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Davina McCall

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Summer Camping

Davina McCall

Camp it, glamp it, van it!

The Secret to a Long Life

We speak to four Sussex centenarians

Free Hickstead Tickets Visit Forest Row

A vibrant and charming village

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The Jonathan Lea Network A new and innovative law firm

Worlds End Duck Fair

Family friendly fair returns to Burgess Hill

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Editor’s Comment I always love June - the garden is blooming, it’s pretty safe to wear shorts and not worry about getting blue legs, and it’s my birthday! Another reason to love June? Your latest issue of Sussex Living, full of inspiring and informative stories to keep you entertained. See you next month, another year older... and wiser. Pah!

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Davina McCall is heading back to East Sussex this month for her annual charity bike ride. She spoke to Peter Denton about her support for Horsham-based children’s charity Action Medical Research and why she feels focussing on fitness is such a priority

As a mum myself it’s a cause very dear to my heart and I’m so proud to help raise lots of money for vital research


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avina has long been a supporter of charity. You’ll probably know her work with Sport Relief; the fighting spirit she showed during ‘Davina – Beyond the Breaking Point’ in 2014 still resonates with many as the then 46-year-old spent a week running, swimming and cycling across the UK. Perhaps less well-known is her longrunning support for children’s charity Action Medical Research which is based in Horsham, West Sussex. The UK-wide organisation raises funds for medical research into a wide variety of illnesses and conditions that affect babies and children. Founded in 1952, it has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs, starting with the development of the first polio vaccines in the UK, later helping to develop the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine. More recently, Action launched its ‘BORN TOO SOON’ campaign which shines a spotlight on premature birth; the devastation caused by premature birth and the complications that can follow and for which Davina is a proud ambassador. Established in London, the charity moved its headquarters from Vincent Square to West Sussex in 1972 and has held a number of local events over the

Big Sussex Bike Ride has been running for nine years and has so far raised around £320,000

years including the ‘Trek The Night: South Downs Way’ fundraiser which saw supporters hiking their way from Devil’s Dyke to Beachy Head. “Action is an absolutely amazing charity,” confides the TV star. “I’ve been supporting them ever since my dear Pippy introduced me to them when I was just a little girl.” Jean ‘Pippy’ McCall - who sadly passed away in June 2018 aged 98 – was a chairwoman of a local committee for Action Medical Research in the 1960s. Davina would have been nine years old when she was brought along to her first fundraising event for the charity. Knowing her granddaughter’s fame would help raise the charity’s profile, Davina was brought back into the fold by Pippy again in 2001. “As a mum myself it’s a cause very dear to my heart and I’m so proud to host two annual events here in the south which help raise lots of money for vital research.” ‘Dine with Davina’ is a ladies’ lunch which has been held in Southampton since 2007. Hundreds of guests are given the opportunity to meet Davina before she regales them with anecdotes from the past year. With live music and an auction hosted by Bargain Hunt’s John Cameron, there’s plenty of fun to be had. This year’s event is being

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held at St Mary’s stadium on Friday 7 November. Closer to home, ‘Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride’ returns every June (this year’s event is on Sunday 16th). The fundraiser has been running for nine years and has so far raised around £320,000. There are three circular routes to choose from which all start and finish near Uckfield in East Sussex. They take in a number of picturesque towns and villages including Golden

It’s a chance to get out in the beautiful Sussex countryside, do something active and help raise money for Action Cross, Horam, Battle and Laughton. Davina says there’s always a really fun atmosphere: “It’s a very inclusive bike ride with people of all ages and abilities taking part. If you’re new to

cycling, there’s the 21 mile route. Then there’s either the 40 or 68 mile ones to choose from. “I just love the fact that it’s a fun fundraiser for all the family. It’s a chance to get out in the beautiful Sussex countryside, do something active and help raise money for Action.” Davina is no stranger to fitness of course, having presented a number of hugely successful workout DVDs over the last couple of decades. Since having her three children (Holly, Tilly and Chester) it’s an area of her life which she enjoys focusing on. Later this year she hopes to complete her qualifications to become a personal trainer. “For me it’s so much more about my own personal health rather than a vanity project. I’m at the stage of my life where I’m thinking about things like heart disease, cholesterol, blood pressure… I enjoy keeping active but I enjoy the benefits more and that’s why it’s fab to host an event like the Big Sussex Bike Ride for Action.” l

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ORDER The Jonathan Lea Network is a new and innovative law firm that specialises in advising businesses, from technology start-ups to mature private companies and publicly listed corporations. Ruth Lawrence meets the man behind the firm


met Jonathan at his premises in Haywards Heath. Last year alone the firm tripled its turnover and the team has grown accordingly. The firm believes it is well placed to now increase this rate of development even further. A significant driver of Jonathan’s success has been his use of social media, however Jonathan sees the firm’s website as the main platform for further growth. By publishing useful legal content on its blog, The Jonathan Lea Network website now attracts over 250,000 unique visitors per year. This traffic results in a constant stream of highly qualified leads and has enabled the firm to grow a national and international client base. Jonathan plans to not only build the retained team in Haywards Heath, but also to develop a significant network of self-employed solicitors with different specialisms who can take advantage of modern technologies to work remotely as contractors of the firm. Already, his

firm regularly works with a Montreal based UK qualified intellectual property lawyer. Jonathan also intends to further exploit the success of the website by shortly adding e-commerce functionality whereby visitors will be able to pay to download certain legal templates and guidelines.

Jonathan is utterly committed to the firm’s clients and growing a sizeable market leading business in Sussex The firm focuses on advising many start-ups. Within this niche, they have earned a reputation as experts on the UK government SEIS and EIS tax relief schemes which are aimed at encouraging wealthy individuals to invest in young businesses. This year alone the firm has so far acted for almost 30 companies in successfully applying for HMRC advance assurance whereby the government confirms that a company meets the SEIS and EIS qualifying criteria. Aside from their start-up work, other examples of the firm’s recent deals include advising a local entrepreneur on the purchase of a Mid Sussex golf

club, the sellers of a 70 year old Sloane Square based property investment company that sold for several million, the French founders of a London burger business on an investment by a Saudi family office and the board of a publicly listed software company on its various commercial contracts. Jonathan himself grew up in Sussex and after graduating from Bristol University he trained with the pre-eminent international City firm Clyde & Co. He worked as a corporate solicitor for five years in London before joining a regional firm in Cornwall. Now that he is back and settled in Sussex, Jonathan’s ambition is to create a highly trusted, enduring legal brand. Jonathan is utterly committed to the firm’s clients and his far-reaching vision of developing his team further and growing a sizeable market leading business in Sussex. l The Jonathan Lea Network Basepoint Business Centre, John de Mierre House, Bridge Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1UA 01444 708640 June 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 13

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New Life After a 10 year hiatus the Worlds End Duck Fair is returning on Saturday 13th July, brought back to life by Karen Williams. Ruth Lawrence went to meet her


aren Williams was born and raised in Worlds End in Burgess Hill. Her childhood memories of the Duck Fair, which was instigated as a fundraising event by 5th Burgess Hill Scouts in 1968 are of it being “lots of fun” and “getting dressed in fancy dress,” every girl’s dream! Now, marking its 51st anniversary, Karen is bringing the Duck Fair back, ten years after its last incarnation, with the help of 7th Burgess Hill Scouts. She was inspired by telling her eight-year-old granddaughter about the good times she enjoyed all those decades ago. Karen is passionate about bringing the community together and this is her primary reason for organising the Fair which will be held on the 13th July from 11-5pm on Worlds End Recreation Ground. All profits from the day will go to St Peter & St James Hospice and any local charity can have a free stall for the day. The Mid Sussex Marching Band will start off the day followed by demonstrations of gymnastics and judo; there will be live music, a dog show, including the ‘cutest dog’ and ‘dog most like their owner’ categories and the Burgess Hill Bake Off (Karen is seeking under 12s who can bake to take part). Kids have their own fancy dress contest and a dress your own scooter competition. There will be a beer tent, plant stalls, a mini funfair and food stalls; in all, the fair will be a fabulous day out for the entire family. The Tug of War contest is still in search of teams and Karen is looking for volunteers for tea making and manning stalls. For transport enthusiasts, classic cars

Karen’s family has lived in Worlds End since Queen Victoria’s reign

Munchies in Valebridge Road and any questions can be emailed to Karen at the address below. The Duck Fair’s rebirth is a reminder of how one person’s actions can bring a community together; Karen’s family has lived in Worlds End since Queen Victoria’s reign and she is determined to retain something of the cohesive community that she remembers during her childhood. She recalls it being “a happy little village with 18 shops” all of which she was sent out to with a shopping list while still a young girl. July’s event will be a timely reminder of days when community was of paramount importance and Karen’s hard work will ensure a wonderful day for local people to enjoy what really matters and have fun together. l 07966 436469

and motorbikes will be on show and animal lovers will be able to see reptiles displayed throughout the day. People are welcome to bring anything interesting along on the day; one man is apparently bringing a penny farthing along to show people how our ancestors travelled in days gone by. If anyone has old china they don’t need any more, Karen can use it for the Scouts’ crockery smash and the cake stall is seeking donations of cakes. Any donations can be dropped off at

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ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH? It’s time to talk frankly about the prostate with Roger Bacon from Prostate Cancer Support Organisation. If you are worried about yours come and get a free PSA test this June


ne in every two men will have a health problem with their prostate at some stage of their lives. It could be an infection, enlargement or cancer. one in every eight men will develop prostate cancer and those of African-Caribbean origin and those with a family history of the disease are two to three times more at risk. PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen, it is a simple blood test that measures the amount of antigen, produced by the prostate, entering the blood. It is not a direct test for cancer, rather a moderately raised reading that can be an indicator of a prostate problem, a high reading should trigger further tests to determine if there is a need for any treatment. Without screening, around 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. It is now the leading cancer found in men. Around 11,800 men die of this disease annually, one every 45 minutes. Caught in the early stages, cure rates are dramatically improved with over 80% success. General symptoms of problems with the prostate are frequent need to urinate especially at night; bursting to urinate, slow flow, difficult, painful; stop/start and dribbling, or blood in the urine. Sponsored by Mark Masonry of Sussex, the charity PCaSO (Prostate Cancer Support Organisation) is offering free PSA testing for men aged between 45 and 80 on 29th June 2019 at the Normandy Masonic Centre, Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF. We are also testing in Burgess Hill on 12th October and East Grinstead on 23rd November. l It is essential to book an appointment time – this can be done online at or for booking enquiries phone 0845 650 2555


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othing beats relaxing around the campfire, sleeping out under the stars and waking up to birdsong, so it’s no surprise to learn that over 15 million camping and caravanning trips were made in the UK last year (Mintel). Whether it’s the sense of freedom and adventure or the chance to unplug from the digital world and embrace the countryside, there is a growing trend for this type of holiday. Camping gear has been given a stylish makeover by some top designers; retro camper vans are commanding huge prices, while popular music festivals, along with camping celebrities including Kate Moss and Sienna Miller are driving the luxury glamping end of the market. Here we’ve outlined both the information and inspiration to help you get the most out of a camping or camper van trip this summer.

It’s time to dust down the canvas, polish up the chrome and head out under the stars! Whether you like to wild camp or glamp it, read on for some camping and camper van inspiration from Lisa de Silva CAMPING Offering superb value for money, a chance to discover the great British countryside and make new friends, camping is an excellent pastime for families and couples alike. Campers can be as active or relaxed as they wish, enjoy the fun of cooking outdoors and watch the sunrise and set amid beautiful surroundings. The community spirit among fellow

campers is legendary and children love the freedom to explore and play with new pals. For those who associate a camping holiday with roughing it, think again. New products and upgraded camping sites can ensure you stay clean, comfortable and well-catered for in all weather conditions. While for some the attraction of ‘wild’ camping is to enjoy as natural experience as possible, for those looking for high-end facilities many campsites now offer deluxe shower blocks, electrical hook ups, Wi-Fi, play areas and restaurants. Think about the type of experience you’d most enjoy and research suitable sites but do book well in advance as the most popular campsites book up fast. CHOOSING A TENT Camping does not need lots of expensive equipment and a basic June 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 17

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glamping. Invest in air mattresses and take proper bedding for a great night’s sleep, while solar powered fairy lights and candle-lit lanterns will add atmosphere and charm. Inside the tent a small bedside table, inflatable chairs, a solar-powered portable speaker and a large mirror will all add style and comfort. Outside, set up table and chairs, an outdoor rug and portable hammock to create that deluxe feel. Another idea is to take indulgent food and premium snacks and if you love your morning coffee, a cafetiere is definitely worth packing.

starter tent, sleeping bag and portable cooking stove is all you really need. When choosing a tent think about head height and the space needed for both sleeping and living. As a rule of thumb 4-berth tents work well for couples, while larger tents with separate sleeping compartments will suit families. Size does matter as the larger the tent, the heavier and more difficult it can be to erect and larger tents can incur increased pitch fees. So consider getting an extension in the form of a canopy which can double the size of a tent and create a useful shady space for cooking and relaxing. When it comes to tent shapes, there is an enormous choice including dome, tunnel, bell and tipi, while many of the largest tents have a central living area with several sleeping pods radiating off the main room. For head height, a tunnel tent offers good vertical space and for fast pitching opt for an instant

pitch tent, although these are not particularly robust and best used for festivals and children’s play tents. FROM CAMPING TO GLAMPING Once you’ve chosen a tent, it is easy to add a few indulgent extras to elevate your camping trip to more luxurious

FOLDING CAMPERS AND TRAILER TENTS Cheaper than a camper van, but easier to tow than a caravan, folding campers and tent trailers can offer a good alternative for those looking to bridge the gap between the fun of canvas and the home comforts of a camper van. A folding camper is a trailer that offers a caravan-style layout once erected. All the accommodation is off the ground, they are quick and easy to erect and usually offer a higher standard of equipment than a trailer tent. While they are more expensive than a trailer tent, they are just as easy to tow and store when not in use. Alternatively, a trailer tent can best be described as a tent that pulls out from a trailer which is pegged into the ground around it, with the trailer forming an off the ground bedroom area. Typically, they are smaller and lighter than a folding camper. Factors to consider if you are researching either of these options are

Consider getting an extension in the form of a canopy which can double the size of a tent

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whether your car is capable of towing the trailer, where you will keep it when not in use and the need for maintenance. On the plus side, neither incur an additional road tax or require a special driving license, although ferry crossings will cost more with a trailer. When buying, make a list of both essential and desirable equipment and do try pitching and taking down the unit yourself. If buying second hand, check the tyre condition, hitching apparatus, brakes, lighting and any damage to hinges, locks and bodywork. You will also need an illuminated number plate to match your registration number and to inform both your insurance company and breakdown recovery service that you will be towing a trailer. CAMPER VANS & MOTORHOMES If you enjoy the freedom of the open road and love the idea of jumping in a vehicle set up with all your home comforts for endless adventures, a camper van or motorhome could be for you. A brilliant way to stretch out your weekends and help achieve a great work/life balance, a camper van saves you time and money and can be adapted to meet your specific needs with comfortable beds, lighting, cooking and en suite facilities. Fun

The community spirit among fellow campers is legendary and children love the freedom to explore to drive, they are also much easier to park than trailers and towing caravans. What’s more, you will find you develop an easy bond with other owners and become part of a community of kindred spirits keen to swap tips and advice. Before searching for a suitable vehicle to buy or convert yourself, consider how often you will use a van, as if it amounts to around six weeks a

year or less, it is probably more cost effective to rent one. In terms of size the smaller the van, the easier it is to drive and park, not to mention cheaper fuel costs. Also consider head height. If you will be making long trips, a hightop van will feel more spacious but can cause height barrier issues in certain car parks and may mean it does not fit into your garage for safe storage. An alternative is a pop-top which is easy to put up and saves money on fuel consumption. Other factors to consider include whether you require a toilet and shower which would necessitate a water tank and heating system; whether there is a rear rack and awning for storing bikes;


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whether you want pull-out or fixed beds and the type and size of the kitchen facilities. If buying second hand, do have a habitation check by an approved specialist to check the water and gas systems, pumps and filters, seals, ventilation and fire safety equipment. Expect to pay a premium for an iconic retro camper van, which not only look cool but hold their value and can even increase in value over time. It may even earn its own keep with many owners renting theirs out for weddings, films and photographic shoots.

If you like the idea of a camper van but want a real home from home, a motorhome or RV will appeal. These vehicles have a separate driving cab and large self-contained living quarters offering high-spec lounge areas with TVs and sound systems, contemporarystyle kitchens and dining areas, deluxe bathrooms and modern bedrooms. Many can also tow or accommodate a small car. In fact, a well-equipped motorhome can make a practical home and on the road office for those who enjoy living life on the road. l

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Steak Salad As the early days of summer approach and thoughts turn to al fresco dining on warm evenings, indulge in this lovely, simple combination best made with fresh beans and quality steak. Ideal for glamping, camping, the motorised home from home, or the back garden INGREDIENTS 2 x rib eye steaks 2.25cm thick 2 cloves garlic crushed 2 tbsp olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper For the Lime Aioli Yolks of 2 eggs 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2tsp Dijon mustard Finely grated zest and juice of 1 large lime 150ml sunflower oil 100ml mild flavoured olive oil For the Broad bean vierge 200g podded broad beans skinned if not so young 100ml extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 25g anchovy fillets, chopped 1 tbsp white balsamic 15 basil leaves, chopped 10g flat leaf parsley, leaves removed and chopped A pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Assorted salad leaves such as curly leaf salad and rocket leaves Rocket flowers if available METHOD To make the aioli: Put the yolks, garlic and mustard, a little of the lime juice and salt into a bowl and whisk to combine. Start to drip in the oils slowly whisking continually. As the mixture starts to emulsify and thicken start adding the oil just a little bit faster. Add salt and the rest of the lime juice, cover and chill, overnight if wished. Smear the garlic over the steak and scatter over the pepper, pour over the oil and marinade for 1 hour or overnight. Sprinkle a little salt over each side of the steak. Heat a griddle pan until smoking hot and cook the steak for 3 minutes on one side, turn and cook for 2-3 minutes on the other for rare steak. Remove to a plate and rest for 10 minutes or more. While the steak is resting make the vierge. Bring a small pan of salted water to the boil and cook

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the beans for 2 minutes, drain and peel if necessary. Warm the oil, garlic and anchovies in the same pan and mix to break down the anchovies. Add the beans and remove from the heat and mix in the remaining ingredients. Slice

the steak across into 1 cm slices. Add to the lettuce leaves and dress with most of the sauce vierge and serve with a little bowl of aioli sat on the plate. Drizzle with the remaining sauce and add a few rocket flowers if you have them.

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Vision correction while you sleep is now a reality, and readily available at Hassocks Eyecare Centre. Lisa de Silva spoke to owner Vicki Macken about the revolutionary Orthokeratology


ould you like the freedom to enjoy life without the need for glasses or contact lenses? While almost 70% of UK adults need corrective eyewear, the good news is that whether you are short-sighted, long-sighted or have astigmatism, there is now a wide range of options to live life free from prescription eyewear. Hassocks Eyecare Centre is at the forefront of these developments and explain the options for those who don’t want to wear eyewear.

and reading glasses and is similar to cataract surgery. The eye’s natural crystalline lens is removed and replaced with a high-performance lens implant designed to correct your vision. What’s more, it ensures there will be no need for cataract surgery in later life.

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Safe and effective, orthokeratology is perfect for those with mild to moderate short-sightedness. This non-invasive process involves wearing overnight contact lenses which gently re-shape the curvature of the eye creating a flatter cornea, resulting in clear natural vision the following day with no need for corrective eyewear. Great for those with an active lifestyle and those with dry eyes unable to tolerate contact lenses.

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For those over 21 years old with a stable prescription, laser surgery offers accurate and corrective surgery for short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism and over the past 30 years, 40 million people worldwide have been successfully treated. The laser gently and permanently re-shapes the cornea to correct the prescription along with any abnormalities. Implantable Contact Lenses – Reversible Vision Correction

If laser surgery is not appropriate, an implantable contact lens offers an alternative solution. Able to treat a higher range of correction than laser surgery, the procedure involves the implantation of microthin lenses behind the iris and in front of the natural lens. The process is reversible and has a rapid recovery time.

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It is estimated that 30% of children in Europe will develop myopia requiring prescription eyewear. Controlling the progress of myopia is particularly important in childhood as it can lead to macular degeneration and glaucoma in later life. Hassocks Eyecare Centre offer two options for myopia management in children: Orthokeratology which can reduce the progress of myopia and allow children to enjoy an active lifestyle free of eyewear during the day and MiSight, daily disposable contact lenses designed to correct existing myopia while helping to minimise its progress. With the latest state-of-theart equipment, high levels of professionalism and enviable service levels, Hassocks Eyecare Centre are perfectly placed to help you live without the need for corrective eyewear and are the only local opticians to offer Orthokeratology. l Hassocks Eyecare Centre 17 Keymer Road, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8AD 01273 843946 June 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 25

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THE SECRET TO In 1985 just 0.006% of the UK population lived to 100 years of age. By 2015 that figure had risen to 0.2% – that’s over 14,500 people. Lisa de Silva and Robert Veitch recently met four local centenarians


DAME VERA LYNN Born in East Ham, London in 1917, forces’ sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn celebrated her 102nd birthday in March. Famous for giving outdoor concerts to the troops during the Second World War singing songs that included, We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover, she has enjoyed a long and illustrious musical career. In 2009, aged 92 years Dame Vera released a compilation album, becoming the oldest living artist to reach the top of the UK Albums Chart. Even more impressive, she released an album in her centennial year that reached number three, making her the first centenarian to have a chart album. Dame Vera has lived in the village of Ditchling since the 1960s. She is still held in much affection

Whatever life brings, it is so important to remain positive and persevere no matter what

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by the war veterans she sang for and remains involved in her extensive charity work. In 2001, she established the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity in Cuckfield to support under 5s with motor learning impairments, including cerebral palsy and at 102 years old remains a passionate President. I asked Dame Vera for her advice on leading a long and happy life: “I have said it many times before, but ‘keep smiling through’. Whatever life brings, it is so important to remain positive and persevere no matter what. It was that fighting spirit that got us through the War, and I think it applies to everyday life just as much.” As a young woman Dame Vera relished the opportunity to travel to war zones to entertain the troops. “Our brave boys were out there fighting for our freedom and going to entertain them and bring a piece of home to the front line was really the least that I could do.” Even today she receives letters from some of the veterans she sang to and is always thrilled to hear their news. Over her 102-year lifespan Dame Vera has seen many changes particularly in technological advances and while she acknowledges the benefits of modern technology, feels that many

people have lost sight of the simple pleasures in life, such as chatting together and spending time in the community. It was the desire to live in a small village within a close-knit community that prompted her move to Ditchling, “I was attracted by the small village life. There is a real sense of community spirit and camaraderie.” While her performing days are over, singing along to music is still a source of great joy. Her top tips for maintaining a positive outlook? “I think it’s always important to count your blessings, and

I am always mindful that I have a lot to be grateful for. I also enjoy looking out at the nature in my garden and reading a good book.” SYLVIA MITCHELL-CORDELL Born in May 1914 just before the start of the First World War, Sylvia Mitchell-Cordell has just celebrated her 105th birthday. Remarkably she lived independently in Haywards Heath until last January, when she moved to a care home in the same town. On first

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didn’t drive and loved dress-making, knitting and nature, particularly feeding the birds,” he explains. Sylvia, or Ginge as she was known on account of her auburn hair, also kept herself in shape and could still touch her toes in her 90s, “I did my exercises every morning. That was a good thing,” she laughs. Family, community and taking pleasure in nature, hobbies and the simple life has clearly helped Sylvia to reach such an impressive age and long may it continue.

meeting Sylvia and her son Jerry, I was immediately struck by her delightful spirit and charm. “I’m mostly happy. I like seeing people enjoying themselves and I very much love the garden,” she tells me. Sylvia grew up in East London with four sisters. The family shared holidays and Sunday lunches with extended family who all lived nearby and perhaps it was this sense of community that laid the foundations for Sylvia’s long and happy life. “We had such good parents

According to Alfred ‘Robbie’ Robinson a pint helps along the way - I like a Guinness! that looked after us,” she smiles. Married life saw a move down to Brighton where Sylvia and husband Ron brought up their two children. Son Jerry believes her longevity has been helped by leading a simple stress-free life. “She was a stay at home mum who

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After the war he went back with friends to set up a transport company. They converted a landing craft and set out across the Mediterranean. In the Bay of Biscay they hit a storm, their boat started taking on water, broke up and sank. A ship came to their rescue but sadly some friends drowned. Robbie returned to England and worked at Blackbushe Airport, where he met his wife Rosemary. He remained in the airline industry until retirement. The family settled in Sandhurst, Berkshire and his children are regular visitors to his care home. When asked the secret to a long and happy life, Robbie’s humour shines through when he tells me it’s all down to “lots of travel, good food, and red wine!” HERTA STANTON 102-year old Herta Stanton greeted me with a smile when I met her at her care home in Crowborough. “I was born in 1917, in Vienna, into a Jewish family with two brothers and a sister,” she tells me. It was a normal family life, until the Anschluss in March 1938, and Kristallnacht in November 1938. Herta escaped on the first Kindertransport train from Vienna

People, who forget history, tend to repeat it on 10th December 1938. “My suitcase contained all my worldly goods. I wore a straw hat with a velvet ribbon. I fled Hitler,” she recalled with a stoic firmness in her voice reliving the pain of separation. “I travelled to Crawley

and became an au pair, but I didn’t like it. I learnt English in four months, then left. I moved to Pembroke Crescent in Hove.” “I met my Chessi at a dance in Croydon, he was a humble Polish soldier. Chessi had escaped three times from a Dutch POW camp, eventually arriving in England. He joined the British 8th Army, and fought at Monte Cassino.” Post War, Chessi anglicised his surname, and the newlyweds settled in Croydon. “I taught dressmaking and German. We had a son, Martin.” “I returned to Vienna in 1964.” Ironically it was by train. “It really was quite something to go back. I’ve been back several times since. I was invited to the Kindertransport 60th anniversary celebration at Clarence House and met Prince Charles and Camilla.” “We were married for 64 years, until Chessi died in 2012. I live in Crowborough now. My carers do a very special job, talking, singing, listening and helping.” “I like talking to people, that’s my secret to a long life. Its nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” And most prophetically, “People, who forget history, tend to repeat it.”l

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of being able to play it easily with their children and grandchildren. A crossgenerational effort! There is more time spent actually playing per hour as it’s easy shot to undertake and also return. faster paced and easier to pick up the There are also two chances to return ball in such a contained space. the ball to your opponents before and It’s most definitely a team sport, after it hits the glass walls of the court. because it’s played in doubles and According to those who play it, the having four people on a smaller court racket is very easy to handle and rallies means conversation and communication happen quickly because of the easier between the players is an integral part nature of the serve. of the game. A wonderful way to make new friends or enjoy THE BENEFITS the company of Aside from all the usual Conversation and existing ones while suspects in a sport like communication between getting fit. this - full body aerobic Not only is it fun the players is an integral to play, and muscular workout, it’s a hugely part of the game release of endorphins entertaining sport to there are more unusual watch because of its benefits to this activity. fast pace and rallies. Because the courts are Much of the game’s smaller and more contained, popularity in Europe is there is less physical effort in part due to tennis and running around players themselves. required compared to Anecdotally, tennis tennis. This makes it superstars Nadal, appealing to children and Djokovic and the the older generation. In Murrays all play it. Will fact, many enthusiasts talk you be joining them? l

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Our first day-walk for the summer is here and it’s for those that like a challenge. Resident rambler Robert Veitch took Lucy Sayers for an epic downland walk over seven summits, which she might never forget


eaving Hassocks Station, head down beneath the railway bridge. Cross the road, and walk up the steps between two brick columns, then south, alongside the railway. Cross the railway at the angled bridge, then keep left and continue as far as the road. Turn left and continue south, before turning right into New Way Lane. Just over ½ mile later, take the path by the fingerpost, where the road turns 90° right. The path soon turns left and enters the woods by the sign for Wolstonbury Hill. Bear right at the post, and left by the decapitated tree trunk, then uphill to the left of the handrail. After the stile, “It’s like the north face of the Eiger,” remarked Lucy, as the path skyrockets straight for the summit at 206m (676ft). The view is worth the effort. Continue south, ambling downhill towards the stile. Turn right and follow the chalk path downhill, through the double gates. Bear left, where the path splits, walking parallel to the fence and then go through the gate. Turn left, ignore the kissing gate on the right, and continue wandering along between the hedges. The path joins a track at Chantry Farm and becomes Pyecombe Street as the sound of traffic increases. Cross the A23 via the footbridge, then go straight on at the fingerpost, through two sets of gates to Newtimber Hill. At

Hill at 192m (630ft). The summit is a mound to the right of the path. The views in every direction are utterly enchanting. Continue downhill towards the Saddlescombe valley. Once over the stile, follow the path to the metal gate and then the road. Across the road is a yellow tipped fingerpost, then a stile, leading to a narrow tarmac road. Before the tarmac dips down towards the gate, peel right towards the stile. 150m after the stile take the gate on the left, descending with care down the short steep route to the valley floor. Turn right by the muddy pool, then left at the fingerpost shortly after. The muddy pool evolves into a pretty pond. Skip across the dam, then over the stile, before turning right and following the field boundary to the gate, which leads to the road.

The views in every direction are utterly enchanting the 3-way fingerpost, bear slightly right, between the hedge lines and stock proof fence and continue to the gate, then through the Hawthorn trees to the fingerpost. Turn left, then right almost immediately, following the gorse to the gate. Beyond this, it’s straight on, a gentle trot between the Oaks to the summit at 204m (669 ft) where the views are a delight. The path arcs left, dipping into a col, preceding the easy climb of North

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Turn left and uphill, then 150m later turn left into Dyke Lane. Enjoy the gentle calm and pleasant surface underfoot, because it’s about to get vertical. Bear right at the Devil’s Dyke sign then left at the fingerpost. Lucy saw the steps and joked, “It’s the stairway to heaven.” There are 189 steps to the gate, then 67 more before the downland opens up. “That’s more like the highway to hell,” gasped Lucy as we paused to get our breath back. Ramble across the scarp slope for 350m. Turn left and uphill at the fork where the nimble feet of a mountain goat will be a bonus on the short squirt to the stile. Bear right, the car park and telescope are just over the brow. Follow the road around to the left (for summit baggers the trig point at 217m (712ft) is off to the right), then south across the head of the dyke. Turn left at the 4-way fingerpost and join the South Downs Way. The flint path betwixt grass and scrub eases downhill for a mile, through an open gate, past the car park and covered reservoir, to a gate, then the road. Cross over and pass through the metal gate from earlier on. Keep right then wander along the asphalt, between the buildings to the gate. Follow the South Downs Way up West Hill to the stile. The summit 211m (692ft) is the line of gorse in the field to the left.

Distance: 15-16 miles Walk Time: 6½ - 7 hours, but allow a whole day Stiles: 9 Accumulated Ascent of all 7 Hills: Approximately 621m or 2,037 feet Map: Explorer OL11

Refreshments: Some along the way, some in Hassocks Top Tip: Take drinks and snacks for consumption while walking Trains: 3 trains northbound and 3 trains southbound per hour Parking: Pay parking at Hassocks Station

There are 189 steps to the gate, then 67 more before the downland opens up Wander downhill, its easy walking for a mile to the gate. The tarmac of Haresdean Lane turns 90° left, running parallel to the A23. Turn right, cross the A23, then turn right by the raised flower beds made from railway sleepers. The ascent of Church Hill 110m (361ft) is swift, ending at Pyecombe Church of the Transfiguration. Amble down School Lane, before following the path north, alongside the A273 for 150m. Across the main road, bear left at the top of the drive onto Clayton Hill. It’s just over ½ a mile to the crossroads at the golf course periphery. Go straight on. The path turns left, passes through a gate, and turns right at the t-junction. Immediately preceding the summit marked by Keymer Post at 234m (768ft) take the gate on the left. It’s the highest point of the day and time for a last look west at those earlier achievements. The path down this northerly spur in the Downs passes old lime pits about half way down. Turn left at the 3-way fingerpost, continuing downhill to Underhill Lane. Turn left and walk for ½ mile, before the lane turns sharp right, then

50m later, turn right into Spring Lane. Continue all the way to the woods, where a picket fence and linear pond border the left side. Across the road and cattle grid, follow the track to the stream. Over the stile and up the slope, veer right across the meadow, over the boardwalk to rejoin the path back to Hassocks Station. “It’s a walk of monuments,” summed up Lucy, “tough but very, very rewarding. I’ll sleep well tonight.” l

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estled in the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, Forest Row is a vibrant and unique village. It has a reputation for attracting open minded people and consequently the village boasts an enormous range of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants to serve all your needs from fashion to food to fun. You can easily stop for a decent cup of coffee or a drink, delicious food and find loads of things to do. Proactive community groups offer numerous opportunities to participate in sports, health and fitness activities; music and the performing arts; live entertainment; films; festivals; and a huge array of spiritual, alternative and holistic activities, all of which flourish in this vibrant and artistic village. Forest Row has the perfect location, adjacent to the Ashdown Forest which is a mecca for walkers, bird watchers, horse riders and dog walkers, with easy connections to larger surrounding towns with train lines nearby. No wonder it is such a sought after location for families to settle down in, plus it is also home to a combination of wellregarded state and independent schools, attracting families from far and wide.

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The village boasts an enormous range of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants Forest Row became a Transition Village 12 years ago and embraces organic and biodynamic farming within its community. I went to meet Peter Brown, a biodynamic farmer who explained how people are responding positively to the surprising results of this little understood system that works in harmony with Nature’s principles. Peter has been farming this way his entire working life and has noticed that people are gradually starting to realise that a completely sustainable farming system is possible and a farm can be fertile without inputs of chemicals, fertilisers and harmful practices. The main concept of biodynamic farming is that the farm is an organism that is alive and responsive. A natural cycle of life creating the matter that grows and lives in, and on the soil. For a culture that values science above all else, biodynamics can be hard to explain but as science now knows that our mind can influence and alter our genetic code, it is recognised that consciousness can regulate matter. Many farmers and growers are starting to apply biodynamic principles without completely understanding them because the results are so persuasive. Biodynamic wines are becoming increasingly popular because wine

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experts have a high sensitivity to a wine’s quality and can taste the difference and now, people are discovering that biodynamic food is superior in flavour and production over mass produced alternatives.

The Ashdown Forest is a mecca for walkers, bird watchers, horse riders and dog walkers All fertility on a biodynamic farm has to come from the farm; a practice called ‘mob grazing’ builds up soil fertility by putting cattle on small areas of mature grass, half of which they eat and half they tread down, which encourages organic matter to build up in the soil. The soil must be alive to work at its best and working with nature as opposed to against it ensures that the farm exists in balance rather than something that needs to be propped up with increasing applications of fertiliser. A biodynamic farm is seen as a complete organism like the human body. Different organs such as fields, animals, gardens, orchards, woodland

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over to investigate us, all living free in large sections of field, alongside their mothers. Not surprisingly, wildlife flourishes on a biodynamic farm; the lack of pesticides means plentiful insect life and wildflowers. Barn owls hunt across the land Peter cares for and the full hedges are ideal habitats for songbirds. Biodynamic farming recognises that human beings are part of the process, not separate or superior from the land they care for. The farmer is the ‘consciousness’ of the farm and has the role of making sure that balance is maintained and the whole farm organism works holistically.

Peter is in the process of building a straw bale house in which to enjoy his retirement; again, the principles that make biodynamic farming such a low impact, holistic way to produce food, mean that his new home has used mostly local materials in its construction and will be self sustaining and energy efficient. The building, which is nearing completion, looks beautiful, with natural curves and colours allowing it to blend in with the environment beyond the windows. It sits at ease in Forest Row, a welcoming community, open to new ideas and sustainable thinking. l

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ichael Hough and Mary Franck saw so much potential in Copthorne’s established leisure facility that they took the step from being members to owners and launched Acorns Health Club just three years ago. In that time they’ve invested a substantial sum across all facilities and most importantly focused their attention on the social aspect of the club, turning it into a genuine hub where members can keep fit, eat, drink and socialise under one roof. It’s a multi faceted club, incorporating a gymnasium, three squash courts, a stunning, newly built swimming pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor tennis courts. Add to this full screen Sky Sports and BT Sports, a well stocked bar, restaurant, beautician, sports physio and an all day crèche and you can see why this club is extremely popular with its 1500 members. The membership to class ratio is higher than virtually any other club with sixty classes per week, ranging from body pump, yoga, spin and water aerobics to kids street dance, Pilates, cardio tennis, Boxfit and Zumba.

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f your neighbours drove you nuts over the bank holiday weekend as they enthusiastically set about their latest DIY garden project, remember – it could have been worse. In a previous incarnation, you might have suffered from even noisier neighbours because the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Persians and Romans were devotees of horticultural bling and were always getting the builders in. Fancy a mirrored pool with a fountain and gilded statures? No problem. Pergola? Easy-peasy. Hot tub? All the rage. Patio lighting? Yep. Blue-painted decking? Ok … so I made up the last bit - we probably have Mr Titchmarsh to thank for that one, but you get the idea. Horticulture was big business in the ancient world. A sunny weekend visit to a garden centre will confirm that precious little has changed. ‘Topiary’ comes from the Latin, ‘topia’, meaning an ornamental garden.

The topia was the domain of the ‘topiarius’, someone we would nowadays refer to as the Head Gardener; a skilled artisan who was also schooled in design and construction methods and could advise the garden owner on topics such as landscaping and decorative features. If a client’s

Horticulture was big business in the ancient world. A sunny weekend visit to a garden centre will confirm that precious little has changed garden required extensive remodelling, the topiarius took on the role of project manager; directing a team of labourers and under-gardeners. And you thought that garden makeovers were a new idea? Topiary, (literally!) grew from the evolution of the hedge. The first manmade hedges in Europe probably date from the Neolithic age. Over time, their

function subtly changed. No longer just a simple agricultural stockade, a well-maintained hedge became an indication of wealth and social rank; defining territory and showing that the landowner could afford to employ others to keep his estate in order. The first high-density human settlements were created by oldworld empires, long before the birth of Christ. Those new city-dwellers put great value on private outdoor spaces. They were places to relax and entertain, away from the hurly-burly of the bustling streets and markets. Garden styles that are so familiar to us today originated in those ancient worlds. Cloister gardens, secret gardens, parterres, knot gardens, water features, mazes and herb gardens are rooted in ancient Greek, Roman, Islamic, Egyptian and Indian cultures. Throughout the Middle Ages, Italy and France were considered to be world centres of horticultural excellence. International trade bought exciting new plants to European shores and the Medici’s, (the ASBO family from hell – imagine living next door to that lot!) were gardening obsessives; constructing ever-more lavish gardens that featured thousands of topiary specimens. The two great stalwart topiary plants are box, (Buxus) and yew, June 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 45

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(Taxus). Their densely-packed foliage allows for intricate designs that will retain crisp outlines throughout winter. Privet, (Ligustrum) and the micro-leaved evergreen honeysuckle, (Lonicera nitida) are also good choices and are resistant to box blight disease. Bay, (Laurus) holly, (Ilex) and hornbeam, (Carpinus) are excellent for topiary work, although they cannot be clipped so closely. Spheres and

Give topiary an annual feed with slow-release fertiliser in spring simple geometric shapes are easiest to maintain and can be cut ‘by eye’. For more complicated shapes, wirework frames, designed to be permanently fixed over plant(s) can be purchased. The plant is allowed to grow until the frame is completely obscured, then clipped regularly to keep its shape. If starting from scratch seems daunting, ready-made topiary specimens are widely available. Don’t

scream at the prices; remember, someone has spent years doing all the work for you. The Victorians and Edwardians adored topiary and the gloriously-named London nurseryman, Mr Herbert Cutbush, was renowned for his potted topiary specimens. A pioneer of ‘grab it and go’ shopping, Herbert’s customers could select a plant and take it home straight away. This was

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and can also suffer from wind-rock, so think carefully about the type of container you use. A large lollipopheaded specimen will probably need a half barrel to keep it upright and stable. Give topiary an annual feed with slowrelease fertiliser in spring. A mulch of leaf mould, old potting soil or chipped bark will help retain moisture during the summer months. Containerised topiary may need watering every day in really hot weather and newly-planted hedges can suffer. If you planted a run of hedging this spring, consider purchasing a seep hose – a relatively inexpensive bit of kit that uses water efficiently, dripping it gently to the roots where it will do most good. Trimming and pruning of topiary is best done in May/June. A dry, overcast day puts less stress on the plants, and you; it can be hot, dusty work. Whatever you use; electric trimmers, shears or specialist topiary

tools, ensure the cutting blades are sharp. You want ‘clean’ cuts, not jagged ones where infection may take hold. Scrub the blades with hot soapy water before and after use, especially if you’ve previously loaned cutting tools to someone else. Disease pathogens quickly spread from plant to plant via

infected sap; basic hygiene is a sensible precaution. Another ‘tidy-up’ trim in early autumn may be required, but only do this in mild conditions, as frosty air will disfigure soft, recently-cut foliage, something those perfectionist, blingtastic Medici’s would simply not have tolerated. l

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self-contained living space for him on one level. They were then ready for the next renovation project: this time they planned to reconfigure the layout. Work included repositioning the front door giving the house a proper entrance hallway and moving walls so that rooms flowed into each other. Extending the house into Sue’s father’s area gave the couple a light, spacious drawing room with double doors opening onto the hallway. The original kitchen became a study, conveniently tucked behind the drawing room. Along with new wiring, windows and central heating the Marinos extended the house sideways, doubling the size. Replacing an exterior wall with ceiling to floor glass doors transformed the


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layout of the new kitchen-cum-family living area creating a more relaxed open-plan style of living. “It was very exciting,” says Sue. “I had always dreamed of a painted shaker kitchen so most of the budget went on bespoke solid wood cabinetry, but we saved money by shopping around massively for light fittings, building materials and appliances.” When it came to the décor, Sue and son Marco shared the decision making. “Marco has a great eye for colour and we share similar tastes opting for pared down simplicity in soft shades of grey with white.” When furnishing most of the rooms Sue worked around pieces she had collected over the years, but the kitchen family area was a blank canvas. “We started afresh, I found it especially exciting to buy whatever I wanted without any restrictions.” Having created this made-to measure family home, Sue and Nick wouldn’t change anything. “Everything works and flows the way we want it. What we love most about living here is the amazing light, the space and the views – we find it a very uplifting house to be in.” l Photos: Narratives/Robert Sanderson Text & Styling: Narratives/Mandy Nolan


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COMMUNITY highlight the importance of carers, raise awareness of the challenges they face and recognise the huge contribution they make to individuals, families and communities throughout the UK. This year the emphasis of Carers Week is getting carers connected with their community. Although it can be highly rewarding caring can be hard, and often carers own health falls by the wayside. But, get connected to support, advice, other carers, services, friends and family, and technology and it’s the first step to overcoming this. Visit to find out more.


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LONELINESS AWARENESS WEEK 17-21st JUNE Only three years ago the Marmalade Trust started this national campaign to raise awareness of loneliness amongst everyone in the UK, and already in 2018 they supported over 250 events. This year’s theme is #LetsTalkLoneliness, and is about trying to reduce the stigma around the loneliness conversation and make it OK to speak about it openly and normally. Loneliness will affect most people at some point in their lives and can touch anyone from young school children, to new parents, and the elderly. Help beat loneliness by getting involved with this year’s campaign and build some new friendships in your community. Find out more by visiting

Be aware this June for awareness weeks! Great for getting involved with your local community, meeting new people and supporting others. Sara Whatley looks at what is happening in Carers Week, Volunteers Week, Loneliness Awareness Week and Children’s Hospice Week

VOLUNTEERS WEEK 1-7th JUNE Celebrate volunteers in all their diversity this year during Volunteers Week. There are millions of volunteers across the UK giving their time and energy to support their communities from the seen to the unseen roles. Volunteers Week is a chance for us all to say thank you to the amazing contribution volunteers make to our communities.

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Volunteering is a fulfilling way to get involved with something you are passionate about, be it gardening, caring, reading or chatting, and helping others makes you feel great about yourself too. To get involved and find out more visit CARERS WEEK 10-16th JUNE This annual campaign aims to

CHILDREN’S HOSPICE WEEK 17-23rd JUNE Supporting the 49,000 children in the UK living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and their families, Children’s Hospice Week is this year focusing on ‘Moments that matter’. This theme shines a light on significant moments and memories in a family’s life and the services that can help them get there. It might be a first family swim in a specially designed pool or an outing to see some animals – whatever the moment or memory it can be shared to help raise awareness for this campaign, and in turn help support the 54 children’s hospice services in the UK. To find out how you can donate, raise money and raise awareness visit


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GLITTERS Glitter magpies rejoice this festival season and fling the eco glitter around! Sara Whatley looks at some shimmer and shine styles to make you sparkle all summer long


ere we are at the beginning of the festival season, and what one essential do you absolutely need in your beauty arsenal to be a fully-fledged festival goer? Glitter. In festival season, glitter is most definitely not just for kids. Be it a mud slide to the rock stage, a champagne quaffing jazz soirée on the lawn or a crafty woodland retreat, glitter ticks all the festival chic boxes. But I am not just talking about any old glitter in these days of plastic clogged oceans and plastic clogged sea life – I am talking about eco glitter. Classed as a micro plastic along with microbeads in face washes, toothpastes and other cosmetics, environmentalists say that glitter will find it’s way into our oceans and into our eco system. Not good. All is not lost however. Sparkly festival fever may live on with the invention of eco glitter. Now widely available as both face glitter and for arts and crafts, most eco glitters are made from cellulose, a plant based film which is biodegradable. Now the question is how will you be wearing yours? Eyes and face looks – Go mad! Build up eye colour and top with a shimmery shadow, then start to build up glitter as you want on or around your eye. Go for big sweeps of sparkle or dab on under and around your eye. Get creative, stick on gem stones and matching glitter, even get the face paints out and adorn the look further. For a more demure take on the

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In festival season, glitter is most definitely not just for kids

look, dab a subtle shimmer under the outer reaches of a well defined eyebrow, which can lift a look and be a nod towards the sparkle. It doesn’t have to be OTT – although it’s ever so fun when it is! Glitter parting – Give yourself a bold straight parting, spray with hairspray to create a sticky base and sprinkle liberally with glitter. Mix it up with small and big glitter sizes to create interest, then spray with hairspray

again. Et voila! Nails – Go for a simple but effective glitter nail varnish. You can opt from anything to a subtle shimmer to a full on glitter look, and if you want to take it even further stick rhinestones on your nails for some big bling. Lipstick – Sparkly lipsticks are widely available where shimmer is mixed in with the lipstick, or simply use your favourite lipstick, slick some gloss over the top and dab on your chosen glitter. If you don’t fancy glittery hair or make up, why not accessorise with some sparkle? Revamp hairclips, headbands, sunglasses, jewellery, collars, bags and shoes by adding glitter, and shimmer all summer long. l

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GA Jewellers & Pawnbrokers are a family run business established in 1979 with branches along the South Coast. Our stores are full of amazing new and pre-owned jewellery and watches, offering fantastic value for money. We have our own in house workshops for all your jewellery repair needs, along with remodelling of existing jewellery or one off bespoke designed pieces.

We also offer a pawnbroking service allowing the customer to secure a loan against their valuable items of jewellery and watches, together with a buyback service for electricals and musical instruments.

Bureau de Change is also available in store for all your travel currency requirements with no commission charged.

All our friendly staff are professionally trained and look forward to welcoming you to our Worthing branch situated at 20 Montague Street.

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The range of treatments we offer have evolved over many thousands of years. Where conventional medicine cannot help, we often can, especially in the relief of pain. So do contact us to see what we can do for you. Suite 4, 1 Teknol House, Victoria Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9LH

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Individually Tailored Mindfulness Courses at The Clinic at Borde Hill

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To help with • Stress • Anxiety • Anger/irritability • Habits & Addiction • Sleep Issues • Low Self Esteem • Inability to Switch Off • Stressed Parents

Your wedding dress is very precious to you, and deserves to be cleaned and heirloomed with care. Sarah will care for your dress, discussing the best cleaning techniques with you. They will also care for the Groom, Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaids’ garments. You can choose from boxes by The Empty Box Co, or our own Treasures Box, should you wish to preserve your dress for the future. A true family business, now in it’s fifth generation, Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning are experts in the dry cleaning of vintage clothing and vintage wedding dresses. Our expert staff have the knowledge to handle and care for delicate fabrics and garments.

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Saturday 01 – Sunday 02 June John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate. £300. For more Information: John Lloyd 01444 480388 training-courses

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP An enticing collection of contemporary sculpture displayed within a stunning historic garden, featuring works in bronze, stone, metal, glass and ceramic. Price included in Garden admission. Andrew Loin 01444 450326. This event finishes on Monday 30 September.

Saturday 01 June, 10:00-12:30

Sunday 02 June, 09:30-14:00

Burgess Hill Theatre Club, 103 Church Walk, Burgess Hill RH15 9AS (Opposite BH Post Office) Sale of delicious home-made cakes, pies, jams, chutneys, marmalades, tombola and beautiful hand knitted garments by Jenny. Judy Redd 01444 248595.

RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone RH9 8JB Free parking and disabled parking. Set up 8.30am. Buyers 9.30am. Refreshments. Dogs welcome on lead. No Food Sellers or Traders. Adult buyers: 50p admission. Sellers: All vehicles £10. Trailers £3. Pay on entry. 0300 1230741.

Wood Machining

St Catherine’s Hospice Coffee Morning

Saturday 01 June, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row Market

Hartfield Road, Forest Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market. Contact: Sue Young (Market Manager) 01342 778062 uk Saturday 01 - Sunday 30 June, 10:00-17:00

Sculpture Exhibition – 20th Anniversary

RSPCA South Godstone Car Boot Sale

Sunday 02 June, 11:00-15:00

Open Day

East Mascalls Lane, Walstead, near Lindfield RH16 2QL Wildflower Wood Enchanted Woodland Wedding Venue complete with Giant Nordic Tipis. Free. 01273 845398

Sunday 02 & Sunday 15 June, 14:30-17:00

High Salvington Windmill Open Day - a fully working windmill from the 17th century. High Salvington Windmill, Furze Road, High Salvington, Worthing BN13 3BP We will be open on the first and third Sundays during the summer months until 15th September. There will also be one or two special extra days, so watch out for them too. £1 adults, accompanied children FREE. Monday 03, 10, 17 & 24 June, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503 Tuesday 04 June, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers “Damsel & Dragonfly Nature Walk” Horsted Keynes British Legion CP RH17 7AS TQ384282. Horsted Keynes, Church, Birchgrove Road, Hurstwood Lane, Broadhurst Manor looking out

for insects. Picnic lunch, no dogs, binoculars or camera with a good zoom lens is a good idea. 4.5mi/7.2m Leisurely. Contact: Peter 01444 415367 or 07842 537361 Tuesday 04 June, 20:00-22:00

Lindfield & District Folk Dance Club Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £3 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741. Wednesday 05 June, 10:00-14:00

Mid Sussex Older People’s Council at the Burgess Hill Festival St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Church Community Hall, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EN FREE event for over 60’s, many stalls and activities, entertainment and lunch included. To book: Nicola 01444 242760 Wednesday 05, 12, 19 & 26, June, 12:30-15:00

The Young at Heart Club (Members & Non-members) The Salvation Army, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX

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DIARY DATES Musical guests, movie shows, guest speakers, quizzes, chair aerobics, craftwork etc. Members £5 per month and non-members £2 per week. 2 course lunch extra. Contact: Angela 07931 426691 angela.white@

live music, Gruffalo Trail, heritage zone, show jumping and hound show. Tickets cost £22 for adults, £20 for senior citizens/students, and under 16s go free with a paying adult. 01444 892700.

Wednesday 05 June, 19:30 for 19:45-21:00

Thursday – Monday, 10:00-17:00 - Every Week

Kate Bradbury – Wildlife Gardening for Everyone and Everything

St Thomas a Becket Church Hall, 23 Cliffe High Street Lewes BN7 2AH Kate is passionate about organic, wildlife-friendly gardening. Author of The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, contributor to the Guardian and Gardener’s Question Time. £3 for guests, free for members. Sara Callarman 07952233865 lewes. Wednesday 05 June, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Open Meeting Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Illustrated talk with Andy Stevens, Head Gardener at Borde Hill Gardens. Admission: members free, visitors £1. All welcome! 01444 245509. Thursday 06 – Saturday 08 June

The South of England Show South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL Thrilling displays, motorcycle stunts, wine walk, street food, flower display,

Clock Field

North Street, Turners Hill RH10 4NS A development of 33 three, four and five bedroom houses. Clock Field Marketing Suite – 01342 616 105 clockfield@ Thursday – Monday, 10:00-17:00 - Every Week

The Willows

Church Street, Warnham RH12 3DZ A private development of two, three and four bedroom houses and 4 one and two bedroom apartments. The Willows – 01403 611 191 Thursday 06, 13, 20 & 27 June, 11-11:30 and 14:30-15:00

Wildflower Spotlight Sessions Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB Join a wetland herbalist to discover the wetland plants and herbs flowering this month and discover their historic uses. Entry: Included in regular admission price. 01903 881530.

Thursday 06 June, 12:00

Refreshments available. Proceeds to St Peter and St James Hospice. For more info: Sue Akers 01273 891701.

Burgess Hill and District Probus Club Meeting

This event is for professional and business men. Lunch followed by a short talk by a professional speaker – providing an opportunity to meet with those of similar interest. 01444 236661

Saturday 08 – Sunday 30 June, 10:00-17:00

Waterlily Festival at Sheffield Park and Garden

Friday 07 June, 11:00-16:00

Organergy Pro & Pribiotic Snacks The Seasons, Medway House, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE Join Alex from Organergy to sample his amazing CBD Chocolates, Sauerkrauts and other healthy Snacks. Free. 01342 824 673 Social Media sites. Saturday 08 June, 10:00-14:00

Balcombe Village Craft, Gift & Produce Market Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 1BP Lovely assortment of unique stalls and produce including pork, cakes, chutneys, Game On Jellies and sauces. Plus, fabulous plants from Rapkyns. Tiggers Pre School running the charity table and providing refreshments. Info: 01444 811462. Saturday 08 June, 10:00-14:30

Doughty’s Material Roadshow Plumpton Village Hall, Plumpton Green BN7 3BQ One of the biggest suppliers of material for patchwork. Entrance £1.

Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield TN22 3QX Five weeks (finishes Sunday 14 July) of events to celebrate the glorious waterlilies at Sheffield Park and Garden, including evening picnics and art workshops. See Sheffield Park and Garden website for individual event entry fees. 0344 2491895. Saturday 08 June, 11:00-15:00

An Old-fashioned Village Fete – “Musicals through the Ages” St Peter & St Paul, Old Town, Lingfield RH7 6AH Games, raffles, silent auction, plant stall, and children’s entertainment. BBQ, Pimms/Beer tent. Tea/cake. Ploughman’s lunch in Miller Room. Johnny 01342 833416. Saturday 08 June, 14:00-17:00

Wivelsfield Church Summer Fete Great Ote Hall, Janes Lane, Burgess Hill RN15 0SR Brass band, bouncy castle, pony rides, children’s swimming, cakes, plants, tombola, raffle, hot dogs, ices, cream teas and many stalls. Free car park and entrance. 01444 413176. Saturday 08 June, 19:00

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Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Broadbridge Lane, Horsham RH12 3YS Open to all ages and abilities, with distances of 2, 7, 13 or 20 miles. Make your steps count for your local hospice. £15 per person. events@stch. 01293 447355.

The Arts Society Steyning

The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning BN443XZ Anne Anderson will give an illustrated talk on Pre-Raphaelites. Annual membership £38.00. Visitors £5.00 donation. Leonard Warner 01903 812752.

Saturday 08 June, 19:30-21:30

An Evening of Classical Music with Mid-Sussex Sinfonia

The Seasons, Medway House, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE Join us to try FREE mini Breakfast on us! This is a nationwide event and we will be celebrating Organic foods by sharing ideas and recipes with everyone for free. Contact: 01342 824 673 Social Media sites. Wednesday 12 June, 19:45 for 20:00-22:00

Hassocks Horticultural Society – “Fruit Trees”

Monday 10 June, 14:30

Saturday 15 June, 10:00-13:00

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

St Wilfrid’s Church, St Wilfrid’s Way, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH Marina Finnamore plays Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto; Haydn’s ‘London Symphony, Mendelssohn’s ‘Hebrides’ Overture and Svendsen’s Romance for Violin with Martin Palmer. £10 in advance; £14 on the door; Under 18’s £1. Sue Carpenter 01273 478036

“The Painted Ocean” The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 6DB Justin Reay will give a talk on The Painted Ocean with particular reference to the areas of Brighton, Shoreham and Worthing. This is a change to the advertised lecture. Guests welcome to attend at £8.00 per lecture. Contact: 01273 494633 Stephen Wyman.

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QF Growing various types of fruit trees and their pest management - Mark Piper, Fruit Tree Grower, Hook Farm. All welcome. Members £1.50, Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included.

Saturday 08 June

Monday 10 June, 20:00-23:00

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN “Hampton Court” by Tim Kidd. Contact: Gail Burrell 01444 482055.

Standen House & Garden, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead RH19 4NE The exhibition tells the story of the origins of Morris & Co. and reveals the inspiration behind its iconic patterns. National Trust members free. Adults: £12.60. Child: £6.30. 0134 2323029, Finishes Sunday 10 November.

Thursday 13 June, 09:30

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June

Windlesham House School, London Road, Pulborough RH20 4AY The evening will begin with a welcome from our Headmaster, Richard Foster and the opportunity to hear from our Director of Studies and our Head of Junior Curriculum. To register: 01903 874701 or

Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Say thank you to Dad this Father’s Day and spoil him with a memorable day out and meal. Children can take part in free craft workshops. 01732 865224.

Gin Masterclass & Dinner

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Celebrating World Gin Day in the best way, with Gin cocktails, a masterclass and dinner! £79.50 per person. Contact: 01342 824988.

A pub in Burgess Hill A round of golf? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Theatre, Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Burgess Hill on the second Monday evening of every month. Meetings also in Lewes, Brighton and Horsham. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call.

Sunday 09 June, 11:00-17:00

Fletching Garden Trail Fletching TN22 3SP A range of private gardens in Fletching open their gates for one day each year. £6 per adult, children free – parking free all day. Fletching School 01825 722356.

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Thursday 13 June, 14:30

Mid Sussex Association National Trust Talk

Windlesham Open Evening for Prep and Pre-prep Entry

Saturday 15 June, 10:00-16:30

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Saturday 15 June, 11:00-15:00

Forest Row Summer Fete

DIARY DATES Forester’s Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 Entertainment, Fun Dog Show, Activities and Stalls. Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June, 11:00-17:00

Partridge Green Open Gardens and Scarecrow Trail Weekend Partridge Green, Horsham RH13 8HX 24 gardens open for various charities. Many serving homemade treats and a scarecrow trail along the way. Donations at each garden. Yvonne Newman 01403 711598. Saturday 15 June, 12:00-16:00


School Lane, Danehill RH17 7JE Danehill School Summer Fair with bands, Morris Dancing, Maypoles, food, games, teas, waterslides, 75ft Inflatable assault course and more. Adults £3, Childen £2, under 3’s free. Saturday 15 June, 14:00-16:30

Poynings Country Fete The Rectory Garden, The Street, Poynings BN45 7AQ A fun Country Fete raising money for Church repairs - featuring Maypole Dancing, Puppet Show, Cream Teas, Pimms, Live music and side stalls. Free entry. Nigs 07595255427. Saturday 15 June, 19:30

Sussex Chorus – Summer Concert Chapel, Hurst College, College Lane Hurstpierpoint BN6 9JS

The main work they will sing is Will Todd’s Mass in Blue (originally entitled Jazz Mass). Tickets £15 or £5 for students and children under 16 from the Sussex Chorus Ticket Manager 01444 412579, Carousel Music 01444 417654, Burgess Hill Help Point 01444 247726. Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 June

Cuckfield Music Festival Various Venues in Cuckfield Ten events will range from jazz to classical and folk to popular. Tickets from cuckfieldmusicfest or via website Saturday 15 June, 20:00-21:30

Balcombe History Society Exhibition Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP Exhibition - An opportunity to view some of the items from our archive plus a WW2 display. £1 Member, £3 Visitors – includes refreshments. 01444 811641. Sunday 16 June

Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride East Sussex National Golf Club, Little Horsted, Uckfield TN22 5ES See page 8. Sunday 16 June

Father’s Day Michelham Priory House & Gardens, Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham BN27 3QS Treat dad to a picnic in our stunning

Sunday 16 June

Sussex Day Michelham Priory House & Gardens Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham BN27 3QS Celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Sussex. Demos, talks, music food & drink plus lots more. Entry: Standard admission price. Sunday 16 June

Father’s Day Lunch Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Enjoy the perfect relaxing family afternoon, in our 2 AA Anderida Restaurant. All Dad’s will receive a special golfing gift! From £37.50 per person. Contact: 01342 824988. Monday 17 June, 20:00-23:00

The Group, a club for unattached men and women aged 50+ Worthing Opening at a new Worthing venue - Country walk? Dinner? Theatre? A round of golf? Day at the races? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from the Group diary. The Group meets in Worthing on the third Monday evening of every month. Meetings also in Brighton, Lewes, Burgess Hill and Horsham. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call.

Tuesday 18 June, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Garden Sage – the growth of the nursery by Ed Nugent. Visitors welcomed. Jane Biggs 01273 834421. Wednesday 19 June, Lecture & Coffee, 10:00-11:50

The Arts Society Mid Sussex Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Lecture by Tony Faber on “Indians, Buffalo and Storms: The American West in the 19th Century.” Non-members welcome: £7 on the door. Wednesday 19 June, 20:00-22:00

Royal Marines Association, Brighton & Hove District Adur Bowling Club, Recreation Ground, Old Barn Way, Southwick BN42 4NT Socials - Battle of Trafalgar Meeting and Social. Contact Secretary as alternates between two venues. £3 Branch Membership. Contact: Maureen Copelin Maureen. 01273 236437. Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 June

The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead RH17 5NU International Showjumping - Showing classes at all levels. Hundreds of

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Talk and Tour with Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses 20 June

10:30am – 2:00pm Join one of the country’s leading rose experts for a fascinating talk offering advice on choosing and caring for the best varieties. Following from the Talk there will be a guided tour of Jay Robin’s Rose Garden with 750 roses and buffet lunch to follow Advance booking required

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Homefront Weekend, Sat 8th & Sun 9th June A tribute to the war years with artefacts, food, vehicles & dancing.

Sussex Day, Sun 16th June

Celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Sussex. Food, music, dancing, crafts & more

Father’s Day, Sun 16th June

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DIARY DATES trade stands selling everything from saddlery to fashion. A must for all horse lovers and a great family day out! For advance ticket discounts visit 01273 834315 Thursday 20 June, 10:00-13:00

The 50th Anniversary of the Mid Sussex Riding for the Disabled Association Chestnuts Riding School, A23 Southbound, Pyecombe BN457FJ Any previous riders or volunteers of Mid Sussex RDA are invited to help us enjoy our Day of Celebration. Ruby Grimshaw Chair Mid Sussex RDA 01273 281138 mid sussex- Thursday 20 June, 20:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers “Chailey Nightlife” Car Park by A272 North Chailey BN8 4EY TQ389210. Evening on the commons for Nightjars. Finish in the dark – please bring torches. 2mi/3.2km Moderate. Contact: William 01444 831098 or 07801 711401 on the day. Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June, All Day

St Catherine’s Hospice’s Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge Lake District Join St Catherine’s to test both your physical and mental endurance as you conquer the rugged peaks of the Lake District. Registration fee

and sponsorship required. Contact: Michaela Clements 01293 583063 Friday 21, 16:00-21:00 & Saturday 22 June, 10:30-16:00

The Power of Music

The Orchards Shopping Centre, St. Wilfrid’s Way, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH The Orchards, Ensemble Reza and Rok Skool have joined forces to bring together the very best local musical talent and a salute to the power of youth; they’ll be performing live and loud – and all for YOU. Free. Nicola Bird, Manager, 01444 410620 Friday 21 June, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Doors open at 18:00. Organist/ keyboard player John Cooper. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269. Saturday 22 June, 09:00-12:30

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

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June, 10:00-17:00

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB For the first time designer makers exhibit their spectacular and beautifully made crafts in Henfield. Adults £3, students and children free. 01273 479565 (between 10am - 5pm) Saturday 22 June, 10:00-12:00

Traidcraft Stall, Coffee Morning and Godly Play Hassocks United Reformed Church, 23, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Fairtrade groceries and chocolate. Enjoy a cup of fairly traded coffee or tea and a piece of cake. Children’s activities. Julia Scotland 01444 871812. Saturday 22 June, 11:00-13:30

Summer Fair

St. Barnabas, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Lots of stalls including crafts, raffle, tombola, children’s activities, refreshments include lunches, BBQ. Charity event. Free entry. All welcome. Parish Office 0300 1118150. Saturday 22 June

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Downlands Community School Summer Fair & GCSE Art Exhibition Downlands Community School, Dale Avenue, Hassocks BN6 8LP Live Music, BBQ, Craft Beer Tent, G&T Bar and Dog Show. We’ll have fun inflatables, craft stalls and student stalls and a showcase of the work of the wonderfully talented students in GCSE Art. Entry: Donation. Nicki Burston 01273 845829. Sunday 23 June, 10:30-16:30

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DIARY DATES a glass of Prosecco (for a donation) to complete your afternoon in Jo’s wonderful garden. Buy your tickets at the gate on the day. Gill Johnson 01273 832819. Tuesday 25 – Sunday 30 June

Hever Castle – “Hever in Bloom”

Experience the quintessential English Rose Garden at the height of its summer beauty with free tours of the award-winning gardens and a floristry workshop with Hever’s Florist. 01732 865224. Wednesday 26 June, 19:30-22:00 (Picnic from 18:00)

“Ikarus inc” from the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company Ditchling Village Green BN6 8SP Hilarious, romantic, searching and laced with rock’n’roll. £17 + cons. 01323 501260 Wednesday 26 June, 19:45-22:00

“The Secret Lives of Heathland Birds” – John Eyre The Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Well-known and passionate Hampshire-based naturalist John Eyre with a ground-nesting and ground-breaking view of life in the nest for Nightjar, Woodlark, and Dartford Warbler. £4 members, £5 non-members.

Wednesday 26 June, 20:00-22:00

Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF See page 16.

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH We will be holding a Bonsai Demonstration- given by Malcolm Driffield. All welcome to attend. First visit free. Tea and coffee will be available. Contact: Ray Brunsden 01444 244267

Saturday 29 June, 13:00-18:00

Sussex Bonsai Group – Group Meeting

Friday 28 June

Smallbrook Care Home – Dementia Talk Smallbrook Care Home, Suffolk Close, Horley, Surrey RH6 7DU Dementia Talk & Considering a Care Home. Join us for more information, support and advice. Contact: 01293 772576 for times and more information. Saturday 29 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, cards, gifts, tombola and raffle. 30p. Rosemary Harding 01273 846946 rosemary.harding Saturday 29 June, 10:00-14:00

Prostate Cancer Support – Free PSA Test The Normandy Masonic Centre,

Sunday 30 June, 10:00-16:00

Introduction to Beekeeping

Hormare Recreation Ground, Storrington Road, Storrington RH20 4PG A fun packed day with craft stalls, music, dancing, funfair, kids entertainment, bar and BBQ, Dog Show, Car Boot Sale etc. To book a stall: To book a Car Boot Sale pitch

Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurstwood RH193PH A one-day course as an introduction to Beekeeping. You will learn about the management of the honey bee and different types of hives and equipment required for Beekeeping. There will be an opportunity to examine a working hive. £85 per person. Lisa Aitken 07956 815458

Saturday 29 June, 13:30-15:45

Sunday 30 June, 14:45-17:00

Storrington Village Day

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Flower and Produce Show 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 245509. Saturday 29 June, 14:15

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society Summer Show Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Summer flowers, vegetables, fruit, floral art, cookery, handicraft, photography and children’s sections. Tea and home-made cake, raffle and auction at end of show. Exhibiting is free to all. For details pick up a schedule from Gibsons in Hurstpierpoint High Street. £1.

The Lost Songs of Gilbert & Sullivan The Birch Hotel, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath RH17 7SF Laurence Leng presents a musically illustrated talk on the lost and deleted songs from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. £6 for members and £12 for non-members. Tickets and information from Edwin Cowley 01342 715709

Don’t forget to let us know about your community and charity events and volunteer opportunities. Please send over your details by the 5th of the month before to get into Diary Dates.

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It’s a Dog’s Life Teddy is having some deep thoughts for a Border Terrier this month as he ponders the meaning of doggy sayings, writes Helen Stockton, the pen behind the paw


he other day I was lying in the sunlight, reflecting on the meaning of life, when it struck me how many expressions there are in the English language that include dogs. This is obviously because we are so important. For example, there’s ‘give a dog a bad name….’. Now this could be a reference to the unfortunate business of saddling some poor pooch with an ill-considered epithet such as ‘TiddlyPom’ or ‘Fluffy-Wuffy’, but even if owners are suitably restrained in the naming department, there’s always the additional worry, for pedigree dogs, of kennel names. Mine isn’t too bad; it’s ‘My Teddy Edwards’ which I think has a certain ring to it. It’s sometimes

abbreviated to ‘Teddy Eddie’ by ‘Her Indoors’ which is also pleasingly affectionate. However, you don’t have to look far through my pedigree to find names of dubious merit. I’m not sure ‘Plushcourt Gasp’ was a very healthy dog or that ‘Brumberhill Be Solo’ was

‘Her Indoors’ sometimes impersonates my barking and growling, usually when playing a vigorous game of tug o’ war

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very sociable, and perhaps we ought to draw a veil over the moral integrity of a female relative called ‘Party Game Girl’. However, my Grandfather’s name of ‘Bob Bob Bobbin’ fits neatly with the official name of Rolo, my recently departed boss and mentor. His was ‘Janlane Red Robbin’. And I really can’t complain about having a mother called ‘Always Dotty’ – perfect! Still, I don’t think the expression, ‘give a dog a bad name..’ is actually a reflection of the quality of their title, but more a comment on the burden imposed by the loss of good reputation. This never troubled the Boss who relished his near mythical status as one of the world’s most naughty canines, and went to some trouble, on a regular basis, to maintain it. Then there are expressions such as ‘why keep a dog and bark yourself’ which comments on our domestic usefulness. ‘Her Indoors’ sometimes impersonates my barking and growling, usually when playing a vigorous game of tug o’ war. She’s no idea what she’s saying, bless her, and I can only think the Boss must have taught her some of that language as it certainly didn’t come from me, but she clearly doesn’t adhere to that particular expression. There are others that are pleasing such as ‘like a dog with two tails’. This isn’t a comment on some bizarre mutation, but more a suggestion of such an ecstasy of wagging that one tail blurs into many. I am certainly capable of this when ‘Her Indoors’ has the cheek to leave me, and then, just as I’ve given up hope and considered myself duly abandoned, returns. There are other expressions, with less fortunate associations, involving dogs, for example, ‘he’s gone to see a man about a dog’. Why bring us into the unsavoury business? However, there are some that demonstrate our equality too, so, if you’ll forgive me, I’m going back to where I started, abandoning my typing duties and lying in the sun, because, as it is well known, ‘only mad dogs and Englishmen…’ That’s okay then! l


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