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29 Gently Down The Adur


57 From Earth & Turf To Decking & Resin

Kyaking On The Adur

Celebrating the best of the county this month A serene paddle from Henfield in a kayak Extending the home out in to the garden

93 Turning The Tide

A brief history of rising and falling coastal waters

Features 10 The Sussex Flag


How martlets came to define the county

15 Sussex By The Sea

Homes Extra – Patios

Celebrating the county anthem

18 Sussex Day

Our county day and how it came to be


20 The Pride Of Sussex

The round headed rampion in all it’s glory

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32 Sporty Sussex The joy of stoolball, golf, orienteering and angling 37 A-Plan Insurance

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38 A Pop Of Colour

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55 Clean & Crafty With Sarah Lacey

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Editor’s Comment

We are celebrating all things Sussex in this issue. Flags, flowers, and Sussex By The Sea are symbolic of our county, so Robert Veitch dives into just how super Sussex really is. In the hope that June finally heralds the arrival of summer and some sunshine, we talk to Sussex Ramblers and The Monday Club about the footpaths and walkways to be enjoyed across the county. The South Downs are iconic of Sussex, so why not follow our walk this month over Devil’s Dyke for a birds eye view of our beautiful countryside and coast? Or you could enjoy the traditional recipe of Sussex Pond Pudding – whatever you do, have a joyous June!

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66 Growing Up Gracefully

Updating a picturesque property in Midhurst

81 How Does Your Garden Grow?

On The Home Front

Some tips for inspiring young gardeners

86 Open Garden Season Is Here

Support St Peter & St James Hospice this summer

99 Herbs For Health

Shiny hair and glowing skin with Sarah Hillyer

103 The Circle Of Love

Adele Trathan explores the symbolism of rings

113 Small Change, Big Difference

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121 Walk Your Way

Get walking says Philip Buckle of Sussex Ramblers

122 Stile Appreciation

Get volunteering with The Monday Group

Regulars 63 Spreading The Risk The necessity of insurance with Peter d’Aguilar 89 Blooming Times

Create a herb filled paradise with Flo Whitaker

97 Sussex Pond Pudding

Adele Trathan updates a traditional county recipe

109 Beautiful You


Check out the styles of summer with Hanna Prince

110 Wellbeing

Sussex Pond Pudding

Be more active with Lisa de Silva’s clever tips

115 Devil’s Dyke Walk

An epic walk for Super Sussex month

126 Puzzle Page 130 It’s A Dog’s Life

109 Beautiful You

Puppy training the young protege, Bear

132 If You Ask Me

We need less spoon mangling writes Flo Whitaker

Classifieds 134 Love Local Directory 142 Contributors List


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t’s been a tough year, of that there is no doubt. A new normal evolved during the last 15 months, but slowly things are returning to the old normal – something we took for granted in the past, but probably cherish more

now than we did at the time. As lockdown continues to ease and the county continues to open up, we decided it high time to beat the drum about where we live. We wanted to celebrate the freedoms that are being re-established and the

wonderful landscape, history and communities in which we live. The next few pages are devoted to all things Sussex; The Sussex Flag, Sussex Day, The Sussex Flower and Sussex by the Sea. Further on we’ve got a traditional Sussex recipe and

a walk in an iconic part of the county. In this edition we highlight places to get out and visit this summer, gardens to delight in sampling and sports to enjoy. Enjoy June, enjoy Sussex, from all the team at Sussex Living. l June 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 9


EMBLEMS OF GOLD in a field of blue T

Can it be true that Sussex has its’ own flag? It is and it does and it’s rather impressive, just like the back-story as Robert Veitch discovered when he met Brady Ells

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he sight of six yellow birds on a vivid blue background is one that’s become increasingly frequent over the last decade, but how did it come to be and what are those birds with fluffy feet? Those fluffy footed avians are mythical martlets. A martlet has feathers instead of feet because it’s always airborne, which infers continuous effort, plus a thirst for knowledge and adventure. The word martlet derives from the bird name martin and the suffix let meaning smaller. The venerable heraldic shield of Sussex pictures six gold martlets on a blue background using one bird as an emblem for each historic rape: Chichester, Arundel, Bramber, Lewes, Pevensey and Hastings. Martlets have appeared on heraldic shields in Sussex since the 14th century. Back then it was on the coat of arms belonging to Sir John de Radynden and featured silver birds on a

blue background. Sir John was from Brighton and represented Sussex as a Knight of the shire. When Sir John’s daughter married into the Dallingridge family of Bodiam Castle a shield comprising of six martlets was carved into the castle gatehouse.

A shield comprising of six martlets was carved into the castle gatehouse Over time, Martlets came to be seen as an emblem of Sussex, they started to represent an area, not just an individual. During the early 17th century, John Speed, the renowned cartographer of the era used Sir John de Radynden’s shield to represent the Kingdom of the South Saxons in his work. The martlets evolved from silver to gold but the background remained blue. The design became incorporated into many emblems across the county over subsequent years; including Sussex

Police, Sussex County Cricket Club, Sussex County Football Association and The University of Sussex shield. In 2011 Brady Ells created the Sussex Flag with the help of his father, David. He lived in Heathfield then, but resides in Plumpton Green these days. “I first became interested in flags around the time of the millennium. On a trip to London, we travelled down The Mall and the flags of the Commonwealth were on display. I ticked off most of my I-Spy book that day and became fascinated by the colours and history associated with flags,” or vexillology as it’s otherwise known.

Brady’s campaign for a recognised flag began with the title St. Richards Flag in reference to patron saint of the county. Brady, who was 17 at the time undertook some research and came up with the design – based on the old heraldic shield. Other flags had been created to represent Sussex, but none had been registered. David and Brady had their flag registered at the Flag Institute in May 2011 and it was first flown at Lewes Castle on 28th May 2011. The Flag Institute is an educational charity that’s been flying high since 1971. Based in Hull, it maintains the

unofficial registry of flags in the UK and can help with almost anything vexillologically related. However, The College of Arms in London remains the only official authority on flags, although these are only awarded to individual’s not geographic areas. The Duke of Norfolk who lives in Arundel Castle heads up The College of Arms. The 1888 Local Government Act divided Sussex into East and West, administratively in 1889. Brighton and Hove gained unitary authority status in 1997 having previoulsy been an independent ‘county’ borough from 1888-1974. Some suggest the psychological Berlin Wall needs dismantling and that spiritual reunification is the way forward with the Sussex Flag being part of this. “It would be nice to just have ‘Sussex’ signs around the county periphery at the borders with Kent, Surrey and Hampshire,” observed Brady. The Sussex Flag is free of copyright to be flown without permission and with Sussex Day on June 16th it could be time to feel part of a countywide community. “I’m a flag fanatic,” observed Brady, “Flags should be for everyone, not hijacked for political reasons. People should be proud to fly the Sussex Flag.” l For further information: www.facebook.com/SussexFlag

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Sussex by the Sea is our unofficial anthem, a marching song written by a Cheshire native during his six-year residence on the northern fringes of Bognor Regis, as Robert Veitch discovered


t the beginning of the 20th century, Birkenhead born William Ward-Higgs was a London based solicitor who

also wrote songs. In 1902 he moved to South Bersted, near Bognor Regis, living just a few steps from the modern day A29 spur. It was here he wrote his most widely performed composition in 1907. William Ward-Higgs inspiration is not known with certainty. It might have been his love of his surroundings, after all the Sussex coastline extends for about 100 miles. He also had connections with the Royal Sussex Regiment after his sister-in-law married into it. Kipling’s 1902 poem Sussex was also thought to be an inspiration. The song was written as a march.



William Ward-Higgs moved back to London in 1908. His later years were prone to bouts of epilepsy and he took his own life in Roehampton in 1936, aged 70. Once published, the song immediately gained traction with Royal Sussex Regiment who adopted it as their own. It was said that in WWI, troops from the regiment marched across northern France towards the front lines belting out the tune. It remained

SUSSEX BY THE SEA Now is the time for marching, now let your hearts be gay Hark to the merry bugles sounding along our way So let your voices ring my boys, and take the time from me And I’ll sing you a song as we march along of Sussex by the sea


For we’re the men from Sussex, Sussex by the sea We plough and sow and reap and mow And useful men are we So when you go to Sussex, whoever you may be You can tell them all that we stand or fall For Sussex by the sea


Sussex, Sussex by the sea Good old Sussex by the sea! You may tell them all we stand or fall For Sussex by the sea Up in the morning early, start at the break of day March till the evening shadows, tell us it’s time to stay

We’re always moving on me boys, so take your time from me And sing this song as we march along Of Sussex by the sea Light is the love of a soldier; that’s what the ladies say Lightly he goes a wooing, lightly he rides away In love and war, we always are as fair as fair can be And a soldier boy is the ladies joy In Sussex by the sea Far o’er the seas we soldier, wide through the world we roam Far from the kind hearts yonder, far from our dear old homes But ne’er shall we forget, my boys, and true we’ll ever be To the girls so kind that we left behind In Sussex by the sea Sometimes your feet are weary, sometimes the way is long Sometimes the day is dreary, sometimes the world goes wrong But if you let your voices ring, your cares will fly away So we’ll sing you a song as we march along Of Sussex by the sea

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Goodwin scored the winning runs to secure the first County Championship for Sussex after 164 years of trying, the match was stopped for almost ten minutes, allowing the team to do a lap of honour as Sussex by the Sea played out over the speakers. It’s an apt title for a song about our county, after all nowhere in Sussex is more than about 30 miles from the coast as the crow flies. l




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popular with the regiment until its’ demise in 1966, when amalgamated with others to form the Queen’s Regiment. The song has become immersed in the psychological soil of the county and

remains popular, particularly at bonfire celebrations. Variations on the original lyric have sprung up. Brighton and Hove Albion FC have perhaps, the largest amount of people performing the song at any one time. Brady Ells of sussexflag. wordpress.com told me, “Fans first began singing it in 1910, after returning victoriously from that years Charity Shield.” Supporters down the ages will recall the song blaring over the speakers as the team ran out at Falmer, Withdean, Gillingham’s Priestfield, and at the clubs’ birthplace, the Goldstone Ground. At Sussex County Cricket Club it is also popular. In 2003 when Murray

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June 16th is fast approaching and this means Sussex Day is almost here. Robert Veitch spoke to Brady Ells about this relatively recent innovation of a celebratory day to all things Sussex


he day for all things Sussex is June 16th, which coincides with St. Richard’s Day – the patron Saint of our county. Sussex Day isn’t ancient tradition it’s a recent creation, thanks to a 2006 collaboration between Worthing resident Ian Steedman and Henry Smith, then leader of West Sussex County Council and now MP for Crawley. Henry Smith liked Ian Steedman’s idea of celebrating Sussex history and culture, of restoring local pride in communities. West Sussex County Council


ichard de Wych was born in Worcestershire in 1197 and educated at Oxford University where he later taught, before entering the church. In 1244 he became Bishop of Chichester. On a personal level Richard employed strict disciplines and avoided indulgence; he dressed in a hair shirt and was vegetarian. After Richard died in Dover on April 3rd 1253, his internal organs were removed and buried there, but his body was returned to Chichester and interred in the Cathedral on June 16th. Nine years after his death Richard was canonised and his

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recognised the inaugural Sussex Day in 2007, with many local councils and central government doing so in more recent times. Since then, Sussex Day has grown organically across the whole county, a slow burner that’s gradually seeped into the pores of the county and the communities within it. Events spring up here and there

tomb became a place of pilgrimage. At the time it was reportedly almost as popular as Thomas à Becket’s. Henry VIII ordered the tombs destruction in 1538 and its rumoured St. Richard’s remains may have been moved to West Wittering. The modern shrine to St. Richard inside the Cathedral came to fruition in 1930 and June 16th has long been celebrated as his feast day. A statue to St. Richard was unveiled outside the Cathedral to mark the millennium. St. Richard became the patron saint of Sussex during the fifteenth century and is also the patron saint of coach drivers.

as Sussex Day gathers a little more momentum each year. “I like the grassroots feel of it” Brady told me, “that it’s grown organically, that people do their own thing.” For most of the last decade at Brady’s instigation the Sussex Flag has been flown in the six rapes

Sussex Day gathers a little more momentum each year of Sussex in advance of Sussex Day. The rapes were administrative areas set up more than a millennia ago and were an early form of local government. Flags are flown at locations in Chichester, Arundel,

Bramber, Lewes, Pevensey and Hastings. At other locations the Sussex Flag is also flown and performances of Sussex by the Sea take place. In some communities, the reading of the Sussex Charter is also part of the proceedings. Some county days are as old as the hills, but most are relatively recent innovations. Ours is on June 16th so mark your calendar, make a note in your diary, and be prepared to celebrate! l

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The round-headed rampion, otherwise known as the ‘Pride of Sussex’ is our county flower. Robert Veitch has never seen one but has learnt what to search for


serrated edge. Flowers appear from n national terms, round-headed May to August in purple or deep blue rampion is our equivalent to shades. Each flower is an aggregation of the red rose of Lancashire, the primrose of Devon, honeysuckle many smaller tube-like florets. Round-headed rampion is found of Warwickshire and the bogbean of on chalky grassland, and its greatest Renfrewshire. density occurs on the South Downs, Round-headed rampion or making it an apt choice for the county Phyteuma Orbiculare to use the flower. correct botanical nomenclature is an In downland meadows that are left herbaceous perennial. It’s a plant that un-grazed it’s possible to see a purple dies back to the ground each autumn haze during the then grows afresh summer, though each spring. It’s part round-head rampion of the Phyteuma It’s possible to see a purple is not common, it is genus and from the in fact a ‘nationally Campanulaceae haze during the summer scarce’ plant. Like family that also the orchids that also contains campanula, populate the South lobelia, and some Downs, these plants are varieties of tobacco. to be cherished where Round-headed they grow and then rampion grows up left alone. to 50cm (20 inches) In 2002 in height, though Plantlife, the wildlife it can mature at a conservation charity smaller size. The decided to assign leaves are lanceolate each county an (narrow oval shapes), official flower. Before sometimes with a

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then blue cornflower had been seen by some as the county flower of Sussex. The poll took place and round-headed rampion topped the vote to become ‘official’ and maybe it is a good choice as rampion is at home in Sussex, bearing in mind it grows so sparsely elsewhere in England. Harking back to the past, the Ringmer village sign on the junction of Lewes Road and Vicarage Way has been in situ since 1923. It’s home to a round-headed rampion, among shields, tortoises and illustrious local names from history. Mid Sussex District Council have had a round-headed rampion on their coat of arms since 1978. More recently, at the start of the 2010s planning began on what was then called the Southern Array, but is now called Rampion Wind Farm. Georgia Starr and Megan McCullough, pupils at Davison CE High School for Girls in Worthing suggested the name when a competition was held. The duo enjoyed a tour of the wind farm in 2018, when it opened. Rampion Wind Farm has 116 turbines, 140m (459 feet) in height, located 8-12 miles offshore between Worthing and Brighton and powers 350,000 homes. Boat tours of the site are available. The round-headed rampion may be the ‘Pride of Sussex’ but spare a thought for its sibling, the very rare spiked rampion, currently known to exist at only eight locations across the county. l


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hese beautifully designed huts remain faithful to the heritage of their historic origins, while the interiors exhibit all the style and comfort of a boutique hotel. Whether you’re looking for a selfcontained annex, garden room, office space or glamping accommodation, these huts provide a stylish solution. Established by Ashley White in 2019, the White Hut Company has gone from strength to strength. “I’m a carpenter and joiner by trade and when I made my first hut, I never dreamed it would end up being a business,” explained Ashley. “But I put a photograph of it on Facebook and suddenly I had two orders. I’ve now got a workshop in Cooksbridge, five members of staff and our huts are delivered throughout the country.” With an emphasis on sustainable, durable and resilient materials, the huts are built to last for generations. All are built on an oak chassis with metal wheels, so they can be moved over grassland. The plastic-coated steel exterior is weatherproof, while the timber panelled interior is fully insulated to retain the

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but interestingly, we made one recently which was actually going to be used as a shepherd’s hut during the lambing season,” Ashley told me. While historically these mobile huts were used for shelter and warmth for shepherds tending their flock during lambing, today these adaptable structures have many uses including as a peaceful hideaway in which to work or write, as a spare room for visiting guests, as holiday lets, fishing huts or a cool place for a family to hang out. One happy client is Alciston Court Farm who have two White Hut Company huts dotted across their land amid the stunning East Sussex landscape. The huts are beautifully designed with wood burning stoves, king-size beds, butler sinks and ensuite shower rooms and are available for holiday rentals on Airbnb. Meet Ashley at the South of England Show from 11th June and see for yourself. l

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Etchingham Music Festival Saturday 26th June to Sunday 4th July Etchingham Music Festival at Etchingham Church features vintage jazz with the Dime Notes, the Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Romon Kosyakov (winner of Hastings International Piano Competition 2018) playing works by Mozart and Dvorak, Piano Duets by Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins, the Benyounes String Quartet playing Beethoven’s Serioso opus 95, Haydn’s opus 77 no 2 and Debussy’s opus 10, piano and wind music by Florian Mitrea and the Atea Wind Quintet. Tickets are £18 and £15 concessions by calling 01580 819384 or online: www.wegottickets.com or www.etchinghammusicfestival.co.uk for up to date information. By post to PO Box100, Etchingham, TN19 7US with a SAE and cheque.

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Shakespeare at Half House Farm near Hastings After almost two years, the Bowler Crab Theatre Company return to the C16th Half House Farm with a socially distanced one man show performed in the open air. In an effort to answer why BC perform only Shakespeare, Artistic Director Stephen John presents his answers to socially distanced circles whilst performing twenty famous Shakespearean speeches from his eight years of running his theatre company. Tragedy and comedy lace this charismatic and personal performance as Stephen fights, feasts, frights, fakes and falls about laughing in every effort to share his passion for Shakespeare and answer the ultimate question: “Why Will?”.

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20th May to 11th July 2021 An exhibition of colourful collages, created from numerous pieces of used scratch cards and other recycled materials, by talented, young environmental artist, James Owen Thomas (J.O.T.) J.O.T. highlights the damaging effects of single-use products on the environment; turning the waste discarded by others into his medium for artistic expression. “I’ve been told that my work and its message are ‘truly inspiring and thought provoking.’ www.jamesowenthomas.com Farleys Gallery, Muddles Green, Chiddingly, BN8 6HW Gallery open: Sundays & Thursdays, 10am to 4.30pm Pre-book online: www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk For queries contact: info@leemiller.co.uk

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ne of the most challenging aspects of kayaking is carrying the craft to the water. This is why, last year, I bought a ‘packraft’, an ultralight inflatable kayak weighing 4kg, originally designed for hikers needing a portable boat for exploration. This makes it considerably easier to walk any reasonable distance before launching, which is handy as most rivers are rarely near car parks. I popped on my life jacket and ‘put in’ just west of Henfield at Bineham Bridge and was soon coasting between steep sided banks, watching acrobatic swallows overhead while being observed by inquisitive lambs on the bank. The West End Levels are tidal, so its sensible to time the downstream journey, paddling against the incoming tide, allowing the same tide to make the return leg easier, later on. While paddling a family of mallards passed close by and a small formation of geese honked above. The water surface broke occasionally as a small

fish leapt out to avoid a predator, but otherwise my only companions were chaffinches and rooks. Paddling against the tide in an inflatable kayak is easier at the edges of the river, away from the stronger current in the centre, where a heavier, rigid craft would be better.

The tranquility of being afloat on the water is one of its main advantages The Downs beckoned to the south and Truleigh Hill gradually led my eye towards the Devil’s Dyke in the east. This stretch of the River Adur is sunk below the flood plain, so mature trees are the only significant landmarks, which is why the distant sight of the Downs felt so prominent. Kayaking usually takes participants far from roads, so the tranquility of being afloat on the water is one of its main

advantages. Apart from the flapping wings of disturbed ducks or the buzz of passing insects, my experience was utterly peaceful and relaxing. I found a comfortable rhythm and although my shoulders felt the pull of the water, it was not too tiring to travel against the tide as the river gradually widened. The West End Levels are designated by Henfield Birdwatch as one of eleven areas surrounding the village, being particularly rich with birds during winter, when migrating flocks settle on the low-lying wetland. The group have been surveying the areas since 1999 and with over 40,000 records submitted

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Sporty Sussex Having looked into croquet, hockey, bowls and tennis in May, Hanna Prince turns her attention to four more sports this June. It’s time to get ready to go fishing, run for checkpoints, swing for glory and bat for Britain!

Stoolball Although the game first originated back in the 15th century, it was in Sussex during the 19th century that the first organised teams played, spreading nationwide after WWI Two teams compete to see who can score the most runs. Batsmen score by hitting the ball into the field and running between two wickets, or by hitting the ball beyond a boundary line. It’s fast-paced, fun and easy to get into. “Stoolball is cheap to play, you don’t need your own equipment and it’s a really good community – you make loads of friends,” said Rick Mason, a

Golf With 66 clubs to choose from, Sussex is a top spot for anybody looking to try their hand at golf This historic club-and-ball sport has been played in Britain since the 15th century, with the first 18-hole course created at the Old Course in St Andrews in 1764. The Open Championship first played in 1860 remains the premier global tournament. Today, golf courses

vice president of Stoolball’s governing body, Stoolball England. “First and foremost it’s about camaraderie, but the ladies’ game is more competitive than the mixed. There are county and England exhibition games in ladies, whereas the mixed game is really just about having a good time.” One advantage of this traditional Sussex sport is that it’s multi-generational. It’s commonly played in schools and there are junior teams across the area, but kids can also take part in adult games from the age of 11. Something you see a lot in stoolball is families playing together,” says Rick. “I play with my

sister and in our team we also have a mother and son.” The starting point for anybody hoping to take up stoolball is the Stoolball England website: www.stoolball.org.uk – Use the map to find your local team and contact the team manager directly for advice on how to sign up.

consist of either 9 or 18 holes, with an 18-hole round taking about four hours to complete. Nearly 900,000 people in England play golf regularly – so what’s the big appeal? “It’s healthy exercise,” said Peter Scaramanga, a regular player based in Lewes. “I love being outside in the fresh air, enjoying the views. The other critical thing is the social element. With most sports it’s quite difficult to chat and play at the same time, whereas with golf you can have a chat along the way.” Another big part of golf’s appeal, said Peter, is that it offers the opportunity for players of all

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ranging from fun and easy to long and complex. At larger events competitors are grouped into different age classes, making it a perfect adrenaline sport for the whole family. “There’s something amazing about seeing all ages competing in the same sport,” said fellow Southdowns Orienteer, Kate Turner. “I think that’s what really appeals to our family – we can all go together, have loads of fun and be challenged on different levels. Our kids have made lots of new friends too.”

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“Anglers are privy to Mother Nature at her finest,” said Dave. “It’s not unusual to have a friendly robin or a kingfisher flitting from bush to

bush. Because anglers sit quietly, rabbits, foxes and deer are often visible. Anglers are also at the vanguard of spotting pollution incidents. For me catching fish is probably only about 25% of the joy of angling. I’ve had many enjoyable sessions where I haven’t caught any fish!” Angling is also a top activity for kids. Not only can it help detach them from screens and encourage a connection with nature, it also teaches patience – in fact, it’s often used as a therapy for children who suffer with ADHD. “Our club run an annual junior day to encourage kids to have a go,” noted Dave. The sport can be solitary or sociable, depending on your preference. “You can fish a small pond, a five-acre lake, a 280acre reservoir, a bubbling stream, a large river, from the beach or out in a boat at sea… Angling appeals to a wide variety of people,” explained Dave. With basic equipment available for under £50, it’s cheap to get started. Attend a Get Fishing beginner session www.anglingtrust.net/getfishing or contact Dave at www.crowboroughanglers.org.uk to find out more.

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he newest branch in the A-Plan Insurance family is prominently located on Sussex Corner, but the benefits of stepping inside are far more prominent. The spacious open plan branch is a delight and the new team of Dominic, Skye and Liam are so welcoming it’s like meeting old friends.

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Having sold her London house quickly, Tania finally moved in June 2015, and she couldn’t wait to make it her own. “All the walls were painted white and all the floors a pale wood laminate. It was an invitation to fill it with bright, bold colour. My old house had walls in blues, greens, pinks, you name it. But I had to completely rethink my look here, as it just wouldn’t have suited it.” Deciding to keep the basic walls and floors, Tania experimented with adding colour and mid-century inspired furniture, taking it slowly over the past few years and documenting her style on her Instagram @lifeatprospect. Tania said, “I found these fantastic enormous cow paintings for the living room, which cover one wall. I’m also an enthusiastic artist and printmaker myself, having studied at art college, so I’ve put up loads of my own canvasses in blocks on walls wherever there’s too much white.” Sticking to primary colours plus orange as her basic palette, Tania has gone for strong tones in everything from furniture to furnishings. “I love seeing big blocks of colour leap out, like the orange sofas and the different colour dining chairs. I also prefer white

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ockdown has been tough on small family businesses, but Sarah Lacey has turned the time to good account. Through creating and selling beautiful handmade masks, she and her team have managed to raise an incredible £3,000 for St Peter & St James Hospice. “We’re still making the masks on the premises and we’re hoping to raise more money for the charity over the next few months,” said Sarah, who continued opening her Haywards Heath shop for limited hours during lockdown but is now once again offering a full-time service. As well as selling face masks, Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning stocks a full range of craft materials – everything from zips, ribbons and curtain tape

She carefully assesses each garment that comes in come from all over the county and beyond – is that Sarah offers a uniquely bespoke service. She carefully assesses each garment that comes in, and her lengthy experience includes dealing with everything from business suits and school uniforms to oneof-a-kind designer pieces.

Her green ethos also chimes with ecominded customers. “We are trying hard to reduce our plastic consumption,” Sarah explained. “Our garment wrap is biodegradable and can be recycled alongside carrier bags at the supermarket. We also take back, clean and reuse our own coat hangers. But if customers want to bring their own garment bags and coat hangers then we are, of course, more than happy to use those.” After a difficult year, Sarah is particularly keen to express her gratitude to regular customers. “Some of our customers continued to come every week during lockdown because they needed the help,” she said. “I’d like to thank all our loyal customers and say how grateful we are to them for continuing to use our services.” l Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning 1 College Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1QN 01444 416644 enquiries@sarahlacey-drycleaning.co.uk www.sarahlacey-drycleaning.co.uk June 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 55

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From earth & turf



ow we are finally allowed to meet family and friends, it’s time to enjoy much needed gatherings in our gardens. In many ways, when considering the perfect al fresco area, it’s similar to creating a living room – you need to think about: flooring, lighting, colour schemes and furniture. Adopt this way of thinking to your little bit of the ‘great outdoors’ and it will be fit for those hot summer days that are just around the corner… or so we have been promised. This month we are looking at the surfaces underfoot as we enjoy those lazy lunches in the sun and those hazy evenings with friends. These days, it’s not just turf or earth beneath our feet to choose from, there are many different surfaces to make an outside space more

Although technically the garden isn’t a room, it is an extension of the home and as Adele Trathan discovered, there are many things to consider when deciding on the surface for an ‘al fresco’ space attractive and desirable. Here are some of the most popular options. DECKING Decking has been a firm favourite for many years now. Some people deck their entire outside space as a flat area, but decking works even better

when splitting different heights and separating areas of the garden. In a sloped or banked garden, look to create a raised flat area for a barbecue or seating with steps that lead to it, creating a focus area. Decking has come a long way in recent years and there are many considerations to make when choosing the preferred option; it’s not just about which wood these days. Budget and maintenance are the biggest considerations. As a general guide, pressure-treated softwood boards are the most affordable and easiest to install, but they require regular, yearly maintenance. Hardwood boards cost more but are organically beautiful and more durable. They still need looking after with regular cleaning and treatments. June 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 57

More recent developments in decking materials have led to composite (WPC) board, which consists of a mixture of wood-flour and recycled plastic mixture. This is a big step-up on the budget but the material is resistant to mould, insects and moisture, meaning very low maintenance, but it still looks like the real deal. The final option is PVC plastic boards, made solely from plastic. Once again high cost, long lasting and low maintenance but the decking can look quite artificial. PATIO PAVERS Patio paving slabs come in an impressive array of cut pavers available in many different colours, sizes and materials. Ideally, it is best to start by finding a preferred finish, at a cost that relates to the budget. Choose from a natural stone such as flagstone, Indian stone, marble, granite or a composite concrete mix that emulates the appearance of natural stone. The cost of natural stone is more

expensive, but the beauty and durability of stone will last at least a lifetime. That aside, a well laid, well maintained patio of concrete or brick pavers, can still look fantastic and provide a perfectly adequate patio area for a family to enjoy for many years. In recent times, tiles have come to market that are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, creating viable options to link the house to the garden in properties with bi-fold doors. Using the same tiles internally and externally creates a seamless transition, extending the living space naturally, and being easy on the eye. Homeowners on a tight budget with an old patio or broken slabs, could consider a recycled retro crazypaving patio. It may take a little time to match the broken pieces, a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, but planned well and laid properly it will still be perfectly functional and have a certain nostalgic appeal. OTHER OPTIONS Gravel – It’s cost effective, visually appealing, simple and easy to lay and drains easily. However, it can be difficult to maintain, requiring regular

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lasting and works well for pathways and smaller patio areas. Whatever the preference for the surface underfoot it’s still important to consider the size and area of any al fresco space in relation to the total home and garden area. Where might the barbecue, shed or trampoline be best located to make the most of the al fresco space? How much ‘green’ space is necessary for grass and plants, and

what is the aspect of the garden in relation to the sun? Readers that are lucky enough to have a south or south-westerly facing garden will be blessed with sunshine most of the day. Even those lucky souls might want to consider a shady spot to make a cool retreat away from those sizzling temperatures for a chilled-out lunch. Now all we need to hope for is the sunshine! l

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LIGHTENING THE LOAD, SPREADING THE RISK Safeguarding against things that might happen in life is an unfortunate necessity most people need to be prepared for, as Peter d’Aguilar explains


othing in life is totally risk free, including life itself – so we all need a degree of security and protection from unforeseen setbacks. In one form or another, insurance has always been around. Early humans hunted dangerous prey in groups, to spread the risk. Valuable goods were transported in several different cargo ships, reducing the chances of losing everything at sea through shipwreck or piracy. In more modern times, the insurance risk is passed from the individual to an institution that has the resources to cover a substantial loss.

The dictionary definition of insurance is an arrangement by which a company or the state undertakes to provide a guarantee of compensation for specified loss, damage, illness, or death in return for payment of a specified premium – providing protection against a possible eventuality. In a nutshell, insurance is a mechanism to mitigate risk by spreading it among a group of participants – so that no one is left to carry the burden single-handed. In an ideal world we would never need insurance. Nevertheless, it is reassuring to know we are covered

against a variety of potential risks. Insurance comes in many forms to cover the different elements in our lives – from our home and its contents, possessions, cars, health, life, pets and travel to income protection, public liability, professional indemnity and long-term care. Its protection or coverage can be for a limited period or throughout a whole lifetime. Insurance works on the principle of the policy holder paying a regular, relatively small premium to the insurer in case they should suffer a loss or a claim against them. If this should unfortunately occur, the insurer then pays out a potentially much larger sum by way of compensation. The insurance policy is the contract between the insurer and the insured, setting out everything the policy covers and any conditions and exemptions. In order to keep premiums down and avoid too many small claims many policies include an excess, which is the amount of your claim you agree to cover before

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mall children are natural gardeners. They love being outside; squidging happily around in the soil, digging for worms, moving earth around and carefully planting seeds. When it comes to the activities that adult gardeners find boring – watering, weeding,

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From plot to plate: What could be more exciting than growing something delicious in your back garden? Children’s favourites such as strawberries, carrots, peas and apples are all relatively easy to grow and sure to taste better than their shop-bought cousins.


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rom pretty plants and ponds, to woodland, wildflowers and water features; gardeners across the region are kindly opening their garden gates in support of St Peter & St James Hospice, and you are warmly invited to visit them. Television and radio presenter Katie Derham is lending her support to St Peter & St James Hospice annual Open Gardens campaign to help raise vital funds for the charity. Katie, who lives in the West Sussex countryside and is a patron of the hospice, says of the Open Gardens, “As a keen gardener I am greatly in awe of other people’s skill in creating stunning outdoor spaces, and can’t wait to take a peek at some of the county’s best private gardens. I am delighted to be involved this 86 SUSSEX LIVING | June 2021

Carol Hughes from St Peter & St James Hospice encourages readers to explore some of the most beautiful gardens in Sussex and support the expert and compassionate care given to local families

year and to offer support to the fundraising activities of the hospice.” The first Open Gardens of the season are opening up on the 19th and 20th June in Scaynes Hill, Hassocks and Keymer. On Saturday 3rd July from 1-5pm, St Peter & St James Hospice will be opening its own grounds for the first time in two years. Visitors can wander around ancient woodland, meet resident donkeys; Dudley and Dylan and learn more about

hospice care in this sanctuary in the heart of Sussex. Visitors will be able to see the work of the hospice’s dedicated volunteer gardeners who look after the lovely grounds. Volunteers Liz and Paul Mercer explained, “We look forward to working in the hospice grounds every Friday morning, all year round; enjoying the differing tasks of each season. As well as having fun with good friends, volunteering in the gardens is also great motivation for getting up and getting out during the winter months. Knowing that our enjoyment also provides pleasure for others and raises funds for the hospice is a bonus.” The volunteer hospice gardeners will be on hand to offer gardening advice, and there will be homemade tea and cake to enjoy, as well as other stalls and a coin amnesty. On Sunday 4th July from 1-5.30pm it’s time for the Burgess Hill Garden Safari, whereby keen gardeners from the town allow the

I am greatly in awe of other people’s skill in creating stunning outdoor spaces

St Peter & St James Patron, Katie Derham

general public to visit their gardens. Proceeds from the sale of refreshments goes to the hospice. Look out for Burgess Hill in bloom online. In true hospice tradition, tea and cake will be served in the larger gardens as Open Gardens season progresses; including Mill House in Plumpton on 18th July, The Beeches in Barcombe on 25th July and Newtimber on 22nd August. Some gardens are also dog friendly so feel free to bring Fido along as well. To ensure the comfort and enjoyment for both the garden owners and all visitors, tickets to all gardens must be ordered in advance via the hospice website. l Pre-book tickets only please from: www.stpjhospice.org/events For Burgess Hill Garden Safari visit burgesshillinbloom.co.uk


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Paradise No garden is complete without a few herbs, writes Flo Whitaker. Herb gardens are beautiful and practical – and you don’t have to break the bank to make one


he earliest known gardens were constructed within a protective barrier of walls or hedges to deter animals or trespassers. Throughout history, horticulture and religious symbolism have kept close company and the idea of a garden based on an ‘Earthly Paradise’ is an ancient one, but the concept wasn’t just about plants. Paradise gardens sought to provide sustenance for both the body and soul in a peaceful, enclosed space - safe from the dangerous world beyond. Trees and arbours to provide cooling shade were essential features, as were seats for conversation and contemplation. However, the most important element in a paradise garden was life-sustaining water. Fish ponds and ‘dipping’ pools provided gardeners with an on-site water source, while ‘rills’ (narrow, gravityfed streams), were early examples of water features; combining functionality with artistic elements. Herb gardens are descendants of these paradise gardens.

Monastic gardens were the pharmacies and laboratories of the medieval world. With a mostly illiterate population, the first herbal books were written by monks. An herbal publication was a complete instruction manual – a combined gardening book, cookery book and pharmacy

Paradise gardens sought to provide sustenance for both the body and soul

Chives, in bloom

journal. Drawings and descriptions of plants were set alongside notes on propagation, cultivation, medicinal uses and recipes for cures, (‘prescription’ comes from the Latin word ‘recipe’). It had long been realised that different plants required different habitats. That’s why the invention of subdivided flower beds was so clever and it remains a flexible, practical system for the modern gardener wishing to grow a wide variety of plants in a limited space. For instance, moisture-retaining leaf mould can be incorporated into one bed, while free-draining grit can be dug into the neighbouring compartment. Also, a network of paths between the beds makes access easier; ideal for tending crops that might require daily attention. Over time, gardening became evermore scholarly. From the 16th century, botanical gardens started appearing throughout Europe and the notion of rigorous academic endeavour, with plants properly classified by type and grown in allotted spaces began to take hold. The regimented layout of the old monastic herbal was perfect for this new scientific era. June 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 89

Herb gardens can be as fancy, (expensive!) or as simple as you like. Edged with wood, brick or stone, the beds are commonly laid out as a series of squares or rectangles; sometimes subdivided diagonally to create triangular shapes. An herb wheel, (a circular design with beds radiating from a central ‘hub’), is practical if space is limited – circles often fit into areas where squares won’t. Whatever Lavender style you choose, ensure the beds are level, otherwise soil/water will forever wash downhill and make a horrible mess. Herb beds traditionally had barriers of brick or slate sunk 30 cms below the soil surface to stop roots migrating into surrounding areas, but this isn’t For culinary purposes or just necessary, so long as you keep invasive ornamental effect, herbs should herbs such as mint, lemon balm and comfrey in pots to curb their thuggish feature in every garden tendencies. Some herbs are annuals; others die back in autumn, so think about how the shape. A large decorative pot, (planted space will look out of season. Terracotta or left empty) placed at a central point edging or gravelled paths will embellish or end of a path gives year-round visual impact. the scene, even in the middle of winter. An herb garden in a container is Long-lived and fully hardy, bay can be possible, providing you choose plants clipped into an eye-catching topiary

that are not over-vigorous and enjoy similar conditions. Try adding some salad-type crops too – a trailing tomato plant will thrive in a sunny window box planted with basil and a colourful thyme – there are many thyme varieties to choose from. Lettuces, chives, dill, coriander and parsley will happily grow in pots in light shade – cooler temperatures makes them slower to run to seed. Tiny alpine strawberries also prefer dappled shade. Frankly,

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I’ve never had much success growing maincrop strawberries in bespoke strawberry pots, (sometimes called ‘towers’). I find it impossible to get the watering right; moisture quickly runs through the top section, so the compost stays too dry, but fails to drain adequately at the base. However, strawberry pots are brilliant for herbs - position one by your kitchen door, perhaps? Plant the bottom tiers with shade/damp lovers; try violas, (for

edible flowers) or different types of mint. Use the upper, drier levels for sun worshippers such as oregano and marjoram. If you have a boring expanse of paving, lift alternate slabs

Tiny alpine strawberries prefer dappled shade

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and make a ‘chessboard’ of planting pockets. In a sunny situation, droughttolerant rosemary, lavender, thyme and sage will revel in impoverished freedraining soil and the heat radiated by the surrounding masonry will enhance their fragrance. Whether grown for culinary purposes or just ornamental effect, herbs should feature in every garden. In the 1980s, I was fortunate to travel through Egypt. Stopping in a remote village, my travelling companions and I gratefully sat in the shade cast by the derelict walls of a once-substantial building. The house was uninhabitable, but someone had made a tiny garden in the ruins. An area of beaten earth no more than two metres square was neatly bordered by an assortment of old food tins and plastic containers. Herbs and salads of various types were growing out of these repurposed flowerpots. Positioned at the centre was a water-filled dish. Right on cue, a small bird appeared for a refreshing drink. That’s the beauty of gardening. You can create a little bit of paradise anywhere. l

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The Sportsman Pub Goddards Green, West Sussex, BN6 9LQ

Open Thursday to Sunday Thursday, Friday & Saturday Food served all day Brunch 10am-2pm Main Menu 12pm-8pm Bar 10am-9pm Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm Main Menu 12-6pm Bar 10am-7pm Our delicious brunch menu is available every morning and serves up brunch classics, such as Eggs Benedict and Pancakes With Maple Syrup. At brunch time, we can offer you crisp glass of Prosecco or a lovely coffee from Lindfield Coffee Works. We also have a ‘bottomless brunch’ drinks option available; at £20 a head, you can have bottomless drinks to compliment your fabulous food. Why not make it extra special and book a bottomless brunch in a pod? You can check out our brunch menu on our social media pages. Our wonderful main menu is served from 12pm all day and can be experienced in the pub, the pods or in our fabulous beer garden.

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With summer approaching the prospect of toes, and knobbly knees entering the sea once again is upon us; Robert Veitch combs the foreshore in search of all things tidal


n its simplest form, the tide is the rise and fall of water levels around the coast, inlets and rivers at or around sea level. Tides are generated from the effects of the sun, gravitational forces of the moon, rotation of the earth, ocean currents, coastline topography and more. Although the moon is in a landlocked orbit around our planet, its distance from the earth varies from its perigee

of 225,000 miles to its apogee of 250,000 miles. This is why the moon appears to change size in the night sky. The fluctuation in the distance of the moon from the earth affects its gravitational force on the sea. In plain terms the mass of a larger object attracts the

mass of a smaller object to gravitate towards it, which is why the apple hit Sir Isaac Newton on the head as it fell to earth. It’s how the moon can exert an influence on a movable object like water. Tidal frequency or Lunitidal interval can be accurately predicted from the known times of moonrise, moonset, the elevation of the moon in the sky and the times of previous tides. High tides are about

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and an encyclopaedia is the necessary course of action for that. Oscillating currents are generated by the changing tides. They generate slack water around the Low Water Mark (LWM), after which the tide is often said to be on the turn. Then the pace picks up and the flood tide runs towards the next high

High tides are about 12½ hours apart, evolving daily tide and High Water Mark (HWM). After more slack water, and the turning of the tide, the ebb tide continues the process to the next low tide. The length and depth of the tide varies with the 28-day lunar cycle. Longer deeper spring tides and shorter shallower neap tides rotate on a 7-day cycle, culminating with the highest spring tides of all at the full moon and new moon.

As waves crash onto or gently lap the beach, the undertow is the return flow of water back to the sea, beneath the next oncoming wave. Undertow is normal; it is not a rip current. Rip currents are narrow, localised, strong currents

of water cutting through the waves and out to sea. They are strongest near the surface and to weak or inexperienced swimmers they can be life threatening if swum against. Rip currents usually dissipate just beyond the breaking waves, releasing

everything in their grasp – a real case of go with the flow. On rocky beaches the ebb tide can reveals tidal pools, or rock pools, which are a whole new world of exploration, and something for next months edition of the magazine. l

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Sussex Pond Pudding This month we are celebrating all things Sussex so how about making a traditional Sussex dessert? Adele Trathan has put her spin on this old suet pastry pudding recipe that encases a whole lemon. Once steamed, the lemon should be almost candied and luxuriating in a pond of butter and sugar. Decadent! INGREDIENTS 225g (8oz) self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting 110g (4oz) shredded suet 150ml (6fl oz) milk 200g (7oz) butter, chilled and cubed, plus extra for greasing 200g (7oz) soft brown sugar 1 large ripe, unwaxed, thin-skinned lemon, pricked all over with a skewer

over (so the juices can escape), on top of the butter and sugar. Place the remaining butter and sugar on top of the lemon to fill the bowl. Roll out the reserved quarter of dough into a circle and then place it on top of the basin. Press the edges of the two doughs together to seal the pudding. Place a piece of greased foil, with a pleat in the

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middle, over the basin. Tie the foil securely in place with string, then create a string handle over the top, so the pudding can be easily moved when hot. Locate an upturned saucer in the bottom of a large saucepan then place the basin on top. Add boiling water and fill to half-way up the side of the basin. Cover the pan with a lid. Bring to a simmer and steam for 3


hours, adding more boiling water when the level falls too low. After 3 hours carefully remove the basin from the pan and remove the foil lid. Put a deep dish over the basin and turn the pudding out onto the dish. Serve immediately, the delicious juices should flow to create the pond – perfect with double cream or vanilla ice cream.

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METHOD Mix the flour and suet together in a bowl, then add the milk gradually to create a soft, but not sticky, dough. Remove a quarter of the dough ball and set aside. Roll out the remaining dough on a lightly floured surface to make a large circle (approximately 30cm). Grease a 1½ litre (2¾ pint) heatproof basin or bowl, and line the bowl with the dough. Place half of the butter cubes and half of the sugar into the bottom of the lined bowl. Put the lemon, which should be pricked all


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HERBS FOR HEALTH are very nourishing. They work on all but the most greasy hair. Rosemary is also a lovely conditioner – it will make the hair shiny and encourage growth. I infuse the herbs in almond oil, which is kind to the scalp, but coconut oil is a good alternative. I was lucky enough to be given this wonderful recipe for a body scrub. he prospect of It stimulates the summer and Carrot oil which blood supply to the sunny days helps rehydrate dry skin which, in turn, ahead is an and chapped skin, promotes healing and ideal time to detox and will make your skin cleanse our skin. We’ve it is also an old silky smooth. waited a long time for the remedy for sunburn Finally, I also have sun (and that Vitamin D) a recipe for carrot oil to arrive. While enjoying which helps rehydrate dry and chapped the sun’s healing benefits, why not also skin, it is also an old remedy for sunburn think about how you can look after your – in fact, carrot oil is found in plenty skin and hair at the same time? of commercially available skincare Chamomile and rosemary oils both products and sun lotions. have anti-inflammatory properties and

Local herbalist Sarah Hillyer explains how to help your skin glow and protect and promote strong hair growth this summer


HERBAL HAIR RINSE AND FACE TONER 4 parts lemon balm 4 parts German chamomile flowers 4 parts rose petals 3 parts marigold flowers 1 part rosemary leaves 1 part lemon or orange peel Organic wine vinegar or vodka to cover A few drops of lavender or frankincense essential oil 1 Crush all the leaves and flowers and slice the citrus. 2 Place in a preserving jar and cover with the liquid. 3 Shake once a day for 2 weeks. 4 Strain and add the essential oils. Store in a cool dark place.

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BODY SCRUB 50g (2oz) fresh mint leaves 50g (2oz) rosemary leaves 50g (2oz) chamomile flowers Peel of 2 lemons 300ml (10fl oz) olive oil 400g (14oz) fine sea salt 4 tsp Vitamin C powder 1 Infuse the finely chopped herbs and lemon peel in the olive oil at a medium heat for about 5 minutes, then allow to cool and squeeze all the oil out of the herbs, using a muslin cloth.  ix the sea salt and 2M Vitamin C powder into the oil. Put into a sterilised jar and label.  pply to wet skin in the 3A bath or shower. Scrub and rinse off well with warm water.

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Circle of Love T

hroughout the ages, the wearing of a ring has become symbolic of commitment and the promise of eternal love, even in Ancient Egypt a betrothed couple exchanged rings made from braided reeds. They believed the circle symbolised eternity and reflected their unity as a couple. It was the Romans that introduced the custom for wearing the ring on the left hand third-finger, as they believed (incorrectly) that this finger connected directly to the heart via the vena amoris or the vein of love. These traditions have been carried throughout history and even now, in western culture, the ring has been adapted to symbolise significant milestones in a relationship. Engagement rings are steeped in tradition as historically they represented a formal agreement to a

A ring is a never-ending circle which makes it the perfect symbol of love. Whether for engagement, wedding or eternity, Adele Trathan explores the symbolism of offering this gift of love future marriage. This was significant in that it united not just the couple but the union of properties, titles and families. These days, an engagement ring represents a couple in readiness to marry and has a more romantic connotation. The engagement ring tends to be the ring leader – a more show-stopping piece to show the world commitment to each other. Diamond rings became popular in the 1940s after the famous slogan, ‘diamonds

The most important consideration should be the meaning that the ring holds for the couple are forever’ was launched by a diamond mining company. These days engagement rings are as individual as the couple marrying. Gemstones are chosen through personal preference, sentimentality, and the intent and thought behind the design. The most important consideration should be the meaning that the ring holds for the couple, not how much has been spent. The wedding ring represented commitment, love and faithfulness

between two people and was synonymous with the vows exchanged on the wedding day. Wedding bands tended to be less extravagant than the engagement ring as they are generally worn every day throughout the couple’s life. They were more practical and comfortable to wear and often just a simple band made from a precious metal. Some wedding rings are now

shaped to fit around the engagement ring, so they sit comfortably with the wedding band. They can also combine precious stones that create a stackable design with the engagement ring. Matching rings have become increasingly popular as a beautiful way to tie the unity together. The final symbolic circle of love is the eternity ring. This was usually a gift after a significant milestone, such as a momentous anniversary or birth of a child, as a reminder of everlasting love. Typically, this would be a simple band of precious metal inlaid with a continuous line of small identically cut gemstones. As this style can be quite cumbersome to wear there is the ‘halfeternity’ option when only the front of the ring contains gemstones to make it more comfortable and easy to wear. June 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 103

So, what about gemstones? History and archaeology have demonstrated that gemstones were not only treasured for their value and beauty, but many have been appreciated for their spiritual attributes as well. Here are some of the more popular gemstones and their reported properties. DIAMOND In ancient history, the diamond was used for detoxification as it is said to protect from poison. It is also believed to absorb and amplify the thoughts of the user. EMERALD This stone is thought to have a host of properties and has been stated to aid fertility, improve eyesight, relieve

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The ancients believed that sapphires could help predict the future insomnia and promote peaceful dreams, as well as lifting depression and encourage balance and patience. RUBY The red ruby is said to be a protector from misfortune and bad health as well as a symbol of vitality and royalty. If given as a gift, the ruby is a symbol of friendship and love and was used to open the heart to promote love. SAPPHIRE The ancients believed that sapphires

could help predict the future and it has long associations with peace and happiness. It is also reported to help with inspiration, intuition, insight and communication. ROSE QUARTZ This stone is known as the stone of ‘gentle love’, bringing peace and calm to relationships. It is also said to be excellent for healing emotional wounds, removing negativity and restoring harmony after conflict. JADE A traditional stone for gardeners as it is said to bring bountiful harvests. A stone of serenity, thought to alleviate anxiety and fear and promote good luck and prosperity. l


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From pretty pastels to poolside chic, Hanna Prince shares the key style and colour trends for summer 2021


ooking forward to ditching the tracksuit bottoms of lockdown for something a little more on-trend? Bright, bold and flamboyant, the colours and styles of summer are inspired by optimism. DRESS TO IMPRESS Most of us have spent the past year in loungewear and slippers, so it’s no surprise that the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions is expected to coincide with a craze for occasionwear. The spring summer 2021 catwalks were overflowing with fantastical dresses, with full skirts,

Alongside Hawaiian shirts and swimwear as streetwear elaborate embellishments and layers of tulle all featuring heavily. The high street has already embraced this flamboyant trend – a clear sign that it’s here to stay for the season. In male fashion, the occasionwear mode has manifested itself in creative shirting. Voluminous shapes, origami-style shirts and bright prints have all made an appearance on the catwalk. THE GREAT ESCAPE We might be debarred from foreign travel, but that hasn’t stopped the fashion world embracing a creative escapism. Poolside attire – brightly-coloured beach bags, platform espadrilles and beach prints – are



having a moment this year, alongside Hawaiian shirts and swimwear as streetwear. Along the same lines, men’s designers have been making a splash with nauticalthemed outfits. Think Breton tops, anchor-covered knitwear and sailor sweaters. LOOSE DENIM Good news if you like to live in jeans – denim is having a style resurgence this summer. Forget the slim silhouettes of last year. This summer’s trend is more jogging bottom than drainpipe, with 70’s-style wider leg jeans a popular choice. But the yen

for denim isn’t limited to jeans. Denim dresses will be popular this year – wear them long, low-necked and with three quarter-length sleeves for the latest look.

BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL This summer’s colours aren’t for shrinking violets. The catwalks have thronged with mood-lifting shades, including bright yellows and hot pink. Neon is on trend as well, particularly in menswear – try teaming fluorescent separates with muted tailoring for a trendy touch that won’t blind onlookers. Not quite brave enough for brights? Pastels have been making a

comeback too, with lilacs, light pinks and pistachio shades bringing an ice cream shop vibe to spring - summer 2021 fashion shows. BLACK IS BACK At the opposite end of the colour spectrum, slinky black dresses are once again making their way into designer collections. The key to taking this trend from average to outstanding is in the detail – cut-out necklines, strap detailing and textured materials are where it’s at. On the subject of dark colours, black face masks in silky fabrics are also set to be a summer sensation. The best bit is they look good with almost any outfit. l June 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 109


How to

BE MORE ACTIVE In our busy 21st century lives it can be hard to make time for formal exercise, despite all our good intentions, so Lisa de Silva has put together a few tips to make increased activity more manageable


hile we all know the positive impact of activity on our physical and mental health, many of us simply do not have schedules that allow for a regular gym visit or a specific commitment to workout. The good news is that we can still improve our physical health simply by raising our level of general activity. The UK Chief Medical Officer recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week for adults and while


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Do the housework to music to put a spring in your step Get outside for a brisk 10-minute walk or put your headphones on for a 10-minute silent disco session twice a day Take a longer walk listening to a podcast or an audiobook Multi-task while watching TV – walk on the spot, do some squats, lunges or stretching during the ad breaks Wear a step tracking device to motivate you to increase your step count Catch up with friends over a walk Walk to the shops Spend time playing active games,

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that might seem overwhelming, if you break it down into manageable chunks, it need not disrupt your life. If you commit to 20-minutes a day, broken up into two 10-minute sessions, the task instantly feels more manageable. The trick is to stop thinking of

The trick is to stop thinking of exercise as something you have to change your clothes for going on a bike ride, swimming or dancing with your children Walk the children to school If you have younger children, set up a buggy group with other mums for long walks and chats Spend time gardening

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• Walk or cycle to work • If you drive, park furthest away from the entrance • Always take the stairs • Use your lunchbreak to get outside for a brisk 10-minute walk • Arrange to walk and talk instead of sitting in a meeting room

exercise as something you have to change your clothes for, warm up for, get out of breath for, or need a post-session shower for. Simply think of it as moving a little more and incorporating more general physical activity into your daily routine. These small changes add up over time and will help with weight control, as well as lowering levels of stress and cholesterol. To inspire you into action, we’ve listed some ideas for increasing your general physical activity both at home and work. l

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Stand up and move around while talking on the phone Try a standing desk Make face to face visits in the office instead of messaging colleagues Offer to do the coffee run for your colleagues


The Movement is a small, friendly yoga studio located behind Café Nero on the high street in Haywards Heath. It offers classes for all levels and abilities, from sweaty vinyasa flow to gentle restorative yoga, and everything in between. importantly, I wanted kind, compassionate, empathetic people,’ she says. ‘I don’t care if they can’t do a handstand or have a big social media following. I wanted teachers who will understand that many people are nervous when they walk into their first class, that people might be going through something difficult in their lives and are feeling vulnerable. All the teachers bring a grace and maturity to their classes which inspires me daily.’ Owner Emily Scott had been teaching yoga for 6 years around Haywards Heath, Lewes and Brighton, but wanted to create a ‘yoga home.’ Born and raised in Southern California, Emily never thought she’d be running a yoga studio in Sussex. While dancing for the NBA Boston Celtics during a promotional tour of Europe, Emily met her now-husband. She traded her dance shoes for wellies, and now has two boys (who she still can’t believe have English accents!) and loves spending her free time exploring the Sussex countryside. When designing the studio, she wanted to bring an industrial chic Los Angeles feel. ‘I wanted clean, modern and simple, but with little accents to make it feel like a special place,’ she says. There is underfloor heating to keep it cosy, and there are infrared heaters for the warm classes, where the room is heated to 26 degrees. The windows are frosted to ensure privacy, and it has all the equipment you need.

Opening a yoga studio during the pandemic has not been easy, of course. ‘My timing couldn’t have been worse!’ laughs Emily. ‘I had been looking for premises for ages, finally found the perfect location, and then – boom – Covid.’ She quickly adapted and offered online classes through Zoom and grew a wonderful community. ‘Teaching online was strange to begin with, but I grew to love it. Seeing people and having a chat after class made us feel less isolated.’ She has kept the popular 7am Wake Up and Flow classes exclusively online since they’ve been such a success. ‘I was so surprised, but people love those early classes. It sets them up for their day, and

the accountability factor of attending a live class rather than watching a recording has been huge for people.’ Given the popularity of the online classes, the studio recently launched an On Demand site with a library of pre-recorded classes for a monthly subscription. Emily hopes The Movement will become a place for people to move, flow, gather, laugh, learn, connect and grow. ‘I want the studio to not just be a place to get flexible and fit, but to provide a valuable resource for the community,’ she says. She gives 10% of profits to charity, most recently the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, and is keen to partner with a local charity to give back to the community. ‘If I could say one thing to someone wanting to try yoga, it would be just to come and try. We really are a group of caring, down-to-earth people here at The Movement. People always comment on how unpretentious and easy-going the studio feels,’ explains Emily. ‘We don’t expect anyone to be able to do anything special or look a certain way when they come to class; you just show up exactly as you are and we’ll meet you there.’

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CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE Probably now more than ever we are conscious of our wellbeing in every respect, and as Adele Trathan found out when she attended a couple of Mid Sussex District Councils wellbeing sessions, a few changes can really help


t’s not surprising that the last year has made such a difference in our attitude towards our wellbeing. Personally, I have experienced a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Sometimes I have been extremely active at working on my physical and mental wellbeing, but there have been times I have completely neglected to look after

myself due to the anxiety caused by the pandemic. So, I was intrigued to find out about some of the courses that Mid Sussex District Council run for the wellbeing of the residents. I was invited to join one of the virtual video sessions on offer. The list of courses was comprehensive, covering many aspects of wellbeing from physical wellbeing including Stretch and Move, Weight Loss and Quitting Smoking, to emotional health issues such Relax and Breathe or Sleep Awareness. I joined the Food and Mood session which was hosted by a friendly lady called Julia. She was very welcoming and helped us explore our relationship with food. We learned the difference between physical and emotional hunger, how mood can be positively affected with good nutrition rather than comfort eating poor substitutes.

We learnt what foods constitute a good balanced diet and finished with an exercise that trains our body to engage with the process of mindful eating. Whilst I was already aware about some of the details that were covered, I found the session really helped to reinforce the importance of fuelling my body effectively and how it impacts so many aspects of personal wellbeing.

I think most people have seen their wellbeing challenged over the last year It re-engaged me and subsequently I have made a few changes to my diet that have made me feel more alert and energetic than I had been previously. Next up was the Relax and Breathe workshop. I was interested in this as many people have suffered from anxiety and stress over the last year. It was a short 20-minute talk on mindful or conscious breathing that was hosted by an informative and engaging Michelle. She taught us the benefits of conscious breathing and how effective it can be on calming our emotions, relaxing the body, reducing tension and even helping to lower blood pressure and manage panic attacks. I enjoyed the practical exercise and learned that your breath is a bit like an anchor, that can really help especially if suffering with stress or anxiety. The sessions also work like a gateway to other areas of wellbeing that you might like to work on, many of which are free of charge but if needed, you can also book additional sessions or workshops for a small additional charge. l Courses are available from Mid Sussex District Council Wellbeing: 01444 477191 wellbeing@midsussex.gov.uk midsussex.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk June 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 113

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June is upon us, with warmer weather, the longest of days and feelings of optimism spreading out across the land. We sent our graphic designer Jo Grey, out with our resident coddiwompler Robert Veitch to find a joyous, scenic and apt walk for this time of year


rom the car park walk west, through the kissing gate and along the chalk path of the South Downs Way towards the triplet of aerials atop Truleigh Hill. Beyond the derelict building and terracing on the Fulking escarpment is a metal gate by the 4-way fingerpost near the summit of Fulking Hill at 206m (676 feet). Follow the rolling contours, past the oilseed rape on the left, through the metal gates and over the brow of Perching Hill at 176m (577 feet). Then it’s down into the dip, towards the electricity cables and crosspaths. At the bottom turn left, through both gates. Ramble south into the valley gently descending to the isolated buildings of Perchinghill Barn. Behind the

I wonder what life here might have been like all those years ago

buildings, distant scrub and terraces mark what was once the medieval village of Perching. “I wonder what life here might have been like all those years ago,” observed Jo. Continue, through the gate, then in tandem with the power lines,

past the disheveled barn to a gate that leads into Summers Deane. Hawthorn and oilseed rape border the track on the left. 500m further on the track veers notably left at Hazelholt Bottom, then underneath the power lines. Horses and ponies in enclosures on either side indicate settlement is close by, as does the ever-increasing hum of traffic. Approximately 100m shy of the bridge (beneath the A27) turn left by the green lamp-less lamp post. Walk between the farm buildings, turning left then right, past the silos and hopper, then left again and uphill for 50m. Turn right, and head into the field, then right again, across the field, through the gateway and past the trough before bearing left to pass the covered reservoir and mobile phone mast on the right-hand side. Pause by the redundant stile and spin around to see the eastern entrances to the tunnels under Southwick Hill. Over the brow it’s steeply downhill to the kissing gate preceding Cockroost Bottom. Advance east, through a stuck open gate by another redundant

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stile and follow the path as it deviates away from the A27 and uphill to the T-junction at Foredown Hill. Turn right, towards the coast and along the ridge to a gated T-junction. Bear left and head downhill, through the yard and between the buildings and silos of Newbarn Farm, then gradually uphill once out the other side. This is part of the Monarch’s Way, a historical route approximating Charles II escape after defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Veer right on the brow then its downhill into Benfield Valley towards the golf course. There’s a squeeze stile by the 4th hole, after which the track leads uphill looking almost straight but wriggling all the way. There’s wheat to the left and the 5th hole on the right. Another squeeze stile, leads onto the tarmac. Ease left, crossing what was once the Dyke railway and continue past the clubhouse and metal barrier, then wander to the junction with Devil’s Dyke Road. Cross carefully, heading past the bus stop and into the field via the stile. Continue downhill gently in the same general direction to a broken stile. The route across the next field descends more steeply, under the power lines, then aim for the roadside stile. Turn left and continue along the verge of Saddlescombe Road, past four curious gates. 75m beyond the fourth curious gate cross the road carefully.

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Beyond the pair of gates take a hint from the bridleway sign that points uphill and follow the track to the summit of Varncombe Hill, before eventually arriving at a metal gate. Turn sharp left, through another metal gate, then across the paddock to a wooden gate. This is a section of The Sussex Border Path. Beyond the next gate, is a tree covered in a swarm of ivy, the living encapsulating the dead. Continue as far as the next gate, where the Sussex Border Path joins the South Downs Way. Turn left and downhill, through the arboreal tunnel to the gate into

Spin around to see the eastern entrances to the tunnels under Southwick Hill

Saddlescombe Farm. Follow the track, past the next gate; then 50m later bear left and downhill, past another gate to the traffic island. Cross Saddlescombe Road with care, then walk down nine steps to the ladder stile. Once over it, ease left, past the trough, then slightly uphill, to follow the shadow of compressed grass southwest across the field to another ladder stile. From here, it’s time to take your pick… Up for the challenge? Turn right and head to the base of Devil’s Dyke, then along the bottom, climbing to the head of the valley.


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Weary legs? Keep going straight on, along the southern side of the Dyke. It’s still uphill, but somewhat easier. Both routes lead to the same place, back to the car park and the end of a long walk worthy of a round of applause. “I love it up here” noted Jo with a wink, “I might come back later for a picnic!” l Robert has tested the route personally, making sure it is suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email editorial@sussexliving.com

Distance: 9½ miles Walk Time: 3¾ - 4¼ hours Footwear: Trainers should be fine Stiles: 7 Elevation Gain: 304m (998 feet)

Calorie Burn: Approximately 900kcal Map: Explorer OL11 Refreshments: Take them with you, Jo recommends a picnic Parking: Pay parking at Devil’s Dyke

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WITH SUSSEX RAMBLERS THIS SUMMER Summer is approaching and with it the gradual end of lockdown, freeing us to wander across our lovely county writes Philip Buckle from Sussex Ramblers


’ll give my jewels for a set of beads. My gorgeous palace for a hermitage, my gay apparel for an almsman’s cloak. My figured goblets for a dish of wood, my sceptre for a palmer’s walking staff…’ so wrote William Shakespeare in Richard II. I’m lucky enough to live within sight and easy walking distance of the South Downs and can build my own preferences into my walking. However, the county has lots to offer and when googling ‘walking in Sussex’ I got 39,500,000 hits. Walking in Sussex often brings people to our iconic coast. It includes one of my favourite walks – from Birling Gap to Cuckmere Sound and back. It’s harder than it looks as the elevation gain over the Seven Sisters is noticeable, but well worth the effort. There’s a pub at one end and café at the other, plus glorious views throughout. Another favourite route is from Ditchling Beacon to the Jack and Jill windmills at Clayton. An easy walk with stunning views inland and out to sea, and on clear days of the Rampion Wind Farm. There are plenty of other walks I’ve enjoyed, particularly in the Weald venturing from ancient church to ancient church. There’s Bodiam Castle, St John the Baptist Church at Clayton (with its wonderful frescoes), the Dark Sky areas at Harting Down and Pulborough. The going is never too rough nor too far from transport or refreshments. There’s growing evidence for the

mental and physical benefits of walking; being outdoors, forest bathing, lowered stress levels, aiding better sleep, and helping to treat and prevent depression. To me walking is enjoyable and its own reward and everyone can gain something unique. As well as the walks printed in this magazine each month, it’s easy enough to organise one’s own walks, individually or with family and friends. Alternatively, contact one of the ten Ramblers groups in Sussex for advice on walking, routes, or groups and walks to join.

Sussex Ramblers will be encouraging everyone to Walk Your Way Sussex Ramblers’ website lists local groups and walks for the coming months, with registration details at www.ramblers.org.uk/sussex This summer, Sussex Ramblers will be encouraging everyone to Walk Your Way, as part of a nationwide Ramblers campaign. Whether you’re in search of calming nature or thrilling adventure, whether you’re an ambler, scrambler, experienced rambler or absolute beginner, the Ramblers will be offering

ideas, challenges and tips galore to help you enjoy the feeling of freedom that comes from walking in the great outdoors. There will be a series of downloadable Walk Your Way inspiration packs at www.ramblers.org. uk/walkyourway Find a group walk or develop your own routes. Walk by yourself, with friends or a Ramblers group. But get out there. Respect others, respect the natural and heritage environment, and enjoy yourself. Happy summer walking… l

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The Monday Group


The Monday Group are rightsof-way volunteers, founded in 1961 by Harold Rowling MBE of Westmeston. They’ve been creating stylish stiles ever since as Jim Redwood explains


he Monday Group work mainly on the north side of the South Downs, broadly from Albourne to Ringmer. Currently, there are 49 active volunteers, turning out every Monday, rain or shine, to improve the access to our beautiful countryside. Monday Group stiles are designed to be easy to use and durable, they look pretty good and are identifiable from the distinctive yellow and green labels. Green Sussex oak is used to make the stiles, which cost £150-£250 each in materials. Other structures such as causeways and stairways can be more expensive. Our labour is free, of course. We are funded by donations, stile sponsorship and the sale of bird boxes. 122 SUSSEX LIVING | June 2021

Donors who sponsor a stile are offered a commemorative plaque on it. A stile to mark the 50th anniversary of The Monday Group near Ditchling is dedicated to Dame Vera Lynn who lived nearby. There are stiles dedicated to dogs such as ‘Stanley and Monty’, and some have literary references such as ‘All was quiet in the deep dark wood, a mouse found a nut and the nut was good.’ We’ve been asked to build a stile in memory of the late Tim Renton, Lord Renton of Mount Harry, who championed the Downs, and chaired the Sussex Downs Conservation Board, which preceded the creation of the National Park. Amuse yourself looking out for our stile dedications – they can be found just about anywhere we work! This year, The Monday Group worked in partnership with the National Trust for the first time. A stile installation demonstration at Wolstonbury Hill was observed by National Trust rangers and volunteers. They were so impressed by the quality of the work, one of our volunteers was invited to attend their workshop and supervise the construction of a stile in our design. Quite an accolade indeed – being recognised

by the nation’s premier conservation body. The Monday Group sometimes get involved in bigger projects, like the Jubilee Pathway Trust around Ditchling and Westmeston. Last year, between lockdowns, we helped the Trust create a new off-road path which included the construction and installation of two substantial stairways.

Quite an accolade indeed – being recognised by the nation’s premier conservation body Like everything else, Covid-19 affected our work. We stood down during the 2020 March - June lockdown, watching path use increase as new walkers discovered the network and joy of local paths. As a result, we built up a huge backlog of work. Before the post-Christmas lockdown, we were gradually getting back to work, dutifully obeying social distancing and the rule of six, while hauling heavy oak structures into place or slashing back accumulated months of footpath overgrowth. As June 2021 begins, there is plenty of work ahead. We love what we do, and we hope you do too. To join us, donate, or sponsor a stile, visit our website www.mondaygroup.org l

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








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




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The first week of June is National Volunteer week and East Grinstead District Scouts, Acting District Commissioner, Heather Furminger is keen to recruit new volunteers to enjoy this fulfilling role Did you know that Bear Grylls, Steve Backshall and Helen Glover all volunteer for the Scouts and love it? It has been shown that volunteering is good for you, it offers the opportunity to make new friends, have amazing adventures and learn new skills. It is a two-way street with everyone benefitting. Whether you want to actively get involved to support young people or you are more comfortable planning an adventure from the side-lines, they have a role for you. The Scouts group are asking people to consider volunteering, especially those with a give it a go and get stuck in approach to life. Scouts go camping, hiking, swimming, abseiling, cycling and canoeing, orienteering, pioneering and so much more. But if that’s not your thing they also need the organisers and support volunteers as well. East Grinstead District Scouts, which cover East Grinstead, Forest Row, West Hoathly, Turners Hill, Crawley Down, Copthorne and Ardingly have some wonderful opportunities for people to join their brilliant team of volunteers. It involves learning ‘Skills for Life’, whilst having fun and adventures and inspiring their young people from 6 to 18 to fulfil their dreams. Looking at these statistics, 88% of

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With puppy training well underway, Teddy reports on the progress his protégé, Bear, has made in recent times. As always, our favourite Border Terrier’s musings are translated into human by Helen Stockton


ell, my apprentice, Bear, is making her presence felt in our household and, as a good boss should be, I am being fair and just occasionally firm, when her puppy waywardness gets a bit too much. ‘Them Indoors’ have started to refer to me as Uncle Teds, and I rather like to see myself as the benevolent, tolerant, slightly too indulgent uncle. What is interesting is how much Bear copies me. If I run, she runs, if I sit, she sits. She wants my toys, my food and my bed. I have to say that some of the most useful puppy equipment have been a playpen, a stairgate on the kitchen door, and a small puppy crate, all designed to ensure that a mini Border Terrier gets some down time and a more senior fur can catch up on his napping. There are certain advantages to having a youngster around. New toys have appeared, as if by magic, and I am getting lots of fussing for being a good boy. Basic training; responding

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to easy commands like ‘sit’ and ‘bed’, are being role modelled by me, handsomely rewarded by treats. I hope she doesn’t catch on too quickly. Bear is also being praised for any weeing and pooing she manages to do outside. Anyone would think she was excreting pure gold the fuss she gets. An amusing side effect of this is that sometimes ‘Her Indoors’ forgets herself and praises me too. As if I haven’t been doing this for years without any special attention. Bear has just started going out on her lead. She seems to find every twig and leaf worthy of investigation and

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playing with, so progress is slow. ‘Her Indoors’ has nicknamed her ‘Dora the Explorer’ when she is being good and ‘Gremlin ears’ when she is in manic puppy mode. Both seem very appropriate to me. I am, of course, starting to develop her skills. She has learnt to go upstairs, but downstairs is still a work in progress, and her rug rearranging, something I occasionally indulge in myself, is reaching new heights too. It has also been a prime spot for her little accidents, which largely and mysteriously seem to happen when ‘Him Indoors’ is in charge. ‘Her Indoors’ reckons he isn’t reading the signs, but, in fairness, I haven’t seen Bear holding any up. As far as writing is concerned, she’s progressed from the chubby crayons to those extra-large, ergonomically shaped pencils, ideal for small paws, but I haven’t let her loose on a keyboard yet. That’s a higher level of training and we need to make sure of the basics first. She’s learning fast though, so with my help, it won’t be long… l

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