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9 Cricket’s Ben Brown Behind the stumps with Sussex Captain Ben Brown 15 Easter Crafts Get crafting, baking and decorating 16 Arlington Bluebell Walk Magical bluebell woods await 57 Active Retirement A clock building hobby to make you tick 63 Active Retirement Your new adventure starts now!


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Ben Brown

Pruners Hair & Beauty

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Home Front

A reclaimed beauty in the South Downs

Caroline at Home

Making your home beautiful

Amazing Bedrooms

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With the new cricket season fast approaching, we sent Robert Veitch to The 1st Central County Ground to have a chat with Sussex Captain Ben Brown, about growing up in the county, his cricket career so far and his ambitions for 2020

as possible.” Centre midfield in football, scrum half in rugby, table tennis and hockey too. “But, I was strongest at cricket. “I would go up to Chelsea with my Dad and early inspirations included footballers Gianfranco Zola and Frank Lampard.” As cricket began to take centre stage, players like Alex Stewart and Adam Gilchrist became role models. Both were wicketkeeper batsman at the highest level.

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en Brown has a firm handshake, the sort you might expect from a top-notch wicketkeeper. He has an affable, modest personality too, which became evident as we sat outside overlooking the square at The 1st Central County Ground, while the lawnmower chugged across the ground, the skies dappled with cloud above us. A native of Balcombe, Ben went to school in Ardingly, “I played sport non-stop as a child, as many different sports

work rate in training was inspiring, now he’s our fast bowling coach. Older players set me an example, now I do the same for the younger players.” In 2006, Sussex achieved the domestic double, the County Championship and the C&G Trophy. It was an experience Ben and I shared from different parts of the Lords grandstand: Ben with Academy players and myself with my friend John. It was an intense, mesmerising day, a low scoring match, a match Sussex should never have won. “An incredible day,” recalled Ben, “The fight and character the team showed epitomised that period. That team was special. I came in at the back end of that era. Their achievements were so inspiring.” They’ve been referred to as ‘the team of the noughties’ and a team Ben hopes to emulate.

Club captain, Ben Brown alongside Sussex Sharks skipper, Luke Wright (right)

Aged 11, Ben went for a lesson at The 1st Central County Ground in Hove. A Sussex coach recommended him for a trial, which proved successful and Ben joined the U11 year group. Here he met Will Beer who was U11 captain. Twenty years later, they’re still best friends and Ben will be best man for Will, as Will was for Ben. From that U11 year group they were the only two that made it to professional level. “It was special to come through with Will.” Ben played for Balcombe until he turned 15 and signed for Eastbourne in the Premier Division of the Sussex Cricket League, while still playing for Sussex in age group cricket. “Peter Moores, the former Sussex Head Coach ran really intense training sessions. Aged 15 I got hit on the head, only to look up and see the next ball coming down at me, instead of sympathy. It was difficult, but it gave me a mental toughness and I realised professional cricket wasn’t a bed of roses. I had another session with Peter booked for three weeks later, so I went back to my Academy coach and demanded more from him, to make me better.” Ben made his debut for the Sussex Second XI in May 2004, aged 15. “It was surreal to play with players I had admired as I was growing up. I opened the batting at Horsham with Richard Montgomerie who was in the double winning side of 2006. Looking back I realise he was very humble. He said to me, he wanted to tell his grandchildren that he had opened the batting with me!” Robin Martin-Jenkins and Jason Lewry were brilliant mentors, they taught me how to train at their level, which accelerated my learning and development. James Kirtley’s

ESTABLISHED BEHIND THE STUMPS Ben’s first XI debut came in 2007. His first century was against Derbyshire at Horsham in 2010. “I batted at three. It was memorable because the top four of Ed Joyce, Chris Nash, Murray Goodwin and myself all made centuries.” Seventeen more centuries have followed, as has a solitary wicket. “I got Graham Napier of Essex,” Ben chuckled, “most wicketkeepers think they can bowl.” While Ben was growing up, Matt Prior had become the star behind the stumps at Hove. “It was suggested that I should leave Sussex to further my career, but this is my team, I really wanted to fight for my spot, get to the level Matt had achieved, to train as hard as he did, to be good enough to replace him.” Matt Prior had a stellar England career. “It helped that Matt was with England a lot, it meant I was in the team instead, and I started to feel like the regular wicketkeeper. I really enjoyed training with Matt, he was very hardworking and things naturally evolved once he retired.” Ben became Vice Captain for 2016, “It was a very nice moment and I started to take the leadership role more thoughtfully to become a more consistent cricketer and personality.” For the start of the 2018 season incoming Head Coach Jason Gillespie made Ben, then 30 years old, the permanent captain. Gillespie, or Dizzy as he’s often known played over 70 Test Matches for Australia “He’s a very smart manager,” according to Ben, “a breath of fresh air, he has the values of the ‘Sussex Family’ and he’s galvanised the club.”

A native of Balcombe, Ben went to school in Ardingly Ben Brown hits a six in the 2019 Vitality Blast

Ben Brown in action behind the stumps

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THE SEASON AHEAD Winter training for the new season began in November with a mixture of physical and technical work. Some players have been playing for England or playing franchise cricket around the world, but they are returning in readiness for the start of the season in April. Stuart Meaker, Travis Head, Ravi Bopara and Mitch Claydon have joined the club, bringing years of experience with them. But it’s a young player from Haywards Heath that Ben anticipates as being one to watch: Tom Clark is an 18 year-old batsman who played for Horsham before signing professionally last November. The aim for the season ahead is simple, “promotion to Division One of the County Championship.” The County schedule lasts six months. “It’s gruelling, it’s exhausting,” admitted Ben. “It’s important to be physically prepared at the outset and maintain that level during the season. On a four day away game, we might be away for six days. We switched from travelling by car to a coach 3-4 years ago. It’s better to travel together, have bonding time together.” On those rare days off during the season, “I like to walk the dog and I savour time with my family. The season is very hard on all our families.” Ben lives a long hop from the ground while his parents are still in Balcombe. When he goes back, he’s just Ben from the village, a village he’s still passionate about. “I try to play a game for them each year, try to help the juniors and inspire them. My parents are still involved with the club. Now I’m older I can appreciate them sacrificing their weekends, driving me to training sessions and games when I was young.” The County side visit out-grounds at Horsham, Arundel and Eastbourne during the season. Ben received his county cap at Horsham in July 2014 and enjoys returning to Eastbourne having played club cricket there. “It’s good to

Ben Brown behind the stumps, appealing against Glamorgan in the 2019 Royal London Cup

take the game back to the people, it might pique their interest in taking up the sport or watching Sussex more often. As a county we need to connect with all the clubs, all the people, we want as many juniors as possible for the future; boys and girls from all walks of life; fully able or disabled, everyone.” As the first few drops fell from the clouds above us, it was a timely reminder that rain sometimes stops play. But for Ben and ‘Good Old Sussex By The Sea’ it’s all to play for in 2020. Let’s hope the sun shines. l To get involved: Go along to your local club, visit or look at

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EASTER cards with cut out chicks and bunnies, make it more grown up by stencil cutting more intricate designs, try your hand at Easter origami or create a lasting display with some paper flowers – you can even create blossom by tying pink paper flowers in clumps along a branch. EASTER BAKES The Easter festival is now synonymous with chocolate, but for me there is so much more to be enjoyed on the table. There are many delicious traditional bakes to indulge in at this time of year such as hot cross buns, simnel cake,

An egg-cellent idea! Need some inspiration to help create a joyful Easter home? Sara Whatley has some creative ideas for decorations, baking and crafting FLOWERS, FLOWERS, FLOWERS Nothing says Easter more than an abundance of spring flowers. Daffodils and tulips are favourites this time of year with their joyful colours and delicate scents and look stunning in big, simple displays. Jewel coloured hyacinths will bring a spring perfume to your home and make lovely smaller displays. For an Easter tree think about catkins or blossom cut in large branches and hung with ribbons and painted eggs for a truly festive centrepiece. Garlands and wreaths really look the part this time of year as well on the table, mantelpiece or front door for a festive welcome.

GET CRAFTING Most families will get involved with some egg decorating for the Easter tree, but how about some other crafty ideas? Sticking to the egg theme, use half eggshells painted metallic with a tea light inside and popped in a ceramic egg box for a festive light display. Paper crafts are fun for all ages; make Easter

chocolate nests and Easter iced biscuits, all of which are fairly easy and fun to bake at home. Personally I love a good Easter breakfast with croissants, scrambled egg on sourdough toast and some sweet custardy pastries – all a little harder to bake at home but well worth the effort! l

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EGGS It’s impossible to have too many eggs at Easter. I expect some big chocolate showstoppers will be making an appearance in most homes, and some little brightly coloured eggs look lovely scattered on the table or piled in a flower wreath, but eggs don’t have to be chocolate. Ceramic eggs will last the test of time and come in an array of beautiful colours, or go DIY and decorate your own eggs for an Easter tree. Get white eggs if you can as they are easier to paint, blow out the centres and decorate! Thicker acrylic or poster paint sticks well and with a tiny brush intricate patterns can be a joy to create. Being porous you can also dye eggshells with onion skins (beware this is smelly) or craft tissue paper. Why not try something different and string up your decorated shells for some egg bunting? April 2020 | SUSSEX LIVING 15



BLUEBELL WALK The sight of bluebells herald spring and the life enhancing feeling that those warmer, longer days of summer are just around the corner, as Robert Veitch discovered when he visited John McCutchan at Arlington Bluebell Walk

helping fund over 75 different charities. When I met John, his team was repainting the Bluebell Barn and creating a new terraced picnic area in preparation for the new season, beginning on April 9th. His enthusiasm was beguiling for a man in his

eighties; he showed me the animal petting area, sun terrace, and themed toilets. “Each charity receives a guaranteed amount of income, but they have guidelines to follow so we can offer a consistent, high quality experience. Charities provide refreshments and man the


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t was instigated by my wife, Carolyn,” revealed John McCutchan as he spoke warmly of her serendipitous idea of 1972. “We began as a spontaneous fundraiser for an open-air swimming pool at Park Mead Primary School in Upper Dicker.” The response to that initial spontaneity was overwhelming and so the gesture was repeated for a second year, third year, and now into a forty-eighth year. Since 1972, over £1,100,000 pounds has been raised,

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‘meet and greet area’ as well as The Gatehouse.” Twentynine charities will benefit this year and there’s a waiting list of ten. John’s devotion to his wood was obvious as he showed me Beatons Wood, the area that sparked things off. It incorporates The Millennium Walk, Upper and Lower Ponds, and Memorial Glade. Beatons Wood undulates gently, offering enchanting vistas, captivating panoramas, and the chance to slow down to the speed of Mother Nature. Every four years an area is coppiced. Oaks in a recently coppiced area look majestic, stretching up to the heavens above. Early season sees white anemones predominate, then the first bluebells flower and intersperse. As anemones fade, bluebells become sovereign. The bluebells are English native Common Bluebells (Hyacinthoides nonscripta), a protected species. They’ve grown in these woods for generations, for centuries. Over time, seven coloured walks of varying lengths with different things to see have evolved. John recalled “They got their colours from the fertiliser bags we used to indicate each route in the early days.” The first decade saw 58,000 visitors. Last year alone 25,000 visited and the 14 mobility scooters were used 500 times. John’s father, Stanley, purchased Beatons Wood from the Michelham Priory Estate in 1925. It’s a 23-acre deciduous ancient woodland, consisting of oak, hornbeam, hazel and sweet chestnut. John paused when asked if he could imagine things as they are today, back in 1972. “No”, he chuckled, “back then I had a lot of Turkeys, all year round. I was born in the house I still live in. I hope to take my last breath in the room I took my first. I walk around the woods and just think how lucky I am.” John McCutchan is as impressive as the woods he maintains for all of us. l Open from: Thursday 9th April Sunday 17th May Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm




Pruners Hair & Beauty is going green! Sara Whatley meets the owners, Jane and Liz to find out their eco plans


runers Hair & Beauty in the Orchards, Haywards Heath is a sleek, modern and welcoming place to go for a pamper; hair, beauty or both! Clarins treatments are done upstairs in the relaxing beauty rooms and downstairs you will find all the usual hair services at a variety of prices to suit all. Jane and Liz have been at the helm of Pruners for the past three years when they took the business over, although they have both worked in the salon for many years. “It has been running as a successful salon for 37 years so we didn’t want to change the fundamentals of the business, as it is so well established with lovely regular clients,” Liz tells me, but they are working hard on making the salon as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. Eco products line the shelves: Paul Mitchell is vegan and not tested on animals and their new range, Davines is sustainable, refillable, recyclable, has a 0% carbon footprint and is utterly gorgeous. “We are making small changes to how we work,”

says Jane, “it’s all about bringing sustainable awareness to the team, such as offering a refill service on selected shampoos and conditioner, switching plastic coffee pods to fresh grounds, and recycling and reusing where we can. We also run a water refill system where anyone can fill up their water bottles when passing. We are slowly increasing our sustainable ranges so we use more plant based products to try and help keep the water systems clean... It’s a work in progress but we are getting there!” As well as trying to become more eco aware, Pruners want to do more to help the environment and support local businesses. Mark from Quality Fruits, provides delicious fruit for their clients whilst they get their hair done. The team at Pruners are also busy arranging a beach clean day in Brighton. Education is also of huge importance to the salon. They keep in touch with the

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local schools supporting their careers evenings and events. “We run a style club on Tuesdays after school alongside our regular salon training, which is aimed at anyone leaving school and wanting to get a taste of what hairdressing can offer as a career,” says Emily, the salon’s Training Manager. “It’s a great opportunity to come and have a play with hair and see what its all about.” Each year a charity is chosen by Pruners to support; this year it is Alzheimer’s, an illness which is close to home for both Liz and Hannah. They will be participating in a sky

dive in May along with Jane to raise much needed funds. Alongside this, they are also hosting a Clarins Evening in the salon this spring, which will be a relaxed fun evening with a Clarins presenter giving skincare and make-up advice. There will also be a raffle running alongside these events to support the charity. l Pruners Hair & Beauty Unit 11, The Orchards, Haywards Heath RH16 3TH 01444 413839 Facebook: Pruners Hair & Beauty Instagram: @prunershair

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aroline at Home is one of those shops that you can lose yourself in for hours. It’s a treasure trove of floral fabrics, plump linen cushions, delicately scented candles and beautifully printed china, with that cosyyet-classy feel that most of us

would love to create in our own living room. But this isn’t just any interior shop. Caroline Packham, the brains behind the business, specialises in creating bespoke soft furnishings to order, from curtains and blinds to beautiful upholstery. She’s been sewing since childhood, inspired by memories of the floral summer dresses that her mother used to create on an old-school Singer sewing machine. “I do it for love,” she tells me, as we chat over a low table piled with tempting fabric sample books. “Sewing brings back memories of my childhood.” In 2005, with two young children at home, Caroline decided to turn her hobby into a profession. She took

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t’s the first thing you see when you wake up – so why is bedroom decor so often an after-thought when it comes to home design? This is the one area of the house where you can really give your creativity full reign. Bedroom furnishings needn’t be hardwearing, easy to clean or super functional. In other words, forget compromise and let your imagination take wing. Need a little inspiration? From cosy Nordic style to flamboyant expressionism, here’s our pick of the top up-andcoming bedroom trends for 2020. MIDCENTURY MODERN The obsession with simple, clean home designs from the 1950s and 60s shows no signs of abating. Vintage midcentury pieces are hard to come by, but there are some beautiful contemporary reproductions out there. Think minimalist wooden furniture and parquet floors paired with shaggy printed rugs and opulent bed linen.

Midcentury modern styles tend to display best against a white backdrop, but you could always mix modes and experiment with another top bedroom trend: 70s-style feature walls. 50 SHADES OF GREY Grey is the new white when it comes to bedroom design. Don’t be afraid to mix and match shades of grey, picking slightly different tints for curtains, bed linen, headboards and floors. It’s a trend that works well with the industrial

look – slim-legged metallic furniture, factory-style lighting and concrete walls or floors. Use pictures or even pot plants to add a final touch of colour. NORDIC RETREAT ‘Hygge’ might have had its day, but Nordic design remains in the spotlight. Cosiness is the key to this look, which is what makes it so perfect for bedrooms. Use textures instead of colours to add interest, draping soft furnishings with sheepskin rugs, woollen blankets, cotton throws and cushions. Opt for a warm, neutral palette, adding impact

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with a dark accent colour. Finally, ramp up the cosiness with soft lighting and candles. ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM The antithesis of Nordic comfort, this style takes its cue from the abstract expressionist art movement of the 1940s. It’s all about geometrics and bold colours – if you want your bedroom to be fun and flamboyant rather than understated, this is the look for you. Go with punchy colour combinations (red and navy or yellow and mauve) and make a statement with geometric shapes on cushions, duvet covers, rugs and wallpaper.

JAPANDI Blend elegant Japanese design with the calm and clean Scandi mode and you get Japandi – the interior design trend that’s set to dominate home style this year. Clean lines, functionality and simplicity are key. When it comes to bedrooms, that means stripping out nick nacks and opting for hard floors, futon-style beds and zero clutter. Bringing nature indoors with pot plants, climbing greenery or bonsai trees will also help create a Japandi feel. Try organising your space according to the principles of kanso, the Japanese equivalent of feng shui, to complete the aesthetic.

way of experimenting with bold colours without any pressure. If a full wall of florals seems like too much, consider a nod to the botanical trend with printed cushions, blankets or bed linen. MOODY BLUES The 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year is Classic Blue – a clear sign that blue tones are enjoying a renaissance. Paired with white accents, navy works on bed throws, walls, cushions and bedside tables. Introducing navy into your bedroom could also be the key to getting more sleep. Researchers have named it the world’s most relaxing colour, making it perfect for bedrooms. Luxurious textiles, soft lighting and a clutter-free minimalist style can also help to create a peaceful, serene bedroom environment. l

PERFECT PRINTS Statement wallpaper and fabric prints are making a splash this season. Botanical wallpaper is set to be particularly popular – but it has to be bright and bold. Use it to create a feature wall or spruce up an en-suite bathroom. The aim is to bring nature indoors with tropical leaves, painted palms or zingy flower designs. Scared to commit? Stick-on wallpaper is a great

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adore pea foliage. Protective netting or reflective birdscare ribbon may be required to deter them. There are many varieties to choose from. Some are more resilient to cold and are faster to reach maturity. These are known as ‘earlies’ and will be labelled accordingly. If you select an ‘early’ and a ‘maincrop’ variety, you can extend the growing season. ‘Kelvedon Wonder’ is an old early variety that remains extremely popular. ‘Feltham First’, another early type, offers excellent

Some peas have gorgeous purple/ mauve pods which greatly adds to their ornamental value

resistance to cold weather, whereas ‘Onward’ and ‘Hurst Green Shaft’ are tried and tested main croppers. Different varieties grow at different heights. Carefully read the information on the packet; remember, tall plants will cast shade onto their neighbours. Lofty varieties may reach 2 metres, but in a height competition, the aptly-named ‘Victorian Colossal Climbing’ wins the prize. This heritage variety is still available and, providing you have space, a stepladder and a head for heights, is well worth growing as it produces heavy crops over a long season. In a good summer, Victorian Colossal can attain 4 metres – that’ll get the neighbours talking!

At the other end of the scale, bush-type varieties have modest height aspirations, require minimal staking and are good for patio pots. ‘Mange Tout’ peas are simply immature peas/pods, (the name roughly translates as “eat it all”). Theoretically, Mange Tout can be grown from any variety, but fastgrowing types usually make for tastier results; a young, succulent pod is preferable to a tougher one that’s taken longer to reach cropping size. Some peas have gorgeous purple/ mauve pods which greatly adds to their ornamental value, although the pigments are unstable when exposed to heat and usually disappear when cooked. Pea shoots/tips are scrumptious, nutritious and can be grown in seed trays in the greenhouse. An extensive root system is not required as the plants have a very short lifespan – like cress seeds growing on a damp paper towel. Cultivating pea shoots in a controlled, indoor environment also helps to keep the foliage clean. Use them raw in salads or add them to a stir fry, delicious! l

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think ‘Her Indoors’ is a bit confused. At her age, these things can start to happen so it’s up to me to keep her on the straight and narrow as far as possible. I’m not entirely sure what to do about Easter though. I might be just a dog of limited understanding, but I know that there are certain animals, other than Border Terriers of course, who are automatically associated with this time of year. The Easter bunny is an obvious example. The history of this particular seasonal furry is debatable. Some say it comes from German folklore where the Easter hare, was supposed to decide whether children had been good or bad, which presumably influenced the quantity of Easter eggs delivered. Others suggest that rabbits have a long history as symbols of fertility, associated with the spring equinox and the coming of life. I don’t know what the truth is but I’m hoping the Easter bunny will overlook any minor misdemeanours that may have occurred, and head to the pet shop for a special doggy chocolate egg, as real chocolate is poisonous to us dogs. I can also confirm that rabbits are very fertile, breeding, well, like rabbits really, and that any making an appearance in our garden, are likely to be symbolic of a premature loss of life, rather than its arrival. I’m a terrier, what can I tell you. Another animal associated with Easter are chicks, presumably due to their connections with eggs, although which came first is a mystery to me… We don’t have chicks in our garden, but one of our neighbours used to keep

hens, and my predecessor, the late, great, Rolo, once escaped into their garden and chased their chickens. Although the timely intervention of an angry ‘Her Indoors’, prevented any serious outcomes in the chicken fatality department, let’s just say, feathers flew! Around Easter time, another of the prime animal contenders for the Easter top spot, lambs, put in an appearance in the fields around

Let’s just say, feathers flew! us. I am definitely not allowed to bark at those. As it’s ‘Junior Her’s birthday around this time, it is traditional for the females of the family to go lamb spotting so they can enjoy a bit of cuteness overload. I can’t see the attraction of it myself. If they want something small,

cute and furry, to make a fuss of, I’m more than willing to oblige, they don’t even have to ask. Which brings me back to my original point, about ‘Her Indoors’ confusion. We are acquiring some additions to the family this spring, but they are not rabbits, chickens or lambs. We are getting bees, a whole box full of them in fact. I’m not sure what the doggy protocols are for these, but I suspect steering clear will be in order. ‘Her Indoors’ has got a protective suit to wear when handling them, so I think I’ll leave her to it and sit inside, waiting nicely for the Easter bunny. I’m certainly not confused! l

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For April we tasked Robert Veitch to navigate a route through Steyning and Bramber, up to the Downs and alongside the river Adur. An overcast but beautiful walk awaited him


rom Newmans Garden’s car park in Tanyard Lane, walk to the junction of Tanyard Lane and High Street. On the other side of the road behind a metal barrier are four steps, leading to a passage between the houses. At the end, turn right onto Charlton Street, following the pavement around the corner, beyond Fairs Field, then veering left onto the track leading to the bowling club. This is the Upper Horseshoe Path, and once past the allotments, the gradual incline becomes evident. Amble uphill, past the metal gate and through the arboreal tunnel, to the kissing gate bordering Steyning Coombe. Walk straight up the hill ahead, which stretches out invitingly like a long green carpet. Your heart may pound and your lungs may burn, but try not to turn around until you reach Jean Kinsella’s seat because the view is worth the wait. Uphill from the seat is a kissing gate into Horseshoe Woods. The path

begins a long graceful arc to the south, the gradient easing a whisker in the process, eventually cresting the 181m (594ft) high point of the day as it passes between two fingerposts. From here, the path runs parallel to the fence line, through a plethora of felled trees suffering from Ash Dieback. By Mary Virgo’s seat, turn right, uphill, onto the chalk and flint path which leads between two fences to a five way junction, marked by the Langmead memorial. Take the second exit on the left, the planings leading down to Bostal Road. Cross carefully, then turn left and walk parallel to the road, to the junction with the concrete of Soper’s Lane. Turn left and ramble down the concrete, noting the dry valley of Steyning Bowl away to the left. Towards the bottom of the valley the concrete esses its way past the barn, over the brow and into the farmyard. Pay attention and respect the signs of Upper Maudlyn Farm when passing through. It’s half a mile along a mixture of tarmac and concrete underfoot to the fringes of Bramber, widening out as the junction with Maudlin Lane approaches. Turn right, then left, walking along Maudlin Lane on the right hand side towards any oncoming traffic. After almost half a mile, the roundabout is reached. Cross the A283 anti-

clockwise, before turning right onto the Downs Link. Walk southeast for almost half a mile, then bear left over a footbridge, then immediately right, and follow the gravel path across the flood plain to the road bridge over the River Adur. Turn left, and ascend onto the levee, walking upstream for almost half a mile to Beeding Bridge. Turn left into the charming village of Bramber. Wander along The Street for almost half a mile before taking the steps on the right to the Parish Church

Try not to turn around until you reach Jean Kinsella’s seat of St Nicholas at Bramber Castle. The incline rises quickly from the road, around the periphery of the graveyard to a National Trust sign. If your preference is to avoid the enjoyable distraction of a detour to Bramber Castle, turn left by the National Trust sign and walk along the ridge of the outer bank. Follow the ridge clockwise around the Castle site to the most northerly corner where it veers left and downhill through a legion of tree roots to join another path by new panel fencing. Turn right and head north to a kissing gate that opens onto the flood plain. Head across the field, before tracking the power lines left, into the northwest corner of the field where there is a kissing gate. At the junction with the road, turn left by the plant pots onto Kings Barn Lane. Follow the road for one-third of a

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mile, not forgetting to walk on the right at the ‘no footway for 200 yards’ sign. Take the bridge over the busy A283, turning left into Jarvis Lane shortly after, then continue past the pretty homes and knapped flint walls to the junction with the High Street. Turn right and walk up to the miniroundabout. From here it’s 350m to Tanyard Lane, but on the way why not treat yourself to tea and cake, or something more substantial. After all, a good walk, well done, deserves a reward. l Robert has tested the route personally, making sure it is suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email

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drian Warwick has always had a natural affinity with time. He used to commute to his corporate job in the City of London from Petersfield and having to travel to strict timetables by rail made him doubly aware of the passing of time and our reliance upon the clock. His work as an underwriter brought him into contact with many interesting people, plenty of whom had interesting antique clocks in their offices which they were more than pleased to show him. He developed an interest in Lantern clocks, specifically of the period from the late 17th to early 18th century. Constructed from solid brass, steel and iron, these clocks brought hanging weights and single handed dials into the home accompanied by their familiar, reassuring tick. Adrian knew that such clocks were too expensive to buy and so he decided to try making his own; he was after all working near Clerkenwell, the heart of horological history. As the internet came of age he began scouring second-hand websites, car boot sales, local auction houses and jumble sales for Lantern clock parts among disused agricultural machinery and domestic articles. He found others who were as enthusiastic as himself and they often met at local pubs to trade parts and information. After several months and without having to spend a fortune, Adrian had acquired a considerable collection of parts with which he

intended to build a couple of Lantern style working clocks to begin a small personal collection. He was attracted to the skills of the countryman and the people who helped teach him were humble and knowledgeable. Adrian passed on this love

The genuine Lantern clock has been more altered, adapted and repaired than almost any other type of clock

of clocks by gifting his creations (or ‘re-incarnations’ as he calls them) to good friends and family members whenever they expressed an interest.

on clocks came naturally to him as he had previously worked on antique cameras, cars and motorcycles and he discovered “an everlasting circle of learning” as he repurposed old clocks by giving them a new lease of life. Adrian was a keen writer and at one point wrote for Clocks Magazine. Years spent immersed in his hobby led him to think about writing a book about clocks as he

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visit. He calls it the heartbeat of the house and feels much more comfortable if he can hear a serene ticking somewhere within the walls. Although Adrian has donated his clocks to other people, he still retains a passion for the workmanship, sound and sight of an old clock in action. His interest in mechanical science has now led him into another found most books about horology lacked the human angle and were rather cold. In 2000 he achieved his ambition and published

his book, Collecting Clock Memories, a comprehensive account of his horological adventures spanning decades. He communicates his passion for clocks with humour and lightness and loves to discover people who share his interest in craftsmanship and horology. After relocating to Mid Sussex five decades ago, Adrian has found many other ‘clockies’ with whom to peruse fairs, discuss clocks and share information with. He admits that he always listens out for the reassuring beat of an old clock whenever he pays someone a

avenue which he aims to become more involved in; that of astronomy. A chance visit to an observatory in Herstmonceux which holds the late Patrick Moore’s favourite telescope sparked the beginnings of an interest which he feels may be his next passion. From the hours and minutes of a clock to the light years visible in the eyepiece of a great telescope, there lies a natural progression in the journey of the man who loves clocks. l

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etirement is a misleading word; it suggests withdrawal or retreat yet for today’s new pensioners, a more accurate description might be ‘engaging with your freedom and dreams.’ Released from the shackles and responsibilities of work, people in their mid sixties are finding they finally have the chance to channel their energies in directions that never seemed possible in the preceding decades. This newfound freedom can allow them to explore facets of their personalities that have never been expressed and hidden talents can now emerge. Many people revel in limitless free time by travelling both in England and overseas; suddenly the world is your oyster so why not visit the places you’ve always dreamed of? This country is awash with varied scenery and interesting villages so why not hire a camper van and take to the road; head to Scotland and you’ll scarcely meet a soul all day out of season, quaint villages and stunning scenery await

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Easter isn’t Easter without some freshly baked hot cross buns, slathered with butter and enjoyed while still warm. Sara Whatley highly recommends having a go at these, they are not as hard as you might think!

Makes 12


Hot Cross Buns

INGREDIENTS 500g/1lb 2oz strong white flour, plus extra for dusting 75g/2¾oz caster sugar 2 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 lemon, finely grated zest only Grating of fresh nutmeg 10g/¼oz salt 10g/¼oz fast-action dried yeast 40g/1½oz butter 300ml/10fl oz milk 1 free range egg, beaten 200g/7oz sultanas or raisins 50g/1¾oz finely chopped mixed candied peel For the topping 75g/2¾oz plain flour 2 tbsp honey, for glazing

and yeast, placing them on opposite sides of the bowl. Melt the butter in a pan and warm the milk in a separate pan. Add the butter and half the tepid milk to the dry ingredients. Add the egg and bring the mixture together, incorporating the flour from the edges of the bowl as you go. Gradually add the remaining milk to form a soft pliable dough (you may not need it all). Tip the dough out on to a lightly floured work surface. Lightly knead for 10 minutes until silky and elastic and forming a smooth ball. Flour a bowl, place the dough in and cover with a damp tea towel. Leave to rest in a warm place for at least an hour or until doubled in size. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface. Knock the air out by bashing it with your fist, then sprinkle over the dried fruit and mixed peel and




the flour, sugar, spices, grated 5 1bowlPut nutmeg and lemon zest into a large and mix together. Add the salt

knead into the dough for 1 to 2 minutes. Divide into 12 balls. Line 1-2 baking trays with paper and place the balls on the tray, placing them fairly close together and flattening them slightly. Cover with the damp tea towel. Leave for 30-40 minutes or until the buns have doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. For the topping, add the flour to a bowl with 100ml/3½fl oz water. Mix together to make a thick paste and spoon into an icing bag. When the buns have risen pipe a cross on each one. Bake for 1520 minutes until pale golden-brown, turning the baking trays round halfway through if necessary. Brush the buns with a little honey to give a nice shine, before setting aside to cool on a wire rack.

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Andrew Brown, Robert Ward and Andy Carrotts Macintosh beneath the summit of Mount Snowdon

PUSH FOR THE SUMMIT have also grown up together. Training for the climbs has involved walking most evenings, either on the Downs or along local streets, sometimes up to six hours at a time. The greatest challenge to face on Mount Kilimanjaro is the altitude of almost 6,000 metres. Its the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and temperatures can fall to -20ºC on the summit, although the base lies in lush rainforest. The hen Andrew Brown’s beloved wife Natalie route is equivalent to the length of a marathon, but spread lost her battle with cancer last Christmas, he over several days. Andrew and Robert will both carry about began dealing with his devastation by setting 15kg of gear and drink around 4 litres of water each day, himself the monumental challenge to raise while walking for 6-8 hours. The Snowdon trip provided a vital funds for St Peter & St James Hospice who supported good test for them and their gear. Temperatures fell to -13ºC Natalie at the end of her life. with wind chill and the crampons they took were needed Andrew’s lifelong friend Robert when the going got tough. Ward will be joining him every step of Each trip is self-funded and every They aim to raise £16,000, the way during the pair’s trek up Mount penny raised by the climbs will go to the Kilimanjaro, scheduled to begin on May hospice. Andrew spoke of the “incredible enough to run the hospice 19th. They are also doing the ‘three care they gave to Nat” and he said for Christmas Day and peaks challenge.’ Having already scaled that the challenges he and Robert are Boxing Day Snowdon in snow and ice in February, undertaking were born from a desire they intend to climb Scafell in the to help the hospice, which relies on Lake District at Easter. The challenge 85% of its funding coming from private will conclude with Ben Nevis during donations. They have already raised the summer. The duo aim to raise funds with a race night at Burgess Hill £16,000, enough to run the hospice for Football Club and there will be a quiz Christmas Day and Boxing Day. So far, night in July, details will be posted on they’ve managed to raise almost £5,000 their Facebook page. Any donations thanks to individual donors and gift would be of the utmost help, be it from aid. Donations from businesses will be individuals, or businesses in exchange gratefully received in return for publicity for promotion. Every step this gutsy pair on the ‘Kilimanjaro climbing for Nat’ take will mean this much loved hospice YouTube channel and Facebook page. can continue its crucial work for those Andrew and Robert have known who need it l Donate at each other since they were seven years SomeoneSpecial/NatalieBrown45 old, having grown up on the same street Follow progress by searching ‘Kilimanjaro in Burgess Hill. Natalie was best friends climbing for Nat’ on YouTube and facebook with Robert’s wife and their children

Andrew Brown recently spoke to Ruth Lawrence about his challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of his beloved wife Natalie, and his fundraising for St Peter & St James hospice


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BURGESS HILL Modern day Burgess Hill bears little resemblance to the town that welcomed the railway in 1841, but dig a little deeper and the history is there. Ruth Lawrence found her pick and spade and went investigating


urgess Hill has a significant industrial history and to travel around the town is to witness the legacy of those earlier days, and to experience the burgeoning present industry. One of the oldest industries was the Keymer Brick and Tile Company, which evolved from the Ditchling Potteries, which were a collection of works including Dunstalls Farm. One of the farm’s owners was John Pomfrey, who was a renowned brickmaker in Keymer in 1588. From 1830 the century that followed witnessed three-quarters of Burgess Hill industry devoted to makings bricks, pottery and tiles. Once the supply of clay was exhausted at Dunstalls Farm, production between 1860 and 1940 shifted to Nye Road, southwest of the Keymer Railway Junction. There was once a factory and clay pit here that covered a fifty acre site.

Towards the end of the 1800s, the Nye Road works were the largest in the south of England, employing 300 workers and winning awards for the red terracotta ware. So successful was this product that it was reintroduced in the 1990s, a sign that the industry here was forged on past triumphs. Many workers lived on site in cottages that had brick making tables on the ground floor with living accommodation upstairs. They were a style of dwelling known as a ‘birdcage.’ During World War II, the works were closed down but the buildings played a key part in the D-Day landings, being utilised as essential storage space by the Admiralty. Immediately after the war there was heavy investment in the brickworks so that traditional methods could be maintained using new clay preparation machinery. In recent times the factory was demolished and the brown field site

has become populated with housing Today, Wealden clay is still used in the area to make these sought after tiles that clad roofs across the world. In 1897 the Victoria Pleasure Gardens were opened by Edwin Street, a well known local butcher and farmer, in honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. They were advertised as being “within eight minutes walk of Burgess Hill Station” and included amusements such as boating, cycling, tennis, see-saws and aerial flights on one of the first roller coaster switchbacks in the world. It was promised that “the summer houses, bowers, seats and walks command a beautiful view of the charming lake and grounds.” The lake was used for boating in summer and skating in winter, but only

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The lake was used for skating in winter, but only after Mr Street, who weighed 23 stone had tested it for safety

after Mr Street, who weighed 23 stone had tested it for safety. These beautiful gardens closed during World War II and eventually closed for good. In 1956, one of the first companies to move onto the Pleasure Gardens site was RH Corbett and Co., an engineering company who occupied an old wooden building. The access road was extended from Victoria Road (now Victoria Close) westwards, terminating in a culde-sac. The 30 acre site to the south of this road eventually accommodated about thirty factories. During the next twenty years, development extended to Victoria Way, Victoria Gardens, Consort Way and Albert Drive. The boating lake, once a site of jollity, amusement and fun, was filled in during 1977. The area became known as the Victoria Industrial Estate, and is now known as the Victoria Business Park. It’s currently home to the British headquarters of two large international companies. In 1986, a smaller industrial estate in the north of the town was developed at Sheddingdean, now known as Sheddingdean Business Park. Victoria Business Park contains a plethora of businesses offering every conceivable service and product. A new warehouse development is currently under

development along the A2300 west of Burgess Hill, and close to the A23. The Burgess Hill Business Park Association has about 150 members and hosts a regular programme of events for members. It’s proved to be a highly regarded community for businesses in the town and enables members to network, share information and build rewarding relationships. Burgess Hill’s industrial growth has enabled the town to develop over the last two centuries; firstly taking advantage of the railway, and latterly its proximity to the modern A23 between London, Gatwick and Brighton. The future looks likely to attract an even greater diversity of businesses to the area with an inevitable economic boost for the town. l

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Martyn Carr Most towns in Sussex have business groups. But the Burgess Hill Business Parks Association (BHBPA) has one asset the others don’t have, their new Co-ordinator Martyn Carr. We sent Robert Veitch to meet the new man in charge


artyn Carr graduated from Cardiff University to join, we’re inclusive and ask members to get engaged, to in 1979 with a Degree in Management share opinions and ideas.” Studies, beginning his working life at Martyn sees his role as lobbying and channeling the voice Thorn EMI as an industrial buyer, before of the business community to maximum effect. “Burgess Hill undertaking a computer-programming course in 1982. After is an eclectic, powerful and strong community but by being that he followed a career in IT with a major supermarket a member you can tackle a problem more effectively through chain and travel business, before moving into credit the association. BHBPA is a group of businesses that all management also at Thomas Cook. share a common core.” He’s proud of multi-nationals within In the mid 1990s Martyn returned to IT with a the association, “Bigger companies want to be good local multinational financial services business in Burgess Hill. citizens, we have several on board. We have some stunning “I’ve lived in Burgess Hill for years, it’s my organisations in our ranks.” town, it’s got bags of potential,” he said with Martyn looks to the future a sense of purpose and belonging. enthusiastically, “The Hub is currently being After completing a Masters Degree It’s not the price of the developed along the A2300 corridor. The in Coaching and Development during Northern Arc and the planned Science Park membership it’s the 2007, Martyn combined coaching are enormously exciting projects.” value of the service and consultancy with work at another There is a series of themed events multinational financial services firm. currently planned for the spring with more in For someone with a self-stated “curious the pipeline. “Sustainability, People & Skills and mind” the next challenge was on his doorstep. Last November Keeping Abreast of Tax & Legal Changes are the planned events, Martyn saw the advert for the Co-ordinator role. He knew although the rapidly unfolding Coronavirus crisis is likely to his predecessor Peter Liddell, who was retiring after 12 years, require us to make adjustments to our priorities.” describing the former teacher as “a warm and very kind man.” It’s easy for businesses to get involved, to be part of a “I started in January, part-time, 3 days a week,” he said strong group that’s pulling together,” as Martyn told me. with a smile, “I’m keen to contribute to the local business “Look at the website and fill out the contact form. It’s not the community and make a difference. We have 150 members price of the membership, it’s the value of the service.” A slice and are open to businesses within the town and a bit of Martyn’s time and his wealth of experience are available beyond. Most are based at Victoria Business Park and the to all members. l Sheddingdean Industrial Estate. All businesses are welcome April 2020 | SUSSEX LIVING 73

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Healthy Eating Our gut health is just as important to our wellbeing as the rest of our physical bodies. Here Lisa de Silva explores some healthy eating options


ur wellbeing series continues moving on to explore ways we can improve our physical wellbeing. This month we’ll consider how healthy eating habits can be beneficial in influencing how we feel. There is much truth in the saying ‘You Are What You Eat’ and growing evidence to suggest that what we eat can affect our mood. While there’s an ongoing debate about what we should or should not be eating for optimum health, it is clear that improving our diet can boost our energy levels and lift our spirits.

Try to eat a diet based on natural foods – unrefined carbohydrates, protein and good fats that release energy slowly

that release energy slowly. The basis of a mood-boosting diet should include a good balance of the following food items: • fresh vegetables and fruit • unprocessed grains, cereals, basmati rice and high-fibre pasta • lean meat, fish, eggs, cheese • peas, beans, lentils, soya • nuts, seeds, avocado, yoghurt

MANAGING GOOD HYDRATION Dehydration can cause us to feel dizzy, tired, light-headed and irritable. Cheap and incredibly healthy, drinking water is the best way to avoid this and it is recommended that we all drink around 2-litres a day to keep us healthy, improve our bodily functions and increase our energy levels. Do be wary of caffeine; while it can provide quick bursts of energy, once the effect has worn off many are left feeling anxious and with disturbed sleep patterns. Combat this by not drinking caffeine after lunch, or switching to decaffeinated products. MANAGING GUT HEALTH Much has been written lately about the link between gut health and emotional wellbeing and there is growing evidence to suggest that your gut acts as a second brain – we often make decisions based on our ‘gut feel.’ These two brains talk to each other and it is believed that activity in our digestive system may affect our mental and emotional abilities. So, gut health in the form of good and balanced bacteria could also improve our physical wellbeing. To promote this, do incorporate as many fermented products in your diet as possible, including: • yoghurt, kefir • sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh • pickles • cheddar, mozzarella and cottage cheese • apple cider vinegar, kombucha l

MANAGING BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS Eating a diet that keeps our blood sugar balanced and at a steady level is the first step to improving our physical wellbeing. When our diet is overloaded with refined sugar, carbohydrates and processed foods (often full of hidden sugars) our bodies becomes less effective at converting this food into energy and will resort to storing it as fat. In this state, we can feel constantly tired, hungry and irritable. To rectify this and to keep blood sugar levels stable, try to eat a diet based on natural foods – unrefined carbohydrates, protein and good fats 74 SUSSEX LIVING | April 20

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Do you have a teenager leaving school this year? It’s time to start thinking about their options. Hanna Prince runs through some ideas

Moving On Up


rom an increasing range of academic qualifications to internships, apprenticeships and training schemes, school leavers today have more choice than ever before. That’s exciting – but it can also be confusing. What’s the difference between A Levels and International Baccalaureate? Are NVQs as valuable as BTECs? And is it possible to earn money while you train? Here, we explain some of the options on offer.

A LEVELS A Levels are open to anybody with at least five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (equivalent to the old A* to C). If you’re considering a university education then taking A Levels is a sensible choice. It’s also a good route for anybody who wants to keep their options open. Most students take three or more A Levels over two years, focusing on subjects that they enjoy or that are necessary for a career they have in mind. OTHER ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS A Levels are still the most popular choice for UK school leavers gearing up for a university education, but there are other academic qualifications on offer as well. The International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme offers a more holistic approach to education, allowing students to choose a subject from each of five groups and encouraging a range of activities

alongside academic study. Another option is the Cambridge Pre-U diploma, a new type of qualification that requires participants to produce an in-depth research report alongside studying three principle subjects.

VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS If you’re more interested in acquiring technical skills than academic qualifications, a job-related course could be right for you. NVQs, BTECs, TechBacs and Cambridge Technicals all combine hands-on learning with study. NVQs are targeted at school leavers who are interested in a

The International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme offers a more holistic approach to education APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINEESHIPS Prefer to train on the job? There are over 280 types of apprenticeships open to school leavers, some of which even allow you to gain a bachelor’s or master’s degree while working and earning a salary. Apprentices receive the national minimum wage and Government research shows that 85% of apprentices stay in work. The qualification takes at least 12 months to complete – unlike traineeships, which last from six weeks to six months. Traineeships are ideal if you lack the skills for a job or apprenticeship.

particular vocation, such as plumbing or hairdressing, while BTECs make a good choice if you know the industry you’d like to work in but not the specific job you might like to do. Newer TechBacs and Cambridge Technicals are also worth considering. WORK AND STUDY Keen to have an income while you train but not convinced that an apprenticeship is right for you? You could consider volunteering or working in an entry-level job while studying part-time. Plenty of colleges and training providers offer part-time courses, including A Levels, BTECs and NVQs. l April 2020 | SUSSEX LIVING 77

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oronavirus Covid-19 will have a huge effect upon all our lives, if not already then certainly in the coming weeks. As a nation, communities, churches and neighbourhoods, Befriended suggest we all need to be looking out for the needs of others. The elderly are some of the most vulnerable. There will be a silver lining to all of this, neighbours will care for neighbours, strangers will show kindness to strangers, communities will support one another through difficult times. Befriended have formed a MidSussex Covid-19 support group, encouraging neighbourhoods to communicate and help with the needs and the requests of those living around them, especially the elderly. Befriended has created a telephone befriending scheme that you can be a part of. If you would like to ring someone who is in self-isolation to chat to them, support them and encourage them, please apply to be a telephone befriender. If you would like to be a call handler and have your telephone number on a list to receive calls and take down details please get in touch. If you would like to distribute befriended cards around your neighbourhood please contact Gail Millar on us 0300 7727703 or visit the website We need you, together we will get through this.

Community Orchestra Come and join the Reza Community Orchestra for a fantastic family concert on Sunday 17th May, from 3-5pm at Warden Park Secondary Academy in Cuckfield. With over 100 musicians performing, the concert will feature popular classics including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance the theme tune from Dr Who plus music from Ensemble Reza and much more! Set up by virtuoso musicians over 5 years ago and led by professional conductor Steve Dummer, Ensemble Reza offers musicians of all ages and abilities a supportive and fun professional environment to rehearse and perform. For more information on how to join and to purchase tickets for our May concert (Adults: £10 and £5 for under 18’s) please visit: We are very grateful to all our sponsors.

Kate Davies celebrates her century with Bernie Gleave


When a group of farm workers got together in the summer of 1717 to form a club to play cricket, they could not have possibly known what they were starting. The members of one of the oldest cricket clubs played for the love of the game and for many years played at historic Danny House in Hurstpierpoint. These days Hurst CC play at Fairfield Rec where the cricket and social facilities are excellent and on any Wednesday in the summer, you’ll find hundreds of kids sharpening their skills. It’s been great to see the likes of Rosie Lynch coming through the junior ranks to become an established Second XI bowler, she recently topped the clubs bowling averages and returned the scarcely believable figures of 6 for 5 during a game when she single handily blew the opposition away. Another

piece of Hurst history came last year with the first female centurion. That honour went to Kate Davies who will captain the Women’s XI this year. The club enters this, it’s 303rd year in excellent shape. Four senior teams, a vibrant female section, loads of social events, enthusiastic kids of all ages and a welcoming, tolerant attitude that embraces men and women, boys and girls of all backgrounds ages and abilities who come together for the love of the game of cricket. If you want to play cricket, find us on Facebook hurstpierpoint.cricketclub/ or join us at Fairfield Rec on any Wednesday evening from mid-April. We’re looking for sponsors! Our women’s and juniors are thriving on goodwill and their profile is rising, if you want to get involved, promote your business or product through a community project, please contact Tony Andrews; anthony.

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DATES In light of recent developments with the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic these listings are only accurate at the time of printing. Please contact any event you intend to attend, in advance, to make sure it is still taking place. Wednesday 01 April, 11:00-15:00

Jewellery and Fine Art Valuation Day

Charleston House, West Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL By appointment Bonhams will be holding a free valuation service for items to be included in auction. Please contact Tim Squire-Sanders 01273 220000 for an appointment. Wednesday 01 – Thursday 30 April

Spring Spectacular

National Trust Standen House and Garden, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead RH19 4NE Tulips make a return as part of the flower display in the garden along with thousands of spring blooms. National Trust members free. Adult £13.50, Child £6.75, Family £33.50, Standen 01342 323029 Finishes 31 May. www.nationaltrust.

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Wednesday 01 April, 13:45 for 14:00-16:30

Thursday 02 – Sunday 19 April

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Demonstration by Maggie Hayes – Floral Fun and Games. Competition: Fool’s Paradise. Visitors £6.00, first visit free with Sussex Living magazine. Judith Alexander 01444 871886.

Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever Road, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Family entertainment throughout the Easter holidays including the return of the colourful Carrot Trail and craft workshops.

Burgess Hill Flower Club

Wednesday 01 to Saturday 04 April, 19:30 Evening Performances & 14:30 Saturday Matinee

Made in Dagenham the Musical

New Bury Theatre, Hurstpierpoint College, College Lane BN6 9JS Burgess Hill Musical Theatre Society’s funny, upbeat and feel-good musical. £18, £16 concessions for students and over 65’s on selected performances. Glenda Bowden 01273 890347 Wednesday 01 April, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Open Meeting

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX ‘Perennials for the Summer Border,’ an illustrated talk with Stephen Moore of Rapkyns Nursery, nr. Heathfield. Admission: Members’ free, Visitors: £1. All welcome! 01444 245509 www.

Easter Family Fun

Thursday 02 April, 10:00-14:00

The League of Friends of Crawley Hospitals’ Easter Fair Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive RH11 7DH Easter Fair with Raffle, Tombolas, homemade cakes, jams and lots more! Thursday 02 April, 14:00-16:00

Community Sing-a-Long (Dementia Friendly)

St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0LG A fun afternoon for people living with dementia and their carers. Singing, tea and cake. Organised by Burgess Hill Rotary. Free entry. Friday 03 April, 10:00-15:00

West Sussex Teachers Registration Open Day

1 Swan Court, Station Road, Pulborough RH20 1RL Register with Class Cover for day to

day, short/long term placements and permanent work for Teachers/TAs/ LSAs/TEFL/SEN/ Nursery/Primary/ Secondary/Colleges. Contact: 01798 872446. Friday 03 - Sunday 05 April

Branch Line Weekend

Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, TN22 3QL Horsted Keynes Station, RH17 7BB, East Grinstead Station, RH19 1SP Timetables will recreate the branch line feel of our Railway in its heyday. Showcasing our smaller locomotives, plus special visitors! Advance booking discounts available online. Bluebell Railway 01825 720800. Friday 03 April, 19:30-20:30

Nature Conservation Talk ‘Making Nature Count’

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY By Clare Blencowe, Manager of the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre. An illustrated talk describing the meticulous recording of wildlife locally and the work of the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre. There is a


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Bertram Bunny’s Easter Pirate Adventure

Friday 03 April, 20:00-21:30

Burgess Hill Heritage and History Society

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Salt of the Earth. Janet Pennington uncovers the lost industry of the Adur Valley. The museum will open from 19:00. Members £1.50, guests £3.50. Fred: 01444 235088. Saturday 04 April, 06:00-09:00

Dawn Chorus Bird Walk

Sunday 05 April, 19:30-21:30

Meet in car park off Maple Drive, Burgess Hill RH15 Bird walk led by group members on Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve.

Ardingly Choral Society, Handel – Messiah

Saturday 04 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 04 to Sunday 09 April

Easter Duck Quest

Arundel Wetland Centre BN18 9PB Get outdoors with friends and family and have fun finding our giant yellow ducks hidden amongst their real life weird and wonderful duck cousins.



Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP Join Bertram on a pirate-themed trail. Seek out the treasures to receive a delicious chocolate reward. Plus Easter crafts. £3 per trail to include a prize, plus standard admission (FREE to Friends). Contact: Andrew Loin 01444 450326

Ardingly College Chapel, College Lane, Ardingly RH17 6SQ Ardingly Choral Society with Mid Sussex Sinfonia and international soloists will perform Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Robert Hammersley. £15 (£13 concessions) online at, or M Kershaw 01825 791241. Monday 06 to Saturday 18 April (closed Bank Holidays)

Southwick Camera Club Photography Exhibition

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Francis Court Carers Support Meeting

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Meridian Hall, East Court, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Margaret Eggleton demonstration of landscape painting in Brusho and inks. £3 to non-members. Ian Graham 01342 321818

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King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH AGM followed by presentation of the Lindfield Preservation Society Conservation and Design Awards and a talk on ‘Art Nouveau Architecture’ by Ian Gledhill. This talk follows on from the very interesting talk at last year’s AGM and gives further information on the development of this highly decorative style of architecture. Meeting and Membership information from John Chapman 01444 484470. Wednesday 15 April, 20:00-22:00

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Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 1BP Exciting! Come and enjoy our first market for 2020! You’ll see a lovely mixture of tempting stalls, local produce and amazing plants. Plus help us fundraise towards the Victory Hall maintenance and its renowned First World War frescoes… superb and well worth a visit. For further information 01444 811462.

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Sussex Bonsai Group – Group Meeting – Bonsai Demonstration Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH Alan Peacock will be demonstrating on aspects of Bonsai. £5 for nonmembers. All welcome to attend. Tea and coffee will be available. Contact: Ray Brunsden 01444 244267 Friday 24 April, 19:30-22:00

Crawley Keyboard Music Concert

Furnace Green Community Centre, Ashburnham Road, Crawley RH10 6QZ Great evening of live music showcasing popular and talented Michael Wooldridge. Visitors made welcome. Tea and coffee available. Good parking. Members £5. Visitors £7. Brenda Mayne 01293 784166

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St Mary’s Annual Plant Sale

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Burgess Hill Choral Society Concert, Dvořák ‘Stabat Mater,’ Beethoven ‘Leonore Overture no.3’

St Andrew’s Church, 2 Cants Lane, Burgess Hill RH15 0LG Join Burgess Hill Choral Society for this concert of beautiful music led by Michael Stefan Wood BEM with Sussex Sinfonietta. Tickets: £14, Under 18s- free. Tickets available

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Mid Sussex Choir Spring Concert Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Karl Jenkin’s The Armed Man and John Rutter’s Birthday Madrigals. £10 in advance, £12 on the night. www. Thursday 30 April, 14:30

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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.



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2. Wedding attendants (6) 3. Asian sultanate (6) 4. Breathe out (6) 5. Topics (6) 6. Shouted (6) 7. Stroke (6) 12. Body powder (4) 13. On top of (2,2) 14. Lip (4) 17. Seaweed jelly (4) 18. Tall flower (4) 19. Repast (4) 21. Slanting script (6) 22. Tactical missile (6) 23. Downright (6) 24. Coil (6) 25. Dawdle (6) 26. Empty (6)

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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