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Jo Shiner

Robert Veitch has an exclusive interview with the Chief Constable of Sussex about her police career

Feed The Birds

71 Twinning

Ruth Lawrence explores the history, friendships and binding ties created between different communities

94 A Signature Fragrance

Spring into warmer, longer days with an evocative fragrance to stir the senses

101 Cottage Hospice

Helen Stockton visited Five Ash Down to witness the pioneering work of Hospice in the Weald

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118 Clowning Around

Jo Shiner

Teddy the Border Terrier explores the art of entertaining humans

Features

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Grab some wellies, find some woodland and slow down to the pace of the natural world

22 The Pharmacist Will See You Now

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With Covid-19 still prominent in all our lives, we explore a career in modern pharmacy

27 Safe Advice From Tisshaws

Lisa De Silva reports on the new Covid-19 friendly, mutli-purpose conference room

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Editor’s Comment

As lockdown restrictions slowly begin to ease, we can start to enjoy longer daylight hours and hopefully warmer weather. In this issue, we speak to Jo Shiner about her policing career and rise through the ranks to become the first female Chief Constable of Sussex. Spring is the perfect time to get out and explore the natural world, so Hanna Prince explains the benefits of forest bathing for kids. There is plenty of inspiration for the house and garden as we feature two stunning local homes, plus many more articles to entertain whilst we live through these uncertain times. Stay safe and well.

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Behind the corporate image of Sussex Police, there’s a very human element to the force. Robert Veitch has delved into a little police history, then brought it up to date in conversation with the recently appointed Chief Constable, Jo Shiner

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he list of police programmes on TV is extensive. Over time and through the decades, the likes of Z-Cars, The Sweeney, The Gentle Touch, Juliet Bravo, The Bill, Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost, Life on Mars and Line of Duty have all shown different sides of policing and it’s evolution. Behind the corporate image, there’s also a human element, police officers are just ordinary people doing a difficult job as they have done for over two centuries. At the dawn of the 19th century British law enforcement was organised by local committees, using watchmen and constables. In 1822 Robert Peel was appointed Home Secretary and set about reforming the criminal justice system. He reduced the number of crimes punishable by death by 100, initiated payment for those running prisons, and began educational programs for inmates. In 1829 Peel’s Metropolitan Police Act established the first professional police force. The entrance to the Mets’ first headquarters was in Great Scotland Yard, close to Parliament, so now you know how that name came about. The first 1,000 officers were nicknamed ‘Peelers’ or ‘Bobbies’ after their founder. They worked seven days a week and were expected to wear uniform on and off duty. Bobbies were paid £1 a week. Peel promoted the civilian nature of policing, working with the consent and trust of the public. He was less concerned with the number of arrests and more concerned with a reduction in crime. Peel would later serve two terms as Prime Minister and survive an assassination attempt. Policing in Sussex began in 1830 in Brighton. In 1844 Henry Solomon had the unfortunate honour of being the first and only British Chief Constable to be murdered. He was interviewing a prisoner. The first female officers were employed during WWI. In 1964 The Police Act initiated consolidation among British police authorities, which created the county structure. In 1968 Brighton Borough, 10 SUSSEX LIVING | March 2021

Eastbourne Borough, Hastings Borough, East Sussex Constabulary and West Sussex Constabulary merged into one organisation. Since 1974 they’ve been known as Sussex Police Male police officers used to wear a ‘custodian helmet’ while female officers donned a ‘bowler cap’ and higher ranked officers had a ‘flat peaked cap.’

the rank. She lives in the county with her husband Andrew and told me enthusiastically, “Sussex has so much to offer, I love exploring the county.” Jo hails from Norfolk and has an older brother, “My mother was a teacher, and my father was in the RAF, so I grew up in a household where public service was a way of life.”

I was very sporty which converted my mischievous energy and determination into something positive

In 2021 all ranks can wear a ‘flat peaked cap’. Women can choose to wear a ‘bowler hat’ and up to certain ranks male offices can choose a ‘custodian helmet.’ Today the police are funded via the council tax and central government. The ranks a police officer can ascend are; Constable, Sergeant, Inspector, Chief Inspector, Superintendent, Chief Superintendent, Assistant Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable, and Chief Constable. Sussex Police consist of three divisions, subdivided into the districts of; Chichester, Arun, Adur and Worthing, Brighton and Hove, Horsham, Crawley, Mid Sussex, Wealden, Lewes, Eastbourne, Rother and Hastings, plus Gatwick Airport. Jo Shiner is the 9th Chief Constable of Sussex and the first woman to hold

Jo wasn’t squeaky clean as a child; she pushed the boundaries and kept her parents on their toes. “I was very sporty which converted my mischievous energy and determination into something positive. This, on the whole, distracted me from being too wayward, but there were definitely occasions where some of my choices could have been better! It’s why I am so passionate about policing children


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and young people in our communities in such a way that they can grow up, make reasonable mistakes and not be permanently criminalised for them.” Jo went to a comprehensive school and credits a couple of inspirational teachers. “They knew how to channel my energy into positive directions, and focus on my strengths. They didn’t try and change ‘me’. As a young girl growing up, I believe this was, and still is, incredibly important. Nobody shines in every area, and it is vital that we celebrate the things we are good at, rather than those we’re not. When I have the privilege of speaking with teenagers about policing, authenticity is one of the areas that I am always very keen to accentuate.” While still a teenager Jo’s father was killed in a car crash on his way to work and it had a profound impact on the family. “I believe it led me towards joining the Police Service. The ability to be able to understand what families go through when they suddenly and unexpectedly lose a loved one, and try in some way, to make that ordeal as bearable as possible was, and still is, a strong motivation.” Jo knows that being a police officer allows such a privileged insight into people’s lives during difficult times. “A huge sense of responsibility drives you

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to help them in the best possible way. It is also why I feel particular empathy with children and young people who do go through a major adverse experience during such formative years. I know, first-hand, the scale of the impact that can be experienced, and the potential consequences.” Jo’s policing career began in 1993 in Norfolk. “I was very proud. I felt that I had found my vocation in life and to this day, I still feel the same sense of excitement and passion. There is little doubt that there have been challenging times, but the opportunity to help people eclipses the difficult moments.” She remembered, “I was very much a minority as a woman in policing back then, and, watching the TV series Ashes to Ashes definitely brought back memories!” There is little doubt that the determination and strength of character that got me into hot water at school has helped me immensely during my policing career.” Jo can vividly recall her first time on solo foot patrol. “I was apprehensive and excited, but very proud. My first arrest was a shoplifter, after a foot chase, and it definitely helped me ‘earn my place’ amongst the shift.” In 1995, Jo and her crew partner were commended for bravery after tackling a man with a gun in a pub and safely apprehending him. “It was a moment I will never forget, and reminds me every day of the dangers that my incredible front line colleagues face. In fact, today, they face far greater dangers than I did back then, and I am always in awe of them when I escape the office and join them on patrol.” Jo worked her way up to Chief Superintendent in Norfolk, before ‘leaving her comfort zone’ in 2014 and transferring to Kent Police to become Assistant Chief Constable. “I lived on the Kent and Sussex border and


spent many happy hours exploring Ashdown Forest, which is still my favourite running venue.” In 2018 the opportunity to join Sussex police as Deputy Chief Constable arose. Jo recalled being, “thrilled to be selected and since then I have been based at Malling House, the former home of the old East Sussex Constabulary, in the stunning town of Lewes.” In July 2020, amidst the pandemic, Jo became the first female Chief Constable of Sussex Police. “It was one of the proudest moments of my life. To think the headstrong, slightly naughty, non-conforming girl from an average comprehensive school had achieved this, was to me, deeply satisfying. I think my late father would be proud.” Jo is a very proud patron for Sussex

Search and Rescue, “who do amazing work in all weathers searching for vulnerable people.” She’s also a Trustee for Embrace Child Victims of Crime, “A national charity offering services to children who have been the victim of crime or have witnessed serious crimes. In 2018 I ran the London marathon to raise money for them, which was an experience I will never forget, or repeat!” Jo has also raised money for the Beachy Head Chaplains, a charity

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very close to her heart. “They save so many lives a year, and are an incredible partner to Sussex Police.” She is also the proud owner of an ‘adorable but mischievous’ rescue dog called Rocky and also volunteers for animal rescue charities, a passion close to her heart. But what would Jo say to anyone considering a career in policing? “I can’t recommend it highly enough. You will experience the very best, and the very worst of society. You will discover things about yourself that you never knew, hidden skills you were unaware of, but most importantly a feeling of public service that is deeply satisfying and addictive. There has never before been so much work to improve equality of opportunity for all, and whatever your gender, race or background, there could be a role for you in Sussex Police.” Life during COVID-19 has been a challenge and so has policing as Jo noted, “I have a brilliant and committed team around me who have worked incredibly hard to try and achieve the balance of ‘Explanation, Engagement, Encouragement, and Enforcement.’ There are many polarised opinions in our communities, but our job is to save lives, and whether that is by preventing crime or enforcing the COVID-19 regulations, I remain impartially committed to doing that

to protect people, and support our incredible partners.” Sussex Police has almost 6,000 people in its family, whether officers, staff, PCSO’s, Special Constables or volunteers, and they’re looking to recruit almost 300 more. Jo stated, “Everyone is valued. As a team, we work very hard to fulfil our priorities, namely to protect our communities, catch criminals and deliver an outstanding service.” Our time almost over, Jo summed up. “The complexity of policing the

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cells, our bodies’ first line of defence against infection, increased more than 50% in participants after a three-day forest trip. Scientists have speculated that this immune system boost is provided by phytoncides – the organic chemicals released by trees. Kids can benefit just as much as adults. According to Forestry England, “being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you while breathing deeply, can help both adults and children de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way.”

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grey bark of beech trees to the wide, spreading canopy of English oaks. Keep an eye out for woodland wildlife, both big (deer, grey squirrels, owls, adders) and small (beetles, bugs, butterflies – even woodlice). It’s amazing what you can spot when you take the time to slow down and appreciate nature. l

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’m a community pharmacist,” disclosed Jonathan Brauner cheerfully, “it was something I decided I wanted to do while I was quite young, it was a conscious choice. I had an interest in medicine and a desire to understand the effect of drugs and medicines on the human body.” A pharmacist provides expert advice on the supply and safe use of medicines and drugs, as well as dispensing those medicines and drugs.

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Pharmacists also understand what’s called the mechanism of action, which is the biochemical interaction from a drug that produces a pharmacological effect. Pharmacists are knowledgeable with regard to the application of drugs to maximise their benefit, to reduce side effects, and to avoid unwanted interactions with other drugs, alcohol or certain foods. Historically, pharmacists existed to distribute medication on behalf of doctors but as Jonathan revealed, times have changed. “During my career, the last 35 years have seen the role evolve and expand, its become more rounded. We’re an informative link between doctors and medicine, offering more advice than we did in the past. We also offer vaccinations like flu for example, and run screening programmes as well.” Jonathan is not a native of Sussex. “I’m a Londoner, born and bred and educated. My ‘A’ Levels were in the science subjects of biology, physics and chemistry and pharmacy was a good fit for those subjects – I enjoyed chemistry the most.” Teenagers appraising their career options in 2021 might do well to consider pharmacy, which Jonathan recommends. He believes science subjects are most suitable, as is maths to some degree. “Get some work experience in a community pharmacy, in a hospital or industry and discover if this is a role for you.”


Useful personal attributes include a desire to help people, an eye for detail and precision as Jonathan noted, “prescriptions have to be double checked before being handed out – about 90% are sent electronically direct from the surgery these days.” Good communication skills are essential, as is the need to be calm under pressure. Some dispensing chemists are very busy. The Masters of Pharmacy degree lasts four years and precedes a one-year pre-registration course in pharmacy. An alternative route into pharmacy involves a mix of university and work placement. Jonathan recalled his time at university, “the degree is unusual in that there isn’t an academic subject called pharmacy, but students study about ten disciplines including pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, physiology, microbiology and pharmaceutics.” This variety of disciplines mean that understanding something like Covid-19 and all its ramifications is quite straightforward to someone like Jonathan. R-numbers and viral load are nothing new to him. After qualifying in 1986 Jonathan worked in the capital until moving to Brighton in 1990. “I practised in about half a dozen pharmacies in and around Brighton, in superstores, chains

Students study about ten disciplines including pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, physiology, microbiology and pharmaceutics and the independent sector.” Jonathan moved away in 2009 and these days he practises in Oxford. A pharmacist can work in three sectors, the community (as dispensing chemists), in hospitals, and in industry. Dispensing pharmacists and hospital based pharmacists are required to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council to be able to practise legally. A newly qualified pharmacist can earn £30,000 - £40,000 in their first job. Industry work has the greatest potential for career progression, within research and medicine production programmes at companies like Roche, Merck and Amgen.

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Sussex Stoneworks specialise in natural stone installations for kitchens, bathrooms and fireplaces As well as opening their showroom Matthew and Daniel are imparting their experience on eager new recruit Jack Gillin. Sussex Stoneworks specialise in natural stone installations for kitchens, bathrooms and fireplaces, also undertaking bespoke work for clients across all of Sussex. Matthew told me the most popular stone they deal with are granite, quartz and marble. “Natural granite is quarried in chunks, then sliced using the industrial

equivalent of a cheese slicer into slabs approximately 3m x 2m.” After that the slabs are cut, machined and polished into bespoke designs. Daniel pointed out quartz makes up about 80% of the current market and comes with guarantees of up to 20 years because it’s man made. “Quartz is 94% stone dust and 6% resin. It’s very hard wearing and can be manufactured in styles that mimic granite or marble, and in a variety of colours.” Marble is quarried like granite and can be used in kitchens but historically it’s been more popular in bathrooms. Prices of products vary, depending on the design and complexity of the quartz or the rarity of the granite or marble. The new showroom has three permanent displays, plus enough stone samples to keep the average geologist away from the nearby South Downs for a while. Customers with an image of something they want but can’t find in the showroom can rest easy because Matthew and Daniel believe they can outsource almost any stone design in granite, quartz or marble if they can’t bring it to hand immediately.

As well as displaying samples the showroom is a one-stop shop for the customer that wants to get things done through a single point of contact. Pandemic permitting, the showroom will be opening in mid-March. Sussex Stoneworks offer a full design service with 3-D imagery, plus their specialist stone installation service. Matthew enthused “stone worktops have an almost limitless lifespan so long as they are properly installed and well looked after.” Although Matthew and Daniel specialise in modern retail stonemasonry, they still tackle traditional work like repairing and restoring headstones to their former glory. They can also re-purpose existing stone worktops to save customers money on needless new purchases. Stone worktops that exude style, elegance and perfection can be best described in two words – Sussex Stoneworks. l

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Where I can I try not to buy brand new, I would urge everyone to do the same. We have all started to think about reducing waste and it’s actually pretty easy to buy second hand. I much prefer breathing new life into items I already have or find online, in charity shops or at antiques fairs

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fixtures and fittings, Jules asked her friend Danecia to help. “Danecia is local and we met online through Instagram, and realised we shared the same ethos about reusing and recycling items that you already have, rather than buying new if you can.” Both the bathrooms were in a state beyond repair and leaking, so Jules had those replaced in a traditional style but with bursts of vibrant colour. When it came to the kitchen, the couple are thinking of extending at some point in the future, so didn’t want to put in fitted cabinets that would need to be ripped out again. Danecia suggested some simple changes which have brightened up the space, such as updating the existing furniture with a grey woodgrain film, which has made it look more industrial. Whilst Jules found some great shelves made from scaffolding boards at £2 each online. Another big success is the solution to the problem of the open stairs which lead down to the basement kitchen/ diner. “I didn’t want a wall to be built to block off light but needed to make it safe for the children. We were also coming to the end of our budget and I didn’t want to pay for traditional bannisters to be built either.” Jules’s solution was to use red bungee rope in

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loops which hold firm and create enough of a barrier while adding a fun touch with a bold colour statement. She has also made most of the curtains and cushions in the house. “I’ve always loved making things. I spent every summer with my grandmother in her big old house in Scotland and she spent a lot of time teaching me to knit and sew, which has always stayed with me.” After painting the whole house in an off-white initially, Jules has added splashes of vibrant red, blue and green throughout the rooms and warmed them up with her own soft furnishings and a smattering of personal pieces from small online businesses, charity shops and recycling websites. They now really enjoy spending time as a family in their home and as Jules explains, “The house really feels like it’s ours now.” l

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e’ve all seen it written on the signs as we approach certain places; ‘twinned with…’ and then one or more locations are listed, but what does twinning really mean, particularly for people living in those linked communities? After WWII, citizens across Europe were determined never to have their countries torn apart by war again. Bonding communities in different countries was seen as a way to bring those people that had been divided by fighting, together. The twinning concept was straightforward; find towns that had suffered in the war and pair them in an effort to encourage their citizens to meet, to mix and build friendships. Coventry was twinned with Dresden in Germany because both cities had endured terrible civilian losses and infrastructure

As a tentative sense of optimism is beginning to stretch out across the land we asked Ruth Lawrence to explore the past, present, and future, of friendships old and new, and the binding ties generated by Twinning destruction from carpetbombing. Linking people and communities with others who had endured similar experiences was a way to

begin the healing process between nations. The Council of European Municipalities, as it was then known, was set up in 1951 by

a group of European mayors to foster good relations across the continent and prioritise twinning. The 1950s saw a huge increase in the range and number of twinned communities. Former enemies became reconciled and built peaceful relationships with the ambition to build trade and tourism links with their partner. As a leading manufacturer of glass, the English town of St Helens was able to support the rebuilding of Stuttgart in Germany, which had been ravaged by bombing during the conflict. The rebuilding of relations between people and their nations complemented the post war reconstruction of buildings. East Grinstead has twin towns in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Austria. Sue Young, Secretary of East Grinstead Town Twinning Association told me the

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last visit took place in 2020 when a small group of young people from Mindelheim in Bavaria stayed for three days. They spent some time at Sackville School to rekindle friendships forged at a youth event in Europe the previous year. Since the pandemic began, Zoom has allowed twin town friends to meet online, but due to current travel restrictions it is expected that this year’s youth event to France will be rescheduled for 2022. Sue’s Association is very active, with a quarterly newsletter, plus a packed schedule of activities and fund raising events (in normal years) to foster links with their counterparts on the continent.

Former enemies became reconciled and built peaceful relationships Twinning is about longterm relationships and putting community first. It introduces people to strangers who then become friends from another culture, which allows the discovery of new experiences and further friendships. It’s not about committees it’s about citizens like you and me: It’s about reaching out of our comfort zone, encouraging us to learn about other everyday folk who experience similar issues to ourselves. Next time you pass a ‘twin town’ sign, be curious and look it up, you may be inspired to play your own part in this international movement for cooperation, friendship and understanding. l www.egtwinning.org.uk

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Ever wondered how many of our Sussex communities have twins? Here’s the list of those that we’re aware of. Do let us know if we’ve missed yours out and we’ll publicise it online… Angmering – Ouistreham (France) Balcombe – Wissous (France) Battle – Saint-Valery-sur-Somme (France) Bognor Regis – Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (France) Trebbin (Germany) and Well am Rhein (Germany) Burgess Hill – Abbeville (France) and Schmallenberg (Germany) Chichester – Chartres (France) and Ravenna (Italy) Chiddingly – Lachelle (France) Crawley – Dorsten (Germany) Crowborough – Montargis (France) and Horwich (Lancashire) Cuckfield – Aumale (France) and Karlstadt (Germany) East Grinstead – Bourg-de-Péage (France) Mindelheim (Germany) Sant Feliu de Guixols (Spain) Verbania (Italy) and Schwaz (Austria) East Hoathly and Halland – Juziers (France) Fishbourne – Langrune-sur-Mer (France) Forest Row – Milly-la-Forêt (France) Hailsham – Gournay-en-Bray (France) Hassocks – Montmirail (France) and Wald-Michelbach (Germany) Hastings – Dordrecht (Netherlands) Schwerte (Germany), Oudenaarde (Belgium) Béthune (France) and Hastings (Sierra Leone) Haywards Heath – Bondues (France) and Traunstein (Germany) Heathfield and Waldron – Forges-les-Eaux (France) Herstmonceux – Varengeville-sur-Mer (France) Horsham – Lage (Germany) Saint Maixent-l-Ecole (France)

A group of young people from Mindelhelm with their leaders enjoying a visit to Sackville School during a short break to East Grinstead

Lerci (Italy) and Horsham (Australia) Horsted Keynes – Cahagnes (France) Hurst Green – Ellerhoop (Germany) Hurstierpoint and Sayers Common – Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville (France) Lewes – Blois (France) and Waldshut-Tiengen (Germany) Littlehampton – Chennevières-sur-Marne (France) and Durmersheim (Germany) Midhurst – Baiersbronn (Germany) and Nogent-Le-Rotrou (France) Newhaven – La Chapelle Saint Mesmin (France) Newick – Itteville (France) Northiam – Callone-sur-la-Lys (France) Peacehaven – Épinay-sous-Sénart (France) and Isernhagen (Germany) Petworth – Ranville (France) and San Quirico d’Orcia (Italy) Polegate – Saintry-sur-Seine (France) and Appen (Germany) Rotherfield – Saint-Chéron (France) Rustington – Künzell (Germany) and Los Altos (USA) Rye – Rye (USA) Seaford – Bönningstedt and Crivitz (Germany) Slaugham – St-Martin-des-Besaces (France) Storrington – Villerest (France) Tangmere – Hermanville-sur-Mer (France) Turners Hill – St Leger en Yvelines (France) Uckfield – Quickborn (Germany) and Arques-la-Bataille (France) Wadhurst – Aubers (France) Worthing – Elzach (Germany) Gutach im Breisgau (Germany) Les Sables-d’Olonne (France) and Simonswald (Germany)


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rom the roadside car park at Burgess Hill Burial Ground, bear right and follow the Burgess Hill Green Circle path to the north, past the water splash of Pooks Bourne to the junction with Malthouse Lane. Turn left and walk along the road, on the right-hand side, towards any oncoming traffic. Just past the road bridge over the Pooks Bourne pass through the kissing gate on the right, by the tall green gates. Follow the path west, through a little chicane and kissing gate at the end of the first field, then over a 2-sleeper bridge and kissing gate at the end of the second field, preceding the junction with High Hatch Lane. Turn left and wander south along the road. High Hatch Lane soon evolves into Danworth Lane, and after one-third of a mile it curves to the right before crossing the Herrings Stream. The road eases left as it continues south for half a mile to the junction with Chalkers Lane. Continue south on Chalkers Lane towards the church spire for 200m before taking the footpath on the left, accessed via the rusted kissing gate. Follow the path alongside the dwarf conifers and then the stream for almost

Once through these gates and across the 2-sleeper bridge into Tilley’s Wood, take the path on the right and follow it round to the first small bridge that leads into Fairfield Recreation Ground. Veer left, across the Recreation Ground and walk between the distant dugouts and through the gap in the hedge into Hannington Place. At the far end of the road turn right into Iden Hurst and continue to the junction with Cuckfield Road.

Through a little chicane and kissing gate at the end of the first field

200m to the 3-way fingerpost. Turn right, cross the stream and then walk across the middle of the field to the far side. On the far side, bear right and follow the field perimeter to the pair of red gates on either side of the drive.

Turn left and amble uphill as far as the mini roundabout, before turning left into Hurstpierpoint High Street and passing the village green. “I’m fortunate to live in such a beautiful village,” noted Tanis, “such a pretty High Street.” Once through the High Street and almost half a mile on from the roundabout turn left into St. George’s Lane. After 150m follow the road as it

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Follow the path past the Bee-Mason installation bends around to the right, then shortly after where the road bends left, take the footpath on the right by the metal barrier. Continue along the footpath to the junction with Layton Fields Close. Cross over and continue along footpath to the junction with College Lane and the hamlet of Hurst Wickham. Cross over and walk along the drive opposite for 80m before taking the footpath immediately to the right of the brick wall, with what looks like a chess pawn on top of the gatepost. After a short distance the path kinks left and widens a little, as it makes it’s way to the

junction with Belmont Lane. Turn left and follow the tarmac, then left again at the 3-way fingerpost a little further on. After 100m, take the footpath on the right, which can be easily missed. After about 100m, the path turns left and widens a little. “I’m glad I wore my wellies,” exclaimed Tanis as she squelched onwards with a grin on her face. Continue north-northeast for ¾ of a mile alongside the perimeter of what used to be Hassocks Golf Course until a gate beside a 3-way fingerpost blocks the path.

Turn left and cross the shallow stile, then after 30m turn right and cross the footbridge over the Herrings Stream. Continue up the slope and past the gate, stile and redundant kissing gate at the top. Once into Hammonds Ridge Meadows continue in the same direction until the junction with Burgess Hill Green Circle is made. Turn left and follow the path past the Bee-Mason installation into Malthouse Lane Meadows and as far as the Emily Temple installation. “These artworks are wonderfully done, so interesting” observed Tanis as we

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Distance: 6½ miles Walk Time: 2¾-3 hours Footwear: Walking boots or wellingtons are recommended, it’s muddy in places Stiles: 1 Elevation Gain: 78m (258 feet)

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FOOD & DRINK

Scottish Flummery

with Boozy Brambles Finish the last of the long winter evenings with this decadent dessert, rich and creamy with more than a dash of whisky or Drambuie

INGREDIENTS 100g (3½oz) medium oatmeal 300ml (10fl oz) double cream 50g (2oz) thick set heather or flower blossom honey 1 orange, for juice and finely grated zest 4 tbsp good whisky or Drambuie For the Boozy Berries 4 tbsp good whisky or Drambuie 2 tbsp thick set heather or flower blossom honey 300g (10oz) blackberries

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METHOD Put the oatmeal in a bowl and cover with 300ml of cold water, then chill in the fridge for 24 hours.

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Place the whisky and 2 honey in a pan and heat for 3 minutes. Add

the berries for another 30 seconds, then remove from the heat, transfer to a dish and leave to cool.

Stir and strain the 3 oatmeal through a fine sieve into a measuring jug,

pressing as much liquid through as possible, keep the liquid and discard the oats. Put the oat liquid into 4 a pan. Add the honey, half the cream, orange juice and zest. Slowly bring to a simmer stirring all the time

Pour the mixture into 5 a bowl and place the bowl in a larger dish of cold

water to cool quickly. When cold, whisk the rest of the cream with the whisky to firm peaks and fold into the flummery mixture. Drain the boozy berries 6 over a jug just before serving, then layer the

berries with the flummery in serving glasses. Add a little boozy berry juice to the glasses and finish the whole thing off with a sprinkling of finely grated orange zest and a toast to the coming spring. March 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 87

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WELLBEING

YOU ARE

WHAT YOU EAT Our health and wellbeing are intrinsically linked to what we eat, so this month Lisa de Silva offers guidance on how we can provide our bodies with the perfect balance of nutrition

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here is nothing like a global pandemic to focus the mind. This year more than ever we have begun to appreciate that good nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight are not just desirable, but essential for our health and wellbeing. The foods we eat contain the nutrients, vitamins and minerals we need to fuel our daily activity, repair our physical state, restore our mental health and support our immune system in warding off infections and diseases. So, it’s essential we get it right.

THE IMPORTANCE OF WHOLE FOODS Unfortunately, it is estimated that 60% of our diet comes from processed foods. These are often full of artificial sweeteners, preservatives, salts and saturated fats, which can be linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol. To protect our health and boost our ability to fight disease, it is essential that we eat more unrefined, unprocessed and whole foods, such as

Beans, pulses, nuts, fish, meat, eggs, shellfish High Fibre Carbohydrate Slows digestion of food – you stay fuller for longer Steady release of energy – avoids spiking blood sugar levels Whole wheat pasta, brown rice, wholemeal bread, sweet potatoes, oats Fruit & Vegetables Packed full of vitamins and minerals for general good health Excellent source of fibre and good for gut health. Eat at least 5 portions a day

fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes. THE BASICS OF GOOD NUTRITION To get all the nutrients we need for optimum health, it’s important to eat a balanced and varied diet. Cooking from scratch is recommended, as you can select the most nourishing ingredients for your meal and control the amount of good fats, sugar and salt added.

Ask yourself if you are genuinely hungry or if are you snacking out of boredom, tiredness or stress? Try to eat three meals a day at regular intervals, using a balance of ingredients from the following food groups: High Quality Protein Essential for growth, repair and good muscle health. Increases satiety levels

Dairy & Dairy Substitutes Good source of calcium and protein. Improves bone health Milk, non-dairy milk (soya, oat, almond), yoghurt, cheese Healthy Fats & Oils Unsaturated fats are good for heart health Olive oil, avocado, oily fish, heart-friendly spreads Fermented Foods & Drinks Vital for gut health to support the immune system Pickles, apple cider vinegar, kombucha, yogurt, kimchi, miso SNACKS & TREATS? Whenever you are tempted to snack, ask yourself if you are genuinely hungry or if are you snacking out of boredom, tiredness or stress? Might there be another way to nourish yourself without the use of food? For those times when you do need a snack or treat, try to be prepared with some healthy options like skinny popcorn, chocolate-coated rice cakes, vegetable sticks and salsa or Greek yoghurt ice cream. l

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MOTHERING SUNDAY

Mothering Sunday There’s nothing more special than a homemade gift, particularly when it comes from someone you love. Make this Mother’s Day a creative one with Hanna Prince’s crafting ideas for all the family

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t’s the thought that counts when it comes to Mothering Sunday – and nothing says love, time and dedication better than a handmade present. You don’t have to be a DIY expert to whip up a gift that any mum would treasure. From fingerprint keepsakes to rustic jewellery, kids of all ages can get involved with these Mother’s Day themed craft projects. PRETTY PRINTS Hand, foot and finger printing is a wonderful way for younger kids to get in on the Mother’s Day craft action. Try your hand (ahem) at a set of printed coasters, create and frame a fingerprint ‘tree’ or decorate a plain apron with handprinted flowers. Even babies can join in – a set of tiny footprints placed side by side is the perfect base for a butterfly wing card.

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CLAY CREATIONS From pre-schoolers to teens, kids of all ages love crafting with clay. There’s no limit to the keepsakes you can create, from heart-shaped keyrings and jewellery to mantlepiece ornaments. No clay? No problem. Whip up a batch of salt dough by adding one cup of plain flour to half a cup of salt, mixing in half a cup of water and shaping away. Bake the result on a low heat for three hours before decorating to your heart’s content.

BRING ON THE BLING Rustic jewellery never goes out of style, so why not have a go at creating your own? Younger kids can experiment with crafting clay beads (another great use for that salt dough you made earlier) and threading them onto brightly coloured string. For something slightly more sophisticated, try a braided bracelet: simply plait two pieces of wax cord together tightly, weaving in tiny beads as you go for the perfect festival accessory.

Make a favourite family photo even more special with some creative crafting

PICTURE PERFECT Make a favourite family photo even more special with some creative crafting. Photo frames are easy to make – build your own rustic frame from painted lolly sticks or decorate a cut-out cardboard frame with buttons, pompoms and etchings. If you’re keen to take on a more challenging project then how about a homemade album? Personalise the cover of a plain scrapbook and intersperse photos with drawings, stickers and pressed flowers for a gift that will stand the test of time.

SWEET TREATS Indulge your mum’s sweet tooth with an array of edible Mothering Sunday goodies. Homemade pancakes are the perfect way to start the day – younger members of the family can decorate them with fruit ‘faces’ for a wacky wake-up call. Instead of scribbling ‘I love you’ in a card, why not try a message baked in biscuits instead? Use a biscuit cutter or a sharp knife to carve out the letters, then decorate with pretty icing and arrange on a plate for afternoon tea. Finally, no Mother’s Day celebration would be complete without a cake. Use icing, smarties or sweets to add your own message on top for a personalised touch. l


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HEALTH & BEAUTY

Choosing a Signature Scent Sensual and evocative, fragrance plays a powerful role in our lives. Lisa de Silva explains how nothing can stir senses and memories like fragrance, with its ability to take you back to another time, place or loved one

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hen it comes to choosing a signature scent to identify and immortalise the very essence of you, it is definitely worth taking your time. Yet, as perfume halls can be an overwhelming place to capture that elusive aroma of ‘the one,’ we’ve put together a guide to help you navigate the endless choice available. MAIN CONSIDERATIONS Firstly, patience is a virtue when choosing a signature scent, so accept that it might take a while. Wearing perfume is an intimate way to share something of your character. Like wearing an accessory, it reflects your style and personality and only you can decide what makes you feel sensational. So, think about what message you want to send out about yourself. And how do you want the scent to make you feel? Sophisticated? Energised? Feminine? Confident? Also consider the type of smells that appeal to you, to identify your fragrance family. The four main perfume families are fresh (energising notes of citrus, bergamot, herb); floral (romantic notes of rose, lily of the valley, jasmine); spice (exotic notes of incense, musk, earthy vanilla) and woody (seductive notes of cedar, vetiver, birch). TESTING Armed with this information, it’s time to hit the perfume counters. Try not to overwhelm your senses with too many aromas and spray some options onto paper first to give the alcohol a chance to evaporate. Take them home and choose a couple of contenders. 94 SUSSEX LIVING | March 2021

Do not rub the scent once applied, as this can upset the fragrance molecules. All fragrances have top, heart and base notes, which develop over time. Initially, the scent needs 15 minutes to ‘dry down.’ Then over the course of the day, the ingredients will evaporate at different rates allowing the full aroma to develop. The fragrance will vary from person to person as our pH levels and body chemistry are all different. Simply keep testing until you find ‘the one.’

All fragrances have top, heart and base notes, which develop over time Once you’ve got two favourites, return to the store and spray each one directly onto a wrist. The skin is warmer here which will help to diffuse the scent.

THE CHOSEN ONE Once you’ve found your soul mate you will need to decide on the level of concentration you require. This may depend on the season but as a rule of thumb the higher the quantity of pure essence, the stronger and more expensive the scent, with parfum at the top end and eau de cologne/toilette at the other. To increase the longevity of the fragrance, try layering body wash and lotion from the same range. l


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Prevention is better than cure... get your eyes tested regularly Routine sight tests at your opticians will not only help improve your vision but could also detect diseases that can lead to sight loss such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Early diagnosis is the key to preventing sight loss from these serious

you out of glasses altogether and your Ophthalmologist will advise you if you are a suitable candidate.

You are what you eat? but unfortunately relatively common eye diseases, this is especially important if eye disease runs in your family.

What is a cataract and how is it treated? A cataract is when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy leading to blurred or faded vision, as well as glare and haloes. Modern cataract surgery is quick and painless with a very fast visual recovery. I often tell my patients that cataract surgery is a chance to reset your vision to fit your lifestyle. Premium lens can get

A balanced and healthy diet is important for so many aspects of your general health and your eyes are no different. A diet rich in greens and vegetables should provide the necessary vitamins and anti-oxidants you require. Oily fish and some nuts and seeds such as walnuts and flaxseed are a good source of omega 3 and this is important for eye health and could also help with dry eye. With a balanced diet, there should not be a need for vitamin and anti-oxidant supplementation but your Ophthalmologist may

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Give your eyes a break Staring at computer screens or smart phones can lead to sore and dry eyes. I would advise you take regular breaks and perform 5 slow and strong blinks. This helps reduce dry eye but you may also benefit from using lubricant drops particularly in the morning and evening when your eyes are at their driest.

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HEALTH

# KIDNEYS MATTER World Kidney Day is on Thursday 11th March 2021, so Robert Veitch delved into a few Kidney facts and information about the day

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idneys are essential to human health. They get rid of excess water and toxins, regulate blood pressure, create red blood cells, and help keep bones strong. For 2021’s World Kidney Day on Thursday 11th March, the major kidney charities and professional organisations in the UK are working together to raise awareness about the vital role our kidneys play. The new campaign is #KidneysMatter and it will show how important kidneys are, what can happen when they go wrong and how to keep them healthy and reduce the

risk of kidney disease. #KidneysMatter features a big yellow kidney. It will appear in a range of materials which can be shared on social media. Use #KidneysMatter and #worldkidneyday in social media. There are some easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease: Monitor your blood pressure and try to maintain a diet low in salt and saturated fats. Keep fit and active because it helps reduce blood pressure. Don’t smoke, because it slows blood flow to the kidneys, decreasing their

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ability to function properly. Eat healthily and keep your weight in check. Get your kidney function tested. This is sensible if anyone in your family has suffered from kidney disease, you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or are severely overweight. Keep well hydrated as it helps the kidneys clear toxins from the body and reduce urinary tract infections. (Dialysis patients may need to restrict their fluid intake). Get advice from your doctor if you know you have kidney disease or think you may be showing the symptoms. l www.worldkidneyday.org

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HEALTH

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March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Sara Whatley has been learning how we can all get involved in raising awareness and assist with fundraising

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he earlier a woman is diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer the more likely it is that she will respond to treatment. Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month aims to make sure more women are diagnosed sooner, by raising the profile of the disease and its symptoms, and by raising money to help save lives.

Diagnosis at an early stage can more than double the chance of survival but less than a third of UK women are confident they know the symptoms. Symptoms occur frequently, up to a dozen times a month and include: l increased abdominal size/persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes) l difficulty eating/feeling full l pelvic or abdominal pain l needing to wee more urgently or more often Other symptoms can include unexpected weight loss, back pain, a change in bowel habits, and extreme fatigue. Women experiencing any of these symptoms regularly and at an abnormal level should consult their GP and get checked. It’s worth noting that unlike cervical, bowel and breast cancers, there is still no reliable, effective screening method for ovarian cancer. You can help spread the word by holding a fundraising event, like a bake sale, pub quiz, sponsored walk and so on. l www.targetovariancancer.org.uk

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CHARITY

LEADING THE WAY FOR CHANGE

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hose of us in Sussex, know what a special place it is, but just occasionally, it offers something that breaks new ground on a national basis. Looking to find such innovation, you might be tempted to seek it in one of the big towns or cities, but on this occasion, you’d discover it in a small village in East Sussex. Five Ashes, situated on the A267 between Heathfield and Mayfield, has the UK’s first and only Cottage Hospice. Opened in December 2019 by Hospice in the Weald, the aim is to offer a service that falls between hospice care in a patient’s own home, and the In-Patient ward at the main hospice in Pembury, Kent. As Tor Edwards, from Hospice in the Weald, explained, the Cottage Hospice aims to accommodate a previously unmet need, allowing patients nearing the end of their lives, to be looked after by those that they love. It also enables end of life care in the region to be extended, providing an additional service for people who prefer not to be in hospital at this time. Patients, and their caregivers, are supported by a team of

A pioneering service offers an alternative option for those needing end of life support, as Helen Stockton discovered when she visited the Cottage Hospice

trained volunteers and medical staff, including nurses and specially trained paramedics, in an environment that aims to create a home from home. The Cottage Hospice is as innovative in its construction as it is in its function. The architecture is modern, with the curves of its living roof, helping it to blend into the countryside that surrounds it. This

natural theme continues on the inside, with the supporting struts in the full-height atrium, curving upwards to suggest trees, and wooden finishes in the rooms providing a more natural, less institutional feel, than plastic or metal. The ten rooms are named after trees, and each has a private veranda, offering an outside space that connects to the wider environment. There are views across the surrounding countryside and the grounds blend seamlessly with the land beyond. Five Ashes sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the hospice takes full advantage of this, placed on a ridge that overlooks the surrounding area. The quality of the accommodation and furnishings is reminiscent of an March 2021 | SUSSEX LIVING 101


is a café area and it is a light, airy and welcoming place. Yet, its most outstanding innovative feature is in the nature of the care and support it offers. It is not a conventional hospice; it aims to replicate the feeling of home, but whenever help is needed,

The Cottage Hospice is as innovative in its construction as it is in its function

up-market country hotel, with beds for the patient and for a family member, which can be pushed together as required to create a double. There are ensuite bathrooms, comfortable chairs and soft furnishings, with internet access and a fully-equipped communal kitchen offering quality ready meals, together with a laundry, so that carers are also fully provided for. Much thought has been given to the décor and interior, to provide a relaxed and informal feel whilst making it a practical place for meeting the care needs of those nearing the end of their

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lives. Patients are even able to bring their pets with them, an important consideration for many families. The hospice was built on land that previously accommodated the Church of the Good Shepherd, and features from the old wooden building, such as the stained-glass windows and the arch celebrating the beginning of the millennium, have been incorporated into the new construction, offering continuity with the past. The atrium area is a multi-functional space where church services would normally be offered for the wider community. There

night or day, practical or emotional, there is always support for the patients, and their families who are caring for them. So far 90 families have taken advantage of this new style of hospice care, and it has a present cohort of 32 volunteers, with additional help always welcome. Across the country, the eyes of the palliative care community are on this new facility. The Cottage Hospice is leading the way for change in providing the best possible ways of dealing with the inevitable reality of dying, and Sussex has offered a warm hello to a different option on the conventional settings for goodbyes. This has got to be positive. l For more information please visit www.hospiceintheweald.org.uk

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Rustington Hall are pleased to announce they are accepting new admissions At Rustington Hall, we aim to provide residents with a secure, relaxed yet stimulating, and homely environment in which their care, comfort and wellbeing is of prime importance. Rustington Hall is a dual-registered Nursing and Care Home for 61 residents, meaning that as the resident’s needs change, their surroundings do not have to. We have a carefully selected team here at Rustington Hall, who are all devoted to making sure that our residents are at the forefront of everything we do. We are very proud of who we are and what we represent, in working together to provide a community for residents and their families alike.

Dining We understand the whole dining experience is a large part of our resident’s day. Our Head Chef and team provide high quality, nutritious and appetising food, all of which is freshly prepared and cooked from locally sourced ingredients. Shared Areas Our large, modern lounge leads onto a wheelchair-friendly decking area. We also have a dedicated activities suite, quiet lounge, and meditation/prayer room. When the weather allows, our residents enjoy sitting in the extensive grounds and award-winning gardens.

Activities and Events Our Activities and Wellbeing Team enjoy getting to know the residents. They host an extensive programme of activities including quizzes, film afternoons, games and a range of animal visitors! We have monthly themed events, which the residents love participating in, such as Ascot Day, Mad Hatters Tea Party, Masquerade Ball, Beach Day, to name a few. For those who wish to stay in their rooms, we also have a trolley that travels around the Home, offering puzzles, books, colouring and games.

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CHARITY

In spite of some positive innovations in tech-based support for carers, the vast majority have found life significantly more challenging. Digital literacy is a real issue for many carers, meaning they may struggle to access new technologies. A decrease in available support, and sometimes the complete closure of local services, has led to most carers having to provide even more care. Exhausted

Carers in Crisis Caring for loved ones can be demanding at the best of times but the additional stress of a pandemic means many carers are suffering with their emotional and physical health as Jane Caley from the Association of Carers explains

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arers UK conducted an online survey in September 2020, and this survey provided compelling evidence that COVID-19 continues to have a huge impact on unpaid carers. This is not only because of the increased amount of care that many are having to provide, but because of the effect that providing this extra care potentially has on their relationships, their mental and physical health, their paid work and their emotional wellbeing.

Two in three UK adults can expect to become a carer during their lifetime, with carers saving the economy many billions of pounds each year. There were up to 9.1 million unpaid carers across the UK before the pandemic, providing everything from a few hours support per week, to intensive and complex round the clock care. The pandemic has resulted in millions of new carers – 4.5 million people are new to caring since the start of the pandemic, 2.8 million of whom are having to juggle work and care.

Many have had no break from caring for many months, with 50% of carers saying they are reaching breaking point

and worn out, carers are struggling to continue caring and are reporting high levels of fatigue and stress. Almost 75% report feeling exhausted as a result of caring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have had no break from caring for many months, with 50% of carers saying they are reaching breaking point. The 2011 Census, and a more recent GP patient survey by NHS England, showed that carers were more likely than non-carers to have poor health before the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the huge increase in care many are having to provide during the pandemic, and the fact that this is often without any breaks, it is unsurprising that carers are feeling the pressure and seeing an additional impact on their own health and wellbeing. Association of Carers is a Hastings based charity that supports carers throughout East Sussex. They have continued to support carers in East Sussex as much as possible throughout the pandemic, with staff and volunteers providing regular phone calls to carers, as well as Zoom activities to bring carers together. They admit it has been a very difficult time for everyone, but say it has been a real privilege to witness the resilience of the carers that they work alongside. l

If you are interested in finding out more about the charity, or how you can support them, then visit their website www.associationofcarers.org.uk They are currently seeking to recruit new trustees. Information about support for carers in West Sussex can be found at www.carerssupport.org.uk

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Parallel Lines, Ironworks & Lewes

A CENTURY OF CHANGE What will the future make of Lewes’s most recent century? John Warburton explores the town in the past 100 years, from its iron industry and railway to its famed bonfire celebrations

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today. Lampposts, railings, fire grates, and parts for mines in WWII were also manufactured here. Across the river, the railway had extended north to Uckfield, making Lewes a well-connected town, with direct lines to London, Eastbourne, Seaford and Brighton. The population of the town grew in the 1930s, partly accommodated by

By 1978, the Phoenix Ironworks was in decline

the Nevill and Landport housing estates, before darkness returned in 1939. Loved ones were again lost to war, while enemy bombs targeted the ironworks and railway stations, with homes often destroyed too, followed by airborne machine-guns strafing the streets, notably in 1943. Though the ironworks made parts for prefabricated homes after WWII, post-war technology did not favour heavy industry and by 1978, the Phoenix Ironworks was in decline, finally closing in 1986. Artists and makers rented the buildings until 2016, when the local authorities agreed on redevelopment – which has yet to begin.

The original railway station and link to Uckfield were torn away in 1969, with the town centre tracks replaced by much-derided concrete and brick shops. But afterwards, nature reclaimed the dead land that once held tracks and pollution, now made into a protected reserve managed by the Railway Land Wildlife Trust. To the north of the town, Malling Recreation Ground and a woodland corridor exist where steam once thrived. In the 1960s, campaigners fought off proposals to bulldoze the new A27 through the town’s historic streets and green spaces. Today, the southern bypass, and the blasted-out Cuilfail


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Tunnel divert through traffic away from the historic streets of the town. The road building project successfully preserved the houses in South Street and the old Cliffe Bridge is now a haven for walkers, buskers and protests. The new road and bridge across the River Ouse named Phoenix Causeway harks back to the past and the foundry. In the ‘bonfire capital of the world’ both past and present are joined at the hip.

Cliffe and Lewes Borough bonfire societies were born in 1853 and both still thrive. The striped Guernsey jumpers worn today have their roots in sailors, smuggling and the old days as a busy port. The once defunct Southover Bonfire Society was restored in 2005. Above it all, keeping an eye on everything is the castle, a guardian of the past, watching over the future. What will the historians of Lewes make of the next century? l

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Common Terns. A meadow pond has been created as a haven for damsel and dragonflies. Whillet’s Island has been constructed for breeding birds. Corrugated panels are dispersed around the meadows as refuges for amphibians, snakes, mice and voles. Yellow rattle has been sown; this plant weakens the field grasses to encourage flowering plants and insects that Scarlet Berry prefer shorter grass. Truffle An annual autumn mowing regime has helped improve the

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grassland. Wild flower seeds have been sown but deer graze the small plants sometimes. PIC: PETER ERRIDGE Hedges planted round the boundary by the Friends are trimmed each year. Hedge laying skills have also been developed. Records are kept of butterflies, moths, damsels, dragonflies, amphibians, small mammals, and of birds including results of nesting and

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