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Educating Horsham


Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson come to town with a Great British classic

48 Picture Perfect

Living the dream in a delightful country cottage near Chichester

67 Nature’s Natural Transformers

Ruth Lawrence gets up close and personal with the High Weald Beekeepers’ Association

86 The End of Primary Education


Sara Whatley looks into seconday school options for those who are considering the next step

105 What’s Your Wedding Style

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22 Trust Your Instincts

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41 Delicious Kitchens

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78 Spotlight Events

67 Beekeeping

A what’s on guide to some of the best events in Sussex this August and beyond

89 Sporty Sussex

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116 Meet The MDNA

David Setters writes about the work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association

Editor’s Comment

Bees are the buzz word this month as we talk to the High Weald Beekeepers’ Association about their work and discover some amazing bee facts. In respect to the hard-working honeybees we have two delicious honey recipes. We also look at considerations that parents might want to contemplate when choosing a secondary school for their children. And with the school holidays in full swing, the August issue has plenty of ideas to keep the family amused. Great days out and plenty of events that are taking place post-lockdown so there’s lots to do. Have fun getting out and about!




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64 Blooming Times

120 Dust Of Your Apron For Cancer Get baking for the 2021 Macmillan coffee morning

22 On The Home Front

127 The Not Forgotten Centenary Prom

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64 Blooming Times Flo Whitaker recommends plants that love a heatwave 73 Honey Griddled Prawns

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74 Spiced Loukoumades

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93 Berwick to Seaford Walk

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99 Wellbeing

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102 Beauty

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113 Prenuptial Agreements

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131 If You Ask Me

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Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson are a couple in real life and will be performing together this September. They are heading to Sussex to tread the boards in Horsham, Robert Veitch chatted to them while they cooked dinner together


tephen Tompkinson was born in 1965, in Stockton-on-Tees, and has an elder brother, John. The family moved to Scarborough in 1969, then relocated to St. Annes in 1971. Dad, Brian managed a branch of the Yorkshire Bank, while mum, Josephine taught nearby in Blackpool. Stephen went to school in Lytham and later in Blackpool, growing up with a love of cricket and acting. Laurel and Hardy were his heroes and he has both their autographs. AA Milne’s Winne the Pooh, written in Hartfield and set on Ashdown Forest is among his favourite books.

It’s a joy to do such a great play and once the train leaves the station, we’re off and running Aged 18, Stephen won a place at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After his grant was withdrawn, his parents backed him financially and their faith was rewarded two years later when they saw him performing. He graduated in 1988. Since then, Stephen has gone on to appear in a host of familiar TV programmes including: Drop The Dead Donkey, Ballykissangel, Grafters, Bedtime, Wild at Heart and DCI Banks. In 2019 he returned to the stage to set out on the 40th anniversary tour of Educating Rita. Two years and three lockdowns later Stephen and his co-star, Jessica Johnson are bringing the play to Horsham’s Capitol Theatre from 7-11th September for 8 performances in the penultimate week of the seven-week run. August 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 9

I caught up with the pair of them over the phone while they were cooking their dinner, at home in Whitley Bay. Jess was animated at the prospect of coming to Horsham. “I haven’t been so I’m very excited. One gain from touring is going to all these lovely places, meeting new and interesting people, it’s a real eye opener.” Stephen added, “We’ve been touring this production for almost three years, so it’s something that we’re very proud of. It keeps developing. We’ve had the lockdowns and had to make changes within the show. We’ve made it snappier so there’s no interval; we get it done and dusted in about an hour and a half. It’s just the two of us on stage. It’s a joy to do such a great play and once the train leaves the station, we’re off and running!” Willy Russell wrote the play for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1979, although the first two months of writing yielded little of worth. Then Rita strolled on to the page and Frank would follow. The themes still resonate today, and include personal development, formal education, social class, and choice.

We played through storm Ellen and storm Francis, being upstaged by rainbows, dolphins and seagulls Educating Rita revolves around the relationship between Rita, a hairdresser who signs up for an Open University course in English Literature; and Frank, a lecturer who wants to be a poet, but is tutoring to pay for the drink he so enjoys. Two lost souls, two mismatched people, who help and have a profound influence on each other. Willy Russell later wrote Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers. Stephen told me, “Willy Russell’s writing is great. They say you should write about what you know and the two characters are both Willy in a way. He had one ‘O’ level and was a ladies hairdresser for a number of years; then he went back into education to become a teacher. So he knows both characters and the interplay between them. It’s just Rita and Frank on stage in Frank’s office, over the course of an academic year and the audience invest in that relationship. It’s very poignant as well.” Jess recalled the early days in 2019. “We had a short warm up tour and then we went into lockdown. It was heartbreaking to be taken off stage; it was on a Tuesday or a Wednesday. Then we had a great opportunity last August at the Minack Theatre on the Cornish coast. It was spectacular to be able to perform outdoors.” 10 SUSSEX LIVING | August 2021

Stephen remembered, “We played through storm Ellen and storm Francis, being upstaged by rainbows, dolphins and seagulls.” Jess remembered the Minack experience as, “one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in theatre.” It’s clear that people all over the country are bursting to get back out and enjoy some culture and entertainment, as Jess noted. “We feel exactly the same, double lucky that we get to perform an amazing play, a British classic.” Jess had her first encounter with Rita at youth theatre. “My teacher gave me the script for a National Youth Theatre audition when I was about 14 or 15. I fell in love with Rita, as I’m sure many people who go back into education as a mature student or change direction in life also do. She really resonates with people who have changed their careers and their lives. People are very protective of her. Stephen’s first encounter was similar. “I saw the play before I saw the film. It was in the early 80s, when I was also 14 or 15, I was given a copy of the script, which I rehearsed in the garage with a school friend. When I met Jess in 2017 we just started talking about it.” Jess had done a short run in Durham and Stephen had relocated to the northeast. “She casually said ‘you would make a good Frank’, so I read it again and realised I was the right age to play him. We took it to (the producer) David Pugh and auditioned in front of David, and Willy Russell’s daughter, who helps looks after her father’s estate. The rest as they say has been joyous.” Julie Walters starred in the original 1980 run at the Donmar Warehouse and reprised the role in the 1983 film with Michael Caine. Jess revealed, “I am a Julie Walters fan. I’ve never had the privilege of meeting her and I don’t know if I would recover from meeting her, but I would love to meet her, she’s my hero. She was a huge inspiration when I was growing up.” Having made Jess aware that Julie Walters lives in the village of Plaistow, about 15 miles west of Horsham, she seemed astonished. “Hey now, behave yourself,” she said with a nervous laugh after pausing to catch her breath. Stephen told me, “We paid a little homage to Michael Caine. Frank’s teaching certificate on the wall of the set, has been signed Michael Caine… We should get them both along to see it,” he chuckled. Michael Caine wrote in his 2010 autobiography “To me, Educating Rita is the most perfect performance I could give of a character who was as far away from me as you could possibly get,

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She really resonates with people who have changed their careers and their lives and of all the films I have ever been in, I think it may be the one I am most proud of.” Sussex may be an unfamiliar landscape for Jess, but Stephen has good memories of the county. “We filmed the second series of Grafters in Brighton. I lived in Hove for a while and my daughter was born in Brighton. But I’ve never been to Horsham so I’m looking forward to it. The pictures we’ve seen of the town look lovely.” Stephen’s career portfolio is extensive. His character, Damian Day, from Drop the Dead Donkey is ingrained in my funny bones for his sensationalised reporting, creating fake news before fake news was real… way ahead of Donald Trump. “That was down to the talents of Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, we were lucky to have such amazing writers. No one had done

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a sitcom based in a TV newsroom before and we all just accepted that the BBC and ITV must be pure as the driven snow. We were inundated with stories from journalists who wanted us to put things out there, a real Pandora’s box. We burst the bubble a bit.” For many people Wild at Heart was a favourite programme and Stephen recalled it fondly. “It was a lovely family show and I think there should be more things like it, whereby three generations of the same family can sit down and enjoy the same programme.” In contrast to Stephen, Jess has focused on theatre work. “I’m from Sunderland, very quiet, very shy. I’m a theatre girl, we’re just cogs that keep culture moving along. Initially, I worked in theatre, film and TV and then I went back to study at University aged 23, so I did it the other way around. I went back and forth in life, people are ready to study at different times.” A real life link to Rita I suggest. “Absolutely. It’s a great responsibility playing her, she’s like a relative and people hold her very dear to them. You‘ve got to really try and live up to their expectations. People change course during their lives; it requires

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Stephen Tompkinson and Jess Johnson on either side of Willy Russell, during rehearsals

a great deal of bravery and Rita has bucket loads of it.” Away from his career Stephen maintains an association with Alzheimer’s Research UK. “I lost my dad in 2015. He deteriorated over seven years from dementia. I’m very keen to raise the profile of the charity and for the cause, because we’re all getting older and it will be a disease that affects all of us. We need more money to go into it, for research and development.” With time running out, and their dinner almost cooked it seemed shrewd to ask Stephen about his Twitter bio, which states ‘I used to deliver pigswill.’ He recalled, “My first Saturday job was at a fruit and veg store that also did fish and chicken. There would be quite a lot of waste and a lot of it would end up in pigswill buckets that we delivered to farms. It was one of the treats of getting out of the shop,” he chuckled. There’s obvious warmth and understanding between Stephen and Jess as they finish each other’s sentences and enthuse about their week in Horsham and their play. We could have continued chatting, but their dinner was ready and I had been suitably educated… l

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he evolution of the kitchen is a juicy story. From cooking over the open fire in the Middle Ages and huddling in for warmth, food, light and safety to the trend for the kitchen being separated and shunned as a space to entertain (which lasted right up until the 1950s/1960s), to today’s kitchen which is now the hardest working room in the home and is often pride of place for entertaining. Today’s kitchen is a multifunctional space that includes a kitchen, dining room, comfortable living area and increasingly, a workspace too. As we are spending more time at home than ever before, we expect our kitchens to perform to our every need. On the dream kitchen wish list you will likely find an island, a breakfast bar (perhaps to be integrated into your island), modern pantry, nifty concealed appliances and storage solutions, a dining area, a cosy, soft furnished area and maybe even a

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iona White’s love affair with Sussex began 30 years ago when she was still living in her native Scotland. “Back then I had a collection of ornaments called Sussex Cottages but had no idea where it was!” she remembers. “I certainly never dreamed of living there or owning a picture-perfect thatched cottage with roses around the door. But when I saw Meadow Cottage while passing an estate agent’s window, I fell in love with it immediately and was desperate to buy it.” When ill health forced Fiona to give up her full-time career as a senior manager in local government, she wanted to invest her pension in “a home that I could enjoy.” The cosy two bedroom cottage suited her perfectly though, being on a busy road, the location was something of a compromise. One of the first changes she made was to install secondary glazing in the listed building which “cuts out road noise and improves August 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 51

insulation without detracting from the appearance of the traditional windows.” Fortunately for Fiona, there was little else that needed doing to the cottage, as the interior had already been sympathetically renovated by the previous owners. “They had lavished all their love and attention on it,” she recalled. “The beams had been stripped back to give them a lighter feel, some of the stone and brickwork exposed, the old bread oven had been restored and the fireplaces opened up with two wood burning stoves installed.” The most significant improvement, however, was the two-storey extension added at

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The colour theme began with the sofas and silk curtains in the sitting room the rear of the building, which created a spacious modern kitchen and a luxurious bathroom upstairs. In contrast with the existing rooms, these are both totally contemporary in style – the kitchen sleek and streamlined in walnut and stainless steel, the bathroom designer hotel style with its spa bath and marble countertop basin. There was still plenty of opportunity for Fiona to put her own stamp on her new home and she admitted she “had great fun with the interior design, creating what my friends tease me is ‘duck egg heaven’.” The colour theme began with the sofas and silk curtains in the sitting room that came from her previous home and continued when she invested in a new dining suite with plush velvet curtains to match. Upstairs she went for more girly pink, with rose-strewn bedding and curtains complementing her romantic looking painted bedroom furniture. With fitted carpet in a pale shade of sand and the walls throughout painted creamy white, Fiona has helped to create a lighter feel and maintain a sense of space in the cottage’s small, low-ceilinged rooms. But perhaps her greatest achievement is the beautiful cottage garden she created in a mere eighteen months from the bramble-infested overgrown plot she took on with the house. With the help of a landscape gardener friend,


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Her greatest achievement is the beautiful cottage garden she created from the bramble-infested overgrown plot she took on with the house

The front garden has been transformed with a winding lavender path, pink geranium planted baskets and Times Past and Albertine roses growing round the door

at West Wittering, Fiona’s home is in a run of three cottages, two of which were knocked into one to create Meadow Cottage some years ago. As a result, there are still two staircases in place, though the steep one leading from the dining room up to a tiny door into her bedroom is rarely used. On the upstairs landing, where the original wall has been removed, the supporting beam is so low, that even Fiona, who’s not very tall, has to stoop to get to her bedroom! It all adds to the character of the charming cottage which she still describes as “a dream.” “I have a very blessed life!” she concluded. l Text by: Gill Rothwell Photography by: GAP Interiors / David Giles August 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 61

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f you’re bewilderedly wandering around the garden centre, searching for plants that won’t shrivel in the heat, seek out those with light-reflective grey or silvery foliage as this usually indicates drought tolerance. Likewise, plants with tiny leaves, succulent or hairy foliage, are often better equipped for hot conditions. Small leaves have reduced surface areas – so less moisture loss. Succulent leaves mimic water reservoirs, while hairy foliage insulates from temperature extremes and also traps precious dew and moisture (a clever adaptation from desert environments). Convolvulus cneorum is the perfect rockery plant; a compact, shrubby perennial with drought-busting silvery foliage and white funnel-shaped flowers. Convolvulus mauritanicus has periwinkle blue trumpet flowers and small grey/green leaves that casually tumble over walls or pot edges. It takes root wherever the stems touch the soil and, providing the soil is


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in southern regions, especially if grown well-drained, is fully hardy. against a sunny wall. The more heat Silver-leaved plants are ideal for and light you can give campsis, the seaside-themed or gravel gardens, as more it’ll flower. Like passiflora, it are many herbs, including rosemary, needs to be kept firmly under control. lavender, thyme and sage. Verbascum, The fleshy leaves and roots of artemisia, senecio, eryngium and agapanthus are adept at shrubby nepeta, (Catmint) holding onto moisture also enjoy full sun and their bold seed and free-draining heads give them soil. Verbenas a long season of are practically interest. Don’t indestructible in believe the myth heat. They are about keeping a large, diverse agapanthus starved family; from lowand cramped in growing bedding small pots – yes, plants to stately they’ll survive verbena bonariensis grim conditions, but that’ll attain 2 will positively thrive metres. when given space and If it’s height you’re nutritious compost. after, annual forms of For summer patio ipomoea will revel in pots, try sun-loving sunshine and speedily Silver-leaved plants are foliage plants such as reach 3 metres. Don’t ideal for seaside-themed variegated trailing panic – although or gravel gardens nepeta, dichondra related to ‘Bindweed’, ‘Silver Falls’ or furrythese non-hardy leaved helichrysum petiolare – and characters won’t set seed and rampage don’t forget those old stalwarts; potted over your garden! geraniums. Most varieties of bedding The Passiflora family, (Passion geraniums and pelargoniums are Flower) are vigorous perennials with derived from indigenous South African astonishing blooms. Some forms won’t forms. Heat and drought seldom survive outdoors in the UK and are more suited to conservatory life. Curb trouble them, making them ideal their thuggish tendencies by regularly candidates for hot conservatories. In fact, overwatering is what usually kills removing excess growth and carefully them off, so when an absent-minded choose the planting site as you’ll need friend forgets to do the watering while ‘room to prune’. Campsis, (Trumpet you’re away, your pelargoniums will be Vine) is another borderline-hardy perfectly content. l climber, but will usually cope outdoors



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Bees are some of Mother Nature’s most important pollinators and our relationship with them goes back for thousands of years. Ruth Lawrence has discovered how the High Weald Beekeepers’ Association at the Horsted Green Park Apiary are working hard to maintain thriving colonies and extend this relationship

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ow many bee miles do you think go into making a 1lb jar of honey?” asked Dr Peter Coxon who helps look after Horsted Green Park’s ten hives on behalf of the High Wealden Beekeepers’ Association. “A thousand,” I hazarded, wishing I’d done a little more homework before our meeting. “Forty thousand miles!” was the astonishing reply; adding that a large colony flies a daily distance equivalent to the moon and back, in their search for nectar. Horsted Green Park near Uckfield is Wealden District Council’s latest country park. It’s enjoyed by hundreds of visitors and their dogs each week

That 1lb jar of honey has two million flower visits packed inside

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Peter Coxon at Horsted Green Park

and the hordes of wild flowers within the meadows provide much of the pollen and nectar that honeybees need to survive. Honeybees use a complex ‘waggle dance’ to relay messages to each other, advising where the best nectar and pollen can be found. Wealden District Council stopped using insecticides and herbicides in its green spaces last year. This is one of the best things we can all do to help honeybees; along with planting suitable flowers and encouraging wildflowers which have evolved alongside the honeybees for millennia. The High Wealden Beekeepers’ Association is currently searching for a patch of land on which to build a clubhouse, ideally in the Mayfield or Crowborough area. They hope for something that would enable them to expand their work and encourage more people to learn about and take up beekeeping, as well as discovering the myriad of other species that are crucial pollinators. People often fear swarming honeybees, but Peter pointed out how gentle they usually are and that there is no need to be afraid of them. The Association has a membership scheme, and taster days, as well as longer training courses for potential apiarists. They have stalls at local country fairs where the public can ask questions and receive advice. The life cycle of the honeybee offers some mind-bending statistics. A queen typically lives for three to five years and can produce 2,000 eggs each 68 SUSSEX LIVING | August 2021

The life cycle of the honeybee offers some mind-bending statistics day, whereas a female worker bee lives for only 40 days in summer, or four months over winter. A worker bee can forage for up to three miles a day, to produce just one quarter of a teaspoon of honey during that short lifetime. Next time you spoon honey into your tea, onto your pancakes, porridge, or toast at breakfast, spare a thought for the enormous effort that went into its

collection and creation – that 1lb jar of honey has two million flower visits packed inside. If honeybees were paid the minimum wage for the work they do, each jar of honey would cost a million pounds, a fact that means honey might just be among the best bargains on the planet! Peter explained how the many different species of bee play an essential role in Earth’s ecology. Bees pollinate seventy of the hundred or so crop species that feed 90% of the global population. Without them, food chains would collapse and put the survival of

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our own species in jeopardy. Nectar is the carbohydrate bees use for energy; pollen is their source of protein and essential for raising young on the scale needed by a hive. The Horsted Green Park honeybees inspired the Wealden Cabinet member responsible for climate change, Councillor Roy Galley to comment, “it is important we all help provide the conditions in which they can thrive and help keep our countryside green and fertile.” Membership of the High Weald Beekeepers’ Association includes membership of British Beekeepers’ Association, monthly news and ‘Bee Banter’, an informative social event, in person or online where members


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This is a dish to impress your guests. Adele Trathan uses honey in three stages of her recipe, generating depth and sweetness to deliciously succulent, griddled king prawns INGREDIENTS 700g (1lb 8oz) uncooked, king prawns with tails on 250ml (8½fl oz) boiled water 2 tsp salt 6 tbsp quality runny honey 1 handful of ice cubes 3 tbsp red wine vinegar 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 3 spring onions, finely shredded 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 small red chilli, finely sliced Small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped A few sprigs of fresh oregano, finely chopped 1 sliced lemon

METHOD Put the boiled water, salt and two tablespoons of the honey into a bowl and stir until the salt dissolves. Add the ice cubes and stir through to allow the mixture to cool quickly. Once cool, add the prawns and pop into the fridge for 30 minutes.


Remove from the fridge and discard 2 the liquid. Pat the prawns dry using kitchen paper. Then, in a bowl, mix a further two tablespoons of honey in with the prawns.

large bowl combine 3 Inthearedseparate wine vinegar and remaining

two tablespoons of honey with a whisk. Gradually add the olive oil, stirring with the whisk continuously until well blended, then stir in the onions, garlic and herbs. Pre-heat a lightly oiled griddle-pan 4 over a medium-high heat, add the prawns and cook for 2½ minutes on each side, until cooked through, pink and lightly charred.

Add the prawns to the honey, olive 5 oil and herb bowl and toss well to coat the prawns. Serve on a platter with salad leaves and slices of lemon or slide on to skewers for individual portions.

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Adele Trathan loves these delicious Greek treats. They are similar to doughnuts or churros, but a healthier option as they are baked rather than deep fried, then soaked in a warm spiced honey



INGREDIENTS 250g (9oz) strong white flour 7g sachet fast-action yeast 175ml (6fl oz) water 5g (1tsp) salt

3 cardamom pods, bruised 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise A handful of pistachio kernels, optional to garnish



For the syrup: 250ml (8½fl oz) water 250g (9oz) honey


Line two baking sheets with baking In the meantime, place the water, 3 paper and place ten dough balls 5 honey, cinnamon stick, cardamom on each tray, allowing plenty of space pods and star anise into a medium


Cover the dough balls with some 4 oiled cling film and allow the balls to rise for a further 40 minutes. Remove

METHOD Mix the flour, salt and yeast together in a bowl, then add the water and combine to make a dough. Knead the dough for at least 10 minutes, until smooth and stretchy. Place the bowl in a warm place for one hour, or until the dough has doubled in size. When the dough has risen, divide it into 20 equally sized small balls.

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between them. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6.

the cling film and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.

saucepan. Heat on the hob over a medium to high heat and simmer gently for at least five minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the spice to infuse until needed.

Remove the spices and drop the 6 dough balls into the syrup, gently stirring to cover each one in a generous coating of syrup. Serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and an optional sprinkling of pistachio kernels.

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We are so happy to be back open again both outside and inside, even though restrictions have lifted we are still very COVID conscious in all that we do. We have introduced a third chef to our already fantastic team here at The Eight Bells, and have a brand new menu showcasing the talents of our chefs. We are open for food 7 days a week, booking is advisable either by phone, email or social media. Fancy extending your stay in the lovely village of Bolney? We have overnight accommodation in our beautiful B&B just a stones throw away from the pub. Got a celebration coming up? We can hold wedding receptions, christening parties, baby showers, birthdays, or any other commemorative event in our spacious restaurant, bar area or large decked area.

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SPOTLIGHT EVENTS Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Open Daily 10am to 5pm Tangmere Military Aviation Museum is located in a corner of the old Tangmere airfield, famed as an RAF fighter station from 1918 until Fighter Command left in 1958. It was opened by a group of aviation enthusiasts in 1982 with the aim of promoting public awareness of the UK’s military aviation heritage, educating

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present and future generations in military aviation, and serving as a memorial to airmen and airwomen who gave their lives in the service of this country. The Museum is now managed and run entirely by volunteers. In 2017 was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Now one of the UK’s leading aviation museums, it is home to an impressive display of historic aircraft with a unique collection of aviation memorabilia stretching from WWI through to the Cold War. Amongst the many attractions, there are numerous interactive displays and aircraft cockpits and simulators for visitors to experience. Light refreshments may be purchased in the Museum’s acclaimed Cockpit Cafe. A museum with something for all members of the family to enjoy. 01243 790090

Golden Rye Arts Festival

Haslemere Educational Museum Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm Haslemere Educational Museum has a packed calendar of events for all the family in August. There are engaging and interactive sessions including film set building Lego challenges on the 19th August, tying in with the Brick Flicks exhibition. A Falconry display team on the Open afternoon of 26th August; Tue to Sat giving close up encounters with these majestic feathered friends. A Live Garden Festival Tour of 21st Century Abba on the 7th August, to name but a few. Entrance to the Museum is by donation and does not need to be booked in advance.

Tickets for other events start from just £3 and are bookable online via Haslemere Educational Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA

Friday 10th to Sunday 26th September The 2021 Rye Arts Festival is offering a packed programme of over 60 events! East Sussex’s biggest multi-arts offers world class artistes, with everything from opera to English folk music by way of jazz and choral Open singing. Drama and film Fri 10 to are on the menu and Sun 26 the books and talks will Sep feature themed Rye Crime and Rye Spy days as well as Rev Richard Coles and Gyles Brandreth! And there is a free prize draw open to all, with a one-off solid gold broach, created by a local jeweller! To enter, and for full programme details as well as tickets, go to

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The South Downs Planetarium in Chichester is an exciting place for people of all ages to visit. Sit back and relax. Get lost in the stunning fulldome images and breath-taking videos whilst the highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers take you on a mind-blowing journey through space. In conjunction with the new fulldome video system which produces stunning immersive images

and video, the magnificent star projector projects nearly 4500 stars and other celestial objects onto the dome above your head. Tickets must be booked in advance online with a credit/debit card. There are no ticket sales on the door or cash sales. For details of all shows and opening hours, plus a map to find the Planetarium visit


Bluebell Railway Bluebell Railway will be celebrating six decades of steam this month, with its belated 60 Plus 1 anniversary from 6th to 8th August. The event will showcase what the heritage railway does best, with displays, music, festivities and of course, steam engines. A Teddy Bears’ Picnic will be running over the August bank holiday weekend and kids travel free when they bring their teddy!

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Denmans Garden Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12noon to 4pm Created by Joyce Robinson, a pioneer in gravel gardening, and former home of influential landscape designer, John Brookes MBE, Denmans is a Royal Horticultural Society Partner Garden and Grade II listed post-war garden renowned for its curvilinear layout and complex plantings. Enjoy year-round colour, unusual plants, structure and fragrance in the gravel gardens, faux riverbeds, Walled Garden, ponds and Conservatory. Browse Denmans-grown plants and vintage garden ornaments in the plant centre, and a thoughtfully curated selection of house and garden accessories and work by local artists in the gift shop. Beverages and treats are offered in the treat shop. For information and to book tickets visit: @denmans_garden 01243 278 950 Denmans Lane, Fontwell Nr. Arundel BN18 0SU

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The attraction is open and running every day over the summer holidays and tickets are available to book online or on the day of travel. Please see the website for further information and timetables: 01825 720800 Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, TN22 3QL

Crowborough Arts’ Annual Open Studios Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September, 11am to 5pm Over 40 local artists will open their workspaces to the public, in 14 venues around the Crowborough area. “This year’s Open Studios will be the best yet,” says CA’s co-chair Angela Vernon Bates. “The standard and range of work is fantastic, and we’ve got some really exciting new artists, as well as many of our accomplished regulars.” A full list of artists and venues is available from our dedicated OS website at: www., or visit to find out more about what we do as an organisation.

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Live At Langhams: Madhurst ’21 Saturday 21st August, from 1pm to 10pm Live At Langhams is part of MADhurst 2021 – a month-long celebration of art, music, drama and creativity. Expect a fabulous atmosphere, wonderful live music, a well-stocked, award-winning bar and delicious, fresh food from local producers, including a fantastic selection from Sneaky Duck Catering. Live music comes from The Charcoal Burners, Choro Bandito, Fate The Juggler, The FOCs, One Way Out, Tobiah, Torpedoes And Wavy Davy Band. This is a free event with a collection for the South Downs ‘Help Nature to Renature’ project. More via

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A new event celebrating life, our ability to form new communities and embrace our challenge to evolve together. Nestled within the stunning natural habitat of The Ashdown Forest, Good Vibrations Society will awaken our shared love of nature with incredible music, delicious healthy food and drink, workshops and wellness activities, wild swimming and inspirational art. A unique opportunity to connect with ourselves, each other, and our environment.

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Good vibrations Society is a camping weekend with music, great food, drink and inspirational activities. This first-year event is laid across the Pippingford Estate on The Ashdown Forest. Party amongst the trees and take a woodland walk down to our wild swimming lake. The weekend is an opportunity to build and form a new society, a community celebrating friendship, creativity, artistic expression, personal development and our place within nature’s beautifully harmonious ecosystem.

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Fishbourne Roman Palace & Gardens Explore this first century home and archaeological site. Marvel at the largest collection of early mosaic floors in Britain and walk through Britain’s first garden. 10 minutes from Chichester

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On the picturesque island you will find 7acres of gardens, historic buildings and forge, Dovecote shop, café and playground. Plenty inside and out to keep the family entertained all day.

Climb to the top of this 1000 year old Norman Castle for stunning panoramic views across Sussex. Visit the fasinating Museum of Sussex’s past. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the lovely gardens.

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An exquisite exhibition of life-size Regency costumes and stylish accessories, wholly created by extraordinary decorative paper textile artist and Sussex resident Stephanie Smart. However, all is not as it first appears... Astonishingly each of the items in the collection, from dresses and shoes, to fans, jackets and bonnets, have all been entirely made from only paper and thread. Don’t miss this unique exhibition of Regency style and exceptional craftsmanship.

Sunday 29th August, 11am to 4.30pm Please join us to watch the heavy horses harrow the wildflower meadow. The traditional harrow drawn by the horses will remove the thatch, scatter seed and open up the sward to enable the wildflowers to seed successfully. It’s a wonderful opportunity to watch these beautiful horses at work.

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Sunday and Thursday afternoons 2pm to 6pm, last entry 5pm (with extra Wednesday afternoons during August). This historic pilgrim inn, c1450, is a Sussex Grade 1 listed building which is of national importance, included in Sir Simon Jenkins ‘England’s Thousand Best Houses’. The current owners restored it over 35 years ago and still live there. It has rare and fascinating interiors, including fine panelling, wall-leather, and a beautiful Music Room.

The 5 acres of gardens are beautifully maintained. Designed and grown by the owners, with the wonderful help of dedicated volunteers. Visitors can explore a series of different ‘garden rooms’, a Topiary Garden, Jubilee Rose Garden, circular Poetry Garden, and Water Garden with small lake. There is also a delightful Tearoom. St. Mary’s House, Bramber, West Sussex BN44 3WE

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Pelican Cove & Coastal Creek Aviary at Arundel Wetland Centre Open daily 10am to 4.30pm Discover the NEW Coastal Creek aviary at Arundel Wetland Centre, a walk-through experience with waterfalls and a new diving duck tank! The brand new Pelican Cove exhibit has opened next door as home to the New for Dalmatian pelicans, 2021 the largest pelicans in the world with a wingspan of 10 feet! Families can become Wetland Explorers this summer when they pick up the free activity trail postcard to use all ‘BELONGING’ BY DEBORAH DAVIES

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Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show Saturday 28th to Monday 30th August Bank Holiday Weekend The Sussex Guild is delighted to be back at Pashley Manor Gardens. Guild members will be showing their inspiring work in a large airy marquee near the manor house. Ceramics, furniture, textiles, jewellery, woodwork, glass, metalwork; all work can be purchased or specially commissioned. Wander through the gardens, enjoy delicious refreshments and meet the Sussex Guild designer-makers who will be pleased to discuss their work and inspiration with you. Pre-booking 4 weeks beforehand at: events/sussex-guild-craft-show/ 01580 200888

Art and Nature in Perfect Harmony at The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Ockley Open Thursday to Sunday each week Nestled in a tranquil valley in the Surrey Hills, The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden exhibits an ever-changing collection of contemporary sculpture amidst lush planting, towering trees and gentle waterways. Each sculpture is carefully placed to create a relationship with its surroundings, creating a truly unique and magical atmosphere to enjoy art and nature. Tickets must be pre-booked online Adults £12.50, concessions £8.50, see website with regards to children: Coming up: ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden - A Midsummer Ballet’ Thursday 5th August - tickets available online

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Weekly relaxed, enjoyable live Zoom classes starting in September on a range of topics, with all sessions recorded. Demos, discussions, live project work with feedback. Other online options soon. August Summer schools/workshops in a large marquee on the Sussex coast, all COVID safety measures in place. Painting Holidays to Africa and France, new dates tbc.

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What are your course highlights? I really enjoyed a project we worked on for a domestic abuse charity in Brighton called Rise. We worked in a team to produce a video for the charity and I loved seeing the reactions of the staff from the charity who were so pleased with what we’d produced.

What made you decide to study a degree at the MET as a mature student? I was running a busy tea rooms but due to a health issue my career took a different direction. Everyone kept telling me what I couldn’t do. I’ve always loved photography and the degree programme has given me a purpose. Being a student at GB MET has enabled me to be part of a community rather than isolating myself. When I was at school, the teachers made me feel that I wasn’t good enough. I wanted to prove myself. What were you doing before you joined GB MET? Prior to running the tea rooms, I was a chef by trade. I’ve also worked as a special needs learning support assistant so I’ve always been around people. What’s the mature student community like at the MET? There are other mature students on my course and in the wider College. When I started, the SU set up a number of meetings specifically for mature students, which was a great opportunity to meet new people and network. How has the course helped your future career progression? I needed something that I could hold on to and my course has given me the ability to still work and be in control. As a self-employed photographer, I have the

What’s it like to return to study? You want to go back to college, but you’ve been out of education for some time and you don’t know what to expect. So what is it like to return to study? Here BA (Hons) Photography student, Kay, shares her inspiring story about her study journey at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College and shows that there’s no barrier to higher education. flexibility to plan and decide which projects I take on. How has Greater Brighton Metropolitan College supported your development? The student support is fantastic and adaptions have been made to support my learning needs. They

organised a dyslexia test and occupational therapy assessments to ensure I had the right resources to facilitate my learning. This included a stool on wheels to help me to move around the classroom and a scriber to take notes. I also had access to software that scribes my dictation.

How was your experience of studying alongside younger students? I found that it worked both ways. They help me but I can also use my life experiences and skills to help them. For example, my career has developed my communication skills, which was useful when working on course projects with external clients. On the other hand, the younger students have been great at supporting me with technology! What are your plans for the future? I am taking part in an exhibition at a gallery and hope to enter competitions. I’m also going to set up my own website to showcase my work. I like doing charity work and in lockdown I produced work for the RNLI which they used in posters and on their website for their open gardens. What advice would you give to a mature student studying at the MET? Do it! It might be scary but do it! Also don’t be afraid to ask for help. The only person stopping yourself from doing something is you.

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THE NEXT STEP Is your child nearing the end of their primary education? If they are, then secondary school awaits and Sara Whatley has been considering the options available for their next step


here are many considerations to take into account when the time comes for parents and children to choose their secondary education. These might include location, funding, sibling attendance, religion, and the aptitude of the child themselves. Does your child favour the academic subjects and thrive from book learning or are they more inclined to splash around the paints and glue gun? Does your child possess a natural gift for music, languages or sports? Perhaps they are never happier than when tinkering with nuts and bolts, making great creations? Maybe they are a solid all-rounder, happy to try their hand at

anything; or perhaps they need more help in certain places and would benefit from a special environment. Whatever your child’s natural proclivity, there will be a secondary school out there to suit them and take them on the next step of their educational journey. There are many different secondary school options available, and below I have listed some of them. STATE SCHOOLS The government funds most state secondary schools and many of them follow the national curriculum (KS3 and KS4). State secondary schools are routinely inspected by Ofsted or other bodies to ensure a high standard of schooling. The four most common state schools are: 1 Community schools – sometimes called local authority maintained schools. These follow the national

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curriculum and are not affiliated with a particular religion or business, and are funded by the government and local authority. 2 Foundation and voluntary schools – still funded by the local authority but these schools have more choice in the way they do things, although they still have to follow the national curriculum. 3 Academies and free schools – funded by, but run independently from the local authority, by a not-for-profit academy trust such as a charitable body. These schools can follow a different curriculum. 4 Grammar schools – free to attend but choose their pupils based on their academic ability. An 11+ entrance exam needs to be taken, but places can also be offered on special merit to pupils with a particular aptitude for languages, sports, music or other subjects. These schools follow a similar curriculum to the national curriculum but give more weight to the academic subjects. There are of course other types of state school available which include: 5 Special schools – for special educational needs. Specialising in different categories dependent on your child’s individual needs. These schools are funded by the government and free for pupils to attend.

6 City technology colleges – specialising in practical and technical subjects. These schools are owned and funded by business as well as government and are free for pupils to attend. The teaching emphasis in these schools is science and technology. 7 Faith schools – have to follow the national curriculum but have the freedom to teach whatever they like for religious education. They are government funded and free to attend.

who have the talent but not the financial means to pay for private education. The change from primary to secondary education can be a daunting, and exciting prospect for a child. They may be moving away from their friendship group and will be meeting and making new friends in a new and likely bigger environment. Naturally, around this time children will start to become independent from their parents, and their peer

relationships will become ever increasingly important. It may be a good idea to keep checking in with your child as they transition through this period to reassure them that they are not alone in their feelings and there are many people to talk to if things get difficult for them. Often the thought of big changes is much more scary than the reality. If your child can boldly take this next step they will be on their way to greater things. l

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Private schools, also known as independent schools, are not funded by government and charge a fee for pupils to attend. They do not have to follow the national curriculum. They must be registered with the government

Peer relationships will become ever increasingly important and undergo regular inspections. Some private schools are open to children of all abilities, while some offer places to the highest achievers, which might be based on an entrance exam, such as a Common Entrance exam. Many schools offer bursaries and scholarships to pupils

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Sporty Sussex This month Sara Whatley revels in the sporty spirit, getting stoked about skateboarding, recalls paddleboarding off Brighton, gets up high with rock climbing and thwacks some balls on the volleyball court

Skateboarding Skateboarding is not just a sport or a way of travelling, it’s a lifestyle. Fun, fast and highly social, it’s for the small kids and the big kids to enjoy equally Invented in the 1950s by Californian surfers for something to do when the waves were low, it has grown in popularity to become the worldwide phenomenon it is today. Skateboarding enjoyed its Olympic debut this year in Tokyo. There are no age restrictions, scorekeeping or time limits; and with

65 skateparks in Sussex, you are never far from a dedicated place to practice and master your technique. Grab a board and some protective gear and you’re good to start learning. It might be worth having a lesson or two to get you going, alternatively go to skateparks to watch and learn as you go. “The community that surrounds us is an amazing thing,” says Dale Lay, founder of South Coast Skate Club. Dale went on to say, “The positive outcomes from learning to skateboard are ongoing and limitless. We at South Coast Skate Club use skateboarding as a way to have a positive impact on young people, supporting them by providing

physical activity and mental health support through exercise as well as building confidence, building resilience, overcoming and conquering fears, learning that with failure comes growth and to see failure as part of the journey towards rewards.” See South Coast Skate Club on Facebook for more details

Rock Climbing Got a head for heights and enjoy adrenaline fuelled sport? Then rock climbing might be your thing! The aim of rock climbing is to climb up, down and along natural rock formations or indoor climbing walls to reach a set goal without falling off. Sounds simple but this skilled sport takes a lot of physical and mental strength and will test the climber’s strength, agility, endurance, balance and mental capacity too. Using the right gear and having a sound knowledge of proper climbing technique is crucial, as this sport can be dangerous. It’s best enjoyed by groups or at least two people together. Creating a trust between climbing partners is essential as you’re assisting each other’s climbing and safety. I spoke to local Sussex climber Katy Pullum who is relatively new to the sport, but totally dedicated. “My boyfriend roped me into climbing a year ago and now I’m hooked! There are so many benefits; whole body fitness, making new friends and developing courage, to name a few. One of the beauties of the sport is that as well as

a range of indoor facilities the UK has a wealth of outdoor climbing locations from wild sea cliffs to inland woodland crags. Not forgetting our very own sandstone outcrops here in Sussex too!” For sandstone rock climbing in Sussex visit

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Paddleboarding Paddleboarding can be traced back to Hawaiian surfers in the 1940s, but only in the past decade has this sport gained an enormous worldwide following and appreciation

Part of the growing popularity is the versatility of this fun water sport; you can paddleboard in the sea, on lakes, lagoons and on rivers and enjoy exploring coastlines, family excursions, solo trips, racing, even paddleboard yoga.

Volleyball Summer is a brilliant time to get into volleyball. Indoor, grass or beach, it is an adaptable sport requiring just a net, a ball and a friend, to get started “Volleyball is a fun way to keep fit for people of all abilities. It’s a social, team

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There are many different types of board and equipment to invest in depending what, where, when and how you will be paddling. There are however, good all round options which are very user friendly. There are also different styles of paddleboarding to consider; prone (lying down), kneeling and stand up. The prone and kneeling positions are also known as traditional paddleboarding and you use your arms to propel yourself forwards instead of a separate paddle. Standup paddleboarding, or SUPing is probably the most popular style with many schools and clubs to be found in Sussex. I had a go myself for my birthday a couple of years ago and had such a good time. I went out on the sea in Brighton with a few friends on a lovely sunny day. After wobbling about and falling in I found my balance and once up on the board I experienced a totally new perspective of the sea and land. It is incredibly peaceful and calming on the water; I can see why everyone is falling in love with this sport. Contact your local water sports centre for hire and lessons

game, involving athleticism, tactics and skill which can be played indoors, on sand or grass,” said Dan Wright from the Sussex Volleyball Association. Six team players per side rally the ball back and forth over the net with the aim of grounding the ball on their opponent’s side. A player starts the rally by serving the ball (using their hand or arm to hit the ball with force) from the back of the court over the net and into their opponent’s court. Only three touches of the ball are allowed per side before the ball must be

played back across the net. Players must not touch the ball twice consecutively, but can set each other up for an attack shot, striking the ball over the net and towards the ground leaving the receiving players unable to return it. “There are eight volleyball clubs across Sussex with more than 20 teams, catering for men, women and juniors of all levels,” continued Dan. “At Worthing, East Grinstead and Dolphins volleyball clubs there is a focus on developing young players with junior sessions available.” Visit for further information and free taster sessions


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CAROUSEL MUSIC – ANGIE RETIRES AFTER 28 YEARS It all started in 1993 when Angie Craik bought Roundabout Antiques in Commercial Square Haywards Heath. As well as antiques her passion was music and she could never resist buying old instruments at fairs. To sell them she then needed ‘How-to-Play’ books and the services of an instrument repairer. At this point she realised that there was no music shop in the area and so she decided to convert her shop into Carousel Music. Over the years the business flourished, and Angie and her staff were able to give help and advice to parents wanting the best instrument for their child, and to people of all ages wanting to try a new instrument for the first time. Angie had learned to play the piano, guitar, violin, flute, and saxophone and so she was able to advise on a wide range of instruments. She also loved being at the heart of the local music scene, selling tickets and putting up posters for musical events. Now, at 80, Angie feels that she really ought to retire and so she is having a huge sale of stock at discounted prices. The good news is that the shop will continue as a music store, run by the Macaris. Ant and Steve are sons of the Macari brothers, who developed the worldfamous Fuzz Pedal for rock guitars. Angie wishes to thank all her loyal customers, who have been with her for many years, and who she will greatly miss. On the plus side she will now be able to have more time to play her instruments.

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With summer in full swing we sent our resident rambler, Robert Veitch, on an epic downland crossing from Berwick to Seaford, accompanied by our graphic designer Jo and former assistant editor Cheryl. They set off from Lewes Station under grey skies and a looming prospect of rain

island, all the way to the church car park. Follow the ‘to the church’ sign between the brick and knapped flint walls lined with hollyhocks to the porch of St. Michael and All Angels Church. Take the opportunity to pop inside and see the work of the Bloomsbury Set, it’s a worthy distraction as Jo and Cheryl discovered. Follow the path on either side of the porch around to the gate in the rear churchyard. Turn right and follow the track for 200m, past the rapeseed to the T-junction with the concrete drive. Turn left, following the track as it sweeps right, then left, continuing to the 90° right-hand bend. 25m around the bend, turn left by the fingerpost and continue between the trees as the path ascends the slope, to a gate. Through the gate, the path is glued to the contour, curving left, slowly openingup to reveal the ominous looking ‘wall’ ahead, although this ascent of downland escarpment is not to be feared.

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The route bears right traversing the gradient to reach a hairpin bend by the tumulus. Turning 180°, continue uphill; beyond the gate the gradient begins to ease as the path loops right towards the summit, before easing downhill between the stock proof fences to the gate and the junction with the South Downs Way. “Not as bad a climb as it looked,” noted Jo with a smile. Turn right and follow the national trail to the next gate. 300m beyond this gate, turn left by the fourfingerpost, and follow the wide Greenway, over the brow of Black Patch and the highest point of the day at 174 m (571 feet). Continue past the open 7-bar metal gate, rambling downhill through the wildflower meadows into the valley of Blackstone Bottom and the copse beyond. Beyond a gate the path narrows and starts to make its way uphill and out of the valley, crossing the contours one by one as it gradually 94 SUSSEX LIVING | August 2021

curves left. At the top a gate precedes the junction of four paths at Paul Earl’s bench. Turn right and walk 15m, before turning left by the fingerpost and redundant stile, into a field of wheat. The path caresses the brow then slants downhill,

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veering right at the very end to the kissing gate. Continue past the fingerpost in the same general direction for almost 300m then turn left at the crossroads, into the hamlet of Norton. Follow the tarmac past the traffic island for half a mile, into the hamlet of Bishopstone, where the road rears up, among picture postcard buildings and knapped flint walls. St. Andrews Church on the right is another interesting distraction; reportedly dating from the 8th century it may be the oldest in the county. Just beyond the church, where the road bends right, walk straight on, into another wheat field. Take the left path, across the field, then up the slope between the fences, and through the kissing gate at the top. Across the next wheat field, a kissing gate precedes the junction with Grand Avenue. Across the road beyond the East Blatchington fingerpost, is the final field of the day, before the journey enters suburban Seaford, betwixt garden fences.

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Cross Clementine Avenue and follow the path across Churchill Drive and Princess Drive, before a final section uphill to Carlton Road. Continue past Tudor Close then turn right into Beacon Road, barreling downhill towards the coast. Cross the A259 at the traffic island, and keep walking towards the sea, along Hawth Way, over Claremont Road, then over Lambes Bridge before strolling down Edinburgh Road to the seafront. Turn left and amble along the promenade for 450m before turning left into Dane Road, at the end of which there are opportunities for reward to celebrate a good walk, well done. Alternatively, turn left and the railway station is just a few paces away. “That’s a cracking walk,” exclaimed Cheryl with a grin, as the sun finally appeared, “now where’s the tea and cake!” l Robert has tested the route personally, making sure it is suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email

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Our quality of life and ability to enjoy all the activities we love is dependent on good health and fundamental to this is building strong muscle and bone, as Lisa de Silva explains


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Feeling a little ‘meh’ and can’t explain what’s wrong? It’s called languishing, the most dominant emotion of 2021. The ongoing disruption caused by the global pandemic has affected almost everyone’s mental health in some way or another. After more than a year of separation from loved ones, and with the continued uncertainty of what’s next with Covid, we’ve been living with ongoing low-level anxiety - and it’s taken its toll. Society may be ‘opening-up’ now, but many of us are still struggling to recover from daily life being put on pause. We’re left with a lack of motivation and decreased energy levels. In other words, we’re languishing. Languishing is a feeling of stagnation, of lack of progress and an inability to focus. It’s a state that often creeps up on you without you even noticing, and makes you feel un-inspired, without your usual energy and vigour. On the spectrum between flourishing and depression, its stuck right in the middle, leaving you feeling a little bit ‘meh’ and indifferent about things. First coined by sociologist Keyes (2002) languishing is a feeling of emptiness, “a life of quiet despair” and it is the “absence of mental health.” According to psychologist Adam Grant’s recent piece in the New York Times, languishing is “the neglected middle child of mental health,” and it’s the most dominant emotion of 2021. It’s not categorised as a mental health disorder, so hasn’t yet got the attention perhaps it deserves, but further studies suggest that, if left unmanaged, languishing becomes a major contributing factor for depression.

So, if you’re finding yourself muddling through each day, lacklustre and feeling foggy, then the chances are, you’re languishing. But the good news is that there are ways to get your motivation back and enjoy that feeling of progress again. To begin with you need to acknowledge that this disconnected, aimless state you feel actually is a real thing. You may have been struggling to put your finger on why you’ve not been feeling quite right. But don’t worry, your apathy and lack of enthusiasm is shared by lots of other people. You’re not alone. If you need further confirmation, then ask those close to you, see if they’ve noticed anything wrong - a lack of positive emotions affects behaviour and decision making in all aspects of life. Once you’ve recognised the symptoms, talk to someone. There’s lots of free support out there and many professionals who can help you start to feel more in control of your life and boost your wellbeing. Your therapist will work together with you to agree strategies and techniques that enable you to feel more optimistic about your future. They’ll support you to start socialising again, set goals and celebrate individual achievements to rebuild confidence and motivation. The pandemic has had an overwhelming impact on us all, but with the right help and guidance, personalised to your individual needs, you can gradually rediscover a sense of purpose and fulfilment.

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eading off on your summer holidays soon? This year it might just be a staycation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look your best. No one wants to be dragging a ton weight of makeup and beauty products in their luggage though, and this is where multifunctional products come in especially handy. Getting two or three uses out of one product makes so much sense for space saving, money saving and planet saving, especially if you choose ethical brands. Power to the products! Summer heat can mean dryness for many skin and hair types, and traditionally that might mean at least three different products for face, body and hair. However, if you opt for a natural oil product, such as coconut, olive, nut oil or avocado, this can be used on face, body and hair with great results. Just be aware that oil


products tend to work better on thick or coarse hair as a leave in conditioner or shine serum. We don’t want lank looking locks now do we? Cream blush formulas are another really hard working beauty product that triple up for eyes, cheeks and lips. Dab onto eyelids, blend into the apples of your cheeks and slick across lips for a really pulled together but super simple look. Turning this on its head,

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you could also use your lipstick as a tint for your cheeks and even eyes to achieve the same coherent look. Just go for a light touch on cheeks and eyes as lipstick pigment can be quite strong. Summer is a great time to indulge in the sun kissed look, and what better way to achieve this than bronzer? Another totally adaptable product, I use mine three ways. Firstly, use as a traditional bronzer blended across forehead, cheeks and nose. Secondly, use as an eyeshadow. Personally I like to pick out the individual lighter shades to sweep across my lids, but you could create a great shimmery dark eye with the darker shades blended into a bit of liner. And thirdly, for a sultry sunkissed evening look sweep your bronzer across your collarbones and down the centre of your cleavage. Your friends will think you’ve just drifted in from a day on the beach! One last strong product with a multitude of uses is clear mascara. Used on eyelashes, this lighter more natural looking mascara creates definition and a dewy sheen, gorgeous for subtle summer makeup. You can also use it swept across your brows for light definition or as a base coat for your usual brow colour. And lastly, clear mascara is perfect for taming flyaway hairs! A quick swipe here and there instead of hair gel or spray and you’re good to go. l


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WHAT’S YOUR Wedding Style? A great theme can help you to plan a fabulous wedding. There are numerous possibilities, but the best wedding themes are those that reflect your personalities. Adele Trathan explores some ideas VINTAGE One of the hot trends for weddings in 2021 is vintage or retro-inspired with a modern twist. It is an easy theme to personalise and to use in a subtle way without going too mad. The fun thing about a vintage inspired wedding theme is that you can choose any era which

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ECO-CHIC Opting for an eco-chic wedding theme is the perfect way to add your own spin to your wedding. Make it really personal, cast your own values over your big day and make it memorable for your family and friends. Decide just how far you want to take your eco-chic theme; are you happy with just an accent or is it the key to your whole wedding?

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you identify with from the roaring 20s to the swinging 60s. Follow the theme in the key areas such as the dress, transport and venue dressings and the rest can be styled to suit. A fun idea is to ask your guests to also dress in the style of the era too – just make sure you remember to tell them!

your venue. Why not hold your table plan within a beautiful gilded frame, have ornate hurricane lamps with candles as centre pieces, and keep your floral arrangements classy with long single stems in neutral tones. When it comes to the dress, it’s fair to say that a bubblegum pink meringue would not be suitable with this type of theme; instead opt for a sleek and sophisticated sheaf dress, or slim A-Line in ivory silk.

Earth friendly materials and practices can definitely co-exist with high style. Brides can look stunning in an eco-chic bridal gown (choose a gown made from organic or fair-trade fabric, or a recycled vintage gown). Serve organic local cuisine and wine for the reception dinner, which is both food mile friendly and guarantees you super fresh and delicious ingredients and use flowers from a local farm or supplier arranged in recycled containers for your centrepieces.

ELEGANCE If you are looking for a glamorous, yet understated wedding why not consider a theme of modern elegance? Start with a venue that’s got the wow factor, yet remains intimate for you and your guests. The dressing for the venue is very much about quality, not quantity! Use a few beautiful and lavish items to accent

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AGREEMENTS It’s a sad fact of life that some marriages or civil partnerships don’t go the distance, so Peter d’Aguilar has been investigating the role of the prenuptial agreement and offers his thoughts on the topic


hen a couple falls in love, and life is all moons, Junes, and Ferris wheels, the idea of a prenuptial agreement is probably the last thing on their minds. If one

party were even to broach the subject in an insensitive way, it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Nevertheless, viewed dispassionately, a ‘prenup’ could save a great deal of money and heartache if the marriage or civil

partnership should sadly hit the rocks at some stage in the future. So, what exactly is a prenuptial agreement? It’s a contract entered into by both partners before they marry or form a civil partnership. Its aim is to identify ownership of each partner’s assets in case the relationship fails and comes to an end. While its main purpose is to set out who gets what, it also includes other important elements.

Its aim is to identify ownership of each partner’s assets

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Most newsworthy prenup stories involve the rich and famous, but this kind of agreement is relevant to every legally joined couple that possess any form of assets. Often there is a disparity in the respective wealth of the two partners. The prenup can protect the wealthier partner from losing a disproportionate amount in an equalsplit settlement. This applies both to existing assets and also prospective future earnings and inheritance. In the event of re-marriage or new civil partnership, a prenup can ensure that money earmarked for offspring is not diluted. The legal aspect of a prenup can be a potential minefield. Technically, prenups are not legally enforceable in Britain. Nevertheless, as long as the original agreement has been drawn up correctly and ratified by independent legal advisers on both sides, judges normally take them into account when dividing assets fairly. It is therefore essential to make sure a prenuptial agreement is put together correctly and fairly, without coercion or bias in favour of either party. This means that all assets and liabilities should be disclosed in full, with the voluntary agreement of both partners. The main essentials of a prenup are that the agreement must be fair, contractually valid and freely entered

It is possible to draw up a postnuptial agreement or make mutually agreed legal alterations to the prenup

into. A prenup must be made at least twenty-eight days before the union and both parties need to understand the implications and receive separate independent legal advice. There should be full and honest disclosure about all financial circumstances. It should not be unfair or discriminatory towards any children and the needs of both parties must be met. A time frame can be set, otherwise the agreement will continue in perpetuity – unless formally revoked

at some point in the future. The assets that should be covered include the family home and any other properties, personal belongings, all financial assets (including savings, pensions and business assets), debts, plus any future inheritance scenarios. Once the union has taken place, it is possible to draw up a postnuptial agreement or make mutually agreed legal alterations to the prenup, to reflect any subsequent changes in circumstances. It can also be helpful to seek independent mediation when first discussing the agreement, as some aspects may be sensitive. Just as taking out a home insurance policy does not mean that your house is definitely going to burn down, a prenup does not increase the likelihood of divorce or the end of a civil partnership. In some ways, it could help to remove a potential point of contention in a union by knowing that, if the worst does come to the worst, the process of separation will probably be less prolonged, acrimonious and expensive. The cost of a prenup can vary greatly, depending on the variety and complexity of the assets to be divided. Prices range from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand. As always, it is best to seek advice, shop around and use a specialist to draw up the agreement. l

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ustington Hall is a not-for-profit charitable organisation, run by Littlehampton and Rustington Housing Society. It is a dualregistered nursing and care home, meaning that as a residents’ needs change from caring to nursing, their environment does not need to change. We cater for all needs, from respite to long-term, and provide a friendly home-fromhome for up to 61 residents. We have a carefully selected team here who are all devoted to making sure that our residents are at the forefront of everything we do. We are very proud of who we are and what we represent, in working together to provide a community for residents and their families alike. Wellbeing of our residents is such an important part of our residents stay and it is vital that all our residents have a sense of this. Our wellbeing team love to engage and get to know our residents by offering a huge variety of entertainment and activities.

meditation/prayer room. When the weather allows, residents enjoy sitting outside in the communal grounds, which include secluded gardens, courtyard, terraces, verandas and a spacious wooden gazebo. In the latest CQC report, Rustington Hall nursing & care home achieved Good overall, with Outstanding in Responsiveness. The CQC inspectors, who visited in April 2021, noted: “Without exception, everyone we spoke with talked about the fantastic care they received at Rustington Hall. Everyone was happy to be living there and spoke positively about all aspects of the service.” The report also praises staff, saying they “had excellent knowledge of people and there was a focus on the individual and on tailoring care and providing activities which were meaningful to them”. “Relatives spoke of the incredible support they had received from staff and of the wonderful photos and videos they received of their loved one.” So, if you are looking for quality residential or nursing care for yourself or a loved one, call Rustington Hall Nursing and Care Home on 01903 777501 or email

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We have an extensive programme of activities including quizzes, film afternoons, games, and a range of animal visitors! We also have monthly themed events, which the residents love participating in, such as Ascot Day, Mad Hatters Tea Party, Masquerade Ball and Country & Western Day, to name a few. For those that stay in their rooms, we have a trolley that travels around the Home, offering puzzles, books, colouring and games. The carers provide one-to-one interaction, including using our incredible Omni-projector that is indescribable… it needs to be seen to be appreciated! Our large, modern lounge leads onto a wheelchair-friendly decking area. We also have a dedicated activities suite, quiet lounge, and

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The three Sussex branches of the Motor Neurone Disease Association are currently seeking new recruits to join their enthusiastic and dedicated teams of volunteers. David Setters, MNDA volunteer and patient writes about what they do, how they help, and how easy it is to get involved


he branches covering East Sussex, West Sussex North and West Sussex South, raise funds for and awareness of motor neurone disease, and also offering support to some 150 people in the county living with this incurable condition, as well as their carers and families. Motor neurone disease is a progressive terminal neurological condition which attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages stop reaching muscles, leading to weakness and wasting throughout the body. It affects an individual’s ability to walk, talk, eat, drink and ultimately to breathe. The progression and presentation of symptoms do not happen in the same way or in the same order for everyone. Around half of those

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diagnosed with the disease pass away within two years, 33% within a year. Motor neurone disease should not be thought of as rare. There is a 1 in 300 lifetime risk of contracting motor

Motor neurone disease is a progressive terminal neurological condition neurone disease, which means that over 200,000 of the current UK population will get it unless treatments are found. There are various volunteering roles to fill within the three branches, who urgently need enthusiastic fundraisers to come up with exciting event ideas and to help organise events. Other

volunteers who can lead or help with raising awareness and campaigning for improved services, both locally and nationally, are also in demand. The Association Visitor role involves visiting people living with the disease to provide them with information, advice, support and a friendly face. The East Sussex branch, for example, urgently needs an Association Visitor in the Uckfield area. “Volunteers make a huge difference to the services we can offer patients and their families,” said West Sussex North branch chair, Julie Taghan. “Whether you have the appetite to raise funds and awareness or to offer a caring, helping hand to those living with the disease, we can offer fulfilling opportunities. Staff and fellow volunteer support is on hand and, where required we can offer appropriate training.”

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Time spent on the roles can be tailored to each volunteer's specific needs. Typically, the Association Visitor role might take up 2-4 hours per week, while fundraisers and campaigners can adjust their input according to the timetable of events. “They are challenging and rewarding roles, providing volunteers with benefits such as self-development and the opportunity to make a difference in peoples’ lives,” said Julie. “I have met with some amazing people and their dedication and tenacity helps put life into perspective. We would love to hear from people throughout Sussex who might like to join us. We guarantee them a warm welcome.” The three branches are combining for a fundraising walk along the

promenade at Brighton on Sunday 29th August. The walk starts at 2pm by Hove Lagoon, BN3 4LX and will proceed to Brighton West Pier, then back to Hove. As well as able-bodied adults, there will be wheelchairs,

Volunteers make a huge difference to the services we can offer pushchairs, children and, dogs taking part. The volunteers will be resplendent in their blue and orange Motor Neurone Disease Association T-shirts and other regalia to raise awareness, and collect much-needed funds through

a bucket collection. This is a great opportunity for potential volunteers to meet with Motor Neurone Disease Association supporters, patients and carers, and everyone is very welcome to come and join in. For further information on the opportunities and the walk please contact the following people at the three branches. l

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You’re invited to Alzheimer’s Research UK’s antiques valuation event Join Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, for a morning of antiques valuations over tea and cake, in conjunction with Dawsons Auctioneers. You can bring along an antique item of your choice and the experts from Dawsons will be ready to value all items. You will also hear from one of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s leading scientists about some of the pioneering research taking place locally and how gifts in Wills are playing such a vital role in making this groundbreaking research possible. Where: Danny House, New Way Lane, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9BB When: Thursday 9 September at 10:30am for 11am start To find out more and register your place please contact Maxine Peel-Yates Telephone: 07825 4780711


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Let’s Get Together The highest quality care starts with a connection Every member of our team gets to know your loved one as an individual when they move in, so we can support them to live a life they love. We call it relationship-centred care. If you’re looking for the highest quality care for your loved one, let’s get together and talk.

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It’s Time to Dust Off Your Apron for Cancer

The Macmillan Horizon Centre

Sophie Beresford from Macmillan Cancer Support has written about the good work the charity does in Sussex, and then makes the case for getting involved in this year’s Coffee Morning to help the good work continue

is doing whatever it takes to support people living with cancer across Sussex from the moment they are diagnosed. In 2020 alone, Macmillan gave just over £131,700 in hardship grants to people with cancer in Sussex, meaning 439 people in the county were able to pay for essential home comforts, such as heating their homes, travel to hospital appointments, bedding and clothing. In 2016, Macmillan, Sussex


t’s nearly 18 months since the first lockdown forced us indoors, quietening streets up and down the country. Whether it was jumping on a Zoom quiz, a 5km run for the NHS or binge-watching boxsets we all found ways to keep ourselves busy. One of the most popular hobbies, however, had to be baking. As a result, we all witnessed an exceptional shortage in flour, with many outlets left with cobwebs as a reminder of where the much-desired ingredient was once stocked. Even Mary Berry knows it’s quite challenging to make a good cake without flour. Thankfully, outlets have replaced the cobwebs with flour just in time for Macmillan Cancer Support’s much-loved annual fundraiser – Coffee Morning. It’s an unfortunate truth that one in two of us will face a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime. That is why Macmillan

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Having a coffee morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious

Cancer Fund and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust addressed this issue by working in partnership to open The Macmillan Horizon Centre. Located next to Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital, the centre provides vital support to the increasing number of people affected by cancer in Sussex. The Macmillan Horizon Centre offers a calm, friendly and welcoming environment where people can access a wide range of cancer information and find out more about local and national support services. They can speak to benefits advisers about financial matters, receive counselling and complementary therapies, and chat to other people affected by cancer. There is also a café on site, where people can get together, as well as spaces for families, carers and support groups to meet. Geoff Brown has been the Centre Manager at The Macmillan Horizon Centre since it opened and has witnessed first-hand the benefits the service has had on local people living with cancer. Geoff said, “Until five years ago, people affected by cancer in many parts of Sussex didn’t have anywhere to go where they could access professionals and resources to provide them with the information and support, they need under one roof. This meant local people may have been facing

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distressing physical, months, it’s become even emotional, financial more challenging and Geoff Brown, or practical cancer complex. That is why we Centre Manager problems alone, or want everyone in Sussex struggling to access who needs us to know support from different One in two of us will Macmillan are here for services.” whatever cancer face a cancer diagnosis you, “It has been throws your way.” in our lifetime an anxious and Macmillan receives frightening time for no government funding many people trying to cope with cancer and relies on generous donations from during the Covid-19 pandemic – going the public to provide Macmillan grants through cancer treatment or getting a and to fund the Macmillan Horizon diagnosis is tough enough, but over the Centre, alongside other cancer services last eighteen disruptive and uncertain across the county. That’s why the

cancer charity needs you to dust off your apron and whizz up your best bake to help people living with cancer live life as fully as they can. Having a Coffee Morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious. People all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings to raise money for Macmillan. The official date is Friday 24th September, but it can be held at any time. From a group in the garden, sharing a coffee over a screen, or a takeaway cake and cuppa, hold yours however and whenever you like. In 2020, Macmillan raised over £10 million. This is significantly lower than in previous years because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But this year, we hope to top this total with your support. To find out more or sign up to host a Macmillan Coffee Morning, visit l For comprehensive cancer information and support, including more information on the services mentioned above, visit

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Having a Personal Assistant living with you in the comfort, safety and familiarity of your own home, is a realistic, affordable alternative to residential care and allows you to continue to live your life, your way. At Domus Live-In Care we provide experienced careHaving staff who assist you with the activities of daily living. a Personal Assistant living with you in the comfort, safety and familiarity of your own home, is a The services we provide include: care and realistic, affordable alternative to residential allows you to continue to live your life, your way. At Personal Care Domestic Support Domus Live-In Care we provide experienced care staff Companionship & Social Support Long-term or Respite who assist you with the activities of daily living.


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With Bear being the first female pooch in the house of Teddy, this month our favourite Border Terrier muses on all things gender related, with his thoughts translated into human, as they always are, by Helen Stockton


he arrival of my apprentice, our puppy Bear, has thrown up some interesting issues in the gender department. ‘Them Indoors’ have always previously had male dogs, mainly because ‘Her Indoors’ childhood pooch was male, but, as discerning readers will have undoubtedly noted, Bear is female. ‘Them Indoors’ decided that as she is their third Border Terrier and future breed deviation is unlikely, a female puppy would add variety.

I think a fine beard and luxuriant facial hair are great qualities in a female However, one thing we have noticed, is that people often automatically assume Bear is male. Now I know Bear is a gender ambiguous name, but an assumption of maleness seems to come before formal introductions. I also appreciate that human perceptions of femininity differ to ours. For example, I think a fine beard and luxuriant facial hair are great qualities in a female, but, by 124 SUSSEX LIVING | August 2021

‘Her Indoors’ tweezer and magnifying mirror routine, I gather this is not a shared view. Additionally, Bear has ear-hair at least two centimetres beyond her actual ears, which I reckon any selfrespecting senior man would be proud of, so I guess there are some grounds for confusion. Short of peering at our respective undercarriages, which is not something you can do discreetly with a small dog, there is no easy way of finding out. Our behaviours don’t give much indication either. I’m a discerning sort, dainty with eating and drinking, fastidious with personal hygiene, and frankly uninterested in the more unsavoury canine occupations such as swimming, mud wallowing or rolling in unpleasant things. I’m not bold, and new things make me anxious. I am also uninterested in stalking, or, heaven forbid, catching anything furry or feathered. Bear, on the other paw, eats and drinks with abandon, takes

every experience in her tiny stride, has been practising her stalking technique, rather alarmingly, on me, and shows a not entirely wholesome interest in any small furry that crosses her path. The bunnies in the garden are in for a hard time when she is fully grown. However, she shares my dislike of getting her paws wet, and after rain, picks up each foot like a trotting pony. She also seems to enjoy having her fur blow-dried which is something that ‘Her Indoors’ must like too as she spends enough time doing it. So, gender in our household is a fluid concept, and to be honest, I’m not sure Bear has any notion of femininity right now. She is just a puppy and has more important things to think about such as playing, pestering her Uncle Teds and chewing her way through whatever she can get her tiny teeth into. Which just goes to show that peskiness isn’t a gendered quality, male or female, it applies across the board! l

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Armed Forces Charity, The Not Forgotten is celebrating a century of supporting wounded serving personnel and injured veterans at the prestigious Danny House in Hurstpierpoint, writes Eddie Bingham


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ormed in the wake of World War I, The Not Forgotten works with 10,000 beneficiaries every year to improve their physical and mental health, address isolation and loneliness, and promote a sense of community and balance. The charity regard it as a real privilege to be able to mark their centenary at Danny House, which was famously the location of vital War Cabinet meetings which helped bring an end to World War I. The Not Forgotten was founded by American soprano Marta Cunningham, who was inspired to support veterans after visiting a Ministry of Pensions hospital in 1919, having heard that there were ‘perhaps a handful’ of soldiers wounded in WWI still residing there. She called on the Matron and asked if she had a few lonely patients who

would like to come out for tea. The Matron looked surprised and replied that there were in fact 600 injured patients lying in the hospital, with many more across the country.

Marta formed The Not Forgotten for the ‘comfort, cheer and entertainment’ of the war wounded Marta was horrified by what she saw and said, “Could these wasted, listless men be the once adored youngsters, who, but a few years, nay months ago, went so dashingly, with a swing and a song to the Nation’s rescue. Alas and this was their reward, suffering, silence and loneliness.” Marta was an avid charity worker during World War I and soon set about

contacting her friends to organise tea parties, concerts and outings for those able to attend. During one of these early invitations one injured soldier said, “We don’t want no charity Miss, we are forgotten by everybody and we’d better stop so.” But, undeterred, Marta formed The Not Forgotten for the ‘comfort, cheer and entertainment’ of the war wounded. Thanks to the generosity of other charities and the public, as well as the firm backing of the Royal Family; hospital visits and tea concerts were followed by outings, drives and gifts such as fruit, chocolate and cigarettes. Today, The Not Forgotten continues its tradition of holding an annual Garden Party at Buckingham Palace for veterans, but now offers a much wider array of activities for veterans such as mountain climbing, canoeing, and concerts for care homes. August 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 127

The Hurstpierpoint Centenary Proms will pay tribute to Marta and The Not Forgotten on 21st August through a series of musical performances and will be capped off by a beautiful Son Et Lumiere, projecting the history of The Not Forgotten on the side of Danny House. Annie Riley, who regularly works with The Not Forgotten to provide entertainment for wounded service personnel and disabled veterans, also volunteers her time to support the charity at collections, fundraisers and has surprised isolated beneficiaries with performances. She said, “These people who served us have done so much to keep us safe,

and when they’re sadly injured or become ill, it becomes our duty to look after them and lift their spirits. The Not Forgotten is a wonderful charity and the work that they have done for

This was their reward, suffering, silence and loneliness service personnel and veterans to put smiles on faces for 100 years is priceless and needs to be celebrated. If she were here today, I think The Not Forgotten’s founder, Marta Cunningham, would be shocked to learn that the small charity she started to support

World War I veterans is still thriving and has maintained its core values for over a century.” Annie will be joined by the British Police Symphony orchestra and a collection of world-class musicians who have kindly offered to support the event. She added “It’s going to be an evening of wonderful music, dance, and we’re really lucky to have so many talented performers for the occasion. I’m so excited to be doing this at a place like Danny House that holds so much history and shares the World War I link with The Not Forgotten. The Son Et Lumiere will be absolutely stunning.” l

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







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











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











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