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8 Worthing beach patrol

Keeping our shores safe

24 Heaven scent gardens

Worthing Beach Patrol

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62 Singing Sensation

Katherine Jenkins performs in Haywards Heath

68 Let’s visit Newick

Attractive village, strong community

71 Roll up, roll up

Sussex fairs, fetes and festivals

83 Crowhurst to Battle walk

Features 12 P & S Gallagher

Funeral care the family way

14 Thomas Paine

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16 Ordnance Survey

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28 MRL Grab & Tip and Sussex Ready Mix

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It’s time to hit the beach! Whether you’re soaking up the rays, surfing the waves or pounding the pebbles, the team at The Beach Office in Worthing are here to keep you safe





t’s rare to find an office with a view as wide and as expansive as found in the Adur & Worthing Council’s foreshore office. But, when the sun is shining, the team based in the hut on Worthing beach believe they are some of the luckiest public sector workers in the country. It’s not just the view taking in the whole of the shore, with Worthing Pier on the left and the sounds of the Lido arcades coming in from the right, which makes this job special though.

Take one step out of the office and you will find a whole range of gadgets and vehicles, including quad bikes, two RIB boats and jet skis, that the team use on a daily basis to keep visitors to the beach and the sea safe. Rob Dove has been with the team for just over a year, having previously worked for the RAF. “It’s a challenging role,” he said. “But just like when I was in the military, every day is different; you never know what you may be responding to, and like a lot of people,

the fact I can help the public out in the town where I live makes this a very rewarding role. “It’s so nice to be able to provide that service while using a lot of the skills I have, such as first aid training or power boating.” The team is made up of a mix of four full time members of staff, as well as a number of seasonal staff. Between them they patrol more than ten miles of seafront from Ferring across to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Shoreham.

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We aim to be on the water within three minutes Being part of the foreshore team is not just about getting out on the water. As well advising swimmers, kitesurfers and jet skiers on safety so that everyone can enjoy the waters off our shore, there are a range of other day-to-day activities.

These include ensuring dog walkers keep to the designated dog friendly areas of the beach, keeping bikes off the pier, picking up bits of debris off the shore, inspecting some of the 232 private and 131 council-owned beach huts and doing checks on fairground ride vehicles that

visit during the summer. The foreshore team also support in emergency incidents, providing assistance to the coastguard and RNLI as recently as this weekend when a kayaker had a heart attack while out at sea.

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June is a busy time for the small team, with the seasonal staff getting to grips with the daily tasks that being part of the foreshore team brings up. Brooke Marshall is one of these seasonal workers, being employed in July and August in between studying in Canterbury. Her favourite task is patrolling the Worthing Borough Council-owned Worthing Pier, which involves checking the fishermen have the correct permits, making sure the pedestrian areas are clear and safe and ensuring members of the public are not accessing areas they should not be in. She said, “my friend did something like this in Bexhill so I thought I’d apply. I think this role is better though as while she just walks along the seafront I get to use some of the powerboats. And it’s nice to be outdoors and talk to members of the public.” Then, of course, there are general enquiries from the public. When I was visiting, a woman popped into the office to ask where the best place would be to take her grandchildren crabbing. It’s one of a number of queries that come in, ranging from tide times to helping someone find their flip flops, all of which the team are happy to help with. Plus, every day at about 4.30pm a black Labrador called Stanley comes

running in to see the team and get a biscuit treat as his owner goes on a daily seafront stroll. In total, the team deal with hundreds of incidents every month. Senior Foreshore Inspector Graham Cherrett, who manages the team said, “the day starts with checking in with the coastguard team at Lee-on-Solent and seeing if there have been any incidents in our area. “After that we will get all the equipment out so we are ready to

respond in case of emergency. We aim to be on the water within three minutes although it can take longer in times of bad weather. “We will then be out on patrol two, three or four times a day, monitoring what’s going on. You never know what we could be called on to do. “We’re here every day of the year, except Christmas Day, keeping people safe.” l

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wenty-five years after opening in Haywards Heath, family-owned funeral director P & S Gallagher is moving to impressive new premises. The company is already a local success story, with a glowing reputation for delivering compassionate, highly personalised service. Now, a spacious new facility in Sussex Road will allow the highly qualified team behind P & S Gallagher to expand their offering still further. “When we first opened in Triangle Road, our premises were really modern,” explains the company’s joint founder, Patrick Gallagher. “We’ve expanded as a business since then and we need a bigger space to care for people.” Centrally located with a bright, welcoming interior and plenty of parking space, the new office is a result of substantial investment and planning. It boasts a dedicated mortuary facility and a state-of-the art service suite that can host a funeral service on site for up to 50 attendees. With the latest audiovisual equipment, this, Patrick points out proudly, will allow friends and family members to participate in their loved one’s funeral even if they can’t be there in person. It’s thoughtful touches like this that P & S Gallagher are known for. “We offer a highly personalised service,” says Matthew Gallagher, who followed his father into the business in 2011 and now looks after both the Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath offices. “You can tell us what you want, and we’ll provide it – or if you aren’t quite sure what you want, we can offer guidance. We have organised church funerals, military funerals and requiem mass, but we have also had DJs playing at funerals in more outlandish venues and can arrange green funerals and burials as well.” This personalised approach extends to all aspects of the planning process.

Patrick and Sandy Gallagher at the opening of their original premises in 1992


ON UP Independent funeral director P & S Gallagher is celebrating their move to spacious new premises this month with an open day on Saturday 28th July. Hanna Prince went along to meet the team to find out more

Recently, a family asked Patrick if he could construct a coffin from timber that had come down during the Great Storm of 1987. His answer? No problem. “I started out in 1962, and I had the kind of training that you just don’t get anymore,” he explains. “We did everything, including making our own coffins. I have a diploma in funeral directing, I’m a qualified embalmer and I’m also a qualified tutor and trainer.” Patrick and his wife Sandy have lived in Sussex since 1974, with Matthew attending school in Cuckfield. In 1992 they opened P & S Gallagher in Haywards Heath. The company has gone from strength to strength since then, opening Bowley Funeral Service in Hassocks in partnership with Paul Bowley in 1999, establishing

another office in Burgess Hill in 2010 and opening as Bowley & Gallagher in Preston Park, Brighton in 2016. Despite this impressive growth, P & S Gallagher has remained true to its local, independent roots. “We’ve been involved with community events ever since we opened here,” explains Patrick. “This year we organised a big band concert in Cuckfield for the local RAF Association and sponsored the Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival. We brought the Virtual Dementia Tour to Burgess Hill in May,

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and we also put 6,000 lights in the giant Christmas tree at St John’s in Burgess Hill town centre every year.” The company’s staff are all local as well, trained to a high standard through the IFD College in addition to completing training in-house. Patrick is passionate about training and education – he himself is a past national president of both the British Institute of Funeral Directors (BIFD) and the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF). Matthew has followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a qualified assessor and internal verifier for the Independent Funeral Directors College. P & S Gallagher’s strong connection with trade organisations enables the company to stay at the cutting edge of its industry. The business has changed exponentially over the past few decades. Funerals are increasingly seen as a chance to celebrate a person’s life, and non-religious funerals now account for the majority of services in our area. The other major change is the increase in the number of people who are interested in pre-planning and prepaying for funerals. Looking at how to protect their clients in the future is a crucial part of P & S Gallagher’s remit. “We have very strong skills and knowledge in that area,” explains Matthew. “We can provide very good, reputable funeral plans in association with Golden Charter, which is the only company of its kind owned by independent funeral directors, and I am

Planning a funeral can be a demanding experience – but P & S Gallagher can help take the stress and anxiety out of this difficult time involved with that on a national level. There are many reasons that people want to plan for the future – perhaps they haven’t got anyone nearby, maybe they’ve had a bereavement and don’t want their children to go through that process again, or maybe they have a parent in care and want to be prepared. Whatever the case, we can offer help and advice.” One of the attractions of P & S Gallagher’s airy new Haywards Heath premises is the open, welcoming vibe. It’s a calm and sympathetic space where prospective clients can share their hopes and ideas and learn about their options from the compassionate and knowledgeable team. Planning a

funeral can be a demanding experience – but P & S Gallagher can help take the stress and anxiety out of this difficult time. l P & S Gallagher Haywards Heath 01444 451166 Burgess Hill 01444 239869

P & S Gallagher will be holding a public open day on Saturday 28th July to celebrate their move to 20 Sussex Road. Friends, colleagues, clients and anybody interested in the company is invited to come along, see the new premises, enjoy some refreshments and meet the experienced team.

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HISTORY Wilkes was welcomed by cheering crowds and pealing bells. Lewes was also home to a society of intellectuals who met regularly at the White Hart Hotel to engage in political and philosophical debate. It seems likely that Paine’s revolutionary theories were

In any other place he might have dwindled into respectable middle age – but Lewes was different honed through the conversations he had here (the society reformed in 1987 and is still active today). We do know that he published his first political work while living in Lewes – a 12-page article called The Case of the Officers of Excise, which appealed for higher wages for his fellow workers. It was this text that ultimately led to Paine’s leaving Sussex. He

Paine’s World Thomas Paine laid the pathway to American Independence, but as Hanna Prince found out, the seeds of his revolutionary thinking may originally have been sown in Lewes


hen Thomas Paine arrived in Lewes during the spring of 1768, he was yet to accomplish anything remarkable. His early life had been spent drifting between jobs – privateer, corset maker, teacher – and he only came to Sussex through an assignation as an excise man. Ensconced in Bull House at the top of the High Street, Paine quickly began to assimilate himself into local life. He joined the town’s governing body, took on membership of the local parish vestry and married his landlord’s daughter, Elizabeth Ollive. In any other place he might have dwindled into respectable middle age – but Lewes was different. The town had a history of radical thinking. It had opposed the monarchy and housed republican thinkers since

the 17th century. The local Sussex Weekly Advertiser published editorial infused with a distinctly revolutionary bent. And, during Paine’s residence, liberal member of parliament John

spent too much time away from his post campaigning for the cause of excise officers, a failure that led to his dismissal. His tobacco shop flopped, his marriage failed, and he emigrated to America via a brief stint in London. It was here that he established a lasting place in history by authoring works such as Common Sense, The Rights of Man and The Age of Reason. Take a stroll around Lewes today and you’ll find traces of Paine everywhere. There’s a beautiful mural by Julian Bell in Market Passage, a statue outside the library and a discreet brown plaque on the wall of Bull House. You can see the tilting ground in the castle precinct where he used to play bowls and drink a pint in the bar where his debating society once met. It isn’t just the architecture that remembers America’s founding father, though. With its political activism, progressive ideals and off-beat intellectual culture, Lewes is still a town after Paine’s own heart. l

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MAPPING THE NATION WITH You might tap away on your phone, maybe pan across your laptop, while others still stay faithful to paper. But have you ever wondered how Ordnance Survey mapping came to be? Robert Veitch tells us more


he strategic mapping of Britain began in 1745, following the Battle of Culloden. Under the stewardship of an engineer called William Roy, Scotland took eight years to map. In 1784 with the first rumbles of discontent emanating across the Channel, Roy was charged with the task of accurately mapping the land between London and Paris. This required the invention of what became known as ‘The Great Theodolite’ and utilised a process called triangulation. It was completed before the French Revolution and Napoleon’s rise to power. The last military personnel left Ordnance The first map of Kent Survey in 1983, since when it’s been a civilian In the early years of the 19th century was published in 1801. organisation, latterly as a Government owned prospects of a Gallic invasion induced By 1870 England had limited company. the Board of Ordnance to order existing After 1990 the use of trig points began to be maps become more detailed for military been mapped superseded by the onset of digital mapping and purposes. The Ordnance Survey as we the global positioning network. By 1995 Britain know it, was born. Work began, mapping was the first country to have mapped itself in the south-eastern coastal defences. The entirety, digitally. first map of Kent was published in 1801 2001 witnessed the introduction of at a scale of two inches to 1 mile. By 1870 Mastermap, a fully digital continuous map of England had been mapped. During 1841 Ordnance Survey Britain, with 500 million geographic features moved from London to Southampton, undergoing constant revision with up to 10,000 where it remains to this day. The process daily alterations. The centre-line technology within Mastermap was the DNA of all early of surveying Britain at a scale of six Satnavs. It’s why they all seemed to have the same inches to the mile began in 1842 and this mistakes, because they all used the same raw data. scale would remain until the 1950’s. Since 2010 the OS Open Data scheme has In 1935 the re-triangulation of allowed free use of some mapping, which is how Britain commenced. The construction of we got to now. It’s how we get to use Ordnance thousands of chest high concrete pillars Survey map extracts in the Sussex Living walks topped with brass theodolite mounting each month. No other maps contain such a wide plates began. Mapping the nation this variety of products, with such exquisite levels of way kept surveyors busy until 1962. Over 5,500 trig points remain in position detail… helping people find their way since the today. Most are redundant landmarks, some used for the Jacobites first got restless. l rather esoteric hobby of trigpointing. Sussex Living would like to specially thank Ordnance Survey for so After WWII the 1:1,250 scale was introduced, to map kindly supporting us over the years and letting us use their maps for urban areas in previously unattainable levels of detail, in a our monthly walks form called ‘continuous revision’


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JUNE CHARITY GARDENS Geoff Stonebanks reports on a trio of the latest garden gems to join the National Garden Scheme for its June openings Lindfield Jungle, 16 Newton Road, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, RH16 2ND. 01444 484132 Admission £8, including home-made teas, children free. Visits can be combined with 47 Denmans Lane or 5 Whitemans Close.

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he month of June is always the busiest month in the Sussex calendar, with over 100 individual garden openings. One in particular, Lindfield Jungle, about 1½ miles north east of Haywards Heath, is a surprising, yet intimate garden. It is hidden behind a 1950s mid terrace house. Described by its owners as a fantasy, packed full of plants to evoke tropical far-away places. Tim Richardson and Clare Wilson have transformed it into an atmospheric jungle oasis, planted for tropical effect. It is approximately 17 metres x 8 metres, with an emphasis on foliage and hot colours that develop through the seasons. From the planter’s terrace enjoy the winding path through lilies, cannas, ginger and bamboo, to the tranquil sundowner’s deck over hidden pools. There are some unusual plants to see too. Why not join Tim and Clare for tiffin! This garden opens by arrangement from 1st June to 31st October. Contact the garden owner to arrange a visit (12 maximum).

Sienna Wood, one mile west of East Grinstead also opens for the first time on Sunday 3rd June. The visitor can meander through this peaceful 3½ acre garden, enjoy the lovely lakeside walk and the 6-acre ancient woodland behind. Start at the herbaceous borders, surrounding the croquet lawn, through the formal rose garden to the lawns and summer borders; then down through the arboretum to the lake and back through the vegetable garden. En route you can see many unusual trees and shrubs. There is a children’s nature trail, treehouse and play area and possibly a sighting of wild deer including white deer. Sienna Wood, Coombe Hill Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4LY. Open from 12-5pm, home-made teas served. Admission £5.00, children free. The final member of this brand new trio is Mill Hall Farm, Whitman’s Green. On Sunday June 10th this relatively young garden, on the High Weald, opens for the first time. Constantly changing throughout the year, challenges include Sussex clay, deer, rabbits and pigeons. It is a north facing 2½-acre garden with a long view sloping down to the pond with lilies, irises, sanguisorba to name but a few. See the long border bursting with young trees and herbaceous plants. There is also a fruit and vegetable garden plus a Victorian underground water cistern. Mill Hall Farm, Whitemans Green, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, RH17 5HX. Open from 12.30 to 5pm. Home-made teas. Plants. Admission £5.00 with children free. l Mill Hall Farm

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any people try - then fail spectacularly at hanging baskets, vowing, “never again!” as they assume they’re useless at gardening. This is a great shame as folk don’t realise that they’re setting the horticultural bar very high. Hanging baskets are one of the most difficult disciplines in the gardening world. After all, what you are really trying to do is to grow plants suspended in mid-air, in a colander, with limited access to soil and water. Tricky…

Firstly, ensure your basket fixing is safe and secure! When filled, even the smallest basket will weigh more than you think. Next, consider how you’re going to keep the basket watered. You can purchase a long ‘watering wand’ attachment for a hosepipe which allows

Deadheading is a bore, but is well worth it with hanging baskets as it will encourage plants to keep the display going you to reach up to the basket. Or there are clever ‘rise and fall’ pulley systems that will lower the basket up and down. That’s great, but if you can’t keep the soil adequately moist you’re back to square one. Leaf mould is brilliant stuff; a handful mixed into potting soil will hold water like a sponge. Speaking of sponges… those square spongy washing-up cloths are perfect in hanging baskets. Place a couple in the bottom layer of soil and

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Use a weekly liquid feed diluted in water, or food pellets mixed into the potting compost - the pellets will slowly release nutrients over the growing season. Deadheading is a bore, but is well worth it with hanging baskets as it will encourage plants to keep the display going. Plastic hanging baskets do a functional job for very little money, but are not terribly attractive. They’re excellent for creating a ‘ball’ of plants where scarcely any trace of the container can be seen. Other baskets are more decorative and are made to be shown off, so choose plants that are not over-exuberant in growth, or be prepared to selectively trim stems. Baskets made from natural materials such as woven wicker or grasses will naturally compliment the scene. Cone-

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LAVENDER A classic of the English country garden with gently wafting spears of purple flowers and evergreen leaves. Large swaths of this plant look wonderful and will buzz with happy bees in the summer months. Plant close to a seating area and elevated if possible so your nose can appreciate the fragrance in its full glory.

MOCK ORANGE If you like the scent of citrus but don’t want the hassle of growing fruit trees, then mock orange is your answer. A spring blooming shrub which looks great in borders and as cut flowers, it will fill your garden with the sweet and light scent of orange, while the fragrant white flowers look very pretty with their yellow centres.

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LEMON BALM A member of the mint family, the fresh and pleasing scent of this herb will lift your garden and your mood with its distinct lemony smell. It’s an ideal choice as it can be made into tea and provides a delicious addition to salads and marinades. Like mint, you just have to keep lemon balm in check or it will happily take over your garden! 190x130-PRINT.pdf



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amie Lashmar had worked in the ready mix concrete industry for years before setting up the family run Sussex Ready Mix Concrete; he supplies only the best quality concrete and screed using only BS standard aggregates and cement. His lorries are unique in that they mix on site to the customer’s preference, which means no wastage, and different mixes being supplied at the time of delivery. Concrete can be mixed at your door in as small a quantity as a single cubic meter to ten cubic meters and a pump can take the concrete to places that are hard to reach by wheelbarrow. If you require screed, Jamie’s ‘pay only for what you use’ policy means there is no wastage and the optimal mix of three to five parts sand to one part cement creates a long lasting, durable concrete screed for

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The dining hall which links kitchen to conservatory and the garden beyond was widened. Two new ceiling height dressers store everything from crockery and cutlery to Julia’s computer

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FRONT OF HOUSE The classically strong outlines of a sturdy Edwardian style house with deep eaves of roof which wrap themselves around the windows on the first floor


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The story of Julia and Jeremy Scowsill’s home can be divided into two very distinct periods: BF and AF - Before the Fire and After the Fire. In 1996 Julia and her family, sons Tom and Monty then just toddlers, moved into the house. Designed by an architect for his own use just prior to the second world war it was an ideal family home, spacious and with a large garden, “we walked in and it just felt right,” Julia remembers. They stripped artex off walls and ceilings and re-decorated, put in a new kitchen and bathrooms, and installed a swimming pool and a tennis court in the garden. Then, in 2006, shortly after returning from holiday, the house was totally devastated by fire caused by an electrical fault in the tumble dryer. “I was out shopping,” Julia They created a wonderfully recalls, “when I got a call saying spacious hall at the front of the house was on the house with a striking and fire.” She followed grand staircase winding up the wail of sirens coming from a to the re-built first floor fleet of fire engines and then stood in the garden and, “watched our past go up in flames.” It was a horrible experience. Most importantly though, no one was in the house, “we were all okay which is what really mattered and once you get over the initial shock you go into operational mode, there is so much to sort out.” The whole of the roof and first floor had gone but all the outer walls remained, it was a black hole, but the outside footprint of the house survived. The Scowsills settled into a rented house and reviewed their options which were: knock the whole house down and build something completely new, walk away and buy/build another house elsewhere or, and the option they finally decided upon - rebuild the house in the same style but with improvements. “Various factors came into play when we analysed what we wanted. It didn’t feel right to move away, we hadn’t chosen

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A morning at Charters Village may start with a leisurely stroll around the vast manicured grounds – which are pet friendly too! Then you could pop along to the coffee morning and catch up with fellow residents in the restaurant, or pop to the library to pick up a new book.

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Worthing Antiques and Arts

The Worthing Antique, Arts & Collectors Club is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Founded in 1968 by the late Dorothy Todd and her husband, it was originally called the Worthing Bygones Circle and has had a few changes to the name over the years. The club has met at the Worthing lecture theatre (below the main library) for the last 40 years. Each month we invite a guest speaker talking on all sorts of topics, we have the following speakers this summer, Christopher Payne discussing furniture on the 5th June and Fergus Gambon on 3rd July all about dolls houses. The meetings take place on the first Tuesday of the month 7.30pm - 9.00pm, all are welcome to attend, £5 per talk, or why not join for just £30pa. For more information please contact Andy, email or call 07984 403890.

Hurstpierpoint W.I. Centenary Hurstpierpoint Women’s Institute is

celebrating its centenary at a meeting on Wednesday, 6th June. It is one of the oldest W.I.s in the country, having been formed in 1918. It’s first meeting was held in the Parish Room and attracted 55 members. The original aim was to encourage women to become active citizens and to become involved in producing food during the First World War. In addition to providing an interesting forum for local women, Hurstpierpoint W.I. has made an important contribution to village life. For example, soon after the Second World War, a Building Fund was established and Hurstpierpoint W.I. donated £1,000 towards the building of the Village Hall. In 2004 the Village Centre was extended and Hurstpierpoint W.I. was actively involved in funding its refurbishment and donated 200 full sets of crockery and cutlery. We have interesting and enjoyable meetings on the first Wednesday of every month, at 2.15 pm in the Girl Guide Headquarters and at our centenary meeting on June 6th our speaker will be Mr

Ian Gledhill who will give one of his most entertaining presentations entitled We do like to be beside the Seaside. A special tea will be provided, together with a birthday cake made by one of our members.

Ditchling Film Society

On Thursday, 7th June we will be screening The Square, a darkly amusing but also bracingly honest drama/comedy. Christian (Claes Bang) is a suave, divorced but devoted father of two and the respected curator of a contemporary art museum. His next show called The Square is an installation which invites passers-by to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible human beings. However, Christian cannot always live up to his own high ideals and goes into meltdown after his mobile phone is stolen. The strong cast includes Dominic West, Elisabeth Moss and Terry Notary. Winner of the 2017 Palme D’Or, the film is a knife sharp satire on art, culture and communication in the digital age. Director: Ruben Ostlund, Sweden 2017, 142 mins.

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The film will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. The film starts at 8.00pm, doors open at 7.30 pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and wine can be purchased by the glass. There is ample free parking behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5.00 payable at the door.

and enjoy homemade lunches and teas served under ancient oak trees. With added attractions such as the popular plant stall and children’s activities with prizes. All monies raised will directly benefit the children of Fletching Church of England Primary School. Entry: £6 per adult, children free, free parking all day.

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On Saturday 9th June, from1.30pm 5.30pm, around eight gardens in the village will be open to view, each being a different size and design and this year the Scaynes Hill allotments will also be on show. There is part access for wheelchairs in most gardens. So, do come along enjoy the gardens and help raise funds for these wonderful causes. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to St Peter & St James Hospice. Homemade teas available in the Church Annex with the proceeds going to a Family Support Charity. Admission is £5 per adult – no charge for children. Tickets and map from Scaynes Hill Church, Church Road RH17 7NY just off the A272 or from any of the gardens.

Fletching Garden Trail

On Sunday 10th June, 11am-5pm, a range of private gardens in Fletching open their gates. For one day each year, visitors can admire beautiful herbaceous borders, stunning views across National Trust land,

The Wildlife For All Trust is a Sussex-based environmental charity with a pioneering approach to nature conservation. We put great emphasis on understanding and overcoming the human factors which cause problems for wildlife and the environment. We have beautiful nature reserves in Sussex and in South Africa, as well as providing education for the general public and young people. Unlike most charities, we purposely work on a non-paid basis (supporting ourselves with other paid work). This ensures that all donated funds are spent on what is really needed. We are looking for individuals who really want to help make a difference. We strongly encourage and train our team members to be the best they can be. We are unusually successful, focusing on achievement. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to do something meaningful. You don’t need to have relevant experience or qualifications as we provide all necessary

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Reasons To Be Cheerful

With two royal events in mind, this summer Cuckfield Museum celebrates Reasons To Be Cheerful – weddings and babies. One of the things that we’ve learnt in putting this display together is that vintage dresses very rarely fit onto modern mannequins. Women were either naturally smaller in the past or pulled their corsets really tight – one way or another a 20 inch waist seems to have been the norm. Another surprise was the number of girls who chose to get married in colours other than white. For example, we have the violet Victorian fringed bustle two-piece worn by a prosperous butcher’s daughter on her wedding day, and a blue crepe dress with elegant embellishment for a wartime bride. For the babies, we also show simple teething toys and pacifiers that have not really changed much over centuries and cherished examples of christening gowns, handed down through generations with only one problem – as well as adults, babies are getting bigger too. In addition to objects from our own


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Summer Band Concert

The Haywards Heath Action for Children Support Group are arranging a Summer Band Concert which will take place at Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road, RH16 3DN on Saturday, 30th June at 7.30pm. The concert will be given by the Haywards Heath Concert Band and promises to be a most enjoyable evening. The band will play one half of the concert as a brass band, and the other half as a swing band. The band was formed in 1998 but has its roots in the Scout and Guide movements. The Scout and Guide Band goes back to 1974, it was, however, decided in 1998 to form a new band and open up the activity to all, rather than to restrict membership to members of the two movements. Admission to the concert is free with donations invited to Action for Children, who have been caring for children for 148 years. In 2017 the charity helped 370,000 babies, children and families in the UK. Please come and listen to the band, enjoy

some brass and swing band favourites and, at the same time, help to improve the lives of vulnerable children, teenagers, parents and carers.

Pyecombe Church Weekend and Flower Festival

On Saturday June 30th and Sunday 1st July Pyecombe Village puts on its ever-popular annual weekend celebration. The theme of the floral displays this year will be The Great Outdoors. Come to the Church to marvel at our array of stunning displays! The Church will be open from 10.30am – 4.30pm. The Pyecombe Village Choir will set the ball rolling with a selection of their popular repertoire at 11.00am. Teas and cakes will be served in the tea tent and a bar will be selling drinks. You can also enjoy a ploughman’s lunch with a glass of wine in the delightful setting of our beautiful South Downs village. This year, in keeping with our theme, there will be a Scarecrow Competition where people are asked to try their hand at making their own scarecrows. There will be a fancy dress dog competition so bring your pooch and join in with the fun. Due to popular demand, we have invited back the Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham brass band and this time they will play their appealing repertoire on both days during the lunchtimes. There’s no better way to enjoy a summer weekend!


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The Arts Society Henfield is thrilled to present Ferris and Milnes, musical duo extraordinaire, at our July meeting in the Henfield Hall on the 5th of July, 7.00 for 7.30pm. This duo combines comedy, music and vocals in a cocktail of glamour and fun – music for everyone! Hailed as “brilliant” and “hilarious,” the evening includes wine and cheese buffet. This event is open to non-members and members guests. For further details about this special evening please contact Stephen Wyman, 01273 494633 or email Why go to London or New York when the Henfield Hall is on your doorstep!

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A Home from Home From a prestigious outstanding rating to a major national award, Valerie Manor Care Home is seeing in its tenth anniversary year with style. Hanna Prince went along to find out more


et in a stunning location at the foot of the South Downs, Valerie Manor feels more like a stately country estate than a care home. This grade two-listed manor house is one of just a few homes in Sussex rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – and it’s easy to see what sets the familyrun operation apart. I visited on a blustery, rainy weekday, but inside the manor the atmosphere couldn’t be warmer. Beautiful flower displays put together by the residents stand in front of the mullion windows and an ancient plaque commemorates a visit from King Charles II. Owner Zoe Fry and her husband Alan welcome me into a cosy old library dotted with comfortable chairs. “Everyone was so excited and proud that we received our 2nd overall rating of outstanding in 2017,” smiles Zoe. “We have the most brilliant team here and to have that recognised is just amazing.” When the CQC assess the quality of a care home, they rate the offering under five categories: is the service safe, is the service responsive, is it well led, effective and caring? In 2015, Valerie Manor received an outstanding rating for two out of the five key lines of enquiry. By last year, though, that had risen to an impressive four out of five ‘outstanding’ categories.

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It isn’t just the CQC that have recognised the home’s commitment to excellence. Valerie Manor has also received multiple awards, most recently winning the Best Independent Care Home of 2017 award at the Care Home Awards. Previous accolades have included Care Home of the Year and Care Team of the Year. This June, the manor has been shortlisted for a further two awards: Best Nursing Care and Best Food, Nutrition and Dining Experience.

It’s clear that the residents play a huge part in the life of Valerie Manor “We’ve recently revolutionised our dining experience,” explains Zoe. “Last year, the residents said that they wanted an improved dining experience, so the chefs set to work meeting with residents and putting together new menus. We redesigned our dining room and renamed it ‘The Warren.’ The residents chose the wallpaper, the furniture and the colour scheme. Nowadays, it’s like going out to eat in a restaurant.” Listening to Zoe and Alan talk, it’s clear that the residents play a huge part in the life of Valerie Manor, making decisions on everything from the décor to the activities on offer. As Alan puts it, “we’re working in the residents’ home, they aren’t living where we work.”

The residents are treated as members of a big family, and many of their own families become part of an extended community as well. This family atmosphere is hugely important to Zoe, who purchased Valerie Manor with support from her parents after she was left disappointed by the care her grandparents received in care homes. “I am a trained nurse and I’ve worked in nursing homes from the age of 13,” she explains. “When my grandparents passed away, my parents offered to invest in a care home for me to run. That was ten years ago – we celebrated our anniversary in January – and we’re very much a family-run business. My dad is the Company Secretary and my mum oversees activities such as exercises from your chair, my sister works in the office one day per week and Alan’s dad does the maintenance and gardening.” This close-knit atmosphere has proved highly attractive to staff. Despite

shortages in nursing across the county, Valerie Manor has a waiting list of registered nurses. Some members of the team have worked alongside Zoe since she purchased the home ten years ago. So what makes this such a popular place to work? “We really look after our staff,” Zoe explains. “We recognise that this can be a stressful job, so we provide counselling to staff who go through difficult situations and we’ve recently made it mandatory for staff to have stress management training. We also take staff out for lots of different events and have fun raising money for charity – this isn’t just a job for the people who work here.” On top of engaged and motivated staff, it’s the beautiful location that makes Valerie Manor special. Set in 1.2 acres of manicured grounds and blossoming fruit trees donated by grateful families, it backs right on to the foothills of the South Downs. Many of the rooms enjoy views of the Downs or the garden. Every summer, residents enjoy regular garden parties and barbecues. They also get plenty of

chance to explore the local area. “We have weekly outings where the residents decide where they want to go,” says Alan. “Many residents get out and about independently, but we also have plenty of visitors, entertainers and activities for those who can’t – a highlight is our bi-monthly three-course family Sunday lunch, which alternates with our evening Rabbit Hole Club where relatives can come to enjoy a lovely buffet.” Residents’ needs vary – some simply want the assurance that assistance is there if they need it, while others receive full nursing care in the purposebuilt nursing wing. Valerie Manor is also proud to have been awarded a platinum award for the care we provide towards the end of someone’s life. Fees depend largely on bedroom size rather than care needs, ranging from a competitive £750 per week up to £1,400 for residential care and Zoe can point families in the right direction for independent advice on care home fees. Everyone that visits Valerie Manor can expect a warm welcome and Zoe

and Alan would be delighted to talk to anyone if they are considering moving into a care home as this can be one of the biggest decisions in someone’s life. We understand that potential residents and their families need a lot of support and guidance during this time which we are always happy to provide. l Valerie Manor Henfield Road, Upper Beeding, West Sussex BN44 3TF 01903 812105 June 2018 | SUSSEX LIVING 61



KATHERINE JENKINS Returning to sing at Proms in the Park, Haywards Heath for her seventh It’s Magic performance, it seems that Katherine Jenkins has been bewitched by the event and the town. Lisa de Silva found out more about this singing sensation


ince signing the biggest recording deal in classical in Burgess Hill; Kangaroos Fun Disability Clubs and music history at the tender age of 23 years old, Sussex Autism Support. The event takes place in Victoria Katherine’s career has gone from strength to Park, Haywards Heath from the 10th to 14th July, kicking strength. Today, she is officially the world’s off with a free concert on the Tuesday night, which includes a most successful artist in Classical music chart history, an Girlguiding Sing Along, Sussex Harmonisers and local funk accolade awarded after her album, Celebration became and blues band, Unprovoked. her 12th Classical number one album in 12 years. It is an Over the following four nights audiences will be amazing achievement for the former choirgirl from Neath treated to a range of acts including Elvis on My Mind; in South Wales. The Bohemians, a Queen tribute It was back in 2005, that the mezzoact; The Story of Neil Diamond and soprano first came to the attention of local Motown Classics from former Drifters Haywards Heath is fast businessman and founder of the It’s Magic vocalist, Roy G Hemmings. Katherine charity, Tim French MBE. Having seen becoming my second home! headlines Proms in the Park on the last Katherine perform on television, he called night, Saturday 14th July, when she her agent and booked her to perform at will be accompanied by the National the It’s Magic summer charity concert and she has Symphony Orchestra, as well as presenting special returned on a regular basis ever since. “Haywards guests, West-end actor and singer, John OwenHeath is fast becoming my second home!” she Jones and the London Welsh Male Voice Choir. laughs. “I’m not sure I’ve returned to a venue Having recently become a mum for the anywhere else like this.” second time, Tim is delighted that Katherine But what is the magical pull that keeps her continues to support the It’s Magic’s coming back? “I do so because the audience summer event, “She has a one-of-a-kind has always been so fabulous and fun! I talent and we’re grateful that she is genuinely can’t wait for July 14th,” Katherine lending her support to these three worthy exclaims. charities,” he tells me. This is the 25th anniversary of the So, if you fancy spending a lovely summer charity concert and to celebrate summer’s evening in the park with in style, this year the It’s Magic Music the chance to be spellbound by Festival will be a five-day live music Katherine’s beautiful voice, extravaganza to benefit three local please buy your tickets now at charities: Woodlands Meed School l

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Children’s Respite Trust Lisa de Silva spoke to Chief Executive Gavin Fisher about the Trust’s new day care centre opening this summer in Uckfield, and how thrilled they are to be able to offer additional and much-needed support to families caring for a disabled child

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hile family life can be busy and frustrating at times, it’s hard to imagine the added pressures of caring for a disabled child. The Children’s Respite Trust was set up to support such households, “the respite we provide allows these families the chance to do things that we all take for granted,” explains Chief Executive and founder of the Trust, Gavin Fisher. “In most cases parents simply want the opportunity to spend time with their other children, or even just the simple pleasure of taking a long relaxing shower free of responsibilities.” Gavin was first inspired to help families with disabled children at the opening of a sensory garden back in 2010. One parent explained that actually getting into the garden was difficult owing to demand and so he set about helping the family get the statutory help that was available, along with fundraising for a short break in a private respite centre for their disabled child. But as word spread of the positive

From this summer, the centre will welcome the first children for day-care sessions impact this had on the family, more and more people began to ask for his help and the Children’s Respite Trust was born, receiving charitable status in 2011, when fundraising efforts started in earnest. Today, the Trust helps families in three main ways. Firstly, by taking an advocacy role in helping people access any Government support and funding they are entitled to; secondly, by providing direct respite, with carers supporting the family at home and thirdly, by providing day-care facilities at their wonderful new respite centre in Uckfield. From this summer, the centre will welcome the first children for daycare sessions, where they will be able to enjoy soft-play, messy-play, arts and crafts, as well as a library and chill out area with sofas and TV. “The centre will be a fantastic resource for these families, giving the children some time out and other family members the chance to go shopping or take their other children on an outing.” But to keep the centre

up and running, Gavin is aware that the Trust will need to double their fundraising efforts. For anyone interested in helping this incredibly valuable charity, Gavin would love you to consider joining the Events Committee, or keeping the Trust in mind when you have the chance to raise money as an individual or group, by taking on a challenge, or organising a community or corporate event. As one parent explained, the respite care offered by the Trust helps to make life that little bit easier, “it becomes about having fun, rather than coping.” l For further information the Children’s Respite Trust please visit or call 01825 817417



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Green An attractive village with a strong community feel, Newick offers a rich history in beautiful surroundings. Ruth Lawrence gives us a breakdown of this vibrant neighbourhood



estling in the Low Weald of East Sussex, Newick has grown around the generous village green, which has seen the village evolve over its thousand year history. Although the village predates the Domesday Book, it was not recorded in it possibly because then, the village lay deep in the dense Ashdown Forest. A toll cottage stands at the eastern edge of The Green and the old toll road is now the A272. Newick used to boast a glove factory which was famous for high quality ladies gloves and more recently, the mild climate and soil quality made the village a centre for soft fruit growing, producing blackcurrants and the famous ‘Newick Leveller’ dessert gooseberries. Although the fruit gardens were replaced by housing, there is a weekly opportunity to buy homemade preserves, vegetables, baked goods and eggs at the Newick Country Market, which has been held in the village hall for an hour each Friday since 1974. Handicrafts and ready prepared meat, vegetarian dishes

Most of Newick’s older houses are built of locally made characteristic Sussex stocks bricks and they add to the village’s visual appeal and soups are all on sale; the word is to turn up early as everything sells out fast! There is an eclectic mix of over 30 clubs operating in the village, ranging from amateur dramatics, dancing and quilting to an allotment society and quiz teams. Sport lovers will find playing fields and a large modern sports pavilion with facilities and clubs for badminton, bowls, cricket, football, rugby, tennis and stoolball. Newick Village Hall has been serving the community for 85 years and boasts a large main hall with seating for 240, a licensed bar, large stage, kitchen and digital PA. The Community Centre is centrally located and offers disabled access/facilities and a modern kitchen and, like the Village Hall, is available for hire. It also hosts it’s own festival, the Newick Festival will be held over the weekend of 23rd and 24th June, with a Food Fair on The Green and a Fun Day at King George Recreation Ground. Most of Newick’s older houses are built of locally made characteristic Sussex ‘stocks’ bricks and they add to the village’s visual appeal. Local interest books can be purchased from the Parish Council and the village website Continued on page 70

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t The Bull on the Green in Newick, chef Mark Thomas Raffan is cooking up a storm. Better known as Tom, the experienced cooking consultant has brought his unique culinary flair to the Sussex pub and B&B, reconnecting with his roots following an illustrious career at home and abroad. Hailing from Forest Row, Tom has worked with the Roux brothers at London’s Le Gavroche and Bray’s Waterside Inn, served as executive chef to King Hussein of Jordan in the Middle East, and held a Michelin star at Gravetye Manor in West Hoathly for 10 years. Now, he’s excited to introduce some seasonal flavours to The Bull’s clientele. “We want to make this a destination with really good, proper cooking,” he says. “We’re hoping to start doing some events, and are going to begin hosting specialised dinners, so the times ahead are quite exciting.” With its old oak beams and exposed rafters, The Bull exudes traditional charm. The pub was refurbished and reopened in December last year, and also boasts a cosy, comfortable seven-bedroom B&B. For Tom, overseeing a pub dining experience was an opportunity to fuse his Michelin experience with quality gastro fare. “It’s different with pubs to fine dining, but we want to combine the two together,” he explains. “We want really good-quality, locally-sourced food, cooked beautifully, which people want to come back and eat, time and time again.” Indeed, meals on the menus range from goats cheese parfait to Morrocan

Mark Thomas Raffan, head chef at The Bull on the Green in Newick, talks to Frederick Latty about how he’s introducing some gastronomic delights to its menus

Gourmet ON THE green spiced butternut squash, with plenty of classics like fish and chips and steak burger in between. Tom’s keen to ensure that everything stays fresh, local and seasonal wherever possible. “Slowly but surely, I’m putting my identity on the menu,” he continues. “We’re going to change things, so it

We want to make this a destination with really good, proper cooking won’t be a stagnant menu and will adapt with the seasons. Whatever we’re going to do, we’re going to do it properly. There’s a lot to work with and develop, but Rome wasn’t built in a day!” Also, on July 12th The Bull will be holding a ‘Taittinger’ Gourmet Dinner, Champagne and Wine evening. Please

see their Facebook for further details. Serving around 150 covers a day, Tom’s specials will change regularly, focusing on delivering a consistently high epicurean offering. But he’s also conscious that less can be more when it comes to great cooking, as long as customers enjoy impeccable service, delectable dishes and a warm welcome. “If it’s good local produce, cooked nicely, you don’t need to put a dozen different things on the plate to make it taste nice,” he concludes. “Don’t do it for the look; do it for the flavour. If you get that right, you can’t go wrong.” l The Bull on the Green The Green, Newick, East Sussex BN8 4LA

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has many wonderful monochrome postcards of local streets, houses and people of great interest to historians and residents. Although Newick is home to only 2,500 residents, the village is served by numerous businesses and community organisations and children are particularly well catered for with schools, toddler groups, scouts, brownies and guides. Commuters will find direct train services to London, Gatwick and the South Coast from Haywards Heath and in addition there are stations at nearby Lewes and Uckfield. People who choose to live in Newick tend to stay for a long time; a search revealed that residents love the close community feel and the sense of safety and cohesiveness that life in this attractive village offers. l

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With the summer season upon us fairs, fetes and festivals are springing up everywhere. Lisa de Silva brings us all the fun of the fair and explores the history of these annual festivities in Sussex


n a ritual that has endured since the 12th century, every summer weekend towns and villages across Sussex are busy setting up stalls, putting up bunting, making cakes and jam and preparing the village green for the fun and festivities of local fairs, fetes and festivals. Full of community spirit, uniting all ages and classes, our annual village celebrations are a stalwart of the Sussex summer season. Over the years, these traditional events have adapted and

ATTRACTION moved with the times and here we take a closer look at the history and evolution of this engaging feature of our popular culture.

Most fairs held in Sussex can trace their ancestry back to charters granted during Medieval times Most fairs held in Sussex can trace their ancestry back to charters granted during Medieval times, when the creation of a fair by royal charter was widespread. Prior to this, people had still gathered together to trade and enjoy a drink in an informal way, usually on the feast day of the local parish saint. As the people from the

village all came together to celebrate this day, it was natural for the day to develop into a market or celebratory fair. It was also customary for the lord of the manor to collect any taxes on trading that took place. However, following the Norman invasion in 1066, the rights to control these gatherings passed to the King, who then passed them down to his local ‘tenant-in-chief.’ This often led to disputes over who had the right to any sales tax and in these cases a direct appeal would be made to the King. There is evidence of this in the village of Hurstpierpoint which was first granted a charter by King Edward 11 in 1312, to celebrate the patron saint of the village, St Lawrence, by holding an annual fair. At that time, John de Warenne was the chief tenant to benefit

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from any trading taxes. But after Lewes Priory and the Bishop of Chichester both laid claim to the money, de Warenne was forced to appeal to the King who found in his favour. One of the oldest royal charters in Sussex was awarded to Battle in 1122, with other villages and towns following shortly afterwards, including Pevensey (1207), Robertsbridge (1225), Eastbourne (1232), East Grinstead (1247), Burwash (1252), Wadhurst (1253), Cuckfield (1255) and Mayfield (1261). The fairs gradually established themselves as an important part of village life and usually lasted several days or even weeks, providing an opportunity to sell goods and services or hire labourers. In many places the fairs developed into specialised events for selling sheep and horses and gradually evolved into agricultural shows, many of which are still held in the county today. Attracted by the crowds, those with an entrepreneurial spirit saw the village fair as an opportunity to make some money and soon side stalls became a regular feature offering pies, cakes and sweets for sale, games of skill and luck and various trinkets and bric-abrac to buy. Entertainment was also on offer and those attending the fair in Medieval Ditchling would have been

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treated to the spectacle of wrestling competitions, bear baiting and cockfighting. Over time sword-swallowers, theatrical booths, magicians, puppet and circus shows, along with roundabouts and fairground rides were added to the attractions. The modern travelling fairground, along with many circus companies have their origins in these fairs. The tradition of the village fete probably evolved from these larger fairs. Deriving from the French word for feast or festival, the timing of fete days originally revolved around the agricultural timetable. After the winter months had passed, the soil prepared and the crops planted, there was a

The fairs gradually established themselves as an important part of village life short lull during the early summer before harvesting, which was perfect for taking the day off and having some fun. These days were eagerly anticipated and servants in the larger houses were allowed time off to attend, making the fete a day when the whole village could come together to enjoy the festivities. The focal point was usually the village green and it was a time to show off the best of the community, whether that was growing local produce and flowers, baking cakes and making jams or playing music and country dancing. Often the ladies of the parish made items to be sold at the fete to raise funds for charitable causes and today, many of these community events still include a fundraising element. So, unlike the traditional fair which had its roots in commerce, it is generally acknowledged that fetes were motivated by charity, for the benefit of the community or a specific local cause.

Over the years, the village fete has embraced traditional games such as tug-of-war, hoopla and guess the weight. Villagers have taken donkey and fairground rides, tried their luck on the tombola or played ‘bowling for a pig,’ a skittles-style game where the visitor wins a live piglet. Today dog shows, snail-racing, archery, as well as a game of the Sussex sport of stoolball, are all common features. Arts festivals and open houses are also very popular today, championing art, jewellery, ceramics, wonderful food and drink and even camping and glamping. Whether driven by nostalgia or the opportunity for all generations to come together and enjoy a day out, village fetes, fairs and festivals are thriving. So next time you buy a cake, watch a puppet show or throw the hoopla, spare a thought for your ancestors in whose footsteps you are following and enjoy the festivities. l

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On Your Bike! Cycling has undergone something of a renaissance here in the UK, in part due to the 2012 Olympics and Britain’s sterling performance in the cycling arena. Sasha Kanal inspires us all to get on our bikes

BENEFITS OF BIKING Good for your body and the planet, cycling is well known for its extensive health benefits. Brisk cycling burns around 500 calories per hour and is a low impact activity so it’s kinder to the joints. From longer rides to short spins around the block, getting to work or using a spinning bike in the comfort of your own home, you’ll always get something out of it. To ramp things up a bit, try mountain biking. Cycling up and down hills and out of the saddle is an excellent all-body activity, as you’re constantly shifting your weight, working your arms, abs and core stability. Not to mention improving your lung health in the process. SHIFTING GEAR Apart from the prerequisite roadworthy bike, then you will need the following for basic starters:

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A protective helmet. Designed to offer protection at low-speed crashes that don’t involve motor vehicles, wearing a helmet (although not a legal requirement) is reassuring for many. In the first instance, whether riding on a road or a bike path, you should always acquaint yourself with basic safety rules for cycling. Front and rear lights on the bike are absolutely essential if you’re going to ride after dark. They not only make you visible in the gloom, they also illuminate the roads and bike paths. There are so many options on offer. From low-level units for use in well-lit towns to efficient and bright LEDs for dark country roads.

Good for your body and the planet, cycling is well known for its extensive health benefits

WHERE TO GO Whether it’s the open roads, a cycle track or one of the many velodromes around the UK, there are plenty of places to explore on your bike and especially here in Sussex. The cycling community generally are a particularly tech savvy bunch, so there’s lots listed online. Cycling clubs and groups have sprung up all over the county too – a great option if you like group activities. FREE WHEELIN’ For those who love cycling, the feeling of freedom you get from the activity is unsurpassed. The fact you are moving forward in travel and often outside, seeing new things and exercising at the same time is a wonderful combination and is brilliant for keeping stress at bay. As Marco, a keen cyclist from Sussex explains, “Cycling is a great life metaphor. When you’re climbing a steep hill and the going gets tough, you want to give up. Then in an instant, it all becomes easier and the wind is at your back and there’s no better feeling.” l

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o down any country lane in the UK and particularly our sunny corner of Sussex and you’ll most likely see men and women in all the right gear navigating the roads with intent. But you don’t have to dress like a pro or possess an expensive bike to enjoy the simple act of cycling. Old and young, beginners to seasoned cyclists, sometimes all it takes is for you to just get out and go!

Similarly, if you’re going to be riding after sundown, invest in some reflective, hi-visibility clothing to make sure other road users can see you. And don’t forget the inner tube and pump so you’re prepared for any punctures! Any good cycling shop will be able to advise you on all of the above and more.

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High-end hair salon Denziloe puts a premium on elegance, style and personalised service. It’s no surprise that business is booming for the Lindfield-based hairdressers. Hanna Prince pays them a visit

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ince opening its doors on Lindfield High Street nearly nine years ago, luxury hair salon Denziloe has gone from strength to strength. A fascinating historic backstory, elegant Georgian premises and a highly personalised approach to customer service have all combined to make the hair designers a hit both locally and further afield. “When we started in 2009, we only had two stylists,” says Sonia Grover, who founded the business along with her daughter, Maria. “Now we have six, and we’re still looking for more talented staff.” Denziloe has a venerable history. The salon was first opened in 1964 by Maria’s grandmother, Joan Denziloe. After a hiatus of nearly 30 years, Maria and Sonia revived the family business in the same building, which hides a stylishly redesigned interior behind its grand red-brick façade. It isn’t just Denziloe’s impressive historic credentials that set the boutique-style hair salon apart from the competition. “We offer a one-to-one service from start to finish,” explains stylist and salon manager Maria. “We don’t have apprentices here, so clients will

have the full attention of a qualified stylist. We offer a more personalised service, adapting our approach to different needs and hair types. Clients get to know the staff and feel like extended family. Our talented stylists are versatile enough to cater for every generation.”

Our talented stylists are versatile enough to cater for every generation Denziloe combines all the benefits of a friendly, local hairdressers with the professionalism of a top-class salon. Stylists all receive ongoing training, attending regular courses and keeping up-to-date with the latest trends. Personal service is the salon’s mantra each appointment begins with an in-depth consultation and includes advice on how to recreate the salon look at home. The products used in treatments match Denziloe’s luxe ethos. “We hold Moroccan Oil and Sebastian, which are both niche, luxury brands,” says Maria. “And we offer a wide range of

specialist treatments and services, from the KeraStraight smoothing system to Nioxin – a system for thinning hair, which works by stimulating the scalp and promoting hair growth.” Denziloe is also a Wella-endorsed salon and a colour wall displaying hundreds of Wella shades giving the salon’s gifted team an array of colours to play with! Add an idyllic location in central Lindfield with free parking on the doorstep, and it’s no surprise that Denziloe’s customer base is constantly increasing. The salon has clients from all surrounding areas, Maria even has one particularly devoted customer who travels all the way over from France. “We even have one client who first came in when my Grandmother opened the salon,” smiles Maria. “Our passion today is as strong as it was back then.” We are always looking to expand our talented team, if this maybe of interest to you please feel free to email us at l Denziloe 77 High Street, Lindfield, West Sussex RH16 2HN

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Clean, green beauty Forget clean eating – the latest lifestyle movement is green beauty. Hanna Prince tells us how to purify our skincare regimes


he wellness movement has been gathering momentum over the past few years, with a wave of celebs, food bloggers and chefs extolling the virtues of a cleaner, greener lifestyle. Now the beauty industry is catching on - according to a recent survey, 73 per cent of millennial women seek out cleaner products. Brands increasingly carry labels such as ‘natural’, ‘organic’ and ‘botanical’. So how can you make sure that your beauty regime is squeaky clean? LOOK FOR A LOGO The term ‘organic’ is widely used throughout the beauty industry to attract health-conscious consumers – but don’t let yourself be drawn in. Unlike in food marketing, where any product labelled as organic must adhere to strict EU standards, there are no legal requirements for the use of the term on beauty products. That’s why it’s important to check for an independent endorsement, for example The Soil Association logo only appears on

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products containing the highest level of certified organic ingredients possible. CHECK THE INGREDIENTS For many of us, turning to a cleaner beauty regime is all about cutting down our contact with potentially harmful chemicals. The only way you can really be sure that your hair and beauty products are free from nasties is to check the label. If you are not sure about an ingredient it’s always worth doing some research; talk to a qualified beautician who will be able

If you are thinking about green ingredients then why not think about green companies too?

to advise you, and there is a wealth of information online as well. THINK ABOUT PACKAGING It’s important to think about how your beauty products are packaged. Plastics are big news at the moment and it’s vital that we recycle them where we can. Check the labels on the back of your packaging to help you identify how best to recycle it. DO YOUR RESEARCH If you are thinking about green ingredients then why not think about green companies too? A little simple research will help you ascertain the green credentials of a company, from its testing procedures, environmental responsibilities, philosophies and values and of course its ingredients. DON’T PANIC! Purifying your beauty regime is a chance to experiment with a whole range of fun new products and approaches - but don’t feel that you have to ditch your old favourites. By adopting a few clean, green elements and weeding out the most chemicalheavy products, you’ll be reducing your exposure to toxins and benefiting the environment at the same time. Now, who’s for a seaweed face mask? l


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Robert Veitch laced up his boots for this month’s walk, marching through the ages, across the landscape of 1066 and this historic corner of the county


eaving the wide expanse of Crowhurst Station via the rear of platform 1, follow Station Road downhill, beyond the multitudes of commuter cars for just over one-third of a mile, until the road comes to an end. Cross the road at the T-junction and enter St George’s Church cemetery opposite. Just beyond the glorious giant Oak on the right, is a tree for the ages on the left – The Crowhurst Yew. The knarled and twisted trunk has a beauty of it’s own and it’s quite bewildering to realise this tree was here at the time of William the Conqueror’s invasion. It’s thought it could be around 1,300 years old, possibly planted by the Saxons. King Harold owned the Manor of Crowhurst, which the Normans destroyed prior to the Battle of Hastings. Fortunately the Norman invaders sourced their firewood elsewhere. Beyond the yew, follow the path around the back of the church to the junction with Forewood Lane. Turn left and wander along the path for 200m, turning left again by the metal gate and fingerpost indicating the 1066 walk. The path follows the right side of the field initially, before rolling downhill across the middle, into the gully beyond, as far as the seven-bar gate. Across the field of Rapeseed is a stile, which is the access point into the

RSPB’s Fore Wood Nature Reserve. Follow the route downhill, passing a small pond on the right. The path rolls up and down through the woodland geography, veering right and uphill when timber stacks hove into sight. The musical overtures of miniature modern day descendents of Pteradactyls inhabit the airwaves like an avian orchestra. Walkers who know their birds may be able to spot the Chaffinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch and Redwing that all live here. A small bench on the right appears a few steps before the gate, and bridge over the Powdermill Stream.

Modern day descendents of Pteradactyls inhabit the airwaves like an avian orchestra

Across the field, turn right at the fingerpost, walking around the side of the metal seven-bar gate. From here it’s uphill and around the left hand bend as far as the T-junction. Turn right and follow the track downhill, under the power lines and back across the Powdermill Stream by the small waterfall that lies upstream. Follow the track as it weaves a way through the scenery, a ribbon cutting it’s way through the landscape. The black oast at Peppering Eye is topped with a white cowl and cockerel themed weather vane. Beyond this it’s no more than one-fifth of a mile to the junction with Telham Lane at the end of the track. Turn left onto Telham Lane and walk 100m along the road to the junction with Powdermill Lane. Cross the road with care, aiming for the fingerpost opposite. Up the bank and over the stile, the footpath hugs the edge of the field. At the top of the field, pass through a pair of small metal gates and then down the loose stone path, which becomes packed earth as it flattens out and then begins to clamber uphill. Beyond another couple of gates, grass replaces the earth and the path heads towards a solitary Horse Chestnut on the horizon. Beyond this is a fingerpost where the walk joins the 1066 footpath from Rye to Pevensey.

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The path is wide and leads to a gate, beyond which is a red brick wall, speckled with ivy. The wall emerges into civilisation and the historic town of Battle. Continue east, across the entrance to the Abbey Gate House (remembering the Crowhurst Yew is older than everything you can see) towards the quadrant arch. The path follows the ancient boundary wall of the Abbey, along the road towards the mini roundabout. It’s thought that the roundabout marks the point where the course of British history changed with the flight of that apocryphal arrow in October 1066. At the mini roundabout turn right and walk downhill for about 400m, before turning left and bimbling downhill for the final furlong to Battle Station, to complete this march through time. l Whilst Les Campbell is recuperating from an accident, Robert Veitch has taken on the role of being Les’ legs. We hope that Les will be back out and walking again soon and wish him all the best with his recovery. Robert has tested the route personally, making sure it is suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email

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Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a part of a wide range of disorders that affect the motor neurone, the nerve cell responsible for initiating movement. Dr Rees explains further


ND occurs most often in an older The cause of MND is not known with any age group (mean onset age 55), certainty. It is thought that similar process incidence about 1.2 :1000, but may underlie cell death in Parkinson’s and variants can occur at all ages, Alzheimer’s diseases. We know that certain even in the new born. It has a progressive toxins and some chemicals produced course resulting in death over 4-6 years on by cancers can cause similar death of average. If the disease starts by affecting neurones so much research is directed swallowing and or breathing muscles, then along those lines.There are major research the duration of the illness is usually shorter. efforts worldwide to understand what Some rare conditions also affecting the motor causes MND and to find an effective neurone have a much more benign course for treatment. example the late Prof Stephen Hawking. About There is no cure for MND and currently, 10% of patients have a family history of only one drug called Riluzole that has MND and in some cases a dementia can been available for some years, has been occur, it is also called amyotrophic lateral shown to have a very modest effect in The MND Association has sclerosis, and there are a number of less slowing the pace of the disease. been exemplary in funding common variants with other names. The most important part of treatment Typically, the illness presents when the practical help for patients to help patients with MND is to be on patient notices unexplained, increasing top of the increasing disability that most locally and nationally weakness of a limb, difficulty walking or patients will have. This means that regular swallowing or that speech has changed contact with the neurologist or more often and become rather nasal. these days, with the specialist MND nurse are essential, so Diagnosis is made based on the history, finding weakness that appropriate, often extensive physical aids can be supplied on examination and noting the presence of muscular that will allow patients maximum help and independence twitching called fasciculation. In those patients who present for as long as possible. These needs will change as symptoms with swallowing or speech problems, this fasciculation may progress, so regular contact via clinic or phone with the be visible in the tongue. Fasciculation means that the tiny MND clinic staff is essential. Regular assessment of breathing muscle fibres have become detached from their nerve supply, ability and also swallowing function will be necessary for in this case because the important powerhouse of the nerve, most patients, assisted breathing at night may be helpful for the neurone itself has died. Diagnosis is usually confirmed some and patients who cannot swallow safely may need a by examining the electrical behaviour of the affected nerves feeding tube inserted into their stomach. and muscles (electromyography), which if positive will show All neurological departments have consultant expertise characteristic abnormalities. A diagnosis of MND has grave in MND and specialist trained nurses to give ongoing help. implications, and so great care is taken to be accurate in The MND Association has been exemplary in funding making that diagnosis. Most neurologist use what are called practical help for patients locally and nationally and also the El Escorial criteria which were agreed internationally important research. l For further information about MND please visit some years ago.

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From investing in state-of-the-art digital X-ray equipment to taking on a new full-time veterinary surgeon, Mid Sussex Vets is upping the ante on its mission to keep the area’s pets in tip-top health. Hanna Prince went along to find out more


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he first thing that strikes you about Mid Sussex Vets is the location. Peacefully positioned on the rural edges of Wivelsfield, within easy striking distance of Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and the surrounding villages, it’s the kind of relaxed setting calculated to put even the most nervous pets at ease. The practice has occupied the same spacious building since it was founded by Marie Arkell (BVetMed MRCVS) in 2009. The reason I’m visiting today, though, is because there are changes afoot. On top of investing in state-of-the-art digital X-ray equipment, offering advanced keyhole spay procedures and starting work on a purpose-built cat ward, Mid

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Sussex Vets has recently taken on a new full-time veterinary surgeon. Alison Bennett (MA VetMB BSc MRCVS) now works alongside Marie to meet an increase in customer demand, driven by the practice’s glowing reputation. “I really like how things work here,” says Alison, as she and Head Nurse Wendy Line (RVN) meet me in the airy waiting room. “The team interact well and we’re given plenty of time in between appointments to work through

We offer a very personalised service here. When you walk in the door, you don’t usually have to say who you are

difficult cases – which I love, because I’m a perfectionist. We also offer facilities and procedures that many other practices don’t.” “Alison is a fantastic addition to the practice,” says Marie Arkell, “we feel very lucky to have her here. We are excited about the expansion of the practice and the new up to date equipment we now have so we can offer a more enhanced service to our clients and their pets.” One procedure that sets Mid Sussex Vets apart is laparoscopic ovariectomy, otherwise known as ‘keyhole spay’. For dog owners concerned about the invasiveness and recovery time of a traditional spay, this is the perfect answer. “We make two small incisions into the abdomen as opposed to a single large one, and remove the ovaries only,” explains Alison. “The uterus remains in place to sling the bladder forward, so there are fewer problems with urine leakage in older bitches. The recovery is extremely fast because the smaller incisions heal more quickly – most bitches are exercising off the lead again within a week.” Keyhole surgery isn’t the only cutting-edge service that the practice offers. New digital X-ray equipment has replaced the conventional X-ray machine. It offers crystal clear images that can be digitally forwarded instantly to avoid postal hold-ups.

The additional benefit is that no dark-room is needed, allowing the transformation of the existing dark room into a brand new cat ward. “We already have a designated ward for cats, but this is set out completely on its own away from the dog ward so that the cats will feel more relaxed,” explains Wendy. She heads up a team of two full-time and three parttime registered veterinary nurses, who also man the reception desk. “Everyone in the building is qualified, so when customers phone the clinic they get through to someone with a qualification rather than a receptionist,” says Wendy. “We offer a very personalised service here. When you walk in the door, you don’t usually have to say who you are – there’s a family atmosphere.” Despite having expanded from its initial team of one veterinary surgeon and two full-time nurses to two fulltime vets, two full-time nurses, three part-time nurses and a part-time vet, Mid Sussex Vets is still small enough to retain the feel of a friendly local practice. The close-knit team pride themselves on strong communication and customers are generally able to see the same vet on every visit. The services and facilities on offer, however rival much larger clinics. “This is a purpose-built facility, which means that we have a large, airy waiting room and everything is on one

level,” explains Alison. “We provide 24/7 care and have relationships with various specialists in different areas. Our state-of-the-art facilities include an ultrasound machine, electrocautery for haemostasis to stop bleeding in surgery and a camera otoscope that we use for ear issues. And of course our new stateof-the-art digital X-ray.” An important objective for Marie is to improve the health of the area’s pets, so Mid Sussex Vets prides itself on its discount scheme. The Pet Care Plan includes all preventative healthcare, including an initial health check appointment and follow-up health checks every six months,

One procedure that sets Mid Sussex Vets apart is laparoscopic ovariectomy, otherwise known as keyhole spay annual vaccinations, a year’s supply of flea control and wormer, and a 10% discount off any medication your pet might need. Another stand-out service the practice offers is puppy socialisation classes. “Customers can take advantage of four weeks of free classes,” says Wendy. “Socialisation in puppies is particularly important during the first four months

of life, but most pups of this age can’t go out until their vaccinations are complete. That’s why we thought it was important to offer the classes here.” The classes are open to any puppy registered with Mid Sussex Vets who has had a health check and their first vaccinations. They include an introduction to the scales, the consulting room and a crate, as well as general socialisation. “It can be challenging taking on a puppy, and it really helps to meet people who are in the same situation,” Wendy explains. “These classes offer support for the first few weeks of ownership.” From the puppy classes to a philosophy of case continuity, Mid Sussex Vets is all about making pets and their owners feel comfortable with a personalised, caring approach. The result is a relaxed feel and plenty of smiley faces, both in the waiting room and behind the scenes. “The place just has a lovely atmosphere to it,” says Wendy as she shows me out – and I can’t help but agree. l Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic Morehouse Farm, Ditchling Road, Wivelsfield, West Sussex RH17 7RE 01444 363636 June 2018 | SUSSEX LIVING 89


It’s a Dog’s Life This month Rolo the Border Terrier embraces alternative healthcare and welcomes in his friend Teddy as a new permanent resident of the home


atters of a medical nature have been to the forefront recently. Having spent the winter struggling with my senior arthritis, I’m on some new medication, but this hasn’t stopped ‘Her Indoors’ dabbling in alternative therapies for me. As turmeric tablets are the ‘must have’ herbal remedy of the moment, I get one crushed in my food. So far, all they’ve done is turn my poos a pleasing shade of yellow, but ‘Her Indoors’ is convinced that as they’re expensive they’ve got to be doing me good. I’ve also got a magnetic collar which works on the same principle as the bracelets some people wear. Now I hate to encourage ‘Her Indoors’ as it’s only a short step to ‘eye of newt and toe of frog’, but I do actually think it’s doing some good. The only downside is that if you get too close to the white goods, you risk being secured, like an overlarge fridge magnet. One of the difficulties for pets is that there’s no National Health System. You can, of course, get pet health insurance, and I’ve had this all my life.

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It’s what has kept me largely healthy. Still, as it is, the premiums go up nicely as I get older, the list of excluded conditions is long, and there’s a maximum spend for any one condition. When ‘Them Indoors’ had the audacity to try and claim a while ago, the insurance only covered about £100 of the bill, and they put my premiums up, so ‘Him Indoors’ was left muttering darkly and staring at an empty wallet. People just don’t realise how lucky they are!

We would like to give a bark of thanks to all the good people at Maidstone Hospital We did have an occasion recently, where the world of people’s medicine overlapped with the canine. Our foster Border Terrier, Teddy, has been staying with us because his owner has been ill in hospital. A few weeks ago, ‘Her Indoors’ received a phone call to say that her condition had deteriorated

and she was asking for Teddy. I wanted to go too, but ‘Her Indoors’, for some inexplicable reason, didn’t think this was a good idea. She’s no sense of adventure. Anyway, there was an emotional reunion between dog and owner, with Teddy lying on the bed and giving her a good licking. Unfortunately, she passed away the following morning, but ‘Her Indoors’ will never forget that visit and we would like to give a bark of thanks to all the good people at Maidstone Hospital for their compassion under exceptional circumstances. Teddy is staying with us for good now, so ‘Her Indoors’ is taking him to our Vet’s for a check-up and to discuss a little operation that is overdue. I keep telling him not to bark at the dog next door, strut along the fence line, spray mark his territory and dig in the garden, but he’s not listening. All I can say is that anytime soon, he’s going to wake up to find a couple of small body parts have gone missing. Still, if he’s anything like me, it won’t slow him down much and he’ll have the consolation of knowing there will be a bill to pay. Healthcare is a marvellous thing! l


Set in the beautiful Balcombe countryside, Cherry Tree Kennels & Cattery offers a truly unique home from home experience for your pet, as Ruth Lawrence found out

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inding someone you can trust to care for your beloved pets when at work or on holiday is one of the biggest worries you can face as an animal’s owner. I recently visited Cherry Tree, a spacious kennels, cattery and pet day care centre in Balcombe to discover a home from home for pets as small as hamsters to the largest, most boisterous dogs.

Owner Jenny Driver and her close knit team clearly adore animals; there is a palpable sense of welcome and love for each of their charges, backed up by the fabulous facilities and personalised care. Set in acres of partly wooded countryside, with large sand play spaces and a four acre fenced free run paddock, there is ample opportunity for dogs to play and enjoy the exercise they love so much. A separate cattery provides secure,

Their living accommodation is spacious and heated with cosy beds, mood lighting and relaxing music cosy, heated individual lodges sited next to the kitchen and adjacent to the duck pond where the cats have scenic interest and their own space to roam in. Dogs have the choice of their own

space to play in or they can join a group to run free, under close supervision. Their living accommodation is spacious and heated with cosy beds and even mood lighting and relaxing music to make them super relaxed. Each dog gets walked every day, on or off the lead according to preference and the team tailor the experience to the dog’s personality and requirements. Guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits can stay at the small mammal centre and receive just as much care and individual attention as the larger pets. People frequently drop off their animals on the way to Gatwick Airport which is just ten minutes away and commuters are minutes from the M23 and Balcombe Station, ideal if their dog needs the fabulous facilities of the Doggie Day Care Centre while they are hard at work. The day crèche opens during weekdays at 7.30am for twelve hours which is great for workers; people taking weekend breaks can leave their dogs from 9am and leave knowing that their dogs are receiving the best care in secure, loving, stimulating surroundings. Prices are very reasonable for such individual attention; starting from just £15 a day for a dog and cats from £9. Cherry Tree offer a free day trial to build a relationship with the dog and ensures that they will be happy and reassured that the owner is returning, which is especially important for dogs that have been re-homed. It’s hardly surprising that with such personal attention, many dogs adore their stay at Cherry Tree; one lady noted how her dog “loved the kennels and would cry on the way back home” while another commented how her dog “was completely happy spending his holidays with the team there.” It’s a wonderful, relaxing, open place that has been keeping animals happy and loved for 25 years; the ideal home from home for your cherished pet. l Cherry Tree Kennels & Cattery Handcross Road, Balcombe West Sussex RH17 6PP

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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



Introduce one young woman with appallingly low self-esteem to an attractive but understandably suicidal quadriplegic, and you have a ticket to a thoroughly engrossing rollercoaster of a ride. Never sentimental, but full of keen insights and some convincing characterisation it doesn’t shy away from the big questions. Louisa finds employment as a carer for Will, who lost everything but the limited use of one arm in a motorcycle accident. Until his accident, educated and athletic

There was a very good television production of this, but the prizewinning book is deeper. It’s a long read, but never boring. Grace is a celebrated murderess although she says she remembers nothing of the crime. It’s based on a true story, set in Canada in 1840, and we know that the real Grace spent the best part of thirty years in asylums and prisons. Her associate, James McDermott, was hanged. Dr Jordan is a psychiatrist hoping to open an asylum of his own and solving the

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Never sentimental, but full of keen insights and some convincing characrerisation Will led a very full life. The picture of someone who took his advantages very much for granted to a person unable to come to terms with his limitations rings very true, although I did feel that the author skirted round some of the difficult aspects of disability. These are conveniently dealt with by Will’s other carer, Nathan, who does the heavy lifting and the medication. From inauspicious beginnings, Louisa and Will’s relationship evolves over a period of six months. I really had no idea at all how the book was going to end, and I’m not going to give it away here! 92 SUSSEX LIVING | June 2018

by Margaret Atwood

You are never sure whether Grace is genuinely disturbed or a consumate liar mystery of Grace’s amnesia would be excellent publicity. Jordan suspects a dual personality which he hopes to reveal through psychoanalysis. You are never sure whether Grace is genuinely disturbed or a consummate liar. Atwood seems able to write in any voice she chooses, and Grace’s rather odd prudishness and her speech patterns sound thoroughly authentic. None of the characters are straightforward, and Grace’s impoverished background and her journey to the New World from Ireland is movingly related by her, without a trace of self-pity.


by Nicola O’Byrne

We’ve reached a time when rather than television using books as jumping-off points, books are using television. The Bake-off programmes have caught the imagination of young and old alike, and this time it’s aimed at pre-school children. The plot follows the progress of Flamie Oliver, a dragon-in-training who is approaching his finals. He much prefers baking to practising his dastardly dragon skills, and his classmates are much better at being terrifying than he

The kidnap is no problem, but finding a sauce to accompany a princess is far trickier is. Heston Blowitall, Scaly Berry and Paul Firewood perform death-defying deeds, but Flamie has spent so much time practising pastry and creating cakes that he is underprepared for his exams. When Flamie fails the lot, he is given one final task – to kidnap a princess and eat her. The kidnap is no problem, but finding a sauce to accompany a princess is far trickier. She is no fool, however, and comes up with a solution to Flamie’s problem which involves lots of baking and masses of colourful illustrations. This is a delightful picture book for the under fives. l




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Alfresco Dining Picnic season is upon us – take a break from the usual soggy egg sandwiches with this delicious finger pickin’ chicken and Spanish Tortilla from Gillian Reay-Young. Make ahead of time for ease on the day, then all you have to do is remember the bottle opener! SPANISH TORTILLA Ingredients 6 eggs 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 small red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped 50g Chorizo sausage, finely chopped (you can use bacon pieces, if preferred) 2 small mushrooms, thinly sliced 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley 3 tbsp olive oil 1 Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a non-stick frying pan (I use a 10” base) 2 Add the potatoes and cook for 8-10 minutes until evenly golden brown. 3 Add the rest of the

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3 Dip the chicken pieces first in the egg mixture and then roll in the matzo mixture to coat evenly. 4 Heat the oil in a deep frying pan or wok until sizzling. 5 Put the coated chicken pieces into the sizzling hot oil and make sure they are cooked well on both sides to a crisp and golden colour. It only takes 3-4 minutes on each side, depending on size of chicken pieces. 6 Remove from pan and put onto some kitchen roll, shaking off any residue oil. 7 Leave to cool and keep in the fridge until needed. We always have ours with a sweet chilli dipping sauce, which really brings out the flavours. Or for a taste of the Orient substitute the rosemary for Chinese five spice and pair with a hoisin or soy dipping sauce.

vegetables and the Chorizo, and cook for a further 6-8 minutes, stirring from time to time. 4 Beat the eggs and season to taste. Sprinkle the fresh parsley into the mixture and stir. 5 Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables and Chorizo and, with a palette knife, let the mixture ooze into the gaps. Draw the palette knife around the edges of the pan to bring the egg mixture equally into the cooked vegetables; this takes about 3 minutes on a medium heat. 6 Now turn and slide the tortilla on to a large plate. Put the remaining tablespoon of oil into the pan to cook the other side of the tortilla, for a further 3 minutes approximately. 7 Let the tortilla cool and then cover and put in the fridge until needed.

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Friday 01 – Sunday 03 June, 09:00-17:00 (Sunday 10:00-16:00)

Cuckfield RH17 5EL See Local Living.

Worthing Town Centre, Montague Street & Montague Place, Worthing BN11 3BG Artists, designers and craftspeople from near and far. Unusual products including jewellery, artwork, ceramics, accessories, woodwork, glassware, food and drink. www.woodlandcrafts. 01243 641306.

The Worthing Craft Supplies Market

Friday 01 – Sunday 03 June, 09:30-17:30

Saturday 02 June, 10:00-15:00

WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB Continuation from 26-31 May. See what’s hatching out this spring with our friendly guides and roaming wardens. Pond dipping and daily crafts too! Centre Admission prices from: Adults £11.81, Concess. £10, Child £6.31, Under 4’s free.

Community Centre Car Park, or Foresters Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Locally produced fine food and crafts market. Contact: Mrs Sue Young (Market Manager) sue.young@ 01342 778062

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 June, 10:00-16:00

Monday 04 June, 10:30-13:00

Friday 01 June, 13:00

Bovis Homes Sales Office, Bramble Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9LP Launching our new sales office, and the opportunity to look around our inspirational 4 and 5 bedroom show homes. Contact: 01273 61008 Hurstpierpoint.Sales@bovishomes., The Sales Office is open Thursday to Monday 10:00-17:00. Show Home viewings by appointment only.

Worthing Art, Craft & Design Market

New Life Half Term

Lunch Time Concerts in Holy Trinity Church Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ Meridian Voices. Concerts are held on the first Friday of each month. Tea, coffee and squash available from 12:30 and there is no charge. Friday 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 June, 18:30-21:30

Forest Row Village Club - Happy Hour

Saturday 02 June, 09:00-12:00

St Symphorian’s Church, Durrington Hill, Worthing BN13 2PU A one-stop market for an eclectic mix of craft supplies – from items which are used every day and those which are tricky to find in high street shops. Free entry.

Forest Row Market

New Sales Centre Opening

Saturday 02 June

Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW Happy Hour every Friday, with beer from £2.50. Contact: 01342 822856

Mid Sussex Association National Trust

Friday 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 June, 19:00-20:00

Saturday 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 June, 12:00-16:00

K2 Leisure Centre, Combat Room, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley RH11 9BG Adults only Self Defense classes based on Yoshinkan Akido. Warm and friendly Club, suitable for all genders who would look to protect themselves against aggressors of all sizes. First lesson free, £37.50 monthly. Contact: George 07882 186130 or Stan 07581 511801, CrawleyAkidoClub

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.

Aikido (Self Defence)

Friday 01, 08, 10, 15, 22 & 29, 19:45-21:45

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month – Nag & Natter, BHTD Open Evening (7.00-9.00 visitors), Fox Hunt (7.30 Car Park Start), Club Birthday Evening in Jack & Jill Windmills Car Park, On Air Night. All in Hall unless stated. Contact: Stella Rogers, 07803 086838,, Friday 01 - Saturday 30 June

Reasons to be Cheerful Cuckfield Museum, Queens Hall, High Street,

Lindfield Common West Sussex Lindfield Village Day. Contact: Gail Burrell 01444 482055.

Sussex Crafts – Knit & Natter

Saturday 02 & Sunday 03 June, 10:30-17:00

The Floral Fringe Fair

Knepp Castle, Shipley, Nr Horsham RH13 8LJ Quirky and eclectic fair with vintage style and classic cars, plants, food, music, artists and makers. Dog friendly. £7.50 Adults. £2 children under 13. Under 4’s free. Jean Jackman 07939 272443. Saturday 02 & Sunday 03 June, 10:30-17:00

Living History Festival

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton PO18 OEU 01243 811363. Saturday 02 June, 20:00-23:00

Bob Kenward, Lewes Saturday Folk Club Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ Songs with guitar about Kent’s history and landscape. Also traditional songs

and tunes to join in. Entry £6. Contact: Valmai Goodyear 01273 476757.

Worthing BN11 1HD See Local Living.

Sunday 03 June, 09:00-17:00

Tuesday 05 June, 20:00-22:00

Clay Oven Building

Forest Garden Shovelstrode, Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurstwood RH19 3PH Learn how to build a clay oven for your garden. £85. Contact: Lisa Aitken, 07956 815458. Monday 04, 11, 18 & 25 June, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

Coffee, Cake and the Collection at East Grinstead Museum East Grinstead Museum, Old Market Yard, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BJ An opportunity to handle artefacts and share memories over a cup of tea and cake at the Museum. info@eastgrinsteadmuseum Monday 04, 11, 18 & 25 June, 19:15-22:00

The Harmony Corporation Rehearsals

The King’s Centre, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR Mid Sussex’s new ladies a cappella chorus. All women aged over 16 welcome to join any Monday evening. Monthly standing order membership fee is £15 once you join. uk, Tuesday 05 June, 10:15-11:45

NHS Retirement Fellowship (Mid Sussex Branch) Meeting Franklands Village Hall, Franklands Village, Haywards Heath RH16 3RS Monthly Branch Meeting with visiting speaker Rachel Chitty (Subject - The History of St Dunstans). New members are always very welcome. Contact: David Goodger goodger_david@, 01444 483480. Tuesday 05, 12, 19 & 26 June, 10:30-13:00

IT Drop-in Sessions

Morley’s Bistro, 42 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RG Computer or gadget problems? Why not come to one of our informal ‘dropin’ sessions being held at Morley’s Bistro. £5 for one 15 minute session. For more information please see our website or our facebook page @theitgirlltd Emma 07938 838861. Tuesday 05 June, 19:30-21:00

Worthing Antique, Arts & Collectors Club Worthing Lecture Theatre, Richmond Road,

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 biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741. Tuesday 05 June, 20:00–23:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+ A pub in Lewes A round of golf? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Casino? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Lewes on the first Tuesday evening of every month. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

‘Gages’ Home Delivery Service – Forest Row Parish Council Delivered to the Forest Row and Ashurst Wood Area This service allows residents that are unable to visit us for lunch to have a home-cooked meal delivered. Soup £2, Main Meal £4.50, Dessert £2. The cost to deliver a meal is 50p per day. Contact: Sara Smart Wednesday 06 June, 10:00–12:00

Burgess Hill U3A Coffee Morning with visiting speaker, Melanie Gibson-Barton Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Monthly Coffee Morning with guest speaker Melanie Gibson-Barton talking about the history of Teddies and other Bears. New members welcome. £1.50 including raffle ticket. Elizabeth Taylor, 01444 235837. Wednesday 06 June, 14.15

Hurstpierpoint W.I Centenary Girl Guide HQ, Trinity Rd, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks BN6 9UY See Local Living. Wednesday 06 June, 19:30 for 19:45

Lewes and District Garden Society Meeting St Thomas’s Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AH This meeting features Val Bourne’s talk Gardening with the Best Beloved. How I made my Garden from Scratch. Val writes for the Daily Telegraph, and Saga Magazine, and has written many books including The Living Jigsaw: the secret life in your garden. Entry £3. Visitors welcome. Wednesday 06 June, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society - Open Meeting Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Illustrated talk: From Cuttings to June 2018 | SUSSEX LIVING 97

DIARY DATES Garden Centre – How Plants are Grown for your Garden. Speaker: Graham Spencer. Admission: Members free, Visitors: £1. All welcome!, 01444 245509.

Re-Take That are quite simply the biggest and most authentic ‘Take That’ tribute show on the planet. Booking: www.places for or 01444 242888.

Thursday 07 – Saturday 09 June

Saturday 09 June, 10:00

South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly RH17 6TL Aga will be displaying 3 Agas, one will be live and sharing a stand with Hoad and Taylor on B12 Turners Hill -come and see us. Contact: Pauline Hadfield, 01403 254955

Henfield Hall, Henfield BN5 9DB Come along and see all the plants we have for sale… there is bound to be something for your window box or garden! Donations towards the Charity chosen by Henfield Garden & Arts Weekend.

The South of England Show

Thursday 07 June, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers Sussex Diamond Way Stage 5

Henfield Garden Club - Gardens & Arts Weekend, Plant Swap/Sale

Saturday 09 & Sunday 20 June, 10:00-17:00 (Last entry 15:30)

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre – Mid Summer Steam Show

Whitemans Green Car Park RH17 5HX TQ300256. Whitemans Green to Dane Hill. Please ring Paul Jenkins to express your interest and ensure we have the right number of cars for those taking part. 9mi/14.5km Moderate. Contact: Paul J 07711 772853 on the day or 01444 441530.

New Barn Road, Amberley BN18 9LT We are pleased to see the return of this event, showcasing full size steam engines on display around the Museum. An opportunity to see some nostalgic engines in steam. 01798 831370

Thursday 07 June, 19:30

Scaynes Hill Village Open Gardens

Ditchling Film Society

Saturday 09 June, 13.30-17:30

At this lovely fete we will have Pimms, live music, maypole dancing, puppet show, cream teas and a bottle tombola, so lots of fun for all the family! For more information please contact Ngaire Digby on Saturday 09 June, 14:30

Hassocks Horticultural Society Summer Flower Show Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Come along to see members’ exhibits of flowers, floral art, vegetables and fruit, cookery, photography, and a children’s open class, being ‘A Potato Animal’. In addition, there will be plants for sale, a raffle and refreshments available. All welcome. Admission 50p. Derek Swaine 01273 842516 Saturday 09 June to Sunday 10 June, 20:00

St Catherine’s Hospice Midnight Walk

Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Wickhurst Lane, Broadbridge Heath RH12 3YS Make your steps count whilst raising money for your local Hospice. Walk 7, 13 or 20 miles. £15 entry. Includes free t-shirt, medal and finishers breakfast. Hannah Cooke 01293 447355. Sign up online

Ditchling Village Hall, 18 Lewes Rd, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8TT See Local Living.

Scaynes Hill Church, Church Road RH17 7NY See Local Living.

Thursday 07 June, 20:00

Poynings Country Fete

RSPCA South Godstone Car Boot Sale

The Rectory Garden, The Street, Poynings BN45 7AQ

RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone,

Re-Take That

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN

Saturday 09 June, 14:00-16:30

Sunday 10 June 10:00– 14:00

Surrey RH9 8JB Free parking + disabled parking. Set up from 9am, opens 10am. Light refreshments. Dogs welcome on lead. No food sellers/traders. Buyers: admission by donation. Sellers: All vehicles £10.00, trailers +£3.00. Contact: Darren Parrish 0300 123 0741 Sunday 10 June, 11:00-17:00

Fletching Garden Trail Fletching Village, East Sussex See Local Living. Sunday 10 June, 13:00-17:00

Turners Hill Open Gardens A number of Village Gardens large and small £5 per person. Refreshments, homemade cakes, plants and produce for sale. In aid of Village Environmental Project and St Catherine’s Hospice. 01342 714858. Monday 11 June, 10:00 Coffee & 10:30 Talk

The Arts Society Steyning

The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning BN44 3XZ Deborah Lambert will give an illustrated talk on Artists and Espionage: The Lawn Road Flats NW3. Annual membership £38.00. Visitors £5.00 donation. Charity No 1147800. Monday 11 June, 13:30

The Arts Society (Henfield) – 250 Years of the Royal Academy The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way,

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Open Air Opera La Bohème Fri 27 July The Marriage of Figaro Sat 28 July Two evenings of summer opera performed by Opera Brava against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan House. Early booking discounts*. *Booking essential:

Operatic High Tea Sun 1 July An elegant High Tea, glass of fizz and operatic highlights*. Bordehillgarden

RH16 1XP Tel: 01444 450326

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DIARY DATES Henfield BN5 6DB Speaker, Rosalind Whyte will guide us through the remarkable collection at the Royal Academy. Guests welcome £5. Contact: Stephen Wyman 01273 494633. Monday 11 June, 20:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+ A pub in Burgess Hill A round of golf? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Casino? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Burgess Hill on the second Monday evening of every month. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call. Wednesday 13 June, 13:00-14:00

Tiger Arts Free Lunchtime Concert – The Perdido Singers

Biddulph Grange by Russell Bowes. Contact: Gail Burrell 01444 482055. Friday 15 June, 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 June, 11:00-15:00

Wonderful World of Disney – St Peter & St Paul, Church Fete St Peter & St Paul Church, Old Town, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6AH An old fashioned Village Fete. Games, raffles, silent auction, plant stall, children’s entertainment. BBQ, Pimms/ beer tent. Tea/cake. Ploughman’s lunch. Contact: Johnny 01342 833416. Saturday 16 June, 11:00-16:00

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX International organist/keyboard player Ryan Edwards. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269.

Observer Field, Cuckfield The Cold War underground bunker built in 1961 and in use until 1991 has been restored. £5 entry fee. Contact: cuckfieldnuclearbunker or ring Ed Combes 07970 832667.

Saturday 16 June, 10:00-12:30

Saturday 16 June, 13:00-17:00

High Hurstwood Village Fete

Sunday 17 June, 15:00-18:00

The Foyer, Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Please come to our Coffee Morning in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. All enquiries to Judy Redd 01444 248595.

High Hurstwood Village Hall, Chillies Lane, High Hurstwood TN22 4AD A day out for the whole family with a variety of stalls, activities and refreshments. Facebook page High Hurstwood Events. Free entry.

RNLI Garden Tea Party 50 Hurst Road, Hassocks BN6 9NL Ticket price includes a scone with jam and cream, served with tea or coffee. Tickets £5 per person. Contact: Philip Eastell 07749 278992. Tuesday 19 June, 09:30-14:00

Music for Everyone

Wednesday 13 June, 19:00

Repair Café Forest Row

Saturday 16 June, 14:00

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

Hassocks Infant School Summer Fair Chancellors Park, Hassocks BN6 8EY Please come and support the school. We will have many stalls, entertainment, face painting, Pimms and beer and maypole dancing. Donation upon entry. Contact: Vanessa Burnham

Saturday 16 June, 10:00-14:00

Saturday 16 June, 14:00-16:00

Wednesday 13 June, 19:45 for 20:00-22:00

Hassocks Horticultural Society – Tools of the Trade Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Our June presentation is a talk by Garden Historian, Russell Bowes. Come along for an interesting evening. Visitors very welcome. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included. Contact: Derek Swaine 01273 842516. Wednesday 13 June, 20:00-22:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society – Soiree Amicale for Members Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN The Society will then take a summer break until the start of the 2018-2019 season at Retrouvailles in September. Contact: Barbara Stevens 01444 452385. Thursday 14 June, 10:00-16:00

Sketchbook Club Day

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Take away the fear of a blank page using copying and tracing techniques and build your artistic skills, perfect for beginners and improvers. Lots more info on our website. £65. 07967 819540. Thursday 14 June, 14:30

Mid Sussex Association National Trust Clair Hall, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Talk: Portrait of a Victorian Garden – James Bateman and the story of

St Symphorin’s, Durrington Hill, Worthing BN13 2PU An evening of songs from the musicals. £5 per person. Contact: Jane Winter 01903 268109,

Cuckfield Royal Observer Post Nuclear Bunker Open Day

Coffee Morning

Memorial Common Car Park by A272 BN8 4EY TQ389210 Chailey Common. 3mi/4.8km. Contact: William 01444 831098 or 07801 711401 on the day.

Saturday 16 June, 19:30-22:00

Musical Theatre Extravaganza

Friday 15 June, 19:15-21:45

Lindfield United Reformed Church, 52 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HL Light lunches and music and singing concert. Everyone welcome. Free entry, but donations towards lunch and concert costs would be appreciated. Contact: allsaints@ lindfieldnfo/tigerarts 01444 483294.

Mid Sussex Ramblers Evening Walk Chailey Common

door. Under 18’s pay £1. Carousel Music 01444 417654, or email

Saturday 16 June, 10:00-13:00

Balcombe Village Craft & Produce Market Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP This month we will be supporting Tiggers Pre School Nursery, who will be making and selling the refreshments. At the market you will find pretty handmade children’s dresses, ballet tutus, bags, purses, Neals Yard products, jewellery, and much more. You will certainly be inspired! 01444 811462. Saturday 16 - Sunday 17, 10:30-17:00

Home Front Weekend

Michelham Priory House & Gardens, Upper Dicker, Near Hailsham BN27 3QS A tribute to the war years with food, vehicles, artefacts, music and dancing. Standard entrance fee. Contact: 01323 844224, Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 June, 10:30-17:00

Contemporary Craft Show at Parham House and Gardens

Parham House and Gardens, Pulborough RH20 4HS A variety of spectacular and beautifully made crafts exhibited in a large marquee in the gardens. Adults £9, Concessions £8, Children (5-15 years) £5, Family Ticket £26, admission to House £2 extra per adult. Free parking. The Sussex Guild 01273 479565 (between 10am - 5pm)

Sew Time with East Grinstead Embroiderers East Grinstead Library, 32-40 West Street., East Grinstead RH19 4SR An informal drop-in group for everyone, whether beginner or experienced. A time to learn new skills and share ideas. Donations towards costs only. Contact: Laura Muir 07932 736710, Saturday 16 June, Gates 14:30, Performance 16:00-18:00

Summer Celebration in Cuckfield Park Cuckfield Park, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath RH17 5AB A Summer Celebration with Romeo & Juliet performed by the HandleBards in the gardens of Cuckfield Park. Bring your picnics, rugs or chairs. Cash bar, Free parking, wet weather arrangements. £15 in advance (U16s £5), available from PepperBox Cuckfield, Carousel - Haywards Heath The Friends of Holy Trinity Church Cuckfield. or 01444 454298. Saturday 16 June, 19:30-21:30

A Viennese Evening with the Mid-Sussex Sinfonia Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN To include: Gypsy Baron overture, Radetsky March, Blue Danube, with soloists Sidonie Winter/Andrew Sinclair singing arias from Merry Widow. Tickets £12 in advance or £14 on the

Saturday 16 June, 20:00-23:00

Fourgone Confusion, Lewes Saturday Folk Club Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ Witty and lovely songs with vocal harmony, guitars, bouzouki, flute. Also traditional songs and tunes to join in. Entry £6. Contact: Valmai Goodyear 01273 476757.

Leather Clutch Bag

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY A chance to make your own gorgeous leather clutch bag complete with tassels whilst learning all about working with leather. £50. 07967 819540. Tuesday 19 June, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9UY Quiz and games evening. Contact: Jane Biggs 01273 834421. Wednesday 20 June, 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 01273 236437. Friday 22 June, 18:30–23:00

Barn Dance at Michelham Priory Michelham Priory House & Gardens, Upper Dicker, Near Hailsham BN27 3QS A fabulous evening of barn dancing with the Brighton Ceilidh Collective and hog roast in the stunning Elizabethan Great Barn. £30 adult, £15 child. Contact: 01323 844224 Saturday 23 June, 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 June 2018 | SUSSEX LIVING 99

DIARY DATES singing, weather depending, plus Hassocks Football Club. Contact: Amanda Felix 01273 842701 or via Facebook ‘Hassocks Village Market’.

with Local Group Cotillion

Thursday 28 June, 10:00-16:00

Adults £3, Children 5 – 16 years £1.00, under 5’s go free. Pirate Treasure Hunt £3.00 per child. Free Parking. All proceeds directly support the animal centre. Contact: Darren Parrish. 0300 123 0741

Teacher & TA Recruitment Day!

Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG Discover what life was like during the Second World War. Visit the tea dance tent to find out. Further info: or 01732 865224.

St John the Evangelist Church, Church Lane, Newtimber BN6 9BT A wonderful dialogue in song, verse and sayings, recalling the folk and times of Sussex past. Tickets in advance ÂŁ10 adults, ÂŁ4 for under 18s. Includes interval refreshments. Lucy Dalrymple - 01273 831877 Gill Keith 01273 835013

Saturday 30 June

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society – Flower and Produce Show

Satrday 23 – Sunday 24 June

Saturday 23 June, 20:00-23:00

Clive Miller Butchers, 2 Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RU ÂŁ10 Tray Days are on the last Saturday of every month. 20 different varieties of meats to choose from. Contact: Clive Miller 01273 832256.

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX A traditional horticultural show, full of scents and colours to delight your senses! Also, refreshments, tombola, plant and produce stalls. Admission: 50p. 01444 257806.

Saturday 30 June 10:30–4:30 & Sunday 01 July

Saturday 30 June, 19:30

Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 June

Hever’s Home Front

Peacehaven Open Gardens

12 open gardens. For information go to the website or Information Office, Merdian Centre, Peacehaven. Refreshment, art, mosaics, cards and plant sales. ÂŁ4 per person to visit the 12 gardens. All proceeds to St Wilfreds Hospice, Eastbourne. Contact: Alison Standing 01273 589502 Saturday 23 June, 10:00-12:00

Paws & Claws Summer Fair Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Summer Fair with homemade cakes, clothes, books, toys, jewellery, plants, cards, gifts, tombola and raffle. 20p entry. Rosemary Harding 01273 846946 Saturday 23 June, 10:00-12:00

Traidcraft Stall, Coffee Morning and Godly Play Hassocks United Reformed Church, 23, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Buy fairly traded groceries and chocolate. Sample fair trade coffee or tea. Children’s activities. Contact: Julia Scotland 01444 871812 07522 866237 Saturday 23 June, 12:00–15:00

Summer Fair

St. Barnabas Pastoral Centre, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Variety of stalls, books, home produce, good as new, lunches, plants, raffle, refreshments, tombolas, toys etc. Free entry. All welcome. Parish Office 0300 111 8150,, Saturday 23 June, 12:00-16:00

Downlands Summer Fayre Downlands Community School, Dale Avenue, Hassocks BN6 8LP Summer fair with lots of stalls and fun things to do as well as a showcase of the work of the wonderfully talented students in GCSE Art. Entry: By donation. Contact: Nicki Burston 01273 845892 Saturday 23 June, 19:30

Sussex Chorus – Rossini Petite Messee Solennelle Hurstpierpoint College Chapel, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9JS Tickets £15 (includes interval drink). £5 for students and under 16s from Sussex Chorus 01444 412579, Carousel Music 01444 417654, Burgess Hill Help Point 01444 247726 Saturday 23 June, 19:30-21:30

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The Old Firm, Lewes Saturday Folk Club

Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ Music Hall songs and monologues with guitar and concertinas. Also traditional songs and tunes to join in. Entry ÂŁ7. Contact: Valmai Goodyear 01273 476757. Sunday 24 June, 19:30

Wivelsfield Films – Finding Your Feet Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG A star-studded cast in a heartwarming comedy proving that it’s never too late to start again and start finding your feet. (12A) (Comedy, Romance). Tickets £6 in advance from the Post Office and Village Stores or The Cock Inn, or online via the Facebook page. Tuesday 26 June – Sunday 01 July

Hever In Bloom

Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG Experience the quintessential English Rose Garden at the height of its summer beauty with guided tours of the award-wining gardens and a floristry workshop with Hever’s florist. Further info: or H Castle 01732 865224 Wednesday 27 June, 19:30

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co – Oberon’s Cure The Village Green Dichling A romantic and deeply poetic story. Tickets £16 + concessions. 01323 501260, The Village Post Office and online. Bring low backed chairs, warm clothing and a picnic for 6pm. Wednesday 27 June, 20:00

Stained Glass Windows, an Illuminating View Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ A history of stained glass and the work of C E Kempe, whose beautiful windows are a feature of Cuckfield Church. ÂŁ5 or ÂŁ3 for members. To book a place, please phone David Jamieson 01444 440395 or email Wednesday 27 June, 20:00-22:00

Sussex Bonsai Group – Group Meeting

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH This meeting is for Bonsai enthusiasts – beginners and experienced. We will be holding a Workshop. Please bring a tree to work on and for advice. Free for first visit. Tea and coffee will be available. Contact: Ray Brunsden 07342 650713.

The Mallings Business Centre, 112 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RG (And every last Thursday of each month) To register with Class Cover for daily, short or long-term supply cover work, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you! 01273 957908 or

Saturday 30 June, 13:30-15:45

ÂŁ10 Tray Day

Pyecombe Village Festival Weekend

Summer Band Concert Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN See Local Living.

Pyecombe, nr Brighton BN45 7FR Stunning flower displays in the church, Lewes, Glynde and Beddinham Brass Band; Ploughman’s lunches; All day bar. Scarecrow competition. Contact: Tim Cullen 07870 360551

Saturday 30 June, 14:15

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society Summer Show Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Summer flowers and vegetables, cookery, photography and children’s exhibits. Exhibiting is free and open to all, simply pick up a schedule from Gibsons in the High Street. Homemade cake and tea all afternoon. Raffle and auction at end of show. £1 entry. Contact: Kathy Green

Saturday 30 June, 11:00-16:00

RSPCA South Godstone Family Fun Day RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone, Surrey RH9 8JB Entertainment, Essex Dog Display Team, Fun Dog Show, Tours of Centre, Raffle, Kid’s Pirate Treasure Hunt.

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