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Welcome to the August issue of Sussex Living, so far this summer we’ve seen glorious hot days, along with the predictable rain and some electrifying storms – so fingers crossed you’re reading this in the sunshine! Hanna Lindon lends a helping hand to make the most of the school break with the second part of our children’s activities feature. For great ideas on how to enjoy some summer fun for both the big and small kids alike, turn to page 60. As we bask in the holiday vibe Amy Newson lets us in on a few top tips about how to make your skin shimmer and glow, see page 44 for advice on how to radiate ready for the autumn season. Adventure was alive and well in the 1800s, with spirited voyager Robert Louis Jefferson taking epic bicycle journeys across some very tough terrains. On page 52 Robert Veitch finds out more from his grandson about the trials and tribulations of a Victorian wanderer. Also during this era smuggling was rife in Worthing, around the midnight hour contraband would flow onto the seafront with the coastguards desperately trying to stop it. Read more about this fascinating story on page 73. Is your garden en vogue? If you’d like to be top of the fashion pack turn to page 26 to read about the latest trends making your outdoor space the last word in all things chic. Something that is definitely not stylish for the summer season is blight. On page 36 Flo Whitaker gives us some guidance on tackling this unwanted guest. How well do you know your local area, are you ready to pit your wits in our summer quiz? On page 23 we have 17 taxing questions all about Sussex, why not give it a go and see how you fare. Thank you to all our readers and advertisers from all the team here, and get ready for our Education feature in the September issue.
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IP A DLadies KEDolphin TwithAthe Since 1977 one and a half thousand ladies have had swimming lessons with the Dolphin Ladies Swimming Club Would you love to learn to swim? Improve your technique, or train for an event? Why not take the plunge and join the Dolphin Ladies Swimming Club? This year the Club celebrates 40 years of helping women of all ages to feel both confident and competent in the water. The Dolphin Ladies Swimming Club (DLSC) was the brainchild of Jeanne Izod, who first set the Club up in the newly opened Dolphin Leisure Centre back in April 1977. The initial aim was to provide a supportive and relaxed environment for women to
learn to swim and improve their strokes. As membership grew rapidly, Jeanne decided that instead of hiring paid instructors, it would make sense for members to train as qualified swimming instructors and teach the classes themselves. To date, the DLSC has taught over 1,500 ladies to swim and many of these have gone on to train as swimming instructors. As many of the instructors only learnt to swim later in life, their teaching methods are both sympathetic and patient. This supportive approach is a major
factor in the Club’s continued success. “I think people appreciate the companionship of us all being ladies together,” explains current Chairwoman, Pam Edwards. “Our lessons are for everybody regardless of ability. So whether you are a complete beginner, want to improve your technique, or train to a competitive level, we ensure that everyone enjoys the lessons and the social side afterwards.” Perhaps it is this warm and friendly community spirit that keeps members so loyal. Many have been swimming with the club for over 30 years and Jeanne herself was still teaching up into her 90s. Lifelong friendships have been formed and new career opportunities as swimming instructors have opened up. “I’d never had a swimming lesson until my 30s, but fell in love with swimming, did the teacher training courses and launched into a great new career,” says Deputy Chairwoman Carolyn Heeley. For members interested in training as an instructor with the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) or the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA), the Club pays half the training fees in return for one year’s voluntary teaching. Classes are held during term time only, on Tuesday mornings at the Dolphin Leisure Centre and Friday mornings at Ardingly College. Each class lasts 30 minutes. The Club is non-profit
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The Findon SHEEP FAIR
Don’t get the wool pulled over your eyes by initial thoughts of what a sheep fair might be, until you’ve read what the Findon Sheep Fair has to offer
Nepcote nestles at the top of the Findon Village, in a gap between the summits of Church Hill to the west and Cissbury Ring to the east. This is the home of the Findon Sheep Fair. The first known fair took place in September 1261. Sheep would have been shepherded across the South Downs where trading would take place in a livestock market. Trading helped diversify bloodlines, create new breeds via selective breeding and to increase stock numbers when flock sizes needed strengthening. By 1650 the fair had changed from a three-day event
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to a one-day event held on Maundy Thursday. The Sheep Fair had moved to Nepcote by 1785 and by 1896 the private livestock sales had been superseded by auctions. By then, Nepcote Green was home to one distinctive building which still remains: The Wattle House, which was built to store the wattles. Wattles were the panels that were fixed together on the green to create the pens in which the sheep were housed before auction. These days the pens are made of metal. After the introduction of the railway, sheep would be shepherded across the downs from Steyning railway station on foot. This practice was eventually discontinued after the closure of the line. Since then, sheep have arrived by road. During the 1950s the fair found a permanent slot in the second weekend of September, in which it has remained ever since. Further evolution has occurred over time and the trading side of the show became consumed by the upsurge in interest for the competitive show classes. The final auctions took place in the year 2000, denuded by the fear of foot and mouth disease. For the next few years it became the ‘Findon Sheep Fair and Village Festival’ with only a nominal number of sheep on show. A resurrection occurred in 2007, when twenty sheep returned to Nepcote Green and the showing of sheep in competition gained some traction. Last year the show was so successful there were over 300 entries in all the various categories.
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Now revitalised, the show element of the Sheep Fair has become well respected and representatives from as far aﬁeld as Essex and Dorset are entered. Judges come from across the country. It’s a trait of all sheep fairs, which seems to make sense; that no judge can judge the same category in consecutive years. There are several classes in competition, so ewe can be sure of learning how to diﬀerentiate a Herdwick from an Oxford Down or a Zwartbles. It’s hard to comprehend that 750 years have passed since the ﬁrst show. The early sheep fairs took place long before the Southdown breed was ever developed at the end of the eighteenth century. Yet for many years the Southdown was the mainstay of the fair. In recent times it’s popularity has waned as other breeds have become more popular. In the decade since rebooting the show the organisers have welcomed thirty-two of the sixty-four British breeds of sheep to Findon. Many of the sheep in competition are the ovine descendants of former auctions lots. The Sheep Fair has a link with St. John the Baptist Church in Findon that encourages up to a dozen school children to learn handling skills and parade sheep in the show ring. It’s one of the organiser’s aims to encourage more young people into farming. Just four people organise the sheep side of the fair from a committee of twelve who coordinate the
event, although eighty volunteers help it run as eﬀortlessly as a spinning jenny. Any proﬁts generated from the Sheep Fair are put towards local good causes. This year’s event runs from the 8-9th September and there’s plenty of action rammed into the schedule, aside from the competition. Visitors will see sheep shearers and spinners in action, as well as 100 outside stalls and 38 inside craft stalls, vintage cars sheepdog demonstrations, falconry, heavy horses, a traditional fun fair and live music. What’s more entry to the Sheep Fair is free with a nominal fee of £4 for car parking which is organised by the Findon Valley scouts so it’s deﬁnitely Baa humbug if you don’t make the eﬀort to attend!
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Send us all your news and events for the local Mid Sussex, Lewes and Worthing community, then read about them here. Annual Play Day The annual Play Day event by Mid Sussex District Council is taking place in Burgess Hill on Wednesday 2 August in St John’s Park from 11:00-15:00. The theme this year is Wheels In Motion. In addition to this, there is also an ‘urban beach’ coming to Church Walk from 28 July to 28 August, in the form of a sand pit that will be installed outside the Help Point. The sand pit is free to use for under 12s and will be open 7 days a week from 10:0016:00. For further information please visit www.burgesshill.gov.uk
Hit Local Comedy at The Players Theatre in Hurstpierpoint After its recent sell-out smash opening in Cuckfield, naughty new Sussex comedy, Bridge to Farce is now swinging its way to the Players Theatre, 147 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9PU, from the 2-5 August. Tipped to make it all the way to London’s West End, the fast moving comedy play lifts the lid on some outrageous suburban shenanigans! Produced by the Cuckfield Dramatic Society (CDS), this is their first collaboration with the Players Theatre. CDS Chairman Peter Bowman comments, “when a show is this well received it’s wonderful to be able to take it to a new audience so soon and The Players Theatre is a terrific venue, allowing audiences to get close to the action.” Steve Somers, Hurst Players Chairman said, “we’re delighted to offer this hilarious new comedy a well-deserved second run, and for the Players Theatre to host our friends from CDS for the first time. It’s an exciting development and a sure sign that local theatre is thriving.” Written in Sussex, by Richard Willis & Paul Ruse, the fun revolves around politically ambitious Margaret and her long-suffering husband Norman, who are expecting a new couple into their bridge circle. When wife-swapping beginners Barry
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& Angie arrive by mistake, both couples spend an alarming evening at cross-purposes! Doors open at 19:00 with the show starting at 19:30. Visit www.cdsweb.co.uk or call 01444 848156 for tickets. Price per ticket £10 (2 or more tickets on Wednesday £9). Online booking fee applicable.
Tea with the Girls for Bloodwise This summer, blood cancer research charity Bloodwise, is launching Tea with the Girls, a new campaign inspired by its most famous fundraisers, The Calendar Girls. Supporters across the country are hosting afternoon tea with family and friends to raise funds for lifesaving research and patient care. Back in 1998, when John Baker, husband of Angela Baker, sadly passed away a few short months after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Angela and her friends set about creating the famous ‘alternative’ Women’s Institute Calendar, to give themselves something to focus on during this difficult time. Since that first calendar, the Girls have raised nearly £5 million for Bloodwise – their story inspiring a hit Hollywood film and West End musical along the way. The idea behind Tea with the Girls is simple: make time for friends, make tea and make a huge difference to the lives of those affected by blood cancer. Thanks to the support it receives from its fundraisers, Bloodwise invests in research into all types of blood cancer and provides everyone affected with expert information and advice
on the latest research, trials and treatment options. To find out more about the patient information and support provided by Bloodwise, visit bloodwise.org.uk/page/oursupport-line For a free Tea with the Girls fundraising pack, visit bloodwise. org.uk/tea-with-the-girls.
An Illustrated Talk by Fred Hageneder The Woodland, Flora & Fauna Group, a volunteer group dedicated to protecting local countryside and wildlife, invite you to an illustrated talk and yew harp musical interlude by the renowned tree researcher and international author Fred Hageneder. The talk entitled The Wonders of Yew provides a fascinating insight into the rich cultural and spiritual history of the species and will immediately follow a brief introduction by
The Woodland, Flora & Fauna Group. Fred has written various ethno-botanical books about the meaning of trees and their cultural and spiritual history, which have been translated into ten languages and has given lectures around the world. He is a co-founder of the Ancient Yew Group working to enhance scientific and historical information about yew trees and their mythology. Come and hear his knowledge and expertise relating to this extraordinary species. This is a very rare opportunity to learn about our heritage from such a distinguished and internationally acclaimed expert and should not be missed. It will take place on Tuesday, 22 August at 19:00 in the Main Hall at Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint, BN6 9UY.
Cats Protection On Sunday 13th August from 11:00-16:00, the Cats Protection Mid Sussex Branch is holding a coffee morning and afternoon garden party. The event will be held at the Balcombe Parish Rooms, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6LH, where there will be fancy gifts, cakes, books, bric-a-brac tombola and refreshments amongst many other fun stalls. Music will be provided by the Sussex Folk Orchestra. Bring your family and friends - entrance is free!
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parking and refreshments will be available and the venue is fully accessible. Full details of the exhibition can be viewed on the club’s website www.burgesshillmrc. org.uk.
Model Railway Exhibition For railway enthusiasts, 9 July 2017 marked a sad occasion the 50th anniversary of the last scheduled steam services on the Southern Region of British Rail. Burgess Hill Model Railway Club’s Exhibition, on Saturday 2 September, provides an ideal opportunity to see many aspects of the railway scene recreated in miniature. Exhibits this year include a South London locomotive depot during the transition period from steam to diesel, another covering the
London Brighton and South Coast Railway in the early 1900s, and others of the Southern Region of British Railways in the third rail electrification period plus some American, Norwegian and Swiss themed exhibits. Overall, there will be at least 14 layouts on display supported by 8 specialist model railway traders. The Exhibition takes place at Burgess Hill Girls in Keymer Road, from 10am to 5pm. Admission costs are adults £5, children £3 and family (2 adults + 2 children) £13. Car
The Hurst Singers will be starting off their new term on Monday September 4, and we’d love to see you at the practice at Cuckfield Road Methodist Church at 19:30. We’ve got an exciting and enjoyable programme to prepare for the Christmas Concert on Sunday December 10 at the Hurst Village Centre, with our usual blend of old and new music as well as some traditional carols. We’re a friendly group and if you can hold a tune, then we’d love to have you with us for the new season – doesn’t matter if you sing high or low! If you want to see what we do before giving us a try, then come along to the Open Practice at the Methodist Church on Monday September 18th, part of the Hurst Festival. If you’ve got any questions,
contact our Secretary, David Redd on 01273 831801.
Stride out in Sussex to support St Catherine’s Hospice The Balcombe Walk is back on Sunday 10 September and you’re invited to be a part of it! Every year the walk is organised by Haywards Heath Friends Group, which is a voluntary fundraising group, bringing together families and furry friends, to ramble through stunning Sussex countryside before enjoying homemade tea and cake. Starting from 09:00 at Victory Hall in Stockcroft Road, Balcombe, the walk, which raises vital funds for St Catherine’s expert end of life care, offers people four different walking routes These cover four, seven, nine, or 12 miles, with a special nature trail for the under 12s on the four mile route. Emily Bradbury, Community Fundraiser at St Catherine’s, said, “we’re really grateful to our Haywards Heath Friends Group for hosting the Balcombe Walk. It’s a great way to enjoy our local
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area, and have fun with family and friends whilst supporting St Catherine’s.” The Balcombe Walk is free to enter but people are encouraged to raise sponsorship to help St Catherine’s continue to be there for terminally ill local people when life comes full circle. Sign up online at: www. stch.org.uk/support-us/eventscalendar/balcombe-walk/ or call St Catherine’s Events team on: 01293 447355. You can also sign up on the day.
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The Pink Gift Fair, in aid of Cancer Research UK Brighton Laboratories is being held at the Horsham Council Oﬃces, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1RL. As part of Time Well Spent in Horsham, it takes place over the weekend of Saturday 16 and 17 September, from 09.30 to 16:00 each day and will be oﬀering more than just gift related stalls. New for 2017 is an area for alternative, complimentary health professionals oﬀering taster sessions of reﬂexology, aromatherapy, psychic medium, reiki healing, sports massage, wellbeing through Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and more. Sally Pavey, volunteer organiser, said, “it seemed appropriate to us volunteers to oﬀer some complimentary ways of dealing with what life throws us all and we hope visitors will make use of this new area of the fair to sample ways in which we can relax and become healthier from the inside out.” Over 50 hand selected stalls await shoppers oﬀering something completely diﬀerent to the normal high street with fabulous fashion, exquisite jewellery, gorgeous gifts, kids collections and toys, prints, stationery, home accessories and food and drink. Admission is £3 which includes a strip of raﬄe tickets. Parkside oﬀers some parking for shoppers at a donation of £1 per vehicle. Every stall donates 10%
of takings as well as a raﬄe prize, so visitors can be assured that through shopping they will help to beat Cancer sooner. Please visit www.pinkgiftfair. co.uk for more information.
60s Music Evening in Ditchling ‘C’mon Everybody!’ on Saturday October 21, 19:30 in Ditchling Village Hall, you can dance to the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Kinks, Supremes, Manfred Mann and all your favourites and help raise money for a wildlife charity at the same time. Dressing in 60s style is encouraged although certainly not compulsory, and there will be prizes for the best outﬁts. The charity that will beneﬁt is Fauna & Flora International, backed by Sir David Attenborough and under the patronage of HM the Queen. Last time £2800 was raised (comprising £1400 proceeds of the disco plus match-funding from a commercial concern) to help the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas of East Africa. Only about 800 of these gentle and charismatic apes remain and our funding in 2015 helped their continued survival. This year’s proceeds will again help these threatened primates and hopefully take their numbers up towards the target – 1001 Mountain Gorillas! Tickets are available from at Ditchling Post Oﬃce or by phoning 01273 845361. Please note - no tickets will be available on the door. Make sure you get ‘Satisfaction’ by getting your ticket early – don’t risk turning ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ by leaving it too late!
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Hurst Festival Hurst Festival was first thought of over 14 years ago by a group of happy friends over supper. Thank goodness for that dinner party!
When the Festival launched in Hurstpierpoint 14 years ago, one of its key aims was to encourage the community to try something new in the field of art, culture and entertainment, and for 2017 this aim is being revisited. The Festival organisers not only want to reach out to a new audience in an ever-expanding village, but are also asking the existing audience to step out of their comfort zone and book tickets for something they’d never normally try. Colin Matthews, Festival Chairperson explains, “Hurst Festival this year has over 80 events over two weeks and really does have something for everyone. However we notice that the same people tend to turn up to the same events year on year. This year we’re urging people to see for themselves the incredible diversity and quality we have on offer. Book tickets to something you’ve never heard of and I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised!” The festival runs for two weeks from Saturday 16th September to Sunday 1st October including a whole host of free highlights for people to choose from. Super Sunday This year sees the biggest ever launch for the Hurst Festival with the opening party on Sunday 17th September. The High Street will be closed for a village wide street party with lots of free things
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to do for the whole family. Super Sunday starts at 12.30pm with a treasured transport parade of quirky and vintage vehicles up the High Street. The Village Green will
shows will be performed on the hill as well as the dance troupe hosting two dance workshops for adults and kids alike to explore movement in response to nature.
The High Street will be closed for a village wide street party with lots of free things to do for the whole family host a music marquee, face painters and other entertainers. South Avenue Recreation Ground will host a reptile tent as well as some interesting sports such as fly-fishing and combat archery. In between there will be all manner of weird and wonderful street entertainers, not to mention lots to buy, eat and drink as the High Street traders join in with the party. Wonderful Wolstonbury 2017 also sees Hurst Festival celebrate what for many is the view of home Wolstonbury Hill. Several events will mark our celebration of Wolstonbury; an art exhibition with displays from local artists in Holy Trinity Church will run for the duration of the Festival. There will be an evening of poetry celebrating the Hill and its place in the South Downs. Two dance
Music Local Composer Fraser Trainer will be working on a Festival first this year. Called Raise Your Voice, the project will create a concert from scratch with the children of St Lawrence C of E Primary School. The children will write the lyrics and music then perform their pieces to parents and festivalgoers alike. He is also looking to create Hurstpierpoint’s first ever-scratch band. If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a band, now is your chance. Fraser is looking for people old and young, musical or not to come together as a village band and perform. Tickets for Hurst Festival go on sale on 24th July. A full programme of events is available at www.hurstfestival.org where you can also purchase tickets. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @ hurstfestival for the latest updates. www.sussexliving.com
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Hurstpierpoint Open Studios Now in it’s fifteenth year, the Hurst Open Studios open their doors for us to view the local artistic delights The idea for the Open Studios was originally proposed and organised by Mike Cheetham, following a suggestion by his Art teacher on a course he was attending at the time. Mike also drew inspiration for the event after visiting the Open Houses during the Brighton Festival. With the first Hurstpierpoint Open Studios held in March 2003, this successful event returns in September for it’s 15th anniversary. The idea was unique in the area at that time and Burgess Hill, then Henfield, Hassocks, Ditchling and many more quickly followed them. The principle of Open Studios, or Open Houses is that artists throw open their own premises to all-comers for a limited period, giving them an
This year, there will be twenty-four participants in thirteen venues opportunity to display their work. It is also a great opportunity for people to see a variety of art in the local area. There were just eight exhibitors; seven painters and one sculptor, in six houses when it opened in 2003. This year, there will be twenty-
four participants in thirteen venues, exhibiting paintings, photography, sculpture, stained glass, furniture, mirrors, work in wool and felt, and jewellery. Amongst them will be Sylvia Thornhill who produced the lovely ring of sculptures on The Village Green. The venues will be open on 16-17 and 23-24 September, please note that some are open on the first weekend only. For details about opening dates and further information please visit hurstpierpointopenstudios.com
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Minty Summer Rice Salad
A colourful and refreshing combination of seasonal ingredients with a crunchy texture, together with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing. May the sun keep on shining! Ingredients
250g long grain rice 250g bunch asparagus, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped 4 spring onions, chopped 3 stalks of celery Tin of kidney beans, washed and drained Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 3 tbsp olive oil 1 large bunch of mint leaves, shredded Optional additions: feta cheese or halved mini Mozzarella balls
1. Put the rice into a pan of boiling salted water and cook for 10 minutes. Toss in the asparagus and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the rice is completely cooked and the asparagus is only slightly crunchy. Drain into a colander and hold under the cold tap until cool.
2. When the rice is cold, stir in the red pepper, celery, spring onions, celery, oil, lemon zest and juice and mint leaves. Season well. If you decide on adding cheese, do so before seasoning.
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All food is homemade, even the bread, and cooked freshly to order. All this can be enjoyed in either our bar dining area, restaurant or large garden. We also offer private dining for up to sixteen people.
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with Balsamic Reduction SERVES
This tomato and Mozzarella cheese salad is so easy to make and such a wonderful way to start an Italian meal. It’s also an ideal dish to take along to a party Balsamic Reduction Method & Ingredients 250ml balsamic vinegar 4 tbs honey
1. Stir the balsamic vinegar and honey together in a small saucepan and place over a high heat. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the vinegar mixture has reduced – about 10 minutes. When cool, tip into a jar with a lid and keep until ready to use.
Caprese Salad Ingredients & Method 3 Beefsteak or large tomatoes 500g Buffalo Mozzarella cheese, sliced 4 tbs extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp salt & ¼ tsp ground black pepper A few olives Handful of fresh rocket leaves Small handful of pine nuts
1. Slice the tomatoes and arrange the slices of Mozzarella and tomato in layers, on a serving dish. 2. Dress with rocket leaves, olives and pine nuts. 3. When ready to serve, drizzle the balsamic reduction and olive oil over the dish.
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Lemon & Courgette
400g linguine 3 courgettes, coarsely grated or spiralized 1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped Zest of 1 unwaxed lemon 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, plus a little extra to drizzle Large pinch of crushed chillies A handful of torn basil leaves Grated strong cheddar or slithers of parmesan cheese and rocket
The raw, zingy toppings keep this pasta dish fresh, light and summery – just right for August!
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1. Cook the linguine following the pack instructions, then drain quickly so some cooking water is still clinging to the strands. 2. Tip back into the cooking pan with the grated courgettes, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, chillies and most of the basil. Season generously, then use tongs to toss everything together. Scatter with the remaining basil leaves and add an extra drizzle of oil. 3. Serve with grated strong cheddar or slithers parmesan cheese and rocket.
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Do you know the area covered by Sussex Living magazine better than we do?
Can you differentiate your Horsted Keynes from your Sugar Canes, your West Grinstead from your East Grinstead, your Handcross from your arms crossed? If you think you can, this might be the quiz for you!
American President John Kennedy worshipped at Our Lady of the Forest Church on his last visit to England in 1963. In which village was the church?
What’s the name of the river that separates Bramber from Upper Beeding?
I am a large village with a population of around 5,000. My cricket club is one of the oldest around, dating back to 1771. My Scout Group celebrates it’s centenary in 2017. I am 12 miles from Horsham and around 6 miles from Pyecombe. Where am I?
We’ve come up with seventeen questions, one for every 1,000 magazines we publish each month. Will you be bamboozled by our examination or emerge as a brainbox and be in with a chance of winning one of three prizes?
his travails. He was also given a village in Sussex, known as ‘The Places of Horses’ in Saxon. Today it’s known as what?
What’s the name of the disused railway line, which is now a linear park and cycleway that runs through Crawley Down?
If I were driving from Handcross through Staplefield to Cuckfield, which ‘B’ road would I journey along?
The German town of Schmallenberg is a twin to which Mid Sussex town?
In which town would you find the Princess Royal Hospital?
I am a village at the intersection of the A272 and the A281. I have around 2,000 residents and my church is St.Peter’s. My road names include Thornden and Mercers Mead. Where am I?
Which member of Led Zeppelin maintained a home in the village of Plumpton from the early 1970’s into the mid 1980s?
If I were driving from Chailey through Danehill to Wych Cross, which ‘A’ road would I journey along?
A resident of Copthorne was historically known as a…? (A) Delhi Belly (B) Yellow Belly (C) Jelly Belly
Guillaume de Cahaignes, who arrived in England with William the Conqueror, was given the village of Milton in Buckinghamshire for
In 2014 in East Grinstead, a statue was unveiled in memory of whose pioneering work with his ‘Guinea Pigs?’
In which town did Oscar Wilde write The Importance of Being Earnest during the summer of 1894?
In which town would you watch football at The Dripping Pan?
At 248m (814 feet), what’s the name of the highest point on The South Downs in East Sussex?
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Get ready for Summer at Rushfields!
Whether it’s beautiful Summer plants; hanging baskets and planters, we have it all right here at Rushfields Plant Centre. And Summer also marks the opening of our ‘Outdoor Living Marquee’, displaying everything you’ll need to relax in your garden. Choose from a wide range of garden furniture – tables, chairs, loungers and umbrellas as well as a vast array of chimineas, fire-pits, equipment, fuel and accessories. Say Hello to the Summer at Rushfields
Take a look at our Award-winning Farm Shop and deli counter. We have a tasty selection of Summer time treats – ideal for picnics or barbecues. Choose from homemade, medal-winning pies and sausages, superb Sussex cheeses and continental delicacies. Relax over a light, al fresco lunch, refreshing cold drink or tea and decadent cakes in our spacious Café.
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BY LISA DE SILVA
GARDENS à la MODE If you are looking to update your garden, with time and imagination your plot can be transformed into your dream green space
If you want to make the most of your garden this year and keep abreast with blossoming trends, here’s our guide to what’s hot for summer 2017. Grow Your Own Garden As concern about the use of harsh pesticides continues to soar, there is a surging trend for growing our own fruit and veg. This interest in our health will see more of us growing antioxidant rich 100% organic veg, such as asparagus, cauliﬂower and sweet potatoes. What’s more, the popularity of spiralising will encourage courgette and carrot growing to bloom. While herbal tea gardens and cooking herbs have become a mainstay of edible gardening, medicinal gardening will also become more popular, reﬂecting our interest in more natural forms of herbal medicine. Growing things you can use has also inﬂuenced home production of natural dyes for knitting and weaving. Natural dye plants oﬀer a pop of bright colour in the garden and favourites include marigolds, blue cornﬂowers and purple basil.
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The Naturalism Trend Creating an environmentally friendly plot is also top of many gardeners wish list. This includes developing chemical free pest control by encouraging birds and bats to feast on unwanted insects. There is also a growing trend to use authentic materials throughout our gardens, with many of us embracing a more rustic kind of charm. The use of stone, wood, trees and shrubs, creates a seamless look to our plots and softer more free ﬂowing designs are the order of the day. An example of this is the trend in children’s play areas. The once popular plastic and metal climbing frames are being replaced by requests for more natural ‘play spaces’ using wooden structures and old tyres. The Scandinavian notion of hygge has also inﬂuenced this desire to create a more traditional and authentic style of garden. Hygge is all about cosiness, comfort and wellbeing and
has encouraged the trend for blankets, hanging chairs, outdoor ﬁ replaces, lanterns, solar lighting and small outside cooking appliances. Vertical Gardens While living walls have been around
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for a while, this year the notion of vertical gardening has really taken off. Many plants can be grown vertically, including herbs, grasses and ferns. A green wall offers many benefits including a reduction in noise pollution, an improvement in air quality and extra insulation for a building. They
A vertical garden can help to reduce noise pollution, improve air quality and provide insulation also look stunning and are perfect for small urban gardens and balconies. The Smart Garden As the world becomes increasingly digitalised, the request for a smart garden is another growing trend. With climate change an important consideration, low water landscaping and hi-tech irrigation systems have
made it easy to control how much water is delivered to our plants. Smart controllers use weather data to accurately determine how much water our gardens need and advances in technology means that these controllers can now be operated and monitored by a smart phone. With the ability to water your plants from the office or the beach, thereâ€™s no need to ever ask your neighbours to water your plants again.
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Outdoor Living One of the biggest trends in recent years is to bring the inside out, with gardens now being used as extra living space. To make the most of this trend it’s a great idea to recycle, upcycle or repurpose things you already own. For example, an indoor mirror could become an outdoor mirror, unwanted cushions could be recovered for outdoor living and even old sofas and armchairs could be given a new lease of life in the garden. This fashion for outside living has given rise to the outdoor kitchen, with strong growth in the sales of fire pits, built-in BBQs and wood burning ovens. If you have the room, outdoor sinks and fridges can complete the look. These areas are great for entertaining and this trend is expected to really take hold in the foreseeable future. Planting Trends The trend for hyperlocalism has not only benefited small artisan producers, but has also been seen in the desire to grow locally sourced plants that will thrive in the soil and conditions in which they first started life. So, expect to see more home grown plants in nurseries and garden centres over the coming years. Traditional heritage and cottage flowers like foxgloves, peonies, poppies and dahlias are also trending, maybe influenced by the Scandi style for softer and more romantic planting. Strong robust plants will also feature more prominently, especially hardy perennials and evergreens. This will help to encourage both novice gardeners and those looking for low maintenance plants. For those with an eye on environmental factors, a wilder style-planting scheme will encourage the birds and bees. It also seems that people want more out of their plants, not only do they need to look lovely but they also need to help purify the air, or provide something edible. As the size of the average garden continues to shrink, container gardening shows no signs of waning and there is also a trend away from high maintenance lawns. It seems that we want more interest from our plots than simply an expanse of lawn which requires regular mowing and upkeep. In fact, the trend for artificial lawn is still flourishing, particularly owing to improvements in how natural it now looks and feels.
Wilder style planting schemes encourage birds and bees, helping to minimise the use of harsh chemicals and pesticides
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In part two of our guide to bedrooms, we explore how to choose the best bed and mattress for a refreshing and reviving night’s sleep
GIVE YOUR BED
CHOOSING A BED
DIVAN BEDS A divan is simply a base, with a mattress and headboard placed on top. There are two types: pocket sprung divans have springs in the base, which can make them more comfortable, whereas platform top divans are cheaper, but will give a ﬁ rmer feel. Divan beds usually have built in drawers for storage, although these will not be able to store bulky items. Style wise they oﬀer only a limited choice of options, so beds tend to be plainer and less ornate than those with a frame.
BED FRAMES A bed frame with a slatted base will give you limitless options on the styling front and is the easiest way to make a style statement. If you have narrow access doors or stairwells, this type of bed will suit as it comes as a ﬂat pack which can be assembled once in situ. A slatted bed frame also allows for a constant airﬂow, letting the mattress breathe. Cleaning under the bed is easy. Or, if you’re looking for extra storage, there’s ample room for either purpose built storage boxes, or bulkier items underneath the slats. When choosing a frame the type of material you select will inﬂuence the overall vibe of the room. Wooden frames will bring a natural, more rustic appearance to the room, adding warmth. Metal
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bed frames are hard wearing, with a wide range of styles and ﬁ nishes, while leather is growing in popularity. If cost is an issue, faux leather is an aﬀordable alternative. Easier to clean, it is durable, soft to the touch and oﬀers a wide choice of colours. BED STYLES The type of bed now available is vast, so here’s a quick run down on the most popular. If you have the space, a four-poster or canopy bed, whether fully curtained or draped in voile, makes a strong statement. Romantic and dramatic, this type of bed can increase your privacy and in continued on page 32
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Sleigh beds are made of solid wood but can also be upholstered and are characterised by their sloping head and footboards. These can be a great shape for night-time readers as the curve supports the spine when sitting up in bed. Similarly, beds with upholstered headboards are also extremely comfortable for reading and your choice of textiles is another opportunity to make a style statement. A once trendy alternative to the traditional mattress bed, the waterbed achieved peak popularity in the ‘70s. Despite their apparent comfort, the high levels of maintenance required, their weight and the potential issues of leaking water, mean they are now a niche product.
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Little Blighters There’s very little one can do to avoid blight in the fi rst place, but if it suddenly strikes, the fi rst task is to remain calm, don’t panic, and try the following suggestions! An unwelcome visitor stalks our gardens in August – Potato Blight. As the name suggests, this fungal infection mostly aﬀects spuds, but outdoorgrown tomatoes are also highly susceptible. The foliage shows the ﬁ rst telltale signs, with shrivelling leaves that are often damp to the touch. A brownish rot then appears, whereupon the entire plant collapses. Blight is particularly active in wet, humid conditions. The microscopic spores are easily transported via wind or water droplets, so there really is nothing you can do to prevent it, but it’s important to act quickly the moment it arrives. Although blight will kill a plant, it is harmless to humans, so any crops may be safely eaten. For tomatoes; harvest any useable fruits, then dig up the plants entirely. For potatoes;
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cut oﬀ the foliage to ground level, but leave the potatoes in the soil for another fortnight, by which time they will have hardened their skins to allow for harvesting with minimal damage. A dry, breezy day is preferable for this task. Dig them up carefully and leave them resting on the soil for a few hours - as their surfaces dry, any adhering soil can be easily and
Although blight will kill a plant, it is harmless to humans, so any crops may be safely eaten
Never put blight-infected plants on your compost heap as it’s unlikely that a domestic heap will reach a suﬃcient temperature to kill oﬀ the spores. However, you can dispose of them in a green waste recycling bin as the huge commercial compost heaps reach very high temperatures. Alternatively, infected material can be burnt or buried, (at least 30 cms deep.) On a cheerier note, most other vegetables are completely unaﬀected by blight. Pick French and runner beans when they’re small and tender - and keep up the watering too. Sweetcorn should now be ready for harvesting, (assuming the badgers haven’t got there ﬁrst.) Lettuce and salad onions are speedy growers. Sown now, they will crop before the ﬁrst frosts. After their midsummer splendour, many herbs will be looking tatty. A gentle trim with the shears, followed by a good drink of water will propel them back into growth, providing you with fresh snippings for the kitchen. www.sussexliving.com
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If you spend enough time by the water this summer, you might be lucky enough to catch a ﬂash of deep metallic blue, too fast to focus upon as it speeds past. The kingﬁsher is one of our most spectacular and elusive birds, that once seen is never forgotten. After glimpsing one or two during childhood, I lost sight of these startling birds until I came to live in Sussex. Since then I’ve seen them hurtle over slow moving rivers, dart across Ardingly reservoir and most surprisingly, watch one dash between trees in Brighton Cemetery. Their ﬂ ight is so rapid that they are diﬃcult to see and most sightings are simply an impression of vivid colour, there then gone. They ﬂy low, which again makes them harder to see against reﬂections in water where they hunt for ﬁsh and aquatic insects. Territory is extremely important for kingﬁshers. Each bird tends to cover about a kilometre of river but may extend to ﬁve times this distance. They start to contest territories by mid September and a breeding pair will often divide their summer territory between them. Slow moving, shallow rivers and streams clean enough to supply abundant small ﬁsh
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For a change we left the rural scenery behind and found solace in the urban landscape with a walk around Haywards Heath Plenty of thanks for this ramble must go to the Haywards Heath Society who inspired us to base an urban walk, its routing and historical information on work they had previously researched and collated. The settlement of Heyworthe, as it was originally known, contained some poor quality land, which wasn’t cultivated, although it would have been used for grazing and ﬁ rewood. This land was owned by the lord of the manor and known as ‘The Waste.’ Over time it’s possible the characteristics of the land changed, the name certainly evolved and it became known as ‘The Heath.’ Today’s residents might be relieved to learn they aren’t living on Haywards Waste! This walk starts and ends at the railway station and moves in an anti-clockwise direction around the approximate periphery of the area covered by ‘The Heath.’ Once upon a long ago it would all have been several shades of natural colours but gradual urbanisation has reduced it in
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size to pockets of green spread across the town. From the station, which ﬁ rst opened in 1841, walk west and under the railway bridge. Keep an eye on the pigeons above to avoid being showered with unwanted sloppy gifts. The pavement bears left into Market Place, which housed the original station entrance until 1880. Market Place becomes Boltro Road at the end of the one-way. It’s a delightful assortment of old and new properties and businesses along both sides. Keep going up the hill noting the diversity along the way. As the gradient lessens, keep going until the well kept lawns and well tended ﬂowerbeds of Muster Green appear. The tranquillity of this area, ablaze with summer colours seem at odds with its memorials to armed conﬂ ict. At one end of the green is the memorial to the battle of 1642, which was a footnote in the English Civil War. At the other end is the memorial to the two great wars of the 20th Century, complemented by two rather apposite and subtle war themed benches. Leaving Muster Green behind, walk east towards the one-way system. Cross the main road and take a hundred steps or so along South Road before turning right into Victoria Park, which opens out invitingly. Take the path on the right and follow it all the way downhill, eventually passing through a small glade of mixed deciduous trees, and then two pairs of green railings. Beyond this is Drummond Close. At the other end of it, turn right into Sunnywood Drive. www.sussexliving.com
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The wall on the right borders The Priory of Our Lady of Good Counsel, which was built in 1886 and remained open until 1978. At Sussex Square (one circle that does ﬁt a square), take the second exit and walk north up Hazelgrove Road. The road becomes Oathall Road as it heads over the brow, then downhill. Large desirable properties line both sides of the road.
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AVictorian ODYSSEY Forget the Tour de France and the Paris-Dakar Rally because the story of Robert Louis Jefferson puts both of them in the shade
In Wivelsfield Green lives a pleasant, genial man named John Jeﬀerson whose grandfather was the remarkable Victorian, Robert Louis Jeﬀerson. Across his dining room table John recalled growing up in Crystal Palace, unaware of his grandfather’s exploits until 1996, “although I knew he was famous.” Quite how famous Robert was only became apparent as John dug deeper into history, uncovering facts and some myths along the way.
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John continued, “my dad wasn’t very good at keeping things. My Mum came home one day to ﬁ nd him having a bonﬁ re of grandfather’s things in the garden.” Fortunately, plenty was saved from the ﬂames and latterly with the help of Lucy Dillistone from the Royal Geographical Society a more complete story has emerged. www.sussexliving.com
Robert Louis Jeﬀerson’s father fought in the Crimean War, after which he moved to the United States to become a mercenary in the Civil War. It was in Missouri, in 1866, that Robert claimed to have been born, although he also claimed to have been born in London. The National Archive at Kew has shed no light on the Missouri claim. By the time his teenage years drew to a close Robert was a reporter living in London, writing for both the penny dreadfuls and regional titles, before becoming a political sketch writer in the House of Commons. “He was a journalist, so used to telling stories… and he was known to tell a tall tale or two,” chuckled John. In 1886 aged twenty, Robert purchased a Rover Safety bicycle and joined Catford Cycle Club, where he developed into an excellent cyclist in a career that freewheeled until 1892. By then, Robert was writing for The Cycle magazine, and his proprietor, Charles Percival Sisley conceived
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the idea of sending him on epic cycle rides to generate stories for publication. Today, uploads to websites are accessible worldwide instantaneously, but in the nineteenth century Robert sent postcards home to his sponsors, The Rover Company and Charles Sisley. “Postcards were brief, containing the bare news and little else, no personalisation at all,” said John. He pointed out, “punctures or breakages were never mentioned. I guess Robert wanted the public to believe the equipment was faultless and unbreakable.” It was “all about accomplishing the journey and promoting the sponsors,” said John succinctly. The postcards are on display in the Coventry Transport Museum. We leafed through two albums of press cuttings, John wistfully setting the scene, “Robert was quite a famous ﬁgure for his time, he must have been a good communicator with his journalistic background and continued on page 54
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population. Returning from this trip he was elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. According to John, “my father barely knew my grandfather as he would only be home brieﬂy between journeys. He would disappear into the study with a bottle of whisky to write his articles and books, and that was all he might see of him.” Robert may have been famous, but he had to work hard writing his books, padding them out with adverts from ride sponsors. Several were published including Roughing it in Siberia which is surely a title to send a shiver up the spine, A wheel to Moscow and back and A new ride to Khiva. Robert also published a novel titled The Coward. John paid £200 for a copy, only to realise he already had one. “I gave my original copy to my sister,” he chortled. More recently, Robert’s books have been re-published in the United States. Robert’s ﬁ nal ride of the quintet was in April 1898, 6,000
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miles from London to Khiva in Uzbekistan. It was his most diﬃcult journey. Arriving after ﬁve months pedalling he found the place so depressing he left for England almost immediately on the Trans-Caspian Railway. His bike parked for good, Robert turned to the Rover motorcar for his next adventure in 1905, which was a repeat of the cycle ride to Constantinople. Further drives promoting Rover ventured to India (1906) and South Africa (1907). In South Africa he was reported to have said, “I’ve never seen such shocking main roads as those in Natal.” One wonders what he might make of 21st Century roads in Sussex! Robert then drove coast to coast across Canada (1909) and New Zealand (1911). In 1914, while driving for the Wolsey Motor Company, Robert travelled to Australia and it was in Melbourne that he succumbed to a probable stroke. He was 46 with a wife and three children. Despite leaving an estate of £1,000 (£100,000 today) John’s father was soon withdrawn from public school to enter the world of work. It was a tough time and John’s father moved to America, returning penniless in 1933. All of which might make it easier
to understand the burning of Robert’s mementos. John Jeﬀerson is the only family member to visit Brighton Cemetery in Melbourne to see Robert’s grave. John recalled, “as we walked to the cemetery I thought, what on earth am I doing here? But we bumped into someone who helped us ﬁ nd the grave.” Travelling full circle, I tentatively asked John for his
longest cycle ride? “It was Crystal Palace to Brighton, with friends when I was twelve. We intended to sleep on the beach, but had to get the train home.” It was, quite possibly the innovation of the London to Brighton ride long before it ever became popular. All of which, when coupled with the adventures of the remarkable Robert Louis Jeﬀerson makes the Tour de France and Paris-Dakar appear just a little bit tame.
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Spice up your August and stave off summer holiday boredom with our family-friendly activity ideas
Kids Fun in the Sun
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Holiday prices skyrocket during August, but if you’re staying at home this year then keeping the kids entertained can be a challenge. Have a crack at these fun, low cost activities to make this summer the best one yet.
Try stand-up paddle boarding
This brand new ﬁtness craze is just as popular with adults as it is with kids. Originally imported from Hawaii, ‘SUP’ involves standing on a surfboard and using a paddle to propel yourself through the water. Scull down a peaceful river, stopping for a midway picnic, or take a paddle board out to sea for a real adrenaline rush. There are organisations across the county oﬀering SUP tuition and kids’ courses, with everything from family day trips to SUP yoga available.
Fly a kite
Too breezy to lounge around on the beach? Try ﬂying a kite instead. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to avoid the busy local park and head somewhere less
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populous. The beach is perfect – try a rural stretch of shingle such as the coast between Newhaven and Seaford. When the wind is low, heading up high can give your kite an extra boost. Look for areas of the Downs that are easily accessed by car, such as Firle Beacon, Ditchling Beacon and Devil’s Dyke.
Scout out bats
Bats navigate by calling as they ﬂy and piecing together a map of the area in their head by listening to the sonic echoes. These noises are generally too high for the human ear to pick up, but you can tune in to bat frequency with the use of a simple detector. Take a bat detector outside after dusk to track down bats in your garden, or head to a nature reserve with a large bat population such as Woods Mill near
Build a den
This big tick on the bucket list of childhood, is a fantastic summer holiday project. Anything can be used to build a den, from old chairs and tables to bamboo poles, bendy sticks and fallen branches. Use string or old inner tubes to tie the structure together and cover it with something waterproof such as dust sheets or tarpaulin. If you don’t have a garden then you can still build a den. Some villages have areas where kids are encouraged to get creative in the outdoors, such as Barcombe’s ‘Wild About Barcombe’ project. Another alternative is to join one of the bushcraft or forest school programmes taking place throughout Sussex during the summer holidays. continued on page 62
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Catch it and cook it
There’s nothing like the thrill of catching your own fish and then taking it home for the barbecue. Fishing generally requires membership to an angling association and a substantial amount of tackle, so try before you buy with a fun family fishing trip. There are plenty of day courses on offer, from fly fishing and coarse fishing to deep sea fishing off the Sussex coast.
Start a kid’s garden
Inspire your nippers with a passion for nature (and get them helping out with the watering at the same time) by starting a special ‘kid’s area’ in your garden. Choose plants that will grow quickly from seed, such as sunflowers, beans and potatoes. Add a Wendy house or den to their area of the garden, paint stones to resemble ladybirds or bugs, make a bird feature out of building bricks or add homemade lanterns crafted from recycled tin cans to add interest.
Too breezy to lounge around on the beach? Try flying a kite instead Go kayaking
Trying to entertain an adventurous type this summer? Kayaking is the perfect sport for mini adrenaline junkies – fast, fun, and with plenty of opportunities to get wet. Beginners usually start on calm reservoirs or lakes before progressing to faster
flowing rivers and even waterfall drops. There are plenty of places for kids to learn around the county, with both local canoe clubs and commercial organisations offering routes into the sport. Try a family sea kayaking trip around the coastline for an extra thrill.
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Hold a yard sale
Motivate the kids to join you in a clear out by throwing a USA-style yard sale. Known as ‘garage sales’ here in the UK, these are fantastic ways of passing on your unwanted items and keeping the nippers entertained at the same time. Make sure anything you choose to include in your sale is clean and fairly priced, display it well and include a ‘free box’ for anything particularly low value. Tip off friends and neighbours a few days before and put a sign outside your house to attract more customers. Your kids might also be keen to sell drinks or even homemade cookies at the sale for extra pocket money.
most of their talent by participating in a charity fun run. Local running clubs host events across Sussex throughout the summer, with everything from 5k family events to mini mud-tastic obstacle courses on offer. Kids will love choosing a charity, raising sponsorship from friends and family, and taking part in fun training sessions.
Learn to bake
Rainy summer days can leave everyone climbing the walls. Stave off the dreaded “I’m bored” mantra by getting the little ones baking. Go for simple recipes that taste delicious and look great. Cupcakes decorated with colourful icing and glitter, animal shaped tarts, name place biscuits and gingerbread men are all great places to start.
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BY HANNA LINDON
The ruined medieval priory tucked away behind Southover High Street was once the economic and religious hub of Lewes. Hanna Lindon delves into the area’s hidden history Priory Park is one of the most tranquil spots in Lewes – a grassy oasis between Southover High Street and the A27, where smooth paths serpentine between the remains of medieval ﬂint walls. Today it’s a place where people come to ramble, relax and walk their dogs, but for 500 years between the 11th and 16th century it was one of the largest and wealthiest monasteries in Britain. “That the monastery dominated Lewes economically as well as religiously and architecturally, there can be no doubt,” says Arthur Franklin, head of history and research at the Priory Trust. We’ve met at the western entrance to Priory Park, where raised beds have been planted to recreate a medieval kitchen garden. The ruined building in front of us looks majestic even in decay – but it’s only the monk’s secondary toilet block. All of the Priory’s most important buildings were razed to the ground during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and now lie beneath the gardens
CHRONICLES The whole Priory precinct would have been bursting with activity
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north of the railway line. The entire complex sprawled over around 39 acres and included everything from a vast 2,700-metre-square church with ﬁve chapels to a water mill, forge, brewhouse and granary. “The whole precinct would have been bursting with activity,” says Arthur. “There would have been the familiar sight of masons and builders, craftsmen of every sort, working on the numerous building schemes. Local lay people would be working in the gardens and orchards and bringing produce from the Lewes market to the Cellarer and Steward of the Priory. Carts and boats delivering supplies at its riverside dock would have to be checked in and unloaded. Other lay people would have been employed as servants in the Great Hall or kitchens and to assist the monks in the day-to-day management of the farms.” It may have developed into a bustling hive of activity, but the Priory of St Pancras was originally founded by just four monks. Led by the ﬁrst prior,
Lanzo, they came over from Cluny in France between 1078 and 1082 at the invitation of Lewes’s ﬁrst Norman overlord William de Warenne. The Priory grew quickly – during the 12th and 13th centuries it was home to over 100 monks and many more visitors. The monks followed a stringent routine of prayer and contemplation, attending eight church services every day as well as tending the gardens and (in the case of the Priory) entertaining important guests. Lewes Priory was eventually destroyed during the 16th-century Dissolution of the Monasteries, but the site remains an important part of town life. The Priory Trust maintains the ruins, runs a successful education programme and undertakes historical research. There’s a ﬂourishing herb garden, a new medieval kitchen garden and a succession of events for visitors to enjoy. See the ruins at their most magical in September, when the annual Priory by Candlelight sees the medieval walls lit by thousands of ﬂickering candles. See www.lewespriory.org.uk for visitor information.
Ruth’s garden was her life. Dahlias. Peonies. Fuchsias. Sweet peas. Friends said her garden was a rainbow. So we helped her family to decorate the church with flowers from Ruth’s own garden. The church looked particularly colourful that day. And afterwards, everyone took a flower home.
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BY LINDA NIGHTINGALE
There is more to fi nding your dream home than just bricks and mortar, Linda Nightingale gives us some pointers on picking the right location too There has been a great deal of publicity in recent weeks about a survey carried out by one of the big banks which showed that having shopping facilities nearby in your village or town could add to the value of a residential property. Looking at the picture overall however, there can be many reasons for a spike in house prices, for example it is well known that school catchment areas come at a premium.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
I recently moved to a new house and my son told me to ensure that I was near a bus stop, a doctor’s surgery and a good hospital! You probably want your purchase to last at least 10 years, possibly much longer, before you move again, so get it right. As the popularity of house searching via the property websites grows
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there is an endless choice of exciting new homes in amazing locations and it is easy to get distracted. Well don’t!
WANTS AND NEEDS
Close and easy access to local shops is often a top priority for many. Petrol costs can add up if you want a daily newspaper and must embark on a round trip. Shops and banking facilities nearby can be important. A village location with post oﬃce and local amenities store can be very desirable, whatever your age. Schools are vitally important for owners with families. Catchment areas are known to raise property prices but your investment should show a return in the long run and having a school within walking distance where your children can play with other pupils out of school hours, has a lot of advantages. Access to motorways is desirable to many, as are train stations so this too needs to be factored into your decision making. Ensure the location suits you at all times of the day and weekends. Take the time to pass
the property you are thinking of buying, when the local pub is in full swing. Visit on the days when there are school runs; is road parking outside a problem? Don’t forget to check if there are to be any major developments in the area. Look at the planning oﬃce website, read the local papers, check crime rates. It sounds onerous but it will be a lot worse if your dream house turns into a nightmare.
REASONS TO MOVE
There are many reasons for moving to a new home, you may be divorced or widowed, you may be ﬁ nding your family house too much of a burden, perhaps driving is becoming more diﬃcult, your children have moved away, you are looking to invest in bricks and mortar for your future. Having worked in the property market for many years I can tell you that buyers get tempted by ‘the perfect home’ and disregard logical thought processes in their desire to own it. However, if you draw up a list of your personal location needs, do not be tempted to look at properties which do not fulﬁ l this criterion. Moving is not cheap so be careful what you choose!
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I love classic cars; more stylish, memorable and fun to drive than most vehicles on the road today. They remind me of times when motoring was less hurried and the roads were emptier. I met members of the Weald Classic Vehicle Club at their first special display of the year to find out more about their club and their forthcoming presence at the Martlets and Burgess Hill Vintage Festival on Sunday 24 September. The club is not exclusive to cars; motorbikes and commercial vehicles are all welcome and you don’t have to own a classic to become a member. Nick Wilmore told me that the club, that is always seeking new members, is a
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sociable bunch that meets for dinners, car shows, trips out and regular club events. With an informal monthly club night on the second Tuesday of every month, a monthly breakfast at Cowfold and Deanland and Drive and Dine evenings on the fourth Tuesday through the summer months, there are plenty of opportunities to meet likeminded enthusiasts. There are 60 members at present who enjoy regular
talks, a summer barbeque, a Christmas meal and numerous social events throughout the year. Originally started by the University of the Third Age (U3A) three years ago, the club soon became independent and has attracted numerous enthusiasts, many of whom show their own vehicles. I chatted to owners on the club stand of the Burgess Hill Festival at St John’s Park. It
It was clear how much hard work had gone into restoring these head turning vehicles and I wanted to discover the stories behind them
was clear how much hard work had gone into restoring these head turning vehicles and I wanted to discover the stories behind them. My eyes alighted on a 1951 bus, built to operate the Tyne Tees Mersey Express service and carry 31 people in comfort. The bus appeared in the TV series Heartbeat with a slightly different livery and the present owner purchased it from Cumbria Coaches who had used it on a weekly basis in the Lake District. The drive back down south
took eleven and a half hours which at 11mpg proved to be a rather expensive journey! The red and cream livery, combined with the curves and large front grille make this bus a real beauty that will now spend her life attending shows. I spotted a 1963 Landrover whose owner, Mike Nelson told me how he uses her for off roading. “It’s a lot of fun,” he admitted, explaining that a V6 Ford engine lay under the bonnet. Jonathan Pearson, owner of a Toyota MR2, told me how he’d rebuilt the car and intended driving her to Switzerland for 10 days to do the Nurburge Ring. Touring a classic car on the continent is an ambition for
many enthusiasts and joining a club is a great way to get support and information for an international journey. Ian Voller is the proud owner of a Sunbeam Tiger that he bought in 1988 and since finishing a twelve-year restoration he has toured round France, Italy and Germany, enjoying the sunshine and a potential top
speed of 125 mph from the Ford V8 engine. Only 800 were originally sold in the UK and there are currently around 300 left in this country. Among other cars lovingly displayed by their owners was a 1934 Triumph Gloria Vitesse, designed by the legendary Donald Healey and a stunning 1967 Daimler brought over from her original home on Jersey. Although cars from the 1960s and 70s predominate in the club, there are some real ‘oldies’, a 1928 Ford Model A and a 1934 Triumph and there are also a couple of 1950s motorbikes belonging to members. The event in September is a community affair. The scouts will be helping and
Nick wants to encourage local restaurants to open for the day. All proceeds will go to the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance. “We’re aiming to include vehicles from the 1900s to 90s,” he told me, “there will be a ‘fast and furious’ section and we’ve got the bandstand free for bands to perform in on the day.” Anyone interested in exhibiting their vehicle should contact the club at the email below. It would be a great opportunity to get together with other enthusiasts and benefit from everything this popular club has to offer. For details of club events and regular meetings please visit www.wealdclassicclub. com Anyone interested in exhibiting or providing music on the 24th September please email events wcvc@gmail. com
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The most notorious local smuggler’s ‘run’ ever was about to rudely awaken the inhabitants of Worthing from their peaceful slumbers!
A stroll down Worthing’s sedate seafront gives no clue to the illicit trade that was rife until the mid 19th century when the town became the setting for what was the last smuggling battle in West Sussex. Two hours after midnight on February 22nd 1832, a boat carrying 300 tubs of contraband spirits became beached on the sands on Worthing’s seafront. It was bright moonlight and two hundred smugglers, bodyguards and assistants began unloading the cargo that included perfume, French brandy and Dutch gin. The landing party was flanked by men carrying bats and staves; unfortunately for them, the moonlight allowed coastguards to spot the convoy and shots were fired to summon help. A lieutenant Henderson was in charge of the pursuing force that was quickly marshalled and a running battle soon ensued along the High Street and the surrounding lanes, among which the smugglers
began to dissipate. In Warwick Street, some residents opened their doors to allow the smugglers to escape to the rear streets and while mounted officers galloped through the lanes firing pistols, smugglers made off with numerous kegs of brandy. More than thirty minders kept the customs officers at bay until they reached a footbridge that crossed the Teville Stream. William Cowerson, a 31-yearold stonemason from Steyning was helping to protect the smugglers by blocking the bridge and confronting Henderson when he arrived. He broke Henderson’s arm with a bat but the officer had his pistol in his other hand and shot Cowerson dead with a single shot. The coroner’s jury in the nearby Anchor Inn decided that the killing was justified and Cowerson’s body was buried in Steyning churchyard with no hint of how he met his end. The conflict, known as the Battle of Teville Footbridge
Smuggling had been one way that desperate farm labourers and craftsmen could boost their low incomes
marked the beginning of the end of large scale smuggling through Worthing; a troop of dragoons were moved into the town and made the trade too risky to continue. Few of the kegs of brandy were ever recovered as they were swiftly dispersed to hiding places in Sompting, Lancing, Steyning and Tarring. Smuggling had been one way that desperate farm labourers and craftsmen could boost their low incomes; the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars had made times tough and most residents and even the church were on the side of the smugglers. The only reason this ill-fated battle ever took place was the over confidence of the smugglers in landing the contraband at a riskier central beach location instead of the usual, less obvious places further east. The government finally realised that changing the tax on spirits would put an end to the illegal and dangerous trade of smuggling. Cowerson’s epitaph makes perhaps the most poignant reference to the sacrifice made by those involved; it ends simply, “For in my bloom I was called away.” References: ‘Worthing History’ in www.hadesign.co.uk by Freddie Feest and ‘Smuggling in Kent and Sussex 1700-1840’ by Mary Waugh S u ss e x L i v i n g August 2017
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by marie baker
Aimee Baker, aged 11
Epilepsy Lifestyle was set up to provide lifesaving monitoring equipment for people diagnosed with epilepsy. Marie Baker explains more about the charity The aim of Epilepsy Lifestyle is to improve the lives of children and adults diagnosed with epilepsy, by providing funding for sleeping/ monitoring equipment. Epilepsy Lifestyle was founded in March 2014, supporting children and adults with epilepsy in and around East Sussex, shortly after they branched out into West Sussex and Brighton and Hove in September 2015. Due to the success of the charity on 26th March 2016, exactly 2 years after first establishing, they launched nationally, providing support to anyone with any form of epilepsy across the United Kingdom. The charity was set up by partners Marie and Ian, who both have children with a life-limiting form of epilepsy. Sadly they have a number of close family friends lose their children to a seizure during the night. This is the motivation behind Epilepsy Lifestyle, as Marie states “I can’t bare the thought of knowing that there is a piece of equipment which may help to detect a seizure during the night but families cannot afford them. The monitors can alert parents or carers to a seizure, allowing them to administer critical medication or call for emergency assistance if necessary. Parents and carers are exhausted, and nights are such a scary time for them.” Epilepsy affects 1 in every 103 people in the UK, and SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy Patients) affects approximately 1 in 1,000 epilepsy patients every year. The peace of mind that a monitor/sleeping solution can give to a family or epilepsy patient cannot be underestimated. No one should ever have to wake up to find their child or loved one has passed in the night from a seizure. How can Epilepsy Lifestyle help? It gives patients and their families a choice of 4 different monitors/ sleeping solutions.
Lifestyle Left: Emfit Epilepsy Monitor and right: Pulse Oximeter
EEG test on Aimee
They work with their beneficiaries and suppliers to ensure the most appropriate piece of equipment is chosen specifically for their circumstances and type of epilepsy. The monitoring solutions they provide cost between £50 and £800.
Without the dedication of these people the charity could not operate. When asked about his motivation, Ian who is a charity trustee and treasurer simply replied, “what we do is nothing compared to what the children with epilepsy go through. We play a small, but important part in helping to manage a child’s epilepsy.” As with all small charities, Epilepsy Lifestyle would not be able to function without fundraising events and donations. People can also help by sending in their used stamps or having a collection box in their place of work. Please see the website for more information. Epilepsy Lifestyle is currently able to run without a waiting list so if there is anyone with an epilepsy diagnosis who feels one of these monitors may help then the charity urge you to get in touch, either by emailing info@ epilepsylifestyle.org.uk or through the contact form on their website, www.epilepsylifestyle.org.uk
The peace of mind that a monitor /sleeping solution can give to a family or epilepsy patient cannot be underestimated Since setting up in 2014 Epilepsy Lifestyle has funded almost 160 pieces of equipment, consequently improving the lives of many families. The charity receives no statutory funding and therefore relies heavily on fundraising and grant making organisations. The charity runs from a family home and has a very small team of 3 trustees and a small handful of volunteers.
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Kids Summer Fun and Musical Sundays in August
Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP Alice in Wonderland Trail, outdoor games, activities on selected days. Musical Sundays in August featuring a different act each week. Adults £8.20, Concessions £7.80, Child £5.50. Family tickets: 2 Adults + 2 Children £23.00, 2 Adults + 3 Children £26.50. Contact: Andrew Loin 01444 450326 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bordehill.co.uk Saturday 29 July – Sunday 06 August, 10:00-17:30 (Closes 15:00 6.8.17)
Adventurers Art Club 64th Summer Exhibition
King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2HH With 50 exhibitors of original art to enjoy or buy. Entry £1. 01444 461037 www.adventurersart.co.uk email@example.com Monday 31 July – Saturday 05 August, 10:00-16:00
The Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN17 1ZZ Performances:- Saturday 5th August at 2pm & 6pm. One week of the holidays that you will never forget with Bullfrog Productions! £160 fully inclusive for one week. Contact: Jill McGrogan 01342 322411 jillmcgrogan:@btconnect.com www.bullfrogproductions.co.uk Monday 31 July – Saturday 12 August, 10:00-17:00
The Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN17 1ZZ Performances:- Friday 11th at 7pm and Saturday 12th at 2pm and 7pm. Come and ‘dream the dream’ and spend 2 weeks as part of the cast of Les Miserables with Bullfrog Productions! £275 fully inclusive for two weeks. Contact: Jill McGrogan 01342 322411 jillmcgrogan:@btconnect.com From Tuesday 01 August and then every day, 09:40 and every 30 mins till 19:10
Breeze up to Devil’s Dyke on the 77 Bus Outside Brighton Railway Station (Bus Stop E) Take the double-deck 77 bus for breathtaking views and enjoy walks and refreshments at Devil’s Dyke. £4.50 return, up to 2 kids per adult go free. 2-for-1 with your rail ticket. www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/ breezebuses 01273 292480 Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
‘Gages’ Home Delivery Service – Forest Row Parish Council Delivered to the Forest Row and Ashurst Wood Area This service allows residents that are unable to visit us for lunch to have a
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home-cooked meal delivered. Soup £2, Main Meal £4.50, Dessert £2. The cost to deliver a meal is 50p per day. Contact: Sara Smart email@example.com
Tuesday 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 August, 10:3013:00
IT Drop-in Sessions
Morley’s Bistro, 42 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RG Computer or gadget problems? Why not come to one of our informal ‘drop-in’ sessions being held at Morley’s Bistro. £5 for one 15 minute session. The IT Girl Ltd, Emma 07938 838861 firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday 01 August, 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. £2 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741 Tuesday 01 August, 20:00
The Group for Unattached Men & Women
A pub in Lewes Unattached? Aged 50+? The Group might be exactly right for you. We meet in Lewes on the first Tuesday evening of every month. 400 members in Sussex, and on that evening there will be at least 30 of them there. The Group is not a dating agency, but it is an opportunity to meet other single men and women. We also meet in Burgess Hill, Horsham and Brighton. Walks, dining, golf, theatre, holidays etc. Take a look at the website, then give us a call. www.thegroup.org.uk Wednesday 02 August, 14:15
Hurstpierpoint WI Meeting
The Girl Guide Headquarters, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Garden Party and Silent Auction. Visitors welcome £3. Wednesday 02 August, 13:30 for 14:0016:15
Burgess Hill Flower Club 65 Year Celebration
Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8EU Come and enjoy afternoon tea, a slice of celebration cake and a glass of bubbly. A chance to meet our members and to celebrate our achievement. £7 for this Anniversary event. Your next visit will be free if you bring a current copy of Sussex Living Magazine. Contact: Audrey Todd 01444 235823 Wednesday 02 August, 19:00-23:00
Hop Yard Brewing Co, The Yard, Lewes Road, Forest Row RH18 5AA Every Wednesday night. Bachata and Cuban Salsa classes with all the atmosphere. Open dance floor afterwards. Contact:
Thursday 03, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August, 20:00
Greyhound - Open Mic Night
Saturday 05 & Sunday 06 August, 10:3018:00
Greyhound Inn, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QT Every Thursday! Whatever your talent, come and show it off or just watch others. Pop in for a fun night out - entrance free! thegreyhoundinnkeymer@yahoo. co.uk
Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG Enjoy a weekend dedicated to our canine friends with informative displays, entertainment and a fun dog show. Event is included in the price of admission tickets. Contact: 01732 865224 www.hevercastle.co.uk/whats-on
Friday 04, 11, 18 & 25 August, 18:30-21:30
Saturday 05 August, 11:00
Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW Happy Hour every Friday, with beer from £2.50. Contact: 01342 822856 email@example.com www. forestrowvillageclub.co.uk
Outside The Post Office, Barcombe Cross High Street BN8 5DH A walk across fields and along quiet country lanes, following the river Ouse to Barcombe Mills visiting the ‘three villages of Barcombe’. 1 refreshment stop. 5.3mi/8.5km leisurely TQ 421 158. Contact: Pam B 01444 248717
Forest Row Village Club - Happy Hour
Friday 04, 11, 18 & 25 August, 19:00-20:00
Aikido (Self Defence)
K2 Leisure Centre, Combat Room, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley RH11 9BG Adults only Self Defense classes based on Yoshinkan Akido. Warm and friendly Club, suitable for all genders who would look to protect themselves against aggressors of all sizes. First lesson free, £37.50 monthly. Contact: George 07882 186130 or Stan 07581 511801 https://en-gb.facebook.com/ CrawleyAkidoClub Friday 04, 11, 18 & 25 August, 19:30-22:00
Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society
Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have the following:‘On Air Night’, Radio Night, Radio Night and Table Top Sale, Talk: By the RNLI (Penny). Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838 www.msars.org.uk Saturday 05 August, 10:00-15:00
Forest Row Village Market
Community Centre Car Park or Forresters Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market, with a social atmosphere including activities and demonstrations. Contact: Sue Young, DMA (Market Manager) 01342 822661 sue.young@forestrow. gov.uk http/forestrow.gov.uk/forestrow-market.aspx Saturday 05 & Sunday 06 & Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August, 10:00-18:00
The Loxwood Joust
Loxwood Meadow, Loxwood RH14 OAL A Festival of Mediaeval Mayhem – Full Contact Jousting, Thunderous Battles with Fully Armoured Knights, Children’s Kingdom, Mediaeval Executioner, The Witches, The Mediaeval Baebes, and much, much more. Ample free parking. Tickets: Advance £12 Adult, £6 Child. Available at www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org 07866 468632
Mid Sussex Ramblers – The Three Villages of Barcombe
Sunday 06 August, 11:00-17:00
Cuckfield Royal Observer Corps Cold War Nuclear Bunker Open Day
Newbury Lane, Cuckfield The underground bunker built in 1961 and in use until 1991 has been restored. Free entry, but donations appreciated. No need to book but more information from www.facebook.com/ pg/cuckfieldnuclearbunker 01273 973220 www.thetimechamber.co.uk 07970 832667 Sunday 06 August, 12:00-20:00
Sunday Bake Off
The Fox Eating & Drinking House, Highbrook Lane, West Hoathly, East Grinstead RH19 4PJP One on one battle between ‘The Chefs’, Who wins? You decide! First Sunday of every month. Contact: 01342 810644 Sunday 06 August, 13:00-17:00
East Court Live!
East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT InChoir, Joanne Larcombe, The Radiators, Duck Soup with David Hay – An afternoon of music on the terraces at East Court. There will be a paid bar and refreshments, but you are welcome to bring a picnic. Indoors if wet, but space restrictions will apply. Sunday 06 August, 14:00-17:00
Open Garden for St Peter & St James Hospice
Newtimber Place, Newtimber BN6 9BU Wander through gardens and woods bursting with bulbs and wildflowers at this beautiful moated house. Say hello to the ducks, chicken and fish as you admire herbaceous borders, manicured lawns, and an abundance of water plants. £3 entry. Children must be supervised at all times. Sunday 06 August, 14:00-17:00
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A BROCANTE STYLE VINTAGE FESTIVAL Gardenalia & Country home interiors Hand painted & Antique furniture Vintage fashion & Catwalk Live music & Dance troupes Vintage Motor car show Artisan food Emporium Haberdashery Traditional fair
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Windmill Open Afternoon
Oldland Mill, Oldlands Lane, Keymer, Hassocks BN6 8ND Come and see inside the oldest working windmill in Sussex. Refreshments, memorabilia and our own ﬂour will be on sale. Entry is by Voluntary Donation of £3 per person or £5 per family. For more info: Prof. F J Maillardet 01273 842342 email@example.com Sunday 06 August, 13:00-17:00
A Feldenkrais One to One Taster Experience & an ‘Awareness Through Movement’ Lesson
Ditchling Village Hall, Ditchling BN6 8TT Lessons involve exploring habits and patterns of movement (in sitting or lying) in order to ﬁnd greater ease and comfort. Feldenkrais International Training Centre 01273 844140 oﬃce@feldenkrais-itc.com www.feldenkrais-itc.com Monday 07, 14 & 21 August, 08:00-17:00
General Antiques & Collectables Auction
Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex NB7 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Monday 07 August – Sunday 13 August
Take The Tour At The No.1
Retirement Development in Haywards Heath
Fleur-de-Lis Haywards Heath, Bolnore Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4BA Renaissance Retirement’s superior development on Bolnore Road will be open all week for tours – Please call 01444 455699 to book a tour, or just drop in!
the classic movie starring Jodie Foster, performed by the students of The Capitol Summer School. £15 (Concessions £13, Under 16s £11). Contact: 01403 750220 www. thecapitolhorsham.com
Friday 11 – Sunday 13 August
West Dean Garden’s Chilli Fiesta
King George’s Field, East Grinstead RH19 3LN Children’s free event on King George’s Field. Fun activities for children under 13 years. www.midsussex.gov.uk
West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Chichester PO18 ORX Enjoy live Latin music, cookery demos, hidden cinema and more at the UK’s largest chilli festival with family-friendly camping on-site. From £14.40 Adults, from £2 Children. Contact: www.chilliﬁesta.co.uk 01273 811301 email@example.com
Friday 11 August, 19:00-23:00
Friday 11 – Sunday 13 August
Sackville School, Lewes Rd, East Grinstead RH19 3TY We bring you the American modern cult classic Men in Black as it celebrates its 20th anniversary, comedy, action and more, all you need to make a great ﬁlm. Plus one Will Smith’s highest grossing ﬁlms Category: PG For prices please see website www.cinestock.co.uk
The Blackboys Inn, Lewes Road, Blackboys, Uckfield TN22 5LG Hog Roast, Live Music, 20 Beers, BBQ www.theblackboys.co.uk
Wednesday 09 August, 11:00-15:00
MSDC Play Day
Men in Black – Open Air Cinema
Friday 11 & Saturday 12 August 14:30 & 19:00
The Capitol Summer School presents Bugsy Malone
The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham RH12 1RG A wonderful stage adaptation of
Summer Beer & Music Festival
Saturday 12 August, 19:00-23:00
Open Air Cinema - The Lost Boys
The Ravenswood Hotel, Cinder Hill RH19 4HY Packed full of Hollywood greats this coming of age vampire related classic with it’s even more successful sound track, it’s a ﬁrm favourite for any 80’s child. For prices please see website www.cinestock.co.uk Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August, 10:00–17:30
Firle Vintage Fair 2017
Firle Park, Near Lewes BN8 6NS Located in the quintessentially English South Downs, Firle Vintage Fair is a celebration of the beauty and antiquities of the past. £7 if you book online / £10 on the door. www.ﬁrlevintagefair.co.uk Saturday 12 & Sunday 13, Saturday 19 & Sunday 20, Friday 25 – Monday 28 August, 10:30-18:00
Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG Spectators will be treated to a thrilling display of action, stunts, falls and ﬁghts in an authentic arena complete with Royal Box. Jousting is included in the price of admission tickets. Contact: 01732 865224 www.hevercastle.co.uk/whats-on Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August, 20:0022:00
Sussex Bonsai Group – Bonsai Display
Old Barn Garden Centre, A24 Dial Post, Horsham RH13 8NR All welcome. www.sussexbonsaigroup. wordpress.com Saturday 12 – Saturday 19 August
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Star Walk Saturday 9th September 7pm
WAKEHURST Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TN Join us beneath the stars as we take a walk to remember this September. Enjoy a 4km sponsored stroll through Wakehurst’s beautiful botanic gardens, and add to a stunning sea of glistening lanterns as you pause halfway to remember and celebrate the people you love.
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Mid Sussex Ramblers – Blackberrying
Lindfield UR Church RH16 2HL Lindfield URC, East Mascalls, Paxhill Park, Lindfield Bridge. Includes a 15 minute break at a hotspot for hedgerow foraging. 4.5mi/7.2km Leisurely. TQ 347 254. Contact: John 01444 483860 or 07817 032135 on the day
Friday 18 – Saturday 26 August
Association of Sussex Artists Annual Exhibition
Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF Selected paintings, pottery and sculpture by members and nonmembers - all items are for sale. Contact: Mick Oakey 01403 710794 email@example.com www.associationofsussexartists.co.uk
Monday 14 August, 20:00
Friday 18 August, 10:00-12:00
Greyhound Inn, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QT We currently hold a monthly quiz on the second Monday of each month. Why not pop along for this fun night and pit your wits against others. firstname.lastname@example.org
Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BN This group meets every third Friday. Transport provided. If interested please contact Dorothy Lazenby on 01444 450947
Greyhound - Quiz Night
Monday 14 August, 20:00
The Group for Unattached Men & Women
A pub in Burgess Hill Unattached? Aged 50+? The Group might be exactly right for you. We meet in Burgess Hill on the 2nd Monday evening of every month. 400 members in Sussex, and on that evening there will be at least 30 of them there. The Group is not a dating agency, but it is an opportunity to meet other single men and women. Walks, dining, golf, theatre, holidays etc. Take a look at the website, then give us a call. www.thegroup.org.uk Wednesday 16 August, 19:00
Mid Sussex Ramblers – Discover Lewes
Lewes Railway Station Forecourt BN7 2UP Discovering Lewes. TQ 416 098. 4.5mi/7.2km Moderate. Contact: Jill 01273 480167 or 07938 833868 on the day Wednesday 16 August, 20:00-22:30
Meeting of the Royal Marines Association
The Visually-Impaired Reading Group
Friday 18 August, 19:15-21:45
Music for Everyone
The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Organist/keyboard player Elizabeth Harrison. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269 email@example.com. Doors open at 6pm. Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August. Gates open to public at 9am both days
Firle Place International Horse Trials, Country Fair & Dog Festival
Firle Place, Firle, Nr Lewes BN8 6LP – just off the A27 between Lewes and Eastbourne. Follow the signs for Firle Place and the main entrance. A great day out in the beautiful surroundings of historic Firle Place – fun for all the family and the dogs. Saturday: £10 a car – Horse Trials, Trade Stands, Weald Crafts – No Dog Festival. Sunday: Family Value – £15 per car, including all occupants. All the above, plus Dog Festival and Farmers Market.
Upstairs Function Room, The Royal British Legion, 9-11 Buckingham Road, Shoreham by Sea BN43 5UA A gathering of Ex Royal Marines and veterans to have a meeting about local events and to socialise together. Yearly Membership Fee of £15 plus £3 local subs. Contact: Maureen Copelin firstname.lastname@example.org 01273 236437
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August
Thursday 17 August, 14:00 onwards
Saturday 19 August, 13:30-23:45
Hickstead Showground, The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead RH17 5NU Join Tomfoolery and friends for an afternoon of Alfresco Foolery Family Fun! Bring a blanket and Picnic too! £8 per child (over 3) £2 adults. 01403 597179 www.partytom.com
Ashington Recreation Ground, Ashington RH20 3JX There will be a large carnival, arena/ stage acts, Harris Funfair, a Flower Show, fun Dog Show, a Classic Car Show, a fantastic firework display and lots, lots more. Form more information www.ashingtgonfestival. co.uk
Thursday 17 August, 20:00-21:00
Sunday 20 August, 11:00
Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QH Art Deco by Ian Gledhill. This
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Tomfoolery’s ‘Big Summer Blowout’
Wivelsfield Historical Society
One of the best family days out in Sussex!
Bluebell Railway – Seaside Weekend
Horsted Keynes Station, Near Haywards Heath RH17 7BB Our Paddock at Horsted Keynes will be transformed into a sandy beach! Please see www.bluebell-railway.com/ whats_on/seaside-weekend for more information or 01825 720800
75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid – Canadian Memorial Day
Sunday 13 August, 14:30
influential visual arts design appeared in France before World War I and flourished between the 1920s and 1940s. All welcome. Visitors £2.50.
19th & 20th August 2017 Take the trains from Sheffield Park, East Grinstead and Kingscote to Horsted Keynes and visit the ‘seaside’. Our Paddock at Horsted Keynes will be transformed into a sandy beach! This year we have some exciting new displays and entertainers to bring some seaside magic. For lunch why not enjoy traditional Fish and Chips followed by an Ice Cream?
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Children’s activities and entertainment over the summer holidays Need somewhere for the children to let o steam? Then head for the Bluebell Railway... Steam train rides every day and much more besides. Here's what's happening – Children's farm at Kingscote Station, games and entertainment at Horsted Keynes Station – refreshment facilities at all stations, lovely picnic areas with tables and umbrellas next to the railway
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Saturday 20 August, 11:00-17:00
High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden, High Beeches Lane, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6HQ Come and watch the magnificent Heavy Horses from the Working Horse Trust harrowing the wildflower meadow. In addition the Hayward Tyler Hot Engine will be running. Crafts and plants will be on sale and the Tea Room is open. The woodland glades will be filled with the beautiful blue woodland gentians, High Beeches is the only garden in the country where they are naturalised. Contact: 01444 400589 www.highbeeches.com
Monday 21 – Friday 25 August
Hurst Multi-sports Camp
Hurst College, College Lane, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks BN6 9JS A multi-sports camp for boys and girls in Years 1 to 5 (from September 2017) from any school. Contact: 01273 833636 email@example.com www.hppc.co.uk/events Monday 21 – Friday 25 August
French Polishing & Modern Hand Finishes
John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ This course is appropriate for both the complete beginner, and the more experienced restorer or furniture maker, who is perhaps lacking in confidence, or would like to look at a new approach to an old subject. £590. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 21 - Friday 25 August
Tuesday 22 August, 10:00-16:00
Hurst College, College Lane, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks BN6 9JS A five day theatre summer school open to children age 9-18. Hurst Stage is run by Performing Arts teachers at Hurst College and specialised sessions are led by West End professionals. Jamie Parker, award winning actor and star of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is the new Patron for 2017. Contact: email@example.com www.hppc. co.uk/events 01273 833636
The Courtlands Hotel, 19-27 The Drive, Hove BN3 3JE Bonhams specialists will be offering free and confidential advice on any items you are considering selling at auction. Contact: 01273 220000 bonhams.com/hove, tim. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 22 August, 19:00
An illustrated public talk given by Fred Hageneder entitled ‘The Wonders of Yew’ Main Hall, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre,
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Disney Drama Singing Workshop The Burgess Hill Academy, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EA Summer Drama Singing and Acting Workshop/ £20 per day. Contact: www.arielct.co. uk Wednesday 23 August, 19:00
Mid Sussex Ramblers – Hurstpierpoint Circular to the South
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PR work. Wouldn’t it be great if they can connect with other local businesses to fill those needs?” The new programme is just a small part of the AirS initiative, which focuses on helping rural communities to help themselves. The charity assists villages across Sussex in areas such as developing affordable housing, maintaining village halls and community buildings, and supporting families and children. It employs a team of Village Agents, who work with local people in their areas to establish and run a host of community initiatives – everything from lunch clubs to befriending services. Village Agents are also invaluable in reporting the issues that rural areas are facing. “At the moment, we’re hearing that there’s a real shortage of personal care assistants in rural communities because the people with the contracts for these services often can’t afford the transport costs,” explains Teresa.
“Because of that, we’ve started a pilot scheme to train local people who want to be personal care assistants in their own village.” This chimes with the AirS ethos of both assisting established businesses and nurturing new businesses within local communities. “Rural businesses are so important,” says Lucy Brandt, AirS’ marketing support officer. “They boost local economies, and they can also offer employment or provide a really crucial service for their community.” If you run a rural business and you’re interested in making local B2B connections or finding out about training and funding schemes, AirS is keen to hear from you. Visit the charity’s website to find out more about business opportunities, volunteering in your local community or making a donation.
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Stylish dual level spaces available
Large Living Spaces
Renaissance Retirement is now selling one and two bedroom superior retirement apartments in the heart of Haywards Heath, only a ﬁve minute walk from the town centre. The 34 apartments, which are known as Fleur-de-Lis, have been designed for independent retirement living. Some of the larger apartments boast stylish dual levels and en-suites. The development comprises an Owners’ Drawing Room and Guest Suite, and is managed by a concierge ﬁve days a week. There is a fully maintained landscaped garden to the rear and owners can make use of an on-site, gated car park.
Phone: 01444 455699
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NO W S E LLI NG – TA K E T H E T O UR SEVEN DA Y S A W EEK Address: Fleur-de-Lis Haywards Heath, Bolnore Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4WH Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Visit: www.renaissanceretirement.co.uk
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