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Inside... Local 20 Properties of the Month Apartment Living 24 Sussex History by Mark Broad Sussex Songs

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28 Business Bytes Local business news and information 34 Walk of the Month East Grinstead Meridian Markers 38 Magnet Meets‌ Geoff Stonebanks – Gardener and Fund Raiser


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42 Win Family Tickets The Garden Show at Firle Place 46 The Arts Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show @The Makery, Eastbourne 48 Special Days Out Herstmonceux Castle 52 Spotlight Events Our pick of forthcoming local events


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67 It’s all about Charity Local charity news and information


74 What’s On Guide 80 Home and Garden Directory

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Life 30 It’s a Dog’s Life By Rolo – The Border Terrier 32 Puzzle Page 40 Blooming Times Ready, Steady, Sow! 44 The Book Review By Elizabeth Kay 60 Body Buzz – Health & Fitness Scaling the Heights 62 And Another Thing! - by Paula Menso A Woman of a Certain Age! 64 A Short Story - by Peter d’Aguilar Change of Use 68 Money Matters 70 Recipe of the Month 72 The Month of March



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and welcome to your March issue! Full of all your favourite features and fun, we are here to take you through the month with a smile on your face. With spring on its way we are certainly feeling cheerful here in the office, and we are delighted to announce that adding to our sunny mood is the news that we have teamed up with a new sister magazine, Sussex Living. We will be introducing some new articles and are looking forward to an exciting future together and bringing you an even better magazine. Amongst many of our great Magnet regular features, in this issue look out for our Special Days Out where we visit Herstmonceux Castle and find out about its interesting history. In Magnet Meets we talk to Geoff Stonebanks, who discovered his passion for gardening after early retirement, and is now a leading charity

fund-raiser for the National Garden Scheme. Sussex songs of yesteryear that Lucy Broadwood collected and preserved for future generations to enjoy makes for a fascinating read in our Sussex History feature. Make sure you keep up to date and find out what’s going on in your area in the Spotlight Events section, and why not try a different sort of treasure hunt with the family, taking a stroll to find the numerous meridian markers in East Grinstead. We are introducing some interesting new features for you this month. Have a look at our new health and beauty section, with Beautiful You advising on the ultimate material investments and climbing high in the Body Buzz feature. Flo Whitaker passes on her knowledge and gardening tips about sowing vegetables early. We hope you have an enjoyable read and will see you next month,

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On The Home Front THE PROPERTY Two Cottages Make A Grand Home

Two flint cottages, a stark 80’s add on and an old garage were connected and clad with reclaimed timber to create a pretty L shaped home for Linda and Roger Biggs. ellebore, Hebe and the silver leaves of a large olive tree dance in the breeze in the front garden of Linda and Roger Biggs home which nestles peacefully below the South Downs. Rambling roses have wound their way around the old porch and the timber-clad walls have weathered into a soft shade of grey. Surrounded by the rolling green hills of the Sussex Downs, the first impression is one of visual poetry. So when the Biggs put in their sealed bid, it is hard to understand why it was not a case of love at first sight. ‘Although the location was stunning, the property needed lots of work and really did not tick all our boxes,’ Linda explains. ‘We put in our bid thinking, we can see the potential but if we don’t get this we are not that bothered.’ At that time, it was a long thin red brick building filled with a lot of little dark rooms, a bit like a long train with one old garage set at right angles to it. ‘I think most people found it difficult to see past those dark little rooms and the unsightly 1980s’ red brick extension.’



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HALL A bright large hall is the heart of the house centred on a large old chimney-breast flanked by two Lloyd Loom wicker chairs and an antique console table. EXTERIOR The exterior of the 1980’s red bricked extension was clad in oak timber, which has now aged to grey blending with old flint stones.

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OAK FRAMED HALL The most stunning addition to the house is the oak framed sitting area with glass walls and a vaulted ceiling. An Edwardian wing chair (pictured left) belonging to Linda’s father spans the generations and was recovered in a Mulberry tweed.

To their surprise their bid was accepted and cottage became theirs, and it was then that they began to get excited about what changes might work for them. The old kitchen and dining room were small and stuck at the wrong end of the house with tiny windows onto the garden. ‘Taking down the dividing walls to enjoy wonderful views of the Downs was an obvious choice,’ says Linda, ‘but it left us with the big question of where to place a new kitchen. Being a family of four with a dog and cat, we were keen to try to create a large light family living kitchen space, which enjoyed the downland views.’ Meeting up with architect Ian Adam


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Smith gave the project new momentum. He came up with the brilliant suggestion of converting the existing garage into a kitchen linking it to the cottages by a new oak framed and glazed square sitting room, which would turn this part of the house into one large L shaped family living room. ‘It was such a simple idea, but totally brilliant.’ Linda beams. ‘We just never thought to bring the garage into the equation.’ Ian’s design turned the Biggs home into what he described as a perfect little big house, with intimate spaces at one end, and one airy L shaped family living space, which is where the family now live most of the time.

DINING AREA Linking the kitchen and new oak framed hall, is a dining area furnished with oak dining chairs collected from local antique shops.

KITCHEN The kitchen is lit at one end by sloping skylights. The work tops were made from old floor boards bleached for a paler look.

What makes the house a home‌.. the kitchen island unit which is the hub of the home where we gather to share stories and food with friends and family

What we love most….. is sitting on the sofa on a Sunday morning sipping coffee and enjoying the view across meadows and the South Downs. MAIN SITTING ROOM The main sitting room was at one time divided into two rooms and a corridor. The vintage dusk blue sofa contributes to the white and blue colour scheme and the coffee table is an old door placed on sea grass floor cushions. SITTING ROOM ‘I am a big fan of French grain sacks. I can never tire of them,’ says Linda who used these to cover the sofa in a seating area occupying what was the 1980’s extension.


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By cladding the 1980’s red-bricked exterior in oak, it sat more happily with the original flint stone of the existing cottages. Next the position of the staircase was changed. ‘The existing stairs carved up our new sitting room, so we redirected the stairs turning what was a tiny sitting room, into a hall with a wood burning stove. Linda then turned her attention to the somewhat oppressive black beams. To paint or not to paint was a tricky debate. ‘I had trouble convincing my husband but luckily he once owned a cottage in Oxfordshire and remembers the noise and dust involved in sand blasting the old beams! I was so pleased when he agreed we should paint them white.’ For Linda this decision paved the way for her to pursue her favourite style, the pared back, pale and interesting look, featuring natural textures and up-cycled fabrics.

MASTER BEDROOM Soft and feminine, old fashioned roses make a pretty interior scheme for the master bedroom in cream and raspberry.

‘I much prefer to use old French linen grain sacks for sofa covers, mattress ticking for blinds and curtains and individual character pieces found in antiques fairs where possible. I am also a big fan of texture,’ she explains, pointing out patches of the old stonework where plaster was taken off and to newly installed wood paneling which enriches several rooms, including the bathroom, sitting room and Linda’s study. Linda’s style is laid back, relaxed, clutter free and most importantly, child friendly. ‘In our last house, our youngest Charlie, although only two was obsessed with throwing a ball around which demonstrated to me that our home needed to be robust. If you want to relax, your home has to be child and pet proofed,’ Linda smiles. Her desk is sensibly tucked away in her study at the far end of the house, where

some of her recent colour boards are on display. ‘I have recently moved from pastels to a more graphic feel but I still like pops of bright colour. I have not gone down the grey route. Having done up five houses over the years I have learned to go for timeless ingredients, stone or sisal floors, solid wood furniture with a nod to current trends rather than following fashion. If you do want a patterned fabric, choose a timeless design, like a toile or a stripe or an iconic floral like Hatley from Cabbages and Roses which I used in our bedroom.’ As for future plans, ‘Our eyes are always open for possible improvements but I think the next project will be the outhouse in our garden with its lovely old brick chimney. Sitting on the edge of the field it is a potential gem. I know we will all enjoy it when it is finished.’

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Uckfield Location ‘Shaftesbury Court’ a purpose built ground floor retirement apartment situated within walking distance of Uckfield town centre. Details A one bedroomed purpose-built retirement apartment: in prime position stepping out from the living room onto a small patio area overlooking the main garden and central lawns. This room also leads to the kitchen which is comprehensively fitted with units. The large double aspect bedroom has built in wardrobes and fitted bathroom. Communal facilities include a resident’s lounge, fully equipped laundry, landscaped gardens, guest apartment, on site warden and parking. Price £120,000 Agents Details Dixon Vince 01825 7655559 -

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Bexhill on Sea Location A garden apartment with private courtyard on the seafront in Bexhill. Details This stunning converted two bedroomed apartment is presented to a very high standard for modern living. It has two entrances, one via the courtyard garden into the entrance hall. The large living/dining room offers stunning views over the seafront garden towards the sea. Refitted contemporary kitchen with high gloss finish and a central breakfast bar island. Off the kitchen is a utility room with plenty of storage space. Spacious master bedroom with two built in wardrobes and second single bedroom. Outside the private courtyard garden has raised beds, patio areas for alfresco dining, an outside tap, and timber framed shed. The communal seafront-facing gardens are mainly laid to lawn with extensive plant and shrub beds. Price Offers in excess of £285,000 Agents Details Rush Witt & Wilson 01424 225588 -

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Sussex Songs From under the Broadwood tree By Mark Broad

Lucy Etheldred Broadwood


n the 1850s, annual production at the Broadwood piano factory in Westminster peaked at around 2500 instruments. John Broadwood (1732-1812) had come to London from the Lothian hills in 1761. A skilled cabinet-maker, he found employment in Burkat Shudi’s harpsichord workshop, making fine instruments for royalty, the very rich and eminent composers, including Haydn. By the time John took charge of the company, after Shudi’s death in 1773, research and development of the new ‘piano-forte’, an instrument with a greater variety of tone and dynamic, was occupying more of his time and imagination.

John Broadwood is considered a pioneer among collectors of English folksong. John Broadwood died in 1812, leaving ‘an immense estate’ and the family firm continued to thrive under his sons. Broadwood pianos were delivered to Beethoven in Vienna and to King George IV at Brighton Pavilion. The firm has held the Royal Warrant longer than any other holder. Just north of Rusper, near the SussexSurrey border, is Lyne House which was a country retreat of the Broadwood family and home to two persons whose interest in the traditional songs of ordinary working people gave impetus to the Victorian Folk Revival. The Reverend John Broadwood (1798-1864) made a collection of songs under the title (it’s a long one, take a deep 24

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breath): “Old English Songs as now sung by the Peasantry of the Weald of Surrey and Sussex and collected by one who has learnt them by hearing them sung every Christmas from early childhood by the Country People who go about to the Neighbouring Houses singing, or wassailing as it is called at that season. The airs are set to music exactly as they are now sung, to rescue them from oblivion and to afford a specimen of genuine old English Melody ... harmonized for the collector in 1843 by G.A. Dusart, Organist to the Chapel of Ease at Worthing.” Because the Reverend John was careful to keep words and tune together, just as his singers delivered them, and insisted on preserving the modal character of their melodies (refusing Mr Dusart’s inclination to ‘correct’ and harmonize in a manner more suitable for refined company) he is considered

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a pioneer among collectors of English folksong. A fellow member of the Sussex Archaeological Society testified that by his insistence on oral transcription John Broadwood had “the true feeling of an archaeologist”.

Lucy Broadwood became a leading influence in the folk revival, and a founding member of the Folk Song Society. He reportedly sang these songs at home, “exactly as the smocked labourers sang”, and was met with polite boredom by family and friends. This was a story repeated by his niece, the talented musician Lucy Broadwood (1858-1929), who later became a leading influence in the folk revival, a mentor to younger composers and singers, and a founding member of the Folk Song Society. Taking the songs collected by her uncle and adding more from her own sources, Lucy Broadwood collaborated with her cousin Herbert F. Birch Reynardson to produce a new volume titled ‘Sussex Songs’ (1889). Then she worked with Purcell scholar J.A. Fuller Maitland on ‘English County Songs’ (1893). Importantly, the source singers are credited. Names include Henry Burstow, bell-ringer and shoemaker of Horsham, who famously had over 400 songs, and Samuel Willett, baker of Cuckfield, who managed to elicit some payment for imparting his repertoire. Magnet March 2018

involving such luminaries as Hubert Parry (Director of the Royal College of Music), Charles Stanford (Professor of Music at Cambridge), John Stainer (Professor of Music at Oxford) and Charles Mackenzie (Principle at the Royal Academy of Music). These worthy gentlemen were in pursuit of something they felt should amount to an English musical Renaissance. There was a need to dispel long-standing Germanic influence in music and connect with something essentially English. Apart from that it was difficult to find much agreement. Given these people’s positions of power, the idea was also jokingly referred to as the South Kensington Renaissance and ridiculed by George Bernard Shaw as a mutual admiration society. Ralph Vaughan Williams Ralph Vaughan Williams and Percy Grainger, both protégés of Lucy’s in the folksong field, were encouraged by her in their use of the phonograph for capturing audio recordings of singers. Henry Burstow said: “This was the first time I had seen or heard one of these marvellous machines, and I was amazed beyond expression to hear my own songs thus repeated in my own voice.” “It has often been asserted by foreigners that the English have no national music, and so frequently has this been repeated that Englishmen have come to believe it is true.” F.E. Sawyer, 1886. [Wasn’t the same in 1966! Ed.] Lucy was a prime mover in the formation of the Folk Song Society,

“I was amazed beyond expression to hear my own songs thus repeated in my own voice.” In the Folk-Song Society’s very first Journal, Vol. 1, No.1 (1899) is described a gathering at the home of Mrs Beer (owner and editor of The Sunday Times and The Observer) at which Kate Lee recounts her earliest song-collecting efforts: in particular her stay at the house of Sir Edward Carson QC, in Rottingdean. There she found James and Thomas Copper – local farm Bailiff and pub landlord, respectively – and transcribed their singing, working over three evenings, with

Sussex Songs John Broadwood, Lucy E. Broadwood; Arrangements by H. F. Birch Reynardson London: Stanley Lucas, Weber & Co., 1890. Price: 2/6d

PREFACE This Collection of Popular Songs of Sussex was begun by the Rev. John Broadwood, of Lyne, Horsham, about fifty years ago, at which time many of the songs were remembered only by a few of the oldest singers in his neighbourhood. Of late years it has been considerably added to by his niece, Miss L. E. [Lucy Etheldred] Broadwood. The songs, both words and music, were faithfully written down exactly as they were sung by country people in the Weald of Sussex. Although most of the songs seem to be peculiar to Sussex and its borders, there are several, as may be supposed, of which versions, differing more or less from those given here, are sung in other counties. It is possible that some of the tunes or words may be recognised by readers, perhaps as old acquaintances under a new form. Should this be the case, any information on the subject will be very gladly received ...

Parry, Mackenzie and Stanford. the help of whisky, and failing to exhaust their repertoire. The brothers Copper were duly awarded honorary membership of the inaugural Folk Song Society and credited by name in its Journal (they were then the only folksinger members). We do not know if they had been invited to present their songs in person, that evening in Mayfair. Lucy Broadwood died in 1929 and is buried at Rusper, where every year the Broadwood Morris Dancers dance in her honour and lay a wreath.

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“Here’s a health unto our master, the founder of the feast; I hope his soul, whenever he dies, to heav’n may go to rest ; That all his works may prosper, whatever he takes in hand ; For we are all his servants, and all at his command. Then, drink boys drink and see you do not spill, For if you do, you shall drink two, it is our master’s will.” Traditional Harvest Folk Song collected by Lucy Broadwood

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It’s a Dog’s Life by Rolo – the Border Terrier


arch is the months for mums, with Mother’s Day on the 11th this year. I haven’t seen my mum since I was eight weeks old, and to be frank, I’m not sure I’d recognise her if I met her, assuming she’s still around of course. I’m sure she’d be proud if she knew how I turned out, although she might want to review her skills in the puppy disciplining department. However, I like to think I’ve given ‘Her Indoors’ the opportunity to develop her mothering skills by extending them to me. I’ve had a number of roles in my life, but once the ‘Juniors’ had grown up and left home, child substitute was one I easily slipped into, after all, there is a school of thought that we dogs are stuck in permanent toddlerdom anyway, so it’s not a big stretch for a dog of my talents. Firstly, like children, we dogs take a lot of looking after. I need someone who can provide clean bedding, brush my fur and make sure my teeth are attended to. Whilst I am more than capable of sourcing my own food, ‘Her Indoors’ seems to strongly disapprove of my culinary self-service choices, so she provides me with my own cuisine, which, rather like when the ‘Juniors’ were at home, often involves stuff in tins and packets.

I have so many toys that ‘Her Indoors’ has had to buy me two toy boxes: one for the kitchen and one in the garden, to house my collection. She also has to look after me when I’m ill and source suitable medical attention when necessary. Unlike the ‘Juniors’ however, who have the NHS, she also has to pay for my health care which is only right and proper. They might be happy waiting patiently for overstretched staff in drafty Victorian facilities, but only tasteful décor and shining porcelain is good enough for me. I do have my own medical insurance, but in spite of ‘Them Indoors’ religiously paying out ever increasing premiums for my entire life, I’ve only ever used it once, and then most of the claim wasn’t covered, for reasons hidden in the small print. If, of course, ‘Them Indoors’ had decided not to insure me, and taken a chance on me being healthy, I would have had to develop a complicated and on-going health complaint that would have cost them thousands, as a protest against their lack of fiscal generosity and forward planning. Another sense in which I’m like the juniors is that I like my creature comforts and expect ‘Her Indoors’ to provide them. Not for me some draughty old kennel in the garden. I need a warm radiator and even better, a woodburner, with priority access rights. ‘Him Indoors’ is a bit stingy on the central heating front and has insisted that the thermostat was stuck at 18 degrees, long before it became fashionable for environmental reasons, and the ‘Juniors’ always moan when they come home about the coldness of the house, 30

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but I’ve got fur so I’m not so fussy. Although I don’t like to be seen agreeing with ‘Him Indoors’ I have some sympathy with his advice to ‘wear a jumper’, after all, I come with my own as a matter of course. I also rely on ‘Her Indoors’ mothering skills to ensure that I’m suitably entertained and mentally stimulated. I have so many toys that ‘Her Indoors’ has had to buy me two toy boxes: one for the kitchen and one in the garden, to house my collection. I got one toy for Christmas that I particularly like. A treat goes in the middle and the toy closes round it, fastened by Velcro, a bit like a flower with the petals shut over the centre. I then have to find my way into it so that I can get to the food item. Most enjoyable. Probably the only area of ‘Her Indoors’ mothering skills that I’m not keen on are her efforts to impose her, sometimes rather arbitrary, standards of behaviour. I don’t want to be unreasonable or ungrateful but why should I ‘come’ or ‘sit’ when she tells me and what is a code of behaviour if it’s not a framework within which to tactically manoeuvre? And her only other downside, which I’m going to draw a veil over, is her attempts at home crafting, particularly knitting, when it applies to me. Does she think I have no taste? Still, by and large, I am very grateful for her mothering skills, and as she’s had me all my life, I can, with some legitimacy, blame my faults on her. So, on Mother’s Day I will duly present her with the ultimate accolade by rolling over and allowing her to tickle my tummy. What more could she ask for? The ‘juniors’ will have to do substantially better than that however, after all, she’s had them for longer and she really is their mum!

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1. Exultant as a bird with a ring (4-1-4) 8. Skeletal part that is the subject of contention (4) 9. Relit when roused again (9) 11. Hurry with Leonard back to the brook (6) 12. Left without officer at bazaar exhausted (6) 13. Pedlar stuck with her in trouble (8) 16. Has flung out camera accessory (8) 20. Four o’clock service? (3,3) 21/23. This combination might well have you in stitches (6,3,6) 24. In Nassau looked for an old Israeli king (4) 25. We in the group need somehow to have made it more acceptable (9)


2. Charge too much? (8) 3. Rake is to become an emperor (6) 4. Animal, a pig that gets under the bushes (8) 5. Excessively superior (4) 6. Overhead car feature? (6) 7. Room provided for salt (6) 10. Avoid getting no runs (4) 14. Many a caper is put by the French into song (8) 15. Cover note might be put into this (8) 16. Best penalty on the highway (6) 17. Discover a meeting place on the boulevard (6) 18. Second student leaving east coast city has a dance (4) 19. Conflict in East Sussex (6) 22. Enough! That’s fifth-rate at present (4)


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Local Walk East Grinstead Walk By Robert Veitch

The Facts Distance: 3¼ miles Walk Time: 2 hours Meridian Markers to locate: 16 Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 135 Refreshments: None Parking: Free Parking at East Court at the weekends Bus Routes: 84 – 270 – 280 – 291 – 400 all pass close to East Court

Find a couple of hours at the weekend, some good company and head out on our wild goose chase, hunting meridian markers in East Grinstead.

The Walk To mark the Millennium, meridian markers were installed across East Grinstead, most notably in stone. With my nephews Jago (11) and Benjamin (7) who preferred to be called ‘Jamin we set out to bag a few. 01. Leaving East Court car park, walk south past the playground and memorial lawn on the right. Continue to the junction, before turning left into Estcots Drive and walking downhill, past College Close. 02. Marker #1 is against a fence. Cross the road safely and find #2 in the hedge opposite. Head back up Estcots Drive, turning left into College Lane at the top. Continue across the bridge, over Beeching Way and the old railway line. 03. The path narrows a little where the stone wall runs alongside it, disappearing completely when peeling left into Old Road. Dropping downhill and around the bend, marker #3 will be against the wall on the left, just after the pair of tall pine trees.

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04. Jago and ‘Jamin wanted to know more about the meridian. The prime meridian is the line of O° longitude which passes through Greenwich. It’s the line from which global time is set, and known as GMT or Greenwich Mean Time. Standardised time evolved during the 19th century, replacing ‘local time’ on the expanding railway network. Standard time means clocks showed the same time across the UK, although Lands End remains 22 minutes behind Greenwich on solar time. 05. Follow Old Road to its junction with Lewes Road. Cross by the traffic island on the right and walk towards the town centre. Marker #4 is imprisoned behind railings, next to a silver birch. Walk uphill to the mini-roundabout then turn left into Fairfield Road. Round the corner and 150m further on, marker #5 is against the wall, under railings. 06. Continue onwards to Lewes Road. Turn right and then right again for the Forest Way, which is well signposted. Walk to the next road, Herontye Drive. Turn right and wander downhill, finding #6 about 250m further on, tucked up in a hedge on the right, adjacent to a lay by.


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07. Take the next right into Richmond Way, following the sweeping curves uphill for a little over 200m until a green oasis appears on the right. Marker #7 is on the right, by a gate that leads to a small playground. “It’s a yellow gate” noted ‘Jamin, “so it’s easy to find.” Jago was already on the swings “These are good, I can swing really high.” Leaving the playground, turn right into the woods, downhill, right again at the split and past the pond on the left. Emerging at York Avenue, cross to the grass opposite and walk back to Herontye Drive and Forest Way. 08. Follow the former railway into the trees, over the sandstone bridge, taking the right hand fork where it splits. Jago and ‘Jamin enjoyed visualising steam trains from generations past. Follow the path into the subway under Lewes Road, which contains artwork from the local school. Jago thought, “the pictures are cool” while ‘Jamin was eager to know where the next marker was. 09. The underpass greets daylight in Warburton Close. Bear right, then left into Bourg-De-Peage Avenue. Walk north, past the school all the way to the end and the junction with Estcots Drive. 10. Cross safely and turn right, ambling downhill for 50m, before turning left for


the playing fields. If you have energy to burn, there’s an adventure playground in the trees on the left of the car park. Beyond the car park, follow the road through the parkland and woodland of East Court for 1/3 of a mile, to the end. 11. At the end, turn right and walk downhill to the zebra crossing, turning right onto the footpath, then immediately right onto the access road. Follow this road as far as the target-shooting club on the right. Marker #8 is difficult to spot because it’s a white metal ‘O°’ that can only be seen through a gap in the corrugated fence just beyond the clubhouse.

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I’ve been in the middle of the world. 12. Wander back to the zebra crossing. Cross the road and walk up the two sets of steps opposite. Follow the path over the next zebra crossing, turning left at the zebra crossing immediately after. Find your way across the car park towards the council offices at East Court. 13. The remaining eight markers are all close by - this is how we ticked them off. To the left of the buildings is the millennium beacon, which is marker #9. Down the slope from the beacon, in the corner of the car park, tucked up in the coniferous hedge is marker #10. Walk back towards the beacon and the 11½ tonne ironstone monolith is marker #11.

14. Marker #12 is a plaque set in the ground across the far side of the terrace at the rear of East Court. From here, find your way past the war memorial and down the grassy slope on the other side. Markers #13 and #14 are a pair of lime trees, both with small green plaques just above head height. Marker #15 is at the base of the two tallest conifers, where the land drops away. Across the gully journeys end and marker #16 resides in the brambles. We wandered back to the car. ‘Jamin was enthralled “I’ve been in the middle of the world.” Jago felt educated, “it was interesting to learn about standard time, I think anyone would like this walk.” We are very grateful to Les Campbell for bringing us new and exciting local walks every month, and to Robert Veitch for being Les’ legs whilst he is recovering from an accident. Les is a founder member and former Chairman of the Mid Sussex Ramblers, and insists on testing all routes personally, making sure they are suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email

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Magnet Meets – Geoff Stonebanks Gardener & charity fund-raiser by Peter d’Aguilar


f someone had told me twenty years ago that I would create an awardwinning garden and through it raise over £100,000 for charity,” says Geoff Stonebanks, “I’d have thought they were mad.” Perhaps this is not surprising when you consider that Geoff spent twenty-eight years working in London for the Royal Mail, initially as a caterer and latterly as a personnel manager - with no involvement in gardening. It is clear, however, that Geoff has the personality, enthusiasm and dynamism to succeed in whatever venture he turns his hand to. Having completed his training as a caterer, he began the important task of feeding postmen; who, like an army, march on their stomachs. As well as his culinary skills, Geoff found that he was blessed with a talent for managing people – an all-too-rare skill. After the Royal Mail’s catering services were acquired by Compass Group, Geoff was involved in a number of senior roles in the organisation and at a senior managers’ meeting he asked the then chairman a challenging question during a presentation to staff and was summoned to a meeting the next day. Rather than the dressing down he was expecting, he was offered instead the role of employee relations manager; which subsequently led to the post of personnel manager. Geoff took early retirement in 2004 and moved with his partner from London down to Driftwood, a seaside property in Seaford. After sorting out the house, he began to tinker with the garden. Despite covering a mere 100ft by 40ft, Geoff soon spotted its potential. After two years of hard

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work, his friends encouraged him to open it to the public. This led to a first involvement with ‘Seaford in Bloom’. Feedback from the two hundred visitors was so positive that, in 2010, Geoff decided to apply to the National Garden Scheme. Initially Driftwood was deemed too small and had to be paired with another garden but, as its popularity soared, it earned the right to fly solo. Meanwhile Geoff was rising through the NGS ranks, from assistant county organiser to chair of publicity and social media.

“2018 marks the tenth anniversary of opening Driftwood to the public and I will have raised £100,000 for charity.” Geoff’s most powerful motivating factor is the money he raises for charity. As well as supporting a number of local good causes, he persuaded Macmillan Cancer Support, one of the NGS’s chosen beneficiaries, to channel his revenue from Driftwood into the Horizon Cancer Centre in Brighton - for whom he has generated £54,000 thus far through his Driftwood Fundraising Group. “I really enjoy taking my visitors on a private tour, followed by tea and homemade cakes.” Says Geoff. His catering skills have clearly not gone to waste. Geoff now also organises two local coastal garden trails each summer, one for Macmillan, which last year raised over £9,000 in a single weekend and one for the Mayor of Seaford’s charities. Despite his boundless energy and enterprise, Geoff is anxious not to take all the


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credit for his success. “While I may have created the vehicles for fund raising, I could not have done it without the invaluable team of volunteers who help me in the garden, as well as my visitors and the other gardens that open as part of the trails.” Nevertheless, he has received some well-deserved recognition both for his creativity and for his fundraising achievements. Driftwood won the Garden News best garden award in 2012 and was a finalist in the 2012 Daily Mail and 2016 Gardeners World competitions. It has featured on TV and in several national and international publications. It has gained a Trip Advisor certificate of excellence and numerous glowing endorsements, plus a host of followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. It also has the distinction of being the smallest garden listed on Great British Gardens web site. In January this year Geoff met Prince Charles at a Buckingham Palace reception in recognition of his fundraising work for Macmillan, where they had a four minute conversation about the Prince’s garden at Highgrove. Geoff will be returning to the Palace for a garden party in June, accompanied by his 91-year-old mother – who has always been a staunch supporter of his efforts. “2018 promises to be an epic year for me.” Say Geoff proudly. “As well as the two trips to Buckingham Palace, it’s the tenth anniversary of opening Driftwood to the public and I will have raised £100,000 for charity. I also turn 65.” Not at all bad for a self-professed non-gardener! Magnet March 2018

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arch is a notoriously fickle month, weather-wise, but many vegetable seedlings are surprisingly robust and can be sown now. However, in cold, miserable soil, seeds often rot before they get the chance to germinate and seedlings struggle to survive, so it pays to thoroughly prepare the sowing area beforehand. Gently fork over the soil surface, break up any large clods of soil and remove all weeds. Then rake the soil, going back and forth until the surface is level and the soil has a crumbly texture. Next, firm the soil gently, rake again and position a cloche or horticultural fleece over the area for a fortnight before sowing your seeds. A ‘cloche’ is a portable cover used to protect plants and can also be usefully employed to pre-warm soil. They come in different styles (and prices!) but a basic cloche can be obtained for a tenner and is a good investment. Strong, super-light horticultural fleece has good thermal properties and can be used flat to cover soil, or gently draped over vulnerable plants when frost is forecast. As the soil temperature rises under the protective cover, dormant weed seeds will start to germinate, allowing you to remove them before you sow. For



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The Book Review

by Elizabeth Kay

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

I tend not to like books when the narrator tells you she has a secret, and then spends a lot of pages not revealing it. However, I found this one intriguing enough to persist, and eventually the pace picks up and it becomes compulsive reading. The plot hinges on schoolgirl bullying, but from the perspective of the one doing the bullying rather than the other way around. The power-play between teenage girls can be appallingly vicious. Who is friends with whom, who sits next to whom, and how some girls will do almost anything to be accepted by the ruling gang. The action moves to and fro between 2016, when Louise, the narrator, has a four-year-old son, and 1989, when she was at school.

Be aware that if you buy the Kindle version, the last 20% of the book is the index. I expected this to be more of a rush job than it actually is – it’s not badly written, and it has the ring of truth about it. It tells the story of the first ten months of the Trump presidency, and of course the story has moved on since then – the action in the book finishes in October 2017. It’s clear that something like this has to be checked very thoroughly by lawyers before it’s published, so making a last-minute inclusion would have been very unwise.

I think this book should come with a warning – don’t try this at home. Climbing on rooftops is a very poor idea. The story focuses on Sophie, found floating in a cello case after a shipwreck. She is taken in by a scholar, Charles, but she has never given up on the idea that her mother is still alive. The two of them find a clue in the cello case, and when the authorities decide that Charles is not a fit person to bring up a young girl they go to Paris on what could well be a wild goose chase. There, Sophie meets the children who live on the roofs of the buildings, eating rats and pigeons, avoiding the ground and detection by traveling through the trees. This book has won a lot of awards. The descriptive writing is reminiscent of Frances Hardinge – both writers went to Oxford – but the plot is not as sophisticated or rewarding, and although praised for its originality it owes much to The Night Climbers of Cambridge, published in 1937.

The book paints a picture of a selfcentred individual The twist at the end with a very short took me completely attention span... If you’re not American, following the people, by surprise. their positions, and the structure of the White I think this book House is hard work. In the end, I printed out Louise is divorced and still holds a candle should come with a a list of the Trump cabinet, which was out of for her ex, Sam, who was also at the same date by the time I finished the final chapter! school. It’s clear that Louise is a seriously warning – don’t try over-protective mother, with low self-esteem The book paints a picture of a self-centred individual with a very short attention span despite running a successful interior design this at home. and deplorable general knowledge. The business. The story begins when she gets a Facebook friend request from the girl she bullied at school, Maria, who died many years previously. The messages become more threatening, and the danger real. The twist at the end took me completely by surprise, although it wasn’t a cheat as there were well-hidden clues along the way. It’s a light read, although it does make some good points in that bullies don’t always get off scot-free – they can suffer for years afterwards as well.

verbatim transcripts of Trump’s speeches are hilarious – as repetitive and incoherent as we’ve come to expect. This is the man whose blatant nepotism is beyond belief, who spends a great deal of his time on the golf course, and seems to have problem with reality. The administration is in chaos, as Trump seems to think he’s still running The Apprentice, and all he has to do when he doesn’t like something is to fire someone. Although the text is a bit dry at times and occasionally repetitive it’s a fascinating read.

The editing leaves a lot to be desired, which is rather surprising from a publisher like Faber. Span instead of spun, less instead of fewer, practise for practice. However, a lot of children who like adventure will love this, as the detail is realistic and doesn’t skirt around the injuries and filth involved in climbing on old roofs. There is much to praise in the writing itself, and the inventive turns of phrase. You hear a click, sometimes. But so quietly… Like an ant coughing.

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. 44

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The Arts March Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show Come to see exquisitely made jewellery, colourful glass, turned wood, fine modern furniture plus a variety of spectacular, well designed and beautifully made crafts at the Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show in Horsham on the 7th and 8th of April. This is the second time that the Guild has exhibited in the spacious Parkside building, which is close to the centre of this historic market town. With an excellent local history museum, independent shops and Saturday market there is lots to do in the town so why not combine a visit to Horsham with a visit to the Guild show? Although there are other craft shows the Sussex Guild’s work is always of the highest standard. Visitors can meet the members, all professional designer makers, and discuss how their work is created, order special commissions and make purchases. If you love art and crafts this is an event you should not miss! SUSSEX GUILD CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SHOW Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1RL Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April, 10.00am – 5.00pm.

@The Makery; Bringing Artists Together Eastbourne’s @The Makery is the only retail outlet in the town that is managed as an artist’s co operative. Situated in The Enterprise Shopping Centre, to the side of the train station. 10 member artists and makers, together under one roof, offer a varied collection including paintings, prints, ceramics, fused and cast glass, textiles, jewellery and furniture. With a rehang every six weeks and featuring guest artists, there is always something new to see. Prices range from a few pounds to a few hundred, so it’s a great place to find that unique gift or to treat yourself. There really is something for everyone. @The Makery will be taking part in The Eastbourne Spring Open Houses event. Pop along to @The Makery to pick up the art trail brochure. THE ENTERPRISE CENTRE Station Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 1BD Mondays to Saturdays 9am- 5pm Sundays 10am- 4pm (Free parking) product/the-makery T. 07718 906037 46

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Special Days Out – by Peter d’Aguilar

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Herstmonceux Castle

ituated at the heart of a six-hundred-acre estate about seven miles north east of Eastbourne, Herstmonceux Castle traces its origins back to the fifteenth century. Surrounded by a moat, formal themed gardens and abundant woodland, the castle is the oldest brick building of any note still standing in England. It is now a popular visitor attraction, open from early March through to the end of October. The castle also houses the Bader International Study Centre, a campus of Queen’s University in Canada, which plays host to hundreds of international students each year; as well as providing an ideal setting for residential conferences, corporate events and weddings. The parks and gardens are Grade II* listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens and the walled garden to the north of the castle has a Grade II listing. The castle itself is Grade I listed.


can learn more about the history of the estate and which is also the starting point for tours of the castle. These can be booked on arrival and are subject to availability (more details can be found on the website). Chestnuts Tea Room is ideal for a light lunch or afternoon tea, either before or after embarking on a gentle stroll around the gardens, which lead on to the woodland trails that showcase the estate’s carefully-managed flora and fauna. Features such as Willow Warren, the Folly, the Secret Garden, the Lake and the Moat Walk all offer a perfect escape from the rigors of everyday life.

The castle is the oldest brick building of any note still standing in England. On arrival, visitors are greeted with a perfect opportunity to take photographs of this iconic edifice before making their way along Chestnut Tree Walk. This takes them to the visitor centre where they 48

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The first recorded evidence of a settlement here appears in William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book - Herste is derived from the Saxon word for a woodland clearing. Towards the end of the twelfth century, Idonea de Herst married a Norman nobleman named Ingelram de Monceux. Around this time, the manor house on the site now occupied by the castle became known as the “Herst of the Monceux”, which later evolved into Herstmonceux. Sir Roger Fiennes, a descendant of the Monceux family, was responsible for the construction of Herstmonceux Castle. When he became Treasurer of the Household of Henry VI, he needed a fitting house for a man of his status. He began construction of the castle on the site of the old manor house in 1441, at a cost of £3,800. Rather than a defensive structure, it was designed as a palatial residence in the style of a castle. In 1541 his descendent Sir Thomas Fiennes, Third Lord Dacre, was tried for murder and robbery of the King’s deer after his poaching exploits on a neighbouring estate resulted in the death of a gamekeeper. He was convicted and hanged as a commoner, and Henry VIII confiscated the Herstmonceux estate. It was not returned to the family until 1558 by Elizabeth I when she became queen. Gambling debts and excessive expenditure on the castle forced Sir Thomas Lennard, Fifteenth Lord Dacre to sell the estate in 1708 to George Naylor, a London lawyer. Bethia Naylor became the heiress of Herstmonceux on the death of her brother’s only daughter and married Francis Hare. The castle eventually came into the possession of Robert Hare-Naylor and was by now in quite a dilapidated state. The architect Samuel Wyatt assessed that it was beyond economical repair. This led to the internal walls being torn down and the bricks taken away to be used in the construction of nearby Herstmonceux Place. Fortunately, before this process began, local artist James Lambert was commissioned to paint a series of watercolours depicting the castle prior to its destruction. The castle was eventually

dismantled in 1777, leaving the exterior walls standing, and remained a ruin until the early 20th century. Local smugglers used its network of tunnels for their nefarious activities and no doubt embellished stories of the Headless Drummer, one of the castle’s alleged resident ghosts, to keep inquisitive strangers away.

It hosts Britain’s largest and most spectacular medieval festival. Colonel Claude Lowther, a politician and distinguished soldier, bought the site in 1911 and began radical restoration work to transform the ruined building into a residence; a project finally completed by Sir Paul Latham who purchased the estate in 1932. The existing interiors

largely date from this period, incorporating architectural antiques collected in England and France. The one radical change was the amalgamation of the four internal courtyards into one. Architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner described the restoration work as ‘exemplary’. By 1947, the estate was once again under new ownership, the Admiralty having purchased it as the new home for the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Away from the increasing pollution of London and the glare of the city’s lights, the Observatory flourished and remained here for more than forty years. In 1992 Canadian businessman and philanthropist Alfred Bader bought the Herstmonceux estate and donated it to his alma mater Queen’s University, Ontario as an international study centre. Today the picturesque castle and beautiful grounds stand as an embodiment of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe, receiving thousands of visitors each year.


Herstmonceux Castle is home to a variety of special events throughout the year including the famous annual Medieval Festival on August Bank Holiday weekend. With jousting, banqueting, re-enactments, stalls, crafts and numerous children’s activities, it is Britain’s largest and most spectacular medieval festival. As well as this flagship event, the castle hosts several music concerts, drama productions, children’s Easter and Halloween events and an autumn wedding fair.

The Observatory Science Centre

A short distance from Herstmonceux Castle is The Observatory Science Centre, offering hands-on science for all ages and abilities. Joint admission tickets can be purchased from both attractions. Herstmonceux Castle Wartling Road, Hailsham, BN27 1RN Special Days Out



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Enjoy garden games and wild adventures this Easter holiday 30 March – 15 April 2018

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BEATRIX POTTER™ © Frederick Warne & Co., 2018.

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Peter Rabbit Goes Wild at Wakehurst Friday 30th March to Sunday 15th April Children will love the Peter Rabbit inspired activities at Wakehurst this Easter holiday. A magical day out is in store with games, crafts and storytelling inspired by Beatrix Potter’s iconic tales. The wonderful world of garden vegetables will be revealed, and visitors can learn about the work of their scientists, in the Millennium Seed Bank, who are protecting our food sources for the future. Children can follow the interactive trail through the Walled Garden, marvel at Mr McGregor’s potting shed and get hands on, planting seeds. There’ll be an opportunity to test your bounce in a fun sack race and you can decorate your own rabbit ears.

The Big Brocante at The Hop Farm Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March Antique lovers are welcomed to find hand-picked selections of brilliant quality traders, salvage, decorative home-wares and antiques. Explore a variety of family attractions whilst you rummage for French finds on interior stands filled with collectable treasures. Wander along to the food court where there will be tempting artisan foods for all and, in the background, vintage DJ’s and swing jazz float in the air giving the event an added retro appeal. A distinctly continental event, collectors have scoured the hidden corners of the UK and many European countries to bring interesting items and prices that attract visitors from far and wide. Prices are highly competitive allowing anyone with any size budget to come away with something special: there’s something for everyone!

Fri 16 to Sun 18 Mar

The Hop Farm, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6PY

Tablehurst Community Farm - Lambing Days Saturdays 24th & 31st March Visit the maternity ward (AKA sheep barn) where the pregnant ewes, new mums and baby lambs are cared for at this critical time of year. Tablehurst is an organic farm,

Tickets: No booking required. Fri 30 Mar to Sun Peter Rabbit activities are included with entry to the gardens. 15 Apr Children 16 and under are FREE.

working to the highest standards of animal care. Their organic café will be open all day serving cooked breakfasts and lunches, and their outdoor barbecue will be in full swing at lunchtime. You can also visit their awardSats 24 winning farm shop. & 31 Mar Free Entry Tablehurst Farm, London Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DP (do not follow SatNav) - 01342 823173

Wakehurst, Ardingly, RH17 6TN

Coldplace - Leading Tribute to Coldplay at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath

Fri 16 Mar

Friday 16th March, 7:30pm Coldplace are the world’s leading tribute band to Coldplay, whose quality and experience on the tribute scene are second


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to none. In 12 years the band have over 600 gigs under their belts having played across the length and breadth of the UK and in over 20 different countries. They’re firmly established in many of the UK’s top tribute venues with repeat bookings year after year, and have appeared at major festivals, on national radio and TV. Coldplace know what is expected from a live tribute show – the accuracy, musicianship, dedication and passion for Coldplay’s music. Their aim, as a tribute to one of the the world’s biggest bands is to capture the feeling of a live Coldplay performance, the music, the visuals, the energy and the atmosphere.

Tickets: from £18.00 (reserved theatre seating) Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 3DN Magnet March 2018

‘Life Could Be a Dream’ at The Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne

Easter holidays onwards

Saturday 31st March, 8pm Following on from its successful run at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, join Denny and the Dreamers, a fledgling 1950s doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest to realise their dreams of making it to the big time! Trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to put some polish on the boys. Denny falls in love, Wally falls in line, Eugene falls apart, and along comes handsome heart-throb Skip to send the whole situation spinning. Packed with classic hits from an unforgettable era including ‘Tears On

My Pillow’ and ‘Unchained Melody’, it will leave you laughing, singing and savouring the decade of sock hops, soda pops and Drive-In movies. A fantastic high-energy musical comedy not to be missed! Ticket prices: £16:00 - £18:00 Box Office: 01323 802020 Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne

Sat 31 Mar

Easter Fun at Drusillas Park Easter holidays and beyond… Make tracks to Drusillas Park this Easter and enjoy all the animals, attractions and events on offer at the award-winning zoo in East Sussex. Plus come and see a whole host of egg-citing children’s characters this Easter, from PJ Masks to Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig and more. Drusillas Park, Alfriston Road (Just off the A27), BN26 5QS

Hastings Beatles Day at The White Rock Theatre Sunday 8th April, 12 noon to 10.30pm With over 90 acts across three stages, the popular Hastings Beatles Day returns. The event is an amazing, colourful and exciting day of wonderful music from

the most popular band in history. With rock, jazz, blues, funk soul, pop dance and heavy metal, there’s something for everyone – what a fantastic day out! And….… every penny goes to Macmillan Cancer Support. Tickets: Adults £15, Children £7.50, Family Tickets £35 Box Office: 01424 462288

Sun 8 Apr

Easter Opening Day at The Sussex Horse Rescue Trust

Automata on the Pier at Hastings Thursday 15th March to Saturday 15th April, 10am to 5pm daily The world-famous Cabaret Mechanical Theatre arrives in East Sussex for the first time with an extravaganza of automata on Hastings Pier. Marvel at these colourful, humorous and tantalising masterpieces of imaginative design, which come to life at the turn of a handle or the push of a button. Perfect family fun! Free admission Memories Room, Hastings Pier, TN34 1JU -

Sunday 1st April, 11am to 4pm To be opened by Sue Jameson (Actress and Author best known for her TV work New Tricks, Grandpa in My Pocket) who will be doing a book signing: Pony Tails a collection of stories based on four native breeds. Farrier demonstration, pony rides, stalls, barn shop bargains, ice cream van,

tearoom snacks. Sand school parade of sponsored equines. Entry: Adults £2, Children £1. Hempstead Lane, Uckfield, TN22 3DL

Thur 15 Mar to Sat 15 Apr

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Easter Children’s Workshops at The Observatory Science Centre

Saturday 24th March, 11am and 1:30pm

Wednesday 4th to Thursday 12th April

One day Monty found a book: ‘Inventions Very Rare’ Create yourself a monster friend but only if you dare!

4th April – ‘Astronaut Academy’ half day Age: 6 – 8 years Discover through exciting activities the challenges of going into space

This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monster-ously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem - now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them?! This energetic show full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem will delight the whole family – with original music and plenty of audience participation! Suitable for ages: 3+ Running time: 50mins Tickets: Adults £12, Children £10 Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

5th April – ‘Earth and Beyond’ full day Twilight Special Age: 9 – 11 years Learn about volcanoes, earthquakes, icebergs and much more through fascinating experiments. During the evening, look beyond Earth through our giant telescopes (weather permitting). 10th April - ‘Explore the Moon’ half day Age: 6 – 8 years Find out more about our lunar neighbour through some messy activities including creating craters! 11th April – ‘Smart Systems’ half day Age: 9 – 11 years Through fascinating games learn how to get things done more quickly and easily. Never waste time again!

12th April - ‘High Fliers’ half day Age: 6 – 8 years Come and investigate flight as well as making and firing a spectacular water rocket. Half day workshop times: 10.30am – 1pm or 2pm – 4.30pm Cost: £12.50 per child Full day workshop: 2pm – 8pm Cost: £25.00 per child Special offer! Reduced admission to The Science Centre if pre-purchased at time of workshop booking. Booking essential for all workshops: 01323 832731 The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, BN27 1RN Wed 4 to Thur 12 Apr

Sat 24 Mar

Beltane Fire Festival

4 to 7 May

Bank Holiday weekend - 4th to 7th May

Photograph © Sara Russell

After the long winter, it’s time to get together with warmth and friendship, a time for joy and celebration. At the time of Beltane, the ancient festival to celebrate the warmer and

longer days of spring. It’s a beautiful time of year, May blossoms, birdsong, often clear warmer days and starry nights. The weekend is open to people of all ages, with a wide range of talks, workshops and activities to include Yoga, Bushcraft skills, kids workshops and games, archery, martial arts, song and dance, falconry and much more. Make your May Bank Holiday a wildly enchanting weekend to remember! This event is limited in size to keep it small and super friendly so book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets: Available from


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Beautiful You

Health Beauty Style By Amy Newson

Ultimate Investment Pieces For those of you who have been wondering what garments to invest in to ensure your wardrobes are timelessly on trend, we’ve pulled together our top must-have investment pieces.


reating your own capsule wardrobe full of failsafe, timeless pieces has never been easier. Take inventory of how many of these classic pieces you may have already collected over the years and start investing in the missing items: because a handful of high-quality classic pieces will last you forever – after all they have outlasted decades of trends that have come and gone.

The Little Black Dress

Obviously the LBD is going to be the first one the list as its such a wardrobe staple. Black is timeless, flattering and suits everyone – and the LBD is no different. Its such a versatile piece that it doesn’t really matter where you get it from, just as long as you find a cut that suits your figure. It’s also a failsafe wardrobe choice to wear to any occasion you’ll be attending over the coming years.

The Trench Coat

The trench coat is not only practical but its smart lines, flattering belted waist and functional fabric, perfect for autumn and spring transitioning wardrobes, makes it the favourite choice for the office or for a weekend brunch with the girls.

The White Shirt

A crisp white shirt is the ultimate multi-functional dressing must-have, simply because whether you pair it with some chic tailored trousers or your favourite jeans, it lends an effortlessly classic look. It can also be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion (think important business meeting or date night).

The Perfect Jeans

Now to find a pair of jeans that goes with the white shirt… Denim doesn’t have to look casual and when you choose a flattering style for your body shape in indigo or black it looks undeniably smart. Of course that’s not to say lighter shades are out, it just depends on your personal style.

Black is timeless, flattering and suits everyone – and the LBD is no different. The Superstar Sunglasses

Investing in a pair of designer sunnies that really suit your face shape is a must. Every outfit (on a sunny day) needs that finishing touch and the perfect pair of sunglasses does just that.

The Leather Jacket

An expensive leather jacket is an investment you will never regret, especially when you’re donning it again and again over every outfit imaginable – rocking up to the office in stilettos and smart trousers or even just making an entrance in a T-shirt and jeans.

The Cashmere Knit

A simple cashmere knit jumper will see you through season after season if you look after it well. As well as being super comfy and heavenly soft, it’ll never go out of style and looks great with both skirts and jeans. So if you haven’t already, start collecting some of these classic, timeless and smart buys – you’ll soon find yourself depending on them over the years to come. 56

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Health & Fitness By Sasha Kanal

Scaling the Heights There’s never been a greater time to take up climbing and all its offshoot activities, such as bouldering and sport climbing.


wenty years ago, climbing was categorised among the more daredevil and dangerous sporting activities in this country. Fast forward to 2018, the big increase in indoor climbing centres and climbing walls in sports venues across the UK have democratised the sport and to such an extent that people of all ages and abilities can have a go at some form of this wonderful activity. Bouldering is the ropeless, harness-free climbing at low heights above safety mats. It’s a great way to get a taste of climbing but at your own pace and without all the gear associated with the original sport. Different ‘holds’ are dotted all over a climbing wall and you can plan a route up, down or across to traverse them using your hands and feet. It’s a great low impact workout for the entire body, as it utilizes many muscle groups. Abdominal and leg muscles are well used, as are those in your fingers, arms and shoulders.

Regular bouldering improves muscle strength, stamina and balance. Reaching and stretching up and across to the holds in the climbing wall can also improve your flexibility and agility the more you do it. The old grey matter also gets a look in! Planning how you are going to traverse a certain route requires concentration,

Planning how you are going to traverse a certain route requires concentration, problem solving and analytical skills.

problem solving and analytical skills. The more you do it, the better you will get. I should know. I’ve been bouldering with my sons quite a few times now and it’s amazing how you improve even after one hour or your first session. Plus there’s a great feeling of achievement once you ascend or move across to a hold you’d previously thought unreachable. The self-confidence a child or adult (!) can get from this cannot be understated. You can set as many or as little goals as you want and because the environment is fixed and stable, these goals can feel achievable. For this reason, bouldering has been proven to be greatly beneficial for children with dyspraxia or for those with physical and mental disabilities. Although bouldering is technically an individual’s sport, partaking in a pair or a bigger group brings further positives. Helping someone work out how to traverse a route builds trust and bonding. Problem solving together is a great team-building exercise and its fun! If you’re ready for another challenge then you may want to try sport climbing – which entails higher indoor walls dotted with holds and bolts to clip onto. Obviously this requires instruction and training. So for a taste of the sport, start off with bouldering initially and see where it takes you. There are numerous climbing centres in Sussex now with bouldering walls and higher indoor rock walls aplenty, so get climbing! Magnet March 2018


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...and another thing! By Paula Menso Illustrations by Sally Greenfield ’ve just bought a new car which is always an interesting experience for a middle-aged woman. First of all, there’s the dilemma of whether to buy new or second hand. I tend to avoid brand new cars as I can’t bear the mental image of thousands of pounds in value vanishing, the minute you drive it off the forecourt. My friend Suzy always gets new ones as she likes to choose the exact specification, colour, and model, but then she’s never been one to let financial constraints stand in the way of her aspirations. The next decision, having counted up my pennies, is whether to go for a petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric engine. It wasn’t that long ago that we were all being incentivised to buy diesel, but, following in the confirmed tradition of health advice to the nation, what was good for you one minute, is not the next, and vice versa. So, it is only a matter of time before we are all being subsidised to scrap our diesels in favour of something that uses electricity. I suspect the next step will be to discover that a surge in demand for electricity is putting an unacceptable strain on our already overstretched power production facilities, and that if we wish to drive to work the next day, we are going to have to do jigsaws in the evening by candle-light to preserve our resources. It’s enough to make you dust off your bicycle!


And then there’s the test drive. I can’t be alone in being the only person that dreads them. Having decided on the type of car, there’s the choosing of the make and model, which, quite frankly, is a bit bewildering. An added difficulty is getting the agreement of your nearest and dearest. Norm choses his cars on the basis of practicality. After all, you never know when you are going to have to fit a lawn-mower in the boot and it’s best to be prepared. He also drives round smugly in the snow and inclement weather, secure in the knowledge that his SUV was advertised being chased by camels up and down sand dunes, or depicted screeching to an impossibly abrupt halt in time to avoid squishing something cute and fury on an Alpine descent in mid-winter. Norm would prefer me to drive round in a silver hatchback with a roomy boot and such a 62

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frugal engine that cobwebs form over the filler cap in between refuelling and the government actually pays you to drive it. This is all very well until you come to overtake anything faster than a traction engine. I test-drove a 0-60 in half an hour once and, to be frank, when trying to overtake, I could have run past the offending vehicle quicker, although I was aware from the noise, that the little engine was trying its best. Having successfully negotiated all the other hurdles, the next choice is where to buy it. Do you go to a dealership and benefit from their specialist knowledge and long warranty but pay a bit more, or a local independent garage that may not be able to explain the intricacies of how to operate the climate control, an important function for a woman of a certain age who has temperature issues of her own, but can offer you a sound car for slightly less money? least these days the sales staff talk to you and not just to your husband... And then there’s the test drive. I can’t be alone in being the only person that dreads them. With the car sales person trying not to appear nervous in the front passenger seat, and your dearly beloved, attempting to avoid making any detrimental comments from the back seat that will lead to an unseemly marital exchange, it feels a bit like a driving test. The

controls are all unfamiliar so you switch the windscreen wipers on instead of indicating, which gives you a lovely uninterrupted view out of the front but leaves other drivers without a clue where you’re heading. The clutch usually engages at a different point to the car you’re used to driving making stalling a distinct possibility, or even worse, leading to an undignified hopping down the road like Skippy with hiccups. And all the time you’re trying to give intelligent answers to questions on the car’s performance and suitability Norm, when offered the chance to drive, always declines with a martyred air and the comment that ‘It’s your car’, which avoids both the embarrassment of the test drive and any culpability if you accidentally purchase a car who, in opposition to me, has a big end that went years ago. Mind you, at least these days the sales staff talk to you and not just to your husband, which was the way in my youth, and they also seem to have a better understanding of the importance of appearance and interior trim, than they used to. I am interested in the performance of my car on an experiential level, but I have no inclination to appreciate how the engine works, other than that it does, reliably, every time I insert the key, card or press a button. So, the result of all of this is that I have a shiny, royal blue Paula mobile sitting on my drive with a frankly bewildering range of gizmos and gadgets for me to try and fathom out. It’ll probably take me about six years to get thoroughly used to this one, by which time we’ll be ready to start the whole process over again! Magnet March 2018

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A Short Story

Change of Use by Peter d’Aguilar


eorge. George! Where are you?” “I’m over here, Sir Hubert. Where I normally be.” “Ah, there you are, George. Brace yourself. I’ve got some terrible news.” “What be that, Sir Hubert?” Hubert runs an agitated hand through his unruly hair. “It’s the manor.” “What be the matter with it?” “I’m going to have to sell it, George.” “Sell the manor, sir? Surely that don’t be right?” Hubert sinks into a leather armchair. “I don’t have any option. I just can’t afford the upkeep any longer. The builders are threatening to sue me. Sue is threatening to leave me. The bank is threatening to foreclose on me. I don’t know where to turn.” “There, there; Sir Hubert. Don’t you take on so. I’m sure that we can come up with a solution.” “I really don’t think so, George. This time I think we really are snookered.” “But the manor has been in your family for eight generations.” “Nine, George. Nine generations.” “Nine, is it? I must of missed one out along the way.” “It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that I’m going to be the last. I feel so ashamed.” “It don’t be your fault, sir. It takes a lot of money to run a big old gaff like this ‘un.” “You’re telling me.” “But what about the silver? The family portraits? The fixtures and fittings? Could you not be selling them? To buy yourself a bit more time?” Hubert springs to his feet and starts to pace back and forth. “They’re gone already, George. All gone.” “I didn’t be aware of that.” “Yes. I’m sorry. I couldn’t bear to tell 64

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you. It was too mortifying.” “There’s no cause to be ashamed, my boy. You done your best. But we can’t let it go without a fight. That we can’t.” “Yes, but what else can we do? There’s a hotel chain interested in buying it. They’re sending over their representative this afternoon.” “Hotel? They can’t turn the manor into no hotel. That don’t be right.” “What else can I do?” “You could open it to the public.” Hubert gives out a laugh that contains more than a trace of hysteria. “But there’s nothing to see, George. Everything’s gone, apart from a few bits of flat pack furniture I bought in the sales as an emergency measure.”

“It don’t be your fault, sir. It takes a lot of money to run a big old gaff like this ‘un.” “What about the gardens? They be mighty handsome. That young Capability Brown was a dab hand at the landscaping.” “It’s all overgrown now. A wilderness. I had to let the outdoor staff go a while back. I couldn’t afford their wages. I’ve tried doing it myself, but the sit-on mower’s broken and I can’t afford a new one.” “Darn and blather it. Well then; there be only one answer.” “The hotel?” “No, Sir Hubert. Not the dratted hotel.” “Then what?’ “Ghost tours.” “What?” “Charge people to come and see the ghost. People love a good ghost.”

Hubert stops his pacing so suddenly he almost gives himself whiplash. “Wait a minute, George. You don’t mean …?” “I don’t see no alternative.” “But …” Hubert hesitates. “No! I can’t allow it. It would be too demeaning.” “I don’t reckon that be your decision, Sir Hubert. I reckon that be for the ghost to decide.” “Yes, but …” “Come on now, sir. You do be wanting to save the manor, now don’t you?” “More than anything.” “Well, then. All you need is a short articulation in the local newspaper. Perhaps something on that there interweb.” “Internet.” “Ar. That new-fangled business, whatever it be. ‘Genuine authentic ghostly twilight tours’. Tenpence a ticket, and worth every penny. You’ll be solvent again in no time.” Hubert laughs again, but this time with slightly more conviction. “Ten pounds a ticket, more like.” “Whatever you say, sir. I can’t keep up with that there inflatulence.” “Inflation, George.” “Ar, that and all. Well, sir; what do you say?” Hubert rubs his chin with one hand and massages the back of his head with the other. “It could work, George.” He replies at length. A tentative smile begins to erase some of the worry lines etched into his face. “I really think it could.” He desists from rubbing and massaging. “But it’s an awful lot to ask.” “But you don’t be asking, Sir Hubert.” Says George, tucking his head into a more comfortable position underneath his arm. “I be volunteering.” Magnet March 2018

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very close connection with the hospice and have been blown away with the care they offer my granddaughter, and the whole family, both at home and at the hospice itself. To get the support we did for the golf day means the world.” Chestnut Tree is the children’s hospice for Sussex. They care for around 300 children who are unlikely to live to adulthood. The hospice offers respite and end of life care as well as support throughout a child’s life and beyond. Chestnut Tree receive less than 7% of their funding from central government, meaning that fundraising is vital to their continuing existence. Tickets cost £45 per person, including lunch. Register your team of 4 contact Tony Uden:01323 483524 or Find out more about Chestnut Tree

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Care For The Carers Charity Responds To Council Cuts

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a relative or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help. Of the £17 million in cuts that the Council needs to make, £422,000 is due to be made by reducing funding of services for carers. A full public consultation on the cuts will run until mid-May, and Care for the Carers urges carers to take their opportunity to have their say about the negative effects this cut to funding will have on their lives and of those who rely on them for care. Jennifer Twist, CEO of Care for the Carers, appeals to carers in East Sussex to attend one of its three upcoming consultation meetings, to raise their concerns about the impact of the funding cuts. Following the feedback it receives during the consultation process, East Sussex County Council will be making further decisions on the future provision of vital services for carers in the county. The meetings will take place across East Sussex: HASTINGS – Thursday 22nd February 10.30am – 12.30pm The Bridge Community Centre, 361 Priory Road, Hastings, TN34 3NW EASTBOURNE – Wednesday 28th February 2.00pm – 4.00pm All Saints Church Hall, 21a Grange Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4HE PEACEHAVEN – Tuesday 6th March 2.00pm – 4.00pm The Anzac Hall, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven, BN10 8BB For more information: blog/carers-consultation To reserve a place at any of the meetings, contact Debbie: 01323 738390 or

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Money Matters PAYE codes and HMRC

No doubt you will have heard about ‘Making Tax Digital’ or MTD over recent months. It is HMRC’s attempt to make everyone manage their tax affairs via the internet, rather than using a paper based system. To that end HMRC has created a personal tax account for every tax payer, which once you have signed in, shows you the status of your self assessment tax return, your National Insurance record, any benefits that you may be entitled to, and your state pension forecast. For people working as employees, it will also show your tax code. This is where the whole digital thing tends to fall down. Many people don’t know that they have a personal tax account, and even if they do, have never been into it to see what it says. HMRC have also introduced what they call ‘dynamic coding’ for employees operating under PAYE. The dynamic part refers to HMRC’s efforts to collect the right amount of tax within the tax year, and so your PAYE code will change when HMRC receives details of changes in income or benefits in kind. The vast majority of people being paid under PAYE assume that HMRC will generally get these things right and that that their tax code will ensure that they pay the right tax each year. The trouble is, the system is still in its infancy and has had a fair few teething troubles. For example, an employer reports a change in a company car to HMRC for one of their employees. This change coincides with a bonus being paid in the same period. In that case, the HMRC system will assume that the spike in earnings for that month is a permanent salary increase and change the employee’s tax code to collect more tax for the rest of the year. If the employee doesn’t check their personal tax account on a regular basis, they may find their pay packet is a whole lot smaller all of a sudden. There are some good things about the personal tax account. You can check your National Insurance contributions, claim the

marriage allowance or get a forecast for your state pension. To use your personal tax account you will need a government gateway login and password. Go to for more information.

Payments to relatives

HMRC have also been busy in other matters. The inspector disallowed payments made by a business owner to his son. The business owner disagreed with HMRC’s stance and appealed the decision. Appeals against HMRC rulings are heard by the First Tier Tribunal. The tax payer, Mr Nicholson who was a sole trader, made payments to his student son, Mark of £7,400 in one particular tax year. Mr Nicholson claimed that Mark had been working in the business, doing leaflet drops and computer work. HMRC had disallowed the claim as it could not be proven that the payments had been made as wages to Mark – rather, Mr Nicholson had paid his son’s house insurance as well as buying food and drink to support his son at University. The tribunal ruled that the payments to Mark had a ‘duality of purpose’ as the wages had a major underlying private and personal motive, being the support of his son at University HMRC won the case. On the positive side, there was no suggestion that employing relatives was an issue in itself, rather that the payments should have been on a more commercial basis. The tribunal commented that the likelihood of a successful claim would have increased had the payments been made on the basis of a time recorded basis or for specific work that had been delivered. It also didn’t help that there was no direct payment from the business bank account to the son’s. If a business owner wants to employ their children or other relatives, they should make sure that the individual is carrying out work related to the business and that the amounts paid to that relative are reasonable, based upon the nature and the type of work being carried out.

Money Matters is written by Melanie Richardson - Managing Partner Swindells LLP Chartered Accountants & Chartered Tax Advisers Tel: 01825 763366 As individual circumstances vary considerably from person to person, the views expressed in this article are meant only as a general guide, and any specific advice required should be sought from your own professional adviser or by contacting the writer at her place of work. No responsibility for loss resulting to any person acting as a result of any material in the above article can be accepted by the writer or Swindells LLP.


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Recipe of the Month

Springtime Chicken with Garlic, Lemon and Mint This is a wonderfully simple and quick chicken dish to prepare. Delicious served hot or cold, it’s perfect for the start of the warmer months in spring, or will make the ideal accompaniment to a summer picnic if you have some left over! The quantities of garlic, cumin and turmeric can all be adjusted to suit individual tastes, while the recipe itself is paired well with rice, crusty bread, or new potatoes and green beans. And remember – be careful when using the turmeric to avoid turning your kitchen yellow! Ingredients 6 large chicken thighs, skinned and scored 100ml fresh lemon juice 100ml virgin olive oil 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp ground cumin 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped Handful of fresh mint, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Greek yoghurt Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6/4 2. Keeping the bones in, place the chicken thighs snugly in a shallow ovenproof dish, keeping them score-side up throughout cooking 3. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, turmeric, cumin, garlic, mint and salt and pepper in a mixing bowl, and whisk together thoroughly until turned into a marinade


Recipe of the Month

Serves: 2-3 Preparation time: 15 minutes (not including marinating) Cooking time: 45 minutes 4. Pour the marinade over the chicken and, using a spoon, work the liquid into the scores, allowing the meat to tenderise, soak up the juices and absorb the flavour before being cooked 5. Once thoroughly coated, cover the chicken with cling film and leave to marinate for three to four hours, or ideally overnight in the fridge if you have time 6. When the chicken has been marinated, bring back up to room temperature, before placing in the oven and cooking for 45 minutes, or until golden 7. Serve by plating up two to three chicken pieces per portion, and use the remaining marinade liquid from the dish as a flavoursome sauce. Enjoy with your choice of rice (wholemeal basmati works well), or new potatoes and green beans. It also goes perfectly with some warm, crusty sourdough bread for soaking up the juices 8. To add a refreshing kick to the chicken, this dish can also be accompanied by as much or as little Greek yoghurt as you’d like, adding a sharp, tart twist to the sweetness of the meat Cook’s tip For an equally delicious use of leftovers, why not adapt what you haven’t eaten by creating an appetising wrap, flatbread or pita? You could also put an even more Greek spin on things by adding a traditional Greek salad accompaniment, and substituting Greek yoghurt for a dollop of tzatziki – a wonderfully Mediterranean way to spend your lunch hour!

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The Month of

March t’s Spring! It’s Spring! Okay – maybe the weather’s not quite as spring-like as we’d like it to be just yet, but certainly the beginning of the month heralds the start of meteorological spring and we have the spring equinox in March. They count, don’t they? Being a pivotal moment of the Roman calendar, March or Martius was the first month and remained that way in Britain until 1752; some old land tenancies still run from the Lady Day to Lady Day (25th). March was considered the month when both farming and warfare could begin. Well, you wouldn’t want to be out crusading in the snow, would you? Other notable dates this month include: Mother’s Day on Sunday 11th, Palm Sunday on the 25th and Good Friday on the 30th.


In the Kitchen

This month, leeks are one of the last veg still standing in the plot. If you fancy some Glamorgan sausages for St David’s day, mix two slow-cooked leeks with crumbled Caerphilly cheese, a handful of breadcrumbs, two beaten eggs and some chopped thyme and parsley. Chill in the fridge then form into sausage shapes, roll in breadcrumbs and fry – yum! Also in season in March, you’ll find purple sprouting broccoli, kale and spring

“This month, leeks are one of the last veg still standing in the plot.” onions in the vegetable garden. Halibut, red mullet, and lemon sole from the sea with the last of the mussels and oysters before they spawn in late spring. Sheep’s and goat’s milk cheeses are good now too, made from the fresh new milk.

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In the Garden

Once the snowdrop flowers have finished you can start lifting, separating and replanting any big clumps of snowdrops that are hopefully filling your garden! Other early-flowering bulbs such as crocus and daffodils are starting to bring some welcome colour into the garden. Now’s the time to order your plug plants and get the greenhouse cleaned down and organised! If it’s dry enough, you can even start the first cuts of the lawn.

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The Month of ...

Once again, the average sea temperature drops. It’s down to 8.2º. A whole degree centigrade down from what it was in January: but with gaining another one hour and twenty-five minutes of daylight, it’s going to feel a whole lot better this month… even with it being as likely to snow as it was in February! The vernal (spring) equinox this year is on the 20th of the month, and don’t forget to put your clocks forward by an hour on the 25th, for the start of British Summer Time. With not having a full moon last month, as in January we’re treated to two: the 2nd and the 31st. Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, has a rich colour and has long been a symbol of youth, health and hope. No flower embodies spring quite like the daffodil, so it’s quite appropriate that March’s birth flower is the narcissus. These cheerful yellow flowers are named after the character in

Greek mythology who was so in love with himself he drowned in a pool of water whilst admiring his own reflection. Narcissi aren’t just a symbol of vanity though, they are said to symbolise new beginnings, rebirth and rejuvenation. They also represent faithfulness due to their ability to bloom year after year. The two zodiac signs are Pisces that runs to the twentieth of March and Aries into April. If you have a birthday in March, you share the month with George I (28th), Sir Elton John (25th), Ewan McGregor (31st), Alexander Graham Bell (3rd) and Dame Vera Lynn (20th) to name but a few!

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‘Here Comes Springtime’ - Floral demonstration by Joyce Pannell at Ninfield Memorial Hall, Bexhill Road, TN33 9EE. 7.30pm – 9.30pm for Ninfield Flower Group, association Secretary:


‘Spring Awakening’ Horam & Heathfield Flower Club presents demonstrator Christine Nash at the Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield - 7.30pm Refreshments, raffle, sales table, all welcome 01435 408605


Firewalk in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice, at Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton BN7 3AL registration from 6pm. Face your fears and take a daring dash across burning coals! 01444 471598


Banks Farm Open Garden, Off Boast Lane, Barcombe, BN8 5DY - 11am-4pm. Nine acres of stunning gardens with woodland lake. Entry £5pp in aid of Sussex Disability Charity, The Bevern Trust - Tea and Cake on sale.


Medieval and Renaissance Musical Instruments. A talk by Michael Withers at East Hoathly Village Hall - 7.30pm. Introducing and displaying some of his own collection, used in regular performances. Free to members, visitors £4. Contact Tony Whewell on 01825 872460.


Mansion Market, Kidbrook Mansion, Priory Road, Forest Row, RH18 5JB. 11am – 4pm. Lively market including original clothing, crafts, arts and produce. All day café. Free admission. 01342 824944


Mother’s Day Celebration Carvery Lunch at Herstmonceux Castle, BN27 1RN. Served between 12noon and 2pm. To book: 01323 834479

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Award-winning Heavenly Sussex Ice Cream

The Granary, The Barn, Heaven Farm, (main A275) Furners Green, East Sussex TN22 3RG tel: 01825 791 115 Magnet March 2018


National Garden Scheme Open Garden: King John’s Lodge, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham, TN19 7AZ. 11am – 5pm. Adults: £5.00, children free.


The Sussex Trug with Sarah Page. Pevensey Area Gardeners Club evening meeting. St Wilfrids Hall, Pevensey Bay BN24 6HL. 7.30pm. Guests welcome £2.50. 01323 763163

14/15 Automata on the Pier in Hastings at the Memories Room, Hastings Pier, TN34 1JU. 10am – 5pm. The world-famous Cabaret Mechanical Theatre arrives in East Sussex. Free admission. - 14

‘Best of Men’ at Wadhurst Community Cinema, The Commemoration Hall. Doors open at 7.15pm. £5 on the door. 16’s or over only


‘Blue Tits of Lake Wood & Beyond’ Illustrated Talk by Martyn Stenning - Sussex Wildlife Trust Eastbourne Regional Group, Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Visitors welcome. £3.00 for members, £4.00 for visitors. 01424 777291


‘The Food of the Gods’ Talk by Russel Bowes at Brede Village Hall - 2pm. Taking on the role of Willie Wonka, telling us about the origins of chocolate, and maybe bringing some samples! £4 for members, £5 for non-members.


Coldplace, the world leading tribute to Coldplay at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, RH16 3DN.

16-18 The Big Brocante Hop Farm, Vintage & Collectors Fair, The Hop Farm, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6PY. Brilliant quality traders, salvage, decorative home-wares and antiques. 17

Sussex Chorus, Brahma Requiem. Kings Church, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 9LR. 7.30pm. Soloists: Helen Lacey & Jack Holton, Conductor: Alan Vincent. 01444 412579

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Paws & Claws Bookfair at Lewes Town Hall (side entrance). 10am – 4pm. 40 dealers offering 1000’s of secondhand, rare, readable and collectable books. 50p admission.


Hailsham Choral Society, Bach’s St John Passion. All Saints Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4HE. The choir will be accompanied by professional soloists and baroque orchestra. Tickets: the Camera Centre, Hailsham; or on the door.


Antique and Collectors Fair at East Dean Village Hall, Village Green Lane, East Dean, BN20 0DR. 9.30am-3pm. Interesting items for sale from silver, pottery, jewellery, clocks, postcards, collectables and quirky items. Contact Frances Mace on 01323 423137 –


‘Quirky Sussex’ with Kevin Gordon. Association of Sussex Folk evening meeting. St Saviours Hall, South Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4PA. Guests welcome. 01323 763163.


Vitality Villages Coffee Morning at The Great Space, Herstmonceux, BN27 4JX. 10am-12 noon. Coffee morning cookery demonstration with coffee/tea, cake and fun quiz. Free entry. Contact Sheila Charlton on 01323 833673 –


‘Wildlife of the New Forest’ Illustrated talk by Melvin Smith organised by Heathfield & District Horticultural Society at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, TN21 0XG. 7.30pm. Contact 01435 830725 –

20 – 24 Gallowglass at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne 01323 412000 – 24 Monstersaurus! at The Hawth, Crawley. 11am and 1.30pm. Suitable for ages 3+ - Running time: 50 mins - Tickets: Adults £12, Children £10 - 24 Demo & Dine Evening at Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham, BN27 3QS. Delicious 3 course menu


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demonstrated by our Michelin star trained chef. 24 Polegate Gardeners’ Society Spring show at Community Centre, Windsor Way, BN26 6QF - 2pm. It will include narcissi and other flowers and plants, domestic items, liqueurs, hand crafts and paintings. Refreshments, raffle and bric-a-brac. Members 20p, visitors 50p. Contact Sheila Smith on 01323-483222, or show sec. 01424-845578. 24 Tablehurst Community Farm Lambing Day, London Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DP - Visit this organic working farm and see the pregnancy ewes, new mums and baby lambs. Visit the organic café and outdoor barbecue. - 01342 823173 24 Jumble Sale, St. Barnabas Church Hall, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY. 9.30am-11am. Admission 40p adults, children free. All welcome. Details (01293) 883362. 24/25 National Garden Scheme Open Garden: Butlers Farmhouse, Butlers Lane, Herstmonceux, BN27 1QH. 2pm – 5pm. Adults £3.50, children free 24 – 15 Apr Easter Family Fun at Hever Castle & Gardens 01732 865224 – 30 Mar– 2 Apr Mad Hatters Tea Party on the Bluebell Railway. Catch the train at Kingscote Station for a fun afternoon! 30 Mar – 13 Apr Easter Fun at Drusillas Park, Alfriston Road, BN26 5QS. 30 Mar – 15 Apr 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. 01444 450326 – info@bordehill. –

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Tablehurst Community Farm Lambing Day, London Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DP. Visit this organic working farm and see the pregnancy ewes, new mums and baby lambs. Visit the organic café and outdoor barbecue. - 01342 823173


Life Could Be A Dream at the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne. 8pm. Tickets: £16:00 - £18:00 - Box Office: 01323 802020 -

April 1

Sussex Horse Rescue Trust Open Day at Hempstead Farm, Hempstead Lane, Uckfield, TN22 3DL. 11am to 4pm. The first open day of 2018, to be opened by fi lm and TV personality Sue Jameson (of New Tricks). Adults £2, children £1. Contact Rodney Smith on 01323 847597 – rjsmith@rjenterprises. –

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3 – 7 Thoroughly Modern Millie at Devonshire Park Theatre. 01323 412000 – 4

‘Astronaut Academy’ Half Day Workshop, The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux - Children aged 6-8 years. Booking essential £12.50 per child 01323 832731


‘Earth and Beyond’ Full Day Workshop, The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux - Twilight Special 2pm-8pm, Children aged 9-11 years. Booking essential £25.00 per child 01323 832731 -


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

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 – 7/8 National Garden Scheme Open Garden: Oakleigh Cottage, Back Lane, Cross in Hand TN21 0ND. 11am – 4.30pm. Adults: £5.00, children free. 9

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 –


‘Explore the Moon’ Half Day Workshop, The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux - Children aged 6-8 years. Booking essential £12.50 per child 01323 832731


‘Smart Systems’ Half Day Workshop, The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux - Children aged 9-11 years. Booking essential £25.00 per child 01323 832731

PUZZLE Solutions

Bodle Street Green Village Hall (Charity No. 227875)

Ideal for Weddings & Parties

Sat 10th March

Beautiful views; Well-equipped kitchen; Outside terrace; Grass area suitable for marquees.

at Kidbrooke Mansion, Priory Rd, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JB

More information on our website:

Lively market in a lovely country house set in beautiful grounds. Original clothing, crafts, arts, organic produce, puppet shows and musicians. Free admission & Car parking 11-4 Contact Ros Billinghurst

07771 787800 / 01323 832062

Next date: 12th May 2018

Tel: 01342 824944 Charity no 307006

The Laughing Fish, Isfield Just off the A26 between Uckfield and Lewes, right next door to the Lavender Line at Isfield Station - on the A29 bus route.

Easter Monday - 2nd April The 63rd annual "Tommy Trot" Beer Race • • • • •

Easter Egg Hunt (12 noon) Children's Lemonade Race (12.45pm) BEER RACE through the village (1.45pm) Ashdown Forest Morris Men (3.30pm) BARBECUE

Come and celebrate the start of British Summer Time with us! For more details, call us on 01825 750349 or visit our website


From p48 of the February Issue

Weekly classes and One Day Workshops at Framfield and Forest Row with professional artist



01435 867982




THE SIX BELLS - CHIDDINGLY Fri 2nd - Big Kahuna Fri 23rd - Elliot’s Sleeping Sat 3rd - Paul & Paul Sat 24th - Foul Play ... ... ... Sun 25th - Savannah (lunch) ... ... ... Fri 9th - Fat Belly Jones Sat 10th - The Jellyheads Fri 30th - TBA Sun 11th - Assorted Nuts Sat 31st - Bloody Mary Sun 1st April - Assorted Nuts (lunch) ... ... ... (lunch) ... ... ... Fri 16th - Spoilage Sat 17th - Paranoiacs Folk & Blues Club alternate Sun 18th - Savannah (lunch) Tuesdays. Musicians bring your own instruments ... ... ...

Tel: 01825 872227 What’s On


Kwik-Lawn Turf

SUPPLIERS OF TURF AND TOP-SOIL Various Grades of Turf • Laying Service Available Ground Clearance Undertaken • Bulk or Loose Soil Available • Turf Soil / Compost • Free quotations • Fast, efficient service with Prompt Delivery Competitive Rates • Visa & Mastercard Taken

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21 Cherwell Road, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8JT


Experienced in all aspects of building work including:


Est 1970

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Gates and Railings


• Full range of automation • Specialists in sliding gates • All work is completed in house from start to finish.

Free quotations / References available

T: 01825 700812 eves 07960 249021 mobile

Spalding Enterprises Ltd Hailsham BN27 3JL T: 01323 847744 M: 0776 196 1545 A natural growth accelerator for plants and vegetables

We clean your oven... so you don’t have to. Call today to have your oven, hob, extractor or Aga professionally cleaned Paul Gilbert Tel 01323 406386 Mob tel 07935 820251

Puckamuck is a completely natural and organically sourced well-rotted horse manure.

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Shred on site so easy to handle and spread. Fully aged by us so ready to use straight away. 100% manure - no green waste, peat-free and no odour! or call 07899676166 Puckamuck is a Registered Trademark.

MICHAEL STILLER • Excavations • Ponds / Impact • Moleing • Foundations • Landscaping • Drainage • Clearance 01825 830438 07717 280358 TINKERS LANE, HADLOW DOWN

Problems with Water Supply or Disposal? We have the technology and experience to solve it. “Mechanical Mole” Pipe Laying, Septic Tanks and Sewage Treatment. Stockists of Pumps, Pipes, Fittings and Drain Jetting. Workshop facilities also available for service and repair of all types of plant and machinery.


Oakville Farm, Easons Green, Uckfield Tel: Halland (01825) 840276





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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.


Trouble with a soakaway or cesspool? Install a Mantair Conversion Unit into your existing tank and discharge clean water, for half the cost and none of the upheaval of other systems. Land drains, etc. Free advice.

T: 01825 872611 . . M: 07778 664466 MILL FARM . GOLDEN CROSS . HAILSHAM . EAST SUSSEX . BN27 3ST

Superior Glass Ltd

Uckfield’s longest established glass & window company

01825 764766

• Fascia, Soffits & Cladding • Glass cut to size. • uPVC & Aluminium Windows, • Bi-Fold, Composite and Doors & Conservatories Garage Doors • Laminated & Toughened Glass 24 Hour Emergency COVERING KENT AND SUSSEX

Glass Repairs

Design House, Unit 1 Bell Lane, Bellbrook Industrial Estate, Uckfield TN22 1QL


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SOUTHERN POOLS (01435) 865453

Visit the Pool Shop for Discount Chemicals and Accessories


Also architectural ironmongery, including brass, locks, hinges, knobs, and handles

Peter Hanman (Tools)

Station Rd. Industrial Estate Heathfield, Sussex Open 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri Closed 1-2pm for lunch • Open Sat 9am - 1pm

Heathfield Market, Heathfield Workshop 01435 860760 • Mobile: 07966 176015

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Mon-Fri 10am-5pm (closed 1-2pm lunch) • Sat 10am-1pm • Closed Wed

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Repairs and renovation French polishing 20 years’ experience Free estimates

01435 873298 07555 253432

• Swimming Pool Installation • Repairs • Renovations • Maintenance New Liners, Heating, Filtration Comprehensive Experience Fully Insured and Guaranteed A friendly professional service Satisfaction Guaranteed

Tel: 07779 288896

Telephone Neil Pearson : 01892 664004 Mobile : 07870 667932

All Property Repairs, Fencing, Gates, Hedges & Lawns, Roof Repairs 5* Rated on Rated People. Fully Insured. Reliable Domestic, Landlords, Commercial - Free No Obligation Quotes Given

Specialists in providing solutions for less able-bodied people to have more control over practical aspects of everyday life Including: • Level Access Showers • Height-Adjustable Kitchens • Door Widening • Security

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Handrails Pathways Access Ramps Anti-Slip Flooring Wet Rooms

Tel: 07834 392444 3A The Lowlands, Hempstead Lane, Hailsham BN27 3AG

Sussex Ponds & Gardens

We offer the complete package from the groundworks to full lining and insulation of your building, together with the electrics, plumbing and heating, so your garden building can be used all year round.

For all ponds, terraces and associated landscaping Portfolio available Personal and efficient service

Telephone: Stephan Hurst 01825 872180 Home and Garden Directory


Battle Mowers Ltd THE ESSENCE OF FINE BRITISH LAWNS For further information please phone 01424 773096 or email: Visit our showroom at The Granary, Station Rd, Battle. TN33 0DE

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Competitive prices, friendly installers. Local work can be viewed or check us out online at Over 18 years’ experience. Call us for a free no obligation quote on 01825 764912 or 07930 533588

Innovative garage door solutions from a local family firm you can trust!

• 24 Hour emergency service • Rewiring • Testing and inspections • New builds and extensions • Additional power and lighting • Emergency lighting and • Fuseboard upgrades fire detection Electrical installation, testing and maintenance Offices in Crowborough and Plumpton Green

Over 16 years’ experience RHS qualified designer BSC hons landscaper Fully insured.

Design & Landscaping

• Garage door repairs • Full installation service • Electric conversions • Senior citizen discounts

Call us for a FREE quote

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hard and soft landscaping - garden design - turfing - fencing / decking tree / hedge work - patios / driveways - general garden works

Please call now for a FREE quotation 01323 811834 / 07752 553939


We provide a complete service to care for all of your garden needs * * * * * *

Regular maintenance One off visits Hedge cutting * Pruning Mowing * Lawn Care Garden Clearance Experienced & reliable


Contact Vince on 07702




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Swimming Pool & Hot Tub Services


~ All types of swimming pool repairs, leak detection, maintenance and refurbishments. ~ Hot Tub repairs, relocation, servicing, spare parts and new covers. ~ Hot Tubs on display and well stocked Pool Shop with free parking.

• Painting & decorating both internal and external • Carpet and upholstery cleaning, spot and stain removal and stain guarding • Full tenant cleans • Fully insured, totally trustworthy and reliable

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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