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elcome to the September edition of us on Twitter (and no, South Downs Living magazine. SouthDownsLiving was too long for a Twitter This issue has a special wedding user name!) The advantage with using Twitter is feature. Isn’t it amazing that the that you can see the first few words of many of recession does not seem to have affected the our postings and then click a link to go to the full number of people getting married! article on You don’t We have a country walk as usual on page 29 even need to join Twitter to see the posts. We and another great story on The Downs Hotel (page welcome any news or events – from the smallest 10) that stood where Stafford Way, Keymer is now, event to the biggest – and you can send them to opposite Hassocks Library. This article was created Please make sure from a letter and photographs we received from a that your information is accurate and put some lady who lived there and who read the first article contact details at the end so that the reader can that we printed back in May. It has brought back find out more. Include pictures if possible. so many memories for people who knew the hotel Finally, many thanks to our readers and and who visited it and informed so many younger advertisers for making us the biggest circulation people about the lifestyle and atmosphere of what quality publication in Mid Sussex, and special is our quite recent past. thanks to our team here So much interest has been “This is a record-breaking edition without which it would raised about this building not be possible. Our for us. We decided a year ago that regular writers Sian even though it no longer even exists! Maidment, Roger Linn, a recession was a good time Please send us your Rupert Taylor, Lisa de to grow and we have.” stories and reminiscences Silva, Les Campbell, Claire about places and events in Elford and all our casual Mid Sussex, especially the northern part where we writers who bring such variety of voice to South have only recently started distributing. Downs Living. Carla Basley in accounts, Tanis Our ever-popular local events guide on pages Banham, Sonya Clare and Suzi Reeve in sales, Lee 12-20 will show you where to go and what to do Meads in design and production and Nicole Tata, this month. As usual there are some great articles our Publications Manager and Deputy Editor and to on local businesses. Many of you tell us that if you all our distribution personnel and our printers. need to engage professional help for anything the I think a big Christmas party is in order! first place you look is in our pages. And for the first time this month one of our writers is opening her heart to discuss the issues and humour of being a mum in Mid Sussex. This is a record-breaking edition for us. We decided a year ago that a recession was a good time Roger Booth, Editor to grow and we have. It’s not as brave as it sounds 01273 842550, as we already had plenty of capacity when we started! Luckily many other businesses in the area also decided to expand and use South Downs Living to promote themselves. Many successful businesses started or expanded in the last recession. South Downs Living is now fully integrated with We have also grown as a local news provider with items on our news website being picked up within minutes by Google News. Go to news. and search for you home town or and village and see new articles daily from us and from other publications. You can also follow

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The Downs Hotel The missing ten years:


by The Overington Sisters (Jennifer, Verity, Felicity)

The road you see in the top left of this picture is Keymer Road, Keymer. The Downs Hotel stood where Stafford Way is now, opposite Stafford House and Hassocks library.

The Overington Sisters – August 1958

Dear Roger, I am Verity St John-Gillan, retired owner of the Downsview Delicatessen in Hassocks, now living in North Wales. During my eight years at the Downsview Delicatessen, I met many wonderful people and customers, some of which knew my family from The Downs Hotel in Keymer years ago. I have read articles in TalkAbout and your excellent South Downs Living many times, the most recent article published in May. Three copies were forwarded to me by different people and copies sent to my sister who lives in America – all asking me to tell you what The Downs Hotel was really like between 1951-1961. So we have done so! And it is for your perusal.


he Downs Hotel – a white elephant in many ways – was in dire need of a new life and so, in February 1951, Mr John St John Overington and his wife Grace Lucy and family took on the challenge. Mr Overington had an imaginative mind and, with foresight and hard work by his family and staff, the hotel came to life yet again during a time when stylish living, courtesy, pomp and ceremony were still part of the English lifestyle. For the next ten years, the hotel employed uniformed staff: ladies for the office and reception work, door porters, gardeners, chamber maids, kitchen staff, a maitre d’ in charge of the dining room


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and waiters and waitresses. Heating and cleaning men were employed for heavy work and manning the three large solid fuel furnaces that heated and provided hot water for the 40 bedrooms and hotel facilities. Apart from a retired colonel with his white waxed handlebar moustache, a captain with a sword in his silver handled walking cane, embassy representatives and titles ladies and other genteel residents made up a total of eight permanently living at The Downs Hotel. There was the family of six and, of course, the resident staff. St Anne’s, a large Victorian house, previously a school, stood in the same grounds and became the family home.

The hotel began to flourish again, the meeting place venue for the Lyms Club, Rotary Club, Keymer Players, Downs Club, William de Warren Masonic Lodge and the Young Farmers. Percy Waterman with his five-piece band became part of the cogs to keep this industrious hotel up and running for the next decade. June 1953 was, as we all know, the coronation of our young Queen Elizabeth II. The Downs Hotel did the occasion proud with a barbecue dance for 500 people, opening up the ballroom to the newly groomed gardens – sweeping lawns with flags, lights in the trees, beer tents, chairs and tables outside and braziers to add to the atmosphere. The chef roasted pig

on a spit, served pork chops, chicken, chips and bread rolls. This was such a wonderful celebration, being the very first barbecue to be served commercially in Sussex and and unknown to many. Its popularity made it a must, a way of life on a Saturday night for the next ten years. So many celebrations: barbecue dances, Robbie Burns nights with bagpipes and haggis, Valentine dances with hearts and flowers, tramps balls and fancy dress, charity events, auction sales, public meetings – The Downs Hotel was one of the most sought after places to be. As time went by, this old gracious building was thriving again, with its drawing room, crystal chandelier, grand piano and Victorian conservatory, lounges with open fires where guests would relax, read, be served morning coffee, afternoon teas with cucumber sandwiches or pre-dinner drinks. Visiting TV and film stars included Peter Butterworth, Petula Clark, Vera Lynn, William Holden, Tony Curtis, Arthur Askey, John and Hayley Mills and so many more – names from the past. The main building proudly donned a clock tower with a magnificent early 1800s clock. There was a boat deck: a flat roof above the dining room on the first floor. This was just like a ship’s deck with railings and seats around the perimeter, life preservers, a captain’s lookout and a mast; deck games were set out at times on request. A lovely place to lay in the sun or stroll on the deck, best of all was the view across the South Downs, Clayton, Jack and Jill windmills

and a birds’ eye view of the gardens, complete with fountained fish pond and strutting peacocks. No wonder people loved to come to The Downs Hotel. There was always a welcome at the entrance hall and reception and door porters to see to your baggage, a majestic sweeping staircase leading to the dining room and a lift for those who preferred not to use the stairs. Unfortunately, the time had come for the fire and safety people to have their say. Fire escapes and fire doors were said to be necessary – what is more fireproof than a solid oak door and sash cord windows, I ask you? But the law is the

law and progress is progress, they say. Sadly, the expense was out of reach financially, so this spelled the end of another era. Goodbye to old friends, disbanding of staff, a sale, an auction, a new home for the peacocks. In the name of progress the world is forever changing. Maybe you were one of those privileged to have had a celebration to remember or meet a sweetheart at one of the barbecue dances. Although the building is no longer there, there are still many of us who remember these years and were part of the history of The Downs Hotel. ■

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Fri, 4th September, 7.30pm Rave On – A Tribute to Buddy Holly. Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, De la Warr Rd, East Grinstead. Tickets £15, concessions £13.50. Call 01342 302000 or visit

Fri, 4th September, 7.45pm Hurstpierpoint Flower Club, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road. ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’ – Mrs Linda Travis, Reigate. We can guarantee a warm welcome at all our events and meetings. Admission £5 (members), £6 non-members. Contact Geraldine Davey on 01273 845534.

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celebrating with a walk from Ditchling Beacon and Jack and Jill to Hassocks to Wolstonbury Hill. If you have previously taken your promise in Guiding we would invite you to join us at 3.30pm at Downlands School for a picnic (bring your own picnic and a chair/blanket) and to share your experiences of Guiding with us. Contact Deborah Phillips on 01273 891272 or visit the website

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Sun, 6th September, 10.30am Mid Sussex Ramblers: 8 mile circular walk via Lindfield Churchyard, Cockhaise Farm, Freshfield Bridge, lunch at The Sloop PH or picnic, Costells Wood and Lindfield High Street. Meet at Lindfield Post Office. Leader Chris. Call 01444 455627 for details.

Sun, 6th September, 10.30am-4pm Saddlescombe Farm Open Day, Saddlescombe Road, between Poynings and the Devil’s Dyke Road. Visitors will get a unique glimpse of this farm that time forgot. Admission is £4 for adults, £1.50 for children plus £1 for parking. Teas and homemade cakes will be available from the new Hiker’s Rest tea shop. For more information please call the National Trust on 01273 857712.

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Sat, 5th September, 10am-4pm Horticultural Autumn Show, Hapstead Hall, Ardingly Sat, 5th September, 2-5pm Family Fun Day, Knowles Tooth Children’s Centre, Langton Lane, Hurst. Stalls, fun dog show, dance displays, face painting, BBQ, beer tent and much more. Adults £1.50, children and parking free. Call 01273 832363 or visit

Sun, 6th September Girlguiding centenary walk. The South Downs Division Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Trefoil Guild are

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Fri, 11th-Sun, 13th September, 10am-5pm St Andrew’s Church Flower Festival, Edburton. Over 40 spectacular displays by the Henfield Flower Club to show off the historic church and the results of the major restoration programme for which the small local community raised an impressive total of over £260,000. Car parking, wheelchair access and refreshments available. Admission is by programme costing just £3, with children free.

Fri, 11th September, 9.30am Cuckfield Crafts & Market, The Queens Hall, Cuckfield.

Sun, 6th September, 7.30pm Invitation Symphony Orchestra Concert in aid of the RNLI. Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath.

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Programme includes Wagner’s Die Meistersinger Overture, Holst’s The Planets Suite and works by Strauss and Ibert. Tickets £10. Contact 01444 455440.

Mon, 7th September, 7.30pm Hurstpierpoint Singers, Methodist Church, Cuckfield Rd. All interested in singing Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, 20th September at the Holy Trinity Church at the end of Hurstpierpoint Festival are welcome to join our workshop rehearsals on Monday, 7th and 14th September.

Wed, 9th September, 7.30pm Plumpton WI: History of Paperweights, Bob and Jo Clary, Plumpton Village Hall.

Wed, 9th September, 8pm Hassocks Horticultural Society, Adastra Hall, Hassocks. ‘Container planting for all seasons’ by Doris Smallwood. Admission is £1, £1.50 for non-members and includes refreshments.

Fri, 11th September, 7.309.30pm Woodland Bat Walk at Nymans, Handcross. High Weald bat expert Phil Haskell takes us on a walk through the woods to see the bats that live at Nymans. Plus have a go with our bat detectors to track their movements as they fly about. £5

Fri, 11th September, 9pm Live Music: Bushman Band. The White Hart, Ardingly Road, West Hoathly. Sat, 12th September Hurst Festival: Family Fun Day. Come to the village for a day of family entertainment, including Morris dancing, treasure hunt, balloon modelling, Punch & Judy, Bouncy Football Tournament, art exhibitions, dance shows and much more.

September local events guide visit us online at Sat, 12th September Hurstpierpoint Museum and Heritage Group, Village Centre, Trinity Road. Come and see Victorian lace, Crockery from the Chinese Gardens Hotel, photos of the village after the1987 hurricane and much more. Running from 12th September our exhibition is in the foyer of the Village Centre with further items on display inside the Museum itself (the door next to the library). Opening hours are 2.30-4.30pm Tuesdays, 10am-1pm Saturdays.

Sat, 12th September, 2-4pm Plumpton Primary School PPTFA Jumble Sale. Jumble can be brought to the hall on the morning from 9am.

Sat, 12th September, 2-4.30pm Cuckfield Village Show, Cuckfield Park. Sat, 12th September, 2.30pm Hassocks Horticultural Society Autumn Show, Adastra Hall, Hassocks. Lovely flowers, Floral Art, Vegetables and Fruit, Cookery, Preserves, Handicraft, Photography and Paintings. Also a section of Children’s Classes. Refreshments will be available. Admission is 50p.

Sat, 12th September, 8pm Hurst Festival: Opening Night Party with The Big Kahuna and The Pagodas. Village Centre.

Sun, 13th September, from 9am Balcombe Fundraising Walk, in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Meet at Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe between 9.00am and 10.30am, choose the distance you want to walk (4, 7, 10 or 13 miles)

and head off, perhaps in the company of friends and family. There is no entry fee for the walk, all we ask is that you raise whatever you can in sponsorship or donations to help St Catherine’s vital work. Call Joan Moon on 01444 455420 or Pat Colquhoun on 01444 811367 for more details and a sponsor form.

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Sun, 13th September, 8pm Hurst Festival: Brighton Consort – Early Music as it should be at Danny House.

Mon, 14th September, 8pm Hurst Festival: Deco Delights with Sharon Elizabeth. Holy Trinity Church.

Tue, 15th September, 7.30pm Hurst Festival: Village Reads Discussion, New Inn.

Tue, 15th September, 8pm Hurst Festival: World Premiere of Collapsing Creations, Hurstpierpoint Players, Players Theatre.

Wed, 16th September Burgess Hill Music Society, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Hall. The Society will be starting their new season with a specially chosen programme to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the longest serving members – Rubina Jones. The new season will include music by Sibelius, Vaughan Williams, Beethoven Rachmaninoff, and Stephen Sondheim. There are meetings when members get the opportunity to play their own choices – anything from Bernstein to Bach, Rodriguez to the Royal Marines, Gershwin to Gregorian Chant. If you enjoy listening to music come along and join us. For details, contact Chairman Sheila Southwell on 01273 841106.

Wed, 16th September, Hurst Festival: Hurstpierpoint

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Arts Society outing to Kipling’s houses in Rottingdean and Burwash, guided by Michael Smith, past president of the Kipling Society. Members £12; nonmembers £15. Further details from Philip Norris on 01273 833217.

Wed, 16th September, 8pm Hurst Festival: Comedy Night hosted by Stephen Grant. Social Club, Willow Way.

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Our team of dedicated and qualified staff are committed to providing the highest level of care to meet Resident's individual needs whilst respecting

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Regular activities and special event help keep our Residents stimulated and happy.

September local events guide visit us online at Thur, 17th September, 8pm Wivelsfield Historical Society, Wivelsfield Village Hall. Reading by Margaret Nicolle. Extracts from local historian and artist Helena Hall’s diaries during World War II give an interesting and at times amusing account of life in Lindfield that perhaps typifies a ‘home front’ village in South East England.

Fri, 18th September Theatrical release: ‘31 North 62 East’. Scott Cinemas @ The Atrium, East Grinstead. A political thriller that tells the story of a British Prime Minister who gives up the position of an SAS unit in Afghanistan to ensure a UK £80 billion arms deal goes through. The film tagline of: ‘Politics is a dirty business’ has captured the public imagination and interest. The cast includes John Rhys-Davies, Marina Sirtis, Heather Peace and Craig Fairbrass. The making of ‘31 North 62 East’ helped Fact Not Fiction Films win the 2009 Best Small Business Award in West Sussex. For more information on the film and the Premiere VIP night competition please visit and

Fri, 18th September, 9pm Live Music: The Bowman Band. The White Hart, Ardingly Road, West Hoathly. Sat, 19th-Sun, 20th September Family adventure weekend, Truleigh Hill near Shoreham, organised by the Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) and the Youth Hostel Association (YHA). Adults £47, children (17 and under) £39, to include accommodation and meals. Booking essential, please ring 01273 497561.

Sat, 19th September, 10.30am Ansty Garden Club plant sale and coffee morning, Ansty Village Hall.

Sat, 19th September, 11am Chailey Bonfire Society Jumble Sale, Chailey Village Hall. Please bring jumble to the hall on the day from 9am or call 01273 891008.

Sat, 19th September, 2pm Sussex Pathfinders 6 mile downland walk from Pyecombe via Middle Brow, Chattri, Braypool, Sweet Hill, East Hill. No dogs, please. Meet at Pyecombe, park in the north (church) end of the lane, north of the Plough Inn.

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Sun, 20th September, 10am Mid Sussex Ramblers 7 mile walk ‘The Dyke Railway’

Sunday, 20th September, 10am Central Sussex Cage Bird Association: Bird & Equipment Sale. King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield.

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via Dyke Hill, Fulking Hill, Mount Zion, Foredown Tower, Hangleton, Round Hill, Devils Dyke car park. Meet at Devils Dyke car park (by the Stone Seat). Leaders: Gary and Sarah. Contact 01273 833834.


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Sat, 19th September, 7.30pm Plumpton and East Chiltington’s Harvest Barn Dance, Village Hall, Plumpton Green. Take part in this fun seasonal event for all ages. You will find rustic decor, country bar serving local beer, cider, wine and downto-earth snacks. The fabulous Unreel Ceilidh band will get old and young alike kicking up the dust, and also expect Ditchling Morris to make a show. Tickets £6 (OAPs £5) in advance only. For details call 01273 891791 or email


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September local events guide visit us online at

ISO 9002 Quality Assured Company Established Over 25 Years Sun, 20th September, 10am Hurst Festival: Medieval Fair. Jousting and craft displayes, funfair, beer tent, hog roast. Danny Park.

Wed, 23rd September, 1.10-2.10pm Wednesdays at St Wilfrid’s, Church Road, Haywards Heath. Author Richard Bisgrove talks about Gravetye and his recent book ‘William Robinson the wild gardener’. Free with retiring collection to defray costs. Light lunch (£2.50) available from 12.45pm. For enquiries please call 01273 844204 / 07803 500227.

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Thur, 24th SeptemberTue, 6th October Sussex Watercolour Society Annual Exhibition, Hop Gallery, Star Brewery, Castle Ditch Lane, Lewes. Showing new paintings by the foremost group in the county for professional artists working in all forms of water based media. Open 10.30am-5pm weekdays, Sunday 1pm-5pm.

• FREE evening collection (subject to availability) • Ample free parking

Also available are sack trolleys & ratchet straps for hire

Tel: (01273) 833154 Newhouse Farm, Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex BN6 9LL

Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean on board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Braemar Fly from Bournemouth Last available flight seats and cabins only bookable at Bath Travel

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Fly from Bournemouth to Barbados, encircle the Caribbean visiting ten beautiful destinations, fly home. 18 nights departing 21st December 2009 from just £2152 per person.


oin our special escorted holiday flying direct from Bournemouth to Barbados in the southern Caribbean where you will meet Braemar to start a festive adventure that will be in your memory forever. This superb Christmas cruise departs from Bournemouth on the 21st December 2009 for an 18 night traditional Caribbean itinerary – what could be better than spending Christmas Day enjoying the first class service at sea and New Year’s eve dancing to the lilt of a steel band in delightful Montego Bay? At each of the ten delightful ports of call you will have a choice of booking organised excursions, or you can plan your own day, hire a car, take a taxi to the beach, or just lie in the sun and soak up a rum punch! PER PERSON ITINERARY Monday 21 December 2009 SPECIAL LOW FARES FROM Flying from Bournemouth Fly from/to Grade and Cabin type Bournemouth Celebrate to Barbados is so easy. Not price per person New Year 2010 here only is it a very short walk Santo Domingo St Kitts B Superior twin outside £2569 to the departure gate but Montego Bay once you have checked Martinique C Twin outside £2330 your luggage in at the St Lucia St. Vincent Barbados airport you will not see it D Twin outside £2212 Bonaire Trinidad again until it is delivered Santa Marta Spend E Twin outside £2152 Cartagena Christmas to your cabin on board. It’s Day here the same on the return, just 2009 arr dep WHAT’S INCLUDED leave your cases outside Mon 21 Dec Bournemouth Fly to am • Return flight from Bournemouth. Barbados pm your cabin door and then Tue 22 Dec Bridgetown, Bridgetown, Barbados 1600 • Full board accommodation in a cabin with collect them from the Wed 23 Dec Kingstown, St. Vincent 0800 1800 private facilities. Thu 24 Dec Port of Spain, Trinidad 0800 1800 carousel in the arrivals hall Sat 26 Dec Kralendijk, Bonaire • All entertainment and use of leisure facilities 0800 1800 Mon 28 Dec Santa Marta, Colombia 0700 1800 at Bournemouth Airport. on board. Tue 29 Dec Cartagena, Colombia 0800 1800 • All port taxes. On a Fred. Olsen cruise you Thu 31 Dec Montego Bay, Jamaica 0800 2330 • Escorted by Bath Travel with private cocktail party. 2010 are a person, not a cabin 02 Jan Santo Domingo, Dom Rep 0800 1800 YOUR ONLY EXTRAS number and their smaller Sat Mon 04 Jan Basseterre, St. Kitts 0800 1700 • Optional tours at your ports of call. ships help create a warmer Tue 05 Jan Fort de France, Martinique 0830 2300 • Travel insurance - we can arrange cover. 06 Jan Castries, St Lucia 0800 1700 friendlier atmosphere Wed • Gratuities and personal expenditure. Thu 07 Jan Bridgetown, Barbados 0630 Offer for new bookings only. All prices and offers can be withdrawn at any disembark and fly to Bournemouth giving true meaning to the time without notice. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines booking conditions apply. Fri 08 Jan Bournemouth am words ‘welcome aboard’.

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Sun, 20th September, 10.30am-4pm Book Fair, Adastra Hall, Hassocks. Admission 50p Sun, 20th September, 11am-4pm Oldland Mill Open Day, Keymer. Free Park ’n’ Ride regular shuttle bus service operating from the car park of The Thatched Inn PH, Ockley Lane, every 20 minutes.

Sunday, 20th September Ladies Day, Plumpton Racecourse. Gates open 11.30am, first race 2pm.

Tue, 22nd-Thur, 24th September, 8pm Hurst Festival: Desperate Hurstwives, Players Theatre.

Fri, 25th-Sat, 26th September Mid Sussex Got Talent . Talent competition for young people aged 13-19 organised by West Sussex Youth Service. Heats are taking place at: Beacon Centre, Hassocks on 25th September, and Wallis Centre, East Grinstead on 26th September. For information and an application form call Sally on 01273 844813 or email Sally.

Fri, 25th September, 7.45pm Crohn’s Disease Research: Music for You!! Adastra Hall, Hassocks. The Lea Graham Quartet and artistes entertain with a programme of music and song especially designed for our local audiences. Tickets at just £4 are available from 18th September from Pavilion Electrics in Keymer Road, Hassocks or by ringing 01273 845291.

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Valuation Days Clocks and Watches Wednesday 23 September 10am to 4pm Textiles and Costumes Friday 2 October 10am to 4pm Bonhams invites you to meet London specialists James Stratton, Clocks and Watches and Eleanor Keene, Textiles and Costumes. The specialists will be at the Hove office to provide free valuations with a view to selling at auction.

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Bentley Weald Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 2009 9.30am – 5.00pm

A fantastic family summer day of fun

• From forest to final delivery • Wood sculpture & woodland crafts • Buildings, furniture & flooring • Demonstrations & activities Admission includes: Bentley attractions, wildfowl reserve, adventure playground, miniature steam railway, historic house, gardens & classic car collections. NO DOGS (apart from assistance dogs) permitted beyond parking fields

September local events guide visit us online at Fri, 25th September, 8pm The Band of the Surrey Yeomanry, Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, East Grinstead. Originally a military band, now a civilian concert band, and still going strong after 45 years! Join us for a selection of musical favourites from classical, dance band numbers, show tunes, modern concert band works, and some surprises. Tickets £10, concessions £8. Visit www. or call 01342 302000.

Fri, 25th September, 9pm Live Music: Euphoria. The White Hart, Ardingly Road, West Hoathly.

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Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum Halland, Near Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5AF Tel: 01825 840573 Website:

Sat, 26th September, 9am-1pm Hassocks Village Market, National Tyres Forecourt.

Sun, 27th September, 1pm High Beeches Gardens opens in support of the National Gardens Scheme. High Beeches Lane, Handcross, West Sussex. Admission £6 (accompanied children aged 14 and under free). Visit or call Sarah Bray on 01444 400589.

Sat, 26th September, 2pm East Grinstead Natural History Society ‘Bird Watching’. Meet Weirwood Reservoir bird hide. Contact Miss G Law on 01342 892539.

Sat, 26th September, 8pm Hurst Festival: Last Night Party with The Counterfeit Blues Brothers, Village Centre. “It’s one big foot stompin’, hand clappin’ Blues Brothers Party and everyone’s invited!”

Bentley is 7 miles N/East of Lewes, Signposted off the A22, A26 or B2192

Coming Soon... Pam Ayres Wed 30 Sept Clair Hall

The ‘peoples’ poet returns to Clair Hall. A regular on BBC radio and having had her own series on air this will be an evening to remember.

The Hitmen Fri 9 Oct 8.00pm Martlets Hall

Legends of the 60’s the Hitmen are back by popular demand. Featuring former members of The Kinks, Hollies and Love Affair.

The Nutcracker Ballet Tue 3 Nov 7.30pm Martlets Hall

The Russian State Ballet Academy of Perm return with a delightful treat for the whole family in this famous fairytale ballet.

Sing-a-longa ABBA Sat 7 Nov 7.30pm Olympos Burgess Hill

Dust off your platforms for an ABBA night special. Prepare to sing-a-long to all your favourate ABBA songs in this musical sensation.

Martyn Joseph Fri 20 Nov 8.00pm Clair Hall

A electrifying performance from gifted Welshman Martyn Joseph. With songs including Please Sir and Dolphins Make Me Cry.

Clair Hall 01444 455440 Martlets Hall 01444 242888 Olympos Burgess Hill 01444 876060


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Sat, 26th September, 10am Hurst Festival: Fine Food & Wine Fair, Scout HQ, Brown Twins Road. Wonderful food and drink from the local area with some delicious French fare from St Martin de Boscherville, courtesy of the Hurst Twinning Association.

Sat, 26th September, 10am-12 noon Traidcraft Stall, Hassocks United Reformed Church, Hassocks. Sat, 26th September, 1pm Horticultural Society Autumn Show, Village Centre, Hurstpierpoint. Chrysanthemums, dahlias, flowers, vegetables, fruit, cookery and children’s sections. For details on how to exhibit simply pick up a schedule from Gibsons in Hurst High Street. Homemade cake and tea available all afternoon. Grand Auction of donated exhibits at 4pm.

Wed, 30th September, 7.45pm Pam Ayres at Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath. Pam Ayres’ current show includes material from her bestselling books along with some new poems and stories. She’s a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4 in programmes such as Just A Minute, Quote Unquote, Loose Ends, and in her own series Ayres On The Air.

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with Claire Elford, Hassocks Book Club

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THE OTHER HAND by Chris Cleave

This powerful and emotionally charged novel contrasts the lives of its two main characters: Little Bee, a teenage refugee from violent oil-obsessed Nigeria, and Sarah, wife, mother and career woman from leafy London suburbia. The paths of these two women cross in extraordinary and brutal circumstances on a Nigerian beach where Sarah and husband Andrew have taken a ‘freebie’ holiday to try and patch up their marriage and Little Bee and her sister are fleeing drug crazed thugs. The consequences of this encounter have devastating ramifications for all the characters and they each tell their story.


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Now, here is the book club’s dilemma: there was as much right with this book as there was wrong! Whilst the plot was unique and gripping, none of the characters were sufficiently likeable (or developed) for the reader to empathise with. Whilst the descriptions of Little Bee’s experiences in Nigeria and later as an asylum seeker were moving and well written, some of Sarah’s actions were melodramatic and unbelievable. So, worth reading yes, worth buying no.

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We pride ourselves in the manufacture of fine quality exterior wood crafts. • All products individually made to specification • Playhouses and full size cabins at competitive prices • Sold flat packed with instructions or built by our team on site • We also make rabbit hutches, REGAL Landscapers chicken coops, and dog kennels to size. Limited

Spaces Spaces High quality driveways, patios and hard landscaping

Visit us or call 01273 834447 or 07985 355829 for more information Little Washbrooks Farm, Brighton Road, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex

Alexander Garden Design

Alexander is a locally based garden designer and Landscaper, highly recommended by existing clients. He can produce a bespoke design of your garden and build it to suit your lifestyle and tastes, breathing new life into all or part of your garden. Alexander can work on individual projects such as paving, walling, timber structures and various styles of planting.

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Seeds of September


erhaps my optimism for a sunny summer was rather dampened (quite literally) and we didn’t really have the barbeque weather we were promised! Not that it hampered myself or our customers at Garden Pride enjoying their garden with outdoor furniture and barbeques, many reporting how they cooked their fish, beer butt chicken and their own grown vegetables. I suppose we learn to accept that the good old British weather can never be relied on! On a positive note, it has helped keep water levels up and provided our plants and grasses we have lovingly cared for all spring and summer with some vital moisture. The last six years have provided us with sunny Septembers so let’s hope this the tradition continues. For all those keen gardeners out there the new range of seeds and bulbs are now in at your local garden centre, so now may be the time to start planning for next year. Look after your lawn this month as it is a perfect time to repair any damaged patches by re-seeding or re-turfing, especially if you notice any yellowy red patches which can be a sign of fungal disease, most commonly Red Thread. If time permits, I would recommend scarifying vigorously to remove thatch

(the mat of dead grass making your lawn feel spongy in wet weather) and aerating, either by spiking the ground every few inches or so or investing in a pair of aerator shoes which are available at any well stocked garden centre. Think about creating a water system that maximizes any rainfall so you can recycle as much water in the garden as possible. Water is a vital component in keeping your autumn and spring colours vibrant and plants, vegetables and lawns healthy. There are many ways to recycle water for irrigation. At Garden Pride we have trained staff available to advise our customers on all aspects of keeping their garden environmentally friendly, so seek help from your local garden centres who are well equipped to help! Above all, enjoy the last of the warmer evenings this year and start to plan the colour for 2010! ■ by Trevor Wenham, Garden Pride Garden Centre, Ditchling

Grow Your Own Lift root vegetables before they lose their quality and store them (especially if there are any signs of slugs or wireworm). Lift ripe onions and, after they have dried, put them to store. Pick herbs, cut them up and freeze them in small containers – ice cube trays are ideal for this.

Gardening Jobs for September • Start bulb planting (look out for fantastic in-store offers) • Transplant perennials and biennials sown earlier in the year • Deadhead roses • Take pot plants inside for the winter • Attend to your lawn!

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Keeping the home fires burning by Sian Maidment

Satisfy your caveman passion for controlled fire and prepare the nest for winter with a wood burning stove from Bolney Stoves, Goddards Green.


aul Labus has supplied and installed stoves to a broad cross section of properties – caravans, tumble down cottages, modern detached houses and palatial mansions – and the common denominator is that “all our clients are trustful, decent, homemaking, caring people.” Coming from Scandinavian countries which have the tradition, expertise and need for heat, wood burning stoves are room heaters here. “With large open plan spaces, an air convection Gulf Stream carries warmth throughout but in this country buildings are more compartmentalised.” Bolney Stoves have the knowledge to specify the size of stove to heat your room.

“A cast iron stove produces a comfortable, heavy, deep, cuddly, enveloping warmth.”

The Vikings are coming! Come along to Bolney Stoves’ Scandinavian Open Days on 25th and 26th September. This is your chance to meet the experts and representatives from four of the top manufacturers, plus a flue expert (Friday only). Enter the free prize draw and you could win a stove!

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But this is a partnership so you need to come to see them, armed with your room dimensions and photos are helpful too. “We then provide you with information on the physical size, efficiency, glass characteristics, ease to live with and look of various stoves with the capacity to heat your room.” Paul can even provide you with information on the nature of the radiant, controllable heat you can expect. “The heat from a steel stove is as subtle as a slap in the face,” since the mechanical properties of steel are lined as opposed to the porous – like an Aero bar – structure of cast iron which produces a “comfortable, heavy, deep, cuddly, enveloping warmth.” After mulling over your option, Paul will then come out to quote. “The quote is very detailed and it’s important to educate customers. It dissuades the tyre kickers, leaving me more time for those who’ve done their homework.” A stove is a natural draft appliance so you need a flue. “That’s the engine driving the stove. It has to be fire proof, not resistant. We don’t leave stuff out; that would be playing with fire!” A stove should work at 50-75% of its capability and by specifying a smaller engine working to greater capacity “you don’t have to put in half a tree to heat your room.” Contemporary stove designs have grown on Paul. In his precise voice, using analogy, he explains: “Years ago I hated blue cheese but I tried just a tiny bit of Roquefort.” He shrugs, clear eyes and smiling: ”You have to try things; it opens your eyes.” Paul is now a self-confessed blue cheese addict and wood burning stove anorak! ■

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path ahead which eventually bears left downhill. Turn right on a wide track, ignoring the signed path to your left, and carry on along the valley to go uphill and into a field. Go ahead with the wood to your right, soon to veer left away from the wood to go downhill to use a causeway between two overgrown ponds. At the end of the causeway, maintain direction ahead and bear left through a gap, then right uphill to Great Noven Farm which you passed earlier. Turn left to follow the access track for about half a mile to Warrs Hill Road where you should turn right. From this point, to return to your car you can either follow the road out to the A275 where you turn right for the Kings Head, or the more adventurous might like to wander south across the Common to the Kings Head and the start of the walk. ■

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rom the Kings Head, walk back to the road junction and cross to the pavement opposite and turn left towards Haywards Heath. After 100 yards, take the signed path on your right at the eastern end of the layby and drop downhill to follow the path through trees and out onto the Common, aiming for the distant house in front of you. At the house, turn left on a wide grassy track and, at a way mark post, bear right to pass Arkles West Cottage. Just past the cottage, where the paths diverge, take the left fork to go slightly uphill. Go ahead over a crossing path and, on the crest of the hill, bear half left towards a seat. Cross a wide track and drop downhill on a thinly defined path which soon becomes more obvious. Cross another path and continue downhill. At the bottom of the hill, go left on a grassy path between bushes and small trees to a way mark post on the edge of the Common. Go over the double stile in front of you and go up the field with a wooden fence on your left to pass through a pair of metal gates to Great Noven Farm. Turn left on a track between buildings (NB: The route on the ground does not agree with the route shown on the map) and follow the concrete track downhill to Vale Farm. Just before the entrance, bear right over a stile on a signed path into a paddock, soon to go left over another stile and then right over a squeeze stile. Turn left on a broad track and immediately look for a waymarked path to your right which winds through woodland to use a raised walkway over a boggy area leading to a footbridge over a stream. Turn left alongside the stream on a path which bears right and meanders through woodland to a stile into a field. Go uphill to a wide gap in the trees and go over a stile to continue uphill with a fence on your right towards the distant buildings ahead. At the top, go right on a signed path with a fence on your left to the edge of the wood ahead. Go over another stile and immediately right into Great Wood. Keep to your left on the well-signed

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he salon on Hurstpierpoint’s high street close contact with and who help keep her finger on has succeeded where others have failed, the pulse. delivering the sort of cutting edge, on-trend The salon itself has been styled with great hairdressing normally only available from care and attention to detail. Anna’s trademark top class London stylists, but with a friendly and mix of French white, rococo inspired, far-fromapproachable vibe that’s pure Hurst. Affordable, too. shabby chic, combined with contemporary “Our prices haven’t gone up in three years.” designer minimalism, works perfectly to create a Anna and her team – Angie, Katherine, Jackie calm, uncluttered ambience – more Starck than and Victoria – have the stark – where clients can by Nicole Tata professional expertise to relax knowing their hair “Hair is always influenced by offer the full range of hair what’s on the catwalk, so we’ve got is in the hands of true services. With diaries full professionals. to know the latest trends.” and the business growing, And it gets better. a new senior stylist, Alex Building works are nearly Taylor, has been appointed to start in September. complete to extend the salon through to the rear “I headhunted her myself,” Anna says proudly, of the period cottage and give access to a secluded business instincts fully intact, “I am so thrilled Victorian courtyard garden. The bijou extension, she’s coming to Hurst.” And she has her eye on one flooded with light, will provide a deceptively or two other stylists who may well be joining the spacious but very stylish space leading onto the salon in the next few months. cutest little conservatory you ever did see. Anna’s background and connections in the Anna knows how to make her clients feel London fashion world are at the heart of what welcome. ■ Anna Emilia are about. “Hair is always influenced by what’s on the catwalk, so we’ve got to know the latest trends. This autumn, 80s retro is hot news; Anna Emilia Hair Salon honey blonde is the new blonde; cuts are becoming 121 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9PU | Tel. 01273 833111 more edgy.” She affectionately refers to her ‘North Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Wed 9am-8pm London posse’ – friends and clients from glossy magazines and fashion houses who she keeps in

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n fact, most of the cardiovascular machines I asked Karen to explain what the words ‘not have been replaced by brand new, state-of-thefor profit’ in the description of the trust meant, and art ‘Life Fitness’ machines and it’s all the work perhaps unsurprisingly she said: “It means exactly of the freedomleisure trust. that. Because we have no shareholders to pay, all the freedomleisure is a not for profit trust which surplus we make over and above the trust’s operating manages a very wide range of leisure facilities right costs are ploughed back into the services and across the South East. The trust started life as a spin- facilities we provide. We see this continual process off from Wealden District Council when, in 2002, of reinvestment as crucial to the way we operate.” they decided to outsource their leisure department Karen went on to talk about what I sensed was as a separate entity. In the seven years since something of a crusade for her – freedomleisure’s then, freedomleisure has become astonishingly ability to offer healthy, life-enhancing leisure successful. Over £4.5 million has been reinvested facilities to the whole cross-section of the for the benefit of people of all ages throughout the community. For example, at some sites, the trust region. They currently employ over a thousand runs specific fitness programmes for different people and the business model works so well that, groups, like the classes for pre and post natal in addition to Wealden women. There are “Swimming together, playing tennis weight loss courses and District Council, the trust now works with Hastings specific programmes or simply walking as a family – Borough Council, Rother for people with physical activity is so important to cardiovascular problems District Council, Crawley Borough Council, Mid and other defined medical our general health” Sussex District Council as conditions. And most of well as East and West Sussex County Councils, with this activity is available to you even if you are not a a turnover of some £20 million annually. member of a leisure centre. And the secret of this success? “Outreach is freedomleisure is of course a keen supporter of very important to us,” says Karen Burrell, the the government’s ‘Change 4 Life’ health initiative trust’s Head of Sales and Marketing. “We can only and works hard to promote the value of parents create high quality leisure facilties by getting out and kids exercising together. “Swimming together, there, listening to people and then delivering the playing tennis or simply walking as a family – facilities and programmes they want. To do this, physical activity is so important to our general we work in partnership with local authorities, health,” says Karen. schools, colleges and a whole raft of other agencies So there it is. No excuses. Get out there and do in the communities we serve.” something. ■ I was amazed at the scope of the trust’s activities. It includes the management of nineteen Visit a freedom leisure centre in the Mid Sussex area: leisure sites in Kent and Sussex, including the K2 Crawley big Olympos leisure centres at Haywards Heath, Crowborough East Grinstead and Burgess Hill. But there’s much, Hassocks much more. Their highly qualified training staff Uckfield offer courses in subjects ranging from Health and Olympos Burgess Hill Safety to Lifesaving and First Aid. In the Wealden Olympos East Grinstead District the trust runs the lottery funded Active Olympos Haywards Heath Play Project for children, which takes the facilities Martlets Hall and staff to run free play sessions out into the rural Clair Hall community. On 1st July of this year freedomleisure See for details. added the management of the Olympos Centres, Clair Hall and the Martlets Hall to their portfolio.

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All you need is love by Nicole Tata


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Congratulations! So you’ve found your soulmate – someone who understands you completely, the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.

f course you’re savvy enough to know that in time every relationship needs work to keep it strong. But as long as you keep showing your love and appreciation for each other, everything will be fine, right? Maybe it’s not quite that simple. What we do know is that relationships thrive on communication and that, without it, couples tend to drift apart. There’s a mountain of literature out there telling us how to relate to each other successfully. Some would have us believe that the secret is in recognising that men and women hail from different planets! According to Dr Gary Chapman, well-known American relationship counsellor and bestselling author, everyone gives and receives love in different ways, and that’s where the problem starts. Yes, communication is key, but Chapman argues this is doomed to failure unless we speak the same love ‘language’. In other words, you can tell your partner that you love him all you like, he may not understand what you mean: there’s a language barrier. Imagine trying to have a meaningful relationship with a monolingual Mandarin speaker; you get the idea. Chapman has identified five ways in which we express love – his ‘five love languages’:

Which is your primary

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Words of affirmation Verbal compliments, telling your partner how wonderful he is, how great she looks, or just saying ‘I love you’. Simple statements are sometimes all a person needs to hear to feel loved. Quality time Doing things together, focusing attention on each other. Not as easy as it sounds: even an intimate dinner for two can pass without a minute of quality time being shared.

Receiving gifts Presents, flowers, chocolates, anything really – as a symbol of love. Gifts don’t have to be expensive to send a powerful message of love. Acts of service Taking pleasure in helping out in practical ways, doing things for each other. Washing the car, doing the laundry, running errands can all be perceived as gifts of love. Physical touch Holding hands, being affectionate, making love. A hug can speak louder than a thousand words. To many, lack of physical touch in a relationship is a deal breaker.

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words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. Each of us has a primary love language, the one they speak and hear the loudest. Just ask yourself these questions: Do you love buying little presents for your other half? Are you thrilled when he comes home with flowers? Do you still look forward to cuddling up on the sofa of an evening? Perhaps you feel most loved when he gives you ‘that look’? Do you feel a sense of togetherness when you tackle those DIY jobs? Does he pull the stops out on Valentine’s Day? Do you enjoy spending time together as best friends? Think about how you give and receive love. Now do the same for your partner. Is there a difference? If you speak different primary love languages, Chapman continues, you won’t communicate effectively and may misconstrue your partner’s good intentions. For example, if your main love language is receiving gifts, you will buy little things to express your love to her – but if her love language is acts of service, she may well feel more loved if you offer to do the washing up. In her mind, those flowers will die soon anyway, the chocolates will make her fat and the lingerie will simply illustrate the point! A few years into the relationship, when the first wave of romantic love is starting to ebb, many couples find that their ‘love tanks’ are empty – they’ve given all they can to the relationship, yet feel unloved and unappreciated. And that’s a bad sign. Learning to tune into each other’s love language can be a powerful tool to keeping the flame alive. ■

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How do I say ‘I do’? Wedding vows are a sensitive business. How can you express your love for your partner in a few well chosen, meaningful words, to be declared in the full glare of public attention, without it coming out all wrong or sounding cheesy? Impossible, you may think. No wonder most couples opt for the tried and tested, the traditional and the non-contentious. On the other hand, wedding ceremonies are as personal as it gets and it may mean a great deal to you to find just the right words to say to the love of your life. Here are a few ideas to inspire you... I, (name), take you, (name), to be my partner, loving what I know of you, and trusting what I do not yet know. I eagerly anticipate the chance to grow together, getting to know the (man/woman) you will become, and falling in love a little more every day. I promise to love and cherish you through whatever life may bring us.

Because of you, I laugh, I smile, I dare to dream again. I look forward with great joy to spending the rest of my life with you, caring for you, nurturing you, being there for you in all life has for us, and I vow to be true and faithful for as long as we both shall live.

(husband), I take you to have and to hold, From this day forward, you’ll do as you’re told, You’ll lavish upon me, chocolate and praise, And cherish my quirky neurotic ways, Be faithful and spurn other tempting alliances, Be master of fixing all household appliances, You’ll share my hopes, my desires you’ll bless, With a little help from American Express. These are my vows, I forgive your past sins, Now that we’re married, your training begins. I take you, (wife), to be my wife, You’re richer, I’m poorer, please share in my life. You’ll honour my need for executive toys, And cherish the nights I am out with the boys, You’ll tend to my hangovers, as you’ve been taught, And beg for forgiveness if ever we fought, When I’m “in the mood”, you will always obey, Keep the fridge full of beer and do as I say, (name), I wed thee, till death do us part, Till you gain seven pounds, I give you my heart.

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essensuals a cut above the rest

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Left: Essensuals stylists hard at work Above: Katy Jenkins

“We all work hard here to create a salon environment where clients can come in, relax and leave not only looking good, but also feeling great,” says Katy Jenkins, owner of Essensuals hair salon.


ith high levels of job satisfaction Blend, a quick and easy colour treatment done at amongst her staff and a client base the basin, covering 50% of grey hair and producing ranging from five to 80 years old, Katy very natural results. “My own dad had it done and can feel immensely proud of what it looked amazing. He said he looked and felt ten she has achieved. So it’s a surprise to discover that years younger,” laughed Katy. she only discovered her vocation by chance. From While she has worked on runway hair for an early age Katy dreamt of becoming a paediatric London Fashion Week on several occasions, Katy’s nurse, but when her school failed to find her a proudest achievements have all been nurturing work placement in a hospital she ended up gaining the development of her loyal staff, and one of her by Lisa de Silva her work experience in a hairdresser’s. old Saturday girls is now a trainer herself, based at She never looked back. Toni & Guy in London. After training at Toni Last year, the salon “I love hairdressing because it’s & Guy in Horsham, Katy won the Toni & Guy Team creative and helps to make people Spirit Award. “I was opened her first salon, feel better about themselves.” Essensuals, in Haywards thrilled that we won that,” Heath in 1999. As the exclaims Katy, “because diffusion chain of Toni & Guy, all stylists employed it honoured the commitment of the whole team to by Essensuals benefit from the parent company’s always give our best.” Clearly, a well deserved win world famous training programme and, ten years for a team that has met the challenge of combining on, Katy’s business is thriving. a warm and friendly salon environment with the “It’s the training that sets us apart,” explains very best in contemporary hairdressing. ■ Katy. “Not only is it very thorough, it’s ongoing, which means we can all keep up with the very latest trends and developments in the hairdressing Men Only Promotional Offer: world.” The first five men to book a Backwash Blend treatment will receive Alongside the usual hairdressing services, a FREE Men Expert grooming pack from L’Oreal. Essensuals offer hair extensions, nails and make-up on request and will soon introduce Essensuals the Yuko Hair Straightening System, which can 25 The Orchards, Haywards Heath RH16 3TH permanently straighten curly hair. Full bridal hair Tel: 01444 473333 services are also available. And as men’s grooming continues to grow, the salon offers a Backwash

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1. De Novo Flowers Award winning designers at De Novo create bespoke flower decorations for weddings, civil partnerships and cultural ceremonies. Specialising in a thoroughly professional yet personal service where the imaginative and unique results speak for themselves.


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2. Top Tier Dreams Top Tier Dreams specialises in creating contemporary or traditional bespoke wedding and celebration cakes for any occasion. Why not try our fine Belgium and English chocolates as extra special wedding favours, or even just as a treat. Now with an expanded range of sugarcraft supplies on display for those who do it themselves. With an excellent customer service reputation, Bernadette or any one of the team at Top Tier Dreams can offer help or advice.


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4. Granary Flowers Wholesale/Retail Why not hire and save money

• Silver Candelabra • Mirror Plates • Glass Vases • Wrought Iron Candelabra • Pedestal Stands • Urns, Bay Trees and Lanterns We also have an extensive Ribbon Collection, Silk Flowers, Chapel Candles, Bridal accessories, Battery lights and more. Full Floristry service is available for any occasion. Fresh Flowers supplied to order. Frick Farm Station Road, North Chailey, East Sussex BN8 4HE Tel: 01825 724142 | Email:

5. Izzys Party Shops

Started in 2005 and now with branches in Haywards Heath and Crawley, Izzys Party specialise in balloon bouquets and displays, from table decorations to arches and even a bride and groom in balloons. Whether you collect or we deliver, Izzys go further to make any event an extra special occasion. 5 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 4DZ Tel. 01444 453724 5 Tilgate Parade, Tilgate Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5EQ Tel. 01293 518626 Email:


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6 6. ‘Frame your Day’ with Chalkhill Framing We offer a bespoke service, framing any aspect of your wedding day. From your photographs, invitations, signing mounts and seating plans to 3D objects such as your wedding bouquet or your wedding shoes! We also have a range of unique gifts which you may wish to add to your wedding list. We can help you relive your happy day for years to come. Chalkhill Framing – Lifestyle Gallery and Workshop 9 Turner Dumbrells Workshops, North End Ditchling, East Sussex BN6 8TG Tel: 01273 841619 |

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Visit Auricula Jewellery to discuss your wedding jewellery over a relaxing glass of wine. Choose from a wide selection of handmade freshwater pearl and gemstone jewellery or have something special made to order. We can also create beautiful gifts for bridesmaids and for the mother of the bride. 12 Turner Dumbrell Workshops North End, Ditchling, BN6 8GT Tel: 01273 845582 |

8. James Batt, Toastmaster & MC


James respects all the traditional aspects of the Wedding Breakfast, yet remains as formal or relaxed as you wish, ensuring that, you have a perfect day. A PA system and Radio mics can be supplied for up to 200 people . J P Batt, ‘Middle Earth’ 28 Ravenswood Road Burgess Hill West Sussex RH15 0JQ Tel. 01444 243406


9. Rosanne Florists – Burgess Hill Now under new ownership

Rosanne Florists is a long established Florist with an excellent reputation for good quality and a great service. Clare Clayton, the new proprietor of Rosanne Florists, has a long floristry career with over 25 years’ experience working for some of London’s best florists – specialising in beautiful wedding flowers. If you would like to come and discuss your wedding requirements, please phone 01444 244792 for a free consultation.


10. Marquees by Trumps Marquees by Trumps Ltd is your local Wedding Marquee supplier. With over 15 years’ experience, this family run business prides itself in the quality and detail of the equipment it supplies. Our motto is “We’ll remember the detail so you’ll remember the day”. Call for a free, no obligation site visit service or request a short DVD of our services. Tel: 01444 882828 |

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When the

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Not every child is blessed with having forward thinking parents and 21 years ago, eight year old Ian Wells certainly wouldn’t have classed himself as lucky when his parents arranged for their son to have computer lessons on Saturday mornings.


hile Ian may have preferred to be also offers a six month warranty on software out playing football with his friends, repairs. today this young IT entrepreneur is “Our aim is to work around the customer, glad they made him stick at it. One not make them work around us,” claims Ian of the co-founders of The Laptop Workshop, Ian’s and nowhere is this more evident than in the experience, drive and ambition has recently led company’s impressive free collection and delivery him to launch his own company, Xpress Repair. service. For commuters and those working long “Having worked in the computer industry hours, this service is extended from 7am to 7pm for many years, I’ve spent a long time listening on Tuesdays and Thursdays and for added to what customers want,” Ian explains. “Setting convenience there is an online booking facility. up Xpress Repair from scratch has given me the Ian’s mission to raise levels of customer service opportunity to create a company whose philosophy knows no bounds and over time he hopes to is committed to providing an unmatched level of expand the company with a nationwide chain of customer service.” regional Xpress Repair centres. There has been much media speculation Until then, those outside the current catchment recently about the safety of your data when in the area will be able to take advantage of an exciting hands of certain repair shops. “Technology is alien new service. In conjunction with UPS, customers to most people and when their computer goes will be able to have their laptops collected in wrong they feel pretty custom designed boxes, vulnerable and worry “We are committed to providing inspected, repaired and about being ripped off,” back to them an unmatched level of customer delivered says Ian. “So we try and be from anywhere in the as transparent as possible. service. Our aim is to work around UK at a postal cost of just We are more than happy £19.99. the customer, not make them for customers to sit here Also in the pipeline work around us.” and watch us inspect and are plans to sell laptops repair their machines direct to the public. Yet while they wait.” while other retailers often charge extra for setting Based in Haywards Heath, this impressive up your new computer and for McAfee anti-viral diagnostic centre offers repairs on laptops, PCs and protection software, at Xpress Repair this will Apple Macs. As well as a warm welcome, there is be free of charge. “We want people to be able to easy on-site parking, a ‘while you wait’ area with take the computer home and use it straight away,” armchairs and complimentary drinks and snacks – explains Ian. in fact it’s so comfortable, you’ll probably never And just when you think it can’t get any better, want to leave! Ian tells me that to show his immense appreciation With computers now such an integral part for the work they do, anyone who works for the of our lives, when they go wrong it’s not only emergency services or the armed forces is eligible frustrating, it can also affect both our lifestyle and for a 25% discount on repairs! our livelihoods. Aware that a fast turnaround is a So, if you’ve just spilt coffee all over your customer priority, Xpress Repair aim to inspect and keyboard or are worried you’ve just lost a vital repair a machine on the same day and hopefully document or all your photographs, contact Xpress while you wait. Repair and be prepared to have your expectations All inspections are free of charge and there is a of customer service seriously upgraded. ■ ‘no fix no fee’ policy. As Ian knows, it’s important to give his customers total peace of mind and, unlike many other repair centres, Xpress Repair Xpress Repair operate a fixed price menu so there are no hidden Suite 4, JYW House, Bridge Road, charges. Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1UA The work is carried out to the highest standards Tel. 01444 458458 | and not only are parts guaranteed for 12 months but, unlike almost all other repairers, the company

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Main picture: Ian Wells and his team.

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The Castle Inn and

The Shanghai Brasserie A modern Café in a charming setting where really good food can be savoured all year round…

Specialists in Chinese Cuisine

Seafood a speciality Locally sourced fish

Open 7 days a week. From 12pm onwards. Restaurant open 12-2.30pm and 6.00pm-11.30pm. Restaurant food to take away. Delivery to all local villages. Chinese tapas available. Chinese buffet menu Sat and Sun lunchtime. London Road, Hickstead, West Sussex RH17 5LZ Tel: 01444 881223 Café Elvira is run by Vera Ashpool, also co-proprietor of next door Jeremy’s Restaurant at Borde Hill. Both the café and Restaurant complement each other perfectly, as Vera shares Jeremy’s passion for good food and the best ingredients available. Lunches offer a daily, home-made plat du jour, from £7.50 and include such favorites as fish cakes and a range of vegetarian tarts. Children’s choices also available, together with freshly baked cakes and biscuits for elevenses. With traditional English tea shops becoming increasingly difficult to come across, it is good to know that afternoon Sussex cream teas are available at Café Elvira, accompanied by freshly baked scones made on the premises.

The Jack & Jill Inn Freehouse run by the Harman family since 1970 Quality food, wines and real ales in a traditional pub atmosphere • Bed and Breakfast • Beautiful gardens • Function room • Christmas bookings

Whenever possible, local, seasonal produce is used together with jams and honey. Café Elvira is open from 9.30 to 5.00pm daily, except Mondays during the winter. Parking is free. Special evening reservations are taken for suppers, parties and celebrations. Party menus are available from the Café and both Vera and Manager, Maddi, are more than happy to talk to you about any special requirements you may have. We also offer a ‘take-home’ menu which includes a range of homemade products, savoury and sweet tarts, Christmas puddings and our famous walnut bread.

Café Elvira, next door to Jeremy’s Restaurant Borde Hill, Balcombe Road, Haywards Heath West Sussex RH16 1XP

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• With a great Mid Sussex location, we offer an excellent

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Mothering Heights - Lisa de Silva on being a 21st century mum

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Having it all… When Lisa is not writing for South Downs Living, her family keeps her on her toes. It’s a doddle, this parenting lark...


t doesn’t matter because I’m going to marry a rich man.” Eldest daughter Olivia, whose level of ambition makes Barbie look like a suffragette, is trying to explain away her chronic underachievement in this year’s exams. “But women threw themselves under race horses so that you could have a career.” “Why would I want a career? A string of A*s and a First in History isn’t going to get me job in this climate. Anyway, lots of women make a career out of marriage. If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, it’s good enough for me.” As a product of Seventies Feminism, I’m shocked at her attitude, but as the toddler kitted out as a pink fairy announces that she wants to be a princess when she grows up, I’m not surprised. “You see, she’s got the right attitude. Marry a prince. Who wants to earn their own pension?” “But in all those fairy tales, the princesses have awful lives. They’re either locked up in towers, forced to do all the housework or lying around in a coma waiting to be kissed by a prince.” “Yes, but once they’ve been kissed by the prince, they get to live happily ever after.”

While fairy princesses may be poor role models, the current batch of female celebrities with their photoshopped bodies and lives are scarcely any better. And what of their career-driven sisters? The ones without children are usually cast as the ball-breaking wicked witch and the ones with children as half-hearted flexi-timers, given to crying in the loo and the odd stint on Prozac.

I glance over at my List: buy groceries (remember own bags), clean, cook, tidy, organise homework, organise my job to be more school friendly, actually finish reading Book Club novel, nurture the Bread Winner, walk the dog, sort the garden, exercise, get body like Giselle and work out how to wear harem pants. What sort of role model does that make me? Am I Having It All? Or am I Doing It All? The latest studies in Social Psychiatry suggest that our teenage girls have the worst mental health in the land. The pressures on our daughters to be beautiful, thin, popular and academically brilliant have never been greater and increasing numbers are resorting to eating disorders and self-harm as a way of coping with the stress. Maybe it’s time we sisters cut ourselves some slack. Add ‘Tiara’ to the List. © Lisa de Silva 2009

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The Eight Bells Bolney

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Christmas bookings now being taken For Christmas party or Christmas Day menu please contact 01444 881396 or email The Eight Bells, The Street, Bolney RH17 5QW


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The Sportsman – a new beginning

Matt Palmer and Mike Dunne rattle off names for thanks in helping them re-launch The Sportsman public house at Goddards Green, like an Oscar night acceptance speech.

oriented days out cycling or walking, stopping at the pub for a drink and maybe for a bite to eat as well. “We do good pub food; we call it Seventies retro. People love it. You’ll find prawn cocktail, steak and kidney, fish’n chips, bangers and mash and Sunday lunches. Good value traditional home cooked food.” But it doesn’t stop there; they are crackling with “ideas, ideas, ideas” for future possibilities – breakfasts, functions, beer festival, carousel, club and association events, bonfire night, wine tasting – bouncing like ping pong balls between them. ■

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ike’s dad, Matt’s dad, family, friends and children all helped. “The kids have been as keen as mustard!” Local businesses South Downs Cellars, Dark Star Brewery, S & P Flooring, Balcombe Glass, S A Spooner Carpentry... Self project managed, involving three generations of two families, plus friends and suppliers, the transformation of The Sportsman has seen everyone mucking in, lots of hard graft with an adaptable approach; reading like the best profile statement for an up-to-date CV. Aware of ghastly statistics about pubs closing, in general Matt knows “this is the right time to take the plunge.” Matt and Mike’s established partnership has already proved an enduring combination. “We bounce off each other,” notes Mike, although not physically as they both look as fit as a butcher’s dog. “Mike’s grinning like a Cheshire cat now he’s got his pub mirror back. I was as adamant it should go as he was adamant it should stay!” Mike suspected sabotage when told it was smashed and needed repair but added smiling that “we just get on with problems.” Matt and Mike chose The Sportsman because “it’s better starting from nothing, with a clean slate. Whatever the previous reputation of this place, we’re bringing our experience and name from The Ansty Cross and other places in Mid Sussex we’ve both worked at.” And it is a great setting: a country pub, but not too far from the madding crowd, next to a well used road, close to the bypass with lots of space including a large car park which can even take coaches. They are family focused guys keen to revive a traditional pub and breathe new life into family


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Let the readers be the editors!

by Roger Booth

Write for us. Please email your news and events to The world of news delivery is changing rapidly. Traditional newspapers are facing falling circulation as more and more readers get their news online. Much to the despair of existing local publications, local authorities and businesses are producing their own newspapers and magazines but their news is, of course, not impartial. This leads to a number of issues. Traditionally, journalists keep an eye on local authorities, the courts and other events and tell us if they find something that should be reported. So, in future, who will do this?

Also, people are looking for news that is more local and more relevant to them. Who will write this local news? Who will get it out to the reader? We can help. Our news website at can handle any amount of news without the cost of print and distribution. The website passes on its news to Google News. Last month I posted a short article about the upcoming Poynings Fair. They were catering for 150 people and over 800 came. I can’t claim the credit because I don’t know, and it was a beautiful day. But if you

email us your news and comment, we will try to make sure it gets as good coverage as possible. We will also feature some of the posts in this magazine. Here are some stories from our news website. If you don’t see anything about your group or interest, maybe that’s because you didn’t tell us! Please email: You can check the coverage on your town or village by going to and search for it by name. You can even get daily news alerts sent to your email address.

Your News – posted to our website Balcombe Fundraising Walk YOU can make a difference to the lives of patients at St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley by joining in this year’s Balcombe Fundraising Walk on Sunday, 13th September. If you enjoy the beautiful Sussex countryside, walking at your own pace on a lovely late-summer day, with the finest home made cakes awaiting you when you return, then make it happen with us. All you have to do is come to Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe between 9.00am and 10.30am on Sunday, 13th September, don your walking shoes, choose the distance you want to walk (4, 7, 10 or 13 miles) and head off, perhaps in the company of friends and family, or even new friends. There is no entry fee for the walk, all we ask is that you raise whatever you can in sponsorship or donations to help St Catherine’s vital work – we rely heavily on voluntary fund raising. If the walking thing is not quite your scene but you would still like to help, you might like to join the team of volunteers who make the walk happen, or bake a cake for us. Just call us, and we’ll find you a satisfying role. Why not come and enjoy a great day with us and help a very worthwhile cause. You can be sure of a very warm welcome. For more details and a sponsor form call either Joan Moon (01444 455420), Pat Colquhoun (01444 811367), John Spencer (01444 451402), or John Kinchington (01444 440452).

Edburton Flower Festival St Andrew’s Church, Edburton, will be filled with flowers for a three-day flower festival from Friday 11th September to Sunday 13th September. Over 40 spectacular displays will show off the historic church and the results of the

major restoration programme for which the small local community raised an impressive total of over £260,000. Local flower arrangers from the Henfield Flower Club are staging the event, putting together the displays with the theme of ‘Country Ways’. Individual displays will cover ‘Arable farming’ to ‘The Blacksmith’ and ‘Windmills’ to ‘Village Cricket’. All the flowers have been generously donated by the parishioners and Friends of St Andrew’s in memory of their loved ones. St Andrew’s is on the Edburton Road, midway between Upper Beeding and Poynings and will be well signed. Car parking will be provided in a field 20 yards west of Springs Smoked Salmon shop. Admission is by programme costing just £3, with children free. The festival is open from 10am to 5pm on all three days. There is good wheelchair access and refreshments will be available.

Mid Sussex Got Talent Can you dance like Diversity? Sing like Susan? Maybe you’re as funny as Flatley? West Sussex Youth Service is planning to run a talent competition for young people aged 13-19. The competition commences with heats run at local youth centres in Mid Sussex (Hassocks, Burgess Hill, Haywards

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Heath and East Grinstead), and concludes with a final at Clair Hall on 9th October. Part of each heat will be run based on live music (bands or solo artists). Other genres such as dance, drama, novelty (comedy/magic/circus etc) will also have their time in the spotlight. The final will be comprised of heat winners, to provide a blend of the district’s finest youth talent. Prizes and further details to be announced soon, the dates of the heats being as follows: Beacon Centre, Hassocks: Sept 25th Wallis Centre, East Grinstead: Sept 26th Park Centre, Burgess Hill: October 2nd Albemarle Centre, Haywards Heath: October 3rd Further information and an application form is available by calling the Beacon Centre 01273 844813 or emailing

Award for East Grinstead Day Centre East Grinstead’s Glen Vue Day Centre is celebrating after winning a local award for its services. It has received an East Grinstead and District Access Group ‘Burrin Award’, which recognises services for equal opportunities for disabled people and their better quality of life. Graham Tyler, West Sussex County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, said: “Glen Vue provides wide-ranging day services for adults in the East Grinstead and Haywards Heath area, including exercise and mobility classes, respite for carers and services for people with mental health support needs.This award recognises the hard work of one of the County Council’s services.” The award was presented to Debbie Burden, Assistant Manager at the Glen Vue Centre, by the Deputy Mayor of East Grinstead, Steve Barnett, at a meeting of the East Grinstead and District Access Group. To find out if you are eligible for any services from Glen Vue please contact the Mid Sussex adults’ help desk on 01444 446100.

Golfers celebrate 30 years and help local hospice As part of their celebrations to mark their 30th anniversary, Steyning and Henfield Rotary Club presented a cheque for £2,000 to St Barnabas House Trustee, Ian Hart. This money was raised from their recent Charity Golf Day held at Pyecombe Golf Club. Organiser Mike Coleman expressed his thanks to all the local businesses and participants who had made the event such a success. Said Ian, “we are so grateful to the members of the Steyning and Henfield Rotary Club. They have supported the hospice for many years and generously donated many thousands of pounds to the charity. We care for patients and families in Steyning and Henfield and have very loyal Friends Groups and supporters in both villages. The continued support of the Rotary Club means a great deal to everyone at St Barnabas and we would like to congratulate them on their 30th anniversary.”


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Hurstpierpoint Singers Our autumn term will commence on Monday, 7th September at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start, at the Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road. All interested in singing Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, 20th September at the Holy Trinity Church at the end of Hurstpierpoint Festival are welcome to join our workshop rehearsals on Monday, 7th and 14th September for £3 each time, which would be deducted from subscriptions should people later join. We shall then begin rehearsing Handel’s Passion of Christ for our Spring concert until half term, when we shall prepare for our Christmas Concert on Sunday, 20th December at the Village Centre. Each July, we especially enjoy singing with several other choirs conducted by our Musical Director Stephen Hope, after rehearsing together on Tuesday evenings at Horsham. In aid of local Hospices, we perform at Arundel Cathedral, accompanied by the Sinfonia da Chiesa. This year Dame Felicity Lott and Dame Ann Murray are among the soloists, singing works by Rossini and Puccini. In 2010 we shall be performing Belshazzar’s Feast and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Members can join the combined choirs plus orchestra taking trips to sing in various European cathedrals. They have just returned from Barcelona, and Bruges is proposed near Christmas.

Girlguiding centenary walk 100 years ago, some determined girls stepped forward at the 1909 Boy Scout rally at Crystal Palace Park and asked Robert BadenPowell to develop a similar movement especially for them. To mark the occasion of this centenary, on the first weekend in September there will be about 500,000 Girlguiding UK members and guests attending parties across the UK and, in doing so, launch a year of Centenary Celebrations which will run from 5th September 2009 to 20th October 2010. Members from all sections of Girlguiding UK, from Rainbows (age 5) through to the Trefoil Guild are invited to locally organised Launch parties and, providing it is practical to do so, will be asked to bring a guest – someone who has previously made her guiding Promise but who is not currently a member of Girlguiding UK to come and take a fresh look at Girlguiding UK today. Locally the South Downs Division – which covers Hassocks, Ditchling and Hurstpierpoint Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Trefoil Guild – are celebrating with a walk on Sunday, 6th September from Ditchling Beacon and Jack and Jill across our beautiful South Downs to Hassocks to Wolstonbury Hill, culminating in a special celebration picnic at Downlands School. If you have previously taken your promise in Guiding – whether it was 5 years ago or 50 years ago – we would invite you to join us at 3.30pm at Downlands School for a picnic (bring your own picnic and a chair/ blanket) and to share your experiences of Guiding with us. If you are interested in knowing more about the centenary celebrations in this area or would like to help in the Guiding movement, please contact Deborah Phillips on 01273 891272. You could also read more online at

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Bentley’s: A Rolls Royce accountancy service The Careers Adviser didn’t need to get past ‘A’ for accounting before Mid Sussex based Steve Bentley could release his latent potential.

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aving left school at 16, Steve pursued monthly management accounts. He represents a few different career paths before all sorts of different companies and learns their finding the profession that would business processes. Although the intricacies of prove to be his calling. Accountancy pharmaceuticals foxed him slightly once, to him transformed his prospects. He took the Association “figures are figures – fixed and variable costs, of Accountancy Technicians course and thrived. overheads, accruals.” Not shy of hard graft he worked full time, went Steve’s office is at Warninglid although his to college three evenings a week and went grass Scaynes Hill home combines as an office to which cutting on Sundays to put himself through the clients are also welcome. His wife Liz runs the exams.“I enjoyed it and after completing this firm’s payroll bureau in between bringing up their course went on to do the Association of Chartered two children. His main working environment is Certified Accountants exams.” Qualifying in 2003, at his clients’ premises. “There are no records to Steve has since continued his studies, adding on take away and the client is on the premises so to these achievements with the Association of if I need to ask questions they can be answered Taxation Technicians accreditation before gaining immediately. It makes for a much better personal his Audit practicing licence in 2006, and trading relationship.“ He can even leave a draft set of under the name of Active Acounting Solutions accounts at the end of his visit. This professional Limited until recently, simplifying his trading and personal interaction is very important. “I need name to Bentleys. to like my clients. It’s a very personal service, A lot of young people would be put off by sharing private information, so they need to the six or seven years’ studying, and apparently like me too.” Steve is aware that people regard back to basics manual preparation of financial accountancy as a bit of a dry subject. “I agree with statements, hand written them. The Auditors exam “You need to know where you are. was so boring.” He mocks in red and black ink, but Steve contends: Getting the results six months after himself in softly sibilant “It’s the best training; self-deprecation but he year end is too late.” I wouldn’t change it.” is an inspiring teacher, He is quite a radical, not holding opinion back, educating his clients in what the figures mean, despite his cheeky boy smile and pale dreamy providing training in effective record keeping. eyes. “Advancements in the use of IT in the Other distinguishing aspects of his service accountancy industry has impaired understanding include the Business Review report he produces, of the reports. Often I have gone to new clients in which he highlights key business performance and have helped them to introduce checklists to indicators and gives feedback on changes and ensure their reports are correct. The reports are meaning to their inter-relationship, and a taxation only as good as the user.” pack where he reviews the firm’s tax position. Hungry for more of a challenge, having been This includes tax investigations as standard. an Audit Manager for 4 years, he made the big The penalties for failure to comply with these leap to sole practitioner in 2006 and, although have increased significantly and Steve feels his main strength is taxation, rues the dangers of the information required for it and the effort in becoming too specialised. “A Budget can wipe out complying does not warrant an additional fee. In an industry. Take the Capital Gains Tax changes. I fact, Steve only charges a single fixed annual fee used to love all the allowances but that’s all gone for his service. “The clock’s not ticking, there are with the flat 18%.” Consequently, he specialises no incidentals for phone calls or the occasional in corporate general practice work for small to meeting. Clients can be relaxed in the knowledge medium sized companies. that they can call me as often as they need to “The recession is deepening and businesses throughout the year.” The requirement to recruit need fast, accurate, helpful financial information.” a Financial Director can expose small to medium Steve’s noticed that after dealing with all the sized businesses to a significant additional cost for historical accounting information he’s becoming an overhead, which in his opinion represents little even more involved. He emphasises: “You need value for money. But Steve can act as Financial to know where you are. Where are we today? Director on a peripatetic basis, chargeable only What’s the break even point? Getting the results by fee time, saving a business from recruiting six months after your year end is too late.” a Financial Director. He takes this sort of His approach is very proactive, involved in pragmatism into his personal life too. “I’m not reviewing product pricing and even producing tight but I’m not extravagant.” ■


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Clockwise from left: Medieval fun and games, The Copper Family, Sharon Elizabeth, Joseph O’Neill.

Hurst Festival 2009 Hurst Festival is back for 2009 with a breathtaking mixture of events – from a Medieval Fair with jousting and a battle in Danny Park, the world premiere of a new play about Charles Darwin and an exhibition at the Holy Trinity Church featuring a denim coffin!


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his is the fifth year of the Festival, which runs from 12th to 27th September, and organisers have mixed tried and tested attractions such as a sing-a-long Messiah at the Holy Trinity Church, a Family Fun Day with giant blow-up human table football on St Lawrence School field to a concert at Little Washbrook Farm barn by Sussex folk legends The Copper Family. The Medieval Fair is on Sunday, 20th September and promises to be the highlight of the Festival with a range of medieval crafts on display together with food and drink. Darwin200, the celebration of the bicentenary, will be marked by the premiere of Collapsing Creation by New Zealand playwright Michael

Look out for the full Hurst Festival 2009 programme, available from many South Downs Living pick-up points. The Hurst Festival could not happen without the help of the Parish Council and Hurstpierpoint Community Charity, not to mention the many many volunteers who help make the Festival such a success. Many thanks to all of them. The committee is always looking for willing helpers. Running a festival is great fun but needs a lot of hands, so if you would like to be involved, please log on to our website and sign up.


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Burton at the Players’ Theatre, also a special evening of events to mark the fact that Darwin’s close friend and scientific colleague, Alfred Russell Wallace, wrote his parallel work The Malay Archipelago in Hurstpierpoint, starting at his home in the village, Treeps House. The opening and closing weekends will see party evenings in the Village Centre with local bands The Big Kahuna, The Pagodas and the Counterfeit Blues Brothers soul band. Local artists Desperate Hurstwives will perform for three nights at the Players’ Theatre with guest compère, local actress Gwyneth Powell. Labour MP and Have I Got News For You regular Bob Marshall-Andrews is guest speaker at a dinner at Pyecombe Golf Club and local comedian and TV stand-up Stephen Grant will compère a full line-up of comedians: Zoe Lyons, Seann Walsh and Pierre Holmes at Hurstpierpoint Social Club on Wednesday, 16th September. For the first time there will be a children’s writing workshop with prizewinning Brighton writer Nicky Singer, and Joseph O’Neill’s novel Netherland has been chosen for The Village Reads discussion evening at the New Inn. Tickets are bookable through the website or from The Mint House Bookshop in the High Street. ■

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