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we are hoping that it doesn’t bring too many April showers and you can enjoy reading it in some spring sunshine! As usual, we have a whole host of great features and articles for you to enjoy this month, from regular favourites, to some new offerings as well. Starting on page 10 with On The Home Front, bold and unique, it showcases a stunning Georgian cottage in Sussex designed with eclectic flair. Spring is the season to get out and about, hopefully in warmer weather. Why not make the most of it and visit some charity NGS gardens this month? Have a look on page 66 where Geoff Stonebanks highlights a few of these horticultural delights. And on page 60 Flo Whitaker extols the wonder of the woodland bluebell, detailing their fascinating history and why they are so prolific in our Sussex soil.

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Shades of Grey A detached Georgian Cottage C1780 in Sussex is an eclectic and unique family home packed with bold designs and bright colours against a backdrop of charcoal shades.

Starting on page 34 we have a special feature on retirement. Whether its not on your radar yet, looming up large or you are already enjoying it, Lisa de Silva takes us through some of the financial, emotional and practical elements of this golden time of life. If you’re looking for inspiration to get out and about locally, take a look at our Spotlight Events on page 68, or the comprehensive listings in What’s On from page 80. If you wanted to incorporate a bit of fitness into your routine, Robert Veitch takes us on a lovely stroll around Barcombe Mills, and Sasha Kanal encourages us to keep on running! As always we want to wish all our readers and advertisers a blooming marvellous month this April. See you next issue.

OPEN GARDENS By Geoff Stonebanks

in April

April sees garden gates opening up across Sussex for the National Garden Scheme. Geoff Stonebanks highlights a few of these horticultural delights

Clinton Lodge

Offham House The garden will be open on Sunday 29th April from 1-5pm. Drive two miles north of Lewes on the A275 and you will find the Article Title Queen Anne Offham House, with its 1676 well-knapped flint façade. See banks, richly studded with primroses and violets, followed by vast luscious lawns leading round the side of the property to a wonderful conservatory, where homemade teas are served. Heading off to see the double herbaceous borders and peony bed, one’s eye cannot fail to notice the glorious views of the rolling Sussex countryside. As you wander through this large romantic garden you can pause to admire the fountains, irises and interesting statuary. There is much to see, ponds, swathes of spring flowers, an arboretum and everywhere an exuberance of blossom, flowering cherries and fruit trees. You can also visit the working part of the garden with its herb area, walled kitchen garden, glasshouses, cold frames, chickens, guinea fowl and a friendly pig! Dogs on short leads are welcome. Why not buy a plant to take home as a nice reminder of a lovely afternoon out? Offham House, The Street, Offham, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3QE. Admission £5.00, children free. Tea & homemade cake.


Lady Collum’s Clinton Lodge is open for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 29th April from 2-5.30pm. The garden itself is approximately six acres of clay soil and is divided into rooms reflecting English garden design from the 17th to 21st century. The double herbaceous borders echo the style of the late Victorian gardens, when many hitherto unknown plants were introduced from North America, China and Japan. The colours were inspired by the sight of sheets of larkspur and monkshood seen while on a canoeing expedition in the Rocky Mountains. Delphiniums, phlox and monkshood and drifts of iris, crambe cordifolia and arums are set rhythmically between yew and box. The colours are restricted to blue, white and occasionally pale yellow, changing with the season.

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Another room, the Herb Garden, is divided into four squares by intersecting paths with a fountain basin in the centre. Knots of 17th century design fill the spaces at the corners and sweet briar roses grow at the back of the narrow beds. Every plant in this part of the garden is aromatic, including meadowsweet, Indian physic, sweet cicely, lovage, lavender, hyssop, lemon balm and garlic chives. Features include turf seats in Mediaeval style, a ‘cut out view’ of the park through the beech hedge and pleached lime walks. The paths of chamomile are designed to release their fragrance at the touch of a foot. A gargoyle, partly hidden by the ornamental vine, brings the sound of water. Clinton Lodge, Fletching, Sussex, TN22 3ST. £6.00, children free. Homemade teas. 46

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Other Openings in April

BANKS FARM, Boast Lane, Barcombe, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5DY: A 9-acre garden set in rural countryside. Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April from 11am-4pm. Admission £5.00, children free. Homemade teas.

NEWTIMBER PLACE, Retirement | by Lisa de Silva Newtimber, West Sussex, BN6 9BU: A beautiful spring garden which has been opening for the National Garden Scheme since 1929. Sunday 15th April from 2-5.30pm. Admission £5, children free. Homemade teas.

Helping you make the most ofMagnet your retirement, April 2018 Lisa de Silva explores the financial and emotional aspects of life after work. Relax, explore, learn and most importantly have fun! hether you are looking forward to retirement and see yourself sailing happily off into the sunset, or worry that you may lose your identity and end up lonely and bored, forward planning is the key factor in making this time of life an enriching and fulfilling experience. The prospect of not having to get up with the alarm and head off to the office can sound attractive on a cold and wintry morning, but retiring is a huge life event leaving many unprepared for the mixed bag of emotions it can bring. The transition from working, earning and saving money, to not working and spending money, can be challenging. Clearly, financial planning is paramount, but what is often overlooked but of



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Shades of Grey A detached Georgian Cottage c1780 in Sussex is an eclectic and unique family home. Packed with bold designs and bright colours against a backdrop of charcoal shades


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iz Bee and her husband James and sons Jacob, now 14, and Caleb 12, were happy living in the coastal town of Hove, but were beginning to need a bit more space. “Our Victorian terrace was on three floors and was quite large, but for some reason it felt very claustrophobic. And although the house was quite big, the garden was essentially just a small patio,” she says. In addition to this, their main living space like many houses in Brighton and Hove, was in the basement. “We had quite large bedrooms, but we spent most of our time downstairs, which was a nice

open play area, but rather dark in the daytime,” says Liz. So, the hunt was on for a property with a bigger garden and a lighter and airier living space. “We wanted another period property and didn't even bother to look at new houses or in fact anything that wasn’t Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian,” she says. The place they found was a pretty cottage in a Sussex village. “We'd been looking for ages for the right property and as soon as this one came up, we knew it was right for us, even before actually going to visit it - it just ticked all the boxes,” says Liz.

DINING AREA “This is such a great space for entertaining and looking out onto the garden”

KITCHEN “To keep costs down, we kept the original pine units and painted them” HATS “Hats come from a selection of places from France to Glastonbury Festival”

HALLWAY “I have chosen lighter wall colours with a touch of green for the hallway and the ‘Love’ sign above the door was a birthday present from a friend”

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HIPPO LAMP “I bought the lamp holder and hippo from a flea market in Malvern for about £2 and made the base myself” BUTTON BACK CHAIR Liz bought the button back chair from an antique shop and the floral cushions on the chair were a gift

The flow of the house is quite unusual, but works really well

“As soon as we viewed it, I could tell it had potential - the front door has a really pretty half moon window above it, and on entering the hallway we could see the beautiful staircase. It curves round and goes up through the centre of the property with rooms branching off it, which means the flow of the house is quite unusual, but works really well,” she says. Although the room sizes were smaller than their last one, there were more of them, and there was much more living space, high ceilings and period features. In addition, the 12

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garden was huge, which was a real plus. “It's also very private and we don’t feel overlooked or hemmed in as we did in the last house.” Another bonus was the space available for their extended family - Maggie the Cavapoo dog, Pretty the Tortoiseshell cat, and Tiggy the Maine Coon. “Quite soon after we moved in, we added to the family and bought three chickens and four ducks.” The purchase of the property was relatively easy as they already had a buyer for their house in Hove, so Liz was able to concentrate on adapting the place to her

SNUG (This page) “I love the reclaimed chevron floor and plan to use this in the conservatory when we start on it later this year.” The rug was a wedding present from Liz's uncle who had a carpet and rug company

family's needs and her taste almost immediately. And there was a lot to do. “The first thing was to remove the bright red carpet in the snug and on the stairs. After we'd taken it up, the stairs needed to be totally renovated before I put down a new runner. I then brought back the painted details on the side of the stairs to their natural wood state, which really changed the appearance and highlighted the design. Finally, I painted the spindles in a rich, dark shade,” says Liz. Magnet April 2018

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The next big job was the walls. "The house was completely covered in wood chip, except for the new extension to the rear of the property, so the old lathe and plaster walls needed to be re-done, plus the windows all needed to be stripped and renovated, which we pretty much did ourselves,” she says. The side of the house also needed to be re-rendered above the hung tiles and where possible, Liz tried to bring the existing period features back to their original state. “I can't tell you how many layers of paint there were on the fireplace in the snug, but underneath was a lovely biscuit coloured stone. It wasn't in perfect condition, but I like the feeling of age and

character that it brings to the room,” she says. Next on the agenda was the kitchen, which received a total revamp. “Because this room had some structural problems we decided to demolish and at the same time extend it to create a large kitchen/diner that can comfortably seat 10. “We created a vaulted ceiling with beautiful oak trusses, which really creates a wow factor in the room. And to keep costs down, we re-used and re-formatted the existing pine units, which I then painted. I then had the builders make concrete worktops, which look really good and only cost £500,” says Liz.

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SITTING ROOM FIREPLACE “This was a horrible mahogany wooden fireplace before and I painted it”

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In terms of design, she went for something a little more unusual than the norm. “I love strong colours like charcoal grey and raspberry pink, but I also like soft greens and blues - the more colour the better!” she says. “To these, I added quirky wallpaper and lucky vintage finds to create a comfortable, homely feel.” Much of the work Liz did herself. “I have learnt lots of new skills, such as tiling and wallpapering, and being a perfectionist and lover of interiors, our home is constantly evolving - a job is never as simple as you may think it is, especially in an old house!” And there's still more to come. “We've got a cellar that we'd like to convert and we also hope to renovate the conservatory and insert a lantern to replace the existing glazed roof,” she says. For the time being, though, Liz and her family are happy to enjoy their home as it is. “We love living here, and particularly enjoy the garden, the animals and birds - in fact the next change we make won't be an interior one at all – we'll be having more chickens!”

As kids grow up, a house needs to evolve with the people living in it MAIN BEDROOM VANITY UNIT “We thought having the sinks in the bedroom would free up a lot of space in the bathroom, and it works really well” SPARE BEDROOM “I like quirky touches to create a homely and comfortable setting”

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Living, re-imagined Richard McGee, co-director of Pickle Pot Home in Forest Row with his wife Lesley, tells Frederick Latty how their interior store blends the old with the new for homeware with a difference

ussex homemakers have an exciting new range of interiors to explore at Pickle Pot Home in Forest Row. Based in London Road’s Blenheim Studio, the homeware emporium is the latest venture from husbandand-wife team Richard McGee


is a little bit eclectic and mixes contemporary with traditional, and I also design and make furniture and products that are unique.” Now, his and Lesley’s dream has come true, as, together with Lesley’s mother Anita, they set about making the space at Blenheim their own, capturing

The items on offer at Pickle Pot Home draw inspiration from a broad spectrum of influences all around the world and Lesley Cornwall, who, after a hugely successful first year at their Fletching flagship store, Pickle Pot Kids, have now branched out to decoration and furnishings. “We wanted to show off our design skills and creativity through homeware, which has always been a passion for both of us,” says Richard. “Our own home

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ndrew Boorde (c.1490-1549) was born near Borde Hill. Which came first? The name appears in various spellings, like most words from those times, and several Boordes have lived around that part of the world. The place of Andrew’s birth was said to be Holm’s dayle, but to keep things simple some will just tell you it was the more recognisable Cuckfield! Boorde became a man of religion, sometime physician to King Henry VIII and a humorist, credited as the original ‘Merry Andrew’ (a comedian - one who entertains others by wit and comic antics). His writings include The Fyrst Boke of the Introduction of Knowledge, “Dedycated to the right honourable and gracious Lady Mary daughter of our soverayne Lorde Kyng Henry the eyght,” which must count as the earliest continental guide book, plus a Brevyary of Health and, most controversially, a Treatyse upon Berdes (hipsters should read that one). Boorde’s name is also connected with later collections of humorous writings, but those are possibly endorsements contrived by printers for commercial impact. 24

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After studying at Oxford, Andrew Boorde went to Charterhouse and took Carthusian monastic vows, which thereafter he spent a great deal of effort trying to escape, because he found the religious life (solitude, silence, abstinence generally) ‘too rigorous’. He was able to negotiate a way out, perhaps only on temporary release, and headed off to study medicine in the universities of Europe.

Returning as a Doctor of Physick, Boorde was summoned to the service of Norfolk and also then as physician to King Henry VIII - which must have demanded some courage, considering the state of Norfolk and Henry’s propensity for lopping-off the loaves of those who disappointed him. The Carthusian order still pressed some claim over Andrew who in desperation wrote letters seeking the intervention of Thomas Cromwell, Lord Great Chamberlain. Thomas Cromwell must have taken a liking to Boorde, who did have a reputation as being good company and a great joker. Cromwell also placed some trust in him. He encouraged Boorde to travel again pursuing medical studies, but also to send back reports of how King Henry was viewed and thought of in continental corridors and universities.

Thomas Cromwell must have taken a liking to Boorde, who did have a reputation as being good company and a great joker Thomas Cromwell, Lord Great Chamberlain

Boorde wrote lots of letters, from all over Europe and even further. He travelled to Jerusalem and visited North Africa. From Barbary he sent Thomas Cromwell Magnet April 2018

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some rhubarb seeds, with instructions for their cultivation – this was a couple of hundred years before the plant was known here. In his letters Boorde continued signing himself as ‘Andrew Boorde, priest’. Probably it made a more powerful sign-off than ‘doctor’, medical science at the time being very much in the research and development stage, while religion had been going strong for quite some time. Andrew studied medicine at Montpelier, Orleans, Poitiers, Toulouse, Rome and Wittenberg. Meanwhile his brother Richard became vicar of Pevensey, but then fled to France, the way you do (in a Reformation). He never returned, leaving property to Andrew who bought Mint House with the proceeds.

He travelled widely, living on his wits, and managed to survive when companions perished In his time at Pevensey, or ‘Pemsey’, Boorde is thought to have hosted Henry’s son Edward VI, at Mint House on a health retreat. Such claims are disputed. We do know that Boorde also composed humorous verse, but perhaps is not the ‘A.B.’ credited on The Merrie Tales of the Mad Men of Gotham. The stories are more

likely associated with the Gotham village in Notts, but prominent historians of Sussex, Mr Lowerson and Mr Horsfield, no less, support the claim of a Gotham near Pemsey. Either way, the tale’s worth telling:

King John (bad King John, not even really meant to be king) had decided to treat himself to a new hunting lodge and was considering a site near Gotham. If plans went ahead, it meant the king would pass through the village to reach the lodge - and anywhere the king travelled immediately became a King’s Highway.

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Courage and mirth Andrew also found in ale and wine, at least one of which was much safer to drink than water from the roadside ditch. Thus he travelled widely, living on his wits, and managed to survive when companions perished. In later life, during Boorde’s Winchester days, it could be that money and luck were running out. He was said to be working local fairs, in comedy, quackery and the snake-oil game. Then there was the unfortunate ‘three whores in his chamber’ controversy. Perhaps Andrew Boorde hastened his own demise with some lethal concoction, but he spent a while in prison before making his will and ultimate escape.

The villagers didn’t much like the idea. They might be pressed for more taxes if ‘a main road’ came through, and it could all too soon become yellow lines and parking metres. So the crafty folk arranged amongst themselves to spook the king’s surveyors, by staging scenes of bizarre behaviour and idiocy, a condition considered catching back then. In Gotham the king’s men witnessed a group of locals building a fence around a tree, claiming it would keep the Cuckoo from flying away. Another uncouth band was seen trying to drown an eel in a bucket of water. The king’s men returned to advise against visiting Gotham.

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The psychological transition from being a valued team member in a busy workplace, to a stay-at-home retiree, can be extremely destabilising. Often we define ourselves through our work and without this form of identity, many are left feeling empty, aimless and depressed. The feeling can almost feel like a form of grief and to help minimise this, it is crucial to create and maintain a sense of purpose. If you feel that this might be an issue for you, do investigate the possibility of working part-time, as it will help you to adjust and move more easily from one stage of life to another.

If you’ve always wanted to travel, this is the perfect time to do so

terms of making a difference, this is also a great time of your life to get involved with a pressure group or local politics. Learning a new skill can also reinvigorate your interest in life. You could learn to build a wall, sew a dress, study philosophy, or research your family tree. Your local library and adult education centre, as well as a range of websites, have a wealth of information and help to get you started.

Keeping Fit, Healthy & Young at Heart

Once retired, health issues can become increasingly important, so keeping fit and young at heart should be top of your list. Join a gym, or start a fitness regime. Walking is a great form of exercise and if you don’t have a dog, think about getting one. In fact, any animal would be a great companion during retirement, providing comfort, companionship and there’s the potential for exercise too. If you’ve always wanted to travel, this is the perfect time to do so. Indulge

yourself, after all you’ve worked hard for decades, so why not treat yourself to a cruise and explore a part of the world you’ve always wanted to see. If you dread the winter, could you spend these months abroad? The reality is, once you’ve adjusted financially and emotionally to retirement, there’s no reason why this can’t be one of the best times of your life, where you are free to follow your interests. In fact, you’ll probably end up wondering how you ever found time to go to work.

If part-time work is not an option, you could try teaching or mentoring young people in your former field. Over the years you will have developed numerous skills, knowledge and contacts and using these to nurture and develop others, can be a rewarding experience. Other types of volunteering can also help in this respect and be mutually beneficial in both a practical and emotional sense. Hospitals, schools, animal sanctuaries and organisations like the National Trust welcome volunteers, so pick something you feel passionately about and get involved. In 40


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Make the Best of Yourself!

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ould you like to look and feel the best you can this year? You could be planning your wedding or maybe even attending as a guest and want to ensure you feel confident in your appearance. Or you may want to reveal those legs on holiday this year without feeling self-conscious and concerned about unsightly veins! Perhaps you are considering skin enhancement treatments such as antiwrinkle injections or dermal fillers to help improve fine lines and wrinkles, these can also help define and boost facial features. Other treatments are also available to help reduce sun damage, pigmentation, spider veins or Rosacea. Arlington Aesthetics are officially accredited by Safe Face – gold starring them as safe and qualified to carry out these skin enhancement treatments. New techniques and an experienced and specialist practitioner will ensure you

achieve the best possible results. Many of us worry about issues such as facial or body hair, skin tags and lesions, moles, stretch marks or even leg veins, all of which can affect self-confidence. Using modern technology or minor-surgical procedures these issues can all be treated effectively and virtually painlessly. However, with no funding available though the NHS, it is important to choose a qualified practitioner. Doctor Peter Williams and his expanded team at Arlington Aesthetics Clinic in Eastbourne are all fully qualified doctors and nurses

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... with no funding available though the NHS, it is important to choose a qualified practitioner. and are highly experienced in providing these cosmetic treatments. Whatever the reason, if you are concerned and want expert opinion in making the right decision on any skin enhancement treatment, Arlington Aesthetics Clinic can help you. This is the perfect time to start considering any treatments to make the best of yourself for 2018! Why not book your FREE initial consultation – call 01323 735635 Arlington Aesthetics Clinic, 1 Arlington Road, Eastbourne BN21 1DH

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We know your care requirements will be completely personal and unique so we tailor a bespoke package to suit you. Clarriots Care is the most diverse care provider in the UK, offering over 18 prestigious services. Our support will help you to stay independent and enjoy life in the same way you’ve always done. We deliver the highest standards of care in the way you’ve chosen.

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Health – Focus on Parkinson’s By Dr John Rees

Parkinson’s Disease affects about two in a thousand people mostly over 65 and was first described by Dr James Parkinson, a London doctor 200 years ago. Dr Rees explains more


arkinson’s Disease (PD) is characterised by slowly reduced movement typically starting on one side of the body. This progresses to involve walking and speech and eventually all movements are limited. Associated with this is a stiffness of muscles, difficulty initiating movement, so called ‘freezing’, a tendency to walk with little steps, impaired balance and in about 30% of patients, the characteristic tremor when the limb is at rest. PD is due to death of cells in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra that produce dopamine, an essential chemical messenger (neurotransmitter), that helps to coordinate normal muscle movement. Dopamine also acts as a neurotransmitter in other essential brain pathways and in many other parts of the body. The cause of this cell loss is unknown in most patients, although a small proportion will have a background



of brain trauma, encephalitis, drug or toxic exposure and in about 10% a family history. The current treatment was a considerable triumph when introduced in the early 1970s. Up to that point there was no effective treatment. Once it was appreciated

Tablets are highly effective in most patients, restoring function to good or very good for some time that dopamine was the missing substance and its chemistry understood, L Dopa was formulated and when taken by mouth transformed the slowness and stiffness of muscle movement. It was less effective

against the tremor. It was a very exciting period, patients literally got up from their beds and walked. Current treatment is based on L Dopa in various formulations, often in association with drugs that enhance its effect and also other synthetic drugs that act in the same way in the brain. Tablets taken twice or three times daily are highly effective in most patients, restoring function to good or very good for some time with relatively little in the way of side effects. Transdermal patches are useful in some patients. In general, the benefits of treatment last about a decade and then problems begin to occur. These problems initially relate to a ‘wearing off’ effect and later what seem to be a sensitivity to the drugs which appear as excessive involuntary muscle movements, called dyskinesias. The early problems can be dealt with by careful tailoring of the timing and dose of patient’s medication which is entirely individual. Later on, it may be necessary to consider giving the active drug continually via a subcutaneous line attached to a pump. In a very few patients brain surgery is appropriate after careful selection. Electrodes can be directed very carefully into a small region of the brain called the subthalamic nuclei where small currents from an internal ‘pacemaker’ can markedly reduce the abnormal movements. There are clinics and neurologists specialising in the treatment of PD throughout the country backed up by very experienced specialist nurses. The Parkinson’s Disease Society is absolutely critical both in improving care for patients and supporting exciting research. Magnet April 2018

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It’s all about Charity A Spring Break for Carers and Loved Ones Respite Care Offer at Sussex Housing & Care in Battle and Bexhill With the arrival of spring comes thoughts of a short break to help recharge our batteries. Sussex Housing & Care understand the importance of you and your loved ones staying happy and healthy, and would like to make this a little bit easier by offering two free nights for a short stay

at either Ardath care home in Bexhill or Saxonwood care home in Battle. The homes are warm, welcoming and friendly, provide three freshly cooked and nutritionally balanced meals per day, and offer many opportunities to join other residents in a variety of activities such as music, quizzes and exercise sessions. Ardath and Saxonwood are two of four care homes, all rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, owned by Sussex Housing & Care, a not for profit Housing Association with over 70 years’ experience in providing affordable housing and care to the over 55’s across Sussex. For further information contact: Saxonwood care home on 01424 774336 Ardath care home on 01424 210538

The Shinewater Collective ‘The Shinewater Collective’ is a group of creative service users from Shinewater Court centre in Eastbourne, a residential purpose-built centre, providing accommodation and support for adults with complex physical disabilities. It forms part of the nationwide network of support services provided by The Disabilities Trust. They meet with artists from Compass Community Arts – an Eastbourne-based charity that works to provide high-quality creative projects to enrich lives and local culture. It is fun and challenging and there’s a real chance for self-expression which can reap rewards as many say that they feel more relaxed after the Collective sessions. The Collective will be exhibiting in Shinewater Court on 14 June 2018. As well as being creative with

art, the people at Shinewater Court are also able to use the assistive communications technology provided at the ‘ConnectAbility Hub’. The Hub is also available, free of charge, to the disabled people in the local community; giving them a chance to trial equipment that will enable, or make it easier for them to shop, bank and communicate with family and friends, all of which enhance their independence. To visit the ConnectAbility Hub at Shinewater Court - A booking can be made by an individual, family member, carer or professional: Please call Anita on 01323 769196 or the referral form:

Making a Difference - For Yourself and Others

Volunteering with Chestnut Tree House 70-year-old Gill Chappie has been volunteering with the Sussex Children’s Hospice for the past seven years, describing it as, “the best thing ever.” She’s encouraging others to follow in her footsteps and make a real difference in their community. The role she’s taken on and enjoys is Collection Box Co-ordinator. “It fits right into my life,” she says. “If I’ve got a bit of spare time then I can organise some collections and just pick up the boxes when I’m passing.” Gill also helps out at events on an ad-hoc basis, “I can pick and choose what I do and there is never any pressure. If I can’t do something it isn’t a problem.” When asked why she volunteers Gill’s face lights up, “I just feel so blessed and this is my way of giving something back,” she says. “It’s just really fun. I love being with people and I meet so many through volunteering with Chestnut Tree.” Chestnut Tree care for over 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families, including 60 in East Sussex. They provide respite, emergency and end of life care at their hospice near Arundel and in families’ own homes across East and West Sussex. Interested in volunteering? Call: 01323 725095 or Email:


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Any groups such as The Women’s Institute, couples or individuals are invited to contact

Sam Almond

Age 91, UK Swimming Champion 90/95 age group to arrange talks, advice and guidance

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Here at Sussex Housing & Care we understand how important it is for you to take a break, so that you can carry on caring. We want you and your loved ones to stay healthy and happy.

2 NIGHTS FREE on our short-term respite offer, now available at our Bexhill and Battle care homes.

Contact us now to find out more: Saxonwood, Battle: 01424 774336 Ardath, Bexhill: 01424 210538

This offer is based on a 14-night stay with standard or high dependency care. Subject to availability.

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Puzzles SUDOKU

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.





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. 
























1. Write wrongly (8) 2. Stadium (5) 3. Rummage (5) 4. Clergyman (6) 5. Cutting remark (4) 6. Major artery (7) 7. Bitter quarrel (4) 12. Six-faced figure (4) 13. Waistband (4) 15. Gemstone (4) 16. Period before Easter (4) 17. Multilinguist (8) 18. Pus-filled cavity (7) 22. Surprise attack (6) 24. Avow (5) 25. Progeny (5) 26. Drink mixer (4) 27. Single entity (4)



1. Wander (7) 8. Give out (7) 9. Varnish (7) 10. Small-sized newspaper (7) 11. Dummy pill (7) 14. Stray (3) 16. Walk unevenly (4) 18. Cain’s brother (4) 19. Second-hand (4) 20. Ear part (4) 21. Small flap (3) 23. Dumbfound (7) 26. Yield (7) 28. Implement (7) 29. Brush off (7) 30. Reap (7)



Kakuro puzzles resemble crosswords which use numbers instead of words. The aim of the game is to fill all the blank squares in the grid with only the numbers 1-9 so that the numbers you enter add up to the corresponding clues. When the grid is filled, the puzzle is complete.













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Local Walk Barcombe Mills Walk By Robert Veitch

The Facts Distance: 5 miles Walk Time: 2¼ - 3 hours Stiles: 3 Map: Ordnance Survey OL11 and OL25 Refreshments: One pub en route Parking: Free parking at Barcombe Mills Bus Routes: 122

Grab some stout footwear and then with a skip and spring in your stride, make the most of warmer days and lighter evenings with our walk around Barcombe Mills and along the River Ouse

The Walk This walk is a good stomp, feeling at times like a long yomp, but it’s pan flat and well worth the effort. From the Barcombe Mills car park, walk west under the giant oak towards the narrow road. Follow the road over Pikes Bridge and the Andrews Stream, past the fish ladder, around the weir pool and then across the old toll bridge. Wander down the drive opposite the old toll bridge, turning left at the T-junction. Follow the concrete roadway until the path bears right by the silo. 01. Across the far side of the field, take the steps down to, and across the track-bed of the old railway line. Look left and the old station is in the distance. It closed in 1969 as part of Uckfield to Lewes line. Up the other side and through a narrow gap, keep the hedge on the right and follow the path all the way to the road. 02. Turn right at the road and after 25m the fingerpost will point the way ahead, across the field to the distant gap in the hedge. A buzzard was circling overhead when we tested the route, gracefully surfing the skies. Through the gap turn right and walk adjacent to the hedge for 200m, before the fingerpost indicates the route turns left, across the field to the beam bridge in the distance. Once across the bridge and over the Bevern Stream, the path cuts across a small field to a 5-bar metal side gate.

A buzzard was circling overhead, gracefully surfing the skies 03. Beyond this gate, turn right immediately, walking between the hedges, before turning left at the base of the wooden steps. The path runs parallel to the old railway for almost 400m before clinging to the northern rim of the field for 200m until a gap in the hedge appears. Once through the gap, turn left and follow the 50

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perimeter of the field clockwise for about 175m before passing through another gap in the hedge on the left. Repeat the process in the next field, but carry on until the path meets the road. 04. Turn right and walk along the road for just over 200m. A blue arrow on a telegraph pole indicates that the route is through the pair of metal gates on the left and along the bridleway beyond, known as Blunt’s Lane. 05. Initially, the bridleway is quite wide, bordered by hedges and ancient oaks. It’s squelchy in places and readers will be pleased they wore the right footwear. It flicks left and then flicks right about half way along. Keep going as far as the brick pillbox at Blunt’s Green. Veer left at the pillbox towards the large oak with a footpath marker nailed to it. Follow the line of trees, all the way to the northern edge of the field. Longford Stream will be on the right. About 30m beyond the metal gate and down a muddy slope, Overs Bridge crosses the stream. 06. Once across, stride out towards the distant gates and bridge, passing a well-fenced sapling in the middle of the field. Access to White Bridge is via gates or stiles. Crossing the River Ouse, note it’s the most northerly point of the walk and rejoice because now, it’s south all the way. Magnet April 2018

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The Walk Continued 07. Take the stile on the right and hug the riverbank to the next stile and the stile after that. The shadow of the path can be seen in the grass as it makes a beeline across the fields, past a solitary swing, all the way to a distant kissing gate.

to the kissing gate, which is actually the southern tip of an island. With the River Ouse on both sides the path narrows, but do not worry, this is not the end of the line or the highway to hell, because there is a bridge across the river a little further on.

The breeze whistles through the remains of a bygone age

12. Once across the bridge, turn right and follow the river to another kissing gate. It may be soft underfoot. Beyond the kissing gate, the sound of distant falling water will begin to emanate. Walk towards the sound, then across the bridge. Turn right and follow the path back to Pikes Bridge and the road from where we began.

08. As the River Ouse meanders to the right, follow it to the furthest right of the three railway bridges. Passing under the girders, a solitary tree has grown up between them, branches reaching out for the light above. False memories of the 5:15 from Lewes to Eridge are easy to imagine as the breeze whistles through 10. The River Ouse is now on the left. remains of a bygone age. Some hope Continue through another small gate, just this line will re-open one day. across the river from a swinging seat. The path bears left at the pillbox and then 09. Keeping the ever-widening river on the follows a new fence-line to a driveway. right, follow it all the way to the bridge by the pub. Cross the bridge and follow 11. Walk along the driveway opposite for the short coniferous hedge to its far end, 50m before turning left behind the before turning left and heading towards corrugated building and cross the river once again. Hug the riverbank all the way the kissing gate by the sluice gates.

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The Month of

April by Michelle Brett

he latin name for April is Aprilis – possibly from the verb aperire: to open. This fits in beautifully with our hopes for the month – buds bursting open and windows open wide as the days become longer and hopefully warmer. In the woodland look out for anemones and, later in the month, the first bluebells. Butterflies start to emerge, and the dawn chorus is increasing all the time. Listen for the blackbirds and song thrushes joining in the party too. Fingers crossed that at some point in the month we’ll finally be able to say that spring is here!


In the Kitchen

We have to say that our ingredient of the month has got to be Jersey Royals! The south facing slopes of Jersey have been cropping the earliest, most tender potatoes of the season for 130 years. Today, there are approximately 20 island farmers who grow them. With light and well-drained soil, sloping down to the beaches, it warms quickly in the spring sun. With little risk of frost due to the proximity to the sea, the potatoes are planted earlier, grow faster and are dug early. Steam or boil them on the day

In the Garden

What a busy time April is for gardeners out there! Now’s the time to start planting the tomatoes, aubergines and courgettes in the greenhouse, the potatoes into their trenches in the garden and when it’s dry enough - cutting the lawn and re-seeding any bare patches.

Now’s the time to start planting the tomatoes, aubergines and courgettes in the greenhouse Plant your summer flowering bulbs, divide your hostas before they come into leaf and the primroses after they have finished flowering. Later in the month is a great time to start planting the baskets too – but keep them safe and away from any late frosts. 54

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you purchase them with a sprig of mint and some butter. There’s nothing quite like them!

Our ingredient of the month has got to be Jersey Royals! Also in season are peas that will just be starting to come through, and the first spears of asparagus. Spring lamb will start to become available, with halibut, crab and salmon now beginning too.

Facts and Figures

April sees the sea temperature start to rise. At 9.6°, if you’re a year-round sea swimmer, you’ll begin to notice the difference toward the end of the month! The days lengthen by another one hour and fifty minutes during April, giving us fourteen hours and forty-seven minutes of daylight – such a pleasure after the long winter. The full moon on the 16th April happens 24hrs before the close approach of the moon with Venus. It’ll be low above the Western horizon from about 8.30pm. Aprils birthstone is the diamond – one of the best known and most sought-after gemstones - and the birth flower is either the Bellis Perennis (Daisy) or the Sweet Pea. The two zodiac signs of this month are Aries (until the 19th) and Taurus (from the 20th onwards). April birthdays include Al Pacino (25th), Sir Alec Guinness (2nd), Sean Bean (17th), Emma Thompson (15th) & Daniel Day-Lewis (29th) to name but a few!

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The Book Review

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Lies by T.M. Logan

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

This is a fast-moving story with a lot of twists and turns and I really enjoyed it, especially as I got further into it. To begin with it was irritating that Joe, the narrator, wasn’t very bright in some senses – but actually, this is important for the plot, which has a worthwhile subtext about the ubiquitous use and misuse of social networking. The hero needs to be a bit of a Luddite for the people manipulating him to succeed, and as he’s basically a nice guy and far too trusting, we carry on rooting for him.

It took me a while to get into this, as there are six different narrators, but once you’ve worked out the connections it’s fine. The action takes place just after the Second World War, and is set in Mississippi, which is still a very colour-prejudiced and misogynistic state. The Ku Klux Klan hover in the background like a flock of vultures, and the depiction of racial hatred is sharp, bitter and all too believable. No one is all good or all bad, and the story revolves around Laura and her two young daughters, who are forced to follow husband Henry’s passion for land and move from the city to a farm without running water which is prone to flooding. The writing is first class, “The mud coated everything. I dreamed in brown.”

Ben is suave and wealthy – but nothing is quite what it seems. Joe really The depiction of racial loves his wife, and is hatred is sharp, bitter prepared to believe and all too believable everything she says, Henry’s objectionable father moves with them. He’s lazy, demanding and selfish – over and over again I didn’t see the ending coming at all, and it was a real surprise. It’s a tense storyline, which hinges on Joe’s four-year-old son spotting his mother Mel’s car in a carpark, when she’s meant to be somewhere else, and the events that follow afterwards. The man Mel is meeting is Ben, the husband of a school friend of hers with whom she has renewed contact. Ben is suave and wealthy – but nothing is quite what it seems. Joe really loves his wife, and is prepared to believe everything she says, over and over again, until you want to scream at him. It may be a cliché, but it’s one of those books you just can’t put down and will end up reading into the early hours…

and an important element in the book as his white supremacist views influence much of what follows. The life is very hard. “One day slid into the next. My hands did what was necessary: pumping, churning, scouring, scraping. And cooking, always cooking. Snapping beans and the necks of chickens. Kneading dough, shucking corn and digging the eyes out of potatoes. No sooner was breakfast over and the mess cleaned up than it was time to start on dinner. After dinner came supper, then breakfast again the next morning. Get up at first light. Go to the outhouse. Do your business, shivering in the winter, sweating in the summer, breathing through your mouth year-round.” This one of those books you live, and you’ll feel thankful when you have your next shower or microwaved meal.

La Belle Sauvage – The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman This long-awaited prequel to Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy is about Lyra’s infancy and how she came to end up at Jordan College, and it won’t make a lot of sense if you haven’t read the trilogy first. It is listed as a YA book – but as the main protagonist, Malcolm, is eleven years old it is going to appeal to younger readers too, as did the previous books. However, there is a lot in here that, to my mind, simply isn’t suitable for younger readers.

The story is gripping and very readable... I was never bored, and always wanted to know what would happen next La Belle Sauvage is the boat that belongs to Malcolm, and enables him to survive the flood that is the centrepiece of the action. I also found that this time the relationships between the characters and their dæmons was ill-explained, and I began to see a lot of holes in the logic which had never occurred to me before. Having said all this the story is gripping and very readable, and as it’s the first of another trilogy I shouldn’t pre-judge the whole thing. I was never bored, and always wanted to know what would happen next. Northern Lights, the first of the Dark Materials trilogy was, in my opinion, the best YA book for a decade; thoughtprovoking, dramatic, and the sort of book that effortlessly transports you to a different, magical world. Let’s hope the next one in this series does the same.

Elizabeth Kay is a published author of numerous books including The Divide trilogy, a series of children’s fantasy novels. A teacher of creative writing and a keynote speaker at Accio 2005, the Harry Potter conference as well as appearances at other literary events, including the Cheltenham and Edinburgh festivals. Elizabeth offers Magnet readers her thoughts on recent reads that have caught her attention. 56

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hilst many people with a dog enjoy the experience so much they have more than one, I’ve always been an only dog. There are some good reasons for this. ‘Him Indoors’ never wanted a dog in the first place: unhygienic creatures that cost money, shed fur, have disreputable personal habits and pong a bit, whilst, in his rather prejudiced and narrow view, two are even more trouble. ‘Junior Her’ might have persuaded him with every weapon in her armoury many years ago, to get me, but there was no way he was going to fall for those tricks twice. Still, I like to think I’ve made up for this deficiency. I might only be one dog but I make enough trouble for two, which is quite an achievement if you consider it in the right light. I’ve known a few pairs of Border Terriers over the years and I particularly like it when they have co-ordinated names. So far, I’ve known a Ron and Reg, and a Bonnie and Clyde; their owners were clearly anticipating angelic dogs that keep out of trouble then. I can’t think why criminal names are so popular when us Borders are always so obedient and well-behaved. Food related names are probably a bit more understandable. The other weekend, ‘Them Indoors’ were out walking when they bumped into a pair of Borders in our village called Branston and Pickle. They should have had a third one and called him

Crackers! And then we’ve heard of another Rolo who has a partner called Toffee. It makes me feel hungry just thinking about it. My book illustrator, Sally C Greenfield, has two Borders, and although their names are not obviously linked, there is an underlying theme; Mayhem and Boudica. I’m sure they’re easy-going, well-behaved dogs really. Anyway, after many years of enjoying single status, I’ve now got a temporary companion. As I’m a senior dog and don’t need much exercising, ‘Her Indoors’ uses her spare capacity to do some walking for a charity called the Cinnamon Trust, that provides volunteer dog-walkers for elderly or sick owners who cannot walk their own dogs. She’s been walking a Border Terrier called Teddy, and when his owner was suddenly taken into hospital recently, he came to stay with us. Now Teddy is a nice dog who has very quickly learnt who is in charge in our household. I, of course, expressed my sympathy for his difficult situation by bossing him around, pinching his food and drinking his water. I even occupied his nice big bed for a comfortable, stretched out nap. When he came back and, like one of the three bears, found someone in his bed, he just wagged politely and squeezed himself into my, smaller basket. However, once I saw him settled comfortably, I had a sudden desire to go back to my own bed, so I turned him out.

It’s just as well he’s patient. There are some advantages in having a younger canine companion. He can do all the energetic stuff like barking at people coming to the door and playing noisy games to entertain ‘Them Indoors’. It also means I can delegate exercising ‘Her Indoors’ which is a bit of relief. At my age I prefer to go out for a leisurely pootle, but she isn’t in the first flush of youth, bless her, and needs all the exercise she can get. I was a bit disappointed however, when we were out for a walk and another dog vocalised his dislike of Teddy for no good reason. Teddy just ignored him – what kind of behaviour is that? I had to step in and give a verbal rebuke of my own, after all, I’ve got my reputation in the village to think of. What’s the point of having an apprentice and having to bark yourself? Anyway, he must have sensed it, because the next time we met the same dog, he barked back too. He’s catching on fast.

He’s also good in deploying the hungry eyes, a skill that I’ve always prided myself on Still, we’re beginning to make quite a team. Teddy, like myself, is rather good in the pest control department, so I’m hoping with his youthful paws and my senior cunning, we’ll be a winning combination. He’s also good in deploying the hungry eyes, a skill that I’ve always prided myself on. Whilst I still think I’ve got the edge in wheedling treats out of ‘Them Indoors’, four eyes are definitely better than two so I’m willingly to split the spoils. Maybe being part of a twosome isn’t so bad after all! Rolo’s book ‘The Last Rolo’ is available from The Malthouse in Herstmonceux, Heals in Five Ashes, Barnett’s in Wadhurst, The Courtyard Café in Rotherfield. The new book ‘Sit, Stay, Roll Over’ will be available from Amazon or online at or by mail order from Magnet call 01825 768077 – both priced at £6.99 plus £3.00 P&P if applicable.


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about them and harnessed three curious properties that have made bluebells useful to humans throughout the ages. The watery ‘juice’ within the bulbs is incredibly sticky. Applied to surfaces, then pressed together, the sap dries clear, making an invisible and

According to folklore, a human may summon a fairy creature by ringing a bluebell extremely strong bond. Bronze Age people fixed feathers to their hunting spears in order that the spears would fly more accurately. The feathers were secured using twine and bluebell sap - Bronze Age superglue! The term ‘fashion victim’ is nothing new. The ruff started life as a simple drawstringgathered shirt neckline, but by the time those bling-crazed Elizabethans had finished, it was a preposterous 12 inches wide and used several yards of highly starched fabric in its construction. Matching starched cuffs were de rigueur. The whole ensemble rendered eating, drinking and talking



virtually impossible. And what was the magic starching ingredient? Bluebell sap! Fabrics were soaked in a dilution of bluebell juice and water, then pressed into shape using hot iron rods. Bluebell sap was also used in the production of books; painted onto pages to stiffen and reinforce, also as an adhesive on spines and covers. Which brings us to their third property - all parts of the bluebell are poisonous. With bluebell glue, bookbinders not only had an excellent adhesive substance, they also knew that rats and mice would be deterred from gnawing the pages. In the home, bluebell juice was rubbed onto larder shelf edges and cupboard doors to protect foodstuffs from vermin. Herbalists have mostly steered well clear of bluebells, although the sap has been used for its anti-hemorrhagic properties. Supernatural woodland fairies have no such earthly concerns and are often depicted with bluebells. According to folklore, a human may summon a fairy creature by ringing a bluebell, but great care must be taken - mere mortals require a very good reason to disturb the fairy realm. The sound of tolling bluebells means that a human death has occurred; which is a pertinent reminder of their toxicity. If you’ve been gardening and handling bluebells - wash your hands! Magnet April 2018

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A Fine Romance Some plants are selfish and fickle characters with expensive tastes. Fall in love with them at your peril - but a dahlia will never break your heart


quick trawl through the plant catalogues will find dahlia tubers offered for as little as £3 each. It’s hard to think of another plant that’s so inexpensive, flowers non-stop for up to four months and, given frost protection, will last pretty much forever. They come in every colour, shape and size imaginable and are convivial by nature; keen to please and happy to mingle with other plants in the border. If you think you could never fall in love with a dahlia - think again. You simply haven’t found ‘the one’ yet. Dahlias first arrived in Europe in the 1790s, but originate from South America. They’ll cope with light shade, but full sun and warmth is what they really crave. Dahlias have a lot of work to do in a short space of time, so incorporate well-rotted manure or slow-release food into the planting hole which should be 20-30 cms deep. If the weather is unkind, tubers can be started off in pots in the greenhouse and planted outside in May. Dahlias produce mats of fibrous roots close to the soil surface. A thick mulch will help prevent them becoming dehydrated. 62

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Vigorous and quick-growing; they require staking to prevent wind-rock. Some dahlias produce flowers in deepest red that appear almost black in certain light conditions. These beauties may seem oppressive when viewed alone, but do not rule them out. In a mixed border they compliment other colours

so well. The sober tones of dark dahlias gently quieten a riotous display of hot pinks and purples that might otherwise be in danger of spiralling out of control. Alternatively, when placed with gold or orange hues, dark dahlias add punch and drama; particularly when gardens ditch their summer clothes and change into autumnal outfits. The variety ‘Chat Noir’ comes in deep beetroot hues with mad curved petals that look spiky, yet are velvety to the touch. One of the tallest dahlias, it can reach 1.5 metres high. ‘Karma Choc’; a beautiful flower with a horrible name, (who dreams up these things? Tsk!) is similar in colour to Chat Noir, but has softly rounded

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high, it is extremely floriferous and bears sumptuous deep pink blooms that have an iridescent quality. ‘Henriette’ (1 metre) has spiky petals, yet manages to look gentle and refined on account of her soft apricot-blush hues. Team her with white cosmos and gold/bronze ornamental grasses to create a tapestry in gentle shades. Dahlias thrive in patio pots, providing they are well fed and the soil remains moist. Use a large pot and peat-free compost with added fertiliser and leaf mould. Leaf mould offers little in the

Dahlia ‘Mambo’ looks like a sumptuous Ascot hat worn by a highmaintenance wife way of nutrition, but holds moisture like a dream. No leaf mould? No problem! Scrunch up a few sheets of newspaper, half fill your pot with soil, add the newspaper then top up with more soil. The newspaper layer will act like a sponge and help prevent that all-too familiar sight of water gushing straight through a pot of dry compost. The paper will harmlessly degrade over time - if it doesn’t, that’s an indication that you haven’t watered sufficiently. Dahlia ‘Scura’ (40-50 cms) has dainty peach-coloured flowers that are easily swamped in a border, making it ideal for a pot. Another contender for a patio planter is ‘Roxy’ (50-60 cms). Beloved by bees; Roxy bears shocking magenta flowers enhanced by dark foliage that looks good until mid-October. Dahlias have just one flaw they’re scentless. Oh, well - you can’t have everything.

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April sees garden gates opening up across Sussex for the National Garden Scheme. Geoff Stonebanks highlights a few of these horticultural delights

Clinton Lodge

Lady Collum’s Clinton Lodge is open for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 29th April from 2-5.30pm. The garden itself is approximately six acres of clay soil and is divided into rooms reflecting English garden design from the 17th to 21st century. The double herbaceous borders echo the style of the late Victorian gardens, when many hitherto unknown plants were introduced from North America, China and Japan. The colours were inspired by the sight of sheets of larkspur and monkshood seen while on a canoeing expedition in the Rocky Mountains. Delphiniums, phlox and monkshood and drifts of iris, crambe cordifolia and arums are set rhythmically between yew and box. The colours are restricted to blue, white and occasionally pale yellow, changing with the season.

Offham House The garden will be open on Sunday 29th April from 1-5pm. Drive two miles north of Lewes on the A275 and you will find the Queen Anne Offham House, with its 1676 well-knapped flint façade. See banks, richly studded with primroses and violets, followed by vast luscious lawns leading round the side of the property to a wonderful conservatory, where homemade teas are served. Heading off to see the double herbaceous borders and peony bed, one’s eye cannot fail to notice the glorious views of the rolling Sussex countryside. As you wander through this large romantic garden you can pause to admire the fountains, irises and interesting statuary. There is much to see, ponds, swathes of spring flowers, an arboretum and everywhere an exuberance of blossom, flowering cherries and fruit trees. You can also visit the working part of the garden with its herb area, walled kitchen garden, glasshouses, cold frames, chickens, guinea fowl and a friendly pig! Dogs on short leads are welcome. Why not buy a plant to take home as a nice reminder of a lovely afternoon out? Offham House, The Street, Offham, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3QE. Admission £5.00, children free. Tea & homemade cake.

Why not buy a plant to take home as a nice reminder of a lovely afternoon out Another room, the Herb Garden, is divided into four squares by intersecting paths with a fountain basin in the centre. Knots of 17th century design fill the spaces at the corners and sweet briar roses grow at the back of the narrow beds. Every plant in this part of the garden is aromatic, including meadowsweet, Indian physic, sweet cicely, lovage, lavender, hyssop, lemon balm and garlic chives. Features include turf seats in Mediaeval style, a ‘cut out view’ of the park through the beech hedge and pleached lime walks. The paths of chamomile are designed to release their fragrance at the touch of a foot. A gargoyle, partly hidden by the ornamental vine, brings the sound of water. Clinton Lodge, Fletching, Sussex, TN22 3ST. £6.00, children free. Homemade teas. 66

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Other Openings in April BANKS FARM, Boast Lane, Barcombe, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5DY: A 9-acre garden set in rural countryside. Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April from 11am-4pm. Admission £5.00, children free. Homemade teas. NEWTIMBER PLACE, Newtimber, West Sussex, BN6 9BU: A beautiful spring garden which has been opening for the National Garden Scheme since 1929. Sunday 15th April from 2-5.30pm. Admission £5, children free. Homemade teas.

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Spotlight Events Red Butler at The Civic Centre, Uckfield Sat 14 Apr

Saturday 14 April, 8pm

Alice In Wonderland at Chiddingstone Castle Thursday 12th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April Alice and her friends will have free run of the Castle and grounds and are hosting games and activities suitable for 6 - 10 year olds. Activities include: Croquet and Mini Golf with The Queen of Hearts; Arts and Crafts with The White Rabbit; Singing Practice with Alice; Dancing with Tweedledum and a Mad Hatter’s presentation in the Great Hall where The Mad Hatter will award prizes to his ‘Best Dressed Guest’ and ‘Craziest Newcomer to Wonderland’ with certificates for all. Children should be accompanied by a paying adult and if you are planning to bring groups of children, please Thur 12 Apr to Sat ensure there is one adult per five children. Adults can stay with 14 Apr children and be non-participating spectators of the special activities, or can visit the Tea Room and grounds.

The dynamic Sussex rock/blues band Red Butler have gained followers across Britain and Europe during the past six years and aim to continue this process throughout their forthcoming tours of the UK and Spain. Wherever they play audiences instantly tap into the fire and passion generated by the young band from Sussex. They will be supported by The Vincents with Beth Ellwood. Tickets: £15 Box Office: 01825 769694 Civic Centre, Civic Approach, Uckfield TN22 1AE

Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em at The Devonshire Park Theatre Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st April: every evening 7.45pm, Wed & Sat 2.30pm The first-ever stage adaptation of the favourite 1970s classic TV comedy, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em with Joe Pasquale starring as the loveable accident-prone Frank Spencer. The show comes to the Devonshire Park Theatre with a cast including Sarah Earnshaw as Betty and Susie Blake as Frank’s disapproving Mother-in-Law, Mrs Fisher.

Some Mothers was the most successful sitcom of the decade and gave us the endearing comedy character of the hapless Frank and his long-suffering wife Betty. It featured catchphrases galore, a never-ending list of disasters (usually incorporating ladders), roller-skating escapades, poorly Tue 17 to Sat 21 Apr house-trained cats and the occasional runaway chicken! Tickets: £21.50 to £29.50

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Tulips at Standen House & Garden Mid-April to Mid-May

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This spring at Standen see 10,000 tulips fill the borders and terraces throughout the garden, with colours ranging from bright oranges and yellows to deep purples and reds. Discover special heritage varieties and a whole bank planted with ‘broken’ Rembrandt style tulips. Join the Senior Gardener on an exclusive out of hours tour of the garden, or learn how to capture the spectacle of


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the tulips on a photography workshop. Children can make their own tulips to take home in one of the craft workshops. Normal admission applies. Some events require booking and are charged separately. 01342 323029 Magnet April 2018

May Day Festival at Hever Castle

From May 12th onwards

Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May To round off the day, head for the Celebrate May Day at Hever Castle & award-winning restaurants where delicious Gardens with a host of customs and lunches and afternoon teas will be served. activities for all the family to enjoy! Join Or bring a picnic to eat in the designated the Lord and Lady of the May and see the crowning of the May Queen. Dance around picnic spots - the perfect way to celebrate the Maypole, and watch the demonstrations the coming of summer. accompanied by 16th century music and a playlet about the traditional story of the Gardens open at 10.30am; Castle opens battle of the seasons. Follow the Green Man from folklore, in at 12 noon. Last admission 4.30pm 01732 865224 a traditional May Day procession through Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge, Kent the gardens as he wakes up the plants TN8 7NG for summer with the help of children and their magical May bells. There’s also a trail through the Castle and children can have their face painted. Sat The award-winning gardens 5 May to and grounds are a feast for the eyes, Mon 7 with delicate blossom of pear, apple May and cherry trees to lift the spirits. Stroll through the Pergola Walk where the walls are bedecked with an array of Wisteria and admire the colourful bedding plants in the Italian Gardens.

Hats Off To Summer at Horsted Place! Tuesday 1st May, 2.30pm If you have an invitation to a wedding or Royal Ascot this season, you will no doubt be in search of the perfect hat. Don’t panic! On Tuesday 1st May Abi Gurney Hat

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Hire from Fletching will be at Horsted Place Hotel near Uckfield for a fun afternoon showing a selection of her fabulous hats and how to wear them. Abi will be giving advice on the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of choosing a hat and, in keeping with the summery mood, afternoon tea with strawberries and cream will be served. Tickets are £36.00 per person and include a glass of Prosecco and afternoon tea. To book contact Horsted Place on 01825 750581

Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens Tuesday 24th April to Tuesday 8th May, every day 10am-5pm In late April/early May the spectacular Tulip Festival sees the gardens carpeted with Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, tulips, creating stunning scenes for visitors TN5 7HE to enjoy. Over winter, Pashley’s garden team planted over 40,000 new top grade bulbs, in 112 varieties, so 2018, the 24th annual Tulip Festival, will be the biggest tulip display yet! Yet more tulips are on display as cut flowers in the Bloms Bulbs marquee. Bloms are on hand throughout the Tue 24 Festival to share their knowledge and Apr to Tue to take orders from those inspired by 8 May the spectacle. With a café serving locally sourced and homemade food; gift shop and exhibitions of sculpture and art, a visit to Pashley makes a superb day out. Entry: £11.00

Glynde Place Concert Series 2018 May 12th, June 2nd & July 7th Glynde Place welcomes the series for the fifth year. May 12th - Mariam Batsashvili (piano) June 2nd - Thibaut Garcia (guitar) July 7th - Andrei Ionita (cello) You’re are more than welcome to arrive early and picnic in the grounds Tickets: glynde-place-concert-series Please note that the concerts are on the first floor and there is no lift access. If you require assistance, please call the office on 01273 858224.

Factory Open Day at Sussex Stone & Ceramic

Sat 28 Apr

Saturday 28th April, 10am to 3pm Of all the marbles and granites, limestones and sandstones used throughout history, little compares to the choice available to you today. Classic white marbles from Carrara, exotic granites from the depths of Brazil, beautiful slates from India and China are just the tiniest snapshot of the materials that modern technology has made viable for use. As if nature wasn’t enough, science has created strong, uniform materials in literally hundreds of colours. At Sussex Stone & Ceramic, they can open your eyes to the vast range of choice now available for your use. Why not go along and meet the experts, with talks and demonstrations of production processes on granite, dekton, marble and quartz worktops in their state of the art facility. Food and drink provided, free prize draw. Trade and public welcome, ample parking available. Unit 4 Squires Farm Ind Estate, Easons Green, Framfield TN22 5RB

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Find your fragrance personality Want a new signature scent? Spring is the best season to explore new fragrances and refresh your long-wearing perfume collection


ith spring finally here, April is the perfect month to invest in a new signature scent. That said, finding the perfect perfume to capture your fragrance personality isn’t always easy – not only do you want to smell sensational but you want it to say something about you too. So to save you spending days agonising over which perfume to choose, we have put together a guide to the best fragrance for every personality. Discover which one you are and get to your favourite fragrance counter with a well-tuned nose.

The Traditionalist

You are a nostalgic and sentimental person who loves a touch of old-school charm in their life. The dark, heady notes of tobacco, leather and liquor take you back to cherished moments in your past. The fragrance for you: Something with woody, oriental and sweet notes.

The Romantic

You are passionate and elegant at the same time, with a love for timeless glamour and luxury. Lush florals, powdery notes and the comforting sweet aromas of vanilla and amber make you immensely happy. The fragrance for you: Roses, roses, roses. Known for being one of the most romantic notes, this classic flower smells soft but not overly feminine.

The Realist

You are quietly confident with just a touch of mystery to have everyone around you intrigued. Classic woody notes like patchouli and sandalwood blended with sweet vanilla and heady musk give you that unexpected edge. The fragrance for you: An exciting combination of spicy nutmeg with heady woody notes of patchouli, smooth vanilla and white musk.

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You love anything and everything iconic:

timeless elegance over modern novelty is your motto. The light and aromatic wafts of florals, spices and comforting sweet aromas of bergamot and amber have you in perfume-heaven. The fragrance for you: Bergamot, lemon, pink pepper and amber gives a unique and refreshing depth that is also a fresh and familiar blend of scents.

Timeless elegance over modern novelty is your motto The Modernist

You are contemporary and cuttingedge. You are always one step ahead of the trends and love anything new and exciting. A real pusher of boundaries. Aromatic, clean and crisp smells with a light, airy and shower-fresh edge are what makes your nose happy. The fragrance for you: A perfume that exudes warm hints of patchouli, saffron and red plum with the uplifting scents of honey and orange zest.

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Run It Off It seems natural that April’s Body Buzz should cover running, after all it’s spring and many of us are keen to kick start our fitness before the summer. Sasha Kanal explains why it’s time to dust off the running shoes


pril is the month that marathons are taking place and those taking part will be training like crazy before the big day. Plus the very fact that the weather is improving and the evenings are lighter, provides that natural compulsion to just get outside. In fact, we should all be running more. It’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most convenient forms of any exercise, merely requiring a little time, effort and a pair of good trainers. Improvements in cardiovascular and mental health can be seen quickly if you run regularly and your approach is consistent. Whether you’re a novice or a veteran runner, here are some basic tips on getting the most of out this fantastic activity.


Buy a proper pair of running shoes. This is crucial, but doesn’t have to be expensive. Simply seeking professional advice on the correct

It’s vital you warm up and warm down before and after each run type of running shoe for you will pay dividends in the long run and lower your risk of injury. For example, consider whether you’ll be running mainly on tarmac or other terrain – obviously this will impact on the kind of footwear you need. Go into a specialist running or sports shop and speak to them - any establishment worth their salt will be able to advise you and kit you out. Many shops now offer you the chance to ‘road test’ trainers on an in-house treadmill.


Make a plan. Whether the goal is to run a marathon or you’re aiming to just be able to keep going for 30 minutes without a break, it really pays to have some sort of plan on how you’re going to get there and achieve these goals. There are many free to download

plans online that have been put together by experts and are based on achieving a set distance within a target time. It’s all about making progress. Use this in conjunction with an app on your phone and you’re away!


Join a running club. The beauty of jogging alone to clear your head cannot be denied. But if you plan to get serious about your running, you may want to join a running club of which there are many in Sussex. Most cater to all running abilities and it’s a great way of keeping motivation up, discovering new routes to run and making new friends.


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Money Matters Are your tax allowances in order? As we are coming up to the new tax year, it is always a good thing to check and make sure that you have used all your allowances. It’s also a good idea to see how you can reduce your tax liabilities for the coming year. One way to use the tax regime to your advantage is to invest some funds into an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) or a Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS). EIS was set up by the government quite a few years ago to encourage investors to fund small companies and start-ups. It provides income tax relief when the investor buys shares in a qualifying company, and if the shares are held for the qualifying period, they will be free of capital gains tax on disposal. There is no minimum investment through EIS in any one company in any one tax year. Tax relief of 30% can be claimed on investments (up to £1,000,000 in one tax year) giving a maximum tax reduction in any one year of £300,000, provided you have sufficient income tax liability to cover it. People connected with the company are not eligible for Income tax relief on their shares. If shares are disposed of at a loss, the investor can elect that the amount of the loss, less the income tax relief obtained, can be set against income of the year in which they were disposed or, on income of the previous year instead of being set off against any capital gains. In addition, if a taxpayer has a capital gains tax liability in the year, that gain can be deferred when the gain is invested in shares of an EIS qualifying company. The gain can be made from the disposal of any kind of asset but the investment must be made one year before or three years after the gain. There is a ‘carry back’ facility which allows all or part of the income tax relief in one year, to be treated as though the investment was made in the previous year, subject to the overriding limit for relief for each year.

There are restrictions on the availability of the relief, of course. If an individual or their relatives together holds more than 30% of the share capital or voting rights for up to 2 years before and 3 years after the share issue, they will be deemed to be connected and will not be eligible for EIS relief. In addition, directors and employees of the company are all connected with it and therefore not eligible, as are their business partners, trustees and relatives. Again, these conditions apply for up to 2 years before and 3 years after the share issue. Once the company has been certified as an EIS company by HMRC, the company issues the investor with a certificate EIS3. The investor then includes the claim for relief on their tax return. For example, an individual invests £10,000 in a company and would normally pay tax at 40%. You sell the shares after 3 years for £20,000 Income tax relief in the year of investment £3,000 Capital gains tax on disposal nil Total gain £13,000 You sell the shares for £10,000 after 3 years Income tax relief in the year of investment £3,000 Capital gains tax on disposal nil Total gain £3,000 The company goes into liquidation Income tax relief in the year of investment £3,000 At risk capital is £7,000 Loss relief on at risk capital at 40% = £2,800 Total loss £4,200 Obviously, these are just examples and the rules can change. The availability of the reliefs is also subject to every individual’s own tax position, but feel free to get in touch if you are interested in this or any other tax relief.

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Recipe of the Month by Diane Clark

Spring Tabbouleh

Serves: 4 Cooking time: 30 minutes

Tabbouleh is a delicious, fresh and healthy Middle Eastern salad featuring bulgur wheat, steeped in water or stock, then tossed with an abundance of fresh parsley, mint, tomatoes, asparagus, lemon and seasoning.


Ingredients • 25g/1oz bulgur wheat • 50ml/2 fl oz boiling water • 12 vine plum tomatoes, cut in half • Bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley, leaves only, washed, dried and finely chopped • Small bunch fresh mint leaves, washed, dried and finely chopped • Bunch spring onions, chopped • 125g pack of fine asparagus, stems cut into small pieces, tips left whole • 2-3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin oil • Sea salt flakes

2. Boil the asparagus until al dente, approximately 3-6 minutes. Transfer to cold water immediately in order to maintain their green colour.


Recipe of the Month

1. Place the bulgur wheat into a small bowl and cover with 50ml/2 fl oz of boiling water. Stir, then set aside for 20 minutes or until the bulgur wheat has absorbed all the water.

3. A  dd the parsley, mint, spring onions, and asparagus to the tomatoes and mix well until combined. 4. When the bulgur wheat has absorbed all of the water, fluff it using a fork until the grains are separated. Add the bulgur wheat to the salad mixture and stir to combine. 5. Drizzle over the lemon juice and olive oil and season to taste. Mix well to coat the ingredients in the dressing. 6. To serve, divide the Tabbouleh equally among the 4 serving plates. Grilled halloumi or pita bread would be a lovely accompaniment. Magnet April 2018



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April What’s On Easter Holidays and beyond Easter Fun at Drusillas Park, Alfriston Road, BN26 5QS. Contact: events To 15th Spring Festival at Michelham Priory House & Gardens, Upper Dicker, BN27 3QS. The gardens are a mass of spring colour. Enjoy talks, tours, displays and more! Contact: 01323 844 224 – To 15th Bertram Bunny’s Easter Adventure at Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, RH16 1XP. Solve the puzzles and be rewarded with a chocolate treat! On selected days: crafts, storytelling, face painting, the Easter Bunny. £2 per trail, plus garden admission. FREE to Friends of Borde Hill. 01444 450326 – – 3-7 Thoroughly Modern Millie at Devonshire Park Theatre. Contact: 01323 412000 – 4-12 Children’s Workshops during the Easter school holidays at The Observatory Science Centre. See Spotlight Events or for more information 7

Spring Show at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield TN21 0XG. 2pm to 4pm. Organised by Heathfield & District Horticultural Society. Contact: - 01435 830725

7/8 Sovereign Seas Folk Festival hosted by RNLI Newhaven at RNLI Newhaven Lifeboat House, Riverside, West Quay, BN9 9BX. Full details:

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The Festival attracts high profile performers to the intimate and enchanting venue, supporting RNLI Newhaven. Friendly Folk Fun! Tickets for individual concerts are available or an All Weekend ticket for all events/concerts is just £18.00. Contact: Graham Hillman - rnlinewhaven. 7/8 Eastbourne Artists Spring Open Houses and Studio. Artists open their houses and studios over two weekends for this popular annual event. Look out for the art trail brochure. Contact: Julian Sutherland Beatson on 01323 749708 – 8

Hastings Beatles Day, White Rock Theatre. 12noon to 10.30pm. With over 90 acts across three stages, the popular Beatles Day returns. Contact: 01424 462288 -


Hellingly Bowls Club Open Day at Horsebridge Recreation Ground, Lower Horsebridge, BN27 4DL. Everyone welcome. Friendly club. Please bring flat soled shoes if you would like to try the game. Bowls provided. Contact: Peter on 01435 812887 – –


Up the Garden Path at Ninfield Memorial Hall, Bexhill Road, TN33 9EE. 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Floral demonstration by Sue Thompson. Contact:

11 The Arts of Japan at Uckfield Civic Centre, TN22 1AE. 2pm to 4pm. Illustrated talk on the highlights of Japanese Art

Michelham Priory AAllll YWeeaarther House & Gardens

Spring Festival

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The gardens are a mass of spring colour. Enjoy talks, tours, displays and more!

Ancient Crafts Festival Mon 7th May

Hands-on activities for all the family from flint knapping to early weaving. Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham, BN27 3QS. Tel 01323 844224

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Charlton on 01323 833673 - 16 Parks & Gardens of Flanders at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield, TN21 0XG. 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Melanie Gibson-Barton, organised by Heathfield & District Horticultural Society. Contact: www. 01435 830725 16 Evening Meeting at St Saviours Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4PA. 7.30pm – 9.30pm. A Benedictine Monk with Geoff Hutchinson. Guests £2.00. Contact: Denise on 01323 763163 17-21 Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Tickets £21.50 to £29.50. Contact: Box Office on: 01323 412000 - 18 ‘La La Land’ at Wadhurst Community Cinema, The Commemoration Hall. Doors open at 7.15pm. Membership of £24 (8 movies), or £5 on the door. 16’s or over only. 19 Sussex Wildlife Trust Eastbourne Regional Group Event at Victoria Baptist Church,Eldon Road, Eastbourne, BN21 1UE. 7.30 pm to 9.30pm. An illustrated talk on ‘Bird Migration: How and Why They Do It’ by Sarah McKenzie, Ecologist & Wildlife Lecturer. £3.00 for SWT members, £4.00 for visitors - all welcome. Contact: Janet Nott, Secretary, Eastbourne Regional Group on 01424 777291 - secretary-swteastbourne@ - 19-22 Arts & Crafts Market at The Garden Show, Firle. In the Old Georgian Riding School. 21 Crowborough & Rotherfield Art Group at All Saints Church Hall, Chapel Green, Crowborough, TN6 1ED. 10am until 4pm. The Crowborough & Rotherfield Art Group Annual Exhibition of paintings. Free entry. Contact: Barbara Stoakes, Chairman on 01892 610529.

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19 ‘Songs ‘Winchelsea’s The Langborough Singers Present from thePoor’ Show’Talk by Malcolm Pr

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Hats off to Summer at Horsted Place Hotel, Uckfield. Abi Gurney Hat Hire will be at the hotel for a fun afternoon giving advice on the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of choosing a hat and, in keeping with the summery mood, afternoon tea with strawberries and cream will be served. Tickets: £36. Contact: 01825 750581

4-7 Belatane Fire Festival at Wild Woods, TN8 7EA. Contact: 5

Nature Trail Heaven Farm judged one of England’s most beautiful farms Dazzling Wood Anemones and Primroses Now in Bloom Spectacular Bluebells - April to May Come and see the large family of wallabies with their joeys in the magnificent parkland surrounding this ancient farm.

Stable Tea Room

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Heaven Farm Shop

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Granny’s Ice Cream Parlour at The Granary

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5/6 Blindley Heath Heavy Horse & Country Show at East Bysshe Showground, Eastbourne Road, Blindley Heath, RH7 6LF. 8am to 6pm. Largest gathering of heavy horses in Southern England + historic vehicles, dog show, crafts, shops, rides. £10 adults on gate or £8 in advance. U16s and parking free. Contact: Jackie Shearman on 01737 645857 - sesha@ - 7

Ancient Crafts Festival, Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham BN27 3QS. Showcasing a range of craft techniques throughout the centuries, hands-on activities for all the family from flint knapping to early weaving - 01323 844224

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No-mess pipelaying by mole or steerable drill, we can bore up to 100m at a time under your garden or driveway, without digging the surface. Chain trenching for field water supplies. Troughs installed. Leaks fixed.


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Superior Glass Ltd

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Battle Mowers Ltd

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Visit us at Blackbrooks Garden Centre (main A21) Sedlescombe, TN33 0RJ

01424 870505

Please call Shaughn or Jackie at Arkwell Services or visit our website Email: 01323 490777 07967 049988 (mobile)


Installation & Servicing of gas and electric fires

01444 452626



Double Glazing Repair Specialist

With over 40 years of building experience

Is your double glazing foggy? No need to replace the whole frame: we can save you money by replacing just the glass!

• Conversions • Extensions • New Builds • Refurbishments • Improvements Telephone: 01323 841532

Website: Email: Bolneys Units, South Road, Hailsham BN27 3NU


Hedge Cutting | Grass Cutting | Garden Maintenance | Landscaping Fencing | Driveways | Turfing | Treework | Clearance Reliable, Professional Local Service Fully Qualified and Insured w w w. k d g a r d e n s e r v i c e s . c o . u k

Dean – 07859 891188 | 01825 724490

*17 years’ experience / Insured

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