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All in a Spin with Erin Boag

On motherhood, Strictly and hard work


14 Mandarin Ducks Spot these beautiful ducks this spring 23 Wedding Special Your hen, stag and photography is sorted 25 Win Your Wedding! With Not Your Average I Do 40 Home Front Coming home to Sussex with global designs 62 Visit Goring-by-Sea A wealth of hidden gems await you

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All in a spin Professional dancer, doting mother and hard worker Erin Boag of Strictly fame can usually be found spinning across the dance floor with partner Anton du Beke. Tim Saunders managed to grab her for a quick chat


’ve danced in Brighton at the seafront quite a few times,” says professional dancer Erin Boag, known for Strictly Come Dancing and partnering with Anton du Beke. “They have a lovely ballroom there.” Erin likes to take her young son Ewan to Brighton in the summer and buys him an ice cream at the pier. Ewan also dances. When asked whether he will follow his mum into the profession, Erin replies: “I was thinking more of a plastic surgeon! I might need that one day…” “He does a local dance class on a Saturday morning and he absolutely loves it. There are more boys in the class than there are girls. It’s a sign of the times, I think. It’s quite cool for boys to dance right now.” Working in television is all consuming and this drove Erin to make a tough decision. “During Strictly Come Dancing you are in all day everyday, seven days a week. You get sent away to where your celebrity is, so I’ve been to Leicester for two years, Manchester, Copenhagen, Peterborough, Cardiff. I couldn’t do that with a small child; they’re only young once. I retired from Strictly but not everything else. I still do the corporates, the tour and everything else because I can make that work without feeling guilty. What’s the point of having a child if you won’t be there?” Being a mother has been her priority since leaving the hit TV show. “After 10 years of Strictly the clock was ticking and I was thinking I need to start a family now. Anton was saying do another one, just do another one and then of course you’ve got the tour afterwards. I was 38 and they have a meeting with you in May where they say this is what we’re doing this year. I walked in

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and said sorry. I wasn’t asking for a year out, I was saying thank you it’s been wonderful.” New Zealand born Erin arrived in the UK in 1997 with her dance partner. “After about a year here we decided to go our separate ways. Anton had broken up with his partner as well. Someone said to me you’ve got to make a list of guys that are available to dance with so I wrote a list and Anton was on it. We got together and had a try out. That was 21 years ago and we’re still dancing together today. It’s a bit like a marriage. During the tour we dance together all day every day. We do a lot of corporate shows, a lot of weekend breaks, a lot of different things. We do see a lot of each other.” Seven weeks after giving birth, Erin went back on the dance floor. “I’m very lucky I do what I love as a living. Not a lot of people can say that. I’m happy with where I’m at and that I can juggle both. Dancing, touring and looking after my son are my priorities. I love going on tour with Anton.” She doesn’t think of herself as a famous celebrity. “I’m a working mother. I’m self-employed, I don’t have to go into an office to do 9 to 5 everyday. I am on tour for three months a year. To juggle that I bring my mother over from New Zealand. She gives up her summer to come over to our bleakest of winters. So my poor mother, for the last four years, hasn’t seen a summer in New Zealand. As much as my husband is very lovely he can’t juggle work and looking after a child so my Dancing, touring and mother’s here to do looking after my son are the school run or to my priorities. I love going pick him up or to take him to gymnastics or on tour with Anton dancing, so I don’t have to worry.” “With touring you’re all over the place; it’s really hard. My mother calls it nanna time and my son thinks it’s wonderful. I did a show on Tuesday night, my husband came in and I ran out. You make things work don’t you? I wouldn’t have it any other way. You just have to be organised.” Erin tries to visit her homeland as often as possible. “The last four years I have visited New Zealand in October. Now my son’s at school I can’t do that. This is the first year I haven’t gone. My son has been to New Zealand four times already, although he went when I was pregnant so really he’s been five times. He thinks it’s very special though because he takes his pyjamas on the aeroplane. He’s great to travel with, I always find it fun – we play games on the plane.” 10 SUSSEX LIVING | February 2019


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Her current tour demands that she trains hard. “For this tour I drop Ewan off at school, I go into the studio from 9am until 6pm, someone else picks him up and I train every day. I’ll get home, play with my son, read him bedtime stories, put him to bed and do it all again the next day.” When Anton’s got Strictly, training is cancelled. “It’s very hard while Strictly is on, Strictly has to come first for him and I totally understand. The days where he can, we’ll go and train.” When Erin arrived in the UK as a young dancer she had nothing. “I had to work four jobs to survive. I dreamed of having a house. When you can’t afford it it’s so difficult to get on the market and when I finally did I really got the bug for it and it’s something that Sarah Beeny inspired me to do. I don’t have a pension, I have property investment and I absolutely love doing it. I’ve just built up from there really. Start with one, rip it apart, get another and I love doing that. What I would really love to do in the future is to make a programme on how to get onto the property market, how to invest in property, how difficult it is; the ins and outs of it all. It is extremely difficult to do it. It’s becoming harder and harder and by the time my son wants a house it will almost be impossible.”

Erin started dancing as a very small child learning ballet before moving on to ballroom, Latin and jazz. She trained for a degree in travel and tourism and worked as a nanny before dancing professionally. “Good dancers are good because they practice,” she

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Duck Tales

Mandarin ducks are thought to be some of the most beautiful birds in the world with their striking plumage and distinctive orange sails. Peter Erridge tells us where to spot them this spring


hese ducks originate from eastern Asia and are considered by some observers to be the most beautiful birds in the world. The male Mandarins are easily recognised by their ornate plumage which is at its best in early spring. Their decorative appearance has inspired artists, ceramicists and glass figurine makers over many centuries, especially in oriental art. In Chinese and Korean culture it is believed that these ducks pair for life and so these artefacts are given as wedding gifts symbolising wedded bliss and fidelity. The orange and black plumage, the orange ‘sails’ on

the back and a wide white band over the eye is recognisable from afar. The females are duller but still more noticeable than many other species. In their native territories due to habitat changes numbers have declined severely and in 1975 exports were banned. They were introduced into Europe in the mid-19th century. In the 1930s some escaped

from a property near Cobham in Surrey and a strong wild population is now established in that area, and then spread across southern Britain. There are thought to be around 7,000 wintering and 2,300 breeding pairs in Britain, many of which can be found in Sussex. These shy birds are mostly found on lakes and rivers where there is sheltering vegetation such as overhanging branches or reed beds. This is a habitat seldom used by other ducks and has not caused any environmental problems.

In Chinese and Korean culture it is believed that these ducks pair for life One unusual behaviour is that they perch on tree branches. Another is that they nest in holes in trees near water, normally 10-15 feet above ground. The normal clutch of eggs is 9-12 which are incubated by the female. Predation of nests by jackdaws, mink and squirrels reduces the numbers. When all the eggs have hatched the female calls

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from the ground below the nest and the small fluffy ducklings emerge to drop the few yards to the ground. There may be understory such as bramble bushes to soften the landing. The duck then leads her tribe to nearby water and the hazards of life, including mink. Pike will also take small ducklings, whilst on land foxes are major predators.

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It’s a Dog’s Life It may not be puppy love, but Rolo explains how Valentine’s Day and the joy of companionship benefits man and beast alike


ow I know I’m just a dog and I don’t have a secret sweetheart, although I’m happy to consider any distinguished lady furs who’d like to put themselves forward, but I’m aware of the imminent arrival of Valentine’s Day. Although it isn’t really intended for marriage veterans like ‘Him and Her Indoors’, ‘Him Indoors’ dutifully produces flowers and a card for ‘Her Indoors’, and the romance might extend to a ‘meal deal’ from the supermarket of choice. However, I’ve been doing some research, and St Valentine got himself into serious trouble for performing secret marriage services at a time when Christianity wasn’t popular. By serious trouble I don’t just mean ‘Her Indoors’ telling you off until your ears wilt or ‘Him Indoors’ practising some alternative names, but the kind of serious trouble that can make you lose your head… St Valentine therefore, in reality, actually embodies

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the concept that you should be prepared to suffer for your affiliations, something that the greetings card manufacturers might have glossed over somewhat. Still, ‘Him Indoors’ reckons he’s suffered from ‘Junior Her’s’ affiliation with me. He could arguably make the case that ‘Her Indoors’ has perpetuated that suffering by extending dog ownership to include my apprentice, Teddy. Yet enduring the daily doings of two small dogs are nothing to the fate of poor St Valentine, so ‘Him Indoors’ really has nothing to complain about. I personally prefer to consider the gentler concept that all good relationships also

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have a downside. Take me and Teddy. Now I am quite fond of him, and he, naturally, adores me, but he does have his disadvantages. Now that he has thoroughly settled in, he can be a bit cheeky in the food stealing department. I’ve also noticed, that the toys we got for Christmas, seem to have migrated in his direction. Occasionally he’s tried pinching my bed but I don’t stand for any of that kind of nonsense, or lie down for it, come to that. And I do get my own back on rainy days when he is forced to wear one of my old coats; sharing goes in both directions. It’s fluorescent yellow so all he needs is a hard hat and the local council could employ him filling in potholes, a worthy cause. Yet Teddy provides many positive benefits. He’s large and muscular by Border Terrier standards so useful as a bodyguard. He’s an outrider for my buggy, and can be deployed to bark and chase, as required, for things I don’t have the hearing or the energy to deal with myself. He amuses me with his youthful exploits and his woeful attempts to be naughty and he’s a bit of company in the kitchen. We share the same perspective, what can I tell you. So maybe Valentine’s Day should be about love in the wider sense, warts and all, which, as a senior dog, I happen to have too. What can I tell you, I’m the perfect catch! l


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hen the most treasured items in your wardrobe need sprucing up, you want somebody that you can trust to care for them as you do. That’s where Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning comes in. With decades of experience to draw on and history of caring for priceless wedding dresses, vintage pieces and designer numbers, Sarah prides herself on a uniquely careful and personalised approach. Sarah’s family have been keeping the people of Haywards Heath looking dapper since the late 19th century, when her great-great-grandmother used to take dirty laundry up to the spring at Barn Cottage Recreation Ground and bring the cleaned clothes back home in a wheelbarrow. “That’s how the laundry started,” explains Sarah. “My great grandma and grandfather ended up running the Snowdrop Laundry in Petlands Gardens. When my parents took over the family business, my dad decided that people wanted somebody who could take care of all their clothing – a complete valet service, not just dry cleaning. That’s a philosophy we continue here today.” With state-of-the-art dry cleaning facilities housed beneath the stylish little shop – as well as a clever wet

Everything from shirts, sheets and bedspreads to haute couture wedding dresses is catered for on site cleaning process on offer for extra delicate items such as sheepskin rugs and couch covers – there are very few fabric items that Sarah can’t bring back to life. Everything from school uniforms, shirts, sheets and bedspreads to haute couture wedding dresses is catered for on site. Small repairs are also offered as part of the price – a service that many cleaners would class as premium. “Our service is always premium, you see,” Sarah smiles. With a rise in the number of people interested in sewing and making their own clothing repairs, Sarah’s shop also features an extensive and well-stocked haberdashery. It’s a treasure trove of colourful cottons, quality zips, buttons, bobbins, elastic and name tags. The friendly staff all sew and knit so can offer expert advice to beginners. New to the shop front is a selection of dyes that can be used on synthetics as well as cottons - customers use them to spruce up everything from jeans to towels. Decorating the pretty window

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If you have an upcoming wedding booked, your thoughts may have turned to planning the hen and stag activities. If so, Sasha Kanal provides us with a guide to prewedding dos with a difference



tag and hen dos come in all flavours and in all shapes and sizes. Like life, there is something for everyone and this of course is a good thing. However, rampaging around a city centre with matching t-shirts and fake halos is not everyone’s idea of fun. If you’re getting married this year and are thinking of celebrating with your girlfriends or mates, or you’re a best man or woman with a job to do – then there are so many amazing options out there to celebrate in style and not a beer stain in sight! Read on for some of the best ways to celebrate any impending nuptials in 2019. Over the last 20 years, stag and hen celebrations have been ramped up to extraordinary levels here in the UK. What used to be a night out at the pub with friends is now anything from a weekend in Las Vegas to a week in Spain with pricey activities galore. Whilst these kind of extravagant set pieces are great if everyone can afford them, there has also been somewhat of a backlash against this kind of expense. Millennials are savvy to overspending and also don’t drink as much as previous generations, so companies have had to up their game and cater to this. Spa days are a brilliant way to please everyone– after all, who doesn’t want to sit back and be pampered or

lounge by a pool all afternoon? There are so many special offers and spa days available at the many luxe Sussex hotels around. Some are themed and involve yoga, meditation or walking in our beautiful countryside. Beauty salons have got wise to the fact that many women enjoy being pampered en masse – after all, it adds to the fun element and camaraderie. The idea is to get a manicure or pedicure done while you chat with your girlfriends over a glass of champagne or a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Easy.

If you are into something more active and outdoorsy, then Sussex is the perfect location to pursue this If you are into something more active and outdoorsy, then Sussex is the perfect location to pursue this! There are go-karting companies aplenty that offer fun afternoons of racing with your friends around a track. Prepare to get competitive! You can go hot air ballooning – especially wonderful in the summer during the long evenings. Make like the lady or lord of the manor and organise some clay pigeon shooting – a wonderful way to try something new and be sociable into the bargain.

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Continuing along the country theme, horse riding is a wonderful way to get out into nature and the plethora of riding schools and stables in Sussex means you will be spoilt for choice.

Go to the races! Specific race days at a Sussex race course offers a great opportunity to get dressed up and place you bets! Going for a city break in one of Sussex’s or the UK’s many picturesque towns and cities will offer you culture, nightlife and exploration aplenty. Throw in a fun walking tour and you’ll learn all about the place you are staying in. If the weather is not on your side and your group fancies something inside then the options are endless. A specific dance lesson – salsa, belly dancing or flamenco – there are numerous one-off offerings out there

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Wedding photographs are a lasting reminder of your big day. Here’s how to ensure a magical set of shots for the family album, says Hanna Prince


ou’ve found the perfect venue, picked the outfits and written the vows – now it’s time to capture memories that last a lifetime. A stunning wedding album is on the must-have list of most brides and grooms, and you needn’t have a bottomless budget to achieve it. From finding the right photographer to getting the bride’s makeup right, we share our essential tips. CHOOSE YOUR VISUAL Before you begin that all-important search for a photographer, it’s worth considering your favourite photographic style. Traditionally, wedding shots were formal posed portraits captured over a few allocated time slots. Today, though, you can choose from an ever-expanding array of styles, from quirky action shots and unobtrusive reportage to artistic black and white and beautifully lit studio-

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style portraits. Wedding photographers tend to gravitate towards one particular style, although many are happy to be flexible. Not sure of your preferences? Get inspired by putting together a digital scrapbook of favourite photos and see where your preferences lie.

You can choose from an array of styles, from quirky action shots and unobtrusive reportage to artistic black and white studio-style portraits FIND A PHOTOGRAPHER Choosing the right photographer is, of course, the most important element in ensuring album-ready wedding snaps. Personal recommendations are a good place to start, as are online comparison

sites. Once you find a photographer you like, ask to speak to past customers and see full wedding shoots – remember, websites will only display the artist’s very best work. Found a photographer whose style you love but can’t afford the

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weight on your back foot. Lowering your shoulder towards the camera to elongate your neck, tilting your head slightly to one side to avoid a double chin and – most importantly – genuinely smiling can all help as well.

price tag? Talk to them. Some will offer packages or afternoon-only shoots to fit a tighter budget. It’s worth spending the time to interview a few photographers face-to-face just to make sure you click. And finally, remember that the best snappers get booked up many months – sometimes even years – in advance, so get in there as early as possible. BEFORE-AND-AFTER While some couples opt for photographs on the big day only, others like to organise multiple memory-catching moments. Engagement shoots are common and can be a good way of getting familiar with your photographer before the wedding, as can pre-wedding shoots closer to the day. Particularly proud of your outfit? Many brides schedule fashion-style shoots specifically to showcase their dress, and there’s a growing move towards romantic boudoir shots (think tasteful and sensual rather than explicit). If that sounds a little too daring, why not arrange for your photographer to be on-hand on the morning of the wedding to capture the dressing process? Many wedding photographers work as a duo or have assistants so that bride and groom can both feature in these preparation pictures.


Many brides schedule fashionstyle shoots specifically to showcase their dress STRIKE A POSE While a good wedding photographer will do their best to suss out your most flattering angles, there are a few tricks you can use to look flawless on film. Airbrush makeup is your friend, as are defined brows and dyed lashes, but steer clear of excess bronzer, heavy foundation, fake lashes and SPF (it can give your skin an unflattering, oily sheen). When it comes to posing, the traditional red-carpet style tends to flatter most figures – angle your body towards the camera with your

FRIENDS AND FAMILY Getting your guests involved with the photography is a great way to capture some more spontaneous shots. Why not hire a fun photo booth or leave disposable cameras on the tables so that they can snap away? Finally, sharing photos of your day is a big part of the

fun. Social media isn’t the only option – free picture-sharing apps let couples create a personalised dashboard where guests can upload photos as well. Finally, why not create photo books for your closest family and friends so that they can treasure those memories as much as you do? l

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The Birch Hotel The privately owned Birch Hotel is the perfect place to create meaningful memories. Civil ceremony room for 60 and wedding reception for 120 guests from ÂŁ3,620. The Birch Hotel, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 7SF 01444 447165

Chez Fleur Visit Ghyll Manor wedding fair Sunday 10th February and meet Belinda from Chez Fleur to discuss your perfect wedding flowers! See diary dates for details or contact Belinda 07811 892644

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Whether you’re basking in the glow of new love or settled into marital bliss, now is the time to show your loved one how much you care. Sara Whatley provides a little inspiration!


aint Valentine’s Day is the official day of love and all things romantic, so why not make the most of it this year and show your loved one just how much they mean to you. Little gifts and gestures go a long way, or if you want to make it one to remember then go all out with a huge romantic blowout, something to make Saint Valentinus himself proud.

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ORANGE CHURROS with hot chocolate Now, neither the churros, nor the hot chocolate actually need each other as both are pretty wonderful in their own right, but the combination of the two is a knockout and perfect for serving as a naughty treat for your loved ones. Breakfast, brunch or even after lunch – whenever everyone needs something hot and sweet INGREDIENTS For the hot chocolate 1.5  l (2½pts) milk 500g (1lb 2oz) dark, semi-sweet chocolate, broken into squares For the orange churros – makes 10 70ml (3floz) water 25g (1oz) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 25g (1oz) plain flour, sieved Pinch salt 1 small egg, lightly beaten 1 tsp orange oil (or extra zest) 1 tsp orange zest Vegetable oil, for deep-frying 2 tblsp icing sugar METHOD Heat the milk and chocolate in a pan over a low heat until the chocolate has melted, for about 10 minutes. Increase the heat a little, but don’t let it boil, and whisk until frothy. Keep hot at the side of the stove.


Make the choux pastry by putting the water 2 and butter together in a small pan over a low heat. When the butter has melted, bring the

water to the boil, remove from the heat and add the flour and salt at once. Return the pan to a low heat and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture cleanly leaves the sides of the pan, for about 3-4 minutes. Add the orange oil and zest. Remove from the heat, cool a little before adding the egg and then beat until you have a smooth, glossy mixture.

Heat the oil to 350f/180c. Pipe the choux 3 pastry into the oil in 10cm (4”) long loops, only 3 at a time. Turn them once and cook for about 1-1½ minutes, until crisp and golden. Drain on kitchen paper and dredge well with icing sugar. Pour the hot chocolate into glasses and serve immediately with the churros to dip.



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Whether used for political authority, religious symbolism or secret communication between lovers, Flo Whitaker brings us the language of flowers and their long and fascinating history


e have always been captivated by flowers. The Old Testament is full of botanical references and flowers have appeared in sacred art since pre-Christian times. Royal occasions are heavy with floral symbolism, flower motifs appear on ancient coats of arms and Shakespeare mentioned over 50 different plants in his plays. This reminds us that the language of flowers was once a part of everyday life. Their significance is mostly lost now, but some themes have passed down the ages and are still with us. Red roses have always been associated with ‘pure’ love, whereas exotic orchids and sultry red tulips indicated burning desire and passion. A Victorian gentleman seeking the hand of a lady might receive a secret

posy of rose foliage – without flowers, giving the indication, ‘you may hope’. Rosebuds were associated with themes of innocence and childhood; a rosebud posy was considered an appropriate gift for a mother with a newborn child. Departures, good or bad, were highly significant events. When embarking on a long journey; ‘lucky’ white heather was worn as a talisman. If you had been a guest at someone’s home, you might send your host a thankyou posy of sweet peas as they indicated ‘a fond farewell’, and a bunch of forget-menots requires no explanation. Flowers associated with

mourning have a sombre poignancy. White lilies are the biblical flower of purity, but also of grief. Their complicated symbolism bears witness to the cycle of life - you are just as likely to see them used in a wedding bouquet or a funeral wreath. Sweet violets, soberly dressed with their deep green leaves and gothic purple flowers were a favourite at Victorian funerals. No advertising agency could ever come up with a logo more powerful than the remembrance poppy. These short-lived

Red roses have always been associated with ‘pure’ love, whereas exotic orchids and sultry red tulips indicated burning desire and passion blooms with their blood red petals stand as a testament to the tragedy of war. The humble paper remembrance poppy speaks for us all. It knows no social boundaries and is just as likely to be worn by a homeless rough-sleeper – or the Queen. The language of flowers is a complicated one. It’s not just the type of flower that matters; it’s the colour too. In this regard, yellow does not generally fare well. Blue hyacinths, with their overtones of faithfulness and constancy, make a charming posy – but beware a gift of yellow ones, as they signal jealousy. Marigolds may appear cheerful, but they represent cruelty, yellow carnations indicate disappointment or despair and yellow lilies hysterically scream, “I hate you!” Worst of all are yellow chrysanthemums, for they spell ‘tainted love’. Hmmm… Did you assume that the giving and receiving of flowers was a charmingly innocent pastime? Better go and check that Valentine’s bouquet – just in case… l

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Stunning new Winter Garden at Wakehurst A stunning new Winter Garden has been planted at Wakehurst in Ardingly, West Sussex. Launching on 23 January 2019, the garden is the perfect place to chase away the winter blues the rich fragrance of Daphne and witch hazel, placed close to path edges, will make you smile as you breathe in their perfume. You will also love the texture and colour that comes from massed blocks of Cornus (including the cultivars ‘Midwinter Fire’ and ‘Bud’s Yellow’), succulent bronze Bergenia and soft, feather-like Calamagrostis and hellebores. Swathes of cyclamen, grasses, snowdrops and crocuses will also compete for your attention. At certain parts of the Winter Garden you can see nothing but plants and sky

– you will feel completely immersed and cocooned by nature. Take a seat on the large, locally crafted, curved oak bench, and find the perfect place to relax. The garden was designed by Wakehurst’s Horticulturalist Francis Annette, who took his inspiration from the South Downs. Francis explained: “My thought process began with the word ‘wild’ – after all, we are Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex. I wanted to create a feeling of expanse and openness as experienced in many winter landscapes, and for there to be open vistas that allow the eye to see through and beyond. He added: “I noticed that in nature the visual impact comes from large numbers of only a few varieties of trees and shrubs– less is most definitely more.’ The Winter Garden is a great place to draw inspiration for your own garden – or even window box. As you leave refreshed, uplifted and rejuvenated, you will be inspired to give your garden at home an injection of winter passion!

Wakehurst is run by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The Winter Garden will be flourishing from mid-January. For more information on Wakehurst or to plan your visit, see


Long nights and dull, cold winter days – it’s enough to give anyone cabin fever! Once the temperatures drop, it’s so easy not to make the effort to leave the house unless you have too. But, if you are brave enough to pull on a warm coat and scarf and head outside, you will be richly rewarded. Exercise, especially in a beautiful and natural environment, has been shown to lift the spirits, clear the mind, and make you feel relaxed and refreshed. And this is exactly what garden designers set out to do when planning the new Winter Garden at Wakehurst. Planted by horticulturists and volunteers in early 2018, the beauty of the Winter Garden is now emerging – shimmering bark, soft foliage and rich scents. As you set off on the winding path, you will encounter an incredible 33,000 plants across 5,500 square metres. Flowers and shrubs are woven together with mature trees, creating a stunning blast of colour against a wintery landscape. Mature Himalayan birch trees (Betula utilis var jacquemontianii) take centre stage. Their dramatic white trunks rise resplendent to the sky and are interspersed with the coppery gleam of the Tibetan cherry (Prunus serrula tibetica). Within this canopy,


For the first time in nearly 200 years, a private communal garden in Brighton is to be opened to the public in June this year, under the aegis of the National Garden Scheme, says Russell Miller



emp Town Enclosures were laid out in the 1820s for the benefit of the residents of Kemp Town Estate, and were then developed by Thomas Read Kemp, a property developer and politician. Despite being instrumental in creating the glorious Regency terraces which are today so much a part of Brighton’s heritage, Kemp was obliged to flee Britain in 1837 to escape his creditors and died in exile in Paris, in 1844.

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The gardens, which cover 3.24 hectares (7.5 acres), are owned collectively by the freeholders of the 105 Grade I listed houses that make up the estate. They were originally landscaped in the Regency style in 1828 by local horticulturist Henry Phillips, assisted by surveyor Henry Kendall. More than 20,000 plants – including semimature trees and shrubs – were ordered and gravel paths laid to fulfil Phillips’ master plan. A tunnel connecting the gardens to the Esplanade, and Brighton’s famous seafront, was added in around 1830. A sign on the wall of the tunnel still claims a Constable is on duty, “to keep the place free from the intrusion of all Persons whose conduct or appearance seem to justify their exclusion.” The bell with which he could be summoned is no longer there; neither, indeed, is the Constable. The tunnel is also rumoured to have provided inspiration for the rabbit hole in Lewis Carrolls’ Alice in Wonderland. Carroll (the Reverend Charles Dodgson) often visited Brighton to meet his friend,

the Reverend Henry Barclay, who ran a boys’ prep school at 11 Sussex Square, facing the Enclosures, sometime between 1871 and 1888. Among other distinguished visitors were William IV and Queen Adelaide, and later Victoria and Albert, who enjoyed walking in the gardens on their visits to Brighton. The entire garden was set aside for the exclusive pleasure of King Edward VII when he was convalescing in Brighton and staying with his daughter, Princess Louise, the wife of the Duke of Fife, at 1 Lewes Crescent (now Fife House) in 1908. The lavatory specially installed for the convenience of the King in Fife House is still extant. The changing style of the gardens after the Regency period was driven by a desire to embrace the new and exotic plants which became available in the late 19th century, brought home from around the world by British plant hunters exploring the world’s fauna in the wake of the expansion of the Empire. The gardens today provide an oasis of tranquillity for those fortunate enough to possess keys and their guests. It is to share their good fortune that the gardens are being opened in June as a first step towards a continuing, and greater, commitment to community engagement in preparation for celebrating their bicentennial. l Kemp Town Enclosures: South Garden, Lewes Crescent, Brighton, Sussex BN2 1FH The garden is open on Thursday 6th June Bookings from 12:00 to 15:30, with guided tours every 30 minutes. Garden open till 17:00 Pre-booking essential, adults £7.50

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It’s clear from the first glance through the front door that this home belongs to a citizen of the world. Exposed brick walls in the bathroom at the end of the hallway hint at years spent living in New York. The earthy tones of the sitting room and study just to the right suggest South America. However, although she is clearly a traveller Laura’s favourite style is vintage English. She is also a home lover at heart, never happier than when she’s in her kitchen cooking up a feast for gathered friends and family. In fact, it was the basement kitchen that sold the house for Laura, or rather the wall in the middle of the room. “The exposed brick around the wood burner reminded me of my mother’s kitchen on our farm in Argentina,” she says with her soft South American lilt. “I thought, ‘I need to have this house’. Nothing else mattered. That wall felt like the heart of the house.”

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That was in 2000; Laura was looking for a renovation project in Brighton having relocated from America, and back then the house looked very different. “The outside was yellow with a navy front door – it looked like the Swedish flag,” remembers Laura. Inside wasn’t much better. The walls were blue, the entire house was carpeted in red and dado rails had been painted bright yellow. Even the original fireplaces had been painted crimson. “That’s why I got it so cheap,” she laughs. The previous owner had lived in the house for 25 years, and since its construction in 1896 only

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four families had called it home. This meant that everything needed complete restoration, but it also brought some unexpected treasures. When Laura initially looked under the carpets, the first Christmas after moving in, she was thrilled to find original floorboards in near perfect condition because they had always been covered. Throughout the house, only five boards needed replacing and Laura sourced them from a house demolition nearby so they fitted in perfectly. In what is now the red bedroom, she found 1912 William Morris wallpaper when stripping the walls, although sadly its condition was too poor to be saved. To begin with, Laura painted every wall white. “I do it every time I move in somewhere new,” she explains. “I like to let the house breathe,

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“My bed looks wooden but is actually metal,” says Laura. “I bought it in a French car boot sale. It was already painted, and my builder made new wooden slats.”

In the red bedroom, Laura has a linen laundry bag hanging from the bed

then it can tell you what it needs. After that, whatever you create is done with love. It takes longer but it always looks better in the end.” When Laura wanted to bring colour back into the house, she started with the blue and red bedrooms. Once stripped of paint, their original fireplaces were in good condition. Laura bought striped bed linen, then chose Toile du Jouy wallpaper, which she hung. “It was tricky getting the patterns to line up, but I was really pleased to have done the rooms myself,” she remembers. The rooms quickly filled with her collections of cherubs and pictures, and a special place


“The mirror stand was one of the first things I bought for this house when I moved in.”

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was reserved for the pushalong horse Laura has had since childhood.“My parents, who are Italian, bred polo ponies in Argentina,” she says. “My sister and I were in the saddle before we were out of nappies and rode to school every day. My father bought me this little horse on one of his trips to England, and I asked my mother to bring it back when I bought this house. She carried it all wrapped up as hand luggage.”

“When I moved in the violin was sitting by the fireplace in that room,” says Laura. “So I’ve left it there.”

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For the ground floor main bathroom, Laura called in a local builder. Things got off to a bad start when a gentle tap of the ceiling caused it to collapse on his head, requiring hospital treatment for him and a new roof for the bathroom. “But we are still friends,” says Laura. “He came for two weeks, and ended up working here for a year. One project just rolled into the next.” In the ground floor sitting room and study, Laura chose darker tones to create what she calls, “my Argentinean heart.” “My friend’s laughed at me when they saw it,” she remembers. “They said it looked like a cigar room for a gentleman’s club. But it’s my secret place, the only room in the house that isn’t feminine. It’s where I go to read in the leather chair.” In 2009, Laura decided to convert the loft into a third bedroom with en suite bathroom. The previous owner had used the space as a darkroom, so even though it lacked stairs, the floor was boarded. Working with a local building company Laura designed a loft conversion that doesn’t feel like one. “I wanted big windows on one side to avoid the typical triangle shape,” she explains. “Adding the Juliet balcony really opened up the room, and means I now have views across the park to the sea.” The kitchen was the last project – and possibly the biggest. “I had no cooker for two months,” says Laura. “That was very hard because I love cooking.” Laura wrote ‘kitchen closed’ on her little blackboard during the work, then the builders replied with ‘Laura’s kitchen is open’, when they had finished. Now, just as she imagined when she first bought this house, the kitchen is its soul once more. l

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rom jumping out the shower in the morning to slipping into your pyjamas at night there is one thing that most of us wear throughout the day – underwear. It comes in all shapes, sizes, colours and materials nowadays, from the barely there, to the suck it all in, to the functional and supportive sports varieties. Anything goes! Like all other fashions, underwear goes in and out of trend, with the current movement heading towards comfort and seamless styles over fussy and uncomfortable ones. This softer styling is more inclusive and is specifically tailored to compliment all varying body shapes and sizes. Nude colour palettes are prevalent in this simple styling giving the impression of ‘nude’ underwear. Of course it’s fun to play with all sorts of different lingerie styles, and with the recent trend of underwear as outwear it’s hard to ignore it. The infamous slip dresses and tops of the 90s have made a comeback and now it’s quite OK to flash



a peek of lace or a pretty resurgence recently not bra strap. Sheer tops are a only in our wardrobes but great way to show off special into our homes as well, so undergarments if you want it comes as no surprise that to go for it is now a daring slipping look, and Velvet bras and pants feel into our in fact underwear great against your skin sheer drawers too. and look elegant and underTactile and wear is luxurious, just a little bit naughty popular velvet and now too. The question is can velour bras and pants feel you go double sheer or is that great against your skin and one daring step too far? I’ll look elegant and just a little leave that up to you. bit naughty. Velvet has made a You may have noticed

your smalls aren’t so small anymore; more coverage is a key trend in the coming seasons – perfect for warm bottoms! Full briefs, boy shorts and French knickers (great zero VPL by the way) are not only super comfortable but work well with high waisted jeans and trousers as well. Since the push up bras of the 90s took the world by storm with a certain ‘Hello Boys’ campaign, underwires, padding, plunging, push ups and balconette bras have remained the go to styles for many, but things are a changing… Soft cup and bralette styles are becoming more and more popular, in keeping with the comfort and seamless underwear fashion. Go daring, go comfortable, go sexy – whatever you do enjoy your lingerie. l

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IIT (High Intensity Interval Training) has been a big success story in fitness circles now for a long time. However, for 2019, LISS (Low Intensity Steady State) training could be the gentler, less brutal alternative you’ve been looking for. LISS is a low intensity cardio workout that calls for approximately 30-60 minutes spent working out at a fat burning mode of about 60 percent of your maximum heart rate effort. There is a school of thought that suggests this method is better as your body (especially your joints) is less prone to strain and injury. Apparently it’s the steady pace of exertion for an extended period of time that can promote oxygenation of cells, increase blood flow and kick start the process of weight loss. Experts also say that those undertaking LISS are also more likely to stick to this steady state of training, rather than something seen as more ‘painful’ such as HIIT. One of the best things about this approach is that, outdoors or in, it’s easy to do and relatively accessible to all. Workouts or activities that enable you to do this include:

the dog or on your own for some downtime. Make sure your pace is brisk and purposeful. You’re looking here to maintain a speed of about 4mph. Remember to stand tall, relax your shoulders and keep a neutral spine when it comes to your technique. Keep your arms active too, swinging them at your side, keeping those fists relaxed as you stride. ON YOUR BIKE Be it a mountain bike, spinning bike at the gym, or a picturesque bike ride at the weekend, pedal power is the epitome of LISS. You know what to do.

It’s the steady pace of exertion for an extended period of time that can kick start the process of weight loss

GOING SWIMMINGLY A gentle swim can burn over 200 calories in just 30 minutes. It’s an excellent, steady cardiovascular workout and can feel mindful too, especially if you swim outdoors in the fresh air. FRONT ROW As well as being a solid cardiovascular exercise, rowing can have a big impact on stress reduction due to its repetitive nature. It works more of your body than most other cardio machines and is very low impact, meaning those of varying fitness abilities can easily access it. Rowing can also condition many muscle groups without straining them meaning that those who suffer from arthritis or osteoporosis can participate. And finally, the best thing about doing any LISS training? It’s a sociable approach to fitness as you’re never so out of breath that you can’t talk to your friends. Slow and steady it is. l

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If you or a family member is in need of home care or live-in care services, Everycare can help. Lisa de Silva met with owner David to find out more


ith an enviable reputation for providing high quality home and live-in care services, local care organisation, Everycare continues to go from strength to strength. First established by David Dimelow in 2013 to improve and maintain the quality of life for those needing care services but wishing to remain in their own homes, Everycare has been a glowing success in the Mid-Sussex area. So much so, that the company are celebrating a move to spacious new premises centrally located on London Road, Burgess Hill. “Thankfully, we’ve grown for all the right reasons,” David explains. “We pride ourselves on looking after our staff, which in turn enables them to look after our clients in a caring and compassionate way. Our staff are fundamental to our success and we ensure they are supported and rewarded for the high quality of care they provide to our clients.” This philosophy means that staff turnover is low and customer satisfaction is high, with many new clients coming to Everycare through personal recommendation. With an ageing population and many families now dispersed over vast geographical areas, caring for elderly relatives can be challenging. To know that loved ones are being cared for and supported while continuing to live in their own home is greatly reassuring.

Exceptional people, extraordinary care Everycare recognise this and provide both home care visits as well as live-in services to support a client’s physical, social and emotional needs. These can include getting up and going to bed, meal preparation, helping with medication, laundry, cleaning and shopping, along with taking clients swimming, for outings and to medical appointments. For those wanting 24-hour support, Everycare also offer live-in care. This often involves a rota of two different carers working several weeks each and can be on-going, or for short spells to help out during a period of convalescence. “Having someone live-in to support every need is a great comfort to both clients and their families and over time the carers become like a member of the extended family,” confides Care Manager, Emma Kirby. There are many benefits for people to remain living in their own home within a familiar environment, full of their own possessions and memories. Many will still be able to enjoy their garden, there will be a network of neighbours and local friends who can pop by for visits and the value

of the home can be maintained. But perhaps the greatest benefit is the positive impact on wellbeing, as remaining at home helps people to maintain a degree of independence and control over their lives. “Our main aim is to support each client with their individual needs. We’re not there to take over but to underpin and promote their independence. All care decisions are individually tailored to suit each client, which means that we can offer the type of flexibility not available in a care home, allowing our clients to retain a degree of control over their lives,” says Emma. Once a need for care is identified, Everycare arrange an assessment visit from which a care plan is developed with the client and their families. This is usually up and running within a week and there are no commitments to sign up for a set amount of time, Everycare simply ask for a week’s notice for those wishing to discontinue their services. “It’s a privilege to be doing this job,” Emma tells me. “To support people who are recovering from an injury or illness and see them improve and regain their independence is very rewarding. Equally,

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on-going training, we offer a shadowing and mentoring scheme to help and improve staff skills and confidence.” The new premises are certainly proving popular with staff. Along with an onsite training room, there is fresh fruit, breakfast and kitchen facilities on offer and the team get together for lunch each day to relax over a chat. It is also ideally located for staff to pop in to touch base and enjoy a cup of tea. “We can only ever be as good as our staff and so we like to give back where we can,” smiles David. Everycare’s new premises L-R: Sue Taplin, Katie Parsons, David Dimelow, have a warm and friendly Emma Kirby, Jenni Marsh, Karen Smith vibe and clients, their families (both current and to care for those in their twilight years, allowing prospective), as well as those looking for rewarding them to remain at home and following their wishes work in the care industry are welcome to pop in for is a great feeling. We also actively support those a chat. So, if you are looking for a new opportunity needing ongoing care, enabling them to continue an or if someone you know has a need for high quality, independent and useful life from the comfort of their friendly and compassionate home or live-in care own home. It can be challenging, but we’re a friendly services, do visit Everycare’s lovely new premises, and supportive team.” or simply give Katie, Emma or Jenni a call. l If you are looking for a worthwhile job where you can make a difference to the quality of someone’s Everycare Mid Sussex life, Everycare are always on the lookout for kind, 191-193 London Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9RN compassionate and reliable care staff to join their 01444 244770 friendly team. The company offers competitive rates of pay, mileage allowance, holiday pay, pension scheme, full training, free uniform and DBS check. “We all work within the community so understand We are committed to employing top quality carers. If you have the challenges and rewards of care work,” says a kind and caring nature and would be interested in joining Emma. “We would never expect anyone to do a job the Everycare team, please contact the office with your details. we wouldn’t do ourselves and as well as initial and February 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 71

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Gastroenterologist Dr Keith Hine discloses the symptoms, causes and possible treatments of Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease


he oesophagus (gullet) is the muscular tube that connects the back of the mouth to the stomach. It is about 15 inches in length. After swallowing, food is pushed down the oesophagus by waves of peristalsis - these are rhythmic contractions of the muscles in the wall of the oesophagus. At the lower end of the oesophagus is the cardiac ‘sphincter’, which is a circular muscle that acts as a valve and helps to prevent the stomach secretions getting back into the oesophagus. If this sphincter is weakened, gastro-oesophageal reflux may result. Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is the commonest cause of indigestion in the western world with 30% of the population experiencing significant reflux (heartburn) at least once per week. What causes GORD? Some people are born with a weak sphincter. In others, the presence of a hiatus hernia, where a small part of the upper section of the stomach slips up through the diaphragm, may cause the reflux. Being overweight may increase the pressure inside the abdomen and encourage

reflux. Various dietary constituents, such as fats and spices, could also reduce the tightness of the sphincter, as do some drugs. Strong alcohol may aggravate the symptoms by irritating the inflamed lining of the oesophagus. Clinical investigation may not be required in younger patients with typical symptoms. However, when the first symptoms occur after the age of 55 years or if there is any difficulty in swallowing, investigation is essential. Usually the investigation of choice is

Antacids could help to relieve the heartburn and they are more effective if combined with an alginate

endoscopy but sometimes a barium swallow may be ordered. What is the treatment? Some people respond to simple measures such as losing weight, avoiding heavy meals shortly before going to bed, and sleeping with their head raised in bed. Lying in bed on the left side is also helpful since the body of stomach, which is mainly on the left side of the abdomen, becomes a sump to hold the gastric contents. If these simple measures fail to control the symptoms some medication may be helpful. Antacids could help to relieve the heartburn and they are more effective if combined with an alginate which forms a raft on the top of the stomach contents. These alginate/antacids are available over the counter and your pharmacist can advise. If further treatment is required, drugs called ‘H2 receptor antagonists’ or ‘proton pump inhibitors’ both reduce the strength of acid produced by the stomach. Once again, many of these are available over the counter in small doses but if they are required in the longer term or in a larger dose you should consult your GP. Your GP may also decide about surgical intervention which is necessary in the small proportion of patients with GORD in whom medical treatment proves ineffective. l

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Elizabeth Kay offers Sussex Living readers her thoughts on recent reads that have caught her attention. She gives her views on a selection of books from different genres which may capture your interest sixteen. Nevertheless, she does write extremely well and the characters leap off the page. The book is set in Wolverhampton in the 1990s, before the age of social media. The TV series was updated to the present day, which made it somewhat anachronistic as that’s a hard jump to achieve successfully. The ending of the book is a bit of a disappointment, but a clear lead-in to a sequel. How to Build a Girl is funny, occasionally shocking, and painfully honest about the experience of being a teenage girl. Those of you of an older generation may remember Groupie, by Jenny Fabian and Johnny Byrne, published in 1969. The rock world was just as outrageous in those days – perhaps even more so.


by Caitlin Moran (Ebury Press) Don’t be put off by the first chapter of this, as it gets better. Caitlin Moran is an award-winning columnist in The Times, and co-author of the TV series, Raised by Wolves. If you’ve seen that, this book won’t be a great surprise as the setting and the characters are very similar, and the content somewhat autobiographical. She had no formal education from the age of eleven, but became a music critic at

The book is set in Wolverhampton in the 1990s, before the age of social media

which stated that the only good research is that which is reproducible in a static environment. Len’s view was that this was not natural behaviour, and that birds behave differently when they’re free. The intelligence of her great tits, their ability to count and their relationships with one another are an eye-opener. And the day the blue tits ask for her help because their nestbox has fallen to the ground is really moving. I loved every word of this – I had great tits nesting in my garden last spring, and I think Len was right about every detail.

The day the blue tits ask for her help because their nestbox has fallen to the ground is really moving

by Eva Meijer (Pushkin Press) This book was originally written in Dutch although the principle character, a woman called Len Howard, was British. The translation by Antoinette Fawcett, however, is exquisite. Len was a violinist, and after an unhappy love affair with an artist she came into an inheritance and bought a cottage in Sussex. She was enchanted by the birds that visited her garden, and they became so tame that they flew in and out of her house, perched on her shoulder, and took peanuts from her fingers. She started to study them properly, giving each one a name and observing them in as much detail as Jane Goodall later studied her chimpanzees. This flew in the face of contemporary behaviourist thought

TOMMY TWIGTREE AND THE CARROT CRUNCHERS by Michael Firman (Clink Street Publishing)

This is an attractive-looking book for pre-school children, to be read by a parent. The story is simple – Olive Onion is lonely, and Tommy Twigtree says he can help as Charlie Carrot is looking for a home for his seeds. The baby carrots grow up nice and chatty, but the local rabbits get wind of them and invade the vegetable patch. Freddie the Fox is the local policeman, and he is called in to arrest the rabbits. They promise never to do anything like that again, and everyone is happy. Other than, perhaps,

The baby carrots grow up nice and chatty, but the local rabbits get wind of them and invade the vegetable patch anyone who is trying to get a child to eat their carrots, and giving them personalities isn’t going to help… The illustrations by Nick Roberts are clear and colourful, and there are lots of little incidentals to find such as mice and snails and birds and the cat next door, who peers over the fence every so often. I was particularly taken by the insects – the ladybird with a flashing light and a police whistle is delightful. This isn’t very long, so it’s a one-night bedtime story.

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Robert Veitch and his cousin Louise Prieto set out to explore the hinterland of Heathfield. Join them on their ramble over the old railway line and across field and woodland


rom Newnham Way car park head south along the Cuckoo Trail. Ever so slightly downhill, it’s easy walking along this former railway line. There’s a pair of metal gates at the junction with Harley Lane and safety barriers precede the crossing of Old Ghyll Road. Shortly after is a nod to the past, a tip of the station master’s hat to the Cuckoo Trail’s previous incarnation. ‘Frenches Halt’ is definitely worth pausing for. “So impressive,” noted Louise, “I love the signal.” It’s easy to imagine how things might have been a century ago; puffs of steam and squealing brakes as the 5:15pm from Waldron and Horeham Road slowed in readiness to stop at Heathfield station. At the next junction, cross Ghyll Road using the Pelican Crossing, rejoining the trail on the corner of Treetops Way. A milepost marker precedes the crossing of Runts Farm Bridge. Then it’s under the bridge at West Street Lane. 250m later peel off to the left, before the bridge over Tubwell Lane. Walk up the hill to the junction with the B2203.

Fallen trunks and multitudes of exposed roots precede the intersection known locally as ‘five ways’ Cross the main road carefully, ambling downhill into Sicklehatch Lane, all the way to the bridge over Waldron Gill. 75m beyond the bridge turn sharp left into Sapperton Wood. Once past the metal gate bear right at the fork, and follow the path north, hugging the barbed wire on the right, heading in the same general northerly direction at the fingerpost. It’s a little soft in places amongst the chestnut trees, but it firms up as holly supersedes the chestnut. Fallen trunks and multitudes

of exposed roots precede the intersection known locally as ‘five ways.’ Head north, indicated by the ‘Wealden Walks’ sign, over the fallen silver birch towards a pair of stiles, 100m apart. A short jaunt uphill leads to a wooden 5-bar gate. Beyond the gate and a wooden shed, is a stile on the right. Over this, the path leads downhill diagonally across the field into the hedge and a stile. Keep right in the next field, wandering downhill to yet another stile. Once over this, turn left, then right, following the track across the dam, keeping Old Mill Pond on the left. Turn right at the bird box by the wooden gate, then across the field towards the drive. Follow the drive uphill, turning left onto Nettlesworth Lane, then 30m later crossing the stile on the right. In the distance is the spire of All Saints Church, Old Heathfield. A glorious sight whatever the weather. “That’s so beautiful,” eulogised Louise. “I’m so glad I’ve come out on this walk.” There’s a rather wobbly stile to clamber over, but overall, it’s a lovely uphill jaunt to the kissing gate in the iron fence. Turn left and amble to the end of the drive, to the junction with Church Street. Turn left and walk downhill, on the right of the road towards any oncoming traffic. After 200m bear right into Weaversbrook Lane keeping the sandstone perimeter wall of Heathfield Park on the right. Where the road turns sharp right, the path heads into the woods by the black and white chevron. After the stile the going underfoot may be squelchy and sticky along the left side of the field

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all the way to the next stile. Keep left in the next field, all the way to the following stile, then downhill to the bridge. Once up the steps created by exposed tree roots keep going to the broken, disused stile. Turn right onto the tarmac drive and follow it for almost half a mile to the junction with Sandy Cross Lane. Turn left and walk to the main road. Cross carefully and trot down the steps. Then wander downhill to rejoin the Cuckoo Trail at the Old Ghyll Road junction, hopefully looking reassuringly familiar. Turn right and head north. Suburbia returns suddenly as the back gardens of Heathfield populate all views. Back at the car park it was time to reflect… “This was time well spent, such lovely surroundings, I found a new kind of love,” smiled Louise, “…walking around Heathfield!” l Distance: 5¼ miles Walk Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes Stiles: 9 Map: Explorer OL25 Refreshments: Take your own, or treat yourself in Heathfield Parking: Free parking at Newnham Way car park

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INIKA Organic Makeup Demo

The Seasons, Medway House, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE Please come and try some fabulous Organic Makeup. Special offers on the day. For a free make-over please call the shop to book a session. Contact: 01342 824673. Friday 01, 08, 15 & 22 February, 19:45-21:45 unless stated

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month – Radio Night, Natter Night, Radio Night and Table Top Sale. Stella Rogers, 07803 086838 Saturday 02 February, 09:30

Lindfield Horticultural Society Coffee Morning, Seed Swap & Advice Clinic

Kind Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH The annual opportunity to swap seeds and drink coffee. Plant sale as well. All welcome – free entry. 01444 458509. Saturday 02 & Sunday 03 February

Wood Machining

Do you have a West Sussex community event to promote? Email and ask for a Diary Dates form. Visit our Diary Dates page on John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ Learn how to safely and effectively operate all the big machines together with lots of handy tips. £300. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388 Saturday 02 February, 10:00-12:00

Copthorne Preparatory School Open Morning Effingham Lane, Copthorne RH10 3HR Open Day. Contact: 01342 712311

Saturday 02 February

Tuesday 05, Wednesday 06 & Thursday 07 February, 19:00-21:00

Only Fools The (Cushty) Dining Experience

Tottington Manor, Edburton, Nr Henfield BN5 9LJ Join Del Boy, Rodney and Uncle Albert for a fun evening while enjoying a ‘Nags Head’ 3 course supper. £39.50 per person. Contact: 01903 815757 Monday 04, 11, 18 & 25 February, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

Burgess Hill Methodist Church, London Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QD Entrance off Gloucester Road. Come and have a chat over tea or coffee. All welcome. Run by Burgess Hill Methodist. 01444 236733.

Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex NB7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503

Saturday 02, 09, 16 & 23 February, 12:00-16:00

Monday 04, 11, 18 & 25 February, 20:00

130 South Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4LT All levels and abilities welcome. We can help you get started and give advice. Come and join us and make new friends whilst having fun. £2 incl. tea/coffee and biscuits. 01444 455611.

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

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Dale Avenue, Hassocks BN6 8LP Kenneth Grahame’s wild tale about the thrill-seeking, lovable menace Mr Toad comes to life. Tickets £6 available on the door or from 1 February from the reception at school. Contact: Nicki Burston 01273 845892 Tuesday 05 February, 19:30-21:00

Worthing Antique, Arts & Collectors’ Club

Worthing Lecture Theatre (below main library) Richmond Road, Worthing BN11 1HD Our talk is by Thomas Plant, Auctioneer and Presenter from BBC’s Bargain Hunt. All are welcome. Annual membership is £30 or £5 per talk. Andrew Pescott 07984 403890. Tuesday 05 February, 20:00-22:00

Lindfield & District Folk Dance Club

Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £3 including tea/coffee and

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DIARY DATES biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741. Wednesday 06 February, 13:45 for a 14:00-16:30 start

Burgess Hill Flower Club AGM and Talk

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX AGM followed by talk on Lewes and Bonfire by Andy Thomas. Visitors £6.00, first visit free with Sussex Living magazine. Judith Alexander 01444 871886. Wednesday 06, 13, 20, 27 February, 18:00 - 20:00

Free Mini Consultations For Hernia Repair

BMI The Esperance Hospital. Hartington Place, Eastbourne BN21 3BG Take the opportunity to talk to our expert. Free but slots are limited. To book call us on 0800 157 7762 or email Friday 08 February, 11:00-16:00

Chocolate and Prosecco

The Seasons, Medway House, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE We will be sampling the stunning sparkling wine from the Oxney Estate in Sussex, accompanied by some very delicious chocolates. Contact: 01342 824673. Friday 08 February, 20:00-21:30

Burgess Hill Heritage & History Association Monthly Talk Cyprus Hall, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Nature Reserve, Batchelors Farm &

the Green Circle by Dominic Moore. Dominic talks about their work to preserve and enhance these important areas. Members £1.50 and visitors £3.50. Contact: Fred Avery 01444 235088.

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Saturday 09 February, 19:00-21:30

The Arts Society Steyning

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Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road RH16 3DN This popular local group will present an evening of Beethoven, Borodin and other string quartets. £12 members/£15 non-members. Under 18/Student £3.00/£5.00. Contact: Christine Colbourne 01444 456227 www.haywardsheathmusicsociety. Sunday 10th February,10:00-18:00

Mid Sussex Meeples – Board Gaming Day

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Welcoming both newcomers and experienced gamers alike, for another fun and sociable day of board gaming in Burgess Hill. £5 per person. For more information visit www. or visit our FaceBook Group 'Mid Sussex Meeples' Sunday 10 February, 11:00-15:00

County Wedding Fayre

Ghyll Manor, High Street, Rusper, Horsham RH12 4PX Come and discuss your dream wedding flowers with Chez Fleur at

Monday 11 February, 10:00-12:00, Coffee 10:00 & Talk 10:30

The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning BN44 3XZ AGM followed by James Taylor Masters of the Sea – Highlights of Maritime Art from 17th century to the present day. Annual membership £38.00. Visitors £5.00 donation. Contact: Leonard Warner 01903 812752. Monday 11 February, 14:30

From Downtown to Gatsby – Jewellery and Fashion

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 6DB Andrew Prince a student of Antiques Roadshow's jewellery expert Ian Harris, has designed jewellery for Harrods, film celebrities and for Downtown Abbey. He is well qualified to demonstrate the work of the masters of the art of fine jewellery. Guests welcome to attend at £5.00 per lecture. Monday 11 February, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Extinct Birdwatching – a talk by Michael Blencowe. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351.

Monday 11 February, 20:00-23:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+

A pub in Burgess Hill A round of golf? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Theatre, Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Burgess Hill on the second Monday evening of every month. Meetings also in Lewes, Brighton and Horsham. Visit Tuesday 12 February, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Three Churches and a Chapel

Ditchling Beacon Car Park (Free to NT members) BN6 8RJ TQ368023 Ditchling Beacon, Plumpton, Streat, Ditchling (Pub Lunch), Westmeston. 8.5mi/13.7km Moderate. Contact: Brian J, 07985 201335 on the day. Tuesday 12 February, 19:45

From Formal Garden to Nature Reserve

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society, Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY An illustrated talk by Peter Lovett on how he has transformed his formal garden into a wonderful nature reserve bursting with wildlife. £1 Members. £2 Non-members. Kathy Green Wednesday 13 (Demo) & 27 February (Workshop) 14:00-16:00

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DIARY DATES – Art Demo & Workshop

East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Adrienne Parker demonstrations on mixed media. Bring your own artwork and be guided by an expert artist. Annual Membership £20. Non-members £3 per session. Wednesday 13 February, 19:45 for 20:00-22:00

Hassocks Horticultural Society – Improve your Photography

Meet at Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QF Charles Hobley and Alan Farrant from the Mid Sussex Camera Club will give you tips to help you take better photographs of flowers, trees and other natural images. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included. Wednesday 13 February, 20:00

Lindfield Horticultural Society King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Churchyards as important areas for Nature Conservation a talk by Sheila Preston. With the loss of around 97% of hay meadows in the last 50 years, Sheila Preston discusses the importance of these areas. £1 members, £3 visitors. All welcome. 01444 458509. Thursday 14 February

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR On the most romantic day of the year, treat the one you love to a luxurious

candle-lit dinner. From £43.50 per person. Contact: 01342 824988.

Carmen. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269.

Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 February (Various Times)

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Tom Gates: Live on Stage

The Capitol Horsham, North St, Horsham RH12 1RG Brand new stage show based on the best-selling books. Brought to you by the producers of Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny. Tickets from £19.50. Contact: 01403 750220. Friday 15 February, 10:00-12:00

The Visually-Impaired Reading Group

Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BN This group meets every third Friday. Transport provided. If interested please contact Dorothy Lazenby on 01444 450947.

Saturday 16 February, 10:00-13:00

Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ If your jeans need patching, your bike is squeaking or your kettle won’t boil, bring it along and see if we can help. Free to enter. All repairs are free, but donations will be gratefully received towards ongoing costs of the service. RepairCafeForestRow Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 February, 10:00-17:00

West Hoathly Local History Archive Exhibition

West Hoathly Village Hall, North Lane RH19 4QG A special exhibit on Wickenden. Come and browse. Delve into your family history. Teas, cakes and a raffle.

Friday 15 February, 11:00-16:00

Saturday 16 February

The Seasons, Medway House, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE Come and learn the health benefits of this incredible healing drink. Q&A session and offers. Contact: 01342 824673.

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Celebrate your love with the perfect evening; enjoy a special romantic gourmet dinner complete with wine, coffee and petit fours. £72.50 per person. 01342 824988.

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Friday 15 February, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Organist/keyboard player Paul

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Sunday 17 February, 19:30

Wivelsfield Films – Mary Poppins Returns (U) Wivelsfield Films, Off Eastern Road,

Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Tickets £6 in advance from the Post Office and Village Stores or The Cock Inn, or online via the Facebook page. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks served before the film and during the interval. Tuesday 19 February, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY The Women’s Land Army by Ian Everest. Visitors welcomed. Jane Biggs 01273 834421. Wednesday 20 February, Coffee from 10:00 - 10:45-11:50

The Arts Society Mid Sussex

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Discovering MacDonald Gill: Architect, Artist and Mapmaker by Caroline Walker. Non-members welcome: £7 on door. Wednesday 20 February, 20:00-22:30

Meeting of the Royal Marines Association

Upstairs Function Room, The Royal British Legion, 9-11 Buckingham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5UA A gathering of Ex Royal Marines and veterans to have a meeting about local events and to socialise together. Yearly membership fee of £15 plus £3 local subs. Contact: Maureen Copelin

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Cuckfield Dramatic Society – The Browning Version & Dirty Business

Queen’s Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Sales from Friday 22 February, 19:30

Kast Off Kinks

The Capitol Horsham, North St, Horsham RH12 1RG Featuring three members of the legendary band, back together playing great music and keeping The Kinks’ songs alive. Tickets £21 (£19.50 Concessions). 01403 750220. Saturday 23 February, 09:00-12:30

Hassocks Village Market

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR A lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and crafts-people. Huge selection of fresh produce and much more. Music and singing, weather depending, plus Hassocks Football Club. Contact: Amanda Felix 01273 842701 or via Facebook ‘Hassocks Village Market’. Saturday 23 February, 10:00-12:00

Big Brew Coffee Morning, Traidcraft Stall and Godly Play Hassocks United Reformed Church, 23, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Coffee morning marking the

beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight. Buy Traidcraft products. Enjoy fairly traded coffee or tea. Children’s activities. Julia 01444 871812. Saturday 23 February, 10:00-12:00

Paws & Claws Coffee Morning

Wivelsfield Church Hall, Church Lane, Wivelsfield RH17 7RD Tombola, raffle, quality stalls including bric à brac, books, cards, jigsaws, homemade cakes and catmobilia. 50p. Lyn Basset. 01444 459464 Saturday 23 February, 15:00-17:00

A Scottish Concert with Mid-Sussex Sinfonia

The King’s Church, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR MacCunn Land of the Mountin and Flood; Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with Sulki Yu (Violin); and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony. £20. Contact: Sue Carpenter 01273 478036 or or www.midsussexinfonia Saturday 23 February, Doors open 19:45 for 20:00

Strictly Dance Magic – Ballroom Dance

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AH £7. Complimentary refreshments. Ballroom, Latin, Jive and Sequence. New dancers always welcome. Sprung floor, cabaret style seating and soft lighting. On-site parking. Details:

07767 411115 or 01444 248926. Sunday 24 February, 11:00 – 15:00

Wedding Fayre

Eastbourne Town Hall, Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TX Chirpee Flowers will be at this Wedding Fayre by Sussex Wedding Services. Contact 01273 951745,, Monday 25th February 18:30 – 20:00

Cosmetics Breast Information Evening

BMI The Esperance Hospital, Hartington Place, Eastbourne BN21 3BG Take the opportunity to speak with our consultant about the available treatment. With the option of a free mini consultation on the night. Free. Call us on 0800 142 2324 or email Monday 25 February 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH AnimazingTalk – a talk by Steve Bridger. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351. Wednesday 27 February

Local RSPB Group Talk – The Hudson Legacy

The Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT The lasting impact of W H Hudson, Victorian author, campaigner and

RSPB pioneer – Conor Jameson. £4 members, £5 non-members. Mark Roberts Publicity Officer 01342 843190. Wednesday 27 February, 19:15-19:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0EG Brian Austen and David Sumpter display Malta and Gibralter. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 Wednesday 27 February, 20:00-22:00

Sussex Bonsai Group – Club Meeting

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield, RH17 7QH Sussex Bonsai Group will be holding a Bonsai Re-Potting demonstration. To be given by Ken Norman. All welcome to attend. First visit free. Contact: Ray Brunsden 01444 244267 Thursday 28 February, 19:30

An illustrated talk on the Rewilding of the Knepp Castle Estate

Partridge Green Village Hall, Village Hall Road, High Street, Partridge Green RH13 8HX The Estate Manager and Estate Ecologist will inspire us with one of the most successful wildlife and conservation projects in the UK. £2 members £3 visitors which includes homemade cakes and refreshments. Yvonne Newman 01403 711598.


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