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February 2020







Love is in the air

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OUR WINTER SALE ENDS SOON... Collingwood Batchellor’s Winter Sale ends Sunday 23rd February. In store you’ll find a huge selection of fantastic furniture ranges, all of which are now reduced in our Winter Sale. From upholstery, to dining and bedroom we really believe that we offer the finest choice in the area. As a family run business our priority is you, the customer. From your initial enquiry, to taking delivery of your furniture, we will provide you with a first class service combined with expert advice to ensure your purchase is the right one.

Introducing the industrial inspired Scala Collection’s light oak matched with black metal feet and handles give a sophisticated contemporary look. Featuring soft close drawers and metal drawer runners.

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Inside... Cover Stories

8 Ben Stiles Racing through life in the fast lane 23 The Ship Hotel Competition Win a dinner for two in Chichester 24 Valentine’s Treats Indulge in yummy jammy heart biscuits 49 Perfect Bathrooms Choose one key feature to change your space 57 Hurstpierpoint One man’s memories of historic Hurst


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Ben Stiles

Happy Honeymoon!

The now and then of the honeymoon

Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning

The ultimate in wedding dress care


Real Bread Campaign

Rise to the challenge of supporting Real Bread

Perfect Bathrooms

Home Front

Refreshing an historic oast house

Early Season Open Gardens

Spring snowdrop gardens, and summer utopias

Musical Memories

With charity Music for Memories Mid Sussex

Funding Long-Term Care

Exploring the current funding options

Outdoor Education

Embrace outdoors learning


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Editor’s Comment We are feeling the love in the Sussex Living office this month, and what a beautiful feeling to have! Cosy up with our wedding feature, treat your loved one (and yourself) to some yummy jammy hearts and race away with Ben Stiles, the new face of Formula Ford racing. What’s not to love?

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Blooming Times

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Westham to Cooden Walk

Looking south to the coast for adventure

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Teddy’s leaping for joy this February

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Flo Whitaker’s battle with the Sussex Squirrel

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As Ben Stiles seeks to make his mark in the fiercely competitive world of motor sport, he found the time to pull into the pits to talk to Peter d’Aguilar about racing and his hometown of Bexhill-on-Sea

At Levels Raceway (Timaru, near Christhcurch in New Zealand)




en Stiles has three factors working in his favour. First of all, his father Trevor is himself a former Formula Ford champion. Secondly, Ben hails from Bexhill-on-Sea – the fabled birthplace of British motor racing. And thirdly, the fact that he is an outstanding driver also helps. Twenty-four-year-old Ben has already made an impact on the winner’s podium by clinching victory in the 2019 Universal Racing Series Classic Formula Ford 2000 National Championship, winning eight out of eleven starts at iconic venues such as Donington Park, Silverstone and Brands Hatch and recording the fastest laps at five of the six circuits he competed at.

“I’ve always dreamt of winning a motor racing championship but, until recently, the cost involved has always been an obstacle,” says Ben. “To

win in my first season, after only two years racing, is a dream come true.” As well as winning championships, Trevor also managed his own Formula Ford team. Having taken a twenty-year break from the sport, he is now heavily involved in his son’s burgeoning career. “It all started when dad went out to New Zealand on holiday and found himself near a racetrack, and they offered him a drive,” Ben explains. “I was just finishing my degree in Motorsport Engineering at Bath University. Dad suggested I joined him out there and then I got the chance to drive in the New Zealand National Formula Ford Championship.” Ben and Trevor now divide their time between New Zealand and England, working together on Ben’s racing car – a real father and son team. Ben’s success in the UK championship has given them both great satisfaction. “It wasn’t easy,” he noted, “due to a lack of finance, we often had to use second hand tyres.” Ben won his first race, in Anglesey, and he followed it up by passing the chequered flag first in seven of his next ten races. This year he is hoping to graduate to the European Championship in his Van Diemen RF82, or take a step up to Classic Formula Three, for which he’ll need finance for a specialist car. “Ultimately I’d love to get into historic Formula One, but at 24, I may already be too old to be scouted,” says a wistful Ben. Great drivers from the seventies, eighties and nineties – James Hunt, Niki Lauda and Ayrton Senna (who also started out in Formula Ford driving a Van Diemen) are where Ben draws his inspiration. “Racing in those days was tough and risky. The drivers showed great commitment and courage. The cars we drive in classic Formula Ford are from that era. While the circuits nowadays have better safety features, our cars are just as dangerous.” What makes a good racing driver? Ben believes it’s an instinctive ability, because everything happens too fast for conscious thought. To be successful, both car and driver need to be in perfect working order, and in perfect harmony. The fact that their car is highly competitive – despite their limited financial resources is due to Ben’s

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Ken Thorogood (URS Championship Organiser) congratulating Ben after his first win of the year at Donington Park

engineering studies combined with his father’s experience and know-how. Another aspect of Ben’s busy life is his support for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Eastbourne where his mother is a patron. To help hospice fundraising Ben donated a day out at Brands Hatch for a party of six – including a visit to the pits, lunch and watching the race. It raised £3,600 at auction. “I also took my racing car to the successful bidders summer party. Both the children and their parents were mad keen to sit in it.” Ben is proud of being born and bred in Bexhill-on-Sea, and he’s a passionate flag bearer for the town’s historic motor racing tradition. Bexhill-on-Sea Mayor Kathy Harmer, whom Ben met recently, commented, “I would like to congratulate Ben on his outstanding achievement. We are so proud of him as a local lad from our wonderful town – the home of British Motor Racing. I know Ben is keen to help promote Bexhill-on-Sea as a jewel in the South East. I’m look forward to working with him. Go Ben!” “Motor racing has a wonderful family atmosphere,” enthuses Ben. “There’s no buzz quite like driving a high-performance car. Winning trophies is the icing on the cake.”

Adrian Langridge (Classic F3 Champion) with Ben at the Historic Sports Car Club Awards

Ben believes a racing driver needs instinctive ability, because everything happens too fast for conscious thought BEXHILL – AT THE DAWN OF BRITISH MOTOR RACING Ben’s hometown of Bexhill-on-Sea played a part in the early history of British motor racing. At the turn of the 20th century the 8th Earl De La Warr, Major Gilbert Sackville, had ambitions to turn the town into a resort to rival Monte Carlo. An eminent and

wealthy local landowner, politician and sportsman, De La Warr’s seafront Bicycle Boulevard along the De La Warr Parade between Galley Hill and the family’s Sackville Hotel was converted into a one kilometre motor racing strip. With support from the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland, De La Warr set up the Great Whitsuntide Motor Races of 1902, over four days. Being on private land, the 12mph national speed limit didn’t apply. Cars raced side by side like drag racers and were timed over the length of the course. French driver Leon Serpollet was the World Land Speed Record Holder of the time (75mph), set in his steam powered car, Easter Egg. Serpollet won the event, reaching an average speed over the kilometre of 54mph. He defeated more than 200 other competitors and claimed the British Land Speed Record in the process. The event attracted a crowd of curious spectators, several thousand in number, most of whom had never seen cars travelling at such fantastic speeds. Plans to build a permanent motor racing circuit were scuppered by a property owner on De La Warr

Ben, working on the car in the team garage

Looking into the future, at Brands Hatch in Kent

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(competition of elegance car show) on De La Warr Parade. In 1936 the concours was held in the newly opened De La Warr Pavilion. Jubilee Speed Trials took place in 1954, celebrating Bexhill’s motoring heritage, and focusing on historic rather than contemporary vehicles for the first time. The Bexhill 100 Festival of Motoring ran along the seafront from 1990 – 2002, celebrating the town’s motor racing history. The final festival commemorated the centenary of the original races. In 1999 the Bexhill 100 Motoring

Club was launched and each year it organises The Bexhill 100 Motoring Club Classic Car Show on the August Bank Holiday Monday at the town’s Polegrove Recreation Ground. The Technology Collection at Bexhill Museum celebrates the town’s role in British motor racing with three vehicles representing different stages in its evolution; a reproduction of Serpollet’s Easter Egg, a 1958 Mk III Elva racing car and the 1993 world record breaking Volta electric car. Coincidentally… the museum carried out the restoration work on the Elva in a barn on Ben and Trevor’s farm. l

The final race on the 2019 calendar, at Silverstone Trevor Stiles, father and son, after winning the final race of 2019 at Silverstone

Parade, who took out an injunction banning motor car racing. Brooklands, the first purpose built motor racing circuit opened in 1907, and in America the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1909) was the second. But it wasn’t the end of Bexhill’s connection with cars. In 1922 and 1923 speed trials were held on West Parade. 1934 and 1935 witnessed a Concours d’Elegance


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For time immemorial a wedding has been celebrated with a honeymoon. Robert Veitch investigates their history and how they’ve changed over the years

The Life and Times



he honeymoon originated back in the 16th this warmer time of year honey was harvested from beehives century as a short period of time for newlyweds and that’s how the name was derived, possibly. Maybe. to share intimate moments together, forming During 19th century Britain, the honeymoon evolved physical bonds. The first month of marriage was into a process that enabled upper class Victorian newlyweds thought to be the sweetest for the happy to visit people who had been unable couple and a ‘honeymoon’ was seen as to attend their wedding. Taking the a personal lunar cycle for them, with The YOLO – the ‘You Only Live form of a ‘bridal tour’ it could also those intense initial feelings waxing involve several other people with vested Once’ trip of a lifetime to begin with, and then waning as the interests. ‘The English idea’ caught days passed. on and became popular throughout In days gone by mead was drunk Europe. Over time, the touring party at weddings. Apocryphal myths reduced in size to just the bride and would have you believe newlyweds groom. With the growth of railways were supplied with a month’s worth of and then the car, ‘a honeymoon’ slowly mead after their nuptials in an effort became something the middle classes to ensure it would help the bride ‘bear and hoi polloi could aspire to. fruit’ within the year. When weddings were less Another legend is focused around extravagant, the honeymoon was a the historical evidence, which suggested simpler affair… hopefully without a majority of weddings took place in an affair. With the advent of cheaper the warmer summer months. During air travel, the masses could join the February 2020 | SUSSEX LIVING 15

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jet set, meaning far away places like Paris, Rome, Vienna or Venice became attainable romantic destinations. In my parent’s day, the bride and groom would depart before the end of the wedding reception, driving away with a cluster of tin cans tied to the underside of the rear bumper, bouncing along the road behind. A banana stuffed in the exhaust pipe was an occasional parting gesture from a mischievous best man. It should be remembered, it wasn’t that long ago ‘living in sin’ was a term used in hushed tones behind twitching net curtains. In more recent years the phrase has faded from public consciousness; these days, more couples live together before they marry. And yet the concept of what a honeymoon is and the desire to have one remains strong. It’s still an integral part of the post-wedding period. For my generation, just as stag and hen parties have become elaborate weekends away, the mini-moon has emerged as an entity in itself. It’s a quick weekend break immediately after the wedding, or a day or two later. Essentially, it’s just a short period of rest and relaxation after the modern stress of a modern wedding, before heading back to reality. Sometimes it’s

a precursor to the ‘real honeymoon’ that follows on the first anniversary, the YOLO – the ‘You Only Live Once’ trip of a lifetime… Traditionally the groom booked the honeymoon, and he kept the destination a surprise for his bride – a bit of a ‘don’t forget your toothbrush’ moment. Clearly, a smart groom would

Apocryphal myths would have you believe newlyweds were supplied with a month’s worth of mead have paid attention to the hints his fiancée had been dropping during their engagement. Not all grooms are smart. In these days of equality honeymoons are generally a joint effort. We toyed with the idea of Gibraltar, Dubai, Amsterdam and Rapid City. We toyed with the idea of no honeymoon at all. But in the end we

opted for a place in Nevada called The Meadows. In Spanish, that translates as Las Vegas. We both chose it, but I organised it: a nod to modernity and a nod to tradition. A rare but current trend is the unimoon or solo-moon, where bride and groom take separate trips, because they just can’t agree on where to go. How that bodes for the marriage is anyone’s guess. So where to go and what to do? Do as you please, do what makes you happy, make plans for great memories, it’s your honeymoon and nobody intends to have more than one! l

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With endless experience, a venerable history and truly personalised service, Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning offers the ultimate in wedding dress and designer clothing care. Hanna Prince discovers more


hen it comes to caring for your wedding dress, you want to know that your cleaning service is as bespoke as the dress itself. That’s why Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning in Haywards Heath attracts customers from all over the local area. With over 25 years of experience in caring for delicate clothing – plus a knowledge of fabrics, brands and details to match – Sarah treats every dress as an individual. “Wedding dresses have huge emotional value and each one is unique,” she says. “I carefully assess each dress that comes in myself, because different fabrics require different cleaning techniques.” Sarah’s passion for cleaning wedding dresses and designer clothing has been passed down through the generations. The family business, started by her great great grandmother in the late 1800s, is nearly as old as Haywards Heath itself. The snowdrop in Sarah Lacey’s

logo is a nod to the name of the business in her great grandparents’ day – the Snowdrop Laundry. “It was my mum who taught me about cleaning wedding dresses and designer clothing,” Sarah explains. “I particularly love caring for wedding dresses because they mean so much to people. It’s lovely to return a dress to a bride that might have had red wine, mud or grass stains and is now almost as good as new.” Sarah Lacey offers a reassuringly exacting service. Delicate trims are removed before cleaning and then replaced, repairs are made with painstaking care, and there’s the option to have your dress carefully wrapped in acid-free tissue and placed in a beautifully designed handmade storage box by the Empty Box Company. It isn’t just wedding dresses that get the star treatment. From business

Wedding dresses have huge emotional value and each one is unique suits and work wear to mother-of-the-bride outfits and haute couture, Sarah personally oversees the care of every piece of clothing that comes through the door. Perhaps that’s why customers come from as far afield as Eastbourne and Horsham to have their most treasured and delicate pieces cleaned. “Within reason, I’ll dry clean anything!” says Sarah. “I keep up to date with designer brands and

fabrics, and I train my counter staff well so that they understand exactly what they are looking at.” Popping into the shop

is easy thanks to the free on-site parking - and it’s impossible to leave without browsing the treasure trove of seasonal gifts and haberdashery essentials. From shoelaces and coloured threads to the full range of Dylon dyes, the stock encompasses everything you need to keep your clothes in tip-top condition. With expert advice and a warm welcome always on offer from Sarah and her experienced counter staff, it’s no surprise that this iconic local business has been a staple of Haywards Heath life for decades. l

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Wildflower Wood

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Unique woodland wedding venue complete with Giant Hat Tipis, ceremony area, fairy lights, fire pits and overnight camping. Located near Lindfield.

Arabella Floral is a weddings and events florist covering Sussex, Kent and Surrey. We love using seasonal flowers and foliage to create beautiful, natural and wild designs.

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Hearts Indulge in a very grown up biscuit to treat your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, by Nancy Hinde INGREDIENTS Makes around 20 biscuits 230g/8.11oz butter 200g/7.05oz caster sugar 2 eggs 100g/3.5oz cornflour 100g/3.5oz ground almonds 400g/14.10oz plain flour pinch of salt 250g/8.8oz raspberry jam METHOD Cream together the butter and sugar then gradually beat in the eggs. Mix together the flours, ground almond and salt and mix into the butter mixture. Form into a dough. Wrap and chill the dough mixture for at least an

1 Makes 20 Prep Time 30 minutes plus 1 hr chilling Cooking Time 10-12 minutes


hour. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease 2 large baking trays. Roll out half the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of about 0.5cm/¼ in and cut out approx 20 heart shapes, using an 8cm cutter. Roll out the remaining dough and cut out 20 more heart shapes, then cut out smaller hearts using a 4cm cutter from the centre of each, (using the leftover dough to make all 20) and place on the baking trays. Bake for 10-12 minutes until pale golden. Cool on a wire rack. Spread the bottom biscuit with raspberry jam and then top each one with a cut out heart dusted with icing sugar.


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The Real Bread Campaign’s annual, international celebration of additive-free loaves and people who make them returns for its 11th year, running from 22 February to 1 March, as Chris Young tells us

GET INVOLVED Each year, bakeries, baking schools, mills, schools, care homes, youth and other community groups around the world organise Real Bread events and activities including classes, baketogethers and open days. Everyone is encouraged to bake Real Bread with and for their families, colleagues, neighbours and other friends. Please share a #WeAreRealBread photo of yourself with your loaf on social media. RISING UP A particular focus of this year’s celebrations are the enterprises and projects in the UK and beyond that help people to benefit from the therapeutic, social and employment opportunities of baking, particularly Real Bread. They include campaign supporters Stoneham Bakehouse in Hove, Nutley Hall in Uckfield and Lewes Community Kitchen. FIND LOAF ONLINE Visit the Real Bread Campaign’s website for some of the places to buy additive free loaves, flour from independent mills, equipment, as well as baking school locations, although check with your local bakery and delicatessen too. The website includes the Real Bread Week (and yearround) events calendar; details of The Real Bread Loaf Mark, your at-a-glance assurance; recipes and details of how to support the charity’s work by joining the Real Bread Campaign. www.realbreadcampaign.org


By Chris Young Simit are the definitive Turkish street food, traditionally eaten very fresh with a glass of black tea. Having spent a week travelling by train from London to Istanbul, I witnessed sunrise as we pulled into the station. Within minutes, I was eating my breakfast, fresh from the street cart of one of the city’s 1,400 registered simitçi.

METHOD Mix the dough ingredients together thoroughly. Cover and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Knead until smooth. Place in a large bowl, cover and leave to prove at room temperature for 30 minutes, then transfer to the fridge and leave overnight to continue proving. Mix the pekmez (or alternative) and water together in a bowl and put the sesame seeds on a plate. Press the dough out on a lightly floured work surface, to de-gas (that is, to get rid of the largest bubbles), so the finished product has an even texture. Divide the dough into 8–10 equalsize pieces, rolling each one into a strand about 70–80cm/28–32in long. You might need to do this in two stages with a 5–10-minute rest in between. Hold the two ends of a strand together in one hand, and the middle in your other hand and twist the dough a couple of times to entwine the strands. Pinch the ends of the twisted dough together to make a ring, then roll the join back and forth on a work surface a few times to seal together. Repeat with the remaining strands of dough. Dunk each simit into the diluted pekmez (or alternative), then drain and dip into the sesame seeds to coat fully. Lay them out on two or three baking sheets, cover and leave to prove at room temperature for 30–45 minutes. Heat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/425°F/gas 7. Bake the simit for 10–15 minutes until reddish brown. Baker’s Tip Pekmez is a molasses-like syrup made by boiling down grape must. It can be bought from Turkish and Mediterranean shops, specialist delicatessens and online. l

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INGREDIENTS Makes 8–10 Dough 500g/1lb 2oz plain flour 310ml/11fl oz water 5g/1 tsp fresh yeast 5g/1 tsp fine/table salt Coating 60g/2¼oz pekmez (grape molasses) or substitute with honey or maple syrup 50ml/1¾fl oz water 200g/7oz sesame seeds

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HOME TRUTHS THE PROPERTY: Oast house dating back to 1870s PURCHASED: 1997 ROOMS: Hall, round dining room, sitting room, study, kitchen cum breakfast room, utility room, four bedrooms and two bathrooms PREVIOUS PROPERTY: “We lived in a smaller Victorian semi house in a nearby village” FAVOURITE FEATURE: The round rooms in the oast house feel intimate reminding us of historic links with hop growers who would have dried their hops on racks above the kiln years ago


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girls were younger we lived with a lot of old hand me downs,” she says. “We decided to ditch most of it before moving here. Starting with a blank canvas was exciting but slow going. I have never been good at making longterm plans or buying furniture all at once. I accumulated pieces bit by bit which allowed the interiors to evolve.” Muted colours, traditional furniture shapes and a collection of lovely paintings, some wedding presents, make an eclectic mix of styles, which

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“The round tower room now used for dining was the kiln where hops were dried on racks above,” Bridget reminisces

complement the quirkiness of the architecture. “I like a mixture,” Bridget adds with a smile. Furnishing the round rooms was a novelty and a challenge because unlike square rooms they lack an obvious feature wall, as Bridget discovered. “You have to create your own focal point,” she explains. “For instance the sideboard became the pivotal statement piece in the dining room,

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where our rectangular table just fitted perfectly. In many ways this table shape was a more eyecatching choice than a round table, and we prefer it.” Paintings on either side of the mirror, had to be quite slim to hang successfully against curved walls. Above the dining room, an antique bedstead became the focal point in the round master bedroom, which is renowned for its cosiness and the best view of the garden stocked with a generous number of roses, peonies and a colourful herbaceous border. “Our next dream is to find a way of opening the house up to the garden,” says Bridget. “As yet our plans are still up in the air, but there is huge potential. Watch this space as they say.” l Photos: Robert Sanderson/Narratives Styling & Writing: Maggie Colvin/Narratives

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gardeners. In the natural environment, seed from (say) a poppy, falls into the soil and remains dormant throughout winter as it waits for spring to arrive. However, in a mild autumn, the seed may start to grow. Plants are clever; hardy annual seedlings will gamble a few degrees of frost for the greater reward of having a head start in spring. You can sow hardy annuals directly into the border without having to faff about with seed trays and compost. Reliable old favourites that can be sown

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Early Openers Pembury House, Ditchling Road, Clayton, Hassocks BN6 9PH 01273 842805 pembury@ngs.org.uk www.pemburyhouse.co.uk Visits by arrangement in February and March, check dates on garden website. Pre-booking by phone or email is essential to arrange visits. Entry £10, children free. Homemade teas are included. The gardens include winding paths throughout three acres of ownermaintained garden within the South Downs National Park. See hellebores and snowdrops at their best. 47 Denmans Lane Lindfield, Haywards Heath RH16 2JN 01444 459363 Groups of five or more can visit this beautiful and tranquil one acre garden by arrangement, from March to July. Planted for interest with spring bulbs followed by azaleas, rhododendrons, roses and herbaceous perennials. £8 per person, including refreshments. 54 SUSSEX LIVING | February 2020

The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT 07729 037182 A friendly garden that’s always changing, with a touch of magic to delight visitors. Garden produce and plants are available for sale. Groups of 10 to 30 can be booked March to July. Additional opening as follows: 28th February from 12:30 to 15:30, 25-26th April from 11:30 to 16:00. Entry is £5 per person. 5 Whitemans Close, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath RH17 5DE 01444 473520 Open for pre-booked groups (maximum 20) or individuals from 15–17th February. A relatively small Whitemans

Forest Ridge, Paddockhurst Lane, Balcombe, Haywards Heath RH17 6QZ Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 May, 14:00-17:30, entry £5 This charming 4½ acre Victorian garden with far-reaching views, boasts the oldest Atlantic Cedar in Sussex. Azaleas, rhododendrons and camelia abound with many rare and unusual species along with a woodland dell and mini arboretum.

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Kitchenham Farm, Kitchenham Road, Ashburnham, Battle TN33 9NP Thursday 04 & Tuesday 09 June, 14:00-17:00, entry £5. A one acre country-house garden, set amongst traditional farm buildings, with stunning views across the fields. Mixed herbaceous borders surround the house and lawns, with roses and delphiniums. View the sheep across the ha-ha. Bramley, Lane End Common, North Chailey, Lewes BN8 4JH Thursday 11 & Friday 12 June, 13:00-17:30, entry £5. Bramley has been planted for strong seasonal effect and structure with interesting planting and design. See the orchard avenue with wild flowers, long grassed areas and beehives along with the vegetable garden and numerous formal and informal ornamental flowerbeds. The Old House, Waldron, Heathfield TN21 0QX Warren Cottage, Warren Lane, Cross In Hand, Heathfield TN21 0TB Friday 19 June, 13:00-17:00, combined entry £5. The Old House’s owner planned to conceal the ordinariness of the garden’s shape through a strong landscape plan of her own design with good structural planting. Follow numerous pathways with plenty of seating, a strong perfume and a formal water feature.

and meadow grasses. View the wildlife pond with bog garden, developing stumpery and fernery.

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Warren Cottage is a ½ acre mature, secluded garden being redeveloped using many reclaimed materials. It includes a 60ft herbaceous border and mown paths, a wildlife pond and borders, a vegetable patch, greenhouses and potting shed, a pub shed with magical fairy/woodland garden. Alpines, High Street, Maresfield, Uckfield TN22 2EG Sunday 05 July 11:30-17:00, entry £6. Alpines is a young, 1 acre garden with large and rampant mixed borders, each loosely following a limited colour palette of unusual combinations. Numerous new trees including an orchard with beehives

The Barn Burgham Farm, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham TN19 7AZ Saturday 04, Sunday 05 July, Saturday 29, Sunday 30 August, 11:00-17:00, entry £5. Set in approx 1 acre, this former hop garden has evolved using a variety of influences from famous gardens and the interests of the owners. The planting is of semi-mature trees and shrubs, underplanted with a variety of herbaceous perennials and large borders of mixed herbaceous plants. The variety of roses and dahlias are of particular interest. www.ngs.org.uk


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HURST Frank Butler, known to some as Francis is a lifelong resident of Hurstpierpoint who recently met up with Robert Veitch to chat about his life, recall how things used to be, and make comparisons with the modern village


rank Butler is a genial chatterbox, with an infectious character. His memories of life in Hurstpierpoint flow fast, a bubbling, babbling, hugely enjoyable stream of consciousness. “My parents came down from Scotland in 1938 and I was born in 1941. Our family rented at 3 Bedlam Street near Randolph’s Farm, just off Brighton Road. There were four of us and one outside toilet – a bit chilly in winter, but idyllic in summer. There were Nissan Huts nearby during the War, but they’re long gone now. I went to school in the village. There were six classrooms, three at the front, three at the back. A primary and secondary school, all on one site.” Frank’s family worked at Geers nursery on Brighton Road, back when the village

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It was a dirt road then, and it was stepped so the horses could have a bit of a rest produced a lot of fruit, vegetables and flowers for the Brighton markets. His Grandfather had a horse and cart and would commute over Ditchling Beacon to the coast, “It was a dirt road then; it was stepped

so horses could have a bit of a rest on the way up and didn’t come back down too fast.” Frank remembers Hurstpierpoint High Street in the aftermath of war. “Once War ended, cars took over and it was the beginning of the end for the horse and cart. In the 1950s the High Street was tarmacked. The last few horses and carts faded away

as the horses reached old age and died off. You became more likely to see a Morris Minor, Ford Anglia or an early Mini. And now you don’t see those anymore, they’ve almost all gone too. Years ago, the green Southdown bus would come four times an hour in the busier times. There were Leyland Tiger’s and Leyland Leopard’s back then as well as Bristol RE’s.” February 2020 | SUSSEX LIVING 57

inns and they’re still going As Frank turned strong.” eighteen, his family moved Though the High Street to the newly built Kemps is essentially the same, most Estate. Nearby was the of the shops have changed Police Station in Manor Road. “It was next to the old over the years. Frank remembers, “The theatre Maxim lamps factory, but was Graveleys general it got knocked down in the stores, until 1976 when 1960s. A small ‘police box’ with a blue door is still there, Hurst Players purchased the building. Before Graveleys but it’s not been occupied in it was Robins wine store. years. The police houses in Before that a chapel, and Manor Road are still there in the 19th century it was though.” the village school. The When Frank was old enough to frequent the pubs, electricity board offices were in front of the sub-station, many had a four-day licence but that shut down years so they didn’t open all the ago and it’s been a clothes time. There were nine pubs in 1950s Hurstpierpoint plus shop since the 1970s. There Smithers Brewery on Manor were three dairies; Bignalls, Jenkins and Austins and Road. Smithers stood three butchers next to the too. There Sussex pub. Aged eighteen Frank used to be Smithers and three high the Sussex became a retained street banks eventually Fireman and was in the village closed down, based at the Cuckfield as well. There becoming are lots of small Road station hairdressers business units now, there weren’t so many and apartments. Then the back then. Your magazine business units eventually office used to be Jupps went as well, and it all Stores. It was also a car became apartments more showroom and there were recently. petrol pumps at the front. Frank fondly recalled There was also a garage and some other pubs, “The Chinese Gardens (Pierpoint) workshop with petrol pumps opposite the green, but that was on Western Road and shut down in the late 60s or had three ponds behind it. early 70s. One thing that’s The Red Lion was opposite never changed – the post the church and The Lamb office has remained rooted to was a coaching inn next the same spot throughout my to the school. The Green entire life.” Man on the Albourne In 1959 Frank started Road eventually became work for British Rail and a veterinary practice. The was based at Three Bridges. Swan was opposite the “I became a train driver. green and it’s a restaurant Some of those old steam now. The Queens Head still trains I drove now run on exists, but has a different heritage lines. We used name today, and that was to transport Dr Beeching next door to The Grapes. along the Three Bridges to The other two pubs in Tunbridge Wells line. His the village were coaching train was prepared the night before and stored in a siding. He would catch it at 08:24 from Forest Row and arrive in Victoria at 09:30. Sometimes I Holy Trinity Church, in eet would drive Hurstpierpoint High Str him home 58 SUSSEX LIVING | February 2020

Frank’s predecessors at the Cuckfield Road fire station with the pump they used from 1939 to the mid 1960s

Horse and cart outside the old Hurstpierpoint Stores

again, mid-afternoon. It was him who closed his own line down in 1967 after his report was published. After steam ended, I drove a few diesel trains into the early 1970s but it wasn’t the same so I packed the railway in and worked at Gatwick. I worked at the airport fire brigade for 5½ years, but that was so long ago, BEA was still flying and there was only one terminal.” Aged eighteen Frank also became a retained Fireman and was based at the Cuckfield Road station, where there was a single pump. “I was retained for 36 years, until 1996. In my early years most of the ‘shout outs’ we got were chimney fires because of all the coal, coke and wood that was burnt for heating. That changed with the arrival of central heating. Most of the big fires I went to were in Brighton. In 1984 we helped at the Brighton Bombing as a relief crew. Inside, through the middle of the hotel everything had been blown to pieces, there was a chasm

through the building.” After leaving Gatwick in the early 1980s Frank changed tack, “I went ‘on the dust’ in East Grinstead and Burgess Hill. When I started it was corrugated steel bins you flung over your shoulder. By the time I finished plastic wheelie bins had taken over. I did that for about twenty years and retired just after the millennium.” Frank lives in Willow Way these days and in recent years there have been further changes in the local community. “The village has grown with lots more homes, more vehicles, a rebuilt school, a new doctor’s surgery, and lots of shops coming and going – but we’ve still got a butchers, bakers, and greengrocers. The village is about twice the size it was not so long ago. I’ve done quite a lot in my life, but I’ve always lived in Hurstpierpoint and never strayed far from it, because this village is my life; in the past, now, and in the future.” l

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2020 As 2020 takes shape, Hurstpierpoint is a good example of a thoroughly independent village in modern Britain South Avenue for almost a century. Walking the local footpaths, woods and downs can be both relaxing and inspirational. What better way to recover from a hike to the top of Wolstonbury Hill, than with refreshments in one of three local pubs, numerous restaurants, or a local café. Scouts and Guides have been present in the village for years. The theatre has been home to Hurst Players since 1977, and Hurst Cinema since 2011. Arts and entertainment are also provided by the Hurst Festival which has taken place each September since 2004. St Lawrence Fair originated in the

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diagnosis of dementia can trigger powerful feelings recipients have some form of memory loss or are recently of anxiety and uncertainty not only for the patient bereaved and lonely and while listening to meaningful but also family members and friends. However, music is not a cure, it is designed to stimulate memory it’s been discovered that people can recapture lost which is enormously beneficial and can slow decline. The memories through music that holds personal meaning playlist enables people to talk through events and the for them. specific memory is written down to match the music so that Rachel Bignell and her father, a church minister in conversations relating directly to the tracks happen naturally. Burgess Hill, founded ‘Music for Memories’ last March The headsets are comfortably padded and the lack of wires after two church members were living with mean they can be safely used in bed dementia and one of their wives had seen or reclining. Family members report headsets in the US that featured personal increased responses, recognition and Family members report playlists with no wires or complicated set alertness after using the headsets increased responses, up. They ordered a set for one of the men and Rachel takes care to ensure recognition and alertness who has since passed away and had limited the recordings match as closely as speech and movement at that time. He had possible to the original version that after using the headsets previously been in choirs and when they put the person recalls. the headset on him playing his favourite choral music he Family members often realise there is an issue with a started singing and joining in. The headset became a lifeline person’s memory and this is a good time to create a playlist for him and he used it for the last two years of his life. for future use; people who can be resistant to support can Rachel’s family have been involved in dementia work have this set up like a door into other services which could for a long time and they raised £5,000 from West Sussex potentially help in the months or years to come. Although County Council and The Burgess Hill Lions to purchase the headset can hold up to 150 tracks, most people prefer headsets which cost £50 each from the US. Most of the about 30-50 and they can be set up as individual tracks or as

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a continuous long single track which can keep on replaying if required. Music for Memories is now a Charitable Interest Organisation with a charity number, able to help people in Mid Sussex. Rachel is always looking for volunteers both in music production and the technical side and also people to talk to others about their favourite music; volunteers are matched to an activity they would enjoy most. Funding from local businesses is also being sought as well as donations to enable a further batch of fifty headsets to be added to those currently available to eligible people. Younger family members often work the technology for Apparently the male brain grandparents and responds more to music people on their own benefit enormously and the female brain from the headsets, more to conversation which volunteers can set up with relevant music which can be changed when need arises. Apparently the male brain responds more to music and the female brain more to conversation so the project is especially useful to men who may not have an alternative source of stimulation. The Men in Sheds movement is involved too and also the Sheddingdean Community Singers who sing with people as an aid to feed conversation. Dementia makes people anxious and familiar music is scientifically proven to distract and settle the brain; apparently brain ‘muscle’ can be rebuilt if the brain is stimulated in a reassuring way. Science has taken large steps

in understanding the needs of those living with dementia and this simple method of reaching those who seem to be slipping away is a genuine lifeline and source of profound healing. If you know someone who may benefit from this project, Rachel would love to hear from you and find out if Music for Memories could help. l 07592 439570 mfmmidsussex@gmail.com

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CHC covers all personal and healthcare costs for those that qualify and is not means-tested Local Authority Funding In some cases, your local authority may help with the cost of long-term care by funding or part-funding care home costs or the cost of specialist carers, equipment and services to stay in your own home. Both a care and financial assessment are carried out and any funding is dependent on individual

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What is Emotional Wellbeing? Emotional wellbeing is all about how effectively we process and express our feelings, both positive and negative. It does not mean feeling constantly happy and upbeat, simply that you are aware of your emotions and know how to deal with them. A person with strong emotional wellbeing will still feel the whole range of human emotions including anger, sadness and anxiety, but will know how to express and manage these difficult feelings in a healthy way. Why is Emotional Wellbeing Important? Feeling uncomfortable with our emotions and repressing or ignoring our feelings can lead to negative patterns of behaviour. This can cause us to make poor decisions regarding

Good emotional wellbeing will not insulate you from life’s challenges but it will help you to stay resilient our relationships, friendships and career choices, limiting our potential and enjoyment of life. Many of us fear being overwhelmed by difficult emotions and worry about getting stuck in them. For example, we may fear feeling sad, in case we 68 SUSSEX LIVING | February 2020

end up perpetually sad. Similarly, we may worry about expressing emotions, like anger because they conflict with our self-image. In the case of positive emotions like happiness, we may even feel we don’t deserve to feel such joy. Consequently, many of us repress how we feel by distracting ourselves with drink, food and drugs or we adopt a fake cheeriness to pretend to the outside world that we’re fine. But ultimately, repressing our emotions is not healthy – depress how you feel and you will end up depressed.

What are the Benefits of Good Emotional Wellbeing? Good emotional wellbeing will not insulate you from life’s challenges but it will help you to stay resilient, balanced, to keep a sense of perspective and make good life choices. While society upholds wealth, fame and power as the mark of a successful and fulfilled life, the real prize is good emotional wellbeing which is your greatest ally on your journey through life, helping you to tackle challenges with ease. l

How Healthy is Your Emotional Wellbeing? To assess where you may need to focus your attention in building strong emotional wellbeing, it is helpful to consider the following questions: • Can you let insults and humiliations go easily or do you brood on them? • How much does criticism and disapproval affect you? • Do you compare yourself to others often judging yourself to be inferior? • Can you admit mistakes and apologise when at fault? • Do you have a well-balanced

view of your own worth? • Can you ask for rewards that are due to you? • Are you a people pleaser? • Can you express hurt and pain without getting enraged or overly upset? • Do you fear leaving a relationship or job you are not happy in? Next month we’ll consider ways to improve our emotional wellbeing

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Getting out of the classroom can have a transformative effect on young lives, boosting confidence, increasing selfesteem and even improving grades. So how can your kids get involved? Forest School nurseries You’re never too young to begin learning outdoors. That’s the philosophy of the nurseries embracing a more natural approach to childcare. Some take it to the extreme – such as the Dorset ‘woodland nursery’ with

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Scarily, 75% of UK kids get out less than prisoners Beyond the classroom The forest school label doesn’t just apply to nurseries. Schools often have outdoor education programmes, which offer pupils the chance to get to grips with maths, science and other subjects in a natural environment. You can encourage your kids’ school to get involved by making them aware of outdoor learning projects, such as Outdoor Classroom Day (www.outdoorclassroomday.org.uk) or Learning through Landscapes (www.ltl.org.uk).

Holiday clubs Concerned your kids are spending too much time in the classroom? A holiday club could provide some much-needed vitamin D top up. National charity Forest School Camps runs campingthemed trips for school age kids, but there are local holiday clubs offering children the chance to get their hands and boots dirty too. Some schools across the area even host after school clubs with an outdoors theme. Nature sessions Look out for events that promote learning outdoors. A number of local charities host free or low-cost sessions for kids, including the Sussex Wildlife Trust, the National Trust, the Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust and the Ashdown Forest Foundation. Many

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For February, Robert Veitch looked south for inspiration; taking a train to Pevensey and Westham, discovering a wonderful trek through history, across shingle and railway lines to journeys end in Cooden


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leads to a track, which continues east to Clavering Walk. At the end of Clavering Walk, turn right and amble south along Cooden Sea Road towards the railway bridge, before arriving at the 114 year old Cooden Beach Station. Journeys end has arrived. Maybe it’s time to take the train home and put those weary feet up. On the other hand it could be time for tea and cake, or something more rewarding and more indulgent. The south coast is your oyster. 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 editorial@sussexliving.com

Distance: 6½ miles Walk Time: 2¾ – 3 hours Stiles: 7 Map: Explorer 124 Refreshments: Available in Pevensey Bay, Cooden, Bexhill, and sporadically along the way

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


1. Piercing (6) 4. Remnant (6) 8. Food shortage (6) 10. Great fear (6) 11. Plunges (5) 12. Leather worker (6) 14. To the other side (6) 16. Eat a meal (4) 17. Sound a horn (4) 19. Scottish hillside (4) 22. As well (4) 26. Mucous secretion (6) 27. Collect (6) 28. Sea duck (5) 29. Writer (6) 30. One flank leading (4-2) 31. Regular (6) 32. Floor (6)

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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.






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February has got Teddy the Border Terrier leaping about all over the place, alongside his trainer, and translator, Helen Stockton

It’s a Dog’s Life F

ebruary is a strange month. It’s shorter than all the others, then it has some odd notions like Valentine’s day and Shrove Tuesday. What are they all about? This year however, things are a bit different: it’s also a leap year. Now I’m a dog of limited understanding, so to me a leap is a big jump. I’m quite a large Border Terrier and I’m steady when up on my back paws so an upward leap, with sufficient motivation, is quite achievable. Added to that, ‘Her Indoors’, for reasons best known to herself, has been training me to jump over hurdles. When I was first confronted with these obstacles, I did what any self-respecting dog would do and went around them, and even, quite commendably if you view it in the right light, under them, but apparently this wasn’t correct. We’ve been practising and it’s quite amusing to have ‘Her Indoors’ puffing alongside me, yelling encouragement. Now, with sufficient incentivising by much waving of treats, I can also go over them with impressive leaps of my own. I’m not sure ‘Her Indoors’ could keep this up all year though.

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However, having done a bit of research, I’ve discovered that this isn’t what a leap year is all about, it’s something to do with the Gregorian calendar and keeping the year synchronised over time. Maths isn’t my strong point, after all, we dogs only have four paws to count with, but all I know is that once every

I’d give favourable consideration to any declarations of intent that may come my way four years, February is longer by a day. ‘Her Indoors’ sister has a birthday on 29th February. The odds of being born on this day are 1 in 1,161 so she’s a rare bird. As well as getting the choice over whether she celebrates on the 28th February or the 1st March in the other three years when her birthday goes missing, she also gets the opportunity for a major celebration every fourth

anniversary. I don’t want to let the dog out of the bag, but this year she’s fourteen. She’ll soon be old enough to take her GCSEs for the second time, lucky her! According to legend, on a leap year, women are empowered to propose should they wish to do so, although why they shouldn’t do that any year is beyond me. I don’t actually have a lady friend, although there is a rather nice female Border Terrier in our village, but I don’t imagine she is about to produce a ring and ask for my paw in matrimony somehow. Still, if there are any attractive lady furs out there, who don’t mind sharing their toys and food with me, I’d give favourable consideration to any declarations of intent that may come my way. I’m house-trained, walk to heel and sleep most of the day, so I’m the ideal long-term companion. I’m not really sure what use it is, as I don’t think they do a Grand National for dogs, but I can also leap over hurdles too. Any offers? l


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On a chilly morning, as I watched the birds from the kitchen window and wondered if three crumpets for breakfast would be overdoing it, a question popped into my mind: Why aren’t blue tits obese? From dawn to dusk, it’s a constant food-fest out there – they should be as big as turkeys. Many birds visit my garden. Some live here, others ‘commute’; flitting back and forth from the fields nearby. I assume they’re all active on social media, (Twitter, presumably?) and tell their friends about this convenient 24 hour fast food joint. In 2017, a report by the British Trust for Ornithology estimated that the UK market for wild bird food was worth £200 million per year. Totting up my annual bill for 75 kilos of peanuts, 300 fat balls, seeds, mealworms and much else besides, I can easily believe it. Tuppence a bag? Ha! Mary Poppins would be reaching for the smelling salts. By the way, squirrel-proof bird feeders are about as mythical as a certain train company’s timetable. Squirrel-resistant, maybe, but nothing is fully squirrel proof. Just when you’re feeling the warm glow of success that accompanies the shelling out of twenty quid for yet another “guaranteed squirrel-proof” feeder, a delinquent squirrel from the Wrong Side Of Town, armed with a pair of bolt cutters and a bad attitude, manages to break in within 30 seconds. Never mind about the Sussex Puma – there’s a beast out there called the Sussex Squirrel that eats steel weld mesh for breakfast. Now that’s scary…

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Saturday 01 – Sunday 02 February

Saturday 01 February, 10:00-15:00

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 info@johnlloydfinefurniture.co.uk

Hartfield Road, Forest Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market. Contact: Sue Young (Market Manager) 01342 778062 market@forestrow.gov.uk www.forestrow.gov.uk

Saturday 01 February, 09:30

Monday 03 – Friday 07 February

Wood Machining

Windlesham House School Open Morning Washington, Pulborough RH20 4AY There will be talks from Headmaster, Richard Foster, academic staff from Prep and Pre-Prep and the opportunity to meet other key members of staff. During your visit some of the children will give you an individual tour. To register: 01903 874701 or admissions@windlesham.com

Forest Row Market

‘School in Action’ Week Great Walstead School, East Mascalls Lane, Lindfield RH16 2QL Come and chat with Chris Calvey, our Headmaster, meet our dedicated staff and take a guided tour of the school. 01444 483528 admissions@greatwalstead.co.uk www.greatwalstead.co.uk Monday 03, 10, 17 & 24 February, 08:00-17:00

Saturday 01 February, 10:00-12:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Coffee Morning and annual seed swap. £1. Debbie, Lindfield Horticultural Society 01444 413193.

Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver

LHS Coffee Morning, Seed Swap and Plant Sale

and collectables. 01273 472503 clientservices@gorringes.co.uk

Tuesday 04 February,19:00-21:00

Monday 03 February, 20:00-23:00

Tisshaws Solicitors, 3 Hazelgrove Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1SN A free event for those considering divorce or separation to meet experts and get the information they need. Free. Tisshaws Solicitors 01444 472700 info@tisshawssolicitors.co.uk www.tisshawssolicitors.co.uk

The Group, a club for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+ A pub in Worthing Unattached? Aged 50+? There’s a great opportunity to meet new people. And it’s in Worthing! On the first Monday evening of every month, The Group meets in a local pub. And that’s not all. There’s a diary with dozens of events, all organised by members, including walks, theatre, quizzes, holidays. Meetings also in Brighton, Lewes, Horsham and Burgess Hill. Visit www.thegroup.org.uk for venue details. Tuesdays 04, 22 & 25 February, 14:30-15:30

Free One to One IT Help for Over 60s Hurstpierpoint College Reception, College Lane, Hassocks BN6 9JS In collaboration with MSOPC, bring your laptop, iPad etc. and ask any questions, big or small. Coffee and chat afterwards. Mid Sussex Older Peoples Council 01444 242760 www.msopc.org.uk

The Divorce & Separation Survival Guide Seminar

Tuesday 04 February, 19:00-21:30

Henfield Garden Club AGM The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB Speaker Mark Saunders, Head Gardener at Fittleworth House, West Sussex, will talk about ‘An Almost A-Z of Good Garden Plants.’ Members free, Guests £3pp. New member annual fee £10, £15 for a couple. Pat Hemsworth 07717 470274 pathemsworth@hotmail.com Tuesday 04 February, 19:30-21:00

Worthing Antique, Arts & Collectors’ Club

The Chichester Room, Field Place, Worthing BN13 1NP Our talk is from Dendy Easton, BBC’s

11 January — 18 March, Petworth House, West Sussex. Booking: 0344 249 1895 or nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth

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DIARY DATES Antique Roadshow. All are welcome. Annual membership is £30 or £5 per talk. Andrew Pescott 07984403890 worthingantiqueclub@yahoo.co.uk www.worthingantiqueclub.com Every Thursday – Monday throughout February from 10:00-17:00

The Willows

Church Street, Warnham RH12 3DZ A private development of two, three and four bedroom houses and one and two bedroom apartments. The Willows – 01403 611 191 Shanlyhomes.com Wednesday 05, 12, 19 & 26 February, 12:30-15:00

The Young at Heart Club (Members & Non-members) The Salvation Army Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Musical guest, movie shows, guest speakers, quizzes, chair aerobics, craftwork etc. Members £5 per month, non-members £2 per week. 2 course lunch extra. Contact: Angela 07931 426691 angela.white@ salvationarmyorg.uk Thursday 06 - Saturday 08 February


The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham RH12 1RG ”Zog” will have thousands of children laughing and falling in love with theatre. Superbly fun, colourful and heartwarming. Bigger, brighter and more ROAR-SOME than ever!! www.thecapitolhorsham.com 01403 750220. Thursday 06 February, 10:00-13:00

Wellesley Wealth Advisory, Investment & Tax Planning Seminar

Friday 07 February, 11:00-16:00

Nadarra Cosmetics

Medway House, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE We are thrilled to have the wonderful Margaret, founder and director of this great local Sussex based company. Join us to sample and try these magnificent products, which are 100% Organic. Q&A session and fabulous offers on the day. Free. 01342 824 673 Social Media sites. Friday 07 February, 19:00-21:00


Healing Rooms, Burgess Hill Centre Church, 180 Leylands Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8HS For anyone who has a physical, emotional or spiritual condition, our trained team offers confidential prayer for healing. Free of charge. For an appointment, call 07531 160 192 burgesshill@healingrooms.org.uk www.burgesshillhealingrooms.org.uk Saturday 08 February, 09:30-11:00

Jumble Sale

St Barnabas Church Hall, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Lots of stalls including books, bric-abrac, clothing, household textiles and toys. Refreshments available. Adults 50p, children free. All welcome. 0300 111 8150. Saturday 08 February, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Barcombe Circular TQ420158 Barcombe Village Store, Park at the Car Park next door or on the roadside. BN8 5DH Royal Oak Pub, Mill Lane. Croft Ham, Barcombe Baptist Church, Birdshole Lane, Barcombe Recreation Ground, The Royal Oak Pub. 3mi/4.8km Moderate. Jill 07938833868.

Camden Place, Camden Park Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5HJ Listen to how Wellesley Wealth Advisory can help you protect your wealth with bespoke investment, pension and tax planning solutions. There is no entry fee however guests need to register by visiting. www.wellesleywa.co.uk/events/ bromley/ or calling Eleanor Burgess on 01444 244551.

Saturday 08 – Saturday 29 February

Thursday 06 February, 10:00-17:00

Family Service, All Age Worship

East Sussex Teachers Registration Open Day

The Mallings, 112 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RG Register with Class Cover for day to day, short/long term placements and permanent work for Teachers/TAs/ LSAs/TEFL/SEN/Nursery/Primary/ Secondary/Colleges. Contact: Lara@classcover.com 01273 957908 Friday 07 February, 10:00-15:00

West Sussex Teachers Registration Open Day 1 Swan Court, Station Road, Pulborough RH20 1RL Register with Class Cover for day to day, short/long term placements and permanent work for Teachers/TAs/ LSAs/TEFL/SEN/Nursery/Primary/ Secondary/Colleges. Contact: Kirsten@classcover.com 01798 872446.

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Hever Castle Snowdrop Walk Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever Road, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Finishes Sunday 01 March. Follow a trail of thousands of snowdrops starting to emerge from their winter hibernation – the first sign that spring is just around the corner. www.hevercastle.co.uk Sunday 09 February, 16:30-17:30

Burgess Hill Methodist Church, London Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QD Entrance off Gloucester Road. Come and join us, as all ages to worship together. A free will offering will be taken during the service. 01444 236733. Monday 10 February, 10:00-12:00

Man and Animals in Art, a lecture by Susie Harries Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning BN44 3XZ How should we look at animals? This talk looks at what artists, in portraying animals, have been trying to tell us about ourselves. Free to members £5 donation for visitors. 01903 812752 www.theartssocietysteyning.org.uk Tuesday 11 February, 14:30

Lindfield Preservation Society – ‘Come Fly With Me’ by Neil Sadler King Edward Hall, 24 High Street,

Lindfield RH16 2HH “An odd thing happened today at the airport.” International airports are fascinating places but what happens if you work at one… especially as a police officer at Britain’s London Gatwick. All welcome, entry free. John Chapman 01444 484470. Tuesday 11 February, 19:00 for 19:30-22:00

The League of Friends of Crawley Hospitals’ Quiz Evening The Apple Tree Pub, West Green, Crawley RH11 7DL A fun quiz evening for all the family, teams of 6, but come along and we’ll make up a team. £9 including buffet. Maria Hains 01293 403432. Saturday 11 February, 19:45

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society – ‘Leonardslee Gardens’ Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY A talk on the history and recent restructuring of the gardens by the Head Gardener Stephen Herrington. £1 members, £2 non-members. Contact: Kathy Green greenhpp@tiscali.co.uk Sunday 12 February, 14:00-16:15

East Grinstead Art Society Meridian Hall, East Court, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Mixed media demonstration by Adrienne Parker. £3 to nonmembers. Ian Graham 01342 321818 iangraham111@btinternet.com Wednesday 12 February, 20:00

Leonardslee Gardens by Ray Abraham

King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH A Talk by Ray Abraham, Head Gardener of Leonardslee. £1 Members, £3 Visitors. Debbie 01444 413193. Wednesday 12 February, 20:00

Balcombe History Society Talk Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP Tony Perkins – ‘BALCOMBE’ – A sixtyminute film. The development of Balcombe over the centuries. Discover the history of the village. £1 members, £3 visitors at the door, includes refreshments. Julie Budgen 01444 811641 julie.budgen55@outlook.com Wednesday 12 February, 20:00-21:45

Adrian Thomas – Gardening for Wildlife Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Adrian - author, wildlife enthusiast and gardener - will be showing us how to create wildlife havens in our gardens. Members £1.50, visitors £2. Derek Swaine 01273 842516 jeannederek42@btinternet.com Thursday 13 February, 14:30

Mid Sussex Association of the National Trust Talk Clare Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN A talk on the historic building known as Preston Manor, Preston Park, Brighton by Jackie Marsh-Hobbs. Members £3.00. Non-Members £5.00. Membership £7.00. David Waite 01444 453954 dclwaite@btinternet.com

Friday 14 February, 18:00 onwards

Dinner and Music

18 The Broadway, Haywards Heath RH16 3AL Celebrate St Valentine’s Day with a special menu at la Campagna, with music. 01444 410020. Friday 14 February, 20:00-21:30

Burgess Hill Heritage and History Society Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Farms in Burgess Hill, come and explore the society’s archives. The museum will be open from 19:00. Members £1.50, guests £3.50. Fred Avery 01444 235088. Saturday 15 – Saturday 29 February

A History of Cuckfield in 20 Objects

Cuckfield Museum, Queens Hall, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Cuckfield Museum’s opening display: 20 intriguing objects tell the story of Cuckfield from pre-history to the present day. Entry free but donations welcome. Museum open Wed, Thurs, Fri 10-12.30pm and Sat 10-3pm. Open for 3 months. See www.cuckfieldmuseum.org Saturday 15 February, 10:00-13:00

Repair Café Forest Row

Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ If your jeans need patching, your bike is squeaking or your kettle won’t boil, bring it along and see if we can help. Free to enter. All repairs are free, but donations will be gratefully received towards ongoing costs of the service. www.facebook.com/ RepairCafeForestRow Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February, 11:00-14:30

South East Puddle Jumping Championships Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB Centre open 9.30-16.30. Regular centre admission price applies. Put on your wellies, get out into nature, and have a splashing time. It’s fun for the whole family! 01903 881530 info. arundel@wwt.org.uk www.wwt.org.uk/arundel Saturday 15 February, 19:30-21:30

Haywards Heath Music Society – Jonathan Radford, saxophone, with pianist Ashley Fripp Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road RH16 3DN Jonathan will play works by Debussy, Schumann and Gershwin arranged for alto, tenor and soprano saxophones with piano accompaniment. £12 members/ £15 non-members. Under 18/Student £3.00/5.00. Christine Colbourne 01444 456227 colbourne@btinternet.com www.haywardsheathmusicsociety. org.uk Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February

Hever Castle – Living with Nature

Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever Road, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Discover more about conservation and local wildlife as part of our half-term event. www.hevercastle.co.uk

DIARY DATES Monday 17 February, 14:00 for 14:15 – 16:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2SL (Lunch at the Bent Arms from 12:00). France, the First 100 Years – A display by Roy Ferguson. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 jespeth@hotmail.com Monday 17 February, 20:00-23:00

Centre Church, 180 Leylands Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8HS For anyone who has a physical, emotional or spiritual condition, our trained team offers confidential prayer for healing. Free of charge. For an appointment 07531 160 192 or burgesshill@healingrooms.org.uk www.burgesshillhealingrooms.org.uk

The Group, a club for unattached men and women aged 50+

Saturday 22 February, 09:00-12:30

Worthing Opening at a new Worthing venue - Country walk? Dinner? Theatre? A round of golf? Day at the races? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from the Group diary. The Group meets in Worthing on the third Monday evening of every month. Meetings also in Brighton, Lewes, Burgess Hill and Horsham. Visit www.thegroup.org.uk and give one of the contact numbers a call.

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR Held every 4th Saturday in the month, this is a lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and crafts people. Huge selection of fresh produce, plants and much more. Contact: hassocksvillagemarket1@ gmail.com or via Facebook ‘Hassocks Village Market’.

Wednesday 19 February, 20:00-22:00

Royal Marines Association, Brighton & Hove District Adur Bowling Club, Recreation Ground, Old Barn Way, Southwick BN42 4NT Socials - Battle of Trafalgar Meeting and Social. Contact Secretary as alternates between two venues. £3 Branch Membership. Contact: copelin@ntlworld.com 01273 236437. Friday 21 February, 19:00-21:00

Healing Rooms, Burgess Hill

Hassocks Village Market

Saturday 22 February, 10:00-12:00

Big Brew Coffee Morning to Launch Fairtrade Fortnight Hassocks United Reformed Church, 23 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Traidcraft Stall. Sample fairly traded coffee and tea. Homemade cake. Children’s activities. Julia Scotland 01444 871812 07522866237 julia@pjscot2.plus.com Tuesday 25 February, 19:00-21:00

The Archaeology of the South Downs National Park The Learning Barn, Saddlescombe Farm, Saddlescombe Road BN45 7DE

Acclaimed archaeologist, author and speaker John Manley brings to life the archaeology and history of the South Downs. Refreshments available. £7. To book your place: Jan on 07929 980310 www.poynings.net Wednesday 26 February, 19:45

Ansty Garden Club

Ansty Village Hall, Deaks Lane, Ansty RH17 5AS ‘The Story of Kew Gardens’ – a talk by Sarah Oldridge, Adult Education Coordinator at Kew. Members free. Visitors £2. For further information phone Derry 01444 474660. Wednesday 26 February, 19:45- 22:00

The Secret Lives of our Coastal Birds

Main Hall, East Court, College Lane East Grinstead RH19 3LT Simon Ginnaw will present this illustrated talk. £4 RSPB group members, £5 non-members. Phil Holland, Publicity Officer 01342 311295. Friday 28 February, 11:00-16:00

Old Tree Brewery

Medway House, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE Helping you feel good with this amazing Organic Kombucha. We are thrilled to be supporting this local company. Come try and learn how to keep your gut flora healthy with this amazing drink. Free. 01342 824 673 Social Media sites.

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Ludwig van Beethoven remains a superstar of composers, a global artist who needs no introduction. He was born in 1770 in Vienna, which means 2020 is the 250th anniversary of his birth, and the world is getting ready to celebrate. Beethoven’s music is played more than any other composer and his 9th Symphony more often than any other piece. It even appears on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Beethoven was almost totally deaf when he composed the 9th Symphony. It was first performed to jubilant applause and standing ovations. Mid Sussex Sinfonia and Coro Nuovo are joining forces to perform this work on 22nd February at 3pm, in the Kings Centre, Burgess Hill. As well as a full orchestra and choir we have soloists from Covent Garden and we hope you will come and join us to celebrate this unique event. Ticket information at www.coronuovo.org.uk/tickets or 01444 717320


LONDON LANDMARKS HALF MARATHON Happy 2020! Fancy challenging yourself with a running event this new year? On Sunday 29th March you can take part in London Landmarks Half Marathon and run towards a better life for children with brain injury whilst taking in some of London’s greatest landmarks. After the event we would love to treat you to a massage and after party at 8 Northumberland’s Avenue with all your family and friends! The Children’s Trust are offering a free registration fee for the event, all we ask is that you raise £350 to support the UK’s leading charity

HERBIE FLOWERS AND FRIENDS RAISE THE ROOF Sylvia Bain reports that the two sold-out concerts given by Herbie Flowers and Friends on Sunday January 5th in Ditchling Village Hall raised £4,200 for the Mighty Magnus Medicine Fund, which is providing funding for 8-yearold Magnus’s nonNHS cancer treatment. Magnus’s family would like to extend their deep gratitude to Herbie and his fellow musicians and to all those who supported the concerts or donated. Their generosity is greatly appreciated. Thanks are also due to all those who provided the magnificent raffle prizes, including several local Ditchling businesses. l

Join our first Supper Club Friday 13th March 2020

In honour of our 30th anniversary, and in celebration of our magnificent Georgian Barn turning 300, we are launching our seasonal Supper Club. We will be putting together unique menus each season for a one night only event in which you can enjoy our very special food in the magical setting of Pangdean Old Barn. You will be served our delicious canapés followed by four courses specially created and prepared by Alex Cadogan and our team of talented chefs and accompanied by fantastic wines.  

Must be booked in advance For more information email supperclub@pangdean.com call 01273 843302 www.pangdean.com

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CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD QUIZ ANSWERS Remember our Christmas Quiz in the December issue? How did you get on? This is the time to find out… and for three lucky readers, it’s time to discover they’ve won a Sussex Living subscription for the next twelve months. We would like to thank everyone that entered the quiz, plus everyone that had a go at home. We had several entries with fifteen correct answers. Congratulations to our three lucky winners, which were drawn at random, from the proverbial hat.

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