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HISTORY

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UK TRAVEL

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Inside... Cover Stories

9 Sir Ian McKellen A non-stop life on stage and screen 13 UK Travel Discover what’s on your doorstep 39 Feeling Floored Finding you the perfect flooring option 63 Get Prom Perfect Embrace the bling for school leavers 77 The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers Perfect combo of charity, drinking and fun!

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Sir Ian McKellan

Home Front

A sophisticated and colourful family home

Cherry Blossom

Beautiful blooms and delicious fruits

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Open Gardens

Gorgeous garden trails for 2020

Ideal flooring

Crawley Town

From coaching halt to booming town

Supporting Young Carers

Around 10% of school children are young carers

Healthy Kids

Top tips for healthier kids

Free Prediabetes Support With Mid Sussex Wellbeing

Mother’s Day

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The Eight Bells

New owners at this traditional village pub in Bolney

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Editor’s Comment March can be a funny old month, one never knows whether to expect snow or spring sunshine! Regardless, daffs and tulips bob and bow in abundance, we have our darling mothers to celebrate and some inspiring reads for you to enjoy. Have a super month.

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Sara Whatley ASSISTANT EDITOR

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If You Ask Me...

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Wellbeing

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Mexican Pork Tortillas

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News Bites

Local news this March

It’s a Dog’s Life

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PERSONALITY

A legend on both screen and stage, Sir Ian McKellen talks with John Hannam about his life as a non-stop working actor and the many diverse roles he has enjoyed over the years

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Sir Ian McKellen

nown to millions across the world as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Sir Ian McKellen’s appearance in over 45 feature films and his non-stop stage appearances in a career spanning six decades has certainly earned him his accolade of one of the most influential people in theatre. McKellen’s interest in theatre and acting was sparked from a young age and the Lancashire born lad not only saw as many shows as he could

but also appeared in many productions, both on the school stage and in local amateur groups. From school McKellen won a scholarship to Cambridge where his English Literature studies perhaps took second fiddle to his involvement with the drama club. Not being drama school trained has in no way held McKellen back, however. In fact it could be said he gained more experience learning on the job and working his way up to become the world renowned actor he is today, able

to adapt his style to such diverse genres as Shakespeare, science fiction, modern theatre and popular fantasy. Since 1961 he has worked non-stop in British theatre and also taken on many film and television roles, as well as writing and campaigning for legal and social equality for gay people; he is co-founder of Stonewall, lobbying for these rights. Having been nominated for a list of awards as long as my arm, receiving many of them, in 1991 being knighted for his services to theatre in the UK and

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in 2008 being appointed Companion of Honour (CH) for his services to drama and equality, it was a little daunting waiting to interview Sir Ian. When I arrived backstage at the London theatre where his sell-out 80 theatre tour to celebrate his 80th birthday concluded – “I was 80 earlier this year [2019] and decided I didn’t want a party. I chose to tour 80 theatres so I would not be at home,” – his company manager, Tom McCormack, went out of his way to be so helpful and put me at ease by stating that Sir Ian was en route to the theatre on a motorbike. The legendary actor arrived and quickly assured me that he was just the pillion rider, behind a former racing champion, who could get him from home to the theatre in 20 minutes. He was certainly nothing like his character of Freddie in the television series Vicious. So much more humble and likeable. I inquired as to how I should address him: “Ian, of course. The rest is just a title. John, I’m Ian.” I treasured the next 45 minutes. His great new movie, The Good Liar, with Helen Mirren, had enthralled me a couple of days earlier. In preparation I’d also read an unauthorised biography on Ian and had sadly, not been impressed. He has no plans to write his own life story. “I was offered a contract to write one, but when they told me I had to travel all around the world to appear on chat shows I turned it down. Just talking about myself and not acting. I didn’t want that at all,” said Ian. Ian, such a charming man, is not full of his own importance. I found him quite modest when talking about his amazing career and he almost played down any mention of his numerous awards. He never went to

a drama school but appearing in 21 productions at Cambridge University shaped his future career. The critics from the national papers came in to review their productions and he won rave reviews which proved useful when he decided on an acting career and went for interviews. He was initially inspired by some fellow students at Cambridge, like Derek Jacobi, Miriam Margolyes and Peter Cook, who all wanted to be actors. “When I started, my ambition was just to be in work. Coming from the north I was never obsessed by London.

A young actor called Maggie Smith recommended him to Laurence Olivier for his new National Theatre company As it happened, I’ve gone all around the world working. I couldn’t have gone further than New Zealand for The Lord of the Rings. It’s been a wonderful life and I have been so lucky. “I’ve never been out of work, but I was never racing for fame or Hollywood. I was just happy to work

anywhere and not worry about the money I got. I just wanted a good play, good director and a nice part.” Ian had some real luck during the run of his first West End play, A Scent of Flowers, which starred Phyllis Calvert. A young actor called Maggie Smith came in to see the show and her friend Phyllis. She was impressed with Ian and recommended him to Laurence Olivier for his new National Theatre company. During his early career, Ian made a few movies, but it was not until the 90s and beyond that he really began to make a worldwide impact. Appearing in a movie called Apt Pupil led him directly to playing Magneto in X-Men. Then came Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Suddenly a whole new generation, who knew nothing about his reputation as the world’s top Shakespearean actor, had discovered him. Now youngsters love meeting Gandalf. In New Zealand his character’s face was on stamps, coins and dolls. Ian has been a regular on the Graham Norton chat show and he is a little cautious about making too many appearances. “I don’t want to be remembered as the man on the Graham Norton show. Peter O’Toole was very entertaining on chat shows, but when he died people remembered him for being an oddball character with funny stories, instead of for all his great performances. “I’m going to ease back on Graham Norton shows and, sadly John, ones like this.” I’m sure there was a glint in his eye, but I knew where he was coming from. Many were surprised when he turned up on Coronation Street to play con-man Mel Hutchwright. In fact, he loved it and had such admiration for their regular actors. “In soaps now, they get more and more episodes. There is no time to rehearse with new characters. You just jump on the train with the rest of them. It was so alluring to be in the same room as those very familiar faces and characters. They are nothing like that in real life. “It was an absolute joy and an ambition. They were terribly kind to me. I even broke a couple of Emily Bishop’s chairs when I sat down. They had been there for the run of the show and I felt very guilty about that.” With that, he was off to prepare for another full house, to humbly walk on stage and mesmerise the audience with his one man love letter to theatre. l A podcast of the whole interview can be found from your podcast provider, search for John Hannam, or visit www.johnhannam.com

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hen I was young, ‘going abroad’ was something hardly anyone we knew did. It was the preserve of the wealthy or the adventurous. My family were happy to visit our little green 1960s caravan in the Lake District for years. Along came package holidays to Spain, and soon enough my schoolfriends were jetting off to the sun, while we ventured to Wales and a slightly plusher caravan.

For decades it’s been the norm to venture around the world, as our options to travel and see the globe expanded rapidly, thanks to travel agents and latterly, the internet. But things are changing, and people are starting to rediscover the joy of British travel, realising how many interesting things there are to see and experience, closer to home. Getting to know your own country is now seen as more ethical, way cooler and much easier

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birds. It’s easy cycling country and with over 200km of navigable waterways, even novice sailors or kayakers will find it simple to get out on the water. If you love woodland the New Forest is a heady combination of heath and forest, inhabited by wild ponies and easily accessible from Sussex. It also boasts long stretches of unspoiled coastline and idyllic villages surrounded by dense woodland. Further west and definitely wilder is Dartmoor, rich in ancient monuments, granite tors and heather covered moors. Pony trekking is as popular here as the other national parks that are home to their own native horses and ponies. There are nine main equine breeds in this country, suitable for children and

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If you fancy long distance walking, there’s an enormous network of national trails including the brand new, England Coast Path. This will be the longest managed and waymarked coastal path in the world, consisting of four major sections; The Scottish border to the Welsh border in the north west, The Welsh border to Southampton in the south west, Southampton to The Wash in the south east, and from The Wash to Berwick in the north east. The entire path will stretch 2,795 miles once complete, encompassing the entire coast of England, providing a lifetime of walking holidays for anyone wishing to complete modest amounts of the trail at a time. Dog owners have a choice of over 40,000 pet friendly holiday cottages in this country, meaning your canine pal can partake in your annual leave, and not be left behind. Cornwall and North Wales are two of the most popular destinations for dog walking, keeping you both fit while enjoying a break together. Closer to home you can fit in a weekend away to recuperate from work; if you want to combine activities with independent travel, this kind of holiday even has a new name: the micro adventure. Strap a tent to your bicycle, or if you’re not quite up to

that, sling it in the car, and head out somewhere you can reach in a couple of hours to indulge in your very own mini adventure. Wild swim, kayak with a light inflatable, use bush skills, or explore unknown lanes on two wheels; some of the happiest holidays can be the simplest and closest to home. Local travel is about seeing your immediate surroundings with a new eye, concentrating on the immersive experience rather than seeking endless novelty. It’s the new way to enjoy the

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In the aftermath of Storm Ciara, Robert Veitch trudged around the periphery of Burgess Hill; leaving despondent at the prospect of squelchy muddy paths, he returned to the office elated, praising the beautiful landscape he encountered

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rom Burgess Hill Station walk uphill, then 20m later turn right, wandering downhill alongside the metal fence, overlooking the platforms. Take the footpath on the left by the car park entrance and soon the sound of birds and trains will replace the humdrum noise of traffic. A small green area and pond emerging from their winter slumber flashes by on the left. Beyond the stile continue south, easing downhill as the last houses are passed. At the four-way fingerpost by the railway bridge, turn left through the kissing gate into the publicly owned Batchelors Farm Meadow, towards the 64 year-old water tower. Walk down the avenue of sapling oaks and across Batchelors Farm Bridge, before trudging up the two fields opposite to the kissing gate at the top. Follow the tarmac drive to the junction with Keymer Road. Cross diagonally and carefully to the right, turning left into Wellhouse Lane. After 500m where the tarmac ends, pass through the kissing gate on the right and follow the left hand field boundary to the stile in the corner. Continue east, through a maze of dwarf oaks to a stile, then alongside a fence that’s seen better days to the next stile. Follow the track past another stile, onwards to Common Lane.

WALK

The sound of birds and trains will replace the humdrum noise of traffic Cross carefully, turn left, and walk north for 50m towards any oncoming traffic. Behind the memorial on the right, the metal gate leads to Ditchling Common. Walk diagonally across the field, following the faint shadow of previous

footsteps towards the distant trees. Atop the crest, aim for the pair of gates and the bridge across the Keymer Junction to Lewes railway line. Once through the pair of gates on the far side of the bridge, walk northeasterly towards the flowering gorse, farm roller and yet another pair of gates. Beyond these, keep left and continue to the junction with Folders Lane East. Once across the road, take the gravel path on the left in the gorse, tracking northwest as the path gradually widens. Continue for žm along the same path, beside Ditchling Common Country Park, snaking through the trees, eventually making the junction with an old road. Bear left and walk around the redundant gate to the road. Cross the road and wander down the drive opposite. At the entrance to Hope Farm the path veers left between the farmhouse and the new housing development. Keep going in the same

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Cross carefully, turn left then immediately right, passing beneath Lucy’s (railway) Bridge. Bear left at the telegraph pole and continue to The Blackthorns. Amble west along the pavement of Maple Drive for 650m, before turning left into Freek’s Lane beside two concrete bollards and a set of metal barriers. At the other end of Freek’s Lane turn right, then 350m later, turn left by the black bollard adjacent to the Adult Education Centre. The path follows the periphery of Marle Place Recreation Ground to the junction with Upper St John’s Road. Turn left, and wander south into St John’s Road, then follow the intricate boundary wall to the Church of St John the Evangelist, to a point where the traffic island provides safe haven for crossing to Church Walk. From here, it’s uphill through the town centre to the station or the car park and journeys end. It might be difficult to resist the obvious temptation to treat yourself after such an invigorating walk… go on, indulge yourself, you deserve it! l

general direction past the fingerposts, before striking out across the field towards the telephone mast at a threeway fingerpost. Amble across the bridge at the bottom of the field then follow the right hand hedge line in the next two fields, to a choice of stiles, the post box and the junction with Janes Lane. Head down the drive opposite, past the ‘Don’t even think about driving on the grass!’ sign, past the pair of

Go on, indulge yourself, you deserve it!

Robert has tested the route personally, making sure it is suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email editorial@sussexliving.com © Crown copyright 2020 Ordnance Survey. Media 047/20

mushrooms, following the drive as it turns 90° left shortly after. After another 150m leave the drive and pass the metal 7-bar gate, hugging the boundary of the next two fields. At the entrance to the third field, bear left, diagonally downhill towards the houses and the suburbia of World’s End. After the stile it’s 400m to the junction with Valebridge Road.

Distance: 7 miles Walk Time: 2¾ – 3 hours Stiles: 7 Map: Explorer OL11 Refreshments: Available in Burgess Hill

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the UK. Offering an infinite variety of colour, pattern and texture, the latest trend is for carpet made from recycled materials or for sustainable and natural products, such as sisal and coir. Carpet tiles are also enjoying a renaissance. Cheap to buy and easy to install, the trend is to create personalised chequered and geometric patterns. HARDWOOD Unique, durable and always in style, solid wood flooring is perennially popular. Choose from warm honey

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and travertine, tiles are both low maintenance and hard-wearing, adding a cool elegance to any room. As tiles can be cold on the feet, underfloor heating is a good idea when installing it. CONCRETE Hard-wearing, easy to clean and maintain, concrete is a great option for an industrial and edgy look. With a growing range of colour options, it can be finished to your taste but must be properly sealed to prevent moisture and mould issues.

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soil is gently mounded around the stems to increase yield. All parts of the underground stem will produce tubers. Theoretically, the more stem below soil, the greater the crop, but don’t be too greedy! When the foliage is approximately 10cms high, gently draw up the surrounding soil until the foliage tips are just visible. You can also use well-rotted compost or old potting soil for the job and should be able to earth-up several times during the growing period. Potatoes need a sunny, open site. If space is limited, they also do well in pots. Straight-sided ‘grow sacks’ are ideal as they hold a decent volume of soil that allows good root development.

If space is limited, potatoes also do well in pots Containerised plants, particularly vegetables, are more susceptible to dryness and heat than when grown in open ground, so be vigilant with the watering can. Mature plants bear dainty white or lilac/pink flowers. At this point, early varieties can be lifted and eaten straight away, yum! Maincrop varieties need more time; ideally wait until the flowers

have faded and the foliage is beginning to yellow. You don’t have to harvest all your potatoes at once. Just cease watering, remove the foliage and they will store well in situ until autumn. Exposed to sunlight, surfacegrowing tubers may develop greencoloured patches. Green potatoes are poisonous and should always be discarded. In wet conditions, Potato Blight can affect potatoes and tomatoes, (they are related.) Sadly, there is no cure. Diseased foliage should be quickly removed to prevent the spread of fungal spores. Do not compost the foliage, although blight-affected crops are perfectly safe to eat. l

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herry trees belong to the Rosaceae family in the genus Prunus. This genus of over 400 varieties of shrubs and trees includes Cherries, Plums, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines and Almonds. Cherry blossom is famous as heralding the end of winter and in Japan the cherry is honoured with the flower festival called Hanami. This blossom is also a feature in some towns in Canada, the USA, Austria and Germany. Unfortunately in Britain the weather often blows or washes away cherry blossom yet floral displays can be found around the country. In Sussex flowering cherry trees have been widely planted in parks and private gardens. The Blackthorn [Prunus spinosa] produces the white hedgerows in spring. In woodland the tall trees, bearing white flowers are likely to be the wild Sour cherry [P. avium] or the Bird cherry [P. padus]. The wild Sargent’s cherry [P. sargentii] with profuse single blooms and autumn foliage colour is widely planted. Fossil records indicate that cherry trees were around over 30 million years ago. They are native to northern temperate regions, mainly Asia and North America plus some in Europe, and have been cultivated in Japan for at least 2000 years mainly for their decorative value. Europeans had little interest in this aspect, referring to the

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With their frothy feminine blooms and delicious fruit, cherry trees not only look great but taste good too. Peter Erridge tells us more about this fascinating family of trees and shrubs flowering types as ‘pseudocherries’. They preferred fruiting varieties which mainly grew in southern regions of the continent. Until the end of the 19th century Japan was isolated from the rest of the world but visitors had started to bring back accounts of the beauty of the cherry trees. Growing conditions in Japan are

Winter cherry in January

favourable for cherries and being over 2,000 miles long the range of climate led to tolerant varieties. Hybridising from these different regions helped to produce plants suitable for European conditions and were further developed in nurseries. By the late 19th century over 500 species had been brought to Britain. At the Paris World

Fair of 1900 and the London Japanese - British Exhibition of 1910 displays of cherry trees led to further interest but this abated during the Great War. In 1919 a young English country gentleman named Collingwood Ingram, bought a property in Benenden, near Tenterden in Kent, and set about planting the garden. An enthusiast for Japan he brought back cuttings and seeds of cherries. Having green fingers he extensively propagated and hybridised them and donated specimens widely, including Sussex gardens and commercial growers, which helped to increase their popularity. Ingram, later known as ‘Cherry Ingram’ because of his interest in cherry trees, exchanged specimens nationally and internationally. Importers found difficulty in translating the Japanese species names and gave them their own English titles, resulting in confusion which Ingram with his expertise helped to sort out. In 1923 Ingram visited an estate in Winchelsea, East Sussex, and came across a cherry tree with exceptionally large blooms, 60mm [2½ in] a new variety to him. He took some twigs for grafting and a few years later was shown, whilst in Japan, a scroll with a painting of a flower which he recognised and commented

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that it grew in his garden. The Japanese cherry expert considered it to be extinct so Ingram sent cuttings to Japan. This formerly ‘extinct’ variety is called the Great White [P. Taihaku] and from Ingram’s cuttings is now available worldwide. Bedgebury Pinetum, near Flimwell in Kent has 100 of them in an avenue of trees, and 350 are planted in the grounds of Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. Ingram continued to visit Japan and had noted the decline of the cherry trees in number and quality which to

Fossil records indicate that cherry trees were around over 30 million years ago

some extent was the result of the great 1923 earthquake. In 1926 Ingram addressed the Cherry Association of Japan, stating that he considered cherry trees to be growing better in England than in their native country.

He promised his audience to return two more species, growing in his garden, to Japan where they had become extinct. In the 1930s ornamental cherry trees were widely planted in parks, gardens and along roadsides in England. In the same period Ingram’s garden was opened to the public, supporting the National Garden Scheme charity, with over 500 specimens of 50 varieties on show. In the early 1950s cherry planting was again fashionable, particularly by local councils. Most cultivars only live for 20-50 years and so they’re dying out, or have already died by now. Nurseries list hundreds of varieties so careful research is needed. Size is important but most will reach 2-3m in height after 10 years, others may well attain 4-8m. The garden style will dictate the best tree shape – columnar, funnel, umbrella and weeping forms exist. Prunus lusitanica, with cream coloured flowers, is

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chrysanthemum type bear over 100. The suffix ‘nioi’ indicates fragrance but this needs warm dry conditions. For seasonal interest a few varieties produce warm colour autumn foliage and have winter interest with bark colours, like the Tibetan cherry [P. serrula]. Cherry trees tolerate most types of soil but need a modicum of water year round. They show best sheltered from wind whilst full sun enhances the display but accelerates fading of the blooms. Does your garden have room for a flowering cherry? l

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I recently witnessed a profound conversation on a London bus. A chap explained to the driver that he didn’t need a ticket as he was the personal representative on earth for St John the Baptist, who had charged him with the task of saving the world. “Blimey, mate! That’s a big job. Have you got to do it all yourself?” asked the driver, tolerantly. Clutching a fistful of colourful handwritten leaflets, the man informed us that we should all kneel in solemn prayer. Regarding his sardine-like (and extremely nervous) passengers, the driver said this would be difficult on a full bus, so perhaps if they quietly prayed together, that might suffice? For a few moments, the two strangers bowed their heads in dignified silence. “Hallelujah! We’re bound for glory!” cried an elderly lady passenger, spontaneously joining in. “Yep, via Victoria station,” replied the bus driver, laughing, whereupon St John’s personal representative thought for a moment, then asked if he could be dropped off at Hyde Park Corner. At Hyde Park, he cheerfully blessed us all, then disappeared into the dusky evening, leaving a flurry of leaflets in his wake. Alighting at Victoria, several passengers, me included, told the driver we thought he’d been amazing. He smiled, shrugged, then sighed; explaining that he’d be late home because he’d have to fill out an incident form before he could finish his shift. London can be a tough, lonely place where joy and sorrow often walk hand in hand, but I never fail to be impressed by the kindness of strangers. 50 SUSSEX LIVING | March 2020

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Few places in Sussex can compete with the sweeping changes that have turned Crawley from a compact 18th century coaching halt to the thriving New Town with a population of over a hundred thousand, as Ruth Lawrence discovered

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efore the first written record of Crawley dated from 1202, the area was known as Crow’s Leah, meaning Crow’s Wood in Saxon times. Fast forward several centuries and the town offered an hourly coaching service between London and Brighton and soon the railway would open stations at Three Bridges and later Crawley, providing not only superb transport links but employment for a quarter of the population. An expansion in house building in the late 19th century

created an area known as ‘New Town’ (unrelated to post war developments) around the railway crossing and down the Brighton Road. An airfield was built in 1930 on land near the racecourse which had been in operation since 1891. By the outbreak of WWII, Crawley had grown into a prosperous town serving a wide rural area. In 1946 the New Towns Act identified Crawley as being suitable for the building of a New Town which would encompass land between Three Bridges, Ifield and Crawley, increasing population fourfold. The intention was to create ‘self contained and balanced communities for work and living.’ In parallel, the next few years would also see the development of nearby Gatwick. In 1950 the future Queen, Princess Elizabeth came to open the industrial estate on the site of Manor Farm, naming it Manor Royal. This event made the idea of the New Town a reality for the population. To celebrate the Festival of Britain, local bodies around the country arranged events to mark Britain’s heritage and Crawley organised an ‘Historic Crawley’ display

with over a thousand exhibits. There was an intense interest in the area’s local history from residents and objects sourced for the display included old church hand bells, an Elizabethan church plate and a 17th century trade token. Some of the town’s residents could trace their ancestry in the area back centuries and there was a tangible

By the outbreak of WWII, Crawley had grown into a prosperous town serving a wide rural area feeling of community belonging that emerged from a series of lectures that took place on various aspects of local history. Anyone who had experienced life in London before and during the war would have experienced overcrowding, insanitary conditions and poor facilities and those who made the move to the New Town of Crawley would have

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found their lives transformed. Houses had gardens, gas, electricity, an indoor toilet and people from ‘The Smoke’ commented on the sweet fresh air that greeted them. Many of the new residents had family still living in the capital and each weekend there was an exodus ‘back home’, meaning improved business for the taxi services on Sunday evenings when they returned to Crawley. Neighbourhoods were developed during the 50s as planned in West Green, Gossops Green, Northgate, Three Bridges, Langley Green, Pound Hill, Ifield, Southgate and Tilgate and later, Furnace Green. It wasn’t until the 1970s that building to create new neighbourhoods at Broadfield and Bewbush began, followed by Ifield West on the western fringes of the town. Maidenbower followed in 1986 and as recently as 2011, the fourteenth neighbourhood was created on land at Tinsley Green. It was named Forge Wood after the ancient woodland enclosed within the development. In little over a century, the town’s population increased from around 5,000 to over 112,000, making it the second most densely populated district in West Sussex after Worthing. Unemployment is low; during the 1980s Crawley boasted the lowest levels in the UK, and continuous investment

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Spring will bring out the grandeur of the tree and shrub collections at Tilgate Park

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Those who made the move to the New Town of Crawley would have found their lives transformed

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Buchan Country Park, which has won the Green Flag Award, and of course Tilgate Park, which also has a Green Flag Award. Lakes, gardens, lawns and miles of woodland comprise Tilgate Park, as well as the Nature Centre and The Walled Garden Community Café which is run by the charity Groundwork South and provides a welcome place to refuel before heading out on one of the relaxing walking routes around the park. Interestingly, one of the past head gardeners at the Walled Garden, Mr George Cook was crowned Britain’s oldest man at 108 before he passed away in 1997; he had worked in the gardens for over sixty years. Spring will bring out the grandeur of the tree and shrub collections at Tilgate Park when the magnificent rhododendrons will be in bloom. Heather gardens offer an unusual retreat and the Peace Garden commemorates the end of WWII. From its modest origins, Crawley has grown in size and culture and although it is an important transport hub of the south east, there are numerous options for entertainment, shopping and recreation to enjoy in the visionary New Town itself. l Reference: A History of Crawley by Peter Gwynne (Phillimore & Co Ltd, 1990)

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In the next part of our wellbeing series we continue to explore how we can improve and strengthen our emotional wellbeing, says Lisa de Silva

Improving

EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

Practice Self-acceptance Nobody is completely perfect and nobody is completely worthless. We are all simply flawed human beings trying to navigate the challenges of life and at times we will all feel anxious, sad, angry, insecure, hurt, weak and lonely. This is normal. Problems start when we try to hide from these feelings or pretend they don’t exist. Not accepting ourselves and our feelings leads to poor emotional wellbeing and we end up lying to ourselves about what we’re really feeling and what we really want. We stay in relationships and careers that we are not happy in and convince ourselves all is well. But lying to ourselves and living a life which is not fulfilling or satisfying is too high a price to pay to maintain the status quo. To strengthen our emotional wellbeing, we must learn 54 SUSSEX LIVING | March 2020

Changing your inner voice to a kind, compassionate and supportive friend can be a fast-track to improved emotional wellbeing self-acceptance and honour what our emotions are trying to tell us. Accepting we are not perfect and confronting our fears is a first step in feeling good about yourself and your life. The Voice Inside One of the best ways to achieve a degree of self-acceptance is to change the voice inside our heads. As children we absorb the voices of those in authority, both good and bad and eventually these voices become our own way of thinking about and judging ourselves.

If you were surrounded by loving, encouraging and enthusiastic voices you are likely to have a healthy level of self-acceptance, self-worth and robust emotional wellbeing. But if the voices you heard were critical, panic-ridden, threatening or humiliating, your ability to be accepting of and compassionate towards yourself will be lacking. What do your inner voices tell you when you make a mistake, feel angry or upset? Are they kind or harsh? Changing your inner voice to a kind, compassionate and supportive friend can be a fast-track to improved emotional wellbeing. Be Your Own Best Friend While it might feel strange to develop a friendship with yourself, it is one of the easiest ways to improve your selfworth and strengthen your emotional wellbeing. Friends support us when we fail, when we don’t find the love we need or when our talents aren’t recognised at work. When we experience rejection and failure, our friends do not stop liking or loving us, they don’t tell us we’re stupid and undeserving, but help us overcome our disappointments with compassion and kindness. Learning to support and love yourself is an essential component of strong and positive emotional wellbeing. In short, self-acceptance, honouring your feelings and treating yourself with love and compassion will all help to strengthen emotional wellbeing. l l


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Carers come from all walks of life, and many of them are young, under the age of 18. This can be particularly challenging and support is needed, as Lisa de Silva discovers

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t is estimated there are 700,000 Young Carers in the UK helping to look after a parent or sibling. While caring for others can be rewarding, it can also be highly challenging for those so young. Here, we take a look at the support and resources available to Young Carers and what we can all do to help make their lives a little easier. A Young Carer is anyone under 18 years old helping to care for a relative who is disabled, ill, suffering with a mental health condition, drug or alcohol addiction. Around 10% of all school children are Young Carers. These children will often do more household chores than their classmates and may have to nurse relatives as well as helping with personal care, such as bathing and dressing. COMMON PROBLEMS Being a Young Carer can be physically and emotionally draining and often friends do not understand the pressure Young Carers are under or that they have less free time. What’s more, many Young Carers may feel embarrassed by their status and along with having to cope with watching someone they love suffering, often have to grapple with a whole range of difficult emotions such as stress, anxiety, anger,

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YOUNG CARERS guilt, sadness and loss. These feelings, along with chronic tiredness can have a negative impact on all areas of a Young Carer’s life including their education, friendships, physical and mental health.

seek out a trusted adult to voice any concerns. This could be a teacher, school nurse or counsellor, a doctor, a close family friend or the social services department of the local council. There are also a number

SEEKING HELP Although it is not easy Around 10% of all school being a Young Carer, there are organisations children are Young Carers who understand the pressures and can of specialist charities set up offer support, along with across the country to help the opportunity for a wellYoung Carers by helping to deserved break from the improve the overall support caring role. given to families so the Young Carers feeling impact on younger members anxious and stressed should is not so great. Some also provide activities, youth groups and respite breaks to give Young Carers a

chance to relax, meet new friends and build their selfconfidence. In addition, they can help to develop self-care plans, provide financial advice and signpost other organisations to help with specific problems, such as eating disorders and mental health issues.

GET INVOLVED Young Carers also have the right to be looked after and if you would like to help lighten their load there are various ways to do this. Donating to or fundraising for a Young Carer’s charity, volunteering to help at activity clubs and events or providing respite care to give a Young Carer some regular time off can all make a real difference. l

CONTACTS The Honeypot Children’s Charity for Young Carers aged 5-12 years www.honeypot.org.uk The Children’s Society www.childrenssociety.org.uk Action for Children www.actionforchildren.org.uk Carers UK www.carersuk.org Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk Childline www.childline.org.uk West Sussex County Council www.westsussex.gov.uk East Sussex Young Carers www.imago.community

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o your children need more shut-eye? How much exercise should they be getting? And what can you do if they refuse point blank to eat their five-a-day? Here’s how to establish healthy habits that will last a lifetime. SLEEP TIGHT The number of children under 14 admitted to UK hospitals with sleep disorders has tripled over the past decade – and a 2019 study suggested that lack of sleep is far more harmful to the mental health of kids than social media. According to the NHS, three year olds need around 12 hours sleep every night, seven year olds require 10½ hours and even teenagers should get at least nine hours to

function properly. Ban screens for a few hours before lights out, keep to regular bedtimes and use a night-time routine to promote better sleep. LIMIT SCREEN TIME Kids today use screens to play, relax and learn, but too much screen time can be detrimental to physical

If yours go green at the sight of a pea, try hiding their five-a-day and mental health. The World Health Organisation recommends that under-twos spend no time at all watching screens, while two-to-four-year-olds should spend a maximum of an hour per day watching TV or playing computer games. If you’re living with a screen addict, try using security technology to set time limits on device use. THE NEED FOR SPEED Running for just 15 minutes per day has been shown to increase attention and verbal memory in children and improve their feelings of wellbeing. Encourage your kids’ school to get involved in The Daily Mile (thedailymile.co.uk), sign them up for after-school sports or drop into the park on the way home to run.

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CHECK THE SCALES Four out of five obese school children are likely to be dangerously overweight for life. If you’re worried about your kid’s weight then portion control, regular physical activity and swapping high-calorie snacks for healthier versions can all help. START THE DAY WELL A quarter of secondary school children eat no breakfast – but skipping the first meal of the day has been linked to everything from poor GCSE results to social problems. Offer a nutritious, low-sugar meal such as porridge, fruit with yoghurt or an omelette. HIDDEN GOODNESS According to research, half of British parents have given up trying to get their kids to snack on fresh fruit and veg. If yours go green at the sight of a pea, try hiding their five-a-day in favourite foods. Conceal veg in tomato pasta sauce, whizz berries up into smoothies, add pureed banana to cereals, make fruit ice lollies and try your hand at healthy courgette cakes. GET OUTSIDE Kids spend an hour less outdoors per day than they did ten years ago – and it’s taking a toll on their health. From reducing obesity to improving eyesight, playing outside has been proven to have endless benefits. Organise outdoor play dates, encourage active hobbies or try a family activity such as geocaching. l


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It’s no surprise that prom prep can play havoc with parents’ budgets. The average UK household spends £220 per teenage daughter and £157 per son attending the school prom, with most of the cost going on tickets, outfits and transport. That’s nothing compared to America, where the average parent blows an incredible £630 on prom night. If you’re struggling, there are charities such as Prom Ally (www.promally.co.uk), which may be able to help. ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT The build-up begins months in advance – but what can you expect from the night itself? Most teen proms kick off with friendship groups getting together for pre-prom photos. That usually means Instagram-able phone shots, but some parents choose to employ a professional photographer to capture memories from the big night. Before you take this route, check to see if your school has engaged a photographer to attend the prom itself. School proms occasionally include buffets or even sit-down meals. If yours isn’t a foodie do, make sure you include dinner

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up piece of baking parchment, put a piece of tin foil over the casserole and then a lid. Cook for 30 minutes then lower heat to 180°C, 160 Fan, Gas 4.

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As Mothering Sunday approaches on March 22 there’s a myriad of opportunities to go out to eat and treat that special lady in your life, but for those that might feel a little more adventurous, and keen to create their own special treat, why not go the whole hog and treat Mum to a meal created with your own fair hands and talent: marinated slow roast pork served with guacamole, salsa Mexicana, frijoles borrachos (drunken beans) and tortillas

the juices and reduce (by about a third) until thick and syrupy. When ready to serve pull the pork apart with two forks and mix with the syrupy juices.

Preheat oven 200°C, 180 Baste the meat with 3 Fan, Gas 6. Put the pork 4 the juices, re-cover and Serve on homemade and marinade into a large cook for another 30 minutes. 5 tortillas with lots of casserole with the shallots, Lower the oven again to coriander leaves and lime sugar, thyme sprigs and 600ml/21fl oz water and salt. Cover closely with a scrunched

160°C, 150 Fan, Gas 3 and cook for another 2 hours or until very tender. Strain off

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Tortillas de Harina de Trigo – Wheat Tortillas Tip: If you wish, use ready made tortillas

INGREDIENTS 500g/1lb 1oz plain white spelt flour 1 tsp salt 80g/3oz lard or butter cubed 375ml/13fl oz warm water Spelt wheat is low in gluten and similar to the original wild wheat used in Mexico METHOD Put the flour and salt in a bowl add the lard or butter cubes and rub into the flour with your fingers to create coarse crumbs.

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Mix in the water and 2 knead the dough into a smooth pliable ball. Put into a clean bowl and cover with

Guacamole INGREDIENTS 3 ripe tomatoes ⅓ cucumber peeled in strips, halved lengthways, deseeded and finely chopped 1 small red onion cut into quarters and thinly sliced 1 green chilli deseeded if wished, finely chopped 1 red chilli deseeded if wished, finely chopped Juice of 1 lime ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 -3 ripe avocados

Salsa Mexicano INGREDIENTS 250g/9oz tomatoes deseeded and roughly chopped 250g/9oz yellow/orange cherry tomatoes deseeded and roughly chopped 4 tomatillos husked and roughly chopped 2 spring onions sliced 2 tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic crushed 1 red chilli deseeded and sliced 74 SUSSEX LIVING | March 2020

cling film and leave for 30 minutes. Pinch off 18 pieces of 3 dough all roughly the same size. Cover the rest

whilst rolling one at a time. Roll out evenly thin circles about17cm diameter. Heat a flat heavy based 4 pan on a medium heat and cook one at a time in

the dry flat pan for about 2 minutes each side until pale golden spots appear on the surface.

Put the cooked tortillas 5 between sheets of nonstick paper while you cook

them all. To heat through wrap the stack in tin foil and warm in a medium oven. 10g /½oz bunch coriander, leaves removed and chopped METHOD Chop the tomatoes into small cubes, discarding the pips. Put into a bowl with the cucumber, onion, chillies and half the lime juice and seasoning. Leave for 20 minutes.

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Halve the avocados, 2 remove stones and skin. Chop into small cubes and

mix with the rest of the lime juice. Gently fold into the tomato mixture with the coriander.

1 green chilli deseeded and sliced Juice of 1 lime 8 sprigs of young oregano METHOD Mix all the ingredients together for the salsa and fold in the oregano leaves keeping some sprigs for the top.

Frijoles Borrachos – Drunken Beans INGREDIENTS 250g/9oz pinto beans soaked in water overnight 2 tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic finely chopped 1 onion finely chopped 2 fat red chillies deseeded and finely chopped 2 fat green chillies deseeded and finely chopped 3 ripe tomatoes skinned, deseeded and finely chopped 200ml/7fl oz light beer/ pale ale 10g/½oz coriander leaves removed and chopped ½ tsp sea salt flakes METHOD Put the beans in a pan and cover with water. Do not salt. Bring to the boil. Drain and rinse with cold water. Cover with fresh water and bring to the boil again. Turn down the heat until just simmering and cook until just tender for 45minutes to 1 hour.

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golden. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add the light beer or pale ale and cook for 5 minutes. Drain the beans and add to the pan and simmer gently for 30 minutes.

Heat the oil in a pan and 2 add the garlic, onions and Add salt to taste and the half the chillies, fry for about 3rest of the chillies with 10 minutes on a medium the chopped coriander. Serve heat until just starting to turn

warm or cold.


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West Sussex County Council’s Community Safety and Wellbeing Staying Safe Online team are delivering ‘digital online safety sessions’ for parents and carers, in schools across the county throughout March. Sessions will offer advice on how to keep children safe online, including: • What children are doing online • I dentifying some of the risks children may face online • L ooking at how you can support your children to protect themselves • S howing you the help, support and resources available • How to report any concerns There will be resources to take away and the opportunity to ask questions about your child’s internet safety. These adult only sessions are aimed at anyone who has or looks after children, but friends and family members who want to learn more can also register to come along. To find out your local session and register for a ticket visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/staying-safe-online • T uesday 10th March – 6.00pm-7.30pm: Maidenbower Infant School, 7 Harvest Road, Crawley. • T hursday 12th March – 6.00pm-7.30pm: Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School, Comptons Lane, Horsham. • T hursday 19th March – 6.00pm-7.30pm: Bolney C of E Primary School, Church Lane, Twineham. •M  onday 23rd March – 6.00pm-7.30pm: Oriel High School, Maidenbower Lane, Crawley.

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t is with great sadness that we report the very sudden death of Matthew Gallagher on 29th December 2019 at King’s College Hospital, London aged 46 years. Matthew was a director at Sussex Family Funeral Directors who own and operate P & S Gallagher Funeral Directors with offices in Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, Bowley Funeral Service in Hassocks and Bowley and Gallagher Funeral Directors in Preston Park, Brighton. His funeral took place on Saturday 18th January 2020 at Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield, West Sussex with over 600 people attending a wonderful musical and uplifting celebration of Matthew’s life, he would have been humbled but also grateful to everyone for making such great efforts to attend.

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JUMPING FOR JOY AND ST CATHERINE’S Over the last seven years, Nicola Bird and the good folk at The Orchards Shopping Centre in Haywards Heath have raised thousands of pounds for many different charities. This year, Nicola and her colleague Daren Cheeseman have decided to skydive to help raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley. St Catherine’s is The Orchards charity of the year, 2020. The adrenalin fuelled, plucky duo plan to freefall from 15,000 feet for 60 seconds, before opening their parachutes, landing gracefully, safely, and then celebrating. The skydive takes place on Sunday 3rd May and there’s a JustGiving page where donations can be made, “If you’re able to donate, thank you so much” said a nervous Nicola. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ darennicolaletsgo SUSSEX MUSIC FESTIVAL The Sussex Music Festival is a charitable venture in its 5th year of promoting local live music whilst raising funds for our chosen charity. Since 2016 funds have been raised for Cancer Research, the British Heart Foundation, St Catherine’s Hospice and Young Epilepsy. On Saturday 4th July the Sussex Music Festival

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will be fundraising for Crawley Down Village C of E School. The school is hoping to build a sensory room, which is a special room that employs sensory-controlled techniques to bring about positive effects. The Festival is privately funded by Sabrina Leech, who is Parent Governor at the school, and her husband. Last year £2,600 was donated to the school. To help exceed that amount this year Sabrina is seeking stall holders, supporters and sponsors for the event for as little as £20. Contact: admin@sussexmusicfestival.com FUNDING BOOST FOR ROUGH SLEEPERS IN HORSHAM Horsham District Council and its partner agencies are enhancing their services to end rough sleeping in the Horsham District following a successful funding bid. Funds amounting to £317,717 have been awarded from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and will enable existing outreach services for rough sleepers to be extended and additional new services to be launched. The bid saw Horsham District Council and Mid Sussex District Council join forces to increase opportunities for learning, impacts and joint positions, across both districts facing common challenges for those rough sleeping. Residents can help rough sleepers by reporting those seen rough sleeping to Streetlink (www. streetlink.org.uk). If you are concerned about someone over the age of 18 that you have seen sleeping rough you can use this website to send an alert to StreetLink. The details you provide are sent to the Council and Outreach Service, to help us find the individual and connect them to a support network.

Patrick & Sandy Gallagher, his parents, have received over 280 cards and letters of sympathy together with many emails, texts and Facebook messages, all of which have the same overriding feeling running through them: “When Matthew entered a room a light came on, and he would lighten any dark corner with his big beaming smile, his biggest hugs and his uncanny way of making everyone feel so special.” Matthew will be very sadly missed by his parents, family, colleagues and his many fellow professionals and friends around the world. Matthew’s legacy is love in his lifelong friendships, he was proud of us all, knowing goodness will guide us, if love is inside us.

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HISTORY

The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers, founded in Sussex, combines the venerable arts of fundraising, drinking and socialising; an unbeatable combination! Peter d’Aguilar reports

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he English are renowned throughout the world for their humour, charity, eccentricity and love of beer. Few organisations combine these characteristics as neatly and benevolently as the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers. Founded back in 1924, the AOFB was the creation of First World War veteran, silk merchant and enthusiastic

blower of froth Bert Temple, along with Sir Alfred Fripp, the eminent philanthropist and surgeon to Kings Edward VII and George V. Fripp had carried out lifesaving abdominal surgery on Temple who, out of gratitude, set up the Froth Blowers as a way of raising a £100 donation – in support of the surgeon’s many good causes.

One beneficiary was Fripp’s Invalid Children’s Aid Association – affectionately known as the Wee Waifs. The AOFB also helped wounded and unemployed ex-servicemen.

PHOTOGRAPHS OF BADGES, THE COT PLAQUE, AND OF THE FITTLEWORTH VAT COURTESY OF THE FRIENDS OF THE FROTH BLOWERS

One of the Order’s first official meetings took place at the Swan Inn in Fittleworth, West Sussex. As a result, The Swan became known as ‘No. 0 Vat’ – Vat being the AOFB’s pet name for its chosen venues. AOFB members each received humorous meteorological titles based on their success as recruiters to the Order. New recruits were Blowers and modest canvassers started out as Blasters (25 new members) or Tornadoes (100). The most prolific rose to the ranks of Grand Typhoon, Sou’west Gale, Cloud Burst or Breeze Vertical. While AOFB membership was predominately male, the Order also welcomed female members (the Angelic Order of Fairy Belles), canine pets (the Amiable Order of Faithful Bow-Wows) and even small children – some were signed up at birth. Life membership was a mere five shillings, but other charitable funds were raised through light-hearted fines for breaches of etiquette – such

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as failing to wear AOFB cufflinks to a meeting. These meetings, chaired by a Chief Gargler, took place in pubs, inns, hotels and military camps, even at the London Stock Exchange and the Sporting Life newspaper, which became an enthusiastic champion of froth blowing.

From its roots in Sussex, the AOFB’s popularity swiftly spread around Britain, the Commonwealth and beyond. The AOFB only existed for seven years until the demise of its two founders and the Great Depression brought about its end in 1931. Nevertheless, in that relatively

short time the Order recruited nearly 700,000 members across 160 countries, donating to its many beneficiaries over £100,000 (worth more than £5 million today). Not everyone approved of the AOFB, however. Temperance campaigners railed against an organisation that promoted

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drinking alcohol - despite the AOFB motto of ‘lubrication in moderation.’ Despite this, and retrospective perceptions of xenophobia and misogyny, this sociable and charitable body, with its catchy theme tune “the more we are together, the merrier we will be,” brought much joy to its many members as well as to disadvantaged children and exservicemen. Over the years, such luminaries as former poet laureate John Betjeman and fictional heroes Lord Peter Wimsey and Bulldog Drummond have referenced the AOFB in print. In 1981

notorious real-life mercenary Mad Mike Hoare attempted to disguise his ill-fated Seychelles military coup as an AOFB outing. It is therefore welcome news that, almost one hundred years after its foundation, the AOFB has risen Phoenix-like from the ashes – in the

AOFB members each received humorous meteorological titles based on their success as recruiters to the Order

form of the Grand Ancient Order of Froth Blowers. In 2018 a reformation group began recreating a modernised version of the AOFB. The GAOFB is now gathering momentum, with new Vats springing up all round Britain as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the USA. While adhering devoutly to the original principles of ‘raising money for charity and having fun doing so, whilst blowing the head off one or five’, the new Order now embraces foamy coffee, hot chocolate and any other froth-bearing beverages. As well as traditional pubs, clubs and hotels, Vats can also be set up in coffee shops and fast food outlets. The Friends of the Froth Blowers was set up by David Woodhead in 2012, who also founded his own brewing company, and is author of The Zestful Gollopers and Of Fripp and Froth Blowers. Amidst the turmoil and confusion of modern life, it is reassuring to know that ‘the ancient art of froth blowing amongst persons of leisure and anyone of a kindly disposition’ is alive, thriving and bringing good cheer to froth blowers in the Twenty First Century. l With special thanks to Dr David Muggleton www.gaofb.org

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PETS

Have you ever wondered why you see some dogs pulling their owners along at break neck speed while others wait patiently by their side? So did Antony Hebdon, until he discovered the Dog Whisperer

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ome time ago in Steyning High Street, I was aware of a man walking his dog. As I watched I became mesmerised by the degree of interaction between the man and his four-footed companion. I couldn’t help but compliment him on how well he handled his dog. Without hesitation, his reply was emphatic, “I don’t handle her at all – she handles me.” He went on to say that six months earlier his little spaniel bitch was a wild thing and quite uncontrollable. What changed? “I can take no credit for this, it’s all been down to Trevor Simeons,” he replied, “the dog-whisperer.” Trevor proved a difficult man to track down, tucked away in his rural West Sussex retreat. Understandably he seemed rather surprised that I should go to the trouble of hunting him down since I had no dog of my own. However, 80 SUSSEX LIVING | March 2020

he was willing to share some of his ideas on humankinds’ relationship with pets, so I recalled my Steyning encounter. Trevor remembered, “She was close to being a lost cause when I first saw her, and it took several weeks to sort that spaniel out. You must remember that it’s not so much the owner wishing to train the dog to his or her bidding, but rather the dog appealing to its owner to respond to its wishes.”

He was willing to share some of his ideas on humankinds’ relationship with pets As Trevor paused, a small terrier he was handling for a friend, approached and gently tapped him on the leg with its paw. A conversation then took place

between man and dog, involving a form of sign language. Presently the dog strolled off, wagging its tail with a distinctly contented swagger in its gait. I found it a remarkable scene to witness. “Have you always had this special affinity with dogs?” I asked. “For as long as I can remember,” Trevor replied. “I taught my sons how to get along with them. The human relationship with dogs goes back several thousand years and, over time, they have learned far more about us than we have about them. I’ve studied their psychology and concluded some dogs have a higher IQ than many humans I know. There is a saying, ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’ The truth is, you can’t teach a dog of any age if it chooses not to co-operate. I can give owners advice on how to establish and maintain a mutually satisfying relationship with their dogs, but if the animal is stubbornly unreceptive, there is little one can do. The goal to aim for is to have owner and dog effectively teaching each other. Ideally, a dog will be a friend for life.” I mentioned that I’d heard Trevor referred to as ‘the whisperer’, and asked if he’d coined the term himself. “Indeed not,” he said hastily, “some years ago a friend happened to use the name. It just stuck.” And rightly so, it seems to me; Trevor Simeons is a dogwhisperer extraordinaire. l


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PETS

It’s a Dog’s Life The coming of spring has put Teddy in a reflective, optimistic mood, pondering his personal canine similarities to lions and sheep as he looks ahead to longer, warmer days. As usual he barks his thoughts through his human interpreter, Helen Stockton

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ccording to ‘Her Indoors’, who is a bit of a dubious source of knowledge at the best of times, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Now whilst we might have a few lambs appearing by the end of the month, I’ve not seen any lions locally,

which might come as a relief to ramblers, minding their own business in the lanes. The nearest we’ve got is the dog next door, who’s a Leonberger. They were bred to resemble lions and he is massive. However, that doesn’t stop me exchanging pleasantries with him under the fence on a regular basis. Border Terriers might be small in

size but we are mighty in attitude; positively leonine in fact. I think I embody the disposition of both lion and lamb, depending on my frame of mind. In relation to delivery people or other unexpected callers, I like to think I do my duty in the barking department. And if you are something small and furry, like a rabbit or a squirrel, you might not stop to evaluate the specific kind of predation you are being subjected to, as you are enthusiastically pursued across the lawn. I’m also very rough with my toys who endure a vigorous regime of shaking and flinging about in a way that endangers the ornamentation in the lounge. Toys don’t generally tend to last very long before they are minus body parts, ruthlessly de-squeaked, and their innards spread all over the carpet. As far as I know, most lambs don’t behave like that.

Stop me from looking like a Wookiee on a bad hair day On the other paw, put me in front of the woodburner and tickle my tum and you won’t find a more placid dog anywhere. I sit down and wait politely to be requested to eat and I take treats with a surprising gentleness from between proffering fingers. Like a lamb, I also have a woolly coat which unlike sheep, gets attention three times a year to stop me from looking like a Wookiee on a bad hair day. ‘Her Indoors’ doesn’t collect my surplus fur and knit it into jumpers, which is probably a mercy, but my cast offs make a regular contribution to the nest lining of local birds. And without wishing to be indelicate, I don’t like mint sauce either… However, I suspect that if I’m honest, the lamb and lion analogy has more to do with March’s role in straddling the divide between winter and spring than as a comment on Border Terrier nature. I won’t refer to the mild, wet weather we’ve experienced so far, as this is a sure way to provoke an Artic blast and snow up to the window sills, but let’s put it this way, the daffodils have been nodding to the snowdrops in our garden for some time now. So I see March as a month of emerging optimism, and if the weather is good I might do some emerging of my own. If I’m out for a walk, I don’t mind a few lambs. l 82 SUSSEX LIVING | March 2020


PUZZLES

PUZZLE PAGE SUDOKU

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

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Sunday 01 March

Monday 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 March, 20:00

Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever Road, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Follow a trail of thousands of snowdrops starting to emerge from their winter hibernation – the first sign that spring is just around the corner. www.hevercastle.co.uk

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP We meet every Monday. New members would be most welcome – we are particularly short of men at the moment! Come along for a “taster” – no obligation to join. Contact: 01444 400054.

Sunday 01 March, 14:30-17:30

Monday 02 March, 20:00-23:00

Hever Castle Snowdrop Walk

Swing into Spring for Charity Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green, Haywards Heath RH17 7QH Exciting big band with singer plays swing, ballads and rock numbers. Make a party, come after lunch or before supper. Tickets £12.50. rccl@gmx.com Monday 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 March, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes BN7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503 clientservices@gorringes.co.uk

Minton Badminton Club

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+ A pub in Worthing A round of golf? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Theatre? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Worthing on the first Monday evening of every month. Meetings also in Lewes, Burgess Hill, Brighton and Horsham. Visit www.thegroup. org.uk and give one of the contact numbers a call. Tuesdays 03, 10, 17 & 24 March, 14:30-15:30

Free One to One IT Help for Over 60s

Hurstpierpoint College Reception, College Lane, Hassocks BN6 9JS In collaboration with MSOPC, bring your laptop, iPad etc. and ask any

questions, big or small. Coffee and chat afterwards. Mid Sussex Older Peoples Council 01444 242760, www.msopc.org.uk Tuesdays 03 March, 19:00

Final AGM of the Millennium Garden Trust Club Suite, Village Hall, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY After a short meeting there will be a review of some of the highlights over the past 20 years. Members and visitors welcome. Enquiries: Secretary 01273 832756. Tuesday 03 March, 19:30-21:00

Worthing Antique, Arts & Collectors’ Club – Talk by BBC2’s Abi & Kate The Chichester Room, Field Place , Worthing BN13 1NP Abi and Kate are from BBC2’s The Victorian House, Arts & Crafts. All are welcome. Annual membership is £30 or £5 per talk. Andrew Pescott 07984403890 or worthingantiqueclub@yahoo.co.uk www.worthingantiqueclub.com Tuesday 03 March, 20:00-22:00

Lindfield & District

Folk Dance Club Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £3 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741. Wednesday 04 – Saturday 28 March

A History of Cuckfield in 20 Objects

Cuckfield Museum, Queens Hall, Cuckfield RH 17 5EL Cuckfield Museum’s opening display: 20 intriguing objects tell the story of Cuckfield from prehistory to the present day. Entry free but donations welcome. Museum open Wed, Thurs, Fri 10-12.30pm and Sat 10-3pm. Open for 3 months. See www. cuckfieldmuseum.org Wednesday 04, 11, 18, 25 March, 12:30-15:00

The Young at Heart Club (Members & Non-members)

The Salvation Army Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Musical guest, movie shows, guest speakers, quizzes, chair aerobics, craftwork etc. Members £5 per month, non-members £2 per week. 2 course lunch extra.

Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Ardingly Choral Society Mid Sussex Sinfonia Conductor Robert Hammersley

Discover & Explore great days out - All ages - All weathers

Daffodil Festival Sat 14th to Sun 29th March

80,000 Daffodils bursting into colour.

Olivia Bell - Soprano Jane Haughton - Alto Lawrence Olsworth-Peter - Tenor Mike Christie - Bass

Watercolour Workshop Thurs 19th April

Learn to paint with artist Paul Clark. Booking Required.

Mother’s Day Sun 22nd March

Treat mum to a delicious afternoon tea. Booking Required.

7.30pm Sunday 5th April 2020

Easter Weekend Fri 10th &

Mon 13th April Easter Egg Trail & seasonal hands-on activities.

Ardingly College Chapel

Living History Day Sun 10th May

Tickets £15, Concessions £13 available from M Kershaw 01825 791241 www.ardinglychoralsociety.org.uk Registered Charity No: 1123464

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Celebrate 2000years of craft, food and costumes. Hands-on activites and demonstrations throughout the day. Visit our website for more details on these events & others.

Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham East Sussex, BN27 3QS.

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Burgess Hill Flower Club

BLUEBELL RAILWAY BRANCH LINE WEEKEND 3rd - 5th April 2020

Come along for a fun-packed weekend showcasing small locomotives! Timetables will recreate the branch line feel of our Railway in its heyday by concentrating on the ‘small but mighty’ engines at their best.

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Demonstration by Angie Hyde. Title Barnabys and Dumbledors. Competition: Spring. Visitors £6.00, first visit free with Sussex Living magazine. Judith Alexander 01444 871886. Wednesday 04 March, 19:15 for 19:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0EG “1940: A Desperate Year for Britain.” A thematic evening with Jim Etherington 01273 471897 jespeth@hotmail.com Thursdays, 05,12,19 & 26 March, 09.00-14:30

The League of Friends of Crawley Hospitals

Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley RH 11 7DH Maria’s good as new sale. Lots of items for sale. Donations of unused toiletries and any unwanted presents suitable for Raffle prizes needed, please. Maria 01293 403432. Thursday 05 March, 10:00-17:00

East Sussex Teachers Registration Open Day

KWVR Archives/P Brunt

SPRINGING INTO EASTER 10th - 13th April 2020

Springtime themed bunny hunt and nature trails for children. All day travel is included in the ticket price. Hop on and off at each of our stations as much as you like throughout the day.

The Mallings, 112 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RG Register with Class Cover for day to day, short/long term placements and permanent work for Teachers/TAs/ LSAs/TEFL/SEN/Nursery/Primary/ Secondary/Colleges. Contact: Lara@classcover.com 01273 957908 Thursday 05 March, 12:00

Burgess Hill and District Probus Club Meeting Various locations This event is for professional and business men. Lunch followed by a short talk by a professional speaker – providing an opportunity to meet with those of similar interest. 01444 236661 fredreynolds3672@gmail.com Thursday 05 March, 14:00-16:00

Community Sing-a-Long (Dementia Friendly) St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0LG A fun afternoon for people living with dementia and their carers. Singing, tea and cake. Organised by Burgess Hill Rotary. Free entry. jtmax1@hotmail.co.uk Thursday 05 March, 14:30

‘The Rev. Francis Sewell, Benefactor’

Steam trains between Sheffield Park & East Grinstead www.bluebell-railway.com

The Queens Hall, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Richard Bryant looks at the Rev. Francis Sewell who financed the mid C19th restoration of All Saints Church, Lindfield. £5 or £3 for members. Please phone Mike Nicholson to book a place on 01444 457448 or email events@ cuckfieldmuseum.org Fridays 06 & 20 March, 09:30

The League of Friends of Crawley Hospitals Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley

RH 11 7DH Maria’s good as new sale. Lots of different books for sale from only 50p each. chlof2003@googlemail.com Friday 06 March. 10:00-12:00

Coffee Morning in aid of ‘Bloodwise’ Haywards Heath United Reformed Church Hall, 55 South Road, Haywards Heath RH16 411 Coffee Morning with tea and coffee, home-made cakes, and bargain books for sale. Free admission. Margaret Drake 01444 454618. Friday 06 March, 10:00-15:00

West Sussex Teachers Registration Open Day 1 Swan Court, Station Road, Pulborough RH20 1RL Register with Class Cover for day to day, short/long term placements and permanent work for Teachers/TAs/ LSAs/TEFL/SEN/ Nursery/Primary/ Secondary/Colleges. Contact: Kirsten@classcover.com 01798 872446. Friday 06 March, 19:00-21:00

Henfield Garden Club Speaker Evening Henfield Hall, Henfield BN5 9DB Anne Edwards from the Chelsea Physic Garden will explain the interesting work carried out there in the fields of medicinal, herbal, edible and useful plants. Non-Members £3 per person. New members are welcome to join. Pat Hemsworth 07717 470274 Friday 06 March, 19:00-21:00

Healing Rooms

Healing Rooms, Burgess Hill Centre Church, 180 Leylands Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8HS For anyone who has a physical, emotional or spiritual condition, our trained team offers confidential prayer for healing. Free of charge. For an appointment, call 07531 160 192 burgesshill@healingrooms.org.uk www.burgesshillhealingrooms.org.uk Friday 06 March, 19:30-21:30

Green Circle Illustrated talk about Hedgehogs Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This talk is by Ann Winney of Hurst Hedgehog Haven. Members £2. Visitors £3 under 16 years free. Mary.s.smith@talktalk.net Friday 06, 13, 20 & 27 March, 19:45-21:45 unless stated

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society Rear basement of Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX 1 - Radio Night, 2 – Talk by Phil G4UDU ‘SDR – Remote Radio,’ 3 - Radio Night & Table Top Sale, 4 – AGM. Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838 m6zrj@msars.org.uk, www.msars.org.uk Saturday 07 March, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row Market

Hartfield Road, Forest Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market. Contact: Sue Young (Market Manager) 01342 778062 market@forestrow.gov.uk www.forestrow.gov.uk

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Coffee Morning, run by Burgess Hill Methodist Burgess Hill Methodist Church, London Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QD Entrance off Gloucester Road. Come and have a chat over tea or coffee. All welcome. Saturday 07 March, 19:30

Back to Bacharach The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham RH12 1RG Celebrating the music of Burt Bacharach. 01403 750220 www.thecapitolhorsham.com Sunday 08 March, 16:30-17:30

Family Service, All Age Worship Burgess Hill Methodist Church, London Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QD Come and join us, as all ages to worship together. A free will offering will be taken during the service. Monday 09 March, 10:00-12:00

The Arts Society Talk “Up the Nile with Amelia: A Victorian Voyage” Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning BN44 3XZ Writer, artist, musician, collector, Amelia Edwards tells a remarkable story. In 1873, she travelled the length of Egypt and drew, and recorded, her impressions of all she saw. Free to members, £5.00 donation from visitors. 01903 8121752. Monday 09 March, 14:30

A Brief History of Wine The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 6DB David Wright, with thirty years in the world of wine as a retailer and importer, will take us on a journey through 7,000 years of wine making in the shape of decorated vessels, paintings, buildings and literature. Guests welcome to attend at £8.00 per lecture. Stephen Wyman 01273 494633.

Monday evening of every month. Meetings also in Lewes, Worthing, Brighton and Horsham. Visit www.thegroup.org.uk and give one of the contact numbers a call. Tuesday 10 March, 14:30

Lindfield Preservation Society – A Talk by Paul Reader King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH A look at the history of Wakehurst, from around 1900 when the garden was developed by Gerald Loder to the present and the relationship between the National Trust and Kew. All welcome, entry free. John Chapman 01444 484470. Tuesday 10 March, 19:45

Recycling in West Sussex Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society, Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Colin McFarlin will be informing us on what we can, can’t, should and shouldn’t recycle and the best way to do it. £2 members, £3 non-members. Kathy Green greenhpp@tiscali.co.uk Wednesday 11 March, 14:00-16:00

Francis Court Carers Support Meeting

Francis Court Care Home, Borers Arms Road, Copthorne RH10 3LQ Come along to our monthly carers meeting where we offer support and advice for local family carers and relatives in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Enjoy tea and cake with the care home team. For more info: 01342 887825 or email beverly. jordan@careuk.com Wednesday 11 March, 14:00-16:15

East Grinstead Art Society Meridian Hall, East Court, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Mixed media demonstration by Rick Holmes using inks and rollers with acrylics, inks and pastels. £3 to nonmembers. Ian Graham, 01342 321818 iangraham111@btinternet.com

Monday 09 March, 18:30-20:00

Wednesday 11 March, 20:00

The Yews Community Centre, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BJ Would you know what to do in a pet emergency? Come to our Pet First Aid Course to find out. £24 per person – payable 7 days prior to session. Contact: Helen 01444 456886 hb.themewes@gmail.com themewesvets.co.uk/events/post/32/ pet-first-aid-course-for-pet-owners/

King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH A talk on the Stately Specimen Trees of Worth Estate and it’s trees. £1 Members, £3 Visitors. Membership enquiries: 01444 458509 www.lindfieldhorts.org.uk

Monday 09 March, 19:45

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Andrew will be speaking about protecting UK from pests and diseases and eradication of disease outbreaks in Sussex. Entry £2.50. Hassocks Horticultural Society. Derek Swaine 01273 842516.

The Mewes Vets Pet First Aid Course

Hassocks Field Society – Talk Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH “Bees and Beekeeping,” a talk by Amanda Millar. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00. Beryl Varley 01273 832351.

Lindfield Horticultural Society –- Talk by Dr Doggett

Wednesday 11 March, 20:00-21:45

Plant Health – a talk by Andrew Gaunt (DEFRA)

Monday 09 March, 20:00-23:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+ A pub in Burgess Hill A round of golf? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Theatre? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Burgess Hill on the second

Wednesday 11 March, 20:00- 22:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society – An illustrated talk in French Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN 1885-1900- Quinze Ans qui ont transforme la France – vue generale de March 2020 | SUSSEX LIVING 89

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Mid Sussex Association of the National Trust Talk Clare Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Talk to be presented by Jan Parsons on the title of ‘Ancient Roads – Journeys through Thrace and Italy.’ Members £3.00. Non-Members £5.00. Membership £7.00. David Waite 01444 453954 dclwaite@btinternet.com Friday 13 March, 14:00-17:00

Annual Bridge Drive

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QH Annual Bridge Drive in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice, which includes a delicious Afternoon Tea. Free parking. Raffle. £40 per table. Contact: Gaynor 01444 440452. Friday 13 March, 20:00-21:30

Burgess Hill Heritage and History Society Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX The Archaeology of the South Downs National Park by John Manley. The museum will be open from 19:00. Members £1.50, guests £3.50. Fred Avery 01444 235088. Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March

Birdy Behaviour Walks

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Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB Whether singing for love, squabbling for territory or building a nest the birds are busy in spring. Discover more with our wardens at 11:30 or 14:30. Regular centre admission price. 01903 881530 info.arundel@wwt.org. uk www.wwt.org.uk/arundel Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 March

Daffodil Festival

Michelham Priory House & Gardens, Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham BN27 3QS A host of 80,000 daffodils bursting into colour on this seven acre island. Standard admission applies. www.sussexpast.co.uk Saturday 14 March

Hurst College Open Morning Chalkers Lane/College Lane, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9JS We warmly invite you to visit us at our next Open Morning. Hurst is a coeducational school for pupils age 4-18 years. Book your place now at www.hppc.co.uk Saturday 14 March, 14:15

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Daffodils, spring flowers, floral art, cookery, photography, novice and children’s sections. Tea and homemade cake, raffle and auction at end of show. Exhibiting is free to all. For details pick up a schedule from

Saturday 21 March 2020 7.30pm King’s Church Burgess Hill RH15 9LR

Gibsons in Hurstpierpoint High Street. £1. Kathy Green greenhpp@tiscali.co.uk Saturday 14 March 2020, 10am to 4pm

Phoenix Choir of Crawley ‘Messiah’ Singing Workshop Crawley Baptist Church, Crabtree Rd, West Green, Crawley RH11 7HU Experienced singers are invited – vocal technique session with Jane Haughton and choral singing sessions. £15 (plus £3 score hire if required). Angela 01293 515287 www.PhoenixChoirCrawley.or PhoenixChoirCrawley@gmail.com

Off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Tickets £6 in advance from the Post Office and Village Stores or The Cock Inn, or online via the Facebook page. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks served before the film and during the interval. Monday 16 March, 14:00 for 14:15 – 16:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2SL (Lunch at the Bent Arms from 12:00). Another helping of Christine Earl and Patrick Reid. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 jespeth@hotmail.com Monday 16 March, 19:45

Sunday 15 March, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers Newick & Fletching Circular

East Grinstead Natural History Society - Speaker – Phil – “Jaws & Claws”

Parking in Allington Road Near Primary School BN8 4NL TQ414209. Fields and Farms and River Ouse. 6mi/9.7km Moderate. Contact: Elizabeth B, 07989 217818.

St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead RH19 4AT Enjoy handling live mini beasts. £4.50 including refreshments. Secretary 01342 315051.

Sunday 15 March, 10:00-13:00

Monday 16 March, 20:00-23:00

Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden, High Beeches Lane, Handcross RH17 6HQ Immerse yourself in a Forest Bathing experience, embrace bathing in the healing nature of this beautiful woodland garden. £30.00. Janey Bray janey@be1withnature.co.uk www.be1withnature.co.uk Sunday 15 March, 19:30

Wivelsfield Films

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

WHAT’S ON AT THE CAPITOL

J S Bach

St John Passion Jack Thompson Conductor with Oxford Bach Soloists Stephen Brown Evangelist and Academy of St Paul’s Tickets: £15 and £5 (under 16s and students) From: Sussex Chorus 01444 412579, Carousel Music, Burgess Hill Help Point, Eventbrite.co.uk

oxfordbachsoloists.com

sussexchorus.org registered charity no. 271678

www.thecapitolhorsham.com

Box Office: 01403 750220

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‘The King’s Men’ Concert given by the Choral Scholars of King’s College, Cambridge St Mary’s Church, London Road, Balcombe RH17 6PX Close-harmony group singing a varied repertoire from classical, to their own arrangements of folk, spiritual and pop songs. £15 (includes refreshments) from ‘Threads’ in Balcombe or from ali.cunningham99@ btinternet.com. Any unsold tickets will be available on the door. Tuesday 17 March, 19:30-10:00

Worlds End AGM and Talk on Sussex Mills Manor Field School, Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0PZ Contact: Gerry 07767 364255 gerry. canning@worlds-end-association.com www.worlds-end-association.com

Balcombe RH17 6HP Simon Stevens – ‘How many Bronze Age, Iron Age and Romano-British Buildings in Hurstpierpoint?’ Revelations from the archaeological dig at Chalkers Lane, Hurstpierpoint. Members £1, £3 visitors £3, which includes refreshments. Contact: Julie Budgen 01444 811641 julie. budgen55@outlook.com Wednesday 18 March, 20:00-22:00

Royal Marines Association, Brighton & Hove District Adur Bowling Club, Recreation Ground, Old Barn Way, Southwick BN42 4NT Socials - Battle of Trafalgar Meeting and Social. Contact Secretary as alternates between two venues. £3 Branch Membership. Contact: Maureen Copelin Maureen.copelin@ntlworld.com 01273 236437. Thursday 19 - Saturday 21 March, 19:45

“The Stepmother”

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Sussex murders and misdemeanours in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors welcomed. Jane Biggs 01273 834421.

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB By feminist author, Githa Sowerby, this masterpiece of a play was consigned to archives for 80 years and recently rediscovered. £9 and £11. Box Office: Stevens Estate Agents, Henfield High Street 01273 492141 or online www.henfieldtheatrecompany.com

Wednesday 18 March, 20:00-21:30

Thursday 25 March, 14:00-16:00

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road,

124 – 142 Longstone Road, Eastbourne BN22 8DA

Tuesday 17 March, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting

Balcombe History Society

Eastbourne Blind Society

Social gathering for those who have worked or volunteered in the NHS or Social Care. Annual membership fee £20. Meeting charge – members £1, visitors £2. Contact: Jane Dubery 01323 726811. Every last Thursday. Friday 20 March, 19:00-21:00

Healing Rooms

Centre Church, 180 Leylands Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8HS For anyone who has a physical, emotional or spiritual condition, our trained team offers confidential prayer for healing. Free of charge. For an appointment 07531 160192 or burgesshill@healingrooms.org.uk www.burgesshillhealingrooms.org.uk

Saturday 21 March, 10:00-13:00

Repair Café Forest Row Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ If your jeans need patching, your bike is squeaking or your kettle won’t boil, bring it along and see if we can help. Free to enter. All repairs are free, but donations will be gratefully received towards ongoing costs of the service. www.facebook.com/ RepairCafeForestRow Saturday 21 March, 19:30-21:45

Classical Concert

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Doors open at 18:00. International organist/keyboard player. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269

St. Wilfrid’s Church, Haywards Heath, Church Road, RH16 3QH Award winning concert pianist Caroline Tyler, with Sarah Dubost, cello and Andrew Thurgood, violin, will perform Chopin’s Polonaise Fantasie Op.61, Ravel’s Jeux d’Eau and trios by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. £12 members/ £15 non-members. Under 18/Student £3.00/5.00. Christine Colbourne 01444 456227 colbourne@btinternet.com www. haywardsheathmusicsociety.org.uk

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March

Saturday 21 March, 19:30 -21:30

Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever Road, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Spoil Mum with a memorable family day out. Young visitors can take part in a craft workshop and there will be a special menu in the restaurant. www.hevercastle.co.uk

The King’s Church, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR Bach’s St John Passion telling the Easter story with Sussex Chorus, the Oxford Bach Soloists and Academy of St Paul’s, conducted by Jack Thompson BA M Mus FRSA. £15 and £5 for students and under 16s. Sussex

Friday 20 March, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

Hever Castle – Mother’s Day Weekend

Sussex Chorus Spring Concert

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DIARY DATES Chorus Ticket Manager 01444 412579, Burgess Hill Help Point 01444 247726, Carousel Music 01444 417654 or online Eventbrite.co.uk Sunday 22 March

Mother’s Day at South Lodge South Lodge, Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Nr Horsham RH13 6PS With 5 dining options to choose from, why not treat your mum to lunch or afternoon tea this Mother’s Day? 01403 891711 southlodge@exclusive. co.uk exclusive.co.uk Sunday 22 March, 12:30

Mothering Sunday Luncheon Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Bookings start from 12:30 and includes coffee and petit fours after dessert and a Molton Brown treat for each Mum. £55.00 per person. To book please contact our Reservations Team APHReservations@elitehotels.co.uk or 01342 824988. Sunday 22 March, from 15:00

Mothering Sunday Champagne Afternoon Tea Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Bookings start from 15:00 and a Molton Brown treat for each Mum. £49.50 per person. To book please contact our Reservations Team APHReservations@elitehotels.co.uk or 01342 824988.

Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 March

The Sound of Music

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ Direct from the West End, one of the greatest musicals of all time in a magnificent production to enchant the young and the young at heart. Box Office 01293 553636 hawth.co.uk Wednesday 25 March, 14:00-16:00

Scrabble and Cake

St. Barnabas Pastoral Centre, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Come and enjoy a game of scrabble – or dominoes, jigsaws, etc. Tea/coffee and cake provided. £3.50. Just turn up. All welcome. Parish Office 0300 111 8150. Wednesday 25 March, 19:30-22:00

Sussex Bonsai Group – Group Meeting

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH The renowned Corin Tomlinson will be demonstrating on aspects of Bonsai. £5 for non-members. All welcome to attend. Tea and coffee will be available. Contact: Ray Brunsden 01444 244267 ray.b@talktalk.net Wednesday 25 March, 19:45-21:30

Ansty Garden Club

Ansty Village Hall, Deaks Lane, Ansty RH17 5AS ‘The Ecology, Conservation & Monitoring of Barn Owls’ – a talk by Stuart Card, Parks and Countryside Technical Officer. Members free.

Visitors £2. For further information phone Derry 01444 474660.

DVDs, tombola, raffle, cat items and more. Refreshments available. Admission 50p.

Wednesday 25 March, 19:45-22:00

Wildlife from Penguins to Puffins Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Richard Coomber will present this illustrated talk. £4 RSPB group members, £5 non-members. Phil Holland, Publicity Officer EG-RSPB group 01342 311295.

Saturday 28 March, 10:00-12:00

Traidcraft Stall and Coffee Morning

Hassocks United Reformed Church, 23 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Traidcraft Stall. Sample fairly traded coffee and tea. Homemade cake. Messy Church. Julia Scotland 01444 871812.

Saturday 28 March, 09:15-13:15

Fundamentals of Drawing

Sunday 29 March, 15:30-17:00

Chequer Mead Theatre, De la Ware Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BS Beginner drawing workshop where you will learn and practice the basics of the visual language and kickstart your drawing practice. £40 info@looklearndraw.com www.looklearndraw.com/ bookingonline/fundamentals-ofdrawing

Jazz and Blues for The British Heart Foundation The Great Hall, Danny House, New Way Lane, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9BB Relax and enjoy an afternoon of jazz, blues and contemporary songs with vocalist, Julie Roberts and pianist, Michael Hinton. Tickets £12 from wegottickets.com or phone 01273 965036.

Saturday 28 March, 10:00-11:30

Monday 30 March, 18:30-21:30

Books, Plants and Toys Sale St. Barnabas Pastoral Centre, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Books include paperbacks and hard backs. Variety of plants, toys and games.Refreshments available. Entry free. Parish Office 0300 111 8150. Saturday 28 March, 10:00-12:00

Paws & Claws Spring Fair Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Gifts, jewellery, cakes, books, toys,

The Mewes Vets Dog First Aid for Canine Professionals The Yews Community Centre, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BJ Are you entrusted to look after someone else’s dog? Come along and learn how to deal with a canine emergency. £66 per person – payable 7 days prior to session. Contact: Helen at enquiries@themewes.co.uk or 01444 456886 themewesvets.co.uk/events

HigH BeecHes Woodland & Water garden Sunday 15th March

Forest Bathing www.be1withnature.co.uk Embrace Forest Bathing in the healing nature of our beautiful woodland garden

High Beeches Lane, Handcross,West Sussex RH17 6HQ

Tel: 01444 400589 | www.highbeeches.com

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Please quote St Peter & St James when making your appointment. Colemans Solicitors 01444 459555 Haywards Heath

We’ve partnered up with local solicitors to provide you with a free Will writing service this April in return for a donation to St Peter & St James Hospice. Book your appointment with one of our participating solicitors now.

Rohan Solicitors 01444 450901 Haywards Heath Waugh & Co 01444 451666 Haywards Heath Griffith Smith LLP 01273 843405 Hassocks

Adams & Remers Solicitors 01273 480616 Lewes Astburys Solicitors 01273 405900 Lewes Lawson Lewis Blakers 01273 480234 Lewes

For more information visit www.stpjhospice.org 01444 470710 fundraising@stpjhospice.org www.facebook.com/StPeterStJames @StPeterStJames Registered charity number: 1056114

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