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Bob Champion & Aldaniti Wonder horse and rider

Bob Champion

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Active Retirement Feature Possitive mind, body and future

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What a packed issue we have for you this month from our Active Retirement feature, to a champion tale of horse racing, loads of gardening and a beautiful Easter home, plus some crafty and cookery ideas to keep the kids entertained during the holidays. Have a great month,

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Forty years ago began a tale of companionship, tragedy, glory, and a legacy that continues to this day. Robert Veitch tells us the story

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his fairytale involves a horse born in 1970 to an unremarkable bloodline, called Aldaniti, his owner Nick Embiricos, the Findon based trainer Josh Gifford, and a jockey from Yorkshire called Bob Champion. Bob and Aldaniti finished third at the 1979 Cheltenham Gold Cup. In buoyant mood Bob went to Aintree for the Grand National that year. “I was third in the jockeys list at the time.” Finishing sixth in 1973 behind Red Rum, sixth in 1975, and fourteenth in 1976 were his best results. Success remained elusive as Bob’s mount, Purdo, fell at Becher’s Brook, in a race won by Rubstic. Reunited with Aldaniti the duo

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ventured to Ayr for the Scottish Grand National in April. Leading as they approached the final fence Bob wasn’t complacent, “I knew the other horse was coming fast, so just kept galloping.”

I had a lump and thought it was the result of a kick… I didn’t do anything about it Bob and Aldaniti were runners up, to a horse called Fighting Fit. The irony being neither of them would be fighting fit by Christmas. “We had one more run together, we won at Haydock,” Bob recalled. It was

their 22nd and final race together for almost two years. Bob was thirty-one and arguably in the prime of his career, “I suppose I was, I was flying at the time,” he recalled. But in July he received devastating news when diagnosed with testicular cancer. “I had a lump and thought it was the result of a kick… I didn’t do anything about it.” In Bob’s absence, Aldaniti went lame at his next race at Sandown that November. For the horse it was one of a series of injuries in a career riddled with them. Aldaniti first went lame in January 1976 and again in November 1977. After Sandown, problems caused by two chipped bones in his leg kept him stable-bound for over a year.

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His owners were advised to have him put down. But like his jockey, the horse with frangible legs was made of tougher stuff. At one point Bob was so weak, he had barely twenty minutes to live. “I had septicaemia. They got me back to the hospital just in time and changed my blood. The Police stopped our car for speeding; then gave us an escort to The Royal Marsden.” But was it really the seemingly impossible dream of winning the Grand National that inspired his recovery? Bob’s reply was simple, “Us jockeys are

brain dead, we dream the impossible. Josh Gifford was loyal, the yard were loyal. They said my job was always there to return to. But I kept out of their way – I didn’t want them to see me as I was. The chemotherapy was so aggressive I lost 30% of my lung capacity during treatment. I never got all of it back and can still feel it on cold mornings.” With Aldaniti’s injuries disappearing into the rear view mirror, Bob was back in the saddle. “I got back on the horse and rode three fences prior to a chase at Ascot.” It was February 1981, “He was so strong. We won at a canter.” The team made the journey from Findon to Liverpool in good time

They were optimistic but realistic, or as Bob put it “I thought I was a certainty to win”

Nick Embiricos, Bob and Aldaniti

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for the race on 4th April. They were optimistic but realistic, or as Bob put it, “I thought I was a certainty to win.” As the start of the worlds’ greatest steeplechase neared, public knowledge of, and empathy with the AldanitiChampion story escalated. They were

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backed all the way down to 10-1 and second favourite behind Spartan Missile. 1979 winner Rubstic was third favourite. For Bob preparation was simple. “Focus on the race, know who to beat, don’t follow poor jumpers. You can’t win the National on the first circuit, but you can lose it… You can lose it at any point,” he noted with a chuckle. Aldaniti made mistakes at the first three fences. Bob remembered vividly, “ jumping is the name of the game, and he over-jumped. He was ambitious, intelligent, a joy to ride,” and moved through the field. On television, commentator Julian Wilson monitored the tenth fence. “On the outside going well, is Aldaniti.” He took the lead at the eleventh, and never relinquished it.

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Four fences from home, Aldaniti and Royal Mail were seven to eight lengths clear of the field. Jumping the last, Royal Mail wasn’t travelling well, while Spartan Missile was closing quickly. Peter O’Sullevan’s eloquent tones reached a crescendo on the television commentary at the denouement. “And here comes John Thorne, 54 year old John Thorne, putting in a storming finish (on Spartan Missile)… But Aldaniti is gonna win it…. A fairytale outcome to the 1981 Grand National.” “Spartan Missile got within ¾ of a length at the elbow, but I won by four lengths,” Bob reminisced. “I celebrated with John Thorne that night, he was a good friend. It would have been fantastic if he had won. He was killed in a point to point the following year. I would have given my victory for him to live.” 3,000 people were at the yard the following day to welcome the winners back to Findon. In those days it was an item broadcast as the ‘and finally’ moment on the news. And that’s where most Grand National stories conclude, where normal life resumes. But this one was different. Punters began sending their winnings to the Royal Marsden as Bob remembered “Yes, that’s right, it’s how the Cancer Trust got started, thanks to the spirit and generosity of the public.”

John Hurt, Aldaniti, Bob and Jan Francis

In December 1981 Bob and Aldaniti beat England’s Ashes winning cricketers to the Team of the Year Award at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year. 1981’s winning combination returned to Aintree in 1982 to defend their title, “I wasn’t as confident,” Bob revealed, “we were worse off in the handicap.” Those reservations were confirmed when they fell at the first fence. Aldaniti was retired on the spot. It proved to be Bob’s tenth and

last National ride. “ I rode a winner at Wetherby the week after, then I retired. Of course I missed it, but you have to retire sometime.” Aldaniti moved from Findon to the Embiricos farm at Kirdford in West Sussex. Bob reminisced “Over the years, I would pop in and see him sometimes, if I was in the area.” The duo’s story was made into the 1983 film ‘Champions’ with its evocative, emotive theme music. “Its very good


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Focus on the race, know who to beat, don’t follow poor jumpers music,” Bob recalled, “played by the Royal Philharmonic, conducted by Carl Davis. The film was very accurate and John Hurt did a terrific job.” That same year the Bob Champion Cancer Trust was born. “It grew from those public donations with the support of the Embiricos family and Sir Michael Peckham, my surgeon.” Horse and jockey took part in some of the ‘Champions Parades’ that precede the Grand National. “I don’t know if he knew where he was,” Bob recalled. “But I could tell he was excited. We certainly enjoyed the atmosphere.” Over the following years, Bob and Aldaniti were reunited on many other occasions, making fundraising appearances for the Cancer Trust, helping to raise around £6,000,000 by the end of 1996. Alas, old age caught up with Aldaniti, and his final race was run as 12 SUSSEX LIVING | April 2019

he succumbed to a heart attack at his Kirdford home in March 1997. It was another tough day for Bob, “He was a great part of my life.” Research into Prostate and Testicular Cancer is ongoing. In 2000 The Bob Champion Research Centre was opened in conjunction with the Institute of Cancer Research. In 2015 The Bob Champion Research and Education Building opened, to be operated by the University of East Anglia. Despite a heart attack in 2001 and another on the same date in 2011, Bob’s enthusiasm for the Cancer Trust is relentless, “I’ve got to be active. We’ve got two research labs to run, we’ve always got something on. The people in this country are fantastic with their support. In December 2011, nine months after the second heart attack Bob was in Manchester to receive the ‘Helen Rollason Award’ at ‘Sports Personality of the Year. He paused… “That meant more to me than anything really.” Roll on another six years and Bob’s car was one of 1,400 destroyed in a New Years Eve fire

at the Liverpool Echo Arena. He lost many photos that were to be used in his autobiography ‘I’m Champion, Call me Bob’ but remains stoic, “It was just one of those things.” Bob still visits Findon, “I pop in. It’s been good to me. I’ve ridden around Cissbury Ring a few times over the years.” Josh Gifford died in 2012 and Nick Embiricos followed in 2018, leaving Bob as sole survivor of a celebrated quartet. Having helped raise almost £15,000,000, he looks to the future and his ongoing mission with the Cancer Trust… “Good God, I couldn’t retire from this, what would I do?” l

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It’s no secret that Sasha Kanal loves sunglasses - and she might be guilty of having a few too many pairs. But nothing prepared her for the pure fervour that she experienced when she visited Hassocks Eyecare Centre!


f you have ever visited Hassocks Eyecare Centre you’ll know that they are experts in their field for eye care and service. But what I didn’t know was that they stock over 300 sunglasses from both high-end British and international brands. And these sunglasses are gorgeous; they line the front of the shop ready for me to try on. There is a huge selection from market innovators like Maui Jim – which owner Vicki Macken is particularly excited about – a luxury brand from Hawaii that do the best lenses in the business. “They are polarised,” says Vicki, “which means that the lenses cut down reflective light from surfaces such as concrete and water. Ideal for driving in bright conditions or for sailing and water sports. They are also endorsed by the Australian

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We know immediately what kind of frame will suit a face and this applies to sunglasses too the funky and colourful Ronit Furst range of sunglasses with their hand-painted frames. There are also sunglasses for children in stock. “We can source anything and order it in for you!” says Vicki. “All normal eyewear frames can be replaced with tinted lenses and made into sunglasses, and in turn sunglasses can be fitted with prescription lenses”. This in fact, is the beauty of buying sunglasses from an opticians. Sunglasses are fitted properly by a professional and can be altered and tweaked for the perfect fit. “We are expert dispensing

opticians, so we know immediately what kind of frame will suit a face and this applies to sunglasses too. Aftercare is important too for us here. Anything you buy at Hassocks Eyecare Centre means you then have access to our expertise and advice afterwards. We pride ourselves in the fact that our sunglasses are sold at the normal RRP but you’re getting all this service at no extra cost!” says Vicki. Hassocks Eyecare Centre made me feel that I could spend hours trying on all of the different frames (something they actively encourage) and you had to stop me buying there and then the latest offering from premium British heritage brand Walter & Herbert the craftsmenship and the unusual shapes of their newest range was exactly what I go for. I will be back! They are also offering 10% off all Ray-Ban sunglasses to people in the Hassocks Community Organisation. For more information visit their website. l Hassocks Eyecare Centre 17 Keymer Road, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8AD 01273 843946 April 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 15


CRAFTERNOONS Stuck for ideas to keep the kids from climbing the walls this Easter holiday? Lisa de Silva shares her fabulous crafting tips for busy hands and busy minds


o you avoid craft time with your children? Are you worried your lovely home will end up paint-splattered, strewn with clay and covered in glitter? Well fear not. Crafting with your children doesn’t have to be challenging and with so many projects and products out there to inspire you, there’s a good chance that you will grow to love crafting just as much as your kids.

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While crafting can be fun at any time of year, the school holidays are a great time to let the creativity flow. What’s more, craft activities are a good alternative to screen time and there is now evidence to suggest that time spent making things helps children to express themselves, as well as improving and developing their motor skills. Cutting, sticking, colouring between lines, all aids hand-eye

co-ordination, encourages concentration and helps children learn to focus their attention for lengthy periods of time. There’s no shortage of craft activities to choose from, so head to your local craft store for inspiration and a range of products and materials to keep small hands busy. You could choose to focus on a specific project, such as painting eggs for an Easter tree; cutting out

There’s no shortage of craft activities to choose from, so head to your local craft store for inspiration

felt chicks and bunnies to festively decorate; using fabric paints to customise a piece of clothing; making a cushion cover; or moulding clay dinosaur fossils. Alternatively, why not invest in a range of materials such as feathers, sequins, beads, glitter sticks, stencils, sticky tape, glue sticks and card for free-play. Another idea is to collect old loo rolls, cereal and egg boxes for junk modelling. Just add glue and paints and see what young imaginations can create. If you’re stuck for ideas the internet has a wealth of information and videos to get you started. Crafting is also a great way to spend time with your children and is an activity you can enjoy with a wide range of age groups. You could even all work on a project together once a week, such as a family canvas or collage. There is also a growing trend for parents to regularly set up craft tables to encourage children to explore their creativity and develop their independence. This involves setting up an area with a range of materials such as soft clay, small wooden sticks, ribbons, tissue paper and small pieces of fabric and simply letting your children play with the items with no intended outcome. This idea is also great for playdates and can leave you free to get on with your own tasks. Investing in a good craft box is a great way to develop a whole host of skills in your children – you will never need to hear the words I’m bored again. l

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Paying homage to our patron saint, St George’s Day celebrations will be taking place across the country on 23rd April this year, as Arun Agarwal tells us


of the Garter. In 1415, after the battle of Agincourt, Henry V invoked George as England’s patron saint and declared 23rd April to be his principal feast day. Perhaps the best-known legend of St George is that of the dragon, which seems to have originated in medieval times. The story goes that there was a dragon living by a fresh water lake near the town of Silene in Libya who had long been ravaging the countryside and demanding maidens as sacrifices.

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t George is the patron saint of England, as well as several other countries including Portugal, Venice, Beirut, Malta, Ethiopia, Georgia, Palestine, Serbia and Lithuania. He was born in about 270 AD in Cappadocia, now in Turkey, and by the age of 17 had enlisted into the Cavalry of the Roman Army, during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian, where he quickly gained a reputation for virtuous behaviour, physical strength, military bearing, valour and handsome good looks. He soon became a highly skilled military tactician and favourite of Diocletian. This was a time of religious conflict between Christianity and Paganism and the emperor responded by instituting a reign of terror and persecution of Christians. Being himself a devout Christian, George bravely denounced the emperor for his unnecessary cruelty and injustice, persistently refusing to renounce his religion. Diocletian responded by ordering him to be

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executed by beheading, which took place at Nicomedia near Lyddia in Palestine on 23rd April 303. He was canonised as St George in AD 494 by Pope Gelasius, making him one of the earliest of the Christian martyrs. His tomb is in Lod, Israel. The red cross of St George has its origins in the Crusades of the Middle Ages. St George was a popular figure for the crusaders because of

The red cross of St George has its origins in the Crusades of the Middle Ages his reputation as a warrior saint. The Knights wore red crosses on their shields and during his crusade in the 12th century, Richard the Lionheart also placed himself and his army under the protection of St George and wore the Red Cross. In 1348 Edward III chose Saint George as the patron saint of his Order

Eventually only the king’s daughter remained and she too was about to be offered. At that moment a knight from the Crusades came riding by on his white stallion. St George dismounted, drew his sword, and protecting himself with the sign of the cross fought the dragon on foot, slew the beast and saved the princess. In response the people of Silene abandoned their pagan beliefs and converted to Christianity. Ever since the middle ages the day of the martyrdom of St George has been celebrated in England on 23rd April and the story of his slaying of the dragon retold and enacted in drama with lots of fun and games. Find a local celebration near you, or come along to Henfield Hall on the 23rd April from 4pm where you can enjoy a Punch and Judy Show, English Country Dancing with the Mike Ainscough Band and the Mythago Morris Dancers telling a story of our very own Sussex dragon. For more information and tickets (all proceeds go to St Barnabas House Hospice Care) call Arun or Wynn on 01273 495910. l








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Company Rabbits are incredibly sociable animals and if they don’t have the right company their welfare can unfortunately suffer. Rabbits often adore human interaction, but this does not compare with the company of another friend of the same species. Any combination of male and female rabbits can be bonded together with great success but it is important to get them neutered, primarily to prevent unwanted breeding but neutering also assists with reducing aggression and prevents unwanted health concerns for both female and males.

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hose of you with sharp eyes will have noticed that it’s a different dog stepping up to the keyboard this month. I’m Teddy, Rolo’s literary apprentice for the past year, learning my craft from the master, who, in difference to his seniority, wisdom and household rank, I refer to as ‘the Boss’. Now I don’t want to instigate an outbreak of mass hysteria and national mourning, but the Boss, after sixteen years and three months of living life to the full, finally wore himself out and has departed to the place of endless dog biscuits to eat and ethereal bunnies to chase. We are, naturally, very sad, but the Boss left specific instructions, and in addition to the mixed blessing of his hand-knitted coat collection, I’ve been bequeathed his literary legacy to continue, as best I can. Now the Boss always accepted folk for what they were, and, whilst we had our similarities, we also had our differences. As far as similarities, I’m the same breed: a Border Terrier. I am, in fact, about a third bigger than he was, which is helpful when a bit of presence is required, or for reaching something left

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high up, out of range. I’ve also got a thicker coat and, depending where I am in the grooming cycle, can be more bear and less Teddy. I’m also more peoplefocused. The Boss liked people well enough, he just didn’t really care about their good opinion and, if he

The Boss left specific instructions, and I’ve been bequeathed his literary legacy to continue, as best I can wanted something, he’d go for it and live with the consequences. But I do care. I genuinely don’t like it when people are cross with me, and although I can be naughty at times, I’m more mindful of the outcome. The Boss accepted that, although with the caveat that there were no ‘yes’ furs on his watch!

Still, there are some things I’ve done which, without wishing to boast, the Boss didn’t manage. Take for example, accessing upstairs and the hallowed master bedroom. The Boss was banned and this was reinforced by a tactical stairgate. However, I’d been allowed free run of the house with my previous owner, and, after several broken nights when I first arrived, ‘Them Indoors’ realised that the only way anyone was going to get some sleep was if I was allowed to kip in the same room as them. True, I’m not allowed to sleep on the big bed, although I keep trying. In order to avoid trouble, when I’m having an illicit nap I keep half an ear open, and when I hear footsteps I jump off and curl up, innocently, on the floor. The terriersized, warm dent in the duvet is a bit of a give-away, but unless I’m caught redpawed, I’m not told off. Now that kind of terrier cunning is something the Boss definitely approved of and a skill we had in common, so I reckon I can follow in his paw-prints, with a few adaptations of my own, just watch this space! l

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ith the traditional carriage clock retirement fast becoming consigned to history, recent YouGov research on behalf of Age UK suggests that 50% of 40-64 year olds will not have enough money to fund their retirement. Thankfully there are options for those with an expected financial shortfall and steps that can be taken to bolster retirement finances. Here we look at ways to prepare for the financial transition to retirement and suggest practical options that could help to boost your income. PREPARING FOR RETIREMENT Retirement planning can be difficult as your income needs to last as long as you do, but very few of us know how long that will be. Obviously the earlier you start saving towards your retirement the better, but once you hit your 50s, it is a good idea to assess your financial situation while there is still time to make a difference. Those with a workplace pension should get a forecast to see if they need to start increasing their contributions and research the impact of delaying retirement. You can also check your entitlement to a State Pension. Those with over 35 years of National Insurance contributions should be entitled to a full State Pension, but if you were in a ‘contracted out’ scheme, paying National Insurance at a reduced rate, this will affect your entitlement.

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This is also a good time to trace any old pensions you may have had in the past. This can be done through a former employer, the name of the pension provider or by contacting the Pension Tracing Service which is free and can be accessed on the GOV.UK website. If at all possible, do try to clear your mortgage and any outstanding debts while you are still working, as being debt-free will also relieve the burden on your retirement income. The longer you put off retirement the more time you have to build up your savings and pension fund. Talk to your employer about the possibility of working more flexible hours or think about any retraining that could help to secure future employment with another company or in another field. BOOSTING INCOME DURING RETIREMENT Those struggling on a low retirement income should get a Benefits Check as help is available to get extra Pension Credit, reduced Council Tax, as well as help with housing, health and heating costs. Free bus passes are offered to those reaching State Pension age and there are more general travel concessions for the over 60s on offpeak rail and bus fares. Although it April 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 25

is currently under review, those over the age of 75 years also receive a free Television Licence. Do set a budget for household expenditure and don’t forget to take inflation into account. Look at where you can make savings by shopping wisely using money-saving coupons and promotional discounts. This is also a great time in your life to take advantage of discount vouchers for meals out and trips away.

Those with over 35 years of National Insurance contributions should be entitled to a full State Pension Another way to boost income includes starting a business. This could be turning a hobby into an enterprise and with multiple online sales platforms now easily accessible, startup investment can be minimal. Could you earn extra money from gardening, baking, sewing, dog walking or training people in the skills you have developed over the years?

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Buy two smaller properties, one for you to live in and one as a rental property choose to either make the repayments or let the interest roll-up. The loan and accrued interest is paid back when you die or move into long-term care and it is possible to ring-fence a percentage of the property for your family to inherit. With a home revision plan you sell all or a share of your home to a provider in return for a cash lump sum. In this case the provider owns the property and you gain a lifetime lease which allows you to remain in the house until you die. PROFESSIONAL HELP AND ADVICE There is a lot of free help available for those approaching retirement from GOV.UK, Pension Wise, Money Advice Service, Pension Tracing Service, Age UK, letting agents and the local council. An independent financial advisor can also help with tax planning, investments and inheritance matters, but do check they are a member of the Financial Conduct Authority. l

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Because Pilates is low impact on the joints, it is perfect for the older exerciser. It is designed to improve posture, increase your trunk (core) strength, stability and mobility. It helps prevent injuries, enhances fitness, improves balance, coordination and circulation, heightens body awareness and generally makes you feel good. This is helpful for any age, so if you regularly play sport, workout or dance, doing Pilates will also improve your sporting performance.

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he Mid Sussex Branch of the NHS Retirement Fellowship was formed in 1988. Our branch currently has 80 members with the majority having worked locally for the NHS and in particular at The Princess Royal Hospital (or its predecessor Cuckfield Hospital), St Francis Hospital, Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre or in community health services throughout the Mid Sussex area. We meet in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere on the first Tuesday of each month at 10.15am at Franklands Village Hall in Haywards Heath. Whilst most people come from the Haywards Heath, Cuckfield, Lindfield, Burgess Hill, Ditchling, Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint areas others live in Handcross, Horsham or Crawley. Each month we have excellent visiting speakers with a wide variety of interesting subjects. During the past year these have included: The History of Medicine in West Sussex, Victoria Cross (Submarines), Retire with Rhyme,

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She has danced alongside Margot Fonteyn and Audrey Hepburn, performed and lived overseas, all while raising eight children. Now 92 years old, Silvia Ebert has always danced to her own tune. Lisa de Silva catches up with the former ballerina at her home in Ringmer

bombing. So, my poor mother along with my teenage help, had to cope with looking after and feeding everyone despite the food rationing.” Throughout her childhood Silvia and her siblings would often visit their Eastbourne granny for holidays by the sea. “She had very old-fashioned ways. There were servants, formal meals and as a treat we were taken for drives in a lovely yellow and black Vauxhall, which was one of the first cars. Unfortunately, I was usually car sick,” she laughs. It was a trip to the ballet with her mother as a teenager that was to change Silvia’s life. The performance so moved her that Silvia made the decision to become a ballet dancer and at the age of 16 in 1941, she braved doodlebug raids to train at the Ripman School of Dancing in London, alongside future Cats choreographer, Gillian Lynne. Silvia trained hard and won a coveted place at the Royal Ballet, dancing in Sleeping Beauty, the first post-war performance at the company’s new home in Covent Garden in 1945. Fifty years later in 1995, the original cast were invited back for an anniversary performance starring Darcey Bussell and Silvia led out the line of former dancers onto the stage to curtsey to the Queen, who had attended the 1945 performance as a princess. “It was funny to meet the girls who had been there when I had been there after all those years,” confides Silvia.

Silvia led out the line of former dancers onto the stage to curtsey to the Queen

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raceful, bright-eyed and still elegantly beautiful in her 90s, Silvia was born in Eastbourne in July 1926. Her parents were living in Rome at the time but her mother returned to give birth in Sussex, the home of her own mother. Three years later the family returned from Italy to live in a house designed and built by Silvia’s father with a young New Zealand

architect helping him near the village of Amersham in Buckinghamshire. Now recognised as a modernist gem, the architecturally ground-breaking house was named High and Over, after a hillside near Alfriston in Sussex. “It was a very happy place to live,” smiles Silvia. “Although during the war it was quite stressful as my father was away and lots of friends and family sought refuge with us to escape the

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A drink on the terrace of the Italian farmhouse where Silvia and Peter lived for fourteen years

Professionally, Silvia soon realised she preferred the less technical and more expressive dancing of the theatre and opera and in 1947 took a job dancing at Glyndebourne, where she met her future husband Peter, son of

Silvia in the bottle scene, ‘Rake’s Progress’, Edinburgh Festival, 1953

Ades, the family home in Chailey, Sussex

Carl Ebert, Glyndebourne’s first artistic director. Peter’s marriage was ending at the time, with two young daughters, and Silvia’s parents forbade her to see him. But love triumphed and the couple married in 1951.

Over the following years Peter developed his career as a theatre and opera director, while Silvia gave birth to eight children. During this time the family spent many years living in Sussex, Germany and Scotland and would return for Glyndebourne seasons where Silvia continued to dance. “I have such lovely memories of Glyndebourne. It was a small set-up in the early days and we were all like family, although I’d often be washing out nappies in the dressingroom sink and once nursed one of the children in full Macbeth witches makeup,” she tells me. Silvia also has fond memories of living in Chailey. “When we first moved to Ades in Chailey, I thought it was heaven. Here was this lovely big house and garden for us and the children to enjoy.” Silvia started giving dance lessons in the village and ended up teaching deportment at a finishing school based in Cuckfield Park. “They wanted me to teach the girls about contraception, but I said with eight children I probably wasn’t the best person for that.” Having enjoyed a professional dancing career and with her children’s growing independence, Silvia started working as Peter’s assistant, helping him to stage operas all over the world,

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The restored farmhouse in Italy

Silvia and Peter behind the curtain during the production of ‘Indomeneo’ at Glyndebourne in 1952

life in Umbria, entertaining friends and family and sampling the country’s cultural delights. Eventually in 2004, it was time to return home and the couple chose to settle in Ringmer. Sadly, Peter passed away in 2012, but Silvia takes great pleasure from her children and 17 grandchildren who have inherited their grandmother’s spirit of adventure and now reside all over the world. Reflecting on her long career, Silvia confesses that the highlight for her was I once nursed one of the dancing in Carousel when it first opened children in full Macbeth on the London stage in 1950, “The choreography by Agnes de Mille was witches make-up simply wonderful.” Today, Silvia takes huge pleasure in her ever-growing family and grandchildren, many Silvia, Peter, baby Tobias and Carl Ebert on the of whom got together for a special lawn at Glyndeboune celebration in Germany to mark Silvia’s 90th birthday. Having enjoyed such a long and illustrious life and raised such a large family often without the help of today’s domestic appliances such as a fridge or washing machine, Silvia has this advice to offer, “Keep a positive attitude and most importantly, a sense of humour.” l until the couple decided it was time for a For those interested to read more of Silvia’s life change of pace and in 1990, they bought story, Not Just Another Swan – The Life of Dancer a farmhouse to restore in Italy. For 14 Silvia Ebert by local author, Angela Wigglesworth idyllic years they enjoyed a fabulous is out now.

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Active retirement can help older people maintain a healthy lifestyle in later years; so we set Robert Veitch’s alarm to early o’clock and sent him out to be inspired by one of Sussex’s senior paperboys



hen I put it to eighty-eight-year-old Derek Lester, that he might be the oldest paperboy in Sussex, there was a nonchalant shrug of the shoulders and a whimsical look in his eye. “I read somewhere there was a lady of ninety-two doing this,” he quipped with a smile. Derek used to work in an office, but retired at 60. Not long after, he found himself in hospital, and in the operating theatre. He recalled, “I had a heart by-pass in my early 60s and my Doctor advised me to keep on the move. This was because it would help my recovery and because it would be good for my ongoing health and wellbeing.” I was persuaded to Seven to eight is nine to five become a ‘paperboy’ for me, at my time of life by my wife, although I hadn’t done a paper round in my youth. I like walking too, so it made sense.” Derek delivers to around twenty houses. “I get up just after six, have a cup of tea and get ready to go.” Unlike some of his colleagues Derek doesn’t have the pressure of going to school, or getting to work for the nine to five. “Seven to eight is nine to five for me, at my time of life,” he chuckled. After almost twenty-five years of delivering, Derek might be more tortoise than hare these days or, “not as quick as I used to be” as he puts it, but he still has good reason to get up in the morning and enjoy his daily routine. “I try not to sit around like older people often do. What I do is better than being stuck indoors all day, it’s good exercise and I have no reason to be lazy.” “It’s only snow and ice that really defeats me, so I give it a miss when the weather is bad.” Derek meets his customers from time to time while he’s delivering and bumps into dog walkers as well. “I’ve got to know some of them quite well. I feel part of the community.” Derek has his fans too and John Bennett, who lives at the top of a reasonably steep drive, told me, “It’s great to find someone of his age who is willing to come out in almost all weather, and with such a fine selection of hats too.” “I do still enjoy it,” Derek said with a grin, “I remember my Doctor’s advice, and hopefully I will keep going for as long as I can.” And with that he was off, ambling back home to his wife. l Sadly, Derek passed away shortly after being interviewed. His wife Jo was still keen to have the article published, hopefully inspiring others to stay active in retirement. 40 SUSSEX LIVING | April 2019

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he evolution of the great country house necessitated the invention of the cutting garden. How to provide vast quantities of blooms for indoors without plundering the ornamental flower beds? By making a separate area solely for the production of cut flowers - with plants grown in straight lines to make harvesting easier. A cutting garden is fun to make and can be created in a small space, (mine is 6ft x 6ft!) No clever artistry, tasteful colour schemes or fancy design elements are required - but not everyone appreciates them. To horticultural aesthetes, (defined as people who talk endlessly about gardening but never actually

do any) a cutting garden is a nervejangling, technicolour mish-mash. Fools. Choose a sunny, open situation for your cutting garden. Add slow-release fertiliser to the soil and dig in plenty of organic matter, (compost or leaf mould.) Hardworking plants will reward you if given fertile, moisture-retentive soil. Don’t make your bed(s) too wide - everything needs to be within easy reach. If necessary, make a simple path out of chipped bark, or lay a couple of paving slabs onto the soil to use as stepping stones. Be vigilant about staking, tying in and deadheading. Flowers destined for the vase need strong, straight stems - use robust plant supports and get them in early. A horizontal ‘grow-through’ plastic mesh or a ‘web’ of garden twine will safely support heavier flowers, such as dahlias and sedums. Fast-growing annuals are the backbone of a cutting garden; they will romp away from an April sowing. Cosmos, larkspur, ammi, Snapdragon

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cornflower, zinnia and nicotiana enjoy each other’s company and can be relied upon to harmonise in a flower bed or vase. Linaria is a lesser-known annual. You might find it listed as ‘Toadflax’, but don’t let that deter you as the blooms resemble miniature snapdragons. Speaking of which, snapdragons, (antirrhinums) make fabulous cut flowers. Forget the nasty bedding types - look for elegant varieties such as ‘Liberty Crimson’, or ‘Axiom’. Their long-stemmed genes hark back to the days of Victorian and Edwardian florists, when snapdragons were a favourite cut flower. Grow foliage/filler plants in your

Long-stemmed snapdragons hark back to the days of Victorian and Edwardian florists, when they were a favourite cut flower borders so you always have a plentiful supply for arrangements. Tough customers that can stand a regular snipping include varieties of euphorbia and nepeta, along with heuchera and alchemilla. Perovskia is doubly useful for the flower arranger; providing aromatic foliage from early summer and masses of tiny blue flowers as the season progresses. Cineraria and helichrysum petiolare are usually relegated to the summer bedding aisles but they offer vase-worthy silvery/grey leaves with a felted texture - perfect for teaming with sweet peas. Leafy herbs such as sage and apple mint are deliciously fragranced and may even take root in the vase water giving new plants for free. l

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GARDENING Gaultheria or box-berry is another low growing shrub in this family. There are over 100 varieties listed, some invasive. The pale urn shaped flowers lead to a colourful display of autumn berries. One variety is used to obtain wintergreen, a flavouring or used in muscle rubs. The flowers of Enkianthus chinensis are among the most decorative in this family. It will surprise many readers to learn that rhododendrons with their larger trumpet shape blooms belong to this family. Rhododendron ponticum, the invasive species, is natural to most of Europe but was largely killed off in the last period of glaciation. Enough survived and multiplied for it to Gualtheria become a nuisance berries in some countryside areas in modern times. There are over one thousand rhododendron species and innumerable varieties. Mainly temperate plants, there are sub-arctic and sub-tropical varieties. The wide range of plant size and colour has led them to be widely planted and they are a backbone of the garden plant industry. Two varieties were developed in the Lower Beeding area of Sussex; in a country lodge in the 1880s two species were cross pollinated which resulted in the spectacular Loderi group. Then at a residence across the road his neighbour grafted cuttings on to variety Heather is so much more than simply the small delicate R. ponticum to obtain Loder’s White, a highly regarded scented variety. pink, purple and white flowers we find in our gardens, Blooming slightly later than as Peter Erridge explains rhododendrons are the Kalmias. There are two main varieties having the common names mountain laurel and ention of ‘heather’ and of shrubs with some herbs and trees. sheep laurel. These Ericaceae have most people would The flowers are often bell shaped and shallow bowl-shaped flowers in large think of the low growing with a wide variation in size. Mostly the clusters of white, pink or red colours flowering plants in their flower colours are white, pink or red. garden or the swathes of colour across This family of plants is economically giving impressive displays. Pieris, also known as ‘lily of the valley plant’ has Ashdown Forest in late summer. These important for food and the garden plant young foliage which is brightly coloured plants belong to a botanical family industry. Several species have edible followed by the typical urn shaped spring called Ericaceae. It comprises over 4,000 berries the most well-known being the flowers arranged in hanging racemes. species divided into over 120 genera, cranberry, a variety of Vaccinium. This that is groups of plants with similarities. group also includes huckleberry, bilberry Nearly a dozen varieties are listed. Leucothoe or dog-hobble, is another There are around a dozen groups which and blueberry. On the other hand member of the Ericaceae. The young are frequently found in our countryside the fruit of the smaller garden shrub leaves are brightly coloured followed in or gardens. The family consists mainly pernettya is quite tasteless. Enkianthus


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As a lifelong resident of Sayers Common, John Lower is opening his garden this April in aid of St Peter & St James. He spoke to Ruth Lawrence


t’s rare to find someone these days who still resides in the village of their birth but John Lower of Sayers Common was born in a house next door to where he as his wife, Claudine now live. John’s parents married in 1926 and he and Claudine began their married life in the same house where their oldest daughter now lives, as history repeats itself. As the longest resident in the village, John recalls Sayer’s Common being surrounded by working farms in his youth and on a Bank Holiday there used to be huge traffic jams until midnight before the A23 was constructed, bypassing the village. Behind the house lies woodland which now forms part of the garden that John and Claudine open to the public in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice, a charity particularly close to their hearts after two close friends passed away there. The main feature of the woodland is an acre of bluebells that

cover the ground with a captivating fine blue, and the self-seeded primroses which will be out during the Open Weekend on the 27-28th April. It’s likely that tulips and camellias will also be in bloom and visitors will be able to follow a short walk through the woods to view the bluebells in all their glory. The wood is deciduous with oak, holly and hazel undergrowth which John is now coppicing. Other features include

Visitors will be able to follow a short walk through the woods to view the bluebells in all their glory a Californian Redwood which a friend brought back from the US as a seed and spotted orchids dotted around the lawn. Claudine will have around one hundred home grown plants for sale over the weekend and tea, coffee and cakes will be on sale along with homemade jams and barbeque sausages. Claudine has another link with St Peter & St James Hospice in that she remembers the donkey races that indirectly led to the founding of the St Peter & St James Holiday Home for the Disabled by Susan Dinnage in

1975, which would later become the Hospice that exists today. The donkeys were rescued by Susan’s husband, Jim Dinnage, a local farmer, and they ran a sanctuary at Lone Barn Farm in Wivelsfield Green. Their donkey races attracted national fame and began a craze across the country; one Whit Monday in 1952, 20,000 people packed into the village to watch the races. In 1956, tragedy struck Jim and Susan when their son Peter died aged only 13 and they decided to convert a house in Lancing into St Peters, a holiday centre for disabled children and adults. After Jim died in 1963, Susan decided to start a new centre at Wivelsfield Green and when Susan died in 1989, her life’s work complete, the centre developed as a hospice and continuing care centre. The first day care patient arrived in 1992 and after a visit by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester the following year, there was a ceremony in 1995 in the presence of Dame Vera Lynn when the new centre officially opened. Although the donkeys have dwindled to a couple of Hospice pets now, their legacy has created an indispensable service and you can support their wonderful work by paying a visit to John and Claudine’s garden at The Old Coach House this April. l Garden open on 27th and 28th April, 11:00-16:00, The Old Coach House, London Road, Sayers Common, BN6 9HY. £3 entrance

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Benjamin and Georgina Finn’s timber clad cottage down a quiet wooded lane could have sprung fully-formed from a fairytale. It is hardly far-fetched to imagine Red Riding Hood coming out of the door with that little cake in her basket and making for the woods. Intriguingly little is known about simple rural homes like this, originally a oneup one-down cottage built sometime during the eighteenth century. But for the Finns, the place cast its spell from the moment, more than 20 years ago, when Benjamin came upon it by chance as he was out walking one Bank Holiday Monday. He was waiting to

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estate next door. “When we contacted the agent,” Georgina continues, “we found there was quite a bit of interest in the cottage including from people who wanted to pull it down and develop the land. It was being sold by sealed bids but we pitched our tender well and our bid was the one accepted. Strangely, we weren’t jubilant because it felt like ours anyway.” Benjamin immediately began work on basic repairs to the cottage including virtually rebuilding what is now the dining room. “There was a kitchen, sitting room, one bedroom, a bathroom under the stairs and a loo in a shed outside the back door,” Georgina explains. “We moved in on the day we were married in May 1992, and lived in the cottage just as it was for more than two years.” By then Gabriel had been born and they were concerned about the increasingly precarious structure of the cottage. They obtained a renovation grant to deal with essential works and moved out for more than a year, living nearby with Georgina’s mother in her old family home. Approval was granted to add a small extension at the back to provide an indoor bathroom and the Finns took the opportunity to build a bedroom above it at the same time. As work progressed, more problems were revealed. The old staircase was dangerous so that was replaced and the chimney was condemned and re-built. At the same time, the cottage was replumbed, put on mains drainage, rewired and central heating was installed. As the ground floor only provided a kitchen and small living room, they were also allowed to enlarge what had been the old bathroom and add a

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here has been scaremongering recently that had made people worried about the green implications of their wood burning stoves, and concerned that they may be facing a ban. I visited Paul Labus of Bolney Stoves to discover the truth behind this unfortunate misconception. “Wood burning stoves aren’t about to be banned,” Paul stated emphatically, “they just need to be efficient, and wood burning stoves can be up to 80 percent more efficient than an open fire.” That roaring fire apparently produces more than ten times more emissions than a SIA (Stove Industry Alliance) Ecodesign Ready stove while burning wood, making it hugely inefficient and polluting. Stoves are far more efficient than they were twenty years ago, meaning they lead to cleaner air, cleaner chimneys and fewer logs burned to keep warm.

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from a reclamation yard in Colchester, as Georgina recalls with amusement. “Ben and I found them at different times on the same day and he had the sense to buy them at once while I was trying to check with him first but hadn’t managed to reach him on the phone.” In furnishing the cottage, Georgina has drawn on her love of folk art, especially eastern European painted furniture, embroidered and vintage fabrics and patchwork. “I’ve been influenced by the style of my grandmother’s house. She was an artist who continued to paint furniture and ceramics well into old age.” In the cottage, Georgina has put together colours, fabrics and furniture that respond to its rural simplicity. Nothing is thoughtlessly imposed. The enlarged living area comes into its own for festivities and the Finns are unusual in decorating the cottage at Easter as well as at Christmas. They always have a big party for family and friends on Easter Monday when, weather permitting children spill out into the large garden and climb up into the tree house that Benjamin built. “We live near a monastery and attend services there,” Georgina explains, “and the 40 days of fasting during Lent are traditionally followed by a feast. In the week before, the children dye and paint eggs that are shared out at the party and we also hang them on a twig tree that I set up on the table. I make an Easter Pascha which is a rich mixture of nice things we’re not supposed to eat in Lent. The recipe includes cream cheese, eggs, cream, butter, raisins and candied peel, and is made in a pyramid-shaped mould. It’s eaten with sweet fruit bread that’s a bit like Panettone.” Party food and Easter decorating are an opportunity to bring out the large collection of vintage china that Georgina spent months sourcing for a friend’s wedding breakfast. Some favourite pieces live permanently on a high shelf above the door to the kitchen, others on the painted cupboard in the dining room. There is plenty more for the Easter table and to decorate the long windowsill in the sitting room with jugs, cups and bowls filled with spring flowers, eggs and tiny feathered birds. Part of the enduring appeal of the cottage is that the changes made to the structure have been so well conceived. The exterior looks just as it did on the couple’s first memorable encounter. “It has grown organically,” Georgina agrees, “and for us it’s truly been a labour of love.” l Photos: Polly Eltes/Narratives Text and styling: Celia Rufey/Narratives

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St Peter & St James Hospice is a ‘sanctuary’ in the heart of Sussex. Kathy Brown, the hospice’s Communications Manager, shares some of the unique charms and personal touches that make it such a special place



eople often worry that hospices are dark and depressing places. However, people who stay at St Peter & St James Hospice or access its day services often describe it as a ‘sanctuary’ or a ‘home from home’. THE WOODLAND WALK Patients, families and visitors often enjoy walking through our private woodland. Evidence suggests that just 15 minutes wandering through trees can decrease stress levels, so it’s wonderful to have such a calming space on our doorstep. The woodland is particularly beautiful in spring when visitors are treated to a vibrant display of hundreds of bluebells. HOSPICE DONKEYS Our donkeys, Dudley and Dylan, inhabit a large paddock opposite the hospice entrance. They bring people great comfort – and entertainment – often coming up to the fence for a stroke or nuzzle, or mischievously throwing their wellies around the field! Recently they’ve been enjoying regular walks too, visiting patients on the ward, which provides families a positive distraction. PRIVATE BEDROOMS WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS All of the ward bedrooms are private,

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lthough it’s never easy to contemplate our own or our loved one’s mortality, there is much we can do to prepare for a funeral that celebrates an individual’s life in their own locality. I met Matthew Gallagher at the newly relocated branch of his family’s much loved funeral directors in Haywards Heath, P & S Gallagher. Since moving from Triangle Road to Sussex Road last August, his close knit team have been slowly developing their new service suite, one of the few non denominational service facilities in the area. The moment I stepped inside, I could feel the relaxed, nurturing space welcome me in. The room is spacious enough to sit up to fifty people yet feels intimate and private, thanks to the discreet windows and floral area outside the French doors. Comfy chairs upholstered in gorgeous natural greens and aqua complement the stunning recessed panels with bird and floral designs, lending the room an immediately calming atmosphere. A state of the art screen can display high definition photos and video to add a further dimension to the celebration and people sometimes choose to create a personalised video of themselves to speak to their loved ones during the service. Matthew’s vision for the suite is to


P & S Gallagher are striving to bring the funeral back to the community, as Ruth Lawrence discovered when she visited the beautiful new service suite in Haywards Heath relocate the funeral to a place where people have lived their lives and were part of the community, allowing people to mourn in their local sphere rather than having to travel out of the area for a service. A local celebrant or chosen person can lead the service and the deceased person can then be taken to a cemetery or crematorium of choice. This makes the service fully accessible for those unable to travel far; for instance, attendees from local care homes can be accommodated easily with minimum organisation for their carers. The service can be created around any culture or adapted for multi faith families; the important thing is that people take possession of the space and make it how they want it to be. There is no religious symbolism although people are welcome to bring in whatever they want; as Matthew said, “we are about life” and that is what is important here. The coffin can be placed anywhere, either in a discreet alcove, next to the light filled window or surrounded by

people in the centre of a semicircle of friends and family. People can personalise the service as much or as little as they wish and importantly there is no time restriction so no one needs to feel rushed or under stress. Cremation or burial does not have to immediately follow the service; many people opt to have the service at a time that suits everyone and the cremation can take place in the morning at a more affordable time.

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The facility is proving popular with those looking to plan and pay for their funeral in advance. P & S Gallagher use a very long established and highly respected Golden Charter Funeral Plan called The Independent Way; it is bespoke so that the simplest or most complex plans can be accommodated according to individual need. The funeral can be however you want it to be; your money goes into an independent trust and the price is fixed at the time you take up the plan. This means considerable savings as funeral costs increase over time and this plan means you pay for the future at today’s prices. The entire sum can be paid for in one instalment or it can be paid over a year or longer period. The whole idea of a plan is to provide peace of mind and an easing of the burden on loved ones at one of the most difficult times they are ever likely to face. Meetings to discuss a funeral plan can be arranged at an individual’s home or at one of the P & S Gallagher offices. What is certain is that people can be assured their instructions will be followed to the letter and that knowledge makes people feel more secure when the inevitable happens. Matthew and the team will be on hand to offer guidance and suggestions to make the service as smooth as possible and if required they can organise everything right down to the catering. The new service suite makes funerals more accessible, for as Matthew observed, “it’s a right to attend the

funeral of a friend.” There need be no long journey to a place the deceased person never visited; now local people who socialised with the person in this, their home town, can say farewell from somewhere they know and are part of and the importance of this cannot be overestimated. Local civil celebrant Hayley Rich had strong praise for the new service suite when she commented that “it has a very relaxed, modern

feel, very different from a crematorium chapel and there’s no rushing. It makes the day very special and personal.” The suite is fully disabled accessible and has parking on site or nearby and inside, the gentle lighting and subtle stereo system make it feel homely and intimate rather than austere as chapels can sometimes be. People can choose to have an open coffin if they desire and the coffin can be decorated or themed in any way they choose for themselves or their loved one. Matthew is passionate about the way people experience a funeral and with this new service suite, P & S Gallagher have created something truly special that will ensure a profoundly moving and joyful celebration of an individual’s life in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. l P & S Gallagher Fraser House, 20 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 4EA 01444 451166 Weald House, 111 Lower Church Road Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9AA 01444 239869

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With the Easter holidays afoot it’s the perfect time to get the whole family involved in the kitchen with these fun and simple pizza recipes

Prep Time 20 minutes Cooking Time 12-15 minutes Makes 6 x 23cm pizzas (or 4 larger ones)

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INGREDIENTS FOR THE PIZZA BASE 350g plain flour plus extra for dusting 150g fine semolina flour 1 ½ tsp salt 20g fresh yeast or 7g sachet of fast action dried yeast 1 tsp runny honey (to be used with fresh yeast only) 250ml hand hot water 3 tbsp olive oil FOR THE BASIC TOMATO SAUCE 700g ripe red tomatoes peeled, deseeded and chopped 5 tbsp olive oil 3 garlic cloves chopped then creamed with salt 1 tbsp tomato paste Pinch dried oregano Plenty of freshly ground black pepper

METHOD Put the oil in a large saucepan with the garlic and stir well over a high heat. As soon as the garlic sizzles (it mustn’t brown), add the tomatoes along with the tomato paste and oregano. Let the mixture bubble on medium high for about 12 minutes until thick and rich, stiring occasionally to prevent sticking. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before use.


sheets in the oven pre heated to 230C, Gas 8, 190 Fan. Tip onto a lightly floured surface 3 and knead for about 7 minutes until it forms a smooth ball. Put a dribble

of oil into the same bowl and add the dough, cover with a cloth and let it rise at room temperature for 30-45 minutes. It should be soft to touch and roughly doubled in size. Punch down the dough and tip out, knead into a ball and cut into 4, 6 or 8 pieces with a sharp knife. Form each piece into a ball and put on a floured paper lined tray, cover and leave at room temperature for 15 minutes until swollen. You could put it in the fridge at this point and leave for up to 3 hours or until ready to roll.

If using fresh yeast, crumble it Roll each dough ball as thinly as 2 into the hand hot water. Add the 4 possible and then add the topping honey and stir well until the yeast has of your choice. The simplest and most dissolved. Leave for about 10 minutes until foam appears on the surface which means the yeast is active and ready to use. Put the flours and salt in a bowl (along with the dried yeast if using) and make a well in the centre for the liquid. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to the flour and add the liquid. Mix together well until the dough leaves the side of the bowl clean. Cover and leave for 5 minutes. Put 2-3 large baking

classic pizza is tomato sauce with a dribble of olive oil and pepper. Slide the pizzas onto the preheated baking trays. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Drizzle on extra oil and serve hot. Tip: If you do not wish to use all the pizza dough, it can be easily frozen between sheets of baking parchment. The tomato sauce can also be frozen if you have excess.


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relaxing atmosphere is instantly evident inside The New Inn with a warm and friendly welcome at the bar. The pub’s history is palpable, being partly constructed from 15th century ship timbers, making the Georgian frontage facing the High Street feel positively modern by comparison. Owners, Chris and Murray Booker arrived in April 2016. As newcomers to the pub trade their aim was simple: give customers what they would like to find themselves. Chris was quick to mention, “We’re a friendly pub with great food and an extensive range of drinks.”

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Walking through the doors of Hurstpierpoint’s New Inn is a treat every time, as Robert Veitch found out on a recent visit

Head chef Mark Lampit arrived at the end of 2016. Mark became a head chef at 25, working for Lord Rothschild at Waddesdon Manor. Garnering a wealth of experience in catering and general management over the years, Mark has breathed new life into the menu, as he pointed out: “We have a new kitchen team here. We like to create exciting menus featuring pub standards and inventive twists on classic dishes.” We use local produce wherever possible, it keeps food miles down and shows

support for local producers. Our fish and cheese come from Shoreham, our steaks from Trenchmore Farm, and our lamb grazed the South Downs. We smoke fish and cure meat in-house. The Tapas and Vegan menus change weekly. We’re well known for our steaks, grills and light bites, and the children’s menu is always popular.” Chris continued, “We have monthly gourmet food and wine pairing evenings featuring food and drinks from various regions of the world.” Chris and Mark are passionate about The New Inn’s recent arrival, their Spanish Josper charcoal oven and grill. Mark told

me, “It seals the natural flavour of the meat better, retaining more of the moisture, making meat juicier and tastier, offering a hint of bar-b-cue. It’s unique in this part of Sussex.” The former Hurstpierpoint Corn Exchange behind the pub houses the restaurant. It’s a light airy space, with a vaulted ceiling and separate bar. It can also be booked

for weddings, christenings, wakes, reunions, Bar Mitzvahs, and parties. Earlier this year The New Inn beat 2,700 other pubs across the nation to win ‘The Best Pub for Wine’ award in a competition run by Heineken. “We stock several wines from the Albourne Estate,” revealed Chris, “high quality, fine wines, available by the glass.” There’s a hidden gem behind The New Inn, the walled beer garden. It includes an allotment where vegetables and herbs grow, fresh for the table. There’s also a wood fired pizza oven and a marquee available for private hire. Whether a spur of the moment visit, or a special event this Easter, The New Inn is an excellent choice, a traditional village pub at the heart of the village. l The New Inn 76 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9RQ 01273 834608 April 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 73

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This month our resident wayfarer, Robert Veitch was sent on a solivagant mission, trekking the wonderfully varied footpaths en route from Uckfield to Newick


eave Uckfield bus station, trotting north over Bellfarm Road at the pelican crossing. Turn left and walk west, past the fire station, turning 90° right at the allotments and 90° left shortly after. Follow the footpath for just over 300m, all the way to the playing fields. Head north past the playground and football pitches, traffic noise diminishing behind as the playing fields narrow ahead, eventually joining Calvert Road. Turn left, then right into Egles Grove, bearing left by the truncated oak into the 27 acres of West Park Local Nature Reserve. The route arcs left, beyond the giant oak towards the boardwalk. Swing right at the end of the second boardwalk, wandering uphill between two huge slabs of sandstone, to the kissing gate and road. Cross the road and turn left, walking towards oncoming traffic. On the right, just before the bridge is a kissing gate. It leads to a glorious gem, an arboreal wonderland, and a sandstone stunner – this oasis is Lake Wood. It’s well worth taking 15-20 minutes to lap the lake, clockwise or anti-clockwise, the path

leads back from whence you came. Immediately across the bridge, turn right at the ‘Wealden Walks’ sign, then left at the green fingerpost 50m later. The path brushes the rhododendrons as it heads downhill, skirting the scrub at the bottom, all the way to concurrent bridges crossing the Shortbridge Stream. The path cuts straight across the field, kinking left on the far side when entering the adjacent field. Head for the barns, passing rusting farm machinery along the way. The first stile of the day lands on the Fairhazel tarmac. Follow it for 350m, as far as the road junction.

as far as the tee, and water fountain behind. Alas, the fountain doesn’t work! The three-way fingerpost points right, downhill across the fairway and into the woods. A small bridge crosses the stream, beside a yew tree. Over the other side, follow the fence to the drive, and the drive to the road. The A272 through Piltdown should be crossed with care, before turning right and following the path, lined with stakes resembling a rustic pavement. Across the grass, take the gate to the left of the coniferous hedge. Across the track and stile the path twists left and enters a sea of silver birches, heading due north for about 500m, arriving at a gate made from a single metal bar. Turn left and walk down the drive, to the pair of 6ft gates. Beyond these, head downhill, over the stile, across the paddock, over another stile and along the hedge-lined avenue to a stile in the bottom left corner of the field. Bear right and after crossing the next stile, trek across the field and navigate the bridge. Keep to the edge of the field, uphill through the pair of metal gates,

The work of Shanks’s pony is done; Relax in the scenery while waiting for the bus… Enter the woods across the road, the path snaking a way with twists and turns, emerging into the light behind the 12th tee of the golf course. The path slices around to the right, joining the 13th fairway by a post. Turn left and hug the edge of the fairway

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around a second field and into a third. Beyond the silo an old kissing gate leads into the graveyard. Turn left and follow the path between lichen-covered gravestones, a solemn tranquility. Arriving at Fletching High Street, turn left, then right into Mill Lane by the War Memorial. Just after the raised pathways and bridges across the River Ouse take the gate on the left. Over the subsequent stile, follow the brick wall leading round to the right. Beyond the gates, keep left of the hedge and walk towards the power lines. An 8-bar gate opens into another field, a stile beyond and a brace of bridges within the wood. Beyond the trees, wander uphill through young verdant spring crops to the concrete drive. Turn right and after 200m, turn left into Alexander Mead. The road bends right and the path resumes at the end. Turn left and after 200m Newick Green appears. The work of Shanks’s pony is done; relax in the scenery while waiting for the bus… l

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A strong community, an active social scene, stunning settings and a welcome host of excellent pubs, restaurants and accommodation make Upper Beeding well worth a visit, as Ruth Lawrence discovers


he River Adur forms an integral part of the compact, interesting village of Upper Beeding, which lies four miles north of Shoreham by Sea and on the northern edge of the South Downs National Park. In the early Middle Ages the river formed a wide estuary between Bramber Castle and King’s Barn to the west and Upper Beeding Church and Horton Hall to the east while sea shingle was reputedly visible from King’s Barn. Around this time, salt was extracted from tidal marshland of the parish and some of the 13th-15th century salt making remnants can still be seen in Saltings Field, a wildlife conservation area off Saltings Way. The irregular shaped mounds or ‘salterns’ found in Saltings Field are part of the only remaining medieval salterns in Sussex and as a result of a survey in 1995 they have been scheduled as an Ancient Monument by the Department of National Heritage. A conservation group was formed around nine years ago by local residents to manage this space for wildlife and working party dates are put on the notice board at the East entrance to Saltings Field.

Walkers and cyclists have two major long distance footpaths to enjoy; the South Downs Way which runs south of the village and the Monarchs Way, a 615 mile path that approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after the Battle of Worcester and crosses the village on the banks of the River Adur.

The irregular shaped mounds or ‘salterns’ found in Saltings Field are part of the only remaining medieval salterns in Sussex Upper Beeding has achieved great success in local and national flower competitions since the millennium. A committee of villagers called Beeding in Bloom received the Harvey Trophy for the ‘small county town class’ in the South East in Bloom competition in 2001 and has since gained Silver Gilt Awards and Silver Awards in the same contest. The Beeding in Bloom committee hold regular monthly meetings throughout the year and organise working parties to maintain

the flower beds and planters around the village for winter and summer planting. The village possesses its own allotments which originated in 1892 from the foresight of the Rev Meyrick, the village Rector at that time. He made an endowment of just over two acres of land that he had rented with the wish that it be used for the cultivation of crops by his parishioners for domestic use. The Horticultural Society now has an allotment holders Association to offer help and encouragement to new and existing members and obtain seed and plants at discounted rates and they hold spring and late summer shows where members can display their own produce and flowers. Such a strong community spirit endows the village with the qualities that make it not only a sought after place to live but also somewhere for visitors to enjoy and soak up its unique and stimulating atmosphere. l

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Elizabeth Kay offers Sussex Living readers her thoughts on recent reads that have caught her attention. She gives her views on a selection of books from different genres which may capture your interest she works in her father’s scrap yard, doing things that would horrify Health and Safety. But despite the lack of basic care, she cannot entirely shake off the indoctrination she has received over the years. She does manage to escape, and her eventual journey to Cambridge University is astonishing. The book is very well-written, and the author’s honesty in finding truth to be evasive due to different recollections of the past is fascinating. It is remarkable that in this day and age parents can deny their children any sort of education and health care. I found myself appalled over and over again, but the book is a testament to how powerfully our childhood affects the rest of our lives. The fact that Tara does not end up bitter and resentful is little short of a miracle.


by Tara Westover (Windmill Books) This is the true story of the unconventional upbringing of a girl in a rural community in the mid-west USA. There are six children altogether, and their parents are fundamentalist Mormons who do not believe in modern medicine or education. Tara is supposedly home-schooled, but she is staggeringly ignorant about the world around her. As soon as she is old enough

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frequently unpleasant behaviour. It’s said that it’s easier to get over the death of someone with whom there were no issues, where there was nothing to resolve, and this illustrates it well. The child’s voice is convincingly written, although he frequently has remarkable insight for one so young. Nevertheless, it didn’t interfere with my appreciation of the book. The press doesn’t come out of it very well, and the intrusive attitude of the TV stations and their interviewing techniques are thoroughly believable.

The behaviour of the characters is credible, and the way the family falls apart is gripping


by Rhiannon Navin (Mantle) This sounds too awful to bear – a story told by a six-year-old child, Zach, about a multiple shooting at his school, which causes the death of his older brother. But actually, it’s a very good read. The behaviour of the characters is credible, and the way the family falls apart as each member tackles their loss in a different way is gripping. The child who died, ten-year-old Andy, was not an angel, and this probably makes coming to terms with the tragedy somewhat harder for those who knew him. Although it’s never stated outright the gunman, the son of the caretaker, had a personality disorder that bore a lot of similarities to Andy’s erratic and

MRS SHUFFLEBOTTOM by Tamsyn Chambers (FastPrint Publishing)

It is nice to see a children’s book about an animal that many adults consider to be rather unpleasant. Toads do a great deal of good, keeping down garden pests, and this is the story of one toad who encounters a number of different animals, both wild and tame, and is advised which are to be avoided by a robin. She eventually finds herself in a greenhouse, where the enlightened owner is very pleased to offer her a home. Eventually she grows up enough to leave the shelter of the greenhouse and venture out into the big wide world. The book is nicely presented and illustrated with photographs rather than

The book is nicely illustrated with photographs rather than drawings, and the text is large and legible drawings, and the text is large and legible. I do take exception to a spider being called an insect, mind you, even though it has subsequently been given its Latin name (which ought to be in italics). It is also true that foxes and cats tend to avoid toads, as they are poisonous enough to cause an adverse reaction, although not to prove fatal. However, I shall assume that these facts are unknown to the toad and the robin, and written from their viewpoint!

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all areas. There’s something in sea-salt spray that almost thickens your hair and gives it a natural wave. Scrunch up your hair with your hands so the sea-salt spray is distributed evenly. It’s recommended you do this as it helps the product work its magic, allowing your hair to curl easier.

There’s something in sea-salt spray that almost thickens your hair and gives it a natural wave 3. Now use some sort of styling mousse as this also creates waves and prolongs the curls. Do the same motion as you did with the sea-salt spray by scrunching a small amount of mousse into your hair. Again, make sure not to use too much product or your hair will become too wet. Then brush your hair once again to brush the product through. 4. This next step is optional but to make sure your hair isn’t too frizzy, as it sometimes can be when you take it out from plaits, use a small amount of hair oil and just run it over the lengths and ends of your hair.

5. Finally, spritz a little hairspray at a distance over your hair. It’s important to do this when it’s damp, as then the hairspray dries into your hair and works more effectively. Put your hair into French braids so your hair will be wavy from the top to the bottom. If you want more of a natural curl, you can just do regular braids, leaving waves from midway to the end. 6. The following morning, take your hair out of the braids, once you’re sure your hair is dry and spritz it with hairspray once more. Ta-da! That’s all you need to do to achieve heatless beach waves. This sort of hairstyle really does suit anyone. It is a really pretty, feminine style that would be perfect on a summer’s day or for a special occasion or even if you’re just relaxing at home. Get practising now and do it in style! l

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ALL IN A ROW Row, row, row your boat… or jump to it in the gym! Sasha Kanal tells us how rowing is taking the fitness world by storm INDOOR Rowing is having it’s own moment in the sun in the fitness world currently. Usually reserved as a warm up or a quick stop on the rowing machine in the gym circuit, it’s now taking centre stage as an exercise with more bang for its bucks compared to others. There’s a reason Olympic rowers look the way they do. The exercise works the whole body and is reassuringly low impact on bones and joints. Main parts of the body utilised are the legs and core, meaning it’s just as effective as stomach crunches when it comes to tightening those areas. Technique is important however and a slow and steady approach to start with is best to make sure you’re doing it absolutely right. Start by sitting in the rowing machine with your knees over your ankles and the difficulty level set no higher than about 4 or 5. Keeping your back upright and being careful not to round it as you lean forward drive your legs down the slider. Then you lean back

and pull through your arms to activate the chain. This is called the ‘drive’ and as you pull back, it’s best to keep your arms straight for as long as possible. It’s important to note that the whole process doesn’t have to be done at the same speed. Once you’ve

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pulled back completely, take your time to recover and listen out for the whirr of the flywheel on the machine. Rowing is said to burn two to three times the amount of calories as spinning, so no wonder it’s becoming as popular as its counterpart with specific group rowing classes popping up all over the UK. Check out your local gym or leisure centre to investigate the opportunities out there. OUTDOOR If you like things more ‘au naturel’, then find a lake or river that you can actually row a boat on or better still, find a rowing club! The Amateur Rowing Association

is a good place to start, as it has a local club finder tool on there. Rowing on water is a very different kettle of fish (excuse the pun!) than on a machine of course. There’s the actual boat, the water and your counterparts to contend with. If you’re part of a club, rowing in synchronicity with your fellow rowers is said, unsurprisingly, to promote a wonderful feeling of teamwork. Then there’s the beauty of seeing the world from the river and the scenery that comes with that. If this sounds all too energetic, then find a boating lake in Sussex on a sunny spring day, hire a little rowboat by the hour, take a small picnic and enjoy! l

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Helping us understand our bodies better, Consultant Surgeon Mike Lavelle talks about the gallbladder and gallstones


across or can measure several centimetres. They can be solitary or multiple, and some patients have been found to have several thousand stones in the gallbladder. The stones cause a problem by blocking the outlet of the gallbladder, which is a very narrow tube attached to the main bile duct. If the outlet is blocked and the patient eats a fatty meal then the gallbladder tries to empty but cannot do so, and the gallbladder becomes very tense. This can cause severe pain and can also lead to stagnation of the contents, which can become infected. It only takes one gallstone to produce this problem. The pain is usually felt in the middle of the upper abdomen, and can radiate through to the back. Many different treatments for symptomatic gallstones have been tried, but the only really successful one is surgery to remove the gallbladder and the gallstones contained in it. Removal of the gallbladder is nowadays usually performed using keyhole surgery. Three small holes are made in the abdominal wall, one of which is in the tummy-button, and this technique has revolutionized the recovery time from the operation. In about 5% of patients, the operation cannot be completed using the keyhole technique. In this case a cut has to be made just below the ribs on the right side, measuring about 10cms, and the operation completed through this incision. This procedure prolongs the recovery period considerably. Although there is no specific diet for people with gallstones, maintaining a generally healthy lifestyle may help prevent them; eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, limit alcohol and stop smoking. l

GALLSTONES T he gallbladder is a thinwalled, pear-shaped sac measuring about 8 to 12 centimetres long and 3 centimetres across. It is attached to the side of the bile duct which drains bile from the liver into the gut. Bile is a greenish/yellow liquid produced by the liver and one of its functions is to help to digest fat in the diet. When you eat a meal the gallbladder contracts and empties its contents into the gut, where the bile mixes with the food. It then helps to digest the fat by forming it into an emulsion, which is a suspension of fat droplets in water.

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Removal of the gallbladder is nowadays usually performed using keyhole surgery

Nowadays we do not eat as much fat in our diet as we used to. It has therefore been found that removal of the gallbladder does not affect our digestion significantly, although patients who have had their gallbladder removed may notice that if they have a very fatty meal they will have diarrhoea for a short time afterwards, because of failure of absorption of some of the fat. The gallbladder can become diseased, and the commonest problem with the gallbladder is that the bile in the gallbladder forms tiny crystals which then form the basis of stones. Stones can be just a millimetre or so

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A simple process of logic is all that it takes to solve each puzzle in this game. Put the numbers 1 to 9 in each vertical column and each horizontal line. Each number must appear only once in each column and line and in each of the 3x3 boxes in the grid.


1. Doctor’s client (7) 8. Huge (7) 9. Continuous (3-4) 10. Instructor (7) 11. Twister (7) 14. Scarlet (3) 16. Ended (4) 18. Musical ending (4) 19. Jealousy (4) 20. King of beasts (4) 21. Information (inf.) (3) 23. Substitute (5-2) 26. Largest ocean (7) 28. Oblivious (7) 29. Order (7) 30. Unity (7)

1. On time (8) 2. Male voice (5) 3. Additional (5) 4. Walk gingerly (6) 5. Jane Austen novel (4) 6. Small salty fish (7) 7. Successor (4) 12. Midday (4) 13. Pull (4) 15. Small hollow (4) 16. Cooker (4) 17. Ball game (8) 18. Dandy (7) 22. F ormer Portuguese currency (6) 24. Saying (5) 25. Male duck (5) 26. Kiss lightly (4) 27. Open tart (4) 













Each number in the grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. You have three letters in the control grid to start you off. Enter them in the appropriate squares in the main grid, then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you get the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and control grid. Check off the alphabetical list of letters as you identify them.









Place a different arithmetical sign (add, subtract, multiply, divide) in each circle so that the total of each line across and down is the same. Perform the first calculation in each line first and ignore the mathematical law which says you should always perform division and multiplication before addition and subtraction.









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Monday 1st April to Tuesday 14th April

Monday 1st April - Tuesday 30th April

Daffodil Festival

‘Haywards Heath: Cuckfield’s Noisy Neighbour’

Michelham Priory House & Gardens Michelham Priory Road, Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham East Sussex BN27 3QS A host of 80,000 daffodils bursting into colour. Trails, displays and colourful activities! 01323 844224

Cuckfield Museum, Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield RH17 5EL This continues through April and May. How the coming of the railway in 1841 transformed a deserted heath into a thriving market town. Free but donations welcome. For more information visit

Monday 01, 08, 15 & 29 April, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes BN7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503

Tuesday 02 April, 20:00-22:00

Monday 01, 08, 15 & 29 April, 20:00

Tuesday 02 April, 20:00-23:00

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP We meet every Monday. New members would be most welcome – we are particularly short of men at the moment! Come along for a “taster” – no obligation to join. Contact: 01444 400054.

Lewes A round of golf? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Casino? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from the Group diary. The Group meets in Lewes on the first Tuesday evening of every month. Meetings also in

Lindfield & District Folk Dance Club

Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £3 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741.

Minton Badminton Club

The Group for unattached men and women, aged 50+

Brighton, Burgess Hill and Horsham. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call.

on the door. Contact: Nicki Burston 01273 845892 nburston@downlands. org

Wednesday 03, 10, 17 & 24 April, 12:30-15:00

Wednesday 03 April, 19:30 for 19:45-21:00

The Salvation Army, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Musical guests, movie shows, guest speakers, quizzes, chair aerobics, craftwork, adult colouring etc. Members £5 per month and nonmembers £2 per week. 2 course lunches extra. Contact: Angela 07931 426691 angela.white@

St Thomas a Becket Church Hall, 23 Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AH Geoff Stonebanks talks about his award-winning cottage and seaside gardens and the garden trail he organises for charity. £3 for guests, free for members. Sara Callarman 07952233865

The Young at Heart Club (Members & Non-members)

Wednesday 03 April, 13:45 for 14:00-16:30

Burgess Hill Flower Club

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Flower Demonstration by Nina Tucknott entitled Wood U Believe it. Competition: Drifting Away. Visitors £6.00, first visit free with Sussex Living magazine. Judith Alexander 01444 871886. Wednesday 03 & Thursday 04 April, 19:00-21:00

Downlands Dance Show

Downlands Community School, Dale Avenue, Hassocks BN6 8LP Celebration of Dance at Downlands. £6

Geoff Stonebanks – A Tale of Two Gardens

Wednesday 03 April, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Open Meeting

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Illustrated talk with Quentin Stark, Head Gardener at Hole Park, nr. Tenterden – a magical 15 acre garden described as “Kent’s best kept secret!” Admission: members free, visitors £1. All welcome! www. 01444 245509. Wednesday 03 April, 20:00-21:30

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Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP Tony Perkins – ‘A Balcombe Bomber Boy.’ An illustrated story of David Fellowes, Lancaster rear gunner. Short AGM at the start. £1 member, £3 visitors – includes refreshments. 01444 811641. Thursday 04 April, 11:15- 13:30

U3A Monthly Meeting with speaker Chris Horlock

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Chris will be sharing more facts and stories from his Sussex Scrapbook. £1.50 including raffle ticket. All welcome. Elizabeth Taylor 01444 235837. burgess-hill Thursday 04 April, 19:30-20:30

A countryside talk by David Bangs - ‘The glorious countryside of the Sussex Middle Weald’ Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Provides a fascinating insight into the richness of the land surrounding us from the Sussex Middle Weald to Southeast Surrey. 01273 834001 Friday 05 April, 11:00-16:00

Italian Easter Delights

The Seasons, Medway House, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE We will have the pleasure of having Vincenzo with us from Seggiano, sampling Easter Cakes, Pestos and

Chocolate Spreads. Free entry. 01342 824 673 Social Media sites. Friday 05, 12 & 26 April, 19:45-21:45 unless stated

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX For more information please contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838 Saturday 06 April, 09:00

Adam Baker Carpets - Offcuts in Carpets & Vinyl

Moonhill Farm, Burgess Hill Road, Ansty RH17 5AH We will be raising money for MacMillan Cancer so come on down and pick some bargains with all our remnant carpets and vinyl etc., being sold in a deal or very cheaply! There will be a raffle with lots of prizes and there will be tea and cakes as well, so bring that small change! Adam Baker 07850709790 / 01273 806007. Wedesday 06 – Monday 22 April

Hever Castle - 'Easter Family Fun' Hever Castle, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Family entertainment throughout the Easter holidays including an Easter trail and craft workshops. For more information: 01732 865224. Saturday 06 – Monday 22 April

Easter GIANT Duck Trail

Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB

This Easter, go quackers and explore our wetlands to find giant yellow ducks hiding amongst reeds, trees. And of course, their real-life cousins. Regular admission prices apply. 01903 81530 Saturday 06 – Monday 22 April

Horrible Science at Wakehurst

Wakehurst, Ardingly Road, Haywards Heath RH17 6TN Experience Horrible Science activities this Easter holiday. Solve the wicked weeds chocolate hunt, play gruesome plant games, enter the horrid science lab and more. Entry fee included with garden entry. Additional charges may apply for some activities. 01444 894067. Saturday 06 April, 10:00-11:30

Friends of St Christopher’s Home Coffee Morning & Mini-Market

and raffle. 30p entrance. Rosemary Harding 01273 846946. Saturday 06 April, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row Market

Hartfield Road, Forest Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market. Contact: Sue Young (Market Manager) 01342 778062 Saturday 06 April, 10:30-11:30

Coffee Morning, run by Burgess Hill Methodist Church Burgess Hill Methodist Church, London Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QD Entrance off Gloucester Road. Come and have a chat over tea or coffee. All welcome. 01444 236733. Saturday 06 April,10:30-12:30

RSPCA Brighton Easter Fair

Guide HQ, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Offering cakes, raffle, tombola, plants, gifts, books and good conversation, all to raise funds for the benefit of the residents. Entry: 50p to include coffee/ tea and biscuits. 01273 834200.

Patcham Methodist Hall, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton BN1 8QE Lots of bargains, cakes, books, tombola, raffle, delicious refreshments and much more! All proceeds go to help the animals. RSPCA Brighton Animal Shelter 01273 554218,

Saturday 06 April, 10:00-12:00

Saturday 06, 13, 20 & 27 April, 12:00-16:00

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Spring Fair with homemade cakes, clothes, books, toys, jewellery, household, Easter cards, gifts, tombola

130 South Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4LT All levels and abilities welcome. We can help you get started and give advice. Come and join us and make new

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DIARY DATES friends whilst having fun. £2 incl. tea/ coffee and biscuits. 01444 455611. Saturday 06 April, 19:00-22:00

JS Bach: Mass in B minor

Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead RH19 2HL East Grinstead Choral Society presents an authentic-sounding performance with Meridian Ensemble (leader George Clifford) on period instruments. Adult: £15; Student (in full time education) £8; Box office: 01342 328774 or Saturday 06 April, 19:30-22:20

Rotary Quiz Night

Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, Lower Street, Pulborough RH20 2BF A fun night out for teams of 2 to 6 with speed rounds, music and general knowledge questions for all abilities. £10 including a light supper. Malcolm Gray 01798 873643. Saturday 06 April, 19:30

'Around the World In 80 Minutes' St Paul’s College, Burgess Hill RH15 8GA Mid Sussex Choir & Mid Sussex Brass Band Joint Concert. £10 in advance, £12 on the night Saturday 06 April, 19:30

Dame Patricia Routledge & Piers Lane: 'Admission One Shilling' The Capitol, North St, Horsham RH12 1RG The multi-award winning actress and

international concert pianist tell the extraordinary story of Myra Hess and her famous wartime concerts. £21 01403 750220. Saturday 06 & Sunday 07 April, 10.00–17.00

The Sussex Guild

Parkside (Horsham WSCC and DC offices), Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1RL Admission is £3 – students and children are free. There is ‘pay and display’ parking at Parkside RH12 1AB, disabled parking at the front of the building and easy wheelchair access throughout. If you love art and crafts this is an event you should not miss! For more information about the Guild’s activities see our website: Sunday 07 April, 11:00-15:00

Chirpee Flowers by Steph Willoughby at Castle Goring Wedding Fair

Castle Goring, Arundel Road, Angmering, Worthing BN13 3UN For further information please contact: 01273 951745 chirpeeflowers@gmail. com or Sunday 07 April, 14:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers – 'Bluebell Time'

St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green BN8 4DA TQ392192. Local woods for spring flowers. 4mi/6.4km Moderate. Contact: William 01444 831098 or 07801 711401 on the day.

Sunday 07 April, 19:30-21:30

Ardingly Choral Society Spring Concert

Ardingly College Chapel, Ardingly College, Ardingly Road RH17 6SQ Ardingly Choral Society Mid Sussex Sinfonia will perform 'Mendelssohn’s Elijah' conducted by Robert Hammersley. 15 (£13 concessions) online at www.ardinglychoralsociety. or M Kershaw 01825 791241. Monday 08 April, 14:00 for 14:15-16:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2SL Lunch at the Bent Arms from 12.00. 'Sydney Harbour Bridge' by Christine Earl FRPSL and Aspects of Tasmania by Pat Reid FRPSL. Jim Etherington 01273 471897 Monday 08 April, 14:30

William Kent, Artistic Genius of Palladian England

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 6DB Christopher Rogers, formerly head of geography at Downs School, Newbury, will describe how Kent’s genius translated the style of Andrea Palladio to the British countryside. Guests welcome to attend at £8.00 per lecture. 01273 494633 Stephen Wyman. Monday 08 April, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH 'Shepherds of the South Downs' a

talk by Ian Everest. Members £1.50, visitors £2.00. Beryl Varley 01273 832351. Monday 08 April, 20:00-23:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+

A pub in Burgess Hill A round of golf? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Theatre, Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Burgess Hill on the second Monday evening of every month. Meetings also in Lewes, Brighton and Horsham. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call. Tuesday 09 April, 10:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers – 'Ghosts of the Steam Age'

Partridge Green Recycling Car Park, RH13 8HR TQ191192. Partridge Green, Mockford, The Grinstead, Moon Wood, West Grinstead Old Station (P), Park Lane, R. Adur. Please bring a picnic lunch. 8mi/12.9km Moderate. Contact: John 01444 483860 or 07817 032135 on the day. Tuesday 09 April, 19:45

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society – 'Gardening for Pollinators'

Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY An illustrated talk by Amanda Miller on how to attract these very important but increasingly

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endangered creatures into our gardens. £1 members, £2 non-members. Wednesday 10 April, 19:30

An Evening with Aggers

The Capitol, North St, Horsham RH12 1RG For cricket fans and newbies alike! Join Aggers as he recounts tales from a wonderful and entertaining career! £23.50. 01403 750220. Wednesday 10 April, 19:45 for 20:00-22:00

Hassocks Horticultural Society – Tools of the Trade Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QF Russell Bowes, Garden Historian, will tell us the amusing history of the development of garden tools, e.g. the wheelbarrow, secateurs, mower and hosepipe. All welcome. Members £1.50, Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included. Wednesday 10 April, 20:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society – 'L’Art des tire-bouchons du 18ème siècle à nos jours' Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Bernard Masson will be coming to give an illustrated talk in French about the history of corkscrews from the 18th century to the present day. All members and visitors are most welcome. 01444 452385. Wednesday 10 April, 20:00

Lindfield Horticultural Society:

'Spring Colour at Rapkyns' a talk by Steven Moore

King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Steven will be exploring the wide variety of colours which appear in the Spring garden. £1 members, £3 visitors. All welcome. 01444 458509 01444 454816. Thursday 11 April, 14:30

Mid Sussex Association National Trust Talk

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN 'The Medieval Art of Love and Life' by Patricia Wright. Contact: Gail Burrell 01444 482055. Friday 12 April, 19:00

Charity 60s & 70s Rock Night

St Wilfred’s Church Hall, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EN Go back in time and have fun while supporting St Peter & St James Hospice. Tickets £15, to include a fish and chip supper, from Geoff Atkins 01444 235516 or 07969344136. Friday 12 April, 20:00-21:30

Wyberlye and the Kinder Transport, Burgess Hill Heritage and History Association Meeting Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Lesley Urbach talks about her mother and aunt who came by the Kinder transport to Wyberlye in Burgess Hill. Members £1.50, guests £3.50.

Saturday 13 April, 11:00-16:00

RSPCA South Godstone Easter Fair

RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone RH9 8JB Games and competitions for everyone. Easter Egg Hunt £3 per child, inc. prize. BBQ and delicious homemade cakes. Free parking. Free entry but donations to the animal centre are always welcome. Sunday 14 April, 14:45-17:00

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Sussex presents Trial by Jury and excerpts from HMS Pinafore

The Birch Hotel, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath RH17 7SF Godalming Operatic Society bring us a concert version of this double bill. £6 for members and £12 for nonmembers. Edwin Cowley 01342 715709 Sunday 14 April, 19:30

Wivelsfield Films – Green Book (12A) Drama/Comedy-Drama

Wivelsfield Films, Off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Dr Don Shirley is a world-class AfricanAmerican pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. Tickets £6 in advance from the Post Office and Village Stores or The Cock Inn, or online via the Facebook page. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks served before the film and during the interval.

Tuesday 16 April, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Archibald McIndoe and his Guinea Pigs by Mr Alex Sewell. Visitors welcomed. Jane Biggs 01273 834421. Tuesday 16 April, 20:00-22:00

Lindfield & District Folk Dance Club

Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £3 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact Mike 01444 482741. Wednesday 17 April, 10:00-11:50

The Arts Society Mid Sussex

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Coffee at 10:00. Lecture by Amanda Harries on: 'She Died Too Soon: A Study of Joan Eardly'. Non-members welcome: £7 on door. midsusssex@ Wednesday 17 April, 14:30

Lindfield Preservation Society AGM followed by presentation of the First Lindfield Conservation & Design Awards and an Illustrated Talk King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH

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DIARY DATES After the AGM the first Conservation & Design Awards will be presented to recipients. The Talk is on 'Art Nouveau Architecture' by Ian Gledhill. Contact: John Chapman 01444 484470. Wednesday 17 April, 14:30

St Symphorian’s Youth Group

The Atkinson Room at St Symphorian’s Church Hall, New Road, Worthing BN13 3HU A friendship group sharing fresh knowledge, friends and experiences. Theme: - 'Birds in Spring by RSPB'. £3 per person includes refreshments. Jane Winter 01903 268109. Wednesday 17 – Saturday 20 April

Worthing Scout and Guide Gang Show

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing BN1 3PX 19:30 every day except Good Friday which is 17:00. Matinees on Wed and Sat 14:30. A fantastic evening with a real feel good factor with comedy sketches, music old and new. Tickets £12 Wed – Fri. Sat £15. Children £6 matinees only. Wednesday 17 April, 20:00-22:00

Royal Marines Association, Brighton & Hove District 01273 236437. Friday 19 April, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Doors open at 18:00. Organist/ keyboard player Chris Macgraph. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269. Friday 19 – Monday 22 April

Easter Weekend

Michelham Priory House & Gardens Michelham Priory Road, Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham BN27 3QS Easter Egg Hunt, Bunny Hunt in the house, crafts, story time & more. 01323 844224 Saturday 20 April, 10:00-13:00

Repair Café Forest Row

Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ If your jeans need patching, your bike is squeaking or your kettle won’t boil, bring it along and see if we can help. Free to enter. All repairs are free, but donations will be gratefully received towards ongoing costs of the service. RepairCafeForestRow

Adur Bowling Club, Recreation Ground, Old Barn Way, Southwick BN42 4NT Socials - Battle of Trafalgar Meeting and Social. Contact Secretary Saturday 20 April as alternates between two venues. £3 John Lloyd furniture Branch Membership. Contact: Cabinetmaking Fundamentals Maureen Copelin John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Ditchling Common, Midsummer_Stroll_A4_v3_190x136.pdf 2 19/02/2019 18:12





Standen Tulip Festival

Standen House & Garden, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead RH19 4NE See the colourful spectacle of thousands of tulips and spring flowers as they carpet the terraces and borders at Standen. Free entry for National Trust Members – see website for details. Standen House & Garden 01342 323029 Open until Friday 31 May. Sunday 21 April, 08:15 – 08:45 & 10:30-11:30

Easter Sunday Holy Communion & Easter Sunday Service Burgess Hill Methodist Church, London Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QD Sunday Service to celebrate Easter. A free will offering will be taken during the service. 01444 236733. Sunday 21 April

Easter Sunday Luncheon

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Bring your family together on Easter Sunday, explore our stunning surroundings and enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny! £34.50 per person. 01342 824988.


Monday 22 April, 08:30 gates open

London Harness Horse Parade

South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL A visual history of how transport developed - horse-drawn carriages, vintage cars plus wagon rides and refreshments. £10 on door, Under 16s and parking free. Jackie Shearman 01737 646132 Monday 22 April – Friday 26 April

Antique Furniture Restoration Techniques

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill RH15 OSJ Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate. £590. Students should bring small items of furniture to work on. For further info:0 01444 480388 Monday 22 April

Mammoth Car Boot Fair

The Burgess Hill Academy, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EA Up to 100 spaces and lots of bargains. Free parking in Town Centre. £10 pitch fee for cars. Monday 22 April, 08:00-12:00

Bank Holiday Monday Rotary Car Boot Sale Storrington Library Car Park, Rycroft Lane, Storrington RH20 4PA A popular event for buyers and sellers


Registered charity number: 1056114


Burgess Hill RH15 OSJ Skill Level: Beginner. Test Piece: Make a Cheese Board. £250. All materials and tools will be provided. For further info: 01444 480388

23RD JUNE 2019, 9AM – BORDE HILL GARDEN Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, RH16 1XP Enjoy a 2, 7 or 10 mile sponsored walk through the beautiful parkland of Borde Hill and beyond, taking in sweeping views of the stunning Sussex countryside as you raise money to help local families.

Entry is £15 before 31st March and £18 thereafter

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with lots of bric-a-brac, clothes, plants and curios on sale. Free for buyers. Sales pitches are available at £7 per car and from £10 for vans. Malcolm Gray 01798 873643. Monday 22nd April

Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR A perfect afternoon for every chocoholic! Available for one day only, enjoy our Easter special Chocolate Afternoon Tea. £26.00 per person. 01342 824988. Tuesday 23 April, 20:00

'Elizabethan Sussex'

Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Helen Poole looks at Sussex in Elizabethan times, those facing religious persecution and struggles with continental foes. £5 or £3 for members. To book a place: Mike Nicholson 01444 457448 or Wednesday 24 – Tuesday 30 April

Hever Castle – 'Tulip Celebrations'

Hever Castle, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Follow the trail throughout the grounds with special varieties to look out for and new areas planted. Free garden tours are also available and many of the Castle rooms will be filled with floral arrangements too. For more information: 01732 865224.

Wednesday 24 April 18:00 & Saturday 27 April, 11:00

Recruitment for Bowling Club

South Avenue, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9QB Come and try this intriguing game. We are offering free 6 week membership, free coaching and free use of equipment. Contact: Anne Clifford 01273 842770. Please wear flat soled shoes. Wednesday 24 April, 19:15 for 19:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

Thursday 25 April, 10:00-14:00

Saturday 27 April, 09:00-12:30

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN FREE event for over 60s, including a presentation by Katie Bourne, Police Crime Commissioner, followed by musical entertainment and lunch. Free entry. Contact: Nicola 01444 242760

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR Held every 4th Saturday in the month, this is a lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and crafts people. Huge selection of fresh produce, plants and much more. Contact: or via Facebook ‘Hassocks Village Market’.

Mid Sussex Older People’s Council’s Annual Conference

Thursday 25 April, 19:30

Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0EG 'Norway' by Nigel Steer. Jim Etherington 01273 471897

Illustrated talk – 'Preparing a wide selection of vegetables, fruit and flowers for your Show'

The Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Jonathan Forgham – talking about his travel and experience about the birds and wildlife of Sri Lanka. £4 members, £5 non-members. Mark Roberts 01342 843190.

Partridge Green Village Hall, Village Hall Road, High Street, Partridge Green RH13 8HX The talk is by Barry Newman, RHS Judge and local grower. Tips on how to get the best out of your exhibits and what the judges are looking for. £2 members £3 visitors which includes homemade cakes and refreshments. Yvonne Newman 01403 711598

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Saturday 27th April

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH Sussex Bonsai Group will be holding a Workshop. Please bring a tree or two along for help and advice on styling etc. All welcome to attend. First visit free. Contact: Ray Brunsden 01444 244267

Talking Hands Café, 4 Stanford Terrace, Hassocks BN6 8JF Performances, and new workshops from the wonderful singing and signing Wayne Barrow! Caroline and John Palmer

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Saturday 27 April, 10:00-14:00

Balcombe Village Craft, Gift & Produce Market

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 1BP Come and visit our first main market of 2019. A good variety of tempting stalls to browse, plus cakes, preserves, savouries, pork products, truffles etc. Also, lovely plants from Rapkins Nursery. Saturday 27 April, 19:30-21:45

Haywards Heath Music Society Samson Tsoy Piano Recital

St Wilfrid’s Church, Haywards Heath, Church Road RH16 3QH We welcome the return of this international award-winning pianist, who will play works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Schumann. £12 members / £15 non-members. Under 18/Student £3.00/5.00. Christine Colbourne 01444 456227

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Murder Mystery 27th April

Murder Mystery evening & dinner. Booking Required

60th Anniversary Party 5th - 6th May

Traditional music, fun & games to celebrate Sussex Past looking after Michelham Priory. Visit our website for more details on these events & others.

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usinesses from across Mid Sussex will once again come together to celebrate their achievements in the local community, with 12 prestigious awards up for grabs on the night. This time around, the event will be shepherded by much loved broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond, best known for her decades-long career on TV and radio and for hosting popular shows such as Cash in the Attic and Rip Off Britain. Now in its 15th year, the Burgess Hill Business Parks Association (BHBPA) continues to blossom as business booms in the Mid Sussex community. There are now 175 members, ranging from the large companies to SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises). Regular members’ meetings are particularly popular and the first of the year attracted more than 50

attendees. These are hosted by member organisations and have created a strong sense of community and mutual support among local businesses. This year’s BHBiz Awards promise to be glitzier and more glamorous than ever before while still remaining friendly and informal. The evening will feature a red-carpet arrival, a drinks reception, as well as a three-course dinner with coffee. “Our first BHBiz Awards was enormously successful and we knew we had a tough task trying to improve them,” says Peter Liddell, co-ordinator of the BHBPA. “I really think we’ve raised the bar in securing Jennie Bond

Now in its 15th year, the BHBPA continues to blossom as business booms in the Mid Sussex community

as our MC and guest speaker. What with the professional sound and lighting and a really strong list of awards that will honour the vibrant business community that is made up of our members, I think we’ve nailed it!.” Susan Fleet, Chair of the BHBPA, adds, “Burgess Hill and the surrounding area has long since become a force to be reckoned with. We really feel that our business community is one of the most friendly, engaging and vibrant in the area, and so it is fitting that the BHBiz Awards are back to recognise our members’ incredible achievements and provide a fantastic opportunity for networking. We are very grateful to Sir Nicholas Soames, Burgess Hill Town Council as well as Mid Sussex District Council for their ongoing support, and we look forward to welcoming each of them on what is bound to be a memorable night.” l The BHBiz Awards will be held on Friday 10 May 2019

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