit www. 30th March

Mothering Sunday lunch at Yew Lodge, Spoil your mum on her special day. Splendid dining room/conservatory; relax over coffee; and if it appeals, take a stroll around our 10 acre gardens. A freshly prepared two course meal, followed by coffee/tea & mints is £25 per adult/£15 per child under 12 years. See www. or contact us at: Felcourt Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2JX. T. 01342 870003. Saturday 5th April

Quiz Night: Teams of up to six people. Refreshments provided:- Soup/Roll and Tea and Coffee (but bring your own drinks). Price £5 per person. 7pm for 7.30pm. The Village Hall, Hartfield. Further details and to register your team, ring Martin or Lola Donner on 01892 770210. See Saturday 5th April

Forest Row Choral Society will present Mozart’s Requiem with chorales and solos from Bach’s St John Passion. Conductor Tom Scratchley. On at 7pm in Holy Trinity Church, Forest Row. Tickets: Adults £12 (under - 16s £5) on the door or in advance from Seasons, Forest Row. Sunday 6th April

Spring Sunday/Bus Running Day based in East Grinstead’s historic High Street. A special Sunday opening of the High Street shops together with the annual Bus Running Day. An opportunity to ride restored vintage buses around the town and surrounding villages re-creating the bus routes of yesteryear in these splendid machines. A free event and very popular with enthusiasts and families, why not combine the day with a trip on the Bluebell Railway? 9:30 - 4:15pm. Tuesday 8th April

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What’s on at Chequer Mead Thursday 6th March at 8pm

Brian Shaw Associates Presents Richard Digance – Live on stage. A BAFTA nominated performer, a world acclaimed poet, an author and an artist. Saturday 8th March at 7:30pm

Cold Place -The World’s Leading Tribute to Coldplay Wednesday 12th March at 7:30pm

Joe McElderry; Live and Unplugged Thursday 13th March at 8pm

Only Fools And Boycie – An intimate evening with Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis. Friday 15th March at 7:30pm

Dave B presents The Buddy Presley Show Tuesday 18th March at 7:30pm.

Essence of Ireland. Featuring original choreography and music, together with Irish classics. Wednesday 19th March at 8pm

The Loiyangalani Trust presents Emma Johnson’s Clarinet Recital Thursday 20th March at 8pm

Elio Pace performs the Billy Joel Songbook Tuesday 25th March at 7:30pm

Chequer Mead Friends present Private Collection’s Summer Fashion Show 29th March at 2pm & 6pm

Bullfrog Productions present The Little Mermaid Thursday 3rd April at 7:30pm

Barron Knights Concert- Soundtrack of Our Lives Various dates throughout March

Womens and Girls Cricket: East Grinstead Cricket Club is offering you the chance to try something new. All equipment provided. For more info call John Davies on 07999 809431 or visit

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